Industry Events

A foursome from Fujifilm Canada won the recent best-ball golf tournament presented by the Ontario Printing Industries Association at Angus Glen in Markham, Ontario.

Fujifilm Canada’s team (pictured above) consisted of Phil Hampson, Derek Watt, Domenic Rubino and Peter Spring. The Closest to the Pin contest was won by Mauro Masatti, while Peter Spring won Longest Drive and Bill Davidson won Straightest Drive.

OPIA President Tracey Preston also used the occasion to acknowledge Bob Wood, retired President of G&K Services Canada Inc., for his many years of OPIA support.

Entering its 9th year, the Canadian Printing Awards program continues to provide a platform for printing companies from across the country to showcase some of the world’s most innovative and technically sound print production.

PrintAction magazine has signed on to produce the Official Show Guide for the upcoming Graphics Canada trade show running from April 16 to 18, 2015, at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.

“Major suppliers and the industry have reacted with much support and enthusiasm to Graphics Canada's new dates,” says Dan Mustata, Show Manager of Graphics Canada.

The national printing-industry trade show was traditionally held every two years during late-fall in the Greater Toronto Area, but was moved to the spring for 2015.

Graphic Canada’s planned pavilions and industry sections for the 2015 event currently includes the Sign & Wide Format Showcase, PacPrint Canada, Design Zone, Cross Media Canada Conference, the Printing Sales Training Days, and the Paper & Ink Pavilion.

The three-day event will also include a range of equipment demonstrations, seminars, workshops and network opportunities for professionals of Canada's printing industry.

Kodak Graphic Communications Canada in mid-June spent an afternoon at the Rogers Centre in Toronto to highlight its Sonora XP technology, described as a true process-free plate with stability approaching conventional plate technology.

“It is our second-generation process-free plate, our first being Thermal Direct. We did have success with Thermal Direct, but it had limitations and we have eliminated almost all of those barriers,” says Greg Running, National Sales Manager, Kodak Graphic Communications Canada. “[Sonora XP] is now what I would call a conventional process-free offset plate, meaning it is not just for narrow applications.”

Released in Canada a little more than a year ago, Running explains Sonora XP is engineered to run in a range of press environments, from web to sheetfed offset, UV to regular inks, long and short runs. “Over 40 different customers in Canada just in the last year have started up on Sonora XP and that number is continuing to grow weekly,” says Running. There is also a Sonora NEWS version for use on newspaper presses, only differentiated by plate size and packaging.

Running notes Kodak’s long history in material sciences – applying coatings to substrates – as a key reason for Sonora XP’s wide range of use, as well as its environmentally progressive technology. “It is the science behind the emulsion on the plate that allows you to go direct from CTP to on press, and there is zero contamination on press – that is important,” he explains.

The non-ablative, thermal, negative-working Sonora XP plate, Kodak explains, can be imaged without processing chemistry and equipment. With a quality rating of 1-99% @ 200 lpi, the plate – when combined with the proper hardware and software – allows printers to produce FM 20 stochastic work.

Sonora XP is rated to run up to 200,000 impressions with heatset/commercial coldset web presses, 100,000 impressions with sheetfed presses, 50,000 impressions for offset packaging (non UV), and up to 10,000 impressions for UV-ink applications. “Everyone thinks there is nothing exciting happening in plates, but Sonora XP has changed that,” says Running. “We have seen a tremendous response from the industry worldwide.”

More than 70 people attended the Toronto stop of Kodak’s North American Sonora XP Plate Roadshow on June 10. Peter Cober, President of Cober Evolving Solutions in Kitchener, Ontario, spoke about his company’s shift to Sonora XP plates. Following the program, customers joined Kodak and Spicers Canada for the Blue Jays game – a 4-0 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

The team of Steve Thompson, Kevin Rice, Glen Kimber and Mike Bell from Heidelberg Canada posted the lowest overall score to take first place at the annual IAPHC Toronto Craftsmen golf tournament.

Proceeds from the IAPHC Toronto golf tournament, held this year at Wooden Sticks in Uxbridge on June 25, are used to support the organization’s annual scholarship awards.

Last year, 12 students focused on developing a career in graphic communications at secondary and post-secondary schools received funding for their education via the IAPHC Toronto Craftsmen. This included eight students with the highest grade point averages in their respective programs, who received the Chai Tse Award named after a Ryerson student who passed away nearly 10 years ago.

The IAPHC Toronto organization will be celebrating its 40th annual awards program this coming year.

