News Archive

  • David Currie – Shogun of Japanese printing technology in Australia and New Zealand 

    In the halls of Big Site Toyko, few visiting graphic arts merchants have the same connections and authority as David Currie (pictured). He is greeted as an old friend by the heads of companies on the Shinohara and Horizon stands. People stop him in the corridors to shake his hand. Everywhere he goes doors are…

  • 1st Creo PTP plates to arrive in Australia and New Zealand by November 

    The company is “looking to become a major player in the plate supply industry, otherwise we wouldn’t do it,” said Steve Dunwell, Sales Director, Creo Asia Pacfic. “It’s quite exciting for us and we’ve had a lot of very positive customer feedback now that they know we are selling our own manufactured product.” The implications…

  • Heidelberg to develop online print management capabilities 

    Prinect Systemhaus, which provides software solutions and system integration operates in Germany and Switzerland but will in the future expand services throughout Europe and internationally. The Noosh partnership will concentrate on developing collaborative project management for print suppliers. “We carefully evaluated many developers of print solutions that could extend across the print supply chain to…

  • New Victorian pulp mill for Australian Paper 

    The pulp mill project is the first time the company has re-entered the pulp mill market since the ill-fated Wesley Vale mill in Tasmania was aborted in the 1990s due to environmental protest. This time around the company is taking the environmental concerns very seriously and is already scoping the plant with all the stakeholders….

  • Perfect scores for four workflow systems in Seybold Shootout 

    Four PDF workflow systems achieved perfect technical scores, RIP’ing the ‘Altona Suite’ of PDF test files: the Visual and the Technical pages, which contain 891 individual test targets to test a RIP for a wide variety of situations in print publishing. For each component, the contestants were required to submit both a colour proof and…

  • Big hitters look up at Bowral 

    David Campbell, NSW Minister for Small Business, Regional Development and Illawarra (pictured with Conference Chair Scott Telfer of Pongrass Communications) was the keynote speaker at the conference. Campbell reminded the conference that the printing industry, being comprisd mainly of small businesses was part of the vital engine of the economy. He made the point that…

  • Print finishers start with a bang 

    The good turnout reinforced the relevance of the initiative, with 64 industry professionals taking advantage of the opportunity to network. Mostly Victorian finishing firms, they were joined by a considerable contingent from Sydney, many representing suppliers with outlets in Melbourne. Suppliers are welcome to join the ApfA but will not have a vote or be…

  • New presses prove a bonus for local lamp maker 

    The company’s UV lamp production has increased by 20 per cent this year with more than half that being fitted to new presses. The growing popularity of ultraviolet curing reflects the increase in production speed of large offset presses, the growth of flexo printing and the abatement of safety concerns with the technology. UV curing…

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

    Punch came to the conclusion that the business could not be made profitable in a reasonable time and walked away. The company was looking for Esko-Graphics digital front end expertise to bolt on to the front of the Xeikon imaging engine technology it bought last year. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Heidelberg chief executive Bernhard Schreier had a fairly…

  • Digital watermark from Xerox 

    Time was when high-quality paper and ink were enough to prove that an official document such as an insurance policy, birth certificate or coupon really was official. Not anymore. Nowadays, digital printers, scanners and image-editing software make it easy for just about anyone to alter or reproduce a basic document at home, and they make…

  • This weeks ‘Request For Tender’ by the The Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 

    The Made in Australia magazine is the flagship communications tool of the New Industries Development Program (NIDP). The task of producing the magazine can be divided into five main skills sets, those being publications manager, researcher/writer. graphic designer, editor and photographer. The successful tenderer would draw together a team of people that have the required…

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

    Heidelberg spokesman Hans-Dieter Siegfried confirmed that discussions are underway with Robert Brown CEO of Goss, who until last year was the President and CEO of Heidelberg Web Systems. The two press manufacturers have divisions that would make a likely fit with Heidelberg’s newspaper venture failing to gain traction while Goss is losing out in the…

  • Buyout of AGT, largest prepress company in the world 

    AGT is usually acknowledged as the largest prepress company in the world ever since it took over UK-based Wace in the 1990s. Since then it has struggled under major debt, having paid a reported four times the share price to seal the deal. According to Joseph D. Vecchiolla, President and Chief Operating Officer of the…

  • PaperlinX pays less than expected for Buhrmann 

    The company has signed a sale and purchase agreement with Buhrmann NV for the acquisition of Buhrmann’s Paper Merchanting Division. Completion of the transaction is dependent on approval by Buhrmann’s shareholders and regulatory authorities. The deal is provisionally scheduled to complete by the end of October. Commenting on the signing, Ian Wightwick, Managing Director of…

  • Digital printing copyright project gets $500,000 

    Ian Macfarlane, Federal Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources (pictured at far right. with Gary Donnison, CEO Printing Industries left, and Michael Fraser, CEO Copyright Agency centre) launched the major government-funded project this week in Canberra. It is intended that the trial, which is part of the EPICS scheme, and initially targeted at universities, will…

  • Big turnout – as always – for SA Pica Awards 

    The awards night at the Convention Centre in Adelaide saw prizes distributed widely between country and metropolitans printers. According to Al Chizmesya, Printing Industries, the night was a complete success with the usual high level of support from the industry. “The Picas are always tremendously well supported and there was a lot of activity on…

  • Call For Entries – Spicers Paperpoint 2004 Letterhead Design Award 

    The competition is free to enter. A panel of leading industry figures will judge Australia’s best letterhead design. “100% Design is a commercial contemporary interior design exhibition and an acclaimed, globally influential design event,” explains Chris Gombos, Product Manager, Spicers Paper Limited. “100% Design is the only event of its kind bringing together dynamic young…

  • New Zealand profit is the only bright spot for PMP 

    It is going to be a long way back to profitability for PMP in a competitive market that has seen its printing volumes tumble, compounded by poor management of pricing and production scheduling. While the battling giant is making steady gains at reducing its debt, mainly by selling its publishing activities both here and in…

  • New Managing Director takes over troubled CPI 

    His appointment comes at a time when CPI is battling falling sales, especially in capital equipment, where activity fell by 23 per cent. Overall sales for the year were down by 3.7 per cent to $341.1 million. Earnings before interest, taxation and depreciation (EBITDA) came in at $9.1 million for the financial year ended 30…

  • Salmat delivers 3.2 billion catalogues to Australian homes 

    Posting a better result than forecast in its prospectus, Salmat in its first annual report claims a new wave of businesses are turning to direct print-based marketing. The company reports an increase of 13.8 per cent in the number of catalogues delivered throughout the country. New users to catalogue campaigns include advertisers of motor vehicles,…