Appleton Coated of Combined Locks, Wisconsin, has filed a voluntary state Chapter 128 petition for receivership to allow the company’s operations to continue under the supervision of a court-appointed receiver named by the Outagamie County Circuit Court.

Company officials said the petition and appointment of a receiver will allow Appleton Coated to continue operations under the direction of the receiver, who will lead a process aimed at selling the company’s assets to a buyer who will continue operations.

Appleton Coated is a manufacturer and distributor of coated, uncoated, specialty and technical papers sold under Ethos, Utopia and other brand names. The company’s products are used in commercial printing, textbook publishing, label papers, transactional printing and a variety of specialty and custom applications.

In December 2014, Appleton Coated was purchased by Virtus Holdings LLC, a new company formed by members of Appleton Coated’s management team. The company’s manufacturing facility has an annual production capacity of 400,000 tons on three paper machines, and an adjacent coating and finishing complex with processing capacity of 280,000 tons. The company employs around 570 workers.

“Despite the best efforts of our employees and ownership group and the introduction of new products, this step is the best option at this point,” said Doug Osterberg, Appleton Coated’s CEO. “While the company has made significant progress in diversifying its product offerings and entering new markets, the overall business climate is very challenging, and operating under a state court-appointed receiver is the best route to transition the business to sustained profitability.”

Osterberg stated that profitability in the North American graphics paper sector has deteriorated in recent years due to digitization of communications and currency exchange rates that favour imports. These factors produced a decline in domestic demand, excess capacity and aggressive price competition in the company's traditional coated and uncoated paper businesses, he said. Osterberg also noted that these market conditions combined with recent increases in raw material costs, especially market pulp, yielded lower sales volumes and declining profit margins.

Osterberg said the filing will also relieve the company’s burdensome debt and help attract an appropriate buyer. Operating results, he said, are expected to improve in the near term as the company fills unused capacity by moving into both the high-value graphics and commodity segments of containerboard packaging.

Osterberg said the company’s bank has agreed to fund operations during the receivership and that the business will continue to operate during the transition. He added the company will be able to pay salary and wages and fund benefits for current employees.

“The strategic location of Appleton Coated, coupled with the experience, knowledge and work ethic of its employees and the size and capabilities of its paper making machines and equipment, make it a logical candidate to transition to high value segments of the packaging market,” stated Osterberg. “We therefore, expect, but cannot guarantee that a suitable buyer will be identified who will value the company’s strong workforce and be willing to invest in the future.

“This has not been an easy decision for the ownership group that bought Appleton Coated three years ago,” Osterberg continued, “but market changes and world-wide economic conditions have forced our hand, and as difficult as this decision is, it’s the best move at this point.”

After a decade of growth and acquisitions, Mi5 Print and Digital has become one of the most formidable printing operations in Greater Toronto, now housed in an 180,000-square-foot facility.

The seventh annual Aylmer Express Graphics Group 3 Port Tour bicycle ride rolled through Aylmer and Elgin Country on Saturday, August 19. More than 400 cyclists rode this year, with riders from across Southwestern Ontario and the Greater Toronto Area.

The 3 Port Tour event raised close to $15,000 with most of the proceeds going to the Forest City Velodrome in London, Ontario, one of the only indoor cycling tracks in North America, and to East Elgin Secondary School’s award-winning Environmental Leadership Program.

The Environmental Leadership Program is a semester-long, multi-credit course that teaches students outdoor skills including canoeing, forest management and conservation. The ELP class also provides volunteers for the event each year. Several other local organizations will receive donations as well.

Founded by Aylmer Express President John Hueston in 2011, the 3 Port Tour ride offers three distances, 50, 100 and 160 kilometres which correspond to one, two or three ports, starting and finishing in Aylmer. The fully supported ride includes food and drink at rest stops and all three distances have a common lunch stop in Port Bruce. The 100 km route stops in Port Burwell while the 160 km route adds Port Stanley as well.

Hueston designed the ride to showcase the best of Elgin County as a tourist destination and place to raise a family. Collectively, the seven rides have raised $70,000. Organization of the 3 Port Tour is led by The Aylmer Bicycle Club, for which Brett Hueston serves as President.

Running from September 10 to 14 in Chicago, Illinois, PRINT 17 is to feature new technologies and services from more than 450 exhibitors. Below are some of the highlights that will be on display at the trade show, which takes place every fifth year as a larger version of Graph Expo.

Earlier, show organizers also announced 44 Must See Em products that will be at the trade show.

This September, Fujifilm highlights the North American debut of two presses: the Acuity LED 3200R and the Inca Onset B1 format press. The Acuity LED 3200R is a superwide format roll press in a CMYK configuration with lower LED energy usage. Fujifilm explains users can double efficiency by leveraging its twin roll printing function with two 60-inch (1.52 metre) media rolls. The Acuity LED 3200R saves time, media and ink on backlit applications using a high-density mode and an LED lightbox for proofing while printing.

The Inca Onset B1 format press, built on the same platform as the Onset X Series and the SpyderX, has been developed to offer high-quality, short-run B1 print for those operating in the offset, screen and industrial printing markets.

HP highlights the Indigo 12000 B2 press and the HP Latex 3600 series. In May 2017, HP introduced the new HP Latex 3600 and 3200 printers based on technology first launched in 2009.The 3.2 metre HP Latex 3600 and HP Latex 3200 printers support higher volume printing and an improved monthly duty cycles. The HP Latex 3200 is geared toward PSPs that want to produce a range of applications like retail/outdoor advertising, events/exhibitions, vehicle graphics and interior décor.

The HP Latex 3600 is designed for larger PSPs needing long-run, uninterrupted printing. It can handle production peaks of up to 35,000 square metres per month and is well suited for dedicated application production, such as banners, backlits, wallcoverings, and retail or event signage. The new HP Latex 3600 and HP Latex 3200 printers offer a tiling mode. The company explains users can save up to one linear metre per roll using the HP Latex Media Saver, while a single operator can manage up to four printers simultaneously. HP will also highlight its PageWide 8000 with the PageWide XL Advanced Suite of software.

Messagepoint Inc.
Messagepoint Inc. will be highlighting its cloud-based content management platform, Messagepoint at PRINT 17. The software makes it possible for service providers to cost-effectively respond to the customer communications management needs of their enterprise customers and meet the evolving requirements for omnichannel print and digital customer communications.
By providing an intuitive and secure environment for business users to directly own and control touchpoint messaging content and business rules, Messagepoint makes a high level of collaboration possible. Using Messagepoint, enterprise customers can create, modify and approve customer messaging content and targeting rules in customer touchpoints across all channels through a cloud-based application prior to production. Visitors to the booth can also learn more about Messagepoint Inc.’s Production Partner program that allows service providers to resell Messagepoint directly to their customers or use it as a managed service offering on behalf of their customers.

