…..both here and south of the border
It’s so gratifying to see some of our industry’s best people and top companies succeed. Last month I attended Insource’s first-ever Insource Expo in Markham, Ontario. Several hundred attended the two-day event that featured industry experts giving personalized equipment demos, as well as the latest mailing, printing, packaging and bindery technologies. As soon as we posted the story online, Insource became a Canadian distributor for Palamides finishing technology (see page 15), adding to its growing vendor repertoire. In April, they hired Lean Six Sigma expert Bozana Markovic, who’ll bring her many years of delivering substantial cost savings to Insource customers. Congratulations to Tim and Suzanne Wakefield and the entire Insource team for continuing to raise the bar.
Next, a new FedEx Office survey showed that US consumers and small business owners still prefer tangible, printed materials. More than 9 in 10 consumers agreed there’ll always be a need for print, with 49% of those surveyed saying that a world without paper would make them feel stressed. Furthermore, 70% had items printed in the same quantities or more than in the previous year. This was even true for millennials – who traditionally make purchasing decisions via social media. Despite their familiarity with digital, nearly half of millennials surveyed reported having something professionally printed at least once a month. And there’s more! The Printing Industries of America and several US lawmakers are urging the US Department of Commerce to reconsider tariffs on Canadian uncoated groundwood paper. This could be welcome news for our paper mills. Editor Tony Curcio gets into the details, albeit sarcastically, in his column on page 8. Please also check out editor-in-chief Filomena Tamburri’s report from the Xeikon Café North America conference on page 6.
Finally, if you’re interested in advertising in our premier 2018 Wide-Format Inkjet Guide, please call me at 1-877-513-3999. Our Graphic Arts Career Centre (www.jobs.graphicartsmag.com) is also the place to advertise if you’re seeking employment in the printing industry or looking for skilled staff. And please remember that election day in Ontario is June 7, so please get out and vote. With warmer weather here, I hope that you’ll get some well-deserved R&R this summer.
As always, stay positive and stay focused.