Pack Expo to run September 25 –27 in Las Vegas

Characterized as North America’s premier packaging event, the 2017 Pack Expo tradeshow is expected to attract over 2,000 top-tier suppliers of advanced packaging equipment, materials, containers, automation technologies and other supply-chain innovators. Attendees traditionally include: corporate, general, plant and project managers; engineers; production supervisors; those involved in operations and quality control; purchasers; package designers, brand … Read more →

PrintReleaf reforestation rate soars

PrintReleaf (Denver, Colorado) has announced that its reforestation rate, reflecting the broad acceptance of its service among printers, nearly tripled in the last twelve months, to nearly a quarter-million copier pages per month in June of 2017. Since the service was introduced in 2014, PrintReleaf has planted more than 465,000 standard trees – the equivalent … Read more →

RISO to showcases its inkjet technology at Print 17

RISO (Burlington, MA) will be exhibiting its full line of inkjet printers at booth 3213 at Print 17. The Print 17 tradeshow is the largest gathering of the printing, publishing, in-plant, graphic communications and mailing/fulfillment communities in the Americas. It’s returning to Chicago September 10-14, 2017, once again at McCormack Place. The showcased technology will … Read more →

Fujifilm Europe unveils Acuity 15 UV Flatbed Printer

The release of a new device in Fujifilm’s Acuity series, the Acuity 15 introductory model UV flatbed printer, matches the high quality produced by Fujifilm’s Acuity Select 20 and Select 30 series, but at a lower investment cost. Designed for light production, the Acuity 15 offers near-photographic image quality and print speeds of up to … Read more →

Australian OEM releases redesigned GoTx Fabric Pre-Treatment System

Pigment.inc, 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 →

Mammoth quadruples production speed with installation of Canada’s first Mimaki TS500P-3200

Mammoth Imaging (Mississauga, Ontario), a specialist in delivering innovative fabric displays, is one of the few companies in Canada to excel in 3.2-metre dye sublimation fabric printing in super-wide format. Its production facility in Mississauga, Ontario is equipped with the best equipment in the world that’s primed to produce photo-quality, dye-sublimated printing on fabric. The … 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 →

PyroGenesis targets inkjet 3D printing market with new ultra-fine powder production process

Montreal-based PyroGenesis Canada, a Canadian plasma process specialist, is developing a new, plasma-based process for the production of metal 3D printing powders. The new process could have a greater market impact than its original Plasma Atomization technology. Over the last few years, the company has gradually laid the foundations for its re-entry into metal powder … Read more →

Oxford Performance Materials commercializes its proprietary OXPEKK custom compounds

Oxford Performance Materials (OPM, South Windsor, Connecticut), has announced the commercial launch of its high-performance materials family – OXPEKK. As additive manufacturing (3D printing) begins to find more applications, there’s an inherent need for higher-performance materials. “OXPEKK is a special breed of polymer with a desirable combination of processing and performance attributes that address some … 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 →

ViewSonic adds 27-inch 4K UHD Monitor to its VP Series

ViewSonic, a leading global provider of visual-solution products, has unveiled its VP2785-4K – a 27-inch 4K Ultra-High-Definition (UHD – 3,840 x 2,160 pixels) monitor that “delivers precise and consistent colour representation and performance to ensure incredible image quality,” said the company. Built for colour-critical applications, the ViewSonic VP2785-4K ensures vibrant and intense colour reproduction, “making … 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 →

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 →

Functional and industrial printing market to grow to $114.8 billion by 2022

For those who think print is dying, we have some just-released news for you from UK-based printing industry market research company Smithers Pira. Forecasts indicate that industrial and functional printing applications are all seeing growth in several sectors – including décor and laminates, ceramics, electronics, displays and photovoltaics, glass, aerospace and automotive, biomedical, promotional and … 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 →