Asia Pulp & Paper has committed to what the company describes as the world’s first-ever retirement of commercial plantations on tropical peatland to cut carbon emissions. The company explains this move, which will retire around 7,000 hectares of commercial plantation, will have a significant impact on climate change because peatland development in Indonesia represents one of the largest terrestrial sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the world. Retiring these plantation areas, explains Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), will help support the Government of Indonesia’s target of a 26 percent reduction in emissions by 2020.The land marked for retirement is spread across five individual acacia (thorntree) plantation areas in Riau and South Sumatra which have been identified as requiring immediate rehabilitation following recommendations from the applied research institute Deltares. In line with APP’s Forest Conservation Policy (FCP), a Free and Prior Informed Consent process will be conducted for the five areas, before any retirement proceeds.“APP’s decision to retire these areas of commercial plantation is an important milestone in the delivery of our Forest Conservation Policy and we believe it is an unprecedented commitment,” said Aida Greenbury, Managing Director Sustainability, APP. “The retirement of active plantations is not an easy decision for any business to take, but we believe that taking urgent steps to protect remaining areas of peatland forest, as well as reducing and avoiding climate emissions from peatlands, must be a priority. While there is still a long way to go, and we have much to learn, this announcement today represents a major breakthrough.”APP’s FCP in February 2013 placed an immediate moratorium on all natural forests and new peatland development. As part of this retirement approach, Deltares is working with APP on the largest mapping exercise ever carried out on tropical peatland areas using LiDAR remote sensing technology. LiDAR, deployed from aircraft, allows Deltares to map around one quarter of all Indonesian peatland where APP’s suppliers are located. The area totals 4.5 million hectares, which compares to an area the size of Switzerland or the State of Pennsylvania. The resulting maps will be finalized in 2016.“APP has a unique opportunity to support peatland forest conservation and emission reduction,” said Dr. Aljosja Hooijer, programme leader at Deltares. “[This] is a first step in a process towards the development of a new model to define best management practices in peatlands. The pioneering approach to collecting LiDAR data has allowed the technology to be deployed at an unprecedented scale economically, and will advance the science of peat and peat management not only in Indonesia, but also globally.”
Memjet has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Hewlett-Packard Company in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. The lawsuit alleges infringement of eight Memjet patents related to its Waterfall printing technology. Memjet’s lawsuit also claims it is entitled to recover damages resulting from HP’s use of patented technology in HP's PageWide printer products.The HP PageWide products using the patented technology, according Memjet, include HP’s Pro X generation of office printers, the T-Series commercial presses, and PageWide XL series products. Memjet also points to HP statements around its intention to use PageWide Technology in future wide-format and 3D printers. Memjet claims to hold several thousand U.S. and foreign patents in the page-wide inkjet printing space. Specifically, the company’s lawsuit asserts infringement of the following patents:U.S. Patent No. 6,575,549, titled "Ink Jet Fault Tolerance Using Adjacent Nozzles" U.S. Patent No. 6,880,914, titled "Inkjet Pagewidth Printer For High Volume Pagewidth Printing"U.S. Patent No. 7,156,492, titled "Modular Printhead Assembly With A Carrier Of A Metal Alloy" U.S. Patent No. 7,325,986, titled "Printhead Assembly with Stacked Ink Distribution Sheets" U.S. Patent No. 8,662,636, titled "Inkjet Printhead Having Rows Of Printhead Segments" U.S. Patent No. 8,678,550, titled "Printhead Assembly With Laminated Ink Distribution Stack" U.S. Patent No. 8,696,096, titled "Laminated Ink Supply Structure Mounted In Ink Distribution Arrangement Of An Inkjet Printer"U.S. Patent No. 9,056,475, titled "Inkjet Printer With Web Feed Maintenance Assembly"
RR Donnelley & Sons Company (RRD) of Chicago intends to form into three independent, publicly traded companies: with one business focused on financial communications and data services; one business focused on publishing and retail-centric print services; and one business focused on customized multichannel communications management.“Over the last decade, we have strengthened our business portfolio through a combination of organic growth and strategic acquisitions, developing new products and services, inventing fresh ways to serve customers, attracting additional talent and building information technology systems,” said Thomas Quinlan III, RR Donnelley's President and CEO. “We see a significant opportunity to unlock value by allowing these three businesses to pursue their own strategies and invest according to the unique dynamics of their respective industries.”The planned Financial Communications Services Company (FinancialCo) will support its customers with content management, multichannel content distribution, data management and analytics, collaborative workflow and business reporting tools and translations services. RRD reports FinancialCo as a standalone company has trailing 12-month net sales for the period ended June 30, 2015, of approximately US$1 billion. FinancialCo will leverage a combination of technology, service and regulatory expertise built through the earlier integration of of RRD's financial print business, Bowne Financial and EDGAR Online.The planned Publishing and Retail-Centric Print Services Company (PRSCo) will prepare, produce and distribute clients’ periodicals, catalogues, inserts, books, office products and directories. PRSCo, as a standalone company, is described as having trailing 12-month net sales for the period ended June 30, 2015, of approximately $3.5 billion.The planned Customized Multichannel Communications Management Company (CMCo) will assist organizations around the world in creating, managing and executing multichannel communications strategies. CMCo will offer customized digital and printed communications services like direct mail, short-run commercial printing, statements, business process outsourcing, supply chain management, logistics, creative design, content management, forms, labels, packaging, and kitting and fulfillment. PRSCo, as a standalone company, is described as having trailing 12-month net sales for the period ended June 30, 2015, of approximately $7 billion.RRD expects to complete the spinoffs prior to the end of 2016, at which time existing shareholders will own shares in all three companies. The leadership, governance, corporate branding and other matters for each company are still being developed.
In late July, Printing Industries of America (PIA) introduced 10 recipients of its 2015 InterTech Technology Awards program, which the association has been running since 1978. PIA explains that more than 80 percent of technologies that receive an InterTech Award experience continued commercial success in the marketplace.The PIA continues to explain technologies receiving the 2015 InterTech Award have been judged as truly innovative and are expected to advance the performance of the graphic communications industry in the near future. An independent panel of judges deliberated over technology nominations by various suppliers to determine this year's recipients, which include developments in high speed web and sheetfed colour inkjet presses, digital finishing equipment, the use of metallic foil, patterning for optimal flexo ink laydown, and a portable spectrophotometer for use in the pressroom. The 2015 recipients also include technologies designed to facilitate cross-media marketing campaigns, use of a new standard to define and communicate brand colours, and the integration of production and business processes. The 2015 InterTech Technology Awards include (listed alphabetically by company):Technology: Océ VarioPrint i300Company: Canon U.S.A. Technology: ORIS CxFCompany: CGS Publishing Technologies InternationalTechnology: Prosper 6000 PressCompany: KodakTechnology: Flexcel NX SystemCompany: KodakTechnology: DirectSmile Cross MediaCompany: EFITechnology: Automation Engine ConnectCompany: EskoTechnology: Prinect Media ManagerCompany: HeidelbergTechnology: Euclid Digital Finishing TechnologyCompany: Highcon SystemsTechnology: iFOILCompany: MGI Digital TechnologyTechnology: eXact with Scan OptionCompany: X-Rite
Frank Parker, one of Canada’s most dynamic printing leaders from the 1960s until his retirement around 2005, passed away in June at age 82. He was the second-generation owner of Parker Pad & Printing Ltd. in Markham, Ontario, and well known for his integrity and lifelong relationships with clients. The printing company was established in 1946 with a single letterpress by his father, Frank Parker Sr., who died suddenly in 1960. After the death of their father, Frank Parker and his brother, Roger, took on the task of running the family business. Frank had joined the company six years earlier in 1954, the year he was married, and primarily looked after production while Roger handled sales. Around 1970, Frank bought out his brother to become sole owner, while his mother continued to look after the books until the 1980s.Like many of Canadian printing’s old guard, Frank Parker never had a formal retirement and continued to sell and visit clients semi-regularly until 2005. In 1997, he began a successful plan with his daughter, Janis Parker, who completed the buyout of Parker Pad in 2007 and continues to lead the business. Frank, who was born and raised in Toronto, ultimately settling in Bobcaygeon, but continued to come into the company once a week to visit staff until his death.“I often thought of Frank that if he didn't exist you would have to invent him. Such a rich blend of talent, dedication, loyalty, grace and humour,” wrote Paul Pearson, a longtime business associate, who owned an advertising agency. “Frank was a wonderful, kind person with integrity,” shared Elizabeth Silva of INNOCEAN Worldwide Canada Inc.Some of the key company investments and initiatives led by Frank include the purchase of land to design and built a printing plant in Scarborough in the early 1960s, which eventually moved from running a couple of two-colour presses to four- and five colour presses – the largest with a 20 x 29-inch format. In fact, Frank modified one of the multi-colour presses to print remoistening glue on AMEX application forms, using 40 feet of heat lights to dry the glue. Janis Parker explains, in the late-1960s, remoistening glue on application forms was a very new concept.Frank Parker was also a long-time member of Toronto’s Craftsman Club and served on its executive. He was a strong supporter of many of Toronto-area former High School printing programs, regularly providing placement for students. Frank also taught for a few years through the Certified Print Production Practitioner (CPPP) program.Janis Parker remembers her father’s succinct business mantra, The Customer is Always Right, as well as his straightforward refrain that bigger isn't better, just bigger. “He was the soul of Parker Pad & Printing. He was loved by staff and clients,” she says. “He was a gentleman and made printing easy.”
