FSEA calls for entries for its 27th Annual Gold Leaf Awards Competition by March 2

The Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA – Topeka, Kansas) is inviting companies in the finishing, printing, folding-carton, greeting-card and binding industries to submit their best work to its 27th Annual FSEA Gold Leaf Awards Competition. “The print finishing industry is performing spectacular work each and every day on greeting cards, presentation folders, labels, invitations, … Read more →

Ryerson’s Batista becomes first Idealliance Certified Colour Management Professional under its new higher education program

Idealliance (Alexandria, Virginia) has created a higher education membership program in order to directly support the future of the graphic communications industry globally, by providing access to all online certification courses at a membership cost that’s essentially an administrative cost only – and provides free access to everything that Idealliance has to offer. These courses … Read more →

Epson to launch ReadyPrint Subscription Service

Epson will launch a subscription printing service called ReadyPrint for use with its high-capacity ink-tank printers. The service will be launched first in the Netherlands this month, and will then be rolled out across Europe. Epson also plans to deploy the service globally, initially in consumer markets in other developed economies, beginning in April of … Read more →

Supremex buys Royal Envelope for $27.4 million

The Associated Press has reported that envelope, paper-based packaging, and label manufacturer Supremex, with headquarters in LaSalle, Quebec, has acquired Royal Envelope – a leading envelope manufacturer and printer with facilities in Concord, Ontario, LaSalle, Quebec and Burnaby, British Columbia – for $27.4 million (CDN). Royal Envelope was founded in 1989 by Peter Bowles and … Read more →

PIA launches Augmented Reality and Interactive Print Course

The Printing Industries of America (Pittsburgh, PA) has launched a new Augmented Reality (AR) and Interactive Print (IP) course in its online iLearning Center. The course will introduce printers to principles of Augmented Reality and explore the integration of multimedia content with print projects. Using AR, printers can push the boundaries beyond the printed page … Read more →

Memjet and COASO release iCueLabel Press 420

Memjet (San Diego, California) a leading developer of inkjet printing technology, and COASO Incorporated (Nanjing, China) have announced that COASO has used Memjet’s DuraFlex technology to develop a new label press called the iCueLabel Press 420. DuraFlex is a modular single-pass printing solution that combines Memjet’s signature features of speed, simplicity and affordability with new … Read more →

Roland DGA launches VersaExpress RF-640 Printer

Roland DGA (Irvine, California) has unveiled its new VersaExpress RF-640 8-Colour Eco-Solvent Printer – “a next-generation 64-inch wide-format inkjet with the widest colour gamut in its class for outdoor durable graphics,” said the OEM. An evolution of Roland’s popular RF-640 dual CMYK printer, the RF-640 8C features 8-colour inks in CMYK, Light Black, Red, Green … Read more →

New whitepaper shows how to improve flexible film coding accuracy and reduce costs

The pros and cons of various digital technologies in decreasing costs and improving traceability, over more traditional mechanical approaches, are explored in a new whitepaper from Markem-Imaje (Vernier, Switzerland) that delves into flexible film coding. Flexible film is the largest and fastest growing packaging material, the company added – and traditionally, rotary coding and hot … 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 →

DSM, Royal HaskoningDHV and CEAD design first lightweight 3D-printed bridge protoype using FRP

Netherlands-based Royal HaskoningDHV, CEAD and DSM have announced that they’ve partnered to design the world’s first lightweight, 3D-printed FRP pedestrian bridge prototype using a composite material that consists of a glass-filled thermoplastic PET (Arnite), and is combined with continuous glass fibres that are added in the 3D-printing process. This unique combination offers high strength with … 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 →

Idealliance introduces Global Expanded Color Gamut (ECG) Characterization Target

Idealliance, known for creating worldwide print standards and specifications such as GRACoL, SWOP and G7, has released an Expanded Color Gamut (ECG) Characterization Target for use in characterizing and calibrating multi-colour print processes. The ECG Characterization Target was created by a sub-committee within the Idealliance Print Properties and Colorimetric Council as a part of the … Read more →

Callas software releases pdfToolbox 11

Callas software, a market leader in automated PDF quality control and archival solutions, has released “a milestone update” of its pdfToolbox product line – pdfToolbox 11. “This year, it’s all about improvements to automated workflows and making PDF files production-ready,” the company pointed out. The new version introduces significant additions for the sign and display … 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 →

Ten big branding mistakes you might be making

Here, Lindsay Pedersen, branding expert, strategist and best-selling author of Forging an Ironclad Brand, explores some of the frequent mistakes made by companies today when it comes to marketing and branding. For more information please visit https://www.ironcladbrandstrategy.com/. A well-crafted and well-executed brand strategy can cut through the noise of competing messages, articulate your promises 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 →

4OVER Canada reinvents itself

The trade printer’s new client-centered approach includes convenient access to staff, a welcoming reception area, and more rollouts of value-added print products. How often has this happened to you? You process an order through a trade printer’s online portal – but when you want to check on its progress, it’s almost impossible to talk directly … Read more →

Heidelberg expands subscription service to include all consumables-related logistics operations

The German press manufacturer has reported that the first print shops to try the Heidelberg Subscription pay-per-use contract model are now seeing extremely positive results. A significant improvement in the productivity and performance of all customers already benefiting from subscription-based production, has led Heidelberg to further expand its subscription service. The company is now offering … Read more →

New Two Sides’ free downloadable survey reveals consumers’ ongoing love for paper and print

The results of a new survey commissioned by Two Sides North America (Chicago, Illinois) has revealed key insights into the public’s perceptions and attitudes towards print and paper across Canada and the U.S. Carried out by independent research company Toluna, consumers from across Canada (1,044) and the U.S. (2,094) were surveyed on environmental topics and … Read more →