EFI highlights its new Productivity Workbench, which provides an actionable Web-based intelligence dashboard with one-click real-time access to task-based, customized, business-critical data for all six of EFI’s Productivity Suite workflow products.

The company also highlights its new version 5 of the EFI Fiery Color Profiler Suite. It includes a Printer Match module that now offers gray-balanced G7 calibration to set presses to a near-neutral state before profiling them so that the appearance of printed output matches across multiple presses. The new version of EFI Fiery Impose software features Dynamic Gangup Imposition automation, which gives users the ability to calculate row and column values to maximize usage of a sheet surface for a given digital print job. It allows users to reduce the number of templates and hot folders they need to create by establishing automation and re-using workflows for impositioning based on media size.

Baumer hhs
Baumer hhs highlights its Xtend³ as its new controller, launched at drupa 2016. Featuring a 21.5-inch touchscreen, the system centralizes all information for the extrusion gluing, hot melt and the array of quality control devices available. Embedded in the system are help menus that also feature videos to make it easy for the operator to either troubleshoot or seek technical information. The system can be configured to collect the production data required by the customer and can be connected to the network to allow remote access for troubleshooting. All of the current Baumer hhs sensors are supported by Xtend³.

Launched in conjunction with the Xtend³ system is a new piston pump, which the company describes as greatly simplified by eliminating the regulator features pressure on demand for reliable high pressure extrusion gluing. The design is also maintenance free with no oil required. Baumer hhs is also highlighting the aerto gun that is pneumatically controlled, works with a range of adhesives and features strong cut off to minimize tailing.

Konica Minolta
Konica Mintola highlights the Accurio Press C6100 as its new flagship toner press. The 100-page-per-minute press features the new IQ-501 Intelligent Quality Optimizer, a fully automated inline, closed loop quality management system. It provides automatic colour and density control and front-to-rear registration. A built-in spectrophotometer allows for colour-matching to industry standards such as G7 and Gracol. As well, MGI Digital Finishing Solutions will highlight the JETvarnish 3D and iFOIL for digital embossing and hot foil stamping. It eliminates the need for films and dies, producing jobs from one to thousands of sheets.

Komori highlights the Impremia IS29 press, which features a UV inkjet architecture to print on a range of stocks. Komori explains this allows the system to be used for commercial printing and packaging applications. As a 4-colour system, the Impremia IS29 provides single- and double-sided printing, rated by the company to run at speeds of 3,000 and 1,500 sheets per hour, respectively. The press handles a maximum sheet size of 585 x 750 mm, with printing areas of 575 x 735 mm (single-sided) and 575 x 730 mm (double-sided).

Standard Horizon
Standard Horizon highlights its BQ-480 as the newest product in Horizon’s line of perfect binders. The BQ-480 features set-up and changeover for variable book production, where it reaches a maximum speed of 800 books per hour for book-of-one production, supporting book thicknesses from 0.04 (1 mm) to 2.56 (65 mm) inches. Designed to meet the requirements of PUR book binding, the BQ-480 includes a gentle elevator delivery system with a 5-mm drop to deliver books without damage or marking.

The company is also highlighting Hunkeler’s POPP8 machine generation, released in 2017, for high-speed inline finishing of inkjet printing systems. Building off of the POPP6 line, POPP8 modules on hand at PRINT 17 include: the WM8 Web Merger, CS8 Rotary Cutter, SE8 Offset Module, LS8 Stacker and WI8 CIS-based Web Inspection. POPP8 systems can be configured near-line or inline with print engines.

Making its North American debut at PRINT 17, the new StitchLiner Mark III features expanded booklet size and increased productivity of up to 6,000 booklets per hour. The system can produce a range of applications, including landscape-size booklets, 12 x 12-inch calendars and pocket booklets down to 4.5 x 3 inches. The StitchLiner Mark III provides automated setup, including stitching head settings, with no manual adjustments required for book thickness at the trimmer.

GTI Graphic Technology
GTI highlights its iQ Soft Proofing Systems designed to make precise visual comparisons between a computer monitor and the proof or print. An iQ enabled viewing system provides repeatable accuracy based on a specially designed light sensor, the iQ. The handheld iQ light sensor wirelessly communicates with an iQ compatible viewing station and captures the brightness level of the monitor. This data is automatically communicated to the iQ viewing station where it is used to calibrate the light level of the viewing station to achieve an optimal match to the luminosity of the monitor. iQ proofing is included in the desktop SOFV-1xiQ and it is available on EVS and VPI viewing stations, and on overhead luminaires.

GTI is also highlighting Executive Viewing Stations like the EVS D50 colour viewing stations which include electronic ballasts with Graphiclite T8 fluorescent lamps to produce strong light evenness, rear-wall illumination, and enhanced energy efficiency. A print bar and LiteGuard II, which displays lamp warm up, lamp hours, and remaining lamp life, is included. EVS viewing stations are available with a variety of storage options. Flat file sets consisting of eight drawers or two-door storage cabinets can be used alone or combined with one deep or two shallow file drawers.

Ricoh highlights its new Pro C5200s and Pro C5210s that produce colour and black-and-white documents at up to 65 and 80 ppm, respectively, reaching VCSEL resolutions of up to 1,200 x 4,800-dpi. Along with optional oversized media support, the Pro C5200s works with medias of up to 360 gsm simplex and 300 gsm duplex at 13 x 19.2-inch standard format. The optional oversized media support provides a 13 x-27.5 inch format.         

Ricoh is also highlighting the Pro C7100 X Series as a 5-station toner-based press with the ability to print Clear, White, and now Neon Yellow Toner. Also on display, the Pro 8200 Series includes black-and-white multi-function production systems for high volumes. The Pro 8200 Series can print up to 96 pages per minute.

Zünd highlights its Zünd Design Center (ZDC) as an Adobe Illustrator plug-in to create packaging and three-dimensional displays from folding carton, corrugated cardboard, honeycomb/corrugated display board, ACM, PP and PVC.  Now on version 3.0, ZDC provides a library of templated designs. The software includes a 3D preview tool to consider measurements, logos, patterns and other graphic elements.

Zünd is also showcasing the versatility of its M-2500 cutting systems, which provide modular tool and material-handling options for a range of cutting needs. The G3 flatbed cutter is qualified for industrial use and multi-shift, 24/7 operation.

Avanti is highlighting Slingshot’s Mail and Postage Accounting module to manage and streamline mailing processes. Designed to reduce the effort required to consolidate postage receipts, payments and reporting, the module allows users to analyze mailing activities by account, department, project or postal class, as well as generate postage reports based on a specific date range for a customer.

Avanti is also highlighting Slingshot’s Scheduling Reservation System, which allows employees to reserve press time before the receipt of a confirmed sales order to communicate the earliest possible date of completion to the customer before their commitment.

