iSys Label of Calgary, Alberta, signed Impresoras Digitales as its new distributor in South America for the EDGE 850 & APEX 1290 label-printing technologies.

Impresoras Digitales is located in Santiago, Chile. “They’re a full service and sales organization with excellent customer service skills and I’m very excited to add them to our team,” stated Randy Rickert, Director of iSys Label.

The EDGE 850 reaches printing speeds of up to 9.14 metres per minute for short-run label production on a range of die cut or roll substrates. According to iSys, the system is capable of printing 2,000 labels in less than 20 minutes – with finished roll ready for application.

Last week, iSys Label reached a technology and distribution agreement with UK-based Impressions Technology Europe. The two manufacturers have paired up the EDGE 850 with the Eclipse LF3 cutter.

Goss International has appointed Rotaweb to represent Goss products and services in Mexico, focusing on commercial web, packaging and newspaper printers. Heidelberg Mexico previously served as the agent for Goss in the country. 

Mauricio Guerra, formerly Sales Manager of web offset sales for Heidelberg Mexico is now heading Rotaweb. He is joined by other former Heidelberg Mexico employees specializing in the web offset sector. Guerra and his team will work in concert with Leonardo Clavijo, Goss International Sales Manager for Mexico.
“The establishment of Rotaweb is a positive step for printers and publishers in Mexico,” explained Clavijo. “Goss International and Heidelberg supported this development because it allows us to focus on delivering specialized products and services while also continuing to cooperate whenever it is in the best interests of our customers.”

Goss reports to have sold more than 30 new Goss web presses in recent years, including Community SSC newspaper presses and M-500, M-600, M-800 and gapless Sunday commercial web presses in formats from 16 to 64 pages.

Rotaweb represents the full line of Goss web offset presses for commercial, packaging and newspaper production, as well as Goss finishing systems. The company also provides access to services available through the Goss International support infrastructure in North and South America.
“Goss International has established itself as the web offset leader in Mexico by providing technology that matches the specific production requirements in the country and backing it up with exceptionally responsive and cost-effective parts, service and enhancement capabilities,” said Mauricio Guerra. “We value the opportunity to continue to serve printers and publishers via Rotaweb.”

Ferrostaal, the master distributor for Ryobi machinery in North America, has named Montreal-based KBR Graphics as its newest dealer. Starting today, KBR will begin selling and servicing the full line of Ryobi printing presses. KBR has local operations in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Quebec City.

“KBR is a widely respected and well-run business,” said John Torrey, President and CEO of Houston-based Ferrostaal Equipment Solutions North America. “They are also an important addition to our local network. KBR brings strong relationships and experience, deep technical support and excellent customer service to commercial printers and corporate/government in-plant printers in its markets.”

“We were searching for a strong, international partner to help us bring new, cost-efficient digital and offset print technologies to our customers,” said Karl Belafi, Jr., vice president-sales, KBR Graphics. “We found that partner in Ferrostaal, which has been serving printers worldwide for the last 50 years.”

Canadian Printing Equipment was previously announced as the distributor of Ryobi equipment for Western Canada.

Pressdown Services (PDS) becomes the Canadian master distributor for the Rapid X1 label printer and the Eclipse finishing system.

The Rapid X1, which employs Memjet print-head technology, features a top printing speed of 60 feet per minute, while producing a 1,600 x 1,600-dpi resolution. The 5-colour roll-to-roll system has an 8.5-inch printing width and a 12-inch OD unwind and rewind capacity. It also includes an optical sensor for pre-cut and stripped labels.

PDS is now carrying the Eclipse finishing system, which can be integrated with the Rapid X1 printer. The Eclipse features lamination, contour cutting, waste removal and a slitter in a single device.

MultiCam Canada has signed into a partnership which will see it distrbute AG/CAD's KASEMAKE software.

