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The Graphics Canada trade show, held November 21-24 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, marks a 50 year milestone this year. According to show organizers, pre-show tickets are already 20 percent above those sold in the same period in 2011.

The show also includes several hosted events such as the Graphics Canada Seminar Series, The Print Executive Forum, and the Cross Media Conference. For a full schedule of those events, please visit the Graphics Canada site.

PrintAction contacted all the exhibitors slated to be at the show about what they will be both bringing and featuring this year. The following companies replied with their plans. If you are exhibiting at this year's show and wish to be included in this listing, please contact Jon Robinson ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for details.

EXHIBITORS (Alphabetically listed)

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SinaLite

SinaLite of Markham describes itself as an easy-to-use service provider exclusively catering to the production needs of print resellers.

New on booth: Numbered ticketing for events, concerts and shows; rigid board and Sintra signage
Booth activities: Free SinaLite Profit Pak sample kits


Southwest Binding Systems

Southwest Binding, headquartered in Toronto, is a manufacturer, with nine locations across Canada, specializing in branding solutions, presentation supplies and print finishing equipment and supplies.

New on booth: Foliant Gemini C 400A, Accucreaser and MasterBind pouch covers
Also on booth: 7650 Exclusive Power Punch; ALM automatic laminator and trimmer; custom binders and custom index tabs
Third-party presence: Personnel from Foliant


Spiral of Canada International Binding

Spiral of Canada, headquartered in Mississauga, provides what it describes as complete packages for photo-book and document finishing applications.

Also on booth: Fastbind Elite, Fastbind H32 Pro, Booxter 3030, Fastback 20, Image Strips, Pro-Bind 2000, Pro-Bind Hard Cover Crimper


Shelf Talkers Manufacturing

Shelf Talkers Manufacturing of Mississauga describes itself as a leading supplier of POS, display and merchandising products, with a facility for fast turnaround of orders.

New on booth: Opti frame, oval base sign holder, iPad kiosk, floor totems, waterproof snap frame, foam-core hanging clip, and LED backlit snap frame
Highlights not on booth: Lockable snap frame
New on booth: Snap frames (aluminium available), brochure and leaflet holders and poster hangers


Sublimart

Sublimart of Quebec describes itself as fabric printing company providing high-quality dye-sublimation services for exhibition stands, banners and over-sized displays, including wall exterior banner applications, as well as back drops for shows, museums and festivals.

New on booth: Horizon Media


Sydney Stone

Sydney Stone, based in Mississauga, describes itself as one of Canada’s leading distributors of print finishing equipment, service and supplies.

Product preview: Akiles Versamac PLUS modular punch (February 2014 ETA)
New on booth: Morgana System 2000S; Watkiss PowerSquare 224 with highcapacity sheet feeder; Unibind Case-Making system; EBA 551LT cutter with air table system; Matrix 530 single-sided laminator; Duplo DBM 150 bookletmaker and face trimmer; Duplo DF 980 folder; and the Morgana Side Perforation Kit enabling box perforating on Morgana creasers
Also on booth: Morgana DigiFold PRO; EBA 486ET paper cutter; Morgana CardXtra PLUS; Morgna AutoCreaser PRO; and Akiles binding and laminating equipment Third-party presence: Morgana Systems, Vivid laminators, Watkiss, and EBA paper cutters 
Booth activities: The launch of the Sydney Stone Supplies Loyalty Program


Tilia Labs

Tilia Labs of Ottawa was founded in 2012 to develop what the company describes as innovative prepress software focused on the package and label printing markets.

New on booth: Phoenix, package and label imposition software


Tiimports

Tiimports of Toronto is a merchant of specialty and fine papers, including materials like announcement envelopes, as well as metallic, coloured and letterpress stock.

New on booth: Wild letterpress paper, 35 percent cotton; Colorplan Felt Finish coloured folio; Gmund Flow Gloss Hi White textured embossed cover stock, Arturo Envelopes with HexArt Flap; AstroBrights 9x12 booklet envelopes; and Gmund Savana wood-grain cardstock
Highlights not on booth:
Crane's Lettra Inner-Outer envelopes, as well as museum & blotter board
Booth activities: Free paper swatch sampler kits


Toronto Club of Printing House Craftsmen

Toronto Craftsmen is a non-profit organization focused on supporting graphic communications education – primarily through the Chia Tse and Graphic Challenge Awards – to secondary and post-secondary students in related studies.


Third-party presence: The ryeTAGA student group from Ryerson University’s School of Graphic Communications Management is on the booth to discuss its program and support opportunities. ryeTAGA is raising funds through the sale of its annual Calendar, available at the show


Value-Rite Business Products

Value-Rite is a distributor of inkjet technologies to decorate fabric, ceramics, glass, plastic and MDF.

New on booth: Epson F6070 Dye Sublimation Printer and the Anajet mp 10i direct-to-garment printer
Also on booth: Mimaki CJV30 wide-format system (print and cut) and the Mimaki UJF 3042 HG flatbed UV printer




EXHIBITORS (Alphabetically listed)


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Industry Events | PrintAction



The Graphics Canada trade show, held November 21-24 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, marks a 50 year milestone this year. According to show organizers, pre-show tickets are already 20 percent above those sold in the same period in 2011.

The show also includes several hosted events such as the Graphics Canada Seminar Series, The Print Executive Forum, and the Cross Media Conference. For a full schedule of those events, please visit the Graphics Canada site.

