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

Hemlock Printers of Burnaby, British Columbia, one of the world’s most environmentally progressive printing companies, launched two new offset portfolios (domestic and international) for its carbon neutral printing program called Zero.



In partnership with Offsetters Climate Solutions, Hemlock’s new initiatives allow clients to direct their support, as defined and recorded within its Zero program, to national or international climate offset projects.

Originally launched in 2009, Hemlock’s Zero program has now served 278 clients throughout North America, with more than 16-million pieces being printed within the carbon neutral program. As a result, more than 4,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions have been offset to date, which is the equivalent of taking 833 cars off the road for one year.


“We first started working with Hemlock Printers in 2008 with a simple offset purchase. Since then, our relationship has evolved into an innovative partnership, growing Hemlock’s business while tackling climate change,” stated Jeff Calvert, CFO and VP of Marketing for Offsetters Climate Solutions. “By building on Zero with these new [climate] offset portfolios, Hemlock has once again demonstrated why they are North America’s most environmentally progressive and client-focused printer.”


Within Hemlock’s Zero program, clients can direct support to the following new initiatives within a Canadian Offset Portfolio: The Great Bear Rainforest Carbon Project, which is an Improved Forest Management initiative that generates emissions reductions by protecting forest areas that were previously designated, sanctioned or approved for commercial logging; and the Nanaimo Landfill Gas Capture and Flare project, where carbon offset funds have enabled the Regional District of Nanaimo to reduce emissions of methane from its landfill by capturing and flaring the landfill gas that is normally produced.


The International Offset Portfolio available through Zero support now includes the Mai Ndombe REDD+ project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, helping to protect 300,000 hectares of tropical rainforest from complete loss of forest cover; increased distribution of efficient wood burning cook stoves in Uganda to households and institutions; and Lee Country Waste to Energy Facility in Florida, which uses a combustion process that eliminates 100 percent of the potential of municipal solid waste to generate methane.


“The enhancement to our Zero program through the addition of these new portfolios allows us to further emphasize the benefits of this program for our clients,” stated Richard Kouwenhoven, President and GM of Hemlock Printers. “By working with Offsetters, we have been able to identify a fantastic group of portfolios for our clients to choose from.”


As part its overall sustainability program, Hemlock also made a commitment to reduce its own operational emissions by 33 percent by 2020. The company conducts an annual waste audit to ensure it is continuing to divert over 90 percent of non-paper solids and 100 percent of paper waste from the landfill.

Canopy, a not-for-profit environmental organization dedicated to protecting forests, species and climate, has updated its Ecopaper Database, which is a comprehensive searchable database of eco-paper options available in North America. Vancouver-based Canopy first developed the database 10 years ago.


The Canopy Ecopaper Database (CED), supported by the Environmental Paper Network, now contains more than 440 of the leading eco-papers available in North America. The updated CED has added 86 new papers, including Second Harvest fibers made from agricultural residue such as wheat straw.

CED’s update includes 52 new papers or paper products made with Second Harvest fibers and more than 220 Ancient Forest Friendly papers, which are stocks directly supported by Canopy as being environmentally sound in the protection of ancient forests. The Canopy Ecopaper Database also includes 409 products with recycled content and 225 papers made with 100 percent total recycled content (pre and post consumer).


CED includes eco-paper category leaders for book, magazine and newspapers publishers, as well as copy papers, commercial printing papers, tissue, office products, stationary, fine-text-writing papers, packaging, board, and now molded fiber products like wheat straw bowls.

All papers listed in the database have been screened according to The Paper Steps, a paper-grading tool developed by consensus of the steering committee organizations of the Environmental Paper Network.

View the Canopy Ecopaper Database



Over the past couple of weeks, Prairie Pulp + Paper’s new Step Forward Paper Professional Grade has made significant advances in the commercial printing marketplace, highlighted by its use in the production of more than 110,000 copies of the newest Corporate Knights magazine featuring Woody Harrelson on the cover.

Harrelson has put his full support behind Manitoba-based Prairie Pulp + Paper and its efforts to institute new directions for North American paper production through the use of agricultural-residue instead of wood fibres. Prairie Pulp continues to drive toward establishing a Canadian mill to produce paper from waste wheat straw. This wheat sheet, as it is commonly referred to, is currently produced in India using byproducts from local wheat farms.



