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The following editorial appeared in PrintAction's December 2017 issue, now availble online.The ongoing debate over net neutrality was once again ignited in late November as Ajit Pai, Chairman of the United States’ Federal Communications Commission, ramped up a campaign to eliminate Obama-era policies promoting fairness in the access to the Internet – as outlined in a Telecommunications Act. Pai, a 44-year-old Republican attorney, is spearheading the Trump administration’s regulatory rollback of net neutrality protections. As Olivia Solon of The Guardian explains, “Net neutrality, which some have described as the first amendment of the Internet, is the idea that Internet Service Providers [ISPs] treat everyone’s data equally – whether that’s an email from your mother, an episode of House of Cards on Netflix or a bank transfer. It means that cable ISPs such as Comcast, AT&T or Verizon don’t get to choose which data is sent more quickly and which sites get blocked or throttled based on which content providers pay a premium.”Net neutrality is every bit as critical to the direction of an economy as free-trade agreements and monetary policies, arguably more so if you consider the World Wide Web to be its own border-less macroeconomic system impacting the growth of nations. There are all sorts of positive and negative externalities in eliminating the open Internet, but one of the most obvious is a danger many pundits have described as resulting in a deeper divide among peoples of the Information Age. Access to information can create an educational separation between the Haves and Have-nots. In a November Wired.com article called Net Neutrality Is Not the Problem, Harvard professor Susan Crawford writes, “The real problem is a complete absence of leadership and policy aimed at making sure that low-priced, ubiquitous, world-class fibre optic services reach every home and business.” She argues the FCC can deal with the public outrage over losing net neutrality, calling it a shell game, because it is too hard to pin down its meaning down. “On the Hill, the public will be out-lobbied at every turn by the essentially unlimited resources of [telecom giants].” The Guardian reports AT&T, Comcast and Verizon collectively spent $11 million lobbying the U.S. government in the first quarter of 2017.Considering instead Crawford’s concern over the real problem of Internet access, the availability of access to printed knowledge and educational literacy over the past several centuries had a major impact on the development of various regions of the world. This analogue growth of knowledge among the masses happened at a much slower pace, of course, than what is already possible with today’s breakneck digital information speeds.It is why Johannes Gutenberg’s automation of the printing press was so impactful from the 1450s onward, allowing mass reproduction of printed material to spread knowledge. Of course, access to that printed knowledge has never been never truly ubiquitous either. This impact of print on society was best described by the late American historian Elizabeth Eisenstein who focused on the transformation of media between the era of manuscript culture and that of print culture. Describing Eisenstein’s seminal work, James Gleick wrote, “The Printing Press as an Agent of Change, a two-volume, 750-page exploration of the effects of movable type printing on the literate elite of post-Gutenberg Western Europe… focuses on the printing press’ functions of dissemination, standardization, and preservation and the way these functions aided the progress of the Protestant Reformation, the Renaissance, and the Scientific Revolution. Eisenstein’s work brought historical method, rigour and clarity to earlier ideas of Marshall McLuhan and others, about the general social effects of such media transitions.”Even today there are countries around the world with alarming rates of illiteracy and lack of access to books. Statistics relayed earlier this year from Kodak’s Print for Good program, for example, suggest that in middle-class communities there is an estimated 15 books per child. In underdeveloped areas, however, there is only one book per 300 children. Print for Good is a global initiative to support communities throughout America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East with book drives, donations, and the printing of materials in an effort to increase worldwide literacy. “An investment in literacy is an investment in the future; and every dollar that’s spent on adult literacy provides society with a return of $7.14, enabling individuals to help themselves, their families and their communities,” said Brad Kruchten, President of Kodak Print Systems. “We feel that print is and will continue to be a critical piece of that solution.”There is no way to understand how the loss of net neutrality can affect the prospects of print and business, but we have learned access to information might be more of a human right than a privilege.
The Federal Communications Commission in the United States on Thursday voted 3-2 to repeal rules aimed at protecting net neutrality. Brought into effect in 2015 by the Obama administration, these net neutrality rules mean Internet Service Providers cannot deliberately speed up or slow down Internet traffic from specific Websites or apps, including favouring their own content or the content of providers willing and able to pay for superior access.The potential loss of net neutrality, which will surely be fought in U.S. courts or through legislative measures in the U.S. Congress, creates the possibility of an Internet economy powered by the business elite. The shift in policy led by the Republican-driven FCC, allowing ISPs to influence content online, can have a major impact on innovation, corporate growth and individual prosperity.The Internet sector, according to the Internet Association, represents an estimated six percent of U.S. GDP, totaling nearly US$1 trillion and accounts for more than 10.4 million American jobs – 86 percent of which are outside major tech hubs.The following reactions of technology giants and political figures based on Thursday’s vote to repeal net neutrality were collected from multiple sources, including CNN.com, Theverge.com, Deadline.com, Foxnews.com, Businessinsider.com, Independent.co.uk and Engaget.com, as well as direct emails to Manufacturing AUTOMATION and corporate websites. For a take on how net neutrality relates to the historic influence of print read PrintAction's December 2017 editorial, Net and Print Neutrality.Google Corporate Statement, via Twitter: “We remain committed to the net neutrality policies that enjoy overwhelming public support, have been approved by the courts, and are working well for every part of the internet economy. We will work with other net neutrality supporters large and small to promote strong, enforceable protections.”Werner Vogels, Chief Technology Officer, Amazon, via Twitter: “I am extremely disappointed in the FCC decision to remove the #NetNeutrality protections. We'll continue to work with our peers, partners and customers to find ways to ensure an open and fair internet that can continue to drive massive innovation.”Stuart Carlaw, Chief Research Officer, ABI Research, via email to Manufaturing AUTOMATION: “The repeal of the net neutrality legislation will enable the communications industry to work within the bounds of a more natural market condition.  It will allow those companies that are burdened with the massive expense of rolling out new networks to support 5G (both fixed and wireless) and IoT solutions to be able to generate sufficient revenues to justify investment.  If anything, this legislative move will likely provide the much-needed boost to timelines for more meaningful technological deployments that will enable companies to transform digitally and allow consumers to benefit from technology driven improvements in service from multiple industry segments based on best of breed communications.”Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer, Facebook, via Facebook: “Today's decision from the Federal Communications Commission to end net neutrality is disappointing and harmful. An open internet is critical for new ideas and economic opportunity -- and internet providers shouldn't be able to decide what people can see online or charge more for certain websites. We're ready to work with members of Congress and others to help make the internet free and open for everyone.”Brad Smith, Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft, via Twitter: “The open internet benefits consumers, business & the entire economy. That's jeopardized by the FCC's elimination of #netneutrality protections today.”Netflix Corporate Statement, via Twitter: “We're disappointed in the decision to gut #NetNeutrality protections that ushered in an unprecedented era of innovation, creativity & civic engagement. This is the beginning of a longer legal battle. Netflix stands w/ innovators, large & small, to oppose this misguided FCC order.”Alexis Ohanian, Co-Founder, Reddit via Twitter: “We cannot let this happen to our internet in the US. We must keep fighting for #NetNeutrality.”Vimeo Corporate Statement, via Twitter: “It's disheartening that the #FCC chose to ignore the public and approve a policy that benefits the few and powerful at the expense of creators, and the stories they work to tell. We look forward to challenging this misguided decision in court. #NetNeutrality.”AT&T Corporate Statement, via Twitter: “We do not block websites, nor censor online content, nor throttle or degrade traffic based on the content, nor unfairly discriminate in our treatment of internet traffic. These principles, which were laid out in the FCC's 2010 Open Internet Order and fully supported by AT&T, are clearly articulated on our website and are fully enforceable against us. In short, the internet will continue to work tomorrow just as it always has.”Twitter Corporate Statement, via Twitter: “The @FCC's vote to gut #NetNeutrality rules is a body blow to innovation and free expression. We will continue our fight to defend the open Internet and reverse this misguided decision.”Cory Booker, U.S. Democratic Senator, via Twitter: “This is an outrageous assault on a fair and open internet. Mark my words, this decision will not last! We will reverse it by winning future elections.”Ted Cruz, U.S. Republican Senator, via Twitter: “I commend @AjitPaiFCC & the FCC for repealing these oppressive Obama-era regulations and restoring freedom to the internet. The message for gov regulators & Congress should be simple- the internet should be free of taxation, censorship, & regulation.”Bernie Sanders, U.S. Democratic Senator, via Twitter: “This is the end of the internet as we know it. In Congress and in the courts we must fight back. #NetNeutrality.”ACLU Statement, via Twitter: “BREAKING: The FCC just voted to dismantle #netneutrality. This represents a radical departure that risks erosion of the biggest free speech platform the world has ever known.”Brian Chesky, Cofounder and CEO, Airbnb, via Twitter: “The FCC’s vote to repeal net neutrality is wrong & disappointing. A free & open internet is critical to innovation, an open society, & widespread access to economic empowerment. @Airbnb will continue to speak out for net neutrality.”Mozilla Corporate Statement, via Twitter: “[Mozilla is] incredibly disappointed that the FCC voted this morning – along partisan lines – to remove protections for the open internet.”Electronic Frontier Foundation, via Twitter: “The FCC's decision to abandon its traditional role in protecting an open and free Internet will go down as one of the biggest mistakes in Internet policy history. We will fight in the courts, in the states, and in Congress to restore #NetNeutrality.”Michael Beckerman, President and CEO of Internet Association, via Internetassociation.org: “The internet industry opposes Chairman Pai's repeal of the 2015 Open Internet Order. Today's vote represents a departure from more than a decade of broad, bipartisan consensus on the rules governing the internet. Relying on ISPs to live up to their own 'promises' is not net neutrality and is bad for consumers.“Let's remember why we have these rules in the first place. There is little competition in the broadband service market — more than half of all Americans have no choice in their provider — so consumers will be forced to accept ISP interference in their online experience. This is in stark contrast to the websites and apps that make up Internet Association, where competition is a click away and switching costs are low.“The fight isn't over. Internet Association is currently weighing our legal options in a lawsuit against today's Order, and remains open to Congress enshrining strong, enforceable net neutrality protections into law.”