The company is also highlighting Slingshot’s Wireless Warehouse Management tool designed to be implemented in a warehouse location with the addition of wireless scanners that report back to the Avanti Slingshot Inventory modules. Avanti is also highlighting Slingshot integration with Avalara AvaTax, which allows print shops to calculate sales tax automatically for estimates, sales orders, and invoices without the need to maintain tax tables within the Avanti Slingshot database.

Amazing Print
eCardBuilder Version 5.2 is to be released at PRINT 17 and will have a multilingual interface with more products. Amazing Print explains the new version of the Web-to-print design engine eCardBuilder 5.2 will feature 100 new products and thousands of additional templates as a free upgrade to current users. Some of the new upgrades include new template creation functionality, new language support for multilingual Websites, new image editing capability and image cropping and resizing improvements.

The tool’s improved mobile optimized interface will allow ordering and designing on any smartphone or tablet device, while desktop users will benefit from increased speed and better aesthetics. A new version of APIs will allow deeper connectivity in popular shopping carts and Websites. eCardBuilder users can additionally upgrade to a PosterDesignerPlus+ Web-to-print poster designer and ordering interface based on eCardBuilder framework directly from Canon Canada.

Aleyant highlights its cloud-based software including PrintJobManager, an estimating, pricing and production management tool to create selling prices from material, equipment and labour costs. It enables pricing controlled in one location to provide instant pricing for orders whether through an online store or via a mobile device on a sales call. Pricing information is then pushed automatically to Pressero, a private B2B and public B2C online storefront, which instantly updates pricing for items in your storefronts.

When there is a price change for raw material, labour or equipment in PrintJobManager, this change will automatically update within Pressero storefronts. Also when an order is placed in Pressero, it is automatically pushed into PrintJobManager, helping users manage job production, including time-tracking capabilities. Within Pressero, users call sell standard or off-the-shelf items, custom items via either the built-in eDocBuilder online design templates or customer supplied artwork. Fulfilling orders from finished goods, including tracking inventory levels, is also supported.

Accura MIS
Accura highlights version 5.01 of its MIS and Accura Online 5.03, which are both now available. These upgrades are free to all existing customers. Features of these two updates include contact to office linking, social media features for your company and users, revamped quote template library, new proofing synchronization settings, purchase order copying, Accura UI theming, new client and supplier payment terms, invoice output, and enhanced CRM integration. Major new features in Accura Online 5 include fully responsive UI, Website themes with interchangeable widgets, customizable main menu system, administrator dashboard, client branding, and multiple product images.

manroland web systems
manroland web, while having no live equipment, is focusing on its expansion beyond the standard web offset market. The includes highlighting the VARIOMAN packaging press, with the VARIOMAN f:line packaging press officially launching for the public in North America at PRINT 2017. This offset-gravure press produces printed films, working with the combination of variable sleeve offset printing units, a corona treatment, EB or UV drying, and gravure printing units with dryers. This allows films to be printed with high quality and variability.

manroland web is also highlighting its PECOM-X software with Inline Controls and the plugins WorkflowBridge, MasterQ and Imposer. WorkflowBridge is a JDF-based fully automated pre-setting and processing program, while MasterQ is for job management and Imposer for automatic imposing. PECOM-X automation and press controls software provides tools for startup and cutoff waste, registration, colour, density, dampening and tension control. These tools can be retrofitted on non-manroland presses.

The company is also highlighting its FoldLine and FormerLine digital finishing systems, which have more than 20 installations worldwide. FoldLine is a flexible-format folding and finishing line, while FormerLine is a book-block finishing line for inkjet work. These systems can finish a variety of products at inline speeds up to 1,000 feet per hour, and also efficiently produce micro-jobs or book-of-one jobs.

Colter & Peterson
Colter & Peterson is highlighting the E-Cut series, a new economy line of paper cutters, as well as a 45-inch SABER paper cutting system with automated knife adjustment and a 31-inch PRISM paper cutter. Both the SABER and PRISM will be demonstrated with the 15-inch Microcut PLUS Cutter Control System, which provides a programmable touchscreen and new software with enhanced graphics for converted JDF files. The added graphics program is colour coordinated, allowing the operator to see what they are cutting so they can determine what to keep and what to throw away. Other benefits include microcip and microfacts features, where programs are uploaded from the network connection with a USB device using CIP3 and CIP4 files. No additional hardware or software is necessary.

CHILI publish
CHILI publish highlights new features of CHILI Publisher, an online document editing tool. This includes a new server rendering module that operates five times faster. All major features (text wrap, drop shadow, blend modes, variables, text layout) are fully HTML optimized. The updated rendering ties in with an improvement in the HTML editor loading speed. The Input Method Editor (IME) goes HTML, which allows any data to be received as input. Browser-based users of Latin keyboards can now also input data from languages that use more graphemes, like Chinese or Arabic. On handheld devices, users can deploy the numeric keypad or the screen display to show the data. It also enables speech to text on iPad.

Graphic Systems North America (GSNA) is highlighting its RMGT 9 Series long perfector press at PRINT 17. The RMGT 928 perfector at the show will be equipped with the chamber coater, fully automatic plate changer, 55-inch press control display center and LED UV curing, demonstrating 16-page signature production.

Epson highlights the SureColor P5000 Commercial Edition with SpectroProofer, which is making its debut at the printing tradeshow. The 17-inch desktop production printer incorporates new imaging technologies to provide enhanced performance for the commercial and graphic design, flexographic and proofing markets. Leveraging the 10-colour Epson UltraChrome HDX pigment ink set, the SureColor P5000 Commercial Edition uses violet ink for an expanded colour gamut, to deliver what the company describes as an industry-best 99 percent PANTONE PLUS FORMULA GUIDE solid-coated colour matching.

The SpectroProofer high performance inline spectrophotometer, developed jointly with X-Rite, automates profile creation, optimization and verification tasks for simplified contract proofing. Featuring a refined design, the printer includes a 10-channel PrecisionCore TFP print head that employs a new ink-repellant surface coating, along with improved dust and static control for reduced nozzle clogging and maintenance, and supports printless nozzle checks for time, production and resource efficiency.

Crawford Technologies
Crawford is highlighting its PRO Conductor solution with an interactive dashboard that provides organizations with insights and real-time updates on everything happening within their production workflows, including the status of integrated production hardware and software solutions. The dashboard can be configured for a number of different users, providing self-service and transparency to both internal and external customers.

The company is also highlighting its new PRO Preference Manager as a standalone solution for automating customer preference management for multi-channel communications, including print, digital, mobile Web and ADA accessible formats. Using open APIs, it can be integrated with other business processes and customized for any internal and customer requirements. Crawford is also debuting its QA Suite, which includes both on-premise and cloud-based solutions, as well as modular components for specific document testing requirements, including file comparison, proofing and approval and automated testing.

