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New innovations in printed designs for Canadian AEC firms provide opportunity

The 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.
A new consulting group, Graphic Communication Advisors, has been formed to bridge what the group describes as the gap left by association mergers, downsizing, or elimination.

Graphic Communication Advisors (GCA) explains that in the past, printing, publishing, and imaging companies would turn to national or local industry associations for services when needing assistance in the way of troubleshooting, problem-solving, technical auditing, training, environmental and safety compliance, or overall company assessments for improving methods, techniques, equipment, and personnel. GCA explains, however, with the downsizing or elimination of many associations, the availability of such services has been greatly reduced.

The Directory of Graphic Communication Advisors is the “brainchild” of industry guru Raymond Prince, who reached out to some of the most experienced experts in the field for all facets of the printing, publishing, and imaging industries. This includes print service providers, OEMs, software developers, as well as graphic communication companies already into, or wanting to develop services in, non-print digital imaging.

The founding Graphic Communication Advisors, include: Sid Chadwick, Gary G. Field, Laura Gale, Raymond Hartman, Hal Hinderliter, Nelson Ho, John E. Hyde, Frank Kanonik, Malcolm Keif, Harvey R. Levenson, William J. McLauchlan, Michael Murphy, Ray Prince, Frank Romano, Peter A. Schlosser, Steve Suffoletto, John P. Sweeney, Robert C. Tapella, Janet Treer, Richard D. Warner, and William F. Woods, Jr.
Vistaprint has opened its first ever bricks and mortar retail space in downtown Toronto, giving business owners direct access to its existing marketing products as well as new in-store offerings. These include free design services, the ability to touch and feel products, and to get face-to-face help by the store’s VP Coaches.

A recent survey of the company's North American customer base found that nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of business owners want more 1:1 in-person support when designing their new marketing materials.

“We've listened to and worked with our customers along the way to provide the best of both worlds in Vistaprint Studio – the efficiency and convenience of the online world with the engaging, personalized experience in-store,” said Trynka Shineman, CEO of Vistaprint. “At Vistaprint Studio we are offering exclusive services you can't find anywhere else, including free graphic design – services we heard our customers want and which solidify our investment in the success of their businesses, now and in the future.”

Vistaprint explains it has purposefully designed the retail space as a flexible environment to continuously tailor the experience to the needs of the local business owners. As mentioned, Vistaprint Studio also features complimentary one-on-one design services — services Vistaprint explains that business owners would have to pay upwards of $100 per hour elsewhere. The new retail Vistaprint also provides free shipping to the store and new technologies for creating marketing materials such as an interactive touchscreen logo maker.

Vistaprint Studio is located at 720 King St. West and operates six days a week, Monday to Saturday. The company will offer unique workshops throughout the year in the Studio.

Vistaprint is a global e-commerce brand that has worked with more than 17 million micro business owners to promote their business with printed and digital marketing products.
On June 14, five education sessions, 12 speakers and exhibiting companies will provide technological and business insight for printing professionals on the West Coast. The a 1-day conference in Burnaby, British Columbia, will also feature exhibits by Canadian Printing Equipment, Canon, cortech, Heidelberg, KBA, Kodak and Vertex Graphic and Business Equipment.

To register for PrintForum West, which is free to attend, and for more details visit PrintForum.ca. A new panel on the direction of production inkjet has been added to the day.

The educational portion of the conference kicks off with panel discussion featuring some of Canadian printing’s emerging leaders, including Nikos Kallas, President, MET Fine Printers; Richard Kouwenhoven, President, Hemlock Printers; and James Rowley, Vice President, Glenmore Custom Print + Packaging. The hour-long session, moderated by PrintAction Editor, Jon Robinson, will focus on how this next generation of business leaders views the future of the printing industry in terms of technology, strategy and innovation.

Session two features Neva Murtha and Catherine Stewart, Senior Campaigners Partnering with Printers of Vancouver-based Canopy, who have more than 20 years combined experience developing visionary procurement policies for printers and publishers, including TC Transcontinental, RR Donnelley, EarthColor and Hemlock. Their session will provide real-world examples of printers working with some of North America's largest printing consumers through modern procurement practices. They will provide attendees with new findings from The Blueline Ranking 2017 report to be released this June.

