The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States (U.S. or US) or America, is a country consisting of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.[g] At 3.8 million square miles (9.8 million km2), it is the world’s third- or fourth-largest country by total area[c]. Most of the country is located in central North America between Canada and Mexico. With an estimated population of over 328 million, the U.S. is the third most populous country in the world. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the most populous city is New York City.

Paleo-Indians migrated from Siberia to the North American mainland at least 12,000 years ago.[19] European colonization began in the 16th century. The United States emerged from the thirteen British colonies established along the East Coast. Numerous disputes between Great Britain and the colonies led to the American Revolutionary War lasting between 1775 and 1783, leading to independence.[20] The United States embarked on a vigorous expansion across North America throughout the 19th century—gradually acquiring new territories,[21]displacing Native Americans, and admitting new states—until 1848 when it spanned the continent.[21] During the second half of the 19th century, the American Civil War led to the abolition of slavery in the United States.[22][23] The Spanish–American War and World War I confirmed the country’s status as a global military power.

The United States emerged from World War II as a global superpower. It was the first country to develop nuclear weapons and is the only country to have used them in warfare. During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union competed in the Space Race, culminating with the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, the spaceflight that first landed humans on the Moon. The end of the Cold War and collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 left the United States as the world’s sole superpower.[24]

The United States is a federal republic and a representative democracy. It is a founding member of the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organization of American States (OAS), NATO, and other international organizations. It is a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

A highly developed country, the United States is the world’s largest economy by nominal GDP, the second-largest by purchasing power parity, and accounts for approximately a quarter of global GDP.[25] The United States is the world’s largest importer and the second-largest exporter of goods, by value.[26][27] Although its population is 4% of the world total,[28] it holds 29.4% of the total wealth in the world, the largest share of global wealth concentrated in a single country.[29] Despite income and wealth disparities, the United States continues to rank very high in measures of socioeconomic performance, including average wage, median income, median wealth, human development, per capita GDP, and worker productivity.[30][31] It is the foremost military power in the world, making up more than a third of global military spending,[32] and is a leading political, cultural, and scientific force internationally.[33]

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Wed June 12th

Mike Herold ·  Executive VP Marketing &#...

Mark's Quest for American Exhibitors led him to Mike Herold from EMT International - and after sharing American anecdotes, Mike Herold's history from IBM to Ricoh to EMT International is talked about - and, of course, the equipment from EMT. Enjoy!

Wed June 12th

Paul Hudson · CEO · Hudson Printing · Re...

We met with Paul Hudson at the Scodix booth - a beautiful booth showcasing the newest and latest digital Scodix embellishments. Hudson, as usual, uses the opportunity to showcase a brand new product and sample that explain the advantages of his digital technology, but listen for yourself :-)

Wed June 12th

John Lackner · President · Colbert Packa...

Marks's Quest for Americans led him to John Lackner, who announced his purchase of an RMGT Series 10 machine at Drupa. The most extended configuration in the US so far - with an 8+2 configuration - made to serve the needs of current and future customers - but learn more in the interview. Enjoy!

Tue June 11th

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Michael Aumann · Global Director –...

Editor Morten Reitoft in a conversation with Michael Aumann. Why should a PSP or Converter buy technology from Kurz? Leading the discussion with this question can, of course, only be interesting - so dig in :-)

Tue June 11th

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Michael Bradley · PreSales Consultant · ...

Danish MIS/ERP supplier PrintVis presented its products at the Drupa DNA Hall 7, and as always, Michael Bradley from PrintVis USA was ready to share his great insights with Mark Vruno.

Wed June 5th

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Kevin Bennett · Owner · EZ-Mailing · Rep...

Congratulations to Kevin Bennett from EZ-Mailing. At drupa 2024, we got to catch up with Bennett, whom we filmed a year ago. Already then, Bennett joked about getting a perfection press - and soon he did :-) A warm Congratulations to everybody.

Thu May 23rd

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Rosemarie Breske Garvey · President · Bl...

A few days before Rosemarie Breske Garvey and her team headed to Indianapolis to be part of DSCOOP, we visited Blooming Color in a sub-urban in Chicago - and it's super great to see Rosemarie Breske Garvey again. The last time we met was at DSCOOP Rockies in Denver, and now, I guess you understand that we are visiting a very dedicated businesswoman working with HP. A few days before our visit, the LAST offset press was removed from the site - and the digital transformation is complete. We are visiting Blooming Color because they use Ultimate Tech Impostrip and Bindery in the company, and with an increasing number of orders of one, the Ultimate Tech software has become a cornerstone in the company. Enjoy the film, and GREAT visiting this super smart company. Long live Commercial Print.

Thu May 16th

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Chris Manley · Sales (and owner) · Graph...

