Industry Events

drupa, the world's largest exhibition focused on the printing industry, plans to switch to a 3-year cycle after the 2016 show taking place from May 31 to June 10. Traditionally, the event based in Düsseldorf, Germany, has run every four years.

“The entire print process chain has changed radically because of the Internet and digital technologies. New applications and solutions are developing and opening up new fields of business. At the same time, there is more focus on innovative technologies, such as 3D printing, printed electronics and functional printing,” stated Claus Bolza-Schünemann, Chairman of the drupa Advisory Board and President of Koenig & Bauer Group. “It’s more important than ever before that our customers have an overview of the latest technology and are also inspired to use new business models and solutions. drupa is the only specialist trade fair in the world to offer this – and will do so every three years in the future.”

Show organizers point to a positive side-effect of moving to a 3-year cycle in that drupa will no longer take place in 2020, the same year as interpack, one of the world’s largest trade fairs for the packaging industry. “For the drupa exhibitors who specialize in packaging printing, 2020 would have been an incredibly stressful year so the change will clearly benefit customers,” said Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, President & CEO of Messe Düsseldorf.

The exact dates have not yet been finalized, but future drupa exhbitions will take place in the traditional drupa month of May in 2019, 2022 and 2025 in Düsseldorf, Germany.


The SGIA, an association focused on the production of signage and display graphics, has revealed its free sessions to take place over three days at Graphics Canada, running from April 16 to 18 at the International Centre.

The program, referred to as SGIA’s Specialty Graphics Opportunity Zone, is comprised of 13 sessions, five of which are to be lead by SGIA staff members, including: Introduction to Wide-Format Digital Printing on both Thursday and Saturday of the Graphics Canada show; Current Trends & Opportunities in Wide-Format Digital; Understanding Changes to WHMIS and New Ontario Safety Requirements; and Understanding Changes to WHMIS and New Ontario Safety Requirements.

The remaining session are to be primarily presented by technology suppliers, including Mutoh, Mimaki, Fujifilm, Esko and 3M. Printers Scott Crosby of Holland & Crosby and Sheldon Rier of Mitographics are involved in sessions focusing on the business of wide-format printing, while consultant Mike Ruff presents a session called Best Practices of the Most Profitable Digital Printing Companies.

More details about the SGIA sessions can be found at

The Toronto-area stage of the 2014 Uvu Unisource Design and Print Excellence Awards, which is a national traveling exhibit of high-end Canadian printing, took place last week at the Arcadian Loft.

PrintAction visits Cober Evolving Solutions in Kitchener, Ontario, to see firsthand how Peter Cober has led the development of one of North America’s most-innovative printing operations, which has moved well beyond putting ink on paper.

Thomas Quinlan III, President and CEO of RR Donnelley & Sons Company, is to participate in a fireside chat with EFI’s CEO, Guy Gecht, at the upcoming EFI Connect Users’ Conference taking place from January 20 to 23 in Las Vegas.

“It will be a privilege to hear from the chief executive of a legendary organization that has thrived over its 150-year history and continues to lead as the largest company in our industry,” said Gecht. “Connect attendees will be inspired to hear Tom’s personal and professional story and learn how both he and RR Donnelley have been able to adapt as the industry goes through significant changes.”
Appearing at number 268 on the Fortune 500 listing of the country’s largest corporations, Quinlan’s company, RR Donnelley, is often described as the world’s largest graphic communications firm, with approximately 65,000 employees, annual revenues of nearly $11.5 billion, and more than 500 locations around the world. RR Donnelley is also one of the largest users of EFI products, with hundreds of EFI MIS/ERP and Web-to-print software, EFI Fiery servers and EFI VUTEk printing systems installed across its global locations.
Quinlan, 51, joined RR Donnelley in February 2004 and in 2006 became Group President, Global Services (comprising approximately 40 percent of RR Donnelley's revenues), and Chief Financial Officer. From 2004 to 2006, he served RR Donnelley as Executive Vice President, Operations, with primary responsibility for the integration of RR Donnelley and Moore Wallace.

