Agfa launches Adamas eco-friendly printing plate

Set for release later this Spring, Agfa Graphics’ new Adamas printing plate “brings robustness to a whole new level and offers every benefit of chemistry-free solutions,” said the OEM. Characterizing it as “the most durable chemistry-free plate available on the market,” Adamas boosts efficiency, both in plate throughput as well as in run length, with … Read more →

Tilia Labs releases Tilia Griffin Pro app for Enfocus Switch users

Tilia Labs (Ottawa, Ontario), a leading developer of planning, imposition and automation software solutions for the printing and graphic arts industries, is now offering its Tilia Griffin Pro application on the Enfocus Switch platform as a fully self-contained Switch app. This new app for Switch is available exclusively on the Enfocus Appstore for both Mac … Read more →

Ryerson’s GCM Job Fair for 2018 set for March 22

Ryerson University’s annual Graphic Communications Management (GCM) Job Fair event in downtown Toronto is an opportunity for employers to network and interview enthusiastic students seeking summer internships or full-time career positions. Each company can expect to interview about 19 students – 11 interns and 8 graduating students. Companies are invited to collect as many résumés … Read more →

PIA’s Makin blasts Trump’s proposed tariffs on Uncoated Groundwood Paper from Canada – in addition to U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs

In response to a recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding preliminary anti-dumping duties on Canadian imports of Uncoated Groundwood (UGW) Paper, Printing Industries of America (PIA) President and CEO Michael Makin, in no uncertain terms, criticized the move and said it would put thousands of American jobs in the printing industry at … Read more →

Lowe-Martin invests in Horizon RD-4055 DMC Rotary Die Cutter from KBR Graphics

The Lowe-Martin Group recently installed a Standard/Horizon RD-4055 DMC Rotary Die Cutter at its production facility in Mississauga, Ontario from KBR Graphics (Laval, Quebec). Headquartered in Ottawa with production facilities in Mississauga, Lowe-Martin provides integrated printing and communication solutions that span an extensive range of products and services – including complete offset, digital large-format and … Read more →

Kodak event underscores its investments in technology to improve printers’ profitability and sustainability

Printers, industry analysts, media and industry influencers convened at Kodak’s worldwide headquarters in Rochester, New York, for its Taking Print Further event February 28 to March 1, 2018. The two-day forum featured the latest Kodak technology innovations that are pushing what’s possible in the process-free, digital and functional printing categories – while fostering robust discussions … Read more →

Manroland Web Systems unveils Varioman F:line pilot offset packaging press

Varioman the name given to a newly conceived packaging printing press from German OEM Manroland Web Systems. The new press combines the benefits of varied technologies and processes while specifically avoiding the weak points inherent in other technologies while simultaneously providing exceptional customer benefits, said the OEM. The pilot press is an offset gravure hybrid … Read more →

Riso releases MF9450 two-colour one-pass digital duplicator

Riso (Burlington, MA) has announced the North American release of its latest advance in digital duplicating – the MF9450 Digital Duplicator. The OEM’s newest model is a fully automatic cut-sheet digital duplicator, producing two-colour documents in a single pass at up to 150 pages per minute. “With the MF9450, speed, colour, versatility and reliability are … Read more →

KBA-Iberica Optima 106 K Die Cutter provides “staggering improvements” to productivity at Ellis Paper Box

In today’s folding carton industry, manufacturers are continually challenged by customers who request unique, value-added features. It becomes even more demanding when those customers are top international pharmaceutical firms. Canadian packaging specialist Ellis Paper Box (Mississauga, Ontario), the largest privately-held manufacturer of folding cartons, has made it its mandate to understand the demanding standards required … 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 →

LSEV 3D-printed electric car set for mass production

Experts predict that electric, autonomous, 3D-printed cars that are safer, more environmentally friendly and customizable are destined for our roads. The new LSEV boasts two of these “essential” features – it’s not autonomous, but it is electric and most of its parts are 3D printed. The two-seater car from Italian manufacturer XEV has all of … Read more →

Beloved family pet gets a new 3D-printed foot

Sometimes highlighting the impact of 3D printing can be as rewarding as delving into the technology itself. From The Missourian, with images courtesy of Hailey Hofer, comes this heartwarming story. Tucker, a cute five-year-old Australian Shepherd was born missing several bones in his back right foot. Kendra Warlow, who adopted Tucker when he was eight … 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 →

Epson launches new digital fabric printing microsite for fashion designers

Epson America has introduced a new microsite – Epson Brings Technology & Fashion Together ( – dedicated to connecting digital fabric printing technology and solutions to fashion designers and entrepreneurs. The new site provides fashion designers with an informative digital fabric printing destination, offering solution-based guidance for a range of digital fabric printing applications – … Read more →

Feature-rich QuarkXPress 2018 release set for May

Quark (Denver, Colorado) has announced release of QuarkXPress 2018 – the next new, full version of Quark’s graphic design and page layout software – on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. “QuarkXPress 2018 will bring designers and creative professionals new powerful typography, print and digital publishing features necessary to meet daily creative and productivity demands,” said the … 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 →

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 →

Is Quantum Dots poised to become the future in security printing, brand protection and other key areas?

IQDEMY Quantum Technology SA (Sierre, Switzerland) introduced and displayed its Quantum Dots (QD) technology at the InPrint 2017 tradeshow in Munich, Germany November 16-18, 2017. Among other important applications, it can provide for unique, individualized and non-breakable authentication of brand products as well as security applications. Basically, a Quantum Dot is an extremely tiny semiconductor … Read more →

How digital printing technology is changing the fashion blueprint

Digital printing technology has changed virtually every industry it’s touched. Here, Hayley Elsaesser, a Canadian fashion designer who picked up her love of fashion while living in Sydney, Australia, briefly explains how the technology is revolutionizing the fashion industry by offering designers new ways to produce fabrics locally. Elsaesser started with a simple sewing class … Read more →