The afternoon sessions will provide a more technical overview of printing. First, Kodak’s William Li and Patrick Kerr, both based out of Kodak’s Vancouver facility, which is heavily focused on developing the parent company’s software products, will jointly present a forward-looking technical session aimed at improving printing company profitability. Li, who has been a software engineer with Kodak since 1997 (including Creo), will focus on the impact of colour technologies in relation to how printers can find and then maintain new business. Kerr, who has focused on workflow solutions with Kodak since 2003, will focus on how printing companies can leverage cloud computing and what it means for the business of print.

The fourth session of the day, titled The Smart Print Shop, will be presented by Heidelberg’s Andy Rae, who in April was appointed as Global Head of Marketing for the printing technology giant. Rae will discuss 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 will also discuss Heidelberg’s Push to Stop operating philosophy for print manufacturing, which provides a new way for thinking about automation and efficiency, productivity and most importantly profitability.

The day will wrap up in a panel discussion with some of Canada’s leading technology providers discussing the direction of production inkjet. It features: 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.
Crawford Technologies of Toronto, which provides document solutions to manage customer communications, has been named to the Branham300 list of Canada’s top Information and Communication Technology (ICT) companies for the seventh year in a row. Ranked by 2016 annual revenues, the listing is published by Branham Group, a global ICT industry analyst and strategic marketing company.
 
Crawford Technologies explains its ranking on the Branham300 is a result of the demand for CrawfordTech’s document solutions that address customer preferences, the increasing number of B2C communication channels and the need for document-related workflow efficiency in the face of challenging regulatory compliance requirements.  

Crawford Technologies’ growth in 2016 represented the company’s strongest financial year in its 21-year history, demonstrated by the introduction of nine new solutions in FY 2016, and achieving a Net Promoter Score (NPS) of +63, putting the company above the average technology company for customer loyalty.
 
“We are honoured and grateful to achieve our highest ranking yet on the Branham300 list,” said Ernie Crawford, President and CEO of Crawford Technologies. “Our dedicated and talented staff made this unprecedented growth possible, so I thank them for their commitment and I thank our clients in the banking, insurance, healthcare, utilities and service provider markets for their business.
 
Crawford Technologies develops solutions that help enterprises optimize and improve the secure and accessible delivery, storage and presentment of their customer communications. The company has more than 1,800 customers on six continents, including some of the world’s largest banks, insurers, healthcare providers, utilities and print services companies.
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.)

“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 Winners

Category: Packaging
Project: Collection Serveurs Nuutok
LAKLÉ INC.

Category: Publishing
Project: 887
Interglobe

Category: Labels
Project: Romeo’s Gin
Imprimerie Ste-Julie

Category: Marketing Client
Project: MUMO
L’Empreinte

Category: Newspapers
Project: 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-pals

Category: Finishing
Project: Exalted Third Edition-Novagraf Marketing
Winner: Multi-Reliure

Category: Magazines
Project: Rolland Inc- Magazine Paper Loop
Winner: L’Empreinte

Category: Brochures
Project: Panneaux pour l'exposition "Ceci n’est pas un parapluie ", Biosphère
Winner: MP REPRO

Category: Self Promotion
Project: Pop-Art Rose-Fluo         
Winner: Pazazz

2017 Gutenberg Innovation Challenge Award Winners

Category: Self Promotion
Project: Sacs réutilisables
Winner: PNH Solutions

Category: Flexible Packaging
Project: Organic Kefir Cup
Winner: Les Étiquettes IML Inc.

Category: Édition
Project: Jaquette Desjardins
Winner: Transmag

Category: Marketing Client
Project: Programme souvenir 30e anniversaire Gala reconnaissance Estrie
Winner: Groupe Précigrafik

Category: Finishing
Project: Great Comet
Winner: Interglobe

Category: Brochures
Project: Conférence « New Cities Summit Montreal »
Winner: PDI Solutions Grand Format

Category: Packaging
Project: A-Trax – In The Loop: A Decade of Remixes
Winner: Ross-Ellis
The Burke Group of Companies has acquired McCallum Printing Group. Both companies are located in Edmonton, Alberta, bringing together two of the leading print and media companies in the region, creating an entity with a range of services.

