25 February 2015

TORONTO—After 14 years at the helm of Heidelberg Canada, Richard Armstrong is leaving his post at the end of March.

"It's time. I've had a really good run," he told PrintCAN, "I'm going to take some time to relax. I have no plans right now."

Armstrong, who joined Heidelberg 18 years ago as vice president of customer service, has spent about 30 years in the printing industry.  Asked about his accomplishments during his tenure as president, he points to his efforts at Ryerson University, were he was instrumental in helping to build a permanent home for the School of Graphic Communications Management.

24 February 2015

HALIFAX—This past Saturday, the management at the Chronicle Herald, a newspaper based out of Halifax, locked out 13 press workers as a result of labour disputes. Herald owners want four years of wage freezes, the elimination of job security language, early retirement provisions and existing scheduling arrangements. The workers voted down the offer and the paper is currently being printed by replacement workers. On Monday, the Herald union asked readers to cancel subscriptions to the paper for the duration of the lockout. Read more on the standoff here.

23 February 2015

TORONTO—Drytac, an international manufacturer of adhesive-coated products, has appointed ND Graphics as its exclusive national-branded distributor for Canada. ND Graphics, will be responsible for business growth in the sign and large-format graphic markets.

Following the acquisition of its second manufacturing and coating operation in Toronto in 2013, Drytac has experienced a greater demand for product distribution and the need for stronger brand awareness. Because of that growth the company is focused on expanding  the markets to which it sells self–adhesive products.

20 February 2015

LOS ANGELES—EFI and Konica Minolta Business Solutions (KMBS) are strengthening their partnership. Under the new agreement KMBS and its authorized dealer network will sell and service EFI wide-format LED and UV inkjet printers.

18 February 2015

OTTAWA—Canada Post has created the county’s first fabric stamp to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Canadian flag, which took place this past Sunday. 

Two stamps were issued. The first fabric stamp is printed on satin rayon fabric, is self-adhesive, and measures 100 mm by 50 mm. It’s available as a souvenir sheet or affixed to an Official First Day Cover. One thousand limited- edition uncut press sheets autographed by the flag's original seamstress, Joan O’Malley, are also available to honour the occasion.
The second stamp is a celebratory permanent rare stamp, measuring 40 mm by 32 mm, which displays the number 50 in the background and an undulating flag in the foreground.

17 February 2015

OTTAWA—Kelly Signs has added a Kongsberg i-XP24 digital finishing table to its full-service sign shop. In operation since 1947, Kelly Signs creates real estate, construction and pylon signs, trade show displays, banners, vehicle graphics and more.  The new addition will enable the shop to cut materials in-house, instead of outsourcing the service.

12 February 2015

SAINT-LAURENT, QC—Synchrolith, a dedicated prepress trade shop in Saint-Laurent, QC, has installed an AGFA Anapurna M4F.

12 February 2015

MAPLE, ON—The owner of Maple, Ontario's Indy Graphics has passed away. We received the following statement from the company.

To the Valued Customers of Indy Graphics,

It is with a heavy heart that we have to inform you that Brian Langsford passed away February 7th, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer.

11 February 2015

OTTAWA—According to David Lindsay, CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada—the voice of Canada’s wood, pulp and paper producers— the forest products industry is one of Canada’s most overlooked.

In the wake of the country’s economic challenges, jobs are thriving in his sector. Canada is the second largest forest products sector in the world, Forest products are our number one export to China, and  in total, exports to over 180 countries across the globe.  Read more on Lindsay’s optimistic view on the industry here. 

10 February 2015

PURCHASE, NY—bhbhbCentral National-Gottesman Inc. (CNG), a global distributor of pulp, paper and forestry products, is expanding its North American distribution business by adding Spicers Canada—one of the country’s primary distributors of fine paper, sign and display media, industrial packaging and graphic arts supplies—to its growing portfolio of regional paper merchants.

Spicers Canada president,
Cory Turner

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