News Archive

  • ‘Good deed’ Logick takes top NZ Print award 

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    Logick Print & Graphics has won New Zealand’s Pride In Print Supreme Award for 2017 after owner Dave Gick disqualified his company from winning the award last year when he realised that part of his entry did not qualify under the rules.

  • PIAA slams Fair Work franchising bill 

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    Printing Industries says a federal Fair Work Amendment Bill goes too far and would penalise the majority of franchise owners. “The bill over-reaches and hampers law-abiding franchises,” says PIAA director of government relations, Mary Jo Fisher.

  • Amazon threat sinks $1.5bn Officeworks IPO 

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    Wesfarmers has abandoned a plan to float its Officeworks retail chain, citing the poor climate for IPOs as the local retail market prepares for the launch of US online retail giant Amazon. “Officeworks is the most vulnerable to the intrusion of Amazon,” says a retail consultant.

  • TPG increases bid, wants all of Fairfax 

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    Private equity firm TPG has raised its takeover bid for Fairfax Media to $1.20 a share and is now proposing to buy out the entire media company.

  • Bathurst residents demand printed directory 

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    Bathurst Regional Council in NSW may revert to a printed version of its Autumn Colours events directory after the first online-only publication was shunned by residents. “People don’t like it on the internet,” says councilor Monica Morse.

  • Eco label ‘out of touch’ with print industry 

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    New guidelines for the Nordic Swan eco label need to include a more nuanced set of criteria for printers, especially when it comes to digital printing, writes sustainability consultant Laurel Brunner.

  • EFI at PacPrint 

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    EFI is set to showcase a wide range of offerings at PacPrint this month – and not just on its own stand, as companies such as Starleaton, Spicers and more will feature EFI gear and software.

  • Big sponsors switch on to printed solar launch 

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    Leading industry suppliers KIWO, Starleaton and Fuji Xerox Australia have confirmed their commitment to future technologies by sponsoring the first public demonstration of printed solar cells from the University of Newcastle, which will be on display at the MCEC during PacPrint.

  • Franklin Web’s new future-proof Sydney plant 

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    Ive Group shifts construction of its major heatset-web printing plant from Seven Hills to a larger existing facility at Huntingwood in Sydney’s west.

  • LEP Colour Printers gets new corporate ID 

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    LEP Colour Printers has launched a new corporate hallmark logo to replace its well known four colour triple-octagon logo. The new visual identity is an up-to-the-minute reflection of LEP’s dedication to the use of new technology and new print techniques.

  • New laminator to boost Westman’s business 

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    Westman Printing in south-western Sydney is set to expand its laminating capabilities with a new D&K Europa PB A2 laminator from Graph-Pak, which uses two separately controlled laminating stations to give an identical finish to both sides of the sheet.

  • Massive win for Melbourne 3D printing house 

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    Bayswater’s OMUS has taken out the ‘People’s Choice Award’ at this year’s FESPA Awards gala dinner in Hamburg, Germany, for a Louis Vuitton pop-up display produced on a Massivit 3D printer last year. The award was the result of four weeks of online voting.

  • Fake bill scams show email’s insecurity 

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    Scam emails masquerading as legitimate bills highlight the need for paper invoices, advocates say, as fake Origin Energy invoices target thousands of Australians with malicious software. Origin has warned customers about the latest phishing attack, which began to hit inboxes on Wednesday.

  • Insane $1.8m grand format deal 

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    NSW grand format specialist Insane Signs & Print has signed a groundbreaking $1.8 million deal at FESPA to buy two Durst Rho 512R Plus UV inkjet printers. “The Durst technology has completely blown me away,” says Insane MD Rodney James.

  • Heidelberg posts best quarter since 2008 

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    A digital transformation strategy helped press giant Heidelberg to record its best sales result since 2008 in the final quarter of financial year 2016/2017. “We now need to gear our strategy towards becoming a digital company.”

  • The first PacPrint for Xeikon 

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    Digital press manufacturer Xeikon will showcase its latest label and packaging technology in its first PacPrint appearance later this month. Running live at the show will be a Xeikon CX3, aka Cheetah.

  • Ricoh launches two new garment printers 

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    Ricoh announced its ‘official entry’ into the booming garment printing market with the release of two new generation garment printers. The move follows Ricoh’s acquisition of AnaJet, a leading manufacturer of direct-to-garment machines.

  • Budget ignores energy crisis: PIAA 

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    The PIAA welcomes tax cuts for small businesses but says last night’s budget fails to address the potentially disastrous energy security crisis facing Australian manufacturing. “Energy security has the potential to blow all budget assumptions out of the water,” says PIAA CEO Andrew Macaulay.

  • Mel Ireland becomes first woman to lead LIA 

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    Mel Ireland, the popular former PIAA Queensland manager whose dismissal helped to spark a revolt against former CEO Jason Allen, has become the first female federal president of the Lithographic Institute of Australia (LIA).

  • Océ takes over Canon production print 

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    In a major shakeup of its production print business, Canon Australia will shift all of its production printing operation to Océ Australia – a separate Canon Group entity. The move is part of the Canon Group’s growth strategy for professional print.