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Cashed up oOh!media waits on the ACCC 

Outdoor advertiser oOh!media – which has lifted yearly profit 17 per cent to $21 million – is confident its proposed merger with rival APN Outdoor will go ahead despite another delay in the review process being conducted by the competition regulator.

  • AusPost hikes profit despite fall in letters 

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    Australia Post has delivered a solid boost in first-half profit to $131 million despite a further 11 per cent fall in its letters volumes. “Today over 70 per cent of our revenue and 100 per cent of our profit is derived from commercial activities in parcels and ecommerce.”

  • Landa – delivery of 1st nano presses 


    Selling off metallography patents and IP to German partner Altana frees up the Israeli company to focus on delivering its groundbreaking Nanography presses to market this northern summer.

  • Kiwo acquires two NSW competitors 

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    Melbourne-based print supply company Kiwo has acquired NSW screen printing supply competitors JW Agencies and Wilflex Printing Supplies and moved both businesses into its operation at Revesby in Sydney. Both companies have been an integral part of the NSW screen printing industry for many years.

  • Coke closure won’t take the fizz out of labels 

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    Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) will close its South Australian manufacturing facilities from 2019, however this should not affect demand for labels. CCA announced the shuttering of its facility in Thebarton, Adelaide, in a press release this morning.

  • Fair Work Act bad for workers, business: AMWU 

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    The AMWU’s print division has called for changes to the Fair Work Act to prevent rogue employers from using ‘legal trickery’ to drive down wages and conditions. As debate continues over federal IR legislation, Lorraine Cassin, AMWU print division national secretary, gives her opinion.

  • Berry picks up the Ricoh gauntlet 

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    Ricoh Australia has announced Andy Berry as its new managing director, replacing John Hall after his retirement last month. Berry joins Ricoh after a stint as managing principal at Trivium Solutions and principal consultant at Second Road, and brings 25 years of printing industry experience to the role.

  • PaperLab market worth €2 billion: Epson 

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    Epson’s paper recycling system will be a star attraction at the CeBit trade fair next month in Hannover, Germany. Epson says it will be a year or so before PaperLab is ready for the commercial market – a market they estimate to be worth €2 billion.

  • Workflowz boosts local team 

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    Innovative UK-based print software company Workflowz has appointed Peter Johnson (pictured) as its new sales manager for the Oceania region. Johnson recently returned to Sydney after a number of years in the UK, where he helped global giant AlphaGraphics upgrade its XMPie platform.

  • Epson SurePress L-6034VW 

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    The arrival of the Epson SurePress L-6034VW in Australia and New Zealand ushers in a new era of digital inkjet production for labels.

  • Australia’s 1st Gallus Labelfire goes into Rapid Labels 


    Australia’s first Gallus Labelfire 340 inkjet press is going to leading Melbourne convertors, Rapid Labels. The technology investment heralds a new era in label production in the region.

  • True blue: RBA banks on new tenner 

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    The Reserve Bank of Australia has revealed the design of the next generation $10 note, bearing new security features similar to those featured on the $5 note released in September last year.

  • From five to two: Big end of town gets bigger 


    The ACCC has given the green light to the merger between PMP and IPMG, clearing the way for the two largest commercial printers in the country to become one. This completes the consolidation of Australia’s five largest printers into two after IVE Group bought Franklin Web and AIW last year.

  • PIAA welcomes proposed new workplace laws 

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    The PIAA welcomed news that the government will introduce industrial relations legislation to scrap award reviews and boost oversight of the Fair Work Commission. A PIAA delegation has been in Canberra this week lobbying for changes to IR law.

  • Spicers faces declining commercial print market 

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    ASX-listed Spicers – formerly PaperlinX – says the ‘challenging’ Australian commercial print market hit sales revenue in the six months to December 2016.

  • Amcor remains positive despite profit dip 

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    Packaging company Amcor says it’s set to deliver another year of strong earnings growth in 2017 despite a 6% fall in half-year profit. “Our business remains very well placed for the current global environment and for the long term.”

  • Canon takes BLI’s A3 MFP award 

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    For the second year in a row, Canon has won the Buyers Laboratory’s (BLI) A3 MFP Line of the Year award. Canon was also awarded MFP Picks for the imageRunnerAdvance C5535i and the imageRunner Advance C5550i.

  • Print jobs threatened by energy price hikes 

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    Printers facing massive jumps in their energy bills may be forced to cut staff members in a bid to reduce costs. “It’s got to be paid for somehow and you can’t pass that increase on to customers…we’ll need to look at our staffing levels,” says Peter Lane, owner Lane Print Group.

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