Industry Events
The Toronto Club of Printing House Craftsmen Awards Dinner took place on April 11 at the Duncan House, Don Mills, ON, led by master of ceremonies Ralph Pike and President Bill Kidd.

Leading graphic communications students from the Greater Toronto area received awards in two distinct programs, including the Tai Chi Awards, which considers academic standing, and the Graphic Challenge Awards, which evaluates graphic design.

Now in its 43rd year, both Toronto Craftsmen programs provide scholastic funding to the students. This year’s recipients include:


Toronto Craftsmen Chai Tse Award Recipients

Ivory Garlock
Centennial College, The Centre for Creative Communication

George Papadopol,
Central Technical Secondary School

Stefany Bakelaar
George Brown College School of Design

Calla Simpson
George Brown College School of Design

Tanja Schnell
Georgian College Design and Visual Arts

Aamer Seth
Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School

Aaron Inocencio
Humber College Graphic Design Program

Carman Fan
Ryerson University School of Graphic Management

Michael Membreno
Seneca College School of Creative Arts and Animation

Graphic Challenge Award Recipients

Post Secondary
Cherina Entena
Seneca College School of Creative Arts and Animation

Michelle Paquot
Humber College Graphic Design Program

Secondary Schools
Stephan Giczey
Central Technical Secondary School

Vianna Chow
Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School

Tianqing (Toby) Li
Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School

A technology update from the floor of EskoWorld, hosted by one of the world’s most powerful suppliers in the packaging world

EskoWorld is Esko’s annual user conference and was most recenlty held in the NASCAR hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, from May 9 to 11, 2017. Esko executives, product managers, and support engineers mingled with more than 500 technology users from across the United States and Canada.

Packaging printers and converters attended in a cavernous hotel ballroom and smaller break-out sessions in Mac and PC computer labs. Several partners including DuPont, EFI, MacDermid, were on-hand to support product integrations and assist with purchasing decisions.

Esko’s product portfolio stretches from structural design in packaging (ArtiosCAD, CAPE, Plato) to visualization and design software (DeskPack, Store Visualizer) to colour in brand packaging (Equinox, Color Engine).

Flexo plate making is core to Esko with the CDI plate makers and Kongsberg cutting tables. One of the main areas of interest amongst Canadian attendees (apart from seeking warmer weather, which they got!) was updates in automation (WebCenter, Automation Engine).

Esko’s core workflow tool at the heart of their workflows is Automation Engine (AE), which is updated every alternate year at EskoWorld. In 2017 the new release is AE version 16.1.

Automation Engine gets new look
Automation Engine is one of the most powerful “kitchen sinks” for label converters and flexo prepress, allowing everything from PDF processing to trapping and step and repeat operations.

New improvements to the UI are a simplified HTML5 browser interface code named “UX”. Another significant development is DeviceManager that connects AE to the CDI plate setter, the Kongsberg table and HP Indigo digital presses.

“We are seeking to integration AE with WebCenter for every task in our shop that an employee can do,” says Anthony Memme, Atlantic Packaging, Scarborough.

Enhanced packaging
Esko’s Studio Store Visualizer allows a user to walk through a store and pick up items. 3D design in product packaging is an area seeing new products and visualization tools. The store shelf is being replaced with Amazon purchases via an iPhone.

Designers and brand owners were offered tools including augmented reality virtual walkthrough of a department store where they could pick up and hold and rotate products to view the label. With compliance and regulatory requirements in a global product development life cycle of brand development, these tools are essential for brand owners and agencies.

Marriott Winchester, President, sgsco Americas, says, “We have a new digital store shelf and our large team here at EskoWorld is strongly involved in tools to create the enhanced pack shot and buyer experience.”

CDI goes flat screen
In a radical departure from the rotary, drum mounting of flexo plate expose units, Esko launched a flat-bed, LED expose unit called Crystal XPS. Esko’s plate making devices have evolved from CTP plate imaging using traditional CDI to Flexo HD (High Definition) and now to Crystal XPS.