Pantone, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, has named PANTONE 18-3838, Ultra Violet, as the Pantone Color of the Year for 2018. Described by the company as a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates “originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us towards the future.”For the first time, Pantone will also release limited-edition collections of Pantone Color of the Year 2018 Formula Guides (US$165) and Fashion, Home + Interiors Color Guides (US$215) as collector’s items for designers, to enable them to more easily integrate Ultra Violet into their workflow.“We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.” The company explains Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. Pantone also points to how Ultra Violet is associated with artistic brilliance, mentioning musical icons like Prince, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix who brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of western pop culture. The colour, explains Pantone, is also associated with a mystical or spiritual quality.“The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than what’s trending in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today,” said Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute. “As individuals around the world become more fascinated with color and realize its ability to convey deep messages and meanings, designers and brands should feel empowered to use color to inspire and influence. The Color of the Year is one moment in time that provides strategic direction for the world of trend and design, reflecting the Pantone Color Institute’s year-round work doing the same for designers and brands.”
Tony Gagliano, Executive Chairman and CEO of St. Joseph Communications, won the Edmund C. Bovey Award for Philanthropy in the Arts at the Business for the Arts Awards, receiving the award at a November gala in Toronto with close to 300 leaders from across the country. (Photos and video provided by Business for the Arts and St. Joseph Communications.)   View the embedded image gallery online at: https://www.printaction.com/index.php?option=com_k2&Itemid=8&lang=en&layout=latest&view=latest#sigProGalleriaa2b7ea91ae The Business for the Arts Awards are Canada’s top recognition of individuals and businesses who show outstanding support of arts and culture through philanthropy, volunteerism and partnership.Gagliano was recognized years of commitment to Canadian arts and culture, including his work in the transformation of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and the foundation of Luminato, Toronto’s Arts Festival. Under Gaglaino’s direction, St. Joseph in 2006 formed the Arts Partner of Choice initiative, a program launched to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary. This program includes a multi-million dollar, multi-year commitment to support arts and cultural organizations in Canada by providing them with advertising space in major magazines. Gagliano is actively involved in a number of significant not-for-profits and is the former Chair of the Board for the AGO and the current chair of the Salt + Light Media Foundation. In addition, he is a cabinet member of Ryerson University, a council member of the Royal Conservatory of Music, and an honorary board member of Scouts Canada.“People like this work so hard at their jobs and they give a whole second career to building up the communities in which they live, you’re just amazed at this,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory in an Awards tribute video to Gagliano.  “And I think he does it out of a genuine love.”Gagliano has led St. Joseph Communications for the past 27 years, continuing its transformation from a small family business into a national, fully integrated communications/media corporation with more than 1,400 associates.
Adobe of San Jose, California, states that it has achieved equal pay between men and women in the United States, describing it as an important milestone in the company’s ongoing efforts to create an innovative and productive work environment for all employees.Women are now making $1.00 for every dollar earned by male employees in the U.S., explains Adobe, up from 99 cents a year ago. As previously announced, non-white employees are earning as much as white employees.Over the last year, Adobe explains it undertook a review of its job structure and analyzed its compensation practices, and then made small adjustments based on this review. As part of its effort to pay parity, Adobe explains it will disclose its U.S. pay parity results annually as part of the Adobe corporate responsibility report.“We were already close to pay parity in the U.S. through our strong people practices, and now we are proud to have achieved and documented this last step of full parity,” said Donna Morris, Executive VP of Customer & Employee Experience at Adobe. “It means a lot to our U.S. employees, and we’re excited to extend that same commitment to our global employee base in the upcoming year.”Building on this U.S. milestone, Adobe explains it will continue to work to achieve global pay parity. The company is poised to achieve pay parity in India, its next largest employee population, early next year. The company first outlined its U.S. and India parity timelines in September 2017.
The Digital Imaging Association on December 6 held its annual Holiday Luncheon at The Boulevard Club on Toronto’s lakeshore. The event featured a keynote address from Scott Stratten, named as one of the Top 5 Social Media Influencers in the world by Forbes.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#sigProGalleria33813c0be6 Stratten, President of Un-Marketing and author of five best-selling books, spoke about The Age Of Disruption: Everything Has Changed and Nothing Is Different. He discussed how the business climate is changing at an unprecedented rate, with new strategies and technologies changing the landscape on a seemingly endless trajectory.Earlier in the day, the Digital Imaging Association (DIA) confirmed its executive board for the year ahead, which includes: PresidentJason Hamilton, Hughes DecorrFirst Vice President Paul Tarvydas, Tsus4Second Vice PresidentLarry Stewart, KBR GraphicsSecretary/TreasurerMark NorlockPast PresidentGeorge Sittlinger, Maracle Press DirectorsJim Dickson, Xerox CanadaRay Fagan, Heidelberg CanadaAndrea Leven Marcon, Spicers CanadaStephen Longmire, PrintActionPaul McCarthy, HP CanadaMike Millard, Ellis PackagingEd Rooney, R.R. DonnelleyDino Sinnathurai, Cober Evolving SolutionsRandall StevensonBob WellerDirector EmeritusKarl Schmed, Global Colour
Friesens Corporation of Altona, Manitoba, installed a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL-75-5+L press with coating. The company is one of North America’s leading book, yearbook and packaging manufacturers serving publishers, institutions, schools and businesses from two facilities in Altona. The 110-year-old printing company employs approximately 600 people in more than 250,000 square feet of space.The Speedmaster XL 75 is Friesens’ first mid-size press in a plant dominated by VLF offset equipment, including a 73-inch, 8-colour Manroland R900 HiPrint XXL perfecting press installed in mid-2015 (featured as PrintAction's September 2015 cover story, World Book Giant). Friesens’ new Heidelberg XL-75 replaced an older generation Heidelberg CD 102 press. “This press will be predominantly used for book covers and, when we analyzed the business, 80 percent of the forms would fit the 23 x 29 format,” said Byron Loeppky, GM of Friesens. “ The other 20 percent we can simply run a few more sheets to make up for the smaller layout. It is a short-run market.” The Speedmaster XL 75 is equipped with features branded by Heidelberg as Push to Stop technology, including: Inpress Control 2, automatic colour and register measurement, Auto Plate Pro fully automated plate loading, and automated wash programs. This technology is now driven by Heidelberg’s recently introduced (May 2016) Intellistart 2 press software, activated through the Press Center XL with Wallscreen. These features can allow the press to process jobs autonomously within Heidelberg’s Push To Stop operating philosophy.“We may have downsized the format, but we have upsized the technology,” added Friesens’ Andrew Fennell. “The plan was to drive automation into our process. This press can make job changes in 50 percent less time than our older press, and doing it with one operator. The technology is like having a second man. We are putting more sheets on the floor each day. All the targets are being met or exceeded, and we are still in a learning curve.”
Innovative Design & Print of Millbank, Ontario, recently completed the installation of a Kodak NexPress NX3900 digital press. Featuring long-sheet capabilities, the company’s new 5-colour press reaches speeds of up to 120 pages per minute with the ability to run sheet sizes of up to one metre (39.37 inches) in length. The NexPress is compatible with more than 800 qualified substrates.The Fifth Imaging Unit of the NexPress platform, to be leveraged by Innovative Design & Print, provides Dimensional Clear Dry Ink for a tactile feel with raised or textured printing for a 3D effect; Clear Dry Ink for watermarking, spot or flood-coating techniques; and Light Black Dry Ink for what the company describes as ultra high-quality printing, particularly with neutral tones, gray layers and flat fields.“Innovative was looking for a new digital press with long sheet capabilities and high-resolution imaging for photo products,” said Calvin Frey, President, Innovative Design & Print. “We spent time doing our research and performing press tests and chose to proceed with the NexPress.  We have been very impressed by the image quality, the flexibility of the press and the reliability.”
Austrian prepress company Glatz Klischee GmbH installed Esko’s new XPS Crystal 5080 system, which delivers main and back exposure in one step for plate manufacturing. Glatz Klischee is a prepress service provider in the city of Bregenz, Austria. It prides itself on its high-quality production of flexography plates by regularly reaching up to 100-line screen.   View the embedded image gallery online at: https://www.printaction.com/index.php?option=com_k2&Itemid=8&lang=en&layout=latest&view=latest#sigProGalleriab18b605235 Established in 1931, Glatz started out in the stamping and engraving field. Sign making and plate making were added later. The third-generation family business has five locations. Since 1999, Glatz Klischee has been an independent company in the Glatz Group. At the Bregenz site, there are 40 employees, specializing in flexible packaging and corrugated cardboard work for clients in Austria, South Germany and Switzerland. Before its recent investment in the new XPS Crystal 5080 system, Glatz Klischee explains that UV plate exposure was a weak link in its process and that traditional light tube exposure units had reached their quality limits. Glatz Klischee investigated Esko’s LED exposure as early as 2010. Since then the trade shop has gained experience with several generations of inline UV exposure and worked with prototypes of the XPS Crystal 5080. “In our opinion, UV main and back exposure in one unit represents a milestone in flexographic plate making. It improves plate exposure quality and ensures extremely consistent flexographic plates,” said Manfred Schrattenthaler, Managing Director of Glatz Klischee. Glatz Klischee has been working with the new XPS Crystal 5080 from Esko since the start of 2017. “Thanks to this technology, we now are able to supply our clients with standard screens [54 and 60-line], up to the absolute premium range with 250 lpi. We can deliver the best possible plate quality with the highest level of consistency and repeatability that we have not experienced to date,” said Schrattenthaler. Holger Stier, Technical Manager at Glatz Klischee, described the importance of back exposure in producing flexo plates: “We are realizing that, in terms of quality, especially with very fine 250-lpi screens, back exposure is more important [than] previously assumed. Even small print points and delicate screen structures are better placed than before, and the reliefs are extremely consistent.”
One of California’s largest privately held printing companies, with more than 250 employees, Dome, by the end of its 2017 fourth quarter, aimed to complete the consolidation of its five facilities. The company was moving all of its assets into a newly renovated 320,000-square-foot facility in Sacramento’s McClellan Park. In conjunction with the new facility, Dome began a new partnership with Koenig & Bauer to install two sheetfed presses, including a 41-inch, 10-colour Rapida 106 UV perfector and an 81-inch Rapida 205 large-format offset press.The company explains its new Koenig & Bauer presses will add creative options for the display designers who are employed by Dome’s retail clients. This includes offering an enlarged litho format of 81 inches and the greater reproduction versatility afforded by a 10-colour press. Dome provides retail in-store media, direct mail and general commercial print, and operates ArrowClick E-Commerce and Custom Fulfillment services. “With these purchases, Dome is taking a bold step into the world of super-large format and super-speed sheetfed offset printing,” said Misha Pavlov, Dome’s President. “The [Koenig & Bauer] Rapida 205’s XXL sheet size with 5-colour UV printing, on substrates up to 48 points at 9,000 sheets per hour, is the perfect addition to our business. “This is a game-changer for Northern California, Oregon, Northern Nevada and Washington,” continued Pavlov, “enabling Dome to serve customers and prospects in these markets better than anyone, as this is the only 81-inch press in the area.”The large-format Rapida 106 is a 10-colour, double coater, full-interdeck UV press. Dome explains the press will bring increased quality, efficiency and greater productivity while offering high-end applications previously not offered in-house. The presses are scheduled to to be up and running by the end of 2017.
