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PIAA takes Bragg fight to state government 

Printing Industries has thrown its support behind threatened Sydney printer Bragg Printing and accused the NSW government of riding rough shod over small business. “It appears the decision is not directly related to infrastructure but is heavily influenced by commercial property developers they’re involved with,” said PIAA CEO Andrew Macaulay.

  • IVE doubles profit to $20.9 million 

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    IVE Group posted $20.9 million in profit for the full year, more than double the previous year, and increased revenue by 13 per cent to $382 million. “The business continues to execute effectively on our strategy of ongoing diversification and growth,” said executive chairman Geoff Selig (pictured).

  • Envelope market down but not out 

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    Australian Paper’s recent acquisition of the assets of two envelope over-printers has churned the Australasian market, created a flurry of merger and acquisition activity and resulted in reduced envelope imports, according to the latest edition of industry bible Pulp & Paper Edge.

  • For Sale: Adelaide Printing / Graphics Business 

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    This is a genuine opportunity to take over an existing successful printing and graphics business that already generates a healthy income for the owner, with demonstrated earnings and huge potential due to the growing market sector in which they operate.

  • “Remarkably strong year” for manroland 

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    Manroland Sheetfed owner Langley Holdings says a boost in orders from drupa has set up the company for a strong finish to the year. “Both the trading for the first six months and the outlook for the full year are very positive,” says chairman Tony Langley

  • Making print more competitive 

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    The next round of ISO meetings will look at how the printing industry can improve its processes and environmental impact. “Sustainability standards are about making print more competitive and accountable,” says Laurel Brunner, who will join global experts at the upcoming ISO conference.

  • Access Print Solutions rescues Cadillac 

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    Sydney’s Access Print Solutions continued its national expansion by buying Adelaide web offset business Cadillac Printing that had been scheduled to shut down this month. “We had read that Cadillac was closing down and they were a client…so our directors popped around to see what was happening.”

  • AustPost profits despite record fall in letters 

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    Australia Post made $36m in full-year profit – a turnaround of $258m compared to the previous year – despite another heavy fall in its postal business. Addressed letter volumes fell by 9.7 per cent, the largest ever 12-month decline.

  • Centrum braces for the KBA Rapida 145 

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    Centrum Printing is reinforcing its Sydney plant in preparation for the arrival of a new KBA Rapida 145 large format sheetfed offset press bought at drupa and due to arrive in November. Workers are laying giant concrete slabs strenthened with piles for extra stability to support 50 tonnes-plus of machinery.

  • Melbourne’s Hi-Mark Press shuts down 

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    Fifty-year-old print business Hi-Mark Press has gone into liquidation and a creditors meeting has been set for next month. The family-run print and design firm based at Wiiliamstown in Melbourne’s south-west called in liquidators earlier this week.

  • Healthy result for Blackmores at APC awards 

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    Vitamins giant Blackmores won the top prize at this year’s Australian Packaging Covenant awards for a near perfect score in all areas of packaging sustainability. “It was inspiring to see so many committed and engaged members at our awards,” said APC CEO Trish Hyde.

  • New Anapurna hybrid from Agfa Graphics 

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    Agfa Graphics added to its LED UV-curing range with the Anapurna H3200i, which will be unveiled next month in Las Vegas. The belt-driven hybrid machine handles all types of roll media in a size up to 3.2m.

  • Demand for Future Print leaders program 

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    Places are filling up fast for the second Future Print course for supervisors and team leaders that starts next month at the PIAA headquarters. “This is a great program that helps newer team leaders and supervisors, as well as those transitioning into their first leadership role,” says Bill Healey.

  • Printer faces developer’s wrecking ball – Andy McCourt’s ReVerb 

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    Bragg Printing is being forced out of its premises in Sydney as the NSW government pushes ahead with its compulsory acquisition policy. In this month’s ReVerb column, Andy McCourt argues that the ultimate winners will not be commuters nor the government but wealthy property developers.

  • The wedding’s off – PacMags cuts print titles 

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    Pacific Magazines is cutting the print editions of four of its titles – including Bride to Be – in a bid to create “a more sustainable, future-focused business.” It’s just been announced this morning that Pacific CEO Peter Zavecz is leaving the company to join News Corp.

  • Monopoly fears delay Fairfax/NZME merger 

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    The proposed merger between NZME and Fairfax Media NZ has been put on hold over concerns that it could to increase prices to advertisers and consumers. The Commerce Commission says it needs more time to assess the impact on both news content and advertising prices.

  • Weaker market exposes APN Outdoor 

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    ASX-listed APN Outdoor lost one third of its value – with more than $480 million wiped off its market capitalisation – after the company cut revenue forecasts and warned of weaker conditions in the outdoor advertising market.

  • LIA Drupa show heads to Victoria 

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    The final leg of the LIA Drupa roadshow will be held next month at the Mulgrave Country Club in Melbourne, following successful events in Sydney and Brisbane. The show looks at “where the market is heading and what’s on offer with a focus on digital or hybrid solutions.”

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