Pitney Bowes, HP Reach Long-Term Extension on Global Strategic Alliance

Pitney Bowes, a global technology company that provides innovative products and solutions to power commerce, announced the renewal and long-term extension of its global strategic alliance with HP. In place since 2009, the alliance is focused on delivering integrated solutions that create high-impact communications to clients worldwide.

The collaboration between Pitney Bowes and HP extends the solutions portfolio with industry-leading products such as the Pitney Bowes IntelliJet Printing System, used by printers and mailers looking to enhance revenues and streamline operations.

Providing integrated delivery through this alliance removes management complexity for those businesses having to juggle multiple providers and enables clients to offer precise, accurate and personalized communication to their own audiences.

“This longstanding relationship with our valued partner, HP shows our joint commitment to our enterprise clients in offering innovative solutions that integrate physical and digital technologies,” commented Lila Snyder, president, Document Messaging Technologies, Pitney Bowes.


The IntelliJet Printing System from Pitney Bowes provides the foundation for an integrated White Paper Factory, creating mail that’s compelling, targeted and accurate using 100 percent variable data color print. (Photo: Business Wire)

She continued, “Linking print and mail through the Pitney Bowes White Paper Factory delivers real value by creating impactful communications. The Pitney Bowes Intellijet family of printing systems, as well as the Print+ Messenger color inkjet system employ HP inkjet hardware with Pitney Bowes technology to produce high quality, high impact communications. Through these solutions, our clients have achieved efficiencies by streamlining print and mail workflow to better reach the end customer.”

Aurelio Maruggi, vice president and general manager of Inkjet High-speed Production Solutions at HP, also noted, “Pitney Bowes’ expertise in the production mail market enables them to provide unique value to customers looking to diversify their offerings and meet the evolving demands of high-volume, high-integrity print and mail operations. As such, HP is excited to continue our alliance to best serve the transactional market with the IntelliJet print systems and Print+ Messenger color inkjet system, delivering cost savings and enhanced productivity.”

Dscoop organisers reveal further details


Digital printers are gearing up for what is set to be one of the largest graphic arts conferences this year throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). The fourth annual Dscoop EMEA conference will take place in Dublin from 3-5 June

Registration is now open for the fourth annual Dscoop EMEA conference taking place across four floors of the Convention Centre Dublin from from 3 to 5 June.

The thee-day event will include 50 partner stands, 30 educational seminars and three keynote speakers headed by HP Indigo division vice-president and general manager Alon Bar-Shany.

Seminars at Dscoop will be presented by specialists and leading digital print providers from across region.

“Digital printers in all market sectors can come together and learn about the latest technology, industry trends, new applications and best practice,” said conference chair Julian Marsh.

“We are expecting up to 1,200 attendees and have more than 50 partners across 4,500sqm. It will be like a mini Ipex or Drupa, but all linked to the HP Indigo, and I expect it to be the biggest EMEA conference for the graphic arts in 2015.”

A show highlight will be the HP stand with nine presses. These will include two HP 7600s, a 5600, two 10000s, a 20000 and an HP Indigo WS6800 digital printing solution for high-volume labels.

“Rather than have sessions where one person talks, we are mixing it up to make it more exciting and engaging. Round-table debates and panel discussions will draw people into debate and argument.

“A combination of education, keynote speakers and excellent networking makes this a superb event and 85%-90% of visitors to previous shows say they will return the following year.

“Print is competitive but the people who come to Dscoop are so proud of what they do they are happy to share best practice, ideas and thoughts.”

On the first day of the conference, HP will host visits to local customer sites to give a taste of efficient, innovative digital print operations.

HP marketing manager Julia Cole said: “As well as the the nine HP Indigo presses at Dscoop, there will be the latest Latex, Designjet and PageWide technology.

“The amount of solutions we demonstrate and the range of product information and support we provide at this year’s conference reflects the scale of the 2015 event.”

Delegates will learn about the latest sales and marketing tool kits created exclusively for Dscoop members.

A new ‘Tell Your Story’ kit provides a roadmap to execute a complete 12-week step-by-step sales programme, from planning to sales conversion and lead tracking.

Visit www.dscoopemea.org/registration and register before 22 April to take advantage of the early bird, discounted ticket price.

FutureMark Manistique to close mill

FutureMark Manistique, a Manistique, Michigan-based paper mill that makes 100 percent recycled-content uncoated printing and writing paper, has announced it will shut the mill down on or around March 24, 2015. The company, which recently started marketing the mill and intends to continue this process, says the closing has been caused by “large cash needs to fully reposition the mill.”

“This is an extremely difficult decision for us given the exceptional efforts put forth at the Manistique mill since it emerged from bankruptcy in 2012 to reposition the mill’s grade mix and invest strategic capital to improve the operational and financial performance of the mill,” says Matthew Nightingale, CEO of Manistique. “Despite this progress, the significant financial support from its ownership and lender group, and the dedication and hard work of all the Manistique employees, the mill was unable to return to profitability and consistently achieve positive financial results. This, combined with the ongoing challenges in the paper markets, has led to the decision to close the FutureMark Manistique mill on or around Tuesday, March 24.”

FutureMark closed its Alsip, Illinois, mill in late August 2014.

FutureMark says it intends to keep the Manistique mill open to fulfill as many immediate orders as possible and to support customer efforts to transition to new suppliers.

The Manistique mill employs 147 workers and the announcement will affect all positions. A transition team will remain on site for a period of time to shut down the mill, maintain the facility and infrastructure and support customers in the transition of products and services.

“Right up to today’s announcement we have been pursuing every option to keep the mill running, including a capital raise or an outright sale to a new owner,” says Nightingale.” We had a number of possibilities, but today it became apparent that none would go forward in the timeframe needed to keep the plant operating. We will continue these efforts even after closing the mill. We appreciate the tireless efforts of all of our Manistique employees and the warm support the community and local government have extended to us throughout our 95 years of operation in this region,” adds Nightingale.