Industry Events

The Toronto chapter of the IAPHC organization enters the second year of a program called the Craftsmen’s Graphic Design Challenge. Last year’s winners of the Toronto Craftsmen’s Graphic Design Challenge were Lakia Won of George Brown College and Olesya Milosevi of Centennial College.

The printing and design contest is open to all college and university students enrolled in an Ontario-based graphic communications program.

 Students are asked to submit a single print design project (poster, brochure, banner, stationery, etc.) to win funding for their graphic arts studies.

This project may be reproduced commercially or not; and can represent a fictional company or person. The entry deadline is January 18, 2013.

Contact Bill Kidd of the Toronto IAPHC for more information about the program (905-895-4141).

The judging for this year’s Canadian Printing Awards entrants has been completed. Seven judges representing different aspects of the printing industry analyzed over 200 entries to determine the best of Canadian printing achievements.

From books to brochures, from catalogues to display graphics, the judges analyzed each entry with much scrutiny based on factors such as effectiveness, print quality, defects and also the overall challenge of production. Submissions were independently scored and the results were tabulated by PrintAction staff.

Over 60 awards will be presented in over 25 categories on November 29th at the Canadian Printing Awards Gala at the Palais Royale.

The winning pieces will be on display for the evening. PrintAction will also name this year's recipients of the John A. Young Lifetime Achievement Award, the Emerging Leader of the Year award and the Printing Leader of the Year award.

Tickets can be obtained from the Canadian Printing Awards website and a special discount is offered to companies which have made a submission into the awards.

The organizers of the world's largest print-centric trade show announced they will stay with a four-year schedule, despite some discussions about going onto a three-year cycle. The next drupa, slated for May 2016, will be three days shorter, however, spanning only 11 days instead of the traditional 14. The timing and duration were discussed at a 20-member meeting held last Friday.

“Visitor structure at drupa has changed. While in the past large groups travelled to the trade fair – preferably at the weekend – drupa is now increasingly developing into a  B2B fair with a high proportion of top decision-makers,” said Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, CEO of Messe Düsseldorf. “At this year’s drupa, 78% of the international visitors and 52% of German visitors came from the top management; respectively this is 4% and 5% more than in 2008. This makes it unnecessary to hold drupa during two weekends. With eleven days – one weekend and nine working days – we perfectly cater to the needs of both supply and demand.”

The CEO of KBA, Claus Bolza-Schünemann, will be the show's Chairman for 2016. “I am delighted to assume the Presidency at such an exciting time. Our sector is developing at a rapid pace and drupa 2016 will represent a key milestone on the path into the future,” stated Bolza-Schünemann.

The show will be held in Dusseldorf, Germany between May 31 and June 10, 2016.

After receiving numerous requests from the industry, PrintAction has decided to extend the deadline for this year's Canadian Printing Awards by one week. Entries are now due by 5:00pm on Friday November 2nd.

Whereas the previous deadline required entries to be postmarked by October 26, the new extension requires that entries be received by PrintAction no later than Friday, November 2nd at 5:00pm. This will allow last-minute entries a few days more to be sent by courier.

As a reminder, entries should be mailed to:

Canadian Printing Awards
610 Alden Road, Suite 100
Markham, ON
L3R 9Z1

This year's Canadian Printing Awards will be presented on November 29, 2012 at the Palais Royale in Toronto. Tickets for the event can be purchased from the Canadian Printing Awards website.

For seven reasons why you should enter the Canadian Printing Awards, read Victoria Gaitskell's article on the subject.

Due to popular demand, the Canadian Printing Awards has expanded the program to include the Display Graphics category. Entrants will have until October 26 to be a part of this year's awards.

Submissions to the Display Graphics category will need to provide a print sample and/or alternatively detailed photographs of the installation. Because of its inherent nature, entrants would not be required to produce multiple copies of the project, but instead are encouraged to describe in detail the challenges and difficulty of the production.

