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Canopy of Vancouver, BC, has launched its updated Ecopaper Database, described by the non-profit organization as the Holy Grail of directories for North America’s Best Environmental Papers. The 2017 iteration of this online resource features more than 450 printing and writing grade papers, office stationery products and packaging with high recycled, agricultural residue/alternative or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) fiber content.All of these papers are available in North America, including nearly 60 products made with straw that is left over from the food grain harvest or other alternative fibers. The database is supported by the Environmental Paper Network.“Not all ecopapers are created equal when it comes to their environmental benefits. Canopy’s Ecopaper Database helps customers discern which papers have the smallest impact on our forests and climate,” said Nicole Rycroft, Canopy’s Founder and Executive Director. “It’s a go-to for busy executives looking for the best ecopapers on the market – be it for their next annual report, copy paper or packaging.” Canopy developed the directory more than a decade ago and has been regularly updating it ever since. The 2017 Ecopaper Database focuses on category leaders, including those products in each paper grade with the highest recycled or agricultural residue contents, rather than listing every paper with any recycled content. Over the past decade there has been a substantial increase in the availability of environmental papers, explains Canopy, spurred on by growing demand and expectations from green-savvy customer companies. One hundred percent post-consumer recycled papers receive top rankings as leading life cycle analysis reports continue to show that 100 percent recycled papers have a significantly smaller footprint than papers with virgin content. “There are now so many papers with some environmental qualities on the market that the Ecopaper Database can increasingly focus on those products that offer paper customers the greatest gains towards their sustainability goals and minimizing their carbon footprint,” said Neva Murtha, Senior Corporate Campaigner. “These products also offer the least risk of being sourced from ancient and endangered forests.” The 2017 Eco Paper Database also now features links to what Canopy bills as robust procurement policies posted by select mills with commitments to not source from ancient and endangered or high conservation value forests.Also new in 2017 are 222 papers which are designated Ancient Forest Friendly by Canopy. Publishers, printers and brands using these papers may be able to use the AFF logo on these papers pending an agreement with Canopy. The new data also includes links to leading LCA’s done by paper companies in conjunction with environmental organizations, which are more comprehensive than usual industry analysis. The searchable Ecopaper Database includes book, magazine and newspaper grade papers, as well as copy papers, commercial printing papers, tissue, office products stationery, fine-text-writing papers, packaging, board, and now molded food service containers. All papers listed in the database have been screened according to The Paper Steps, a paper-grading tool developed by members of the Environmental Paper Network.
A new report by Future Market Insights estimates the demand for digital printing in packaging will grow at 15.3 percent to surpass US$52 billion in revenues by 2026. This growth figure is based on what the research organization estimates the current demand for digital printing in packaging to be valued at over US$11 billion in 2016.According to the report, the key factors fuelling demand for digital printing in packaging include growing preference for conventional/analogue plates and their application in printing jobs of shorter run lengths. Adoption of digital printing in packaging, explains Future Market Insights, is also growing on account of its convenience, to reduce turnaround time, over conventional presses. The shifting preference from conventional printing is also fuelled by variable data printing and personalized printing. Leading packaging companies are adopting variable data printing, explains the organization, owing to its use in direct marketing. While Future Market Insights maintains a positive outlook on the global digital printing in packaging market, it is of the opinion that high variable costs and limited opportunities in indirect sales channels can impede widespread adoption.Production by electrophotography (digital toner presses) is the largest segment, accounting for over half of revenue share by technology type. In terms of revenues, this segment was valued at just over US 6 billion in 2016. FMI projects it to grow at 16.6 percent CAGR and surpass US$32 billion in revenues by 2027.By product type, labels is the largest segment, accounting for over US$7.1 billion in revenues in 2016. Future Market Insights estimates demand for labels to increase at 16.7 percent CAGR to reach US$38 .4 billion in revenues.The food sector remains the largest end-user of digital printing in packaging. According to Future Market Insights, demand for digital printing in packaging was pegged at over US$4.5 billion in 2016. This is expected to increase at a CAGR of 16.6 percent during the forecast period 2016-2026.Future Market Insights, in its report, offers market forecast and analysis on the basis of region, technology type, product type, and end-use. Printers profiled by Future Market Insights in its report include Quad/Graphics Inc., Tailored Label Products Inc., Creative Labels Inc., Reynders Label Printing, DS Smith Plc, THIMM Group GmbH + Co. KG, Traco Manufacturing Inc., WS Packaging Group Inc., Elanders AB, and Colordruck Baiersbronn W. Mack GmbH & Co. KG.
On June 14, PrintAction magazine is hosting a 1-day conference and exposition in Burnaby, British Columbia, designed to provide technological and strategic insight to printers on the West Coast. To register for PrintForum West, which is free to attend, and for more details visit PrintForum.ca.   View the embedded image gallery online at: https://www.printaction.com/index.php?option=com_k2&Itemid=8&lang=en&layout=latest&view=latest#sigProGalleria6f8cc382ad The conference currently includes four educational sessions, including a kick-off panel discussion with some of Canadian printing’s emerging leaders, including Nikos Kallas, President, MET Fine Printers; Richard Kouwenhoven, President, Hemlock Printers; and James Rowley, Vice President, Glenmore Custom Print + Packaging.The hour-long session, moderated by PrintAction Editor, Jon Robinson, will focus on how this next generation of business leaders views the future of the printing industry in terms of technology, strategy and innovation.Session two features Neva Murtha and Catherine Stewart, Senior Campaigners Partnering with Printers of Vancouver-based Canopy, who have more than 20 years combined experience developing visionary procurement policies for printers and publishers, including TC Transcontinental, RR Donnelley, EarthColor and Hemlock. Their session will provide real-world examples of printers working with some of North America's largest printing consumers through modern procurement practices. They will provide attendees with new findings from The Blueline Ranking 2017 report to be released this June, which analyzes and ranks the environmental progress driving some of North America’s top performing printers. Stewart will highlight how policies have lead to innovative conservation solutions in partnership with forest and paper companies, creating a more certain supply. Murtha will also provide an update on the manufacture and future of straw paper and other agricultural residue paper initiatives.The afternoon sessions will provide a more technical overview of the progress of printing, including three technology leaders. First, Kodak’s William Li and Patrick Kerr, both based out of Kodak’s Vancouver facility, which is heavily focused on developing the parent company’s software products, will jointly present a forward-looking technical session aimed at improving printing company profitability. Li, who has been a software engineer with Kodak since 1997 (including Creo), will focus on the impact of colour technologies in relation to how printers can find and then maintain new business. Kerr, who has focused on workflow solutions with Kodak since 2003, will focus on how printing companies can leverage cloud computing and what it means for the business of print.The fourth session of the day, titled The Smart Print Shop, will be presented by Heidelberg’s Andy Rae, who in April was appointed as Global Head of Marketing for the printing technology giant. Rae will discuss Industry 4.0 in printing, including the concept of The Smart Print Shop, which relates to leveraging print and media workflows to facilitate the complete automation of production processes. Rae will also discuss Heidelberg’s Push to Stop operating philosophy for print manufacturing, which provides a new way for thinking about automation and efficiency, productivity and most importantly profitability.
Following the passing of Dick Kouwenhoven, one of the icons of Canadian printing for more than four decades, a Celebration of Life has been planed for Saturday, May 27 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.“Firstly, on behalf of our family, I would like to thank everyone for all of the support that we have received in the form of calls, emails, cards and flower arrangements. Each of these kind gestures has helped us during a challenging time,” wrote Richard Kouwenhoven, President and COO, Hemlock Printers. “I can now confirm the date and time of Dick’s Celebration of Life which is open to family, friends and his many business colleagues.”To assist in planning for the event, Hemlock is asking for people to RSVP (including guest names) by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Dick Kouwenhoven, Celebration of LifeSaturday, May 27, 2:00 – 4:30pmVancouver Convention Center (West Building)Rooms 301-305Read PrintAction's article on the passing of Dick Kouwenhoven
Printing For Realtors, an online printing service aimed at helping realtors is officially launching this week. It is described as a printing company located in Toronto that specializes in providing business cards and direct-mail postcards. With a focus on realtors, the company aims to provide what it describes as high quality, fast and efficient service via the Web portal Printingforrealtors.ca, targeting the turnaround needs of its prospective clients. “We believe that our unique focus on realtors allows us to provide the best service for anyone looking to sell houses,” said Raymond Wali, CEO of The World Is Global, of Printing For Realtors’ parent company, which hopes to expand past the market in Ontario into other provinces.
Quark software has announced that the newest version of its fully-integrated graphic design and layout software, QuarkXPress 2017, will be released Wednesday, May 24. Customers can expect new design features, including non-destructive image editing, transparency blend modes, new shape tools, multicolour gradient enhancements, item format painters, text stroking and shading, column spanning and splitting, and smart quotes. Customers can also expect developments to digital publishing, including free iOS single apps creation, adaptive layout conversion for digital, and responsive HTML5 publications. Quark has made improvements based specifically on user requests, including proportional leading, UI enhancements on Mac and Windows, adaptive layout conversion for print, enhanced word import, and the most recent fonts.
Canadian Bank Note Company has installed a new 12-colour KBA Rapida 106 press focused on the production of high-quality, secure identity products, such as passports, drivers’ licenses and identity documents on a variety of substrates for customers in Canada and throughout the world.In December 2016, Canadian Bank Note (CBN) turned to KBA to deliver what the press maker describes as a uniquely built multi-million-dollar 41-inch, 12-colour Rapida 106 press for its main manufacturing facility. Canadian Bank Note is a 120-year-old privately owned firm based in Ottawa, Ontario.“Ever since we purchased our first KBA Rapida 12-colour press in 2003, we have felt that KBA presses are innovative and well designed… KBA understands our unique needs including our high level of security and quality and supports our mandates. We continue to choose KBA due to its deep level of knowledge and reputation in these areas,” said Sean Pentland, Senior Director of Pre Press and Print Development, of Canadian Bank Note.In June 2016, CBN lost the use of one of its KBA Rapida presses due to a devastating fire at its main print facility. The fire damaged the firm’s 10-year-old KBA press that produced passports and other identity documents. A second brand-new KBA printing press had just been put into production but the older damaged press had to be replaced. KBA provided a used press immediately and the new Rapida 106 12-colour press was delivered in what KBA describes as record time.  “I can’t emphasize enough about the high level of support we received from the entire global KBA group after the fire,” says Pentland. “Whether it was parts, service, sales, technical assistance or accelerating the build of our new machine by many months… KBA’s provided unwavering support seven days a week as our operations were recovering after the fire. To that end, KBA did absolutely everything they could to ensure that we were back in production as soon as possible after the fire.”
Central Web of Toronto, Ontario, recently invested in Color-Logic software and a Ricoh 7100 production press. Centra Web is expanding with a digital division, offering decorative and reflective colour communications with Color-Logic’s Process Metallic Color System.Using the Process Metallic Color System, it is possible to create a wealth of special effects. Each effect is pre-built into the palettes and plugins available with the Design Suite package, using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.The Ricoh Pro C7100 press provides 1,200 x 4,800-dpi resolution and can run a range of substratres from paper to synthetics to envelopes to heavily textured, up to 360 gsm. The system allows for printing oversize pieces for signage, window clings and more.
