Jon Robinson

Jon Robinson

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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.”


Monday, 21 October 2013



Electronics For Imaging of California reported its third quarter results, ended September 30, 2013, with revenue of US$178.8 million, which is an increase of 16 percent when compared to revenue of US$154.1 million in the third quarter of 2012.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, EFI reported revenue of US$530.5 million, up 11 percent when compared to US$478.0 million for the same period in 2012.

"The EFI team delivered a very strong third quarter with record revenue and a terrific increase in profitability," stated Guy Gecht, CEO of EFI.

The company’s Fiery operating segment lead the charge in the third quarter of 2013, by generating US$63.2 million in revenue compared to this segment’s US$50.7 million in revenues in Q3 2012. Productivity Software, which holds EFI’s portfolio of Management Information System technology, increased to US$28.5 million in Q3 2013 when compared to US$24.2 in the year ago quarter. EFI’s Industrial Inkjet segment also increased in Q3 2013 compared to the year ago quarter, coming in at US$87.1 million in 2013 versus US$79 million in Q3 2012.



When looking at revenue by geographical area, the Americas and EMEA had the most positive third-quarter effect for the company. The Americas, which remains as EFI’s dominant region, increased to US$102.4 million in Q3 2013 from US$86.4 million in Q3 2012. EMEA reached US$52.2 million in the third quarter of 2013 from US$41.1 million in the third quarter of 2012.



Sunday, 20 October 2013


Sun Chemical introduced new SunVisto Advantage HS inks for use on corrugated stocks, based on what the company describes as delivering both the print quality and the pH stability required for this printing segment.


“Brand owners are increasingly demanding higher graphic quality on standard corrugated linerboards,” stated Tony Renzi, VP of Product Management Packaging Inks, North American Inks, Sun Chemical. “With the new SunVisto Advantage HS, converters can achieve excellent print quality for their customers while also improving their internal pressroom productivity as fewer adjustments to pH levels need to be made during long runs.”
 
SunVisto Advantage HS inks are designed to work with higher-line aniloxes and, according to the company, eliminate the need for special GCMI colour matches when added strength is required to hit GCMI colour targets. Sun Chemical also states its Advantage HS inks are 40 to 50 percent stronger than most conventional mid-grade GCMI inks.
 
Sun Chemcial continues to explain how SunVisto Advantage HS inks eliminate the need to control pH during long press runs, whereas most water-based inks will lose pH and ultimately lead to dirty print and ink build-up if not properly monitored.

The new ink set is designed to produce mid-level to high-end graphics with most paper stock, working with both single and multi-colour jobs on standard corrugated linerboards.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

EFI of California has purchased Metrix Software, which develops highly automated imposition software for print production. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, but EFI states it does not expect the move to be material to its Q4 or full-year 2013 results.



Metrix CEO and founder Rohan Holt becomes director of EFI Metrix products. He began the company in Australia as LithoTechnics, but in mid-2012 changed its named to Metrix Software with headquarters in Edmonds, Washington. The first version of Metrix was launched at drupa 2004 and, by the time of the company name change to Metrix Software, had eclipsed 1,000 installs in 22 countries.


“EFI and Metrix have had a positive working relationship for several years,” said Marc Olin, VP and GM of EFI’s Productivity Software business. “Adding the Metrix team’s exceptional talent and technical know-how helps us drive innovation even further.”

EFI plans to continue development and customer support for all of Metrix software products. Initially, the software is to be deployed as an imposition module for EFI’s Pace MIS product. EFI states over time Metrix’ technology is to become integrated with the company's other MIS and ERP workflow offerings.
 
The newest version Metrix, version 2013.0, was demonstrated in Chicago at PRINT 13 in September. The company pointed to the following new ehancements:


• Improved Layout tools, including the ability to copy and paste marks between Layouts,
• Instant assignment and reassignment of Products to Layouts,
• Ability to select multiple Products/Layouts/Components and alter multiple properties at once,
• Addition of Product Tags, for sorting and selective submission to Auto Plan,
• Enhanced intelligence built in to the Prepress Export functionality when error conditions are detected by Metrix,
• Project Reports can now be exported to PDF or a Printer. This works with Metrix Automation as well,
• A new PDF page re-ordering tool to fix improperly ordered content, and
• Support for Windows 8 and Server 2012.

Monday, 01 July 2013

Printer’s Parts and Equipment of Scarborough signed a deal to distribute the recently introduced Revolver Machine Systems Super4&1 device for multifunction binding system with finishing.

The machine features four built-in dies for a range of finishes and closings within one small-footprint system. Punching is electric with the help of a foot-pedal up to a speed of 30,000 sheets per hour – working with 28 to 35 sheets per punch. The Super4&1 features wire closer, coil inserter and comb binding applications.

Printer’s Parts is also now distributing Fullar AR520 and AR670 hydraulic guillotines. The AR520 hydraulic system features a maximum cutting size of 520 x 520 mm and cutting thickness of up to 65 mm. The AR670 system features a maximum cutting size of 670 x 670 mm and cutting thickness of 85 mm. Both cutters include removable side tables, LCD display, and a 3-mm steel front table.



