News Archive

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

    Printer Magazines, publisher of trade magazines, took a boatload of printing industry suppliers on a Sydney harbour cruise the night before PrintEx last month. Such generosity must have cost a packet and it is undoubtedly a coincidence that this month’s issue of the once-mighty Australian Printer is breaking new frontiers in graphic arts advertising with…

  • Letter to the Editor – PMC debate revisited 

    Sir, The labeling of PMC’s as “carpetbaggers” reflects the paranoia and limited understanding of PMC’s by some manufacturers. That particular gentlemen was referring to one of several models in the marketplace, he obviously is oblivious to others. It was me that he called a “carpetbagger”, I must be because I am a PMC was his…

  • Print21 Online Book Club – Fold: The Professional Guide to Folding 

    Fold: The Professional Guide to Folding is the first comprehensive guide to the many different folding processes and all the folding styles developed over the years. In the printing industry there has never before been a comprehensive guide for one of the most important aspects of printed production. Printers have not had a resource to…

  • Printing the grouse yarn in Australia 

    “The Aussie Bible – well, bits of it anyway – is uniquely Australian,” said Martin Johnson, Bible Society Communications Manager. “It was written by Australian journalist and author Kel Richards and is a re-telling of the story of Jesus’ life from his birth in Bethlehem through to his death and resurrection. The difference is that…

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

    Alter arrived in Australia after working for the HP Indigo distributor in Mexico. He brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge as an industrial product specialist for the label and plastic cards market in Australia. Given the number of presses the Currie Group is claiming to have sold at PrintEx03, Alter is going…

  • Text Media lifts profit forecasts 

    As a result of the continuing strong performance of its community newspapers, spearheaded by the Melbourne Weekly Magazine, Text Media has upgraded its original profit estimates for the year by 20 per cent. In a statement to the ASX the company said that given the momentum with which the business is entering the 2004 financial…

  • Chinese printing invasion at Australian Book Fair 

    The delegation, which includes some of Hong Kong and Southern China’s largest print companies, has taken a large stand at the annual book exhibition with the goal of winning printing contracts from local printers. In response, Printing Industries is inviting Australian printers to join its task force at the Sydney show in order to promote…

  • Three gold medals in Sappi world paperweight title 

    The Sappi Printer of the Year Awards is the industry’s premier league, the heavyweight division and top of class. It is the authentic world title competition for the printing industry. Photo: Hugh Martin (left) MD Sappi Trading and Tim Schafer, (right) Sappi Trading Australasia congratulate Garth Hackett of Offset Alpine on winning gold. Judged on…

  • QuarkXPress 6 for Mac OS X ships in US next week 

    In the USA Quark Inc. announced that QuarkXPress 6 for Mac OS X, the latest upgrade to the world’s most widely used page layout software, will ship next week. List price in the United States is US$1,045. There is no announcement yet as to local pricing. “QuarkXPress 6 fulfills two fundamental needs in the publishing…

  • K.W. Doggett buys Jaeger Fine Paper 

    With Doggetts taking over the Brookvale-based firm, Jaeger Fine Papers the consolidation of the paper merchanting industry in Australia continues apace. The move gives Doggetts a presence in all three east coast states and consolidates its reputation as a growing vigorous independent paper merchant. Industry observers estimate Doggetts is now the fifth largest –and the…

  • Record attendance at PrintEx03 

    For three days last week, the Australian printing and graphic arts industry centred its attention on two exhibition halls at Darling Harbour in Sydney where 184 supply companies laid out their wares for inspection, review and purchase by the record number of printers, prepress operators, sales and marketing professionals, binders, computer programmers, designers, and the…

  • Australia tops New Zealand in software rip-offs 

    The average software piracy rate in Asia Pacific rose for the third year in a row to 55 per cent in 2002, attributable partly to strong growth in demand for software in China, which has the highest piracy rate for software in the Asia Pacific region. In Australia, the piracy rate in 20022 was estimated…

  • A big welcome to all our new Print21 Online readers 

    Print21 Online offered show attendee’s the chance to win the popular book, Pocket Pal: Graphic Arts Production Handbook.The lucky winner was Angela Stewart of South Australian company, e traffic creative. Congratulations Angela! For all those who missed out on this excellent publication, thanks for entering and the good news is that you can buy Pocket…

  • PrintEx03 Photo Gallery 

    Adobe attracted huge crowds during their seminars on InDesign, PhotoShop7, Acrobat 6.0 and Illustrator 10. The PrintEx organising committee from left to right – Scott Telfer of Websdale, Meredith Darke, Marketing Manager of IPP Print & Pack, Angus Scott Chairman, Chris Segaert Printing Industries National President and Gary Seidl from Screen. Missing is Joe Kowalewski…

  • PrintCafe continues to expand its base in Australia 

    DPA joins a number of Australia’s printing companies, commercial and publication printers who have implemented Printcafe software solutions, including PMP Limited, Offset Alpine Printing and nearly 100 Kwik Kopy locations. Starting life in 1987 as a quick printer, DPA diversified its offerings with the growth of the Internet and digital technology and embarked into the…

  • Sydney North Shore prepress houses get together 

    Paul Middleton and Tony Batty from Adtype Colour, based in Artarmon, and Jean-Michel Deplancke from Roodenburg Graphics, based in Gladesville, have joined forces and are now trading under the Adtype Colour banner from the Artarmon premises. According to Middleton the initiative grew from a meeting when Deplancke began to explore the options of buying a…

  • Clancy Column . . . Overflow . . . the best bits . . . funnies 

    This week it’s the Sappi Trading awards held at the Hilton on the Park in Melbourne to find the Asia Pacific winner. Last week it was North America that announced its six Gold Award winners for 2003. These printers will go on to compete in October for the Sappi International Printer of the Year Award,…

  • Ferag brings a new thermal CTP system to market 

    The arrival of Lüscher in the already crowded CTP market heralds a new level of competition for thermal CTP devices, as Ferag continues its drive to become a board-based graphic arts supplier. Recognised for many years as a publication mailroom manufacturer, the company is rapidly expanding into supply with its capture of the Hostmann-Steinberg ink…

  • 25 per cent of print customers use reverse auctions – US study 

    To assist print providers, a new study offers insight, tactics, and checklists for dealing with this growing e-procurement trend. Published by the E-Business Council (EBC) Strategies for Reverse Auction Survival advises printing companies to identify their goals, select their auction team, and identify their strategies prior to participating in a reverse auction. “The bottom-line is…

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

    From now on Elliott’s printing company, Agency Printing, will not only print GX Report, it will also post it out – in the same envelope as ProPrint. Presumably both magazines have the same lists of subscribers. GX Report has swapped its notable tabloid size for a convenient A4 to fit in the wrapper. Don Elliott…