PrintAction contacted all the exhibitors slated to be at the show about what they will be both bringing and featuring this year. The following companies replied with their plans. If you are exhibiting at this year's show and wish to be included in this listing, please contact Jon Robinson ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for details.

EXHIBITORS (Alphabetically listed)

A-F | G-L | M-R | S-Z



Macaron

Macaron of Montreal provides printed identification and promotional items.

Also on booth: Button and rounded corner machines; laminating machine and pouches; identification products and manual punches for ID cards; Dahle trimmers and guillotines; and promotional products like lanyards and buttons


Masterwork USA

Masterwork USA, based in Charlotte as a subsidiary of China’s Masterwork Machinery, describes itself as a premiere provider of corrugated and package printing solutions, with over 800 partners around the world.

New on booth: MK1060 ER automatic platen die cutter with stripping and blank separation; and MK 420 MINI Q high-speed carton inspection machine 
Highlights not on booth: The new 21060STE Duopress automatic platen foil stamping and die cutting machine with stripping; and the new MK1450ER automatic platen die cutting machine with stripping and blanking


MultiCam Canada

MultiCam Canada based in Concord engineers, manufactures, markets and supports a range of custom CNC cutting solutions.

New on booth: Digital Express Knife Cutter, Classic Series Router, EnRoute 5 software, Graphics-X-Cutter
Also on booth: Router bits and consumables, knife cutter blades, and consumables
Third-party presence: SAI for EnRoute Software and AG/CAD for Kasemake packaging software
Booth activities: Demonstrations of Digital Express cutter, as well as 3D routing with the Classic Series Router and EnRoute software


Multiple Pakfold

Multiple Pakfold, headquartered in Mississauga and founded in 1923, provides PM Business Forms, MP short run and MP label one-stop shopping for business forms, cheques and labels.

New on booth: Software-compatible cheques and same-day cheques
Also on booth: Short-, medium- and long-run forms, labels, snap-sets, continuous and cut sheets, wraparound books, three and four panel application forms, MP LaserCard (card/form combination), in-house folding, shrink-wrapping, and padding


ND Graphics

ND Graphics based in Concord, Ontario, distributes technology for the sign and imaging markets.

New on booth: Seiko M ColorPainter printer, Rollover Flatbed Applicator, FiberMark PVC Free Display Media, TextileBrite PVC-Free PSA Textile, and Contra Vision Perforated Window Films
Also on booth: Agfa Anapurna M1600 UV-Cure Printer, Mimaki CJV-30 Solvent Printer, and SteelTrak by Sawtrax
Highlights not on booth: Cool Blue 255C Laminator, BannerBrite Display Media, TextileBrite Media, and O'LamBrite Laminates
Third-party presence: Rollover, Seiko and FiberMark
Booth activities: Demonstrations of digital signage, Rollover flatbed applicator, and Seiko M ColorPainter


PEFC Canada

PEFC Canada, headquartered in Vancouver, describes itself as one the world's largest forest certification systems, as part of a global network of 30 national forest certification standards covering over 240 million hectares of certified forests.


PDS Pressdown

PDS Pressdown of Toronto provides sales and service for new and used toner, prepress, offset and bindery equipment, including systems for bookbinding, cutting and producing labels, envelopes or folders.

New on booth: Rapid X1 label printer with the Eclipse label finisher, DigiCut tabletop, MasterPress hot stamper
Also on booth: PlateWriter 2000 chemistry-free CTP, DigiXpress envelope press, DigiBind perfect binders, Opus Metal Bind Bookbinding System, hot stampers, Akiles Coil, Wire and Cerlox Binding Systems, lamination, and UV coating
Booth activities: Demonstrations of the Rapid X1 (MemJet technology) and DigiXpress 4 Colour Envelope Press


Prime UV Systems

Prime UV has 25 years of experience manufacturing high-speed UV systems for packaging, label, commercial web and newspaper printing.

New on booth: Water-cooled UV lamps for sheetfed presses and CI flexible film presses
Highlights not on booth: Radmax UV lamp systems operating at up to 3,000 fpm for installation packaging and wide-web newspaper presses
Also on booth: Portable UV dryers; Easyscan UV lamps for label and narrow web presses' UV-IR Action Dryers for drying water-based coatings and inks; dryers for lottery tickets and security printing


PrintAction

PrintAction is Canada's Graphic Communications Magazine. It will be presenting the eighth annual Canadian Printing Awards on the evening of November 21. Tickets can be purchased here until November 18.


Printer Gateway

Printer Gateway is a Toronto-area trade printer that describes itself as focused on innovation, efficiency and technology, while also providing online ordering support.

Highlights on booth: Trade printing of products like stationery, postcards, flyers, brochures, books, as well as wide-format signage with both flatbed and roll-to-roll printing of vinyl banners (glossy and matte), Coroplast signs, posters and foam board.
Third-party presence: PrintSites2Go


PrintLink

PrintLink of Oakville is a part of one of North America's largest professional recruiting firm serving the printing and graphic communications industry, including permanent placement for senior and middle management professionals, hands-on and technical related positions.


Proveer Sign & Graphics

Proveer, headquartered in Toronto, provides a wide selection of supplies and equipment for the display graphics sector, supported by a certified technical services team.

New on booth: HP Latex 260 and Epson SureColor S70670 printers, G-Floor printable flooring, Stinger Rigid Honeycomb Board, Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping Film in new colours, Alupanel Lite and Graphtec 8600
Also on booth: HP Scitex LX850, Foster Keencut Steeltrak Cutter, HP Scitex FB500 Flatbed Printer, variety of medias and rigid substrates, display and merchandising systems and accessories
Third-party presence: Avery Dennison, Multipanel and G-Floor
Booth activities: Avery wrap demonstration


Ricoh

Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services.