Earlier this year, Imprimerie BBM, based in Laval, Quebec, made a significant investment in its sustainability position by installing a Kodak Achieve T800 Platesetter, and converting to Kodak Sonora XP process-free thermal plates.The Achieve T800, leveraging Kodak’s thermal imaging technology, features a compact footprint and consumes up to 70 percent less power than previous CTP generations. By combining this CTP installation with a switch to Kodak Sonora XP process-free thermal plates, Imprimerie BBM also eliminated plate processing and, therefore, chemicals in the plate-making process. The new technology is also designed to reduce water consumption and energy costs.  At 2,400 dpi, the Achieve T800 has a rated throughput, for plate sizes of 1,030 x 800 mm, of 16 plates per hour (S speed) and 22 plates per hour (F Speed). Plates go directly from the CTP to the press, which Kodak explains to eliminate processing variability, resulting in fewer remakes and higher quality on press.
Cartonek of Sainte-Marie, Quebec, has installed a Canon Océ ProCut 1600-3XL system, which joins the company’s existing Océ Arizona flatbed printer. Primarily focused on the packaging market, Cartonek has a growing interest in large-format signage.Designed to be run by a single operator, the Océ ProCut flatbed cutter leverages a modular tool system, which can simultaneously cut and crease a piece of cardboard, or transition from routing a piece of Dibond to kiss-cutting a roll of vinyl. The machine’s vacuum system automatically adjusts to materials put on the table.The Océ Arizona is a UV-curable inkjet printing system aimed at mid-volume print producers. It is available with a Roll Media Option and features Océ VariaDot grayscale printing technology.
Sheryl Sauder on December 18, 2017, is joining Supremex as Sales Manager, Central Region. Supremex is one of North America’s largest envelope manufacturers with a growing interest in packaging and specialty products. The company has facilities in seven Canadian provinces and three facilities in the United States, employing more than 800 people.Sauder most recently served as Chief Visionary Officer of Toronto-based Mi5 Print & Digital Communications Inc. She was with that printing company in various executive roles, including CEO and VP of Sales, since 2012. As CVO, she was responsible for managing the sales team, as well as overseeing a number of major accounts. Prior to joining Mi5, Sauder was a founder of a full service print and media management company, called Prospect Media, with a focus on consumer analytics. There, she developed an account base of various retail brands, managed a sales group, and set company financial targets and tracked profitability.Supremex is also appointing Joe Baglione as Vice President & General Manager, Supremex USA, effective January 1, 2018. With 25 years of experience at Supremex, Baglione developed his sales management expertise with the Central Region’s Direct Marketing, Solution Provider & End-User Sales group. He is also very familiar with Supremex’ Buffalo operation and the U.S. market as a whole.
Mark McCaw becomes Senior Digital Substrate Specialist for Huge Paper’s Dry Ink Performance division. He brings more than 20 years of experience from his time in sales and operations roles with Xerox. In his new role, McCaw will focus on Huge’s growing catalogue of digital substrates. “Mark is a natural fit for the Huge technical support team; he is customer focused, well organized and hardworking,” said Jeff Tapping, Huge Paper’s President. “Mark’s depth of knowledge with Xerox digital presses will greatly assist our customer base and allow us to capitalize on the recent business developments that have evolved between GPA and the Canadian Xerox iGen and ColorPress divisions.” Huge provides a range of specialty substrate solutions for litho, digital and wide format printing, including papers, synthetics, and magnetics exclusively engineered for HP Indigo and other high performance digital and wide format presses.
Richard Dreshfield is joining KBA North America as Senior Vice President of Sheetfed Sales, beginning on January 1, 2018. He will be based in Dallas at the company’s headquarters and oversee its entire North American sheetfed sales team, reporting to Mark Hischar, President and CEO of KBA North America.Dreshfield has been involved in the printing industry for more than three decades in various sales and marketing management positions. In his most recent role, he served as VP of Sales and Marketing with Clearwater Paper Corporation, a firm with more than 3,300 employees in the United States.“Rich is a results driven leader who’s success in developing strong relationships with C-level contacts in key accounts as well as his ability to lead sales teams will serve our customers well as we continue our high growth trajectory for all market segments in North America,” said Hischar. “He will shine a spotlight on our new press technology and rapid developments for our North American sheetfed customers and play a key role in maintaining our high level of customer satisfaction.”He had been with Clearwater for more than 33 years, developing skills around leadership, key account management, long term customer retention, brand management, new product development, and strategic planning and market development. KBA explains he is very well known by folding carton printers, who are a key customer group for Koenig & Bauer.“I'm excited about this new opportunity to join the market leader that provides the industry with innovative technology for the graphic arts marketplace and look forward to leading our dedicated sheetfed sales team, which I believe is the benchmark in the industry,” said Dreshfield.Dreshfield, a native of the San Francisco Bay area, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Communications Management from California Polytechnic State University and an MBA from DePaul University in Chicago.
Zund America, the North American distributor of the Zünd’s cutter and software portfolio, has appointed Heather Roden to the newly created role of Strategic Account Manager, Graphics & Packaging.Based out of the greater Chicago area, Roden comes to Zund America with extensive experience in the print industry, having held a variety of positions in prepress management, art direction, publishing and in-house marketing. Most recently, she served as Product Marketing Manager for Fujifilm Graphic Systems Division’s wide-format device portfolio. She is a member of Girls Who Print, former award winner of Graphic Design USA American Inhouse Design and Mature Media, and has spoken for SGIA at Graphics Canada. “We look forward to having Heather coordinate our efforts interdepartmentally in graphics and packaging and manage the special support systems required for large, nationwide accounts,” said John Cote, Zund America’s National Sales Manager.
Lalita Zapata becomes iC3D Business Development Director, USA and Canada, for Creative Edge Software, which focuses on the development of packaging design software. She will be focused on rolling out recent iC3D product developments to clients like packaging designers, branding agencies, and similar firms that provide packaging production services. Zapata’s appointment coincides with what the company describes as the most significant iC3D version release in more than a year, which includes capabilities previously only available from specialist 3D design software. “We’re delighted to be welcoming Lalita to the team, especially at such a key stage in the iC3D story,” said Creative Edge Software CEO Nick Gilmore. “With version 5.0 we’re now at stage when even the most hard-bitten cynics are forced to admit that iC3D can accurately replicate, and even replace, physical mockups and studio photography. These capabilities open up a whole new world of opportunity that plays directly to Lalita’s strengths and experience.” With a degree in International Business and Marketing from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Zapata is a Bolivian national who has made the creative industries her area of expertise, specializing in photographic services. Following previous roles in marketing, business development and brand control, Zapata spent nine years managing the staging and production of high-quality photographic shoots for premium food brands and other consumer goods. Working with many household brand names, she carried responsibility for the execution of brand-critical photography for clients including PEPSICO, 3M, Post, General Mills and KraftHeinz. “I feel very excited to be taking on this role just as iC3D has reached a level of sophistication that makes it unmatched in the world of packaging design software,” said Zapata. “To be able, quickly and easily, to create any shape, simulate the physical behavior of packages, and visually enhance their aesthetics to suit different environments, all with total photorealism, is unique from a single software application.”
Paul McCarthy becomes Indigo Country Manager for HP Canada. The transition comes after he spent more than 18 years with Konica Minolta Business Solutions (KMBS) Canada. McCarthy recently held the position of Director of Print Production for KMBS, for more than three years, after holding various senior sales management roles with the company. Before joining KMBS, he spent two years with Pitney Bowes. McCarthy currently serves on the board of the Digital Imaging Association.
Baldwin Technology Company Inc., which develops process automation technologies, consumables and services for the print, packaging, textile and corrugated industries, has acquired QuadTech Inc. from its parent company, Quad/Graphics. Baldwin, describing the acquisition as the creation of a vision and inspection print technology powerhouse, adds all of QuadTech’s technology and locations across the Americas, Europe, China, Japan and India. Headquartered in Sussex, Wisconsin, QuadTech maintains a global sales and service operation to sell its automated control systems in more than 100 countries.Baldwin plans to integrate QuadTech within two of its existing divisions, including Web Printing Controls and PC Industries. The resulting global platform is to operate as Baldwin Vision Systems, focusing on print process automation, inspection and related services. Karl Fritchen, current QuadTech President, is to lead the new Baldwin segment.“QuadTech will serve as a catalyst for the formation of our new Baldwin Vision Systems segment... Together, we provide our customers an unmatched portfolio in commercial and newspaper automation, and I am very excited about the additional capabilities we will gain in the packaging markets,” said Brent Becker, President and CEO of Baldwin. “The work QuadTech has done recently on color within the packaging market clearly places us as the industry leader and we have aggressive plans to build upon that position.”The new segment’s technologies will span closed-loop automation for registration, inking, colour management, web handling and inspection for the commercial, newspaper, labels, packaging, converting and publication gravure industries.“The combination of products and expertise held within both companies will enable us to reach areas of the market we were unable to reach individually,” said Fritchen. “From an international operations and market perspective, each party’s strengths are highly complementary.”QuadTech is Baldwin’s fifth acquisition since joining the BW Forsyth Partners family of companies in 2012, and the fourth completed in 2017. This includes the May 2017 purchase of Air Motions Systems. BW Forsyth Partners is the investment arm of multibillion-dollar global manufacturing and engineering consulting firm Barry-Wehmiller.
