Moab-Legion merger and fine-art printer updates
I have been working on an article for Macworld regarding fine-art and alternative papers for photo inkjet printers, and in the course of my research, I found something I hadn’t really seen reported on too widely: that last fall, Legion Paper bought Utah’s Moab Paper Co.. Legion, along with Hahnemühle FineArt and Crane & Co., is one of the grande dames of the paper world (without the feather boas, of course), and the stable of brands that they supply in the U.S. (Arches, Fabriano, Bertini) is one that goes way beyond today’s digital world.
A few weeks ago, I spoke with Marc Schotland at Legion to get an update on the acquisition. He told me that the Moab name would continue as the primary digital fine art line at Legion, and that the company was finishing up the consolidation of the papers formerly offered by the two companies. They expected to have newly branded versions of their core line on shelves this summer. They’ll include Moab’s Colorado line of fiber-based papers, the Entrada and Somerset Velvet cotton papers, as well as a line of glossy, semi-gloss and matte-finish papers and canvas. Sample packs should start appearing at photo specialty stores and art supply houses in July, and some, if not all of the papers are currently available online.
I have long been a fan of the papers offered by both Moab and Legion. Moab was a small fish, however, and at times it seemed as though they were fighting an uphill battle against the traditional paper companies. It’s nice to see that they’ll continue with some muscle behind them.
While we’re on the subject of printmaking, here are a few other print-related items I have been tracking:
(Canon also seems to have gotten the message regarding their documentation. From the press release: “Based on customer feedback Canon has improved printer documentation with extensive search capabilities and ample online web links throughout the user manual, printer driver and software for enhanced user support. The searchable PDF manual will also be available online as well.”)