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    From now on Elliott’s printing company, Agency Printing, will not only print GX Report, it will also post it out – in the same envelope as ProPrint. Presumably both magazines have the same lists of subscribers. GX Report has swapped its notable tabloid size for a convenient A4 to fit in the wrapper. Don Elliott…

  • Argyle Times claims 3rd place after 23 months operation 

    Matching itself against the leaders in the sector, PMP Printing and IPMG, it numbers Fairfax and HWT as well as several commercial contracts with retail giants Coles Myer and Woolworths among its clients. It prints ACP titles Money, Australian Table, Motor, 4 x 4 Magazine and Belle. Managing director, Jon Williams (pictured) said that the…

  • Heidelberg and Creo part ways on Prinergy 

    Creo is now the sole supplier of the Prinergy workflow while Heidelberg is basing its workflow future around Prinect PressReady. Creo announced new trapping and colour management technologies for the Prinergy workflow management system and the release of Prinergy version 2.2. “The new Creo trapping and colour management technologies, coupled with the breadth of new…

  • New Zealand industry celebrates 10 years of printing awards 

    The large audience was rewarded by a well organised event that kept everyone’s interest during the awards and afterwards turned into a rock’n’roll party that lasted late into the night. “It was a very successful night after all the hard work. We got a lot of support from our patrons and sponsors and the industry….

  • Pride In Print Award Winners – The Gold List 

    Gold Medal winners Admark Visual Imaging – Digital Printing, Large Format Admark Visual Imaging – Flexographic Printing, Narrow Web (two medals) Admark Visual Imaging – Labels Self Adhesive Reel Fed (two medals AEP Flexipac Flexographic Printing – (two medals AEP Flexipac Flexographic Printing – Wide Web Amcor Cartons Christchurch – Packaging, Folding Cartons – 1-3…

  • Digital variable information campaign launch 

    “Variable information software technology is well established in high volume transactional environments and has been widely used in the black and white environment for about 15 years,” explained Fuji Xerox Australia’s Software Marketing Manager Chad Pearce. “The VariColor brand not only embraces the strong shift to colour but emphasises the power of VariColor software applications….

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    “The SARS virus has impacted on our order streams in key Asian markets. Together with the high energy costs we have been suffering this means that our normal alternative markets are not profitable.” __________________________ Thirty-seven printers from 16 countries shared 39 gold, silver and bronze awards at the 10th Annual European Sappi Awards in Brussels….

  • Kerry Stokes bails out of PMP Printing 

    The Commonwealth Bank and Westpac bought most of the 40 million PMP shares television mogul Kerry Stokes sold in his exit from the printing industry. Stokes’ 13.9 per cent of the company was identified as being non-core to Seven’s media business. It follows Seven’s acquisition of PMP’s remaining shares in Pacific Publications, the magazine business…

  • PMC controversy continues to rage 

    Michael Wallace, Director of e2e (end-to-end print solutions), bore the brunt of the printer’s ire during an education night organised by the NSW Junior Printing Executives (JPE) in Sydney on Tuesday. He accused printers of having lost control of their industry to PMCs, claiming they could either watch them grow or “reclaim your industry.” Quoting…

  • Print share of advertising spend continues to fall 

    While the total real value of printing in the marketing mix continues to rise it owes much of its success to the increasing popularity of direct mail campaigns. In research conducted by Fairfax Business Research for the AFR BOSS Marketing Survey, print advertising fell from 25.8% of the overall spend in 2002 to 22.1% in…

  • Kinkos to enter print management market in USA 

    Kinko’s Australia has no immediate plans to follow its parent corporation by entering the print management and fulfilment business. Brendan Gibbs, managing director of Kinko’s Australia, confirmed that while the company takes its lead from the US, it is continuing to focus on its core business of 11 stores (eight in Sydney, three in Melboure),…

  • Industry associations come together at printEx03 

    As part of the specially designated association area of the exhibition Printing Industries will manage a combined stand (143-144) featuring the Junior Printing Executives, (JPE) Lithographic Institute of Australia (LIA), Screen & Graphic Imaging Association of Australia (SGIAA) and TAFE. Adjacent to these stands will be the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA), Graphic Arts Services…

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    “However, the reality is the market for printing and writing paper is mature and growth rates are slowing. In fact, CAP Ventures forecasts by the year 2021, the compound annual growth rate will be less than 1% per year.” Hayes was commenting on the release of a new CAP Ventures report, Future of Paper. The…

  • Teldon takes over Bestway Berk in expansion drive 

    The merger with Bestway Berk Printing will see former owner Ben Cribb take on the role of managing director in the Wagner-controlled Teldon Group. The company’s equipment and personnel, all of whom have been offered a position, will be relocated to the Teldon facility in Rosebery, just around the corner. Its Heidelberg SM 74 five-colour…

  • New CTP network for Sydney rises from NDI’s closure 

    The “tyranny of distance” is the main obstacle to the successful operation of a specialist CTP prepress operation, says David Well, who should know after 11 years with his ground breaking firm, NDI. He was the first to establish a dedicated, stand-alone CTP platemaking business in Australia. Last month he terminated NDI in its long-term…

  • Tight security for Harry Potter print run 

    Because no one book printer proved capable of fulfilling the huge order in time, the printing of Australia’s largest ever book print run, is distributed among a number of large companies. This increases the risk that the strict secrecy around the fifth and latest novel in the JK Rowling’s series, Harry Potter and the Order…

  • Print21 Online Book Club – Pocket Pal: Graphic Arts Production Handbook 

    This month’s publication from Print21Onlne Bookstore is the latest edition of the industry standard reference work, Pocket Pal . Published in the USA by International Paper this handy, pocket-size introduction to the graphic arts has long been regarded as the industry’s bible. Generations of industry professionals have relied on this indispensable guide. First published in…

  • Canon Australia leads the charge 

    Mark Deere-Jones, General Manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon Australia, said: “Canon Australia’s local performance in the first quarter 2003 continues to build on last year’s strong results which saw us record the strongest year-on-year growth within the Canon global network. This reflects the local success of Canon’s ongoing business transformation to become the leading…

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

    Taking place at the end of the second day of the show, Friday 30 May, in the Harbourside Room at Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, 6.00-8.00pm the party is hosted by the Board of PrintEx03, and all exhibitors are entitled to two free invitations to the drinks. Exhibition Director Tony Farrington advises that there may…

  • Employees and creditors left high and dry 

    Among the assets sold were a Heidelberg MOVP four-colour press and a Muller Martini Prima collating and binding line. It is understood that Jardein Pty Ltd, a company associated with former proprietor, Theo Skalcos, bought both pieces of equipment and they are back in operation at the same Glebe Road premises where Foreign Language Press…