Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.

The perplexing and possiblly pestilent paper problem

Will a lack of paper pose an existential threat to the printing industry in the future? Printing Impressions has reported on the current tightness of the market for paper that commercial and in-plants rely on. “As demand-supply relationships for communication papers grows strained, not all paper mills can handle those unexpected conditions,” it said. “When … Read more →

Registration now open for PRINT 19 tradeshow

Registration is now open for “the print industry’s most comprehensive and longest running event.” PRINT 19, scheduled for October 3-5 at Chicago’s McCormick Place North, will bring together the leaders of the printing industry from more than 80 countries. It’ll feature an array of printing equipment and technology, plus over 80 educational sessions – including … Read more →

The birth of a printing franchise

Before opening his Minuteman Press design, marketing and printing franchise six years ago in Whitby, Ontario, Mike Vieira has no experience running a business. He soon discovered that Minuteman Press franchise owners overcome those learning curves because of the ongoing training and support that his franchisor provides. While he did have experience in printing, he … Read more →

Onyx Graphics to preview next major release at ISA Sign Expo

At the upcoming ISA Sign Expo, Onyx Graphics will be providing a glimpse of the next major release of Onyx software that “offers printers the ability to go beyond the limitations of wide-format print.” The next major release will be available for the full range of Onyx solutions, including Onyx Thrive print workflow software and … Read more →

Last Alliance Franchise Brands’ Zippy Print Center becomes Allegra Marketing Print Mail under new ownership

Allegra Marketing Print Mail, a franchise concept that serves the multi-billion-dollar marketing, print and graphics services industry, has announced that it’s signed a franchise agreement to expand the brand’s presence in Kingsville, Ontario. The signed agreement, which also brings a new owner into the industry, includes the acquisition of the last Zippy Print Center, and … Read more →

Sun Chemical to increase prices on energy-curable inks and coatings, solvent and water coatings

Sun Chemical (Parsippany, N.J.) will increase the prices of its energy-curable, solvent, and water coatings, as well as its energy-curable inks in North America, effective May 15, 2019. A global shortage of photo-initiators will cause prices of energy-curable coatings and energy-curable inks to increase, while cost escalations in energy and raw materials throughout the first … Read more →

Messagepoint recognized as one of Canada’s best SMBs for third consecutive year

Toronto-based Messagepoint, a leader in the Customer Communications Management (CCM) software market, has been selected as one of Canada’s top small and medium-sized employers for 2019. It’s the third consecutive year that Messagepoint has been recognized by the program, run by Mediacorp Canada to honour Canadian workplaces with dynamic and innovative cultures. “The SME competition … Read more →

EFI acquired by an affiliate of Siris Capital Group in $1.7 billion cash transaction

Electronics For Imaging (EFI, Freemont, California), a world leader in digital printing innovations, has entered into a “definitive agreement” to be acquired by an affiliate of Siris Capital Group in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $1.7 billion (USD). Siris is a leading private equity firm focused on “investing and driving value creation in technology … Read more →

Quebec book printing company plans to double revenue with Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106

Imprimerie HLN, a family-owned company specializing in book printing located in Sherbrooke, Quebec, has increased its sales by 30% only six months into operation of a Speedmaster XL 106-5P+L Offset Press from Heidelberg. The highly automated XL 106 gives Imprimerie HLN the cost-effective solution they need to continue to expand their share of market. Replacing … Read more →

Neenah partners with 12 leading designers to release “A Year’s Worth of Greetings”

Neenah Paper (Alpharetta, Georgia) has partnered with 12 of the North American design community’s most notable and emerging talents to create its new ‘giftable’ promotion: A Year’s Worth of Greetings. The simple yet elegant box houses 24 custom-designed cards with coordinating envelopes. These “one-of-a-kind” cards were contributed by an eclectic group of designers – including … Read more →