News Archive

  • Anti-ad vigilantes target Melbourne trams 

    An anti-consumer group is tearing down advertising posters from Melbourne trams and trains to protest against what it calls the invasion of public space by ‘corporate entities interested only in generating profit.

  • The Mohawk Show coming to Sydney 

    The Mohawk Show is coming back to Sydney next week and ready to showcase the best of Australia and New Zealand’s graphic designers.

  • Six of the Best Wide Format Printers in 2017 

    Everyone loves a ranking list and here’s one from Tyson Buechler, director of Melbourne-based Total Image Supplies. It’s the six wide format printers that are the top sellers from his graphic supply business in 2017.

  • SA label printer adds Nilpeter flexo press 

    Adelaide wine label printer Studio Labels has expanded its short-run capacity with the addition of an advanced Nilpeter FA-4* flexographic press.

  • Preserving the past…for the future* 

    Earlier this week, a dozen dubious-looking characters assembled outside what looked like a replica of one of Glenn Murcat’s award-winning corrugated-iron sheds, out in the back-blocks of Penrith. James Cryer was there.

  • Entries open for Konica Minolta Print Awards 

    Konica Minolta has opened entries for its second annual National Specialised Print Awards that recognise customers who achieve excellence in print with the help of a Konica Minolta digital press system. 

  • Thriving IVE boosts profit and buys SEMA 

    IVE Group hiked earnings by 23% to $55m and launched a $55.6m raising to fund the acquisition of data business SEMA and the purchase of a second 80-page LFWO press at its Franklin Web plant in Sydney.

  • PMP looks ahead after successful IPMG merger 

    PMP posted a net loss of $126 million in FY17, dragged down by $105 million in costs related to its merger with IPMG, but CEO Peter George says Australia’s largest printer is now well positioned for the next two years.

  • Salmat is back in black 

    Marketing services company Salmat has recorded its first profit since 2014 after launching a business transformation program that focused on key strengths including digital and traditional direct mailing.

  • Textiles in focus at Starleaton open house 

    Wide format printers wanting to boost their presence in soft signage and industrial textiles have the opportunity to see production first-hand this week at Starleaton’s Textile Open House at Mount Waverley, Melbourne.

  • Printing museum re-opens after make-over 

    Andy McCourt was at the foothills of the Blue Mountains on the weekend for the ‘Old Friends’ tour of the newly re-opened Museum of Printing at Penrith, NSW.

  • IVE and PMP big winners at ACA awards 

    Industry leaders PMP and IVE Group’s Franklin Web took home major awards at the 26th annual Australasian Catalogue Association (ACA) awards event held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

  • Print DNA’s Chloe Rudd wins SA Graduate 

    Print DNA’s Chloe Rudd has been named the South Australia winner in the LIA 2017 Graduate of the Year awards and will go on to compete for the national title later this year.

  • Konica Minolta launches industrial print in NZ 

    Konica Minolta Australia is launching its industrial print technology line-up into the New Zealand market following its success in this specialist area in Australia.

  • Not So Fantastic Plastic 

    With Coca-Cola alone producing over 100 billion plastic bottles every year, graphic supply chains have a key role to play in the campaign to make polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles more suitable for recycling, writes consultant Laurel Brunner.

  • EFI VUTEk LX3 

    EFI’s white paper on LED ‘cool curing’, such as in the VUTEk LX3 Pro hybrid flatbed/roll printer, shows how the process can increase performance and lower total cost of ownership for wide-format production.

  • Towards a blue chip printing company 

    The idea that an Australian printing company could be recognised as a top-level investment stock on the ASX seems to fly in the face of industry sentiment and investor opinion. Peter George is determined to change that perception with a plan for 2019.

  • Fuji Xerox wins giant same-sex vote print job 

    The federal government has awarded the multi-million-dollar printing contract for the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey to Fuji Xerox Document Management.

  • Spicers’ $1.7m profit on $380 million revenue 

    Paper merchant Spicers has reported a statutory profit after tax of $1.7 million in the 2016-17 financial year, a drop of $3.6 million from its result in 2015-16. In its full year results, the company posted sales revenue of $380.7 million for the financial year, a 3.1 percent decline from the previous year.

  • Queensland label converter takes plates digital 

    Gold Coast label house Super Labels has upgraded its platemaking capabilities with the addition of a new computer-to-plate machine from Screen GP. The Screen PlateRite FX870II, supplied by Jet Technologies, is capable of digitally producing flexo, offset and letterpress plates at up to 4800 dpi.