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Messe Düsseldorf released its 4th drupa Global Trends report tracking key economic and market developments across the global printing industry.

The report is based on the circulation of two separate surveys for printers and suppliers, sharing some common questions, but also asking more specific questions relevant to each group.

A total of 839 printers participated, including 525 from Europe and 314 from the rest of the world. Europe, which accounted for 220 of the 331 respondents, also dominated the supplier survey, but all the other regions were had material representation with 111 respondents.

From the printer respondents, 42 percent described their business as being in “good” economic state in 2016, while only 11 percent reported it as “‘poor”. According to the report, 56 percent of suppliers said their companies were in good economic condition.

The full version (in English) can be purchased for Euro 249 online (around C$355) at drupa.de/2131.
Tip Top Bindery Ltd., a wholly owned company of The AdMill Group located in Scarborough, Ontario, has made a share purchase of B.C.W. Bindery Services Ltd. Located in Markham, Ontario, since 1992, B.C.W. Bindery provides perfect binding, mechanical binding, gluing and specialty folding (including mini and map) services.

“I couldn’t be more excited to have our team at Tip Top Bindery welcoming B.C.W. Bindery Services to our organization,” said Arthur Winiarczyk, Vice President of AdMill Group. “This step will help to increase scale and capability of the combined organizations' services.”

B.C.W. Bindery co-owners Blair Wilson and Irv Brown are joining the Tip Top management team. All employees of B.C.W. have been offered positions with Tip Top, which Wilson and Brown describe as a key point when negotiating the sale of their business.

“Our customers, suppliers – and especially our employees – have helped build our reputation in the bindery industry," said Wilson. "Known for our quality, the share purchase of B.C.W. by Tip Top enables us to expand services to our customers to include mailing and die cutting."

Established in 1986, Tip Top Bindery operates out of a 65,000-square-foot production and warehousing facility, providing a range of specialized bindery services including flyer insertion, saddle stitching, folding, polybagging and mailing. There is minimal customer crossover between the two companies.

Exhibitors of Graphics Canada, running from April 6 to 8 at the Toronto International Centre, were asked for up to three of their booth highlights for attendees to focus. A complete list of exhibitors is located at the bottom of this page, following Featured Exhibitors that provided their booth highlights.

Featured Exhibitors
4over
Acco Brands Canada, GBC     
Agfa
Amazing Print Tech
Amplis
Avanti
AXYZ International
Bard Business Solutions
C.P. Bourg
Cambridge Label
Canon Canada
Daly Digital Group
Delphax Technologies
Depositphotos
Dolphies Promo     
Epson Canada
Esko
GMG
GTI Graphic Technology
Hans Shinohara
Hiker Enterprises
HP
Insource
Konica Minolta Business Solutions
MPI Group
Multiple Pakfold Business Forms
National Research Council
PDS
Primera Technology
Ricoh Canada
Roland DGA
RS International
Sign Association of Canada
SmartSoft
Southwest Bindings
Sydney Stone
Unibind
Value-Rite Business Products
Veritiv
Zünd

Complete Exhibitor List (as provided by Graphics Canada, February 28)
3 L Display
4over
A + A Graphics Canada
Aberdeen Fabrics
ACCO Brands Canada
ADMACO
Advertising Specialty Institute
Agfa
Air & Water Systems
All Graphic Supplies
Amazing Print Tech
Amplis
Announcement Converters
APD Printing
ATS – Tanner Banding Systems
Avanti
AXYZ International
B & R Moll
Banner Ups/E. L. Hatton Sales
Bard Business Solutions
Beaumont & Co Exhibits and Displays
Cambridge Label
Canon Canada
Color - Dec North America
Comhan Canada
C.P. Bourg
CP Office Solution
Customized Mats
Daly Digital Group
Delphax Technologies Canada
Depositphotos
DFS  
DocketManager
Dolphies Promo Group Canada
Duroflex Specialty Papers
EOS Trading
Epilog Laser
Epson Canada
Ernest Green & Son
ESKO
Exhibition Printing Solutions
EZ Trade Signs
Factor Forms & Labels
Flagship Courier Solutions
Forte Labels and Shrink Sleeves
Gemini
GMG Color
Gonderflex International
Grand Valley-Direct
Graphic Arts Magazine
Greenflow Environmental Services
GRIMCO
GTI Graphic Technology
Hans Shinohara Canada
Hiker Enterprises
HP Inc.
ILLU Display
Insource
Intertek Testing Services
J & J Manufacturing
Jelly Labels
KBR Graphics
KIP America
Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada)
LasX Industries
LogoJET
Macaron
Masterwork USA
Matchking Printing
Maxmedia Graphic Supplies
Mimaki USA
Miralupa
MPI Print
Multi Color Tech
Multiple Pakfold Business Forms
Mutoh America
National Research Council (NRC)
New Magway
Okidata Americas
OMET Americas
Outdoor Media Zone
PDS
PressWise by SmartSoft
Prime Lightboxes
Primera Technology
Prime UV-IR Systems Systems
PrintAction
Printer Gateway
Printer's Parts & Equipment
Pritchard Paper Products
PSI Engineering
Ricoh Canada
RISO
Roland DGA
RS International Canada
Rubenstein RB Digital
Simple Signman
Sign Association of Canada
Sign Media Canada
Sinalite.com
Sinclair Computer Forms
Skyline Toronto
Southwest Bindings
Specialties Graphic Finishers
Spicers Canada
Stahls' Canada
STM
Stuebing Automatic Machine
Sydney Stone
Teckmark Label
TG Graphics
The Drafting Clinic Canada
THERM-O-TYPE
Tiimports
TMAX Images
Treck Hall Wide Format
Trotec Laser Canada
Ultima Displays Canada
Unibind
Value-Rite Business Products
Veritiv
Verso Solutions
Web to Print Shop
World of Tape
Xerox Canada
Yantai Hongquing Packing Material
YUL Technologies
Yupo Corporation America
Zund

