More than 100 manroland Goss presses worldwide produce for the printing giant Quad – one of North America's largest printing companies and a global marketing experience company that unites all the essential resources required for frictionless, scalable marketing execution. In the last seven years alone, manroland Goss has successfully commissioned eight new presses for Quad. The two newest machines, two LITHOMAN IV presses, are in operation at Quad's Hartford, Wisconsin, location. The customer and manufacturer are working together to achieve a peak run time of 52,500 rph on the recently installed LITHOMAN IV – a new record speed for manroland Goss commercial web presses. *Production successfully started on two new LITHOMAN IV presses at Quad in Hartford, Wisconsin. *More than 100 presses worldwide testify to Quad's decades of confidence in the quality and reliability of manroland Goss. *Drive for top performance: Customer and manufacturer work on a new top speed for the LITHOMAN IV.
Sun Chemical has further enhanced its sheetfed offset direct food contact ink offering with the launch of an innovative, ‘green’ shade blue pigment that helps to increase the color gamut available to designers and brand owners, especially now within the ‘green’ shade color space without comprising compliance to accepted food safety standards. Due to the stringent compliance requirements Sun Chemical adheres to for direct food contact (DFC) printing, there is a rigorous pigment selection process used by Sun Chemical for its DFC product range which considers pigment chemistry and potential non-intentionally added substances (NIAS). Currently, there are no suitable green pigments available on the market. The commercial green pigments that are available contain residual NIAS of regulatory concern, which could potentially migrate into the food. This has restricted the colour palette available for direct food contact inks. The addition of this new base to the SunPak DirectFood Plus range means that 1801 colours can now be achieved at a tolerance of Delta E <2 (dE2000) to Digital Master Pantone.
The North American Carbon Balanced Printer program is proud to announce that it has signed its first partner printer. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Hudson Printing has joined the Carbon Balanced Printer program to further reduce its impact on the environment, as well as the impact of its customers. The Carbon Balanced Printer program offers its partner printers the opportunity to carbon balance their paper and print services. Members of the program are printers that have measured their own carbon footprint, then offset those emissions with the global conservation group World Land Trust to become a certified Carbon Balanced Printer. World Land Trust uses funds raised through the program to protect and restore threatened natural habitats in Vietnam, Mexico, Ecuador and Guatemala. By protecting these areas of high biodiversity and the species within them, World Land Trust preserves important ecosystems while preventing the release of CO2 into the atmosphere through deforestation and degradation. The amount of carbon offset by Hudson is equivalent to the preservation of 834,013 m2 of land, or the area covered by 156 NFL football fields.
Ricoh USA, Inc. announced the RICOH Pro VC80000. With this new high-speed inkjet webfed platform, print service providers can harness greater automated production, closed loop quality control and more advanced production floor integration, to enjoy highly efficient operation and application agility. The RICOH Pro VC80000 builds on the success of the RICOH Pro VC70000 and is designed for the production of exceptional quality direct mail, color books, catalogs, magazines and commercial print applications on coated media up to 300gsm. A unique family of software and hardware tools delivers increased automation of production, print quality control and communication with many AI, machine learning and data analysis features that ensure predictable and repeatable output with minimal operator intervention.
Quad/Graphics, Inc. (NYSE: QUAD) released its 2023 Environmental, Social and Governance Update. *Quad’s U.S. facilities recycled more than 98% of their industrial wastepaper and other solid waste through innovations for conserving raw materials, minimizing waste and repurposing materials such as paper, plastic and cardboard paper cores and limiting what they send to landfills. *Quad’s In-Store team eliminated 330,000 plastic polybags and other materials from entering the waste stream every year by redesigning the packaging for Quad’s LAMà Displays. *In 2022, Quad Packaging improved by 45% its carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions per one million pieces printed and used 41% less water over a baseline average established from 2018 to 2020.
Modern Litho, a full-service commercial and publication printer headquartered in Jefferson City, Missouri, today announces a new location for its St. Louis operation. The new facility, located at 5001 Southwest Avenue on The Hill, will accommodate more than 67,000 sq. ft. of production and administration space, and will allow for expanded services in the St. Louis market including: enhanced digital printing, expanded mailing, on-site storage, and fulfillment. “A lot has changed since 2018 when we first moved into the 5111 location. It has served us well and I believe contributed to helping us become the company we are today,” said Jeff Davidson, Owner. “We’ve experienced growth both organic and through strategic acquisition. Honoring our commitment to serving our customers means we must continue to invest in our workforce, equipment, and facilities,” Davidson went on to say. Modern Litho –St. Louis has moved from the location on The Hill at 5111 Southwest Avenue to the new facility and is operating at 5001 Southwest Avenue as of November 8, 2023.
The UK’s printing and printed packaging industry struggled with its performance in Q3, at least as far as output and orders are concerned; however, expectations are more positive for Q4. The forecast for Q3 was for some output growth to return; that expectation has turned-out to be overly optimistic as more companies experienced a decline in output than an increase. As mentioned last quarter, a fragile economy, lingering concerns over inflation levels, for both consumers and businesses, and the possibility of further interest rate increases; have not made it easier to do business. Printers continue to concentrate on controlling costs, increasing productivity, and looking for new sales opportunities. Some cost pressures have eased, and are expected to ease further, but so too have prices – and lower prices yet may be required to encourage more output and order growth in Q4. The latest Printing Outlook survey reveals that one-third (33%) of printers managed to increase their output levels in the third quarter of 2023, whilst another third was able to hold output steady.
Third Quarter Financial Highlights and Recent Events • Total revenue increased by 2.8% to $69.8 million, from $67.9 million in the third quarter of 2022. • Envelope segment revenue up 0.4% to $49.3 million, from $49.1 million in the prior year. • Packaging and specialty products segment revenue of $20.5 million, up 9.1% from $18.8 million last year. • Net earnings were $5.0 million, compared to $8.1 million last year.
In the wake of its successful launch in Montréal this spring, TC Transcontinental (TSX: TCL.A TCL.B) announces the expansion of raddar, the reinvented flyer, across Québec as well as in areas of Ontario and British Columbia. raddar™ is a thin leaflet folded in four that combines flyers from various retailers into a single printed product. Distributed via Canada Post, raddar™ greatly reduces the volume of paper used. With raddar™ and its digital platform raddar.ca, consumers can benefit from the best of both worlds. Between February and May 2024, raddar™ will be rolled out gradually across the province of Québec, replacing Publisac. This will add 2.8 million households to the 1 million copies of raddar™ already distributed in the Greater Montreal area.
Kodak is proud to announce Mercury Print Productions as its first customer for the KODAK PROSPER 7000 Turbo Press. Mercury, based in Rochester, NY, USA, has chosen the fastest inkjet web press currently available on the market to significantly expand its high-volume digital printing capacity. Mercury has been a user of KODAK PROSPER Technology Solutions since 2011, printing up to 10 million pages per day. The renowned print service provider will use the new PROSPER 7000 Turbo Press for a wide range of print jobs, including educational, trade and children’s books, personalized direct mail, marketing collateral, transactional documents as well as short to medium-run packaging requiring variable print.
Sun Chemical has launched its new groundbreaking ‘Pace’ technology platform for sheetfed offset inks. SunPak FSP, Sun Chemical’s flagship sheetfed offset low migration ink for food packaging, will be the first ink to transition to the new technology with the launch of SunPak FSP EcoPace. The inks are designed to support optimal productivity on high-speed modern printing machines and have strong sustainability credentials. In an era marked by faster machines, lower-quality papers, cost pressures, and sustainability goals, printers are encountering more challenges than ever before. Sun Chemical recognises these challenges and, as a result, is introducing this revolutionary ink based on innovative binder technology providing higher body and lower tack. The benefit of the new technology has been proven through rigorous long-term testing to deliver the highest levels of productivity, the lowest applied cost, and the best overall sustainability benefits. Sun Chemical’s dedication to compliance and certifications also ensures that Sun Chemical’s products not only meet but exceed current regulatory requirements. Pace technology delivers Sun Chemical’s most sustainable offerings yet. This is achieved through a dual approach of selecting vegetable oil based formulations in which PTFE wax is not used. These formulations deliver the highest bio-renewable content (BRC) supplemented by exceptional performance on press that ensures minimal wastage of paper/board and subsequently reduced usage of energy and solvent wash through fewer stoppages.
*Reported revenue decreased 3.1% including impact from divestitures, while comparable adjusted revenue was flat year-over-year *Third quarter GAAP diluted EPS was ($0.18) while adjusted diluted EPS was $0.79 *Net loss of $8.0 million including restructuring and other charges in the quarter, down from net income of $14.7 million in the prior year
Kirkwood, a premier full-service integrated communications provider, and DGI Communications, a premier full-service audio visual and technology solutions proudly announce the sale of DGI’s Invisuals print division to Kirkwood. Since 1994, DGI Invisuals has been a distinguished leader in the field, and one of the largest providers of large-format and graphic solutions in New England. This noteworthy development underscores Kirkwood and DGI’s shared dedication to meeting their expanding customer requirements while maintaining a leading position in the ever-changing landscape of their core businesses. Following the transaction, DGI Communications will remain focused on growing their rapidly expanding audio-visual integration, consulting and technology business. Established in 1994, DGI Invisuals has consistently delivered high-quality visual communication products and services, serving a diverse range of industries, including retail, government, finance, education, healthcare, architecture/LEED certifications, corporate, ad agencies, museums, sporting venues, food service, vehicle wraps, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and non-profits.
*Reported Net Sales of $700 million in the third quarter of 2023 compared to $830 million in the third quarter of 2022, and Net Loss of $3 million in the third quarter of 2023, or $0.06 diluted loss per share, compared to Net Earnings and diluted earnings per share of $14 million and $0.27 in the third quarter of 2022, respectively. *Increased Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities by $71 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2023, compared to the same period in 2022. *Increased Free Cash Flow by $61 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2023, compared to the same period in 2022, including $27 million of Free Cash Flow generation in the third quarter of 2023. *Reduced Net Debt by $132 million over the last 12 months to end the third quarter with a Debt Leverage Ratio of 2.36x, which is within the company’s long-term targeted leverage range of 2.0x – 2.5x.
In today's printing industry, the concept of innovation is wide in definition, but rather narrow in its goal. Leading companies grasp many tools to define themselves, increase profitability, and differentiate themselves. They utilize new technologies, systems integration, novel human resources practices, diversification, exemplary customer services, and so much more. The six companies included in the 2023 class of Printing Impressions’ Innovators of the Year were nominated by printing industry experts and consultants who identified them as notables. The business tactics and philosophies they employ may provide some inspiration to take your company to similar, greater heights. The summary of Bradford & Bigelow that follows shares what makes this company innovative, interesting, and exceptional. The insight it presents may provide the inspiration you need to take your company to a new level, or in a new direction.
Tweddle Group has been named a 2023 Top Workplaces winner. The Top Workplaces program—administered by Energage—boasts a 17-year history of surveying and celebrating organizations that have built people-first workplace cultures. Energage surveys companies nationally and across 60 regional markets to identify the best for each industry sector. Their 2023 Top Workplaces win identifies Tweddle Group as one of the best places to work in the Technology Industry. “We’re proud to see our work environment recognized,” said Tweddle Group President Todd Headlee. “The Tweddle Group team operates at a very high level and has been doing so for nearly 70 years now. They show a tremendous spirit while offering one of the broadest solution suites available to our manufacturing clients. It’s a rare combination. This award is a testament to the quality of our people.”
The Sheridan Worzalla printing facility, which specializes in high-quality children’s books, cookbooks, and hardcover best sellers, is celebrating the release of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: No Brainer. This is the 18th book from the #1 international bestselling series Diary of a Wimpy Kid by author and cartoonist Jeff Kinney, and published by Abrams. Sheridan Worzalla has been the domestic manufacturing headquarters of the popular series since the first book. “We are proud to be entrusted to print the next installment of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series,” said Paul Bozuwa, President of Sheridan. “With our dedication to maintaining quality printing standards, we cannot wait for Wimpy Kid fans to get the latest edition in their hands.” Publisher Abrams announced No Brainer in the spring of 2023 so that Sheridan Worzalla could plan for the production of millions of copies of the 224-page hardcovered young adult fiction book.
Etimark, a label and package printer based in Switzerland, has made the switch from mercury to UV LED curing for its presses after adopting Flint Group’s EkoCure® Dual Cure ink range. Etimark, known for its customised package printing solutions, made a milestone decision to start using LED curing ink after realising how it could increase print speed, process security, and sustainability while reducing maintenance requirements. Since installing its first LED press in 2020, the international specialist in customised packaging printing transitioned all its production to the EkoCure® Dual Cure ink system in just one year and is now reaping the benefits of this innovative technology. Etimark’s transition to using EkoCure® Dual Cure ink across its LED presses is detailed in a new video that can be found with this link: https://bit.ly/3F126tx
Q3 2023 • Revenue of $1.65 billion, down 5.7 percent, or 7.4 percent in constant currency. • GAAP net income of $49 million, or $0.28 per share, up $432 million or $2.76 per share, yearover-year, respectively. • Operating cash flow of $124 million, up $132 million year-over-year. • Free cash flow of $112 million, up $130 million year-over-year. • Announces Reinvention, expected to deliver improvement in adjusted operating income of at least $300 million by 2026.
PRINTING United Alliance, the most comprehensive member-based printing and graphic arts association in North America, announces that AlphaGraphics has joined the association. AlphaGraphics is a franchised chain of 270 independently owned and operated marketing service providers with full-service print shops. The partnership was officially signed at PRINTING United Expo, taking place in Atlanta on October 18-20. For more information about Alliance membership, visit: www.printing.org/membership. The Alliance serves industry professionals with preeminent education and training through its unparalleled iLEARNING+ online learning platform; comprehensive workshops; highly-sought after research; legislative and regulatory advocacy; HR-related issues; environmental, health, and safety resources and guidance; as well as impactful content through its leading powerhouse media brands. Joining the Alliance provides AlphaGraphics franchisees across the United States with immediate access to all of these premier member programs and services.
At PRINTING United Expo this week, Ashley Roberts, managing editor at PRINTING United Alliance, ran an informative panel session taking a closer look at driving direct mail results using embellishments. She was joined by Tim Armstrong, the founder of Flowcode; Scott Evans, president and CEO of Kenmore Envelope; and Chris Matthews, account manager for Scentisphere. In general, the panel agreed that if there is one thing attendees can take away from the session, it’s that direct mail is a powerful way to connect to individual consumers, forging connections that an online presence alone simply can’t match. But to take direct mail even further and drive response rates up to 30% or more, embellishments are the way to go. Evans noted that “the big trends we’re seeing right now are that embellishments are real, and the drive real response.
Ennis, Inc. is pleased to announce its acquisition of Eagle Graphics, Inc. from Annville, PA and Diamond Graphics, Inc. from Bensalem, PA. Since 1976, Eagle Graphics has specialized in fulfilling the commercial printing needs of its customers. Some of Eagle Graphics capabilities include 8-color UV web printing, digital printing, security printing, jumbo rolls, traditional forms and direct mail. Diamond Graphics, founded in 1999, specializes in Direct Mail printing and has a combination of presses that allow for flexibility. Diamond is known for their Direct Mail printing and the high-volume padding done for the non-profit industry.
Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced the new upcoming1 varioPRINT iX1700 B3+ size inkjet digital sheetfed press, designed to deliver an exceptional combination of high print quality and fast, efficient production for the demanding commercial, in-plant, and direct mail print markets. Introduced as an expansion of Canon’s broad digital press portfolio, the varioPRINT iX1700 color inkjet production press joins the varioPRINT iX-series within Canon’s sheetfed inkjet portfolio, combining the flexibility of sheetfed printing with production inkjet. Engineered for reliable, high productivity and consistent, high quality, the new press will be based on a compelling blend of brand new and proven Canon technologies.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is pleased to announce an upcoming1 product, the LabelStream LS2000 inkjet press, which is being designed to serve the surging demand for digital, high-quality label converting. This inkjet press implements many newly developed Canon technologies highlighted by high-density aqueous ink, printhead, advanced fixing system and a variety of automation features to support efficient production. The entry into the U.S. label printing market is a natural evolution to support current multi-discipline print providers and expand into new markets. Our entry is built on the success of delivering high quality roll-to-roll and sheet-fed inkjet solutions via a network of strong customer support.
