The City of Burnaby, British Columbia, replaces two older presses with the installation of a new 4-colour Ryobi 524GE, which represents xpedx Canada’s first press installation in this country.

While Ohio-based xpedx has been distributing Ryobi presses in the United States for 34 years, xpedx Canada became the master Ryobi distributor for Canada back in September 2009. Established in the summer of 2007, under the leadership of Mike Kearney, xpedx Canada has around 110 employees. 

The Canadian operation distributes all Ryobi format sizes, including the recently launched 42-plus inch Ryobi 1050 press and the 36-inch Ryobi 920, as well as the 31-inch Ryobi 750 and 780 series presses, the 20-inch Ryobi 520 series and other smaller format presses.

The 20-inch Ryobi 524GE press becomes the City of Burnaby’s flagship machine, with the ability to run 11,000 sheets per hour.

“We did a lot of 4-colour work on our single and two-colour presses, and you can produce quality print that way,” said Nick Karanasos, Supervisor for Burnaby’s inplant operation. “But you quickly hit a ceiling where throughput really bogs down and it’s just not efficient from a total cost perspective.”

The City of Burnaby’s new Ryobi 4-colour press replaces two older machines, including a preexisting 2-colour Ryobi. The in-plant operation also includes technology for toner- and inkjet-based (wide-format) printing, as well as various bindery functions.

Edmonton-based Douglas Printing, founded in 1902 and purchased by Ian Burke in 2005, completed the installation of a new HP Indigo 5500 press.

Since Burke acquired the printing company from the Douglas family, he claims to have replaced the facility’s entire fleet of presses, while also focusing more on sectors like signage, direct-mail and toner-based production.

Founded by H.W.B Douglas at the turn of the 20th century, Douglas Printing, according to its Website, has grown from a 3-person operation into a 70-person, full-service commercial printing facility.

Pictured (left to right): Douglas Printing's Brad Clark, PrePress Manager; Blair Stotyn, Operator; and Barry Burke, General Manager, with the new HP Indigo 5500.

Reprodux Printing has installed a new Duplo DC 645, which is designed for high-speed slitting, cutting and creasing, at its North York production facility.

The company, founded in 1963, now has eight locations in the Greater Toronto Area, with a ninth facility, operating under the name Curry Reprographics Division, recently opened in Windsor, Ontario.

The Duplo DC645, purchased through Sydney Stone, is being targeted for finishing the company’s template-based printing initiatives, such as business cards. Reprodux also operates, which it describes as “a complete project document solution for the building industry.”

According to distributor Sydney Stone, the DC645 can perform up to six slits, 15 cuts and 10 creases in one pass at a speed of 26 sheets per minute.

Winnipeg-based LightVisions, which specializes in large-format printing for the retail, display and outdoor markets, has installed what is described as Canada’s first automated Inca Onset S20.

The automation of this particular Onset S20 is found in a materials handling system with the ability to operate in manual, semi or three-quarter mode.

LightVisions’ new machine also includes a speed upgrade, introduced to the Onset S20 back in August 2010, said to increase the device’s rated speed by more than 35 percent from its original speed of 45 beds per hour.

With both the automation and speed upgrade, LightVisions’ Onset S20 will produce around 62 beds per hour.

“Our operators really like the ability to switch over quickly,” said Allan Brooks, President of LightVisions, referring to the machine’s levels of materials automation. “It is very fast, so if you have one 20- to 30-piece job and then another that's running 500 pieces, you can switch from manual to automated easily. You don't need the automation for the 20- to 30-piece jobs. Manual works just fine.”

The Inca Onset S20, sold through Fujifilm Canada, joins two existing UV flatbed printers and eight roll-to-roll inkjet printers, with the largest format measuring up to 126 inches wide.

LightVisions was founded 28 years ago and now employs over 40 people in a 38,000-square-foot facility.

Style Print Inc. purchased an Agfa Anapurna M4f for its fourth store location in Markham, Ontario.

The Anapurna M4f is designed to produce rigid large-format graphics, but is also available with a roll-to-roll option for flexible materials. The UV-based machine has a printing width of up to 62 inches (158 centimeters) and a maximum resolution of 720 x 1,440 dpi.

Pictured (left to right): Agfa’s Parker MacDonald and Nelson Chiu, President of Style Print, with the new Anapurna M4f.

Central Web, one of the largest heatset and coldset web printing companies in Western Canada, has purchased four Tensor T-1400 single-width press towers for its Calgary facility. 

The four T-1400 units, to be installed this quarter, are rated at 35,000 impressions per hour, with a 35-inch web width and 22.75-inch cutoff. The towers are shaft-driven and equipped with motorized side-lay and register adjustments, as well as stainless-steel cylinders.

Tensor describes its T-1400 tower as having a unique “bearing-in-a-bearing” design on the blanket cylinder. This reduces cylinder bounce and side-frame wear.

While Central Web is still determining the final press-line configuration, the new towers can be used within a coldset or heatset set-up, and can be combined with Cental Web’s existing folding equipment. The company operates a full bindery department with services like stitching, perfect binding, inserting and poly-bagging.

Central Web was founded in 1967 and today – with five commercial and newsprint press lines – runs an Edmonton-based facility in addition to its Calgary location. The company focuses on the production of glossy magazines, newspapers, directories, promotional flyers and catalogues.

Impressions Alliance 9000, based in Amqui, Quebec, announced the installation of a Presstek 52DI-AC press, which the company actually placed onto its production floor back in March 2010.  

Impressions Alliance 9000 is self-described as a non-profit company with a mission to provide jobs for people living with a disability. The company was originally founded back in the early-1980s to refurbish auto parts. A decade later, the company moved into the printing industry, which included purchasing two shops in 1997.

