Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.

Xaar celebrates 20 years of the Xaar 128 Inkjet Printhead

Xaar (Cambridge, UK) is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its popular Xaar 128 Inkjet Printhead. Surprisingly, the 128 was initially conceived and targeted for use in desktop fax machines. But after its launch, it proved to be better suited to other sectors due to its combination of reliability, ease of integration, speed and high quality … Read more →

Industry veteran Mary Black dies at 80

Mary Elizabeth Black of Big Cedar Estates in Oro Medonte, Ontario, printing industry veteran and owner of Mary Black Recruiting, lost her heroic battle with cancer on Friday, July 5, 2019 after spending her last moments with her family. This is not only a loss for the printing industry, but a sad moment for anyone … Read more →

School gets $3.2 million in funding for women entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses in Québec

The École des entrepreneurs du Québec has received a $3.2 million investment from the federal government’s Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) Ecosystem Fund. The post-secondary educational institution specializes in offering support on launching, growing and selling businesses – in addition to loans, grants and business financing. Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, during … Read more →

CTI introduces industry’s first solvent thermochromic colour-changing ink

The allure of printed packages and labels that change colours to reflect product temperatures has been expanded. Chromatic Technologies Incorporated (CTI – Colorado Springs, Colorado) has launched the packaging industry’s first thermochromic ink for use in solvent-ink applications. Thermochromic inks change colours as they cool. In the U.S., about 40% of consumers complain about being … Read more →

QuarkXPress 2019 introduces Flex Layouts as it releases latest software update

Quark (Denver, Colorado) has announced the official availability QuarkXPress 2019, the new release of Quark’s graphic design and page layout software for creative professionals. “From page layout and web design to mobile app creation, illustration and photo editing, QuarkXPress is the go-to application for print and digital design,” said the company. “QuarkXPress 2019 introduces Flex … Read more →

New app calculates savings on adhesives and CO2 in packaging production

A new GlueCalc smartphone app from Baumer hhs (Krefeld, Germany), allows packaging manufacturers to easily and effectively calculate and optimize adhesive consumption on a job-by-job basis right at their own production lines. Characterized as “a world’s first,” the tool can identify potential ways to cut adhesive consumption and reduce associated Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions. GlueCalc … Read more →

Drytac Canada expands into new 70,000-square-foot premises

Drytac Canada (Brampton, Ontario), a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the print, label and industrial markets, is moving its operations into a single, state-of-the-art facility spanning over 70,000 square feet. The new address for Drytac Canada will be 30 Driver Road in Brampton, Ontario. The new premises consolidates Drytac’s manufacturing and distribution facilities … Read more →

Printing United luncheon to offer performance and profitability strategies to functional and industrial printers

Business growth will be the focus at the Functional and Industrial Printing Luncheon at the Printing United tradeshow at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas October 23 – 25, 2019. The luncheon, organized by the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association’s (SGIA’s) Industrial Applications and Printed Electronics Committee, takes place on Wednesday, October 23, … Read more →

Durst and KBA appoint Stabler to lead new joint-venture company for digital packaging printing systems

Durst (Brixen, Italy), manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, and Koenig & Bauer (KBA – Würzburg, Germany), the oldest printing press manufacturer in the world, have appointed Robert Stabler as Managing Director of their new joint venture effective August 1, 2019. The new company, Koenig & Bauer Durst GmbH, was officially established in … Read more →