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Europe paper war drags down PaperlinX 

A shocking performance by the troubled European assets of PaperlinX in the half year to December31 has taken the gloss off a good performance by the local Spicers company under new CEO Andy Preece.

  • Debt down as PMP kicks the habit 


    Once one of the most heavily indebted printing companies in the industry, PMP has halved the amount it owes over the past year to a new all-time low.

  • Industry vet returns to launch ‘business in a box’ 


    The latest Canon wide-format printer, ColorWave 700, is a refreshed version of an old favourite being introduced to the local industry by Haydn Wills, who, as product manager, has years of experience with the technology.

  • PaperlinX shifts the focus back home with new CEO 


    Turnaround whiz, Andy Preece, (pictured) will be based in Melbourne as he takes on the top role at the paper merchant, following the termination of former MD Andrew Price’s European adventure.

  • What to see at Printex 2015 


    Printex 2015 in Sydney in May is the largest graphic arts exhibition in the region. It provides a platform for suppliers to exhibit the latest technology while allowing printers to compare the different offerings. Here’s a compilation of what visitors can expect to see. Check back for frequent updates.

  • The Hero Print Advantage 


    Since being established in 1998, Hero Print has gained a reputation as a trade printer for reliable service, quality printing, and at competitive trade prices. Hero Print is not a print brokerage but utilises its own state of the art pre press technology and multicolour presses.

  • $1 stamps to ‘save’ commercial mailing 


    Allowing Australia Post to charge up to $1 dollar per stamp on social mailing is liable to take the price pressure off the beleaguered business mailing industry. Bill Healey, CEO Printing Industries, is prepared to admit there may be merit in the proposed $1 stamp for so-called ‘granny mail.’

  • Insolvent trading – Printmotion broke for six months before going under 


    Creditors left holding the bag for $200K as promo product printer folds under the weight of new investment in wide format as business went pear shaped.

  • Free sales scoping workshop in Sydney 


    Proposal Scoping is the latest hot topic in sales and marketing. HP & Currie Group are hosting a training session tomorrow at Rhodes and all are welcome to get ‘an unfair advantage in deal brokering.’

  • Wide-format supplier hikes as Aus $ slides 

    Price hike

    Spandex customers have until the end of the month to get in on the old prices as the supplier follows most of the industry in adjusting upward. According to Alex McClelland, managing director, the deterioration in the currency is the main driver behind the price rises.

  • ‘Last cheques, gentlemen, please’ – calling time on Shoalhaven 


    Declining use of cheques in the digital age along with problems in terms of scale and converting machinery brings an end to Australian Paper’s south coast plant.

  • DES sharpens focus on green credentials 

    DES Color

    Fresh from gaining the Seiko SII ColorPainter M-64 wide format printer agency, DES is burnishing its environmental commitment with a ‘green’ refresh across its entire product portfolio.

  • Has Asia Pulp & Paper turned a page? – Brunner 


    Is it time to shake the hand of Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) and forgive its past sins? The Rainforest Alliance recently published an audit report confirming that APP is largely living up to the Forest Conservation Policy (FCP) it published in February 2013.

  • ‘The perfect deal’ – Dashing & OnDemand come together 


    Merger of print sales expertise and digital production skills delivers new capabilities for the well-established North Sydney printer.

  • Large-format grows 3.5% in 2014 – IDC 


    Shipments of large format printers continue to be the stellar performers in the graphic arts industry with numbers up last year, but revenue scarcely moved, reflecting ever tighter margins for suppliers.

  • Ipex not ‘dead’ says exhibition owner Informa. Andy McCourt EXCLUSIVE! 

    Andy McCourt

    “Ipex is not dead and Informa has every intention of running it again and is committed to working with the industry to ensure the next Ipex is both relevant and successful.” – Peter Hall, Managing Director Informa Exhibitions.

  • Paperlinx cuts Price with immediate effect 


    Two months ahead of the end of his contract, Andrew Price, the hard-driving managing director of PaperlinX is unceremoniously fired in London.

  • Kim Conner takes over in NZ as Canon MD goes Aussie 

    Kim Conner

    First woman managing director of a Canon company in the region steps into the shoes of her Japanese predecessor who heads to Australia. Yusuke Mizoguchi is the new managing director of Canon Australia/Oceania following his stint at the helm in New Zealand.