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A day before the Graph Expo trade show opens in Chicago on September 11, organizers will hold their 16th-annual conference, called Executive Outlook, to analyze new technologies employed within the North American printing industry.

The day-long, Saturday conference is running under the theme of “Embracing Technology and Market Trends for Profitability,” indicating that organizers aim to blend its traditional look at technology enhancements with key market trends.

“Savvy printers today recognize that you can’t succeed with great technology alone,” said Ralph Nappi, President of GASC, which organizes Graph Expo. “The market forces are changing so quickly these days that you have to constantly be sure that your business is equipped with the right technology to meet market demands.”

Executive Outlook 2011 is to be kicked off with a keynote address about the future of print from Scott Zientarski of DME. Based in Florida, DME is a direct-mail marketing company that grew from a 3-person start-up, in 1983, into a 120,000-square-foot facility that generates around US$100-million in business every year.

The conference will also help attendees prepare for the Graph Expo show floor, which is scheduled to be open from September 11 to 14 at Chicago’s massive McCormick Place. This will include the unveiling of the 2011 MUST SEE 'EMS exhibits and products.

Executive Outlook 2011 will then conclude with by handing out its Positively Print Awards to recognize printing companies that have successfully promoted the power of print in today’s media mix.

Twelve leaders directly involved in Canada’s printing industry will work together later this year to determine some of the country’s best and most-innovative printing work, based on criteria within PrintAction’s Canadian Printing Awards (CPA) program.

CPA entries are due on September 15, 2011 (please visit the program's dedicated Website).

The CPA program is organized into three sections, including: five Environmental Printing categories, 20 Quality Printing categories, and four Industry Achievement categories. The Industry Achievement categories are a free, nominations-based initiative to recognize leadership in Canadian printing.

PrintAction will host the Canadian Printing Awards gala, with a sit-down dinner produced by executive chef Joe Levesque, on the first night of Graphics Canada (November 10, 2011) in Toronto.

To date, the judging panel includes:

Ian Baitz, Chair, Graphic Communications Management, Ryerson University,

Susan Corbeil, Director, Specification Sales, Unisource Canada,

Ray Fagan, Product Manager, Large Format Presses, Heidelberg Canada

Chris Fraser, Director of New Business Development, Movable,

Rye Goodyear, Emeritus Professor, Ryerson University,

Dr. Martin Habeskost, Professor, Graphic Communications Management, Ryerson University,

Nick Howard, President, Howard Graphic Equipment

Al Kershaw, President, The Print Wizard,

Michael Mugavero, Vice President of Sales, Canada and East United States, manroland,

Sonya Popovich, Production Manager, The Works Design Communications

Neil Stewart, President, Anstey Book Binding, and

Bob Weller, Sales Manager, Transcontinental.

Presidents from Busch GmbH’s subsidiaries in Germany, Switzerland, Mexico, United Kingdom, United States and The Netherlands traveled to Boisbriand, Québec, to celebrate the 25-year anniversary of Busch Vacuum Technics in Canada.

In addition to the many international presidents on hand, Paul Wieser, President and General Manager of the Canadian operation, also hosted three of the parent company’s five shareholders, Ayhan Busch and her sons, Sami and Kaya. The consul general of Switzerland in Montreal, Claude Duvoisin, and Boisbriand Mayor, Marlene Cordato, also attended the 25-year celebration.

While Busch is a major supplier of vacuum pumps to the Canadian printing industry, the company claims to hold a 90-percent market share in the food industry, as well as a significant presence in the medical sector. Busch Vacuum Technics has delivered over 700 medical vacuum and air systems to hospitals in Canada, Algeria, Bermuda, the Bahamas and China. According to the company, half of Canada’s hospitals are equipped with Busch systems.

Busch was founded in 1963 when Dr.-Ing. Karl Busch and his wife, Ayhan Busch, sought to improve and simplify vacuum pump technology. In 1971, the first Busch operation was founded in the UK, while Busch’s first German production plant was established in 1972. Two additional plants were erected in 1979 and 1980, the first in the United States and the second in Switzerland.

In 1985, after several meetings with Karl and Ayhan Busch, Wieser started a Canadian Busch subsidiary in the basement of his Sherbrooke, Quebec, home. In 1986, Wieser moved to a 180 m2 facility in Boisbriand’s Curé-Boivin industrial park and then opened a service centre in Mississauga in 1987.

“Of course I knew I was joining forces with one of the world’s largest manufacturers of vacuum pumps, but nothing could have prepared me for the adventure I was embarking on,” Wieser told the anniversary crowd, following a tour of the Canadian operation. In 1992, Busch Vacuum Technics was moved to its current location, a 2,780 m2 building on Lionel-Bertrand Boulevard.