“As the printing industry progresses, we understand that diversification is the key to long-term growth and prosperity,” said Ian Burke Owner and CEO of Burke Group. “So, when we saw the opportunity to join forces with McCallum Printing – one of our largest and most respected competitors – I jumped in with both feet. The acquisition of McCallum compliments our overall service perfectly.”

Darren Pohl, McCallum Printing’s former President and CEO has committed to stay on in a senior management capacity to oversee sales and sales management.

“I am thrilled to see Edmonton’s top two printing companies come together like this. I’m even more excited to be a part of this new organization,” said Pohl. “The economies of scale and efficiencies that will be created mean a superior customer experience. Our pillars of strength have always been exceptional service, quality and innovation and this merger will not only strengthen those, but also expand the suite of services we can offer our clientele.”

Being from the same primary Canadian city, McCallum and Burke Group’s staff have worked together in the past for other printing operations and share similar culture and community focus.
Agfa Graphics has released new versions of two elements within its Arziro ecosystem for the general security printing market. Arziro Design 3.0 drives flexible security printing, offering new security design features and integration with Arziro Authenticate 2.0 – the updated version of Agfa Graphics’ encrypted distribution platform. Both solutions will be displayed at the Graphitec trade fair from 30 May to June 1 in Paris.

The new technologies are designed to help thwart counterfeiting and the risk it poses to businesses, governments and individuals worldwide. The Arziro ecosystem, explains Agfa, is capable of outsmarting forgers while streamlining the design process and production workflows of certificates, breeder documents, security cards, labels, stamps, vouchers, tickets, packages and more.

“With Arziro Design 3.0, users have the ability to develop extremely complex designs quickly and easily through a dedicated plugin,” said Andy Grant, Global Head of Software at Agfa Graphics. “On Mac or PC, users can smoothly work in the latest versions of Adobe Illustrator, enriching designs with customized security elements and using new tools and functions that aid in creating even more unique and complex security graphics. The upgrade also includes a brand-new module connecting it seamlessly with Arziro Authenticate as well as Arziro Plus, an advanced module for governments and security printers.”

Arziro Authenticate 2.0 is designed to add a deeper layer of safety and security to the design sharing process by combining a dynamically generated QR code with a secure graphic. Anybody can check the authenticity of a design, document or solution by scanning its code via a smartphone, enabling at the same time the product owner to receive insightful user data in the process.

Arziro Authenticate 2.0 includes additional functionality for driving customer engagement, e-commerce and supply chain management (track & trace) but also the possibility to create hybrid codes. For these hybrid codes, the security elements are printed in offset, flexo or gravure and the serialization elements are printed during a separate process with a digital printer such as an industrial inkjet printer.

“This upgrade of Arziro Authenticate is so much more than a secure authentication solution. It comes with new alert functionality, incorporates Google Analytics tools and supports hybrid codes and even more supply chain management tags that can be customized according to intended markets or distributors,” said Grant. “Even more, businesses can benefit from the rich data available to them through the Arziro SaaS server.”

The premium version of Arziro is only available to certified security printers and governmental departments. Arziro Plus with a new module, Arziro Blend, which generates new elements based on one or more selected elements with specific line distances and line weights.

“Arziro is a dedicated solution for the general security market, which is inspired by Fortuna, Agfa Graphics’ high security design solution. The complete Arziro security design ecosystem adds several new facets to the concept of state-of-the-art document security, using it not only to protect assets and information, but also to drive your business,” said Grant.
The Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association (CPEIA) has presented its first Startup of the Year award at CPES2017, a conference and trade show exhibition for printable, flexible and wearable electronics that ran from May 24 to 26 at Centennial College’s new Conference Centre in Toronto.

The award presentation capped off the final day of CPES2017, in which a panel representing six Canadian financing organizations and programs for startups and SMEs, led by CPEIA financing partner the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), heard pitches from four finalist startups.

Winning startup NanoCnet Ltd., explains CPEIA, has manufactured a transparent conductive film using silver nanowires so thin that they are invisible to the human eye. CPEIA continues to explain this stable silver nanostructure has set a new standard for cost, durability and flexibility, making it a promising option for thin solar cells, printed and flexible electronics, touch screens and smart windows.

