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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.

Opportunity in difficult days, Roy Grossman and Jon Fogel of MSP

Published February 9, 2010

Roy Grossman and Jonathan Fogel of MSP Digital LLC talk about the formation of the company and their other partners and discuss their recent acquisition of TecDoc. They also discuss why they are launching a venture in this economy and how they see opportunity in the changes that are taking place in the industry.

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.

"Lost in Translation. La Piña de Muerte"

Published January 18, 2010

Sign Up for the APO Newsletter

Published January 12, 2010

"Yes, We Need Graph Expo Every Year!"

Published December 11, 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.”

PIA, NAPL Announce Plan To "Collaborate"

Published November 16, 2009

“Is Your Sales Force Ethical?”

Published November 9, 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

Virtual Press Clips: Print Firms in the News

Published September 30, 2009

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.

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

“The 7 Most Overrated Businesses”

Published September 2, 2009

Fujifilm Plays the Name Game A New Way

Published June 10, 2009