A new association focused on printable electronics has started operations out of Ottawa, Ontario. The new group called the Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association (CPEIA) is to be led by Executive Director Peter Kallai.

The CPEIA states its mandate is to bring together key Canadian and international players in industry, academia and government to build a strong domestic printable electronics (PE) sector. The association plans to facilitate growth through networking, stimulate R&D and investment, build a strong PE supply chain and drive the broad adoption of PE by end customers.

CPEIA states close to 50 Canadian companies have expressed a business interest in PE, following an effort that began three years ago by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), which created a PE research program. It also led the creation of the PE Consortium with 14 industry partners.

The CPEIA is joining and promoting a delegation of Canadian companies with the NRC that will be exhibiting at Printed Electronics USA 2014. This conference, the largest of its kind dedicated to PE, runs November 19 and 20, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, CA.

“A few years ago, many PE applications would have been considered science fiction,” said Kallai, who is billed as a former senior high-tech executive and management consultant that has worked with more than 100 government organizations and growth-stage companies across Canada. “But not anymore. Government organizations, startups, OEMs and systems integrators around the world are investing billions of dollars in R&D to revolutionize existing products and create new ones with PE. It’s time for Canada to step up and stake its claim in this exciting emerging market.”

According to research firm IDTechEx, the global market for printed and potentially printable electronics will rise from around $24 billion in 2014 to $340 billion by 2030, with a compound annual growth rate of 40 percent.

The Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association also launched a Website www.cpeia-acei.ca.


Colour Innovations welcomed more than 150 people to its launch event for the inaugural issue of RE:flex, a large-format magazine highlighting the use of specialty printing techniques on high-end design and photography.

This inaugural issue of RE:flex centred around applying Colour Innovations’ CIX MetalFX print technology to the digital collages of designer, artist and illustrator Louis Fishauf, who has won more than 60 Gold and Silver ADCC (Advertising & Design Club of Canada) Awards, Gold and Silver National Magazine Awards, and the ADCC Les Usherwood Award.

Fishauf was the co-founder and Creative Director of Reactor Art & Design; served as Editorial Art Director for Chatelaine, City Woman, The City, Saturday Night and Toronto Life magazines; was the Senior Design Consultant for Sympatico Internet Service; and is an Apple Computer Applemaster. He currently serves as a Sessional Instructor at OCAD University.

Over the past few years, Fishauf has been creating digital collages using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop and as an early adopter and enthusiastic proponent of digital imaging. Colour Innovations describes his work is an ideal medium for the application of CIX MetalFX technology.

The CIX MetalFX process uses Photoshop channels and proprietary software to combine a gold, silver or bronze base with the 4-colour CMYK process to create thousands of metallic shades and hues from only five colours. The process fit Fishauf’s approach of creating digital collages using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

“I took the opportunity to not only experiment with retrofitting my existing pieces, but also to create a number of new collages and the facing pattern pages, with the metallic ink process specifically in mind,” stated Fishauf. “This required developing a workflow in Adobe Photoshop which attempted to approximate on my computer monitor how the metallic colours would appear in print.”

RE:flex’ inaugural is a large-format 24-page publication printed on Sappi HannoArt gloss cover and text, provided by Ariva, with Metalstar Pantone silver ink, provided by Eckart Effect Pigments.

Hostmann-Steinberg North America, Canada’s long-standing ink manufacturer, completed its rebrand to hubergroup Canada Ltd., taking on the name of its powerful parent company – one of the world’s largest ink producers and chemical companies.

As part of its rebranding efforts, Hubergroup Canada launched a new Website, Hubergroup.ca, complete with a revamped product selection guide. In addition to inks, hubergroup produces and markets printing varnishes, coatings, dampening solutions, additives and printing auxiliaries.

hubergroup is an international holding group comprised of 40 companies, which amounts to 150 branch offices, sales offices, distributing warehouses and representatives worldwide. It has been a privately held company for over 240 years, with the founding family still involved. More than 3,600 employees contribute to hubergroup’s annual production capacity of over 340,000 tonnes of products.

The Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund (CPISTF) is awarding $52,500 in scholarships to post-secondary students pursuing graphic communications education for the current school year.

A total of $15,000 was awarded to nine new students enrolled in the first year of an approved course of study. A further $37,500 was provided to 30 continuing students already enrolled in the scholarship program.

The majority of each annual scholarship is $1,250, while the $5,000 Warren Wilkins Prestige Scholarship has been awarded to Samantha Tully, who is attending Ryerson University’s School of Graphic Communications Management program.

“Every year the Board of Trustees is challenged to select the best and brightest as recipients of our scholarships and this year was no exception,” said Don Gain, Chairman of the fund. “We are pleased to be able to support 39 students in their pursuit of a career in the graphic communications industry.”

