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Bloomberg News reports that Eastman Kodak Co. suffered a negative ruling after a two-year legal fight against Apple Inc. and Research In Motion Ltd. over a patent for digital image-preview technology. Thomas Pender, a U.S. International Trade Commission Judge, ruled that RIM and Apple did not violate Kodak’s rights because the patent in question is not valid.


According to the Bloomberg report, pointing to a bankruptcy court filing, Kodak contends that Apple owes it more than $1 billion in damages for infringement of this and other digital capture patents.

Kodak publically announced plans to sell key components of its patent portfolio, as a means to help it through Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, which the company filed for in January 2012.

Read the full Bloomberg report




LithoTechnics, the developer of Metrix, the automated imposition system, announced that the company will begin trading as Metrix Software. It has also launched a new website at www.metrixsoftware.com

Rohan Holt, CEO of Metrix Software, explains: "Metrix is a single product, but it touches and improves many different areas of the print manufacturing process. Our goal as a company is to provide tools to the printing industry that remove the guesswork and labor intensive processes that linger as relics of the past. Metrix is that tool. It is our sole focus, and the way we are contributing to the modernization, automation, and rationalization of the industry."

The first version of Metrix was launched in drupa 2004 and has since had 1,000 installs in 22 countries. The company will show off the 2012.0 version this week in Dusseldorf.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc. (ISRI) presented Cascades Fine Papers Group of Saint-Jerome, Quebec, with its annual Design for Recycling Award. According to ISRI, the Design for Recycling Award candidates “must demonstrate progress towards ensuring that the products they build and create can be recycled safely and economically,” by eliminating materials that impede recycling, increasing the recyclable yield of materials, and/or increasing the use of recycled materials in manufacturing.

Cascades earned its ISRI award by developing and implementing a 100 percent Recycled and Recyclable Ream Wrapper for its fine paper that eliminates plastic contaminants, reduces waste, and turns waste that would have ended up in a landfill into a recyclable commodity.

"Having to discard the wrapper because it contaminated the paper recycling process was an issue for us,” said Julie Loyer, Communication and Sustainable Development Advisor at Cascades Specialty Products Group. “We created a multidisciplinary team to find a solution and we created a packaging that is as environmentally friendly as the paper it wraps."

Past winners of the Design for Recycling Award include Wind Simplicity, Coca-Cola Recycling Company, The Herman Miller Company, Hewlett Packard and the Environmental Protection Agency.

"Most companies and design engineers are rightly concerned with things like consumer needs, production costs, energy efficiency, and safety," said ISRI President Robin Wiener. "But rarely do you find companies that put emphasis on what happens to their products when they have reached the end of their useful life. It is evident that Cascades is one such company that is concerned with overall life cycle of their products and producer product responsibility."


Agfa Graphics' manufacturing facility in Branchburg, New Jersey, has been recognized by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) for its commitment to the environment. The Branchburg plant is the company's largest manufacturing location in North America.

Agfa was cited for its "voluntary and proactive measures taken to go beyond compliance in an effort to improve the environment and ensure a sustainable future." The state recognition looks at categories like environmental policy, materials conservation, and hazardous materials reduction.
 
The NJDEP report specifically noted Agfa’s work to reduce water usage, decreasing manufacturing waste, line operating efficiencies, and for lowering power consumption through energy-efficient lighting.
 
"Sustainability is part of our strategy," said Jonathan Ashton, VP of Operations, Agfa Graphics North America. "We are committed to systematically improving the cost and environmental performance of our products and operations.”


Print Three Corporation has won a Silver award at the 2012 Canadian Franchise Association National Convention. The company was awarded under the Traditional Franchises: Mature/Established category. 

The CFA Awards Program recognizes excellence in franchise operations. Pizza Nova received the Gold award in Print Three's category, while the Maaco chain of automotive body repair facilities received Bronze.

"Receiving the CFA Award of Excellence in Franchising is a true honour and testament to our ongoing efforts as a franchise organization," said Andrew Hrywnak, President, Print Three Franchising Corporation. "As a print franchise we have always prided ourselves in researching and developing advanced and leading-edge solutions to differentiate Print Three from the competition, as well as market and support our franchisees in their businesses. This award further reinforces that we have been on the right path for the last 30 years and we will continue to advance in this direction."

Print Three operates 51 franchise locations in six provinces throughout Canada and has been in business since 1970.


John Crosfield, one of printing’s modern-era pioneers, passed away last week at age 96. Founding Crosfield Electronics after the Second World War, he became a pivotal figure in developing the application of electronics to all aspects of colour printing.

