News Archive

  • Heidelberg’s Primefire begins pilot phase 

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    The market launch of Heidelberg’s Primefire 106 – its first industrial digital printing system in B1 format – is running on schedule with a US packaging printer beginning the pilot phase. The new system provides ‘dependable offset-like quality with the benefits of digital printing.’

  • Komori and Screen launch workflow system 

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    Komori and Screen GP have started testing a new integrated workflow system that enhances automation in all processes from prepress through to postpress. The system has been installed at Japanese printing company Mizukami Insatsu, which plans to create a ‘smart factory’ by 2025.

  • Finalists named for photobook awards 

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    Judges have named the finalists in the 2016 Australian Photobook of the Year Awards to be presented at the Magic Johnston arts centre in Melbourne next week. Photobook printer Momento Pro is offering cash and credit prizes worth $10,000.

  • AGS signs local deal for Cron CTP 

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    AGS has signed an agreement to become the Australian agent for Cron Platesetter Systems and already has begun to distribute Cron products to the local market, with installations completed at Associated Printers in Melbourne and Mallee Printers in Sea Lake, Victoria.

  • Brother upgrades digital garment printers 

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    Brother International Australia has unveiled a new camera alignment system for its Brother GT-3 series of digital garment printers. The system is not limited to substrates and can align designs on shoes, caps, shirts, coasters and more.

  • Specialised Print Awards finalists 

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    Six state finalists have been named in this year’s inaugural Konica Minolta National Specialised Print Awards that celebrate excellence in print. The national winner will receive a $10,000 advertising package at the awards event held on Thursday 23rd February at SoHo in Sydney.

  • Graphitype auction ends today 

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    Sydney’s Graphitype Printing Services is auctioning off excess plant and equipment following its acquisition by Dominion Print Group. The online auction is now live and runs until Friday 5pm (AEST) .

  • AusPost defends 5.6 Million Dollar Man 

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    Australia Post has lost its bid to keep secret the $5.6 million salary package paid to MD Ahmed Fahour – more than ten times the amount earned by the Prime Minister. The national carrier argued the move could attract “unwarranted media attention.”

  • PIAA condemns ‘partisan’ FWC 

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    Printing Industries has called for legislative changes to the “dysfunctional and partisan” Fair Work Commission (FWC), the national workplace relations tribunal. Former Liberal senator Mary Jo Fisher (pictured), the PIAA’s director of government relations, will travel to Canberra to lobby federal ministers.

  • Screen tests mini digital label press 

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    Screen GP MD Peter Scott says he’s delighted with the early test runs on his new Truepress Jet L250AQ digital label machine. “The machine came out-of-the-box and quickly ramped up into production; it’s very simple and intuitive to operate.”

  • Entries open for 34th national print awards 

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    Early bird entries are now open for the 2017 Media Super National Print Awards to be held in Melbourne on May 25. The best in the industry will compete in 18 general print categories and five design categories, as well as the Media Super Industry Legend and Young Executive awards.

  • Kaaren Lewis new GM sales for Canon 

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    Canon Australia has appointed ICT specialist Kaaren Lewis as general manager of sales for Canon Business Services. Lewis has more than 20 years of experience with companies such as Hewlett Packard, Dell, Compaq, IBM and Insight.

  • Sugar-coating packaging’s plastic problem 

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    With eight million tonnes of plastic ending up in the sea every year, European developers have come up with new forms of packaging based on sugar cane.

  • LIA plant tours in NSW, QLD 

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    The Lithographic Institute of Australia (LIA) is hosting plant tours later this month to the Visy can facility in Sydney and the new Platypus Graphics factory in Brisbane.

  • Superia cost cutting at Scott Print 

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    Scott Print of WA has seen a dramatic reduction in water, chemical and power use since it introduced Fujifilm Superia plates, processing and chemistry. “The savings go all the way to the pressroom where less paper is wasted and jobs come up to colour faster, with far fewer re-makes.”

  • Xerox front end software flows to EFI 

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    Xerox has sold its FreeFlow Print Server (FFPS) digital front end software to EFI as Fuji Xerox Australia reabsorbs its enterprise IT and software division after only a year in operation. Xerox and EFI announced their new strategic partnership yesterday, which will include the sale of FFPS to EFI.

  • Threatened outdoor ad goes nationwide 

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    A crowd-funding campaign to reinstate an Australia Day billboard featuring two young girls in hijabs has raised almost $170,000 and bought 17 billboards and seven full page newspaper ads around the country. Industry group OMA advised members not to run the ad because of online threats.

  • Failed printer points to Officeworks 

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    Sydney digital printer Global Printmart Australia has collapsed into liquidation and a creditors meeting has been called for next week. “We used to get a lot of small jobs but now Officeworks takes all of the small jobs,” says owner/director Matthew Ho.

  • Xeikon serves up info Café in March 

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    Registrations are open for Xeikon Café, a four-day event to be held in Belgium in March. The exhibition and conference, which will run from March 28 to 31 at the company’s Lier facility in Antwerp, has been extended from three days to four this year due to increased interest.

  • Worldwide looks out for the planet 

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    Worldwide Printing Solutions has moved to help offset its carbon emissions by investing in renewable energy projects in Mauritius. A statement released by Worldwide said the printer was looking to reduce its climate footprint and promote sustainability by investing in carbon offset programs.