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Global sign franchise Signarama has expanded into Quebec, unifying Canada under Master License Partners Anas Saltaji and Salekh Al Around.
Cigarette packs sold in Canada will have to be plain drab brown with standardized layouts and lettering, starting this November. Minister of Health Ginette Petitpas Taylor last week announced new regulations for plain and standardized appearance of tobacco packages and products in a move to reduce their appeal to Canadians.
Cascades Sonoco, a joint venture of Cascades and Sonoco Products Company, today inaugurated the expansion of its facility in Birmingham, Alabama, and its new production line of eco-friendly packaging. The US$17-million investment will allow the facility to produce a water-based functional coating solution to create recyclable, repulpable and compostable containers.
Canada’s new $10 bill featuring civil rights activist Viola Desmond is the recipient of the 2018 Bank Note of the Year Award from The International Bank Note Society (IBNS).
Canon Canada, HP Canada, The Printing House, Symcor and Xerox Canada have been recognized as some of Canada’s Greenest Employers for 2019, based on the criteria of Mediacorp Canada Inc., which manages Canadian employment programs and events.
Diageo, British spirits company and owner of Guinness, has announced plans to remove plastic from its beer packaging.
Pollard Banknote Ltd. has announced a two-year extension to its instant ticket manufacturing contract with Loto-Québec. The extension commenced February 1, 2019, and will allow the company to continue its role as the lottery’s primary instant lottery ticket supplier, which it has been since 2014.
On April 23, Western Printers merged with Bond Reproductions.
Global softwood lumber trade fell seven per cent in 2018, U.S. lumber prices took a roller coaster ride and China’s wood demand slowed in the 2H/18, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly.
Supremex Inc., a North American manufacturer and marketer of envelopes and a provider of paper-based packaging solutions, has received BRC Certification after a rigorous audit, in recognition of the compliance of its folding carton packaging manufacturing facility in Laval, Que., accomplishing the highest AA grade status.
Sun Chemical has announced it will increase the prices of its energy curable, solvent, and water coatings as well as energy curable inks, in North America effective May 15.
Atlantic Canada media group SaltWire Network has filed a lawsuit against TC Transcontinental Inc., alleging it “overstated revenues the business would produce, hid facts regarding the condition of its assets and wasn’t forthcoming about several business practices” before a 2017 takeover.
Cascades has inaugurated what it describes as its most modern containerboard packaging plant, a US$76-million investment in state-of-the-art equipment.
Several thousand printing companies, suppliers, print buyers and exhibitors attended Graphics Canada 2019, a biannual printing tradeshow held at the Toronto International Centre from April 11 to 13.
Electronics For Imaging announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of Siris Capital Group in an all-cash deal valued at roughly US$1.7 billion.

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