Previously, at Moore Wallace from 2000 to 2004, Quinlan served variously as Executive Vice President, Operations, Executive Vice President, Business Integration, Executive Vice President, Office of the Chief Executive and Treasurer. At Moore Wallace, he had primary responsibility for the integration of Moore Corporation Limited and Wallace Computer Services. He also had responsibility from time to time for all of Moore Wallace's sales and manufacturing functions, and for all corporate staff functions, including, among others, human resources, information technology, benefits, legal, treasury, tax and credit and collections.

From 1994 until 1999, at World Color Press, Inc., Quinlan served in various finance capacities, including as Senior Vice President and Treasurer. He has previous finance and treasury experience at Walter Industries, Marsh & McLennan and Kidder Peabody.
Quinlan’s EFI Connect conference general session is to take place January 21 at 8:30 am at The Wynn Las Vegas.

EFI Connect 2015 will also include more than 200 educational sessions on business management, sales, marketing and production technology for users of EFI products.

Andrew Paparozzi, Chief Economist of printing association AMSP/NAPL/NAQP is to also present a January 21 keynote address, in addition to a January 23 closing keynote fireside chat with Avi Reichental, President and CEO of 3D Systems.

The users’ conference will also have a solutions centre featuring new EFI technologies and exhibits from EFI partners, including: 3M Commercial Graphics; AccuZIP; BCC Software; Canon; Esko; ESP/SurgeX; Honle UV America; Heytex Corp.; Kodak; Konica Minolta; MBM Corp.; the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation; Ricoh Production Print; Xerox; and Zünd.

The C.J. Group of Companies in December held its 26th annual open house celebration to raise funds for the C.J. Skateboard Park & School special needs programs, Toronto’s Daily Bread Food Bank and the Toronto Tree Foundation.

C.J. Group also emphasized its recent new partnerships with Gilda’s Club of Toronto, Ontario Parents Advocating for Children with Cancer (OPACC) and Childhood Cancer of Canada, in addition to an expansion of its skateboard park and Kids Being Kids program. The skateboard park is a not-for-profit facility offering year-round supervised skateboarding, scooter riding, inline skating, as well as lessons, camps and classes, to all kids in the community, including those with special needs.

More than 1,000 people attended the December 5th event, which included both live and silent fundraising auctions. Thirteen items were picked up at the Live Auction, led by Jay Mandarino, President of C.J. Group, while 90 were available to bid on during the Silent Auction. In total, $21,865 was raised for the C.J. Skateboard Park & School – an increase from last year’s event. Volunteers were on hand from the Daily Bread Food Bank, who collected donations of both $1,600 and 1,700 pounds of food.

New highlights of this season's event were stations for Chinese Calligraphy, where attendees could have their name transcribed into Chinese, a Photo Booth to dress up in your favorite superhero costume, and Woody’s Burgers. Continuing stations included an oyster boat, beer and wine bars, sushi station, desert station, pulled pork station, pizza station, sandwich station, smoothies, Cheese station and more. The evening featured a live DJ and an appearance by songwriter and performer Shy.

In addition to C.J. Group, the event was sponsored by CIBC, Sony Playstation, Maple Lodge Farms, Gatorade and Pizza Pizza.

Graphics Canada released details about the previously announced G7 Summit to take place during the 3-day tradeshow, taking place at the Toronto International Centre from April 16 to 18.

IDEAlliance explains its 2015 G7 Summit Canada, scheduled to run on April 17 from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm, will provide the latest developments in the G7 methodology for print production, as well as access to process experts for both G7 novices and experienced production professionals.

The sessions at Graphics Canada include: Expanded Gamut & G7, Breakthroughs in Spot Color Process Control; M1’s Impact on Lighting, Measurement & G7; Beyond Sheetfed, G7 for Wide Format, Screen, Digital, & Flexo; Using G7 to Grow Your Business; and The Future of G7.

