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Jerry Swormstedt (1934-2015)

Former ST Media Group president served the industry for more than a half century.

Jerry Swormstedt, the former third-generation chairman of the board and president of ST Media Group Intl., the parent company of Screen Printing magazine, died April 4, the day before Easter, after having suffered a massive heart attack on Good Friday, April 3. Jerry was the 1994 recipient of the sign industry's highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award (now known as the Kirk Brimley Distinguished Service award), presented by the National Electric Sign Association (now the International Sign Association).


DscoopX Expands Packaging Opportunities

Tenth-annual show welcomes HP user group, pushes digital for packaging.

DscoopX, held March 5-7 outside Washington, D.C., welcomed more than 2200 attendees this year amidst a late-season snowfall that blanketed the city. This year’s show included a 45,000-square-foot tradeshow and a heavier focus on packaging, with a range of educational sessions for this sector. Presenters suggested a transition from conventional to digital printing, which eliminates plates, cylinders, and mounting equipment and reduces opportunities for human error.


Drupa Releases Second Annual Global Trends Report

Forty-eight percent of PSPs expect improvement in the coming year.

Drupa ( has released the initial findings from its second annual global trends report, a survey of 1100 international print providers and suppliers conducted in October 2014. The results suggested a general feeling of optimism among print professionals; 48 percent of PSPs and 51 percent of industry suppliers forecast improvement for their companies in response to the question “How do you see the outlook for the coming 12 months?”


"Durst Digital Days" 2015 Highlights Label/Package Printing During Three-Day Open House

Once again this year, Durst is hosting “Durst Digital Days” – a three-day international open house for customers, news media, and other interested parties in the professional printing industry. This year’s event is set for April 14-16 at the company’s headquarters in Brixen, Italy. Its focus is label and package printing, and Durst will feature the Tau 330 UV Inkjet Digital Label Press.

ChristChurch’s “Cardboard Cathedral”

Metro Performance Glass produces a 1700-square-foot glass facade in New Zealand.

The original ChristChurch cathedral in New Zealand was severely damaged by an earthquake in 2010. A second earthquake in 2011 destroyed its original stained-glass rose window. The Transitional Cathedral, designed by architect Shigeru Ban, was built nearby in 2013 and is nicknamed the “Cardboard Cathedral” due to the extensive use of cardboard tubes in its construction.


An Update on Architectural Glass Decoration

Over the past few years, inkjet has emerged as a viable option for decorating architectural glass, though screen printing is still used in this specialized market. See how both processes have been employed in innovative projects from around the world.

Just a couple years ago, screen printing was the only method used to decorate flat glass for architectural purposes. One reason screen printing monopolized this market is its versatility. It can be used for both printing (selectively imaging designs) and coating (complete solid coverage). It also allows for an almost limitless range of deposit thicknesses depending on the ink and requirements of the job.


Tim Dean becomes Agfa Pitman's Newest Packaging Specialist

Agfa Graphics announced today that Tim Dean has been appointed Packaging Specialist for the mid-west region of the United States.
Tim is a printing industry veteran, having started his career as an offset pressman for the Nielsen Lithograph Company. He worked as a technical sales representative for both Taussig Graphic Supply and xpedx before joining The Pitman Company.
Tim has worked at Agfa Pitman as an account manager helping customers navigate increasing business challenges and meet their business goals.

Esko to Acquire MediaBeacon

Esko, the leading global player in packaging production and supply chain solutions (, today announced the acquisition of MediaBeacon Inc., a leader in Digital Asset Management (DAM) software solutions. MediaBeacon, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA), brings an award-winning suite of DAM tools to market, primarily in the USA, through direct distribution and strategic OEM partnerships in various industries ranging from Retail and Consumer Packaged Goods to Media, Print and the public sector.

Visual Magnetics Announces Status as Authorized Reseller of We-Inspire's Digital Collaboration Solutions

We-Inspire, Inc. specializes in full digital collaboration environments. We-Inspire revolutionizes interactive collaboration processes and features a large surface work space of up to 24 feet in length. Up to seven (7) users can simultaneously create, collaborate and ideate using their preferred input device such as Anoto digital pen and paper, iPad®, iPhone®, tablets and PC.

SGIA Announces 2015 Sustainability Recognition Program Honorees

Companies commit to sustainable business practices.

SGIA ( has announced the recipients of the 2015 Sustainability Recognition Program Award. Recognized SGIA member companies have submitted sustainability policies as well as a description of a continuous improvement project from the past year. The honorees are:
• Big Ink Display Graphics, St. Paul, Minnesota;
• Empire Screen Printing, Onalaska, Wisconsin;
• GFX International, Grayslake, Illinois;
• Global Products, Saint Peters, Missouri;
• Image Options, Foothill Ranch, California;