Duplo highlights its DDC-810 Digital Spot UV Coater. The DDC-810 utilizes inkjet technology and gives images depth and raised textures with a gloss varnish. It features a CCD camera recognition system ensuring image-to-image registration and PC Controller software. The DDC-810 is designed for short-run applications. It can process up to 21 sheets per minute (A3) and paper weights from 157 to 450 gsm (coated paper).

GMC Software
GMC Software highlights GMC Inspire Designer for creating, managing and delivering customer communications across multiple channels. GMC Inspire Designer, as part of GMC Inspire, integrates with a print service provider’s core systems, enabling repurposing of existing print-based content to create digital communications.

The software features an omnichannel preview that can simultaneously display on one screen the print, Web, tablet and mobile versions of the communication for quicker testing and compliance.

Memjet is debuting DuraLink, which is built around a pigment-based long-life print head. With five times the nozzle-level redundancy, DuraLink print heads do not need to be replaced as often as previous Memjet heads, while also requiring less maintenance and enabling longer print runs. DuraLink print heads provide a 1,600 x 1,585 dpi resolution, while its pigment-based platform can be used for various applications in commercial printing, packaging and industrial printing.

OEM partners can build customized presses that offer print widths from 8.5 inches up to 100 inches, speeds of up to 200 metres per minute (656 fpm), and one to eight colours simplex or duplex.

Competing against submissions from eight countries, four Canadian printing companies receive Best of Category Bennys in Printing Industries of America’s 2017 Premier Print program.

The 2017 winners include C.J. Graphics of Toronto, Ontario, which received eight Bennys; Friesens of Altona, Manitoba, one Benny; Pollard Banknote of Winnipeg, Manitoba, one Benny; and PrintWest of Regina, Saskatchewan, two Bennys.

More than 2,210 entries were submitted in this year’s program (68th annual) from printing companies from around the world. “It’s an honour to be recognized by the industry as a company that produces award-winning print,” said C.J. Graphics’ CEO and President Jay Mandarino. “C.J. Graphics won the most Bennys in North and South America during the 2017 Premier Print Awards”

Award winners will receive their Bennys at The Premier Print Awards Gala, scheduled for September 10, 2017, during PRINT 17 in Chicago.

The 2017 Best of Category Winners from around the world include, alphabetically:

1010 Printing International Limited
Street Food Asia

On The Origin Of Art
Art Books (4 or more colors)

American Packaging Corporation
Lindt Lindor Milk Chocolate
Decorative Printing

Amherst Label, Inc.
Med Skeds USA
Labels and Wraps--Rolled products/pressure-sensitive

AMP Printing
Charles Schwab Pinnacle Brochure
Brochures and Broadsides, Small

Bloomingdale's - Mother's Day 2017
Web Press Printing (Coated paper)

Artron Art Group
Booklets (1, 2, or 3 colors)

The Most Noble Hardwood Zi Tan Furniture of the Ming and Qing Dynasties
Service Catalogs (4 or more colors, printers with 101 or more employees)

Leng Bingchuan
Art Books (1, 2, or 3 colors)

Escapism Bill Bensley
Product Catalogs (4 or more colors, printers with 101 or more employees)

B&B Print Source
Doernbecher Freesytle Program
Programs (4 or more colors)

Balfour Publishing
2017 The Bluestone, James Madison University
School Yearbooks

Body of Work
Body of Work Corporate Stationary Package
Presentation Folders/Portfolios (1, 2, or 3 colors)

Body of Work International Art Prints
Presentation Folders/Portfolios (4 or more colors)

Body of Work Corporate Flyer
Flyers (1, 2, or 3 colors)

Body of Work International Magazine Insert
Flyers (4 or more colors)

Body of Work "Ten"
Product/Service Catalogs (1, 2, or 3 colors)

Body of Work "One"
Book Jackets

Body of Work "Gold"
Magazine Inserts

Body of Work 2017 Magazine Series
Magazine Series

Body of Work Corporate
Business and Annual Reports (1, 2, or 3 colors)

Body of Work International
Business and Annual Reports (4 or more colors, creative companies/agencies)

Body of Work Gold Collection
Art Prints

Body of Work 366-Page Pepetual Calendar

Body of Work Corporate
Stationery Packages (1, 2, or 3 colors)

Body of Work Stationary Package
Stationery Packages (4 or more colors)

Body of Work "Gold"
Direct Mail Campaigns, Consumer

Body of Work "Million Dollar Desk Calendar"

Brooks Litho & Digital Group, Inc.
Sunny Day Press KIt
Miscellaneous Specialties--Other

C & C Joint Printing Co.,(H.K.) Ltd.
2017 Desk calendar
Diaries and Desk Calendars

Wedding photograph
Customized/Personalized/Variable-Data Digital Printing

Gift set

Geronimo Stilton Book
Specialty Inks or Coatings, Fragrances, or "Invisible" Printing Inks

C.J. Graphics Inc.
Toyota Air Freshener Business Card
Business Cards

Mildred's Temple Kitchen - Out to Brunch Cookbook
Digital Printing--Cookbooks

Hudson Bay - Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Teams 2016
Internal Communication Pieces (1, 2, or 3 colors)

Hudeson Bay - The Room Spring 2016 Hard Cover Book
Internal Communication Pieces (4 or more colors)

Bradshaw Delicacies from the Sea
Brochures and Broadsides, Large

Canadian Tire - The World's Largest Paint Swatch
Industrial Printing

CHFU Visionary Kit Isometric
Digital Printing--Packaging

3D Kids
3D Printing

Color Incorporated
AMC 2016 Emmy Consideration Mailer
Other Special Finishing Techniques

Color Ink
Color Ink Enviro 3D Cow
Special Innovation Awards--Other

Colornet Press
Lululemon Mag-a-log English Catalog
Product Catalogs (4 or more colors, printers with 21-100 employees)

Conlatingraf / Impresora Printer S.A.
Gala la Bohema Banco de Chile
Invitations (4 or more colors)

Fey Printing
Juniper Blooming Box

Neenah Paper Think Classic Promo
Booklets (4 or more colors, printers with 21-100 employees)

Marketing Kit - Lid/Tub
Flexographic Printing

Graphic Visual Solutions
Be Visual
Booklets (4 or more colors, printers with 101 or more employees)

Be Visual
Booklets (4 or more colors, creative companies/agencies)

Be Visual
Hi-Fidelity Printing

Be Visual
Special Innovation Awards--Printing

Heritage Printing & Graphics
Apollo Floor Display
Point-of-Purchase Materials, Large

Heritage Printing PressKit
Print/Graphic Arts Self-Promotion (Printers with 20 or fewer employees)

Charlotte Skyline Canvas Wrap
Fabric/Textile Printing

HM Graphics Inc.
Potawatomi 25th Anniversary Envelope

HH Global HP Campaign
Direct Mail Campaigns, Consumer

Imperial Communications
Perlick Generations of Excellence Binder
Binders (Loose-leaf)

