News Archive

  • Print 21 Online goes to IPEX via Vancouver 

    Even in these days of instant communication when you can find out anything you need to know from the Net, there is still a role for trade shows. Checking out competitive products side by side, meeting the CEOs of the large suppliers and finding out their plans, eyeballing products that may not be released in…

  • PMP shuts Moorabbin printing plant 

    The industrial action came as a result of PMP Print’s major restructuring, which will see the closure of its Moorabbin printing plant as well as expansion of the PMP Clayton operation. The Moorabbin plant will close in June 2002 and will be offered for sale in the second half of 2002. Proceeds from the sale…

  • Finsbury Print buys AC Tod 

    Andre de Waele, principal of AC Tod, will remain with the company in an operating role. There will be no redundancies among the Melbourne staff. A statement released by Finsbury said, as part of the arrangement, all current staff of AC Tod will be retained, as it is clear that they are an outstanding group…

  • Colour Solutions goes under 

    Colour Solutions is the latest in a number of prepress houses that have gone to the wall as more agency customers take their production work in-house. The company is under administration by KPMG, which will certainly be seeking buyers for either or both of the locations. Staff report that the business is continuing to trade…

  • Imatec moves into Perth 

    Sydney prepress house Imatec has bought Kevin McCarthy’s well respected prepress firm Multicolour in Perth. The new business has changed its name to Imatec and joins the other four Sydney outlets of the same company. According to director Mike Hay, Kevin McCarthy approached the group with the object of passing over the business when he…

  • Trade in your old Pantone before it fades away 

    Under the new program, a customer who purchases a new PANTONE formula guide coated/uncoated may return the old guide to Pantone and receive a free PANTONE formula guide solid matte version. The new PANTONE formula guides feature brighter paper stock, most often specified by designers, and 147 additional colours not found in older guides, for…

  • Paper price rises are a bit of a punt 

    Mill viability issues are behind the latest price increase coming from paper merchants this month. Already Spicers, Daltons and CPI have lifted prices, with the other merchants either ahead of the game or expected to follow suit. The price rises, three percent for uncoated and five for coated (offsets), are against the run of demand…

  • Inprint Queensland sweeps the board 

    The interstate rivalry that is a feature of the National Print Awards was given a twist this year after Potstill Press, which is the second most awarded company over the years, only picked up a silver this time around. The company was in the throes of being bought by Websdale Printing at the time of…

  • Al Curman is Graphic Arts Person of the Year 

    He was introduced by Sid Thompson as a person whose, resilience, determination, skill and contribution to our industry makes him a more than worthy Graphic Arts Person of the Year 2002. Al Curman (pictured) worked in the Australian industry shortly from after he landed at the Bonegilla migrant camp in Victoria. After hitchhiking to Sydney,…

  • Two share the Heidelberg Prize for Excellence 

    Adam Tedman from Viper Graphics with Andy vels Jensen, Managing Director of Heidelberg Australia. Viper Graphics also won two gold medals for its entry, a multi-part promotional piece for a real estate company in Brisbane – one in the category of a small printing business of up to four staff of which the judges said,…

  • Show-Ads self promotion takes out the Agfa Award 

    Garry Muratore with Giles Kershaw, SeniorDesigner, Moon Design, Agfa Award winner. The prize was presented by Garry Muratore, Marketing Manager of Agfa Graphics systems, who emphasized that the selection criteria was not simply looking for the best reproduction of photography. “In that case a photographic book would win every year,” he said. “Rather the Agfa…

  • 1st Apprentice printer to be awarded at NPA 

    Tom Englesman with Paul Drury at Darling Harbour Tom Englesman, general manager of Australian Paper in making the presentation, paid tribute to the young winner from the Queensland School of Printing. “The industry needs to look to its future with the encouragement of young people such as Paul. Australian Paper is pleased to be able…

  • Who won what – the statistics 

    Admark Graphics NSWSilverBronze Advance Press WASilverBronze AIW Printing VICGold AQ Australia SASilver Artifact VICBronze Artists Proof VICGold Avon Graphics VICGold Silver x 2Bronze x 3 Bambra Press VICSilver x 2Bronze x 2 Barossa Printmasters SASilverBronze Brite Solutions NSWBronze Buscombe Vicprint VICSilver Castle Printing NSWSilver Chasdor Bindery SABronze Collotype Labels SAGold Silver x 2Bronze Colorcorp Image…

  • Overflow…extra news…more news…overflow…extra news… 

    The first DicoPress 500 is signed for delivery in six weeks to a prepress company in Victoria, according to John Hansen, General Manager Print, Print & Pack. The sale is a much needed expression of confidence in the Xeikon-based technology following the company’s failure in recent months.“We are confident in the machine and the customer…

  • PaperlinX record sales up 80% 

    The company explained that the overall result reflects a strong performance in its Communication Papers business through the lower cost of imported pulp, record production and sales volumes and stable selling prices. The Packaging Papers business was impacted by lower domestic demand and lower export selling prices. Although earnings in the merchant businesses were higher…

  • Print: The Original Information Technology 

    The campaign with the theme, “Print: The Original Information Technology,“ has been adopted by the Printing Industries of America (PIA), the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF), and the Printing Association of Florida (PAF) in a consolidated effort to unite the US industry and champion the value of print. According to the organisers without print, other…

  • ‘Reticence to invest’ impacts on Heidelberg 

    Chairman Bernhard Schreier said “This clearly reflects the reticence to invest that has been prevalent in the USA since the beginning of the last calendar year and the effects of the worsening global economic climate since September 2001.” He went on to say that Heidelberg has devised a three-pronged strategy to tackle the challenges of…

  • Russians take on MAN Roland for Xeikon 

    An expected bid from the Xeikon management failed to materialise in the wash-up of the digital press manufacturer who failed to find a new investor during three months of bankruptcy protection. Another mystery bidder remains in the background. The Russian bid comes from a joint venture between Yam International and Alpha Capital. MAN Roland’s interest…

  • Overflow…. more news…. overflow…. extra news…. overflow…. 

    Gerry Paulusz is the new Managing Director of Agfa Gevaert Australia and New Zealand. The well-known industry figure will take up his new role on April 1 in addition to keeping his responsibility as Business Group Manager Graphic Systems for the subregion Oceania. He succeeds Freddy Duffeler who will assume the position of Managing Director…

  • Melbourne sheetfed print merger 

    Garry, Greg and Ray Nankervis, owners of Impact Printing have taken a majority stake holding in Southern Colour in a move that heralds a major shift in sheetfed printing in Melbourne. The brothers will continue to operate their own high profile company, as well as take positions on the board of Southern Colour. Steve Brown,…