He has a nose for business. He sees opportunities. He knows his products. He cares about his customers - they are referred to almost like family members. He strongly believes in offset and is the only one constantly bringing machines to tradeshows whenever possible. He has a strong respect for his father, who passed away years ago. His father gave Manley an opportunity and another direction of life that was initially planned. Manley is the distributor of RMGT and other products. This story is about Chris Manley and GraphCo - great story!  

Thu May 2nd

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Kevin Neureuter · NEW CEO · manroland sh...

Kevin Neureuter, as of May 1st, 2024, has been appointed new CEO for manroland sheetfed North America. Kevin Neureuter has been with manroland for the past four years and explains in this interview that he, for some time, has been trained and positioned for his new role, and now the time is here. Kevin Neureuter will still be visiting clients and will be 'on the road' 80% of the time - and with a background in the industry, Neureuter has the same domain knowledge as the newly appointed Global CEO Mirko Kern. It's interesting to see how different the major players in the market address leadership. Meet Kevin Neureuter in this interview: open-minded, smiling, and relaxed - GREAT!

Thu May 2nd

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Ben Leviz · Director & Partner · St...

You visit printing companies producing beautiful metallizations, embossings, etc., but we have never visited a company like Studio on Fire. Employees are art-educated and have a fantastic dedication to what they do, and what they do is precision foils in multiple colors, embossing, and de-bossing like no one else, letterpress, and materials that are beyond what you find with most printing companies. When you are a customer, the creative team spends hours, days, weeks, and even months to create the perfect packaging for a perfect product - and zero compromises - the process is developed to perfection, and the entirely analog production gives the finished product a sense of beauty that blow your mind - this is simply art, packaging, creativity, and craftsmanship at the highest level possible. You can't do anything but love the process, the people, the products, and the technology that comes from Kluege, Heidelberg, and recently, the KAMA ProCut76 and KAMA FF52i. When you see our film, Ziga Kovac (the filmmaker) has captured the work—and yet fantastic—it doesn't justify the real thing. Ben Levitz likes what he does and wants to work with others, but he realizes that other printing companies often have different passions than Ben Levitz and his team—but you should learn. This is the real deal! GREAT—simply GREAT!

Wed May 1st

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Chris Leibovitz, Scott Irmen & Pete...

In this film, we visit 'Executive Mailing Service,' or, in short, EMS in the Chicago area, and this is a great experience for many reasons. The company specializes in mailing, and when you enter the facility, you see mailboxes as long as you can see - it's quite a large operation. Though you see many machines everywhere, you also realize the number of people working. In the print room, you have a combination of toner-based printers and the newer MCS Inkjet machines - and in the film, we learn how more efficient the MCS Inkjet machines are - and why EMS is replacing the toners one by one. During the visit, you easily understand how great the collaboration is between EMS as a customer and MCS as a supplier - and as this is our first filming with MCS, we are also learning quite a lot. MCS has an intense focus on mailing, and when we later visited their Chicago-based operation, we got a walkthrough that you can see here: https://inkish.tv/inkish-video/mcs/ - it was a great day, and great meeting dedicated people from both sides of the production!

Tue April 30th

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Diego Diaz · SPM Automation · HP

Robots are essentially dumb; therefore, they need more than anything else tailored software to make them productive tools. When Diego Diaz joined HP, he needed to develop further automation solutions for HP. At DSCOOP Indianapolis, HP, for the first time, presented what they had been working on for over a year. The AMR is here, and it's not just a licensed robot but a robot tailored to HP PrintOS and, in particular, Production Beat. The robots make Lights Out Productions an almost reality, and what HP has in development further down the road is the promise of new technology solutions making print even more automated. This is a MUST-SEE film from us!

Fri April 26th

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Kevin Abergel · Taktiful · New MIS solut...

Kevin Abergel is the founder of Taktiful - a company driving a community for companies working with digital embellishment - and also now a software supplier of a newly developed MIS system - that essentially takes the next step for how embellishment can help their owners make more money. In this interview, Abergel talks about how he was born into the industry with two uncles and a father founding MGI - and how digital embellishment differentiates from analog embellishment. Super interesting story that we can all learn from! Watch and learn!

Wed March 27th

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Eric Vessels & Nick Gawreluk · What...

LinkedIn Profiles: Eric Vessels: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericvessels/ Nick Gawreluk: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nick-gawreluk-7631801a/

Mon March 25th

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Rolando Martinez · HP · HP PreDrupa Even...

Though HP didn't bring an Advantage T2200 to Indianapolis, you could still learn a lot - on the product site, they released a plus pack that enables the press to run colors at 800 feet per minute, the same speed as monochrome - so with that said we got an opportunity to learn more about the print heads that are rather unique to HP. But rather than having me explain these, here is Rolando Martinez - enjoy!

Mon March 25th

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Bob Raus · HP · HP PreDrupa Event

Every time we have an opportunity to talk to Bob Raus, we take it - not only is Bob Raus very knowledgeable, but he also has the ability to make things understandable - so listen to him. At PreDrupa he explains about the four pillars are founded of.

