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Avery Products Canada is providing 7,500 school supply kits to students in under-resourced classrooms across Canada. The campaign, which has already been applied in 20 Canadian schools, is being produced in partnership with The Michael “Pinball” Clemons Foundation (MPCF) and change maker Hannah Alper. Each kit is filled with Avery classroom supplies, such as binders, dividers, hi-liters and kids ID labels.“Avery Products Canada is pleased to be working with MPCF on this great program to give back to Canadian schools and communities,” said Lynn Livesey, General Manager of Avery Canada. “At Avery we truly believe in caring and supporting each other so this program is a natural extension of what we do every day.”The campaign is also being driven by social media platforms under the title of #AveryGivesBack, which includes a commitment for further monetary donations from Avery based on video shares. Avery Products Canada is a division of CCL Industries Inc. based in Whitby, Ontario.
Organizers of Graph Expo 2016, scheduled to run from September 25 to 28 in Orlando, Florida, have released their annual list of Must See 'Ems. Exhibitors of the trade show can enter an unlimited number of products, with a $250 entry fee per product, that are then evaluated across 11 categories by a selection committee. The top vote getter in each category wins the best-of-category Must See 'Ems award.Listed below, in alphabetical order, are the 2016 MUST SEE 'EMS award winners in each of the 11 categories:Sales and Order EntryInfigo Software Ltd., Catfish-Mega EditPixopa Inc., Web-to-Print SolutionsRadix Software Services Pvt. Ltd., Unified-W2P Advanced B2B nConnectPrepress and PremediaCGS Publishing Technologies, ORIS Flex Pack // Web VisualizerElectronics for Imaging, Optitex CollaborateUltimate TechnoGraphics Inc., Impostrip Automation v10 AutoNestingXerox Corp., Xerox FreeFlow Core version 5.0Xerox Corp., Xerox FreeFlow Digital PublisherColour Management and Quality ControlCanon U.S.A., PRISMAsync Color Print Server - G7 CalibrationElectronics for Imaging, EFIFiery Color Profiler Suite G7 calibration and verificationLake Image Systems Inc., Discovery Roll InspectorVariable, Transactional and Multi-ChannelElectronics for Imaging, EFI Digital Marketing Automation PlatformHP Inc., Link TechnologyXMPie (Xerox), Campaigns-on-DemandPressroom: Analog PressesRYOBI MHI Graphic Technology, RMGT 920ST-5-A+LED-UVPressroom: Digital PressesCanon U.S.A., Océ VarioPrint i300Electronics for Imaging, EFI Nozomi C18000HP Inc., HP Indigo 12000 Digital PressHP Inc., HP PageWide Web Press T390 HDMGI USA, Meteor Unlimited Colors Press SeriesXeikon, Trillium OneXerox Corp., Xerox Brenva HD Production Inkjet PressPressroom: Wide-FormatElectronics for Imaging, EFI AquaEndure InksElectronics for Imaging, EFI Armor Erase UV CoatingEpson America Inc., Epson SureColor S80600Postpress and In-line FinishingC.P. Bourg Inc., Bourg Preparation ModuleMGI USA, JET Varnish 3D EvolutionScodix, Scodix Ultra Pro Digital Print Enhancement Platform with Scodix FoilImprinting, Mailing, Shipping and FulfillmentBCC Software, Integratec API PlatformNeopost USA, MACH 6Neopost USA, Neopost AS-650Solimar Systems, Inkjet Mailing and Efficiency SolutionManagement SystemsElectronics for Imaging, EFI and Esko integrated workflow for digital packagingElectronics for Imaging, EFI Corrugated Packaging SuiteHP Inc. - HP PrintOSThe Future of PrintMGI USA , AIS SmartScannerPrinterPresence, PrinterPresence app for ZapierXerox Corp., Xerox Direct to Object Inkjet Printer
After spending three days in Düsseldorf, the positive vibe and innovation displayed at  drupa 2016 illustrates print is far from dead, even if how and when it will be produced is changing significantly.This year I had the privilege to attend the drupa tradeshow again. I was in good company with seven students from the Graphic Communications Management program at Ryerson University and six of my colleagues. We spent three days at drupa exploring the trade show.First of all, I would like to say that the whole show carried a very positive and energetic vibe. It was like a fest, almost a party, compared to the sombre tone from 2012. The halls were bustling with people from more than 188 different countries. Many pieces of equipment carried a Sold to... sign. I see this as a positive trend towards the future of the printing industry. Companies are investing again to modernize their equipment and add new services. Yes, the hype of the show was HP, which had hall 17 completely to itself, as well as Landa, Kodak and Highcon. There were many exhibits in regards to 3D printing, functional printing and so on, but the majority of exhibitors were focused on supporting existing businesses and their needs from new inks to better knifes for a cutter. The paper manufacturers had a hall to themselves to show off many new products. What I also liked was the hustling and bustling in hall 1, occupied by Heidelberg.Overall, 260,000 visitors visited the 1,837 exhibitors who themselves came from 54 different countries. These numbers are little bit less than statistics from drupa 2012, but, as I said before, the spirit was quite positive throughout the show. Messe Düsseldorf states 54 percent of the visitors came to drupa with concrete investment intentions and 29 percent placed orders and another 30 percent plan to place orders after drupa.Digital print trendsAlthough previous drupa trade shows have been labelled as the digital drupa, this 2016 version was for sure the digital drupa. Benny Landa’s famous saying  “Anything than can be printed digital, will be printed digital” was clearly on display at the show. The speed of digital presses using inkjet technology is continuing to increase and the print resolution is also getting better. Sometimes you really have to look closely (with a magnifying glass) to see the difference. Also more and more special inks are being developed for digital printing presses, which used to be available only in offset or flexo ink sets.Kodak showed interesting new inkjet technology with the introduction of its Ultrastream platform, which was incorporated into its Prosper 6000C press. Landa, meanwhile, stated it will finally ship machines after the show to a number of beta customers. Automation is still a big topic by all accounts. Due to the increasing number of short run jobs, the changeover between print jobs has to be as quick as possible. Expanded gamut printing is not only a trend for digital printing, it also for conventional printing. Expanded gamut printing uses CMYK plus OGV (Orange, green and violet, sometimes also called blue), to cover up to 95 percent of the Pantone book. Using expanded gamut printing eliminates wash-up or ink changing between press run. Digital presses and conventional presses were shown at drupa that used this technology during live demonstrations and the changeover time was a few minutes for new plates or plate cylinders before the next print job started printing. Pantone just released a book that shows the Pantone colours and how they can be achieved using expanded gamut printing. Just think of it as the Pantone Bridge book, but instead of four colours, seven colours are being used. I also saw quite a number of vendors showing MIS technology. One would think that this is somewhat of an old hat, but there still seems to be quite a need for it. Another important item seems to be Digital Asset Management (DAM) systems. Local and cloud-based solutions were shown. I found it interesting that each user can have different levels of access, from low resolution, for position only, up to full editing rights. The important DAM trend is that the original image does not get edited, it is always a copy that is being modified. The DAM systems can also be searched to see which image was used for which product or campaign.A clear indication of the changing print industry was that HP had hall 17 completely to itself. In 2008 HP had a relatively small booth in a hall. In 2012, the company occupied half of a hall, and it was one of the busiest booths at that show. In 2016, HP was the largest exhibitor at drupa 2016 with its hall measuring 6,200 square metres. It would be possible to write a complete article on all of the things HP showed in hall 17, but I am focusing on just a few items that sparked my interest. The first item is the HP T490 HD PageWide inkjet web press. It can run webs from 16 to 42 inches wide. The press can run in two modes, called performance and quality mode. In quality mode, the press runs at 500 feet per minute and at 1,000 feet per minute in performance mode. I asked a representative from HP what the amortization period for such a press would be and received the answer of 20 years. It was pointed out to me that the press is field upgradable in regards to the inkjet heads and also in regards to the digital front end (DFE). I also asked about ink costs. Although the inks costs are twice as much as offset inks, there are no costs for plates, make-ready or wash-up.HP prides itself in the fact that the T-series machines are made from solid metal, even the small gears, and therefore built to last. HP is also experimenting with different kind of inks that used to be only available for conventional print processes. The company is experimenting with colour-shifting and glitter inks, fluorescents, spot gloss, adhesive, thermochromic ink, silver ink and also with digital lenticular ink. In order to show off the versatility of the inks, HP displayed a board with print samples produced on coated paper, compressed cardboard, synthetic paper, SBS, fluted PP, foam PVC, PE film, Acrylic and Polyester film.HP’s 3D printer is set to mix-up the 3D print market. The difference to most current models is that it does not matter if one copy or 10 copies of the same item are made, as long as they fit on the table inside the device. HP leverages Jet Fusion technology that uses bonding and fusing agents that are applied separately after the material has been deposited. Another unique feature of the 3D system is its ability to print in colour.Kodak, as mentioned, introduced its Prosper 6000C inkjet press with Ultrastream technology, which is based on a continuous-feed inkjet system to achieve high print speeds. This allows users to print at an equivalent resolution of 1,200 x 1,200 dpi. The web width on this machine can range from eight to 97 inches. The web speed can reach up to 500 feet per minute and is limited to 150 feet per minute for vinyls and plastics. The inks are safe for indirect food contact. Due to the high printing speed of the Propser 6000C inkjet press, the roll unwind is handled by a MEGTEC roll stand and the in-line folding operation is done by a manroland websystems’ Foldline technology.The new NexPress zx3900 has five printing units and can print white ink and MICR ink. The operator also has the option to change the fusion roller to achieve a different gloss on the printed material. This press can be equipped with a fusion roller for a glossy finish or a matte finish, without changing the toner.  Xeikon is known for its toner-based digital print machines delivering a high print quality. At drupa 2012, the Trillium toner technology was introduced, but at this year’s drupa a working roll-to-roll press using this technology was shown. The interesting thing about Trillium toner technology is its use of a liquid toner. The liquid toner gets transported via an anilox roller and a doctor roller onto the photoconductor drum. From the photoconductor drum, the image is then transferred onto an intermediate rubber-covered cylinder before the transfer to the substrate takes place. All this time, the toner is in a carrier oil. The Trillium technology is slated towards short-run book printing, transactional direct mail and transpromo printing. Xeikon also showed machines geared toward the short-run label market. The printing machine can be  equipped for heat transfer or in-mold labels.Delphax, a Canadian player in the inkjet printing market, uses the Memjet print head technology in its Elan 500 press. Interestingly, this machine has a relatively high speed for cutsheet inkjet printing. The top speed hits 500 sheets per minute in A4/letter size. The maximum print resolution can be 1,600 dpi and full duplex is possible in one pass. The maximum sheet size for the Elan 500 is 18 x 26 inches and the paper weight can range from 20 to 130 lb.At drupa 2012, Benny Landa introduced the printing world to his Nanography branding. Nanography uses nano-sized pigment particles in a water-based inkjet ink. The difference to current inkjet technology is that the water gets removed from the inkjet ink before the printed image gets transferred to the substrate. In Nanography, the image is jetted onto a heated transfer belt, which removes all the water from the ink and turns the ink into a semi-plastic, before it gets transferred to the substrate. The design of the S10 sheetfed press has changed a lot from drupa 2012. The machine looks more like a conventional printing press with a cockpit at the end. The press also has coating capabilities if the customer so desires. Beta machines of the S10 presses will soon be delivered to selected beta-site customers. Quad-Graphics is one the selected customers for North America. Landa positions its technology in terms of production between current digital print technology and offset print technology, at the run lengths between 1,000 and 10,000. This was shown during its theatre style presentation. It was also stressed that the quality of the printed dot on coated and uncoated paper is higher compared to current inkjet technologies. Images were on display that demonstrated this fact. Another advantage for Landa is, that the CMYK gamut of its inks is wider than the conventional CMYK gamut, as is the case with most inkjet systems. Landa can also print with an expanded gamut set that covers almost all of the Pantone colours. Interestingly, the ink containers are made from cardboard and can be flattened and recycled once the plastic bag that contains the ink concentrate is empty. The plastic bag for the ink can be recycled in the current plastic recycling stream.  Prints made with Nanographic inks are also recyclable according to the INGEDE test method.Landa also unveiled a new technology brand called Metallography, which is set to replace foil stamping for any kind of metallic ink effect on any kind of printing. The Metallography application unit can be retrofitted onto an existing press. This concept was shown on a narrow-web flexographic press. Metallography uses nano-silver which is attracted to the printed material via a trigger image and a donour roll applies the metallic flake to the print. Metallography can save a lot of metallic foil material. It was said that one kg of this silver material replaces 3,000 kg of foil stamping material. Another advantage of this process is that prints with Metallography can be used in a microwave without causing any fires or damaging electric discharges.Conventional print trendsAlthough most of the hype at drupa was around digital printing, current industry powers were not sitting on their hands and waiting for things to happen. Many inventions were shown in press technology for offset and flexography that drive the use of automation and shorter time frames between printing jobs. True press and print automation can only be done if the press operator prints to the numbers. Some of the lifting that used to be done in the press room needs to take place in the pre-media portion of any job through profiling, but also the press has to be set for printing at optimal print conditions. Heidelberg’s hall was quite full the day I visited. Many people were talking with representatives from Heidelberg and a flair of excitement was in the air.Heidelberg showed its Speedmaster XL106-8-P with UV LED curing, which is technology I saw at other well-know press manufacturers. It seems that UV LED, although not new, is to become more mainstream. On the XL 106, Heidelberg introduced the concept of autonomous manufacturing, printing one job after another with the operator there to stop the press, not to start it. Heidelberg calls this principle Push to stop. During the short presentation of the XL 106, three small jobs were completed. The operator only needed to take the plates from job #1 out from the automatic plate changer and load the plates for job#3 into the plate loading system. The press starts automatically based on the lined-up jobs.Of course, the main attraction for me in the Heidelberg hall was the Primefire 106, a digital inkjet press built in co-operation with Fujifilm. Heidelberg contributed the paper handling and coating unit, while Fujifilm provided its inkjet print heads. The showcased press was configured for 7-colour printing with expanded gamut and the print resolution is 1,200 x 1,200 dpi. One feature I liked a lot on this press is the fact that the operator gets a pulled sheet by the touch of a button on the control table. Gallus showcased its Labelfire 340 which is based on UV-inkjet technology with in-line finishing. The press prints at 1,200 x 1,200 dpi with up to eight colours. The 8th colour is white plus CMYK and OGV. Again, expanded gamut printing is used. The print speed ranges from 50 to 150 feet per minute.I walked onto the KBA booth when a demonstration of the Flexotechnica XD LR started. The common impression cylinder flexographic printing press showed that it is possible to print with water-based inks on clear PET film. The press can also be configured to run EB-curable inks. Another development from KBA, in co-operation with Xerox, is the 40-inch VariJET 106 for the folding carton market. This press prints at 4,500 iph and is geared toward short-run applications of folding cartons. The press can be configured with coating, cold-foil, rotary die-cutting, creasing and perforating units. Esko shared a booth with other companies now belonging to Danaher, including X-Rite, Pantone and Enfocus. Together with seven GCM students and six colleagues we had an extended tour of the booth. For nine out of 10 major brands, Esko solutions are used to produce packaging. One interesting new Esko product is the CDI Crystal 5080 imager, which can be used for HD Flexo and Full HD flexo plates. Esko has simplified the operation of this imager with a touchscreen mounted to the left of the device. The operator more or less just pushes a start or stop button. The machine features a fully automatic plate loading and ejecting system. The imager can be combined with the XPS Crystal 5080 for the exposure of the plates. The unique feature of the plate exposure unit is that front and back exposure are done in the same moment through an exposure bar that travels over the plate with UV LED exposure for the back exposure. Esko also introduced a combination of a robotic loading and unloading with a Kongsberg table for cutting and scoring. The unique thing is that the cutting table and robotic loading arm “talk” to each other, so both machines know what the other one is doing and do not try  to execute conflicting operations.The German company Bobst might be familiar to most people for its die-cutting machines, but it also builds flexo and gravure printing presses. Bobst showed its M6 flexographic printing press for food packaging. The demonstrated press ran in extended gamut configuration with UV-flexographic inks. The press has two unique features, including tracking the curing of the UV ink after each print unit and the ability to change plate cylinders on the fly. The press has one plate cylinder in use, while the other one is in a waiting position. When the operator presses the button for a complete plate change, the press slows down to make-ready speed and a system lifts the current plate cylinder into a storage position, while the other one slides into printing position. The automatic register control system adjusts the register quickly and the press can ramp up to production speed. Bobst claims that the press has an uptime of 95 percent. After the new plate cylinders are in use, the plate cylinders from the previous job can manually be removed from the press and fitted with plates for the next job. This is a highly productive printing press.The surprise of the show was the exhibit from Highcon, an Israeli company that has specialized in manufacturing 3D objects with the help of laser-cutting. Its machines can cut up to two-mm thick material. Depending on the machine type, the 3D object can either be manually assembled or the machine can do it for you. On display was a wine-bottle stand that took roughly 30 minutes to cut and assemble out of cardboard.  The displayed wine stand was at least one metre tall. Trying to create the same item with 3D printing would have taking quite a number of hours. Highcon first introduced its technology to the print world at drupa 2012, but its products in 2016 made quite an impact on the visitors at the show.Key takeawaysAlthough it is simply impossible to see everything at the drupa there is always an overall trend most visitors get out of the show. For me, the overall trends from this drupa are: Print is alive and coming back strong, the how and when has changed, and digital printing is making strong inroads into the offset print market with increased print speeds and high quality.It was great to attend drupa again and see where the printing industry is headed. Its landscape will become quite diverse, but it will still be print.
