News 24 OCTOBER 2014
Victoria’s Queen’s Printer— the provider of printing and related services to the BC Government, federal government and public sector—will be fully outsourcing its printing services to the private sector by summer 2015.
The Queens Printer will continue to broker printing contracts on behalf of the government, but says the growth of electronic publishing and digital information has reduced the demand for government printing. >> continued
News 14 OCTOBER 2014
The reports of prints death have been greatly exaggerated—this according to Print Isn’t Dead
, a new UK-based magazine created by the staff at People of Print
. The quarterly publication was funded by Kickstarter and raised £6,834 surpassing the initial £4,520 goal. The extra funds allowed the magazine to add fluorescent spot Pantone 805c to the CMYK printing process. The Pureprint Group
printed the eye-catching first issue on Fedrigoni
Arcoprint paper and there are only 1000 copies available—there will be no reprints.
© Tom Jackson 2014
News 14 OCTOBER 2014
The commercial printing industry came together last week at Graph Expo in Chicago. Here's a preview of some of the key announcements made at the show, and a heads up on some of the stories we'll be delving into over the next few weeks.
The day before the show, Screen held it's annual open house where it announced a new press lineup, including a reworked TruePress Jet 520 HD sheetfed inkjet press and a new label press. The 520 now comes with new Ricoh heads that deliver a higher resolution of 1,200 dpi, and about 50 other updates like a new paper transport system, a new drying system and an expanded colour gamut. The objective here, according to Screen, is to expand the reach of production inkjet into areas where offset still dominates.
The TruePress Jet 350UV is an inkjet label press that rolls through 164 feet per minute, in CMYK and white. It's available now. >> continued
News 14 OCTOBER 2014
The Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund (CPISTF) has awarded $52,500 to students for the current school year. $15,000 was awarded to nine new students enrolled in the first year of approved study and $37,500 was given to 30 students who are continuing their education.
The funds board of trustees recently created the Warren Wilkins Prestige Scholarship, valued at 5,000 for students that exhibit a high level of talent. Samantha Tully will be attending Ryerson University in September at the School of Graphic Communications Management and is this year’s Warren Wilkins recipient.
The CPISTF began in 1971 and is funded by firms and individuals in the printing industry. Its aim is to attract a younger generation to the industry by providing financial assistance to those enrolled in a graphics arts management or technical program and must show a commitment to pursue a career in printing. >> continued
New Products 8 OCTOBER 2014
Heidelberg is unveiling its latest presses, the Linoprint CV and the Linoprint CP for improved flexibility and productivity in the cost-effective production of short, personalized, and hybrid print runs.
The Linoprint CV >> continued
Special Feature 2 OCTOBER 2014
Printers have been exhorted to become marketing services providers for a long time. But so few have done it that MSPs have become a kind of urban myth. Trico Evolution
, seems to be one company that has managed the transition.
Back Row: Left to right: Simone Aubin, Sherry Mullen, Catherine Maciaszek, David Shackleton, Andrew Inderwick. Front Row: Dean McJannet (seated), Steve Hutton, Scott Wakeman >> continued
Special Feature 30 SEPTEMBER 2014
By John Zarwan
UV is one of those bright spots in the printing industry. Having started as a niche technology, it has gained momentum and is growing rapidly. For example, UV is the fastest growing segment of wide-format printing, with which it is most commonly associated, and many of the new B2 inkjet printing presses use UV inks. It’s also important in packaging, is common in screen printing and flexo, particularly in Europe, and its use is growing in offset.
Indeed, UV printing is directly connected with and largely responsible for the growing interest in value added commercial offset printed products. Curtis Carby, product manager for pressroom products at Fujifilm, believes “UV is a technology that is going to sustain the offset world; it is the only way to compete with digital.”
Continue reading here
, in our April 2014 issue. >> continued