Planned speakers to date include Don Hutcheson of Hutchcolor, the inventor of the G7 methodology, and Ron Ellis of Ron Ellis Consulting LLC.

The sessions are free but require registration.

The Black Creek Pioneer Village in northwest Toronto gave visitors live demonstrations of a cylinder press built by R. Hoe & Co. of New York in 1860.

Holding a country drum cylinder design, the printing machine was made to produce newspapers with a moderate circulation and, at the same time, print general jobs.

Priced at $1,750 in 1867, the machine could produce 800 impressions per hour when operated by hand, and 1,000 impressions per hour by steam. Black Creek Village explains the press and others of its type, was the staple of small-town newspaper production for more than 100 years.

The restored R. Hoe printing press at Black Creek Pioneer Village was first purchased in 1862 for E.J. Barker of Kingston, Ontario, to produce his weekly newspaper, the British Whig, which still exists today as the Kingston Whig-Standard.

In 1881, the press was sold to the Whitby Chronicle, who planned to launch the new Pickering News. In 1901, the paper and the press was sold to John Murkar, whose son and grandson continued to operate the press for over 50 years.

W.B. Murkar, John's grandson, donated the press to Black Creek Pioneer Village. (Some of Murkar’s descendants were on hand for Black Creek’s printing demonstration of the restored press.) In early 2004, Ray Redmayne, who had just retired after 60 years in the printing industry, volunteered to clean the machine and explore the possibility of putting it back into working condition.

Redmayne invested over 1,350 hours of volunteer time to clean and repair the printing machine. Only a dozen of these presses are known to have survived, of which only a third are in operating order. This restoration is a example of Black Creek's mandate to preserve 19th century technology and trades.

Graphics Canada announced that its upcoming 2015 tradeshow is to include an Opportunity Zone organized by the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA).

In addition to wide-format production, SGIA’s Specialty Graphics Opportunity Zone at Graphics Canada is to focus on industrial printing solutions and garment decoration technologies. The free Specialty Graphics Opportunity Zone area is to educate on both market opportunities and how-to topics. It supports an earlier announcement that IDEAlliance is also organizing a Graphics Canada educational program around its G7 initiative.

Graphics Canada is scheduled to take place at the Toronto International Centre from April 16 to 18, 2015.

Show organizers have announced exhibitors signed up to the 3-day event currently include Canon, Konica Minolta, Fujifilm, Ricoh, Epson, GBC, Heidelberg, Riso, Primera, Neopost, Grimco, KIP, Mutoh, Scodix, Sydney Stone and Xerox.

Graphics Canada announced Xerox and Scodix as two of the newest exhibitors to commit to its upcoming tradeshow, taking place at the Toronto International Centre from April 16 to 18.

Show Director Dan Mustata earlier announced the 3-day event would include exhibitors Canon, Konica Minolta, Fujifilm, Ricoh, Epson, GBC, Heidelberg, Riso, Primera, Neopost, Grimco, KIP, Mutoh and Sydney Stone.

Mustata also announced Graphics Canada’s educational program is to include five collocated conferences, a print executive forum, a printing sales training program, industry certification seminars, workshops and industry association meetings. IDEAlliance, reports Mustata, has confirmed it will run a G7 program at Graphics Canada.

Leaders from the Canadian printing industry discuss the benefits of participating in what has become the community’s premiere annual networking event, where printers and suppliers from across the country celebrate business achievement.

On Thursday, November 13, Ryerson University’s School of Graphic Communications Management held its annual awards night. Over 150 people including students, parents, friends and industry representative came to see the large number of students that had won scholarships and were recognized for their academic success.

The Deans' list, which requires a GPA 0f 3.67 for the previous academic year, was 47 names long. This is an impressive list. In total close the $89,000 in awards and scholarships were handed out to 67 students. A bit more than half that amount came from the CPISTF or Canadian Industry Scholarship Trust Fund. Student Samantha Tully received $5,000 from CPISTF for the highest incoming high school grade point average. It was a very nice evening and a few students went home with multiple awards.