Dr. Gerold Linzbach, Chairman of the Management Board of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, will not be seeking the extension of his contract. He informed the company’s board that he aims to pursuenew professional challenges. Linzbach, age 60, will continue to serve the company until the scheduled end of his contractual term in August 2017, providing the board time to find a suitable replacement. Linzbach succeeded Bernhard Schreier as Heidelberg’s CEO at the start of 2013. Schreier had led Heidelberg for 13 years.The Supervisory Board of Heidelberg noted Linzbach’s intensive work and strong dedication in connection with the restructuring of the German press maker. In particular, his efforts have focused on the company’s growing digital, services and packaging segments.
After a decade of intense research and development, supported by unprecedented technology partnerships, is production-strength inkjet finally ready to disrupt commercial printing.The continued growth of inkjet printing systems was once again the major force at drupa, eight years removed from the cutting-edge system introductions of Fujifilm’s cutsheet Jet Press 720 and HP’s PageWide web press platform, which presented new possibilities to a sector largely dominated by the continuous-feed systems of Océ and Ricoh. At drupa 2012, another range of primarily concept production-inkjet machines were introduced by powerful players like KBA, Komori, Konica Minolta, Landa, Miyakoshi and Xerox. At drupa 2016, all of these companies and many more had expanded their production-inkjet platforms with serious new players like EFI and Heidelberg joining the mix, setting sights on the packaging world. Several new technology partnerships between paper-transport experts (offset press makers) and print-head developers speak to a concerted effort to drive inkjet into the mainstream.The past decade of inkjet R&D investment alone, collectively stretching into the tens of billions of dollars, by so many prominent technology suppliers rings the loudest chorus of reality – inkjet is building a new foundation for the future of printing. Still, the question remains with most printing companies for when inkjet systems, even with an ability to match 40-inch format size (unlike toner’s electrophotographic drum), will be ready for prime time in the commercial printing market. Key issues like quality and speed, press and consumable costs, have been a major challenge for the mass adoption of inkjet, even as this fascinating printing process has been disrupting pockets of publishing, transactional and direct-mail printing. Commercial print influenceAlec Couckuyt is one of Canada’s most-experienced printing leaders in the field of digital printing. Twenty years ago, serving as Vice President of Direct Marketing at Transcontinental’s innovative Yorkville plant, Couckuyt was driving variable data to Xeikon’s Chromapress to produce personalized automobile booklets. Building files from VIN numbers, the facility printed cover forms featuring specific car models and colours, while also applying variable text and dealership locations, to entice customers into a new rig before their leases ran out.“We were forerunners at that time, but it was far from being fast enough and you had to be in a highly controlled environment,” recalls Couckuyt, who was also integrating inkjet print heads on web presses at Yorkville. “Twenty years later, look at how far we have come… you can feed [an inkjet press] with so much data and the output is so cost efficient. The sky is the limit and this is an exciting time.”Prior to his digital-printing work with Yorkville, Couckuyt began his career in 1983 as a Product Manager for Agfa Canada, ultimately serving as the company’s Vice President of Graphics Arts Systems for 10 years until joining Transcontinental in 1996. Today, as Senior Director of Canon Canada’s Professional Printing Solutions Group, he holds a unique knowledge set to describe the adoption of production-inkjet systems in Canadian commercial printing.“We are targeting commercial printers right now with the experience that we have acquired in the transaction market, combined with the quality levels that inkjet has reached, when you talk about the VarioPrint i300 and the ImageStream, as well as the capabilities of printing on coated offset stock,” says Couckuyt. He joined Océ in 2008, as Vice President of Production Printing Systems, shortly before the company (purchased by Canon in 2012 for approximately $1 billion) installed one of Canada’s first web-fed production inkjet systems. “We have more than eight years of experience with a similar technology that has evolved to a point where it is now ready for prime time in commercial printing,” he says. “You always have to take into account the volume, the production capabilities of equipment, and I think there is bigger potential for cutsheet inkjet devices in the Canadian market, more so than continuous-feed inkjet.” Near the back of Canon’s drupa 2016 booth, the company ran a new web-fed ImageStream inkjet press, which is a class of technology Couckuyt feels some commercial printers will look at depending on their needs. “It is the same technology,” he says, relating the VarioPrint i300 to the ImageStream platform. “You are using 1,200 x 1200 native inkjet heads, combined with smaller droplets, different types of inks, coated stocks, proper drying systems, and now you are playing into the commercial printing field.”Web-fed inkjet, traditionally referred to as continuous-feed systems, has a significant existing install base because its paper transport naturally runs substrates much cleaner through the imaging system, whereas a turned-up ear can easily jam a cutsheet press. This cutsheet inkjet challenge is being addressed, however, as offset press makers become heavily involved with inkjet development. Despite the experience advantages of web-fed systems, Couckuyt points to the business realities of Canadian commercial printing, which for decades has been built around cutsheet workflow. “It would only be a logical step to also add an inkjet cutsheet device,” he says. “Basically, it offers quite a bit of additional application opportunities to the commercial printer.”Downtime becomes uptime“When you run an offset press, you are always making sure that you have the least downtime possible, which must be minuscule when you look at your total production time,” says Couckuyt. “In digital printing, people talk about uptime – just the opposite. If they had 50 to 60 percent uptime [on toner] they were happy, but that doesn’t cut it for an offset printer.” Canon’s cutsheet VarioPrint i300 system is promoted as having an uptime of more than 90 percent, often approaching 95 percent: “Now you are talking about a production machine – in addition to the quality and capabilities of printing on multiple papers – that fits right into the offset world,” says Couckuyt. “Those factors are extremely critical and the reasons why we believe it is ready for the commercial printer.”To improve cutsheet inkjet uptime, for example, the VarioPrint i300 is a self-contained system, meaning it is temperature and humidity controlled, and all external elements have been eliminated (a noticeable trait looking at the body of the machine). Even the input trays of the i300 are sealed for temperature control. The unit has to be decompressed when opening up its doors. With its doors open, the first thing you notice about the i300 is a massive drying system. Canon engineers ultimately surmised a sheet needed to travel in the drying system for two seconds at full running speed to properly condition the paper – hitting it with infrared, conventional heat and air systems – before reentering the duplex imaging system. Couckuyt explains this unique drying system is critical because operators do not need to slow down the i300 when applying heavy ink coverage. “It is actually a production machine and it is built in such a way that even if you have high coverage you will not slow down the press,” he says. To further improve uptime, the i300 employs a Sentry Unit that ejects wavy, earmarked or unwanted papers, again at speed, before first entering the imaging system. “A jam in digital printing on a cutsheet device is always your biggest nightmare.” Quality applicationsCommercially released more than a year ago, there were 42 i300 systems installed globally before the opening of drupa 2016, which actually marked the system’s availability in the Canadian market. A key new feature of the i300 introduced at drupa is called ColorGrip, which applies a primer specifically where expensive inkjet ink needs to go, instead of blanketing the sheet. A critical goal for all inkjet system developers, particularly for commercial printing adoption, is to improve their inks to a level that can more easily adhere to both coated and uncoated papers without the need for applying a primer. This will take time, but systems like ColorGrip, which actually immobilizes the ink to stop it from convalescing into big, ugly dots, are providing a vastly superior level of quality output than older generation inkjet systems. “ColorGrip keeps the right colour in the right position,” says Couckuyt, “so you are basically extenuating and giving more pop to your colour – Even a good sheet, you make a lot better.”One of the greatest advantages of digitized sheetfed offset presses, and why the technology remains core to the vast majority of printers, is application flexibility – an ability to throw almost any commercial print job at it, regardless of ink coverage, stock or format. For a printer to invest more than a $1 million into an inkjet press, even if today’s systems can handle a greater range of work, it becomes critical to understand the production cost of specific applications.“With the VarioPrint i300, where it becomes viable for a commercial printer to enter into that field, you are looking at a million and up impressions per month – all the way up to 10 million,” says Couckuyt, explaining a typical web-fed system requires at least five million impressions to become a viable investment.“We spend an extreme amount of time with the customer before a sale takes place,” says Couckuyt. Canon will run a job file from a printer’s existing offset infrastructure at its Océ facility in Boca Raton, Florida. “We will make a complete analysis of the files, ink consumption, press time, everything, so that the client really knows in advance what they are embarking on.”
The next Graphics Canada trade show, taking place from April 6 to 8, 2017, at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont., is to host a new feature called intelliPACK, a collaboration between the associations of PAC and CPEIA.PAC is a not-for-profit corporation that includes over 2,100 members throughout the packaging value chain. Established in 2014, the Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association (CPEIA) focuses on the Canadian printable, flexible and wearable electronics sector and ecosystem. intelliPACK will be a series of workshops focused on what the collaborators describe as smart packaging systems and printed electronics, including applications for high value-added products like wine and spirits, electronics, food & beverages, luxury, health and beauty, apparel and pharmaceuticals. The applications will focus on, for example, products that help extend shelf life, monitor freshness, display information, improve safety, security and improve convenience. The workshops will feature brand owners and technology experts sharing their approaches and experiences with intelligent and smart packaging systems.
Formost mediaOne of Brampton, Ont., installed an HP T230 PageWide Colour Web Press earlier this year. The company plans to use the new press to provide customized marketing materials for its clients.Formost was founded in 1981 as a business forms manufacturer and merged with mediaOne in 2000 to become a document and services outsourcing company specializing in transactional, statement and tax form processing, custom programming, variable imaging and mailing. Today, printing and processing millions of pieces monthly, Formost mediaOne services the marketing and billing sectors for clients in a range of industrial sectors, financial services, health care, utilities, telecoms, distribution and general manufacturing.“Over 80 percent of our business is in transactional and transpromo servicing government, utilities and banking industries producing tax, water bills, statements and cheques... We needed a solution that could deliver any time of day, at a lower cost, with quick turnaround times,” said John Johnstone, who also pointed to leveraging the HP T230’s MICR configuration. Formost mediaOne also installed in line with the HP T230 an EMT finishing line with dynamic perforations, hole punching and sheeting. With the ablity to produce 1,800 2-sided full colour letter size impressions per minute, the new press brings Formost’s overall imaging capacity to over 100 million impressions per month.
