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Spicers moves to supply total sign market in NZ 

Diversification strategy prompts the region’s largest paper merchant to acquire Total Supply, New Zealand’s foremost sign and display supplier. John Greenacre, GM Spicers New Zealand, has welcomed the acquisition as an opportunity to develop an even larger business from the two separate companies

  • Red tape ties up green initatives – Laurel Brunner 

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    Industry everywhere suffers from bureaucracy intended to make life safer, less corrupt and more fair and efficient. The graphic arts industry is not alone in having to cope with excessive, unproductive yet necessary administration and regulatory compliance.

  • PMP turnaround generates cash but little profit 

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    The directory business of the region’s largest printer crashes as volumes dive by 72% while catalogues hold the line. Despite sales revenue falling by 7.8% to $899.2 million and print volumes declining by 9.8%, PMP’s results illustrate the cash generating potential of print.

  • ‘I tried to sell the business’ – Samantha Rogers 

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    TLC Print Finishing director refutes claims of sharp practice and denies that employees were not paid wages up until the troubled finishing company closed its door. “All my employees were paid for all the work they did up until we ceased trading three or four weeks ago,” she said.

  • Save on health and safety with new self-compliance test and tag service 

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    A new Printing Industries service will cut a workplace health and safety compliance cost for members by allowing them to do electrical test and tagging in-house. Electrical test and tagging is an OHSW responsibility to ensure portable electrical appliances are regularly checked and tested.

  • ‘Keep us posted’ – Printing Industries leads the charge against Australia Post 

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    An unlikely coalition of business groups and unions is demanding the restoration of ACCC oversight over bulk mail price increases and no change to the monopoly’s community service obligations.

  • Landlord shuts the doors on TLC Print Finishing 

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    Four years on the troubled Silverwater business is again in hot water as the company is locked out and employees look for alternative employment.

  • Avon Graphics moves into wide format – for trade only 

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    Broadening its range of products and services to the trade, the Melbourne-based print embellishing company picks Vutek and Mimaki to kick start its new venture.

  • West Melbourne snaps top spot at this year’s franchise awards 

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    A triumphal tour of the major centres had Snap franchisees cheering for their peers at one of the industry’s most significant award fixtures.

  • Hannapak upgrade sparks packaging equipment sell off 

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    A new Bobst diecutter leads the revamping of packaging equipment at the country’s largest independently owned packaging printer, spilling a wide range of second hand kit onto GraysOnline.

  • Management team sticks with Mark Andy buyout 

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    Former CEO, PJ Desai, comes back with a buyout offer too good to refuse for the US-based label and package printing equipment manufacturer. He has the support of the current management who will be part of the purchase

  • The Price of success – one year on 

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    PaperlinX claws its way back towards profitability through a combination of cost cutting and focusing on margins. A statutory loss after tax of A$63.6 million for the year may not seem like good news but it is when compared to the A$92.8 million loss the previous year.

  • Five new Heidelberg presses stoke offset revival 

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    ‘A return to the industry status quo,’ is how Richard Timson describes the surge in offset press investment over the past two years. Top of the range offset presses going in to commercial and packaging printers will boost productivity in a sector that cannot be serviced by digital technology.

  • Gopher Graphics pops up again in time for Father’s Day 

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    The company behind Hurslton Park printing business, Gopher Graphics, stopped trading in March and had liquidators, SVPartners appointed in July with debts of $291,754.54. But Gopher Graphics is still in business.

  • Geoff Selig steps up as Executive Chairman of Blue Star 

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    Look out for more takeovers and buyouts from Blue Star as increased focus on carrying out the company’s strategic plan will see him working ever more closely with Graham Morgan, head of alliances and acquisitions.

  • Paper prices plummet in decade – Pulp & Paper Edge 

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    Even as paper volumes are stable or growing the prices being paid for Australia’s printing and communication papers are in free fall. Recent upwards movements reflect only the impact of the depreciation of the Australian dollar.

  • The pitfalls of going paperless – Print21 magazine 

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    Paperless Schmaperless. After being given the ‘we don’t do paper’ line by none other than Adobe, Andy McCourt gets out his big pen and notepad to write a riposte to all those digital evangelists, drawing on the ancient wisdom of the Bible to help prove his point.

  • My 45 minutes as economic advisor to the Treasurer – James Cryer. 

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    Industry seer and gadfly, James Cryer, took up an invitation to meet Treasurer Joe Hockey to talk over some points in a ‘Budget Review’ at his North Sydney office. Here is how it happened and, for those with a taste for it, the original communication between the two.