Unifor is urging the federal government to speed up policy measures to save Canada’s newspaper industry after Postmedia announced last month it will stop printing eight weekly newspapers and one daily in Ontario, Alberta and Manitoba. The media company is also cutting 10 percent of its workforce across the entire newspaper chain which means some workers will be laid off while others are being offered buyout packages.
Wayside, headquartered in Vernon, B.C., has acquired Lakeside Printing. The acquisition includes all three Lakeside locations in Vernon, Revelstoke and Salmon Arm.
Twelve technologies have been selected to receive a 2018 InterTech Technology Award.
Esko has announced its acquisition of Blue Software, a label and artwork management software company based in Chicago, Ill., from Diversis Capital and Schawk Digital Solutions.
Arjowiggins has announced the planned sale of Arjowiggins Graphic and Arjowiggins Creative Papers to Fineska BV, the parent company of Eska Group, a Dutch-based graphic cardboard business controlled by Andlinger & Company.
The middle of March is the traditional time for the annual conference of the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA). This organization is still going strong since its inception in the 1940s. TAGA was founded by Mike Bruno, who is also the father of densitometry, hinting at its highly technical nature. Many technologies that are now an integral part of the print industry were presented first at a TAGA conference.
ColorGATE and Durst Phototechnik AG have formed an exclusive distribution partnership for the ceramic industry, saying the integration of ColorGATE’s Ceramic Productionserver (CPS) will result in an optimized workflow, accurate colour rendering and highly colour-consistent reproduction of existing wall or floor tile designs.
Venator Materials PLC today announced it has reached agreement with Tronox Ltd. to purchase its European paper laminates business (the 8120 Grade). In connection with the acquisition, Tronox will supply the 8120 Grade to Venator under a transitional supply agreement until the transfer of the manufacturing of the 8120 Grade to Venator’s Greatham, U.K., facility has been completed.
Printing franchise Minuteman Press International is celebrating its 40th anniversary of franchising in Canada.
Archroma, a colour and specialty chemicals company, has inaugurated its new Global Competence Center for Whiteness in Prat, near Barcelona, Spain. The centre, which opened on July 5, strives to bring new, innovative whiteness and brightness solutions to the specialty paper and packaging markets.
Gietz USA LLC has been founded as an independent entity, offering sales and services of the entire Gietz product portfolio from Southington, Conn.
Roland DGA has reduced the pricing on two printheads offered for some of its most popular wide-format inkjet printers. Now in effect, the lower prices can help Roland owners in North and South America save up to 30 percent on each replacement printhead, says the company.
Glacier Media has announced it is shutting down the press room of the Victoria Times Colonist on September 30.
ICP Industrial – a division of Innovative Chemical Products Group (the ICP Group), and a global manufacturer of specialty coatings for the packaging, labelling and graphic arts industry – has formed ICP Industrial Canada.
Numerous media outlets, including Bloomberg, are reporting Amazon.com Inc. is going conventional with plans to publish a printed holiday toy catalogue, to be mailed to U.S. households and handed out at various Whole Foods Market locations, the grocery chain Amazon bought last year.

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