News Archive

  • Digital and offset “will be one” 

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    In five years’ time, digital and offset will be so merged that they will be one, according to Heidelberg Australia MD Richard Timson (pictured), speaking at Tuesday night’s LIA drupa roadshow event at the Mulgrave Country Club in Melbourne.

  • In with the Neo 

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    Melbourne real estate printer Newlitho has rebranded as Neo and unveiled a new logo in preparation for the next chapter in its 78-year-old history. “We’ve come a long way and our name hasn’t survived the journey,” says CEO Seth Watts (pictured, right).

  • Yandina again named Print Centre of the Year 

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    APN’s multimillion-dollar Sunshine Coast print centre Yandina (pictured) has again won the Print Centre of the Year award at the PANPA Newspaper Awards held at The Ivy in Sydney. Yandina also took the top honour last year.

  • Visual Impact Sydney opens next week 

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    Signage and wide-format show Visual Impact Sydney opens next week and organisers are urging those planning to visit the event to preregister without delay. Exhibitors include AVS, Avery Dennison, Currie, Canon, Epson, Graphic Art Mart, HP, Jetmark, Kiwo, Biesse, Mimaki, Multicam, Pozitive, Roland DG.

  • On Demand could owe “millions” 

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    The liquidator investigating the collapse of Melbourne digital printer On Demand says the total debts owed to creditors could run into millions of dollars. The failed business was sold last week to Mercedes Waratah and rebranded as Data Direct Digital.

  • The Printcentre on the block today 

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    Liquidators have wasted no time in moving to recover what they can for creditors of collapsed Melbourne wide format printer The Printcentre Group. The company’s machinery and other assets are up for auction today in Sunshine West.

  • Five Star assets on auction tomorrow 

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    The assets of former award-winning Adelaide printer Five Star Print will be auctioned off on Thursday. Five Star– formerly one of South Australia’s high profile print companies – went into voluntary administration in May before being liquidated.

  • James Cryer on the time of Sands 


    John Sands printing company was one of the largest printers in Australia during the 19th and 20th centuries until its demise in the 1990s. It exercised significant influence on the craft culture of the industry, says James Cryer (pictured at last week’s Sydney reunion).

  • Printers celebrated at ACA Awards 

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    Access Print Solutions, Acorn Press, AIW, Bambra Press, Blueprint Australia, Franklin, Lighthouse Print Group, PMP, Spectrum Print and IPMG were all honoured at the Catalogies held in Melbourne as printers of the 2016 award winners.

  • Ready for short-run PUR binding 


    Melbourne’s Ready Steady Print is opening a new trade-based finishing division weeks after installing a new Horizon PUR binder. “We’ve identified a gap in the market for short-run finishing especially when it comes to high quality PUR binding.”

  • New EFI Fiery for KM bizhub printers 


    “This is the first monochrome Fiery digital front end (DFE) to bring industry-leading Fiery technology to the Konica Minolta black-and-white print engines,” said John Henze, EFI. The new EFI Fiery MIC-4150 DFE is built on the latest Fiery FS200 Pro platform.

  • Vital Printing Industry election campaign kicks off 


    Kieran May, president, urges a return of the current board in the interests of further stability while Andrew Macaulay, CEO, cautions would-be candidates on the onerous workload involved in serving.

  • Winds of change: Barnes, Strachan exit Fujifilm 

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    Well known industry identity Lindsay Barnes (pictured), GM for Graphic Systems, and Troy Strachan, business manager for Graphics, have left Fujifilm Australia as part of a restructuring of the company’s sales and marketing team.

  • FXA wins pack award for the 3rd year 


    Fuji Xerox Australia has again won an Australian Packaging Covenant High Performer Award in the Communications and Electronics category, for its commitment to sustainability. Robbie Brown (pictured) accepted the award on behalf of the company.

  • Profit plunge for PMP 

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    PMP made about $200,000 in net profit last year, compared to $8 million the previous year, but CEO Peter George (pictured) says the company is now debt-free – “a clear sign of our cash generating capability.” Sales were up by $4.3m to $816m.

  • Starleaton steps up with DES takeover 


    Ben Eaton (pictured left) creates a major new force in the ANZ printing, graphics and signage industry with his surprise acquisition of Ian Clare’s supply business.

  • Anti-plastic campaigner wins Canon award 

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    Not-for-profit group Living Ocean won a 2016 Canon Australia environmental award for its ‘No Plastic Please’ beach clean-up campaign and marine studies program that promotes awareness of human impact on the ocean.

  • PANPA Awards photo finalists 

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    This year’s PANPA Newspaper of the Year Awards held at The Ivy in Sydney on Friday will feature powerful images in the photography categories. NewsMediaWorks put together two videos of the finalists in the Portraiture and Features & Lifestyles sections.

  • Aboughattas brothers buy Wu’s On Demand 

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    Melbourne print group Mercedes Waratah, co-owned by Moody and Abbey Aboughattas, has scooped up Michael Wu’s collapsed Port Melbourne digital print business On Demand – described as Australia’s biggest digital printer.

  • IVE doubles profit to $20.9 million 

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    IVE Group posted $20.9 million in profit for the full year, more than double the previous year, and increased revenue by 13 per cent to $382 million. “The business continues to execute effectively on our strategy of ongoing diversification and growth,” said executive chairman Geoff Selig (pictured).