News Archive

  • Salmat sells contact centre unit for $53m 

    ASX-listed direct mail and marketing services company Salmat is selling its contact centre business to a Sydney-based private equity firm for $53 million as part of a strategy to focus on core businesses including catalogue distribution.

  • Mark Andy buys plate specialist Presstek 

    Press manufacturer Mark Andy has acquired of US-based Presstek, a leading global supplier of direct imaging (DI) offset plates and presses, CTP solutions and service for commercial and in-plant customers.

  • Peter Lane – celebrating 30 years 

    Peter Lane’s 30 years of service to both the South Australian industry and the industry nationally was celebrated by around 70 South Australian print personalities at a cocktail function last week in Adelaide.

  • NZ, Australia win World Label Awards 

    New Zealand label printers won five categories at the 2017 World Label Awards in Brussels while Perth-based Label Force picked up the Flexo Colour Process award.

  • Signwave launches second WA centre 

    Sign and graphics franchise Signwave Australia is opening its second West Australian centre, at Osborne Park in Perth. It’s Signwave’s second launch of 2018, following last month’s opening of Signwave Adelaide Central.

  • Neopost sponsors V8 champ/HP customer 

    Neopost Australia has announced a sponsorship deal with Ryal Harris, Australia’s most successful V8 Ute race car driver in history and owner of Queensland signage firm Rad Visuals.

  • UV or not UV…the questions answered. 

    The pros and cons for installing UV curing, conventional, low-energy, or LED, on an offset press have much to do with the type of work undertaken. Read Patrick Howard’s full report in the latest issue of Print21 magazine.

  • EXCLUSIVE: ALP prepared to work with industry on skills and training, says Doug Cameron 

    Labor Senator Doug Cameron (pictured), shadow minister for skills and apprenticeships, has told Print21 he would be happy to work with Printing Industries on boosting apprentice numbers and promoting vocational training.

  • One Nation’s apprentice deal with Government 

    One Nation will vote for the Turnbull Government’s proposed company tax cuts after a promise from the Government to fund 1000 apprenticeships in private businesses around the country.

  • ‘On-shoring’ of fabric print at The Textile Hub 

    Next Printing’s new venture aims to revitalise the Sydney fashion industry by enabling short runs of printed fabrics as an alternative to offshore production in China.

  • ADC investigates new paper dumping case 

    The Anti-Dumping Commission is investigating allegations that Russia, South Korea, Austria, Finland and Slovakia are dumping cheap A4 copy paper onto the local market. “Australian jobs and the future of the local industry continue to be under threat,” says Australian Paper COO Peter Williams.

  • Koenig and Bauer rides high in 2017 

    German press giant Koenig and Bauer has enjoyed a 4.3 percent increase in revenue over 2016, with new orders up 10.1 percent. The manufacturer raked in €1,217.6 million ($1,950.1 million AUD) last year, driven by strong revenue and earnings in the fourth quarter, and widened its market share.

  • Dscoop embraces Seoul kind of feeling 

    Registration is now open for Dscoop’s 2018 Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ) conference to be held in Seoul, South Korea, which will – in a first for a Dscoop Asia show – include site visits as part of the program, so attendees can get a first-hand look at the operations of innovative local printers.

  • Epson debuts new dye sub printer 

    Epson’s product expo in Sydney featured a brand-new dye sublimation printer, the SureColor F9360, never before seen in Australia.

  • Celebrate print at Wimble’s Wayzgoose! 

    The Museum of Printing in NSW is holding a three-day celebration of printing and printmaking in April that will feature guest speakers, workshops, rare book collections and a printers’ picnic.

  • Kwik Kopy Miller Street wins FCA award 

    Kwik Kopy Miller Street has been awarded the NSW/ACT Franchisee of the Year, two or more staff, at the Franchise Council of Australia (FCA) Excellence in Franchising Awards.

  • EFI has its eyes on mid-range printers 

    Medium-sized printers are an increasingly important destination for the EFI software team in ANZ as the company focuses on lifting its profile and presence with the vast majority of middle-size printing companies.

  • SONY DADC auction begins today 

    Australian Valuations opened online bidding this afternoon on an extensive range of equipment from Sony DADC Australia’s former Print Services business. The company shut down its printing operation at Huntingwood in Sydney’s west earlier this year.

  • Print’s ‘ageing and static workforce’: study 

    A research group chaired by PIAA CEO Andrew Macaulay has identified three core issues in attracting new talent to the industry: “perception and reputation of the sector; working conditions and prospects; and in many cases, an ageing and static workforce.”

  • Icahn boosts team to fight Xerox deal 

    Billionaire activist shareholder Carl Icahn (pictured) has enlisted the help of former HP and IBM executive John Visentin to help fight the “no sense” takeover of Xerox by Japan’s Fujifilm Holdings.