Impress Communications, Inc.
Impress Communications Multitouch Direct Marketing Campaign
Direct Mail Campaigns, Business-to-Business

J.S. McCarthy Printers
ASU Campaign 2020
Media Packaging

Booklet or Brochure Series

Leo Paper Products Ltd.
2015 Annual Report
Business and Annual Reports (4 or more colors, printers with 101 or more employees)

Juvenile Books

Beauty and The Beast
Diecuts and Pop-ups

Beauty and The Beast
Novelty Books

Main Graphics
Jovenville Tarot Card Promotion
Foil Stamping

Marina Graphic Center, Inc.
Starz Ash vs. Evil Dead - Ashy Slashy 3D Promotional Media Kit
Media Kits

Exquisite Surfaces 2017 Catalog (20 Page + Cover)
Product Catalogs (4 or more colors, creative companies/agencies)

McGraphics, Inc.
McGraphics, Inc. 30th Anniversary Invitation
Print/Graphic Arts Self-Promotion (Prepress companies, finishing, advertising, and other graphic arts firms)

Mossberg & Company
Mossberg & Company's Production and Marketing Portfolio
Print/Graphic Arts Self-Promotion (Printers with more 101 or more employees)

Nieman Printing
Comex Color Life - Trends 2017

North West Book
Miller/ Miller Lite Toolkit
Promotional Campaigns, Business-to-Business

Nulab Group
Digital Printing--Novelty Books

Pacific Printing Industries
2016 PrintROCKS! Award Campaign
Print/Graphic Arts Self-Promotion (Association/Non-Profit Organizations)

Paradigm Digital Color Graphics
Princeton Abbey
Booklets (4 or more colors, printers with 20 or fewer employees)

Penmore Lithographers
Bates Magazine, Fall 2016
Architectural/Art/Travel/Other Magazines (Printers with 100 or fewer employees)

Pollard Banknote Limited
Loterie Nationale de Belgique 10E Million Calendar Lottery Ticket
They Said It Couldn't Be Done

We Are The Rhoads 2016
Stochastic Printing

National MS Society Gala Invites
Invitations (1, 2, or 3 colors)

Puritan Press, Inc.
Pierpont Morgan's Study
Service Catalogs (4 or more colors, print

Marist Fashion, Volume 3
Fashion/Popular Culture Magazines (Printers with 100 or fewer employees)

RealTime Printing (Shanghai) Co.
OPERA Desktop shelf
Point-of-Purchase Materials, Small

Ripon Printers
Trek Project One Catalog
Product/Service Catalogs (Cover--sheetfed; Interior--web)

Scodix Inc.
Printograph Inc. 2017 Brokers Promotion Package
Digital Enhancement Printing

Shanghai ADD Printing Co.
Zhu Chong Yun

Shanghai Press and Publication Vocational-Technical School
A basket of flowers
High School Students

Shanghai Publishing and Printing College
Shan Hai Jing
Post-Secondary Students

Shanghai Railway Printing Co., Ltd
The Scandinavian warriors
Environmentally Sound

Shenzhen International Color Printing Co., Ltd.
Colorful clothes
Soft Cover Books

Southern California Graphics Company
LAOSS - 6 Wall Graphics for Doctor's Office
Large-Format Printing

Southwest Precision Printers
Grupo Vidanta: A Legacy of Happiness Since 1974
Hard-Cover Trade Books, Journals, and Other Books

Standard Modern Company
DNC Credentials
Functional Printing

Gressco GVPro Game Changer Self Mailer
Single Promotional Self-Mailer

Tailored Label Products
Die Cut Skyline Magazine Belly Band - Green Bay Packaging 70BWF Material Sample
Labels and Wraps--Cut and stack, sheetfed

The Fox Company
Artisan Partners - Consistent Approach
Business and Annual Reports (4 or more colors, printers with 21-100 employees)

The Standard Group
Inkling Mystery Game
Cross-Media Promotion

Times Printing
CULTURED, Feb/March 2017
Architectural/Art/Travel/Other Magazines (Printers with 101 or more employees)

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Canada's newspaper war began in 1964 and lasted until 1971, when the Toronto Typographical Union was finally busted, after 139 years, by powerful media companies intent on adopting industry-changing technologies.

In the mid-1960s when I was a small boy, my father took me through the back door of 80 King Street West in Toronto. The noise was unbelievable, as were the gargantuan monsters inside. This was the Toronto Daily Star and I had witnessed the presses printing the evening edition live.

Men were everywhere, some just standing, others climbing all over the monster presses. But it was the noise that I remember most: machinery and webs of paper whirling – spinning and racing through the machine units. Finally, ending at the folder in sections only to be carried off again by claws on an endless snake-like chain.

I was captivated. This is where I fell in love with print. By 1971, the Toronto Star would purchase one of five new Hoe-Crabtree Viceroy Mark II double-width presses that could print a 144-page paper at speeds of 70,000 copies per hour.  All by letterpress and in their new home at One Yonge Street.

But what I didn’t realize or even understand, as I stood there wide-eyed, was that there was a strike raging with all three of Toronto’s dailies. Not only was the Toronto Star involved but so was The Globe & Mail and Toronto Telegram. The Telly, as it was called, was run by John Bassett. Bassett along with other Toronto media moguls also owned Baton Broadcasting.

The Toronto Typographical Union (TTU) found itself in labour negotiations with all three publishers in 1963. Known as TTU #91, the union had until that time enjoyed relative harmony with the publishers. The oldest Union in Canada, the TTU had taken a stand back in 1872 when they struck George Brown’s Globe demanding a nine-hour day. Some suggest it was this catalyst that gave us Labour Day in September.

Besides the dramatic strike of 1872, the TTU had coexisted peacefully with its employers  and, back in 1907, won the first eight-hour day when all other industries were struggling through nine- and 10-hour days. The TTU was not a unilateral organization. In 1866 they joined the American National Typographic Union – latter called the International Typographic Union or ITU. Even so, things in Canada amongst all the printing trades unions were rather bucolic.

In 1964, technology was at the root of the strike. For decades very little in the way of new processes entered printing plants. In Sally F. Zerkers splendid book, The Rise and Fall of the Toronto Typographical Union 1832-1972, she writes that in 1896 it took an average of 635 man-hours to produce 10,000 copies of a four-page newspaper section. Thanks to Mergenthaler’s Linotype and new stereotyping technologies, by 1926 the same four pages could be produced in just 17.4 man-hours. A productivity increase of 264 percent.

“I think the future of Canadian newspaper publishing is bright, provided publishers assess accurately the changed role of a newspaper and also take advantage of new automated processes,” wrote John Bassett in the Toronto Telegram, February 1969. “The main problem facing publishers is that of rising costs. The problem of rising labour costs can be met through reasonable negotiations with unions which will provide publishers the right to avail themselves of new processes while protecting the existing jobs.”

