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    Punch came to the conclusion that the business could not be made profitable in a reasonable time and walked away. The company was looking for Esko-Graphics digital front end expertise to bolt on to the front of the Xeikon imaging engine technology it bought last year. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Heidelberg chief executive Bernhard Schreier had a fairly…

  • 1st Creo PTP plates to arrive in Australia and New Zealand by November 

    The company is “looking to become a major player in the plate supply industry, otherwise we wouldn’t do it,” said Steve Dunwell, Sales Director, Creo Asia Pacfic. “It’s quite exciting for us and we’ve had a lot of very positive customer feedback now that they know we are selling our own manufactured product.” The implications…

  • Heidelberg to develop online print management capabilities 

    Prinect Systemhaus, which provides software solutions and system integration operates in Germany and Switzerland but will in the future expand services throughout Europe and internationally. The Noosh partnership will concentrate on developing collaborative project management for print suppliers. “We carefully evaluated many developers of print solutions that could extend across the print supply chain to…

  • Buyout of AGT, largest prepress company in the world 

    AGT is usually acknowledged as the largest prepress company in the world ever since it took over UK-based Wace in the 1990s. Since then it has struggled under major debt, having paid a reported four times the share price to seal the deal. According to Joseph D. Vecchiolla, President and Chief Operating Officer of the…

  • PaperlinX pays less than expected for Buhrmann 

    The company has signed a sale and purchase agreement with Buhrmann NV for the acquisition of Buhrmann’s Paper Merchanting Division. Completion of the transaction is dependent on approval by Buhrmann’s shareholders and regulatory authorities. The deal is provisionally scheduled to complete by the end of October. Commenting on the signing, Ian Wightwick, Managing Director of…

  • Digital printing copyright project gets $500,000 

    Ian Macfarlane, Federal Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources (pictured at far right. with Gary Donnison, CEO Printing Industries left, and Michael Fraser, CEO Copyright Agency centre) launched the major government-funded project this week in Canberra. It is intended that the trial, which is part of the EPICS scheme, and initially targeted at universities, will…

  • Big turnout – as always – for SA Pica Awards 

    The awards night at the Convention Centre in Adelaide saw prizes distributed widely between country and metropolitans printers. According to Al Chizmesya, Printing Industries, the night was a complete success with the usual high level of support from the industry. “The Picas are always tremendously well supported and there was a lot of activity on…

  • Call For Entries – Spicers Paperpoint 2004 Letterhead Design Award 

    The competition is free to enter. A panel of leading industry figures will judge Australia’s best letterhead design. “100% Design is a commercial contemporary interior design exhibition and an acclaimed, globally influential design event,” explains Chris Gombos, Product Manager, Spicers Paper Limited. “100% Design is the only event of its kind bringing together dynamic young…

  • Digital watermark from Xerox 

    Time was when high-quality paper and ink were enough to prove that an official document such as an insurance policy, birth certificate or coupon really was official. Not anymore. Nowadays, digital printers, scanners and image-editing software make it easy for just about anyone to alter or reproduce a basic document at home, and they make…

  • This weeks ‘Request For Tender’ by the The Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 

    The Made in Australia magazine is the flagship communications tool of the New Industries Development Program (NIDP). The task of producing the magazine can be divided into five main skills sets, those being publications manager, researcher/writer. graphic designer, editor and photographer. The successful tenderer would draw together a team of people that have the required…

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    Heidelberg spokesman Hans-Dieter Siegfried confirmed that discussions are underway with Robert Brown CEO of Goss, who until last year was the President and CEO of Heidelberg Web Systems. The two press manufacturers have divisions that would make a likely fit with Heidelberg’s newspaper venture failing to gain traction while Goss is losing out in the…

  • Salmat delivers 3.2 billion catalogues to Australian homes 

    Posting a better result than forecast in its prospectus, Salmat in its first annual report claims a new wave of businesses are turning to direct print-based marketing. The company reports an increase of 13.8 per cent in the number of catalogues delivered throughout the country. New users to catalogue campaigns include advertisers of motor vehicles,…

  • Local printers head for New York prize wining competition 

    SNP Sprint (Australia), Goanna Print and Offset Alpine Printing, all gold medal winners in the Australasian playoffs, are in the running for the world printing title to be held in New York. Representatives of the three companies will make the all expenses paid trip, to be part of the glittering international event, where they will…

  • One week to Printing Industries Conference at Bowral 

    With the theme Sales, Success and Synergies, a formidable array of speakers will be assembled including direct marketing whiz, Michael Kiely, The Hon David Campbell MP, NSW Minister for Small Business & Regional Development, strategist David La Ferla of Printing Industries, team builder and author Colin Howe, design guru David Whitbread, sales trainer Neil Brown,…

  • GASAA Digital Showcase brings together Canon and EFI 

    Looking at production concepts from creation to output, the Digital Showcase seminars will bring together complementary vendors offering compatible solutions for a complete digital workflow. Presenting this month will be Canon and Electronics for Imaging. Topics to be covered n the seminars include The basics of digital photography Techniques for image enhancement and transfer An…

  • Industry tender opportunities available at State Government level 

    New South Wales tendering

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    TR Systems is best known for its distributed printing solution, whereby it can direct a workflow between many different digital printing engines. The purchase is part of EFI’s strategy to have a complete workflow product and follows on from its takeover of Best, the colour management company. _________________________________ In a world where much lip service…

  • New Zealand profit is the only bright spot for PMP 

    It is going to be a long way back to profitability for PMP in a competitive market that has seen its printing volumes tumble, compounded by poor management of pricing and production scheduling. While the battling giant is making steady gains at reducing its debt, mainly by selling its publishing activities both here and in…

  • New Managing Director takes over troubled CPI 

    His appointment comes at a time when CPI is battling falling sales, especially in capital equipment, where activity fell by 23 per cent. Overall sales for the year were down by 3.7 per cent to $341.1 million. Earnings before interest, taxation and depreciation (EBITDA) came in at $9.1 million for the financial year ended 30…

  • Three times three Brisbane seminars 

    Over two days, September 10 – 11, Heidelberg will display the new Speedmaster SM52 two-colour press, the new Polysetter 52 platesetter and the new Stitchexpert. The seminars are designed to demonstrate the benefit of streamlining processes by integrating workflow solutions from prepress through to finishing. There will also be special incentives available for customers with…