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Patrick Henry

Patrick Henry, Executive Editor for WhatTheyThink.com is also the director of Liberty or Death Communications, a consultancy specializing in research, education, promotional, and editorial support services for the printing and publishing industries.

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Packaging Helped to Drive Sell-Out Attendance at EFI Connect 2017

Published January 30, 2017

Packaging is now a significant part of the EFI platform, and the subject got its fair share of attention at the 17th edition of the company’s annual customer-education event.

 

NYC’s Duggal Visual Solutions Finds “the Final Piece of the Puzzle” in a New Digital Press

Published January 25, 2017

There’s very little in the way of graphic output that this omnifaceted imaging emporium can’t offer its customers—and now, with the addition of an HP Indigo 12000 digital press, probably nothing at all.

 

INKredible Insight: Packaging Is Part of the “Omni” in “Omnichannel”

Published January 10, 2017

It wasn’t the sole focus of the event, but packaging was well represented in INKredible’s salute to print’s place at the table in the omnichannel environment.

 

New Inkjet Press Lets Graphic Image Label Get Better at What It Does Best

Published December 13, 2016

A label shop serving customers on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border found everything it was looking for, and more, in a highly capable inkjet web press from Epson.

 

Premium Content The Regulated Package: Product Container and Social Contract

Published December 6, 2016

Given all of the mandates and expectations placed on packaging today, there may be something socially significant to add to the list of traditional packaging functions.

 

From Sharklet and Sappi, a Release Paper that Takes a Big Bite out of Bacterial Growth

Published December 2, 2016

Neoterix ST gives medical institutions and other germ-fighting environments the first completely non-toxic solution for blocking bacterial growth on high-touch surfaces.

 

The View from “Oz”: Label and Packaging Producers Chart a Changing Business Landscape

Published November 29, 2016

To many, Australia may seem to be on the far side of the world, but the business issues confronting packaging and label producers there are much the same as they are anywhere else. A recent conference by a newly formed trade association addressed some of them.

 

Premium Content “Push to Stop” the Presses: Heidelberg Demonstrates Concept of Autonomous, Navigated Printing

Published November 8, 2016

Imagine a press so thoroughly automated that it almost seems to be a member of its own crew. This is what Heidelberg says it has made possible with the concept it calls “Push to Stop.”

 

Omnichannel Content Publishing and Marketing to Be Demystified at Idealliance’s “INKredible” Conference

Published November 4, 2016

Idealliance is billing INKredible as “a showcase for innovators in orchestrated content marketing and publishing”: a category that most definitely includes print service providers.

 

Apprenticeship, Training, and Skills Development in the Printing Industry: An Appraisal

Published October 25, 2016

The industry’s solutions for cultivating workforce talent aren’t perfect. But, given the graying of the industry and the thinning of its ranks in production occupations, it’s urgent to use them to their full extent.

 

At Graph Expo 2016, a Respectable Showing for Labels and Packaging

Published October 12, 2016

Although not a show about labels and packaging per se, Graph Expo proved to be a worthwhile place to go for information on innovative ways of producing them.

 

Graph Expo 2016 and the Satisfactions of Scalability

Published September 30, 2016

Graph Expo’s first outing in Orlando proved that how large or small a trade show is matters less than how well it fits its surroundings—and vice versa.

 

The Museum of Printing Exhibits Its One-of-a-Kind Collection in a New and Much Improved Venue

Published September 23, 2016

After 38 years, multiple relocations, and herculean labors, this extraordinary collection has a permanent home and a compelling story to tell.

 

A Toast—and Another One—to the Genius of Corrugated

Published September 20, 2016

Corrugated packaging protects effectively, presents handsomely, and succeeds environmentally. What’s not to like or to give credit where due?

 

You Are the Package. Do You Like What You See?

Published September 16, 2016

We interact with packages so much and so often that we sometimes begin to merge with them—and they with us.

 

Packaging Innovations Are in the Vanguard of the Fight to End Food Waste

Published September 2, 2016

Food waste is a shameful spectacle wherever it occurs. The problem is global, but so are efforts to solve it with new solutions for extending the edible lives of packaged foods.

 

CI Flexo Technology for Packaging and Family Values for Leadership Are Showcased at PCMC Impact 2016

Published August 9, 2016

The Paper Converting Machine Company is North America’s only remaining manufacturer of CI flexo presses. It’s also distinguished by the humanistic style of its leadership—a management philosophy that cherishes employees as family members.

 

Fujifilm Introduces EUCON as the Press That Makes Inkjet Feasible for Flexible Packaging

Published August 2, 2016

The disconnect between flexible packaging and inkjet printing is wide, but not necessarily unbridgeable. Fujifilm thinks it has the answer in an innovative LED-UV inkjet press it showed at drupa 2016.

 

The Nutrition Facts Label Gets a Makeover, and the Label Industry Gets a Mandate

Published July 26, 2016

In one way or another, the changes will alter the labeling of virtually every packaged food and beverage product. But, label producers expect to be able to take it all in stride.

 

Premium Content Next Stop, Industry 4.0: an Interview with Anthony Thirlby

Published July 12, 2016

A master printer, a consultant, and now, the leader of Heidelberg’s Prinect workflow software business, Anthony Thirlby has a framework for process automation that he says can transform every printing plant.

 

Start-Up Label Producer Seeks Short-Run, Multi-SKU Opportunities

Published July 5, 2016

A new label and package printing company is open for business in Lowell, MA. It's called InTouch Labels & Packaging, and while its start-up footprint may be small, its ambitions are anything but.

 

GCSF Eclipses Previous Fundraising Records with Sum Amassed for 2016 Scholarships

Published July 1, 2016

In New York City, industry members who care passionately about education have given nearly $700,000 in scholarship grants to students of graphic communications—all without overhead expenses or strings attached.

 

Premium Content Greenfield and 100% Digital, ePac LLC Sets Its Sights Exclusively on Flexible Packaging

Published June 28, 2016

Digital printing for flexible packaging has been slow to take hold, but a start-up company in Madison, WI, says it is equipped and ready for a fast break into this potentially lucrative market.

 

drupa 2016: the Package Tour (Part 2)

Published June 21, 2016

The business of printing labels and packaging is changing with almost unnerving speed. Made reassuringly clear at drupa was the fact that new technologies for label and packaging production can give printers the capabilities they must have.

 

drupa 2016: the Package Tour (Part 1)

Published June 14, 2016

drupa 2016 wasn’t exclusively a packaging show, but for label- and packaging-minded visitors, it might as well have been—there was that much to see and be impressed by.

 

Metzgers of Ohio Hosts Pre-drupa Event for RMGT of Japan

Published May 26, 2016

Nobody ever said that the sheetfed offset equipment market is easy to do business in. But RMGT, a partnership between two of Japan’s best known press manufacturers, thinks it has what it takes to make the most of the opportunities that the market still holds.

 

“Nobody Can Do It by Themselves”

Published May 11, 2016

Because trade associations mirror the industries they serve, it’s no surprise to see consolidation taking place among the groups that serve the printing industry. IDEAlliance, an association promoting technical standards, demonstrated this by incorporating Epicomm, a group representing commercial printers, quick printers, and mail service providers. According to Marriott Winchester, the chairman of IDEAlliance, the outcome is a highly complementary relationship that benefits everyone concerned.

 

Pride of Place for Labels and Packaging at Pazazz

Published May 10, 2016

Warren Werbitt is a passionate printer, and one of his most successfully cultivated passions is the production of high-quality, high-margin labels and packaging.

 

Pitney Bowes Seeds the Cloud with a New Set of Commerce Enablers

Published May 4, 2016

The company, traditionally known for postage meters, sees a $40 billion marketplace for its digitally enabled shipping and transaction services.

 

Premium Content Eyes on the Packaging and Labels Prize: an Interview with Sappi’s Mark Odgers

Published May 3, 2016

Sappi’s credentials as a supplier of coated fine papers are impeccable. Now the company is taking steps to achieve the same high profile as a source of papers for packaging and labels.

 

Premium Content At Last, Nano Is Now as Landa Nanographic Printing Presses Line up for Market Entry

Published April 21, 2016

The wait has been long, and the anticipation has been intense. But, Landa Digital Printing believes it can amply reward both with what it will debut at drupa 2016.

 

HP Previews Extensive Catalog of Print Innovations for drupa 2016 (Part II)

Published April 19, 2016

HP’s sense of itself as a change agent for digital printing is strong. The very broad range of digital solutions it will show at drupa 2016 befits the size of its ambition.

 

Production Management in the Cloud with HP Print OS

Published April 12, 2016

HP PrintOS is a new cloud-based print production operating system that will be launched by HP at drupa 2016. It consists of web and mobile apps designed to help print service providers boost the productivity of their HP devices. Simon Lewis, in charge of its development, talks about the genesis of Print OS and the range of benefits it can deliver.

 

HP Previews Extensive Catalog of Print Innovations for drupa 2016

Published April 6, 2016

If you are planning to attend drupa 2016, make sure your agenda gives you plenty of time to review what HP will be bringing to Hall 17. There is going to be a great deal to see.

 

HP Makes Bid to Enter Flex Pack Converting

Published April 5, 2016

HP is venturing into post-print production with Pack Ready, a set of solutions it is patenting and develop with partners. The first product is Pack Ready Lamination, which uses a thermal lamination process to convert flexible pouches immediately after printing on HP Indigo equipment. HP’s Dr. Asaf Salant says that Pack Ready Lamination will be of keen interest to converters who want to reduce time to market and to label printers who want to break into flexible packaging.

 

How Labels and Packaging Can “Touch the Future”: an Interview with drupa’s Sabine Geldermann

Published April 5, 2016

A decision to attend drupa 2016 represents a major investment of time and travel expense. The director of the global event talks about why label and packaging producers are among those who should most seriously consider making it.

 

Nielsen Measures Ad Trustworthiness, Finding Much in Traditional Media

Published March 23, 2016

Now, what was it you wanted to sell me? If the format of your advertising pitch is one that inspires confidence and trust, we may be able to do business.

 

Premium Content Heidelberg Promises to Look “Smart” at drupa 2016 (Part II)

Published March 22, 2016

The company finally has made a full commitment to digital, most notably with the coming launch of a B1 inkjet press. But conventional production will still anchor its presence at the show.

 

National Print Owners Association Successfully Enters Post-Startup Phase

Published March 9, 2016

Starting a trade association isn’t the same thing as establishing a trade association. Giving it a base for an extended life of service to its members requires long-range planning and determined execution. This is the story of NPOA.

 

Premium Content Heidelberg Promises to Look “Smart” at drupa 2016 (Part I)

Published March 8, 2016

As the event nears, Heidelberg wants to be seen in a different light: less dependent on equipment, more open to partnership, wholly focused on production efficiency.

 

The Payoff of Everyday ERP: an IT Manager Explains

Published March 8, 2016

At Lofton Label, Jimmy Rana obtains measurable benefits from using EFI's Radius enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution to optimize processes through comprehensive data gathering and analysis.

 

Labels and Packaging: Entrepreneurial Springboard for Che International Group

Published March 1, 2016

To build a multi-capable network of companies, what better place to begin than the label and packaging business? Just ask Christopher Che.

 

Company on Fire: Heidelberg Debuts a Branded Digital Printing Portfolio

Published February 22, 2016

To have a branding strategy for digital printing, there first has to be a cohesive family of digital printing products. Heidelberg says that it now has both.

 

Premium Content Brain Science Deems Print a Brainy Choice for Marketers

Published February 17, 2016

What instinct tells us about the effectiveness of print has now scientific backing that links it to measurable brain activity, as detailed in a study commissioned by the U.S. Postal Service.

 

What Price Privacy? The Pew Research Center Tries to Find Out

Published February 15, 2016

Does “privacy” have meaning any more? People are sometimes willing to trade personal information for rewards—even when they know they are going to regret it. There are implications for print in the conflict.

 

Packaging Finds Its Proper Place on the Agenda at EFI Connect 2016

Published February 9, 2016

The user conference was too wide-ranging to have a single keynote, but it was a good place to catch up with what EFI is doing to streamline packaging workflows.

 

No Packaging Necessary—No Question?

Published February 4, 2016

There are those who envision a future free or nearly free of packaging. Although it might seem unachievable, some tentative steps in that direction have been taken.

 

Fresh, Flexible, and Family-Inspired: Values that Breed Success at Emerald Packaging

Published February 2, 2016

Look around the produce section of your supermarket. Notice how many colorfully printed flexible bags there are? Meet the company that put some of them there.

 

Gecht and Wynn at EFI Connect: for Printers, the Ultimate Vegas Double Bill

Published January 25, 2016

As leaders in their respective fields, Guy Gecht and Steve Wynn share an exceptional ability to hold a stage and captivate an audience. Both played to a packed house as keynote speakers at EFI Connect 2016.

 

What’s in Your Wallet? A Printed Piece of $1.34 Trillion

Published January 18, 2016

Paper currency has been part of the American mindset ever since Benjamin Franklin pamphleteered for it in 1729. But, folding money has to confront 21st-century trends that could displace it.

 

3D Printing Makes Room for a Fourth “D”

Published January 13, 2016

Just when we thought that the definition of “printing” had been pushed to the limit, along comes a new one that envisions morphing objects made of self-assembling materials.

 

Premium Content Heidelberg Crosses the Digital Divide: an Interview with Jason Oliver

Published January 12, 2016

Now a committed developer of digital printing systems, Heidelberg knows where it wants to go in the digital equipment market and what it can do to get there.

 

Digital Applications Make Gains in Packaging, but Progress Is Hard Won

Published January 5, 2016

A special report ahead of drupa 2016 sees the event as the setting for a turning point in the adoption of digital printing for packaging production.

 

Tidings Are Good and Not So Good for Ever-Popular Greeting Cards

Published December 22, 2015

The greeting card, a tradition and an industry in one, is struggling in its present form but faces no shortage of creative possibilities for the future.

 

#SharePackage Puts Holiday Boxes to Compassionate Use

Published December 21, 2015

A promotional campaign for paper and packaging goes for the heartstrings with special boxes to be filled with gifts for kids spending the holidays in hospitals.

 

The Graphical Genius of Albert Einstein

Published December 18, 2015

Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity is 100 years old, but his appeal as a creative inspiration for graphic illustrators is 100 years young.

 

Tech Trends for Labels and Packaging: the Year in Review

Published December 15, 2015

2015 was a chock-full-of-news year on the technology front—but only a curtain-raiser for what lies ahead in 2016.

 

Stocking Stuffers: “The 12 Days of Packaging”

Published December 15, 2015

Santa Claus, who knows a thing or two about packaging, has a sackful of innovations for fans of the art form this year.

 

Holiday Retailing Season Is Shaping Up Nicely - with a Few New Twists

Published December 9, 2015

For the holidays, “shop early and shop often” is still good advice—assuming that you know what “early” now is starting to mean in the retailing world.

 

Premium Content Aiming at Packaging, HP and KBA Introduce the Widest Inkjet Web Press Yet Developed

Published December 8, 2015

Two technology leaders want to take digital printing for packaging to the next level—and to several levels after that—with a 110-inch-wide web inkjet press specifically for the corrugated market.

 

Expect New Looks and New Roles for Corrugated

Published November 30, 2015

Take another look at the tried-and-true stuff that shipping cartons are made of. Some top developers of packaging printing technology are.

 

Premium Content “We Say Yes Where Others Say No”: At Island Pro Digital, Words to Live and Work by

Published November 24, 2015

Packaging isn’t everything at Island Pro Digital, a printing company with a highly diversified product base. But, it represents some of the most interesting work that the firm fabricates for its clients.

 

Canon Supports Literary and Print Production with “Future Authors Project”

Published November 23, 2015

The scale of the program is modest, but when the young writers who take part in it see their words in print, its achievement seems far-reaching.

 

Thermochromic Imaging: the Color Shift That’s Supposed to Happen

Published November 19, 2015

That old hippie mood ring you’d die of embarrassment to be seen wearing now? It was the cutting edge of an important decorative technology for labels and packaging.

 

Premium Content Growth in Folding Cartons to 2019 Will Be Meager but Measurable, says Paperboard Packaging Council

Published November 17, 2015

A growth forecast of half a percentage point per year may not sound like much, but it indicates undeniable post-recession momentum for the folding carton market.

 

Present at the Creation: Frank Steenburgh Remembers the Launch of Xerox DocuTech

Published November 16, 2015

Building the world’s first “print shop in a box” was a watershed achievement for Xerox. So was marketing and selling it—a story that “DocuFrank” knows from the inside.

 

LED Technology Gains in Importance as UV Curing Solution

Published November 10, 2015

Printers working with UV curing have a new technology to learn about, if they are not already acquainted with it: UV LED

 

Premium Content How Quality Comes in a “Chain Reaction” at New York Label & Box Works

Published November 3, 2015

A label and carton company doesn’t get to be 137 years old without having made an unwavering commitment to quality. The 137-year-old label and carton company profiled here has done it by adopting a well-known philosophy of continuous improvement as its playbook.

 

Premium Content From “Packademia,” Solutions Not to Be Sniffed at

Published November 2, 2015

Stink-squelching film, inkless color printing, and built-in 3D bar codes are three recent laboratory innovations that could be commercialized as packaging problem-solvers.

 

A Night to Remember for DWS Printing Associates

Published October 28, 2015

Can you say “sesquicentennial”? It’s an anniversary. This company feels the pride and the joy of every one of its 150 years.

 

Is There Enough Extra Room in That Package for a Lawsuit?

Published October 19, 2015

People don’t like packages that look as though they contain more than is actually inside them. But, prosecutors and class-action attorneys do.

 

Craftsmen’s Club Visits NYT Plant and Comes Away Suitably Impressed

Published October 13, 2015

As long as The New York Times remains in print, it will print on a massive scale. This is exactly what takes place every evening at the paper’s main plant in College Point, Queens.

 

TruTag Technologies Pushes Back Against the Pharma Fakers, One Tablet at a Time

Published October 7, 2015

A dust-sized anti-counterfeiting tag for medicine pills? Turns out the idea isn’t hard to swallow or digest.

 

Image Test Labs: New Sheriff in Town for Grading Press Performance

Published October 6, 2015

Three pairs of eyes that have seen it all in print measurement are looking straight at the acceptability of press output from machines of every type.