Sat March 23rd

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Richa Pande · HP · HP PreDrupa Event

Does HP have a responsibility for driving the entire industry? This is a slightly rephrased question, but nevertheless, global marketing HP Industrial print Richa Panda explains how and why it's important to have a leadership role in the industry—and how HP spends a lot of time segmenting the company's customers to ensure the best possible communication. A super interesting interview—enjoy!

Sat March 23rd

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Pat McGrew · McGrew Group · HP PreDrupa ...

Do you think HP is good at listening to their customers? Pat McGrew gives her insights into this complex question. Fortunately, HP addresses most of the talk of the trade, but the hot topics like workflow/automation and how to get more customers into our industry are not discussed much. Enjoy!

Wed March 20th

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The Walk · David Munro · MCS

Our walkthroughs of technology have become popular - you see the technology, you learn about it, and we try to get around it so you understand what you see, how it works, and, of course, why it's worthwhile investing in - this is our new format The Walk. In this episode, you will learn about the MCS TK Inkjet solution - made for the mail/transactional/variable data market - presented by David Munro. Enjoy!

Sat March 16th

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KAMA ProCut76 Walkthrough · Eric Ryan · ...

The KAMA ProCut76 is an amazing machine, and in the interview soon to be published on INKISH, the founder of Studio on Fire, Ben Levitz, explains how and why the KAMA ProCut76 is a game changer for the company - but in this film, we take the operators perspective. How easy is the ProCut to use, and what makes it stand out from similar machines in the market. Eric Ryan operates the ProCut76 and explains to Editor Morten B. Reitoft how it's used - and I am sure you will understand well - so sit back and enjoy!

Thu February 22nd

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Fireball Studio · Paul Yavarone & C...

We often say it, and we always mean it. Seeing so many different printing companies, that within their domains are successful is simply great. This time, we visit Fireball Studio in an area of Philadelphia, where the owner, Paul Yararone, tells us that drugs are sold just a few blocks away. However, he also tells about how streets close down traffic to celebrate local art festivals, where both his business and life partner are active. Customers are artists, schools, non-profits, and normal business customers. Despite the company's size, investments range from self-developed Apple Filemaker software to a new Canon iX-3200 Inkjet printer. Motivated staff, even a company turtle, is part of what makes the company stand out, great, and an inspiration to visit. To manage a small business with so many orders, Fireball depends on software. Filemaker for the front end, Enfocus Switch for data routing, and our Canadian friends from Ultimate TechnoGraphics deliver the secret sauce, pushing files and orders to the printer. It is a super company, producing super products and a super setup with motivated staff and owners that kick buts to grow their business - and I for sure hope to be back, expecting further integrations and utilization of Impostrip even more - of course :-) Thanks - wonderful company you have! LinkedIn Profiles: Paul Yavarone https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-yavarone-774887168/ Catherine Dentino https://www.linkedin.com/in/catherine-dentino-b9829389/

Wed February 14th

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Marrs – the Eagle Has Landed · Joh...

Marrs is a super interesting company, producing luxury packaging. Besides the Eagle Systems Cold Foiler and the two Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 presses, Marrs is equipped with everything needed to produce beautiful boxes. They even produce all the dies inhouse - and to give you an idea of how much they produce, they have two people employed to only produce die forms - and seeing how the dies are prepared for the die-cutting machines is super nice. The family-owned company is VERY pleased with their second investment in the Eagle foiling system, and it's being used almost all the time. Super interesting to meet the next generation (cousins) John Brigsby and Andrew Marrs - and, of course, also talking to Ricardo Lopez, who's worked in offset for years - after giving up his dream of being a professional football player many years ago. A truly nice company with a convincing family spirit.

Wed February 14th

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Digital Corrugated High Speed High Quali...

A year ago - on February 14th, 2023, the HP PageWide C550 was launched, and just a few months later, the first installation in North America was a reality with Sutherland Packaging in Andover. In this INKISH episode, you learn about the considerations and the result of the investment - and from the perspective of being a family-owned company that until this investment primarily focused on brown boxes, this step is major. Sutherland sees entirely new opportunities and an opportunity to convert brown-box customers into multi-colored boxes. However, the C550 is also used to produce Point-of-Sales displays, a lucrative business for Sutherland - but listen and see. Super nice people and super nice company - it was fun being there - thank you, Jake and Manny!

Mon February 5th

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Atomyx Launch Event · Specialist · David...

David Zwang, speaker, consultant, and writer, gave a super nice presentation at the Atomyx event in Gent this morning. He spoke about the Cloud and whether it is a viable technology for workflow/automation. He also spoke about how the different Industry X versions change more and more rapidly, making it very visible to the audience how the world is changing and requiring faster and faster decisions. In this interview, we talk about whether the technology or the mindset is the real show stopper - but listen for yourself, and remember to enjoy!

