News Archive

  • Applicant of the week — Alison Begg is seeking graphic design work 

    “I have excellent visual perceptions of colour, layout and design, excellent communication skills via visual, verbal and written presentations and a keen eye for detail to the point of perfection. “Whilst studying the Diploma and HSC I gained valuable experience in working unsupervised, exercising initiative and judgement. I am highly motivated and willing to work…

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    CyraChrome has a Swiss Gretag-Macbeth Spectrolinos for sale due to automating its colour profiling instrumentation. Spectrolinos are regarded as the most accurate colour measuring instruments available and incorporate the SpectroScan scanning table. This unit has been used only by CyraChrome engineers to create ICC profiles. It can be sold with or without ProfileMaker ICC profile…

  • All Blacks skipper is new PMP chief 

    He comes on to replace Bob Muscat who finishes up at the end of this month after leading PMP through four years of plummeting revenue and profits, asset sales, plant closures and debt reduction. The battered PMP Printing is now a focused printing company having sold off its magazine assets here and in the UK…

  • Seven GAMAA scholarship winners announced 

    A range of individuals from different sectors of the industry benefited from the scholarships, which will see them receive at least 50 per cent of their academic fees in industry-relevant postgraduate education. Russell Cavanagh, accounts manager of Seven World Wide, and Chris Roden, sales and marketing manager, Roden Print, represented the prepress and printing sectors…

  • Printing Industries election tussle 

    In a tactic that breaks with the tradition of giving the incumbent at least a two-term presidency, John Flynn, former president, has put together a ticket that nominates Peter Lane, another past president, to replace Segaert. He has nominated himself as secretary. Ballot papers have gone out to the 16 member national council and the…

  • Trading conditions up but industry confidence down 

    The December 2002 quarter report of the Printing Industry Trends Survey shows that the Australian printing industry consolidated on the improvements registered during the September 2002 quarter to register a further quarter of improved trade conditions. According to Hagop Tchamkertenian, Printing Industries Manager of Industry and Commercial Policy, the latest survey results reveal that industry…

  • Deadline for Printcafe takeover 

    It has given Printcafe directors until today, Friday Feb 7, to accept its offer for a complete buyout of the company’s outstanding shares. Its offer of $1.30 per share was trumped by EFI, which doubled the stakes with its own offer of $2.60 per share. Even with the opposing offer on the table, Creo was…

  • Heidelberg buys some of Jagenberg finishing 

    The companies involved are Germany-based Jagenberg DIANA which manufactures folding-box and corrugated board gluers, Woschnik + Partner Maschinenbau, which produces punching machines and Jagenberg Slovensko in Slovakia, which supplies the two other firms with mechanical components and pre-assembled modules. Annual sales are Euro 40 million, and the three companies together currently employ a total workforce…

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    The aim is to service the large Australian ex-pat community, business people and tourists in South Africa. Using the Océ Digital Newspaper Network printing up to 1,000 copies an hour, the SMH hopes to be out in time for a blow by blow account of the Cricket World Cup. ____________________________________ The early bird gets the…

  • Labelmakers buys Precision Labels 

    The take over represents a major move into wine label production for the Melbourne-based Labelmakers, the largest label printers and converters in the country. New owner Kevin Bamford signals it will be “business as usual” for Precision Labels, assuring the SA industry there will be no redundancies or down-sizing as a result of the buy…

  • Graphic Systems Australasia gears up for Fuji changeover 

    In a press release, Matt Usihda, general manager of the representative office of Fuji Photo Film in Australasia, assured customers that there will be no disruption to supplies. He emphasized that Peter Carrigan’s new supply company, GSA, a fully owned subsidiary of Intergrafica Print & Pack, will be the only official supplier of Fuji products…

  • Jehovah Witnesses await press replacement bonus 

    As part of the upgrade, the Jehovah’s Witnesses organisation is buying seven Lithoman III 64pp short grain web presses for various locations around the world. The first is to be installed in its Mill Hill, north London, centre in July. It will begin printing12 million copies a month of The Watchtower and Awake from November…

  • Job of the week – Print Sales Representative in Brisbane 

    Sales are territorial, and will involve selling offset and digital print, mail, and finishing services. The go-ahead position is based in the Brisbane CBD, and excellent presentation skills are required. Remuneration will comprise a base salary with commission. Location is the On Time Copy Centre – Mary Street Contact Yasmin Khan employment@print21online.com For more printing…

  • Seybold goes into bankruptcy court 

    The company has proposed a comprehensive recapitalization program, backed by investment funds managed by Thomas Weisel Capital Partners (TWCP). The plan will allow Key3Media to reduce its total debt by 87 per cent, from $372 million to $50 million. It will also eliminate all of its existing preferred stock and common equity. Following a decline…

  • New products, latest releases and updates 

    Kodak Polychrome Graphics (KPG) announces the availability of Kodak Polychrome Graphics Matchprint Color RIP v2.6 software for large-format inkjet printers. This new software offers several functional improvements over previous versions, including DCS2 and PDF/X3 file capability, remote proofing features that ensure colour consistency between sites, and extended printer support for the Epson Stylus Pro 7600,…

  • Pride in Print entries pour in 

    Sue Archibald, the Awards manager, (pictured) said cataloguing was now underway ahead of judging in early March. It would take a few more weeks to confirm, but early indications suggest that this year’s number of entries is set to beat last year’s total of 971. The Awards ceremony will be held at the Christchurch Town…

  • Preliminary speaker list for OPEN PUBLISH 2003 

    A preliminary speaker list for the conference, (July 28th at Star City in Sydney) includes George Punton, Advent Publishing Systems, UK; Karl De Abrew , CEO, PlanetPDF; and Damian Mansour, Advertising Prepress Manager, Fairfax. The conference is aimed at people who design, create and publish information across traditional and electronic media. Last year over 50…

  • 1st series of benchmarks for local printers 

    Responses from 170 print industry enterprises to the national benchmarking project have allowed the calculation of approximately 120 industry specific KPIs (key performance indicators), according to programme leader Philip Andersen, national director Printing Industries (pictured). This is the first time the Australian industry has ever had a series of benchmarks to compare performances. “In general,…

  • Quark takes back QPS development 

    Quark will resume development of QPS, the server-based workgroup management software that is installed at more than 850 sites around the globe. Quark will also manage the marketing of QPS, as well as distribution services to its network of customers and system integrators, following its separation from Modulo. Modulo will continue to provide system integration…

  • Text Media makes move on Melbourne media 

    The buyout gives it control of The Melbourne Times, The Emerald Hill Times and The City Weekly (Melbourne). Metropolis Media’s annual turnover for 2002 was more than $9 million. The acquisition of these publications, together with The MelbourneWeekly, will deliver a combined weekly circulation of close to 300,000 copies to the key inner city suburbs…