KBA North America announces Print 2017 Press Conference

KBA North America will be holding its Print 17 press conference for invitation-only media on Monday, September 11 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Press Briefing Room in Room S401d in McCormick Place South in Chicago. KBA group chairman Claus Bolza-Schünemann will host the conference along with KBA’s senior executive management team. They’ll address several issues including massive growth in the sheetfed market and continued larger share of the market, innovations in sheetfed packaging, new customer success stories, additional trends in the industry, and KBA’s current large-format leadership position. Also discussed will be:

  • KBA’s dynamic interactive booth for attendees to find print solutions among its latest press technologies for its core commercial, folding carton, and packaging markets.
  • Updates on the new KBA VariJET 106 powered by Xerox integrating Xerox first-of-its-kind inkjet technology in this folding-carton press.
  • Continued growth of new markets including KBA-Flexotecnica and flexible flexographic packaging.
  • Entry into the post-press market with the introduction of the Rapida 106 RDC rotary die-cutter and the acquisition of Iberica AG S.A., a leading large-format flatbed die-cutter manufacturer/
  • Newspaper retrofits and upgrades.
  • KBA’s sheetfed Service Select program.
  • The ongoing popularity of the KBA RotaJET L-series high-volume inkjet web press.
  • News about KBA’s 200th milestone anniversary as the world’s oldest press manufacturer/

KBA will have a light breakfast available for all attendees. ‘If you’re a member of the media, please RSVP to coastlinepublicrelations@gmail.com.

Toronto Star pulls plug on app

“The decision was made after an in-depth review of options for apps operating on mobile devices and tablets,” said John Boynton, president of Torstar Corp., in a memo to staff. “While Toronto Star Touch is an editorial success and has developed a loyal audience since its launch in 2015, the overall numbers of readers and advertising volumes are significantly lower than what the company had forecast and than what are required to make it a commercial success.”

The app was part of the Star’s effort to grow digital revenue as print revenue falls. Torstar had aimed to get 200,000 weekly users, but achieved around 60,000 in the end, according to Global News.

Torstar has spent over $35 million on Star Touch. Torstar lost $24.4 million in the first quarter of its 2017 fiscal year.

GateHouse buys South Carolina publication

With the purchase of S.C. Business Publications LLC, based in Mount Pleasant, GateHouse also gets a number of other business publications elsewhere in South Carolina, including the Columbia Regional Business Report, GSA Business Report and S.C. Biz Magazine.

Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

Grady Johnson, the president and group publisher of S.C. Business Publications, said the newspapers’ day-to-day operations would go on unchanged and no layoffs are planned. But Johnson said the company’s new owners experiment with new products and strategies down the road.