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A ‘Heroic’ final Print21 issue for 2016 

The final issue of Print21 for 2016 has rolled off the presses at Sydney’s Hero Print, and it’s chock full of all the info you need over this holiday season. The November/December 2016 issue is available today on our website and will be distributed in print next week.

  • Pac to the future – Old hands return to PacPrint 

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    Printing Industries board members Ron Patterson and Chris Segaert will join Peter Lane as the Association’s representatives on the board of PacPrint 2017. Both Patterson and Segaert have been involved with previous PacPrint exhibitions.

  • Labor moves to protect Aussie book printers 

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    Bill Shorten has announced the Labor Party will block Scott Morrison’s plan to relax parallel import restrictions, which would scupper the local book printing industry. The Opposition Leader, together with MPs Tony Burke and Mark Dreyfus, announced the move at Ligare Printing in Sydney today.

  • Labelfire safari sparks digital inkjet interest in ANZ 

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    Local label convertors are being primed to embrace Heidelberg’s Gallus inkjet as industry identity, James Rodden, and Michael Ring, vice president, Gallus, tour the region.

  • Kwik Kopy rolls out red carpet as AACTA sponsor 

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    Kwik Kopy has signed on to sponsor the 6th and 7th Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards as the official print partner of the event, and will print the AACTA judges’ handbooks, winner envelopes, certificates, letterheads, posters and business cards for the next two years.

  • Pantone goes au naturel for Colour of the Year 

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    Pantone has taken inspiration from nature to reveal its 2017 Colour of the Year: PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery. The yellow-green shade replaces 2016′s twin colours of the year, PANTONE 15-3919 Serenity and PANTONE 13-1520 Rose Quartz, and was chosen to symbolise hope and renewal.

  • Konica Minolta recognised for gender equality 

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    Konica Minolta is among a hundred companies in different fields listed as leaders in gender equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) today, passing a number of strict criteria to attain the Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation. 106 citations were awarded in 2016.

  • Thumbs up from ACCC to News’s ARM takeover 

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    The ACCC will not oppose News Corp’s takeover of Australian Regional Media (ARM) from APN, removing a major hurdle in the way of the $36.6m deal. The consumer watchdog said it did not believe the buyout would significantly reduce competition in Queensland’s newspaper industry.

  • ACCC gives green light to IVE Group buyouts 

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    The ACCC will not hold a public review into IVE Group’s $116 million buyouts of Franklin Web and AIW, which may indicate a clear path for PMP’s proposed merger with IPMG. If both deals go ahead, the large format web offset (LFWO) sector in Australia would consolidate from five major players to two.

  • Roland rolls out with Mobile Imagination Centre 

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    Roland DG will tour regional Australia with its new ‘Mobile Imagination Centre’ (MIC) over the next two years, bringing its technology and applications to locations beyond the big smoke. The tour will kick off in Albury, NSW, on February 13, before heading to Dubbo and Bathurst.

  • World first 3D-printed pop-up store hits Sydney 

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    Prestige goods house Louis Vuitton has become the first business in the world to deploy a 3D-printed major point-of-sale display in a shopping centre. The pictured unit is located in Sydney city’s Westfield complex and was produced on a Massivit 1800 3D large format printer over two weeks.

  • Canon announces MacOS support for EngView 

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    Canon Australia, together with its European technology partner EngView, today announced MacOS support for the Packaging & Display Designer Suite. The software, which allows professionals to create innovative packaging and POP/POS displays, was showcased at Visual Impact.

  • Pride in Print opens, KM awards closing soon 

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    Konica Minolta’s National Specialised Print Awards entries close in ten days. The top prize, a $10,000 promotion and business development package, is open to Konica Minolta clients across Australia. Meanwhile, entries are open for the 2017 New Zealand Pride in Print Awards.

  • ISO print standards not just for paper any more 

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    When ISO 16759 for calculating the carbon footprint of print media products was under development, we mostly had in mind paper based prints. It is interesting to see this standard being deployed for other types of print media, which is what a Taiwanese supplier of textiles has done.

  • IVE’s $116 million takeover of Franklin & AIW 

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    Huge play in large format web offset (LFWO) will consolidate the sector into two players – IVE Group and PMP – once the mergers on the table complete. Phil Taylor, CEO Franklin Web (pictured), will run the Victorian part of the giant business.

  • Canon and KM sign on as Pacprint gold sponsors 

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    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 

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    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.

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