“A major consideration in our selection of the Presstek 52DI-AC was its chemistry-free on-press platemaking,” said Stéphane Jean, General Manager. “This was a major advantage for Presstek, since our prepress department was not equipped to produce waterless offset plates and we did not want to invest in an additional platemaker.”

Alliance 9000 generated revenues of $4.5 million last year, producing calendars, diaries and marketing collateral for a range of customers, including large financial institutions. Today, around 70 percent of the company’s 203 employees are living with a disability.

Ottawa-based Kelly Signs, one of the biggest sign shops in Eastern Ontario, has added an Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 inkjet engine to its production floor. The 30,000-square-foot facility also holds three semi-automatic silk-screen presses and two new flatbed printers.

"The [Epson GS6000] printer has opened our doors to markets beyond the large-format display business, such as photographic and fine-art reproduction,” said Mark Steinberg, General Manager, Kelly Signs. “We're known for being able to get an image on just about any kind of surface with our two flatbed printers. So when we were shown the GS6000 with its solvent based inks, we found we were looking at a wider range of products we could sell.”

With its roll-to-roll feeding system, the 64-inch-wide GS6000 reaches a maximum resolution of 1,440 x 1,440 dpi, employing solvent inks and variable-sized droplet technology as small as 3.7 picoliters.

Kelly Signs was established in 1947 and today produces a range of large-format products, from posters and banners to trade show displays, canvas murals, backlit displays and illuminated signs.

RockTenn’s Warwick, Quebec, plant becomes the first Canadian operation to install a Heidelberg Very Large Format press, opting for the larger 47.24 x 63.78 inch-format machine, Speedmaster XL 162.

Based in the state of Georgia, RockTenn is focused on paperboard, containerboard, consumer and corrugated packaging. Last year, the company generated sales of approximately $3 billion across 90-plus facilities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Argentina.

RockTenn Warwick, which was renamed after Industrie Ling joined the RockTenn group in 1993, remains as one of the company’s most-significant operations. The 450-employee facility will produce approximately 1.4-billion boxes this year, which equates to about 30-million every week.

Warwick’s new XL 162-8+L(X3) press measures 134 feet in length.

Since the May 2008 launch of its VLF platform, which also includes the XL 145, Heidelberg has now installed four such presses in North America, with more than 20 installations worldwide.

Colourchrome Laboratories Ltd., based in Oakville, Ontario, has installed a new 60-inch HP L25500, purchased through Ernest Green & Son.

HP L25500 has the ability to run HP’s environmentally progressive Latex Ink Technology, while reaching a maximum printing speed of 246 square feet per hour.

Colourchrome has specialized in the reproduction of photography since 1990.

Woodbridge, Ontario-based Signet Graphics has purchased a new 36-inch Kuda K92CE paper cutter, purchased through K-North Inc.

Signet, owned by Jez Metcalfe, was established in 1980 as a commercial printing company, which today focuses on applications like legal and financial printing, advertising/promotion, stationery, and printing on plastic and foils, as well as packaging and POP displays.  

Pictured: Jez Metcalfe, owner of Signet Graphics, with the new Kuda K92CE.

Anjou, Quebec-based Groupe BO Concept announced its installation of an HP Scitex FB6700 inkjet machine, which was actually placed on the production floor back in July 2010.

Founded in 1960, BO Concept today focuses on the retail display and signage market.

“In addition to increasing business in areas such as the grocery sector, the press is helping us create a cost-efficient way to introduce a new concept for customizable retail display cases that we own the rights to," said Pierre Lachapelle, Sales and Marketing Director at Groupe BO Concept.

Pictured (left to right): Roger Perron, Co-president, Pierre Lachapelle, Sales and Marketing Director, and Denis Gagné, Technician.

Ad-Vantage Signs, a large-format-printing specialist based in Burlington, Ontario, installed a new HP LX600 inkjet device, purchased through Ernest Green & Son.

The 104-inch LX600 is designed to run HP Latex Ink at a top speed of up to 1,691 square feet per hour.

Ad-Vantage Signs is a third-generation business that has been servicing Burlington and the Niagara Peninsula since 1986. The company also holds a 54-inch printer, producing various wide-format jobs from vehicle graphics to POP signage.


PrintFusion of Kingston, Ontario, has brought in a new 36-inch Kuda 92 paper cutter for its pressroom.

Sold through K-North, the Kuda 92 is rated for a maximum speed of 45 cycles per minute, with cutting accuracy of 1/100 mm. The paper cutter also features programmable clamp pressure and a 15-inch touch screen. PrintFusion is a commercial printing operation that was formed in 1973.

Photo: Jeff Thurlby owner of PrintFusion with his new Kuda 92.





Vancouver-based Best Color Press Ltd. has installed a 41-inch KBA Rapida 105 press with coater, as well as the ability to print UV and heavy board.

Best Color was founded in 1989 and today defines itself as a trade printer. The new 6-colour KBA press, which includes Logotronic and Densitronic Professional colour control, was installed in August 2010 and began full production by mid-September. The press can print on substrates of up to 48-point weight.

"The KBA Rapida 105 provides us with the ability to print on the thickest board in the industry, which no other press manufacturer could offer. Now we are the only printer in western Canada with the ability to print the thickest board jobs," stated Sunny Chan, CEO of Best Color. "Having an inline UV capability gives us the ability to produce dazzling high-gloss UV applications as well as quickly coating and sealing the job."

Best Color, which moved into an expanded facility back in 2007, holds several important environmental designations, including: Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification, Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC), and a CleanPrint BC Environmental Policy Certificate.

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