The new design is a flatbed device with a bank of UV LED sources that expose the back creating a plate floor, and another row on the top creating the plate exposure and raised relief.

In normal plate making, the back exposure is done separately and while operators are aware that the photoinitiated polymerization is affected by the time between the front and back exposure, this is rarely controlled.

In the new Crystal XPS series, the front and back exposure can be set to be simultaneous or with a minimum time lag. Photopolymer plates are laid flat on the table, and along with time improvements, the new imaging configuration creates greatly improved flat-top dots.

All brands of photopolymer plates are supported and in use in the 20 companies today. The CDI goes flat in the new Crystal XPS device, allowing simultaneous front and back exposure that creates cleaner, better shaped dots.

Esko acquires MediaBeacon
At EskoWorld a press announcement revealed that Esko acquires MediaBeacon for digital asset management and stock libraries.

MediaBeacon helps in the publication of content for digital and physical channels and social media and integrated marketing.

Allison Hunter, Jones Packaging, London, says that “pharmaceuticals, life sciences, retail, can all benefit from marketing asset management tools that can help in omnichannel marketing.”

Buckle up for NASCAR
A large number of Canadian packaging printers, designers and converters from Vancouver to Montreal, travelled to the United States for packed presentations and roadmaps from senior Esko executives.

On the social calendar, a closed private evening at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, allowed brave printers to practice being a pit stop crew. If you are into packaging, put next year’s users conference on your calendar. EskoWorld 2018 takes place in New Orleans, June 4 to 6, 2018.

More than 60 people attended the Digital Imaging Association’s latest monthly meeting at Canon Canada’s headquarters in Brampton, Ontario. The 180,000-square-foot facility was built around 16 months ago.

Canon began the night describing its global position to attendees, explaining its 2016 fiscal year generated net sales of $29.2 billion (profit of $1.3 billion) through 367 consolidated subsidiaries and 197,673 employees around the world.

The global group in 2016 generated 53.2 percent of its revenue through the printing segment, which accounts for office and production printers, including wide-format. Slightly more than 32 percent of the revenue was generated in imaging systems such as cameras and projectors, while medical, security, micrometers comprise the company’s remaining 17 percent of revenue generation. 



The company then focused on its inkjet position with the Océ Varioprint i300 and new ProStream inkjet press technology. In terms of short-run packaging initiatives, Canon described its new Océ Arizona 6100 Series with High Flow Vacuum, which features completely new vacuum systems for printing on difficult materials like corrugated cardboard, plywood and light and medium density fiberboard, among others.
Ryerson University’s School of Graphic Communications Management in mid-November celebrated student achievement by handing out dozens of scholarship awards. (Photos of the awards celebration, held at the Mattamy Centre in downtown Toronto, provided by Andrew Ouzounis).

These top Ryerson GCM students receive a large portion of the financial assistance provided annually by the Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund, which this year awarded a total of $75,500 in scholarships to students across Canada for the current school year. Ryerson’s four-year GCM degree program provides a comprehensive grounding in modern technologies and business skills, helping to create highly skilled graduates prepared for all levels of the printing industries.
The Digital Imaging Association last night in Toronto celebrated its 30th anniversary at Cirillo's Culinary Academy. Award-winning Chef John Cirillo divided the 50 attendees of the sold-out event into teams to prepare, cook and serve three Canadian courses, including: Bay of Fundy Salmon, Seafood and Tomato, Corn Veloute (Atlantic Canada); Smoked Bacon Wrapped Beef Tenderloin (Alberta) with Whisky Jus, Barley and Cranberry Risotto, Glazed Golden Beets and Fine Beans; and Maple infused Apple Rose in Puffy Pastry with Blueberry Compote (Ontario and Quebec).
More than 100 printing professionals attended PrintForum West, held last week at the Delta Chelsea in Burnaby, BC. The day began with an hour-long panel discussion featuring three of Canada’s youngest printing leaders: Nikos Kallas, President, MET Fine Printers, Richard Kouwenhoven, President, Hemlock Printers, and James Rowley, Vice President, Glenmore Custom Print + Packaging.

