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Ryerson University’s School of Graphic Communications Management (GCM) is set to host the 92nd annual Graphic Communications Education Association (GCEA) Conference, running this year under the theme of Women in Print. Conference sessions begin this Monday at GCM’s downtown Toronto campus, following an evening reception on Sunday night.

Day one of the conference kicks off with a 30-minute session by April Burke, VP, Operations and Technology, The Lowe-Martin Group, discussing production of Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary stamp set. This presentation will explore the security issues, hidden UV marking, and what to do with the make-ready waste. Every attendee will receive a First Day cover of William Shatner as Captain Kirk.

Among a range of sessions, other highlights of the 4-day conference, ending July 20, include a panel discussion called Initiatives, Opportunities and History, with Erin Nuss, SGIA, Judith Durham, GAERF, and Gillian Mothersill, Ryerson. The will discuss issues around the role of women in the printing industry, including the activities of SGIA’s Women in Print Alliance.

Kim Latreille, Ryerson University will discuss Magazine Publishing in a Digital Era, covering areas like handling cross-platform advertisements to ensure proper colour, as well as automating ad production.

Nancy Sobhy, Marketing Program Manager, Veritiv Corporation, will lead a session called Managing and Management Styles in Multinational Corporations. She will share experiences from her management roles in divisions spanning large-format to paper sales.

Dr. Renmei Xu of Ball State University will run a session called Hands-On 3D Printing, in which attendees will use 3D software to create a small model with their name and then print it using one of the 20 different printers in Ryerson’s state-of-the-art Digital Fabrication Lab.

Julie Bauer, Senior Application Sales Manager, Esko, wwill use an iMac computer lab to work through packaging projects showing applications like shrink sleeves, dynamic bar code generation, QR code generation, metallic effects, crimping on a package edge, spot colours, visualization in an airport or supermarket shelf.

Tuesday’s will also feature three plant tours, including Holland & Crosby, which specializes in Point Of Purchase retail-based signage programs; Webcom, which will highlight its more than $30 million investment in new web inkjet presses; and Konica Minolta’s new headquarters.

For a full review of the GCEA 2017 program, registration, schedules and speakers visit the conference’s Website.
Equipment supplier Bobst and Radex, a startup company owned by multiple stakeholders with a track record in DOD inkjet printing, have launched Mouvent, a new company dedicated to developing digital printing technologies, primarily for the textile and label markets.

The joint venture Mouvent, which is comprised of 80 employees in Switzerland, is to become the digital printing provider of Bobst. Central to the development at Mouvent, explains Bobst, is digital printing technology developed by Radex, which is based on an integrated cluster and compact design. The company states this technology represents a “quantum leap for the industry.” This Radex technology will be the centerpiece of new machines developed by Mouvent for a variety of markets such as textile, labels, corrugated board, flexible packaging and folding carton.

“We truly believe this is a watershed moment for the future of digital printing independent of the industry or market,” said Jean-Pascal Bobst, CEO of BOBST Group SA. “Current industry trends – including high demand for digitalization, short runs, fast availability, promotion and versioning, personalized and seasonal products, and increasing sensitivity towards cost and environment – are driving demand for high quality and affordable digital printing machines.

“Through Mouvent we aim to initiate a quantum leap in this area, ultimately providing the market with what it needs most; highly reliable industrial digital printing on different substrates at a competitive cost.”

Mouvent explains that it provides integrated, complete solutions based on its internal development of the Mouvent Cluster. It writes the software around the printers, develops inks and coatings for various substrates, as well as providing a full servicing offering.

Its first machine launched is a digital printer for textiles, which prints with up to eight colours, with what the company describes as a full product pipeline to follow. The Mouvent Cluster design is the base building block for all systems, current and in development.

“Our radical new approach is to use a base cluster which is arranged in a modular, scalable matrix instead of having different print bars for different applications and different print width,” said Piero Pierantozzi, Co-Founder of Mouvent. “The Mouvent Cluster is the key technology behind the Mouvent machines, resulting in high optical resolution for a crisp, colorful, very high printing quality, as well as a never-seen-before flexibility and possibilities in terms of machine development. Simplicity is our engineering philosophy.”

