News Archive

  • Cactus adds the ‘Bentley’ of wide format 

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    Sydney large format specialist Cactus Imaging, acquired last year by ASX-listed oOh!media, says a new Durst 512R printer has transformed its printing operation. “It takes Out Of Home advertising to another level,” says Cactus GM Nigel Spicer.

  • Senate supports ‘keeping consumers posted’ 

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    The Keep Me Posted campaign has won a legislative victory, with the Senate approving a motion calling on the government to ‘bring forward legislation that will give consumers the right to receive communications from companies by post for no extra fee’.

  • PIAA lobbies for print training in schools 

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    Printing Industries has launched a campaign aimed at providing printing industry training to students in NSW secondary schools. PIAA industrial relations manager Paul Mitchell discussed the matter this week with NSW Minister for Education, Rob Stokes.

  • Epson launches new POS printer 

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    Epson Australia has unveiled a new series of point of sale (POS) thermal receipt printers aimed at high volume retail, hospitality and financial institutions. “The TM-T88VI gives businesses the ability to add web and mobile POS services in stages, or run systems alone or in parallel.”

  • Fuji Xerox AU linked to $450m Fujifilm scandal 

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    An independent investigation into accounting irregularities at Fuji Xerox New Zealand has uncovered similar ‘improper practices’ at Fuji Xerox Australia. Parent company Fujifilm Holdings estimates the losses will total $A450 million and at least four executives at Fuji Xerox in Japan are stepping down.

  • Another mailing house into liquidation 

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    Melbourne mailing house and marketing agency Digital Logic Asia Pacific (known as DLAP) has gone into liquidation and a creditors meeting is expected to be announced shortly. Industry sources say creditors could be owed hundreds of thousands of dollars.

  • PIAA calls for ‘political unity’ over Finkel report 

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    The PIAA says the Finkel report into the national electricity market needs political unity in order to deliver affordable and reliable energy. “The emerging crux of the political debate seems to be whether there must be a future for plentiful, reliable and cheap coal,” says CEO Andrew Macaulay.

  • Brother launches new laser printer series 

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    Brother has released a new series of colour laser printers and multi-function centres aimed at office and larger volume print environments. “These printers will exceed the expectations of businesses looking for secure, customisable and scalable printing solutions.”

  • Waste and guilt: Brunner 

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    Guilt is a powerful driver for improving environmental impacts and the print industry needs to reinforce the message that paper should not be thrown away because it can be recycled, writes sustainability consultant Laurel Brunner.

  • Bragg forced to auction after vacate order 

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    Bragg Printing has been forced to auction off machinery and finishing equipment after finally reaching a compromise with the NSW government over the compulsory acquisition of its inner-city printing factory as part of the Sydney Metro rail project.

  • Heidelberg launches digital strategy 

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    Heidelberg has launched its new growth strategy for the next five years, targeting ‘digital transformation, technology leadership, and operational excellence’ as key areas. The European giant has set its sights on three billion euro ($4.45 billion AUD) group sales by 2022.

  • Last chance – Catalogue Awards close today 

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    The 26th Australasian Catalogue Awards will close at 5pm today Friday June 9. The awards this year feature a record 50 categories, including two new ones – Direct Mail and Best Young Student – and a set of New Zealand-specific categories for the second year running.

  • Rough times ahead for print ads, says PwC 

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    PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has forecast massive drops in print advertising over the next four years, with newspapers set to lose approximately $850 million in ad revenue by the year 2021, and PwC’s Megan Brownlow said traditional media companies must become ‘frenemies’ if they are to grow.

  • ACCC weighs ‘Amazon Effect’ in OfficeMax review 

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    The ACCC has closed submissions in its review of the proposed takeover of OfficeMax by US equity firm Platinum Equity and expects to announce a decision next month. The regulator asked interested parties: To what extent would Amazon be likely to provide a competitive constraint?

  • PacPrint HotPicks headline latest Print21 

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    The newest issue of Print21 magazine is out now, with 20 pages of HotPicks from PacPrint 2017 in Melbourne last month – plus a feature on Canon’s new UVGel-powered Colorado 1640 wide-format inkjet printer, and how this disruptive ‘latex-killing’ ink technology will shake up the sign and display sector.

  • ‘Tangibly Trusted’: 17th SWUG conference 

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    Organisers say ‘Tangibly Trusted’ was chosen as the theme of this year’s Single Width Users’ Group (SWUG) NZ newspaper technology conference to highlight “what this unique sector of the print industry produces.”

  • Outdoor boards a hit for Starleaton 

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    Starleaton Digital Solutions has had significant interest in its Oppboga outdoor board after featuring it on its display at PacPrint. John Buitenkamp, product manager at Starleaton, said the product was received very well by visitors to the stand in May.

  • KBA to celebrate 200 Years 

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    German press giant Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA), which opened the world’s first press-building workshop in 1817, will celebrate its 200th anniversary in Würzburg in August. KBA outlined highlights from the company’s history.

  • Concerns over printing security: FX survey 

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    A new survey has found an alarming lack of education about document and printer security, with more than 60 percent of Australian SMEs concerned about document confidentiality.

  • Print Dynamics calls in auctioneer 

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    The entire machinery and equipment line-up from collapsed Melbourne sheetfed printer and mailing house Print Dynamics will go on sale in a global online auction on 30 June. The Mount Waverley-based company closed its doors in April after 17 years in business.