“We will, in fact, soon be adding an extra 200 m2 of space to our building in Boisbriand, which will be dedicated to the service department,” Wieser told the crowd.

Busch Vacuum Technics currently employs 52 people within its Boisbriand facility and sales centres in Mississauga, Calgary and Vancouver. One-third of the staff can be categorized as specialized engineers. The parent company has 55 operations in 38 countries, and a total of 2,200 employees.

Toronto-based Avanti Computer Systems Ltd., a software developer of print-management applications, recently wrapped up its 19th-annual user’s conference in Washington, DC.

The 3-day conference was sponsored by some of Avanti’s technology partners, including Xerox, HP, Gimbel and Associates and Pageflex. Avanti President and CEO Patrick Bolan focused his keynote speech on automation, integration and cloud computing, saying: “Printers are re-defining themselves and their business management software has to change to help them do so.”

The conference also included various break-out sessions for Avanti customers and key presentations from Sappi, Print Art and the Printing Industries of America association. 

Attendees were also given onsite tours of local-area shops running Avanti, which included spending time at the U.S. Senate print shop and Alexandria-based Global Printing.

Avanti has now been in business for over 26 years and has over 400 installations of its MIS software applications.

For the fourth consecutive year an executive from Sydney Stone has captured the title at PrintAction’s race-day celebration, held at Grand Prix Kartways in Toronto. Being the fourth-annual race-day, Sydney Stone has won the event every year.

This year, Dylan Westgate (centre, top picture) of Sydney Stone took home the first prize in the Grand Prix Final, his second title in three years, by edging out his business partner, Michael Steele, who won the race in 2010.

Kart racers complete in two time-trail events to qualify for their positions in the final or consolation round.

The winner of the 2011 Consolation Round went to Tina Frankie (centre, bottom picture), a student with Ryerson University’s Graphic Communications Management program, who is spending the summer as an intern with Heidelberg Canada.

Grand Prix Final Results
1. Dylan Westgate, Sydney Stone
2. Michael Steele, Sydney Stone
3. James Watson, ADPIC

Consolation Final
1. Tina Frankie, Heidelberg Canada
2. Adil Klenani, Sun Chemical
3. Vijay Saxen, Xerox Canada

More than 1,500 visitors from 75 countries attended manroland’s recent Sheetfed Summit held over four days in mid-May at the company’s facility in Offenbach, Germany. 

manroland held its massive Sheetfed Summit this month to highlight updates to its technology since the year-ago IPEX trade show in Birmingham, UK, and to introduce some of the innovations it is working on for the upcoming drupa exhibition, to be held in May 2012 in Düsseldorf.

More specifically, during the Sheetfed Summit, manroland highlighted the perfecting system for the ROLAND 900 XXL and its recently introduced ROLAND 700 DirectDrive platform with a production speed of 18,000 sheets per hour and job changeover in less than three minutes. 

The press maker also highlighted its autoprint smart technology, designed for sequential production of pre-selected jobs without operator intervention, and ROLAND InlineInspector 2.0, which can analyze 6-point type, while inspecting each sheet, making a PDF comparison, and masking zones for different measuring sensitivity levels.

During the Sheetfed Summit, manroland also highlighted its new relationship with Océ, which presented two inkjet systems and various workflow integration and Web-to-Print applications. Océ brought its recently introduced, full-colour ColorStream 3500 system.

More photos from manroland’s Sheetfed Summit can be seen on its Facebook page.

Fujifilm Canada held a seminar series at its Mississauga facilities this week. Over two days, printers were educated on technical topics such as colour management, inkjet trends and environmental compliance. Printers also got demonstrations on the latest Fujifilm products, especially its new offerings in inkjet.

Dr. Abhay Sharma, Professor with Ryerson University, presented Profit through Colour Management and focused on predictable and repeatable colour management, including G7 certification.

Francois Mitchell, President and CEO of Prisme Technologies, engaged the audience with his delivery of Increasing Business with Web 2 Print, which, according to Mitchell, allows printers more time to sell and meet the transitional demands of the market.

Vince Cahill of VCE Solutions provided insight on Where Inkjet is Heading and John Piggott of Ecosafe presented methods to reduce risk and liabilities when it comes to compliance and environmental issues.

Below are some photos from the event.


The Graphics Canada trade show, to be held November 10 to 12, will feature another attraction, AppleExpo, aimed at the prepress crowd.

AppleExpo Canada will be a "show within a show" at Graphics Canada and will focus on solutions around the print and graphic industries, as well as several related areas.

"Together with our participating exhibitors, we will provide the valuable information that the experts in the print and graphics industries need to know to best understand how to evolve and grow their business in the future, and we are very excited to reach the target audience through the Graphics Canada show," commented Julian Lee, President of TechnoPlanet Productions Inc., organizers of AppleExpo Canada.

