EVENT RECAP: PRINT 19 – CHICAGO

The North American print industry’s longest-running annual event, PRINT 19, took place October 3-5 at Chicago’s McCormick Place North. Bringing together printing industry professionals from over 80 countries, it featured a huge array of printing equipment and technology from over 240 exhibitors, over 80 timely educational sessions and a steady flow of traffic. Some of … Read more →

Ten big branding mistakes you might be making

A well-crafted and well-executed brand strategy can cut through the noise of competing messages, articulate your promises to customers, set you apart from your competition, and establish yourself as a leader in your space. However, I see companies make the same mistakes over and over again when it comes to branding. Do you recognize yourself … Read more →

The Best of Bindery – Part 9: Pinhole perforating

Pinhole perforating is one of the most overlooked, yet simple, ways of professional finishing. In pinhole perforating, round “holes” of paper are actually removed. Some of the most common applications include postage stamps, coupons, wraps, tear-off panels, corner tears and more. Pinhole perforating can be done in parallel or at right angles on stock weights … Read more →

St. Jude installs Ultima 65 EZload Laminator from GBC Canada

St. Jude Elementary School, part of the Riverside School Board located on the south shore of Montreal, has purchased a GBC Ultima 65 EZload Laminator from GBC Canada (Mississauga, Ontario). St. Jude offers various academic programs ranging from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 6, as well as full daycare services. The school had an older laminator and … Read more →

VGI sells Xitron to Global Graphics

Vanguard Graphics International (St. Paul, Minnesota), parent company to wholly-owned subsidiaries Printware and Xitron, has announced the sale of Xitron to Global Graphics. With the announcement, Printware and Xitron have committed to maintaining their long-standing relationship. Both companies stress that the sale will not affect any software products developed by Xitron and offered by Printware … Read more →

Epson Canada partners with George Brown College to launch LIFT Lab

Canadian design students will now be able to use the latest technology to make their custom fabric dreams a reality, thanks to a partnership between Epson Canada and Toronto’s George Brown College. The college’s Fashion Exchange officially launched its much-anticipated Leading Innovation in Fashion Technology (LIFT) Lab October 29 at its Fashion Exchange hub in … Read more →

Xerox opts out of joint venture with Fujifilm

Xerox has now entered into agreements with Fujifilm and certain of its subsidiaries that will simplify and set a new course for the companies’ strategic sourcing relationship going forward. The terms of the agreements include: Sale of Xerox’s 25% stake in Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. (FX) to a subsidiary of Fujifilm. Modified sourcing terms for … Read more →

Kelly Signs installs Jeti Tauro H2500 LED from Agfa Graphics Canada

Kelly Signs of Ottawa, Ontario recently took their large-format services to an entirely new level of productivity, print quality and cost reduction by acquiring a new, large-format UV inkjet press – the Jeti Tauro H2500 LED from Agfa Graphics Canada. The visual communications specialist has been an integral part of a major sign organization that’s … Read more →

Friesens installs two HP Indigo 50000 Digital Presses to grow its book business

Friesens Corporation (Altona, Manitoba), Canada’s largest printer of hardcover books, is investing in two new industrial-scale HP Indigo 50000 Digital Presses to extend its leadership in book printing with a more flexible, cost-efficient production platform, as it shifts more capacity to digital production. Installation of the first press was completed this week at the Friesens … Read more →

Neenah lunches breakthrough Swatch Pro Extension for Adobe Illustrator

Leading innovator and supplier of premium papers and packaging products, Neenah (Alpharetta, Georgia), has launched the first-ever paper extension for Adobe Illustrator. Now available on the Adobe Exchange Marketplace, the Neenah Swatch Pro is a “revolutionary” tool that makes it much easier for creatives to envision their work on the actual papers they’ll print on. … Read more →

Quad/Graphics to exit the book business

In a series of major moves, and as as part of its ongoing portfolio optimization strategy, Quad/Graphics plans to divest itself of its book business that has generated annual sales of $200 million (USD). It will also expand its cost reduction-program to achieve $50 million in annual savings, and reset its quarterly dividend to $0.15 … Read more →