News Archive

  • $multi-million super print site set for Sydney 

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    Listed print group Ive says an 80-page press from manroland will be the centrepiece of a new greenfield large format web offset operation to be established in Sydney later this year. Meanwhile, Ive’s private equity backer Wolseley cashed in its entire holding in Ive, selling 16.8m shares.

  • PMP Australia sales down $39m 

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    PMP has posted a significant drop in revenue from its Australian print business as it launches its recently approved merger with IPMG. “The half was adversely impacted by extremely unusual print market conditions in the lead into the expected industry consolidation.”

  • Send us your wastepaper: Aust Paper 

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    In a bid to boost production, Australian Paper has offered a special deal to government departments that send their shredded wastepaper to its under-utilised Maryvale Mill for recycling. “Australian Paper needs to access more wastepaper to maximise our recycled paper production.”

  • Opus Group boosts profit to $14m 

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    Opus Group recorded a jump in profit to $14.8 million in 2016 and says a debt-free balance sheet will allow for a continued focus on its core publishing services division.

  • Pensioners slam ‘greedy’ fees for paper bills 

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    A big crowd is expected in Geelong today for the latest public forum hosted by Keep Me Posted as it continues to lobby banks, telcos and other service providers who charge customers to receive paper bills. “These greedy, money-grubbing fees directly affect the most vulnerable in our communities.”

  • Techkon execs to visit PacPrint 

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    Top executives from German colour measurement firm Techkon will visit PacPrint in May and be on hand at the Colour Graphics Services stand (B62) for demonstrations of the just-released Techkon SpectroDens and the SpectroDrive scanning spectro-densitometer.

  • Laser threat to conventional label printers 

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    Label printers and sellers of label printing equipment and consumables face yet another existential threat – laser marking. The process has various environmental benefits including doing away with the ink, plastic, glue and paper associated with conventional produce labelling.

  • FESPA becomes annual print expo 

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    FESPA’s global print expo – the biennial trade show for digital wide format, screen and textile print – will become a yearly event from 2017 onwards. FESPA 2017 takes place in Hamburg, Germany in May; Berlin and Munich have been confirmed as host cities for 2018 and 2019.

  • Swimming pool print ‘shows us what’s possible’ 

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    Canon Australia has launched its ‘Show Us What’s Possible’ campaign with the installation of a massive photo print at the bottom of a swimming pool. The 49-metre long, 13-metre wide, 700 square metre Eugene Tan print was installed at Bondi Icebergs in Sydney.

  • Paper cuts – print down, packaging up 

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    Demand for newsprint and printing paper plummeted in 2016 across Australia and New Zealand, while packaging demand increased, according to Pulp & Paper Edge’s new ‘Sixteen21′ report, which captures the major trends in the paper industry and projects what it will look like in five years.

  • Fahour quits, industry ‘delighted’ 

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    Ahmed Fahour has resigned as CEO and managing director of Australia Post effective July, following controversy over his $5.6 million pay package in 2016. Andrew Macaulay, CEO of Printing Industries, said members are ‘delighted’ at Fahour’s resignation, which was tendered at a meeting of the Australia Post board on Wednesday.

  • 1st winner of Konica Minolta’s print awards 

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    The inaugural Specialised Print Awards were held in Sydney last night where Cliff Royle, Purple Press, (pictured) was named first time winner and received a $10,000 promotional package prize.

  • Salmat sails on two years of solid growth 

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    Marketing services company Salmat has enjoyed its fourth consecutive half of earnings growth, following the launch of its business transformation program in 2015. In the six months to December 31, 2016, Salmat’s EBITDA rose by 28.8 percent on the previous six months.

  • Kodak heads into the cloud 

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    One of the most widely used workflows in the industry, Kodak Prinergy, has just added a new dimension with the release of its cloud-based archive and data analytics modules. Industry veteran, Peter Janusik, is in charge of lift off.

  • Last chance – Pride in Print closes in 4 days 

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    The New Zealand Pride in Print awards have made a final call for submissions, with all entries closing on February 28. The awards, which will be held at the Wigram Air Force Museum in Christchurch on May 12, celebrate the best and brightest of New Zealand’s printing industry.

  • Global print industry ‘on the up’: drupa 

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    The print industry has regained its confidence and is recovering well from the GFC and the shift to digital communications, according to the latest Global Trends report from drupa. North America was once again the strongest region followed by Europe and Australia/Oceania.

  • AusPost hikes profit despite fall in letters 

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    Australia Post has delivered a solid boost in first-half profit to $131 million despite a further 11 per cent fall in its letters volumes. “Today over 70 per cent of our revenue and 100 per cent of our profit is derived from commercial activities in parcels and ecommerce.”

  • Easy Signs takes control of colour 

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    On the outskirts of Sydney, in a sparkling new building, is a quiet achiever in the sign and display industry – Easy Signs. With 36 staff and growing, they have hit on a successful formula for high-productivity nationally sold signage

  • CEO Hollands exits NewsMediaWorks 

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    Mark Hollands has resigned as the CEO of media lobby group NewsMediaWorks and a search for his replacement is underway. Hollands last year became the first self-published author to be shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Awards for his novel Amplify.

  • You gotta laugh: PacPrint keynote speaker 

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    Most of us appreciate a laugh but there’s a real skill to deliberately seeing the funny side of life, says author, comedian and keynote speaker at this year’s PacPrint in Melbourne, Marty Wilson. “As a self-published author, I’ve come to understand some of the challenges faced by the print sector.”