KASEMAKE is a piece of structural design software to create POP displays, honeycomb board displays/furniture, custom corrugated packaging and presentation folders. The software employs 3D virtualization to help users better conceive the final result. It even creates assembly diagrams to direct store personnel during assembly.

KASEMAKE also contains several libraries of internationally accepted designs.

AG/CAD is based in Winsford, Cheshire, England and according to the company, the software is the biggest selling packaging design system in the UK. Multicam is a Concord, Ontario-based supplier of cutting systems. It has been supplying CNC Routers, Plasma Cutters, Laser and Waterjet cutting systems since 1994.

Ferrostaal, named in August 2011 as the master distributor of Ryobi presses in Canada and the United States, announced plans to start distributing the Ryobi 760E press in North America.

The new Ryobi 760E series press is based on what the company describes as its most-successful modern press, the Ryobi 750. Both machines are designed with double-diameter impression and transfer cylinders. While the 750 model is available in up to 10 colours with perfecting, the 6-up 760E press is available in up to six colours with perfecting.

“A growing number of printers in the U.S. and Canada tell us they need an economy-priced press like this – one that delivers unmatched quality, ease of operation and low maintenance at a low total cost-per-impression,” said John Torrey, CEO of Ferrostaal Equipment Solutions North America. “Importantly, when operating at maximum power, this press consumes 20 percent less power than competing presses, significantly cutting electricity costs and reducing environmental impact.”

The 760E series press runs at a maximum of 13,000 sheets per hour. According to Ferrostaal, it also features a 25 percent smaller footprint than comparable 6-up presses. Maximum paper size for the press is 30.12 x 23.62 inches.

Presstek Inc. of Greenwich, Connecticut, signed a distribution agreement with Spicers Canada Ltd., which will supply Presstek’s 34DI and 52DI presses, Vector FL52 CTP systems, and related consumables. Based in Vaughan, Ontario, Spicers operates 15 distribution centres across the Canada.

"This collaboration will bolster our presence in the region and enable printers to capitalize on Spicers' vast expertise and experience," said Todd Phillips, Presstek Canadian Sales Manager.

Presstek’s 4-colour DI sheetfed presses produce 300-lpi quality and stochastic screening, while, according to the company, also providing one of the lowest costs per sheet at run lengths of 500 to 20,000. The company explains its DI presses can go from digital file to sellable colour in six minutes.

The Presstek Vector FL52 with Freedom plates is described as a compact chemistry-free system for the small-format (52cm and under) printer. After imaging, Freedom plates are automatically cleaned with water in the Vector's integrated plate washer and exit the system ready for mounting on press. The company explains these plates are suited for high-quality, short-run printing with run lengths of up to 25,000.

K-North Inc., which sells and services Komori presses in Canada, has reached an agreement to be the sole Canadian distributor for the Finito line of adhesive blanket under-packing, as well as blankets with under-packing built into the blanket.

According to the company, the Finito No Stop product is a based on a completely new blanket design with high compression of the top surface. Finito No Stop provides for both high smash resistance and high printing quality, based on combining technology from conventional blankest with the technology of the under-packing finito. 

The blanket is recommended for producers of high-quality sheetfed printing and packaging. It is suitable for both standard and UV inks. In particular, the blanket's high compression rate makes it applicable for a range of packaging applications.

Ferrostaal has signed an agreement with Shanghai Electric to offer Shanghai Electric's range of paper cutters.

Shanghai Electric’s Shen Wei Da Machinery manufactures 11 cutting models across three product lines. Shen Wei Da Machinery is self-proclaimed to be one of the top five global manufacturers of cutting systems, by sales.

“Paper cutting systems tend not to attract much attention,” said John Torrey, President and CEO of Ferrostaal Equipment Solutions North America. “But cutters have evolved to be technologically advanced — the best ones are not just simple guillotines, anymore. They deliver printers significant improvements in job quality, efficiency, throughput and profitability.”

The Shen Wei Da cutting systems sold by Ferrostaal can accommodate paper and other substrates in five separate sizes ranging from 24.8 x 34.6 inches (630 x 880mm) to 47.6 x 63.8 inches (1210 x 1620mm).

