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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 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
A recently published Integrated Planning and Resources Management report by Wilfrid Laurier University has advised the Wilfrid Laurier University Press (WLU) to phase out or minimize its services due to budgetary pressures. In response the WLU press has started a petition to fight the recommendation it calls “highly problematic.” >> continued
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
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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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
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