News Archive

  • Last chance to join ground-breaking benchmark scheme 

    Printing enterprises have until the end of the month, or until the pilot scheme target of 200 participants is reached, to become members without charge. Later entrants will have to pay a fee to become part of what is described by Philip Andersen, National Director of Printing Industries (pictured) as ”perhaps the most important initiative…

  • Building the momentum for change 

    Keynote speaker at Terrigal Conference he says change is not optional in any industry. “You can choose to either ride the wave or have change imposed on you by the market.”Danny Casey works for a law firm but he is not a lawyer. He is a keynote speaker at the Printing Industries’ conference but he…

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    ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Peter Barnet is stepping up to the mark as the new Marketing Manager for Heidelberg Australia and New Zealand. Successfully completing a ten-year innings in the paper industry, culminating in his role of National Marketing Manager Dalton Fine paper, Peter will begin at HAN on September 6. “It has been a great 10 years…

  • PMP offloads UK publishing business for A$113.7 million 

    The sale comes hard on the heels of PMP selling its remaining 50 per cent stake in Pacific Publications to Kerry Stoke’s Seven Network for $65 million, completing its exit from the magazine publishing industry where it was once a major player. The money from both sales is earmarked to reduce the company’s debt which…

  • Applications open for $400,000 industry scholarship scheme 

    The Association has engaged the Australian Computer Society Foundation (ACSF) to administer the scheme. The Foundation, which currently administers 54 scholarships across 37 Universities around the country, will work with GAMAA from the selection process onwards. It is also working with the Melbourne Business School (a division of the University of Melbourne) to design three…

  • PaperlinX is right on the money 

    The profit result represents a 16 per cent increase and a 10.2 per cent return on equity. It came despite the impact of divestments and a difficult trading environment and reflects the acquisition of Turgeon Paper in April 2002 and the impact of the the sale of Australian Paper Plantations, Amtrade, Edwards Dunlop and Commonwealth…

  • Digital printing and copying growing at nine per cent 

    The leading industry market survey company, CAP Ventures predicts1 an expanding production of copying and digital printing market (print on demand, data processing, and high speed copying). In a newly released report it expects the retail value of print in the production copying and digital printing market to grow at a compound annual growth rate…

  • EPICS is back but dont hold your breath 

    Printing Industries National Director, Policy Philip Andersen, said more than $14 million in applications were pending, many in the final stages of approval, when the Federal Government scrapped the scheme. “While we were very successful in winning back reinstatement of EPICS, the bureaucratic wheels of government process must again be put back into motion,” he…

  • Government Minister at printing conference 

    The Crowne Plaza, Terrigal The Minister will launch the Printing Industries newest educational initiative, an OHS Induction Video for the Graphic Arts industry. The video is focused on employees and outlines some of the safety issues of working in the industry and is part of an accredited course which Printing Industries runs. “I congratulate Printing…

  • Jobs, jobs, jobs 

    ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Graphic Artist – Pre press/lithographer Casual (relief position) This position would suit a freelance graphic artist who is available to fill in as required, when our in house artist takes leave or is absent from work.As you would be required to work without supervision, 5 years industry experience is preferred but not essential.Skills required:…

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    ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Well known industry marketing guru, Richard Rasmussen, is leaving Heidelberg after 21 years to pursue other interests, specifically his masters degree in marketing. He intends to work as a consultant to the industry in collaboration with his erstwhile Heidelberg colleague Stan Solomides. They will prove a formidable pair. Andy vels Jensen, Managing Director of…

  • JPEG file format under patent threat 

    The International Standards Organization, Geneva, has reportedly withdrawn its recognition of JPEG as a standard while expressing its belief that the patent claim is not valid. ISO regulations demand that a standard must be freely available. JPEG is widely used throughout printing and graphic arts workflows, especially in those that retain graphics files in RGB…

  • CPI posts loss of $5 million for the year to June 30 

    The division, CPT Trading Pty Ltd, operated in the consumables market, distributing a wide range of products including plastic and paper bags, food service packaging, janitorial products, business papers and industrial items. It had a turnover of $47.5 and was the main motive for the construction of the company’s enormous automated warehouse in Smithfield, NSW….

  • Nexpress 2100 is a winner at the Intertech Technical Awards 

    The digital press, which is expected to be launched in Australia in October, has sold more than 170 units since its launch in September. The majority of these units have been installed – on track with the company’s plan to have several hundred in place by the end of this year.Other winners of the Intertech…

  • Industry optimism fades in the face of continued tough conditions 

    The Printing Industries report points to another tough quarter of trading conditions coming up. The June 2002 survey processed results from 146 companies throughout Australia employing a workforce of 11,400. Hagop Tchamkertenian, ManagerIndustry & Commercial Policy, Printing Industries Association of Australia The results fly in the face of the optimistic forecasts of respondents in the…

  • Southern Graphtec Systems is for sale 

    One of the pioneers of large format systems the company at one stage had the Encad agency and later sold Hewlett Packard equipment. Encad is now a Kodak company and according to industry sources, Southern Graphtec regained the agency shortly before the administrator was appointed. There was no answer from the number at the Parramatta…

  • Australian Post rise will impact on printers and mailhouses 

    The Printing Industries Association of Australia (Printing Industries) has written to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) opposing Australia Post’s proposed price changes. Under the proposed changes Australia Post is seeking approval from the ACCC to put into effect the following changes from 13 January 2003: A 5 cent increase to the basic postage…

  • HP Indigo bash is a whale of a time 

    Hosted by the Currie Group, local agents for HP Indigo, the Make a difference event was designed to draw a line in the sand between Indigo presses before and after the HP acquisition. It is part of a global road show that began in Mexico and will visit Brazil, Sweden, Spain, Russia and China before…

  • A series of presentations planned for the new Océ 7-colour digital press 

    The product is being presented to the industry during the month of August. Potential participants can register their interest at www.oce.com.au/p21/info_CPS700.html Océ Business Unit Director for Document Printing Systems, Michael Krebs, says that the Océ CPS700 utilised the company’s patented Direct Imaging technology and incorporated enhanced Copy Press technology, which had proven to be extremely…

  • Screen printers get their own awards 

    “The decision to stage the awards was not taken lightly, however major industry stakeholders were voicing strong views that the awards should be run by the industry, for the industry,” said Dall’Amico. “As the leading industry body, the federal board felt it of utmost importance to offer a prestigious event that would preserve the integrity…