ASL Print FX, formerly know as All Stick Label, of Vaughan, Ontario, was named as the Best of the Best in Flexographic Printing during the World Label Awards in Brussels, Belgium.
The World Label Awards was founded in 1991 as a way of recognizing world-class label printing. The Association behind the awards program represents label printers in all parts of the globe through seven national and continental label associations.
These seven associations submit their best labels from their own national/continental contests for the Best of the Best global contest. Awards are presented in five print technology categories, including Offset Lithography, Letterpress, Flexographic, Digital and Combination printing.
ASL Print FX' label for the Rennie Estate Winery 2009 Gaia was submitted by the TLMI (Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute) as the North American entry for the Flexographic Printing category. Describing ASL Print FX’ wining project, the World Label Association stated, “This label pushes back the boundaries of what flexo printing can achieve. The FM screening gives the country scene a tranquil and soft look." The high-end job also includes dome lacquer registration and cold foil stamping on the label.
The five Best of the Best awards were presented during the Labelexpo Label Industry Global Awards event held in Brussels on September 24. Rapid Labels of New Zealand won the top award in the Combination Printing for its production of The Colour Pinot Noir 2009. In Letterpress Printing, Chugoku Seal Printing Co. of Japan won for Pates de Fruits. Yamada Fine Art Printing Co. of Japan won in Offset Litho Printing and Digital Label Solutions of the United States won in the Digital Printing category.
ASL Print FX was founded in 1965 as All Stick Label to focus on the production of pressure-sensitive label, promotional and package printing. Today, the company reaches the market through a range of innovative processes, branded as HDFX. This proprietary process and technology prints a 20-micron dot. The company runs 12 printing presses delivering up to 12 stations with foils, silkscreens, raised textures, scratch ‘n reveal, variable data, lamination and effect varnishes.
E Ink Holdings, in collaboration with MpicoSys and Pervasive Displays, has installed what it describes as the world’s largest tiled electronic-paper display at the United Nations’ headquarters in New York. The wall-sized digital sign combines 231 individual E Ink displays tiled within a six-metre-wide space.
“The eWall is a perfect example of E Ink enabling designers to deliver information where they never thought possible before,” stated Harit Doshi, head of signage business and Director of Business Development for E Ink. “This project further demonstrates E Ink's diversification into different markets, specifically the digital signage market, as a key focus market segment.”
This aptly named eWall was unveiled last week by Queen Máxima of The Netherlands and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during the General Assembly of the UN. The eWall was designed by the architects of the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), as part of a renovation of the North Delegates Lounge – a donation from the government of The Netherlands to the United Nations. The North Delegates Lounge plays a key role in the workings of the UN as an unofficial meeting space where conversation is unrecorded and informal.
The UN’s new eWall provides delegates with scheduling, news and other relevant information when needed. It also includes a design mode to show large-scale images, while also having the ability to fade into an unobtrusive wall when turned off.
The 231 displays comprising the eWall are situated 33 across (about six metres) and seven displays high. E Ink describes this configuration as holding an overall resolution of 26,400 x 3,360 pixels. Each display is based on E Ink's Pearl film, with Pervasive Displays providing the TFT and display modules, and MpicoSys providing the physical construction, electronics and control software to drive the overall sign and Internet connectivity for updating.
"The cooperation with the architects of the OMA is an excellent example of what MpicoSys custom projects can result in,” said Peter Slikkerveer, CEO of MpicoSys. “We see this as a start of a new generation of ePaper products for information signage.”
Meredith Corporation plans to turn its successful Allrecipes.com property into a print magazine to be published six times per year with an initial rate base of 500,000. The December 2013 premiere issue is scheduled to debut in mid-November, in time for the holiday cooking season.
Meredith describes itself as the United States’ leading media and marketing company serving 100-million American women through a range of mediums, including print, television, online, mobile, tablets, and video. The company, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, publishes powerful print titles like Better Homes and Gardens, Parents, Family Circle and Fitness. Meredith plans to circulate the new Allrecipes magazine with some of these properties.
A statement from the company about the Allrecipes print initiative explains, “This represents the media industry's first large-scale digital-to-subscription magazine print brand extension.”