New on booth: Ricoh Pro C5100s & Pro C5110s: Light Production Colour Imaging System; Ricoh Pro  8100s: Production B/W Imaging System; and Ricoh TotalFlow Prep, Print Manager, Production Manager: Workflow Software
Also on booth: Pro C901s GA+: Production Colour Imaging System; Pro C651EX: Production Colour Imaging System; MP WC2200SP: Wide format colour MFP; Marcom Central: online, on demand marketing assets management (MAM) solution; and Fusion Pro: Variable Data Print solution
Third-party presence: EFI, PTI, Avanti, and Radix Web
Booth activities: Visitors to the Ricoh booth can enter a draw for a Pentax WG-10 waterproof point and shoot camera


Royal Sovereign Canada

Royal Sovereign, headquartered in New Jersey, manufactures and distributes wide-format and tabletop, hot and cold roll laminators, wide-format electric trimmers, pressure-sensitive and thermal laminating films.

New on booth: RSC 5500H Professional Series, 55-inch roll laminator with heat assist; RET 2501 rotary electric trimmer; 98-inch wide-format electric trimmer; Digistik laminate for toner production, available with an OPP or PET base, matte or glossy finish
Booth activities: Demonstrations of equipment listed above





EXHIBITORS (Alphabetically listed)


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Industry Events | PrintAction



The Graphics Canada trade show, held November 21-24 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, marks a 50 year milestone this year. According to show organizers, pre-show tickets are already 20 percent above those sold in the same period in 2011.

The show also includes several hosted events such as the Graphics Canada Seminar Series, The Print Executive Forum, and the Cross Media Conference. For a full schedule of those events, please visit the Graphics Canada site.

PrintAction contacted all the exhibitors slated to be at the show about what they will be both bringing and featuring this year. The following companies replied with their plans. If you are exhibiting at this year's show and wish to be included in this listing, please contact Jon Robinson ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for details.

EXHIBITORS (Alphabetically listed)

A-F | G-L | M-R | S-Z



GBC Canada

GBC of Brampton has provided binding and lamination technology for over 60 years and today carries a complete line of binding, laminating and shredding machines, as well as related supplies.

New on booth: Spire II 54C cold laminator; Spire III 44T laminator with heat assist; and the Spire III 64Ct hot and cold laminator
Also on booth: Magna punch 2.0 (desktop), AP2 Ultra punch; DigiCoil coil inserter; 620 Os laminator; CC2700 coil inserter; PB2600 finisher; and Catena 65 laminator
Third-party presence: Canon 8300s printer and MBM 1500s folder
Booth activities: iPad giveaway promotion and demonstrations on Spire laminators


Greenflow Environmental Services

Greenflow provides industrial waste management and disposal for printers, as well as IAG testing, wastewater treatment and recycling programs with bulbs, e-waste, batteries, film, ink cartridges and plates, among others.

New on booth: PCX plate chemistry Xtender; Duster Air Purification Series to minimize fumes and dust; and real-time indoor air quality testing
Highlights not on booth: Treatment for screen print wash water filtration; recycling programs; developer neutralizer systems; silver recovery systems; and developer neutralizing agent
Third-party presence: Personnel from LRM Distribution Co., Larry Miller Island Clean Air and Duster Series distributors
Booth activities: Attendees offered CTP developer reduction system trial and industrial waste management consultation, as well as an onsite visit. Transportation fee discount on first pick-up when attendees sign up for disposal services at the show


GTI Graphic Technology

GTI of New York provides D50 and D65 viewing systems designed to help companies make accurate visual judgments about colour appearance and reproduction.

New on booth: Soft View SOFV-1xiQ desktop soft-proofing system and Vertical Wall Viewing Systems for large-format colour reproduction
Also on booth: Simultaneous Color Viewer under four visible light sources, plus UV; Color Rendition Demonstrator, a portable three-compartment viewer; MiniMatcher 1Me, a compact viewing system for dimensional products; VPI Viewing System for visual evaluation of large format press sheets; Executive Viewing Station with D5000 viewing conditions; and Professional Desktop Viewers with up 30 x 52-inch areas


Gyford Standoff Systems

Gyford of Reno, Nevada, describes itself as a manufacturer of decorative mounting, including standoff-rod and wire systems for signage, graphics and gallery installations

New on booth: WL-Rod and Wire product line
Highlights not on booth: Adjustable square-edge and double-edge grip standoffs
Booth activities: A 25-year anniversary promotion in the form of a 25 percent off voucher


Hans Shinohara Canada

Hans Shinohara, with an operation in Mississauga, is a large Chinese-based manufacturer of multi-colour offset printing presses, as well as CTP and finishing systems.

Highlights not on booth: Japanese Shinohara commercial offset presses and parts, as well as Hans Gronhi and Toko presses from China


Insource

Insource of Markham describes itself as a provider of leading-edge technology and service in industrial paper handling, card manufacturing and processing, packaging, fulfillment and mailing segments.

New on booth: Petratto Metro folder/gluer; SCS trim and perf; and Kirk Rudy Phoenix 4 ½-inch inkjet system
Also on booth: Camera intelligence with read and print on legacy swing arm inserter; KAS CreaseMatic Auto50; M1 with FlexSystems software; and Digibinder
Highlights not on booth: Petratto Cordoba; W&D TiPrint inline printing on W&D BB700 inserter; Astro M1C continuous laser printing; and Astro M2
Third-party presence: Kirk Rudy, FlexSystems and Digibinder
Booth activities: Demonstrations of camera-based inserting; Petratto; SCS; Digibinder; and M1 with FlexSystems software


Jay-Line Trade Print & Promo

Jay-Line TPP of St. Catharines specializes in providing printed plastic, paper and magnetic products to printers, brokers, ad agencies and promotional product distributors.