Acco Brands Canada, GBC, provides a preview of the following Graphics Canada 2017 booth highlights.

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The Seal 65 Pro MD is described as a high production, versatile wide-format laminator that can run both hot and cold applications. Reaching at speeds of more than 15 feet per minute, GBC explains the 65 Pro MD is capable of running thermal film at two to three times the speed of other laminators on the market. It also carries ETL certification in the United States and Canada.

GBC describes the Magnapunch Pro Punching Machine as a newly robust stainless steel system for document finishing. The company explains the punching system features uncomplicated set-ups, in addition to the strength of its flywheel technology.

The GBC Catena 65 roll laminator is described as an easy-to-use and efficient system targeted at small print shop, office or institution environments. This updated laminator encapsulates and mounts jobs up to 27 inches wide. Its increased ¼-inch mounting gap, explains GBC, helps in mounting to foamcore. New features of the Catena 65 include an open design, pivoting table, AutoSpeed and programmable presets.

At Graphics Canada, GBC will also highlight the 44-inch Spire 44T thermal wide format laminator, Ultima 65 thermal roll laminator, Procut 17P paper cutter, Digicoil Automatic Color coil inserter, and Pro Trim 63 trimmer.

Cambridge Label provides a preview of the following Graphics Canada 2017 booth highlights.

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At Graphics Canada, Cambridge Label, one of the country’s largest trade printers specializing in labels, is focusing on its new Instant Online Quoting system. The quoting allows customers to now quote digitally printed CMYK labels online. As a printer exclusively for the trade, customers can login using their distributor login (set-up via Cambridge Label) to access the online program.

With a distributor login, trade customers can also take advantage of the following features: View order history, place re-orders, view order status, and place estimate requests for labels other than digitally printed full colour labels.

Specializing in print for a number of markets, Cambridge Label manufactures custom printed labels in quantities as few as 100 and up to several million. The company provides a range of stocks and adhesives available and over 2,500 label sizes and styles.
Canon Canada provides a preview of the following three Graphics Canada 2017 booth highlights.

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The Océ Arizona 2200 Series includes flatbed-based UV-curable printing systems designed for producing both rigid and flexible work. Building from an existing Arizona platform, the newest Océ Arizona series, according to Canon, are designed as versatile and high-quality imaging systems  for mid-volume print producers.
    
The imagePRESS C10000VP Series is designed for high-volume digital printing, running a range of media types, with what Canon rates as a monthly duty cycle of up to 1.5 million letter-size images. The imagePRESS C10000VP Series reaches print speeds of up to 100 letter images per minute with the C10000VP model and 80 letter images per minute with the C8000VP model, with both systems supporting media weights of up to 350 gsm. The imagePRESS C10000VP Series produces a resolution of up to 2,400 x 2,400 dpi with automatic colour control and adjustment.

The Canon imagePROGRAF 60-inch PRO-6000S and 44-inch PRO-4000S large-format printers using an 8-colour LUCIA PRO ink system designed for applications like production signage, commercial photography and proofing. The LUCIA PRO ink set adopts newly formulated, micro-encapsulated pigment inks for what the company describes as strong colour reproduction, image clarity and fine lines. Canon explains these reproduction characteristics are well suited for creating posters and advertising displays.

Amazing Print Tech provided PrintAction with a preview of the following Graphics Canada 2017 booth highlights.

