Industry Events

Toronto-based Flash Reproductions earned the most awards at the 2010 National Unisource Annual and Corporate Report Show (NUARs), recently held in downtown Toronto.

The NUARs program is built around three categories of print production: Annual Reports, Corporate Brochures, and Brand Identity. All entries, which were evaluated by a jury of six design professionals, must be produced on a paper brand that is distributed by Unisource Canada.

Flash Reproductions, led by President Rich Pauptit and VP David Gallant, took home six top prizes, including two Judge’s Choice Awards. Flash won a Judge’s Choice Award in the Corporate Brochure category for its production of the Red Canoe 2010 Catalogue (designed by The Production Kitchen). Its second Judge’s Choice came in the Brand Identity category for Culinary Papers Brand Identity (designed by Compass360 Branding Communications).

Somerset Graphics of Mississauga also fared well at the annual NUARs event, winning four awards and a Best of Show for its production of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority 2009 Annual Report, which was designed by Compass360 – with strategic direction provided by S.D. Corporate Communications.

The second NUARs Best of Show Award went to Signet Graphics for the printing of a corporate brochure for the Fragile X Research Foundation. Toronto-based Andora Graphics and C.J. Graphics also won a Judge’s Choice Award, while the remaining winners included: Annan & Sons of Toronto, Contact Creative Services of London, and Kromar Printing of Winnipeg.

Heidelberg Canada held a Christmas celebration last week at its facility in Mississauga, Ontario, which saw more than 100 industry members toast the season.

The Print World show, which ended Monday at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto, drew a moderate but enthusiastic attendance. Despite having a smaller show area than previous years, vendors from across Canada were on hand, eager to show off their latest wares and make new connections. Below are scenes from the show, featuring some new and familiar faces from the industry.

Last week's Graph Expo saw thousands of attendees take in the latest in printing technologies in Chicago. While some attendees described the show as being busy, it was notably smaller is square footage and dominated by developers of toner- and inkjet-based technology.

Below are some photos from the show, including many familiar Canadian faces.

Each year, the Graphic Arts Show Company at its Executive Outlook conference review technologies to be shown at PRINT or Graph Expo. The program is conducted independently by the PrintCom Consulting Group.

This year, a panel of 19 industry consultants, analysts, educators and trade magazine editors selected the technologies as the most compelling technologies at Graph Expo 2010. Below are a list of products deemed "Must See 'em" by the panel. The full list, including full profiles and technologies the panel determined is "worth a look" can be downloaded here.



Agfa Graphics - Apogee Impose (Imposition for Apogee 7)
Color-Logic - Process Metallic Color System
EskoArtwork - i-cut Suite
interlinkOne - QReate And Track
Pitney Bowes - Transpromo Portal

Presstek - 75DI
Eastman Kodak - Prosper S10 Imprinting System with Process Colour

Offset Plates
Agfa Graphics - Amigo TS
Eastman Kodak - Trillian SP Thermal Plate
Epson America - Stylus Pro 7900 CTP system

Digital Presses
Fujifilm - Digital Inkjet J Press 720
Hewlett Packard - Indigo 7500 Toner Press
Konica Minolta - buzhub Press C8000
Xerox - Color 1000 Toner Press
Eastman Kodak - Prosper 5000XL Press
Screen - Truepress Jet520ZZ

Wide Format
Agfa Graphics - Jeti 1224 HDC FTR
EFI - VUTEk GS3200
Hewlett-Packard - Scitex LX800

Muller Martini - SigmaLine Digital Finishing

Agfa held a special seminar event titled Converging Marketing Trends at its new facility in Mississauga, Ontario this week. The event attracted nearly 100 members of the industry.

The event covered topics such as the state of the industry, current trends in inkjet usage, marketing strategies which incorporate social media and print as well as commentary from Agfa users. Featured speakers included Julian Mills of Prescient Digital, who spoke about social media and Dan Marx of the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association, who discussed the rising role of inkjet in today's printing mix. Agfa's Lawrence Robinson also made a presentation on the company's offerings in light of industry trends. The day concluded with a speech by Dan Deveau of Cameron Advertising Displays on the growing the business through the adoption of new digital imaging technologies.

The 160,000 square foot plant was the former Gandinnovations manufacturing plant, which was acquired by Agfa in 2009.

ION Print Solutions of Nisku, Alberta, held an open house to celebrate the installation of its Komori Lithrone S1040P press, with coater. Attended by over 150 guests, the event was also held in support of the Alberta Cancer Foundation, resulting in ION donating $50,000 to the cause.

The company's co-owners, Peter Fargey and Craig McEwen, installed the Komori press in July of the year, which is described as the largest sheetfed press in Alberta, as well as one of the largest across Western Canada. ION was formed in 2008 following the amalgamation of two well-known commercial production facilities in the region, Nisku Printing and Dial Printing.

The event was covered by the Edmonton Journal newspaper.

