Finch Paper, in collaboration with Printing Industries of America’s senior research analyst, Joe Marin, has created the Finch Digital Field Guide: Design Considerations for Digital Printing to promote understanding between designers and printers. Components include a basic breakout of current printing technology, including digital presses, with specific instructions and examples of designing for digital to produce optimal results. From actual, comparable samples of different printing techniques (i.e., offset lithography, dry toner, HP Indigo [liquid toner], and production inkjet), to spot color business card samples, to dozens of tips (again, with real samples), the Digital Field Guide is a resource for creatives and production professionals.
(FINCH DIGITAL GUIDE BOOK)
Customer Satisfaction Leaders Announced
Survey Advantage released its Print Buyer Satisfaction Benchmarks for the second quarter ending June 30,2011. Results were calculated from 11,029 print buyers evaluating recent performance of the printers who serve them. Congratulations to AlphaGraphics in Evansville, IN, for achieving the best overall loyalty rating, with 95% of its customers stating they were “Very Likely” to recommend the company to colleagues and friends based on their first quarter performance. Other top performers were: Allegra Print & Imaging in Portage, MI, owned by Brian Kaufman; PIP Printing, Greenville, NC, owned by Donald Stocks; and Print 1, Bethesda, MD, owned by Jeff Gordon. Each quarter thousands of print buyer opinions are gathered to measure satisfaction with the recent performance of printers in order to help printers set performance goals and react quickly to customer complaints.
OKI Offers Financing
OKI Data Americas has established OKI proColor Financing—a financial services program enabled through various financing and lending sources to support OKI’s proColor dealer network. Through this program, OKI proColor Financing provides financing solutions to facilitate more convenient access the OKI proColor Series of printers developed for color critical applications in graphic arts and production environments. The financing and incentive options available through this program include no down payments and no advance payments, plus there is an electronic application and approval process with prompt turnaround for customers who qualify.
ROBERT G. BURTON, JR. has been appointed president by the Cenveo board of directors. He will be responsible for overseeing the company’s niche growth business plan.
HAL STRATTON has been hired as market development manager for Komori America. He previously worked for manroland, most recently as director of applied technologies and strategic relations. (PHOTO)
JAMES CONNELLY has been named chief operating officer of xpedx and is a member of the xpedx senior lead team. He is also a vice president and company officer of International Paper. xpedx is a business of International Paper. (PHOTO)
PROFORMA has welcomed six new franchisees to its network: SCOTT and KEVIN MACKINNON, Mack Packaging, Powered by Proforma, San Marcos, CA; GLADYS and LINDSAY SCHUBACH, GMS Incentives LLC, a member of Proforma, Chesterfield, MO; MARY ANNE CASEY, Proforma M.A.C. Marketing, San Angelo, TX; STANLEY SPRINGER, Proforma Springer Printing, Brooklyn, NY; KATY RESTREPO, Proforma K.R. Print Solutions, Winter Park, FL; and BOB and LETA GIRALDI, Proforma Building Brands, Beaverton, OR.
KELLY WHITT has been promoted to the position of vice president of human resources for WorkflowOne. (PHOTO)
BOB HAGEN has been promoted to general manager of Ennis, Inc.’s newest acquisition, Atlas Tag & Label in Neenah, WI. He has been a part of the Ennis team since the Atlas acquisition in September 2010.
AWARDS AND MILESTONES
KEITH KEMP, president of Xerographic Digital Printing, Orlando, FL., has been named the 51st Walter E. Soderstrom Award recipient by NAPL. Kemp, who serves as chairman of NAPL’s board of directors, will receive the awardat the annual NAPL Soderstrom Society Dinner on Saturday, September 10, at the Park Hyatt Chicago Hotel.