The Minuteman Press location in Mississauga, Ontario, has installed a Triumph TR5551-EP cutter, purchased from Print Digital Solutions. The hydraulic cutter features a programmable EP back gauge control module and can store up to 99 programs with up to 99 steps in each. Up to nine repeat cuts can be integrated into a program in a single step.The Triumph TR5551-EP holds a cutting width of up to 21 5/8 inches and a cutting height of up to 3 5/8 inches. Its safety package includes front safety light beams, cover on rear table, main switch and safety lock with key, and electronically controlled two-hand operation, among other features.
Category 5 Imaging of Burlington, Ontario, is now leveraging Esko’s Automation Engine technology for its large-format production, primarily targetting retailers, outdoor advertising companies and advertising agencies.Housed in a 20,000-square-foot facility, the company’s 30 employees operate a number of EFI VUTEk inkjet systems, as well as providing full-service creative, prepress, fulfillment and shipping. Category 5 explains it was using Adobe Creative Suite to prepare its projects, but found the software required repetitive tasks to create layout patterns for signage. Esko’s Automation Engine, among other features, is designed to help reduce the time requirements of operators by eliminating the repetitive task of placing one-up artwork onto print sheets. The new Esko software, installed in March 2016, also better integrates with the company’s Kongsberg cutting system.“We really liked the versatility of Automation Engine,” said Dave LePoidevin, Prepress Technician, Category 5 Imaging. "It could customize the workflow in any way we wanted. Another workflow system we explored was more structured, basically telling us how to create our banners and signs. We wanted more flexibility when outputting artwork, and the freedom of deciding where we wanted to place registration dots for our Kongsberg table.”LePoidevin explains Category 5 built a new workflow approach with Automation Engine, i-cut Layout, and its previously purchased i-cut Preflight. The prepress team began with a few easy workflows after the initial installation and then added more automated tasks for their specific needs. “For everything we have presets for sizing, Automation Engine will automatically prepare a press ready file,” said LePoidevin. “We created presets for how many 'up', and stepped out the one-ups into that layout, with all the marks we need for the Kongsberg table. I like that the more junior people in our production department can start using Automation Engine almost immediately.”Category 5 setups are now automated rather than manually done in Illustrator. LePoidevin explains the company previously loaded a folder with what seemed to be 50 million templates, whereas Automation Engine receives the job with the push of a button, allowing it to be applied in i-cut Layout. Category 5 continues to produce some work manually in i-cut Layout for specialized projects."Those jobs that we produce over and over – and we receive a lot of them – would take 15 to 20 minutes each to manually process,” said Greg Priede, General Manager at Category 5. “It also required an experienced person, most of the day. When Dave built his new job templates, we were able to significantly reduce that time to about a minute per job. “We are also able to use a very capable, but inexperienced intern for those jobs. She is able to process the jobs nonstop, where it took our higher level prepress operator a half to three-quarters of a day to produce. It also used to take 30 to 45 minutes to create mural panels manually. Now we do it in less than half the time,” continued Priede. “We are able to keep the presses running with template-based work, giving us time to prepare the more complicated retail jobs we get.”
OTC Group of London, Ontario, has acquired three additional Xerox iGen 5 presses to expand its folding-carton printing capacity in Canada and the United States. Xerox has been a core technology provider for the data and marketing focused company since 2006. The new printing presses will be installed at the firm’s locations in London, Ontario and in Port Huron, Michigan.“The iGen platform has been a great fit for our overall growth strategy. It gives us the flexibility to run our diverse product set with ease, while allowing us to quickly add capacity when needed,” said Tim Graham, President and COO, OTC Group. “Whether we’re printing direct mail, personalized food packaging or serialized pharmaceutical cartons, we have the confidence that we’ll deliver the quality that each job demands.” The Xerox iGen 5 printing presses, with 24-pt capability, will produce pharmaceutical cartons serving OTC’s brand protection process, which provides consumer data back to the product manufacturer to be used for marketing or regulatory requirements. The process integrates with a client’s current serialization scheme and does not require material change to the manufacturer’s supply chain network. Recently, the company introduced Xerox’s XMPie and FreeFlow Core to its workflow, augmenting an existing in-house built solution. “OTC Group has an amazing way of looking beyond the horizon at applications that will become significant opportunities in this marketplace,” said Brad King, Vice President, Graphic Communications Operations, Xerox Canada. “This type of thinking opens up new avenues of revenue and client value.”
Oil City Press of Calgary, Alberta, has installed a new Ricoh Pro C7110X press to expand its production portfolio. The Pro C7110X reaches speeds of up to 90 pages per minute and outputs work at up to 1,200 x 4,800-dpi resolution.Ricoh explains the Pro C7110X goes beyond traditional CMYK applications based on features like an elastic fusing belt that supports a variety of textured and coated media, white and varnish-like clear toner options, as well as the support of oversize media.
Copywell of Woodbridge, Ontario, has installed two Ricoh production systems, including a continuous-feed Ricoh Pro VC60000 inkjet printing system, as well a Ricoh Pro C9110. The Ricoh Pro VC60000 installation is a first in Canada. The inkjet press runs at up to 394 feet per minute with full variable-data capabilities.Copywell plans to use both systems to increase its production of publishing work in-house, as well new applications such as personalized transactional documents.
Joe Varone and Paulo Monteiro have been promoted to serve as President and Vice President of Sales, respectively, at GMG Americas, subsidiary of Germany-based colour-management-systems developer GMG.Varone had been leading the sales organization of GMG Americas in addition to undertaking general management responsibilities. With his new position, Varone will yield his day-to-day sales activities to Monteiro and concentrate solely on general management and strategic initiatives, overseeing all corporate departments.“GMG Americas has seen growth not only in revenues, but also in the product portfolio we all manage at GMG that is targeted to a wider swath of graphics, printing and packaging companies,” said Ian Scott, Managing Director, GmbH & Co. KG. "This presents exceptional opportunity for us, but also requires more, directed attention towards strategic planning.”Monteiro previously served as Business Director, Latin America, GMG Americas, and has been an executive with the company for nearly 10 years. He has been responsible for building and managing distribution channels for GMG colour management software throughout Central and South America. Monteiro is now responsible for increasing GMG's coverage not only in Latin America, but in the rest of North America, including all regions of Canada.
Dr. Mark Bohan becomes Director of Prinect and CTP for Heidelberg USA, which he joined last November as a business consultant. In his new role, Bohan will report directly to Andy Rae, Senior Vice President of Equipment and Marketing.Prior to joining Heidelberg, Bohan served for 11 years as Vice President, Technology and Research, at Printing Industries of America, the world’s largest graphic arts trade association.“Heidelberg has unique, proven solutions with Prinect providing the framework for process automation and fact-based decision making,” said Bohan. “As we move forward, I am excited about the new developments and continual improvement as we implement company-wide solutions that will impact the commercial positioning of our customers.”Prinect is Heidelberg’s front-to-back business process system, designed to streamline everything from receipt of customer file and the presetting of equipment through to full production data analysis for whether cost rates are correct and maintained. Prinect, Heidelberg explains, brings analysis full circle by minimizing touch points and automating processes.  “With print becoming increasingly industrialized, printers are taking production, business analytics and decision making to the next level,” said Bohan. “To achieve such levels of output, you need a fully connected and integrated manufacturing workflow, with software being the foundation and core of a successful business operation.”
Andrew Oransky becomes President of Roland DGA, headquartered in Irvine, California, which primarily supplies wide-format imaging systems. Oransky previously served as Roland DGA’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and prior to that was Director of Marketing and Product Management. “All of us at Roland have great confidence in Andrew’s knowledge across our multiple industries and business operations, as well as his excellent leadership abilities,” said David Goward, CEO of Roland DGA and Executive Vice President, Director of Roland DG. “With his guidance, we expect Roland DGA to experience continued growth and success in the years to come.” Before joining Roland in 2008, Oransky served as Sales Director, Specialty Paper, forM-real where he worked with OEMs like HP and Xerox. He also previously served as Product Manager and Sales Manager, Supplies, for Encad.
David Paterson will retire as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Verso Corporation effective as of August 31, 2016, as the paper giant continues its search for a new leader. With Paterson’s pending departure, Adam St. John has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Manufacturing and Robert Amen is to become Chairman of the Board.Verso, headquartered in Memphis as a producer of printing and specialty papers and pulp, completed a US$1.4 billion acquisition of NewPage Holdings back in January 2015. Completion of the deal came after NewPage divested itself of two mills, which were taken over by Catalyst Paper of Richmond, British Columbia. Verso’s purchase of NewPage brought the company approximately US$3.5 billion in annual sales and around 5,800 employees in eight mills across six American states. Verso's board of directors has begun the search for a new CEO and, after Paterson’s departure, plans to establish an Office of the Chief Executive to lead the management of the company until a new CEO comes on board.“I am deeply honored to have had the opportunity to lead Verso over the last four years, and I am extremely proud of what our team has accomplished together in the face of significant challenges,” Paterson said. “Now that Verso has completed its restructuring and is positioned for a more financially stable and sustainable future, I retire with the confidence that our senior leadership team, along with the board of directors, will take full advantage of every opportunity to make Verso a resounding success.”The Office of the Chief Executive (OCE) will consist of the following four executive officers of Verso:  Allen J. Campbell, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; Michael A. Weinhold, Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Product Development; Peter H. Kesser, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary; and Adam St. John, the newly elected Senior Vice President of Manufacturing.St. John is a 24-year paper industry veteran who has worked at Verso for the past 10 years, most recently serving as Regional Vice President of Manufacturing with responsibility for the company's largest paper mills.
Stephen Feldman joins Avanti Computer Systems, a Toronto-based developer of Print Management Information Systems, as Director of Product Management. He is responsible for providing product management leadership for the Avanti Slingshot Print MIS platform and brings with him an extensive business development background from both software and hardware industries. “With Stephen’s expertise, we will take Avanti Slingshot to the next level for our customers,” said Patrick Bolan, President and CEO, Avanti. “His impressive résumé demonstrates a wealth of experience spanning the full product management lifecycle – from build through launch.” Feldman has more than 25 years of product management experience. He previously served as Director of Product Management for Unify (formerly Siemens), leading the team responsible for their global contact centre business. He managed 350 channel partners for IT consulting and managed services provider Acrodex, including HP and Cisco. At Microsoft Canada, he developed marketing programs to streamline customer deployment of Microsoft Office.  Feldman also has served in marketing roles with Platform Computing, Hummingbird, Cybermation, ATI Technologies and Toshiba.
James Martin becomes President of MBO America, who previously served in various executive, sales and marketing roles at Unisource Worldwide and Heidelberg USA. Martin was most recently President and CEO of the Printing Association of Florida, which produces the annual Graphics of the Americas trade show.The MBO America, based in Marlton, New Jersey, is one of five global locations for the finishing technology developer and also its top location in terms of generating revenues.MBO describes Martin’s key strengths as including revenue growth, cost reduction, strategic planning, Marketing and C-level sales strategies. Martin currently serves as Chairman, Board of Directors, for the Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphic at Clemson University.
Sun Chemical moved to acquire Flint Group’s publication gravure ink business in Europe, which would include the transfer of all products. Completion of the sale is subject to customary closing conditions, including the approval of the competition authorities. “Sun Chemical remains committed to all its publication businesses,” said Felipe Mellado, Chief Marketing Officer and board member at Sun Chemical. “The acquisition of Flint Group’s publication gravure ink business reaffirms our commitment to this sector and will enable us to further strengthen and enhance the performance of our own publication gravure plants.”Sun Chemical, a member of the DIC group, is headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey, and produces printing inks, coatings and supplies, pigments, polymers, liquid compounds, solid compounds, and application materials. Together with DIC, Sun Chemical has annual sales of more than US$7.5 billion and over 20,000 employees around the world.
Advocate Printing and Publishing Company, headquartered in Pictou, Nova Scotia, has acquired most of Transcontinental Inc.’s Dartmouth-based commercial printing business, including associated assets, sales force, and the client-services team. The purchase also provides the opportunity for Advocate to service Transcontinental’s current Atlantic Canadian commercial printing clients serviced by the Dartmouth facility.Advocate will not assume ownership of Transcontinental Inc.’s national clients, newspaper publishing and newspaper printing, or retail flyer printing business.“We are excited to welcome new members to the growing Advocate family and provide the best client service, printing and creative options in Atlantic Canada,” said Sean Murray, President and CEO of Advocate Printing. “Our focus now is bringing the benefits of our expanded team and capabilities to our new and existing client base.”Advocate explains the incoming sales and client-service team will remain in Dartmouth at Advocate’s office in Burnside. Several production team members will be offered positions at the company’s Pictou and Bridgewater facilities. “This acquisition strengthens our position as Atlantic Canada’s leader in commercial printing and is another positive step in the continued growth and evolution of our business,” said Murray. “The move allows us to grow and service our customer base through existing Nova Scotia facilities in Pictou, Bridgewater and our New Brunswick facilities in Dieppe and St. Stephen.”  The majority of the new production will be transferred to Advocate’s flagship printing facility in Pictou with some production going to Bridgewater, the latter of which focuses on short- and medium-run printing. Other equipment will be moved to Advocate’s Dieppe and St. Stephen facilities where the company focuses on what it describes as entrepreneurial print and administrative printing.Founded in 1891, Advocate Printing & Publishing is described as the largest independent printer in Atlantic Canada. The company services clients throughout the Atlantic Provinces, the eastern seaboard and across Canada through printing facilities in Pictou, Bridgewater, Nova Scotia; Dieppe, New Brunswick and St. Stephen, New Brunswick. The print business includes production of a range of work from national flyers, magazines and direct mail to brochures, business cards, and promotional materials.Additionally, Advocate publishes 10 newspapers, 21 trade and regional magazines, a flyer distribution organization, and operates commercial photography, creative design and digital services operations.
