It has been a busy few weeks for The Vincent Press of Peterborough, Ontario, which completed the installation of a new Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 75-5+L press and, just last week, finalized the purchase of nearby Lazer Graphics.

Andrew McCulloch and his team recently held an open house to celebrate the Heidelberg press installation with the Peterborough community, including the city’s mayor, Daryl Bennett. “I am most proud of the fact that I can keep my manufacturing base local and contribute to the community of Peterborough,” said McCulloch, President and owner of The Vincent Press. “As I have grown so have my clients. And many of the company’s 24 employees have been with us since our beginnings, so out here loyalty means a lot.” 

Founded in 1969 by Don Vincent, the McCulloch family, led by Andrew’s father Joe, purchased The Vincent Press some 30 years ago and maintained the company’s name because of its strong reputation in the community. Andrew joined the family business 17 years ago and used his technical knowledge to help with its digital prepress transition, moving from cameras to imagesetters, and later from imagesetters to computer-to-plate.

“This is likely the last offset press I will buy, so I had to be comfortable with my decision,” said McCulloch. “The press centre console with Intellistart really caught my eye. It appeared so easy to operate the press with this tool. Everything is automated: plating, blanket and impression cylinder wash, roller wash, and job data transfer. The fact that Heidelberg has the workflow, the CTP and all other integrated technology under the Prinect umbrella – tying into the press centre – was also a big advantage.”

In addition to The Vincent Press’ offset roots, the company also operates a wide-format-printing department, as well as a digital storefront shop, called Custom Copy, in the downtown Peterborough.
 Last week, McCulloch completed the purchase of Lazer Graphics, which has been based in Peterborough for the past 23 years, from Carolyn and John Hart, who are set to retire.

“I have the biggest offset press in the area now,” said McCulloch, referring to the new Heidelberg XL 75, with a 23 x 29-inch sheet size. “I have wide-format [inkjet] equipment and I have my digital operation downtown.  You need to be efficient in all segments to compete and be profitable.”

Modo Design Inc. of Richmond Hill, Ontario, has installed an Océ Arizona 360GT UV flatbed printer, purchased through technology distributor Coast Paper, a division of PaperlinX Canada.

Founded in December 2008, within a 1,000-square-foot facility, Modo Design, owned by Jackie Chan, now operates out of 3,000-square-foot shop. The company focuses on providing large-format production for the trade, through print brokers and its B2B operations, primarily with the printing of high-quality retail signage and advertising campaigns.

The Arizona 360GT inkjet system provides Modo with white-ink capabilities, while reaching an “Express Mode” print speed of up to 35 square meters per hour. A new “High Definition Print Mode,” featured on the newest Arizona 360 generation, allows for the production of legible text as small as two points.

RP Graphics Group has purchased a new Komori GL-6-40 with tower coater, which is scheduled for a January 2012 installation into its Mississauga, Ontario facility.

The printing company also decided to equip its new 6-colour, 40-inch press, purchased through K-North Inc., with Komori’s H-UV drying system, which is designed with a single lamp mounted in the delivery.

RP Graphics' new Komori GL-6-40 also features closed-loop register, XY colour control, and fully automatic plate loaders.

Founded in 1978, RP Graphics Group – led by George Mazzaferro and Brian Auty – now operates out of a 50,000-square-foot-plant in Mississauga. In addition to its long history in sheetfed offset production, which includes the purchase of four Komori presses over the past decade, RP Graphics also focuses on toner-based production, large-format inkjet, fulfillment and a range of finishing services.

Cowan Imaging Group of Edmonton, Alberta, has installed Canada’s first Agfa :Jeti 1224 HDC FTR UV system. The :Jeti 1224 HDC (High Definition Color) FTR is the first :Jeti printer to use Ricoh Gen 4 variable grayscale print heads, which employ Agfa’s recently introduced :Anuvia HD ink technology – with drops as small as eight picolitres. 

The machine’s throughput is rated at 1,182 ft2/hr in express mode, 582 ft2/hr in production mode and 390 ft2/hr in high-quality mode. The 4-colour system, which also comes standard with a white channel, runs at equal speeds in both binary and grayscale modes, at resolutions of up to 1,200 dpi.

The :Jeti 1224 HDC FTR also features a linear motor-driven vacuum bed to assist with dot placement in both flatbed mode or with the optional flat-to-roll (FTR) feature. The flatbed mode can print on anything that is up to two inches thick.

“[With the new :Jeti], we are able to run close to 100 percent of the work in a standard six-pass mode which delivers as promised. We also run a fair bit in four-pass," said Ian Stirling, Technical Services Manager at Cowan Imaging Group. "From our experience, thus far, the roll functionality is good. We have even run heavy material from a six-inch supply core and taken it up on a three-inch core – a fairly demanding application."

Bud Cowan and Muriel MacMillan began Cowan Imaging in 1945 out of a small Edmonton location. Today, Cowan Imaging describes itself as one of Canada’s largest screen printing and digital graphics company. In 2003, the family-run business acquired the assets and operations of Edmonton’s largest wide-format production facility.

In addition to its main facility in Edmonton, Cowan Imaging runs satellite offices in Calgary, Saskatoon and Toronto.

According to Agfa Graphics, the :Jeti 1224 HDCFTR is suited for flatbed applications like high-resolution trade show graphics, point-of-sale displays, real estate signs, backlit signs, lenticular displays, and banners – with the ability to print on materials like wood and ceramic tiles.

Kempenfelt Group of Barrie, Ontario, expands its prepress department with the installation of a new DI-Plot Preproofer, which utilizes Epson 9700 technology.

The duplex imposition printer, purchased through Unisource Canada, produces double-sided form proofs in one pass. 

DI-Plot adapts the fully imposed bitmap to the resolution of the double-sided inkjet proofing system, which aids in layout accuracy for the plates and print job.

In addition to colour control, the system accounts for technical issues like marks, traps, overprints and bleeds – prior to making plates or starting production. Preproofer output can then be folded, cut, stitched, and assembled with other forms.

Kempenfelt Group has been operating for over 35 years and, in addition to commercial printing actitivies, concentrates on services on retail solutions, digital marketing, packaging, kitting and distribution.

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.

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