A Cambridge-educated engineer, Crosfield founded his own company in 1947. He initially designed and manufactured printing press automatic control equipment to ensure that the four printing colours registered accurately on top of one another. The resulting product, called Autotron, greatly improved print quality and reduced material waste. Autotron was rapidly adopted by printers around the world.
 
Crosfield Electronics then played a leading role in the introduction of colour scanning, phototypesetting and later the automated composition of pages incorporating pictures and text. In 1959, John Crosfield then spearheaded the development of the first colour scanner, the Scanatron, which analyzed original colour pictures into their four printing colours and exposed a single colour image onto glass photographic plates for the later production of the four colour printing plates. This technology then morphed into the Diascan with the arrival of polyester-based photographic film.
 
In 1969, the company introduced the world’s first enlarging and reducing drum scanner, the Magnascan 450. This machine had the ability to make fully colour adjusted and corrected screened, or continues tone colour separations, to a required size, in a single step. These early scanners used analogue and valve electronics. In 1975, Crosfield Electronics launched the Magnascan 550. This was the world’s first digital scanner controlled by computer with all the separation and correction process performed in the computer followed closely by the first electronic page composition system.

Based on Crosfield Electronics’ success, a spin-off company was formed, called Crosfield Business Machines, which developed banknote inspection, counting and sorting machines. John Crosfield and the company’s efforts were recognized with four Queens Awards for both Exports and Technology.

In 1974, John Crosfield sold Crosfield Electronics to The De La Rue Company, which was interested in the banknote handling machines and to understand the colour scanning technology. He continued for many years as a non-executive board member of De La Rue.
 
In 2000, the John Crosfield Foundation was started as a charitable trust that assists underprivileged young people with bursaries in furthering their education in the Graphic Arts.



An editorial piece by Tony Bradley of PCWorld has brought out discussion about the decline in print around the world. Sparked by the recent announcement about the Encyclopaedia Britannica no longer producing a print edition, Bradley raises concerns about the lack of permanence.

"What’s worse than losing history? Changing it," writes Bradley. "Printed material represents a moment in time. We can travel through time through the written word and learn about events, discoveries, triumphs, and tragedies from accounts written hundreds or thousands of years ago."


Douglas Holmes, founder of Markham, Ontario-based Holmes: The Finishing House, passed away in the early hours of Thursday morning. He was 81 years old.

Dearly loved husband of the late Beverley Holmes (2009). Loved and cherished Dad of Cathy and her husband Danny Zerdin, Heather Holmes, Kelly and her husband Randy Cosgrove, Karen and her husband Matthew Fretz, Bob Holmes and his wife Julie and Kim and her husband Calvin Bryant. Loved Poppy (Gramps) of Christopher (Nicole), Kyle (Dana), Carolyn, Courtney, Natalie, Bryanna, Jessica, Michelle, Amanda, Ben, Josh, Zach, Jenna, Jaydon and Rachael. Great-Poppy of Carley.

Friends and family will be received at BARNES MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME,  5295 Thickson Rd. N. Whitby from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Friday (February 10th).

A funeral service honouring Douglas' life will be held in Barnes Chapel on Saturday February 11th at 11:00 am.
The family will be receiving guests on Saturday at 10:00 am.
Interment will follow at Pine Ridge Cemetery.

In memory of Douglas, the family requests memorial donations to be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society.

Condolences can be left at the Barnes Memorial Funeral Home Website.


David Thorn, President of The Arthur Press and W.R. Drapers, passed away on Wednesday in Barrie, Ontario. He was 68.

Thorn was the beloved husband of Martha; loving father of Christopher David (Camilla) and Jeremy Alfred (Lori-Ann); cherished Papa of Rachel, Sarah, Nathan and Lincoln; and dear brother of Stephen (Moira). The Arthur Press is a Toronto-based printer founded in 1954 which has remained within the same family since its inception.

Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Road (North of Lawrence Ave. W.), Weston, on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and on Monday from 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held in the chapel on Tuesday at 1 p.m. Cremation to follow at Riverside Crematorium. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated.

Click here to view the Book of Memories for David Thorn at Wards Funeral Home's website.

The Vistaprint production facility near Windsor, Ontario, was closed last Thursday after it received a bomb threat. 

The building's 300 employees were evacuated at about 12:30pm while the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) swept the building. Access roads were also closed off during the process.

No bomb was found after the OPP spent the afternoon searching the plant. The facility's 2pm shift was told to stay home, but the 10pm shift reported to work as usual.