SCREEN Graphic Solutions Co., Ltd. announces its cooperation with KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc. in the development of the Truepress JET S320, an A3 sheetfed digital inkjet printer. The Truepress JET S320 prototype will make its debut at PRINTING United Expo October 18–20, 2023, in Atlanta, Georgia. In recent years, especially in the commercial printing and publishing markets, there has been a shift toward businesses utilizing digital printing technology. This change is driven by a broader societal shift toward businesses that leverage digital data. In contrast to the traditional production of broadcast-style advertisements and prediction-based mass production, there is now a demand for data-driven targeting and personalized advertising materials. This shift has resulted in a move toward production that involves printing only the necessary quantity at the required time, often with targeted messaging.
In the dynamic world of printing and finishing, staying ahead of the curve is crucial for success. One remarkable achievement in this quest is the completion of our training on the Primera Pro Saddle Stitcher, a significant milestone for our team here at Schumann Printers, Inc. (SPI). This state-of-the-art machine has been an investment in both technology and skill development, and we are proud to announce that it is now up and running, ready to elevate the quality and efficiency of our printing and finishing processes. The Primera Pro Saddle Stitcher is a high-performance finishing machine that combines precision, speed, and versatility. It is designed to handle various print finishing tasks, but its primary function is saddle stitching. Saddle stitching is a binding technique that is commonly used for booklets, brochures, magazines, and catalogs. With the Primera Pro, we have not only embraced this technique but also have the capability to execute it flawlessly.
Tweddle Group announced a new vendor agreement with Harbinger, a leading manufacturer of best-in-class electric vehicle (EV) technologies, allowing Harbinger clients to offer a cost-effective solution for adding EV options to their commercial medium-duty EV and RV product lines. Tweddle Group will provide Harbinger with service manual content, labor operations development, body builders guide, incomplete vehicle manual, electronic parts catalog content, a web-accessible parts catalog interface, and a vehicle service web portal to house and distribute product information.
When brother and sister duo Fuzzy and Tami Marek took over their father’s business, they dove headfirst into an industry they weren’t the most familiar with. Fast forward almost 20 years later and the siblings have transformed the family business into an industry leader in field sales effectiveness and marketing execution services. If you ask Fuzzy Marek, CEO and co-owner of Waukesha, Wisconsin-based The Marek Group, he says that if his father were to see the company today, he wouldn’t recognize it — but that’s not a bad thing. “My father started the company in the early '70s. It was primarily a very small, couple person lettershop in Milwaukee. He started it and grew it over time, but it was primarily in the commercial print and fulfillment space,” Marek says.
Two UK newspapers have found a way of coping with ever-rising print costs. News UK and DMG Media propose to form a joint venture to combine their printing operations. This would include the printing operations of Newsprinters (News UK) and DMG Media printing sites in Thurrock (Essex) and Dinnington (South Yorkshire). A new company would be created to run the combined print operations. Specifically, the three current Newsprinters sites in Broxbourne (Hertfordshire), Knowsley (Merseyside) and Eurocentral (Glasgow) would be retained. This could mean closure of the DMG Media sites in Thurrock and Dinnington.
Digital printing remains a lucrative growth market in the printing industry worldwide. It now accounts for some 20 percent of the global print production volume (PPV) and is growing at an annual rate of around three percent. The latest Versafire generation from HEIDELBERG offers systematically enhanced digital presses for the commercial sector. The company is thus taking the integration of offset and digital printing to the next level and further strengthening its market position in the digital segment. “Our integrated solutions are a must for anyone who is looking to combine offset and digital printing and use them efficiently in tandem. That’s because HEIDELBERG has comprehensive process and application knowledge relating to both these printing methods, which makes us unique in the industry,” says HEIDELBERG CEO Dr. Ludwin Monz.
Trading since 1990 and with over 30 years of expertise in the print and paper industries, Dynamic Print has built up a wealth of knowledge regarding the print processes, paper and design. “Sustainability is a highly important subject and we are seeing our customers wanting more sustainable options when choosing the materials for their print projects. At Dynamic Print we have made sure to offer a full range of eco-friendly, fully sustainable printing and paper options. We have also entirely committed to “a Rewilding project” transforming our industrial estate unit “rubbish tip garden” into an environmentally friendly diverse space, creating a vegetable patch, customer and staff seating area, 4 various-sized ponds, a food and paper composter made out of pallet waste and we have seen wildlife in the garden from wild rabbits, hedgehogs, bats, moles and nine species of birds. Joining Two Sides brings many new ways we can communicate to our customers just how sustainable print really is. We’re delighted Dynamic Print are now members.” says Sarah Smith, Managing Director for Dynamic Print.
Schumann Printers has had the honor of working with Communication Arts for over a decade printing the go-to resource that showcases exceptional design, advertising, illustration, photography, interactive, and typography. Our partnership has been marked by unwavering commitment to quality and a shared dedication to graphic design excellence. We are thrilled for them to be recognized in Creative Boom's recent article titled, "Print's Not Dead: The Best Magazines for Graphic Design Inspiration."
Preferred Direct is proud to announce the successful installation of a new Hunkeler-Horizon roll-to-fold converting machine and a new performance upgrade to their HP 250 Digital Press. Purchased from Standard Finishing Systems, the addition of the Hunkeler Roll to Cut to Horizon AFV-566/T564 Folder System marks a pivotal step for Preferred Direct’s production capabilities. This advanced technology streamlines the process of converting large rolls of paper into neatly folded, ready-to-mail products. The machine’s precision and speed will provide a seamless transition from printing to finishing processes, reducing turnaround times, and increasing overall efficiency. Furthermore, Preferred Direct has invested in a performance upgrade for their existing HP 250 Digital Press. The upgrade now allows the company to achieve an impressive speed of 800 feet per minute (fpm) for monochrome print and mail jobs. This upgrade will accelerate production while maintaining exceptional print quality for Preferred Direct’s transactional and informational print clients.
Modern Litho, a nationally recognized full-service commercial printer and mailer based in Mid-Missouri, announces it has signed a letter of intent to acquire Direct Impaqt, formerly Mail & More and Brake Printing, of Columbia effective October 2, 2023. Both companies have served the Columbia market for many years providing offset and digital printing, finishing, and direct mail. Direct Impaqt’s production operation complements Modern Litho’s offerings and expands its footprint to include six production facilities located in Mid-Missouri, St. Louis and Kansas City. “Direct Impaqt has had a successful presence in the regional print industry for many years with well-established customer relationships and high standards of service. We are grateful for the opportunity to continue this commitment to customers, new and existing, while supporting a full-service print production facility in Columbia,” commented Jeff Davidson, Modern Litho President.
Questions surrounding the future of book printing drew a capacity crowd of 155 publishing professionals to the BMI (Book Manufacturers Institute) Book Manufacturing Mastered conference, held September 14 at Penguin Random House’s New York City headquarters. And though the book manufacturing sector was booming during the pandemic, economic conditions have softened and costs for most materials are continuing to go up. Still, speakers at the conference said book printers are generally in a good place, albeit with a host of challenges ahead of them.In addition to rising costs, topics discussed at the daylong conference included the renewed postpandemic threat of work moving off-shore, sustainability concerns, the shift from offset to digital printing, and labor shortages. “We’re basically where we were back in 2014,” said Marco Boer, v-p of IT Strategies, in the opening presentation. “We haven’t lost all that printed book volume that people were worried about when e-books came in, and so we all say this is okay. People are continuing to read and print, and that’s great.”
Komori America announced that Quantum Graphics, a commercial printer based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, is looking forward to gaining a higher level of automation and faster speed to market with the investment in its fourth Komori press, an eight-color Lithrone G40 advance perfector (GL840P advance) with LED-UV and an MBO T800.1 buckle folder. Experiencing substantial growth over the past several years, the company services well-known brands that demand high-quality, consistent color and fast turnaround. The GL840P advance’s ability to deliver high-speed production coupled with the MBO T800.1’s automated functions will provide the increased capacity needed to meet Quantum Graphics’ aggressive demand forecast. “To meet our goals, we needed to update our equipment,” said Guy Peterson, president and CEO of Quantum Graphics. “As part of the process, we decided on the eight-color perfector because it would give us additional capabilities and greater capacity beyond our current offering. The press configuration is well-matched to the variety of work we already produce for our clients and will allow us to offer new inline embellishment and coating effects to add additional value to client projects. We anticipate the GL840P advance will double our throughput, which made adding a folder with the automated features of the T800.1 a must.
Utilizing 2022 as a third-party verified baseline year, RRD’s 10-year roadmap will lower emissions (Scopes 1 and 2) across its operations by pursuing energy efficiency programs involving several different technologies, including: *Energy-efficient lighting initiatives, including conversion to LED lighting *Heat recovery, a proprietary process that captures waste heat for reuse *Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) upgrades *Pneumatic system optimizations *Alternative energy, via physical installations and power purchase agreements *Demand response programs with local utilities, to reduce RRD’s energy consumption during periods of peak demand
CJK Group, Inc. has acquired select business assets of Joe Christensen, Inc. in Lincoln, Nebraska. Joe Christensen, a family-owned company since 1933 that specializes in the printing of law reviews and law journals, has made the decision to transition out of the law review and law journal business and has entrusted the transition of its publication work to Sheridan, effective immediately. This body of work represents over 300 publications, some of the nation’s top law reviews among them. Sheridan has been a significant provider to the industry as well, with over 350 law publications currently being produced in the Sheridan Pennsylvania facility. Chris Kurtzman, CEO of CJK Group commented, “Acquiring the law review and law publication assets of Joe Christensen, Inc. is indeed an honor for Sheridan, as we look to be the leading publication services provider to this esteemed market. Over the last two decades, we’ve devoted many efforts and developed streamlined solutions to serve this community and are looking forward to not only delivering on but exceeding the expectations of our new customers.”
PRINTING United Alliance, the most comprehensive member-based printing and graphic arts association in North America, applauds the formation of the inaugural Congressional Printing Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. This first-of-its-kind bipartisan Caucus will focus on advancing a public policy agenda that benefits and protects America’s printing industry and its rich, diverse, and varied communities. In the 118th Congress, Representatives Claudia Tenney (R-NY-24), Mark Pocan (D-WI-2), Lori Chavez-DeRemer (R-OR-5), and Jared Golden (D-ME-2) will serve as co-chairs representing the U.S. printing industry. ACG Advocacy, the Washington, D.C. lobbying firm representing the Alliance, is in the process of identifying additional Members of Congress that share an interest in the public policy challenges and opportunities in the printing industry.
Western States Envelope and Label announces the acquisition of Vision Envelope in Charlotte, NC. The acquisition will enable Western States to increase its envelope manufacturing presence and distribution in the Southeast United States. This new addition joins the current Western States Envelope and Label plants in Walbridge, OH, Erlanger, KY, Vadnais Heights, MN, Sun Prairie, WI and its corporate headquarters in Butler, WI. Founded in 1908 by George F. Moss, Western States Envelope and Label has been an industry leader in envelope and label manufacturing and continues today as a family run and owned company. While its 1200+ stock products with same day shipping are sold throughout the country – Western States is known for its expertise, quality, and innovation in customized envelope products. A process Geroge F. Moss put in place when the doors opened in 1908 and continues to this day.
Fiery, LLC, the largest independent provider of digital front ends (DFEs), and Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) announce the release of five new Fiery® digital front ends (DFEs) as part of their ongoing and long-term partnership. These new DFEs are based on the latest Fiery platform, Fiery FS600 Pro, and customized to drive maximum productivity for a wide range of Konica Minolta production presses, saving time and increasing profitability. Fiery FS600 Pro is the most innovative and user-friendly Fiery DFE, providing unrivaled performance, superior color, and intelligent automation for digital printing. The new Fiery DFEs, fine-tuned to the Konica Minolta presses they serve, enable Konica Minolta customers to simplify and automate job preparation, color management, and processing while ensuring print production runs smoothly at maximum capacity.
Fiery, LLC and Esko announced a new technology partnership to develop innovative solutions that advance digital print technologies and packaging workflows. The companies will collaborate on workflow integrations to more rapidly develop new solutions to help print suppliers in the digital print and packaging industries. The companies unveiled seamless integration between Fiery Impress, the turnkey DFE for industrial inkjet presses and inline manufacturing lines, and Esko Automation Engine, prepress workflow automation. The integration allows customers to easily migrate their existing workflows for digital print technologies.
R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company announced it has expanded its digital printing capabilities with the installation of the EFI™ Nozomi C18000 Plus single-pass digital inkjet printer. Located at RRD’s Packaging facility that specializes in signage and displays near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the single-pass digital press is expected to be operational by the fall of 2023. The press enables RRD to reduce time-to-market by 25%, maximize color and design options, and prioritize sustainability on large-format runs of a variety of different sized substrates while delivering consistent print quality. The Nozomi C18000 Plus press will drive high-volume production at speeds three to five times faster than scanning superwide-format printers. This press also expedites new job setup (in as little as seven minutes), prints up to six colors, and runs continuously without having to pause printing to reload. The new addition supports RRD’s commitment to providing the highest quality results to brands looking to make a splash with retail signage and displays made from boards and corrugated to poly-based substrates.
Training Industry, the leading research and information resource for corporate learning leaders, announced its selections for the 2023 Top Training Companies™ lists for the Experiential Learning Technologies. For the third consecutive year, KnowledgeWorks Global Learning has had the honor of making the list. “The companies chosen for this year’s Top Experiential Learning Technologies list represent an innovative set of providers who deliver immersive technologies and experiences for their learners through advanced features and techniques,“ said Jessica Schue, market research analyst at Training Industry, Inc. “Leveraging innovative technologies such as virtual reality (VR) and extended reality (XR), simulations, interactive content, serious gaming and advanced gamification, these companies have shown successful outcomes in learner retention, improved soft skills, better onboarding experiences and so much more.”
Highlights *Lower volume in the Packaging and Printing Sectors, partially offset by the positive impact of actions implemented to adjust our cost structure. *Revenues of $706.7 million for the quarter ended July 30, 2023; operating earnings of $39.2 million; and net earnings attributable to shareholders of the Corporation of $20.9 million ($0.24 per share). *On August 22, 2023, announced a major investment to accelerate the commercialization of innovative recyclable flexible packaging.
R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company announced that RRD GO Creative was recognized for learning and development excellence at the 2023 Brandon Hall Group Human Capital Management (HCM) Excellence Awards®. RRD GO Creative was positioned among prominent winners at this year’s event, receiving Gold for Best Unique or Innovative Learning and Development Program. Brandon Hall Group™ states that “Excellence Award winners are shown to be organizations that truly value their employees and invest in them through their human capital management programs.” RRD GO Creative offers expertise in design, business communications, marketing solutions, and digital productivity solutions, with key delivery locations in the U.S., India, Sri Lanka, Philippines, and Japan.
CJK Group, Inc. announced that an agreement has been completed to acquire the business of Worzalla in Stevens Point, WI. This acquisition will bring additional capacity to our Sheridan division’s printing operations and the facility will be renamed Sheridan Worzalla. “Worzalla has a tremendous market reputation and a well-defined niche in the Children’s and Trade book publishing markets,” remarked Chris Kurtzman, CEO of CJK Group. “The addition of the Worzalla operation expands the spectrum of printing services for Sheridan’s clients, nicely augmenting our current strengths in the Trade, Education, Academic, Religious, and Automotive publishing markets.” The newly named Sheridan Worzalla facility is now the third Sheridan location in Wisconsin. Founded in 1892, Worzalla has over 130 years of experience in creating high-quality books for publishers around the world. The operation is housed in a 365,000 square foot facility and employs approximately 340 employees.
PRINTING United Expo, produced annually by PRINTING United Alliance and taking place October 18-20 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta; proudly welcomes leading mailing, shipping, and fulfillment companies from across the globe. New this year at the event is a dedicated Mailing, Shipping, and Fulfillment HUB anchored with activities lined up across all three days of the event. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to view global product launches and never-before-seen technology at this year’s show, as well as take part in specially focused meetings and education. Registration for PRINTING United Expo 2023 is available online at www.printingunited.com/register. More than 750 exhibitors have signed on for the 2023 event, nearly selling out the show floor, and continuing to grow. Industry media and association partners in the space like Mailing Systems Technology magazine, In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association (IPMA), Mailing and Fulfillment Services Association (MFSA), National Association of Presort Mailers (NAPM), United States Postal Service (USPS), Xplor, and more; have partnered with this year’s event, making it a collaborative engagement and draw for all mailing professionals.
