Described as Eastern Canada’s largest packaging company, Master Packaging of Prince Edward Island is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its new 7-colour, 56-inch KBA Rapida 142 press. 

First installed in May 2009, through distributor KBR Graphics Ltd., the Rapida 142 is being used within Master Packaging's corrugate and folding-carton divisions. The press also includes a coater, automatic plate changing and non-stop facility at the feeder.

“Our new Rapida press will allow our company to open up new markets with its new automated technology so we can do shorter runs," stated Mary Jean Irving, President and CEO of Master Packaging, in a press release.  

The company has won several printing awards, since its founding in 1996, including a recent Gold Award from the Flexographic Technology Association for “Technical Achievement Exemplifying the Finest Capabilities of Flexographic Printing.” 

After expanding its corrugate plant by 33,000 square feet in 2000, Master Packaging in 2002 reached a production milestone by exceeding 1-billion square feet of output annually. The corrugate plant was then expanded by a further 60,000 square feet. A year later, the company's Borden plant began a 68,000-square-foot, folding-carton expansion. 

Today, Master Packaging employs over 340 people in two PEI plants, Borden and Charlottetown, as well as third plant in Dieppe, New Brunswick.

Calgary-based Sharper has installed an HP Indigo 5500 press to boost its short-run and variable-data printing, primarily focused in the health-care sector.

The company produces applications like postcards, appointment cards, calendars, magnets, tote bags and even leashes for pet-care purposes.

The HP Indigo 5500 can run at up to 68 full-colour pages per minute (ppm), 136 ppm in 2-colour, and 272 ppm in monochrome. “We have a sophisticated clientele with specific requirements for their promotional and communications materials,” stated Susan Nawrocki, President of Sharper, in a press release.

Founded in 1985, Sharper now employs 50 people in a 15,000-square-foot facility.

Two months after signing a deal to print The Globe and Mail's Manitoba and Saskatchewan editions, Glacier Media Inc. is working with a Washington State used-press retailer called Impressions Worldwide to install 40 Goss Community SSC printing units.

Glacier Media, which primarily generates revenues in various publishing sectors, aims to complete the Goss Community SSC installation by the end of this year's summer, when it is scheduled to start printing The Globe and Mail newspaper in the two prairie provinces.

“Working with Impressions Worldwide as an intermediary is somewhat unique, but their understanding of the specific requirements of the publisher as well as their knowledge of the Goss Community SSC towers has helped to synchronize the project,” stated Merton Howard, Goss International Sales Manager.

First introduced by Goss in 1962, the Community SSC is a single-width, one-plate-around web offset press for printing newspapers and semi-commercial products. Goss has sold over 38,000 units worldwide, as the features and the base design of the press have evolved.

Glacier Media is involved in printing activities primarily through its Business Information Group, which holds 43 trade magazines, 28 directories and 35 Websites.

System Graphics of Markham, Ontario has replaced its solvent-based printer with a new HP Designjet L65500, a device which uses water-based latex inks. System Graphics, which has been in operation since 1987, specializes in printing banners and signage.

“Investing in new technology helps us to stay one step ahead and not only meet but exceed our customers’ expectations” said Systems Graphics President, Wendy Glover. “We were looking to the future and now we’re more competitive than ever before.”

“System Graphics wanted to get rid of its solvent-based printer partly for health and environmental reasons,” said John Visentin of Access Imaging, the company that sold the device to System Graphics. “When they found that they could also save money through lower costs of maintenance and consumables on the new latex printer, it made the decision that much easier.”

The HP Designjet L65500 won a Gold award at the fourth annual Environmental Printing Awards in 2009. According to HP, no special ventilation is required and prints produced on the machines are odourless and can last up to five years with lamination.

John Hume, President of Toronto-based Hume Intermedia Services Inc., welcomes a new Standard Horizon BQ-470 PUR perfect binder into his Toronto plant, which is driven by three Xerox iGen presses, two offset presses and extensive fulfillment services.

