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Special Feature 29 SEPTEMBER 2014
By Bob Atkinson

In GM's October 2013 issue we took a look at a specialty market that got away, and explored how you can bring it back to your shop. One market segment that’s been impacted less than others by the decade-long decline in business levels is forms printing. Each month, millions of print forms are used in Canada, whether simple one-part forms or multi-section/multi-copy forms.

That said, over the same decade we’ve seen a big move away from paper forms to electronic, designed to be completed and returned online. The shift started in the late ’90s when federal and provincial governments and big businesses (the largest users of forms) began adopting interactive PDFs or web-based forms. Many of the existing forms-printing companies moved to keep up, adding electronic form products and services, but much of the work disappeared into government and enterprise IT or fulfillment departments. >> continued
Special Feature 29 SEPTEMBER 2014
Since the introduction of high-volume colour digital printing technology 20 years ago, most of the industry's attention has gone to broad commercial print applications, such as direct mail, catalogues, and brochures. Nevertheless, dedicated digital colour label presses have almost as long a history, and their use has accelerated over the past decade. Not only do colour digital label and packaging presses now make up an important segment of the overall digital printer category, digital label presses are widely accepted among both label converters and their customers. Indeed, digital technology is one of the most exciting areas in label printing and converting today.
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Special Feature 29 SEPTEMBER 2014
By Diana Lucaci

Diana Lucaci, founder of True Impact Marketing, discusses how neuroscience can create more intelligent marketing. She calls this neuromarketing. The good news is that print has a lot of neuromarketing advantages.

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Special Feature 29 SEPTEMBER 2014
It’s no secret that commercial printers are increasingly looking to packaging as a possible stable ground, a new arena in which to find their footing following the tumultuous recession years and the so-called death of print. The rationale is simple: while printed media may eventually go the way of the dinosaur (or at least the way of the giant panda), packages are here to stay. Even if consumers can order their Coco Puffs online, those delicious puffed grains still have to be shipped in a box. The Internet, at least not yet, has no way of duplicating the function of folding carton.

Read the rest of this article here, in our October 2013 issue.
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New Products 25 SEPTEMBER 2014
Ricoh launched the Pro C700X series, a cutsheet device family that offers a fifth colour station. The new station supports either white or clear ink.  The C7100X prints at speeds of up to 80 ppm and the C7110x at speeds of up to 90 pp, both based upon A4.

They have a maximum sheet size of 13 x 19.2" and maximum monthly volume of 240,000 based on letter size. It prints at 1200x4800 dpi with VCSEL image quality on various substrates, from tree-based paper to synthetics and envelopes. The C7100X series can support paper weights of up to 360gsm in simplex and duplex.

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New Products 25 SEPTEMBER 2014
The Ricoh Pro VC60000 is Ricoh's  latest inkjet continuous feed platform. It is capable of printing more than 100,000 letter images per hour and uses Ricoh’s next generation drop-on-demand print heads and high density pigment inks. The new print heads can produce a resolution of up to 1,200 x 1,200 dpi, resulting in near-offset quality documents. Ricoh provides an optional undercoat unit for use on various stocks and an optional inline protector coating unit for scratch and scruff resistance. >> 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
A new Canada Post stamp has been issued to mark the opening of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR). The Lowe-Martin Group—based in Ottawa, printed the stamp called the Canadian Museum for Human Rights Permanent using lithography in six colours. The stamp was designed by Adrian Shum and Mike Grandmaison, and measures 40 mm x 40 mm. Pick them up today.

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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
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. 


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