Monday, March 2, 2015

FLM & Paravista Announce Merger

PRESS RELEASE

Fairfield, NJ, March 2, 2015Paravista, Inc., and FLM Graphics Corporation announced today that they have signed a definitive merger agreement to combine the operations of the two leading graphic communications service providers. The merger positions the combined company as the leader in graphic communications service management, offering a broad portfolio of print, graphics, promotional products, interactive marketing, mobile and immersive technology solutions to help customers manage their marketing and media communications programs.

In making the announcement today, Frank M. Misischia, FLM Group President and Chief Operating Officer, said that the combination of the two companies represents a new force in cross-media and graphic communications service management. “The management team and staff of Paravista have done a fantastic job of building a solid and successful operation providing superior quality and services to the print and graphics community,” he said. “FLM and Paravista share a strong vision and focus to deliver a richer and more comprehensive service offering to creative marketing, interactive media, and corporate communications managers.”

“This merger is all about people,” said Jim Connell, Vice President of Client Services for Paravista. “The people we serve, our customers, as well as the teams of talented, hardworking people who work with us. The people who have helped make us successful and who will continue to make it increasingly possible to deliver quality service solutions to our clients. It is really exciting to put these two dynamic teams together and have them work as one powerful force.”

Supported by FLM’s and Paravista’s highly accomplished team of experts in print, digital imaging, interactive marketing, and creative technology solutions, their combined customer base will enjoy the benefits of a broad range of cross-media services, particularly when they take full advantage of the creative technology and cloud deployment capabilities. Paravista has an outstanding track-record and reputation for quality commercial printing, premium promotional products program management, and online marketing programs. FLM provides innovative solutions for offset and digital print, large format digital imaging, web-to-print, immersive technology media applications, and interactive marketing services.

“We are always looking for ways to help our customers meet their ever evolving consumer and business-to-business communications needs, especially in this new order of doing business where everyone is always connected,” said Connell. “This is another major step in helping us do that for our customers—better and faster. For example, FLM’s creative technology programs for enabling clients with the ability to implement customized web-to-print, interactive marketing, media inventory, and asset management solutions,” he added, “is a perfect complement to Paravista’s Managed Marketing Solutions online ordering and marketing program.”

The merger plan includes consolidating all operations, customer support, data management and administrative systems from Paravista into FLM’s Fairfield, New Jersey, facility and corporate headquarters by April 1, 2015.

Misischia also talked about how the consolidation will “create efficiencies that provide the opportunity to focus our investments on developing more innovative solutions to enhance our customers’ abilities to effectively communicate and connect with their target audiences in any environment utilizing any type of media.”

The financial details of the deal have not been disclosed, however, the terms include a stock ownership agreement between the principals of the two privately held companies.

Paravista’s managing partners, Jim Connell, Michael Spallucci, and Mark Spallucci, will also move their offices from Piscataway to Fairfield, along with their staff, where they will assume executive management roles. Connell will serve as Vice President, Client Services; Mark Spallucci, President of the Promotional Products division; and Michael Spallucci will assume the role of President of the Commercial Print Services business for the combined FLM-Paravista organization. Frank M. Misischia, also based in Fairfield, will continue in his current role, serving as Corporate COO, and Frank L. Misischia as Chief Executive Officer for the merged operations.

About FLM Graphics Group
For over 40 years, FLM Graphics Corporation and the FLM Group of companies has been a leading provider of commercial printing, digital imaging, reprographics, document management, and integrated graphic communications services. FLM operates printing, imaging and reprographic production operations—as well as facilities management, customer support, and sales offices—in Fairfield and Princeton, NJ, and New York City. FLM offers large format imaging & printing through its Trucolor™ business unit and provides custom programmed web-portal, e-business management, interactive marketing, and immersive technology solutions through its Access Images™ technology program and support group.

About Paravista

Paravista, Inc., located in Piscataway, New Jersey, is one of the most highly respected printing, premium promotional products, and graphic communications service operations in the U.S.A. Known for high quality, commercial offset and digital printing, and the ability to plan, manage, and deliver the most challenging corporate communications projects, they serve a broad range of industries, including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, advertising, technology, financial, and entertainment. Paravista’s Promotional Products division offers a full service program for the development of custom branded promotional products from concept through distribution. Utilizing REACH compliant products and SGS audited production facilities, Paravista ensures all promotional items are manufactured to meet corporate environmental and humanitarian guidelines. The company also provides Managed Market Solutions programs featuring fully customized software solutions. Paravista is owned and managed by Michael Spallucci, Mark Spallucci, and Jim Connell.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Steven Enterprises - a wide-format equipment dealer with a very diverse line-up

Not a reprographer, but a well respected wide-format equipment dealer/distributor. (And, they are ReproMax member.)

