News Archive

  • People on the move 

    ________________________ Complete Colour Printing has appointed Linus Dalton-Smith as afternoon shift production manager.Linus’ new role will be to oversee all factory operations.Complete Colour Printing believes that Linus’ prepress skillsacquired over the past ten years at Color Solutions inMelbourne will be of great benefit to it’s staff and clients alike.The role is a challenging one and…

  • Printing Industries anti-budget campaign rolls on 

    * News Flash * George Gatehouse, managing director of Mcpherson’s, one of the largest book printers in the industry, will debate Federal Minister Macfarlane on ABC radio, 9.30am Monday (27/05/02) morning on the axing of EPICS and PICS. There were 93 applications for assistance in the pipeline when the schemes were discontinued. There are calls…

  • Letters to the Editor 

    Simon Phipps, Director of Phillips & Father Printing . To the Editor, I wish to support the sentiments expressed in Print 21 Online – Issue 10 concerning the Budget axing of EPICS, etc. We at Phillips & Father Printing have poured many many hours into preparing for a submission since meeting with Andrew Goldsmith last…

  • Fuji Xerox launches new education courses on Variable Data 

    As part of its commitment to developing the use of variable information (VI) printing, Fuji Xerox Australia is rolling out its new VI educational courses. “Full colour variable printing is now a viable business option and we want to further inform the industry about how their business can profit from VI printing,” said Chad Pearce,…

  • Font copyright battle rages on 

    From Peter Wayner. This just verifies what I’ve always thought The DMCA hurts the artists and the content-creation professionals the most because they’re the ones who must cut and paste to make a living. The rest of the world can go do something else if the VCR/DVD refuses to work. This was brought home to…

  • Plan for end of year tax bill now 

    For many enterprises their accountant does not attend to their affairs until much later in the year and it is not uncommon for accounts not to be finalised until after Christmas. Ideally, accounts should be prepared much earlier than this as finding out that you have incurred significant losses six months down the track can…

  • People on the move 

    High profile industry identity, John Horsnaill, (left) is welcomed aboard Australian Plastic Card Company (APCC) by Charles Jeffrey. It’s an ill wind. APCC gains the digital printing experience and expertise of John Horsnaill following the demise of Colour Solutions Melbourne. APCC was the first Company in Australia to adopt Digital Super Print Technology (DSP), merging…

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

    ___________________________ Bennett’s Printing of Katoomba Blue Mountains, NSW, which was formerly Joseph Bennett & Son, has been sold to Michael Lewchenko of Wentworth Falls Printing. The business will still continue on under the name of Bennett’s Printing in the tradition of quality craftsmanship and service of the past 73 years. The company has thrived under…

  • Budget dishonesty damages printing industry 

    National President of the Printing Industries Association of Australia, Chris Segaert (pictured), said the Federal Government stood condemned for reneging on its commitment to the ailing book production industry. He points out that only $15.9 million of a $48 million four-year rescue package for the industry had been paid before being prematurely terminated in the…

  • Association’s response to Budget decisions 

    The Commonwealth Government has, without notice or consultation, terminated the Printing Industries Competitiveness Scheme (PICS) and the Enhanced Printing Industry Competitiveness Scheme (EPICS). This has taken away $25 million promised to the book production industry. These funds had been promised over a four year period to help the industry adjust to the introduction of GST…

  • Little joy for printers in this budget 

    This budget does not contain much joy for the printing industry particularly for the book printing sector which has been savagely battered by some of the measures announced in the budget. Some of the specific measures concerning the printing industry are: The Federal Government has decided to prematurely terminate the PICS. All claims lodged under…

  • Defence and border protection $2.7 billion turnaround 

    Despite consistent claims by senior members of the federal government that the budget is in surplus, the budgeted surplus of $1.5 billion has now been revised to include an estimated budget deficit of $1.2 billion in cash terms ($3 billion in accrual terms) for financial year 2001-2002. This turnaround in the fiscal position of some…

  • 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…

  • 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…