News Archive

  • Canon adds NZ Post’s Converga 


    Canon Australia has made its fourth acquisition in four years, buying New Zealand Post Group’s managed services and outsourcing company Converga for an undisclosed sum.

  • Open up the windows and breathe 

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    There are many ways printers and publishers can improve staff productivity but if you’ve already exhausted the possibilities of dress down Fridays and booze-it-up Wednesdays, try opening the windows and see if it makes a difference to how well people do their jobs.

  • Trade up to new Epson SureColor PC – 8070 


    Limited time offer – $1000 trade up rebate for the NEW 24″ SureColor PC – 6070 & SC P- 7070 $1500 trade up rebate for the NEW 44″ SureColor PC-8070 & PC – 9070

  • OPUS buys Protectaprint out from under PMP 


    Company owners, Richard (53) and Steve Wilkinson (57), “win the lottery” by selling the assets of their Adelaide laminating and foiling business to Griffin Press’ arch book-printing rival, McPherson’s, a division of OPUS.

  • It’s on again – IVE seeks $150m IPO 

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    Printing and marketing company IVE Group is preparing a surprise attempt at an IPO less than six months after it cancelled an unsuccessful offering in June. Marketing is to begin as early as next week and IVE Group is expected seek a $150m enterprise value – down from $200m last time.

  • Free Reflex paper for Recycling Week 

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    Australian Paper has thrown its support behind Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week that begins on Monday. The country’s largest paper mill is offering a free carton of Reflex White 100% recycled paper to the first 500 workplaces that register for the Friday File Fling event.

  • LIA Graduate of the Year awards 

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    Jessica McAuley from Drum Print in WA has won the $15,000 Visual Connections – LIA national scholarship prize at the PICA QLD awards. Robert Smithers of Dominion Print Group NSW collected the LIA – Printing Industries Future Leaders Award and will enjoy a fully paid trip to drupa 2016.

  • Ricoh signs up for EFI Fiery front ends 


    Print technology developer EFI has signed with Ricoh to make its newest Fiery digital front ends (DFE) available to drive Ricoh’s high-speed Pro C9100/C9110 production printer series.

  • Roland targets textiles with Texart Dye Sub Printer 


    Wide-format manufacturer Roland DG released its new Texart XT-640 inkjet printer for the textile printing industry. The XT-640 is designed for the production of sportswear, fashion, soft signage, interior decoration and promotional merchandise.

  • Currie Roadshow takes to the bitumen again 


    Iconic industry demonstration truck heading west to Adelaide and then across the Nullarbor Plains to Perth in November bringing the latest in graphic arts equipment to the states.

  • Consolidation puts finish to Q Print 

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    Melbourne trade printer Q Print Finishing Services has collapsed into voluntary administration and creditors will meet to consider a public auction of the equipment. “At our peak, we had 150 printers coming to us with work but over the past few years we lost several major accounts.”

  • Platypus wins big at PICAs in Queensland 


    Brisbane printer Platypus Graphics has won the coveted Judges Choice award and four other categories at this year’s PICA QLD event. The 22nd annual event in Brisbane attracted a crowd of 365, the largest in six years, and the awards were spread over a wide range of printing businesses.

  • A bigger factory the solution for AVS 


    Leading supplier Australian Visual Solutions (AVS) has been forced to relocate to a larger factory in Hobart to cope with its expanding sign writing supplies business. “This is a great step forward for the Tasmanian market,” said Cameron Sutherland, MD.

  • APN rides the outdoor boom 

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    Outdoor advertising company APN Outdoor says the thriving out of home market has produced an unexpected 50 per cent jump in profits from last year. In a market update, the company, which listed last year on the ASX, said it expected to end the year with profits of more than $68 million.

  • The packaging of tomorrow – Countdown to drupa 


    One of the highlight topics at drupa 2016 will be packaging production. According to current forecasts, the packaging market will increase to 975 billion euros by 2018, and a special show at drupa called Packaging Touchpoint will reflect the market’s relevance.

  • Recycling Digital Prints 


    One of the biggest threats to the spread of digital printing methods is concern for the print’s recyclability. In part this is due to scaremongering by vested interests, but printed matter must be deinked if it is to be recycled and some digital printing methods produce prints that are hard to deink.

  • Printers get the good oil on business transition 


    Businesses around the country have responded to Future Print’s Transition Seminars, with healthy attendances and positive feedback from sessions already held in Sydney, Melbourne and Tasmania.

  • Digital printing $s are bigger than volume 


    Analogue printing – litho, flexo and gravure ­– accounts for 97% of global production in volumes but only 86.1% in terms of value. However, the digital sector’s higher margin on the small volumes it produces is predicted to reduce slightly as it takes a larger slice of the pie.

  • Peter Russell named new Snap chairman 

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    Print franchise group Snap has named Peter Russell as its new chairman to replace Alan Good, who retired from the board at the 2015 AGM. “Alan has set up the board and the company to be able to capitalise on opportunities that continue to exist for all stakeholders,” said CEO Steve Edwards.

  • New wide format printer from Roland DG 

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    Roland DG unveiled a new SOLJET inkjet printer aimed at the increasingly crowded wide-format market. “Today’s sign market is typified by intense competition due to the spread of wide-format inkjet printers and increasing demand for quick delivery,” said Gino Farina, Roland DG Australia.