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St. Joseph Communications has finalized an agreement to acquire Bassett Direct, which has long served as of Canada’s most advanced providers of direct marketing services and variable printing programs.
 
“We are thrilled to welcome Bassett Direct’s strong industry reputation, talent, knowledge and 22 years of experience to the St. Joseph organization,” said John Gagliano, President of St. Joseph’s Print Group. “Targeted, personalized direct marketing stands out as a powerful component in today’s marketing mix for brands to leave lasting, tactile reminders with their customers. We look forward to deepening our direct mail offerings with our customers and likewise, are excited to help Bassett Direct’s customers tap into St. Joseph’s interconnected solutions across all mediums.”

Rich Bassett founded Bassett Direct in 1994 and became one of North America’s leading figures in personalized printing and direct marketing programs. He is a recipient of the Canadian Marketing Association’s (CMA) Lifetime Achievement Award. With a focus on high-impact and personalized direct marketing campaigns, Bassett Direct produces oversized and multi-panel largest, self-mailers, pop-ups and custom formats. Clients include many of Canada’s leading financial institutions, advertising agencies, not-for-profit organizations and loyalty companies.
 
“We are extremely excited about joining the St. Joseph Communications family,” said Rich Bassett, President of Bassett Direct. “There is a strong fit between the two organizations and I am confident that our customers and employees will benefit greatly from an innovative printer that is also part of an integrated communications company.”
 
Driven from its Toronto Print Campus – the largest of its kind in Canada – and a network of cross-country print centres, St. Joseph’s annual output includes more than 200 million catalogues and magazines, and one billion flyers.
Cansel in late-September acquired the engineering bond paper converting operations and business in Eastern Canada (Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador & Nunavut) of Unisource Canada, Inc., a Veritiv company.  

“This acquisition is a significant one for Cansel that further enhances our already comprehensive portfolio,” said Stephen Fletcher, Vice President, Cansel.  “It aligns with our strategy to position Cansel as a market leader in eastern Canada by expanding our converting business in the region.”

Veritiv stated the sale of its engineering bond paper converting operations is inline with the company’s direction to focus on core commercial and wide-format printing sectors in Canada.
More than 200 industry leaders are expected gather at the Palais Royale in Toronto on November 10 to celebrate some of the world’s best printing produced in 2016. The 11th annual Canadian Printing Awards Gala, hosted by PrintAction, will also recognize four industry leaders as part of the magazine’s Industry Achievement Awards categories.

The 11-member judging panel used a blind scoring system, based out of 35 points across criteria like overall effectiveness, production challenge and printing defects, to determine the Top 3 entries across more than 25 categories. In addition to these printing categories, the gala will also recognize winning entries in Technology and Environmental Categories.

For more information about the 2016 awards gala and for tickets visit www.canadianprintingawards.com.

2016 Canadian Printing Award Finalists

Artcraft Label
ASL Print FX
C.J. Graphics
Canon
Colour Innovations
ColorXTC
Ellis Packaging
Farnell Packaging
Friesens
Glenmore Custom Print + Packaging
Hemlock Printers
HP
Jones Packaging
McAra Unicom
MET Fine Printer
Pacific Bindery Services
PDI Group
Priority Printing
St. Joseph Communications
Symcor ISS
The Lowe-Martin Group

2016 Industry Achievement Winners

Printing Leader of the Year
Jamie Barbieri
President, PDI Group Inc., Montreal, QC
Director, Quebec Graphic Arts Association
Secretary-Treasurer, Canadian Printing Industries Association

Emerging Leader of the Year
Todd Cober
Vice President, Cober, Kitchener, ON

John A. Young Lifetime Achievement Award
Hadi Mahabadi
Founder, CanWin Consulting Inc.
Former Director, Xerox Research Centre of Canada, Mississauga, ON

Community Leader of the Year
Jeff Ekstein, President, Willow Printing Group Ltd., Concord, ON
Two Canadian printing companies are among the worldwide winners of the 12th Annual Narrow Web Print Awards, organized by Flint Group, to recognize specialized applications like UV flexo, UV screen, UV LED, shrink sleeve, water-based flexo, specialty inks and coatings. Perflex Label of Toronto and Deco Labels & Flexible Packaging of Etobicoke, Ontario, were among nine winning companies from around the globe.

