News Archive

  • “Graphic design businesses have more than doubled in 10 years” 

    In a preview of his address in Chicago next month, Webb, founder of the TrendWatch survey, was optimistic in his prediction for growth in the industry in the US and the sustainability of printing and graphics companies “Just because the economy is slow doesn’t mean that companies can’t be growing and profitable. For executives with…

  • Scitex core business makes the money. 

    Scitex revenues for the second quarter of 2001 increased 27 per cent to $66 million, compared with $52 million in the second quarter of 2000. This is the first quarter for which Scitex is able to provide meaningful comparative figures since the April 2000 transaction with Creo. Due to the recent announcements from Creo, Scitex…

  • ST 300 is ‘number one’ saddle stitcher, claims Heidelberg 

    Among the company’s that have switched to the Heidelberg saddle stitcher are Link Printing, RT Kelly, trade finisher Les Baddock, Impact Printing, Finsbury Print, New Litho, Craftsman Press, Quality Images, PrintCraft, Scott Print and Buscombe VicPrint. “This is an area where we did not have a product before, which can be a problem because no…

  • Measuring customer satisfaction – 

    We’re discovering these days that it’s not enough to deliver a top quality product on time, on budget, consistently to keep business. If the printer down the street can top your prices by five per cent – he’ll probably snag the next job. Or will he? Every company has those cherished few accounts that are…

  • Extra news… short bits…more news… people…wots on 

    HP Imaging and Printing Systems Revenues for the imaging and printing systems division of Hewlett-Packard declined 10 per cent in the third quarter. The division includes laser and inkjet printers, imaging devices and associated supplies.Results were impacted by economic weakness in all regions and continued decline in average selling prices, reported the company. HP LaserJet…

  • Bernie Grinberg buys back the software farm 

    The business was bought by a new company, Media Command, one of whose owners is Grinberg, (President and COO Asia-Pacific) founder of the one-time Australian power house software creator, Cybergraphics. Other partners include Phil Lowe, whose original UK-based company Matrix, was also part of the division. Cybergraphics and Matrix were the key elements in GEAC’s…

  • Nine technologies win GATF 2001 

    The nomination criteria stipulate that the technology has to be recently developed and proven in industrial application, but not yet in widespread use. Historically, the recipient technologies have indicated significant trends and have predicted major technological impacts on industry production and profitability. The nine winners are : Digimarc MediaBridge Ecocool Supertrap Imation Matchprint Professional Server…

  • Dismal printing figures for June quarter – but better times ahead 

    The June 2001 quarter survey confirms what most printers already know, that the first half of the year was tough for the industry on every front. It follows a downward trend over the past five quarters that has played havoc with normal industry expectations. The introduction of the GST last year followed by a post-Olympic…

  • Adobe considers service provider’s font licence compromise 

    Under the scheme prepress operators and printers may be able to buy a service provider’s licence for Adobe fonts which will be significantly cheaper than the present tariff. Although no figure has been mentioned it’s likely that that the service provider’s licence would be significantly less than $10,000. The full licence is currently on special…

  • Rural Press cops $600,000 fine for mis-use of market muscle 

    Individual penalties totalling $70,000 were handed down against Ian Law, general manager of Rural Press’ Regional Publishing Division, and Trevor McAuliffe, South Australian State Manager, for being knowingly concerned in the contraventions. Paul Taylor, managing director of family-owned Waikeries Printing was also fined $75,000 for buckling under pressure and agreeing to share the market after…

  • ODIS integrates with parent Toyo 

    The arrival of the basysPrint ultra-violet light platesetter in Australia not only impacts on the dynamics of the CTP supply industry, it is also the first obvious result of the integration of ODIS (On Demand Imaging Systems) into the larger organisation of its parent company, Toyo. ODIS Australia is the sole supplier of Indigo production…

  • Creo cuts workforce by 5% – Australian operation escapes the knife 

    Despite almost doubling its revenue to US$513 million as a result of the creation of its principal operating division, CreoScitex, Vancouver-based Creo is lowering its sights for last quarter’s results. For the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001, the company is targeting revenue in the range of $658 to $663 million. This will still produce…

  • Printing Industries of Australia (PIA) gets behind Print 21 

    “Less than 10 per cent of companies operating in the industry have a business plan,” according to Gary Donaldson, CEO of the PIA. “It is essential that we get them to change this way of thinking and embrace business reform.” Following the Federal Government’s nomination of the PIA as the implementing organisation for the groundbreaking…

  • Tomasetti PaperHouse disappears in PaperlinX reshuffle 

    In a press statement PaperlinX said the restructure results from a detailed strategic analysis of the businesses following the acquisition of Spicers Paper in January this year. “This keeps us on track to achieve our targeted synergy benefits, on an annualised basis, as indicated when we acquired Spicers Paper”, said Mr Ian Wightwick, Managing Director…

  • Potstill Press wins a Benny in Chicago 

    The book of photography, the Ken Duncan Collection, was nominated after winning a gold medal at the Australian Print Awards last year. It is one of the few Australian entries to have ever won a Premier Print Award, a Benny, in the international competition that is regarded as one of the most prestigious in the…

  • Prof. Gary Field is confirmed as keynote speaker for the LIA Conference in Sydney 

    A popular speaker, Gary Field, expatriate Australian and California Polytechnic Professor, will kick off the industry body’s conference with a presentation on his main area of expertise, Colour Quality, a subject on which he has written extensively. He will also address the challenge of adopting business strategies in a changing environment. Other notable international speakers…

  • More news… extra, extra…..more news….extra, extra… 

    Heidelberg Used Equipment is to launch its new used-equipment trademark, ZISMO! at Print 2001 in Chicago where it is exhibiting on the main Heidelberg stand for the first time. The trademark has been conceived to take used machinery sales to a new level of professionalism and to underline Heidelberg’s commitment to top grade refurbishment and…

  • Price rise for film and plates 

    First off the rank is CPI which will implement a price increase on its Fuji film and plates from August 1, with Agfa looking at lifting its prices in September. Kodak Polychrome Graphics is expected to follow suit. The increases come at a time when suppliers say demand has not recovered from a slump in…

  • CPI profit slump 

    Currency fluctuations, depressed demand and aggressive competition in its paper division have buffeted the largest supplier to the printing and graphics arts industry, CPI. Total revenues were down seven per cent to approximately $418 million according to unaudited figures. The company does not anticipate any significant changes to the final result that will be announced…

  • Letters to Editor 

    Letter to the Editor I run a digital printing company using both B&W and colour digital printers. As a result, I have to have every major graphics program in the market place, PC & MAC. I do not run a graphics design department and therefore do not use any of these programs to their full…