“For over 21 years, Steven Enterprises, Inc. has been the wide format industry’s go-to source for the finest quality CAD, graphics, printing and imaging products. Our sincere dedication to the highest quality customer service, paired with our vast product selection and in-house service expertise, has proven a win-win combination for our customer base.”

Talk about “covering (all of) the bases,” Steven Enterprises’ line-up of wide-format printers and multifunction systems:

-Epson
-KIP
-Canon
-HP
-OCE
-Seiko Teriostar

I was a bit surprised that they don’t also sell the Xerox IJP 2000, the RTI Vortex 4200, and Roland and Mutoh!

Steven Enterprises Inc.
17952 Sky Park Circle, Suite E
Irvine, CA 92614
Tel: (800) 491-8785
Fax: (949) 225-0419


Blog Publisher’s comment:

One has to wonder (and, at this point, can only wonder), how HP’s upcoming launch of its PageWide wide-format printers and multifunction systems will affect which brands and models of wide-format equipment distributors of wide-format decide to carry and sell in the future.  The big question is, “will there be a big shake up” in the market, and, if so, which brands and models will continue to be viable (sellable) in the future?

Autodesk Earnings Results - AEC business segment revenue increases substantially

Autodesk (NASDAQ:ADSK) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, February 26th.

The company reported $0.25 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.24 by $0.01.

The company had revenue of $665.00 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $650.50 million.

During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.40 earnings per share.

The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 13.3% on a year-over-year basis.

On average, analysts predict that Autodesk, Inc. will post $1.17 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.


Revenue from the AEC business segment was $242 million, an increase of 24 percent compared to the fourth quarter last year. Revenue from the Platform Solutions and Emerging Business (PSEB) segment was $189 million, a decrease of 4 percent compared to the fourth quarter last year. Revenue from the Manufacturing business segment was $190 million, an increase of 23 percent compared to the fourth quarter last year. Revenue from the Media and Entertainment business (M&E) segment was $43 million, an increase of 5 percent compared to the fourth quarter last year.

Another “Blueprinting” company modernizes its name!

Miller Blueprint is now Miller Imaging & Digital Solutions. 

The Press Release about the name change was posted on the RSA Blog.

Miller also revealed its new logo and announced its new location.


Miller Imaging & Digital Solutions is located in Austin, TX

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

RTI Digital Expands Dealer Network for the Memjet-Powered Vortex 4200 Wide Format Printer – Mac Papers is now a reseller of the RTI Vortex 4200

From MarketWatch.com, published: Feb 25, 2015 8:01 a.m. ET

SAN DIEGO, CA, Feb 25, 2015 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- Today, RTI Digital, Ltd., part of the Reprographic Technology group of companies and a leading industry supplier to the digital production print, wide format print and label print markets, announced a partnership with Mac Papers. This reseller agreement will expand the dealer network for RTI-Digital's Memjet-powered Vortex 4200 Wide Format printer and empower a community of commercial print shops to benefit from industry-leading single pass printing technology.

Mac Papers, based in Florida, is a leading provider of paper, packaging, wide format printing, graphics, facility solutions and business products with 22 branch locations and 18 Mini Mac store locations throughout a nine-state region. The company's new partnership with RTI-Digital demonstrates its dedication to working with best-in-class suppliers to help businesses and consumers deliver quality results, improve efficiency and increase their bottom lines.

"RTI Digital introduced the Vortex 4200 to North America through a partnership with the #1 Network of dealers last year, and we are pleased to enhance our presence with a formalized dealership arrangement with Mac Papers to cover the Southeast United States. Mac Papers has a tremendous reputation and delivers a winning combination of sales support and service for the Vortex printer. Together, we will empower their customers to find new ways to produce revenue and profit," said Kevin Howes, Director of Wide Format, RTI Digital.

Mac Papers will be showcasing the Vortex 4200 printer at Graphics of the Americas Expo at booth 745. Mac Papers and RTI Digital will also be hosting open house events in Jacksonville, FL on March 5-7 at the Sawgrass Mariott; in Atlanta on March 26 at Mac Paper's Lithia Springs office; and in Charlotte, NC in early April.

The partnership with Mac Papers is preceded by new dealer appointments with Miller Blueprint of Austin, Texas and United Reprographics of Seattle, Washington. Both Miller Blueprint and United Reprographics chose the Vortex 4200 to drive new equipment sales where customers benefit from the unprecedented quality and speed offered by the Vortex 4200 printer, and ultimately its ability to help end users reach greater efficiencies in print operations.


The 42 inch wide full color Vortex 4200 printer is based on Memjet's unique Waterfall Print Technology(R), which provides revolutionary high print speed and superior quality. Compared to traditional wide format printers, the Vortex 4200 delivers incredibly fast job turnaround times and an attractive total cost of ownership. The Vortex prints at up to 12 inches (30 cm) per second (IPS) allowing print shops and in-plant customers to output up to over 9000 sq/ft (836 sqm) per hour of full color graphic arts for signage, POP, GIS and other wide format technical applications.