Annex Business Media has installed its new 8-colour, 40-inch Komori LS perfecting press, after announcing the press purchase back in March 2015. The press, acquired through KOMCAN Inc., is based in Annex’ Simcoe, Ont., plant, which houses production, editorial, sales and administration facilities.Annex is Canada’s largest independent business-to-business publisher, controlling more than 55 brands including PrintAction magazine. In late January 2015, Annex teamed up with Newcom Business Media to acquire 67 trade-publishing brands from Vancouver-based Glacier Media Inc., a deal worth $19.65 million. Annex immediately took control of 15 Glacier Media properties, adding to its existing stable of 40 B2B brands, the vast majority of which continue to publish a magazine, in addition to online, digital and event components.The Komori LS press, replacing an existing 29-inch, 8-colour press, comes equipped with a range of automation features, including: APC fully automatic plate changers, PDC-SII close-looped colour control, AMR automatic make-ready, fully automatic wash-up systems and KHS Komori high-speed inking. In mid-July, Annex also purchased a new Kuda 115 CL cutting system, through KOMCAN, for its Simcoe plant. The Kuda cutter is fully programmable with a 15-inch TFT colour touchscreen and features management software for service, diagnostics, scheduled maintenance and knife changing. It cuts at up to 45 cycles per minute with a 115 cm (45 1/4 inch) cutting width and depth.
Willow Publishing of Brighton, Ont., has updated its finishing department with a reconditioned 20-bin Duplo 4000 collator, bookletmaker and face trimmer. The system, purchased through Sydney Stone, was fully reconditioned at Sydney Stone by Duplo-trained technicians and replaces an older model Bourg system.“I saw firsthand the Duplo System that Sydney Stone was showing at their booth during [Graphics Canada],” explains Dan Weiss of Willow Publishing. “The Duplo offers us the ability to turn jobs around faster and spend less time on setup than our previous Bourg.”In addition to Website design, Willow Publishing produces a range of print work, such as books and specialty printing, guides, directories and magazines, as well as signage and wide-format print.
Toronto-area trade printer Sina Printing, through its SinaLite production arm, has doubled its large-format production capacity with the installation of a new Agfa Titan HS inkjet system and an Esko Kongsberg C Series cutter. Both machines were installed in the company’s Markham, Ont., facility this past June and have been fully operational since July. The Titan HS prints at speed of up to 160 m2 per hour (1,723 ft2/hr) on a range of printing medias like coroplast, vinyl, canvas and foam board. The six-colour UV inkjet printer is equipped with two rows of print heads.The Kongsberg C series cutter is designed to handle a range of substrates, from thick to thin, and is described by Esko as the only super-wide finisher to offer a 3kW continuous duty milling unit. The Kongsberg C can handle dimensions of up to 3,210 mm wide by 3, 200 mm long (126.37 x 126 inches).The new Agfa and Kongsberg equipment at Sina is now running alongside existing large-format printing and finishing capabilities, including three other printers and another cutter.
Copy Right Copy Centre of Toronto has installed a new EBA 5560LT paper cutter, upgrading from its existing Triumph 4850EP cutter. Copy Right’s EBA 5560LT, purchased through Sydney Stone, features optional side tables to provide added working space and an air lift table to provide easy movement of paper on the bed of the cutter.“Our Triumph 4850EP cutter was starting to get older and costing more in repairs each year, we were able to trade that in for this new EBA 5560 which has made a great improvement in our ability to cut efficiently,” said Doug Bell of Copy Right Copy Centre.The EBA 5560LT guillotine features a maximum cut width and depth 21 5/8 inches hydraulic blade and clamp drive, as well EASY-CUT, programmable back gauge with touch pad, and IR light beam safety curtain.
Annex Business Media, publisher of PrintAction magazine, installed a new Kuda 115 CL cutting system into its Simcoe, Ont., facility.The Kuda cutter, purchased through KOMCAN Inc. of Georgetown, Ontario, is fully programmable with a 15-inch TFT colour touchscreen and features management software for service, diagnostics, scheduled maintenance and knife changing. It cuts at up to 45 cycles per minute with a 115 cm (45 ¼ inch) cutting width and depth.Replacing a smaller cutter, the new Kuda CL was brought in to work alongside Annex’ new Komori LS 840 perfecting press being installed within the next couple of weeks. Annex announced the purchase of the Komori LS 840, also through KOMCAN, in March 2015 on the heels of acquiring Glacier Media print and online assets in late January.The Komori LS 840 is equipped with features like APC fully automatic plate changers, PDC-SII close-looped colour control, AMR automatic make-ready, fully automatic wash-up systems and KHS Komori high-speed inking.
Paperland Canada Inc. of Markham, Ont., adds a DigiXpress Hybrid system purchased through PDS, which includes white and clear colour channels.DigiXpress Hybrid Hybrid handles stocks up to 360 gsm, as well as 3 x 5-inch cards and 52-inch banners. The system also supports tabloid size of 12 x 18 inches and Super-B sizes of 13 x 19 inches. Available with an optional External Fiery XF 5 server, the DigiXpress Hybrid reaches speeds of up to 50 pages per minute in both colour and monochrome. It produces a resolution of 1,200 x 1,200 dpi.
Jay Lalonde becomes Canadian Territory Manager for Zund America Inc., a division of family run Zünd Systemtechnik AG of Switzerland, which develops cutting tables among a range of associated precision technologies. Lalonde brings more than 25 years of printing industry experience, including seven years he recently spent with Fujifilm’s Canadian operation, where his responsibilities included product marketing management and product obsolescence. He also previously held positions with Boehmer Box, Beresford Box, Pfizer and Sunlife, involved in a range of roles from prepress to packaging design.In his new role, Lalonde will focus on driving sales and increasing revenue by identifying new opportunities in Canada, as well as building on relationships with existing Canadian Zünd customers and resellers.
Abhay Parasnis becomes Chief Technology Officer of Adobe, as well as the California company’s Senior Vice President of platform technology and services. He is tasked with driving Adobe’s technology strategy, architecture and innovation roadmap for its cloud services, which includes its flagship Creative Cloud, Adobe Marketing Cloud, and most recently Adobe Document Cloud.Parasnis was instrumental in building the early cloud-computing platforms at both Microsoft and Oracle. “Abhay brings a powerful combination of technical credentials and operational experience to this new CTO role,” said Shantanu Narayen, Adobe’s President and CEO. “Our cloud platforms are the foundation for our next phase of innovation and growth as a company, and Abhay is the ideal candidate to lead this initiative.”Parasnis most recently served as President and Chief Operating Officer of venture-funded enterprise mobility player Kony. He previously held a senior management role with i2 Technologies, where he led the development of a Supply Chain Collaboration product line called Rhythm Collaboration Suite. At IBM, Parasnis contributed to the early Java platform including JavaBeans Extensions.“Adobe has set the standard on how to successfully shift to a cloud-based business while delivering great innovation for customers,” said Parasnis. “Adobe’s cloud initiatives are dramatically re-shaping how content is created, measured and consumed, which is unique in the software world and a great technical challenge. I’m excited to dive in and make great things happen.”Parasnis holds a bachelor’s degree in electronics and telecommunications from the College of Engineering Pune, and holds more than 20 patents spanning enterprise and consumer Internet technologies.
Steven Schnoll becomes CEO and President of SiHL Inc.’s United States operations in Fiskeville, Rhode Island. The company is part of SiHL Group, a global manufacturer of medias for inkjet and toner printing, with production facilities also in Germany, Italy, France and Switzerland. SiHL is controlled by parent company Diatec Holdings. Schnoll, who assumed his new SiHL position back in May 2015, is to focus on the company’s expansion efforts. He has held key roles in five graphic media companies and with one software startup company. For the last 16 years, Schnoll has provided consulting services to a range of organizations in marketing and sales. "I am honored to be a part of such an important company within the graphics industry. The SiHL Group produces some of the highest quality substrate materials found anywhere in the world for the growing digital print marketplace,” said Schnoll. “With many new product opportunities to be imminently released for our customers to grow their profitability, this is definitely an exciting time.”
Peter Bourgeois joins Agfa Canada as an Account Manager covering the Western region from Manitoba to British Columbia, focusing on the company’s complete product portfolio.Prior to Agfa, Bourgeois was Customer Business Manager at Unisource in Calgary. He also previously worked for Ernest Green & Son and Mondrian-Hall Inc. “Peter has more than 15 years of experience in the graphics industry and has extensive knowledge of the sign and display market,” said Lawrence Robinson, Business Manager, Western Canada, Agfa. “We are reinforcing our strategic coverage of western Canada with a knowledgeable and skilled professional.”
Don Stitt becomes the Canadian Sales Manager for Baumer hhs, which is part of a global manufacturer of industrial gluing systems, headquartered in Germany, as well as quality-assurance and camera-verification technologies.Stitt is responsible for sales in Canada and the Upper Northeastern United States. He is to focus on both the corrugated and folding-carton industries. “I am very excited to be back with Baumer hhs,” said Stitt, “and look forward to being a part of their continued and growing success in both the U.S. and Canada.”
Gord Saray becomes Sales Director for Cober Evolving Solutions, widely recognized as one of Canada’s leading printing and communications companies, based in Kitchener, Ontario. With more than 20 years of experience in graphic arts, Saray, who is bilingual, will be responsible for the leadership of the Cober sales team and developing new business opportunities.Saray has worked in various capacities with technology suppliers in the paper, wide format and graphic arts sectors, including senior management roles with both Domtar and PaperlinX. On the printing side, he has also prevoiously served as Director of Sales with The DATA Group of Companies.“We are thrilled to welcome Gord to our team” said Todd Cober, Vice President of Cober. “As Cober grows, so does the talent of which it attracts. Gord brings an incredible amount of knowledge and expertise to the management team.” Cober is headquartered in a 120,000-square-foot facility in Kitchener, in addition to its recently purchased facility in Barrie, Ontario. Together the two locations hold more than 160 employees. “I’m extremely excited to be joining Cober during this energizing new phase. Cober has taken the lead in becoming the innovative, source for creative, design, digital and print solutions in our industry,” said Saray. “With Cober’s incredible resources at hand, this new venture gives our clients the ability to be able to do so much more.”
