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.

7 October 2014

PALO ALTO, CALIF—HP is splitting up. The company has decided to separate the technology infrastructure and software services business from the personal systems and printing business. The technology side of things will go by Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and the print side will be known as HP Inc.—and will retain the current logo. The transaction should be completed by the end of fiscal 2015, and the company says the division will accelerate performance, drive sustained growth and demonstrate clear industry leadership in key areas. Read the press release in its entirety here.

7 October 2014

TORONTO—On Oct. 8, print industry insiders across the globe are being encouraged to share their love of print with the masses. International Print Day was created by the Print Media Centre with the aim of getting social media buzzing by sharing blog posts, case studies, visually stunning print projects and experiences within the industry online, via Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #IPD14.

7 October 2014

OTTAWA—In a press release issued last week Canada Post announced its partnership with Taradel, an American marketing firm, to create Snap Admail, an online tool that would help small businesses plan and distribute direct marketing campaigns. We reached out to Canada Post to relay some of the concerns we—and many of the readers—had with what seemed like a case of outsourcing print jobs across the border.

Canada Post’s manager of media relations, Carley Smith assured PrintCAN that this wasn’t the case and although it wasn't clarified in the press release, printing will remain in Canada. 

1 October 2014

OTTAWA—A new online tool is making it easier for small businesses to create direct-marketing campaigns. Canada Post  has partnered with Taradel, a Virginia-based marketing firm to create Snap Admail, a resource available through its website that helps users create direct mail pieces then print and distribute it to their target audience.

"By providing an easy online marketing tool, we can help small businesses that may not have the time or resources to plan their next campaign," Bill Gunton, Vice-President, Marketing and Commercial Products at Canada Post said.

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