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Cambridge Label provides a preview of the following Graphics Canada 2017 booth highlights.Return to list of Graphics Canada featured exhibitorsAt Graphics Canada, Cambridge Label, one of the country’s largest trade printers specializing in labels, is focusing on its new Instant Online Quoting system. The quoting allows customers to now quote digitally printed CMYK labels online. As a printer exclusively for the trade, customers can login using their distributor login (set-up via Cambridge Label) to access the online program. With a distributor login, trade customers can also take advantage of the following features: View order history, place re-orders, view order status, and place estimate requests for labels other than digitally printed full colour labels.Specializing in print for a number of markets, Cambridge Label manufactures custom printed labels in quantities as few as 100 and up to several million. The company provides a range of stocks and adhesives available and over 2,500 label sizes and styles.
Acco Brands Canada, GBC, provides a preview of the following Graphics Canada 2017 booth highlights.Return to list of Graphics Canada featured exhibitors   View the embedded image gallery online at: https://www.printaction.com/index.php?option=com_k2&Itemid=8&lang=en&layout=latest&view=latest#sigProGalleria7555e42c59 The Seal 65 Pro MD is described as a high production, versatile wide-format laminator that can run both hot and cold applications. Reaching at speeds of more than 15 feet per minute, GBC explains the 65 Pro MD is capable of running thermal film at two to three times the speed of other laminators on the market. It also carries ETL certification in the United States and Canada.GBC describes the Magnapunch Pro Punching Machine as a newly robust stainless steel system for document finishing. The company explains the punching system features uncomplicated set-ups, in addition to the strength of its flywheel technology.The GBC Catena 65 roll laminator is described as an easy-to-use and efficient system targeted at small print shop, office or institution environments. This updated laminator encapsulates and mounts jobs up to 27 inches wide. Its increased ¼-inch mounting gap, explains GBC, helps in mounting to foamcore. New features of the Catena 65 include an open design, pivoting table, AutoSpeed and programmable presets.At Graphics Canada, GBC will also highlight the 44-inch Spire 44T thermal wide format laminator, Ultima 65 thermal roll laminator, Procut 17P paper cutter, Digicoil Automatic Color coil inserter, and Pro Trim 63 trimmer.
Exhibitors of Graphics Canada, running from April 6 to 8 at the Toronto International Centre, were asked for up to three of their booth highlights for attendees to focus. A complete list of exhibitors is located at the bottom of this page, following Featured Exhibitors that provided their booth highlights.Featured Exhibitors4overAcco Brands Canada, GBC      AgfaAmazing Print TechAmplisAvantiAXYZ InternationalBard Business SolutionsC.P. BourgCambridge LabelCanon CanadaDaly Digital GroupDelphax Technologies DepositphotosDolphies Promo     Epson Canada EskoGMGGTI Graphic TechnologyHans Shinohara Hiker EnterprisesHPInsourceKonica Minolta Business SolutionsMPI GroupMultiple Pakfold Business FormsNational Research CouncilPDSPrimera TechnologyRicoh CanadaRoland DGARS International Sign Association of CanadaSmartSoftSouthwest BindingsSydney StoneUnibindValue-Rite Business ProductsVeritivZündComplete Exhibitor List (as provided by Graphics Canada, February 28)3 L Display4overA + A Graphics CanadaAberdeen FabricsACCO Brands CanadaADMACOAdvertising Specialty InstituteAgfa Air & Water Systems All Graphic SuppliesAmazing Print Tech AmplisAnnouncement ConvertersAPD Printing ATS – Tanner Banding Systems Avanti AXYZ InternationalB & R MollBanner Ups/E. L. Hatton Sales Bard Business Solutions Beaumont & Co Exhibits and DisplaysCambridge LabelCanon Canada Color - Dec North AmericaComhan Canada C.P. Bourg CP Office SolutionCustomized MatsDaly Digital GroupDelphax Technologies Canada DepositphotosDFS  DocketManager Dolphies Promo Group CanadaDuroflex Specialty PapersEOS TradingEpilog LaserEpson Canada Ernest Green & Son ESKOExhibition Printing SolutionsEZ Trade SignsFactor Forms & LabelsFlagship Courier SolutionsForte Labels and Shrink SleevesGemini GMG ColorGonderflex InternationalGrand Valley-DirectGraphic Arts MagazineGreenflow Environmental ServicesGRIMCOGTI Graphic TechnologyHans Shinohara CanadaHiker EnterprisesHP Inc.ILLU Display Insource Intertek Testing ServicesJ & J ManufacturingJelly LabelsKBR GraphicsKIP AmericaKonica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada)LasX IndustriesLogoJETMacaronMasterwork USA Matchking Printing Maxmedia Graphic Supplies Mimaki USAMiralupa MPI PrintMulti Color Tech Multiple Pakfold Business FormsMutoh America National Research Council (NRC)New Magway Okidata AmericasOMET AmericasOutdoor Media ZonePDSPressWise by SmartSoftPrime LightboxesPrimera TechnologyPrime UV-IR Systems SystemsPrintAction Printer Gateway Printer's Parts & EquipmentPritchard Paper Products PSI EngineeringRicoh CanadaRISORoland DGA RS International CanadaRubenstein RB Digital Simple SignmanSign Association of CanadaSign Media CanadaSinalite.comSinclair Computer FormsSkyline TorontoSouthwest BindingsSpecialties Graphic Finishers Spicers CanadaStahls' CanadaSTMStuebing Automatic Machine Sydney StoneTeckmark Label TG GraphicsThe Drafting Clinic Canada THERM-O-TYPE Tiimports TMAX Images Treck Hall Wide FormatTrotec Laser CanadaUltima Displays CanadaUnibindValue-Rite Business ProductsVeritivVerso Solutions Web to Print Shop World of TapeXerox Canada Yantai Hongquing Packing Material YUL TechnologiesYupo Corporation AmericaZund