CPISTF was initiated in 1971 and has since generated over a million dollars of funding.

Domtar Corp. of Montreal sold its five millionth tonne of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified uncoated fine paper, branded as EarthChoice, a first for the North American market.

Domtar also became the first company in North America to offer FSC-certified copy paper in 2005 and continued to develop partnerships with environmental organizations like Rainforest Alliance and World Wildlife Fund.

“The Rainforest Alliance Certified seal and the FSC logo featured on EarthChoice products assure consumers they are supporting healthy forests – crucial for clean air and water, carbon sequestration and wildlife habitat,” said Tensie Whelan, President of Rainforest Alliance. “With over five million tons of EarthChoice product sold, this is a prime example of sustainability making good business sense."


EarthChoice now accounts for more than 20 percent of Domtar's total paper sales, covering printing sectors like publishing, converting, commercial and specialty uses.


“We are losing forests at a rate of eight football fields every 10 seconds,” said Linda Walker, Director, Global Forest & Trade Network-North America, World Wildlife Fund. “One of the best things that can be done to address this dramatic statistic is to put FSC products on the shelves. Domtar is a leader in this."

Cascades Inc. of Montreal, which manufacturers packaging and tissue products, is being applauded by Vancouver-based Canopy, a not-for-profit environmental organization focused on the paper supply chain, for new initiatives.

Cascades, founded in 1964, has been one of Canada’s leading recyclers of commercial products for decades, particularly around the use of recycled fibres. The company has now released a new procurement policy, stating “[It] will not purchase fibres that come from old growth forests, forests in danger, or wooded areas that are home to rare or at-risk species and ecosystems. To do this, priority will be given to fibre suppliers certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.”

“With its bold preferential focus on using post-consumer recycled fibre, commitment to FSC and the avoidance of contentious sources of fibre, Cascades is affirming that sustainability is a core value for the company,” stated Nicole Rycroft, Canopy’s Executive Director.  “This proactive approach to reducing the environmental impacts of its raw fibre, combined with its continued track record of cutting edge eco-paper development place Cascades at the forefront of the pulp and paper industry.”

Canopy explains Cascades is also committing to work collaboratively with suppliers to ensure the company’s fibre needs are met within a set of strict ecological criteria. Canopy has worked with Cascades for several years, including the development of its game-changing 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper to print the Canadian edition of Harry Potter in 2003 to 2005.

Canopy and Cascades worked together again in 2011 to develop straw paper made from agricultural residues. The straw-based paper was used to print a special edition of Margaret Atwood’s book, In Other Worlds – a North American first.

In July 2014, H.I.G. Capital of Miami purchased Cascades Fine Papers Group, owned by Cascades Inc. The resulting company, which includes investment from the current management team, is to be re-named Rolland Enterprises, resembling a prior identity for the historic paper maker headquartered in Saint-Jérôme, Quebec.

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.

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

The Canadian Printing Industries Association signed an agreement with United States-based Two Sides, which describes itself as a non-profit organization that promotes the responsible production, use and sustainability of print and paper.

“The Canadian Printing Industries Association is proud to partner with Two Sides North America to enhance the value of print in the Canadian marketplace by providing access to expertise on why print and paper is an attractive, practical and sustainable communications medium,” stated Sandy Stephens, Chairman of the Canadian Printing Industries Association.

Two Sides, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, states it has been working with Canadian banks regarding misleading anti-paper claims used to promote electronic services and statements.

The Canadian Printing Industries Association (CPIA) is a national association focused on the prepress, press and bindery industries in Canada. Earlier this month, the organization named Brian Ellis as its Executive Director.

R.R. Donnelley, one of the world’s largest printing operations with sales revenue of US$10.4 billion in 2013 and more than 300 global facilities, is being applauded by Vancouver’s not-for-profit Canopy organization for publishing its new paper purchasing sustainability practices.

“This latest development from R.R. Donnelley signals a course change for the entire North American printing sector and augers well for the future of our threatened forests,” stated Nicole Rycroft, Canopy’s Executive Director. R.R. Donnelley has been working in collaboration with Canopy to develop its paper purchasing principles.

Canopy states as the print sector advances the implementation of forest conservation initiatives, such programs will significantly reduce pressure on the world’s remaining endangered forests and climate. R.R. Donnelley’s public position also signals that one of the most-powerful printing companies in the world sees structured environmental programs as sound business strategy.

Montreal’s TC Transcontinental, Canada’s largest printing company, has also taken on similar environmental commitments in collaboration with Canopy, which has been working with the printing industry for more than a decade. Canopy currently works with over 700 publishing and printing organizations to develop guiding principles for their environmental paper supply chain.

