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Friday, 04 December 2009

Le Progres du Saguenay, the publisher of regional daily newspaper Le Quotidien in Chicoutimi, Quebec, has installed a new Fujifilml Luxel V-8 SAL CTP.

The device allows the paper to increase its plate production speed from 15 plates an hour to 50 plates. The increased speed will allow the paper to extend its editorial deadlines providing more up-to-the-minute coverage. The EcoPro Neutralizer cleans the effluent from plate processing to a point where they can safely be poured down the drain.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Google revealed new information about its upcoming operating system called Chrome OS, yesterday. The system will be based completely on cloud computing technology, meaning little, if any, content will be stored natively on computers.

The advantage of such an arrangement, of course, is that users will be able to access all of their data from any computer in the world. The Chrome OS is said to be "instant-on" system, with no need to load drivers and other resident software on computers. As a result, Google will be keeping access to Chrome OS to computers specifically approved to run it.

The project was announced in July, but today brought more details, such as the fact that the entire project will be made open-source and the release date is tentatively set for the end of 2010.

Of course, your data will be in the hands of Google and even with its famous "Don't be evil" motto means it raises privacy and security concerns. For the typical personal computer user, this is becoming less of an issue as Google's current applications such as Gmail have eased fears with sheer convenience.

According to Google, having data hosted on cloud servers mean computers will become more like televisions, with a healthy speed boost as well. Computing speed would no longer be dependent on your local hardware, lowering the entry costs to consumer-end computers.

No information has been provided on the pricing of such an OS or the associated hardware, except that Google "expects to have devices in the price ranges people are used to today." Technologically speaking, cloud computing is rapidly emerging from the realm of fiction, but the question that remains is whether or not users can wrap their heads around having personal data in the hands of a corporation.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Mark Menzies last week received the Young Printer Award from the Canadian Printing Industries Association. The program, now in its third year, celebrates the contributions of printers under the age of 35 to the industry.

Menzies, 25, is a fourth-generation printer and started working in the family business, Menzies Printers, in high school as a delivery driver and an AB Dick press operator on weekends. After university, he became a CSR at the company's Edmonton office and has since moved on to the new Calgary office. Today, he holds the role of Vice President of IT and Marketing.

Menzies is active within the Printing and Graphics Industries Association of Alberta, now serving on the board for a second year. He also helped to organize the WorldSkills Competition this September. Chad Friesen was the first-year recipient of the Young Printer Award, while Tod Cober of Kitchener-based Cober Printing won last year.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Chinese press maker Hans Gronhi held the grand opening of its first North American showroom in Mississauga today, which featured a ribbon-cutting ceremony with company officials and Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion. Following the ribbon cutting was a traditional Chinese opening ceremony featuring two dancing dragons.

Hans Gronhi was established in November 2006 with the combination of Shenzhen Han's Laser Technology Co., Yingkou Gronhi Offset Printing Machine Co., Yingkou Gronhi Industry Co., and Shenzhen Han’s CTP Equipment Co. Earlier this year, the company acquired its rival Sanxin, giving it 70 percent of China's domestic B3 press market. The company also made an appearance at Graphics Canada last week – one of only two companies, along with Presstek, to exhibit an offset press on its booth. Hans Gronhi sold its first press in Canada at the Print World trade show, last year.

In addition to presses, Hans Gronhi will demonstrate its line of CTP devices and bindery equipment in its showroom. Hans Gronhi is set to open a £100 million, 385,000-square-metre factory in China by the end of the year.

Monday, 16 November 2009

In a major move by the Japanese imaging giant, Canon has announced its intentions to buy Netherlands-based Océ in a deal worth 730 million Euros. The all-cash offer involves Canon buying all outstanding shares of Océ at a 70 percent premium over the stock's closing price on Friday.

"We are delighted to welcome Océ, the ideal partner in every respect, into the Canon Group," said Canon's President and COO Tsuneji Uchida. "Through the merger of Canon and Océ, we believe that we will be able to realize clear benefits, not only in the area of R&D, but also in terms of product mix and marketing and are confident that this winning combination will contribute greatly to our goal of becoming the overall number-one presence in the printing industry."

Following the merger, Océ will operate as a division within Canon, but will still be headquartered in Venlo, The Netherlands. Océ's office products will be integrated into Canon's Office Imaging Products. Canon's large format offerings, conversely, will be integrated into the Océ Production Printing Division over time. The two companies estimate it will take three years to fully integrate their various assets.

Canon employs over 170,000 employees worldwide whereas Océ employs over 22,000 in 90 countries.
Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Graphics Canada
Graphics Canada Exhibitor Profiles - Continued
From TAS Films to Zund of Canada
For the index of all profiled companies, click here.

Graphics Canada will be held at the International Centre in Toronto between November 12 - 14.
Free tickets can be had to the show by entering PRINTACT on the Graphics Canada registration site.

TAS Films
Based in Laval, QC
Since 1992, TAS Films has been a distributor of laminating films and equipment from D&K. It now has Seal and Neschen brands to expand its lamination presence. TAS also carries binding equipment and supplies, banner stands by Expolinc and Primex, media by Neschen, cutting equipment, Velcro, magnets. The company will be introducing its recyclable Honeycomb board at Graphics Canada.

Taylor Label #2233
Based in Brampton, ON
Taylor Label is a trade-only manufacturer of labels and bar-coding products. The company also produces the FSC-certified GoGreen labels in a wide variety of formats.

Teckmark Label Systems #1022
Based in Burlington, ON
Teckmark Label Systems Inc. has been in operation since 1989 with a focus on producing custom labels and other narrow web printed products exclusively for print brokers and printers.

