Paul Prince, who contributed 56 years of his life to the Canadian printing industry, including the founding of Aulward Graphics, passed away on June 5 in his 75th year after a short battle with cancer. 

Fresh out of high school in 1953, Prince began his printing career at the Picton Times. He then worked for the Trentonian newspaper and Gananoque Reporter before moving to Toronto to become part of The Globe and Mail's mammoth printing department.

In 1967, well before adopting the name Aulward Graphics, Prince started a small printing operation in Grimsby, Ontario, called Inteprint, which grew under Prince’s business pillars of craftsmanship, innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and community service.

In 1984, he purchased Reiger Litho of Hamilton and merged it with Inteprint. The new operation was called Reiger Press, which was soon renamed as Aulward Graphics, based on his name: The last three letters of "Paul" and the last four letters of his middle name "Edward" combine to make Aulward.

The company, which won an Outstanding Small Business Award from the Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce in 2010, is now based in Hamilton and run by Paul’s son, Blaine Prince.

Both Paul and Blaine have been long-time contributors to their community, including their annual appearances at the Marshville Fair, and to the printing community, primarily through the Mackenzie Printery Museum in Niagara Falls. The elder Prince served as a Mackenzie Printery board member.

On Sunday, June 24, between 1pm and 5pm, family and friends are invited to celebrate Prince’s life during an open house memorial gathering at the Grimsby Peach King Centre. A private ceremony will be held at Stonehouse-Whitcomb Funeral Home in Grimsby.

Transcontinental announced today it has recently renewed key six contracts worth $1.5 billion in revenues with major Canadian retail customers.

Some of these contracts were from the transaction it had with Quad Graphics, which closed on March 1, 2012. These deals not only include printing and flyer distribution, but also the use of Transcontinental's new digital marketing services such as e-flyers, email marketing and mobile marketing. The contracts range from three to six years.

"[The renewals] are a testament to the strength of our customer relationships and the confidence they have in our ability to execute their integrated marketing communication programs, the quality of our state-of-the-art national printing platform and of our flyer distribution network, the reach of our national media properties and the success of our strategy to expand our product and service offering into new marketing and communication services," said François Olivier, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Describing its drupa results as a reflection of a leadership position in the sector, Goss International signed 11 orders for new web offset presses during the recent two-week German tradeshow.

“We accomplished what we set out to do at drupa, which was to introduce our customers to innovative ideas for commercial print, packaging and newspaper production and to demonstrate that we are the strong technology and market leader,” said Goss International President and CEO Jochen Meissner. “Of course, the proof of this success is in actual new projects. The contracts finalized at the show, the acceleration of projects in the pipeline, and initial discussions about new projects, particularly in packaging, were encouraging endorsements of our technology and our global team.”

The 11 web-offset orders received by Goss came from printers in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East; and ranged from wide-web Sunday presses to single-width newspaper presses.  This included companies like Posigraf, one of the largest printers in Latin America, which invested in a Goss Sunday 3000.

“Stepping up to the wide, 2x8 format will give us far greater productivity and efficiency and it will expand the format and pagination options we can offer to our customers,” said Giem Guimaraes, owner of Posigraf, which currently operates standard four-pages-across commercial web presses.

Goss also noted the acquisition of a pair of M-600 presses by Hong Bo – the first Goss presses for the Chinese company. NEEF + STUMME of Germany, which currently operates four M-600 systems, also ordered another M-600 press.

Just two days after drupa ended, Goss also announced it is nearing the completion of a multiple-press reconfiguration project with Newsday Inc., to improve the publisher’s print quality while doubling colour capacity and press speeds. Work began on site in Melville in January 2012.

The enhanced press systems will go into production beginning in June at Newsday’s facility in Melville, New York. Goss will combine components from existing Goss Metro presses at the site to create three enhanced press systems with the capacity to print 96 tabloid pages, including 64 full-colour pages, at up to 60,000 impressions per hour.

The project includes the relocation of units and folders, modification of drive-lines, repositioning of motors, and installation of customized stacking frames and associated platforms. Goss will also add motorized registration capabilities to the presses and convert the web width of one press to 48 inches.

Newsday operates multiple press lines to print its flagship Newsday daily newspaper, which reaches nearly 1.4 million readers weekly on Long Island and in New York City, as well as other products.


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.

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