News Archive

  • Remaining Bellmac gear goes under the hammer 

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    Sydney’s Bellmac Cartons is holding a three-day unreserved online auction for all its remaining equipment. The family-owned folding carton producer has sold its business operations and ceased production.

  • ‘Best ever’ Dscoop – Asia 2016 Day 2 

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    Dscoop Asia 2016 has come to a successful end with Alon Bar-Shany, Vice President and General Manager, Indigo Digital Press Division, labelling it “the best Dscoop ever”. The two-day conference and networking event culminated at HP’s Centre of Excellence (COE) in Singapore.

  • $12m Rotoman heatset web for Blue Star 

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    Major addition to the heatset web sector brings extra capacity in Sydney, even as PMP and IPMG look to reduce the number of their presses through their merger. Blue Star is stepping up to claim more market presence in the hotly contested magazine and catalogue business.

  • Creativity and change at Singapore Dscoop Day 1 

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    The 2016 Dscoop Asia conference has kicked off in Singapore, with creativity, innovation and change taking centre stage. This year’s Dscoop Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ) event, with the theme ‘Winning Inspirations’, marks the first time that creative agencies, print service providers and brand owners have all come together for the same conference.

  • Digital threat to government printing jobs 

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    The federal government has launched an inquiry into the need for printed parliamentary documents in “an increasingly digital and online environment” – the latest move in Malcolm Turnbull’s ambitious digital transformation policy.

  • Global rollout for Konica Minolta and MGI in Australia 

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    Digital embellishment initiative focuses on new products to be introduced to the local market in time for PacPrint. Anthony Lewis, GM Specialised Print, Konica Minolta, (pictured) believes the time is right for printers to move further into adding value to their print.

  • $68 million packaging facility for Queensland 

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    New Zealand-based Oji Fibre Solutions will build a new $68 million corrugated packaging facility at Yatala on the Gold Coast to supply Queensland, parts of NSW and the NT. The investment reflects a substantial lift in demand for corrugated packaging in Australia, says analyst IndustryEdge.

  • Reinventing paper 

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    As if paper was not always undergoing reinvention, an Israeli technology company is claiming to have reinvented it. This isn’t really a reinvention of paper, but rather a new recipe for office paper that makes it deinkable using just a laser.

  • Roland offers easy access to wide format 

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    Roland DG says it’s had a positive response to its new finance program that allows printers to install wide format printing technology without any upfront investment. “The Roland Rental Platinum program has so far been well received and initial feedback has been positive.”

  • Spicers posts profit in ‘challenging’ year 

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    Spicers, formerly PaperlinX, posted a profit of $5.3 million for the 2016 financial year – the company’s first full-year profit in eight years – and says it’s making progress towards solving a deadlock with its hybrid shareholders. But the Australian business experienced a disappointing 12 months.

  • Neopost Graphics 

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    Neopost has launched unique new offerings in window film from Studiojet and LG Hausys, which are designed for visual impact and ease of use.

  • NZ regulator ‘massively myopic’: Fairfax 

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    Fairfax Media has slammed the NZCC over its opposition to the proposed merger of Fairfax NZ and NZME – the country’s two biggest media companies. “Nobody, not least us, wants to see New Zealand’s social fabric shredded by misguided thinking that the status quo is immune from market realities.”

  • Scott Print dominates WA PICAs 

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    Scott Print walked away with 12 gold medals including Best of Category at the 2016 Printing Industries Western Australia PICAs held in the Rendezvous Hotel, Perth.

  • Epson Prographics 

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    “We needed a fast and reliable machine that was easy for our staff to access and use, so we did a lot of research and the Epson RIPS printer came up as the best available option by far,” says Simon de Crespigny of Sydney-based Macartney Real Estate.

  • Pacific sells teen magazines 

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    Pacific Magazines has sold two of its teen publications and will cut back on printed editions of its popular Girlfriend magazine to focus on its digital platform.

  • Renewable energy options for print 

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    Wind power is the top source of renewable energy and the one with the shortest payback period while investment in solar is relatively inexpensive with a pretty swift return, says sustainability consultant Laurel Brunner.

  • Kale makes Pantone Top 10 Colour list 

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    Pantone says its forecast of the Top 10 list of colours for the 2017 northern hemisphere spring “evokes a spectrum of emotion and feeling…reminiscent of the hues that surround us in nature.”

  • PMP takeover puts Hannan family in box seat 

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    The announcement that PMP is to acquire IPMG is potentially the largest change to the local print market since PMP itself was created out of the need for Rupert Murdoch to rationalize his printing business interests in the early 1990s. Industry analyst, Glenn O’Connor, explains the deal.

  • Catalogue Association supports PMP/IPMG merger 

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    The Australasian Catalogue Association (ACA) will not be submitting to the ACCC review into the proposed merger between PMP and IPMG.

  • Branding powerhouse from start to finish 

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    When First Impressions went into business as a Melbourne offset printing house with one and two-colour machines in the 1980s, it would have been hard to imagine where the company would end up today.