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More than 2,100 guests attended C.J. Graphics’ 32nd annual holiday open house and fundraiser on December 7 at its 240,000-square-foot facility in Mississauga, Ont., helping to raise over $25,000 for C.J.’s Skatepark through the live and silent auctions.
Global provider of pressure sensitive labeling solutions UPM Raflatac has expanded its RafCycle recycling solution to Canada and the United States, explaining that printers, converters and brands in the region can now give new life to their self-adhesive label waste that would otherwise be landfilled.
Nestlé is creating a new research institute dedicated to the development of functional, safe and environmentally friendly packaging solutions, a step toward its commitment to make 100 percent of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.
In a continuing move to better serve customers throughout Alberta, the Burke Group has acquired Printcor, making it the Edmonton company’s second acquisition of the month, following its recent purchase of Topline Printing. 
Southwest Bindings, a Toronto, Ont., company that sells print finishing equipment, binding supplies, presentation and branding material, says it is changing its name to better reflect its product offerings.
Corona is piloting plastic-free six pack rings in select markets as part of the brand’s commitment with Parley for the Oceans to support eco-friendly packaging.
Quebec printing company Précigrafik is seeing “significant increases” in its production capacity, thanks to the addition of its new RMGT 7 series LED-UV 5-colour offset press. The new system also allows the company to better penetrate the growing packaging market.
Langley, B.C., label printer converter Label Resources says it has seen a 40-percent growth in new sales and production since implementing its new Domino N610i 7-colour digital UV inkjet label press a month ago.
Ellis Packaging of Pickering, Ont., has purchased a new Komori GLX 6-colour 41-inch press from Komcan Inc., the Canadian dealer for Komori presses.
Print Digital Solutions (PDS) has sold and installed a Duplo 616 Pro slitter/cutter/creaser along with a Multigraf CP375 Duo creasing and perforating solution to Haystacks Media Production in Halifax, N.S. Both products will increase production and perfect the finished product, explains PDS.
Established 25 years ago, Dana Industries has grown from its base in Toronto to facilities in the U.S., China and Singapore. Its portfolio includes custom shelf talkers, retail store fixtures and displays, large format printing and product packaging.
Beneco Packaging and subsidiary company SoOpak say they have more than doubled its capacity with one huge leap forward.
The Digital Imaging Association announced its new Officers and Directors for 2019 during its annual holiday lunch on December 5, held at The Boulevard Club in Toronto, featuring a keynote from Simon Trevarthen, back by request of those who attended the April 2018 DIA meeting.
MPS Systems North America has promoted Michael Weyermann to Vice President Sales & Marketing after the company’s president left at the end of his one-year term.
CloudLab Americas, the U.S.-based office of Germany-based CloudLab AG, a developer and supplier of web-to-print and print shop solutions, has promoted Steven Antoni to President.
Resolute Forest Products Inc. today announced the appointment of Remi Lalonde as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He succeeds Jo-Ann Longworth, who will be retiring after a distinguished career, including the past seven years as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Resolute.
Esko has appointed Mattias Byström President, effective January 1, 2019, succeeding Udo Panenka who is leaving the company to pursue new opportunities, the company explains.
MPS Systems, the Dutch-based manufacturer of flexo, offset, and hybrid printing presses, has named Atze Bosma its new CEO.
Vinehall Displays got into the holiday spirit with a festive advertising project for Coca-Cola, transforming a retail kiosk in Belfast into a merry wonderland, complete with a full wrap and a 2-metre-high bow with halo-lit 3D letters. The displays were printed on Roland DG Soljet Pro 3 and Pro 4 high-production wide-format printers.
A shopping mall in Calgary, Alta., has been transformed into a tennis court using specialist floor graphics media from Drytac.