“When we build a plant there in Manitoba, it's going to be 100-per-cent wood free. . . really from agricultural waste,” Harrelson told the Canadian Press in a late-October interview. “I'd like to see a revolution in the paper industry and I think this is an important part of that process.”

Prairie Pulp’s efforts received a huge boost with the new Corporate Knights publication being printed on Step Forward Paper Professional Grade, which carries 60 percent wheat straw paper combined with 40 percent Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood fibre. The 110,000-plus magazine run was distributed in The Globe and Mail and Washington Post newspapers, based on the collective efforts of the Corporate Knights, Prairie Paper, Canopy and EarthColor.

Canopy, a Vancouver-based non-profit rooted in applying business strategy to the use of environmentally progressive papers, also announced several of its printing partners, including EarthColor, Hemlock, MPH Graphics and Plan It Green Printing, are now offering folio sheet versions of Prairie Pulp’s Step Forward Paper Professional Grade for the commercial market. This wheat straw uncoated folio sheet is primarily aimed at book and magazine publishers and for general marketing purposes.


Canopy has spent the past decade campaigning to make straw-based papers available to North American printers and publishers, as an alternative to virgin fibre pulled from the world’s remaining ancient and endangered forests. Straw papers, according to Canopy, carry half the ecological footprint of tree papers and have the potential to keep more than 180 million trees standing every year. Canopy has helped more than 350 businesses craft policy language to support research and development in the field. 



Semper International, a placement firm that services the graphic arts and printing industry, has published a study in which it found that despite some growth in Q3, the industry will likely witness some stagnation in the fourth quarter.

“Every sector of the economy has felt the effects of government mismanagement. From sequester to the recent government shutdown, the government’s lack of activity is hurting people,” says Dave Regan, CEO of Semper. “Semper is in the unique position of seeing the pain from both sides of the coin. We see companies struggling to keep their doors open, and we see jobseekers struggling to put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads. We need Washington to step up and provide the stability and incentives businesses need to see to start hiring and investing. It's the only way we're going to get the economy moving again.”

Survey participants include more than 300 small, medium and large printing companies in the U.S.; both clients and prospects of Semper International. While a few Canadian companies were asked, none participated in this survey. Participants provide data on revenue and hiring as well as estimated outlooks on future trends. Data is requested from a random sample and is not screened. Semper has been running quarterly surveys since February 2003.

Key findings from the study include:

• 71% of companies surveyed reported a profitable Q3. This represents a 3 point increase over second quarter.
• 42% of survey respondents reported an increase in revenue over last quarter.
• Looking at the two weeks before the survey was taken, 34% of companies reported an increase in current sales, matching data from the third quarter survey.
• 40% of companies expect sales to increase through the remainder of Q4, 2013 while 36% expect sales to stay the same. Last quarter 56% expected a sales increase and 30% expected sales to stay the same.
• The vast majority of respondents indicated that hiring levels will remain the same or increase, nearly the same as last quarter.
• Just under half of companies reported that healthcare is still the labour cost component that increased the fastest last quarter. Healthcare has remained the fastest growing component of cost for the last 15 quarters. Overtime, the next largest component, rose 12 points from last quarter. This increase in overtime could be an indicator that some segments are so unsure of the economy they are forcing overtime to avoid the hiring process - an expensive bet in the mid-term.
• The greatest competitive threat to printers remains largely unchanged from last quarter. The current economy (52%) is the largest threat, exceeding price pressures from lower cost competitors (19%), and emerging technology (11%).
• Print buyers place the greatest pricing pressure on ink to substrate printing (46%).
• Referrals (40%) continue to be the most popular way to find employees. Use of flexible staffing increased 5 points to 15%.

Greenpeace this morning released a new report after a nine-month examination of Asia Pulp and Paper’s Forest Conservation Policy (FCP), which the papermaker launched in February 2013 in an effort to end deforestation in its supply chain.

Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) issued a statement that it welcomes the Greenpeace report, called APP’s Forest Conservation Policy, Progress Review, which highlights a number of positive steps taken by APP since the launch of the FCP, as well as future challenges. When APP introduced its FCP, Greenpeace agreed to suspend its campaign against the papermaker, while continuing to provide constructive criticism and advice as the policy is implemented.



