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Warren Werbitt Goes Printer to Printer with Rocket’s Scott Williams

This week, Warren avoids talking about COVID and instead asks Scott Williams, CEO of Rocket, about the company’s recent rebranding. Taylor Printing Group was founded in 2005 in New Brunswick, Canada, with locations in Fredericton, N.B., as well as Halifax, Nova Scotia. In 2019, Taylor acquired Bounty Printing, and Williams recently rebranded Taylor Printing Group and Bounty Printing as Rocket, with a splashy mailer that caught Warren’s eye—as did the decision to not use the word “printing” in the new company name. Watch Video

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Exclusive: Key Highcon Executives Share Updates and Vision of the Future

In this video interview, Shlomo Nimrodi, CEO, and Simon Lewis, VP Marketing, of Highcon, along with their newest addition, Alon Bar-Shany as Chairman, discuss the current state of Highcon following its very successful IPO, the target customer base, some of the changes driven by the pandemic, and their vision of the future in a dynamic, interactive discussion. Following this interview, Highcon and EFI announced a global partnership benefiting their common core of customers with ERP integration; Highcon also has a similar partnership with HP Indigo—and a common core of customers—where integration of print and finishing has offered many benefits. Watch Video

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Frank Provides a Backdrop for Book Sales

Frank comments on reports that 2020 was a great year for book publishing. Book sales were up, and some of them may even have been read. More often than not, Frank muses, they were bought to use as backdrops for Zoom calls. Watch Video

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Warren Werbitt Goes Printer to Printer with Press Emporium’s Vernon Attles

This week, Warren talks to Vernon Attles, President and CEO of Press Emporium, a single source solutions company for luxury hospitality and retail printing. The company offers offset, digital, litho, flexo—all the old traditional printing and finishing as well as as Scodix, Highcon, and the latest enhancements. “The word that stands out is ‘luxury.’” Watch Video

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Security Printing: A Tricky Business

Jim Fleet, CEO of Ashton Potter, talks about how security printing differs from other types of printing in this interview by Senior Editor Cary Sherburne. Using flexo, offset, and intaglio, plus serialization and track-and-trace technologies, Ashton Potter delivers a unique service. Watch Video

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Frank Catalogs Catalogs

IKEA announced that they will no longer print their catalog, so Frank takes a nostalgic look back at the history of mail order catalogs, from 1872 and the first Montgomery Ward catalog, to Sears, to JC Penney, to IKEA. While there are still printed catalogs, most marketing is online these days. Watch Video

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Warren Werbitt Goes Printer to Printer with Willow Print Group’s Jeff Ekstein

This week, Warren talks with Jeff Ekstein, President & CEO of Willow Print Group and past President of PIA. Based in the Greater Toronto area, Willow is a 68-year-old, third-generation family business, best described as a general commercial printer—but is always diversifying and looking at the latest and greatest. “You don’t last for 68 years by staying the same. You have to always reinvent yourself.” Watch Video

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Frank Gets Lost in the Good Book

Here we get up close and personal with the Gutenberg Bible. Frank becomes part of the book and takes us on a walking tour of a typical page from the 1455 masterpiece. He comments on the type, layout, and illustrative material.  Watch Video

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Warren Werbitt Goes Printer to Printer with Ace Designs’ Sheri Robertson

This week, Warren talks with Sheri Robertson, VP of Awesome! for Ace Designs, a grand-format print shop serving predominantly retail and hospitality markets. The company has been using the pandemic period to reexamine and reset themselves and decide "what they want to be when they grow up.” Watch Video

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COVID-19 and the Shift in Packaging Requirements

Mike Scrutton, Adobe's Director of Print Technologies and Strategy, shares his thoughts on changes in packaging, for both brands and converters, as a result of the increased use of ecommerce due to the pandemic, conditions he believes will continue to prevail post-pandemic. Watch Video

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Domanda Lets Consumers Apply Professional Designs to Almost Anything

