Toronto-based Avanti Computer Systems, which develops MIS and Web-to-Print applications, announced a new integration agreement with Printable Technologies Inc., which specializes in Web-to-Print and marketing applications.

Avanti’s Print MIS is now integrated with Printable’s MarcomCentral solution for creating, printing and managing the delivery of static, versioned and variable data pieces.

"Printable remains committed to expanding our partner network in order to achieve best in class workflows," said Coleman Kane, CEO and President at Printable Technologies. "MarcomCentral customers will now have access to Avanti’s JDF-certified, open-architecture Print MIS, which will better manage and track important customer data and provide more accurate reporting functionality.”

“Printers are looking for very tight integration between their customer-facing Web-to-Print portals and their back-end production environments as they strive to drive down the cost of doing business," said Patrick Bolan, President of 
Avanti. "This is achieved by eliminating the re-entry of data as a job makes its way through the shop.”

Transcontinental Media has launched three new weekly newspapers in Quebec: Point de vue Sainte-Agathe and Point de vue Mont-Tremblant, in the Laurentians; and Abitibi Express in Val-d’Or and Amos in Abitibi.

The newspapers will serve each of these regions with input from “citizen contributors” and with new digital services to benefit local business. “Transcontinental is thrilled to deliver even more local content to communities and businesses in Quebec with both the print and online editions of Point de vue Sainte-Agathe, Point de vue Mont-Tremblant and Abitibi Express,” said Serge Lemieux, Transcontinental Media’s Vice President, Newspaper Division, Québec and Ontario.


Point de vue Sainte-Agathe and Point de vue Mont-Tremblant are edited by Martin Leonard, and Abitibi Express is managed by Michel Chalifour. In addition to staff writers, Transcontinental says the newspapers will invite its readers to contribute via social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

In Québec, Transcontinental Media currently publishes 63 community papers with a total weekly circulation of more than 2.5 million free copies delivered to households through its Publisac distribution network.

Close to 92 percent World Color Press Inc.'s shareholders, on Thursday last week, approved Quad/Graphics' pending purchase of the former Montreal printing giant, while the deal also received Québec Superior Court clearance yesterday.

As a result of these two announcements, Quad is expected to complete the acquisition sometime this week, which will result in placing the newly merged entity on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

At a special shareholder's meeting in Toronto, 91.78 percent of the votes cast were in favour of authorizing the acquisition. After the final approval needed came from the Commercial Division of the Québec Superior Court, the companies announced that they expect to complete the deal on July 2, 2010.

Quad was previously cleared to list its class A common stock on the NYSE under the stock symbol QUAD, while the company's Chairman, President & CEO, Joel Quadracci, is scheduled to ring the exchange's opening bell on July 7, 2010.

“The extraordinary journey of the new World Color now is within a few days of reaching a highly satisfactory ending for our customers, our shareholders and for most of our employees," stated Mark Angelson, World Color's CEO, following the Quebec court approval. "Our impending association with Quad/Graphics is a great honour, and is by far the best outcome.

"This would not have been accomplished without the dedication and professionalism of all of our employees, directors and advisors. Hearty thanks to each of them for bringing us to this pivotal point in our history, and for enabling the latest step in the transformation of our industry.”

Baldwin Technology Company has agreed to purchase Nordson UV Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nordson Corporation, which develops UV curing systems. Nordson is to retain its industrial UV curing product lines.

"We have had a mutually beneficial alliance with Nordson for several years, so this combination is a logical step in that relationship," stated Karl S. Puehringer, President and CEO of Baldwin, in a press release. "It will enable our customers to partner with a single-source for both IR [infra-red] drying and UV [ultra violet] curing on both offset and digital printing."

The Nordson UV business, which sells systems under its own brand name, as well as the Horizon and Primarc brand names, is currenlty based in Slough, England.

The transaction is expected to close by June 30, when Nordson UV will be renamed Baldwin UV Ltd.

Based in Uniondale, New York, National Envelope Corporation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on June 10, while describing its intentions to reorganize under a financial-restructuring plan.

Founded in 1952, National Envelope now claims to be the largest manufacturer of envelopes in the world, with 14 manufacturing facilities, two distribution centres, and approximately 3,500 employees in the U.S. and Canada. 

The company expects to keep all of its facilities open during the Chapter 11 reorganization process.

“The strategic reorganizing of National Envelope is well underway," stated Stephen Gawrylewski, Chief Restructuring Officer and Interim CEO. "We have been constrained by our capital structure and by the unprecedented economic slowdown...fortunately, the fundamentals of our business remain strong and provide an excellent foundation for the future."

Quad/Graphics, in announcing this week that it has received clearance to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange, with plans to begin trading after the completion of the Worldcolor acquisition. The shares are scheduled to begin trading on July 6, 2010.

The company has already received approval from the Minister of Industry under the Investment Canada Act and needs a final order from the Quebec Superior Court pursuant to the Canada Business Corporations Act (expected June 28), as well as final Worldcolor shareholder approval, scheduled for June 25.

