News Archive

  • Mimaki drupa sale makes Australia’s Avon Graphics world’s Number 1 JFX500-2131 user 


    An on-stand sale to Melbourne-based Avon Graphics of a JFX500-2131 and a JV300-160 inkjets brings to 13 the number of Mimakis for the trade embellishing company. Tate Hone, director, signed off the sale with Jason Hay, Spicers, and Brad Creighton, Sales and Marketing on the Mimaki stand.

  • News Corp closes seven local Victorian papers 

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    News Corp is to close seven local Victorian newspapers at the end of the month, warning that “in some of our smaller markets, publishing a printed publication is not sustainable…The reality is that in today’s fragmented market there is more competition than ever before.”

  • Gavin Gomes to head Canon B2B 

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    Canon Australia has appointed former Australia Post executive Gavin Gomes as director of its B2B division Canon Business Services to ‘strengthen its technology and end-to-end managed services customer proposition.’ Gomes will also become a director of Canon’s Harbour IT.

  • Long distance Kiwis welcomed to drupa 

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    Some of the one hundred-plus contingent of New Zealanders who made the long trip over to Germany have been welcomed by organisers to drupa 2016. Print21 magazine editor Andy McCourt was on hand.

  • Improving energy usage of digital printers 

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    A new standard for improving the environmental impact of digital production printing devices was introduced at a recent ISO working group meeting. It’s hoped that ISO 21632 will accurately measure the energy usage of large format digital printing devices.

  • Rippah! Print21 drupa party lights up the town 


    Thunderstorms, torrential downpours and threats of terrorists were not enough to deter over 140 Australian and New Zealand printing industry types from partying the night away at the Leonardo Royal hotel in downtown Düsseldorf.

  • Heroprint Doubles Stock Range with New HUV 10 Colour Komori 


    National trade printer Heroprint with offset/digital plants in Sydney and Perth and standalone digital plants in Melbourne and Brisbane, has increased its stock offering dramatically in the last three months.

  • Xerox widens its spread at drupa 


    What was once ‘The Document Company’ is now plain Xerox (Fuji Xerox in APac). With the drupa tagline ‘Let the work flow’ documents hardly rated a mention at the company’s packed press conference, attended by Chairman and CEO Ursula Burns (pictured).

  • HP Indigo gazumps Landa with 50 sales 


    First blood in the looming battle between HP Indigo and Landa Nanography, the latest venture of Indigo founder, Benny Landa, has gone to the established player.

  • manroland rises under new owners at drupa 


    What a difference four years can make for the German webpress manufacturer and its sheetfed printing press relation. Last drupa MAN Roland the second largest press manufacturer in the world had recently gone broke and was split into two companies. It’s a different story this time around.

  • It’s the hybrid drupa as crowds roll in 

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    Inside the halls at drupa a trend is becoming more and more apparent to Print21 magazine editor Andy McCourt. Offset press manufacturers are integrating digital print engines into print and converting lines to gain the best of both worlds.

  • 20,000 jobs threatened by book import plan 

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    More than 20,000 jobs in printing, book publishing, writing and retail could be lost under a government proposal to ditch parallel importation rules, according to a new campaign backed by publishers, booksellers and the PIAA. “We’ll be the ones putting ourselves at a self-destructive disadvantage.”

  • Guru offers big discounts to trade customers 

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    Custom label specialist Guru Labels has launched a unique loyalty program that offers thousands of dollars in permanent discounts to trade customers. “We racked our brains before deciding to go down this path because we couldn’t find anything like it operating anywhere else in the industry.”

  • Active wear aimed at printers 

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    A Melbourne-based manufacturer and wholesaler is offering printers a new range of brandable fitness performance apparel that targets the booming printed textile market. “There is a significant demand for fashionable fitness wear and this represents huge opportunities for printers.”

  • Catalogies forced to extend entry date 


    Due to overwhelming demand, the Australasian Catalogue Association has been forced to extend its call for entries an extra week until COB on Wednesday 8 June. The awards night will be held at Crown Palladium in Melbourne on Friday, 2nd September 2016.

  • Battle joined at drupa for the future of printing 

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    Competing technologies stake their claim as manufacturers lean away from commercial printing towards developing products for packaging print. Konica Minolta, HP, KBA, Xeikon, not forgetting the notable Landa Press all launched their drupa campaigns on the first day.

  • The Landa show dazzles at drupa 


    Benny Landa has done it again at drupa, with smoke and mirrors…and huge orders, beta sites, dancers and success stories. Emerging from a space time capsule, beaming like Captain Kirk of the Starship Enterprise, he treated guests to a show worthy of a Hollywood production.

  • Five Star Print calls in administrators 

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    Five Star Print – one of South Australia’s most high profile print companies – has collapsed into voluntary administration less than a year after it shut down part of the business following a costly dispute over a digital press. “This has cost me millions,” MD Carolyn Cagney (pictured) said at the time.

  • Drupa 2016 is open – first impressions 

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    Heidelberg captured the attention of the global print media with an impressive press conference held on the eve of the official opening of drupa 2016. Print21 magazine editor Andy McCourt filed this report on his first impressions from the big show in Dusseldorf.

  • ‘Printfinity and Beyond’: 16th SWUG NZ 

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    The annual SWUG NZ newspaper technology conference will examine the impact of drug and alcohol abuse in the workplace. SWUG has unveiled an ‘interactive’ agenda for its 16th annual event to be held in Wellington in August.