Kingston, Ontario-based Allan Graphics Ltd. purchased a new Agfa :Avalon N4 computer-to-plate device, which is supported by Agfa’s Azura TS Developer system.

The Avalon N4 is a thermal platesetter for 4-up and 6-up printing, which allows users to field upgrade from the E model, producing up to 11 plates per hour, to the S model, which images up to 21 plates per hour. The platesetter also allows users to produce Agfa’s :Sublima 210- and 240-lpi screens.

Allan Graphics was founded in 1976 and, with an additional sales office in Belleville, Ontario, serves clients from Cornwall to Peterborough and across Northern New York State.

Pictured: Richard Juneau (left), Account Manager for Agfa Graphics, and Dave Allan, Owner of Allan Graphics.

Pickering-based Signage Source, which focuses on applications like interior signage, event signage, exterior structural signage and full installation services, is running a new HP Scitex LX800 inkjet device.

Installed in late-March, the Scitex LX800 is a 6-colour, 126-inch (3.2-metre) machine with a maximum resolution of 1,200 x 1,200 dpi, employing 10,560 print-head nozzles. The roll-fed device uses HP’s environmentally progressive Latex Ink Technology.

Founded in 2003, in addition to the new Scitex LX800, Signage Source lists five other primary wide-format printers, including the HP Scitex XL1500, HP Designjet L65500, Fuji Acuity Advance HS, Gandi 1224UV, and the Epson GS-6000.

Pictured: President Rob Press with Signage Source’s new LX800.

Toronto-based EZ Trade Signs has installed an Acuity Advance HS system to expand its large-format printing capabilities, as well as a new Konsberg i-XL24 for custom die-cutting applications.

The large-format, inkjet-based Acuity Advance HS, purchased through Fujifilm Canada, is said to be 33 percent faster than previous models.

EZ Trade Signs was established in 2008 by General Manager Jamal Nazir, who has been involved in his family’s Etobicoke, Ontario-based business, Mr. Printer/Mr. Signs, for a number of years. “The white-ink option available in this model of Fujifilm’s Acuity provides us expanded versatility in our product offerings as well,” said Nazir.

Now with 16 employees, EZ Trade Signs operates as a division of Mr. Printer, which was founded back in 1978. Mr. Signs was founded 10 years ago. The large-format operation has a customer base primarily focused in the Greater Toronto Area and Southern Ontario, while also shipping work across the country from Nova Scotia and Alberta.

Les Impressions Lithosol of Laval, Quebec, has installed an Agfa Avalon N4-10S computer-to-plate system, as well as Agfa’s :Apogee Manage software to manage the company’s prepress workflow.

The company, founded in 1989, will continue to focus on progressive environmental print production by running Azura TS plates through its new Avalon N4 system. Les Impressions Lithosol has been FSC-certified for the past two years.

The Avalon N4-10S, which is the faster system relative to the N4-10E, can image up to 21 4-up plates per hour. Lithosol also focuses on frequency-modulated screening: producing 15-micrometre work on coated paper and 25-micrometre work on offset paper.

Pictured left to right: André Houde, VP of Lithosol; Stan Tranter, Agfa Account Manager for Quebec; and Serge Desjardins, President of Lithosol.

Solisco Printers, recognized as one of Canada’s largest private printers, commits to becoming the first North American company to install a Goss Sunday 3000 press with a 75-inch width.

To compliment its new Sunday 3000 order, the Scott, Quebec-based company plans to integrate Goss' DigiRail inking technology, Ecoset dryer, and dual folders on the web press, as well as features like the Contiweb FD paster, Omnicon controls, and the Goss Web Center workflow system.

“The precision of DigiRail inking improves presetting, cuts start-up time and waste, and makes it easier to sustain ink density and colour quality through the run,” said Alain Jacques, co-owner of Solisco. “The technology is highly proven in newspaper and insert applications, and it represents an important new breakthrough for the North American commercial printing market.”

Founded in 1991, Solisco Printers focuses on the publication, commercial and book printing markets for customers in Canada and the United States. The new gapless-blanket Sunday press, to be installed at its Scott-based facility later this year, will be capable of producing more than 3-million magazine-size pages per hour.

The width of the 2x8 Sunday 3000, along with pinless former and combination folders, allows for the production of multiple product formats and page counts, including finished magazine-format products that are up to nine inches wide. “We can’t stand still in terms of innovation if we want to stay competitive and continue to exceed the expectations of our customers,” said Jacques.

The two pinless folders are designed to add versatility to the new Sunday press, allowing for the finishing of magazine, tabloid and digest product formats. The PFF-3 former folder will be capable of producing more than 190,000 16-page signatures per hour in dual-delivery mode. The PCF-1 SQF combination folder, producing a range of formats, includes recently developed tools for quarter folding and signature control.

“The productivity and versatility of the 2x8 Sunday press format, along with the 9-inch product capability, create valuable competitive advantages that we look forward to passing on to our customers,” said Jean Gregoire, who founded Solisco along with Jacques.