Compared to typical silver nanowire, the synthesis process for NanoCnet’s nanomaterial is faster and can occur at room temperature – essential for low-cost manufacturing. The team behind the company includes co-founders Dr. Hadi Hosseinzadeh Khaligh, CEO, and Dr. Ehsan Mazbanrad, COO, with the support of technical advisor and investor Dr. Kaamaran Raahemifar of Ryerson University.

Judges scored each startup based on the market potential of the product/application, the soundness of the business plan and the viability of the business to generate wealth and jobs for the Canadian economy.

“The judges faced a difficult challenge. These four startups did a fantastic job developing and presenting their pitches and we see a bright future for all of them,” said Peter Kallai, President and CEO of the CPEIA. “As part of this program, the CPEIA will continue to provide support to all our finalists, with introductions to customers and partners, assistance with accessing financing and securing mentorship from seasoned industry leaders.”

The four finalists were coached and mentored over a six-week period by Kallai through his Keystep Growth & Finance consultancy, and Kirk Irving, Business Centre Manager at the BDC. Irving presented the award to NanoCnet.

The other startup finalists were:

Acquire Industries Ltd.: This Toronto-based startup is the first in Canada to offer novel electronic alternatives to snowmelt that are cost-effective and scalable for residential, municipal and commercial applications, using nanotechnology and molecular engineering.

Formi 3DP Inc.: This London, ON-based startup has created a new generation of photopolymers – polymer resins that are cured by ultraviolet light. These offer new levels of functionality, precision and resolution for 3D printing of multi-functional objects.

Wibicom Inc.: This Montreal-based startup is the first company to commercialize the photovoltaic/solar antenna and patent its design. Its products ensure smart energy usage, enabling long lifetime device autonomy and battery-less solutions.
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.)

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 RECIPIENTS

Sheetfed
C.J. Graphics Inc.
Unparalleled Journeys
        
Web Newspaper
TC Transcontinental Vaughan
The Globe and Mail Gatefold

Web Commercial
St. Joseph Communications
Audi Magazine 01/2017

Digital
C.J. Graphics Inc.
Connect the dots....

Specialty
C.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 Report

Brochures
Mi5 Print & Digital Communications Inc.
Luxury by the Lake

Cards
C.J. Graphics Inc.
Bell Media Cards and Box

Books Hard Cover
Aylmer Express Graphics Group
The Desire to Acquire

Books 4+ Colours
Ryerson University, School of Graphic Communications Management
RyeTAGA Student Publication

Newsletters
C.J. Graphics Inc.
re:porter 10 October 2016 Issue

Booklets
C.J. Graphics Inc.
Babar Khan Modern Icon Brochure

Magazines Perfect Bound
Aylmer Express Graphics Group
Shift – RM Sotheby’s

Magazines Saddle Stitched
C.J. Graphics Inc.
SBC Snowboard Canada
        
Programs
C.J. Graphics Inc.
Canadian Screen Awards Program
        
Catalogues 4+     colours
C.J. Graphics Inc.
Unparalleled Journeys

Inserts
C.J. Graphics Inc.
Canadian Food Aficionado Media Kit

Stationery
C.J. Graphics Inc.
Quantum Motorsports Stationery

Direct Mail
C.J. Graphics Inc.
One Thousand Museum

Presentation Folders
Aylmer Express Graphics Group
Siskinds The Law Firm

Poster – Art Prints    
C.J. Graphics Inc.
Sony PS4 Uncharted 4 A Thief’s End

WEB CATEGORIES

Magazines    
St. Joseph Communications
Audi Magazine 01/2017

Catalogues 4+ Throughout     
St. Joseph Communications
Holt Renfrew Holiday Guide 2016
        
Flyers
TC Transcontinental Brampton    
Giant Tiger 4 std 2+2 tab

Newspapers
TC Transcontinental Vaughan
The Globe and Mail Gatefold

DIGITAL CATEGORIES

Digital small format
C.J. Graphics Inc.
Connect the dots...

Digital Large or Grand Format    
Ryerson University School of Graphic Communications Management
GCM 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 Management
Ryerson GCM Grad Book 2017

Engraving    
Ryerson University School of Graphic Communications Management
Ryerson GCM Grad Book 2017
    
Self-promotion    
C.J. Graphics Inc.
C.J. Heavy Metal Promo Book

Labels     
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
A new report by Future Market Insights estimates the demand for digital printing in packaging will grow at 15.3 percent to surpass US$52 billion in revenues by 2026. This growth figure is based on what the research organization estimates the current demand for digital printing in packaging to be valued at over US$11 billion in 2016.

