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    ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Xerox shares took a heavy body blow in the US as the FBI announced it is investigating the company’s corporate behaviour. The company’s stock fell almost 13 per cent to US$5.91 after The Wall Street Journal reported that “people familiar with the criminal investigation” say FBI agents questioned James Bingham, a former assistant treasurer…

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  • 1st Heidelberg NexPress for Pongrass Digital 

    One year after the NexPress was officially launched in Chicago, the Heidelberg contender for the digital printing crown is signed with one of the oldest printing companies in Australia. Websdale’s Tom Pongrass confirms that he has taken a NexPress, as well as a Heidelberg Digimaster, to be the foundation of a new business, Pongrass Digital….

  • “Splinter” trade show comes under attack 

    “We are deeply disappointed at GAMAA’s attitude in trying to splinter the industry for its own ends,” said Chris Segaert, President of Printing Industries. “There is no justification for running another trade show against PacPrint, especially as the supply companies are already complaining that there are too many exhibitions.” Printing Industries, the leading representative body,…

  • APN shifts its Adelaide screen printer to Sydney 

    The move brings the production facility closer to its major clients, fellow APN companies Adshel (street furniture), Cody Outdoor – Supersites, Australian Posters and Buspak. General Manager, Roy Belcher says the new facility means not only can GSP achieve faster turnarounds and greater print output, it can “now provide a national service for the complete…

  • Online print services continue to crumble 

    Another round of swingeing market realities has claimed more print dot com companies. California-based printChannel.com has closed its doors despite having order catalogues for over 1,000 companies and processing 300,000 print orders since it began in April 1998. The company is reported to be maintaining its online service into November as it seeks a buyer….

  • New consultancy firm for printing industry 

    The pair both held senior management positions with Heidelberg Australia & New Zealand in finance and marketing respectively and are well placed to provide focused management expertise for the printing and graphic arts industry. The consultancy expects to work with business owners, financiers, banks and suppliers to provide “a holistic approach to business planning that…

  • Job of the week 

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    ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– FujiFilm is taking a novel approach to proofing. Its latest product Match Certified relies on the human eye rather than on colour values to match print to proofs. Unlike previous colour management systems, which use base colours that are all weighted equally and given the same importance, Match Certified relies on a colour look-up…

  • ACCC knocks back bulk mail price hike 

    Relief for direct mail houses after recent price increases from the phasing out of AdPost and discounts for unbarcoded mail. Printing Industries claims Australia Post’s price increases and restrictive limitations on shapes and sizes of mail have disadvantaged Australian printing companies. It calculates that the refusal to sanction the bulk mail price rise will translate…

  • PDF is preferred print production format 

    Garry Knespal, Executive Officer of GASAA, said “I expect these results will be higher than those due out soon from a study conducted in the USA by the Seybold organisation, given the early adoption rates by Australian graphic arts businesses.” A key factor in this high use of PDF in Australia is the exchange of…

  • Adobe takes Agfa Monotype to court over PDFs 

    Adobe finds itself in the unusual position of going to court seeking to liberalise the definition of font copyright laws, after it was unable to reach a private settlement with International Typeface Corporation, a font producing subsidiary of Agfa Monotype, It has brought two test cases in the US and UK that hinge on whether…

  • GATF survey on top reasons for plate remakes on sheetfed presses 

    Twenty-nine companies participated in the survey, contributing combined data on approximately 55,100 plates (42,600 digital and 12,500 film-based). The participants were asked to choose from a list of 34 probable causes of plate remakes and record the causes for plate remakes for 30 consecutive days. They could also write in a unique cause. As suspected,…

  • Asset protection strategies feature at Terrigal conference 

    Printing Industries NSW Manager, Darren Jensen warns anyone intending to take advantage of the advantageous rates at the Terrigal conference to confirm their bookings ASAP. “Many delegates have registered their interest in attending but have yet to confirm. Unless they do so quickly they may find themselves out in the cold as far as conference…

  • Digital asset management is not a business for printers 

    Often touted as a leveraged business opportunity for the printing and graphic arts industry in the digital age, DAM has failed to find many converts among the heavy metal fraternity. This is reflected in the title of the new report, Digital Asset Management: Who’s Buying This Stuff? DAM is defined as a computer software and/or…

  • Xerox gets into micro-opto-electro-mechanical systems – MOEMS to you. 

    Sometimes it takes a graphic image to make you realise. Imagine depositing four grains of salt, one precisely on top of the next, on a paper towel as it spins off the roll. That’s the kind of challenge Xerox Corporation faces when it lays down yellow, cyan, magenta and black images onto a photoreceptor to…

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  • Creo buys ScenicSoft in $9.5m boost to Network Graphic Production 

    The acquisition will see Creo gain 20,000 Preps users worldwide as well as adding Upfront, Trapwise, Pandora, Color Central and Print Central to its NGP workflow development. “After working in partnership with ScenicSoft for the last eight years, Creo welcomes ScenicSoft’s market-leading software for layout and imposition into our product range,” said Amos Michelson, chief…

  • PMP predicts increased competitive rivalry will reduce margins 

    After finally selling off its publishing interests to reduce debt (Print21online #37) PMP is now concentrating on its core business of prepress, printing and distribution. In a tough statement Robert Muscat, Managing Director, threw down the gauntlet to the industry by announcing that PMP intends to use its size and integrated knowledge to grow its…

  • Industry gets 100% win in restoring budget cuts 

    Printing Industries announced that the PICS (Printing Industry Competitiveness Scheme) will be restored within days following lengthy negotiation with the Federal Government. Although the Government agreed in July to restore the Enhanced Printing Industries Competitiveness Scheme (EPICS), it indicated that PICS may not be reinstated. Continual negotiation by Printing Industries resulted in a new proposal…