Cascades says it is acquiring four plants in Ontario to strengthen its position in the containerboard packaging sector, and the purchase of an ownership position in Tencorr Holdings Corp. The company also announces an increase in its equity holding of the Greenpac Mill LLC. “We are very pleased to expand our presence in Ontario and increase our stake in Greenpac for the second time this year. These transactions align perfectly with our vision and strategy for our containerboard activities,” said Cascades president and CEO Mario Plourde.Acquired from the Coyle family, the four following plants are geared toward the manufacturing of boxes and speciality products:• McLeish Corr-a-Box Packaging & Design – Etobicoke• Brown Packaging – Burlington• Coyle Corrugated Containers Inc. – Scarborough• Coyle Packaging (Peterborough) Ltd. – PeterboroughAccording to the company, the transaction will allow Cascades to expand its presence in Ontario, increase its production capacity by 500 million square feet per year, and strengthen its ability to serve customers in this region. The plants already have procurement agreements with Greenpac, and as such the transaction will have little impact on Cascades’ integration rate, it notes.Cascades has also acquired the Coyle family’s 33-percent stake in Tencorr, a company specialized in manufacturing sheet stock for box producers.Furthermore, Cascades has also acquired an additional interest in Containerboard Partners, one of Greenpac’s shareholders, thus increasing its holdings in Greenpac to 66.1 per cent from 62.5 percent. The company has been consolidating the Greenpac results since April 2017.  “These new assets will support our growth by providing us with increased capacity and flexibility. This transaction will also enable us to better serve our customers as we will be better positioned to provide them with the packaging solutions they seek. I would also like to welcome all of the employees of these new plants to Cascades,” said Charles Malo, president and COO of Cascades Containerboard Packaging.The total cost of the transaction amounts to $49 million, of which $21 million is related to the increased stake in Greenpac and its new position in Tencorr. The containerboard packaging plants were acquired for a consideration of $28 million, including an assumed debt of $4 million, which represents a multiple of 6.5 times the adjusted operating income before depreciation of these operations, and excludes anticipated synergies.Founded in 1964, Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and tissue products composed mainly of recycled fibres.
Graphic Packaging Holding Company, through two of its subsidiaries, Graphic Packaging International and Graphic Packaging International Canada, agreed to acquire the assets of Seydaco Packaging Corp. and its affiliates National Carton and Coating Co., and Groupe Ecco Boites Pliantes Ltée. The acquisition is subject to standard closing requirements and is expected to close in the fourth quarter 2017.This acquisition follows Graphic Packaging’s late October 2017 move to merge International Paper’s packaging operations in a transaction valued at US$1.8 billion. Expected to close in early 2018, this merger with IP would create one of the largest folding-carton and packaging operations in North America, generating approximately US$6 billion in revenues annually.Seydaco is a privately held Canadian folding-carton producer headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, focusing on the foodservice, food, personal care, and household goods markets. More specifically, Seydaco has become one of the country's llargest suppliers of print work for manufacturers of cake, pie, pastry and pizza cartons. Seydaco purchased National Carton in April 2015. The company today converts approximately 20,000 tons of paperboard annually and operates three converting plants located in Mississauga, Ontario, St.-Hyacinthe, Québec, and Xenia, Ohio.Seydaco’s operations generated revenues of approximately $40 million over its most recent fiscal year. “The announced transaction is consistent with our strategy to pursue acquisitions that allow us to grow our folding carton volume in attractive geographies and end-markets, improve our cost position, increase our mill to converting plant integration levels over time, and that we can close at compelling post-synergy EV/EBITDA multiples,” said Michael Doss, President and CEO, Graphic Packaging.Graphic Packaging explains synergies from the acquisition will be driven by the integration of additional paperboard tons and cost efficiencies. On a post-synergy basis, the company explains the EV/EBITDA multiple for this transaction is expected to be below 6.0X.“We are delighted to join Graphic Packaging. Our employees and customers will truly benefit from this transaction,” said David Seychell, President of Seydaco. “Our history of providing customers with high-quality, value-added packaging solutions and our speed-to-market philosophy combined with their strong, global position will bring much added value to the paperboard packaging marketplace."Graphic Packaging Holding Company, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is global company with two existing Canadian operations in Cobourg and Mississauga, Ontario.
In a move to expand its product mix throughout Western Canada, Spicers Canada, a division of Central National Gottesman Inc., has acquired Shippers Supply. Expected to close by the end of November 2017, the acquisition gives Spicers Canada a stronger position in the distribution of shipping, packaging and warehouse supplies in the region.Privately owned and headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, Shippers Supply operates nine locations throughout Western Canada, and has supplied corrugated boxes, labels, tape, stretch film, shelving, packaging supplies and warehouse equipment to the region since 1975.  “The acquisition of Shippers Supply is another critical step forward in many product categories we want to grow throughout our North American distribution business,” said Andrew Wallach, CNG President and Chief Executive Officer. Spicers Canada President Cory Turner added that the acquisition of Shippers Supply fits with his organization’s strategy to leverage its significant distribution capabilities in new ways. “The opportunity to acquire Shippers Supply adds significant capabilities and expertise that will be invaluable in meeting our company’s market strategy,” said Turner. “Extending product solutions both inside and outside of our core markets creates immediate opportunities that align well with our growth initiatives.”Shippers Supply will operate as an independent division of Spicers Canada, working the organization’s existing operations and distribution network in Western Canada.
HP Inc. completed its acquisition of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s printer business in a deal valued at US$1.05 billion. The move was first announced in September 2016, when HP stated the acquisition – the third largest in HP’s history – positions it to disrupt the US$55 billion copier industry. HP explains A3 technology represents its largest growth opportunity in business printing. The Samsung acquisition also strengthens HP’s position in A4 laser printing, in addition to providing intellectual property of more than 6,500 print patents and a workforce of nearly 1,300 researchers and engineers with expertise in laser technology, imaging electronics and supplies and accessories. “Together, we will build on more than 30 years of print leadership to accelerate our strategy, disrupt new market opportunities, and provide our customers and partners with unique and highly innovative print solutions,” said Dion Weisler, President and CEO, HP Inc.As part of the agreement, Samsung will be making a US$100 million to US$300 million equity investment in HP through open market purchases.
Quebec-based Transcontinental Inc. has acquired a 55-person packaging company located in the St-Laurent borough of Montreal. The deal for Les Industries Flexipak Inc. is Transcontinental’s fifth North American packaging acquisition since 2014 as the printing, publishing and media company pivots toward packaging and away from newspapers and magazines.“This transaction extends our footprint to Eastern Canada by adding a Montreal-based facility equipped with a state-of-the-art platform, and gives us the opportunity to further develop our existing business relationships with retailers in the country,” said François Olivier, Transcontinental President and CEO.Founded in 1998, Flexipak makes packaging for consumer goods firms, food processors and retailers, and specializes in flexographic printing, lamination as well as bag and pouch making. It focuses on food-processing markets like frozen fruits and vegetables, seafood, grain, bakeries, snack food, nuts, coffee, bottled water, canned goods, office paper products overwrap and coex shrink film.Transcontinental stated it intends to retain all of the company’s employees and managers.
This story about printed catalogs originally appeared in Volume 7 of Domtar’s Blueline Magazine via Domtar's newsroom.In the not-so-distant past, printed catalogues were the top choice for marketers to showcase their goods to captive audiences. But along came online shopping, bringing with it an all-new dimension to consumers’ purchasing paths, along with digital marketing tools to drive purchasing behaviour.Yet even the most compelling digital marketing methods haven’t dampened the power of printed catalogues. In fact, instead of disappearing, printed catalogues have only gotten smarter, more targeted, more strategic and just flat-out cooler — making them true rock stars in the marketing mix.Our Brains Naturally Love PrintIn 2015, the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General worked with Temple University neuroscientists to conduct a study using fMRI brain scans to compare participants’ responses to digital and physical media. The study showed that paper advertising activates the ventral striatum — the part of the brain that assigns value and desirability to featured products — more than digital media. Increased activity in the ventral striatum can signal a greater intent to purchase.Our natural cognitive connection with print is great news for marketers. Many savvy brands have recognized the power of print’s multisensory experience and are using it to their advantage. According to a 2015 study by Mequoda, 69.6 percent of adult Americans had read an average of 2.91 print magazine issues in the 30 days prior to being surveyed. It seems that consumers still love a good printed piece to hold in their hands.The “Magalog” is a Sourcebook of IdeasBridget Johns, current head of marketing and customer experience at Retail Next, noted in a 2015 interview that “catalogues are being geared more towards content over product. It’s very much about the styling and the lifestyle and the connection to the brand.”Printed catalogues have become profoundly more creative. A mix of products, narratives, photos and other creative content provides consumers with unique and inspiring ways to connect with brands on a sensory level.IKEA, known for affordable home goods, uses its printed catalogues to showcase articles on how furniture isn’t just furniture; rather, it facilitates a way of life. Additionally, the catalogues often include interviews with IKEA furniture designers, allowing readers to better connect with the product and the company. With this type of newfound creative and editorial stance, marketers use these so-called magalogs — a blend of magazine-like editorial content and traditional catalogue information — less as immediate sales tools and more as brand opportunities for their customers.A Printed Catalog Works Well with Other Marketing ChannelsMultichannel shopping is the new standard in the retail experience. Customers who engage with a brand through multiple channels are the most sought-after by savvy retailers. Printed catalogues encourage multichannel consumer behavior. Twenty-five percent of printed catalogues trigger a website visit, and 33 percent trigger a visit to a retail store, according to a Canada Post Study.Print creates natural connections with multiple points in the buying experience, leading consumers online to product review and brand websites, or to shop from an app on their phone. The use of augmented reality (AR) has also enhanced printed catalogues by allowing the once-static space to deliver a digital experience for consumers.IKEA pioneered the trend by offering an app for consumers to virtually try out furniture from the catalogue. Today, many retailers are following their lead. Converse offers an app that allows consumers to virtually try on shoes, by pointing their phone at their foot. Northern Lighting, a Nordic company specializing in the design and manufacture of luxury in-home lights, invites consumers to see lighting on the table or floor by using the AR feature paired with their printed brochure.Mixed-Media Marketing Leads to Targeted MailingGone are the days of generic mass mailing. Today, printed catalogues have become targeted and strategic. With the help of customer data, printed catalogues now can be customized to include items an online shopper may have viewed but not purchased. Mailings also can be sent specifically to buyers who have previously made online or in-store purchases.Customer data can also alert brands to potential sales opportunities, such as birthdays, anniversaries, graduations or new-home purchases. Nordstrom, for example, chooses to select a few key pieces to advertise in its printed catalogues. With the Nordstrom app, readers can shop the item online, get additional information on sizes and colours and even access styling details. Catalogue mailings triggered by data collected from these actions can then be highly customized, allowing for more meaningful and personal connections with consumers at exactly the right time.Printed Catalogues Are Here for the Long HaulThere’s nothing quite like a beautiful printed piece to imply permanence and credibility. Neiman Marcus, a brand synonymous with luxury, reinforces its high-end status by making an aggressive statement with its annual holiday catalogue, which features outrageous, over-the-top fantasy gift offerings like a Valkyrie private plane and a limited-edition Infiniti sedan. More and more, retailers are turning to the powerful brand engagement only print can offer by crafting printed catalogues that are meant to be perused, enjoyed and even displayed on the coffee table.Print Marketing Makes MoneyEvery marketer knows that each medium in a marketing mix has to contribute to the growth of the brand. Print is a proven performer, leading the way in many buyers’ journeys. Approximately 92 percent of consumers get ideas for household shopping trips from the printed flyers they receive in the mail, according to a Canada Post study. Printed catalogues engage the reader, create an experience and build brand loyalty — and they instigate purchases.For marketers who seek to tell a well-rounded brand story, it’s an exciting time to explore print. With its proof of cognitive engagement and sales funnel performance, print has found a powerful place in the consumer buying experience and continues to be a force to be reckoned with.SOURCE: Domtar Newsroom.
