News Archive

  • Awards night kicks-off Design Week in Sydney 

    The occasion was the presentation of the Sydney Morning Herald Young Designer of the Year Awards, presented by ‘Domain’ editor, Cerentha Harris (pictured at right with winner Lan Nguyen Hoan and visiting British design guru, Paul Priestman). With the theme ‘Chill out in white’ 94 entrants vied for the laurels and a trip to Milan….

  • Exclusive contract for Australian Plastic Card Company 

    The agreement allows APCC to increase the range of plastic card offerings it brings to market and to jointly promote and further develop VCT’s plastic cards and associated products in the local market. According to proprietor Charles Jeffrey, the arrangement allows APCC to compete with the likes of competitors such as Leigh Mardon and Placcard….

  • QuarkXPress 6 Australian launch events 

    Using the theme ‘Let your creativity bloom’ (but keeping the format fairly secret) the Modulo events will take place as follows: Brisbane:Monday, August 18, 4.30pm to 6.pm in the Raffles Room of the Stamford Plaza, Cr Edward & Margaret Streets. Sydney:Wednesday, August 20, 4.30pm to 6pm, in the Raffles Room of the Stamford Plaza, Knox…

  • Fred Ebrahimi gives away day-to-day control of Quark 

    Ebrahimi will continue to be Quark’s chairman and CEO, and will focus on the long-term growth of the privately held company. Kamar Aulakh has been appointed the company’s president, and executive team members Jürgen Kurz, Debra Hansen, and Susan Friedman will assume greater responsibilities. In his new role, Aulakh will improve the interoperability of Quark’s…

  • Latest issue of Heidelberg A3 e-News bulletin 

    Other features include the new Speedmaster SM52 with the more advanced feeder and the new Heidelberg Polysetter 52, a fully automated polyester CtP system. Just click on the link below to take you to Heidelberg A3 e-News.www.au.heidelberg.com/e_news03/a3/h_enews.htm

  • Tough quarter result from industry trends survey 

    Lack of orders and lower production along with reduced sales and selling prices combined to frustrate an expected turnaround in industry trading conditions. Capacity utilisation dropped 12 percent from a year ago. According to Hagop Tchamkertenian, Printing Industries Manager of Industry and Commercial Policy, despite the disappointing trading quarter, general business expectations indicator, a key…

  • $3.05 million trading profit for Penfold Buscombe 

    In a time of harsh trading conditions the Penfold Buscombe result will work out at a profit before tax, subject to audit, of around $1.75 million, after allowing for $1.3 million in one off restructuring costs to complete the Sydney integration project. Penfold Buscombe Chairman, Ian Elliot said, “to achieve a trading profit of over…

  • Management buyout of ShowAds Digital Centre 

    The busy digital store will be known as The Digital Centre and PMP Digital – flagged as the new name for Show Ads Omega – has said it will continue to support and recommend the business in the digital printing market. Collins, who has been manager of the shop for the past three years, described…

  • Digital print masterpieces on demand 

    As part of a global programme to promote the application of technology in the conservation, reproduction and appreciation of international arts, HP is collaborating with the National Gallery in London. A recently installed Print on Demand kiosk in the National Gallery Shop now allow visitors to browse through and print any of more than 900…

  • Sarah Jones wins another glittering prize 

    Howard Dare (right) Director of the International Centre of Graphic Technology with prepress apprentice winner Sarah Jones and printing apprentice winner, Ian Henning. The awards, which took place on a wet and cold Melbourne night before a packed house of relatives, friends, and staff of RMIT’s International Centre of Graphic Technology, acknowledged the achievements and…

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

    The Graphic Arts Services Association of Australia (GASAA) has put its 70 year history on its website at: www.gasaa.asn.au/gasaastory.htm From the original formation of the Federal Body in 1923, as the Master Process Engravers Association of Australia, GASAA has changed its name on a notable six occasions to keep pace with the ever-changing nature of…

  • Announcement of this years 2003 GATF InterTech Technology Awards recipients 

    This year’s submissions reflect the industries increased focus on flexo, inkjet and remote proofing, digital finishing, and automation technology. “The 26th anniversary of GATF’s InterTech Technology Awards program proves that technological evolution in graphic communication and print services is as pronounced and dynamic as ever,” one judge said. The 2003 GATF InterTech Technology Award recipients…

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

    Despite being unable to register the colour as a trade mark, – a decision it is appealing against – the company maintains that its competitor is misleading and deceiving customers by using a “strikingly” similar wrapper, in effect passing off its product as Cadbury. Darrell Lea denies the allegation. Cadbury purple is really a violet…

  • Copyright cops crackdown on copy shop caper 

    The raid was organized by the Australian Publishers Association (APA), following extensive monitoring and investigation of the off-campus copy shop, which was tearing books apart, copying them and selling cheap counterfeit versions to students. The store was kept under surveillance and a sting was organized with a marked copy of a book, which was ordered…

  • LCM&A taken over by Computers Now 

    Operating out of Computers Now’s North Sydney premises and led by Lawrie Matthews, the LCM&A team will continue to service the high-end professional and corporate markets. This will be focusing on wide format printing, digital imaging and video and other specialised environments. Already considered market leaders in the consumer space, having launched Apple’s new AppleStore…

  • Fairfax Tullamarine gets the official nod from Premier Steve Bracks 

    Chief Executive Officer of Fairfax, Fred Hilmer, said the plant was a great milestone for the company. “Today is one of those wonderful occasions when we can formally acknowledge that an idea has become a reality. This new plant will serve as the platform for The Age and the The Australian Financial Review so that…

  • Ideas that Matter – Sappi funds good causes design projects 

    Australian and New Zealand graphic designers working on public benefit campaigns for community organizations are now eligible to apply for grants of up to US$50,000 through the worldwide Sappi Ideas that Matter programme. The million-dollar campaign, which is sponsored in the region by Sappi Trading Australasia, was introduced by parent company, Sappi, in 1999. “The…

  • Victorian print export network formed 

    Up to 45 leading printing companies attended last Monday night’s launch of the Victorian Printing Industry Export Network (VPIEN). Tim Holding, Victorian Minister for Manufacturing and Exports, pictured with Bob McCulloch (left), industry specialist, launched the joint Printing Industries Association of Australia initiative. According to the minister the launch was part of the government’s Agenda…

  • Major printing tender called for NSW Health Services 

    Tenders are invited to supply either or both Area Health Services (Tender number: CSSS 03/04). Central Sydney Area Health Service (CSSS) CSSS manages the provision of goods and services to the Central Sydney Area Health Service. CSAHS has responsibility for the administration of health care facilities within this health area including: Balmain Hospital Division of…

  • Gold for Australian apprentice in Swiss world titles 

    The young apprentice won the title against an international field of 12 other designers at the WorldSkills International Competition in Switzerland this week. WorldSkills Australia, general manager, Maryka Gibson, said that Sarah (pictured) was a clear winner from day one of the competition. “Sarah’s brilliant performance dazzled the international competition. WorldSkills Australia is thrilled with…