Ingrid Hope, co-owner of Hall Printing, adds a Ryobi 3404DI press to her company's production floor in Trail, British Columbia.

In business since 1920, Hall Printing was bought by Ingrid and Ron Hope in 2005, as they took over for the retiring David and Gail Chartres. At the time, Ingrid Hope had spent the past 15 years with the company's accounting department.

Today, in addition to financial and sales roles, she serves as General Manager of the company, which employs a dozen people. Hall Printing also has a sales office in Nelson, BC.

The A3-size, 4-colour Ryobi press, purchased through Canadian Printing Equipment Ltd., joins a shop floor with a Heidelberg Printmaster QM 46 press. Hall Printing also runs a 60-inch Kodak 1200i for large-format printing.

Markham-based The Middleton Group will soon install Agfa's :M-Press TIGER press after announcing the purchase of the machine today at the SGIA trade show in Las Vegas. 

Middleton specializes in large-format printing and has been in business for more than 55 years. According to its Website, the company claims to have been the first printer in Canada to offer UV inline printing and inkjet-based flatbed printing. 

The massive :M-Press TIGER is a UV flatbed inkjet press primarily designed to disrupt traditional offset production methods used in the screen-printing sector. Developed jointly with Thieme, the press can print up to 185 sheets per hour (8281 ft²/hr) on substrates of up to 65 x 104 inches in size. 

"We are confident that the strength and power of the TIGER will keep us on top," stated Rob Stratton, President of The Middleton Group. In addition to its printing and warehousing facilities on Denison Street, Middleton also operates a separate merchandising and design facility in Markham. 

Today, the company encompasses more than 100,000 square feet of space, while employing over 100 people. Middleton was founded in 1952 by brothers Bob and Jim Middleton, with a focus on the advertising sector.

Based in Richmond, BC, Teldon Print Media recently added a Polar 137 XT cutting system to its in-house bindery department, which handles toner, sheetfed offset and web offset press work.

Teldon's Polar 137 XT cutter, sold through Heidelberg Canada, includes an automatic jogger with weigh-scale, stack lift, and Transomat Unloader. In additional to traditional commercial printing substrates, the machine has the ability to work with materials like cardboard, chipboard and plastic foils.

Teldon Print Media is self-described as Western Canada’s largest independently owned printer, which, in addition to its printing and finishing capabilities, also offers mail, distribution and fulfillment services. The company, with additional sales offices in Victoria, Calgary and Edmonton, runs two sister companies in Teldon Marketing and Teldon Publishing.

Mississauga-based Muiz Graphics has installed a new 60-inch HP L25500 printer for wide-format inkjet production.

Purchased through Ernest Green & Son, the HP L25500 has a top-rated speed of up to 246 f2/hr (4-pass bi-directional printing) and a top-quality speed of 32 f2/hr. The 6-colour machine is based on thermal inkjet technology, with 2112 total print heads.

Muiz Graphics has operated in the Greater Toronto Area for the past 30 years.


Webcom has announced details of a $12-million investment in production technology for a program it calls BookFWD. Core to this new investment is HP's new HP T300 Inkjet Web press, to be installed this month.

The T300 will be used to produce book interiors in full colour while a new HP Indigo 7000 will be used to produce covers. These two pieces of equipment will be complemented with others, including finishing equipment.

"Book publishers are challenged in many ways - from demanding time constraints, to evolving environmental considerations, to new e-product investments. The most critical determinant of a publisher's ability to successfully navigate these challenges is improving the financial returns of their printed product," said Webcom President, Mike Collinge. "Webcom's BookFWD investments leverage breakthrough inkjet technologies, streamlined workflow and unique bookbinding systems to significantly reduce the costs associated with printed books. Inventory, distribution and production costs can all be reduced."

Magnum Manufacturing will also supply Webcom with the Flexbook system, which connects to the T300. It will be second installation of the book block system in the world and would reduce makeready time and spoilage upwards of 90 percent.

