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Monday, 28 July 2014

Canopy, a Vancouver-based non-profit organization focused on the progressive paper supply, has launched its 2014 Ancient Forest Friendly (AFF) Awards program.

The program is built around a Green Print Leadership (GPL) survey, which is shorter for 2014, for interested companies to begin their association with the AFF Awards. Printers that have policies with Canopy and have already completed the GPL survey will automatically be entered in the AFF Awards.

The GPL survey is open until August 30, 2014, and awards will be announced in early November 2014. The 2014 AFF Awards categories currently include Ancient Forest Friendly Gold, Best In Class, Conservation Supporter and Most Improved.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Amazon today launched the 3D Printed Products store as a marketplace that gives customers access to more than 200 print-on-demand products, many of which can be customized by material, size, styles and colour variations, and personalized with text and image imprints.

The new store, amazon.com/3dp, is described by the company as one of the largest online destinations for 3D printed products, including jewelry, toys, home décor and fashion accessories. The Website features search tools, interactive 3D preview functionality and a product personalization widget.

“The introduction of our 3D Printed Products store suggests the beginnings of a shift in online retail – that manufacturing can be more nimble to provide an immersive customer experience. Sellers, in alignment with designers and manufacturers, can offer more dynamic inventory for customers to personalize and truly make their own,” stated Petra Schindler-Carter, Director for Amazon Marketplace Sales.

With the store's 3D product preview function, customers are able to rotate a virtual product 360 degrees. After an item is personalized and a customer has finished the checkout process, the item is 3D printed on-demand by a manufacturing provider and shipped directly to the customer.

The store includes customizable items sellers for under $40, such as cufflinks, bobble head figurines and funky wine glass holders, while in $100 price range, customers can design customized fashion accessories like pendants, earrings and necklaces.

Amazon’s 3D Printed Products store also provides an entry point for designers, designers and manufacturers to offer print on-demand product designs.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The Printing Industries of America announced the winners of the 2014 InterTech Technology Awards, a program that began in 1978 to recognize technologies predicted to have a major impact on the graphic arts and related industries.

More than 80 percent of technologies that receive an InterTech Award, according to Printing Industries of America, experience continued commercial success in the marketplace. Below are the 11 InterTech Technology Awards winners for 2014:

Company: Creative Edge Software
Technology: IC3D Suite

Company: EFI
Technology: iQuote

Company: Esko
Technology: Equinox Extended Gamut Printing

Company: Esko
Technology: Full HD Flexo

Company: Goss International
Technology: Vpak Packaging Presses

Company: Heidelberg USA
Technology: Stahlfolder PFX Feeder Technology

Company: Hinterkopf GmbH
Technology: Hinterkopf Digital Printer D240

Company: HP
Technology: Indigo 20000 Digital Press

Company: Just Normlicht
Technology: GL Spectis 1.0 Series

Company: TKS
Technology: Jetleader 1500 Digital Inkjet Press

Company: Xeikon
Technology: ICE Toner

Monday, 09 June 2014

Sydney Stone is to begin distributing the new Duplo DC-616 system with slitting, cutting, creasing and perforating primarily aimed at short-run toner work.

The DC-616 is designed to eliminate white borders and prevent toner cracking on colour documents. It can finish a range of full-bleed digital applications including greeting cards, invitations, brochures, book covers, photos, and 24-up business cards without the need for additional modules. The DC-616 can process up to six slits, 25 cuts, and 20 creases in a single pass.

Two models are available, including the DC-616 PRO which comes standard with PC controller software and PC Pole Mount for easy job setup, CCD scanner to read barcodes and registration marks, ultrasonic double feed detection, and a perforating unit (with two manually adjustable perforation tools) to perforate along the length of the sheet. All of these features can be added to the basic DC-616 model as options.

Monday, 05 May 2014

TC Transcontinental Printing today announced a multi-year agreement with Postmedia Network Inc. to print The Gazette newspaper, which is published Monday to Saturday, primarily for the Montreal market.

The contract with Postmedia Network is scheduled to begin in August 2014. The agreement was not predicated on TC Transcontinental making new capital investments, which is often the case when signing long-term newspaper-printing contracts.

“Given the current pace of change in the newspaper industry, this [new] agreement demonstrates the relevance of our printing platform and our ability to help publishers across Canada become more efficient,” stated Brian Reid, President of TC Transcontinental Printing. “We continue to benefit from our outsourcing offering as publishers express interest in our solution. We are actively pursuing additional outsourcing opportunities in the Canadian market.”

Reid also stated this new Postmedia agreement builds upon recent deals between the publisher and printer to produce both the Calgary Herald and the Vancouver Sun, which were first announced back in September 2013. TC Transcontinental began printing the Calgary Herald in November 2013, while the five-year agreement to print the Vancouver Sun is slated to begin in early 2015.