 

Franklin Luminaire Awards: the Industry at Its Best and Brightest

Published October 5, 2015

Among printers, honors and awards signal deep bonds of friendship and respect. In New York City, it’s a tradition that industry members still turn out in force to celebrate.

 

As Publication Markets Decline, SAPPI Steps Up Its Profile in Packaging

Published September 30, 2015

Anyone who has ever picked up a glossy magazine probably has touched SAPPI publication paper. Now the company hopes to achieve the same kind of ubiquity with its packaging papers.

 

The Might and the Memory of “Mr. Univers”

Published September 29, 2015

Millions—perhaps billions—have seen his font creations. Those quoted here understand their lasting significance for the art of typography.

 

Wrapping Up Packaging at Graph Expo 2015

Published September 22, 2015

Those who came to the show in search of answers for packaging production should have had no trouble locating them in the vendor stands and specialty areas where packaging solutions were being featured.

 

How Graphic Measures International Cultivates Packaging’s “Best of the Best in the World”

Published September 15, 2015

Not every packaging printer has what it takes to pass muster with this performance-certifying organization. But, those that clear GMI’s high bar can claim elite status among packaging service suppliers.

 

Canon Comes to Town with Everything—Literally—It Makes and Does in Imaging

Published September 14, 2015

“Everything under one roof” took on a new and dazzling meaning as Canon made good on the promise at Canon Expo, its 100,000-square-foot technology showcase in New York City

 

“The September of Canon”

Published September 8, 2015

This month, Canon will make a triple play for industry attention with events that illuminate how far it has come as a source of production solutions.

 

SEC’s Rule 30e-3 Said to Threaten Print Revenues and Employment

Published September 4, 2015

The Securities and Exchange Commission wants to modernize the way the investment industry reports on what it does. The plan could include freeing these companies from having to print and mail certain shareholder documents.

 

Of Politics, Printing, and Innocence Lost

Published September 3, 2015

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, Americans will go to the polls to elect 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, 34 U.S. Senators, 11 state Governors, and one President. It’s been widely reported that next year’s election cycle will be the costliest in history, with spending by candidates, parties, outside groups, and individuals expected to be as high as $10 billion.

 

Packaging Production Will Have a High Profile at Graph Expo-CPP

Published September 1, 2015

Packaging professionals who haven’t yet decided whether to invest in a trip to the show still have time to give the idea the serious consideration it deserves.

 

Premium Content Walter G. Anderson Thrives on Change in An Increasingly Complex Food Packaging Market

Published August 25, 2015

As consumers demand more variety, food packaging production gets harder to stay ahead of—but not if the producer is as well equipped and as versatile as this market leader.

 

Study Sees Underlying Strength in the U.S. Market for Flexography

Published August 20, 2015

Technical advancements and process improvements in flexography should keep it secure in its key applications. even in the face of competition from digital.

 

Q: When Is a Package Not a Package? A: When Inspiration Strikes

Published August 13, 2015

For many people, an empty package is an artist’s kit full of creative opportunity. Brand owners may not fully appreciate how they benefit when their packaging is repurposed for fun or practicality by end-using consumers.

 

In Other News, OSHA Citations Still Cost Money

Published August 12, 2015

For printing and printing-related businesses, penalties for safety citations in OHA’s most recent reporting period came to $735,464—not a huge sum, relatively speaking, but a number worth thinking about all the same.

 

New Report from Two Sides Answers Misleading “Green” Claims

Published August 7, 2015

Not sure how to frame the argument about the environmental impact of paper and print? A new collection of facts dispels the myths.

 

No Letup in Experiments with E-Ink and E-Paper

Published August 5, 2015

If e-ink and e-paper haven’t yet taken the world of graphic communications by storm, that doesn’t necessarily mean they never will.

 

Are We Printing More Nutritional Labels than There Are Eyes Willing to Read Them?

Published August 5, 2015

Companies that print food labels work hard to make sure that the information on them is correct. It’s a matter of professional pride and, very often, also one of complying with the law. But, out there in the consumer marketplace, who cares?

 

The Vatican’s “Green” Mission Can Count on Print and Other Media

Published July 27, 2015

Vatican City may be the world’s smallest sovereign state, but it has world-class environmental ambitions as well as the media resources to promote its activism.

 

Paper Industry “Unfolds” Deep-Pocketed Image Campaign to Halt Slide in Demand

Published July 27, 2015

Paper suppliers have made an all-out commitment to putting a floor under the declining use of their products—including levying a volume-based fee on themselves to pay for the effort.

 

Yes We “Can,” and Do, Says New Promo Campaign for Aluminum Containers

Published July 22, 2015

“Open Up to Cans” is what consumers are being urged to do by a can makers’ trade association. But, when it come to beverages, most already have.

 

Tracing the Chester Carlson Story from Photocopier to TV Set

Published July 20, 2015

Everyone who has ever made a photocopy knows the legacy of Chester Carlson, but few outside the graphics industry know his name. A television program may help to give the inventor of xerography the exposure he deserves.

 

Surprise (or Maybe Not): Millennials Are Print Book Lovers, Too

Published July 17, 2015

Everyone makes generalizations about age groups. Those who generalize about younger adults and their feelings for books probably will be wrong.

 

Fortis Solutions Group Grows by Acquisition and by Technical Leaps and Bounds

Published July 14, 2015

An investment banker turned label printer is building a network with a widening geographic reach and a deepening capability in flexo and digital production.

 

Two Sides North America Defends Paper and Print on Many Fronts

Published July 9, 2015

Corporate promulgators of spurious “green” claims that disrespect printing, be warned: a riposte and a recantation may be in your future.

 

Not with A Pop, but A Whimper

Published July 8, 2015

What would Bubble Wrap be without poppability? Alas, we are about to find out.

 

Business Success Is All in the Family at Prystup Packaging Products

Published July 7, 2015

This privately owned folding carton company follows a straight line from its family values to its strategies for business growth.

 

“Cluster” of Companies Aims to Stimulate Papermaking Industry in the Bay State

Published June 24, 2015

There’s strength in numbers—and in “clusters” of businesses like the ones that have come together to reinvigorate paper manufacturing in Massachusetts.

 

Signs and Wonders: Digital Begins to Transform Indoor and Outdoor Displays

Published June 18, 2015

Smart screens that look back at their onlookers are only the beginning of the changes that digital technology will bring to signage and display markets that used to belong to—but now must be shared by—conventional print.

 

Man of Letters: Hermann Zapf and the Art of Packaging Typography

Published June 16, 2015

Typography for packaging design will never be the same after Hermann Zapf—and always will be.

 

Anti-Counterfeiting Technologies Tell Packaging Knock-Offs To Knock It Off

Published June 12, 2015

In a perfect world, food and beverage producers wouldn't have to spend billions to protect themselves against bogus packaging. But, at least they have effective ways to spend the money.

 

Accu-Label Enters the Digital Market at a Pace That Wastes No Time

Published June 9, 2015

A rapid changeover from conventional to digital production was both the cause and the result of the installation of digital printing equipment at Accu-Label Inc.

 

Next-Stage Growth Was Front-of-Mind at Digital Print for Packaging Conference

Published June 5, 2015

Digital printing for packaging has room to grow and the means to achieve that growth. There was plenty of room for discussion about making it happen at a recent symposium of experts in Tampa.

 

Introducing icmPrint, a New Resource for Print Research

Published June 2, 2015

“Champions” of print will work with academics in the field to advance the development of printing technologies on all fronts.

 

Paper Chase: Mcor Pursues 3D Printing Market with Ingredients That Every Printer Knows

Published June 1, 2015

Put ink on paper, and you have a print. Do the same thing as part of a process known as selective deposition lamination, and you can have a three-dimensional object in full, ICC-compliant color.

 

The Pizza Box—Yes, the Pizza Box—Reimagined

Published May 27, 2015

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, it may be because someone has printed or drawn the moon (or another visually arresting image) on the box.

 

Premium Content Two Paper Makers Forge Alliance for High-End Packaging

Published May 26, 2015

Trust, a handshake, and an eye on luxury packaging are behind the newly formed partnership between Mohawk and Arjowiggins Creative Papers.

 

No Letup in Experiments with E-Ink and E-Paper

Published May 25, 2015

If e-ink and e-paper haven’t yet taken the world of graphic communications by storm, that doesn’t necessarily mean they never will.

 

Packaging Salutes America’s Military Personnel in “Hops for Heroes” Campaign

Published May 22, 2015

You can honor those who serve, have served, and will serve in America’s armed forces by buying and quaffing “Homefront IPA” this Memorial Day.

 

Premium Content In Praise of Packaging Engineering, with Specimens that Speak for Themselves

Published May 19, 2015

In a package, you see the design, but you experience the engineering: the underlying combination of technical merits that make it practical to use as well as delightful to behold.

 

Why Can’t We All Be Employed by Employers Like Hammer Packaging ?

Published May 14, 2015

Rochester, NY, is distinguished for many things connected to the printing industry. Hammer Packaging is keeping that tradition alive in an exceptionally employee-friendly way.

 

Eeewww or Edible? Nanoscience May Have an Answer for Food Packaging

Published May 12, 2015

Deciding when packaged food has gone bad is a tough call that we often get wrong. At MIT, they’ve come up with a guesswork-eliminating solution.

 

With Flexcel NX, Kodak Promises to Break New Ground in Flexo Print Quality and Efficiency

Published May 12, 2015

Can flexography do a better job with opaque whites, hard-to-hold details, and other hurdles for packaging printing with the process? Kodak says yes.

 

Read Any Good Books, etc., Lately?

Published May 7, 2015

The concept of what a “book” is means more than it used to—and not just because of the rise of e-reading devices.

 

PET Project: Label-less Labeling

Published May 4, 2015

Every beverage bottle must have a label to identify and brand the product—correct? Not necessarily, says the developer of a direct-printing alternative.

 

“R&D” on a Digital Press Takes Premier Markings to the Next Level in Label Production

Published April 28, 2015

Established seven years ago, this small but visionary shop is a case study in the rise of digital technologies in the label printing segment.

 

Premium Content HP Aims to Disrupt 3D Printing with Inkjet Solution Now on Way to Market

Published April 27, 2015

By adding a third dimension to what it already knows about inkjet printing in two, HP hopes to develop the fastest and most capable 3D printing solution yet seen.

 

Garbage In, Garbage Out, Good Accomplished

Published April 22, 2015

How an earth-friendly cleaning products company called method scours the ocean for plastic waste it can recycle into material for new containers.

 

Premium Content Sun Chemical Heads to INFO*FLEX with a Full Kit of Packaging Solutions

Published April 21, 2015

A vertically integrated ink manufacturer, Sun Chemical takes a concept-to-shelf approach to packaging with a broad range of products and services for printers and converters.

 

Smithers Pira Survey Measures Impact of Digital on In-Store Signage and PoP

Published April 20, 2015

Screen-based advertising technologies are gaining ground in outdoor locations, but the prospects for in-store digital media are less clear. New research aims to find out what they mean for conventionally produced store signage and PoP.

 

Not Sure How to Recycle That Package? Look at the Label

Published April 20, 2015

The How2Recycle Label is a much-needed visual cue in the right place at the right time.

 

What’s My Line? Some Labelers Say, “Linerless”

Published April 17, 2015

Eliminate the peel-away part of a pressure sensitive label while protecting it from the adhesive on the backs of the other labels it’s rolled or stacked with: it can be done and is being done in the solution known as linerless labeling.

 

Does the U.S. Postal Service Have an Unfair Economic Edge?

Published April 6, 2015

A new study contends that the U.S. Postal Service significantly understates the value of the economic advantages it enjoys as a government-mandated monopoly—advantages it can and does leverage in the markets where it competes with private services.

 

“Dear Packaging, I Hate You”

Published April 6, 2015

When designers forget that that the product experience, not the act of opening the package, is what consumers are paying for, things can get stressful.

 

Winston Packaging Moves Into Its Second Century With a Speed Record and a Winning Game Plan

Published March 31, 2015

This North Carolina packaging printing firm has earned its place in a demanding market through stringent quality control, smart technology investments, and ultra-efficient production workflows.

 

Taking A Look Back, and Ahead, at E-ink

Published March 27, 2015

E-ink may not have eclipsed conventional ink-on-paper publishing, but it is far from having run out of applications that showcase its unique capabilities.

 

Packaging Plants Are on the Rise

Published March 25, 2015

While we are waiting for flowers to bloom in the spring, we can admire the recent crop of plant openings or expansions in various segments of the packaging industry.

 

CRON-ECRM Joint Venture Declares Bid for Leadership in CTP

Published March 24, 2015

A Chinese computer-to-plate systems manufacturer and an American counterpart have joined forces to offer CTP devices that they say are as good as if not better than any other such solutions now on the market.

 

GASC’s Ralph Nappi on Moving Graph Expo to Orlando

Published March 20, 2015

On the face of it, all the GASC announcement says is that there will be a one-year detour to Orlando between now and 2017, when the Print show will have its prescheduled run at McCormick Place in Chicago. That’s also where we’ll be heading for Graph Expo this year—no change there, either. So, what’s the larger story?

 

A Dr. Joe Sighting on St. Patrick’s Day at CRON-ECRM Open House

Published March 19, 2015

He may or may not be Irish, but he leads the parade when it comes to straight-talking printers about their obstacles, options, and opportunities.

 

Premium Content HP and KBA Take Aim at Corrugated Packaging Market with HP’s T1100 Simplex Color Inkjet Web Press

Published March 17, 2015

High, wide, and in its own way, handsome: that’s the kind of machine HP and KBA are out to build in HP’s T1100 Simplex Color Inkjet Web Press, a solution meant to introduce digital printing to top liners for corrugated packaging.

 

Sliding Back to 2008: a drupa Retrospective

Published March 13, 2015

An almost-discarded memory stick turns the clock back to 2008 and thoughts to what was important at drupa that year—and now.

 

Learning the Language of Labeling

Published March 12, 2015

The Constantia Flexibles Labels Division of Spear Inc. recently announced that it has found a way to make pressure sensitive labels compatible with recycling methods for bottles molded from PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic. This is a breakthrough, says the company, because it offers an affordable and environmentally friendly solution for bring pressure sensitive labeling to the 400 billion PET bottles the world uses annually.

 

The Primacy of Process: an Interview with Heidelberg’s Jürgen Grimm

Published March 10, 2015

The most successful packaging printing companies that Jürgen Grimm has seen are the ones that have their processes most thoroughly under control. In this interview, the president of Heidelberg USA talks about how that control can be achieved.

 

“Boggs Bills” and the Power of Print in Your Pocket

Published March 9, 2015

Quick: what’s the one form of printed matter that most of us are likeliest to have in our possession at any given moment of the day?

 

PRIMIR Research Explores Tag & Label Printing Trends 2013-2018

Published March 3, 2015

Flexo claims almost two-thirds of tag & label market production, but some brand owners still view it negatively. By 2018, 50% of installed tag & label presses will be digital. There’s more—keep reading.

 

Is There a Case to Be Made for “CPOs”? Kodak Thinks So

Published February 27, 2015

By now, you may have heard about Kodak’s ChiefPackagingOfficer, a new online resource for packaging professionals. If you haven’t, its publisher, Joshua Fedeli, wants you to know why the portal is worth your time, attention, and participation.

 

IDEAlliance Makes A Little Knowledge “Just Enough”

Published February 25, 2015

IDEAlliance has a handy information resource it calls the Just Enough Video Knowledge Bank. It’s a visual glossary of print and publishing technology terms that offers exactly what the name says: “just enough” information about these topics to get a conversation started or to serve as a starting point for deeper research.

 

Regis Delmontagne Comments on Outlook for U.S. Shows

Published February 18, 2015

We heard from Regis Delmontagne in response to a post about the impact of the drupa decision on the timing and planning of U.S. printing trade shows operated by the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC). Delmontagne was president of the National Printing and Equipment Association (NPES), as it was called during his tenure, from 1976 to 2005. He also was president of GASC in the years when the Print and Graph Expo shows reached their peaks of attendance and exhibitor participation.

 

Premium Content What’s New at “the New MBO” Packaging Production, Among Other Things

Published February 17, 2015

Say “MBO” to anyone in the industry, and the reply will be “folders.” That answer still passes the word association test, but it’s far from being the full story of what this diversified supplier of graphic equipment now has to offer printers and packagers.

 

Timing Change for drupa Flutters Pages of U.S. Trade Show Calendar

Published February 13, 2015

Like a pair of planets with intersecting orbits, the drupa and Print expos are going to cross paths on the calendar in 2025 and overlap in six additional years after that through the end of the century.

 

The Water “Bottle” You Can “Eat,” and Other Definition-Stretchers

Published February 12, 2015

What does a package do? It contains, protects, transports, and identifies what’s inside it. That’s the neat, four-cornered functional description of a package. Here are some edgier ones—and a couple that don’t have edges at all.

 

“Radius” of Label and Packaging Capability Grows Longer Within New EFI Enterprise Packaging Suite

Published February 10, 2015

Radius software for MIS/ERP has been at work in label and packaging printing plants for many years. Now part of EFI, Radius will significantly expand its toolkit within a new framework called EFI Enterprise Packaging Suite.

 

Premium Content Heidelberg’s “Vision 2020” Hinges on Growth in Services and Consumables

Published February 3, 2015

When a business model needs reinvigorating, the first thing to do is to revisit the fundamentals. Heidelberg acknowledges this with “Vision 2020,” a strategic redirection that places new emphasis on the non-machinery parts of its portfolio.

 

What We Mean—and Don’t Mean—When We Say, “Sustainable”

Published February 3, 2015

Will it surprise anyone to learn that there’s no universally accepted definition of “sustainable packaging”? Probably not, but the extent of the confusion raises eyebrows all the same. Readers of Packaging Digest discovered this when they scanned the results of a recent survey by the magazine and the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) into what’s standing between packagers and their desire to make their products more sustainable.

 

Premium Content From Across the Atlantic, Lessons to Be Learned About Sustainable Packaging

Published January 27, 2015

A review of recent news about sustainable packaging initiatives in the U.K. and Europe raises confidence that global strategies for managing packaging’s impact on the environment can be developed.