Greenpeace’s progress report on APP looks at all aspects of how the FCP is being implemented and states, “The company is serious about its FCP plans and its key senior staff are genuinely committed to driving the delivery of these new commitments.”

APP’s FCP introduced a moratorium on all natural forest clearance, which remains in place while assessments are carried out to determine which parts of APP suppliers’ concessions are of High Conservation Value (HCV) and which are of High Carbon Stock (HCS), all of which will be protected. The assessments are being done by The Forest Trust (TFT) and HCV assessors. They are scheduled for completion in the first half of 2014.


“It is very encouraging that Greenpeace’s report recognizes the progress we have made since introducing the FCP just nine months ago,” stated Aida Greenbury, Managing Director of Sustainability for APP. “We know that many years of work lie ahead, but this report has given us additional confidence that we are on the right path as we aim to put a permanent end to deforestation in our supply chain.

“Scrutiny from Greenpeace and other NGOs has been an important driver for us and we hope to continue to work with all stakeholders in this way over the coming years.”


Asia Pulp & Paper Group, with manufacturing locations across Indonesia and China, is one of the world’s largest vertically integrated pulp and paper companies, with an annual combined pulp, paper, and converting products capacity of over 18 million tons. APP-Indonesia and APP-China currently market their products in more than 120 countries across six continents.

The Greenpeace report highlights APP’s following positive steps taken since the launch of the FCP in February 2013, including:

Overall implementation of the natural forest and undeveloped peatland moratorium;

Self-disclosure of two breaches of the FCP;


Action to improve the management and implementation of the FCP based on early lessons and breaches;


Commitment to consulting stakeholders on draft HCV assessment reports;


Progress on a key social conflict priority area (Senyerang, Jambi Province);


Plans to implement a Procedure for Association to address how the FCP is applied to future pulpwood suppliers;


Decision to seek alternative uses for Mixed Tropical Hardwood (MTH) – cleared from non-HCS and non-HCV areas (This issue, according ot APP, will be addressed through a working group that includes a number of NGOs_;


Decision to undertake third-party auditing of the implementation of the FCP; and

Additional transparency measures, notably our online monitoring dashboard.


The report also raises a number of challenges for further improvements, including:

APP should set out its plan to engage other stakeholders to help address the issue of overlapping licenses and share details of remaining challenges on its online monitoring dashboard;


APP should publish a sustainable forest management-planning schedule on the dashboard;


Progress on peatland assessment and management should be accelerated;

Conservation plans must have the input of credible experts;


APP must increase transparency on work in China;
 and

APP must now demonstrate that long-term forecasts for its plantation suppliers in Indonesia are sufficiently robust to stand up to scrutiny.

View a PDF of the full Greenpeace progress report on APP.


The board of directors for the Ontario Printing Industries Association (OPIA) voted unanimously last week to accept the recommendation it becomes a direct affiliate of the United States-based Printing Industries of America (PIA), located in Sewickley, Pennsylvania.


“We’re looking forward to providing… PIA benefits to our existing members, as well as increasing our base by bringing in new members to the OPIA,” stated Tracey Preston, President of the OPIA.



“We were approached as an industry organization that is strong throughout Ontario, Quebec and the Eastern Provinces,” continued Preston. “We are still maintaining our relationship with the NAPL, which means that our members receive the value that they expect from their membership in the OPIA, as well as additional services and benefits from the PIA. “

The PIA affiliation, according to the OPIA, provides for services such as training, PIA ratio resources, economic reports and HR reports related to the printing industry. The affiliation also provides access to the PIA’s technical hotline and third-party paper and ink testing.



The Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum, with its satellite printing shop, took part in the annual Marshville Heritage Festival in Wainfleet, Ontario. The group showed off its vintage letterpress printing technology to hundreds of festival visitors. 

The event also featured a classic car show, a Town Criers contest, live demonstrations of a blacksmith shop, and numerous musical guests. Each year the event draws close to 25,000 visitors.

Below are some pictures of this year’s demonstrations by the Mackenzie Printery volunteer staff. Photographs are courtesy of Denis Cahill.



The Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund (CPISTF) continues its mandate of providing financial aid for students who are pursuing post-secondary education focused on the printing industry. 

For the current school year, beginning in September, CPISTF recently 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.

“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. We are pleased to be able to support 46 students in their pursuit of a career in the graphic communications industry,” said Don Gain, Chairman of CPISTF.  

The value of each annual scholarship is $1,250, but one student “exhibiting a high level of talent” is awarded $5,000 through the Warren Wilkins Prestige Scholarship (WWPS). David Vega of Brampton, Ontario, received this year’s WWPS. He is attending Ryerson University’s School of Graphic Communications Management program in downtown Toronto.

The fund is largely driven by the independent support of firms and individuals within Canada’s printing community. 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. 


The Printing Industries of America (PIA) is in the midst of trying to invalidate two digital workflow patents issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that put printers at risk for infringement.

The patents, 6,611,349 (System and method of generating a printing plate file in real time using a communication network) and 6,738,155 (System and method of providing publishing and printing services via a communications network), have allowed its owner, CTP Innovations LLC, to target printing companies, who in some cases have been sued for infringement. The patents address methods for receiving customer files, using a computer network to perform various prepress functions and creating a plate-ready PDF.

“We’re not going to stand by and let a patent troll intimidate our members into paying unnecessary licensing fees,” said Michael Makin, President and CEO of the PIA. “The patents should never have been granted, since the claims were obviously based on prior patents and published documents. I hope this action will give our members the upper hand in fighting these frivolous lawsuits and causes the patent owner to discontinue its licensing campaign.”

The PIA says it hopes the petitions are accepted, after which time there will be a review by the USPTO over 12 months.

In May of this year, Xerox and Ricoh joined forces to combat a different patent holding relating to converting print documents into digital files. In 2011, NPR's This American Life radio show looked at the issue with a segment called When Patents Attack and followed up earlier this year with a second part to the series.

The Manitoba Print Industry Association announced its new Board of Directors, with Rob Young of Pollard Banknote to serve as President for 2013/2014.

The Manitoba Print Industry Association (MPIA) is a non-profit organization created to attract and retain individuals into the printing industry in Manitoba. The MPIA has partnered with the Province of Manitoba to focus on extending collaborative human resource development and training initiatives.

The complete MPIA Board of Directors looking after the group’s initiatives in 2013/2014 include:

President: Rob Young, Pollard Banknote
Vice-President: Gord Boultbee, Harris Printing
Past President: Glenn Buffie, Derksen Printers
 
Bob Harvie, Prolific Graphics
Jim Macklin, Winpak
Andrea Read, Transcontinental
Tony Kasdorf, The Standard Press
Herb Vielhaber, Cascades Boxboard
Mark Davis, Corporate Source
Greg Ward, Ward's Printing
Jonathan Leech, Harris Printing


The Printing Industries of America announced the winners of the 2013 Premier Print Awards today in which four Canadian printers received accolades for producing the best pieces in seven categories.

More than 2,800 projects were submitted for judging at this year’s competition. Best of Category awards, referred to as the Benny Award, were handed out to 112 winners, and numerous other printing companies from around the world received Awards of Recognition and Certificates of Merit. All the Benny-winning pieces will be featured in a publication mailed out to 10,000 print buyers, as well as be awarded at the Premier Print Awards Gala at PRINT 13 on September 8.

Hemlock Printers received three Best of Category (Benny) awards for the Digital Printing-Novelty Books, Environmentally Sound, and Business and Annual Reports (4 or more colours, printers with 101-250 employees). 

PDI picked up two Benny Awards in Digital Printing-Brochures and Booklets (4 or more colours) and Print/Graphic Arts Self-Promotion (printers with 101-250 employees). 

Calgary-based Rhino Print Solutions received its Benny in the Art Books (1, 2, or 3 colour) category.

Students at Ryerson Unversity's Graphic Communications Management program received Benny acclaim for their RyeTAGA Student Journal in the Post-Secondary Students category.

Finally, Toronto-based Webcom Inc. won its Benny Award in the Digital Printing-Juvenile Books category.

