PrintCAN News RSS PrintCAN RSS en-us Sun, 03 May 2015 17:54:15 EDT Sun, 3 May 2015 17:45:27 EST Veritiv announces its National Design and Print Excellence Awards Wed, 29 Apr 2015 13:00:48 EST Veritiv, a national distributor of commercial printing and imaging papers is accepting entries for its 2015 Veritiv Canada National Design and Print Excellence Awards.  “The uVU Veritiv Design and Print Excellence Awards highlight the top designers and print providers in Canada,” Jason Alderman, regional vice president – Canada for Veritiv said.  “To distinguish themselves from the crowd, design studios and printers are producing more innovative, cutting edge and creative work than ever before.  Our uVU Awards program provides an opportunity for winners to celebrate with existing clients while broadening their exposure with potential clients.” Nilpeter aims its focus on Canada Wed, 29 Apr 2015 12:30:15 EST Nilpeter, a Denmark-based a narrow web print provider is broadening its Canadian reach by assigning Nilpeter veterans Fran Mayo and Robert Wray to represent the company in the region. The Eastern region of Canada from Ontario east will be represented by Mayo, and the west by Wray.  3M challenges sign shops to do the extreme Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:44:47 EST 3M has launched its first graphic industry contest: The Extreme Wrap Challenge, to recognize the work of fabricators and installers across the Country. Between April 22 and July 31, Canadian sign shops can enter the Extreme Wrap Challenge by uploading high-resolution images of a project using 3M graphic films and explain what makes the project “extreme.” Entrants must list an installer and are eligible for a monthly random draw for a $100 branded prepaid card. Artcraft Label installs an Esko CDI flexo plate imager Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:27:56 EST In order to improve the quality of its flexo printing and decrease its preparation time, Artcraft Label has installed an Esko CDI 2530 flexo plate imager with HD Flexo. From left: Stacey, Lynda and Artcraft Label president, Alain B.C. company develops an environmentally friendly paper Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:31:29 EST Social Print Paper, an affiliate of Royal Printers, a family-owned commercial printing business, is making news with its environmentally friendly paper made from waste derived from wheat farming. The Wheat Sheet is made in Northern India, and contains 60% wheat straw fibres and 5% wood fibre from forests certified by the Forest Stewardship. Canopy, a Canadian non-profit is even stating that straw from North American wheat production is enough to save 830 million trees each year. Read more on Business In MET Fine Printers acquires Rhino Printâs Calgary facility Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:19:05 EST MET Fine Printers, a commercial printing company, will expand on its depth and scope of services by purchasing select Rhino Print Solutions assets, including its Calgary facility, which will now be integrated into MET’s operations. Rhino made news in August when it entered into a deal with R.P. Graphics to sell its Toronto location. MET president Nikos Kallas and his senior management group will lead the expansion and will be joined by senior members of the Rhino team—all business will operate exclusively under MET Fine Printers. The full terms of the agreement will not be disclosed. The CPEIA teams up with PAC to explore the packaging industry Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:27:37 EST 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. Printing shipments remain flat Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:40:01 EST 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 Earnings take a dip for Catalyst in Q4 Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:26:49 EST 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. Avanti appoints new vp of sales Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:35:58 EST 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. Printing dragged into U.S. religious freedom debate Wed, 8 Apr 2015 13:29:16 EST 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: PPWC and Unifor head to the bargaining table together Wed, 8 Apr 2015 12:36:28 EST 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. Fastsigns invests in an Esko Kongsberg V table Mon, 6 Apr 2015 13:52:52 EST 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 Berco Labels installs a Xeikon 3030 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:10:35 EST 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.” Simpson Print appoints new president Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:29:39 EST 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