Several in-plant managers trekked to Washington, DC last week for the debut Digital Printing in Government & Higher-Ed Conference, hosted by In-plant Graphics. Many attendees have since expressed their appreciation for the day-long conference.
More than 150 book publishers, book manufacturers and suppliers met at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square recently for the first Digital Book Printing Conference, organized by IPG's parent company, NAPCO Media (formerly North American Publishing Co.) The networking and educational event featured an insightful keynote from Marco Boer, VP of IT Strategies.
More than 150 book publishers, book manufacturers and suppliers met at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square recently for the first Digital Book Printing Conference, organized by IPG's parent company, North American Publishing Co. IPG Editor Bob Neubauer was at the networking and educational event, which featured an insightful keynote from Marco Boer, VP of IT Strategies.
The substantial slump in the turnover in Muller Martini's printing presses segment over a prolonged period has triggered the company to cease production of printing presses in the first half of 2015. As part of its strategic realignment, the company will focus on print finishing in the future, strengthened by its recent takeover of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG’s service and spare parts business for its saddle stitchers, perfect binders and thread-sealing machines.
An agreement has been made between Muller Martini and MBO America to work in tandem to engineer multiple capability configurations for the Muller Martini's Presto II Digital saddle stitcher. MBO America will be the primary supplier for roll-fed and digital sheet-fed infeeds to the Presto II Digital.
In-house production at the Heidelberg sites in Germany are no longer competitive under the new market conditions. The relevant operations are therefore being discontinued, except for production of folding machines at the Ludwigsburg site. The reduction of in-house capacities will result in the closure of the Leipzig site and a corresponding reduction in the workforce at the Ludwigsburg and Wiesloch-Walldorf sites. A total of around 650 employees worldwide will be affected.
These products for the in-plant market will be on display at Graph Expo.