Printer’s Parts has been distributing printing technologies into the Canadian marketplace for more than 40 years.






Monday, 13 May 2013

Fujifilm, which is the exclusive global distributor for Inca technology, announced the launch of a new inkjet solution for POP corrugated board applications. The technology package is a combination of the Inca Onset S40i, Fujifilm’s new Uvijet OC inks, and a new handling system that was previewed back in January 2013.

The new Uvijet ink system and system for handling corrugated substrates are designed to address challenges in the inkjet production of corrugated board, including distorted or bowed substrates. Fujifilm points out that because of the absorbent nature of various corrugated materials, there is a tendency for ink to sink in (leaving an uneven matte finish) and for companies to then compensate by over varnishing. Uvijet inks, according to the company, help to overcome these challenges, while the handling system eliminates further potential distortions.


Fujifilm also points out the Uvijet ink system builds on the company’s history of developing screen inks for POP corrugated board applications, as well as its history with UV inkjet inks. The new inks are described as offering a range of finishes from low-glare satin to high gloss in corrugated applications, while also allowing users to store and then later finish printed POP work.

The new handling system for the Inca Onset S40i is based on a fully automatic vacuum-to-vacuum transfer method. It utilizes a robotic arm and camera system to distinguish the location and orientation of a stack (within 0.5 mm), separate the top sheet and transfer it to the vacuum bed of the Onset without any gripping or squeezing, which can leave marks on outer edges. 



This system, according to Fujifilm, enables the transportation of uneven materials (which could have up to a 20 mm difference per linear metre in distribution end-to-end), to be held flat on the table with no marks affecting the printed area. According to Fujifilm, this eliminates the need for an excessive gap between print heads and substrate, which helps users maintain text and image quality on difficult surfaces.

When printing is complete, a second automated head also utilizing a vacuum system picks up the printed sheet and drops it onto a delivery stack. With both heads working simultaneously, the productivity of the Onset is increased to over 500 m2/hr.

“This combination of printer, ink and handling system enables our customers in the corrugated display market to be confident that they can produce an even higher class of POP displays than ever before, as there are no longer any compromises to be made," stated Tudor Morgan, Marketing Manager, Fujifilm. "We are confident that bringing this solution to market will open up new business opportunities for these printers and give the industry a new standard to work to.”


Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Web exPress Inc. of Coquitlam, British Columbia, becomes the newest printing company to join Agfa Graphics’ GreenWorks program, designed to celebrate Agfa customers who commit to the use of environmentally progressive technology.

The company runs Agfa’s :Energy Elite product, which is a long run, no-bake thermal plate. To become a member of Agfa GreenWorks, printers must use one of the following plates from Agfa Graphics: :Azura TS, :Amigo TS, :Energy Elite/Pro, :Azura Vi, and :N94-VCF.


“It is obvious to us that a sustainable future in life and in business is absolutely critical,” stated Byron Sheardown, owner of  Web exPress. “Environmental soundness must be in the foreground of our decisions. Our customers are happy and encourage our efforts to be green as long as it doesn't cost more. With :Energy Elite, we got a superior plate that delivers higher quality printing to our customers.”


Established in 1997 with eight staff members, Web exPress today runs three web press lines and two Heidelberg sheetfed presses, as well as large bindery and mailing departments. The company was listed among Business in Vancouver magazine’s Top 100 Fastest Growing Businesses in British Columbia in 2011.
 
In addition to using :Energy Elite plates, Web exPress recycles plastic, wood, metal, paper and cardboard. The company is FSC certified and claims to have been the first North American importer of 100 percent wheat-straw paper from India.

Monday, 18 March 2013

EFI of California released Version 5.0 of its Fiery XF digital front-end (DFE) designed for wide-format production and proofing. The company states its new DFE seamlessly integrates with VUTEk and EFI wide-format devices, as well as with EFI MIS/ERP systems.
 
Version 5.0 of Fiery XF includes what EFI refers to as completely new spot colour tools, which can be leveraged through the Fiery Color Profiler Suite. The new version also includes more than 50 new wide-format print drivers. The software also features a customizable user interface so that users can tailor Fiery XF to their specific tasks and skill set to reduce error rates.



“With all of the job data available at our fingertips, there is less time wasted tracking down answers,” stated Greg Priede, GM of Category 5 in Burlington, Ontario, an early user of the new version. “With the integration between the VUTEk printer, Fiery front end and EFI MIS system, we see detailed job costing, and can calculate how long the printer actually ran versus how long the press operator took to complete the job.”

Fiery itself is built on a modular infrastructure, allowing users to upgrade as their needs increase. According to EFI, this modular upgradability translates as than 20 Fiery printer or software options.

“Advancements included in our new Fiery wide format software gives print professionals more power than ever to produce accurate, high-quality work quickly and reliably,” said John Henze, VP of Fiery marketing at EFI. “The new, customizable interface makes the system easier to use, as it can be tailored to meet each customer’s exact production needs.”