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Book printing industry could ‘disintegrate’ 

The Australian book printing industry is under threat as uncertainty mounts over the impact of government proposals to remove parallel book importation restrictions. Publisher HarperCollins says its local book printing operations could be forced offshore.

  • Macaulay pushes PIAA restructure 


    New PIAA CEO Andrew Macaulay (pictured) is pushing ahead with plans to decentralise the peak industry association by moving some management roles out of Sydney and setting up state-based standing committees to consider local issues.

  • Southern’s ‘crazy stamp’ receives top award 

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    Dunedin mayor Dave Cull presented New Zealand’s premier print industry award to local company Southern Colour Print for postage stamps printed on fabric used in the Adidas jerseys worn by the World Cup-winning All Blacks in 2015.

  • Colour Graphic adds offset upgrader Printflow 

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    Colour management specialist Colour Graphic Services has boosted its arsenal with Printflow – a software/hardware combination that upgrades offset presses of any age and brings them up to CIP3 standards with automated, closed loop ink control.

  • Merger and move for NZ’s Fisher Print 

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    Leading North Island printer Fisher Print has merged with Wickliffe – formerly K&M Print – and relocated to K&M’s larger factory in Palmerston North to enable further expansion. It’s the fourth time that Fisher has moved site due to growth, says Ruth Cobb of PrintNZ.

  • A greener German graphics industry 

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    Germany is pioneering the development of new renewables technologies and has moved its focus away from environmental regulation to encourage companies and citizens to be more environmentally aware through ecotaxes, environmental agreements and tradeable permits.

  • Digital drives Currie success at drupa 


    Currie Group came into its own as the digital printing equipment supplier at this drupa. Reinforcing the Group’s preeminent position in the local market, in excess of 15 million dollars of business was signed at the show, predominantly made up of digital technologies.

  • Cruickshank + Printak = Created 2 Print 

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    Adelaide printer Cruickshank has merged with pioneering competitor Printak – ‘home of the world’s first 100% solar-powered printing machines’ – and moved into Printak’s CBD warehouse, combining the businesses into a new entity called Created 2 Print.

  • Book import plan threatens ‘national identity’ 

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    Industry bible Pulp & Paper Edge threw its support behind a printing and publishing industry campaign against Treasurer Scott Morrison’s plan to remove parallel import restrictions on books. “The risk is that independent voices and a distinct culture with a national and unique identity could be lost.”

  • Winds of Change – GJS expands into Victoria 

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    Supplier GJS appointed Andrew Zeiss to the newly-created role of Victoria Sales and Support as it continues a national expansion strategy. Zeiss has 20 years’ experience in print and signage and has worked with brands including Roland, Mutoh, HP and Epson.

  • Kwik Kopy North Sydney wins best franchise 

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    Kwik Kopy North Sydney has been awarded the 2016 Kwik Kopy Franchise of the Year award after notching up the best sales figures and production rates. “Print is still very much alive, in fact it’s a growth market,” said co-owner Jeremiah Akladious (pictured, right).

  • Pozitive inks deal with Kiian 

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    Pozitive signed an Australian distribution deal with global ink manufacturer Kiian Digital as it targets the digital market. “Kiian Digital is a powerful addition to our portfolio, allowing us to meet the demands of the fast growing digital market” said Phil Trumble, MD, Pozitive.

  • Sacked workers save ALP election posters 

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    Workers from a collapsed Sydney signage company worked around the clock to complete a critical ALP order for the nationwide supply of election-day posters and banners. “Some of the staff have literally worked 24 hours a day to get this job completed,” said liquidator Amanda Young.

  • Abel Labels expands with a SurePress 

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    Abel Labels of Tasmania has made ‘a major investment’ in an Epson SurePress digital printer to cater to a growing customer demand for high quality digital work. “We are the first label printer in Tasmania to install a serious digital press. This gives us an advantage in quality and flexibility.”

  • News Corp buys APN regional for $36m 

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    Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp has agreed to pay $36.6 million for APN News & Media’s Australian regional media business (ARM), which includes 12 daily papers and 60 community publications. ‘”It means in the space of one week, APN has effectively exited traditional publishing altogether.”

  • Winds of Change – Currie adds specialists 

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    Currie Group strengthened its team in Melbourne with the addition of two specialist print veterans to its Labels & Packaging division and Equipment and Consumables unit. Jon Murray (pictured) says he’s excited to be joining Currie as the company continues to expand its L&P business.

  • NZ’s Design Print upgrades with CHILI 

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    Auckland design and marketing business Design Print Partners returned from drupa with a deal for the latest document editing software from CHILI publish. Design Print signed the agreement on the last day of the trade show in Düsseldorf.

  • For Sale: SE QLD Commerical Digital Printer 


    SE QLD Commercial Digital Printer For Sale – Longstanding B2 / B3 offset and digital business – circa $2.3 million turnover. Needs more sales, but priced to sell at $850,000 plus SAV.