Mon February 5th

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Atomyx Launch Event · Specialist · Pat M...

What are the impressions from Industry specialist Pat McGrew? Are there differences between the US and Europe? Pat McGrew also gave a presentation at the REACT24 event - but listen to her yourself :-)

Tue January 16th

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President · Dave Leskusky · PRINTING Uni...

Dave Leskusky has worked with NAPCO since 1995 and has had a fantastic career - now President of PRINTING United Alliance & NAPCO Media. In this interview, Editor Morten B. Reitoft from INKISH asks about the role of print and if print today might need to change the metrics on how print is measured. We also talk about print as an art form. It was SUPER nice talking to Dave Leskusky and understanding more about the motivations behind PRINTING United Alliance and why big is necessary when seeking political influence and truly making a difference for our industry.

Tue January 16th

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Expectations · Mark Subers · PRINTING Un...

We were in Philadelphia filming a super interesting printing company. Of course, we took the opportunity to meet our friends from PRINTING United at a headquarters that, by all means, showed that you'll soon find them at a new address. Mark Subers is the President of PRINTING United Expo, and we got the chance to talk to him about expectations for PRINTING United 2024 at a time when both drupa and also Label Expo are taking place - Label Expo even on the same dates as PRINTING United. As always super nice talking to Mark Subers!

Fri December 15th

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Unboxing AGFA SpeedSet 1060 · Jeff Wette...

Jeff Wettersten works as an analyst with Keypoint Intelligence and gave his analysis on the packaging market - and was very direct that the AGFA SpeedSet 1060 is nothing but a gamechanger about the market needs now, but even more important in the future - Speed, Quality, and no need for changeovers are important KPI's of the new machine - Editor Morten B. Reitoft got a chance to talk to him after his presentation!

Fri December 8th

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Tonernews urge readers to support a cont...

What started as an article on tonernews.com strongly urging their readers to raise their voices against lifting the ban on Ninestar - ended up with a long yet lovely conversation between Herve Milner from tonernews and Editor Morten B. Reitoft about global politics, free trade, democracy, and well - interesting we think. If you have time, listen to the conversation, and feel free to comment :-)  

Sun December 3rd

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Pat McGrew · President McGrew Group · NO...

The last presentation at this year's NON-EVENT23 was with Pat McGrew, who, based on chats with a couple of printers, gave an outlook for 2024 - with many good questions from the audience. Enjoy the presentation. Soon, you will also have an outlook for 2024 by editor Morten B. Reitoft - and as we are entering into a drupa year - much to expect :-)

Sun December 3rd

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William Crabtree · CEO/President · Tampa...

Maybe the headline was a bit "catchy" - as the headline from Strip to Print said. Nevertheless, Will Crabtree does have a colorful career and has, despite this, been able to grow his company into almost 40 employees at a rapid pace, and this is what he talks about here at the NON-EVENT23 - enjoy!

Sun November 12th

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Great Design & Marketing · Melissa ...

A few months ago, we visited Courier Graphics in Phoenix, Arizona - and besides the fantastic technology they use to produce great print and also the implementation of a new MIS solution from PrintVis, which brought us to the site, we got a chance to see the amazing showroom, talk to Designer Melissa Loughran from Courier Graphics - and to see some of the samples that really pushed the boundaries. Enjoy this!

Wed November 1st

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Markus Weiss von HP Industrial Printing ...

German language - English subtitles In this Weber Reitoft - already our 5th edition - we have invited General Manager Markus Weiss of HP Industrial Printing EMEA to talk about HP from a German perspective, but also based on whether we in Europe and Germany in particular can learn from the Americans. The inspiration came from an interview Editor Morten B. Reitoft did with Marc Johnson from HP in San Diego, who interviewed at HP's PrintAhead event in Alpharetta, Georgia. Super interview with English subtitles - so dig in.

Mon October 30th

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Printing United 2023 · Erik Norman · Pre...

Erik Norman is the President of SwissQprint America, and besides that, he is also a VERY nice guy to talk to, which you can hear in this interview we did with him at PRINTING United. At the show, we spoke about technology, quality, ROI, repayment time, and how important it is to work with trustworthy people. We really like the SwissQprint technology - and combining all of the above with excellent technology - is absolutely worth exploring, right?

Sat October 21st

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Printing United 2023 · Jeffrey Nelson · ...

Fujifilm was the biggest exhibitor at PRINTING United, and with about 100 Fujifilm people at work, it was a pleasure for us to meet with Jeffrey Nelson. In front of the JPress 750S, we talk about digital transformation and how Fujifilm, with their cut-sheet inkjet machine, combines speed and high quality with the needs offset printers have - and also about how successful Fujifilm is in the North American market - enjoy!

