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RS International Canada provides a preview of the following Graphics Canada 2017 booth highlights.

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PX-181 is described by RS International as a high-quality affordable calender heat transfer system specifically designed for sign and print shops seeking to expand their product offerings. By adding on the optional work table, users can transition between roll-to-roll production and per-piece production. The PX-181 features what the company describes as a heavy-duty steel frame construction. It also leverages infrared heating technology as a transfer system.

The BMA-160/350LH multi-applicator features full LED illumination and height adjustable. The company describes it as a fast and efficient system for laminating, mounting and pre-masking needs. The Bobis 3.5 metre (138 inch) multi-applicatoris is a flatbed application table that RS International describes as simple to install.
Sign Association of Canada provides a preview of the following Graphics Canada 2017 booth highlights.

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Since 1955 the Sign Association of Canada (SAC-ACE) has focused on promoting the welfare of the sign industry, with the goal of improving the status of its members in the community. However, the Sign Association of Canada explains that the traditional boundaries of the sign industry have expanded due to the rapidly changing level of technology and the evolution of the commercial marketplace.
SmartSoft provides a preview of the following Graphics Canada 2017 booth highlights.

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PressWise is an end-to-end SaaS-based MIS and Print Workflow Automation solution that comes complete with features like unlimited Web storefronts, estimating, quoting, order processing, complete shipping integration, fulfillment and the ability to integrate with most third-party storefronts and existing back-end accounting systems.

Frameworks Canada is what the company describes as a cutting-edge SERP recognized Address Accuracy and Postal Presorting product. Frameworks Canada Mailers Edition is a fully-featured, all-in-one SERP Recognized postal software solution, designed to save the user time and maximize postal discounts by presorting your mail to Canada Post specifications.
Southwest Bindings provides a preview of the following Graphics Canada 2017 booth highlights.

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ALM 3230 Mini is the next generation, fully automated one- to two-sided print laminator that can work with up to 13 x 19-inch sheets. The machine, according to Southwest Bindings, features ultra quick warm up and automatically feeds up to 100 sheets – and with laminate and trim in one pass. Available film for the system includes 1.2-, 1.5-, 3- and 5-mil thickness.

The Koilmatic Auto Inserter and Crimper is an affordable fully electric tabletop automatic coil inserter designed to bin up to 450 books per hour. The company explains no tools are required for basic setup and change, with an LCD screen guiding operators through setup and operation. Having a vertical book placement can accommodate tabs or wider covers. Southwest Bindings explains the system provides consistent simultaneous crimping on both coil ends and a low maintenance design.
Sydney Stone provides a preview of the following Graphics Canada 2017 booth highlights.

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Duplo Spot UV Coater produces raised and dimensional UV effects. Inclusive of an automatic air feeder, sheet sizes up to 14.33 x 29.13 inches. Sydney Stone explains the Duplo Spot UV Coater operates a lower capital cost and lower consumable cost than current competitors.
    
Morgana DigiFold PRO 385 is a high-speed creaser folder with fully automatic setup and deep pile feeder. It is the newest addition to the Morgana range of folder/creasers. The DigiFold Pro 385 is the fourth generation of the DigiFold series, offering new levels of automation to meet range of printed applications. It is specifically designed for digital and litho printers who have a need to crease and fold digitally printed, heavy weight or cross grained stock.
 
instaFOIL is a new product to create short run spot foil for digital printers. instaFoil is used in conjunction with a laminator in order to apply foil in house. The product is available in nine colours including Gold, Silver, Gloss, Green, Red, Matte Gold, Medium Blue, Dark Blue, Pink and Red. Sydney Stone is providing swatch books for instaFOIL at Graphics Canada.
Unibind provides a preview of the following Graphics Canada 2017 booth highlights.

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CM750  UniFoil Printer allows users to personalize books, notebooks, agenda, contracts. The UniFoil Printer is a digital printer that prints foil directly from a digital file on any flat surface. The company explains users can create personalize products in-house with the product by  connecting the UniFoilPrinter to a computer, downloading the software and start printing.

