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.
Montreal-based Pazazz Printing increased its toner-based production capabilities by installing a Xerox iGen4, while heralding the press’ internal inline spectrophotometer for syncing into the company’s existing colour management system.
Back in April 2009, Pazazz became certified under the IDEAlliance’s G7 Print Master training program. Often confused as a standard, G7 is a process by which printing companies can calibrate their presses through a neutral grey balance, which now fits the capabilities of more toner-based presses, such as the iGen4, with inline spectrophotometry.
"The iGen4 press is yet another example of our commitment to offer our clients the highest standards in print to ensure the best quality available for our clients," said Warren Werbitt, CEO of Pazazz.
Oakville-based Somerville Graphics, a printer with both digital and offset machinery, has purchased a Duplo System 2000 with Square Press. The machine was purchased from Sydney R. Stone.
Duplo's System 2000 is a short-run booklet maker with multiple expansion capabilities. It is able to deal with both offset and digitally printed pages.
Somerville has invested in other pieces of finishing equipment recently, including a Duplo DC 10/60 collator in July and a Duplo DBM 120 Bookletmaker late last year. The company opened its doors in 1997 and today runs two Heidelberg offset presses as well as a Xerox 700 digital press.
Etobicoke-based EZ Trade Signs, a division of Mr. Printer/Mr. Signs, has installed an Acuity flatbed digital inkjet machine.
The machine was purchased from Fujifilm Canada and is the 35th unit to be installed in the country.
Jay Nazir, a second-generation family member in the business, is in charge of the sign making division. Mr. Printer has been in business for over 30 years, providing offset and digital printing. Recently the company expanded into sign making. Today the company has nine employees, led by Jay and his mother Ruby.
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