Sat October 21st

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Printing United 2023 · Chris Manley · Sa...

At Graphco's booth, we meet on the first morning of PRINTING United: Chris Manley, owner of Graphco and distributor of RMGT in 17 states (I believe) - and as we start the interview, the new 9-series at the stand - and by the way the only offset machine at PRINTING United, has a beautiful plague that has a super cool history - actually involving Heidelberg. That story you, however, have to get listening to Chris Manley here on INKISH. Enjoy!

Sat October 21st

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Printing United 2023 · Mike Herold · Exe...

Mike Herold has been well-known in the US printing industry for years, working for Ricoh. At PRINTING United in Atlanta, we met Mike Herold at the EMT International booth. EMT International delivers binding various types of paper processing and finishing equipment, and as Herold said in our interview - the time when many are changing to digital isn't a bad time for the company - and also one of the reasons why he chose to have a new career with EMT International. Funny, btw, as we also met Mike Herold at the HP #PrintAhead event the day before the show - and that would have been impossible while Herold worked for Ricoh - but listen for yourself - super nice seeing Mike Herold and again!

Sat October 21st

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Printing United 2023 · Peter Georges · H...

Screen has been a partner with Solimar for years - and both Solimar and Screen often emphasize the importance of the relationship. Fast printers require fast processing and optimized data - but listen to Peter Georges from Screen.

Sat October 21st

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Printing United 2023 · Maggie Curry · Na...

Our opening question to Maggie Curry is, "How important is it to have partners like Solimar?" - Of course, it's important. Though the answer isn't surprising, it's still something that some PSPs may not prioritize at the same level as investing in hardware. Maggie Curry from RISO gives you great insights in this interview, so listen and enjoy!

Sat October 21st

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Printing United 2023 · Joe Marin · Senio...

To learn is to live, and to live is to learn - and one of PRINTING United Alliance's member services is iLearn+. Joe Marin is responsible for the organization's member service. In this interview, we learn how the program is curated and how and why many of the courses and certification programs are translated into 30+ languages. One of the things we liked about how PRINTING United develops member services is the business approach. Member advantages for sure, but PRINTING United Alliance develops material based on demand instead of providing tons of courses nobody demands. It offers these services as paid-for-services at a very fair price level. But listen to Joe Marin and get your first lesson (ours) entirely for free :-)

Sat October 21st

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Printing United 2023 · Ellen Manning · V...

Eagle Systems IS, in many ways, Mike King, but for years, Ellen Manning has also been the (prettier, sorry pal) face of Eagle Systems. In this interview, Ellen Manning speaks about cold-foil, the Eagle Systems technology, and all the wonderful applications that take advantage of metalization. Nice to talk to Ellen Manning, and we hope you will enjoy the interview as well :-)

Fri October 20th

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Printing United 2023 · Ford Bowers · CEO...

Ford Bowers is a happy man. Not only will PRINTING United Atlanta 2023 be bigger than any of the previous shows, but the PRINTING United Alliance will have success. New members are signing up daily, and the size and importance of the Alliance, and recently the establishment of the first print industry congressional caucus - giving the US printing industry access to - as Ford Bowers said, 'maybe not favorable legislation, but at least influencing negative legislation for the industry.' Member services and a commercially driven not-for-profit organization are facts, and PRINTING United Expo is the evidence.

Fri October 20th

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Printing United 2023 · Pete Dolfis · Vic...

It's almost become one of the things we do when we meet with Pete Dolfis from Tecnau - having a walkthrough of the technology - and the PRINTING United 2023 edition is no exception. That gives you, dear viewer, a great understanding of the technology and also, in this case, a chat about having integration partners. Three solutions are presented - enjoy!

Fri October 20th

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Printing United 2023 · Chris Raney · VP ...

At our great friends from Tecnau''s booth, we met with Chris Raney, VP of Heidelberg USA - and he is telling us about the collaboration between Tecnau and Heidelberg - and demonstrated at the booth with an integrated Stahlfolder. Raney, however, explains that the integration now can be with pretty much any Stahl product. It is interesting to see how partnerships in the industry keep developing.

Fri October 20th

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Printing United 2023 · David Dey · VP Ma...

PRINTING United is about technology, business, and networking. Often, gatherings are organized at the booth when the show nears the closing hours, and people are invited to join for a party. That is exactly what happened at AGFA's booth on the second day of PRINTING United. We suggested Deborah Hutcheson from AGFA invite some of the AGFA customers we filmed for the past years for a 'reunion,' and five super nice people agreed to join us. Here is our first guest, David Dey, from ColorDynamics in Allen, near Dallas, TX. Link to film from ColorDynamics:

Thu October 19th

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Printing United 2023 · Bonjour#2 · Steve...