The OPP will continue investigating the threat, which arrived at Vistaprint via a letter.

Vistaprint's Windsor, Ontario, plant is responsible for all of the company's online orders from North America. The company also has production facilities in Venlo, The Netherlands, and Deer Park, Australia, to service the rest of the world.


A former Toronto printer has once again been arrested and accused of being behind a multi-million-dollar fraud scheme stretching back six years. 

The Globe and Mail reports that Tzvi Erez, 44, now faces 10 charges of fraud, with total losses of around $9 million. According to Toronto police, new information has come to light which led to these new charges.

Erez, owner of E Graphix Ltd., was brought up on similar fraud charges in 2009, that time accused of bilking investors of over $27 million, mostly from Toronto's Jewish community. The Crown prosecuting the case dropped the charges in November of last year because of insufficient resources to proceed with the complex case.

Erez was accused of creating a ponzi scheme which promised large returns from lucrative brokering of large print jobs for blue-chip clients he did not have. Investors were promised 30 percent per annum on delivery. Erez then went on to use the money to recruit new investors and to fuel his gambling habits.

A story by investigative journalist Nicholas Stein can be found here.


George Hurley
George Hurley, Senior Vice President and Partner at C.J. Graphics, passed away yesterday after a battle with cancer.

Hurley joined C.J. Graphics in 2004 having 21 years of experience in the graphic communications industry. He leaves behind his wife Sylvia and four children. His passions were golf, travel and live music.

"I was lucky to have spent some time with my great friend and partner George before he left us to his next journey," wrote Jay Mandarino, Hurley's Partner at C.J. Graphics, in a statement announcing his passing. "George was an amazing person who touched so many. Everybody loved George!"

The visitation will be this Saturday, October 15 between 7pm and 9pm  and Sunday, October 16 between 2pm and 4pm at Turner and Porter (2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga). The funeral will be Monday at 2pm at St. Mary Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church.


Chester Carlson, the inventor of Xerography, has been inducted into the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame. He was honored for his process of plain paper copying that revolutionized communications.

The hall of fame recognizes individuals who, through their inventions, initiative and efforts, have helped the world's paper industry flourish.Previous inductees included Johann Gutenberg and Kimberly-Clark Corp. founder John A. Kimberly

Carlson patented the copying concept in 1937, and in 1944 teamed with the Battelle Institute in Ohio to develop the technology. In 1947 he formed a licensing agreement with the Haloid Corporation (which later became Xerox Corporation). The world's first plain paper copier, the Xerox 914, was launched in 1959.

According to Xerox, in 1955, four years before the introduction of the Xerox 914, 20 million copies were made worldwide; in 1964, five years after the Xerox 914 was introduced, 9.5 billion copies were made worldwide, almost all xerographic. That number grew to 550 billion copies in 1984, and today trillions of copies are made around the world each year.

The inspiration for a copying machine came to Carlson while he was in law school, forced to copy books longhand because he could not afford to purchase them. He had a bachelor's degree in physics from California Institute of Technology and also obtained a law degree from New York Law School in 1939. He died in 1968 in New York City.



Raymond Russell, who worked for four decades in Canada’s printing industry, passed away at the age of 72 after a battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosi).


Based in what is now the Greater Toronto Area, Russell began his career with the Salvation Army Printing Department before moving to York Litho to undertake an apprenticeship in lithography. He became a journeymen lithographic film stripper.

In 1972, Russell took on a sales position with McCutcheon Graphics, which was later purchased by Fuji Graphic Systems. He spent 32 years with this company in sales, management and national technical marketing positions. Russell had been retired for a number of years before his passing. 



Outside of the office, Russell is remembered for his passion for music, fishing, hockey, and baseball.

Visit Dignity Memorial for more information about Mr. Russell or to leave condolences for the family.



Lance Doty, a long-time member of the Toronto graphic arts community, has passed away. Doty succumbed to complications related to lung cancer, which he had overcome twice previously. He was 59. 

Doty spent 40 years in the industry before leaving in June, 2011 to follow his dreams. Most recently he was with Syncron Cyberkare and before that was employed at Heidelberg Canada.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years Catherine, son Ian, daughter-in-law Mercedes and grandson Thelonious; daughter Emily, mother Lois; brother Brian, sister-in-law Carol and their children sister Debbie, brother-in-law Tom and her children; and brother Kevin, partner Robin and his children.

There will be a celebration of his life with family and close friends on Monday, September 26th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Weston Golf & Country Club, 50 St. Phillip's Road, Toronto. As expressions of sympathy, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
 
A guest book for Doty can be found here
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