Sears, Roebuck and Co., commonly known as Sears, was once the world’s largest retailer. Often credited for driving consumer culture over its 130-plus-year history, the company began as the R.W. Sears Watch Company in 1886 and published its first mail-order catalogue in 1888 to advertise watches and jewelry. Over the years, the catalogue expanded to showcase the breath of its merchandise, such as sewing machines, musical instruments, bicycles, sporting goods, firearms, baby carriages, and men’s and children’s clothing.
Ten vehicle graphics installer teams from around the world were named Regional Wrap Kings in Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions’ Wrap Like a King Challenge featuring Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping Film, the Conform Chrome and ColorFlow Series and MPI 1105 Supercast Digital film. Taking the title for North America – Canada is The Warrior, installed by Ben Bieber, Dan Desroches, Charles Brossard and David Boily of Team Canadian Wrap Masters of Georgetown, Ont.
To mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, Maclean’s printed 66,349 commemorative issues — each featuring the name of a Canadian who sacrificed their life in the conflict.
Advertising company Pattison Outdoor Advertising is expanding its growing product portfolio in Saskatchewan with the addition of Saskatoon Transit. The five-year contract, effective November 1, will offer interior and exterior advertising space on 145 transit vehicles in Saskatoon, providing advertisers with many opportunities to reach commuters.
Dan Murias, franchise owner of the Minuteman Press in Red Deer, Alberta, has moved into a new 6,800-square-foot facility in the North Hill area of Red Deer, Alberta. Murias has been in business since 2005 and is a member of the Minuteman Press International President's Million-Dollar Circle for top performers, providing a range of design, marketing and printing services.“The vast majority of industry and commerce in Red Deer is on the North Side. We are strategically located in the centre of the area,” said Murias. “We thought through location versus price and weighed it carefully. I believe we made the right choice in our location, which provides easy access, fantastic visibility and is centrally located. This has given us an increase in new customer walk-in traffic. It is a standalone building with our own parking and a large staff parking lot with great access for couriers."Prior to franchising with Minuteman Press, Murias was a 23-year veteran of the printing industry, which is unique in many franchise-printing operations where owners are often new to the industry. “I worked for a printing company for 23 years and I knew I didn't want to work for someone else for the next 20 so I went to a franchise show as I did not have business experience,” he explained. “As a result, it made sense to partner with a franchise as they have a greater success rate than independent business startups.” Murias explains his business goal is to grow by 15 percent and to have staff trained to be able to take more of the quoting for orders. “The goal is only the first part; you need to have a plan to make the goal a reality,” he said. “It sounds old but marketing door to door is still number one. Mailings, getting involved in your community, golf course, curling club, hockey rinks and social clubs are also important."
Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd. in mid-November celebrated the renovation of its corporate office in Edmonton, Alberta. The original building was built 23 years ago and the transformation took 10 months to complete with an investment of more than $1 million. Konica Minolta currently generates more than $18 million annually in the Edmonton area, employing 55 full-time employees, supplying imaging and office technologies to businesses of all sizes in the region. The tech company is rooted in the area through numerous community initiatives and serves as a preferred partner of the Edmonton Oilers and Eskimos.“We are committed to supporting local economies across Canada and Edmonton is the most recent in a series of large investments we have made to prepare for future growth,” said Chris Dewart, President and CEO, Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada). “Another strong reason for the revitalization of many of our older locations is to align with our corporate vision of improving how people work,” continued Dewart. “Our innovative Workplace of the Future strategy is as important for us as a business, as it is for our customers.” In late-2016, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Canada relocated its headquarters to a new state-of-the-art facility at the Airport Corporate Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.To mark the completion of its Edmonton building project, the company held a grand re-opening on November 9, 2017, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that included dignitaries, software vendors and customers. The event featured a special keynote from Stew MacDonald, Vice President of the Edmonton Oilers, who addressed the role detailed planning, partnerships and technology plays in today’s fast-changing work environment.