New innovations in printed designs for Canadian AEC firms provide opportunityThe demise of printed designs in the Canadian architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry may have been greatly exaggerated. With the sector rather stagnant, increasing numbers of AEC firms are now looking to print for its potential value to their businesses as opposed to a troublesome cost centre that needs to be reduced or eliminated. Indeed, a recent ARC Document Solutions study found that only 38 percent of AEC firms plan to go paperless. What’s behind the surprising fondness for hard copy design drawings? It turns out that recent large-format printing innovations are making it possible for AEC firms in Canada – especially SMBs – to efficiently and cost-effectively churn out high-quality printed materials that differentiate them in the market. At the same time, these new innovations are bringing the costs down when those firms turn to their local print service providers. In fact, according to the recently released 2015-2020 Wide Format Forecast from InfoTrends, media revenue in North America is now growing at a compound annual rate of 12.8 percent compared to 10.1 percent for the rest of the world. There are some key reasons why many smaller Canadian AEC firms are turning to large format printers. While larger enterprises have entire departments responsible for managing and maintaining large-format printers, many smaller and midsized AEC shops haven’t traditionally been able to afford that. The costs of acquiring printers, maintaining them and training staffs would simply be too high – especially where colour was involved.Smaller firms often leaned on print shops for every single geographic information systems (GIS) map, drawings and rendering they needed to produce.Today, however, more options are available. Prices for large-format printers have dropped considerably, making them much more affordable options for the average AEC firm looking to reduce their outsourcing spend. At the same time, savvy large-format print shops are enabling AEC companies to produce high-quality black-and-white and colour jobs at a faster speed from a single printer. Previously, companies had to buy both monochrome and colour printers to accomplish the same task or work with a print shop that had multiple devices.And this capability is particularly important to AEC firms today as many Canadian municipalities require design drawings to be submitted in colour. These regulatory requirements underscore where the industry is headed, as AEC firms are designing in colour. Keeping these details and documentation in colour lets designers move this knowledge through colour coding from their screens right into the field. We’re seeing AEC firms across the globe purchasing wide-format colour multi-function printers over monochrome-only solutions and Canada is certainly no exception.Another key reason for the AEC adoption of large-format is simply for faster turnaround times. Canadian AEC companies are increasingly required to turn around designs and blueprints on the fly – both at their offices and on job sites. Modern wide-format printers are faster than previous generations – up to 60 percent faster in some cases – and are suitable for use in the field and office. Additionally, a broad range of applications and technological innovations that expedite workflow are now available for use in conjunction with the wide-format printers. New workflow software for managing the print process from end to end makes large-format printing much more efficient. For example, such software allows AEC shops to spontaneously detect and correct corrupted PDFs, automatically switch between small- and large-format pages, and enable on-screen document proofing. Coupled with the speed of the new printers, this can significantly enhance efficiency.This improved efficiency also contributes to a lowered cost, which is an increasingly important factor for the many AEC firms operating in slowed down economies such as Alberta’s oil sector, for example. In terms of quality, large-format printing is not the same as making office copies. Control over quality is key because the large-format documents that an AEC firm must produce are mission-critical. For example, customers often assume they’ll be able to receive brilliant, colourful printed materials because powerful computer-aided design (CAD) software has made that so commonplace. These designs are also incredibly complex. For AEC firms to compete in this environment, they must have the ability to deliver on that expectation. Fortunately, an emerging generation of large-format printers excel at producing colour documents with crisp lines, fine detail and smooth grayscales that are arguably superior to LED prints. Newer pigments also provide dark blacks, vivid colours, and moisture and fade resistance – even on uncoated bond paper at high speeds.For Canadian AEC firms to compete in these challenging economic times, they need to be focused on producing the highest quality printed materials as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. The ability to do that has never been greater.Small and midsized AEC firms no longer have to invest in huge fleets of printers to keep pace with larger competitors. So, paper lives on as an important instrument in their tool belts – now and for the foreseeable future.
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.
Ryerson University’s School of Graphic Communications Management in mid-November celebrated student achievement by handing out dozens of scholarship awards. (Photos of the awards celebration, held at the Mattamy Centre in downtown Toronto, provided by Andrew Ouzounis).These top Ryerson GCM students receive a large portion of the financial assistance provided annually by the Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund, which this year awarded a total of $75,500 in scholarships to students across Canada for the current school year. Ryerson’s four-year GCM degree program provides a comprehensive grounding in modern technologies and business skills, helping to create highly skilled graduates prepared for all levels of the printing industries.   View the embedded image gallery online at: https://www.printaction.com/index.php?option=com_k2&Itemid=8&lang=en&layout=latest&view=latest#sigProGalleria85455985d9
The Digital Imaging Association last night in Toronto celebrated its 30th anniversary at Cirillo's Culinary Academy. Award-winning Chef John Cirillo divided the 50 attendees of the sold-out event into teams to prepare, cook and serve three Canadian courses, including: Bay of Fundy Salmon, Seafood and Tomato, Corn Veloute (Atlantic Canada); Smoked Bacon Wrapped Beef Tenderloin (Alberta) with Whisky Jus, Barley and Cranberry Risotto, Glazed Golden Beets and Fine Beans; and Maple infused Apple Rose in Puffy Pastry with Blueberry Compote (Ontario and Quebec).   View the embedded image gallery online at: https://www.printaction.com/index.php?option=com_k2&Itemid=8&lang=en&layout=latest&view=latest#sigProGalleria848f43e869
More than 100 printing professionals attended PrintForum West, held last week at the Delta Chelsea in Burnaby, BC. The day began with an hour-long panel discussion featuring three of Canada’s youngest printing leaders: Nikos Kallas, President, MET Fine Printers, Richard Kouwenhoven, President, Hemlock Printers, and James Rowley, Vice President, Glenmore Custom Print + Packaging.   View the embedded image gallery online at: https://www.printaction.com/index.php?option=com_k2&Itemid=8&lang=en&layout=latest&view=latest#sigProGalleriabad5a35460 Neva Murtha and Catherine Stewart, both Senior Corporate Campaigner with Vancouver-based Canopy, discussed the need for transparency in making environmental production claims. They also provided attendees with a sneak peak of The Blueline Ranking 2017 to be released this July. The annual report analyzes and ranks the environmental progress driving some of North America’s top performing printers, which includes several Canadian companies in the top 10, such as Hemlock Printers, MET Fine Printers and The Lowe-Martin Group.After lunch, two of Kodak’s technology leaders, based in the company’s nearby facility in Burnaby, which continues to make CTP devices and provide innovation, discussed technical advancements for improved profitability. William Li, Color Technology Manager for Kodak and Co-Chair of International Color Consortium, focused on the impact of colour technologies and standards in relation to how printers can find and then maintain new business. Patrick Kerr, Product Manager, Unified Workflow Solutions, Kodak, then focused on how printing companies can leverage cloud computing.Andy Rae, who was appointed as Global Head of Marketing, Heidelberg AG, in April 2017, discussed the impact of Big Data and Industry 4.0 in printing, including the concept of The Smart Print Shop, which relates to leveraging print and media workflows to facilitate the complete automation of production processes. Rae also discussed Heidelberg’s Push to Stop operating philosophy for print manufacturing.The day concluded with a panel discussion on the state of production inkjet, featuring four of Canada’s technology leader, including: Alec Couckuyt, Senior Director, Canon Canada, Professional Printing Solutions Group; Brad King, Vice President, Graphics Communications, Xerox Canada; Ray Fagan, Sheefed Product Manager, Heidelberg Canada; and Edward Robeznieks, Vice President Sales, Ricoh Canada.
