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EFI Connect 2017 : Day 2. ‘Fireside chats.’ 

Las Vegas; Wednesday 18th Jan. 12.00

Jeff Jacobson, CEO, of the ‘new’ Xerox is less than three weeks’ into his role of running the slimmed down industry supplier. Joel Quadracci, CEO, (pictured) of Quad/Graphics, is ten years into running the largest printing company in the world.

  • ‘Overwhelming’ response to billboard campaign 

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    A crowd-funding campaign to reinstate an Australia Day billboard featuring two Muslim girls that was removed after a number of threats has attracted widespread support. “We are now setting our sights on full page ads around Australia on Australia Day and on many, many billboards over the next week.”

  • 124 paper companies win WWF awards 

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    The World Wildlife Fund has recognised 124 companies in its 2016 WWF Environmental Paper Awards, which are intended to encourage companies in the paper supply chain to reduce their overall environmental footprints.

  • Komori’s new Lithrone offset press 

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    Komori Corporation has unveiled the newest addition to its Lithrone G Series, the Lithrone GX44RP offset press, designed to deliver high quality, high productivity and short turnaround stability for double-sided printing.

  • Billboard ad removed over threats 

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    Outdoor advertiser QMS Media has been forced to remove an Australia Day ad from one of its billboards after receiving a number of threats. The billboard next to an outer Melbourne freeway featured two Muslim girls in hijabs.

  • Innovation key to survival: PIAA survey 

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    Printers are becoming far more innovative in the way they operate and are moving quickly into new areas of revenue including communications logistics, multi-channel marketing, advertising, digital design, and 3D print, according to a new survey by the PIAA.

  • Registrations open for Dscoop Phoenix 

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    Registrations are open for Dscoop USA 2017, which will be held in Phoenix, Arizona from March 1-3. Organisers are offering an itinerary including trips to sites in San Diego and Las Vegas before and after the conference, which Dscoop APJ chairman Keith Ferrel says will be the “biggest ever”.

  • EFI Connect 2017 – kick off! 

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    Las Vegas; Tuesday 17th Jan. 12.00

    Two hours to go for the opening of EFI’s Connect 2017 Worldwide Users Conference at the Wynn in Las Vegas. There are more than 1500 industry professionals expected here; workflow and MIS types, inkjet printers and those looking to explore the burgeoning industrial and packaging print applications that flow from EFI.

  • $13m KBA MetalStar impresses Jamestrong 

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    The world’s fastest metal printing press – the $13 million KBA MetalStar 3 – is now in full testing mode at Jamestrong Packaging’s Milperra plant in Sydney’s south-west. “It’s a real job-eater,” says print manager Tim Bright (pictured, right).

  • NZ print awards return to Christchurch 

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    New Zealand’s national print awards Pride in Print will return to Christchurch this year for the first time since the devastating earthquake of 2011. “We have all been affected by so many heart-wrenching stories about what the people of Canterbury had to go through.”

  • Roland adds new VersaUV benchtop printer 

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    Roland released a new VersaUV Benchtop UV Printer aimed at the expanding custom printing market. “You can print rich colour directly onto a wide range of personalised consumer products and promotional items such as smartphone cases, pens, awards, giftware, plates and more.”

  • Lean and green Ricoh cuts energy bill 

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    Ricoh has gone from new entrant to market leader in many areas of the graphics business, including environmental impact mitigation, writes industry consultant Laurel Brunner.

  • IVE grabs lucrative Coles catalogue contract 

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    IVE Group has fired the opening salvo in what could be a catalogue war by swiping from rival IPMG the multi-million-dollar contract to print Coles’ monthly magazine. The surprise move was revealed in a brief statement to the ASX.

  • Women in Print seek long-term commitment 

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    Industry program Women in Print (WiP) is seeking new corporate sponsors ahead of a breakfast event to be held at PacPrint 2017 in May. WiP, now in its tenth year, hosted five of these breakfasts in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane in 2016.

  • Fraud Office abandons Fuji Xerox NZ probe 

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    The Serious Fraud Office has called off an investigation into Fuji Xerox NZ after interviewing several senior printing industry figures. FX NZ welcomed the decision, saying it was always confident there were no grounds for any action.

  • Streamline Cartons brings printing in-house 

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    Adelaide’s Streamline Cartons has invested in its first sheetfed offset press, a KBA Rapida 105 for UV print and finishing. “We currently don’t do any in-house printing at all and to go from nothing to a medium-sized press is a giant step,” says operations manager Joshua Harris.

  • The RBA’s cash cow 

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    The Reserve Bank says Australia’s new $5 note contains tallow – the same kind of animal fat found in the new British £5 note that has caused an outcry amongst UK vegetarians and vegans. The waxy white fat is made from the kidneys and loins of cows, sheep and horses.

  • Fairfax NZ posts loss of $75 million 

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    Fairfax New Zealand records its first annual loss in four years after writing off $NZ100 million from the value of mastheads and buildings, as it awaits a ruling from the Commerce Commission on its proposed merger with rival publisher NZME.

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