Premiere Insource Expo a resounding success

Insource Corporation (Markham, Ontario), a technology supplier and a service and solutions provider for the mailing and fulfillment, printing, packaging and bindery markets, held its first-ever Insource Expo at its head office and technology showroom at 6-85 Citizen Court in Markham, Ontario May 9 and 10, 2018, from 8 am to 6 pm. Several hundred … Read more →

Makin and PIA push its members to ask U.S. lawmakers to reconsider new duties on Canadian paper

The Printing Industries of America (PIA) is endorsing the Protecting Rational Incentives in Newsprint Trade Act of 2018 (or PRINT Act) introduced earlier this week by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (Republican, Maine) and Angus King (Independent, Maine). The PRINT Act would require a pause in the imposition of new duties on Canadian uncoated groundwood (UGW) … Read more →

Onyx Graphics launches Onyx 18 software

Onyx Graphics (Salt Lake City, Utah) has announced the launch of Onyx 18, the newest version of the company’s award-winning wide-format and grand-format software. Onyx 18, scheduled for release in June, will introduce new colour technologies for colour accuracy, consistency and conformance to standards (such as G7 and Fogra) that print service providers can prove … Read more →

SwissQprint ships its 1,000th wide-format printer

SwissQprint, the Swiss developer of digital large-format printers, has shipped its 1,000th unit – another milestone in the history of the company that celebrated its 10th anniversary last year. A Nyala Series UV Inkjet Printer left the swissQprint factory in Kriessern, Switzerland on May 11, 2018, marking the 1,000th printer that the Swiss company has … Read more →

Kodak expands its 2018 Print for Good global literacy program

Kodak has announced that it’s creating a volunteer printer network that will produce thousands of children’s books and school supplies in 2018 to benefit some of the world’s most disadvantaged populations, using sustainable Kodak printing products, such as Kodak Sonora Process-Free Plates. “It’s wonderful to see printers signing up across the globe to participate in … Read more →

Pitney Bowes launches Software and Data Marketplace

Pitney Bowes has announced the global availability of its new Software and Data Marketplace, simplifying access to hundreds of data sets across the retail, insurance, real estate and financial services industries. The Software and Data Marketplace is a self-service resource for data users to download the Pitney Bowes data catalogue for sample categorical data – … Read more →

Fujifilm to release new roll-to-roll Acuity LED 1600R wide-format press

The new Acuity LED 1600R is the latest addition to Fujifilm’s popular Acuity Series, offering customers a flexible, lower-cost alternative to the successful Acuity LED 1600 II hybrid press that recently achieved its 1,000th global installation. Featuring Q-Class printheads from Fujifilm Dimatix, the Acuity LED 1600R is a 64-inch dedicated roll-to-roll press offering four colour … 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 →

Five key questions to ask to uncover any hidden costs of owning an inkjet printer

Here, Andrew Gunn, North American Product Marketing Director at Xerox, explores what you should know before purchasing an inkjet digital printer. Buying an inkjet digital printer is a major investment for both small-sized and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) – one that can pay off with greater capabilities and improved efficiencies. But, like buying any significant piece … 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 →

Microsoft and 3DPrinterOS launch world’s first Enterprise IT-compliant 3D Printer Management Platform

Microsoft and 3DPrinterOS (San Francisco, California) have unveiled a 3D printing software bundle aimed at drastically reducing the effort needed to securely deploy 3D printing within enterprises. “We chose to work with 3DPrinterOS because their 3D printing software covers the widest amount of machines. Coupled with our Azure private and public clouds, this simplifies how … Read more →

Mohawk College students to work with AMM – one of Canada’s leading 3D printing and engineering services provider

Toronto-based Additive Metal Manufacturing Incorporated (AMM) is joining forces with Mohawk College (Hamilton, Ontario) to give students in the college’s Mechanical Engineering Technology and Non-Destructive Testing programs the opportunity to work directly with the industry on developing advanced 3D manufacturing techniques and processes. Additive Metal Manufacturing provides 3D metal printing and engineering services to a … 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 →

Can Artificial Intelligence (AI) finally protect artists from getting their designs ripped off?

Currently, artist copyright infringement is especially widespread in apparel – from corporations that mass-produce t-shirts, to ordinary people printing a design on a coffee mug. But could AI change the prevailing tide by stopping copyright infringement at the source? Yes, according to Eric Zhang, Vice President of Engineering at Scalable Press, the world’s first AI-powered … 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 →

Alice Receptionist now available in Canada through Konica Minolta

WinTech, a U.S.-based privately-held technology company, has announced that it will partner with Konica Minolta Canada to offer the Alice Receptionist to Canadian businesses. The technology offers companies another option from the traditional office environment by enhancing the overall visitor experience. Alice Receptionist is “a new solution for today’s workplace environment that allows companies to … 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 →

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 →

What do printers need to consider when implementing a new print MIS?

Here, Ross Edwards, Business Development Manager at Print MIS leader Tharstern (Kennesaw, Georgia) explores how printers are diversifying into other markets and why they need an MIS that can cover different types of print. Tharstern specializes in Management Information Systems (MIS) and workflow solutions for the global printing industry. Its MIS software is a fully … 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 →