News Archive

  • NZ Apprentice of the Year finalists 

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    PrintNZ has named 11 finalists from print and related industries for the Apprentice of the Year award to be presented at the Pride in Print Awards in May. “Seeing the number of qualified staff entering the industry is encouraging as this is a tangible sign that print is an industry with a strong future.”

  • AGS signs exclusive deal with Kompac 

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    Australian Graphic Servicing (AGS) has secured a deal to distribute UV/aqueous coating systems manufactured by US company Kompac Technologies. “Kompac products are unlike anything else in the market,” says Ross Gilberthorpe, marketing manager for AGS.

  • Tharstern heads PacPrint ‘League of Nations’ 

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    A creative collective of individuals, companies and products specialising in workflow solutions and drawn from Aussies, Kiwis, Belgians, Indians, English and the French, will constitute a ‘print intelligence centre’ at the PacPrint exhibition in Melbourne in May.

  • HP Indigo Series 4 smashes sales milestone 

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    HP has sold more than 500 Indigo Series 4 digital presses worldwide, including at least 15 in Australia, and more than 200 Indigo 7900 units around the world since drupa 2016. Currie Group, which distributes Indigo presses in Australia, is very happy with the platform’s takeup in our market.

  • Domino effect delivers IPG expansion 

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    Corporate-owned Brisbane printer gears up with latest Vutek and Zund technology after buying out IPG Connect and moving into its Brendale premises.

  • Cartridge cowboys shot down at VCAT corral 

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    A company that harassed a Queensland farming couple into buying more than 2000 ink cartridges for their single home printer has been ordered to pay the customers back over $90,000. VCAT found that Melbourne-based company Corporate Office Supplies Pty Ltd had acted unlawfully.

  • WaiveStar acquired out of liquidation 

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    Melbourne print management and marketing company WaiveStar has collapsed into liquidation and been acquired by a group of investors linked to leading Melbourne printer Mercedes Waratah, a major creditor.

  • Die maker RotoMetrics merges with Electro 

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    US-owned die maker RotoMetrics – which operates a rotary tooling factory in Melbourne – has merged with German-based Electro Optic, an inventor and manufacturer of flexible die technologies, to create “the world’s leading precision rotary tooling company.”

  • Forum Group buys Imagetec 

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    Sydney-based print management firm Forum Group has acquired competitor Imagetech in the latest consolidation move in the Australian print services market.The deal creates a combined company with revenues exceeding $75 million.

  • LIA Qld elections this month 

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    The Lithographic Institute Association (LIA) Queensland has called for committee nominations ahead of its annual general meeting to be held later this month. The association also launched a membership drive in the lead-up to the AGM.

  • Roland upgrades dye sub RIP software 

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    Roland DG says ErgoSoft Roland Edition 2 RIP software will be available for its Texart dye sublimation transfer printers this month. “There has been increasing demand for digital printers that can accommodate efficient high-mix, low-volume production, personalisation, and design prototyping.”

  • Plenty for printers to unwrap at Auspack 

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    Auspack 2017 is on this week in Sydney, featuring a showcase of exciting new technologies and services for the packaging industry – including more than a few goodies for printers. Hailed as the largest Sydney show in Auspack history, this year’s exhibition fills two halls at the Showground.

  • Finland fire hits ink supplies 

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    Major shortages in raw materials required to make printing inks has suddenly increased pressure on ink prices, says global ink supplier Flint Group. Australian suppliers confirmed that a factory fire in Finland has caused a severe shortage of TiO 2, known as titanium white when used as a pigment.

  • 300 jobs: the human cost of merger 

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    Three hundred print workers in NSW, Victoria and Queensland will reportedly lose their jobs in the PMP/IPMG merger deal, according to the Australian Manufacturers Workers Union (AMWU). PMP has confirmed that three of its sites “will likely need to close.”

  • Bond Imaging into administration 

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    Melbourne photographic and digital printer Printed Media – trading as Bond Imaging – has called in administrators as it seeks a new owner for the business. “It’s a shortage of cash flow in a very tight market.”

  • Print21 PacPrint Escape – win a trip for two! 

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    Two flights from anywhere in Australia and New Zealand plus three nights in a luxury hotel in Melbourne to visit PacPrint 2017 in May plus two free tickets to the Print Awards dinner – how good can it get?

  • Hannans take pole print position after merger 

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    The Hannan family has become the largest shareholder in PMP as the publicly listed company completes its acquisition of IPMG, creating the biggest printing company in the region. The merger was officially completed on March 1 after the ACCC gave it the green light last month.

  • Epson large format expo opens in Brisbane 

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    Epson has opened its first large format product expo in Brisbane following the success of its recent large format show in Melbourne. The event will feature a range of solutions in signage, photography, proofing, production, dye sublimation, garment and technical printing.

  • New vinyl cutters from Roland DG 

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    Roland DG Corporation launched the GR series of professional vinyl cutters, the latest additions to its CAMM-1 series.

  • Printers need super trainers: Media Super 

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    It’s tough to keep up with frequent changes in superannuation legislation. The industry needs personal super trainers to help printers figure out what to do, says Erick Cordero, GM for Growth at Media Super.