Electronics For Imaging of Freemont, California, postponed releasing its preliminary for the second quarter of 2017 to complete an assessment of the timing of recognition of revenue.

The Audit Committee of EFI's Board of Directors is conducting an independent review related to the matter and has retained independent professionals to assist in that review.

EFI explains the assessment is related to certain transactions where a customer signed a sales contract for one or more large format printers and was invoiced, and the printer(s) were stored at a third party in-transit warehouse prior to delivery to the end user.

In addition, EFI explains it is in the process of completing an assessment of the effectiveness of EFI's current and historical disclosure controls and internal control over financial reporting.  

EFI expects to report a material weakness in internal control over financial reporting related to this matter. EFI also expects to report that EFI's disclosure controls were not effective in prior periods.
PRINT 17, running this September 10 to 14 at McCormick Place in Chicago, announced its list of 2017 Must See ’Ems, representing technologies that will be on the show floor. The forty-four Must See ’Ems winners listed below were chosen by a panel of industry-related judges as the most compelling advances in 11 categories spanning the print production workflow.

“It’s our honour to recognize these outstanding organizations that have gone above and beyond to drive innovation through their leading-edge technologies,” said Thayer Long, President of NPES. “These Must See ’Ems winners demonstrate a vision that will advance the future of our industry.”

The Best of Category winners for each of the 11 categories will be revealed during the pre-show conference Outlook 17, which takes place on Sunday, September 10, immediately prior to the opening of PRINT 17.

The 2017 Must See ’Ems award winners in each of the 11 categories, listed in alphabetical order, include:

Sales and Order Entry

MarcomCentral – JobDirect Plus
OnPrintShop – Radix – OnPrintShop Wide Format Module
Taopix – 3D Designer

Prepress and Premedia

CGS Publishing Technologies International – ORIS Flex Pack // Web Visualizer
Electronics For Imaging – EFI Corrugated Packaging System with Esko ArtiosCAD Integration
Electronics For Imaging – EFI Metrix for High-Speed Inkjet
Enfocus Software – PitStop 2017 with PDF Geomapper
Xerox Corp. – Xerox Specialty Imaging

Color Management and Quality Control

Epson America, Inc. – SureColor P5000 Commercial Edition with SpectroProofer
Konica Minolta – IQ-501 Intelligent Quality Optimizer
Lake Image Systems Inc. – Discovery READ&PRINT for RFID

Variable, Transactional and Multi-Channel

Color-Logic Inc. – Security-FX for Digital Presses
HP Inc. – HP SmartStream Edge and Spine Printing
Pitney Bowes – Synchronize Mail + Mobile

Pressroom: Analog Presses

Eltosch Grafix America, Inc. – LED Powerline Focus
RYOBI MHI Graphic Technology – RMGT 920PF-8+CC+LED-UV 8 Color with Coater Perfecting Press

Pressroom: Digital Presses

Electronics For Imaging – EFI Cretaprint C4 Twin Digital Inkjet Printer
Fujifilm – J Press 720S
HP Inc. – HP Indigo 50000 Digital Press
Ricoh USA, Inc. – RICOH Pro VC40000
Screen Americas – Truepress Jet 520HD with SC Ink
Screen Americas – Truepress Jet 520NX
Xerox Corp. – Trivor 2400 HF Inkjet Press
Xerox Corp. – Xerox iGen 5 Press with White Dry Ink

Pressroom: Wide-Format

Canon U.S.A., Inc. – Océ Colorado 1640
Electronics For Imaging – EFI Cubik printer
Electronics For Imaging – EFI VUTEk 3r and 5r LED printers

Postpress and In-line Finishing

MGI – JETvarnish 3D Web
Muller Martini – Connex Workflow System
Rollem International – Insignia Die Cutters
Standard Finishing Systems – Hunkeler POPP8 Finishing Line
VITS International – EXPRESS Cutter

Imprinting, Mailing, Shipping and Fulfillment

Pitney Bowes – Epic 3.0 Inserting System
W+D North America Inc. – W+D HALM iJET
(One additional winner in this category is under embargo until the show.)

Management Systems

Avanti Systems – Avanti Slingshot Scheduling Reservation System
Avanti Systems – Avanti Slingshot Wireless Warehouse Management
Electronics For Imaging – EFI iQuote Dynamic Intelligent Estimating for Labels, Tags and Folding Cartons
Electronics For Imaging – EFI Productivity Workbench
SpencerMetrics LLC – SpencerMetrics CONNECT, version 6
Ultimate TechnoGraphics Inc. – Ultimate Bindery v5

The Future of Print

Electronics For Imaging – EFI Industrial Textile Ecosystem
Fujifilm – Samba
MGI – Ceradrop F-Serie
Solisco, one of Canada's leading printers, is launching its new brand image today. Maison 1608 by Solisco, a creative agency specializing in content and design recently acquired by Solisco, was tasked with giving the printer's brand image a new position as a high-end service provider of quality printing and mailing.

