View from the publisher – June 2015

Traditionally, the summer months have meant that our industry slows down just a bit. But you wouldn’t know it from the continuous flow of news we’re posting on our website and in our weekly e-newsletter and printed magazine. One reason for the continuing strong coverage is that we’re getting more and more news from overseas and the USA. With industry tradeshows occurring regularly in both areas of the world, many equipment manufacturers are choosing to launch exciting new products and new upgrades at these shows. This gives us a chance to keep you informed before these presses, printers and software find their way to Canada.

I’m also happy to inform you that we’re expanding our coverage of wide format with the introduction of a regular monthly column by Shannon Mahanna that focuses on the marketing of your wide format printing services. Check out her first article on page 22. We’re also increasing our coverage of 3D printing and its many opportunities thanks to Toronto 3D Print Studio Objex Unlimited. Its experts will be running monthly columns on this exciting new technology. Don’t miss Matt Belo’s feature on printing in full-colour 3D on page 26.

Andrew Wong’s page 17 lead article on package labelling and its complex federal regulations is another must-read – especially if you’re a packaging printer confused about the current rules. If you’ve got a beef with Revenue Canada, be sure to read Elliot Schiller’s column on page 24 where he guides you through an informal appeal process that just might put some money back into your pocket.

 

I’d also like to congratulate the 2015 Gutenberg Gala Committee who put on a fabulous evening at the Montreal Science Centre late last month. The 33rd annual event celebrates the achievements and creativity of Québec’s printing and graphics arts community. We’ve got full coverage on page 16. Speaking of events, Ryerson University’s Graphic Communications Management students won a major prize for project execution at the Phoenix Challenge, the annual student flexographic print competition held last month in Nashville, TN. Also last month, the top printers in Canada were honoured at the 2015 Ontario Printing and Imaging Association (OPIA) Excellence in Print Awards, so we congratulate all the winners.

 

Finally, please mark your calendar for Thursday and Friday, November 19 and 20. We’ll be putting on the second annual Print Community Forum at the Paradise Banquet Hall and Convention Centre in Vaughan, Ontario just north of Toronto. This will be the only fall tradeshow occurring in the province. Watch for more information in the months to come.

 

As always, stay positive and stay focused.

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Joe Mulcahy Publisher, Graphic Arts Magazine joe@graphicartsmag.com