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At its new facility in Mississauga, Agfa Canada teamed up with LYFT Visual and The Packaging Association to educate printers on POP, versioning and prototyping trends in the packaging sector.

The afternoon event, held on June 1, included a presentation by one of Canada's digital-printing pioneers, John Rogers, who co-founded Dots & Pixels before selling the company to NEBS Business Products Limited in September 2005.

Mark Caines, CEO of  LYFT Visual, also made a presentation after the recent installation of an Agfa Dotrix Modular press, which marked a Canadian first. As a division of Mississauga-based Boehmer Box, LYFT specializes in packaging design and production.

Agfa's UV-, inkjet-based Dotrix press has a printing width of 63 centimetres and is designed for roll-fed, single-pass production on range of substrates, from flexible foils to self-adhesives and holding cartons. The press provides coating or varnishing alleys, while it can be integrated with slitting, die-cutting or sheeter options.

Seminar presentations were then rounded out by Miriam Freibauer of Davis Strategic Design, Sam Papaleo of The Central Group and Agfa's Sheila Nysko.

Pictured right: John Rogers, one of Canada's digital-printing pioneers, of NEBS Canada.

In the third-annual PrintAction race day, held at Toronto's GrandPrix Kartways, Michael Steele, co-owner of Sydney Stone, topped 30 other printing-industry drivers to take first place.

The win makes it two consecutive top-place finishes for Sydney Stone, a Toronto-based technology service and distribution company, after last year's victory by Steele's business partner, Dylan Westgate.

Brad McDonald from Presstek took second spot in the 2010 Grand Prix heat, while Avanti's Stephen McWilliam rounded out the podium with a third-place finish. Placing first in the remaining heats were Bill Wilson of Heidelberg Canada (Heat 2), Maria Arias of Fujifilm Canada (Heat 3), and Bruce Morrison of Muller Martini Canada (Heat 4).

Steele also posted the fastest lap time of the day on the indoor-cart track. His 23:326 lap time was followed by Debbie Redgers at 23:587 and Heidelberg Canada's Bill Wilson at 23:661.

Photos, clockwise from top. Grand Prix winners: Presstek's Brad McDonald (2), Sydney Stone's Michael Steele (1), and Avanti's Stephen McWilliam (3). Heat 2 winners: Debbie Redgers (2), Heidelberg's Bill Wilson (1), and Avanti's Peter Funnell (3). Heat 3 winners: Fujifilm's Jay Lalonde (2), Fujifilm's Maria Arias (1), and Muller Martini's Tom Long (3). Heat 4 winners: Pressdown's Jackie Kisiloski (2), Muller Martini's Bruce Morrison (1), and Heidelberg's Steve Klaric (3).

PrintAction dispatched columnist Zac Bolan to Birmingham, UK to witness the latest technologies being announced and released this year. Below are photos from his travels. Check back each day, as we will be continually updating this page with fresh photos and look for complete coverage in the next issue of PrintAction.

DAY 0: Photos 1-6 Pre-show press conferences

DAY 1: Photos 7-24 Trade Show Opening Day

DAY 2: Photos 25-32

DAY 3: Photos 33-40




Transcontinental Inc. won Best of Show last night as more than 300 printing professionals gathered in Toronto to celebrate the environmental innovation and achievements of the Canadian printing industry.

Peter Robinson, CEO of the David Suzuki Foundation, provided the keynote at the fifth-annual Environmental Printing Awards gala, hosted by PrintAction magazine. Robinson spoke on the theme of resilience, that businesses must remain resolute in their environmental efforts for long-term success.

Following his speech, 32 awards – Gold, Silver and Bronze – were handed out, including Transcontinental Inc.’s Best of Show Award. HP Canada and Metropolitan Fine Printers won the most awards on a per-company basis, with three each.

The award winners included:

Best of Show
Recognizes the most environmentally progressive company in Canada across all categories over the past year.

Transcontinental Inc.

Environmental Innovator
Gold — Joel Silver, Indigo Books & Music

Environmental Community Involvement

Gold — Acuity

Silver — Webcom

Most Environmentally Progressive Manufacturing Process, Printer

Gold — The Printing House

Silver — Mitchell Press

Most Environmentally Progressive Process or Service, Vendor

Gold — Fujifilm

Most Environmentally Progressive Printing Technology, Software

Gold — HP Canada, Carbon footprint calculator
Silver — RealVue3D, distributed by PaperlinX Canada

Most Environmentally Progressive Printing Technology, Hardware

Gold — Fujifilm Canada, FLH-Z processor & EcoPro effluent treatment
Silver — Presstek, 52DI press

Bronze — HP Canada, DesignJet L25500

Most Environmentally Progressive Technology Supplier in Canada

Gold — HP Canada

Silver — Unisource Canada

Most Environmentally Progressive Packaging Company in Canada

Gold — Farnell Packaging, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia       

Most Environmentally Progressive Printer in Canada, 1-99 Employees

Gold — Colour Innovations, Toronto
Silver — Taylor Label, Toronto

Bronze — Patient News Publishing, Haliburton, Ontario 

Most Environmentally Progressive Printer in Canada, 100-500 Employees

Gold — Hemlock Printers, Burnaby
Silver — Webcom, Toronto
Bronze — The Lowe-Martin Group, Ottawa    

