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    HP Imaging and Printing Systems Revenues for the imaging and printing systems division of Hewlett-Packard declined 10 per cent in the third quarter. The division includes laser and inkjet printers, imaging devices and associated supplies.Results were impacted by economic weakness in all regions and continued decline in average selling prices, reported the company. HP LaserJet…

  • Dismal printing figures for June quarter – but better times ahead 

    The June 2001 quarter survey confirms what most printers already know, that the first half of the year was tough for the industry on every front. It follows a downward trend over the past five quarters that has played havoc with normal industry expectations. The introduction of the GST last year followed by a post-Olympic…

  • Adobe considers service provider’s font licence compromise 

    Under the scheme prepress operators and printers may be able to buy a service provider’s licence for Adobe fonts which will be significantly cheaper than the present tariff. Although no figure has been mentioned it’s likely that that the service provider’s licence would be significantly less than $10,000. The full licence is currently on special…

  • Rural Press cops $600,000 fine for mis-use of market muscle 

    Individual penalties totalling $70,000 were handed down against Ian Law, general manager of Rural Press’ Regional Publishing Division, and Trevor McAuliffe, South Australian State Manager, for being knowingly concerned in the contraventions. Paul Taylor, managing director of family-owned Waikeries Printing was also fined $75,000 for buckling under pressure and agreeing to share the market after…

  • ODIS integrates with parent Toyo 

    The arrival of the basysPrint ultra-violet light platesetter in Australia not only impacts on the dynamics of the CTP supply industry, it is also the first obvious result of the integration of ODIS (On Demand Imaging Systems) into the larger organisation of its parent company, Toyo. ODIS Australia is the sole supplier of Indigo production…

  • Creo cuts workforce by 5% – Australian operation escapes the knife 

    Despite almost doubling its revenue to US$513 million as a result of the creation of its principal operating division, CreoScitex, Vancouver-based Creo is lowering its sights for last quarter’s results. For the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001, the company is targeting revenue in the range of $658 to $663 million. This will still produce…

  • Printing Industries of Australia (PIA) gets behind Print 21 

    “Less than 10 per cent of companies operating in the industry have a business plan,” according to Gary Donaldson, CEO of the PIA. “It is essential that we get them to change this way of thinking and embrace business reform.” Following the Federal Government’s nomination of the PIA as the implementing organisation for the groundbreaking…

  • Tomasetti PaperHouse disappears in PaperlinX reshuffle 

    In a press statement PaperlinX said the restructure results from a detailed strategic analysis of the businesses following the acquisition of Spicers Paper in January this year. “This keeps us on track to achieve our targeted synergy benefits, on an annualised basis, as indicated when we acquired Spicers Paper”, said Mr Ian Wightwick, Managing Director…

  • Potstill Press wins a Benny in Chicago 

    The book of photography, the Ken Duncan Collection, was nominated after winning a gold medal at the Australian Print Awards last year. It is one of the few Australian entries to have ever won a Premier Print Award, a Benny, in the international competition that is regarded as one of the most prestigious in the…

  • Prof. Gary Field is confirmed as keynote speaker for the LIA Conference in Sydney 

    A popular speaker, Gary Field, expatriate Australian and California Polytechnic Professor, will kick off the industry body’s conference with a presentation on his main area of expertise, Colour Quality, a subject on which he has written extensively. He will also address the challenge of adopting business strategies in a changing environment. Other notable international speakers…

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    Heidelberg Used Equipment is to launch its new used-equipment trademark, ZISMO! at Print 2001 in Chicago where it is exhibiting on the main Heidelberg stand for the first time. The trademark has been conceived to take used machinery sales to a new level of professionalism and to underline Heidelberg’s commitment to top grade refurbishment and…

  • Price rise for film and plates 

    First off the rank is CPI which will implement a price increase on its Fuji film and plates from August 1, with Agfa looking at lifting its prices in September. Kodak Polychrome Graphics is expected to follow suit. The increases come at a time when suppliers say demand has not recovered from a slump in…

  • CPI profit slump 

    Currency fluctuations, depressed demand and aggressive competition in its paper division have buffeted the largest supplier to the printing and graphics arts industry, CPI. Total revenues were down seven per cent to approximately $418 million according to unaudited figures. The company does not anticipate any significant changes to the final result that will be announced…

  • Letters to Editor 

    Letter to the Editor I run a digital printing company using both B&W and colour digital printers. As a result, I have to have every major graphics program in the market place, PC & MAC. I do not run a graphics design department and therefore do not use any of these programs to their full…

  • Australian print training for Asian companies 

    Times Publishing subsidiary Argyle Times Graphics will be the focus of the push which will “bring significant benefits to Australia.” According to Jon Williams, ceo of Argyle Times Graphics, the decision to centre the multinational’s training in Melbourne is due to the high quality of Australian graphics education. The group has four major web printing…

  • Heidelberg is Number 1 in brand survey 

    PrintPlanet.com, a leading on-line community and research firm, surveyed print vendors about their awareness and favourability of major equipment suppliers and manufacturers serving the graphic arts industry. This survey took place with 522 printers located throughout the United States. The goal was to determine brand awareness and favourability on a national scale. 26 suppliers were…

  • Russian e-book hacker held by FBI after conference 

    He is being charged with breaking the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Sklyarov, who works for a Moscow-based company called ElcomSoft, was arrested for allegedly selling software that cracks the encryption code used for electronic books produced with Adobe Acrobat. The encryption limits the use of the books by their buyers. For example, customers can’t…

  • New Power Mac G4 from Apple 

    They come standard with a new SuperDrive, a combination CD-RW/DVD-R drive that can burn DVDs, which can be played in consumer DVD players. “These are the fastest Macs ever,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “With the 867 MHz processor and our revolutionary SuperDrive together more users can now afford to create professional quality DVDs.” Apple…

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    Baldwin Technology Company is selling its newspaper and commercial web roll handling business to MEGTEC Systems. Subject to certain conditions, the transaction is expected to close by August 31, 2001. The sell off is part of Baldwin’s strategy to focus more aggressively on growing its core business interests of cleaning, fluid management, drying and consumable…

  • Singapore print and publishing guns land in Melbourne 

    A subsidiary of Singapore-based Times Publishing, the start-up company paid the administrators A$33.6 million for the ultra-modern plant and its two Heidelberg web presses. The Argyle Times Graphics management team comprises a new managing director, Mr Jon Williams, and three former Diamond executives. It is keen to get the plant up and running again as…