The AppleExpo will present several seminars and workshops to present the latest solutions in this evolving world of print and graphics.

One year before the start of drupa 2012, recognized as the world's largest printing trade show, the show organizers have released the event's anthem online.

According to Messe Dusseldorf, the three-minute song "Get ready to succeed" has "a modern dance-floor sound and is made available at this time to coincide with the Eurovision Song Contest Finals in Düsseldorf."
The drupa song was not composed, written or produced by a professional band but by Messe Düsseldorf employee Dirk Zeisler who has been singing with the band Planet Five for years in his free time. Together with his friend Robert Taubler he developed the lyrics and melody. Several weeks later the song was arranged and produced and an advertising agency added photographic impressions to complement the music. Several gigs of the band are already planned for drupa 2012. 
The first song came out in 1986, composed and sung by Dave Gibson. Since then, this song is played every morning when drupa opens its doors. Another song became famous for the millennium drupa, sung by Lucy Wende, produced by Rolf Lammers and Mal Sondocks. In 2004, visitors and exhibitors were musically welcomed by Elke Diepenbeck (licensed by Stephen Großer) and in 2008 it was Ladag Medien.

The drupa song for 1986 was also once named one of the three the worst corporate anthems by The Register, an IT publication in 2005. The other two songs were from The Association of International Glaucoma Societies and KPMG.

Listen to the 2012 drupa song "Get ready to succeed" here.

Listen to the 1986 drupa song by clicking below.

Show Manager Dan Mustata reports that the upcoming Graphics Canada tradeshow is already larger than the 2009 version, based on square feet sold, with six months to go before the 3-day event opens in Toronto.

Based on the commitment of major technology players like Heidelberg, Fujifilm, Xerox, PaperlinX, Konica Minolta, Ricoh, and Presstek, Graphics Canada 2011 will take up three halls of the Toronto International Centre. The tradeshow, which will include several seminars and special events, is scheduled to run from November 10 to 12.

On the opening night of Graphics Canada 2011, PrintAction magazine will host the inaugural Canadian Printing Awards (CPA), based on five years of success with the Environmental Printing Awards. The CPA program is organized into three sections, including: five Environmental Printing categories, 20 Quality Printing categories, and four Industry Achievement categories (view CPA guidelines and entry forms here).

Below is the current list of exhibitors who have committed to Graphics Canada 2011:

3 L Display
Advantage Graphic Supplies
All Graphics Supplies
Artsoft Expo Solutions
ATS Tanner Banding Systems

Avanti Computer Systems
Bard Business Solutions
BOSS Logo Print + Graphics
Bunting Magnetics
Cambridge Label
Canadian Metal-Ad
Case Paper
Central Die Supplies
Cheelo Graphics
Dixie Reproductions
Dolphies Displays
Durst Image Technology
Epson Canada
Ernest Green
EyeMagine Graphics
Factor Forms
Fastar Printing
FujiFilm Canada
G.T. Specialties
Graphic Arts Magazine
GTI Graphic Technology
Gyford Standoff Systems
Heidelberg Canada
International Binding & Laminating Systems
J&J Manufacturing
Jasdi Magnetics
Jilca International
KBR Graphics
Keng Seng Enterprises
Konica Minolta
Macaron Inc.
Maxmedia Graphic Supplies
ML System
Mr Signs/ EZ Trade Signs
Muller Martini
Multicam Canada
Multiple Packfold Business Forms
ND Graphics
Neschen Americas
P.O.P. Display
Pressdown Services
Prime UV-IR Equipment
Print Action
Printer Gateway
Printer's Parts
Prisme Technologies
QDE Displays and Exhibits
R.S. Canada Inc.
Ricoh Canada
Rochling Engineering Plastics
Scube Graphics Inc
Sign Media
Simple Signman
Sina Printing
Sinclair Computer Forms
Southwest Bindings
Surgically Clean Air
Sydney Stone
TAS Films
Teckmark Label Systems
Terry Stapley
The DFS Group
The Drawing Centre
Ultima Displays
Unisource Canada
VPF Waste
World of Tape
Xerox Canada
Zund Canada

Four students from Peel Region's Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School once again brought home the top honours from the annual Phoenix Challenge International Flexographic Skills Competition in North Carolina.

The team of Chang Wang and Sharon Mai took the Gold Medal, which includes a US$1,000 bursary each. The team attained the top score of 574 out of a possible 600. The second team of Li-Anne Chang and Elina Shafigullina placed second with a score of 550.

"Watching Chong and Sharon work together on the press was like watching synchronized swimming,” said Bettylyn Krafft, the Events Chair and Event Organizer.