Allegra South Burnaby, an Allegra Network franchise location in British Columbia, has installed an EFI Jetrion 4950LX LED inkjet label press to expand into the digital label market. The installation also includes the integration of an EFI Fiery digital front end. Allegra’s new 13-inch-wide label production line is the first of its kind installed in Canada and the first in the Allegra Network. The franchise location’s owners, Binny and Harpreet Mroke, are  say they will take advantage of the opportunity offered by the growing market for short-run digital label printing. “We were getting calls from clients in various businesses including food manufacturers asking for labels, which we had no option but to outsource,” said Binny Mroke, who owns the Allegra South Burnaby location with Harpreet Mroke. “Not satisfied with the quality, we began to research how these companies were sourcing their labels and recognized that there was a huge opportunity to provide high quality labels in shorter runs to the local market,”  The Jetrion press at Allegra South Burnaby, which was installed in April, is a fully loaded four-colour plus white model with inline laser die cutting, varnish and lamination, configurable slitting with up to 16 blades, back-scoring and dual-spindle, semiautomatic turret rewinding. Its integrated finishing features can take jobs from file to finished roll without interruptions, explains EFI. The press’s LED inkjet technology makes it compatible with a range of substrates, including paper, films, foil, tag, specialty, and heat-sensitive films.The company has used Fiery DFEs to drive its Xerox cut-sheet presses for several years, providing the Mrokes with confidence to integrate more Fiery technology for their complete label system. Harpreet Mroke explains another factor to install the press was based on EFI having local technicians. EFI also explains Y5 Creative, a local branding and Web design agency, is in the process of developing a software program that will enable all Allegra locations to use the press. “The Allegra Network will market and promote the service to all the franchise locations, and we’re already getting some very positive feedback from several locations,” said Jonathan Colley, Director of Business Development at Y5 Creative. The software, to be marketed as Allegra AllLabels, will have the added functionality of a digital asset management component that will enable print-shop clients to manage all image files for labels and packaging. Allegra franchises will be able to link directly to the Jetrion press, giving them the ability to market it and the label products it produces to their clients as their own virtual machine without the hardware investment. The Allegra Network, founded 40 years ago, comprises more than 300 independent locations in North America. Allegra South Burnaby offers offset and digital printing, 1:1 variable data printing, specialty printing (UV varnish, die cutting, embossing, gloss spot, fancy folds), thermography printing, sign and display production, design and marketing, one-stop direct mail services, and promotional products. The 7-employee location has been serving the greater Burnaby area since 1997, but was acquired by current owners Binny Mroke and Harpreet Mroke in 2008.
Ideon Packaging of Richmond, BC, is leveraging a new HP Scitex 15500 corrugated press first installed in September 2016. The packaging printer started as a brown box supplier, but is differentiating itself in the market with the HP Scitex digital press to create point of purchase displays.Ideon explains the move toward digital printing technologies is largely based on the movement toward customization in packaging, including its growing Point-of-Purchase (POP) display business. The company, which has been in the packaging industry for more than 15 years, rolled out the HP Scitex 15500 press as an upgrade from a previous HP large-format printer Ideon had used since 2012.Just a few months ago, the company expanded into an additional 20,000-square-foot facility dedicated entirely to meeting the demand for digitally printed corrugated boxes and POP displays. “We’re seeing a major trend toward digitally printed displays in the point of purchase area,” said Rick Van Poele, President and CEO at Ideon. “With digital, we are able to design and deliver a highly customized mock-up POP display before we even meet with the customer, so it’s completely ready for them to see when they come in. Sometimes we’re even able to send them a sample display as a surprise.”Van Poele explains Ideon is highly focused on customization and differentiation through its digital printing platform. He continues to point out that tetail brands, particularly in the food and beverage industry, are looking to surprise, delight and engage their customers with POP design and incredible full color graphics. Some of Ideon’s biggest customers include both large and small beer and wine labels throughout Canada and the Northwest United States.“Most brands have realized package design needs to be dynamic to entice consumers, but many are now realizing that the concept has to extend to a memorable and unique POP display in order to engage with consumers on a personal and emotional level,” said Van Poele, adding that millennials consumers in particular gravitate toward unique displays.Since moving to digital printing less than five years ago, Van Poele said Ideon has doubled its business and now employs about 100 staff to continue to meet growing demand. The new investment in HP Scitex technology, he said, is helping its customers transition into short-run digital printing, whether that is 50 or 500 displays.“A lot of the business we are picking up today, these are customers who weren’t buying displays at all,” he said. “Ideon created a market and got people excited because of the digital side of the business”Van Poele explains that Ideon’s graphic and structural designers constantly look for different ways to reinvent POP displays, including experimenting with moving parts and flashing lights. “Ultimately, retailers need to explore new ways to get their products to stand out.”
Imageworks Print & Prepress of Richmond Hill, Ontario, has acquired a new Duplo 600i booklet system through PDS. The configuration of the Duplo 600i includes two DSC-10/60i suction collators, DBM-600 booklet maker, DBM-600T face trimmer, DKT-200 two-knife Trimmer and a DBM-LSW long stacker.The 600i system produces professional saddle, side, or corner-stitched booklets as well as letter landscape applications. It can produce up to 5,200 booklets per hour or collate up to 10,000 sets per hour into a stacker. Booklet production can be doubled, for certain applications, by adding the optional 4-stitch head kit along with the DKT-200 two-Knife trimmer and gutter cutter for 2-up booklet making.Imageworks is a trade printing operation that started in 1994 as a traditional prepress and film house.
Rainbow Printing of Sussex, New Brunswick, has launched a new Web-to-print platform based on the work by Eden Advertising & Interactive and Racad Tech Inc.Rainbow opened in 1995 and today provides security and commercial offset printing services. Eden of Toronto managed the front end of the Website, developing the user interface and managing the creative and content components. Racad Tech implemented its Web-to-print solutions with e-commerce capabilities, allowing users to customize and order their printing products through an online shopping portal. Focusing exclusively on the print and graphics industry since 2001, Racad Web-to-print software includes uDraw, Web to Print Cloud, and Web to Print Shop.“Rainbow Printing has been looking for partners to handle the logistics of online ordering for our commercial and security printing services in a secure environment, along with ease of use for our Canadian and U.S. markets,” said Grant Obermeier, Owner of Rainbow Security Technologies Ltd.  “We found exactly what we needed in Eden and Racad.”Rainbow explains the new site will open up opportunities to serve a broader Canadian clientele, as well as the American market.
Brent Holmes becomes an Account Manager for Agfa Inc., focusing on western Canada. he is responsible for Agfa Graphics’ wide-format equipment product portfolio in the region.Holmes has 20 years of experience in the graphic arts industry. Most recently, he was an Equipment Specialist with Access Imaging/Grimco, Inc. in Calgary, Alberta. He has held various positions at Hewlett Packard Canada Ltd., Unisource Canada Inc., Fuji Graphic Systems Canada and Staedtler-Mars Limited.“Brent’s experience gives him unique insight to our target market, making him an invaluable resource for our customers,” said Ruben Silva, Vice President, Sales and Managing Director of Agfa Inc. Canada. “For more than twenty years Brent has proven to be a resourceful and motivated sales professional and has demonstrated the ability build and maintain customer relationships.”
Tom Dack is to lead Huge Paper Inc.’s expansion into southwestern Ontario, which is to service the area from Kitchener west along the highway 401 corridor to Windsor, and north to Sarnia. “Growing demand from that part of the province warrants a Huge presence on the ground to provide our digital printing products locally and deliver our legendary customer service,” said Jeff Tapping, President of Huge.Based in Bayfield, Ontario, Dack has more than 30 years of experience in printing industry, primarily in the province’s southwestern region. Huge provides specialty substrate solutions for offset, digital and wide format printing. Products include papers, synthetics, and magnetics exclusively engineered for Xerox, Ricoh, HP Indigo and other digital presses.
The Supervisory Board of Koenig & Bauer AG has appointed Ralf Sammeck (age 54) and Christoph Müller (age 56) to the Executive Board with effect from 1 June 2017.Ralf Sammeck currently leads Koenig & Bauer AG’s (KBA) Sheetfed division, while Christoph Müller leads the company’s Digital & Web division. Both group management members will represent their segments on the Executive Board.With a goal of expanding new equipment sales, Sammeck has additionally taken over the coordination of global equipment sales. In order to push global service, Christoph Müller has also taken responsibility for coordinating services initiatives. The planned increase in the revenue share generated by Services to 30 percent by 2021, according to the company, is set to achieve greater profit stability. The appointment of Sammeck and Müller to the Executive Board aims to support the implementation of the medium-term company targets announced on February 20, 2017. By 2021, the target is to reach an annual organic growth rate of around four percent and an EBIT margin of between four percent and nine percen across the Group. Of the targeted €70 million increase in earnings, approximately €20 million in either case is to be generated through service growth and the optimization of the security printing business.   In order to quickly optimize the security printing business, explains KBA, the Supervisory Board has delegated Dr. Andreas Pleßke, a member of the Supervisory Board, to the Executive Board for a period of one year from 1 June 2017. During the period of his delegation, he will not undertake any duties as a member of the Supervisory Board.
Xeikon, a division of Flint Group, has named Benoit Chatelard as President & CEO of Digital Solutions effective May 8 and will be proposed as CEO of Xeikon (to be confirmed at the shareholders meeting). Chatelard’s digital production printing career began in 2002 when he led the IBM Printing Systems Division for France, Belgium and Luxembourg. He was then appointed Vice President & General Manager for the InfoPrint Solutions Company Joint Venture between Ricoh and IBM in 2007. Most recently, Chatelard was Vice President, Production Printing Business Group, for Ricoh Europe. Chatelard replaces Wim Maes as President & CEO. “I am looking forward to taking on this new role,” Chatelard says. “It is an exciting time in the industry, both for Xeikon and its customers. Under Wim’s leadership, the company was set on a solid path to the future, and I will be taking up the reins to continue his work, building even greater levels of customer intimacy, working to understand and address emerging customer needs in an ever-changing marketplace.”
