News Archive

  • Industry tools up for free 

    Printers will be able to access, without charge, a suite of sophisticated management and production tools, the Toolkits, to implement in their enterprises, following the release of the final part of the industry strategy, Print 21. The Toolkits have been designed expressly to deal with the planning and strategy issues facing members of the industry….

  • PaperlinX increases US base 

    PaperlinX Limited has announced that it is expanding its North American paper merchanting business with an agreement to acquire Coast Paper, the leading independent merchant of high performance printing and office papers in Canada. This is in line with previous statements of the company’s intention to build on the Spicer’s bridgehead into the North American…

  • When are you gonna call? 

    PrintPlanet.com, the leading on-line community and research firm in the graphic arts industry, has just completed a survey with 158 print buyers in the USA. The survey focused on the number of sales calls and meetings print buyers had with print vendors. The questions asked: Estimate the number of new sales “telephone” calls you receive…

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    Like a lamb to the… Federal Minister McGouran may have thought he was in for just another round of rubber chicken and platitudes when he came along to the Print21 luncheon at PacPrint. If so, he was in for a shock. As the only pollie that came within cooee of the exhibition, the hapless Minister…

  • McPherson’s buys Australian Print Group (APG) 

    Improved production, industry consolidation and the low Australian dollar are the drivers behind the takeover. The deal doubles the size of McPherson’s printing with APG’s $40 million turnover boosting projected total revenue to over $160 million. Both companies have major plants in the Victorian town of Maryborough and according to George Gatehouse, CEO of McPherson’s…

  • Largest ever industry show, PacPrint 2001, is a full house 

    With the show set to open next Tuesday at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre enquiries are still coming in for more space, despite a record 17,550 square metres already sold. Organiser Norm Lembke for Reed Exhibitions said he might be able to squeeze in one or two small stands, “but that’s it. It’s a full house.”…

  • Buzzle takes $20m bite out of Apple. 

    Few of the individual owners of the 30 stores that came together last year to form computer retail and service consortium Buzzle will be able to retain their businesses. Many are resigned to walking away from formerly profitable stores in the wake of the crash, according to industry sources. Since principle creditor Apple placed the…

  • First edition of JDF from the new CIP4 organisation 

    The recently formed, Geneva-based organisation, International Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4), has released version 1.0 of the eagerly awaited Job Definition Format (JDF). JDF, an emerging standard for the graphic arts and printing industries, is an XML-based print workflow specification. As an open standard, JDF will benefit print…

  • ACCC knocks back PMP/IPMG merger 

    It was always going to be a close call whether the ACCC would allow the two largest print companies to get together. Last year even IPMG went on record, as saying it did not think a merger would be allowed. Industry opposition was strong, especially from the magazine publishers who would have no other place…

  • Quark has designs on packaging 

    The arrival of an update to the new Quark packaging program, QuarkWrapture, brings shrink-wrapped desktop design programs to one of the last bastions of specialised workstations. QuarkWrapture adds a CAD capability, which is essential for packaging construction to its graphic design capabilities. This allows designers to create a virtual package in a single file and…

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    Hitting the wall High profile Sydney prepress house Prestige Colour has closed down after the administrators were brought in. Founded by Ian Mason, the long-established enterprise ran into re-financing problems and did not make the cut. The doors were closed Friday April 27 with some customers complaining that they could not gain access to the…

  • Buscombe Vicprint and Prestige Plates merge. 

    There will be no redundancies among the more than 250 employees involved in the merger between Buscombe Vicprint and the Prestige Plate Group (PPG). Citing the growth strategy behind the move, Alistair Hill, CEO of the newly named, Buscombe Limited, said he hoped all the employees would take up the offer to join the larger…

  • Export task force takes on the USA 

    A weak dollar, excess printing capacity and the ready availability of Government money combined with the legislative changes, has finally overcome the industry’s traditional reluctance to look beyond the domestic market.PMP, McPhersons and Avon Graphics are among the network of firms that have initiated a market survey of the possibility of printing books and periodicals…

  • Film and plates price rise warning. 

    While equipment suppliers have been able to factor in the movements of the Australian dollar, suppliers of film and plates have been left exposed. Consumable contracts rarely have currency fluctuations factored in. Despite some rises late last year suppliers are hurting and claim they will be unable to maintain prices at current levels for much…

  • Surge in PacPrint pre-registrations prompts hopes of record turnout. 

    More than 14,000 industry professionals have registered for the show with hundreds more reported to be coming in every week. Organisers are pleased at the response with PacPrint chairman, Rod Spencer, putting it down to the shift in focus of the exhibition’s marketing campaign. “At first the campaign was targeted at exhibitors but now that…

  • Fuji Xerox Australia becomes service centre for Pacific Basin. 

    Over 20 highly qualified electrical engineers and computer scientists will provide high-level technical support to Fuji Xerox customers in 12 countries in the Pacific Basin. Over $3 million worth of equipment has been installed at the company’s Technology Centre in Sydney in order to be able to simulate any hardware or software problem experienced by…

  • CTP and digital proofing slice into film sales. 

    CreoScitex, the leading supplier of thermal CTP devices, confirms it is installing as many platesetters as film imagesetters for the first time ever this year. Agfa, another major supplier, also reports that sales of the two technologies are almost equal. The numbers validate anecdotal evidence that this is the year when the Australian industry finally…

  • Keen interest in Diamond Press but split-up is on the cards. 

    Weeding out the serious prospects from the tyrekickers, Ferrier Hodgson’s Brian Silvia has inked 20 confidentiality agreements with applicants for financial details of the troubled group. The flood of requests came as a result of an extensive advertising campaign in the national press for buyers. A creditors committee meeting last week agreed to extend the…

  • BT and Scitex pull the plug on Vio worldwide. 

    The closure of the Australian subsidiary of VIO in March took the industry by surprise but it was merely a foretaste of what was to come. The application service provider (ASP) backed by British Telecom and Scitex has now closed its doors after it failed to return any profits. Miranda Clegg, managing director, said the…

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    A generational change on the supply side of the industry takes place with the announcement that Alf Carrigan, deputy managing director of CPI Group will retire after PacPrint, June 1, 2001. An industry veteran and prominent identity for many years, Alf Carrigan is perhaps best known for creating and building the graphics business unit of…