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It’s official – GAMAA and VISA connect 

The two merchant associations in the graphic arts are getting together under a new name … Visual Connections. The new entity will be operational from July 1, 2015

  • LATMA/ANZFTA close in on merger 


    The Label and Tag Manufacturers Association of Australia (LATMA) is moving closer to an amalgamation with the Australia New Zealand Flexographic Technical Association (ANZFTA). “There’s no reason why it should not go ahead,” said LATMA president Mark Easton.

  • Price hikes put catalogues under pressure 


    One of the strongest growth areas of print is facing new challenges as the price of catalogue paper continues to climb. Paper manufacturer Norske Skog blamed the rising costs of raw materials for its second price hike in six months.

  • An iPad to Transform 

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    Congratulations to MJW advertising account manager Sophie Turner, the lucky winner of the Print21 iPad draw from PrintEx. The account manager at the advertising agency had visited PrintEx15 at Sydney Olympic Park last week.

  • manroland claims top spot in web offset market 


    You have to go back quite a few years to find the last time anything other than a manroland web press, commercial or newspaper, was sold into the Australian market. In the interim the German-based company has become the default brand for the largest printing companies in the region.

  • APN ‘very confident’ about paywall for Qld papers 


    Newspaper publisher APN News & Media is to follow News Corp and Fairfax Media and launch a metered paywall system for its publications.

  • GAMAA and VISA merger is on! 


    Leading industry supplier groups the Graphic Arts Merchants Association of Australia (GAMAA) and the Visual Industries Suppliers Association (VISA) will merge into one major organisation that will result in a radically changed landscape for the graphic arts sector.

  • PrintEx repays Currie commitment 

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    As the largest exhibitor at the show, it is fitting the Group notched up good sales during the three days in Sydney. But its success didn’t stop there.

  • Dscoop members make 15% more profit 

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    The HP users group got together at PrintEx to hear from Gary Peeling, Dscoop Global Chairman, on the benefits of being a member.

  • Printing out the internet – Brunner 


    It may sound like a joke, but a group of British university students has recently completed a research project to know how much of the Amazon rainforest it would take to print out the internet.

  • Roll up! Roll up! 60 years of amazing printing on exhibition – Andy McCourt’s Reverb 

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    At PrintEx 2015 last week, for the first time at a major graphic arts trade show since Australia’s first printing exhibition in 1955*, there were no offset presses to be seen. Visitors were exhorted to ‘transform your business,’ but from what and how?

  • 12 million Australians can’t be wrong 


    This year’s Australasian Catalogue Awards night is shaping up to be a bumper event, with two weeks left to submit entries. Meanwhile, data shows 12 million Australians said catalogues were the most useful media for providing information on what to buy in one or more product categories.

  • Jet Technologies excels at Printex 


    The first Printex to be held at Homebush was a great success, with Jet Technologies enjoying a substantial increase in visitor numbers compared to previous events.

  • PaperlinX update: sale of PPX Poland 


    PaperlinX has sold its business in Poland to a private equity-backed consortium in an agreement which takes immediate effect. It’s the latest deal in the wake of the collapse of the company’s UK business last month.

  • It’s all about attitude – Franca Balsamo on Women in Print @ PrintEx 2015 


    The Women in Print breakfasts have become an integral part of the industry calendar. At PrintEx last week, more than 100 printing professional women got together to drive the progressive agenda for the industry forward. Notable industry identity, Franca Balsamo, was there and this is her report.

  • National Print Awards close PrintEx15 


    Offset Alpine Printing of New South Wales was the big winner at the National Print Awards at Sydney’s Bicentennial Park on Friday night, leading the way with three gold awards. Adams Print of Victoria and Collotype Labels Australia of South Australia both took home two of the top awards.

  • Big final day for Fuji Xerox at PrintEx15 


    Fuji Xerox notched up another six major sales on the 3rd and final day of PrintEx15 to bring its three-day tally to 20 confirmed signings across its range.

  • Roland’s Texart is simply brilliant 


    Roland DG has done it again and won a Hot Pick award with the new Texart RT-640 dye sublimation system.