Drytac, an international manufacturer of adhesive-coated products, has added a new Technical Sales Manager in Toronto and a new Territory Sales Manager for Western Canada.The company appointed Payam Baroudi as Technical Sales Manager for its Canadian office. He is responsible for expanding Drytac’s custom and contract adhesive coating business in the packaging, construction, medical, automotive, label and industrial markets.With manufacturing facilities in North America and Europe, Drytac specializes in adhesive coating, laminating, top coating, and converting of flexible substrates such as PVC, PET, paper (synthetic), fabric, and metallized film. Baroudi will be influential in promoting and selling Drytac’s offerings, which include ultra removable and re-positionable adhesives, easy-to-apply, bubble-free adhesives, ultra strong, high-tack adhesives, and patterned adhesive coatings.Baroudi holds a Master’s degree in chemical engineering and previously worked for companies like BASF and Henkel, where he was involved in selling chemicals, additives, resins, fillers, pigments, sealants, inks, adhesives, and paints. Over the course of his career, he has worked in Iran, Turkey, Switzerland, and Germany. He now resides in Toronto, Ontario. Drytac also announced that Peter Bourgeois has joined its Canadian team in the role of Territory Sales Manager, Western Canada. Bourgeois attended the University of King’s College and holds a degree in photography from Nova Scotia Community College. His primary focus will be expanding Drytac’s wide-format graphics business across Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.“Peter has more than 20 years of experience in the wide-format graphic industry. His ability to establish profitable sales channels through effective strategies is why we feel he can bring value to the Drytac brand,” said Darren Speizer, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Drytac.Prior to joining Drytac, Bourgeois worked as an account manager for Agfa, where he managed and sold its product portfolio through distribution partners and direct sales. Prior to that, he served as Western North American customer business manager for Unisource Canada.
John Corley becomes President of Xerox Canada Ltd., returning home after recently serving as President of the company’s global Channel Partner Operations and as Vice President for Xerox Corporation in the United States.A 22-year Xerox veteran, Corley has held a variety of executive positions during his tenure with the imaging and systems giant. Prior to his most recent role running global channel operations, he was the Vice President of the Canadian Operations. After joining Xerox in 1994 as a Sales Representative in Toronto, he progressed quickly into senior roles in sales and marketing and was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2008.“This is an exciting time for Xerox – a remarkable company that I’m privileged to have begun my career with and continue to grow with,” says Corley. “Over the years, Xerox has helped shape the way our clients connect, communicate and work and we continue to build upon a foundation of innovation to grow our leadership in the areas of office and graphic communications technology and document outsourcing services.”Corley succeeds Al Varney who will take on a new role as president of Northern, Southern and Central European Operations.
Two major players in the UV curing systems sector, Air Motion Systems Inc. (AMS) and Baldwin Technology Company Inc., are merging to create a leading global provider of UV and LED curing technologies.Baldwin, currently a global player in highly reactive UV, LED UV and IR drying systems, acquired Air Motion Systems, which has been a leading provider of LED UV curing technology for the graphic arts industry. Komcan is the dealer for AMS in Canada.The new entity of Baldwin, part of the $2+ billion Barry-Wehmiller family of companies, will rebrand as AMS SPECTRAL UV and combine AMS with Baldwin’s UV division. AMS SPECTRAL UV currently has operations in River Falls, Wisconsin; Easton, Pennsylvania; and Slough, UK. “This acquisition marks the beginning of a new era in providing high-performance solutions for the UV industry,” said AMS SPECTRAL UV President Steve Metcalf. “We’re bringing the top industry minds, technology and experience together to tap an unprecedented opportunity in LED and UV, and to serve an ever-widening range of markets and applications.”The AMS LED UV product portfolio holds one of the largest players for LED curing in sheetfed offset printing and flexo packaging, with an installed base, according to the company, nearly 10 times that of its nearest competitor. Complementing this technology, Baldwin’s UV division has experience in highly reactive UV curing and numerous LED applications outside of traditional print markets. Additionally, the new curing-technology entity will leverage a massive base of experience serving OEM and industrial markets.“What AMS SPECTRAL UV will provide customers is a doubling of research and development, engineering, manufacturing capacity and service to meet their growing needs in the market,” said Pat Keogh, one of the commercial leaders of AMS SPECTRAL UV. According to market intelligence provider Yole Development, the total value of the UV LED market worldwide is projected to grow to US$1 billion-plus in the next five years. AMS SPECTRAL UV explains it plans to capture a large share of the anticipated market by leveraging the scale and resources of Baldwin which, through its global footprint, supplies process-automation equipment and related consumables, parts and services for the print, film, corrugated, textile and paper and packaging industries.“The establishment of AMS SPECTRAL UV strengthens our ability to provide value to our existing customers while remaining responsive to emerging market opportunities,” said Brent Becker, CEO of Baldwin.
Electronics For Imaging of Fremont, California, acquired privately held CRC Information Systems (CRC), a Reynolds and Reynolds company. Reynolds and Reynolds is headquartered in Dayton, Ohio. CRC, which is based in Scottsdale, Ariz., is a provider of business management information systems (MIS) for commercial printers and packaging label and forms printers throughout the United States and Canada. EFI’s business and production workflow software is targeted at the commercial print, publishing, and packaging industries.
Goss International of Durham, New Hampshire, acquired Loudon Machine Inc. in an asset transaction. “This is our second acquisition in 2017 to help grow our aftermarket business and enhance our product offerings,” says Stan Blakney, Chief Operating Officer of Goss. “This purchase focuses on the post-press segment of the market, and enables us to enhance our bindery products and service - parts capabilities.” Based in Effingham, Illinois, Loudon Machine is a full-service company focused on the commercial printing industry. It specializes in the worldwide supply of new and refurbished bindery equipment, parts and service, with a product line extending from saddle stitchers, feeders and bases to shuttle hoppers, test stands, and trimmers.
hubergroup has acquired substantially all of the assets of Alden & Ott Printing Inks Company for an undisclosed price. Hubergroup expects to retain virtually all employees and management team of Alden & Ott in order to continue operations in the Midwest and Northeast United States without interruption.hubergroup is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of printing inks, coatings and pressroom auxiliaries, currently comprising 40 companies and 130 sites. The family-owned company, with more than 250 years of experience in the printing inks industry, manufactures products for the packaging, commercial printing and newsprint markets. In 2016, the Group with its global workforce exceeding 3500, generated sales of approximately $885 million. “As a key raw material supplier, we already had a great relationship with the talented Alden & Ott team… our combined capabilities in conventional, water-based, low-migration and energy-cured inks will create an enviable offering to the growing packaging market,” said Derek McFarland, President of hubergroup,USA.Alden & Ott Printing Inks Company was founded by Joe Alden and Henry Ott in 1957. The company expanded its products from heat-set to sheetfed, UV inks, and flexo inks. Today, Alden & Ott develops custom solutions for both the offset and flexo printing markets in the Midwest and Northeast United States.“The cultural alignment of the family-owned businesses was a key factor and we are happy that the combined team will continue to serve and grow our existing business,” said Tom Alden, President of Alden & Ott.
Transcontinental Inc. of Montreal has sold its publication portfolio in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, and New Brunswick to SaltWire Network Inc. Approximately 650 Transcontinental employees in Atlantic Canada are part of the sale to SaltWire, according to the Financial Post, which also reports the companies said these employees will receive an offer from new ownership.As a result of the purchase, SaltWire Network Inc. is a newly created media group that previously owned The Chronicle Herald’s seven publications in Nova Scotia. The Canadian Press reports Saltwater’s acquisition of Transcontinental's Atlantic region publishing assets comes amidst a more than yearlong strike involving editorial staff at The Chronicle Herald. “We are bringing together 950 talented employees to create a media network that will give national and regional brands access to 71 percent of the region’s newspaper readers,” Mark Lever, President and CEO of SaltWire. “We will also reach hundreds of thousands of digital content consumers across several media channels and offer printing services ranging from custom print jobs at Bounty Print [part of SaltWire’s preexisting assets] to mass printing services at our commercial printing plants.”In total, the transaction includes the sale of 28 brands and Web-related properties, four printing plants operated within Transcontinental’s Media Sector, commercial printing activities in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as distribution activities in Atlantic Canada. Transcontinental remains the owner of the two plants operated within its printing division in this region, which are Transcontinental Halifax, located in Halifax, and Transcontinental Prince Edward Island, located in Borden-Carleton.The printing assets now owned by SaltWire include facilities in the following locations: Austin Dr. in St. John's, N.L.; Columbus Dr. in St. John's, N.L.; West St. in Corner Brook, N.L.; and George St. in Cape Breton, N.S.The TC Media newspapers included in this transaction are:    Advertiser (The), Grand Falls-Windsor, N.L.    Amherst News, N.S.    Annapolis Valley Register (The), N.S.    Aurora (The), Labrador, N.L.    Beacon (The), Gander, N.L.    Cape Breton Post, N.S.    Citizen Record (The), Amherst, N.S.    Colchester Weekly News, N.S.    Compass (The), Carbonear, N.L.    Guardian (The), Charlottetown, P.E.I.    Gulf News (The), Port aux Basques, N.L.    Journal-Pioneer (The), Summerside, P.E.I.    Labradorian (The), Labrador, N.L.    News (The), New Glasgow, N.S.    Northern Pen (The), St. Anthony, N.L.    Nor'wester (The), Springdale, N.L.    Packet (The), Clarenville, N.L.    Pilot (The), Lewisporte, N.L.    Queens County Advance (The), N.S.    Sackville Tribune Post, N.B.    Southern Gazette (The), Marystown, N.L.    Telegram (The), St. John's, N.L.    Tri-County Extra (The), N.S.    Tri-County Vanguard (The), N.S.    Truro Daily News, N.S.    Valley Journal Advertiser, N.S.    Western Star (The), Corner Brook, N.LThe www.novanewsnow.com website (digital-only) is also included in the transaction.
Cansel has acquired the Canadian wide format printing supplies division of Midland Paper Packaging & Supplies. First incorporated in Chicago in 1907, Midland Paper had expanded to hold 20 distribution centres throughout the U.S. and Canada, totaling nearly 1.25 million square feet of storage. With this acquisition, Cansel will transfer inventory and assets from Midland's warehouses in Toronto and Calgary. “Having worked closely with Midland in the past, we're excited to bring their expertise in the graphics marketplace to Cansel,” said Stephen Fletcher, Vice President, Cansel. “The addition of Midland's wide format printing supplies division provides us with the opportunity to present a broader product portfolio and depth of expertise to our clients and we are happy to have them on board.”
North American-wide trade printer 4over of Glendale, California has introduced a new product called Painted Edge Business Cards, which is an extension to the company’s Majestic Product line.4over explains the 32-pt stock Painted Edge Business Cards line can include a vibrant colour to the business card’s edge. This includes a range of metallic colours like blue, gold, green, hot pink, purple or classic white.