Tiimports #1243
Based in Toronto, ON
Founded in 1968, Tiimports will be showing several new lines of paper at Graphics Canada, including: Stardream in six new colours and in various formats; Curious Metallics in new envelope sizes; Speckletone, a 100 percent recycled stock; Border Tones, bright coloured cards and envelopes with contrasting borders; and Revere Felts, a 100 percent cotton stock, made in Italy.

Tripol Canada #3714
Based in Toronto, ON
Sales office in Vancouver, BC

Tripol assists other companies in getting additional resources in the form of refunds and tax credits from the Federal and Provincial governments. SR&ED (Scientific Research & Experimental Development) claims are the core of Tripol’s business.

Value-Rite #1235
Based in Markham, ON
Value-Rite distributes all Sawgrass Sublijet, Artainium and SubliM inks for sublimation and direct print. The company also deals with Beaver & QC Pro sublimation paper, printers by Epson, Ricoh and Anajet as well as Geo Knight Heat presses. At the show, the company will be offering daily demonstrations of its products.

Vistek #1289
Based in Toronto
With locations in Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, and Toronto

A retailer of traditional photographic gear and the latest digital equipment, Vistek is also the exclusive reseller of import brands such as Phase One, Elinchrom, Induro, Mamiya, Lastolite, Speedotron, Kupo, SLS, Foba, and Roadwired.

Wades Bindery Repair Service #3315
Based in Cambridge, ON
Wades, since 1986, has serviced finishing equipment for the southern Ontario market. Wade Sears has over 30 years of experience installing pressroom technology into small- to mid-sized printing and finishing companies. This year it was named the first company in Canada to sell the new BaumPrint 18 press, which prints at speeds up to 10,000 sheets per hour.

West Star Printing   #4000
Based in Toronto, ON
West Star is a printer based in Toronto with three heatset web presses and three 40-inch Heidelberg sheetfed presses, including one which has 12 printing units. The company also has an in-house bindery with mail preparation capabilities.

World of Tape #1072
Based in Toronto, ON
Sales offices in Vancouver, BC and Montreal, QC
With three locations across the country, World of Tape offers customized pressure-sensitive products: from artist’s tape to printer’s rolls.

Zund Canada #1280A
Based in Switzerland
Zund is a vendor of Swiss digital cutters. At Graphics Canada, Zund is featuring its G3 digital cutter, which can process materials up to two-inches in thickness.  The company moved away from the digital printing market to focus on cutters in 2008.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Graphics Canada
Graphics Canada Exhibitor Profiles - Continued
From ND Graphics to Sydney R. Stone
For the index of all profiled companies, click here.

Graphics Canada will be held at the International Centre in Toronto between November 12 - 14, 2009.
Free tickets can be had to the show by entering PRINTACT on the Graphics Canada registration site.

ND GraphicsND Graphics #2001
Based in Toronto, ON

Founded as a small family business in 1981, ND Graphics now has nine stocking locations across Canada with a line of 4,000 products. ND Graphics is also an Agfa dealer for its :Anapurna line of inkjet machines in Canada.

New Magway #2531
Based in Markham, ON
A producer of flexible magnetic materials, New Magway, with manufacturing operations in China, recently launched a line of printable magnet sheets that are made from what the company calls thin, environmentally friendly materials, but yet are waterproof and suitable for outdoor applications.

Nitta #1028
Based in Suwanee, GA
Nitta produces industrial transport belting for many graphic industry segments, including bindery, packaging, and postal.

Norprint #3917
Based in Oakville, ON
Norprint specializes in magnetic, plastic and other promotional products such as door hangers and picture frames.

Oynx Graphics 2216
Based in Salt Lake City, UT
Oynx produces software which speeds up the job preparation process for wide format printing. The newly upgraded PrepEdge is designed for smaller shops that may not have access to a professional designer to prepare jobs. The company also offers tools which improve RIP speed, regardless of provider.

P.O.P. Displays #2524
Based in Montreal, QC
Sales office in Surrey, BC

P.O.P. Displays specializes in tradeshow and other display products, including banner stands and fabric-based pop-up displays.

Pace Industries #2422
Based in Wisconsin, US
Pace Industries is a provider of printable plastic sheets and rolls. The company offers environmental options such as biodegradable, non-petroleum based polymers. Its Absolve family of plastics looks and processes like standard polyethylene, but is fully recyclable.

Paulymark #3713
Based in Rougemont, QC
Paulymark is a manufacturer out of Quebec producing a wide range of chipboard products including slipcases, binders, POP displays and boards. The company offers custom grooving, slitting and die cutting of its products and can do full surface or spot laminating.

PEFC Canada
Based in Ottawa, ON
PEFC is a forestry certification that supports sustainable forestry management globally. It claims to be the world’s largest forest certification umbrella organizations, with members from all continents in the world aside from Antarctica.

Peters Steel Rule Dies #3124
Based in Burlington, ON
Peters Steel Rule Dies is a full-service steel rule die cutting facility servicing businesses in southern Ontario and many other regions throughout Canada since 1970.

Pressdown Services #3600
Based in Toronto, ON
Pressdown will profile the DigiXpress Digital Envelope Press, which can feed envelopes up to 12 x 18" as well as a low-cost, chemistry-free metal CTP system.

Prime UV #1010
Based in Toronto, ON
Prime UV high-intensity curing systems instantly cure UV inks, coatings and adhesives. System can be installed on both new and used sheetfed and all narrow to wide web presses, including flexo, gravure, and offset. The company also has its Prime IR Action Dryers for high-speed drying of solvent inks and water-based coatings on sheetfed and web presses.

