Ashraf Jaffer, the owner of Scan Copy Print and Budget Printing in Edmonton, Alberta, immigrated to Canada from the Republic of Congo in 1976 when he was only 16 years old. He and his family were looking for a better life and more opportunities in a new country. Jaffer’s boldest move came in 1995 when he founded his first company – Scan Copy Print Incorporated. He ran the company more or less by himself, though his wife Kaniz often came in and helped out on a part-time basis. Within only two years, it grew to a full staff (four employees). Scan Copy Print ended up being a tenant in a building with other companies for about 22 years. But during that time, Jaffer always entertained thoughts of expanding his company.
“When the landlord decided to sell the building where we worked, I was in a position to purchase the 30,000-square-foot facility and eventually did just that,” he revealed. “A few months later, I purchased nearby Budget Printing, who had been in business in Edmonton for 42 years. It was a very stressful time, but a very exciting time too. I moved Budget Printing and its 15 employees into my new facility – and the rest, as they say, is history.” While Scan Copy Print’s core business was book printing and binding, Budget Printing was more involved in full-colour offset and wide-format signage printing. But in combination, the strategic move meant that just about every type of printing and service could be done under one convenient roof.
In late May of 2017, Graphic Arts Magazine ran a cover feature on how Scan Copy Print/Budget Printing became the second printer in Canada (and first in Edmonton) to install MGI’s JETvarnish 3DS and iFoil system from Konica Minolta Canada. The groundbreaking digital finishing technology promises to be a game changer for Canadian print, packaging and related industries – taking advanced finishing to the next level while offering an exciting range of new market opportunities. Using MGI’s patented inkjet and hot foil stamping processes, the JETvarnish 3DS and inline iFoil provides digital spot UV coating in plain 2D and 3D formats, plus,embossed and foil textured effects – all in a single pass. The 3-minute video can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRlTHFwladU.