Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.

Organizations, OEMs and educational institutions step up to industry recruitment

Both here and south of the border, recruiting top talent will be one of the biggest future challenges for our industry. Thankfully, our industry organizations, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and educational institutions are continuing to be proactive. In September, we reported that Canadian Print Scholarships awarded 68 new and returning students at five schools across … Read more →

Epson Canada partners with George Brown College to launch LIFT Lab

Canadian design students will now be able to use the latest technology to make their custom fabric dreams a reality, thanks to a partnership between Epson Canada and Toronto’s George Brown College. The college’s Fashion Exchange officially launched its much-anticipated Leading Innovation in Fashion Technology (LIFT) Lab October 29 at its Fashion Exchange hub in … Read more →

Xerox opts out of joint venture with Fujifilm

Xerox has now entered into agreements with Fujifilm and certain of its subsidiaries that will simplify and set a new course for the companies’ strategic sourcing relationship going forward. The terms of the agreements include: Sale of Xerox’s 25% stake in Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. (FX) to a subsidiary of Fujifilm. Modified sourcing terms for … Read more →

Kelly Signs installs Jeti Tauro H2500 LED from Agfa Graphics Canada

Kelly Signs of Ottawa, Ontario recently took their large-format services to an entirely new level of productivity, print quality and cost reduction by acquiring a new, large-format UV inkjet press – the Jeti Tauro H2500 LED from Agfa Graphics Canada. The visual communications specialist has been an integral part of a major sign organization that’s … Read more →

Friesens installs two HP Indigo 50000 Digital Presses to grow its book business

Friesens Corporation (Altona, Manitoba), Canada’s largest printer of hardcover books, is investing in two new industrial-scale HP Indigo 50000 Digital Presses to extend its leadership in book printing with a more flexible, cost-efficient production platform, as it shifts more capacity to digital production. Installation of the first press was completed this week at the Friesens … Read more →

Neenah lunches breakthrough Swatch Pro Extension for Adobe Illustrator

Leading innovator and supplier of premium papers and packaging products, Neenah (Alpharetta, Georgia), has launched the first-ever paper extension for Adobe Illustrator. Now available on the Adobe Exchange Marketplace, the Neenah Swatch Pro is a “revolutionary” tool that makes it much easier for creatives to envision their work on the actual papers they’ll print on. … Read more →

Quad/Graphics to exit the book business

In a series of major moves, and as as part of its ongoing portfolio optimization strategy, Quad/Graphics plans to divest itself of its book business that has generated annual sales of $200 million (USD). It will also expand its cost reduction-program to achieve $50 million in annual savings, and reset its quarterly dividend to $0.15 … Read more →

StickerYou to launch pop-up store in Square One Shopping Centre

Toronto e-commerce start-up StickerYou will launch a pop-up location in the Square One Shopping Centre in Mississauga, Ontario starting Friday, November 15, 2019. The customized die-cut sticker company’s announcement follows the recent opening of “the world’s largest sticker store” at 677 Queen Street West (near Dufferin Street) in Toronto. Both locations feature a wide range … Read more →

Printing United a resounding success as bookings for its 2020 tradeshow start to accumulate

The numbers are in! Built upon the strong foundation and success of its predecessor, the annual SGIA Expo, the inaugural Printing United tradeshow attracted some 30,000 individuals representing all facets of the printing industry, to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas October 23 – 25. The new event provided a massive, all-encompassing … Read more →

Collinge and Kaeli earn Book Manufacturers’ Institute Awards

The Book Manufacturers’ Institute (BMI – Ormond Beach, Florida) has announced the recipients of its Distinguished Master Bookman Award and its Signature Award. The honours, presented recently at the organization’s Awards Banquet at its Fall Annual Conference in Sanibel, Florida, recognize BMI members who not only contribute to the success of the organization, but also … Read more →

Herskind is new CMO for Fastsigns

Fastsigns International, the franchisor of more than 700 locations in 9 countries worldwide, has welcomed Jennifer Herskind as the company’s new Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). With over 20 years of experience in marketing, her background includes all marketing disciplines and a strong cross-functional knowledge of all business fundamentals. Herskind has a very successful track record … Read more →