News Archive

  • Team Whittaker exits Fuji Xerox 

    Neil Whittaker

    The sales team installed at Fuji Xerox Australia by former MD Neil Whittaker (pictured) has now left the company. Staff were informed this week by email that Delwyn Land, GM, national sales – described as Whittaker’s ‘right-hand woman’ – had resigned.

  • Laminator adds layer to finishing business 


    Melbourne trade finisher Enhance Print says its new Foliant laminator from Currie Group is playing a pivotal role in expanding its core business. “We don’t use the machine every day but when we do we tend to use it in spurts where we can be flat out on it for five or six days at a time.”

  • Fairfax vs NewsCorp at PANPA newspaper awards 

    Traceurs, Eddie Jim, The Age, Fairfax Media

    Fairfax and NewsCorp dominate the print categories in this year’s PANPA Newspaper of the Year Awards to be held in September. Finalists for the Print Centre of the Year are: Darwin Print Centre, News Corp Australia; Ellerslie Print Centre, NZME; and APN Yandina Print Centre, Fairfax Media.

  • Who’s really running On Demand? 

    On Demand, 323 Williamstown Rd, Port Melbourne

    Mystery surrounds the operation of collapsed digital printing company On Demand, with conflicting reports as to who is actually running the Port Melbourne business as the administrator tries to find a buyer. Disaffected creditors, owed hundreds of thousands of dollars, are meeting in Melbourne today.

  • Starleaton signs exclusive Agfa agency 


    Family-owned signage supplier significantly expands its range by agreeing to a new Dealer Partnership with Agfa Graphics for the popular Anapurna, Jeti Mira and Tauro wide format inkjet platforms.

  • For Sale: Lotsa Printing QLD. 


    Escape the winter chills forever. A once in a lifetime business and lifestyle opportunity – Far North Queensland’s premiere printer, Lotsa Printing, in beautiful Port Douglas is on the market.

  • Brexit’s limited impact on Pommy paper 


    The Australasian paper trade with the EU and the UK will not be significantly impacted by Brexit but paper imports from the UK, especially of printing and communication papers into New Zealand, “can be expected to be cheaper in the short to medium term,” says industry bible Pulp & Paper Edge.

  • Duplo finishing drives Gold Coast printer 

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    The Gold Coast and Tweed area has seen three recent Duplo finishing installations from Neopost, all different and tailored to each printer’s specific needs. Trent Willoughby of Summit Press at Tweed Heads chose the Duplo DBM-600i booklet maker/stitcher because of its speed and versatility.

  • POS Visual moves to HP Flatbed UV 

    POS Visual

    Reece Conlan of Melbourne signage and display producer POS Visual Solutions says a recently installed HP Scitex FB550 flatbed UV from Spandex is already paying for itself. “Our clients love it and we are saving a lot in production costs and labour time.”

  • Aust Paper buys BJ Ball’s EDOP 

    (photo Bec Feller)

    Australian Paper – manufacturer of the Reflex brand – has signed a deal to acquire BJ Ball’s office products division ED Office Products (EDOP) for an undisclosed sum. “This opportunity is good news for Australian manufacturing and the thousands of local jobs that Australian Paper proudly supports.”

  • Movement at the Fuji Xerox station 

    adam fittler

    Fuji Xerox has parted company with national sales manager Adam Fittler (pictured) amid speculation that other jobs could be on the line at the industry’s leading digital supplier. The move comes a month after Fuji Xerox appointed new MD Sunil Gupta to replace Neil Whittaker.

  • Heidelberg is back in the black 


    Shareholders at the annual general meeting were told the company has executed a €100 million financial turnaround from minus AUD $106 million (€-72) last year to a positive AUD$41 million (€28 million) to March 2016.

  • Starleaton boosts staff in Aust/NZ 

    JB SDS

    Digital supplier Starleaton announced three key staff appointments as it continues its trans-Tasman growth strategy. John Buitenkamp (pictured) relocated his family from Holland to take up the role of product manager Australia, with a focus on synthetics for small format printing.

  • New president at Visual Connections 

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    John Wall of Roland DG Australia has been named president of trade association Visual Connections, taking over from Mitch Mulligan. “There will be exciting times ahead as we bring together Visual Impact Sydney 2016, PacPrint 2017 and other industry events,” said Wall (pictured).

  • SWUG to view $22m Fairfax NZ upgrade 


    The SWUG conference in New Zealand next week will include a tour of the $22 million upgrade of Fairfax Media’s printing plant at Petone in Wellington. “The investment and upgrade fully reflects Fairfax’s faith in the printed product and our print division,” says plant manager Ricky Baker.

  • Dentists smiling over high-speed 3D printer 

    ProJet MJP 3600 Series

    Konica Minolta Australia has launched a high-speed 3D Systems’ ProJet MJP 3600 Series printer with an eye on the dental and medical industries. The new model can be used in advanced healthcare applications, including drill-and-cut guides for dental and medical procedures.

  • Paper bill charges a scam: report 

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    Governments and corporations are profiteering by overcharging customers who choose to receive bills and statements in the mail, according to a new report. Banks, utilities and telcos are charging customers up to $3.20 to receive paper statements, claiming the fee reflects transaction costs.

  • oOh!media buys Cactus from OPUS 

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    Outdoor advertiser oOh!media is buying Sydney wide-format printer Cactus Imaging from OPUS Print Group for $6 million in cash. Hong Kong-based 1010 Printing Group, which owns 61.9 per cent of OPUS, said Cactus posted a full year profit of $2.1 million in 2015.

  • AIW, Salmat win 800,000-mags-a-fortnight job 


    AIW Printing of Melbourne has won a massive contract to print 800,000 full-colour copies of a new fortnightly travel magazine called GOxplore. The first edition of the free magazine will be dropped into letterboxes in Melbourne and Sydney this Saturday, July 30, by mailing and distribution house Salmat.

  • Heidelberg CEO Linzbach to step down 

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    Heidelberg CEO Gerald Linzbach will step down when his contract ends in August next year to ‘start a new career phase of his life.’ 60-year-old Linzbach was forced to take extended leave in June 2015 because of health problems but returned as chairman in January this year.