“RR Donnelley’s support for customers who choose papers that are free of unwanted sources and the sharing of their paper purchasing sustainability principles is an exciting step in a constructive and ongoing collaboration,” said Neva Murtha, Canopy’s corporate campaigner who led the organization’s engagement with RR Donnelley. “We look forward to continuing to work with RR Donnelley and the print industry as they develop and implement their forest conservation efforts over the coming years.”

Canopy’s Green Print Leadership Report has become a strategic resource for the organization’s 700-plus business partners when seeking to identify a printer that will support their internal CSR objectives. Sprint, Time, Scholastic, Random House, Hearst and Harlequin are among the Canopy partners who receive the report. The 2014 Green Print Leadership Report survey is currently underway.

Six printing companies from Canada earned eight Best of Category awards, represented by the Benjamin Franklin statue, in Printing Industries of America’s 2014 Premier Print Awards program.


The six Benny award-winning printers (listed below) are joined by Ryerson University’s School of Graphic Communications Management, which received a Benny in the Post-Secondary Students category. C.J. Graphics and PDI recieved two Best of Category awards each.

2014 Canadian Benny Award Recipients

C.J. Graphics
Category: Stochastic Printing
Project: Mercedes-Benz, The All-New 2014 S-Class and Box Set

Category: Single Promotional Self-Mailer
Project: Until The Last Child Limited Edition Box Set

Colour Innovations
Category: Miscellaneous Specialties—Other
Project: Empress of Ireland 100th Anniversary Collection

Flash Reproductions
Category: Promotional Campaigns, Business-to-Business
Project: Wayward Arts

McCallum Print Group
Category: Other Special Finishing Techniques
Project: McCallum Print Group Arcades Package

Metropolitan Fine Printers
Category: Booklets (4 or more colors, printers with 21–50 employees)
Project: Trump Book & Envelope

PDI Inc.
Category: Programs (4 or more colors)
Project: LOVE Souvenir program

Category: Campaign
Project: 13 + 1 Essential Ingredients Campaign

Ryerson University
Category: Post-Secondary Students
Project: 2014 GCM Grad Book

The Sustainability Trade Initiative on Pulp & Paper (STIPP) is described as a sector-wide initiative to accelerate Indonesia’s environmental progress in the business world.

STIPP was founded by an alliance consisting of IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative, Asia Pulp and Paper Group (APP) and AkzoNobel. APP explains STIPP is also supported by the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry and The Indonesia Pulp & Paper Association (APKI). The APKI includes 62 member companies.

APP explains the initiative aims to de-link deforestation from the supply chain. It is to focus on challenges like yield intensification, best peat-land management practices, community engagement and social conflict management, clean manufacturing, and High Carbon Stock (HCS) implementation.

The APKI signed onto the initiative on behalf of its 62 members as part of its mission to bring about the long-term economic and environmental sustainability of the industry.

“Sustainability in the Pulp and Paper sector is something that the whole industry must work towards,” stated Aida Greenbury, Managing Director of Sustainability of APP. “We believe it can be achieved, as long as all parties are prepared to be fully transparent about their supply chains.”

The STIPP launch was co-hosted by the Ministry of Forestry, the Ministry of Industry, and the Dutch Embassy in Jakarta. All partners signed separate memoranda of understanding outlining their intentions. APP will initially focus on conservation projects, applying zero-deforestation and responsible forest management throughout their supply chain.

AkzoNobel will share its expertise and provide technical assistance in relation to clean manufacturing methods. APKI will inform and disseminate learning among its 62 members on the initiative. APRIL is not yet a STIPP member but has agreed to explore industry standards for High Carbon Stock (HCS) along with other stakeholders.

Rob Young of Pollard Banknote Limited, based in Winnipeg, has joined the Board Of Trustees for the Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund (CPISTF).

The CPISTF board is tasked with selecting top Canadian students in, or about to enter, post-secondary programs dedicated to the printing industry for scholarship funding. Last year, CPISTF awarded 46 students from across Canada with a combined $61,250 in scholarship funding. A total of $18,750 was awarded to 12 new students enrolled in the first year of an approved course of study. A further $42,500 was provided to 34 continuing students already enrolled in the scholarship program.

Young joins current CPISTF board members Richard Armstrong, Mary Black,
Tom Blockberger, Bruce Bond, Wayne Burroughs, Bob Cockerill, Don Gain, Michael Hill, Sean Murray, Ron Schroder, Jeff Taylor, Warren Wilkins and Willy Wilkins.

With more than 25 years of senior management experience in Canadian printing, Young currently serves as Pollard Banknote’s Executive Vice President of Operations. He oversees the manufacturing, prepress, and information systems departments at all of the company’s instant ticket production facilities. Young also sits on the board of the Manitoba Print Industry Association, as well as the Manufacturing & Technology Committee of Magazines Canada.

The Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund (CPISTF) was initiated in 1971 and has since provided over one million dollars in scholarship funding. All scholarship applicants must be enrolled in or plan to be enrolled in a full-time two-, three- or four-year approved program and exhibit a commitment to pursue a career in the printing industry.

Canadian Printing Industries Association launched what it describes as a national recruitment campaign with a new membership value proposition.

“We are very happy with our new membership proposition that is based on strategic partnerships and collaboration with pertinent supporting industry groups,” stated, Sandy Stephens, Chairman of the Canadian Printing Industries Association. “The new CPIA structure offers membership accessibility at a very reasonable cost while providing meaningful and tangible benefits for printers and industry participants.”

Industry members can join the CPIA with either monthly or annual payments, which includes support for Federal legislation lobbying and print advocacy initiatives as a medium that is effective, economical and sustainable. The range of available monthly payment pricing begins at $9.95.

“The CPIA has listened to industry stakeholders and contributors who have voiced concerns and opinions concerning the real value of an industry association,” stated Jamie Barbieri, CPIA, Secretary Treasurer. “The CPIA [has] understood that the only way to increase industry participation and collaboration is to make membership relevant and cost effective.”

The CPIA points to following membership benefits: Access to a comprehensive HR Tool Kit, credit monitoring services, and market intelligence and data identifying industry trends and market activity.



Asia Pulp and Paper in Jakarta yesterday announced a new initiative to restore and conserve one million hectares (approximately 2,471,053 acres) of forest across Indonesia, primarily within the Bukit Tigapuluh ecosystem, home to the endangered Sumatran Tiger.

APP describes its commitment as being approximately equivalent to the total area of plantation from which the company sourced pulp fibre in 2013. The APP group of companies is one of the world’s largest integrated pulp and paper entities, with an annual combined pulp, paper, and converting products capacity of over 18 million tons.

Developed with input from a number of stakeholders, including WWF, Greenpeace and various Indonesian NGOs, APP points out its new commitment will protect some of the world’s most valuable forests, as well as a range of endangered species like tigers, orangutans and elephants in the Bukit Tigapuluh ecosystem. The Bukit Tigapuluh National Park, refered to as The Thirty Hills, is a 143,223-hectare system in Eastern Sumatra well known as a centrepiece in the protection of the Sumatran Tiger.

APP's new protection announcement comes just over a year after the company launched its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP), which included what the company describes as an immediate and permanent cessation of natural forest clearance across its supply chain.

“After over a year of implementing our FCP, it has become clear that the key to success of any efforts to halt deforestation in Indonesia is a landscape level approach to forest restoration and conservation,” stated Aida Greenbury, APP’s Managing Director of Sustainability. “Land cannot be conserved or restored in isolation, the sustainability of the entire landscape must be taken into account and many stakeholders must be involved.”

As a first step, APP will work with an NGO coalition to preserve the natural forest in The Thirty Hills area of Jambi, Sumatra. According to the company, this will include increased protection of the corridor road from illegal activities, work on protecting the threatened elephant herd in the Tebo Multi Agro concession, and assessment of the viability of creating an animal corridor in the WKS concession, which would connect important forest habitat blocks.   

APP is currently in consultation with WWF and other stakeholders, to develop plans for identified priority landscapes in which APP and its suppliers have commercial forestry-based operations, which will then be implemented by the company in close collaboration with other relevant players in the landscape, while observing the principles of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC).

APP provided the following details of its commitment plan by specific area:

Bukit Tigapuluh, Jambi
Provide wildlife corridors and additional buffer areas and restrict access to enhance the function of Bukit Tigapuluh National Park, while involving the local community.

Senepis, Riau
Support conservation of the Sumatran tiger and peat swamp forest.

Giam Siak Kecil, Riau
Secure, protect and restore the core natural forest within the Giam Siak Kecil Biosphere Reserve to provide habitat for many endangered species including Sumatran tiger and Sumatran elephants. Also, ensure sustainable conservation of peat swamp forest, while supporting the livelihood of the local communities.

Kampar Peninsula, Riau
Support large landscape protection of peat swamp forest using a multi-stakeholder approach that involves other concession holders.

Kerumutan, Riau
Support expansion and connectivity of protected forest areas.

Muba Berbak Sembilang, Jambi and South Sumatra
Protect the existing natural forest and assess the possibility of expanding the current protected forest, i.e. by restoring key areas to natural ecosystems and focusing on the protection of Sumatran Tiger and other key species. Additional support will be provided to the national parks.


OKI, South Sumatra
Create a wildlife corridor to expand the habitat of Sumatran elephants.

Kubu Raya, West Kalimantan
Maintain the integrity of orangutan habitat and also assess the possibility of expanding the existing mangrove forest to support the conservation of swamp crocodiles.

Kutai, East Kalimantan
Support the existing national park, providing buffer and corridor for orangutan habitat.


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