Below is a full list of this year’s Best of Category award winners:
 

Soft-Cover Books
1010 Printing International Limited
The Total Gun Manual


High School Students
Admiral Arthur W. Radford High School
14th Annual James Alegre Invitational Basketball Tournament Poster & T-Shirt


Art Books (4 or more colours)
Artron Enterprise (Group) Limited
HORIZONTAL EXTREMITIES


Cookbooks
Artron Enterprise (Group) Limited
MODERNIST CUISINE at Home


Novelty Books
Artron Enterprise (Group) Limited
THE IMPOSSIBLE COLLECTION OF CARS


Stochastic Printing
Artron Enterprise (Group) Limited
40th Anniversary of the World Heritage


Labels and Wraps—Cut and stack, sheetfed
Artron Enterprise (Group) Limited
THE FOODS FROM BENCAO


Special Innovation Awards—Printing
Artron Enterprise (Group) Limited
STAND HERE


Booklets (1, 2, or 3 colours)
Baton Rouge Printing Company
The Family Church Women's Conference


Booklet or Brochure Series
Body of Work
Body of Work The Chameleon Series


Service Catalogs (4 or more colours, non-printer)
Body of Work
Trivett Classic Car Corporate Book


Book Jackets
Body of Work
Trivett Classic Car Corporate Book


Art Prints
Body of Work
Behind the Florentine Veil


Calendars
Body of Work
Body of Work 2014/15 Calendar


Digital Printing—On-Demand
Body of Work
Body of Work 2014/15 Calendar


Other Special Finishing Techniques
Body of Work
Trivett Classic Car Corporate Book


Print/Graphic Arts Self-Promotion (prepress companies, finishing, advertising, and other graphic arts firms)
Body of Work
Body of Work Casino Collection Catalogue


Business and Annual Reports
(1, 2, or 3 colours)
Burton & Mayer, Inc.
Special Olympics Annual Report


Hard-Cover Trade Books, Journals, and Other Books
C&C Offset Printing Co., Ltd
The Earth, Our Home


School Textbooks
C&C Offset Printing Co., Ltd
Lippincott's Textbook for Nursing Assistant


Diaries and Desk Calendars
C&C Offset Printing Co., Ltd
2013 Year of the Snake


Invitations (1, 2, or 3 colours)
C&S Sales
Wynn Invite


Fashion/Popular Culture Magazines
(printers with fewer than 250 employees)
Clear Image Printing
7 Magazine


They Said It Couldn't Be Done
Color FX, Inc.
Hamid N. Zadeh Series


Media Kits
Color Incorporated
Spartacus


Cross-Media Promotion
Color Ink, Inc.
FunDeco Furniture and Décor


Magazine Series
Colorcraft of Virginia, Inc.
Nature's Best


Programs (1, 2, or 3 colours)
Colorcraft of Virginia, Inc.
The Crisis


Programs (4 or more colours)
Colorcraft of Virginia, Inc.
50th U.S. Senate Youth Program


Cartons and Containers
ColorDynamics
Samsung Galaxy Note—Sell Kit


Direct Mail Campaigns, Consumer
ColorGraphics, A Cenveo Company
Chrysler 2013


Business and Annual Reports
(4 or more colors, printers with 21-50 employees)
Colornet Press
The Grammy Museum Annual Report


Architectural/Art/Travel/Other Magazines (printers with fewer than 250 employees)
Continental Colorcraft
Process Magazine "The Art of Stochastic Printing"


Product Catalogs (4 or more colours, printers with 21-50 employees)
Craftsman Printing Inc.
Life's Best Moments. Furnished.


Brochures and Broadsides, Large
DGI, A Bolger Company
Radiance Redefined


Flyers (4 or more colours)
Digital Hub
Aflac Handout


Booklets (4 or more colours, non-printer)
Dillon Bindery, Inc.
Shift Your Thinking


Product Catalogs (4 or more colours, non-printer)
Dillon Bindery, Inc.
hilmer RETOOL + CONQUER


Business and Annual Reports
(4 or more colours, non-printer)
Dillon Bindery, Inc.
The Options Clearing Corporation


Service Catalogs (4 or more colours, printers with 51-100 employees)
Dual Graphics
Artifact Photography Book


Business and Annual Reports (4 or more colours, printers with more than 250 employees)
EarthColor Houston
MINERA FRISCO 2012 Annual Report


