Calgary-based Displayco Canada Ltd., which focuses on producing trade-show exhibits and point-of-sale promotions for customers around the globe, expands its printing capabilities with a new HP Scitex FB500.

“The [Scitex FB500] printer has really given our creative team the opportunity to look outside of the box and use materials, like glass, carpet, wood and a host of materials and finishes we would have had to outsource in the past,” said Cameron Wheatley, Art Director, Displayco.

The 64-inch wide machine, jetting UV-curable pigment-based ink, reaches a top speed of 121 square feet per hour and a top resolution of 1,200 x 600 dpi. It is a 6-colour system with the option of adding a white-ink kit.

Displayco has been in business for 30 years and now runs offices in Calgary and Edmonton.

Four printing operations across Canada, including shops in British Columbia, Manitoba and two in Ontario, have recently installed Polar cutting systems sold through master distributor Heidelberg Canada.

Mail-O-Matic Services Ltd. of Burnaby, British Columbia, has purchased a new Polar 115 X cutter. The system is equipped with touch-screen control, air side tables, and a nickel-refined air table. Founded in 1967, Mail-O-Matic focuses on the mailing industry with services like data processing, mail prep, laser imaging, direct addressing and inserting.

Winnipeg, Manitoba-based Cascades Boxboard, one of Western Canada's largest folding paperboard box manufacturers, has also installed a new Polar 115X cutter, as well as a Polar LW1200-6 stack lift. Cascades Boxboard has been serving Winnipeg and Western Canada for 26 years.

London, Ontario-based commercial printer Capital Colour Graphics, a division of Colour Industries Inc., has installed a new Polar 92X cutter. Capital Colour has been servicing the London area for over 17 years.

ABC Printing has also installed a new Polar 92X cutter. This commercial printing company, based in Kitchener, Ontario, is celebrating 50 years of operation based on its founding in 1961. While providing printing services across Ontario, ABC Printing primarily focuses on the economic corridor of Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph. 

Edmonton-based Screen Craft Industries Ltd., which has operated in the display graphics sector for the past 18 years, has installed a flatbed Fujifilm Acuity Advance UV printer.

Opened in 1993, Screen Craft specializes in the production of decal and signage applications, including fleet graphic programs with vinyl decals, as well as wood and aluminum signs. The company focuses on markets in Alberta and surrounding provinces.

The Acuity Advance installation provides Screen Craft with the ability to print directly on the substrate and to produce materials with a white-ink option.

Since its 1993 founding, Screen Craft has moved from its original 3,600-square-foot shop to a 14,000-square-foot facility in Edmonton. The company also runs a sales office in Calgary.

M&T Printing Group of Brantford, Ontario, has added a Heidelberg SM 74-6+LX press to its production floor, which also includes an SM 74-2 press, wide-format inkjet, bindery, and Xerox iGen3 and DocuColor presses.

Serving the Brantford area for the past decade, M&T Printing Group itself was founded over 40 years ago in London, Ontario.

The company, which describes itself as focusing on the print-on-demand and self-publishing sectors, now has three stories in London and five across the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph areas.

M&T Printing also operates a division called Volumes. Driven by the Website, this division provides online access to book and photo-book production, as well as business and personal stationery. In addition to self-publishing programs, Volumes also allows clients to order toys and games like puzzles and board games.

M&T also provides what it describes as print management services through its POOL-branded online ordering system. POOL allows customers to look up invoices and submit, track and re-order jobs.

Solisco Printers of Scott, Quebec, has purchased two Screen PlateRite Ultima 36000 VLF platesetters through Fujifilm Canada. The acquisition also includes a multi-year commitment from Solisco to use Fujifilm’s LH-PJ plates and FLH-Z processing technology – across the entire Solisco group.

Equipped with skid loading and multi-cassettes, the Screen PlateRite Ultima systems are being matched with Solisco’s recently purchased Goss Sunday 3000 press. In November, the company broke ground on a building expansion to accommodate the 32-page Goss web press.

Solisco describes itself as one of the largest privately owned printers in North America. The company employs around 500 people within two production facilities.

Annan & Bird Lithographers, owned by Texas-based Consolidated Graphics, signed an agreement to purchase a large-format Heidelberg XL 162 sheetfed press, which is scheduled for a March 2012 installation into its Mississauga plant.

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 Mississauga-based 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.

United States printing giant Consolidated Graphics, which currently runs over 70 facilities worldwide, purchased Annan & Bird in August 2006 to add to its North American presence across 26 different states.

