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News 23 SEPTEMBER 2014
There's a big jump in shipments this period but the news is a little too good to be true as sales in most of the country remain flat. The big difference accounting for the jump is that Stats Canada is now tracking Alberta shipments again, after an extended absence.

Shipments
(in millions)
2014 2013 % Change
February  $592.8 $547.4 8.3
March 650.4 592.5 9.7
April 652.7 623.0 4.7
May 665.6 627.5 6.0

Year-to-date shipping numbers for 2014 are $3.15 billion. That's a 7.7% jump from the $2.93 posted for the same period in 2013. >> continued
News 23 SEPTEMBER 2014
Printing machinery supplier Howard Graphic Equipment Ltd, donated hundreds of shirts, hats and jackets to the Scott Mission of Toronto earlier this week. The mission has helped and cared for the city’s underprivileged since 1941.


HGE’s Sean Cummings (right) helps loading the donated goods onto the Scott Mission’s van

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News 23 SEPTEMBER 2014
Trade printer 4over displayed one of its latest pieces of machinery during an open house held Tuesday. According to 4over’s national press manager, German Ramirez, the 6-colour, 40" Komori Lithrone S40 press, was purchased for the Mississauga location with faster printing times and future job growth in mind.


 Left to right: CEO Zarik Megerdichian, plant manager Paul Kett >> continued
News 23 SEPTEMBER 2014
When IKEA released its 2015 catalogue, the company decided to give it the Apple treatment and spoof the popular brand. You know those apple commercials, a representative sits against a white background and the camera zooms in on a set of hands playing with the latest gadget. Switch out the apple rep for IKEA’s Chief Design Guru Jörgen Eghammer and the latest tech for the 328-page catalogue, and you get a clever, tongue-in-cheek ad that’s already gone viral.

So what exactly do you get with your IKEA catalogue? Well the bookbook is pre-installed with thousands of home furnishing ideas. It contains 328 hi-definition pages; it's 8mm thin, and weighs less than 400 grams. One of its top selling features: an eternal battery that promises to stay fully charged until the end of time. What Smartphone can promise that?
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News 23 SEPTEMBER 2014
B.L. Litho, a sheetfed commercial print shop with a history going back decades, filed for bankruptcy on September 5, only to have the company bought and relaunched a few days later, PrintCAN has learned. 

New owner Stephane Marcil said B.L. Litho ran into  financial difficulty and was forced to shutter its doors and lay off its 45 employees. Marcil, whose brother-in-law works at B.L. Litho, came in and bought the company in its entirety, though he hasn't yet taken possession of all the equipment. He expects that to happen in a couple of weeks. "I was at the right place at the right time," said Marcil. "I approached [former owner] Richard Beaulieu, we talked and established a good relationship." >> continued
News 23 SEPTEMBER 2014
Color-Logic—developer of the process metallic colour system— has named former AGFA and Ernest Green & Sons employee Parker MacDonald as its sales representative for Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritime Provinces.
 
Sales and marketing director Mark Geeves said that Parker would enable Color-Logic to better serve the eastern Canadian market. Parker’s experience in the Canadian graphics art market is extensive and includes the offset, flexographic, wide format and sign industry.
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News 23 SEPTEMBER 2014
Prodigy Graphics has donated $12,000 to Evangel Hall Mission (EHM) a charity group that helps homeless individuals get off the streets. The president of the trade shop, Gordon McCauley, presented the money to EHM on July 29.


(left to right) Bob Price, Drop-In Manager EHM; Gordon McCauley, President Prodigy Graphics; Joseph Taylor, Executive Director EHM; Jo Ann Hislop, Director of Programs EHM. >> continued
News 23 SEPTEMBER 2014
In an effort to get people talking about the world of print, Print Media Centre has launched International Print Day. On Oct. 8, web-savvy members of the global print community are encouraged to share information about print and integrated marketing on social media using the hashtag #IPD14.
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News 23 SEPTEMBER 2014
Jim Edgar was only 16-years-old when he started working at Pioneer Press Ltd as an apprentice—13 years later he became the owner and has since been at the helm of the full-service printing house. 

Pioneer Press was founded in 1894 and is celebrating its 120th birthday this month. An open house has been planned for Thursday to celebrate with clients and employees—many who have been with the company for almost 30 years.


pioneerpressltd.com >> continued
News 23 SEPTEMBER 2014
R.P. Graphics and Rhino Print Solutions have entered into strategic alliance, the two companies announced Monday. There's two components to the deal: R.P. will buy Rhino's Toronto location, and also establish an alliance with Rhino's locations in Vancouver and Calgary—which are not included in the purchase—to provide printing services to national accounts. The goal is to provide coast-to-coast distribute and print model. 


(left to right) David Allan, George Mazzaferro >> continued
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