Planet Paper Group, a family owned company with three locations across Canada, acquired Tricor POP of Cleveland, Ohio. Planet Paper CEO Jason Berns describes the purchase as a game-changer for the company: “Overnight this gives us a major presence for all of our business segments in the Midwest and Northeast, and soon the other parts of the U.S., giving us a full national footprint,” he said. “This is a huge step for everyone at Planet Group. It makes us North American in every way.”In addition to expanding its services into the United States, Planet Paper explains the acquisition also enhances its end-to-end display, packaging and merchandizing offerings. The family-owned business, with more than 300 employees, will operate as Planet Display & Packaging Inc. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.“Leveraging the Planet Groups' excellent design capabilities and implementing their proven manufacturing best practices will provide our customers with exceptional display and packaging solutions and provide our employees and business partners significant opportunities for growth," said Dave Ticchione, General Manager, Planet Display and Packaging Inc.Both Planet Paper and Tricor – focusing on packaging, point of purchase display and retail signage– serve retailers and consumer packaged goods customers in pharmaceuticals, health and beauty, electronics, stationaries, food, beverage, consumer product, household and personal care segments.Planet Paper Box is the company’s primary sheet plant in Concord, Ont., accounting for 150,000 square feet, which has supplied corrugated cartons and sheets to a variety of businesses since 1963.
Xaar plc, a longstanding developer of industrial inkjet technology, has acquired Engineered Printing Solutions (EPS), a provider of product printing equipment in North America. The acquisition is Xaar's first as part of the company's strategic vision to achieve £220m of annual sales by 2020.EPS, founded by Julian Joffe in 1985, has built its business through supplying customized and bespoke printing solutions for a variety of market sectors including promotional, packaging, medical, automotive, apparel, appliances, sports equipment and toys. One of its focuses has been to develop flexible and cost effective digital inkjet solutions. In 2015, EPS generated $14m of revenue and today employs 60 staff.“The product printing market is served by multiple print processes today and the fastest growing is inkjet,” said Doug Edwards, CEO of Xaar.  “Here, just as with other industry sectors, there is great potential to accelerate the adoption of inkjet. EPS has established a successful business and is well positioned to continue to grow. Xaar gains a strong customer base and footprint in North America, a region Xaar has been targeting for growth. The integration capabilities EPS brings to Xaar will enable us to provide greater support to our existing and new OEM partners.”
North American printing industry associations Idealliance and Epicomm today completed their merger, creating an entity that will now address both management and technology issues. Idealliance is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, and has more than 3,000 members in the United States and within International Affiliates in China, South Korea, India, and Mexico. “Stakeholders in today’s industry operate in a highly competitive, high-technology field that requires a superior level of technical expertise and management acumen,” said Idealliance President and Chief Executive Officer David Steinhardt. “Consumers are digesting content in new ways, requiring buyers of print and digital communications to meet an ever-evolving demand for orchestrated content across a variety of print substrates and digital media.” Idealliance explains its resources are segmented within six primary service areas, including: Best practices and working groups, certification and training, advocacy and advancement, strategy and consulting, education and events, and publications and research.  Steinhardt continues to explain Idealliance will serve as a united voice for the graphic and digital communications industries, from content creators and brand managers to marketers, printers, mailers, and fulfillment experts.Idealliance will continue core programs and services in research and trends analysis, including the annual State of the Industry Report; strategic business development consulting; and industry standards defining color, digital, mail, and media workflow, including G7, GRACoL, Mail.dat, PRISM, and SWOP.
TC Transcontinental Inc. of Montreal continues its growth in packaging with a third acquisition, Robbie Manufacturing, a flexible packaging supplier located in Lenexa, Kansas. Transcontinental’s first strategic acquisition in the flexible packaging sector was Capri Packaging in 2014. In 2015, the company doubled its revenues in this area by purchasing Ultra Flex Packaging Corp.Newly purchased Robbie Manufacturing specializes in on-site packaging needs for grocery stores, shrink wrap packaging of multipack consumer goods, and packaging solutions for food processors. With more than 175 employees, the generated US$50 million in annual revenues in its most recent fiscal year.“This acquisition is great news for the ongoing development of our flexible packaging division, an important area of growth for the corporation," said François Olivier, President and CEO of TC Transcontinental. "The acquisition of Robbie Manufacturing is strategic on two fronts. It allows us to enter into two new packaging niches while also creating opportunities for synergies with our existing facilities nearby.”Robbie Manufacturing was founded in 1970 by Bernard Robinson and his son Irv, and had just six employees focusing on perforated film to wrap produce. “It's a privilege for Robbie Manufacturing and the entire team to join the ranks of TC Transcontinental, a solid, well-established family-controlled corporation led by seasoned leaders and driven by a vision for the future," said Irv Robinson, CEO of Robbie Manufacturing. TC Transcontinental has close to 8,000 employees in Canada and the United States, and generated revenues of $2.0 billion in 2015.
High school students in a specialized communications program work with a local Ottawa company to learn about the printing trade.Young adults routinely participate in interactive online activities ranging from Facebook and Twitter to sophisticated multi-player games, chat rooms and blogs. It only makes sense, that for today’s students, an experiential approach to learning is a priority.Merivale High School’s FOCUS program offers students in the Ottawa Carleton District School Board a unique opportunity to complete a concentrated one semester Communication and Design program that will prepare them for post secondary diploma and degree programs in graphic design, animation, photography and interactive multi media.So although students will require a digital camera and some computer skills for their Graphic Design, Photography and Animation courses, they should also be prepared to arrive at visual solutions using a variety of pencils, ink pens and paint as well as with current vector drawing software. The program has a 25 seat Mac Lab and also boasts an intaglio press, which makes printmaking exercises possible, and a 10-station darkroom for developing and printing 35 mm film. Students primarily use Adobe software, but spend time with QuarkXPress and other applications they may encounter.The FOCUS also involves a thorough immersion in printing technologies, and for the program’s offset lithography unit, the school enlisted the services of senior account and customer experience manager Jonathan Stokes of TRICO Evolution in Ottawa.Poster objectiveTRICO serves clients across Canada and the northern United States from its offices in Montreal, Ottawa, Kingston and Vancouver, accounting for 350,000 square feet. In September 2015, Delta Business Solutions and TRICO entered into an agreement to combine forces and operate as one company under the TRICO brand. With more than 240 employees, the company focuses on products and services across six lines of business: contract packaging, warehousing and logistics, display and signage, commercial printing, direct marketing, and marketing analytics and insight.The FOCUS students’ objective at TRICO was to have the entire class contribute artwork for a poster marking Star Trek’s 50th year on television. The first series, now referred to as The Original Series, debuted in 1966 and followed the galactic adventures of James T. Kirk and crew of the starship Enterprise, an exploration vessel of a 23rd-century United Federation of Planets.Students were given their choice of media, with the understanding that their final artwork would appear only in black and white. Some of the students chose to do artwork with traditional tools, others used Adobe Illustrator to make vector drawings. Because the sequels, movies, animated films and graphic novels are so easily accessible, and a much-hyped new series is in the works (planned for a January 2017 release), the students were all familiar with all the characters.After the initial artwork was completed, all images were scanned at the proper resolution and then imported into a QuarkXPress document where the appropriate typographic notes were added. The finished poster was exported to PDF and FTPed to Stokes at TRICO. When the class arrived at TRICO to see offset lithography in action, students were first shown how a printing job is scheduled and how files are processed when they come to the plant, reinforcing the time-sensitive nature of the business.Stokes brought the FOCUS program students to the plate-processing station and there a skilled technician burned an aluminum plate of the Star Trek poster job and gave it to us for display at our school art show. In the pressroomThe class next entered the printing area, where one of the TRICO pressmen had our poster printing plate mounted on the large litho press ready to go. The students were able to observe all the fine tuning done before a job enters production.The class, whose printing experiences for the most part only included photocopiers, laser and inkjet printers were surprised at the speed and fidelity of offset lithography. They were also impressed by how efficiently large amounts of paper could be cut and trimmed with such accuracy. Our day at TRICO evolution finished on a high note in the board room, with Stokes showing impressive samples of critically acclaimed work done for corporate clients. Each student left with a few copies of their Star Trek poster and a greater appreciation and respect for the printing trade.Author Irving Osterer is the Department Head Fine Arts and Technology Merivale High School in Ottawa, Ontario. For more information about Merivale’s Fine Arts and Focus Program go to www.merivalefinearts.wikispaces.com.
Pollard Banknote Limited of Winnipeg, Manitoba, has been awarded a four-year contract to serve as the primary scratch game supplier to the Minnesota State Lottery. Under this agreement, Pollard Banknote will continue as the Lottery's primary scratch game vendor, but expects to increase ticket volumes supplied, with a guarantee in the new contract of at least 70 percent of all scratch games purchased for every year of the contract. The new contract runs until June 30, 2020 with the potential for two one-year contract extensions. The contract value is estimated to be approximately US$11.2 million over the four years.Pollard Banknote is currently a lottery partner to more than 60 lotteries worldwide.The company was first awarded a secondary scratch game contract for the Minnesota Lottery in 2007 and was elevated to primary supplier in 2010. By focusing on industry innovations and winning strategies, the scratch game category generated 69 percent of total Minnesota Lottery sales for FY2015.“Leveraging Pollard Banknote's experience working with a variety of lottery jurisdictions worldwide, our strategies incorporate the best of the best in utilizing innovations to maximize scratch ticket sales that raise money for good causes,” said Byron Peterson, Director, Sales & Marketing, Pollard Banknote. “The Minnesota State Lottery does a fantastic job of executing those strategies.”To date, the Minnesota Lottery has brought a range of Pollard Banknote's products and licensed brands to market, including the PlayBook, Scratch FX and Spectrum Scratch FX. It was also the first Lottery to launch Scratch FX at the $20 price point. Most recently, the Lottery's launch of a $5 Frogger game (a licensed brand offered exclusively by Pollard Banknote) had five-week average sales that were 82 percent higher than all other $5 games launched in Minnesota since 2013. It was the lottery's best-selling ticket at this price point."We are very excited to continue our strong partnership with Pollard Banknote," said Michael Vekich, Acting Director, Minnesota Lottery. "We rely heavily on our primary printing partner for design, marketing and strategy leadership – a partner proven to help the Lottery drive its scratch sales. Pollard Banknote offers everything we seek from a scratch game printer – guidance and expertise in research, marketing and product innovation.”
The winners of the 2016 Premier Printing Awards competition, hosted by the Printing Industries of America, have been announced and four Canadian printing companies are amongst the Best of Category recipients, who receive the Benny Award named after Benjamin Franklin.Friesens and C.J. Graphics each won two Benny Awards with one each being won by Prime Data Communications and Mi5 Print and Digital Communications, as detailed below:C.J. Graphics Inc., Toronto, ONProject: C.J. Graphics Open House InvitationCategory: Invitations (1, 2, or 3 colors)Project: Blue Dragon Chop To ChopsticksCategory: Digital Printing-CookbooksFriesens Corporation, Altona, MBProject: Can You Dig ItCategory: CookbooksProject: MIT Technique 2016Category: School YearbooksMi5 Print and Digital Communications, Mississauga, ONProject: PREMISE Intertain Annual Report 2014Category: Business and Annual Reports (4 or more colors, printers with 21-50 employees)Prime Data Communications, Aurora, ONProject: Coolest Variable Print Project in the WorldCategory: Customized/Personalized/Variable-Data Digital Printing
KKP Barrie becomes the first Color-Logic certified printer in Canada running the Ricoh Pro C7100 press, which was installed in the Barrie, Ont., facility in late-2015.“Production prints from KKP Barrie demonstrate the capabilities of the Ricoh Pro C7100 Series Press with white toner. When combined with Color-Logic, the Ricoh device enables KKP to access new market applications and offer new services to their clients,” said Color-Logic's Director of Sales and Marketing, Mark Geeves. “The world today is about differentiation and KKP Barrie’s design and production capabilities will make it a positive experience for their clients to see what is possible in print.”The cut-sheet Ricoh Pro C7100x was introduced in late-2014 with a fifth colour station for printing with either white or clear toners. The press prints at 80 pages per minute (ppm) with a maximum sheet size of 13 x 19.2 inches and a rated maximum monthly volume of 240,000 letter-size pages. The Ricoh Pro C7100x produces 1,200 x 4,800-dpi resolution on a range of medias of up to 360 gsm in both simplex and duplex. “We are always on the lookout for new techniques and technology to offer our customers,” said John Morton, President of KKP Barrie. “We are very excited to now be able to offer Color-Logic. Our clients are amazed at the effects that can be created, and we look forward to all the exciting projects we will be able to produce for them.”
Jay-Line Trade Print & Promo of St. Catharines, Ontario, which has been serving the promotional products industry as a trade-only supplier since 1977, is reestablishing its focus on the commercial printing industry initially with its new specialty adhesive note pads and Ad Cubes products. The Ad Cubes product line includes both adhesive (printed on 50-lb offset stock) and non-adhesive (70-lb offset) versions in standard sizes or either full-cube or half-cube versions. The Ad Cubes can be produced with digitally printed full colour images on the sides and the tops of the individual sheets can be printed via spot colours or 4-colour process.Adhesive note pads are available in sizes ranging from 2 x 3 inches up to 8 x 6 inches, in standard sheet counts of 25, 50 or 100 sheets per pad. Jay-Line’s Adhesive note pads (50 lb offset stock) can also be produced in custom shapes, such as a light bulb, house or heart. Jay-Line operates out of a 50-employee, 35,000-square-foot facility with processes for sheetfed offset, web offset, toner sheetfed, envelope printing, flexography, roll and flatbed wide-format, roll labels, screen printing, pad printing, hot stamping, die cutting, digital die cutting and routering, scoring, folding, packaging and assembly. The company also has a complete promotional button manufacturing and assembly line, in addition to a range of promotional items from fridge and outdoor-vehicle magnets to plastic bookmarks, and playing cards.
