Konica Minolta launchs its Prokom Production Printing User Community in North America

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. has announced the North American launch and sponsorship of the foundation for an independent user group called Prokom. The initiative, which was developed following 12 months of research involving user surveys, was initially open only to the Konica Minolta’s European customers. Companies across Canada and the United States are being … Read more →

KBA-Sheetfed and Actega ink strategic partnership

KBA-Sheetfed, the world’s second-largest manufacturer of sheetfed offset presses, and Actega Coatings & Sealants, a division of the global specialty chemicals group Altana, have forged a strategic alliance in the field of inline finishing. The cooperation covers water-based, UV, HR-UV and LED-UV coatings. The new agreement further intensifies their existing partnership and places activities on … Read more →

HP adds four new PageWide Web Presses

The four new 30-inch HP PageWide Web Presses powered by High Definition Nozzle Architecture (HDNA) technology provide high-quality colour prints and enable printers to address a wider range of commercial printing applications, such as customized magazines, catalogues and books. “Print service providers continue to search for technology that gives them a competitive edge in a … Read more →

Live report: Who’s hot at Graph Expo 2016 – final day

Here, Scott Morgan, Graphic Arts Magazine contributor and award-winning Student Representative from Ryerson University’s School of Graphic Communications Management (GCM) in downtown Toronto, walks the floor and gives us his insights from this year’s Graph Expo tradeshow in Orlando, Florida, which ends today. One of the 2016 Must See’ems Award winners at Graph Expo, the … Read more →

ITI introduces TX3200 direct-to-fabric or transfer paper sublimation printer

The new super-wide, dual-production 3.2-metre TX3200 textile printer from ITI (Inkjet Technology, Inc., Sugar Land, TX), can print directly on textile fabrics and handle dye-sub transfer paper applications as well. ITI developed this model with an internal vacuum mechanism to securely hold down the transfer paper (especially thin paper) to prevent cockling. Plus, it comes with … Read more →

Konica Minolta releases bizhub C658 MFP Series

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. has introduced the latest in its series of Multifunction Printers (MFP’s) – the bizhub C658 series. The new MFP colour series includes the bizhub C658, C558 and C458, and further expands Konica Minolta’s A3 product line-up. The series is ideal for a broad range of users, including medium to large … Read more →

Sawgrass launches new SubliJet-HD Fluorescent Inks for its VJ 628 Printer

Product decorators can now add fluorescent colours to graphics with Sawgrass’ new SubliJet-HD Fluorescent (FL) Inks for its Virtuoso 25″ 8-Color Product Decorating System featuring the VJ 628 Dye Sublimation Printer. The new eight-colour ink set adds fluorescent yellow and pink cartridges to existing SubliJet-HD C, M, Y, KXF, Lc and Lm configurations, resulting in … Read more →

Three proven ways to add value, save time and boost profits with in-house print finishing

Post-press binding and finishing in commercial print, packaging, sign and display graphics continues to be important. However, for many printers, improving productivity while reducing costs in their post-press departments remains a problem. Many finishing processes (both in set-up and operation) are still time-consuming, labour-intensive, prone to errors and waste, and often require skilled operators. For … Read more →

Heidelberg SystemService reports substantial productivity boosts and waste reductions

Heidelberg continues to enhance its SystemService portfolio with performance services that improve production processes and make the personnel who operate equipment more efficient. “Customers engaged have seen productivity increases of over 40%, and waste reductions of up to 50% – resulting in savings between $200,000 and $450,000 a year,” said the OEM. “We know that … Read more →

Massivit to premier its new 1800 3D printer at drupa

Massivit 3D Printing Technologies (Lod, Israel) will use drupa 2016 (May 31 to June 10 in Düsseldorf, Germany) for the first public demonstration of its new Massivit 1800 printer with “groundbreaking” technology that produces unique attention-grabbing large-format 3D displays for a wide variety of markets. A fast, large-format 3D printer, the Massivit 1800 is ideal … Read more →

Sappi North America calls for entries for its 2016 Ideas that Matter grant competition by July 15

Sappi North America, a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper and packaging products, has called for its 2016 Ideas that Matter grant proposals, inviting designers to show the world how design, specifically print, can play an important role in changing our lives for the better. Sappi established the Ideas that Matter grant program 17 … Read more →

GPA launches its 2016 Print & Design Contest

GPA, a U.S.-based market leader in substrate solutions for offset, digital and wide-format printing, has kicked off its 2016 Print & Design Contest. Now in its 11th year, the contest recognizes outstanding printed pieces for their excellence and creativity combined with the use of GPA substrates. Entries will be accepted through to October 31, 2016. … Read more →

RGD announces In-House Design Awards and Creative Earners Survey

The Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) is inviting entries for its first-ever international In-House Design Awards. The competition has been created to acknowledge and honour the work done by ever-growing creative teams that work as internal agencies. A renowned line-up of judges has been confirmed. The early-bird entry deadline is Friday, June 3 and the … Read more →

New study finds that direct mail has a greater effect on purchasing than digital ads

A Temple University (Philadelphia, PA) neuromarketing study has  found that direct mail tops digital media for engagement time, recall and ultimately, the decision to purchase. An in-depth neuroscientific study sponsored by the Postal Service Inspector General’s office in the United States revealed that direct-mail ads garner superior results compared to to those viewed online in … Read more →