Self described as the third largest printer in Canada, Solisco was founded in 1991 and now has a team of more than  400 employees working at its Scott headquarters in the Beauce, as well as at Maison 1608 and its Solisco-Numérix division in Quebec City. Solisco recently announced a partnership with Toronto printer Trade Secret Web Printing.

Solisco prints 1.2 billion pages per month, binds three million copies and 600,000 books per week, and prints around 400 magazines, books, circulars, and catalogues every month with print runs of 5,000 to two million.

Solisco explains the new brand image highlights its founding principles, mission, and values: first, positioning Solisco as an expert, stressing the excellence and quality of its products; second, focusing on environmental sustainability and its longevity as a business; and third, bringing out the company’s customized service.

The logo Maison 1608 created is influenced by both the infinity symbol ∞ and press rollers. Solisco explains it can also be read as the letters CO, a reference to co-operation and collaboration among employees, clients, and partners.

Solisco’s new slogan, Creativity in Print, is meant to reference both printing on a surface and making a lasting impression, explains the company, emphasizing the role that paper plays in the world. The company’s new position is extended across various brand descriptions, based on the place that print occupies in everyday life: Inspiration in Print, Strategy in Print, History in Print, Discovery in Print, Beauty in Print, Approachability in Print.
Fourteen technologies have been selected to receive a 2017 InterTech Technology Award, a program of the Printing Industries of America that first began in 1978.

The technologies receiving the award have been judged by an independent panel as innovative and expected to advance the performance of the graphic communications industry. Printing Industries of America (PIA) explains this year’s awards highlighted the performance of inkjet presses, the use of LEDs, digital enhancement, colour manipulation, low-cost prototyping, automated platemaking and presswork, and apps to push digital presses.

The 14 technologies selected to receive the 2017 InterTech Technology Award (listed alphabetically by company, with the technology named first) include:

AMS Spectral UV (A Baldwin Technology Company)

ORIS Flex Pack / Web Visualizer
CGS Publishing Technologies International LLC

ColorLogic ColorAnt 4.0
ColorLogic GmbH

Esko XPS Crystal

Gallus Labelfire 340
Gallus Ferd. Rüesch AG

Prinect Press Center XL 2 with Intellistart 2

HP PageWide Web Press T490HD
HP Inc.

HP PrintOS
HP Inc.

JUST LED moduLight – Dual Illuminant D50/D65
JUST Normlicht, Inc.

Komori Impremia IS29
Komori Corporation

MGI AIS SmartScanner Intelligent Registration System
MGI Digital Technology

Scodix Ultra Pro with Foil digital enhancement press
Scodix Ltd.

Truepress Jet 520HD Continuous Feed Inkjet Press
Screen Americas

Image Test Labs – Image Grader
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Shipping giant FedEx is closing its FedEx Office stores in Canada after 32 years in the country, according to a report by The Canadian Press, which notes FedEx Office will close its 24 stores, a manufacturing plant in Markham, Ontario, and its head office in Toronto.

FedEx Office stores provide a range of business services like copying and printing, sign making, office supplies sales and packaging services. They also serve stores as pick-up and drop-off sites for FedEx shipping.

The move will result in the loss of 214 jobs, but will not affect FedEx’s shipping business in Canada, according to FedEx Spokeswoman Stacey Sullivan. Eighteen of the stores are in Ontario, five in B.C. and one in Nova Scotia. The closings are to begin in August.
Kodak employees on July 12 celebrated their founder, George Eastman, on his 163rd birthday, with an event supporting his philosophy and philanthropy through the company’s Print for Good program. The July 12 event was organized to benefit high-needs neighbourhoods and schools in the Rochester community.

Kodak’s Print for Good program, however, is a global initiative to support communities throughout America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East with book drives, book donations, and the printing of materials and supplies in an effort to increase literacy worldwide through print.

The Rochester event is part of a month-long book drive where Kodak employees and Eastman Business Park tenants have been asked to donate new or gently used books in support of local literacy programs. This year’s contributions will be donated to the Urban League of Rochester and the Scott Spino Foundation.

“Print for Good is about ensuring that print is around for the long term, that it’s driving value, and that it’s doing good in the world,” said Brad Kruchten, President of Print Systems Division and SVP, Kodak. “Literacy is a venue for us to talk about the value of print in a very tangible way, while partnering with some of our most important printers to address this huge issue across the globe.

“In middle-class communities, there is an estimated 15 books per child. However, in underdeveloped or impoverished areas, there’s only about one book per 300 children,” continued Kruchten. “An investment in literacy is an investment in the future; and every dollar that’s spent on adult literacy provides society with a return of $7.14, enabling individuals to help themselves, their families and their communities. We feel that print is and will continue to be a critical piece of that solution.”

Some of Kodak’s recent Print for Good activities worldwide include:   

Vancouver, BC – Kodak team will be hosting a spelling bee and bake sale to raise money to donate to a local organization.

Houston, TX – Kodak partnered with its customer DiscPro to host a book drive. In addition, Kodak purchased and donated books by Tad Carpenter (host of Kodak’s Press On video series and children’s book author) to benefit high-needs Houston schools and communities, as well as an orphanage in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Tel Aviv, Israel – Kodak partnered with a local printer, Emanuel Print, to publish over 1,000 booklets, donated to La’Sova, a local non-profit providing food for those in need, and added those booklets to food packages distributed during the Passover holiday.