 

AF&PA’s PaperRecycles.org Sends the Right Message the Right Way

Published January 27, 2015

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has done a nice job of consumer outreach with PaperRecycles.org, a new web site that aims at better educating the public about recovering paper and paper-based packaging for recycling.

 

Guinness record: World’s largest wad of paper!

Published January 21, 2015

We can’t improve upon a recent press release from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) about the creation of the world’s largest ball of paper—a stunt with an important point to make about recycling for packaging.

 

Pennsauken, NJ Printer Follows “Value Stream Map” to Packaging Success

Published January 20, 2015

At Contemporary Graphic Solutions, manufacturing efficiency and process improvements are 24/7 preoccupations, especially as they apply to the company’s demanding but rewarding packaging business.

 

Premium Content Precision and Pride Drive Label Manufacturing at Mossberg & Company

Published January 13, 2015

Mossberg & Company, a commercial printer since 1930, has built an equally successful label printing business through judicious investments in technology and scrupulous attention to quality assurance.

 

Nous sommes CTD

Published January 12, 2015

In the midst of the grief and the loathing that last week’s terrorist attacks in France stirred in all of us, there was one small scrap of comfort that touched close to home: the fact that no innocent people were killed at the print shop where the Charlie Hebdo gunmen made their final stand.

 

2015 Should Be Chock-a-Block with Opportunity for Packagers, Market Watchers Say

Published January 8, 2015

The end of the year always brings a flurry of state-of-the-market reports from research organizations and commentators tracking the global packaging industry. Here are pulls from some of the year-end pronouncements for 2014 that we gathered last month. They tell us that despite the unpredictability that always has to be factored into forecasts like these, 2015 is shaping up to be a promising year for the world’s packaging printers and converters.

 

Solid Five-Year Outlook for Corrugated and Paper Boxes

Published December 10, 2014

There's encouraging news for producers of corrugated and paper boxes in a newly released research report which forecasts that demand for these products will increase 2.6% per year to $39.4 billion in 2018.

 

Premium Content How Heidelberg Is Realigning Its Product Offerings to the New Realities of the Label and Packaging Market

Published December 9, 2014

Heidelberg's profile as an equipment manufacturer is not the same as it once was, but its interest in label and packaging production is as keen as ever. This report comes from a high-level briefing that WhatTheyThink received on the company's current ambitions in the L&P equipment market.

 

From Europe, a New Definition for Labeling

Published December 2, 2014

This summer, members of FINAT, the international trade association for self-adhesive labeling and related industries, met in Monte Carlo for an annual congress around the general theme of "The Battle for Shelf Appeal." What emerged were an updated redefinition of labeling and a frank reassessment of the role that labels play in a greatly altered selling environment for packaged goods of all kinds.

 

Memo to self: get all the *?@#! toothpaste out of the tube, or die trying

Published November 26, 2014

Did you know—well, heck, how could anybody know?—that some people are willing to injure themselves if that's what it will take to force the last drop of product out of a container? Or that consumers would rather go to the dentist than see product they've purchased go to waste in packages they can't empty completely?

 

Premium Content Past Is Prologue: 150-Year History Spurs DWS Printing Associates to New Ambitions in Label Production

Published November 18, 2014

Continuous reinvestment and continuous reinvention sum up the strategic thinking at DWS Printing Associates, a Long Island label printing firm with deep roots in the past and a progressive view of the future.

 

And the Winner Is...the Package!

Published November 18, 2014

What lends itself more readily to creative competition than a well designed package? The packaging industry is full of contests that showcase the high degree of graphic innovation that can be found in packages of all types and materials. Here is a short list of some of the competitions that celebrated the art of packaging design in 2014.

 

Holiday Season Marketing and Packaging Trends

Published November 12, 2014

Can it be mid-November already, with preparations for the year-end holidays getting into full swing? Just ask International Paper. The Wall Street Journal recently quoted IP’s chief executive Mark S. Sutton as saying that box orders for the online retail segment have been up 15% year-over-year in 2014 and could continue rising, depending on demand. The story reports that the surge in demand for holiday packaging from both online and traditional retailers is helping to improve the performance of IP’s industrial packaging unit, which provides cardboard boxes, specialty packaging, retail displays, and paper bags.

 

New Survey Report Takes Fact-Based Look at Label & Packaging Market Realities

Published November 11, 2014

Filtering what we know from what we think we know about label and packaging market trends is the objective of “Emerging Technologies for Packaging Innovation,” a newly published report from GrCI Cal Poly and Packaging World.

 

The Beauty of Packaging

Published October 27, 2014

Sometimes, it’s good to step back from the speeds, feeds, and tech specs to reflect on the fact that packages and labels can be, well, downright beautiful. Eye-beguiling examples of the aesthetic gems that high-end production makes possible are all over the Internet.

 

Impact of the Internet on Print

Published October 21, 2014

Messe Düsseldorf, the organizer of the drupa trade fair, recently published a “drupa Global Insights Report” on the impact of the Internet on print. It’s based on responses to a survey from more than 1,000 senior decision-makers in the printing industry, including 240 who furnished personal examples of the impact in their own companies.

 

The Wrap: Label and Packaging Production Solutions at Graph Expo/CPP 2014 (Part 3)

Published October 21, 2014

Post-processing equipment and software solutions for labels and packaging were well represented at Graph Expo/CPP, which has come into its own as a showcase for these applications.

 

The Wrap: Label and Packaging Production Solutions at Graph Expo/CPP 2014 (Part 2)

Published October 14, 2014

The productive, colorful, versatile, and cost efficient digital systems for labels and packaging on display at Graph Expo 2014 will come to be seen as inevitable investments for every printing company that is serious about making it in the label and packaging business.

 

The Wrap: Label and Packaging Production Solutions at Graph Expo/CPP 2014 (Part 1)

Published October 7, 2014

Among printing systems for the quick, attractive, and cost efficient production of labels and packaging, none do it better than or nearly as often as offset and flexographic presses. Conventional label and packaging production was well represented at Graph Expo/CPP 2014.

 

MPS: A Multinational, Multi-Capable, and Multifaceted Packaging Producer

Published September 30, 2014

With a manufacturing footprint that spans more than 50 plants on three continents, Multi Packaging Solutions (MPS) stands at the crossroads of nearly every major market and technological trend in packaging production. In this interview, MPS’s Erin Willigan talks about what it takes for a diversified packaging company to remain a leader on a global scale.

 

Packagers Are Urged to Come to CPP Expo for the “Best Technology Investment Opportunities in Converting and Package Printing”

Published September 23, 2014

Co-located with Graph Expo, the CPP Expo for packaging specialists does full justice to the term “show within a show” by offering a rich mix of exhibits, educational sessions, and technology investment opportunities.

 

“Virtuous and Healthy” Packaging

Published September 18, 2014

“Virtuous and healthy: those are the attributes of tomorrow’s packaging.” That proposition keynotes Packaging trends / The future of manufacturing, a white paper addressing the ethical as well as the technical mandates that packaging manufacturers must uphold in changing consumer cultures.

 

GCS Sets Scholarship Record of $62,000 to Graphic Communication Students

Published September 15, 2014

David Luke, President of GCSF, and Pat Henry talk about the history of the organization and where things are today with their vision of consolidating scholarships through all-volunteer work without overhead costs.

 

CPG Companies Urged to Prepare for a “1-5-10” Digital Future

Published September 12, 2014

Consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies need to plan for a “1-5-10” market in the United States during the next five years, in which digital’s current 1 percent penetration will likely expand to 5 percent and could accelerate to as much as 10 percent in short order. The source is a new report, The Digital Future: A Game Plan for Consumer Packaged Goods, prepared for the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Google, and Information Resources, Inc. (IRI).

 

Premium Content Growing Appreciation for Versatile Substrate Keeps the Pace Brisk at Axis Corrugated Container

Published September 9, 2014

Corrugated board meets a wide range of consumer and non-consumer packaging requirements. Customers who appreciate the full range of functional and creative possibilities with corrugated board are turning to Axis Corrugated Container for help in migrating their packages to the substrate.

 

How Esko and Cape Systems Optimize Packaging for Palletization

Published September 3, 2014

Brad Leonard, Global Business Development - Cape at Esko, gets us up to speed on the Cape unit and gives Pat Henry a beginner's course on "palletization" and how Cape/Esko are able to help optimize the variables that go into it.

 

For Packagers, Some (Pet) Food for Thought

Published August 27, 2014

We Americans love our pets, and there’s no surer proof than the staggering sums we spend on feeding them. That spending drives a gravy train for packagers serving the pet food vertical.

 

Premium Content Redefining Print: Joel Quadracci Discusses Quad/Graphics and the View from the Industry’s Front Ranks

Published August 25, 2014

At the recent PRIMEX East leadership conference by IDEAlliance, Quad/Graphics Chairman, President and CEO Joel Quadracci gave a keynote presentation in which he reviewed the state of the industry, discussed the impact of new technologies, and commented on Quad’s rise to the number two position among all U.S. printing firms.

 

"Mobile Activated Media" Combines Print and Mobile for Better Marketing

Published August 25, 2014

John Puterbaugh, EVP and Chief Digital Officer for Nellymoser, talks to Pat Henry about mobile media and mobile marketing. John explains a philosophy called "mobile activated media".

 

Consumers Say, “Nice Package,” but Only Up to a Point

Published August 20, 2014

If looks were everything, consumers would be over the moon about their packaging. According to packaging solutions provider MeadWestvaco, appearance is the one aspect of packages that consumers rate higher in performance than they do in importance. It's what prompts two-thirds of them to buy products off the shelf without knowing anything about them or doing any research into them.

 

Premium Content Choosing “Commitment” as Its Brand Identity, Lofton Label Regroups and Succeeds

Published August 19, 2014

Lofton Label targets its vertical markets with care and serves its customers with scrupulous attention to detail. In this company profile, CEO Mike Lane talks about how he developed the objectives and implemented the strategy that turned the business around.

 

The Resilience of the Printed Magazine

Published August 11, 2014

At IDEAlliance PRIMEXEAST Pat Henry interviewed Malcolm Netburn, Chairman of CDS Global about the pressure magazines are under and why so many new magazines are started and why they are resilient.

 

EskoWorld 2014 Puts Spotlight on Branded Packaging

Published July 21, 2014

In one way or another, making packages better vehicles for brand communication underlay most of the presentations at EskoWorld 2014, a user conference that drew more than 700 people to Orlando. Esko also used the occasion to launch Suite 14, a software collection that aims to provide a common interface for all participants in the package creation workflow.

 

Premium Content Inkjet’s Irresistible Rise Is Showcased at FESPA Digital 2014

Published June 13, 2014

Last month, being in touch with the latest developments in wide-format inkjet printing for graphic arts and industrial applications meant being at FESPA Digital, a European trade expo billing itself as the “largest focused digital print exhibition worldwide this year.”

 

In Europe, Canon Seeks the Spotlight with “Niagara” Inkjet Press and Other Product-Launch Announcements

Published June 3, 2014

Eager to promote the outcomes of its integration with Océ, Canon is making a concerted marketing effort to acquaint printers worldwide with the merged product lines and ongoing progress in R&D. Lately, Canon has been concentrating the effort in Europe, where it recently made a series of major announcements about new digital printing systems.

 

Premium Content In a “Digital Sneak Peek,” Heidelberg Offers First Word on New Products and a Promise of a Changed Attitude

Published April 8, 2014

In announcing a new and in some ways strikingly different digital strategy, Heidelberg has acknowledged that it can no longer live by sheetfed sales and its own technologies alone.

 

Premium Content DG3 Blasts Off into High-Volume Personalization with the Debut of Its HP T230 Color Inkjet Web Press

Published March 4, 2014

The installation lets customers add high-volume digital web printing to the array of services they buy from DG3, one of the top providers print and visual communication products in the Northeast.

 

Just Between Us: Peering into the Inner Workings of Peer Groups

Published February 24, 2014

Some printers draw their power from peer groups: small, private circles of owners who use candor and confidentiality to solve common problems and share models for business success.

 

NPOA: Newest Star in the Association Constellation Aims to Be the Brightest for Quick and Small Firms

Published February 14, 2014

For an organization that’s said to have come into existence almost by accident, the National Print Owners Association (NPOA) has traveled a remarkably long way in a surprisingly short time.

 

Premium Content IDEAlliance, TAGA, and Their Quests to Make Sense of It All

Published February 7, 2014

IDEAlliance and TAGA are closest things that the industry has to “brain trusts”: trade associations that have taken upon themselves the daunting task of curating the industry’s practical intellectual capital.

 

Premium Content Association Activism at the Grass Roots: PIAlliance, PGAMA, and PIASC

Published January 31, 2014

If all politics is local, the same is true of the work done by the printing industry’s regional trade associations. The executive directors of three PIA regional affiliates discuss how they bring grass-roots insight to the universal challenges of trade association management.

 

PIA and NAPL: Where They Are, and Where They Go from Here

Published January 21, 2014

Because they mirror the industry they serve, the printing industry’s two principal trade associations are seeing a picture they may sometimes have trouble recognizing. But, the groups say they have adapted to circumstances, learned from mistakes, and committed themselves to strategies for stability.

 

With the Ring of a Bell and a Self-Confident Flourish, Kodak Returns to the New York Stock Exchange

Published January 17, 2014

Kodak’s renewed self-confidence as a B2B company focused on imaging for business was on full display as the company grandly relisted its common stock at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on January 8.

 

Premium Content Customized W2P: the New Ingredient for Success in M&As

Published November 25, 2013

Pinpointing the characteristics that make some printing companies more economically attractive than others is the short version of the mission of New Direction Partners (NDP), a consultancy specializing in mergers and acquisitions in the graphic communications industry. Some of these earmarks are classic indicators of the health of a business: cash flow, accounts receivable, EBITDA, and so on. Others, however, stem from emerging trends that NDP monitors as M&A influencers for the industry as a whole.

 

First Customer-Sited Demo Facility for Kodak Is a North Carolina Printing Company More than Worthy of the Distinction

Published November 11, 2013

When Walter Payne entered the printing business from another career, he knew he’d want to do more than printing. Today, his company is so multi-functional that Kodak is using part of the plant as a demo facility for some of its most advanced digital production technologies.

 

Dainippon Screen Joins the Push for What It Sees as the Irresistible Rise of Inkjet

Published October 28, 2013

Dainippon Screen wants to be a major part of the conversation about the rise of inkjet and the fall of old assumptions about print production. But, as inkjet comes to the fore, the conversation could get uncomfortably blunt for some.

 

Some Ways to Make Them Say, “I Didn’t Know They Could Do That with Print!”

Published September 19, 2013

Print has abundant possibilities as a creative medium—an attribute that deserves more attention from creatives than it sometimes gets.

 

In the Print M&A Marketplace, Amateurs and Generalists Need Not Apply

Published September 13, 2013

You’ve placed your company's future into the hands of a self-styled M&A adviser. But do you truly understand what your agent’s qualifications are and where the relationship is going to take you?

 

No Matter What Its Critics Say, Print Is Doing Just Fine, Thank You

Published September 10, 2013

Ah, the travails of traditional media. Who among us hasn’t stifled a groan, or at least a yawn, upon being reminded by the digerati that the path ahead for print leads nowhere else but down?

 

Determined to “Prosper” in Digital Print, AGS Turns to Kodak Inkjet Web Press

Published September 9, 2013

The centerpiece of digital production at AGS Print & Marketing Communications is an inkjet web press with a combination of capabilities that the president of the company calls “marketing’s Holy Grail” for print.

 

Kodak Proclaims, “We Are Ready” for Whatever Life after Chapter 11 May Bring

Published September 6, 2013

On Kodak’s first full day in business after emerging from bankruptcy, Antonio Perez, its chairman and CEO, detailed the company’s plans to rebuild its stature as a supplier of technology solutions in a narrower cross-section of markets than it once served.

 

Why Going It Alone in an M&A Can Mean Going Nowhere at All

Published August 5, 2013

Printers are self-reliant by nature. But, the pitfalls of selling a company or buying one without expert assistance should make even the most rugged individualist think twice.

 

Strategizing the Acquisition: A Road Map for Buyers

Published July 22, 2013

Today, for many printers, “growth” means “growth by acquisition.” In strategizing a deal to buy another company, purchase price is not the first thing to focus on.

 

Expectations are High for Xerox CiPress Coming on Stream at R. E. Gilmore Corporation

Published July 19, 2013

At R.E. Gilmore Corporation, the Xerox CiPress will hit the ground running in an environment where high-volume digital printing is both a specialty and an everyday routine.

 

The Print 13 Decision and Its Rationale: An Interview with Heidelberg’s Andy Rae

Published June 19, 2013

Heidelberg won’t be at Print 13, but the company says it has other means of telling its story and exhibiting its wares. This interview casts light on Heidelberg’s new marketing strategy.

 

When Sellers Say, ‘Show Me the Money,’ What Should They Expect to See?

Published June 7, 2013

Everyone with a printing company to sell dreams of making a deal with full payment in cash at closing. That’s an achievable outcome for some sellers, but not for others. Two case studies provide a helpful dose of realism.

 

Why Printers Must Ask Themselves, “Is My Business Irreplaceable?”

Published May 6, 2013

The profitability gap between the best-performing and the weakest printing firms is wider than ever. It reflects the difference between the “haves”—firms with effective strategies for competitive differentiation—and the “have nots,” which lack them.

 

Definitions Shift and Understandings Change as “Printing” Takes On a Third Dimension

Published April 29, 2013

Although it may be difficult for traditionalists to imagine, “printing” can be done in more dimensions than two. The Inside Printing 3D Conference and Expo made clear why this high-touch manufacturing process is gaining increased attention both as an emerging technology and as an investment opportunity.

 

We Have A Pope—and His Apostle to the Printers

Published April 1, 2013

In one of his first official acts since his election as pontiff, Pope Francis has unveiled a radically new strategy for proselytizing to the world: he’ll carry on the work of St. Peter through an international network of printing companies he intends the Church to acquire.

 

Integrating Impika: A Talk with Xerox’s Andrew Copley

Published March 26, 2013

Although the ink is barely dry on the deal that has made Impika a unit of Xerox, the acquirer believes that bringing its target into the fold will give it the major-player status in inkjet that it has been seeking.