Though Bonjour is early morning, with the smell and taste of warm coffee, it's always great to meet people passionate about what they do. Steve Billow and Ron Gilboa work for Fujifilm Dimatix - the division of Fujifilm that delivers print heads. Samba is the most known name in the printing industry, but Fujifilm Dimatix supplies various types based on requirements and applications. This Bonjour discusses digital transformation and what drives the market forward. Interesting morning. Enjoy!

Thu October 19th

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Printing United 2023 · Michael Aumann · ...

WARNING - this is a LONG interview/walkthrough. It is a decision to edit or to cut interviews into shorter sections. Still, sometimes it also makes sense to learn about the business opportunity, learn the technology, see the samples, and understand the entire ecosystem. Michael Aumann from KURZ has been on INKISH before, but I believe it's the first time we've learned so much in one go - and you know - almost 25 minutes fly by in good company - enjoy!

Thu October 19th

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Printing United 2023 · Stephen Miller · ...

AI is everywhere, and Xerox works with AI as part of its technology offerings - of course, we were about to say. In this film, we speak with Stephen Miller, Xerox's Chief Digital Officer, about AI in general and AI, specifically how Xerox will use it to improve customers' profitability, uptime, etc. It was super nice talking to Stephen Miller, and maybe you can learn something as well?

Thu October 19th

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Printing United 2023 · Andrew Gunn · VP ...

We promised to ask Xerox if they are leaving the professional production space after many speculations - and the answer from VP Global Production Marketing, Andrew Gunn, gave us a loud and clear 'no' to this question. With a renewed agreement with Fujifilm about developing new products, this is at least not something to be worried about now. What is MORE interesting, however, is Xerox's focus on marketing automation, AI, and many more things that, in our view, add value for Xerox customers but eventually free Xerox from specific hardware platforms. Like HP's PrintOS can be used with other brands, so is it for Xerox - if we understand Gunn correctly - but listen to Andrew Gunn and judge yourself. To us, great and encouraging statements from Xerox.

Wed October 18th

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1 Billion pages + · Marc Johnson · Senio...

At the HP #PrintAhead event, visitors were invited for cake and champagne to celebrate a 1-billion pages milestone for the new Advantage T-2200 inkjet printer - a milestone - for sure, but 'only' part of a bigger story about how the digital transformation is changing the printing landscape forever. With Brilliant Ink, faster machines, and better drying, Senior Global Market Development Manager Marc Johnson sees HP as a front runner - and obviously both happy and proud about the milestones HP and its customers have achieved - very nice interview, enjoy!

Wed October 18th

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HP software, a strong starting point · ...

At the HP Open House #PrintAhead event, INKISH met with Category Manager PrintOS Bob Raus. HP announced the 'Automation Center' upgrade to its PrintOS, and we discussed that. Still, Bob Raus also speaks about the market, how software enables printers to do more with their hardware investments, and even how HP allows many software services to be used on other than HP hardware. Conclusion - This is a super interesting conversation, and for PSPs and Converters, it is important to learn that software is as much of a game-changer as the hardware we all fall so easily in love with. Thanks to Bob Raus for a very open-minded and interesting chat - thank you!

Wed October 18th

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How ‘white’ can make embelli...

At the HP #PrintAhead Open House in Alpharetta, we met with Co-founder and Director of Sales and Marketing Mark Geeves to learn what Color-Logic does. More than 100 devices are now supported by the tools that Color-Logic has developed for designers, and the only thing you need to make stunning effects using metallic foils is a printer able to print white. I am amazed about the tools that help designers and printers get more out of current investments.

Tue October 17th

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Part of Something Bigger · AlphaGraphics...

AlphaGraphics Sandy is one of the bigger franchises of AlphaGraphics - and in this film, we talk to the  Owner and president, Andy Selcho, about the advantages of being part of AlphaGraphics. Andy Selcho's father started AlphaGraphics Sandy, and though it wasn't the plan at first to have Andy Selcho take over, it became increasingly the plan - and today, Andy Selcho runs the Sandy division with many different technologies and services. In the film, we talk about the history. Still, also about current time and the future - we even get time to visit a customer, showing how many different technologies and applications AlphaGraphics Sandy can deliver. This is our first visit to a franchise company in the industry, so we are very excited about the story and the drive that Andy Selcho and his employees deliver. We contacted AlphaGraphics Sandy due to an unfortunate cancellation on one of our US trips. As we knew Director of Operations Paul Gardner from previous visits to Salt Lake City - a connection was established. We hope you like the story, and if you have great stories to share - feel free to reach out. We often have opportunities to do editorials like this - thank you for your support!

Thu October 12th

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Eagle Systems Cold Foiler on AM Litho...