Two Canadian printing companies are among the worldwide winners of the 12th Annual Narrow Web Print Awards, organized by Flint Group, to recognize specialized applications like UV flexo, UV screen, UV LED, shrink sleeve, water-based flexo, specialty inks and coatings. Perflex Label of Toronto and Deco Labels & Flexible Packaging of Etobicoke, Ontario, were among nine winning companies from around the globe.Flint explains a common trend among this year’s print entires was UV LED technology and combination printing.  “Every year, the quality of entires continues to demonstrate that there are no limits when it comes to printing labels,” said Niklas Olsson, Flint Group Narrow Web Global Brand Manager. “As a supplier, we continue to expand the capabilities of our converter clients and push the boundaries of narrow web.”Each entry, explained Flint, was individually and carefully reviewed by industry experts. Criteria for judging follow the guidelines that are standards set by the industry associations FINAT and TLMI. These included: registration, smoothness of dot/vignette, overall print quality and degree of difficulty. 2016 Annual Narrow Web Print Awards WinnersPerflex Label – Canada Yerecic Label – USAUniprint Labels – South Africa Unique Photo Offset Services – IndiaDeco Labels & Flexible Packaging – CanadaConsolidated Label – USAModel Graphics – USAPemara – AustraliaAlaska Polygrafoformlenie – Russia 
Back in January 2016, Jones Packaging Inc., headquartered in London, Ont., as a global provider of packaging solutions for healthcare and consumer brands, announced it was entering into a commercial partnership with Norway's Thin Film Electronics ASA (Thinfilm), which develops printed electronics and smart systems, including technologies for Near Field Communications (NFC).Together the two companies planned to integrate Thinfilm’s recently branded NFC OpenSense technology into paperboard pharmaceutical packaging and, at the same time, develop what Jones describes as key manufacturing processes for its high-speed production lines. The London packaging company has now successfully completed this integration to deploy OpenSense tags at its converting facility. The customized Jones production line can apply and read up to 15,000 tags per hour. Jones explains Thinfilm’s Tag Talks First protocol is a key feature of the OpenSense tag and enables a read-speed that is up to 20 times faster than conventional NFC solutions. This read-rate is well suited, Jones explains, for its high-speed, high-volume production lines. Jones and Thinfilm will also collaborate to engage top global pharmaceutical companies to integrate the smart technology into Rx and over-the-counter product packaging. The Jones/Thinfilm smart packaging collaboration is funded, in part, by grants from both the Swedish and Canadian governments.Jones explains NFC OpenSense tags are thin, flexible labels that can detect both a product’s “factory sealed” and “opened” states and wirelessly communicate contextual content with the tap of an NFC-enabled smartphone. The tags contain unique identifiers, continues Jones, that make it possible for pharmaceutical companies to authenticate products and track them to the individual-item level using software and analytics tools. In addition, Jones explains the tags remain active even after a product’s factory seal has been broken, which enables both brands and medical staff to extend the dialogue with consumers and patients. The partners published a two-minute video that visually conveys the automated process – setup of the carton, application of the tag, reading of the NFC chip, recording of key information, and ejection of compromised packages.
Glenmore Custom Print + Packaging of Richmond, BC, has successfully completed its Eagle Cold Foil Certification Course (ECFC). The 8-hour program is not only geared toward improving production understanding and techniques of press operators, but, as Eagle Systems explains, the certification program incorporates the executive management level to focus on Return On Investment, as well as quality production. “We first installed our Eagle Cold Foil systems in June 2015 and it’s lived up to every promise made by Eagle President Mike King,” said Stefan Congram, Operations Manager, Glenmore. “We’ve learned to not only respect Mike but trust him. When he suggested the class for our operation we knew we’d reap significant benefits.” Eagle conducted the Eagle Cold Foil Certification Course (ECFC) at Glemore’s Richmond facility in mid-July, 2016, to address real-world production factors and influences. Eagle has designed a unique test form, designed for failure, to run off each applicant’s system. Eagle explains the press is then finite-tweaked to maximize performance out of each operation’s adhesives, foils and blankets. This in-house certification approach allows for the elimination of former process obstacles, such as pin-holing and mud cracking.“It’s an understatement to say it’s thorough, but more importantly it’s effective,” said Congram, a 15-year veteran of the commercial printing industry, who has spent his the last eight year with Glenmore. “The press staffers now have an in-depth working knowledge and understanding of the cold foil process. Not just the what’s, as in what to do, but the why’s and how’s. Our people are now as dialed in as our system is. We are reaping the rewards every single shift with faster make-readies and noticeable quality jumps.”Founded by Glenn Rowley in 1981, Glenmore Custom Print + Packaging has evolved from a one-person shop to a significant Canadian printing operation of more than 90 employees in just under 35 years. The company provides a range of services like conventional, UV, offset, digital and wide-format printing, as well as pre- and post-press capabilities. The family-owned and operated company has advanced into a second-generation phase under the managerial leadership of the founder’s son James Rowley.
High school students in a specialized communications program work with a local Ottawa company to learn about the printing trade.Young adults routinely participate in interactive online activities ranging from Facebook and Twitter to sophisticated multi-player games, chat rooms and blogs. It only makes sense, that for today’s students, an experiential approach to learning is a priority.Merivale High School’s FOCUS program offers students in the Ottawa Carleton District School Board a unique opportunity to complete a concentrated one semester Communication and Design program that will prepare them for post secondary diploma and degree programs in graphic design, animation, photography and interactive multi media.So although students will require a digital camera and some computer skills for their Graphic Design, Photography and Animation courses, they should also be prepared to arrive at visual solutions using a variety of pencils, ink pens and paint as well as with current vector drawing software. The program has a 25 seat Mac Lab and also boasts an intaglio press, which makes printmaking exercises possible, and a 10-station darkroom for developing and printing 35 mm film. Students primarily use Adobe software, but spend time with QuarkXPress and other applications they may encounter.The FOCUS also involves a thorough immersion in printing technologies, and for the program’s offset lithography unit, the school enlisted the services of senior account and customer experience manager Jonathan Stokes of TRICO Evolution in Ottawa.Poster objectiveTRICO serves clients across Canada and the northern United States from its offices in Montreal, Ottawa, Kingston and Vancouver, accounting for 350,000 square feet. In September 2015, Delta Business Solutions and TRICO entered into an agreement to combine forces and operate as one company under the TRICO brand. With more than 240 employees, the company focuses on products and services across six lines of business: contract packaging, warehousing and logistics, display and signage, commercial printing, direct marketing, and marketing analytics and insight.The FOCUS students’ objective at TRICO was to have the entire class contribute artwork for a poster marking Star Trek’s 50th year on television. The first series, now referred to as The Original Series, debuted in 1966 and followed the galactic adventures of James T. Kirk and crew of the starship Enterprise, an exploration vessel of a 23rd-century United Federation of Planets.Students were given their choice of media, with the understanding that their final artwork would appear only in black and white. Some of the students chose to do artwork with traditional tools, others used Adobe Illustrator to make vector drawings. Because the sequels, movies, animated films and graphic novels are so easily accessible, and a much-hyped new series is in the works (planned for a January 2017 release), the students were all familiar with all the characters.After the initial artwork was completed, all images were scanned at the proper resolution and then imported into a QuarkXPress document where the appropriate typographic notes were added. The finished poster was exported to PDF and FTPed to Stokes at TRICO. When the class arrived at TRICO to see offset lithography in action, students were first shown how a printing job is scheduled and how files are processed when they come to the plant, reinforcing the time-sensitive nature of the business.Stokes brought the FOCUS program students to the plate-processing station and there a skilled technician burned an aluminum plate of the Star Trek poster job and gave it to us for display at our school art show. In the pressroomThe class next entered the printing area, where one of the TRICO pressmen had our poster printing plate mounted on the large litho press ready to go. The students were able to observe all the fine tuning done before a job enters production.The class, whose printing experiences for the most part only included photocopiers, laser and inkjet printers were surprised at the speed and fidelity of offset lithography. They were also impressed by how efficiently large amounts of paper could be cut and trimmed with such accuracy. Our day at TRICO evolution finished on a high note in the board room, with Stokes showing impressive samples of critically acclaimed work done for corporate clients. Each student left with a few copies of their Star Trek poster and a greater appreciation and respect for the printing trade.Author Irving Osterer is the Department Head Fine Arts and Technology Merivale High School in Ottawa, Ontario. For more information about Merivale’s Fine Arts and Focus Program go to www.merivalefinearts.wikispaces.com.
Pollard Banknote Limited of Winnipeg, Manitoba, has been awarded a four-year contract to serve as the primary scratch game supplier to the Minnesota State Lottery. Under this agreement, Pollard Banknote will continue as the Lottery's primary scratch game vendor, but expects to increase ticket volumes supplied, with a guarantee in the new contract of at least 70 percent of all scratch games purchased for every year of the contract. The new contract runs until June 30, 2020 with the potential for two one-year contract extensions. The contract value is estimated to be approximately US$11.2 million over the four years.Pollard Banknote is currently a lottery partner to more than 60 lotteries worldwide.The company was first awarded a secondary scratch game contract for the Minnesota Lottery in 2007 and was elevated to primary supplier in 2010. By focusing on industry innovations and winning strategies, the scratch game category generated 69 percent of total Minnesota Lottery sales for FY2015.“Leveraging Pollard Banknote's experience working with a variety of lottery jurisdictions worldwide, our strategies incorporate the best of the best in utilizing innovations to maximize scratch ticket sales that raise money for good causes,” said Byron Peterson, Director, Sales & Marketing, Pollard Banknote. “The Minnesota State Lottery does a fantastic job of executing those strategies.”To date, the Minnesota Lottery has brought a range of Pollard Banknote's products and licensed brands to market, including the PlayBook, Scratch FX and Spectrum Scratch FX. It was also the first Lottery to launch Scratch FX at the $20 price point. Most recently, the Lottery's launch of a $5 Frogger game (a licensed brand offered exclusively by Pollard Banknote) had five-week average sales that were 82 percent higher than all other $5 games launched in Minnesota since 2013. It was the lottery's best-selling ticket at this price point."We are very excited to continue our strong partnership with Pollard Banknote," said Michael Vekich, Acting Director, Minnesota Lottery. "We rely heavily on our primary printing partner for design, marketing and strategy leadership – a partner proven to help the Lottery drive its scratch sales. Pollard Banknote offers everything we seek from a scratch game printer – guidance and expertise in research, marketing and product innovation.”
