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Paper bill charges a scam: report 

Governments and corporations are profiteering by overcharging customers who choose to receive their bills and statements in the mail, according to a new report. Banks, utilities and telcos are charging customers up to $3.20 to receive paper statements, claiming the fee is reflective of transaction costs.

  • SWUG Printfinity to view Fairfax NZ upgrade 


    The SWUG conference in New Zealand next week will include a tour of the $22 million upgrade of Fairfax Media’s printing plant at Petone in Wellington. “The investment and upgrade fully reflects Fairfax’s faith in the printed product and our print division,” says plant manager Ricky Baker.

  • Dentists smiling over high-speed 3D printer 

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    Konica Minolta Australia has launched a high-speed 3D Systems’ ProJet MJP 3600 Series printer with an eye on the dental and medical industries. The new model can be used in advanced healthcare applications, including drill-and-cut guides for dental and medical procedures.

  • oOh!media buys Cactus from OPUS 

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    Outdoor advertiser oOh!media is buying Sydney wide-format printer Cactus Imaging from OPUS Print Group for $6 million in cash. Hong Kong-based 1010 Printing Group, which owns 61.9 per cent of OPUS, said Cactus posted a full year profit of $2.1 million in 2015.

  • AIW, Salmat win 800,000-mags-a-fortnight job 


    AIW Printing of Melbourne has won a massive contract to print 800,000 full-colour copies of a new fortnightly travel magazine called GOxplore. The first edition of the free magazine will be dropped into letterboxes in Melbourne and Sydney this Saturday, July 30, by mailing and distribution house Salmat.

  • Heidelberg CEO Linzbach to step down 

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    Heidelberg CEO Gerald Linzbach will step down when his contract ends in August next year to ‘start a new career phase of his life.’ 60-year-old Linzbach was forced to take extended leave in June 2015 because of health problems but returned as chairman in January this year.

  • Good turnout for Neopost Open Days 


    Despite torrential rain on the first day, printers and mailing house execs made the trip to Regents Park in Sydney’s southern suburbs last week for a new style of industry event, combining a graphics and mailing technology showcase along with an equipment Open House.

  • Registration opens for Visual Impact 2016 

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    Industry suppliers are scrambling to book the few remaining spaces at Visual Impact 2016, to be held in September at Sydney Showground. Visitors from the sign, display, engraving and wide-format print markets are expected to flock to pre-register now that the online registration portal has opened.

  • LIA hosts Roland DG site tour next week 

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    Tickets are still available for a unique site tour of Roland DG Australia’s facility at Frenchs Forest in Sydney next week, hosted by The Lithographic Association of Australia (NSW). The event is aimed at expanding visitor’s knowledge of ‘the rapidly evolving digital application space.’

  • Michael Wu puts On-Demand into admin 


    Mercedes Waratah gets an interim license to run ‘Australia’s largest digital printer’ for the next six weeks. Shock twist in the ongoing affairs of controversial Melbourne printing industry identity, Michael Wu, as he admits defeat by putting the Port Melbourne business into voluntary administration.

  • NSW govt’s $2.20 charge for postal statements 

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    The NSW government has continued its assault on the mailing industry with a new charge for receiving E-Toll statements in the post. In a letter to customers, NSW Roads & Maritime revealed that customers who continue to receive postal statements will now be charged $2.20 per statement.

  • Demand for newsprint falls off a cliff 


    Demand for newsprint in Australia fell by nine percent in the first five months of the year while demand for magazine paper was relatively stable, according to latest second-quarter figures from Norwegian paper manufacturing giant Norske Skog.

  • Flexo Wash pays off for packager Poly 

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    South Australian packaging printer Poly Products says new Flexo Wash FW 2500M technology installed at its plant in Regency Park, Adelaide will result in significant savings. A number of the company’s rollers which had been earmarked for replacement are now being brought back into production.

  • Epson EcoTanks in Antarctic mission 

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    Epson EcoTank printers have come through a challenging stint at Base Marambio in the Argentine Antarctic, the southernmost point in the Americas. The extreme climate at the base makes it impossible to gain frequent access to supplies and spare parts for equipment.

  • The Galley Club looks ahead 

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    Book publishing association The Galley Club will meet in Sydney next week to discuss latest innovations and trends in the industry. Speakers at the event titled ‘What’s new in book and print publishing…to excite, compete and prosper’ include Michael Schultz (pictured) from SOS Printing.

  • Longbeach Printing grinds to a halt 

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    Leading Melbourne printer Longbeach Printing, an official supplier of the Australia Made campaign, has suddenly halted production. The website is down and customers have been left scrambling to cover print jobs.

  • Jayd Kiely wins LIA Graduate Qld award 

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    APN Print’s Jayd Kiely has won the Heidelberg Graduate of the Year Award for Queensland from the Lithographic Institute of Australia (LIA). Over 130 people were on hand at the 2016 LIA Heidelberg Graduate of the Year & Early Stage Apprenticeship Awards held in Brisbane.

  • Xerox rejects RR Donnelley merger 

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    Xerox dismissed reports that it’s planning to merge with the world’s largest print group, RR Donnelley. The Wall Street Journal – quoting “people familiar with the matter” – reports Xerox Corp has “privately rejected a bid to merge its document business with Donnelley.”