Most Environmentally Progressive Printer in Canada, 500+ Employees

Gold — Transcontinental, Montreal
Silver — Symcor ISS, Toronto
Bronze — St. Joseph Communications, Toronto

Most Environmentally Progressive Packaging Project

Gold — Hood Packaging
Silver — Metropolitan Fine Printers

Bronze — Harbour Printing

Most Environmentally Progressive Printing Project, toner or inkjet

Gold — The Lowe-Martin Group

Most Environmentally Progressive Printing Project, offset

Gold — Metropolitan Fine Printers
Silver — C.J. Graphics
Silver — Metropolitan Fine Printers

Bronze — Hemlock Printers
Bronze — Pazazz Printing


View pictures from the Awards Gala:


The Fifth Annual Environmental Printing Awards will be held this Thursday at the Eglinton Grand in Toronto. The event will feature a keynote speech by David Suzuki Foundation CEO Peter Robinson and will be hosted by CBC News anchor Diana Swain.

The Environmental Printing Awards was established in 2005 by PrintAction magazine to recognize the green efforts of printers and industry vendors in making the print production process a less environmentally impactful one. Since its inception, it has grown to be the premier event of its kind and has featured some of the top names in Canadian printing and environmentalism.

This year's awards will also feature the inaugural Best of Show Award, given to the most environmentally progressive printing company in Canada across all categories over the past year.

More than 300 industry members are expected to attend Thursday's event and tickets are going fast. To buy a ticket, call (416) 665-7333 ext 34 or order online here.

The Eglinton Grand is located at 400 Eglinton Avenue West (just West of Avenue Road). There is public parking just west of the venue on Castleknock Ave.

Ryerson GCM students have won the Grand Prize Helmut Kipphan Cup for top overall student research publication at the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA) Conference. Ryerson has won the Cup for the second time in three years.

The submitted publication consists of 160 pages of student-researched papers covering a range of graphic arts-related topics such as security printing, halftone dots, and ink tack on process colour printing. The document was judged for student research, writing, and graphic arts production.

Twelve students from the Ryerson TAGA Student Chapter went down to San Diego for the 62nd Annual Technical Conference to present the project along with faculty members Martin Habekost and Jason Lisi. Habekost and Lisi also made presentations at the conference.

The Kipphan Cup is named after Professor Helmut Kipphan, Head of Advanced and Future Technologies at Heidelberg.

The team had industry support from Lowe-Martin, the International Association of Printing House Craftsmen, Webcom, Fujifilm, York Bindery and Imation. To view the ryeTAGA submission, it is available online at

CBC News anchor Diana Swain, a Gemini Award winner, will host the Fifth Annual Environmental Printing Awards gala being held on April 8, at The Eglinton Grand in Toronto.

Swain is the winner of the prestigious B'Nai Brith Canada Prize for human rights reporting, two-time Gold Medal winner at the New York Festivals, and a two-time winner of the Michener Award for public service in journalism. She is currently the host of CBC's flagship local news show, CBC News at Six Toronto and is also the alternate anchor of The National.

Celebrating its fifth year, the Environmental Printing Awards is a program set up to recognize the best of environmentally progressive printing in Canada. The deadline to enter the program is March 19th, which is also the last day to purchase early-bird tickets.

To celebrate the fifth year of the program, the awards gala features a keynote addressed by the CEO of the David Suzuki Foundation, Peter Robinson. The inaugural gala was hosted by Dr. David Suzuki, followed by notable speakers the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, Stephen Lewis and Tzeporah Berman.

For more information visit the Environmental Printing Awards website.

EFI Connect 2010Robert Tapella, CEO of the U.S. Government Printing Office and responsible for more than $1 billion in print-related revenue, is scheduled to keynote EFI’s 11th annual Connect users’ conference.

Tapella was appointed to lead the Government Printing Office (GPO), one of the most influential printing entities in the world, by former President George W. Bush in 2007. Tapella, who becomes the 25th Public Printer of the United States, has been with the GPO since 2002 and previously served as a staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives.

While Tapella is scheduled to kick off EFI Connect on the night of April 18th, Joan Davidson, Group President of Sheridan Publications Services, will provide a second keynote on the morning of April 20th. Davidson is a recent recipient of the NAPL Soderstrom Award, and previously served as Chairman of the NAPL Board of Directors.

EFI Connect is scheduled to run from April 18 to 21 at Wynn Las Vegas. The conference, with over 120 break-out sessions (see link below) is designed for users of EFI technology – Monarch (Hagen), Pace, PrintSmith, Logic, PSI, Fiery, VUTEk, Rastek and Jetrion.

EFI Connect details

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