HP T300"The common theme across each piece of equipment is revolutionary technology that integrates the workflow for a highly streamlined and automated process," said Collinge. "This powerful combination will be remarkable for its efficiency and its overall technological advancement of the printing industry. Savings to the environment run deep with reduced waste, VOC emissions and energy consumption of the HP presses, bindery systems and workflow technology."

Located on Enterprise Road in Toronto, Swiss Print International recently installed a new Kuda machine. The paper cutter, purchased through K-North, features full programming, display monitor, air on main table, as well as the side

Swiss Print International produces a range of commercial printing materials, from business cards and brochures to posters and signage, as well as projects like newsletters and calendars to catalogues and coupons.

In addition to the Kuda cutter, Swiss Print runs a full finishing department, while providing 6-colour offset printing, 4-colour toner-based printing, graphic design, photography, copywriting, Website design and hosting, and warehousing and fulfillment.

Based in Scarborough, Ontario, All Hour Signs has installed a HP Designjet 35500 for wide-format, inkjet production. The family-owned signage business was established in 1997 and today focuses on a range of wide-format printing, such as banners, billboards, transit advertising, custom labels and trade-show collateral.

“We’re able to print on a wider range of materials with faster turnaround times, which allows us to take on more business,” said Johnny Lalani, Owner of All Hour Signs, on his decision to bring in the Designjet 35500. “It will also allow us to provide greater value for our customers as we reduce costs.”

All Hour Signs already has the ability to print on a variety of substrates, from aluminum and Coroplast to Plexiglas and Masonite. The 6-colour, UV-based HP Designjet 35500 is a hybrid machine with both flatbed and roll media options.

Champion Imaging Group of Montreal has installed a new Screen Truepress Jet 2500 UV Flatbed. The machine was purchased from Nustream Graphic.

The Truepress Jet UV has a maximum speed of 67.5 square metres per hour and can print on board or rolled media up to 98.4-inches wide (2,500mm) at a resolution of up to 1,200 dpi.

Champion Imaging Group has been in business since 1975 and is a producer of advertising, retail, display and signage.

IntraMédia, a division of Datamark Systems in Boucherville, Québec, has installed a 4-colour Screen Truepress 344.

The 344 direct-imaging, 4-colour press, purchased through NustreamGraphic, has a top-rated run speed of 7,000 sheets per hour, while accepting a maximum sheet size of 13.4 x 18.5 inches.

Datamark Systems describes itself as a single source for the design, production and distribution of business documents, ranging from basic stationary and commercial printing to identification tags or labels.

The company employs more than 450 people in six production facilities, seven distribution centres and 14 sales offices, including 13 throughout Canada and one in the United States. The Truepress 344 is being installed at the company's Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu facility.

Premier Printing Ltd. installed an Acuity Advance device to add large-format inkjet to its pressroom production roster of offset lithography and toner-based printing.

Established as a commercial printing company in 1962, and now running manroland and Heidelberg presses, Premier Printing was also an early Canadian adopter of HP Indigo technology for toner-based production, which today involves both variable-data and Web-to-print applications. Premier Printing also operates Premier Impressions in Grimsby, Ontario.

Now the Manitoba-based company, led by President Bill Gortemaker, is moving into large-format, inkjet production with the Fujifilm Acuity Advance. The inkjet device works with both rigid and flexible materials, while carrying an optional white-ink module for applying an underprint or overprint layer.

Fujifilm describes four production speeds for the Acuity Advance: Production Mode at 233 square feet per hour (fph), Quality Mode at 165 fph, Fine Art Mode at 135 fph, and Quality Matte Mode at 118 fph.

Saskatoon-based Abacus Signs has installed an HP Designjet L65500, which is a 104-inch-wide, inkjet device first introduced during drupa 2008.

“The HP Designjet is three times faster than our previous printer and the vibrancy of the colour is outstanding," stated Derek Reimer, Co-owner of the company, which provides signage for industry sectors such as healthcare, government, transportation and retail.

