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Sappi North America, a producer and supplier of diversified paper and packaging products, has announced the call for entries for its 2018 Ideas that Matter grant program, inviting designers to show the world how design – specifically print – can play an important role in changing lives for the better.
Sydney Stone, a Canadian distributor of print-finishing equipment, supplies, services and technical expertise to clients worldwide, has been named Morgana Systems’ top worldwide dealer for 2017. The firm has been a Morgana dealer since the early 1980s.
Agfa Graphics has announced a global price increase program for its prepress printing plates. Depending on the different contracts, markets and regions, price increases of up to 10 percent will be implemented immediately, says the company.
#PrintForum2018, taking place June 6 at The International Centre in Mississauga, ON, 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.
The Ontario Printing & Imaging Association last night handed out a range of awards in their annual Excellence In Print Awards program. This included five top awards noted as the Award of Excellence, chosen from among all categories winners, and the best of categories winners themselves, divided within Sheetfed, Web, Digital and Specialty groups.
Overall growth in dollar value terms for packaging was depressed for the years spanning the middle of the decade – although this is largely attributable to relative strength of the dollar against other currencies across that period. Still in 2017, value reached US$851.1 billion, a 2.8 percent growth compared to 2016 at constant prices. This steady expansion is anticipated to continue across the next five years, rising slightly to 2.9 percent year-on-year across this period, to reach $980.4 billion in 2017.
Printing technology company OKI Data Americas announced the addition of Grant Graphics, a supplier of large-format printers, supplies and support, to its ColorPainter Authorized Reseller Program.
Toronto, Ontario-based Additive Metal Manufacturing (AMM) is offering Mohawk College’s Mechanical Engineering Technology and Non-Destructive Testing students an opportunity to work directly with industry on research and development projects aimed at helping manufacturers adopt additive manufacturing technology.
At the end of April, Messe Düsseldorf released its 5th drupa Global Trends Report, based on a survey of approximately 1,000 senior managers across the printing world. Specifically, this includes 708 printers with the majority from Europe, 421, and rest of the world represented in all regions by 287 respondents. On the supplier side there were 234 participants, of which 160 reported on Europe.
Platinum Equity has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Pitney Bowes’ Document Messaging Technologies (DMT) production mail business and supporting software for $361 million, subject to certain adjustments. The company anticipates proceeds from the sale of approximately $270 million, net of estimated closing costs, transaction fees and taxes.
Kodak announced today it is creating a volunteer printer network that will produce thousands of children’s books and school supplies in 2018 for some of the world’s most disadvantaged populations using sustainable Kodak printing products, such as Kodak Sonora Process Free Plates.
On May 9 and 10, Insource Corp., a technology supplier and service and solutions provider for the mailing and fulfillment, printing, packaging and bindery markets, held its Insource Expo at its head office and technology showroom in Markham, Ont.
Consumers and small business owners find comfort and prefer tangible, printed materials despite an increasingly digital and on-demand society, according to a new survey by FedEx Office, a provider of printing, packing and shipping services and a subsidiary of FedEx Corp.
DATA Communications Management (DCM) has entered into an agreement to acquire privately-held Perennial Group of Companies for a total purchase price of roughly $12 million. DCM has arranged a $12-million non-revolving term loan facility, of which $7 million will be used to fund the upfront cash component of the acquisition.
On May 4, Ontario Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell visited the Xerox Research Centre of Canada’s innovation hub in Mississauga, Ont., which aims to help foster Canadian innovation and advanced materials manufacturing breakthroughs.

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