PrintCAN News RSS PrintCAN RSS en-us Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:28:42 UTC Mon, 24 Apr 2017 01:27:38 EST Heidelberg signs up Landa customer Wed, 19 Apr 2017 21:46:22 EST   Heidelberg has signed up a packaging printer for one of the first installations of the new Primefire 106 inkjet press. The customer Colordruck Baiersbronn was originally announced as a Landa beta site at the last Drupa. The most recent list of beta sites for Landa did not include Colordruck Baiersbronn. Director of Colordruck Baiersbronn Martin Bruttel said the Primefire would be used to develope a new model of mass customisation in packaging. Ballots printed on treeless paper Wed, 19 Apr 2017 21:31:30 EST    Social Print Papers has developed a paper using wheat and sugar cane byproducts. The paper is being used for the 2017 B.C. election ballots.  The Gieschen brother and Minto Roy started the company in 2011. They have worked with the David Suzuki Foundation, Government of Canada and the University of British Columbia. They claim that their paper is a  more enviromently sustainable raw material for paper because wheat can be grown in a year where trees takes decades to grow. Transcontinental pulls out of newspapers Wed, 19 Apr 2017 21:15:42 EST   Transcontinental Canada's largest printer ( $2 billion plus) has announced it has put up for sale all of it's regional and local newspaper in Ontario and Quebec. The sale involves 93 publications and related products. Transcontinental has already sold off it's media assets in Saskatchewan in 2016. At the being of this month it sold off all of its newspapers in Nova Scotia, PEI, Newfoundland and New Brunswick to SaltWire Network the publishers of the Chronicle Herold of  Halifax ( which is currently on strike ). Included in the deal are 4 printing plants. NAFTA panel supports Canadian paper Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:44:12 EST    A NAFTA panel has sided with the Canadian Port Hawkesbury Paper Mill out of Point Tupper. Trade action happened by two US paper mills claiming unfair subsidies. The Canadian mill makes supercalender for magazines, catalogues and advertising inserts. Kodak not selling Wed, 12 Apr 2017 20:36:19 EST    Kodak has reversed it decision to sell it's Prosper and Ultrastream inkjet operations. Over a year ago it had announced that it was going to sell off its graphic arts inkjet operations and as late as December that negotiations with multiple parties were still going on. Xerox had been suspected as one of the most likely buyers.  PROKOM launches Konica Minolta user group Wed, 12 Apr 2017 20:13:05 EST   PROKOM an independent user group for Konica Minolta production printing users has launched a Canadian group. PROKOM  started in Europe has now started groups up in North America. The Canadian group is being sponsored by Konica Minolta Canada .The group is intended for production print and industrial print users. Dscoop (HP) was the first user group followed by Canon. Great Little Box Co. installs new work flow software Wed, 12 Apr 2017 19:44:26 EST    Great Little Box Co. of British Columbia has installed the efi Packaging Suites with Radius work flow. The B.C. packaging company is in corrugated box, labels, flexable packaging, folding cartons and protective packaging. They have 4 plants and have bought 9 companies over the last 15 years. 40 % of  the company's quarter million square feet of space is used for client warehousing  space . SmartPrint buys Montreal Company Wed, 12 Apr 2017 19:06:05 EST   SmartPrint has expanded to Quebec with the purchase of DynaCharge of Montreal. SmartPrint  is in the manage print service field. They are part way between an equipment dealer and a facilities management company. They sell copies by the page on lazer or inkjet devices.  They do not get involved in offset. This appears to be a growing market. installs AGFA Jeti Ceres Wed, 5 Apr 2017 15:49:58 EST Jeti Ceres RTR3200 LED wide format  XLPRINTS.CA ( a-click ) is installing the first Jeti Ceres RTR3200 LED in North America. The new LED wide format prints up to 10.5 feet wide with speeds up to 2002 sq ft per hour. It is a roll to roll machine capable of unattended printing. Jeti Ceres offers six colours plus optional white and or primer. It can print mesh and porous subtrates with out a liner. Halm Industries sold to W+D of Germany Wed, 5 Apr 2017 14:25:20 EST    Winkler+Dunnebier ( W+D) has bought Halm Industries of Glen Head New York. Halm has been the North American manufacture of the Jet envelope presses. Most Jet shops in North America use Halm Jet offset presses ( 2 to 4 colours)   which run at speeds of 25 to 50 thousand envelopes per hour and can print 2 sides in one pass.Halm recently came out with an inkjet press using Memjet heads. Landa announces Beta sights Wed, 5 Apr 2017 13:49:31 EST Landa S10 Nanographic Press  Landa has announced the first Beta sites of the Landa S10 Nanographic Printing presses. The installations will start in July of this year . One is going into a packaging printer in Israel.  Another one  in a point-of-purchase printer in the United States (Minneapolis) and one in a German package printer in Europe. CCL Label buys digital printers for over $34 million Wed, 5 Apr 2017 13:33:29 EST    CCL Industries ( label ) has bought two european digital printing companies for over $34 million. CCL has been expanding their presence in the digital printing market. They aquired Avery digital print division in 2013. They are focusing on the web-to-print side of the buisness. CCl was ranked as Canada's 11 th largest printer in Graphic Monthly's list of top printers. Readers spend more time reading print than online Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:19:35 EST   Readers spend almost 89% more time reading the same thing in print than online. A recent study out of Germany shows that readers are more engaged in printed material than online. Mobile phones even have a shorter attention span. It  also found that printed newspapers are 38 percent more likely to be used as  a source of news than online newspapers. Federal Government wants to stop printing law books Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:35:08 EST   Under the Publications act all laws must be printed on quality paper and bound in to hard cover books. Since Confederation at least 250 law books have been printed every year. Digital versions are not considered "official". The current cost is about $100,00 per year. Recycled Paper Mill closes Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:17:21 EST    Resolute Forest Products has announced the closing of their recycled paper making mill because of the higher cost of recycled material. The mill makes 100% recycled paper. The North American prices for recycled material has increase over the last several years but the price of recycled paper has not kept pace. Over 100 employes have been laid off. Resolute is looking at converting the mill to making kraft paper.