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Wayside, headquartered in Vernon, B.C., has acquired Lakeside Printing. The acquisition includes all three Lakeside locations in Vernon, Revelstoke and Salmon Arm.
Twelve technologies have been selected to receive a 2018 InterTech Technology Award.
Esko has announced its acquisition of Blue Software, a label and artwork management software company based in Chicago, Ill., from Diversis Capital and Schawk Digital Solutions.
Arjowiggins has announced the planned sale of Arjowiggins Graphic and Arjowiggins Creative Papers to Fineska BV, the parent company of Eska Group, a Dutch-based graphic cardboard business controlled by Andlinger & Company.
The middle of March is the traditional time for the annual conference of the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA). This organization is still going strong since its inception in the 1940s. TAGA was founded by Mike Bruno, who is also the father of densitometry, hinting at its highly technical nature. Many technologies that are now an integral part of the print industry were presented first at a TAGA conference.
ColorGATE and Durst Phototechnik AG have formed an exclusive distribution partnership for the ceramic industry, saying the integration of ColorGATE’s Ceramic Productionserver (CPS) will result in an optimized workflow, accurate colour rendering and highly colour-consistent reproduction of existing wall or floor tile designs.
A family-owned offset print shop now in its third generation in Burlington, Ont., says it is seeing faster makereadies and more efficient operations as a result of its new diecutting machine.
Ad Display says it is increasing its production capacity by four times in Quebec with the installation of a swissQprint Nyala LED large-format flatbed printer and the Kongsberg Esko CNC cutting table.
Signs2Go in Mississauga, Ont., has purchased an OKI 942 White Printer along with a Multigraf CF375 Creaser Folder from Print Digital Solutions (PDS).
Marquis Book Printing says it has begun implementing Industry 4.0 concepts through a $9-million investment in its Montmagny plant. It explains the investment is one of the first steps on its roadmap to accelerate growth, increase global productivity, and better meet its clients’ business needs.
Imprimerie FL Web President François Chicoine has announced the acquisition of a Goss Sunday 3000 48-page rotary press. The $11-million investment will create 40 jobs, a figure that could triple, the company says.
Creative Visual Solutions (CVS) of Oakville, Ont., has installed a swissQprint Nyala LED large-format printer purchased through Cansel.
Sun Automation Group, a provider of feeding, printing and converting equipment for the corrugated industry, has promoted Greg Jones to Vice President of Global Sales and Aftermarket.
Komori America is welcoming Aarona Tesch to the position of marketing and communications manager, where she will oversee the company’s overall marketing functions. Her responsibilities include developing and executing comprehensive marketing plans and programs, both short and long range, to support sales and revenue objectives of the organization.
Kim Hocking has been appointed Regional Sales Manager for BST North America, Inc., at the company’s offices in Elmhurst, Ill., to provide technical sales support for BST’s lines of 100 percent inspection, surface inspection, video web inspection, colour monitoring, register control and process monitoring systems. Previously serving as an aftermarket sales engineer with Paper Converting Machine Corp., Hocking brings to his new position more than three decades of experience in various technical support roles, including applications engineer, electrical engineer and technical sales engineer, as well as engineering, customer and field services management. Hocking will directly support both customers and BST sales personnel in serving printing, converting and packaging firms throughout North America.
Former Canada Post CEO Deepak Chopra has joined Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) as Strategic Advisor – Commercialization, as DDC focuses on the national and international roll out of its drone delivery business.
Quebec print house Pazazz is welcoming Marc Giroux as president of The Pazazz Group, effective immediately, where he will assume leadership and operational duties with the senior management team reporting directly to him.
Fujifilm North America Graphic Systems has promoted Jason Kammes to the role of Director of Sales for the high productivity line of wide-format inkjet presses, with a line-up that includes the Inca Onset X Series, the OnsetM and the SpyderX.
Veritiv is now offering Earth Pact, a paperboard-based packaging option made with 100 percent sugarcane bagasse fibres, described as an annually renewable, tree-free fibre source that is recyclable and compostable.