Purchased through KBR Graphics Canada, the BQ-470 PUR is a fully-automated, 4-clamp machine capable of producing up to 1,350 perfect-bound books per hour, while also able to bind books that are up to 2.5-inches thick, using polyurethane-reactive (PUR) adhesive.

“Our well-informed clients understand the need the PUR durability provides for their products,” stated Hume.

Hume Intermedia was established 22 years ago and today claims to have a base of over 200 clients across various printing markets in Canada, United States and Europe.

The company's primary production is focused on toner presses, including three Xerox iGens, two Xerox Nuvera 144s and one Nuvera 288 black-and-white device.

In addition to the new BQ-470 PUR machines, Hume's bindery department also includes Standard Horizon's SPF-20A saddle-stitcher and an HT-30 books trimmer. Hume also runs a Canon PIXMA PRO9000 large-format printer and two Heidelberg GTO offset presses.

After starting out as a 2-person company in 1,000 square feet of space, Hume now employs 44 people in a 30,000-square-foot plant, as well as two smaller locations for online initiatives, large-format and warehousing.

Kwik Kopy Design and Print Centre Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island has recently installed an Agfa :Anapurna Mv, UV flatbed printer with varnish option. The machine was purchased through Geoffrey Flack of the ND Graphics' Dartmouth branch.

Kwik Kopy is a full service printer offering offset and digital printing as well as signage for indoor and outdoor applications. The location has been operating on the island for over 26 years. The company also recently installed a Heidelberg SM 74 press. In February, the company took over the operations of Island Offset Inc.

Rose Printing of Orillia, Ontario, has installed a new :Avalon N4 CTP device, which is running Agfa’s environmentally progressive :Azura TS thermal plates.

Based on the platesetter and plate purchase combination, Agfa Canada placed Rose Printing into its Greenworks program, which is designed to help printing companies promote their environmental stewardship to customers.

Rose Printing primarily runs its production around a 5-colour Komori Lithrone SX29 press, with in-line aqueous tower coater. The commerical printer has sevrved the Greater Toronto Area market for more than 16 years.

St. Catharines-based Advance Graphics has installed a new Mutoh ValueJet 1608 large-format printer, purchased through technology distributor Ernest Green & Son.

The 64-inch machine runs Mutoh’s MUBIO bio-solvent ink. Advance Graphics has a 46-year history in Canada’s printing and design industry.

Today, in addition to large-format printing, Advance Graphics provides prepress services, as well as tradeshow services like display and banner stands, as well as CD and DVD duplication.

Imprimerie Héon & Nadeau, a second-generation printing company based in Victoriaville, Quebec, adds a new HP Indigo 5500 press to its traditional offset-focused production.

Imprimerie Héon has been in business since 1938 and now focuses primarily on commercial printing and the publishing of books and textbooks. The company’s production floor, driven by a full prepress division called VICOM Graphique, primarily revolves around a 28-inch, 5-colour Komori Lithrone press, as well as offset machines from Sakurai and Roland, among others.

"We wanted the new printer to offer speed of execution, product compliance and high quality standards, which the HP Indigo 5500 offers in addition to a great price-quality ratio," said Jean-François Poulin, General Manager of Imprimerie Héon.

The HP Indigo 5500 is rated to run at 272 pages per minute in monochrome mode, while reaching 4-colour speeds of up to 68 pages per minute. The resolution of the press can hit up to 2,400 x 2,400 dpi on a 12.48 x 17.7 inch imaging area. of Toronto has purchased a new Challenge Titan 265 cutter from Sydney Stone for its Mississauga headquarters., a division of Musson Copy Centre was established in 1982 as a traditional offset operation and has since added digital printing to its offerings. The new cutter will aid in the company's web-to-print offerings, which includes stationery and other promotional material.

The Titan 265 has a cut width of 26.5 inches and a maximum cut depth of 28 inches. It is large enough to cut down parent stock into a variety of sizes and grain directions while touchscreen computer controls ease operation.

