News Archive

  • Heidelberg installs 200th gapless Sunday press 

    The order also marks the 200th Sunday press sold worldwide since Heidelberg introduced the revolutionary gapless blanket technology in 1993. Two new Heidelberg gapless technology presses are also due to be installed in Australia in coming months, one in Sydney and one in Melbourne. “This will take the number of gapless technology presse in the…

  • Somogyi to quit CPI for role on APRA 

    CPI is looking for an industry insider, an executive with ‘direct industry experience,’ as the publicly listed company signals, that following a massive product realignment and cost cutting, it is ready to grow by acquisition as well as organically. Steve Somogyi will take up a new appointment on July 1 as one of the three-man…

  • Heidelberg sales slump by 20% – profits slashed 

    Incoming orders were about Euro 4 billion as opposed to the previous year’s of almost Euro 4.6 billion. Bernhard Schreier, CEO said the company’s businesses were shaped by weak global economy. “The digital and web systems divisions were particularly affected, and the sheetfed division also suffered as a result of weak markets, especially in the…

  • NSW and ACT combine for September industry conference at Bowral 

    According toPrinting Industries’NSW regional president, Scott Telfer, “this conference will concentrate on the leadership and management issues the graphic arts industry needs to embrace if it is to increase profitability and move forward. “Our conference theme, Sales, Success, Synergies, will be central to all the presentations and workshops.” He encouraged all sectors of the industry…

  • Economic improvement will not save the printing industry 

    Data gathered over eight years of surveys in the US show that an economic upturn will not translate into an upturn for printing demand. According to a new Trendwatch report the landscape of the printing and graphic arts industry has changed so dramatically that there is no point in trying to ‘wait this one out.’…

  • Industry rallies to defeat NZ patent application 

    A formal industry-based opposition to the application has now been lodged, according to Joe Kowalewski, National Director, Marketing and Media Services, Printing Industries who said he had been contacted by a large number of concerned printing companies following last week’s Print21Online report. “I’m asking all companies who have lodged Notices of Opposition to notify me…

  • Printer cartridge copyright challenge 

    The free-wheeling, free-spirited US civil liberties organization, asked a federal appeals court to rule that a company can examine a competitor’s technology in order tomanufacture printer toner cartridges compatible withLexmark printers without facing a copyright lawsuit. Printer maker Lexmark had sued, claiming that cartridgeremanufacturer, Static Control Components, circumventedLexmark’s access control technologies and infringed itscopyrights by…

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

    The tech firm, Spam Arrest, specializes in blocking junk e-mail. Hormel Foods, which manufactures SPAM the lunch meat, sent the company a warning, telling them to drop their use of the trademark-protected name. But Spam Arrest refused. “If you ask most people on the street, they’re going to say junk e-mail as opposed to the…

  • Drupa 2004 

    Drupa 2004 is the major printing and graphic communication industry exhibition with more than 1800 exhibitors occupying 160 000 square metres in 17 halls. Printing Industries Association of Australia in conjunction with Eastern Suburbs Travel and Crown Travel invite you to join the official industry tour, suppoted by Messe Dusseldorf. Tour prices start from $3600…

  • IGAS 2003 

    Crown Travel offers you our special packages to IGAS, the International Graphic Arts Show. Our flexible packages allow you to choose exactly what you want! With us, you can choose your preferred airline and/or hotel. Simple! Tokyo Bay Ariake Washington Hotel3.5 star hotel – Short walk to the Big Sight exhibition halls6 night package: Twin…

  • Hannans buy out Fairfax family from IPMG 

    John B and Vincent Fairfax, through their company Marinya, have agreed to sell their 50% interest in IPMG, which comprises the IPMG printing business, Eastern Suburbs Newspapers Group, FPC Magazines and NDD Distribution. Industry observers speculate at a price of around $150 million for the deal, which brings to a cordial end the families’ long-term…

  • Lithography and xerography converge at the LIA national conference 

    In a move away from the traditional technical focus of the LIA, the theme of the three day event is Industry in Crisis – Implementing Change for Profit. The sponsorship of the conference by Fuji Xerox, keepers of the ‘xerographic flame’ illustrates just how quickly and how far the industry has shifted in a short…

  • Most small businesses can produce their own colour printing – survey 

    According to a new survey by Xerox Corporation and International Communications Research, the majority of small businesses not only own colour technology but also view colour as a critical business tool. More than 90 percent of the 1,013 U.S. small businesses surveyed agree that using colour in their office documents and marketing materials has helped…

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

    After taking the paper company to task two years ago over its use of rain forest for pulp FOE grudgingly concedes the company has made some progress but emphasizes that a majority of its pulp still comes from clear-felling rainforest. AAP said it was working with WWF Indonesia on drafting a memorandum of understanding for…

  • Australian printers object to New Zealand patent application 

    There are also concerns that if successful the patent, lodged by New Zealand based company EWT Trade and Business Consultants NZ Limited, will compromise existing on-line ordering and processing systems for advertisements, stationery, newsletters and business cards and costing systems. A number of Australian printing companies have sought legal advice and will lodge Notices of…

  • 2nd round of GAMAA scholarships 

    Scholarships are open to all individuals working within the Graphic Technologies and related industries. One of the key features of the GAMAA Education Scholarship program is the flexibility that it provides with successful applicants able to choose the most relevant post-graduate management or post-graduate business education program to suit their individual needs. “In the 2003…

  • Quark and Adobe shootout in Sydney is world first 

    Michael Stoddard of Adobe and James Edwards of Modulo Systems, the QuarkXpress distributor, battled it out in front of almost 40 industry professionals during a software comparison at Sydney Graphics College. According to organiser John Dobbin of NeXus network, this is the first time the two companies participated in such a face-to-face encounter. “We conducted…

  • Apple claims new MacG5 is world fastest PC 

    The super fast MacG5, which will be available in Australian and New Zealand in August, is sure to find acceptance in the memory intensive graphics production work, strengthening Apple’s dominant position in the design and prepress industries. “The 64-bit revolution has begun and the personal computer will never be the same again,” said Steve Jobs,…

  • New national sales manager for Heidelberg New Zealand 

    Noel Priestly, general manager Heidelberg NZ, announced the appointment, effective 1 July 2003. “Hemi will report directly to myself, and work closely with the New Zealand Account Managers, as well as our Customer Support Manager, Bruce Walters, and our Accounting and Commercial Services Manager, Adil Sarkari. He will also network and develop regional plans with…

  • Giant leap to make PaperlinX world number three 

    Flying in the face of recent failures by local companies when they expand overseas, PaperlinX is on an expansion roll following its recent acquisitions of Bunzl Fine Paper (now The Paper Company) in the UK and Ireland, and Coast Paper and Papier Turgeon in Canada. The latest move, which involves buying a paper merchant that…