Celebrating its 70th-year in business, Waterloo Printing increases its production strength with a new HP Indigo 7000 press, along with HP’s recently introduced SmartStream Director for managing and building online applications.
Known as one of the higher-end commercial printers operating out of the Kitchener-Waterloo region, Waterloo Printing first ventured into toner-based (digital) printing five years ago with an HP Indigo 3050.
“The HP Indigo 7000 provides us with the high-quality ink output to meet the needs of our customers,” stated President Mike Litwiller, in a press release.
Waterloo Printing also runs two Heidelberg SM 74 presses, a 4-colour and a 5-colour with aqueous coating – in addition to some smaller offset machines and a range of finishing technologies. The company has been a family-run operation since its inception in 1930.
Peterborough-based SIGN-A-RAMA, which is part of a global network of over 900 stores, boosts its signage production with the addition of an HP Scitex FB950 and the launch of its new Citibanner program.
SIGN-A-RAMA was founded in 1986 by Ray and Roy Titus. After opening their first store in Farmingdale, New York, and a second in North Palm Beach less than a year later, the company began offering SIGN-A-RAMA franchises in late 1987.
The new HP Scitex FB950 for the Peterborough-based franchise is built around UV curable inkjet technology, printing on both flexible and rigid medias. The device is rated to reach production speeds of 21.1 m2/hr at 600 x 600 dpi or 42.2 m2/hr at 600 x 300 dpi. The wide-format printer also has a billboard speed set at 80 m2/hr (600 x 300 dpi) and a high-quality speed of 10.5 m2/hr (600 x 600 dpi).
In conjunction with the HP Scitex FB950 installation, SIGN-A-RAMA this month launched its Citibanner program, which the company describes as “a turn-key solution for light pole banner advertising, branding and beautification.” The program provides consultation, design, banners and installation for clients like municipalities, universities and colleges, car dealerships, retail, casinos and hospitals.
Impression Totale, one of 15 printing locations operating under the umbrella of Group Duplitec, has installed a new HP Indigo 5500 press following a September 2009 expansion.
In addition to its new HP press, the facility in Granby, Québec, also supplies offset and large-format printing for the market, primarily providing applications like business cards, brochures and posters. Luc Gingras, President of Impression Totale, stated in a press release that he plans to use the new Indigo 5500 to move into Web-to-print applications.
Impression Totale is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
Le Progres du Saguenay, the publisher of regional daily newspaper Le Quotidien in Chicoutimi, Quebec, has installed a new Fujifilml Luxel V-8 SAL CTP.
The device allows the paper to increase its plate production speed from 15 plates an hour to 50 plates. The increased speed will allow the paper to extend its editorial deadlines providing more up-to-the-minute coverage. The EcoPro Neutralizer cleans the effluent from plate processing to a point where they can safely be poured down the drain.
Classic Impressions of Delta, British Columbia, has installed a Ryobi 3404DI press, purchased from Canadian Printing Equipment Ltd., a Ryobi dealer for Western Canada.
The 4-colour, direct-imaging, waterless press joins a production floor which also has five Halm Jet presses for specialized envelope printing, as well as a conventional offset press.
Classic Impressions was founded in 1988 and currently has 20 full-time employees. The company claims to have the largest printing capacity for envelopes in Western Canada.
Based in Waterloo, Ontario, Golden Triangle Printing Inc. has enhanced its wide-format printing department with the installation of a new 64-inch Mutoh Valuejet 1618. The inkjet printer, purchased from Ernest Green & Son, reaches production-mode speeds of up to 183 square feet per hour.
Established in 1992, Golden Triangle is full-service commercial printer with a half-size, 4-colour Heidelberg Speedmaster and toner-based output, in addition to its wide-format focus.
The company is also heavily involved in the production of promotional products, including applications like key chains, coffee mugs, pens, scratch pads, zippy cutters, fridge magnets and golf tees.
Tower Litho Company Ltd., a second-generation trade printer based in Scarborough, Ontario, has completed the installation of its new Heidelberg Speedmaster SM102-8-P+L press, which includes Axis Control.
Founded in 1977 by Tassos Siriopoulos, operation of the company is also directed by Dino and Paul Siriopoulos. In addition to offset production, Tower Litho, an FSC-certified company, also focuses on large-format printing and holds a large bindery department – Muller Martini and Heidelberg saddle stitchers, as well as a Stahl folder and Polar cutter, among other finishing technologies.
Tower Litho is a full Heidelberg shop, listing four other such presses on its Website, which range from a 20-inch, 4-colour perfector up to 40-inch 6-colour Speedmaster – in addition to the company’s new 8-colour press.
Winnipeg-based Regehr’s Printing, which celebrated its 70th anniversary this year, recently installed a Heidelberg Suprasetter A75 platesetter, which includes automatic-loading features.
The Suprasetter A75, which integrates with Heidelberg’s MetaDimension or MetaShooter software, is rated to produce 14 plates per hour in maximum format – 676 x 676 mm plate size. The company also sells an A52 machine that is rated at 17 plates per hour in maximum format – 676 x 530 mm.