Presstek Canada #1250
Based in Hudson, NH
Presstek at Graphics Canada is demonstrating its 52DI press which is able to print on substrates from .0024 to .02 inches thick, while supporting 300 lpi (120 l/cm) and FM screening. The press has a landscape format with a maximum sheet size of 20.47 x 14.17 inches. The company is also highlighting its Vector FL52 with Freedom Pro plates, which are automatically water rinsed and rated to support up to 25,000 impressions. The new DPM Pro 400 fits into Presstek’s polyester CTP portfolio and supports screen rulings up to 175 lpi.

Primera Technology #2711
Based in Toronto, ON
Primera Technology is a producer of digital colour label printers, including devices for printing disc labels and traditional 8.5-inch web labels. The company will be showing its new CX1200 digital colour label press, which the company claims to be the fastest short-run laser colour system on the market.

PrintAction #1062
Based in Toronto, ON
Now in its 48th year of publication, PrintAction magazine, Canada’s leading magazine for professionals in printing and associated graphic communications sectors, is offering a special subscription offer for Graphics Canada attendees. The only industry magazine delivered monthly, PrintAction also serves as the leading news source through its Website.

Printer Gateway #2621
Based in Toronto, ON
Printer Gateway will be showcasing its
instant quoting, reseller tools and business generating programs, focusing  on resellers, printers and quick copy professionals. On its booth the company states it will have giveaways including “free graphic design and free enterprise level corporate web portal technology worth thousands of dollars.”

Proveer 2400
Based in Toronto, ON
Sign Supply USA and Canada’s East West Plastic have merged to form this new brand. The company serves as a reseller of Avery, Oracal, Coroplast, R Tape, Plaskolite, Sheffield, HP, Seiko, Roland, Graphtec and U.S. LED products.

RENZ Canada #3216
Based in Mississauga, ON
RENZ manufactures punching and binding equipment for Ring-Wire wire comb binding, plastic spiral and plastic comb binding. It also manufactures the Ring-Wire, plastic comb, and plastic spiral binding materials with covers that are available in a variety of styles, materials, and textures.

Ricoh Canada #1240
Based in Mississauga, ON
Until recently Ricoh was known for its office-class duplication systems but has since expanded into the production marketplace. Its partnership with IBM (InfoPrint Solutions) expands the company’s scope in machinery.

RISO #1276A
Based in Toronto, ON
RISO is a producer of high-speed inkjet printers and digital duplicators. The company recently launched a new envelope feeder for its high-speed inkjet printers as well as receiving a “Must See ’Em” at PRINT 09 for its ComColor inkjet device.

Shelf Talkers Manufacturing #3212
Based in Mississauga, ON
STM stocks hundreds of small fastening devices, merchandising aids and POP display components which make in-store display or message cards wobble, dangle, stick, hand or revolve.

Sina Printing #1036
Based in Markham, ON
Sina Printing is a trade printer operating in the Greater Toronto Area. At Graphics Canada, Sina will be promoting its Sina Lite online ordering system, which features instant on-screen proofing and production/shipping status updates.

Sinclair Computer Forms #1279
Based in Toronto, ON
Sinclair Computer Forms is a trade-only manufacturer located in Hamilton, Ontario. In the centre of the Golden Horseshoe corridor, the company has over 20 years of experience in the printing trade.

SPAARK #1040
Based in Toronto, ON
SPAARK specializes in printable presentation folders, binders and other marketing products.

Specialties Graphics Finishers #2430
Based in Toronto, ON
Headed by Norm Beange, Specialties is a full-service bindery featuring a wide range of services, from die cutting and perfect binding to Post-It notes and tag stringing.

Sterling Marking Products #1070
Based in London, ON
Founded in 1945, Sterling now has seven locations across Ontario and Quebec, with a product line ranging from self-inking stamps to industrial coding machines.

Spectracolor Trade Printing #1225
Based in Markham, ON

Supra Business Forms #3712
Based in Granby, QC
Founded in 1988, Supra – and its commonly-housed sister company Supra Tech – is a major provider of business forms and short-run printing. It produces continuous cheques, envelopes, mailers, and labels.

Sustainable Forestry Initiative #2313
Based in Washington, DC
Canadian Head Office in Ottawa, ON

SFI Inc. is a fully independent, charitable organization dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management.

Sydney R. StoneSydney R. Stone #3601
Based in Toronto, ON
Under the new management of Dylan Westgate and Michael Steele, Sydney Stone is revitalizing its image with a new look this year. The Toronto-based company sells bindery equipment from vendors such as Morgana, Duplo, Challenge, and Standard-Horizon.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Graphics Canada
Graphics Canada Exhibitor Profiles - Continued
From GT Specialties to Multiple Pakfold Business Forms
For the index of all profiled companies, click here.

Graphics Canada will be held at the International Centre in Toronto between November 12 - 14, 2009.
Free tickets can be had to the show by entering PRINTACT on the Graphics Canada registration site.

GT Specialties #3114
Based in Albuquerque, US
GT Specialties provides press parts primarily for offset-based technology, with a specialty in gripper fingers, pads and bars. The company is able to work with such press brands as ABDick, Akiyama, Harris, Heidelberg, Itek, Komori, Miehle, Miller, Mitsubishi, Roland, Ryobi, Sakurai and Solna, among others.

GBC Canada #1290
Based in Brampton, ON
Sales/service offices in Vancouver, BC;
Calgary, Edmonton, AB; Winnipeg, MB; Toronto, ON; Montreal, QC; and Halifax, NS
Entering the Canadian market in 1947, GBC provides finishing technologies with an emphasis on document binding and laminating. In the binding space, GBC provides modular desktop and commercial-duty binding equipment, while also carrying binding supplies such as Cerlox, Twin Loop wire, Colour Coil, ProClick and Velobind.

