RIT Printing Symposium Held in Conjunction with Heidelberg
Sunday 2000 Web Press Dedication
Rochester, N.Y. - Heidelberg executives joined RIT
faculty and administrators to discuss industry directions and the
critical link between education and the printing industry during a
recent printing symposium at Rochester Institute of Technology.
RIT hosted the event, "Print Media Industry Futures:
Challenges and Opportunities," for leaders in the print industry on
April 25. The symposium was held in conjunction with the dedication
of RIT's new Web Press Laboratory, which features the Sunday 2000
web press system donated by Heidelberg.
Heidelberg executives participating at the symposium and
Sunday press dedication were Heidelberg Chairman Bernhard Schreier,
Heidelberg USA President Niels Winther, Heidelberg Digital
President Wolfgang Pfizenmaier and Heidelberg Web Systems President
- "The success of print media depends heavily on the three
factors that define RIT's mission and our partnership with this
world-renowned institute - state of the art technology,
outstanding training and advanced process knowledge," Schreier
- "With RIT, together we connect with and help train the
students of today, and the decision makers, leaders - and
employers - of tomorrow," Winther said. "We work together to
instill in them a desire to follow the infinite career
possibilities that await them."
- "In a very important way, this project with RIT is consistent
with Heidelberg's business philosophy of solid, long-term
commitment to our customers' future and to learning," Albrecht
During his keynote address at the symposium, Pfizenmaier
discussed the link between education and the printing industry, in
his presentation titled: "From the Classroom to the Pressroom:
Education's Critical Role in Today's Printing Industry."
Specifically, Pfizenmaier highlighted the impact of education
on the future of print media and why the partnership between print
businesses and educational institutions is critical to the future
of print media.
"I'm honored to share the stage with the esteemed RIT faculty
at this important event for the printing industry," Pfizenmaier
said. "While new equipment and technology are the enablers of
productivity, higher learning and advanced skills are essential for
the successful print business of the future."
"Educators need to expose today's students to the
relationship between technologies that bridge the print media world
with other high-tech industries," Pfizenmaier added.
Other symposium presenters included U.S. Public Printer Bruce
James and RIT School of Print Media faculty Frank Romano, Barbara
Pellow and Frank Cost. Romano gave a status report on printing
industry demographics, Pellow discussed growing the print business
with value-added services and Cost highlighted computer-integrated
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