To mark what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday, a new series of commemorative banknotes honouring the iconic leader has gone into circulation in South Africa.
Jet Label & Packaging Ltd. recently celebrated its 20-year anniversary with uniquely labelled refreshments, showcasing two decades of labelling evolution. The feat was accomplished with HP SmartStream Mosaic printing, creating unique-to-unit labels from a finite number of original designs.
For the past three years, HP and Dscoop have partnered to run a printing contest called the HP Inkspiration Americas Awards to celebrate excellence in design and print using HP Indigo, PageWide web press or Scitex technologies.
Pazazz Printing, an independent Montreal, Quebec-based print house, is a proud sponsor of Concordia SAE, a student-run chapter of world-renowned engineering organization SAE International, where student teams build and race Formula 1-style cars.
In celebration of the sesquicentennial of Canadian Confederation last year, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Ont., installed FACE OF CANADA, The Canada 150 Commemorative Edition, created by artist Robert Young, last August.
Dan Murias, franchise owner of the Minuteman Press in Red Deer, Alberta, has moved into a new 6,800-square-foot facility in the North Hill area of Red Deer, Alberta. Murias has been in business since 2005 and is a member of the Minuteman Press International President's Million-Dollar Circle for top performers, providing a range of design, marketing and printing services.“The vast majority of industry and commerce in Red Deer is on the North Side. We are strategically located in the centre of the area,” said Murias. “We thought through location versus price and weighed it carefully. I believe we made the right choice in our location, which provides easy access, fantastic visibility and is centrally located. This has given us an increase in new customer walk-in traffic. It is a standalone building with our own parking and a large staff parking lot with great access for couriers."Prior to franchising with Minuteman Press, Murias was a 23-year veteran of the printing industry, which is unique in many franchise-printing operations where owners are often new to the industry. “I worked for a printing company for 23 years and I knew I didn't want to work for someone else for the next 20 so I went to a franchise show as I did not have business experience,” he explained. “As a result, it made sense to partner with a franchise as they have a greater success rate than independent business startups.” Murias explains his business goal is to grow by 15 percent and to have staff trained to be able to take more of the quoting for orders. “The goal is only the first part; you need to have a plan to make the goal a reality,” he said. “It sounds old but marketing door to door is still number one. Mailings, getting involved in your community, golf course, curling club, hockey rinks and social clubs are also important."
Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd. in mid-November celebrated the renovation of its corporate office in Edmonton, Alberta. The original building was built 23 years ago and the transformation took 10 months to complete with an investment of more than $1 million. Konica Minolta currently generates more than $18 million annually in the Edmonton area, employing 55 full-time employees, supplying imaging and office technologies to businesses of all sizes in the region. The tech company is rooted in the area through numerous community initiatives and serves as a preferred partner of the Edmonton Oilers and Eskimos.“We are committed to supporting local economies across Canada and Edmonton is the most recent in a series of large investments we have made to prepare for future growth,” said Chris Dewart, President and CEO, Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada). “Another strong reason for the revitalization of many of our older locations is to align with our corporate vision of improving how people work,” continued Dewart. “Our innovative Workplace of the Future strategy is as important for us as a business, as it is for our customers.” In late-2016, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Canada relocated its headquarters to a new state-of-the-art facility at the Airport Corporate Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.To mark the completion of its Edmonton building project, the company held a grand re-opening on November 9, 2017, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that included dignitaries, software vendors and customers. The event featured a special keynote from Stew MacDonald, Vice President of the Edmonton Oilers, who addressed the role detailed planning, partnerships and technology plays in today’s fast-changing work environment.
