29 October 2014

TORONTO—Sydney Stone, distributor of print finishing equipment, supplies and service, is set to launch five new products at Print World 2014. Visit the company at booth 1000 for complete hands on demonstrations. Hot new products include:
Morgana AF2000S system is a high-capacity bookletmaking system from Morgana that delivers full automation, 21” pile feeder, 30-sheet capacity, stitching heads, and optional square fold unit.

Morgana AF2000S bookletmaking system

29 October 2014

BURLINGTON, ON—Category 5 Imaging has installed a Kongsberg i-XP24 cutting table. The 20,000 sq. ft. full-service large-format printer operates five presses and full in-house creative, prepress, fulfillment and shipping services.

Left to right: Greg Priede,  Joel Upham

The newly installed Kongsberg i-XP24 has a maximum work area of 66” x 126” and a maximum speed of 66”  per second and can convert a wide range of board, sheet and roll materials.

28 October 2014

OSHAWA—General Printers filed a motion of intent to make a proposal to restructure under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. The motion was filed on Friday, PrintCAN has learned. According to industry sources, some sales reps and customer service reps have moved to the Lowe Martin Group at its Mississauga location, but PrintCAN has confirmed that president, Wayne Moir, is now at Lowe Martin. Only a handful of employees remain at the General Printers location.

Staff was apparently notified in late afternoon on Friday that the company was "bankrupt" and they should not come back to work.

Harris&Partners Inc
. has been appointed bankruptcy trustee. General Printers now has 10 days to put together a cash flow statement and file it with the Superintendent of Bankruptcy, and 30 days to compile a creditor proposal. The receiver cited a downturn in business, a cash crunch, and the inability to meet financial obligations as they came due, as reasons for the filing.The receiver added that "The company intends on realizing on its hard assets by public tender or auction. The best method for realizing on the hard assets has not yet been established."

Calls to General Printers owner David Fors have not been returned.

28 October 2014

TORONTO—A trend that took off in 2012 with the infamous Stuff Girls Say video, has been revamped by the Roland DGA Corporation for those who work in the print industry. 

From the company's YouTube page:
If you're in the print business, you've probably heard the phrases in this video. Some are funny, some are painful, and some are just painfully funny. Check it out.

24 October 2014

MISSISSAUGA, ON—Ellis Paper Box in Mississauga Ontario has just completed the install of a new Komori GL 8-colour 40" press with coater. The press is fully automated and equipped to run both low energy UV and conventional UV inks. It sits alongside a Komori LSX 24" x 29"  7-colour press with coater installed a couple of years ago.

Dave Ellis president of Ellis Paper Box with the new press

24 October 2014

MONTREAL—Transcontinental Inc. has announced that it will close its Concord printing plant in Ontario and its Edmonton plant in Alberta by the end of December 2014.

"We are always looking at possible solutions to maximize our print platform," said Jacques Grégoire, president of the printing division of Transcontinental. "Our recent analyses have led us to close the Concord and Edmonton facilities in order to consolidate our production in state-of-the-art plants which will increase our efficiency and utilisation rate. In light of the current market environment, we are pursuing our review and are examining various options to continue responding appropriately to demand while remaining cost-effective for our customers."

22 October 2014

MISSISSAUGA, ON—Howard Graphic Equipment and Versatech Press Electronic Service have announced the sale and acquisition of HGE’s Komori spare parts inventory—valued at over $350,000—and will use Versatech’s services for Komori installations and repairs.

John Simons (left) with Nick Howard

22 October 2014

TORONTO—Staples Canada has announced an expansion to its partnership with Bullfrog Power—a green energy provider—to include four copy and print production locations. They are in Burnaby, BC; Mississauga, ON; Laval QC and Calgary.

“Staples has the capability to do print jobs both at the stores and at print hubs,” Shaun Lewis, vice president, sales at Bullfrog Power said. “The jobs at the print hubs are generally sent there because they’re larger and more complex so they typically can’t be done at a store. ”

22 October 2014

VICTORIA—Victoria’s Queen’s Printer— the provider of printing and related services to the BC Government, federal government and public sector— will be fully outsourcing its printing services to the private sector by summer 2015.

The Queens Printer will continue to broker printing contracts on behalf of the government, but says the growth of electronic publishing and digital information has reduced the demand for government printing.

21 October 2014

MISSISSAUGA, ON—RP Graphics Group in Mississauga has installed its second Komori GL 6 colour 40-inch press with coater and low energy UV. The new press was purchased from K-North Services Inc. located in Georgetown, ON. K-North is the dealer for Komori presses in Ontario and Western Canada.

Pictured in front of the new press is Marc Fortier (left) President and George Mazzaferro (CEO) right

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