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Monday, 27 May 2013

Southwest Binding Systems has purchased the B.C. division of International Binding & Laminating Systems. Mississauga-based Sprial of Canada will take on the International’s Ontario division.

“It’s going to be a great marriage, with two well-known brands in the B.C. market, International being around for 30-40 years, and Southwest being there for 25 years,” Louis Cordeiro, President of Southwest Bindings told PrintAction. “Merging the two of them in the B.C. market is going to give us a great advantage.”

Cordeiro said Southwest’s current operation in Burnaby will move into International Binding and Laminating’s Vancouver location, which is roughly twice the size, by the end of June. The company will operate under the name of Southwest/International Bindings.

“[For our customers] it will mean increased inventory and increase purchasing power,” Cordeiro adds. “They will have an increased selection of products they can pass along to their customers also. It will be a win-win situation for everyone.”

Southwest Bindings was founded in Toronto in 1978 by Hank Mercer. Cordeiro purchased the company in 1987 and has since expanded its reach across Canada, numbering eight locations from coast to coast.
Tuesday, 07 May 2013

Ricoh of Europe has announced two new models to its cut-sheet production system lineup: The Ricoh Pro C5110S and the Ricoh Pro C5100S.

The two machines, according to Ricoh, benefit from the company’s new toner formulations, which help contribute to an increased colour gamut of 10 percent. The toner is also developed to fuse at a lower temperature, providing an environmental benefit as well through reduced energy usage. The two printers are also the first to use Ricoh’s new enhanced toner transfer technology, which is designed to produce better quality print on heavily textured stock. The technology optimizes the fuser temperature and pressure depending on the substrate.

“The ability to process more, smaller, diverse job types, quickly and with maximal uptime, is essential to meet client needs in today’s dynamic printing environment,” said Graham Moore, Ricoh’s Director of Business Development, Production Printing Group, EMEA. “That was a key design goal for the Ricoh Pro C5110S and Ricoh Pro C5100S digital colour production systems.”

Th ePro 5110S and the Pro 5100S both integrate with Ricoh’s TotalFlow software portfolio and also incorporates technologies from the company’s flagship machine, the pro C901 Graphic Arts+, including the FS100 platform from EFI Fiery. The Pro C5110S has an output speed of up to 80 pages per minute (ppm) while the Pro C5100S has an output speed of 65ppm.

Tuesday, 08 May 2012

drupa, the largest printing trade show, kicked off last week and more than 350,000 printers, vendors and journalists are expected to pass through its halls within its 14 day duration.

PrintAction was there to cover the latest initiatives of the industry's vendors.

Look forward to more detailed coverage within the upcoming months. In the meantime, get a taste of the atmosphere of the show through the photos below.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012


As reported on Monday, manroland's insolvency proceedings have come to an agreement with its creditors with regards to the fate of the pressmaker. The company will sell its Augsberg web press facility to L. Possehl & Co. Its Offenbach facility will be bought out by its management and an unnamed investor. Possehl is also seeking a long-term supplier agreement with the Plauen plant. No financial arrangements were disclosed.

The decision will see massive cuts to the workforce: 2,200 jobs will be lost from its 4,700 current staff. manroland had about 2,200 workers in its Augsburg facility, 1,500 will be able to keep their jobs. At Offenbach, the number of jobs will be reduced to 750 from 1,760.

L. Possehl & Co. is a German manufacturing conglomerate of 130 companies in nine sectors: special purpose construction, precious metal processing, elastomer processing, electronics, international trading, mailroom systems, cleaning systems, textile finishing systems, and small and medium enterprise (SME) investments. Within its mailroom systems division is Böwe Systec, a provider of high performance envelope machines, which has been part of the Possehl Group since 2010. 

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Four students from Peel Region's Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School once again brought home the top honours from the annual Phoenix Challenge International Flexographic Skills Competition in North Carolina.

The team of Chang Wang and Sharon Mai took the Gold Medal, which includes a US$1,000 bursary each. The team attained the top score of 574 out of a possible 600. The second team of Li-Anne Chang and Elina Shafigullina placed second with a score of 550.

"Watching Chong and Sharon work together on the press was like watching synchronized swimming,” said Bettylyn Krafft, the Events Chair and Event Organizer.

Gordon Graydon has a long history of excellence at the Phoenix Challenge competition, taking home the top honour the past five years. The competition attracts teams from all over North America; this year students participated from schools in Oklahoma, New Jersey, Indiana, Wisconsin, North Carolina, South Carolina and Ohio. An all-female team from New Jersey took third place with a score of 542.

The Phoenix Challenge Foundation was founded in 1998 as an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization of industry professionals dedicated to the recruitment and development of the future workforce for flexography.

To support and find out more about the Gordon Graydon flexo program, contact Peter Belanger.
Tuesday, 26 October 2010


After more than 10 months of campaigning, voters of Toronto have spoken and printer Rob Ford has been named to lead the city for the next four years. Ford handily beat rival George Smitherman by a margin of 11 percent, winning 47 percent of the vote.