Mouvent states its printers are the smallest digital printers in their category – closer to desktop printing than to traditional analogic printers like flexo – making them very compact, light-weighted and easily accessible. The compact system is designed to allow for easier settings and start-up with less fine adjustments required.

“We are very excited to start rolling out the pipeline in the months ahead,” said Simon Rothen, CEO of Mouvent. “Today is the announcement of an exciting journey of bringing large-scale digital printing to various industries. The digital printing solutions offered by Mouvent will present new opportunities for all sorts of companies, bringing more flexibility, unmatched productivity, shorter time to market and infinite variation, all with a very compact and energy efficient design. This will revolutionize the digital printing world.”
Transcontinental Printing has broken ground for its future printing facility that will print the daily newspaper La Presse. Expected to be fully operational by the fall of 2003, the Point-aux-Trembles plant will measure 125,000 square feet and produce work estimated to be worth $60 million.

Transcontinental secured a 15-year contract to print La Presse before moving ahead with the project. The company announced that two huge Heidelberg Harris Mainstream 80 presses are to be the backbone of the facility. This same press is currently being employed to print England’s largest daily, London’s Daily Telegraph, which has a circulation of 1.2 million copies per day. La Presse is published seven days a week and has a readership of 880,000. [PrintAction July 2002]
Cenveo Inc. has launched of Kadena 2.0 as a cloud-based platform focused on the performance of print and mail communications, fulfillment and supply chain management for mid- to large-sized enterprises.

“This is the technology innovation the market has been waiting for,” said Michael Burton, Cenveo's Chief Operating Officer. “By offering a unique set of expert applications within a single platform, Kadena transforms inefficient business processes and creates significant new value from our customers' print and fulfillment communications programs.”

The power of Kadena is in its collection of expert modules, offering plug-and-play flexibility, so solutions can be quickly deployed from as many or as few modules as needed to fit customers’ exact business requirements.

At the core of Kadena is K-Center, a SaaS-based e-Commerce hub that acts as a control centre for initiating, tracking and coordinating print, fulfillment and sourcing projects across the supply chain. Other Kadena modules include:

K-List, a list processor for optimizing direct mail campaign performance,
K-Compose, a templating application for design personalization,
K-Proof, a virtual proofing tool for shortening review cycles,
K-DAM, a digital asset manager for flexible control of content assets, and
K-Source, a marketplace sourcing environment.

Cenveo plans to officially release K-Insight – a data analytics module – within the coming weeks. With it, users can optimize programs by identifying performance anomalies, analyzing trends and patterns and combining diverse data sets to generate new business insights.

“The Kadena platform is a direct response to customer needs to innovate customers' supply chains to be more responsive and deliver better ROI,” said John Egan, Chief Product Officer with Cenveo.  “At its core Kadena resolves two big issues for customers – supply chain fragmentation that results in inefficiencies and hidden costs and the need for agile technologies to help adapt to an increasingly digital marketplace and provide greater transparency across the chain.”

Kadena currently supports over 4,000 registered users, over 2,000 products and has processed over 6,000 projects since it was launched last year.  Customers have come from a range of market segments including travel & leisure, food services, retail apparel, consumer software and utilities.
A new consulting group, Graphic Communication Advisors, has been formed to bridge what the group describes as the gap left by association mergers, downsizing, or elimination.

Graphic Communication Advisors (GCA) explains that in the past, printing, publishing, and imaging companies would turn to national or local industry associations for services when needing assistance in the way of troubleshooting, problem-solving, technical auditing, training, environmental and safety compliance, or overall company assessments for improving methods, techniques, equipment, and personnel. GCA explains, however, with the downsizing or elimination of many associations, the availability of such services has been greatly reduced.

