Posimage, a sign printer out of Quebec City, has installed a new Fujifilm Acuity Advance inkjet system.

“Due to the recent increase in demand for indoor signage, we had an eminent need to improve productivity in high resolution printing,” said Martin Boisvert, Founder and President of Posimage.

The company serves businesses throughout Quebec with a diverse portfolio of signage products, including illuminated, engraved and channel signs. Posimage has been in business since 1989 and employs 65 people.

Annan & Bird Lithographers of Mississauga last week took delivery of its new Heidelberg XL 162, which is a 64-inch-wide sheetfed press with the ability to print 15,000 sheets per hour without job interruption.

Annan & Bird first announced its Heidelberg XL 162 purchase, a 6-colour with coater, back in November 2011, as both companies met the previously planned March delivery schedule for the press. Annan employees twice visited Heidelberg's Hall 11 in Wiesloch, Germany, to test the press before it was shipped to Canada.

"Annan & Bird is excited about the arrival of our new Heidelberg,” said John Bird, President of Annan & Bird. “We are confident that the Speedmaster XL 162 will provide us the ability to produce higher quality work in a shorter amount of time, satisfying our customer's most demanding deliveries.”

Annan & Bird’s new XL 162 features Heidelberg’s Prinect Inpress Control, which measures colour and register on the fly. The XL 162 also features AutoPlate XL for making plate changes in all units in less than 2 1/2 minutes, as well as simultaneous wash-up of the blanket and impression cylinders, and single-suction belt feeder and central suction tape for more accurate sheet separation.

"This strategic investment further strengthens our offset printing capabilities, and in particular, boosts Annan & Bird's commitment to its packaging business,” said Ric Davis, Executive VP, Purchasing and Operations for Texas-based Consolidated Graphics, which purchased Annan & Bird back in August 2006.

Founded in 1987 by Don Annan and Jack Bird, Annan & Bird made its first significant move into large-format offset production with the 1996 purchase of a 57-inch Mitsubishi press. The company then installed a 78-inch, 7-colour Lithotronic press in 1998, followed by a Valmet sheeter (1999) and a second 57-inch Mitsubishi. In 2003, after moving into a larger facility, Annan & Bird then brought in a 64-inch, 6-colour KBA 162a press, followed by a new 81-inch, 6-colour KBA 205.

In addition to its Annan & Bird operation, recognized as one of the North America’s leaders in the offset production of large-format graphics, Consolidated Graphics has 70 printing businesses located across 27 states, along with a presence in Czech Republic (Prague) and Asia.

J.B. Deschamps Inc., a third-generation commercial printing company based in Quebec City, has purchased a POLAR 66 cutting system from Heidelberg Canada. The installation is largely based on increased volumes in its digital printing division, which J.B. Deschamps began to ramp up back in November 2010 with the purchase of Montreal’s Impressions Numériques Yves Rivard.

The université de Montréal has also installed a POLAR 66 cutting system, through Heidelberg Canada, which replaces the in-house operation's older POLAR 76 EM machine.

Graphitek of Victoriaville, Quebec has installed a new large format HP Scitex Fb700 printer. Graphitek specializes in large-format printing, especially for kiosks, but also offers digital and laser printing, printing on cars and graphics services. The company has has been in operation for 10 years. 

"We chose this printer because we do a lot of printing on rigid materials. The width of the printer provides us with more flexibility in the size of materials, and the print quality is still excellent," says Nathalie Castonguay, who, along with her mother, founded Graphitek. "The 98-inch width will let us print large formats more easily, with less handling, and thereby improve speed and performance. Printing on glass or with white ink is another innovative function, which will set the company apart from the competition."

In addition to the large width, Castonguay also attributes the environmental design of the machine as a major factor to the purchase. "In the past, to print on Coroplast, we had to first print on a thin film of vinyl, which was then affixed to the Coroplast. This step is eliminated with the new printer, meaning we can print directly on the Coroplast."

Imprimerie Resources Illimité, a small commercial print shop with five employees in Chateauguay, on the south shore of Montreal has just installed a new POLAR 66 cutter to replace an old manual cutter. They have been in business since 1995. 

According to the company, an increasing demand in production and volume on the digital side of their business made them decide to upgrade in order to increase production and quality of their work. The Polar 66 is capable of storing recurrent cutting sequences and repeating them automatically. It can cut widths of up to 26 3/8-inches. 

Golding Graphics has upgraded its first generation ECRM Mako CTP system and replaced it with a Fujifilm Luxel T-6000 thermal CTP. The company has paired the purchased with Fujifilm's XMF Complete workflow and will image Fujifilm Ecomaxx-T processless plates.

Golding Graphics is a family-owned business based in Whitby, Ontario and has been servicing Durham and the Greater Toronto Area since 1971. The company has eight employees and three presses with a complete finishing department.

Two new Anapurna wide-format inkjet printing systems have been placed with companies in the Greater Toronto Area. Data Document Solutions of Mississauga installed an Agfa Anapurna M2. The company has specialized in direct-mail printing since 2001.

CleanRiver Recycling Solutions, a division of Midpoint International in Aurora, Ontario, installed a 6-colour Agfa Anapurna Mw, which includes in-line white production. CleanRiver has invested in a full service, in-house graphic and design department that offers their clients a variety of label and poster options, including graphics printed on high-density polyethylene, which is recyclable.

Signage Source of Pickering, Ontario, recently installed three key pieces of wide-format printing technology, purchased through Fujifilm Canada, to boost its production floor, including an Acuity Advance HS, a Kongsberg i-XL24, and an Epson Stylus Pro GS6000.