Flint explains a common trend among this year’s print entires was UV LED technology and combination printing.  “Every year, the quality of entires continues to demonstrate that there are no limits when it comes to printing labels,” said Niklas Olsson, Flint Group Narrow Web Global Brand Manager. “As a supplier, we continue to expand the capabilities of our converter clients and push the boundaries of narrow web.”

Each entry, explained Flint, was individually and carefully reviewed by industry experts. Criteria for judging follow the guidelines that are standards set by the industry associations FINAT and TLMI. These included: registration, smoothness of dot/vignette, overall print quality and degree of difficulty.

2016 Annual Narrow Web Print Awards Winners

Perflex Label – Canada
Yerecic Label – USA
Uniprint Labels – South Africa
Unique Photo Offset Services – India
Deco Labels & Flexible Packaging – Canada
Consolidated Label – USA
Model Graphics – USA
Pemara – Australia
Alaska Polygrafoformlenie – Russia 
Mimaki USA, which is part of the Japanese-based imaging giant, is opening its first branch location in Canada. Located at the intersection of Jane Street and Highway 7 in Toronto, the location is to include a technology centre, Mimaki’s seventh such centre in North America, for running demonstrations of its wide-format imaging technologies.

Lucas Crossley, Canada Sales Manager for Mimaki, will lead the new Canadian location, which will include trained sales, support and service staff to help support its dealers in the country. The 11,000-square-foot technology centre will also hold Dealer Technician Certification courses in addition to applications training.

The company is holding a grand opening celebration for its new technology centre on October 11, 2016 , with a ceremony taking place at 11:00 am.
Delphax Technologies Inc, with its primary press manufacturing operation based in Mississauga, Ontario, has reached a joint partnership agreement with Weihai Printing Machinery Co. Ltd. to provide the Delphax elan 500 inkjet press in the Chinese printing market.

“Weihai’s investment in Delphax’s innovative elan 500 provides an attractive alternative to other technologies in fulfilling our clients printing needs,” said Gu Yonghui, General Manager of Weihai Printing Machinery. “The Weifeng EL500 is a product that will create a new model for opportunity in multiple print markets here in China.”

The seven-year agreement for multiple systems will yield in excess of 35 systems, with the unit marketed under the name Weifeng EL500. In establishing this agreement, Delphax explains it has realigned its operations to primarily support and focus on the continued expansion,  development and manufacture of the elan 500 product line, fulfilling increased demand in the North American, EMEA and Chinese markets.

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 elan 500 allows for printing on a range of substrates, from 20 to 130 Ib (60 to 350 gsm) and up to 8 x 8 to 18 x 25.2 inches (203 x 203 mm to 450 x 640 mm-SRA2). Duplex printing is performed at full speed, explains Delphax, with no degradation due to the unique SST paper path.

“Weihai Printing Machinery provides us with a strong partner in China, providing both the commercial and technical support capabilities required to service the Chinese market.” said Richard Lee, Director of Operations at Delphax Technologies. “We look forward to working jointly with Weihai over the forthcoming launch and commercial release of the Weifeng EL500 and expect this relationship to generate significant new growth and profitability for our respective businesses”.

Weihai Printing Machinery Co., founded in 1954, was the first major enterprise and the first major high technology company established under the Torch Plan of China within the Printing Machinery Sector. Under the Torch Plan, Weihai Printing Machinery Company was granted the right of open importation and exportation.
The foursome from Hanna Paper Fibres won the recent Toronto Craftsmen’s annual golf tournament at the Royal Woodbine Golf Club. The main objective of the golf tournament, along with other Toronto Craftsmen events, is to generate funds for the organization’s annual scholarship awards.

In April of this year, a group of secondary and post-secondary students were honoured with scholarships for their achievements in industry-related programs and the annual Toronto Craftsmen Graphic Challenge Competition.

