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June 27, 2019

CAPITAL PLANS AND BUILDING PLANS FOR 2019

2018 was a heavy capital year for Friesens and this continues in 2019. Some equipment is already installed, and other equipment has been ordered and is scheduled for installation later this year. Let’s begin with the big news. Friesens is expanding. We will be adding 35,000 sq. feet to the west side of our existing […]

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June 17, 2019

High-Fidelity Printing On Uncoated Paper

We continue to see a growing number of high-fidelity art books, photography books, cookbooks, etc., on uncoated papers. While every job is treated with the same care, expertise, and attention to detail, we do know that certain markets/projects and customers have different needs and expectations. In general, the term “high-fidelity” colour describes a variety of […]

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June 17, 2019

Paper, Paper, Paper

The good news is that we have returned, at least for the moment, to a place of greater stability with regards to paper supply for the book industry in North America. Paper is generally easy to buy right now, lead times have returned to normal (compared to the long lead times we encountered in 2018), […]

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May 09, 2019

What’s That Smell

Smell is a powerful thing. We’ve known for a long time that smell is closely linked to memory. Maybe the smell of cookies makes you think about making with your grandmother, or perhaps the smell of freshly cut grass brings back thoughts of playing outside with friends. For me, it’s the smell of books. You […]

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May 09, 2019

Industry Challenges

Last year we had issues with paper, as mills continued to close and there was a paper shortage throughout the industry.  Friesens having a good financial relationship with our paper mills and also forecasting and increasing our paper inventory/warehousing, helped us stay ahead of this issue and make it through relatively unscratched. And, this year, […]

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May 05, 2019

Expansion Plans for 2019

2018 was a heavy capital year for Friesens, and 2019 will be no different. Some equipment is already installed, and other equipment has been ordered and is scheduled for installation later this year. Let’s begin with the big news. In 2018, Friesens replaced a twenty-year-old Kolbus hardcover line with a new Müller Martini line. The […]

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March 08, 2019

Friesens Corporation recognized for its work with newcomers to Canada

From: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada News release One of 3 Employer Awards given out by IRCC March 6, 2019 – Altona, MB – The Government of Canada is recognizing Friesens Corporation for its support of newcomers to Canada, including offering on-the-job skills and language training. The Altona, Manitoba, business was named today as one of 3 […]

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March 08, 2019

We Have You Covered

There are many options available when it comes to finishing your covers. In this article are the variety of cover finishes we have available to make your book look unique. Lamination The look of a cover can be greatly affected depending on what laminate you choose. Following are some options we have available: • Gloss […]

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February 12, 2019

Muller Martini Hardcover Binding Line

Video of New Muller Martini Hardcover Line In ActionWe installed a brand-new Muller Martini hardcover binding line in 2017 and as of this week completed the installation of our 2nd brand-new Muller Marini hardcover binding line. Operators are extremely excited! Based on our first lines results we expect to see the faster setup, less waste, […]

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October 09, 2018

Digital Connections – Endsheets

At first glance endsheets appear to be among the simplest components that unite in the constructionof a hard cover book. Endsheets are the deceptively simple element that binds the text pages of a bookto the cover. An endsheet consists of a single sheet of paper with a fold down the middle. If endsheetswere always blank, […]

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