As President, Gregoire now leads a company that made around $100-million in revenues in its lastest fiscal year, as well as three production facilities and around 500 employees.

Rhino Print Solutions of Richmond, British Columbia, becomes the latest printer to install a Fujifilm Acuity Advance flatbed inkjet system.

“We chose Fujifilm’s Acuity among other UV flatbeds for the quality of print achieved with the machine, along with the white ink feature and the capacity to handle rolls. We were also impressed with Fujifilm’s excellent customer service record,” said Brian Miller, business development manager, Rhino Print Solutions. “Our focus is on providing the best printed product available in the marketplace today. We were able to bring our G7 Master Printer processes to the Acuity relatively quickly, thereby ensuring great colour management across multiple platforms of offset, digital and wide format.”

Rhino Print Solutions has locations in Richmond and Calgary, Alberta. Rhino was purchased by entrepreneur David Allan in 2001 and the company was selected by Business in Vancouver as one of the 50 fastest-growing companies in British Columbia.

Fujifilm Canada launched the Acuity Advance, along with the Acuity Advance X2 UV, in April this year.

Toronto-based Flash Reproductions becomes the first commercial-printing plant in Ontario to install a toner-based MGI Meteor DP60 PRO press, including the XL-format option.

“It’s exciting to be the first in our area to have a new digital press that offers so much,” said Rich Pauptit, President, Flash Reproductions. “The Meteor DP60 PRO has a much better image quality than its competitors, is much more versatile with a larger sheet size, is much more favorable in its pricing than its competitors, and has no on-going click charges.”

The Meteor DP60 PRO, purchased through KBR Graphics, reaches a top resolution of 2,400 on a range of substrates, such as paper, envelopes, polyester, polycarbonate, polypropylene, PET, vinyl, synthetics, styrene, vinyl/static cling, canvas, and magnets.

Pauptit feels the new press will help secure its business relationship with the Toronto Transit Commission, for which Flash produces back-lit signage that is predominantly used within 11.5 x 34 inch light-boxes on the subway. “No other digital press can do this except our Meteor,” said Pauptit. “In the past, they’ve had these jobs printed using a different, but much more expensive, method.”

The 4-colour press also accommodates a range of sheet sizes, from 4 x 6 inches up to 13 x 40 inches, and is capable of handling weights from 20# to 16 pt. “The Meteor’s sheet size is a huge plus for us,” said Pauptit. “All of the other digital presses were 13 x 19 inches but the Meteor is 13 x 40 inches. We found that customers had to design around that smaller size.”

Flash was founded in 1969 and is now one of the most award-winning operations in Toronto’s tough printing market.

Specializing in the design, fabrication, installation and maintenance of signage, Hansen Signs has installed Agfa’s flatbed Anapurna M system into its Moncton, New Brunswick plant.

President Nick Hansen joined the company at age 16 and he is now the third generation from his family to help lead Hansen Signs, which was founded in 1979 by CEO Dennis Hansen. Hansen Signs currently employs 16 people in its 18,000-square-foot facility.

The company’s new Anapurna M, a wide-format inkjet system, is designed as a flatbed device, but – in addition to rigid – can also handle flexible materials. Beyond traditional billboard work, the new machine will be used for applications like illuminated sign cabinets, channel letters, LED video boards, awnings, cutout letters, pylon and monument signs, as well as vehicle wraps.

Pictured (left to right): With the new Anapurna are Nick Hansen, President of Hansen Signs; Geoff Flack, Branch Manager of ND Graphics in Dartmouth; and Richard Juneau, Agfa Account Manager for Eastern Canada.

London, Ontario-based Stevens Exhibit Design Group recently added an HP Designjet L25500 printer to its production floor. The company has been in business for 84 years.

According to President Cam Stevens, the L25500 was chosen largely based on its jetting of HP Latex Ink technology, which is described by the vendor as an environmentally responsible printing process relative to other systems serving the same wide-format-printing sector.

Stevens Exhibit will primarily use the HP L25500 for the production of point-of-purchase displays, fleet marking, vehicle graphics, and outdoor signage.

Pictured with their new HP L25500 are President Cam Stevens (left) and Ron Gardiner, Graphics Manager.

BCT Southwest Ontario has installed a Ryobi 3404DI press sold and installed by Canadian Printing Equipment Ltd.

The company has 15 employees and has been in business since 1987. The Ryobi DI adds to the company's existing Ryobi lineup of offset presses. The Ryobi 3404 DI is a waterless device and images plates on-press. The machine is also capable of UV printing.

Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, BCT has more than 60 franchise locations across North America.

Anvy Digital of Calgary has installed the nation's first Fujifilm Acuity Advance HS X2 wide-format inkjet printer.

Founded in 2002 by John Phan, Anvy Digital has since grown to 16 employees in 10,000 square feet of space. The company produces signage (both indoor and outdoor) as well as vehicle graphics and other forms of display graphics.

"We’ve doubled the speed, with the same quality,” said Phan. “We can pass those savings on to the customer. We needed to stay price competitive.”