Sydney Stone completed its Southern Ontario demonstration tour, called Equip 2014, highlighting new short-run finishing technologies in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The equipment tour began back on March 6 with an event in Hamilton.

The June 10 event in Richmond Hill featured EBA’s recently released cutting systems, including the 5560, 5255 and 6660. EBA has reengineered its cutting line providing features like pneumatic operation, ergonomic paddle controls, IR light beam guides, and new touchscreen control. Sydney Stone has been a Canadian exclusive distributor of EBA since 1982.

The new generation of EBA cutters are also available with larger cutting widths to accommodate the increase of larger format toner systems, with the ability to handle 14 x 20 and 14 x 12 inch sized sheets.

A day before the Richmond Hill event, Sydney Stone announced it would begin distributing the new Duplo DC-616 system for slitting, cutting, creasing and perforating primarily short-run toner work. The DC-616 can run 24-up business cards on a sheet based on a new design that positions the trimmer near the end of the unit. It can process up to six slits, 25 cuts, and 20 creases in a single pass.

Two models are available, including the basic version and the DC-616 PRO which comes standard with PC controller software and PC Pole Mount for easy job setup, CCD scanner to read barcodes and registration marks, ultrasonic double feed detection, and a perforating unit.

During Equip 2014, Sydney Stone also demonstrated the recently released (July 2013) Watkiss PowerSquare 224 booklet maker. It is rated to produce stitched square-back books of up to 224 pages thick, as well as the double-sided Matrix 530 laminator, which allows users to apply heavy pressure to the sheet. Sydney Stone featured around 20 technologies at its events, including Morgana creasing and folding systems.

The Canadian Printing Awards program, entering its 9th year, is now open for submissions across 33 categories, including three completely new printing categories: Special Project, Special Effects and Cross Media Project.

The new Specialty Project category is designed to reflect the growing use of marketing campaigns that are comprised of at least two distinct printing components, in addition to supporting materials, containers or unique pieces. As its name suggests, the Cross Media Project category reflects any campaign tying together print and digital communications, such as Augmented Reality, Email, Near Field Communications, QR Codes or other online/digital applications. Finally, the new Special Effects category relates to a printing project leveraging the extraordinary use of inks or coatings beyond four process colours.

In addition to these new categories, PrintAction has also expanded some of the most popular Canadian Printing Awards categories, including Brochures & Booklets, Books, Labels and Packaging to account for production by different printing processes. The program's entry deadline is set for September 18, 2014.

Tracing back to its roots, the 2014 Canadian Printing Awards continue to highlight environmentally progressive printers and suppliers. PrintAction magazine will also name its 2014 Industry Achievement winners in the Printing Leader of the Year, Emerging Leader of the Year (Under 35), Lifetime Achievement Award and Community Leader of the Year.

The awards gala is to take place on November 6, 2014, at the Toscana Conference Centre of the Hilton Garden Inn in Vaughan, Ontario. CBC News network personality Heather Hiscox returns as the gala’s host. She is a three-time Gemini nominee as Best Host and Best News Anchor.

For complete details of categories, entry forms please visit the Canadian Printing Awards Website.

Six Canadian printing operations took home medals from the 2014 Excellence in Flexography Awards program presented by the Flexographic Technical Association. Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School of Mississauga also picked up a medal in the Student flexo competition.

Just over 100 awards were presented at the recent Flexography Technical Association (FTA) Forum & INFO*FLEX conference held in Baltimore, Maryland, during late April. The four-day event drew more than 1,800 attendees.

In total, the 102 awards were broken out into 38 bronze medals, 34 silver medals and 28 gold medals. Nearly one quarter of the awarded medals, 23 percent, went to entries in the Wide Web category, which received the highest number of submissions, but the Narrow Web category saw the largest number of medals at 27.

Among the Gold Medal winners, six flexographic printing projects were given Best of Show designation (below). The six domestic companies earning medal recognition for their work, includes:

2014 FTA Canadian Medal Winners

Wide Web category
Master Packaging, Dieppe, NB
PolyCello, Amherst, NS  

Mid Web category
Cascades Boxboard, Kingsey Falls, QC

Narrow Web category
Artcraft Label Inc., Burlinton, ON
ASL Print FX, Vaughan, ON

Preprinted Linerboard category
RockTenn Company of Canada, Candiac, QC

Student category
Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School, Mississauga, ON

2014 Best of Show Winners

Sunshine FPC
For Seafood Medley In A Ginger Noodle Broth Wrapper

Marvaco Oy Ltd
For Falcon BBQ Wrapper

Cellotape-Landmark Label
For Ron Teeguarden’s Dragon Herbs Tonic Alchemy Label

Lewisburg Container Co.
For Boulevard Brewing Co. Pale Ale Box

RockTenn Co.
For Hartz Multi Cat Litter Box

Mac Papers Envelope Converters
For Dish Cinema Multi Sport Pack Envelope

Designedge Canada presented the 2014 Canadian Regional Design Awards at the Berkeley Church in Toronto, hosted by Jay Mandarino, Chairman and Founder of the C.J. Group of Companies, which controls Designedge.

