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Paper bill charges a scam: report 

Governments and corporations are profiteering by overcharging customers who choose to receive their bills and statements in the mail, according to a new report. Banks, utilities and telcos are charging customers up to $3.20 to receive paper statements, claiming the fee is reflective of transaction costs.

  • Heidelberg CEO Linzbach to step down 

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    Heidelberg CEO Gerald Linzbach will step down when his contract ends in August next year to ‘start a new career phase of his life.’ 60-year-old Linzbach was forced to take extended leave in June 2015 because of health problems but returned as chairman in January this year.

  • AIW, Salmat win 800,000-mags-a-fortnight job 

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    AIW Printing of Melbourne has won a massive contract to print 800,000 full-colour copies of a new fortnightly travel magazine called GOxplore. The first edition of the free magazine will be dropped into letterboxes in Melbourne and Sydney this Saturday, July 30, by mailing and distribution house Salmat.

  • LIA hosts Roland DG site tour next week 

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    Tickets are still available for a unique site tour of Roland DG Australia’s facility at Frenchs Forest in Sydney next week, hosted by The Lithographic Association of Australia (NSW). The event is aimed at expanding visitor’s knowledge of ‘the rapidly evolving digital application space.’

  • Michael Wu puts On-Demand into admin 

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    Mercedes Waratah gets an interim license to run ‘Australia’s largest digital printer’ for the next six weeks. Shock twist in the ongoing affairs of controversial Melbourne printing industry identity, Michael Wu, as he admits defeat by putting the Port Melbourne business into voluntary administration.

  • NSW govt’s $2.20 charge for postal statements 

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    The NSW government has continued its assault on the mailing industry with a new charge for receiving E-Toll statements in the post. In a letter to customers, NSW Roads & Maritime revealed that customers who continue to receive postal statements will now be charged $2.20 per statement.

  • Demand for newsprint falls off a cliff 

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    Demand for newsprint in Australia fell by nine percent in the first five months of the year while demand for magazine paper was relatively stable, according to latest second-quarter figures from Norwegian paper manufacturing giant Norske Skog.

  • Flexo Wash pays off for packager Poly 

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    South Australian packaging printer Poly Products says new Flexo Wash FW 2500M technology installed at its plant in Regency Park, Adelaide will result in significant savings. A number of the company’s rollers which had been earmarked for replacement are now being brought back into production.

  • Epson EcoTanks in Antarctic mission 

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    Epson EcoTank printers have come through a challenging stint at Base Marambio in the Argentine Antarctic, the southernmost point in the Americas. The extreme climate at the base makes it impossible to gain frequent access to supplies and spare parts for equipment.

  • The Galley Club looks ahead 

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    Book publishing association The Galley Club will meet in Sydney next week to discuss latest innovations and trends in the industry. Speakers at the event titled ‘What’s new in book and print publishing…to excite, compete and prosper’ include Michael Schultz (pictured) from SOS Printing.

  • Longbeach Printing grinds to a halt 

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    Leading Melbourne printer Longbeach Printing, an official supplier of the Australia Made campaign, has suddenly halted production. The website is down and customers have been left scrambling to cover print jobs.

  • Jayd Kiely wins LIA Graduate Qld award 

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    APN Print’s Jayd Kiely has won the Heidelberg Graduate of the Year Award for Queensland from the Lithographic Institute of Australia (LIA). Over 130 people were on hand at the 2016 LIA Heidelberg Graduate of the Year & Early Stage Apprenticeship Awards held in Brisbane.

  • Xerox rejects RR Donnelley merger 

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    Xerox dismissed reports that it’s planning to merge with the world’s largest print group, RR Donnelley. The Wall Street Journal – quoting “people familiar with the matter” – reports Xerox Corp has “privately rejected a bid to merge its document business with Donnelley.”

  • Canon launches new imageRUNNER series 

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    Canon Australia says its next-gen multifunctional imageRUNNER Series will help to drive digital transformation for Australian businesses. The imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5500i Series will be available in Australia from 1 August 2016.

  • Phone vs email – Neopost expert article 

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    Customer contact is what makes your customers pay faster, and cash is the fuel of your organisation, according to Andrew Le Marchant (pictured) – one of the Neopost team of experts presenting a Technology Showcase in Sydney this week.

  • Old Friends revisit drupa tonight 

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    Industry veteran Warwick Roden and Print21 editor Andy McCourt will be guest speakers tonight at a post-drupa dinner meeting in Sydney of The Australian Society of Old Friends, a group of mostly offset printers with origins that go back to London in 1906.

  • Business growth drives PacPrint 2017 

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    The industry’s leading names have already confirmed as exhibitors at PacPrint17, with 13,000 visitors from Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region expected at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre in May to view the latest trends and technologies in the printing industry.

  • Textile printing’s toxic problem 

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    Textile production is the world’s second biggest water polluter, and the treatment, dyeing and rinsing of textiles also impacts the air and soil. Laurel Brunner looks at digital printing technology that ‘mitigates some of the negatives in the textile equation.’