A first for our readers

Ever heard of Clickable Paper? Go to page 5 and experience first-hand Ricoh’s latest investment in the future of print. The new technology enables digital communications that reach well beyond the printed page. It links printed materials to engaging online media resources such as videos, photos, websites, e-commerce portals, social media platforms and more. This empowers users to make print interactive quickly and easily, as it doesn’t require any special markings such as QR codes. Ricoh’s Clickable Paper also allows users to take advantage of new customization and workflow capabilities, thus increasing and improving a marketing campaign’s engagement and return on investment. This is a first for our readers – and we’re so proud to partner with Ricoh and be part of it. Please download the app and see for yourself!

The Graphics Canada tradeshow, the largest event in the country for the printing and graphic arts industry, will take place April 11-13, 2019 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. The show will feature three exciting days of the latest technology, learning opportunities, networking and more, from almost 200 exhibitors, encompassing virtually all industry sectors. We’ve got a preview for you on page 17. Also this month is a timely feature on page 27 on the challenges involved in choosing a digital print production press from industry veteran Alec Couckuyt. He’ll assess the key variables in the acquisition process.

I normally don’t mention installations, but this month we have two firsts in Canada. Edmonton’s Jag Printing purchased Canada’s first Duplo DDC-810 Raised Spot UV Coater from Sydney Stone, while PDI in Montreal became the first in Canada to install three new VUTEk printers from Electronics For Imaging. With the postal strike now in the rear-view mirror (thank goodness), Olivia Parker has some observations and facts on page 30 that you might find quite interesting.

Finally, as a proud Irish-Canadian, I’d like to wish everyone a very happy St. Patrick’s Day. No matter where you live in Canada, March 17 will likely be marked by regional St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and festivities in honour of Ireland’s most celebrated patron saint.

 

As always, stay positive and stay focused.

 

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