Darthmouth, NS-based Royale Print & Packaging, the largest folding carton converter in the Atlantic, has installed a new Roland 700 HiPrint press. The press has six print units and two aqueous and UV coaters.

Royale Print & Packaging is over 100 years old and primarily prints folding cartons and labels for the Eastern Canadian and U.S. markets.

“Food packaging customers have very short turn-around times and tight deadlines to prevent spoilage or expiration and to meet market demands," said Royale Print & Packaging Operations Manager Jan Riber Hansen. "The printing process must meet those deadlines even on JIT shipments.”

To allow for future expandability, Royale Print and Packaging decided to prepare the press for UV inks and interdeck curing stations.

The company says the new HiPrint press is running two shifts during months of average production levels, but it expects to run the press 24/7 with three shifts during months of higher demand. Production staff from the company flew to manroland's training facility in Westmont, Illinois, in preparation for the press and also received on-site training after the equipment was installed.
Ron Schroder becomes a Sales Consultant with Canflexographics Ltd., which distributes technologies for flexographic printing and the converting industry. Schroder, who joined the sales team on April 1, 2010, is now responsible for client management and service of the wide-web and narrow-web flexographic markets in Ontario.
Schroder, who has been employed in the flexography field for the majority of his career, is also involved with education in the sector, as a 25-year active supporter of the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA). In 2000, Schroder was awarded the FTA President’s Award for his work on the Flexsys Computer Simulator project. He is currently Chairman of the Canadian Flexographic Training Committee (CFTC).

Canflexographics is based in Burlington, Ontario, under the leadership of President Kelly Roberts. The company distributes and services technologies from companies like AccuWeb, BOBST, Flint, HarperScientific, Harris & Bruno, Mark Andy, and Goldenrod.

Scarborough-based Cameron Advertising Displays Ltd. has purchased an Agfa :M-Press Tiger, which is slated to become the first installation of this industrial inkjet-based press in North America.

Cameron Advertising plans to complete the installation of its :M-Press Tiger by the end of the 2010 second quarter. 

The company, with over 40 employees and approximately $10 million in annual revenues, has served the screen-printing needs of the Greater Toronto Area for more than 60 years.

Cameron Advertising now operates out of a 30,000-square-foot screen-printing facility and what it describes as a 12,000-square-foot digital printing facility.

“When we saw the :M-Press Tiger in action, that's when we knew it was the right system for us," stated Cameron's VP, Reid Mason, in a press release. "With the :M-Press Tiger, we have the fastest system on the market… the system meets our aggressive quality and ROI requirements."

According to Agfa, the :M-Press Tiger can print 17,000 square feet per hour, after upgrades introduced in November 2009, which is three times faster than its predecessor model. The upgrades include new print-head technology, auto-head positioning and tuning. The flatbed inkjet press is co-developed by Thieme and Agfa.

Print 1 Instant Services in Regina, Saskatchewan, has installed a Ryobi 3404DI digital offset press, purchased from Canadian Printing Equipment Ltd.

The machine has a maximum speed of 7,000 sheets per hour and handles up to 13- by 18-inch stock. Being a DI machine, plates are imaged on board.

Founded in 1976, Print 1 is a second-generation printing company about to celebrate its 35th year in business. The company was founded by Tom and Judy Cumbers and is owned today by son Jason Cumbers.


Based in Saint-Laurent, Quebec, Accent Impressions Inc. has installed an Agfa Avalon N8. The platesetter will image Agfa’s Azura TS plates.

These plates are based on ThermoFuse technology to physically bond images to the plate without chemical processing, athough gumming of the plates is required.

Accent Impressions CTP set-up is now being driven by Agfa’s Apogee software. In its pressroom, the company runs a 5-colour, 40-inch Mitsubishi; a 5-colour, 40-inch Komori with coating, and a 2-colour, 18-inch Ryobi press.

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