Last night in Greater Toronto, 245 people attended the sold-out 9th annual Canadian Printing Awards to celebrate world-class printing, as well as environmental leadership and four inspiring print leaders in Peter Cober, Nikos Kallas, Don Gain and Carl Pauptit.

The evening began by recognizing the influence of Carl Pauptit with the John A. Young Lifetime Achievement Award. Pauptit founded Etobicoke’s Flash Reproductions 45 years ago and continued to drive commercial-printing excellence into the Toronto market, as the industry made huge transformations from letterpress to offset litho to digital prepress. Pauptit retired in 2009 when his son, Rich Pauptit, became President of the company.

PrintAction’s second Industry Achievement Award was presented to Don Gain as the Printing Community Leader of the Year. Gain, President of Harmony Printing, was primarily recognized for his work with the Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund (CPISTF). He has been on the board of CPISTF for 12 years and served as its Chair for the last nine years.

In its most recent year, CPISTF awarded $52,500 in scholarships across Canada to post-secondary printing students. CPISTF was initiated in 1971 and has since generated over a $1 million in funding. Gain was also instrumental in establishing the dedicated downtown Toronto building for Ryerson University’s Graphic Communications Management (GCM) program, for which he continues to serve on the Advisory Board.

Nikos Kallas, age 34, received PrintAction’s Emerging Leader of the Year Award. He became President of Vancouver’s MET Fine Printers in January 2011, succeeding his father, George, who founded the company in 1977. Nikos Kallas, who previously served as MET’s Business Development Manager, has lead key new initiatives such as MET Resources, to push the company beyond its world-class lithography, as well as MET FX research and development. He sits on an advisory board for the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s graphic communications program and plays a key role in MET’s carbon-neutral production and important community initiatives like CANstruction Vancouver.

The 2014 Printing Industry leader of the Year Award was presented to Peter Cober, President of Cober Evolving Solutions (CES) in Kitchener, Ontario. In late-2013, CES installed Canada’s first HP Indigo 10000 press; and just a few of weeks ago, the country’s first Indigo 7800. Upwards of 90 percent of work reaching the HP Indigos is driven through Web-to-print portals.

In 2012, Cober Evolving Solutions, after a branding transition away from its historic 1916 Cober Printing name, moved into a new 86,000-square-foot facility in Kitchener, home to more than 120 employees. In February 2014, Cober continued its expansion with the purchase of Kempenfelt Graphics and in January 2014 added a five-year-old design agency called CuteGecko primarily because of its expertise in social-media.

The Most Environmentally Progressive Printing Company awards, on which the Canadian Printing Awards program was founded, went to: Gold, Hemlock Printers of Burnaby, BC; Silver, The Lowe-Martin Group of Ottawa, ON; and Bronze, Symcor ISS of Mississauga, ON.

The Canadian Printing Awards gala concluded by presenting the Best of Show Award to The Lowe-Martin Group for its production of Canada Post’s Haunted Canada Stamp Booklet (400,000 produced). This project was chosen from more than 230 entries, which vied for Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards in the program’s Quality Printing categories. Below are the Gold Award winners (a complete list will be provided in the January 2015 issue of PrintAction magazine):

Canadian Printing Awards Gold Winners

Self Promotion, printing company
Rhino Print Solutions, Discover the Possibilities

MET Fine Printers, RATIO Stationery Package

Business Cards
Somerset Graphics, Y Creative Card

Brochures & Booklets, offset (1 to 3 colours)
C.J. Graphics, Centric Mining Systems Brochure

Brochures & Booklets, offset (4 or more colours)
Hemlock Printers, Citti Brochure
PDI, Love Souvenir Programme

Brochures & Booklets, digital
Hemlock Printers, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation Invitation

Books, offset, hardcover
Friesens, UP North

Books, offset, softcover
The Lowe-Martin Group, Dr. Soanes’ Odditorium of Wonders