CherryRoad Media, which has been quietly acquiring newsrooms around the country, has purchased Gannett Co.’s printing operations in Hutchinson, Kansas. Gannett will still own The Hutchinson News, and that local paper will continue being printed at the Hutchinson plant. “We are pleased to have reached this agreement with CherryRoad Media,” says Doug Horne, chief financial officer at Gannett. “This transaction ensures we continue our mission of providing essential, trusted journalism to the community and that our experienced team at the Hutchinson facility will continue their good work, bringing local news to our audiences.”
DIC Corporation has launched HYDRAN™ GP series of environment-friendly waterborne polyurethane resins. These new resins have a higher solid content than conventional water-based polyurethane resins and contain no amines, helping customers to shorten process times and lessen odors, as well as to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These resins deliver an outstanding performance that is comparable to that of solvent-based products, previously seen as difficult for waterborne polyurethane resins. The HYDRAN™ GP series is available globally and is suitable for a range of applications including artificial leather, coatings and adhesives.
Worzalla, an employee-owned book printing company, collected school supplies to contribute to Project Fresh Start, a United Way of Portage County program. Worzalla associates donated to the program to help provide free school supplies to over 3,000 fourth to twelfth-graders in Portage County who qualify for free and reduced lunch through their school district. “The United Way of Portage County’s school supply drive gives organizations like Worzalla the opportunity to address current community needs,” said Brianne Petruzalek, Vice President of Human Resources at Worzalla. “With school supply expenses increasing this year, families will get the support they need through this year’s Project Fresh Start.” Along with the school supplies collected and donated by Worzalla associates, Worzalla also purchased and donated 5,000 pencils and 20 backpacks to Project Fresh Start. Other donated items include pencils, notebooks, folders, markers, and more.
Walsworth President Don Walsworth announced that his son, Tripp Walsworth, will be joining the family company. Tripp Walsworth most recently worked as a Senior Account Manager with Lockton, the world’s largest independent insurance brokerage. Tripp officially started with Walsworth on Aug. 21, joining the company with his father and his grandfather, CEO Don O. Walsworth. “I can’t wait to get going at Walsworth,” said Tripp Walsworth. “I want to continue the legacy started by my great grandfather and continued by my grandfather and father. The company has grown steadily over the years, and I’m excited to be part of its continued growth.”
September marks a big month for the printer based in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Founded in 1948, Royle Printing is pleased to celebrate its 75th anniversary this fall. The entire month will consist of celebrations for all 285 employees, along with a company-wide event at the end of the month. To show its commitment to the city of Sun Prairie, Royle will be hosting a food drive for the Sun Prairie Food Pantry. In addition to a generous donation from the company, the public is welcome to stop by Royle during the week of September 25th to drop off canned goods or non-perishable food items in the lobby. The Royle Family, originally from Waterloo, worked at Perry Printing before starting the company in 1948. Royle started in print by owning several publications, including The Star Countryman, the Waterloo Courier, Deerfield Independent, Dodge County Independent News, and several other entertainment and recreation publications.
Worzalla, an employee-owned book printer, partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Portage County to help local youth celebrate National Book Lovers Day. Worzalla associates and Boys & Girls Club of Portage County members hosted three group reading sessions across three Stevens Point area locations. “National Book Lovers Day gives people an opportunity to celebrate the impact literature has on education and storytelling across the world,” said Rich Letchinger, Vice President of Sales and Chief Marketing Officer at Worzalla. “Worzalla is committed to encouraging reading among community youth and our group reading sessions were a great way to inspire youth to read while sharing and discussing their favorite books.” Worzalla associates read classic stories out loud to 40-plus youth attendees including, Wisconsin author and illustrator Kevin Henkes’ “Chrysanthemum.” In addition, Worzalla’s big blue book mascot Paige Turner distributed free books and greeted youth before and after the reading sessions.
Xerox Holdings Corporation announced it has sold Elem Additive Solutions to ADDiTEC, a leader in metal additive manufacturing solutions and applications. The sale to ADDiTEC follows Xerox’s donation of PARC to SRI International and the sale of the Xerox Research Center of Canada to Myant Capital Partners earlier this year, as the company focuses its strategic priorities and investments in innovation on core capabilities and offerings including print, IT and digital services. Since 2019, Xerox has worked to commercialize the Elem Additive technology and bring it to market. The company’s liquid metal 3D printer, ElemX, was developed to be a safer and simpler solution, addressing supply chain resiliency for transportation, aerospace, defense and industrial manufacturing.
Color Ink, an experiential communications company based in Sussex, Wisconsin, is proud to announce its latest investment in advanced printing technology. The company has recently acquired the state-of-the-art Komori GL640/C Advance press, specifically designed for packaging printing, further solidifying its position as an industry leader in high-quality print solutions. The decision to invest in the Komori GL640/C Advance press aligns with Color Ink's commitment to delivering exceptional printing services that meet the evolving needs of its diverse clientele. With this strategic acquisition, Color Ink aims to expand its capabilities and continue providing innovative packaging solutions to its customers across various industries.
Second Quarter Financial Highlights and Recent Events • Total revenue increased by 14.6% to $71.7 million, from $62.5 million in the second quarter of 2022. • Envelope segment revenue up 7.3% to $49.3 million, from $45.9 million in the prior year. • Packaging and specialty products segment revenue of $22.4 million, up 34.7% from $16.6 million last year. • Net earnings were $2.1 million, compared to $7.4 million last year. • Acquisition on May 8, 2023 of Graf-Pak Inc. (“Graf-Pak”), a provider of folding carton packaging solutions located in the province of Quebec.
Taylor Corporation has reached an agreement to acquire the assets of DMR Creative Marketing of Deerfield Beach, Fla. DMR provides branded apparel and gift items to cruise lines, resorts, gift shops and related markets for uniform programs and the souvenir channel. The acquisition advances the capabilities and distribution channels of Taylor’s Promotional Products business unit. “DMR Creative Marketing‘s capabilities and channels are an ideal fit for Taylor Promotional Products,” says Susan Drenning, Group President of Taylor Direct & Digital Marketing. “The addition of DMR’s design talent and sophisticated screen print and embroidery technology expands our scope in the industry. We have big plans for apparel, souvenirs and other promotional products and I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together.”
PRINTING United Alliance, the most comprehensive member-based printing and graphic arts association in North America, and Franchise Services, Inc., a leading franchise management company that owns Sir Speedy, PIP, and Signal Graphics, among other leading brands; announce that Franchise Services, Inc. has joined the Alliance, a historic first for all members of a printing franchise to join the association. With this move, nearly 200 franchise locations across the United States under its umbrella will gain immediate access to the Alliance’s premier member resources, programs, and services. The partnership was officially signed at the Sir Speedy, PIP and Signal Graphics annual convention, held in Kansas City, Mo. July 12-15. Franchise Services, Inc. joins the Alliance in the midst of celebrating significant growth and success. The company recently announced that a combined comparative sales growth for the company’s print management group increased 20% last year, mostly in the signage sector, but with other products and services contributing to the strong performance which include direct mail, mailing services, marketing brochures, labels, and promotional products.
*Reported revenue increased 1.5%, and comparable adjusted revenue increased 2.6% *Second quarter GAAP diluted EPS was $0.37 and adjusted diluted EPS was $0.93 *Net income was $16.4 million, down from $22.1 million in the prior year
Nearly two years after Sheridan Pennsylvania installed its first Komori Lithrone GX840P Eight-Unit Perfecting Press (the first of that model to be installed in the world), the facility has added another. The second press is virtually identical to the last (absent an extended delivery and coater), featuring LED curing, automated make-ready features, Artificial Intelligence software, and advanced ink management software integration. It is also equipped with the Print Quality Assessment System (PQA-S V5) option, which consists of high-speed cameras for inline quality monitoring. This provides enhanced registration and color control – constantly monitoring product quality for typical print variations or issues. Having two powerful, intelligent presses at the Pennsylvania facility dramatically improves quality, performance, and capacity. Their highly automated efficiency contributes to Sheridan’s commitment to sustainability by significantly reducing waste and electrical consumption.
Global print consumables manufacturer Flint Group has solidified its reputation as the sustainable ink supplier of choice after announcing that all its Sheetfed process ink series are now mineral oil free. The full range of Flint Group’s K+E process series is now exclusively made from more sustainable formulations, under plans to increase the use of environmentally friendly raw materials and make packaging easier to recycle. From July, mineral oil will also be phased out as a raw material during Flint Group’s Sheetfed bulk manufacturing processes, meaning Flint Group will eliminate the substance across its operations. The announcement follows an internal review by Flint Group after the company acknowledged that mineral oil use does not contribute to a sustainable future.
Recent Highlights • Reported Net Sales of $703 million and Net Loss of $6 million in the second quarter of 2023, or $0.12 diluted loss per share. • Increased Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities by $24 million for the six months ended June 30, 2023, compared to the same period in 2022. • Increased Free Cash Flow by $12 million for the six months ended June 30, 2023, compared to the same period in 2022, including $34 million of Free Cash Flow generation in the second quarter of 2023. • Reduced Net Debt by $80 million over last 12 months to end the second quarter with a Debt Leverage Ratio of 2.34x, which is within the company’s long-term targeted leverage range of 2.0x – 2.5x.
The Book Manufacturers' Institute (BMI) is proud to announce its participation in Tomorrow’s Workforce Coalition, a visionary alliance dedicated to driving innovation and cultivating a highly skilled workforce in the printing industry. By joining this esteemed coalition, BMI reaffirms its commitment to shaping the future of the book printing sector, and fostering a sustainable and competitive ecosystem for years to come. Tomorrow’s Workforce Coalition serves as a powerful platform that unites industry leaders, trade associations, educational institutions, and government agencies. Together, we will address the challenges of the ever-evolving landscape of printing and adapt to the dynamic needs of the modern workforce.
Q2 2023 • Revenue of $1.75 billion, up 0.4 percent, or 0.5 percent in constant currency. • GAAP (loss) earnings per share (EPS) of $(0.41), down $0.36 year-over-year. • Operating cash flow of $95 million, up $180 million year-over-year. • Free cash flow of $88 million, up $186 million year-over-year.
North America’s newest high-speed web offset press doesn’t have a gas dryer. Thanks to a pioneering purchase by Bradford & Bigelow of a Manroland Goss Lithoman IV press equipped with an advanced LED-curing system from Baldwin Technology’s AMS Spectral UV brand. This combination of companies has brought a new leading edge to the high-speed web offset market. Bradford & Bigelow, based in Newburyport, Massachusetts, is one of North America’s leading printers of 8.5 x 11-inch textbooks and workbooks used for K-12 education. The new press is its second Lithoman. According to the printer, after producing books for years on a Lithoman, it was an easy decision for B&B to choose another Manroland Goss press. B&B has been a pioneer in the use of UV inks. Several years ago, the printer converted its sheetfed and Timsons web presses to AMS Spectral UV’s LED UV ink technology successfully. However, the technology had not been perfected for higher-speed webs like the Manroland Goss that run north of 30,000 impressions per hour.
Congratulations are in store for Scott Pierquet, who was named CFO of the Year by In Business magazine in the large business category. At the inaugural CFO of the Year Awards, In Business magazine celebrates top financial professionals for their role in their organizations' growth, vitality, and future in the Madison market. This award and honor for Scott could not be more well-deserved. Scott has been with Royle for the last 21 years, serving as the Director of Finance and, in 2022, was promoted to CFO.
Sun Chemical received a silver rating for its sustainability efforts across all business units and regions from EcoVadis, the world’s largest provider of business sustainability ratings. The silver rating places Sun Chemical in the top 25 percent of rated companies within its business sector and was earned through EcoVadis’ assessment in four categories—environment, ethics, labor and human rights, and sustainable procurement. “Recognition from EcoVadis is an exciting milestone in Sun Chemical’s journey toward sustainability,” said Mike Simoni, Global Sustainability Director, Sun Chemical. “This award is a strong reflection of our dedication to improving eco-efficiency and providing industry advancements in sustainability as we work with DIC Corporation toward our goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.”
R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company released its 2023 (Un)Packaging Reality Report, revealing how brands navigated last year’s market pressures and shortages to ease certain supply chain challenges and meet eCommerce demands. The second edition of RRD’s annual report now includes complementary input from label decision makers, in addition to the original audience of packaging decision makers. According to the report, those citing product-related concerns dropped to 20% from the previous 34% while concerns surrounding packaging materials and transportation also mellowed. Meanwhile, eCommerce orders rose for 60% of respondents. Despite this challenging environment, 77% claimed their organizations moved closer to sustainability goals.
Lane Press is pleased to announce to its customers and the magazine publishing industry that it has upgraded its inkjet bindery line to the new CME HAWK M7 4.25-inch head UV inkjet addressing system provided by Capital Mailing Equipment. This upgrade will enable Lane Press to offer its customers even more coverage options for addressing as well as increased speed and efficiency. The new CME HAWK M7 inkjet addressing system is a state-of-the-art technology that combines high-speed printing with advanced UV curing and addressing capabilities. The system’s UV curing technology enables faster drying times. Using multiple head combinations, the CME HAWK M7 can print variable addressing information in any direction on a wide range of substrates. “The CME HAWK M7 increases the speed of production in our bindery,” says Chris Armstrong, Executive Vice President. “As such, the system helps to support Lane’s plans for growth. Maintaining high quality while increasing capacity and production speed is our goal, and the CME HAWK M7 is an investment that helps us achieve it.”
The spirit of family-owned businesses is the heart of Wisconsin's vibrant economy, a testament to resilience, innovation, and shared values passed from generation to generation. The Wisconsin Family Business of the Year award recognizes this extraordinary spirit, shining a spotlight on the positive impacts that family businesses bring to their communities and the state's economy. Since its inception in 2004, the award program has recognized over 100 family-owned businesses, each unique, but all united in their commitment to community, innovation, and the enduring values of family enterprise. To be included among these outstanding businesses is an immense honor that highlights the exceptional journey of SPI. Being nominated for the 2023 Wisconsin Family Business of the Year award is a testament to our dedicated team that works tirelessly to uphold our founding principles.
Last week, Advertisers Printing, a commercial shop in St. Louis, Missouri, celebrated an impressive milestone: 100 years in business. Alex Fechner, the fourth generation of the family to be stepping into the business, noted that since 1923, the company has seen "one Great Depression, two world wars, a booming economy, two recessions and last but not least…. COVID. In other words, lots of ups downs and everything in between." Bill Fechner, the third generation and Alex's father, noted at the event as the next generation begins to truly make its mark that, "There’s a saying that even a blind squirrel finds a nut eventually. After 44 and one-half years on the Advertisers' team, my title has officially changed from CEO to blind squirrel."
In honor of World Refugee Day, Worzalla, an employee-owned book printer specializing in printing high-quality children’s books, cookbooks, and hardcover bestsellers, donated books to the Refugees and Immigrant Support and Empowerment (RISE) program. The local book printer made the donation at CAP Services’, a nonprofit with programming in 5 Wisconsin counties including Portage aimed at transforming people and communities to advance social and economic justice, World Refugee Day event which celebrated Central Wisconsin’s refugee community with cultural performances, storytelling, a potluck, activities and more. “Celebrating World Refugee Day in Central Wisconsin is an opportunity for the community to learn and understand the needs of refugees,” said Patrick Kabangu, Worzalla Associate and Refugee Support Coordinator for CAP Services. “I am grateful for the contribution Worzalla made to our community’s refugees and know families will enjoy reading these books together.”
Heeter, a full-service provider of secure print, direct mail, and fulfillment solutions, announced that it acquired Laurel Print & Graphics of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The combined company broadens its offerings in large format print and signage, which couples well with one of the largest assortments of commercial print and digital solutions in the Mid-Atlantic region. Scott Heeter, CEO of Heeter, said “Laurel’s leadership, skilled team and capabilities in large format print and signage are excellent additions to Heeter’s capabilities. This acquisition allows both companies to offer customers a broader portfolio of services to meet their marketing and sales needs.” Keith Jones, president of Laurel, commented, “We’ve enjoyed a strong business partnership with Heeter for many years. As we look to the future, it made sense to join forces to better serve our client base with an extended set of products.”