New on booth: Clipboards and binders, printed paper cubes, executive journals, custom shaped coasters, gourmet chocolate and candy
Also on booth: RFID theft guard credit card and passport sleeves, buttons and magnets, note pads and adhesive notes, key tags, journals and workbooks, and wallet cards
Booth activities: Jay-Line is giving away some of its RFID sleeves


Jelly Labels

Jelly Labels of Toronto describes itself as a manufacturing of custom-shaped domed labels and cut vinyl products for the trade.

New on booth: Domed decals and two new standard shapes for LogoTilz, bringing the available total of logoTilz sheets to four


Jilca International

Jilca is a trade-only Canadian wholesale supplier of dye-sublimation fabric print and portable trade-show displays.

New on booth: Fabric LED light boxes, LED display lights, and custom fabric displays and counters
Other Also on booth: Fabric tension wall displays, pop-up fabric tension displays, custom fabric banner flags and table throws, EZ Truss modular display system, and retractable banner stands
Highlights not on booth: Fabric hanging signs and heat-transfer vinyl

K-North Services

K-North Services of Georgetown, Ontario, is a dealer for Komori presses in Ontario and Western Canada, as well as providing parts, consumables and service.

New on booth: Axis-PDQ estimating software with Management Information System integration, through Komori K-Station, as well as K-Press Consumables 
Highlights not on booth: Komori product line, including the GL 40 press with HUV, as well as K-North Services equipment service packs and Kuda cutting systems





EXHIBITORS (Alphabetically listed)


A-F | G-L | M-R | S-Z


The Graphics Canada trade show, held November 21-24 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, marks a 50 year milestone this year. According to show organizers, pre-show tickets are already 20 percent above those sold in the same period in 2011.

The show also includes several hosted events such as the Graphics Canada Seminar Series, The Print Executive Forum, and the Cross Media Conference. For a full schedule of those events, please visit the Graphics Canada site.

PrintAction contacted all the exhibitors slated to be at the show about what they will be both bringing and featuring this year. The following companies replied with their plans. If you are exhibiting at this year's show and wish to be included in this listing, please contact Jon Robinson ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for details.

EXHIBITORS (Alphabetically listed)

A-F | G-L | M-R | S-Z



4over

4over, headquartered in California and with an operation in Mississauga, describes itself a trade printer focused on high-quality print, fast turnarounds, and strong service.


New on booth: Full-colour roll labels, bumper stickers and packaging samples
Also on booth: Sample books, miscellaneous sample packs, large-format sample packs, brochures and flyers
Booth activities: Hockey jersey giveaways


Access Imaging

Access Imaging of Toronto has specialized in the distribution of large-format printing technologies since 1993.


New on booth: GMG Production Suite; Colex Sharpcut flatbed cutter; Flexa finishing products from Italy; and Afinia label printer
Also on booth: HP Scitex FB500 UV printer; HP Designjet L26500 latex printer; Summa roll cutter, Flexa Extrim cutter; and Flexa Evolution grommet machine
Booth activities: GMG Production Suite workflow demonstrations and access to the "Media Doctor" to ease large-format printing pain


Amazing Print Tech

Amazing Print describes itself as a Web-to-print software expert specializing in retail, B2C and B2B Websites for printing.

Product preview on booth: eCardBuilder version 4.7 online interface (accessing over 20,000 design templates); white label QR code builder; and Printing Kiosk 2.0
Also on booth: Mobile App for printers
Third-party presence: Three regional distributors
Booth activities: Slava Apal, CEO of Amazing Print, presents three seminars, including: Maximizing Revenue with Web-to-Print, parts I and II, and Ten New Revenue Channels for Printers Online


Announcement Converters

Announcement Converters of Florida provides envelops, paper, cardstock, cards and folders in what the company describes as one of North America's largest ranges of colours, textures and weight.

New on booth: Glitter cardstock, Elegent Glitter cardstock, Crane's Lettra, Crane's Crest, Reich Savoy, Reich Shine, Reich Oden and Wild
Also on booth: Colorplan, Brown Bag Kraft, Stardream, Curious Metalics, Basis, Classic Crest, Classic Linen and Plike
Booth activities: Free full sets of the company's eight paper swatch books


ATS-Tanner Banding Systems

ATS-Tanner Banding Systems, headquartered in Switzerland with an operation in Oakville, describes itself as a world leader in banding solutions from simple bundling tasks to fully automated packaging.

New on booth: Banding Machine US 2000 AD (30-, 50- and 60-mm formats) and Banding Machine MS 420 S (30 mm)
Booth activities: Testing samples of customer products


Avanti Computer Systems

Avanti Computer Systems of Toronto develops and supports Management Information System software specifically engineerred for the printing industry

New on booth: Avanti Slingshot, a next-generation Print MIS focused on business intelligence (CRM, dashboards and reporting), production planning (estimating, planned purchasing, sales orders, inventory management and scheduling), fulfillment, shipping and billing
Booth activities: Demonstrations of Avanti Slingshot


Bard Business Solutions

Bard Business Solutions of Toronto has provided management software for the printing and publishing industries since 1995.

