The characteristics of wide format printing

Wide format printers have evolved significantly in the past few years and are a big investment for any type of company. Depending on the size and technology, these printers can have a very hefty price tag, so understanding the main characteristics and different available options is crucial before making a purchase. First, it’s important to … Read more →

Interpack 2017 snapshot

This May we had the opportunity to attend Interpack in Düsseldorf, Germany. The show is a drupa equivalent for packagers and converters. The scale and range was unbelievable. There were 17 halls full of technology and materials—several halls were dedicated to chocolate and candy alone! The trade show, which ran from May 4th to the … Read more →

Offset printing update

Sometimes, as the old expression goes, we can’t see the forest for the trees. You can apply this to our current digital versus offset industry landscape. For example, though digital is exciting, growing and presenting us with some amazing options in terms of packaging, short runs and finishing, offset still rules – by a long … Read more →

Distill and visualize: the value of infographics

Remember when facts and statistics were simply presented as Excel-style graphs? They were a feature to catch the reader’s eye and distill the important information jammed into articles or textbooks. In recent years, these “boring” charts have been replaced with eye-catching infographics; the combination of data with stylish graphic design to present an appealing, digestible … Read more →

How to make your marketing ‘pop!’

In today’s modern marketing world, businesses of all kinds have cornered the ways to disrupt and attract customers from one competitor to the next. With information so readily available, anyone can track who and how a business attracts and maintains customers. Unfortunately, there’s no golden secret to uncover; when it comes to effective marketing in … Read more →

Printers who inspire

If you believe the famous quote from Chinese philosopher and founder of Taoism Lao-Tsé that  “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” then Ashraf Jaffer’s journey from the Congo to Canada is far from over. His remarkable success story is both compelling and at the same time, uplifting. Ashraf Jaffer, the owner … Read more →

Editor’s corner—June 2017

In this issue, our Associate Editor Natalia Lumby takes you on a fascinating odyssey as she attended Interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf, Germany last month. The show occupied no less than 17 halls with 2,865 exhibitors and drew 170,500 attendees – most from 163 different countries. Wow! If you’re even remotely interested in the incredible technology … Read more →

Greetings from Germany

I’ve recently returned from Germany, the land of massive tradeshows, where Interpack (drupa for converters) was held. In this month’s issue you will find some highlights from the show. The amount of technology at this show was astounding. It makes you really think about what a cookie goes through before it gets to your home. … Read more →

View from the publisher—June 2017

I’ve never been one to underestimate the importance of feedback, keeping in touch with leaders in our industry, and listening carefully to what they have to say. In April I had the privilege of meeting with our new 2017 board members in Toronto. These included: Ray Fagan of Heidelberg Canada; Evan Cambray of Fastsigns of … Read more →