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Platinum to add OfficeMax to Staples 

Platinum Equity looks set to acquire OfficeMax, which would give the US-based equity firm two of the three major chains in Australia’s $10 billion-a-year office supplies market. Specialist print management unit OfficeMax Print Solutions offers a range of services from pre-production through to marketing and distribution.

  • Paper price rises overdue: IndustryEdge 

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    Printers argue they can’t afford paper price increases but after a tough 2016 paper price rises are overdue, according to pulp and paper industry bible IndustryEdge. “Over the last decade, the price of paper has gone backwards.”

  • New process-free plates from Kodak 

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    Kodak’s new Sonora UV Process Free Plate – the latest addition to the company’s process-free technology portfolio – is now available in Australia and New Zealand. “We can produce complex and demanding jobs on any substrate.”

  • EFI is the new Starleaton driver in ANZ 

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    Ben Eaton doubles down on backing the technology giant in the local market in wide format and MIS following his successful DES takeover.

  • Bidding opens in Colony liquidation sale 

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    Auction house O’Maras has opened bidding on printing machinery and equipment from collapsed Brisbane business Colony Printing, which went into liquidation earlier this month. The pre-bidding on 89 separate lots will continue for the next week until a live webcast auction on Tuesday, 4 April.

  • AveryPro labels deliver design edge 

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    Sydney’s Hogan Print, originally an offset company, says a recent label print job using the latest AveryPro range of labels run through a new Indigo 5600 press has delivered a striking design ‘punch’ that should prove popular with other customers.

  • Private equity firm circles Fairfax Media 

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    US private equity giant TPG Capital is reported to have acquired more than 35 million shares in Fairfax Media in recent days as it considers a bid for one of the oldest and largest media companies in Australia and New Zealand.

  • ‘Mixed feelings’: Wim Maes exits Xeikon 

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    Xeikon, a division of Flint Group, has named Benoit Chatelard as president & CEO of Flint’s Digital Solutions business, replacing former Xeikon CEO Wim Maes, who is leaving the company. “I am leaving Xeikon and Flint Group with mixed feelings,” Maes says.

  • Xeikon expands into inkjet 

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    Belgian digital press manufacturer Xeikon, now owned by Flint Group, is entering the inkjet market with a new UV inkjet label press, the Xeikon PX3000.

  • The case for deinkability – Brunner 

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    ISO 21331, the international standard for assessing the potential deinkability of print, is one of several standards under development to improve the environmental impact of graphics technology and print. Laurel Brunner is one of the sustainability experts working on the document.

  • Dscoop guests wowed by first HP Indigo 50000 

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    HP’s Dscoop USA conference featured a new vision for the user group, all-star speakers and cutting-edge technology – but it was after the conference that Aussie visitors got a real “wow” moment as HP showed off the first Indigo 50000 digital press installed anywhere in the world.

  • New Epson printer claims pole position 

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    Petronas Grand Prix collaboration powers the superfast 100ppm inkjet business printer that is leaving laser print technology behind on the starting grid.

  • Get in quick for personalised PacPrint wine 

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    It’s the last chance for wine lovers to get their hands on a personalised bottle of Wolf Blass by preregistering for PacPrint, as the promotion ends next Thursday March 30. Visual Connections, in conjunction with PIAA, are offering individually-labelled wine bottles printed on HP Indigo machines.

  • Paper bill fees slug poor and pensioners 

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    Andrew Leigh MP, shadow assistant treasurer, has said the ‘unfair’ practice of companies charging fees for customers to receive paper bills hits the poor, elderly and vulnerable. Leigh hosted a public forum in Canberra this morning to throw his support behind the Keep Me Posted campaign.

  • John Fisher cuts into packaging design 

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    Fourth-generation Sydney printer John Fisher has invested in a fast and intuitive Zund cutting system to speed up its digital production with an eye on prototype design for growing packaging and point-of-sale markets.

  • Multi-Choice Taxation questions 

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    The Taxation Office has launched federal court proceedings to wind up 22-year-old Melbourne screen printing business Multi-Choice. The ATO often uses winding up orders to target delinquent taxpayers.

  • KBA posts record profit 

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    German press giant Koenig & Bauer (KBA) says growth in packaging and digital web printing has pushed the company to a record group net profit of €82 million for 2016. However, business in Asia/Pacific was impacted by the softer economy in China.

  • Advertisers looking to pair print with digital 

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    Advertisers are set to take a more holistic approach to campaigns by pairing digital and traditional methods, according to marketing services company Salmat, whose 2017 mid-tier marketing index predicts a ‘renaissance’ for offline marketing channels over the coming year.

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