The Canadian Printing Awards is presented by PrintAction as an effort to recognize the best of Canadian print production, notable industry members, as well as the industry's environmental achievements. Originally the Environmental Printing Awards, the program was expanded last year to reward a greater range of print's accolades. The awards gala will be held on November 29th at the Palais Royale ballroom in downtown Toronto. Tickets are now available on the Canadian Printing Awards site.

In late September the Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum, located in historic Queenston, Ontario held a seminar on letterpress printing.

The one-day event allowed registrants to get acquainted with the letterpress process using hand-set type or cuts. Students were then shown how to print using a proof press and a table-top platen press. The day included a tour of the museum and the printing machinery on display.

The event will be repeated in October and interested parties should contact the museum directly through its website or call 905-262-5676. The cost is $96.00 including a light lunch, $76.00 for members or $60.00 for students.

Yesterday Spicers and Kodak held a seminar at Spicers' offices, just north of Toronto entitled Drupa in a Day. The event featured Jim Hamilton, Group Director of Infotrends, who spoke to attendees about the trends and technologies stemming from drupa this past May. More than 60 people took part in the morning and afternoon sessions. The event also featured demonstrations of Kodak technologies including a preview of Prinergy 6, the latest Sonora process-free plate, and Kodak's ColorFlow Software. Spicers and Kodak also held a similar event in Vancouver on Monday. 

Hamilton presented the outlook of the industry, including developments in the B2 format digital machines, both inkjet and liquid toner to the audience. He maintained that although there will be a shift towards digital cutsheet machines, that it will be gradual and that many of the machines demonstrated at drupa would not be available for several years. 




The CONSAC Imagemakers 2012 show was held last Friday and Saturday at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. Hundreds of industry members gathered to witness the latest in sign and display printing technologies.

The Mackenzie Newspaper and Printery Museum of Niagara Falls, Ontario, held its seventh annual golf tournament last week. More than 50 people showed their support through a best-ball tournament at the Whirlpool Golf Course, under sunny skies and mild temperatures.

The team consisting of Jay Fleming, Chris Petis, Scott Nicholl (all three of Advanced Office Solutions), and Lou Gagnon (of Xerox Canada) was victorious with a score of 11 under par. 

The Mackenzie Newspaper and Printery Museum is an institution located in the restored home of publisher William Lyon Mackenzie and shows off 500 years of printing technology within its period print shop. It is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization aimed at passing along print's history in Canada to a new generation.

North American printers attending Graph Expo 2012, running from October 7 to 10 in Chicago, can take in a myriad of new technologies first introduced five months ago at the massive, quadrennial drupa trade show in Germany.

The effect of this close proximity between two large printing exhibitions is seen in a robust list of Must See ‘Em awards (27 products in total), which Graph Expo organizers, based on a judging panel of consultants and analysts, present every year to exhibitors with interesting new products and who participate in the program.

Avanti Computer Systems, a Canadian company focused on print-management software, is once again amongst the Must See ‘Em products. At Graph Expo, the Toronto firm is showcasing its new Advanced Fulfillment module featured in version 12.4 of its Graphic Arts Management System. Named as a Must See ‘Em product, the Advanced Fulfillment module includes a contract management system, where print providers can manage and track their customers’ finished goods, as well as manage the billing of those goods.

A complete list of Graph Expo 2012 Must See ‘Em products is presented below by category:

Sales and order entry

EFI DSFdesign Studio
EFI M500
XMPie uStore Facebook Connect

Prepress and premedia

EFI Fiery SeeQuence JobMaster
Esko Studio 12
Ricoh Clickable Paper

Analogue presses
Heidelberg Prinect Image Control

Digital presses

Kodak NexPress Gold Dry Ink
HP Indigo 10000
HP Indigo WS6600

Epson SureColor S50670
HP Designjet L26500
Xante Excelagraphix 4200

Small-format postpress 

MGI JETvarnish 3D
Xerox IntegratedPLUS

Wide-format postpress

EFI Layout Option for Fiery
Esko Kongsberg XN

Imprinting, mailing, shipping and fulfillment

Avanti Computer Advanced Fulfillment V12.4
Bowe Systec Fusion Cross
Pitney Bowes Mailstream Wrapper

