News Archive

  • Winds of change: Sangster moves on from ADMA 

    Jodie Sangster (pictured), CEO of ADMA and the Australian Alliance for Data Leadership (AADL), has announced she is stepping down from both positions to take on a new role at IBM’s Watson AI division. After seven years in the top job, Sangster said she felt it was a good time to move on.

  • Deason launches second lawsuit over Xerox deal 

    Major shareholder Darwin Deason filed a new lawsuit against Xerox after the company refused to allow him to make board nominations in his fight against the proposed $6.1 billion merger that would combine Xerox with existing joint venture Fuji Xerox.

  • Last chance to buy Graphic Impressions 

    Today is the last day to put in an offer for liquidated Melbourne printer Graphic Impressions, which went out of business last week. Richard Rasmussen of Ascent Partners (pictured), who is selling the business, invites anyone interested to submit their offer by 5pm Melbourne time.

  • Active installs robotic Onset flatbeds from Fujifilm 

    Leading display and signage manufacturer Active Display Group has ordered the region’s first two Inca Onset X series UV flatbed printers from Fujifilm Graphic Systems for its site in Melbourne.

  • New Kodak plate to ‘transform’ industry 

    Kodak has launched the Sonora X process-free plate – the latest addition to its Sonora range – that it believes can address almost all litho printing applications from carton printing to newspapers.

  • Graphic Impressions up for sale 

    Melbourne magazine publisher Blitz Publications and its printing business Graphic Impressions have been wound up, leaving behind a trail of creditors reportedly owed hundreds of thousands of dollars. Richard Rasmussen of Ascent Partners has been given rights to sell Graphic Impressions.

  • Saunders Print Group closes down 

    Western Sydney commercial printer Saunders Print Group has closed its doors after 65 years in business and called in a liquidator.

  • Eight-week strike ends with no deal on wages 

    Workers at Australian Paper in Preston agreed to return to work after an eight-week strike as negotiations continue over their demands for a 2.5 percent wage rise.

  • 50 jobs go at NZ security printer 

    Security printer ABnote is moving ahead with plans to shut down its plastic card manufacturing business based at Christchurch and move the operation to Australia.

  • Kodak launches Nexfinity Digital Press 

    Kodak rolled out its new Nexfinity digital press that it describes as the most versatile digital sheetfed platform in today’s market. Nexfinity offers exceptional image quality with running costs that are consistent with medium-run offset litho.

  • LIA QLD welcomes Kellie Northwood 

    Australian Catalogue Association (ACA) CEO Kellie Northwood will be a guest speaker at next week’s annual general meeting of the Queensland LIA. Nominations for committee member elections close on Monday 13 March.

  • Plastic bans could create opportunities 

    Moves to ban single-use plastic could impact technologies such as digital presses and finishing systems but could also create opportunities in the graphics industry, writes Laurel Brunner.

  • Huge manroland deal to reshape web landscape 

    Web press giant manroland web systems will combine with US-owned Goss International. The owners of manroland, Possehl Group (Lübeck), and of Goss, American Industrial Partners, will own the combined company between them.

  • Snap unveils 2020 strategy at franchise awards 

    Snap Franchising has held its annual awards at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. Peter Sinodinos, CEO, launched the company’s brand strategy for the next three years, focusing on growth and innovation for both the company and its franchisees.

  • Print’s place at design awards – Print21 

    In an age of web design and virtual reality, printing still plays an integral role in AGDA’s Design Awards, which attracted 1,500 submissions from Australia and New Zealand. When the design community came together in Canberra to celebrate another year, Print21 was there.

  • Giving control back to printers: Print21 Magazine 

    An industry charter that lays out minimum requirements for fairness and transparency in contracts between printers and suppliers has many advantages. Having recourse to a set mediation formula instead of bringing in the lawyers whenever disputes arise is a no brainer for most businesses.

  • ‘Worst year’ for apprentices, Old Friends find 

    The Society of Old Friends visited Sydney TAFE’s Ultimo campus on Thursday to see the facilities for its print training course, including digital, offset and bindery, in a year that’s being called the ‘worst in memory’ for student numbers.

  • Epson launches next-gen small label presses 

    Epson has announced the successors to its popular SurePress L-4033 series of small inkjet label presses: the SurePress L-4533A, a six colour aqueous resin ink machine, and the L-4533AW, a six colour plus white aqueous resin ink press.

  • Newsprint imports collapse to record low 

    Imports of newsprint into Australia fell by 27.6 percent to a new low of just 47 kilotons (kt) in 2017, as falling consumption hit a range of Printing & Communication paper imports.

  • PIAA calls for direct action on power prices 

    Printing Industries has urged its members to sign a petition and call their local MPs to demand immediate relief from crippling electricity and gas prices. “We need to act now!” says PIAA CEO Andrew Macaulay (pictured).