Canon Canada provides a preview of the following three Graphics Canada 2017 booth highlights.Return to list of Graphics Canada featured exhibitors   View the embedded image gallery online at: https://www.printaction.com/index.php?option=com_k2&Itemid=8&lang=en&layout=latest&view=latest#sigProGalleria0b933c5f2c The Océ Arizona 2200 Series includes flatbed-based UV-curable printing systems designed for producing both rigid and flexible work. Building from an existing Arizona platform, the newest Océ Arizona series, according to Canon, are designed as versatile and high-quality imaging systems  for mid-volume print producers.    The imagePRESS C10000VP Series is designed for high-volume digital printing, running a range of media types, with what Canon rates as a monthly duty cycle of up to 1.5 million letter-size images. The imagePRESS C10000VP Series reaches print speeds of up to 100 letter images per minute with the C10000VP model and 80 letter images per minute with the C8000VP model, with both systems supporting media weights of up to 350 gsm. The imagePRESS C10000VP Series produces a resolution of up to 2,400 x 2,400 dpi with automatic colour control and adjustment.The Canon imagePROGRAF 60-inch PRO-6000S and 44-inch PRO-4000S large-format printers using an 8-colour LUCIA PRO ink system designed for applications like production signage, commercial photography and proofing. The LUCIA PRO ink set adopts newly formulated, micro-encapsulated pigment inks for what the company describes as strong colour reproduction, image clarity and fine lines. Canon explains these reproduction characteristics are well suited for creating posters and advertising displays.
Amazing Print Tech provided PrintAction with a preview of the following Graphics Canada 2017 booth highlights.Return to list of Graphics Canada featured exhibitorsWeb-to-Print provider Amazing Print Tech is showcasing a range of online storefront technologies for areas the company describes as business-to-consumer, retail, business-to-business, corporate, websites, estimators and content management system plug-in technologies.     In addition to create new Websites, Amazing Print Tech states it offers the largest library of premade templates, which can be embedded into existing Websites.
Zünd provides a preview of the following Graphics Canada 2017 booth highlights.Return to list of Graphics Canada featured exhibitors   View the embedded image gallery online at: https://www.printaction.com/index.php?option=com_k2&Itemid=8&lang=en&layout=latest&view=latest#sigProGalleria9d83c6c188 Zünd Cut Center ZCC is an Adobe Illustrator plug-in to create three-dimensional designs for packaging and displays. Zünd Design Center provides a library of templated designs in folding carton and corrugated cardboard. The software includes a 3D preview tool to consider measurements, logos, patterns and other graphic elements. Zünd also showcasing its M-2500 cutting system, but its primary focus will be on workflow andsoftware.Zünd will be cutting one or more jobs with boxes or displays available in Zünd Design Center and nested with Prep Center. The company explains it will show visitors how easy these production process are, from prepress to finished product. Zünd will also show how they are subsequently handled in Zünd Cut Center – with QR-code capture and all the other features, including flip&cut, when using a Zünd cutting system.
Digital Edge has installed a Duplo DC-616 PRO, purchased through Sydney Stone, into its Mississauga, Ontario, facility. For 15 years, Digital Edge has been a specialist in print, media and mailing services, including its long-term status as a Canada Post Expert.“We had been thinking about a slitter, cutter, creaser for some time,” said Bob Shea President of Digital Edge. “We have lots of work that is done on a standard template and we had been using the guillotine on them which was a lot of inefficient labour.”The Duplo DC-616 PRO slitter/cutter/creaser is aimed at short-run, on-demand digital printing work. Designed to remove white borders and prevent toner cracking on colour documents, the all-in-one finisher can process up to six slits, 25 cuts, and 20 creases in a single pass.“This Duplo 616 PRO completes a wide range of jobs and does them very well,” said Michael Steele of Sydney Stone. “From business cards to creasing and cutting down book covers to making event tickets the Duplo DC 616 PRO is extremely versatile.”With automatic setup tools and quick changeovers, explains Sydney Stone, the DC-616 PRO can finish an array of full-bleed digital applications like greeting cards, invitations, brochures, book covers, photos, and 24-up business cards without additional modules required.