The CaseMaker 650 is the perfect case making solution for short-run personalized cases. It allows users to create a hard cover, ringbinder or display in what Unibind describes as an easy and maintenance-free way with the Unibind CasePlanos. An easy and error free case making process, thanks to the premade CasePlanos. Cost-efficient:

The CasePlanos machine can be operated by a minimal trained operator, according to the company, as it does not require setup and change-over time. Unibind explains it only takes a few minutes to produce a personalized hard cover with the technology.
Value-Rite a preview of the following Graphics Canada 2017 booth highlights.

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Value-Rite is showcasing what the company describes as a complete integration of  technology to custom decorate fabric, metal, plastic, glass, vinyl, and ceramics using Sublimation, UV printing, Solvent, transfers. Value-Rite represents Epson, Mimaki, Okidata, Sawgrass, Forever, Chromaluxe and Implusa.

This includes the all-new Epson SureColor F9200 which is described as a fast, economical medium- to-large volume dye-sublimation transfer printer. It runs at speeds up to 1,044 square feet per hour and widths of up to 64-inches. The printing systems includes Epson’s PrecisionCore TFP print heads, an integrated roll-to-roll media support system with high accuracy winding, and new dye-sublimation ink technology - Epson UltraChrome DS with High Density Black.
Zünd provides a preview of the following Graphics Canada 2017 booth highlights.

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Zünd Design Center ZDC is a user-friendly Adobe Illustrator plug-in to create three-dimensional designs for packaging and displays. It provides a library of templated designs in folding carton and corrugated cardboard. The software includes a 3D preview tool to consider measurements, logos, patterns and other graphic elements. Even though Zünd’s primary focus will be on software and workflow, Zünd is also showcasing the versatility of its M-2500 cutting system.

Zünd will be cutting one or more jobs with boxes or displays available in Zünd Design Center and nested with Prep Center. The company explains it will show visitors how easy these production process are, from prepress to finished product. Zünd will also show how they are subsequently handled in Zünd Cut Center with QR-code capture and many other features, including flip&cut, using a Zünd cutting system. - See more at: https://www.printaction.com/headlines/zund-graphics-canada-4030#sthash.votRo9Fw.dpuf

Aylmer Express Graphics Group, headquartered in Aylmer, Ontario, has purchased Contact Creative Printing, a lithography shop, and Double Q Printing, a digital print shop.

Both London, Ontario, companies and their staff have been absorbed into existing production centres under the Aylmer Express Graphics Group, which includes Aylmer Express in Aylmer, Accell Graphics and Absolute Mail Solutions in London, Ontario, and Barney Printing in Woodstock. The company also operates a mail, data management and distribution centre called Westminster International in Toronto.

“No one else in the territory has our combination of capacity, versatility and expertise," said John Hueston, President of Aylmer Express. "We are now the largest general commercial printers in Southwestern Ontario and more importantly, unsurpassed for quality reproduction.

“We are extremely busy and will continue to grow organically and through acquisition," continued Hueston. "Our full-time staff, almost 100, far exceeds what my father and I set out to do when we accepted Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s challenge to create jobs 35 years ago. We have been very fortunate to have such fine colleagues who share our vision and their craftsmanship.”

The Contact Creative and Double Q acquisitions follow a 12-month capital investment in technology including a Heidelberg CD74 press, Heidelberg saddle stitcher and folder, Polar automated cutting system and large-format printing equipment.

The 137-year-old Express, owned since 1947 by the Hueston family, was also a Family Enterprise of the Year Award finalist at the Family Enterprise Exchange awards banquet on March 2, 2017.

Over the past few months, Veritiv has hosted four awards events in major Canadian cities to recognize both the winning printers and designers in its annual Veritiv Design and Print Excellence Awards, also known as the uVU Awards.

