INX International promotes John Hrdlick to President and COO

After 47 years with the copmany, Rick Clendenning has stepped aside from his role as President of INX International Ink Company, headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois. He’ll continue as CEO through to the end of 2018. In his place, John Hrdlick has been promoted to President and COO, and Bryce Kristo to Executive Vice President and … Read more →

Imprimerie Reflet installs Standard/Horizon Folder and Creaser/Folder systems from KBR Graphics

Imprimerie Reflet (Boucherville), a renowned Quebec trade printer, has expanded its productivity and in-house services with the addition of two folding systems from KBR Graphics, the Canadian distributor for Standard/Horizon Finishing Systems. Founded in 1995, Imprimerie Reflet serves a variety of markets with both digital and offset presses, and has a wide range of finishing … Read more →

AWA releases new market study on pressure-sensitive films

UK-based AWA (Alexander Watson Associates) has released a new study on the broad spectrum of pressure-sensitive graphic films. Its AWA Global Pressure-sensitive Graphic Films Market Study 2018 reveals that this major and diversified marketplace represented a total volume of 2,575 million square metres of material volumes in 2017, and forecasts that it will continue to … Read more →

Aleyant releases tFlow 9 with redesigned user interface and new third-party integrations

Aleyant (Wheaton, Illinois) has announced the availability of Aleyant tFlow Version 9, its digital workflow automation and customer service solution for commercial, large-format, label and specialty graphics. “We’ve listened to user feedback and continued to stay current with the latest software development trends and techniques when it comes to tFlow and the rest of our … Read more →

Mutoh launches new water-based textile pigment ink

Mutoh America’s newly manufactured TP-11 is a water-based textile pigment ink made specifically for its direct-to-textile ValueJet 1938TX printer. It comes in four colours (cmyk) or seven colours (+orange, blue, green) for rich and vibrant reproduction. The non-hazardous, environmentally friendly ink is available in large-capacity one-litre bags through authorized Mutoh resellers across North America. “TP-11 … Read more →

Epson introduces new WorkForce Pro WF-C5000 Series of multi-function printers

Epson America’s new WorkForce Pro WF-C5000 Series, powered by the OEM’s PrecisionCore printing technology, features Epson’s Replaceable Ink Pack System technology “in a new compact form for a more streamlined and efficient workstation.” With print speeds of 24 ISO pages per minute (black and colour) and a fast first-page-out with no warm-up time, the WF-C5000 Series “can save … Read more →

Roland DGA launches world’s first laser foil decorator

Roland DGA (Irvine, California), a leading provider of wide-format inkjet printers, 3D milling machines, and other digital devices, has announced the launch of the world’s first laser foil decorator – the DGSHAPE LD-80. Engineered to enhance a vast array of items with text, logos and graphics using a variety of metallized and holographic foils, the … Read more →

Mutoh unveils its first 4′ x 8′ UV-LED flatbed printer

Mutoh Industries, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers, has unveiled its new PerformanceJet 2508UF, Mutoh’s first true 4-foot-by-8-foot UV-LED flatbed printer that will soon be released to the industrial printing market. Prior to the formal launch, it was exhibited at the ISA (International Sign Association) Sign Expo 2018 in Orlando, Florida, March 22 – … Read more →

Heidelberg and KBA finally in the black

Worldwide offset press leaders Heidelberg and KBA are finally shaking off the remnants of the decade-old global financial crisis, as the latest revenue figures for both companies continue to show substantial improvements. Heidelberg’s latest figures show that incoming orders for the third quarter of 2017 were up 16% over the previous year. The OEM cited … 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 3D appoints Sykes as President for North America

Massivit 3D (Lod, Israel), a leading provider of large-format 3D printing solutions for visual communications applications, has announced the appointment of Kevin Sykes as President for North America. Effective immediately, Sykes will be building and leading Massivit 3D’s North American subsidiary which will be headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia. This includes strategy, sales, marketing, operations and … 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 →

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 →

Konica Minolta debuts all-encompassing marketing planning and analytics platform

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. has launched a marketing planning and analytics platform that brings disparate marketing plans together, and allows multiple users to easily collaborate in developing and maintaining plans – complete with advanced analytics. Traditionally, a marketing campaign plan is laid out in spreadsheets or budgeting software, which creates difficulties in determining costs … Read more →

LinkedIn launches Video for Sponsored Content and Company Pages to better engage audiences

According to a recent internal LinkedIn study, over 46% of B2B (Business-To-Business) advertisers surveyed said that finding a quality environment in which to reach target audiences when running their video campaigns on other platforms was a major challenge. Based on this and other feedback, LinkedIn has announced two major updates that let users utilize sight, … 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 →

New start-up raises € 1 million for printing without ink or toner cartridges

Inkless (The Netherlands), whose groundbreaking technology enables black-and-white printing without ink cartridges or toners, has raised one million Euros in its latest investment round. This investment was made by a group of “Angel Investors.” Inkless was developed as a graduate project by Venkatesh Chandrasekar and fellow student Arnaud van der Veen at Delft University of … Read more →

Fifth Drupa Global Trends Report reflects positive mood in the printing industry worldwide

Globally, printers and suppliers from the majority of market sectors reported growing confidence in their companies’ economic performance in this 5th Drupa Trends Report that tracked patterns of performance over the past 5 years. Packaging remains the most buoyant market and there’s been a steady improvement in confidence over the 5 years among commercial printers. … Read more →

The Ryerson Image Centre to showcase Indigenous artists at this year’s Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival

The Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) at Ryerson University in downtown Toronto will present work by three contemporary Indigenous artists: Shelley Niro, Nadia Myre and Scott Benesiinaabandan. Collectively, these artists explore notions of culture, identity and the complex colonial histories of Indigenous people using photography, film and new media. All exhibitions will be launched during the … Read more →