News Archive

  • moms & dads ive bids due next week 

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    Joint lead managers Evans & Partners and Bell Potter are calling for retail bids next week ahead of the planned stock market float by printing and marketing company ive Group – formerly Blue Star. Bids are due in by June 10 ahead of a bookbuild on June 11.

  • New Chairman for Heidelberg 

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    Following the death of Robert J. Koehler on May 17, Dr. Siegfried Jaschinski is new chairman of Heidelberg Druckmaschinen in Germany. He is taking over as chairman for the remainder of the term of office till the annual general meeting in 2018.

  • Free digital newspapers on Qantas 

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    Qantas has signed a deal with global publishing platform PressReader to provide passengers with free in-flight access to thousands of newspapers and magazines on their digital devices. The print titles will be available as free downloads in the 12 hours before a flight.

  • Younger blood at SIGNWAVE 

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    The new owner of SIGNWAVE Artarmon took over the franchise after researching the signage industry and finding ‘plenty of upside.’ 30-something Blake Haymen is part of a trend towards younger professionals who are choosing franchise ownership, according to SIGNWAVE Australia.

  • Print Supply buys out Core in Melbourne 

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    Melbourne print and design company Print Supply Management has acquired former competitor Core Print and will integrate both businesses and their staff under one roof at Thomastown. Print Supply says it remains on the lookout for further expansion opportunities.

  • Amcor expands in China 

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    Packaging giant Amcor has boosted its operations in China with the acquisition of the Zhongshan Tiancai Packaging Company in the southern Guangdong province. The deal expands Amcor’s footprint in China to a total of ten manufacturing plants across the country.

  • ive to boost turnover to $355.7 million 

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    Strategic corporate acquisitions over the past couple of years in marketing communications and mailing have helped grow the former Blue Star – now rebranded as ive Group – into a corporate behemoth valued at between $261 million and $290 million ahead of a prospective sharemarket bid.

  • Shiny future for ex-Foilmasters biz MatteGold 

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    Long-time Foilmasters GM Matt Murcott says the decision to buy the embellishing business from Colorpak will allow his new company MatteGold to focus on customised products. “I envision MatteGold to be the go-to company for bespoke embellished products.”

  • Coveris takes Elldex NZ in $30m deal 

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    Global packaging giant Coveris Holdings Corp has launched into the Australasian market with a NZ$30 million deal to acquire NZ packaging business Elldex. Chicago-based Coveris is the sixth largest global plastic packaging company in the world with total revenues close to US$3 billion.

  • Printers save thousands on energy bills 

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    The Printing Industries Association of Australia (PIAA) says a new energy efficiency initiative will save its members up to 20% on their power bills. PIAA members are provided with free quotes and no switching fee.

  • Fujifilm ZAC plates ‘best ever’: Percival Print 

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    Perth’s Percival Print & Packaging says its Fujifilm ZAC lo-chem plates installed last year have reduced costs and maintenance as well as lowering chemical use. “Many of our packaging customers are extremely pro-active on environmental matters so any improvements are welcomed.”

  • No print rep on enviro ISO – Brunner 

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    There is no representative of the printing and publishing industries on the ISO Climate Change Co-ordinating Committee (CCCC) that is charged with advancing climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts worldwide.

  • Switch to mobile claims News Corp’s mX 

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    News Corp is ditching its free daily newspaper mX, blaming the changing reading habits of commuters. The final edition of the paper, which is handed out at train stations in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, will appear on Friday, June 12.

  • HP tops global wide format rankings 

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    Some of the glow from the recent record-breaking FESPA event has been tempered by a new survey showing that wide format printer shipments were slightly down over the past year. The survey found that HP remained the major wide format vendor.

  • Spandex breaks through the wall 

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    The expansion strategy of trade supplier Spandex continues with the Queensland branch adding 350sqm to its warehousing capacity by knocking down a wall between its existing facility and the space it has leased next door.

  • Epson’s deal with the (Red) Devils 

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    Global technology leader Epson renewed its sponsorship deal with sporting icon Manchester United until the end of the 2017/18 season.

  • Investors take a closer look at ive 

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    Prospective investors have taken a site tour of ive Group’s operations ahead of the company’s planned listing on the ASX on July 1. The deal is shaping up as the largest stock market play in the industry.

  • JetConverter for label sector 

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    Screen GP has launched an advanced multi-purpose label converting line to partner with its Truepress Jet L350UV digital label press.

  • Versant 2100 Press a hit with customers 

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    The high-speed Versant 2100 Press from Fuji Xerox helped to transform operations at Brisbane-based The Print Group. “Customers love the quicker turnaround and really notice the improved color consistency and the finishing options, which are fantastic,” said Robert Churchley, Print Group chairman.

  • Innovation from OMET 

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    Currie Group has unveiled a new high-quality label press and an innovative sleeve press for flexible packaging – both from leading Italian manufacturer OMET.