Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.

Friesens ranked No. 6 among top printers in Canopy’s 2018 Blueline Ranking for Sustainability

Canopy’s recently announced 2018 Blueline Ranking for Sustainability places Altona-Manitoba-based book publishing leader Friesens as the highest book manufacturer in North America and Number 6 Overall Printer. Friesens was also named winner of the coveted Dark Green Ink Drops standing. Dark Green Ink Drops are awarded to printers undertaking more forest conservation engagement and transparency … Read more →

CPIA rises from the ashes

Newly restructured association brings renewed hope Like the mythical Arabian Phoenix rising from the ashes, the Canadian Printing Industries Association (CPIA, Toronto) has launched a newly restructured printing industry association in Canada. This is arguably the most uplifting and crucial announcement in our industry for quite some time. For far too long, the printing industry … Read more →

Epson unveils two new T-Series Wireless Technical Printers

Epson has announced the debut of two new high-speed, easy-to-use, wide-format SureColor T-Series plotters – the Epson SureColor T3170 24-inch desktop printer, and the SureColor T5170 36-inch floor-standing printer. Marking Epson’s expansion of its T-Series product line to the low-to-mid-range CAD printer market, both wireless printers feature a clean and compact design coupled with the … Read more →

Dana Industries installs KBA Rapida 75 PRO LED-UV Press

The first Koenig & Bauer (KBA) Rapida 75 half-format press with LED-UV drying in Canada has been installed at Toronto-based printer and retail specialist Dana Industries. Established 25 years ago, Dana Industries has grown from its headquarters in Toronto and added facilities in Surrey, BC, the U.S., Mexico and Singapore. Its portfolio includes custom shelf … Read more →

Ekstein named 2018 Lewis Memorial Lifetime Achievement Recipient by PIA

The Printing Industries of America (PIA) has chosen Jeff Ekstein as its 2018 Lewis Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Established in 1950, the Lewis Award is one of the PIA’s highest accolades and recognizes business leaders who’ve made major, long-term contributions to the printing and graphic arts industry, while being a significant force in shaping … Read more →

Fujifilm unveils XMF Colorpath Brand Color Optimizer

As the print market continues its trend towards digital, the need to be able to accurately print spot and brand colours on digital presses is becoming critically important. Traditionally in offset printing, additional spot colours are used to complement CMYK ink sets in order to more accurately print clearly defined brand colours – something that’s … Read more →

B.C. printers Hemlock and BP Media earn Sappi Printer of the Year Awards

Sappi North America, a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper, packaging products and dissolving wood pulp, has announced the 11 Gold Award winners of its final North American Printer of the Year Competition. Regarded as one of the world’s most respected accolades of excellence in printed communications, the award recognizes superior innovation and creativity … Read more →

Kodak sells its Flexographic Packaging Division to Montagu ror $390 million

Eastman Kodak Company (Rochester, New York) has entered into an agreement to sell its Flexographic Packaging Division to Montagu Private Equity, a leading private equity firm with offices across Europe. After closing, the business will operate as a new standalone company which will develop, manufacture and sell flexographic products, including the flagship Kodak Flexcel NX … Read more →

Byström is new President of Esko

Worldwide packaging specialist Esko, whose solutions today affect 9 out of 10 retail packages worldwide, has announced that Mattias Byström will be appointed President, effective January 1, 2019. Byström will succeed Udo Panenka, who’s leaving the company to pursue new opportunities. “We thank Udo for his excellent service to Danaher over the past ten years, … Read more →

APTech to hold Print Innovation Exchange Leadership Conference on business management and technology

The Association for PRINT Technologies (APTech – Reston, Virginia) has announced that the new PRINT Innovation Exchange, its executive-level leadership and networking event, will be held December 3-5, 2018 at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa in Savannah, Georgia. This new approach to APTech’s annual conference will bring together several top printing industry … Read more →