12 September 2018

OTTAWA—

Utilities pushing customers to drop the mail
Utilities pushing customers to drop the mail
Canadian postal workers have voted in favour of strike action.That could happen as early as Sept. 26, shutting down mail delivery across the country .Direct mail printers have already found customers talking about putting campaigns on hold.The last postal strike saw direct mail volumes drop by 20% to 30% after the strike and took over a year to get volumes back to pre strike levels. Companies like Bell, Rogers, Enbridge Gas have started to push their customers to get their bills and make payments online.

12 September 2018

SWEDEN—

Watkiss booklet maker
Watkiss booklet maker
 Watkiss Automation has been bought by rival manufacturer Plockmatic Group. The Stockholm, Sweden group Plockmatic’s has been acquiring other bindery equipment manufactures . Plockmatic bought Morgana of Britain in 2013 and in 2016 bought Italian bindery manufacturer KGS Bindery. Watkiss machines are sold by OEM dealers worldwide under the PowerSquare brand.

12 September 2018

MONTREAL—

 
Royal Mail of Britain has bought Canadian courier Dicom expanded its North American reach. Dicom with head office in Montreal and is in the parcel delivery and freight business in Canada and the US. Dicom has about over 100 remittals in North America.

12 September 2018

BURLINGTON—

Gord Peters beside the new SDS EasyBender NS2
Gord Peters beside the new SDS EasyBender NS2
 Peters Steel Rule Dies (PSRD) has installed an SDS EasyBender NS2.The NS2 increases Peters Steel Rule Dies productivity, it gives  a greater precision and accuracy when bending the thicker pointage and increased height of rule With the new automated bender, It  provides more flexibility to the standard rules already processed daily.

12 September 2018

BURNABY, BC—

Pictured Left to Right: Greg Running (HP Indigo, Western Canada), Alfie Karmal (President/CEO Westkey), Zak Callaghan (HP Indigo Labels & Packaging)
 L to R: Greg Running (HP), Alfie Karmal (CEO Westkey), Zak Callaghan (HP)
Westkey Graphics, has added a  new Indigo 6900 digital label press, and an SEI Laser LabelMaster for laser die cutting and finishing. Highlights of the HP Indigo 6900 include:inline priming Unit, up to 7-colour (offering  white Ink, special inks metallic silver, fluorescent inks (Pink, Yellow, Orange and Green) vivid inks (Pink and Green) UV invisible inks (Red, Yellow and Blue) and security inks.

5 September 2018

MARKHAM—

Gang Run Trade Printer
Gang Run Trade Printer
BOSS LOGO in Markham appears to have closed. Industry sources have said it was  closed by creditors. BOSS LOGO started in 1995 as a gang run printer broker later bought their own presses and got into the on-line gang run trade business. BOSS LOGO has had financial difficulties for the last 3 to 4 years. 

5 September 2018

BELGIAN—

Spanish plate manufacture
Spanish plate manufacture
Agfa increases plate business in two deals. Agfa has bought the Spanish plate manufacture Ipagsa. Ipagsa makes thermal CTP plates, conventional, processless and violet CTP plates. They mainly  sell to  European and South American  at the lower price end of the market. Ipagsa has sales around $60 million.

5 September 2018

NEW JERSEY—

Offset Inks price going up
Offset Inks price going up
Sun Chemical will increase prices on ink, coating and consumable products in North America, effective October 1, 2018. Ongoing raw material supply disruptions, transportation costs, and governmental tariffs to changes in environmental regulations, continue to drive up the cost of products.

5 September 2018

KINGSEY FALLS,QC—

 
Cascades closing two of it's corrugated packaging plants. Coyle Packaging, Peterborough and Jellco Packaging Barrie. The closures will place by year-end. About  65 workers will be effective in total. Some staff will be offered transferred to other Cascades operations.

29 August 2018

STAMFORD , CONN—

Robert Burton Sr. out but family still in control
Robert Burton Sr. out but family still in control
 U.S. Bankruptcy Court has approved the reorganization of Cenveo, North America's largest envelope and label company. Debt will go from $1.1 billion US to $325 million. Cenveo has used up $68 million of their $175 million of asset-based line of credit.They will also have to pay $400,000 to unsecured creditors trustee. Cenveo will  have to assume all pre-bankruptcy pentions and all current union agreements. 

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