 

Printing Industries Alliance Hosts A Solid and Satisfying “Innovation Forum” on Long Island

Published March 22, 2013

Regional printing trade shows mostly are things of the past - vendors can’t justify the expense of exhibiting at these local affairs, and printers can’t find the time to attend them. All of the above may be true, but in spite of that, members of the industry still find value in the knowledge-sharing camaraderie that only face-to-face encounters can provide.

 

Is Kodak Finally Nearing the End of Its Journey from Silver Halide to Silver Lining?

Published March 20, 2013

Kodak has had some serious losses to report lately. But, the company insists that other numbers make more sense to focus on as it drives ahead with its plan to emerge from bankruptcy.

 

What's the Good Word in Mergers and Acquisitions? Most of the Time, Ssshhh!

Published March 7, 2013

If silence is golden in most of the affairs of life, in M&A transactions, it’s pure platinum. Nothing assures a better outcome for a deal—or yields a worse one if it’s violated—than maintaining a policy of tight information control while negotiations are under way.

 

Premium Content Contrary to Reports, Ferrostaal Continues to Operate in North America; Relationship with Ryobi Remains Intact

Published February 22, 2013

Rumors were circulating earlier this week about the reported closure of Ferrostaal Equipment Solutions North America Inc., but the facts don’t bear them out. WhatTheyThink has learned that the Houston, TX based print equipment and services provider remains in operation, albeit with a new president, a smaller staff, and a reduced portfolio.

 

Gotcha! Heading Off the Hassles of Inconvenient Truths in M&As

Published February 15, 2013

Sometimes, sheer embarrassment can kill a merger—the shock of suddenly having to account for issues that ought to have been dealt with earlier in the process. Privately held printing companies can be prone to the kinds of errors that embarrass sellers and thwart M&As.

 

To B2 or Not To B2? Sandy Alexander Says ‘Yes’ in Its Beta Test of an HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press

Published February 11, 2013

Many in the industry are still speculating about where B2-format digital presses fit into the scope of commercial print production. Sandy Alexander is weighing the merits of B2 digital printing for itself by beta-testing one of the most advanced examples of the technology.

 

Ipex Redux: UK-Based Trade Show Gets A New Digital Direction for 2014

Published February 7, 2013

No trade show has taken more lumps lately than Ipex, the quadrennial print and graphic media expo in the UK. But its owner has declared that when Ipex opens for a six-day run in London on March 24, 2014, it will be a new show with a sharper focus and greater value for exhibitors and attendees alike.

 

Citing Diminished Relevance of Traditional Trade Shows, Kodak to Bow Out of Most Events

Published January 28, 2013

Don’t look for exhibits by Eastman Kodak Co. at Print 13 in Chicago this year, at IPEX 14 in the U.K next year, or at most other graphic communications trade shows after that. In a statement published last Friday, the company announced it would significantly reduce its participation in conventional trade shows and turn to other means of engaging with its customers.

 

Premium Content The Edge of Technology, the Color of Success

Published January 18, 2013

WhatTheyThink recently visited two German printing houses that provide an aspirational lesson for printers everywhere who want to know how far investments in production technologies can take growth-minded companies.

 

Premium Content In Year-End Review, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG Sums Up and Looks Ahead

Published January 15, 2013

Still #1 in sheetfed, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG nevertheless is adjusting to a new place in an industry over which it used to loom larger. Its leaders outlined the company’s go-forward strategy in a year-end media briefing that hinted at significant change to come.

 

A Print Business Pro Takes the Long View of an Industry in Transition

Published January 14, 2013

In real estate, they say, it’s all about location, location, location. In business consulting, the triple crown is perspective, perspective, perspective. The most recent addition to the consulting team at New Direction Partners brings a long and multi-angled view of the printing industry to his new role as an architect of mergers and acquisitions within it.

 

Kodak Exec Says Company Has Reached “Turning Point” in Quest to Emerge from Chapter 11

Published November 26, 2012

As it has at previous stages of its effort to put its troubles behind it, Kodak has reached out to the trade media with another update on the progress it claims to be making toward orderly emergence from bankruptcy. We spoke recently with Chris Payne, Kodak’s vice president - marketing, business to business, about the latest developments and about Kodak’s long-term plan to renew itself as a provider of graphic production technologies.

 

NDP's Steenburgh Asks: As We Grow Our Businesses, Are We Having "Fun" Yet?

Published November 6, 2012

Frank Steenburgh says one thing his long experience as a business-builder has taught him is that growing revenues and profit will always be more fun and rewarding than cutting costs. Read why.

 

Some Metro Firms Report Recovery in Sandy’s Devastating Wake

Published November 2, 2012

No small part of the $50 billion economic loss being attributed to storm Sandy will come from business interruptions suffered by printing firms throughout the tristate metro region. Wherever the damage was worst, the toll taken on these highly vulnerable manufacturing operations was highest. Many remain out of commission, their electrical power gone, their communications severed, their work piling up, and their employees stranded at home with gas gauges pointing at empty.

 

70 Strong At Graph Expo, AlphaGraphics and Its Franchisees Look Forward to Better Times Under New Ownership

Published October 30, 2012

AlphaGraphics franchise owners came en masse to Graph Expo 2012, where Art Coley, the president of the network, briefed WhatTheyThink on steps taken to revitalize the business centers and the company as whole.

 

Premium Content All the News from Lake Ontario: Kodak and Xerox Offer Updates on Their Strategic Plans at Graph Expo

Published October 23, 2012

At Graph Expo, both presented status reports: Kodak, on continuing to manage its emergence from bankruptcy; Xerox, on maintaining its commitment to graphics as the company shifts increasingly towards services.

 

How Valuation and Post-Transaction Intent Mold the Shape of M&As To Come

Published October 22, 2012

For printers seeking to acquire another company or to be acquired by one, the options are straightforward. Where does your business fit in the M&A planning matrix?

 

The "Great Communicator" Wows 'em in the Windy City with Something Very Tiny-and Potentially Very Huge

Published October 11, 2012

Nobody else could have made as persuasive a case for an as-yet unproven technology as Benny Landa did at Graph Expo when he captivated a crowd with his vision of nanographic printing.

 

Silence, or Something Pleasantly Close to It, Is Golden at Graph Expo

Published October 10, 2012

If you listen closely, you can hear the new, quieter sound of Graph Expo. It's easier on the ears, and it makes for a much improved trade show experience.

 

A Print Industry "Oligopoly" is on the Way: Are You In, or Are You Out?

Published September 18, 2012

Given present trends, the industry could be dominated by a relative handful of firms in a few years. Some companies can grow profitably into this new landscape. Others can make a safe exit before it fully unfolds. Each outcome demands a strategy-now.

 

Visit to HP “Experience Center” Finds the Graphic Solutions Business Unit in “Business as Usual” Mode

Published August 24, 2012

Recent news from HP has been turbulent, raising questions about the status of the company’s graphics business. Some light was shed last week at a customer event at HP’s Graphic Arts Experience Center.

 

Pouring Another Cup O’ Joe: Points for Sellers to Ponder as the M&A Climate Improves

Published August 14, 2012

A pent-up eagerness for deals makes it all the more important for those venturing back into the M&A marketplace as sellers to be clear about why they should sell—and why buyers should want to acquire them.

 

Fail To Plan, Plan To Fail: the Necessity of Strategizing Acquisitions

Published July 30, 2012

It may be possible to run a printing company without a formal plan, but buying or selling a printing company will be very difficult to bring off successfully without the help of a written roadmap. An acquisition plan is a vital navigation aid that guides the process and certifies the desirability of the deal.

 

Clean and Simple: FlexoConcepts Offers Uncomplicated Solution for Better Washups

Published July 3, 2012

With its microprocessors, relays, sensors, and software, a modern printing press is a marvel at squeezing time and cost out of production runs. But, one maker of press cleaning accessories contends that these complex systems can still get a big helping hand in a key press function from a simple but strategically placed strip of durable plastic.

 

Steve Forbes Accepts 26th Prism Award from NYU-SCPS at Record-Setting Event

Published June 28, 2012

The graphic communications industry continues to struggle with declining sales, squeezed profit margins, restricted access to capital, and business pressures of every imaginable kind. But, none of that has dampened the enthusiasm of those who support the Prism Awards, a high-profile achievement recognition program that rings with optimism every year under the auspices of New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS).

 

M&A Mythbusting: Just How Good an Investment Is a General Commercial Printing Business?

Published June 12, 2012

Some think that general commercial printing companies aren’t worthy targets for acquisition by other printing firms. That’s a major misperception, say the M&A experts of NDP.

 

drupa Post-Show Report: Around the Messe in 50 Tweets

Published June 8, 2012

This time, instead of a long-form review of product announcements at drupa 2012, here are the highlights in a format that many of us are getting accustomed to: Tweetable bursts of 140 characters or less.

 

Two State-of-the-Industry Briefings at drupa Give Equal Reason for Optimism and Concern

Published May 21, 2012

“We need to be in the outcome business, not the output business,” said a printing executive at drupa. “They trust you,” said a senior spokesman for a vendor about the underlying strength of printer-customer relationships. Both presentations were rich in insights about the state of print markets and the prospects that printers will discover in them.

 

You Closed the Deal—What’s Next? Here Are the Steps To Take Now That the Ink Is Dry

Published May 15, 2012

Inking the merger of two printing companies is the formality that signals the beginning of the hard part: implementation. Methodical planning and careful communication can go a long way toward smoothing the transition.

 

At drupa, Senior Executives Take the 10,000-foot View

Published May 14, 2012

As would be expected during an event of this kind, most of the media briefings at drupa were focused on product announcements and technology introductions. From time to time, though, speakers put the salesmanship aside and offered broader commentary on industry trends and print market conditions.

 

Xerox “drupa Visualizer” Tracks Top Tweets and Trends

Published May 9, 2012

It's better to label drupa 2012 “the _______ drupa” with the prefix of your choice, so try dipping into the Xerox “drupa visualizer.” This live infographic lets Xerox track and share the top trends being discussed in relation to drupa across the Twitterverse.

 

First Reactions to drupa 2012: Searching for a “Big Picture” of the Big Show

Published May 8, 2012

What were the principal take-aways from drupa 2012? What was new and exciting in the exhibit halls? Where is the industry headed? We’re sifting our notebooks for the answers. In the meantime, here are some broad observations about the character and “feel” of the show.

 

Plaudits from Pundits Are Abundant in “Tribute to Tribute” at drupa

Published May 8, 2012

Regular readers of WhatTheyThink need no reminder of who Andy Tribute is or of how much value he has added to the WhatTheyThink editorial space. Admirers of his writing probably will not be surprised to learn that his peers hold him in as much personal affection as they do in professional esteem.

 

Package Printing to Be a Highlight of KBA’s drupa Presentations

Published May 2, 2012

Much of the activity at KBA’s stand in Hall 16 at drupa will center upon packaging, an application in which the company has always claimed a competitive edge. At drupa, KBA will reassert the claim with systems it describes as engineered to meet today’s highest-priority requirements in packaging production.

 

At drupa, KBA’s RotaJET 76 Digital Inkjet Press Will Reveal Deep Roots in Web Offset Production

Published April 26, 2012

KBA’s venture into digital printing with its new RotaJET 76 inkjet web press has origins in a market that the company knows well: high-volume offset web production.

 

At drupa, Social Media Will Help Xerox Share the Experience

Published April 23, 2012

When Xerox exhibits at drupa, its presence won’t be limited to stand A62 in hall 8b. Throughout the show, the company intends to maintain an equally high profile in the realm of social media as it attempts to viralize not just its own drupa experience but the pulse and the intelligence of the event as a whole.

 

KBA Prepares for drupa in Confident, Customer-Focused Frame of Mind

Published April 16, 2012

Every four years, the international printing community gathers at drupa and asks itself a question: How are we doing? The Koenig & Bauer Group (KBA) believes that if every vendor’s experience over the last few years had been as positive as its own, the collective answer would have to be: Never better.

 

High-Profile Industry Figure in Latest Role: Frank Steenburgh, a.k.a “DocuFrank,” Joins NDP as Partner

Published April 16, 2012

It would be impossible to speak for very long about the evolution of digital printing without bringing Frank Steenburgh’s name into the conversation.

 

Geographics: Portrait of a Printing Company with M&A in Mind

Published March 12, 2012

Ever since he founded Geographics in 1976, Norvin Hagan hasn’t tried to purchase another company—until now. Read why he’s ready to complement organic growth with the kind that comes from a well planned and executed acquisition.

 

PrintCity Alliance Builds Momentum for Strong Showing at drupa 2012 (Part 2)

Published February 28, 2012

By exhibiting as a group at drupa 2012, the members of the PrintCity Alliance hope to present a continuum of solutions that visitors will find well adapted to the new realities of the print marketplace. Previews of some of their show offerings are here.

 

PrintCity Alliance Builds Momentum for Strong Showing at drupa 2012

Published February 21, 2012

At drupa 2012, the PrintCity Alliance will emphasize and promote the future of print from its usual location on the Messe Düsseldorf fairgrounds. Last week, some of its members gave a preview of what awaits visitors to Hall 6.

 

Expect a Stepped-up Pace of M&As in 2012, for All the Right Reasons

Published February 6, 2012

No matter what is happening to other print industry metrics, M&As are trending up. This can be to the advantage of many printing companies seeking growth or a path to staying in operation.

 

Premium Content SpyderLynk’s SnapTags Strive for Acceptance

Published January 30, 2012

There’s a notable gap between consumers’ understanding of QR codes and their willingness to use them. A company called SpyderLynk has a solution aimed at helping image-based mobile marketing to fulfill the potential that has eluded QR codes.

 

Kodak Means to Stay the Course in Graphic Communications Throughout Chapter 11 Reorganization

Published January 20, 2012

Kodak will continue to advance its graphic communications business as it tries to emerge from bankruptcy, treating its digital printing, plate, and workflow operations as keys to survival and future success.

 

Cathedral Corporation: Portrait of a Printing Company with M&A in Mind

Published January 16, 2012

Technical innovation and customer care are the main ingredients in the recipe for growth at Cathedral Corporation, which now aims to accelerate its expansion with the well-planned acquisition of another printing firm. President and CEO Marianne Gaige describes her objectives in this interview.

 

For Three Firms That Grew by Acquisition, the Art of the Deal Came from the Guidance of Their Professional M&A Advisors

Published October 24, 2011

Even experienced fishermen know that there are times when they shouldn’t cast a fly without the help of a fishing guide. A guide knows where the best fishing holes are and how to land the prize fish in them. It’s much the same with mergers and acquisitions in the printing industry. The best catches are made when the principals rely on the skills of deal-savvy M&A advisors.

 

Alleging Breach of Contract, Kodak Files Suit Against Collins Ink

Published October 21, 2011

The commercial dispute between Kodak and Collins Ink Corporation has escalated into a legal wrangle with Kodak’s filing of a lawsuit that charges the inkjet ink manufacturer with breach of contract.

 

Promising to Protect Customers, Kodak and Collins Ink Corp. Part Ways

Published October 14, 2011

With each vowing that customers won’t be harmed as a result of their estrangement, Kodak and Collins Ink Corporation have come to the abrupt end of a 10-year deal whereby the latter supplied the former with inkjet inks for Versamark digital presses.

 

Pouring Another "Cup O Joe": Lenders Talk About Lending (Part 2)

Published October 10, 2011

As everyone knows, the recession has made business financing hard to come by. In this two-part “Cup O Joe,” lenders to the printing industry report that loan products are available and discuss how printers can obtain them.

 

Low Prices, New Features Mark New Crop of Kindle Devices from Amazon

Published September 30, 2011

This week, Amazon unveiled four aggressively priced content delivery devices: one, a multimedia tablet aimed squarely at Apple's market-dominating iPad; the other three, the latest iterations of Amazon's popular Kindle e-reader.

 

"Too Good" Was (Almost) the Phrase for Print Production Technologies at Graph Expo (Part 2)

Published September 28, 2011

Whatever may be happening to the demand for print, Graph Expo 2011 made one thing abundantly clear: never before have printers had as many options as they now possess for adding beauty, charisma, and value to a piece of paper.

 

"Too Good" Was (Almost) the Phrase for Print Production Technologies at Graph Expo (Part 1)

Published September 23, 2011

Whatever may be happening to the demand for print, Graph Expo 2011 made one thing abundantly clear: never before have printers had as many options as they now possess for adding beauty, charisma, and value to a piece of paper.

 

Whole is Greater than Sum of Parts in KBA-Donnelley, Xanté-Memjet Joint Ventures Announced At Graph Expo

Published September 13, 2011

"Convergence" in the graphic communications industry can mean many things, but at Graph Expo, it describes what happens when vendors pool their R&D resources to create production solutions more formidable than anything they could have devised by themselves.

 

Remarks by Heidelberg Chairman Provide Appropriate Context for Opening of Graph Expo

Published September 12, 2011

Opening-day remarks at Graph Expo by Bernhard Schreier captured the tone of the event and offered a restrained but still optimistic outlook for global print markets.

 

Pouring Another "Cup O Joe": Lenders Talk About Lending (Part 1)

Published August 22, 2011

As everyone knows, the recession has made business financing hard to come by. In this two-part "Cup O Joe," lenders to the printing industry report that loan products are available and discuss how printers can obtain them.

 

NexSteps for NexPress as SX Platform Debuts

Published August 11, 2011

Kodak's NexPress SX digital color production platform is a reminder that while inkjet systems have tended to snare most of the attention from the graphic arts trade media of late, there’s still plenty of technical innovation to write about on the toner-based side as well.

 

Espresso Machine in NYC's SoHo Brews not Coffee but Print-on-Demand Books

Published August 9, 2011

The new Espresso Book Machine (EBM) at McNally Jackson Books is an experiment in non-traditional publishing that just might represent the start of a new paradigm for bringing books to market, one independent bookseller and one print-on-demand title at a time.

 

PrintCity Alliance Promotes Poll for Print Lovers

Published July 29, 2011

PrintCity Alliance is running an online survey that invites print fans to count (and measure) the ways they love the medium and its role in the graphic communications mix.

