PointOne Graphics of Etobicoke, Ontario, continues to expand its technological base with a range of new installations like a perfecting Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106, two Suprasetters, a Ricoh Pro C901S, Vivid UV coater and a new MIS.

Jim Colter, Chairman of the Board for Colter & Peterson, has retired from the U.S.-based distribution company after a career that began in 1955. Upon completing high school, Cotler began working for his father’s company, Roy Colter Cutting Services.

Chris Pereira, founder and President of C17 Group Inc., was recognized as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce. He received the award on March 5 during a gala event at the Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts.

The printing plant producing the Beijing Daily newspaper has installed China’s first Goss M-800 web press, which the operation’s parent company plans to leverage to compete in the region’s commercial printing market.

Moveable Inc., which was founded as Moveable Type in 1983 as a small typesetting shop in Toronto, celebrated its 30th anniversary this past October, reflecting on enormous change over the past three decades.

This week marks the 75th anniversary of the first xerographic image created by Chester Carlson. The technology is the basis of toner printing and copying technology.

Van Son Holland Ink Corporation is celebrating its 140th anniversary this year. The company will commemorate the milestone with a new software program and a new logo.

“We are very proud to have recently celebrated our 140th year in business under the original family ownership.  We look forward to continuing this rare story of producing high quality printing ink products into future generations," stated Joseph Bendowski, CEO of Van Son Holland Ink Corporation of America. 

Van Son was founded in 1873 by Philip Van Son and is now led by his great grand-son, Maurits Van Son. In the 140 years since, it has grown from a modest ink-making business to an international name in ink production. The company has offices in the Netherlands, U.S., England, China and Korea.

Chicago-based Schawk celebrated its 60th anniversary by ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange last week.
Multi Bookbinding (or Multi-Reliure in French) was founded in Suzanne Ferron in 1988. The company was purchased in 2007 by the partnership of Yvon Sauvageau, Louis Barbibeau and Patrick Paquet (son of Ferron). The company, which resides in a 56,000-square-foot facility, is known for being one of the largest case binderies in the country and also as a large producer of perfect binding, creating more than five million books a year.
Below are some photos from the event.

As thousands of eyes continued to watch the specially installed chimney on the Sistine Chapel’s roof for telltale sign that 115 voting cardinals have decided on their new pope, some of the Vatican’s first official correspondence about this ultimate catholic succession will be printed on a new Meteor DP8700 XL press.

The Vancouver Sun has profiled one of the oldest printing companies still operating in Vancouver, Ho Sun Hing Printing, founded in 1910 by an early Chinese immigrant, a former cook for the Canadian Pacific railway.

Mutoh, a seller of wide-format printers, is celebrating its 60th business in business. The Tokyo-based corporation was founded in 1952 and at that time manufactured and distributed drafting products.

"Celebrating 60 years is very gratifying," shares Brian Phipps, General Manager of Mutoh America, Inc. "The teamwork of Mutoh employees combined with exceptional products and a focus on customer satisfaction is the key to our success. I am looking forward to the response of future cutting-edge products that Mutoh will release in the years to come. Everyone at Mutoh would like to thank our loyal customers who have brought Mutoh to its 60th and beyond."

Mutoh expanded to the North American market with the establishment of Mutoh America in 1963. Beyond drafting products, Mutoh Industries became a pioneer in CAD plotters in the 1980s and soon expanded into wide-format inkjet devices. It has since established manufacturing and distribution centres in Singapore, Germany, Belgium, China, and Australia.

Denver-based Quark Inc. is celebrating its 30th year in business. Founded with only $2,000 by Tim Gill and Mark Pope in 1981, the company has grown to be one of the powerhouses of prepress and the desktop publishing era.

“For 30 years Quark has been dedicated to driving innovation in publishing. Our team is proud today to continue our work to improve the entire publishing process – from content creation to delivery across any channel,” said Ray Schiavone, Quark CEO. “We are happy to thank the Quark community of designers, enterprise organizations, education establishments, government agencies, and many others who have been an integral part of our longevity.”

Among its accomplishments, Quark claims the following as its most significant contributions to the industry:

First to incorporate WYSIWYG postscript into desktop publishing software which replaced manual layout processes and served as the catalyst for a revolution in publishing.

First to bring to market colour separations and trapping which streamlined the process of preparing layouts for press and created an immediate return on investment.