According to the report, the key factors fuelling demand for digital printing in packaging include growing preference for conventional/analogue plates and their application in printing jobs of shorter run lengths. Adoption of digital printing in packaging, explains Future Market Insights, is also growing on account of its convenience, to reduce turnaround time, over conventional presses.

The shifting preference from conventional printing is also fuelled by variable data printing and personalized printing. Leading packaging companies are adopting variable data printing, explains the organization, owing to its use in direct marketing. While Future Market Insights maintains a positive outlook on the global digital printing in packaging market, it is of the opinion that high variable costs and limited opportunities in indirect sales channels can impede widespread adoption.

Production by electrophotography (digital toner presses) is the largest segment, accounting for over half of revenue share by technology type. In terms of revenues, this segment was valued at just over US 6 billion in 2016. FMI projects it to grow at 16.6 percent CAGR and surpass US$32 billion in revenues by 2027.

By product type, labels is the largest segment, accounting for over US$7.1 billion in revenues in 2016. Future Market Insights estimates demand for labels to increase at 16.7 percent CAGR to reach US$38 .4 billion in revenues.

The food sector remains the largest end-user of digital printing in packaging. According to Future Market Insights, demand for digital printing in packaging was pegged at over US$4.5 billion in 2016. This is expected to increase at a CAGR of 16.6 percent during the forecast period 2016-2026.

Future Market Insights, in its report, offers market forecast and analysis on the basis of region, technology type, product type, and end-use. Printers profiled by Future Market Insights in its report include Quad/Graphics Inc., Tailored Label Products Inc., Creative Labels Inc., Reynders Label Printing, DS Smith Plc, THIMM Group GmbH + Co. KG, Traco Manufacturing Inc., WS Packaging Group Inc., Elanders AB, and Colordruck Baiersbronn W. Mack GmbH & Co. KG.
Canopy of Vancouver, BC, has launched its updated Ecopaper Database, described by the non-profit organization as the Holy Grail of directories for North America’s Best Environmental Papers. The 2017 iteration of this online resource features more than 450 printing and writing grade papers, office stationery products and packaging with high recycled, agricultural residue/alternative or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) fiber content.

All of these papers are available in North America, including nearly 60 products made with straw that is left over from the food grain harvest or other alternative fibers. The database is supported by the Environmental Paper Network.

“Not all ecopapers are created equal when it comes to their environmental benefits. Canopy’s Ecopaper Database helps customers discern which papers have the smallest impact on our forests and climate,” said Nicole Rycroft, Canopy’s Founder and Executive Director. “It’s a go-to for busy executives looking for the best ecopapers on the market – be it for their next annual report, copy paper or packaging.”
 
Canopy developed the directory more than a decade ago and has been regularly updating it ever since. The 2017 Ecopaper Database focuses on category leaders, including those products in each paper grade with the highest recycled or agricultural residue contents, rather than listing every paper with any recycled content.

Over the past decade there has been a substantial increase in the availability of environmental papers, explains Canopy, spurred on by growing demand and expectations from green-savvy customer companies. One hundred percent post-consumer recycled papers receive top rankings as leading life cycle analysis reports continue to show that 100 percent recycled papers have a significantly smaller footprint than papers with virgin content.
 
“There are now so many papers with some environmental qualities on the market that the Ecopaper Database can increasingly focus on those products that offer paper customers the greatest gains towards their sustainability goals and minimizing their carbon footprint,” said Neva Murtha, Senior Corporate Campaigner. “These products also offer the least risk of being sourced from ancient and endangered forests.”
 
The 2017 Eco Paper Database also now features links to what Canopy bills as robust procurement policies posted by select mills with commitments to not source from ancient and endangered or high conservation value forests.

Also new in 2017 are 222 papers which are designated Ancient Forest Friendly by Canopy. Publishers, printers and brands using these papers may be able to use the AFF logo on these papers pending an agreement with Canopy. The new data also includes links to leading LCA’s done by paper companies in conjunction with environmental organizations, which are more comprehensive than usual industry analysis.
 
