News Archive

  • Al Curman is Graphic Arts Person of the Year 

    He was introduced by Sid Thompson as a person whose, resilience, determination, skill and contribution to our industry makes him a more than worthy Graphic Arts Person of the Year 2002. Al Curman (pictured) worked in the Australian industry shortly from after he landed at the Bonegilla migrant camp in Victoria. After hitchhiking to Sydney,…

  • Two share the Heidelberg Prize for Excellence 

    Adam Tedman from Viper Graphics with Andy vels Jensen, Managing Director of Heidelberg Australia. Viper Graphics also won two gold medals for its entry, a multi-part promotional piece for a real estate company in Brisbane – one in the category of a small printing business of up to four staff of which the judges said,…

  • Show-Ads self promotion takes out the Agfa Award 

    Garry Muratore with Giles Kershaw, SeniorDesigner, Moon Design, Agfa Award winner. The prize was presented by Garry Muratore, Marketing Manager of Agfa Graphics systems, who emphasized that the selection criteria was not simply looking for the best reproduction of photography. “In that case a photographic book would win every year,” he said. “Rather the Agfa…

  • 1st Apprentice printer to be awarded at NPA 

    Tom Englesman with Paul Drury at Darling Harbour Tom Englesman, general manager of Australian Paper in making the presentation, paid tribute to the young winner from the Queensland School of Printing. “The industry needs to look to its future with the encouragement of young people such as Paul. Australian Paper is pleased to be able…

  • Who won what – the statistics 

    Admark Graphics NSWSilverBronze Advance Press WASilverBronze AIW Printing VICGold AQ Australia SASilver Artifact VICBronze Artists Proof VICGold Avon Graphics VICGold Silver x 2Bronze x 3 Bambra Press VICSilver x 2Bronze x 2 Barossa Printmasters SASilverBronze Brite Solutions NSWBronze Buscombe Vicprint VICSilver Castle Printing NSWSilver Chasdor Bindery SABronze Collotype Labels SAGold Silver x 2Bronze Colorcorp Image…

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    The first DicoPress 500 is signed for delivery in six weeks to a prepress company in Victoria, according to John Hansen, General Manager Print, Print & Pack. The sale is a much needed expression of confidence in the Xeikon-based technology following the company’s failure in recent months.“We are confident in the machine and the customer…

  • Print: The Original Information Technology 

    The campaign with the theme, “Print: The Original Information Technology,“ has been adopted by the Printing Industries of America (PIA), the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF), and the Printing Association of Florida (PAF) in a consolidated effort to unite the US industry and champion the value of print. According to the organisers without print, other…

  • ‘Reticence to invest’ impacts on Heidelberg 

    Chairman Bernhard Schreier said “This clearly reflects the reticence to invest that has been prevalent in the USA since the beginning of the last calendar year and the effects of the worsening global economic climate since September 2001.” He went on to say that Heidelberg has devised a three-pronged strategy to tackle the challenges of…

  • Russians take on MAN Roland for Xeikon 

    An expected bid from the Xeikon management failed to materialise in the wash-up of the digital press manufacturer who failed to find a new investor during three months of bankruptcy protection. Another mystery bidder remains in the background. The Russian bid comes from a joint venture between Yam International and Alpha Capital. MAN Roland’s interest…

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    Gerry Paulusz is the new Managing Director of Agfa Gevaert Australia and New Zealand. The well-known industry figure will take up his new role on April 1 in addition to keeping his responsibility as Business Group Manager Graphic Systems for the subregion Oceania. He succeeds Freddy Duffeler who will assume the position of Managing Director…

  • Melbourne sheetfed print merger 

    Garry, Greg and Ray Nankervis, owners of Impact Printing have taken a majority stake holding in Southern Colour in a move that heralds a major shift in sheetfed printing in Melbourne. The brothers will continue to operate their own high profile company, as well as take positions on the board of Southern Colour. Steve Brown,…

  • Australian printing industry downturn enters its second year 

    Falls were noted in most of the key indicators including business confidence, orders, production, sales, net profits, selling prices, number of outstanding debtors, employment and overtime levels and production costs No improvement is expected in the present March quarter, which is traditionally the slowest time of the graphic arts year, according to Hagop Tchamkertenian, Printing…

  • PaperlinX record sales up 80% 

    The company explained that the overall result reflects a strong performance in its Communication Papers business through the lower cost of imported pulp, record production and sales volumes and stable selling prices. The Packaging Papers business was impacted by lower domestic demand and lower export selling prices. Although earnings in the merchant businesses were higher…

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    New role for Howard Dare High profile industry identity, Howard Dare has taken on the newly created role of Director of the International Centre of Graphic Technology at RMIT University. The important position is seen as a key development in the graphic industry’s future education direction and according to Howard Dare, “reflects the increasing awareness…

  • Snap Dot Com Sydney closes its doors 

    Snap franchisees were given the opportunity to pick the eyes of the Mascot production centre when well known industry consultant Maurice Gilet wound it up last week. The customer list was split in two, with some going to a newly created Snap franchise along with 16 of the original employees. Other customers that did not…

  • ACP makes a move to InDesign 

    The announcement that Consolidated Press (ACP), Australia’s largest publishing house is switching to InDesign, gives Adobe over 50 per cent of magazine publishing layout programs, according to Jordan Reizes, Adobe Marketing Manager. “ACP publishes over 40 per cent of Australian Magazine which when added to the users we have in Murdoch Magazines and News Limited…

  • Print 21 goes on-line 

    Following on from the government-backed industry report, Print 21, which was launched last year, Printing Industries has undertaken the responsibility of implementing its recommendations for better management practices throughout the industry. As part of its media strategy it has initiated the Print 21 media matrix in order to develop an industry-wide communications channel to promote…

  • New plate provider to open in Artarmon 

    Spitting Image partners, Steven Marshall and Graham Maslen are entering into a joint venture to establish and run a dedicated CTP plant in Sydney’s northern suburbs. The business, CTP North, plans to open its doors during March and will be offering plates to printers across the industry. The partners have done their sums and looked…

  • QuarkXPress 5.0 is shipping – but don’t hold your breath! 

    Following widespread public testing with more than 370,000 users, Quark Inc. has released QuarkXPress 5.0 in the US. The highly anticipated upgrade fuses tools for print and Web design in a single application for media-independent publishing. “We have been putting QuarkXPress 5.0 through extensive quality tests, and we are now ready to release it for…

  • Xeikon goes belly up 

    Xeikon failed in its attempt to find new finance after three months in creditor protection and the Belgium company will now sell its assets before putting itself into liquidation. Always recognised as having one of the most promising toner-based digital printing technologies, Xeikon never recovered from the double body blow of both Agfa-Gevaert and Xerox…