The Directory of Graphic Communication Advisors is the “brainchild” of industry guru Raymond Prince, who reached out to some of the most experienced experts in the field for all facets of the printing, publishing, and imaging industries. This includes print service providers, OEMs, software developers, as well as graphic communication companies already into, or wanting to develop services in, non-print digital imaging.

The founding Graphic Communication Advisors, include: Sid Chadwick, Gary G. Field, Laura Gale, Raymond Hartman, Hal Hinderliter, Nelson Ho, John E. Hyde, Frank Kanonik, Malcolm Keif, Harvey R. Levenson, William J. McLauchlan, Michael Murphy, Ray Prince, Frank Romano, Peter A. Schlosser, Steve Suffoletto, John P. Sweeney, Robert C. Tapella, Janet Treer, Richard D. Warner, and William F. Woods, Jr.
Vistaprint has opened its first ever bricks and mortar retail space in downtown Toronto, giving business owners direct access to its existing marketing products as well as new in-store offerings. These include free design services, the ability to touch and feel products, and to get face-to-face help by the store’s VP Coaches.

A recent survey of the company's North American customer base found that nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of business owners want more 1:1 in-person support when designing their new marketing materials.

“We've listened to and worked with our customers along the way to provide the best of both worlds in Vistaprint Studio – the efficiency and convenience of the online world with the engaging, personalized experience in-store,” said Trynka Shineman, CEO of Vistaprint. “At Vistaprint Studio we are offering exclusive services you can't find anywhere else, including free graphic design – services we heard our customers want and which solidify our investment in the success of their businesses, now and in the future.”

Vistaprint explains it has purposefully designed the retail space as a flexible environment to continuously tailor the experience to the needs of the local business owners. As mentioned, Vistaprint Studio also features complimentary one-on-one design services — services Vistaprint explains that business owners would have to pay upwards of $100 per hour elsewhere. The new retail Vistaprint also provides free shipping to the store and new technologies for creating marketing materials such as an interactive touchscreen logo maker.

Vistaprint Studio is located at 720 King St. West and operates six days a week, Monday to Saturday. The company will offer unique workshops throughout the year in the Studio.

Vistaprint is a global e-commerce brand that has worked with more than 17 million micro business owners to promote their business with printed and digital marketing products.
On June 14, five education sessions, 12 speakers and exhibiting companies will provide technological and business insight for printing professionals on the West Coast. The a 1-day conference in Burnaby, British Columbia, will also feature exhibits by Canadian Printing Equipment, Canon, cortech, Heidelberg, KBA, Kodak and Vertex Graphic and Business Equipment.

To register for PrintForum West, which is free to attend, and for more details visit PrintForum.ca. A new panel on the direction of production inkjet has been added to the day.

The educational portion of the conference kicks off with panel discussion featuring some of Canadian printing’s emerging leaders, including Nikos Kallas, President, MET Fine Printers; Richard Kouwenhoven, President, Hemlock Printers; and James Rowley, Vice President, Glenmore Custom Print + Packaging. The hour-long session, moderated by PrintAction Editor, Jon Robinson, will focus on how this next generation of business leaders views the future of the printing industry in terms of technology, strategy and innovation.

Session two features Neva Murtha and Catherine Stewart, Senior Campaigners Partnering with Printers of Vancouver-based Canopy, who have more than 20 years combined experience developing visionary procurement policies for printers and publishers, including TC Transcontinental, RR Donnelley, EarthColor and Hemlock. Their session will provide real-world examples of printers working with some of North America's largest printing consumers through modern procurement practices. They will provide attendees with new findings from The Blueline Ranking 2017 report to be released this June.

The afternoon sessions will provide a more technical overview of printing. First, Kodak’s William Li and Patrick Kerr, both based out of Kodak’s Vancouver facility, which is heavily focused on developing the parent company’s software products, will jointly present a forward-looking technical session aimed at improving printing company profitability. Li, who has been a software engineer with Kodak since 1997 (including Creo), will focus on the impact of colour technologies in relation to how printers can find and then maintain new business. Kerr, who has focused on workflow solutions with Kodak since 2003, will focus on how printing companies can leverage cloud computing and what it means for the business of print.

