PrintCAN News RSS PrintCAN RSS en-us Tue, 27 Jan 2015 07:20:47 EST Tue, 27 Jan 2015 07:13:13 EST The Label Factory is home to Canadaâs first JFlex870 Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:47:39 EST RDP digital and Northern Graphic Solutions have sold the first JFlex870 in Canada. The 870 is an IPT digital print conversion system that was recently introduced to the Canadian label printing market. Catalyst Paper acquires Wisconsin and Maine-based paper mills Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:34:38 EST Canadian paper manufacturer Catalyst Paper Corporation has completed the acquisition of the Biron paper mill in Wisconsin and the Rumford pulp and paper mill in Maine.  The deal was initially announced last October. The cash payment made on closing was US$62.4 million after giving effect to an adjustment under the purchase agreement based on estimated working capital at closing, and the final purchase price is subject to certain additional post-closing adjustments. A Catalyst plant in Port Alberni, BC Menasha Corporation acquires Brampton-based PearceWellwood Inc. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:03:01 EST Menasha Corporation has acquired the Brampton, Ontario-based PearceWellwood Inc.—a designer and full-service manufacturer of corrugated displays for the retail industry and provider of fulfillment and distribution services. PearceWellwood will now operate as part of Menasha Packaging Company, LLC, a subsidiary of the Menasha Corporation.  Menasha has also acquired—from PearceWellwood’s parent company, Pearce Group—an ownership interest in Tencorr Packaging, a corrugated sheet manufacturer with plants in Mississauga and Brampton. Left to right: Jim Kotek, president/CEO of Menasha Corp., Mike Waite, president of Menasha Packaging Company The CPEIA gathers 32 founding members in two months Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:26:34 EST The Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association (CPEIA) has achieved some major milestones, which include, obtaining 32 founding members, brokering strategic relationships with key partner organizations, and securing major sponsors for the 2015 Canadian Printable Electronics Symposium. The CPEIA made its debut in November at IDTechEx’s Printed Electronics USA conference, and aims to be the united voice of the Canadian printable electronics sector. The founding members represent a cross section of the industry, from materials, devices and prototyping, to manufacturing, and printing. The printed word is still popular according to TMT predictions Wed, 14 Jan 2015 10:49:38 EST According to Deloitte’s annual TMT predictions, sales of print books will account for 80% of books sold in the developed world—despite the fact that e-readers, smartphones and tablets are everywhere. Currently in its 14th year, TMT predictions provides an outlook on the 10 most important trends for Canada in the technology, media and telecommunications industry for the next 12 to 18 months. NGS named Canadian distributor for MPS Systems North America Wed, 14 Jan 2015 10:13:02 EST MPS Systems North America Inc. has named Toronto-based Northern Graphic Solutions Inc. the distributor of its flexo and offset presses in central and eastern Canada. Left to right: Kees Nijenhuis, MPS vice-president of North American operations, Jerry Wynia, president of NGS Charlie Hebdo suspects holed up in a french wide-format print shop Fri, 9 Jan 2015 10:55:21 EST Output magazine is reporting that a wide-format print shop in Dammartin-en-Goële, France is currently being occupied by the two alleged gunman involved in the Charlie Hebdo killings.  Read more about the story here. Exports pick up pace in 2014 Wed, 7 Jan 2015 12:18:37 EST The rate of trade between Canada and the rest of the world continues to thive.  Both imports and exports posted positive numbers. Imports were on the rise in 2014. Year to date numbers (Jan-Octo) show a 6.8% jump to $1.2 billion in 2014 from $1.13 billion in 2013. Exports also increased by 15.7 %. In 2014, year-to-date figures stood at $828.4 million, up from $716.1 in 2013. Exports (in millions) 2014 2013 % Change August  $81.7  $78.3  4.3 September $87.5  $74.5 17 October $96.8 $73.1 32 Shipments looking good for fall Wed, 7 Jan 2015 11:52:08 EST Fall numbers paint a positive picture of the Canadian printing industry, with increases for the last several months. But the good news is due in large part to Statistics Canada’s tracking of Alberta shipments which it had ignored for at least a couple of years. B.C.’s shipments, however, continue to be absent. Shipments (in millions) 2014 2013 % Change July $646.9 $543.7 19 August $643.5 $577.1 11.5 September $677.5 $587.6 15 October $732.0 $648.0 13 New Print installs an American Ultraviolet UV coater Tue, 6 Jan 2015 10:01:47 EST New Print has installed a 25" wide off line American Ultraviolet UV Roller Coater with a 22” X 28” feeder. New Print owner François Bellama with the new coater 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 company is “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.”