News Archive

  • The great noodle mystery – Brunner 

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    The packaging industry poses an absolute chaos of problems and possibilities for packaging printers. The recent situation in India, where Maggi noodles were banned because they had apparently been mislabelled and contained higher levels of lead than are permissible, is a case in point.

  • PaperlinX again under fire from hybrids 

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    Long-running saga of PaperlinX Step-up Preference Securities (SPS) is back in play as New York Investment firm, Blue Pacific Partners, demands share conversion and audit of chairman’s remuneration.

  • Digital newspapers a reality in the Channel Islands 

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    Kodak has signed a groundbreaking deal with a newspaper publisher to print the Jersey Evening Post and 11 UK national newspapers using Kodak’s inkjet technology. “The Jersey operation will be a worldwide showcase for the digital printing of newspapers.”

  • Digital offsets decline in print for Fairfax 

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    Fairfax Media has posted a 62.9% drop in full-year profit but says its booming digital business has helped to offset a continuing decline in print. Revenue from the Domain real estate advertising unit jumped 45% and digital subscription revenue was up by 36.2%.

  • Epson targets textiles with new dye-sub printers 

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    Epson Australia is expanding into the thriving textile printing market with the launch of three new dye-sublimation printers. ““The new Epson F-Series printers will allow users to produce superior-quality textiles and promotional goods simply, reliably and cost effectively.”

  • BJ Ball rolls with Double A Laser 

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    Paper merchant BJ Ball Group has signed up with Double A International to distribute Double A uncoated woodfree (UCWF) folio papers in Australia. “It seemed like a no-brainer to us,” said BJ Ball’s Tony Bertrand.

  • Seeking help from the printing coal face 

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    A researcher examining rapid changes in the Australian printing industry has called on printing business owners to help with essential ‘data from the coal face.’ “I want to shine a light on what’s actually happening out there,” says Ian Nearhos.

  • Managing trade credit risks for printers: webinar 

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    Not getting paid in time costs companies money for every day of delay, so a Printing Industries’ webinar next week will focus on how to better manage trade credit and avoid the risk. The free 30-minute webinar will look at how, when and where to get help to protect business cashflow.

  • FSC clouds over April’s enviro sunshine 

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    Getting the right enviro credential settings is a top priority for the Indonesian paper company as it seeks to leave behind a troubled history.

  • Takeover #9 for Focus Print Group 

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    Mark Shergill’s Focus Print Group has continued its aggressive expansion policy by acquiring Liverpool Printing Service (LPS) in Sydney’s south-west. It’s the ninth acquisition by Focus Print since Shergill took over the company in 2014.

  • Sign up for the revolution against ‘catastrophic’ AusPost price hikes 

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    Australian mailing house D&D Mailing Services is leading an industry campaign against what it calls massive and unprecedented price rises announced by Australia Post.

  • Deinkability and print’s carbon footprint 

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    Awareness of the need to manage the energy and consumables for print is rising, at least amongst printers who want to keep their margins up, according to Fespa consultant Laurel Brunner.

  • Fairfax sells Chullora for $45 million 

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    Fairfax Media has sold its former print and distribution plant at Chullora in western Sydney to property fund manager Charter Hall Group for $45 million. Fairfax last week sold its Tullamarine plant in Melbourne for $16 million to a luxury car dealer.

  • Inkjet – state of the art or sci-fi fantasy print? 

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    Production inkjet is already driving change in the printing industry, both by enabling new applications and by capturing volumes previously produced with analogue technologies such as offset and flexography. Drupa expert Sean Smyth provides insight into the state of the inkjet business.

  • Winds of Change – Fryer switches to Ricoh 

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    After less than a year as general manager production sales at Konica Minolta, George Fryer has moved on to rival Ricoh Australia. Ricoh has appointed Fryer its new national sales manager for commercial sales.

  • Finalists for ‘most competitive’ 2015 PANPA awards 

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    The finalists for the PANPA 2015 Newspaper of the Year awards have been named after a panel of judges spent weeks sifting through more than 700 entries. “Feedback suggests this has been the most competitive awards for a very long time.”

  • Visual Connections steps into the light 

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    Newly merged supplier super-group launches onto the scene in Sydney with inaugural board meeting and reception.

  • Newsprint nosedives in the first half year 

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    Demand for newsprint in Australia has slumped by ten percent in the first five months of the year, according to newsprint and magazine paper producer Norske Skog. Demand for magazine paper remained relatively stable during the same period.

  • Commercial Notice: Sign and Large Format Printing Business for Sale – Sydney 

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    This well-established Sydney based business has a 14 year history of supplying signage solutions. The business specialises in manufacturing, printing and installing a wide range of signage products. The business operates from a spacious factory with plenty of on-site and street parking.

  • Minimal local impact from Goss sale 

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    The sale of web offset manufacturer Goss to a US private equity group is unlikely to have an impact on the local market, according to Steve Dunwell of market leader manroland Australia. “The fact that SEC wanted out means it hasn’t worked out for them.”