Cascades to close two Ontario production facilities

Numerous local and national Canadian consumer media outlets have reported that Cascades (Kingsey Falls, Quebec) will be closing two corrugated packaging plants in Ontario as part of its ongoing efforts to reorganize, streamline and optimize its operations. The closures, expected to take place by the end of 2018, will affect about 65 workers at its … Read more →

SoOPAK installs new MK Promatrix 106 CS Die Cutting and Embossing System

SoOPAK (Mississauga and Scarborough, Ontario), a leading North American short-run offset packaging specialist, has boosted output in its post-press department with the installation of a new MK Promatrix 106 CS Die Cutting and Embossing System. SoOPAK is using its new system to reduce excess paper, produce custom dies, and fabricate embossing details for its customers’ … Read more →

Mark Andy adds three new models to its Performance Series Press Line

Mark Andy has released three new press models – the P9E, P7E and P5E – to its award-winning Performance Series Press Line. The P7E and P5E are available now, with the official unveiling of the P9E at Labelexpo Americas 2018 September 25-27 in Rosemont, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago). “The Performance Series platform redefines workflow productivity … Read more →

Boss Logo apparently in receivership

Leading trade printer Boss Logo Print & Graphics (Markham, Ontario) seems to have closed, as sources in recent days have reported receivership notices on its locked doors from MNP Limited, a licensed insolvency trustee based in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Since it opened in 1995, the company had evolved into an industry leader in online trade-printing … Read more →

Sign Expo Canada set to impress once again

Sign Expo Canada is the Sign Association of Canada’s (SAC-ACE) national trade show that attracts professionals from all over the world to see the latest and greatest that the Canadian sign industry has to offer. The annual event also showcases its renowned Sign Association Awards, Wrap and Design Competition, along with several anticipated social events. … Read more →

Agfa launches first preheat-free chemistry-free violet printing plate

Eleven years after the worldwide launch of the first chemistry-free violet newspaper CtP plate, Agfa Graphics has launched the Avatar V-ZH Violet Plate – which does not require ant pre-heating. “The plate marks the next milestone in terms of economic and ecological platemaking,” said the OEM. “Based on our customers’ successful experiences with our violet, … Read more →

Productivity and workforce issues to take spotlight at PPC Fall Meeting

This October, leaders in the folding carton industry will head to Atlanta’s stylish Buckhead neighborhood for the Paperboard Packaging Council’s (PPC) annual Fall Meeting and Leadership Conference. Taking place at the Whitley Hotel October 24-26, the meeting will help attendees to increase productivity and tackle workforce recruitment and retention issues that are crucial to the … Read more →

Whitebird to install Canada’s first EFI Nozomi C18000 Corrugated Inkjet Press

Whitebird (Hamilton, Ontario), a leading distributor and manufacturer of corrugated solutions, packaging, sanitation and safety supplies (and one of our leading independent box makers), has purchased an EFI Nozomi C18000 – Canada’s first single-pass, ultra-high-speed corrugated inkjet press. The move will enable Whitebird to offer much faster turnaround times and greater versatility in its high-end … Read more →

Siegwerk acquires leading Québec ink company Ultra Inks

Siegwerk Druckfarben AG & Co. KGaA (Siegburg, Germany), one of the leading international suppliers of printing inks for packaging applications and labels, has purchased Ultra Inks Incorporated (Encres Ultra Inc.). The Canadian specialist in flexographic inks is located in Bois-des-Filion, Québec, and focuses primarily on water-based flexo inks for narrow-web and paper-and-board applications. Both parties … Read more →

Sun Chemical to increase prices of all inks, coatings and consumables in North America

Sun Chemical (Parsippany, NJ) will increase prices across its entire portfolio of inks, coatings and consumable products in North America, effective October 1, 2018. A combination of ongoing raw material supply disruptions, the escalation of transportation costs, and governmental initiatives (ranging from tariffs to changes in environmental regulations) continue to challenge the supply chain and … Read more →

Hop Industries releases Hop-Syn GO Synthetic Paper for HP Indigo presses

Hop Industries (Lyndhurst, NJ), manufacturer of Hop-Syn synthetic papers, has released Hop-Syn GO – a new grade specifically designed for all models of HP Indigo digital presses. Environmentally-friendly and 100% recyclable, the new grade is a surface-treated, clay-coated, calendered polypropylene substrate. “Its unique composition offers superb ink adhesion and high-quality graphic imaging unlike any other … Read more →

Welcome back! We’ve got a free wide-format guide for you!

The staff at Graphic Arts Magazine hopes that you had a relaxing and enjoyable summer, well rested for a challenging autumn. Included with our September printed issue, subscribers will discover our first-ever, 40-page Wide-Format Guide – created not only to keep you up to date on this lucrative and expanding multi-billion-dollar market, but as a … Read more →