SGIA announces Product of the Year winners

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) has announced the 49 winners of its 2017 Product of the Year Awards, chosen from 222 exceptional entries. “Wherever we could, we used objective criteria,” said Ray Weiss, Digital Imaging Specialist at SGIA. “That means categories like Roll-to-Roll Dye Sublimation on Textile were objectively evaluated to include industry specifications.” … Read more →

Infigo and Tharstern partner to deliver a first in real-time quotation and stock management

UK-based Infigo Software and Tharstern have completed an integration that will transform how clients manage their printing and packaging workflows. The two companies will be joining forces at Print 17 in Chicago, September 10-14, to showcase the power of this new partnership. Tharstern, a worldwide specialist in Management Information Systems (MIS) for the printing and … Read more →

Vistaprint reports $34 million loss and sells Albumprinter Division – but Q4 revenues still up 18%

Netherlands-based Cimpress, the parent company of web-to-print leader Vistaprint, has reported a $34.7 million loss in its fourth quarter and fiscal year ending June 30. The loss was attributed to pressure on gross profits from shipping, expansion of product lines, and unfavourable currency fluctuations. Also, acquisition-related charges and the termination of two partner contracts added … Read more →

Filomena Tamburri joins Graphic Arts Magazine as Editor in Chief

Graphic Arts Magazine (headquartered in Newmarket, Ontario with editorial offices in Toronto), the leading media brand for the printing and graphic arts industries in Canada, is pleased to announce that industry veteran Filomena Tamburri is joining the staff as Editor in Chief effective today. She’ll provide overall direction for the content of the magazine and … Read more →

Printerverse to feature free networking events, educational panels, interviews and more

The Print Media Centr (PMC) will bring an exceptional line-up of experts, panel presentations and special events to The Printerverse (Booth 4425) at Print 17, September 10-14 at Chicago’s McCormick Place South. The Printerverse is a returning, highly interactive show-floor feature for free “Printspiration, Information and Fun” open to all attendees. Show visitors are invited … Read more →

Starbucks, Ann Inc. and REI headline Brands Talking Sustainability luncheon at SGIA Expo

Print buyers from Ann Incorporated, REI and Starbucks will tell print suppliers where and why sustainability figures into print buying decisions during the Brands Talking Sustainability luncheon at the 2017 SGIA Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana, October 10–12. The luncheon takes place Tuesday, October 10 from noon to 2 pm, and features speakers Libra Balian … Read more →

Australian OEM releases redesigned GoTx Fabric Pre-Treatment System, a division of Impression Technology (Sydney, Australia), has launched its completely redesigned second-generation 1.9-metre (75-inch) and 2.6-metre (102-inch) Fabric Pre-Treatment Units for textile printing. After totally redesigning its first-generation pre-treatment units, Impression has reduced the size dramatically for use in areas where space is at a premium. “This is truly the first pre-treatment system … Read more →

Digital Sign Technologies releases Print Head Doctor 14

Digital Sign Technologies (DST, Mississauga, Ontario) has released the newest model in its flagship Print Head Doctor print head cleaning machine. Print Head Doctor 14 (PHD14) comes with high-performance Swiss pumps by KNF Neuberger, allowing the machine to reach higher flow and pressure. The XL version allows it to clean up to 6 print heads … Read more →

U.S. printer folds one million sheets in four weeks with Heidelberg’s Stahlfolder TH 82

Just four weeks after its installation, Graphic Visual Solutions (Greensboro, NC) has already folded over one million sheets on its Stahlfolder TH 82 from Heidelberg – boosting productivity while reducing labour costs. Folding a wide-range of commercial printing projects, including 16-page signatures, the new Stahlfolder replaced an older, competitive model. “This folder was installed at … 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 →

A look at the next five years in 3D Printing

Here, Paul Guillaumot, CEO of Singapore-based Spare Parts 3D, as part of a thought-leadership series from, takes a look at additive manufacturing in the near future In recent years, exciting news of new 3D printing technologies and applications are reported on an almost daily basis. Looking collectively at the emerging new capabilities of additive … Read more →

New study confirms safety of 3D printing materials

A study funded by SajTom Light Future, a privately held company headquartered in Poland, has looked into the emissions produced by common 3D printer filaments ABS, PLA, PET and nylon. The research supports an existing and extensive body of research proving that, with adequate ventilation and common sense, the melting of materials like ABS, PLA, … 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 →

Quark’ new release of its Content Automation Platform includes major productivity enhancements

Quark Software has announced significant new updates to its content automation platform. The new release, the second major update in 2017, adds major enhancements to content management and web-based content review, including the ability to assemble and manage PowerPoint slides at a component level. Quark’s content automation platform enables designers, business users and editorial teams … Read more →

BenQ releases new PD2500Q engineer-calibrated colour monitor

BenQ America (Costa Mesa, CA) an international provider of visual display solutions, has unveiled its professional, factory-calibrated PD Series Design Monitor by releasing the new PD2500Q display. Ideal for graphic design, photography, CAD/CAM, animation and video post-production professionals, the new colour monitor is the first in the series that will be individually calibrated by factory … 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 →

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 →

UV printing continues to dominate in offset

With all the buzz around digital printing over the last decade or so, it’s easy to miss the fact that during that same time span, there have been some huge changes for offset printing as well. Approximately 97% of printed pages still come from offset presses, with only 3% printed digitally. So, any changes to … Read more →

Running a successful family-owned printing franchise in Canada: Challenges, rewards and core values

Here, Minuteman Press franchise manager Saqib Tariq shares his insights on running a family-owned design, marketing and printing franchise in Calgary, Alberta, with his brother and father. Their franchise is a member of the Minuteman Press International Million-Dollar Circle for top performers. The family-owned and operated Minuteman Press franchise located in the Beltline region of … Read more →

How to use 500,000 square feet of printing plates a year and still be a sustainability leader

Reynolds and Reynolds (Dayton, Ohio) is a leading U.S. provider of software, services and a huge array of business forms to automotive dealerships. Its software is used to manage sales logistics. It also produces forms used in medicine and insurance. Founded in 1866 as a printer of standardized business forms,  it began developing and marketing … Read more →