Worzalla Concludes Second Year of “Print University”

Worzalla, an employee-owned printing company specializing in high-quality custom products, recently completed their second year of “Print University.” Held over the course of two three-day periods in April and May, Worzalla hosted more than two dozen publishing professionals at their headquarters in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, for an immersive program to educate those in the publishing industry about the book manufacturing process. “After speaking with many of our customers, I noticed that many had never witnessed the book manufacturing process in person,” said Richard Letchinger, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Worzalla. “I knew that if we could offer our customers the opportunity to learn more about the work we do to get their books on bookshelves across the country, we could build more collaborative partnerships across the industry. Thus, Print University was born.” Click "read more" below for additional information.
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PCI Graphics Adopts More Sustainable HP Latex R Large Format Hybrid Printing

PCI Graphics, a DC area Large Format print provider, has adopted the new HP Latex R technology to expand production capacity and boost application flexibility with new materials, enabling the printer to deliver the same look across rigid and flexible campaigns. Two 98-inch wide HP Latex R 2000 Plus Printers, printing on both rigid and flexible materials, have joined the production line-up at the Rockville Maryland-based PSP, as the company expands its sustainable offering with the new water-based Large Format printing solution from HP. PCI Graphics provides Large Format products for retail displays, conference exhibits, commercial building signage, and event graphics, including signs, banners, wraps, posters. Click "read more" below for additional information.
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Commercial Shops Create Opportunities in Packaging (piworld.com)

Look no further than the Printing Impressions 400 roster of North America’s top printing firms for clear evidence of the movement of commercial printing businesses into packaging. The annual list identifies companies that report both commercial and packaging printing as being among their specialties. The 2018 edition of the PI 400 reveals 73 of these dual producers, whose average and median percentages of revenue derived from packaging are 24% and 13%, respectively. Printing Industries of America (PIA) has also been tracking the trend. A Fall 2018 report based on research by PIA’s Center for Print Economics and Management and the Jones School of Business of Middle Tennessee State University benchmarked 28 products offered by printers responding to a survey. Click "read more" below for additional information.
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Printing, Mailing Industry Voice Concerns Over Crippling Rate Hikes to Combat U.S. Postal Service Dire Financial Condition (piworld.com)

The U.S. House of Representatives House Committee of Oversight and Reform conducted a hearing about the financial condition of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) on April 30. One thing was clear: despite testimony from various constituents proposing ways to solve the problem, all sides agreed that the USPS’ financial condition remains dire. Even Postmaster General Megan Brennan sounded the alarm for meaningful postal reform while reporting that the Postal Service posted a net loss of $3.9 billion in 2018 — marking the 12th consecutive annual net loss it has incurred. The USPS’ predicament should also sound the alarm for printers. Why? Because, historically, every postal price increase results in a corresponding decrease in print volumes for direct mail, periodicals, catalogs, retail inserts and the like. That was one of the key points Joel Quadracci, chairman, president and CEO of Quad, stressed during his testimony at the hearing on behalf of the Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service. The group represents the mailing industry supply chain, including paper companies, equipment suppliers, printers, packagers, retail and other postal customers. Click "read more" below for additional information.
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Launch of the digital platform “Label Experts” – the new knowledge portal for label printing

Labels give products their unique identity and influence the impulse to buy at the point of sale. Accounting for around five percent of the global print volume of approximately EUR 400 billion, today the label market has the greatest growth potential in the printing industry, and has evolved from a niche segment to a sizable industry over the last few decades. The associated knowledge base has also greatly increased hand in hand with this evolution, and today is differentiated on the basis of a remarkable variety of different printing technologies, applications, substrates and further consumables. In the digital age it was just a matter of time before the stakeholders in this industry, in other words users, manufacturers, associations and market research institutes, bundled this knowledge and made it available on a digital platform. With immediate effect, the new knowledge portal in English for all things label printing can be found at www.label-experts.com. Click "read more" below for additional information.
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TC Transcontinental proposes the creation of a circular economy for plastic

