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News 30 APRIL 2015
Nilpeter, a Denmark-based a narrow web print provider is broadening its Canadian reach by assigning Nilpeter veterans Fran Mayo and Robert Wray to represent the company in the region. The Eastern region of Canada from Ontario east will be represented by Mayo, and the west by Wray. 

“These new opportunities bring a more focused and direct approach to our partners, and broadening our outreach will allow us to better serve our customers and their needs. Doing it with the most experienced and knowledgeable team of sales people will only bring direct value to our customers”, Paul Teachout, vice president of sales & marketing for Nilpeter North America said. “Fran and Rob have a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience to share with our customers, so our partners will see an immediate impact in their representation.” >> 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
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
Avanti Computer Systems Limited, a print management software provider, has appointed John P. Alden as vice president of sales, responsible for leading sales and business development efforts worldwide.

Alden comes to Avanti after 17 years at Xerox Corporation, where he spent the last four of those years as production color sales director. >> 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 >> 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
Catalyst Paper’s earnings, before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, was down in  its fourth quarter to $6.8 million from $8.0 million in the third quarter. The company reported a net loss, excluding specific items of $10.4 million in its fourth quarter compared to $10.8 million in its third.

The results were a due to increased manufacturing expenses, including higher rates for electricity, the indefinite curtailment of Paper Machine No.9 at the Powell River mill and the acquisition of the Biron paper mill in Wisconsin and the Rumford pulp and paper mill in Maine. >> 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
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
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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