Around 300 people in Midland will soon be out of a job after Quad/Graphics announced it is closing the facility. The company announced today it will “cease manufacturing operations” at its facility in Midland on or about Sept. 10. In a statement to TV5, the company said: The decision is part of the company’s ongoing strategy to streamline operations and create efficiencies across its U.S. manufacturing platform and help print remain an economically feasible alternative to digital channels. The decision in no way reflects the quality and performance of employees in the plant, all of whom have worked hard to make the plant succeed. Given the continued migration of advertising dollars to digital channels, Quad and the printing industry must continue to take steps to align declining volume with capacity. The Midland plant specializes in producing special interest publications. The company said the plant will be consolidated into other Quad locations, with 49 plants (including Midland) in the United States. Click Read More below for additional information.
Gallus, a subsidiary of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, will be focusing on the digitization of label production at the upcoming Labelexpo Europe 2019 , which is taking place on September 24 – 27 in Brussels. Under its motto for the event – “Powered by Your Trust” – the Heidelberg/Gallus team will be exhibiting a wide range of label printing presses equipped with new functions that enable customers to benefit from higher quality standards in digital embellishment, produce variable print applications, and improve productivity in conventional label production. In addition to the premiere of the new Digital Printbar – a digital embellishing unit designed specifically for opaque white – the showcase in Brussels will also include live demonstrations of a new quick-change die-cut unit on the Gallus Labelmaster Advanced. Further highlights on the Gallus Labelfire digital label printing press will include fully variable data printing (fVDP for short) and the Digital Embellishment Unit. Gallus will be exhibiting at Stand B28/C31 in Hall 5. “Digitization is now also part and parcel of label production. The Heidelberg/Gallus team will be fully embracing this trend at the upcoming Labelexpo Europe 2019 with a view to showing existing and potential customers new ways of maintaining and further improving their competitiveness in the age of digitization,” explains Christof Naier, General Manager Label Business at Heidelberg/Gallus. Click Read More below for additional information.
Ennis, Inc., announced the signing of a Share Purchase Agreement to acquire all the outstanding stock of The Flesh Company and its wholly owned subsidiary, Impressions Direct, Inc. The closing will occur on July 15, 2019, but the transfer of ownership for the transactions contemplated by this Agreement shall be deemed for all purposes as of 11:59 p.m. Dallas time on July 13, 2019. Flesh is a printing company with two locations. The St. Louis, Missouri location contains their corporate office and direct mail operations and their Parsons, Kansas location has their main manufacturing facility and warehouse. The operations will continue to operate as The Flesh Company and related brand names. All of the facilities will continue their normal operations in their current locations. Click Read More below for additional information.
Quad/Graphics, Inc. announced that it has made a strategic investment and entered into a long-term partnership with the dtx company (“dtx”), a leader in the direct-to-consumer economy. dtx is announcing a new direct-to-consumer ecosystem, UNBOX, which helps consumers directly discover and access brands, and helps brands get direct control over their customer relationships, customer acquisition costs, and customer data. Through this partnership, Quad will support their multichannel ecosystem through data-driven, connected experiences. Quad’s capabilities seamlessly span from concept creation, to print and production, through distribution of content to consumers’ homes, experiences and devices. This uniquely connected platform helps multichannel customers in the direct-to-consumer space achieve faster customer acquisition and scale. Click Read More below for additional information.
Nosco, Inc., a subsidiary of Holden Industries, Inc., announced today it is entering the printed flexible packaging space using HP Indigo technologies. As it deepens its digital footprint in the U.S., Nosco will utilize the HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press and Pack Ready to deliver on-demand flexible packaging. Nosco is the first US print provider to adopt HP Indigo technology for labels, folding cartons, flexible packaging, and lamination using the Pack Ready Laminator by Karlville. Nosco will focus its flexible packaging applications in segments such as natural health with products including resealable and child-resistant pouches, sachets, stick packs and new product trials. “We believe digital printing is the print method of the future, which is why we are pursuing all available HP Indigo digital products. It is a big growth engine to add new customers,” said Craig Curran, Nosco president. “After the success in labels and folding carton with HP Indigo, the HP Indigo 20000 is the right solution to expand our high-quality digital printing to flexible packaging, enabling our clients to gain print consistency and precise color matching across all platforms.” Click Read More below for additional information.
The Printing Industries of America (PIA) recently announced this year’s Premier Print Award (PPA) winners, with Arandell taking home an Award of Recognition for its work on Smartwool’s 2018 Holiday catalog. This is the second year in a row Arandell has taken home an Award of Recognition from the PPAs, which is known as the largest and most prestigious print competition in the world. The PPAs are put on every year by the Printing Industries of America, known as one of the largest advocates for the printing and graphic communications industries. When it comes to handing out the awards, the PIA is known for being very rigorous about the submissions that are considered. Only those pieces that demonstrate the utmost quality in both overall design and print receive a PPA. Click Read More below for additional information.
DNI Corp., the Nashville-headquartered print and mail solutions company now in its 35th year, is accelerating its investment in advanced production technology with the purchase its first inkjet press: a leading-edge SCREEN Truepress Jet520S. Experiencing steady growth over the past several years, company owner, Jono Huddleston, and president, Andrew Honeybone, attribute the increased sales to a number of factors that include penetration in a wider scope of industry segments and the addition of an electronic bill presentment and payment technology platform. But perhaps the biggest contributor to DNI’s success is the company’s culture of putting customers first. In order to continue on its growth path, the company recently procured the new SCREEN Truepress Jet520S inkjet press. Click Read More below for additional information.
Kingery Printing Company (KPC), a family-owned company in Effingham, Illinois, installed a Versafire EP from Heidelberg to satisfy its short-run workload and provide the flexibility it needs to allocate jobs between its digital and offset equipment. With goals to expand its market share, KPC searched for a new digital press that would increase its productivity and efficiency while maintaining the high quality that its customers expect. Printing with a resolution of 4,800 x 2,400 dpi and a new toner formula, the Versafire EP stood out amongst other digital equipment because of its ability to match color to KPC’s Speedmaster SM 52 Anicolor press. Click Read More below for additional information.
Mercury Print Productions has closed the gaps of time and space by becoming the first U.S. print service provider to install a press manufactured by Landa Digital Printing, the Israeli company that introduced Nanographic presses in prototype at drupa 2012. For Mercury Print Productions, the Landa S10P Nanographic Printing Press it has been beta-testing over the last four months represents a new way to serve customers in the educational and commercial markets with high-quality, on-demand digital printing. It may even open a path to additional profit in short-run packaging, according to John Place, CEO. Click Read More below for additional information.
Deluxe Corporation announced an expanded agreement with Salesforce to accelerate Deluxe’s go-to-market strategy and improve customer engagement by getting a 360-degree view of customers across its entire business. Founded in 1915, Deluxe serves millions of small business, banking and enterprise customers, providing everything from printed products to websites, logos and payroll, AI-enabled payment processing to receivables management solutions and more. With this broad portfolio, Deluxe has accumulated customer data from multiple sources, varied across legacy tools and systems. As the company prepares for the next 100 years, it is focused on digital transformation and fundamentally changing its go-to-market strategy. This includes expanding its decade-long partnership with Salesforce, enabling Deluxe to better leverage its customer data to gain a holistic understanding of its customers across multiple business segments and deliver highly relevant products and services. Click Read More below for additional information.