In December 2013, TC Media, a division of TC Transcontinental, reached a $75 million agreement to purchase 74 Quebec-based community newspapers and associated online properties owned by Sun Media, a subsidiary of Quebecor Media.

Parent company TC Transcontinental describes itself as the largest printer in Canada, as well as one of the country’s leading providers of media and marketing tools. The company has more than 9,000 employees and generated revenues of $2.1 billion in 2013.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Tony Karg, Senior Director of Corporate Communications & Marketing for Fujifilm Canada, is leaving the company on March 31, 2014, after more than 20 years.



Unable to share much information at this time, Karg did say he plans on staying within the graphics industry in a strategic planning role, whether that is related directly to marketing or business development.


Karg began his career at Fuji Graphic Systems Canada in 1993 as an applications specialist. He had spent the previous two years as a production coordinator for Ainsworth Printing in Kitchener, Ontario. Karg remained as an applications specialist at Fujifilm until April 2000, when he became Product Manager, Digital Workflow Solutions.

In late 2003, Karg was named Product Marketing Manager for Fuji Graphic Systems Canada Inc., overseeing the marketing of all products sold by the company until early 2005, when he became Director of Business Development & Marketing for just over a year. He received a promotion to a Senior Director role in April 2006 and remained in the position until early 2013. During this time, begininng in 2011, Karg spent nearly year in Tokyo as the only non-Japanese member of the core planning team behind Fujifilm’s trade show booth for the quadrennial drupa 2012 exhibition in Duesseldorf, Germany.


In April 2013, Karg was to his current position at Fujifilm Canada, which he will hold until leaving the company on March 31.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Trish Witkowski of Foldfactory, a PrintAction columnist best known for her regular educational videos series 60-Second Super Cool Fold of the Week, has launched her first online course, called Direct Mail Strategy, on Lynda.com.

The course consists of eight chapters and 46 movies, each covering what Witkowski describes as a vital direct mail strategy or concept. She continues to state the goal of the course is to give direct marketers, designers, print professionals and small businesses the tools and strategies needed to get powerful results from mail.


“I’m so proud of how the Direct Mail Strategy course turned out,” says Witkowski. “Mail is a fascinating topic and a powerful marketing medium, but you can’t just send mail and expect results. There’s a strategy and a process involved, and I’m sharing it with everyone.”

The Direct Mail Strategy course covers mailing lists, marketing strategies, writing offers, engagement techniques, format options, testing, tracking and measuring results. It provides registrants with downloadable exercise materials. Lynda.com provides a free preview of seven of the 46 videos in the Direct Mail Strategy course.



“We’re thrilled that Trish Witkowski is contributing course content to the Lynda.com library, joining hundreds of other industry experts,” stated Kristin Ellison, content manager for the design segment at lynda.com, which provides thousands of online training courses on a range of subjects. “Her insight on direct mail is invaluable and her passion is infectious. I know our members will find her course instrumental in helping make sure their next mail piece is both effective and on budget.”

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Kimberly-Clark Corporation, global producer of Kleenex, Huggies and many other major brands that are sold in over 175 countries, has published a comprehensive Lifecycle Analysis, which Canopy describes as “a cutting-edge study of the existing and potential raw materials for their products.”


Vancouver-based Canopy, a not-for-profit organization that works with corporations and environmental programs to build progressive supply chain policies and procedures to protect forests, provided independent analysis to the advisory board that oversaw the creation of Kimberly-Clark’s Lifecycle Analysis. The report itself was authored by the Georgia Institute of Technology.


“With an eye to protecting our planet’s remaining ancient and endangered forests – and not trading off one environmental issue for another – we have reviewed countless lifecycle assessments related to traditional forest products,” stated Amanda Carr, Campaign Director with Canopy. “The key to our endorsement of Kimberly-Clark’s report is that this study includes measurements for biodiversity and carbon stored in our global forests as part of the environmental considerations.”

With the inclusion of eight key environmental indicators, such as land occupation, human toxicity, climate change and water depletion, the study concluded that recycled paper along with alternatives such as leftover wheat straw had reduced environmental impacts when compared with traditional use of forest fibre.

“Canada’s ancient and endangered Boreal Forests continue to be made into toilet paper and incontinence products,” stated Carr. “This study is exciting because it weighs the other options for a global company that had over US$20 billion in sales last year. That is a lot of purchasing power exploring what is best for our planet.”


The study is available online at www.kimberly-clark.com

Tuesday, 04 February 2014

Taizaburo (Ted) Egawa becomes President and CEO of Canon Canada, as the Japanese-based imaging giant announces 11 senior executive appointments and promotions across its North American operations.

