News Archive

  • New name for expanded Intergrafica Print & Pack (IPP) 

    The new corporate identity could not have come at a better time following the major shift of the supply lines of the industry, first reported by Print21Online before Christmas.

  • Print & Pack wins Fuji Graphic Arts products in Australia & New Zealand 

    The new distributor relationship, first flagged in an exclusive report on Print21Online in October, encompasses all graphic arts products, including scanners, proofers, filmsetters, RIPs and CTP systems as well as plates, film, proofing products and all associated chemistry. The decision comes at the end of a detailed examination of the supplier market carried out by…

  • Print21Online goes weekly in 2003 

    From then on, Print21Online, Australia and New Zealand’s printing and graphic arts news bulletin, will be published every week in order to keep you even more up to date with the news. This enhanced coverage will provide the industry with a more comprehensive coverage of local and international news. In 2003 you will see more…

  • Major ink agency goes to Ferag 

    According to the company, the decision to change trading partners is brought about by the need to re-position Hostmann-Steinberg with a more strategic alliance that allows for their complete range of products to be sold throughout the country. In a press elease the company said the new global alliance with the Ferag Group with head…

  • Six months later, Fairfax at Tullamarine meets its deadline. 

    The company is claiming the plant is on time and on budget after revising the original commissioning date due to the difficulty in negotiating a new enterprise agreement with the Victorian unions. According to spokesman, Bruce Wolpe, between three to six months were lost in “difficult negotiations” getting the new enterprise agreement. This resulted in…

  • EFI takeover of Best for US$9m plus 

    EFI is a leading supplier of imaging solutions for network printing while Best is a German-based global software company providing products for the print and publishing markets. The acquisition complements EFI’s strengths in graphic arts and workflow software, adding a range of preprint, prepress and remote proofing solutions for inkjet printers to EFI’s portfolio. It…

  • Job of the week – Multi-Colour Printing Offsider Sydney 

    Start the new year with this busy and well known printing house located in Alexandria, specialising in corporate printing across Sydney. Reporting to the Production Manager, you will be responsible for the use of a Heidelberg 4 Colour MO printer OR Heidelberg 5 Colour Speed Master 74. You will have 6-12 months Heidelberg experience with…

  • Rod Urquhart is chief judge for the National Print Awards 

    The move is part of a campaign to revamp the NPA to bring it in line with industry needs following the appointment of Alf Carrigan as chairman this year. Other intitiatives include the publishing of a website where printers can down load entry forms and the extension of the closing date for entries to January…

  • Launch of next generation Harlequin RIP 

    In-RIP trapping, improved colour management, and Native PDF 1.4 compatibility contribute to the high-performance specifications of the new release of the Harlequin RIP. The RIP Eclipse Release provides the large number of OEMs that have built their systems on Harlequin technology, with a set of processing tools the makers claim will significantly increase the productivity,…

  • Unfair trading advantage wins for Fuji Xerox digital 

    The wrap-around cover was printed using subscriber data to present readers in the advertising and marketing industry with a graphic illustration of the power of personalised printing. Headline in the magazine’s style declared that the company had drawn the attention of regulators due to the ‘unfair trading’ advantage of using DocuColor personalised printing. “We got…

  • Printing companies lose value 

    In a presentation to the Print2003 forum, industry analyst, Harris DeWese, said the ‘smart money’ had largely abandoned printing as an investment sector. Acquisitions of printing companies were down in the past year, with activity estimated at $500 million. He said many of the companies sold were distressed sales as the crisis gripping the industry…

  • Clancy’s column . . . overflow. . .news. . .news. . . 

    Once the high-flying publishing vehicle for failed Diamond Press boss, John Spira, Terraplanet, the magazine publisher with the dot com aspirations and the old prepress equipment, has finally folded after a turbulent year that saw a number of boardroom coups. Administrators are fielding several expressions of interest for the magazine titles. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Komori Corporation has…

  • GAMAA elects new president 

    Meredith Darke, Marketing Manager, Print & Pack Australia was elected to the position of Vice President. “GAMAA is committed to continuing to work for the betterment of the industry as a whole and I feel privileged to have been elected by my fellow members to take on the responsibility of moving GAMAA forward,” said Rands…

  • McPherson printing profit up 54% 

    The following is an excerpt of Mr King’s address to shareholders at last month’s meeting. “The strong earnings result [of the company] for the year was underpinned by excellent performances by our printing businesses, which produced a combined profit before interest and tax 54% greater than the previous year. “The result was, of course, enhanced…

  • Fuji Xerox and Seven Sydney seem set for day in court 

    Seven Sydney, a wholly owned subsidiary of AGT, the New York-based enterprise that is possibly the largest prepress company in the world, is seeking damages for loss of earnings due to the malfunction of two digital press. Fuji Xerox has filed a cross claim for payment for the digital presses. The dispute concerns the installation…

  • PaperSpider on-line now spins sheets 

    www.paperspider.com specialises in spot lots, including mill side runs, over-runs and stock superfluous to requirements. This week it has extended its coverage from reels to sheet stock with the aim of providing the industry with the most comprehensive service in readily available paper. The brainchild of well-known paper broker, John Grivas, and backed by high-profile…

  • JOB OF THE WEEK: Sales Achiever: CyraChrome Sydney 

    This is a great opportunity to join Australia’s leading supplierof wide-format inkjet printers and consumables as used forprepress proofing, display graphics, pro photography, signage, advertising and fine art reproduction. Big brands such as Epson, Hewlett Packard, Agfa, DuPont,Canon and our own Tiara Systems are in the portfolio alongwith great software and an extensive range of…

  • UK Government gives $8.4m for Print Industry Forum 

    The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is to provide nearly $8.4 million (£3 million) towards the total of $15.4 million (£5.5 million) for the Forum, during its first five years of operation. The balance will be generated from the industry. BPIF Chief Executive Michael Johnson, has been the driving force behind the Forum initiative,…

  • CTP is not all it seems. . . Letter to the editor 

    When quoting survey results as you did in your most recent Print21 Online “only two per cent (of printers) are still intending to invest in a film imagesetters in the coming year” (POL #44) can you identify up front the results are from a USA study? The USA does not always mirror Australia to the…

  • PaperlinX share buy back 

    The company, Australia largest paper merchant and the country’s sole fine paper manufacturer, will fund the buy-back with cash generated in excess of its current needs, largely through its focused working capital management program. In announcing the buy-back, Ian Wightwick, PaperlinX’s Managing Director, said, “This buy-back will not impact adversely our ability to further pursue…