The President and Chief Executive Officer of TC Transcontinental, Mr. François Olivier, will present today the Corporation’s brief in the context of public consultations by the Montréal Metropolitan Community (MMC) on its Draft Amendment to the 2015-2020 Residual Materials Management Plan (RMMP). It will propose the creation of a circular economy for plastic in Québec in order to ensure that plastic is effectively managed from sourcing to end-of-life. “TC Transcontinental has been an important player in the creation of a circular economy for paper in Canada,” stated Mr. François Olivier, President and Chief Executive Officer of TC Transcontinental. “In Québec, sawmill residues are recovered in order to manufacture newsprint inserts and flyers with a recovery rate of 86%. As a leader in flexible packaging in North America, we have the resources, the knowledge, the financial capacity and the desire to play a similar role to ensure the transition towards a circular economy for plastic in Québec. This effort will benefit from a collaborative approach involving all stakeholders, including private companies and industry groups as well as public administrations, sorting facilities, legislators and regulatory authorities, academics and experts, environmental organizations, citizens and citizen groups. Today, we are calling on all of them in order to realize this major and forward-looking project for Québec.” Click "read more" below for additional information.
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Xerox Iridesse Wins Top European Digital Press Association Award for Innovation in Digital Production

Xerox Iridesse® has won a top prize at the 2019 European Digital Press Association Awards, taking home the EDP Cut Sheet Printer Award for Innovation in Digital Production.The Iridesse is the only digital press that can print up to six colors in a single pass with precision and the ability to embellish with decorative metallic, clear and white inks. This provides more design opportunities for digital printers while making it easier for small-sized businesses to embrace special finishes on limited print runs. Selected for achieving a trifecta of industry achievement—cost, efficiency and quality—EDP honored the Xerox Iridesse during Europe’s largest specialty print exhibition, FESPA Global Print Expo, on Wednesday, May 15 in Munich. Click "read more" below for additional information.
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View Newspaper Group and Michigan Web Press to Acquire The Daily News and Stafford Printing (piworld.com)

View Newspaper Group and Michigan Web Press are pleased to announce the planned acquisition of the Daily News and Stafford Printing, both in Greenville, Mich. The acquisition is set to close on June 3. Founded in 2003 by Rick Burrough, View Newspaper Group will now include 19 community newspapers and a staff totaling more than 115, covering Lapeer, Sanilac, Huron, Saginaw, Shiawassee, Genesee, Oakland, Livingston, Montcalm and Ionia counties. The Daily News will be the group’s first daily newspaper.Michigan Web Press, founded in 1979 and acquired by Burrough in 1999, serves more than 60 individual newspaper and publishing companies, printing more than 120 daily, weekly and monthly newspaper and periodical titles. The company prints about 3 million papers every week distributed throughout Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Click "read more" below for additional information.
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Flint Group introduces its HexaCode water-based ink range for corrugated board, paper bags & sacks, shopping bags and gift wrap

Flint Group Paper & Board introduces HexaCode – a full range of water-based inks designed for best in class performance on corrugated board, paper bags and sacks, paper shopping bags and gift wraps. With excellent pH and viscosity stability, and optimised resolubility, printers will experience a reduction in process stops, less time with on-press maintenance and increased uptime. Superior print quality delivers high print definition, while the high colour strength of the HexaCode range provides the ability to print a wider range of colours supporting diverse packaging artwork and increasing ink mileage on press. Built to perform, HexaCode inks provide stunning results with winning benefits. Click "read more" below for additional information.
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Cenveo Announces Creative Digital Production Division in Joint Venture with Katana Studio LTD.

Cenveo announced the launch of a new division, Cenveo Digital Direct, through a joint venture with Katana Studio LTD, a global leader in computer generated imagery (CGI) production. Through a global network of digital content producers, Cenveo Digital Direct produces high-end work with rapid speed-to-market turnaround times. With a diverse team of creative and professional artists located in studios throughout the world, Cenveo Digital Direct enriches and enhances customers’ marketing strategies through a cost-effective model. Based out of Tustin, CA, Cenveo Digital Direct is led by Cappy Childs, President of Cenveo’s Print Group; and Wes Filipek, CEO of Katana Studio LTD. Click "read more" below for additional information.
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