News Archive

  • Neopost’s finishing gold rush – Part 3 

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    The Gold Coast and Tweed area has seen three major Duplo finishing installations from Neopost in a short time, all tailored to each printer’s specific needs. IBS GM Kelly Mackay (pictured, right) has his eye on a market increasingly geared towards customised options.

  • The Printcentre closes its doors 

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    Melbourne large format specialist The Printcentre has closed its doors and gone into liquidation, with the fate of its staff members up in the air, according to an insider. “The administrators arrived on Monday morning and locked the doors.”

  • David Jones unveils new print mag 

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    Retailer David Jones has launched a new magazine called Jones that has a print run of 250,000 copies – produced by IPMG’s Hannanprint. The quarterly, with a recommended retail price of $9.95, is available for sale at all David Jones stores and selected newsagents.

  • 3D market to hit $35bn in four years 

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    The global 3D printing market is set to double in the next four years to reach $US35 billion in 2020, according to a new survey by researcher IDC. “But revenues from consumer 3D printing will grow modestly as this market has already matured.”

  • Fujifilm plant 100% wind-powered 

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    Fujifilm’s giant plate production facility at Tilberg in the Netherlands – one of the company’s largest manufacturing sites outside of Japan – is now entirely powered by renewable energy generated by wind turbines. The plant employs 850 people, producing photo paper and offset plates.

  • New PIAA membership manager for NSW/ACT 

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    Printing Industries has appointed Rebecca Mason as its new NSW/ACT Membership Services Manager. Mason has spent over a year with the PIAA in Western Australia and was responsible for local environmental initiative the Green Stamp Program.

  • Packager on a roll 

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    ASX-listed global packaging group Orora recorded a 28 per cent jump in profit to $168.6 million for the year ended June 30 and predicted a positive year ahead. Total sales revenue was up 13 per cent to $3.8 billion.

  • Hywood flags digital only newspapers 

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    Shutting down printed newspapers is ‘inevitable’ for the second largest publisher in the region even as the CEO focuses on maximising cash from print. Greg Hywood told investors the time is not yet right to close printed newspapers but that is what’s going to happen in the future.

  • BJ Ball rolls into the west 

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    Trans-Tasman paper merchant BJ Ball picks up graphics distributor West Graphics Print Supplies, a leading supplier of consumable products in the WA commercial print market. The deal – effective 22nd August – means BJ Ball will provide national distribution of Huber Inks and print room consumables.

  • Calling all Tasmanians – Pearce leaves PIAA 

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    Craig Pearce, MD of Launceston printer Flying Colours, has resigned from the board of the PIAA, effective immediately, to focus on his business interests. “The reality of balancing the demands of my business and the commitment to the industry has proven too great,” he said.

  • Pantone launches ‘colour studio’ iPhone app 

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    Pantone has released a new ‘private colour studio’ app that allows users to match any colours captured on an iPhone camera with Pantone swatches. Pantone Studio members will have access to a library of more than 10,000 standardised hues across all Pantone libraries.

  • Bright future for flexible packaging 

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    Australian businesses are well placed to enjoy the benefits of a surge in flexible packaging over the next five years, with the global industry set to grow from $US98 billion in 2016 to $US125 billion in 2021, according to a new report by researcher Market and Markets.

  • Currie Group takes to the road 

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    Leading supplier Currie Group will bring its iconic mobile showroom to the Visual Impact Sydney 2016 show next month at Sydney Showground in Sydney Olympic Park.

  • Census website still down 

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    The finger-pointing has begun as the federal government attempts to contain the fallout over last night’s chaotic shutdown of the census website. Keep Me Posted said the situation could have been easily avoided by making paper forms the primary option.

  • Print falls to below half of Fairfax earnings 

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    Fairfax Media has posted a full-year loss of $893.5 million – the result “primarily driven” by last week’s $989 million write-down of publishing assets. Fairfax’s digital and other assets outside of its traditional print business will earn more than half of the company’s earnings in the year ahead.

  • Printing industry curated by Cryer and McCourt 

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    Industry stalwarts get among the dusty tomes in the Printing Industry to find some gems.

  • Once in a blue moon 

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    Researchers have unveiled the first new shade of blue in 200 years – discovered by accident in a scientific experiment at Oregon State University seven years ago. YInMn blue is named after the elements it comprises – yttrium, indium, and manganese.

  • News Corp slides on print decline 

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    News Corp’s global profits dropped 28 percent in the 2016 financial year as growth in its digital real estate business failed to offset a decline in news operations. Newspapers, book publishing and cable network programming were all down for the year.

  • Starleaton signs exclusive Agfa agency 

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    Family-owned signage supplier significantly expands its range by agreeing to a new Dealer Partnership with Agfa Graphics for the popular Anapurna, Jeti Mira and Tauro wide format inkjet platforms.

  • Apprentices back revised Future Print 

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    The industry’s new apprenticeship scheme has won the backing of young people previously reluctant to lock themselves into a low-paying job for four years. The Future Print Apprenticeship Project has also secured support from employers eager for improved workplace skills.