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Agfa Graphics says it intends to close its offset printing plate manufacturing facility in Branchburg, N.J., by the end of this year as part of a strategic plan to optimize its global production capacity and supply chain for printing plates.
OKI Data recently issued a consumer warning, saying several companies in the United States and Canada have been altering OKI Data Office Printers and may be misleading consumers to believe these clone printers are OKI Data Digital Transfer products.
Taking place October 18-20, in Las Vegas, SGIA Expo 2018 saw more than 550 exhibitors and tens of thousands of registrants. Over the course of three days, attendees were able to learn about a range of market segments, technologies and applications including digital signage, DTG inkjet, embroidery, fleet and vehicle graphics, printed electronics, screen printing, and textiles and textile finishing.
UPDATED November 5 — Since October 22, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers’ (CUPW’s) rotating strikes have shut down Canada Post’s operations in more than 70 communities across the country.
S-One Labels & Packaging has reached an agreement with Charter NEX Films to sell its flexible packaging barrier/sealant films in North America.
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is taking over MBO Group in a bid to further expand its offerings in postpress operations for digitally printed products.
Quebec company Scenarex, specializing in the development of publishing solutions with blockchain, has launched the Beta version of its first solution, Bookchain.
Trelleborg’s printing solutions operations has signed agency agreements with Pamarco and Bingham Flexo Services (BFS) for the distribution of the Axcyl flexographic product line in Canada and the U.S.
Canadian Printing Industries Association (CPIA) has announced the launch of a newly restructured printing industry association in Canada. Proposed by its Board of Directors and ratified by its membership this past March, the CPIA now operates under a new membership structure that aims to unify key industry stakeholders across Canada.
Paper Excellence Canada entered into an agreement to acquire Catalyst Paper Corporation, including its three facilities located in Crofton, Port Alberni and Powell River, its Surrey distribution centre and headquarters in Richmond, B.C.
Mercer International has signed a deal to acquire Daishowa-Marubeni International (DMI)’s mill properties in Western Canada for $465 million.
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers, representing 50,000 of the Crown agency’s employees, says the new contract offers presented by Canada Post on October 3 fall short of what’s needed to reach a deal, according to the latest report from The Canadian Press.
Zünd America held a groundbreaking for its new North American Headquarters being constructed at Drexel Town Square in Oak Creek, Wisc. The new headquarters will include offices as well as spaces for product display, customer and employee training, and warehousing for product and miscellaneous materials that support the installation and servicing of Zünd equipment. The building will include loading docks for shipping and receiving.
TC Media has purchased Somabec, owned by Stéphan Rhéaume, a distributor of French-language specialty and trade books, whose offices are located in Saint-Hyacinthe, Que.
Resolute Forest Products has agreed to sell its Catawba, S.C., paper and pulp mill to New-Indy Containerboard, LLC for a total purchase price of about US$300 million.

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