Fastsigns adds 32 more franchises thus far in 2018

Fastsigns International (Carrollton, Texas) a world-leading sign, graphics and visual communications franchisor, has announced that it’s signed 32 franchise agreements so far in 2018 to develop new, co-branded and conversion centers across the U.S. in cities such as Manhattan, Orlando, and Portland, Oregon. The company also signed agreements to develop centers internationally in Alberta and … Read more →

Hemlock Printers named Burnaby’s Business of the Year

Hemlock Printers (Burnaby, British Columbia), one of Canada’s top environmentally-conscious and sustainable commercial printers, recently earned the coveted Business of the Year Award at the 19th Annual Burnaby Board of Trade’s Burnaby Business Excellence Awards (BBEA) gala event earlier this month. The award is presented to a business with over 50 employees that has made … Read more →

Print Star installs S.W.D. Paper Cutter from Hans Shinohara Canada

Print Star (North York, Ontario) recently installed an SQZK920S6 S.W.D. Paper Cutter from Hans Shinohara Canada. The machine, manufactured in China, has a 36-inch cutting width, hydraulic controls, can be easily programmed, and has a cutting pressure of 36000N. Print Star has specialized in digital, offset and large-format printing as well as design for over … Read more →

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 →

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 →