Egawa, a 31-year veteran with Canon, began his career with the International Business Management department where he was responsible for office equipment sales for corporate clients. He has worked in several Canon global regions, including Japan and the United States. He also spent a year with Canon Canada’s Camera and Video Division between 1984 and 1985.

"Ted will be a great addition to Canada's leadership team," stated Joe Adachi, President and CEO of Canon U.S.A., who is also the Chairman of Canon Canada. "He played an integral role in strengthening Canon USA's Imaging Technologies and Communications Group business and expanded our company's reach into new domains."

Most recently, Egawa was VP and GM of Strategy Planning & Administration for the Imaging Technologies and Communications Group (ITCG) at Canon U.S.A., spending close to 16 years with this region where he was responsible for the strategic direction and business operations for Canon's digital photographic and imaging solutions products.


Egawa succeeds Kazuto Ogawa, who led Canon Canada for the past six years and now takes on an executive position with Canon China and the Canon Asia Group. Moving outside of North America, Ogawa is not considered among Canon’s 11 new executive appointments, which, in addition to Egawa, includes:

Yuichi Ishizuka, Executive VP and GM of Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A., has been appointed to Senior Executive Officer of Canon Inc., Japan and will continue to hold his responsibilities at Canon U.S.A.


Tsuneo Imai has been promoted to VP and GM, Healthcare Solutions Division, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A.


Dennis Amorosano has been promoted to VP, Business Imaging Solutions Group Marketing Division, Canon U.S.A., and has also been appointed to the Americas Board of Groups Managers, Canon U.S.A.


Charles Womack has been promoted to VP and GM, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.

Hiroyuki Haraguchi has been promoted to VP, Industrial Products Division, Canon U.S.A.


Brian Strangways has been promoted to VP, Virtual Imaging, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A.

Tetsuhiro Minamide has been appointed to VP and GM, Canon Information and Imaging Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A.


Kenji Kobayashi has been appointed President, Canon Latin America, Inc. and to the Americas Board of Groups Managers, Canon U.S.A.


Fernando Moreno has been promoted to VP, Canon Chile, and has also been appointed to the Americas Board of Group Members, Canon U.S.A.


Jun Otsuka has been appointed to President and GM, Canon Chile, and will continue to hold his present position as President and CEO, Canon Brazil, Inc.

“I am proud to announce 11 well-deserved appointments and promotions for the New Year,” stated Adachi, president and chief executive officer, Canon U.S.A. “The value these executives bring to Canon is paramount and their proven leadership skills, dedication and perseverance will help us take our company to the next level of achievement.”


Sunday, 20 October 2013

Hemlock Printers today announced a new partnership with Tagga, a rising cross-channel marketing company based in Vancouver, British Columbia, which works with high-profile brands like Red Bull, Ulitmate Fighting Championship, Adidas, Stonyfield, Sun-Maid, Canon, Paramount, Old Navy, Lindt and Ferrero Rocher, among others.

Tagga is primarily focused on integrating social, Web and mobile technologies, using platforms like SMS messaging, Facebook and Twitter, to create connections between brands and customers. Its Cloud-based cross-channel campaign software – and related reporting functions – allows clients to determine where and when a consumer is interacting with their brand. This ultimately results in very precise conversion-rate metrics. Tagga also runs a Labs division to provide creative services geared to this cross-channel approach.


Through the partnership, Hemlock will be able to supply customers with interactive print opportunities, as well as interactive digitized content that is accessible from mobile, tablet and desktop devices for unique promotional campaigns.


“We work with a wide array of leading brands for their print and distribution requirements, and this partnership now allows us to provide an exciting new dimension to their marketing plans,” stated Richard Kouwenhoven, President and GM of Hemlock. “Using a small footprint for QR or SMS codes on their packaging, hang-tags or catalogues, a bold and simple interactive connection can be made with compelling promotional or informational offers.

“We know that now over 70 percent of Canadians use their mobile phone while shopping in-store,” continued Kouwenhoven, “So we looked to Tagga to help us take the print connection to the next level."


Hemlock Printers works with its own roster of high-profile brands through print and is one of the largest commercial printers in the Pacific Northwest. The company operates out of a 100 percent carbon neutral plant in Burnaby, BC, with offices in Victoria, Seattle and San Francisco.


"We knew Hemlock was the right partner for us to expand our offering in the print realm,” stated Amielle Lake, Tagga Founder and CRO. “We already work internationally with Adidas, Dole, Red Bull and many others, but saw an alignment with the focus and scope that Hemlock could bring to a whole new segment of the market.”