Dayton, OH – Kodak employees completed a book drive in support of a local organization, Hannah’s Treasure Chest.

Mumbai, India – Kodak is working with Youth for People to support a tribal region on the outskirts of Mumbai (Mokhada, Palghar) with a supply of 5,000 school notebooks printed by Kodak’s partner Navneet Publications.

Memphis, TN – Kodak donated 1,000 books authored by Tad Carpenter to the Books from Birth Foundation. This donation will support two local initiatives including the Reach Out and Read Program at Le Bonheur’s Outpatient Center and the LENA Start program.

Columbus, GA – Kodak is supporting the RiverCenter Readers program. Several activities are planned including a book collection this week with the local Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals group.

Watford, United Kingdom – Plans are underway for a Kodak employee book donation and a book signing day by best-selling children’s illustrator.
Manufacturers will continue to be targets of cyberattacks and it is critical to develop a process to lessen risk

The introduction of advanced technologies such as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to the plant floor has created new challenges for Operational Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) professionals. What were once physical-only systems, managed and maintained by OT staff, are now connected by an IT network to an enterprise system. Securing these new cyber-physical systems should be a priority for manufacturers as they begin their digital transformation, but leaders often underestimate the importance of cybersecurity on the plant floor. It is believed the risk of attack is low, and thus securing cyber-physical systems can be overlooked.

For example, PLANT magazine’s 2017 Outlook report revealed that 17 percent of Canadian manufacturers have not taken any steps to defend against cyberattacks. In addition, when you consider that 78 percent rated their concern of a cyberattack affecting them as ‘low’ or ‘medium,’ why would they? Clearly, the industry believes other organizations are much more suitable targets.

The Cisco 2017 Annual Cybersecurity Report, released in January, showed that Canadian organizations rank second-to-last in security capability maturity. Nearly half (48 percent) of our businesses have ‘low’ or ‘lower-middle’ maturity. Across all industries, our organizations are not nearly prepared to deal with dynamic cybersecurity threats.

Add to this the complexity of digitally securing a production facility or shop floor, and it is easy to understand why Canadian manufacturers want to believe cyberattacks are not a significant threat. But the truth is that, compared to other industries, manufacturers operate some of the most high-risk applications over their networks. Any threat to those applications — due to cyberattacks, poor maintenance or otherwise — must be addressed and mitigated. And for the record, manufacturers have been, and will continue to be, the target of cyberattacks. That will not change.

The good news for Canadian manufacturers is that securing their plant floor does not need to be complicated. In fact, when done right, keeping a plant secure in the IIoT era can be as simple as 1, 2, 3: prepare, assess, build.

It is important for manufacturers to develop a security framework that helps them align and prioritize business and security needs. The first step in building that framework is to ask specific questions about their physical and cybersecurity capabilities. For example, IT and OT leaders could ask the following:

• Have we outlined who has access to which machines and devices?
• Do we have centralized control of both OT and IT network security?
• Can our network quickly provision and securely adapt to new connections?
• Have we assessed, ranked and prioritized our most critical assets?

By understanding capabilities and potential gaps in security processes, technologies and practices, manufacturers can better understand what cybersecurity solutions they require.

Although there is no silver bullet to cybersecurity for manufacturers, there are trusted partners who can help. These partners can review the organization’s current infrastructure and make recommendations to help achieve its security goals. Many technology and cybersecurity vendors provide these reviews, often called security assessments. My advice is to evaluate the assessments offered by several vendors, then decide which has the right combination of security expertise, best-in-class products and industry knowledge for your organization.

It is vital that, prior to implementing a new cybersecurity solution, manufacturers work with their selected vendor to build a security strategy and plan. This plan should include both cybersecurity and technology elements — such as whether to leverage virtualization to back up important systems — as well as physical security processes and best practices. Most importantly, a plan provides a roadmap for manufacturers and vendors to follow to ensure projects have measureable goals, outline expected Return on Investment (ROI) and stay on time and budget.

For Canadian manufacturers who aren’t ready for the process above, there are other ways to keep their plant floor secure. I encourage all manufacturing leaders to take the following steps in their production facility to increase cybersecurity readiness:

• Ensure single-use computers are actually single-use,
• Change default passwords on IIoT-enables devices,
• Implement change control,
• Use secure protocols where possible, and
• Use manufacturers’ recommended secure settings.

When it comes to cybersecurity on the plant floor, doing nothing is no longer an option for Canadian manufacturers. The convergence of IT and operational networks through the IIoT has highlighted the risks of legacy control systems that were never designed with cybersecurity as a priority. Although stopping all attacks may not be possible, manufacturers can minimize both the risk and the impact of these threats by working with a trusted partner who can evaluate their current systems.

The IIoT is creating incredible business opportunities for manufacturers by decreasing downtime, increasing sustainability and providing real-time visibility across the plant floor. The right IIoT partner will ensure your network, and everything connected to it, is secure.
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.

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