PrintCAN News RSS PrintCAN RSS en-us Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:32:59 UTC Mon, 27 Mar 2017 04:29:08 EST Global Trends Report out Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:30:47 EST    The 4th " drupa Global Trends " report is out. It tracks key developments and trends in global print industry . Conducted in October of 2016 with nearly 1200 participants world wide. The report is broken down by regions with North America being one. It tracks responses from printers and suppliers. The Excutive Summary has some interesting results. Globally 42% of printers describe their business as good while 11% say their business is bad. In North America slightly more printers are optimistic about 2017 than 2016. For the last 3 years printers have become more positive than in the proceeding year.  CIEL Capital buys into Category 5 Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:23:16 EST Category 5 Burlington plant CIEL Capital a private equity company has bought into Category 5 Imaging. Category 5 is in the wide format sector of the industry. They do signs ( indoor and out door) and claim to be one of Canada's first fully digital large  format printers. They sell to some of Canada's top media, agency and retail customers. With a staff of 40 and sale in the $9 million area. Wayne Narciso, president still has a stake in the company and will be staying on. The plan is to continue to grow the company with CIEL Capital help. Paul Kett to run Printer Gateway Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:01:45 EST    Paul Kett has taken over as General Manager of Printer Gateway. An industry veteran with extensive experience in running printing operations. He has worked at Hallmark Cards, Eddy Match and Mi5. He is well experienced in the trade gang run market. Most recently he was General Manager of  4 Over's  Canadian operation in Mississauga for three and a half years. " I relish the opportunity to leverage my experience and passion for the industry to take Printer Gateway to the next level." said Mr. Kett. Digital Edge adds Duplo slitter Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:31:29 EST Bob Shea of Digital Edge  Digital Edge has added a Duplo DC 616 slitter/ cutter/ creaser. They have a lot of digital presses that require short run cutting which has been done in-efficiently on their cutter. Digital Edge does a lot trade work  that requires  super tight deadlines . Such as digital printing, direct mail, tipping, fufillment and  lettershop services. This aquisition will help deliver even better service. Lowe-Martin gets printing contract for Federal budget Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:55:19 EST   Lowe-Martin has got the contract to do all the printing for the Federal Budget . The contract is for $554,000 and includes all printed documents for the next Federal budget delivered by Finance Minister Bill Morneau next week. Lowe-Martin was given the entire contract this year in past years it was split amoung several printers. The contract is a record amount for any Federal budget printing. Davis & Henderson to be bought by Texas equity company Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:04:25 EST    Davis & Henerson Canada' largest cheque printer is being bought by Austin Texas equity firm Vista Equity for $4.8 billion. D+H goes back to the late 1800's and under Lyman Henderson became largest printer of cheques in Canada. They have over 90% of the personal cheque business in Canada. Almost all major banks in Canada use D+H. Davis and Henderson in the last 20 years have expanded into other services for the banking industry. D+H is a publicly listed company on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Cover-all Computer adds Perkins Mailing Wed, 15 Mar 2017 12:26:10 EST   Perkins Services has joined forces with Cover-all Computer Services of Toronto . It is the second  addition by Cover-all in the last month ( CMS most recent). Perkins is a direct mail house started in 1964. The staff of 20 have moved into Cover-all's  plant on Birchmont Ave. in Scarborough. Perkins sales were in the 3 to 5 million range. Paper Printed with UV light Wed, 8 Mar 2017 16:24:24 EST    An experimental rewritable paper has been deveopled . It does not require any ink. Developed at the University of California . Once printed the paper will keep it's image for up to 5 days and then fade.  It can print on normal paper and trated with nanoparticle coating and changes colour when UV light is exposed  to it. US paper company claims $52 million under NAFTA Wed, 8 Mar 2017 15:54:17 EST    An American paper company has claimed damages of $52 million under the North American Free Trade deal. Resolute Forest Products claims damages because of the Nova Scotia aid to a paper mill in Port Hawkesbury . the mill makes supercalenderd paper. With the Trump government wanting to scrap  or change NAFTA this has come at an interesting time. Complete Mailing Services joins forces with Cover-all Wed, 8 Mar 2017 15:41:14 EST     CMS has ( Complete Mailing Services) a direct mailing house has joined  forces with Cover-all Computer Services a integrated communications company.CMS has moved into the Cover-all plant on Birchmount Rd. CMS will continue to opporate under its own banner. Cover-all does transactional processing, direst mail and online sevices.  The combined opporations are inexcess of 10 million ( numbers not provided).  AIIM installs manroland 6 colour 41 inch Wed, 8 Mar 2017 15:27:20 EST    AIIM has installed another 8 up manroland press. The 6 colour manroland R706 PLV will go along with their other manroland R710 bought about 10 years ago. AIIM is about $17 million in sales with about 90 employees. Started in 1990 by Mario and Frank Giorgio and provides direct marketing material using offset, toner, ink jet and online. The company has a 100,000 plant located just north of Toronto in Aurora. Web Offset Publications Sold Wed, 1 Mar 2017 13:21:07 EST    Web Offset Publications which went into bankruptcy protection for the third time in January  has been bought out of bankruptcy by Mike Fredericks. Mike also  owns Annex Publishing and Printing  in  Simcoe Ontario. Annex's  the largest trade publisher in Canada also publishes  Print Action ( for the printing industry) . Web Offset has been renamed Renaissance Printing and will continue to print for the publishing industry. Web Offset owed about $ 6 million to creditors. Annex was  also a creditor.  OPIA Print Awards deadline March 30th Wed, 1 Mar 2017 12:41:45 EST    OPIA Excellence in Print Awards are open for entries. 60 plus catagories including sheet-fed, web, digital and specialty printing ( including foil, embossing and screen printing. There is even a catagory for signs and special innovations. Entries have to be at the OPIA office in Toronto by Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 5 p.m.  Entries require 2 samples and should not be mounted. For more information contact Sue Bryant at 905 602-441 or e-mail Ryerson JOB FAIR set for March 23 rd Wed, 1 Mar 2017 12:18:41 EST    Ryerson School of Graphic Communications Management ( GCM) annual job fair is set for Thursday March 23 at the Mattamy Athletic Center ( former Maple Leaf Gardens). 130 students will be available for summer employment. Also dozens of graduating fourth year students ready ti start full time employment will be available to interview . Go to to register. Fespa Europe becomes annual event Wed, 1 Mar 2017 11:48:36 EST    Fespa Europe the world's largest tradeshow for the sign industry ( wide-format, screen and textile print sectors) is going annual starting in 2017. In the past Fespa has rotated their sign show and digital show in Europe. . The next show is in Hamburg Germany May 8 to 12. Berlin in 2018 and Munich 2019. The shows will be run under the Global Print Expo name.