Last Alliance Franchise Brands’ Zippy Print Center becomes Allegra Marketing Print Mail under new ownership

Allegra Marketing Print Mail, a franchise concept that serves the multi-billion-dollar marketing, print and graphics services industry, has announced that it’s signed a franchise agreement to expand the brand’s presence in Kingsville, Ontario. The signed agreement, which also brings a new owner into the industry, includes the acquisition of the last Zippy Print Center, and … Read more →

Sun Chemical to increase prices on energy-curable inks and coatings, solvent and water coatings

Sun Chemical (Parsippany, N.J.) will increase the prices of its energy-curable, solvent, and water coatings, as well as its energy-curable inks in North America, effective May 15, 2019. A global shortage of photo-initiators will cause prices of energy-curable coatings and energy-curable inks to increase, while cost escalations in energy and raw materials throughout the first … Read more →

Messagepoint recognized as one of Canada’s best SMBs for third consecutive year

Toronto-based Messagepoint, a leader in the Customer Communications Management (CCM) software market, has been selected as one of Canada’s top small and medium-sized employers for 2019. It’s the third consecutive year that Messagepoint has been recognized by the program, run by Mediacorp Canada to honour Canadian workplaces with dynamic and innovative cultures. “The SME competition … Read more →

EFI acquired by an affiliate of Siris Capital Group in $1.7 billion cash transaction

Electronics For Imaging (EFI, Freemont, California), a world leader in digital printing innovations, has entered into a “definitive agreement” to be acquired by an affiliate of Siris Capital Group in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $1.7 billion (USD). Siris is a leading private equity firm focused on “investing and driving value creation in technology … Read more →

Quebec book printing company plans to double revenue with Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106

Imprimerie HLN, a family-owned company specializing in book printing located in Sherbrooke, Quebec, has increased its sales by 30% only six months into operation of a Speedmaster XL 106-5P+L Offset Press from Heidelberg. The highly automated XL 106 gives Imprimerie HLN the cost-effective solution they need to continue to expand their share of market. Replacing … Read more →

Neenah partners with 12 leading designers to release “A Year’s Worth of Greetings”

Neenah Paper (Alpharetta, Georgia) has partnered with 12 of the North American design community’s most notable and emerging talents to create its new ‘giftable’ promotion: A Year’s Worth of Greetings. The simple yet elegant box houses 24 custom-designed cards with coordinating envelopes. These “one-of-a-kind” cards were contributed by an eclectic group of designers – including … Read more →

Kodak completes sale of its Flexographic Packaging Division to Montagu

Eastman Kodak Company (Rochester, New York) and European-based Montagu Private Equity have announced the completion of the sale of Kodak’s Flexographic Packaging Division (FPD). Now part of Montagu’s portfolio, the division will operate as a stand-alone company known as Miraclon. As previously announced, Kodak’s flexographic leadership team has transitioned as part of the deal and … Read more →

Canada’s most important and influential printing tradeshow begins today. Will you be there?

You’ve likely read the headlines in the past few months: “Graphics Canada to include helpful new features, collaborated events and conferences; “Graphics Canada attracts industry’s top colour experts for Idealliance G7 Summit on Colour Management; Graphics Canada launches Automation & Workflow Pavilion and Turbo Talks; Labelexpo Global Series and Labels & Labeling partner with Graphics … Read more →

Rollem introduces receding stacker to speed up collection of card products

Rollem International, a leader in sheetfed converting solutions, has released the Rollem Jetstream Receding Stacker – its most requested solution for high-volume, production-level slitting applications. With speeds exceeding 4,000 sheets per hour and sheet layouts containing anywhere from 4-up to 10-up images, the collection process has been vastly improved with its release. As a leader … Read more →

Varney returns as President of Xerox Canada

Al Varney has been appointed President of Xerox Canada. He is responsible for Canada’s go-to-market strategy, operations, marketing, sales and delivery of document technology, solutions and services for small, medium, large enterprise, graphic communications, and public sector clients across all business channels. Previously, Varney was President of North, South and Central Europe for Xerox. Appointed … Read more →

Explosion at Chinese chemical plant spurs global tightening of raw materials for publication and UV inks

A recent deadly explosion at Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical in Xiangshui County in the Jiangsu Province of eastern China, is severely impacting the global raw material supply chain – including materials used in publication and UV printing inks. The March explosion, the worst in China in 4 years, also caused environmental damage and spread to adjacent … Read more →