News Archive

  • ‘Hate mail’ targets David Leach 

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    Departing President of Printing Industries cites attacks on himself and his business as part of the reason why he is resigning but stands by recent achievements.

  • PIAA revolution postponed – President resigns. 


    A drive to hold the Printing Industries board to account with a Special General Meeting runs out of steam as disaffected members claim their concerns are now being listened to following ‘recent developments.’

  • Direct Paper expands with Vilensky deal 

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    Melbourne-based paper merchant Direct Paper Supplies has acquired Vilensky Paper of Eastern Creek in Sydney as it continues to expand its national network. “This is a logical step and gives us a stronger foothold in the Sydney market,” said Dale O’Neill, director, Direct Paper.

  • IVE wins lucrative Westpac contract 

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    Recently-listed IVE Group has received a boost by picking up a five-year contract to provide print management and design services to banking giant Westpac Banking Corporation. In a statement to the ASX, IVE said a full service rollout was expected within the first half of this year.

  • New president for Amcor Flexibles AP 

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    Australian-based multinational packaging group Amcor has named Roelof Westerbeek as its new President Amcor Flexibles Asia Pacific. Westerbeek joins Amcor from Royal DSM and will commence his new Singapore-based role on 15 March 2016.

  • Spotting the greenwash 


    Greenwashing, the cloaking of a marketing intent in the language of sustainability and environmental awareness, is on the rise and undermines the credibility of those doing their best to develop sustainable media businesses, according to sustainability consultant Laurel Brunner.

  • $1.5 billion boost from Bauer to PMP 


    Gordon and Gotch has become the 800lb gorilla in magazine distribution as Australia’s largest magazine publisher quits its distribution business. PMP’s distribution arm will receive a massive $1.5 billion boost in sales over the next five years after taking over rival Bauer Media’s distribution division, Network Services Company.

  • 2nd drupa Global Insights Report 


    The 2nd drupa Global Insights report shows that good management practice in planning, integration and marketing delivers on average an additional $175,000 of annual turnover and $63,000 of additional profit compared with those with poor management habits.

  • PIAA’s insurance deal for members 


    Printing Industries has teamed up with Arthur J. Gallagher, the world’s fourth largest insurance broker, to offer its members comprehensive risk and insurance solutions. PIAA CEO Jason Allen said he was “very pleased to announce this important partnership.”

  • Hello Dolly, so long Cleo – death of an icon 


    Bauer Media has confirmed the next edition of Cleo magazine will be the last. Bauer also revealed plans to relaunch Dolly magazine as a bi-monthly with greater online focus. “Our plans for Dolly will see us take a digital first approach with a focus on mobile video, social media and e-commerce.”

  • PIAA employee purge hits Queensland 


    Two staff from the Queensland office of Printing Industries have been let go in a move printers have slammed as ‘reckless and foolish.’ Their departure is in line with the wholesale turnover of personnel that has taken place in the other states.

  • Full Paragon catalogue up on 28 January 


    The complete catalogue of assets to be auctioned off from Paragon Australasia’s ACT site will be published by Graysonline on 28th January, the day that bidding begins. Canberra’s second biggest printer collapsed into administration last month owing more than $3 million.

  • Hague launches Australian unit 


    Global print management firm Hague has appointed Mike Wheble as its managing director, Australia, to drive the “rapid expansion” of its new Hague Australia business. Hague operates in more than 50 companies and has provided security print solutions in Australia for the past five years.

  • Printing revenue to fall 3.8% in 2016: IBISWorld 


    Researcher IBISWorld has identified the printing industry as one of five Australian business sectors facing a tough year in 2016. “The rising prevalence of online platforms has negatively affected demand for printed advertising materials such as catalogues, brochures, leaflets, and booklets.”

  • Ricoh leads on sustainability: Brunner 

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    Some organisations treat environmental responsibility rather frivolously, as if the environment is a passing trend. But some very large companies, such as Ricoh, require evidence of continuous management of their environmental management system and for raw materials usage, writes Laurel Brunner.

  • FESPA Digital 2016 sells out 


    FESPA Digital, European Sign Expo and FESPA Textile 2016 have all sold out with just under two months to go until doors open on 8 March in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 450 exhibitors will display latest solutions across wide format digital print, textile print, signage and printed interior decoration.

  • Where to now PIAA? – Andy McCourt’s reverb 


    In this, my first ‘ReVerb’ column for 2016, there can be only one topic that is reverberating loud enough around the industry, to be the topic: the current situation at our peak industry body, Printing Industries. Much has been voiced about the job losses and sale of assets since the appointment of Jason Allen.

  • Future Print boosts sales training program 


    Industry initiative Future Print is launching a second live-stream business sales course after heavy demand for the initial program. “The inaugural course is enjoying rave reviews,” said Julie Tymms, Australian Academy of Sales, which has joined with Future Print to present the program.

  • Unique Victorian Print Management Business 


    What’s unique? The combination of a growing EBIT at 25% of sales, high wallet share of customers, proven processes and systems – works on auto pilot, can be run under management, no salespeople, just ‘affiliates.’

  • Amcor expands US footprint with $61m deal 


    Australian-based multinational packaging company Amcor will expand its presence in the US after acquiring California-based packaging firm Deluxe Packages for $61 million. “This represents an excellent opportunity to accelerate profitable growth,” said Amcor MD Ron Delia.