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Ellen Harvey is the associate/digital editor of Book Business and Publishing Executive.

We are excited to announce that our sister publication, Printing Impressions has announced the winners of this year's Gold Ink Awards. Awards are broken down into five topics, Commercial Printing, Books, Magazines, Catalogs, Digital Printing, and Packaging, with nearly 50 award categories. A variety of content creators participate in the competition, from designers to printers to advertising agencies, competing for Gold, Silver, and Bronze Ink Awards.

Regarding the book manufacturing industry’s commitment to “green” principles, it could be said that a page has truly turned. Over the past decade, consideration of climate impacts and paper sourcing has become central to the industry’s approach, and, along the way, many manufacturers have discovered ways to balance the need to economize, invest in infrastructure and reduce environmental impacts—often through innovative policies and practices that manage to do all three.

Brainerd, Minn.-based book manufacturer Bang Printing has acquired Delta Printing Solutions, a book manufacturer located in Valencia, Calif. According to Bang, the combined companies will take advantage of dual-facility benefits, including plant-load balancing, employee cross-training and increased purchasing power. Bang Printing’s Minnesota facility produces approximately 10,000 titles each year. Combined with Delta’s output, this number will increase to more than 15,000 titles. Together, the two facilities will employ 350 people. The 109-year-old Bang Printing provides web and sheet-fed printing, complete bindery services, and fulfillment and storage. Delta Printing Solutions, which has been in business for more than 50 years, is the largest provider

A review of the technology today, and a preview of trends for tomorrow By Danny O. Snow This article: * reviews computer-to-plate (CTP) technology; * discusses its use in four-color printing; * offers tips on how to get the best results using CTP; and * previews future developments. The methods printers use to put words and four-color images on paper have changed dramatically in the past few years. New digital methods have largely replaced traditional processes that involved art boards, cameras and film. Computer-to-plate (CTP) technology allows the transfer of digital files from computers directly to printing plates. Most CTP systems

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