If those details, along with customary closing conditions, are met, the company says it anticipates the transaction to complete July 2, 2010.

Quad/Graphics announced its intention to acquire Worldcolor in January. Worldcolor and Quad/Graphics had aggregate non-audited revenues of US$5.1 billion – for the 12-month period ended September 30, 2009 – and aggregate non-audited, adjusted EBITDA of US$647 million.

Current Worldcolor CEO Mark Angelson will stay on to help consolidating the two companies.

Transcontinental has announced its second quarter results in which the company saw an increase in operating income of 18 percent over the same period in 2009.

“I am very satisfied with our second quarter results and the performance of the past four quarters, which have all been higher than the previous comparable quarters,” said François Olivier, President and Chief Executive Officer of Transcontinental. “We are systematically building the new Transcontinental by accompanying our customers with marketing strategies based on advertising personalization and the new communication platforms, while strengthening our traditional core business, which still provides extremely effective marketing tools. This strategy, combined with our employees’ efforts to innovate and improve every day, will allow us to take full advantage of the opportunities that are opening up in our niches.”

The company generated 4-percent less revenues from the same quarter of 2009, earning $510 million in Q2 2010. Profits for the second-quarter was $68.7 million, about half of which comes from discontinued operations, compared to a loss of $144.3 million a year earlier.

Michael William (Bill) Burke, founder of Toronto-based Grenville Printing, has passed away at the age of 83 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Burke was born in Montreal and graduated from Sir George William University (now Concordia) with a bachelor's degree in commerce. In 1968 he founded Grenville Management and Printing Ltd., which soon became recognized as one of the top printers in the region.

In 2005, the company separated into Grenville Printing and Grenville Management Inc., the former of which was purchased by Grafikom in October 2006. Grenville Management continued as a holding company for Inplex Facility Logistics before Inplex was reabsorbed as Grenville Management in 2009. With the demise of Grafikom, Grenville Management restarted its printing arm and today once again operates as Grenville Management and Printing.

Burke is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dorothy, three sons and eight grandchildren. Condolences can be forwarded via Humphrey Funeral Home.

At its new facility in Mississauga, Agfa Canada teamed up with LYFT Visual and The Packaging Association to educate printers on POP, versioning and prototyping trends in the packaging sector.

The afternoon event, held on June 1, included a presentation by one of Canada's digital-printing pioneers, John Rogers, who co-founded Dots & Pixels before selling the company to NEBS Business Products Limited in September 2005.

Mark Caines, CEO of  LYFT Visual, also made a presentation after the recent installation of an Agfa Dotrix Modular press, which marked a Canadian first. As a division of Mississauga-based Boehmer Box, LYFT specializes in packaging design and production.

Agfa's UV-, inkjet-based Dotrix press has a printing width of 63 centimetres and is designed for roll-fed, single-pass production on range of substrates, from flexible foils to self-adhesives and holding cartons. The press provides coating or varnishing alleys, while it can be integrated with slitting, die-cutting or sheeter options.

Seminar presentations were then rounded out by Miriam Freibauer of Davis Strategic Design, Sam Papaleo of The Central Group and Agfa's Sheila Nysko.

Pictured right: John Rogers, one of Canada's digital-printing pioneers, of NEBS Canada.

In the third-annual PrintAction race day, held at Toronto's GrandPrix Kartways, Michael Steele, co-owner of Sydney Stone, topped 30 other printing-industry drivers to take first place.

The win makes it two consecutive top-place finishes for Sydney Stone, a Toronto-based technology service and distribution company, after last year's victory by Steele's business partner, Dylan Westgate.

Brad McDonald from Presstek took second spot in the 2010 Grand Prix heat, while Avanti's Stephen McWilliam rounded out the podium with a third-place finish. Placing first in the remaining heats were Bill Wilson of Heidelberg Canada (Heat 2), Maria Arias of Fujifilm Canada (Heat 3), and Bruce Morrison of Muller Martini Canada (Heat 4).

Steele also posted the fastest lap time of the day on the indoor-cart track. His 23:326 lap time was followed by Debbie Redgers at 23:587 and Heidelberg Canada's Bill Wilson at 23:661.

Photos, clockwise from top. Grand Prix winners: Presstek's Brad McDonald (2), Sydney Stone's Michael Steele (1), and Avanti's Stephen McWilliam (3). Heat 2 winners: Debbie Redgers (2), Heidelberg's Bill Wilson (1), and Avanti's Peter Funnell (3). Heat 3 winners: Fujifilm's Jay Lalonde (2), Fujifilm's Maria Arias (1), and Muller Martini's Tom Long (3). Heat 4 winners: Pressdown's Jackie Kisiloski (2), Muller Martini's Bruce Morrison (1), and Heidelberg's Steve Klaric (3).

Dr. Hadi Mahabadi, Vice President and Centre Manager for the Xerox Research Centre of Canada, is honoured in the “Top 25 Canadian Immigrants of the Year” program, produced by Canadian Immigrant magazine.

