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The McAra Advantage Knowledge Adaptability Diversity Security Quality Power Value


Printing is committed to being Calgary’s leading high-end offset printer. We provide the best printing service in Calgary by building long-term partnerships with our clients based on honesty, trust and accountability. We achieve and maintain this with our ongoing investment in state-of-the-art technology, as well as our competitive pricing structure, superior approach to customer service, commitment to delivery schedules and our consistent top quality results.

A Brief History

The Pressroom

The Bindery

In 1909 an Edinburgh born printer, John D. McAra launched a modest printing business in Calgary. Through a depression and two world wars, McAra thrived and grew weathering all of Calgary’s famous booms and busts. McAra continues to thrive today by maintaining that tradition of service and craftsmanship that John D. McAra insisted upon 100 years ago. Accountability and strong business ethics continue to be the foundation we build on. For the next 100 years, McAra Printing will focus on being an enabler and productivity partner for our clients.

When touring McAra Printing’s spacious facility it becomes immediately apparent that we are a Heidelberg shop, from prepress through to bindery. Our mix of presses offers both huge capacity and diversity. Our climate-controlled pressroom houses an impressive array of Heidelberg press technology enabling us to print on anything from onionskin to cardboard.

McAra’s commitment to quality and process control dictates that we use only the most advanced bindery technology to finish your project.



Print Consultants McAra’s team of Senior Sales Representatives brings a wealth of graphic arts experience to their role as print consultants – offering solutions to your complex print requirements. McAra’s print consultants are able to give detailed and accurate technical advice. Thorough pre-production analysis of your print project ensures on time delivery with no surprises or cost overruns.

Prepress McAra’s prepress department utilizes an advanced digital workflow engineered for precision and productivity. Our FTP site enables clients to upload digital content of any size and at any time. McAra utilizes a range of fully equipped, current generation Mac and Windows workstations for file preflight and preparation. To put it simply, all this means that we can take any file from any application and get it on press.

This 6 colour 41 inch press with aqueous coater takes only 15 minutes to set up and runs up to 18,000 sheets per hour.


HEIDELBERG VARIMATRIX 105 CS This versatile high-speed die cutter can precision emboss, score, kiss cut or die cut up to 7,500 sheets of 40” board per hour. • Muller Martini Perfect Binder with In-Line Collator & Three knife trimmer • MBO Model B-30 Folder 30” x 50” • Heidelberg Stahl Map Folder 30” x 50” • Heidelberg Stitchmaster Saddle-stitcher

Another 6 Colour, this press also takes 15 minutes to set up and runs up to 15,000 40” sheets per hour and has the capacity to run onionskin to 40pt board.

• Polar Automatic Cutter 45”


• Spiral Coil Binding Machine

The 6 Colour CD 74’s unique sheet travel uses oversize cylinders and air-cushion transfer technology ensure trouble free printing on substrates ranging from label stock up to 32 point board.

HEIDELBERG SPEEDMASTER SM52 2 Colour 20” press, can run up to 10,000 sheets / hour.

LETTER & KLUGE PRESS Heidelberg Cylinder, Heidelberg Platen Die-cutting & Embossing Presses; Kluge Foiling & Embossing Press.

• Polar 115 Computerized Cutting System 45” • Stitchers • Cerlox Binding Machine

Environmental Stewardship Our long history gives us a unique perspective on environmental conservancy and drives our mandate of ecologically sustainable business practices. McAra Printing has attained certification from the Forest Stewardship Council and pioneered the use of vegetable-based inks in Western Canada. Our goal is to produce technically advanced and appealing print products with minimal environmental impact.

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The McAra Advantage

McAra Advantage  

A brochure highlighting McAra Printing's competitive advantage in the marketplace.