Imageworks Print & Prepress of Richmond Hill, Ontario, installed a Multigraf CP375 Duo Touchline, purchased through PDS, which is a creasing and perforating system aimed at mid- to high-volume runs.Equipped with two creasing tools (male/ female) and a cross perforating tool, the CP375 DUO performs up to 20 creases and 20 perforations simultaneously in a single pass. An optional strike-perforating tool can be added to the system for increased versatility.
Battlefield Graphics of Burlington, Ontario, over the past two years been enhancing its production platform through a multi-million-dollar investment in new equipment, centred around the installation of a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL-106-7+L press. The commercial printer, established in 1964, has also added a Heidelberg Versafire CV, Promatrix 106 CS and Polar System 2. Battlefield currently employs 60 people in two locations.   View the embedded image gallery online at: https://www.printaction.com/index.php?option=com_k2&Itemid=8&lang=en&layout=latest&view=latest#sigProGalleria9da70e4a1e These four major capital-equipment investments were put into service throughout 2016. The Heidelberg Speedmaster XL-106 is capable of producing conventional and UV print jobs at 18,000 impressions per hour. It is equipped with IST UV curing technology; Inpress Control, an automated colour and register system; AutoPlate Pro for fully automated plate changing; and the Prinect Press Center with Intellistart.To leverage the Speedmaster XL-106 and provide unique finishing for its high-end print work, Battlefield also invested in a Promatrix 106 CS die-cutting system. “We can provide so much more with this machine, regardless of the substrate we are working with,” said Jerry Theoret, President and CEO of Battlefeild. “It is a whole new offering for us.” The die-cutting system joins another new investment in a Polar System 2 cutter, and Battlefield’s existing Stahl folding systems.As part of its investment plan, Battlefield also installed a Heidelberg Versafire CV press capable of printing 90 pages per minute. The toner-based system is equipped to apply a fifth colour – clear or opaque white – to Versafire’s printed sheets. “We are also using it for proofing,” said Matt Theoret, Production Manager. “The Versafire is part of the Prinect workflow, utilizing the DFE RIP from Heidelberg and colour management to our offset operation. [It] is really accurate and easy for our prepress to work with.”Battlefield has been entrenched in long perfecting and UV printing since 2004 when it became the first printing company in North America to install a Heidelberg Speedmaster SM-102-12P, which primarily produced 6/6 colour catalogues for demanding sectors like automotive. This press joined a Heidelberg CD-102-6+L with UV. Battlefield was an early adopter of printing with UV techniques like opaque whites and spot-gloss effects, often on unique substrates like metallics and clear poly sheets.“UV printing is a very important part of our business, therefore, we needed to produce UV faster and complete more tasks in one pass, and decrease our turnaround times to our customers,” said Matt Theoret, describing Battlefield's new investment in the Heidelberg Speedmaster XL-106. “This press can output highly critical mutli-colour and specialized jobs as it were a simple 4-colour process job.”
Avant Imaging & Integrated Media Inc. this April is scheduled to install a Manroland R706PLV HiPrint perfecting press into its 100,000-square-foot facility in Aurora, Ontario. The 41-inch R706PLV HiPrint will be AIIM’s second manroland press, joining an existing manroland R710 HiPrint that was installed more than a decade ago and is to remain in operation.Mario and Frank Giorgio founded what is now called Avant Imaging & Integrated Media (AIIM) in 1990. Today, the operation, with 90 full-time employees, provides a range of offset and digital printing capabilities, as well as fulfillment and mailing services. Focused on producing high-value products, AIIM has been at the forefront of leveraging data to drive its toner and inkjet presses for a number of years, which also includes integrating offset work.AIIM explains its core strength is still commercial printing, but has developed what the company describes as 10 unique service lines for the enterprise output chain. These branded services include aiim•PRINTSMART, aiim•ON·DEMAND, aiim•FULFILLMENT, aiim•CONNX, aiim•ANALYTICS, aiim•1:1, aiim•DIRECTMAIL, aiim•SMARTSTATEMENTS, aiim•VICIMAP, aiim•LARGE FORMAT and aiim•SOCIAL. “Over time, the industry changed and we entered the digital era. Early on, we foresaw the need to shift our business focus from basic print applications to more sophisticated print and direct-marketing capabilities,” said Frank Giorgio. “That’s why we’ve adapted and evolved into a high-ROI, highly integrated marketing company offering print collateral, high-response data-driven direct-mail campaigns, social media promotion – even augmented reality.”Giorgio continued to explain that AIIM purchased the manroland press mainly because of its perfecting capabilities. The R706PLV HiPrint has a perfector in the second position, making it a 2-over-4 press, which the company describes as being well suited for producing high-quality, direct mail. “We still do a lot of perfecting and sometimes we have a need, for example, for 1-over-1, 2-over-2, 2-over-4 or 1-over-4 jobs, or at the high end, for six-colour plus aqueous coating,” said Giorgio. “This press can do all those in one pass, which reduces our turnaround times and gets jobs to our clients much faster.”The new R706PLV HiPrint press, purchased through manroland Sheetfed Canada, is also equipped with ColorPilot D&F on its console, which manroland states to be the fastest technology of its kind – providing high-end density and spectral colour measurement/control – on the market. In recent years, Manroland Sheetfed has added new features to its Roland 700 HiPrint series, including simultaneous plate loading, higher precision sheet guiding technology, printing speeds up to 17,200 sheets per hour, an upgraded Inline Inspector quality control, a sheet-numbering system, low energy UV drying technology, and an Indexed Inline Foiler that creates less waste.