ND Graphics Inc., a technology distributor primarily focused on large-format imaging, has purchased Western Rim Industries, which has offices in Kelowna, British Columbia, and Mississauga, Ontario. “We’ve been talking about this for a few years now,” said Garwood Leigh, owner of Western Rim Industries (WRI). “I knew that when the time came for me to retire and move on to pursue my other interests that I wanted ND Graphics to take over. They are a Canadian company, they share the same values as WRI and I know they will continue the legacy of Western Rim.”ND Graphics is headquartered in Greater Toronto with more than 100 employees and a network of stocking locations in Dartmouth, Montreal, Ottawa, London, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, as well as Toronto.“This was really a very easy decision for us,” said Mark West, President of ND Graphics. “WRI are so similar to ND in terms of their products, but more importantly their culture. Their people are the key. They are passionate about what they do, they are totally committed to their customers and they’ve all been at WRI for many years.” WRI will operate as a standalone business with Frank Braeuer as General Manager of the company. “This acquisition isn’t about synergies,” said West. “This is about bringing two great Canadian companies together [and] maintaining those value added elements that both organizations possess.”
Cansel, which distributes a range of software and hardware technologies for commercial and packaging printing, in addition to other graphics arenas, today announced its acquisition of Ernest Green & Son Ltd., which has been a staple of Canada’s printing industry for more than 60 years.“This acquisition marks our commitment of expanding in the print and graphics space,” said Stephen Fletcher, VP of Cansel. “Ernest Green & Son has been a leading supplier to the commercial print marketplace in Canada and brings a depth of expertise, products and clients that we don't currently have in our organization; we are extremely excited to have them on board with Cansel.”Ernest Green & Son began as a small family-owned business in Montreal, opened by Ernest Green and his son, Ric, to distribute pressroom technologies to printers. After Ernest's retirement in 1962, Ric, who had earlier departed to Ontario in 1951 to open up a Toronto branch, Ernest Green & Son moved its headquarters to Toronto in 1963.In 1964, Dennis Lynch joined the company and in 1990 assumed the position of President and COO. In 1974, Ernest's grandson Doug joined the company and in 1990 become Executive Vice-President, before taking on leadership of the company as President & COO.Today, Ernest Green & Son’s distribution and service portfolio, with branches stretching from Quebec to British Columbia, primarily focuses on flexographic packaging, commercial offset, toner and wide-format inkjet printing.“We are very pleased to join the Cansel team,” said Doug Green, President, Ernest Green & Son. “We see this as a great opportunity to broaden our footprint, and enhance the product offering and level of service that we are able to offer our loyal customer base.”
Shanghai Electric Corporation (SEC) of China entered into an agreement to sell Goss International, a global web-offset printing press supplier, and its subsidiaries to New York’s American Industrial Partners (AIP), which is a middle-market private equity firm that has been investing in North American industrial businesses since 1989. The AIP transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and meeting certain closing conditions over the next few weeks. In November 2012, AIP, through its MAI Holdings affiliate, purchased Presstek Inc., which develops DI presses and CTP systems, as well as environmentally progressive plate technology. In August 2014, AIP sold its majority interest in Mark Andy, which develops flexographic press technology, to a new investment group formed by P.J. Desai, who is Mark Andy's former CEO. AIP also previously owned pressroom consumables manufacturer Day International.SEC noted AIP’s past and current holdings in printing machinery manufacturers as a positive move forward in the ownership of Goss. “As a leading supplier of commercial web, newspaper and packaging offset printing presses, Goss is wholly committed to its valued, worldwide customer base and to the sale and support of its broad range of the industry's most innovative products,” said Rick Nichols, CEO, Goss International.AIP currently holds more than $1 billion of equity capital under management and has completed more than 30 transactions since its founding in 1989.
Mi5 Print & Digital Communications of Markham, Ont., over the past month has purchased certain assets and intellectual capital of two well-known printing companies in the Greater Toronto Area.On July 6, Mi5 finalized its acquisition of Magnum Fine Commercial Printing Ltd., which was controlled by John Popovski, CEO of Media-Vision in Toronto. Popovski had purchased Magnum Fine one year earlier (July 2014) for $1.5 million from Intertainment Media Inc.Mi5, on July 6, also acquired intellectual capital of Media-Vision, which primarily amounts to its name and associated brand vehicles, and then hired approximately 17 Media-Vision employees – a combination of salespeople, CSRs and pressroom operators, who have already been integrated into Mi5. Another 12 Magnum Fine employees have joined Mi5. On July 21, the Ontario Supreme Court of Justice approved Mi5’s auction bid for specific assets of J. F. Moore Lithographers Inc. of Scarborough. J.F. Moore first filed a Notice of Intention to Make a Proposal under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (BIA) in April 2015 and was subsequently granted a couple of extensions to work through a restructuring process. Following a June 23 court extension, however, J.F. Moore, controlled by Dean Baxendale, and its trustee moved to an auction process, through the BIA, allowing third parties to bid on the company as a whole or for specific assets.Through this process, Mi5 is acquiring JF Moore’s book of business and intellectual capital, the latter of which includes its name and related brand properties. J.F. Moore itself is being liquidated on July 31 by Asset Services Inc. (ASI), which is scheduled to hold a J.F. Moore equipment auction between late August and early September. Approximately 12 J.F. Moore employees, including Dean Baxendale, are joining Mi5 in Markham on August 1.“Dean reached far more into his own pocket than any other owner I have ever seen and it was done out of trying his best to do the right thing,” says Derek McGeachie, Chief Vision Officer of Mi5. “He protected a lot of his suppliers more than anybody else I have ever seen in his situation and I have a lot of respect for him for doing that.“And [Dean] is continuing on, which is the other good thing. He is joining us and his goal is to fix what wasn’t right and make it much better going forward. That is admirable as well. He is not running away,” says McGeachie.McGeachie, who founded Mi5, stepped back as CEO earlier this year in favour of Sheryl Sauder, who now leads the Markham company, one of North America’s fastest growing printing operations, which now generates around $40 million in annual revenues. McGeachie estimates the J.F. Moore and Media-Vision assets will initially bring approximately $10 million in additional sales.“J.F. Moore is a good company. They have been around for 30 years, basically,” says McGeachie. “They have great customer relationships that we are looking forward to building on… the second good opportunity is they have some excellent, capable people that we are thrilled to have on board and the third opportunity is that they have some strengths in direct mail and digital small-format that we are happy to bring on board as well.”The acquisition of Magnum Fine Commercial Printing, and hiring of Media-Vision staff, also brings in some new capabilities to Mi5. “They have some expertise that we do not have in their personnel, so that is exciting,” says McGeachie. “And we have a lot of expertise they don’t have, so I think there was a good opportunity to mix the two companies together and we are stronger together than we are apart.”The Magnum Fine purchase provides two foiling machines and a cylinder die press, but only one of Magnum’s three Heidelberg Quickmaster DI presses is being set up at Mi5. The asset purchases are primarily about obtaining book of business and acquiring the well-known names of Media-Vision and J.F. Moore, which McGeachie also acknowledges to hold some risk based on the fact that many suppliers are hurt when companies wind down through either the BIA or Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.“Our society over the last couple hundred of years has formulated these bankruptcy rules so that they minimize the damages essentially among all parties,” says McGeachie. “If they didn’t have this system what would the alternative be? These companies would just dissipate and become nothing and there would be no highest-bidder auction going on and there would be less money going to the creditors.”In the J.F. Moore liquidation process, a little more than $300,000 remains owed to unsecured creditors prior to the upcoming auction process. “Unfortunately, there is a ranking of people who are owed money and banks are sophisticated entities and they secure their loans,” says McGeachie. “Then the less sophisticated guys, which includes us, essentially give unsecured loans to these companies and that is a big question in our industry. I have seen all of the suppliers tighten up and I think that is ultimately a good thing... it is dangerous when you give too much free credit.”
Canadian Bank Note Company, based in Ottawa, Ont., has acquired commerical printer Unicom Graphics of Calgary. Unicom is to be integrated into CBN's McAra Printing division, also of Calgary. The merged operation is currently being referred to as McAra Unicom.“By combining the complementary strengths of two leading Calgary-based commercial printers, we have created a single exceptional print solutions provider,” said Ronald Arends, President and CEO of Canadian Bank Note (CBN). “[We are] committed to providing McAra Unicom investment and technical support to successfully grow the business.”Over the past six years, CBN has invested more than $10 million in printing technology alone for its McAra operation, including the December 2013 installation of a new Heidelberg XL106 10P+UV sheetfed press. Weighing around 112 tons and measuring 75 feet in length, this was the first press of its kind to be installed in Canada.The 41-inch Heidelberg perfecting press is able to run both conventional and UV inks at up to 15,000 sheets per hour (straight or perfecting). Among a raft of modern features, the press includes automatic plate loading and Heidelberg’s Hycolor inking and dampening system, as well as two inline spectrophotometers to inspect every sheet produced on the press. Based out of a 45,000-square-foot facility, McAra in 2011 installed what was Calgary’s largest solar array when 48 solar modules on its rooftop. These 48 photovoltaic modules hold an electrical generating capability of 11,280 watts.“CBN is a strong parent company," said Dean McElhinney, General Manager, Unicom Graphics. "McAra Unicom is now well positioned to be the leading print solutions provider in Calgary."The Unicom purchase provides CBN with further lithographic assets, including UV technology, as well as digital print and wide format services, finishing (binding, foiling and embossing), direct mail and fulfillment."Merging our two operations with strong business ethics, complementary capabilities and deep technical knowledge will significantly strengthen and extend our capabilities,” said Rodger Grant, General Manager, McAra Printing.Established in 1897, Canadian Bank Note now has 10 locations worldwide with over 1,400 employees. The company provides integrated hardware, software, print, and systems services to organizations and governments in Canada and throughout the world. CBN focuses its security applications into four primary markets; Payment, Identification, Lottery and Shareholder Services including commercial print.
