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Profiles in Print Premier Press
Profiles in Print
Premier Press (Portland, Oregon)

WhatTheyThink traveled to Portland to visit Premier Press to learn more about their business, how they operate, and what makes them unique. This film is the first in an ongoing series of Profiles in Print.

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Miyakoshi’s Masahiko Kamei on the Japanese Printing Market

David Zwang talks to Masahiko Kamei of Miyakoshi about the current state of the printing industry and the market for print in Japan. Watch Video

Canon’s Francis McMahon on “Leaving the Industry a Better Place”

David Zwang talks to Francis McMahon of Canon Solutions America about the need for printing industry veterans to “leave the industry a better place” and help prepare the next-generation of industry leaders to take over. Watch Video

The Roots of the Printing Industry

Frank takes us on an historic journey from the Mimeograph to offset duplicators to modern inkjet printing. He tells of Thomas Edison, the Mimeograph, and A. B. Dick. The result of all this was evident at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2023 where inkjet printing dominated. Watch Video

EFI’s Kerry Sanders on Ecommerce for Corrugated

Kerry Sanders, VP of eCommerce at EFI, talks about the Center of Excellence that helps EFI and the industry at large understand the corrugated segment. He shares the results of some recent research on ecommerce opportunities for corrugators. Watch Video

Solimar’s Mary Ann Rowan at Hunkeler Innovationdays

David Zwang talks to Mary Ann Rowan, Chief Experience Officer at Solimar Systems, at Hunkeler Innovationdays about the company’s hardware partners and how Solimar tailors its software solutions to each manufacturer’s specific press and customer requirements. Watch Video

Andrew Bailes-Collins on Ultimate TechnoGraphics’ Extensive Software Portfolio

David Zwang talks to Andrew Bailes-Collins, Head of Product Management for Ultimate TechnoGraphics, at Hunkeler Innovationdays about the company’s extensive software solutions for prepress processes such as imposition, tiling, ganging, and nesting, as well as binding automation. Watch Video

Davy Verstaen and Tomas Van Rossom on Enfocus Software

David Zwang talks to Davy Verstaen and Tomas Van Rossom of Enfocus about the company’s flagship products PitStop and Switch and how they fit into the overall print production ecosystem. Watch Video

Smithers’ Sean Smyth on Inkjet Production Workflow

David Zwang talks to Smithers’ Sean Smyth at the recent Hunkeler Innovationdays about the evolution of inkjet printing and the focus away from print engines and more toward workflow and software. Watch Video

Warren Werbitt Goes Printer to Print Vendor with Komcan’s Brad Ranson

This week, Warren talks with Brad Ranson, Sales Manager at Komcan, a Canadian Komori dealership. Brad is a 27-year-old who has been working in the printing industry for 10 years. His encounters with printing’s old guard have ranged from “It’s good to see young people getting into the industry” to “grumpy old guys” saying, “What are you doing in this industry?” He and Warren discuss the generation gap that still exists. Watch Video

Josh Roffman Shares the Loftware Story and Its Current Role in Managing Label Workflow

Loftware was founded 35 years ago in the founder's Maine loft, thus the name. Over the years, it has evolved into a cloud-based service for brands and label producers, managing all associated data, ensuring compliance with brand and regulatory guidelines, and producing print-ready artwork for its customers. SVP Marketing and Product Management Josh Roffman shares the story. Watch Video

Ricoh’s Mark Little on Automation

David Zwang talks to Ricoh’s Mark Little about automation, integration, and the entire print production ecosystem. Watch Video

Canon Solutions America’s Francis McMahon on Hunkeler Innovationdays

David Zwang talks to Canon Solutions America’s Francis McMahon about his impressions of what was on display at the recent Hunkeler Innovationdays. Watch Video

Ulbe Jelluma on Print Power

David Zwang talks to Ulbe Jelluma, managing director of Print Power. Print Power is an initiative started by European paper manufacturers in response to the surge of digital advertising that emphasizes to advertisers and marketers the value of print media. Watch Video

PageWide T250 Helps Premier Press Produce Personalized Marketing Campaigns

In 2021 Premier Press invested in an HP PageWide T250 HD to expand its product range in direct mail and personalized marketing campaigns. Hear from the team at Premier Press how the T250 helps deliver personalized marketing campaigns. Watch Video

Eversfrank Gruppe’s Gerhard Martterer on Programmatic Printing

Ralf Schlözer talks with Gerhard Martterer of Eversfrank Gruppe about programmatic and variable-data printing. Martterer evangelizes the benefits of programmatic printing to advertisers and marketers and has formed the Programmatic Print Alliance (PPA) in Germany. Watch Video

In Local Parentis

Frank reports that the state of Massachusetts is thinking of subsidizing local newspapers, so long as they have at least one local reporter. Whether it goes through or not remains to be seen, but it's a reaction to the current state of the newspaper industry and the importance and value of local news. Watch Video

Texintel's Debbie McKeegan Weighs in on Textiles' Digital Future

Earlier this month, in Debbie McKeegan's post, she noted that growth in digitally printed textiles is expected at 14.4% CAGR through 2030. Yet it will still represent only about 5% of global production of printed textiles. In this discussion with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne, she explains how younger designers and consumers have the ability to accelerate this growth even more and why it is important for the industry and the planet. Watch Video

Sarah Barr of Konhaus Print & Marketing Previews the Annual NPSOA Conference

Sarah Barr, Owner of Konhaus Print & Marketing in Lemoyne, Pa., talks to Eric Vessels of WhatTheyThink about being a member of NPSOA as well as the upcoming annual conference in Myrtle Beach, March 16-18. Watch Video

Marco Boer on Inkjet Printing at Hunkeler Innovationdays

David Zwang talks to Marco Boer of IT Strategies at Hunkeler Innovationdays about the current state of production inkjet printing. Watch Video

Andrew Gunn on Xerox’s “Swiss Army Knife” of Digital Inkjet Production

David Zwang talks to Xerox’s Andrew Gunn about Xerox’s presence at the recent Hunkeler Innovationdays and its offerings in the cutsheet inkjet space. Watch Video