Marquis, a book manufacturer based in Montmagny, Quebec, signed an exclusive agreement with SoBook, an operation in Roubaix, France, focused on the production of print-on-demand books, to create what the two companies describe as a transatlantic technology bridge. SoBook was founded in 2009 by Thierry Ghesquières.The new service called Marquis Express, which began in October, is to manage the printing in Europe of books from Canadian publishers and the printing in Canada of works from European publishers. The companies explain the Marquis Express platform, spearheaded by SoBook, is well suited for single-copy print orders, as well as for micro-runs, rapid restocking and combined printing of several titles in similar formats. Marquis Express also allows for the synchronized release of new books across all markets. The agreement grants Marquis exclusive use and the North American marketing of the digital print workflow solutions developed by SoBook.“We are expanding our positioning in the various markets our publishing partners want to tap into,” said Serge Loubier, President of Marquis, noting the strategy of thinking globally and printing locally. “More and more, publishers are looking to bring book printing closer to its final destination in order to be able to reach its readers faster. A number of publishers are already seeing the logistical and financial benefits that come from this model.”Marquis explains that a book ordered online is rarely already printed, and some European books are still too-often shipped by boat. The workflow technologies developed by SoBook provide publishers access to Marquis’ printing platform and SoBook's virtual inventory management.Established in Montmagny in 1937, Marquis provides a range of printing processes for content owners in the publishing and communications industries throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. Marquis also operates its Interscript division and Marquis Le Laurentien for the management and printing of agendas and yearbooks.
The 10 top non-tech highlights of drupa 2016, which has always been much more than a product exhibitiondrupa, the world’s biggest and most important trade show for print and media, has operated in Düsseldorf , Germany, since 1951. Results from its latest installment, held over 10 days from 31 May to 10 June 2016, confirm the show’s continued commercial viability: Out of 260,000 visitors from 188 countries, 54 percent came with concrete plans to invest, 29 percent placed orders at the show, 30 percent plan to place orders afterwards, and fully 60 percent found new suppliers from among the show’s 1,837 exhibitors from 64 countries. Aside from the trade show’s commercial success, in its 65 years of existence, drupa has also evolved a distinctive culture and traditions which are highlighted in this article, along with some uncommon events at this year’s show.#1 Small d drupa’s predecessor, another German exhibition called BUGRA, was held in Leipzig from 1914 until 1949, when Germany was partitioned, Leipzig became part of East Germany, and Düsseldorf  was chosen to host a new show called Internationale Messe Druck und Papier. This title was shortened first to Druck und Papier, then to DRUPA. The show premiered in 1951, when letterpress still dominated the industry. Later, in 1997, the format of the name was changed to drupa in keeping with the contemporary trend of using lowercase letters for brand names. To this day drupa still begins with a small letter d.#2 drupacityBecause Düsseldorf is famous for its lively modern art and cultural scene, drupa organizers Messe Düsseldorf work in partnership with Destination Düsseldorf, the local tourist authority, to organize an array of drupa-themed educational, cultural, and recreational attractions in which not only international visitors but also Düsseldorf  residents can participate during drupa. This year’s offerings included:• Welcoming teams of “drupauls” and “drupaulas”, multilingual guides dressed all in red, stationed at strategic locations,• “Wolfgang”: a Berlin-style double-decker bus converted by the GoetheLab at the nearby Technical University of Aachen into a mobile, hands-on, 8-station 3D-printing laboratory,• 3D-printing demonstrations in shopping malls and department stores, plus a drawing contest in which winners receives the subject of their drawing as a 3D object,• Another contest to win one of 100 3D-printed portraits,• Mr. Lo’s Papershow, a revival of an old-time variety act involving paper tearing, • A fashion collection made entirely of paper by students of the Mediadesign Hochschule, and• Other printing-themed art and photography exhibitions and lectures #3 Safety firstThe international media gave drupa 2016 unexpected attention because of two potential security threats that were both efficiently averted by local authorities. The first occurred on June 2nd, when German police arrested three Syrian nationals suspected of planning a mass-casualty attack on a busy downtown area of Düsseldorf on behalf of the terrorist organization ISIS. The men had arrived in Germany with the largely unregulated flood of migrants who have entered the country over the past two years. The arrest was prompted by information obtained from a fourth Syrian man who was arrested in Paris after giving himself up to authorities in February and confessing to the plot. It took German investigators four more months to accumulate enough evidence against the other three men to arrest them.  No evidence suggests that the suspects had begun implementing their attack plans which allegedly involved aiming suicide bombings, guns, and explosives at crowds frequenting Heinrich-Heine-Allee, a main street with major public transport links and numerous bars and cafés that are popular with residents and partying tourists. A second potential security threat occurred shortly after noon on June 7th, when a large fire broke out on the grounds of Düsseldorf ’s Exhibition Centre in hall 18, a former exhibition space recently used to house migrants. While officially the building housed 160 people, fire crews reportedly evacuated more than 250, who were subsequently moved to other accommodations. It took more than 70 firefighters to control the blaze that completely destroyed hall 18 and alarmed many nearby drupa attendees with its kilometre-high cloud of black smoke. However, drupa was unharmed by the blaze. Local news outlets reported that two migrants were arrested and up to six questioned in connection with the fire.#4 Historical printingAmong drupa’s wonders of modern technology, the Leipzig Museum of the Printing Arts showcased some of its extensive collection of historical printing equipment and products. Its show exhibits included a letterpress machine by Koenig & Bauer (1984), a linotype machine (1965), and a toggle press (1872).Begun as a private collection, the museum now houses about 100 working machines representing the three most important historical printing techniques-letterpress, intaglio, and planographic printing – as well as a working type foundry, 4,000 different lead and wooden typefaces, a fully equipped handcrafted book bindery, a wood engraver’s workshop (ca. 1900), music printing techniques, and a reference library of 3,500 specialist books. #5 Celebrity legends and model pressesAnother way in which drupa culture exhibits a reverence for history is in recurring celebrations by and for people with a longstanding presence at the show. One case in point is Indigo and Landa Digital Printing founder Benny Landa, who celebrated his 70th birthday with a party for over 500 guests on the night of Day 3. For the occasion, Landa chartered two planes to fly in all his employees from Israel who were not already working at drupa. Celebration highlights included viewing a “this is your life” video by Landa’s staff, outlining his childhood in Canada and his achievements of launching Indigo, Landa, and the nanographic technology his company builds today. Among Landa’s family, Landa’s wife Patsy, and the senior industry executives who paid Landa tribute was his former colleague from Indigo, Alon Bar Shany, now the general manager of HP’s Indigo division. While presenting Landa with a working tabletop model of the original Indigo E-Print digital press, PrintWeek quotes Bar Shany as saying: “Without Benny there would be no digital printing industry and no drupa because it would have died a long time ago if it had just been about offset.”Another drupa party celebrated the 90th birthday of Russian print engineer and media designer Vladimir Alexandrovitch Tiefenbach, hailed by drupa as a living legend for having visited every single one of the 16 drupas held since 1951. The birthday cake drupa presented to him was topped with a model antique press.A third example of a drupa industry legend is Rochester Institute of Technology professor emeritus and printing industry expert Frank Romano who described his own status:  “I am now a veteran journalist. There are five of us, from US, UK, India, Italy, Germany, who have covered nine drupas or more. Number 1 had 14 drupas, I had 11, and the others had 9.”#6 Social media smartsIn recognition of the growing prominence of social media as communication tools, drupa erected a social media booth at the north entrance of the fairgrounds, with seating and screens showing updated Twitter feeds and live video of interviews and demonstrations. Also at the booth, in exchange for a tweet including the hashtag #drupa2016, visitors and exhibitors were awarded an apple decorated with an edible impression of the same hashtag. Additionally, during the show drupa posted news updates to its own blog, as well as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Xing accounts. #7 KlausIn an e-mail James Matthews-Paul of Output Magazine (U.K.) describes another of drupa 2016’s initiatives to encourage mentions on social media: “Each day, the @drupa social media and PR team determined the ‘best contributor’ on Twitter via some combination of volume, relevance, and effort and awarded them a trophy. The first winner was [American] Deborah Corn of Print Media Centr, who collaborated with HP on #PWPPartners for PageWide. As the inaugural recipient (and mad as a box of frogs), she anthropomorphised the trophy by giving it the name Klaus.“Klaus was awarded at 4.30 pm every day. Companies then enjoyed the pleasure of ‘his’ company during the next day. I won on Day 7 and carried Klaus for |day 8. I took him on a trip to every one of drupa’s 19 gigantic halls! (It was generally agreed that nobody would be able to top that.)”Corn comments by e-mail: “#Klaus became a celebrity at drupa and had many adventures with everyone who won him. The @drupa social media and PR team were instrumental in helping create and generate #Klaus buzz. By the end of drupa, #Klaus was the third most used hashtag included with #drupa2016 (according to stats from hashtracking.com).” Corn says until the next drupa Klaus will reside in the office of Sabine Geldermann, director of drupa, who took time out of her day to come to the #Klaus winners gathering and farewell to #Klaus on June 9th. Corn writes: “This all may seem a bit silly, but ultimately #Klaus brought together all the exhibitors in a way I have never seem before at any other event. #Klaus was the catalyst for common ground and common experience and fun because it wasn’t linked to any products and services. He really helped us to form a global social community around #drupa2016 whether people were present physically or not.”#8 drupa theme songSince 1986, each drupa has had its own theme song, which is played throughout the exhibition halls every morning at opening time. Historically, the songs have varied in styles ranging from country to power ballad to techno dance. The latest 2016 version, called “drupa is in town again”, is composed and played by Düsseldorf  songwriter/pianist/music professor Dieter Falk and performed by South African soul singer Bonita Niessen. At least the last two drupa songs are available for playback on drupa’s Website. Fujifilm’s Mark Stephenson has also created a Facebook page, The Cult of drupa Songs (www.facebook.com/drupasongs) in recognition of the show’s musical tradition.#9 drupa food Besides the #drupa2016 apples mentioned above and the fine cuisine of Düsseldorf  and Germany in general, drupa offered attendees a selection of special show-themed foods.  This year’s delicacies included druPRINTen, cookies modeled on the traditional imprinted spice biscuits called printen which originated in Aachen. The updated version of this gingerbread-like sweet, created for drupa by the local baker’s guild, featured place logos for decoration and was handed out gratis at a venues including the airport, hotels, and 100 bakeries. Other gastronomic attractions included “drupabases” serving daily tastings, welcome cocktails, or such free snacks as Altbier ice cream, made from Düsseldorf ’s own unique variety of beer, as well as restaurant vouchers and discounts for drupa attendees.#10 Four-year cycleIn February 2015, drupa announced its organizing committee’s decision to hold the trade show every three years after 2016 (instead of every four years) in order to update visitors on new technology more frequently. Visitors said they preferred the shorter cycle. The change also offered the extra advantage of reducing stress on drupa’s exhibitors who specialize in package printing, since it meant that drupa would not run in 2020, the year scheduled for the leading packaging and process-industry trade show interpack.  Historically, in 2012 the committee vetoed a similar proposal to change drupa to a three-year cycle after receiving significant objections from drupa’s major exhibitors. And as it turned out this year, once again, in response to the demands of exhibitors at drupa 2016, the committee opted to stick with its four-year cycle in the interest of drupa’s customers and international markets. The next drupa has been scheduled from June 23 to July 3, 2020.
Insource Corp. yesterday hosted two seminars in downtown Toronto focused on the new RISO ComColor FW5230 inkjet printing system, introduced six weeks ago at drupa 2016. The seminars were led by Andre D'Urbano, RISO’s National Sales Manager for Canada, who described the unique positions of the FW5230 and RISO’s existing ComColor X1 Series.The FW5230 – a fifth genertaion inkjet system from RISO – is aimed at corporate offices where some departments incur heavy print volumes, but it is also suitable for traditional printing facilities like in-plant graphics departments based on its 120-pages per minute printing speed in full colour. The highest-end X1 system hits speeds of up to 150 ppm in full colour. The ComColor FW series, running oil-based pigments in a line-type inkjet system, has a Standard Print resolution of 300 x 300 dpi and a Fine Print mode of 600 x 600 dpi. RISO explains key features of the FW5230 include a new LCD panel (with colour, tilt, and customization), small footprint, embedded RIP, and low-cost printing.In addition to installations where ComColor devices serve as primary production systems, D'Urbano explains several printers with larger web-bed inkjet machines (costing more than $1 million) are purchasing the ComColor to print short-run or reprint work. Larger web-fed inkjet devices typically require a few hundred feet of paper waste before reaching sellable print quality. D'Urbano noted, even as most toner-equipment manufacturers are now deeply invested in developing inkjet technologies, RISO remains as one of the only large vendors to supply a low-investment cutsheet inkjet engine. At drupa 2016, he explains only a few vendors showcased cutsheet inkjet systems costing just under  $1 million, whereas the RISO systems are priced well under $100,000, typically between $30,000 and $90,000 depending on configuration. D'Urbano then discussed the advantages of cutsheet inkjet over toner systems, primarily focusing on the lower-cost per page of inkjet (two to three cents, compared to five to six cents for toner), which immediately provides inkjet with a strong Return on Investment position. The RISO systems, as opposed to the traditional click-charge toner model, are also purchased based on a 1/2-cent service contract with equipment users responsbile for buying inks.During the seminar, D'Urbano also highlighted the no-heat advantages of inkjet printing relative to toner, which traditionally needs to fuse its toner images to paper at around 350 degrees Fahrenheit. The no-heat process of inkjet, D'Urbano explains, provides not only significant uptime benefits, but also an ability to work with a greater range of applications from envelopes to Tyvek materials, because there is no curling of materials from added heat. The FW series, for example, can print 100 fully variable colour Tyvek wristbands, which is growing application for school and promotional events, for a cost of around 15 cents each.D'Urbano also referenced a range of Energy Star statics indicating, for example, toner-based photocopiers account for 10 percent of all office equipment electricity demand. Again, without a need for heat for the fundamental printing process, the RISO FW inkjet systems run on a regular 110 volt system drawing just 15 amps of power. D'Urbano also referenced a range of InfoTrend studies about the growth of inkjet printing, including findings that colour inkjet devices accounted for more than one third of all digital colour pages in 2014. According to InfoTrend’s 2013-108 Global Production Printing & Copying Market Forecast, U.S. and Western European digital production colour volumes totaled around 265-billion impressions in 2013 and will surpass 500-billion by 2018.In addition to its RISO distribution agreement, Insource is a Canadian sales and service agent for Kirk Rudy, Winkler-Dunnebier, KAS Paper Systems, Petratto, SCS Automaberg, Astro, Therm-O-Type and Profold technologies.