Following is an overview of the three main cutting systems:

• The S Series, featuring five models, has a maximum cutting width ranging from 30.7 inches (780mm) to 61 inches (1550mm) operating at up to 45 cutting cycles per minute.

• The F Series, featuring three models, has a maximum cutting width ranging from 36 inches (920mm) to 54 inches (1370mm) operating at up to 48 cutting cycles per minute.

• The L Series, featuring three models, has a maximum cutting width ranging from 65.4 inches (1660mm) to 86 inches (2200mm) operating at up to 42 cycles per minute on a variety of substrates. They work in conjunction with large-format presses and have strong demand from package printers.

Peripherals available include pile lifters, air tables, jogging machines and unloading systems. Shen Wei Da paper cutting systems feature computer controls made in Taiwan and the USA, hydraulics made in Germany, and specialized safety features.

Ferrostaal Equipment Solutions North America has named Canadian Printing Equipment Ltd. to serve as its distribution and service agent in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Ferrostaal is a German-based industrial company covering several sectors, owned in majority by the International Petroleum Investment Company from Abu Dhabi.

Founded in 1999, Canadian Printing Equipment (CPE) has five years of experience selling and servicing Ryobi presses in Canada, which is to continue under its agreement with Ferrostaal – a worldwide Ryobi distributor.

Ferrostaal currently handles sales, technical service and parts for Ryobi in Ontario, Quebec and the Eastern Provinces. Ferrostaal markets and distributes the RYOBI 1050, 920, 750/780, 520, 3304 and 3302 series presses.

Houston-based Ferrostaal Equipment Solutions North America has announced the hiring of sales, technical support and customer service staff for its operations. The company is set to announce distribution partnerships next week for U.S. and Canada for Ryobi and other OEM print equipment brands. The new staff will serve those new relationships.

The staff additions include:

Mike Isaksson, a 25-year veteran of the printing equipment industry, is Regional Sales Manager for Ferrostaal serving the Midwest and selected other markets in the U.S. and Canada. Before joining Ferrostaal, Isaksson was a sales manager for Komori, a national and regional sales manager for a large U.S. equipment distributor, and a graphics dealer salesman.

William Stahl, a 25-year printing equipment specialist, is Sales Representative for Ferrostaal serving the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. Previously, he was a Ryobi press specialist and technician for a national equipment dealer and earlier held leadership positions in print production for two large commercial printers.

Mark Booth, a 20-year printing and packaging industry professional, is Sales Support Manager for Ferrostaal. His primary responsibility is to provide local print equipment dealers with the most competitive pricing and finance packages for new pressroom technology. Before joining Ferrostaal, Booth was a national accounts manager and print equipment sales support manager for xpedx, a business of International Paper.

Chris Kearns, a 15-year printing equipment professional, is Service and Parts Manager for Ferrostaal. Kearns works with local graphics equipment dealers and their technicians to bring prompt technical service, training and parts support for Ryobi presses and other printing equipment. He worked for a national distributor servicing all top pressroom equipment, including Ryobi presses, and also served as a print production manager and lead press operator.

Hiep Nguyen, who has 25 years of experience in print equipment and print production, is Staff Technician for Ferrostaal. Prior to joining the company, Nguyen serviced Ryobi presses and other printing equipment for a large distributor and owned a printing equipment service business for two decades.

Jessica Hyden is named Customer Service Representative and is responsible for support to local dealers and their print company customers.

Carrie Roberts is named Customer Service Representative and specializes in Ferrostaal's parts inventory and service.

Michelle Klassen is named Executive Administrative Assistant and delivers wide-ranging support to customers, dealers and Ferrostaal staff. Prior to joining Ferrostaal, Klassen worked for three years as a relationship manager and investment sales assistant for a large U.S. bank holding company.

Ferrostaal won the exclusive master dealership for Ryobi presses in North America starting from October, 2011.

