Transcontinental Inc.'s Media Sector, TC Media, announced today the sale of three of its publications, namely L'Étoile du Lac, based in Roberval, Le Lac-St-Jean, in Alma, and Le Nouvelles Hebdo, in Dolbeau-Mistassini, as well as their related web properties, to Trium Médias Inc. The group consists of two TC Media employees, namely Ms. Marlène Claveau and Ms. Stéphanie Gagnon, as well as Mr. Daniel St-Pierre. The 23 employees of these publications will pursue their careers with Trium Médias Inc. The Corporation would like to thank them for their professionalism and wishes them the best for the future. Furthermore, TC Transcontinental also concluded a multi-year agreement for the printing and distribution of these three publications. This transaction is part of the process for the sale of TC Media's local and regional newspapers in Quebec and Ontario, which was made public in a press release issued by Transcontinental Inc. on April 18.
The term “hybrid production environment” denotes plants that can print with both conventional and digital equipment. But, today, how meaningful a designation is it?
Consider that of the companies listed in the 2018 Printing Impressions 400 ranking of the top printers in the U.S. and Canada, just 30 said that their service offerings did not include some form of digital printing (web, cut-sheet, wide- and grand-format, and hybrid offset/digital printing). Further subtracting the 24 that reported being digital-only shops (double 2017’s number) and the 15 that did not share information about their capabilities leaves 331 plants with both conventional and digital processes.
These listees clearly fit the definition of “hybrid” environments. But, semantics aside, are they simply companies equipping themselves with whatever it takes to stay competitive in the printing industry as it now operates? Put another way, does the fact that these bi-capable plants are so numerous indicate that hybridization is the industry’s new normal? This requires some perspective.
Although the adoption of digital printing is accelerating, the conventional processes — principally offset lithography — continue to hold powerful sway. At the 2018 Xeikon Café event, Marco Boer, VP of IT Strategies, noted that just 3% of all print is produced using digital technology.
Addressing the label and packaging segment, another speaker, Bob Leahey, associate director of Keypoint Intelligence, pointed out that digital printing accounted for only a tiny slice of that $167 billion market.
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