TORONTO, Canada – November 21, 2019 – Earlier this month, Toronto hosted the 14th annual Canadian Printing Awards (CPAs) at the Palais Royal to a sold out crowd of 250+ attendees. Now in its 14th year, the CPAs are organized by PrintAction magazine and their parent company, Annex Business Media. Choosing from a record 319 submissions in the Print Design and Printing categories (an increase of nearly 100 from last year, many of which came from first-time entrants), a panel of independent judges recognized more than 110 Gold, Silver and Bronze trophy winners. Awards celebrated innovation by Canadian printers and technology suppliers. And while congratulations are due to all award recipients, three prominent Scodix users stood front and center.
Collectively, Scodix customers took home more than 25% of the distinguished honors, accumulating 30 overall awards, including 8 Golds. Mi5 Print and Digital was recognized with a Silver in the Magazine category, and PBI (Printing By Innovation), a newcomer to the awards, collected a Gold in the Marketing Collateral category and then two Silvers, in the Self Promotion, Printing Company category, as well as in the Specialty Effects category. Mi5 has only been a Scodix Ultra Pro Foil user since December 2018, while PBI installed their Scodix Ultra 101 press less than six months ago in May.
The big winner of the night was easily CJ Graphics Inc. Communication Solutions who received an astounding 26 CPAs on the evening (including 7 Golds). Notably, CJ Graphics were the first production facility in North America to install the newly released Scodix Ultra Pro with Scodix Foil system back in 2015.
While his company was receiving overwhelming accolades, CJ Graphics’ President and CEO, Jay Mandarino, was also honored with the John A. Young Lifetime Achievement Award.
As President and CEO (and self-promoted Head Oyster Shucker) of The CJ Group of Companies, Mandarino oversees the daily operations of 35 companies (and still growing), including his Not-For-Profit ventures, with total sales amassing over $45 million. Located in a 240,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility in Mississauga, Ontario, the companies continue to grow, regardless of recent economic industry challenges. Mandarino had been previously named Canada’s Printing Leader of the Year at past CPAs, celebrating world-class printing and industry achievement.
His dedication to the industry is reflected in that CJ Graphics is the most award-winning printing company in the world receiving over a reported 6500 awards to date. The company’s accolades, among countless others, also include being named Canada’s Printer of the Year and making the list of 100 Most Profitable Companies by Profit Magazine. Earlier this year, CJ Graphics was the first company to win a record 22 Benny awards in one year more than any other printer in the history of the contest with thousands of entrees from around the globe.
Image Caption #1: “While his company was receiving 26 awards at the Canadian Printing Awards, CJ Graphics’ President & CEO, Jay Mandarino, was honored with the John A. Young Lifetime Achievement Award.”
Image Caption #2: “Using the Scodix Ultra Pro digital enhancement press, CJ Graphics not only won Gold with their ‘Johnnie Walker Blue Label Carton’ entry, but also Silver and Bronze in the Print Design Packaging category.”
Image Caption #3: “Equipped with their Scodix digital enhancement press, Printing By Innovation (PBI) won Gold at the Canadian Printing Awards with their ‘Print Against the Grain’ entry in the Marketing Collateral category.”
About CJ Graphics
Jay Mandarino (President & CEO) founded CJ Graphic Images as a partnership in 1980, during his last year of high school. In 1981, CJ Graphics was registered as a proprietorship, and in 1985 it was incorporated as CJ Graphics Inc. Now, as CJ Graphics Inc. Communication Solutions, CJ Graphics is made up of over 35 companies (most of which are now divisions) operating in one state-of-the art facility located on 8.9 acres – with room to grow – and currently is just under one-quarter-million square feet of office, warehouse and production space. It also has a print museum and houses the world’s largest indoor not-for profit air-conditioned skate park servicing all kids in the community including those with special needs. CJ Graphics prides itself as a truly a one-stop solution for any client, whether local or from outside of Canada.
About Mi5 Print and Digital Communications
With five operations and offices throughout the U.S. and Canada, Mi5 Print is one of the leading marketing services vendors to North America’s top shopping retailers. Proudly creating millions of winning POP elements that pull customers down the aisle to engage and activate in the critical “Last Three Feet”, Mi5 is a complete end-to-end provider. Recognized as one of the most innovative, efficient and professional supplier of quality commercial offset printing and digital printing, wide format printing, print bindery, print finishing and fulfillment services. From the initial concept to the store shelf, Mi5 delivers completely custom products that make retail brands outshine and standout.
About Printing By Innovation
Printing By Innovation (PBI), with locations in Beamsville, Ontario and Surrey, BC, is a full-service printing company supporting clients globally. Their renovated 40,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility in Ontario hosts dedicated staff, production equipment, and fulfillment services. Accordingly, PBI is equipped to handle all of a client’s design, printing, mailing, and marketing needs. And, committed to “Going the Extra Mile”, PBI prides themselves on continuously delivering above and beyond expectations… always.
Scodix Ltd. is a leading provider of digital print enhancement presses for the graphic arts industry, giving print service providers and converters real, measurable added value to the products they deliver to their customers. Scodix gives clients the tools they need to expand their product portfolio and stay one step ahead of the competition. Through its Scodix S Series, Scodix Ultra series and Scodix E106™ press, the company offers a range of applications including: Scodix Sense™ with exceptional tactile results for embossed effects; Scodix Foil™ utilizing all types of foil to deliver unmatched foil enhancement capabilities; Scodix Spot™ for silkscreen effects; Scodix VDP/VDE™ (with barcode) for personalization including variable foil; Scodix Metallic™ enhance print with metallic colouring; Scodix Glitter™ for a digital-glittering experience; Scodix Braille™ for short-run production; Scodix Crystals ™ replacing the manual placement of chatons; and Scodix Cast&Cure™ for 3D holographic effects. What’s more, all Scodix applications are manufactured on a single Scodix digital enhancement press.
The company’s aim is to lead print enhancement into the digital age and to be known for its passion and commitment to providing what customers need the most – true brand differentiation for today’s highly competitive printing environment.
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