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News 14 JANUARY 2015
MPS Systems North America Inc. has named Toronto-based Northern Graphic Solutions Inc. the distributor of its flexo and offset presses in central and eastern Canada.


Left to right: Kees Nijenhuis, MPS vice-president of North American operations, Jerry Wynia, president of NGS >> continued
News 19 DECEMBER 2014
As we previously reported, General Printers had filed a motion to make a proposal to restructure under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act—we’ve now learned that the company will be auctioning off its equipment. The auction is being performed by Corporate Assets Inc. on Dec. 16 and can be viewed on Dec. 15.

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New Products 10 DECEMBER 2014
The Roland 700 Evolution press is equipped with state-of-the-art touch screen panels, new enhanced operation, flexibility and comfort with options for left-handed and right-handed console operation as well as customization for different operator body heights.

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News 20 NOVEMBER 2014
There are only three days left until Print World; the biggest
print industry event of the year. From November 22-24, the Direct Energy Centre will welcome visitors, and the biggest names in print, including but not limited to Duplo, Epson Canada, DuraFast Label Company, Roland Enterprises and Esko. A full list of exhibitors can be viewed here.

Don't forget to register  here!  >> continued
News 14 NOVEMBER 2014
Students, parents and faculty gathered at the Heidelberg Centre on Nov. 13, to recognize the best Ryerson’s School of Graphic Communications Management (GCM) program has offer.


Instructor Diana Brown (left) with recipients of the Francesco Giorgio Memorial Award >> continued
Special Feature 10 NOVEMBER 2014
More than 130 print companies generated in excess of $10 billion in 2013. That’s what our Gold List 2014 reveals. The Gold list is a ranking of the largest printing companies in Canada based on sales volumes and compiled with information submitted by print shops themselves and data we have gathered on our own.

Assembling this list is a hefty undertaking but it’s not an exact science. And we confess up front that we may have holes in our data, or may have made some miscalculations in our estimates. We strive each year to refine our methods and our results. But in general, the list provides a good “big picture” look at the industry and some of the trends that are shaping it. So, here’s a list of what we see happening out there.

Read more about Canada's top printers here. >> continued
Special Feature 10 NOVEMBER 2014

From left: Lowell Lee, production manager; Garo Nazarian, president, sales and marketing; Zidane Messedaa, press operator; Carole Desrochers, project manager; Pierre Cousineau, associate; Andrea Pellizza,finishing coordinator

By John Zarwan
  • LOCATION Saint-Laurent, (Montreal) Quebec SIZE OF FACILITY 5,000 sq. ft.
  • ANNUAL SALES $1 million
  • NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES 5
  • SERVICES Digital printing, vdp, personalization, wallpaper
  • CLIENTS Agencies, printers, diversified corporate, wallpaper retailers
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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
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.  >> continued
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.  >> continued
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