The Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum made an appearance at this year's Marshville Heritage Festival in Wainfleet, Ontario. As part of Labour Day weekend's festivities, members of the Mackenzie museum held demonstrations for children in the art of letterpress printing.

The village of Wainfleet (called Marshville in the 1800s), with its population of 6,000, annually hosts more than 25,000 visitors during its festival, which includes restored buildings from the 19th century as well as well as live demonstrations of a working sawmill and working blacksmith shop.

The Printing Industries of America (PIA) has announced the winners of this year's InterTech Technology Awards program. The awards are meant to recognize innovative technologies that are expected to advance the graphic communications industry. The program began in 1978 and its organizers claim more than 80 percent of the recipients go on to find commercial success in the market.

An independent panel of judges considered this year's entries, which span all aspects of print production. Twelve technologies were selected to receive this years awards:

Enterworks Enable
An enterprise platform for managing content and digital assets

EskoArtwork i-cut Suite
Pre-production software aimed at saving time and reducing waste in digital finishing systems

Fujifilm J Press 720
B2-format sheetfed inkjet press

Heidelberg Prinect Performance Benchmarking
A service which analyzes and compares the performance of printing operations around the world using similar equipment

Keen MIS and Web-to-Print
A cloud-based management and web storefront solution

Kodak NexPress Red Fluorescing Solution
A security printing option for NexPress machines that creates print only visible when illuminated through UV light

QuadTech Color Control and Web Inspection System with AccuCam
A closed-loop colour management system for newspaper printers using CIELAB-based control

Sun Chemical SunPak LMQ
A set of packaging inks with low migration properties

Technique Business Systems iTechnique
A mobile MIS system for the Apple iOS platform

Utopia Digital Technologies Avatrex Transportable Imaging
A transportable substrate which allows print to be placed on uneven surfaces such as clothing, without the use of dye sublimation

Xeikon X-800 VariLane
An imposition plug-in which allows the production of labels of different sizes in the same run, saving a claimed 30 percent in time and waste

X-Rite i1Pro 2
A spectrophotometer which features three standard measurement conditions and enhanced optical brightener compensation

The awards will be formally presented at the 2012 Premier Print Awards Gala in Chicago this October at Graph Expo.

C.J. Graphics, led by President Jay Mandarino, won three of the total six Benny Awards earned by Canadian printing companies in the 2012 Premier Print Awards, hosted by Printing Industries of America (PIA). Colour Innovations of Toronto, Friesens of Altona, Manitoba, and Met Fine Printers of Vancouver each received one Benny Award.

In related news, the Binding Industries Association (BIA), which is a special-interest group of the PIA, also handed out its 2012 Product of Excellence Awards. Pacific Bindery Services of Vancouver, BC, was the lone Canadian winner, picking up two of the BIA’s top finishing awards.

While the PIA also hands out Awards of Recognition and Certificates of Merit within its Premier Print Awards competition, the Benny is reserved for those companies that have earned a Best of Category designation, including:

C.J. Graphics Inc.
, Printers & Lithographers
Category: Business Cards
Project: Salon Collage Business Cards

C.J. Graphics Inc.
Category: Magazine Inserts
Project: The All-New 2013 Infiniti JX, Live Inspired

C.J. Graphics Inc.
Category: Product Catalogs (4 or more colours, printers with 21–50 employees)
Project: Mercedes-Benz, The 2013 E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet

Colour Innovations Inc.
Category: Miscellaneous Specialties – Other
Project: Canada Post Titanic 100 Boxed Collector's Set

Friesens Corp. (Altona, MB)
Category: School Yearbooks
Project: WKU Talisman 2012

MET Fine Printers Inc.
Category: Presentation Folders/Portfolios (4 or more colours)
Project: Granville & 70th Retail & Residential Package

Art Ellis, who is a board member of the Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum in Queenston, Ontario, designed a commemorative medal to be handed out to dignitaries during the upcoming bicentennial to celebrate 200 years of peace after the War of 1812.

