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PIAA calls its own urgent SGM 

The increasingly bitter fight over control of the PIAA is headed for a showdown with the board calling a Special General Meeting in less than two weeks to address the demands of an angry members action group. The group called the PIAA announcement misleading and deceptive and has complained to the Fair Work Commission.

  • Fuji Xerox targets govt digital business 

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    Fuji Xerox Australia has opened a new Canberra office that will focus on supporting the federal government’s digital transformation strategy. The ‘multi million-dollar operation’ is closer to key customers including DFAT, the AFP, the Attorney-General’s Department and others.

  • Heidelberg bounces back 

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    Global press giant Heidleberg has posted a €60 million turnaround in third quarter profit after a strategic shift that boosted its digital and services divisions. It’s a similar story at Heidleberg Australia, with MD Richard Timson reporting a solid performance from all three local divisions.

  • Register now for Visual Impact – Brisbane 2016 

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    Registrations are open for Visual Impact – Brisbane 2016, the next major trade show from supplier association Visual Connections. The event showcases latest technologies in signage, digital printing, engraving, routing, awards, vinyl application, design, airbrush art, trophy, screen printing and display.

  • Schawk wins two ANZFTA awards 

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    Schawk Australia, the local arm of global prepress company Schawk, has won two top prizes at the ANZFTA awards for its innovative HD flexo work. Schawk and partner Amcor Flexibles were recognised for graphic production and colour management for clients Campbell Arnott’s and Nestlé.

  • New Océ Arizona 1200 flatbed from Canon 

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    Canon has released the latest addition to its best-selling range of mid-volume UV flatbed printers designed for sign and display producers. The 4th generation of the award-winning Océ Arizona Series flatbed printer has been developed to support a range of rigid and flexible media applications.

  • Graphic Art Mart expands into SA 

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    Sydney-based sign and display market supplier Graphic Art Mart has acquired Q1 Media of Adelaide to strengthen its national presence. The deal comes a couple of months after Graphic Art Mart was itself acquired by ‘cash-rich’ multinational engineering plastics company Dotmar.

  • Equity firm launches Norske Skog takeover bid 

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    US private equity giant Blackstone has launched a bid to take over struggling Norwegian paper manufacturer Norske Skog – a move which could impact local mill operations in Australia and New Zealand. Blackstone has informed the EC it intends acquire ‘indirect sole control of Norske Skog.’

  • CMYKhub installs 2nd HP Indigo 10000 

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    Providing a massive boost in digital firepower for the leading ‘for trade’ printing company, Trent Nankervis is commissioning the new B2-size digital press at his expanding site in Sydney.

  • LIA offers unique tour of Fairfax plant 

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    The Lithographic Institute of Australia (LIA) has invited members and non-members to a site tour later this month of the Fairfax plant at North Richmond, one of the most modern newspaper and commercial print plants in Australia. The tour will include Prepress, Press and Post Press production areas.

  • Eco laws are clogging the wheels: Brunner 

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    Environmental legislation that applies to printing companies is working hard to keep the world a safe and pleasant place. But some laws seem to be working hard to slow business down, distracting us from the daily grind of generating revenue, producing goods and providing services.

  • PIAA Board should go quietly now – Andy McCourt’s Reverb 

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    As the deadline issued to the PIAA for today looms nearer, Andy McCourt calls on the Board to resign and hold elections. The Association has not indicated its response or course of action yet. The industry waits for the next move.
    (The opinions expressed in this article are those of its author and not necessarily those of the publishers of Print21).

  • Labelmakers scores 1st Evolution 

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    Australia’ first manroland eight-colour ROLAND 700 Evolution sheetfed press with coater will be up and running at Labelmakers’ Victorian plant later this year. Founded in 1987 Labelmakers is the largest label manufacturer in Australasia.

  • Offset/Digital Printer’s Goodwill For Sale – QLD. 

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    Circa $5.0 million turnover. GP: $3 million. A2/A3 digital work. Goodwill includes trading name, client list, web site, contact details, smooth transfer of clients / files. Owner willing and wanting to assist. Good steady client base that has and is still providing very good returns. Sell Price: $900,000.

  • Signarama backs free pre-apprenticeship course 

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    Signarama has thrown its support behind the NSW government’s first free Pre-Apprenticeship Course at the Sydney TAFE in Ultimo. Up to 20 spots are available, free of charge to students, and the course includes five weeks of training and one week of work experience in a Signarama store.

  • Heavy demand sells out Paragon auction 

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    An online auction has sold off the complete catalogue of assets from failed Canberra printer Paragon, which collapsed in December owing $3 million and leaving more than 50 staff out of work. Heavy demand was reported from both local and international buyers.

  • Clock ticking for NZ Pride In Print entries 

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    The regular deadline has now closed for New Zealand’s 2016 Pride In Print Awards but entrants still have until an extended deadline of 29 February to submit their work. This year’s event features a revised structure more closely aligned to the print-buying community.

  • It’s on – members deliver ultimatum to PIAA Board 

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    Angry Queensland printers are leading the charge of frustrated Printing Industries members in demanding immediate termination of CEO Jason Allen’s employment, a temporary halt to all Association operations and re-employment of some former staff, otherwise they will call for a Special General Meeting to vote no confidence in the Board.