View from the publisher – December 2009

As Charles Dickens said in the famous classic A Tale of Two Cities, “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” It is now official that Canada is out of the recession. This is great news, and we must be grateful that we are still in the game. There are tough lessons to be learned from 2009, but tough times help us learn and grow.

Looking forward to 2010, it will be a better year in the printing and graphic arts industry. We could see this from the successful show at Graphics Canada. There were some companies missing that decided to batten down the hatches to ride out the end of the recession. But whatever way you and your company worked through the recession to keep in the game – it worked. The crowds at Graphics Canada were good and the attitudes upbeat with a lot of business being done at the show. Great credit is due to the new owner of the show, Dan Mustata, and his team for pulling it all together. See our full report with pictures on page 28.

There was a very interesting seminar during Graphics Canada with four large printers who had bought four large offset presses from different manufacturers – their insights and experiences with the machinery were educational. The surprising thing about this event was that there were less than 10 people in the room! Don’t panic – our own Kristen Read was there covering it for you. See her article on page 34, “Why this could be a good time to buy an offset press,” in which she reports on what printers who have spent more than a few million dollars on their presses had to say about the benefits of their purchases.

Hans Gronhi had a grand opening at their Mississauga showroom on Tuesday, November 17. Mississauga’s long-serving mayor, Hazel McCallion, was on hand to do the honours at this very colourful event. See our coverage in the news and comments section.

This is the time of year that people start planning for the New Year and the new decade. I would encourage you to read “A year in review and looking forward” by Tony Curcio on page 40.

As this is the last issue in 2009, we look forward to bringing you more information in 2010. We’re starting off in February with our coverage of getting personal with digial printing and the featured markets of CTP and MIS solutions.

I, and the staff at Graphic Arts Magazine, would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a great holiday season. Rest and relax over the holidays. The season gives off a magic of all things being possible if you just believe. So take a moment to get off the treadmill; spend time with your loved ones, refocus on what is really important and believe there is always hope for the future! As always, stay positive and stay focused.

Joe Mulcahy


Joe Mulcahy Publisher, Graphic Arts Magazine