Sherwood Printers, a trade printer based in Mississauga, Ontario, has installed a twin LasX STP400 laser finishing system, which includes a robotic stripping system. Sherwood finishes orders from each of its 14 copy shops in the Greater Toronto Area, as well as a based of graphic designers, print brokers and advertising agencies in the region.“We are located in one of North America’s most competitive print markets and this LasX twin laser and robot system will nicely complement our digital and litho print capabilities,” said Manoj Sheth, President & CEO of Sherwood Printers. “The highly automated LasX digital laser system provides our trade clients and our copy shop customers all the benefits of digital processing – fast and efficient turnaround from one central facility for printing, laser processing and shipping.“Today, designs are limited only by an artist’s imagination and these designs can be incredibly intricate. Our LasX systems allows us to produce runs of two pieces up to medium and long runs all at very competitive prices.”The Sherwood installation includes the LasX STP400-2, which is a 20-inch-wide sheetfed process, with two 400W lasers for performing multiple laser operations simultaneously all in a single pass. An integrated robot automatically removes the finished part from the waste and stacks the parts. The dual-camera vision system of the LasX STP400-2 allows for what the company describes as precise print to cut registration and has an optional printed barcode job option to pass the job information instantly to the laser controller for short order and variable cut operations. Driving jobs from the printed barcode on the edge of the sheet, explains LasX, instantly loads the new job parameters for on-the-fly changeover at production speed to both the laser and the robot.
MPI Print Group, a trade-printing operation with two facilities in the Greater Toronto Area, installed a new Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS C1100, which also included an inline SD-506 Booklet Maker.The new colour toner-based press, which was installed in December 2016, is integrated with the IC-310 Fiery RIP with Graphics Arts Package, Impose & Compose, Konica Minolta Color Care Software with FD-Auto Scanner, and an HM-101 inline humidifier. The bizhub PRESS C1100 runs at speeds of up to 100 pages per minute in colour and monochrome, producing 1,200 x 1,200-dpi resolution with 8-bit processing.MPI Print was founded by brothers Pal and Robbie Dhanju as Millenium Printing back in 1998 and, following the acquisition of Kingsweb, now operates out of a 45,000-square-foot plant in Concord, Ontario, and a 50,000-square-foot facility in Mississauga. The company’s trade services include prepress, web (heat-set) printing, sheetfed offset printing, digital printing, variable printing and a full in-house bindery, as well as die cutting, a range of specialty finishes and other custom printing techniques.
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.
Agfa Graphics expanded its Canadian sales team with the addition of Rick Gargano, who joins the company as Account Manager servicing the Ontario province, and Gurshawn Hansi, who will serve as National Account Manager for Wide-Format Media and Applications.Gargano is responsible for the entire Agfa Graphics commercial product portfolio. He has been in the graphic arts industry for 33 years, spending most of his time with Fujifilm Canada and McCutcheon Graphics in various roles. Gargano will report to Lawrence Robinson, the Business Manager for Central and Western Canada.Hansi served as a Sales Representative for Transilwrap Co., a manufacturer and converter of printable plastic materials. He has a background in marketing, sales and account management. Hansi will report to Steve Fournier, Business Manager, Wide Format Media and Applications. “Rick and Gurshawn bring a wealth of knowledge in technical sales and support to our growing commercial and wide format business in Canada,” said Ruben Silva, Managing Director of Agfa Inc. Canada. "The addition of Rick and Gurshawn will help our efforts to create more growth opportunities for customers and prospects."
Phil Hampson becomes the National Sales Manager, Canada, for the Graphic Systems Division of Fujifilm North America Corporation.With over 20 years in the graphics industry, Hampson will oversee the sales of Fujifilm’s extensive portfolio of imaging and printing systems throughout all provinces in Canada, from the West Coast to the East Coast. “As a former Inkjet Sales Manager, I’ve developed many outstanding relationships with our customers; I understand the needs of a print buyer,” said Hampson. “They want to turn jobs faster, and offer multi-channel campaigns with variable data. I am eager to continue sharing Fujifilm’s best-in-class products to my fellow Canadians.”  Angus Pady has also joined Fujifilm Canada in the role of Professional Service Consultant serving the central Ontario region.
