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Canadian Printing Awards

Canadian printers among this year’s fastest-growing companies ranking

Paragraph, StickerYou and Beneco Packaging are just some of the Canadian printing companies and packaging convertors among the most prosperous and dynamic companies named in the 2019 Growth 500 ranking of Canada’s fastest-growing companies.

Friesens to grow book business with new HP Indigos

Friesens Corporation, Canada’s largest printer of hardcover books, is investing in two new industrial-scale HP Indigo 50000 Digital Presses as it shifts more capacity to digital production.

Hume Media acquires world’s first Xerox Baltoro HF

Toronto-based Hume Media has become the first company globally to acquire the new Xerox Baltoro HF Inkjet Press. Xerox’s new technology is a cut-sheet, inkjet production press best suited for high-volume jobs, such as direct mail, statements, catalogues and books.

Remembering Canadian print trailblazer Mary Black

Canadian print industry veteran and trailblazer Mary Black passed away on July 5 at 80 years of age. For more than 40 years, she was a champion of the industry and was a well-respected and inspirational leader, mentor and friend to many.

MPI moves into large-format, packaging with new Agfa and Esko systems

MPI Print has acquired an Agfa Tauro large-format press and an Esko fully automated C64 digital cutter for its Concord, Ont., plant. Over the next year, the trade printer plans to introduce several other machines to help supplement its expansion in the large-format and packaging markets.

Lowe-Martin sells off web division

An investment group led by Direct Response Media Group (DRMG) has acquired the assets and ongoing business interests of Lowe-Martin’s web business.

Hampson to head Display Graphics Systems at Canon

Canon Canada in July announced Philip Hampson as the new head of the Display Graphics Systems (DGS) division, adding to his current role as Senior Director, Print Production Systems (PPS).

TC Transcontinental acquires Holland & Crosby

TC Transcontinental has acquired Holland & Crosby Limited, a manufacturing company specializing in in-store marketing product printing, including advertising display and signage, for North American retailers.
Slam-dunk victory

A slam-dunk victory for Canadian print

Our July/August cover story explores three print suppliers that produced a select portion of the spectacular media MLSE used in recent months to promote the Raptors brand and its journey to a historic championship win. » See photos

CJ Graphics picks up 20 Bennys

CJ Graphics Inc. was awarded 20 Bennys, the highest honour in the 2019 Premier Print Awards, making it the first time a Canadian company was awarded the most Bennys worldwide in the history of the awards program. » Read full article

PDI Large Format Solutions adds three EFI VUTEk printers

PDI Large Format Solutions, a subsidiary of PDI Group Inc., is the first business in Canada to install both the next-generation, high-end flatbed/roll-fed EFI VUTEk h3 superwide-format LED printer and the new EFI VUTEk 3r+ roll-to-roll LED printer. » Read full article

Gala Gutenberg celebrates print in Montreal

On May 30, Gala Gutenberg celebrated 37 years of print excellence in the ballroom of the Bonsecours Market in Montreal, Que., with more than 470 members of the print community. A total of 12 awards were presented. » Read full article

Print Panther acquires Canada’s first Konica Minolta AccurioWide 160

Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) has announced the first Canadian acquisition of its flagship wide-format offering, the AccurioWide 160, by Print Panther in Oakville, Ont. » Read full article

The Toronto Club of Printing House Craftsmen closes after 100 years

The Toronto Club of Printing House Craftsmen, a division of the International Association of Printing House Craftsmen (IAPHC), is closing after a century of dedicated service. » Read full article

New ownership for Pazazz Printing

Pazazz Printing in March announced new ownership, effective immediately, under president Marc Giroux. This comes after the Quebec company filed for restructuring in January. » Read full article

MET announces new Vancouver headquarters

Metropolitan Fine Printers moved into its new Vancouver headquarters and manufacturing plant this fall, after its head office and pressroom were destroyed by a fire in April 2018. » Read full article

Thomas Morin named President of TC Transcontinental Packaging

Transcontinental Inc. in June appointed Thomas Morin President of TC Transcontinental Packaging, succeeding Brian Reid. Moving forward, Reid will dedicate his time exclusively to his role of President of TC Transcontinental Printing, a position he has held for more than a decade. » Read full article

ProMach acquires Jet Label & Packaging

ProMach has acquired Jet Label & Packaging, a move that will expand its labelling and coding capabilities and provide customers across Canada with enhanced sales and support, it says. » Read full article

Prime Data now offering DM, inkjet through Print Three locations

Print Three Franchising Corporation has brought Prime Data on board. Effective immediately, all Print Three locations will offer Prime Data’s direct mail and inkjet printing services to its customers. » Read full article

Siris Capital completes $1.7B acquisition of EFI

Electronics For Imaging (EFI) in July announced the completion of its previously announced acquisition by an affiliate of Siris for approximately US$1.7 billion. » Read full article

nexGen Grafix installs Canada’s first HP Indigo 12000HD

Edmonton, Alberta-based commercial printer nexGen Grafix is celebrating its 40th year in business with the acquisition of Canada’s first HP Indigo 12000HD B2-format digital colour press. » Read full article

Canada Post stamp rates to increase in 2019

Canada Post announced last January its postage rates will increase for 2019. The postage rate for domestic lettermail items weighing 30 grams or less when purchased in a booklet, coil or pane went up to $0.90 from the current rate of $0.85, while the price of a single domestic stamp increased to $1.05 from the current rate of $1.00. » Read full article

Domco Group acquires Komori LS 429 with coater

The Domco Group has acquired a Komori LS 429 with coater in a move to increase its productiv-ity and print quality, purchased through Komcan, the exclusive distributor of Komori presses in Canada. » Read full article

Rogers sells off entire publishing division

Rogers in March announced the sale of its publishing division to St. Joseph Communications (SJC), in which SJC will acquire all seven Rogers Media print and digital magazine brands, as well as the company’s Custom Content business. » Read full article

Hemlock donation helps create new SFU book arts studio

The Kouwenhoven Family in March announced a gift to Simon Fraser University to honour the legacy of Hemlock Printers founder Dick Kouwenhoven. Set to open in 2021, the new Dick Kouwenhoven Book Arts Studio aims to inspire university and community members with the same enthusiasm for books, book-making and print culture Dick was known for. » Read full article

Accent Impression acquires Quadriscan

Ville Saint-Laurent, Que., commercial printer Accent Impression has acquired Le Groupe Quad-riscan. With nearly 60 years of combined expertise, Quadriscan and Accent Impression will employ over 120 printing specialists out of two plants. » Read full article

FESPA Global Print Expo 2020

Location: Madrid, Spain
Date: March 24-27, 2020
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drupa 2020

Location: Düsseldorf, Germany
Date: June 16-26, 2020
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Labelexpo Americas 2020

Location: Rosemont, Ill.
Date: September 15-18, 2020
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