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Toners 2014 Conference Features OEMs and Production Printing




More big name OEMs are playing a role in the annual Toners Conference than ever before. The event is being held at the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort Hotel in Santa Barbara, California, June 2 – 4, 2014.

The conference is conducted jointly by the Tiara Group and the Graphic Communication Institute at Cal Poly.

In its 30th year, along with sessions on the science and technology of toners and inkjet media, the conference will address issues of digital production printing. Six of the world's leading OEMs will be sharing views on industry directions including EFI, Hewlett Packard, Kodak, Konica Minolta (represented by its dealer, Ultrex), Memjet, and Xanté.

The six OEMs will be featured in a panel discussion while Xanté, Ultrex (representing Konica Minolta), and Kodak will also be conducting individual sessions.

Robert Ross, CEO and founder of Xanté, is delivering the conference keynote address covering the relevance of high-speed digital output today and tomorrow using toner and inkjet. Ross will also provide an overview of one of the fastest output engines in existence, and discuss the importance of industry partnerships.

Ken Butcher, Director of Production Print/Digital Press, Ultrex (representing Konica Minolta and Ultrex) will present on toner and inkjet for production printing and how they are becoming the popular choices. Butcher will cover the flexibility of toner and inkjet systems, and provide practical tips on maximizing media mileage as well as for maintaining consistent quality and productivity for long- and short-run operations


Thomas McHugh, Ph. D., General Manager, Materials Technology & Business Development, Eastman Kodak Company will conduct a session entitled, “Xerography Comes Full Circle.” McHugh will present a holistic approach to providing cost beneficial green solutions for the printing industry with emphasis on Electro Photographic imaging materials and the manufacturing technologies used in their production.

Key first-time industry announcements are expected at the conference. There are presently registrants from 20 states and 6 nations attending including Canada, China, Germany, Japan, The Netherlands, and the United States.

For additional information on the conference program or to register, exhibit, or be a sponsor, see:

About The Tiara Group
The Tiara Group ( was founded in 2001 as a spin-off of Diamond Research Corporation, a technology-consulting firm that facilitates the planning and hosting of the corporation's events. Today, as an independent company, Tiara produces industry expositions, seminars, conferences, symposia, and specialized meetings for public and private clients across the globe. The Tiara Group excels at offering creative, affordable ways to promote, market and operate events customized for companies, associations or groups.

About Cal Poly's Graphic Communication Institute at Cal Poly
The Graphic Communication Institute at Cal Poly-GrCI ( is an outreach of the university's Graphic Communication Department (, created to provide industry companies and professionals with corporate development and continuing education. The GrCI's focus is on research, testing, product evaluations, consulting, training, seminars, workshops, conferences, and publishing.






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