 

What Would You Do for $5? Want To Find Out Why the Answer Matters to Graphic Communications?

Published July 22, 2011

Have you heard about Fiverr, “The place for people to share things they’re willing to do for $5”? If you’ve ever wondered what the five-dollar phrase “digital disintermediation” really means, Fiverr is a cyber bazaar full of answers.

 

Deconstructing Deals That Didn't Happen (Part 2)

Published July 19, 2011

Some M&A transactions in the printing industry fall apart before they reach the signing stage. Other deals, however, come undone after the ink is dry, and often for reasons that should have been obvious all along. New Direction Partners looks at how to stay out of the latter trap.

 

A Slightly Belated Happy 125th Birthday to the Linotype, Ottmar Mergenthaler’s Miraculous Machine

Published July 13, 2011

The recent Independence Day holiday weekend passed largely without notice of the 125th anniversary of the introduction of the Linotype Type Casting Machine on July 3, 1886. But awareness of this amazing device could rise with the upcoming release of Linotype: the Film.

 

“Monster Machine,” a.k.a. Kodak PROSPER 5000XL Digital Color Inkjet Press, Takes Center Stage at Mercury Print Productions

Published July 6, 2011

On June 30, Mercury Print Productions cut the red ribbon on a Kodak PROSPER 5000XL digital color inkjet press that had already printed in excess of 20 million impressions and was said to be well on its way to producing many millions more.

 

GCSF Underwrites 29 Young Scholars of Design and Graphics; Alan Siegel Accepts “Champion of Education” Award

Published June 24, 2011

Twenty-nine students have received a total of $40,000 in grants from the Graphic Communications Scholarship Award and Career Advancement Foundation, an organization that has disbursed nearly $300,000 for graphics education since 2002.

 

2011 NYU Prism Award Goes to RRD’s Thomas Quinlan; Alumni Award Is Presented to NAPL's Joseph Truncale

Published June 21, 2011

The New York University (NYU) Prism Award Luncheon celebrated its 25th anniversary today by conferring the honor for which it is named upon Thomas J. Quinlan III, president and CEO of R.R. Donnelley and Sons Company. Also honored was Joseph P. Truncale, president and CEO of the National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL), who was named the recipient of the 2011 Alumni Award.

 

Deconstructing Deals That Didn’t Happen (Part 1)

Published June 21, 2011

M&A transactions sometimes fall through. Poor judgment, misinformation, adverse business developments, and personal antagonisms can drive principals apart despite the mutual advantages of deals that should bring them together. This two-part article examines how and why they fail.

 

In 600 Square Feet, A Whole Wide World of Craft Printing

Published June 16, 2011

“My middle name is Franklin, so I had to become a printer.” And so Dave Moody did, honoring a family heritage and perpetuating the traditional arts of printing on vintage but very busy letterpress equipment.

 

Canon and Guests Investigate “Success with Print” in NYC

Published June 10, 2011

Canon brought its “Success with Print” educational series to New York City on June 7. The session was one stop on a 15-city tour aimed at helping printers locate new growth and profitability in a market where these opportunities are becoming increasingly hard to find.

 

Sacks, Bensen, and Heidelberg Accept Educational Tributes at 2011 Gamma Gold Key Award Ceremony

Published June 4, 2011

On June 2 in New York City, Bob Sacks, a.k.a. “BoSacks,” became the 114th recipient of the Gamma Gold Key Award. Also honored for exceptional support of education were Annette Wolf Bensen and Heidelberg USA.

 

Despite Help from Friends, Historic Print Shop in NYC Faces Possibility of Permanent Closure

Published June 1, 2011

Supporters of New York City’s historic Bowne & Co. Stationers are rallying to save it, but against what appear to be very long odds. Its parent organization has closed the storefront at 211 Water Street, stunning fans of the printing office and its extensive collections of antique types, type specimen books, and equipment.

 

A Visit from a Chinese Publishing Delegation, and a Thought about “the Human Factor” Behind the Numbers

Published May 11, 2011

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to brief a group of visiting Chinese publishers and printers on the state of the industry as experienced by their counterparts in the U.S. Our discussion highlighted the similarities that link China’s and America’s publishing sectors amidst profound market shifts in both countries. It also illuminated a few notable differences that distinguish our industry’s attitude toward change from theirs.

 

“The Freedom Press” Makes Art of the Art of Printing

Published May 6, 2011

“Heavy metal” is the printing industry’s affectionate term for presses. It also denotes the material that accounts for 95% of what a conventional printing machine is made of. Now, a sculptor has unconventionally added bamboo, cork, oak, and rope to the equation—and the result serves equally well as an art object and as a functioning example of the thing it represents.

 

Judge’s Ruling Threatens Some Reforms at McCormick Place; “Disappointed” Reaction from Graphic Arts Show Company

Published April 28, 2011

It was to have been a new deal for exhibitors at Graph Expo, Print, and scores of other trade shows at Chicago’s McCormick Place: a set of legislative reforms aimed at making it easier and less expensive to produce events at the lakeside expo and convention center. But, a recent ruling by a federal judge has overturned some of those changes and may keep them from being retained.

 

Plant Tours: Excursions to Nowhere?

Published April 26, 2011

We came across this post about printing plant tours while researching something else. The writer is a consultant who sells branding, marketing, and design services, and he’s clearly somebody who’s spent a lot of time inside printing plants.

 

In Brooklyn, Duggal Visual Solutions Becomes Extramural Classroom for Students from NYCCT

Published April 21, 2011

Students in the department of Advertising Design and Graphic Arts (ADGA) at New York City College of Technology (NYCCT) saw high-end digital printing in action on a recent field trip to Duggal Visual Solutions in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

 

Devil in the Details: Issues and Answers in M&As

Published April 21, 2011

A successful M&A transaction is the sum of many carefully fashioned parts. This month, New Direction Partners and Margolis Becker delve into the details with comments on how deals can be influenced by client concentration; plant ownership; non-compete agreements with salespeople; acquired management teams; post-acquisition price increases; and personally guaranteed debt.

 

Report Explores New Digital Dimensions of the News Media

Published April 13, 2011

Did you know that seven of the top 25 newspapers in the United States are now owned by hedge funds? Facts like this abound in The State of the News Media 2011, recently released by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. It’s must reading for anyone trying to make sense of what digital technologies are doing to the market for mass communications.

 

Stories from the Farthest Shores of Sheetfed: Five Printers Share Their Experiences with KBA’s Mighty Rapida 205 (Part II)

Published April 8, 2011

Five printers representing nearly half the installed base of KBA Rapida 205s in the U.S. say that the performance of this 59.5" x 81" press is as impressive as sheet size. They speak assuredly of the big improvements that the industry’s biggest press has made, or is fully expected to make, to the foundations of their businesses.

 

Professionals Seek New Bearings at Publishing Business Conference & Expo (Part 2)

Published April 7, 2011

Today, thanks to digital production technologies, anyone can publish a book, and the same goes for magazines. How mainstream book and magazine publishers are confronting new business models in which nearly anything (and anyone) goes was a thread running through many of the presentations at this week’s Publishing Business Conference & Expo in New York City.

 

Stories from the Farthest Shores of Sheetfed: Five Printers Share Their Experiences with KBA’s Mighty Rapida 205 (Part I)

Published April 7, 2011

The smallest format it can print is a bigger piece of paper than most sheetfed plants have ever handled. It’s hard to avoid superlatives when describing KBA’s 59.5" x 81" Rapida 205, the world’s largest sheetfed offset press—especially when five printers representing nearly half of its installed base in the U.S. say that its performance is every bit as impressive as its sheet size.

 

Professionals Seek New Bearings at Publishing Business Conference & Expo (Part 1)

Published April 5, 2011

Delivering worthy content to receptive audiences remains a cornerstone concept in the publishing industry, but it’s almost the only certainty left. Keynote speakers at this week’s Publishing Business Conference & Expo in New York City tried to identify additional strategies for staying relevant, compelling, and profitable in a game where digital alternatives to the older models write new rules every day.

 

The Social Network: Enter Heidelberg

Published April 1, 2011

In typically methodical fashion, Heidelberg has embraced the social media. Through these channels, grouped for convenient access here, the graphic equipment manufacturer hopes to enrich its dialogue with the marketplace by getting a better handle on what Heidelberg customers are saying to each other about its products and services.

 

Heidelberg Plays Host To SkillsUSA Competition

Published March 28, 2011

Congratulations to the winners, and a tip of the hat to their host. Two weeks ago, Heidelberg turned its Kennesaw, GA, Technology Center into a venue for a statewide competition in SkillsUSA’s search for the nation’s rising young stars in graphic communications and advertising design.

 

Pouring Another “Cup O Joe”: the Essentials of M&A Valuation

Published March 16, 2011

"What's my company worth to a buyer?" Easy to ask, but not so easy to answer correctly. This month, New Direction Partners and Margolis Becker explain the multiple-of-EBITDA formula that's used to determine pricing in many conventional acquisitions. They also discuss asset-based valuation for tuck-ins and note the commission structures that sellers can expect to receive in M&As of this type.

 

The Social Printshop: Your Friends to Your Wall, via Facebook

Published March 7, 2011

There’s not much crossover between the parallel universes of print and the social media, but Benjamin Lotan is out to change that—once Facebook poster at a time. He’s the creator and the proprietor of The Social Printshop, an online service that lets habitués of Facebook and other social networking sites celebrate their relationships in hard-copy form.

 

Another “Windmill” Just Keeps on Turning

Published February 26, 2011

If a sturdily-built iron letterpress is carefully maintained and properly operated, shouldn’t it last forever? Well, forever is a long time. But so is five decades, the span of years across which Florida printer Buddy West has operated the same Original Heidelberg letterpress at Panama City Publishing Co. in that town's St. Andrews district.

 

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee: Straight Talk about M&As in A “Cup O Joe”

Published February 16, 2011

The partners at New Direction Partners join financial management firm Margolis Becker for the monthly Cup O Joe, a conference call with printers on a selected topic. With the help of NDP partners Peter Schaefer and Jim Russell, Cup O Joe tackled the topic “Acquiring A Company from an Owner’s Perspective.” Some excerpts are presented here.

 

Scannable Valentine’s Day Stamps Say “XOXO” in QR

Published February 11, 2011

Nobody ever called QR codes pretty to look at. But then, nobody has taken QR codes to heart in quite the same way as Chunghwa Post, the postal system of the Republic of China (Taiwan). For Valentine’s Day, the agency has turned the stark black-and-white of these print-leveraging symbols into a palette of pastels with an underlying message of love—a sentiment that’s welcome in the mailbox on any day of the year.

 

GrCI at Cal Poly Installs Cutter Donated by Heidelberg

Published February 8, 2011

“In our DNA” is a bit of corporate-speak that we’re all probably tired of hearing, but every now and then, it really does express the depth of a company’s commitment to a principle or a cause that it takes seriously. Heidelberg, for one, would be fully entitled to use the phrase to describe its support for industry education—just ask the Graphic Communication Institute (GrCI) at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly).

 

OSHA to Flagrant Workplace Safety Violators: Prepare to Be SVEPt Up

Published February 7, 2011

Last year Congress deliberated a bill that would have significantly increased penalties for workplace safety violations uncovered by OSHA. To the relief of business advocacy groups, the bill didn’t become law, but this doesn’t mean that the agency hasn’t been stepping up its efforts against unsafe workplaces in other ways.

 

Coming Soon: “Gutenberg’s Buyers Guides,” Purchasing Directories for Printers—in Print

Published February 4, 2011

The U.S. printing industry has been without commercially produced, regionalized trade directories since the Graphic Arts Blue Books ceased publication in print last year. But, printers gazing wistfully at the empty space on the shelf where the old Blue Books used to go should dust off that space and keep it open—a new set of hard-copy purchasing guides is on its way from north of the border.

 

Report: Heidelberg To Challenge “Performance” Digital Presses with Hybrid Litho/Digital Offering

Published January 31, 2011

As it stages its re-entry into the digital print equipment market, Heidelberg is out to make high-end digital presses from other suppliers “irrelevant.” That, at least, is the word used and the conclusion reached by the UK trade publication PrintWeek in a recent report on Heidelberg’s emerging digital strategy.

 

In an M&A Deal, Time Is on Your Side—Until It Isn’t

Published January 24, 2011

Knowing when to do the deal is probably the trickiest judgment call in any merger of printing companies. Correct timing is a must for both parties, but choosing the right moment to step forward into the M&A marketplace rests with the seller. It’s a decision that calls for introspective as well as strategic thinking.

 

Experts Probe for Answers in Panel Discussion on “The Future of Book Publishing” at NYPL

Published January 14, 2011

When did the market for printing’s most time-honored product—the book—become so difficult to read? A cross-section of publishing experts tried to sort out the issues in a panel discussion earlier this week at the New York Public Library, courtesy of Kodak.

 

Can We Deconstruct This Postal "Restructuring"?

Published January 10, 2011

Below is the text of a press release issued last week by the U.S. Postal Service. It is headed, "Postmaster General Restructures U.S. Postal Service/Layers Eliminated, Officer Ranks Reduced." As an ordinary user of USPS services, I have two questions about what I'm reading.

 

Pitney Bowes Unveils “Volly,” A Cloud-Based, Secure Digital Delivery Service

Published January 7, 2011

Imagine the cloud-based equivalent of a consumer’s physical mailbox—a virtual receptacle where the user can accumulate and manage bills, statements, coupons, catalogs, and almost anything else he or she is accustomed to receiving from business mailers, but in purely digital form. It soon will be a reality. Pitney Bowes calls it Volly.

 

Virtual Press Clips: Print Firms in the News

Published January 3, 2011

Reborn for the new year is Virtual Press Clips, our periodic roundup of news items about printing companies in the general media. The object is to show that print firms continue to be esteemed and respected as good business neighbors by their hometown newspapers and local other media outlets.

 

As You Like It: Spending on Branded Content Remains Robust, with Print Tapping Profitably In

Published December 27, 2010

The production of branded content—media created by businesses for marketing and customer relations—is a $47.2 billion industry in the U.S., and print still accounts for the largest share of the spend. Marketers believe in it, recipients trust it, and that spells sheer “contentment” all around.

 

Deck the Halls with... New Year’s Resolutions for the M&A-Minded

Published December 20, 2010

In the time-honored tradition of ending the present year with resolutions for improvement in the year to come, New Direction Partners offers guidance for print company owners who may find themselves on one side or the other of an M&A transaction in 2011.

 

Premium Content Kodak Puts in A Good Word for Print Before, During and After the Advertising Age “Media Evolved” Conference

Published December 16, 2010

In the minds of media professionals whose the icon is the iPad, how much attention can print and other traditional channels expect to command? Speakers at this high-level event indicated that no matter what media are used, the quality of the content is what spells the difference between virality and oblivion for the brand message.

 

A Short Course in the Fundamentals of M&A

Published December 3, 2010

New Direction Partners has taken its M&A consulting on the road in a series of presentations. In these briefings, NDP offers an overview of the business climate for mergers and acquisitions, along with practical advice for owners pondering the next step in the life cycles of their companies.

 

Premium Content The “Right Size” is the Same Size: Heidelberg Offers Another 40" Press in the Speedmaster CX 102

Published November 30, 2010

Believing that there’s room in the 40" market for an addition to its Speedmaster line, Heidelberg rolled out the Speedmaster CX 102 in a customer event at its U.S. headquarters earlier this month. This newly engineered machine is said to transfer the best features of Heidelberg’s XL-series presses to the 102 format, its most successful product category.

 

Enter the Dragon: A Chinese Press Manufacturer Probes the Market at Graph Expo 2010

Published November 23, 2010

By bringing just one offset press to Graph Expo 2010, it accounted for one-sixth of all offset presses at the show and one-third of the conventional (non-DI) printing machines on the floor of McCormick Place. That would be an unusual distinction for any exhibitor of press equipment, but it seems to have worked out well for Gronhi Graphics International, the U.S. arm of a Chinese vendor seeking a reputation and a toehold in the American market.

 

Conventional Print at the GASC Shows: What Was, Isn’t, and Will Be

Published November 12, 2010

The Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC) events were due to reach an inflection point, and it seems clear that at Graph Expo 2010, they reached one from which there will be no turning back. The break in the connection between showing heavy printing equipment and selling it made Graph Expo 2010 a watershed event. No longer do press manufacturers makers need elaborate displays of machinery at the GASC shows in order to achieve the marketing impact they desire.

 

That Book of Business You’ve Acquired: Could It Be Missing Some Pages?

Published November 2, 2010

How do you know that business you just bought is going to keep earning what you’ve been promised? What questions should you be asking, what contingency plans should you be building, and what hang-ups should you be looking out for? The partners at New Direction Partners have some answers for us.

 

The Turning Point: Graph Expo as Watershed for Digital Production

Published October 19, 2010

As Graph Expo made abundantly clear, there’s no longer any segment of the industry that can’t be addressed by digital solutions that will work as least as well as conventional lithography, at least in shorter runs. The industry’s embrace of digital production is now complete, and all that’s left to debate is how long it will take the pockets of resistance to get on board or go away.

 

As Graph Expo Goes Digital, Where Exactly Is It Taking Us?

Published October 6, 2010

We’ll be happy to stand corrected if our count is wrong, but, after prowling the show floor of Graph Expo 2010 in search of lithographic printing equipment, we came up with only four fully assembled offset presses. Where did the heavy iron go? That’s not all that makes this year’s event seem a bit eerie when contrasted with the Graph Expo and Print shows of years past.

 

Joe Davis of Consolidated Graphics is “Print CEO of the Year”

Published October 3, 2010

 

How Valuation Answers the Question, "What Is Your Printing Company Worth?"

Published September 28, 2010

What is your printing company worth? Emotionally speaking, everything. But, owners contemplating the sale of their companies have to answer this tough question in an objective and a financially realistic way. Here are three common approaches to business valuation.

 

Premium Content HP Seeds the “Cloud” at IPG Innovation Summit

Published September 24, 2010

HP is convinced that locked inside smart phones, tablets, and other web-connected devices are billions of pages yearning to be printed. On September 20, HP’s Imaging and Printing Group (IPG) showcased its latest solutions for liberating personal and business printing at an “innovation summit” in New York City.

