RR Donnelley to Pursue New Capabilities for Publishing Industry

 RR Donnelley & Sons announced today that it is teaming with Context Labs (CXL) to pursue leading-edge, blockchain-enabled technology for its global publishing customers. The companies have extended their strategic relationship to further integrate the CXL platform technology within RR Donnelley’s Print-to-Digital supply chain solutions.

“RR Donnelley has continually invested in new technologies, proactively leading and evolving our company through ongoing disruptions in communications channels for over 150 years. We look forward to bringing these innovative and state-of-the-art technologies and capabilities to our customers,” commented Thomas J. Quinlan III, president and CEO of RR Donnelley. “This new offering from CXL, using blockchain technology, has great potential to deliver extended consumer reach for publishers while reducing their supply-chain costs and providing them with deep, direct, and secure relationships with the consumers who purchase their products.”

Dan Knotts, COO at RR Donnelley, also adds, “RR Donnelley, with its global footprint, is uniquely positioned to bring this level of digital transformation to publishers, enabling them to more seamlessly and securely reach their customers. Using this digital technology, we feel that RR Donnelley can leverage its scale in the market to enhance the economics for its customers.”

Dan Harple, CEO of CXL, also notes, “The mission at Context Labs is to provide platform solutions that enable publishers to reach consumers with less friction, reduce their channel costs, and provide better direct one-on-one customer relationships. The strategic relationship with RR Donnelley, a leader in publishing supply chain solutions, brings the key capabilities of our platform technology products (Chainplate Foundation for Publishing, Snapshackle for Publishing, coupled with VUEgraph Analytics) to RR Donnelley’s large, global customer base.”

He continues, “Blockchain technology has been evolving for several years and is now becoming integrated into work flows in supply chains and financial tech. We are delighted with RR Donnelley’s decision to pursue these technologies for the publishing sector to enhance the role of publishers with the end consumers, at global scale.”

KBA’s Chris Travis to Address Print UV 2016 in Las Vega

 KBA North America is pleased to announce that Chris Travis, director of technology, will be speaking at the Print UV 2016 conference. Now in its ninth year, Print UV 2016 will take place at the Encore by Wynn Resort in Las Vegas from March 16-18. KBA is a platinum sponsor and has been a key supporter of this important event since its inception nine years ago.

Travis will be serving dual roles as he assists the Print UV staff with its popular WOW Factor panels throughout the day on Thursday March 16, and he will be discussing new LED-UV technology in the market including KBA’s new VariDry LED-UV. LED-UV curing is an exciting low-energy drying technology that is one of the hottest topics among commercial and packaging printers from small to large format. KBA’s research and development team in Germany, along with its ink partners, have successfully integrated this instant cure-to-print technology as a modular, interchangeable LED-UV curing platform into its press line and is able to offer highly knowledgeable assistance to its current and prospective customers to immediately capitalize on LED-UV’s many advantages and benefits.

Catering to commercial, packaging, and specialty converters and printers, Print UV is the first industry event focused exclusively on the UV printing market. During the three days in March, a full agenda of exciting topics and knowledgeable speakers has been assembled to encourage, promote, and sustain the growth of UV printing while also providing unparalleled networking opportunities with leading UV industry suppliers and some of the most elite printers in North America. Conference sessions will touch upon new ideas and growth opportunities in the UV market, discover new UV core processes, and present case studies from successful UV print initiatives from around the world.