Ted Markle becomes Chief Operating Officer of Annex Printing & Publishing, the parent company of PrintAction magazine operating under the company’s Annex Business Media arm, which is Canada’s largest business-to-business publishing group.Markle began his role with Annex this week, after spending several months consulting for the company, reporting to President and CEO, Mike Fredericks. Markle will lead Annex’ executive team as the company aims to continue its past several years of expansion.“We are fortunate to have an operator of Ted’s media experience join us,” said Fredericks. “Ted has also become very familiar with the Annex culture over the past year, and in fact has been involved in our Values Project. He understands what makes us unique, but also brings a valuable fresh look at our business and some high level printing experience as well.”Markle spent the previous 17 years with TC Transcontinental, Canada’s largest printing and publishing operation generating more than $2 billion in annual revenues, including his most recent role as President of Transcontinental Media from 2013 to 2016 and before that as Senior VP, Content Solutions, for TC Media beginning in 2011.Markle also gained extensive printing-industry experience with TC Transcontinental, including seven years in various executive roles, primarily helping to lead the company’s newspaper operations.“I am excited to join Annex Business Media,” said Markle. “The values and the culture are a perfect fit. I look forward to contributing to this high-performance team as we continue to grow the business.”Markle has a BA from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, and has completed Wharton's Executive Development Program at the University of Pennsylvania.
Sean Springett becomes Chief Executive Officer of Manroland Sheetfed GmbH’s North American subsidiaries, based in Chicago, IL, and Vaughan, Ontario. Springett, age 42, joined Manroland Sheetfed in 2008 and most recently served as its VP of Sales & Marketing. His appointment follows the October 19 passing of Manroland Sheetfed’s Mike Mugavaro, who led the press maker’s North American operation since 2012.“As Vice President Sales and Marketing for the USA and Canada for the last four years, with a career in the industry spanning more than twenty years, Sean has held progressively senior leadership positions,” said Rafael Penuela-Torres, CEO of Manroland Sheetfed GmbH. “He is the natural choice to head up our North American operations.”Manroland Sheetfed GmbH of Germany, founded in 1871, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sheetfed offset printing presses. Today, the company has subsidiaries in over 40 countries, with its North American operation being a key component of the press maker’s global footprint. Manroland Sheetfed GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of the privately owned UK engineering group, Langley Holdings plc.“Manroland Sheetfed is one of those rare companies to have truly revolutionized the offset market through technology, and I couldn’t be more honoured to have been chosen to lead the company in the USA and Canada,” said Springett.Gina Gigliozzi, Director of Sales Administration for Manroland Sheetfed said, “Having worked with him for more than eight years, I feel sure that Sean is the right leader at the right time for Manroland Sheetfed."
Aylmer Express Graphics Group, headquartered in Aylmer, Ontario, has purchased Contact Creative Printing, a lithography shop, and Double Q Printing, a digital print shop.Both London, Ontario, companies and their staff have been absorbed into existing production centres under the Aylmer Express Graphics Group, which includes Aylmer Express in Aylmer, Accell Graphics and Absolute Mail Solutions in London, Ontario, and Barney Printing in Woodstock. The company also operates a mail, data management and distribution centre called Westminster International in Toronto.“No one else in the territory has our combination of capacity, versatility and expertise," said John Hueston, President of Aylmer Express. "We are now the largest general commercial printers in Southwestern Ontario and more importantly, unsurpassed for quality reproduction.“We are extremely busy and will continue to grow organically and through acquisition," continued Hueston. "Our full-time staff, almost 100, far exceeds what my father and I set out to do when we accepted Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s challenge to create jobs 35 years ago. We have been very fortunate to have such fine colleagues who share our vision and their craftsmanship.”The Contact Creative and Double Q acquisitions follow a 12-month capital investment in technology including a Heidelberg CD74 press, Heidelberg saddle stitcher and folder, Polar automated cutting system and large-format printing equipment.The 137-year-old Express, owned since 1947 by the Hueston family, was also a Family Enterprise of the Year Award finalist at the Family Enterprise Exchange awards banquet on March 2, 2017.
Hemlock Harling Distribution Inc. has acquired PDQ Post Group based in Surrey, BC, with more than 25 years of experience in data, mail and lettershop print solutions. All PDQ operations will shift to Hemlock Harling’s 40,000-square-foot faciliity in Richmond, BC.PDQ Post’s President, Lorraine Duclos, takes on a new role as Senior Account Manager at Hemlock Harling. “At PDQ, we had great success with customers who focused on direct mail,” she said. “With Hemlock Harling, we can now offer all components of a direct mail campaign, for regional, national and international projects.”Hemlock Harling was established in December 2016 as an equal partnership of Hemlock Printers, one of Canada’s leading printing companies based in Burnaby, BC, and Harling Direct, a prominent postal services and fulfillment provider with facilities in Montreal and Toronto. Hemlock Harling, officially opening its doors in February 2017, coinciding with its purchase of Kirk Marketing, a 60-year-old full-service print, mailing and fulfillment services company which held the organization’s current facility in Richmond.“This acquisition is an exciting step for Hemlock Harling, helping put us on a solid path for success in the future,” said President Richard Kouwenhoven. “We are excited to have Lorraine join the organization as a professional and collaborative mailing specialist to our many stakeholders. She will also help welcome her existing customers to an expanded service offering which covers data, print, mail, warehousing and distribution services.”Hemlock Harling is focused on providing data-driven marketing, postal and third-party distribution services to a clients throughout North America. “Lorraine has many years of experience in mailing and her postal knowledge of not only Canada Post, but also USPS and international postal administrations will serve our current and future clients well,” said Gordon Taschuk, General Manager of Hemlock Harling.
