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News 13 FEBRUARY 2015
According to David Lindsay, CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada—the voice of Canada’s wood, pulp and paper producers—the forest products industry is one of Canada’s most overlooked.

In the wake of the country’s economic challenges, jobs are thriving in his sector. Canada is the second largest forest products sector in the world, Forest products are our number one export to China, and  in total, exports to over 180 countries across the globe.  Read more on Lindsay’s optimistic view on the industry here.  >> continued
News 6 FEBRUARY 2015
Drytac Canada has appointed Brian Gibson as its technical services manager. Gibson has over 25 years of experience in the print industry and holds a degree in marketing and sales from Humber College. He worked for Seal as a technical service and application specialist, prior to this appointment.

In his new position Gibson will be responsible for technical support and training for Drytac’s line of finishing equipment.  >> continued
News 6 FEBRUARY 2015
Yellow Pages is beginning to phase out the door-to-door delivery of its print directory to certain neighbourhoods and areas across Canada. Instead, the big yellow book will now be available at distribution points in newspaper style street-level boxes and distribution racks in grocery stores and pharmacies across the country. The announcement comes as Yellow Pages continues to transform heavily towards digital media and looks to a more efficient distribution of its print media.
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News 29 JANUARY 2015
Canadian paper manufacturer Catalyst Paper Corporation has completed the acquisition of the Biron paper mill in Wisconsin and the Rumford pulp and paper mill in Maine.  The deal was initially announced last October. The cash payment made on closing was US$62.4 million after giving effect to an adjustment under the purchase agreement based on estimated working capital at closing, and the final purchase price is subject to certain additional post-closing adjustments.


A Catalyst plant in Port Alberni, BC
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News 29 JANUARY 2015
Menasha Corporation has acquired the Brampton, Ontario-based PearceWellwood Inc.—a designer and full-service manufacturer of corrugated displays for the retail industry and provider of fulfillment and distribution services. PearceWellwood will now operate as part of Menasha Packaging Company, LLC, a subsidiary of the Menasha Corporation.  Menasha has also acquired—from PearceWellwood’s parent company, Pearce Group—an ownership interest in Tencorr Packaging, a corrugated sheet manufacturer with plants in Mississauga and Brampton.


Left to right: Jim Kotek, president/CEO of Menasha Corp., Mike Waite, president of Menasha Packaging Company >> continued
News 29 JANUARY 2015
The Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association (CPEIA) has achieved some major milestones, which include, obtaining 32 founding members, brokering strategic relationships with key partner organizations, and securing major sponsors for the 2015 Canadian Printable Electronics Symposium.

The CPEIA made its debut in November at IDTechEx’s Printed Electronics USA conference, and aims to be the united voice of the Canadian printable electronics sector. The founding members represent a cross section of the industry, from materials, devices and prototyping, to manufacturing, and printing. >> continued
News 29 JANUARY 2015
RDP digital and Northern Graphic Solutions have sold the first JFlex870 in Canada. The 870 is an IPT digital print conversion system that was recently introduced to the Canadian label printing market.

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News 14 JANUARY 2015
Fall numbers paint a positive picture of the Canadian printing industry, with increases for the last several months. But the good news is due in large part to Statistics Canada’s tracking of Alberta shipments which it had ignored for at least a couple of years. B.C.’s shipments, however, continue to be absent.

Shipments (in millions) 2014 2013 % Change
July $646.9 $543.7 19
August $643.5 $577.1 11.5
September $677.5 $587.6 15
October $732.0 $648.0 13
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News 14 JANUARY 2015
According to Deloitte’s annual TMT predictions, sales of print books will account for 80% of books sold in the developed world—despite the fact that e-readers, smartphones and tablets are everywhere.

Currently in its 14th year, TMT predictions provides an outlook on the 10 most important trends for Canada in the technology, media and telecommunications industry for the next 12 to 18 months.

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News 14 JANUARY 2015
The rate of trade between Canada and the rest of the world continues to thive. Both imports and exports posted positive numbers.

Imports were on the rise in 2014. Year to date numbers (Jan-Octo) show a 6.8% jump to $1.2 billion in 2014 from $1.13 billion in 2013.

Exports also increased by 15.7 %. In 2014, year-to-date figures stood at $828.4 million, up from $716.1 in 2013.

Exports (in millions) 2014 2013 % Change
August  $81.7  $78.3  4.3
September $87.5  $74.5 17
October $96.8 $73.1 32
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