News Archive

  • APN creates new NZ publishing division ahead of stock listing 

    The new division, – APN New Zealand National Publishing – will be headed up by Ken Steinke, chief executive of The New Zealand Herald, with Rick Neville as deputy and Sarah Sandley as publisher. Craig Marsh ceo of NZ regional newspapers will relocate to Hawke’s Bay to lead the group from a regional base. The…

  • Printers to gang up with Australian invention 

    Rohan Holt, the Australian inventor of SuperImpose, the product that was adapted and renamed UpFront when it was acquired by ScenicSoft in 1999, is back with a new company, LithoTechnics, and a new product, Metrix. Metrix employs a print industry specific, patent pending algorithm to automatically calculate optimum press sheet layouts, facilitating such cost reduction…

  • Printing inventory software comes out of WA 

    My-I is being promoted as the solution to an international search by Worldwide for an efficient inventory management system. After searching abroad Worldwide Online Cannington director Arnold Whiteside discovered that the software used by Daniels in the next suburb provided the answer to his problems. The product, My-I, was initially developed at Daniels as a…

  • The line between pleasure and pain. 

    Due to the constant volatility in demand, many printers are anxious about where the next order will come from, how they are going to fill the machinery and wondering what the next day or week or month will bring. This uncertain demand, coupled with poor industry profitability, leads me to believe that many printers are…

  • Candidate of the Week, Nisim Ofer Hayon from Israel seeks Melbourne position 

    I have received an assessment from the Trades recognition of Australia regarding my professional qualifications which were assessed as a printing machinist ASCO 4912-11. To this extent I am seking employment in Victoria preferably in Melbourne

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

    Tony Duncan, (top) ex-Australian Paper techno czar, is the new Victorian Regional Manager of Printing Industries. He joins Jim Hopwood, the new NSW Regional Manager, in what amounts to a revitalisation of the industry’s peak body along most of the east coast. Tony worked in the position on a temporary basis for the past few…

  • JDF Fellowship – is this the future of printing? 

    People have been predicting for some time now that the 2004 drupa show in Düsseldorf would be the JDF Drupa, and while it is certainly true that the JDF logo was plastered on just about every stand at the show, it’s clear that there are a lot of misconceptions about JDF. From the start, the…

  • One more time – James Cryer to Rod Urquhart 

    It’s tough being a messenger! My Open Letter on the Print Awards certainly evoked a response – indicative that, hopefully, our industry is emerging into maturity from its 400 years of unchallenged dominance as a communication medium and is able to tackle uncomfortable issues openly and candidly. (To review the correspondence to date type Open…

  • Job of the Week – Production Manager, Melbourne 

    Well established, Award winning company. Latest presses and equipment in all departments. Exceptional salary package including car. This well established, company located in the S.E.Suburbs of Melbourne, with the latest Heidelberg presses, bindery and prepress technologies, requires an experienced and pro-active production manager to manage workflows and lead the team. You will have an in-depth…

  • Candidate of the Week – Phil Sparrow (UK) to Brisbane 

    CURRICULUM VITAE Philip Robert Edward Sparrow MCIPS 132 Ash Lodge Drive,Ash,Surrey GU12 6NRUnited Kingdom Date of Birth: 21/02/1969 Nationality: British Status: Married with two children Education 1981 – 1985 Woolmer Hill Secondary School, Haslemere1985 – 1986 Guildford College of Technology1987 – 1990 Berkshire College of Art and Design (Day release)1993 – 1997 Brooklands College, Weybridge…

  • Book Club – FOLD: The Professionals 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 

    Making his first public appearance after being in the job since the first of the month, Steve Green, (left) the new sales director Creo Australia caught up on insider industry knowledge from Derek Fretwell, general manager New Zealand. A former Ricoh man, Steve takes on the role vacated by Steve Dunwell, but has a broader…

  • Australian printing industry trends improve in first quarter 

    According to Hagop Tchamkertenian, Printing Industries Manager of Industry and Commercial Policy, the latest survey results reveal that industry trading conditions, which were expected to deteriorate during the March 2004 quarter, surpassed expectations with strong growth reported in orders, production, sales and net profits. He said the result represents a deviation from past results. “The…

  • Fuji Xerox Australia posts a cracker of a year 

    The local company saw its annual revenue climb over half a billion dollars for the first time to $503.5 million, while its Japanese parent Fujifilm also posted a record year with revenue surpassing Yen1 trillion (US$21 billion). According to Phil Chambers, managing director, Fuji Xerox Australia, the local results, which represent a seven per cent…

  • Largest press order claim comes under attack 

    PMP ‘shatters’ largest single order for MRA in Australia? I don’t think so. News Limited gave MAN Roland an order to the value of more than A$450 million in December 1987 for 19 press lines which were installed in their Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Townsville new press sites. What would that be worth in…

  • Half-way drupa – numbers down, but business is better 

    Australian and New Zealand numbers appear to be up to the level of drupa 2000 with an estimated 700 plus making the trip to Düsseldorf. Heidelberg claims it has registered more than 400 local industry professional for equipment demos, while other suppliers all report a good roll-up of companies and individuals prepared to buy. According…

  • PMP Printing takes the prize for largest drupa sale 

    Craig Amos, director of operations, PMP, and John Nichols, general manager engineering PMP, clinched the deal at Düsseldorf during the show. Although no exact figures are being released the press deal will take most of the $125 million equipment investment announced by David Kirk, ceo last month. Along with suitable Ferag finishing systems they represent…

  • Entire Heidelberg digital team moves to Kodak 

    Jon Field, a 20-year Heidelberg man, gets the guernsey to head up the local operation under Peter Foley who is in charge of the region. Field says he is excited to continue working with the digital solutions developed by Heidelberg and Kodak under the original joint venture. “Under the NexPress banner we will be able…

  • Plate war hots up with accusations of suicide pricing 

    Accusations of the reintroduction of the practice of giving away imaging equipment for the sake of the consumables contract are sharpening the keen rivalry in the market. At least one major supplier is crying foul over a recent contract, citing a return to the bad old days when such practices were relatively common. The industry…

  • Blackmagic spits out dummies fast 

    One of the unsung successes of Australian graphic arts development, Serendipity Software is the brainchild of Peter Skarpetis, who along with distributor Bob Murphy and business manager Peter Carnell, has gained solid market share and established distributors in over 40 countries worldwide. The innovative software company runs a tight ship, eschewing the flashier presence of…