More than 350 people last Thursday attended the 35th annual Gala Gutenberg at the ballroom of the Bonsecours Market in Montreal to celebrate excellence in print achievement. In total, 17 trophies, Technical Challenge and Innovation Challenge categories, were awarded to a range of printing industry companies from the province of Quebec. (Photos provided by Gala Gutenberg.)   View the embedded image gallery online at: https://www.printaction.com/index.php?option=com_k2&Itemid=8&lang=en&layout=latest&view=latest#sigProGalleria04ee7184e0 “The Gutenberg [program] pushes the boundaries of each individual and responds to the challenges raised by the talent and creativity of businesses, communication agencies and print buyers in Quebec, regardless of the size of the companies. And this year, our industry has once again demonstrated that it is a great event,” Said Patrick Choquet, President, Gravure Choquet, and President of Gutenberg 2017.2017 Gutenberg Technical Challenge Award WinnersCategory: PackagingProject: Collection Serveurs Nuutok LAKLÉ INC.Category: PublishingProject: 887 InterglobeCategory: LabelsProject: Romeo’s Gin Imprimerie Ste-JulieCategory: Marketing Client Project: MUMO L’EmpreinteCategory: NewspapersProject: Perforation en ligne 'Die cut on line' Winner: Journal Métro/Les producteurs de lait du Québec Métropolitain Category: Flexible Packaging Project: Combinaison Archibald 4 x 473ml (6 dessins) Winner: Les industries Pro-palsCategory: Finishing Project: Exalted Third Edition-Novagraf Marketing Winner: Multi-ReliureCategory: MagazinesProject: Rolland Inc- Magazine Paper Loop Winner: L’EmpreinteCategory: BrochuresProject: Panneaux pour l'exposition "Ceci n’est pas un parapluie ", Biosphère Winner: MP REPRO Category: Self PromotionProject: Pop-Art Rose-Fluo         Winner: Pazazz2017 Gutenberg Innovation Challenge Award WinnersCategory: Self PromotionProject: Sacs réutilisables Winner: PNH SolutionsCategory: Flexible PackagingProject: Organic Kefir Cup Winner: Les Étiquettes IML Inc.Category: Édition Project: Jaquette Desjardins Winner: TransmagCategory: Marketing ClientProject: Programme souvenir 30e anniversaire Gala reconnaissance Estrie Winner: Groupe PrécigrafikCategory: FinishingProject: Great Comet Winner: InterglobeCategory: BrochuresProject: Conférence « New Cities Summit Montreal » Winner: PDI Solutions Grand Format Category: PackagingProject: A-Trax – In The Loop: A Decade of Remixes Winner: Ross-Ellis
The Ontario Printing & Imaging Association last night at the St. Georges Golf and Country Club in Toronto handed out a range of awards in their annual Excellence In Print Awards program. (Photos provided by Myrna Penny.)   View the embedded image gallery online at: https://www.printaction.com/index.php?option=com_k2&Itemid=8&lang=en&layout=latest&view=latest#sigProGalleriaa098805a70 This included five top awards noted as the Award of Excellence, chosen from among all categories winners, and the best of categories winners themselves, divided within Sheetfed, Web, Digital and Specialty groups. Following dinner and awards presentation, futurist Jesse Hirsh provided an hour-long keynote about the direction of communications technologies. He primarily focused on how various forms of Artificial Intelligence are creating new economies by leveraging the World Wide Web, automation and mixed reality (virtual and real). Hirsh described how the smart, fast and unregulated economy of the future might impact the business world – and where to find opportunities.The 2017 OPIA Excellence In Print Awards were sponsored by Heidelberg, Flint, Domtar, Sun Chemical and Spicers. Upcoming OPIA events include the OPIA SWOB Golf Tournament at the Rockway Golf Course in Kitchener, Ont., on June 7, 2017, and the OPIA Toronto Golf Classic on August 10, 2017, at the Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham, Ont.AWARD OF EXCELLENCE RECIPIENTSSheetfedC.J. Graphics Inc.Unparalleled Journeys        Web NewspaperTC Transcontinental VaughanThe Globe and Mail GatefoldWeb Commercial St. Joseph Communications Audi Magazine 01/2017Digital C.J. Graphics Inc.Connect the dots....SpecialtyC.J. Graphics Inc.Until The Last Child EXCELLENCE IN PRINT AWARD RECIPIENTS (BEST OF CATEGORY)SHEETFED CATEGORIES    Annual Reports C.J. Graphics Inc.Smartreit – Smart Journey 2016 Annual ReportBrochures Mi5 Print & Digital Communications Inc. Luxury by the Lake CardsC.J. Graphics Inc.Bell Media Cards and BoxBooks Hard CoverAylmer Express Graphics Group The Desire to Acquire Books 4+ ColoursRyerson University, School of Graphic Communications ManagementRyeTAGA Student Publication NewslettersC.J. Graphics Inc.re:porter 10 October 2016 IssueBookletsC.J. Graphics Inc.Babar Khan Modern Icon BrochureMagazines Perfect BoundAylmer Express Graphics Group Shift – RM Sotheby’sMagazines Saddle StitchedC.J. Graphics Inc.SBC Snowboard Canada        ProgramsC.J. Graphics Inc.Canadian Screen Awards Program         Catalogues 4+     coloursC.J. Graphics Inc.Unparalleled JourneysInserts C.J. Graphics Inc.Canadian Food Aficionado Media KitStationery C.J. Graphics Inc.Quantum Motorsports Stationery Direct MailC.J. Graphics Inc.One Thousand MuseumPresentation FoldersAylmer Express Graphics Group Siskinds The Law Firm Poster – Art Prints    C.J. Graphics Inc.Sony PS4 Uncharted 4 A Thief’s EndWEB CATEGORIESMagazines    St. Joseph CommunicationsAudi Magazine 01/2017Catalogues 4+ Throughout     St. Joseph CommunicationsHolt Renfrew Holiday Guide 2016        FlyersTC Transcontinental Brampton    Giant Tiger 4 std 2+2 tabNewspapers TC Transcontinental VaughanThe Globe and Mail Gatefold DIGITAL CATEGORIES Digital small formatC.J. Graphics Inc.Connect the dots...Digital Large or Grand Format    Ryerson University School of Graphic Communications ManagementGCM Colloquium 2017-Window Promoting Poster SPECIALTY CATEGORIES        Specialty Inks    C.J. Graphics Inc.Statue Lenticular Picture         Embossing    C.J. Graphics Inc.Y&R Canada        Bindery    Ryerson University School of Graphic Communications ManagementRyerson GCM Grad Book 2017Engraving    Ryerson University School of Graphic Communications ManagementRyerson GCM Grad Book 2017    Self-promotion    C.J. Graphics Inc.C.J. Heavy Metal Promo BookLabels     C.J. Graphics Inc.Crown Royal Labels Boxes    C.J. Graphics Inc.Until The Last Child Cartons     C.J. Graphics Inc.Canadian Club Premium Box
The Toronto Club of Printing House Craftsmen last week at the Duncan House recognized local printers for their award-winning work in the Toronto IAPHC Gallery of Superb Printing competition. The Craftsmen Club also presented secondary and post-secondary students with scholarships, including the Chai Tse Award, for their achievements in industry-related programs and the annual Toronto Craftsmen Graphic Challenge Competition. This was the 42nd year of the Craftsmen awards program.   View the embedded image gallery online at: https://www.printaction.com/index.php?option=com_k2&Itemid=8&lang=en&layout=latest&view=latest#sigProGalleriaec5e54f090 The two primary sponsored awards for exceptional reproduction, based on the IAPHC judging process, where presented to Colour Innovations for the Heidelberg Canada’s Best of Finishing Award (COC Centre Stage Gala Invitation) and C.J. Graphics for the Taniguchi Ink Best of Press Award (Uncharted 4 Limited Edition Posters)The Gallery of Superb Printing Awards went to C.J. Graphics (15 gold, 12 silver, 4 bronze and 1 honourable mention); Avant Imaging & Integrated Media (5 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze and 1 honourable mention); Colour Innovations (3 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze); Polytainers  (1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze); and Wellington Printworks  (1 gold and 2 silver).Toronto Craftsmen Student Chai Tse AwardsChristopher Jessop, Centennial College The Centre for Creative CommunicationPatricia Marie Gonzales, Central Technical Secondary SchoolMarissa Ponn, George Brown College School of DesignSamantha Martin, Georgian College Design and Visual ArtsJodi Ho, Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary SchoolJordan Jackson, Humber College Advertising & Graphic DesignJulia Tincombe, Ryerson University School of Graphic ManagementAlicia Jordan, Seneca College School of Creative Arts and AnimationGraphic Challenge Awards, Post SecondaryJulia Laude, Seneca College School of Creative Arts and Animation Daphne Chan,    Ryerson University School of Graphic ManagementGraphic Challenge Awards, Secondary    Jose Bautista, Central Technical Secondary SchoolHetta Patel, Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School
Eastman Kodak Company reported its financial results for the third quarter 2017, ended September 30, 2017, delivering a net loss of US$46 million on revenues of US$379 million. The company generated net earnings of US$12 million in its corresponding 2016 quarter. Revenues for the quarter of US$379 million compared with revenues of US$411 million for the third quarter of 2016, a decline of $32 million or eight percent. The GAAP results include US$58 million, net of tax, of non-cash impairments related to the write-off of goodwill in the Print Systems segment and assets for the previously announced exit from copper mesh touch screen products. This includes the construction of a new Flexcel NX manufacturing line in Weatherford, OK, and a contingent consideration payment related to the divestiture of Kodak Alaris in 2013.In terms of key product lines, the volume for Kodak’s Sonora process-free plates grew by 24 percent for its most recent quarter. Sonora plates now account for 19 percent of the division’s total plate unit sales. Volume for Flexcel NX plates in 2017 Q3 grew by 11 percent and annuities revenue for Prosper inkjet grew by nine percent.In releasing its results, Kodak pointed to a range of factors impacting its 2017 outlook, including a slowdown in the commercial printing industry and higher costs adversely impacting Print Systems Division, Software and Solutions Division and Enterprise Inkjet Systems Division. “An overall print market slowdown and rising aluminum costs have impacted our commercial print business,” said Jeff Clarke, Kodak Chief Executive Officer.The company maintained its range for 2017 full year revenue of US$1.5 billion to US$1.6 billion and adjusted its forecast for 2017 Operational EBITDA to be within a range of US$60 million to US$65 million. The Print Systems Division (PSD), Kodak’s largest division, had Q3 revenues of US$232 million, a decline of US$18 million, or seven percent, compared with Q3 2016. The Flexographic Packaging Division (FPD) includes Flexcel NX systems and plates, as well as other packaging businesses like analog flexographic plates and letterpress plates, proofing products and services. FPD revenues for Q3 were US$34 million, flat with the same period a year ago.
Appleton Coated of Combined Locks, Wisconsin, has filed a voluntary state Chapter 128 petition for receivership to allow the company’s operations to continue under the supervision of a court-appointed receiver named by the Outagamie County Circuit Court.Company officials said the petition and appointment of a receiver will allow Appleton Coated to continue operations under the direction of the receiver, who will lead a process aimed at selling the company’s assets to a buyer who will continue operations.Appleton Coated is a manufacturer and distributor of coated, uncoated, specialty and technical papers sold under Ethos, Utopia and other brand names. The company’s products are used in commercial printing, textbook publishing, label papers, transactional printing and a variety of specialty and custom applications.In December 2014, Appleton Coated was purchased by Virtus Holdings LLC, a new company formed by members of Appleton Coated’s management team. The company’s manufacturing facility has an annual production capacity of 400,000 tons on three paper machines, and an adjacent coating and finishing complex with processing capacity of 280,000 tons. The company employs around 570 workers.“Despite the best efforts of our employees and ownership group and the introduction of new products, this step is the best option at this point,” said Doug Osterberg, Appleton Coated’s CEO. “While the company has made significant progress in diversifying its product offerings and entering new markets, the overall business climate is very challenging, and operating under a state court-appointed receiver is the best route to transition the business to sustained profitability.”Osterberg stated that profitability in the North American graphics paper sector has deteriorated in recent years due to digitization of communications and currency exchange rates that favour imports. These factors produced a decline in domestic demand, excess capacity and aggressive price competition in the company's traditional coated and uncoated paper businesses, he said. Osterberg also noted that these market conditions combined with recent increases in raw material costs, especially market pulp, yielded lower sales volumes and declining profit margins.Osterberg said the filing will also relieve the company’s burdensome debt and help attract an appropriate buyer. Operating results, he said, are expected to improve in the near term as the company fills unused capacity by moving into both the high-value graphics and commodity segments of containerboard packaging.Osterberg said the company’s bank has agreed to fund operations during the receivership and that the business will continue to operate during the transition. He added the company will be able to pay salary and wages and fund benefits for current employees.“The strategic location of Appleton Coated, coupled with the experience, knowledge and work ethic of its employees and the size and capabilities of its paper making machines and equipment, make it a logical candidate to transition to high value segments of the packaging market,” stated Osterberg. “We therefore, expect, but cannot guarantee that a suitable buyer will be identified who will value the company’s strong workforce and be willing to invest in the future.“This has not been an easy decision for the ownership group that bought Appleton Coated three years ago,” Osterberg continued, “but market changes and world-wide economic conditions have forced our hand, and as difficult as this decision is, it’s the best move at this point.”