VIVA, Virginia’s academic library consortium, has signed an agreement with KnowledgeWorks Global Ltd. (KGL), the industry leader of transformative content solutions, to provide publishing services for its Open Grant program. This innovative partnership ensures the production of high-quality grant-supported open textbooks, open monographs, and other Open Educational Resources (OER) for use in Virginia higher education institutions. The VIVA consortium is comprised of 71 nonprofit higher education institutions and includes both public and private colleges and research universities from across Virginia. Since 2016, VIVA’s Open and Affordable Course Content Initiative has supported sustainable educational resource and access models that enable equitable and inclusive learning, give faculty control over instructional materials, and lower the costs of higher education for Virginia students. To support the creation of open monographs and OER, KGL will provide VIVA with a host of content solutions, including interior and cover design, typesetting, EPUB conversion, artwork/graphics processing, copyediting, proofreading, indexing, accessibility remediation and testing, research and permissions clearance and management, animations, project management, other related services, and print on demand through sister company, Sheridan. With this agreement, individual member institutions also have the opportunity to contract directly with KGL to support their own publications.
TC Transcontinental Printing announces a $15 million investment in its book printing platform at its Transcontinental Beauceville (Interglobe) plant in Quebec, to better meet demand in the North American market. This is in addition to a $10 million investment in 2019-2020. With these investments, including an additional press in operation since early June, the plant has doubled its hardcover binding capacity and increased its production capacity by approximately 15%, all while improving manufacturing efficiency. Moreover, the new equipments will help alleviate the labor shortage in the region thanks to their high degree of automation and robotization.
Graphco, distributor of the leading eight-up sheetfed press in North America, delivered an RMGT 9 Series, four-color sheetfed press to MCI Printing, Inc.’s production facility in St. Louis, MO, this past February. Up and running now for three months, the 25x36.75” (maximum sheet size) machine is conserving paper/spoilage waste during press makereadies between MCI’s jobs. It is also opening up new opportunities, including larger page volumes of publication printing. The 924 model outputs 16-page signatures, allowing MCI to add full-size capabilities to the direct mail, packaging, brochure, booklet and presentation folder printing that the firm reproduces. The family-owned business has 14 employees and is counted among the area’s top 20 commercial printers, according to St. Louis Post-Dispatch rankings.
Lane Press is delighted to announce that Christopher (Chris) Armstrong joined the Company as Executive Vice President on Tuesday, May 30, 2023. Chris is based at our facility in South Burlington, Vermont. Chris brings a wealth of business expertise, including sales, operations, and client service, to Lane, having spent more than 25 years in dynamic, print-based businesses in roles of increasing complexity. Prior to joining Lane Press, Chris was Marketing Solutions Executive at Quad, where he worked with large strategic accounts. Prior to Quad, Chris spent six years at Universal Wilde, a full-service printer and production facility, where he held multiple positions, culminating in Vice President Operations and Client Engagement. In this role, Chris owned operational process, delivered strategic support for clients, and directed a staff of 360 across three locations.
Printing industry leaders gathered in Newburyport, Mass., to celebrate the startup at Bradford & Bigelow (B&B) of the first manroland Goss Lithoman 48-page, 4-color web offset press utilizing the most advanced LED/UV technology that eliminates all VOC emissions, substantially reduces energy consumption and paper waste, and provides operational efficiency with a press length 40 feet shorter than a traditional heatset web offset press. In addition to the environmental benefits, Baldwin’s LED/UV technology, with minimal heat, provides a better quality product with no web growth and runs at top-notch speed, according to Jonathan Fore, Baldwin’s Director of Product Management. “This successful launch has been a team effort and we are very grateful to our partners who made this startup a great success,” stated John Galligan, B&B CEO. It marks the company’s second manroland Goss web offset press install within the past four years, according to Rick Dunn, B&B EVP. “The manroland Goss engineering team did a terrific job adjusting the press design to integrate the LED/UV technology. And the on-site support of manroland Goss, AMS/Baldwin, and Universal Color was terrific,” Dunn said. “Challenges came up and our partners worked together and promptly addressed and resolved the issues,” added Mike Daugherty, B&B Press Manager.
Graphco, one of North America’s leading print & finishing equipment distributors last November delivered a Horizon SmartStacker to Blooming Color’s 30,000-square-foot production plant in Lombard, IL. Operating near-line to keep up with rapidly growing B2-size sheet output, the SmartStacker dynamic cut & stack capabilities eliminate manual sorting and helps the commercial printing firm produce many thousands of shorter-run jobs each workday. Founded as a Minuteman Press franchise in 1988, approximately 85% of Blooming Color’s work now is printed digitally. The firm also offers wide-format printing services (both flatbed and roll-fed) as well as conventional six-color 40-inch sheetfed-offset for larger volumes, such as the 40,000 catalogs recently produced for a local college. “We process thousands of orders every day,” reports Brian Scott, CEO of Blooming Color. This month, the company adds its third B2-size (20x29”), HP Indigo Digital Press -- a second 100K device -- to its fleet of five Indigos.
Monomoy Capital Partners, a middle-market private investment firm focused on operational value creation, announced that it has acquired Japs-Olson Company, a family-owned national leader in innovative direct mail marketing solutions. Founded in 1907, Japs-Olson is a full-service, custom print and direct mail provider for the financial services, nonprofit, insurance, healthcare, retail and other markets. Headquartered in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, the company manufactures and distributes over one billion personalized mailings annually. Japs-Olson’s commitment to exceptional service, unrivaled client satisfaction and superior production has earned the company widespread industry recognition and a loyal customer base nationwide. Monomoy recognized Japs-Olson as a valuable partner due to its leading position in the direct mail sector. As a marketing channel, direct mail generates the highest return on investment among omnichannel marketing strategies and represents a stable sector with a robust total addressable market.
Highlights *Increase in adjusted operating earnings before depreciation and amortization(1) of 5.2% for the quarter, including organic growth of 18.5% in the Packaging Sector. *Revenues of $747.2 million for the quarter ended April 30, 2023; operating earnings of $43.8 million; and net earnings attributable to shareholders of the Corporation of $22.2 million. *Launched the new innovative flyer raddar™ in Montreal on May 15, 2023. *Won the "Company of the Year - Large Business" award at the business competition of the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec (FCCQ). *Appointment of Thomas Morin as President and Chief Executive Officer of TC Transcontinental on June 7, 2023.
*Thomas Morin named President and Chief Executive Officer *Isabelle Marcoux named Executive Chair of the Board *Donald LeCavalier named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. The Board of Directors of Transcontinental Inc. announced the appointment of Thomas Morin as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective immediately. Mr. Morin previously served as President of TC Transcontinental Packaging, beginning in 2019. He replaces Peter Brues, who is leaving the Company. The Board also announced expanded roles for Isabelle Marcoux and Donald LeCavalier.
Ennis, Inc. announced its acquisition of the operating assets of UMC Print in Overland Park, Kansas. UMC Print has been a leading trade-only printer and provider of commercial printing services since 1936. As one of the largest sheet-fed commercial printers in the area, UMC Print’s capabilities serve a wide range of distributors and trade sales organizations throughout the Midwest and beyond. “The addition of UMC Print continues our commitment to adding strategic locations and capabilities to drive growth with our distributor partners,” said Keith Walters, Chairman, President & CEO of Ennis, Inc.
Last week the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) approved the proposed price increases to take effect on Sunday, July 9th 2023. The new rates include a three-cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp from 63 cents to 66 cents. See below for percentage changes by class of mail: *PERIODICALS – 8.1%; *MARKETING MAIL LETTERS – 5.2%; *MARKETING MAIL FLATS – 7.4%; *BOUND PRINTED MATTER FLATS – 3.5%. Please note the USPS recently approved the 2024 USPS Promotions Calendar; these offerings are a great way to offset postage costs and increases. The 2024 calendar will be released online in the coming weeks.
Lakeside Book Company announced that it has acquired all of the issued and outstanding shares of common stock of Marquis Book Printing, Inc. (“Marquis”). Lakeside is the leading book printing and distribution company in the United States and has been creating quality crafted books for more than 150 years. Marquis is a premier book manufacturer in Canada providing high quality print services to the publishing and communications industries in Canada, the United States and Europe. With this acquisition, Lakeside will enhance its service offering with access to the Canadian market, while improving lead time and overall service capabilities for small and large publishers alike. Marquis will operate as a division of Lakeside. Dave McCree, Lakeside’s Chief Executive Officer, will lead the business. Serge Loubier will continue to manage Marquis, continuing in his capacity as president.
Schumann Printers is proud to announce the acquisition of the Muller Martini Primera Pro Saddle Stitcher, an advanced piece of equipment that promises to revolutionize our bindery. This cutting-edge machine is designed to meet the demands of modern printing, offering superior efficiency, speed, and quality. As Muller Martini states on their website: "The Primera Pro Saddle Stitcher is an investment in the future. Its unique features make it the most efficient and flexible saddle stitching solution available. Whether you are producing books, brochures, or magazines, the Primera Pro will help you to achieve the highest quality products, quickly and efficiently."
Ennis, Inc. announced its acquisition of the real estate and operating assets of Stylecraft Printing Company in Canton, Michigan. Stylecraft is a trade only printer since 1967 specializing in business forms, integrated products and commercial printing. “We are thrilled to bring Stylecraft and its experienced employees into the Ennis family of companies,” said Keith Walters, Chairman, President & CEO of Ennis. “The addition of Stylecraft expands our product lines and geographical footprint, as well as adds a well-known brand that has been serving the distributor channel for more than 50 years. The acquisition of Stylecraft continues our strategy of adding quality companies to serve our customers and create return for our shareholders.”
TC Transcontinental is proud to have won the "Company of the Year – Large Business" award at the 43rd edition of the prestigious business competition organized by the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec (FCCQ) held yesterday at the Palais des Congrès in Montréal. This recognition is awarded to companies that have distinguished themselves by their excellent performance and ability to maintain their position among the best. TC Transcontinental also won the "Entrepreneurship – Large Business" award. “I’m extremely proud that TC Transcontinental has received this recognition from the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec," said Isabelle Marcoux, Chair of the Board, TC Transcontinental. “The Corporation is driven by a long-term vision. Over the years, we have constantly adapted to the industry in which we operate to reinvent ourselves and ensure that our company is built to last."
The Great Lakes Graphics Association (GLGA) is proud to announce the recipients of its third annual Women in Print Excellence Award. The Women in Print Excellence Awards supports GLGA’s ongoing quest to recognize the contributions of women in the Midwest print, graphic arts, finishing and print packaging community as well as those women who support the print industry in a vendor or supplier capacity. Any woman working directly in print or in a vendor role supporting print who was in good standing with her company in Illinois, Indiana or Wisconsin was eligible to be nominated. The nominations were reviewed by a panel of female print professionals outside of the Midwest, who selected one recipient per state.
Now in its 13th year, the Power of Print seminar has established itself as the must-attend event. Jonathan Tame, Managing Director of Two Sides, says, “Print has always played an essential communications role. Even in the current landscape, the power of print remains unassailable and this year’s seminar will highlight the opportunities, and indeed challenges, for print in this ever changing world.” Thought leaders from the industry, including direct mail, publishing, agencies, brands, and packaging, will enlighten, inspire, and inform the audience with their take on what the future holds.
Sun Chemical has launched Lumina® HD, a new family of high-definition effect pigments based on fine fraction synthetic mica that was developed to expand the color space for automotive stylings and other coatings applications, including aerospace, general industrial and powder coatings. The first two pigments in the Lumina HD family are Lumina HD Blue and Lumina HD Russet. Both deliver the highest performance properties including exceptional chroma, enhanced distinctness of image and subtle sparkle. Lumina HD pigments provide designers new latitude to create unique shades in the red to maroon and blue color areas.
First Quarter Financial Highlights and Recent Events • Total revenue increased by 39.8% to $88.4 million, from $63.3 million in the first quarter of 2022. • Envelope segment revenue was up 44.4% to $64.5 million, from $44.6 million in the first quarter of 2022. • Packaging and specialty products segment revenue rose by 28.7% to $24.0 million, from $18.6 million last year. • Net earnings increased 50.7% to $9.5 million, from $6.3 million in the first quarter of 2022. • Acquisitions of Impression Paragraph Inc. (“Paragraph”), on January 16, 2023 and of Graf-Pak Inc. (“Graf-Pak”) on May 8, 2023
March 2023 printing shipments came in at $7.18 billion, up from February’s $6.46 billion and in line with annual seasonality—even if it is below the previous two Marches. Still, after one quarter, 2023 has marched in pretty close lockstep with both 2021 and 2022. We entered 2023 with the best start to the year since 2020 (yeah, yeah, yeah) but we’re holding our own. If regular seasonality continues, we’ve already hit the high point of the year until October. January-to-March shipments for 2023 are at $20.39 billion, a scosh higher than last year’s $20.25 billion. April will give us a clearer idea of whether we are in for a tough or good year.
*Reported revenue decreased 1.9% due to anticipated impact from divestitures, and comparable adjusted revenue increased 0.5% *First quarter GAAP diluted EPS was $0.06 and adjusted diluted EPS was $0.80 *Net income was $2.8 million, down from $9.7 million in the prior year *Adjusted EBITDA increased 0.8%, and comparable adjusted EBITDA increased 2.1%
*Increased Net Sales 3% in the first quarter of 2023 compared to the first quarter of 2022, primarily due to higher print product sales in the United States and in Mexico, and also increased Agency Solutions sales as clients continue to embrace Quad’s unique integrated marketing offering. *Reported Net Loss of $25 million compared to Net Loss of $1 million in the first quarter of 2022, while growing Adjusted EBITDA by $11 million or 24% to $60 million in the first quarter of 2023, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $49 million in the first quarter of 2022. *Increased capital expenditures to fortify investments in innovations that enhance the Company’s integrated marketing offering and drive profitable, long-term growth. *Returned value to shareholders by repurchasing over 5% of our total outstanding common stock since the second quarter of 2022 for $10.3 million.
Midland recently presented a case study for a 10th consecutive year at the Inkjet Summit 2023 located in Austin, TX April 24-27. The messaging of the Case Study was well received by the audience as exemplified by Midland being nominated along with 3 other presenters for “Best Case Study for General Commercial Print”. Midland has won this category on 3 other occasions in past years. Other companies presenting Case Studies included Canon, Fuji, Screen, Landa, Kodak and HP. “Ten years ago, Midland made an important commitment to understand the role of paper in the inkjet printing process, “said David Field, General Manager of Midland’s Specialty Paper & Film division. “Receiving this recognition again in 2023 recognizes how much progress Midland has made in that regard and more important, further exemplifies how important paper is with this fast-growing and complex technology”. David Field presented the Case Study for Midland Paper. “David has a broad understanding of the papers available in the market and their compatibility with the OEM press technology. He is in high demand from printers across the country that have purchased or are looking at purchasing High Speed Inkjet equipment,” said Mike Ratcliff, Midland’s President, Specialty Paper & Film Division. For further information on Midland Paper’s Quick Jet! line of high speed inkjet papers, you may contact Mike Ratcliff at Michael.Ratcliff@midlandpaper.com or David Field at David.Field@Midlandpaper.com.
R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company announced a new solution designed to streamline the product recall communication process for medical device companies. Seamlessly integrating RRD’s highly refined capabilities in content creation, production management, and multichannel distribution, this solution aims to ensure end-to-end support throughout this complex notification process. HIPAA and SOC II compliant, this solution for medical device recall notices leverages a multi-location production network for speed and scale. Additional features of this solution include: *Recall-specific content platform *Proprietary automated fulfillment process *Response capture platform (i.e., reply mail, FAX receipt, web capture, and call center) *Multichannel distribution (i.e., print, email, FAX) *White glove production management service
Q1 2023: • Revenue of $1.72 billion, up 2.8 percent year-over-year or up 5.5 percent in constant currency. • Operating cash flow of $78 million, up $12 million year-over-year. • Donated Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) to SRI International in April, providing Xerox greater capacity to pursue innovation projects in Print, IT, and Digital Services. • Repaid $450 million of debt during the quarter.
Graphco, distributor of the leading 8-UP sheetfed press in the Midwest and Southeast, has delivered another fully automated RMGT offset press to Hagg Press in Elgin, Illinois. This time an RMGT 970ST+LED installation continues the Graphco/Hagg Press relationship which began in 2018, when a new 40-inch RMGT 10 Series press was purchased as the first step in modernizing the firm’s print platform. “We knew we needed to change out our old presses,we just weren’t sure what brand was the best for our business,” states Jordan Hagg, President of Hagg Press. The first RMGT 10 Series press picked up the volume formerly produced by one 28” and two 40” presses from Komori and Manroland. Hagg’s print volume grew significantly during the first few years after the new press came online. “Half of our RMGT years took place during the pandemic, but growth has basically been thrust on us by our existing customers and several new major accounts that came our way. I think our print quality, fair pricing, and the fact we rarely miss a deadline makes Hagg Press an attractive source,” Hagg comments. “We’re glad we picked the RMGT press from Graphco.”
