PrintCAN News RSS PrintCAN RSS en-us Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:35:08 EDT Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:23:33 EST Versatech acquires Komori inventory from Howard Graphic Equipment Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:44:28 EST Howard Graphic Equipment and Versatech Press Electronic Service have announced the sale and acquisition of HGE’s Komori spare parts inventory—valued at over $350,000—and will use Versatech’s services for Komori installations and repairs. John Simons (left) with Nick Howard Staples increases use of Bullfrog Power Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:25:48 EST Staples Canada has announced an expansion to its partnership with Bullfrog Power—a green energy provider—to include four copy and print production locations. They are in Burnaby, BC; Mississauga, ON; Laval QC and Calgary. “Staples has the capability to do print jobs both at the stores and at print hubs,” Shaun Lewis, vice president, sales at Bullfrog Power said. “The jobs at the print hubs are generally sent there because they’re larger and more complex so they typically can’t be done at a store. ” Queenâs Printer for B.C. to outsource all printing Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:04:05 EST Victoria’s Queen’s Printer— the provider of printing and related services to the BC Government, federal government and public sector— will be fully outsourcing its printing services to the private sector by summer 2015 The Queens Printer will continue to broker printing contracts on behalf of the government, but says the growth of electronic publishing and digital information has reduced the demand for government printing. RP Graphics installs its 2nd Komori press Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:57:53 EST RP Graphics Group in Mississauga has installed its second Komori GL 6 colour 40-inch press with coater and low energy UV. The new press was purchased from K-North Services Inc. located in Georgetown, ON. K-North is the dealer for Komori presses in Ontario and Western Canada. Pictured in front of the new press is Marc Fortier (left) President and George Mazzaferro (CEO) right 6-step action plan to grow your business Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:57:09 EST Peter Muir, president of U.S.-based Bizucate, laid out a six-step plan to improve business performance at the most recent meeting of the Digital Imaging Association. More than 100 print industry reps gathered to hear him at the Xerox Research Centre. Peter Muir, president of Bizucate Print World ready to welcome industry Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:56:16 EST Print World 2014 is ready to welcome the industry on November 22 to 24 at the state-of-the art Direct Energy Centre in Toronto. Print World 2012  Simon & Schuster publishes limited edition book honouring Bob Dylan Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:43:55 EST On Oct. 28, Simon & Schuster will release The Lyrics: Since 1962, a comprehensive, annotated collection of Bob Dylan’s lyrics. The book will give fans a look into his original compositions and the documented changes he made throughout his career. Hydro Ottawa ties paperless bills to helping the homeless Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:31:48 EST Once again, another company is trying to tie paperless operations to environmental and social do-gooding. Hydro Ottawa has introduced a Go Paperless campaign under the auspices of helping the environment and reducing homelessness. Each time a customer signs up for E-Billing before Dec. 31, 2014, Hydro will make a $5 donation to its Brighter Tomorrow Fund, managed by United Way Ottawa. Massilly North America installs complete suite of Esko premedia technology Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:48:17 EST Massilly North America has installed Esko’s preproduction technology software to help leverage the benefits of the company's recently purchased computer-to-plate system. The company had recently brought platemaking in-house to lower costs and turnaround times.  Massilly is a manufacturer of high-quality metal twist closures and sealing machines for the food and beverage industries . A staff member uses the new software at Massilly Headlines from Graph Expo 2014 Wed, 8 Oct 2014 11:58:54 EST The commercial printing industry came together last week at Graph Expo in Chicago. Here's a preview of some of the key announcements made at the show, and a heads up on some of the stories we'll be delving into over the next few weeks. The day before the show, Screen held it's annual open house where it announced a new press lineup, including a reworked TruePress Jet 520 HD sheetfed inkjet press and a new label press. The 520 now comes with new Ricoh heads that deliver a higher resolution of 1,200 dpi, and about 50 other updates like a new paper transport system, a new drying system and an expanded colour gamut. The objective here, according to Screen, is to expand the reach of production inkjet into areas where offset still dominates. The TruePress Jet 350UV is an inkjet label press that rolls through 164 feet per minute, in CMYK and white. It's available now. HP To Separate Into Two New Industry-Leading Public Companies Tue, 7 Oct 2014 15:10:20 EST HP is splitting up. The company has decided to separate the technology infrastructure and software services business from the personal systems and printing business. The technology side of things will go by Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and the print side will be known as HP Inc.—and will retain the current logo. The transaction should be completed by the end of fiscal 2015, and the company says the division will accelerate performance, drive sustained growth and demonstrate clear industry leadership in key areas. Read the press release in its entirety here. Don't forget! Today is International Print Day Tue, 7 Oct 2014 14:42:27 EST On Oct. 8, print industry insiders across the globe are being encouraged to share their love of print with the masses. International Print Day was created by the Print Media Centre with the aim of getting social media buzzing by sharing blog posts, case studies, visually stunning print projects and experiences within the industry online, via Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #IPD14. Update- Canada Post creates Snap Admail for small businesses Tue, 7 Oct 2014 10:31:10 EST In a press release issued last week Canada Post announced its partnership with Taradel, an American marketing firm, to create Snap Admail, an online tool that would help small businesses plan and distribute direct marketing campaigns. We reached out to Canada Post to relay some of the concerns we—and many of the readers—had with what seemed like a case of outsourcing print jobs across the border. Canada Post’s manager of media relations, Carley Smith assured PrintCAN that this wasn’t the case and although it wasn't clarified in the press release, printing will remain in Canada.  Canada Post creates Snap Admail for small businesses Wed, 1 Oct 2014 13:29:04 EST A new online tool is making it easier for small businesses to create direct-marketing campaigns. Canada Post  has partnered with Taradel, a Virginia-based marketing firm to create Snap Admail, a resource available through its website that helps users create direct mail pieces then print and distribute it to their target audience. "By providing an easy online marketing tool, we can help small businesses that may not have the time or resources to plan their next campaign," Bill Gunton, Vice-President, Marketing and Commercial Products at Canada Post said. Xerox Research Centre partners with GreenCentre Canada Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:57:54 EST The Xerox Research Centre Canada (XRCC) has signed an agreement with GreenCentre Canada to provide engineering, scale up, pilot testing and developmental support to help speed up the commercialization of GreenCentre’s materials science discoveries. The Kingston-based company works with academia and industrial partners to identify and develop green technologies. "The Xerox Research Centre Canada is recognized as a centre of excellence for materials science and engineering," Paul Smith, vice president and director of the research centre said. "Our partnership with GreenCentre extends our foundation of chemical engineering best practices and green materials science. It also underscores our commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility in all of our materials and processes, while helping to nurture the growth of innovation here in Canada.”