Resolute Forest Products of Montreal, Quebec, released its preliminary 2017 second quarter results, including a net loss for the quarter ended June 30, 2017, of $74 million (all figures in US funds) compared to a net loss of $42 million in the same period in 2016. Sales were $858 million in the quarter, down $33 million, or four per cent, from the second quarter of 2016. Excluding special items, the company reported a net loss of $3 million compared to net income of $2 million in the second quarter of 2016.“This quarter's performance was a clear improvement from the first quarter,” said Richard Garneau, president and chief executive officer. “The results of our wood products segment were strong given higher prices associated with the U.S. imposition of trade barriers, while our market pulp segment recorded a solid performance despite production curtailments associated with annual outages. “In tissue, the improvement in our profitability continued but remained short of expectations,” continued Garneau. “Paper segments continued to be impacted by adverse market conditions, particularly in specialty grades.” The company recorded an operating loss of $47 million in the 2017 second quarter, compared to an operating loss of $6 million in the first quarter of 2017, while adjusted EBITDA increased by $22 million over the same period, to $83 million.The company explains its operating results were positively impacted by overall increases in pricing, particularly in its wood products and market pulp segments. Those improvements were partially offset by lower volumes in its market pulp, continued Resolute, and paper segments, as well as higher maintenance expenses related to annual outages at a number of facilities.  The company also incurred $60 million of non-cash impairment charges in the second quarter in connection with the indefinite idling of a paper machine at Catawba (South Carolina), as well as to reflect the write-down of assets at the Coosa Pines (Alabama) facility.Focusing on market pulp specifically, operating income in this segment was $16 million, $9 million more than the first quarter. Following price increases implemented from the beginning of the year, realized prices in the segment rose by seven per cent, or $39 per metric ton, to $632 per metric ton. Shipments to third parties fell by 17,000 metric tons compared to the first quarter. Resolute explains this largely resulted from annual outages in Calhoun (Tennessee), Thunder Bay (Ontario) and Coosa Pines, and lower demand for recycled grades during the period. The operating cost per unit rose by $8 per metric ton, reaching $583 per metric ton, resulting mostly from the maintenance outages. EBITDA per unit was $71 per metric ton compared to $42 per metric ton in the previous quarter. Finished goods inventory was substantially flat when compared to the first quarter.  In the tissue segment, Resolute’s overall shipments rose by 1,000 short tons. The wood products segment recorded operating income of $45 million for the quarter, an improvement of $25 million against the previous quarter. The newsprint segment for Resolute incurred an operating loss of $7 million in the quarter, compared to a loss of $4 million in the first quarter. The specialty papers segment recorded an operating loss of $7 million during the second quarter, a decline of $11 million from the previous quarter.“As our results continue to improve, we remain focused on our short-term priorities of increasing sales in our tissue segment, battling unfair U.S. countervailing and anti-dumping duties and managing our indebtedness and liquidity to be in a position to continue our long-term transformation,” said Garneau. “Now that the uncertainty surrounding trade duties in lumber has started to dissipate, we expect market conditions to remain favourable. In pulp, we are cautiously optimistic that market conditions will remain relatively favourable at least through the third quarter.”
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG reports its current fiscal year (April 1 to June 30, 2017) began with an increase in sales and earnings; and that it is on course to achieve its annual targets. The company highlighted its ambitions to consolidate a new corporate culture and return to growth with the motto “Heidelberg goes digital.”“We are making good progress in transforming Heidelberg into a digital company,” said Rainer Hundsdörfer, CEO of Heidelberg. “We have already had our initial successes in the first quarter, thanks to our new digital presses and two constructive acquisitions.”During the first quarter of the current financial year, Heidelberg sales were slightly higher than the previous year at €495 million  (same quarter of previous year was €486 million) and its net result after taxes improved by more than €20 million to €–16 million. The sales increase, explains the company, was attributable primarily to Western Europe and China. At €629 million, incoming orders were below those of the same quarter of the previous year (€804 million), which saw a particularly high level of incoming orders from the drupa trade show. The order backlog increased by over 20 percent from €497 million at the end of the financial year to €603 million as at June 30, 2017.Heidelberg sees itself as being on course to achieve the company targets for 2022 that were announced in June: Company sales ~€3 billion; EBITDA of €250 to €300 million; and net result greater than €100 million.By taking over software supplier DOCUFY, Heidelberg states it is reinforcing the new digital platforms business area and expanding its Industry 4.0 portfolio. In the segment of consumables, business with coatings and pressroom chemicals has been further expanded in the EMEA region, explains Heidelberg, following the acquisition of this area from Fujifilm. Profitability, as expressed in EBITDA and EBIT, increased in the quarter under review compared to the previous year’s values. At €14 million, Heidelberg explains EBITDA was far better than in the same quarter of the previous year (€1 million), while EBIT amounted to €–3 million (previous year: €–16 million). Due to lower financing costs, Heidelberg explains the financial result improved to €–13 million (same quarter of previous year: €–16 million). Including income taxes, the net result after taxes of €–16 million was an improvement over the previous year’s figure (€–37 million). Free cash flow in the first three months was negative at €–13 million (previous year: €6 million).
Print The Future, described as an omni-channel 3D printing company that allows clients to print ideas on demand, plans to file an Initial Public Offering with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Once approved by the SEC, Print The Future will offer 2,000,000 shares of Print The Future common stock at US$10.00 per share, with a minimum investment of 50 shares. Print The Future explains its public offering will allow designers, engineers, architects, and other interested parties the opportunity to participate in the increasingly growing 3D printing market. The company states it plans to open 200 brick and mortar stores around the globe. In these stores, both amateur and professional designers will be able to design and print unique objects to fit their spaces.“We are at the forefront of the 3D printing space and have an ambitious vision for the future of our company as well as the industry. What Starbucks is to coffee, Print The Future will be to 3D printing; synonymous with its product,” said Neil Patel, Founder and CEO of Print The Future, who is based in Vancouver, BC. “The goal is to make 3D printing technology and design as experience-focused and expansive as the coffee chain.”Print The Future describes itself as the world’s first ubiquitous 3D printing store, where someone can think up an idea on the spot and walk out with it. Print The Future will allow consumers around the world affordable, local access to large-scale 3D printing.
In the final quarter of its financial year 2016/2017 (January 1, 2017 to March 31, 2017), Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG recorded what the company describes as its best sales and result since 2008. With a further improvement in the net profit after taxes to €36 million (previous year: €28 million) – based on preliminary figures – the company states it has achieved its objective for the year as a whole of a sustained return to profitability. The improvement of nearly €60 million in the free cash flow to €24 million, explains Heidelberg, also underlines the success of the strategic realignment towards a digital company that has been initiated. “Heidelberg has achieved its targets for 2016/2017 thanks to an excellent final quarter. The net profit after taxes improved once again and we’ve created a solid basis for the company’s further development,” said CEO Rainer Hundsdörfer. “We now need to gear our strategy towards becoming a digital company focused on customer needs. This will also bring the expected growth in sales and a further substantial improvement in profitability in the future.”At the beginning of February 2017, Heidelberg’s restructuring for the company’s digital future took effect on April 1, 2017 under the motto Heidelberg goes digital!. This move saw the Heidelberg Digital Technology (HDT) and Heidelberg Digital Business & Services (HDB) segments established. HDT combines sheetfed offset, label printing, and postpress operations and is responsible for developing, producing, and marketing the appropriate technologies and products for new business models. HDB, meanwhile, is where Heidelberg manages its operations relating to services, consumables, remarketed equipment, digital printing technology, and solutions throughout the value-added chain. The third segment – Heidelberg Financial Services (HDF) – will remain the same. Sales after 12 months were slightly up at €2.524 billion (previous year: €2.512 billion). In the final quarter alone, sales increased by just under 20 percent to €845 million (previous year: €710 million). The more substantial growth in sales originally planned for the year as a whole did not materialize, explains Heidelberg, due to planned acquisitions being postponed until the new reporting year. In the period under review, Heidelberg states incoming orders of €2.593 billion bucked the industry trend by being significantly up on the previous year’s level (€2.492 billion). Despite the costs for the drupa industry trade show of €10 million in financial year 2016/2017, EBITDA excluding special items in the reporting period amounted to €179 million (previous year: €189 million, including non-recurring income of €19 million from the PSG takeover). This resulted in an EBITDA margin of 7.1 percent (previous year excluding PSG: 6.8 percent). The €85 million operating profit (EBITDA before special items) for the fourth quarter was over 20 percent higher than in the same period of the previous year. Special items in the reporting period amounted to some €–18 million (previous year: €–21 million). Lower interest costs resulted in a further improvement in the financial result to €–56 million (previous year: €–65 million). This led to a net result after taxes of €36 million (previous year: €28 million). In the final quarter, the net profit after taxes climbed from €35 million to €46 million. The free cash flow at the end of the financial year reached a positive value of €24 million (previous year: €–32 million). Operational enhancements and efficient cash flow management thus resulted in an improvement of €56 million compared with the previous year. In the quarter under review, the net financial debt fell to €252 million (March 31, 2016: €281 million) and the leverage remained below the target value of 2 at 1.4.“We’ve significantly increased the free cash flow and further improved our balance sheet quality in reporting year 2016/2017. This lays a firm foundation for the Group to independently finance our transition into the digital world and step up our pursuit of attractive takeover targets. We’ll be announcing some successes in this regard in the near future,” said Heidelberg CFO Dirk Kaliebe.
Nustream Group becomes a new distributor for Flexa in Canada. Founded 25 years ago, Flexa develops short-run finishing technologies particularly for small and wide format digital printing, signage, 3D pins and labels, Plexiglas and polycarbonate objects, and thermal transfer on fabrics.Flexa’s product range includes hot and cold laminators, automatic, electric and manual cutters, roll-slitters, pneumatic and manual eyelet machines and different accessories for the visual communication.“This collaboration will help to strengthen the sales of our company in this big country and creating new business opportunities,” said Andrea Sottana, Flexa, Sales Director. Nustream focuses on providing the technologies for commercial, label and packaging, photographic and art reproduction printers.
PDS announced Robert E. Thistle of Toronto becomes a dealer for PDS, authorized to sell the Multigraf Touchline lineup of folding, creasing and perforating equipment. In September 2016, PDS became the Canadian master distributor of Multigraf Touchline technoologies. This line-up of technologies has been constantly evolving since Multigraf, headquartered in Switzerland, became one the first companies to focus on the short-run finishing market in 1984. In addition to the Touchline products, Multigraf produces a range of banding and stacking systems. Canadian distributor Robert E. Thistle was founded in 1972.
