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News 30 APRIL 2015
Veritiv, a national distributor of commercial printing and imaging papers is accepting entries for its 2015 Veritiv Canada National Design and Print Excellence Awards. 

“The uVU Veritiv Design and Print Excellence Awards highlight the top designers and print providers in Canada,” Jason Alderman, regional vice president – Canada for Veritiv said.  “To distinguish themselves from the crowd, design studios and printers are producing more innovative, cutting edge and creative work than ever before.  Our uVU Awards program provides an opportunity for winners to celebrate with existing clients while broadening their exposure with potential clients.” >> continued
News 30 APRIL 2015
3M has launched its first graphic industry contest: The Extreme Wrap Challenge, to recognize the work of fabricators and installers across the Country.

Between April 22 and July 31, Canadian sign shops can enter the Extreme Wrap Challenge by uploading high-resolution images of a project using 3M graphic films and explain what makes the project “extreme.” Entrants must list an installer and are eligible for a monthly random draw for a $100 branded prepaid card. >> continued
News 27 APRIL 2015
The Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association (CPEIA) and the Packaging Consortium (PAC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore how printable and organic electronics can help Canada’s packaging industry.

The MOU is a non-financial commitment between the two organizations to work together on various initiatives over the next two years, including participating in technical working groups and educational events such as webinars, technical seminars and trade shows. >> continued
News 27 APRIL 2015
The battle for “religious freedom,” in the U.S. is heating up and print shops are being dragged into the discussion.

Former senator and potential presidential candidate Rick Santorum, a supporter of religious freedom legislation, made headlines this week with these remarks: >> continued
News 27 APRIL 2015
Despite the positive numbers showing healthy growth, printing shipments are, in reality, closer to flat. Two factors account for the positive math: there was a small increase in the fall, but the larger reason for the positive showing in 2014, is that Statistics Canada resumed tracking shipments in Alberta, which were excluded in 2013. B.C., which had also fallen off the radar, is back for 2015.

Shipments (in millions)  2014 2013 % change
October  $735.1 $648.0 %13
November $670.2 $607.1   %10
December $638.2 $552.0 %16
January $641.7 $591.3 %8.5
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News 27 APRIL 2015
MET Fine Printers, a commercial printing company, will expand on its depth and scope of services by purchasing select Rhino Print Solutions assets, including its Calgary facility, which will now be integrated into MET’s operations.

Rhino made news in August when it entered into a deal with R.P. Graphics to sell its Toronto location.

MET president Nikos Kallas and his senior management group will lead the expansion and will be joined by senior members of the Rhino team—all business will operate exclusively under MET Fine Printers. The full terms of the agreement will not be disclosed. >> continued
News 27 APRIL 2015
Social Print Paper, an affiliate of Royal Printers, a family-owned commercial printing business, is making news with its environmentally friendly paper made from waste derived from wheat farming. The Wheat Sheet is made in Northern India, and contains 60% wheat straw fibres and 5% wood fibre from forests certified by the Forest Stewardship. Canopy, a Canadian non-profit is even stating that straw from North American wheat production is enough to save 830 million trees each year. Read more on Business In Vancouver.com. >> continued
News 27 APRIL 2015
In order to improve the quality of its flexo printing and decrease its preparation time, Artcraft Label has installed an Esko CDI 2530 flexo plate imager with HD Flexo.


From left: Stacey, Lynda and Artcraft Label president, Alain >> continued
News 27 APRIL 2015
Simpson Print has appointed Tony Denison president of the company. Martin Johanns, who bought the company in 1987, will remain the owner and chair.

Tony Denison (seated) and Martin Johanns >> continued
News 27 APRIL 2015
Unifor and Pulp, Paper and Woodworkers of Canada (PPWC) have decided to work together in the next round of pulp and paper bargaining in Western Canada.

Both companys — considered to be two of the country’s largest unions in the pulp and paper sector, met in Vancouver last week to re-establish the Joint Pulp and Paper Caucus for upcoming negotiations in 2017.

"Working together will help us better resolve issues in an industry that has significant challenges," Scott Doherty, assistant to the national president at Unifor said. >> continued
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