News Archive

  • Xaar, Agfa to develop new generation inkjet printheads 

    Agfa and Xaar have co-operated to jointly develop and manufacture a new range of high-specification printheads, which are capable of meeting various application requirements. This joint development has now resulted in a new generation of printheads that will be previewed at Drupa 2004 (May 6-19) in Dusseldorf, Germany. The new printheads will be manufactured at…

  • Heidelberg Winter University attracts Australian industry professionals 

    Held in the port city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, the seven day seminar focused on real-life solutions to the challenges brought about by new technologies in the printing and media industry in the global business environment. It offered future-oriented management and trade-specific know-how as well as exclusive insights into top-class companies and…

  • FEATURE SPECIAL: FedEx’s buyout of Kinko’s – the real story by Harry Brelsford 

    Ask the average American print shop owner for their opinion on Kinko’s and their reply is likely to include words you won’t read in the Bible. Kinko’s is the ‘burgers and fries’ of print shops, the leader in mass reproduction, a company-owned chain of 1200 digital print and copy centres, 1090 of which are situated…

  • Job of the Week – Printing Sales,Sydney 

    This is a fantastic career opportunity to join our sales team and capitalise on our exciting marketing activities which deliver a steady stream of sales enquireries. With the recent aquisition of the Imprimatur Press business and Australia’s latest model 5col A0 press (1300 x 940mm) plus in-house CAD design, large format prepress, screenprinting, mounting and…

  • Book Club – Fold: The Professional Guide to Folding 

    Fold: The Professional Guide to Folding is the first comprehensive guide to the many different folding processes and all the folding styles developed over the years. Fold: The Professional Guide to Folding is the first comprehensive guide to the many different folding processes and all the folding styles developed over the years. In the printing…

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

    It shows that for the first time profit margins across the industry have fallen below four percent. But that’s not all the bad news. According to BPIF director of corporate and external affairs Cicely Brown, high levels of debt will ensure future profits go to paying off the financiers. “The median level of capital employed…

  • $7.5 million takeover of Pongrass by Penfold Buscombe 

    The total purchase price includes the assumption of $4.8 million in finance lease obligations, notably for the only Heidelberg 12-colour long perfecting press in Australia, which will be integrated into Penfold Buscombe’s East Botany plant at the earliest opportunity. Scott Telfer, general manager of Pongrass Communications Group (PCG), will take up the role of national…

  • One down, five to go – GASAA awaits supplier replies 

    “I do expect to hear back from all of them on behalf of my members and the industry,” he said. “ I am following them up to make sure they received my letters and I’ll be disappointed if they chose not to be accountable. “So far one supplier has responded and assured us its prices…

  • Active Display Group integrates two of its suppliers 

    The company claims that the integration of APG Display and Four Colour Digital into itsbusiness will make the Group the industry’s most formidable company with an estimated annual turnover approaching $50 million. “APG Display’s respected reputation, expertise and equipment, combined withFour Colour Digital’s state of the art technology, will complement our existingbusiness,” said Active Display…

  • APN News & Media reports on its ‘outstanding year.’ 

    Above expectation performances by APN’s newspapers, which now account for almost three quarters of the company’s profit, were powered by strong advertising support for The New Zealand Herald and double digit growth among its regional titles on both sides of the Tasman. According to Brendan Hopkins, chief executive, a campaign to charge more for its…

  • Colorpak is cashed up and planning a takeover path 

    According to reports the company is looking at growth by acquisition, claiming it is on the lookout for suitable companies in the short-run folding carton packaging sector. Commins family interests will retain management control of the company as well as 33 per cent of the shares. All three Commins brothers have signed new three year…

  • Candidate of the Week – Graeme Scott, Melbourne 

    I was born in Melbourne. I have lived, worked and trained in the United States for the past 18 years. I was proud to bring my conventional prepress training to the USA. and have continued to grow with the new challenges that have changed the face of printing. I look forward to help a new…

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

    The Users Group got a thumbs up from all participants for the insight it gave them into Creo’s software and its strategies for the future. A number of participants cited the new contacts they made with other Creo users in different countries as the most valuable take home. Other expressed their satisfaction as being able…

  • 21st National Print Awards celebration – a night to remember 

    Any concerns that the National Print awards were running out of steam were blown away by last week’s event where a full house gave a resounding vote of confidence in the industry’s highest profile event. It has taken three years for the new organization, under the aegis of Printing Industries to get up to full…

  • Reality bites – Andy vels Jensen annual industry appraisal 

    “Good evening, fellow moaners and sufferers of the industry, “Profitability of the industry may not have improved dramatically over the past years, but the NPA events certainly have. Congratulations to Alf, his team and the organizers for putting together a most professional and enjoyable event. “Print has been around since the birth of Australia. In…

  • Keeping print in Australia – Penfold Buscombe wins Heidelberg Award 

    The Melbourne operation of Penfold Buscombe produced the award-winning limited edition A3 book, The National Story, for the National Golf Club based at Cape Schanck in Victoria. In accepting the award from Andy vels Jensen, Hill (pictured on left) paid tribute to Malcolm James of the National for realising that a local printer could do…

  • McMillans wins inaugural new-style Agfa award 

    In awarding the prize for the Most Creative Use of Imagingin Printing to JS McMillan Printing Group, which was accepted by Julie-Anne McMillan, (pictured with Garry Muratore) who is not only Bob’s daughter but a director of the company, the dominance of digital processes in another former craft was confirmed. “The advent of digital cameras…

  • Websdale apprentice wins Australia Paper award 

    The Australian Paper Award is presented for Print Excellence achieved by a 3rd or 4th year printing machinist apprentice. This year it went to Phillip Said, who is currently completing his time with Sydney-based Pongrass Communications group. Pictured (left to right) Tom Pongrass, Phillip Said, Scot Telfer and Wayne Stanistreet. In accepting the award from…

  • Thank you all – a message from Chairman Alf Carrigan 

    The Awards are governed by a registered constitution, have an Independent Chairman and a panel of judges selected by the regional councils of printing industries. The awards charter is: To provide an annual evaluation of the standard of printing in Australia and to ensure that the graphics industry continues to strive to improve those standards….

  • The judges report – Rod Urquhart presiding 

    I had thought that last year’s report on the entries in the National print awards pretty much said it all, as the praise for the skill and effort incorporated in the work judged reflected the respect (and in many cases amazement) of the judges for its quality. But that was last year. So, you may…