Thursday, May 7, 2009

Data+Blabla Point: DaiNippon Screen in versioned newspapers and the AlphaGraphics printernet v.2.0

I deleted same title v.1.0. Turns out I got it wrong the first time. Thanks to anon for pointing me in the right direction.

During the days of high end color separations, my favorite trade shop was a DS Screen evangelist. Given that he was a true color maniac, I took his word as gospel.

Fast forward to 2009, the Screen Truejet was the first versioned newspaper box working installation at an AlphaGraphics. So I did a little research on what might turn out to be the under recognized 800 lb gorilla in the space.

The right conversation would be between Kodak and Screen. But given that's unlikely, I'm thinking an AlphaGraphics printernet is more plausible to get first mover advantage in versioned newspapers.

Alphagraphics has the needed States based DNA. They have professional management from small business people and are deeply embedded in local communities. The low hanging fruit for versioned newspapers are local newspapers and local school boards. Screen has the depth and skill to deliver the boxes. But can they respond in real time instead of corporate time?

The link to the appropriate business enterprise is
You can check it out yourself, but here's the chart that caught my eye. Looks to me that they have lots of running room here in the States.

Consolidated net sales by regions fiscal year ended March 31, 2008

It sounds like the company may have just the right DNA.

The Message from the Chairman

Since our establishment in 1943, Dainippon Screen has broadened its operations in a variety of fields, advancing from printing and prepress-related equipment into electronics industries, with "development of thought" as our corporate principle, by which we always strive to create new business and products leveraging our core image processing technologies.

We are now developing and producing equipment that advances the digitalization of printing processes in the printing field and world-leading high-tech industrial equipment such as manufacturing equipment for semiconductors, FPDs (flat panel displays), and printed circuit boards in the electronics field. It is our desire to contribute to the development of society with a view to the coming era of ubiquitous connectivity.

Screen Group will continue to fulfill its social responsibilities as a corporate citizen and to strongly advance in the manufacture of products that are friendly to the environment. We at Screen will always continue to strive toward a better future with technologies in harmony with the times.


  1. If you are trying to list Dainippon Screen MFG. Co. LTD. the one above is incorrect and has nothing to do with Screen, the Graphic Arts Equipment Mfg.

    If you would like to see what Screen does go here:

    Someone on the inside

  2. Thank you so much. It's one of the reasons I use a nom du blog. It allows me to make stupid mistakes without it getting on my google search page.

    I'll check out the link and repost.