PrintCAN News RSS PrintCAN RSS en-us Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:55:29 EST Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:53:21 EST Sales for Esko, Konica Minolta and Pitney Bowes on last day of Print World Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:53:40 EST The third and final day of Print World was a big day for sales. At the Esko booth Agfa sold a Kongsberg MultiCUT to Sean Vizsy of Kipling-based Full Frame Signs. “We wanted to expand upon our services,” Vizsy said. Four seminars held on last day of Print World Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:36:52 EST Four seminars took place on the third and final day of Print World. Here’s what we learned: Darrell Keezer, founder of Candybox Marketing took to the Print World Seminar stage at 11 am to dole out advice on using social media. He educated the audience on the difference between having a website— a static, generic page— and building a web presence— an interactive goal oriented website with social media links and a regularly updated blog. He implored business owners to stop speaking corporate to their audience and to start speaking to them like you would a friend. He touched on mobile websites and the importance of making it just as smooth and information-rich as a desktop website. “Mobile marketing is no longer a fad, it’s a trend,” he said.  He also shared his views on LinkedIn stating, “If you’re not on LinkedIn you’re not in business.” Keezer also shared a lot of useful stats: Smartphones are checked on average 150 times a day, 93% of people go online for product information, 62% of people buy products online and 64% of people use social media. Seminars begin, sales continue at Print World Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:59:46 EST Print World saw more sales for our exhibitors on day two. Sydney Stone continued to sell their machines and so did Technifold. Left, Technifold, right Sydney Stone  The Print Possibilities theatre was busy today, three seminars took place and attracted large audiences. Sales for Sydney Stone and GBC Canada on day one of Print World Sun, 23 Nov 2014 09:17:20 EST Print World 2014 is in full swing. The Direct Energy Centre was buzzing today with all things print and it’s only the beginning. The show continues until Monday and for those that want to stop by there’s a $5 off coupon still available online. The Catena 65 at booth 400 Get the VIP treatment at Print World with Printer Gateway and Konica Minolta Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:36:31 EST Printer Gateway and Konica Minolta are bringing the VIP experience to Print World. Come to booth 800 for a free coffee bar and lounge, golf putting range, display showcase, innovative products and kits, and on-site demonstrations of the latest Konica Minolta equipment: The bizhub C70 and the bizhub C1100. Those who visit booth 800 will get the opportunity to spin a wheel and win daily prizes that include a trip to the Grand Prix and view firsthand the automatic finishing capabilities of the Konica Minolta presses, with a personalized self portrait printed right at the booth. There will also be Air Miles giveaways and PrintSites2go will be on hand with an interactive VIP experience.  Report on Quebec industry expected next year Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:45:20 EST Several relevant industry partners have joined together to create a report on the state of the printing industry in Quebec. They are: The Canadian Printing industries Association (CPIA), the Quebec Printing Industry Association (AQII), the Quebec Technical Association of Flexography and Packaging Manufacturers (ATFFEQ), the Institute of Graphic Communications and Printability (ICI) and the Graphic Communications Sector Counsel of Quebec (CSMOCGQ). CPIA took part in developing the process used to communicate with printers and related industry participants province-wide. The associations contracted an expert research group to write the report. Bassett Direct celebrates 20th anniversary Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:31:27 EST Bassett Direct, which specializes in creating direct marketing services and variable printing programs, celebrated its 20th anniversary last week with a reception at the Carlu lounge in downtown Toronto. A crowd of more than 300 feted Bassett Direct More than 300 guests gathered for an evening of food and jazz. President Rich Bassett started the company with just three employees; today he employs more than 40. "When we started Bassett, it really was centred upon a very, very simple philosophy: ‘Let’s get the very best people in this business working together, let’s work with the very best customers and do the very best job possible every single day.’  Well, I’m very pleased that the culture that we created 20 years ago, is still here today,” said Bassett in addressing the crowd. Transcontinental sell consumer magazines; keeps print contracts Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:53:43 EST Transcontinental Inc. is selling 15 of its consumer magazines, accompanying websites and related platforms to TVA Group Inc. Some of the publications included in the $55.5 million transaction include Coup de Pouce; Elle Québec; Décormag; Le Bel Âge Magazine; Magazine Véro;; Canadian Living; Style at Home; Elle Canada; Good Times and The Hockey News. Vancouver Magazine and Western Living will remain the property of TC Media. “Transcontinental Inc. has decided to now focus on the local advertising market, which offers us more business opportunities through our 180-odd newspapers in Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan and the Atlantic provinces,” François Olivier, President and Chief Executive Officer said.  “This important phase in the evolution of the Corporation also gives TC Media full latitude to further develop its digital and interactive marketing products for retailers, among others, and to advance the production and delivery of content in the fields of business and education.” Howard Iron Works brings presses from the past to Print World Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:50:50 EST Prepare to experience printing history at Print World, as the Howard Iron Works Museum and Restoration Facility, will be displaying some of its restored iron and platen presses. The Mississauga-based museum was founded in 1967 and is the brainchild of Liana and Nick Howard of Howard Graphic Equipment Ltd. The industry veterans have managed to collect materials and equipment from 1839 to 1950. Howard Iron Works will have six presses on display during the trade show: an 1846 Super Royal 4-toggle press by R. Hoe & Company; an 1883 Alexandra press by W. Notting; an 1840 Imperial Iron Press by Cope Sherwin & Co.; an 1870 Albion Improved by Hopkinson & Cope; a late 1800’s Columbian Iron Press by Woods & Sharwoods and a 1919 Jobber #7 Platen Press by Golding. Visit booth 900 to get a glimpse of the collection. New survey says Ontario shoppers still rely on printed flyers Wed, 19 Nov 2014 09:51:01 EST A new survey commissioned by Metroland Media—a publisher of community newspapers and flyers—and produced by BrandSpark International—a marketing and product innovation research company—shows that consumers prefer using flyers when making purchasing decisions. In fact 97% of those surveyed said they relied on flyers, and look to print for information about shopping, even those in a younger age group. "Despite the trend toward online forms of advertising and marketing to consumers, we heard directly from Ontario consumers that they rely on print flyers more than any other medium when looking for deals, gift ideas and making a purchase," Ian Oliver, President of Metroland Media said. "The value in print flyer advertising is real and the research indicates that many consumers view print flyers as indispensable."  Print World 2014 is right around the corner Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:05:01 EST There are only three days left until Print World; the biggest print industry event of the year. From November 22-24, the Direct Energy Centre will welcome visitors, and the biggest names in print, including but not limited to Duplo, Epson Canada, DuraFast Label Company, Roland Enterprises and Esko. A full list of exhibitors can be viewed here. Don't forget to register  here!  A night of celebration for students in Ryerson's graphics program Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:06:35 EST Students, parents and faculty gathered at the Heidelberg Centre on Nov. 13, to recognize the best Ryerson’s School of Graphic Communications Management (GCM) program has offer. Instructor Diana Brown (left) with recipients of the Francesco Giorgio Memorial Award Printer Gateway collaborates with Printsites2go to launch new website Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15:53:01 EST Printer Gateway Inc. has launched a new website. The national wholesale trade printing provider of offset and digital printing, wide format and packaging products, will service the print industry by delivering over 579,000 print products options. The website can be viewed on a desktop computer, tablet or mobile device and will be powered by Printsites2go—a design and technology consultancy in Toronto. “Statistics show that up to 77% of web traffic today is driven from a mobile device and we wanted to address that need,” Ming Leung, President of Printsites2go said. Printsites2go was responsible for the websites user experience research, branding, visual look and feel, site architecture and interactive content development. Print World opens doors next week Wed, 12 Nov 2014 11:16:14 EST Print World, the largest printing industry event of the year, will open its doors next week at the state-of-the-art exhibition facility, the Direct Energy Centre on the Exhibition Grounds in Downtown Toronto. The show, which takes place November 22-24, will welcome thousands of visitors and many of the leading manufacturers and distributors to the printing industry. These include 4Over, Angitex, Delphax, Epson, Esko, Gandy Digital, GBC Canada, InSource Corp., LasX Industries, PDS Pressdown, Pitney Bowes, Printer Gateway/Konica Minolta, Riso, Sina Printing, Southwest Binding Systems, Sydney Stone, Technifold, and Therm-o-Type, among others. Canada Post holds two direct mail seminars at Print World Wed, 12 Nov 2014 11:14:37 EST Canada Post is scheduled to hold two seminars at Print World 2014. Both seminars, scheduled for Sunday November 23 at 3pm and Monday, November 24 at 3 pm, will focus on the tactics and strategies of how to be successful in selling direct mail to your clients. Admittance to the seminars is free to all Print World attendees. Print World, the biggest printing event of the year, takes place on November 22-24 at the Direct Energy Centre on the Exhibition Grounds in Downtown Toronto. For more information or to register, go to