GMF Flexo PrePress #3448
Based in Mississauga, ON
GMF Flexo specializes in prepress services for the printing and packaging sectors, with the ability to handle projects from concept to converting, and ultimately shipping. The company recently launched its Final Print Assurance service, which is a browser-based colour-management system designed for remote-press approvals.

Graphic Whizard #3207
Based in Burlington, ON
Graphic Whizard develops small-format finishing technologies, with an emphasis on integrated, multi-task systems. This includes single machines for numbering, perforating, scoring and slitting, as well as machines for creasing and impact scoring. The company also sells single machines that can perforate, score and slit, as well as UV coating technology and perfect binders.

GreenflowGreenflow Environmental Services #2611
Based in Burlington, ON
One of the first Canadian companies to become involved with the environmental aspect of printing, Greenflow is involved with waste disposal, chemical recycling and disposal, and air quality. Some of the company’s more recent technology includes the PCX (Plate Chemistry Xtender) which is recycling and delivery system that reduces developer usage in CTP plate processors. The PCX system is built around an absorption cartridge that restores seasoned developer. Greenflow also recently introduced its HWIN management program to help printers organize their environmental requirements.

GTI Graphic Technology #1255
Based in Newburgh, NY
Founded in 1975, GTI manufactures colour viewing and inspection systems with an emphasis on the printing industry. The company is best known for its Graphiclite Color Viewing Systems, CMlite Color Matching Booths, and proprietary colour viewing lamps.

Have Our Plastic #3841
Based in Mississauga, ON
Founded in 1985, HOP manufactures and distributes a variety of small-format finishing technologies and supplies. The company provides comb bind, wire bind, coil bind and perfect bind equipment, as well as laminators, folders, creasers, trimmers, guillotines, punching and drilling and booklet making equipment. On the supplies side, HOP provides laminating film, copier tabs, ring binders and more similar materials, as well as menu covers and synthetic paper.

Heios Trade #3347
Based in Toronto, ON
Heios Trade sells desktop-model finishing equipment and binding supplies, including manual and electric creasing, perfect binding machines, and hardcover machines. The company also distributes what it calls a photo-book all-in-one workstation and hot laminator. Heios Trade also sells replacement parts and systems for plastic-card manufacturing.

Hiflex North America #3406
Based in Ashland, NY
Recogonized as one of the industry’s leading, high-end suppliers of JDF-based business software, the company’s application packages include the Hiflex MIS Information System, MIS Office, MIS Factory, Web2Print, and Print Support.

Ihara U.S. #2633
Based in Valencia, CA
Founded in 1989, Ihara is a manufacturer and distributor of colour-control instruments with an emphasis on the printing industry. This includes densitometers and spectrophotometers, as well as printing-plate reading devices, dot inspectors and colour-viewing systems.

Indel Davis #1004
Based in Tulsa, OK
Indel Davis primarily sells technology for large-format printing and sign making. The company carries inkjet machine brands such as Canon, HP, Agfa, and Mimaki. Indel Davis also carries large-format supplies like laminates and foam core.

Insource #3619
Based in Toronto, ON
Sales office in St-Leonard, QC; Vancouver, BC
Insource focuses on the distribution of mailing hardware and software, as well as the planning and installation of such systems. The company carries brands such as Kirk Rudy, Norpak, Buhrs, Axode, KAS, RENA, Intelmail, Minipak, Instar and iAddress.

Integraphic #3415
Based in Montreal, QC
Integraphic is a consulting business that designs and implements computer systems to help printing and publishing companies build workflows that require heavy data usage. The company works with products like Helios Software, Hitachi (HDS), Novell operating system, Adobe or Quark software, and HP, Apple, Intel and Sun servers.

International Binding & Laminating Systems #2508
Based in Surrey, BC
Sales/service offices in Surrey, Victoria, BC; Montreal, QC and Mississauga, ON
IBLS is a distributor of document finishing equipment, including systems for binding, book covers, booklet-making, folding and creasing, numbering, laminating, shrink wrap, cutters and shredders, among other similar technologies.

Intuitive Solutions Group #2328
Based in Markham, ON
Intuitive Solutions distributes software for content management and Web-to-print applications. This includes software like Extensis Portfolio 8 Creative Asset Manager and Font Management, ip3 Creative Content Management System, Press-sense iWay, and QuarkXPress Server 7.

Jasdi Magnetics Canada #3811
Based in Surrey, BC
Jasdi Magnetics is the Canadian subsidiary of Taiwan-based Jasdi Magnet, which manufacturers flexible magnetic material. The Canadian division manufactures and distributes flexible magnetic rolls and sheet material to markets in Canada and the Unites States. Primary products include plain magnets, white vinyl magnets, colour vinyl magnets, plain magnets with self-adhesive, and flexible metal sheet (metal pla-sheet).

Jelly Labels #1016
Based in Toronto, ON
Jelly Labels manufactures and distributes unique label products, which involves the company pouring its Jelly Coating – polyurethane – over a vinyl label or decal. The Jelly forms a 3-dimmensional dome over the top of the label, which results in a unique and durable finish.

KBR CanadaKBR Graphics #3419
Based in St-Laurent, QC
Sales office in Toronto, ON

Founded in 1977, KBR Graphics is a national distributor of KBA presses, excluding British Columbia, which also means the company is well-versed in the functions of Hiflex business management software. In addition to used equipment, KBR also focuses on post-press technologies, including brands such Standard Horizon, Perfecta cutting systems, Challenge cutters, Graphic Whizard, Ideal-MBM, Baumfolder and Kompac.

