PrintCAN News RSS PrintCAN RSS en-us Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:27:32 EST Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:27:27 EST Happy Holidays from PrintCan and Graphic Monthly Canada Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:42:10 EST This week’s newsletter will be the last for 2014. We thank all of our readers and wish you all a happy holiday and a prosperous new year. We’ll see you in 2015 for all of the latest in the Canadian printing industry. PrintCANâs top stories of 2014 Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:31:52 EST Closures, restructures and controversy; Let’s take a look at the stories that got the most hits in 2014. 10. BL Litho’s demise and rise The company goes bankrupt and only three days later it is purchased and renamed by a newcomer to the industry. Four people where indicted on charges 9.  Counterfeiting press seized by Mounties The RCMP and US Secret Service track down a Heidelberg GTO 46 offset press that was being used to create counterfeit American $20 bills resulting in four people being indicted on charges. Beta of Landa Nanographic press coming in second half of 2015 Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:39:57 EST The release of Landa’s Nanographic printing presses—originally unveiled at Drupa 2012—are months behind schedule, but in a new blog post designed to address the delay, Benny Landa, CEO of Landa Digital, says the compnay “very close” to finally completing the presses. Benny Landa Transcontinental sees a revenue increase in fourth quarter Wed, 10 Dec 2014 09:23:30 EST  Transcontinental’s revenues increased by 1.7% in the fourth quarter to $571.9 million from $562.6 million. The company’s year-end revenues decreased by 1.3% from $2,096.7 million to $2,069.4 million. The increase in revenues is due to the acquisitions of Capri Packaging and the Quebec weekly newspapers from Sun Media Corporation as well as new printing and distribution agreements. The year-end dip is caused by lower advertising revenues in the newspaper and marketing-products printing activities, consumer magazines and the sale of Rastar’s assets. The WLU Press fights advice to phase out Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:02:30 EST A recently published Integrated Planning and Resources Management report by Wilfrid Laurier University has advised the Wilfrid Laurier University Press (WLU) to phase out or minimize its services due to budgetary pressures. In response the WLU press has started a petition to fight the recommendation it calls “highly problematic.” Update: General Printers winds down business Mon, 8 Dec 2014 14:28:56 EST As we previously reported, General Printers had filed a motion to make a proposal to restructure under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act—we’ve now learned that the company will be auctioning off its equipment. The auction is being performed by Corporate Assets Inc. on Dec. 16 and can be viewed on Dec. 15. Adam Fisher of Harris and Partners Inc., the trustee in bankruptcy handling the company, said that company decided to sell when the decision was made to file. At that point operations ceased immediately. “The objective was an organized wind down to maximize the return to stakeholders, Fisher said. “It was thought to be most efficient through a restructuring process.”   Dieco and Matrices A Decouper LM complete merger Fri, 5 Dec 2014 14:26:27 EST DIECO and Matrices A Decouper LM Inc. have merged their production operations to form one of the largest capacity trade diecutting services in Quebec. DIECO has been in business since 1969 and supplies the converting industry with products to optimize press preparation, makeready and cutting in many sectors, including paperboard, and printing, from leathers to composites, rubbers to felt, labels, electronics and plastics. Xeikon aims to dominate label and packaging segment Wed, 3 Dec 2014 12:14:57 EST Xeikon’s strategy of focusing on the label and packaging market is paying off with impressive growth. That was the key message during a press and analyst meeting, which the company hosted in Orlando, Fla., in late November. PrintCAN editor, fourth from left, and colleagues suit up to tour the Xymogen nutritional supplement facility in Orlando. Company execs delivered an update on the company’s performance to date, and took the journalists and analysts to tour Xymogen, a manufacturers and distributor of nutritional supplements, which also houses a digital label printing shop with a Xeikon 3500 press. Cascades invests $13 million in its Quebec-based plants Wed, 3 Dec 2014 11:48:07 EST Cascades Inc. has acquired and installed two new Mitsubishi Evol presses in its Norampac operated plants in Vaudreuil and Drummondville. Both locations specialize in manufacturing corrugated packaging products. "This major investment in Québec is part of our efforts to modernize Norampac's and Cascades' assets,” Charles Malo, vice president and chief operating officer for packaging at Norampac said. “Similar investments were made at several of Norampac's corrugated converting plants in Ontario, and productivity at the plants increased significantly. We believe that the investments in Québec will have the same positive spin-offs, allowing us to respond more quickly to our customers' needs, offer packaging products of greater quality, and increase our productivity." Image Four installs a BUSCH SWH 180RLA Tue, 2 Dec 2014 09:45:19 EST Image Four has improved its material handling with the installation of a Busch SWH 180RLA 64" pile turner.  The Busch includes programmable aeration and vibration options allowing Image Four staff to handle both light and heavy weight materials. Photographed in front of their new Busch Pile Turner are from left: Tim Treloar, president; Koko Boudakian, general manager; and Jason Taylor, prepress manager Codiac Printing installs an Anapurna M2540 FB Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:45:42 EST Codiac Printing has installed an Anapurna M2540 FB from Agfa Graphics and purchased through ND Graphics. Pictured with the Anapurna M2540 FB are (from left to right): Stan Tranter, Agfa account manager; Shane Mazerolle, designer/print operator; Jen Saulnier, graphic designer; Donna Magee, graphic designer; and Adam Chappell, IT administrator, employees of Codiac Printing. Gandy Digital makes a sale at Print World Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:24:16 EST The good news keeps coming in from our Print World exhibitors. Gandy Digital sold a six colour Domin8tor flatbed with double white to Display IT in Scarborough. (Left to right) Hary Gandy, president of Gandy Digital, Nick Manos, president of Display IT Gandy also has three deals pending and plenty of leads due to the company’s appearance at this year’s tradeshow. C.J. Group of Companies acquires Prime Imaging Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:42:05 EST The C.J. Group of Companies has added to its roster of 18 companies by acquiring commercial and large format printer, Prime Imaging. Prime Imaging began as a typesetting firm in 1983 and serviced the GTA community for over 30 years. Among its offerings are large-format printing, traditional printing for collateral/marketing materials, vehicle graphics, window graphics, digital die-cutting signage, retail signage, installation and point-of-sale graphics. “This partnership is a great fit for our ever-expanding group of companies,” Jay Mandarino, president and CEO of the C.J. Group of Companies said. “There is a lot of synergy between our two organizations. Eco-friendly print production and protecting the environment are paramount at both CJG and Prime Imaging.”  K-North Services rebrands as KOMCAN Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:21:34 EST K-North Services Inc. is rebranding as KOMCAN, effective Dec.1.  The company says the new name better reflects its position in the marketplace and will help customers better identify them as the sole authorized agent for Tokyo-based Komori printing presses and auxiliary equipment in Ontario and Western Canada. KOMCAN will continue to offer Komori’s complete line, OEM parts and consumable products. Sales for Esko, Konica Minolta and Pitney Bowes on last day of Print World Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:53:40 EST The third and final day of Print World was a big day for sales. At the Esko booth Agfa sold a Kongsberg MultiCUT to Sean Vizsy of Kipling-based Full Frame Signs. “We wanted to expand upon our services,” Vizsy said.