Neva Murtha and Catherine Stewart, both Senior Corporate Campaigner with Vancouver-based Canopy, discussed the need for transparency in making environmental production claims. They also provided attendees with a sneak peak of The Blueline Ranking 2017 to be released this July. The annual report analyzes and ranks the environmental progress driving some of North America’s top performing printers, which includes several Canadian companies in the top 10, such as Hemlock Printers, MET Fine Printers and The Lowe-Martin Group.

After lunch, two of Kodak’s technology leaders, based in the company’s nearby facility in Burnaby, which continues to make CTP devices and provide innovation, discussed technical advancements for improved profitability. William Li, Color Technology Manager for Kodak and Co-Chair of International Color Consortium, focused on the impact of colour technologies and standards in relation to how printers can find and then maintain new business. Patrick Kerr, Product Manager, Unified Workflow Solutions, Kodak, then focused on how printing companies can leverage cloud computing.

Andy Rae, who was appointed as Global Head of Marketing, Heidelberg AG, in April 2017, discussed the impact of Big Data and 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 also discussed Heidelberg’s Push to Stop operating philosophy for print manufacturing.

The day concluded with a panel discussion on the state of production inkjet, featuring four of Canada’s technology leader, including: 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.
More than 350 people last Thursday attended the 35th annual Gala Gutenberg at the ballroom of the Bonsecours Market in Montreal to celebrate excellence in print achievement. In total, 17 trophies, Technical Challenge and Innovation Challenge categories, were awarded to a range of printing industry companies from the province of Quebec. (Photos provided by Gala Gutenberg.)

“The Gutenberg [program] pushes the boundaries of each individual and responds to the challenges raised by the talent and creativity of businesses, communication agencies and print buyers in Quebec, regardless of the size of the companies. And this year, our industry has once again demonstrated that it is a great event,” Said Patrick Choquet, President, Gravure Choquet, and President of Gutenberg 2017.

2017 Gutenberg Technical Challenge Award Winners

Category: Packaging
Project: Collection Serveurs Nuutok
LAKLÉ INC.

Category: Publishing
Project: 887
Interglobe

Category: Labels
Project: Romeo’s Gin
Imprimerie Ste-Julie

Category: Marketing Client
Project: MUMO
L’Empreinte

Category: Newspapers
Project: Perforation en ligne 'Die cut on line'
Winner: Journal Métro/Les producteurs de lait du Québec Métropolitain

Category: Flexible Packaging
Project: Combinaison Archibald 4 x 473ml (6 dessins)
Winner: Les industries Pro-pals

Category: Finishing
Project: Exalted Third Edition-Novagraf Marketing
Winner: Multi-Reliure

Category: Magazines
Project: Rolland Inc- Magazine Paper Loop
Winner: L’Empreinte

Category: Brochures
Project: Panneaux pour l'exposition "Ceci n’est pas un parapluie ", Biosphère
Winner: MP REPRO

Category: Self Promotion
Project: Pop-Art Rose-Fluo         
Winner: Pazazz

2017 Gutenberg Innovation Challenge Award Winners

Category: Self Promotion
Project: Sacs réutilisables
Winner: PNH Solutions

Category: Flexible Packaging
Project: Organic Kefir Cup
Winner: Les Étiquettes IML Inc.