New on booth: Graphics Manager version 9.2, Enterprise Manager v5.6, Digital Print Manager v3.6, Graphics Express v4.7, Magazine Manager v6.5, and Publishing Manager v1.5
Also on booth: FileMaker Pro 12 and FileMaker Go 12


Cambridge Label

Cambridge Label describes itself as a high-quality pressure sensitive label and shrink sleeve supplier to the trade.

New on booth: Short-run labels, hot- and cold-foil labels, embossed labels, VDP labels and shrink sleeves
Also on booth: Short-run wine labels, food labels, cosmetic labels, window decals, embossed labels, and double-sided window decals
Booth activities: Presenting a new selling tool for clients to self-brand Cambridge's material and sell directly to customers


Canon Canada

Canon Canada, headquartered in Mississauga, describes itself as a highly respected market leader in business and consumer imaging equipment and information systems.

New on booth: Océ VarioPrint 120 DP; Océ PRISMAprepare v6.1; Océ PRISMAaccess v5.3; Océ Arizona 660 XT; Canon imagePROGRAF iPF6450 with SU-21 spectrophotometer; and Canon imagePROGRAF iPF9400S
Also on booth: imagePRESS C7010VP; imageRUNNER ADVANCE C9065S PRO; imagePROGRAF iPF825MFP; Océ Arizona 660XT; Océ ProCut G3 L-2500; imagePROGRAF colour calibration console; and Océ ColorWave 650
Highlights not on booth: Océ VarioPrint DP Series (110/135), Océ PlotWave 340/360, Océ Arizona 600 Series, and Océ ColorWave 900
Third-party presence: Colourmanagement.ca
Booth activities: Door prize for a Canon camera; photo booth with printed comic books and posters; and an iPad Mini giveaway with the purchase of qualifying imagePROGRAF system


Cascades

Cascades, based in Saint-Jérôme, Quebec, describes itself as a leader in the manufacturing of high-quality, ecological fine papers in Canada.

New on booth: Cascades Enviro Jet, North America’s first inkjet paper of 100 percent postconsumer fibre, and Rolland Enviro100 Digital papers
Also on booth: Rolland Enviro 100 Print and Satin, Rolland Opaque, Rolland Hitech, and Cascades Enviro Kraft


DFS Alltrade

DFS Alltrade provides products like forms, cheques, labels, stationery, and full-colour printing, while also offering third parties to become an Authorized DFS dealer.

Booth activities: iPad giveaway promotion and various gifts for new registrations


Die Supply Guys

Die Supply Guys of Mississauga provides steel rule die-making and die-cutting machinery and supplies, specializing in creasing matrix and CNC cutting machines.

New on booth: Flexcut 222 CNC cutting machine
Also on booth: Die-making tools and components, Bobst die-making components, die-cutting jackets and creasing matrix
Highlights not on booth: CNC automatic bending machines for steel rule die-making; Co2 lasers to produce steel rule dies; die-making benders and notching equipment; and Autoplaten die-cutting jackets
Third-party presence: Bohler Uddeholm, Pace Punches and Bobst
Booth activities: Demonstrations of the Flashcut 222 automatic knife cutting table and on the use of creasing matrix


Dolphies Promo Group

Dolphies Promo Group, based out of Miami with an operation in Toronto, is a wholesale vendor of pop-up booths, modular stands, tension fabric displays, tubing systems, banner stands, and indoor and outdoor signage.

New on booth: PRO tension and tabletop tension fabric tubing systems; LED lights for tubing systems; PRO retractable banner stands with LCD/iPode option; PRO tension pop-up booths; desktop brochure holders; modular trade show booths; and modular banner stands with LCD
Highlights not on booth: LED lights for outdoor signs; outdoor double-sided banner stand; LCD mounts for pop up backdrops; extra tall (96-inch) retractable stands; and extra wide (82-inch) retractable stands


Epson Canada

Epson Canada, based in Markham, describes itself as a global innovation leader whose product lineup ranges from inkjet components and printing systems, 3LCD projectors and industrial robots to sensors and other micro-devices.

Product preview: SureColor F2000 direct-to-garment printer, scheduled for a November release
New on booth: SureColor F series dye-sublimation printer; SureColor T series for architectural, engineering and corporate graphics; SureColor S series for signage, vehicle graphics and packaging; Epson Stylus Pro series for proofing and packaging; and the SureLab D3000 photographic dry lab
Third-party presence: Vistek


Epson Canada

Epson Canada, based in Markham, describes itself as a global innovation leader whose product lineup ranges from inkjet components and printing systems, 3LCD projectors and industrial robots to sensors and other micro-devices.

Product preview: SureColor F2000 direct-to-garment printer, scheduled for a November release
New on booth: SureColor F series dye-sublimation printer; SureColor T series for architectural, engineering and corporate graphics; SureColor S series for signage, vehicle graphics and packaging; Epson Stylus Pro series for proofing and packaging; and the SureLab D3000 photographic dry lab
Third-party presence: Vistek


Ernest Green

Ernest Green is a national distributor of graphic arts equipment and supplies, with eight locations coast to coast.

On booth: OKI PRO 930 ( Fiery) printer; OKI PRO 900 DP 120V envelope printer; MItsubishi TDP-459 Chemistry-free Thermal CTP; Agfa C95 Cleanout Unit; MCT Cutting Systems 1.6m x 3.2m; Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS C7000; Seal 62 Base Laminator & Power Take Up Option Base 62 64623; Graphtec FC8600 -160 64”; Graphtec FC2250 Flat cutter, plotter 36 x 47; HP Designjet L26500 latex printer; HP Designjet L28500 latex printer 104”; Mutoh ValueJet 1624; Mutoh ValueJet 1638 dual head.


