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Finalists for 2015 Packaging Design Awards 

Packaging suppliers including Spicers, Jet Technologies, Colorpak and Orora have picked up early accolades in the Packaging Design Awards to be presented next month. The Packaging Council named the ‘Highly Commended’ winners as it announced finalists for the major awards.

  • Fair Dinkum boost for Melbourne printer 


    A new Epson SureColor SC-T7200 wide format printer has helped to lift business at long-standing Melbourne printer Dinkums Print & Design by 30% in just six months. “In printing, you’re only as good as your product and I wanted to make sure we had the best machinery,” said owner John Wilson.

  • Next Gen outdoor screens with sensory features 

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    Outdoor media company oOH! Media has unveiled interactive advertising panels that combine multi-touch screens, gesture control, voice recognition, web-cams and audio. “The opportunities of how this can be used are limited only by the imagination,” said Brendon Cook, oOH! CEO.

  • Casting the die back home: RotoMetrics 


    Making solid metal and hardened steel rotary dies for the packaging industry is not easy. Neither is the manufacturing of flexible dies for label converting. Rebecca and Cain at RotoMetrics in Melbourne spoke with Print21 magazine.

  • Super fast wide format printers from Canon 

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    Canon launched two new wide format printers it describes as the fastest digital 42’’ (1.06m) wide format colour printers on the market. The Océ ColorWave 810 and 910 succeed the ColorWave 900 and run at speeds up to 1,000sqm an hour, regardless of image complexity, ink coverage or media.

  • In search of the perfect image 


    The ImagePerfect media range from Spandex has grown over an 18-year period of close dialogue with graphics producers, whose feedback and creative ideas are fundamental to the brand’s development. Print21 talks to ImagePerfect category manager Steve Jacques.

  • Govt backflip threatens $90m recycling plant, jobs 


    The country’s largest paper mill says a policy backflip by the federal government could cost hundreds of jobs and threaten the future of its recycling plant in the Latrobe Valley. “We’re very surprised the government is walking away from its commitment to recycled paper.”

  • HP Indigo takes innovation award at Labelexpo 

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    HP Indigo has won the major innovation award at the Label Industry Awards at the close of Labelexpo 2015 in Brussels for its HP SmartStream Mosaic software. Over 500 guests gathered to find out which of the 17 finalist companies would be walking away with a coveted industry gong.

  • ‘Slings and arrows’: an open letter to new PIAA CEO 


    The printing industry has been too ready to see threats shimmering on the horizon, like some kind of spectre, intent on bringing about our total annihilation, says James Cryer. In an open letter to new PIAA CEO Jason Allen, Cryer outlines new directions the association may wish to explore.

  • New benchmark in outsourced print: LEP 


    It all boils down to time. As more printers make the decision to outsource print projects, LEP Colour Printers has answered the call by offering clients a next-day dispatch guarantee on a wide range of print products. CEO John Bromfield spoke to Print21 magazine.

  • Ricoh leads the way on sustainability 


    Ricoh, one of the biggest players in the graphic arts market, has maintained its place on the influential Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) World Index for the third year running. It would be great to see other major players in our industry striving for similar goals, says consultant Laurel Brunner.

  • Spandex helps Variety bush bash 

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    Leading trade supplier Spandex helped raise money for Variety, the children’s charity, by supplying Avery Dennison Supreme vehicle wrapping film to beautify one of the annual ‘bush bash” entrants – an old Valiant organised by Murray McInnes of Sydney’s McInnes Partners.

  • UV inkjet wants a share of digital sunshine 


    This years’ Labelexpo in Belgium is defined by the emergence of a whole raft of inkjet presses lining up to challenge HP Indigo’s dominant position in digital labels.

  • Orora powers on with new Roland sheetfed 


    Packaging giant Orora has bought a Roland 707 sheetfed press from manroland for its new Greenfield plant in New Zealand. Orora previously installed two Roland 700 presses that were considered key contributors to the company’s success, with sales last year reaching A$3.4 billion.

  • Massive changes in Printing Industries under new CEO 


    Auburn HQ is up for sale as Printing Industries heads back to the North Shore from Sydney’s Western Suburbs, shedding senior staff and repositioning itself under new CEO Jason Allen.

  • Call for action to prevent ‘disaster’ at Australia Post 


    The printing industry is aghast at the directionless and ill-informed way that Australia Post is being run, according to Print21 magazine editor Andy McCourt. In an open letter to new Communications Minister Mitch Fifield, McCourt has called for urgent action to prevent a disaster.

  • China deal threatens Australian packaging industry 


    An employer group says the China Free Trade Agreement could destroy Australia’s fibre packaging industry, which makes cardboard packaging and corrugated boxes. Australian Industry Group told a federal committee the deal could result in $1billion of Chinese imports over the next four years.

  • Spiffing intelligent print – Print21 magazine 

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    Melbourne print house Intelligent Media has grown rapidly in four years by delivering personalised digital printing options. “We work very hard on trying to make it functional so the brand will continue to do its job,” says director Shadi Taleb, who’s also chairman of HP user group Dscoop.