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From the Editor: Lighting the Way

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How one innovation has shaped the path of many others.

In 1913, a photograph was taken at a San Francisco company that showed advertising posters being printed through stencils on silk mesh that had been stretched across a wooden frame. We know that process as screen printing, and the photo (taken at the Velvetone Poster Company) is the first recorded evidence of its use. It was an innovation, one that would spread around the world by the early 1930s.

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Three Finalists Selected to Represent Roland DGA in Roland DG Corporation’s Third Worldwide Competition for Service Engineers

Roland DGA Corporation has announced the three finalists that will represent the Americas in the third Roland DG Global SE Awards competition – an event that showcases the knowledge and skills of service engineers (SEs) from around the world engaged in the repair and maintenance of Roland products.

PIA Launches Customer Service Professional Certification Program

Printing Industries of America has launched a new Customer Service Professional Certification (CSP) program to train and validate the expertise of customer service representatives in a production print environment. The CSP Certification program will provide vital skills in the areas of professionalism, communication, management of internal and external customers, and job production situations to deliver an outstanding customer service experience.
 

Debra Romalia Named VP, GroupeStahl Content Marketing

The driving force of the GroupeSTAHL Digital Marketing team since 2009, Debra Romalia is the strategic wizard behind the company’s successful AdWords, search engine optimization, and social media teams.
 
With a degree in International Business from Adrian College, Adrian, Mich., and a master of business administration from Wayne State Wayne, Neb., Romalia draws from both the technical and marketing sides of her brain to help GroupeSTAHL grow revenue, acquire and retain customers and create buzz.
 

NPES Rebrands as Association for Print Technologies

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Expands association’s mission.

NPES, the Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing, and Converting Technologies, has rebranded as the Association for Print Technologies (APT). The name change is meant to reflect the organization’s annual Print event, as well as to better align with the association’s mission to drive printing industry growth.

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FESPA Publishes Content Program for FESPA 2018 Trends Theater

FESPA has published the framework programme for the Trends Theatre at FESPA Global Print Expo 2018, which takes place from 15 – 18 May 2018 at Messe Berlin, Germany.
 

InkSoft Welcomes Matt Peterson as Director of Marketing

Matt Peterson has joined the InkSoft team as director of marketing. A graduate of Arizona State University, he brings a comprehensive skill set and wide-ranging experience. His background includes having led marketing, creative and training teams at a global software company.
 
In this role, he focused on educating business clients on marketing strategies for maximizing success. He has also served as a consultant and advisor working with local b2c businesses in marketing process, automation and brand management.
 

SGIA Annual Safety Recognition Program Awards 55 Recipients

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) has recognized 55 member companies for their safety efforts throughout 2017 as part of the association’s annual Safety Recognition Program. Companies receiving the award completed a number of actions that helped improve safety conditions in their workplaces, including attending safety webinars, creating safety committees, conducting bi-monthly safety checks and more.
 

8th Annual Sakurai Factory Open House to Showcase Latest Products and Technologies

Sakurai Graphic Systems Corporation, the parent of Sakurai USA, Inc., will host its 8th annual New Technology open house, April 18-21, 2018 at its Gifu, Japan factory during the cherry blossom festival.
 
Sakurai will conduct live demonstrations of new cylinder screen and offset presses and showcase new technologies, including:
 

Tharstern Creates New Product Manager Role and Appoints Chris Burn

MIS specialist Tharstern has announced the appointment of 20-year print veteran Chris Burn as its new Product Manager. The role was previously delivered by Tharstern’s MD, Keith McMurtrie, who will continue to play a part in the future direction of the MIS.
 
The new role was created in response to the continued growth of the company, its expansion into the USA and a number of new developments to their market leading MIS solution. According to McMurtrie the position was essential to deal with an increase in new development requests from existing customers: