Grafikom introduces BlisterGuard(TM) - An innovative packaging solution for packaged goods marketers

    TORONTO, March 6 /CNW/ - Grafikom proudly introduces BlisterGuard(TM), an
innovative packaging alternative that provides security and pilfer-resistance
desired by manufacturers and retailers with a reduced environmental footprint
and at a lower price point than traditional clear plastic clamshells.
    Grafikom is the exclusive Canadian manufacturer of BlisterGuard(TM)
Packaging. BlisterGuard(TM) was created by Colbert Packaging in Illinois, USA.
The product has received the 2005 Paperboard Packaging Council Innovation
Award and the 2007 Governor of Illinois' Sustainable Technology Award.
    Grafikom has made a significant investment in bringing this innovative
technology to the Canadian market in order to provide expanded options for its
customers. Packaging from BlisterGuard(TM) can be up to 44% lighter than a
similar plastic clamshell and, depending on the design, can use 75% less
plastic. BlisterGuard(TM) is printed with vegetable-based inks and is made of
paperboard, a renewable resource. In contrast, traditional plastic clamshells
are petroleum-based, a non-renewable resource. The paper fibre used in
BlisterGuard(TM) is certified as being managed under Sustainable Forestry
Initiative (SFI) standards.
    Depending on the design, BlisterGuard(TM) packaging can cost up to 35%
less than the total cost of traditional plastic packaging methods, including
clamshells and paper insert cards used to display the packaging graphics.
Additionally, retail display performance is enhanced due the reduction in
glare usually found with clamshells.
    "Product innovation is a fundamental commitment of Grafikom", says
company President and CEO Gord Griffiths. We continually seek alternatives in
all of our markets - packaging, specialty and document production - to find
ways to improve our customers' products, enhance efficiencies and reduce
    "Grafikom is a unique printing company for packaged goods marketers",
says Rael Fisher, Grafikom Senior Vice President, Sales. Unlike most
conventional packaging companies that only print the packaging itself, we
offer our customers a wide array of printed products complemented with an
extensive list of print related services. With these capabilities, Grafikom is
a single source resource, taking care of our customers complete packaging
needs along with their related sales and marketing requirements used to
promote their packaged products. As a result, we can provide brand, image,
content and colour integrity throughout an entire marketing campaign, while
also simplifying the associated supply chain. BlisterGuard(TM) is an exciting
addition to our product array, and further enhances our ability to support our
clients' marketing objectives."
    Canadian manufacturing of BlisterGuard(TM) is now available exclusively
at Grafikom. For more information contact your Grafikom sales representative
or Alan Simmons, Product Manager, Grafikom Packaging Solutions, (416)

    About Grafikom

    Privately held and Canadian owned, Grafikom LP is one of the largest
networked printing companies in Canada offering document, packaging and
specialty print solutions to customers throughout North America and elsewhere
around the world. Grafikom employs over 700 people and operates facilities in
Toronto (ON), Calgary (AB), Edmonton (AB), Sherbrooke (QC) and Guadalajara,
Mexico. Grafikom also has sales offices in Montreal (QC) and New York (NY).

For further information:

For further information: Gordon Griffiths, President & CEO, (416)
449-4499; Rael Fisher, Senior Vice President, Sales, (416) 445-8800; Rebecca
Biagioni, VP, Strategic Development & Marketing, (416) 449-4499;, 1-877-grafikom,

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