Tapp Label of Napa, California, has purchased Metro Label, headquartered in Toronto with locations also in Napa and Vancouver.This is the fourth acquisition in less than a year for Tapp Label, led by David Bowyer, CEO and Owner, and provides the U.S. firm with an East Coast location. Founded in 1974, Metro Label specializes in high-end decoration label, shrink/sleeve and flexible packaging markets for clients in markets like wine, spirits, pharmaceutical, health and beauty. Metro Label has clients throughout the United States, Canada, Central America and the Caribbean.Tapp states Metro Label will continue to be known as Metro Label for Toronto-based customers and Tapp Label for West Coast customers. Founded in 1992, Tapp Label now operates from seven facilities on the East and West Coast and employs over 300 staff.
This month, IKEA Canada is promoting the arrival of its 2016 catalogue with the use of Twitter-activated vending machines that dole out gift cards at specific store locations across Canada. The company, which scored a resounding success last year with its bookbook catalogue video promotion, now with close to 18-million views on Youtube, has titled its newest initiative “Grab Life by the Catalogue.”Over the last two weekends in August, all IKEA Canada stores have installed what the company refers to as social media vending machines which, at the push of a button, gives each user a unique #PIN number that when tweeted to @IKEACanada with #GrabLifeByTheCatalogue, will generate a variety of prizes, including the opportunity to win a grand prize.“We know that Canadians like to engage and connect through social media,” said Stefan Sjostrand, President, IKEA Canada. “Throughout August we hope to excite our customers about the new 2016 IKEA Catalogue and inspire them to turn their dream home décor projects into reality.”The remaining stores using the promotion, through August 27 to 30, include: IKEA Boucherville, IKEA Coquitlam, IKEA Edmonton, IKEA North York and IKEA Vaughan.IKEA Canada has 12 stores in total, which are visited by over 25 million people every year. The company has 361 stores in 50 countries worldwide, which are visited by more than 800-million people every year. Last year the IKEA.com Websites attracted 1.1 billion visitors.
The OTC Group of London, Ontario, which focuses on combining the production of packaging with data management, has worked with Xerox to develop a unique tracking solution to thwart counterfeiting and theft of pharmaceutical packaging.Xerox explains package theft and counterfeiting in the pharmaceutical industry costs an estimated $75 billion to $200 billion globally each year, while the sale of counterfeit medications puts human lives at risk. To address this issue, OTC Group is leveraging the Xerox Automated Packaging Solution (XAPS) with its own workflow process and packaging approach. The process developed by OTC Group is built around four inline production components, including printing, coating, stacking and die cutting. It allows the OTC Group to efficiently produce folded cartons with advanced anti-counterfeiting measures. “While many in the pharmaceutical industry struggle with the ability to conform to serialization and track-and-trace accountability, we’ve engineered a process that works,” said Adam Egan, OTC Group’s VP of High-Performance Packaging, noting the use of the Xerox iGen and XAPS solution. The process developed by the OTC Group and Xerox goes beyond legal requirements introduced in 2013 by the United States Drug Quality and Security Act.For one current client requiring an 800,000 printed carton production run, OTC Group estimates that the solution eliminated millions of dollars of risk exposure by providing traceability at every level, with the ability to account for every package printed – including waste – and providing that data to the client in electronic format.
4over, one of North America’s largest trade-printing operations, has entered the 3D Printing market and plans to provide the service to other printing operations through its online platform.The venture fits the company’s growing trade focus on promotional products available online, including template applications like large-format, packaging (primarily product boxes), marketing products like postcards and brochures, and pure promotional items like hang tags, rack cards, table tents, and T-shirts.The new 3D Printing initiative is being offered out of the company’s headquarters in Glendale, California. 4over employs a 3D manufacturing method called Fused Deposition Modeling, which is well suited for the creation of prototypes, samples for packaging development, and original items.“Our goal is to give our customers a simple and affordable 3D Printing solution to offer their own customers,” said 4over's CEO Zarik Megerdichian. “This technology brings with it so many benefits that traditional methods of manufacturing or prototyping don't offer. We're confident that 3D Printing will give our customers access to new markets, enabling them to grow their businesses faster, and to be more relevant than ever before.Earlier this month, 4over also announced it has opened the doors to a brand new operation facility in Central Florida to better service its growing East Coast customer base. “We’re delighted to be expanding our reach, once again,” said Megerdichian. “This new Central Florida operation centre means our existing customers now have easier access than ever before to fast turnarounds and free delivery on all of their favorite products. It also means we can service brand new sets of customers, thus perpetuating the unwavering growth trend we've been experiencing since 4over's inception.”
Goss International has completed a press enhancement project with Innotech installing a full-colour Panorama Gatefold System to produce unique advertising formats in The New York Times. Innotech, a New York based manufacturer of press auxiliary equipment, has been building customized equipment for commercial and newspaper printers for the past 25 years. The Panorama System uses what is referred to as INNOFORMER, the geometric air bar plow, for high speed folding with no set-up time. Innotech has installed many such systems, primarily retrofitted on existing presses, in China, India, Germany and Colombia. Completed to a tight schedule of around 20 weeks from initial order to the first test run, The New York Times Panorama project involved retrofitting each of two existing Goss Colorliner press lines. “Obviously, for a publisher operating on the scale of The New York Times, there is no time to lose and there can be no disruption to ongoing daily production,” said Dan Picco, Regional Sales Manager at Goss. “We had to establish failsafe processes from the outset and make sure we achieved the highest level of teamwork.” The gatefold system now running at The New York Times enables the Goss Colorliner presses to produce an additional four-page wide centrefold or a separate eight-page pull-out section, up to a maximum format of 48 x 22 inches (1,219 x 559 mm). In addition, it is possible to make smaller gatefolds or coupon folds at one or both edges for special promotions providing new display areas for advertisers. It is also possible to make gatefolds in the cover page or have the gate folded section as a wrap around the main section. “Goss and Innotech engineered a solution that gave The New York Times ultimate flexibility with regard to the positioning of specialized sections within the newspaper, without the need to purchase a new press,” said Vinod Kapoor, President at Innotech.
Publishing giant Simon & Schuster plans to produce a 960-page book containing all of Bob Dylan’s lyrics for a November launch. According Elmore Magazine, the 13-pound book, called The Lyrics: Since 1962, will initially be printed in a limited run of only 3,500 copies. Dylan over his career has sold over 125 million albums worldwide. The collector’s item book is expected to sell for $200, while Dylan plans to sign around 50 copies that are to sell for around $5,000. Elmore Magazine explains the book, which includes alternative versions of Dylan’s songs, features introductions and commentary about each song, as well as reproductions of the original cover art for each of Dylan's albums. “This book changes things, giving us the words from officially released studio and live recordings, as well as selected variant lyrics and revisions to these, recent revisions and retrospective ones; and, from the archives, words that, till now, have not been published,” said Boston University professor Sir Christopher Ricks, who led the project.
Guinness World Records sends an adjudicator to evaluate a stamp, designed for bpost Belgium to mark International Women’s Day, containing the image of a face formed with no less than 606 words. “We consider it a diversity of utmost importance,” stated Pierre Leempoel, Manager Stamps Production, bpost Belgium, when asked why the country’s postal organization made a new stamp for the International Women’s Day. “For the design we called in the designer Ann Bessemans. She used a very special technique: a combination of gridded letters [for the women’s face) and a digital microtext [for the background]. Right away a scoop in stamp land.” The stamp shows 606 words taken from the The Convention on the Elimination of all forms of discrimination against women. The adjudicator from Guinness World Records counted the number of valid words. “He did so with an iron hand: incomplete words and words that were too short were dropped,” explained Leempoel. “But we lay hold on the world record of ‘stamp having the most readable words.’ We actually do not yet know if we will figure in the famous book: only a happy few survive the selection.” The bpost stamp was printed on a 4-colour Manrolna 704 3B P 2/2 press, which was installed in 2000 and now accounts for 15 percent of the organization’s production. The Women’s Day stamp with 606 words was printed as 108,000 sheets with five stamps each.
