Jon Robinson

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Tuesday, 09 August 2011

Nipson SAS of France, which develops the DIGIFlex and VaryPress presses, has named Bryan Palphreyman as CEO of its Nipson America Inc. and UK Ltd. subsidiaries.

Formerly Managing Director of Nipson UK, Palphreyman is a 20-year veteran of the printing industry, having previously served as a principal consultant for Digital Print Consulting Ltd., within that company’s inkjet division called Sensient Imaging Technologies. He also worked with a technology start-up called Inski Ltd., as well as Xaar plc, Logopak Systeme GmbH and Willett International.

Palphreyman will work closely with the regional sales managers, Wayne Kornack and Mike Paschall. “We are pleased to appoint Bryan Palphreyman to CEO of Nipson America and UK,” said Ghislain Segard, President of Nipson SAS. “His experience, industry knowledge and impressive track-record of success make him an exceptional leader and we look forward to his guidance and support.”
The DIGIFlex and VaryPress presses are built around a unique printing process that combines what the company refers to as dry toner magnetography and xenon flash fusing.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Twelve leaders directly involved in Canada’s printing industry will work together later this year to determine some of the country’s best and most-innovative printing work, based on criteria within PrintAction’s Canadian Printing Awards (CPA) program.

CPA entries are due on September 15, 2011 (please visit the program's dedicated Website).

The CPA program is organized into three sections, including: five Environmental Printing categories, 20 Quality Printing categories, and four Industry Achievement categories. The Industry Achievement categories are a free, nominations-based initiative to recognize leadership in Canadian printing.

PrintAction will host the Canadian Printing Awards gala, with a sit-down dinner produced by executive chef Joe Levesque, on the first night of Graphics Canada (November 10, 2011) in Toronto.

To date, the judging panel includes:

Ian Baitz, Chair, Graphic Communications Management, Ryerson University,

Susan Corbeil, Director, Specification Sales, Unisource Canada,

Ray Fagan, Product Manager, Large Format Presses, Heidelberg Canada

Chris Fraser, Director of New Business Development, Movable,

Rye Goodyear, Emeritus Professor, Ryerson University,

Dr. Martin Habeskost, Professor, Graphic Communications Management, Ryerson University,

Nick Howard, President, Howard Graphic Equipment

Al Kershaw, President, The Print Wizard,

Michael Mugavero, Vice President of Sales, Canada and East United States, manroland,

Sonya Popovich, Production Manager, The Works Design Communications

Neil Stewart, President, Anstey Book Binding, and

Bob Weller, Sales Manager, Transcontinental.

Monday, 04 July 2011

Vancouver-based Canopy, a non-profit organization that works primarily with the book, newspaper, magazine and print industries to phase out the use of endangered forests and toxic bleaches in paper-making, has launched a new awards program under its long-standing Ancient Forest Friendly brand.

According to Canopy: “In a time when stamps of approval are awarded for meager efforts and unsubstantiated environmental gain, an Ancient Forest Friendly award from Canopy is a true mark of integrity and sets the gold standard for meaningful action when it comes to paper purchasing and forest conservation.”

Companies can apply for the Ancient Forest Friendly awards by completing a survey to measure their environmental policy implementation.

Award categories include Ancient Forest Friendly Gold, Ancient Forest Friendly Silver, “Most Improved” and “Conservation Supporter.”

Tuesday, 03 May 2011

Robert Beaudoin becomes the Western Canada Sales Manager for NuStream Graphic Inc. His appointment signals a national expansion for the Montreal-based technology distributor, which focuses on offset-, wide-format- and flexography-based production, as well as finishing and software technologies.

NuStream Graphic is represented in Quebec by Sales Manager Steve Daigle and in Ontario by Sales Manager Jonathan Rogers.

Beaudoin is a 25-year veteran of the Canadian printing industry. He most recently served as a Regional Manager for Ernest Green and Son Ltd. Beaudoin has also held various technical support and account management positions with Graphic Resources, Heidelberg Canada and Fujifilm Canada.

Monday, 04 April 2011

Toronto-based Webcom Inc. has installed a Standard Horizon StitchLiner 6000, purchased through technology distributor KBR Graphics, as part of the book manufacturer's $12-million investment plan that centres around a strategic initiative called BookFWD.