A call for medal-design submissions went out in December 6, 2011, through the Niagara 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council and Medallic Art Society of Canada. According to the Medallic Art Society’s Website: “The art medal was born in the period of the Renaissance, primarily with artist Antonio Pisano or Pisanello (c.1390–1455)… Aristocrats and wealthy patrons saw to it that the medal became a symbol of achievement. Tradition established that a specially designed medal was given as a sign or record of recognition to honour or reward one person or a group of individuals.”

In late-June, a ceremony was held to recognize Art Ellis for his winning design, which included a $1,000 reward for the copyright, while a runner-up received $500. All submissions will be showcased at the Rodman Hall Art Centre at Brock University until August of 2012.

The Niagara 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council is a cross-border, not-for-profit organization established to commemorate the War of 1812. The organization is planning to celebrate the 200 years of peace between Canada and the United States over the next three years. Upcoming events are listed on a dedicated Website produced by the Legacy Council.

The Mackenzie Printery building, once the home of William Lyon Mackenzie, editor and agitator for political reform, played a key role during the period. More than 200 years ago, Upper Canada's first press (housed at the museum) printed the province's first newspaper: The Upper Canada Gazette or American Oracle, Canada's fifth newspaper, was published April 17, 1793 in Newark (Ontario's original capital, now Niagara-on-the-Lake).

Thirty-one years later, William Lyon Mackenzie first published the Colonial Advocate in Queenston on May 18, 1824.

The Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum is open to visitors between May 5th and September 3rd between 10am and 5pm daily. More information can be found at

Mutoh America has announced its membership in IDEAlliance, which will see the company adopt the organization's best practice standards for colour management.

"Our goal as an IDEAlliance member is to help educate our industry on the need for colour management and process control to be tightly integrated into the production workflow," shared Chris Brown, Engineering Manager. "We're excited to move forward with this initiative to streamline industry processes."

As an active member, Mutoh representatives will also have a role in updating and determining standards, educational materials, certification programs and attending IDEAlliance conferences. Mutoh's membership highlights the organization's recent focus on wide- and grand-format printing.

The Canadian Flexographic Training Committee held its 31st Annual Ontario Roll Label Golf Tournament in June, an event aimed at raising funds to expand awareness of flexography.

Held under threatening skies at the Nobleton Lakes Golf Club in Ontario, the event brought out industry notables such as FTA President Mark Cisternino, FTA Director Jay Kaible and FFTA Chairman Gregg Platt, as well as retired Flexo Hall of Famer Dave Horsman.

Students from Ryerson University’s 2012 Collegiate Phoenix Challenge team aided the event’s fundraising efforts by staging the putting contest. The 1st & 2nd place 2012 High School Phoenix Challenge winning teams from Mississauga Ontario’s Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School were also on hand, displaying their work that has swept all major student awards this year at both the FTA’s Excellence in Flexography Competition as well as the TLMI’s recent print competition.

Planning for next year's event is already underway, tentatively scheduled for June 3, 2013. More information can be found at

Norm Beange, one of North America’s finishing experts, based on the innovative work produced by his Toronto company, Specialties Graphic Finishers Ltd., will be inducted into the Binding Industries of America’s Hall of Fame this June. 

The Hall of Fame induction, according to the Binding Industries of America (BIA), is designed to perpetuate the lifelong careers of the people in the trade bindery, graphic finishing, and custom loose-leaf industry, recognizing them as a major influence bringing about positive change.

Beange continues as President and owner of both Specialties Graphic Finishers and Anstey Book Binding. Purchased in 2010, Anstey was founded in 1882 in Toronto and has since grown to become a high-end provider of bindery services and also developed its own line of stationery products.

An acknowledged finishing expert in Canada and the United States, Beange is a past chairman of the BIA (1996-1998), while acting as a board member from 1989 to 1996. In addition to working with the BIA for over 30 years, he has also served on committees and boards of the Ontario Printing Industries Association, Canadian Printing Industries Association, and Printing Industries of America. Specialties Graphic Finishers holds the record for most BIA award-competition wins.

