ICON Digital Productions of Richmond Hill, Ontario has recently upgraded its wide-format production with the installation of two new pieces of equipment, an Inca Onset S20 and Durst RHO 500.

The machines, which the company values at $2.3 million, will join other pieces of production equipment, including two Océ Lightjet photo printers and a HP 8300 Turbojet web-sheet printer.

According to the company's President, Juan Lau, he says he sees the industry shifting away from solvent printing to the more cost-efficient and eco-friendly technologies such as UV. "It's hard not to notice the number of UV products shown at trade shows these days. Both these printers impressed us with their speed, print quality and reliability over other UV products we have looked at," he says.

ICON Digital Productions has been operating since 1995 and currently employs 55 people in a 45,000 square foot facility. The company produces outdoor signage and other display graphics as well as point-of-purchase materials.

Montreal-based Imprimerie Groupe LITHO Inc., led by President Michel St-Onge and VP Claude Surprenant, completed the installation of a new Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 75 8P+L.

Heidelberg first introduced its XL 75 model, with a 19.69 x 27.56-inch format, at the quadrennial drupa trade show in May 2008.

With its new perfecting press, including a coating unit, Imprimerie Groupe LITHO is integrating Heidelberg’s Prinect Inpress Control and Prinect Press Center. The commercial printing company was founded in 1995 and currently employs 32 people.

Pictured: Michel St-Onge, President, and Claude Surprenant, Vice President, of Groupe LITHO.

Kendrick Quality Printing, a commercial printer based in Winnipeg, has purchased a Morgana Major air-feed folder.

The machine, purchased from Toronto-based Sydney R. Stone, features variable speed (4,500 to 27,500 sheets per hour), batch counting, and enclosed fold plates with digital readouts.

The Morgana device also includes  patented pulse feed wheel system, which, according to the company, aids in the feeding of curly and static-charged paper.

Kendrick Quality Printing owner Scott Kendrick said he chose the 14 x 20-inch Morgana because of its ability to handle a wide range of paper weights and types of folds.

Second-generation printers Francis and Robert Côté completed the installation of a 5-colour Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102 press, with coating and extended delivery, at their Sherbrooke, Quebec-based facility.

Imprimerie HLN Lithographers was founded by their father, Richard Côté, in 1977. The company currently employs 25 people.

The company’s new 40-inch, 5-colour press includes Heidelberg’s Anilox coating system, as well as the Prinect Axis Control measurement system.

Right: Francis and Robert Côté with Imprimerie HLN’s new Speedmaster CD 102-5+L.

Office Plus based in St. Thomas, Ontario, has installed a Laser-Mail Envelope Printer purchased from technology distributor, Ernest Green & Son.

Office Plus is a Van Pelt Company, which has been serving the St. Thomas area for the past 50 years. Office Plus, described as a stationery depot, also provides wide-format printing services.

Right: Michael Van Pelt with Office Plus’ new Laser-Mail Envelope Printer.

Christian, Jean and Francis Deschamps completed the installation of a Heidelberg CD 102 press at the Montreal location of J.B. Deschamps, a third-generation company recognized as one of Quebec’s leading commercial and security printers.

J.B. Deschamps inc., with its headquarter location in Quebec City, was founded in 1926 by Jean-Baptiste Deschamps, a former banker, accountant and map printer, who at the time saw the need for a monetary document printing firm in the city.

Jean Deschamps was named as the company’s President and CEO in 1995, and now leads over 200 employees.

The new 5-colour CD 102 press includes a coating unit, Heidelberg's new WallScreen console, Intellistart and Prinect Image Control. 

Located just south of the Calgary International Airport, in the Airways Industrial Park, Active Bindery has installed a new Standard Horizon BQ-470, with production speeds of up to 1,350 cycles per hour.

The 4-clamp BQ-470, which binds books up to 2.55-inches thick, features interchangeable EVA/PUR adhesive tanks. At the most recent On Demand tradeshow, held in March 2009, Standard Horizon introduced two new accessories to the perfect binder.

First, a new PM-470 pre-melt tank allows for longer runs before adhesive replenishment and, second, the SI-470 digital caliper to measure book thickness (data is automatically transferred to binder for set up).

Active Bindery has supplied the Calgary printing market for 20 years, with finishing services like folding, collating, stitching, drilling, mailing, and various binding to custom tab cutting and laminating.

Active Bindery purchased the Standard Horizon BQ-470 from Calgary-based Quantum-Cortech Bindery Equipment, which serves most cities of Western Canada.

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 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.

Golden TriangleBased 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 LithoTower 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.

Regehr's Printing
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.

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