The fourth session of the day, titled The Smart Print Shop, will be presented by Heidelberg’s Andy Rae, who in April was appointed as Global Head of Marketing for the printing technology giant. Rae will discuss Industry 4.0 in printing, including the concept of The Smart Print Shop, which relates to leveraging print and media workflows to facilitate the complete automation of production processes. Rae will also discuss Heidelberg’s Push to Stop operating philosophy for print manufacturing, which provides a new way for thinking about automation and efficiency, productivity and most importantly profitability.

The day will wrap up in a panel discussion with some of Canada’s leading technology providers discussing the direction of production inkjet. It features: Alec Couckuyt, Senior Director, Canon Canada, Professional Printing Solutions Group; Brad King, Vice President, Graphics Communications, Xerox Canada; Ray Fagan, Sheefed Product Manager, Heidelberg Canada; and Edward Robeznieks, Vice President Sales, Ricoh Canada.
Crawford Technologies of Toronto, which provides document solutions to manage customer communications, has been named to the Branham300 list of Canada’s top Information and Communication Technology (ICT) companies for the seventh year in a row. Ranked by 2016 annual revenues, the listing is published by Branham Group, a global ICT industry analyst and strategic marketing company.
 
Crawford Technologies explains its ranking on the Branham300 is a result of the demand for CrawfordTech’s document solutions that address customer preferences, the increasing number of B2C communication channels and the need for document-related workflow efficiency in the face of challenging regulatory compliance requirements.  

Crawford Technologies’ growth in 2016 represented the company’s strongest financial year in its 21-year history, demonstrated by the introduction of nine new solutions in FY 2016, and achieving a Net Promoter Score (NPS) of +63, putting the company above the average technology company for customer loyalty.
 
“We are honoured and grateful to achieve our highest ranking yet on the Branham300 list,” said Ernie Crawford, President and CEO of Crawford Technologies. “Our dedicated and talented staff made this unprecedented growth possible, so I thank them for their commitment and I thank our clients in the banking, insurance, healthcare, utilities and service provider markets for their business.
 
Crawford Technologies develops solutions that help enterprises optimize and improve the secure and accessible delivery, storage and presentment of their customer communications. The company has more than 1,800 customers on six continents, including some of the world’s largest banks, insurers, healthcare providers, utilities and print services companies.
Agfa Graphics has released new versions of two elements within its Arziro ecosystem for the general security printing market. Arziro Design 3.0 drives flexible security printing, offering new security design features and integration with Arziro Authenticate 2.0 – the updated version of Agfa Graphics’ encrypted distribution platform. Both solutions will be displayed at the Graphitec trade fair from 30 May to June 1 in Paris.

The new technologies are designed to help thwart counterfeiting and the risk it poses to businesses, governments and individuals worldwide. The Arziro ecosystem, explains Agfa, is capable of outsmarting forgers while streamlining the design process and production workflows of certificates, breeder documents, security cards, labels, stamps, vouchers, tickets, packages and more.

“With Arziro Design 3.0, users have the ability to develop extremely complex designs quickly and easily through a dedicated plugin,” said Andy Grant, Global Head of Software at Agfa Graphics. “On Mac or PC, users can smoothly work in the latest versions of Adobe Illustrator, enriching designs with customized security elements and using new tools and functions that aid in creating even more unique and complex security graphics. The upgrade also includes a brand-new module connecting it seamlessly with Arziro Authenticate as well as Arziro Plus, an advanced module for governments and security printers.”

Arziro Authenticate 2.0 is designed to add a deeper layer of safety and security to the design sharing process by combining a dynamically generated QR code with a secure graphic. Anybody can check the authenticity of a design, document or solution by scanning its code via a smartphone, enabling at the same time the product owner to receive insightful user data in the process.

Arziro Authenticate 2.0 includes additional functionality for driving customer engagement, e-commerce and supply chain management (track & trace) but also the possibility to create hybrid codes. For these hybrid codes, the security elements are printed in offset, flexo or gravure and the serialization elements are printed during a separate process with a digital printer such as an industrial inkjet printer.