The format of the Canadian Regional Design Awards program, colloquially known as the Redgees, divides the country into eight regions in which design firms compete against others within their geographic location.
Close to 500 submissions were entered into this year’s program, comprising 14 different print and digital graphic design categories. The panel of 16 judges, who do not evaluate entries from their own region, use a blind process to determine the winners, which are divided into Best of Region, Honourable Mention and category winners.

Best of Region winners include Hambly & Woolley of Toronto; Orangetango of Montreal; Gooselane Editions of Fredericton, NB; VentureWeb of Squamish, BC; KiK Innovation of Winnipeg; Luke Despatie & The Design Firm of Port Hope, ON; Intent of Kitchener, ON; and the in-house design team of TMX Equicom in Calgary.
New this year at the Redgees, Honourable Mentions were awarded in each region. The recipients are: Toronto’s TAXI (2); Montreal’s Bleublancrouge; Halifax’s Burke & Burke Design; Regina’s Bradbury Branding & Design; Honey Design of London, ON; BANG! Creative Communications of Milton, ON; Vancouver’s PUBLIC: Architecture + Communication; and Calgary’s Hartman Design Studio.

Canstruction Vancouver, a charitable program founded by MET Fine Printers 12 years ago, announced its award-winning companies from the 19 sculptures created, which brought in donations of more than 65,000 cans of food.

Canstruction Vancouver is a juried design and build competition where teams of architects, engineers, graphic designers, schools and corporate teams compete to create sculptures out of full cans of food. This year’s 19 teams involved the work of over 225 builders, focused on the competition’s theme of “Around the World.”

After two days of building, the sculptures were put on public display at three Vancouver venues, including: the Pendulum Gallery, Rotunda at Pacific Centre, and Four Seasons Hotel in the heart of downtown.

Judging of the sculptures took place on Wednesday of last week followed by the ACANamy Awards emceed by Margaret Gallagher, host of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Hot Air program.

Winners of the National Awards will compete against more than 130 cities from around the world in the International Canstruction Competition later this year.

National Award Winners
Structural Ingenuity
Eiffel Tower by Allnorth and Maple Leaf Foods

Best Meal
World is Your Oyster by Ausenco

Best Use of Label    
Traveling Gnome by Perkins+ Will/MET Fine Printers

Honourable Mention
Lougheed Aircraft by AMEC

Honourable Mention
Lego Spaceman by Ritchie Bros.

Local Award Winners
Best Use of Theme    
Buzz Aldrins Helmet by New Westminster Secondary School    

Best Youth Team    
Victoria Sailing Vessel by Eric Hamber Secondary School/Chandler Assoc.    

Best Rookie Team    
Bi-Plane by Fast + Epp    

Landscape Architecture (Vancouver Convention Centre)
Windmill by PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc.    

Balloon by Hatch Mott Macdonald    

CANcation Map and Luggage by Fluor

Graphic Design    
BackPack by PCL / Stantec    

CAN-do Award    
House from “UP” by Simon Fraser University  

Insource Corp. held an open house in its Markham, Ontario, headquarters to highlight new equipment lines and business programs for the Canadian printing industry, while also celebrating the Gold Medal performance of Canadian Olympian Jennifer Wakefield.

Founded nine years ago by Tim Wakefield, Insource supplies and supports technologies primarily aimed at the industrial paper handling, card handling, packaging and fulfillment markets. The company also provides consultation services such as auditing a company’s current practices, processes and technologies.

Attendees of the open house had the opportunity to meet Jennifer Wakefield, daughter of Insource’s Tim and Suzanne Wakefield, who recently helped steer the Canadian Women’s Hockey Team to Olympic Gold in Sochi, Russia.

With staff in Montreal and Vancouver, Insource explains its exclusive vendor partnerships in Canada include Kirk Rudy, W&D, KAS, Petratto, SCS and Astro. During the open house, Insource demonstrated a range of software and hardware it distributes, with insight provided by several manufacturers who also attended the event.

