News Archive

  • The 2003 URS Forestry/Ausnewz Pulp & Paper Yearbook is now available 

    Always a unique and valuable take on the health of the industry, it contains extensive documentation of the past, comprehensive analysis of the various paper markets at present and rigorous projections of the future. Although directed mainly at the paper industry, many printing companies find it an invaluable guide to trends in the market. In…

  • Workflow support scheme for :ApogeeX users 

    The three-year, renewable contracts allow users to invest in the future of their workflow at a one-time cost. “The technology contract, offers :ApogeeX users very attractive conditions for the growth and support of their workflow management software,” said Garry Muratore, marketing manager Agfa Graphics, “We want to maintain our trusted partnerships with our customers to…

  • News Corp cleans up in Queensland with Baldwin 

    The IMPACT Global blanket cleaning equipment will be retrofitted onto existing MAN Roland Newsman double-width presses at QNP’s Brisbane site. The four presses are configured in one continuous press line requiring a total of 88 Global units. According to Peter Tkachuk, Director of Baldwin Graphic Equipment, the motive behind the decision is to increase the…

  • Printing company for sale 

    The business is a busy, clean and well-managed small-offset printery in NSW Central West. With a range of small-offset presses, and brand new factory premises, this presents a “walk-in” start for a prospective buyer. This company is well established as part of the local commercial and social community and has been operating profitably for about…

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

    The combined US graphic arts group, GATF and PIA, passed up on the opportunity to move its HQ to a greenfield site in Milwaukee, despite getting $7 million incentives from the state government there. Strong resistance from the staff against changing domicile is reported to be the main reason behind the refusal to shift. On…

  • IPP takes over Bobst agency from Edward Keller 

    The company has a successful track record in the sector, notably with the Jagenberg agency, which it lost due to the Heidelberg takeover earlier this year. However the Bobst line includes much more than folder/gluers, comprising a full range of equipment to address the folding carton, corrugated board and flexible packaging sectors. “We are delighted…

  • Largest printing company in the world formed by US takeover 

    The Chicago-based company will pay $2.8 billion in stock as well as assume $900 million in current debt. The new company will start off with around 50,000 employees worldwide and expects to save $100 million each year for the first two years. Although RR Donnelley will retain its name, Mark Angelson, CEO of Moore Wallace,…

  • Tough industry conditions continue to hit Heidelberg 

    “The global reluctance to invest and the economic and structural problems facing our industry have not changed significantly in the first half of the current fiscal year”, said Bernhard Schreier, CEO of Heidelberg (pictured). “The current economic climate does not allow concrete sales and profit forecasts for fiscal year 2003/2004. We must wait and see…

  • Two dimensional colour space will transform printing 

    The printing process depends on “transforms” – mathematical instructions that tell machines how much of each ink or toner is needed so that the colours on paper replicate the colours we see with the human eye. Currently, the standard industry approach to printer calibration uses “one-dimensional transforms,” which individually adjust each of a printer’s colours…

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

    Here’s your chance to have a say as part of the PrintCity graphic arts industry survey about the effectiveness of their relationships with industry suppliers. The results will be announced at drupa 2004. The survey, which can be downloaded right now, seeks to study the dynamic between suppliers and printers, and to discover how effectively…

  • David Kirk to spend $33 million on PMP Print Division 

    Profit was down 42.8 percent to $15.5 million from the previous year’s $27.1m with earnings plummeting to $52.6m compared with $93.2m in the previous year. The company has extended its policy of not paying dividends to shareholders, preferring, to use what extra cash there is to pay down debt. “If we are to achieve our…

  • Chris Segaert wins another term as national president 

    The contested campaign saw Segaert get the numbers over former two-time president Peter Lane of South Australia. National returning officer, David Hollister, monitored the ballot and the actual number of votes that decided the issue remains a secret. Segaert (pictured) said he stood again from a desire to see though a number of reform initiatives…

  • It was the night before Christmas – the Offset Alpine fire 

    Revelations given to a Swiss court by Rene Rivkin have thrown fresh light on the mysterious circumstances surrounding one of Sydney’s most notorious printing industry fires. Summoned for examination in the investigation of suspected multi-million dollar fraud by the former head of private banking at Bank Leumi, Ernst Imfeld, Rivkin admitted to being the secret…

  • One in every three Australian software programs is illegal 

    According to the Business Software Association of Australia, companies that allow unlicensed software onto their systems are not only at risk of prosecution they are also likely not to have proper cmputer management programs in place. It claims over a third of all software running on Australian computers is pirated. The BSAA maintains the biggest…

  • 30 years of great golfing with the Heidelberg Shield 

    Hosted by Heidelberg Australia and Printing Industries the 2003 winners were the team from Victoria, comprising Ron Hall (Erwins Printing) and Ken Pooley (BR Printing), making a “hat trick” for Victoria and the first state to achieve such a feat. The best players from each state’s Printing Industries’ Golf Society compete for the Heidelberg Shield…

  • Country roadshow focuses on safety and profits 

    A state-wide awareness tour is underway to all major centres as part of an outreach program that will include benchmarking and the new OH&S responsibilities and liabilities of employers. The program will include a demonstration of the PrintNet Online Benchmarking facility recently unveiled by Printing Industries and an overview of how it can help country…

  • Printing company names vanish in branding exercise 

    Legendary US investor, Warren Buffet once said that successful global brands gave their owners an enormous competitive advantage by “setting up a protective moat around their economic castles. The average company, in contrast, does battle daily without any such means of protection”. In the local graphic arts market, how are we doing in setting up…

  • MAN Roland to discover what print buyers want 

    Changing this is the mission of printing industry consultant Michael Dömer who has been commissioned by MAN Roland in Germany to carry out a study of the expectations of web offset print buyers. As MAN Roland Chairman of the Board Gerd Finkbeiner puts it: ”We have to know more about what the customers of our…

  • Where Is The Profit In Variable Data Digital Printing? Part Two 

    Stories of genuine success with Variable Data Printing are to be found among printers who did that, and heavied-up in IT, design and marketing expertise, in order to nail-down ongoing VDP work for pharmaceutical, financial services, telecommunication and utility companies; or, among service bureaus who worked backward from their data handling and processing expertise, to…

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