“This upgrade of Arziro Authenticate is so much more than a secure authentication solution. It comes with new alert functionality, incorporates Google Analytics tools and supports hybrid codes and even more supply chain management tags that can be customized according to intended markets or distributors,” said Grant. “Even more, businesses can benefit from the rich data available to them through the Arziro SaaS server.”

The premium version of Arziro is only available to certified security printers and governmental departments. Arziro Plus with a new module, Arziro Blend, which generates new elements based on one or more selected elements with specific line distances and line weights.

“Arziro is a dedicated solution for the general security market, which is inspired by Fortuna, Agfa Graphics’ high security design solution. The complete Arziro security design ecosystem adds several new facets to the concept of state-of-the-art document security, using it not only to protect assets and information, but also to drive your business,” said Grant.
The Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association (CPEIA) has presented its first Startup of the Year award at CPES2017, a conference and trade show exhibition for printable, flexible and wearable electronics that ran from May 24 to 26 at Centennial College’s new Conference Centre in Toronto.

The award presentation capped off the final day of CPES2017, in which a panel representing six Canadian financing organizations and programs for startups and SMEs, led by CPEIA financing partner the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), heard pitches from four finalist startups.

Winning startup NanoCnet Ltd., explains CPEIA, has manufactured a transparent conductive film using silver nanowires so thin that they are invisible to the human eye. CPEIA continues to explain this stable silver nanostructure has set a new standard for cost, durability and flexibility, making it a promising option for thin solar cells, printed and flexible electronics, touch screens and smart windows.

Compared to typical silver nanowire, the synthesis process for NanoCnet’s nanomaterial is faster and can occur at room temperature – essential for low-cost manufacturing. The team behind the company includes co-founders Dr. Hadi Hosseinzadeh Khaligh, CEO, and Dr. Ehsan Mazbanrad, COO, with the support of technical advisor and investor Dr. Kaamaran Raahemifar of Ryerson University.

Judges scored each startup based on the market potential of the product/application, the soundness of the business plan and the viability of the business to generate wealth and jobs for the Canadian economy.

“The judges faced a difficult challenge. These four startups did a fantastic job developing and presenting their pitches and we see a bright future for all of them,” said Peter Kallai, President and CEO of the CPEIA. “As part of this program, the CPEIA will continue to provide support to all our finalists, with introductions to customers and partners, assistance with accessing financing and securing mentorship from seasoned industry leaders.”

The four finalists were coached and mentored over a six-week period by Kallai through his Keystep Growth & Finance consultancy, and Kirk Irving, Business Centre Manager at the BDC. Irving presented the award to NanoCnet.

The other startup finalists were:

Acquire Industries Ltd.: This Toronto-based startup is the first in Canada to offer novel electronic alternatives to snowmelt that are cost-effective and scalable for residential, municipal and commercial applications, using nanotechnology and molecular engineering.

Formi 3DP Inc.: This London, ON-based startup has created a new generation of photopolymers – polymer resins that are cured by ultraviolet light. These offer new levels of functionality, precision and resolution for 3D printing of multi-functional objects.

Wibicom Inc.: This Montreal-based startup is the first company to commercialize the photovoltaic/solar antenna and patent its design. Its products ensure smart energy usage, enabling long lifetime device autonomy and battery-less solutions.
A new report by Future Market Insights estimates the demand for digital printing in packaging will grow at 15.3 percent to surpass US$52 billion in revenues by 2026. This growth figure is based on what the research organization estimates the current demand for digital printing in packaging to be valued at over US$11 billion in 2016.

According to the report, the key factors fuelling demand for digital printing in packaging include growing preference for conventional/analogue plates and their application in printing jobs of shorter run lengths. Adoption of digital printing in packaging, explains Future Market Insights, is also growing on account of its convenience, to reduce turnaround time, over conventional presses.