"Toronto now is open to business, ladies and gentlemen," announced Ford at last night's celebration at the Toronto Congress Centre. "But this is just not my victory, but a victory for every single person who lives and works in this great city of Toronto."

Rob Ford has been city councilor for the past 10 years and is known widely for his stances on fiscal responsibility and small government. Ford's campaign largely centered around these issues, going against the policies of Toronto's current mayor, David Miller.

Rob's brother Doug was also voted into office, taking Rob's former seat in Ward 2, Etobicoke North. He won more than 74 percent of the vote.

Ford will take office on December 1 and will become the third mayor of Toronto since amalgamation in 1998.

Read the July 2010 story about the Ford family by Victoria Gaitskell.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Markham-based The Middleton Group will soon install Agfa's :M-Press TIGER press after announcing the purchase of the machine today at the SGIA trade show in Las Vegas. 

Middleton specializes in large-format printing and has been in business for more than 55 years. According to its Website, the company claims to have been the first printer in Canada to offer UV inline printing and inkjet-based flatbed printing. 

The massive :M-Press TIGER is a UV flatbed inkjet press primarily designed to disrupt traditional offset production methods used in the screen-printing sector. Developed jointly with Thieme, the press can print up to 185 sheets per hour (8281 ft²/hr) on substrates of up to 65 x 104 inches in size. 

"We are confident that the strength and power of the TIGER will keep us on top," stated Rob Stratton, President of The Middleton Group. In addition to its printing and warehousing facilities on Denison Street, Middleton also operates a separate merchandising and design facility in Markham. 

Today, the company encompasses more than 100,000 square feet of space, while employing over 100 people. Middleton was founded in 1952 by brothers Bob and Jim Middleton, with a focus on the advertising sector.


Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Located on Enterprise Road in Toronto, Swiss Print International recently installed a new Kuda machine. The paper cutter, purchased through K-North, features full programming, display monitor, air on main table, as well as the side
tables.  

Swiss Print International produces a range of commercial printing materials, from business cards and brochures to posters and signage, as well as projects like newsletters and calendars to catalogues and coupons.

In addition to the Kuda cutter, Swiss Print runs a full finishing department, while providing 6-colour offset printing, 4-colour toner-based printing, graphic design, photography, copywriting, Website design and hosting, and warehousing and fulfillment.
Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Last week, 25 students celebrated graduation from the Eva's Phoenix Print Shop program, which, now in its ninth year, moved into an expanded production facility in June 2010.

Approximately 80 people attended the annual graduation ceremony, held for the first time in the program's expanded Buzz Hargrove Youth Training Centre. The Phoenix Print Shop program began in 2001 with just 800 square feet of production space in downtown Toronto.

The program's new facility measures just under 7,000 square feet, after Eva's Phoenix, which works with at-risk youths, signed a $1 lease agreement with the City of Toronto to expand into a neighboring warehouse.

The evening celebrations also included naming this year's winning design entries in the annual greeting-card competition, from which proceeds are used to support Eva's Foundations of Print training program. James Lee took first place in both the Holiday Greeting Card and Year Round Card categories.

Other key student award winners from the night included: Jinique Edwards (Macdonald-Odell Award for Achievement); Leticia Lusigi-Clarke (Heidelberg Canada Award); Zuwena Abeid (Gordon and Constance Tetley Award); Chantal Marcelle (Haynes-Connell Foundation); Daniel Moore (PAC scholarship); Llewwllyn Augustin and Eric McCarthy (Long-term Achievement); and Tom Clark and Chad Yanch (Perseverance Award).


Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Phillip CrawleyThe Globe and Mail will appear on doorsteps and newsstands with a new face on October 1 in what the newspaper describes as "the most significant changes in The Globe's history." The paper will upgrade to include colour on every page and also offer special stock paper and print options to advertisers.

"The Globe and Mail is embarking on a new era that once again demonstrates our commitment to the newspaper business. We're investing to change the way our readers experience the news - in print, online and on the go," said Phillip Crawley, Publisher and CEO of The Globe and Mail. "We will continue to set the agenda for news in Canada and stimulate conversation with our readers - in classrooms, boardrooms and living rooms. That's the future of media, and what our readers and partners can expect from The Globe and Mail."

The newspaper's website will also see a refresh to improve functionality and navigation while providing greater visual presentation.

The redesign is driven by a new long-term contract with Transcontinental Inc. that provides The Globe with market-leading printing technology currently used by only five other newspapers in the world, none of which are in Canada. In 2008, the two companies signed a 18-year contract to print The Globe and Mail, a deal worth $1.7 billion. Transcontinental pledged $200 million to create a Canada-wide platform for the paper which integrates both the printing of the paper as well as its flyers, allegedly the first system to do so in Canada.

The Globe and Mail has been published since 1844 and today is owned by CTVglobemedia. It has a circulation of about 2.8 million each week.
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