Booklets (4 or more colours, printers with 20 employees or less)
Evolve Printing
"THINK" Evolve Printing 2012


Print/Graphic Arts Self-Promotion
(printers with 20 employees or less)
Evolve Printing
"THINK" Evolve Printing 2012


Print/Graphic Arts Self-Promotion
(printers with 21-50 employees)
Facform Impressos Ltda.
Facform 2013


Internal Communication Pieces
(1, 2, or 3 colours)
Fey Printing
Matheson Seed Kit


Campaign
Genesis Press
Wofford's "Taking Chances" Mailer


Directories and Source Books
Geographics, Inc.
2013 Voyages Atlas Directory


Customized/Personalize/Variable-Data Digital Printing
GPA, Specialty Substrate Solutions
Rock it Out Tour—Dscoop8 Promotion


Booklets (4 or more colours, printers with 51-100 employees)
Graphic Visual Solutions
Dream by Cougar


Business and Annual Reports (4 or more colours, printers with 51-100 employees)
Graphic Visual Solutions
Nursing Annual Report 2011


Hi-Fidelity Printing
Graphic Visual Solutions
Dream by Cougar


Business Cards
H & H Graphics
Anything but Ordinary

 

Business and Annual Reports (4 or more colours, printers with 101-250 employees)
Hemlock Printers Ltd.
Teck 2012 Annual Report


Digital Printing—Novelty Books
Hemlock Printers Ltd.
Dream Pieces: The SAIT Polytechnic Trades and Technology Complex


Environmentally Sound
Hemlock Printers Ltd.
North Face Broadside


Print/Graphic Arts Self-Promotion
(printers with more than 250 employees)
Herff Jones Yearbooks
Ideas That Fly, Volume 18


Presentation Folders/Portfolios
(4 or more colours)
HM Graphics
BANK OF AMERICA—Global Market Literature Kit


Point-of-Purchase Materials
HM Graphics
MAURICE'S—Holiday Store Decorations

 

Envelopes
HM Graphics
Popcorn Factory—Envelopes


Promotional Campaigns, Consumer
HM Graphics
KOHLER DESIGNER STYLE BOOKS


Direct Mail Campaigns,
Business-to-Business
HM Graphics
Phonak Quest Product Direct Mail Campaign


Specialty Inks or Coatings, Fragrances, or "Invisible" Printing Inks
Hot Graphics & Printing, Inc
HOT's Promotional Book


Service Catalogs (4 or more colours, printers with 101-250 employees)
Imprenta Mariscal Cia Ltda
Pura Raza Española


Product Catalogs (4 or more colours, printers with 20 employees or less)
Impresos Florida, S.A. de C.V.
Catalogos Mini 5 Modelos


Product Catalogs (4 or more colours, printers with 51-100 employees)
Impritec, S.A. de C.V.
Catalogo Handbags SS13


Magazines (Cover—sheetfed;
Interior—web)
Infagon Web, S.A. de C.V.
Morelos: Turismo, Cultura y Desarrollo


Web Press Printing (4 or more colours, coated paper)
Infagon Web, S.A. de C.V.
Amura Praga


Service Catalogs (4 or more colors, printers with more than 250 employees)
Ipsis Grãfica E Editora S/A
Ipsis Litteris 8


Internal Communication Pieces
(4 or more colors)
J.S. McCarthy Printers
Estēe Lauder Start Book


School Yearbooks
Jostens Printing and Publishing
U.S.N.A. Lucky BAG 2012


Juvenile Books
Leo Paper Products Limited
Cinderella


Newsletters (4 or more colours)
Leo Paper Products Limited
Leo Express Vol. 31


Business and Annual Reports
(4 or more colours, printers with 20 employees or less)
Leo Paper Products Limited
Annual Report


Diecuts, Pop-ups, Unique Folds, and Involvement Devices
Leo Paper Products Limited
På Besøg hos Prinsesse Puf


Stationery Packages
(4 or more colours)
Leo Paper Products Limited
Treasured Passages Connecting Hearts & Histories


Service Catalogs (4 or more colours, printers with 20 employees or less)
Master Print Group
Farr—Gold Series