During the Hall of Fame ceremony, taking place on June 4 during the BIA’s annual conference in St. Louis, Beange will be inducted with Jack Kavanagh of Kolbus America and Charlie Nichols (posthumously) from BindTech Inc.

In a statement from the two organizations, it was revealed that there are plans in the works to merge the Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council (CPISC) and the Canadian Printing Industries Association (CPIA). The resultant entity would "create a single, new organization to deliver services address priorities within Canada's printing and graphics communications industry."

“Canada’s printing industry has gone through a technological revolution that has changed almost every aspect of the business,” says Sandy Stephens, Chairman of the Board of CPIA. “The kind of support that industry players need—in human-resource development, in information, in marketing, in advocacy to government and in training—is markedly different than it was a decade ago.  This is the perfect time to explore the creation of a single agency that can offer leadership, support and networking opportunities beyond those that exist today.”

The CPISC will lose its federal funding by March 31, 2013. According to CPISC's annual report for 2010/2011, it received $1.8 million from the government. The CPISC was co-founded in April 2006 by the CPIA and Communication, Energy and Paperworkers Union. It is one of 34 sector councils operating in the Government of Canada's Sector Council Program, which involves more than half of Canada's labour market.

Two of the largest printing associations in the United States have formed a task force to determine whether it makes sense for them to join forces. According to a joint statement, the move is largely being pursued because of the industry’s economic conditions over the past several years, ongoing industry contraction, and as a response to calls for action from membership and suppliers. 

The PIA-NAPL merger task force at a recent meeting reached unanimous consensus to move forward with a plan and process to address the above issues. Both Joe Truncale and Michael Makin, CEOs of the NAPL and PIA, respectively, have expressed their full support for the merger.

The unification process is expected to take several months. The task force is to develop a number of sub-committees to address areas like strategic planning, name of the organization, staffing and leadership; local representation, programs, and location.

The task force is being co-chaired by Laura Lawton and Darren Loken, who are the current chairs of PIA and NAPL respectively. The other members of the task force include:

John Berthelsen, Suttle-Straus, Inc.

Tim Burton, Burton & Mayer Inc.

Keith Kemp, Xerographic Digital Printing

Michael Makin, PIA

Joe Truncale, NAPL

Jules VanSant, Pacific Printing Industries

Niels Winther, Think Patented

Nigel Worme, COT Media Group

The Printing Industries of America association will be celebrating its 125th year in operation this year. A new logo and webpage highlighting its rich history kicks off the celebration.

"It's important to look at our history to not only see what we've accomplished, but to learn from our past," Michael Makin, CEO of Printing Industries of America, said, "This association has grown and evolved over the years to nurture printers as they've embraced change in the industry, and we're excited to look back and explore our rich history. There’s certainly a lot of information to glean from the past 125 years."

Representatives from local printing organizations gathered in Chicago in 1887 to discuss two important issue at the time, excessive competition and a response to the international typographers union to institute a nine-hour work day.

According to the PIA, 68 delegates attended representing 18 Master Printers’ Associations and four individual printing firms from 22 cities. Initially known as the United Typothetae of America, it had no permanent headquarters during its first 15 years. The first permanent headquarters office was established in New York City in 1902. In 1908 the office was moved to Philadelphia, and in 1912, it was moved to Chicago where it remained until it was moved to Washington, D.C. in 1929.

In 1999, it combined forces with the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (itself founded in 1924) and since 2003 has been headquartered in Sewickley, Pennsylvania.

The Digital Imaging Association, during its Annual General Meeting, announced its new Board of Directors for the year ahead, including the appointment of PaperlinX Canada’s Jason Hamilton as President. The year 2012 marks the Digital Imaging Association's (DIA) 25th anniversary of operation.

Joining Hamilton on the DIA board’s officer level are: Myrna Penny of M & B P Services, as First Vice President; Ed Rooney of The Lowe-Martin Group, as Second Vice President; Mark Norlock of Kodak Graphic Solutions, as Secretary/Treasurer; and Rebecca Buffi of Xerox Canada, as Past President.

