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  • Heidelberg sales slump by 20% – profits slashed 

    Incoming orders were about Euro 4 billion as opposed to the previous year’s of almost Euro 4.6 billion. Bernhard Schreier, CEO said the company’s businesses were shaped by weak global economy. “The digital and web systems divisions were particularly affected, and the sheetfed division also suffered as a result of weak markets, especially in the…

  • NSW and ACT combine for September industry conference at Bowral 

    According toPrinting Industries’NSW regional president, Scott Telfer, “this conference will concentrate on the leadership and management issues the graphic arts industry needs to embrace if it is to increase profitability and move forward. “Our conference theme, Sales, Success, Synergies, will be central to all the presentations and workshops.” He encouraged all sectors of the industry…

  • Economic improvement will not save the printing industry 

    Data gathered over eight years of surveys in the US show that an economic upturn will not translate into an upturn for printing demand. According to a new Trendwatch report the landscape of the printing and graphic arts industry has changed so dramatically that there is no point in trying to ‘wait this one out.’…

  • Industry rallies to defeat NZ patent application 

    A formal industry-based opposition to the application has now been lodged, according to Joe Kowalewski, National Director, Marketing and Media Services, Printing Industries who said he had been contacted by a large number of concerned printing companies following last week’s Print21Online report. “I’m asking all companies who have lodged Notices of Opposition to notify me…

  • Printer cartridge copyright challenge 

    The free-wheeling, free-spirited US civil liberties organization, asked a federal appeals court to rule that a company can examine a competitor’s technology in order tomanufacture printer toner cartridges compatible withLexmark printers without facing a copyright lawsuit. Printer maker Lexmark had sued, claiming that cartridgeremanufacturer, Static Control Components, circumventedLexmark’s access control technologies and infringed itscopyrights by…

  • Clancy column. . . the overflow . . . best bits . . . funnies 

    The tech firm, Spam Arrest, specializes in blocking junk e-mail. Hormel Foods, which manufactures SPAM the lunch meat, sent the company a warning, telling them to drop their use of the trademark-protected name. But Spam Arrest refused. “If you ask most people on the street, they’re going to say junk e-mail as opposed to the…

  • Australian printers object to New Zealand patent application 

    There are also concerns that if successful the patent, lodged by New Zealand based company EWT Trade and Business Consultants NZ Limited, will compromise existing on-line ordering and processing systems for advertisements, stationery, newsletters and business cards and costing systems. A number of Australian printing companies have sought legal advice and will lodge Notices of…

  • 2nd round of GAMAA scholarships 

    Scholarships are open to all individuals working within the Graphic Technologies and related industries. One of the key features of the GAMAA Education Scholarship program is the flexibility that it provides with successful applicants able to choose the most relevant post-graduate management or post-graduate business education program to suit their individual needs. “In the 2003…

  • Quark and Adobe shootout in Sydney is world first 

    Michael Stoddard of Adobe and James Edwards of Modulo Systems, the QuarkXpress distributor, battled it out in front of almost 40 industry professionals during a software comparison at Sydney Graphics College. According to organiser John Dobbin of NeXus network, this is the first time the two companies participated in such a face-to-face encounter. “We conducted…

  • Apple claims new MacG5 is world fastest PC 

    The super fast MacG5, which will be available in Australian and New Zealand in August, is sure to find acceptance in the memory intensive graphics production work, strengthening Apple’s dominant position in the design and prepress industries. “The 64-bit revolution has begun and the personal computer will never be the same again,” said Steve Jobs,…

  • New national sales manager for Heidelberg New Zealand 

    Noel Priestly, general manager Heidelberg NZ, announced the appointment, effective 1 July 2003. “Hemi will report directly to myself, and work closely with the New Zealand Account Managers, as well as our Customer Support Manager, Bruce Walters, and our Accounting and Commercial Services Manager, Adil Sarkari. He will also network and develop regional plans with…

  • Lithography and xerography converge at the LIA national conference 

    In a move away from the traditional technical focus of the LIA, the theme of the three day event is Industry in Crisis – Implementing Change for Profit. The sponsorship of the conference by Fuji Xerox, keepers of the ‘xerographic flame’ illustrates just how quickly and how far the industry has shifted in a short…

  • Most small businesses can produce their own colour printing – survey 

    According to a new survey by Xerox Corporation and International Communications Research, the majority of small businesses not only own colour technology but also view colour as a critical business tool. More than 90 percent of the 1,013 U.S. small businesses surveyed agree that using colour in their office documents and marketing materials has helped…

  • Clancy column. . . the overflow . . . best bits . . . funnies 

    After taking the paper company to task two years ago over its use of rain forest for pulp FOE grudgingly concedes the company has made some progress but emphasizes that a majority of its pulp still comes from clear-felling rainforest. AAP said it was working with WWF Indonesia on drafting a memorandum of understanding for…

  • Print export network to explore new products and markets 

    The inaugural meeting for the Victorian Printing Industry Export Network will take place on July 21 and will be addressed by Tim Holding, Victorian Minister for Manufacturing. The aim of the network is to create an ongoing organization that will look at the challenges and solutions in developing new products and processes for exploiting export…

  • InDesign vs. QuarkXpress – the war hots up 

    Adobe hosted a forum of InDesign users at a function in Sydney yesterday as part of its campaign to capture Quark users faced with making a decision whether to upgrade or switch. The members of the forum gave the challenger software a resounding vote of confidence, citing ease of integration with PhotoShop and Illustrator as…

  • Lonely Planet publisher to keynote Open Publish Conference 

    The Sydney conference (Star City July 28-31) will also feature a full day of PDF events to coincide with the release of the Acrobat 6.0 as well as the first ever Australian InDesign User group meeting. Tony Wheeler, founder Lonely Planet, one of the world’s leading travel book publishers, will deliver the opening conference keynote…

  • Surcharge on customers who want printed invoices 

    According to Frank J. Roman, emeritus professor at Rochester Institute of Technolgy, the practice is gaining in popularity as companies such as Primus, American Express and Ameritrade charge their customer for the privilege of getting printed invoices. The practice does not appear to have reached these shores. . .yet. Writing in www.PODi.org he says; “Only…

  • Clancy column. . . the overflow . . . best bits . . . funnies 

    Printer Magazines, publisher of trade magazines, took a boatload of printing industry suppliers on a Sydney harbour cruise the night before PrintEx last month. Such generosity must have cost a packet and it is undoubtedly a coincidence that this month’s issue of the once-mighty Australian Printer is breaking new frontiers in graphic arts advertising with…

  • Giant leap to make PaperlinX world number three 

    Flying in the face of recent failures by local companies when they expand overseas, PaperlinX is on an expansion roll following its recent acquisitions of Bunzl Fine Paper (now The Paper Company) in the UK and Ireland, and Coast Paper and Papier Turgeon in Canada. The latest move, which involves buying a paper merchant that…