Transcon to close 2 Canadian printing plants
Transcontinental Inc. will close its printing plants in Concord, Ontario, and Edmonton, Alberta, at the end of the year. The closures will result in the loss of 120 jobs.
“We are always looking at possible solutions to maximize our print platform,” said Jacques Gregoire, president of the printing division of Transcontinental. “Our recent analyses have led us to close the Concord and Edmonton facilities in order to consolidate our production in state-of-the-art plants which will increase our efficiency and utilization rate.”
TC Transcontinental prints more than 200 local and 10 daily papers across Canada, and more than 30 magazines including Elle Quebec and Canadian Living.
NYT nixes autos section, Texas Tribune partnership
The New York Times is shuttering its automobiles section in order to cut costs, Capital New York reported.
The 20-year-old section runs on Sundays and will cease publication as of the first of the year.
“The masthead and I concluded there is no longer an economic reason for a separate section,” said Dean Baquet executive editor of NYT.
Baquet went on to say that NYT will continue to cover the automobile industry within the pages of the newspaper and in the business section.
Meantime, NYT ended its partnership with the nonprofit Texas Tribune. Since 2010, the Texas Tribune has produced a two-page section in the Texas edition of the NYT in print and online, which featured the best political and public policy reporting by the Tribune’s team of journalists, the paper said.
The NYT dissolved the partnership due to the, “challenging economic times that continue to bedevil the media industry,” according to a blog post from Texas Tribune.
N.Y. daily to close in January
The Tonawanda (N.Y.) News said it will close in January. About 20 employees will lose their jobs as a result. The paper reported that revenue from advertising and circulation failed to keep pace with expenses.
“The paper tried everything possible to stabilize and grow the paper but it eventually became an impossible goal,” said Publisher Chris Voccio.
The final edition will be Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, and the website will also shut down.
The Tonawanda News was founded in 1880, serving Tonawanda and North Tonawanda, Wheatfield and the Village of Kenmore, which are all suburbs of Buffalo.
Parent company Greater Niagara Newspapers Group, a division of Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., also publishes the Niagara Gazette in Niagara Falls, and the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal in the north suburban Buffalo market, and said both of those papers will continue to serve their markets.

Educational Book Printers Mercury Print Productions, Webcrafters Thrive with Prosper Inkjet Presses

Mercury and Webcrafters are using Kodak Prosper presses to optimize throughput and be more nimble to meet changes in the educational book printing industry. A shift in the education market toward using more personalized curricula and digital content has required printers to update print resources more frequently and support shorter print run requests. With customers now demanding greater flexibility and variety of applications from printers, Kodak Prosper presses are enabling its customers to meet this demand and help them continue growing year over year.

Mercury Print Productions
Mercury, which just celebrated its billionth printed page on its Prosper presses, is a full-service commercial printer with a digital print book division that uses three Prosper presses to broaden its offerings of short-run, on-demand book production. The Prosper presses include a black-and-white Kodak Prosper 1000 and two Kodak Prosper 5000XLi presses. With large publishers requiring quality, flexibility and competitive pricing from print service providers, the predictability of Prosper presses allows Mercury to offer efficiencies in its supply chain that make it an ideal partner for publishers.

“During the busy seasons, our Kodak Prosper presses are running at full capacity, resulting in growth year after year. This production platform enables us to digitally print books for our partners in the education industry,” explained Christian Schamberger, Mercury’s president. “In many cases, a job will come in and it needs to be out the door the same week. Customers are asking us to take on more and more volume in a condensed timeframe, which wouldn’t be possible without our Prosper presses, as the shorter runs and on-demand requests of educational book publishers require an extremely high level of efficiency from us.”

Webcrafters Inc.
Webcrafters Inc., a commercial printer serving the education and trade book market, is running two webfed digital inkjet Prosper 5000XLi presses to print four-color books. With customers asking for more specialized jobs and shorter print runs, the Prosper presses are enabling Webcrafters to print on-demand as efficiently as possible, while still providing the variety of printed products its customers look for to succeed in a competitive educational book market. As a result, Webcrafters has been able to continue growing its business.

“The Prosper press has enabled us to take advantage of changes in the industry,” said Brad Koch, Webcrafters’ vice president of sales and marketing. “Publishers are looking to us to provide printed materials that complement online learning content, which has required a new level of customization that’s only been possible with Kodak Technology.”

John O’Grady, managing director, United States and Canada regions, and vice president, Eastman Kodak, also noted: “It’s great to see our customers embrace Kodak Technology innovation in support of their business growth and expanding customer needs. Kodak Prosper presses provide printers with the flexibility in high speed inkjet digital printing systems necessary to keep up in an industry where the demand for and consumption of educational resources continues to quickly evolve.”