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Fahour quits, industry ‘delighted’ 

Ahmed Fahour has resigned as CEO and managing director of Australia Post effective July, following controversy over his $5.6 million pay package in 2016. Andrew Macaulay, CEO of Printing Industries, said members are ‘delighted’ at Fahour’s resignation, which was tendered at a meeting of the Australia Post board on Wednesday.

  • Swimming pool print ‘shows us what’s possible’ 


    Canon Australia has launched its ‘Show Us What’s Possible’ campaign with the installation of a massive photo print at the bottom of a swimming pool. The 49-metre long, 13-metre wide, 700 square metre Eugene Tan print was installed at Bondi Icebergs in Sydney.

  • Paper cuts – print down, packaging up 


    Demand for newsprint and printing paper plummeted in 2016 across Australia and New Zealand, while packaging demand increased, according to Pulp & Paper Edge’s new ‘Sixteen21′ report, which captures the major trends in the paper industry and projects what it will look like in five years.

  • 1st winner of Konica Minolta’s print awards 


    The inaugural Specialised Print Awards were held in Sydney last night where Cliff Royle, Purple Press, (pictured) was named first time winner and received a $10,000 promotional package prize.

  • Salmat sails on two years of solid growth 

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    Marketing services company Salmat has enjoyed its fourth consecutive half of earnings growth, following the launch of its business transformation program in 2015. In the six months to December 31, 2016, Salmat’s EBITDA rose by 28.8 percent on the previous six months.

  • Kodak heads into the cloud 


    One of the most widely used workflows in the industry, Kodak Prinergy, has just added a new dimension with the release of its cloud-based archive and data analytics modules. Industry veteran, Peter Janusik, is in charge of lift off.

  • Last chance – Pride in Print closes in 4 days 

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    The New Zealand Pride in Print awards have made a final call for submissions, with all entries closing on February 28. The awards, which will be held at the Wigram Air Force Museum in Christchurch on May 12, celebrate the best and brightest of New Zealand’s printing industry.

  • Global print industry ‘on the up’: drupa 

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    The print industry has regained its confidence and is recovering well from the GFC and the shift to digital communications, according to the latest Global Trends report from drupa. North America was once again the strongest region followed by Europe and Australia/Oceania.

  • AusPost hikes profit despite fall in letters 


    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.”

  • Easy Signs takes control of colour 

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    On the outskirts of Sydney, in a sparkling new building, is a quiet achiever in the sign and display industry – Easy Signs. With 36 staff and growing, they have hit on a successful formula for high-productivity nationally sold signage

  • CEO Hollands exits NewsMediaWorks 

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    Mark Hollands has resigned as the CEO of media lobby group NewsMediaWorks and a search for his replacement is underway. Hollands last year became the first self-published author to be shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Awards for his novel Amplify.

  • You gotta laugh: PacPrint keynote speaker 

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    Most of us appreciate a laugh but there’s a real skill to deliberately seeing the funny side of life, says author, comedian and keynote speaker at this year’s PacPrint in Melbourne, Marty Wilson. “As a self-published author, I’ve come to understand some of the challenges faced by the print sector.”

  • Beyond the basics with VersaWorks 

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    Roland DG Australia next month launches a nationwide training course for its VersaWorks software, titled Beyond the Basics. Conducted in small groups of up to eight people, attendees will learn in a hands-on environment with Roland-supplied laptops.

  • 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.

  • Cashed up oOh!media waits on the ACCC 

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    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.

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