News Archive

  • 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….

  • Clancy Column . . . over flow . . . the best bits . . . funnies 

    “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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

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

    “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…

  • DS Chemport taken over by Fuji Hunt 

    Fuji Hunt Photographic Chemicals has acquired full ownership of DS Chemport (Australia) and a controlling interest in DS Chemport (Malaysia). The deal resolves competitive issues following Fuji Hunt’s take-over of DS Druckerei (Germany) and its European affiliated companies a year ago. DS Druckerei was a one third partner in the Malaysian operation with the Australian…

  • Pride In Print – Good enough to eat 

    According to Sue Archibald, the awards manager, printed packaging emerged from judging as the Cinderella category with a significant upsurge in both entries and quality, which was good news for New Zealand’s export industry. “Food products are being packaged in New Zealand for the end-consumer markets across a whole range of countries, in different languages…

  • Quark explains what make Xpress 6 different 

    Quark Xpress Version 6 has been in development for over 18 months. It was being demo’d on a small scale as far back as April 2002. Full first-phase alpha testing began in January, 2003, and between 250 and 300 sites are currently testing QuarkXPress 6. It is now in the beta test phase, and a…

  • The economics of digital printing 

    In an industry bedevilled by over capacity and under utilisation of printing presses, the experience of David Minnett of Momentum Digital in North Sydney is worth considering. Over the years as a prepress studio proprietor he has persevered with the development curve of HP Indigo machines, taking on his first Indigo 1000 long before HP…

  • Job of the Week – Graphics genius required, South Brisbane 

    Experience an advantage in the following areas: Prism Print Management software, Adobe software on both Mac and PC platforms, Xerox Docucolour 1250 operation and colour management software Preparation of jobs for flexographic printing Web design Email broadcasting Strong sence of time urgency, full customer commitment and a willingness to learn. Email your CV to James…

  • 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…