David DeLana Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award
November 21, 2013
PITTSBURGH—November 21, 2013—Printing Industries of America has presented its 2013 Lewis Memorial Lifetime Achievement to David DeLana, president, Heritage-The Integrated Resource, of El Reno, OK. The award was bestowed on November 15, 2013, at the organization’s fall administrative meetings in Chicago.
Established in 1950, the Lewis Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award is recognized throughout the graphic arts industry as the highest honor awarded to an individual.
“I can think of no one in our industry more deserving of the award than David,” said Joe Polanco, president, PIA MidAmerica. “I have always found him to be extremely supportive of Printing Industries of America’s goals, but made sure that members’ interests were always in the forefront.”
DeLana’s dedication to the industry is unparalleled and has included serving as Chairman of both his local affiliate and Printing Industries of America. He has also served on countless local and national committees.
A believer in giving back to his community he has received numerous accolades for his service over the years including being named Small Businessman of the Year from the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce and Journal Record finalist of Oklahoma’s Small Business CEO of the Year. He is also a sitting third time El Reno, Oklahoma-City Council Member.
“Dave personifies the qualities of the Lewis Memorial Award like no other and is one of the most principled and hard working men I have ever known,” added Michael Makin, president and CEO of Printing Industries of America.
For more information on the Lewis Lifetime Memorial Award and other award programs at Printing Industries of America, visit printing.org/awards.
Hallmark Cuts Will Involve as many as 250 jobs
Hallmark Cards Inc. made a pair of announcements to employees on Monday that will result in a reduction of as many as 250 positions.
Kansas City-based Hallmark said it is streamlining its development process for greetings cards. This will result in the loss of about 100 positions this year in the Kansas City area, spokeswoman Julie O'Dell said.
The company also plans to exit the party business. O'Dell said the move will be phased in during the next 15 to 20 months to help customers adjust. Hallmark ultimately expects to cut 125 to 150 positions, most in the Kansas City area, as a result.
Hallmark's decision to change its greeting card development process will affect everything from product strategy to creative development to inventory, according to a company release. The transition to the new process will begin immediately, and the new process will be in place in January.
The decision to stop producing and selling party goods — plates, napkins, cups, table covers — is a result of the low margins in the lines, O'Dell said.
"Most of that product really has become a commodity product," she said.
Dave Hall, president of Hallmark North America, said in a statement that the company does not take lightly decisions that affect employees, "but business realities require us to become a smaller, leaner organization."
Hallmark reported consolidated revenue of $4 billion in 2012, down from $4.1 billion the previous year. The company said at the time that revenue for its Hallmark North America unit — which produces greetings, gift wrap, partyware and gifts — was down 3 percent from the previous year. Hallmark officials said the dip was due to cautious consumer spending.
The company's 2012 revenue ranked it No. 6 on the Kansas City Business Journal's list of Top Kansas City-Area Private Companies.
In July, Hallmark ranked No. 10 on the Business Journal's list of Top Kansas City-Area Private-Sector Employers, with 3,700 full-time equivalent employees in the area.
In July, the company said that Hallmark Cards Canada would cut more than 300 jobs. Those cuts were to begin in January 2014 and stretch out for 18 to 20 months
Also in July, the company said it would move temporary employees from its payroll. About 185 on-call employees and 130 casual labor workers — many of them Hallmark retirees — became employees of staffing company Guidant Group.
In October 2012, the company said it would close its Topeka manufacturing plant and consolidate operations in facilities in Lawrence and Leavenworth. That move eliminated about 300 positions.
Landa Selects Komori Platforms for all Sheetfed Nanographic Printing Presses
REHOVOT, ISRAEL AND TOKYO—November 1, 2013—Landa Corp. and Komori Corp. today announced the strengthening of their strategic relationship. The companies had collaborated during Landa's development of Nanography, with Komori providing sheetfed platforms for Landa's launch of Nanographic Printing at drupa 2012. The companies have now formalized their long-term strategic alliance by entering into multi-faceted agreements in which Komori will be the global supplier of all sheetfed Landa Nanographic printing press platforms to Landa and Landa will provide Komori with Nanographic Printing technology and Landa NanoInk Colorants for incorporation into Komori-branded Nanographic Printing presses.
Komori Selected to Provide Customized Platforms for all Landa Sheetfed Presses
Since drupa, Landa engineers have been evaluating proposals from the industry's leading press vendors, both European and Asian, for supply of sheetfed platforms for Landa Nanographic Printing presses. In making its assessment, Landa took into account caliber of engineering, robustness of design, automation, reliability and cost effectiveness. The vendor's culture of innovation, technical resources, commercial success and financial stability were also important criteria. The conclusion of this year-long pursuit left no doubt: Komori is in a class of its own and the clear partner of choice for Landa. The outcome led Landa to place orders with Komori for sheetfed platforms for Landa's S10 Nanographic Printing Presses, which will start to be delivered to customers in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Komori and Landa Formalize License Agreement
Following a lengthy technology diligence period, during which Komori scientists and engineers studied, evaluated and tested Landa Nanographicz Printing technology, Komori concluded that Nanography has the potential to deliver on its promise of matching the quality and speed of offset printing at the lowest cost per page in the digital printing industry. Komori therefore formalized its license agreement with Landa, cementing the long-term strategic alliance between the companies.