Meredith describes Allrecipes.com as the world's largest digital food brand with a database of over one million recipes and more than one billion annual visits. Allrecipes.com is also positioned by Meredith as a top how-to recipe channel on YouTube, with more than 600,000 subscribers. Allrecipes' 11 top-rated mobile apps for iPhone, iPad Android, Kindle Fire and Windows 8 have been downloaded by more than 18.5 million times. The brand has 18 Websites, and 18 mobile sites serving 23 countries in 12 languages.
Meredith plans to create a regular Allrecipes branded television segment that will air as part of Meredith's nationally syndicated television program The Better Show, which currently airs in more than 160 markets, and will air nationwide to 90 million homes on the Hallmark Channel beginning in September.
"Allrecipes is a unique and powerful media brand," said Tom Harty, Meredith National Media Group President. "Our testing reaffirmed its tremendous consumer appeal, and we think advertisers will view Allrecipes magazine as a new and exciting way to reach a large base of very motivated consumers."
Meredith conducted tests of an Allrecipes magazine concept this spring, bundling it with issues of Better Homes and Gardens, Parents, Family Circle and Fitness.
“The results of the tests exceeded our expectations, generating approximately 400,000 paid orders," said Tom Witschi, EVP and Meredith Women's Lifestyle Group President, who will oversee the Allrecipes magazine business. “Clearly there is tremendous enthusiasm and passion for a print extension of the Allrecipes brand, and we intend to maximize the multiplatform delivery to consumers and marketers.”
Eight-year-old Ezra Peters of Fairview, Alberta, who won the 2013 Canada Post Community Foundation contest, visited Canadian Bank Note subsidiary McAra Printing in early June to see the first press sheets of his stamp design.
Peters’ winning design, entitled Floating Adrift, was created with plasticine on board. It features a sailboat floating on a blue ocean with a smiling green fish jumping up out of the water. He went on a guided tour of McAra Printing’s Calgary production facility to learn how his stamp was ultimately produced on the company’s Heidelberg XL 105 press.
The Deliver Hope stamp design contest was open to youth 15 and under to raise awareness and funds for the Canada Post Community Foundation. Canada Post uses the fund to support the volunteers, local and national non-profit groups who work to provide a brighter future for Canadian children.
The Deliver Hope stamps will be available for purchase at Canada Post outlets beginning in September.
Read more about the Canada Post Community Foundation
Denis Beauchamp has joined Montreal-based Pazazz, one of Canada’s most visible commercial printing operations, as General Manager. In his new position, Beauchamp will oversee all manufacturing aspects of the company, from prepress to finishing, including personnel.
Prior to joining Pazazz, Beauchamp was Director of Production at a division of Transcontinental. He brings more than 36 years of printing industry experience and expertise to his new role. “My colleagues call me the printing's archaeologist, because I dig to find the issue,” stated Beauchamp on news of his appointment, referring to Pazzaz’ solutions-based business approach.
“I've seen a lot in 36 years, and I must say I'm impressed by the printing quality at Pazazz,” continued Beauchamp. “Warren and I share the same passion for printing. I have always said that it is not blood that flows through my veins, but rather ink."
President Warren Werbitt founded Pazazz 1992. Today, the company specializes in UV and conventional offset printing up to 56-inch format, toner production and flexography. In addition to its commercial printing activities, Pazazz – a certified G7 Master Printer – has a strong presence in the label, packaging and large format sectors.
The Bank of Canada has unveiled two more bills in its line of polymer notes, which completes the series. The new $5 and $10 bills were shown for the first time today at a ceremony in Ottawa. Commander Chris Hadfield presented the first view of the $5 note while orbiting the planet in the International Space Station.
The new $5 note has a space motif, representing Canada's contributions to international space research. The $10 note honours the importance of Canada's railway and its role in the development of the country. The bills were officially unveiled by Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney today. Also on hand were Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty, Paul G. Smith, Chairman of the Board of VIA Rail Canada, and Marc Garneau from the Canadian Space Agency.
“I try to inspire young Canadians to aim high. This new $5 bill should do the same,” Hadfield said. “By giving prominence to Canadian achievements in space, this bank note reminds us that not even the sky is the limit.”