There were 32 winning entries in total across two distinct categories to recognize print and also design excellence. From the range of submissions, which must be produced by Veritiv customers, a Best of Show Award is determined for both the print and design categories. This year also featured four Judges' Choice Awards.

Veritiv’s awards tour ended at the beginning of March 2017 in Vancouver, BC, after visiting Calgary (October 2016), Montreal (December 2016) and Toronto (January 2017). The following top awards and print awards were presented:

BEST IN SHOW AWARDS
Best in Show, Print
Project: 2015 Holiday Wrapping Paper
Printer: Hemlock Printers
Design firm: Burnkit

Best in Show, Design
Project: Relay
Design firm: Lauren Wickware
Printer: Andora Graphics

JUDGES’ CHOICE AWARDS
Project: Home Ground
Design firm: Lauren Wickware
Printer: Andora Graphics

Project: Why Can’t Minimal
Design firm: Emma Wright
Printer: Andora Graphics

Project: Laurent & Clark Sales Brochure
Design firm: orangetango
Printer: LG Chabot

Project: This is Nowhere
Design firm: Chris Allen
Printer: Hemlock Printers

PRINT AWARD WINNERS
Project: Sunnybrook Foundation Report to Donors 2015
Printer: Exodus Graphics
Design firm: Clear Space

Project: Cundari, Internal Design Program
Printer: Flash Reproductions
Design firm: Cundari

Project: Brentwood Three
Printer: Hemlock Printers
Design firm: Thought Shop

Project: Tridel “Form” Brochure & Sleeve
Printer: Somerset Graphics
Design firm: Cinderbloc

Project: Cleopatra Book
Printer: Hemlock Printers
Design firm: AK Photographs

Project: George Brown College School of Design Annual
Printer: Andora Graphics
Design firm: George Brown College School of Design

Project: Hakapik
Printer: Litho Chic (Deschamps Impression)
Design firm: Yoanis Menge

Project: Flora
Printer: Hemlock Printers
Design firm: Newfoundbrand

Project: Flare & Joe Fresh Cover, Unzipped
Printer: TC Transcontinental PLM
Design firm: Flare

Project: Woo Publication
Printer: Metropolitan Fine Printers
Design firm: Woo Publication

Project: Equus by Lithochic
Printer: Litho Chic (Deschamps Impression)
Design firm: L’Orange Bleue

Project: Heather & Little Business Cards
Printer: Flash Reproductions
Design firm: Overdrive Design

North American-wide trade printer 4over of Glendale, California has introduced a new product called Painted Edge Business Cards, which is an extension to the company’s Majestic Product line.

4over explains the 32-pt stock Painted Edge Business Cards line can include a vibrant colour to the business card’s edge. This includes a range of metallic colours like blue, gold, green, hot pink, purple or classic white.
Hemlock Harling Distribution Inc. has acquired PDQ Post Group based in Surrey, BC, with more than 25 years of experience in data, mail and lettershop print solutions. All PDQ operations will shift to Hemlock Harling’s 40,000-square-foot faciliity in Richmond, BC.

PDQ Post’s President, Lorraine Duclos, takes on a new role as Senior Account Manager at Hemlock Harling. “At PDQ, we had great success with customers who focused on direct mail,” she said. “With Hemlock Harling, we can now offer all components of a direct mail campaign, for regional, national and international projects.”

Hemlock Harling was established in December 2016 as an equal partnership of Hemlock Printers, one of Canada’s leading printing companies based in Burnaby, BC, and Harling Direct, a prominent postal services and fulfillment provider with facilities in Montreal and Toronto. Hemlock Harling, officially opening its doors in February 2017, coinciding with its purchase of Kirk Marketing, a 60-year-old full-service print, mailing and fulfillment services company which held the organization’s current facility in Richmond.

“This acquisition is an exciting step for Hemlock Harling, helping put us on a solid path for success in the future,” said President Richard Kouwenhoven. “We are excited to have Lorraine join the organization as a professional and collaborative mailing specialist to our many stakeholders. She will also help welcome her existing customers to an expanded service offering which covers data, print, mail, warehousing and distribution services.”

