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.
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.
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.
KBA's production facility in Frankenthal, Germany celebrated its 150th year on August 18. Founded by Andreas Albert, a master craftsman who qualified under Friedrich Koenig and Andras Bauer, the plant was established as Schnellpressenfabrik Albert & Hamm in Frankenthal.
Albert died in 1882 and the business was continued by his sons Aloys and Hubert Albert and then included platen, lithographic, letterpress, collotype, metal decorating and publication cylinder presses. The company grew to be known for its rotogravure press line, the Albertina and the Super-Albertina.
KBA bought a minor interest in the company in 1978, purchasing a 49.9 per cent interest from the Rhineland-Palatinate regional government during a period of international press maker consolidation. The stake was increased to 74.99 percent in 1988 eventually forming the Koenig & Bauer-Albert group in 1990.
Frankenthal grew until the mid-2000s, at its peak, it was installing as many as ten big gravure press lines a year. The plant also drove web-offset and folder technology such as the Compacta line of web presses.
With declining orders, KBA sold its rotogravure business to Italian manufacturer Cerutti in 2007. Since 2002 the workforce at Frankenthal has seen some of the deepest cuts, dropping from 1,361 to 656. In June of this year, KBA announced plans to divide Frankenthal into two limited companies: an engineering entity, which will remain attached to the parent, and a manufacturing entity, which would be independent and be allowed to bid for non-press-related contracts.
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