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Ontario-based Avant Imaging & Integrated Media Inc. (AIIM) kicked off 2019 with news of its reverse takeover of Canadian Oil Recovery and Remediation Enterprises Ltd. (CORRE), a Canadian oil services company.
After 43 years of service, Ricter Web Printing of Brantford, Ont., closed its operations on December 21.
Canada Post says its postage rates will increase starting January 14. The postage rate for domestic lettermail items weighing 30 grams or less when purchased in a booklet, coil or pane will go up to $0.90 from the current rate of $0.85, while the price of a single domestic stamp will increase to $1.05 from the current rate of $1.00.
In early November 2018, Ryerson University’s Graphic Communications Management program handed out dozens of awards to its top students, recognizing excellence in a range of educational disciplines from packaging and printing to business development and school participation. Congratulations to all winners.
In a move to further advance the development of digital printing solutions in the folding carton and corrugated printing markets, Koenig & Bauer AG and Durst Phototechnik AG have agreed to pool their know-how and strengths in a 50/50 joint venture. A corresponding letter of intent has been signed by both companies.
Supplier of industrial packaging products Greif will acquire Caraustar Industries, a recycled paperboard and packaging solutions company, for US$1.8 billion.
Web offset printing manufacturer and service provider manroland Goss web systems Group (MGWS) has completed the acquisition of GWS Printing Systems (GWS), a Dutch specialist of used web offset equipment. The two companies have closely cooperated in the past for used equipment, heatset press service and within the Market-X e-commerce platform launched by MGWS last year.
Thirty significant business developments from the past year that have driven Canada’s printing industry
The new Innovation Center (IVC) of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) for the graphic arts industry is now “open for innovation” at the Wiesloch-Walldorf site in Germany. By opening the new Innovation Center, Heidelberg is looking to accelerate the digital transformation at print shops and its own company.
More than 2,100 guests attended C.J. Graphics’ 32nd annual holiday open house and fundraiser on December 7 at its 240,000-square-foot facility in Mississauga, Ont., helping to raise over $25,000 for C.J.’s Skatepark through the live and silent auctions.
Global provider of pressure sensitive labeling solutions UPM Raflatac has expanded its RafCycle recycling solution to Canada and the United States, explaining that printers, converters and brands in the region can now give new life to their self-adhesive label waste that would otherwise be landfilled.
Nestlé is creating a new research institute dedicated to the development of functional, safe and environmentally friendly packaging solutions, a step toward its commitment to make 100 percent of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.
In a continuing move to better serve customers throughout Alberta, the Burke Group has acquired Printcor, making it the Edmonton company’s second acquisition of the month, following its recent purchase of Topline Printing
Southwest Bindings, a Toronto, Ont., company that sells print finishing equipment, binding supplies, presentation and branding material, says it is changing its name to better reflect its product offerings.
Corona is piloting plastic-free six pack rings in select markets as part of the brand’s commitment with Parley for the Oceans to support eco-friendly packaging.

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