News Archive

  • The Americans are coming 

    Joe Manos and Trent O’Leary will on the ODIS stand to evangelise their on-line print procurement message to the local industry. They differentiate their business model by putting the printer at its centre, describing printers as ‘partners’ and the printer’s customers as ‘users’.The system has enjoyed considerable success in the USA, UK and France and…

  • Buscombe Vicprint and Prestige Plates merge. 

    There will be no redundancies among the more than 250 employees involved in the merger between Buscombe Vicprint and the Prestige Plate Group (PPG). Citing the growth strategy behind the move, Alistair Hill, CEO of the newly named, Buscombe Limited, said he hoped all the employees would take up the offer to join the larger…

  • Export task force takes on the USA 

    A weak dollar, excess printing capacity and the ready availability of Government money combined with the legislative changes, has finally overcome the industry’s traditional reluctance to look beyond the domestic market.PMP, McPhersons and Avon Graphics are among the network of firms that have initiated a market survey of the possibility of printing books and periodicals…

  • Film and plates price rise warning. 

    While equipment suppliers have been able to factor in the movements of the Australian dollar, suppliers of film and plates have been left exposed. Consumable contracts rarely have currency fluctuations factored in. Despite some rises late last year suppliers are hurting and claim they will be unable to maintain prices at current levels for much…

  • Surge in PacPrint pre-registrations prompts hopes of record turnout. 

    More than 14,000 industry professionals have registered for the show with hundreds more reported to be coming in every week. Organisers are pleased at the response with PacPrint chairman, Rod Spencer, putting it down to the shift in focus of the exhibition’s marketing campaign. “At first the campaign was targeted at exhibitors but now that…

  • Fuji Xerox Australia becomes service centre for Pacific Basin. 

    Over 20 highly qualified electrical engineers and computer scientists will provide high-level technical support to Fuji Xerox customers in 12 countries in the Pacific Basin. Over $3 million worth of equipment has been installed at the company’s Technology Centre in Sydney in order to be able to simulate any hardware or software problem experienced by…

  • CTP and digital proofing slice into film sales. 

    CreoScitex, the leading supplier of thermal CTP devices, confirms it is installing as many platesetters as film imagesetters for the first time ever this year. Agfa, another major supplier, also reports that sales of the two technologies are almost equal. The numbers validate anecdotal evidence that this is the year when the Australian industry finally…

  • Keen interest in Diamond Press but split-up is on the cards. 

    Weeding out the serious prospects from the tyrekickers, Ferrier Hodgson’s Brian Silvia has inked 20 confidentiality agreements with applicants for financial details of the troubled group. The flood of requests came as a result of an extensive advertising campaign in the national press for buyers. A creditors committee meeting last week agreed to extend the…

  • BT and Scitex pull the plug on Vio worldwide. 

    The closure of the Australian subsidiary of VIO in March took the industry by surprise but it was merely a foretaste of what was to come. The application service provider (ASP) backed by British Telecom and Scitex has now closed its doors after it failed to return any profits. Miranda Clegg, managing director, said the…

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    A generational change on the supply side of the industry takes place with the announcement that Alf Carrigan, deputy managing director of CPI Group will retire after PacPrint, June 1, 2001. An industry veteran and prominent identity for many years, Alf Carrigan is perhaps best known for creating and building the graphics business unit of…

  • Diamond Press meltdown sends shockwaves throughout industry. 

    On Monday this week Diamond Press went into voluntary liquidation. In a statement founder and managing director, John Spira expressed confidence that the company will trade out of its difficulty which he describes as ‘a short-term sales and financing problem.’ Ahead of a creditors’ meeting on Friday, company debt is estimated at around $90 million….

  • PacPrint sends out 450,000 invitations. 

    The massive marketing campaign is designed to achieve a record attendance at this year’s Melbourne exhibition. Organisers are aiming for in excess of 30,000 visitors during the five-day event in May 15-19 with 9,000 pre-registrations already logged. According to Norm Lembke, of show organiser Reed Exhibitions, the campaign has been widely supported by industry associations…

  • Print dot coms go down in flames – OzePrint hangs tough. 

    OzePrint, the Australian open-market print transaction internet site has been transferred, along with its parent OzeCorp, as part of a deal, to another Brisbane-based internet company, Eglobal International. Along with most print dot com sites it has failed to make much headway in its 18 months life although there are no plans to close it…

  • Heidelberg beats Xerox to digital colour punch. 

    Heidelberg is currently equipping its digital Digimaster 9110 black and white press with CSP software to recognize and process practically all the popular file formats used in computer centres in the commercial, administration, banking and insurance sectors. “Our goal is to dispossess Xerox of between 600 to 800 systems per annum with our Digimaster printing…

  • Fairley warns on global challenges at LATMA conference. 

    The impact of globalisation on the customers and suppliers of the label industry is driving printers to connect with the new e-purchasing portals. These increasingly important electronic marketplaces are the future of purchasing strategies. Already over 60 per cent of the world’s packaging and labels are ordered from central buyers, with many of these orders…

  • CIP4 gets its act together – new industry standard. 

    The International Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4) has completed its registration as a Swiss organisation and will be headquartered in Zurich. It will operate as an international standards body and develop new independent file format standards for the printing industry, such as the Job Definition Format (JDF). The…

  • Bayer bails from Agfa – consumer division up for sale. 

    Bayer said, “partial ownership interest is no longer of strategic importance for the pharmaceutical and chemicals concern. Instead it has been solely a financial investment following the divestiture of the majority interest in the company in 1999.” Bayer holds 30 per cent of the company with Gavert having another 25 per cent. The Bayer announcement…

  • MAN Roland is not up for sale. 

    Rudolf Rupprecht, ceo of the MAN engineering group, has moved to squash rumours that leading press manufacturer MAN Roland is to be sold. The huge heavy-metal group is undertaking a sell off of non-core assets as it struggles to meet earnings projection for this year. According to Rupprecht, all divisions which are not among the…

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    ~~~ PaperlinX has announced a new operating structure for its New Zealand merchant operations. Armitron Paper and Dalton Fine Paper NZ Ltd will be merged and will trade under the “Dalton” name. Spicers Paper, New Zealand’s largest merchant, will be unaffected by the change. ~~~ This month sees the launch of Acrobat 5, a major…

  • IPMG bid for PMP attracts the attention of ACCC 

    Professor Allen Fels’ regulators at the ACCC are examining the concentration of printing and publication distribution power that will occur if the union between Independent Print Media Group (IPMG) and PMP goes ahead. PMP is Australia’s largest commercial printing company with about 20 per cent share of the overall market. It has over 50 publication…