Working without a new contract, as the old one had expired at the end of 1962, the TTU set about to get another two-year agreement with various demands. A four-day week was included along with the nominal pay rises and shift premiums. But one issue was relatively new.  

That was technology and its impact on job security. In 1963 there were just over 1,000 members in the TTU. The roles had dwindled for decades prior. The other printing Unions, including Pressman’s, Stereotypers & Electrotypers, Photo-Engravers, Mailers and Bookbinders, had contracts that were not in the same cross hairs. Other than a pat on the back, none of these unions did anything to help fight for the TTU.

Various new technologies had come on the scene and almost all focused on one area:
type matter preparation. Harris Intertype and Mergenthaler Linotype along with Fairchild had developed faster tape-based machinery driven by newfangled computers. These devices could spit out miles and miles of perforated paper tape.

To make matters even more dire, the copy was already justified and the tape could be fed into new linecasting machines thereby eliminating the operator. Faster and cheaper got even better when the wire services such as Canadian Press and Reuters could supply their news stories on tape and feed directly into the new machines. Publishers loved it all and wanted more. New devices using film fonts were also entering the publishing world and nobody knew where that would lead.

The TTU was really concerned. Recent New York negotiations with its unions had produced some reasons for optimism as contracts stipulated that no man would lose his job (yes they were all men!), if and when new processes replaced old. But the publishers held the upper hand. Now perforated tape could be composed by women. They were well suited and faster typists – cheaper too.

“The effect of current trends is already manifesting itself in the form of less security for our members insofar as their future in the industry is concerned. The great technological advances indicate a definite trend to reduce staff. Indeed it is our view that the five-day week was spawned from the depths of the depression and, equally, we judge that the technological advances noted so far are only a forerunner of what is to come,” read the Toronto Newspaper Union’s negotiating report and argument for a four-day week, January 8, 1963.

The strike began on July 9, 1964, after months of haggling back and forth. True the TTU may have settled earlier but each time a draft was sent to the Colorado Springs ITU headquarters, it came back altered. This angered the publishers greatly. No manner of growls and hissing from the workforce could change the publisher’s minds as they had the upper hand and knew it. So the TTU was locked out. The publishers called it a strike while the union said it was a lock-out. Threats from both sides ensued.

The union screamed about publishers hiring scabs and union busters from the U.S. while the publishers complained of harassment and vandalism to their equipment.
The newspapers continued to get their papers out and with these new technologies even faster than before. There was an impasse and it was never settled. The TTU basically picketed year after year earning strike pay until notified by the ITU in 1971 that all benefits would cease. The TTU was broken after 139 years.

Oddly enough, the Toronto Telegram facing losses, closed its doors in 1971 and sold its mailing list to the Toronto Star. The Telly also rented out its Goss presses to the Toronto Star as the Star was in the midst of moving to One Yonge Street. John Bassett had been singled out as the main enemy by the TTU. Bassett’s loses may have had nothing to do with the strike and more to do with the competitive nature of the newspaper industry in Toronto.

The Telly vacated its building at 440 Front Street West only to see The Globe & Mail move right in with presses and hot metal typesetting in tow. The Globe also brought their ornate front entrance too.

The TTU was a fixture in Toronto media and book publishing, but looking back through history we can study just how new technologies give birth to new opportunities and profits. In 1964, there was absolutely no way a union could stop technology. Fast forward to 2017 – the story is exactly the same. Owners of print media businesses will never stand still when around the corner a technology will do away with costs. Labour is a major element to overhead. We may all decry companies such as Amazon and Walmart for driving down prices on everything from groceries to books but most of us shop there anyway.

The photocopier business used to call their equipment “green button printing”. Today’s printers are no different than Bassett and his cohorts. They will always embrace technological improvements. Blossoming digital equipment is set to explode even further and faster and we can see this with the rapid decline of offset machinery in the commercial segment.

There is but one lesson from the past: learn from it and don’t repeat it.
Delphax Technologies Canada Limited is in bankruptcy after a declaration by an Ontario court on August 8, 2017. Two days later Air T Inc., based in Maiden, North Carolina, completed a foreclosure on all personal property and rights to undertakings of Delphax Canada.

In October 2015, Air T Inc. through a sizable investment completed a Securities Purchase Agreement of Delphax Technologies Inc. and its subsidiary Delphax Technologies Canada of Mississauga, Ontario, where the company assembles its elan 500 printing presses.

At the time of the 2015 investment, Nick Swenson, Air T’s CEO, stated, “Delphax has developed a disruptive inkjet production printing platform, investing over $17 million into the elan 500 over the past five years… Air T’s debt and equity investment will allow Delphax to build inventories and initiate an effective sales and marketing strategy to accelerate the rollout of the elan 500. In addition, Air T is working with Delphax to develop a competitive leasing program.”

The Delphax elan 500 is a colour sheetfed inkjet press with the ability to produce up to 500 duplex letter images per minute or 3,750 SRA2 (450 x 640 mm) sheets per hour. The press is driven by Memjet print-head technology, whereby every stationary print head on the elan 500 has 70,400 jets that produce up to 700-million drops of ink per second. The press delivers full CMYK colour and 1,600-dpi print resolution.

The elan 500 allows for printing on a range of substrates from weights of 20 to 130 Ibs (60 to 350 gsm) and formats of up to 8 x 8 to 18 x 25.2 inches (203 x 203 mm to 450 x 640 mm). Duplex printing is performed at full speed, explains Delphax, with no degradation due to the press’ SST paper path.
HP Inc. reached what it describes as an historic deal with Shutterfly, one of the world’s largest online retailers and manufacturers of personalized products and services. The agreement includes Shutterfly acquiring a second phase of HP Indigo 12000 press and naming HP as its preferred digital press provider.

In its most recent quarter, ended June 30, 2017, Shutterfly generated net revenues of US$209.0 million, a two percent year-over-year increase. The company projects it will reach net revenues from US$1.135 billion to US$1.165 billion by the end of its current fiscal year.

The announcement comes just a year after Shutterfly acquired a first phase of 25 HP Indigo 12000 presses, making its combined order the largest deal by far for HP Indigo.

“We are seeing an incredible renaissance in digital printing. People click on what they like, but print what they love. The power of HP’s digital print technologies opens new markets, applications and possibilities for our top customers like Shutterfly,” said Enrique Lores, President, Imaging & Printing Business, HP Inc. “… Shutterfly leads the market in high-quality photo based printed products and we are incredibly pleased to be part of that success.”

Shutterfly plans to use its new fleet of HP presses to produce a range of personalized products and gifts including photo books, calendars, custom stationery, cards and keepsakes.

The new 29-inch HP Indigo presses are to be installed in time to help Shutterfly manage the annual boom of photo-based gift giving for the holiday season. Shutterfly will also use HP PrintOS software for its full HP Indigo fleet.