Category: Édition
Project: Jaquette Desjardins
Winner: Transmag

Category: Marketing Client
Project: Programme souvenir 30e anniversaire Gala reconnaissance Estrie
Winner: Groupe Précigrafik

Category: Finishing
Project: Great Comet
Winner: Interglobe

Category: Brochures
Project: Conférence « New Cities Summit Montreal »
Winner: PDI Solutions Grand Format

Category: Packaging
Project: A-Trax – In The Loop: A Decade of Remixes
Winner: Ross-Ellis
The Ontario Printing & Imaging Association last night at the St. Georges Golf and Country Club in Toronto handed out a range of awards in their annual Excellence In Print Awards program. (Photos provided by Myrna Penny.)

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.

Following dinner and awards presentation, futurist Jesse Hirsh provided an hour-long keynote about the direction of communications technologies. He primarily focused on how various forms of Artificial Intelligence are creating new economies by leveraging the World Wide Web, automation and mixed reality (virtual and real). Hirsh described how the smart, fast and unregulated economy of the future might impact the business world – and where to find opportunities.

The 2017 OPIA Excellence In Print Awards were sponsored by Heidelberg, Flint, Domtar, Sun Chemical and Spicers. Upcoming OPIA events include the OPIA SWOB Golf Tournament at the Rockway Golf Course in Kitchener, Ont., on June 7, 2017, and the OPIA Toronto Golf Classic on August 10, 2017, at the Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham, Ont.

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE RECIPIENTS

Sheetfed
C.J. Graphics Inc.
Unparalleled Journeys
        
Web Newspaper
TC Transcontinental Vaughan
The Globe and Mail Gatefold

Web Commercial
St. Joseph Communications
Audi Magazine 01/2017

Digital
C.J. Graphics Inc.
Connect the dots....

Specialty
C.J. Graphics Inc.
Until The Last Child

EXCELLENCE IN PRINT AWARD RECIPIENTS (BEST OF CATEGORY)

SHEETFED CATEGORIES    

Annual Reports
C.J. Graphics Inc.
Smartreit – Smart Journey 2016 Annual Report

Brochures
Mi5 Print & Digital Communications Inc.
Luxury by the Lake

Cards
C.J. Graphics Inc.
Bell Media Cards and Box

Books Hard Cover
Aylmer Express Graphics Group
The Desire to Acquire

Books 4+ Colours
Ryerson University, School of Graphic Communications Management
RyeTAGA Student Publication

Newsletters
C.J. Graphics Inc.
re:porter 10 October 2016 Issue

Booklets
C.J. Graphics Inc.
Babar Khan Modern Icon Brochure

Magazines Perfect Bound
Aylmer Express Graphics Group
Shift – RM Sotheby’s

Magazines Saddle Stitched
C.J. Graphics Inc.
SBC Snowboard Canada
        
Programs
C.J. Graphics Inc.
Canadian Screen Awards Program
        
Catalogues 4+     colours
C.J. Graphics Inc.
Unparalleled Journeys

Inserts
C.J. Graphics Inc.
Canadian Food Aficionado Media Kit

Stationery
C.J. Graphics Inc.
Quantum Motorsports Stationery

Direct Mail
C.J. Graphics Inc.
One Thousand Museum

Presentation Folders
Aylmer Express Graphics Group
Siskinds The Law Firm

Poster – Art Prints    
C.J. Graphics Inc.
Sony PS4 Uncharted 4 A Thief’s End

WEB CATEGORIES

Magazines    
St. Joseph Communications
Audi Magazine 01/2017

Catalogues 4+ Throughout     
St. Joseph Communications
Holt Renfrew Holiday Guide 2016
        
Flyers
TC Transcontinental Brampton    
Giant Tiger 4 std 2+2 tab

Newspapers
TC Transcontinental Vaughan
The Globe and Mail Gatefold

DIGITAL CATEGORIES

Digital small format
C.J. Graphics Inc.
Connect the dots...

