EFI™ (Nasdaq:EFII) today announced new EFI Fiery® digital front ends (DFEs) for Xerox's newest digital presses. The Xerox EX-i 80 Print Server and EX 80 Print Server Powered by Fiery are available on the Xerox Versant® 80 Press, while the Xerox EX-P 1000i Print Server Powered by Fiery is available for Xerox Color 800i/1000i Presses. "The combination of our advanced production printing solutions and EFI Fiery technologies will help ensure that our customers have the high-end quality and automated, streamlined productivity they need to advance in a competitive marketplace," said Robert Stabler, senior vice president, Graphic Communications, Xerox.
The Standard Register Company (the “Company”) today announced that it and its subsidiaries have filed voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The Company also announced that it is pursuing a sale process and has entered into an acquisition agreement with an affiliate of Silver Point Capital, L.P. The agreement was submitted to the Bankruptcy Court today. Under the proposed agreement, the Company’s assets will be sold for approximately $275 million plus the assumption of certain other liabilities. The sale agreement contemplates a Court-supervised auction process, which is designed to facilitate a competitive sale process.
Printers can create and produce more profitable jobs with guaranteed image accuracy and vibrant colors with Xerox’s newest digital color devices – the Versant® 80 Press and the Color 800i/1000i Presses. For print-for-pay and in-plants, the Versant 80 combines new features and functionality to produce high-end applications faster on more media types. The Color 800i/1000i Presses now offer true Pantone® metallic gold or silver specialty dry inks – giving printers a creative, competitive advantage. With increased automation both devices keep print environments at peak performance levels.
Allen Press has announced the launch of Pinnacle Premium™, a new addition to the Pinnacle™ online publishing platform that combines all of the functionality and rich features of Pinnacle with more flexibility in site design and additional features. Pinnacle is a templated content hosting solution built on the robust Atypon Literatum software. In addition to hosting services, Pinnacle also includes XML-tagging, content loading, site editing, and end-user customer support. Using Pinnacle, publishers can deliver a variety of content types including journal articles, books, abstracts, and multimedia files on their own independently branded, mobile-optimized website. Pinnacle Premium™ includes several enhancements that allow for more configurability.
Quad/Graphics, Inc. (NYSE: QUAD) ("Quad/Graphics" or the "Company") announced today that print industry veteran Mark Angelson has rejoined its board of directors. Mr. Angelson was the Chairman and CEO of Montreal-based printer World Color Press Inc. ("Worldcolor") when he originally joined Quad/Graphics' board of directors on July 2, 2010, following Quad/Graphics' acquisition of Worldcolor. Mr. Angelson played a critical role in facilitating the acquisition, which propelled Quad/Graphics into the second largest commercial printer in the Americas. He left the board in April 2011 to become Deputy Mayor of Chicago. Most recently, Mr. Angelson was Chairman of the Board ofpapermaker NewPage Corporation and helped lead its recent merger with Verso Corporation.
A new, free, online self-assessment tool from Heidelberg helps printers understand their environmental performance and could help them identify additional areas for improvement. The Environmental Self-Assessment is the latest building block in Heidelberg’s many sustainability initiatives, which also include a CO2 Calculator (to determine the CO2 footprint of any print project); CO2 neutral equipment; and special “Eco” product lines of the Saphira Consumables range; in addition to equipment choices and upgrade offers. For easy accessibility, the Self-Assessment is divided into three areas, following the set-up and terminology of the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP).
Today at DscoopX, HP demonstrated continued innovation across the graphics solutions portfolio, showcasing enhancements to HP Indigo 10000, 7800, WS6800, 20000 and 30000 Digital Presses as well as new services and workflow offerings, helping customers drive business growth and printing industry transformation. Offering print service providers higher print quality, improved productivity and increased application range (1), new innovations include an enhancement package for the HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press, upgrades for HP Indigo 7800 and WS6800 Digital Presses, additional application possibilities for HP Indigo 20000 and 30000 Digital Presses and a multi-faceted service solution for HP Indigo users.
Canon Solutions America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc. today announced that Canon has been named by International Data Corporation (IDC), the premier global provider of market intelligence, as the U.S. continuous feed market share leader with a 36 percent share. IDC released its findings today in its report, U.S. Production Environment 2014 Vendor Shares, document #254595, published March 2015. Part of the gain can be attributed to Canon’s well-deserved reputation for technology innovation, including Océ DigiDot® inkjet technology, Océ Ink Control, and the Océ ColorStream® Twin Series inkjet printer. Market share numbers could grow as the Company rolls out its newest product innovations this year. The Océ ImageStream™ 3500, which won a MUST SEE ’EM Award at GRAPH EXPO 2014, is a full-color continuous feed inkjet press that can print on standard offset-coated stock without the use of inkjet treatments. The recently introduced Océ VarioPrint® i300 inkjet printer, the first high-speed, sheetfed inkjet press in Canon’s portfolio, opens up an entirely new category in cutsheet inkjet.
SG360º has announced the addition of a DGM Foildex system as part of its world-class line up of printing presses and technology. The DGM Foildex System is a cold foil print enhancement technology that provides a process of applying metallic foil, in-line, at press speed creating an infinite spectrum of colors on a printed sheet. “We are very excited about the addition of cold foil technology to our press capabilities,” expressed Anthony Ferruzza, SG360º senior vice president and Gilman Facility general manager. “SG360º always strives to bring the most advanced technologies to our customers, allowing them to be as creative as possible with their direct mail design and production needs.”
US commercial printing shipments started with a good January, up $173 million (+2.8%) on a current dollar basis and up $178 million (+2.9%) on an inflation adjusted basis. Since inflation is now negative (overall prices going down according to the Consumer Price Index), purchasing power is arithmetically higher, so the inflation-adjusted dollars are worth more than they were in 2014. There was a mild revision down to the December 2014 report (-$5 million), which kept annual shipments at about $78 billion (+0.2%) compared to $77 billion (-0.6%) after inflation adjustment for the year. The last six calendar months have commercial printing shipments growing at an average rate of +2.5% in current dollars and +1.3% after inflation.