News Archive

  • Fujifilm on Show to the World at Drupa 2016 


    Previous Fujifilm posts have referred to the upcoming graphic arts trade expo, drupa 2016, to be held in Düsseldorf, Germany May 31 to June 10—yes, 11 days of show, seminars, sharing and socialising!

  • ‘No pay’ fight for printed bills 


    Consumers are being pressurised to switch to digital billing by companies that are charging for the privilege to get a bill in the post. A new industry campaign – Keep Me Posted – supported by Nick Xenophon (pictured) is taking up the fight to promote the consumer’s right to choose.

  • Sydney Allen Printers on the block 


    Failed multi-million dollar printing business Sydney Allen Printers is officially up for sale, with insolvency specialists CRS Insolvency Services calling for ‘urgent’ expressions of interest.

  • APN tipped to ditch its Kiwi business 

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    Trans-Tasman media group APN News & Media looks set to try to unload its New Zealand business NZME – including flagship The New Zealand Herald – after calling off an IPO for the newspapers, radio and digital company. APN will update the market on its plans for NZME at its AGM on May 11.

  • Printers roll up at Visual Impact Brisbane 

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    Commercial printers pushed up attendance figures at last weekend’s Visual Impact 2016 show in Brisbane by almost 30 percent on two years ago. “A lot of printing companies came along and attendance was up about 29 percent from 2014,” said Peter Harper, GM, exhibitions, Visual Connections.

  • Amcor’s $567m deal for flexible packager Alusa 

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    Australian packaging giant Amcor has signed a $A567 million ($US435m) deal to buy South America’s largest flexible packaging business Alusa, which would almost double the sales of Amcor’s recently created flexible packaging business in the Americas to $US1 billion.

  • PIAA expands apprenticeship program 

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    Future Print has expanded its apprenticeship training program with the release of 12 more online modules based on ‘blended learning’ – a combination of on-site, off-site and online components. “It’s exciting to see how far our Apprenticeship Training has come over the past couple of years.”

  • Agfa pushes sustainability at drupa 

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    Agfa is putting environmentally friendly processes at the heart of its drupa presence with ECO3, which stands for Eco-friendly, Economic and Extremely Convenient. It’s a bit cumbersome as slogans go, but the idea is to include the cost of operations and the value of convenience into the eco concept.

  • PIAA board to consider CEO shortlist 


    The PIAA is moving closer to choosing its next CEO and has scheduled a national telephone conference of all nine board members next week to consider the shortlist of candidates.

  • Winds of change – Simon Ellis new MD at PMP NZ 


    Beacon Media’s Simon Ellis has been appointed managing director of New Zealand’s largest commercial printing operation PMP NZ, which has an annual turnover of $NZ150 million and includes Gordon and Gotch magazine distribution.

  • Visual Impact underway in Brisbane 


    Major suppliers from the print, sign, display and engraving industries are in Brisbane for the three-day Visual Impact trade show that opened on Thursday at the Convention & Exhibition Centre.

  • Sheetfed packaging presses drive KBA revival 


    Revitalised German press giant Koenig & Bauer (KBA) says it’s back in the black after a ‘sometimes painful’ restructure that focused on sheetfed packaging presses following the collapse of its newspaper and commercial web press business.

  • Konica Minolta eyes ‘exploding’ 3D market 

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    Konica Minolta Australia is adding more staff and resources to cope with its expanding 3D printing business in the local market. “With demand and interest in 3D printing exploding at the moment, Konica Minolta expects to see strong growth over the coming year.”

  • Mascot Printing moves on Sydney Allen 

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    Mascot Printing has signed a deal to acquire iconic multi-million dollar Sydney printing business Sydney Allen, which last week collapsed into a messy receivership that led major creditor Bob McMillan to take action to protect his investment.

  • Komori showcases Landa press at drupa 

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    Press giant Komori has unveiled plans to launch its advanced Landa press at this year’s drupa in Düsseldorf. “Visitors will experience the technical innovations and performance improvements that have been made since Landa announced the system at drupa 2012.”

  • Worldwide Printing installs XMPie web-to-print 

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    Franchise business Worldwide Printing Solutions has installed Fuji Xerox web-to-print technology XMPie at its 44 print centres located in WA, SA, NSW, VIC and QLD. “After extensive research, we chose XMPie solutions because it was clearly the most capable software available.”

  • National Print Awards headed for a sell-out 


    Tickets are selling fast for this year’s Media Super National Print Awards in Melbourne, with less than a hundred seats remaining. The 33rd annual Presentation Dinner will take place on 20 May at the Plaza Ballroom in Melbourne, hosted by The Chaser co-founders Julian Morrow and Charles Firth.

  • KM boss toss to fight child exploitation 

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    Three executives from Konica Minolta have thrown themselves out of a plane at 14,000 feet above Wollongong to support not-for-profit group Project Futures in its fight to end human trafficking, slavery, and child exploitation. The ‘Toss the Boss’ initiative raised more than $21,000.

  • New business transition webinars from PIAA 


    Printing Industries is rolling out a new series of business transition webinars following the success of last year’s nationwide roadshow of transition seminars. “The webinars will continue to help businesses negotiate necessary changes to ensure a successful future.”

  • Boost your super: free seminars 

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    Media Super is running a nationwide program of free seminars to help members boost their super and plan for a financially secure retirement. Twenty-one seminars will be held next month in NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, WA, ACT, TAS and the NT.