More than 100 people attended PrintAction’s PrintForum conference held on Wednesday at the Mississauga Convention Centre, featuring four sessions and exhibitors Canon Canada (event sponsor), Delphax, Domtar, Grand Valley Direct, IMAC, Insource, PDS, Sydney Stone and Veritiv.   View the embedded image gallery online at: http://www.printaction.com/index.php?option=com_k2&Itemid=8&lang=en&layout=latest&view=latest#sigProGalleria992e71d528 Following a session by PrintAction Editor Jon Robinson, Martin Habekost, Associate Chair of Ryerson’s Graphic Communications Management program, spent an hour discussing both digital- and conventional-printing trends at drupa. Habekost began his session, called Is It All Digital Now?, describing the highly positive atmosphere at drupa, which featured 1,837 exhibitors from 54 countries, 260,000 visitors from 188 countries (slightly down from 2012), and 1,900 journalists from 74 countries.Gleaning statistics from drupa organizer, Messe Dusseldorf, Habekost noted some interesting post-drupa numbers from surveyed visitors, including: 29 percent placed orders during drupa, 30 percent are planning to place their orders after drupa, and 60 percent found new suppliers at drupa.Habekost began his digital trends highlights by noting how inkjet print speeds are increasing and starting to reach offset speeds. Based on the amount of print applications highlighted at this year’s show, he also noted how inkjet inks can print on almost anything and more special inks are being developed for inkjet work. Habekost spent several minutes taking the crowd through key digital and offset developments, including an emphasis on the progress of Landa Digital, which expects to begin shipping its presses in 2017. Habekost concluded his session by explaining how print is alive and coming back strong, as digital printing is making strong inroads into the offset print market, again with increased print speeds and high-quality output.Nick Howard, President of Howard Graphic Equipment, presented the third session at PrintForum discussing how technological change is not new to the printing industry and shared his thoughts on how inkjet will impact the commercial printing industry. He also discussed the market for offset technologies (new and used) and what printers should consider when making investments. Howard explained LED curing, or similar hybrid variations, is a definite advance that all offset-perfecting printers should consider, as well as companies running straight configurations.The final conference session featured seven industry leaders discussing the state of production inkjet technologies, both web and cutsheet. The panelists included: Alec Couckuyt, Senior Director, Canon Canada, Professional Printing Solutions Group; Brad King, VP, Graphics Communications, Xerox Canada; Brent Moncrief, VP, Brand Management, Fujifilm North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division; Edward Robeznieks, VP and GM, Production Printing, Ricoh Canada; Ray Fagan, Sheetfed Product Manager, Heidelberg Canada; Brian Forrester, Senior Sales Executive, Enterprise Inkjet Systems Division, Eastman Kodak; and Grant Robinson Business Development Manager at Delphax Technologies.While all of the panelists have a natural interest in promoting the adoption of inkjet technologies, the group provided several examples for why in fact production inkjet technology has arrived in the printing industry. The group explained that the issue of inkjet speed relative to sheeted offset has largely been overcome, particularly when focusing an inkjet system toward suitable applications. The inkjet panel also described how inkjet quality has reached a level to meet most customer expectations, even as advances are still needed in inks and supporting substrates. The panel also opened up to dicuss the potential business models and investment rationale for investing in inkjet technologies.
A pictorial report on some of the new systems on display in Germany at drupa 2016, running under the moniker of Touch the Future, which continues in Dusseldorf until June 10 (all photos by PrintAction).   View the embedded image gallery online at: http://www.printaction.com/index.php?option=com_k2&Itemid=8&lang=en&layout=latest&view=latest#sigProGalleria542106025d
The Ontario Printing and Imaging Association last night at St. Georges Golf and Country Club in Greater Toronto celebrated the achievements of printing companies within its 2016 Excellence In Print Awards program.   View the embedded image gallery online at: http://www.printaction.com/index.php?option=com_k2&Itemid=8&lang=en&layout=latest&view=latest#sigProGalleria1f93be5303 Following the dinner and awards presentation, Brad Thompson, President and CEO of Inland Press in Detroit, Michigan, who is also Chairman of the Printing Industries of America, made a presentation to share his insight with guests. Sponsors of OPIA’s 2016 awards program included Heidelberg, Flint Group, Domtar, Sun Chemical and Spicers.Excellene in Print Awards, signfying Best of Category winners, were recieved by C. J.  Graphics (14), Colour Innovations (7), Metroland Media/Hamilton Web Printing (1), Mi5 Print & Digital Communications (2), Prime Data (1), Ryerson University GCM (2), St. Joseph Communications (3), TC Transcontinental Brampton (1), TC Transcontinental Vaughan (1), and Welch & Quest (2).Top honours in the 2016 OPIA Excellence in Print Awards program, for Best of Division work, were presented to the following companies: 2016 Award of Excellence WinnersC.J. Graphics, Digital DivisionC.J. Graphics, Specialty DivisionSt. Joseph Communications, Sheetfed DivisionTC Transcontinental Vaughan, Web Division
  View the embedded image gallery online at: http://www.printaction.com/index.php?option=com_k2&Itemid=8&lang=en&layout=latest&view=latest#sigProGalleria918d5d07c5 More than 310 people came to the Centre des sciences de Montréal on the evening of May 12 to celebrate printing-industry achievement at the 34th annual Gala Gutenberg. Divided into two distinct sections for Innovation Printing and Technical Printing, 19 trophies – adorned with a metallic g – were awarded to Quebec printing companies, who were often joined on stage by their equally proud designers and production partners.“The participants were welcomed in a spectacular way. A flight of paper butterflies was created for this event. We wanted to showcase all the areas of the industry: Large scale, ennoblement, cutting, lamination, display, labels, packaging, fine paper, cardboard, etcetera,” said Hélène Pageau of the Printability and Graphic Communications Institute (ICI), member of the organizing committee. “I want to take the time to thank once more the 22 companies that participated in making the products that embellished this night.”Supremex won the award program’s inaugural Gutenberg Coup de Coeur – for its project Osez l’effet lifting for Yves Rocher – as voted on by attendees at the gala, where the submitted print projects were on full display. “The votes were counted by the students of the future, which are the graduates in graphic communications at Ahuntsic College who were at the Gala," said Robert Legal, teacher of printing techniques at Ahuntsic College and head of the judging panel.Louise Kralka, Vice President of PDI, served as Présidente du Gutenberg 2016, which, in addition to Pageau and Legal, also included committee members: André Goyette, Imprimerie Contact; Bruno Laplante, Agfa; Chantal Vallée, Spicers; Frédéric Perrier, Les Encres Ultra; Lucie Benoit, Dieco Finition; Mala Dupont, ATFFEQ; Marilène Fournier, Imprimerie Ste-Julie; Martin Gagnon, Multi-Flex; Michel Beaulieu, Heidelberg; and Zara-Emmanuelle Villani, Enveloppe Concept.“The Gutenberg [awards program] pushes everyone’s limits and meets the challenges presented by the talent and creativity of companies, communication agencies and print buyers in Quebec, no matter the size of the companies,” said Kralka. “This year our industry has once more shown that this event is important.”2016 Gala Gutenberg Innovation Awards:Category: Display GraphicsWinner: PDI Integrated Printing SolutionsCategory: Marketing, CustomerWinner: L’EmpreinteCategory: Marketing, Self-promotionWinner: Graphiscan MontrealCategory: PublishingWinner: TC Transcontinental TransmagCategory: LabelsWinner: Imprimerie Ste-JulieCategory: Packaging Winner: TC Transcontinental Ross EllisCategory: Flexible Packaging Winner: Propals IndustryCategory: Finishing Winner: Stylex 3D2016 Gala Gutenberg Technical Awards:Category: Technique Challenge DisplayWinner: MP ReproCategory: Marketing Self-promotionWinner: ParagraphCategory: Marketing ClientWinner: L’EmpreinteCategory: NewspapersWinner: TC Transcontinental TransmagCategory: BooksWinner: PDI Integrated Printing SolutionsCategory: MagazinesWinner: Marquis ImprimeurCategory: FinishingWinner: Gravure ChoquetCategory: LabelsWinner: MCC Collotype MontrealCategory: PackagingWinner: WestRockCategory: Flexible PackagingWinner: Imprimerie Ste-JulieMore pictures from the 2016 Gala Gutenberg and information can be found at Galagutenberg.ca.
Koenig & Bauer Group (KBA) released its second quarter results for 2016 noting it will raise revenue and earnings targets for the full fiscal year. The positive financial expectations, according to the German press maker, are backed by what it describes as a successful drupa (May 31 to June 10, 2016) and a high order intake of €352.5m in its second quarter. At €352.5 million, group order intake from April to June was up 17.2 percent year-on-year, although the group's figures for this quarter only contain around a third of orders placed at the drupa trade show which were in the triple-digit million euro range. The catch-up effect, explains KBA, will ensure additional stimulus in the second half-year as KBA traditionally only books orders that are fully documented and financially secure. KBA reported half-year revenue of €553.9 million which is 30 percent above the prior year’s period. After six months, group order intake of €618.8 million was 1.9% percent higher than the prior year, which KBA also describes as strong. Revenue increased over the same period by 29.7 percent to €553 million. KBA’s complete order backlog of €639.8 million secures workload beyond 2016. “This is a solid buffer for the second half-year and gives us ample security to raise our targets for 2016 despite existing economic and political turbulence,” said Claus Bolza-Schünemann, KBA President and CEO. “ We now expect an EBT margin of around four percent with group revenue between €1.1 and €1.2 billion."KBA explains a rise of 30 percent in revenue compared to 2015, strong capacity utilization at KBA's facilities and cost savings from its restructuring program completed at the start of the year had a positive impact on earnings after six months despite high trade show and development costs. The company’s EBIT improved to €20.7 million compared to the prior-year loss of –€8.3 million A slightly negative interest result of –€2.9 million led to a group pre-tax profit (EBT) of €17.8 million. After deducting income tax expenses, group net profit came to €17.2 million (2015: –€9.3 million). The company’s free cash flow stands at –€14.4 million, compared to –€25.2 million 12 months ago. Funds at the end of June 2016 came to €168.7 million. Less bank loans, KBA's net liquidity stood at €154.5 million.KBA explains from the drupa trade show, which again brought in orders in the triple-digit million euro range for KBA's largest segment, sheetfed, around a third of these orders were already visible in the group's figures for the second quarter and the other two thirds will be booked in the coming months.
Electronics For Imaging yesterday announced results for its second quarter of 2016, ended June 30, 2016, with a record second quarter revenue of $245.7 million (all dollar amounts in U.S. funds), up 21 percent compared to second quarter 2015 revenue of $202.7 million. “The EFI team delivered a solid quarter despite the disruption caused by global events during the last week of the quarter,” said Guy Gecht, CEO of EFI. “At the same time, EFI’s market position at the drupa tradeshow validated both our strategy and product roadmap, and we’re particularly encouraged by the exceptional reception to our new Nozomi platform.The drupa momentum is feeding into the strength we are seeing in the Industrial Inkjet and Productivity Software segments,” continued Gecht, “which keep us on track to deliver our stated goal of $1 billion in revenues for the year.”For the six months ended June 30, 2016, the company reported revenue of $479.8 million, which was also up 21 percent year-over-year compared to $397.3 million for the same period in 2015. GAAP net income was $7.3 million compared to $13.0 million for the same period in 2015.