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Printing industry executives from across Québec gathered at the Montreal Science Centre in mid-May to recognize some of Canada’s best print at the 33rd annual Gutenberg Gala. The printing program and competition, organized by the Institut des communications graphiques et de l’imprimabilité, is juried by an independent committee. "This year, the committee was given the mandate to carry forward the Gala across Quebec, and I am pleased that several companies have answered the call. The contest pushes the boundaries of each, and responding to the challenges raised by the talent and creativity of companies, communication agencies and print buyers of Quebec, regardless of company size,” said André Goyette, CEO, Imprimerie Contact Netpak-Division and Chairman of Gutenberg 2015 Committee.Goyette continues to point to the growth in display graphics and packaging submissions and this year’s introduction of flexography as a category. “Interest in the contest and the gala continues to grow, and we are very pleased,” he said. Fifteen awards were presented at the Gutenberg Gala, including:(More photos from the gala are available at Galagutenberg.ca)GUTENBERG INNOVATION CATEGORIESCategory: DisplayProject: Display Berlingot NatrelPrinter: TC Transcontinental QuebecCategory: Customer Marketing Innovation Challenge CategoryProject: Perrywinkle's ringPrinter: Au Point ReprotechCategory: Marketing, Self-promotionProject: Still Spining thesis After All yearsPrinter: TC Transcontinental Direct Acme-Ross EllisCategory: Edition (publishing)Project: Cirque du Soleil TOTEM Souvenir ProgrammePrinter: L’EmpreinteCategory: Packaging Project: EPICA Retrospect 10th anniversaryPrinter: TC Transcontinental Direct Acme-Ross EllisCategory: FinishingProject: Le Grand Soir 2014Printer: Stylex 3DGUTENBERG TECHNICAL CATEGORIESCategory: DisplayProject: Wall Austin AbiaPrinter: Photogram Technologies Inc.Category: Marketing, Self-promotionProject: Hot, Cool and SexyPrinter: LithoChicCategory: Marketing ClientProject: Zeni SpaPrinter: Imprimerie FL ChicoineCategory: Edition, NewspapersProject: First Edition-The City of Salaberry-de-ValleyfieldPrinter: VIVA-Média.caCategory: Edition, BookProject: Empowering Global citizenshipPrinter: L’EmpreinteCategory: Edition, Magazine Project: Cirque du Soleil, The Beatles LovePrinter: PDI Integrated Printing SolutionsCategory: Finishing Project: Foil FX selector (2nd edition)Printer: Gravure ChoquetCategory: LabelProject: Aux Champs d'ElisePrinter: Imprimerie Ste-JulieCategory: PackagingProject: Box BA, Midnight Romance, L'OréalPrinter: PDI Integrated Printing Solutions
It is now a tradition of the RyeTAGA student chapter to attend the annual technical conference of TAGA to compete against students from other universities for the Helmut Kipphan Cup, which is a recognition for the best student produced and written journal. The RyeTAGA chapter came to the conference as the winner of last year's competition and defender of the Cup.Over the past two semesters the student group spent many hours planning the journal. This includes selecting the student research papers that will make up the content of the journal. The creative director of the group, Harleen Singh, spent countless hours in coming up with the design, typesetting, recreation of graphs and designing the metallic chapter divider pages.The group also held several fundraising events during the semesters, so that the group can attend the conference. Various university funding opportunities were explored and the group was successful in securing funds from P-FACS, the RCDS (Ryerson Creative and Design Society), and the student project grant from the Dean's office of the Faculty of Communication and Design. Industry partners like Colour Innovations, the Crafstsmen Club, MI5, Spicers, PrintAction and others supported the groups with money or materials or use of equipment.At the conference student groups from 6 other universities displayed their journals and answered questions from conference attendees with regard to the production of the journal. The TAGA board of directors judged the journals, while the conference attendees could vote also for their journal of choice. The results of all the competition taking place for the RyeTAGA student group were very impressive. This year, the RyeTAGA won the following awards:- Harvey Levenson award for the best undergraduate research paper. The paper was written by Alex Chheun and Amy Nguyen and evaluated the colour stability of the Xerox 700 for short and longer runs;- Attendees Choice Award for the best student journals; and- Helmut Kipphan Cup for the best student journal.Winning the cup two years in a row has never been done before by the RyeTAGA student group! Again the students would like to thank everyone that supported them in producing this journal and making the travel to the conference possible. More information about the student group can be found at www.ryetaga.com.
On May 5, PrintAction magazine hosted around 30 printing technicians and operational managers, as well some of the world’s leading colour management experts at a daylong event – five sessions – focused on colour management, as part of its PrintAction Education Series.William Li, Kodak’s Colour Technology Manager, began the morning with a keynote about the globalization of colour and the growing importance of standardization. Li described the growing momentum behind the new M-measurement protocols for measuring and viewing print according to various light conditions. He also touched on the growth in extended gamut printing.Li spent time describing several of the more prominent technical growth areas in colour management, including the ongoing development of GRACoL Plus for reaching wider gamut and the new iccMAX initiative from the International Colour Consortium. After addressing the conflicting growth of G7 in North America and FOGRA in Europe, Li also discussed the critical need for Canada to become active in the TW130 program to have input in the direction of global standards relating to colour management.In Session 2, Angus Pady of Toronto-based ColourManagement.ca, described some of the more important tools printers should embrace for colour management. He emphasized how printers should be doing what they can to take advantage of – and gather – all of the available data for colour management.Pady ran through a range of useful software programs printers can use for analyzing the data, with an emphasis on recording colour curves. He stressed the importance of adopting colour servers for effective colour management.Abhay Sharma, a world-leading expert in colour management with Ryerson University’s Graphic Communications Management program, then teamed up with David Brenner of X-Rite to delve deeper into the new M measurement modes for printing. They focused on how the new M1 mode now accounts for the use of UV light, which has been traditionally cut out of calculations because it could not be properly measured. While the UV-cut measurement is accounted for in M2, the M1 standard is able to account for the growing use of Optical Brightening Agents in papers. Brenner described how the M standards are be accounted for in new measurement systems like X-Rite’s eXact system, which can flip between UV and non-UV readings.Session 4 of the day sparked a lot of discussion among attendees as speaker Peter Hedgecock, Business Improvement Consultant with Leapover Consulting Inc., described some of the potential pitfalls of G7, based on his own experiences during a recent implementation of G7 Certification. Leveraging his experience in continuous improvement and as Canada’s first liaison for the SWOP working group, Hedgecock focused on why achieving grey balance is far from a proper definition of quality printing in offset printing, primarily relating to the adjustment of CTP curves.Peter Aston of Heidelberg Canada wrapped up the daylong Colour of Printing event with an interesting session called Profit and Success with Colour Management. Aston provided attendees with hard data points to describe the importance and capability to optimize a range of processes between prepress and press to realize effective colour management. Aston, again using data from dozens of tracked printing company, related how such optimization can lead to enormous reductions in waste and increases in productivity. Aston also used a handful of case studies to describe how specific printing companies achieved enormous spikes in productivity.
The Toronto Club of Printing House Craftsmen last week recognized the Toronto Gallery of Excellence Award winners at the Duncan House. The organization also presented funding to 11 students pursuing printing and graphics arts education, including the annual Chai Tse Awards and Graphic Challenge Awards.The RyeTAGA student group from Ryerson University’s Graphics Communications Management program received funding of $1,000 for its annual production and presentation of a TAGA research journal.C.J. Graphics of Toronto took home the most awards with 9 Gold, 8 Silver, 10 Bronze and 2 Honourable Mention Awards. The remaining award winners include: Colour Innovations (6 Gold, 2 Silver), Polytainers (2 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze), RP Graphics Group (1 Gold, 1 Bronze), The AIIM Group (3 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze), and Wellington Printworks (1 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze). View the embedded image gallery online at: http://www.printaction.com/index.php?option=com_k2&Itemid=8&lang=en&layout=latest&view=latest#sigProGalleria0544c799d9 Major Gallery of Excellence Awards Heidelberg Canada Best of the Show 2014Project: Until The Last ChildPrinter: C.J. GraphicsProduction: This 50-piece run, primarily printed on a Heidelberg GTO, involved a box with black linen on the outside and charcoal grey linen on the inside, while the prints were on 80-lb, colophon on 100-lb, letter on 100-lb, book on 100-lb and translucent sheet on 36-lb stock. The Colophon and letter were printed at 10- and 20 micron, using Van Son’s Sona Dry inks, without any coatings.Taniguchi Ink Canada Best Use of Ink 2014Project: LARGE POSTER FLIP CHARTPrinter: The AIIM GroupBest Use of Bindery 2014Project: CPC Empress OF Ireland 100the Anniversary CollectionPrinter: Colour InnovationsToronto Craftsmen Student Chai Tse AwardsChristophe Blythe Centennial College, Centre for Creative CommunicationKerin Bethel-John Central Technical Secondary SchoolAngelo Roldan George Brown College School of DesignMarilyn Gregory Georgian College Design and Visual ArtsKhalid Ahsan Humber College Advertising & Graphic DesignMelissa Binsted Ryerson University School of Graphic ManagementAeshin Yeo Seneca College School of Creative Arts and AnimationGraphic Challenge AwardsPost SecondaryWaqas Mohammed Khan Seneca College, School of Creative Arts and AnimationChow A. I. Khalid Ahsan Humber College, Advertising & Graphic DesignSecondary Schools Helen Zhou Central Technical Secondary SchoolBen DePaul Central Technical Secondary School
Jim Bailen of INX International received the NAPIM Printing Ink Pioneer Award acknowledging his achievements during a more than 30-year career in the ink industry. Serving as INX’ Vice President of Engineering since 1999, Bailen was the lead project engineer for every major facility expansion and equipment installation instituted by INX over the past 20 years. In 1984, Bailen joined CPS, the in-house ink division of Sullivan Graphics in Dunkirk, New York and began work as an Electrical Supervisor in the Maintenance Department. Sakata INX acquired CPS from Sullivan in 1990, and it later became part of the INX International family. INX International, owned by Sakata INX, is the third largest producer of inks in North America with over 15 facilities in the U.S. and Canada.In 2004, Bailen oversaw completion of the new modern metal decorating facility in Charlotte, North Carolina, that produces ink for customers around the world. Four years later, he did the same for the new liquid ink plant in Homewood, Illinois, that produces water-based technologies. New media mill grinding equipment was introduced at these facilities, which INX describes as a pivotal outcome led by Bailen.“Jim has pioneered many developments over the years and truly deserves recognition for his contributions to the industry,” said Rick Clendenning, INX President and CEO. “Without him in this role, we would not be where we are today as a company with our world-class manufacturing facilities.”Bailen is credited with pioneering the development of intrinsic production safety devices for ink production equipment, introducing the Nip Guard Safety Interlock System that assures no 3-roll mill at INX can be run in cleaning mode.Since 2004, Bailen has served on the NAPIM/ANSI B65 Equipment Safety Committees that has developed several safety standards, including the 3-roll mills, to help guide equipment manufacturers to construct safer machines. He also established the development of the INX TPM elements for planned maintenance and early equipment planning within the company, which included the training of maintenance personnel at all facilities. Bailen has actively supported NAPIM for many years. In 2002, he presented at the NAPIM Manufacturing Symposium a paper on “Equipment automation and data collection system designs”. The same year, he began serving on the pilot committee for the Manufacturing Symposium and did so through 2004. He also served for two years on the NAPIM Equipment Safety committee and presented a paper on the “Failure Mode Effect and Criticality Analysis”, at the NPIRI Technical Conference in 2006.