Bill Kidd, President of the Toronto Craftsmen, explains 54 submissions from eight educational programs were entered into this year’s Graphic Challenge, which has grown since its inception six years ago when 15 students submitted work from four institutions. The Craftsmen scholarship program has been running for 41 years and is now called the Tai Chi Awards in honour of a promising student who passed away shortly after graduating from Ryerson University’s Graphic Communications Management program.
From September 23 to 25, sign and printing industry professionals gathered at The International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, to attend the 2016 version of Sign Expo Canada. The annual trade show is produced by Sign Association of Canada and allows printing companies to see some of the newest large format technologies available in the market, along with a range of substrates and key trends like car wrapping. The trade show also provides a range of digital-only signage applications, along with workflow and a range of related trade services.

PDS is now the Canadian master distributor of Multigraf Touchline creasers, perforators and folders. This line-up of technologies has been constantly evolving since Multigraf became on the first companies to focus on the short-run finishing market in 1984.

Multigraf AG is an equipment manufacturer based out of Muri, Switzerland. In addition to the Touchline products, Multigraf produces a range of banding and stacking systems.
Jeff Ekstein, President and CEO of 63-year-old Willow Printing Group in Concord, Ontario, has been named PrintAction’s 2016 Community Leader of the Year, as part of the 11th annual Canadian Printing Awards program.

Ekstein joins three other Canadian printing industry leaders who last week were named as PrintAction’s 2016 Industry Achievement winners, including:

Printing Leader of the Year
Jamie Barbieri
President, PDI Group Inc., Montreal, QC
Director, Quebec Graphic Arts Association
Secretary-Treasurer, Canadian Printing Industries Association

Emerging Leader of the Year
Todd Cober
Vice President, Cober, Kitchener, ON

John A. Young Lifetime Achievement Award
Hadi Mahabadi
Founder, CanWin Consulting Inc.
Former Director, Xerox Research Centre of Canada, Mississauga, ON

Ekstein’s Community Involvement
As one of the most recognizable faces of Canada’s printing industry, Ekstein for more than two decades has volunteered his own time to help promote and grow printing across North America.

In addition to serving as the leader and third-generation owner of Willow Printing, Ekstein is the current Chair of the Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund (CPISTF). He was elected to this critical position in June 2016 following the retirement of CPISTF Chair Don Gain, who served in the position for 11 years.

Established in 1971, CPISTF provided $56,000 in scholarships to 35 students in 2015. A total of $38,000 was provided to 23 new students enrolled in the first year of an approved course of study and $18,000 in scholarships was given to 12 students continuing in a program.

Ekstein was an Officer on the Printing Industries of America’s (PIA) Board from 2007 to 2015 and a member of its Executive Committee from 2011 to 2015. He served as Chairman from 2013 to 2014 and was only the fourth Canadian to hold this office in the 130-year history of the organization.

He has also been a Premier Print Awards judge (aka The Benny Awards) since 2006. He served as the Education Committee Chairman 2009 to 2011 and currently sits on the following PIA Committees: Finance, Education, Nomination, Trade Show & President’s Conference.

In addition to his involvement with the CPISTF and Printing Industries of America, Ekstein has served as Co-Chair of CPISC (Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council) as well as Past Chair, Government Affairs Committee Chair and long-time Director of CPIA (Canadian Printing Industries Association) and also served as a Director with the OPIA (Ontario Printing & Imaging Association) from 1998 to 2003 to highlight a few of his volunteer activities. In 2007, he was awarded the CPIA Distinguished Service Award for excellence, achievement and dedication to the printing industry, and was named as one of the Top 20 Most Influential Printers in 2010 (as voted in PrintAction magazine).

Ekstein carries his volunteerism into fundraising for various charities and was included in the top fundraising category in the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s “Ride for Heart” and CCC’s (Crohn’s and Colitis Canada) “Gutsy Walk”. Willow Printing has also been recognized for it longtime contribution and support to the Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre and Tourette Canada.

