Partners in…Print!

This issue is focused on the successes that are brought about by connecting with others. Most of us inherently know that we can accomplish more together than we can individually. That’s what the 90’s catchword ‘synergy’ is all about. In this economic climate competition in the graphic arts industry is so fierce that going it … Read more →

Collaborations and partnerships

In the past year I’ve run more news items on acquisitions, partnerships, mergers and collaborations in the printing industry than I have in the previous three years. Yet some shops still operate in virtual silos – where they seldom engage with suppliers after a sale and continue to get involved in cutthroat pricing with competitors. … Read more →

View from the publisher – June 2014

As far as I’m concerned, the big news this month is the revitalization of the Canadian Printing Industries Association (CPIA) and the launch of its low-cost national recruitment campaign. Printing is a $9 billion industry in Canada employing over 70,000 hard-working people, many of whom I’ve had the privilege to meet. We deserve experienced representation … Read more →

Teach the kid, not the lesson

“You can learn a lot when you let them talk.” My wife said that as we were sipping cocktails before dinner last night. She’s a fourth grade teacher, and she was referring to her students, specifically in terms of what they need in order to get to the next level of their educational development. “Too … Read more →

Build your wings

“If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.” – Ray Bradbury There is only one activity in … Read more →

For the Record: Lee Eldridge

Answering this month’s For the Record questions is Lee Eldridge, Director of Interactive Solutions at C.J. Digital, a member of The C.J. Group of Companies. Lee has spoken at a variety of events as well as having taught advanced technology courses in the School of Graphic Communications Management at Ryerson University. I had the opportunity … Read more →

The revitalized CPIA

The Canadian Printing Industries Association was formed by industry leaders more than 75 years ago. Since that time, the CPIA has proudly represented printers and industry participants to government, ensuring that we are heard and considered in light of legislation and advocacy. Throughout the years, the CPIA has also served as an important resource for … Read more →

Financial help for the manufacturing sector

It started April 1, 2014 as part of the Government of Canada’s 2013 Economic Action Plan introduced in December of that same year. The Advanced Manufacturing Fund (AMF) is a $200 million fund targeting the southern Ontario manufacturing sector and is being delivered by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario). Specifically, … Read more →

Printing terms demystified

D-I (Continued from previous issue) Deckle Edge Edge of paper left ragged as it comes from the papermaking machine instead of being cleanly cut. Also called Feather Edge. Diffusion Transfer Chemical process of reproducing line copy and making halftone positives ready for paste-up. Digital Dot Dot created by a computer and printed out by a … Read more →

Prepress Workflow

Marketers are increasingly taking an omni-channel approach, broadcasting their messages across multiple media channels simultaneously. For printers, this means workflows must be flexible enough to meet the needs of their clients while maintaining an efficient operation. This article discusses the philosophy behind workflow systems, how prepress workflows are evolving to incorporate new types of inputs … Read more →