The Ontario Printing & Imaging Association last night at the St. Georges Golf and Country Club in Toronto handed out a range of awards in their annual Excellence In Print Awards program. (Photos provided by Myrna Penny.)   View the embedded image gallery online at: https://www.printaction.com/index.php?option=com_k2&Itemid=8&lang=en&layout=latest&view=latest#sigProGalleriaa098805a70 This included five top awards noted as the Award of Excellence, chosen from among all categories winners, and the best of categories winners themselves, divided within Sheetfed, Web, Digital and Specialty groups. Following dinner and awards presentation, futurist Jesse Hirsh provided an hour-long keynote about the direction of communications technologies. He primarily focused on how various forms of Artificial Intelligence are creating new economies by leveraging the World Wide Web, automation and mixed reality (virtual and real). Hirsh described how the smart, fast and unregulated economy of the future might impact the business world – and where to find opportunities.The 2017 OPIA Excellence In Print Awards were sponsored by Heidelberg, Flint, Domtar, Sun Chemical and Spicers. Upcoming OPIA events include the OPIA SWOB Golf Tournament at the Rockway Golf Course in Kitchener, Ont., on June 7, 2017, and the OPIA Toronto Golf Classic on August 10, 2017, at the Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham, Ont.AWARD OF EXCELLENCE RECIPIENTSSheetfedC.J. Graphics Inc.Unparalleled Journeys        Web NewspaperTC Transcontinental VaughanThe Globe and Mail GatefoldWeb Commercial St. Joseph Communications Audi Magazine 01/2017Digital C.J. Graphics Inc.Connect the dots....SpecialtyC.J. Graphics Inc.Until The Last Child EXCELLENCE IN PRINT AWARD RECIPIENTS (BEST OF CATEGORY)SHEETFED CATEGORIES    Annual Reports C.J. Graphics Inc.Smartreit – Smart Journey 2016 Annual ReportBrochures Mi5 Print & Digital Communications Inc. Luxury by the Lake CardsC.J. Graphics Inc.Bell Media Cards and BoxBooks Hard CoverAylmer Express Graphics Group The Desire to Acquire Books 4+ ColoursRyerson University, School of Graphic Communications ManagementRyeTAGA Student Publication NewslettersC.J. Graphics Inc.re:porter 10 October 2016 IssueBookletsC.J. Graphics Inc.Babar Khan Modern Icon BrochureMagazines Perfect BoundAylmer Express Graphics Group Shift – RM Sotheby’sMagazines Saddle StitchedC.J. Graphics Inc.SBC Snowboard Canada        ProgramsC.J. Graphics Inc.Canadian Screen Awards Program         Catalogues 4+     coloursC.J. Graphics Inc.Unparalleled JourneysInserts C.J. Graphics Inc.Canadian Food Aficionado Media KitStationery C.J. Graphics Inc.Quantum Motorsports Stationery Direct MailC.J. Graphics Inc.One Thousand MuseumPresentation FoldersAylmer Express Graphics Group Siskinds The Law Firm Poster – Art Prints    C.J. Graphics Inc.Sony PS4 Uncharted 4 A Thief’s EndWEB CATEGORIESMagazines    St. Joseph CommunicationsAudi Magazine 01/2017Catalogues 4+ Throughout     St. Joseph CommunicationsHolt Renfrew Holiday Guide 2016        FlyersTC Transcontinental Brampton    Giant Tiger 4 std 2+2 tabNewspapers TC Transcontinental VaughanThe Globe and Mail Gatefold DIGITAL CATEGORIES Digital small formatC.J. Graphics Inc.Connect the dots...Digital Large or Grand Format    Ryerson University School of Graphic Communications ManagementGCM Colloquium 2017-Window Promoting Poster SPECIALTY CATEGORIES        Specialty Inks    C.J. Graphics Inc.Statue Lenticular Picture         Embossing    C.J. Graphics Inc.Y&R Canada        Bindery    Ryerson University School of Graphic Communications ManagementRyerson GCM Grad Book 2017Engraving    Ryerson University School of Graphic Communications ManagementRyerson GCM Grad Book 2017    Self-promotion    C.J. Graphics Inc.C.J. Heavy Metal Promo BookLabels     C.J. Graphics Inc.Crown Royal Labels Boxes    C.J. Graphics Inc.Until The Last Child Cartons     C.J. Graphics Inc.Canadian Club Premium Box
The Toronto Club of Printing House Craftsmen last week at the Duncan House recognized local printers for their award-winning work in the Toronto IAPHC Gallery of Superb Printing competition. The Craftsmen Club also presented secondary and post-secondary students with scholarships, including the Chai Tse Award, for their achievements in industry-related programs and the annual Toronto Craftsmen Graphic Challenge Competition. This was the 42nd year of the Craftsmen awards program.   View the embedded image gallery online at: https://www.printaction.com/index.php?option=com_k2&Itemid=8&lang=en&layout=latest&view=latest#sigProGalleriaec5e54f090 The two primary sponsored awards for exceptional reproduction, based on the IAPHC judging process, where presented to Colour Innovations for the Heidelberg Canada’s Best of Finishing Award (COC Centre Stage Gala Invitation) and C.J. Graphics for the Taniguchi Ink Best of Press Award (Uncharted 4 Limited Edition Posters)The Gallery of Superb Printing Awards went to C.J. Graphics (15 gold, 12 silver, 4 bronze and 1 honourable mention); Avant Imaging & Integrated Media (5 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze and 1 honourable mention); Colour Innovations (3 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze); Polytainers  (1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze); and Wellington Printworks  (1 gold and 2 silver).Toronto Craftsmen Student Chai Tse AwardsChristopher Jessop, Centennial College The Centre for Creative CommunicationPatricia Marie Gonzales, Central Technical Secondary SchoolMarissa Ponn, George Brown College School of DesignSamantha Martin, Georgian College Design and Visual ArtsJodi Ho, Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary SchoolJordan Jackson, Humber College Advertising & Graphic DesignJulia Tincombe, Ryerson University School of Graphic ManagementAlicia Jordan, Seneca College School of Creative Arts and AnimationGraphic Challenge Awards, Post SecondaryJulia Laude, Seneca College School of Creative Arts and Animation Daphne Chan,    Ryerson University School of Graphic ManagementGraphic Challenge Awards, Secondary    Jose Bautista, Central Technical Secondary SchoolHetta Patel, Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School
Printers and suppliers attended the biannual printing trade show Graphics Canada from April 6 to 8 at the Toronto International Centre. The three-day event included a range of educational sessions, including Innovations Theatre run by Print Media Centr, IDEAlliance’s G7 Summit, Label Forum, intelliPACK workshops, specialty graphics opportunity zone, and the Printing Sales Training Day. The following photo gallery provides some of the highlights from this year’s show.   View the embedded image gallery online at: https://www.printaction.com/index.php?option=com_k2&Itemid=8&lang=en&layout=latest&view=latest#sigProGalleria551c8078e2
Over the past few months, Veritiv has hosted four awards events in major Canadian cities to recognize both the winning printers and designers in its annual Veritiv Design and Print Excellence Awards, also known as the uVU Awards.   View the embedded image gallery online at: https://www.printaction.com/index.php?option=com_k2&Itemid=8&lang=en&layout=latest&view=latest#sigProGalleriac047ece55c There were 32 winning entries in total across two distinct categories to recognize print and also design excellence. From the range of submissions, which must be produced by Veritiv customers, a Best of Show Award is determined for both the print and design categories. This year also featured four Judges' Choice Awards.Veritiv’s awards tour ended at the beginning of March 2017 in Vancouver, BC, after visiting Calgary (October 2016), Montreal (December 2016) and Toronto (January 2017). The following top awards and print awards were presented:BEST IN SHOW AWARDSBest in Show, PrintProject: 2015 Holiday Wrapping PaperPrinter: Hemlock PrintersDesign firm: BurnkitBest in Show, DesignProject: RelayDesign firm: Lauren WickwarePrinter: Andora GraphicsJUDGES’ CHOICE AWARDSProject: Home GroundDesign firm: Lauren WickwarePrinter: Andora GraphicsProject: Why Can’t MinimalDesign firm: Emma WrightPrinter: Andora GraphicsProject: Laurent & Clark Sales BrochureDesign firm: orangetangoPrinter: LG ChabotProject: This is NowhereDesign firm: Chris AllenPrinter: Hemlock PrintersPRINT AWARD WINNERSProject: Sunnybrook Foundation Report to Donors 2015Printer: Exodus GraphicsDesign firm: Clear SpaceProject: Cundari, Internal Design ProgramPrinter: Flash ReproductionsDesign firm: CundariProject: Brentwood ThreePrinter: Hemlock PrintersDesign firm: Thought ShopProject: Tridel “Form” Brochure & SleevePrinter: Somerset GraphicsDesign firm: CinderblocProject: Cleopatra BookPrinter: Hemlock PrintersDesign firm: AK PhotographsProject: George Brown College School of Design AnnualPrinter: Andora GraphicsDesign firm: George Brown College School of DesignProject: HakapikPrinter: Litho Chic (Deschamps Impression)Design firm: Yoanis MengeProject: FloraPrinter: Hemlock PrintersDesign firm: NewfoundbrandProject: Flare & Joe Fresh Cover, UnzippedPrinter: TC Transcontinental PLMDesign firm: FlareProject: Woo PublicationPrinter: Metropolitan Fine PrintersDesign firm: Woo PublicationProject: Equus by LithochicPrinter: Litho Chic (Deschamps Impression)Design firm: L’Orange BleueProject: Heather & Little Business CardsPrinter: Flash ReproductionsDesign firm: Overdrive Design
The third-year students of Ryerson University’s Graphic Communications Management program last week hosted the SPECTRUM+ Colloquium focused on expanded gamut printing. The colloquium, an annual event produced by GCM students, was built around three speakers making an impact in the world expanded gamut, including Kyle McVey, Director of Client Services at Jones Packaging, colour scientist John Seymour, who worked at QuadTech for more than 20 years, and Nawar Mahfooth, Chief Science Officer at ColorXTC. McVey described three days of trails undertaken by Jones, one of North America’s most prominent packaging printers, for a client who wanted to venture into expanded gamut. Seymour focused on the history of expanded gamut, tracing its roots back to 1960 and reemergence with the arrival of digital prepress, and Mahfooth focused on the Dynamic Press Profiling technology developed by ColorXTC.Ryerson student Andrew Ouzounis provides a photo essay of the event held at the university’s Ted Rogers School of Business.   View the embedded image gallery online at: https://www.printaction.com/index.php?option=com_k2&Itemid=8&lang=en&layout=latest&view=latest#sigProGalleriad1cc8dd228
Frank Romano, Professor Emeritus at the Rochester Institute of Technology and well-known printing pundit based on more than 40 years of industry analysis, on December 2 provided a keynote speech at the Digital Imaging Association’s annual holiday luncheon, held on Toronto’s waterfront at The Boulevard Club. The title of Romano’s DIA keynote, Digital Printing, From Good Enough to Nanography, describes one of the most-pressing issues facing printers as they prepare to make investment decisions around the commercial-printing possibilities of inkjet technologies.Romano spent an hour providing the crowd of some 100 people with his insights on the evolution of printing technologies, beginning with his take on the industry’s historical transitions into offset, toner and wide-format inkjet. The last 20 minutes of his speech then focused on both the opportunities and challenges facing further adoption of digital printing, with an emphasis on production-strength inkjet printing, ending with his perspective on Landa Digital’s Nanography-branded presses.Discussing the challenges facing further adoption of digital-printing technologies, particularly inkjet, Romano points to three primary issues. First, he explains, is the continuing, misguided marketing of technology developers that promote digital-printing growth via page volume. “The way they measure the output from these machines is page impressions. If you reduce everything to just a page, you have denigrated it – you have insulted it – because a page has no value,” says Romano. “When the page is in a brochure it has value. When a page is in a book it has value… They are not pages, they are parts of a product and that product has value. And if we keep making that a page, we reduce the value in the product and that is an issue.”The second primary obstacle to digital-printing growth, according to Romano, is the absurd number of sheet sizes needed to accommodate unique imaging formats on most every single digital press – both historic installations and new systems coming to market. “Let’s get rid of all of these stupid sizes. We cannot deal with every different sheet size you can imagine,” says Romano. “I’m sorry, the paper companies are not going to support you – they can’t anymore. They do not have the resources. They do not even have the warehouse space.”Romano then walked the crowd through a third significant challenge facing the further adoption of digital and inkjet presses: “The problem is that the majority of these machines are CMYK and yet we all know that we have to handle brand colours – Pantone colours… That is one of the reasons why Indigo sells so well. HP has done a very good job because of the fact that you can match almost every Pantone colour, every brand colour. That is why they are so dominant in the label market.”Romano continues to explain flexography remains so vital in the packaging world because of the ability to invest in 6, 8, 10-unit presses on which just about any brand colour can be dropped into the machine. He notes, however, that inkjet presses today can print on just about any polymer or plastic. “It is just a matter of time, but the problem is without the brand colours they are not going to get into the packaging market… And, by the way, telling me you can do 80 percent of the Pantone colours with CMYK does not hit it. Sorry, but that is not an argument.”After visiting drupa 2016, Romano notes the incredible range of production inkjet systems entering the market and their ability to print on most any substrate. He uses the growth in wide-format inkjet as an example of this ever-expanding application range, primarily leveraging mature UV technologies. "The next generation is going to print on new kinds of substrates. It is going to go way beyond paper... The home decor market, make the pattern of your sofa match your wall paper, if you so desire. Make your windows look like Tiffany glass. You can do that now very easily with wide-format inkjet."Romano envisions a strong future in the use of UV inking on production-strength systems, particularly with water-based UV inkjet technologies as opposed to oil-based UV. “I think the next big movement has to be water-based UV,” he says. “UV is really a key system because it can print on almost anything. It is impervious to the weather. That is going to be a key technology.”The use of water-based inking systems ties directly into the potential of Landa Digital’s Nanography-branded printing systems, which Romano does not view as standard inkjet presses, despite their use of print heads, because they jet liquid toner. Landa’s unique consumable is water based and evaporates in the imaging process to provide vibrant colours with a very low ink coating relative to existing inkjet systems.“A lot is going to change when Landa actually starts shipping… When that machine comes out there are several things about it that are unique,” says Romano. “You look at what [Benny Landa] is doing with that ink, it is going to change the world. The question is, will he make the machine affordable.”Without singling out Landa Digital, Romano continues to point to the challenge printers face given the high costs of production inkjet systems in the market today. “The thing that bothers me more than anything else is that we are a capital-intensive business and these machines are not cheap anymore,” he says. “[Technology suppliers] figure we all have money and yet that is one of my issues – we don’t. If you could get the machine at a reasonable price, we could then build a business and buy more machines, and buy more consumables… But right now I think they have priced them a little bit too high.”
