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Graphics Grab Bag – this week in printing

Wednesday, 19 September 2018
By Patrick Howard

Grab Bag – definition: a miscellaneous collection: a potpourri.

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Graphics Grab Bag, a weekly record of engagements and observations from an observer curious about the printing industry here and around the world.

The big news this week was the Visual Impact show at Olympic Park, Sydney. The sold out show was a testimony to Peter Harper’s belief in the format and persistence in bringing it into being. Peter (above) is the GM Visual Connections, the graphic merchant’s association that runs the events. He’s now the sole GM or will be soon, when Karen Goldsmith leaves at the end of the month.

I spent a couple of days at the show, trying not to get between sales people manning the stands and their prospects. It’s not something a wise person will do.

Good to meet David Currie at the ‘big truck,’ always has the largest exhibition stand at these shows. He was chatting with a revived Steve Dunwell, back from a hiatus after finishing with manroland last year. No title on his Currie business card but he says his wife wants him out of the house. He’s helping young Will Currie at the NSW office. Welcome back Steve.

1st-day sale: Martin Stacher with Sharlene Sach, Kissell+Wolf

Honours for making the first-day sale at the show went to Martin Stacher of Kissel + Wolf, formerly known as Kiwo. He sold a Mutoh ValueJet 626UF to Melbourne printers CMC Gold, setting the tone for what I believe was a good transactional show. Clever inkjet machine the Mutoh compact unit is being used in shopping centres to print on anything and everything: wood, cups, plastic etc.

Russell Cavenagh, the new GM of Mutoh holds great hopes for the prize-winning printer.

Cameron McLachlan gets ready to fly with bon voyage from IanParkinson & Sylene Poncet.

Across the way the cheers were ringing out as contestant’s battled it out in a wraparound ring. The Hexis people hosted the competition for best wrap artist to cover a 3-D boarding pass with shrink-wrap. Cameron McLachlan from Gold Coast Wraps beat off some strong competition. He won a 5-day trip to France to visit Hexis HQ in Montpelier. He was presented with the boarding pass by Sylene Poncet who flew here for the occasion and Ian Parkinson, managing director Hexis Australia.

Talk about stoked.

At Print Promotion in the Marriott, Pitt Street: Peter Scott, managing director Screen Australia, Dr Markus Heering VDMA and Scott Telfer, Customer CX.

Away from the show, the German VDMA Print Promotion caravan rolled through Melbourne and Sydney on Monday and Tuesday. Promoted by Printing Industries, the hugely informed contingent was led by Dr.-Ing Markus Heering, VDMA, Geschåftsfuhrer (managing director for those without German). The level of technical knowledge and expertise of the German printing industry always impresses me. The line-up of products and processes shows why German technology is regarded as best in the world.

Highlight for me was the description of a sheet-fed gravure press from HC Moog, a 3rd generation family-owned, press manufacturer from near Frankfurt. It was presented with enthusiasm regardless of the fact that, insofar as I’m aware, there’s not a single sheetfed gravure press anywhere in Australia or New Zealand.

UV driers from IST Metz, the latest in laser die cutting from Polar and box making from Kolbus, filled out the program. Dierk Wissmann who’s been with Heidelberg Australia long enough to be considered a local, presented the press manufacturers digital ‘FIRE’ line up of presses, while David Murphy, from foilmaker Kurz, definitely one of ours, born and bred, showed what can be done with foils. I scored a couple of excellent posters.

Kurz embellished posters from drupas past.

Pity the free event wasn’t better promoted as I’m certain many more printers and owners would have found it as fascinating and informative as I did.

And finally …

Just when you thought it safe to go back onto the aisles, here’s a throwback to well before the #metoo world. Heck of a way to attract partners.

See you around the traps.








7 Responses to “Graphics Grab Bag – this week in printing”

  1. September 19, 2018 at 2:00 pm,


    Dear Patrick & Wayne

    Your final image and comment proves that the Australian print industry has a very long way to go to inspire women to be part of it. The clickbait conclusion completely undermines all the valid information in the body of the article AND sets the #metoo movement back another few decades.

    As the major printing industry news publisher in the country, please broaden your horizons and refrain from ‘celebrating’ such dated and derogatory promotions.

    It’s about time we saw more women in positions of influence in the print industry and your media organisation – but why would we want to when we have to deal with this!

  2. September 19, 2018 at 3:52 pm,


    Seriously??? Who is so bloody uncreative that they cant figure out a better way to flog their stuff than to exploit women’s bodies? You’re not clever, you’re not ironic – you’re boring and pathetic.

  3. September 19, 2018 at 4:03 pm,

    Comrade dave

    I agree with you. FPI.

    its a blokey industry and needs to change big time.
    That said I dont think it ever will, not in my time.

    now where is that Pirelli calendar collection I have……just kidding!

  4. September 19, 2018 at 7:58 pm,


    Any chance you could confirm who was trying to attract new business with that final image. Just so I can make sure to never use them? Unless your ha ha jokey final lines are meant to be construed as a lighthearted endorsement of such “throwback” advertising values…

  5. September 20, 2018 at 2:39 pm,


    It was a Chinese company trying to attract Australian business. I saw it and thought ‘what a bunch of pathetic tossers.’ Should have done their research on local ethics and customs. Perhaps the organisers should have said ‘take it down, you w*nkers!’ So it wasn’t the Australian industry, or Print21…it was Chinese.

  6. September 27, 2018 at 10:07 am,


    Thanks for your reply Patrick & Wayne. It’s good to hear that this is your opinion as the way it was portrayed in your article didn’t make that clear. If your aim was to ‘support’ positive female representation it would have been better to comment on the situation but not include the image. It would also be good to see an article in the next edition of Print21 on ‘female representation in the Australian industry’ discussing these kinds of outdated, sexist marketing tactics, with input from the PIAA and the Women in Print rep on what is being done at the top level to address this situation. All we’re asking for is a ‘fairgo’ on representation of females and the female image in all facets of the print industry.

  7. September 27, 2018 at 11:43 pm,


    Amen to that. Let’s go forward in equality and mutual respect. And vigilance to call out regressive nonsense such as the VI stand image.

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