Ekstein was inducted into the Ben Franklin Honor Society in 2015 for his many industry contributions.
HP Inc. reached a definitive agreement to acquire Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.’s printer business in a deal valued at US$1.05 billion. HP states the acquisition positions it to disrupt and reinvent the US$55 billion copier industry. This is the largest print acquisition in HP’s history.

The company explains copiers are outdated, complicated machines with dozens of replaceable parts requiring inefficient service and maintenance agreements. Samsung, according to HP, has built a formidable portfolio of A3 MFPs and some with as few as seven replaceable parts.

HP plans to integrate Samsung’s printer business’ products, it their mobile-first and cloud-first user experience, with its own next-generation PageWide technologies.

“When we became a separate company just 10 months ago, it enabled us to become nimble and focus on accelerating growth and reinventing industries,” said Dion Weisler, President and CEO of HP. “We are doing this with 3D printing and the disruption of the US$12 trillion traditional manufacturing industry, and now we are going after the US$55 billion copier space. The acquisition of Samsung’s printer business allows us to deliver print innovation and create entirely new business opportunities with far better efficiency, security, and economics for customers.”

Samsung’s printer business also brings an intellectual property portfolio of more than 6,500 printing patents and a workforce that includes nearly 1,300 researchers and engineers with advanced expertise in laser printer technology, imaging electronics, and printer supplies and accessories to support continued innovation in print market solutions.

“HP Inc. has been a valued partner and customer of Samsung,” said Dr. Oh-Hyun Kwon, vice chairman and CEO of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. “We can now leverage our combined capacity for innovation to further enhance the value of our relationship."

The acquisition is expected to be accretive in the first full year following closing, with cost synergies and a strong financial model. The transaction is expected to close within 12 months pending regulatory review and other customary closing conditions. After closing, Samsung has agreed to make a US$100 million to US$300 million equity investment in HP through open market purchases.
Agfa Graphics has won three Product of the Year awards at SGIA Expo for the second year straight, including two systems built in the companies Canadian manufacturing facility based in Mississauga, Ontario.

The brand new Anapurna H3200i won in the UV Hybrid category ($100-500k), the Jeti Mira won in the UV Flatbed ($200-500k) category and the Jeti Tauro won top honors in the UV Hybrid High Volume Production Class category.

The competition recognized the latest equipment and supplies currently on the market that are advancing the specialty imaging industry.
 
“These awards confirm the dedication of the worldwide Agfa Graphics team and their dedication to bringing high quality, high productivity and innovative technology to market,” said Deborah Hutcheson, Director of Marketing, Agfa Graphics, North America. “We design our products with the customer needs in mind. The Product of the Year awards validate our efforts to deliver sophisticated products that provide increased efficiency and profitability to our customers.”

The Anapurna H3200i LED 3.2m hybrid offers air-cooled LED UV curing and enables printing on a broader range of media. The system features a solid frame construction, user-friendly RTR media loading as well as quick system up-time, energy savings and overall reduced operational expenses.

Built in Mississauga, the Jeti Tauro with ¾ automation is a high-end, six colour + white 2,5-m wide, UV hybrid system positioned for the higher end of the sign and display market with print speeds up to 275 m²/hour. The Jeti Tauro’s scissor-stacker off loading system provides continuous feeding of rigid media. The system prints up to 2.5 meter-wide on rigid or roll media.

Built in Mississauga, the Jeti Mira is designed for heavy industrial workloads. It features optional varnish and unique 3D Lens Technology which produces a three dimensional varnish effect without the need for lenticular substrates. The systems “print and prepare” technology allows quick media loading while the printer is in operation. The Jeti Mira has six colour plus white with optional primer or varnish.
 
A total of 170 entries in 49 product categories were submitted for this SGIA competition. Prints were judged on overall colour appeal, tonality, image detail, objective colour matching and greyscale colour cast. Graphics has won a total of seven Product of the Year awards since its first submission in 2014.
Eleven industry leaders have gathered today at the Toronto Botanical Gardens to pour over more than 200 entries submitted into the 2016 Canadian Printing Awards program. Some of the world’s best printing will then be celebrated at the 11th annual gala taking place on November 10, 2016, at the Palais Royale in Toronto. The gala is expected to attract more than 200 industry leaders from across Canada, as well as attendees from the United States and Europe.

