News Archive

  • Australian printing industry downturn enters its second year 

    Falls were noted in most of the key indicators including business confidence, orders, production, sales, net profits, selling prices, number of outstanding debtors, employment and overtime levels and production costs No improvement is expected in the present March quarter, which is traditionally the slowest time of the graphic arts year, according to Hagop Tchamkertenian, Printing…

  • 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…

  • Snap Dot Com Sydney closes its doors 

    Snap franchisees were given the opportunity to pick the eyes of the Mascot production centre when well known industry consultant Maurice Gilet wound it up last week. The customer list was split in two, with some going to a newly created Snap franchise along with 16 of the original employees. Other customers that did not…

  • ACP makes a move to InDesign 

    The announcement that Consolidated Press (ACP), Australia’s largest publishing house is switching to InDesign, gives Adobe over 50 per cent of magazine publishing layout programs, according to Jordan Reizes, Adobe Marketing Manager. “ACP publishes over 40 per cent of Australian Magazine which when added to the users we have in Murdoch Magazines and News Limited…

  • Print 21 goes on-line 

    Following on from the government-backed industry report, Print 21, which was launched last year, Printing Industries has undertaken the responsibility of implementing its recommendations for better management practices throughout the industry. As part of its media strategy it has initiated the Print 21 media matrix in order to develop an industry-wide communications channel to promote…

  • New plate provider to open in Artarmon 

    Spitting Image partners, Steven Marshall and Graham Maslen are entering into a joint venture to establish and run a dedicated CTP plant in Sydney’s northern suburbs. The business, CTP North, plans to open its doors during March and will be offering plates to printers across the industry. The partners have done their sums and looked…

  • QuarkXPress 5.0 is shipping – but don’t hold your breath! 

    Following widespread public testing with more than 370,000 users, Quark Inc. has released QuarkXPress 5.0 in the US. The highly anticipated upgrade fuses tools for print and Web design in a single application for media-independent publishing. “We have been putting QuarkXPress 5.0 through extensive quality tests, and we are now ready to release it for…

  • Xeikon goes belly up 

    Xeikon failed in its attempt to find new finance after three months in creditor protection and the Belgium company will now sell its assets before putting itself into liquidation. Always recognised as having one of the most promising toner-based digital printing technologies, Xeikon never recovered from the double body blow of both Agfa-Gevaert and Xerox…

  • 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…

  • – 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…

  • 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…

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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…