Reuters news service reports today that U.S.-based Danaher Corp. reached an agreement to purchase Israel-based Advanced Vision Technology Ltd, which develops automatic print inspection systems. The deal, according to Reuters, is worth US$100 million through Danaher’s product identification platform.Danaher is the parent company of Esko (purchased in January 2011 for €350 million) and X-Rite (purchased in April 2012 for US$625 million), which also controls Pantone.Danaher, based in Washington, is one of North America’s largest manufacturing conglomerates with annual sales of approximately US$17 billion.
ALTANA AG has acquired The Landa Group's Metallography technology, which was first unveiled by Landa at the drupa printing exhibition in June 2016. The technology is designed for producing metallized graphics using an alternative method to traditional foil-transfer processes. Landa claims this technology allows for the metallization graphics at up to half the cost of conventional foil stamping. Landa will progressively transfer the remaining development and engineering work to ALTANA’s ACTEGA Coatings & Sealants division, who will be bringing the Metallography technology to market in the coming years.   “We are excited about this acquisition, which opens up new growth opportunities for ALTANA and strengthens our position as a leading solution provider for the printing industry,” said Martin Babilas, CEO, ALTANA. “We are looking forward to our continued close and trustful cooperation with Landa as we prepare to bring this promising technology to market.”The further development work, as well as sales and distribution, will be steered by ACTEGA Metal Print GmbH based in Lehrte near Hanover, Germany. Jan Franz Allerkamp, who has been with ALTANA since 2010, was named Managing Director of the newly formed ALTANA company.“We are delighted that ALTANA has embraced our zero-waste Nano-Metallography technology, for there can be no better owner for this business than ALTANA,” said Benny Landa, Chairman of the Landa Group. “As an innovative partner of its customers ALTANA has a wealth of experience and know-how in graphic arts.” Landa continued to explain the sale will allow The Landa Group to focus on its Nanography technology.
DATA Communications Management Corp. entered into separate agreements to acquire Eclipse Colour & Imaging Corp., located in Burlington, Ontario, and Thistle Printing Limited, located in Toronto, Ontario. The acquisitions of Eclipse and Thistle are expected to close on February 22, 2017, subject to customary closing conditions.  DATA will acquire substantially all of the assets of Eclipse, through an asset purchase, for a net price of approximately $8.8 million. The company will acquire the common shares, through a share purchase, of Thistle for a net price of approximately $6.1 million.Eclipse specializes in large-format and point-of-purchase printing with approximately 100 employees operating in an 80,000-square-foot facility. Upon completion of this transaction, DATA intends to relocate its current wide format capabilities from its Mississauga, Ontario, facility to Calgary, Alberta.The Eclipse acquisition significantly expands DATA’s large- and grand-format printing capabilities. Eclipse focuses on providing in-store print, outdoor, transit, display, packaging, kitting and fulfillment services. Eclipse generated approximately $21.3 million in revenues (unaudited) for the fiscal year ended November 30, 2016. DATA notes that over the past three years, Eclipse has experienced average revenue growth rates of approximately 10 percent per year. “Ralph Misale, COO, and Grant Malcolm, CFO, the two principals of Eclipse, have built a tremendous business since they acquired Eclipse in 2010 by way of a management buyout,” said Michael Sifton, CEO of DATA.  “We are excited to have Ralph, Grant and the entire Eclipse team join DATA.”Thistle is a commercial printing company with approximately 65 employees operating in a 42,000-square-foot facility. This purchase will allow DATA to insource commercial printing capabilities which it has historically outsourced to local suppliers. The acquisition also adds expertise in design, prepress and bindery services to DATA's portfolio, and complements DATA’s current capabilities in direct mail, fulfillment and data management.Thistle generated approximately $16.4 million in revenues (audited) for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2016. “Thistle's capabilities are highly complementary to our own,” said Sifton. “While we have the leading commercial print capabilities in Western Canada located in our Calgary, Alberta centre of excellence, DATA has not had meaningful commercial print capabilities in Eastern Canada, historically relying on third party production partners.“We believe that the acquisition of Thistle will enable our sales force to capitalize on having a dedicated Eastern production facility, close to the important downtown Toronto market,” continued Sifton, “and we expect to be able to enhance our margins that we would otherwise have had to share with outsourced providers.”DATA's net purchase price of approximately $8.8 million for the assets of Eclipse will include approximately: $2.9 million payable in cash on closing; $1.3 million through the issuance of 634,263 common shares of DATA; and $4.6 million in the form of a non-interest bearing vendor take back note, which will be payable in two equal installments on each of the first and second anniversaries of closing of the Eclipse transaction. The purchase price will be subject to certain closing adjustments relating to working capital. DATA's net purchase price of Thistle for approximately $6.1 million will include approximately: $1.1 million payable in cash on closing; $1.5 million through the issuance of 644,445 common shares of DATA; and $3.5 million in the form of a non-interest bearing vendor take back note, to be payable over a 24 month period in equal monthly payments. The purchase price will be subject to certain closing adjustments relating to working capital.  In connection with the two acquisitions, DATA will assume a total of approximately $8.0 million in outstanding long term indebtedness, including capital lease obligations, and intends to draw approximately $7.8 million under its revolving credit facility on closing to refinance certain indebtedness of the two companies and for related transaction expenses. DATA also announced it has arranged an increase in the total available commitment under its senior revolving credit facility with a Canadian chartered bank by $10 million to up to $35 million. The move provides DATA with a total borrowing base of up to $72 million from $50 million.
