11 July 2018

STELLARTON, NOVA SCOTIA—

Last of Sobeys printing assets
Last of Sobeys printing assets
Advocate Printing & Publishing is taking over Eastern Sign Print which was owned by Sobeys. Eastern Sign Print has been owned by Sobeys since 1973 with wide format and digital presses. They sold off their offset equipment to Advocate about seven years ago. Advocate will rent the facilities from Solbeys and all the staff will transition to Advocate Printing over the next 120 days. 

11 July 2018

BURLINGTON— 

Left to right: Jerry Theoret, president and CEO of Battlefield; and Matt Theoret, Battlefield director of production; join Aleks Lajtman, Koenig & Bauer regional sales manager
Left to right: Jerry Theoret, president and CEO of Battlefield; and Matt Theoret, Battlefield director of production; join Aleks Lajtman, Koenig & Bauer regional sales manager
Battlefield Press has installed a  KBA-Iberica’s brand of die-cutters.  The Optima 106 machine is capable of handling production of paper, cardboard, plastic and corrugated boards up to 1.5mm. It could also offer top running speeds for faster productivity and  die-cuts from 29.5-inch up to 41.5-inch press sheets. Optima 106 is equipped with a grip edge removal system with pneumatic clamps that fixes the wooden templates, effective removal of grip edge trim is achieved on each job.

11 July 2018

VICTORIA, BC—

Print plant making way for a brewery
Print plant making way for a brewery
Glacier Media announced it is shutting down the pressroom of the Victoria Times Colonist. Glacier Media’s decision leaves 18 press workers without jobs on September 30, 2018. The average press-room workers’ salaries ranged from $90,000 to $100,000 a year were no longer  sustainable as the newspaper industry faces increasing financial pressure.

11 July 2018

MONTREAL—

ICP coating brands
ICP coating brands
 ICP Industrial Inc., makers of Nicoat® & MinusNine coatings, expanding into Canada with formation of ICP Industrial Canada, Inc. ICP Industrial   developes application  of specialty coatings for the packaging, labeling, and graphic arts industry with  brands Nicoat® and MinusNine Technologies.

4 July 2018

OTTAWA—

Wire-o price increase of more than 25%
Wire-o price increase of more than 25%
The first effects of the Canada US tariff war is starting to hit the Canadian printing industry. With the US tariff on Canadian steel of 25% and now Canadian tariffs on US steel of 25% the cost of binding supplies such as wire-o, wire spiral and stitching wire have gone up by more than 25%. Even aluminum posts and screws have gone up. Not as much, as aluminum tariffs are only 10%.

4 July 2018

DRYDEN, ONTARIO—

 
Alex Wilson Coldstream former general manager gets nine months severance for wrongful dismissal. In a dragged out law suit a judge has ruled that Graham MacKenzie once General Manager has been awarded $57,000 in damages.

4 July 2018

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND—

Once the worlds largest printing trades show
Once the worlds largest printing trades show
Ipex the world's oldest printing trades show has been cancelled. Started in 1880 it was held every four years in Birmingham England. In it had 3500 exhibitors, occupied eleven halls and over 50,000 visitors. At  one point pulled more non European visitors than Drupa. The last show in 2017 only had 150 exhibitors and 7,000 visitors.

4 July 2018

NORTHBROOK, ILL—

Fourth largest book printer in North America
Fourth largest book printer in North America
The assets of North America's fourth largest book printer has been bought by Hilco Global and North East Printing Machine. They plan to sell  the assets, offset presses, digital presses, bindery equipment, CTP systems and intellectual assets ( logos, domains, customers lists). The assets will be sold off in a series of four sales the first starting in July and the last in last in September.

27 June 2018

MONTMAGNY, QUEBEC—

Montmagny plant adding $11million in equipment
Montmagny 250,000 sq. ft.  book printing plant . 
The first step has already begun, with the installation of three digital ink jet presses( Fuji roll fed) , two assembly lines and two perfect binder lines. This first phase, which requires a $9-million investment, allows Marquis to produce an additional 3 billion pages at their  Montmagny plant. The key component  is that all of the new equipment installed will be interconnected using an automated production flow called PACEX.

27 June 2018

P.E.I.—

Borden-Cartlton Plant P.E.I.
Borden-Cartlton Plant P.E.I.
Transcontinental has let almost half the full time staff from it's Borden-Carlton in Prince Edward Island plant go. Transcontinental had sold all publication in Atlantic Canada. The P.E.I. plant was still printing some of the publications, The Guardian and the Journal Pioneer. The owners of these two publication recently decided to move the printing of these publication in-house to their plant in Halifax.

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