PPC announces February Winter Workshop for packaging executives

The Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC, Springfield, MA) will host its Winter Workshop February 15-17, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Put on by the association’s Financial Executives and Human Resources Committee, this two-day educational forum will help paperboard packaging executives optimize personnel and protect against the growing cyber security threat, among other key insights. Attendees will learn how to harness the Predictive Index Behavioural Assessment to understand … Read more →

Fastsigns added a record 63 new franchise agreements in 2016

Fastsigns International has announced a record signing of 63 franchise agreements in 2016 with new and existing franchisees in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. In the third quarter alone, the brand inked 22 new agreements – including 13 U.S. locations in the western and mid-western states including California, Florida, Texas, Kansas, New Mexico and … Read more →

Techkon USA unveils SpectroDrive Spectrophotometre

The new auto-scanning spectrophotometre scans press sheet colour bars in seconds while simultaneously sending spectral and density measurement data to a PC running Techkon Expresso software. Users can scan a 40” press sheet in less than 8 seconds. The measured density and colour information is displayed with suggested density changes for more accurate colour. Specifically, … Read more →

Graphic Arts Magazine welcomes two new columnists

Erik Godchaux For the last 25 years, Media Strategy Group CEO Erik Godchaux has helped owners, CEOs and CMOs modernize their branding, strategic messaging and sales development efforts. His “customer-first” strategies and expertise have cost-efficiently generated awareness and sales of high-value and high-margin products and services.  He has helped client companies enter new vertical and … Read more →

Communication technology will drive changes in the $16.3 billion printing equipment market

According to a recent report from Smithers Pira (the global authority on the packaging, paper and printing industry supply chains), changes in communication technology (from mobile phones to social media developments) have had a fundamental impact on how people consumed information and content from 2011 to 2016. As preferences shifted toward digital, the use of … Read more →

Toronto to host ADM Expo May 16-18

The 2017 Advanced Design and Manufacturing (ADM) Expo May 16-18 at the Toronto Congress Centre brings together the region’s leading advanced manufacturing events – ATX Canada, Design & Manufacturing Canada, Packex Toronto, Plast-Ex, and Powder & Bulk Solids Toronto – all under one convenient roof. This includes Ontario’s most innovative suppliers, breakthrough products and exciting … Read more →

OKI launches ColorPainter E-64s wide-format printer

The ColorPainter E-64s is the newest model in OKI’s ColorPainter series. The E-64s ­is a cost-effective, high-precision, wide-format printer that can open up new revenue streams for printers. “These cutting-edge devices are setting new standards in quality, large-format printing for signage, graphics and interior decoration, said the OEM. The 64-inch printer is equipped with ColorPainter … Read more →

Kyocera adds new multifunction printers

Kyocera Document Solutions America has unveiled two new series of MFPs – the TASKalfa 8052ci colour series and the TASKalfa 8002i black-and-white series. These high-speed colour and monochrome MFPs offer advanced features to help larger workgroups accomplish more in less time, thereby increasing overall efficiency. “For companies with both high-volume and superior image-quality needs, all … Read more →

These two next-generation digital finishing systems from Sydney Stone will boost your productivity – and your profits

Canadian print finishing leader Sydney Stone, headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the Distributor of Morgana equipment across Canada, has just announced the latest product launch from the United Kingdom’s leading manufacturer of digital print finishing equipment – the next-generation Morgana DigiFold Pro 385 Creaser/Folder and the Morgana AutoCreaser Pro 385. Since 1951, Sydney Stone’s focus has … Read more →

Challenge releases CMT 130TC On-Demand Book Trimmer

Challenge Machinery Company’s third-generation CMT 130TC On-Demand Book Trimmer is a fully automated three-side book trimmer finishing solution for on-demand and short-run digitally printed perfect-bound books. The company’s top-selling trimmer line has been upgraded with these new features: 10-inch colour touchscreen display is a clear and easy-to-read interface that provides a simple and intuitive control … Read more →

Impulse Graphic & Display Solutions drives increased prepress production with Esko investment

The process of creating signs and displays is becoming more sophisticated, while the demands to keep up with faster wide-format inkjet printers has forced companies to re-assess how they manage their workflow. Esko recently reported that Impulse Graphic and Display Solutions Inc. (Impulse), of Mississauga, Ontario, has successfully installed Esko’s Automation Engine to reduce operator … 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 3D helps create world’s first 3D-printed retail store during Christmas season

Massivit 3D Printing Technologies (Lod, Israel) has announced that its customer, OMUS (a specialist 3D printer in Australia) has constructed what is believed to be the world’s first 3D-printed, pop-up retail store on behalf of luxury fashion brand Louis Vuitton. Thirty panels in 18 days The eye-catching 9-metre-wide, 10-metre-long and 2.7-metre-high (29.5 ft. x 32.8 … 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 →

RGD and Nascent Digital launch online tool to help guide designers with requests for spec work

The Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) has launched an interactive tool titled Free, Fee or Flee? The website (http://freefeeflee.ca/) walks creative professionals, specifically graphic designers, through a questionnaire to consider various scenarios involving requests they receive for free work. The goal is to help them identify exploitative requests for anything from spec work to … 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 →

Three proven strategies for mobile-friendly websites

Having an engaging, easy-to-navigate website is important – for your company’s image as well as your print sales. But what’s just as important is its mobile-friendliness. Here, Scott Wilson, founder and CEO of Burlington-Ontario-based digital marketing and SEO firm www.rankhigher.ca/ (and one of Canada’s leading speakers on SEO, web sales, Internet marketing and social media … 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 →

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 →

Ten reasons why everyone should believe in the sustainability of print and paper

Two Sides North America is an independent, non-profit organization created to promote the responsible production, use and sustainability of print and paper. Two Sides is also active in Europe, Australia, South Africa, Brazil and Colombia. Its members span the entire print and paper value chain – including forestry, pulp, paper, inks and chemicals, pre-press, press, … Read more →

Konica Minolta extends its Workplace of the Future Portfolio with Teem

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. will partner with Teem – a workplace optimization solution platform – to expand its Workplace of the Future Portfolio. The portfolio is a cloud-based meeting tools and analytics solution that helps companies collaborate more effectively to create workplaces where people, places and technology work together seamlessly. The companies will use … Read more →