“We are pleased to work closely with Webcom and add a key piece of equipment to its revolutionary new BookFWD program,” said Karl Belafi Jr., VP of Sales and Marketing at KBR Graphics. “The new Standard Horizon StitchLiner 6000 is a perfect complement to the entire digital printing capabilities.”

First announced in October 2010, the print production portion of BookFWD focuses on an HP T300 Inkjet Web Press and a new HP Indigo 7000 (for producing covers), while the program’s finishing capabilities now include the Stitchliner 6000, a FlexBook from Magnum Manufacturing, and Muller Martini’s Acoro and Bolero finishing lines.

“The common theme across each piece of equipment is revolutionary technology that integrates the workflow for a highly streamlined and automated process,” stated Mike Collinge, President of Webcom. “This powerful combination is remarkable for its efficiency and its overall technological advancement of the printing industry.”

The StitchLiner 6000, purchased by Webcom, was first introduced in 2010. The saddle-stitching machine is described as having the ability to produce up to 6,000 booklets per hour – or inline cover feeding and booklet production at up to 600 feet per minute.

Monday, 14 March 2011

Presstek Inc. released its fiscal 2010 results (ended January 1, 2011), which included total revenues of US$128.6 million. This number represents a decline of four percent from 2009, while adjusted EBITDA reached US$4.0 million, a US$5.6 million improvement over the prior year. Presstek also reported a 50 percent reduction in debt net of cash in 2010, as well as a US$38.6 million improvement in net income for 2010.

“2010 was again a difficult year in our industry, but I was pleased with our ability to not only continue to generate positive quarterly adjusted EBITDA but to increase it by US$5.6 million on a full year basis compared to 2009,” said Jeff Jacobson, Presstek Chairman, President and CEO. “Additionally, in 2010 we reduced our debt net of cash by US$6.0 million against a backdrop of a four percent decline in overall revenues.


The company also released its 2010 fourth quarter results, which included total revenue of US$31.1 million, essentially flat from the previous quarter and a decrease of US$2.4 million from the fourth quarter of 2009.

Equipment revenue decreased US$0.3 million, to US$5.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared with the same period last year. Consumables revenue totaled US$19.5 million in the fourth quarter, compared with US$20.6 million for the same period last year. Service revenue declined approximately 15 percent to $6.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to the year ago quarter. 

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Over 150 people, including students and printing professionals, gathered in Toronto last night to take part in the 7th-annual colloquium hosted by the third-year class of Ryerson’s Graphic Communication’s Management program.

“We're really proud of all the hard work we did,” says Emily Kuchta, who served as Master of Ceremonies with fellow third-year Ryerson student Ahmed Alabbas. “We've had the chance to visit so many companies in industry and see what they do. Now we had the chance to show them what we can do.”

Matthew Alexander, President of Colour Innovations, opened up the colloquium, called Envision and the Future of Print, with a 20-minute presentation about printing and the environment.

After walking the crowd through Colour Innovation’s long history in environmental leadership, he described the company's efforts to become the first Canadian member of the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP). Founded in part by the Printing Industries of America, SGP is an organization that audits and certifies the environmental position of printing companies.

While SGP currently lists 29 U.S.-based printers as members, Colour Innovations has spent nearly two years working to meet the stringent SGP guidelines and expects to complete the process later this year. Alexander described the difficulty in maintaining budget for environmental initiatives over the past couple of years of tight economic conditions. He points out, however, that the shareholders of large corporations are demanding environmental accountability, and that Nike recently became the first entity to state it will only source printing from SGP-certified shops – once existing supplier contracts run out.

Alexander also pointed out, that while the amount of required documentation can be a burden, the SGP program is ideally suited for medium-sized printing companies running a single facility.

Henry Laszutko of CCL Industries, a global packaging company with 59 facilities across North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa, spent 20 minutes speaking about innovative in his field. Laszutko, who was a primary architect of the annual Monopoly promotion by McDonald’s Restaurants, entertained the crowd with samples of metallic, RFID and 2-dimensional labels.

Before the final speaker of the evening, Gerry Visca of Redchair Branding, took the stage, Laszutko closed out his presentation with words of advice for the GCM students, including:

- First impressions count: Dress nice and talk clearly,

- Be confident, you’re Ryerson grads!,

- Write yourself a mission statement,

- Find something in this business you can be passionate about,

- Don’t be afraid to take risks but always test!,

- Don’t stop learning. Change is inevitable, like death and taxes!,

- Don’t take yourself too seriously. SMILE!

