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ACCC should control Australia Post prices 

‘A major victory on behalf of the printing industry and public,’ is how Bill Healey, CEO Printing Industries, describes the findings of a Parliamentary inquiry into the operations of Australia Post.

  • Market Watch Q3 2014 – acquisitions, mergers & major equipment sales 

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    Richard Rasmussen, director of Ascent Partners, brings you up to date with the events that have shaped the industry in the past quarter. He reviews all the major news including MBO’s and closures, along with the sales and installations of capital equipment in the region.

  • 1st Canon 700 in NSW to Gold Leaf Framing 

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    Theo Stamatopoulos may not be your typical printer but he believes Canon quality will help transform his business. Starting out 20 years ago as a picture framer in the southern Sydney suburb of Como, he moved into printing at the behest of his customers.

  • Kevin Slavin, CEO IPMG, on the transformation of print ­– Print21 magazine September 

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    In the continuing narrative of the Hannan-owned IPMG, there’s a new chapter under way, under a new CEO. It’s just over one year since Kevin Slaven took on the top role at Australia’s second largest printing group.

  • Web woes shrink KBA jobs in the Rhineland 

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    Prolonged losses finally take their toll on the German press manufacturer, which will cut its web workforce by 207 to address a ‘significantly shrunken global market.’

  • New Truepress inkjet from Screen in 2015 

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    Peter Scott, managing director, Screen Australia (pictured) has announced an all-new digital web inkjet press that changes the expectations of printers. Named the Truepress Jet 520HD, it is the ‘HD’ for High Definition, which indicates its unique position in the high volume digital web market.

  • Print21 September – the B2B trade only phenomenon 

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    Publisher’s Letter from Patrick Howard in the September issue of Print21 magazine. There are at least two defining forces shaping the commercial printing industry. One is the amazing proliferation of digital printing outlets buoyed by the decreasing costs of capital equipment.

  • Should offset printers diversify into wide format? 

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    Fujifilm puts the case for printers expanding into different product segments in the first of a series of sponsored Graphic Arts Blogs.

  • Canon Australia sails into Harbour IT 

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    Canon Australia has acquired a majority stake in managed services and cloud solutions provider, Harbour IT. The acquisition, the biggest by Canon in the Oceania region, enables both businesses to share cloud-based and managed IT solutions across their respective customer bases

  • Two-speed PrintPost – same service costs more 

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    Nine days for magazines to travel from Melbourne to Sydney – is this the future of Australia Post’s two-tier system for publication post? Since the monopoly mail carrier introduced a two-speed delivery for publications in June it has given new meaning to the term ‘snail mail.’

  • Ricoh joins the digital race with new Pro C7100x 

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    Hot on the heels of its three rivals Ricoh is out of the barrier with the launch of a new 90ppm engine with a 5th station for white or clear toner.

  • Book printing again in the firing line of competition 

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    The remaining parallel import restrictions on books are under threat as the Competition Policy Review weighs up how technology and buying over the internet make it easy to circumvent restrictions.

  • What I did on my Spring break – in Hawaii 

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    Old surfers never die, they just get waterlogged and sink slowly into the waves. But not JDA’s Chris Gander, he’s over in Hawaii teaching the locals how it’s done. No, this is not him.

  • Election battle hots up at Printing Industries 

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    Unfamiliar territory for peak industry body as members from Tasmania, Victoria, Queensland and NSW all vie to sit on the national board. The contested seats are drawing a line between what President David Leach describes as a progressive and a conservative faction, or ‘between those who want to continue the changes already underway and those who want things to stay the way they were.”

  • LEP Colour Printers gets fibre optic network 

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    A new fibre optic network is the backbone for future operations of the ‘trade only’ printer providing instant, reliable online services and faster job turnarounds for customers nationally.

  • Neopost picks up wide format Anitech 

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    The deal brings to an end a dramatic fall from grace for Anitech, which has gone through a horror stretch since its long-term management changed two years ago. A turbulent period saw dramatic management changes along with massive downsizing.

  • Konica Minolta parties blitz East Coast 

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    Printers were partying in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne during the launch events of Konica Minolta’s new digital printers, bizhub PRESS C1100 and C1085. Capping off a season of digital press launches Konica Minolta lived up to its good time reputation with a series of events. Focusing on the speed of the engines Sydney guests were…

  • Link your supply chain – Laurel Brunner 

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    The printing and publishing industries have been pretty immune to consultants and their management buzzwords. But maybe it’s time to put the scepticism aside as there’s a lot they can offer, especially for managing environmental impact.