Digital Large or Grand Format    
Ryerson University School of Graphic Communications Management
GCM Colloquium 2017-Window Promoting Poster

SPECIALTY CATEGORIES        

Specialty Inks    
C.J. Graphics Inc.
Statue Lenticular Picture
        
Embossing    
C.J. Graphics Inc.
Y&R Canada
        
Bindery    
Ryerson University School of Graphic Communications Management
Ryerson GCM Grad Book 2017

Engraving    
Ryerson University School of Graphic Communications Management
Ryerson GCM Grad Book 2017
    
Self-promotion    
C.J. Graphics Inc.
C.J. Heavy Metal Promo Book

Labels     
C.J. Graphics Inc.
Crown Royal Labels

Boxes    
C.J. Graphics Inc.
Until The Last Child

Cartons     
C.J. Graphics Inc.
Canadian Club Premium Box
The Toronto Club of Printing House Craftsmen last week at the Duncan House recognized local printers for their award-winning work in the Toronto IAPHC Gallery of Superb Printing competition. The Craftsmen Club also presented secondary and post-secondary students with scholarships, including the Chai Tse Award, for their achievements in industry-related programs and the annual Toronto Craftsmen Graphic Challenge Competition. This was the 42nd year of the Craftsmen awards program.

The two primary sponsored awards for exceptional reproduction, based on the IAPHC judging process, where presented to Colour Innovations for the Heidelberg Canada’s Best of Finishing Award (COC Centre Stage Gala Invitation) and C.J. Graphics for the Taniguchi Ink Best of Press Award (Uncharted 4 Limited Edition Posters)

The Gallery of Superb Printing Awards went to C.J. Graphics (15 gold, 12 silver, 4 bronze and 1 honourable mention); Avant Imaging & Integrated Media (5 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze and 1 honourable mention); Colour Innovations (3 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze); Polytainers  (1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze); and Wellington Printworks  (1 gold and 2 silver).

Toronto Craftsmen Student Chai Tse Awards
Christopher Jessop, Centennial College The Centre for Creative Communication
Patricia Marie Gonzales, Central Technical Secondary School
Marissa Ponn, George Brown College School of Design
Samantha Martin, Georgian College Design and Visual Arts
Jodi Ho, Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School
Jordan Jackson, Humber College Advertising & Graphic Design
Julia Tincombe, Ryerson University School of Graphic Management
Alicia Jordan, Seneca College School of Creative Arts and Animation

Graphic Challenge Awards, Post Secondary
Julia Laude, Seneca College School of Creative Arts and Animation
Daphne Chan,    Ryerson University School of Graphic Management

Graphic Challenge Awards, Secondary    
Jose Bautista, Central Technical Secondary School
Hetta Patel, Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School
Printers and suppliers attended the biannual printing trade show Graphics Canada from April 6 to 8 at the Toronto International Centre. The three-day event included a range of educational sessions, including Innovations Theatre run by Print Media Centr, IDEAlliance’s G7 Summit, Label Forum, intelliPACK workshops, specialty graphics opportunity zone, and the Printing Sales Training Day. The following photo gallery provides some of the highlights from this year’s show.
Over the past few months, Veritiv has hosted four awards events in major Canadian cities to recognize both the winning printers and designers in its annual Veritiv Design and Print Excellence Awards, also known as the uVU Awards.

There were 32 winning entries in total across two distinct categories to recognize print and also design excellence. From the range of submissions, which must be produced by Veritiv customers, a Best of Show Award is determined for both the print and design categories. This year also featured four Judges' Choice Awards.