Factor Forms

Factor Forms, headquartered in Edmonton, in addition to printing services, provides products like business forms, labels and laser die-cutting.

On booth: Labels and business forms for toner and litho production, as well as envelopes and cheques
Booth activities: Toner label samples


Fujifilm Canada

Fujifilm Canada, based in Mississauga, describes itself as one of Canada’s largest graphic arts equipment and supplies companies with market-leading offset plate, software and wide-format printing technologies.

New on booth: Acuity Advance Select HS, Acuity LED 1600 UV, Esko Kongsberg cutter, XMF v5.5 print production workflow, XMF ColorPath colour management system, Colorgate workflow 
Highlights not on booth: Inca Onset Q40i, Fujifilm Graphium (modular high speed UV inkjet press for labels and packaging), J Press 720, J Press 540W 
Third-party presence: Esko Kongsberg (demonstrated by Fujifilm personnel)
Booth activities: Showcasing a life-sized, three-dimensional Harley Davidson motorcycle printed with Fujifilm wide-format systems and cut out on Esko Kongsberg






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The Graphics Canada trade show, happening in Toronto November 21 to 23, will feature a conference program that looks a print’s role in the larger media mix. Show organizers have confirmed the lineup of presentations that encompasses various aspects of marketing in today’s multimedia world. Presentations are free to attend for anybody with a show badge.


Day 1

Boost your Direct Mail with the power of direct marketing
Javed S Khan, President & Founder EMpression

Learn to master Email Marketing communications with a comprehensive look at best practices like the ideal time to send email, build stronger subject lines and how other business owners & non-for-profits are increasing engagement, revenue and profits.


Keeping print relevant in an increasingly digital world
Panel discussion moderated by Amy Bostock, DM News

Mobile marketing, QR codes, augmented reality, iPads and other tablet devices – these are all new communication alternatives to print. In this panel discussion you will learn how the Canadian printing industry can continue to keep relevant in the minds of CMOs and customers by combining the strength of print with electronic communications technologies.


Data is the game changer!
Kristi Kanitz, General Manager, Flagship Software and Director, Hosted by NAMMU

Right across the DM media spectrum, the data you choose to collect and use, is fundamental to your campaign success and business growth. Period. DATA 101 is for you, the start-up who is confused by the glitzy terminology and recipes for success out there. It is also for experienced, thoughtful marketers who want to review the essentials. Learn five data essentials that up your game and grow business.


Nissan North America mixes things up to Keep Summer Rolling
Michael Oliver, SR VP Creative Director The Marketing Store Worldwide

An in-depth overview of the different components of the campaign and how they were createdLearnings on how to balance messages in a multi-channel campaign to drive engagement Customer experience mapping and how it can influence your communication approachA vision for the future of cross-channel communication in the automotive industry


The Risks of Misleading Information
Laura Artibello, President, CCPO


DirectMail: It Just Makes 5 Senses
Scott Pinkney, Creative Director, BBDO/Proximity

Today more than ever consumers are looking to be entertained, engaged and amused. And no other channel has the means to connect with a consumer on so many levels. In fact, it can engage with all five senses. Touch, taste, sound, sight, and smell. By leveraging new printing technology and the power of digital innovations, Direct Mail will continue to be a powerful tool in any marketers’ toolbox.


Day 2

Bringing Mail & Email Together
Geoff Linton, Co-founder & VP, Inbox Marketer

Learn how incorporating email into your communication and sales processes can provide lift results and improve campaign metrics. Through real B2B and B2C case studies, Geoff will demonstrate how to integrate email for acquisition, prospect nurturing and measured ROI. In this session you’ll learn how to: whether to put email before or after your physical campaigns, integrate email with your physical communications, use email to nurture prospects and grow existing accounts, set up the infrastructure necessary to support email marketing for your organization, efficiently grow an opt-in email list…


The power of variable printing
Panel Discussion moderated by Amy Bostock, DM News

Variable printing is more than just slapping a name on an envelope. Variable data printing opens a world of marketing information for printers. Providing vital information of customers’ needs and preferences, VDP proves to be beneficial for the customer, but also to businesses. In this session learn how gathering this detailed customer information for use in direct marketing pieces can easily cater to your customer’s needs.


Thou Shall Not Live by Direct Mail Alone
Andy Sampogna, Direct Marketing, Senior Advisor, Canada Post

Examine concepts of cross-media marketing and how physical, digital and traditional media can work together to bring greater effectiveness and ROI to your client’s business


AMPLIFY Direct Response
Derek Lackey, C.E.O., e10 Egency

Using a combination of Direct Mail, Email Marketing and social media sharing we will examine how you can generate 50% + response rates on promotion campaigns.


Bring Print To Life with Augmented Reality
Nigel Newton, Country Manager, Layar App

There is a strong desire for innovation in print. Layar is a world’s leading platform for augmented reality and interactive print. They enable publishers and advertisers to enrich their print material with engaging digital experiences – all without hiring developers or installing software.

See how printers, publishers, brands and services around the world are using Layar to captivate audiences enabling them to: grow their business, increase customer and brand engagement, achieve higher conversion rates, get competitive added value for advertising



The Sign Association of Canada presented its annual CONSAC Imagemakers expo in Toronto last Friday at the International Centre. Vendors from across the country were on hand to show off the latest in sign production technology. The event, held over two days, also featured nine seminars with topics ranging from permits and regulations to colour management.







