News Archive

  • Starleaton expands with Zund agency takeover 


    Peter Woods, director of Intergraphic Technologies, will join Starleaton Digital Solutions, following the takeover of the Melbourne-based former agent for Zund. The acquisition of the Swiss-made digital wide format cutter agency is part of an aggressive build-up by SDS in recent times.

  • ‘Life changing’ results from transformation workshops 


    Participants in the Business Transformation Workshops are happy to endorse the value of the scheme as the national project moves into high gear. New online benchmarking service will continue as a ‘stand-alone’ service after the project completes.

  • A printing industry by other names – James Cryer 


    Industry gadfly and guru, James Cryer, (pictured) wants to redefine the printing industry by its constituent parts and expand its borders to include the growing segments that are driving more of the current employment opportunities.

  • John Fisher Printing gets LED cool from DES 


    ‘It’s kinder to the environment, better for the finished product and validates the customers’ green credentials and global corporate governance requirements.’

  • ‘Come together over me’ – Naresh Gulati channels John Lennon to end price war 


    Continuing investment in equipment by Print Bound, Melbourne is being promoted as providing infrastructure for hire to printers who want to develop new types of business and escape from pricing wars.

  • Joan Grace quits Printing Industries 


    Two years after she moved across the Tasman following a long tenure as CEO of PrintNZ, Grace’s sudden departure leaves Victoria and Tasmania without a permanent manager. Jenny Berry, member services manager for Victoria and Tasmania will take over on an acting basis.

  • VFX wins Australia’s 1st Fogra PSD certification with a global twist 


    VFX Print Group is the first printing company in Australia to gain the prestigious Fogra Process Standard Digital certification and according to Bill Apostolidis, (pictured), the first in the world to achieve it across all three digital platforms; small- large- and grand-formats.

  • ZAC plate processing from Fujifilm 


    Premier Western Australia printing company, Scott Print is on a continuing improvement path. An essential part of the development is the introduction of dual ZAC intelligent plate processing lines from Fujifilm, which is proving it’s worth day by day.

  • Colin Longbottom heads towards the exit 

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    The digital paper pioneer calls it quits and passes the baton to BJ Ball’s ICON Digital Papers with some staff to retain their roles in the transition. Longbottom was perhaps the first paper merchant to spot the shift towards digital printing, branding his eponymous company as the industry digital supplier.

  • Market Watch October 2014 – acquisitions, mergers & major equipment sales 


    Richard Rasmussen, director of Ascent Partners, posts his monthly analysis in what made industry news – mergers, acquisitions, business sales and closures, as well as the latest major sales and installations of capital equipment.

  • Memjet contract dispute with Rapid – Andy McCourt 


    Never one to shy away from the fight for truth and justice, Andy McCourt again wades into the battle between Memjet and the Australian engineering manufacturer, Rapid Packaging. He reckons there’s more to it than meets the eye and delves back into history to search for answers.

  • Printing Industries webinars & training 


    There’s still time to register for this week’s Printing Industries’ webinar on Wednesday 5 November from 1pm which will illustrate how printing companies can make and save money through waste.

  • Screen gets the jump with high-productivity flatbed install 


    Fredrik Udên, Flash Graphics director, (pictured) is gaining a reputation for being one of the most uncompromising technologists in the industry. He is known for pushing the boundaries when it comes to investing in new equipment.

  • Australia’s biggest digital printer – On Demand – goes into liquidation 


    Bruce Peddlesden (pictured) pleads ill health as Michael Wu, Ability Press, leads a team of On Demand senior management in operating the Port Melbourne-based business under a service agreement.

  • Signs are not good for Sumo Visual Group 


    The Melbourne-based signage company went into voluntary administration yesterday despite supposedly winning some big contracts recently and installing a HP Scitex 10000. The company, which is part of a multi-national corporation, has 60-70 employees in Melbourne and Sydney.

  • Gallus takes on NZ label sales and service 


    James Rodden touches base with customers in New Zealand following a decision to change to direct representation for sales and service ahead of the introduction of the DCS340 digital press.

  • Welcome to the brave new world of Picas, Diemans and NPA direct entry 


    Tony Abbott’s initiation of a ‘new federalism’ comes in the wake of a similar reconfiguration of the printing awards system around Australia. There are now at least three different types of awards with no automatic entry by state winners into the National Print Awards.

  • Memjet tears up Rapid’s inkjet agreement 


    Australian pioneering developer cut off from developing and manufacturing Memjet-powered narrow-web inkjet label presses in shock, seemingly arbitrary, business manoeuvre by US private equity owners.

  • Collaboration is the future of re-launched Dscoop 

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    HP users group draws over 100 Indigo and wide-format users to breakfast meetings in Sydney and Melbourne as a new committee ignites the organisation with an orientation towards the future.

  • 6 million cartridges make a mark at Planet Ark 


    Commercial printers are increasingly differentiated in the marketplace by their environmental practices – one of which is reducing waste through recycling toner cartridges.