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Web-to-Print provider Amazing Print Tech is showcasing a range of online storefront technologies for areas the company describes as business-to-consumer, retail, business-to-business, corporate, websites, estimators and content management system plug-in technologies.
    
In addition to create new Websites, Amazing Print Tech states it offers the largest library of premade templates, which can be embedded into existing Websites.

Veritiv, a leader in the business-to-business distribution of print, publishing, packaging, facility and logistics solutions, provided PrintAction with a preview of the following three Graphics Canada 2017 booth highlights.

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AlumiGraphics is an aluminum-based foil decal print media, exclusive to Veritiv Canada, available in two finishes, including: GRIP for asphalt, brick and cement walkways and Smooth for exterior brick, stucco and concrete walls, among a range of possible applications. AlumiGraphics, which create images that look like they are painted directly to the surface they are applied to, can be cut with scissors, die-cutters or plotter-cutters. AlumiGraphics is designed for simple peel and stick installation, based on a sweep and press on, with typically no residue remaining on the surface with peel-off removal.

AlumiGraphics GRIP holds a reflective quality on any area left unprinted. The reflected light is especially noticeable when placed under bright lights or when lights shine against decals in unlit areas. The unique aluminum substrate holds an anti-slip stability based on its high friction surface. In combination with a specially formulated adhesive, the material can stand up to harsh weather conditions and, when installed as directed, can last for several months outdoors.For large graphics, Alumigraphics SMOOTH can be overlapped or butted up against each other.

AlumiGraphics GRIP holds 53 inches of usable space for edge-to-edge printing capability, again with direct print to an anti-slip surface, without a need for over-laminates. The material can be used with a range of large format printing processes, such as UV curable, latex and solvent and screen printing.

General Formulations CONCEPT 790AE Light Etch Air-Egress is a 3.0 mil decorative polymeric flexible vinyl film coated with a solvent-based permanent acrylic pressure sensitive adhesive with a 90# air egress (AE) liner. This film can either be applied printed or unprinted for visual affect or as a privacy film. The 90# AE liner offers dry application properties for large format graphics. Concept 790AE accepts a variety of solvent-based, eco-solvent, latex and UV curable inks common to wide format digital printing systems.

Concept 790AE is recommended for use where a high quality glass etch vinyl film is desired to simulate etched glass. This film can be used for commercial and residential applications to glass. Typical dry applications include doors and windows made of glass. It is not designed for cut lettering or to be repositioned (permanent adhesive). Application or transfer tape is recommended for easier application.

Ultraflex Systems UltraMesh Blockout is a 12.5 oz. double-sided mesh material – based on a polyester support material. The blockout mesh material is well suited for applications where complete opacity is required. UltraMesh Blockout is printable on both sides and may be used for billboards, exhibits and event signs. The material is flame resistant and compatible for use with solvent, eco-solvent and UV printing. It is available in widths of 126 inches.

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4over, one of North America's leading trade printing operations with more than 17 facilities, provided PrintAction with a preview of the following three Graphics Canada 2017 booth highlights.

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Suede Cards, explains 4over, are a unique and textured printing option, featuring a soft velvet laminate, to create a distinct marketing project. Printed on 16-pt stock, the company’s Suede Family – starting at quantities of 500 – include products like greeting cards and postcards, in addition to business cards.

4over’s also points to its full-colour Roll Labels, which use a permanent adhesive to stick on most any surface. The company explains its Rolls Labels finishes include clear and white BOPP, semi-loss, bright silver metallic and 70-lb eggshell, which are available in a variety of shapes for applying to a range of packaging or event materials.

Digital Envelopes, as branded 4over, are available as 4/4, 4/0 and 0/4 in a range of colourful or more simple first-class mail options. The envelopes, which the company describes as pre-converted and produced with digital-printing equipment, come with or without a window.

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Agfa provided PrintAction with a preview of the following two Graphics Canada 2017 booth highlights.

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The Jeti Ceres RTR3200 LED, launched at the beginning of 2017, is a roll-to-roll inkjet printer for what Agfa describes as mid- to high-end applications. The new engine can include a combination of optional white printing and primer for producing higher image quality and to provide output durability. Leveraging UV LED inks and what Agfa describes as thin-ink layer technology, the Jeti Ceres is a dedicated 3.2-metre machine capable of printing on single- and dual-roll medias at speeds of up to 186 square metres per hour.

The Anapurna H3200i LED is a recently introduced 3.2-metre-wide inkjet system, also available 2.05-, 2.5- and 3.2-metre versions. Anapurna i printers, explains Agfa, use air-cooled LED UV curing for printing on a range of medias and saving energy. The Anapurna H3200i LED includes  what Agfa describes as a white ink function for producing pre-, post-, spot and sandwich white.