Konica Minolta Canada #1260
Based in Toronto, ON
Konica Minolta at Graphics Canada is displaying some of its newer products, including the Bizhub PRO 2500P, Bizhub PRO 1200 (recently launched), Bizhub PRO C6501 and Bizhub PRO C65HC systems. The company is also highlighting its internally developed PrintGoove system, which includes software for business functions within a printing environment as well as the ability to automate workflow. PrintGoove can accept input in any format, including text, graphics, photos, presentations and multimedia.

LithoTel Software Design #3512
Based in Whitby, ON
One of Canada’s leading software developers for the printing industry, LithoTel primarily focuses on providing colour- management applications built for the pressroom. This includes ColorLinx version 8.0 that works with ink-key presetting, closed-loop colour control on press, and – using DynaLinx – remote customer colour approvals. The DynaLinx approval system allows customers and print buyers to remotely view and compare a digital soft proof versus a soft press sheet on the same monitor – in real time. The company also develops ColorLinx Preset software, which focuses on CTP imaging within a shop, as well as ColorPro 7.1 software and FlexPro.

manrolandmanroland Canada #3400
Based in Concord, ON
The Canadian division of manroland AG, one of the world’s largest press manufacturers, recently released new technology with the May 2008 debut of the 40-inch ROLAND 700 DirectDrive press, which allows all printing plates to be changed simultaneously, features on-the-fly electronic print length correction and flexible start of print (up to 99mm). The company continues the expansion of its PRINTVALUE business, which now encompasses software, services, and consumables like printcom, printadvice, printservices and printnet. manroland Canada also represents B&R Moll and MBO products throughout Canada.

Mary Black Recruiting #3900
Based in Toronto, ON
Representation in Vancouver, BC
Staff your operation with the best candidate via Mary Black, a 25-year industry veteran and former Chair of Ryerson University’s Graphic Communications Management program. Black has placed 800 graduate within the industry over the last 10 years.

Metafix #1283
Based in Montreal, QC
Metafix produces pH neutralizing equipment which deals with press chemistries and silver recovery. The company will be featuring its MetaTrax system, which recovers silver from processing with little to no user interaction.

Metro Waste Paper Recovery #3814
Based in Toronto, ON
Facilities in Ottawa, ON; Winnipeg, MB;
Edmonton, Calgary, AB; Kelowna, Prince George, Vancouver, Victoria, BC
Metro Waste provides waste disposal and recycling services to the graphic arts trade. The company diverts 1.5-million tonnes of recycling materials from landfills across North America. Metro Waste also does in-plant assessments with the ability to develop a customized action plan.

Metropolitan Loose-Leaf #2627
Based in Montreal, QC
Metropolitan Loose-Leaf specializes in custom-made vinyl binders, case-made binders, software packaging, catalogue and presentation covers, easel binders, menu covers, index tabs, portfolios, collating, swatching and sample books. Featured this year is the cover-bind system, a table-top machine designed for companies that work with 500 or more documents per year, with spine sizes up to two inches.

Muller MartiniMüller Martini Canada #3548
Based in Toronto, ON
Müller Martini will focus on new business opportunities in flexible and cardboard-box packaging at Graphics Canada. Its booth with also feature detailed information regarding its VSOP (variable sleeve offset press) and Alprinta web offset press, recently added to its lineup.

MultiCam #2208
Based in Concord, ON
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, MultiCam manufactures computer-powered cutting machines for a diverse range of applications, including sign making.

Multiple Pakfold Business Forms #2613
Based in Mississauga, ON
Sales offices in St. Laurent, QC; and Calgary, AB
Multiple Pakfold, self-proclaimed as Canada’s largest and most environmentally friendly trade-only forms manufacturer, is highlighting direct-mail print capabilities and one to four panel application form solutions. Features include printing up to six colours with UV, numbering, folding, perforating and barcoding. The company will also be promoting its use of NatureSolv carbonless stocks, FSC certified stocks and participation in the Cheque Printers Self Certification Program.
Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Graphics Canada
Graphics Canada Exhibitor Profiles - Continued
From 3L Display to Fujifilm Canada
For the index of all profiled companies, click here.

Graphics Canada will be held at the International Centre in Toronto between November 12 - 14, 2009.
Free tickets can be had to the show by entering PRINTACT on the Graphics Canada registration site.

3L Display #1078
Based in Mississauga, ON
Specializing in the display market, 3L provides large-format printing using solvent-based printers. The company claims its technologies allow for reproduction of up to 10-feet wide, as well as applications ranging from banners and signs to vehicle and window graphics.

Based in Toronto, ON
Adastotal is the official ADAST dealer in Canada.

Advantag Canada
Based in Drummondville, QC
Sales office in Toronto, ON

Advantag is one of Canada’s largest tag manufacturers, operating under ISO 9001-2000, with clients in the United States and overseas. The company provides customized labels. It reports that more than 85 percent of its products are manufactured as per our customers’ requirements. Clientele ranges from the textile and the fashion industries to agricultural and meat-inspection tagging.

Advantage Graphic Supplies #3921
Based in Markham, ON
Advantage Graphic primarily sells large-format printing technologies, including brands Mimaki, HP, Mutoh and Graphtec, as well as sign-making software like Flexsign, Neon Wizard, Sign Wizard, Signlab and Onyx. The company also sells associated media and ink, in addition to used equipment. Around its equipment sales, Advantage Graphic also provides training and technical support.

All Graphic Supplies #2108
Based in Toronto, ON
Sales offices in Calgary, AB; Port Coquitlam, BC; Bedford, NS; and Trinidad

All Graphic Supplies primarily sells technology for large-format printing, based on years of experience in the screen-printing and sign-making industries. The company recently signed on to distribute EFI’s flatbed inkjet printers, while it also carries brands like Roland, Mimaki, Techwin, Cube and d-gen fabric printing systems. All Graphic Supplies also certifies the used equipment it sells.