Landa Founder, Chairman and CEO Benny Landa said, "Since we first started our collaboration with Komori, we have been deeply impressed by the company, its people and its culture. Komori is an outstanding partner for Landa, bringing an extremely high caliber of engineering expertise, second-to-none quality and performance, together with a fervent commitment and willingness to invest in the future. It is gratifying to have as our strategic partner the one global press vendor that continues to thrive despite the challenges faced by the industry."
Yoshiharu Komori, Komori president, chairman and CEO, also noted, "It is a great honor to be able to cooperate with Landa in bringing Nanography to market. Our teams have been closely monitoring Landa's development and have been amazed with the progress made so far, which exceeds our expectations. We believe that the impact of Benny Landa's new invention, Nanography—with the Komori platform—will have a far greater impact even than his introduction of the first digital printing press."
Source: Komori and Landa.(www.piworld.com)
GAERF Launches Online Career Center
With OutputLinks Communications
Reston, VA—The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF), has announced the launch of a FREE Industry Career Center (graphicCOMMcentral.org/Career) located at graphicCOMMcentral, the gateway to the graphic communications industry for students and educators. This new online career resource allows companies and educational institutions to register open positions, including internships, and for students and educators to post their resumes and search for industry-related employment opportunities, all at no charge.
The Graphic Communications industry is fast-paced, highly competitive and operating in a state of flux, presenting daunting challenges for employers to find skilled and qualified workers. The graphicCOMMcentral Industry Career Center is designed to connect talented individuals with employers and keep them in the industry, helping to address the employment issues the industry faces.
Educators will find the Industry Career Center of value when seeking university professorships or teaching positions at secondary or post-secondary institutions. Additionally, the new online resource is the ideal place to identify potential candidates for open job positions at community colleges, colleges and universities.
"The creation of this free Industry Career Center is a timely response to a core issue our industry must address today – finding quality employees to fill positions that require a specific knowledge and skill set. In a workplace that is becoming increasingly more complex and competitive, it is essential to have a means to identify capable and well-qualified employees. If we can meet this need, the industry's future will remain bright," commented GAERF President Ralph Nappi.
This innovative career service, managed by the OutputLinks Communications Group, is designed to provide a global resource to identify open positions and available talent in the graphic communications industry. "Adding and retaining talented professionals in our industry is a strategic mission of the OutputLinks Communications Group," said Andy and Julie Plata, co-CEOs of the OLGroup. "This career service drives that mission, and we are delighted to work with GAERF in this important initiative."
Distributor Agreement Announced on
‘Diamond’ Sheetfed Presses Manufactured by Mitsubishi
October 30, 2013
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Printing & Packaging Machinery, Ltd. (MHI-PPM), one of the world’s largest graphic machinery suppliers, today announced that the company has agreed in principle with RM Machinery Inc. (RMM) that RMM will be the authorized distributor of “Diamond” brand sheetfed offset presses manufactured by MHI-PPM. RMM will also be the authorized distributor of commercial web and newspaper presses manufactured by MHI-PPM. In addition, RMM will supply parts and award-winning service for the existing Mitsubishi sheetfed press base in the United States. MHI-PPM and RMM are holding discussions to finalize the detailed conditions of the distributor agreement, which will commence January 1, 2014.
MHI-PPM and RMM will focus further on the graphic communications industry and provide all of their existing and new customers with new equipment sales and after-sales parts and service.
In the future, MHI-PPM and RMM hope to expand the scope of the distributor relationship to include products to be manufactured by RYOBI MHI Graphic Technology Ltd., a new joint venture that MHI-PPM and Ryobi Limited are planning on establishing by integrating their respective sheetfed offset printing machine businesses, as previously announced on June 20, 2013.
With this distribution system, MHI-PPM and RMM seek to meet market needs and exceed customer expectations by offering all Mitsubishi customers the best technology in the industry and newest advances in aftermarket services. The synergy between PanPac and RMM will enable customers to get top dollar for their trade-in presses on new “Diamond” presses. Customers will also experience a new concept in rebuilding and reconditioning presses for the greater benefit of users.
RMM was established in 2013 in New Jersey by Mr. Rahul Kaushik, President of PanPac LLC, one of the largest used printing machinery dealers in the United States, and Mr. Marke Baker, Senior Vice President of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc. (MHI-A). Mr. Baker, head of MHI-A’s Printing Machinery Division, will serve as President of RMM.
Most of the team members from the MHI-A Printing division intend to transfer to RMM. RMM will maintain a multimillion-dollar inventory of spare parts in the Philadelphia area.
Source: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America