CJ Graphics is big winner at OPIA Excellence in Print Awards

The Ontario Printing & Imaging Association’s (OPIA’s) annual Excellence in Print Awards night held May 30th at St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Etobicoke, Ontario, saw several leading printing companies earn awards for their seemingly boundless creativity and exceptional print quality in 34 categories that included Sheetfed, Web, Digital and Specialty Printing. Four Awards … Read more →

Smithers-Pira Digital Print Week a resounding success

Print industry marketing research leader Smithers-Pira’s 2019 Digital Print Week U.S. took place at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida earlier this month. Two exceptional, informative and well-attended events included Digital Print for Packaging U.S. June 4-5, followed by Digital Print for Textiles U.S. June 6-7. Digital Print for Packaging U.S. featured an impressive … Read more →

Morin to be appointed President of TC Transcontinental Packaging

Industry veteran Thomas Morin will become President of TC Transcontinental Packaging (Montreal) effective Monday, July 1, 2019. Based in Chicago, Morin will report to François Olivier, President and CEO, and will be part of the company’s Executive Management Committee. Since 2104 this position has been held by Brian Reid, President of both TC Transcontinental Printing … Read more →

Color-Logic donates Touch7 Photo Software to Ryerson University

Color-Logic (West Chester, Ohio) has donated more than 150 copies of its Touch7 Photo ECG Software to Toronto’s Ryerson University for use in its School of Graphic Communications Management (GCM) colour management curriculum. “The Ryerson Graphic Communications Management Program provides students with hands-on workshops and real-world workflow and colour-management experience,” said Mark Geeves, Color-Logic’s Director … Read more →

Williams named Nazdar’s Vice President of Global Manufacturing

Nazdar Ink Technologies (Shawnee, Kansas) has announced the appointment of Woodrow Williams III as Vice President of Global Manufacturing, effective earlier this week. Williams will oversee manufacturing operations and materials management for Nazdar’s global manufacturing locations in Shawnee, Kansas and Stockport, UK. In his new role he’ll also be responsible for providing strategic leadership and … 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 →

Contiweb’s cost-saving Fluid Applicator saves German printer 60% on silicone costs

Contiweb, a specialist in state-of-the-art technologies for printing, advanced drying and web-handling, have announced that global installations of its silicone-saving Contiweb Fluid Applicator (CFA) now number well over 50 since its commercial launch in 2015. Developed to overcome the high prices associated with ready-made silicone mixtures, the CFA uses a more cost-effective pure silicone oil … 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 →

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 →

Stratasys releases four free whitepapers via its new Knowledge Center

Stratasys, a global leader in 3D printing and additive solutions, has collaborated with 3DPrint.com and launched a Knowledge Center initially showcasing four new whitepapers, all free for visitors to download. They include: • Be a Consumer Brand Standout.  How 3D printed multi-colour, multi-material prototypes help consumer product companies gain a competitive edge with more design freedom … 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 →

ACG launches first-of-its-kind worldwide Art in a Capsule design competition

The ACG Group (Mumbai, India), the only supplier in the world offering end-to-end manufacturing solutions for the pharmaceutical industry, has launched the first-of-its-kind Art in a Capsule design competition “to bring science and art together.” The worldwide competition encourages artists from across the globe to create ‘masterpieces’ that can fit inside ACG’s pharmaceutical capsules – … 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 →

Trekk earns Platinum Muse Creative Award for its International Paper Interactive Marketing Campaign

In recognition of its Augmented Reality (AR) Accent TV Campaign for International Paper, Rockford, Illinois-based creative agency Trekk has won a Platinum Muse Creative Award in the Experiential & Immersive category. To help launch the new look and feel that Trekk designed for International Paper’s Accent Opaque paper line, the agency created an AR “traffic … 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 →

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 →

Pantone introduces its Polyester Swatch Book

Pantone (Carlstadt, N.J.), a leading provider of professional colour standards for the design industry, has introduced its Pantone Fashion, Home + Interiors Polyester Swatch Book, a collection of 203 vibrant and versatile colour options presented in a new binder format. “As new markets highlighting engineered materials continue to emerge, and new inorganic materials enter the … Read more →

A 25-year printing industry veteran from British Columbia shares his insights

Doug Frederickson is a member of the Minuteman Press International President’s Million-Dollar Club. Here, he shares some valuable insights about franchising and the printing industry in general. Celebrating 25 years in business in Surrey, British Columbia, Minuteman Press franchise owner Doug Frederickson is living proof that the modern printing industry is not just alive, but … 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 had 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 →