In the final quarter of its financial year 2016/2017 (January 1, 2017 to March 31, 2017), Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG recorded what the company describes as its best sales and result since 2008. With a further improvement in the net profit after taxes to €36 million (previous year: €28 million) – based on preliminary figures – the company states it has achieved its objective for the year as a whole of a sustained return to profitability. The improvement of nearly €60 million in the free cash flow to €24 million, explains Heidelberg, also underlines the success of the strategic realignment towards a digital company that has been initiated. “Heidelberg has achieved its targets for 2016/2017 thanks to an excellent final quarter. The net profit after taxes improved once again and we’ve created a solid basis for the company’s further development,” said CEO Rainer Hundsdörfer. “We now need to gear our strategy towards becoming a digital company focused on customer needs. This will also bring the expected growth in sales and a further substantial improvement in profitability in the future.”At the beginning of February 2017, Heidelberg’s restructuring for the company’s digital future took effect on April 1, 2017 under the motto Heidelberg goes digital!. This move saw the Heidelberg Digital Technology (HDT) and Heidelberg Digital Business & Services (HDB) segments established. HDT combines sheetfed offset, label printing, and postpress operations and is responsible for developing, producing, and marketing the appropriate technologies and products for new business models. HDB, meanwhile, is where Heidelberg manages its operations relating to services, consumables, remarketed equipment, digital printing technology, and solutions throughout the value-added chain. The third segment – Heidelberg Financial Services (HDF) – will remain the same. Sales after 12 months were slightly up at €2.524 billion (previous year: €2.512 billion). In the final quarter alone, sales increased by just under 20 percent to €845 million (previous year: €710 million). The more substantial growth in sales originally planned for the year as a whole did not materialize, explains Heidelberg, due to planned acquisitions being postponed until the new reporting year. In the period under review, Heidelberg states incoming orders of €2.593 billion bucked the industry trend by being significantly up on the previous year’s level (€2.492 billion). Despite the costs for the drupa industry trade show of €10 million in financial year 2016/2017, EBITDA excluding special items in the reporting period amounted to €179 million (previous year: €189 million, including non-recurring income of €19 million from the PSG takeover). This resulted in an EBITDA margin of 7.1 percent (previous year excluding PSG: 6.8 percent). The €85 million operating profit (EBITDA before special items) for the fourth quarter was over 20 percent higher than in the same period of the previous year. Special items in the reporting period amounted to some €–18 million (previous year: €–21 million). Lower interest costs resulted in a further improvement in the financial result to €–56 million (previous year: €–65 million). This led to a net result after taxes of €36 million (previous year: €28 million). In the final quarter, the net profit after taxes climbed from €35 million to €46 million. The free cash flow at the end of the financial year reached a positive value of €24 million (previous year: €–32 million). Operational enhancements and efficient cash flow management thus resulted in an improvement of €56 million compared with the previous year. In the quarter under review, the net financial debt fell to €252 million (March 31, 2016: €281 million) and the leverage remained below the target value of 2 at 1.4.“We’ve significantly increased the free cash flow and further improved our balance sheet quality in reporting year 2016/2017. This lays a firm foundation for the Group to independently finance our transition into the digital world and step up our pursuit of attractive takeover targets. We’ll be announcing some successes in this regard in the near future,” said Heidelberg CFO Dirk Kaliebe.
Langley Holdings, the engineering and industrial group that controls German press maker Manroland Sheetfed, released results for its most recent fiscal, ended 31 December, 2016. The company states it had a record year, with profits before tax up by 15 percent on the previous year, and that Manroland Sheetfed, acquired five years ago in February, had now returned the group's initial investment in full.The group, led by Chairman Tony Langley, reported a pre-tax profit of €122.7 million on revenue of €900.9 million. Langley earned roughly 45 percent of its profits in Euro currency, 20 percent in US currency, 20 percent in GPB UK currency, and 15 percent in other currencies, although only a quarter of UK earnings were derived from the UK-based businesses, the majority coming from the UK subsidiaries of the European divisions.Manroland Sheetfed is the group’s largest division in revenue and employee terms and has around 40 subsidiaries around the world. Under Langley’s ownership the company has installed around 500 printing presses, maintained several thousands more and applied for 169 patents. In 2014, the press builder introduced the new Roland 700 Evolution machine.Piller, the German producer of power security systems, was the largest contributor to the group’s result. IT hosting and Cloud data centres were Piller's main driver in 2016, although healthcare, aircraft ground power and naval military systems also featured. Piller’s successes to date have been without any material levels of business from China, explains Langley Holdings, and in 2016 the company secured a cornerstone project for the Shanghai Stock Exchange. Piller equipment, according to the company, is installed at most of the world’s leading exchanges.In November the group acquired the business and assets of Texas-based Active Power, a producer of kinetic energy storage devices, and merged the business into its Piller division.ARO, Langley's French producer of welding technology for the automotive sector, also had another successful year on the back of a still buoyant sector. Langley explains there was generally a dearth of investment in the cement, gypsum, steel and alumina sectors though and Claudius Peters, the group’s German plant machinery producer, although profitable, was much less so on a subdued level of business.
Winpak Ltd. of Winnipeg, Manitoba released its fourth quarter results, which included an earnings performance that the company describes as the highest of any quarter in its 40-year history. Winpak manufactures and distributes high-quality packaging materials and related packaging machines, which are primarily for the packaging of perishable foods, beverages and in healthcare applications.Net income attributable to equity holders of the company for the fourth quarter of 2016 amounted to $28.6 million or 44 cents in earnings per share (EPS), surpassing the 2015 corresponding result of $27.6 million or 43 cents per share by 3.4 percent.  As mentioned, the represents the highest earnings performance of any quarter in the Company's 40-year history.  For the year ended December 25, 2016, net income attributable to equity holders of the Company of $104.3 million or $1.61 per share eclipsed the prior year record net income of $99.2 million or $1.53 per share by a respectable 5.1 percent.Revenue in the fourth quarter of 2016 of $215.6 million also set new heights, according to the company, and exceeded the 2015 final quarter level of $205.7 million by 4.8 percent. Volumes continued where they left off at the end of the first three quarters, explains Winpak, advancing by 6.9 percent in the fourth quarter, when compared to the same period in 2015.  On a percentage basis, biaxially oriented nylon volumes led the way, explains the company, accelerating by over 30 percent followed by packaging machinery and parts sales which rebounded from a slower third quarter of the year. Winpak continued to explain specialty film shipments also recovered from their decline in the previous quarter by moving forward in low double-digit percentage terms as bottlenecks within the operation continued to be addressed. Modified atmosphere packaging volumes ascended in the high single-digit percentage range as ongoing progress was made at securing additional business at major US protein customers.  After a particularly strong third quarter, explains Winpak, rigid container and lidding volumes advanced by low single-digit percentage increases over the 2015 final quarter. Custom container shipments, including specialty beverage, along with condiment packaging and trays for home meal replacements bolstered volume growth. Lidding for yogurt applications provided further gains. For 2016, revenue reached an all-time high for the company at $822.5 million, up by 3.2 percent from the $797.2 million recorded in the previous year. Volumes grew by a notable 6.8 percent, explains Winpak, with all major product groups progressing.For the current year, gross profit margins attained a level of 32.7 percent of revenue versus the 32.3 percent reached in 2015.  While volumes advanced by 6.8 percent in 2016, gross profit only grew by 4.5 percent from $257.8 million in 2015 to $269.3 million in the present year.Following a strong finish to 2016, the company explains it remains optimistic as it enters 2017 in terms of volume and earnings advancement.  Winpak continues its strategic focus on organic growth with opportunities in the sales pipeline progressing on the road to new revenue for the corporation. In particular, the company is targeting additional business from North America's major food processors.
