20 April 2015

OTTAWA—The Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association (CPEIA) and the Packaging Consortium (PAC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore how printable and organic electronics can help Canada’s packaging industry.

The MOU is a non-financial commitment between the two organizations to work together on various initiatives over the next two years, including participating in technical working groups and educational events such as webinars, technical seminars and trade shows.

15 April 2015

TORONTO—Despite the positive numbers showing healthy growth, printing shipments are, in reality, closer to flat. Two factors account for the positive math: there was a small increase in the fall, but the larger reason for the positive showing in 2014, is that Statistics Canada resumed tracking shipments in Alberta, which were excluded in 2013. B.C., which had also fallen off the radar, is back for 2015.

Shipments (in millions)  2014 2013 % change
October  $735.1 $648.0 %13
November $670.2 $607.1   %10
December $638.2 $552.0 %16
January $641.7 $591.3 %8.5

15 April 2015

RICHMOND, BC—Catalyst Paper’s earnings, before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, was down in  its fourth quarter to $6.8 million from $8.0 million in the third quarter. The company reported a net loss, excluding specific items of $10.4 million in its fourth quarter compared to $10.8 million in its third.

The results were a due to increased manufacturing expenses, including higher rates for electricity, the indefinite curtailment of Paper Machine No.9 at the Powell River mill and the acquisition of the Biron paper mill in Wisconsin and the Rumford pulp and paper mill in Maine.

14 April 2015

TORONTO—Avanti Computer Systems Limited, a print management software provider, has appointed John P. Alden as vice president of sales, responsible for leading sales and business development efforts worldwide.

Alden comes to Avanti after 17 years at Xerox Corporation, where he spent the last four of those years as production color sales director.

8 April 2015

U.S.—The battle for “religious freedom,” in the U.S. is heating up and print shops are being dragged into the discussion.

Former senator and potential presidential candidate Rick Santorum, a supporter of religious freedom legislation, made headlines this week with these remarks:

8 April 2015

VANCOUVER—Unifor and Pulp, Paper and Woodworkers of Canada (PPWC) have decided to work together in the next round of pulp and paper bargaining in Western Canada.

Both companys — considered to be two of the country’s largest unions in the pulp and paper sector, met in Vancouver last week to re-establish the Joint Pulp and Paper Caucus for upcoming negotiations in 2017.

6 April 2015

VANCOUVER—Fastsigns, an independently owned and operated sign, graphic and visual communications company, has invested in a new Esko Kongsberg V Finishing table. The addition will bring in-house many of the cutting and routing tasks that had been subcontracted out to complete.


Fastsigns owner Paul LeBlanc with the new table

31 March 2015

QUEBEC CITY—Berco Labels, a printer of pressure-sensitive labels, has expanded its business and production capabilities by installing a Xeikon 3030 digital colour press.



Founded over 40 years ago, Berco Lables is part of the Group Magnitude family of companies, and offers digital, offset, and flexographic printing.

"Xeikon digital technology allows us to produce short and medium runs profitably,” Berco Labels president Manon Leclerc said. “We were not able to do so with flexo technology. The Xeikon 3030 has enabled us to be a much more complete and diverse supplier to the market.”

30 March 2015

WATERLOO, ON—Simpson Print has appointed Tony Denison president of the company. Martin Johanns, who bought the company in 1987, will remain the owner and chair.


Tony Denison (seated) and Martin Johanns

30 March 2015

TORONTO—The Coalition for Fair Paper Imports—which includes manufacturers Madison Paper Industries and Verso Corporation—has petitioned the U.S. Department of Commerce to begin a countervailing duty (CVD) investigation on the import of supercalendered (SC Paper) paper from Canada.  In 2014, imports of supercalendered paper from Canada were valued at an estimated $868.4 million.


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