Last month we redesigned and rejuvenated the look of our magazine and website and we’ve been getting some excellent feedback, so thanks to all those who took the time to comment on our makeover and gave us so much encouragement. We attended the 2013 Grafik’Art Show in Montreal April 25-27 and I just wanted to … Read more →
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We started 2013 with a bang and it looks like the momentum will definitely continue. First, we have teamed up with an internationally renowned online and web-to-print marketing firm and I’m happy to report that Graphic Arts Magazine has already sold several new online marketing packages, as well as unique online and in-magazine combination packages. … Read more →
In our last issue I mentioned that print shipments for just about every month in 2012 were up from the corresponding month in 2011. Let’s hope this trend continues into a challenging 2013. We’re also seeing promising signs that most printers are transitioning well from solely lithography to creating revenue streams from other sources such … Read more →
It’s been quite an eventful year. There was drupa in May that attracted over 314,500 visitors from more than 130 countries. There were other industry shows that set new attendance records. There was the emergence of a promising new technology – Landa Nanography – that could change the course of this industry in the years to come. For me, one of the best news items was that national printing shipments increased according to Statistics Canada. With the exception of March, every month this year (up to August) has surpassed figures for the corresponding month in 2011. Let’s hope this trend continues.
On the heels of a successful Printing Survivor II event in September in Toronto, we were off to Chicago’s McCormick Place last month to visit Graph Expo. From talking with exhibitors and visitors and walking the floor, the show was absolutely superb – excellent venue as usual, stunning exhibits, great speakers and seminars from the experts on just about everything you could imagine that affects our industry. I was especially impressed with the large number of Canadian exhibitors this time as well as the positive, upbeat attitudes of both exhibitors and attendees. It seems that the current flat economy has not dampened the enthusiasm of the hard working people in the graphic arts industry.
We had a very productive Printing Survivor II Sept. 20 in Toronto and I felt compelled to share some of highlights on the direction our industry is headed from Joseph P. Truncale, President and CEO of the NAPL (National Association for Printing Leadership). Our industry is not simply changing – it is being fundamentally redefined. The old ways are gone and will never return. Never. Getting better at what we’ve always done will not cut it. Waiting out the recession will not cut it. But there is a silver lining in these dark clouds.
I hope you had an enjoyable summer and took some time off to recharge your batteries, or spent some time with your family and loved ones. A successful Olympics saw Canada win 18 medals overall with the U.S. topping the list at 104. Congratulations to all our athletes and to London for staging such a great show. We thought we’d kick September off with a bang.
The printing industry lost a tireless worker last month. The last time I saw Leo Thibault, founder of Unigraph International, was at the Print World Show in 2010 when he became ill suddenly. Sadly, Leo passed away in his Montreal home June 23 after a long and courageous battle with brain cancer.
Drupa may be over, but it’s certainly not forgotten. Our own Jason Lisi visited the many buildings at drupa 2012, is still able to walk, and gives you some interesting highlights from his point of view. Meanwhile Tony Curcio has some positive reactions from Canadians who exhibited and visited the big show. Generally speaking, even though attendance was down about 20% from 2008 and the first few days were slow, traffic quickly picked up and most of the 1,850 exhibitors we talked to gave Düsseldorf four stars out of five.
The old cliché “the show must go on” has never been more evident than this year. We’ve got drupa, the world’s largest printing show, running May 3 – 16 in Düsseldorf, Germany, Graph Expo, October 7 – 10 at McCormick Place South in Chicago, the SGIA Specialty Printing & Imaging Technology Show in Las Vegas, October 18 – 20, the Print World show on short-run technology November 17 – 19 at Exhibition Place in Toronto, and of course our own event, Printing Survivor II in Toronto, Thursday, September 20. Better mark them on your calendar. I also think we’ll need the summer to re-charge our batteries after drupa.
At press time, Ontarians learned through the budget, that the provincial government is facing a $16 billion deficit. Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan felt that this, and the problem of lucrative public-sector pensions, must be dealt with immediately. Tomorrow I’m expecting Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s budget to be as tough as he tries to get Canada’s deficit under control.
Congratulations to Natalia Gilewicz, Ryerson University Assistant Professor and Graphic Arts Magazine Associate Editor. Her presentation (Interaction of Print and Digital Content in Magazine Advertising) won the Best Paper Award at the recent IARIGAI (Int’l. Assoc. of Research Organizations for the Information, Media and Graphic Arts Industries) Conference in Budapest, Hungary. The paper focused on advances in printing and media technology.