R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company (Nasdaq:RRD) announced today that it was recognized with 37 awards in the 2015 Gold Ink Award competition, one of the print industry's most prestigious competitions open to all print providers worldwide. This year's Gold Ink Award winners were selected from approximately 1,000 entries submitted in nearly 50 different categories. Winning pieces surpassed their competitors based on print quality, technical difficulty and overall visual effect. Now in its 28th year, a panel of distinguished graphic arts professionals judged this competition over the course of four days. "Quality, craftsmanship and innovation are driving factors at RR Donnelley and it's that continuing focus which allows us to support the brand strategies of our customers with communications of the highest caliber," said Thomas J. Quinlan, President and Chief Executive Officer of RR Donnelley. "It is a source of great pride for all of us at RR Donnelley to have our efforts recognized with so many of these prestigious awards across so many categories." Sixteen RR Donnelley facilities produced the pieces that were recognized with an award across five primary categories, including 15 awards in Commercial Printing, 12 awards in Books, five awards in Magazines, three awards in Catalogs, and two awards in Packaging.
Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (Nasdaq:EFII) has announced that PDI Large Format Solutions (www.pdi-gf.com), a subsidiary of Montreal-based PDI Group Inc., is the first business in Canada to install both the next-generation, high-end flatbed/roll-fed EFI™ VUTEk® h3 superwide-format LED printer, and the new EFI VUTEk 3r+ roll-to-roll LED printer. The company has also purchased and installed an EFI VUTEk FabriVU® 340i soft signage printer. This significant technology upgrade gives PDI Large Format Solutions the platform to drive growth over the next few years.
The company purchased all three printers at the 2018 SGIA Expo tradeshow. According to Jamie Barbieri, president of PDI Group Inc., the purchase ensures that the company can consistently deliver high-quality work even as volume needs expand. Plus, with its new LED and soft signage printing capabilities, PDI Large Format can recapture jobs it had outsourced in the past.
Higher capacity, quality and efficiency
The new EFI devices take us to a new level of capacity, quality and efficiency,” said Francis Tellier, president of PDI Large Format Solutions. “We’ve increased our production capacity by 40%, and we have aggressive plans to double our annual growth for the next few years. In addition, the new devices feature significantly lower costs for ink, electricity and maintenance, which helps us maintain our competitiveness in a large market.
“When it came time to invest in new technology, we decided to build on our partnership because EFI was able to satisfy all our needs with its technology through one vendor,” he added. “They were able to give us roll-to-roll, rigid, and dye-sublimation technology with one service agreement. No one else could do that.”
With production facilities in Laval, a suburb of Montreal, PDI Large Format’s clients include many of the largest names in the Canadian retail space. The company is a recognized leader in point-of-purchase (POP) signage and specialty products, including three-dimensional custom displays.