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  • Winds of change – Mark Bladon joins Fujifilm 

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    Labels and narrow web get bumped up the totem pole as industry stalwart Mark Bladon signs onto the Fujifilm team. Bladon brings over 25 years printing industry experience on both sides of the supplier line to his new role as business development manager for this thriving sector.

  • State awards KO’d as NPAs get Anstice revamp 

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    The 2014 National Print Awards marked the end of an era, as next year’s award season takes on a different flavour. State-based PICAS have been canned in light of dwindling numbers and decline in sponsorships, with the NPAs reverting to a direct entry model for the 2015 Awards.

  • ‘It’s the missing link’ – CMYKhub’s final touch to W2P 

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    Free online design templates are set to power up the next stage of web-to-print development for print buyers and designers. CMYKhub has launched its ‘online design templates’ in a Design4print solution for customers with minimal set up costs and NO monthly fees

  • Agfa gets back into digital printing with MGI 

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    After a pioneering history in the digital revolution, including the first Australian agency of Xeikon in the early 1990s, the iconic Belgium-based business has returned to commercial digital print with its local launch of the French-built Meteor DP 8700 XL.

  • Shutters come down on Focus deal 

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    Following a meeting with the fourth set of administrators on Friday Mark Shergill decided to move production onto his Print Warehouse presses to allow for the forthcoming auction of the building and machinery.

  • New Lithrone GX40 completes packaging line-up 

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    The launch of Komori’s full-size offset packaging press in Japan last week by Mr. Yoshiharu Komori, the venerable chairman, president and CEO of the company (pictured) delivers the missing link to the packaging specialists at Ferrostaal Australia.

  • STI Lilyfield in the bag for Blue Star 

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    The t’s are crossed and the i’s are dotted on the Blue Star buy-out of Sydney’s iconic Lilyfield business from German STI Group. The official handover is now set for June 30, as Blue Star gets serious about boosting its wide format and POP offering.

  • Screen bags label prize at FESPA 

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    The Truepress Jet L350UV nabbed a gold trophy at the eighth annual European Digital Press (EDP) association awards, held at last month’s FESPA Digital show in Munich. From a pool of over 120 suppliers, Screen’s leading digital label press took home the prize for “Best Label Printing Solution”.

  • Blue Star and IPMG merger is called off 

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    A step too far for industry consolidation as the Selig and Hannan families pull back from the brink of creating Australia’s largest printing company. Too many uncertainties and the potential costs of rationalising weighed against the benefits of the proposed $700 million merger.

  • Heidelberg buys out Gallus and secures Swiss shareholder 

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    Gallus owner Ferdinand Rüesch cashes in its shares for an anchor stake with Heidelberg. In a landmark trade-off, Heidelberg picks up 100% ownership of Gallus while the share swap deal leaves Ferdinand Rüesch as its single largest shareholder, controlling 9% of the company.

  • Blue Star does it again – iGroup the latest to fall 

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    Paul Tannous, former managing director, will be one of a significant number of iGroup employees to join the Selig brothers’ growing printing enterprise. The acquisition adds another building block to the rapid expansion of the Blue Star empire.

  • IPEX 2014 in review 

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    The World’s largest English-speaking Printing and Graphic Technology Exhibition is past. This evening event is your chance to hear first hand from those who attended the show, and whose job it is to bring us up to date and to keep us informed.

  • 13 awards from 9 employees tops NZ Pride in Print 

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    Management buyout team takes former NZ Post business into the winner’s circled with HP Indigo DM. The Wellington-based digital printing business, Kinetic, scooped the awards on its first outing since returning to private ownership.

  • Sydney liquor laws dry up hospitality printing 

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    Early closing and lock out laws are squeezing the promotional budgets and revenue of bars and clubs with a dramatic knock-on effect on print suppliers. The clamp down on late-night trading in Sydney’s entertainment districts has hit the demand for flyers, postcards, POP and advertising handouts.

  • 100th Epson SurePress installed worldwide ahead of next generation release 

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    The milestone is regarded by the company as an endorsement of the L-4033 technology with increasing acceptance by label converters in the local market. There are currently four SurePress installations in Australia and New Zealand.

  • WA newsman gets the GAMAA guernsey and $15,000 

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    Derek Williamson, digital imaging manager, West Australian Newspapers is the recipient of this year’s GAMAA Industry Overseas Internship Grant. He intends to explore the uses of continuous feed digital printing, especially as it applies to newspapers.

  • Richard Rasmussen’s Market Watch – May 2014 

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    Keep up to date and across all the most recent industry movements, mergers and major installations with Richard Rasmussen, director of Ascent Partners. For the latest installment of Market Watch, there was very little action on the acquisition and merger front, but sadly four closures.

  • 1000 designers over three days – BJ Ball launches Colorplan 

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    Going out to engage the design community is central to Tony Bertrand’s plan to put value back into paper marketing. This is his manifesto.
    You can have any color you like as long as it’s White or Cream?

  • Letterpress steals the show at Pride in Print 

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    It’s another shining line-up across the pond, as the New Zealand printing industry celebrates its own night of nights, at this year’s Pride in Print awards. The tentpole event showcased the very best of NZ print, with supreme award going to the team at GTO Printers in a landslide win.

  • Anitech proves a drag on results of equity investor HGL 

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    Tough prices, decreased activity from customers and the difficulty in maintaining product differentiation all contributed to a dismal financial performance for wide-format supplier Anitech. The result helped to tip the half yearly result of 50% owner, HGL, into a statutory loss of $2.4 million.