The U.S. Postal Service reported a net loss of US$586 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 (April 1, 2015 to June 30, 2015), which is actually a reduction of US$1.4 billion from the net loss of US$2 billion for same period last year. The world’s largest mail system, however, saw double-digit growth in shipping and package revenue.Operating revenue of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) was $16.5 billion (all figures in US dollars) for the third quarter of 2015, essentially unchanged from the same period last year. The USPS ended the second quarter of fiscal 2015 (January 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015) with an operating revenue increase of $223 million, or 1.3 percent, over the same period last year, but also recorded a net loss of $1.5 billion for the quarter. In the third quarter of 2015, shipping and package revenue and volume increased by 10.6 percent and 13.4 percent, respectively, from the same quarter last year. “The continued growth of our shipping and package services is a direct result of the Postal Service’s continued efforts to offer consumers more choice, excellent value and reliable service in a growing and competitive marketplace," said Postmaster General and CEO Megan Brennan. “We are investing in our network and continually enhancing our services to best compete for America’s shipping and package delivery business.”Total mail volume of 36.8 billion pieces in the third quarter of 2015, however, decreased by 738 million pieces from 37.5 billion pieces. A price increase impacting certain mail classes went into effect on May 31, 2015; however this was offset by declining mail volumes as First-Class Mail and Standard Mail volumes fell 2.6 percent and 2.1 percent, respectively, compared to the same period last year. “The combination of growing package revenues and improved productivity gains were not sufficient to offset mail volume declines and inflationary pressure, largely due to contractual increases in operating expenses, including wages, benefits and transportation." said Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Joseph Corbett. "This underscores the need for a combination of continued sales growth, productivity gains and legislation to ensure the Postal Service can return to financial health and meet its public service obligations.”
Graphic Packaging International Canada, a subsidiary of Graphic Packaging Holding Company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, has closed its thermo mechanical paperboard mill in Jonquiere, Quebec. The company states its decision was made after a thorough assessment of the facility's manufacturing capabilities, associated costs and market demand for its products. The closure will affect approximately 140 employees. "The closing of the Jonquiere facility was a difficult decision. We are working closely with the affected employees to provide support and assistance," said Mike Doss, President and Chief Operating Officer.The company anticipates one-time costs of $4 to $5 million in the second half of 2015 related to this closure. Graphic Packaging Holding Company is one of the largest producers of folding cartons and holds a leading position in coated unbleached kraft and coated recycled board.
The United States Postal Service ended the second quarter of fiscal 2015 (January 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015) with an operating revenue increase of $223 million, or 1.3 percent, over the same period last year. The organization, however, also recorded a net loss of $1.5 billion for the quarter (all figures in US dollars). The increase in operating revenue was driven by a 14.4 percent growth in shipping and package volume. The net loss for the quarter was $1.5 billion compared to a net loss of $1.9 billion for the same period last year. Excluding a retiree health benefit prefunding expense, the net losses would have been $44 million and $447 million, respectively, for the quarters ended 2015 and 2014.Operating expenses declined by $160 million from the same quarter last year driven in part by what the USPS describes as favorable trends in workers’ compensation expense. Controllable income in the second quarter was $313 million, an increase of $52 million over the same period last year. Controllable income is defined as net income excluding retiree health benefits prefunding expense and expenses for interest rate and other non-cash workers’ compensation expense, which are factors outside of management’s control.“We’re pleased with the increase in our controllable net income compared to the same period last year, which demonstrates that our cost containment and revenue strategies are delivering results,” said Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer Megan Brennan.First-Class Mail and Standard Mail volumes declined 2.1 percent and 1.1 percent, respectively, during the second quarter compared to the same period last year. For its most recent quarter, total mail volume of 37.7 billion pieces declined by 420 million pieces from 38.2 billion pieces for the same period last year.“Shipping and package services are a key business driver, however, operating margins in this business are lower than in mailing services,” said Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Joseph Corbett. “And, while we’re pleased to see a small increase in controllable income, to improve our margins, we’ll need to make investments in our network infrastructure and delivery vehicles.”The Postal Service ended the quarter with $6.1 billion in unrestricted cash, representing 22 days of operating cash. The USPS explains, that because it has reached its borrowing limit of $15 billion, the current level of available liquidity is not sufficient to support both operations and prefund retiree health benefits.
Standard Register Company on March 12 announced that it and its subsidiaries filed voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the United States.The company also announced that it is pursuing a sale process and has entered into an acquisition agreement with an affiliate of Silver Point Capital L.P., a private investment firm managing approximately US$8.5 billion in combined assets. The agreement was submitted to the Bankruptcy Court on March 12.Under the proposed purchase agreement, Standard Register’s assets will be sold for approximately US$275 million plus the assumption of certain liabilities. The sale agreement contemplates a Court-supervised auction process, which is designed to facilitate a competitive sales process. “Standard Register has a fundamentally stable underlying business with a large, diverse customer base and a strong portfolio of solutions that include integrated communications, product marking and decoration (labels), document management, promotional marketing and technology/professional services, but our ability to invest in growth has been hampered by our debt structure and legacy liabilities," said Joseph Morgan Jr., President and CEO, of Standard Register.Silver Point is an existing secured lender of the company and, in combination with Bank of America, has agreed to extend US$155 million in financing in the form of a debtor-in-possession (DIP) credit facility. Standard Register states the DIP facility should provide ample liquidity to facilitate its sale process and to fund operations.Standard Register states it believes that the sale to Silver Point Capital will right-size its balance sheet by significantly reducing its outstanding indebtedness and other liabilities. “In response to the traditional print market decline, Standard Register repositioned itself as a market-focused, integrated communications provider where today, the majority of both revenue and profit are being derived,” said Morgan.
Engineering group Langley Holdings plc, the parent company of Manroland Sheetfed after its acquisition in 2012, published its IFRS Annual Report & Accounts for the year ended 31 December, 2014. Langley reported a profit before tax of €100.6 million on revenues of €779.4 million. Chairman Tony Langley said that the group's divisions had performed in line with or ahead of expectations. Manroland Sheetfed, Langley’s largest division in terms of revenue and employees, reported a small profit.Piller, the producer of power protection systems for data centres and Claudius Peters, the plant machinery constructor, performed in line with expectations while the other businesses division, principally Bradman Lake, the packaging machinery specialist, also had what Langley classifies as a satisfactory year.Langley also acknowledged the contribution made by the group’s 4,000 employees and welcomed around 300 employees of the newly acquired DruckChemie group to the family of businesses.
Kodak is establishing a new organizational structure to take effect on January 1, 2015, with five business divisions: Print Systems; Enterprise Inkjet Systems; Micro 3D Printing and Packaging; Software and Solutions; and Consumer and Film. “Kodak has an extraordinary product and service portfolio, groundbreaking scientific and engineering expertise, and a world-famous and highly trusted brand,” said Jeff Clarke, Kodak Chief Executive Officer. “We now have the right organizational structure for deploying those strengths to drive growth.” The Print Systems division is to be led by Brad Kruchten, focusing on graphic arts and commercial print customers with printing plates, computer to plate (CTP) imaging, electrophotographic press technology, OEM toner and all equipment services. Enterprise Inkjet Systems is to be led by Philip Cullimore, focusing on existing inkjet technologies like the Prosper and Versamark, as well as ink OEM solutions. Micro 3D Printing and Packaging is to be led (on an interim basis) by Philip Cullimore, focusing on packaging customers and display OEM partners with products such as Flexcel NX systems, legacy packaging solutions and touch sensor films. The Software and Solutions division is to be led by Eric-Yves Mahe and the Consumer and Film division is to be led by Steven Overman, who is also Kodak’s Chief Marketing Officer. Kodak is also combining its current four regional sales organizations into two: Europe, United States and Canada, Australia and New Zealand (EUCAN) and Asia, Latin America, Middle East and Africa (ALMA). These will be led by John O’Grady, Managing Director, EUCAN, and Lois Lebegue, Managing Director, ALMA. In addition to CEO Jeff Clarke, the company has also altered its executive structure to reduce overlap with the following leaders: John McMullen, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President; Mark Green, Chief Human Resources Officer and Senior Vice President; Steven Overman, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President; Patrick Sheller, General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Administrative Officer and Senior Vice President; Terry Taber, Chief Technical Officer and Senior Vice President; and Kim VanGelder, Chief Information Officer and Vice President.
PDS of Scarborough, Ont., becomes a Canadian distributor for Duplo, focusing on both the manufacturer’s office and production equipment. Duplo was established in Japan in 1951 after it manufactured one of the first duplicators in the printing industry. The company is now focused on developing short-run finishing systems, which is the primary distribution arena of PDS.Duplo recently released its new high-end 600i Booklet System. Integrating the automatic DBM-600 Bookletmaker with the high-speed DSC-10/60i Suction Collators, the 600i Booklet System produces professional saddle, side, or corner-stitched booklets as well as letter landscape applications. The 600i Booklet System can produce up to 5,200 booklets or collate up to 10,000 sets per hour into a stacker.
PDS, founded in 1984 by President Dave Kisiloski, becomes a distributor for Mutoh and its range of large-format inkjet systems. The full-dealer arrangement means PDS will also look after service and marketing of the systems.The non-exclusive agreement allows for Canada-wide distribution, however, PDS explains it plans to focus its distribution of Mutoh products within the Ontario market. PDS will be concentrating on all eco-solvent and small UV flatbed printers.In relation to the Mutoh deal, PDS also plans to provide medias like Ultraflex and accessories from Royal Souvrine large format laminators, trimmers and banner welding machines, grommet presses.PDS also represents manufactures like Oki, MBM Triumph, Memjet, Mitsubishi, Ryobi, and Challenge and many more leading manufactures in our industry.PDS continues to Provide Technology for Todays Printers.
Air Motion Systems of River Falls, WI, enters a strategic partnership to have KOMCAN serve as the exclusive distributor of Air Motion’s LED UV and UV curing technologies in Canada. “[KOMCAN] is excited to be working with a world-class company like AMS. AMS has long proven to be the leader in UV curing technologies and pioneers in LED and low energy UV curing,” said Steve Ranson, CEO of KOMCAN. “We at KOMCAN will now be able to offer our Komori customers as well as all other offset equipment users the local sales and support of the complete line of AMS UV curing."KOMCAN, based in Georgetown, Ontario, is also the exclusive Komori distributor for Western Canada and Ontario, providing presses, service, OEM parts and consumable products.“Canada has been a fantastic market for AMS for almost two decades,” said Steve Metcalf, President and CEO of Air Motion Systems, which is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-performance UV LED and UV ARC Lamp systems for the printing industry. “The adoption rate of LED UV in the sheetfed market has been key to the outstanding growth of our technology.”