According to Phan, the new machine also allowed Anvy to reach new customers with more capabilities. "You only have one or two chances to get business from them. Pricing isn’t necessarily the most important factor, initially. They want to know 'Can you do it, can you handle the project?' They look at turnaround, capacity, and quality, as well as price."

The Acuity Advance HS X2 can print in sizes of up to 8x10-feet at up to 700-square-feet per hour in Express Mode. The machine made its international debut in June of last year.

Brett, Karen and John Hueston of The Aylmer Express, a fourth generation family-owned printing and publishing company based in Alymer, Ontario, celebrate the purchase of a new 6-colour Komori LS640 press.

The press is installed at the company’s Barney Printing facility in Woodstock, Ontario. In March 2011, John Barney, President of Barney Printing Ltd., reached a deal with John Hueston, President of Aylmer Express Graphics Group, to amalgamate the two Ontario-based operations. 

The company’s new 6-colour, 40-inch Komori, purchased through K-North Inc., is equipped an anilox coater, as well as PDC-SII closed-looped colour control, the KHS-AI self-learning inking system, fully automatic plate changers, and Komori’s Automatic Make Ready (AMR) system.

The Aylmer Express is comprised of two divisions, including the Fine Print Division and the Newspaper Division, which has published the region’s main community newspaper for the past 130 years. In total, with the addition of Barney Printing, the company operates four facilities in Southern Ontario.

While The Aylmer Express’ head office is located at the printing plant in Aylmer, the company also runs a sales office in Mississauga, Ontario, as well as print, mailing and fulfillment facilities in London and Toronto.

Barney Printing is a 77-year-old operation that primarily provides commercial printing for the London, Waterloo, Guelph and Toronto markets.

Anjou-based Netpak Packaging has just taken delivery of a new KBA Rapida 106 41-inch, 6-colour sheetfed press. The Rapida 106 was introduced at drupa 2008 and prints at a speed of up to 18,000 sheets per hour.

"Netpak’s deliberate intention is to serve both packaging and commercial customers that require small- to medium-size run lengths with the capacity to do larger runs," says Daniel Filion, Marketing Director for Netpak. "We pride ourselves on offering a very short lead time and delivering a high-quality product."

Netpak currently provides a mix of 60 percent packaging work and 40 percent commercial printing work to customers in Eastern Canada, the U.S., Europe and even Israel. Netpak replaced a 40-inch press with the Rapida 106, purchased through KBR Graphics, because it wanted to run on thicker stocks such as flute and F-flute.

"One of the key features on our new KBA Rapida 106 is its automated quality control system," says Filion. "We are now able to compare each sheet with the customer’s PDF approved version and identify the smallest difference it can find such as a missing dot. This is a marked improvement, especially for our food and over-the-counter (OTC) pharmaceutical customers that require tight quality control on their products."

Netpak was founded in 2004 and has offices in Montreal, Toronto and New York.

The Burke Group of Companies, comprised of four Edmonton-based operations, with Douglas Printing serving as the centerpiece offset facility, purchased a new Komori GL640.

Purchased through K-North Inc., the Burke Group went with a 6-colour configuration of Komori’s new 40-inch press series. Komori will officially introduce the GL640 to North American printers this September at Graph Expo 2011, in Chicago.

The press is rated with a maximum printing speed of 16,500 sheets per hour, while handling a sheet thickness of between 0.04 to 1.0 mm. It is equipped with Komori’s KHS-AI, PDC-SX spectral density control (including the SX option), and PQA-S quality control.

In addition to Douglas Printing, Burke Group also holds Douglas Xpress, focusing on 20-inch offset work; Maximum Imaging, focusing on wide-format inkjet; and Target Advantage, focusing on toner-based product and mailing services. These latter three operations are housed at the same address in Edmonton.

Burke Group CEO, Ian Burke, incorporated the operations back in 2008, after purchasing Douglas Printing in 2005. In that time, the company has increased its staffing level from 22 to over 70 employees.

“The use of new technology has now become critical in offering graphic communications solutions,” said Burke. “You just can’t deliver what our customers want and need without investing in your business.”

Richmond Hill-based Imageworks has installed a new Morgana AutoCreaser Pro 50, purchased through Sydney Stone, which specializes in distributing finishing technology for toner-based printing.

The newest generation of the AutoCreaser Pro 50, according to Morgana, has been developed with a 30 percent speed increase, which now equates to finishing 8,500 A4 sheets per hour (11,000 A5 sheets per hour).

The latest AutoCreaser Pro 50 also employs an increased sheet size of 700 mm x 500 mm. An optional tray extension allows users to work with sheets of up to 900 mm in length.

Imageworks, founded in 1994, also recently installed a new, toner-based Ricoh Pro C901s press – with a maximum print speed of 90 pages per minute and top resolution of 1,200 x 1,200 dpi.

The company runs a Web portal called, which primarily focused on applications like business cards, flyers, postcards, brochures, letterhead, envelops and folders.

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