According to a press release about his achievement, Mahabadi arrived in Canada from Iran in 1981 with his wife, infant son, and $15 in his pocket. Today, he leads one of the world's most-important imaging research centres and holds more than 70 U.S. patents.

The Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC) is primary driver of technological innovation for Xerox, which generates around US$22 billion in annual revenues.

Prior to joining Xerox, Dr. Mahabadi was Chair of Chemical Engineering at the Tehran University of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in the field of polymer engineering from the University of Waterloo in 1976. Currently, Dr. Mahabadi is Chair of the Chemical Institute of Canada and a fellow of several scientific societies, including the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Within the national program produce by Canadian Immigrant magazine, Dr. Mahabadi was first named as one of the Top 75 Immigrants earlier this year, and was subsequently voted into the Top 25 by May 2010. More than 10,000 votes from across the country were cast in the inaugural awards program in 2009.

“There are many individuals that have contributed to my professional success,” says Dr. Mahabadi. “I can’t speak for everyone who has adopted Canada as their home, but it’s been a land of opportunity for me. My culture and educational background were not only welcomed, but encouraged at every level of my career. Xerox is a company that embodies Canada’s inclusive culture, and its diverse approach to innovation continually enriches the company’s employee base, and bottom line.”

(For the past six years, Mahabadi has been ranked in a top-10 position on PrintAction's annual PA50 listing of The 50 Most Influential People in Graphic Communications, holding the number-one position for the past two years. The PA50 listing for 2010 will appear in PrintAction's July issue.)

Agfa has announced it will be partnering with Toronto-based Nustream Graphic to expand its presence in Canada.

"We are very excited about working with Agfa. Today, cost-effective solutions that help printers reduce waste and improve efficiency while protecting margins are in high demand," said Guy Potvin, Executive Vice-President at Nustream Graphic, "Agfa's portfolio of products has been well-received in the industry and increasingly in Canada because they meet these requirements."

Nustream has tasked industry veteran Johnathan Rogers to handle sales in the Ontario market and Steve Daigle to manage the Quebec market. Daigle was previously the President of Montreal-based Vic Couleur.

At the IPEX show this week, Ricoh announced that it is launching a new brand identity for InfoPrint, a venture until this point, had been jointly run by Ricoh and IBM. As of July, InfoPrint will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Ricoh.

The re-branding will consist of a new logo for any piece of equipment produced after May 14th. "The new logo illustrates the strategic evolution of our brand," said Peter Lazaroff, InfoPrint Solutions' Vice President of Marketing Communications. "It is a logical progression from the joint venture logo — which our many stakeholders have come to recognize — to our new logo, which includes several familiar elements, yet speaks to the progress of InfoPrint Solutions."

At the show, InfoPrint also introduced the InfoPrint 5000 MP, additional InfoPrint 4100 models and new workflow software.

The IBM/Ricoh joint venture was announced in January 2007 where Ricoh initially will acquired 51 percent of the new InfoPrint entity, which stemmed from IBM's Printing Systems division. The venture had always intended for Ricoh to progressively take more ownership in InfoPrint over the course of three years, culminating in the full ownership.

"This agreement is key to Ricoh's efforts to become a leading global provider of output and print solutions," said Masamitsu Sakurai, President and CEO, Ricoh at the joint venture's announcement in 2007. “We will invest the necessary resources to make InfoPrint Solutions Company into a core business. Building on our long association with IBM, we look forward to creating an infrastructure that can address complex solutions and mission critical environments."

After announcing plans to become the second-largest shareholder of Goss in June 2009, Shanghai Electric Corp. yesterday announced it plans to exercise its option to take on 100-percent ownership of Goss International in June 2010.

“We are taking this step because Goss International is a market leader with innovative technology and a highly effective global manufacturing, sales and support platform,” stated Xu Jianguo, Chairman of Shanghai Electric Group (SEG). “Full ownership of Goss International enhances our presence in the print sector, our world-class product portfolio and our ability to deliver innovation, value and security to a wider range of printers and publishers.”

SEG owns the Akiyama sheetfed press manufacturing entity, best known for its Jprint line, which Goss began to distribute in North America earlier this year. The company’s printing and packaging machinery division also controls companies that produce Purlux, Guanghua, Yawa, Shen Wei Da and Feida printing and packaging machinery brands.

With 60 primary manufacturing sites,more than 40,000 employees and 2009 revenues of US$8.6 billion, SEG is a large Chinese company with interests outside of the printing sector, including power generation and transmission, electromechanical equipment, heavy machine tools, transportation equipment, environmental protection systems and automatic instrumentation.

Goss and SEG have been working together in China since 1993.

PrintAction dispatched columnist Zac Bolan to Birmingham, UK to witness the latest technologies being announced and released this year. Below are photos from his travels. Check back each day, as we will be continually updating this page with fresh photos and look for complete coverage in the next issue of PrintAction.

DAY 0: Photos 1-6 Pre-show press conferences

DAY 1: Photos 7-24 Trade Show Opening Day

DAY 2: Photos 25-32

DAY 3: Photos 33-40




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