The 2016 Canadian Printing Awards judging panel will spend a full day analyzing and evaluating entries through a blind scoring system. Judges are tasked with considering issues like printing process, run length and repeatability across submitted samples. The judges will determine the top projects across more than 20 categories.

The day will conclude with a half-hour discussion and multiple rounds of voting to determine the 2016 Best of Show project.

2016 Canadian Printing Awards Judging Panel
Ray Fagan, Heidelberg Canada
Martin Habekost, Ryerson University
Emily Wong, Penguin Random House
Nick Howard, Howard Graphic Equipment
Tony Karg, Ricoh Canada
Al Kershaw, The Print Wizard
Mark Norlock, KBA Canada
Sean Springett, Manroland Sheetfed North America
Marc Raad, Esko
Abhay Sharma, Ryerson University
Mark Thomas, Unigraph International

Access Labels of Amherst, Nova Scotia, has acquired the pressure-sensitive label manufacturing division of Farnell Packaging of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Access Labels explains the acquisition, which has been in the works for six months, will allow both companies to continue to grow and focus on their core business.

“We thank Farnell for choosing to partner with us and wish them luck as they move forward to concentrate on their Polyethylene business,” said Robert Sams, General Sales Manager of Access Labels. “We will be working closely with them during this transition, as well as moving forward. Farnell has a long-standing tradition of providing a high level of quality service, and we welcome their customers to our family.”

The purchase will increase the capacity at the Access Labels facility by between 20 to 30 percent. This also means the addition of several new full-time jobs in Amherst.

“In choosing to partner with Access Labels for this transition, we believe that we are consolidating our label business with the most reputable and responsive competitor in the region,” said Bill Morash, CFO of Farnell Packaging Ltd.  “We have every confidence that Access Labels will do their very best to professionally service and supply all pressure-sensitive label needs in the months and years ahead.”

This transition will be completed by the end of October. There will be no job losses at Farnell, according to the companies, as the workers who were employed in the sold division will move into other divisions of the company.

“We do not expect any interruption in service for any customers as we increase the capacity at our Amherst facility in order to provide all customers with the excellent service that they have come to know and look forward to,” said Sams. “We are excited to move forward with delivering top quality service and products to even more great clients.”

Founded by Paul Carr in 1993, Access Labels specializes in printing labels, as well as selling and servicing equipment including label dispensers, applicators, and thermal printers.

At the upcoming Canadian Printing Awards gala, taking place on November 10, 2016, at the Palais Royale in Toronto, PrintAction magazine will honour four individuals who have had a significant impact on the Canadian printing industry. The gala is expected to attract more than 200 industry leaders from across Canada, as well as attendees from the United States and Europe.



Now entering its 11th year in 2016, the Canadian Printing Awards program is designed to recognize printing innovation in the country through three distinct awards sections, grouped in Printing, Environmental and Technology categories, which are determined by an independent panel of judges.

In 2008, PrintAction introduced the Industry Achievement Awards to the program to honour outstanding leadership as demonstrated by members of the Canadian printing community.

Three of the four 2016 Industry Achievement Award recipients, determined by PrintAction magazine, include:

Printing Leader of the Year
Jamie Barbieri
President, PDI Group Inc., Montreal, QC
Director, Quebec Graphic Arts Association
Secretary-Treasurer, Canadian Printing Industries Association

Emerging Leader of the Year
Todd Cober
Vice President, Cober, Kitchener, ON

John A. Young Lifetime Achievement Award
Hadi Mahabadi
Founder, CanWin Consulting Inc.
Former Director, Xerox Research Centre of Canada, Mississauga, ON

Community Leader of the Year
Jeff Ekstein, President, Willow Printing Group Ltd., Concord, ON

For more information about the 2016 program and gala, please visist Canadianprintingawards.com

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