Gannett expects to have all its print sites utilize the NewsWayX cloud production workflow system from ProImage in the near future, building on a 20-year partnership. The publisher has already implemented the system in 10 print locations and will add others in the coming months. Gannett seeks to streamline its technology and support to press locations by having the NewsWayX system deliver plate-ready TIFFs directly to local PCs which drive their CTP imagesetters.
Worzalla's new book mascot will now be known as Paige Turner thanks to Mrs. Schleifer's 3rd grade class at Washington Elementary School in Stevens Point, WI. The class's name Paige Turner was chosen in a round of public voting through Worzalla's Facebook Page, receiving over 800 votes. "We congratulate Mrs. Schleifer's class for coming up with such a creative name that the community loved," said Brianne Petruzalek, Vice President of Human Resources of Worzalla. "We look forward to having Paige Turner out and about in the community to spread the love of reading." At the beginning of the competition, classrooms throughout the Stevens Point area were invited to submit a name along with a rationale for why their entry was the best.
Quad is now the sole printer of the U.S. edition of Reader’s Digest, America’s fourth largest-circulation magazine. The new, multi-million-dollar contract spans the next three years. One of the best-known magazines on American shelves, Reader’s Digest’s move to Quad streamlines its annual U.S. print run of almost 20 million copies. Quad’s through-the-line solution, including a capital investment in two-up binders, gives it all the resources needed to manufacture and distribute the magazine. This end-to-end process includes Publishers’ Studio, Quad’s proprietary workflow solution for issue mapping, which Reader’s Digest has been using since 2021.
TC Transcontinental announced that it has developed an innovative leaflet for Montréal that will reduce the volume of paper from flyers by nearly 60% and eliminate plastic entirely. This new product is a thin leaflet folded in four that combines flyers from various retailers into a single printed product with a limited number of pages. It will be accompanied by a digital platform that will include a wider set of promotional offerings for consumers. “Our new solution for Montréal is designed to meet the evolving needs and expectations of consumers and retailers, maintain healthy competition on prices, and bring environmental benefits exceeding the City of Montréal’s stated source reduction objectives,” said Patrick Brayley, Senior Vice-President, Premedia, Distribution and In-Store Marketing at TC Transcontinental. “Research shows that most consumers continue to rely on printed flyers to plan their visits to local stores. Flyers help Montrealers fight inflation and save up to $1,500 a year. We have paid close attention to the dialogue surrounding our offering in recent years and trust this innovation, together with our new digital platform, will deliver on the expectations of all stakeholders.”
Modern Litho, a publication and commercial printer and mailer headquartered in Jefferson City, Missouri, with production facilities in St. Louis and Kansas City, announces the ownership group has wholly sold the company to two of the existing shareholders, Jeff and Jenny Davidson as of December 31, 2022. The event marks the successful transition of the mostly family-owned company to the third generation as part of its planned ownership succession. “On behalf of the outgoing ownership group, it has been our highest honor and privilege to steward the company (Modern Litho) with a firm long-term vision. We’ve made decisions large and small based on what’s best for the business, our employees, and our customers. It’s this conviction combined with truly exceptional employees, industry partners and vendors that have made Modern Litho the world-class print organization it is today. Jeff and Jenny Davidson having been part of the ownership for the last five years, will continue with the same goal and vision. We couldn’t be more proud and excited for the future of Modern Litho,” commented Darrell Moore, CEO.
HP Inc. unveiled its new HP Indigo 200K Digital Press, designed to give digital flexible converters the competitive edge with better productivity, on-demand delivery, no minimum orders, unique designs, reduced energy consumption, and minimal waste. The new press is based on the only field-proven digital technology for digital flexible packaging and on a successful install base of over 300 HP Indigo 25K digital presses, series 4, worldwide. The new, series 5, HP Indigo 200K digital press, prints up to 56 m/min (183 ft/min) and dramatically increases the productivity of high-margin, sustainable short runs of digital flexible packaging, to be delivered in days, not weeks. “The HP Indigo 200K is a mid-web digital press especially designed for converters addressing the needs of brands in flexible packaging, but it also serves the growing requirements of the label and shrink sleeve industries for higher productivity and wider format,” said Noam Zilbershtain, VP & General manager of HP Indigo & Scitex. “Flexible Packaging is a growing market, and as HP Indigo customers are growing much faster than the market, I have no doubt that the HP Indigo 200K digital press will open the door for more flexo converters who want to join the success, and reign in industry 4.0.”
The year-end data for 2022 is not yet final, but from all indicators it was a great year for production inkjet printing. A confluence of variables amplified the inherent flexibility benefit of digital production printing, chiefly among them the rising cost of paper and labor, which drove demand for smaller run lengths, faster turnarounds, and more versioning with relevant content — effectively stealing volume from what remains a very large offset printing market. Print providers faced slightly less challenges in obtaining paper, but paper pricing continued to increase. Bigger challenges were finding and retaining qualified labor, which drove up labor costs, a challenge that is not expected to abate. While no one likes rising costs, the majority of print providers were able to pass along those cost increases to their customers, while quietly taking a little extra for themselves.
Royle Printing is pleased to announce they will be implementing a new training program for all employees and prospective employees at the end of this month. The program is called Advanced Careers in Print (ACP). Like many manufacturers in this country, the printing industry is experiencing a wide-spread shortage of skilled labor. Additionally, there has been a major reduction of government and higher education sponsored programs promoting and supporting the trades, leaving younger generations with little or no exposure to careers in manufacturing. To offset this trend and continue to grow and develop Royle's talented team of associates, the company has developed the ACP initiative. The program is designed to educate and train existing associates while exposing new generations to the world of print. “Our goal is to play a hands-on role in developing our team while encouraging younger generations to consider a career in print,” states Chris Carpenter, President, and Owner of Royle Printing. “Like other significant investments we’re making in our manufacturing platform, this could be the most significant considering our plans for growth and hiring needs for talented associates.”
Cheryl Kahanec has keenly watched the development and maturation of Benny Landa's Nanographic printing technology since 2011 — dating back to her digital printing executive leadership roles at Sandy Alexander, followed by EarthColor. Now, as CEO of the Quantum Group, Kahanec was convinced the availability of the seven-color, 41" Landa S10P digital perfecting press could be a "game-changer" for the 30-year-old commercial and direct mail printing operation that she's led the past five years. As such, in November 2022 Morton Grove, Illinois-based Quantum Group became the first printer in the Chicago area to install a Landa S10P digital offset press. It was demonstrated running four different live jobs during an open house event held March 14 that was hosted by Landa Digital Printing at Quantum for prospective Landa printer customers, both locally and from across the country.
Classrooms in grades kindergarten through fourth grade at any Portage County School are invited to submit an entry to the Worzalla Mascot Naming Competition. The classroom/student that submits the winning entry will be awarded a pizza party and a $250 donation for supplies for their classroom. A teacher representing a classroom can submit entries to the Worzalla Mascot Naming Competition by emailing the following criteria to email@example.com: 1. The classroom's name suggested name for the mascot along with a brief explanation of why it's the best name for the book mascot 2. The full name of the teacher for the classroom 3. The teacher's grade and name of the school. Nominations will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. Central Time on March 31.
In Celebration of Dr. Seuss' 119th birthday, Worzalla, an employee-owned book printer specializing in printing high-quality children's books, cookbooks, and hard-cover bestsellers, is donating 500 books to nearly two dozen Free Little Libraries throughout the Stevens Point community. For 130 years, Worzalla has been committed to printing high quality products and books, as well as helping residents of all ages discover a love for reading. “Dr. Seuss Day is celebrated across the country to acknowledge the impact of reading and to inspire children to explore new worlds and ideas," said Kendra Robinson, Human Resources Program Coordinator at Worzalla. "It is part of Worzalla's mission to create opportunities for children to have access to books within their communities, especially on Read Across America Day."
A study released today by R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company revealed how consumerization and COVID-19 have contributed to increased demand for diagnostic test kits delivered to consumers’ homes. Nearly all of the relevant supply chain decision makers surveyed (97%) noted an increase in demand for at-home testing over the last two years. Of that group, a vast majority (95%) feel fairly confident about meeting this demand and most (95%) are looking for the right outsourcing partners to do so. RRD surveyed 200 supply chain professionals with decision-making power to understand what’s fueling the increase in at-home testing diagnostics and how well equipped organizations are to accommodate that growth on the heels of global supply chain disruption. Findings from the Diagnostic Drivers Report show heightened consumer expectations such as faster delivery timelines and the convenience of testing from home are driving growth in the at-home testing market.
Worzalla, an employee-owned printing company specializing in high-quality custom products including popular children's books and movie tie-in books, announced it has appointed Rich Letchinger Vice President of Sales and Chief Marketing Officer. With 38 years of combined experience in sales and sales management, and nearly 8 years of experience working with Worzalla, Letchinger adds the title of Chief Marketing Officer to reflect the adaptation of his role in the constantly changing book industry. Moving forward, Letchinger will continue to lead Worzalla's sales and marketing team to situate Worzalla in the best possible position locally and within the broader industry, which will ensure future success for every associate with Worzalla. "I'm looking forward to new opportunities and growth for Worzalla. In my new role I plan to continue to grow sales and marketing while maintaining the company's value preposition to the market," said Rich Letchinger, Vice President of Sales and Chief Marketing Officer.
"Increased profit in our Packaging Sector for the quarter was more than offset by the impact of lower volume in our Printing Sector, said Peter Brues, President and Chief Executive Officer of TC Transcontinental. In this context, I appreciate the speed with which both sectors implemented cost saving measures. "Our Packaging Sector recorded solid growth in adjusted profit, continuing to build on the momentum of the previous quarters. All our segments delivered improved profit in the quarter except our Latin American operations which experienced continued volume pressures. We expect that our focus on developing sustainable products and commitment to an improved cost position will support continued improvement. "In our Printing Sector, volume decreased significantly in the quarter. Our team has a solid track record of adjusting our cost structure and has already implemented measures to mitigate the impact of lower demand. We are seeing the early benefits of our actions and we will continue to adjust as necessary.
Appleton, WI based JP Graphics has been acquired by BR Printers of San Jose, CA. JP Graphics serves the print market with an array of services such as offset, digital, large-format printing, and robust packaging capabilities. JP Graphics is a leading manufacturer of custom folding carton packaging and packaging accessories serving clients in food and beverage, health and wellness, and consumer goods markets. BR now maintains two facilities in the Appleton region: National Graphic Solutions (NGS) and JP Graphics Inc. “JP Graphics and BR share the same passion for providing creative solutions to our customers,” says Adam DeMaestri, President and CEO of BR Printers, “The addition of JP Graphic’s product lines, personnel, and equipment will allow us to continue to leverage our scale to offer enhanced solutions for our clients in digital print and expand to provide specialty packaging solutions. Together, we will better serve our customers with added reach, capacity, and high-end, design-forward product offerings.”
In late 2020, HP MPS was certified CarbonNeutral® in accordance with the CarbonNeutral Protocol, and was the world’s most comprehensive carbon neutral Managed Print Service offering. In 2021, HP extended CarbonNeutral product certification to HP Component MPS, which provides partners a mechanism to make their contractual obligations carbon neutral using the same stringent requirements and standards as HP MPS. “HP are delighted to become a member of Two Sides. We aim to be the world’s most sustainable and just tech company, taking urgent action to combat climate change, protect human rights, and accelerate digital equity. As sustainability is an important factor for many of our customers and consumers, the library of facts that we have access to by joining Two Sides, will be of great use in our own customer communications, helping to promote our print and paper products.” says Peter Jolly, UK and Ireland HP Industrial Country Manager.
CJK Group, Inc. announced that an agreement has been completed to acquire the assets of McNaughton & Gunn in Saline, Michigan. This acquisition will bring additional capacity to Sheridan’s printing operations and will be renamed Sheridan Saline, bringing the number of Sheridan’s print locations across the country to a total of eleven. Founded in 1975 on the principle that “people make a difference,” McNaughton & Gunn has been continuously producing books for publishers and self-publishers around the world. Many of its original customers print there to this day because the company stayed true to their core value of delivering quality books that meet their customers’ individual needs.
Full Year Key messages: GAAP net sales, including the impact of foreign exchange, increased $403 million or 8.1%; GAAP net income from continuing operations was up $153 million versus the prior year period. Net sales in the fourth quarter were $1.39 billion, up $8.0 million or 0.6% from the fourth quarter of 2021. Income from operations was $229.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2022 compared to $41.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2021. Net income from continuing operations was $130.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2022 compared to a net loss from continuing operations of $9.8 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2021.
Brown Printing of Jefferson City, Missouri and a subsidiary of Modern Litho, Inc., announces Brian Mutert has been named President of the company following the retirement of outgoing President Darla Porter. Mutert joined the company in 2013 when Brown Printing acquired Show Me Printing, which he together with his father Gary Mutert owned and operated. Since then, Mutert, serving as General Manager, has been integral in the daily sales and production management of Brown Printing. He has expanded the product and service offerings of the company including wide format, signage and display graphics, matched mailing and high-speed inserting, and variable data and imaging. Other highlights include leading the company through the integration of operations and customer onboarding that have resulted from several acquisitions of regional commercial printing companies along with sole-service contracts with shuttered in-plant print facilities.
R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company announced that it has entered into a share purchase agreement with DATA Communications Management Corp. Under the terms of the Purchase Agreement DCM will acquire RRD’s Canadian operations. DCM will acquire all the issued and outstanding shares of Moore Canada Corporation. “Combining our business with DCM is a strategic opportunity to broaden our existing offering to customers across a variety of industries,” said Rael Fisher, President, RRD Canada. “We look forward to this new chapter in our longstanding history in Canada as part of DCM.”
Fourth Quarter Financial Highlights and Recent Events • Total revenue increased by 19.0% to $78.8 million, from $66.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2021. • Envelope segment revenue was up 30.1% to $60.7 million, from $46.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2021. • Packaging & specialty products segment revenue declined by 7.6% to $18.1 million, from $19.6 million last year, largely as a result of the wind down of Durabox and the relocation of folding carton operations. • Net Earnings increased 36.0% to $6.7 million, from $4.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2021. • Acquisitions of Royal Envelope Corporation (“Royal Envelope”), on November 1, 2022, and Impression Paragraph Inc. (“Paragraph”), on January 16, 2023.
Results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2022, include: • Net Sales — Net Sales were $885 million in the fourth quarter of 2022, an increase of 4% compared to the same period in 2021. • Net Loss — Net Loss was $9 million in the fourth quarter of 2022, an improvement of $12 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2021, which had a Net Loss of $21 million. Results for the year ended December 31, 2022, include: • Net Sales — Net Sales were $3.2 billion in 2022, up 9% from the same period in 2021, or up 11% year-over-year excluding the impact of the QuadExpress divestiture. • Net Earnings — Net Earnings were $9 million in 2022 as compared to Net Earnings of $38 million in 2021.
Modern Litho, a full-service commercial printer and mailer based in Jefferson City, Missouri with additional production facilities in St. Louis and Kansas City, has announced the appointment of Mark Gerling to Vice President of Sales. Hired for this role in 2020, Gerling was on special assignment for the past three years through the disruption and aftermath of the pandemic. He will now lead the Modern Litho sales teams on a local, regional and national level while continuing to focus on developing catalog and publication reseller relationships.
Supremex Inc., a leading North American manufacturer and marketer of envelopes and a growing provider of paper-based packaging solutions, announced the acquisition of the shares of Impression Paragraph Inc., an integrated provider of paper-based packaging, print and point of sale products for a broad range of commercial markets. The transaction was concluded for a total consideration of approximately $26.6 million, on a cash-free and debt-free basis, subject to customary adjustments, financed through the Company’s existing credit facility. Founded more than 35 years ago, Paragraph operates two facilities located in Ville-Saint-Laurent and Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec. Its offering consists primarily of folding carton packaging and point-of-sale displays for the cosmetic, pharmaceutical, food, confectionary and retail sectors. It also provides an array of commercial, digital and wide-format printing. For the 12-month period ended October 31, 2022, Paragraph generated sales of approximately $38.6 million.
