29 March 2017
MUNICH—
 
Readers spend almost 89% more time reading the same thing in print than online. A recent study out of Germany shows that readers are more engaged in printed material than online. Mobile phones even have a shorter attention span. It  also found that printed newspapers are 38 percent more likely to be used as  a source of news than online newspapers.
29 March 2017
MARKHAM—
 
 Ad Mill Group through Tip Top Bindery ( owner of Tip Top ) has bought B.C.W. Bindery . B.C.W. has serviced the Greater Toronto market since 1992. They have been one of the main full service binderies in the area specializing in perfect binding. The two pervious owners Blair Wilson and Irv Brown will be staying on. All staff have been offered position to stay on. B.C.W. will be moving down the road, time and location to be determined.
29 March 2017
THOROLD, ONTATIO—
 
 Resolute Forest Products has announced the closing of their recycled paper making mill because of the higher cost of recycled material. The mill makes 100% recycled paper. The North American prices for recycled material has increase over the last several years but the price of recycled paper has not kept pace. Over 100 employes have been laid off. Resolute is looking at converting the mill to making kraft paper.
29 March 2017
OTTAWA—
 
Under the Publications act all laws must be printed on quality paper and bound in to hard cover books. Since Confederation at least 250 law books have been printed every year. Digital versions are not considered "official". The current cost is about $100,00 per year.
22 March 2017
DUSSELDORF , GERMANY—
 
 The 4th " drupa Global Trends " report is out. It tracks key developments and trends in global print industry . Conducted in October of 2016 with nearly 1200 participants world wide. The report is broken down by regions with North America being one. It tracks responses from printers and suppliers. The Excutive Summary has some interesting results. Globally 42% of printers describe their business as good while 11% say their business is bad. In North America slightly more printers are optimistic about 2017 than 2016. For the last 3 years printers have become more positive than in the proceeding year. 
22 March 2017
TORONTO—
 
 Paul Kett has taken over as General Manager of Printer Gateway. An industry veteran with extensive experience in running printing operations. He has worked at Hallmark Cards, Eddy Match and Mi5.
He is well experienced in the trade gang run market. Most recently he was General Manager of  4 Over's  Canadian operation in Mississauga for three and a half years. " I relish the opportunity to leverage my experience and passion for the industry to take Printer Gateway to the next level." said Mr. Kett.
22 March 2017
BURLINGTON—
Category 5 Burlington plant
Category 5 Burlington plant
CIEL Capital a private equity company has bought into Category 5 Imaging. Category 5 is in the wide format sector of the industry. They do signs ( indoor and out door) and claim to be one of Canada's first fully digital large  format printers. They sell to some of Canada's top media, agency and retail customers. With a staff of 40 and sale in the $9 million area. Wayne Narciso, president still has a stake in the company and will be staying on. The plan is to continue to grow the company with CIEL Capital help.
22 March 2017
MISSISSAUGA—
Bob Shea of Digital Edge
Bob Shea of Digital Edge
 Digital Edge has added a Duplo DC 616 slitter/ cutter/ creaser. They have a lot of digital presses that require short run cutting which has been done in-efficiently on their cutter. Digital Edge does a lot trade work  that requires  super tight deadlines . Such as digital printing, direct mail, tipping, fufillment and  lettershop services. This aquisition will help deliver even better service.
15 March 2017
TORONTO—
 
 Davis & Henerson Canada' largest cheque printer is being bought by Austin Texas equity firm Vista Equity for $4.8 billion. D+H goes back to the late 1800's and under Lyman Henderson became largest printer of cheques in Canada. They have over 90% of the personal cheque business in Canada. Almost all major banks in Canada use D+H. Davis and Henderson in the last 20 years have expanded into other services for the banking industry. D+H is a publicly listed company on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
15 March 2017
OTTAWA—
 
Lowe-Martin has got the contract to do all the printing for the Federal Budget . The contract is for $554,000 and includes all printed documents for the next Federal budget delivered by Finance Minister Bill Morneau next week. Lowe-Martin was given the entire contract this year in past years it was split amoung several printers. The contract is a record amount for any Federal budget printing.
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