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Canada Post announced today it is proposing to increase postage rates in 2020 by two cents for a domestic Lettermail item of 30 grams or less. For stamps purchased in a booklet, coil or pane, the rate would become $0.92 per stamp, up from the current rate of $0.90.
An investment group led by Direct Response Media Group (DRMG) has acquired the assets and ongoing business interests of Lowe-Martin’s web business. The company, led by CEO Patrick Periard, will operate under the name Dollco Print Solutions Group.
North America’s market for value-added flexible packaging increased by 3.9 percent to US$25.3 billion in 2018, according to a new report from Wood Mackenzie Chemicals.
Swiss manufacturer of large-format printers swissQprint says it is now servicing the Canadian market through its U.S. subsidiary after a “mutually agreed termination” of the partnership with Cansel/Cobalt.
#PrintForum2019, taking place June 13 at The International Centre in Mississauga, Ont., brings you nearly two dozen vendors with the latest in print technology and services. Don’t miss your opportunity to see exciting demos and learn how these technologies can benefit your production floor.
With the support of industry donors, the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) has once again announced its annual scholarship recipients. Out of 67 applicants, the association is awarding 20 SGIA Educational Institution Member students – five of which are Ryerson University students – with US$2,000 each toward education costs.
Last month Carbon Graphics Group, formerly Carbon Copy Digital, purchased Petro-Tech Printing Ltd. from The Prolific Group, a move that will enable both companies to expand and diversify services for their clients, they say.
Ville Saint-Laurent, Que., commercial printer Accent Impression has acquired Le Groupe Quadriscan.
Torstar Corporation today announced it will close its Hamilton, Ont., printing and mailroom operations at 44 Frid Street on or about August 24, 2019, affecting approximately 73 full-time and 105 part-time staff. The printing work currently performed at the Hamilton facility will be transferred to TC Transcontinental Printing and other Torstar-owned facilities as well as other external printers.
Southwest Business Products has purchased the Binders and Index Tabs Business from DATA Communications Management (DCM) of Brampton, Ont.
Central National Gottesman Inc. (CNG), which owns a range of sales and distribution businesses in the global pulp, paper, tissue, packaging, wood products and metals industries, announced today that its Spicers Paper division has acquired Premiere Packaging Industries.
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Netpak Packaging of Anjou, Que., has obtained its sixth consecutive BRC Grade AA certification by the Global Food Standard Initiative (GFSI).
Transcontinental Inc. announced this week the gradual reduction of printing activities at Transcontinental Brampton leading to the plant’s complete closure at the end of December 2019.
Effectively immediately, PDS is the exclusive Ontario dealer for Mark Andy consumable print products including the trademark of AB Dick and Presstek. With coverage coast to coast, PDS says it is able to service customers across Canada with the entire Mark Andy consumable print product line.

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