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  • New consultancy firm for printing industry 

    The pair both held senior management positions with Heidelberg Australia & New Zealand in finance and marketing respectively and are well placed to provide focused management expertise for the printing and graphic arts industry. The consultancy expects to work with business owners, financiers, banks and suppliers to provide “a holistic approach to business planning that…

  • Job of the week 

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    ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– FujiFilm is taking a novel approach to proofing. Its latest product Match Certified relies on the human eye rather than on colour values to match print to proofs. Unlike previous colour management systems, which use base colours that are all weighted equally and given the same importance, Match Certified relies on a colour look-up…

  • ACCC knocks back bulk mail price hike 

    Relief for direct mail houses after recent price increases from the phasing out of AdPost and discounts for unbarcoded mail. Printing Industries claims Australia Post’s price increases and restrictive limitations on shapes and sizes of mail have disadvantaged Australian printing companies. It calculates that the refusal to sanction the bulk mail price rise will translate…

  • PDF is preferred print production format 

    Garry Knespal, Executive Officer of GASAA, said “I expect these results will be higher than those due out soon from a study conducted in the USA by the Seybold organisation, given the early adoption rates by Australian graphic arts businesses.” A key factor in this high use of PDF in Australia is the exchange of…

  • Adobe takes Agfa Monotype to court over PDFs 

    Adobe finds itself in the unusual position of going to court seeking to liberalise the definition of font copyright laws, after it was unable to reach a private settlement with International Typeface Corporation, a font producing subsidiary of Agfa Monotype, It has brought two test cases in the US and UK that hinge on whether…

  • Creo buys ScenicSoft in $9.5m boost to Network Graphic Production 

    The acquisition will see Creo gain 20,000 Preps users worldwide as well as adding Upfront, Trapwise, Pandora, Color Central and Print Central to its NGP workflow development. “After working in partnership with ScenicSoft for the last eight years, Creo welcomes ScenicSoft’s market-leading software for layout and imposition into our product range,” said Amos Michelson, chief…

  • PMP predicts increased competitive rivalry will reduce margins 

    After finally selling off its publishing interests to reduce debt (Print21online #37) PMP is now concentrating on its core business of prepress, printing and distribution. In a tough statement Robert Muscat, Managing Director, threw down the gauntlet to the industry by announcing that PMP intends to use its size and integrated knowledge to grow its…

  • Industry gets 100% win in restoring budget cuts 

    Printing Industries announced that the PICS (Printing Industry Competitiveness Scheme) will be restored within days following lengthy negotiation with the Federal Government. Although the Government agreed in July to restore the Enhanced Printing Industries Competitiveness Scheme (EPICS), it indicated that PICS may not be reinstated. Continual negotiation by Printing Industries resulted in a new proposal…

  • Morse code principles to protect JPEG patent 

    The JPEG committee is fighting back against claims by Texas company Forgent Networks that it holds patents over the industry standard compression format. In particular it refers to technology that might be applied in run length coding, found in many technologies including the implementations of a baseline version of ISO/IEC 10918-1, commonly referred to as…

  • Agfa doubles profit with increased IT component in graphic sales 

    Reporting half year results after discontinuing the production of scanners and digital cameras from January 2002, Agfa posted a solid result mainly because of its Horizion plan to cut costs and eliminate inefficiencies. Graphic Systems’ sales decreased to Aud$1.6 billion (Euro 931 million) which, the company claims, illustrates that market conditions in the graphic industry…

  • GATF survey on top reasons for plate remakes on sheetfed presses 

    Twenty-nine companies participated in the survey, contributing combined data on approximately 55,100 plates (42,600 digital and 12,500 film-based). The participants were asked to choose from a list of 34 probable causes of plate remakes and record the causes for plate remakes for 30 consecutive days. They could also write in a unique cause. As suspected,…

  • Asset protection strategies feature at Terrigal conference 

    Printing Industries NSW Manager, Darren Jensen warns anyone intending to take advantage of the advantageous rates at the Terrigal conference to confirm their bookings ASAP. “Many delegates have registered their interest in attending but have yet to confirm. Unless they do so quickly they may find themselves out in the cold as far as conference…

  • Digital asset management is not a business for printers 

    Often touted as a leveraged business opportunity for the printing and graphic arts industry in the digital age, DAM has failed to find many converts among the heavy metal fraternity. This is reflected in the title of the new report, Digital Asset Management: Who’s Buying This Stuff? DAM is defined as a computer software and/or…

  • Xerox gets into micro-opto-electro-mechanical systems – MOEMS to you. 

    Sometimes it takes a graphic image to make you realise. Imagine depositing four grains of salt, one precisely on top of the next, on a paper towel as it spins off the roll. That’s the kind of challenge Xerox Corporation faces when it lays down yellow, cyan, magenta and black images onto a photoreceptor to…

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  • 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…

  • Big press suppliers find the going is tough 

    Heidelberg sales in the first quarter to June 30 were around A$1680 million (Euro 930 million) as against previous year’s $1.98 billion. Orders during the same period also slid to $1.9 billion from previous year’s $2.35billion. Bernhard Schreier, CEO of Heidelberg, said that a pick-up in the second half of the year was essential if…