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

During the annual Hunkeler Innovation Days 2011 event, currently taking place in Switzerland, Kodak unveiled new engine options for its NexPress Versamark and Prosper lines.

The new Prosper S20 system, based on Kodak’s Stream Inkjet Technology and the ability to fire pigment-based inks, employs a 4.16-inch imprinting width and reaches speeds of up to 2,000 feet per minute (600 metres per minute) at 600 x 300 dpi. The Prosper S20 has been commercially released with up to 12 print stations and 24 printheads. Existing Prosper S10 machines can be upgraded to the S20 configuration.

“With the quality, productivity, and cost of offset, the PROSPER S20 Imprinting System adds the power of variable data to inline production and makes hybrid printing a reality for print and marketing service providers of all kinds,” said Vince Ferraro, VP of Marketing, Digital Print Solutions, Kodak.

The main enhancement of the new Kodak NexPress SX is the ability to reach speeds of up to 131 pages per minute (ppm) in addition to 91 and 109 ppm options. With a monthly duty cycle of around 4-million pages, NexPress SX also includes a long-sheet option at 660 mm, which Kodak describes as adding 27 percent more printable area over existing NexPress models.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

From the pressroom floor of Harmony Printing, Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in Toronto today to announce a new initiative aimed at reducing the burden of federal regulatory requirements on Canadian enterprises.

“Small- and medium-sized businesses are a critical driver of the Canadian economy,” said Harper, speaking to a throng of television and newspaper reporters. “This initiative will help ensure that they can grow, prosper and create jobs without being impeded by unnecessary government regulations.”

Harper, along with Rob Moore, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), acknowledged how Canadian businesses spend billions of dollars every year to meet regulations. He introduced the Red Tape Reduction Commission (to be Chaired by Moore) that will consult with businesses to “identify irritants that have a clear detrimental effect on growth, competitiveness and innovation.”

Before the announcement, the Prime Minister toured Harmony Printing with company President Don Gain. Harmony has been in business for more than 45 years, while Gain is well know for actively lobbying government on behalf of the Canadian printing industry.

Gain has served as Chairman of both the Canadian Printing Industries Association and Ontario Printing and Imaging Association.

 Most of Gain's association work today focuses on the Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund, while he also serves on the board of Ryerson University's Graphic Communications Management program.

The Red Tape Commission announcement coincides with the second-annual Red Tape Awareness Week, which is a campaign led by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Catherine Swift, President of CFIB, said, “What promises to set this initiative apart from previous efforts is its focus on making permanent changes to control and reduce the regulatory compliance burden. The fact that Stephen Harper made the announcement himself shows political leadership from the top.”

CFIB estimates that regulations and paper burden cost the Canadian economy $30.5 billion a year, while 25 percent of surveyed business owners indicate they may not have even gone into business if they had known the burden of complying with regulations.

Tuesday, 07 December 2010

After announcing in August that 56 students are to receive $73,750 in combined funding, the Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund (CPISTF) has released its listing of scholarship providers (presented below, alphabetically by school) for students of post-secondary graphic arts programs in Canada.

BCIT scholarships provided by:

Harmony Printing
Howard Graphics/Youngblood Publishing
In Memory of Gary Baines (BCPIA)
In Memory of Bruce Brydon (BCPIA)
In memory of Dick Blockberger (BCPIA)
In memory of Jack Hazeldine (BCPIA)
In memory of John Kouwenhoven (BCPIA)
In Memory of Peter Purcell (BCPIA)
Transcontinental Printing

Nova Scotia Community College:

Honourary Society of the Wayzgoose
Willow Printing

Ryerson University:

Advocate Printing & Publishing
Agfa Canada
Bowne of Canada
Coast Paper
Ernest Green & Son
Fujifilm Canada
Harmony Printing
Heidelberg Canada
Honourary Society of the Wayzgoose
Kodak Polychrome Graphics
Metroland Printing
PDI Group
PESDA Canada
Schawk Canada
Sun Chemical
The DATA Group
The Lowe-Martin Group
Transcontinental Printing (3)
Unisource Canada
Xerox Canada

Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology:

Heidelberg Canada
Xpedx Canada

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