Drupa 2021 goes online

Following close consultations with exhibitors and partners, the live, in-person 2021 edition of drupa, the world’s leading tradeshow for printing technologies originally set for April 20 – 30 in Düsseldorf, Germany, will be cancelled due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. To maintain the momentum until then, organizers will instead offer a “virtual.drupa” – … Read more →

Callas releases comprehensive software update: pdfToolbox 12

Callas Software (Berlin, Germany), a market leader for automated PDF quality control and archival solutions, has released what it calls “a milestone update” for its pdfToolbox product line – pdfToolbox 12. Major new features include a QuickFix engine “to modify even massive PDFs incredibly fast,” an engine to compare colour differences between PDFs, a generic … Read more →

Maritime Paper Products installs EFI Escada Packaging Control System

Maritime Paper Products (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia), a leader among independent corrugated manufacturers and printers in Canada with over 90 years’ experience, has made a significant investment to drive productivity, reduce waste and decrease its carbon footprint with the purchase of an Escada Corrugator Control system from EFI (Electronics For Imaging). The new Escada system installed … Read more →

Supremex to close its Edmonton production facility

Industry envelope giant Supremex has reported that it will be closing its Edmonton, Alberta production facility and cutting 39 jobs in a move to reduce costs. The company added that the cuts represent about 5% of its total workforce. The move is expected to result in annual cost savings of about $2.4 million before taxes, … Read more →

Makin to leave Printing United Alliance January 1

The Printing United Alliance (PUA – Fairfax, Virginia) has announced that Michael Makin, who was born in Montreal and was currently serving as EVP since the merger of SGIA and Printing Industries of America (PIA) formed the PUA, will depart on January 1, 2021 after a successful transition of the combined organizations. On May 1, … Read more →

Agfa introduces InterioJet water-based inkjet printing system for interior decoration

Agfa (Mortsel, Belgium) has unveiled its new InterioJet 3300 – a multi-pass, water-based inkjet system for printing on decor paper used for interior decoration – such as laminate floors and furniture. The new system yields brilliant and consistent print quality and enables the creation of customized interior decorations, including brand logos, pictures or seasonal themes. … Read more →

Epson debuts SureColor F170 Dye-Sublimation Printer

Epson (Los Alamitos, California) has announced its first 8.5-inch-wide desktop dye-sublimation printer, the SureColor F170, “enabling creative individuals and small businesses to easily get started in the personalized promotional goods market.” Designed to deliver fast, reliable dye-sublimation printing, the new printer is ideal for home or small businesses and start-ups looking to expand into the … Read more →

Brother unveils Titan Industrial Barcode Label Printer

Brother Mobile Solutions, (BMS – Westminster, Colorado), a major provider of mobile, desktop and industrial printers and labeling products, has introduced its Brother Titan Industrial Barcode Label Printer. The high-volume, 4-inch industrial barcode label printer “is engineered to meet the more rigorous and long-term demands of today’s fast-paced operations,” said the OEM. The printer is … Read more →

Markem Imaje launches 9330 Coder

Markem Imaje (Vernier, Switzerland) a leading manufacturer of product identification and traceability solutions, has released its new 9330 Coder for cost-effective inkjet printing. The coder was specifically designed to meet the needs of small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for high quality, cost-effective and hassle-free product coding. Designed for low-to-medium duty operation up to‎ 4.4 m/s … Read more →

Installation Update: U.S. packaging printer triples overall job throughput with Koenig & Bauer Rapida 145

Over the past year, Superior Lithographics (Los Angeles, California), a large-format printing specialist of litho sheets and top sheets for the corrugated box industry (as well as the printing and converting folding cartons), has seen impressive improvements in many vital areas – including product quality and data on product consistency, all stemming from the state-of-the-art … Read more →

Production JG doubles capacity with Anapurna H2500i LED Printer from Agfa Graphics Canada

Production JG, located in the heart of magnificent “Old Montréal,” has expanded its large-format department by installing a new Agfa Anapurna H2500i LED Printer. “We were looking for a versatile solution allowing us to double our production capacity – and this new equipment gives us even more than we thought,” said Stéphane Gervais, President of … 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 →

A comprehensive guide to 3D Printing technology

Here, Robin Luo, Market & Sales Manager at Dongguan Roche Industrial Company in Dongguan City, Guangdong Province, China, presents a close look at 3D printing – its history, what it is, how it works, the different technologies, applications and more. The company is one of the leading rapid prototyping firms in China and produces industrial … 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 →

X-Rite and Pantone announce availability of Virtual Color and Appearance Seminar

X-Rite Incorporated (Grand Rapids, Michigan), a global leader in colour science and technology (and its subsidiary Pantone), have announced that their popular, in-person Fundamentals of Color and Appearance Training (FOCA) Seminar is now available in an interactive, online learning format. Similar to the classroom format, the new virtual training features self-paced modules, a detailed course … 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 →

Minuteman Press releases free holiday marketing e-book: Rethinking Retail During COVID-19

Leading print franchisor Minuteman Press International has created a free, downloadable holiday marketing e-book titled Rethinking Retail: Must-Use Holiday Marketing Ideas in the Time of COVID-19. The new publication is aimed at helping retailers and businesses reach their target audiences effectively during the 2020 holiday season. The free e-book shares actionable tips and insights on … Read more →

Fujifilm to sell Zund digital cutting systems in Canada and the U.S.

Fujifilm North America (Hanover Park, Illinois) and its Graphic Systems Division have announced a collaboration with Zund America (Oak Creek, Wisconsin), a leading industry supplier of cutting solutions for a wide variety of materials – including corrugated display & packaging, sign & display materials, and folding-carton applications. The collaboration will enable Fujifilm’s printer customers to … 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 →

How printers are deploying new strategies and technologies in packaging and labels

Brands around the world are waking up to a new dawn in packaging production. Digital printing, it seems, is the solution of the future, offering a wealth of brand benefits, enhanced consumer experiences, and a reduced carbon footprint. But digital printing is nothing new. It’s actually been in use for over 20 years. It’s only … 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 →

Five ways Delphax Solutions can make your inkjet business more productive and profitable

In the ever-changing landscape of commercial printing, many of us have lived through a number of important and disruptive technological evolutions. Not so long ago, the migration from offset to digital was all the rage. More recently, everyone is talking about the migration from toner-based digital to inkjet. Here are a few insights from Delphax … Read more →

Koenig & Bauer unveils Performance 2024 efficiency program for future growth

To reinforce its position as one of the world’s leading suppliers of press and post-press equipment and solutions for packaging, industrial printing and security printing applications, and to boost the earning power of the Koenig & Bauer Group, the Management Board has been working intensively on developing and expanding its “Performance 2024” efficiency program over … Read more →

Reinventing your printing business to survive the pandemic

Here, Ryan Farris, President and COO at AlphaGraphics (one of the largest U.S.-based networks of locally-owned and operated business centres), reveals how to identify real opportunities amid the COVID-19 chaos. AlphaGraphics offers a complete range of print, visual communications and marketing products and solutions. For more information please visit www.alphagraphics.com. One thing that COVID-19 has … Read more →

Change will be the new normal as you return to work: HRPA survey

The Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA, Toronto) has released the results of its second COVID-19 member survey. Representing dozens of sectors and industries, 1,127 respondents revealed that HR professionals are actively planning returning to work – and the majority said they anticipate significant changes throughout the workplace. Respondents confirm that the first wave of employees … Read more →