OPIA Excellence In Print Awards set for this Thursday

The best in print will be honoured at the OPIA Excellence In Print Awards Night on Thursday, May 25 at the St. George’s Golf and Country Club located at 1668 Islington Avenue in Etobicoke, Ontario. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the awards 8:30 p.m. This is your chance to … Read more →

Dack to lead Huge’s expansion into Southwestern Ontario

President Jeff Tapping has announced that Huge is expanding its service capabilities to southwestern Ontario. “Growing demand from that part of the province warrants a ‘Huge’ presence on the ground to provide our digital printing products locally and deliver our legendary customer service,” he said. “Our new service area now extends from Kitchener west along … Read more →

Digital special effects panel draws huge crowd at May 17 DIA meeting

A panel of industry experts provided insights, live demonstrations and “some of the coolest samples” of the latest technologies for digital special effects on the market today. The Digital Imaging Association’s event took place Wednesday, May 17 at Konica Minolta’s new Canadian headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario. Digital special effects technologies – best characterized as “disruptive” … Read more →

CPES2017 Printed Electronics tradeshow and conference starts tomorrow in Toronto

CPES2017, Canada’s premier conference and tradeshow for printable, flexible and wearable electronics (PE), will take place May 24-26 at Centennial College’s new Conference Centre in Toronto, Ontario located at 940 Progress Avenue. Over 100 organizations and 200 attendees are expected to attend, along with industry-leading speakers from around the world. “CPES2017 is the place for … Read more →

Martin Yale Industries unveils BT100 Banner Trimmer

Martin Yale Industries, an Indiana-based manufacturer of print finishing, office equipment and mailroom equipment, has introduced its new BT100 Banner Trimmer. Developed for wide-format printers and those who print banners, the new trimmer safely and efficiently trims custom-sized or standard-sized banners from 4 inches wide to 43 inches wide for a much more professional look. … Read more →

Epson adds new label and packaging printer to its Demo Center

Epson has enhanced its Carson, California Demo Center with the addition of its new SurePress L-6034VW. The Epson Demo Center provides potential customers and dealers with an opportunity to see and experience the complete line of Epson’s label and packaging printing solutions. With the addition of the SurePress L-6034VW, both prime labels and flexible packaging … Read more →

Ricoh releases two new Colour MFP’s driven by Workstyle Innovation Technology

Ricoh India has launched two new models of colour multifunction printers (MFPs) – the Ricoh C2004SP and C2504SP. Powered by Workstyle Innovation Technology, the MFPs “redefine the way users print and share information in a modern work environment,” said the OEM. A new sound-reducing design that incorporates an anti-vibration system and noise-absorbing materials, makes for … Read more →

Ricoh unveils MP 402SPF monochrome MFP

Ricoh USA has released its latest black-and-white multifunction printer (MFP), designed to help businesses enhance worker productivity with “fast print speeds, a more powerful processor and increased reliability.” Equipped with a 10.1-inch-wide Super VGA Smart Operation Panel, the Ricoh MP 402SPF helps users get information more easily, intelligently and reliably, said the OEM. The compact … Read more →

OKI launches ColorPainter E-64s wide-format printer

The ColorPainter E-64s is the newest model in OKI’s ColorPainter series. The E-64s ­is a cost-effective, high-precision, wide-format printer that can open up new revenue streams for printers. “These cutting-edge devices are setting new standards in quality, large-format printing for signage, graphics and interior decoration, said the OEM. The 64-inch printer is equipped with ColorPainter … Read more →

Kyocera adds new multifunction printers

Kyocera Document Solutions America has unveiled two new series of MFPs – the TASKalfa 8052ci colour series and the TASKalfa 8002i black-and-white series. These high-speed colour and monochrome MFPs offer advanced features to help larger workgroups accomplish more in less time, thereby increasing overall efficiency. “For companies with both high-volume and superior image-quality needs, all … Read more →

Impulse Graphic & Display Solutions drives increased prepress production with Esko investment

The process of creating signs and displays is becoming more sophisticated, while the demands to keep up with faster wide-format inkjet printers has forced companies to re-assess how they manage their workflow. Esko recently reported that Impulse Graphic and Display Solutions Inc. (Impulse), of Mississauga, Ontario, has successfully installed Esko’s Automation Engine to reduce operator … 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 →

Artec Studio 12 adds more user-friendly features

Artec 3D Software’s Studio 12 is now much more user-friendly, with about 75% of new features adopted from customer feedback. “We’re proud to present our most advanced, powerful and comprehensive professional 3D scanning software yet – which is fast, smarter and easyier to use, but which still never compromises on accuracy with a variety of … Read more →

How 3D printing could provide clean water to communities while promoting recycling and solar power

Deakin University (Waurn Ponds, Australia) is currently working on a world-first breakthrough technology capable of printing plumbing and sanitation supplies using discarded plastics. The “3D WASH” technology will be carefully tested and evaluated in the Solomon Islands by Children’s Charity Plan International Australia later this year. Dr. Mazher Mohammed, Research Fellow at Deakin’s School of … 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 →

The evolution of Adobe Illustrator in three fascinating and personal videos

Thirty years ago this month, Adobe introduced its flagship design software Adobe Illustrator. This groundbreaking software revolutionized the graphic arts industry – from radiograph pens to the first-ever vector graphics software – and played a significant role in the first digital publishing revolution. Today, more than 180 million graphics are created each month using Adobe … 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 →

Five ways to raise your brand presence

Here, guest contributor Sheila Donnelly, head of Operations at Precise Continental, an award-winning specialty printer located in Harrison, NJ, reveals five proven ways to get noticed in a crowded market – and on a crowded store shelf. For any brand, be it emerging or established, the first and most dire mission is to get noticed. … Read more →

Three proven strategies for mobile-friendly websites

Having an engaging, easy-to-navigate website is important – for your company’s image as well as your print sales. But what’s just as important is its mobile-friendliness. Here, Scott Wilson, founder and CEO of Burlington-Ontario-based digital marketing and SEO firm www.rankhigher.ca/ (and one of Canada’s leading speakers on SEO, web sales, Internet marketing and social media … 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 →

Southern Lithoplate releases newspaper-focused whitepaper: 25 More Ways To Improve Your Print Products in 2017

Published by Creative Circle Media Solutions in collaboration with Southern Lithoplate (SLP), along with Strategic Alliance partners MW Stange LLC and Presteligence, the new whitepaper was developed specifically for newspaper publishers and production management. Bill Ostendorf, Creative Circle’s President and Founder, added: “Publishers readily acknowledge that print is still the main driver of a newspaper’s … Read more →

Fact: Print grows trees…..quite fast!

By Phil Riebel, President, Two Sides North America Did you know that in North America, it takes less than two seconds to grow the fibre needed for a standard #10 envelope (on 100 acres of managed forests)? For many years, International Paper’s “Go Paper. Grow Trees.” campaign and “Print Grows Trees” operated by the Printing … Read more →

Ten reasons why everyone should believe in the sustainability of print and paper

Two Sides North America is an independent, non-profit organization created to promote the responsible production, use and sustainability of print and paper. Two Sides is also active in Europe, Australia, South Africa, Brazil and Colombia. Its members span the entire print and paper value chain – including forestry, pulp, paper, inks and chemicals, pre-press, press, … Read more →