Product/Service Catalogs
(Cover—sheetfed; Interior—web)
Offset Multicolor S.A. de C.V.
Anuario 2012


Stochastic Printing
Offset Multicolor S.A. de C.V.
Catalogo La Europea 2012


Web Press Printing (4 or more colours, uncoated paper)
Offset Multicolor S.A. de C.V.
Berger Times No. 15


Service Catalogs (4 or more colours, printers with 21-50 employees)
Offset Santiago S.A. de C.V. 
Gabriel Orozco


Invitations (4 or more colours)
O'Neil Printing
Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach


Print/Graphic Arts Self-Promotion (printers with 51-100 employees)
O'Neil Printing
Wide Format Printing


Posters
PBM Graphics, Inc.
Bell Helicopter Navy Poster


Digital Printing—Brochures and Booklets (4 or more colours)
PDI Inc.
PDI-Innovation brochure & sleeve


Print/Graphic Arts Self-Promotion (printers with 101-250 employees)
PDI Inc.
PDI-Innovation brochure & sleeve


Magazine Inserts
Performance Companies
MiO Water Reveal


Large-Format Printing
Philipp Lithographing Company
Corona Crawfish Boil—Mass Display


Cards
PJ Printers
It's a Wonderful Life


Single Promotional Self-Mailer
PJ Printers
It's a Wonderful Life


Product Catalogs (4 or more colours, printers with 101-250 employees)
Premier Press
Mastercraft Catalog Two Thousand Twelve


Stationery Packages
(1, 2, or 3 colors)
ProGraphics Communications
White and Haines Identity Package


Binders (Loose-leaf)
Quad/Graphics
Heron Dance, Art Studio


Miscellaneous Specialties—Other
R and R Images
Cosmo Pitch Book


Fashion/Popular Culture Magazines (printers with more than 250 employees)
Regal Printing Limited
Helmet Magazine #3


Digital Printing—Cookbooks
Regal Printing Limited
Moet & Chandon Champagne


Special Innovation Awards—Other
Regal Printing Limited
Hour 25


Art Books (1, 2, or 3 colours)
Rhino Print Solutions
Composition in Stone


Fashion/Popular Culture Magazines (printers with more than 250 employees)
Ripon Printers
ELITE LUXURY PUBLISHING—Nov/Dec 2012


Magazine Series
Ripon Printers
ELITE LUXURY PUBLISHING—Jan/Feb 13, Mar/Apr 13, Nov/Dec 12


Booklets (4 or more colours, printers with more than 250 employees)
RR Donnelley Pittsburgh
2014 Equis Brochure


Post-Secondary Students
Ryerson University
RyeTAGA Student Journal Publication


Product Catalogs (4 or more colours, printers with more than 250 employees)
Stilgraf Artes Graficas e Editora Ltda.
Catalogo AB Maes


Architectural/Art/Travel/Other Magazines (printers with more than 250 employees)
Stilgraf Artes Graficas e Editora Ltda.
Revista Santa


Foil Stamping and Embossing/Debossing
Superior Foil Print Pty Ltd
My Mother—Ava Rushgrove


Promotional Campaigns, Business-to-Business
The First Impression Group
The Bear Pre-Arrival Kit


Booklets (4 or more colours, printers with 21-50 employees)
The Fox Company, Inc.
Miron Construction Brochure


Booklets (4 or more colours, printers with 101-250 employees)
The Hennegan Company, a Consolidated Graphics Company
Briggs & Riley Winter 2013/Spring 2014 Consumer Catalog


Brochures and Broadsides, Small
(4 or more colours)
Watermark Press
Friends of the Academy Platinum Circle


Digital Printing—Juvenile Books
Webcom Inc.
These Hands


Foil Stamping and Embossing/Debossing
Wide Ocean Printing Co., LTD.
Wide Ocean Printing Company Red Packet Set 2013 

 

Pacific Bindery Services of Vancouver received a 2013 Product of Excellence Award for its first-place finish in the Stitching category of the Binding Industries Association’s annual competition dedicated to the best in post-press production.

Twenty-five Product of Excellence Awards were handed out by the Binding Industries Association (BIA) after a panel of judges weighed through more than 200 entries from around the world. Pacific’s Product of Excellence Award, representing the only first-place finish by a Canadian company, is for its stitching work on the Private Residences at Hotel Georgia project.