Minutes after arriving at AM Litho in Chicopee, MA - a smiling Al Meadows welcomed us. I believe everybody who arrives at AM Litho comments on the 'rain forest' you have to pass to get into the printing company. Al Meadows first gives us a tour starting with the rain forest, the history of the Caribbean-inspired wall paintings, and the entire production. In the pre-press area, we meet Fred Gamber, who joins us for the rest of the tour and is part of the interview. AM Litho is a super interesting printing company, focusing on high quality with the abilities of the Eagle Systems cold-foil unit on the company's Koenig & Bauer KBA 106. We are entering the color lab where colors are mixed and checked so they comply 100% with the high-end brands that trust their work to AM Litho. You'll easily recognize the iconic whiskey and perfume brands, and when you see the work put into the colors and the quality insurance, you get a sense of what AM Litho is all about. Besides the KBA with Eagle Systems, the other printing presses are from Komori. Al Meadows is very pleased with his relationship with Komori - and for the first time (for INKISH), we get to see the Komori IS40 (digital inkjet printer based on the Konica-Minolta KM1). Also, this machine is highly appreciated by both Al Meadows and Fred Gamber. The digital department is all Canon printers, which are also highly appreciated by the two. You realize these people invest in technology, supporting their business and supplier relationships. AM Litho is veteran-owned as Al Meadows, and many employees are veterans. AM Litho highly values employees, and you see signs of appreciation and constantly reaching customer satisfaction as a very integrated part of what makes AM Litho, AM Lithography! Great story!

Mon October 2nd

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Dennis Groh & Bernie Lacy · Added V...

We arrived late to Litho Press in Indianapolis, connecting flights from Europe becoming more and more difficult, but when we arrived, it was SUPER cool. The reception area nicely designed 50's airplane kind of style furniture and a great deal of humor with a doll as a receptionist. We were welcomed by Plant Manager Dennis Groh, who has only been with Litho Press for a couple of weeks; he was so excited, new, and with many ideas for how to make the VLF packaging printer even smarter. One of the two brothers, Bernie Lacy, still owns most of the company. Still, the transition into an employee-owned company has already started. We talk with Bernie Lacy about everything from being third-generation, investing in technology, and relationships with customers and vendors - and of course, we get to see the Eagle Systems foiler - which is the biggest of its kind in the world, mounted on the huge manroland press - You will like this film!

Fri September 29th

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Mark Subers · PRINTING United Expo 2023...

PRINTING United takes place October 18th-20th in Atlanta, Georgi - and of course, INKISH will cover the event - and as usual, in-depth, engaging, and hopefully something you will like. Part of coverage is as often as possible to talk to the people behind the scenes and for PRINTING United Expo, one of the leading forces in Mark Subers. In this session, we talk about whether the Under One Roof approach is still the right approach that visitors can expect, and, of course, we also talk about the industry in general. It was nice catching up with Mark; we hope you enjoy it!

Mon September 18th

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Optimizing using PrintVis MIS/ERP · Scot...

Courier Graphics is located in Phoenix, Arizona, and is yet another amazing printing company. When entering the production, you'll see the huge 32-page manroland web-offset press, which is great to see in work, and funny to see how small a Heidelberg XL-106 - 8-color suddenly is compared to the manroland - however, the combination is super great for a company that focuses on HIGH-quality magazines, catalogs, etc. We are visiting Courier Graphics and President Scott Carritt, as the company recently invested in a new MIS/ERP solution from PrintVis, which has given Courier Graphics productivity gains and many other advantages, which we talk about in this INKISH film.

Thu September 14th

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The temperature of Mark Andy Mexico by K...

Mark Andy’s Mexico sales manager talks about the Mexican label market and how nearshoring is helping growth to stimulate growth. LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kenjiro-celaya-kobayashi-58a47366/

Wed September 13th

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Positive expectations from manroland Gos...

When INKISH visited the HQ of manroland, we also got to talk to David Soden, President of manroland & responsible for the American operations. Enjoy!

Tue September 12th

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Walkthrough Mark Andy · Phil Baldwin · E...

Mark Andy presents three machines at LabelExpo Europe 2023, and who better to present the machines than Phil Baldwin, European Sales Manager for Mark Andy. You will learn about the technology as we walk through the booth, so stay tuned!

Tue September 12th

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Print Across America · Deborah Corn · Pr...

Print Across America is a super interesting idea formulated by the one and only Intergalactic Ambassador to the Printerverse, Deborah Corn. American and Canadian printing companies are invited to have an Open House event on October 25th - to teach, inspire, to embrace print - and more than 40 printing companies have already registered!  

Mon September 11th

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Mark Andy LATAM · John Vigna · Mark Andy...

Inkish TV talks to John Vigna, Latin America sales manager for Mark Andy, about the press manufacturer’s strong sales in the region, trends in the Mexican market, and the machines on show at Labelexpo Europe 2023.

Tue August 29th

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Impact of the UFLPA Ban · Herve Milner ·...