 
 



The PRINT 13 trade show, underway at McCormick Place in Chicago, has drawn thousands from the international print community to witness the evolving nature of graphic communications production. Although missing more than a few of its usual pillar vendors, the show is nevertheless a vibrant reflection of the industry as a whole.

Click through below to see scenes from this year's show:




 


Pazazz of Montreal, running a Xerox iGen4 press, won two Best-of-the-Best awards in Xerox' Digital Print Contest.



Pazazz received one of its awards in the Books category for the Canderel Corporate Brochure. The project is an 80-page booklet produced in a 200-piece run. The company's second award was for the self-titled Pazazz Connect Magazine in what Xerox classifies as its Digital and Offset category.

"This gives us the ability to promote what we do and have a place to put our own ads,” stated Warren Werbitt, Founder and President of Pazazz, describing Connect Magazine. "We wanted a vehicle to put out there to let people know that we're here, we're in the printing business, and we're capable of doing other things… we're not just printers. I like to think today that we're in the communications world more than anything else."


Entries are now being accepted for this year's Canadian Printing Awards, now in its eighth year. This year's programme features an expanded Quality Printing category set to recognize more facets of print production.

The awards are open to all printers in Canada and encompasses all work and initiatives between September 2012 and September 2013. Entries are due by November 1.

The Canadian Printing Awards gala will be held on the first evening of the Graphics Canada trade show in Toronto. In addition to the Quality Printing categories, the evening will also see three of the print's leaders honoured for their contributions to the industry. Last year, The John A. Young Lifetime Achievement Award was given to George Kallas, Founder and Chairman of MET Fine Printers. Ward Griffin, President and CEO of The Lowe-Martin Group received Printing Leader of the Year while Mike Meshkati of Sina Printing was awarded with Emerging Leader of the Year.

For more information and instructions on how to enter, please visit the Canadian Printing Awards microsite at www.printaction.com/CPA/



Earlier this month, finishing equipment vendor Sydney Stone presented the second of its eQuip travelling trade shows in Barrie, Ontario. The previous show was held in Cambridge, Ontario in June.

The company demonstrated new supplies and finishing equipment, including the Watkiss Power Square 200 booklet maker and the Matrix 530 laminator. Popular with the attendees was Sydney Stone’s new Gallery Wrap Framing System and Canvas Laminate, which gives paper prints the look and feel of canvas.

“We want to be as accessible as possible, for our customers to know that we want to be there for them,” said Sydney Stone Sales Director Michael Steele. “Not everyone has the time or the ability to travel to a trade show in a major city centre or visit the Sydney Stone show room in Toronto.”

Sydney Stone says it plans on presenting three more shows in Ontario this year, in Ottawa, Hamilton and Oshawa. Dates will be forthcoming.



The Toronto chapter of the International Association of Printing House Craftsmen (IAPHC) held its annual golf tournament, run consecutively for over 40 years, to help raise funds for post-secondary printing education in the region.

Proceeds from the IAPHC event are earmarked to support the RyeTAGA student group within Ryerson University’s Graphic Communications program. The RyeTAGA group travels to compete in the annual journal competition held at the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts conference.

The Toronto IAPHC golf tournament also provides funding for the group’s own Graphic Challenge Awards and Chai Tse Memorial Awards programs, which ultimately presents scholarships for students actively pursuing post-secondary education in Canada’s graphic communications industry.



Heidelberg Canada’s foursome of Tom Maltby, Steve Thomson, Glen Kimber and Don Robinson won the 2013 golf tournament with lowest overall score. The tournament was held at Wooden Sticks Golf Club in Uxbridge, Ontario.




Avanti recently held its annual User Group Conference at the Island Yacht Club in Toronto, which consisted of three days of education, panel sessions, product demonstrations and networking events.

The event also featured speakers such as Jay Mandarino of C.J. Graphics, Kevin Lanuke of Blitzprint, Kimberly Long of Reprodux, Frank Nardi of Print Art, and Darryl Irwin from Deliotte.

Users of Avanti’s MIS and Web-to-print systems had an opportunity to meet the staff, make suggestions and learn new insights on how to increase revenues, reduce costs while streamlining workflows.

Below are some photos from the conference.
 
 


 

More than 600 users of Esko technologies descended on Phoenix last week for the 4-day 2013 Eskoworld conference, eclipsing last year’s record-breaking attendance of around 530 customers.



Last year’s Eskoworld attendance growth was attributed in large part to Esko’s unveiling of several key new products at the drupa trade show in May 2012. Eskoworld 2013 was further buoyed by the fact that Esko has acquired just over 1,100 completely new customers in the past year, which also saw the company’s revenues grow by around eight percent.

Esko’s research and development is supported by its new parent company, Danaher, which continues to gain influence across the printing world with its additional control of X-Rite, Pantone and Videojet, among others.

In the past year, Esko launched new products like the Kongsberg XN cutting table, Esko Suite 12.0 software, Full HD Flexo, and CDI Spark 2420. More than 600 Kongsberg XN cutting tables, for example, have been installed since the technology was first launched at drupa. The Kongsberg XN technology is also providing Esko with a deeper play in the sign and display market. 



The company stated during Eskoworld 2013 that around 70 percent of its customers are directly involved with the packaging supply chain. Esko also estimates that 15 percent of its clients are currently operating in the sign and display market, where it clearly intends to grow through technologies like Kongsberg and Esko Suite. This suggests Esko will focus more intently on commercial printers, who represent substantial investment interests to find new revenue streams beyond traditional sheetfed offset work.

