SGIA to offer pre-show workshops on making the most of business investments

According to the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA), a printing, imaging or decorating business “isn’t just about technology. It’s a business, and like any business, it needs thoughtful, strategic planning for ongoing success.” That’s the thinking behind two special half-day programs SGIA is offering on the eve of the 2017 SGIA Expo (New Orleans, October … Read more →

New InfoTrends study aims to size ink and toner e-commerce

InfoTrends, a division of Keypoint Intelligence, has announced a new multi-client study entitled Sizing Ink & Toner E-Commerce: Mapping the Impact of China and Third-party Supplies. This study is designed to help ink and toner OEMs better understand the threats the e-commerce marketplace landscape represents. Purchasing supplies through e-commerce marketplaces is risky for both OEMs … Read more →

Avery Dennison launches PVC-free film for textured surfaces

Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions North America’s new PVC-free film, MPI 1405, is an “ultra-conformable” film with a long-term removable (LTR) adhesive with “reliable and superior print quality and instant adaptability” that make it suitable for a broad range of applications – from car wraps and outdoor graphics, to textured surfaces like brick walls or cinderblock.  … Read more →

NPES and VDMA to collaborate on market data and conferences

U.S.-based NPES (The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies) and the Printing and Paper Technology Association within Germany-based VDMA/PrintPromotion Gmbh, have signed a joint agreement outlining a 2017-2018 framework for cooperation between the two organizations in the areas of industry market data and international conferences. The collaborative efforts between the two organizations … Read more →

Contex unveils IQ Flex advanced wide-format scanner

Contex (Chantilly, VA), a leader of wide-format scanning and imaging solutions, has launched its IQ Flex Flatbed Scanner. “Pushing the boundaries in flatbed scanning,” the IQ Flex is the newest addition to the company’s IQ scanner series and incorporates the power of its robust technology into a flatbed. Customers can scan A2/C-size originals of any … Read more →

Foster releases new On-a-Roll Lifter Jumbo

Foster (Montgomeryville, PA) has announced the immediate availability of the Foster On-a-Roll Lifter Jumbo, a new lifter developed in collaboration with EFI. The new device was designed for use with EFI and VUTEk wide-format and super-wide printers as well as EFI Reggiani textile printers – but it’s also suitable for a variety of similar roll-fed … Read more →

Kyocera releases Ecosys P8060cdn Printer

Kyocera Document Solutions America has introduced the Ecosys P8060cdn, a high-capacity, print-only device ideal for mid-size companies and workgroups. Core print capabilities include full 1,200 x 1,200 dpi resolution, up to 60 pages per minute (ppm) in black-and-white and 55 ppm in colour, up to 12” x 18” media support, standard paper capacity of 1,150 … Read more →

MacSales.com introduces 2.0TB Aura Pro SSD

MacSales.com, a leading U.S.-based zero emissions Mac and PC technology company, has announced the availability of the new OWC 2.0TB Aura Pro Solid State Drive for the mid-2012 to early 2013 Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display. One of the fastest internal SSDs available on the market, the Aura Pro SSD is also compatible with … Read more →

Canon releases industry resource titled Inkjet Workflows – How To Make Your Work Flow…Efficiently

Canon Solutions America has released its newest industry resource for print service providers in a book titled Inkjet Workflows – How To Make Your Work Flow…Efficiently. Collaboratively published with the thINK Forum, the comprehensive guide was designed to help companies looking to integrate production inkjet technology into their print shop, while also providing in-depth research … 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 →

Free whitepaper explores how 3D printing can be combined with more traditional technologies

Online resource 3dprint.com has revealed, in a timely article by Clare Scott, a new, free whitepaper from Stratasys that explains how 3D printing can be combined with other, more traditional manufacturing technologies such as CNC machining, investment casting, injection molding, and so on. The whitepaper provides helpful information for anyone in the manufacturing field – … 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 →

Cacidi releases new automation software to help designers create charts faster and easier

The creation of various types of charts has always posed a time-consuming headache for many creatives and graphic designers. Cacidi Systems (Copenhagen, Denmark), a leading software developer of design-driven automated graphic production, has released a new solution for faster and easier creation and editing of charts, directly in an Adobe InDesign CC document. Automated creation … 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 →

Xerox equips channel partners with “marketing muscle” via new promotional kits

Xerox channel partners can recreate the company’s successful Future of Work global forum experience using two new marketing kits packed with promotional tools. The kits help generate awareness in local markets and drive demand for Xerox’s broad technology portfolio, as well as the partners’ complementary services, custom apps and comprehensive expertise. “The new Xerox Forum … Read more →

Ten writing tips to attract new customers

As a commercial printer, label printer, mailing house, print finishing business – whatever your area of expertise, if you don’t break through to your prospects on an emotional level, you’re dead in the water! In other words, your writing must personally convince potential customers that you can save them money while adding value. But you … 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 →

How to use 500,000 square feet of printing plates a year and still be a sustainability leader

Reynolds and Reynolds (Dayton, Ohio) is a leading U.S. provider of software, services and a huge array of business forms to automotive dealerships. Its software is used to manage sales logistics. It also produces forms used in medicine and insurance. Founded in 1866 as a printer of standardized business forms,  it began developing and marketing … Read more →

ITNH celebrates 16-year partnership with Mimaki

This year, ITNH (Manchester, NH), a leading provider of industrial inkjet printers, ink and media, is celebrating its 16th anniversary since partnering with Mimaki USA. ITNH’s relationship with Mimaki started in 2001 with the Mimaki JV4-160, a large-format, roll-to-roll printer. ITNH was already an established nationwide distributor when a Mimaki salesman sent Managing Partner Michael … Read more →

How going digital helps improve your bottom line and client experiences while saving paper

Here, Mohan Mailvaganam, Director of Digital Process Automation at Xerox Canada, cites some case studies and takes a basic look at some of the barriers holding small, medium and enterprise-sized companies back from automating their workflow processes – and how they can overcome them. Every spring, thousands of students across Canada mull over acceptance letters … Read more →