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R&E Council Honors Two Industry Icons from Muller Martini and RIT

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White Stone, VA, April 2001—At its recent Bindery, Finishing and Distribution seminar in Chicago, the Research and Engineering Council of the Graphic Arts Industry honored two graphic arts industry icons for service to the Council and the printing and binding business. Ralph F. Box, Jr. of Muller Martini and Werner Rebsamen of RIT, both retiring from their positions in 2001, were each presented with an engraved glass globe in commemoration of their many years in the industry. Commenting on the presentations, R&E Council managing director Ronald H. Mihills said: "For many years, both the graphic arts industry and the Research and Engineering Council have benefited from the boundless energy, dogged dedication, and consistent commitment offered by Ralph Box and Werner Rebsamen. While both are retiring from their current positions, we look forward to their continued leadership in the R&E Council and their participation in industry affairs." Ralph F. Box, Jr. has been with Muller Martini for more than 30 years, and is retiring as senior vice president. A graduate of the University of Scranton, Box is a member of the Craftsmen’s Club, the Book Manufacturers Institute Cased-In Club, the Nonpariel Society of the Research and Engineering Council, the Web Offset Society of the Printing Industry of America, and the GATF Society of Fellows. The 2001 R&E Council Bindery Finishing and Distribution seminar was the 29th consecutive Box has attended, and the sixth he has chaired. Werner Rebsamen was born and educated as a master bookbinder in Switzerland, immigrating to the United States in 1960. In 1974, after 24 years in the binding industry, Rebsamen became a professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he initiated undergraduate, graduate and industry training programs in print finishing, book manufacture, bookbinding, and on-demand finishing. He is a contributing editor to American Printer and has lectured and consulted with more than 300 printing and binding facilities around the world. Rebsamen has attended all but one of the R&E Council bindery seminars held in the last 25 years.

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