PrintCAN News RSS PrintCAN RSS en-us Tue, 13 Oct 2015 03:09:36 EDT Tue, 13 Oct 2015 03:03:41 EST Timothy Otway Upton remembered Fri, 9 Oct 2015 15:05:47 EST Timothy Upton has passed away. He’s remembered below by friend and colleague Nick Howard of Howard Graphic Equipment.   Timothy Otway Upton, Age 83.   KKP installs a Ricoh Pro C7100x, Color-Logic software Thu, 8 Oct 2015 16:09:45 EST KKP, a Barrie-based provider of printing, digital production and more, has installed a Ricoh Pro C7100x, complimented with Color-Logic’s software.   AG Event Graphics & Signs invests in the Jeti Titan Thu, 8 Oct 2015 15:37:37 EST AG Event Graphics & Signs, a large format print company with headquarters in Point Edward, ON, has installed an Agfa Graphics Jeti Titan with flat to roll capabilities. The Jeti was chosen because of the availability to parts and immediate access to service technicians based in Canada, as well as Canadian dollar pricing. From left to right: Ruben Silva, managing director, Agfa Inc.; Guy Langevin, president, AG Event Graphics & Signs; James Burghgraef, account manager, Agfa Graphics.   Grimco Canada to acquire Acme Neon & Plastic Sign Supplies Wed, 7 Oct 2015 12:11:29 EST Grimco Canada has agreed to acquire the Toronto-based Acme Neon & Plastic Sign Supplies Ltd. Acme also has locations in Montreal and Vancouver. “The Canadian market is an incredibly important part of our growth strategy,” said John Burkemper, president of Grimco. “That’s why we have been heavily investing in local markets and are bringing together these great teams to continue to serve our customers with the best people and products in the industry.”  “Grimco was the logical fit for us,” Bob Craig, president of Acme, said. "Their commitment to Canada has been clear since their entry into the market and has proven that they are here to stay and to grow. I expect that their expansive portfolio of products will be a welcome addition to Acme customers.” Mi5 Print & Digital heads west Wed, 7 Oct 2015 11:52:10 EST Mi5 Print & Digital is moving from its current location at 800 Cochrane Dr, in Markham ON, to a larger space in the west end of Toronto. According to an employee at the company, the move to 1551 Caterpillar Rd., should be completed by the end of the year. Mi5 Print & Digital was one of three companies to make Canadian Business magazine’s Profit 500 list this year, coming in at #417. Three printers make the Profit 500 list Wed, 7 Oct 2015 10:49:45 EST   Three printing companies have landed themselves on Canadian Business magazine’s Profit 500 list, a complete ranking of Canada’s fastest growing companies. Sydney Stone to distribute MOHR paper cutters in Canada Wed, 7 Oct 2015 09:44:55 EST Sydney Stone is introducing a line of the German-made MOHR hydraulically operated paper cutters to the Canadian marketplace. Sydney will carry the MOHR 56, MOHR 66 and the MOHR 80 cutter with all units available in the ECO and NET models. The company will also carry the MOHR-330 three-side trimmer and the DigiCut laser cutter. MOHR 80 NET paper cutter   The CPISTF hands out $56,000 in scholarships Wed, 30 Sep 2015 12:38:42 EST The Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund (CPISTF) has awarded $56,000 in scholarships to students studying in the current school year. This is an increase from last year’s $52,500. In May 2015, during the CPISTF Trustee meeting the decision was made to increase the scholarship from $1,250 per year to $1,500 per year to offset the increasing cost of tuition. The CPISTF awarded $38,000 to 23 new students enrolled in an approved graphic arts management or technical program. An additional $18,000 was awarded to 12 students continuing on in their studies. La Presse pursues digital, lays off 158 employees Tue, 29 Sep 2015 12:56:34 EST   La Presse, Canada’s French-language news medium, has been making headlines over the past few weeks with various announcements. The company recently stated that it would complete its digital transformation on January 1, 2016, by replacing the weekday print edition of the newspaper with La Presse+. The latest news, which should come as no surprise, is that due to the termination of the weekday print edition, the company will layoff some of its employees. Grovetree Press is under new leadership Tue, 29 Sep 2015 12:06:08 EST Grovetree Press, a high volume trade lamination company in the GTA is under new leadership. The company’s general manager, Mike Heggie, has become the owner of the operation. Heggie plans to shore up current services and make internal changes to become more efficient and service oriented.   Growth will come through innovative finishing products that are totally new to the industry.  The focus will be in two directions – specialty products for offset printing and packaging, and specialty coatings for digital printing.   Grovetree has been serving the GTA since 1998. The company has eight lamination systems, two coaters and a variety of auxiliary machines such as eyeleteers, cutters and drills. Unique Media Solutions comes out on top during the 3M Extreme Wrap Challenge Mon, 28 Sep 2015 11:11:53 EST Last week, the winners of the 3M Extreme Wrap Challenge were announced. Over 99 fabricators and installers from signage shops across Canada, submitted their best work between April 22 and July 31 to be judged. Out of the 99, the top three contenders were chosen: Wrap Ton Char, Evil Kitty Graphics and Unique Media Solutions.  The winning team (left to right):  John Druce, Unique Media Solutions, Cameron Blancher, installer at Mediaman Graphic Installation, Roy Druce, Unique Medial Solutions and Sam Stout, recently-retired UFC contender who presented Cameron with his championship belt.   Rolland paper mill pledges to avoid controversial fibres Wed, 23 Sep 2015 11:42:23 EST Rolland Enterprises Inc, a Canadian producer of fine recycled paper, has announced its commitment to advance the protection of endangered forests, engage in R&D of alternatives to tree fibre and avoid all controversial forest fire sources. The new policy was created in cooperation with Canopy, a not-for-profit environmental organization dedicated to protecting forests, species and climate. “Rolland has a track record of setting the pace for ecopaper development and post-consumer recycling,” Nicole Rycroft, Canopy’s executive director, said. “By expanding their vision to avoid controversial fibre and sourcing from endangered forests such as the Boreal, Rolland stands out as a sustainability leader at the vanguard of change in the North American pulp and paper industry.” Focus Pre Press becomes a Mimaki USA distributor Wed, 23 Sep 2015 10:23:37 EST Because of the growth Mimaki USA experienced in 2Q-2015, (up 8.4% since 2Q-2014) the wide-format inkjet manufacturer has welcomed nine companies to its North American distribution team, including Surrey, BC-based Focus Pre Press. Focus Pre Press sells and services equipment, software and consumables to the printing industry. The remaining eight companies added to the Mimaki distribution team are U.S.-based. Lorpon Labels installs new press, redesigns logo and website Tue, 22 Sep 2015 15:53:34 EST Lorpon Labels, a Toronto-based packaging manufacturer, has redesigned its logo and website and has enhanced its digital offerings by installing an HP Indigo WS6800.   Safety Seal Plastics acquires Jones Packaging's shrink sleeve business Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:55:09 EST Jones Packaging Inc., has entered into an agreement to sell its shrink sleeve business, including its equipment and customer portfolio, to Safety Seal Plastics Inc., a Hamilton-based shrink sleeve manufacturer.  “The shrink sleeve business was the smallest within our printed packaging portfolio and the only product not integrated with our two other divisions – Contract Packaging Services and Healthcare,” Ron Harris, president and CEO at Jones, said.  “We remain fully committed to our strategic focus in printed packaging with innovative solutions for folding cartons, pressure sensitive labels and leaflets, as well as new offerings in printed electronics technology. In fact, we recently made a significant investment in a new press to keep up with growing demand in these areas, in support of our overall corporate strategy.”