News Archive

  • Letter to Minister Macfarlane 

    17 May 2002 The Honourable Ian Macfarlane Minister for Industry, Tourism and ResourcesParliament HouseCanberra ACT 2600 Dear Minister The Printing Industries Association of Australia (Printing Industries) would like to express its profound disappointment at your Government’s decision, announced in the 2002-2003 Federal Budget, to terminate the Enhanced Printing Industry Competitiveness Scheme (EPICS) and the Printing…

  • Letters to our Politicians 

    To Simon Crean, Leader of the Opposition, and Natasha Stott Despoja, Leader of the Australian Democrats. The Printing Industries Association of Australia condemns the Commonwealth Government’s budget decision to prematurely end the Enhanced Printing Industry Competitiveness Scheme (EPICS) and the Printing Industry Competitiveness Scheme (PICS). EPICS formed an integral part of the Book Industry Assistance…

  • Fact sheets for EPICS and PICS 

    EPICS facts The Enhanced Printing Industries Competitiveness Scheme (EPICS) commenced on 1 July 2000 and was intended to operate until 30 June 2004. EPICS was the by-product of the GST compensation package as agreed between the Commonwealth Government and the Australian Democrats to compensate the book production industry for the imposition of the Goods and…

  • Danka Australia and Heidelberg Australia in joint marketing agreement. 

    A single specialist team combining the experience of Danka in high volume copier/printer solutions with the rapidly growing strength of the Heidelberg Digital program will provide professional high volume digital printing solutions to Danka and Heidelberg customers alike. The new Heidelberg Digital team will be offering sales consultancy and technical support for comprehensive solutions incorporating…

  • Difficult trading conditions persist in the Australian printing industries 

    According to Hagop Tchamkertenian (pictured below), Printing Industries Manager of Industry and Commercial Policy, the figures show another quarter of disappointing trading results. “Some of the disappointing results are no doubt due to seasonal factors as the March quarter is traditionally a quiet quarter for the industry. However, the survey results confirm that capacity utilisation…

  • Touchstone Colour buys Frank Daniels in Perth 

    The emergence of Touchstone Colour as the successful buyer in the long anticipated sale of the much-awarded quality printer took industry observers by surprise. According to Terry Stone, founder and director of Touchstone Colour, in the hothouse atmosphere of Perth graphic arts the company was not considered to be a contender. “They did not get…

  • Industry icon bows out from Print Awards 

    “Sid, and the other hard-working members of the NPA Committee, deserve the unanimous congratulations of the industry for their vision and perseverance in bringing the awards to the industry, year after year,” said Gary Donnison, CEO of Printing Industries. In future the industry’s premier awards are likely to be run in conjunction with the popular…

  • Letters to the editor – Tasmanian stoush part two. 

    Dear Sir, Your article Tassie printers stoush with government hots up is blatantly one sided. It is extremely disappointing that the Print21 site is being used in this manner to project a one sided inaccurate opinion on issues associated with the Printing Authority of Tasmania. Surely your site and indeed the Printing Industries should be…

  • Ten Tenets on how printers can build a variable information business 

    Tenet One: walk, don’t run.As with most things in life, to walk before you run is a smart approach. Selling your variable information services is no exception. You already have customers, and you or your salespeople know their business. Start with your current customers. Sit down with the people in these firms who make marketing…

  • GASAA Annual Conference is on next weekend 

    Other speakers include Sean Gardiner, prepress consultant, Roger Morgan, General Manager, Sales and Marketing Fuji Xerox, Jordan Reizes, Adobe Systems Marketing Manager Asia Pacific and Tyrone Carlin, Lecturer in Management Macquarie Graduate School of Management A good turnout of industry professionals is expected with pre-conference registrations running strongly, according to Gary Knespal, executive secretary of…

  • People on the move 

    ______________________________ Pongrass Communications has appointed Ian Rackett as the new operations manager for Potstill Bindery. Rackett has over 20 years experience in the printing and bindery industry. As operations manager, he will be responsible for running Potstill Bindery as a stand-alone company, a division of Pongrass Communications, independent of both Pot Still Press and Websdale…

  • Overflow…extra news…more news…overflow…extra news… 

    Wayne Sidwell of Well.com has bought Colour Solutions Sydney. The former ShowAds chief picked up the prepress and digital printing concern from the receivers following the failure of the group. The Melbourne branch of the company has closed its doors with reports that staff have been warned by receivers KPMG not to expect outstanding holiday…

  • Raleigh Paper and BJ Ball sold for $61 million 

    “Both Raleigh Paper in Australia and BJ Ball Papers in New Zealand have been consistent contributors to Carter Holt Harvey’s profitability over recent years. However we also take into account our ability to develop a leadership position and create growth opportunities. “At a time of ongoing industry rationalisation, we determined that the potential of the…

  • Tassie printers stoush with government hots up 

    Printing Industries Tasmanian President, Merv Coombs, said he remains unconvinced that the Authority is competing fairly with the private sector. He accuses the Government of holding the will of the Parliament in contempt by allowing the Authority to continue its commercial printing activities after losing legislative approval. Following the unwillingness of the ACCC to investigate…

  • 1st iGen 3 for Australia 

    After the IPEX signing, Mike Jones (2nd from right) shakes hands with Henryk Kraszewski, flanked by John Loadsman, general manager CDM, and Brett Maishman, Product manager of Fuji Xerox. “This is a natural move for us. We are part of the Xerox family and we want to move with them to the next level,” said…

  • Letter to the Editor 

    Dear Sir, How nice to receive your correspondence on line. At 10.57pm on a Monday night, as a small business owner, I finally find time to read it, and am moved to respond. Of particular interest to my wife and myself, who have run our prepress business (The Bureau, (SA) Pty Ltd) with moderate success…

  • Fast growing sign franchise picks Epson printers 

    Sign-A-Rama is looking to increase the number of its new fully digital stores across the country. It intends to establish 15 this year to bring the total number of sign-making stores to over 70. The company has signed an agreement to install an Epson stylus Pro 7500 in every new store from this month, starting…

  • Heidelberg gets out of scanner manufacturing 

    The market for all types of scanners has experienced a dramatic downturn over recent years – up to 20 per cent in 2001 alone, depending on market and product, according to a Heidelberg press satement.This downturn is even more pronounced for computer-to-film imagesetters, with falls of up to 30 per cent in some cases. This…

  • Overflow…extra news…more news…overflow…extra news… 

    On-press imaging company Presstek is taking a good hard look at the market following the appointment of a new CEO, Ed Marino. He has embarked on a review of all aspects of the business as a result of a huge fall in DI sales, and is making no projections on future sales. He says that…

  • IPEX 2002 Report #2 

    With only a few days remaining of the event, Patrick Howard is still reporting and posting product announcements and industry trends as they happen.