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FLEXO Magazine : November 2008
INDUSTRY INDICATORS FOR MORE UP-TO-THE-MINUTE NEWS AND RELEASES, VISIT THE INDUSTRY NEWS PAGE ON FTA’S PUBLIC WEB SITE AT WWW.FLEXOGRAPHY.ORG/FLEXO/INDNEWS.CFM Mark Andy Growth Plans Secured With New Partner Mark Andy Inc. has been acquired by Alain Jendly, Bobst Group VP sales, North America; Kelley Roberts, president, Canflexographics; and Pascal Ross, sales manager, Quebec, Canflexographics. Bobst Teams with Canflexographics Bobst Group recently announced a partnership with Canflexographics Ltd., Burlington, ON, Canada. Canflexographics was chosen as a partner to distribute the entire Flexible Materials line of products in Canada for Bobst Group. “We are very pleased to be working with Canflexographics. Kelly Roberts and his team of well-respected, professional consultants will provide support and education to our Canadian clients, as well as offer direct access to Bobst Group’s superior product line,” stated Alain Jendly, Bobst Group VP sales, North America. “Canflexographics is extremely proud and impressed with the diversity of the Bobst product line. The support and train- ing we have received from the Bobst man- agement team is second to none, and clear- ly shows a commitment to our industry and technological advancements necessary to ensure that our clients are competitive in an ever changing economy and mar- ketplace,” added Kelly Roberts, president, Canflexographics Ltd., “Their advanced de- signs ensure that they are in the forefront of a new generation of equipment.” The new product lines that Canflexographics Ltd. will represent exclu- sively to the Canadian marketplace include: ? Atlas (primary & secondary slitter rewinders) ? Fischer & Krecke (flexo printing presses) ? General (vacuum metallizers) ??Kochsiek (gravure printing lines) ??Rotomec (gravure printing lines) ??Schiavi (flexo printing presses) ??Titan (slitter rewinders for flexible materials) ? ? ? newly formed MAI Holdings, held by American Industrial Partners Capital Fund IV L.P. (“AIP”). Finalized on Oct. 8, the acquisition is part of a planned strategy to strengthen Mark Andy’s position and fos- ter continued growth as a global leader in printing machine manufacturing. Mark Andy Inc. continues to build a strong foundation of product offerings and global operational improvements which has driven success for the com- pany and its brands. This solid position has given Mark Andy Inc. a high level of exposure throughout investment circles. More than 5,000 Mark Andy and Comco machines are currently installed globally. The management and operational struc- ture of Mark Andy Inc. will not change, and with increased ownership, the team will be better positioned to meet the demands of their market and industry. The impact of this transition will be transparent to the company’s customers and market. Paul Brauss, CEO, said, “Growing af- termarket business and new demand in emerging markets such as India, China and Eastern Europe will continue to drive progress at Mark Andy Inc. We look forward to working with the American Industrial Partners team, and have char- tered a powerful future plan and agenda focused on developing new technology, expanding our customer support and aftermarket, and synergistic acquisitions. The Mark Andy team is very pleased to be part of the ownership group. We are investing in our future.” New Drupa President Elected At the recent drupa 2012 committee meeting, Dipl.-Ing. Martin Weickenmeier, member of the executive board of Körber AG and CEO of Körber PaperLink GmbH, was unanimously elected the new President of drupa. Dipl.-Ing. Albrecht Bolza- Schünemann, president of drupa in 2000, 2004 and 2008 decided not to run for re- election. Martin Weickenmeier symbolizes the continuity and consistent development 14 F LEXO NOVEMB E R 20 0 8 www. f l e x o g r a p h y. o r g of drupa as the leading global trade fair for its sector: since drupa 2004, he has been vice-president and chairman of the admis- sions committee. “I am delighted to step into the role of president at such an excit- ing time. Our sector is developing at a rap- id pace and drupa 2012 will once again be a key milestone,” commented Weickenmeier. The committee also unanimously elect- ed Dr. Jürgen Vutz, CEO of Windmöller & Hölscher KG, drupa 2012 vice presi- dent and consequently chairman of the admissions committee. Rolf Schwarz, president of the German Printing and Media Industries Federation (BVDM), was confirmed in his capacity as second vice president. In addition to the personnel changes, the committee also set key dates for drupa 2012. Preparation for the 15th drupa (May 3 - 16, 2012) will begin this November in connection with the All in Print trade fair in Shanghai, China. In spring 2010, exhibitor applications will be sent out and the deadline for exhibitor registrations will be Oct. 31, 2010. OVERVIEW OF DRUPA PRESIDENTS 1951 - 1972: Hubert H.A. Sternberg, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG 1972 - 1990: Dr.-Ing.E.h.Dr.phil.h.c. Kurt Werner, Druckmaschinenfabrik Goebel 1995: Dr.-Ing. Hans-Bernhard Bolza- Schünemann, Koenig & Bauer AG 2000 - 2008: Dipl.-Ing. Albrecht Bolza- Schünemann, Koenig & Bauer AG) 2012: Dipl.-Ing. Martin Weickenmeier, Körber AG Xeikon and RBCOR LLC Enter Joint Referral Partnership Program Digital press manufacturer Xeikon and RBCOR LLC, a distributor of photopoly- mer printing plates, photopolymer plate processing equipment and ancillary items, today announced that the two companies have entered into a joint referral partner- ship program. Through the partnership, RBCOR will be able to offer its clients the next step in the move to digital printing by offering the Xeikon 3300 and Xeikon 3000 digital label color presses. In turn, Xeikon PRESSING ISSUES