News Archive

  • Energy costs threaten local pulp & paper mills 

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    Rising energy costs and poorly aligned energy policies are threatening the future of Australia’s pulp and paper industry, according to the latest edition of Pulp & Paper Edge. “The impact of inaction or poor policy settings could, at its worst, bring the pulp and paper sector to its knees.”

  • Paper engineering soars in NZ awards 

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    Point-of-sale material is reaching new heights, helped by outstanding paper engineering, based on the quality of entries to the 2017 New Zealand Pride In Print Awards, say organisers.

  • Snap, crackle, pop: recycled packaging 

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    Most people are confused as to whether a particular piece of flexible plastic packaging can be recycled or not, which makes recycling almost an inconvenience. A UK project called Reflex is looking at solutions to the problem, writes Laurel Brunner.

  • Fairfax not in TPG’s sights, Oz reports 

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    American equity giant TPG Capital has no ‘imminent’ plans to buy out Fairfax, according to The Australian. It was reported last week that TPG had quietly amassed 35 million shares, amounting to a 4.9 percent stake in the newspaper publisher.

  • Starleaton’s colour experts at PacPrint 

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    A sizeable area of Starleaton’s 483 m2 PacPrint stand will be dedicated to colour management for offset, packaging, photography, digital and wide format – confirming its commitment to continue DES’s legacy of colour management expertise.

  • Fujifilm and Fuji Xerox together at PacPrint 2017 

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    Fujifilm Graphic Systems will be exhibiting alongside Fuji Xerox Australia on PacPrint’s second largest stand, stand E10, from May 23-26 at Melbourne’s Exhibition Centre. The theme is ‘Value from Innovation.’

  • 100 jobs to go in IPMG closure 

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    PMP will today close the Hannanprint facility in Noble Park, Victoria, as part of its merger with IPMG – which will result in 100 redundancies. PMP announced the shuttering of the former IPMG plant and the loss of 100 jobs, saying it will work to move some affected staff to its Clayton facility.

  • Process-free plates power Kodak growth 

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    Sonora process-free technology now accounts for 20% of Kodak printing plate sales in developed markets driving overall growth for the recovering giant. According to John O’Grady, vice president (pictured right) the business has turned the corner and is growing again.

  • Let the sunshine in: Perth printers 

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    Printers using solar panels to cut thousands of dollars from their power bills say WA energy companies are preventing them from feeding their excess solar capacity back into the grid. “Funnily enough, excess domestic solar power does go back into the grid in WA and the consumer gets paid for that.”

  • Paper price rises overdue: IndustryEdge 

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    Printers argue they can’t afford paper price increases but after a tough 2016 price rises are overdue, says pulp and paper industry bible IndustryEdge. “Over the last decade, the price of paper has gone backwards.”

  • Third delay in NZME/Fairfax NZ decision 

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    The NZCC again has pushed back the date for its ruling on the proposed merger of leading publishers Fairfax NZ and NZME. In a new submission, the publishers described the commission’s concerns about the deal as ‘backward-looking” and “illogical.”

  • Eaves to lead ‘green chemical’ unit 

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    Australian biotech company Circa Group appointed Dr. Jeff Eaves (pictured) as GM to run subsidiary Circa Sustainable Chemicals – a $6.6 million biosolvent joint venture at Norske Skog’s Bayer paper mill in Tasmania.

  • New process-free plates from Kodak 

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    Kodak’s new Sonora UV Process Free Plate – the latest addition to the company’s process-free technology portfolio – is now available in Australia and New Zealand. “We can produce complex and demanding jobs on any substrate.”

  • Platinum to add OfficeMax to Staples 

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    Platinum Equity looks set to acquire OfficeMax, which would give the US-based equity firm two of the three major chains in Australia’s $10 billion-a-year office supplies market. Specialist print management unit OfficeMax Print Solutions offers a range of services from pre-production through to marketing and distribution.

  • EFI is the new Starleaton driver in ANZ 

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    Ben Eaton doubles down on backing the technology giant in the local market in wide format and MIS following his successful DES takeover.

  • Bidding opens in Colony liquidation sale 

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    Auction house O’Maras has opened bidding on printing machinery and equipment from collapsed Brisbane business Colony Printing, which went into liquidation earlier this month. The pre-bidding on 89 separate lots will continue for the next week until a live webcast auction on Tuesday, 4 April.

  • AveryPro labels deliver design edge 

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    Sydney’s Hogan Print, originally an offset company, says a recent label print job using the latest AveryPro range of labels run through a new Indigo 5600 press has delivered a striking design ‘punch’ that should prove popular with other customers.

  • Private equity firm circles Fairfax Media 

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    US private equity giant TPG Capital is reported to have acquired more than 35 million shares in Fairfax Media in recent days as it considers a bid for one of the oldest and largest media companies in Australia and New Zealand.

  • ‘Mixed feelings’: Wim Maes exits Xeikon 

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    Xeikon, a division of Flint Group, has named Benoit Chatelard as president & CEO of Flint’s Digital Solutions business, replacing former Xeikon CEO Wim Maes, who is leaving the company. “I am leaving Xeikon and Flint Group with mixed feelings,” Maes says.

  • Xeikon expands into inkjet 

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    Belgian digital press manufacturer Xeikon, now owned by Flint Group, is entering the inkjet market with a new UV inkjet label press, the Xeikon PX3000.