The print and paper advocacy group, Two Sides, is excited to announce its newest member, KNP Litho, a sustainable print partner delivering wide ranging print and mailing solutions. “We’re delighted KNP Litho are now a member of Two Sides. We know what we do as a business, and what our customers do, impacts on the environment. And that responsibility is something we take seriously. Which is why we’re always considering the impact of our actions – whether that’s the raw materials we use, the suppliers we work with, or our energy sources – and constantly seek greener solutions that minimise our impact and that of our customers. Joining Two Sides now gives us a number of new ways we can communicate to our customers just how sustainable print as a communications method really is.” says Graham Taylor, Director of Sales for KNP Litho.
R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company announced the extended portfolio of end-to-end services to support at-home testing. These services enable diagnostic device, at-home healthcare, health insurance, and point-of-care testing companies in their efforts to keep pace with the evolution of healthcare. As the pandemic disrupted supply chains, it also shifted consumer preferences and accelerated adoption of at-home and digital healthcare. For many test manufacturers and healthcare companies, a number of challenges (e.g., labor constraints, infrastructure limitations, inventory visibility, supply irregularity, compliance, complex IT requirements, etc.) continue to stand in the way of bringing innovative new products and solutions to market.
One of the great things about my job is I get to spend time talking to people with strong insight about the printing industry. And from a couple of recent exchanges with a couple of the PRINTING United Alliance’s subject matter experts, I’ve concluded that printing is a better industry to work for than it previously has been. Inherently Safer - A couple of months ago, I spoke with Gary Jones, the Alliance’s vice president, environmental, health, and safety affairs. In that discussion, Gary outlined some of the ways printing businesses often fall short of OSHA requirements, and how they can take steps to do what’s required and provide a safe workplace for their employees. More Attractive - Within a soon-to-be released article in Printing Impressions by Adriane Harrison, the Alliance’s vice president of human relations consulting, she says the generation of workers just now coming into our workforce – those known as Gen Z – are most interested in working for employers that care about their physical and mental well-being. This is according to a 2020 Gallup survey.
Sandy Alexander, Inc., a high-end commercial graphic communications firm and Snow Peak Capital portfolio company, today announced it has acquired Abbott Communications Group (ACG). Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. This is the first strategic add-on acquisition for Sandy Alexander since Snow Peak Capital, a Broomfield, Colo.-based private equity firm that invests in middle-market businesses, acquired it in April 2022. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida and founded in 1977, ACG is a premier provider of comprehensive printing, mailing, and print management solutions to customers in the entertainment, hospitality, and advertising markets.
As we step into 2023, promoting the sustainability and attractiveness of print, paper and paper packaging becomes more important than ever. Our guest speakers at the 2023 Two Sides Partner Meeting, Philip Ricketts, Wholesale Commercial Director, Royal Mail Marketreach and Lucy Swanston, Chair of The Strategic Mailing Partnership, together explained: The evolving value of mail in an omni channel and digital world. This session showcased the value of mail and the range of freely available support and insights that Marketreach provides brands, agencies and co-suppliers in helping them understand where best to use mail in their customer journey to drive positive commercial outcomes.
Leading global print consumables manufacturer Flint Group reveals strong early success of its Dual Cure ink range, EkoCure® ANCORA F2, following its launch in Europe at the end of 2022. The company’s UV LED Dual Cure ink range builds on the original winning formula of its EkoCure ANCORA range, specifically designed for food packaging and labelling. Flint Group’s Dual Cure inks and coatings are uniquely designed to cure using a traditional UV lamp or low-energy UV LED. These products are compatible with any curing system on any narrow or mid-web press, enabling printers still using traditional mercury-based UV lamps to smoothly transition to more sustainable UV curing processes at their own pace. With optimised curing speed, improved rheology, and lower viscosity, EkoCure ANCORA F2 delivers better press performance for long runs in chambered doctor blade systems. Furthermore, these inks provide enhanced adhesion to a wide range of substrates, such as coated & uncoated papers, PE (polyethylene), top-coated PE, PP, BOPP, and other films. Importantly, EkoCure ANCORA F2 offers reduced energy consumption, reducing the total cost to print. A clear value proposition for narrow web printers and converters.
*Full year revenue increased 10.7%, and comparable adjusted revenue growth was 5.2%, delivering the second consecutive year of sales-driven revenue growth, with all four segments showing year-over-year increases *Full year net income was $65.5 million, up 4.3% from the prior year and adjusted EBITDA margin rate was 18.7% *Fourth quarter revenue declined 1.2% on a reported basis driven by business exits, while comparable adjusted revenue increased 1.2%, led by Payments, Data, and Promotional Solutions *Fourth quarter net income was $19.0 million and adjusted EBITDA margin rate was 19.9% *Recently announced the divestiture of the Company's North American web hosting and logo businesses, and the name change of the Cloud Solutions segment to Data Solutions
The SGP officers for 2023-2024 include: Theresa Vanna, Primex Plastics Corporation, Chair; Birdley James, Miller Zell, Chair-Elect; Marci Kinter, Secretary & Vice Chair Technical; Doreen Monteleone, Ph.D., D2 Advisory Group/FTA, Treasurer; Jonathan Graham, Past Chair; Will Mansfield, Eastman Kodak Co., Vice Chair Marketing; Calvin Lakhan, York University, Vice Chair Academic; George Fuchs, NAPIM, Vice Chair Technology; Jodi Sawyer, FLEXcon, Vice Chair Engagement. The new board members, all professionals dedicated to supporting the journey to a more sustainable future, include: Julie Brannen, Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc., Bennington, NH; Thomas Dahbura, Hub Labels, Inc., Hagerstown, MD; Todd Ebersole, Forge Graphic Works, Portland, OR; Michael Dillon, Meyers Printing, Minneapolis, MN; Mark Howard, Syracuse Label & Surround Printing, North Syracuse, NY; Gary Jones, PRINTING United Alliance, Fairfax, VA; Kristine Peterson, 3M, St Paul, MN.
TC Transcontinental announced that Metroland Media Group is outsourcing to TC Transcontinental the printing of all its newspapers currently taking place at its Tempo facility in Toronto. In addition to these two daily newspapers and 49 community publications, the deal extends the current printing agreement of two daily newspapers, including the Toronto Star, and four community publications, to the end of 2027. The gradual transfer will occur over the next few months. TC Transcontinental will rely on its national integrated platform, mostly in its Vaughan, Ontario facility. This new business will require only minimal investment given TC Transcontinental Printing's scale, highly efficient and flexible platform, and its skilled workforce.
Q4 2022 - Revenue of $1.94 billion, up 9.2 percent year-over-year or up 13.9 percent in constant currency. GAAP earnings per share (EPS) of $0.74, up $4.71 year-over-year. Prior year Q4 GAAP EPS includes an after-tax non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $4.38 per share. Operating cash flow of $186 million, down $12 million year-over-year. Free cash flow of $168 million, down $14 million year-over-year. FY 2022 - Revenue of $7.11 billion, up 1.0 percent year-over-year, or up 4.8 percent in constant currency. GAAP loss per share of $2.15, up $0.41 year-over-year. Both the current year and prior year include after-tax non-cash goodwill impairment charges of $2.54 and $4.08 per share, respectively. Operating cash flow of $159 million, down $470 million year-over-year. Free cash flow of $143 million, excluding a one-time product supply termination charge, down $418 million year-over-year.
As the printing industry’s need for new talent intensifies, its most thoroughly conceived partnership for workforce development is making steady progress on multiple fronts. Mariano Rivera, a legend in Major League Baseball and a philanthropist in private life, is working with printing companies and suppliers in Florida, Texas, and the Northeast to expand a vocational training program aimed at equipping underserved young people with sets of certified and highly employable job skills.
Prinovis management informed the 545-strong workforce at Prinovis Ahrensburg, near Hamburg, last Thursday that it would cease operations at the site by 31 January 2024. Ulrich Cordes, managing director of Prinovis and CFO of Bertelsmann Printing Group, described the decision to close the loss-making site as a difficult but unavoidable due to market conditions. The company blamed the structural decline in the European gravure printing market over the past decade driven by falling demand for high-volume magazines and catalogues.
Supremex Inc., a leading North American manufacturer and marketer of envelopes and a growing provider of paper-based packaging solutions, announced today the acquisition of the shares of Impression Paragraph Inc. (“Paragraph”), an integrated provider of paper-based packaging, print and point of sale products for a broad range of commercial markets. The transaction was concluded for a total consideration of approximately $26.6 million, on a cash-free and debt-free basis, subject to customary adjustments, financed through the Company’s existing credit facility. Founded more than 35 years ago, Paragraph operates two facilities located in Ville-Saint-Laurent and Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec. Its offering consists primarily of folding carton packaging and point-of-sale displays for the cosmetic, pharmaceutical, food, confectionary and retail sectors. It also provides an array of commercial, digital and wide-format printing. For the 12-month period ended October 31, 2022, Paragraph generated sales of approximately $38.6 million.
Tweddle Group is pleased to announce that Todd Headlee has been named the new President of the company. An experienced executive with a background in digital transformation technology, Mr. Headlee succeeded the retiring Mark Berkey in the role on January 9, 2023. Headlee most recently served as Head of Products and Platforms at 1898 & Co., a global business and technology consultancy. His 30-year career includes work across the automotive and energy sectors, a unique combination that will help Tweddle Group assist its OEM partners as they increasingly pivot toward electric vehicles.
People are tired of looking at screens. Since February 2020, the number of weekly virtual meetings has risen around 150%, with the amount of time people spend in those meetings up around 252% — that is a lot of time staring at screens all day long. For marketers looking to reach that same audience, online or mobile ads are losing their effectiveness as people seek to step away from the digital world when they end their workday. This is where direct mail comes in — a medium that has never gone away, but is seeing a resurgence post-pandemic. “There has been a permanent change in how mail is being used as a marketing channel,” Gary Masse, CEO of IWCO Direct, points out. “Now mail is the channel that breaks through the digital clutter to gain your prospects’ attention, while being coordinated with online channels to drive greater response in all channels.” Deloitte’s “2021 Connectivity and Mobile Trends Survey” found that the average household now has an average of 25 connected devices, with 38% of households connecting additional devices in the past few years.
Nearly 20 printing companies are interested in hiring at least some of the 656 LSC Communications workers who are set to be laid off by March 31. Many of those jobs, however, are not in the Lancaster area. LSC announced last week it planned to shutter its two Lancaster city plants amid a decline in demand for catalogs and magazines. “Sixteen printing companies have reached out to us directly so far,” Melissa Noebes, senior vice president LSC Communications, told LNP | LancasterOnline. “At least a half dozen are in the greater Lancaster area. A few more are located just across the Maryland border. In addition, we have inquiries coming in from printing companies around the country, many of whom are offering generous relocation packages.” She did not respond to a request to provide names of the companies.
It looks like rough going for the commercial printing industry in 2023, with labor shortages, cost inflation, supply chain disruptions continuing, and the American economy slowing appreciably. But even the harshest business climates bring opportunity. Some industries hold up well, creating pockets of growth, and market share and quality employees become available as the unprepared retrench or fail. Keys to capturing the opportunity include acting on leading indicators, marketing for the times, and superior focus and execution. The 162 commercial printing companies that participated in the “2022-23 PRINTING United Alliance State of the Industry Survey” (SOI) spoke frankly about their expectations for the coming year. Just 25.3% expect business conditions to be better than this year, 40.4% about the same, and 34.3% worse.
CJK Group, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has completed an agreement to acquire the assets of venerable print and publishing services company Allen Press, located in Lawrence, Kansas. This acquisition is unique for CJK Group in that it will supplement and expand services and capabilities to both the Sheridan print operations in addition to its KnowledgeWorks Global Ltd. (KGL) content solutions company. Allen Press originated in 1935 as a family-owned company serving a local print market and grew to incorporate a wide variety of editorial, production, marketing, and digital services tailored to the needs of independent society and association publishers. The print facility will be renamed Sheridan Kansas, bringing the number of Sheridan’s print locations across the country to a total of ten.
LSC Communications is closing both of its printing plants in Lancaster County. More than 650 employees will be out of work when the plants close on March 31. LSC spun off from R.R. Donnelley in 2016. R.R. Donnelly, based in Chicago, has a history in Lancaster dating back to 1960. It was one of the world's leading printing companies. LSC operates printing plants on Harrisburg Pike and Greenfield Road. The plants printed department store catalogs and telephone directories and later moved into online mapping.
Mittera has acquired Atlanta-based commercial printer, Geographics, Inc. Geographics is the leading web, sheetfed, digital printing, and fulfillment company in the greater Atlanta region. With nearly 100 employees, Geographics has a well-known track record of providing superb print solutions to clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. “With this acquisition, Geographics customers will now have access to one of the most robust manufacturing platforms, and complete suite of creative, marketing, data, and technology solutions in the country”, said Jon Troen, CEO of Mittera, “all delivered by a group of knowledgeable professionals with the core focus of providing the best customer experience in the industry.”
Modern Litho-St. Louis, a full-service commercial printer and mailer, announces it has acquired Scotts Printing of Rolla effective December 31st, 2022. Serving similar clientele, Scotts Printing operation pairs well with the business model of Modern Litho’s St. Louis facility, located on The Hill at 5111 Southwest Ave. “Scotts Printing has had a successful presence in the regional print industry for many years with well-established customer relationships and high standards of service. We are grateful to have them on board and look forward to a bright future,” commented Skip Bray, Modern Litho- St. Louis President.
Sheridan is excited to announce the development and implementation of Sheridan Academy, a proprietary training program structured to support and sustain the continuous learning and performance improvement of the next generation of workers. Sheridan Academy provides senior level employees the opportunity to impart their knowledge, wisdom, and best practices – via a comprehensive standardized training program – to those that have a desire to grow their career with Sheridan. It is not just for new hires. Once fully developed, Sheridan Academy will outline both vertical and horizontal career development paths for operators, staff, and leadership, so that employees can grow their skills in multiple areas of the business.
Highlights: *Increase in revenues and earnings in the Packaging Sector and the Media Sector. *Revenues of $802.2 million for the quarter ended October 30, 2022; operating earnings of $85.3 million; and net earnings attributable to shareholders of the Corporation of $60.4 million ($0.70 per share). *Significant contributions from the acquisitions completed during the fiscal year to the earnings of the Corporation.
Color Ink announces the purchase of HM Graphics of Milwaukee, WI. HM Graphics ranks among the nation’s elite, full-service commercial printing companies. For over 50 years, they have provided their clients with the highest caliber of services and craftsmanship that the printing industry has to offer. This will allow Color Ink to expand their business with the addition of highly skilled employees and the ability to offer more creative printing services…to include sheet-fed commercial printing, packaging, wide-format visual displays and fulfillment.
It is no secret that the U.S. printing business had been battered for years as the popularity of digital formats significantly reduced demand for magazines, catalogs, and other printed materials. While sales of books held up better than those of their print counterparts, many of the largest printers worked across multiple product lines. And as a result, some of the industry giants (R.R. Donnelley, Quad Graphics) underwent wholesale makeovers, while smaller companies either closed or merged to cope with the plunge in demand. At a spring webinar presented by PW and Westchester Publishing Services, Jim Fetherston, president and CEO at the printer Worzalla noted that when the pandemic hit and book sales unexpectedly surged, North American printing capacity was at “historic low levels,” which led to demand exceeding capacity for the first time in years.
Ennis, Inc. announced its acquisition of School Photo Marketing in Morganville, New Jersey. School Photo Marketing provides printing, yearbook publishing and marketing-related services to over 1,400 school and sports photographers servicing schools around the country. Keith Walters, Chairman, President & CEO of the Company, stated, “We are delighted to have the opportunity to bring School Photo Marketing, their employees, and their customers into the Ennis family. This addition brings with it many exciting possibilities to service this new channel with products produced through Ennis manufacturing operations.” School Photo Marketing operates through a similar wholesale manufacturer-distributor-end user channel as Ennis currently operates.
KGL PubFactory, the online hosting division of KnowledgeWorks Global Ltd. (KGL), has announced another longstanding customer contract renewal, this time with international social science publisher, Brill. Having doubled its web business over the past six years, Brill will continue to take advantage of the latest enhancements of the PubFactory platform in an extended relationship. Brill publishes more than 2,000 books and reference works per year, in addition to almost 600 journals—including 42 fully Open Access titles—mainly in the humanities, social sciences, and international law. Brill has expanded in recent years through acquisitions of Dutch biological sciences publisher, Wageningen Academic Publishers, and German humanities publisher, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Verlage.
