Sign & Digital Graphics

February '18

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24 • February 2018 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S On the Move Switzerland-based manu- facturer swissQprint, a maker of large-format, flatbed inkjet printers, announces Mike Kyritsi as its new president of swissQprint America. The company established its first subsidiary in the fall of 2015 with Carmen Eicher in charge. She is now returning to headquarters in Switzerland where she will continue supporting the U.S. from there as consultant. Kyritsi is described as having a lengthy background in the printing industry. Golden, Colorado- based Epilog Laser announces the addition of Alex Moore to its sales and marketing department as an inside sales representa- tive. In his new role, Moore will assist prospective customers with machine questions, application questions, coor- dinate equipment demonstrations, as well as represent Epilog at trade shows throughout the year. Alex started at Epilog in 2010 as a part-time shipping clerk, and moved up to a full-time ship- ping coordinator in 2014. Japan-based Mimaki, par- ent company of Mimaki USA, a maker of wide- format inkjet printers and cutters, announces the appointment of Danna Drion as senior marketing manager for its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Before joining Mimaki Drion held senior marketing positions at a variety of high tech, IT and telecom companies. Her background in the B2B market will bring fresh thinking and expertise to Mimaki Europe marketing efforts, according to her new company Bentonville, Arkansas-based rigid substrate manufacturer United Industries announces Mark Ferm as its newly appointed CEO. According to the company, Ferm's appointment will further strengthen United Industries' core plastics manufacturing business and increase strategic capitalization of emerging market opportunities. Mark succeeds his brother and former CEO John Ferm, whose father, Don, founded United Industries in 1980. Printing and graphics industry veteran Lyle Bunn announces that he will no longer offer digital signage consulting as he plans to focus fully on the development of the Center for Digital Experience. The non-profit organiza- tion, which describes itself as a "digital experience development program," provides information, education and networking geared toward generat- ing more media investment in digital signage and related forms of electronic communication. Bunn is a member of the Sign & Digital Graphics technical advisory board. Wadena, Minnesota-based Kern Laser Systems announces the completion of a newly expanded facility. The addi- tional 20,800 square feet more than doubles the space it previously had for manufacturing and research and development. According to company president Derek Kern said the expan- sion was necessary to keep up with demand for its existing product lines, and also to fulfill orders for recently added new products. Kern says the expansion of the manufacturing and R&D departments will be followed at a later date by expansion of its technical support and office buildings. Ghent, Belgium-based Esko (U.S. headquarters in Miamisburg, Ohio), a maker of finishing equipment and a developer of workflow software that has its, recently named Marc Vael as its director of IT Security. In his new role Vael, who will be based in Belgium, will oversee the security of Esko's internal IT operations as well as the security inherent in the products it delivers to customers around the globe.

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