News Archive

  • Job of the week 

    The successful candidate will be currently or recently employed in a similar position in a colour offset printing plant; be able to demonstrate a record of successful production management and QA control in a high-pressure production environment. This is a career opportunity with an award-winning Gosford colour printing company serving leading corporate and fine arts…

  • Xerox is back in the black 

    “Xerox’s aggressive efforts in transforming its business, generating strong operating cash flow and investing in new technology is all about building value for customers and shareholders,” said Anne M. Mulcahy, Xerox chairman and chief executive officer. “We continue to demonstrate through precise execution and market focus that this strategy is working. Our customers are responding,…

  • Quark takes back QPS development 

    Quark will resume development of QPS, the server-based workgroup management software that is installed at more than 850 sites around the globe. Quark will also manage the marketing of QPS, as well as distribution services to its network of customers and system integrators, following its separation from Modulo. Modulo will continue to provide system integration…

  • The Clancy column. . . overflow. . . the best bits are here. . . and the funnies 

    First up is well-known industry identity, Steve Peck, (right) who is now putting his wealth of knowledge of all things digital to good account by becoming the Senior Account Manager – Digital, Northern Region. Steve’s a keen golfer, although lately been hooked on tennis, as well as being a pilot of some renown. Now say…

  • Text Media makes move on Melbourne media 

    The buyout gives it control of The Melbourne Times, The Emerald Hill Times and The City Weekly (Melbourne). Metropolis Media’s annual turnover for 2002 was more than $9 million. The acquisition of these publications, together with The MelbourneWeekly, will deliver a combined weekly circulation of close to 300,000 copies to the key inner city suburbs…

  • Penfold Buscombe completes move into new Botany premises 

    According to Alistair Hill, managing director, the move went smoothly and the new factory is operating well. The company’s new Heidelberg CD 102 ten-colour press is now installed and up and running. An unspecified amount of older equipment was disposed of in the move, but there were no redundancies among the approximately 200 workers now…

  • Esko installs 100th Aussie DPX CTP – exits newspapers and VLF 

    The DPX at Blueprint Dynamic Print Services, Melbourne, demonstrates the company’s continuing success is the smaller commercial printing segment. Sold by The Currie Croup the computer–to-polyester plate DPX has proved to be the spearhead of the industry’s advance into CTP. Pictured above presenting Blueprint owner, Stephen Reichelt (right)with a barometer to mark the 100th installation…

  • Heidelberg goes Hollywood 

    In the film, an FBI agent on the trail of a cheque counterfeiter brings the latest piece of evidence to a pair of printers to provide any clues about its production. The experts hold the phoney cheque up to the light and conclude that because of the superb quality of the piece, it could only…

  • Over 50 first time exhibitors at PrintEx 03 

    According to the organisers this proves the event is now one of the most important edates in the printing and graphics industry’s calendar. The show is expected to be a sell out with well over 90 per cent of the floor space already sold. Among the first time exhibitors is Konica, fresh from announcing its…

  • Macs are safest in a virulent world 

    According to a study done by London-based technology risk management company, mi2g, the Apple orchard provides a safe enclave from the increasing number of internet attacks. The relatively smaller user base of the Macintosh means that hackers and virus creators are not targeting the operating system as much as others. Data from the study is…

  • Bittersweet win for RMIT student in national competition 

    Fellow RMIT student, Sarah Jones who came second, is taking his place. She will follow in the footsteps of Marcus Kostalac, also from RMIT, who won a Gold Medal at the finals in Seoul, last year. The two RMIT International Centre of Graphic Technology (ICGT) prepress students took first and second place at the National…

  • Clancy’s column. . . Overflow. . . Your say. . . News items. . .News 

    Because the Bank’s 1694 charter forbids it from printing for anyone else, the plant was suffering from chronic under-investment. The bank had considered a compromise option that would have involved more commercial freedom while keeping the print works in public hands, but this was rejected by the Bank’s court of governors because of over-capacity in…

  • Bob Muscat goes from PMP as printing war hots up 

    Reports of more than 30 IPMG employees being laid off from Offset Alpine in late December confirm the critical state of heatset web printing due to over-capacity and price cutting. Rival PMP has closed the Perth and Adelaide offices of its prepress company, ShowAds, amid reports of impending consolidation of some of its printing plants….

  • CPI signs on to sell Agfa prepress 

    The company believes that the Agfa brand, combined with CPI’s extensive service network and long-term strategic relationships with customers, will ensure that it remains one of the largest suppliers of prepress consumables and equipment. “We are committed to maintaining the highest standard of service and support to all our customers,” said Steve Somogyi, managing director,…

  • Digital print suffers a double blow 

    Expressions of interest are being urgently sought for Endeavour, which claims to be the largest digital printer in SA. Trading as EP Digital, the company has a strong $4million annual turnover and operates four Docutechs and a 4040 Docucolor. In November 1999 the company signed a long-term contract with the SA Government to supply all…

  • New name for expanded Intergrafica Print & Pack (IPP) 

    The new corporate identity could not have come at a better time following the major shift of the supply lines of the industry, first reported by Print21Online before Christmas.

  • Rod Urquhart is chief judge for the National Print Awards 

    The move is part of a campaign to revamp the NPA to bring it in line with industry needs following the appointment of Alf Carrigan as chairman this year. Other intitiatives include the publishing of a website where printers can down load entry forms and the extension of the closing date for entries to January…

  • Launch of next generation Harlequin RIP 

    In-RIP trapping, improved colour management, and Native PDF 1.4 compatibility contribute to the high-performance specifications of the new release of the Harlequin RIP. The RIP Eclipse Release provides the large number of OEMs that have built their systems on Harlequin technology, with a set of processing tools the makers claim will significantly increase the productivity,…

  • Unfair trading advantage wins for Fuji Xerox digital 

    The wrap-around cover was printed using subscriber data to present readers in the advertising and marketing industry with a graphic illustration of the power of personalised printing. Headline in the magazine’s style declared that the company had drawn the attention of regulators due to the ‘unfair trading’ advantage of using DocuColor personalised printing. “We got…

  • Printing companies lose value 

    In a presentation to the Print2003 forum, industry analyst, Harris DeWese, said the ‘smart money’ had largely abandoned printing as an investment sector. Acquisitions of printing companies were down in the past year, with activity estimated at $500 million. He said many of the companies sold were distressed sales as the crisis gripping the industry…