Management systems
EKodak INSITE Version 6.5
EFI PrintFlow, Employee & Tool Constraints
XMPie Circle

Future print
Kodak FLEXCEL Direct System
PadPublisher and PadCloud
Pageflex Dynamic Media

German press manufacturer Heidelberg has told Ipex show organizers that it does not intend to exhibit at the 2014 event in London.

"We are very disappointed in Heidelberg’s decision to withdraw from Ipex 2014 – one of the industry’s major global events," said Trevor Crawford, Event Director. "Heidelberg has long been synonymous with printing and has a long association with Ipex. As organizers of a range of exhibitions around the world, we will continue to have an ongoing dialogue with them."

A quadrennial show, IPEX 2014 marks the first time in 30 years the show will be held in London. Previous years saw the show held in Birmingham.

Earlier this summer saw HP announce it does not intend to exhibit at the show, despite having the largest presence during IPEX 2010.

The show organizers, Informa Exhibitions, state that of the top 33 key exhibitors for the show 29 have increased their floorspace in relation to 2010. Companies who have already made their commitment to the show include: Canon, CMC, Duplo, EFI, Epson, Fujifilm, Hans Gronhi, Horizon, Hunkeler, Impika, Kern, Kodak, Komori, Konica Minolta, Muller Martini, Pitney Bowes, Presstek, Screen, W&D, Xeikon and Xerox.

The first two stops of Harper Corporation's annual Roadshow featuring two Canadian cities, Montreal, Quebec and Mississauga, Ontario, were declared a major success by the company. The shows were held at the Quebec Institute of Graphic Communications and Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School, respectively.

Held in the middle of June, the shows provided presentations and hosted discussions about developments in the flexographic industry. Attendees learned about the opportunities and challenges facing the industry and had a chance to network with industry professionals.

Christine Roberts, Vice President of Canflexographics Limited, says she has received excellent feedback regarding the resources, content, speakers, and venue of the Mississauga event.

Ian Baitz, Chair of the School of Graphic Communications Management at Ryerson University, commented: "Thanks very much for inviting Ryerson to today's Harper Roadshow, and for bringing it back to Toronto. It was a great event with a very positive group of people. These types of education events are great for our industry and a nice chance to get together."

The Harper Roadshow will continue throughout the summer, supplying invaluable information, presentations, and networking opportunities to flexographic professionals across North America. The next stop will be in Minneapolis on August 1, followed by Clemson, South Carolina on August 23, Union City California on October 3, and concluding in Rochester, New York on October 24.

EskoWorld 2012 wraps up tomorrow in New Orleans, where more than 500 people, including 42 Canadians, have come to see the latest developments from one of the world’s most powerful technology companies in the packaging sector.

Mark Quinlan, President of Esko Americas, points to three primary factors for the strong EskoWorld 2012 attendance, which equates to a 30 percent increase over last year’s record-setting 350 attendees, including: EskoWorld taking place just five weeks after drupa; Esko’s maturing product line; and the increasing need for printers and packagers to drive costs out of their business.

“A lot of the tools we have help them manage their costs better and also, in this business, if you don’t keep up with technology your competitors are going to leave you in the dust,” says Quinlan. “I see convertors being on the squeeze. The people they are selling to want a lower price and then their raw material costs, health care costs, labour costs, everything else is going up.”

Quinlan has a unique understanding of such pressures for a high-level vendor executive, after running the graphics division of NCR, where he oversaw 15 factories, 2,000 employees and $500 million in annual sales. He also spent 10 years as a Product Manager and, therefore, puts a strong emphasis on the EskoWorld user's conference to move the company forward.

