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News 31 OCTOBER 2014
The global inkjet market is forecast to grow rapidly at an average annual growth rate of 12.7% in volume terms between 2014 and 2019. 

In 2014 inkjet ink sales will be $6.2 billion, some 57,500 tonnes, while printers and converters will spend a total of $3.3 billion on new inkjet presses and equipment. Prospects for growth in all sectors are very positive.

The new study - The Future of Inkjet Printing to 2019 - examines the global markets for inkjet print and printed packaging from 2009 to 2019, together with the key supplier sectors for new inkjet print equipment and inkjet inks. The study investigates the current and likely future technology developments that will shape the inkjet market over the next five years, providing market data from 2009 and forecasts to 2019, in both value and volume terms. >>
News 31 OCTOBER 2014
The digital textile printing market is forecast to grow at an average annual growth rate of 20.1% in value terms between 2014 and 2019, according to a new market study by Smithers Pira.
 
A total of around 650 million square metres of fabric were printed digitally in the year to mid-2014. It is estimated that total digital textile printing output will rise to 1.6 billion square metres annually by 2019. This includes displays (soft signage, etc and direct-to-garment – DTG).
 
The new study – The Future of Digital Textile Printing to 2019  – examines the growth of the digital textiles market from 2009 to the current year, and the potential for its future development over the next five years with comprehensive forecasts to 2019, broken down by end-use sector, print process, textile media and geographic region. It looks at the major drivers for the adoption of digital printing in the textiles market and the potential barriers to its continued expansion.
 
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News 29 OCTOBER 2014
Transcontinental Inc. has announced that it will close its Concord printing plant in Ontario and its Edmonton plant in Alberta by the end of December 2014. 

"We are always looking at possible solutions to maximize our print platform," said Jacques Grégoire, president of the printing division of Transcontinental. "Our recent analyses have led us to close the Concord and Edmonton facilities in order to consolidate our production in state-of-the-art plants which will increase our efficiency and utilisation rate. In light of the current market environment, we are pursuing our review and are examining various options to continue responding appropriately to demand while remaining cost-effective for our customers." 

Jennifer McCaughey, senior director, investor relations and external corporate communications, said the two plants print retail flyers and the work will be transferred to other plants in Transcontinental’s network in Ontario and western Canada, depending on customers’ needs.
  
The plant closures will put 120 staff employees out of work and Transcontinental states it will help them during their transition to find new employment.  >>
News 29 OCTOBER 2014
General Printers filed a motion of intent to make a proposal to restructure under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. The motion was filed on Friday, PrintCAN has learned. According to industry sources, some sales reps and customer service reps have moved to the Lowe Martin Group at its Mississauga location, but PrintCAN has confirmed that president, Wayne Moir, is now at Lowe Martin. Only a handful of employees remain at the General Printers location. 

Staff was apparently notified in late afternoon on Friday that the company was "bankrupt" and they should not come back to work. 
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News 29 OCTOBER 2014
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. ”

Ten locations, including the Staples Canada and Staples Advantage head offices have been bullfrog-powered with clean energy since April 2013.  >>
Special Feature 24 OCTOBER 2014
It can be a long trek to east Scarborough, but well worth it if you’re looking to take a trip back in printing. East Scarborough—a former borough of Toronto—is where you’ll find Don Black Linecasting Service Ltd., an old-school printer’s dream where linotypes, Ludlows, and other ornate iron presses from a by-gone era rest in a threeroom warehouse. And there, shuffling around the shop, is 77-year-old Don Black himself. Looking for something in particular? He’s bound to have it. It’s quite likely that if anyone bought a letterpress machine in recent years, they bought it from Don Black. >>
News 24 OCTOBER 2014
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.  >>
Special Feature 24 OCTOBER 2014
David Allan is making a play for a national presence. Calmly, slowly, one move at a time.

ON A COLD FEBRUARY DAY a decade and some odd years ago, David Allan walked aimlessly along the sea wall in Vancouver wondering what the hell he was doing with his life. Eight months prior he had decamped from Quebecor Printing, leaving his regional vice president role and shifting gears from 20 years of printing experience to work as an executive recruiter. Leaning back in his chair at Rhino Print Solution’s Toronto office, Allan recalls his thought process. “You find the business can be a grind at times, and you think, ‘Gosh, isn’t there an easier way to make a living?’”

Read more about our 2013 Printer of the Year here
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News 24 OCTOBER 2014
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
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Special Feature 24 OCTOBER 2014

The Taylor team, from left: James Boyle, production manager; Gard Ashfield, press operator; Scott Williams, vice president of operations; Anthony Adams, press operator; Jason Taylor, press operator >>
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