News Archive

  • 1st ThermoFlex Wide installation in Australia and New Zealand 

    White & Gillespie CEO, Geoff White, said the company chose the Creo ThermoFlex Wide II because it fully met its needs with industry-leading productivity, consistent imaging times between plates of different thickness, fastest sleeve-imaging currently available and increased process control. “After weighing up all the issues it became obvious to us that the Creo unit…

  • I hear you, James Cryer – Cicely Brown, British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF) 

    Dear Patriick, It was refreshing to read W. James Cryer’s letter in the recent edition of Print21 Online. For the last five years the British Printing Industries Federation has been running its Excellence Awards and I am proud to say that the only print quality that is seriously considered is the course-work submitted for the…

  • First list of JDF compliant products and services 

    The International Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press, and Postpress (CIP4) Organization has announced the publication of JDF Marketplace, the first comprehensive directory of JDF-enabled products and services. Designed as a quarterly publication, JDF Marketplace is a directory of resources for printers, prepress services, publishers, and other users looking for JDF-enabled products…

  • Choose colour for its psychological effect 

    PANTONE colorist makes it easy for web authors and graphic designers to select PANTONE Matching System Colours from within popular applications that don’t already incorporate PANTONE Libraries. Such as Photoshop Elements, Microsoft FrontPage and Apple Keynote, as well as Macromedia Dreamweaver and Flash. PANTONE colorist also includes a web utility called InspireME that offers an…

  • End of an era as CPI exits prepress 

    The closure of the prepress division with the loss of 13 jobs follows the losing of the FujiFilm agency almost exactly a year ago to start-up IPP company GSA. The acrimonious dispute, which saw Peter Carrigan, former prepress manager of CPI and current general manager of GSA, play a major role, sparked a battle for…

  • PMP spends $124 million to become lowest cost heatset printer 

    The company is also planning for a significant upgrade of its Adelaide heatset web and Griffin Press facilities if appropriate arrangements can be secured. Plans for a new greenfields site, a new book press, a small sheetfed book covers press and a relocated higher quality, larger and faster heat set press are included in the…

  • Industry hard times catch up with KBA 

    Despite being the one major German press manufacturer to withstand the slump in profits over recent years Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) reports a loss in 2003 as sales drop by nine per cent. A company statement says the results ‘reflect the glacial climate in the print media industry over the past three years.’ The…

  • US court finds print-on-demand books are under patent 

    A little known 1995 patent by deceased inventor, Harvey Ross, for a System and method of manufacturing a single book copy was upheld as valid by the US courts on application by Ross’ heirs. The decision means that potentially all production of books by digital presses will need to be on under license from On…

  • Lobby a polly in this election year 

    Printing Industries wants the industry to join its campaign to lobby politicians prior to the 2004 Federal Election. Industry members are being asked for their views on major issues including: • Taxation • Labour relations • Training • Dealing with the government • Government regulation • Infrastructure Responses will be collated, analysed and presented to…

  • Print Awards … Beauty Contest or Industry IQ Test? 

    The recent awards night was a brilliantly staged multi-media extravaganza, the general organisation of which is to be congratulated. There’s no doubt about its technical excellence, and about the venue, and its importance as a rainmaking get-together for the various industry tribal groupings who flock from all corners of the continent, much like the aborigines…

  • Job of the Week – Sales Executive, Fuji Xerox, Sydney 

    Paper and Supplies Multi-national Company Homebush Location Fuji Xerox is a leader in the provision of document printing and publishing equipment in the digital, colour, reprographic and electronic printing markets. Our world leading product range includes copiers, printers, scanners, fax machines, integrated publishing systems and document management software together with related paper, office supplies and…

  • Candidate of the Week – Franca Balsamo 

    Franca Balsam has considerable high-level experience in many aspects of the industry; 2003-04 Imaging Product SpecialistCPI Graphics, NSW (October 03 – April 04) 2001-03 Prepress ManagerLabelcraft Pty Ltd (July 01 – October 03) 2000-01 Sales – Digital Prepress [Barco Graphics]Edward Keller Australia (Sep 2000 – June 2001) 2000 Production Manager – MultimediaEclipse Group Limited (May…

  • Book Club – Pocket Pal: The Graphic Arts Production Handbook 

    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. First published in 1934, this millenium edition is better than ever. Pocket Pal: The Graphic Arts Production Handbook is the ideal companion for everyone from printers to designers – anyone who wants…

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

    And as these things go, it takes longer to get to the first milestone than the second. According to Venkat Purushotham, President of NexPressSolutions, “We look forward to the first billion – in the next few months.” There are now more than 300 NexPress 2100 presses in 17 countries worldwide. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Say Sayonara to Brooke…

  • $7.5 million takeover of Pongrass by Penfold Buscombe 

    The total purchase price includes the assumption of $4.8 million in finance lease obligations, notably for the only Heidelberg 12-colour long perfecting press in Australia, which will be integrated into Penfold Buscombe’s East Botany plant at the earliest opportunity. Scott Telfer, general manager of Pongrass Communications Group (PCG), will take up the role of national…

  • One down, five to go – GASAA awaits supplier replies 

    “I do expect to hear back from all of them on behalf of my members and the industry,” he said. “ I am following them up to make sure they received my letters and I’ll be disappointed if they chose not to be accountable. “So far one supplier has responded and assured us its prices…

  • Active Display Group integrates two of its suppliers 

    The company claims that the integration of APG Display and Four Colour Digital into itsbusiness will make the Group the industry’s most formidable company with an estimated annual turnover approaching $50 million. “APG Display’s respected reputation, expertise and equipment, combined withFour Colour Digital’s state of the art technology, will complement our existingbusiness,” said Active Display…

  • APN News & Media reports on its ‘outstanding year.’ 

    Above expectation performances by APN’s newspapers, which now account for almost three quarters of the company’s profit, were powered by strong advertising support for The New Zealand Herald and double digit growth among its regional titles on both sides of the Tasman. According to Brendan Hopkins, chief executive, a campaign to charge more for its…

  • Colorpak is cashed up and planning a takeover path 

    According to reports the company is looking at growth by acquisition, claiming it is on the lookout for suitable companies in the short-run folding carton packaging sector. Commins family interests will retain management control of the company as well as 33 per cent of the shares. All three Commins brothers have signed new three year…

  • CM Printworks moves in with The Peacock Group of Companies 

    Ted Larkin, managing director and co-founder of CM Printworks, and Neil Crump, managing director of the Peacock Group of Companies, formalised the deal recently. CM Printworks produces product labeling for the beverage, cosmetics, health foods, consumer automotive and hospitality industries. With a wide variety of clients including graphic artists, manufacturers and product packaging consultants, it…