News Archive

  • New Truepress inkjet from Screen in 2015 

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    Peter Scott, managing director, Screen Australia (pictured) has announced an all-new digital web inkjet press that changes the expectations of printers. Named the Truepress Jet 520HD, it is the ‘HD’ for High Definition, which indicates its unique position in the high volume digital web market.

  • Print21 September – the B2B trade only phenomenon 

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    Publisher’s Letter from Patrick Howard in the September issue of Print21 magazine. There are at least two defining forces shaping the commercial printing industry. One is the amazing proliferation of digital printing outlets buoyed by the decreasing costs of capital equipment.

  • Should offset printers diversify into wide format? 

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    Fujifilm puts the case for printers expanding into different product segments in the first of a series of sponsored Graphic Arts Blogs.

  • Canon Australia sails into Harbour IT 

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    Canon Australia has acquired a majority stake in managed services and cloud solutions provider, Harbour IT. The acquisition, the biggest by Canon in the Oceania region, enables both businesses to share cloud-based and managed IT solutions across their respective customer bases

  • Two-speed PrintPost – same service costs more 

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    Nine days for magazines to travel from Melbourne to Sydney – is this the future of Australia Post’s two-tier system for publication post? Since the monopoly mail carrier introduced a two-speed delivery for publications in June it has given new meaning to the term ‘snail mail.’

  • Ricoh joins the digital race with new Pro C7100x 

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    Hot on the heels of its three rivals Ricoh is out of the barrier with the launch of a new 90ppm engine with a 5th station for white or clear toner.

  • Book printing again in the firing line of competition 

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    The remaining parallel import restrictions on books are under threat as the Competition Policy Review weighs up how technology and buying over the internet make it easy to circumvent restrictions.

  • What I did on my Spring break – in Hawaii 

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    Old surfers never die, they just get waterlogged and sink slowly into the waves. But not JDA’s Chris Gander, he’s over in Hawaii teaching the locals how it’s done. No, this is not him.

  • Election battle hots up at Printing Industries 

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    Unfamiliar territory for peak industry body as members from Tasmania, Victoria, Queensland and NSW all vie to sit on the national board. The contested seats are drawing a line between what President David Leach describes as a progressive and a conservative faction, or ‘between those who want to continue the changes already underway and those who want things to stay the way they were.”

  • LEP Colour Printers gets fibre optic network 

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    A new fibre optic network is the backbone for future operations of the ‘trade only’ printer providing instant, reliable online services and faster job turnarounds for customers nationally.

  • Neopost picks up wide format Anitech 

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    The deal brings to an end a dramatic fall from grace for Anitech, which has gone through a horror stretch since its long-term management changed two years ago. A turbulent period saw dramatic management changes along with massive downsizing.

  • Konica Minolta parties blitz East Coast 

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    Printers were partying in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne during the launch events of Konica Minolta’s new digital printers, bizhub PRESS C1100 and C1085. Capping off a season of digital press launches Konica Minolta lived up to its good time reputation with a series of events. Focusing on the speed of the engines Sydney guests were…

  • ‘For trade’ printing is new horizon for Vistaprint 

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    Global online print giant launches trade-only programme for commercial printers in Australia and New Zealand as it ploughs into the already crowded market.

  • Future Print takes off at Sydney Airport 

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    It was standing room only for the very first Future Print Summit this week with broad representation from the industry and a high level of engagement providing feedback that is sure to impact positively on future apprentice training.

  • New blood fuels relaunch of Dscoop 

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    The new governing board of the Australian branch of the HP user group is planning to reinvigorate the organisation starting with breakfast meetings in Sydney and Melbourne in October.

  • EFI lights up with its buyout of DiMS! 

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    The seemingly unstoppable progress of EFI in the world of print intelligence continues with its takeover of the Dutch-based firm. The cashed-up WFI announced that it has acquired substantially all the assets of DiMS! organizing print, a developer of comprehensive MIS/ERP systems for print and packaging companies. It follows close on the heels of the…

  • Generation print – CMYKhub. Print21 magazine 

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    There is no appetite for personal glory in Trent Nankervis’ involvement with CMYKhub. From a Melbourne printing pedigree, he is unsettled in the spotlight, uncomfortable with the notion that people may think he is in it for any reason other than to make the printing network operate as well as it can.

  • HP claims top spot in global wide format sales 

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    The market leader shipped more than 30,700 printers to carve out a 39.9% marketshare ahead of Canon, Epson, Roland and Mimaki, according to the latest IDC large format printer data. Solid 10.3% year-over-year growth in the graphics sector saw more than 31,000 units shipped worldwide compared to 46,000 units for the technical segment, which still dominates at 60% of the total wide format sales.

  • New Zealand tops envelope imports in Australia 

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    Growing competition from China comes at the expense of other Asian countries’ market share but the Kiwis have them licked, according to the latest Pulp & Paper Edge. Imports from New Zealand account for almost 50% of the total 281.5 million envelopes brought into the country.

  • High, wide & handsome – Visual Impact Day 2 with Andy McCourt 

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    Visual Impact Image Expo continues to pull in the visitors; the feel of the show on day 2 is even higher density of visitors, which must be very pleasing to organisers and exhibitors alike. There are more ‘sold’ signs on equipment too; how many are down to show impulse buying or pre-show deals who knows – but it’s good to see