PaperlinX Canada Limited announced that all of its operations in Canada will trade under the Spicers name by the end of its first quarter, 2012. Previously, PaperlinX had operated in Canada under multiple brands including Spicers, Coast Paper, Roll-O-Vert and UpLinX PreMedia solutions.

The company's three operating divisions in Toronto, including Spicers, Coast Paper and Roll-O-Vert, will be consolidated into a single business unit within their current distribution centre in Vaughan, Ontario.
“Meeting our strategic priorities within Canada relies on a value proposition that must prove relevant to the industry as well as building a simple structure that makes us easier to do business with,” said Cory Turner, President of PaperlinX Canada Limited. “While we have made significant progress in this regard, we would not fully meet this commitment to the market without the creation of a unified structure dedicated to one single message.”
PaperlinX Canada operates 15 distribution facilities across the country.

Toronto-based Sydney Stone enters a new partnership to sell and service Formax products in Canada. Founded in 1987, Formax specializes in the design and manufacturing of paper handling equipment in companies of all sizes, including a range of inserters and pressure sealers.

Formax also produces several complimentary products to its inserters and sealers, such as MailDoc software, bursters, signers, envelope openers, joggers and tabbers.

“For many of our customers the final stage of the print finishing process is mailing, which up until today we could not offer,” stated Michael Steele, Director of Sales at Sydney Stone. “Formax will provide Sydney Stone with a wide range of high-quality product offerings along with the valuable support for our service team.”

Sydney Stone will be introducing Formax’ new FD 6102 folding and inserting machine at the upcoming Graphics Canada Show in November. Back in August 2011, Formax also launched two new tabbers in the FD 280 Double-Head Edge Tabber and the FD 290 Crash and Edge 90-Degree Tabbing System. 

Essen, Germany-based Ferrostaal, vendor of integrated printing systems, has started a North American operation based in Houston. The company has appointed former xpedx exec John Torrey as President of the new Texas-based operation.

“Printers of all sizes must have trusted, globally experienced partners to help them succeed in today’s fast-evolving communications environments,” said Bernd Ahlmann, Senior VP of Equipment Solutions for Ferrostaal AG. “The appointment of John and Lionel as our top operating executives in the U.S. and Canada demonstrates our commitment to bring strong service and support to commercial printers in the world’s top print markets.”

John Torrey has 29 years of experience to the printing industry and last served as the VP and GM responsible for capital equipment at xpedx in the U.S. Lionel Byron, who will be Ferrostaal Inc.'s CFO, is a 16-year Ferrostaal executive and last held the post of CFO of Ferrostaal Equipment Solutions in South Africa.

Ferrostaal Inc. is also the new master distributor of Ryobi presses in U.S. and Canada.

Ferrostaal is a 1.6-billion Euro company serving many industries such as petrochemicals, industrial plants, solar energy and power. Its printing business is positioned under the Equipment projects division. The company was, until 2009, part of the MAN Group in Germany before having the majority of its shares acquired by Abu Dhabi-based International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC).

New Jersey-based Prisco has announced it has signed an agreement with Belgium-based EskoArtwork to distribute Esko's line of sign and display equipment, which includes its Kongsberg cutters and related display graphics software. The agreement will cover both the U.S. and Canada.

"Prisco has the largest remaining field sales force calling on commercial printers in the U.S., as well as a very strong presence in Canada," notes Bill Hartman, EskoArtwork Vice President, Marketing, Sign and Display Solutions. "Their expertise is evident as the exclusive HP Elite Partner selling wide format printers to commercial printers - a 100- year old company with almost twenty full-time tech support staff in addition to fifty sales reps. This is a very important distinction to EskoArtwork, in our efforts to bring the EskoArtwork sign and display product line to graphics producers."

EskoArtwork's products will be sold under the PriscoDigital division. The two companies plan to highlight the new partnership at the upcoming Graph Expo show in Chicago this September.

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