German press maker Koenig & Bauer Group (KBA) announced its Q1 financial results ended with 46% more revenue and EBT was up €18 million, reaching €0.6 million, relative to the same quarter last year. The company also explains its order intake of €266.3 million was higher than its quarterly revenue of €258.8 million, while “an order backlog of €582.4 million secures utilization well into autumn.”At €258.8 million, group revenue in the first quarter was up 46% on the prior-year figure of €177.3 million. All three KBA segments posted gains in sales, with new presses for packaging printing climbing to over 70% of the total. The press maker's order backlog at the end of March stood at €582.4 million, an increase on the figure from the start of the year of €574.9 million.   “Numerous optimisation measures are taking effect as planned. This quarter we thus improved earnings by over €18 million to +€2.1 million EBIT or +€0.6 million EBT year-on-year,” said KBA President and CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann. The group’s gross profit margin rose from 20.6% to 29.8%. EBIT this quarter came to +€2.1 million. In the first quarter of 2015, there was still a loss of €16.2 million. A slightly negative interest result of –€1.5 million led to a group pre-tax profit this quarter of €0.6 million compared to –€17.7 million the previous year. After deducting income tax expenses, group net profit at March 31 was €1.6 million (2015: –€16.9 million). This corresponds to earnings per share of €0.11 (2015: –€1.01).   KBA states its largest segment, Sheetfed, is still on the right track with a 41% rise in revenue, a quarterly profit of €5.7 million (2015: –€2.7 million) and a high order backlog of €264 million. In the run-up to the industry’s leading trade show, drupa, beginning at the end of May and given longer lead times, KBA explains incoming orders of €135.7 million in this segment were below the unusually high order intake of €174.7 million in the first quarter of 2015 as expected.   The volume of new orders in KBA's Digital & Web segment rose by 23% year-on-year and revenue more than doubled to €27.9 million. KBA explains the segment loss of –€1.8 million improved compared to 12 months ago (2015: –€8.7 million). The KBA management board expects positive earnings for the entire year given the growth in order backlog to €77 million.   At €115.1 million (2015: €117.4 million) the volume of incoming orders in KBA's Special segment was roughly the same as the previous year’s figure (2015: €117.4 million). Revenue grew by some 40% to €88.6 million. At €0.2 million, the quarterly profit was below the prior year (€1.2 million), whereby KBA explains the project execution of a security press order led to delays impacting on profit. KBA states earnings are expected to improve further over the coming quarters as planned given the strong order backlog.
Adobe reported record quarterly revenue of US$1.38 billion, representing year-over-year growth of 25 percent, for its current fiscal first quarter, fueled by the adoption of cloud-based products.“Every day, more brands, government agencies and educational institutions globally are choosing to base their digital strategies on Adobe’s content and data platforms,” said Shantanu Narayen, Adobe President and CEO. “Our exceptional performance in Q1 is an indicator of the strong momentum we are seeing across our cloud businesses as we drive the experience economy.”The company’s Digital Media segment revenue grew by 33 percent year-over-year to a record US$932 million, with Creative revenue growing 44 percent year-over-year to a record US$733 million.Adobe explains Creative Cloud adoption drove its Digital Media Annualized Recurring Revenue (“ARR”) to US$3.13 billion exiting the quarter, an increase of US$246 million. Adobe Marketing Cloud achieved record revenue of US$377 million that represents year-over-year growth of 21 percent.Year-over-year operating income for the company grew 78 percent and net income grew 200 percent on a GAAP-basis; operating income and net income both grew 48 percent on a non-GAAP basis.Cash flow from operations was US$498 million and the company repurchased approximately 1.5 million shares during the quarter, returning US$133 million of cash to stockholders.“We are pleased to report another record quarter with 25 percent year-over-year revenue growth. Strong Cloud adoption drove record Creative and Marketing Cloud revenue in Q1, and better-than-expected Digital Media ARR," said Mark Garrett, Adobe CFO. “Based on our strong Q1 results and business momentum, we are increasing our annual revenue and earnings targets for the year.”
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG reports it has ended the latest quarter with a positive net result after taxes, and that its net result before taxes after nine months (April 1 to December 31, 2015) reached the break-even point. Based on these numbers, the German press maker explains, following its recent realignment, it is on track to record a positive net result after taxes for financial year 2015/2016.“We’ve made good progress with our goal of ensuring long-term profitability at Heidelberg. Our new portfolio is more closely geared toward stable market segments, is more profitable, and creates the conditions for further growth,” said Heidelberg CEO Gerold Linzbach.   Group sales were 16 percent up on the equivalent nine months of the previous year at €1.802 billion (previous year: €1.552 billion). This figure includes positive exchange rate effects amounting to €93 million. Heidelberg explains the successful integration of the newly acquired PSG Group made a substantial contribution to the higher sales, while the Heidelberg Services segment accounted for almost half of the company’s sales after nine months.At a regional level, Heidelberg states sales were well up in North America and Europe, while Eastern Europe and Latin America remained stable. In the third quarter, however, Heidelberg explains subdued market development in China was reflected by a fall in orders. Total incoming orders in the reporting period were significantly higher than in the previous year at €1.904 billion (previous year: €1.780 billion).            Heidelberg’s EBITDA excluding special items as at December 31, 2015, increased to €119 million (previous year: €80 million), while EBIT excluding special items doubled to €65 million (previous year: €29 million). The Heidelberg Services segment is still on target to achieve the planned EBITDA margin of nine to 11 percent. Regional weaknesses, especially in China, mean the Heidelberg Equipment segment has not yet been able to reach the expected EBITDA target margin of four to six percent. Heidelberg’s pre-tax result after nine months reached the break-even point (€0 million; previous year: €–92 million). The net result after taxes for the third quarter improved by €60 million to €7 million (previous year: €–53 million) and the nine-month figure of €–7 million, explains Heidelberg, was better than the €–95 million recorded for the equivalent period of the previous year.  The company’s free cash flow after nine months was €–37 million (previous year: €–16 million), based primarily on restructuring costs and the PSG acquisition. The net debt for the quarter under review was at €282 million (March 31, 2015: €256 million). “We have created the financial scope to finance acquisitions and invest in growth and innovation. In the future, we will keep working on further optimizing our financing framework and ensuring the continued strategic development of Heidelberg,” said CFO Dirk Kaliebe. 
manroland web systems of Augsburg, Germany, released its 2015 year-end results (December 31, 2015), which the company states as holding a significant increase in profit and market share. With a profit margin of around three percent, the printing press manufacturer’s result increases to 6.2 million euros ($9.6 million Canadian). The company also reports its market share in new press business for web offset systems grew to 45 percent, while also noting growth in manroland web’s increasing interests in postpress equipment sales, branded as FoldLine and FormerLine.The incoming orders taken by manroland web grew by more than 10 percent to around 260 million euros in comparison to 2014. The global market share for new web offset printing presses is around 45 percent (36 percent previous year). The fully completed restructuring measures from 2014 as well as the improved situation in use of capacities have also had a major impact. “In 2015, the manroland web systems company group generated a positive operating result of 6.2 million euros before interest and taxes (EBIT). An order backlog in new press business of more than 150 million euros gives reason to expect good use of factory capacities and a further increase in profitability for manroland web systems in 2016,” said Jörn Gossé, Managing Director, manroland web.Not including external personnel and trainees, the company had a total staff of 1,200 worldwide, 1,068 of which are at the Augsburg site. The company is currently training 63 young people in total in various technical and commercial professions and will be offering 16 new traineeship placements starting in September 2016.
Bell and Howell Global Services released a statement that it will begin to service Ricoh InfoPrint presses in Canada, based on that company’s decision to no longer support the InfoPrint 3900 printer. Bell and Howell plans to support the following IBM/Ricoh InfoPrint models in Canada: 3300, 3800, 3900, 4000 and 4100.“There is a lot of life left in these InfoPrint toner production printers, and we’re ready to assist anyone who needs service virtually anywhere in North America,” said Jim Feely, Senior VP of Global Service Solutions. “Our Services team has the parts, supplies and technical know-how to provide the support needed to keep these printers up and running for years to come.”Bell and Howell states it has a network of hundreds of service technicians throughout Canada and the United States to perform maintenance or repair on a production printer, mail machinery or other industrial mechatronics systems from over 50 brands.The company also explains it can service all InfoPrint associated pre/post equipment from Lasermax, Hunkeler, Tecnau, RSI, Stralfors, ESP and others. This includes providing preventive maintenance, scheduled maintenance/tune-up, replacement parts, certified refurbishing, and converting systems to accept lower-cost orange cap toner.
Larry Stewart becomes Regional Sales Manager for technology and service supplier KBR Graphics, based in Montreal, Quebec. Stewart joins KBR Graphic’s Ontario sales team and is responsible for the entire range of KBR equipment and services. He will coordinate all aspects of new client acquisition for the Eastern portion of the Greater Toronto Area as well as other parts of Ontario. Stewart has more than 28 years of experience as a sales professional in the printing industry.  “Larry's extensive background and strong knowledge of print and finishing machinery as well as his established reputation in the industry will help our customers position their businesses for future success,” said Karl Belafi Jr., Vice President of KBR Graphics. Steve Klaric, a longstanding KBR Graphics Regional Sales Manager, continues in his responsibilities for the Western part of the Greater Toronto Area as well as other parts of Ontario.
Fastsigns International Inc., with more than 600 global franchises, entered a new partnership agreement to offer all of its locations the new Epson SureColor S60600 roll-to-roll solvent printer beginning on May 1, 2016. Currently, three Fastsigns locations have the new printer installed, with 33 new Fastsigns centres expected to open this year with the Epson printer. “After undergoing an extensive selection process, we made the decision to travel to Epson’s headquarters in Japan to see the design and manufacturing capabilities firsthand,” said Fastsigns International’s Director of Tech and Supply Chain, Brian Boehm. “In addition to the attainable price point offered by the Epson SureColor S60600, we were incredibly impressed by the updated technology the printer offers.” The 64-inch SureColor S60600 features new UltraChrome GS3 4-colour solvent ink, an all-new media feeding system, and Epson’s Dual-Array PrecisionCore TFP print heads. Epson explains the S60600 is capable of producing sellable quality banners at 550 square feet per hour, while producing adhesive vinyl output at up to 310 square feet per hour. “The SureColor S60600 is one of the most productive sign printers we’ve ever developed,” said Matt McCausland, Product Manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Canada Ltd. today announced an exclusive agreement, effective immediately, with MGI’s Digital Graphic Technology division to co-market and service the full line of MGI printing and finishing systems.Konica Minolta and MGI have several existing distribution programs in place globally and the two companies have worked together for nearly two decades. “We are excited to be strengthening our collaboration with Konica Minolta,” stated Michael Abergel, Executive VP of MGI. “Konica Minolta is the ideal partner to expand our distribution in Canada.”The MGI partnership in Canada started with the addition of MGI’s JETvarnish 3DS to Konica Minolta’s production print portfolio. The agreement announced today extends the full spectrum of MGI products to Konica Minolta Canada, which includes the Meteor series of digital presses, the JETvarnish 3D line, and other finishing technologies. MGI is unique in its manufacture of products designed to handle a range of substrates and formats, including foils and plastics, along with spot coating, embossing, hot foil and high-gloss applications aimed at short-run work.  “The printing and packaging industries are continually looking for innovative ways to expand their services and streamline production. By combining the MGI line-up with our current offering, we significantly increase our ability to help clients differentiate, grow margins, and improve productivity,” said Chris Dewart, President and CEO, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Canada.Konica Minolta plans to provide MGI market coverage across Canada by leveraging its direct sales and service force, as as well as through its partner channels.
Sydney Stone has been recognized with the Elite Dealer Award from Formax, which  designs and manufactures pressure seal, mailing, data destruction, and digital print finishing solutions. Formax also builds the ColorMax 7, an envelope inkjet printing system with a duty cycle of up to 500,000 envelopes per month. Formax explains its technologies allow printers to strreamline outgoing and incoming mail, destruction of confidential data and in-plant digital print finishing. “Sydney Stone provides us with an excellent support team in Canada from a product application basis on through to the field service team,” said Eric Roy with Formax.“We are pleased with their results in 2015 and look forward to another elite year in 2016.”Founded in 1987, Formax is a privately held company with corporate headquarters based in Dover, New Hampshire and a manufacturing facility in Turlock, California.  “We are thrilled that Formax have provided us with the Elite Dealer Achievement Award,” said Michael Steele of Sydney Stone. “They are an excellent company to work with and their products work exceptionally well. We look forward to continuing to find situations where Formax equipment will add value to printers in Canada.”
RM Machinery Inc., the exclusive distributor of RMGT 10 and RMGT 11 series sheetfed presses in the United States, is now a distributor of these specific presses in the Canadian market, which RYOBI MHI Graphic Technology Ltd. (RMGT) awarded to RM Machinery on February 1.KBR Graphics continues as the exclusive distributor of RMGT Series 5, 7 and 9 offset presses for Eastern Canada (Quebec and Ontario) and the company now has a strategic partnership with RM Machinery for representation of the RMGT 10 and 11 series presses in Quebec. Established in 2013 and based in New Jersey, RM Machinery Inc., which is also the exclusive U.S. distributor of web offset and newspaper presses manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, ltd., will provide sales, parts and service for the RMGT 10 and RMGT 11 presses in Canada.“Not only are we grateful for the confidence RMGT has shown in RM Machinery, but we see tremendous opportunities for growth in the Canadian marketplace. That’s what really makes this so exciting,” said Marke Baker, President of RM Machinery. “We look forward to being a strong player who will take Canadian printers to the next level, and always satisfy their needs and behave in their best interests.”The RMGT 1020 press features a maximum sheet size of 29.13 x 40.16 inches (740 mm x 1,020 mm), and the RMGT 1050 has a maximum sheet size of 29.53 x 41.34 inches (750 mm x 1,050 mm). The RMGT 1130 comes with a larger sheet size of 32.28 x 44.49 inches (820 mm x 1,130 mm).
