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McAra Unicom Becomes CBN Commercial Solutions

November 21, 2016  By PrintAction Staff

McAra Unicom of Calgary officially launches a new brand under the name CBN Commercial Solutions. The move allows the printing facility to be better known as an operating division of Ottawa-based Canadian Bank Note Company, using the name and logo.

Canadian Bank Note Company’s presence in Calgary started with the acquisition of McAra Printing in 1981 and was strengthened by the addition of Unicom Graphics in 2015. Prior to its Unicom purchase, CBN had invested more than $10 million in printing technology alone for its 45,000-square-foot McAra operation, including the December 2013 installation of a new Heidelberg XL106 10P+UV sheetfed press.

The 41-inch Heidelberg perfecting press is able to run both conventional and UV inks at up to 15,000 sheets per hour (straight or perfecting). Among a raft of modern features, the press includes automatic plate loading and Heidelberg’s Hycolor inking and dampening system, as well as two inline spectrophotometers to inspect every sheet produced on the press.


CBN Commercial Solutions was one of the largest winners at the 2016 Canadian Printing Awards, held on November 10, winning seven individual printing awards, including four Gold Awards (top in category) and three Bronze Awards. Among its award-winning project, the facility showcased its abilities with high-end offset, variable, ultraviolet, embossing and foiling technologies.

Established in 1897, Canadian Bank Note has 10 locations worldwide with more than 1,400 employees. The company provides integrated hardware, software, print, and systems services to organizations and governments in Canada and throughout the world. CBN focuses its security applications into four primary markets; Payment, Identification, Lottery and Shareholder Services including commercial print.

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