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The year 2019 has just gotten underway, signalling it is time to go to Las Vegas and attend EFI Connect. This year was the 20th annual EFI Worldwide Users’ Conference, and the event kicked off with the keynote by newly announced CEO Bill Muir, succeeding Guy Gecht. He reminded the audience of the fact that EFI started 30 years ago when Google was just one year old. Change is happening rapidly and is not slowing down, he said — au contraire, it is likely to accelerate.
A new independent company, known as Miraclon, has been founded to take Kodak’s former flexographic packaging division forward.
Kruger Specialty Papers’ Trois-Rivières facility delivered its first shipment of bleached thermomechanical pulp (TMP) earlier this year, allowing the Wayagamack Mill to expand its product portfolio into a wider range of brightness levels. In total, C$40 million was invested to build the new bleached TMP plant at Kruger Trois-Rivières and to upgrade production at Wayagamack.
Bobst North America has named Apex North America its preferred partner for web-fed division – flexible packaging, pre-print and narrow-web presses – in Canada and the United States.
The Canadian Label and Package Printing Conference 2019 is set to return to Toronto, Ont., alongside commercial printing trade show Graphics Canada. Featuring experts from Labelexpo and Labels & Labeling, The Canadian Label & Package Printing Conference will offer insight on global market trends and the latest technology and innovations in this competitive space.
Moody’s Investor Service has changed its outlook for the global paper, packaging and forest products industry to negative. This change comes three months after Moody’s analysts downgraded the industry outlook from positive to stable.
Students of Ryerson University’s School of Graphic Communications Management are preparing to host the program’s annual GCM Colloquium on April 3, 2019, at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (in the Alumni Lounge) 50 Carlton St. in Toronto.
Exhibitors of the April 11-13 tradeshow provide their best booth highlights for attendees to focus on.
PrintAction columnist Dave Fellman will be presenting industry-specific sales training at Graphics Canada again this year. Titled Driving the sales cycle, the presentation will be held on Thursday April 11 and Friday April 12 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.
Mohawk Fine Papers, a privately-owned manufacturer of fine papers, envelopes and specialty materials for printing, has announced a strategic partnership with Kernow Coatings Limited, a provider of coatings for print, security, engineering and industrial substrates.
Barcoding has announced its international expansion with the launch of Barcoding-Canada, with new regional offices in Montreal, Que., Toronto, Ont., and Vancouver, B.C., to support new and existing customers with Canadian operations.
Metropolitan Fine Printers (MET) has announced it will move into its new Vancouver headquarters and manufacturing plant this fall.
Rogers yesterday announced the sale of its publishing division to St. Joseph Communications (SJC), in which SJC will acquire all seven Rogers Media print and digital magazine brands: Maclean’s, Chatelaine (English and French), Today’s Parent, HELLO! Canada, digital publications FLARE and Canadian Business, as well as the company’s Custom Content business.
On March 18, Pazazz Printing of Ville Mont-Royal, Que., announced new ownership, effective immediately, under Marc Giroux, who will continue to lead the Pazazz team as president, and Jimmy Garfinkle of Mitchel-Lincoln, a corrugated box manufacturer in Quebec. 
Jet Marking Systems (JMS), a provider of label application solutions and ancillary equipment, has become a Certified Partner for product identification and traceability solutions manufacturer Markem-Imaje, increasing parts, servicing and machinery availability for MI customers in Western Canada.

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