The Heidelberg XL 162 is geared toward the requirements of the folding-carton and package-printing sectors, while reaching a maximum run speed of 15,000 sheets per hour. Annan & Bird’s XL 162, a 6-colour press with coater, will also feature Heidelberg’s Prinect Inpress Control, which measures and controls colour and register on the fly.

DeJong Printing Ltd. has bought a new 29-inch, 6-colour Komori Lithrone SX629C, with tower coater and extended delivery, to be installed this November in the commercial printer’s Edmonton, Alberta, facility.

The 24 x 29-inch sheetfed press (Series 45), purchased through K-North Inc., is also equipped with several automation features like Komori’s KHS-AI system, fully automatic plate changers and Automatic Make Ready (AMR). DeJong Printing has also installed a new Kodak NexPress to boost its toner-based production capabilities.

The new press will be DeJong Printing’s third new Komori press in the last seven years. Founded in February 1979, DeJong began to modernize its printing infrastructure in 2004 with the installation of a new Komori Lithrone 628c, which is a 20 x 28-inch press with inline aqueous coating. A year later, the company began producing Staccato screens with the Komori and then, in January 2006, DeJong installed a new Komori Spica.

In May 2009, DeJong began to build up its toner production capabilities with the purchase of a 12 x 18-inch Xanté Ilumina 502, primarily to focus on work like business cards, postcards, brochures, posters and booklets, which will now be supported by the new NexPress – running a 14 x 20-inch sheet size and Kodak’s fifth printing unit.

Normand Limoges, President of Contact Image in Montreal, added to his company’s large-format printing capabilities with the installation of a HP Scitex LX800 system, which runs HP’s odour-free Latex Ink technology.

Contact Image’s Scitex LX800, purchased back in May 2011, joined an HP Scitex FB500 flatbed for printing on rigid medias, with a top resolution of up to 1,200 x 600 dpi. The 3.2-metre (126 inches) LX800 model, meanwhile, produces a top resolution of 1,200 x 1,200 dpi and hits a maximum speed of 177 m²/hr.

Describing itself as the first Montreal-based company to produce quality image sublimation on fabric, Contact Image has been focusing on large-format production for more than 30 years.

“We can print on a huge range of materials, whereas in the past we needed one printer per technology,” stated Normand Limoges, in describing the LX800 installation. “Now, we have several technologies in a single printer, allowing us to print on various materials. This flexibility allows us to offer our clients new products.”

Menzies Graphics Group has installed a five-colour Ryobi 755XL press with coater into its flagship Calgary plant, which is one of five locations now run by the company in Alberta and British Columbia.

“I believe there is still a good generation or two worth of offset printing to be had,” stated Grant Menzies, owner of Menzies Graphics. “The challenge is there’s too much capacity for the volume of work out there right now. By installing this new Ryobi press with its many cost efficiencies, we can offer a first-class product and continue to compete effectively against other commercial printers across Canada.”

The new Ryobi press, with a 23 x 29-inch format size, replaces a 30-year-old, 4-up Akiyama. Across all of its locations, Menzies operates sheetfed and web offset presses, toner- and inkjet-based systems, as well as a full bindery.

Menzies Graphics is a fourth-generation family business that celebrated 65 years of operation. After selling its office-products business to Corporate Express in 1997, the company began significant commercial printing growth in 2000 with the purchase of printing companies in British Columbia’s interior, Calgary and Edmonton.  Today, Menzies operates five sales and/or production facilities in Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Kelowna and Kamloops.

The Saint-Léonard, Quebec, location of Elopak, which is a global packaging company with a presence in over 40 countries, has installed an Agfa :Avalon N8-22E computer-to-plate system. The system will be driven by Agfa’s :Apogee Platemaker software and image Energy Elite plates.

The Elopak Group generated approximately €780 million in net sales at the completion of its most recent fiscal year. The company specializes in the production of carton-based packaging for non-carbonated and liquid food products. Self-described as a total systems provider, the company also sells flexible filling machines in addition to closures, materials handling equipment and secondary packaging solutions.

Quadriscan of Montreal, Quebec has installed  Standard/Horizon BQ-470 PUR perfect binder, purchased from KBR Graphics Canada.

“We used to send the work out before but now we can keep it under our own roof, ensure high quality, and provide faster turnaround for our customers," said Roger Blanchette, president of Quadriscan. "We are able to streamline production for shorter runs to meet and often exceed client deadlines. We’re very proud of our excellent products and our customers love the new machine and the binding process.”