Sisca Business Solutions Inc., which was founded in Lasalle, Quebec, over 10 years ago, installed two Xerox iGen4 presses to support its chain of Copie Express satellites across greater Montreal.
Sisca now has 15 retail outlets, focusing on the production of business documents, in Montreal, with a majority on the island. In addition to its toner-based production and mailing-distribution service, Sisca also provides large-format and offset printing.
According to Xerox, Sisca was the first company in Canada to install two iGen4 presses, as the company installed the iGen4 machines earlier in 2009, building upon its existing toner-based production lineup.
Accurate Impressions of Toronto has installed a Presstek 34DI to supplement its current roster of toner and smaller conventional offset presses. The company was established in 1930 as Accurate Distributing and in 1990 merged with A&R Advertising. The company currently has nine full-time employees.
“We founded our company as a distributor of door-to-door advertising materials,” said Richard Bergeron, President of Accurate Impressions. “By 1988, we realized we could print many of the materials we distributed ourselves, adding a new revenue stream, and our printing business has continued to grow. We acquired the Presstek 34DI press to supplement our one- and two-colour offset and toner-based printing capability, bringing 80 percent of work we formerly outsourced in-house."
Bergeron says he also combines the output from DI press with the company's toner-based capabilities to imprint variable information in a hybrid manufacturing model. In addition to designing and printing flyers hangers and other promotional material, Accurate Impressions also helps businesses distribute them, either by Canada Post or through its own door-to-door distributuion services.
Commercial printer L’Imprimerie Moderne de Beauce, operating just south of Quebec City for more than 70 years, has added a Roland R305L press to its production floor, with the help of manroland technicians.
After purchasing the used Roland R305L press, L’Imprimerie Moderne completed the installation by hiring two manroland Canada technicians, Steve Bush and Joe Michaels, and asking a third, Jean Laberge, to help out after he recently retired as a manroland press demonstrator. Bush provided the electrical work while Michaels performed mechanical needs for the installation.
This particular R305L is one of the last presses built from that model line and is, therefore, quite modern with hydraulic braking for drive smoothing, among other new features, and the ability to hit a top speed of 16,000 impressions per hour.
L’Imprimerie Moderne de Beauce, translated into English as Beauce Modern Printing, has been under the leadership of Pierre Verreault since 1980. Verreault has grown the company’s services beyond offset production to also include online-print ordering, prepress, toner-based output, and a myriad of finishing services from perfect binding and saddle stitching to mailing. In addition to ISO 9001-2000, the company also has FSC and SFI certification.
InColor Inc., a small-format commercial printer based in Moncton, New Brunswick, has installed a new Agfa :Acento platesetter. In addition to the CTP device, InColor also installed Agfa’s Apogee front-end workflow.
The company will be running Agfa’s Azura TS plates, which are built on environmentally progressive ThermoFuse technology.
Pictured left to right: Richard Juneau of Agfa Graphics and Bernie Michaud, owner of Moncton-based InColor Inc.
Founded 1989, Wellington Printworks, based in Etobicoke and primarily serving the Greater Toronto Area, has installed a new Agfa :Acento CTP device, which will run Agfa’s environmentally progressive :Azura TS plates.
The installation places Wellington Printworks into Agfa’s GreenWorks program, which it developed to help printing companies – running :Azura TS, :Amigo and :Energy Elite plates – transition into a more environmentally responsible operation. To date, Agfa has recognized 130 printers in Canada and the U.S. for their green printing efforts.
In addition to sheetfed-offset production, Wellington Printworks provides small-format toner-based output, graphic design services and collating, saddle stitching, and Wire-O binding.
Struth Publishing of Killarney, Manitoba has installed a new Fujifilm Luxel V8 CTP with single cassette autoloader along with an XMF workflow purchased from Fujifilm Canada. This marks the company's transition from film to CTP.
Struth Publishing is a family-owned business, which started publishing the community's independent newspaper, The Killarney Guide, in 1896. In 1986, the company installed a web press and started printing other local papers. Today, the second generation of the Struth family, Curt and Jay, run the company with seven full-time staff, printing 16 newspapers a week.
Phipps Dickson Integria has purchased a ROLAND 900XXL press from manroland for its Kirkland plant. The Montreal-based printer says it expects to have the 56-inch press operational in early October.
"Our first encounter with this large format press was at several installations that we had visited in Germany and last year at drupa," says Gaetano DiTrapani, Chief Operating Officer at PDI. “We’ve also had the opportunity to view it at another printer in Canada and at manroland’s Print Technology Center in Chicago." DiTrapani also listed two reasons why PDI chose the 900XXL: "First, we believe it will more efficiently accommodate our existing work in the publishing field that is currently produced on 40-inch presses. Second, it will provide us access to a very specific market within the large format work sector."
PDI recently consolidated its plants in LaSalle and St. Laurent into one facility in Kirkland, Quebec. The 6-colour 900XXL is the PDI's first manroland purchase. Phipps Dickson and Integria merged in February 2007, forming one of the larger printers in Quebec. In December, it acquired and reopened Grafikom's Sherbrooke plant, now known as PDI-Graphica.
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