PrintCAN News RSS PrintCAN RSS en-us Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:45:17 UTC Fri, 22 Sep 2017 05:43:31 EST Litho down to 70% by 2022 Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:03:32 EST Litho vs Digital  According to Smithers Pira, digital processes will see the fastest growth across 2017-2022, leaving the previously dominant offset litho declining in terms of value. In 2017 digital printing accounts for 16.2% of the global print market value – $785.1 billion and 2.9% of the volume. This is up from 2.1% of the volume in 2012, and the transition is accelerating to 3.9% of volume by 2022, when new high-performance equipment will be in operation in most applications. The value of litho will drop from 48.1% of all print and printed packaging in 2012 down to 39.5% in 2022.  Leech Printing reaches 90 Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:42:29 EST Michael Leech who has daughters Meredyth and Gillian in the business  Leech Printing reaches 90 years strong. Now  Leech is one of only 125 commercial printers in Canada to reach their 90th birthday. The company has been in the Leech family for four generations now. With 45 employees and a 20,000 square foot plant the company has seen a lot of changes over the years. They have sales offices in Yorkton and Winnipeg Manitoba. Minuteman Press introduces new Video Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:43:47 EST Working Together Video  Minuteman Press  has released a new B2B franchise marketing video called Working Together to Build Your Business. "For this video we wanted to focus on the heart of what our franchise owners do, which is build relationships and help others build their businesses," says Nick Titus, Minuteman Press International VP of Marketing.Access the new video on YouTube at  KODAK announces plate price increases Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:23:01 EST Cost of Material increases  Kodak announced  that it will increase the price of all Kodak offset printing plates globally. Plate prices will increase up to 9%.  Kodak says it has been absorbing significant increases in costs for raw materials for offset plates, including: aluminum; chemicals; and packaging materials. Kodak continues to improve productivity and efficiencies to help offset these marketplace dynamics, but the magnitude of the materials cost impact has made it necessary to increase plate prices.   GRAPH EXPO will stay in Chicago Thu, 14 Sep 2017 19:34:39 EST    NPES ANNOUNCES SHOW PLANS FOR 2018 THROUGH 2020 NPES - The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies, announced today that GRAPH EXPO will be held at McCormick Place in Chicago for the next three years. The events will take place September 30 – October 3 in 2018, October 13 – 16 in 2019, and October 4 – 7 in 2020. The last one was held in Orlando Florida. GRAPH EXPO was going to return to Orlando in 2019. Bucking world trends Print grows by 61 % in India Thu, 14 Sep 2017 19:14:39 EST    Bucking the worldwide trend, the print media in India has grown by 61 per cent in the last 10 years. It is  reported that the print/publishing industry in India has been growing at an “incredible” of 4.87 % per year over the 10-year period, with 251 publishing centres added to the 659 back in 2006. Astley Gilbert installs Komori 8 colour Thu, 14 Sep 2017 18:40:56 EST    Astley Gilbert has bought a new Komori GL 840 Perfector with Tower Coater, HUV and UV curing capabilities, and extended delivery . The new Komori  features include A-APC plate changing for simultanious changing of plates on all 8 units in less than 90 seconds. PQA-S dual camera system for sheet inspection of both sides of the sheet offering the ulitimate quality in one pass Print on demand offset printing. Westkey Graphics adds iGen 5 with White ink Thu, 14 Sep 2017 14:41:36 EST Westkey purchase at Print 17  Westkey Graphics, one of western Canada’s largest privately-owned printers, has purchased White Dry Ink for the fifth station of its Xerox iGen 5 Press at PRINT 17. With this addition, WestKey Graphics becomes the first printer in North America to have all five ink options for the iGen 5’s fifth station – enabling them to take on new applications that replicate client brand colours. Xerox and Fuji will sell each other's inkjet Thu, 14 Sep 2017 14:29:19 EST    Xerox and FUJIFILM North America today announced a reseller agreement  to market and sell each others inkjet presses in the U.S. and Canada.Under the agreement, Xerox direct sales channels in the U.S. and Canada can sell the J Press 720S effective Oct. 1. Fujifilm direct sales channels in the U.S. and Canada can sell the Brenva HD, Trivor 2400 and Rialto 900 effective Oct. 1. Google gives refund for Ad fraud Wed, 6 Sep 2017 21:00:23 EST    According to a  Wall Street Journal article Google is making restitution for all the ad fraud that exists in their online advertising system. These refunds have been reaching hundreds of thousand of dollars according to the Wall St article. A report by Dr. Augustine Fou, an independent Ad Fraud Researcher  suggests that ad networks and open exchanges is just a front for the ad fraudster to bilk advertisers for their marketing dollars and the ad tech companies are skimming 40% off the top of ad budgets. Printing Papers shipments down again Wed, 6 Sep 2017 20:36:18 EST      According to the July 2017 Printing-Writing Monthly report from the American Forest & Paper Association, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased five percent in July compared to July 2016. This is the eleventh consecutive year-over-year decrease following a modest fractional increase in August 2016. All four printing-writing grade categories posted year-over-year shipment declines in July. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels increased two percent from June 2017. Vistaprint launches Promobox Wed, 6 Sep 2017 20:21:45 EST    Vistaprint recently launched a monthly subscription box service with products personalized for marketing your business, called Promobox. The Promobox contains three to five custom products specifically designed for each business owner. Before receiving their first box, customers complete a short survey about their design preferences and the nature of their business, upload a logo, and choose a color scheme and font. Vistaprint designers then create a box of unique products each month, requiring no additional design work from the customer. Printing of Yellow pages to Stop Wed, 6 Sep 2017 19:00:15 EST   After over 50 years the Yellow Pages in Britain  is coming to an end. The owner of Yellow Pages in the UK, Yell has announced that the last issues ( 23 m copies) will be printed at the end of 2018. Reasons given were the raise in digital directories and the say no to phonebooks campaign in 2009. In Canada the Yellow Pages has been phased out in certain areas. Lowe-Martin buys web from West Rock Wed, 30 Aug 2017 20:49:50 EST Heidelberg web press. Only one was sold in Canada  Lowe-Martin has bougtht the Heidelberg web out of West Rocks plant in Mississauga. West Rock bought MM&T from Cenveo several years ago. MM&T was mainly a package printer specializing in labels. They had a commercial print division that the web was used for. At one time the commercial division did about $30 million a year in sales. Sales declined and West Rock was only interested in packaging.The Heidelberg web is being moved to Lowe-Martins location in Ottawa. Canada Post Smartmail Marketing video Wed, 30 Aug 2017 20:23:51 EST   Video from Canada Post Canada Post in there drive to promote direct mail has developed a video on effective targeting aquisitions. The video called the Sessions is a discussion between three marketing executives about the new direct mail and Smartmail. They also talk about integrating marketing channels for maximum effect.The video can be viewed at Canada Post has rebranded their direct mail programs under the Smartmail Marketing "the Science of Activation" brand.