News Archive

  • Xerox will take orders for iGen3 at IPEX 

    Xerox has thrown its weight, money and prestige behind the iGen3 in an attempt to dominate a market that is being fiercely contested by both Heidelberg with its NexPress and the Hewlett and Packard- backed Indigo. It is on the record as predicting that the iGen3 will revolutionize digital colour printing the same way the…

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    New role for Howard Dare High profile industry identity, Howard Dare has taken on the newly created role of Director of the International Centre of Graphic Technology at RMIT University. The important position is seen as a key development in the graphic industry’s future education direction and according to Howard Dare, “reflects the increasing awareness…

  • Superb win for Australian printing 

    Known as the International Gallery of Superb Printing Awards, and now in their 28th year, these honours have great credibility globally. The Australian success came after an international jury evaluated more than 3,000 entries. “We were delighted when the news came through,” said Chris Day, Buscombe Vicprint sales director. “Within our direct marketing specialist division,…

  • Sweetening the pot for sales graduates 

    Picon is prepared to fund new recruits to its members with grants of up to £20,000 (Aus $71,000) over four years to be set against the salary the high calibre students will demand. The aim is to encourage the creation of new positions that will help increase the level of management competence employed in the…

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    New MD at CPI– Steve Somogyi has taken on the task of restoring the industry’s largest supplier to profitability. Coming from a background in finance the new managing director is described as being an expert in mergers and acquisitions. Agfa has promised to help financially stricken digital press manufacturer Xeikon in which it has a…

  • Hannanprint Dubbo closes 

    According to a company spokesman the announced Sydney redundancies were “not significant at this time.” In a brief statement IMPG said ‘the extremely difficult decision had not been reached lightly and was made with regret for the impact on all employees, particularly the Dubbo employees and their families and the Dubbo community.’ It claimed the…

  • Adobe extends font truce to December 21 

    Craig Tegel, Managing Director, Pacific, Adobe in an open letter to Gary Donnison, CEO of PIAA, acknowledges that the company and the industry maintain different positions regarding the use of fonts in outputting print jobs, the so-called ‘transient use.’ He undertakes to continue discussions to “attain some clarification and resolution” for users. He confirms the…

  • – the magazine and On-Line 

    Taking its title from the ground-breaking government backed report on the challenges facing the industry, Print 21 will be circulated to the industry at large as well as being the official publication of the Printing Industries Association of Australia (PIAA), the premier industry organisation. From day one the magazine will be complemented as a communication…

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    It may be too late to get a cheap version of Adobe Font Folio as the special pricing deal and the amnesty runs out today, November 30. However for those lucky enough to be travelling in the USA, the regular retail price over there is US$8,999, which even with our 3rd world dollar is a…

  • Penfold Printing and Buscombe in $110 million merger 

    The new publicly traded entity, to be known as Penfold Buscombe, will employ in excess of 500 staff and will arguably be the largest commercial sheet-fed printing company in Australia. It creates a major east coast supplier comprising the Buscombe businesses that operate predominantly in Victoria and Queensland with the Penfold businesses providing the main…

  • CreoScitex to change its name 

    Starting in January, all CreoScitex products will be rebranded under the name Creo, leading to the disappearance of the Scitex name from graphics arts prepress where it has been a defining brand since the introduction of digital technology in the 1970s.The Scitex name will be completely “retired” in April 2002, two years after Creo first…

  • Label merger given green light 

    However questions as to the thoroughness of its investigation were raised following revelations that it did not bother to contact the industry representative body, LATMA. Both companies are global players and have competing self-adhesive manufacturing operations in 12 countries, including Australia. They compete in the manufacture and importation of labelstock, which is used by label…

  • Worldwide Online Printing buys On Time Copy Group 

    It has appointed a Queensland master franchisor to help run the 14 digital copy centres, located from Caboolture to the Gold Coast, many of which operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.“The acquisition is a classic win win for both parties,” said Clive Denholm, managing director of Worldwide. Worldwide Online Printing is a…

  • “The future is digital and those who adapt will survive,” – Bernard Schreier, chairman of Heidelberg. 

    In the keynote address he said that there were many changes to face, the greatest of which will be translating digital technology into profits. “The future will mean a higher level of co-operation between printers and their suppliers, and publishers and their customers. Those who adapt will survive”, he said. By 2010, there will still…

  • Kodak pays $25 million for the wide format inkjet company Encad. 

    The deal brings Kodak a full portfolio of wide-format colour inkjet printers, software, inks and media. It comes at a time when Kodak is reorganising it printing industry operations, bringing its printing industry interests together in a single unit, the Commercial Imaging Group. This new entity will include Kodak’s inkjet, commercial and government imaging interests…

  • Kyoto Protocol will cost Australian paper industry 

    “Using a conservative cost estimate of $30 per tonne of carbon dioxide (CO2), Australian paper manufacturing companies would face an increase of up to 10 per cent in their total cost of production. Under the Kyoto Protocol, these costs will not be borne by the world class paper manufacturing industries in competitor countries such as…

  • Websdale is front runner to buy Potstills 

    The transaction would prove to be a good fit for Websdales which, over the past few years under the management of Scot Telfer, has carved out a name for itself as one of the most technologically advanced printers in the country. It has developed a prime focus on the corporate market pioneering full service print…

  • Ian Harry resigns as MD of CPI 

    Well known industry identity Peter Carrigan, manager of CPI Digital, is another casualty in what chairman Sandy Murdoch describes as a campaign “”to integrate the sales and marketing teams to successfully present the group as the truly unique one source supplier to the graphic arts industry. The board has taken steps to ensure management structure…

  • Switch to digital delivery accelerates 

    The report claims that the conversion to digital delivery is growing at a fast pace as more and more publishers are adopting CTP and moving away from film completely. In fact, publishers, expect the digital delivery market to expand to more than 80 per cent of the market by the end of 2002.This is the…

  • First 12-colour press in Australia 

    Costing in the region of $5 million it raises the technology bar and sends a definitive answer to critics of perfecting printing. It takes its place alongside the only five-over-five in Australia, also installed at Websdale Printing 17 months ago. According to Tom Pongrass it was the success of the ten-colour that made him decide…