News Archive

  • Epson acquires textile printer Robustelli 

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    Epson Group acquired Italian textile printing business Fratelli Robustelli in a deal aimed at expanding the two companies’ collaboration in digital inkjet textile printing. The news has been welcomed by Epson Australia as “a very exciting development.”

  • Neopost offers free technology training 

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    Neopost has lined up a group of industry experts for a two-day technology showcase at the company’s showroom at Auburn in Sydney later this month. The event will include demonstrations of the latest in print technology, including the new HP PageWide printer.

  • Kodak cleans up with waterwash flexo plates 

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    “The print industry is a dirty industry…one of the things we can do is to clean up the dirty chemicals,” says Kodak CEO Jeff Clarke, whose company is in the vanguard of developments to improve the environmental friendliness of flexo printing with its Flexcel NX plates.

  • B.J. Ball takes a creative approach to paper 

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    Making sure the industry is aware that the scope of its offerings goes beyond conventional offset sheet, the trans-Tasman paper merchant woos the design community. Proclaiming “we’re more than paper,’ Tony Bertrand’s team got down and funky at the Aura Creative Space in Redfern this week.

  • Roger Kirwan rescues Roller Poster 

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    Sydney-based label printer is thrown a life-line by Kirwan’s Foxcil after an agreement was reached with liquidators, Jirsch Sutherland, to keep the business operating and most of the staff employed.

  • Fuji Xerox names Sunil Gupta as new MD 

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    Fuji Xerox appointed Malaysian-based Sunil Gupta (pictured) as managing director of Fuji Xerox Australia to replace Neil Whittaker, who left the job abruptly after an audit by Singapore HQ. “I am honoured to accept this new opportunity to lead the team in Australia,” said Gupta.

  • News Corp launches new Sunday magazine 

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    NewsCorp says it will spend $6 million on a marketing campaign to launch a new Sunday magazine called Stellar, which will replace Sunday Style. “There are very few other times during week where you have an audience that’s more engaged, more relaxed and more forward-focused.”

  • EFI partners OKI Data on C900 printers 

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    EFI has teamed up with OKI Data on a new EFI™ Fiery® digital front end (DFE) to drive OKI’s C900 Series digital production color printers for the graphic arts and specialty printing markets.

  • Priceless antique papers to be digitised 

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    A treasure trove of antique papers dating back to the 13th century has been acquired by Italian non-profit group ISTOCARTA – thanks to the “remarkable generosity” of a board member – and the collection will be digitally scanned for online study.

  • oOh!media acquires Junkee Media 

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    ASX-listed outdoor advertiser oOh!media paid $11 million for an 85% stake in youth publisher Junkee Media as part of its digital and data strategy. Junkee engages with more than 1.25 million unique visitors a month and 5.5 million millennials via social channels every week.

  • Schawk and Kayell align on colour 

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    Schawk Australia has joined with GMG and Kayell Australia to standardise local colour proofing capabilities. The deal means new brand colours can be brought to market “quickly, economically and most importantly with insane accuracy.”

  • Print21 plus LIA draw the curtain on drupa 2016 

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    The latest issue of Print21 magazine is the definitive drupa review with 20-pages of news reports, technology information and Australia and New Zealand industry personalities at the greatest printing show on earth.

  • Book printing industry could ‘disintegrate’ 

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    The Australian book printing industry is under threat as uncertainty mounts over the impact of government proposals to remove parallel book importation restrictions. Publisher HarperCollins says its local book printing operations could be forced offshore.

  • First Massivit 3D printer into NSW site 

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    Composite Images of Artarmon in Sydney is the first printer in NSW to commit to the giant 3D machine from Israeli-manufacturer Massivit, placing the order on the spot at drupa. “There is nothing else like it,” says Composite CEO Bruce Scott. A printer from Victoria also placed an order for a Massivit.

  • Brexit is all for the best – James Cryer 

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    It has little or nothing to do with the printing industry in Australia and NZ, but Brexit is top topic for public bar and coffee table talk. Who better than the industry’s gadlfy, James Cryer, to give a definitive – if fairly lengthy encouragement – to those who want to see Britannia rule again.

  • Macaulay pushes PIAA restructure 

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    New PIAA CEO Andrew Macaulay (pictured) is pushing ahead with plans to decentralise the peak industry association by moving some management roles out of Sydney and setting up state-based standing committees to consider local issues.

  • Southern’s ‘crazy stamp’ receives top award 

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    Dunedin mayor Dave Cull presented New Zealand’s premier print industry award to local company Southern Colour Print for postage stamps printed on fabric used in the Adidas jerseys worn by the World Cup-winning All Blacks in 2015.

  • Colour Graphic adds offset upgrader Printflow 

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    Colour management specialist Colour Graphic Services has boosted its arsenal with Printflow – a software/hardware combination that upgrades offset presses of any age and brings them up to CIP3 standards with automated, closed loop ink control.

  • Merger and move for NZ’s Fisher Print 

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    Leading North Island printer Fisher Print has merged with Wickliffe – formerly K&M Print – and relocated to K&M’s larger factory in Palmerston North to enable further expansion. It’s the fourth time that Fisher has moved site due to growth.

  • Media Super helps printers with SuperStream 

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    Most printing companies are small-to-medium businesses with less than 20 employees. Meeting regulatory requirements can often present these companies with challenges, especially when it comes to superannuation.