We just returned from Graph Expo in Chicago. It was a very good show with a constant stream of visitors roaming the aisles and plenty of business transactions taking place. Agfa, Xerox, Konica Minolta, HP, Fujifilm, EFI and many others too numerous to mention, launched new products and showcased many innovations.
Posts by Joe Mulcahy
Members of my staff and I will be at Graph Expo in Chicago October 3–6 meeting with old friends, making new ones, networking and learning all we can about what’s new in the printing and graphic arts industry. So far, we’ve heard some exciting news about new technology, clever marketing initiatives and great deals offered at the show. It never fails to amaze me how innovative companies can be as they adapt to an ever-changing industry landscape.
I’m delighted to announce that Graphic Arts Magazine has successfully completed its initial audit with Canadian Media Circulation. You may notice the Canadian Media Circulation Audit Logo on page 3. This notification has been forwarded to Canadian Advertising Rates & Data (CARD). We would be happy to supply a copy of this audit if anyone is interested.
It’s been a busy summer on many fronts. In one of the biggest takeovers in our industry’s history, Wisconsin-based Quad/Graphics will acquire World Color Press (formerly Quebecor World) of Montreal. The agreement was to be finalized at press time and is still subject to the approval of the Québec Superior Court, but no bumps in the road are expected.
The IPEX Show in Birmingham, England has just concluded and judging from all reports it was a good show with solid attendance. Speaking of trade shows, be sure you mark October 3 – 6, 2010 on your events calendar. That’s when the 2010 edition of GraphExpo will be held once again at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Graphic Arts Magazine will be there, so be sure to drop by our booth.
Congratulations to James Caldwell and all the crew at Total Graphics for having a very entertaining open house at the end of April. Total Graphics is well known for its large-format printing capabilities. With the recent purchase of a FujiFilm Acuity advance flatbed digital printer, they have expanded into the digital printing market. Total also has a new KBA Rapida 162-A press, one of only a few in Canada. We wish every success to the hardworking and dedicated crew at Total Graphics.
With a glimpse of Spring in the air, we can finally say goodbye to Winter. With the change of seasons also comes changes in the industry. It was sad to see the closing of the Demonstration Centre at Heidelberg’s head office in Toronto. These last few years have been about tightening our belts, and prioritizing what to keep and what to let go. The good news is that Heidelberg’s sales and service centres are still operating at full capacity and will now increase focus and investment in its consumables business.
As of press time we are more than half way through the Vancouver Olympics and we have already earned more medals than the total number received in Turin four years ago. We may not own the podium, but we are doing well and moving forward in the right direction. The men’s hockey team played a disappointing battle against team USA, but I wouldn’t count them out just yet. It would be great to see both the men’s and women’s Canadian hockey teams achieve a medal.
A belated Happy New Year to all our readers. Times are not great in our industry, but we’re much better than those living in Haiti. With over 200,000 dead and many more injured, it’s hard to imagine how those in Haiti are coping with that kind of disaster. Even in our tough times, we can still afford to give a prayer or a donation to help these people in their crisis. The interesting dynamic with charity is that when you feel you can’t afford to give – but do – something good always comes of it.
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.
The Canadian Printing Industry Sector Council released its third human resource paper, “Filling the Gap.” According to the CPISC report on “Filling Employee Shortages,” there are two major problems − how to leverage the benefits of new technologies and how to find new employees who are capable of operating complex, high-speed equipment.
It is well known that 50 per cent of our labour force is over 45 years of age. In 10 years, a lot of these people may be retiring, which means the growth and development of our industry depends on us marketing the benefits of working in print to the next generation.
We have just returned from Print 09 in Chicago, and what a great city Chicago is. Chris Price and the management of Print 09 did a terrific job in pulling off an excellent show in the midst of these economic times.