News Archive

  • Océ launches ‘new entity’ in Australia 

    Océ, acquired by Canon in 2009, has taken over marketing, distribution and service for the Océ branded wide format and production inkjet range from Canon Australia.

  • The widening of trade print 

    Trade only printing for resellers has been with us for decades but a rising phenomenon is trade wide format. Print21 magazine editor Andy McCourt looks at the trend in the latest issue.

  • Worldwide Printing wins ISO colour nod 

    Franchiser Worldwide Printing Solutions is one of the first printers in Australia to move up to the latest ISO colour standard. “To maintain our leading position as a provider to 35,000 customers, we had little choice but to upgrade,” says MD Arnold Whiteside (pictured).

  • Mike Warshall bows out and sells Nulab 

    Michael Warshall, executive director of Nulab (pictured), is retiring after 45 years in the industry, and has sold his company to Victorian digital photo printer HC Pro. Nulab made the announcement in an email to customers, assuring them it will be a smooth transition.

  • 2018’s ‘window of opportunity’: Brunner 

    After years of banging on about print’s sustainability, we are finally beginning to see some appreciation of the massive impact that electronic media and communications have on the environment, writes sustainability expert Laurel Brunner.

  • 2017: The year in printing 

    New technology, business mergers and let’s not forget PacPrint. 2017 has been a significant year for the printing industry. Read all about it here.

  • Paper buyers lose control of prices 

    Some local paper merchants have been caught flatfooted by the rapidity and scale of pulp and paper price rises around the world with some having to play catch up next year issuing three, four and five price rises.

  • Electrical safety notices issued at DIC 

    Workplace safety regulator SafeWork NSW has issued a number of notices regarding electrical safety and work systems as it continues to investigate a fatal accident at DIC Australia that left one man dead and two injured two weeks ago.

  • Australia Post invests $3m in solar panels 

    Australia Post has installed the country’s largest single rooftop solar power installation at the Sydney Parcel Facility in Chullora, which will save an estimated $800,000 a year in energy costs.

  • Kmart spreads the love for digital labels 

    Kmart will use Afinia Label L301 desktop inkjet label printers (pictured) powered by HP technology to produce personalised labels for Vegemite and Nutella jars over Christmas this year, with the aim of promoting its bricks-and-mortar retail stores.

  • High Court rejects Fairfax/NZME appeal 

    The NZ High Court has upheld a decision by the Commerce Commission to block a proposed merger of the country’s two leading newspaper publishers, NZME and Fairfax New Zealand. The companies are now considering an appeal.

  • New digital label presses from Screen 

    Screen, together with Jet Technologies, will bring two new Trojan digital label presses to market in 2018. Both compact – one with inline finishing – they are ‘right-sized’ for the short-run and variable version label market.

  • EU to tighten plastic packaging rules 

    Digital press manufacturers including EFI and HP should be aware the EU is likely to introduce tighter regulations for the recycling of plastic packaging as part of the its drive towards circular economies, writes consultant Laurel Brunner.

  • Selling off the farm: ‘diabolical’ power bills after global giant buys Australian energy assets 

    Peter Booth, director of Melbourne’s Fishprint, invested $1.4m in a new low-energy offset press in a bid to cut his soaring electricity charges. But despite managing to reduce consumption by a third, the business has been hit by another substantial increase in its power bills.

  • ‘Busiest Christmas ever’: Australia Post delivering two million parcels per day 

    Australia Post is expecting its ‘busiest Christmas ever’, with online purchases driving a surge in parcel deliveries. The national mail carrier is delivering more than two million parcels per day, or 2700 per minute, at its peak this holiday season. No data on letters was available.

  • Power print people celebrate industry alliance 

    A cross section of the great and the good of the printing industry came together this week in Sydney as three allied organisations, Two Sides, Australian Catalogue Association and Apia pledged to work together to promote printing.

  • From blog to print – Print21 Magazine 

    Magazines are going online right? Not if you are men’s style oracle D’Marge with its ‘Shut Up & Take My Money’ blog, where the reverse is true. The bits, bandwidth and HTML have become ink on paper and even a major airline has taken it up. Doris Prodanovic checks out the irony of it all.

  • EFI invites Aus printers to ‘must-see’ Connect 

    Registration is open for EFI Connect 2018, which will be held in Las Vegas from January 23-26. Australian printers are being urged to attend what EFI describes as a ‘must-see’ user conference and networking event, which will give Australian printers a look over the horizon at the ‘next big thing’.

  • Salmat offloads SMS to focus on catalogues 

    ASX-listed direct mail and marketing services company Salmat has sold off its SMS business MessageNet for $14.8 million to Message4U, trading as MessageMedia. Proceeds from the sale will be used to pay down Salmat’s existing debt facility.

  • Epson releases the robots (video demo) 

    Epson has unveiled a “seeing, sensing, thinking, working” autonomous dual-arm robot named the WorkSense W-01 that it says will expand the scope of automated production. “We are refining our core technologies that combine sensors and smart features.”