The line of polymer notes, which began distribution in November 2011, has had it share of controversy, from the use of an invasive species of maple leaf to its tendency to melt under heat. The Bank of Canada has mostly dismissed the concerns as myths. The new $50 followed in March last year and the polymer $20 began circulation in November. Polymer bills were first issued by Australia in 1988 as part of the country's bicentenial, since then nearly 10 countries have switched to polymer currency. The notes are said to have a circulation life of more than 2 1/2 times as long as traditional notes.
According to Carney, more than half a billion polymer notes have been put in circulation since 2011. The polymer notes contribute to a reduction in counterfeiting by 92 percent since 2004. The new notes will enter circulation this November to give time for retailers to adjust their cash handling systems.
Walmart Canada has launched a new, free glossy magazine, including a 100-page first issue, produced by Rogers Media’s Custom Content division. The new magazine, called Walmart Live Better, is to be produced as a 1-million-copy run six times a year.
Walmart Live Better arrives shortly after one of the company’s largest retail competitors, Target, opened up 24 outlets across Southern Ontario (by late March). Walmart executives overseeing the project are downplaying the timing of the magazine’s launch relative to Target Canada’s arrival as “coincidence,” but clearly the world’s largest retailer has decided to lean on the use of high-quality print.
The free publication is available as of April 8 at all of the Walmart Supercentres in English Canada, as well as through a dedicated Website and mobile versions. Walmart claims 8-million Canadians visit its stores each week.
“Giving this magazine to our customers for free is another way for Walmart to say thank you to the millions of Canadians who shop with us every week," stated Emma Fox, Walmart Canada's Chief Marketing Officer. “The Walmart Live Better magazine fully delivers on our brand promise of Save Money. Live Better. We know that our customers’ needs extend beyond price. They are continuously on the look-out for everyday inspirations to help them and their families live better.”
The launch of Walmart Live Better has been covered in Canada’s largest daily newspapers, including:
The Star, Walmart Canada launches glossy magazine
The Globe and Mail, Rogers and Walmart to launch magazine
A rare Twelve Penny Black of Canada, described as being in mint condition, sold for $225,000 at a Halifax auction last weekend.
Close to 1,500 copies of the Twelve Penny Black, featuring a portrait of Queen Victoria, were produced in its first issue in 1851.
Follow the links below for various Canadian news accounts of this rare stamp auction:
The Chronicle Herald
The Phoenix Print Shop, which is an integral part of the Eva’s Phoenix program to assist at-risk youth in Toronto, is now selling 2012 greeting cards to help raise funds for its Foundations of Print Training Program.
The greeting cards are designed through an annual competition for at-risk youth aged 16 to 29 involved with various programs across Canada. Every card sold directly supports the Eva’s Phoenix Foundations of Print Training Program for at-risk youth, who, in addition to printing and graphic arts skills training, are connected to a full-time job and receive long-term support.
Now in its 11th year, the Phoenix Print Shop program in June 2010 moved into an expanded production facility measuring close to 7,000 square feet. The program itself began in 2001 within an 800-square-foot space.
The Eva's Phoenix initiative not only focuses on getting youth off the streets, but also provides vocational and life skills. Eva’s Phoenix provides housing for 50 youth, aged 16 to 24 years, for up to a full year, and since 2002 has also allowed up to 160 youth each year to participate in its employment and apprenticeship programs.
The Phoenix Print Shop 2012 greeting cards are available for purchase online
To promote its new M6 sports car, BMW turned the car into a printing press and used it to create its own promotion materials.
In a collaboration between Toyo Ink, Sappi Paper and Chicago-based premedia house Classic Color, BMW used its 560 horsepower M6 to lay down a tire track on sheets of paper positioned on a race track. From special tanks in the trunk of the car, ink is pumped onto the tread before being transferred onto the paper. The concept was put forward by Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners.
The resultant pieces, which say "Impressive on Paper. Devastating on the Road," and each one unique, will be sent to prospective buyers and current BMW owners in a direct-mail campaign.
Watch the following video to see how it was done and the challenges involved.
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