Veritiv’s awards tour ended at the beginning of March 2017 in Vancouver, BC, after visiting Calgary (October 2016), Montreal (December 2016) and Toronto (January 2017). The following top awards and print awards were presented:

BEST IN SHOW AWARDS
Best in Show, Print
Project: 2015 Holiday Wrapping Paper
Printer: Hemlock Printers
Design firm: Burnkit

Best in Show, Design
Project: Relay
Design firm: Lauren Wickware
Printer: Andora Graphics

JUDGES’ CHOICE AWARDS
Project: Home Ground
Design firm: Lauren Wickware
Printer: Andora Graphics

Project: Why Can’t Minimal
Design firm: Emma Wright
Printer: Andora Graphics

Project: Laurent & Clark Sales Brochure
Design firm: orangetango
Printer: LG Chabot

Project: This is Nowhere
Design firm: Chris Allen
Printer: Hemlock Printers

PRINT AWARD WINNERS
Project: Sunnybrook Foundation Report to Donors 2015
Printer: Exodus Graphics
Design firm: Clear Space

Project: Cundari, Internal Design Program
Printer: Flash Reproductions
Design firm: Cundari

Project: Brentwood Three
Printer: Hemlock Printers
Design firm: Thought Shop

Project: Tridel “Form” Brochure & Sleeve
Printer: Somerset Graphics
Design firm: Cinderbloc

Project: Cleopatra Book
Printer: Hemlock Printers
Design firm: AK Photographs

Project: George Brown College School of Design Annual
Printer: Andora Graphics
Design firm: George Brown College School of Design

Project: Hakapik
Printer: Litho Chic (Deschamps Impression)
Design firm: Yoanis Menge

Project: Flora
Printer: Hemlock Printers
Design firm: Newfoundbrand

Project: Flare & Joe Fresh Cover, Unzipped
Printer: TC Transcontinental PLM
Design firm: Flare

Project: Woo Publication
Printer: Metropolitan Fine Printers
Design firm: Woo Publication

Project: Equus by Lithochic
Printer: Litho Chic (Deschamps Impression)
Design firm: L’Orange Bleue

Project: Heather & Little Business Cards
Printer: Flash Reproductions
Design firm: Overdrive Design

The third-year students of Ryerson University’s Graphic Communications Management program last week hosted the SPECTRUM+ Colloquium focused on expanded gamut printing. The colloquium, an annual event produced by GCM students, was built around three speakers making an impact in the world expanded gamut, including Kyle McVey, Director of Client Services at Jones Packaging, colour scientist John Seymour, who worked at QuadTech for more than 20 years, and Nawar Mahfooth, Chief Science Officer at ColorXTC.

McVey described three days of trails undertaken by Jones, one of North America’s most prominent packaging printers, for a client who wanted to venture into expanded gamut. Seymour focused on the history of expanded gamut, tracing its roots back to 1960 and reemergence with the arrival of digital prepress, and Mahfooth focused on the Dynamic Press Profiling technology developed by ColorXTC.

Ryerson student Andrew Ouzounis provides a photo essay of the event held at the university’s Ted Rogers School of Business.

Frank Romano, Professor Emeritus at the Rochester Institute of Technology and well-known printing pundit based on more than 40 years of industry analysis, on December 2 provided a keynote speech at the Digital Imaging Association’s annual holiday luncheon, held on Toronto’s waterfront at The Boulevard Club. The title of Romano’s DIA keynote, Digital Printing, From Good Enough to Nanography, describes one of the most-pressing issues facing printers as they prepare to make investment decisions around the commercial-printing possibilities of inkjet technologies.

Romano spent an hour providing the crowd of some 100 people with his insights on the evolution of printing technologies, beginning with his take on the industry’s historical transitions into offset, toner and wide-format inkjet. The last 20 minutes of his speech then focused on both the opportunities and challenges facing further adoption of digital printing, with an emphasis on production-strength inkjet printing, ending with his perspective on Landa Digital’s Nanography-branded presses.

Discussing the challenges facing further adoption of digital-printing technologies, particularly inkjet, Romano points to three primary issues. First, he explains, is the continuing, misguided marketing of technology developers that promote digital-printing growth via page volume. “The way they measure the output from these machines is page impressions. If you reduce everything to just a page, you have denigrated it – you have insulted it – because a page has no value,” says Romano. “When the page is in a brochure it has value. When a page is in a book it has value… They are not pages, they are parts of a product and that product has value. And if we keep making that a page, we reduce the value in the product and that is an issue.”

