Interviews with Industry Executives, Commentary & Analysis from WhatTheyThink Contributors and other video features.
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.
At PRINTING United, David Zwang talks to Robert Stabler, managing director of Koenig & Bauer Durst about the joint venture between Koenig & Bauer and Durst to build single-pass inkjet presses for the corrugated printing market. Watch Video
Frank found a 1975 article about the New York Times’ first entry into cold type (aka photocomposition). They initially used an MGD MetroSet CRT phototypesetter to set the classified section (what used to take three days was cut to 20 minutes). John Werner, then Director of Prepress Operations, was in charge of that transition and is quoted in the article. Watch Video
Vanguard Digital Printing Systems’ Jim Peterson talks about the wide-format printing equipment the company was demonstrating at last week’s PRINTING United expo, including five Pinnacle Award-winning flatbed and rollfed units. Watch Video
David Zwang talks to Hybrid Software Group CEO Mike Rottenborn about the evolution and growth of the company. Hybrid Software Group is one company with six operating businesses—Hybrid Software, Global Graphics, ColorLogic GmbH, iC3D, Xitron, and Meteor Inkjet—which serve predominantly, but not exclusively, packaging end users and OEMs. Watch Video
DALIM Software’s Aristide Zouheir-Kuhnle talks about DALIM’s software solutions on display at last week’s PRINTING United Expo. Watch Video
In the latest installment of our new Marketing Digital Embellishment Capabilities video series, Taktiful's Kevin Abergel talks with Michael Dillon, the new Chief Revenue Office at Meyers, about how he markets digital embellishments to his clientele. Watch Video
Frank shows his latest acquisition: an 1896 "History of the Horn Book." Horn books date back to the 1500s and were used to teach the alphabet. They were very common during the American Colonial period. Watch Video
PRINTING United Alliance CEO Ford Bowers talks about the first in-person PRINTING United Expo since 2019 and some of the major themes and trends on display at the show. Watch Video
We've known Tom O'Brien for many years and have always been impressed with his entrepreneurism, energy, and innovative approach to his business. He has now started a new chapter, despite his many threats to retire, with the acquisition of his companies by Taylor Corporation. In this interview, his enthusiasm for his new role is evident and we will continue to follow their news as it develops. Watch Video
Frank has saved every trade show directory since 1967. He uses the shelf of them to implore printers to attend the PRINTING United show in Las Vegas, October 19-21. Every major supplier to the industry is introducing new technology. Printers need the automation as well as the ability to move into new markets. Frank thinks it is worth the trip. Watch Video
Elizabeth Gooding talks to Tim Murphy, President of Printware, about the envelope market and the iJet Color series of inkjet envelope personalization printers. Tim also discusses Printware's successful development relationship with HP SPTS and how that helps them buffer potential supply chain issues for themselves and their customers. Watch Video
Raspberry Creek Fabrics, based in Salt Lake City, was founded a decade ago, and has continued to innovate to meet emerging and existing market needs. Co-founder Justin Rammell tells the Raspberry Creek story, shares how automation has dramatically changed their business, explains the recent patent the company acquired, and mentions a move into wallpaper, a new business for them. The company has also established a marketplace for designers to be able to upload and sell their own designs. More coming in the future! Watch Video
Frank comments on paper shortages affecting the book industry. As mills close down, book publishers have been hard-pressed (no pun intended) to find paper. They have been applying narrower margins and negative letterspacing to squeeze more lines on a page to cut paper use. Watch Video
Sometimes the hardest part of taking advantage of the available marketplace is having tools that work the way you need them to. One size does not fit every situation. That is where Customer’s Canvas comes in. The team at Aurigma/Customer's Canvas work with their clients to craft the web-to-print solution that will work most efficiently for their business. CEO and Founder Dmitry Sevostyanov tells us why Customer's Canvas makes it possible to create the perfect Web-to-Print solution for every customer. Watch Video
David Zwang talks to HP Indigo Folding Carton Category Manager Glen Adams about how folding carton is the next big opportunity for digital print providers. This is a great interview to learn some of the basics! Watch Video
This week, Warren talks to Awesome Graphics owner Tami Napolitano. Founded in 1994 in Napolitano’s attic, the company now has a 5,000-sq. ft. commercial location, 11 employees, and more than 10,000 customers. The Rutland, Vt.-based company is a wide-format graphics shop is a winner of Big Picture Media’s 2022 Women in Wide Format Awards, which will be presented at PRINTING United next week. Watch Video
Frank Mallozzi joined EFI 25 years ago with a charter to run the European business for the company. Today, he is the Chief Revenue Officer of the company and has seen many changes in the company and the industry over the years. At the end of 2022, Frank will be retiring from EFI, and we are sure he will be sorely missed. But we also look forward to seeing what the next chapter is for him. In this discussion, Frank talks about his experiences over the past 25 years and the opportunities ahead. Watch Video
Bob Barbera, Director of Marketing for Canon USA, talks with Eric Vessels about the upcoming PRINTING United Expo and the Canon presence there. The two talk booth space, equipment, and what product demos attendees can expect to see. Watch Video
Joe Gass, President and CEO of Heritage Printing, shares his industry journey. The family business started 46 years ago when Joe was 13, and after a stint in the US Navy, he took over the business in 1988. It has grown consistently, and Gass recently launched Heritage Signs & Displays to handle wide-format printing and signage and has launched BlueFire Visual to transform interior spaces. Watch Video
Mark Hunt, Director of Strategic Alliances at Standard Finishing, takes time out of busy preparations for PRINTING United to speak with Eric Vessels about their 4,000 square feet of space at the show and all the finishing and automation solutions they will be featuring. This is a great peek into what people will see from Standard at the show! Watch Video
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