News Archive

  • $40,000 contest for Australian designer 

    Entries are sought for what is claimed to be the richest ever design prize in the country, the $40,000 Victorian Premier’s Design Award. Professional Australian designers, both here and abroad, across all disciplines including graphic design, are invited to enter their best work completed between January 2002 and April 2004. This work will be judged…

  • Creo buys a second plate making factory 

    Under the terms of the transaction, Creo acquires the assets of Spectratech for approximately US$13.3 million and working capital of approximately US$6.0 million. The assets include Spectratech’s current plate business, land, manufacturing equipment, factory and storage facilities while the working capital consists of inventory and accounts receivable. Creo expects that the acquisition will be accretive…

  • Agfa gets Thieme on team for flatbed inkjet 

    The two companies have agreed to combine their strengths, expertise and proprietary technology to develop and market this new system jointly. The new system will resolve the quality and productivity issues that are inherent to inkjet systems for screen printing on the market today. The machine will be trialled at the end of this year…

  • Scots claim PaperlinX too dominant in paper merchanting 

    A proposed increase of between five and eight percent in the price of paper struck a raw nerve at the Scottish Print Employers Federation (SPEF). According to a report by Barney Cox in Print week the proposed rises were described by a SPEF director as “completely unjustified” and “betrayed a singular lack of understanding of…

  • CEO of MAN Roland doubts drupa will be a turning point 

    The following is an edited version of an article by Gerd Finkbeiner, CEO Man Roland, (pictured) the second largest press manufacturer. Who is not anxiously waiting the days in Düsseldorf with mixed feelings? An old German proverb says: ‘In May everything’s fresh and new.’ Will drupa in May give the industry a big thrust forward,…

  • Update to Quark 6 identifies 29 known issues 

    Other performance enhancements with the upgrade include the Edit Original XTensions module, which gives Mac OS users the ability to select a picture then open and edit it in a preferred image editing application – such as PhotoShop. A new font mapping utility lets QuarkXPress 6.1 users create and manage rules to govern automatic font…

  • Quickcut annual user roadshow in Australia and New Zealand 

    “The Quickcut User Conference is a unique forum that brings together advertisers, publishers and printers. Held in all major cities in Australia and New Zealand, it is the ideal opportunity for Quickcut users to learn about enhancing their use of our products, as well as finding out about our latest innovations,” said Heike Lorenz, marketing…

  • Candidate of the Week – Gary Mackellin, Senior Manager Printing & Graphic Arts 

    He is committed to: Client Satisfaction – ensuring on time delivery and a quality product whilst maintaining a consistent result Quality Improvements – researching and developing new procedures Culture Change/Integration – keeping abreast of technological advancements, providing support to ensure staff have an understanding for accepting change P & L Responsibility – continuing to deliver…

  • HP aims to be Number One in graphics market 

    Hewlett Packard has finally declared its goal position in the global graphic communication market. “We want to be number one,” said Executive VP, imaging and printing group Vyomesh ‘VJ’ Joshi. Two years after its take-over of digital pioneer Indigo, HP has its “ducks in a row,” and is ready to do battle with Xerox, Canon,…

  • KW Doggett Fine Paper moves into Raleigh Paper premises 

    He is moving to Sydney from Melbourne to take on the role of sales and marketing manager in NSW for the largest privately owned paper merchant in the industry. James McGrath wil be NSW state manager. Following last year’s takeover of Jaeger Paper the Doggett family company is securing a long sought ambition to establish…

  • Baldwin knocks back technotrans offer 

    The move comes as the oft-troubled technology company surges from its recent history of indebtness with a much improved financial position. In a statement Baldwin says it no longer wishes to pursue the previously announced proposed sale while technotrans states that it is not willing to pay more than US$2.50 per share to acquire Baldwin….

  • Fairfax to return newspapers for printing at Spencer Street 

    The company gave an assurance to the State Industrial Commissioner that it would continue to print its community newspapers at Spencer St at least until March 12 this year. This falls well short of the AMWU’s key demand that the company adhere to the original deal, struck when The Age and The Financial Review moved…

  • Hard data is essential to inform industry training agenda 

    In June last year, Printing Industries initiated a project to find out what the industry needs from education and training. Our incentive was the importance of training shown in the results of our online Benchmarking System, writes Gary Donnison CEO of Printing Industries (pictured).Benchmarking Online showed clearly that 25 percent of the participating companies have…

  • Corrupt practices warning over safety tests 

    It follows an investigation of alleged corruption in the accreditation and assessment system which has led to the cancellation or suspension of 31 accredited assessors and 47 certificate holders. Both WorkCover and Printing Industries have expressed concern that printing companies may have staff who were not properly assessed operating machinery or equipment. Printing Industries’ Employee…

  • Digital printing to attract most R&D for next five years 

    The study reflects that digital print processes will continue to attract the bulk of R&D and capital investment spending within the industry but the commercial execution of these investment programs will be slower than expected by some. Inkjet and electrophotographic devices will increasingly penetrate new markets. Process and technological developments will span the entire print…

  • Bruce Tory RIP 

    For may of us who grew up using Bruce’s text books during our years at TAFE and then as references after our training we will be indebted to his commitment to detail and innovation. Bruce was a influential figure at the old Leigh Marden and then Head of the School of Graphic Arts to then…

  • Candidate of the Week – Jennifer Savage, Prepress, Sydney 

    She has three and a half years experience in the prepress field, working on Macs with applications such as PageMaker, Quark, Illustrator, Photoshop and Acrobat. Jennifer has recently finished three years of a prepress qualification at TAFE, and has also completed one year of Design and Graphic Fundamentals at Sydney Graphics College. She is looking…

  • Fairfax to close Spencer Street printing plant 

    The plant will close on March 12 causing 86 redundancies among the printing and maintenance staff. Annual savings of $3.5 million are predicted as a result of the closure, which will cost between $6 million and $10 million. According to Fred Hilmer, ceo John Fairfax, the decision was forced on the company by changes in…

  • Second hand web presses bound for New Zealand 

    The presses come from failed UK printer WE Berry and are listed as a Sunday M3000 heatset web, a Baker Perkins G16, and two M110 eight page webs. They are reportedly bound for Auckland printer, First in Print. At time of going to press no one from First in Print was in a position to…

  • NSW to get its own PICA awards this year 

    The PICAs will include categories for business development, environment initiatives, education and training. Technical sections will incorporate print and packaging quality awards. PICA awards are currently held in Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania. The ACT has awards for business innovation and staff achievement. As NSW and Victoria alternatively host the National Print Awards…