ICON Digital Productions Inc. has acquired Toronto Trade Printing, a well-known 20,000-square-foot operation running two 40-inch sheetfed offset presses less than four kilometers away from ICON’s 90,000-square-foot facility in Markham, Ontario. The purchase comes less than two months after ICON Digital underwent a rebranding effort in December 2016 to create three distinct divisions operating under the names of ICON Visual, ICON Media and ICON Print.The ICON Visual division generates more than half of the parent company’s annual revenue, which in its most recent fiscal year amounted to just under $40 million, based on one of Canada’s most powerful large-format imaging infrastructures. ICON Visual, generating around 80 percent of its revenue through roll-fed Durst machines, traces its roots back to the company’s founding in 1995 as a pioneer in the display graphics sector.ICON Media is responsible for managing national digital-signage networks for Blue Chip clients like Shoppers Drug Mart, as well as high-profile regional clients like Pearson Airport – way-finding screens – and Toronto’s Dundas Square. The division was established in 2009 after ICON purchased Gridcast and today works with clients to deploy signage networks with the ability to procure all of the necessary hardware, develop business plans and manage ever-changing content.ICON Print is the third pillar of the company’s rebranding strategy, now focused on producing offset work in-house after it has been outsourcing such jobs for its client base. Last year alone, ICON oversaw the printing of more than 20-million direct-mail pieces in addition to a range of offset-produced marketing collateral. The company’s executive team spent the past several months looking at printing operations to purchase in the Greater Toronto Area.With the acquisition of 25-year-old Toronto Trade, led by the printing expertise of President Kieron Pope and Vice President Steven Niles, ICON projects it will reach approximately $50 million in revenue by the end of its current fiscal year. “We look at print not so much as old technology. We look at it as just another communications medium. In fact, our numbers tell us there is a lot of growth in print still,” says Juan Lau, President and CEO of ICON Digital, who co-founded the company in 1995 with business partners Peter Evans and Peter Yeung. “The last three or four years we kept looking at our financial statements and, ironically, the fastest growing service sector was commercial printing – and we were not even trying.”Kieron Pope and Steven Niles are to remain in their leadership roles with the offset-printing operation. “This secures a bright future and legacy for our staff and customers and we couldn't be more excited to be part of a progressive organization like ICON,” said Pope, in a press release about the acquisition.
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.”
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.”
More than 200 industry leaders, students and family members on November 9 attended the annual awards night to celebrate the achievement of dozens of students in Ryerson University’s School of Graphic Communications Management. The ceremony, which highlighted the program’s close ties to the Canadian printing industry, was held in the Sears Atrium of the George Vari Engineering Building.Ryerson Graphic Communications Management (GCM) students Jim Poopalapillai and Melissa Williams hosted the evening, which began with an address from the Chair of the school, Ian Baitz, who noted the program’s growth – with around 180 new students enrolled this year – and its important relationship with industry.In addition to several awards donated by a range companies, GCM students were acknowledged for their achievements through the Canada Printing Industry Scholarship Trust Fund, which provided $59,000 to students across Canada this year – a majority of which are studying at Ryerson. (Photos provided by Ryerson student Andrew Ouzounis.)   View the embedded image gallery online at: https://www.printaction.com/index.php?option=com_k2&Itemid=8&lang=en&layout=latest&view=latest#sigProGalleriadd5b63da37
Printers and technology suppliers from across Canada gathered in Toronto on November 10, at the Palais Royale, to celebrate their industry at the 11th Canadian Printing Awards Gala, hosted by PrintAction magazine. A total of 87 awards were presented to leaders of Canadian printing in front of more than 200 attendees.The following sponsors were critical in the success of the 2016 Canadian Printing Awards, including: Platinum sponsor, Veritiv; Gold sponsors, Canon, HP, Huber Group, KBA, Kodak, Manroland Sheetfed and Sun Chemical; and Silver sponsors Domtar, Fujifilm, Heidelberg and Spicers.The 2016 awards program will be detailed in the January 2016 issue of PrintAction. Follow this link for more information about the gala held last week and a complete list of award winners. Photos by Paul Hillier, www.paulhillier.com.   View the embedded image gallery online at: https://www.printaction.com/index.php?option=com_k2&Itemid=8&lang=en&layout=latest&view=latest#sigProGalleriadfd027559a
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.