The shifting preference from conventional printing is also fuelled by variable data printing and personalized printing. Leading packaging companies are adopting variable data printing, explains the organization, owing to its use in direct marketing. While Future Market Insights maintains a positive outlook on the global digital printing in packaging market, it is of the opinion that high variable costs and limited opportunities in indirect sales channels can impede widespread adoption.

Production by electrophotography (digital toner presses) is the largest segment, accounting for over half of revenue share by technology type. In terms of revenues, this segment was valued at just over US 6 billion in 2016. FMI projects it to grow at 16.6 percent CAGR and surpass US$32 billion in revenues by 2027.

By product type, labels is the largest segment, accounting for over US$7.1 billion in revenues in 2016. Future Market Insights estimates demand for labels to increase at 16.7 percent CAGR to reach US$38 .4 billion in revenues.

The food sector remains the largest end-user of digital printing in packaging. According to Future Market Insights, demand for digital printing in packaging was pegged at over US$4.5 billion in 2016. This is expected to increase at a CAGR of 16.6 percent during the forecast period 2016-2026.

Future Market Insights, in its report, offers market forecast and analysis on the basis of region, technology type, product type, and end-use. Printers profiled by Future Market Insights in its report include Quad/Graphics Inc., Tailored Label Products Inc., Creative Labels Inc., Reynders Label Printing, DS Smith Plc, THIMM Group GmbH + Co. KG, Traco Manufacturing Inc., WS Packaging Group Inc., Elanders AB, and Colordruck Baiersbronn W. Mack GmbH & Co. KG.
Canopy of Vancouver, BC, has launched its updated Ecopaper Database, described by the non-profit organization as the Holy Grail of directories for North America’s Best Environmental Papers. The 2017 iteration of this online resource features more than 450 printing and writing grade papers, office stationery products and packaging with high recycled, agricultural residue/alternative or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) fiber content.

All of these papers are available in North America, including nearly 60 products made with straw that is left over from the food grain harvest or other alternative fibers. The database is supported by the Environmental Paper Network.

“Not all ecopapers are created equal when it comes to their environmental benefits. Canopy’s Ecopaper Database helps customers discern which papers have the smallest impact on our forests and climate,” said Nicole Rycroft, Canopy’s Founder and Executive Director. “It’s a go-to for busy executives looking for the best ecopapers on the market – be it for their next annual report, copy paper or packaging.”
 
Canopy developed the directory more than a decade ago and has been regularly updating it ever since. The 2017 Ecopaper Database focuses on category leaders, including those products in each paper grade with the highest recycled or agricultural residue contents, rather than listing every paper with any recycled content.

Over the past decade there has been a substantial increase in the availability of environmental papers, explains Canopy, spurred on by growing demand and expectations from green-savvy customer companies. One hundred percent post-consumer recycled papers receive top rankings as leading life cycle analysis reports continue to show that 100 percent recycled papers have a significantly smaller footprint than papers with virgin content.
 
“There are now so many papers with some environmental qualities on the market that the Ecopaper Database can increasingly focus on those products that offer paper customers the greatest gains towards their sustainability goals and minimizing their carbon footprint,” said Neva Murtha, Senior Corporate Campaigner. “These products also offer the least risk of being sourced from ancient and endangered forests.”
 
The 2017 Eco Paper Database also now features links to what Canopy bills as robust procurement policies posted by select mills with commitments to not source from ancient and endangered or high conservation value forests.

Also new in 2017 are 222 papers which are designated Ancient Forest Friendly by Canopy. Publishers, printers and brands using these papers may be able to use the AFF logo on these papers pending an agreement with Canopy. The new data also includes links to leading LCA’s done by paper companies in conjunction with environmental organizations, which are more comprehensive than usual industry analysis.
 