Tilia Labs Inc. of Ottawa, Ontario entered into an exclusive agreement with Fujifilm Global Graphic Systems to distribute its Phoenix imposition and planning software in Japan. The technology, using JDF protocols, can be combined with Fujifilm’s XMF workflow."It is a great pleasure to be partnering with Fujifilm and begin offering Phoenix to the Japanese market. Increasing automation and efficiency has always been a core driving force in our product development,” said Sagen de Jonge, CEO at Tilia Labs. “Phoenix goes a long way to speed up the planning and imposition stages of production, and combined with Fujifilm Workflow XMF, this automation can be extended all the way to RIP." Phoenix is designed for a range of work, such as packaging, labels, tags, and wide-format, among other applications. Tilia Labs explains Phoenix’ set of ganging tools allow for generating accurate estimates in minutes, which can then be re-used for final touches in prepress. Phoenix also has what Tilia Labs describes as specific integration with XMF allowing for seamless pass off via JDF to Fujifilm's workflow.“We are excited about launching Phoenix into the Japanese market,” said Shigenori Tsuji, Senior VP of Workflow Division of Fujifilm Global Graphic Systems. “Combined with Fujifilm Workflow XMF 6.1 with Adobe Mercury RIP Architecture, which has already been well accepted in the market, we will be initially targeting mainly folding-carton applications, but we are foreseeing its capability for wider applications in the future.” Tsuji continues to explain Phoenix is Fujifilm’s choice to jump into the folding-carton segment due mainly to its ease-of-use and rapid development cycle.
Drytac, a manufacturer of adhesive-coated products, appoints ND Graphics as its exclusive Canadian distributor for the sign and large-format printing market. The move, according to Drytac, was in part due to its 2013 acquisition of a second manufacturing and coating operation in Toronto, which has resulted in greater demand for product distribution. Drytac also states it is becoming increasingly focused on expanding its presence in self-adhesive markets, such as labels and tags used in packaging, automotive and industrial applications. With 10 stocking locations across Canada and an outside sales staff of more than 30, Drytac explains ND Graphics is well equipped to support existing business and to develop new business in the sign and imaging markets. ND Graphics stocks approximately 4,000 products, including equipment and print material, and has established customer service and technical support teams.“It is imperative that Drytac focus on manufacturing and custom coating in Canada,” said Mike Wildbore, Drytac’s Vice President of Sales. “By partnering with ND Graphics, we will be able to shift our attention to industrial and non-graphic markets that offer untapped potential for our business.”Drytac manufacturing of adhesive-coated products focuses on applications like graphic films, window films, double-sided tapes, self-adhesive print media, label stock, industrial adhesives, and heat-activated and pressure-sensitive laminates and mounting adhesives.
EFI and Konica Minolta Business Solutions (KMBS) signed a non-exclusive agreement for KMBS to distribute and service EFI’s wide-format inkjet imaging technology across North America. The announcement was made during Konica Minolta’s National Dealer Meeting in Los Angeles.“EFI has longstanding, successful strategic alliance with KMBS centred on the development of EFI Fiery products for Konica Minolta production equipment, and we are very pleased to have the opportunity to expand our partnership,” said Frank Mallozzi, EFI’s Senior VP of Worldwide Sales and Marketing.The 65-inch-wide EFI H1625 LED hybrid inkjet printer will be the first system available through the KMBS sales network this coming May. It features four colour grayscale print heads producing what EFI describes as near-photographic image quality, as well as white-ink capabilities.
manroland web systems and Ultimate TechnoGraphics have been working together to development a new product called Imposer, which Germany’s manroland web describes as the first automated imposition technology for digital and offset printing.“We want to support our customers, which so far mainly consisted of digital printing press users and all main manufacturers of digital printing presses,” said Joanne David, President and CEO, Ultimate TechnoGraphics. “It is great to know that from now on offset printers will also benefit from our imposition expertise.”Within the past 18 months, manroland web systems has focused on establishing its own software solutions for digital printing, primarily with products called MasterQ and WorkflowBridge, which automatically control digital finishing aggregates and manage jobs. Hildegard Heckl, Product Manager Digital and the lead of manroland web’s software development effort, states the new Imposer product is “just as intelligent and promises to be equally successful.” In developing Imposer, manroland web supplied the core intelligence that describes the imposition logics based on the capability of its devices and Ultimate TechnoGraphics executes the processing of the printing data. The software supplies job-specific imposed data that is prepared for digital and offset printing. Whether for printing books, advertising or newspapers, Imposer is ideally suited for frequent job and product changeovers.“The software features a specific logic. It recognizes and uses the production aggregates, the optimized production processes, and the job structure,” said Andreas Elchlepp, Product Management Software Development Digital & Workflow Solutions at manroland web. The patent-pending method allows for creating impositions that are specifically matched to the printing jobs. “It was time for the development of a software which imposes the jobs for hybrid printing and that breaches the gap in data preparation,” said Elchlepp. “Our solution is modular and perfectly matches existing customer requirements, while being scalable and dynamic for the largest variety of production settings.”
AVT of Israel, which develops technology for print inspection and process control, and quality assurance, is now collaborating proofing solutions provider Global Vision. Under the agreement, Global Vision will provide AVT with a new software engine for its offline inspection solutions, which are customized to suit the specific needs of the printing industry. The partnership also enables AVT to serve as Global Vision’s print market sales arm, as the two companies will jointly develop inspection tools for specific sectors, including the labeling and packaging marketplaces. The companies also will co-develop print quality assurance solutions that connect inline and offline inspection systems. “Our partners at Global Vision offer unsurpassed offline verification and inspection solutions for the markets they serve,” said Jaron Lotan, CEO, AVT. “As a result of our newfound synergy, AVT can now provide its customers all-inclusive tools regardless of printing technology and application.” Among AVT’s latest offline solutions is SolidProof, which the company describes as providing 100 percent assurance for wide web, narrow web and sheetfed applications. SolidProof automatically eliminates conversion errors and undetected defects during the pre-press stage. The goal of the system is to reduce the need for manual inspection and to bring waste levels to near-zero. SolidProof also features intelligent cropping and automatic alignment utilities, reporting and multi-lingual inspection capabilities, as well as options for barcode and Braille verification and a 21 CFR Part 11 compliance module for the pharmaceutical sector. There are more than 7,000 AVT systems are installed at customer sites worldwide. “In AVT, Global Vision now has an influential, reputable arm in the print market, while we help bolster AVT’s presence in other capacities,” said Reuben Malz, CEO, Global Vision. “The collaboration is an ideal match that will, most importantly, improve the overall print inspection solutions space through increased access and innovation.”
Allegra Network LLC announced it plans to install Avanti Slingshot as the new core of WorkStream, a Web storefront to MIS workflow platform used by its North American base of 270 marketing and print communications franchises. The move to Avanti Slingshot was led by Ricoh Americas, one of Allegra’s key printing technology providers, which made a multimillion-dollar investment in Avanti Computer Systems back in July 2013. In December 2014, Ricoh acquired PTI Marketing Technologies, described as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) asset management and marketing solutions provider, building on an preexisting technology partnership between itself, Avanti and PTI. Allegra, based Plymouth, Michigan, states it selected Avanti Slingshot for its ability to provide an easy-to-use, cloud-based platform to support its franchises of all sizes. “We pride ourselves on providing our franchise community with the technology and tools they need to efficiently manage their businesses, and Avanti Slingshot delivers with its robust suite of modules and ability to handle multiple lines of business,” said Joe D’Aguanno, Chief Technology Officer, Allegra Network. “Our relationship with Allegra is one we are extremely proud of at Ricoh. A truly innovative company, Allegra sees the need for tools that can effectively help their business grow and their operations to continuously enhance,” said John Fulena, VP Production Printing Business Group, Ricoh Americas. “Avanti Slingshot is an award-winning and proven solution… we are very pleased that Allegra has chosen this solution and look forward to our continued collaboration.” Avanti Slingshot was launched in 2013 as a browser-based platform for quoting, job ticketing, costing and tracking, through to billing. Slingshot modules can be added as a franchise member expands into new lines of business, such as large format. “Avanti Slingshot is a fantastic tool to help cultivate a more meaningful customer relationship, helping our clients remain competitive in the ever-changing print market landscape,” said Patrick Bolan, President and CEO, Avanti. “This is the beginning of a long-term relationship between Ricoh, Avanti and Allegra Networks…”
During the first press conference of Graph Expo 2014, Mark Hischar, President and CEO of KBA North America, announced Koenig & Bauer Group will collaborate with HP to develop new roll-to-roll inkjet solutions for the corrugated packaging market. The co-developed solutions, with KBA providing its expertise in paper transport systems and HP its inkjet knowledge, are to be marketed under the HP brand. HP estimates the corrugated package printing industry represents an addressable market of US$2.5 billion. Hischar also pointed to segment trends like SKU proliferation, micro-segmentation and shorter product lifecycles as driving demand high-speed inkjet press technology. Both companies would not elaborate on the systems under development beyond stating they are focusing on roll-to-roll thermal inkjet systems. KBA North America also announced a new strategic alliance to jointly market Tensor printing equipment to the semi-commercial, insert and newspaper print markets worldwide. Under the terms of the agreement, KBA will actively promote Tensor’s single-width printing solutions. At Graph Expo, KBA North America also introduced its new RotaJET L Series Inkjet Press designed as a modular system, available in various web widths, maximum printing widths, and color content. The series is aimed at markets like book, direct mail, magazine, newspaper, packaging and industrial printing. The new KBA press series includes five RotaJET printing systems that can handle web widths ranging from 895 to 1,300 mm (35.2 to 51.1 inches). KBA explains it is possible to upgrade a KBA RotaJET 89 (web width 895 mm/35.2 inches) to a RotaJET 100, RotaJET 112, RotaJET 123 or the high-end RotaJET 130 (web width 1,300 mm/51.1 inches). It is also possible to modify a monochrome system into a four-colour system. KBA’s existing RotaJET 76 system is still available but its printing width of 781 mm (30.7 inches) cannot be extended.
