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Shakeout continues in forme cutting sector 

Melbourne forme cutting business Martin O’Brien has acquired competitor Triforme Australia and taken on some former employees of collapsed Hygrade Cutting Formes, which shut down last month.

  • JDA launches new mentoring program 

    Every week JDA receives assignments to find that elusive Business Developer who can “hit the ground running”. The reality is if a successful Sales Rep (or whatever title you want to give them) is already doing this, they will already be generally well rewarded for their efforts, writes JDA’S Chris Gander.

  • COS makes surprise bid for OfficeMax 

    Australian family-owned office supplies company Complete Office Supplies (COS) lodged a takeover bid for OfficeMax in Australia and New Zealand – the business already targeted by US private equity giant Platinum Equity.

  • manroland web Market-X comes online 

    manroland web customers in Australia and New Zealand will be able to access a wide range of ‘wear and tear’ spare parts for their presses when the new Market-X trading platform comes online in August.

  • Canon plants seeds of sustainability 

    Canon has promoted its ‘Kyosei’ corporate philosophy at a tree-planting day in Sydney ahead of the August 4 close of submissions for its ‘Inspiring Tomorrow’ grants program, initiatives which the company says embody the idea of ‘living and working together for the common good’.

  • Heidelberg sets sights on €3 billion in sales 

    Heidelberg will aim for €3 billion ($4.4 billion AUD) in sales by 2022, an increase of €500 million ($732.7 million AUD) over its current sales figures. At the manufacturer’s annual general meeting in Mannheim, Germany, around 1600 shareholders approved all items on the agenda with a clear majority.

  • Prestigious technology awards announced in US 

    Fourteen technologies have been selected to receive a 2017 InterTech Technology Award. The technologies receiving the award have been judged as truly innovative and are expected to advance the performance of the graphic communications industry.

  • Starleaton backs a winner at Randwick 

    Starleaton will present its range of archival art papers and matt cutting tools at Art & Frame 2017 in Randwick next month as it expands its presence in the fine art and photographic sectors.

  • NZ suspends Fuji Xerox contracts 

    New Zealand has temporarily banned Fuji Xerox from accepting any new government work as investigations continue into a $450 million accounting scandal at the company’s Australasian subsidiaries.

  • Another Melbourne forme cutter shuts down 

    Bayswater-based forme cutting supplier Barella has closed up shop after 40 years in business, just weeks after competitor Hygrade Group called in administrators. The company’s machinery and other assets are being auctioned off this week.

  • AusPost/PIAA launch ‘robust’ roadshow 

    The Australia Post/PIAA national roadshow has rolled into Adelaide this morning after yesterday’s successful launch in Perth. “Members have responded with robust and healthy discussion,” says PIAA CEO Andrew Macaulay.

  • Steep fall in print sector advertising 

    Printed newspapers and magazines lost a total of $130 million in media agency advertising revenue in the 2016/2017 financial year, according to the latest Standard Media Index (SMI).

  • Paper imports lowest in 30 years 

    Australia’s total imports of paper and paperboard have slumped to their lowest volume in at least 30 years, according to the latest Pulp & Paper Edge report. Printing and Communication paper imports have fallen by 12.5 percent.

  • Starleaton’s life-saving PacPrint fundraiser 

    Starleaton’s support of the Humpty Dumpty Foundation has received a boost with funds from the PacPrint ‘dollar-for-dollar’ fundraiser buying a vital piece of emergency equipment for children on Rottnest Island in WA.

  • Printing onto bottles a key market for KBA 

    Press manufacturer KBA says direct printing onto glass or plastic bottles has become a major focus of its growing industrial printing business. In an interview, MD Christian Maas looks at trends and challenges in industrial printing.

  • Emerald Press takes crash folding in-house 

    Family-owned and operated offset and digital printer Emerald Press says its double purchase of a new Horizon SmartSlitter and a Horizon MKU-54-T mobile knife unit from Currie Group is already saving on time and money.

  • AusPost is “destroying” the mailing industry 

    A leading mailing house has called for a federal investigation into what it alleges is anti-competitive conduct by Australia Post that is destroying jobs in the printing and mailing industries.

  • ‘Keep us posted’, say companies and consumers 

    The Keep Me Posted campaign has been ‘overwhelmed’ with support from business and consumers, with more than 1,000 responses to a flyer campaign in the first week alone. The flyers with reply-paid postcards were circulated in every Australia Post retail outfit in the country.

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