Grimco today is opening its first office location in Edmonton Alberta, after serving the area with sign and graphic supplies for more than 25 years from its Calgary location. The new office is located at 15427 115A  Avenue in Edmonton. “We are extremely excited about the opening of our new branch in Edmonton, Alberta,” said Mike Bolinger, President, Grimco Canada. “We are committed to providing the best products and service across Canada, and opening a location in Edmonton allows us to service our customers better in this market and beyond.”Grimco Canada, which also has Canadian locations in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal and Dartmouth, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Grimco Inc., which is based in St. Louis. The company was originally founded in 1875 as a single-location stamp and badge provider. The full-service sign supply company now operates in 52 locations across the U.S. and Canada.
Asia Pulp & Paper Canada has expanded its sales network to provide paper and packaging products to printers, publishers and paper converters in Eastern Canada. “The market for paper products, especially for food and other packaging, continues to grow at a global rate of approximately 4.3 percent,” said David Chin, President of Asia Pulp & Paper Canada (APP Canada). “But some of the smaller markets, that traditionally had less demand, were still not being serviced to the same level as larger centres and had a hard time procuring cost-effective products.” APP’s new sales network began to directly ship to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Prince Edward Island in June 2017. Its line of paper and paperboard products from Indonesia and China include wood-free coated and uncoated text and cover, opaque printing paper, gloss and silk paper, copy papers, and packaging boards for all types of printing and packaging needs.“Customers have come to expect quality paper products that perform well during the printing process but that also exceed the environmental standards demanded by the end user,” said Chin. “The type of businesses from which we will see the biggest business opportunity, are the ones that cannot forgo the white and bright paper that comes from virgin fibre but want a biodegradable product to stand apart from their competition.”APP Canada carries the ProPrint, Inspira, Enova, Paperline and Zenith brands. This distribution expansion to Canada’s east coast comes on the heels of another recent announcement by the company about a sales network expansion to Saskatchewan. Currently, the company has offices and warehousing facilities in Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia and Manitoba. APP Canada is part of the APP group which is an importer/distributor of printing papers from APP’s mills in Indonesia and China. The company serves the Canadian printing industry with warehouse inventories of coated, uncoated and opaque stocks in sheet and roll form, C1S and C2S board, photocopy paper and cut size stock.
CET Color, a manufacturer of wide-format UV flatbed and hybrid printers, has added Nustream Group to its dealer channel to look after Quebec and Eastern Canada. Located in Montreal, Nustream provides technological distribution and services to commercial, label and packaging, photographic and art reproduction printers.
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.
Avanti Computer Systems Limited has announced that its award-winning Avanti Slingshot is the first print MIS to integrate with MarcomCentral JobDirect Plus.MarcomCentral’s SaaS-based JobDirect Plus offers an online portal which allows customers to engage with print providers, build orders, customize features and finishing options, preview submissions and submit through almost any application.The integration with Avanti Slingshot manages backend processes such as reporting, estimating, imposition, inventory management, scheduling, shipping, billing and more.The combination of the JobDirect Plus and Slingshot makes workflow automation for print jobs easy, efficient and cost effective.
Organizers of Graphics Canada 2017, running from April 6 to 8 at the Toronto International Centre, have provided an update of educational sessions to take place at the biannual printing trade show.Print Media Centr, led by Deborah Corn, will be running Graphics Canada’s Innovations Theatre nd organizers have posted their preliminary agenda on the show’s website. All sessions in the Innovations Theatre are free to attendees.IDEAlliance is also returning to the 2017 version of Graphics Canada with its G7 Summit running on the morning of April 6. More detailed information about this event can be found on the trade show’s Website.Organizers explain LabelExpo will participation in Graphics Canada 2017 with a Label Forum.Other primary educational attractions listed on the trade show’s website include intelliPACK workshops, sublimation zone, specialty graphics opportunity zone, Crossmedia Canada Conference, and the Printing Sales Training Day, among others.
Xaar of Cambridge, United Kingdom, reached an agreement with Xerox Corporation to partner in the development of bulk piezoelectric inkjet printheads. Xaar is soley focused on the production of industrial print heads, while Xerox holds a range of hardware, software and service technologies for the printing industry."Continued investment in technology and product development, together with strategic partnerships, are key elements of our 2020 vision," said Doug Edwards, CEO of Xaar.Xaar states the partnership capitalizes on each company's expertise in bulk piezo printhead development and will leverage both companies’ technologies. Xaar also explains the partnership allows it to provide customers with a broader range of bulk piezo printheads.
Agfa Specialty Products and LCsys Systèmes Industriels have launched ABSOLUT-ID, a joint solution for the production of high security ID cards, resulting from a development and sales partnership between the companies.In its role, Agfa supplies the technology and consumables for the printing of personalization data and LCsys provides process engineering and equipment manufacturing. The two partners will unveil ABSOLUT-ID to the global ID card industry on a joint exhibition booth at Trustech 2016, running from November 29 to December 1 in Cannes, France.Agfa’s print technology allows positioning the personalization image and data on ABSOLUT-ID cards underneath the traditional guilloche printing instead of on top of the product. The company explains this facilitates the visual detection of tampering and increases the reliability thereof, because the smallest flaw or interruption of a single guilloche line will instantly reveal fraud. Additionally, since the personalization data of each individual card are generated in a half tone resolution without pixels or screen dots, Agfa explains ABSOLUT-ID cards are considered virtually impossible to counterfeit or even to manipulate.The production of ABSOLUT-ID cards, using consumables on roll, is a web-based process that integrates all the customary stages of card production: printing of the personalization image and data, lamination, die cutting and chipping. This continuous process offers tremendous time and cost efficiency, explains Agfa, as well as security benefits compared to the conventional approach of sequential and often geographically distributed steps. Agfa explains that because the process starts with the personalization stage, the ABSOLUT-ID concept eliminates the cost of laborious card preparations before a single card can be issued. It also avoids the storage of semi-finished cards that have high value only in terms of immobilized cash and represent a high risk of security breach in case of theft; a risk that can only be countered by increasing the cost even more with security infrastructure investments or surveillance.“In today's globalized world, more than ever, reliable ID security is of great importance to society and to all of us individually," said Marc Van Damme, VP Marketing and Sales, Agfa Specialty Products. “Agfa is pleased to contribute to more reliable and affordable security with state-of-the-art technology that builds on our long-standing expertise in imaging and shows at its best when quality is at stake to make a real difference.”
Jones Packaging Inc., headquartered in London, Ont. as a global provider of packaging solutions for healthcare and consumer brands, has entered into a commercial partnership with Norway's Thin Film Electronics ASA (Thinfilm), which develops printed electronics and smart systems, including technologies for Near Field Communications (NFC).Together the two companies will integrate Thinfilm’s recently branded NFC OpenSense technology into paperboard pharmaceutical packaging and, at the same time, develop what Jones describes as key manufacturing processes for its high-speed production lines.Jones and Thinfilm will also collaborate to engage top global pharmaceutical companies to integrate the smart technology into Rx and over-the-counter product packaging. The Jones/Thinfilm smart packaging collaboration will be funded, in part, by grants from both the Swedish and Canadian governments. Jones explains NFC OpenSense tags are thin, flexible labels that can detect both a product’s “factory sealed” and “opened” states and wirelessly communicate contextual content with the tap of an NFC-enabled smartphone. The tags contain unique identifiers, continues Jones, that make it possible for pharmaceutical companies to authenticate products and track them to the individual-item level using software and analytics tools. In addition, Jones explains the tags remain active even after a product’s factory seal has been broken, which enables both brands and medical staff to extend the dialogue with consumers and patients. “Our strategy of developing printed electronics solutions for the healthcare market led us to this important collaboration with industry pioneer Thinfilm,” stated Chris Jones Harris, Principal, Strategic Initiatives and Alliances with Jones. “Thinfilm’s unique printed NFC solution addresses multiple needs within the pharmaceutical channel, particularly around product integrity and patient safety, and allows our customers to connect the world of physical packaging to virtual and dynamic content on the internet – it’s a very unique and compelling proposition.”Thinfilm’s “Tag Talks First” protocol is described as a key feature of the NFC OpenSense tag and enables a read-speed that is up to 20 times faster than conventional NFC solutions. The companies explain this makes NFC OpenSense an ideal technology for use within the high-speed, high-volume production lines found in Jones’ manufacturing facilities. The work conducted by Jones and Thinfilm will also include the integration of ferrite shield labels with the NFC OpenSense tags. Jones explains this will enable the NFC technology to function on metalized packaging, such as blisters commonly used for cold/flu medication. The company states this is perfectly aligned with its contract packaging capabilities in the area of customized blister packaging solutions for solid dose products including tablets, caplets, capsules and gel caps.“Jones has been in business for well over a century and is a trusted partner to many of the most recognized global pharmaceutical and consumer brands,” said Davor Sutija, CEO of Thinfilm. “We are very excited to be partnering with a true innovator in the packaging industry and look forward to helping them deliver this leading-edge NFC solution to the pharmaceutical space.”
Xaar plc, which makes industrial inkjet technology, and Lawter, along with its parent company Harima Chemicals Group (HCG), are now collaborating to optimize the performance of a line of nanosilver conductive inks in the Xaar 1002 industrial inkjet print-head. The combined solution, according to the companies, will be of interest to manufacturers of consumer electronics goods looking for a method to print antennas and sensors with silver nanoparticle ink as part of their manufacturing processes. Xaar explains inkjet is a cleaner process than other methods of printing silver inks; this is especially relevant when printing onto a substrate, such as a display, in which any yield loss is expensive. With inkjet, manufacturers can precisely control the amount of ink dispensed in certain areas of a pattern, continues Xaar, so that the ink or fluid deposited can be thicker in some areas and thinner in others – adding that inkjet enables the deposition of a much thinner layer of fluids than traditional methods, which is significant for the manufacturers looking to produce thinner devices. Inkjet is also one of the few technologies able to print a circuit over a substrate that has a structured surface.“This is an excellent opportunity to showcase our latest technological breakthroughs and demonstrate the unique value that our revolutionary nanoparticle inkjet solutions can play as part of an integrated system solutions in the PE world,” said Dr. Arturo Horta, Business Development Manager for Lawter Innovation Group. HCG claims to have pioneered the development and manufacture of silver nanoparticle conductive inks for the printed electronics industry over 20 years ago and has over 100 patents related to its nanoparticle dispersion technology.
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.”

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