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PIAA takes Bragg fight to state government 

Printing Industries has thrown its support behind threatened Sydney printer Bragg Printing and accused the NSW government of riding rough shod over small business. “It appears the decision is not directly related to infrastructure but is heavily influenced by commercial property developers they’re involved with,” said PIAA CEO Andrew Macaulay.

  • Access Print Solutions rescues Cadillac 

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    Sydney’s Access Print Solutions continued its national expansion by buying Adelaide web offset business Cadillac Printing that had been scheduled to shut down this month. “We had read that Cadillac was closing down and they were a client…so our directors popped around to see what was happening.”

  • AustPost profits despite record fall in letters 

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    Australia Post made $36m in full-year profit – a turnaround of $258m compared to the previous year – despite another heavy fall in its postal business. Addressed letter volumes fell by 9.7 per cent, the largest ever 12-month decline.

  • Centrum braces for the KBA Rapida 145 

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    Centrum Printing is reinforcing its Sydney plant in preparation for the arrival of a new KBA Rapida 145 large format sheetfed offset press bought at drupa and due to arrive in November. Workers are laying giant concrete slabs strenthened with piles for extra stability to support 50 tonnes-plus of machinery.

  • Melbourne’s Hi-Mark Press shuts down 

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    Fifty-year-old print business Hi-Mark Press has gone into liquidation and a creditors meeting has been set for next month. The family-run print and design firm based at Wiiliamstown in Melbourne’s south-west called in liquidators earlier this week.

  • Healthy result for Blackmores at APC awards 

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    Vitamins giant Blackmores won the top prize at this year’s Australian Packaging Covenant awards for a near perfect score in all areas of packaging sustainability. “It was inspiring to see so many committed and engaged members at our awards,” said APC CEO Trish Hyde.

  • New Anapurna hybrid from Agfa Graphics 

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    Agfa Graphics added to its LED UV-curing range with the Anapurna H3200i, which will be unveiled next month in Las Vegas. The belt-driven hybrid machine handles all types of roll media in a size up to 3.2m.

  • Demand for Future Print leaders program 

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    Places are filling up fast for the second Future Print course for supervisors and team leaders that starts next month at the PIAA headquarters. “This is a great program that helps newer team leaders and supervisors, as well as those transitioning into their first leadership role,” says Bill Healey.

  • Printer faces developer’s wrecking ball – ReVerb 

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    Bragg Printing is being forced out of its premises in Sydney as the NSW government pushes ahead with its compulsory acquisition policy. In this month’s ReVerb column, Andy McCourt argues that the ultimate winners will not be commuters nor the government but wealthy property developers.

  • The wedding’s off – PacMags cuts print titles 

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    Pacific Magazines is cutting the print editions of four of its titles – including Bride to Be – in a bid to create “a more sustainable, future-focused business.” It’s just been announced this morning that Pacific CEO Peter Zavecz is leaving the company to join News Corp.

  • Monopoly fears delay Fairfax/NZME merger 

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    The proposed merger between NZME and Fairfax Media NZ has been put on hold over concerns that it could to increase prices to advertisers and consumers. The Commerce Commission says it needs more time to assess the impact on both news content and advertising prices.

  • Weaker market exposes APN Outdoor 

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    ASX-listed APN Outdoor lost one third of its value – with more than $480 million wiped off its market capitalisation – after the company cut revenue forecasts and warned of weaker conditions in the outdoor advertising market.

  • LIA Drupa show heads to Victoria 

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    The final leg of the LIA Drupa roadshow will be held next month at the Mulgrave Country Club in Melbourne, following successful events in Sydney and Brisbane. The show looks at “where the market is heading and what’s on offer with a focus on digital or hybrid solutions.”

  • Sustainability: does it pay? 

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    Most print service providers are not compelled to bother with sustainability, so sustainability investments tend to depend on the motivation of company owners. But this lack of a widespread environmental ethic could also be an opportunity.

  • Longbeach liquidator meets owner Michael Wu 

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    Liquidator Timothy Holden has interviewed Longbeach owner Michael Wu as he investigates the collapse of the Melbourne digital print company. “He came into my office and we had a chat to try to understand what happened.”

  • Creditors, staff hit by Printcentre closure 

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    Liquidators from Grant Thornton have begun the process of winding up failed Melbourne printer The Printcentre Group to see what can be salvaged for creditors. Former staff members have been forced to seek owed pay and entitlements through the Fair Entitlements Guarantee.

  • PIAA wins FWC bullying case 

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    The PIAA’s legal team has won a bullying case in the Fair Work Commission on behalf of member Anzpac Services over the dismissal of a male employee for abusing a female co-worker. The FWC found the employee engaged in unacceptable behaviour including yelling and intimidation.

  • Redbubble bounces into Berlin 

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    ASX-listed print-on-demand and e-commerce marketplace Redbubble – started ten years ago by three friends in Melbourne – will open its first European office in Berlin early next year as it steps up its expansion into the region.

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