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Patrick Henry

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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.

 

Wim Maes, CEO of Punch Graphix at the pre-Ipex press event

Published April 2, 2010

 

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.

 

Oscar Planas talks about new Trillian plates at pre-Ipex press event

Published March 29, 2010

 

Kodak's Barb Willans talks about their new print practice consultant practice

Published March 29, 2010

 

Carsten Knudsen, CEO of EskoArtwork talks about Ipex 2010

Published March 29, 2010

 

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.

 

Kodak's Kevin Joyce talks with Pat Henry at the pre-Ipex media event in Belgium

Published March 11, 2010

 

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.”

 

Premium Content Terry Tevis talks with Pat Henry about transformative technology and the digital pressroom

Published March 4, 2010

 

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