Kristen Dettoni founded Design Pool as a way to make her textile designs available to other designers and developed a network of printers who can execute those designs. More recently, she founded Domanda, an online store that enables consumers to use professional designs on a wide range of home goods. She talks about why she started these businesses, what she has been able to achieve, and how the pandemic has affected the demand for these types of services, especially in home and commercial decor. Watch Video

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Kasper Tomshoj on PrintVis’s Partnership with Kodak

David Zwang talks to Kasper Tomshoj, CEO of PrintVis, about the company’s almost 25-year history as an MIS provider for the printing and packaging industry. PrintVis recently teamed up with Kodak as an implementation partner as part of PRINERGY On Demand Business Solutions. Watch Video

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Frank to the Future

In this episode we meet “Future Frank,” a hologram from the year 2100 that reports on what life and technology are going to be like over our next 80 years. We get a glimpse of our future, but maybe we don’t want to know. (Hint: Start to look into printing food.) Watch Video

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Adobe's Mike Scrutton Discusses Print Redefined

Ever since Gutenberg, print and its uses have continued to evolve. That's true today as well, and that evolution has likely been accelerated by the pandemic. Hear what Adobe's Mike Scrutton, Director of Print Technology and Strategy, has to say about where we are with print today, where it's going, and how printing companies can take advantage of new opportunities offered by this continuing evolution. Watch Video

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Mimaki's Mike Maxwell Shares Update on Mimaki Solutions for Signs/Display Graphics

Mimaki offers a broad portfolio of solutions for the sign and display graphics market. Mike Maxwell, Senior Manager–Corporate Strategic Development at Mimaki U.S., provides a look at the range of applications customers are producing, including how customers can incorporate 3D printing into the sign and display graphics businesses. Watch Video

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Todd Bigger on PRINERGY On Demand Business Solutions: “Not Your Father’s PRINERGY”

Todd Bigger, VP of Software and Services for Kodak, talks to David Zwang about the new iteration of PRINERGY On Demand. Back in May, Kodak moved moved PRINERGY into the cloud with PRINERGY On Demand and this Fall, Kodak is launching PRINERGY On Demand Business Solutions, a fully integrated and managed end-to-end software platform for all printers of any size and any segment that aims to eliminate the need for multiple standalone software products from different suppliers. Watch Video

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Banner Year: A Conversation with AATCC's Incoming President

Harrie Schoots is taking on the volunteer role of President of AATCC in the year the association turns 100. In this conversation, you'll learn more about Harrie, his goals and objectives for 2021 for the association, and see the energy and innovative thinking he will bring to the organization. Watch Video

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Warren Werbitt Goes Printer to Printer with VISOgraphic’s Bob Dahlke, Jr.

This week, Warren talks to Bob Dahlke Jr., of VISOgraphic, a general commercial shop based outside of Chicago. Founded in 1946 and owned by the Dahlke family since 1979, the company is about 65% litho, 35% digital, and starting to do more and more packaging. 2019 had been the company’s best year ever, and, VISOgraphic having been an early adopter of LED UV, they bought a brand new press in December, enjoying one great quarter of business before the pandemic hit. Watch Video

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Brother's Rick Frye Talks Sewing Automation

Sewing is often referred to as the "last mile" in the manufacture of sewn goods in terms of an overall automated workflow. Huge progress has been made in the level of automation, and an operator can be quickly trained to execute sewing of some types of items. But the fine work of sewing apparel is still out of reach. Rick Frye shares his thoughts about the current state of sewing automation, and describes Brother's new Bridge sewing technology. Watch Video

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The New Canon imagePRESS C10010VP Digital Press

Canon’s Matthew Poliniak talks about the new Canon imagePRESS C10010VP digital press, which features enhanced media handling capabilities. The imagePRESS C10010VP can handle media up to 400 gsm and also supports running on synthetic media, allowing you to offer new and customized applications to customers. Watch Video