News Archive

  • Australian Paper seals 75,000,000 envelopes 

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    Australian Paper signed a deal with Trade Envelopes to boost its envelope business and will produce 75 million envelopes a year that are currently being manufactured overseas. The Trade Envelopes plant in Sydney will be expanded with seven more employees and extra machinery.

  • Reflections of a retiring CEO 


    “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” Retiring Printing Industries CEO Bill Healey will be farewelled tomorrow at a lunch in Sydney. In his final column for Print21 magazine, Bill reflects on five tumultuous years at the head of the industry’s peak body.

  • 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.

  • Stellar Print first to install new Screen CTP 


    Stellar Print on Queensland’s Gold Coast has revamped its prepress department with a new Fujifilm-supplied Screen B2 thermal platesetter and XMF workflow. “We felt we needed to improve our quality, reliability and efficiency to compete on the open market,” said Jeff Roberts of Stellar Print.

  • Countdown for PrintNZ apprentice award 

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    Five finalists in PrintNZ’s Apprentice of the Year award will be counting down the days to the annual Pride in Print awards to be held in Auckland on May 13. The finalists are: Andrew Jenkins, Quality Print; Sione Tonga, Stratex; Faanuualii Suafoa, PMP Print; Paul Falvey, Printlink; and Martin Maunsell, Orora.

  • Solenis acquires Nuplex ANZ for $21 million 

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    Chemicals manufacturer Solenis Australia has signed a deal to buy the ANZ division of pulp and paper chemicals maker Nuplex Industries for $A21 million. Nuplex’s manufacturing site in Victoria and its staff will be transferred with the sale.

  • Digital strategy key to print’s survival: study 

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    The Australian printing industry needs a coordinated approach to deal with the impact of digital technology, according to the recipient of a Visual Connections research grant. ‘The printing industry cannot survive in isolation as the world moves forward into an integrated and automated future.’

  • Another Green World 

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    Some green initiatives are better than others and some have more credibility than others. The ones that bash paper are the worst and if you hear claims that paper’s use is responsible for the mass destruction of trees, be suspicious, says sustainability consultant Laurel Brunner.

  • Andrew Macaulay named new PIAA CEO 

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    The PIAA board has appointed Sydney-based Andrew Macaulay to replace Jason Allen as CEO after a recruitment process involving more than 100 applicants from Australia and overseas. Acting president Kieran May said the board was unanimous in its choice.

  • Orora NZ powers up new Roland 707 press 

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    Manroland has installed a brand new Roland 707 LV HiPrint seven-colour sheetfed offset press at packaging giant Orora’s new Greenfield plant in New Zealand. “The new Roland 707 offset will boost Orora’s high speed production operation,” said Nabil Askari, GM, Orora NZ.

  • Giant APP pulp mill threatens forests: report 


    Environmental groups have warned that a massive new $2.6 billion pulp mill opening later this year in South Sumatra could threaten Indonesia’s remaining virgin forests. “APP, while it has been presenting itself as a champion of zero deforestation, is building one of the world’s biggest pulp mills.”

  • Businesses need ‘digital reality check’ 


    Australian businesses need a digital transformation strategy to avoid being left behind in an increasingly digital world, according to a new study from Canon which has found that one in five Australian businesses have no digital strategy and only 14% have fully digitised processes.

  • Bauer Media ditches ‘motorsport bible’ 


    Australia’s largest magazine publisher Bauer Media Group is selling off its award-winning motorsport magazine Auto Action, that was launched in 1971. The final edition will be published early next month.

  • Tecnau to unveil new Libra One at drupa 

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    Italian web-fed print finishing company Tecnau will showcase its new Libra One book-block system at this year’s drupa. Tecnau will also exhibit a range of new and existing products on the stands of partners including Ricoh, Screen, Canon, Xerox, HP, Horizon, Fujifilm and Böwe Systec.

  • Clever Epson is in Reuters top 100 Innovators – again 


    Reinforcing the unique IP underlining its new corporate vision, Epson 25, the Japanese-based company is one of the top 100 companies singled out for the prestigious international award for the fifth straight year

  • A Fineline for Blue Star Group 

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    Blue Star Group, a division of IVE, has continued its expansion drive with the acquisition of Melbourne print and communications specialist Fineline Printing for an undisclosed amount. Fineline CEO Neil Collyer (pictured) will stay on but it’s understood there will be several job losses.

  • News, Fairfax eye shared printing deal 

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    News Corp has reopened talks with rival Fairfax Media on a plan to share its print and distribution operations, according to a report in well-informed News mouthpiece The Australian newspaper. “Well-placed sources believe there is a willingness from both sides to strike a deal.”

  • High-speed, super fast printer has wide appeal 


    Neopost Australia is looking to build on its HP award of ‘Best Channel Partner Large Format Production 2015’ with the launch of the HP PageWide XL range in Sydney last week.

  • Integrated finishing is drupa digital print focus 


    Deepening collaboration between Horizon digital finishing equipment and HP Indigo new generation digital presses puts Currie Group in the box seat at drupa. Inline integration is delivering increased automation and ensuring faster job turnaround, reduced waste and fewer errors.

  • World first for PMP ‘book of one’ – Print21 magazine 


    It took more than investing in the latest HP digital technology for PMP to meet the demands of the new book publishing business model. PMP COO John Nichols tells Print21 magazine that it also took an innovative approach to turn the production system on its head.