Worzalla, an employee-owned book printer specializing in printing high-quality children's books, movie tie-in books and cookbooks, raised nearly $50,000 for the United Way of Portage County's Live United, Give United campaign. Money raised for the campaign will go to United Way programs that help Portage County families in need. "Worzalla associates know that when we all come together, we can have a great impact on our community. For at least the third year in a row, Worzalla associates raised funds for the United Way of Portage County" said Kendra Robinson, Worzalla's United Way Campaign Coordinator. "With a mission of bringing people and resources together to achieve measurable results that improve people's lives and strengthen our community, the United Way continues to support the new and ongoing challenges the less fortunate face."
It’s the end of an era for publication gravure printing in the UK with news that the last remaining exponent – Prinovis in Liverpool – is to close. The news, which had been the subject of increasing industry speculation since Prinovis lost the DMG Media contract just over a year ago, was confirmed this afternoon (7 November). Prinovis said the decline in the gravure market since 2019 had rendered the business unsustainable, despite support from parent company Bertelsmann and some new customer wins in recent months, including TV Choice for Bauer.
Third Quarter Financial Highlights and Recent Events * Total revenue increased by 23.9% to $67.9 million, from $54.8 million in the third quarter of 2021. * Packaging and specialty products segment revenue of $18.8 million, up 5.8% from $17.8 million last year. * Envelope segment revenue up 32.6% to $49.1 million, from $37.0 million in the prior year. * Net Earnings increased significantly to $8.1 million, or 11.9% of revenue, from $3.4 million or 6.1% of revenue, last year. * Earnings per share of $0.31, up sharply from $0.13 a year ago. * Recorded no assistance from the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (“CEWS”) and Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (“CERS”) programs in the third quarter of 2022, compared to $0.6 million in the equivalent quarter of 2021. * Purchased 96,600 shares for a total consideration of $0.3 million as part of NCIB program. * Acquisition on November 1, 2022 of Royal Envelope Corporation (“Royal Envelope”) located in Chicago.
The Johnson Newspaper Corp., publisher of the Watertown Daily Times, Courier-Observer, St. Lawrence Plaindealer and Ogdensburg Journal, is closing its printing operations in Massena, New York. The company will move all of its printing to Watertown, according to North Country Now. The Massena press will probably be sold, and the building in Massena eventually closed. Some layoffs are expected.
*GAAP net sales, including the impact of foreign exchange, increased $113 million or 8.9%; *GAAP net income from continuing operations was up $26 million versus the prior year period *Cash used in operating activities during the nine months ended September 30, 2022 was $221 million compared to $29 million in the prior year period; current year results reflect working capital investments due to increased volume and inflation in addition to $80 million of merger related payments *Gross leverage ratio of 3.2x improved 0.5x from September 30, 2021; net leverage ratio of 2.7x improved 0.4x from the same period last year
Ultimate TechnoGraphics, leader in imposition and finishing automation software, is proud to work with SG360°, one of the top Direct Mail printing companies in North America. In a recently filmed customer testimonial by Inkish.tv, SG360° explains how they impose and produce thousands of print-ready files daily for their entire digital printing division across multiple plants using Ultimate Impostrip®. By implementing Ultimate Impostrip®, SG360° has grown their print business and now runs approximately 13-20 million clicks per month in total and 98% is variable data printing (VDP). As with anything, there are a range of variables that influence growth potential. For over 65 years, SG360° has thrived by responding to the changing needs of their diverse client base. What started as a regional commercial printer is today a national, industry-leading provider of direct marketing solutions. John Zawisza, Director of Digital Operations at SG360°, implemented Ultimate Impostrip® years ago when they started receiving larger variable jobs. Since then, he has witnessed the impact of this breakthrough technology in all areas of the business. The solution has grown and scaled with the company throughout the years and plays a key role in their print workflow.
Heeter, a full-service provider of secure print, direct mail, and fulfillment solutions, announced the formal opening of its next-generation Digital Print Center, a $4M investment that signifies the impact its growing digital print operation is delivering for its customer base. Serving industries such as healthcare, insurance, gaming, retail, pharmaceutical and education, Heeter has successfully transferred 60% of its operations to digital over the past 5 years. This has resulted in: *A 65% increase in capacity *35% reduction in turnaround times *25% more energy efficient *Over 80 new customers in the last 4 years
Printing Industries Alliance (PIA) and the Graphic Arts Association (GAA) have announced a consolidation that forms one of the nation’s largest regional trade associations for the printing industry. The combined organization will launch officially on January 1, 2023 as the Print & Graphic Communications Association (PGCA). PIA represents printing companies and related businesses in New York State, northern New Jersey, and northwestern Pennsylvania. GAA’s region spans Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware. Combining the two bases gives PGCA 430 members in one of the world’s top markets for print and graphic services. Several years in the making, the merger was approved this summer by the two groups’ boards of directors and finalized by a vote of the members in the fall.
Recent Highlights *Achieved sixth consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth as Net Sales increased 18% in the third quarter of 2022 compared to the third quarter of 2021 due to print segment share gains, increased pricing in response to inflationary cost pressures, and increased sales in the Company’s international locations. *Recognized Net Earnings of $14 million in both the third quarter of 2022 and 2021, with 2021 Net Earnings including non-recurring gains of $18 million, net of tax, from a property insurance claim and a sale and leaseback of a production facility. *Repurchased 3.1 million shares of Quad Class A common stock for $10 million year-to-date, representing more than 5% of Quad’s outstanding shares.
Modern Litho, Inc., a publication and commercial printer based in Jefferson City, Missouri announces Jeff Davidson has been named President of Modern Litho-Print Co. as of November 1, 2022. As a member of the ownership group, Davidson has served as the Vice President of Corporate Strategy over the past six years and previously as General Manager of Brown Printing, a subsidiary of Modern Litho, Inc. He has been integral to the overall growth strategy of the company taking the lead on the last three major acquisitions: James Printing in Kansas City (2018), Mulligan Printing in St. Louis (2020) and Watkins Lithographic in Kansas City (2021). Another significant component of his role has been managing special projects which have included: new technology and equipment evaluation, human resources and employee relations, as well as product and service expansions and diversification. In 2014, he was recognized as a Top 20 under 40 printing executive by Printing Impressions. Since then, he has served on printing industry advisory boards and local nonprofit boards, most recently as the Chairman for the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce.
Komori announced that Nosco®, a full-service packaging solutions provider, has purchased a nine-color Lithrone GX40RP advance (GLX940RP advance) dedicated two-sided press, with coater and LED-UV curing. Headquartered in Gurnee, Illinois, Nosco is a subsidiary of Holden Industries, Inc., which is a 100% employee-owned company. Investment in the new press is part of Nosco’s bold growth plans to scale up folding carton production at its Wisconsin-based Packaging Innovation Center by 125 million units in 2023. In support of that goal, the GLX940RP advance is uniquely configured to meet the specific needs of the company’s rapidly expanding pharmaceutical packaging business, which serves more than 450 of the major pharmaceutical companies across the United States. The GLX940RP advance, a recipient of the industry-renowned InterTech™ Technology Award, is a dedicated two-sided printing press that makes it possible for Nosco to provide up to eight-color printing on the outside and one color on the inside of the package that many pharmaceutical packaging applications require.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), a leader in industrial and commercial printing and packaging solutions, today announced a new digital embellishment press, the JETvarnish 3D 52L. Its B2 format targets a wide range of customers such as commercial and package printers. As the successor model to the JETvarnish 3D, this new digital embellishment press provides sensory print applications for printers of every size. The JETvarnish 3D 52L will allow printers, finishers and converters to have an in-house full production and prototyping print embellishment system without screens, dies or plates. The all-purpose patented varnish formula allows both flat 2D Spot UV highlighting and sculptured 3D raised special effects on a wide range of substrate stocks and up to 600gsm, from offset and digital inks to lamination films and aqueous coatings.
Moore, a leading constituent experience management company, announces the acquisition of Communications Corporation of America, an industry innovator of direct mail printing, data processing, personalization, finishing and mail processing. Moore has made the investment in CCA to add to its supply chain strength across printing, production and envelope manufacturing in the mid-Atlantic region. “As CCA celebrates our 51st anniversary and five years of successfully rebuilding after our catastrophic fire, we are ready to move forward. We see becoming a Moore company as a synergistic step that is the best fit for our clients and our CCA team,” said Linda Fisher, president of CCA and Direct Marketing Association of Washington Hall of Leaders member. “Through our partnerships with our clients, we create cutting-edge solutions that set us apart from our competitors. With Moore's well-known investment in innovation, we're excited to see what we can accomplish together."
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), a leader in industrial and commercial printing and packaging solutions, is pleased to announce the installation of its AccurioJet KM-1 LED UV Inkjet Press at More Than Ink, celebrating 17 years as a family-owned and operated business providing quality printing to the North Florida market. More Than Ink is an eco-friendly print shop focused on digital printing which includes booklets, catalogs, envelopes, pads, brochures and folders. It offers direct and bulk mailing and design services as well as a large format department for signs, storefronts and trade show items. More Than Ink has used Konica Minolta presses for ten years, most recently purchasing the AccurioPress C6100 Digital Printing Color Press in 2020 and the bizhub PRESS C1085 Digital Printing Press in 2018.
The Print Industries Wage + Benefits Survey, which annually captures labor costs and human resource practices from nearly 500 print manufacturers and 15,000 employees across North America, is now available to members of Americas Printing Association Network (APAN,) an independent group of associations representing nearly 5,000 North American print manufacturers and their equipment and technology partners. “In today’s hyper-competitive labor market, access to up-to-date compensation trends are critical tools for those charged with managing a print workforce,” commented Teresa Campbell, program director and President of PIA MidAmerica. Sponsored by LB Carlson (lbcarlson.com), a financial and business management consulting firm, the Wage + Benefits 2022 Survey captures wages and benefits for nearly every industry position in sixteen different categories, all segmented by geographic region and company size.
The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), the leading certification authority in sustainable printing, announced today that Hatteras, Tinton Falls, NJ, has become the most recent facility to attain SGP certification. “Sustainability is very important to us as a company. We’re making every effort to be environmentally responsible and we’re also seeing more of our clients ask us about our sustainability initiatives,” said Bill Duerr, president, Hatteras. “Achieving SGP certification demonstrates to them that we’re following industry best practices and taking a leadership role in helping to protect the environment through green printing practices.”
Nahan, a full-service, direct marketing and print solutions provider, announced today it has won the Digital Printing/ Direct Marketing Best in Category Award at the PRINTING United Alliance Premier PRINT Awards for the South Dakota Department of Tourism “Your Guide to Great Finds” campaign. The mini-catalog campaign was created in collaboration with client Lawrence & Schiller to promote South Dakota’s unique travel destinations. “We’re honored that our collaboration with the South Dakota Department of Tourism and Lawrence & Schiller has been recognized by Printing United Alliance this year. It demonstrates the agility of the Nahan print platform and our ability to produce highly unique, and personalized print pieces,” said John Klumb, VP, Sales.
Tecnau builds on its expertise in online cutting and stacking for sheet-fed print with the introduction of BookReady, offering the converting of SRA3+ (~13” x 19”) sheet sizes printed in 2up and 4up into final size book blocks such as A4 and A5 (letter and 5.5” x 8.5”) ready for nearline perfect binding. BookReady changes applications on-the-fly without any manual intervention at full printing speed, enabling book printers to manage short runs and book on demand with exact page separation and no guillotine processing. The new cut-sheet finishing solution may be equipped with an automatic 90-degree turning station to rotate 2-up imposed sheets from long-edge leading to short-edge leading, so that printer speed is maximized and book of one is made possible.
Sun Chemical will increase prices effective immediately across its entire portfolio of packaging, commercial sheetfed, and screen inks, coatings, consumables, and adhesives in Europe, Middle East and Africa, effective October 1, 2022. The current geopolitical situation in Europe continues to upset the unprecedented inflationary trends further, with severe impact onto operating costs—including utilities and labour costs—through the entire supply chain. Sun Chemical continues to strive to find ways of mitigating these costs, but the magnitude and speed of cost increases requires the company to further increase prices. “Sun Chemical’s priority has been to keep supplying our customers, allowing them to keep their facilities operating,” said Mehran Yazdani, President, Global Packaging and Advanced Materials. “Sun Chemical’s global reach has helped secure the sourcing of raw materials and maintain production, however, the costs to secure those materials, manufacture our products, and deliver them to our customers have continued escalating to a level that requires us to raise further prices and surcharges effective immediately for all products. This will ensure we can continue a steady flow of our quality products to customers. Without signs of stabilisation so far, the situation will need to be adjusted as it goes, and no price guarantee can therefore be given for any period.”
Effective 1st January 2023, Flint Group will implement a global price increase in order to respond to continued inflationary pressures across multiple cost drivers. Following an extended period of volatility and cost escalation during the global coronavirus pandemic, it is clear that we are now witnessing a fundamental shift in global economic conditions. Markets around the world are grappling with extreme inflationary pressures and the disruption of global supply chains. Flint Group has continued to endure extraordinary cost increases in raw materials, packaging and freight which are now being exacerbated by additional inflationary pressures across a variety of other overheads - labour costs in particular.
HP showcased the HP Indigo V12 Digital Press to the labels and packaging industry for the first time alongside the HP Indigo 6K Digital Press and a wide range of solutions for sustainable packaging, automation and applications propelling new business opportunities. Many HP customers and partners, both longstanding and new, visited the HP booth. In total, 74 demonstrations of the HP Indigo V12 and 34 demonstrations of the HP Indigo 6K took place, giving attendees the chance to experience the capabilities of each press up close, and learn more about new business opportunities, including brand protection, smart packaging, sustainable packaging and diversification to flexible packaging.
Worzalla, an employee-owned book printer specializing in high-quality children's books, cookbooks, and hard-cover best sellers, recently hosted 12 associates from some of the nation's most prominent book publishers at its "Print University". The program is a 3-day long intensive workshop designed to educate those who work in the publishing industry about the book manufacturing process. "Worzalla was pleased to welcome our publisher partners to Stevens Points and to our facilities. I enjoy sharing the book printing process and my team also learns a lot about what's new in publishing from our participants," said Richard Letchinger, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Worzalla and the organizer of Print University. "Especially since books sales have grown in the last few years, it is invaluable to able to exchange ideas with our partners about the future of our industries." This year's graduates included Madison Oxx and James Neel of HarperCollins Publishers, Vincent Perez and Luke McCord of Penguin Random House, Emily Kleinburg, Chris Leonowicz, and Carolyn Telesca of Macmillan, Rosalie Khan and Jennette Cross of Hachette, Maggie Moore and Rachael Marks of Abrams and Kenneth Burnett of Ramsey Solutions.
Sun Chemical’s Color Materials division opened a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient mixing plant in Cologne, Germany. Sun Chemical Color Solutions, the masterbatch business of the Color Materials division, is responsible for the development, manufacture, and distribution of masterbatches to the plastics industry. The new mixing plant enables Sun Chemical to produce more efficiently and meet the plastics industry’s increasing quality requirements. Digitalized and automated processes, along with optimized internal transport routes, allow Sun Chemical to react more quickly to changes in customer requirements. The facility comprises over 1,700 square meters of floor space to ensure an increase in production capacity.
The Company’s revenues for the second quarter ended August 31, 2022 were $111.2 million compared to $100.5 million for the same quarter last year, an increase of $10.7 million, or 10.6%. Gross profit margin was $35.2 million, or 31.7%, as compared to $28.9 million, or 28.8%, for the same quarter last year. Net earnings for the quarter were $12.2 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, as compared to $7.5 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, for the same quarter last year. The Company’s revenues for the six-month period ended August 31, 2022 were $218.9 million compared to $197.4 million for the same period last year, an increase of $21.5 million or 10.9%. Gross profit margin was $69.2 million, or 31.6%, as compared to $58.1 million, or 29.4% for the six-month periods ended August 31, 2022 and August 31, 2021, respectively. Net earnings for the six-month period ended August 31, 2022 were $23.8 million, or $0.92 per diluted share compared to $14.8 million, or $0.57 per diluted share for the same period last year.
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The Occasions Group, a Taylor Corporation company, is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement to acquire the assets of Accu Copy of Greenville, Inc. Headquartered in Greenville, N.C., Accu Copy does business under the AccuLink name to deliver commercial print, direct mail and promotional marketingproducts while its AccuFlex division focuses on the production of flexible packaging products. The acquisition of both AccuLink and AccuFlex expands Taylor’s reach and offers immediate growth opportunities in multiple core categories. "AccuLink is an ideal fit for The Occasions Group. It complements our business model perfectly and strengthens our capabilities for our distributor and reseller partners," says Nate Mullikin, enterprise leader at Taylor. "Like us, AccuLink has invested heavily in the digital print space. They operate one of North Carolina’s leading white-label e-commerce fulfillment facilities as well as a wide range of binding, finishing and direct mail services in-house, something we believe to be a long-term growth area."
