PrintCAN News RSS PrintCAN RSS en-us Tue, 03 Mar 2015 03:50:18 EST Tue, 3 Mar 2015 03:22:18 EST Armstrong to leave Heidelberg Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:28:27 EST After 14 years at the helm of Heidelberg Canada, Richard Armstrong is leaving his post at the end of March. "It's time. I've had a really good run," he told PrintCAN, "I'm going to take some time to relax. I have no plans right now." Armstrong, who joined Heidelberg 18 years ago as vice president of customer service, has spent about 30 years in the printing industry.  Asked about his accomplishments during his tenure as president, he points to his efforts at Ryerson University, were he was instrumental in helping to build a permanent home for the School of Graphic Communications Management. The Chronicle Herald locks out press workers Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:15:04 EST This past Saturday, the management at the Chronicle Herald, a newspaper based out of Halifax, locked out 13 press workers as a result of labour disputes. Herald owners want four years of wage freezes, the elimination of job security language, early retirement provisions and existing scheduling arrangements. The workers voted down the offer and the paper is currently being printed by replacement workers. On Monday, the Herald union asked readers to cancel subscriptions to the paper for the duration of the lockout. Read more on the standoff here. ND Graphics named exclusive distributor for Drytac Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:52:07 EST Drytac, an international manufacturer of adhesive-coated products, has appointed ND Graphics as its exclusive national-branded distributor for Canada. ND Graphics, will be responsible for business growth in the sign and large-format graphic markets. Following the acquisition of its second manufacturing and coating operation in Toronto in 2013, Drytac has experienced a greater demand for product distribution and the need for stronger brand awareness. Because of that growth the company is focused on expanding  the markets to which it sells self–adhesive products. EFI and Konica Minolta expand on business agreement Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:19:04 EST EFI and Konica Minolta Business Solutions (KMBS) are strengthening their partnership. Under the new agreement KMBS and its authorized dealer network will sell and service EFI wide-format LED and UV inkjet printers. Canada Post prints the country's first fabric stamp Wed, 18 Feb 2015 12:55:21 EST Canada Post has created the county’s first fabric stamp to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Canadian flag, which took place this past Sunday.  Two stamps were issued. The first fabric stamp is printed on satin rayon fabric, is self-adhesive, and measures 100 mm by 50 mm. It’s available as a souvenir sheet or affixed to an Official First Day Cover. One thousand limited- edition uncut press sheets autographed by the flag's original seamstress, Joan O’Malley, are also available to honour the occasion. The second stamp is a celebratory permanent rare stamp, measuring 40 mm by 32 mm, which displays the number 50 in the background and an undulating flag in the foreground. Kelly Signs installs a Kongsberg i-XP24 Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:56:14 EST Kelly Signs has added a Kongsberg i-XP24 digital finishing table to its full-service sign shop. In operation since 1947, Kelly Signs creates real estate, construction and pylon signs, trade show displays, banners, vehicle graphics and more.  The new addition will enable the shop to cut materials in-house, instead of outsourcing the service. Synchrolith installs an AGFA Anapurna M4F Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:37:15 EST Synchrolith, a dedicated prepress trade shop in Saint-Laurent, QC, has installed an AGFA Anapurna M4F. Indy Graphics remembers Brian Langsford Thu, 12 Feb 2015 09:43:38 EST The owner of Maple, Ontario's Indy Graphics has passed away. We received the following statement from the company. To the Valued Customers of Indy Graphics, It is with a heavy heart that we have to inform you that Brian Langsford passed away February 7th, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer. The forest sector, Canadaâs forgotten resource Wed, 11 Feb 2015 11:55:56 EST According to David Lindsay, CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada—the voice of Canada’s wood, pulp and paper producers— the forest products industry is one of Canada’s most overlooked. In the wake of the country’s economic challenges, jobs are thriving in his sector. Canada is the second largest forest products sector in the world, Forest products are our number one export to China, and  in total, exports to over 180 countries across the globe.  Read more on Lindsay’s optimistic view on the industry here.  CNG acquires Spicers Canada Tue, 10 Feb 2015 16:08:35 EST Central National-Gottesman Inc. (CNG), a global distributor of pulp, paper and forestry products, is expanding its North American distribution business by adding Spicers Canada—one of the country’s primary distributors of fine paper, sign and display media, industrial packaging and graphic arts supplies—to its growing portfolio of regional paper merchants. Spicers Canada president, Cory Turner  Ryerson students bust sustainability myths Mon, 9 Feb 2015 17:01:09 EST Print is a responsible environmental choice and an important touchpoint of any marketing campaign. That was the key message the audience heard last Thursday during the annual Ryerson Colloquium organized by the students of the Graphic Communications Management program. Panelists, from left, Phil Riebel of Two Sides North America, Monika Patel, from the Forest Stewardship Council, and Carol Ramsay from Spicers, answer questions about sustainable printing practices. Drytac Canada appoints new technical services manager Wed, 4 Feb 2015 10:12:41 EST Drytac Canada has appointed Brian Gibson as its technical services manager. Gibson has over 25 years of experience in the print industry and holds a degree in marketing and sales from Humber College. He worked for Seal as a technical service and application specialist, prior to this appointment. In his new position Gibson will be responsible for technical support and training for Drytac’s line of finishing equipment.  Yellow Pages changes the way it distributes its directory Tue, 3 Feb 2015 14:48:44 EST Yellow Pages is beginning to phase out the door-to-door delivery of its print directory to certain neighbourhoods and areas across Canada. Instead, the big yellow book will now be available at distribution points in newspaper style street-level boxes and distribution racks in grocery stores and pharmacies across the country. The announcement comes as Yellow Pages continues to transform heavily towards digital media and looks to a more efficient distribution of its print media. Printing comes to an end at Kennedy Heights Mon, 2 Feb 2015 15:32:20 EST Printing has officially come to an end at the Kennedy Heights printing plant in Vancouver, the printer of Postmedia's Vancouver Sun and The Province since it opened in 1997. The Vancouver Sun will now be printed by Transcontinental Printing in accordance with a 5-year deal that was announced last year. The Province will be printed by Black Press Group Ltd. The move has left over 220 employees out of work.   Global news visited the plant on Saturday January 31, its last day, and spoke to staff.   RP Graphics installs a Busch Pile Turner Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:11:41 EST RP Graphics has installed a Busch Pile Turner in its Mississauga facility. The fully automated unit was sold by Komcan and will be used to help with paper handling between two Komori GL presses. From left to right press feeder Ramil Glorioso, and operations manager Shant Pashayan