Esko also feels its Full HD Flexo, unveiled at drupa but commercially launched in April 2013, is ready to set a new quality standard in flexography. The technology – building on Esko’s existing HD Flexo product line – is designed to produce a combination of smooth highlight printing and gravure-like solid ink densities. Full HD Flexo, according to Esko, moves beyond the binary discussion of flat top or round top dots to create the best possible print dot structures on one plate.



“This is a giant step forward for flexible packaging converters as the result is high-quality flexible packaging that stands out,” stated Jan Buchweitz, Senior Product Manager Digital Flexo at Esko, when the technology was officially released. Full HD Flexo is currently installed at over 20 trade shops and converters around the world.

At Eskoworld 2013, the company also unveiled version 12.1 of Esko Suite (available July 2013) with a series of new features, including automation tools for gang-run printing on large-format flatbed systems. Using Automation Engine 12.1, multiple odd-shaped designs can automatically be ganged onto a single print sheet layout.

Suite 12.1 includes a new set of Standard Template Workflows for easier handling of prepress and production tasks in typical applications for the folding carton, label and signage sectors. In prepress editors PackEdge or ArtPro, Esko Suite 12.1 users can now define areas on a job for inline visual inspection systems, which receives its setup data directly from Esko Automation Engine. With the inspection area defined upstream and not by the press operator, Esko explains it becomes easier to standardize the production process across multiple sites, presses and operators. First inspection system integrations work with Esko´s technology partner AVT.

CombiPress Support is another new feature found in Suite 12.1, which helps automate prepress tasks when a job – particularly in the label sector – requires different printing processes, such as offset, flexo, toner or screen. The Esko Viewer in Automation Engine 12.1 is now equipped with a barcode and braille reader. In the software space, Eskoworld showed numerous advances with ArtoisCAD, a staple in packaging software currently celebrating its 15-year anniversary, including the launch of ArtiosCAD Enterprise, which stores assets a centralized corporate database in the cloud.

Several of the 100 educational sessions at Eskoworld 2013, including 20 in Spanish, focused on the colour management technologies of X-Rite and Pantone, which Danaher took control of in mid-2012 with the $625 million purchase of X-Rite. Product managers and executives from X-Rite attended Eskoworld to provide updates about their progress with PantoneLIVE, a new cloud-based service providing access to data that is certain to set the new global colour standard. 



PantoneLIVE is built around a purely digital Master Standard library for colour, derived from spectral data. Printing companies will never be able to reproduce the Master Standard, but will instead access what the company refers to as Dependent Standards. These are digital colour libraries based on individual printing processes and Pantone has currently set up 18 Dependent Standards for PantoneLIVE.

Facing the challenges of creating a digital cloud filled with brand colours, PantoneLIVE recently received an important endorsement for its technology direction and progress with the May 23 news that Procter & Gamble, which owns brands like Gillette, Tide and Pampers, is implementing the service. Printing operations will need to pay close attention to the development of PantoneLIVE as product giants like P&G come on board.

“PantoneLIVE is an efficient, effective and seamless technology that saves time and money, and helps ensure design intent makes it to shelf, whether we are creating a new Charmin package design, proofing an Olay label, mixing ink for Tide packaging or assessing the quality of Gillette packaging on press,” said Phil Duncan, Global Design Officer at P&G. “PantoneLIVE is an excellent solution for simplifying how we access digital colour palettes for design, proofing and print. When fully implemented, the productivity benefits will be significant – both internally for P&G and for our suppliers.”


Xeikon has announced it will be hosting one of its Xeikon Café events at the renowned Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on June 12. The event will focus on packaging printing and label production.

“The worldwide label and packaging industry is experiencing massive changes, and printers and converters who understand and embrace these changes will be best positioned for growth,” said Michael V. Ring, President of Xeikon America, Inc. “The Xeikon Café is a great opportunity for printers and converters to network with experts, and each other, and come away with insights and ideas to make this opportunity profitable for their business.”

Topics to be covered will include the current state of the label printing market and continuing trends; strategies and best practices that hold the greatest promise; and what brand owners need from their print suppliers. The topics will be presented by Bob Leahey, Associate Director at Infotrends as well as Manon Chin, Chief Operating Officer of Labels in Motion, a Florida-based label producer.

Interested parties should contact Larry Vogel at (416) 907-6997 to reserve space.

Every April 23, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) celebrates World Book and Copyright Day to celebrate the role print has had on world development.

This year, the City of Bangkok has been designated World Book Capital 2013 in recognition of its programs to promote reading among young people and the underprivileged sections of its population.

Now in its 17th year, the celebration reflects on “the changes in books over the long term and the intangible values that should guide us.” It also embraces new technologies in digital books to access knowledge at reduced costs and are not limited by geographic boundaries. UNESCO supports the World Digital Library, which makes a number of texts from around the world available free of charge and in multiple languages to promote intercultural understanding.

“The diversity of books and editorial content is a source of enrichment that we must support through appropriate public policies and protect from uniformity,” writes Irina Bokova, Director General for World Book and Copyright Day 2013. “This bibliodiversity is our common wealth, making books much more than a physical object, for they are our most beautiful invention for sharing ideas beyond the boundaries of space and time.”

The event is supported by the International Publishers Association (IPA), the International Booksellers Federation (IBF), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), and the El Centro Regional para el Formento de Libro en América Latina y el Caribe (CERLALC).

For more information, visit the World Book and Copyright Day 2013 website.

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