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

16 October 2014

MISSISSAUGA, ON—Peter Muir, president of U.S.-based Bizucate, laid out a six-step plan to improve business performance at the most recent meeting of the Digital Imaging Association. More than 100 print industry reps gathered to hear him at the Xerox Research Centre.


Peter Muir, president of Bizucate

15 October 2014

TORONTO—Print World 2014 is ready to welcome the industry on November 22 to 24 at the state-of-the art Direct Energy Centre in Toronto.


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15 October 2014

NEW YORK—On Oct. 28, Simon & Schuster will release The Lyrics: Since 1962, a comprehensive, annotated collection of Bob Dylan’s lyrics. The book will give fans a look into his original compositions and the documented changes he made throughout his career.


15 October 2014

OTTAWA—Once again, another company is trying to tie paperless operations to environmental and social do-gooding.

Hydro Ottawa has introduced a Go Paperless campaign under the auspices of helping the environment and reducing homelessness. Each time a customer signs up for E-Billing before Dec. 31, 2014, Hydro will make a $5 donation to its Brighter Tomorrow Fund, managed by United Way Ottawa.

14 October 2014

BRANTFORD, ONTARIO—Massilly North America has installed Esko’s preproduction technology software to help leverage the benefits of the company's recently purchased computer-to-plate system. The company had recently brought platemaking in-house to lower costs and turnaround times.  Massilly is a manufacturer of high-quality metal twist closures and sealing machines for the food and beverage industries .


A staff member uses the new software at Massilly

8 October 2014

CHICAGO—The commercial printing industry came together last week at Graph Expo in Chicago. Here's a preview of some of the key announcements made at the show, and a heads up on some of the stories we'll be delving into over the next few weeks.

The day before the show, Screen held it's annual open house where it announced a new press lineup, including a reworked TruePress Jet 520 HD sheetfed inkjet press and a new label press. The 520 now comes with new Ricoh heads that deliver a higher resolution of 1,200 dpi, and about 50 other updates like a new paper transport system, a new drying system and an expanded colour gamut. The objective here, according to Screen, is to expand the reach of production inkjet into areas where offset still dominates.

The TruePress Jet 350UV is an inkjet label press that rolls through 164 feet per minute, in CMYK and white. It's available now.

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