“I feel the value that a company creates for its customers comes from the product managers, because they develop the solutions,” says Quinlan. “The rest of us are in deployment, carrying those solutions to customers, installing them, selling them. EskoWorld is very important to us.”

Esko received a boost in mid-2011 when it was purchased by Danaher Corp., a diversified technology company that generated US$1.9 billion in earnings in its most-recent fiscal year. While many technology suppliers in the printing industry have been cutting R&D and staffing, Esko has been growing its presence in both the United States and Canada over the past several months. Danaher's power in the graphic communications industry grew leaps and bounds at the end of May, when the company completed its US$625-million acquisition of X-Rite, which controls Pantone. The partnering technology platforms of X-Rite and Esko are sure to grow the presence of both in the industry.

“We sell more in the U.S. than in any other country,” says Quinlan describing Esko's presence in North America. “A few years ago we served Canada from the U.S., but my opinion is that you need feet on the street in the country, which is why we have hired people like Marc [Raad] and Jean-Francois [Lacombe] in Montreal.”

The Canadians attending EskoWorld 2010 are from some of the country’s largest printing operations when compared to the commercial-printing space. “They are looking at the whole portfolio and how it ties into what they already have or what they want to bolt on, because all of our products are modular,” says Esko Account Manager Marc Raad, when describing the Canadian contingent's interests here at EskoWorld. “They are looking to add more automation into their systems. We see an annual following of the same clients who come back every year to get an education from us. They want to see what the future holds for our products.”

Quinlan is also focusing on adding more service technicians in the Canadian market, largely spurred on by what he describes as a pent-up demand for Esko technology in the country. Esko drew over 100 people at its most-recent roadshow in Toronto, which caught the company’s attention. Such roadshow events typically draw between 30 and 50 people in major U.S. cities. “Canada is very important to us. We really need to keep adding more resources there and we will.”

UPDATE: May 15

drupa organizer Messe D
üsseldorf has released final numbers for the show, which ran from May 3 to 16. In all 314,500 people from 130 countries attended, down 75,500 from 2008's show.

“This decrease does not come as a surprise for us and the sector as a whole. In Germany alone the printing industry lost some 3,900 companies with over 61,000 employees between 2000 and 2011. During the same time, more than 7,700 printing operations closed in the U.S.,” explained Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, President & CEO of Messe Düsseldorf. “Against this backdrop it is not surprising that fewer visitors came to drupa 2012. However – and this is the key point – customers now no longer come to drupa as large delegations or on group corporate trips. It is much more top managers who travel to Düsseldorf. drupa is clearly the decision-makers’ trade fair and the trade fair for business.”

Interim numbers from the organizer of drupa have revealed that attendance figures for the quadrennial show is expected to be roughly 20 percent lower than numbers from 2008. Despite this, the show reports the mood in its halls to be "good" with several vendors locking in concrete orders on the first day.

“drupa 2012 again demonstrated its outstanding function as a sales fair, a source of ideas and platform for the exchange of solutions and successful business models,” says Bernhard Schreier, President of drupa and Board Chairman at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG.

According to the organizer, at the half-way mark of the show, some 170,000 people from 115 countries visited the show's 19 halls. The show saw increases from the Central American and African regions (up 1.1 percent and 1.4 percent, respectively). “These figures show we reflect the situation in the sector. In view of the far-reaching structural change in the European and North American print and media sector we had to assume this drop in visitor numbers,” said Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, CEO at Messe Düsseldorf.

The show, in which 1,850 exhibitors from 52 nations participated, concludes tomorrow.

drupa, the largest printing trade show, kicked off last week and more than 350,000 printers, vendors and journalists are expected to pass through its halls within its 14 day duration.

PrintAction was there to cover the latest initiatives of the industry's vendors.

Look forward to more detailed coverage within the upcoming months. In the meantime, get a taste of the atmosphere of the show through the photos below.

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