Allcan Stencil & Label #2629
Based in Markham, ON
Allcan claims to offer one of the largest inventoried label selections in Canada, which allows for same-day shipping, but the company also has the ability to
produce custom orders. Allcan carries thermal-transfer labels, as well as direct-thermal, laser/inkjet, continuous pinfeed, and pre-printed shipping labels – in
addition to label accessories and stencils. Its labels are commonly applied to food, furniture, hardware, household and automotive products.

AM Transport #3118
Based in Toronto, ON
AM Transport specializes in transporting printed materials.

Amazing #3413
Based in Toronto, ON
Amazing Print develops Web-to-print software applications, with an emphasis on template-based postcard, stationery and business-card printing tools. In addition to providing customized applications, the company has four branded software tools: 1. eCardBuilder for design-based business-card printing; 2. eCardReview for online proofing; 3. eCardGroup for business card design and proofing; and 4. MyOrderDesk for e-commerce.

Andrews Mailing #3909A
Based in Aurora, ON
Since 1951, the company has been a vendor to many Fortune 500 companies, agencies, printers, and private businesses, specializing in direct mail.

Asia Pulp & Paper Canada
Based in Brampton, ON
Sales offices in Montreal, QC; Vancouver, BC

One of the largest paper and pulp manufacturers in the world, operating in more than 65 countries on six continents, the company’s combined pulp, paper and packaging capacities in Indonesia amount to over 7-million tonnes of annual production. At the start of September 2009, the Indonesian Ecolabelling Institute (Lembaga Ekolabel Indonesia (LEI) awarded five of APP’s pulp and paper mills with Chain of Custody (CoC) certification under the LEI certification program.

ATS, Tanner Banding Systems #3312
Based in Oakville, ON
ATS supplies transport packaging solutions with a specialization in banding equipment and material for six main market segments: graphics, food, manufacturing, logistics, marketing and pharmaceutical industries. The company distributes more than 10 unique banding systems designed for the printing and associated mailing sectors. ATS also sells a variety of banding paper and films, as well as imprinted – up to six colours – banding materials.

AvantiAvanti Computer Systems #1012
Based in Toronto, ON
Founded in 1984, Avanti develops business management software and most recently received recognition for its Direct Mail Management module and for Microsoft Outlook integration into its Customer Relationship Management module. The company also recently introduced the Kodak Prinergy Business Link tool. Avanti positions its various applications into four areas: 1. Production, such as job ticketing and invoicing; 2. Web-to-Print, such as job submission and soft proofing; 3. Third-party integration (XML); and 4. Business Intelligence, such as executive dashboards, triggers and alerts, and reporting.

Bard Business Solutions #2523
Based in Toronto, ON
Bard develops business management software with an emphasis on multi-user database systems, including the Enterprise Manager, as well as Graphics Manager. More Bard management software modules include: Magazine Manager, engineered for publishing; Digital Print Manager, for short-run printing and finishing; Graphics Express for print brokers; and Freelance Manager for freelance artists and consultants.

Beta Industries #1241
Based in New Jersey, US
Beta Industries focuses on selling colour management hardware and software, including CTP calibration tools, pressroom densitometers, colour viewers, loupes, magnifiers and specialized tools for flexography. Third-party brands sold by the company include X-Rite and Techkon, among other colour-management hardware.

BobstBobst Group North America #3348
Based in North Carolina, US
Sales and service office in Pointe-Claire, QC

With over 30 worldwide facilities, Bobst Group is one of the industry’s largest finishing-technology manufacturers, with a particular focus on the development of converting machines for the packaging sector. Recent developments from Bobst include the Expertcut 106-LER, which is a 41-inch, 9,000 sheet-per-hour diecutter, and the Expertfold 110 A-2 CS, a folder/gluer that works with various carton applications.

Boss LogoBoss Logo Print & Graphics #1008
Based in Markham, ON
This Toronto-area printer specializes in 24- to 48-hour turnarounds on applications like booklets, bookmarks, brochures, business cards, CD covers, letterhead, postcards and posters. The company uses Heidelberg press technology, after the recent installation of a XL 105-6+LX. Boss Logo also has an large post-press department with Polar cutters, Stahl folders, letterpress, die cutting, embossing, and foil stamping.

Brausse Group #3355
Based in Richmond, BC
IMG-Brausse Group is a global equipment manufacturer for the converting industry, with facilities in Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, China, Korea and Canada. Some of the company’s latest technology include the 450SE auto diecutter, 1050SEF auto-foil stamper and TA1100-C6 high-speed gluer. Brausse also sells handfed and used equipment.

Business Cards Tomorrow #1203
Based in Florida, US
BCT is self-described as the largest wholesaler of thermographed and flat offset commercial stationery products in North America. BCT is built from a network of over 60 franchise locations that work with printers, mailing centres, office supply houses, form distributors, print brokers, and ad agencies. In Canada, BCT has locations in Dartmouth, Calgary, Mississauga, Ottawa, Toronto and Waterloo.

Cambridge Label #1271
Based in Cambridge, ON
Founded in 1998, Cambridge Label, as its name suggests, specializes in the trade-only production and printing of labels on an 8-colour label press. The company can produce quantities from 1,000 to several million, while a majority of its orders come in at runs of over 100,000 pieces. Cambridge Label, which can create and print 25 different barcode types in either static or consecutive numbering, claims to have a standard delivery schedule of four working days.