The searchable Ecopaper Database includes book, magazine and newspaper grade papers, as well as copy papers, commercial printing papers, tissue, office products stationery, fine-text-writing papers, packaging, board, and now molded food service containers. All papers listed in the database have been screened according to The Paper Steps, a paper-grading tool developed by members of the Environmental Paper Network.
On June 14, PrintAction magazine is hosting a 1-day conference and exposition in Burnaby, British Columbia, designed to provide technological and strategic insight to printers on the West Coast. To register for PrintForum West, which is free to attend, and for more details visit PrintForum.ca.

The conference currently includes four educational sessions, including a kick-off panel discussion with some of Canadian printing’s emerging leaders, including Nikos Kallas, President, MET Fine Printers; Richard Kouwenhoven, President, Hemlock Printers; and James Rowley, Vice President, Glenmore Custom Print + Packaging.

The hour-long session, moderated by PrintAction Editor, Jon Robinson, will focus on how this next generation of business leaders views the future of the printing industry in terms of technology, strategy and innovation.

Session two features Neva Murtha and Catherine Stewart, Senior Campaigners Partnering with Printers of Vancouver-based Canopy, who have more than 20 years combined experience developing visionary procurement policies for printers and publishers, including TC Transcontinental, RR Donnelley, EarthColor and Hemlock. Their session will provide real-world examples of printers working with some of North America's largest printing consumers through modern procurement practices.

They will provide attendees with new findings from The Blueline Ranking 2017 report to be released this June, which analyzes and ranks the environmental progress driving some of North America’s top performing printers. Stewart will highlight how policies have lead to innovative conservation solutions in partnership with forest and paper companies, creating a more certain supply. Murtha will also provide an update on the manufacture and future of straw paper and other agricultural residue paper initiatives.

The afternoon sessions will provide a more technical overview of the progress of printing, including three technology leaders. First, Kodak’s William Li and Patrick Kerr, both based out of Kodak’s Vancouver facility, which is heavily focused on developing the parent company’s software products, will jointly present a forward-looking technical session aimed at improving printing company profitability. Li, who has been a software engineer with Kodak since 1997 (including Creo), will focus on the impact of colour technologies in relation to how printers can find and then maintain new business. Kerr, who has focused on workflow solutions with Kodak since 2003, will focus on how printing companies can leverage cloud computing and what it means for the business of print.

The fourth session of the day, titled The Smart Print Shop, will be presented by Heidelberg’s Andy Rae, who in April was appointed as Global Head of Marketing for the printing technology giant. Rae will discuss Industry 4.0 in printing, including the concept of The Smart Print Shop, which relates to leveraging print and media workflows to facilitate the complete automation of production processes. Rae will also discuss Heidelberg’s Push to Stop operating philosophy for print manufacturing, which provides a new way for thinking about automation and efficiency, productivity and most importantly profitability.
Following the passing of Dick Kouwenhoven, one of the icons of Canadian printing for more than four decades, a Celebration of Life has been planed for Saturday, May 27 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

“Firstly, on behalf of our family, I would like to thank everyone for all of the support that we have received in the form of calls, emails, cards and flower arrangements. Each of these kind gestures has helped us during a challenging time,” wrote Richard Kouwenhoven, President and COO, Hemlock Printers. “I can now confirm the date and time of Dick’s Celebration of Life which is open to family, friends and his many business colleagues.”

To assist in planning for the event, Hemlock is asking for people to RSVP (including guest names) by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dick Kouwenhoven, Celebration of Life
Saturday, May 27, 2:00 – 4:30pm
Vancouver Convention Center (West Building)
Rooms 301-305

Read PrintAction's article on the passing of Dick Kouwenhoven
Printing For Realtors, an online printing service aimed at helping realtors is officially launching this week. It is described as a printing company located in Toronto that specializes in providing business cards and direct-mail postcards.

With a focus on realtors, the company aims to provide what it describes as high quality, fast and efficient service via the Web portal Printingforrealtors.ca, targeting the turnaround needs of its prospective clients.

“We believe that our unique focus on realtors allows us to provide the best service for anyone looking to sell houses,” said Raymond Wali, CEO of The World Is Global, of Printing For Realtors’ parent company, which hopes to expand past the market in Ontario into other provinces.

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