 

In first joint showing, Canon and Océ offer glimpse of their integrated capabilities

Published September 14, 2010

Canon Expo was the first opportunity since their recent merger for Canon and Océ to show their new team face. Patrick Henry was there to report back on just how well the two companies are working together and leveraging each other's strengths.

 

A Printing Office: Franchise Printer in New Jersey Takes Stand Against Hunger in Its Hometowns

Published September 3, 2010

The New Jersey towns of Summit and New Providence are among the most upscale in the state. Household incomes are high, home prices remain strong, and local amenities are first-class. Nevertheless, some residents of these affluent communities are going hungry—an inequity that the area’s AlphaGraphics franchise is working to eliminate.

 

Heidelberg Windmill No. 35345E: It Probably Was Your Grandfather’s Printing Press

Published August 27, 2010

The picture above was taken not in a printing museum but in the letterpress department of Taylor Corporation’s Tatex subsidiary in Waco, TX. Somewhere in the room is what’s believed to be the oldest Heidelberg press still in operation in the U.S.

 

A Printing Office: the Philadelphia “Blog Tax” That Never Was, but Is

Published August 26, 2010

“On the whole, I would rather be in Philadelphia.” It’s what W.C. Fields was rumored (falsely) to have chosen as the inscription on his gravestone. For present-day bloggers in the City of Brotherly Love who remember it, the line carries as much irony as any of the late comedian’s celebrated wisecracks. That’s because the city of Philadelphia wants them to pay what has been incorrectly labeled a “blogging tax”—a development reported by Philadelphia Citypaper last week.

 

A Printing Office Joins Print CEO

Published August 24, 2010

A Printing Office, WhatTheyThink’s blog for small to medium printers, is now serving this audience under the auspices of PrintCEO. Patrick Henry, managing editor of A Printing Office, will continue to post news and commentary for this segment at PrintCEO, which contains a complete archive of material previously published at A Printing Office.

 

Show Me the Money? Don’t Look at Us, Say the Banks

Published August 24, 2010

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. By now, the economy should have picked up, printers’ prospects should have improved, and the banks should have responded by letting some sunlight into their vaults when borrowers from the industry came calling. What happened? Although the nation’s general banking crisis may be over, says Tom Williams, partner, New Direction Partners, there’s been little improvement in the availability of credit for business and equipment financing.

 

Virtual Press Clips: Print Firms in the News

Published August 18, 2010



Sales of a children’s book, The Adventures of Snooky Under the Sea, raise money in the fight against sarcoma, a deadly form of cancer. But the title made news in a curious way when another “Snooki” tried to register her moniker as a trademark for printed matter and books.

 

Lawsuit Hits Print Company Exec Pursuing U.S. Senate Seat in Wisconsin

Published August 10, 2010



Running a small print services company is tough. Running for high public office against a richer opponent is tougher. Now imagine trying to do both under pressure from a civil lawsuit by an unhappy business partner. That, according to press reports, is the can of worms confronting Dave Westlake, a co-owner of High IQ in Watertown, WI, and a Republican candidate in Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate primary election next month.

 

JAQK Cellars: Wine from A “Press” in More Ways than One

Published August 6, 2010



Joel Templin, Craig MacLean, and Katie Jain, founding partners, JAQK Cellars; David Dees, national sales manager.
Last night, in a tasting at a wine boutique on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the creators of a new line of premium wines from the Napa Valley made their first bid for attention in the New York metro market. Those who dropped by to sample—including one lady with a live lobster in her tote bag—were intrigued not just by the complexities of the eight varietals on offer, but by the distinctive appearance of their gambling-themed bottles. Tumbling dice. Suits of cards. Points from a roulette wheel. An embedded poker chip. Tightly executed color images on offset-printed paper labels and screen-printed wraps. Meet JAQK Cellars, a brand that comes to market with an exceptional pedigree in graphic design and package printing.

 

Printing Industries Alliance Declares “Major Victory” for NYS Printers as State Budget Passes with Critical Tax Exemption Retained

Published August 5, 2010

New York State’s budget was 125 days late when it finally was passed on Tuesday, but it contained something that printers throughout the state considered well worth waiting for: their continued exemption from the sales and use tax on printed and mailed promotional materials. Printing Industries Alliance (PIA) said that preservation of the exemption is a major victory for printers in New York State. In a message to his members, Timothy Freeman, president of PIA, called the exemption “critical for our industry. It is a significant competitive advantage for New York State printers.”

 

Reaching Out to Workers, Levi’s Opens A Working Print Shop for Community Use in San Francisco

Published August 4, 2010



Workers of the world, unite. You have nothing to lose but your fear of getting printer’s ink on your jeans. As a revolutionary slogan, it probably wouldn’t rouse the masses to the barricades, but Levi Strauss & Co. is hoping that the universal appeal of ink on paper will draw visitors to the craft print shop it has set up in San Francisco. A temporary installation, the shop is part of a marketing campaign through which the apparel maker aims to demonstrate solidarity with America’s working people.

 

OK, Whatever, but Was the “Ink” Low-VOC?

Published July 30, 2010


(detail from original art)
We’re only passing this along, folks. Headbäng, a music blog for heavy metal fans, reports that Watain, a black metal band from Sweden, recently commissioned the printing of a poster in human blood. The job was perpetrated—uh, we mean produced—by Metastazis, a photography and graphic design firm started in Paris and currently based in New York City.

 

Premium Content Committed to Internal Growth, Sandy Alexander Adds Capacity and Capability

Published July 30, 2010

We hear it constantly: the industry won't return to normal until printers start investing in their businesses again. But at one printing company in New Jersey, they never got the memo about capital investment being on hold. Sandy Alexander of Clifton isn't waiting for economists to tell it that the time finally is right to add capacity and services. The company - with a staff of 230, one of the largest printing employers in the state - has already spent $7 million on new production machinery this year, and its quest to equip itself for growth isn't over yet.

 

The Ace Group Puts QR Codes To Work for Calvin Klein in Attention-Grabbing "Uncensored" Campaign in NYC

Published July 27, 2010



The fashion designer Calvin Klein is famous—or notorious—for advertising that pushes the limits of public taste with highly eroticized imagery. But, in terms of marketing effectiveness, the strategy has its limitations. Last year, the company raised eyebrows in the SoHo district of Manhattan with a five-story building poster depicting four young, semi-undressed models striking poses that struck some as orgiastic. The shock value was obvious, but, as with all media novelties, the shock eventually wore off. What to do for an encore in a jaded media market that Calvin Klein is largely responsible for jading in the first place?

 

Shorewood Packaging To Close Plant in Newport News

Published July 23, 2010

The Virginian-Pilot has reported that Shorewood Packaging intends to close its gravure printing operation in Newport News, VA, in October. The closure will shutter the plant and result in the loss of 35 jobs.

 

To This Print Company Employee, “Iron” Means “Horseshoes”

Published July 21, 2010

When he isn’t pitching horseshoes with deadlier accuracy than probably anyone else in the world, Alan Francis works for a printing company. Francis is the subject of a front-page profile in the print edition of today’s New York Times.

 

Is Your Vocabulary Commodious Enough To “Save the Words”?

Published July 20, 2010

A friend who dropped a chunk of my writing into IWriteLike tells me that the answer is H.G. Wells (1866-1946). The good news is that I correspond stylistically with an author of the 20th century—I wasn’t sure that I was this far along on the timeline of the English language. The fantastic news is that the answer wasn’t Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873), poet, playwright, novelist, and inspirer of the famous Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest.

 

Preparing to acquire: the basics of due diligence (Part 2)

Published July 20, 2010

In Part 1 of this primer on evaluating acquisition targets, Paul Reilly and Peter Schaefer of New Direction Partners reviewed the questions a prospective buyer should ask about the things that make the seller's company productive: its plant, its equipment, and the state of its relations with employees. Their discussion continues with advice for assessing the outcomes of that productivity: the quality of the financial results; the condition of the customer base; and the nature of the relationships that the seller has with its suppliers.

 

Virtual Press Clips: Print Firms in the News

Published July 19, 2010

“This man is an author. He writes stories. He has just finished a story. He thinks many people will like to read it. So, he must have the story made into a book. “Let’s see how the book is made.”

 

NYS Printers Get Good News on Sales & Use Tax

Published July 13, 2010

Printers in New York State are a step closer to seeing their legislature preserve a sales tax exemption that would have been extremely costly for them to lose. Tim Freeman, president of Printing Industries Alliance, reported the progress to his members yesterday:

 

June Swoon for Small-Biz Confidence

Published July 12, 2010

A much-quoted survey of small business owners said that the economic confidence felt by this segment leveled off in June to halt a two-month rise. The dip, although not large, reflected increased unease about the near-term outlook for smaller firms.

 

No Post-Holiday Reopening for Boston’s Municipal Print Plant

Published July 7, 2010

Eleven employees of Boston’s municipal printing department headed into the Fourth of July weekend with the glum knowledge that they would not be returning to work this week. Their jobs were taken away by the city’s decision to close the 113-year-old plant and give the work to private-sector printers.

 

Robert C. Tapella, Public Printer, Reviews His Term in Conversation with Don Carli at NYU

Published July 6, 2010

The title of the dialogue was “Keeping America Informed 3.0: How Electronic Media, Digital Printing, and Sustainability Imperatives Will Change the Way the World Communicates.” Its main purpose, though, could be summed up in fewer words: to recap the tenure of Robert C. Tapella as the 25th Public Printer of the United States.

 

Federal Agencies Issue Caution on Use of E-Readers in the Classroom

Published June 30, 2010

In our rush to embrace iPads, Kindles, and other revolutionary electronic book readers, it’s easy to forget that these devices can seem anything but revolutionary to those who can’t see well enough to discern what’s on their screens. But, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education haven’t forgotten the exclusions that e-readers can cause when they are used as learning tools in classrooms where sight-impaired students are striving to keep up.

 

Graphic Communications Scholarship Fund Lends A Hand to 25 Deserving Students

Published June 28, 2010



Twenty-five college and college-bound students from the New York City metro area will find the high cost of higher education a bit easier to bear thanks to the cash grants they received on June 24 from the Graphic Communications Scholarship Award and Career Advancement Foundation (GCSF).

 

Sappi and The Print Council Explain How “Print Delivers” in NYC

Published June 26, 2010

On June 24th, The Print Council brought the sixth edition of its “Print Delivers” series to New York City in a “lunch and learn” program hosted by Sappi Fine Papers North America. The session, presented to more than 200 people at the Art Directors Club in midtown Manhattan, reiterated the Council’s message about the place of print in the marketing mix and its unique abilities to influence consumer behavior.

 

Preparing to acquire: the basics of due diligence

Published June 25, 2010

If you’re acquiring a company, you better do your due diligence. But what does that involve? Patrick Henry spoke to two M&A experts to get the lowdown on how to ask the right questions. This is the first of a two part series; this one deals with inspecting the facilities and determining what kind of team you’re inheriting.

 

How Hazardous Is the Printing Industry?

Published June 21, 2010

The post about OSHA fines hanging over a Pennsylvania printer drew some sharp comments about safety practices in the printing industry. One question was especially provocative: is the recession-battered printing industry skimping on safety by paying less attention than it once did to protecting life and limb on the job? The data we do have indicate that while it’s still quite possible to get hurt or even killed in a printing plant, print firms offer workers a safer environment than private-sector industry as a whole. What’s more, the numbers on safety in printing and related services have been improving steadily for years.

 

OSHA Cites Pennsylvania Printer for Violations—and Readers Think It Stinks

Published June 17, 2010

On Tuesday, the Wayne Independent of Honesdale, PA, reported that a local printer was facing fines of $107,100 for alleged violations of OSHA safety rules. Readers are having none of it. Online comments are alike in finding more fault with OSHA than with the printer. Readers also bemoan the loss of U.S. business to China in the same breath as they lambast excessive regulation in this country.

 

IAPHC 2010 International Gallery: Entered Yet?

Published June 16, 2010



Going for an award in IAPHC's International Gallery of Excellence remains one of the simplest and most cost-effective promotional efforts a printing company can make. Now in its 36th year, the competition is easy to enter, open to everybody, and guaranteed to boost the pride of all who capture one of its Gold, Silver, or Bronze trophies.

 

Virtual Press Clips: Print Firms in the News

Published June 14, 2010

You may have heard about The Green Box: a pizza carton with a lid that turns into serving plates and a tray that folds up to make a container for storing leftover slices in the fridge. Another clever idea in the same eco-friendly vein is the Globe Guard Reusable Box from Salazar Packaging.

 

NYU Presents 2010 Prism Award to David J. Shea, Bowne & Co.; John Tenwinkel, Outstanding Graduate, Also Is Honored

Published June 10, 2010

The Prism Awards, New York University’s annual salute to leadership in graphic communications, were presented today to David J. Shea, chairman and CEO, Bowne & Co., and John Tenwinkel, a 2008 graduate of the M.A. program in Graphic Communications Management and Technology at NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS). The award luncheon, a fundraising event on behalf of the M.A. program, took place at Gotham Hall in Manhattan with about 400 people attending.

 

Local Paper Prints Story That Gets Print Right

Published June 8, 2010

Unless they burn to the ground, mangle a worker in a press, or employ someone who gets busted for embezzlement, printing companies don’t attract much attention in the mainstream media. It’s rare that hometown newspapers portray them simply for what they are—local businesses striving to protect jobs and profits from all of the forces that seem to be conspiring against jobs and profits in the printing industry these days. A praiseworthy exception is this profile of Missouri printer Kelly Press in the Columbia Daily Tribune.

 

Follow-up: McCormick Place Reform Bill Becomes Law

Published June 7, 2010

Everything in life is a work in progress, including the reformation of labor practices at expo centers. Legislation overhauling work rules at McCormick Place is sweeping, but don’t expect implementation all at once.

 

Bernanke Asks Lenders to Provide More $$ for Small-Business Borrowers; BOA Delivers on Pledge to Do So

Published June 4, 2010

Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve System, isn’t happy with the present pace of lending to America’s small businesses. He said so yesterday in remarks at a meeting on small business issues at the Chicago Fed’s branch in Detroit.

 

Cunningham, Jackson Accept “Gold Key” Awards

Published June 1, 2010



Michael R. Cunningham and Florence Jackson have joined the long list of those recognized for exceptional service to education with one of the industry’s most prestigious honors. At a ceremony in New York City last week, Cunningham and Jackson became the 112th and 113th recipients of the Gamma Gold Key award, a tribute bestowed annually to industry notables since 1956.

 

McCormick Place Reform Bill Becomes Law

Published May 28, 2010

Reform at McCormick Place is now mandated by law. Yesterday, Illinois legislators overrode an amendatory veto by Governor Pat Quinn to pass a bill that will bring major changes to the management of the exposition center—changes that the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC) and other trade show producers had demanded in return for keeping their events in Chicago.

 

For Memorial Day, Thoughts of Print in Times of War

Published May 28, 2010



Press coverage of the Civil War in periodicals such as Harper’s Weekly was extensive and is well remembered today. Less widely known is the printing that came straight from the battlefield out of small-format, print-on-demand equipment that’s recognizable as the ancestry of modern solutions for short-run production.

 

“A New Lease On Strife”

Published May 26, 2010

“I sold a used punching machine to a customer of mine, or did I? We agreed on a price of $45,000 for a used Lhermite EX-380 with a few dies, some modifications, and installation. My customer sent off his first and last payment to the leasing company. The leasing company sent me forms to fill out, which I dutifully did. My customer’s lease was turned down, not because he didn’t have the credit but because it was a used machine."

 

Cutting-Edge Cutter Comes to City Tech

Published May 24, 2010



City Tech ADGA faculty members Roy Nelson (left) and Steve Caputo (dark suit) with students Vanessa Kwan, Juan Moreno, Taka Nishimura, Darren Fuller, Ruben Borges, and Diana Sanchez at their new POLAR 115 X cutter. Though it’s often taken for granted, paper cutting is a crucial step in the successful production of nearly every printed job. To teach this essential skill, schools with graphics programs need up-to-date cutting equipment—such as the POLAR 115 X cutter that New York City College of Technology (City Tech) recently purchased from Heidelberg.

 

Is Your Firm Fit for Acquisition? Here’s How To Make Certain It Is

Published May 21, 2010

When selling out is the best exit strategy for your print company, there’s careful planning that needs to happen from the moment you make your decision. Patrick is joined by Tom Williams and Jim Russell of New Direction Partners, to review the long range preparation that will put you in the best position to make the sale.

 

Student Publishers, Writers Are Honored by TAGA

Published May 18, 2010



Congratulations to the young publishing team at Toronto’s Ryerson University for winning the Helmut Kipphan Student Publication Cup in a competition sponsored by the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA). This yearly honor salutes the best student-produced journal on research and technology for the graphic arts.

 

Possible Snag Arises in Enactment of McCormick Place Reform Bill

Published May 17, 2010

News media in Chicago are reporting that all is not smooth sailing for the enactment of legislation that would overhaul rules for exhibitors at McCormick Place. The Chicago Tribune, ABC News, and CBS News now say that Illinois Governor Pat Quinn will not necessarily sign the bill, at least not in its present form.

 

“We Really Want To Make Things in Chicago Work”: An Interview with GASC’s Ralph Nappi

Published May 14, 2010

The best news that the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC) has heard in a long time is that cost-saving reforms finally are coming to McCormick Place, the Chicago home of the Graph Expo and Print events. And while these much-needed changes can't guarantee a successful show by themselves, they should go a long way toward easing exhibitors' concerns about the high costs and logistical headaches of taking part in what continue to be the industry's leading trade expositions.

 

Five Print Firms Thriving in the Inner City Make Top-100 Growth List

Published May 13, 2010

Five printing firms are among the 100 fastest-growing inner-city companies in the U.S. as recognized by Bloomberg BusinessWeek and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC). They include, above, Hotcards, led by founder and CEO Columbus Woodruff (center); and, below, Panther Graphics, owned by Tony Jackson, CEO.

 

Bill Mandating Changes at McCormick Place Should Mean Cost Reductions for Exhibitors at Graph Expo 2010

Published May 10, 2010

Legislation overhauling the management, work rules, and cost structures at Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center promises a new deal for Graph Expo 2010 and other trade shows whose owners lobbied for changes there.

