News Archive

  • The Recyclability of Everything 

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    A project aimed at ensuring that printed matter can be effectively recycled is proving a challenge for industry consultant Laurel Brunner. “It’s work that must be done, no matter how numb and bludgeoned it leaves the little grey cells.”

  • Winds of Change – Mark Fletcher joins EFI APAC 

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    Print technology developer EFI has appointed marketing specialist Mark Fletcher to its Asia Pacific (APAC) marketing team. Fletcher will take up his new Sydney-based position next week.

  • $392m loss and name change for PaperlinX 

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    PaperlinX has reported a loss of $392.3 million following the disastrous collapse of its European operation and says it will seek shareholder support to change its corporate name to Spicers Limited.

  • PIAA wins ‘major victory’ at Fair Work Commission 

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    Printing Industries claims a major victory for employers at the Fair Work Commission, defeating an AMWU application that sought to vary the Graphic Arts Award by providing time-off in lieu of overtime at the overtime rate rather than the current time-for-time rate.

  • NPCIA CEO exits in ‘refresh’ 

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    Stan Moore has stepped aside as CEO of the National Packaging Covenant as the sustainable packaging initiative begins an organisational restructure ahead of a updated Covenant due next year. Moore previously had been critical of the federal government’s commitment to the scheme.

  • APN posts 67% drop in first half profit 

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    APN News & Media, the trans-Tasman newspaper publisher and radio station operator, reported a 67% slump in profit to $7.5 million for the six months to June 30, down from $22.6 million. ARM, the Australian regional newspaper unit, posted a 5% fall in first-half revenue to $94.5m.

  • Winds of Change – Mesaros promoted at HP Inc. 

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    Rob Mesaros has been named the new South Pacific MD of HP’s new personal systems and printing businesses unit to be known as HP Inc. HP plans to separate into two new publicly traded Fortune 50 companies – HP Enterprise and HP Inc.

  • Shake-up for NZ outdoor ad market 

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    APN Outdoor and oOh!media have both signed major deals aimed at boosting their presence in New Zealand’s thriving outdoor media advertising market.

  • Patently absurd? – Andy McCourt’s ReVerb 

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    Patent disputes happen all the time and the latest is by Memjet against HP, alleging infringement of its pagewide ‘waterfall’ technology on eight counts, citing just about everything HP has done in inkjet over the past few years. Andy McCourt looks at the ramifications.

  • Falling Aussie dollar threatens paper mills 

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    The falling Australian dollar could lead to a ‘supply-side shock’ in the publishing paper market and threaten the future of some paper mills, say industry experts. “If they don’t increase their prices, some mills may not be able to continue to supply.”

  • Revival of handpainted sign making 

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    The age-old art of freehand sign making is being revived at the relaunched Signwave Australia centre in Balmain, Sydney. Once the norm, professionally designed and freehand painted signs have largely been replaced by computer technology and digital printers.

  • On the power of newspaper printing – Print21 magazine 

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    Bob Lockley is at the epicentre of the greatest rationalisation of newspaper presses in the history of the region. He talks with Patrick Howard about how Fairfax Media is adapting to the realities of the market and positioning itself for the future.

  • The drinkable book that can save lives – video 

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    An American researcher looking for a way to sanitise water has invented a ‘drinkable book’ with pages that can be torn out and used as filters. The paper eliminates 99 percent of bacteria living in the dirtiest water.

  • Visual Impact Melbourne 2015 seminar list 

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    Visual Impact Melbourne 2015 and the Exhibition Expo are less than a month away and organisers have released details of the free seminar program. Early highlights include: How to Build a Successful Social Media Campaign.

  • The great noodle mystery – Brunner 

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    The packaging industry poses an absolute chaos of problems and possibilities for packaging printers. The recent situation in India, where Maggi noodles were banned because they had apparently been mislabelled and contained higher levels of lead than are permissible, is a case in point.

  • Commercial Notice: Queensland Digital/Commercial Printer for Sale 

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    A longstanding digital and commercial printer with automated offset multi-colour presses, high-end digital, with complete pre- and post-press facilities is now on the market. Sales have increased an average of 10% per annum for past two years to $5,000,000.

  • PaperlinX again under fire from hybrids 

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    Long-running saga of PaperlinX Step-up Preference Securities (SPS) is back in play as New York Investment firm, Blue Pacific Partners, demands share conversion and audit of chairman’s remuneration.

  • Digital newspapers a reality in the Channel Islands 

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    Kodak has signed a groundbreaking deal with a newspaper publisher to print the Jersey Evening Post and 11 UK national newspapers using Kodak’s inkjet technology. “The Jersey operation will be a worldwide showcase for the digital printing of newspapers.”

  • Digital offsets decline in print for Fairfax 

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    Fairfax Media has posted a 62.9% drop in full-year profit but says its booming digital business has helped to offset a continuing decline in print. Revenue from the Domain real estate advertising unit jumped 45% and digital subscription revenue was up by 36.2%.

  • Epson targets textiles with new dye-sub printers 

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    Epson Australia is expanding into the thriving textile printing market with the launch of three new dye-sublimation printers. ““The new Epson F-Series printers will allow users to produce superior-quality textiles and promotional goods simply, reliably and cost effectively.”