Kodak hosted customers and community leaders at an April 20th ground-breaking ceremony in Weatherford, Oklahoma, to celebrate a $15 million capital investment to accommodate a new flexo plate line for the production of Kodak Flexcel NX plates. The ceremony included a ribbon cutting by Kodak CEO Jeff Clarke and Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin.“Today’s celebration brings a focus on the new face of flexo” said Clarke. “Kodak’s differentiated flexo technology is helping our customers to drive growth, break new ground and transform flexographic printing and the packaging industry as a whole.The Weatherford plant is in its 50th anniversary year. The new flexo plate manufacturing line is a sister operation to Kodak’s existing plate manufacturing facility in Yamanashi, Japan. The $15 million investment represents one of the company’s largest capital investments since 2000.Kodak explains its Flexcel NX plate sales volume grew 16 percent in 2016 compared to the prior year, a rate four times the projected growth rate of the flexible packaging market itself, according to Smithers Pira.The new Oklahoma flexo plate line is expected to be in full production by early 2019 and will initially focus on supply of Flexcel NX plates to customers in the Unites States, Canada and Latin America. The expansion of this manufacturing Oklahoma facility follows a range of ongoing Kodak investment in flexographic printing technology worldwide, which includes the recent opening of a Flexo Packaging Technology Center in Shanghai in March 2017.                                                                                              At Kodak’s Weatherford ribbon cutting are (left to right): Weatherford, OK, Mayor Mike Brown; Boon Tien Pang, director of operations for flexographic packaging division; Kodak CEO Jeff Clarke; Speaker Pro Tempore of OK House of Reps Harold Wright Jr.; President of Flexographic Packaging Solutions, Chris Payne; Governor of Oklahoma, Mary Fallin; Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce and Tourism, Deby Snodgrass; and Kodak Weatherford Plant Manager, Gene Meier.
Sappi Limited last week approved a range of projects in Europe and the United States, including a US$165 million capital project to expand Sappi North America's manufacturing capabilities. The purpose of the investment on Paper Machine No. 1 at its Somerset Mill in Skowhegan, Maine, is to provide flexibility in the production of paper-based packaging products. At the same time, the US$165 million project in Maine aims to maintain Sappi's position in the graphic paper market, increasing annual production capacity at this mill to almost one million tons per annum. The Paper Machine No. 1 project, which is scheduled to come online in early in 2018, will provide an 180,000 metric ton capacity increase“This move complements our long term 2020Vision strategy, which seeks opportunities to substantially increase our group EBITDA,” said Steve Binnie, CEO of Sappi Limited.Sappi is one of the world’s largest producers of diversified woodfibre products, focused on converting wood pulp, paper pulp and paper-based products to direct and indirect customers in over 160 countries. Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sappi has more than 13,000 employees and manufacturing operations on three continents in seven countries and group sales of US$6 billion.Sappi North America, headquartered in Boston, generates revenue for its parent company through four business units, including high quality Coated Printing Papers, Specialised Cellulose, Release Papers and Specialty Packaging. “Somerset's existing world class infrastructure together with its talented workforce and access to high quality fiber makes the mill an excellent and obvious choice for this investment," said Mark Gardner, President and CEO of Sappi North America. “Increasing our flexibility and expanding the paper mill's capability and capacity will ensure that we continue to make superior products at Somerset for years to come.”