Hemlock Harling is focused on providing data-driven marketing, postal and third-party distribution services to a clients throughout North America. “Lorraine has many years of experience in mailing and her postal knowledge of not only Canada Post, but also USPS and international postal administrations will serve our current and future clients well,” said Gordon Taschuk, General Manager of Hemlock Harling.
Reuters news service reports today that U.S.-based Danaher Corp. reached an agreement to purchase Israel-based Advanced Vision Technology Ltd, which develops automatic print inspection systems. The deal, according to Reuters, is worth US$100 million through Danaher’s product identification platform.

Danaher is the parent company of Esko (purchased in January 2011 for €350 million) and X-Rite (purchased in April 2012 for US$625 million), which also controls Pantone.

Danaher, based in Washington, is one of North America’s largest manufacturing conglomerates with annual sales of approximately US$17 billion.
Isabelle Marcoux, Chair of the Board of Transcontinental Inc., is the first Canadian recipient of the Visionary Award for Strategic Leadership presented by the WomenCorporateDirectors Foundation (WCD), which she will receive in New York on May 10, 2017. WCD is a global organization that brings together more than 3,500 women serving on over 8,500 boards.

The Visionary Award, according to WCD, aims to recognize Marcoux’ proven leadership in making the strategic decisions and sound investments which are driving TC Transcontinental’s transformation while ensuring the organization’s short- and long-term profitable growth. WCD continued to explain the award reflects her personal commitment to the development and advancement of women into leadership roles, particularly as members of boards of directors and as senior executives.

“It is an honour to be recognized by WCD in the Visionary Award for Strategic Leadership category. By fostering a long-term view, I strive to make decisions that are in the interest of all our stakeholders in order to ensure TC Transcontinental's long-term growth,” said Marcoux. “I'm grateful to be able to rely on a strong and diverse board, which supported the strategic shift in our organization that our seasoned management team has been diligently implementing for nearly three years. Finally, I am proud to continue building a company that also stands out for its values of respect, teamwork, performance and innovation.”

WCD continues to explain the award also highlights the caliber of governance practices Marcoux upholds as Chair of Transcontinental and also as a director on the boards of George Weston Ltd., Rogers Communications Inc. and Power Corporation of Canada.  

Marcoux has previously been recognized three times as one of Canada’s 100 most powerful women by the Women's Executive Network. In 2016, she was awarded the Medal of the National Assembly of Quebec, recognizing the impact of her continuous community involvement. In 2015, the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec presented her with the Mercure Leadership Germaine-Gibara Award.

TC Transcontinental is Canada's largest printer with operations in print, flexible packaging, publishing and digital media.

Ryerson University’s School of Graphic Communications Management on March 23, 2017, will host its annual Job Fair at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (formerly Maple Leaf Gardens) in downtown Toronto.

The 2017 version of the annual Graphic Communications Management (GCM) Job Fair, which began in the late-1980s, is preparing to host approximately 130 GCMstudents interviewing for internships and 140 graduating students seeking full-time jobs. These numbers eclipse last year’s already packed event, which involved close to 325 people, including 67 graduating students and 130 interns.

In 2016, the GCM Job Fair involved 69 industry companies, both printers and suppliers, looking for employees. There are already more than 70 companies signed up to participate in 2017.

The GCM Job Fair is run in a speed-networking format where graduating students and potential interns, divided into two distinct time sessions, spend 10 minutes interviewing with prospective employers before moving on to a new table at the sound of a gong.

The March 23 event begins at 4:00 pm with graduating-student interviews, which continues until 6:00 pm, followed by a buffet-style dinner, and then intern interviews scheduled to take place between 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm.

Based on a curriculum change two years ago, GCM students can now specialize in specific areas like packaging or publishing in the final two years or their four-year degree program. Students can also now complete minors in areas like business, human resources, or professional communications.

More information can be founded at www.gcmjobfair.com.

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