The BQ-370 is a fully automated four-clamp machine that can produce up to 1,350 perfect bound books per hour at up to 2.5 inches thick. 

While most of Quadriscan’s work is produced for the Montreal vicinity, the firm has also gaining international clients. “We work for a book publisher in France that supplies books to many French-speaking countries such as Mali, Madagascar, Côte d'Ivoire, Chad, Cameroon, and Congo,” says Blanchette. “Adding the BQ-470 with PUR aids our efforts in producing these important books for the local centers to continue usage of the French language. Having PUR adhesive will ensure that the book binding is maintained and does not crack or melt in the diverse climate and weather conditions in Africa — from dry to humid, cold, and hot.”

Calgary-based Emerson Clarke, led by Len Knight, Rich Berg and Dave Smith, becomes the first commercial printing company in Canada to purchase Kodak’s recently introduced NexPress SX3300 press.

The new press, purchased through Coast Paper (a division of PaperlinX Canada), is integrated with an optional long sheet feeder, which allows for working with a 14 x 26-inch sheet, while the standard feeder works with a size of 14 x 20.47 inches.

“We were losing a lot of the bigger digital jobs because our printer was just too small,” said Len Knight, Operations Manager of Emerson Clarke, who is a partner in the company with Rich Berg and Dave Smith. Emerson Clarke also runs offset presses, including a five-colour, 29-inch press with a coater.

The NexPress SX3300 has been fitted with Kodak’s Print Genius image processing and a fifth imaging unit, which allows for watermarking, protection coating, glossing, MICR printing, gamut expansion, red fluorescing ink for security applications, and in-line dimensional printing.

According to Kodak, the NexPress SX platform prints on more than 700 standard offset substrates, including coated, uncoated, FSC, plastics, magnets, linens, static clings, and micro-perforated substrates. It is rated for a monthly duty cycle of up to 4.4 million pages and hits printing speeds of 91, 109 or 131 ppm when printing on 26-inch long sheets.

Lightning Digital, a division Lightning Graphics housed in a 24,000-square-foot facility in Scarborough, Ontario, purchased its second EFI VUTEk large-format-printing system.

The company's new UV-based VUTEk GS2000 system, purchased through distributor Coast Paper, has the ability to print on substrates of up to two inches thick and 80 inches wide. Lightning Digital installed its first VUTEk QS2000 in 2010.

“Our production demand increased at such a rapid pace that we required a second unit within a year to be able to keep up with the demand,” stated Ovidio Sui, Sales Executive and co-owner of Lightning Digital. “The hybrid units enables us to output different jobs, substrates and the unique requirements of our customers, yet allows us the flexibility to run large jobs over both units at the same time.”

In addition to the Lightning Digital, which controls large-format production, as well as a Canon imagePRESS C6000VP toner system, Lightning Graphics also runs two 40-inch Komori sheetfed presses, a 20-inch Heidelberg press, and several finishing systems. The company is led by founder and CEO, Andy Tieu.

Ian Campbell, owner of the Adelaide Street Kwik Kopy shop in downtown Toronto, has installed a new HP Designjet L25500, which was actually put on floor last November. With this new machine, he plans to enter the large-format production arena.

“We were looking for ways to change revenue streams and to increase revenue of print,” said Campbell. The Kwik Kopy Adelaide location in downtown Toronto primarily produces work for the heavy concentration of business, financial, insurance, and legal industries in downtown Toronto.

The inkjet-based HP Designjet L25500 is available either as a 42-inch machine, which reaches a maximum speed of 228 ft²/h (4-pass bidirectional), or as a 60-inch machine, which has a top speed of 246 ft²/h (4-pass bidirectional). Both 6-colour machines produce a maximum resolution of 1,200 x 1,200 dpi.

Markham, Ontario-based Rayment and Collins has purchased a six-colour Heidelberg UV press, which was formerly owned by Acuity Solutions Group. Acuity Solutions went into receivership in mid-June and the machine was sold to Rayment and Collins by Howard Graphic Equipment.

The company is replacing an older-generation, 6-colour, 40-inch Komori Lithrone with the Heidelberg. The Heidelberg press is the company's first step into UV printing to broaden its print offerings, which includes a Konica Minolta C8000 and HP Indigo toner presses.

Teardown of the old Komori commenced today and President Kevin Collins says he expects the new press to be fully installed by mid-September.

Rayment and Collins is a full-service marketing provider, which encompasses conception, design and production for both print and online properties. The company was founded in 1989 and has major clients such as AMD, Sleeman Breweries and Pet Valu.

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