HP now has 500 Indigo B2-size presses operating in 50 countries around the world.
Sun Chemical has acquired Joules Angstrom U.V. Printing Inks Corp., a manufacturer of UV printing inks for converters in the commercial, packaging and specialty printing markets.

“This partnership will give both Sun Chemical and Joules Angstrom numerous opportunities to provide customers with expanded product lines and services… we plan to work together to provide customers with more exciting and innovative UV printing ink solutions,” said Charles Murray, President of North American Inks, Sun Chemical.

Based in Pataskala, Ohio, Joules Angstrom was founded in 1999 when Patrick Carlisle, who currently serves as the company’s President, began to focus specifically on UV printing ink.

In addition to its Pataskala location (just outside Columbus), Joules Angstrom has a customer service centre is located in Chicago, which is supported by other branch locations in Minneapolis, Dallas and Los Angeles.
Resolute Forest Products of Montreal, Quebec, released its preliminary 2017 second quarter results, including a net loss for the quarter ended June 30, 2017, of $74 million (all figures in US funds) compared to a net loss of $42 million in the same period in 2016.

Sales were $858 million in the quarter, down $33 million, or four per cent, from the second quarter of 2016. Excluding special items, the company reported a net loss of $3 million compared to net income of $2 million in the second quarter of 2016.

“This quarter's performance was a clear improvement from the first quarter,” said Richard Garneau, president and chief executive officer. “The results of our wood products segment were strong given higher prices associated with the U.S. imposition of trade barriers, while our market pulp segment recorded a solid performance despite production curtailments associated with annual outages.

“In tissue, the improvement in our profitability continued but remained short of expectations,” continued Garneau. “Paper segments continued to be impacted by adverse market conditions, particularly in specialty grades.”

The company recorded an operating loss of $47 million in the 2017 second quarter, compared to an operating loss of $6 million in the first quarter of 2017, while adjusted EBITDA increased by $22 million over the same period, to $83 million.

The company explains its operating results were positively impacted by overall increases in pricing, particularly in its wood products and market pulp segments. Those improvements were partially offset by lower volumes in its market pulp, continued Resolute, and paper segments, as well as higher maintenance expenses related to annual outages at a number of facilities.  

The company also incurred $60 million of non-cash impairment charges in the second quarter in connection with the indefinite idling of a paper machine at Catawba (South Carolina), as well as to reflect the write-down of assets at the Coosa Pines (Alabama) facility.

Focusing on market pulp specifically, operating income in this segment was $16 million, $9 million more than the first quarter. Following price increases implemented from the beginning of the year, realized prices in the segment rose by seven per cent, or $39 per metric ton, to $632 per metric ton.

Shipments to third parties fell by 17,000 metric tons compared to the first quarter. Resolute explains this largely resulted from annual outages in Calhoun (Tennessee), Thunder Bay (Ontario) and Coosa Pines, and lower demand for recycled grades during the period. The operating cost per unit rose by $8 per metric ton, reaching $583 per metric ton, resulting mostly from the maintenance outages. EBITDA per unit was $71 per metric ton compared to $42 per metric ton in the previous quarter. Finished goods inventory was substantially flat when compared to the first quarter.  

In the tissue segment, Resolute’s overall shipments rose by 1,000 short tons. The wood products segment recorded operating income of $45 million for the quarter, an improvement of $25 million against the previous quarter. The newsprint segment for Resolute incurred an operating loss of $7 million in the quarter, compared to a loss of $4 million in the first quarter. The specialty papers segment recorded an operating loss of $7 million during the second quarter, a decline of $11 million from the previous quarter.

“As our results continue to improve, we remain focused on our short-term priorities of increasing sales in our tissue segment, battling unfair U.S. countervailing and anti-dumping duties and managing our indebtedness and liquidity to be in a position to continue our long-term transformation,” said Garneau. “Now that the uncertainty surrounding trade duties in lumber has started to dissipate, we expect market conditions to remain favourable. In pulp, we are cautiously optimistic that market conditions will remain relatively favourable at least through the third quarter.”
For three weeks over the months of July and August 2017, PrintAction magazine surveyed its readership about their short-term investment plans for production inkjet technologies. The questions were targeted at printing company executives with 40 respondents providing insight into one of the most intriguing production opportunities for the future.

Investment interest
When asked what level of interest do you have for investing in a production inkjet press within the next two years, cutsheet or roll-fed, 27.5 percent of respondents indicated it was “high, very likely”, which received the second highest response behind “low, waiting but watching”.

Fifteen percent of respondents indicated their interest was “medium, investigating”, while 20 percent indicated they were “not interested” in investing in a production inkjet press within the next two years. One respondent commented they were waiting for an affordable 19 x 25-inch duplex machine, which echoes sentiment about the current high cost and high monthly production requirements of production inkjet systems.

What type of press
When asked if the needed funds were available, assuming relative pricing parity between machines, what type of printing press would you first invest in, the vast majority of respondents indicating “cutsheet production inkjet” at 47.5 percent. The remaining respondents included: Roll-fed production inkjet at 27.5 percent, followed by production-strength colour toner at 20 percent and five percent for a 40-inch sheetfed offset.

Inkjet applications
When asked what application or sector would you most want to target, assuming that you have purchased the appropriate inkjet press, 45 percent of respondents indicated “commercial print”, which clearly stands to gain the most installation attraction in the years to come.

The remaining respondents included: Direct mail at 17.5 percent, Transactional or statement at 12.5 percent, Labels at 10 percent, packaging (other than labels) at 2.5 percent, and publishing at 2.5 percent. Four percent of respondents indicated other print sectors, including B2C applications “which I would not really class as any of the above.”

Investment challenges
When asked what do you see as the greatest challenge to making an inkjet investment, given the current state of the technology or market, the largest challenge was the “price of the presses". This again points to the fact that inkjet systems have not yet settled into a commercial printing friendly position under $1 million.

In fact, 35 percent of respondents indicated “press prices” was the biggest challenge, followed by the “price of inks” at 22.5 percent, “quality of work” at 20 percent, adding “necessary workflow/IT” at 10 percent, “available substrate range” at 5 percent, and the “speed of cutsheet presses” at five percent. One respondent shared a comment that is likely on the minds of most printers: “We have so much capacity with our current equipment, I couldn't justify spending money on a different press.”
Electronics For Imaging of Freemont, California, postponed releasing its preliminary for the second quarter of 2017 to complete an assessment of the timing of recognition of revenue.

The Audit Committee of EFI's Board of Directors is conducting an independent review related to the matter and has retained independent professionals to assist in that review.

EFI explains the assessment is related to certain transactions where a customer signed a sales contract for one or more large format printers and was invoiced, and the printer(s) were stored at a third party in-transit warehouse prior to delivery to the end user.

In addition, EFI explains it is in the process of completing an assessment of the effectiveness of EFI's current and historical disclosure controls and internal control over financial reporting.  