 

Virtual Press Clips: Print Firms in the News

Published May 10, 2010

For printers, the most iconic exemplar of ink on paper is the $100 bill, the piece of folding money that bears the portrait of their patron saint. The scientist in Benjamin Franklin surely would have appreciated all of the technology that’s been embedded in the latest version of the C-note, unveiled by the U.S. Treasury Department last month.

 

Intuit’s New “Small Business Employment Index” Sees Encouraging Rises in Hiring, Hours, and Pay

Published May 6, 2010

Intuit, the maker of QuickBooks, sold more than $3 billion worth of financial management and accounting software, do-it-yourself web sites, and other products and services to small firms in its 2009 fiscal year. That broad customer base is a natural source of data about trends at the small-business end of the economic spectrum—an opportunity that Intuit has seized with the launch of its Small Business Employment Index.

 

Goldman Sachs Pursues A $500 Million Plan to Aid 10,000 Small Businesses

Published April 28, 2010

The harsh glare of negative publicity apparently isn’t going to keep Goldman Sachs from going through with a $500 million plan to aid America’s small businesses. Announced last November, Goldman’s “10,000 Small Business Initiative” will invest $200 million in education and $300 million in developmental funding for qualifying firms. On Monday, according to a reporter for Aol Small Business, an unnamed Goldman executive confirmed that the plan was still in progress and that first steps were under way. The New York Daily News reported last week that La Guardia Community College in Long Island City would be the first community college to spearhead the educational portion of the program.

 

"Print is Eternal" (a satire by J.A. Konrath)

Published April 26, 2010

Moderator: Welcome to Obsolete Anonymous! I've gathered you all here to welcome our latest member, the Print Industry. Print Industry: Hello, everyone. But there's been a mistake. I don't belong here. (chuckles all around) Print Industry: I'm serious. I'm not obsolete. I'm relevant. Print books have been around for hundreds of years. They're never going to be replaced.

 

A Printer in NYC Writes: “Don’t Believe What You Read. Printing's not Dead.”

Published April 21, 2010

 

Virtual Press Clips—Print Firms in the News

Published April 19, 2010

Tactile gratification—the high-touch experience of turning covers and pages—is said to be one of print’s most enduring appeals. But, the pleasure isn’t universally shared. “For those with chemical intolerances and other illnesses that result in serious health symptoms when exposed to printing inks and papers, it can be difficult to read books, magazines, personal mail...

 

HP Showcases Indigo Presses at “VIP” Event in Israel

Published April 18, 2010

In the press assembly area of the HP Indigo plant in Kiryat Gat, Israel. HP partially raised the curtain on its presence at Ipex with the “Commercial VIP event” that it hosted last week at the headquarters of its Indigo digital press division in Rehovot, Israel. An international group of customers, print industry journalists, and analysts attended, taking part in briefings, Indigo manufacturing plant tours, and visits to Israeli end-user sites.

 

For Sellers, Six Scenarios—and a Word about Timing

Published April 14, 2010

Like a weak hand at the card table, a weak offering in the M&A market won’t be improved by the length of time it’s in play. Unlike a poker hand, it can’t be bluffed because the “cards”—the fundamentals of the business—are always in plain sight of the buyer and its due diligence.

 

Coalition of NYS Businesses, Assns, and Labor Unite to Oppose Sales Tax Increase on Promotional Print

Published April 8, 2010

New York’s marketing and printing industries have joined together with letter carriers and business advocates to oppose a recently released Assembly budget proposal that would impose a new sales tax (on average 8% statewide) on promotional and marketing materials sent by New York businesses to both out-of-state and in-state customers.

 

GAA Opposes Pa. Governor’s Wish to Eliminate Sales Tax Exemption for Direct Mail Advertising

Published April 6, 2010

Like their counterparts in New York, printers in Pennsylvania will have to start collecting sales tax on direct mail advertising if their current exemption from the levy is eliminated from the state’s next budget. The Graphic Arts Association (GAA) is alerting its members to the potential loss of the exemption, which would apply the state’s 6% sales tax (7% in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh) to the printing of direct mail, catalogs, and other mailed matter containing advertising.

 

Virtual Press Clips: Print Firms in the News

Published April 5, 2010

Two Waltham, MA, printers speak of their struggles with rising health care costs in a video promoting the reelection of Governor Deval Patrick. Seen in this clip are Mayda Chaprazian, president of Arvest Press, and Shishir Mehta, who owns Fastsigns.

 

GASC Speaks Against High Costs of McCormick Place

Published April 2, 2010

The Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC) joined four other trade show organizers in blasting labor costs and union work rules at Chicago’s McCormick Place exhibition center, according to a story in today’s Chicago Sun-Times. "We've gone from complaints about labor costs to anger and demand for change," Chris Price, vice president of GASC, is quoted as saying.

 

Here’s Your Frosh Beanie—and an iPad to Go with It

Published April 1, 2010

It may appear to be an April Fool post, but it isn’t: starting in the fall, a college will give free Apple laptops and iPads to its freshmen. Here’s how Seton Hill University of Greensburg, PA, is pitching the idea to its student body:

 

Empire State Printers Risk Loss of Sales and Use Tax Exemption on Promotional Materials

Published March 30, 2010

Printing Industries Alliance says that printers in New York State don’t have much time to raise their voices against a budget proposal that could cost the state’s printing industry thousands of jobs. That grim prospect is raised by a legislative attempt to repeal an exemption from the state’s sales and use tax on printed and mailed promotional materials.

 

Virtual Press Clips: Print Firms in the News

Published March 29, 2010

“Lorem ipsum,” the Latin-like dummy text used by printers and typesetters since the 1500s, looks random. It’s anything but. The Lipsum site, operated by James Wilson in the UK, gives the history of lorem ipsum, discusses its use, and offers a “Lipsum generator” for those who want chunks of the text in what Wilson says is its proper format and style.

 

Printers Confront Passage of Health Care Reform

Published March 23, 2010

It’s over. As Printing Industries of America (PIA) duly notified its members today, on Sunday, March 21st, the U.S. House of Representatives passed both S. 3590, the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" (health care reform legislation passed by the U.S. Senate on December 24th, 2009), and H.R. 4870, the Reconciliation Act of 2010 (the House's "fix" of several provisions in the Senate-passed bill). Passage was a disappointment for PIA, which had urged its members to oppose the Obama administration’s plan for health care reform.

 

Heidelberg and PIAG Boost SkillsUSA Competitions in Graphic Communications, Advertising Design

Published March 22, 2010

Plaudits to Heidelberg for remaining a staunch supporter of SkillsUSA. This photo shows all of the Georgia students who took part in the the recent SkillsUSA graphic communications and advertising design competitions co-sponsored by Heidelberg and the Printing and Imaging Association of Georgia (PIAG) at Heidelberg’s U.S. headquarters in Kennesaw, GA.

 

Must-Read for Owners of Small Firms: PrintCEO Interview with Alonzo Printing's Jim Duffy

Published March 20, 2010

"Some of us get caught up in this and some of us skate through it. I do know that a lot of printers are on the edge. They’re hanging on with their fingernails and running out of cash." If you haven't already read Gail Nickel-Kailing's PrintCEO interview with Jim Duffy, leave this page immediately and go to the story now.

 

American Express Offers Resource for Small Firms in Search of Government Contracting Opportunities

Published March 19, 2010

Last November, American Express OPEN® launched what could be a valuable resource for small firms seeking government contracts: Victory in ProcurementSM(VIP) for Small Business. The core of VIP is an online information exchange designed to guide business owners through the intricacies of the government contracting process. The program also will help owners connect with procurement officials, form relationships with other aspiring contractors, and get coaching and mentoring assistance.

 

M&A Activity to Remain on the Upswing as the Industry Regroups

Published March 17, 2010

Despite the industry's shrinkage, printing companies continue to be born “under the radar screen” as firms win new leases on life by merging with other firms. New Direction Partners foresees an increase in M&A activity as the industry regroups around the strengths of its healthiest and most survivable firms.

 

Brace for Storm in Paper Availability, Says Merchant

Published March 15, 2010

A devil’s brew of natural disasters and man-made economic exigencies is spreading “havoc” and “turmoil” throughout the paper supply chain, according to one paper merchant. At its blog, Millcraft Papers (Cleveland, OH) advises printers not to panic, but it also urges them to plan for the likelihood of tightened access to paper for the remainder of the year.

 

Punch Graphix Hosts Trade-Media Open House

Published March 9, 2010

Seeking a higher profile for Xeikon digital presses and its other print market technologies, Punch Graphix today opened the doors of its international headquarters in Liel, Belgium, to a contingent of more than 70 print industry journalists from around the world. Seeking a higher profile for Xeikon digital presses and its other print market technologies, Punch Graphix today opened the doors of its international headquarters in Liel, Belgium, to a contingent of more than 70 print industry journalists from around the world.

 

Briefings in Brussels Give Technical Preview of IPEX 2010 (continued)

Published March 8, 2010

 

Briefings in Brussels Give Technical Preview of IPEX 2010

Published March 8, 2010

Four exhibitors at IPEX—Atlantic Zeiser, EskoArtwork/Enfocus, Kodak, and Punch Graphics—are giving previews of their show plans at a combined media briefing taking place today and tomorrow at a conference center near Brussels, Belgium. Among those presenting today are Atlantic Zeiser and EskoArtwork/Enfocus.

 

Printing Trade Show Postponement Is Said to Provoke “Kiwi Outrage”

Published March 4, 2010

The U.S. isn’t the only country where some soul-searching—and some hand-wringing—is being done about the future of graphic arts trade shows. Print21online, an online journal for the printing industry in Australia and New Zealand, reports “Kiwi outrage” over the postponement of Printech, New Zealand’s quadrennial printing trade show, from 2010 to 2012 “due to a lack of support from both sponsors and the industry.”

 

Iraqi Printers Reap Benefits of Election-Related Printing

Published March 4, 2010

Agence France-Press (AFP), the international news agency, has syndicated a timely article about printers in Iraq. There are about 500 of them, and they are enjoying, according to the story, a boom in business connected with their country’s upcoming parliamentary elections on Sunday (March 7).

 

In the “Social Print Experiment,” a Start-Up Printing Business Will Trace its Success—or Failure—in a Year-Long Online Chronicle

Published February 26, 2010

Can a start-up digital printing business reach $1 million in sales within 12 months at a profit margin of 30%? Partners Bob Lambie, Andrew Simmons, and Ken Williams will know the answer at the end of the year, and so will everyone else who follows their progress in an ongoing online chronicle that they call the Social Print Experiment.

 

A Veteran Dealmaker Declares, “Roll-ups in Print are Dead!”

Published February 19, 2010

We received the following in response to a recent article at Printing Industry Merger And Acquisitions, a special section of WhatTheyThink that tracks and analyzes M&A activity in the industry. The article profiled the recent launch of MSP Digital Marketing, a venture that will invest in building a network of specialty printers and other digital services for marketing communications.

 

Fujifilm Companies Announce Aid To Haiti

Published February 18, 2010

 

In Dubuque, a Screen-Printing Apparel Maker Helps Haiti with T-shirts

Published February 16, 2010

In Dubuque, IA, the owner of a screen-printing sportswear business is assisting Haitian disaster relief with the T-shirt pictured above. Tom Rauen, who started Envision Sports Designs in Dubuque four years ago, is selling the shirts for $10 and will donate 100% of the proceeds to the American Red Cross.

 

In North Carolina, a Valentine from A. Klein

Published February 12, 2010

There was a time when, if you gave your sweetheart a present of chocolates for St. Valentine’s Day, chances were good that Jesse Salwen made the heart-shaped box you gave them in. His business, A. Klein & Co., ceased operation more than a year ago, but Salwen continues to touch real hearts with the shimmery, satiny, and velvety raw materials that he used to turn into millions of cordiform candy boxes per year.

 

MSP Digital Marketing and TecDoc Digital Solutions: The Case History of an M&A Transaction Done Right

Published February 12, 2010

When four print industry veterans decided to form a national network of digital services for marketing communications, they knew they would need the help of an M&A expert. Realizing that the digital universe is huge, they understood that locating the right acquisition targets within it was a task they could entrust only to an advisor possessing "industry knowledge, financial acumen, and a great database." Read how MSP Digital Marketing, with the help of New Direction Partners, took a successful first toward building its network with the well-executed acquisition of TecDoc Digital Solutions.

 

PIA’s Michael Makin Takes to the Skies with Pro-Print Message

Published February 10, 2010

 

Cutting Your Tax Bill with the Help of “R&D”

Published February 8, 2010

 

Small-Business Loans at 40% Interest? Legally?

Published February 5, 2010

 

An Interview with Mark Hischar, KBA North America

Published February 3, 2010

As it did to every other print equipment manufacturer, 2009 brought a host of challenges to Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA). Declining orders, a change of leadership at the top, job cuts further down the structure, and uncertainty about the future cost this global distributor of sheetfed and web offset presses some momentum.

 

Virtual Press Clips: Print Firms in the News

Published February 1, 2010

 

Adobe and Print: A Short Shrift, or a Long Goodbye?

Published January 25, 2010

 

"Lost in Translation. La Piña de Muerte"

Published January 18, 2010

 

Sign Up for the APO Newsletter

Published January 12, 2010

 

Three WhatTheyThink Blogs Make M-Bossed's "Top 10 Print Blogs" List

Published January 6, 2010

 

Coaxing an Antique Press to ‘Kiss the Page’

Published January 5, 2010

 

Virtual Press Clips: Print Firms in the News

Published January 4, 2010

 

"Yes, We Need Graph Expo Every Year!"

Published December 11, 2009

 

Andrew Tribute Asks: "Do We Need Graph Expo Each Year?"

Published December 8, 2009

 

Yes, They’re Your Father’s Litho Clubs: But Why Aren't They Yours, Too?

Published November 30, 2009

 

“Workplace Gossip? Keep It to Yourself”

Published November 27, 2009

 

Virtual Press Clips: Print Firms in the News

Published November 23, 2009

 

Tuck In, Luck Out: A Guide to an M&A Opportunity Built for Two

Published November 19, 2009

There’s strength in numbers, goes the old adage, but there’s also strength in the power of one—a cumulative strength that printing companies can achieve by undertaking the kind of merger known as a “tuck-in.”

 

Family-Owned Printing Company Is Portrayed as a Victim of the “Death Tax”

Published November 18, 2009

 

PIA, NAPL Announce Plan To "Collaborate"

Published November 16, 2009

 

“Is Your Sales Force Ethical?”

Published November 9, 2009

 

ASBL: The Obama Adminstration's First Year Short Changes Small Businesses

Published November 6, 2009

 

Small Graphics Firms Get Big Recognition as “Best Workplaces”

Published November 3, 2009

 

“Printer’s Drawer Halloween Candy Display”

Published October 30, 2009

 

From Down Under, an Opportunity To Rise To?

Published October 29, 2009

 

"Resco Packer-Viking Week"

Published October 27, 2009

 

"The optimum size for a printing company"

Published October 26, 2009

 

Must Reading: Mallard Press

Published October 21, 2009

 

Report: Small Firms without Web Sites Are Standing on the Brink of a “Great Divide”

Published October 16, 2009

 

NFIB: Despite Having Taken “A Real Beating,” America’s Small Businesses Are “Clawing Their Way Back”

Published October 14, 2009

 

Virtual Press Clips: Print Firms in the News

Published October 12, 2009

 

PIA: Beware “Penalties” in Health-Care Bills

Published October 6, 2009

 

American Express Small-Business Poll Reveals Some Glints Amidst the Gloom

Published October 5, 2009

 

Kevin Keane on “the Coal-Fired Internet”

Published October 1, 2009

 

Virtual Press Clips: Print Firms in the News

Published September 30, 2009

 

Heidelberg Hails Two-Time Gold Medalist in SkillsUSA Championships

Published September 25, 2009

 

Would-Be Printing Giants FedEx and UPS Slug It Out—But for What?

Published September 24, 2009

 

Premium Content When It Comes to Technological Progress in Print, There's No Such Thing as A"Recession"

Published September 22, 2009

As it happens, and as reported below, both KBA and AccessGroup fared rather well as exhibitors at Print 09. But, like every other exhibitor, they have no illusions about the fact that because their customers are struggling, they too will continue to struggle against a recession from which printing could be one of the last industrial sectors to emerge. That lingering economic drag was evident throughout the show, even when interest in its many technological advancements was keenest.

 

Premium Content Progress in Prepress Was a Keynote of Print 09

Published September 21, 2009

"Unscientific" has to be the word for our selection of exhibitors to write about in the aftermath of Print 09. Some are on the follow-up list because of pre-booked editorial appointments; others because of what we heard at media briefings during the show; and, in a couple of cases, because we were buttonholed by pouncing p.r. people as we moved past the booths, never intending to stop. But, at a show like Print 09, any reason for spending time with a vendor usually turns out to be a good one in terms of knowledge gained.

 

PIA: NAPL Rejects Our "Olive Branch"

Published September 15, 2009

 

Print 09: Litho, Litho Everywhere

Published September 14, 2009

To state the more or less obvious: Print 09 is an offset litho show. The rise of digital presses and a decline in the number of offset presses seen at the last three Graph Expos may have lowered the profile of conventional printing at the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC) events somewhat, but it’s plain to see that the traditional ink-on-paper process is back in full force this year.

 

At Print 09, the Search for A New Beginning Is On

Published September 14, 2009

Bernhard Schreier has seen five economic crises since he joined Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG in 1975, the first of them being the one brought on by the oil embargo that threw businesses around the world into a tailspin. He also recalls the stock market meltdown that the printing industry was only starting to recover from on September 11, 2001, before the awful events of that day threw it and the rest of the U.S. economy back into a state of shock.

