The two largest American printing companies recently presented similar lists of the major challenges they face -- and similar strategies for growing in the face of declining demand.
"The highly competitive market conditions and unused industry capacity will continue to put price pressure on both transactional work and contract renewals across all segments," R.R. Donnelley stated in its 2013 annual report. Translation: Underused presses + shrinking demand = lower print prices.
SUSSEX, WI, February 4, 2014 - Quad/Graphics, Inc. (NYSE: QUAD) ("Quad/Graphics" or the "Company"), a global printer and media channel integrator, announces several executive-level promotions to support its strategic business initiatives. The promotions are effective March 1, 2014.
Burgeoning innovation, rising corporate investment and a year-end rush to beat the tax man drove robust mergers and acquisitions in 2012 for the media, information, marketing and technology sectors. M&A surged to 1,351 transactions for the year, or 50% more than in 2011, at a total value of nearly $75 billion, according to The Jordan, Edmiston Group, Inc.
Quad/Graphics, Inc. and Vertis Holdings, Inc. (“Vertis”) jointly announced today that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court has approved the companies’ proposed sale agreement, clearing the way for the sale to close. The companies are in the final stages of integration planning and expect to close the transaction in January.
Advertising inserts remain effective, study says Advertising inserts have readership levels of at least 85 percent for the third consecutive year, a consumer survey reported. (Source: Vertis Customer Focus 2006) Ad revenue up in January, but pages drop Total magazine rate-card-reported ad revenue for January 2006 was up 0.8 percent compared to January 2005. Ad pages numbered 1.9-percent fewer than in January 2005. Two major ad categories posted large gains: n Drugs and remedies earned 18.5 percent more ad dollars than in January 2005. n Financial, insurance & real estate increased 18.1 percent over January 2005. (Source: MPA’s Publishers Information Bureau) ABC
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The International Digital Enterprise Alliance (IDEAlliance) today announced that leading color management and on-press consultants have been certified as GRACoL Experts following a training program hosted by Rex Three Inc. in Florida. Throughout 2004 and 2005 the GRACoL (General Requirements and Applications for Commercial Offset Lithography) committee of IDEAlliance developed an unambiguous description of how good commercial printing "appears" to the eye on a No. 1 sheet and developed new calibration and process control methods that make use of spectro-photometry and CTP to enable printers quickly and accurately replicate visual appearance on any press or proofing system. The "G7 Calibration,
Details behind Ms. magazine's switch to environmentally friendly paper. In the last issue, PrintMedia covered Ms. magazine's switch to eco-papers—papers with high postconsumer recycled content (PCR), cleaner manufacturing processes (including less chlorine bleaching) and without using fiber from endangered forests. But what many of you want to know is how they did it. After all, when the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) assumed control as publisher of Ms., it inherited a $2 million-dollar debt and with it a ready-made excuse for not switching to eco-papers, as it potentially costs more to do so. But Ms. managed to switch to papers significantly better for the environment
In its July/August issue, PrintMedia magazine covered Ms. magazine's switch to eco-papers—papers with high postconsumer recycled content (PCR), cleaner manufacturing processes (including less chlorine bleaching) and without using fiber from endangered forests. But what many of you want to know is how they did it. After all, when the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) assumed control as publisher of Ms., it inherited a $2 million-dollar debt and with it a ready-made excuse for not switching to eco-papers, as it potentially costs more to do so. But Ms. managed to switch to papers significantly better for the environment and human health than traditional 100-percent virgin-fiber paper,
There is discontent in the land of content management, at least in the realm of file transfer services. Last week, WAM!NET cut 130 jobs and Printable bought out Collabria. Mergers and acquisitions within the sector have raised a few eyebrows and suspicions that management services may not be delivering what they had once touted. Whether its a question of inconsistent pricing structures or even mismanaged infrastructure, the graphics arts community is speaking out. This week, Scott Seebass sat down with PrintMedia InBox to set the record straight about ASPs, file transfer and the future of online business models. Seebass is CEO and chief engineer