Rob Press, owner of Signage Source, opted to include the roll-media option for his new flatbed Acuity Advance HS inkjet system, which will be primarily aimed at producing indoor graphics. The company also carries a second 5-year-old flatbed machine, but notes the improved production capabilities of the Acuity with a 1,200-dpi maximum resolution and inline white-ink printing.

The Stylus Pro GS6000 is a roll-fed 64-inch-wide inkjet device that jets Epson’s UltraChrome GS ink from an 8-colour system, including orange and green. The machine’s dual-array MicroPiezo AMC print-head technology produces high-quality prints at up to 91 square feet per hour or what Epson describes as everyday production at 180 square feet per hour.

As its name suggests, Signage Source focuses exclusively on the signage market servicing creative agencies, marketing firms and retail outlets across Canada. The company has been in business since 2003, and moved into its current 17,000-square-foot Pickering location in 2007. The company employs 15 staff members.

Located in downtown Toronto, QPrint has installed a Heidelberg Suprasetter A52 computer-to-plate system. The commercial printing company primarily focuses on providing work within the Greater Toronto Area.

QPrint has been in business for 30 years and today runs a full in-house graphics department, while providing both toner and sheetfed-offset printing, as well as various finishing services.

Pictured left to right: Victor Lopes, prepress operator, and Mohamed Shariff, President and owner of QPrint.

Entering its 41st year of operation in 2012, Tower Litho added a new HP Indigo 7500 press to its sheetfed-offset production capabilities housed in a 25,000-square-foot Toronto facility.

The company’s HP Indigo 7500 press, which was moved into the plant in late 2011, holds seven ink stations. According to HP, this allows for 4-, 6-, and 7-colour PANTONE emulation – matching up to 97 percent of PANTONE colours.

With its colour control capabilities and improved turnaround, Tower Litho also notes how the HP Indigo 7500 press has expanded the company’s print applications. “We’ve been successful in printing on plastic, a material we were unable to print on using our previous technology,” stated Andre Soriano, IT Manager at Tower Litho. “This has opened the doors as to what else Tower Litho can offer our clients.”

In addition to packaging, Tower Litho is using the HP Indigo to produce short-run jobs like brochures, booklets, media kits, magazines and annual reports. The press reaches a top speed of 120 A4 pages per minute (ppm) in full-colour or 240 ppm in monochrome or two colours.

“We’ve also begun to implement HP SmartStream Director’s Web-to-print feature,” added Soriano, “which allows us to integrate multiple stages of the production process and streamline our workflow.”

Imprimerie L'Empreinte of Montreal, celebrating its 25th year in business, has completed the installation of a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 6+L press.

The company occupies 58,000 square feet at the centre of the city and has 115 employees. The company says they are currently experiencing a growth period. “We pride ourselves on being a high quality printer and offering our customers more than just a quote,” says Sebastien Chartrand, Director of Operations and pressroom manager. “We have a team of CSRs that work directly with accounts to make sure that our customers' concepts become a reality." He goes on to describe how even difficult ink motifs were easily produced on the XL 105 and how the press is 50 percent faster than the other presses in the plant.

A perennial winner at the Grand Gutenberg awards, Imprimerie L'Empreinte also deals with multi-channel marketing, website development, design, and even mailing services.. The company was founded in 1986 in a 5000 square foot plant with eight employees. 

Almonte, Ontario-based Pxlworks has purchased a Fujifilm Acuity Advance LT flatbed printer to service its customers.

"We were in search of an affordable and upgradable flatbed printer that would produce a quality product which would meet or exceed the demands of our clients for direct to substrate print applications, while at the same time, cutting down on our production time and material costs,” said Pxlworks Senior Partner Rodney Groulx. 

Pxlworks is a six-year-old display graphic printer that provides advertising and marketing promotion printing services to design firms and high-tech companies in their community and the greater Ottawa area.

The Acuity Advance LT is a four-colour flatbed system which has an optional roll-to-roll capability. It prints on substrates up to 86.7-inches wide in roll format and can print rigid substrates up to 49.2 x 98.4-inches, with full bleed. The machine made its debut in the first half of 2011.
A Mississauga company called Digital Edge Print and Media Services Ltd. is to become the first operation in Canada to install Fujifilm’s J Press 720, which is a sheetfed inkjet press designed for commercial printing.

Epic Imaging of Burnaby has recently purchased and installed a second Fujifilm Acuity HD2504 UV printer.

The company was founded over five years ago and has recently doubled its production floor space. Its production portfolio includes many pieces from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Epic Imaging produces wide-format applications like floor graphics, window decals, and retail banners for clients throughout North America.

The Acuity HD 2504 was first introduced in 2007. It features a printhead that can produce droplets as small as six picolitres. The printer produces 16 square metres of print per hour in production mode.

Imprimerie F.L. Web, the new web offset division of Imprimerie F.L Chicoine, has installed an Agfa Avalon N16-50S computer-to-plate system, along with Apogee Platemaker software, to image Energy Elite plates.

In February of 2011, Imprimerie F.L. Chicoine, traditionally a sheetfed-press printing operation, announced its acquisition of a 4-unit Goss Sunday 2000 web offset press – along with plans to establish a new web-offset division.

The 24-page-format Goss press is integrated with Omnicon controls, as well as the Contiweb CS splicer, Ecocool dryer, PCF-1 combination folder and a PFF-2 former folder.

Founded in 1986, F.L. Chicoine is based in St. Germain-de-Grantham, situated mid-way between Montreal and Quebec City. Today, five of the owners' children are involved with the company, either as managers or shareholders.

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