Kodak hosted customers and community leaders at an April 20th ground-breaking ceremony in Weatherford, Oklahoma, to celebrate a $15 million capital investment to accommodate a new flexo plate line for the production of Kodak Flexcel NX plates. The ceremony included a ribbon cutting by Kodak CEO Jeff Clarke and Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin.“Today’s celebration brings a focus on the new face of flexo” said Clarke. “Kodak’s differentiated flexo technology is helping our customers to drive growth, break new ground and transform flexographic printing and the packaging industry as a whole.The Weatherford plant is in its 50th anniversary year. The new flexo plate manufacturing line is a sister operation to Kodak’s existing plate manufacturing facility in Yamanashi, Japan. The $15 million investment represents one of the company’s largest capital investments since 2000.Kodak explains its Flexcel NX plate sales volume grew 16 percent in 2016 compared to the prior year, a rate four times the projected growth rate of the flexible packaging market itself, according to Smithers Pira.The new Oklahoma flexo plate line is expected to be in full production by early 2019 and will initially focus on supply of Flexcel NX plates to customers in the Unites States, Canada and Latin America. The expansion of this manufacturing Oklahoma facility follows a range of ongoing Kodak investment in flexographic printing technology worldwide, which includes the recent opening of a Flexo Packaging Technology Center in Shanghai in March 2017.                                                                                              At Kodak’s Weatherford ribbon cutting are (left to right): Weatherford, OK, Mayor Mike Brown; Boon Tien Pang, director of operations for flexographic packaging division; Kodak CEO Jeff Clarke; Speaker Pro Tempore of OK House of Reps Harold Wright Jr.; President of Flexographic Packaging Solutions, Chris Payne; Governor of Oklahoma, Mary Fallin; Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce and Tourism, Deby Snodgrass; and Kodak Weatherford Plant Manager, Gene Meier.
Sappi Limited last week approved a range of projects in Europe and the United States, including a US$165 million capital project to expand Sappi North America's manufacturing capabilities. The purpose of the investment on Paper Machine No. 1 at its Somerset Mill in Skowhegan, Maine, is to provide flexibility in the production of paper-based packaging products. At the same time, the US$165 million project in Maine aims to maintain Sappi's position in the graphic paper market, increasing annual production capacity at this mill to almost one million tons per annum. The Paper Machine No. 1 project, which is scheduled to come online in early in 2018, will provide an 180,000 metric ton capacity increase“This move complements our long term 2020Vision strategy, which seeks opportunities to substantially increase our group EBITDA,” said Steve Binnie, CEO of Sappi Limited.Sappi is one of the world’s largest producers of diversified woodfibre products, focused on converting wood pulp, paper pulp and paper-based products to direct and indirect customers in over 160 countries. Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sappi has more than 13,000 employees and manufacturing operations on three continents in seven countries and group sales of US$6 billion.Sappi North America, headquartered in Boston, generates revenue for its parent company through four business units, including high quality Coated Printing Papers, Specialised Cellulose, Release Papers and Specialty Packaging. “Somerset's existing world class infrastructure together with its talented workforce and access to high quality fiber makes the mill an excellent and obvious choice for this investment," said Mark Gardner, President and CEO of Sappi North America. “Increasing our flexibility and expanding the paper mill's capability and capacity will ensure that we continue to make superior products at Somerset for years to come.”
Informco of Scarborough, Ontario, is one of eight printing operations from around the world chosen by Kodak to receive its 2016 Sonora Plate Green Leaf Award. The program, which first launched in 2014, recognizes customers who have demonstrated outstanding efforts to reduce their environmental impact through a variety of initiatives and best practices.  All of the printers are users of Kodak Sonora process-free plates, which hold a range of environmentally progressive benefits, while also being judged on practices like monitoring of energy and water usage, participation in local community sustainability programs and the use of eco-conscious materials and supplies. Sonora plates remove the need for the plate processor, which requires chemicals, water, and energy while generating waste. Kodak predicts that 30 percent of its plate volume will be process-free by 2019.“It’s an honour to select eight of our customers to receive this prestigious award. Printers around the world continue to see the real benefits that sustainable printing practices deliver to their bottom lines,” said Richard Rindo, Kodak’s General Manager, WW Offset Print, and Vice President, Print Systems Division. Founded 65 years ago, Informco provides integrated communications solutions – design, print and distribution – to clients across a range of industries. In presenting the award to the company, Kodak explains, that for over 18 years, Informco has integrated active environmental practices into its day-to-day operations – “ISO-certified since 1999, the company has made significant reductions in energy usage, water consumption, and VOC emissions through rigorous monitoring programs.” Kodak also notes Informco was the first printer in Canada to win the Canadian Council of the Ministers of the Environment Pollution Prevention Award in 2002.              The seven remaining 2016 Sonora Plate Green Leaf Award include: Reynolds and Reynolds (United States), Groupe Estimprim (France), Royalpack (Poland), UVO communication (South Africa), Ohshaika Printing (Japan), Kava Printing (China), and NPE Print Communications (Singapore).
