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Forging Ahead

RR Donnelly acquires Courier Corp, and what it means for the printing industry.

“Printing’s death has been greatly exaggerated,” Thomas Quinlan said at EFI’s Connect user conference in January. The RR Donnelley executive had plenty on his mind that day. Even as he was being peppered by questions about the behemoth’s mergers and acquisitions for 2015, Donnelley was brokering a deal, finalized in early February, to acquire Courier Corp., a publicly held book printer.


Bordeaux Releases White Paper on UV Technology

Offers advice and ideas for business expansion.

Bordeaux Digital PrintInk has released a white paper entitled “What’s so great about my UV printer?” on the advantages and potential of UV ink technology. The report addresses new digital print capabilities that UV ink technology enables, such as the ability to print on a variety of substrates.


Congress Looks Toward Permanent Extension of Section 179

Tax code for writing off capital purchases faces Senate approval.

The House of Representatives voted in early February to approve a permanent extension of section 179, a tax code that, since 2010, has allowed businesses to write off up to $500,000 in capital purchases such as printing equipment. The legislation has been rolled through a series of nine temporary extensions and expansions since 2003, but a permanent solution has never been approved. Thus, the deduction level has reverted to $25,000 for the 2015 tax year. The vote will now move through the Senate and then to President Obama for approval.


ISA International Sign Expo 2015 to Be the Largest, Most Dynamic Ever

ISA International Sign Expo is shaping up to have the most exciting tradeshow floor in the sign and visual communications industry once again.

ISA International Sign Expo 2015 will be April 8-11 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Durst Hosts Open House in Italy

Digital Days event will feature label and package printing.

Durst will host Durst Digital Days, a three-day open house from April 14-16 at Durst Phototechnik in Brixen, Italy. The event will focus on advancements in label and package printing, including low-migration inks and laser finishing, and feature Durst’s Tau 330 UV inkjet digital label press.

Attendees can register here or with Christopher Guyett at


Rollsroller Adds Storage Trays

Flatbed Applicator aids in signmaking and print finishing.

Rollsroller has announced the addition of storage trays to its Flatbed Applicator, a worktable designed for mounting digital print, as well as pre-masking, laminating, and cutting. The Flatbed Applicator also includes an LED table, a pneumatically controlled roller, which automatically adjusts for substrates up to 2.4 in. thick, a cutting mat, and two roll holders (on a glide beam and at the table’s end). Available in five sizes up to 64 in.



Onyx Releases Version 11.1.2

Including an HP WallArt interface.

Onyx Graphics has announced version 11.1.2 for its range of software, featuring integrated access to HP’s WallArt application. Users of Onyx Thrive, Textile Edition, and RIPCenter software packages will now be able to expand into wallcoverings and interior décor applications with new features for design and customization, including a one-step HP WallArt button in Onyx RIP-Queue.

In addition, HP latex series users can now access a WallArt interface powered by Onyx Connect JDF technology, which connects a PSP’s workflow to Onyx production software.


Esko to Acquire MediaBeacon

Adds Digital Asset Management to software portfolio.

Esko has announced the acquisition of Minneapolis-based Digital Asset Management (DAM) software manufacturer MediaBeacon.


DaVinci Technologies to Offer Avery Dennison Graphic Solutions

DaVinci Technologies, a company that offers graphics solutions to the wide format printing industry, is excited to announce Avery Dennison Graphics as the newest addition to their line of media.

Recognized throughout the printing industry for their Printhead Wipes brand and Eco-friendly Media, DaVinci Technologies, with the addition of the Avery Dennison Graphics line, will further provide customers with an exciting and comprehensive collection of graphics solutions.

Tim Dean becomes Agfa Pitman's Newest Packaging Specialist

Agfa Graphics announced today that Tim Dean has been appointed Packaging Specialist for the mid-west region of the United States.

Tim is a printing industry veteran, having started his career as an offset pressman for the Nielsen Lithograph Company. He worked as a technical sales representative for both Taussig Graphic Supply and xpedx before joining The Pitman Company.

Tim has worked at Agfa Pitman as an account manager helping customers navigate increasing business challenges and meet their business goals.