Releasing results for the third quarter of its current fiscal year, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG states it is still on course to increase its annual profit as planned. During the third quarter (October 1 to December 31, 2016), the company’s operating result (EBITDA) and the net result after taxes improved further compared to the same quarter of the previous year. After nine months, Heidelberg explains its current fiscal sales of €1.7 billion were slightly below the previous year’s levels of €1.8 billion, as it expected, also stating a large number of orders placed at drupa, with longer delivery times, will be supplied on schedule in the fourth quarter.Over the same period, incoming orders at €1.99 billion were approximately 4.5 percent higher than the previous year’s value (€1.90 billion). At €739 million, the order backlog was around 26 percent up on the previous year’s figure (€586 million). As a result, Heidelberg explains it has a good platform for achieving the significant sales growth planned in the fourth quarter. “The improvements in results in the third quarter show that Heidelberg is on the right course to achieve sustainable profitability,” said Rainer Hundsdörfer, CEO of Heidelberg. “We anticipate we will further increase our annual profit with a strong final quarter.” Heidelberg, in releasing its Q3 results, stated it is realigning its organization to accelerate its digital transformation for high-growth customer segments in the years ahead. In future, Heidelberg explains there will be a division that will develop, manufacture and supply appropriate digital technologies and products for new business models. Another division, according to the company, will devise and market these models.“Heidelberg goes digital. We are getting the company fit for the digital future,” said Hundsdörfer. “To do that, we will develop and roll out our own innovative business ideas. However, we will also be strengthening our position in this area through acquisitions.”Heidelberg’s current third quarter EBITDA, excluding special items, improved to €49 million in the third quarter (previous year: €40 million). The total figure after nine months was €94 million (previous year: €119 million). At €-2 million, special items in the quarter under review equaled the figure for the same quarter of the previous year (€-2 million). The total figure after nine months was €-8 million (previous year: €-24 million). The financial result for the period under review matched the previous year’s level at €-42 million. Consequently, the net result after taxes in the quarter under review increased substantially to €18 million (previous year: €7 million). At €-10 million for the nine-month period, it was on a par with the corresponding period of the previous year (€-7 million).Free cash flow in the third quarter was slightly negative at €-10 million, and overall, after nine months, it was also at €-10 million. Compared to the financial year-end on March 31, 2016, the equity of the Heidelberg Group dropped to €246 million as at December 31, 2016. This was primarily due, according to the company, to changes in the actuarial interest rates for pensions. “We have the financial strength to actively shape our route into the digital world,” said Dirk Kaliebe, CFO. “The balanced financing framework also gives us the freedom to drive forward new business models through targeted acquisitions.”Thanks to the solid incoming orders and the rise in the order backlog, Heidelberg states it remains focused on its targets for 2016/2017. Although planned acquisitions have not been implemented yet, the company is still striving for marginal sales growth in light of a strong final quarter of the year. Despite the inputs for the accelerated expansion of the digital and the service business, it also expects to achieve an EBITDA margin before special items on par with the previous year’s level in the 2016/2017 financial year. At the same time, the financial result will improve further on account of declining interest expenses. Thus, Heidelberg is still aiming for a moderate year-on-year increase in its net result after taxes for the year as a whole.
Electronics For Imaging announced its preliminary results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2016. For the quarter ended December 31, 2016, the company reported record fourth quarter revenue of $266.7 million (all figures in US dollars), up four percent compared to fourth quarter 2015 revenue of $256.5 million. GAAP net income was $20.5 million, up 99 percent compared to $10.3 million for the same period in 2015 or $0.43 per diluted share, up 105 percent compared to $0.21 per diluted share for the same period in 2015. Cash flow from operating activities was $65.2 million, up 141 percent compared to $27.1 million during the same period in 2015 For the year ended December 31, 2016, the company reported revenue of $992.1 million, up 12 percent year-over-year compared to $882.5 million for the same period in 2015. GAAP net income was $45.5 million, up 36 percent compared to $33.5 million for the same period in 2015 or $0.95 per diluted share, up 36 percent compared to $0.70 per diluted share for the same period in 2015. "EFI delivered another record revenue quarter and our team's execution drove significant improvements in margins, cash flow, and earnings per share, despite the negative impact of foreign currency," said Guy Gecht, CEO of EFI.  "As we start the New Year we are even more excited about the road ahead, especially with our upcoming introduction of the Nozomi platform targeted at digital printing for packaging."
In its goal to become a $1 billion company by the end of the current fiscal year, Electronics For Imaging Inc. of Freemont, California, continues to report record quarterly revenue results. For it third quarter of 2016, ended September 30, 2016, with revenues reaching US$245.6 million, an increase of seven percent compared to third quarter 2015 revenue of US$228.7 million. "Our balanced business model was again the story in the third quarter,” said Guy Gecht, CEO of EFI.  “We are delighted with the strong organic growth in our Industrial Inkjet and Productivity Software segments, coupled with a rebound in cash from operations. We are entering the home stretch of 2016 with a robust pipeline of opportunities to partner with customers around the world in transforming and growing their businesses."GAAP net income was US$17.7 million for the company’s current third quarter, up 76 percent compared to US$10.3 million for the same period in 2015. Non-GAAP net income was US$27.6 million, up 16 perccent compared to non-GAAP net income of US$24.1 million for the same period in 2015.For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, EFI reported revenue of US$725.4 million, up 16 percent year-over-year compared to US$626.0 million for the same period in 2015.
Mimaki USA, which is part of the Japanese-based imaging giant, is opening its first branch location in Canada. Located at the intersection of Jane Street and Highway 7 in Toronto, the location is to include a technology centre, Mimaki’s seventh such centre in North America, for running demonstrations of its wide-format imaging technologies.Lucas Crossley, Canada Sales Manager for Mimaki, will lead the new Canadian location, which will include trained sales, support and service staff to help support its dealers in the country. The 11,000-square-foot technology centre will also hold Dealer Technician Certification courses in addition to applications training.The company is holding a grand opening celebration for its new technology centre on October 11, 2016 , with a ceremony taking place at 11:00 am.
Delphax Technologies Inc, with its primary press manufacturing operation based in Mississauga, Ontario, has reached a joint partnership agreement with Weihai Printing Machinery Co. Ltd. to provide the Delphax elan 500 inkjet press in the Chinese printing market. “Weihai’s investment in Delphax’s innovative elan 500 provides an attractive alternative to other technologies in fulfilling our clients printing needs,” said Gu Yonghui, General Manager of Weihai Printing Machinery. “The Weifeng EL500 is a product that will create a new model for opportunity in multiple print markets here in China.”The seven-year agreement for multiple systems will yield in excess of 35 systems, with the unit marketed under the name Weifeng EL500. In establishing this agreement, Delphax explains it has realigned its operations to primarily support and focus on the continued expansion,  development and manufacture of the elan 500 product line, fulfilling increased demand in the North American, EMEA and Chinese markets.The Delphax elan 500 is a colour sheetfed inkjet press with the ability to produce up to 500 duplex letter images per minute or 3,750 SRA2 (450 x 640 mm) sheets per hour. The press is driven by Memjet print head technology, whereby every stationary print head on the elan 500 has 70,400 jets that produce up to 700 million drops of ink per second. The elan 500 allows for printing on a range of substrates, from 20 to 130 Ib (60 to 350 gsm) and up to 8 x 8 to 18 x 25.2 inches (203 x 203 mm to 450 x 640 mm-SRA2). Duplex printing is performed at full speed, explains Delphax, with no degradation due to the unique SST paper path.“Weihai Printing Machinery provides us with a strong partner in China, providing both the commercial and technical support capabilities required to service the Chinese market.” said Richard Lee, Director of Operations at Delphax Technologies. “We look forward to working jointly with Weihai over the forthcoming launch and commercial release of the Weifeng EL500 and expect this relationship to generate significant new growth and profitability for our respective businesses”.Weihai Printing Machinery Co., founded in 1954, was the first major enterprise and the first major high technology company established under the Torch Plan of China within the Printing Machinery Sector. Under the Torch Plan, Weihai Printing Machinery Company was granted the right of open importation and exportation.
PDS is now the Canadian master distributor of Multigraf Touchline creasers, perforators and folders. This line-up of technologies has been constantly evolving since Multigraf became on the first companies to focus on the short-run finishing market in 1984.Multigraf AG is an equipment manufacturer based out of Muri, Switzerland. In addition to the Touchline products, Multigraf produces a range of banding and stacking systems.
KBR Graphics, which is celebrating its 40th year in business in 2016, is expanding its distribution of RYOBI MHI Graphic Technology sheetfed offset printing presses to include all of Canada. In mid-July 2016, KBR Graphics moved its head office to a new modern facility in Laval, Quebec, which is prepared to support future business through its larger sales, service and support teams.Previously, KBR Graphics had been the RYOBI MHI Graphic Technology (RMGT) distributor in Central and Eastern Canada since 2012. “We are pleased to offer the entire line of RMGT presses – the RMGT 3, 5, 7, 9, 10 and 11 models – across Canada, both direct and through our dealer network,” said Karl Belafi. Jr., Vice President, KBR Graphics.  “We have been selling RMGT presses for four years and enjoy a great relationship with RYOBI MHI. We’ve been very successful in the eastern part of the country and aim to further develop our presence throughout Canada.” In addition to its line of offset presses, the expanded distribution agreement also includes the new digital press line that RMGT introduced this past spring at the drupa trade fair in Germany. Sales representatives and dealer partners are being added throughout different locations in Canada so that the RMGT product line can be supported across the country for sales and technical service.“Announcements will be made in the very near future about our new additions and, by the end of this year, our Western region teams will grow even more,” said Belafi.
Bell and Howell Global Services released a statement that it will begin to service Ricoh InfoPrint presses in Canada, based on that company’s decision to no longer support the InfoPrint 3900 printer. Bell and Howell plans to support the following IBM/Ricoh InfoPrint models in Canada: 3300, 3800, 3900, 4000 and 4100.“There is a lot of life left in these InfoPrint toner production printers, and we’re ready to assist anyone who needs service virtually anywhere in North America,” said Jim Feely, Senior VP of Global Service Solutions. “Our Services team has the parts, supplies and technical know-how to provide the support needed to keep these printers up and running for years to come.”Bell and Howell states it has a network of hundreds of service technicians throughout Canada and the United States to perform maintenance or repair on a production printer, mail machinery or other industrial mechatronics systems from over 50 brands.The company also explains it can service all InfoPrint associated pre/post equipment from Lasermax, Hunkeler, Tecnau, RSI, Stralfors, ESP and others. This includes providing preventive maintenance, scheduled maintenance/tune-up, replacement parts, certified refurbishing, and converting systems to accept lower-cost orange cap toner.
Larry Stewart becomes Regional Sales Manager for technology and service supplier KBR Graphics, based in Montreal, Quebec. Stewart joins KBR Graphic’s Ontario sales team and is responsible for the entire range of KBR equipment and services. He will coordinate all aspects of new client acquisition for the Eastern portion of the Greater Toronto Area as well as other parts of Ontario. Stewart has more than 28 years of experience as a sales professional in the printing industry.  “Larry's extensive background and strong knowledge of print and finishing machinery as well as his established reputation in the industry will help our customers position their businesses for future success,” said Karl Belafi Jr., Vice President of KBR Graphics. Steve Klaric, a longstanding KBR Graphics Regional Sales Manager, continues in his responsibilities for the Western part of the Greater Toronto Area as well as other parts of Ontario.
