News Archive

  • Fair Work raises minimum wage by 3.5% 

    The Fair Work Commission has raised the national minimum wage by $24.30 a week from July 1, bringing it to $719.20 a week or $18.93 an hour. The 3.5 percent increase is only half of the unions’ requested $50 increase, but almost double the $12.50 boost employers argued for.

  • Epson DTG packs a punch in Padstow 

    When boxing promoter and fashion designer Hannah Nasari decided to launch her own kids’ clothing line, she needed a direct-to-garment (DTG) printer that could translate her ideas into reality – and Epson’s latest machine proved just the thing.

  • 1st Print21 and EFI webinar great success 

    Syncoms’ Ali Jaffar joined Print21 editor Patrick Howard from a late evening in London to discuss the benefits and strategies of web-to-print solutions for the commercial print industry.

  • KM opens Specialised Print Awards entries 

    Konica Minolta has opened entries for the 2018 National Specialised Print Awards, celebrating exceptional craftsmanship in digital printing. Launched in 2016, the National Specialised Print Awards are now in their third year.

  • Adams Print dominates VIC PICAs 

    The final round of state PICAs before next month’s National Print Awards have been awarded this week with Adam’s Print winning six gold medals at the Victorian event and Multi Colour Corp and Openbook Howden leading the way in South Australia.

  • Heidelberg launches global Digital Unit 

    Offset press giant Heidelberg has stepped up its push into digital with the launch of a 50-strong Heidelberg Digital Unit (HDU) to oversee its expanding €100 million digital products and e-commerce business.

  • ATO’s $20,000 tax write-off closes soon 

    The PIAA is urging members interested in taking advantage of the Federal Government’s $20,000 immediate asset deductibility for small businesses to act now before it’s too late. Several companies are offering last-minute tax write-off deals.

  • Blues blitz 1st State of Indigo 

    NSW has won Currie Group’s inaugural State of Indigo competition, claiming the hard-fought series and booking themselves tickets to Game 1 of the actual State of Origin in Melbourne.

  • QLM Invests $2.5m in three new presses 

    QLM Label Makers has installed three new Mark Andy flexo label presses at its Brisbane headquarters and added new finishing technology to its HP Indigo digital platform in Melbourne.

  • Worker fights for life after Albury tragedy 

    22-year-old mill worker Tom Johnson is clinging to life in Albury hospital six days after two of his colleagues died in a gas leak at Norske Skog’s Albury paper mill in NSW. His family has issued a statement saying Johnson is “trending in the right direction.”

  • Melbourne’s Print Supply shuts down 

    Melbourne print and design business Print Supply Management has closed its doors and gone into liquidation. A search is already underway for a new buyer.

  • Winds of change: Saleeba joins Konica Minolta 

    High-profile industry figure Tim Saleeba has been appointed sales manager for production and industrial print at Konica Minolta in Victoria. Saleeba was GM of Canon Professional Print until January 2018.

  • Web-to-Print webinar series: Part one 

    Join Print21 and EFI this Thursday for the first session in an exclusive three-part web-to-print webinar series.

  • The romance of letterpress 

    Industry storyteller James Cryer will be at Penrith Museum of Printing on Saturday to share the captivating tale of a pioneering Australian letterpress printer – his grandfather – who worked his way across the US before the outbreak of WW1.

  • Making textile printing more sustainable 

    EFI’s new environmentally friendly pigment ink technology for direct-to-textile production is part of an industry-wide move away from conventional textile production, writes sustainability expert Laurel Brunner.

  • Starleaton eyes expanding Melbourne market 

    Fresh from the successful integration of DES, Ben Eaton is looking for new fields to conquer and points to growth coming from the Melbourne business. He talks with Patrick Howard about the dynamics and motivations of the family-owned company.

  • Two dead after Norske Skog gas leak 

    Two workers have died and two more remain in hospital following a gas leak at Norske Skog’s paper mill in Ettamogah, near Albury NSW, yesterday. The emergency on Thursday May 24 saw emergency workers called to the plant around 3pm. 18 staff were sent to hospital, and about 150 evacuated.

  • Australia dodges an aluminium bullet 

    A global price hike on Agfa printing plates due to rising costs of aluminium will not affect Australian customers, thanks to a recycling program that helps reduce prices. Agfa announced it would increase prices by up to 10 percent worldwide due to soaring aluminium costs.

  • Show us the money, say banknote printers 

    About 100 employees of Note Printing Australia (NPA) showed up at the picket line today to demand better pay and conditions. The one-day strike is part of a series of industrial actions following months of unsuccessful negotiation with management.

  • Picton Press goes into administration 

    Leading WA printer Picton Press has appointed an external administrator after the Australian Taxation Office launched court action to recover a debt of $1.3 million. The company owes at least another $700,000 to trade creditors.