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.

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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.

9 September 2014

SINGAPORE—When IKEA released its 2015 catalogue, the company decided to give it the Apple treatment and spoof the popular brand. You know those apple commercials, a representative sits against a white background and the camera zooms in on a set of hands playing with the latest gadget. Switch out the apple rep for IKEA’s Chief Design Guru Jörgen Eghammer and the latest tech for the 328-page catalogue, and you get a clever, tongue-in-cheek ad that’s already gone viral.

So what exactly do you get with your IKEA catalogue? Well the bookbook is pre-installed with thousands of home furnishing ideas. It contains 328 hi-definition pages; it's 8mm thin, and weighs less than 400 grams. One of its top selling features: an eternal battery that promises to stay fully charged until the end of time. What Smartphone can promise that?

9 September 2014

TORONTO—Printing machinery supplier Howard Graphic Equipment Ltd, donated hundreds of shirts, hats and jackets to the Scott Mission of Toronto earlier this week. The mission has helped and cared for the city’s underprivileged since 1941.


HGE’s Sean Cummings (right) helps loading the donated goods onto the Scott Mission’s van

8 September 2014

TORONTO—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. All Magnum Printing assets have been transferred and production is operational at Media-Vision.

5 September 2014

VANCOUVER—Better Color Press Ltd., a full service provider of prepress, press and finishing services has installed a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 75-6+L. The press prints both conventional and UV formats and has complete wallscreen and axis control, making all job requirements easily accessible for the operator.


Pictured Back Row: Plant Manager: Ken Yeun, Owner: Sunny Chen.
Front Row: Press Operators: Kelvin Tynes, Wing Cheung

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