Chippindale returns to Proforma as Senior VP

Alan Chippindale, an ASI Power 50 member and the former head of BrandAlliance, the second-largest distributor firm in Canada, has returned to Proforma where he will serve as its Senior Vice President of Business Development. Chippindale will lead the charge in launching a new bundle of distributor services exclusively for new Proforma member owners with … Read more →

EPS to launch Roto-JET cylindrical object printer

Engineered Printing Solutions (EPS, East Dorset, VT), a leading manufacturer of custom industrial inkjet printers, will launch its new Roto-JET Industrial Inkjet Printer – “the latest advancement in cylindrical object printing” – at Pack Expo 2017, September 25-27, 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Roto-JET is a multi-colour, UV-LED high-resolution printer that offers … Read more →

Xaar’s High Laydown technology expands to packaging and labels

Xaar, a leader in industrial inkjet technology, has announced that its unique new High Laydown Technology is now available for printing a range of textured effects on labels, folding cartons and other products. These high-build textured effects (also called tactile or dimensional effects) can be used to significantly enhance the shelf appeal of products and … Read more →

Scodix expands uncoated substrate line

Israel-based Scodix, a leading provider of digital enhancement solutions for the graphic arts industry, has bolstered its range of recommended media with new uncoated papers from leading international paper manufacturers. Already compatible with Fedrigoni uncoated paper, Scodix technology is capable of digitally enhancing uncoated papers while maintaining quality. “We want to make enhancement accessible to … Read more →

Kodak to increase price of offset printing plates

Kodak (Rochester, NY) has announced that it will increase the price of all Kodak offset printing plates globally by up to 9%. Over the past 12 months, Kodak has been absorbing significant increases in costs for raw materials that are used to produce its offset plates – including aluminum, chemicals and packaging materials. “Kodak continues … Read more →

Canon unveils Océ VarioPrint 6000 Titan Series for B&W production print

Canon U.S.A. debuted the Océ VarioPrint 6000 Titan Series of sheetfed monochrome production presses at Print 17. Set to be available in the Americas in 2018, the Titan Series builds off the success of the Océ VarioPrint 6000 Series featuring a range of technology innovations designed to help further enhance productivity, quality and media versatility, while … Read more →

Phoseon unveils FireJet FJ601 UV LED

Phoseon Technology (Hillsboro, Oregon) has released its new FireJet FJ601 UV LED curing solution that simplifies retrofits with a self-contained, air-cooled design. With a form-factor optimized for narrow-web presses, the FireJet FJ601 is ideal for a wide variety of flexographic, web-offset and rotary screen applications. The new air-cooled system offers process stability with Phoseon’s patented … Read more →

Mimaki introduces world’s first 64” UV printer/cutter series with white ink enabling four-layer printing

Mimaki USA’s new UCJV Series UV-LED cut-and-print devices are the only 64-inch UV printers offering inline cutting capabilities while featuring white ink to enable four-layer printing. The UCJV Series will make its U.S. debut in the Mimaki booth (4019) at Print 17, September 10-14 in Chicago. The series is available in two models: the four-colour … Read more →

Three tips for growing mid-sized commercial printers in a world of change

Here, Vaughan Patterson, Product Marketing Operations Manager for Production Print at Ricoh South Africa, examines how political, economic, social and digital changes are creating a complex environment for today’s print service providers to navigate their way to success. Political, economic upheaval and digital disruption, as well as the skills gap, remain key issues around the … 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 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 →

New Curvature Pen tool to be added to photoshop

With a major new release of Creative Cloud expected later this year, Adobe has revealed a new and improved version of Illustrator’s Curvature Tool for Photoshop CC, which is designed to make drawing much easier. A short video posted on Adobe’s official YouTube channel (https://www.dpreview.com/videos/0897886632/sneak-peek-adobe-is-developing-a-curvature-pen-tool-for-photoshop-cc) shows the new Curvature Pen tool in action. The pen … 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 →

LinkedIn announces Audience Network

LinkedIn’s Audience Network is a native advertising network that allows marketers to reach their targeted audiences beyond the LinkedIn platform. By placing sponsored content on high quality, third-party publishers across mobile and desktop, marketers can now reach their professional audience beyond the LinkedIn news feed and increase their ROI and marketing footprint. The LinkedIn Audience … 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 →

SwissQprint’s remarkable 10-year journey to success

SwissQprint is celebrating ten years in business this year. Remaining focused on high-quality inkjet flatbed systems, the Swiss-based company has continually strengthened its position in this industry segment. The swissQprint name actually surfaced out of nowhere ten years ago. Today, the brand is a byword for digital printing systems with high quality, huge versatility and … Read more →

Ryerson Image Centre unveils Canada’s past via fascinating photos from The New York Times

This fall, the Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) at Ryerson University will explore a century of Canada’s remarkable history through poignant and memorable photographs from The New York Times Photo Archives. The Centre is located at 33 Gould Street in downtown Toronto, admission is free and there’ll be free exhibition tours daily at 2:30 pm. Titled … Read more →

PIA Alliance Printer Panel identifies opportunities and challenges for digital print businesses

Last month, the U.S.-based Printing Industries Alliance (PIA) hosted a Digital Think Tank in New York City that brought together 150 equipment manufacturers, their customers, and other printers to talk about the latest technology and trends in digital printing and the industry in general. The morning comprised presentations from sponsors Xerox, Komori and Screen, Ricoh, … Read more →