1 April 2020

NORWAY—

Printed books beat computer screens
Printed books beat computer screens
 Norwegian study on reading texts on paper versus computer screen and  effects on reading comprehension. Educational reading assessment is increasingly digitized. They compared comprehension of linear texts read on paper and computer screen.  Students reading print performed better than students reading on screen.  Certain features of digitized text display may impede aspects of reading comprehension.

1 April 2020

HEIDELBERG , GERMANY—

Rainer Hundsdorfer  CEO of Heidelberg
Rainer Hundsdorfer CEO of Heidelberg
 Heidelberg has begun to implement a wide-ranging “action package” to restore profitability that will see up to 2,000 jobs lost and possible plant closures. Heidelberg has about 11,000 employees worldwide. The new strategy, named by the company as “painful changes”, will be put in motion to refocus the German manufacturer on its most profitable business units.

1 April 2020

ROCHESTER . NEW YORK—

HP's Canadian head office in Mississauga
HP's Canadian head office in Mississauga
 Xerox announced  that it would be dropping its hostile takeover bid of HP. The war began last fall with  increasingly angry letters between the two companies, and confrontational actions from Xerox, including an attempt to take over the HP board that had rejected its takeover overtures.

1 April 2020

WARRENDALE—

PIA economic forecast for the printing industry
 
 The key economic question as we approach mid year is external risks abound the  uncertain  spread and impact of the coronavirus, supply chain disruptions from the virus, trade tensions, a price war on oil,the aging of the expansion. Our current economic dashboard signifies the chance of a recession in the economy in the next 12 months at 30 percent. At the same time the chance of a slowing but still growing sluggish scenario is 35 per cent. In total, the likelihood of a decline, no growth, or very slow growth is almost 70 percent.

1 April 2020

TORONTO—

 
We are facing an unprecedented moment for the printing industry in Canada as organizations grapple with protecting staff and families from the spread of COVID-19, while working to mitigate the economic impact the outbreak is having on their business. There is significant concern among our industry members of the short and long-term impacts the COVID- 19 outbreak will have on the overall health of our industry. We recognize that the CPIA has an important role to play in engaging our Federal Government on our collective economic importance and interests.

25 March 2020

TOKYO—

Major competitor to Xerox and a major supplier to HP
Major competitor to Xerox and a major supplier to HP
It has  been reported that Canon will cut its ties with HP Inc if the hostile takeover bid launched by Xerox is successful. Canon CEO Fujio Matarai is quoted as saying that a takeover by Xerox would create a company rivalling Canon’s own business. HP buys laser printer components from Canon, and is one of the Japanese manufacturer’s biggest customers. The relationship, which involves sharing of technology and IP, is based on trust between the companies’ top management, Matarai adds.

25 March 2020

QUEBEC CITY—

Sold screen printing division
Sold screen printing division
2nd Skin  announce that it recently acquired the textile division of Id pro, a major screen‑printing production center. With this new acquisition, 2nd Skin is now the largest textile printing company in Eastern Canada and is looking to expand into the rest of the country. The acquisition has significantly increased 2nd Skin's production capacity. With nine automatic screen‑printing presses in a new 17,000 sq. ft. plant,

25 March 2020

ROCHESTER . NEW YORK—

Xerox has bought 5 dealers in the last two years.
Xerox has bought 5 dealers in the last two years.
Xerox has acquired two leading services and technology providers, Altodigital and ITEC Connect. Altodigital and ITEC are both  in managed print services and specialists in IT services, an area into which Xerox is rapidly expanding .This is the fourth  acquisition targeting the  SMB market this year. In January, Xerox announced the purchase of Arena Group, which provides office technology, software, solutions and services.

24 March 2020

QUEENS PARK—

Printing industry part of essential services supply chain
Printing industry part of essential services supply chain
Ontario and Quebec are closing all non essential business because of the Covid-19 pandemic . Only essential services will be allowed to stay open and those companies that supply them. Packaging and direct mail have been named  directly and because the printing industry supplies almost all of the business listed as essential, it is assumed all printers are included . PrintCAN has received notices from a lot of printers telling their customers they will be remaining open.

24 March 2020

TORONTO—

Heather Black has a long history of  working in recruiting in the printing industry
Heather Black has a long history of working in recruiting in the printing industry
 To meet demand from its growing customer base, Connecting for Results Inc., has engaged Heather Black. Heather has been successful in helping both employees and employers manage the transitions in customer needs and digital applications. She has managed the full spectrum of functions in Printing/Graphics Arts/Graphic Communications, which gives her in-depth insight into the

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