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HP claims top spot in global wide format sales 

The market leader shipped more than 30,700 printers to carve out a 39.9% marketshare ahead of Canon, Epson, Roland and Mimaki, according to the latest IDC large format printer data. Solid 10.3% year-over-year growth in the graphics sector saw more than 31,000 units shipped worldwide compared to 46,000 units for the technical segment, which still dominates at 60% of the total wide format sales.

  • EFI lights up with its buyout of DiMS! 


    The seemingly unstoppable progress of EFI in the world of print intelligence continues with its takeover of the Dutch-based firm. The cashed-up WFI announced that it has acquired substantially all the assets of DiMS! organizing print, a developer of comprehensive MIS/ERP systems for print and packaging companies. It follows close on the heels of the…

  • Generation print – CMYKhub. Print21 magazine 


    There is no appetite for personal glory in Trent Nankervis’ involvement with CMYKhub. From a Melbourne printing pedigree, he is unsettled in the spotlight, uncomfortable with the notion that people may think he is in it for any reason other than to make the printing network operate as well as it can.

  • New Zealand tops envelope imports in Australia 


    Growing competition from China comes at the expense of other Asian countries’ market share but the Kiwis have them licked, according to the latest Pulp & Paper Edge. Imports from New Zealand account for almost 50% of the total 281.5 million envelopes brought into the country.

  • Books bounce back in USA – Laurel Brunner 


    Industry everywhere suffers from bureaucracy intended to make life safer, less corrupt and more fair and efficient. The graphic arts industry is not alone in having to cope with excessive, unproductive yet necessary administration and regulatory compliance.

  • High, wide & handsome – Visual Impact Day 2 with Andy McCourt 

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    Visual Impact Image Expo continues to pull in the visitors; the feel of the show on day 2 is even higher density of visitors, which must be very pleasing to organisers and exhibitors alike. There are more ‘sold’ signs on equipment too; how many are down to show impulse buying or pre-show deals who knows – but it’s good to see

  • Owen Signs upgrades to LED at VI 

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    Newcastle sign shop signs up for EFI H1625 LED Printer’s reducing its energy cost, ease-of-use, quality and expanded substrate capabilities. Owen Signs, which produces corporate and architectural signs was looking for a solution that would allow them to grow their existing business.

  • What a hit! Visual Impact blows them away 

    New Halls, new image - VIEE draws the crowds

    If you thought trade shows are dying, think again. If you thought the printing industry was on its uppers, think again. This show rocks. Speaking with the show organiser and general manager of VISA, Peter Harper – by 2pm on day 1, last year’s attendance figure had already been surpassed.

  • Web2Print research targets usage and ROI 

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    Printing Industries has launched an industry-wide survey to examine the understanding, usage, progress and success of Web2Print technology in Australia. The technology survey will provide members with information and support to help with the challenges of a transforming industry.

  • $27,419.72 for Breast Cancer Awareness – Thanks to all industry sponsors 

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    The Australian Paper and Print Industry came together last night to raise awareness and money for Breast Cancer research. Tony Bertrand reckons the sponsors deserve a huge thank you and recognition. Stand up… BJ Ball, Courtney Colour, Currie Group, HP, Hansol, KW Doggett Fine Paper, Spicers, UPM, IMMIJ, Bong Yong, PIAA & Women in Print.

  • Perfectly Bound ties up loose ends of TLC Print Finishing 


    It’s hardly a perfect solution for Samantha Rogers but Michael Smith has come to the rescue of some of the creditors of the failed Sydney print finishing business by buying the remaining equipment and business assets.

  • AusPost annual report undermines mail crisis claims 

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    Australia Post’s Annual report shows that CEO, Ahmed Fahour’s claim that mail volumes are in free-fall is not correct, according to the alliance representing employer groups and unions. The annual report clearly shows that mail volumes are falling at a manageable 5% a year, not the 12 % claimed by Australia Pos,t” said a spokesperson.

  • Visual Impact rides the wave of new technology 

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    New machine models and an expanding range of inks, colours and substrates bolster the appeal of the popular trade exhibition in Sydney this week. The arrival of LED UV curing for wide format gives the latest Visual Impact show its own distinctive identity.

  • Synergy seals the deal between Starleaton and Adkotes 

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    A shared belief in sustainable and enviro friendly print proved a natural meeting point for Ben Eaton, general manager, Starleaton and Ian Cleary, sales director, Adkotes when they came to negotiate a takeover. The deal sparked the creation of a new industrial sales division for Starleaton Digital Solutions.

  • Anti-bullying and cultural diversity are key 


Ensuring the health, wellbeing and safety at work of its employees is one of six material matters highlighted in Fuji Xerox’s 10th annual 2014 sustainability report.

  • Plantation study gives green light for Sumatra pulp mill 


    Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) claims it has enough timber plantations to 100% fuel its massive 19 million tonne output as well as supply its new Oki pulp mill when it comes on line.

  • One year on Future Print gets set for Summit 


    190 industry trainees have signed on the Future Print Apprenticeship Project in the first year of the industry transformation programme. The first apprentices have achieved their first units of competency with many hoping to qualify within the next 18 months to two years.

  • Molisi Saulala is SWUG NZ Apprentice 2014 


    The youngster from APN Print Ellerslie was praised by judges as being always happy and energetic in his work, fitting in well with all shifts and willing to accept responsibility.