19 April 2017
GERMANY—
 
Heidelberg has signed up a packaging printer for one of the first installations of the new Primefire 106 inkjet press. The customer Colordruck Baiersbronn was originally announced as a Landa beta site at the last Drupa. The most recent list of beta sites for Landa did not include Colordruck Baiersbronn. Director of Colordruck Baiersbronn Martin Bruttel said the Primefire would be used to develope a new model of mass customisation in packaging.
19 April 2017
VANCOUVER—
 
 Social Print Papers has developed a paper using wheat and sugar cane byproducts. The paper is being used for the 2017 B.C. election ballots. 
The Gieschen brother and Minto Roy started the company in 2011.
They have worked with the David Suzuki Foundation, Government of Canada and the University of British Columbia. They claim that their paper is a  more enviromently sustainable raw material for paper because wheat can be grown in a year where trees takes decades to grow.
19 April 2017
MONTREAL—
 
Transcontinental Canada's largest printer ( $2 billion plus) has announced it has put up for sale all of it's regional and local newspaper in Ontario and Quebec. The sale involves 93 publications and related products. Transcontinental has already sold off it's media assets in Saskatchewan in 2016. At the being of this month it sold off all of its newspapers in Nova Scotia, PEI, Newfoundland and New Brunswick to SaltWire Network the publishers of the Chronicle Herold of  Halifax ( which is currently on strike ).
Included in the deal are 4 printing plants.
19 April 2017
NOVA SCOTIA—
 
 A NAFTA panel has sided with the Canadian Port Hawkesbury Paper Mill out of Point Tupper. Trade action happened by two US paper mills claiming unfair subsidies. The Canadian mill makes supercalender for magazines, catalogues and advertising inserts.
12 April 2017
ROCHESTER—
 
 Kodak has reversed it decision to sell it's Prosper and Ultrastream inkjet operations. Over a year ago it had announced that it was going to sell off its graphic arts inkjet operations and as late as December that negotiations with multiple parties were still going on. Xerox had been suspected as one of the most likely buyers. 
12 April 2017
MSSISSAUGA—
 
PROKOM an independent user group for Konica Minolta production printing users has launched a Canadian group. PROKOM  started in Europe has now started groups up in North America. The Canadian group is being sponsored by Konica Minolta Canada .The group is intended for production print and industrial print users. Dscoop (HP) was the first user group followed by Canon.
12 April 2017
RICHMOND—
 
 Great Little Box Co. of British Columbia has installed the efi Packaging Suites with Radius work flow. The B.C. packaging company is in corrugated box, labels, flexable packaging, folding cartons and protective packaging. They have 4 plants and have bought 9 companies over the last 15 years. 40 % of  the company's quarter million square feet of space is used for client warehousing  space .
12 April 2017
TORONTO—
 
SmartPrint has expanded to Quebec with the purchase of DynaCharge of Montreal. SmartPrint  is in the manage print service field. They are part way between an equipment dealer and a facilities management company.
They sell copies by the page on lazer or inkjet devices.  They do not get involved in offset. This appears to be a growing market.
5 April 2017
ISRAEL—
Landa S10 Nanographic Press
Landa S10 Nanographic Press
 Landa has announced the first Beta sites of the Landa S10 Nanographic Printing presses. The installations will start in July of this year . One is going into a packaging printer in Israel.  Another one  in a point-of-purchase printer in the United States (Minneapolis) and one in a German package printer in Europe.
5 April 2017
TORONTO—
 
 CCL Industries ( label ) has bought two european digital printing companies for over $34 million. CCL has been expanding their presence in the digital printing market. They aquired Avery digital print division in 2013. They are focusing on the web-to-print side of the buisness.
CCl was ranked as Canada's 11 th largest printer in Graphic Monthly's list of top printers.
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