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Print volumes trend down in 2016 – Rasmussen 

Increased consolidation and the growth of the wide format and digital sectors were hallmarks of the industry in 2016, says expert Richard Rasmussen of Ascent Partners (pictured) in his annual review.

  • Canon and KM sign on as Pacprint gold sponsors 


    Canon Australia and Konica Minolta will support PacPrint 2017 as Gold Sponsors, joining Currie Group, Graphic Art Mart, HP and Pozitive at that premium level of sponsorship. Roland is the event’s Platinum Sponsor, while Silver Sponsors include EFI, Mimaki and Spicers.

  • 5% membership increase is PIAA end of year gift 


    The final board meeting of Printing Industries held yesterday in Sydney brought the old and the new together. Ron Patterson and Peter Clark, the recently elected board members from Victoria and Tasmania, joined their future colleagues to review the year.

  • KM’s Cooke adds voice to anti-slavery chorus 

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    Dr David Cooke, Managing Director Konica Minolta, has joined business and religious leaders calling on the Turnbull government to pass laws against slavery-like conditions in Australia’s trading partners, pointing to similar legislation on the books in Britain as a model for fighting modern slavery.

  • Dolly gets the axe after nearly 50 years in print 


    Bauer Media will cease printing iconic teen magazine Dolly, shifting it to a digital-only format following its December 5 edition. The move comes seven months after Bauer relaunched Dolly as a mobile-first publication with a bi-monthly print edition. Ex-publisher Marina Go says the website is to blame.

  • Printed mail remains safe despite letterbox thefts 

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    NSW Police have warned that theft of mail from residential letterboxes fuels identity theft by international crime gangs, but industry professionals say printed mail is still safer than online. According to the ACCC, only 1.9 percent of identity theft scams reported in 2015 were due to direct mail.

  • Queensland guillotine gives backaches the chop 


    Staff at IPG Connect in Brendale, near Moreton Bay, Queensland, say that a Daeho 116 guillotine installed by Currie Group last year has boosted their productivity – and reduced their back pains. The guillotine has increased the speed of IPG’s operations by 60 percent over its old machine.

  • Winds of change – PIAA recruits five top women 


    Printing Industries has announced the recruitment of two additional workplace relations advisers into the team. Both advisers are experienced operators and their recruitment will further strengthen the Association’s ability to service member needs, says CEO Andrew Macaulay.

  • Management buy-out of Ferrostaal 


    Carsten Wendler, managing director, takes over the Australian and NZ printing and packaging supply business, renaming it Print & Pack Pty Ltd. This was the name of the original company that Wendler joined in 1996 as the packaging equipment business development manager.

  • Industry outrage at Australia Post price hike 


    Australia Post’s New Year postal rate increase on commercial mailing of an average of 3.7 percent from January 3 next year is the latest in a series of price hikes inflicted on the direct marketing, mailing and printing sectors.

  • Telstra directories to be printed in Asia – again 


    The tender process for printing next financial year’s White and Yellow Pages phone directories is underway – but don’t expect Australian printers to get much of a look in as printers in Singapore and China gobble up the lion’s share of the work.

  • Konica Minolta launches violence support network 

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    Following the launch of its Domestic and Family Violence Support Policy, Konica Minolta now has a diverse group of employees across Australia trained by experts from the University of NSW (UNSW) to act as ‘go-to’ people for victims and perpetrators of domestic violence.

  • State of the industry – PIAA boss reflects on 2016 


    As his first year as CEO of Printing Industries comes to a close, Andrew Macaulay says the association has come a long way since the beginning of 2016, but there is still much to be done. In a letter to members, Macaulay thanked them and the directors for their support and advice.

  • PANTONE certs are coming – swatch this space 


    X-Rite will bring a new certification standard to Australia with the announcement of a PANTONE Certified Printer (PCP) trainer in January 2017. David Stead, X-Rite Sales Manager Australia and New Zealand, said X-Rite had wanted to test the waters in North America before taking the program global.

  • Heidelberg announces $71 million innovation hub 

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    Heidelberg will open a €50 million ($71 million) development centre at its Wiesloch-Walldorf site in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, the company announced last week. Executives say it will be the most advanced printing research facility in the world when it opens in 2018.

  • The potential of environmental credentials 


    In the graphics industry, the idea of making Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) is basically an alien concept. But, from printed matter through to the machinery and systems used to produce print media, EPDs are becoming increasingly important to procurement, writes Laurel Brunner.

  • “We’ve come a long way” – IVE’s first year 

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    IVE Group did better than it promised in its stockmarket launch by turning in a $20.9 million profit for its first year as a publicly listed company. According to Geoff Selig, chairman, the first year’s figures are well up on previous results and better than the company’s propsectus.

  • PMP bosses flag $40m savings post IPMG merger 


    Matthew Bickford-Smith, chairman of PMP, anticipates major cost reductions following the company’s proposed merger with IPMG. Bickford-Smith said that over-capacity is a problem in the printing industry, and consolidation is the solution.

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