Canadian Metal-Ad #3112
Based in Brampton, ON
Specializing in electro-plating and metal finishing, Canadian Metal-Ad is able to handle a range of projects to develop or repair technologies. While the company’s craft-based skill reaches into aerospace, aircraft and naval sectors, Metal-Ad has a dedicated industrial maintenance department.

Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council #3819
Based in Ottawa, ON
CPISC aims to address human resource and workforce development issues within the printing and graphic communications industry. In June 2009, CPISC released what it refers to as “national skill standards” for prepress and finishing workers, following the August 2008 release of what CPISC deems as standards for press occupations.

Carbon Computing #1002
Based in Toronto, ON
Sales locations in Ottawa and Waterloo, ON

Carbon Computing is a reseller of software and hardware computing technologies, with an expertise in Macintosh products, from Mac Pro to xserve. The company also sells displays and drawing tables. Carbon Computing provides service, training and localized seminars.

Case Paper Company #3210
Based in Harrison, NY
Sales facility in Toronto, ON

Case Paper is self-described as one of the largest paper merchant/converters in the United States, while also holding a facility in Toronto. Across its eight North American facilities, the company claims to stock over 100-million pounds of rolls and sheets, including substrates like fine printing papers, SBS, recycled board and carbonless rolls.

Cell-A-Net Printer Services #2423
Based in Mississauga, ON
Cell-A-Net focuses on repair and maintenance services (on-site and at its depot) on HP printers and plotters, which has been a company specialty for over 25 years. Based around HP machines, the company offers per-page contracts, warranty services, installation and training.

Celplast Packaging Systems #3648
Based in Toronto, ON
For over 30 years, Celplast has been a distributor of packaging technologies, while also offering service and expertise in building customized packaging systems for companies. Brands distributed by the company include ARPAC, BVM, Starview, NewMa, Orion, PSI Engineering and Shtuffleworth. The company also distributes specialized packaging materials like Flex-O-Glass and Mullinix.

Central Die Supplies #3129
Based in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC
Sales office in Vaughan, ON

Central Die Supplies is a national distributor of technology for steel rule die making, die cutting, business forms and printing.

Cheelo Graphics #2519
Based in Markham, ON
Cheelo Graphics produces displays and printing, including applications like hanging signs, tabletops, portable displays, for tradeshow-like exhibits.

CiMa-Pak #1210
Based in Montreal, QC; and Toronto, ON
CiMa-Pak specializes in the distribution of shrink-wrap and poly-bag equipment to niche sectors of the packaging industry, including food and direct-mail markets. In addition to its shrink-wrap and poly-bag expertise, the company provides a range of industrial applications like vacuum systems and heat sealers.

Craftwell Canada#3215
Based in Mississauga, ON
Craftwell specializes in the production of presentation binders, displays, and promotional products. In September 2009, the company released its new Unikeep and EnvyPak product catalogue. The company also sells plastic thermoformed packaging, both rigid and flexible.

Draabe #1275
Based in Hamburg, Germany
Sales office in Ottawa, ON

Draabe specializes in the development of air humidification systems. With an internal group that focuses on the printing industry, the company is able to qualify how its systems, such as the wall-mounted TurboFog 4, 8, 16, and 32 models (named after their kg/h capabilities), can control room air humidity in plants to reduce paper distortion, static and downtime.

Drytac Canada #2008
Based in Concord, ON
For over 30 years, Drytac has manufactured products for graphics finishing and display, with a core product line of pressure-sensitive, heat-set and thermal over-laminating films. The company also offers various lines of mounting adhesives, backing films, inkjet media, finishing equipment, liquid laminating systems, accessories, and banners stands. Recent products from the company include a new UV curable clear coat, called InstaCure SuperFlex, and a new line of UV curable liquid coaters, called the VersaCoater DocuMate Plus – with built-in IR – designed to handle wax-infused inks.

Duracut Machine Knife #3110
Based in Markham, ON
Duracut is a manufacturer of machine knives, while also providing sharpening and straightening services. The company specializes in knives for Muller Martini equipment, as well as guillotine, Sheridan and McCain knives, which can include carbide-tipped structure.

EFIEFI #3612
Based in Foster City, CA
At Graphics Canada, EFI is highlighting the breadth of its Management Information System software, which received a boost in July 2008 when the company acquired privately held Pace Systems Group for US$21 million. Today, EFI’s MIS product line includes: EFI Pace; EFI PrintSmith for smaller shops; and EFI Monarch, which contains Hagen OA, Prograph, PrintFlow Dynamic Scheduling, and the Auto-Count Direct Machine Interface modules.

Epson #3416
Based in Mississauga, ON
One of the world’s inkjet technology giants, Epson recently entered the outdoor commercial printing sector with the May 2008 launch of the 64-inch Stylus Pro GS6000 printer with print speeds of up to 340 square feet per hour for banner-quality printing. At Graphics Canada, the company plans to show its 7900 and 9900EFI.

Ernest Green & Son #1270/1276
Based in Mississauga, ON
In business for over 55 years, Ernest Green is self-described as the largest independent distributor of graphic arts products and services in Canada, focusing on flexographic, offset and digital printing, CTP and wide-format technologies. Some of Ernest Green’s brands include Reeves, Varn, Allied, Van Son, Taniguchi, Mutoh, Epson, HP, Intelicoat, Onyx, Scanvec, Agfa, 3M, Ilford, and Latran.

Eye Magine Graphics #3906
Based in Toronto, ON
Eye Magine primarily focuses on producing signage through large-format printing. Applications produced by the company include posters, banners, displays, decals and vehicle wraps. Eye Magine also works with laminating and mounting equipment.