Gordon Graydon has a long history of excellence at the Phoenix Challenge competition, taking home the top honour the past five years. The competition attracts teams from all over North America; this year students participated from schools in Oklahoma, New Jersey, Indiana, Wisconsin, North Carolina, South Carolina and Ohio. An all-female team from New Jersey took third place with a score of 542.

The Phoenix Challenge Foundation was founded in 1998 as an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization of industry professionals dedicated to the recruitment and development of the future workforce for flexography.

To support and find out more about the Gordon Graydon flexo program, contact Peter Belanger.

Building from the 5-year history of the Environmental Printing Awards, PrintAction magazine expands its awards program to celebrate more printing achievement, while continuing to support green initiatives.

The Canadian Printing Awards program is organized into three sections, including: five Environmental Printing categories, 20 Quality Printing categories, and four Industry Achievement categories. PrintAction will host the Canadian Printing Awards gala, with a sit-down dinner produced by executive chef Joe Levesque, on the first night of Graphics Canada (November 10, 2011) in Toronto.

The Industry Achievement categories are a free, nominations-based initiative to recognize leadership in Canadian printing, while the 20 Quality Printing categories are based on applications ranging from variable-data printing and direct-mail to book and newspaper manufacturing.

Environmental Printing remains a cornerstone of the Canadian Printing Awards, based on the 5-year development of five key categories, including: Most Environmentally Progressive Printing Company, 250+ employees; Most Environmentally Progressive Printing Company, 1 to 249 employees; Most Environmentally Progressive Printing Technology; Most Environmentally Progressive Packaging Project (all processes); and Most Environmentally Progressive Printing Project.

The PrintAction’s dedicated awards Webpage has all the available categories and important dates as well as guidelines and entry forms.

Visit the Canadian Printing Awards site.

PrintAction has been named the official media partner of this year's Graphics Canada show in Toronto. As such, we will be bringing you the latest updates leading up to the show in November, in print and online. PrintAction will also produce the Official Show Guide for the show, complete with exhibitor profiles and show highlights.

"Our partnership with PrintAction strengthens Graphics Canada's position as the national graphics and printing exhibition," said Dan Mustata, Show Manager of Graphics Canada. "PrintAction's in-depth reach of the marketplace will help us keep the industry informed and updated on all aspects of the Graphics Canada trade show. It simply gives Graphics Canada unprecedented exposure to the entire graphics and printing industry."

Graphics Canada 2011 will take place between November 10-12 at the Toronto International Centre. For more information about this year's show, please visit

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Over 150 people, including students and printing professionals, gathered in Toronto last night to take part in the 7th-annual colloquium hosted by the third-year class of Ryerson’s Graphic Communication’s Management program.

“We're really proud of all the hard work we did,” says Emily Kuchta, who served as Master of Ceremonies with fellow third-year Ryerson student Ahmed Alabbas. “We've had the chance to visit so many companies in industry and see what they do. Now we had the chance to show them what we can do.”

Matthew Alexander, President of Colour Innovations, opened up the colloquium, called Envision and the Future of Print, with a 20-minute presentation about printing and the environment.

After walking the crowd through Colour Innovation’s long history in environmental leadership, he described the company's efforts to become the first Canadian member of the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP). Founded in part by the Printing Industries of America, SGP is an organization that audits and certifies the environmental position of printing companies.

While SGP currently lists 29 U.S.-based printers as members, Colour Innovations has spent nearly two years working to meet the stringent SGP guidelines and expects to complete the process later this year. Alexander described the difficulty in maintaining budget for environmental initiatives over the past couple of years of tight economic conditions. He points out, however, that the shareholders of large corporations are demanding environmental accountability, and that Nike recently became the first entity to state it will only source printing from SGP-certified shops – once existing supplier contracts run out.

Alexander also pointed out, that while the amount of required documentation can be a burden, the SGP program is ideally suited for medium-sized printing companies running a single facility.

Henry Laszutko of CCL Industries, a global packaging company with 59 facilities across North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa, spent 20 minutes speaking about innovative in his field. Laszutko, who was a primary architect of the annual Monopoly promotion by McDonald’s Restaurants, entertained the crowd with samples of metallic, RFID and 2-dimensional labels.

Before the final speaker of the evening, Gerry Visca of Redchair Branding, took the stage, Laszutko closed out his presentation with words of advice for the GCM students, including:

- First impressions count: Dress nice and talk clearly,

- Be confident, you’re Ryerson grads!,

- Write yourself a mission statement,

- Find something in this business you can be passionate about,

- Don’t be afraid to take risks but always test!,

- Don’t stop learning. Change is inevitable, like death and taxes!,

- Don’t take yourself too seriously. SMILE!

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