News Archive

  • National benchmarking show hits the road next week 

    Beginning in Adelaide, the roadshow will tackle the vexing questions of why some printing industry companies perform better than others. It will provide the benchmarks for acceptable levels of business cost, investing in people or equipment and increasing market share. The free seminars will answer your questions on benchmarking – what is it and how…

  • You’re the one that I love -Tasmania Picas go Grease 

    Australia’s longest running PICA awards, the Tasmania Picas, is on again for the 23rd year with over 5000 entries competing for the gold award certificates and the two Platinum Awards for ‘Best of the Best; in printing and design. Always a very well supported industry event by both printers, designers, and the suppliers, this year…

  • The Clancy column . . . more news . . .the best bits . . . funnies 

    Last week we said that Lilyfield Printing in Sydney had Australia’s first Heidelberg SM 102 with Cutstar sheeter attached. Not true, or only partly. Yes, Lilyfield has the first ten-colour Heidelberg SM 102 with Cutstar sheeter attached. But Impress Printing in Melbourne bought an eight-colour Heidelberg SM 102 with Cutstar sheeter attached off the showroom…

  • The Print Management Story Part One – Dealing with the Devil 

    Yet more and more printing is coming under the control of PMCs and many printers are having to make their peace with them, like it or not. So is it all bad? Are PMCs simply jumped-up print brokers scamming off their 10 percent at the expense of the poor printer? Or are they a vital…

  • 20th National Print Awards – a night to remember 

    The event, the first held under the new constitution of the NPA, was declared a success. In his introduction, new chairman, Alf Carrigan paid tribute to the previous organisers, especially Sid Thompson, and thanked the audience for its support. “The committee members and myself are extremely proud that we have received so much support from…

  • Lilyfield captures the Agfa Award 

    Reg Hammond, founder and managing director of the Lilyfield Group took the stage in Melbourne to receive the trophy from Garry Muratore, Agfa Graphics Marketing Manager. Pictured are the representatives of the winning team (from left) Gary Brown, general manager, Cathy Grant, creative director, and Reg Hammond, with Garry Muratore from Agfa. “We pride ourselves…

  • Van Gastel Printing wins the Heidelberg Award 

    Winning the Heidelberg Award for Excellence in Craft is a cooperative effort, according to winner Jack van Gastel, Managing Director of van Gastel Printing, (pictured on right) at the awards night in Melbourne with Andy vels Jensen, managing director Heidelberg Australia (centre) and the book’s author, photographer Stravos Pippos. It was Jack van Gastel’s conviction…

  • Melbourne apprentice, Chris Irtem, wins the Australian Paper Award 

    Last year was the inaugural Australian Paper award for Printing by an Apprentice. This year, Tom Englesman, general manager of Australian Paper (pictured right with the winner, Chris Irtem) said the company was extremely pleased with how well the award is being received by the industry and the calibre of the two initial recipients.The winning…

  • Print Awards – The Complete List of Winners 

    Gold medal award winners Adelaide Spectrum Labels – Roll fed labels on self adhesive, letterpress or flexographic AMR Hewitts Consolidated Printing – Innovation AMR Hewitts Consolidated Printing – Specialitiy Australian Digital Signs – Inkjet printing Avon Graphics – Embellishment Avon Graphics/McClintock Bros – Stationery – sheet fed or continuous Collotype Labels – Labels – Sheet…

  • 160+ exhibitors are confirmed for PrintEx 03 

    PrintEx will feature live demonstrations from prepress, press and postpress exhibitors together with all the latest in digital technology. Representatives will be present from support services offering everything from financial advice, print management and costing systems to graphic design. Plus there will be a full range of consumables’ suppliers from inks, plates, chemistry and paper…

  • The Clancy column . . . more news. . . the best bits . . . funnies 

    The organizations attending the pow-wow on Wednesday March 19 at the Australian Technology Park, Eveleigh in Sydney is a veritable who’s who of the industry (and a positive blizzard of acronyms) The list goes: Printing Industries, Graphic Arts Merchants Association of Australia (GAMAA), Graphic Arts Services Association of Australia, (GASAA), Lithographic Institute of Australia, (LIA)…

  • New federal election caps will increase print spending 

    Following complaints that some politicians over did their unlimited printing subsidies during the 2001 federal election campaign, Special Minister of State Eric Abetz brought in new rules that limit the amount a federal politician can spend on printing to $125,000 per year. However, according to Martin Ferguson, Labor frontbencher, this will mean that more money,…

  • Demand for high-end quality proofing is waning industry wide. 

    According to the latest TrendWatch Graphic Arts special report, the demand for high-quality (suggesting film based or digital halftone) colour proofs is down throughout the graphic communications industry in the USA. As noted in the report, several factors seem to be boosting this trend, most notably technological advancements in back-end printing technologies, an increase of…

  • Chris Segaert wins another term as president of Printing Industries 

    Forging links in Asia, Chris Segaert (right) greets Thomas Chua, Chairman of the Forum of Asian Graphic Arts Technology (FAGAT) in Singapore last year where he represented the Australian Industry. After declaring himself “quietly confident” of victory last week, Chris Segaert of Permanent Press, was elected national president of the peak industry body in a…

  • March 2003 is Safety in Printing month 

    Safety awareness sessions will be held throughout Australia next month to help companies improve the occupational health and safety knowledge of staff and management. An internet-based initiative, the PrintNet OH&S Resource Centre, will house OH&S information specific to each state as well as general safety and work practice information. There will also be the first…

  • New Products – hot off the press releases this week 

    EFI launches Velocity Workflow software for digital printing Electronics for Imaging (EFI) announces the Australian launch of its Velocity workflow software – an innovative new line of modular software designed to enhance printing workflow and make digital printing more powerful, productive and easier to manage. Central to the suite of software is Velocity Balance, which…

  • The Clancy column . . .the best bits . . . more news. . . funnies 

    Trevor has over 25 years of experience with X-Rite products, both as user and supplier. His appointment follows on the heels of recent marketing and sales appointments in Sydney and Melbourne. Trevor has held a number of senior technical positions in the printing industry. His last appointment was with CyraChrome where he specialized in digital…

  • CPI interim results – trend is OK but one-off costs cast a pall 

    Non-recurring costs of $2.7 million after tax were incurred as a result of initiatives to realise cash from underperforming assets, resulting in a reported loss of $643,000 after tax for the period. The underlying result continued the positive trend that commenced following a number of key initiatives started during the 2002 financial year. Sales revenues…

  • EFI wins PrintCafe after Creo withdraws its $3 bid 

    What a difference a week makes. This time last week Creo was heading to court claiming that PrintCafe’s adoption of a ‘poison pill’ shareholder protection strategy was unfair and illegal. On Monday the Delaware Chancery Court refused to grant Creo’s request for a temporary restraining order to overturn Printcafe’s strategy or to temporarily bar the…

  • Tom Englesman is new head of Australian Paper Industry Council 

    He predicts a continuing strong role for Australian paper manufacturers in the future. “Paper manufacturing in Australia is strong and the industry has significant potential for growth to meet increasing demand for pulp and paper products particularly in the Asia-Pacific region,” he said. “The Australian paper industry is a major value-adder, generating sales of more…