Langley Holdings, owner of Manroland Sheetfed, has released its interim results for the six months ended June 30, 2016, which includes sales of €417.1 million for the entire group of companies. This includes an increase in pre-tax profits to €48.9 million, up from €37.9 million at the same point in 2015.  Group operating profit for the period was €48.1 million (2015: €37.1 million). The company’s forecasts for the full-year result predicted a six percent improvement on 2015 with pre-tax profits expected to reach €112 million on sales of €930 million.Tony Langley, Chairman of Langley Holdings, stated the first six months of 2016 had been a very satisfactory trading period for the group with the overall half-year result exceeding expectations. “Both the trading for the first six months and the outlook for the full year, are very positive,” Langley said. “Moreover, the group is financially secure with substantial resources, not only for its existing operations, but also has sufficient surplus to continue its development independently.”Manroland Sheetfed saw an expected slow-down in orders ahead of drupa, explained the company, but this was brought back on track following drupa with the Offenbach factory “optimally loaded from backlog in the first six months.” Langley said this would remain the case until the year end and that profits in the division were in line with expectations. German printing consumables business Drück Chemie, acquired in 2014, was trading in line with expectations and was “exceeding the company’s benchmark minimum 20 percent return on capital employed.”Tony Langley said he expected any Brexit impact on business to be minimal and a slump in demand to be unlikely. “Although some 20 percent of the group’s profits are derived from the UK, the majority of this is from the UK subsidiaries of our German and French divisions, all of which compete entirely with other European producers for UK trade.“Our actual UK based businesses represent only a nominal percentage of the group as a whole and, therefore, I do not expect Brexit to have a substantial impact on the group one way or the other,” continued Langley, “although UK assets are currently devalued by some 10 percent in euro terms.”Langley said the business was continuing to look for potential acquisitions and that a number of candidates had been considered during the period but that none were currently being followed up. The group employs around 4,200 people across its five divisions and 80 companies.
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.
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.
Komori Corporation and Screen Holdings Co., Ltd. announced that Komori America Corporation and Screen GP Americas, LLC, a division of Screen Graphic and Precision Solutions (Screen GP) group, have entered into a strategic selling agreement that effectively joins the two companies’ sales organizations. Komori America will be the sole distributor in the United States of Screen GP's new Truepress Jet520HD, a high-speed, high-definition inkjet press powered by the Equios Digital Front Workflow solution. Screen GP Americas brings its knowledge and expertise in the inkjet marketplace to the partnership with Komori America.Eiji Kajita, Director and Operating Officer of Komori Corporation says, “This is a great opportunity for both Komori and Screen GP.  By joining our US sales teams we will have double the workforce to take both Komori's offset and Screen GP's digital products to the marketplace. But more importantly, we know our customers will benefit from the combined expertise of our two teams.”Katsuhiko Aoki, President of Screen GP said, “We have a longstanding relationship with Komori and it just makes good business sense to take the strength of our two product lines and the technical expertise of our sales teams to join together to grow our market share. We are looking forward to the future and we are confident commercial printers will see real value in working with one organization that is focused on their success regardless of the technology platform.”
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
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG today launched its new development centre project at the company’s Wiesloch-Walldorf site in Germany. Targeting a completion date for 2018, the centre will be home to 1,000 workers in what Heidelberg projects will become the world’s most state-of-the-art research facility for the printing industry.The company unveiled its development centre plans in the presence of its new CEO, Rainer Hundsdörfer, and Theresia Bauer, Minister of Science, Research and the Arts for the German state of Baden-Württemberg. Heidelberg is investing some €50 million ($72 million Canadian) in this new innovation hub for an industry that, according to the press maker, has a global annual turnover of around €400 billion.“This investment represents a new beacon in Baden-Württemberg’s research landscape,” said Bauer. “Building a development center of this size and quality proves that Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG bases its decisions on a long-term strategy and makes the future worth looking forward to.”Heidelberg explains, despite a difficult economic situation in recent years, the company at no time cut its research budget, focusing instead on developing new, innovative products and services.“We deliberately chose Baden-Württemberg because it combines an excellent environment with highly qualified experts,” said Hundsdörfer. “A highly modern and future-oriented working environment will be created in Wiesloch-Walldorf, designed to support interdisciplinary and cross-functional development processes.”The printing industry now requires new applications and control technologies, explained the company in relation to the creation of its new centre, in addition to the ongoing development of traditional offset and digital printing technologies. Heidelberg also points to  printing on three-dimensional objects made from all kinds of materials, enabling the customized printing of glass, wood, plastic, and other materials. Heidelberg noted, as an indication of its continuing transformation, that there are now more than 250 software specialists working for the company. The company has also started employing chemists, for example, for developing and producing its own environmentally progress inks for new applications.“The example of Heidelberg is demonstrating that even a large company can reinvent itself,” said Bauer.

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