News Archive

  • Applicant of the Week 

    I am currently looking for work in Adelaide. I am moving from Sydney to Adelaide on the 17th May, 2003. I have been working for over 19 years in the printing industry and for the past 10 or so years have been working withing Digital Bureau’s as Colour Specialist. I have operated several colour laser…

  • Strike pushes NZ paper mill to the brink 

    Press reports confirm that CHH, the mill’s owners, are saying that nothing short of a miracle will save the plant from closure next week. Unions scoff at the suggestion, maintaining they have heard it before and labelling it a negotiating tactic. According to a report in The New Zealand Herald, Brice Landman, CEO Kinleith, said…

  • Dreary year ahead for press manufacturer 

    The leading pressmaker will continue its cost-cutting programme, flagging another 1,000 jobs to go worldwide in anticipation of a further decline in sales. In presenting the preliminary figures for past year the Heidelberg Management Board maintains that ‘given the considerable uncertainties about the economic development over the next time, it is not possible at this…

  • Job of the week – Production Technology Consultant Sydney 

    The successful applicant will complete assigned tasks and projects, which will, along with providing support and information to Kwik Kopy Centres in the area of production equipment and technology, ensure utmost efficiencies and productivity levels in the system. The role involves a high level of interaction with Kwik Kopy Owners, staff and suppliers with reasonable…

  • Reverse print auctions are impacting UK industry 

    According to a story by editor Jo Francis, in UK industry publication, Print Week, a large travel catalogue printing contract was recently placed through a reverse auction web site. A reverse auction is a live online bidding process where printers undercut one another’s bids. The lowest bid gets the work. While there are no reports…

  • PrintEx03 workshops to lift the bar in industry presentations 

    “Many of the subjects which are being presented clearly demonstrate that our industry is thinking in new, dynamic and exciting ways,” said Angus Scott, Chairman, PrintEx03. (pictured) “The generosity of our industry colleagues in sharing their knowledge will ultimately benefit all of us and cause the bar to be raised as we seek smarter, more…

  • Ultra-fast, low-cost spectrophotometer to streamline digital colour printing. 

    The spectrophotometer – a system to measure colour as seen by the human eye – has potential uses in other fields that demand precise colour matching, including fabrics, paint, wallpaper, plastics and interior design, according to L.K. Mestha, a Xerox principal scientist. Today, colour printing – whether digital or offset – involves significant prepress work…

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

    Visitors are invited to download and process test files through their own colour proofing systems and bring the test results to the seminar. They will then compare their proofs to those of the participating vendors and judge for themselves how to improve their proofing results. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––– The U.S. Justice Department gets pretty serious when it…

  • Fairfax buys INL, the largest NZ print media company 

    The transaction includes the two New Zealand Sunday tabloids,Sunday Star TImes and Sunday Time as well as seven regional dailies, 53 community publications, 13 magazine titles and the largest magazine distributor, Gordon & Gotch, plus commercial printing operations. Among the INL titles transferred are two major metropolitan dailies, The Press in Christchurch and The Dominion…

  • CPI to distribute Hartmann inks 

    From May 1, 2003, CPI will become the sole distributor of Hartmann sheet-fed printing inks in Australia. CPI will offer the full range of Hartmann Ink products to the printing industry in Australia. CPI began testing Inks in September 2002 and sought input from a number of sources including key suppliers, CPI’s internal ink product…

  • Printer magazine fails in Singapore 

    The sudden closure of the industry monthly publication left at least one international graphic arts manufacturer seeking compensation for prepaid advertising. Some advertisers were forced to contact the Australian company to find out if any further issues were forthcoming. Part of the publishing group owned by Anders Oqvist, which includes Australian Printer, New Zealand Printer…

  • New paper merchant to focus on printing industry 

    Frank Huntley, ex-Daltons managing director who retired from PaperlinX last year and Roger Wood, ex-managing director of Raleigh Paper, who resigned following the Edwards Dunlop takeover, are the other two directors of the new company. Both are extremely well-connected in the paper industry on the supply and also on the customer side. Industry sources expect…

  • New online support website for Fuji Xerox Australia customers 

    OSA is a powerful, fully searchable web enabled product knowledge database, which allows users to find help in a fast, efficient and self-directed manner. Customers can submit a query and search on a specific topic, or simply browse through a list of solutions organised by product topic. Users can also utilise the powerful fault code…

  • Keynote speech from OnDemand Conference, New York 

    Industry analyst, Noel Ward got into the conference early, coffee and muffin in hand, for a good seat. Here are some of the highlights and key points. Varying Perspectives Pesko noted the difficulties of 2001 and 2002, and did not hold out much hope for substantial improvements in 2003, and perhaps even into 2004. Print…

  • Process-free CTP plate goes into beta testing 

    Applause is a wet offset printing plate, that Prestek claims is unique in that it requires no processing at all before being able to print. According to a company release, users simply image the plate, hang it on press, and print. The plate is rated for run lengths up to 100,000 impressions, with reported wide…

  • The Clancy Column . . . overflow . . . the best bits . . . funnies 

    The polyester platesetter, which has proved to be a huge hit for the Currie Group, will be marketed as the Heidelberg Polysetter52. The platesetter is seen as an important entry-level machine for small format printers taking their first steps into CTP. Heidelberg already has larger violet and thermal machines. ___________________________ KBA has had a remarkable…

  • Jobs to go in PMP strategic review 

    Major savings in labour costs will account for more than 50 per cent of the projected $30 million savings in the 32-point restructure proposed by Bain International. David Kirk, PMP’s new chief executive, launched the review of the company’s capacity and production processes this week, after initially putting it off until June. Heatset web printing…

  • Media Press goes to the wall 

    The ambitious bid by industry notable, Theo Skalkos, to expand his publication printing business by taking over the facilities of the failed Diamond Press, has ended in failure. Administrators, Ferrier Hodgson closed down the company at the end of March, sacking the entire workforce after discovering that much of the prepress and printing equipment had…

  • Leigh-Mardon is up for sale 

    The 165-year-old Mebourne-based company announced in-principle agreement with its, mainly overseas, bankers on a capital reorganisation of the business so that it can be sold debt-free. Expressions of interest have been received for the company. Managing Director, David Head, said that over the past six months the company had been working with its bankers to…

  • Print competition scheme fights to stay alive 

    Printing Industries wants the Printing Industry Competitiveness Scheme (PICS) retained and expanded after 30 June 2003 to cover all raw materials used in book production. According to Gary Donnison, CEO Printing Industries if the scheme is not continued Australian book printers will be disadvantaged by tariff-inflated prices for imported raw materials used in book production….