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Marquis announces investments in Toronto plant


September 1, 2020
By PrintAction Staff

Canadian book manufacturer Marquis has announced two significant investments, aiming to increase the production capacity of monochrome and colour books for trade, educational and professional publishing markets, made to the company’s Toronto plant.

“These investments demonstrate the trust we have in the publishing world. We sincerely believe that the paper book is resilient and will go through future crises and technological developments to remain the refuge of knowledge and imagination,” said Serge Loubier, president and CEO, Marquis Book Printing. “We have dedicated and very professional employees who operate our equipment and the existing management team created the confidence to enable Marquis to continue to invest in the operations of Marquis Toronto.”

Marquis Toronto has invested in a reconditioned Timson press, which is set to be installed by the end of September. This is the ninth offset rotary press in operation at Marquis.

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“The addition of a Timson press specially built for the monochrome trade market will allow us to make better use of the capacity available on our perfect and case binding lines, to which we add shifts,” said Jason Foubert, general manager at Marquis Toronto.

The company has also upgraded servers and colour controls for its HP T300 and HP T360 rotary inkjet presses. The installation of these upgrades will “significantly increase the productivity of digital presses by reducing start-up times and increasing printing speed”, says the company.

“These HP inkjet press upgrade investments will support publisher market trends towards lower print runs & POD,” added Mike Collinge, Marquis Toronto’s executive vice president. “New workflow compatibility opens the door for publisher integration and development discussions, helping publishers successfully respond to changing supply chain requirements and online order growth.”

Marquis operates three printing plants in Louiseville, Montmagny and Toronto. The company operates three divisions: Interscript, for graphic design and file layout; Laurentian, a leader in agendas and yearbooks; and Canada Coatings, a specialist in paper coating applications for the print industry.