Informco of Scarborough, Ontario, is one of eight printing operations from around the world chosen by Kodak to receive its 2016 Sonora Plate Green Leaf Award. The program, which first launched in 2014, recognizes customers who have demonstrated outstanding efforts to reduce their environmental impact through a variety of initiatives and best practices.  All of the printers are users of Kodak Sonora process-free plates, which hold a range of environmentally progressive benefits, while also being judged on practices like monitoring of energy and water usage, participation in local community sustainability programs and the use of eco-conscious materials and supplies. Sonora plates remove the need for the plate processor, which requires chemicals, water, and energy while generating waste. Kodak predicts that 30 percent of its plate volume will be process-free by 2019.“It’s an honour to select eight of our customers to receive this prestigious award. Printers around the world continue to see the real benefits that sustainable printing practices deliver to their bottom lines,” said Richard Rindo, Kodak’s General Manager, WW Offset Print, and Vice President, Print Systems Division. Founded 65 years ago, Informco provides integrated communications solutions – design, print and distribution – to clients across a range of industries. In presenting the award to the company, Kodak explains, that for over 18 years, Informco has integrated active environmental practices into its day-to-day operations – “ISO-certified since 1999, the company has made significant reductions in energy usage, water consumption, and VOC emissions through rigorous monitoring programs.” Kodak also notes Informco was the first printer in Canada to win the Canadian Council of the Ministers of the Environment Pollution Prevention Award in 2002.              The seven remaining 2016 Sonora Plate Green Leaf Award include: Reynolds and Reynolds (United States), Groupe Estimprim (France), Royalpack (Poland), UVO communication (South Africa), Ohshaika Printing (Japan), Kava Printing (China), and NPE Print Communications (Singapore).
The British Columbia Institute of Technology, based in Burnaby, BC, received a software donation from Aleyant, which provided the school’s Graphic Communications Technology Management (GTEC) program with both Aleyant Pressero and eDocBuilder for its Web-to-print curriculum.“We are very lucky to have the full support of the local printing industry and industry suppliers for our institution, and our thanks go out to Aleyant for their generosity in donating this software,” said Wayne Collins, who leads the GTEC program and is its only full-time employee. “Our unique model at this polytechnic institution started by partnering with the BCPIA industry association to seek high-level managers as instructors, who typically teach one class per term,” continued Collins. “This keeps our curriculum current, and what we really deliver is a two-year diploma that trains entry-level managers into the industry. It’s like a two-year job interview.”Aleyant’s donation includes both the software and student access to the company’s online training videos. “Our students have a lot to accomplish over a 14-week course, and assigning them videos to watch as homework helped boost the course content.”BCIT’s most recent GTEC Web-to-print course was taught by MET Fine Printers manager Steve Tomljanovic, and students have already been using Aleyant Pressero’s Web-to-print tool and its eDocBuilder variable data tool to create Websites and documents, which are then used to produce their products in a production lab with electrophotographic, inkjet, offset and flexo presses.In addition to document creation and production, Collins explains he plans to investigate adding curriculum around pricing tables and their connection to MIS, as well as other aspects of advanced Web-to-print solutions to round out the student experience. “If a group of students just coming into the industry can get the tools, use them that quickly and develop the kinds of products our students produced,” he said, “I am confident they will be well-prepared to join a company upon graduation and get a profitable Web-to-print operation up and running right away.”
A leader in chocolate production, Belgium is home to many chocolate packaging printers that produce and package these delicious treats for customers around the world.
Screen and digital printing company Bourgeois Publicité of Rennes, France, has installed a VUTEk LX3 Pro hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll superwide-format printer from Electronics For Imaging for its digital print applications.
Just-Us Printers, a family-owned commercial print and packaging firm serving the Arkansas community, has installed InkZone Ink-Presets and Closed-Loop colour control technology through CMYK Distributors.
Dunapack Packaging, a manufacturer of printed corrugated packaging based in Ujazd, Poland, has recently signed an agreement with Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (EFI) to further enhance its corrugated control capabilities with the addition of EFI Escada Profile, a closed-loop process control system designed to enable consistent quality and overall efficiency.
New England specialty printer Bradford & Bigelow has purchased a Lithoman 48-page four-colour press for its 50,000-square-foot pressroom addition at its Newburyport, Mass., plant location.
William Charles Printing, a third-generation full-service commercial printing company located in Long Island, N.Y., has purchased its first Komori press, a five-colour Lithrone G40 with coater (GL540C) to replace two competitive presses. After doing extensive research that included gaining advice from peer groups, the company says it chose the GL540C for its advanced technology.

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