EFI expects to report a material weakness in internal control over financial reporting related to this matter. EFI also expects to report that EFI's disclosure controls were not effective in prior periods.
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG reports its current fiscal year (April 1 to June 30, 2017) began with an increase in sales and earnings; and that it is on course to achieve its annual targets. The company highlighted its ambitions to consolidate a new corporate culture and return to growth with the motto “Heidelberg goes digital.”

“We are making good progress in transforming Heidelberg into a digital company,” said Rainer Hundsdörfer, CEO of Heidelberg. “We have already had our initial successes in the first quarter, thanks to our new digital presses and two constructive acquisitions.”

During the first quarter of the current financial year, Heidelberg sales were slightly higher than the previous year at €495 million  (same quarter of previous year was €486 million) and its net result after taxes improved by more than €20 million to €–16 million. The sales increase, explains the company, was attributable primarily to Western Europe and China.

At €629 million, incoming orders were below those of the same quarter of the previous year (€804 million), which saw a particularly high level of incoming orders from the drupa trade show. The order backlog increased by over 20 percent from €497 million at the end of the financial year to €603 million as at June 30, 2017.

Heidelberg sees itself as being on course to achieve the company targets for 2022 that were announced in June: Company sales ~€3 billion; EBITDA of €250 to €300 million; and net result greater than €100 million.

By taking over software supplier DOCUFY, Heidelberg states it is reinforcing the new digital platforms business area and expanding its Industry 4.0 portfolio. In the segment of consumables, business with coatings and pressroom chemicals has been further expanded in the EMEA region, explains Heidelberg, following the acquisition of this area from Fujifilm.

Profitability, as expressed in EBITDA and EBIT, increased in the quarter under review compared to the previous year’s values. At €14 million, Heidelberg explains EBITDA was far better than in the same quarter of the previous year (€1 million), while EBIT amounted to €–3 million (previous year: €–16 million).

Due to lower financing costs, Heidelberg explains the financial result improved to €–13 million (same quarter of previous year: €–16 million). Including income taxes, the net result after taxes of €–16 million was an improvement over the previous year’s figure (€–37 million). Free cash flow in the first three months was negative at €–13 million (previous year: €6 million).
PRINT 17, running this September 10 to 14 at McCormick Place in Chicago, announced its list of 2017 Must See ’Ems, representing technologies that will be on the show floor. The forty-four Must See ’Ems winners listed below were chosen by a panel of industry-related judges as the most compelling advances in 11 categories spanning the print production workflow.

“It’s our honour to recognize these outstanding organizations that have gone above and beyond to drive innovation through their leading-edge technologies,” said Thayer Long, President of NPES. “These Must See ’Ems winners demonstrate a vision that will advance the future of our industry.”

The Best of Category winners for each of the 11 categories will be revealed during the pre-show conference Outlook 17, which takes place on Sunday, September 10, immediately prior to the opening of PRINT 17.

The 2017 Must See ’Ems award winners in each of the 11 categories, listed in alphabetical order, include:

Sales and Order Entry

MarcomCentral – JobDirect Plus
OnPrintShop – Radix – OnPrintShop Wide Format Module
Taopix – 3D Designer

Prepress and Premedia

CGS Publishing Technologies International – ORIS Flex Pack // Web Visualizer
Electronics For Imaging – EFI Corrugated Packaging System with Esko ArtiosCAD Integration
Electronics For Imaging – EFI Metrix for High-Speed Inkjet
Enfocus Software – PitStop 2017 with PDF Geomapper
Xerox Corp. – Xerox Specialty Imaging

Color Management and Quality Control

Epson America, Inc. – SureColor P5000 Commercial Edition with SpectroProofer
Konica Minolta – IQ-501 Intelligent Quality Optimizer
Lake Image Systems Inc. – Discovery READ&PRINT for RFID

Variable, Transactional and Multi-Channel

Color-Logic Inc. – Security-FX for Digital Presses
HP Inc. – HP SmartStream Edge and Spine Printing
Pitney Bowes – Synchronize Mail + Mobile

Pressroom: Analog Presses

Eltosch Grafix America, Inc. – LED Powerline Focus
RYOBI MHI Graphic Technology – RMGT 920PF-8+CC+LED-UV 8 Color with Coater Perfecting Press

Pressroom: Digital Presses

Electronics For Imaging – EFI Cretaprint C4 Twin Digital Inkjet Printer
Fujifilm – J Press 720S
HP Inc. – HP Indigo 50000 Digital Press
Ricoh USA, Inc. – RICOH Pro VC40000
Screen Americas – Truepress Jet 520HD with SC Ink
Screen Americas – Truepress Jet 520NX
Xerox Corp. – Trivor 2400 HF Inkjet Press
Xerox Corp. – Xerox iGen 5 Press with White Dry Ink

Pressroom: Wide-Format

Canon U.S.A., Inc. – Océ Colorado 1640
Electronics For Imaging – EFI Cubik printer
Electronics For Imaging – EFI VUTEk 3r and 5r LED printers

Postpress and In-line Finishing

MGI – JETvarnish 3D Web
Muller Martini – Connex Workflow System
Rollem International – Insignia Die Cutters
Standard Finishing Systems – Hunkeler POPP8 Finishing Line
VITS International – EXPRESS Cutter

Imprinting, Mailing, Shipping and Fulfillment

Pitney Bowes – Epic 3.0 Inserting System
W+D North America Inc. – W+D HALM iJET
(One additional winner in this category is under embargo until the show.)

Management Systems

Avanti Systems – Avanti Slingshot Scheduling Reservation System
Avanti Systems – Avanti Slingshot Wireless Warehouse Management
Electronics For Imaging – EFI iQuote Dynamic Intelligent Estimating for Labels, Tags and Folding Cartons
Electronics For Imaging – EFI Productivity Workbench
SpencerMetrics LLC – SpencerMetrics CONNECT, version 6
Ultimate TechnoGraphics Inc. – Ultimate Bindery v5

The Future of Print

Electronics For Imaging – EFI Industrial Textile Ecosystem
Fujifilm – Samba
MGI – Ceradrop F-Serie
Grimco today is opening its first office location in Edmonton Alberta, after serving the area with sign and graphic supplies for more than 25 years from its Calgary location. The new office is located at 15427 115A  Avenue in Edmonton.
“We are extremely excited about the opening of our new branch in Edmonton, Alberta,” said Mike Bolinger, President, Grimco Canada. “We are committed to providing the best products and service across Canada, and opening a location in Edmonton allows us to service our customers better in this market and beyond.”

Grimco Canada, which also has Canadian locations in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal and Dartmouth, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Grimco Inc., which is based in St. Louis. The company was originally founded in 1875 as a single-location stamp and badge provider. The full-service sign supply company now operates in 52 locations across the U.S. and Canada.

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