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News 27 APRIL 2015
The Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association (CPEIA) and the Packaging Consortium (PAC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore how printable and organic electronics can help Canada’s packaging industry.

The MOU is a non-financial commitment between the two organizations to work together on various initiatives over the next two years, including participating in technical working groups and educational events such as webinars, technical seminars and trade shows. >> continued
News 27 APRIL 2015
Social Print Paper, an affiliate of Royal Printers, a family-owned commercial printing business, is making news with its environmentally friendly paper made from waste derived from wheat farming. The Wheat Sheet is made in Northern India, and contains 60% wheat straw fibres and 5% wood fibre from forests certified by the Forest Stewardship. Canopy, a Canadian non-profit is even stating that straw from North American wheat production is enough to save 830 million trees each year. Read more on Business In Vancouver.com. >> continued
News 27 APRIL 2015
Fastsigns, an independently owned and operated sign, graphic and visual communications company, has invested in a new Esko Kongsberg V Finishing table. The addition will bring in-house many of the cutting and routing tasks that had been subcontracted out to complete.


Fastsigns owner Paul LeBlanc with the new table >> continued
News 27 APRIL 2015
Berco Labels, a printer of pressure-sensitive labels, has expanded its business and production capabilities by installing a Xeikon 3030 digital colour press.

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News 27 APRIL 2015
Catalyst Paper’s earnings, before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, was down in  its fourth quarter to $6.8 million from $8.0 million in the third quarter. The company reported a net loss, excluding specific items of $10.4 million in its fourth quarter compared to $10.8 million in its third.

The results were a due to increased manufacturing expenses, including higher rates for electricity, the indefinite curtailment of Paper Machine No.9 at the Powell River mill and the acquisition of the Biron paper mill in Wisconsin and the Rumford pulp and paper mill in Maine. >> continued
News 27 APRIL 2015
Simpson Print has appointed Tony Denison president of the company. Martin Johanns, who bought the company in 1987, will remain the owner and chair.

Tony Denison (seated) and Martin Johanns >> continued
News 27 APRIL 2015
In order to improve the quality of its flexo printing and decrease its preparation time, Artcraft Label has installed an Esko CDI 2530 flexo plate imager with HD Flexo.


From left: Stacey, Lynda and Artcraft Label president, Alain >> continued
News 27 APRIL 2015
Unifor and Pulp, Paper and Woodworkers of Canada (PPWC) have decided to work together in the next round of pulp and paper bargaining in Western Canada.

Both companys — considered to be two of the country’s largest unions in the pulp and paper sector, met in Vancouver last week to re-establish the Joint Pulp and Paper Caucus for upcoming negotiations in 2017.

"Working together will help us better resolve issues in an industry that has significant challenges," Scott Doherty, assistant to the national president at Unifor said. >> continued
New Products 6 APRIL 2015
Xerox has released its latest digital colour devices, the Versant 80 Press and the Color 800i/1000i Press.

Versant 80
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News 27 MARCH 2015
Transcontinental’s revenue increased by 1.1% in its first quarter to $504.6 million from $499.3 million.  The increase is attributed to the acquisition of Capri Packaging and the Quebec newspapers from Sun Media Corporation. Transcontinental also signed a new printing and distribution agreement in 2014 that contributed to the revenues increase.

This growth in revenues was mitigated by disposals and closures, specifically the sale of Rastar's assets, a reduction in marketing products printing activities, a transitional slowdown in flyer printing activities in the United States and, to a lesser extent, in Canada, and challenging market conditions for advertising spending.
 
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