The power of “old-school” service: Four reasons your shop should bring it back

Joseph A. Michelli (PhD, CSP) is an international speaker, organizational consultant and New York Times number-one best-selling author of Driven to Delight: Delivering World-Class Customer Experience the Mercedes-Benz Way. Here, he explains why business transactions today have become too cold and impersonal – and why you’d better start going “retro” in your printing services. As … Read more →

CAMP Marketing Awards calls for entries by July 22

The Canadian Association of Marketing Professionals (CAMP) Marketing Awards celebrate the best individual achievements in the Canadian marketing community in 12 categories including branding, digital and integration – as well as the ultimate marketer in the worlds of corporate, SME, government/not-for-profit, entrepreneurial and student categories. Four new categories added this year include direct marketing, video, … Read more →

Xeikon appoints Barrett to head marketing in North America

Heather Barrett has joined Xeikon as Director of Marketing to further develop its growing North American presence. Following its successful series of Securing a Successful Future roadshows (where Xeikon partnered with Flint Group Narrow Web, Label Traxx, Mark Andy and ThermoFlexX) to educate label printers and packaging converters about key developments in the North American … Read more →

Rolland realigns its sales and marketing departments and makes key appointments

Rolland Enterprises (St-Jérôme, Quebec), the Canadian-based producer of fine recycled paper, has changed its 2016 sales and marketing structure to maintain its current momentum. The company is the market leader in the production of specialty uncoated fine papers with “the undisputed highest standards for environmental sustainability.” It produces fine papers with biogas energy and up … Read more →

Roland DGA introduces Fluorescent Inks for its Texart Dye-Sub Printers

Roland DGA (Irvine, California), a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters worldwide, has introduced fluorescent ink specifically formulated for its Texart XT-640 and RT-640 wide-format dye-sublimation printers. Developed specifically for dye-sublimation transfer printing, Texart printers deliver “outstanding print quality and productivity” for sportswear, fashion, soft signage, decor, promotional merchandise and more. The new … Read more →

Agfa Graphics’ Jeti Mira wins EDP Award

The European Digital Press Association grants the EDP Awards to the best products of the year introduced into the European market. It reviews quality as well as other key benefits such as value to the user, tech support and service. Agfa Graphics’ Jeti Mira earned the award in the category of Best Wide-Format Flatbed/Hybrid Printer … Read more →

The Signage Foundation releases Retail Wayfinding Best Practices Study

Being able to easily navigate today’s retail stores is key to improving customer experiences. Retailers and designers looking for effective strategies can find insights from some of the top retailers in new research from the Signage Foundation. The Signage Foundation (SFI) and its new Retail Wayfinding Best Practices report includes case studies from industry-leading retailers … Read more →

PPC brings together Canadian folding carton manufacturers with bold new initiatives

With the latest meeting of the U.S.-based Paperboard Packaging Council’s (PPC) Canadian Committee during its recent Spring Conference in Miami, Florida, the association has deepened its efforts to address Canadian-specific manufacturing and regulatory issues, build relevant programs and increase the organization’s Canadian membership. Comprised of a number of Canada-based folding carton manufacturers, PPC’s Canadian Committee … Read more →

BHS corrugated and Screen GP partner to develop new corrugated printing solution

BHS Corrugated and Screen Graphic and Precision Solutions (Screen GP) have announced an exclusive partnership to develop the BHS Corrugated Inline Digital Printing Solution for corrugated box plants. A new company, Screen GP IJC Limited was established to develop the print engine technology that will be integrated into the new digital print solution. It’s based … Read more →

Bell and Howell announces new Raptor Series of Labelers

Bell and Howell has unveiled its Raptor series labeling solution. The system’s high throughput and easy label roll changeover can reduce the number of labelers needed and increase the performance of a production line currently limited by traditional labelers. “High-volume distribution centers moving variable-sized packages and parcels often face a bottleneck at the label applicator,” … Read more →

Incredible inkjet: Navigating the present, the future and the opportunities of inkjet printing

With the world’s largest printing industry tradeshow, drupa 2016, set for May 31 to June 10 in Düsseldorf, Germany, we’ll be presenting several helpful “drupa expert” features leading up to this year’s big event. Here, author Sean Smith delves deeply into the current state of inkjet printing, where it’s been and where it’s headed. Smyth … Read more →

How XRCC’s groundbreaking security solutions help combat counterfeiting and theft

Dr. Paul Smith is the VP and Centre Manager of the Mississauga-based Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC). The centre is home to a world-class team of scientists and engineers with broad expertise in materials chemistry, formulation design, prototyping, testing and chemical process engineering. In this special feature, Dr. Smith examines innovative security solutions that … Read more →

Dealing with roller glazing problems in today’s pressroom

Author Mike Thibault (Vice President of Technical Services for leading Canadian pressroom chemical manufacturer Unigraph International), has been at the forefront of solving printing quality issues and reducing downtime in pressrooms across North America for over 33 years. Here, he examines closely the common problem of roller glazing encountered by today’s press operators. If you’re … Read more →