Equipment highlighted during Insource's open house included new systems from Petratto, with the lead engineer Dirk Stunkel in from Germany, and RISO, with Andre Urbano, National Sales Manager. The event also focused on Astro (MI and M2), Print and Apply (Weber), intelligent camera system on inserter with read-and-print technology, KR497 tipping system with GMS gluer, KR 535 triple web tabber Tabmaster (Kirk Rudy), Flagship iAddress software (with owner Kristi Krantz on hand for demonstrations), and the Digibinder.

Canstruction Vancouver, an annual non-profit competition founded by MET Fine Printers, to build sculptures out of food cans, which are then donated to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society, remains open to the public until May 16.

After two days of building, from May 9 to 11, the sculptures go on display to the public for free at three Vancouver venues, including: the Pendulum Gallery, Rotunda at Pacific Centre, and Four Seasons Hotel in the heart of downtown.


“Inspired by our theme Around the World, we will have astronauts, airplanes, ships, postcards, spiritual moons and travelling gnomes on display,” said Scott Gray, Chair of Canstruction Vancouver.

Now in its 12th year, the 2014 competition features 19 food-can sculptures of approximately 10 x 10 x 8 feet. Organizers estimate the sculptures when combined are comprised of more than 65,000 cans. Judging in the competition begins today.

On Wednesday, organizers will hold the ACANamy Awards emceed by Margaret Gallagher, host of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Hot Air program. The evening features Ritchie Bros live and silent auctions, followed by the presentation of the coveted Canstruction Ribbons.

Canstruction Vancouver is the local chapter of Canstruction, a global anti-hunger project, a trademarked event that has been held in over 140 cities worldwide. Since 1992, Canstruction has contributed over 17.5 million pounds of food to community food banks. The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society provides assistance to over 28,000 people weekly through 15 food depots and over 100 community agencies located in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and North Vancouver.

Messe Düsseldorf Gmbh today opened up exhibitor registration for its upcoming drupa 2016 tradeshow scheduled to take place in Germany from May 31 to June 10. Registration for the massive printing industry exhibition, held every four years in Düsseldorf, will close on October 31, 2014.

In late 2012, organizers of the world's largest print-centric tradeshow announced they would stay on a four-year schedule, despite some discussions about going to a three-year cycle.

drupa 2016, however, will be three days shorter in spanning only 11 days instead of the traditional 14. Claus Bolza-Schünemann, CEO of KBA, is drupa’s Chairman for 2016.

Exhibitor details can be found on a dedicated page of Potential Canadian exhibitors can also reach out to Messe Düsseldorf Canada, based in Toronto, for more information about how to participate in the 2016 event, via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone (416) 598-1524.

Every year on the last Saturday of April, the Wayzgoose society brings together people active in book-related crafts, including letterpress printers, printmakers, paper makers and hand bookbinders, who gathered at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery.

The daylong, free event took place this year on April 26. It marked the 36th year of the Wayzgoose organization, which began as a small gathering of friends and colleagues from the Canadian printing industry. The group’s first event attracted some 300 visitors.

The Wayzgoose April 26 fair drew in more than 2,000 visitors from across Ontario, Quebec and the Northeastern United States. This year’s event also played host to a few travelers from as far away as Europe and Japan to take in the craft of bookmaking, including demonstrations of paper making, book binding, calligraphy and paper marbling.

Wayzgoose other main annual activity is the production of an Anthology by various participants. Sections, known as signatures, are hand bound into a limited edition volume – 115 copies in 2014. Sales of the Wayzgoose Anthology are used to offset operating costs of the organization. The Grimsby Public Art Gallery has copies of the most-recent Anthology on sale for $80.

Photos provided by Denis Cahill


Avanti Computer Systems Limited of Toronto plans to host users of its software during a 2 ½ day conference at the Park Hyatt Toronto in Yorkville from May 27 to May 30.

The 2014 Avanti User Group Conference will be significant for the company after releasing its brand new Slingshot Management Information System in August 2013, followed by its first public showing at the September PRINT 13 tradeshow in Chicago.

Attendees at Avanti’s 2013 User Group Conference were made aware of Slingshot, with several providing critical feedback on the system, but this May’s event will be the first time for the group to discuss and provided feedback for Slingshot in its commercial-release form.

Avanti explains the upcoming user conference will be highly focused on learning the ins and outs of the new software’s modules – “finding all the little hidden gems” – and its ability to reduce labour costs and increase sales activities.

More about the conference and registration

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