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Amplis provided PrintAction with a preview of the following three Graphics Canada 2017 booth highlights.

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ILFORD’s GALERIE Prestige Gold Fibre Gloss in April 2016 received the Technical Imaging Press Association (TIPA) Award in the category of  Best Inkjet Photo Paper. Amplis explains the substrate is designed to match the look and feel of traditional fibre-based darkroom paper. The company explains GALERIE Prestige Gold Fibre Gloss provides an ideal surface for reproducing black-and-white images, as well colour images.

Allure Photo Panels by Breathing Color won a 2016 SGIA Product of the Year (Rigid Media) award. The system uses pigmented inks for what Amplis describes as increased longevity and perceived value, lamination (required, not included) to achieve different finishes like matte, satin and gloss. The material is designed to provide a similar thickness (.045 inches) and overall feel of dye sub aluminum prints. Amplis explains Allure Photo Panels also holds sharper resolution when compared to dye sub aluminum prints.

MagnetPouch, according to Amplis, is an industry-unique produce to create laminated magnets in matter of seconds. The company explains this may include customized magnets for business cards, vehicle graphics, photographs and advertising products. Available to create a high gloss or a soft touch matte finish, MagnetPouch systems work by placing a printed image inside to run through a pouch laminator.
Avanti provided PrintAction with a preview of the following Graphics Canada 2017 booth highlights.

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Avanti, recently acquired by Ricoh, is highlighting its Slingshot management information system, which is described as the only JDF-certified, cloud-based Print MIS in the market. The software provides From order entry through to production and billing, Avanti Slingshot enables you to work more efficiently, control your costs and move jobs through the shop.

Ricoh acquired MarcomCentral (formerly known as PTI Marketing Technologies Inc.), in December 2014. The acquisition has successfully enhanced the value of Ricoh’s Web to Print, Marketing Asset Management, and Variable Data Printing offerings. With the addition of Avanti, the Ricoh portfolio is now able to cover the entire production workflow, including Print MIS.

AXYZ International provided a preview of the following three Graphics Canada 2017 booth highlights.

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Trident, explains AXYZ, is an innovative hybrid CNC production system combining heavy-duty routing with fast knife cutting for processing the broadest range of materials in all print finishing, signmaking, foam and graphics applications. Popular applications include: Graphics and Print Finishing - Cut-to-print using multiple tools for all materials; Signmaking - All types of 2D and 3D signs in woods, metals and plastics; Foam Packaging - 2D and 3D processing with router and knife tools; and Point of Purchase.

Axyz Series is one of the most versatile CNC router systems in the industry. AXYZ Series CNC Routers are available with an extensive choice of process areas, a variety of head and tooling configurations, and the most diverse combination of productivity options in the industry. They are suitable for use in many different application areas and for processing all types of woods, plastics and non-ferrous metals. It is available in widths from 28 to 128 inches.

Pacer is a heavy-duty CNC router when manufacturers are looking for precision, reliability and high-quality machining. Its robust construction, overwhelming standard specification and endless list of options are normally only found on much more expensive machines. The Pacer Series offers the perfect blend of high quality and affordability.

Bard Business Solutions provided a preview of the following three Graphics Canada 2017 booth highlights.

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Graphics Manager, Enterprise Manager and Digital Print Manager are software products designed to maintain data on clients, rates, estimates, production dockets, production scheduling, costs, purchase orders, shipping and invoices. Bard explains this applications are designed with a philosophy to enter data once and use it many times. The company explains each software program allows users to organize and manage their company process, to keep in touch with clients and attract new business. The software, according to Bard, allows users to create quick and accuracy estimates to produce competitive quotes.
C.P. Bourg provides a preview of the following three Graphics Canada 2017 booth highlights.

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The Bourg Preparation Module, according to C.P. Bourg, provides intervention-free book making and binding. The company states its Bourg Preparation Module (BPM) is the industry’s first scalable sheet preparation module, designed to simplify and automate the production of books and booklets providing a streamlined workflow and shorter turnaround.

The Bourg Binder BB3002 family of products are designed to create a range of on-demand perfect-bound books ranging from 1 mm up to 60 mm, with up to 13 positive or negative knife creases, using EVA/hot melt or PUR-C adhesive systems. The  company states its BB3002 is easy to maintain and set up for integration with existing workflow. The BB3002 can be upgraded with a Bourg Book Loader to create the BB3102 system.

The Booklet Maker ExPress with the Bourg Sheet Feeder option is described by the company as a BSF + BCM-e + BM-e configuration. It is based on a production model that C.P. Bourg describes as dual-mode finishing with the combination of off-line and in-line finishing. The configuration, according to the company, allows multiple printing systems to share one finishing device.

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