Members of the Abacus team, left to right: Kathy Tillman, Malique Gough, Rita Denis, Ryan Campbell, Derek Reimer (Owner), Penny Reimer, Anne Marie Stuber, Dale Nygaard (Owner), Al Morpurgo, and Terry Schroell.

Holland & Crosby Ltd., a Mississauga-based printing and marketing company, increased its flatbed, large-format production capabilities by installing an Inca Onset S20, which joins the company's existing, larger Onset S70 machine. 

Back in mid-2008, Holland & Crosby became the first company in Canada to install the mammoth inkjet-based Onset S70 machine to shift further away from its dependence on screen-printing production. Now the smaller Onset S20, sold through Fujifilm Canada, allows Holland & Crosby to provide quicker turnaround, as well as more gloss options and white-ink printing. 

"For the bulk of our work, speed is an issue, and we're able to deliver rush jobs on time with the Onset S20. The Onset S20 has accomplished what we anticipated it would do. For us it's not about its capacity-it's more about our overall efficiency and the ability to print with white," stated company co-owner Scott Crosby. "The Onset S20 has allowed us to finally transition away from screen printing and we became a completely digital facility as of February this year. It has also opened the door for a lot of 'store opening' jobs, which are typically personalized." 

Holland & Crosby also invested in an Inca Digital Onset S70 upgrade program, with a speed increase said to provide a throughput of up to 7,534 square feet per hour, equivalent to 145 full-bed sheets (or 435 60 x 40-inch posters) per hour. 

"It was perfect timing for us. We had an enormous order that required printing white on a coloured material, so it was important to get up and running quickly," stated Richard Labiuk, co-owner of Holland & Crosby. "We already knew that the ability to print white was key and we were doing a lot of white work already. 

"There's also the advantage of less waste," continues Labiuk. "With screen printing, we had to print about 50 overs on a 200 sheet run to assure a good job." 

Holland & Crosby was formed in 1997 with the merger of Holland & Neil Limited and J.W. Crosby Advertising. Today, the 33,000-square-foot facility provides a range of large-format services, from creative and structural design to printing, collating, and packing.

Microforum Services Group, based in Toronto, has installed an inkjet-based Fujifilm Acuity Advance. With the installation of the Acuity, Microforum states that it is purposely moving away from silk screening and offset printing methods, in favour of large-format inkjet technology.

In business now for 22 years, Microforum Services Group specializes in the small- to-medium CD/DVD and plastic manufacturing market. Microforum manufactures and prints CD-ROMs, audio CDs, DVDs, gift cards, membership cards, loyalty cards and USB sticks.

Accordingly, Microforum's primary markets include publishers and record labels, as well as the educational, corporate, and financial/insurance sectors.

After installing its first Océ JetStream 1500 around one year ago, Symcor, self-described as Canada's largest transactional printer, has bought a second 1500 inkjet system for full-colour variable output at its Toronto-area facility.

"When we decided to buy the Océ equipment, our goal was to convert existing black and white print on pre-printed stock to forms replacement and gain more shares in the market when it comes to full color volume," stated Normand Allard, Director of Product at Symcor.

Depending on the model, JetStream systems can produce 600-dpi full-colour output at speeds between 500 and 3,030 A4-size pages per minute. The continuous JetStream technology is available with either a 20.5- or 30-inch web width, while supporting monthly duty cycles of up to 40-million impressions.

Océ also designed its JetStream line to be upgradeable in the field, for increases in volume and speed, as well as inline tools like integrated folding, perforating hole punching and rewinding. The machine also includes MICR printing capabilities.

Montreal-based Datachrome, one of the region's leading quality-based commercial printers, has installed a Fujifilm Acuity Advance system. The large-format printer, integrated with a ColorGate RIP, is built around a UV inkjet architecture, which can handle droplets as small as six picoliters.

Datachrome, which produces much of its work for the fashion sector, has won several top-quality printing awards, including a 2007 Grand Gutenberg Award as determined by the jury of Les Artisans des arts graphiques de Montréal.

This win was for the Yanick Dery Photographer promotional catalogue, while Datachrome has won several times within the Gala Gutenberg competition.

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