News Archive

  • bizhub PRO takes BLI award 

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    Konica Minolta’s bizhub PRO 1100 won the Outstanding Monochrome Light Production Device category at the annual Buyer’s Laboratory LLC (BLI) awards. “The unparalleled degree of image quality control lets operators enhance output to meet most any need.”

  • NewsCorp dominates mag awards 

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    News Corp’s lifestyle publishing division NewsLifeMedia heads up the list of finalists for this year’s Australian Magazine Awards (AMAs), with a total of 22 finalists in the 17 categories, including four out of the five magazines nominated for the coveted Magazine Brand of the Year title.

  • Offset print drops $23.5 billion in 14 years 


    Sales of commercial lithography in the US declined nearly 40.0% from $59.3 billion to $35.8 billion between 2000 and 2014 while commercial digital printing increased almost ninefold, from $1.0 billion to $8.7 billion.

  • Double win for Océ Arizona flatbeds 

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    Two models of Canon’s Océ Arizona flatbed printers won Product of the Year Awards at the 2016 Specialty Graphic Imaging (SGIA) Expo in Las Vegas. “Our equipment was compared to the best in the world and we came out on top,” said Adrian Morris, Canon Australia.

  • Rewriting history with the PIAA annual report 2015 – James Cryer looks at the fine print 


    ‘He who controls the past controls the future.’ George Orwell’s Big Brother in the novel, 1984, knew a thing or two about rewriting history but he has plenty of followers, not least in our industry association.

  • Pilpel Print kit inspection this week 

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    The remaining presses and finishing equipment at Perth’s Pilpel Print go under the auctioneer’s hammer next Tuesday 10th October. Pilpel Print is closing down after 89 years of faithful service to Western Australia’s business community.

  • Fujifilm Superia makes it easy at Centrum 

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    Driven by the vision of owners Percy and Linda Vij and general manager, Sandra Mascaro, Centrum Printing of Chipping Norton, Sydney is no ordinary printing company. The KBA VLF press-equipped business sees itself as a service centre to the whole industry and demonstrates this by actions, not just words.

  • Voting begins in PIAA board elections 

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    Voting is underway in the PIAA board elections, with members in Victoria and Tasmania choosing between two candidates on the ballot in each state. Peter Orel, standing in Victoria, and Peter Clark in Tasmania want to see more focus on membership services.

  • Esko boosts Melbourne flexo supplier 

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    David Simpson Graphics (DSG), a prepress supplier to the flexographic printing industry, has enjoyed a significant lift in business after providing its staff with the latest Esko solutions. “This has helped us dramatically. It has opened up new business for us.”

  • Melbourne edition of The Advertiser 

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    The blackout in South Australia forced News Corp to take the ‘unprecedented’ step of printing The Advertiser newspaper in Melbourne and trucking it to Adelaide overnight. “Rain, hail or shine, we will get as many newspapers into the hands of as many readers as possible.”

  • Two Sides launches VoPP magazine 

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    Paper and print industry lobby group Two Sides Australia has launched its own magazine to celebrate “the value and effectiveness of paper and print.” The VoPP Mag is a bi-annual publication with over 10,000 distributed in Australia and New Zealand.

  • Why does the future take so long to arrive? 


    Read the Blog: In late 1971, a computer engineer named Ray Tomlinson sent the first email message. It was ten letters long (QWERTYUIOP) and he was probably oblivious to the fact that hitting ‘send’ would gain him entry into the history books

  • Ron Patterson contests PIAA elections 

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    Former PIAA Victoria state secretary Ron Patterson has put his name forward for the PIAA board elections and will run against Finsbury Green CEO Peter Orel for the Victorian seat. In Tasmania, former AIW director Peter Clark will contest the ballot against Martin Guilliamse, GM, Mark Media.

  • HP under fire for ink ‘bait and switch’ 

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    Tech giant HP is facing a consumer backlash over its sudden move to block the use of cheaper third-party ink cartridges in its printers. There are reports that counterfeit ink cartridges are already available to trick the updated HP printers.

  • New $10,000 print award competition 


    Konica Minolta institutes a National Specialised Print Awards for its customers to recognise excellence in digital printing. The $10,000 prize is for promotions and business development for printers operating Konica Minolta technology

  • Reflex upgrades to Horizon finishing 


    Adelaide’s Reflex Printing has installed a new Horizon Collating and Finishing line in time to begin a new multi-million-dollar printing contract with the SA government. “It’s been up and running for four weeks now and has been excellent in terms of speed and quality.”

  • Print drives Bauer to 2.3bn in sales 


    Global publishing giant Bauer posted the second-highest turnover in its company history and praised its print business as ‘the platform for our success.’ In Australia, Bauer publishes 60 magazines including The Australian Women’s Weekly and Women’s Day.

  • Free colour checks from The Colour Doctor 

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    The Colour Doctor – David Crowther of Colour Graphic Services – has brought back the free Colour Health Check service – valued at $495 – for all printers, until October 31st. “It’s easy for an offset, digital, flexo label or wide format printer to initiate.”

  • Scepticism over eco labels 

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    There is a massive industry underlying the certification of environmental standards and the cost of achieving an eco label can be extremely expensive – which is part of the reason for scepticism on the part of printing company owners.

  • Locals make up 1% of drupa attendance 


    More than 2000 industry types from Australia and New Zealand made the trip to Düsseldorf in May for the world’s largest printing trade show. This is in line with attendance at previous shows.