Larry Martin is the plant director for Quad’s print-production plant in The Rock. As plant director, Martin oversees all plant and employee operations, strategy development, growth-planning initiatives, and more. He is a Georgia native and was named plant director at The Rock in March 2021. Martin’s career in printing began at Quad 28 years ago. He has worked in management for the last 18 years, and prior to being promoted to plant director, served as the plant’s finishing operations manager for 10.5 years. Martin credits much of his success to his cousin Trent Jones, who served as a mentor to Martin throughout his upbringing and worked 32 years as a saddle stitch operator at Quad. Finishing is one of Quad’s largest departments, with quality-assurance and exceptional customer service as top priorities. Martin says he gained immense insight on teamwork and relationship building as a leader in finishing. It provided him opportunities to interact with teams and individuals in every area of the plant, and to engage with clients from around the world, according to Quad officials.
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HP Inc. announced the new HP PageWide Advantage 2200 series press. Designed to meet the needs of print service providers of all sizes, this revolutionary press offers industry leading productivity with quality, and media versatility for those in publishing, direct mail, and commercial print, to help grow their business. “This new PageWide Advantage platform is a game changer for the commercial print industry,” said Annette Friskopp, Global Head and General Manager at HP PageWide. “HP has listened to our customers, and we realize ease of use and up-time are critical success factors. This new press offers configurations to enable customers to optimize the press for their quality, productivity, versatility, and economics to grow their digital production businesses.”
R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company will spotlight its end-to-end, single-source paperboard packaging services at PACK EXPO (Oct. 23-26, 2022; McCormick Place; Booth W-22000). Offered to brands of all sizes and industries, the capabilities can streamline folding carton design and production, minimizing material waste, transportation, and associated costs. RRD's consultative service model encapsulates paperboard materials selection, best-fit manufacturing, enhancements, finishing, and other services like creative development and design, kitting, distribution optimization, warehouse and inventory management, and print collateral and labels. A team of RRD packaging experts identify opportunities for standardization, production, and near-site production and supply chain efficiencies. They also provide guidance on right-sizing, material reduction, component substitution, and treatment or decorative options that help brands reach their sustainability goals while connecting with their customers.
The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), the leading certification authority in sustainable printing, announced today that the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS), a non-governmental organization (NGO) working with policymakers, utilities, and others around the world to improve the policy climate for renewable development, has joined the SGP community as a Resource Partner. SGP Resource Partners are non-profits, NGOs and educational institutions engaged in promoting, teaching or researching in the areas of graphic arts and/or sustainability. Resource Partners are subject matter experts that assure the entire print community is empowered to advance sustainability in the printing industry supply chain.
Highlights *Significant increase in revenues and net earnings, including organic revenue growth in all three operating sectors. *Revenues of $747.8 million for the quarter ended July 31, 2022; operating earnings of $52.1 million; and net earnings attributable to shareholders of the Corporation of $34.1 million ($0.39 per share). *Acquired ERPI (Éditions du renouveau pédagogique inc.), an educational publisher, on June 13, 2022, to pursue the growth strategy for educational products, both print and digital. *Acquired Banaplast S.A.S., a flexible packaging company based in Armenia, Colombia, on June 22, 2022, which enables the Corporation to pursue its growth strategy with an expanded offering, in particular with banana tree bags and agro-mulches. *Unveiled the 2025 Corporate Social Responsibility Plan, on June 15, 2022, which includes ambitious targets, in particular with respect to the creation of a circular economy, the reduction of greenhouse gases and diversity.
TC Transcontinental announces the retirement of Brian Reid, President of TC Transcontinental Printing, following an outstanding career of 41 years with the company. He will be leaving his position October 30 and staying on until the end of January 2023 to facilitate the transition. Effective October 31, Senior Vice Presidents Nick Cannon, Patrick Brayley and Pierre Deslongchamps will take on expanded roles, reporting to Peter Brues, President and Chief Executive Officer. “It has been a great ride, more than 40 amazing years at TC Transcontinental. I leave with confidence in the future of the Printing Sector, a solid business with long-standing customers, large and small, and a highly talented, engaged and experienced team”, said Brian Reid, President, TC Transcontinental Printing. “I am grateful to our employees who, day in and day out, through their relentless work, make a difference for TC Transcontinental and its customers. It has been a privilege to be part of such a great company during all these years, and I thank our customers, the Board of Directors and the Marcoux family for their confidence.”
R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company supported Siemens Healthineers to accelerate the delivery of rapid COVID-19 antigen self-tests to the U.S. market during a time of dire need. RRD, a Chicago-based company with nearly two decades of experience helping medical device clients optimize their supply chain, leveraged its ISO 13485 accredited facilities and ability to scale quickly to facilitate Siemens Healthineers’ time-sensitive project. Amid the peak of the COVID-19 Omicron variant outbreak in January 2022, Siemens Healthineers stepped up to make tens of millions of tests available to the U.S. population through state, federal, and local partnership efforts. The company sought to expand its warehouse space to meet growing demand to help accommodate the massive volumes of product. Siemens Healthineers collaborated with RRD, who had the ability, experience, and flexibility to upscale with uncertain demand. “It was critical to find a supplemental supply chain and warehouse solution that could help us supply high-quality test kits that would provide accurate COVID-19 results to the U.S. population. RRD’s ability to flex and adapt to changing demand helped address some of these needs,” said Joerg Berner, Acting Head of Point of Care Diagnostics at Siemens Healthineers.
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Worzalla, an employee-owned printing company specializing in high-quality children’s books, movie tie-in books and cookbooks, for the fourth year in a row collected 600 pounds of school supplies as part of Project Fresh Start, a United Way of Portage County Volunteer Center program. Last year Project Fresh Start provided free school supplies to over 1,050 fourth to twelfth graders in Portage County who qualify for free and reduced lunch through their school district. “Project Fresh Start depends on the support of our community to help provide school supplies to students in need," said Brianne Petruzalek, Vice President of Human Resources at Worzalla. "Worzalla and its associates are proud to help prepare the students in Portage County schools for the upcoming school year and support United Way in their efforts to build a stronger community for all of us." Worzalla associates were incentivized to contribute to the school supplies drive through an internal contest. For each item donated, the employee received entry into a drawing to win paid time off or one of five $50 gift cards.
The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), the leading certification authority in sustainable printing, announced today that Dscoop, known as the world’s largest and most collaborative digital print and design community, has joined the SGP community as a Resource Partner. SGP Resource Partners are non-profits, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and educational institutions engaged in promoting, teaching or researching in the areas of graphic arts and/or sustainability. Resource Partners are subject-matter experts that assure the entire print community is empowered to advance sustainability in the printing industry supply chain. “Sustainability is important to the members of the Dscoop community and SGP is the leading authority on providing a data driven approach to achieve carbon neutrality for the print industry in North America. Together, we can create a blueprint for HP Graphics Arts users to achieve carbon neutrality and work toward drawdown for the digital print on a global basis,” said Rick Bellamy, Dscoop Executive Chairman.
Sun Chemical has launched Paliocrom® Satin Gold EH 3600 (L 2131), a mid-shade golden aluminum-based effect pigment with distinct satin character, high chroma and extremely smooth appearance. As Sun Chemical’s first Paliocrom grade offered in a dry supply form, Satin Gold delivers unique color travel, excellent gloss levels and allows for thin film thickness of automotive basecoats due to the small particle size of the passivated, iron oxide coated, aluminum flake substrate. With a proven track record extending over a quarter of a century, Paliocrom aluminum effect pigments are the ideal choice for modern automotive and high-performance industrial coatings. They provide excellent hiding and extreme saturation suitable in thin film applications for yellow-to-red premium colors.
Worzalla, an employee-owned company specializing in printing high-quality children’s books, movie tie-in books and cookbooks, hosted its second annual month-long event titled “WorzallaPalooza” to show appreciation to its associates. Throughout the month of July, Worzalla offered daily giveaways, including several grand prize packages. “WorzallaPalooza is one of Worzalla’s ways of thanking our employee owners and it’s great to see everyone come together to celebrate the contributions we each make,” said Brianne Petruzalek, Worzalla Vice President of Human Resources. “We were excited to do daily giveaways again this year along with a BBQ lunch for all team members.” In addition to each associate receiving a $20 Kwik Trip gift card and appreciation lunch catered by Smokehouse BBQ, every day in July featured a unique giveaway opportunity for Worzalla associates, including drawings for $25 to $500 gift cards from Fleet Farm, Target, Amazon as well as Portage County Business Council gift certificates to support local businesses. Three grand prize packages were awarded to Worzalla associates, including Wil Smith and Duane Kieliszewski.
R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company announced it has increased its capacity for direct thermal linerless label production by approximately 40% as a direct response to client demand. With the recent installation of an additional linerless press at its plant in Monroe, WI, RRD is positioned to provide an innovative and readily available labeling solution that answers calls for both heightened productivity and sustainability. In the early 1990s, RRD was the first to develop, utilize commercially, and patent linerless labels. Today, this solution continues to improve profitability for RRD clients through operational effectiveness due to the elimination of the backing paper (liner). Conventional labels have a liner, where the label is pulled off a silicone-coated backer which is typically non-recyclable. This is one of the biggest drivers of waste in a label’s lifecycle. RRD’s linerless labels, however, deliver: *Up to 60% more labels per roll, reducing the downtime required to change rolls *Greater sustainability by eliminating liner waste *Minimized costs through reduced freight, warehousing, and liner disposal *Improved workplace safety through the elimination of slick silicone liners
Midland invites you to PRINTING United Expo wtih a FREE Expo Pass Use our Code: 240851 and visit our Booth #N1510. Visit our booth to chat with Specialty Media product specialists and see Midland’s newest products. Discover what’s next for your organization – infinite opportunities await you! Digital Sheet Fed Media + Specialty Offset Substrates + Production Inkjet Paper + Wide Format Inkjet Media. Register Now at: https://www.compusystems.com/servlet/ar?evt_uid=480&InvitesVIP=240851
Ennis, Inc. announced its acquisition of certain assets including customer lists and intellectual property of Gulf Business Forms, in San Marcos, TX. Gulf Business Forms is a trade printer specializing in custom-printed documents including business forms, laser cut sheets, brochures, pamphlets, in-line glue booklets, and variable short-run solutions. Keith Walters, Chairman, President & CEO of the Company stated, “Gulf has been a strong competitor and leading brand throughout the country with customers spanning from California in the southwest to Massachusetts in the northeast. We are excited about adding the Gulf brand and their customers to the Ennis family.” Gulf Business Forms has been serving distributors from its operations in Texas for more than 50 years since its founding in 1968.
To get the facts on the supply chain crisis, PRINTING United Alliance recently launched the Printing Industry Supply Chain Conditions Survey. Nearly 200 companies, including commercial printers, graphic and sign producers, apparel decorators, functional printers, and package printers/converters, have participated to date. Our survey confirms that the crisis is getting worse. For every substrate covered, reports that availability has decreased over the past 60 days far exceed reports of the opposite, with the highest percentages reporting declines in the availability of coated paper (84.8%), uncoated paper (79.2%), vinyl (62.6%), and plastics other than vinyl (55.7%). Moreover, majorities ranging from 96.7% for coated paper to 74.4% for textiles/fabrics and newsprint report prices continue to rise (see Figure 1). details at: https://www.piworld.com/article/survey-sheds-light-supply-chain-crisis-substrates-consumables/
R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company unveiled five trends expected to shape financial services institutions for the second half of the year. RRD is the leading trusted advisor to securely deliver communication and transactional documents for the financial services industry, giving the company unique insight into the challenges and opportunities. RRD has identified five trends leading the transformation of the financial services industry, including: Trend #1: Growing Consumer Demand for Mobile, Self-Service Transactions Drives Tech Investment - The pandemic increased the appeal of self-service offerings, with customers expecting a minimal touch, mobile-based solution to meet their financial needs. Trend #2: Attracting Customers in a Competitive Banking Space Means Meeting Them Where They Are - A crowded banking industry creates tough competition for attracting and retaining customers, therefore knowing your customer and their channel preference is critical to reaching them successfully.
Using the theme “Power of Labels,” Sun Chemical will showcase and present its complete portfolio of solutions for the packaging and narrow web, tag and label markets to converters across North and South America during Labelexpo Americas 2022 from September 13-15 in Rosemont, Ill. “Our commitment to sustainability continues to be a fundamental part of our innovation and product development at Sun Chemical,” said Dennis Sweet, Vice President NWTL, Commercial, Rycoline and Distributors. “We’re excited to be back at Labelexpo Americas 2022 to highlight our sustainable product offerings and provide an opportunity to reconnect with the narrow web industry.” Using its ‘5Rs’ framework (Reuse, Reduce, Renew, Recycle and Redesign) as a guide, Sun Chemical invests significantly in R&D to improve the eco-efficiency and sustainability of the packaging that utilizes its inks, coatings and adhesives to support a circular economy.
Darwill, Inc. is a national, integrated marketing company that offers proven direct marketing solutions for companies of all sizes. Founded in 1951, it is a family-run business with a commitment to deliver the highest quality solutions that drive ROI for its customers. Today, Darwill circulates over 500 million pieces of direct mail per year, executing every aspect of a direct mail campaign for companies in nearly every industry. Several years ago, Darwill decided to transform from its roots as a sheet-fed commercial offset printer to using white paper continuous feed inkjet production. Driving this move was the fact that customers were beginning to ask for more sophisticated, personalized direct marketing applications. “We saw that we couldn’t compete efficiently when it came to certain types of direct marketing applications because of the equipment configuration that goes with being a sheet-fed operation. We first looked at possibly getting a web press for these applications and then we decided to go straight to continuous high-speed inkjet because it was the cutting-edge technology and offered what our customers were requesting.” Mark DeBoer – Senior Vice President, Darwill
Quantum Group, a trusted expert in direct marketing and business communications services has made a major investment in marketing on demand with the purchase of a Landa S10P Nanographic Printing Press. The press, which complements Quantum’s extensive line of digital and offset equipment, will be installed by the end of the year and will enable Quantum to meet increased customer demand. The company, supporting customers in industries such as pharmaceuticals, healthcare, retail, insurance, and more, is seeing a 5-fold growth in personalized mailings since 2018. Along with the equipment investment, Quantum increased its manufacturing footprint by 50% to support this exponential growth. “We are excited to add the Landa S10P to our production fleet,” said Cheryl Kahanec, Quantum Group’s, Chief Executive Officer. “Our customers will be able to more effectively and efficiently communicate to their audiences. With the format size, substrate range, speed and quality, the Landa will expand our current offset and digital platform to ensure successful execution of timely and targeted projects. We look forward to empowering our clients with efficiency, flexibility and quality all while offering increased personalization and decreased speed to market.”
The first thing one notices upon approaching Paolo Olbi’s bookstore from Ca’ Foscari bridge in Venice is the intricate patterns and vibrant colors. His carefully displayed selection of handmade books, notebooks, and stationery look like an old postcard. Olbi himself, an impeccably dressed and groomed 78-year-old native Venetian, is as much a caretaker as an artisan. “I started learning handmade bookmaking at 18,” he says. “And 60 years later I am still loving it.” The books for sale at Olbi’s store are traditionally hand-bound, using techniques that can only be learned through apprenticeships with masters of the form. When he started in this trade, there were around 20 traditional bookbinding shops in Venice. Today, he is one of just three.
For the eighth consecutive year, Midland recently participated as a Sponsor of the thINK 2022 Inkjet Printing Conference. This exclusive industry event took place in Boca Raton, FL and is one of the largest invitation-only summits designed for printing executives who want to understand how Canon Solutions America’s production inkjet printing technology, software and solutions can help them grow their business now and in the future. At thINK 2022, Midland’s booth exhibit saw a steady stream of leading printers from across the country asking for Midland’s guidance on how they can navigate the turbulent waters of a market fraught with supply chain and paper mill allocation challenges. Discussions were centered on “positioning for the future supply chain” for various paper categories including coated, uncoated, inkjet treated, inkjet coated, specialty inkjet media and more. “We are honored and excited to once again participate as a founding partner of this incredibly important independent user group and industry event. Our goal at Midland is to help Canon customers across the country address their most challenging inkjet media needs with new products and solid solutions”, said David Field, Midland’s General Manager, Specialty Paper & Film Division.