Finishing, offset
Somerset Graphics, FWD Condominiums brochure

Finishing, digital
MET Fine Printers, Nike Running Journal

Books, digital
Hemlock Printers, Roberta Marks

Business & Annual Reports
Hemlock Printers, Teck Annual Report

Direct Mail
C.J. Graphics, One Windermere, Don’t Be Beige
St. Joseph Communications, Kelsey’s Don't Worry, Eat Happy

Colour Innovations, NUVO Magazine Autumn 2014

Friesens, Friesens Engagement Calendar

Hemlock Printers, International Viewbook

Web Offset Printing
St. Joseph Communications, Audi Magazine, February 2014

Flexible Packaging
Spectrol, Snow Fox Vodka

Rigid Packaging
The Lowe-Martin Group, Butterflies of Canada #2

Boxboard & Folding Carton
Jones Packaging, Advil Cold & Sinus Convenience Pack

Labels, offset
The Lowe-Martin Group, Haunted Canada Stamp Booklet

Labels, flexography or gravure
Jones Packaging, Forty Creek Copper Pot Face Label
Artcraft Label, Redstone Chardonnay

Labels, digital
Simpson Print, President’s Choice See Through Window Label

Specialty Project
MET Fine Printers, Vancouver House

Cross Media Project
The Lowe-Martin Group, Rock Stars Promotion

Specialty Effects
MET Fine Printers, Concord Premium Estates & Estate Suites Books

Most Environmentally Progressive Printing Project
C.J. Graphics, Until the Last Child

At the 9th annual Canadian Printing Awards gala, taking place on November 6th in Toronto, more than 200 people will help celebrate the achievements of four key leaders who help shape the domestic printing industry.

PrintAction magazine will present Peter Cober, President of Cober Evolving Solutions in Kitchener, Ontario, with the 2014 Printing Leader of the Year Award. As with last year’s winner, RP Graphics’ George Mazzeferro, this award is presented to an inspiring leader in Canada’s printing industry who has both an excellent track record in business and has also demonstrated innovation and strategy to move the industry forward.

Carl Pauptit, Founder of Toronto’s Flash Reproductions, will receive the PrintAction Lifetime Achievement Award for his significant and pioneering contributions to the Canadian printing industry over his career.

At just 34 years of age, Nikos Kallas, President of Vancouver’s MET Fine Printers, leads one of North America’s most inspiring companies continually pushing the boundaries of printing innovation in terms of technology and strategy. Kallas will receive the Emerging Leader of the Year Award, presented annually to an industry leader under the age of 35.

Don Gain is to receive the Community Leader of the Year Award, which recognizes an individual whose community development has a positive and lasting effect on the Canadian printing industry. In addition to his role as President of Toronto’s Harmony Printing, and countless contributions to industry associations, Gain is the long-standing Chairman of the Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund, which fosters the vital development of printing careers in Canada.

Heather Hiscox of CBC News Now will host the 9th annual Canadian Printing Awards gala on November 6th at the Toscana Conference Centre in Vaughan, Ontario. Early bird pricing for corporate tables and individual tickets is available until October 24 at

Organizers of Graphics Canada announced several key technology suppliers have committed to exhibiting at next year’s trade show, running from April 16 to 18 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.

Show Director Dan Mustata reports more than 70 percent of the three exhibit halls to be used for Graphics Canada are already filled out. Some of the confirmed 2015 exhibitors include Canon, Konica Minolta, Fujifilm, Ricoh, Heidelberg, Epson, GBC, Sydney Stone, Ernest Green, KIP, Grimco (formerly Proveer), Access Imaging, Mutoh and Therm-O-Type, among others.

“Graphics Canada will also continue its strong education program with several collocated conferences being planned,” said Mustata. Currently, including collocated conferences, education programs at Graphics Canada are to focus on topics like printing software, integrated media, labels and flexography, wide format, digital and specialty graphics, and paper and ink. Mustata is also planning for the return of the Printing Sales Training Days and Print Executive Forum with expanded programs.

PrintAction magazine has signed on to produce the Official Show Guide for the three-day event.

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