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG is realigning the manufacturing of its postpress equipment through a new OEM partnership with Masterwork Machinery Co. headquartered in Tianjin, China. Heidelberg states production of postpress equipment at its German manufacturing sites is no longer competitive under the new market conditions. The company’s postpress in Germany are to be discontinued, except for production of folding machines at its Ludwigsburg site, a city in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, about 12 kilometres north of Stuttgart. Postpress packaging products and solutions will in the future be developed and manufactured by the new Chinese OEM partner Masterwork Machinery with Heidelberg retaining responsibility for sales and service activities. For postpress products in the commercial-printing area, Heidelberg will only continue to market its existing folding machines and cutters, therefore not affecting business with Polar technology. Swiss company Müller Martini will take over service activities for installed equipment from the discontinued series. “The competitiveness of postpress product lines at Heidelberg was limited, so these activities are being placed on an entirely new footing,” stated Heidelberg CEO Gerold Linzbach. These measures are to result in the closure of Heidelberg’s Leipzig site and a reduction in the company’s workforce at Ludwigsburg and Wiesloch-Walldorf sites. A total of around 650 employees worldwide will be affected.
QuadTech has formed a new partnership with the Gallus Group of Switzerland to provide QuadTech’s closed-loop colour control and colour measurement systems for Gallus’ offset, flexo and gravure presses. “Gallus has vast market experience and the widest customer base in the label printing industry. However, we recognized the opportunity to partner with QuadTech to provide our customers with state-of-the-art spectral colour measurement and colour control systems,” stated Dr. Thomas Weber, Supplier Relationship Management at Gallus. The initial integration plan between the two companies focuses on the QuadTech Color Control System with SpectralCam, which provides automated inline, closed-loop colour control for offset operations. SpectralCam adjusts ink keys to maintain specified colour targets on the fly and at full press speeds. Flexo and gravure printers can also leverage the QuadTech Color Measurement System with SpectralCam for inline monitoring of all packaging substrates, including challenging translucent, transparent and reflective films. Colour variations, explains QuadTech, are sent to the operator in real-time to change colour specifications, eliminating press stoppages and the manual process of removing sections of the web to measure colour.
Kodak has opened a new manufacturing line at its Columbus, Georgia, facility to produce its Sonora Process Free Plates, which the company states are currently being used by more than 2,700 printers around the world.The company marked the opening of this new manufacturing line with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Eastman Kodak Company CEO, Jeff Clarke; President, Print Systems Division and Senior Vice President Eastman Kodak Company, Brad Kruchten; as well as community leaders and customers.“Today’s opening of this new manufacturing line keeps us on an accelerated pace toward our goal of helping printers become more sustainable with Sonora Process Free Plates,” said Clarke. “Kodak is committed to providing solutions that increase the sustainability of the printing industry, while also reducing printing costs. This is good business and good for our environment.”Kodak explains its Sonora plates eliminate water, chemical and energy use required when processing traditional plates. Without the need for processing equipment, Kodak explains the average printer using 20,000 square metres of plates can save up to $99,000 annually. Sonora plates are currently being used in a range of commercial print, book, newspaper and packaging print facilities. Specific Sonora plate brands are rated for 200,000 run lengths.
Sihl LLC and Arkwright Advanced Coating Inc. became one company, based in Fiskeville, Rhode Island, beginning on January 1, 2014. The newly combined company is to be called Sihl Inc. Sihl is a manufacturer of coated and processed papers, films, and fabrics. The move includes the company moving to a new Website address, from sihlusa.com to sihlinc.com (effective January 5, 2015). The name Sihl is derived from the river in Switzerland on which the founders built a paper mill in 1478 to fill demand that followed Gutenberg’s invention of mechanical movable type. Arkwright Advanced Coating Inc. opened in 1802 as cotton spinning mill as part of the industrial revolution. The company flourished as apparel fabric became coated industrial fabric, which eventually led to its development of coated films. The company today has five coating lines, eight converting machines and approximately 100 employees serving a capacity 30 million square metres of photo paper, transfer paper, IJ and toner receptive film. Sihl AG, the parent company of Sihl Inc., is based in Bern, Switzerland, while a second production plant is based in Düren, Germany, as Sihl GmbH. This includes specialty materials for inkjet, solvent, UV curable, latex and toner-receptive wide format plotters, printers, and presses.
Mohawk expects to produce 500-million envelopes annually in South Hadley, Massachusetts, when the papermaker, described as North America’s largest privately owned manufacturer of fine papers, envelopes and specialty substrates, takes over an 112,342-square-foot early in the New Year. The facility is expected to be fully functional by the end of April 2015. The announcement comes after the Massachusetts Office of Business Development Economic Assistance Coordinating Council voted unanimously to approve Mohawk’s application for a special tax assessment for the facility. Mohawk intends to enter into a 7-year lease agreement. “Our plan to create a new envelope converting facility in South Hadley, Massachusetts represents our commitment to further growth of Mohawk’s envelope business,” said Thomas O’Connor Jr., Chairman and CEO of Mohawk. “Since January (2014], we have committed to investments of nearly $5 million in new envelope converting equipment and facility upgrades, and the creation of 100 new jobs for skilled envelope workers. Our envelope business is vibrant, rapidly growing, and we are uniquely positioned to serve our customers with fast delivery, exceptional integrity, and the highest quality envelopes available in the industry.” Mohawk plans to invest up to $2 million to retrofit the South Hadley facility, including upgrades to electrical systems, installation of air and vacuum lines, and the purchase and installation of envelope converting and manufacturing equipment. Mohawk expects to produce over 500-million envelopes annually at the new facility. The site will also feature warehouse space to service the company’s customers along the East Coast and Mid-Atlantic regions, as well as overseas businesses. “We selected the South Hadley location because the layout of the building is ideal for our manufacturing needs,” said Bob Scammell, Mohawk’s Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Operations. “The site is essentially move-in ready and requires minimal construction prior to becoming operational, and there is an abundant pool of highly skilled envelope workers in Western Massachusetts.” Approximately 40 new employees will be hired to staff the new South Hadley facility, which will operate five days a week, three shifts per day. Mohawk also owns and operates a one million square-foot paper and envelope converting facility in Ashtabula, Ohio, which produces 1.5 billion envelopes a year. In early 2014, Mohawk grew its envelope operations at its Ohio facility by adding 75 new employees to a total of 200 and expanding operations by investing millions of dollars in converting equipment upgrades.
Seiko Epson Corporation of Tokyo plans to invest 12.3 billion yen ($1.2 billion) in its manufacturing subsidiary Epson Precision Philippines Inc. to construct a new plant for increasing inkjet printer and 3LCD projector production volumes. The facilities will be constructed inside the existing site by the early part of 2017, with operations slated to begin in the spring of that year. Epson plans to install a large solar power generation system with a capacity of approximately 3,000 kWh on the roof of the new plant. This system will reduce overall daytime electricity consumption at Epson Precision by half. As it implements its mid-range business plan, Epson has determined that its current inkjet printer and projector manufacturing facilities in China, Indonesia and the Philippines are insufficient to meet expected demand. In inkjet printers, the company is forecasting the need to significantly boost production capacity for its core high-capacity ink tank models and also for office inkjets. Epson also sees the need to increase projector production as it expands its lineup. With growing demand for projectors used in business and education, expanding commercial applications, and increasing penetration in emerging economies, Epson forecasts its growth will surpass that of the market. Epson plans to increase the workforce of Epson Precision in the Philippine to approximately 20,000 from the current level of 12,500.
The C.J. Group of Companies, led by President and founder Jay Mandarino, finalized the purchase of a new building at 249 Evans Avenue, which is in Toronto’s Mimico neighbourhood on the southwest corner of Evans and Horner. The 60,000-square-foot facility includes 29-foot-high ceilings and a second floor with 10,000 square feet of space. It will house C.J. Group’s large format and fulfillment/distribution services, as well as the company’s Digital, Interactive, and Designedge magazine properties. Two recent acquisitions will transition to the new location as well, and the company plans to add a full mailing house operation in the next five months. Renovations are under way and moving will begin in late November to be completed by January. The C.J. Group of Companies now owns three facilities totaling more than 150,000 square feet.“Thanks to all our great clients, staff and suppliers who have supported our growth,” said Jay Mandarino, President and founder of C.J. Group.
The Toyo Ink Group based in Tokyo, Japan, continued to expand its manufacturing presence in India, with the inauguration of its second production site in the country. The new US$17 million facility in Dahej, Gujarat state, along the eastern coast of India, has begun making offset inks with a production capacity of 10,000 m. tons, which is nearly three times that of the company’s first manufacturing facility in Delhi. The Gujarat plant will also supply inks on a global level, particularly to nearby markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “Growing demand has pushed production at our Delhi plant to capacity,” stated Shingo Nishikaze, Chairman of Toyo Ink India Pvt. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Toyo Ink Group. “With the establishment of a second inks plant, we are well-positioned now and in the future to support our customers’ growth in India and its neighboring regions.” Toyo Ink India first began manufacturing offset inks at its Delhi plant in 2008 and then expanded production to include inkjet inks in 2011 and gravure inks for the food-packaging sector in 2012. In 2013, the Toyo Ink Group established a manufacturing joint venture for azo pigments with Heubach Colour Pvt. Ltd., a producer of organic pigments. Located in Ankleshwar, also in the Gujarat state, the production site for the new alliance Heubach Toyo Colour Pvt. Ltd. is expected to come onstream soon with an annual capacity of 2,000 m. tons.
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