The British Columbia Institute of Technology, based in Burnaby, BC, received a software donation from Aleyant, which provided the school’s Graphic Communications Technology Management (GTEC) program with both Aleyant Pressero and eDocBuilder for its Web-to-print curriculum.“We are very lucky to have the full support of the local printing industry and industry suppliers for our institution, and our thanks go out to Aleyant for their generosity in donating this software,” said Wayne Collins, who leads the GTEC program and is its only full-time employee. “Our unique model at this polytechnic institution started by partnering with the BCPIA industry association to seek high-level managers as instructors, who typically teach one class per term,” continued Collins. “This keeps our curriculum current, and what we really deliver is a two-year diploma that trains entry-level managers into the industry. It’s like a two-year job interview.”Aleyant’s donation includes both the software and student access to the company’s online training videos. “Our students have a lot to accomplish over a 14-week course, and assigning them videos to watch as homework helped boost the course content.”BCIT’s most recent GTEC Web-to-print course was taught by MET Fine Printers manager Steve Tomljanovic, and students have already been using Aleyant Pressero’s Web-to-print tool and its eDocBuilder variable data tool to create Websites and documents, which are then used to produce their products in a production lab with electrophotographic, inkjet, offset and flexo presses.In addition to document creation and production, Collins explains he plans to investigate adding curriculum around pricing tables and their connection to MIS, as well as other aspects of advanced Web-to-print solutions to round out the student experience. “If a group of students just coming into the industry can get the tools, use them that quickly and develop the kinds of products our students produced,” he said, “I am confident they will be well-prepared to join a company upon graduation and get a profitable Web-to-print operation up and running right away.”
Commercial and newspaper printing house ICP-Roto industrie graphique in Réunion, an island and region of France in the Indian Ocean, recently started up its new Cortina from Koenig & Bauer. 
Japan Card Products in Soka, Japan, recently installed a Jetstream XY bi directional finishing system from Rollem International.
A recently purchased EFI VUTEk 5r LED roll-to-roll printer from Electronics For Imaging is driving new business opportunities at Italian digital printing company New Decor System. The system – the company’s fourth 5-metre inkjet device – will be used to expand the printing company’s range of large format prints as it works to grow local and national demand.
A new Rapida 106 has been in operation at PMS Offsetdruck in Wendelstein near Nürnberg, Germany, since the beginning of March. The five-colour coater press is the company’s first machine from Koenig & Bauer. Apart from the usual criteria such as production speed, job changeovers and quality, Koenig & Bauer explains PMS based its purchase decision on the ability of the new press to die-cut complicated forms inline. This requires fast conversion of the coater between die-cutting and coating setups.
Yonart Corp. invested in Taopix photo commerce technology to expand into the personalized photo market. The Seoul business, founded in 1982, is made up of two main divisions; Yon Art Printing, that provides both offset and digital print, and Yon Face that was established five years ago to offer a range of marketing services. The company has a portfolio of clients that includes Samsung, Hyundai and some of the country’s leading banking institutions.
The recent addition of an Onset X2 UV flatbed inkjet printer with full automation has expanded Primary Color’s production capability.

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