Free May 2 PaperSpecs Webinar: How (& Why) to Get Started with Augmented Reality

It seems that Augmented Reality (AR) is everywhere these days, from furniture catalogues to restaurant menus and beyond. The growing technology takes advantage of both print’s reassuring tactile qualities and the digital world’s near limitless capacity for invention and information. But what exactly IS Augmented Reality and how can you effectively introduce it into your … Read more →

Two Sides releases new infographic explaining why leading companies are removing ‘Go Green – Go Paperless’ claims

Two Sides North America (Chicago, Illinois) has released an engaging new infographic that illustrates why 118 North American companies and over 360 companies globally have removed their ‘Go Green – Go Paperless’ and similar environmental claims. Greenwashing is defined in the Oxford Dictionary as, “to make people believe that your company is doing more to … Read more →

Registration now open for PRINT 19 tradeshow

Registration is now open for “the print industry’s most comprehensive and longest running event.” PRINT 19, scheduled for October 3-5 at Chicago’s McCormick Place North, will bring together the leaders of the printing industry from more than 80 countries. It’ll feature an array of printing equipment and technology, plus over 80 educational sessions – including … Read more →

Onyx Graphics to preview next major release at ISA Sign Expo

At the upcoming ISA Sign Expo, Onyx Graphics will be providing a glimpse of the next major release of Onyx software that “offers printers the ability to go beyond the limitations of wide-format print.” The next major release will be available for the full range of Onyx solutions, including Onyx Thrive print workflow software and … Read more →

Last Alliance Franchise Brands’ Zippy Print Center becomes Allegra Marketing Print Mail under new ownership

Allegra Marketing Print Mail, a franchise concept that serves the multi-billion-dollar marketing, print and graphics services industry, has announced that it’s signed a franchise agreement to expand the brand’s presence in Kingsville, Ontario. The signed agreement, which also brings a new owner into the industry, includes the acquisition of the last Zippy Print Center, and … Read more →

Sun Chemical to increase prices on energy-curable inks and coatings, solvent and water coatings

Sun Chemical (Parsippany, N.J.) will increase the prices of its energy-curable, solvent, and water coatings, as well as its energy-curable inks in North America, effective May 15, 2019. A global shortage of photo-initiators will cause prices of energy-curable coatings and energy-curable inks to increase, while cost escalations in energy and raw materials throughout the first … Read more →

Kornit unveils Avalanche Poly Pro Industrial Polyester Printer

Kornit Digital (Rosh Ha’Ayin, Israel), a global market leader in digital textile printing, has unveiled its “game-changing” Kornit NeoPoly Technology, characterizing it as “the industry’s first digital industrial process for high-quality printing on polyester.” Polyester is the second largest category in the overall T-shirt market, is extremely popular in the sports segment, and is growing … Read more →

Intec releases ColorFlare CF350 and CF750

The Intec (Dorset, UK) ColorFlare CF350 and CF750 join the OEM’s CF1200 flagship model of lamination and foiling equipment, creating an extremely flexible decorative effects range. The ColorFlares are compact, dual-laminator and foil-flaring solutions offering commercial printers, marketers and designers in-house decorative effects. Primarily designed for short-run, on-demand digital applications as well as lamination for … Read more →

Maxson unveils single delivery pack discharge sheeter

Maxson Automatic Machinery Company (Westerly, Rhode Island) has released a new sheeter for the cut-size and digital format markets that continuously delivers reams from a single discharge point. Designed for the specialty papers and films industries, the OEm’s MSS Sheeter can convert rolls of material into packs of 25 to 1,000 sheets and offload multiple … Read more →

Electronics For Imaging introduces Reggiani Bolt Digital Textile Printer

The new “next-generation” single-pass EFI (Electronics For Imaging) Reggiani Bolt Digital Textile Printer made its debut last month during an open house at the EFI Reggiani production facility in Bergamo, Italy. The advanced ultra-high-speed digital single-pass printer “has the potential to revolutionize the textile printing market, providing users with high uptime and reliability, outstanding performance, … Read more →

Xerox unveils new services to advance clients’ digital transformations

Xerox (Norwalk, Connecticut) has announced a new services’ portfolio comprised of five horizontal and four industry-specific services that are built to address their clients’ digital transformation necessities. “There’s a significant opportunity for our clients to automate inbound and outbound communications, extract value from ingested data, and streamline various business processes to unlock immense productivity gains,” … Read more →

Fujifilm receives aluminum tariff exclusions and plans to reimburse plate clients

Fujifilm North America Corporation’s Graphic Systems Division has announced tariff tax exclusions on its aluminum offset printing plates, currently making it the only major printing plate manufacturer in the U.S. to earn such an exclusion. Fujifilm added that it has worked proactively with industry associations and the U.S. Federal Government to address the unintended consequences … 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 →

MakerBot launches Method 3D Printer

MakerBot (Brooklyn, NY) has introduced “a new category for the 3D professional segment” with the launch of Method, “the first Performance 3D Printer.” The OEM added that performance 3D printing bridges the gap between desktop and industrial 3D printing by bringing features that were previously only available on industrial 3D printers, to professionals at a … 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 →

Adobe announces organizational changes

Adobe (San Jose, California) recently announced that Executive Vice President and General Manager of its Digital Experience business, Brad Rencher, will be leaving the company. Rencher joined Adobe in 2009 as part of its acquisition of Omniture, and has been at the helm of the Digital Experience business as it’s grown into the category leader … 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 carefully explores the challenges and current concepts in measuring the success of online advertising

A comprehensive new research study from Informs, due to be released later this month, will identify challenges for current measurement practices for online advertising, while calling for better ways to address so-called “unobservable” factors. The key takeaway, according to its authors, is that current “observational” approaches to digital advertising measurement may not be as effective … Read more →

Drytac appoints Newman to lead new Drytac Academy

Drytac (Bristol, UK), an international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the print, label and industrial markets, is preparing to open a fully interactive training centre in Fishponds, Bristol called the the Drytac Academy. Gareth Newman has been appointed Academy Manager and, supported by Drytac’s Global Product Manager Shaun Holdom, is developing an extensive curriculum of … 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 →

The birth of a printing franchise

Before opening his Minuteman Press design, marketing and printing franchise six years ago in Whitby, Ontario, Mike Vieira has no experience running a business. He soon discovered that Minuteman Press franchise owners overcome those learning curves because of the ongoing training and support that his franchisor provides. While he did have experience in printing, he … Read more →

Nilpeter celebrates 100 years of innovation

May 1, 2019 will be a very special day at Nilpeter Headquarters in Slagelse, Denmark, as the company celebrates its 100th anniversary. Founded by two old friends in 1919, Nilpeter started out servicing newspaper printing machines in central Copenhagen before launching its first semi-rotary printing press, The Simplex, in 1924 (which in various versions remained … Read more →

Gender equity and diversity in the printing industry – and how one U.S. professor and one printer are leading the way

Gender equity and diversity in the printing industry has been the focus of some vigorous debate for quite some time. This mirrors the concern for social justice that’s become a societal issue, not only for gender equity but for racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and age equality as well. A new whitepaper by Harvey R. Levenson, … Read more →