Pacific was founded in 1971 and now describes itself as the largest bindery and finishing operation in Western Canada, employing 80 staff. The company is led by Brad Clement.

BindTech Inc. of Nashville – with over 300 employees – won the BIA’s 2013 Graphic Finisher of the Year Award, while Holum and Sons Co. of Westmont, Illinois, was named the Custom Loose Leaf/Information Packaging Company of the Year. Pacific Bindery was named by the BIA as Canada’s Top Graphic Finisher back in 2009.

The full list of 2013 Product of Excellence winners includes (Category/Company):

Mechanical Folding, Leo Paper Products Ltd.
Stitching, Pacific Bindery Services Ltd.
Adhesive Binding, Bindtech Inc.
Case Binding, Leo Paper Products Ltd.
Mechanical Binding, Seidl's Bindery
Diecutting, Leo Paper Products Ltd.
Foil Stamping and Embossing, C & C Joint Printing Co. (Shanghai)
Hand Work, Leo Paper Products Ltd.
Gluing, Reindl Bindery Company Inc.
Special Products, Bindtech Inc.
Graphic Finisher Self Promotion, C & C Joint Printing Co. (H.K.)
They Said It Could Be Done, McGraphics Inc.
Foil Stamping/Debossing, Holum & Sons Co. Inc.
Screen Printing (Single Colour), Duraweld Ltd.
4-colour process digital onto vinyl, Space Age Laminating & Bindery
Applique, Silvanus Products
Turned Edge Casebound, Trends Presentation Products
Sewn Products, Silvanus Products
Boxes and Totes, Pack Appeal
Innovative Use of Materials, Binding Solutions, Inc.
Special Products, Holum & Sons Co. Inc.
Product Design, Holum & Sons Co. Inc.
Self Promotion, Trends Presentation Products
They Said It Couldn't Be Done, Trends Presentation Products
Turned Edge Casebound, Silvanus Products


Canopy, a Vancouver-based non-profit deeply rooted in environmentally progressive business strategy, has published its Green Print Leadership Report – a survey-focused program that began some two years ago.

The report, referred to by Canopy as a first of its kind for North America, profiles printing companies that are leaders in paper procurement, forest conservation and sustainability reporting. It includes some of the industry’s best-known operations like TC Transcontinental, R.R. Donnelley, Sandy Alexander, and BC-based Hemlock Printers.

“We’ve been very pleased by the response to Canopy’s survey and especially with the growing number of printers showing an increasing level of conservation leadership,” said Marcus Ginder, Print Campaigner with Canopy. “The companies we work with are looking beyond tri-certification to support printing firms that take an active role in advancing endangered forest conservation.”

The Green Printer Leadership Report will be circulated to executives of large print buyers like Random House, Time, Scholastic, as well as Canopy’s 700-plus signatory companies and those with a stated interest in forest conservation.

Thirty-six printing firms, accounting for a total of 250 North American plants, participated in Canopy’s survey portion of the report. Neva Murtha, Canopy Print Campaigner, points out that while 92 percent of the respondents have sustainability policies only 42 percent of those are publicly available.

“Printers play a key role and can make a significant contribution to protecting the world’s remaining forests,” said Murtha. “Canopy is committed to collaborating with printers to do just that, by working with them on strong forest conservation policy development, implementation and transparent reporting.”

The full PDF report can be downloaded from canopyplanet.org.



The Ontario Printing Industries Association (OPIA) last week handed out its several awards in its annual Excellence in Print Awards program.

The top divisional winners of the 2013 OPIA Excellence in Print Awards included C.J. Graphics Inc. Printers & Lithographers and Metroland Media Group Ltd. Both companies are based in Toronto.

C.J. Graphics won the top award in three divisions, including Sheetfed, Digital and Specialty Printing. The Tempo Division of Metroland Media received the top OPIA award for Web Printing.

The awards were presented at the Mississauga Convention Centre on the night of May 22, which featured a keynote address from personal-finance guru David Chilton, who is best know for his books The Wealthy Barber (1989) and more recently The Wealthy Barber Returns. Chilton is also one of the panelists on CBC’s hit television series, The Dragon’s Den.


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