This interview with Herve Milner, President of Tonernews.com, is super interesting, and though now a response to the recently published interview with David Gibbons, it's two sides of the same case. Tonernews has for 20+ years covered the manufacturing and re-manufacturing of toner/ink cartridges and has seen how overproduction and challenging business ethics have created a very unhealthy business environment. In this interview, you will certainly understand why the US ban (UFLPA) has resonated so well among some of the people in this industry segment.

Mon August 21st

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How Technology Drives · Brandon Boyers ·...

When planning trips that involve many printing companies in many states or countries, we, from time to time, get last-minute cancelations as a PSP can be too busy, machines are not ready, or simply days in between without work. This time, Editor Morten B. Reitoft had a stop-over in Louisville before heading back to Denmark, and we called Steve Wuerdeman from HP, as he lives in Louisville, to hear if he could recommend a printing site to visit - and lucky us - we got to meet Brandon Boyers and Jen Von Almen from Vivid Impact in Jeffersontown. A super interesting company with so many capabilities, from offset to digital, and the production of beautiful applications like covers for vinyl albums to children's books with amazing effects, a company that once again shows how things can be done differently. What you see is a printing company, but speaking to Brandon Boyers, you realize that the production is merely a tool enabling the real business - data-driven communication, where print is "just" a part of it. But listen for yourself and enjoy!

Thu August 17th

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#LearnWithUs MIS · PrintVis · Michael Br...

This session was nothing but super great, as Michael Bradley from Printvis did an excellent demo and involved Scott and Hugh (customers) in the presentation. Built on Microsoft Business Software makes PrintVis capable of almost everything, and though it can do much, the upgraded Microsoft UI makes the system look and feel smooth as butter. Great presentation! LinkedIn Profile: Michael Bradley https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-bradley-50a0926/ Scott Carritt https://www.linkedin.com/in/scottcarritt/ Hugh Cleveland https://www.linkedin.com/in/hughcleveland/

Mon August 14th

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Elisha Kasinskas · New Director of Marke...

Starting in a new position is always exciting, and on INKISH, we share the considerations and ambitions of people getting into new positions. In this interview, Elisha Kasinskas talk to Editor Morten B. Reitoft about the new job as Director of Marketing for BCC software. Only a few days "old" in the position puts a lot of limitations on what you know. However, we find this tense field interesting as this is where knowledge, skills, and ambitions are manifested now, knowing the new company. We love this!

Wed August 9th

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Koenig & Bauer Best Service · Janak...

Somewhere in the always surprisingly huge Los Angeles, you'll find Ultimate Paperbox, a company specializing in packaging. The owner Janak Patel has been in the industry for years and has built a growing packaging printing company. In this film, we talk to him about his relationship with Koenig & Bauer. Besides going way back with the German manufacturer, Patel is still very focused on what they do now - and has invested in folding/gluer from Koenig & Bauer Iberica - and listening to Patel, we wouldn't be surprised to also see a Koenig & Bauer Durst Varijet at some point at the site. In the meanwhile - enjoy!

Wed August 2nd

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From four to two machines · Brian Stone ...

Visiting a company like ColorDynamics is an experience in itself. The entrance is impressive, and the company's design makes it interesting, with gardens, courtyards, and space. The history of ColorDynamics is also fascinating, as it was founded in Chicago but moved years ago to Allen in Dallas and has since grown through excellent management and acquisitions. We learned all this from Brian Stone and David Dey, along with how the company reduced their four wide-format digital printers to two new Agfa wide-format printers, delivering more than anticipated and higher quality. ColorDynamics is a fantastic printing company specializing in trading cards and providing solutions using their Heidelberg and HP presses and web-offset machines with tailor-made finishing - super lovely company!

Thu July 20th

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Full Service provider Prisma uses Hunkel...

Kerry Labatt has been with Prisma Graphic in Phoenix for years but with five different positions/roles and has thrived with the company's growth. Visiting Prisma Graphic is truly interesting - the shielding between the entrance and reception area to the customer service people is one long arc with super nice samples of print done by Prisma Graphic - and they are GOOD. The company excels in several types of print, from offset to web-offset, to various types of digital print from inkjet to toner, and the facility is WELL laid out. We are visiting Prisma Graphic as they use Hunkeler equipment and their Screen 520 Truejet device - and Hunkeler kindly sponsored this film. Super nice company, and great to see a company that keeps investing in technology. In the film, you will learn how Kerry Labatt sees investments and when the time is right to do new ones! Enjoy!

Wed July 19th

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From Syria to Successful Bay Area Printe...

As part of our California Cruising tour, we visited Lahlouh in San Francisco. That was an interesting visit, not only because of the company's technology - ranging from Xerox over Heidelberg to EFI, Horizon, and tons of other equipment but also because Lahlouh is a truly family-operated and owned printing company. The company has a commitment to its customers is second-to-none. With an ever-optimistic approach and willingness to develop new products and services, Lahlouh is in the hotspot of why print has a lon