Amazon to launch Frustration-Free Packaging program

Over the past couple of years, Amazon has been actively encouraging its global vendors to use certified packaging to help reduce packaging waste. The company has now alerted thousands of its brand-owner vendors that, to help reduce packaging waste and improve efficiency of ecommerce shipping, they’ll require that specific products being sold and fulfilled by … Read more →

HP unveils R1000 Latex Printer

HP has expanded its hybrid HP Latex R Printer Series by adding the R1000 Printer for rigid and flexible printing. Designed for a variety of hybrid applications, it features HP Latex Rigid Printing Technology and HP Latex White Ink. Aimed at businesses with budget and space constraints wanting to expand, it offers a single set … Read more →

Hop Industries releases its 2019 Hop-Syn Product Guide and Samples Book

Hop Industries (Lyndhurst, NJ), manufacturer of durable Hop-Syn synthetic papers, has announced the availability of its 2019 Product Guide and Samples Book. The new resource features the company’s range of environmentally-friendly synthetic papers, and now includes a companion guide with how-to articles that address the multitude processes and applications for its durable substrates. The 24-page … Read more →

Mactac expands Chill AT and Chill AT Extreme label solutions

The Mactac Performance Adhesives Group (Stow, Ohio) is further expanding its all-temperature Chill AT and Chill AT Extreme label product lines. With a versatile temperate range spanning -65 to +150 degrees Fahrenheit, Chill AT products “are formulated for demanding cold-temperature applications while also delivering superior adhesion at room temperature.” Typically used in refrigerated and frozen … Read more →

Postal strike or lockout possible by September 26

As reported in various consumer media outlets for the past several weeks, Canadians could see disruptions to mail service before the end of September, as Canada Post Corporation and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) currently appear far apart on a new contract addressing several key issues. Neither a strike nor a lockout will … Read more →

Avery Dennison launches new reflective films portfolio

Avery Dennison (Mentor, Ohio) has launched a new portfolio of reflective vinyl films. The new line includes V2000 Beaded Reflective Film, printable V4000 Beaded Reflective Film, and Visiflex V8000 Series Prismatic Reflective Vinyl. Each of the new reflective vinyl films provides increased visibility in a variety of applications, including indoor signage, outdoor signage, striping, fleet … Read more →

Mimaki unveils Tiger-1800B MkII Wide-Format Inkjet Textile Printer

Mimaki USA, a global industry leader of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, has announced the availability of the new Tiger-1800B MkII. Developed from its predecessor, the Tiger-1800B, this digital textile printer offers a higher print resolution and several enhancements to improve quality – including reduction of banding and other printing defects. The printer is available … Read more →

Ricoh unveils Pro C7200 sheetfed series with 5th-colour option

Ricoh USA has announced the availability of a highly versatile sheetfed series that makes “unprecedented and unmatched colour printing affordable.” The Ricoh Pro C7200 series, featuring its Graphic Arts Edition and 5th-colour-station models, brings best-in-class price performance and predictability to most demanding production print environments, said the OEM. With inline sensors and calibration, these digital … Read more →

EFI unveils Vutek FabriVU 340i fabric and soft signage printer with inline heat press sublimation

EFI’s new direct-to-fabric and soft-signage printer with inline sublimation – the EFI Vutek FabriVU 340i – is an advanced aqueous dispersed dye-sublimation printer featuring a new platen and extraction system that enables inline heat press sublimation directly from the printer. EFI added that customers will gain greater convenience and value with this new printer, as … Read more →

GSE adds new Ink Manager software module for label and packaging printing

GSE Dispensing (The Netherlands/Charlotte, NC) has enhanced its Ink Manager software by introducing an optional module that brings improved control of costs and job procedures, as well as better traceability in label and packaging printing. GSE Ink Manager software enables converters to minimize ink-related waste, provide improved ink yields, reduce set-up times, enhance reporting and … Read more →

PRX projects 50% growth in 2018 after Mark Andy Digital One installation

PRX Print (Mississauga, Ontario), a leading Canadian label converter founded in 2010, has been providing full-service packaging solutions to customers across virtually all industries. It carved out its niche as a print broker offering clients “one-stop packaging shopping” including printed labels, forms, boxes and shrink sleeves. It also provides marketing services such as graphic design, … 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 →

3DPrinterOS to power Kodak Portrait 3D Printer

3DPrinterOS, a leading U.S.-based software provider for 3D printers, has announced that it will be powering Smart International’s Kodak Portrait 3D Printers “aiming to set a new standard in professional 3D printing.” Under the partnership, all Kodak Portrait 3D Printers will come bundled with 3DPrinterOS Cloud 3D Printer Management, with the goal of driving mass … 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 →

How graphic professionals can “future-proof” their display investments

Here, Deidre Deacon, General Manager of ViewSonic Canada, evaluates the factors that designers and companies should consider when protecting their display technology investments. ViewSonic Canada is a global provider of digital display solutions – including LED monitors, interactive displays, touch displays, projectors, thin clients, zero clients and smart displays – used in business, graphic design, … Read more →

Canadian designer and agency founder releases new book on design and brand marketing

Jean-Pierre Lacroix, President and Founder of Shikatani Lacroix, a leading design agency based in Toronto, has authored a fascinating new book titled Desire by Design: What Data-Driven Marketers Should Know About Driving Desire for their Brands. With over 35 years’ experience in the design and branding industry, Lacroix has gained valuable expertise across a wide … 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 →

New Keypoint Intelligence–InfoTrends study dispels myths about Millennials and direct mail

Keypoint Intelligence–InfoTrends has launched a study designed to explore mail habits and preferences for the largest generation in the world. Much has been reported about the Millennial generation (born between 1982 and 2000) and its obsession with digital communications and screen time. While this obsession may be accurate, what does it really mean for print? … 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 →

Inside Epson’s new Technology Center in California

The new, recently-opened, state-of-the-art Epson Epson Technology Center in Carson, California will showcase unique Epson printing solutions and applications, while providing a comprehensive, hands-on experience for customers and dealers with the full Epson wide-format printing portfolio – including dye-sublimation, signage, photography and direct-to-garment printing solutions. “Whether new to Epson technology or expanding their current offerings, … Read more →

Inkjet Insight releases analysis of sheetfed production inkjet device market

Inkjet Insight, a valuable online source of objective information from industry experts for companies evaluating and using production inkjet, has released a timely analysis of the sheetfed production inkjet device market. Sheetfed inkjet presses are the new frontier, said the company – from those designed to replace toner-based solutions for document printing, to others which … Read more →

Swedish researchers closer to a commercial paper battery for smart packaging

BillerudKorsnäs (Solna, Sweden), a world leader in offering the packaging market sustainable materials (specifically paper and board material) and solutions, along with researchers at Uppsala University (Uppsala, Sweden) have together taken an important step towards the future of paper batteries. They’ve teamed up to take basic research based on pure cellulose from algae, and developed … Read more →