Jones Packaging Inc., headquartered in London, Ont. as a global provider of packaging solutions for healthcare and consumer brands, has entered into a commercial partnership with Norway's Thin Film Electronics ASA (Thinfilm), which develops printed electronics and smart systems, including technologies for Near Field Communications (NFC).Together the two companies will integrate Thinfilm’s recently branded NFC OpenSense technology into paperboard pharmaceutical packaging and, at the same time, develop what Jones describes as key manufacturing processes for its high-speed production lines.Jones and Thinfilm will also collaborate to engage top global pharmaceutical companies to integrate the smart technology into Rx and over-the-counter product packaging. The Jones/Thinfilm smart packaging collaboration will be funded, in part, by grants from both the Swedish and Canadian governments. Jones explains NFC OpenSense tags are thin, flexible labels that can detect both a product’s “factory sealed” and “opened” states and wirelessly communicate contextual content with the tap of an NFC-enabled smartphone. The tags contain unique identifiers, continues Jones, that make it possible for pharmaceutical companies to authenticate products and track them to the individual-item level using software and analytics tools. In addition, Jones explains the tags remain active even after a product’s factory seal has been broken, which enables both brands and medical staff to extend the dialogue with consumers and patients. “Our strategy of developing printed electronics solutions for the healthcare market led us to this important collaboration with industry pioneer Thinfilm,” stated Chris Jones Harris, Principal, Strategic Initiatives and Alliances with Jones. “Thinfilm’s unique printed NFC solution addresses multiple needs within the pharmaceutical channel, particularly around product integrity and patient safety, and allows our customers to connect the world of physical packaging to virtual and dynamic content on the internet – it’s a very unique and compelling proposition.”Thinfilm’s “Tag Talks First” protocol is described as a key feature of the NFC OpenSense tag and enables a read-speed that is up to 20 times faster than conventional NFC solutions. The companies explain this makes NFC OpenSense an ideal technology for use within the high-speed, high-volume production lines found in Jones’ manufacturing facilities. The work conducted by Jones and Thinfilm will also include the integration of ferrite shield labels with the NFC OpenSense tags. Jones explains this will enable the NFC technology to function on metalized packaging, such as blisters commonly used for cold/flu medication. The company states this is perfectly aligned with its contract packaging capabilities in the area of customized blister packaging solutions for solid dose products including tablets, caplets, capsules and gel caps.“Jones has been in business for well over a century and is a trusted partner to many of the most recognized global pharmaceutical and consumer brands,” said Davor Sutija, CEO of Thinfilm. “We are very excited to be partnering with a true innovator in the packaging industry and look forward to helping them deliver this leading-edge NFC solution to the pharmaceutical space.”
Xaar plc, which makes industrial inkjet technology, and Lawter, along with its parent company Harima Chemicals Group (HCG), are now collaborating to optimize the performance of a line of nanosilver conductive inks in the Xaar 1002 industrial inkjet print-head. The combined solution, according to the companies, will be of interest to manufacturers of consumer electronics goods looking for a method to print antennas and sensors with silver nanoparticle ink as part of their manufacturing processes. Xaar explains inkjet is a cleaner process than other methods of printing silver inks; this is especially relevant when printing onto a substrate, such as a display, in which any yield loss is expensive. With inkjet, manufacturers can precisely control the amount of ink dispensed in certain areas of a pattern, continues Xaar, so that the ink or fluid deposited can be thicker in some areas and thinner in others – adding that inkjet enables the deposition of a much thinner layer of fluids than traditional methods, which is significant for the manufacturers looking to produce thinner devices. Inkjet is also one of the few technologies able to print a circuit over a substrate that has a structured surface.“This is an excellent opportunity to showcase our latest technological breakthroughs and demonstrate the unique value that our revolutionary nanoparticle inkjet solutions can play as part of an integrated system solutions in the PE world,” said Dr. Arturo Horta, Business Development Manager for Lawter Innovation Group. HCG claims to have pioneered the development and manufacture of silver nanoparticle conductive inks for the printed electronics industry over 20 years ago and has over 100 patents related to its nanoparticle dispersion technology.
Komori Corporation and Screen Holdings Co., Ltd. announced that Komori America Corporation and Screen GP Americas, LLC, a division of Screen Graphic and Precision Solutions (Screen GP) group, have entered into a strategic selling agreement that effectively joins the two companies’ sales organizations. Komori America will be the sole distributor in the United States of Screen GP's new Truepress Jet520HD, a high-speed, high-definition inkjet press powered by the Equios Digital Front Workflow solution. Screen GP Americas brings its knowledge and expertise in the inkjet marketplace to the partnership with Komori America.Eiji Kajita, Director and Operating Officer of Komori Corporation says, “This is a great opportunity for both Komori and Screen GP.  By joining our US sales teams we will have double the workforce to take both Komori's offset and Screen GP's digital products to the marketplace. But more importantly, we know our customers will benefit from the combined expertise of our two teams.”Katsuhiko Aoki, President of Screen GP said, “We have a longstanding relationship with Komori and it just makes good business sense to take the strength of our two product lines and the technical expertise of our sales teams to join together to grow our market share. We are looking forward to the future and we are confident commercial printers will see real value in working with one organization that is focused on their success regardless of the technology platform.”
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…”
Mary Laschinger, Chairman and CEO of Veritiv Corporation, today spent her morning in Mississauga, Ontario, to help celebrate the ongoing construction of a new 450,000-square-foot facility that will become the company’s new Canadian headquarters.   View the embedded image gallery online at: http://www.printaction.com/index.php?option=com_k2&Itemid=8&lang=en&layout=latest&view=latest#sigProGalleria73ac94a8d4 Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Laschinger was then on her way to New York to present Veritiv’s quarterly financial results. Veritiv recently broke into the Fortune 500 club and its Canadian operation, explained Laschinger, now represents about seven percent of the company’s total annual revenues.“Bringing together Veritiv’s Toronto area team in this new, state-of-the art facility in Mississauga is an important strategic investment for our company, and it aligns with one of our business goals to integrate our operations and strengthen collaboration throughout our organization,” said Laschinger. “Canada is an important market for Veritiv, and we are delighted to renew our commitment to this city and accelerate our growth across the country.”Jason Alderman, Regional Vice President for Veritiv, who leads the Canadian operation, welcomed a range of special guests to a small stage protected from the blazing sun by a tent. Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie also spoke at the official groundbreaking ceremony, applauding Veritiv’s project and noting Mississauga has become Canada’s sixth largest city with a population of close to 800,000 and home to some 8,300 businesses.Located just off the 401 at Hurontario (125 Madill Boulevard), in the growing business area of Courtney Park, now home to some of Canada’s largest industrial facilities, the new Veritiv building is scheduled to be complete by around April 2017 with move-in planned for shortly after. “This new facility will enable Veritiv to expand our service capabilities for Canadian customers and increase the company’s operational efficiencies by consolidating our three existing facilities in the Greater Toronto Area,” said Alderman. “The City of Mississauga also offers many strategic advantages to our operations, our customers, and our employees.”The new Veritiv facility, which is to house around 350 employees, will include approximately 410,000 square feet of warehouse space and another 42,000 square feet of office space. In Canada, Veritiv employs approximately 950 people and has a fleet of around 115 tractor-trailer units, and a network of 17 warehouses. Alderman explains there are no plans to close facilities outside of the three GTA locations being consolidated in Mississauga, because the other locations are a critical part of Veritiv’s national reach.Veritiv Corporation, headquartered in Atlanta, has approximately 180 distribution centres throughout the U.S., Mexico and Canada, and employs approximately 8,800 people.
Fujifilm, which has long held a commitment to internal green energy and carbon reduction targets, is now running its primary production facility in Tilburg, the Netherlands, with 100 percent wind energy. The Tilburg plant manufactures a number of Fujifilm products, including printing plates.“Our motto is that if we can do it green, we will do it green,” says Tillburg site Director, Peter Struik. “With that objective in mind we have come to an agreement with our energy supplier Eneco to provide us with 100 percent renewable energy. They share our commitment to green energy, and with their help and expertise we have been able to make this vision a reality.”The facility had been partially powered by wind since 2011 when Fujifilm began working in partnership with Dutch energy supplier Eneco. The wind turbines that drive the plant’s manufacturing capability are located on-site and in nearby Zeeland. The 100 gigawatt hours of energy these two sites generate for the Fujifilm facility is enough to power 30,000 homes. “Fujifilm is showing commendable courage and leadership in having taken this bold step,” said Eneco board member, Marc van der Linden. “They are setting an excellent example to their industry and to other businesses in the surrounding area. Like Eneco, Fujifilm is a forward-thinking company which recognizes that economy and ecology have to go hand in hand.”Fujifilm and Eneco are now investigating the possibility of producing bio-mass steam on the Fujifilm site.
Sun Chemical has opened a new coatings lab in its Carlstadt, New Jersey, research and development facility. The lab is the fourth of its kind worldwide, joining similar laboratories located in the United Kingdom and DIC R&D centres in Japan.The 11,000-square-foot investment by Sun Chemical holds what the company describes as state-of-the-art equipment and analytical support for studying migration, adhesion, permeability, and other performance-related coating phenomena. The lab will use systems like SEM microscopy, atomic force microscopy, IR surface mapping, and surface energy measurement, among other techniques, to advance the fundamental understanding of key coatings performance attributes.A variety of equipment has been added to the new lab, including: gas transmission rate analyzers, glass bottle testing instrumentation, and coatings spraying equipment to develop new and improved water, solvent, and energy curable primers, inks, and coatings. A lab laminator will be added in 2017 to help study the interaction between ink, substrate, primers, overprint varnishes and laminating adhesives.   “The new Carlstadt coatings lab represents a major investment in our coatings business,” said Russell Schwartz, Chief Technology Officer, Sun Chemical. “This enhanced capability will help us expand our product range offerings into an evolving packaging market that includes laminating adhesives, glass decoration, and printed electronics. “The integration of coatings technology with ink, polymer, and functional materials development within the same technical organization and facility transcends product lines and geographical barriers,” continued Schwartz. “It will also help expand Sun Chemical’s Advanced Materials portfolio into industrial coatings applications.”Sun Chemical holds the capability to develop and test water, solvent, and energy curable coatings, including primers, overprints and materials in order to provide enhanced functionality, such as barrier properties. “While many companies rely on commercially available polymers, Sun Chemical differentiates itself by developing proprietary polymers targeted for our specific industry and products,” said Bob O’Boyle, Product Manager, Coatings, Sun Chemical. “We’re also focusing on smart coatings for sensor-enabled application equipment.”
Boston Globe Media Partners announced the sale of the current headquarters for its Boston Globe newspaper operations, which have been housed for 58 years in Dorchester, Massachusetts. The purchaser of the 16.5-acre property and 815,000-square-foot building has not yet been named under a confidentiality agreement.The Globe’s editorial and business departments will move to a new office complex less than a mile from the publisher’s founding location on Newspaper Row, where the paper operated from its inception in 1872 until moving to Dorchester in 1958.In mid-2015, the Globe announced it had purchased a building in a Taunton industrial park for just over US$20 million that would serve as its newspaper printing plant starting in early 2017. The move to a new printing plant was well underway before the sale of its Dorchester sale.The new 328,000-square-foot printing plant, according to an article in the Globe, will also print the Boston Herald, The New York Times, and other newspapers that hire the new operation to do their production.An article by Beth Healy in 2015 explains the Globe’s printing operation — including press operators, mailers, and drivers — includes roughly 1,000 people, which accounted for slightly more than half of all of the company’s employees.New York Times Co. sold the Boston Globe in 2013 to Red Sox owner John W. Henry for US$70 million. Times Co. purchased the Boston Globe in 1993 from the Taylor family for US$1.1 billion.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Canada Ltd. will relocate its headquarters to the Airport Corporate Centre of Mississauga, Ont., by the end of April 2016. The company's new home will feature state-of-the-art technology for product demonstrations of hardware and IT services in its portfolio.Konica Minolta Canada explains – based on its parent company's core ecological sustainability tenant – one of the new building’s key features is a white reflective roof membrane, which reflects sunlight from the roof area and reduces the heat-island effect produced by conventional roofing materials.The building will also feature native and drought-tolerant plants that depend only on rainwater to flourish once planted. Konica Minolta explains this eliminates the need for landscape irrigation, uses less fertilizer and requires fewer pesticides. The new headquarters will also include electric vehicle charging stations in the parking lot for those employees and visitors who drive electric or hybrid automobiles.“We have designed the new building to reflect where Konica Minolta is headed as we continue to shape the future of our industry,” said Chris Dewart, President and CEO, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Canada. “We have been steadily transforming our business from a hardware vendor to a strong player in information technology, information management and now the industrial print space. Our new headquarters will be tightly aligned with the needs of key stakeholders and showcase our strategic growth initiatives.”
Rochester Institute of Technology has received a $500,000 grant from New York State’s Higher Education Capital Matching Grant Program that will be used to support the university’s AMPrint Center for Advanced Technology.The grant was among 29 grants totaling $35.3 million statewide announced in early February by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The program, administered by the Dormitory Authority, funds renovation or construction of critical academic facilities and high-tech projects at universities across New York State.RIT will use the grant for construction inside the fourth floor of Institute Hall, which will be home for the new centre, a research facility developing next-generation 3D print materials and applications. Several leaders within the Canadian printing industry have studied at RIT’s well-known printing-research facilities.“Our new AMPrint center will help RIT serve as a focal point for applied teaching, research and development in additive manufacturing applications by bringing together expertise from a regional ‘eco-system’ of organizations from academia, government and corporations,” said RIT President Bill Destler.Denis Cormier, an expert in 3D print technologies, is Director of RIT’s AMPrint Center and the Earl W. Brinkman Professor in RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering. A professor of industrial engineering, Cormier’s research focus is in printed electronics, specifically the synthesis of printable nano-inks, the development or enhancement of printing processes, and the design of novel printed electronic devices.Cormier was the original principal investigator for the Center and brought together university partners from Clarkson University and SUNY New Paltz with corporate partners that include Xerox, GE Research, Corning, Kodak and MakerBot, to design novel devices and develop next generation polymer, metal and composite technologies.The centre will serve as both a research and teaching facility for the university’s students as well as its corporate partners, and housed in a 3,200-square-foot space in RIT’s Institute Hall. Researchers will have access to functional 3D printing and fusing equipment, direct-write printing equipment, analogue printing and surface metrology technologies. Also included will be wet-chemistry infrastructure necessary to synthesize printable nano-materials.

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