First to offer very granular and precise control over typography, first to introduce the accurate placement of geometries – down to a hundredth of a millimeter, and first to offer multi-ink – the ability to specify a colour based on a combination of ink and apply it as a single colour.

First to integrate vector illustration tools into page layout software, allowing designers to create shaped boxes.

The first desktop publishing software vendor to allow for third-party extensibility, allowing software developers to create XTensions for QuarkXPress based on specific use cases and sell that software independently.

First to allow designers to create content for print, Web, interactive, and digital media from one application and with the advanced functionality of layout spaces, synchronized text, Job Jackets, and composition zones.

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the company is offering its users a free download if iDropper, an XTension which allows designers to add colours from any graphic on screen or to choose from 9,500 colours offered by Quark. The company is also offering 30 percent off its ProPack of XTensions until the end of the year.

Toronto-based Sydney Stone, formerly known as Sydney R. Stone & Co. Ltd., is celebrating its 60th anniversary in November of this year. The company will mark the 60-year milestone at the upcoming Graphics Canada trade show with a Saturday 1:00 pm cake cutting.

Established in 1951 by Sydney R. Stone, the company was purchased in 2008 (from previous owner David Marsh) by Dylan Westgate and Michael Steele, who continue to drive their technology and service focus on small-format bindery equipment, including lamination, paper cutting and folding machines.

“We find it very interesting; the printing industry is always evolving,” said Westgate. “As a company with 60 years of roots, we are proud of the accomplishments of our predecessors and look forward to being a part of the future of Sydney Stone. “

Below is a historical description, provided by the company, of Sydney Stone’s evolution over the past 60 years of Canadian printing:

Sydney R Stone founded the company in 1951. He started his career at the age of 14 at a Toronto Stationary printer. Sydney Stone operated one of the first Canadian Heidelberg presses, which later landed him a job as a demonstrator and installer. After serving six years in the military during World War II, he moved to selling binders, cutters and even small format presses and established what was then known as Sydney R. Stone & Co. Limited.

Stone made large contributions and worked closely with Challenge Machinery, providing the original concept and construction of the well-known Paddy Wagon. He retired in 1980 and passed away one year later, dedicating over 50 years of his life to the print finishing industry.

After Sydney Stone’s death, employees Shirley MacKay and Harry Day purchased the company from Sydney Stone’s widow in 1983. In 1989 the decision to sell was clear when David Marsh (former international marketing manager of Computerized Cutters) showed signs in purchasing Sydney Stone. According to Day, “I’m very happy about Dave being the new person because he seems to be the type of person to carry on in the Stone tradition.”

David Marsh led Sydney Stone into a new technological era focusing on programmable technology and digital print. Securing major brands such as Duplo, Morgana, Triumph MBM and EBA, Marsh was well known for his ability to see the future. He received numerous awards for securing Sydney Stone as one of the leading print finishing distributors in Canada from Challenge, EBA and Triumph MBM.

In 2008, Marsh sold the company to two of his employees Dylan Westgate and Michael Steele after serving 40 years in the industry. The current co-owners made expansive changes in re-branding, revamping the Website to support 24/hour sales, re-building a new service team (with technical skill and fast response time) and relocation to a larger head office.

Nova Scotia-based Farnell Packaging Ltd., which primarily serves as a converter of flexible films and pressure-sensitive labels across North America, marks its 50-year anniversary this September.

The September celebrations are also marked by Farnell recently receiving the Burnside News “Business of the Year” Award, as determined by the Burnside Industrial Park community, which is described as the largest business park north of Boston and east of Montreal – with over 1,500 enterprises and 15,000 employees.

“Take a stroll down any grocery aisle and you will see Farnell’s work,” said David Stanfield, VP of Sales & Marketing at Farnell Packaging, located in Dartmouth. Nearly two-thirds of Farnell’s packaging is used in the food industry with the balance used in markets for textile, tissue, diapers, paper, industrial and promotions.

“The key to our success over the years can be attributed to personalized service enhanced by recognized quality systems, investment in the latest technology and our committed staff,” said Stanfield. “We continually focus on improvement and ways to optimize our value proposition. This serves both our firm and our customers as well.”

In June 2011, the company was recognized as an environmental leader by the Eco-Efficiency Centre at the 12th annual Environmental Excellence in Business Awards in Halifax. Farnell was one of only seven area companies to receive the “leaders of the pack” designation.

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