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…

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    ____________________________ The Label and Tag Manufacturers Association (LATMA) is holding its first ever label and tag awards. Peter Sage phoned to tell us that the association feels it is time for the members to recognise excellence in the label industry, which is often sidelined in mainstream events. The inaugural LATMA Annual Awards Competition has a…

  • Industry delegation goes to Canberra 

    The delegation, organised by Printing Industries, will include representatives of printing companies that have been hard hit by the decision including, George Gatehouse, McPherson Printing and Ben Jolly, Griffin Press. It will be led by Chris Segaert, President Printing Industries. Statements from the minister’s office indicate the Federal Government is unlikely to change its mind…

  • Enviro activists target Indonesian paper 

    Spokesperson from Friends of the Earth, Anthony Amis said, “Imports of paper products from Indonesia are possibly the worst product currently being imported into Australia. This paper is sourced from some of the most diverse tropical rainforests on earth. It has recently been estimated that up to 70 per cent of logging in Indonesia is…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…