Dufferin Kwik Kopy Design & Print Centre in Toronto has added to its production base with the installation of a Mutoh ValueJet 1624 and Kona 1650 cutter.

The ValueJet and Kona installation, purchased through distributor Spicers, enables the company to enter deeper into the sign-and-display sector with outdoor applications. The primary marketplace for Kwik Kopy Dufferin is servicing small- to medium-sized businesses in the professional fields of legal, architectural, accounting, government and medical trades, as well as retail businesses like restaurants and automotive shops.

David and Elisabeth Quail, owners of Kwik Kopy Dufferin, took over the North Toronto franchise in early 2010, after the shop had already been in business for 32 years. Kwik Kopy Dufferin operates out of an 1,800-square-foot facility.

Webber Printing, a third-generation commercial printing operation, installed a Ryobi 3404 direct-imaging press on its production floor in Brandon, Manitoba, which also houses traditional Ryobi offset presses.

The company’s new Ryobi DI press, purchased through Canadian Printing Equipment, is built around the ProFire Excel Imaging System and has an 18-inch format width.

Webber Printing was founded by Walter Webber who, upon arriving in Canada in 1905, entered the industry as a pressman for a local newspaper. Webber Printing was then established in 1932 when his son, Harry Webber, joined the family business. A third generation of the family, Don Webber, purchased the company in 1979.

Today, the commercial operation employs 15 people focusing on business products like stationary and forms; specialty products like promotional items and yearbooks; and decaling and signage applications.

Creative Visual Solutions of Oakville, Ontario, purchased an Agfa Anapurna Mw inkjet system for its production of display graphics for trade shows and special events.

Founded in 1990, Creative Visual can be described as a full-service event contractor, providing design, fabrication and rental solutions for clients. The company’s new 6-colour Anapurna Mw, which includes the optional white-ink channel, is a hybrid (roll or rigid) UV system that produces a 720 x 1,440-dpi resolution. According to Agfa, when measured at optimum print shuttle speed, the Mw is capable of producing poster output in the six colour mode at 14 m2/h (149 f2/h). The system can also handle a material thickness up to 1.75 inches

Pictured (left to right): Agim Bekteshi and David Sayej with Creative Visual’s new Anapurna Mw.

MP Reproductions of Montreal has expanded its production capabilities with the purchase of a new HP Designjet Z6200 printer. The family-owned company produces a variety of marketing collaterals, including signage.

“Since recently installing the HP Designjet Z6200 printer, we print everything from point-of purchase displays and large banners to posters and graphics, expanding our overall revenue stream. There is little we can’t do,” said Franco Maugeri, Production Manager, MP Reproductions.

Founded in 1964, MP Reproductions works with a variety of industries including education, the medical field, cosmetics and municipal signage. “MP Reproductions has been designated the official printer for a large conference in Montreal and we produce posters for fashion shows,” says Maugeri. “In addition, we generate signage for hospitals all over Quebec and we create back-lit prints for Montreal’s city streets.”

Eclipse Colour and Imaging Corp. boosted its 70,000-square-foot Burlington, Ontario, plant with Canada’s first enhanced HP Scitex FB7600 industrial press, which now includes a Scitex White Ink Kit for producing display graphics.

Eclipse Imaging is a large-format printing company that specializes in high-quality retail displays, signage, transit, packaging and out-of-home advertising. Back in February 2010, the plant was purchased by Ralph Misale and Grant Malcolm from the American giant Adams Outdoor Advertising.

“As a business we are always looking to tap new markets and revenue streams and we believe that the FB7600 will allow us to do that,” said Ralph Misale, Chief Operating Officer, Eclipse Imaging.

The new HP Scitex FB7600 with a new white-ink channel provides more capability to produce display graphics on clear or coloured materials. HP Scitex FB7500 and FB7600 machines include extra print head beams, which allow the white ink kit to be added without sacrificing process colours.

The large-format inkjet system prints on a range of flexible and rigid substrates and corrugates up to 25 mm (1-inch) thick, using its HP’s proprietary GREENGUARD certified inks – engineered for outdoor longevity.

Transcontinental Quebec has installed a new Epson Stylus Pro GS6000, purchased from Fujifilm Canada.

The Quebec location specializes in sheetfed commercial printing. In 2011, the location also established a digital printing division using an industrial digital toner press and a UV flatbed press. The new GS6000 UV solvent roll printer will add to the location's capabilities.

Transcontinental Quebec employs 160 staff.

Hemlock Printers of Burnaby, BC, added a new Brausse 1050SE automatic die-cutting and creasing machine, which includes a stripping station, to its production floor. Described as Western Canada’s largest commercial printing operation, employing a full bindery department, Hemlock previously subcontracted out its die-cutting work.

The 40-inch format (29 1/2 x 41 1/8 inches) Brausse system, weighing 15.5 tonnes, has a top-rated speed of 7,500 cycles per hour. It also features a non-stop feeder – with motorized side shift and non-stop delivery with counter and tape inserter – for continuous running. As well, a slow down device on feed board allows sheets to enter the head stopper at a greatly reduced speed for better register when running lighter-weight stock.

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.

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