News Archive

  • CIP4 gets its act together – new industry standard. 

    The International Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4) has completed its registration as a Swiss organisation and will be headquartered in Zurich. It will operate as an international standards body and develop new independent file format standards for the printing industry, such as the Job Definition Format (JDF). The…

  • Bayer bails from Agfa – consumer division up for sale. 

    Bayer said, “partial ownership interest is no longer of strategic importance for the pharmaceutical and chemicals concern. Instead it has been solely a financial investment following the divestiture of the majority interest in the company in 1999.” Bayer holds 30 per cent of the company with Gavert having another 25 per cent. The Bayer announcement…

  • MAN Roland is not up for sale. 

    Rudolf Rupprecht, ceo of the MAN engineering group, has moved to squash rumours that leading press manufacturer MAN Roland is to be sold. The huge heavy-metal group is undertaking a sell off of non-core assets as it struggles to meet earnings projection for this year. According to Rupprecht, all divisions which are not among the…

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    ~~~ PaperlinX has announced a new operating structure for its New Zealand merchant operations. Armitron Paper and Dalton Fine Paper NZ Ltd will be merged and will trade under the “Dalton” name. Spicers Paper, New Zealand’s largest merchant, will be unaffected by the change. ~~~ This month sees the launch of Acrobat 5, a major…

  • CPI reports half-year slump 

    Sales revenue for the six months was down 6.7% from $208.9m compared to $224 million in the previous corresponding period. Difficult trading conditions throughout the first half of the year even though volumes increased saw the fall in profits and revenues. CPI managing director, Ian Harry said that a number of other factors had “contributed…

  • IPMG bid for PMP attracts the attention of ACCC 

    Professor Allen Fels’ regulators at the ACCC are examining the concentration of printing and publication distribution power that will occur if the union between Independent Print Media Group (IPMG) and PMP goes ahead. PMP is Australia’s largest commercial printing company with about 20 per cent share of the overall market. It has over 50 publication…

  • 2001 Print Awards – Rod Spencer is Man of the Year. 

    Three printing categories missed out on a gold medal at the awards, with the judges deeming there was no entry of sufficient quality in one-colour printing, sheetfed self-adhesive labels and speciality or special printing. Overall there were 29 categories and a medal swag of 38 gold, 65 silver and 80 bronze was shared between 109…

  • Vio shuts up shop in Australia as management buy-out struggles 

    The financially troubled venture between Scitex and BT is subject of a management buyout in London with Scitex reporting that an agreement in principle has been signed for the technology company to offload its shares. Speculation on the make-up of the final offer is rife with no one at Vio able to make official comment…

  • Xeikon in trouble – blames Xerox sales fall for profit loss 

    A loss of $28m for digital press manufacturer Xeikon in 2000 was a result “far below our expectations” said Alfons Buts, president and CEO. He blamed the fall on fewer sales by Xerox of the company’s colour digital presses, the DocuColor 100, which this year accounted for 14% of total revenue as compared to 29%…

  • Print 21 industry plan is officially launched 

    A gathering of 50 industry people mainly from South Australia attended the launch on Friday March 9 at Lane Print in Adelaide. The twice-postponed launch was described as generally positive and an indication of what the industry can accomplish when it gets together. Concerns about over capacity and falling profit margins underlined the importance of…

  • New head of Heidelberg Australia is Danish via South Africa 

    He comes to the job after five years as head of Heidelberg’s Southern African operations. An EAC Graphics recruit his appointment is indicative of the emphasis the company s placing on the digital side of the industry. He is described as being “young and energetic” and takes up his post on April 1. Current managing…

  • Print 21 official release in Adelaide March 9. 

    A series of industry education events at PacPrint in May and a further series of information nights at locations around the country will follow up the official launch. The document is the culmination of three years of research and consultation by a high-powered industry body. Its launch has been delayed at least twice. It consists…

  • Bureaucrat is new PIAA chief 

    In a move widely interpreted as returning to its core strengths, the new CEO of peak industry body, Printing Industries, comes from a background in industrial relations. Garry Donneson will take up the post on March 5. One PIA staffer described his appointment as “a welcome return to stability.” Industrial relations policy has always been…

  • DuPont re-enters flexo selling market after three years 

    A major realignment of the flexographic supply market is underway following the decision by DuPont to take back direct representation of its products from CyraChrome as of March 1. The move comes three years after the giant US-based corporation decided to abandon active selling in Australia. The DuPont flexo supply contract formed the basis for…

  • Techno barrier broken for approved digital proofs 

    Industry digital standards body, 3dAP, has broken the price barrier for approved digital colour proofing by giving the green light to the ColorTuner, an Epson large format DoD ink-jet engine powered by CGS software. The proofing sub-committee gave its seal of approval to the relatively low-cost solution, which costs approx $60,000 as opposed to an…

  • Xerox slashes workforce and battles bankruptcy rumours 

    The sale will see the profitable Australian subsidiary of the company become completely Japanese owned if majority owner Fuji exercises its option to buy. Xerox is in a fire-sale predicament as it staggers from a fourth quarter loss of US$198 million. Following a series of disastrous reports last year, the ongoing red ink has seen…