16 April 2014

LOS ANGELES—No, you're not having a fever dream. That really is Playboy's inaugural 1952 issue on your newsstand.

As part of its 60th anniversary celebrations, Playboy has released exact replicas of its first issue with Marilyn Monroe on the cover. Everything is the same including the advertorial, the type of staples used for binding and the heavier paper stock that the magazine has since abandoned. The need for a modern UPC code is sidestepped with an easily removed sticker.


If print is dead, some of the walking dead don't look so bad

16 April 2014

MISSISSAUGA, ON—Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) has acquired Pitney Bowes Canada's Document Imaging Solutions (DIS) business, which offers hardware and DIS software.

The business generated approximately $82 million in revenue in 2013 according to info from Konica Minolta. As part of the deal, Konica Minolta will represent Pitney Bowes Canada's mailing business in Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, PEI, and other regions in the country.

16 April 2014

OWEN SOUND, ON—Transcontinental RBW Graphics has installed a new press and is expanding its workforce thanks to a $267,372 boost from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund.

The TC Transcontinental subsidiary is one of two businesses in the area to receive financial support, the other being Klassic Coconut, a provider of coconut-based food products. In total the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment says the fund will create 34 new jobs and help retain 458 existing employees in the region.

11 April 2014

VAUGHAN, ON—Advertek's production floor now includes a Xerox iGen4 digital colour press, able to print both short and long runs with an expanded sheet size of 14.3" x 26".

The company was founded in 1996 and offers branding and creative design, customized e-stores, litho sheetfed, wide format, digital printing and more. Simon Spina (left), principal and director of finance, and Joe Montalbano (right), principal and director of sales, pose with the new machine.

11 April 2014

TORONTO—Colour Innovations took home the Best of the Show 2013 award sponsored by Heidelberg Canada at the Toronto and International Gallery of Superb Printing Awards.

The year's winners were presented by the International Association of Printing House Craftsmen (IAPHC), commonly referred to as the Craftsmen, at a ceremony April 8 at Duncan House Fine Dining.


Colour Innovations gets the nod for Best of the Show

9 April 2014

TORONTO—With a declaration that HP sees huge opportunity in labels and packaging, the company briefed the media last week about developments of its Indigo 20000 and 30000 presses.

Vice president Simon Lewis said that over the last three years label volumes produced on HP presses has doubled, reaching 380 million sq. metres. “We see this as significant as we move to mainstream label production. We complement analog, the shifting is increasing,” said Lewis.


HP Indigo 20000

9 April 2014

WINNIPEG—Following the addition of a new Tresu press at Pollard Banknote's Ypsilanti, Michigan plant, the company will relocate its Ypsilanti presses to a facility in Winnipeg.

The 22-station Tresu, which cost the company $20 million, is an instant ticket printing press that Pollard will use to service its bread and butter clients in the lottery industry. It will go live in the second quarter of 2015 and increase the company's available print capacity by a reported 35%.

9 April 2014

MONTREAL—Pazazz's latest installation is a 17" 10-colour UV Mark Andy Performance Series P5 flexographic press.

Shawn Werbitt, president of Pazazz Labels, notes that the purchase enables the company to "reach markets where the demands are ever increasing and the clients' expectations are reaching epic levels."


The Mark Andy Performance Series P5 press at Pazazz

8 April 2014

BRANTFORD, ON—Distributech has installed a Standard Horizon StitchLiner purchased from supplier KBR Graphics.

The company notes it was hunting for a machine that is capable of processing variable-sheet-count books at high speeds, to satisfy an increase in saddle-stitched book volume.


From left: Warren Bryant, senior digital operator; Steve Klaric, KBR Graphics regional sales manager; and Mike Lestage, director of print services

2 April 2014

TORONTO—Kodak is like at start-up, Jeff Clarke, the newly appointed company CEO said during a media briefing to the trade press and analysts yesterday. But, he added, it benefits from technology that will transform markets, a recognized brand, R&D heft, and a large customer base.

In expanding on the theme, Clarke said Kodak is very different company than it was two to three years ago. There's a new board at the helm, a new investor base, and a slimmed down staff of 8,000, compared to 80,000 in the past.

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