Directors of the 2012 DIA board include: Jana Lucatch of Magnum Fine Commercial Printing; Mauro Masatti of Heidelberg Canada; Brad McDonald of Presstek; 
Mike Millard, of Ellis Packaging; 
George Sittlinger of Maracle Press; 
Dino Sinnathurai of Kempenfelt Group; 
Paul Tarvydas of Elliptica Software; Ruby Thomas of Harmony Printing; and Bob Weller of Transcontinental PLM.

Karl Schmed of Global Colour Link was named Director Emeritus for the Digital Imaging Association.

The Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund (CPISTF), which awarded $83,750 in funding to 61 printing students across Canada for the current school year, announced several of the donor companies that helped make it possible (see complete list below).

The fund was founded in 1971; and since 1974, when administrators first began tracking donations, CPISTF has raised over $1.3 million to support Canadian printing education. CPISTF has so far raised $38,000 for the upcoming 2011/2012 scholarship fund.

Companies interested in supporting the future of Canadian printing education can find more information on the CPIA Website or by contacted CPIA President Bob Elliott (800-267-7280 ext. 22.)

2010/2011 CPISTF Donors

Advocate Printing & Publishing, Pictou, NS
Agfa Canada, Toronto, ON
Ariva, Lachine, QC

Domtar, Brampton, ON
Fujifilm Canada, Mississauga, ON

Harmony Printing, Toronto
Heidelberg Canada, Mississauga
Hostmann-Steinberg, Brampton
Howard Graphic Equipment, Mississauga
KBR Graphics, St. Laurent, QC
The Lowe-Martin Group, Ottawa, ON
Maracle Press, Oshawa, ON
Metroland Media Group, Mississauga, ON
Muller Martini Canada, Concord, ON
PESDA, Bolton, ON
Schawk Canada, Mississauga, ON
Sun Chemical Canada, Brampton
The DATA Group, Brampton
Transcontinental, Brampton
Unicom Graphics, Calgary, AB
Unisource Canada, Mississauga, ON
Wayzgoose Society, Toronto, ON
Webcom, Toronto, ON
Willow Printing Group, Concord
Xerox Canada, Toronto
Youngblood Publishing (PrintAction), Markham, ON

The Canadian Printing Industries Association has elected a new Board of Directors for 2012. Sandy Stephens, Vice President and Partner at Informco in Toronto, has been named the new Chairman of the Board.

Stephens is a graduate of Ryerson University's Graphic Communications Management program and began working in the industry in 1986. He joined Informco in 1988 and became a partner in the business in 1999.

Also elected as members of the Board of Directors were: 
Secretary–Treasurer: Jamie Barbieri, PDI Inc., Kirkland QC 
Immediate Past Chair: Dean McElhinney, Unicom Graphics, Calgary, AB 
Chairman, Government Affairs Committee: Sandy Stephens, Informco, Toronto, ON
Director at Large: Kevin Deveau, Ariva, Dartmouth, NS 

Representing the Formally Affiliated Regional Associations (FARA’s) 
PGIA (Calgary): Kevin Henderson, Unicom Graphics, Calgary, AB 
SGAIA (Saskatchewan): Daryl Breckner, Globe Printers, Saskatoon, SK 
Printing Industries of America Representative: Jeff Ekstein, Willow Printing Group, Concord, ON 
Supplier Representative: Don Robinson, Heidelberg Canada, Mississauga, Ontario

The Toronto chapter of the IAPHC organization has initiated a new program called the Craftsmen’s Graphic Design Challenge. The program is open to all college and university students enrolled in a Canadian-based printing program.

Students are being asked to submit a single print design project (poster, brochure, banner, stationery, etc.) to win funding for their graphic arts studies. 

This IAPHC design may be reproduced commercially or not; and can represent a fictional company or person. The entry deadline is January 6, 2012.

More information can be sourced through Bill Kidd who is the Education Chair for IAPHC Toronto.

The Heidelberg T platen, which established Heidelberg in the press-making world, began production in 1914. Howard's donated T Platen, with a 10x15-inch format, was made in 1974 and then imported to a distributor (Sears Company) in Canada. Howard has owned the fully reconditioned press since 1984.
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