EZ Trade Signs #2401
Based in Toronto, ON
In business for over a decade, EZ Trade Signs primarily focuses on large-format printing and signage. Some of the company’s applications include A-Frame spinners, indoor or outdoor banners, Coroplast interior signage, real estate signage, and vehicle graphics. EZ Trade can work with different materials from wood to Styrene.

Factor Forms
Based in Niagara Falls, ON
Sales/facilities in Victoria, Vancouver, BC; Edmonton, Calgary, AB; and Winnipeg, MB
In business for over 35 years, Factor Forms is a trade-only, business-forms supplier. The company recently joined the Cheque Printer Self Certification Program. The company also prints envelopes, invoices, labels and snapset applications.

Fastar Printing
Based in Scarborough, ON
Fastar is a printing company that focuses on the production of business cards, which it highlights with a promotion to print 5,000 2-sided cards for $199. The company also produces postcards, rack cards and flyers.

Fiberweb #1251
Based in Tennessee, US
Fiberweb produces cleaning fabrics for manufacturing company, including pressroom-wiping materials, dampener covers and absorbent socks. The company recently introduced its ELIXIR pre-saturated automatic blanket cleaning rolls, which are said to contain a low-VOC liquid solvent. More brands carried by the company include Webril, Red-I, Red Runner, Nubtex, WashTex, Web-Lock and KleanWipes.

Flagship Courier Solutions #3919
Based in Montreal, QC
This courier company partners with major carriers like Purolator, FedEx, UPS and DHL, while focusing resources into the shipment of printing. Flagship has built an online system, called SmartShip, for users to find rates and then monitor and track all shipments.

Fujifilm CanadaFujifilm Canada #1200
Based in Mississauga, ON
Fujifilm Canada is bringing a number of products to its Graphics Canada booth, including software like XMF workflow, based on the Adobe PDF Print Engine, and Taskero Universe, engineered for remote-site colour management. Fujifilm’s booth will also hold the new Acuity Advance XT, which is wide-format inkjet machine with a 8 x 10-foot bed and roll options. The company will also highlight its environmentally progressive Eco-V plate and the new LH-NN2 thermal newspaper plate. As a distributor of third-party technologies, Fujifilm is also highlighting the Xerox Nuvera 120 and DocuColor 7002, as well as Oris Press Matcher and Ink Saver, and Primse Web-to-print software.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Graphics CanadaTrade show producer DMG listed the following companies as exhibitors of Graphics Canada 2009, to be held from November 12 to 14, at the Toronto International Centre. While this year’s show is missing some of the industry’s largest technology vendors like Heidelberg, HP, Xerox, Canon and Agfa, the trade show features many of the grassroots companies committed to driving the Canadian printing industry forward.

Click on a company below to see its profile. Companies denoted with an * are additions received after the October PrintAction magazine listing.

3L Display
Advantag Canada
Advantage Graphic Supplies
All Graphic Supplies
Allcan Stencil & Label
All Star Envelopes*
AM Transport
Amazing Print
Andrews Mailing*
APP Canada
ArtSoft Expo*
ATS Tanner
Au Vetement du Livre*
Avanti Computer Systems
Bard Solutions
Beta Industries
Bobst Group
Boss Logo
Bowe Bell & Howell*
Business Cards Tomorrow
Brausse Group
Cambridge Label
Canada Post*
Canadian Metal-Ad
Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council
Carbon Computing
Cascades Fine Papers*
Case Paper Company
Cell-A-Net Printer Services
Celplast Packaging Systems
Central Die Supplies
Chello Graphics
COPA Showcase*
Craftwell Canada
Dot 4 Dot*
Drafting Clinic*
Drytac Canada
Duracut Machine Knife
Ernest Green & Son
Extreme Media*
Eye Magine Graphics
EZ Trade Signs
Factor Forms
Fastar Printing
Flagship Courier Solutions
Flap & Seal Envelopes*
Fujifilm Canada
GT Specialties
GBC Canada
GL Trade Print*
Glue Dots*
GMF Flexo PrePress
Graphic Whizard
Greenflow Environmental Services
GTI Graphic Technology
Have Our Plastic
Heios Trade
Hiflex North America
Huge Paper*
Ihara U.S.
Indel Davis
Indigo Marketing Solutions*
Industry Press Inc.*
International Binding & Laminating Systems
Intuitive Solutions Group
Jasdi Magnetics Canada
Jelly Labels

KBR Graphics
Kern Inc.*
Konica Minolta Canada
LithoTel Software Design
Majic Paper*
Mary Black Recruiting
Metro Waste Paper Recovery
Metropolitan Looseleaf
Moll Brothers*
Muller Martini Canada
Multiple Pakfold Business Forms
ND Graphics
New Magway
Onyx Graphics
P.O.P. Displays
Pace Industries
Packaging Association of Canada*
Pageflex by Bitstream*
Patterson & Assoc.*
Pearson Canada*
PEFC Canada
Peters Steel Rule Dies
Pressdown Services*
Presstek Canada
Prime UV
Primera Technology
Printer Gateway
RENZ Canada
Ricoh Canada
Safeguard Canada*
Shelf Talkers Manufacturing
Sina Printing
Sinclair Computer Forms
Spectracolor Trade Printing*
Sterling Marking Products
Specialties Graphics Finishers
Sustainable Forestry Initiative*
Supra Business Forms
Sydney R. Stone
TAS Films
Taylor Label*
Teckmark Label Systems
Tecled Enterprise*
Topknotch Prep and Print*
Trade Secret Printing*
Tripol Canada
Ultima Displays Canada*
Wades Bindery Repair Service*
West Star Printing
Worden Insurance*
World of Tape
Zebra Paper Converters*
Zund Canada


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