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Takeover #10 for Focus with Sydney Allen 

Takeover specialist Mark Shergill of Focus Print has signed a deal to acquire failed Sydney printing icon Sydney Allen, which collapsed into receivership last month. Shergill prevailed against several other bidders after a two-week sale of business process conducted by CRS Insolvency Services.

  • Print21 ANZ drupafest Party – you’re invited 

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    Put away the bratwurst and frankfurters, Print21 is going upmarket to host its after show party for locals visiting drupa. Print21 drupafest Party is now the hottest ticket at the Düsseldorf trade show.

  • Meeting your brand face-to face 

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    Are you a consumer who’s taken by cute cartoon anthropomorphic characters flogging everything from ice cream to batteries? You’re not alone and your response has attracted the attention of tyro marketer, Declan O’Neill, Canon’s 2016 Honours Scholarship.

  • Melbourne wall collapse firm falls 

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    Melbourne sign company Aussie Signs, fined $250,000 for its role in a fatal Swanston Street wall collapse three years ago, has gone into voluntary liquidation. The company was hired by construction giant Grocon to erect an advertising hoarding on the front of a brick wall at the site.

  • Avery Dennison attaches Mactac for $306m 

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    Global adhesive labels giant Avery Dennison has paid €200m ($A306m) to acquire the European business of major competitor Mactac from US private equity firm Platinum Equity. “We have been very impressed with what Mactac’s team has accomplished.”

  • Entries open for this year’s PANPAs 

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    Entries have opened for the PANPA Advertising & Marketing Awards for news media publishers from around the Asia-Pacific region. The annual awards, which attracted a record 450 entries last year, feature three key categories: advertising, marketing and executive excellence.

  • Lotsa laughs from North Qld printer 

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    North Queensland printer Lotsa Print and Signage is back with the 53rd issue of its politically incorrect house magazine Lotsa Laughs. “If you find this publication is not to your liking, please destroy it,” advises publisher and Lotsa co-owner Peter Martin.

  • Australian Paper seals 75,000,000 envelopes 

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    Australian Paper signed a deal with Trade Envelopes to boost its envelope business and will produce 75 million envelopes a year that are currently being manufactured overseas. The Trade Envelopes plant in Sydney will be expanded with seven more employees and extra machinery.

  • Reflections of a retiring CEO 

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    “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” Retiring Printing Industries CEO Bill Healey will be farewelled tomorrow at a lunch in Sydney. In his final column for Print21 magazine, Bill reflects on five tumultuous years at the head of the industry’s peak body.

  • Heroprint Doubles Stock Range with New HUV 10 Colour Komori 

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    National trade printer Heroprint with offset/digital plants in Sydney and Perth and standalone digital plants in Melbourne and Brisbane, has increased its stock offering dramatically in the last three months.

  • Stellar Print first to install new Screen CTP 

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    Stellar Print on Queensland’s Gold Coast has revamped its prepress department with a new Fujifilm-supplied Screen B2 thermal platesetter and XMF workflow. “We felt we needed to improve our quality, reliability and efficiency to compete on the open market,” said Jeff Roberts of Stellar Print.

  • Countdown for PrintNZ apprentice award 

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    Five finalists in PrintNZ’s Apprentice of the Year award will be counting down the days to the annual Pride in Print awards to be held in Auckland on May 13. The finalists are: Andrew Jenkins, Quality Print; Sione Tonga, Stratex; Faanuualii Suafoa, PMP Print; Paul Falvey, Printlink; and Martin Maunsell, Orora.

  • Solenis acquires Nuplex ANZ for $21 million 

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    Chemicals manufacturer Solenis Australia has signed a deal to buy the ANZ division of pulp and paper chemicals maker Nuplex Industries for $A21 million. Nuplex’s manufacturing site in Victoria and its staff will be transferred with the sale.

  • Digital strategy key to print’s survival: study 

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    The Australian printing industry needs a coordinated approach to deal with the impact of digital technology, according to the recipient of a Visual Connections research grant. ‘The printing industry cannot survive in isolation as the world moves forward into an integrated and automated future.’

  • Another Green World 

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    Some green initiatives are better than others and some have more credibility than others. The ones that bash paper are the worst and if you hear claims that paper’s use is responsible for the mass destruction of trees, be suspicious, says sustainability consultant Laurel Brunner.

  • Andrew Macaulay named new PIAA CEO 

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    The PIAA board has appointed Sydney-based Andrew Macaulay to replace Jason Allen as CEO after a recruitment process involving more than 100 applicants from Australia and overseas. Acting president Kieran May said the board was unanimous in its choice.

  • Orora NZ powers up new Roland 707 press 

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    Manroland has installed a brand new Roland 707 LV HiPrint seven-colour sheetfed offset press at packaging giant Orora’s new Greenfield plant in New Zealand. “The new Roland 707 offset will boost Orora’s high speed production operation,” said Nabil Askari, GM, Orora NZ.

  • Giant APP pulp mill threatens forests: report 

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    Environmental groups have warned that a massive new $2.6 billion pulp mill opening later this year in South Sumatra could threaten Indonesia’s remaining virgin forests. “APP, while it has been presenting itself as a champion of zero deforestation, is building one of the world’s biggest pulp mills.”