News Archive

  • Centrum’s giant KBA Rapida jigsaw puzzle 

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    Engineers from KBA in Germany will fly into Sydney early in the new year to put the finishing touches on a new KBA Rapida large format sheetfed offset press at Centrum Printing. “We had a total of nine containers to unload,” says Centrum MD Sandra Mascaro.

  • Orora buys US printer for $59 million 

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    Australian packaging group Orora expanded its US presence with a $59 million acquisition of New Jersey printer The Register Print Group, a high-end point of purchase retail display provider.

  • Silk-HD paper cuts through 

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    The new issue of Print 21 magazine is a perfect example of the results that can be achieved with high quality paper, according to Tony Bertrand, national sales & marketing manager for BJ Ball.

  • Epson RIPS deductions for H&R Block Mudgee 

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    “When you do your research, you find that Epson RIPS printers for offices like ours are very hard to beat,” says Jim Dryburgh from H&R Block in Mudgee, central west NSW. “The life of the ink, the sheer volume they print and at such a low cost makes the decision a no-brainer.”

  • Blue Star acquires Display Bay 

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    Blue Star Group, a division of ASX listed IVE Group, has acquired North Sydney-based digital printer and retail display business Display Bay – the fifth major deal by Blue Star this year. Display Bay will be integrated into the Blue Star Display facility at South Granville in the new year.

  • Who benefits from industry takeovers? James Cryer 

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    Many believe the consolidation of the printing industry is, by and large, a good thing. It strengthens printing companies and ensures their sustainable future. But not everyone agrees. James Cryer for one argues for diversity and against the current “takeover mania.”

  • APN Outdoor leads oOh! into $1.6bn merger 

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    Out-of-home advertisers APN Outdoor and oOh!media have signed a $1.6 billion “merger of equals” deal that will see with APN Outdoor shareholders taking 55 per cent of the newly merged group. Long-term APN Outdoor CEO Richard Herring and oOh!media CFO Peter McClelland will be forced out under the plan.

  • Short-run packaging drives immij 

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    Digital printer immij has installed an SBL folder gluer to cope with an increasing of demand for short-run packaging. “Immij identified the SBL TS 800 as the perfect solution to a growing amount of out-sourced short-run packaging, says Tom Ralph (pictured), MD of supplier Graph-Pak.

  • Unique digital packaging from Schawk and HP 

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    Innovative uses of digital print for packaging were highlighted at the Standout workshop in Sydney presented by partners HP and Schawk Australia, including a Japanese water bottling firm’s idea to partner with a local news agency to print snippets of the daily and local news on the bottles.

  • Hero paramedic signs up for PacPrint 

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    Air ambulance paramedic Peter Davidson – who helped save the lives of eight sailors in the tragic 1998 Sydney to Hobart yacht race – has been named as one of several keynote speakers at PacPrint 2017 in Melbourne.

  • Kodak’s Print for Good building print’s future 

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    Improving the green credentials of the graphics business can take many forms. Most motivations for doing so are economic rather than philanthropic, however the future of the printing and publishing industries depends on both social and economic improvements, writes Laurel Brunner.

  • Pac to the future – Old hands return to PacPrint 

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    Printing Industries board members Ron Patterson and Chris Segaert will join Peter Lane as the Association’s representatives on the board of PacPrint 2017. Both Patterson and Segaert have been involved with previous PacPrint exhibitions.

  • Labor moves to protect Aussie book printers 

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    Bill Shorten has announced the Labor Party will block Scott Morrison’s plan to relax parallel import restrictions, which would scupper the local book printing industry. The Opposition Leader, together with MPs Tony Burke and Mark Dreyfus, announced the move at Ligare Printing in Sydney today.

  • A ‘Heroic’ final Print21 issue for 2016 

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    The final issue of Print21 for 2016 has rolled off the presses at Sydney’s Hero Print, and it’s chock full of all the info you need over this holiday season. The November/December 2016 issue is available today on our website and will be distributed in print next week.

  • Labelfire safari sparks digital inkjet interest in ANZ 

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    Local label convertors are being primed to embrace Heidelberg’s Gallus inkjet as industry identity, James Rodden, and Michael Ring, vice president, Gallus, tour the region.

  • Kwik Kopy rolls out red carpet as AACTA sponsor 

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    Kwik Kopy has signed on to sponsor the 6th and 7th Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards as the official print partner of the event, and will print the AACTA judges’ handbooks, winner envelopes, certificates, letterheads, posters and business cards for the next two years.

  • Pantone goes au naturel for Colour of the Year 

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    Pantone has taken inspiration from nature to reveal its 2017 Colour of the Year: PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery. The yellow-green shade replaces 2016′s twin colours of the year, PANTONE 15-3919 Serenity and PANTONE 13-1520 Rose Quartz, and was chosen to symbolise hope and renewal.

  • Konica Minolta recognised for gender equality 

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    Konica Minolta is among a hundred companies in different fields listed as leaders in gender equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) today, passing a number of strict criteria to attain the Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation. 106 citations were awarded in 2016.

  • Thumbs up from ACCC to News’s ARM takeover 

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    The ACCC will not oppose News Corp’s takeover of Australian Regional Media (ARM) from APN, removing a major hurdle in the way of the $36.6m deal. The consumer watchdog said it did not believe the buyout would significantly reduce competition in Queensland’s newspaper industry.

  • ACCC gives green light to IVE Group buyouts 

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    The ACCC will not hold a public review into IVE Group’s $116 million buyouts of Franklin Web and AIW, which may indicate a clear path for PMP’s proposed merger with IPMG. If both deals go ahead, the large format web offset (LFWO) sector in Australia would consolidate from five major players to two.