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Power crisis sending production offshore: PIAA 

Printing Industries CEO Andrew Macaulay has told ABC TV’s Q&A that the skyrocketing cost of electricity and gas prices is crippling manufacturing in Australia and already costing jobs.

  • Chloe Rudd wins apprenticeship award 

    Print DNA’s Chloe Rudd has won another apprenticeship award and been announced the Riverland and Mallee Vocational Award recipient for 2017.

  • Ball & Doggett expands Display & Visual 

    Ball & Doggett has expanded its Display & Visual division, after reporting a month-on-month growth since the August 2017 merger of BJ Ball and K.W. Doggett.

  • Measuring power usage of digital printers 

    A new ISO standard developed in conjunction with Ricoh is intended for use in digital printing systems running a single job over a long time period, so it’s particularly relevant for book and transactional printing systems, writes Laurel Brunner.

  • Magazine volumes downgrade PMP earnings 

    A fall in magazine and newspaper volumes has led to an earnings downgrade by the region’s largest printing company. PMP’s revised guidance for FY18 is now $40m-$45m EBITDA, down from an earlier estimate of $70m-$75m.

  • Winds of change: Canon Oceania appoints new MD, two managers leave Fujifilm Australia 

    Akira Yoshida has been appointed managing director of Canon Oceania, and will take up the position when current MD Yusuke Mizoguchi leaves for Europe in April. Warren Hinder and Steve Peck have departed amicably from Fujifilm Australia.

  • ‘Game-changing’ box maker going into Sydney plant 

    Graffica will install a ‘game-changing’ corrugated box maker at a Sydney packaging plant in May. The BCS Autobox is capable of producing short runs of fully formed and digitally printed corrugated boxes with only 60 seconds of setup time.

  • New Flint ink system coming in next few months 

    Flint Group has announced a new dual-cure UV LED ink system for shrink sleeves, which will arrive in Australia and New Zealand in a few months pending compliance information. The EkoCure XS flexo ink series is suitable for high printing speeds, and will offer the full Pantone range plus opaque white.

  • Salmat launches ‘hub’ app for letterboxing 

    Letterbox distribution giant Salmat has launched Salmathub, its new app designed to provide real-time monitoring of catalogue deliveries. Dave Webster, general manager of marketing solutions at Salmat (pictured), says it should give printers a boost by encouraging more investment in catalogues.

  • FWC to rule on strike at Australian Paper 

    Australia’s only manufacturer of office, printing and packaging papers is waiting on a Fair Work Commission ruling on the month-long strike by 87 workers that has hit its envelope-making factory in Melbourne.

  • Forgers in the crosshairs as RBA unveils new $50 

    The Reserve Bank of Australia has revealed the design for the updated $50 note, set to enter circulation in October. As with the new $5 and $10 notes, the $50 will be upgraded with new security features to deter forgers from copying the most-counterfeited banknote in Australia.

  • Huge inkjet packaging press arrives in Australia 

    The first EFI Nozomi C18000 high-speed inkjet packaging printer to reach Australian shores will be installed at Orora’s plant in Oakleigh, Victoria. The announcement comes as the packaging giant posts its half-yearly results, which show a 14.8 percent profit increase after tax.

  • Canon MFPs notch third straight BLI win 

    Canon’s line of multifunction office printers has won the Buyers Lab’s (BLI) Copier MFP Line of the Year Award, for the third consecutive year.

  • Xerox shareholder sues to block Fujifilm deal 

    Major shareholder Darwin Deason has filed legal action to stop Xerox’s proposed merger with Japan’s Fujifilm Holdings, claiming the U.S. company’s board failed shareholders by approving a deal that dramatically undervalued the company.

  • Third executive named in Fuji Xerox civil suit 

    Former Fuji Xerox New Zealand chief financial officer Mark Allright (pictured) has been named as the third defendant in a High Court civil suit launched by the company following a $450 million accounting scandal.

  • Australian Paper goes back to FWC over strike 

    The Fair Work Commission is holding a second hearing at noon today on the strike at Australian Paper’s Preston facility, following the failure of last Thursday’s bid to resolve the dispute. Commissioner McKinnon will hear Australian Paper’s application to suspend the industrial action.

  • Momento Pro fires up HP Indigo 7900 after move 

    Photobook maker Momento Pro has reopened the doors at its new location with a new addition to the stable: a HP Indigo 7900 digital press from Currie Group. The company also unveiled the finalists of its 2017 Australian and New Zealand Photobook of the Year Awards.

  • Sun Chemical raises offset ink prices 

    Sun Chemical will increase prices on all offset inks and coatings for its customers from 1 March, following a similar move announced last week by major competitor Flint Group.

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