News Archive

  • The case for deinkability – Brunner 

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    ISO 21331, the international standard for assessing the potential deinkability of print, is one of several standards under development to improve the environmental impact of graphics technology and print. Laurel Brunner is one of the sustainability experts working on the document.

  • Dscoop guests wowed by first HP Indigo 50000 


    HP’s Dscoop USA conference featured a new vision for the user group, all-star speakers and cutting-edge technology – but it was after the conference that Aussie visitors got a real “wow” moment as HP showed off the first Indigo 50000 digital press installed anywhere in the world.

  • New Epson printer claims pole position 


    Petronas Grand Prix collaboration powers the superfast 100ppm inkjet business printer that is leaving laser print technology behind on the starting grid.

  • Get in quick for personalised PacPrint wine 

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    It’s the last chance for wine lovers to get their hands on a personalised bottle of Wolf Blass by preregistering for PacPrint, as the promotion ends next Thursday March 30. Visual Connections, in conjunction with PIAA, are offering individually-labelled wine bottles printed on HP Indigo machines.

  • Paper bill fees slug poor and pensioners 


    Andrew Leigh MP, shadow assistant treasurer, has said the ‘unfair’ practice of companies charging fees for customers to receive paper bills hits the poor, elderly and vulnerable. Leigh hosted a public forum in Canberra this morning to throw his support behind the Keep Me Posted campaign.

  • John Fisher cuts into packaging design 

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    Fourth-generation Sydney printer John Fisher has invested in a fast and intuitive Zund cutting system to speed up its digital production with an eye on prototype design for growing packaging and point-of-sale markets.

  • Multi-Choice Taxation questions 

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    The Taxation Office has launched federal court proceedings to wind up 22-year-old Melbourne screen printing business Multi-Choice. The ATO often uses winding up orders to target delinquent taxpayers.

  • KBA posts record profit 

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    German press giant Koenig & Bauer (KBA) says growth in packaging and digital web printing has pushed the company to a record group net profit of €82 million for 2016. However, business in Asia/Pacific was impacted by the softer economy in China.

  • Advertisers looking to pair print with digital 


    Advertisers are set to take a more holistic approach to campaigns by pairing digital and traditional methods, according to marketing services company Salmat, whose 2017 mid-tier marketing index predicts a ‘renaissance’ for offline marketing channels over the coming year.

  • LIA to inspect Rapida 145 at Centrum 

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    A new KBA Rapida 145 sheetfed offset press will be one of the highlights of next month’s LIA (NSW) plant tour of Centrum Printing at Chipping Norton. Centrum bought the six-colour Rapida at drupa 2016 and the massive press arrived in Sydney late last year.

  • Heidelberg’s defect-free packaging 

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    Heidelberg and subsidiary Gallus are stepping up their push into packaging and label printing and will feature a new ‘Zero Defect Packaging’ solution at the upcoming Interpack trade show in Düsseldorf.

  • Walking away: the hardest decision 

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    Print veteran Peter Hutchinson’s choice to close up shop and walk away from his 37-year-old Brisbane business Colony Printing was “the hardest decision because it was his life,” according to his son, Paul. “It’s been an extremely long and hard road for Peter, trying to run a high pressure business and dealing with health issues as well.”

  • Spicers flags paper price rises 


    Leading paper merchant is letting the industry know its intention to lift prices as of Monday April 10 in response to rising international mill prices. Spicers will be announcing a forthcoming price increase across specific products within its Commercial Print Portfolio.

  • Australian winners in World Label Awards 

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    Five Australian label companies and one from New Zealand have won 2016 World Label Awards announced in The Hague. The winners included Hally Labels, QLM Label Makers, Pemara, James Print, The Elna Press and Panprint (NZ).

  • Signs Unique installs first Roland GR cutter 

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    Sydney’s Signs Unique has become to first Australian company to install the new Roland CAMM-1 GR series vinyl cutter released in early March by Starleaton. “Our intention [is] to be right at the forefront of innovation and progress as we expand sign production capabilities.”

  • Canon launches upward in reputation index 


    Canon has been named as the world’s fourth most reputable company in the 2017 Global RepTrak 100 index. The imaging company placed behind Rolex, Lego and Disney in the annual study published by the Reputation Institute, leapfrogging four places from its ranking of eighth in 2016.

  • Diagnose your colour woes at PacPrint 


    Colour Graphic Services is offering free ‘colour health checks’ at PacPrint in May. Printers can print the free test forme on the device of their choice and bring it to CGS’s stand B62 at PacPrint, where ‘Colour Doctor’ David Crowther will analyse and provide feedback on their colour performance.

  • The push to digitally printed packaging 

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    A massive jump in the use of digital printing technology for packaging has encouraged some very creative thinking in packaging applications, writes sustainability consultant Laurel Brunner.

  • EFI’s MIS Print Solutions 


    With all the talk today about the importance of a good MIS system, EFI would like you to set aside some time at this years PacPrint to meet their expanded local MIS team and discuss the unique advantages of EFI power house MIS solutions.

  • Canon ‘technology lift’ targets wide-format 


    First new imagePRESS series in nine years shares the spotlight with the groundbreaking Colorado UVgel release as the technology giant reasserts its relevance across printing markets.