26 September 2014

TORONTO—Moveable Inc. has installed two Versant 2100’s—the first installation in Canada for the new Xerox line. The company was impressed by many of the Versants features, including the elimination of fuser oil, which eradicated the oily sheen sometimes left on DocuColor output.

The new Xerox Versant 2100's at Moveable's facility 

24 September 2014

CALGARY—Bolder Graphics has installed three new large-format EFI Vutek digital printers—currently the largest single install in Canada. The new presses will add speed, precision and environmentally friendly technology to the print facilities. A typical day of print production can now be completed in an hour and the presses have white ink, extended colour gamut, and LED low-heat curing. 

   Vutek GS2000LX 

24 September 2014

OTTAWA—The Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund (CPISTF) has awarded $52,500 to students for the current school year. $15,000 was awarded to nine new students enrolled in the first year of approved study and $37,500 was given to 30 students who are continuing their education.

The funds board of trustees recently created the Warren Wilkins Prestige Scholarship, valued at 5,000 for students that exhibit a high level of talent. Samantha Tully will be attending Ryerson University in September at the School of Graphic Communications Management and is this year’s Warren Wilkins recipient.

23 September 2014

LONDON, UK—The reports of prints death have been greatly exaggerated—this according to Print Isn’t Dead, a new UK-based magazine created by the staff at People of Print. The quarterly publication was funded by Kickstarter and raised £6,834 surpassing the initial £4,520 goal.  The extra funds allowed the magazine to add fluorescent spot Pantone 805c to the CMYK printing process.  The Pureprint Group printed the eye-catching first issue on Fedrigoni Arcoprint paper and there are only 1000 copies available—there will be no reprints.

© Tom Jackson 2014

17 September 2014

EDMONTON—Jim Edgar was only 16-years-old when he started working at Pioneer Press Ltd as an apprentice—13 years later he became the owner and has since been at the helm of the full-service printing house.

Pioneer Press was founded in 1894 and is celebrating its 120th birthday this month. An open house has been planned for Thursday to celebrate with clients and employees—many who have been with the company for almost 30 years.


17 September 2014

LAVAL, QUE.—B.L. Litho, a sheetfed commercial print shop with a history going back decades, filed for bankruptcy on September 5, only to have the company bought and relaunched a few days later, PrintCAN has learned.

New owner Stephane Marcil said B.L. Litho ran into  financial difficulty and was forced to shutter its doors and lay off its 45 employees. Marcil, whose brother-in-law works at B.L. Litho, came in and bought the company in its entirety, though he hasn't yet taken possession of all the equipment. He expects that to happen in a couple of weeks. "I was at the right place at the right time," said Marcil. "I approached [former owner] Richard Beaulieu, we talked and established a good relationship."

15 September 2014

GATINEAU, QUE.—Albion Screen Printing has expanded its wide-format capabilities with the installation of a new AGFA Titan HS.

Pictured with the new Titan HS are (left to right): Alain Deschamps, Michel Valiquette, owners of Albion and Stan Tranter, AGFA account manager

15 September 2014

TORONTO—Bellwyck Packaging Solutions has installed a Manroland HiPrint press. It plans to use the press’ automated functions to deliver faster turnaround, added efficiency and continued quality control.

12 September 2014

TORONTO—*This story has been updated*

Intertainment Media has announced the final closing sale of assets of Magnum Fine Commercial Printing limited to 1337478 Ontario Inc., an entity controlled by Media-Vision— a company that specializes in print, web, direct mail, displays and packaging, and premium and incentives work.

The sale transaction closed on Sept. 2 and all Magnum printing assets and employees have been transferred to Media-Visions’ head office on Passmore Ave. where production is located, Media-Vision CEO John Popovski said.

11 September 2014

QUEBEC—Transcontinental is posting higher profitability in the third quarter. As revenues increased by 1.9% in the third quarter to $500.0 million from $490.7 million at the same time last year, its net earnings rose to $44.2 million from $30.1 million.

The improvements are mostly due to the company’s recent acquisitions: Capri Packaging and Sun Media Corporations’ weekly newspapers in Quebec, as well as new agreements in two operating sectors. However, the company quoted a softer advertising market, which affected revenue growth.

Adjusted earnings rose 11% to $58.3 million from $52.5 million due to the contribution from acquisitions, new printing and distribution agreements, and company-wide optimization of its cost structure and its printing platform.

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