The searchable Ecopaper Database includes book, magazine and newspaper grade papers, as well as copy papers, commercial printing papers, tissue, office products stationery, fine-text-writing papers, packaging, board, and now molded food service containers. All papers listed in the database have been screened according to The Paper Steps, a paper-grading tool developed by members of the Environmental Paper Network.
On June 14, PrintAction magazine is hosting a 1-day conference and exposition in Burnaby, British Columbia, designed to provide technological and strategic insight to printers on the West Coast. To register for PrintForum West, which is free to attend, and for more details visit PrintForum.ca.

The conference currently includes four educational sessions, including a kick-off panel discussion with some of Canadian printing’s emerging leaders, including Nikos Kallas, President, MET Fine Printers; Richard Kouwenhoven, President, Hemlock Printers; and James Rowley, Vice President, Glenmore Custom Print + Packaging.

The hour-long session, moderated by PrintAction Editor, Jon Robinson, will focus on how this next generation of business leaders views the future of the printing industry in terms of technology, strategy and innovation.

Session two features Neva Murtha and Catherine Stewart, Senior Campaigners Partnering with Printers of Vancouver-based Canopy, who have more than 20 years combined experience developing visionary procurement policies for printers and publishers, including TC Transcontinental, RR Donnelley, EarthColor and Hemlock. Their session will provide real-world examples of printers working with some of North America's largest printing consumers through modern procurement practices.

They will provide attendees with new findings from The Blueline Ranking 2017 report to be released this June, which analyzes and ranks the environmental progress driving some of North America’s top performing printers. Stewart will highlight how policies have lead to innovative conservation solutions in partnership with forest and paper companies, creating a more certain supply. Murtha will also provide an update on the manufacture and future of straw paper and other agricultural residue paper initiatives.

The afternoon sessions will provide a more technical overview of the progress of printing, including three technology leaders. First, Kodak’s William Li and Patrick Kerr, both based out of Kodak’s Vancouver facility, which is heavily focused on developing the parent company’s software products, will jointly present a forward-looking technical session aimed at improving printing company profitability. Li, who has been a software engineer with Kodak since 1997 (including Creo), will focus on the impact of colour technologies in relation to how printers can find and then maintain new business. Kerr, who has focused on workflow solutions with Kodak since 2003, will focus on how printing companies can leverage cloud computing and what it means for the business of print.

The fourth session of the day, titled The Smart Print Shop, will be presented by Heidelberg’s Andy Rae, who in April was appointed as Global Head of Marketing for the printing technology giant. Rae will discuss 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 will also discuss Heidelberg’s Push to Stop operating philosophy for print manufacturing, which provides a new way for thinking about automation and efficiency, productivity and most importantly profitability.
Following the passing of Dick Kouwenhoven, one of the icons of Canadian printing for more than four decades, a Celebration of Life has been planed for Saturday, May 27 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

“Firstly, on behalf of our family, I would like to thank everyone for all of the support that we have received in the form of calls, emails, cards and flower arrangements. Each of these kind gestures has helped us during a challenging time,” wrote Richard Kouwenhoven, President and COO, Hemlock Printers. “I can now confirm the date and time of Dick’s Celebration of Life which is open to family, friends and his many business colleagues.”

To assist in planning for the event, Hemlock is asking for people to RSVP (including guest names) by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dick Kouwenhoven, Celebration of Life
Saturday, May 27, 2:00 – 4:30pm
Vancouver Convention Center (West Building)
Rooms 301-305

Read PrintAction's article on the passing of Dick Kouwenhoven
Goss International of Durham, New Hampshire, acquired Loudon Machine Inc. in an asset transaction.

“This is our second acquisition in 2017 to help grow our aftermarket business and enhance our product offerings,” says Stan Blakney, Chief Operating Officer of Goss. “This purchase focuses on the post-press segment of the market, and enables us to enhance our bindery products and service - parts capabilities.”

Based in Effingham, Illinois, Loudon Machine is a full-service company focused on the commercial printing industry. It specializes in the worldwide supply of new and refurbished bindery equipment, parts and service, with a product line extending from saddle stitchers, feeders and bases to shuttle hoppers, test stands, and trimmers.

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