News Archive

  • PacPrint Day 1: ‘A hell of a lot faster’ – Roland’s CAMM GR series 

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    Roland DG’s new GR series of professional vinyl cutters, a Print21 Hot Pick at PacPrint 2017, has been completely redesigned to deliver best-in-class cutting quality and productivity.

  • PacPrint Day 1: Neopost’s Duplo DDC810 – UV coating for all 


    Pipping even Europe to the post to show the new Duplo spot UV coater, Neopost revealed the DD810 in a private room by invitation only. Print21 editor Andy McCourt was there.

  • PacPrint Day 1: Esko Kongsberg C table takes a Hot Pick 

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    The redesigned super-wide Kongsberg C table, which can work with materials up to ten feet square, was an early crowd pleaser on the Esko stand at day one of PacPrint.

  • PacPrint Day 1: Xeikon’s Cheetah sprints into the Print21 Hot Pick list at PacPrint debut 

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    European digital printing giant Xeikon has kicked off its first-ever PacPrint with a Print21 Technology Hot Pick for its CX-3 “Cheetah” label press. The toner-based five-colour digital label press is running live on stand A22. Xeikon, a subsidiary of Flint Group, launched in Australia in February.

  • Zero tolerance for ambush marketing at PacPrint 

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    Organising committee for the trade show declares it will not stand for companies using the exhibition to promote their own agendas without contributing to the overall success of the show.

  • Printing plates progress 

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    As digital printing keeps up its steady march across the graphics landscape, it’s easy to forget about progress in conventional printing, writes Laurel Brunner.

  • LIA seeks industry buy-in for more VET funding 


    The Lithographic Institute of Australia has called for a Certificate III of Printing and Graphic Arts as an option for VET schools. In an open letter to members and associates, LIA President Mel Ireland requested industry support for more VET school funding.

  • Print Dynamics offers creditors 10% 

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    Collapsed Melbourne printer Print Dynamics has offered unsecured creditors owed a total of $1.3 million a take-it-or-leave-it, 10 cents-in-the-dollar settlement deal. The offer is conditional on all creditors agreeing to the terms. The company says it also owes employees $581,067.17.

  • It’s off: APN and oOh!Media abandon $1.6bn merger after ACCC concerns 

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    APN Outdoor and oOh!Media have called it quits on their proposed merger, walking away from the massive $1.6 billion deal after the ACCC released a statement of issues expressing ‘preliminary concerns’ earlier this month.

  • Stage set for Tuesday’s PacPrint grand opening 

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    Lily D’Ambrosio, Victoria’s Minister for Energy, Environment & Climate Change, will officially open PacPrint 2017 next Tuesday, May 23rd, before touring the show and visiting the University of Newcastle’s printed solar panel installation.

  • Apprentice winner makes all the right moves 

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    Bathurst-based Laura Burgett from Spatial Services, this year’s Heidelberg-LIA Apprentice of the year, is very well credentialed across a range of disciplines.

  • Billion-dollar bidding war for Fairfax 


    Another US equity giant has joined the bidding for Fairfax, valuing the publishing and media company at up to $2.87 billion. Fairfax says it will invite both TPG and new bidder Hellman & Friedman to conduct due diligence to see ‘if an acceptable binding transaction can be agreed.’

  • $2m+ in pre-PacPrint sales for Screen 


    In a $2 million-plus sales spike in the run up to PacPrint, Screen GP and co-exhibitor Jet Technologies have sold two Truepress Jet label presses and a PlateRite flexographic CtP platesetter. “To say I am delighted is an understatement,” says Screen MD Peter Scott.

  • Print’s role in marketing: VoPP mag 

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    The role of digital print innovation in customized marketing is the focus of the latest issue of the Value of Paper and Print magazine from Two Sides Australia. “The opportunities to customise and target print marketing communications are endless,” says TSA’s Kellie Northwood.

  • Fespa’s sustainability problem: Brunner 

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    The Fespa show in Hamburg brought together all parts of the sign and display business but very few exhibitors were shouting about their environmental credentials and the topic was mostly absent from the conference, writes Laurel Brunner.

  • Holmesglen students headed to PacPrint 

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    More than 150 students from the Holmesglen Institute will be among 13,000 visitors at Pacprint in Melbourne next week. “PacPrint will be an enormously valuable opportunity to learn how they can leverage the power of print in their future careers.”

  • Mercedes buys 1st Océ sheet-fed, eyes 2nd 

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    Melbourne print powerhouse Mercedes Waratah has installed Australia’s first Océ VarioPrint i300 sheet-fed inkjet press at its Data Direct business in Preston and is considering buying a similar machine for its headquarters in Port Melbourne.

  • Ricoh reshuffle ousts managers 

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    An executive shake-up at Ricoh Australia has resulted in the departures of three general managers, with the chief financial officer also retiring from the company. A Ricoh spokesperson said the restructure followed an internal review, and was aimed at streamlining decision making.

  • Southern Impact gets into packaging with Onpack 

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    Leading Australian print group Southern Impact has launched a new packaging and label business, Onpack, headed up by Michael Nankervis, (pictured) specialising in self-adhesive labels for food, craft beer, industrial and chemical products.

  • ‘Good deed’ Logick takes top NZ Print award 

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    Logick Print & Graphics has won New Zealand’s Pride In Print Supreme Award for 2017 after owner Dave Gick disqualified his company from winning the award last year when he realised that part of his entry did not qualify under the rules.