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Software, hardware and service provider Cansel is introducing Cobalt Graphics Distribution, a new company that will operate as a national distributor of wide-format, flexographic and offset products to the print communications market in Canada.
Manroland web systems and Goss International, both long-time web offset printing manufacturers and service providers, have completed the transaction to combine their businesses. The new company will operate under the brand name manroland Goss web systems.
Toronto-based Eva’s Phoenix Print Shop is offering an eight-week training program – starting September 24 – that introduces youth to the pillars of the graphics industry.
Kodak announced last week it has begun a process to sell its Flexographic Packaging Division (FPD). The company has engaged UBS Investment Bank as its financial adviser for the transaction.
Amcor will acquire Bemis Company Inc. in an all-stock combination to create what they say will be a global leader in consumer packaging.
The Central Group has acquired Packaging Technologies Inc. (PTI), a Concord, Ont., designer and manufacturer of graphic corrugated packaging and point-of-purchase displays.
Volaris Group, based in Mississauga, Ont., has completed its eighth acquisition in the communications and media vertical with the acquisition of Aleyant Systems, a global web-to-print, estimation and production, and prepress automation workflow software provider to graphics and commercial print professionals.
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Flexcel NX system, Kodak is launching the Global Flexo Innovation Awards to recognize innovative, creative packaging projects printed with Flexcel NX plates.
The U.S. Department of Commerce has imposed final anti-dumping and countervailing duties of up to 20.26 percent (combined) on imported Canadian uncoated groundwood paper and newsprint – a ruling that will hurt workers, weaken businesses, and increase costs for the consumer, says Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC).
Koenig & Bauer US has announced the passing of Tim McKeon, Senior Vice President of Service and Operations, Sheetfed Division, after a brief illness.
HP has announced it will acquire Apogee Corp., a U.K.-based office equipment dealer and independent provider of print, outsourced services, and document and process technology, for £380 million (roughly C$644 million).
Durst and OMET have formed a strategic partnership in North America that allows OMET exclusive access for sales of the Durst Tau product line, with full implementation expected by Labelexpo Americas 2018, where the new Tau 330 RSC will be showcased as a standalone label press system as well as in-line with the new OMET XJet digital-flexo hybrid press.
Resource Label Group, a full-service provider of pressure sensitive label, shrink sleeve and RFID/NFC technology for the packaging industry, has acquired Ingenious Packaging. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company (RRD) today announced a new agreement with Sobeys, one of Canada’s largest national grocery retailers, covering store marketing and decor signage print, as well as production, procurement, fulfillment, warehousing, logistics and installation support. The agreement, which extends to more than 1,200 Sobeys stores and over 1,500 additional stores within its independent and wholesale operations, aims to help Sobeys streamline in-store communication execution, drive integration and consistency across its various retail banners.
Canadian packaging and tissue products maker Cascades has acquired the White Birch, Bear Island manufacturing facility in Virginia, for US$34.2 million. The newsprint paper machine presently located on the site will be reconfigured to produce recycled lightweight linerboard and medium for the North American market. During the period prior to the conversion, White Birch will temporarily operate the site as a newsprint mill, under a 27-month lease.

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