Avanti Computer Systems Limited has announced that its award-winning Avanti Slingshot is the first print MIS to integrate with MarcomCentral JobDirect Plus.MarcomCentral’s SaaS-based JobDirect Plus offers an online portal which allows customers to engage with print providers, build orders, customize features and finishing options, preview submissions and submit through almost any application.The integration with Avanti Slingshot manages backend processes such as reporting, estimating, imposition, inventory management, scheduling, shipping, billing and more.The combination of the JobDirect Plus and Slingshot makes workflow automation for print jobs easy, efficient and cost effective.
Organizers of Graphics Canada 2017, running from April 6 to 8 at the Toronto International Centre, have provided an update of educational sessions to take place at the biannual printing trade show.Print Media Centr, led by Deborah Corn, will be running Graphics Canada’s Innovations Theatre nd organizers have posted their preliminary agenda on the show’s website. All sessions in the Innovations Theatre are free to attendees.IDEAlliance is also returning to the 2017 version of Graphics Canada with its G7 Summit running on the morning of April 6. More detailed information about this event can be found on the trade show’s Website.Organizers explain LabelExpo will participation in Graphics Canada 2017 with a Label Forum.Other primary educational attractions listed on the trade show’s website include intelliPACK workshops, sublimation zone, specialty graphics opportunity zone, Crossmedia Canada Conference, and the Printing Sales Training Day, among others.
Xaar of Cambridge, United Kingdom, reached an agreement with Xerox Corporation to partner in the development of bulk piezoelectric inkjet printheads. Xaar is soley focused on the production of industrial print heads, while Xerox holds a range of hardware, software and service technologies for the printing industry."Continued investment in technology and product development, together with strategic partnerships, are key elements of our 2020 vision," said Doug Edwards, CEO of Xaar.Xaar states the partnership capitalizes on each company's expertise in bulk piezo printhead development and will leverage both companies’ technologies. Xaar also explains the partnership allows it to provide customers with a broader range of bulk piezo printheads.
Agfa Specialty Products and LCsys Systèmes Industriels have launched ABSOLUT-ID, a joint solution for the production of high security ID cards, resulting from a development and sales partnership between the companies.In its role, Agfa supplies the technology and consumables for the printing of personalization data and LCsys provides process engineering and equipment manufacturing. The two partners will unveil ABSOLUT-ID to the global ID card industry on a joint exhibition booth at Trustech 2016, running from November 29 to December 1 in Cannes, France.Agfa’s print technology allows positioning the personalization image and data on ABSOLUT-ID cards underneath the traditional guilloche printing instead of on top of the product. The company explains this facilitates the visual detection of tampering and increases the reliability thereof, because the smallest flaw or interruption of a single guilloche line will instantly reveal fraud. Additionally, since the personalization data of each individual card are generated in a half tone resolution without pixels or screen dots, Agfa explains ABSOLUT-ID cards are considered virtually impossible to counterfeit or even to manipulate.The production of ABSOLUT-ID cards, using consumables on roll, is a web-based process that integrates all the customary stages of card production: printing of the personalization image and data, lamination, die cutting and chipping. This continuous process offers tremendous time and cost efficiency, explains Agfa, as well as security benefits compared to the conventional approach of sequential and often geographically distributed steps. Agfa explains that because the process starts with the personalization stage, the ABSOLUT-ID concept eliminates the cost of laborious card preparations before a single card can be issued. It also avoids the storage of semi-finished cards that have high value only in terms of immobilized cash and represent a high risk of security breach in case of theft; a risk that can only be countered by increasing the cost even more with security infrastructure investments or surveillance.“In today's globalized world, more than ever, reliable ID security is of great importance to society and to all of us individually," said Marc Van Damme, VP Marketing and Sales, Agfa Specialty Products. “Agfa is pleased to contribute to more reliable and affordable security with state-of-the-art technology that builds on our long-standing expertise in imaging and shows at its best when quality is at stake to make a real difference.”
Jones Packaging Inc., headquartered in London, Ont. as a global provider of packaging solutions for healthcare and consumer brands, has entered into a commercial partnership with Norway's Thin Film Electronics ASA (Thinfilm), which develops printed electronics and smart systems, including technologies for Near Field Communications (NFC).Together the two companies will integrate Thinfilm’s recently branded NFC OpenSense technology into paperboard pharmaceutical packaging and, at the same time, develop what Jones describes as key manufacturing processes for its high-speed production lines.Jones and Thinfilm will also collaborate to engage top global pharmaceutical companies to integrate the smart technology into Rx and over-the-counter product packaging. The Jones/Thinfilm smart packaging collaboration will be funded, in part, by grants from both the Swedish and Canadian governments. Jones explains NFC OpenSense tags are thin, flexible labels that can detect both a product’s “factory sealed” and “opened” states and wirelessly communicate contextual content with the tap of an NFC-enabled smartphone. The tags contain unique identifiers, continues Jones, that make it possible for pharmaceutical companies to authenticate products and track them to the individual-item level using software and analytics tools. In addition, Jones explains the tags remain active even after a product’s factory seal has been broken, which enables both brands and medical staff to extend the dialogue with consumers and patients. “Our strategy of developing printed electronics solutions for the healthcare market led us to this important collaboration with industry pioneer Thinfilm,” stated Chris Jones Harris, Principal, Strategic Initiatives and Alliances with Jones. “Thinfilm’s unique printed NFC solution addresses multiple needs within the pharmaceutical channel, particularly around product integrity and patient safety, and allows our customers to connect the world of physical packaging to virtual and dynamic content on the internet – it’s a very unique and compelling proposition.”Thinfilm’s “Tag Talks First” protocol is described as a key feature of the NFC OpenSense tag and enables a read-speed that is up to 20 times faster than conventional NFC solutions. The companies explain this makes NFC OpenSense an ideal technology for use within the high-speed, high-volume production lines found in Jones’ manufacturing facilities. The work conducted by Jones and Thinfilm will also include the integration of ferrite shield labels with the NFC OpenSense tags. Jones explains this will enable the NFC technology to function on metalized packaging, such as blisters commonly used for cold/flu medication. The company states this is perfectly aligned with its contract packaging capabilities in the area of customized blister packaging solutions for solid dose products including tablets, caplets, capsules and gel caps.“Jones has been in business for well over a century and is a trusted partner to many of the most recognized global pharmaceutical and consumer brands,” said Davor Sutija, CEO of Thinfilm. “We are very excited to be partnering with a true innovator in the packaging industry and look forward to helping them deliver this leading-edge NFC solution to the pharmaceutical space.”
Xaar plc, which makes industrial inkjet technology, and Lawter, along with its parent company Harima Chemicals Group (HCG), are now collaborating to optimize the performance of a line of nanosilver conductive inks in the Xaar 1002 industrial inkjet print-head. The combined solution, according to the companies, will be of interest to manufacturers of consumer electronics goods looking for a method to print antennas and sensors with silver nanoparticle ink as part of their manufacturing processes. Xaar explains inkjet is a cleaner process than other methods of printing silver inks; this is especially relevant when printing onto a substrate, such as a display, in which any yield loss is expensive. With inkjet, manufacturers can precisely control the amount of ink dispensed in certain areas of a pattern, continues Xaar, so that the ink or fluid deposited can be thicker in some areas and thinner in others – adding that inkjet enables the deposition of a much thinner layer of fluids than traditional methods, which is significant for the manufacturers looking to produce thinner devices. Inkjet is also one of the few technologies able to print a circuit over a substrate that has a structured surface.“This is an excellent opportunity to showcase our latest technological breakthroughs and demonstrate the unique value that our revolutionary nanoparticle inkjet solutions can play as part of an integrated system solutions in the PE world,” said Dr. Arturo Horta, Business Development Manager for Lawter Innovation Group. HCG claims to have pioneered the development and manufacture of silver nanoparticle conductive inks for the printed electronics industry over 20 years ago and has over 100 patents related to its nanoparticle dispersion technology.
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.”
In January 2017, Xaar plc, a world leader in the development of industrial inkjet technologies, is set to open its Xaar 3D Centre in Nottingham, United Kingdom. The new facility is engineered to deliver 3D printing services and equipment to OEMs, material suppliers and end users. Xaar’s new 3D team is headed up by Professor Neil Hopkinson, who joined the company in March 2016 to develop its 3D business. With 19 years of experience in additive manufacturing technology, Hopkinson is the inventor of High Speed Sintering (HSS) technology, which uses inkjet print heads and infrared heaters to manufacture products layer by layer from polymer powder materials at much higher speeds than other additive manufacturing processes. HSS is of interest to companies looking to use 3D in volume manufacturing.  In 2016, Hopkinson was scheduled to complete a three-year project to develop supply chain and full-scale production capabilities for novel additive manufacturing technologies for applications in major industrial sectors through three key partners, including Unilever (FMCG), BAE Systems (aerospace) and Cobham Technical Services (space and communications). Xaar’s role in this project focused on optimizing the performance of specialist third-party fluids in combination with its print heads. The expansion of Xaar’s 3D business is a key part of the company’s 2020 strategic vision. Since joining Xaar, Hopkinson has been building his 3D team and in early 2016 appointed project managers and 3D engineers who are now based at the Xaar 3D Centre. The team in Nottingham will focus on the development of materials and applications with a range of global brand partners.  In addition, the Xaar 3D team this month been expanded to include an experienced group of engineers working in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Xaar Copenhagen team will provide design and process development expertise to help the company’s partners commercialize HSS equipment.  “I am delighted to confirm our investment in the Xaar 3D Centre in Nottingham and our 3D team including the new group in Copenhagen,” said Neil Hopkinson. “As we build our business in 3D it is vital that we have the in-house expertise to support our partners. The addition of the team in Denmark further extends our capability.”
Canon Canada at the start of December hosted a couple dozen journalists for a 2-hour tour of its new 180,000-square-foot headquarters in Brampton, Ontario, home to the company’s domestic business interests in consumer, medical, security and print-production imaging. Built on more than 18 acres, the open, Kyosei-inspired interior of building is highlighted by a 5,000-square-foot interactive space that showcases the past, present and future of Canon innovation. From Canon cameras, printers and projectors to medical imaging equipment, copiers and production systems, the showroom will house the newest Canon products for customers and prospective customers. The company’s printing technologies occupy the majority of space in the showroom, including systems like the imagePRESS 10000VP and Oce VarioPRint 6320 Ultra+.While print-production remains a major pillar of Canon’s business, second only to the company’s historic consumer-imaging sector, the new Canadian headquarters is designed to support its growing interests in both security and medical imaging systems. In 2014, Canon surprised the security industry with its acquisition of Milestone Systems, one of the world’s leading providers of video management software, and then in February 2015 spent approximately $2.8 billion to acquire security-systems giant Axis Communications.Located at the corner of Mississauga Road and Steeles Avenue West, the new building brings together more than 400 Canon employees who will play a major role in driving the company’s diverse imaging interests across Canada.   View the embedded image gallery online at: https://www.printaction.com/index.php?option=com_k2&Itemid=8&lang=en&layout=latest&view=latest#sigProGalleriacce828c6d6

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