The second primary obstacle to digital-printing growth, according to Romano, is the absurd number of sheet sizes needed to accommodate unique imaging formats on most every single digital press – both historic installations and new systems coming to market. “Let’s get rid of all of these stupid sizes. We cannot deal with every different sheet size you can imagine,” says Romano. “I’m sorry, the paper companies are not going to support you – they can’t anymore. They do not have the resources. They do not even have the warehouse space.”

Romano then walked the crowd through a third significant challenge facing the further adoption of digital and inkjet presses: “The problem is that the majority of these machines are CMYK and yet we all know that we have to handle brand colours – Pantone colours… That is one of the reasons why Indigo sells so well. HP has done a very good job because of the fact that you can match almost every Pantone colour, every brand colour. That is why they are so dominant in the label market.”

Romano continues to explain flexography remains so vital in the packaging world because of the ability to invest in 6, 8, 10-unit presses on which just about any brand colour can be dropped into the machine. He notes, however, that inkjet presses today can print on just about any polymer or plastic. “It is just a matter of time, but the problem is without the brand colours they are not going to get into the packaging market… And, by the way, telling me you can do 80 percent of the Pantone colours with CMYK does not hit it. Sorry, but that is not an argument.”

After visiting drupa 2016, Romano notes the incredible range of production inkjet systems entering the market and their ability to print on most any substrate. He uses the growth in wide-format inkjet as an example of this ever-expanding application range, primarily leveraging mature UV technologies. "The next generation is going to print on new kinds of substrates. It is going to go way beyond paper... The home decor market, make the pattern of your sofa match your wall paper, if you so desire. Make your windows look like Tiffany glass. You can do that now very easily with wide-format inkjet."

Romano envisions a strong future in the use of UV inking on production-strength systems, particularly with water-based UV inkjet technologies as opposed to oil-based UV. “I think the next big movement has to be water-based UV,” he says. “UV is really a key system because it can print on almost anything. It is impervious to the weather. That is going to be a key technology.”

The use of water-based inking systems ties directly into the potential of Landa Digital’s Nanography-branded printing systems, which Romano does not view as standard inkjet presses, despite their use of print heads, because they jet liquid toner. Landa’s unique consumable is water based and evaporates in the imaging process to provide vibrant colours with a very low ink coating relative to existing inkjet systems.

“A lot is going to change when Landa actually starts shipping… When that machine comes out there are several things about it that are unique,” says Romano. “You look at what [Benny Landa] is doing with that ink, it is going to change the world. The question is, will he make the machine affordable.”

Without singling out Landa Digital, Romano continues to point to the challenge printers face given the high costs of production inkjet systems in the market today. “The thing that bothers me more than anything else is that we are a capital-intensive business and these machines are not cheap anymore,” he says. “[Technology suppliers] figure we all have money and yet that is one of my issues – we don’t. If you could get the machine at a reasonable price, we could then build a business and buy more machines, and buy more consumables… But right now I think they have priced them a little bit too high.”

Printers and technology suppliers from across Canada gathered in Toronto on November 10, at the Palais Royale, to celebrate their industry at the 11th Canadian Printing Awards Gala, hosted by PrintAction magazine. A total of 87 awards were presented to leaders of Canadian printing in front of more than 200 attendees.

The following sponsors were critical in the success of the 2016 Canadian Printing Awards, including: Platinum sponsor, Veritiv; Gold sponsors, Canon, HP, Huber Group, KBA, Kodak, Manroland Sheetfed and Sun Chemical; and Silver sponsors Domtar, Fujifilm, Heidelberg and Spicers.

The 2016 awards program will be detailed in the January 2016 issue of PrintAction. Follow this link for more information about the gala held last week and a complete list of award winners. Photos by Paul Hillier, www.paulhillier.com.
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