 

Virtual Press Clips: Print Firms in the News

Published September 8, 2009

 

Canada’s Printers Confront “An Industry Redefined”

Published September 4, 2009

 

“The 7 Most Overrated Businesses”

Published September 2, 2009

 

Virtual Press Clips: Print Firms in the News

Published August 31, 2009

 

On YouTube, Small-Biz Owners Discuss “Delivering Success”

Published August 28, 2009

 

Good Tidings from the “Gutenberg Galaxy”

Published August 26, 2009

 

That’s Got To Hurt—in More Ways than One

Published August 24, 2009

 

HP Inkjet Web Press Debuts at Frederic Printing

Published August 20, 2009

 

Are you what you count? The financial numbers that matter

Published August 18, 2009

 

Virtual Press Clips: Print Firms in the News

Published August 17, 2009

 

“Keane Channels Young Frankenstein,” or, a Call for Entries

Published August 7, 2009

 

“How to Write a Press Release...and Get it Printed”

Published August 7, 2009

 

NAPL Offers “Hard Lessons” about Pay and Performance

Published August 5, 2009

 

Virtual Press Clips: Print Firms in the News

Published August 3, 2009

 

“Bushwhacked in Bushwick”: Six Years Later

Published July 31, 2009

 

“Beware of Hiring Your Competitor's Sales People”

Published July 28, 2009

 

Virtual Press Clips: Print Firms in the News

Published July 27, 2009

 

“There Are 20 Layers of Books on a Skid...”

Published July 23, 2009

 

Print “at a Crossroads of Win or Lose”: The Transatlantic Perspective

Published July 22, 2009

 

Managed Print Services Emerges as Market Niche

Published July 21, 2009

 

Virtual Press Clips: Print Firms in the News

Published July 20, 2009

 

In a Recession, Digital Print = Security Blanket

Published July 16, 2009

 

PIA Says It's Wary of New Managed Print Services Offerings by HP

Published July 13, 2009

 

Virtual Press Clips: Print Firms in the News

Published July 13, 2009

 

How Printers Can Get the Skinny on "Lean Management and Manufacturing"

Published July 10, 2009

 

“We Can’t Charge for That”—or Can We?

Published July 8, 2009

 

Media Days" Looks Ahead to What’s in Store at Print 09 (Part II)

Published July 8, 2009

 

What’s “Conventional” about “Traditional” Offset?

Published July 7, 2009

 

Virtual Press Clips: Print Firms in the News

Published July 3, 2009

 

Pinpointing “the Five Most Common Flaws of Business Plans”

Published July 2, 2009

 

NYU "Prism" Awardees Discuss the Present and Future of Graphic Communications

Published July 1, 2009

 

Media Days" Looks Ahead to What’s in Store at Print 09

Published July 1, 2009

 

GC Scholarship Foundation Honorees Speak About Educational Goals and Objectives

Published June 30, 2009

 

Virtual Press Clips: Print Firms in the News

Published June 26, 2009

 

Accepting NYU’s Prism Award, Vyomesh Joshi Predicts “Tremendous Opportunity” for Inkjet Production Printing

Published June 25, 2009

 

Graphics Scholarships Are Presented to 25 Young Aspirants in NYC

Published June 24, 2009

 

Debt-Burdened Printers Make List of 10 Most Bankruptcy-Prone Industries

Published June 22, 2009

 

Card Companies Restrict the Proffering of Plastic; 7 of 10 Small-Biz Owners Look for Growth in 2009

Published June 19, 2009

 

What Does Print 09 Hold in Store for Smaller Shops? "Media Days" Offers Part of the Answer

Published June 17, 2009

 

Entries Are Still Being Accepted for IAPHC’s 2009 International Gallery of Excellence Competition

Published June 16, 2009

 

PIAG Takes To YouTube To Promote 2009 SkillsUSA Georgia Competition

Published June 15, 2009

 

With Heidelberg’s Help, Ferris State University Student Will Carry Flag for U.S. in WorldSkills Printing Competition

Published June 12, 2009

 

Small-Business Groups Find Little Common Ground on Healthcare Reform

Published June 11, 2009

 

Fujifilm Plays the Name Game A New Way

Published June 10, 2009

 

In-Plants Must Prove "Strategic Relevancy": Xerox

Published June 9, 2009

 

Virtual Press Clips: Print Firms in the News

Published June 8, 2009

 

Many Employers are Crying in the Wilderness for Talent, Says Report from Manpower Inc.

Published June 5, 2009

 

Document Printing by the Federal Government: Your Tax Dollars at...Risk!

Published June 3, 2009

 

NAPL: Print Output Declines Even Faster than Payroll Hours

Published June 2, 2009

 

Gamma Epsilon Tau Honors Romano, Hotzler with “Gold Key” Awards

Published June 1, 2009

 

Virtual Press Clips: Print Firms in the News

Published May 29, 2009

 

Has Offset—You Remember Offset!—Left the Building?

Published May 28, 2009

 

SBA To Launch Loan Program for Cash-Strapped Small Businesses

Published May 26, 2009

 

Franklin Event Honorees Are Announced, Including Cathie Black of Hearst Magazines

Published May 22, 2009

 

“If You Can’t Do It, Don’t Proceed”: CIM Rides to the Rescue

Published May 19, 2009

 

Size Matters, but Solutions Matter More: An Interview with John Torrey, xpedx

Published May 18, 2009

 

Virtual Press Clips: Print Firms in the News

Published May 15, 2009

 

In Wisconsin, Retraining Leads to Career Recovery

Published May 14, 2009

 

Trade Printers, Including Smaller Firms, Hold Steady

Published May 13, 2009

 

Optimism in Ohio: Interview with Jim Haus

Published May 12, 2009

 

You Can Have Your Card—And Eat It, Too

Published May 11, 2009

 

The In-Plant Market, by the Numbers

Published May 7, 2009

 

xpedx Stakes Its Claim and Flaunts Its Wares at New Technology Center

Published May 6, 2009

 

The Uses of YouTube

Published May 5, 2009

 

Living and Working in the Shadow of Layoffs: An Open Letter

Published May 4, 2009

 

Will 2009’s “National Small Business Person of the Year” Be a Printer?

Published May 1, 2009

 

Read, Learn, and Start Tweeting

Published April 30, 2009

 

Printers Seek—and Sometimes Find—Alternatives to Layoffs

Published April 29, 2009

 

UV Printers Heap Praise on the Process at Dedicated Conference

Published March 18, 2009

 

PrintUV 2009 Shines a Light in Las Vegas

Published March 10, 2009

 

NYC High School Cultivates Careers in Print

Published February 14, 2009

 

From 1947, A Recruiting Resource for 2009

Published January 5, 2009

 

From “Education Alley” at Graph Expo, Lessons To Be Learned

Published November 18, 2008

 

Graph Expo Recap: A Parting Glance at A Most Satisfying Show

Published November 7, 2008

 

At the “Reality Show” That Was Graph Expo, Clear Thinking and Common Sense Prevailed

Published November 5, 2008

 

At Graph Expo, Media Briefings Reflect the Reality and Mood of a Show Unfolding at a Challenging Moment (Komori, Heidelberg, manroland, Muller Martini)

Published October 28, 2008

 

Giving Credit Where It’s Due: Lenders Say the Climate for Borrowing at Graph Expo Will Be Invigorating (Part 2)

Published October 24, 2008

 

Giving Credit Where It’s Due: Lenders Say the Climate for Borrowing at Graph Expo Will Be Invigorating (Part 1)

Published October 22, 2008

 

Don Carli, a.k.a. “Sultan of Sustainability,” Holds Court at NYU

Published October 15, 2008

 

After-Dinner Thoughts Before Graph Expo

Published October 13, 2008

 

In Boston, The Green Media Show Marks the Connection Between Sustainability and Success

Published October 1, 2008

 

Let WhatTheyThink know what's in your Graph Expo "wish list"

Published September 25, 2008

 

Harrumph to Drupa: A Respectful Response

Published July 23, 2008

 

1996 Is Calling, and So Is Seybold San Francisco

Published July 8, 2008

 

NYC-Based Graphic Scholarship Fund Presents $53,000 in Grants to 25 Students

Published June 25, 2008

 

Design Students, Graphic Artists Can Vie for $400,000 Prize In "Engine Room" Competition Co-Sponsored by MTV and HP

Published June 19, 2008

 

“I Survived drupa ’08”: Printers and Vendors Recap the Experience

Published June 17, 2008

 

NYCCT’s Joel Mason Is Honored as “Person of the Year” by the Printing Teachers Guild of New York

Published June 13, 2008

 

And Now for Something Completely Different: News from drupa That’s Not Product-Centric

Published June 9, 2008

 

“Everything That Can Become Digital, Will Become Digital”: Except for Everything That’s Better Off with Offset Litho

Published June 3, 2008

 

Lest We Forget, It’s Going To Be an “Offset Litho drupa,” Too

Published May 27, 2008

 

Student Researchers Seek Input to Survey on Color Preferences for Transpromo Documents

Published May 24, 2008

 

Printing Industries Alliance Announces Those To Be Honored at 2008 Franklin Event in NYC, September 10

Published May 16, 2008

 

Are You Being Served? At drupa, the “Big Three” Will Answer With Expanded Business Consultation Programs for Printers

Published May 15, 2008

 

California Bad Dreamin’: Panelists at WOA “Offset and Beyond 2008” Urge Printers To Get Ready for Low-VOC Solvents

Published April 28, 2008

 

Print Buyers Straight-Shoot Print Providers at WOA's “Offset and Beyond 2008”

Published April 27, 2008

 

AAP Details Sustainability Issues for Publishers in "Handbook on Book Paper and the Environment"

Published April 18, 2008

 

Premium Content Ryobi, Aided by xpedx, Steps Up to Full-Size Sheetfed With New 1050 Press Series To Be Launched at drupa

Published March 19, 2008

 

Premium Content Helping Printers To Be “More Professional and Industrial”

Published March 18, 2008

 

HP States Where It's Going (continued)

Published March 14, 2008

 

At Pre-Drupa Event, HP States Where It's Going (the Top) and What Will Get It There (Top Technology)

Published March 10, 2008

 

Commercial Binders Report Making High-Value Connections at On Demand

Published March 10, 2008

 

Offline UV Coating Systems Lay It On Thick at On Demand

Published March 7, 2008

 

Postpress Exhibits Remind Why Digital POD Has Its Foundations in Binding and Finishing

Published March 6, 2008

 

O Say, Can UV? At Print UV 2008 in Las Vegas, You Can Learn How

Published February 24, 2008

 

Ryobi Stakes Claim to 40" Market with New 1050 Press Series

Published February 21, 2008

 

Printing Film Festival Now Playing at YouTube

Published February 10, 2008

 

Resolved for the New Year: No "Shooting the Wounded"

Published December 31, 2007

 

Accepting NYU’s “Prism” Award, Hearst Magazines President Cathie Black Foresees Solid Future for Print Publishing

Published November 18, 2007

 

How PGSF, EDSF Rise to the Business Challenges of Fostering Print Industry Scholarships

Published November 8, 2007

 

Agfa Graphics Emphasizes Inkjet Systems and Digital Plates at Manufacturing Center in NJ

Published October 17, 2007

 

xpedx Offers First Look at New Demo Center for Ryobi Presses

Published October 10, 2007

 

From The Corner of Prince and Greene, A Prose Poem Yo Print’s Golden Age in NYC

Published September 24, 2007

 

GE07: Taking the Industry’s Prepress Pulse at Graph Expo: Platesetting, Proofing, and Workflow

Published September 20, 2007

 

GE07: Never, Ever Say

Published September 19, 2007

 

GE07: So Much Iron, So Little Time: A Reporter’s Reality in McCormick Place

Published September 14, 2007

 

GE07: At Graph Expo, Innovations in Offset Litho Are Not Far To Seek

Published September 11, 2007

 

GE07: HP Charts the Expanding Universe of

Published September 6, 2007

 

GE07: When Technology Makes Sense, Technology Makes Money: An Interview with Dan Wish, General Manager, xpedx NTC

Published September 4, 2007

 

ZINK: Ink-in-paper vs. ink-on-paper

Published August 24, 2007

 

Kodak deploys "Print Ambassadors" at Event in Rochester

Published August 16, 2007

 

Recruitment, reprised: time for a reality check?

Published August 1, 2007

 

Industry recruitment: why “cool” come-ons have a chilling effect

Published July 24, 2007

 

The Dark Side of Design

Published July 11, 2007

 

Consumers Continue To Say, "Make Mine Mail"

Published June 30, 2007

 

Has Green Become "The New Black" for the Corporate Bottom Line?

Published June 24, 2007

 

Net Neutrality: Which Side Are You On?

Published June 17, 2007

 

Gene Gable Remembers "When Printers Went to War"

Published June 3, 2007

 

"Web 2.0...The Machine is Us/ing Us"

Published May 30, 2007

 

Wake Up, Smell the Coffee, and Taste the Power of Personalized DM

Published May 28, 2007

 

The Little "Secret" of Process Color at Press: Printing to Gray Balance

Published May 22, 2007

 

When In Rome, Do As HP Does: Accelerate the Drive to Digital

Published May 17, 2007

 

Going "Behind the Scenes of a Successful Print Shop"

Published April 29, 2007

 

Going to Boston for AIIM/On Demand? Want to be famous?

Published April 14, 2007

 

Taking The Heat Out Of The Data Center and Off The Data-crunchers

Published April 9, 2007

 

MAN Roland’s New CEO Discusses the Printing Market; Interview with Vince Lapinski

Published April 2, 2007

 

The "Inconvenient Truth" That Hits Uncomfortably Close to Home

Published March 31, 2007

 

"tuffy" tells it like it is concerning QuarkXPress and InDesign

Published March 25, 2007

 

Quark Girds Itself To Meet the Launch of Adobe CS3 Head-On

Published March 17, 2007

 

Superstar Smackdown: BoSacks vs. Mr. Magazine

Published March 11, 2007

 

An Open Letter and A Clarion Call for Education

Published March 5, 2007

 

Market Research Within Reach of the Rest of Us

Published February 24, 2007

 

Of the CueCat and Other Miscues

Published February 10, 2007

 

Are you operating a "hidden factory of waste"?

Published February 3, 2007

 

Voices from the Academy: Graphics Educators Speak Out

Published November 10, 2006

 

Interview with Joel Mason, NYC College of Technology

Published November 8, 2006

 

How We Serve, Michael Makin, CEO of PIA/GATF

Published September 28, 2006

 

In Parting Snapshots, the Fascinating Diversity of On Demand

Published May 25, 2006

 

Distributors Discern Trends from Vantage Point of On Demand

Published May 24, 2006

 

On the Second Day, Pace Picks Up with Even More Debuts

Published May 18, 2006

 

Show Opens with Brisk Procession of Product Introductions

Published May 17, 2006

 

Digital Duplicating, the Child of Mimeographing, Comes of Age As a Copying Solution: an Interview with RISO’s Kevin Hunter

Published May 11, 2006

 

FREE: Goss and QuadTech Bring Next-Level Web Capabilities to Print

Published September 26, 2005

 

FREE: How xpedx and Ryobi Raised Their Profiles at Print

Published September 22, 2005

 

FREE: The View from the Aftermath: State-of-the Industry Reports From Heidelberg, Komori America, and MAN Roland at Print 05

Published September 15, 2005

 

FREE: Why Press Progress Trumps Head Count at Print 05 (With Updates from KBA, Muller Martini, Mitsubishi, and Heidelberg)

Published September 15, 2005

 

FREE: Printer-Turned-Press-Salesman Puts “Trust and Honor” First: An Interview with KBA North America’s Walter Chmura

Published September 6, 2005

 

FREE: Print 05 To Take First Measure of the Sum of the Parts In the Recent Merger of Drent Goebel and RDP Marathon

Published September 1, 2005

 

Premium Content Heidelberg To Signal Its Marketing Strategy In the Layout of Booth #1200 at Print 05

Published June 29, 2005

 

Premium Content KBA's Expanded Portfolio, Interview with Ralf Sammeck

Published June 6, 2005

 

Premium Content Year-End Press Conference Details Heidelberg’s New Role on the World Stage

Published December 16, 2004

 

Premium Content 2004 AGC "Graphic Communications Day" Draws Record Attendance from All Segments of the Industry

Published November 16, 2004

 

FREE: 500 Print and Publishing Executives Salute Time Warner’s Don Logan Upon His Receipt of the 2004 Prism Award from New York University

Published June 30, 2004

 

FREE: That's A Wrap: Blankets at drupa

Published June 1, 2004

 

FREE: At Drupa, Progress in Press Control Technology Paced That of the Presses Themselves

Published May 26, 2004

 

FREE: Press Makers Goss, Komori, and Mitsubishi Leave Their Imprints upon drupa

Published May 24, 2004

 

FREE: drupa Is Showing Its Colors: Sun Chemical, Flint, and Van Son

Published May 19, 2004

 

FREE: Nature and Benefits of Print Workflow Become Clearer in Demonstrations at drupa

Published May 17, 2004

 

FREE: KBA Cuts A Commanding Figure at drupa With Straight Talk and Impressive Presses

Published May 13, 2004

 

FREE: Innovations in Sheetfed Technology Are Foremost in the News from the First Two Days of Drupa

Published May 10, 2004

 

FREE: Six Litho Press Manufacturers Describe What They Hope to Accomplish at drupa

Published May 4, 2004

 

FREE: Heidelberg Details Strategies and Aspirations In Comprehensive pre-drupa Media Briefing (Part 2 of 2)

Published April 23, 2004

 

FREE: Heidelberg Details Strategies and Aspirations In Comprehensive pre-drupa Media Briefing (Part 1 of 2)

Published April 22, 2004

 

Free: Integration of Postpress into Digital Print Workflows Was as Important A Trend as Any Other at On Demand

Published March 15, 2004

 

Keynoters Mulcahy and Pesko Tell Printers They'd Better Get Wise to "Smart Documents"

Published March 9, 2004

 

FREE Special: Upbeat Mood Is Reflected At Printing Week Celebration in NYC

Published January 22, 2004

 

Premium Content The Press Market in 2004: Interview with Stephan Carter, President and COO, Komori America Corp.

Published January 20, 2004

 

FREE: Colonial's Partnership with MAN Roland is Key to Success for This Sunshine State Company

Published January 7, 2004

 

Premium Content When The Consultant Becomes The CEO: An Interview with APT's Carl S. Grossman

Published December 9, 2003

 

FREE: Sandy Alexander Tech Seminar Draws More than 300 to NYC's Rainbow Room

Published November 19, 2003

 

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