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Canon Steps Closer to Océ Acquisition

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Companies agree to combine operations

Japan-based Canon plans to acquire Netherlands-based Océ using a self-funded, public cash offer of € 8.60 per share of Océ. The cash consideration of the offer is € 730 million, based on a 100% acceptance of Océ’s ordinary shareholders.

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SGP Partnership Certification Gains Momentum

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SGP certifies three new printers

Loveland, OH-based Sustainable Green Printing Partnership recently certified three new partners: Minuteman Press of Lawrence, KS; Consolidated Printing of Chicago, IL; and Alcom of Harleysville, PA. SGP reports a steady flow of applications for certification since its inception from facilities wanting formal recognition for their sustainability efforts. According to SGP, more than 50 applications are working through the certification process.

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From Common-Sense Color Matching to Uncommon Kindness

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Kindness remains unlimited by national boundaries.

Writing an article is an adventure. You start out with a defined plan with predictable results and always end up finding a morass of unexpected gems of common sense along the way. Writing “Ink Mixing and Matching: Tools of the Trade for Screen Printers” for this issue of Screen Printing was a great example of this type of adventure.

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Pre-Separate Complex Graphics with Index Tables

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Trimingham explains how to use index dots to simplify the process of separating highly detailed garment designs.

Properly separating a complex graphic for T-shirts will make or break the final product. It is the difference between a soft and subtle printed shirt that makes customers take notice rather than just shrugging and asking what else you have. The key is to be able to split the design into multiple colors that work together to reproduce the original design as accurately as possible in the least amount of time. An additional concern is always how often the separations do not work on the press and need to be adjusted, which can be very costly to correct.
 

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Color Separations Revisited

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CMYK color separation remains prevalent in most print shops, but read on to learn about some powerful alternatives.

Print technology has completely changed the way ink appears on paper and has put the way we prepare graphics on its ear. Color separation is the only area in the workflow that seems to use the same basic methodology across various printing techniques.

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Hirsch Acquired by Gallagher

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Hirsch Acquired by Gallagher

Hirsch Int’l Corp. completed its acquisition by its CEO, Paul Gallagher, the company’s president, CEO, and COO, as well as other related parties, in a going-private transition. Hirsch’s stockholders approved the merger agreement for that transaction on October 20, 2009.

Stockholders are entitled to receive $0.31 in cash without interest and less any applicable withholding taxes for each share of common stock they owned immediately prior to the effective date of the merger. It is expected that Class A Common Stock will cease trading on the Nasdaq Capital Market.

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SGP Partnership Certifies C&H Packaging

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SGP Partnership Certifies C&H Packaging

The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) welcomed C&H Packaging into the fold of certified SGP printers. The Merrill, WI-based company handles printing, laminating, pouching, and branding for food and non-food products.

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NASMA Names New Chairman

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NASMA Names New Chairman

Steve Kahane, president of International Coatings Company, was recently named the new chairman of NASMA, the North American Specialty Printing Manufacturers’ Association. He succeeds Parnell Thill, vice president of marketing at Ikonics, whose three-year term as NASMA chairman expires at the end of December, 2009.

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Nazdar’s QMS Certified to ISO 9001:2008

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Nazdar’s QMS Certified to ISO 9001:2008

Nazdar, a manufacturer and distributor of screen-printing inks and chemicals, has received certification of its Quality Management System (QMS) to ISO 9001:2008 standards. Orion Registrar, Inc. conducted the audit and found Nazdar compliant to the new standards, which cover many aspects of business: design, development, manufacturing, and service. “Receiving and maintaining ISO 9001:2008 certifications requires continuous process improvement aimed at achieving total customer trust and satisfaction,” says Mike Fox, Nazdar’s president.
 

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Women Invade the Workforce

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Our society is changing, and female workplace invaders may be reflective of the world around us.

There’s no doubt about it: Things aren’t what they used to be, and sometimes that’s a good thing.
 

Let’s consider women in the workplace. This fall, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, for the first time in US history, women have surpassed men in the economy, making up more than 50% of the workforce. This is a gradual change, considering that in 1967, women comprised just 33% of US workers.
 

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