News Archive

  • JPE – Pushing the Envelope Tour 

    The Junior Printing Executives are hosting a tour of the new Australian Envelope’s Sydney plant next Tuesday 22nd July. Where –11 Ferndell StreetGranville 2142. When – 6.00pm and afterwards at the Granville RSL Club, Clyde St. Granville. ‘Envelopes are becoming more and more a marketing tool, with fully customised designs adding a real impact on…

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    Companies are concerned that the patent is sufficiently wide enough to affect existing on line transactions for business cards, flyers, newsletters and other industry products in addition to publication advertisement placements. Joe Kowalewski, Printing Industries’ marketing manager, said the association was still receiving daily calls from companies wanting information in spite of the 3 July…

  • Xeikon company boosts its DFE with Esko-Graphics takeover 

    The E-G department already contributes to the Xeikon digital front end with the Barco-developed PrintStreamer, designed to process large volumes of digital data at high speed for the digital colour presses. The move is seen as a further consolidation of the Xeikon business following its near-death experience two years ago. The take-over comprises about 15…

  • Book Club – Mac OS X Illustrated: A Design Graphics Field Guide 

    Mac OS X Illustrated: A Design Graphics Field Guide, is now available and Print21Online readers can buy it at a special reduced price at the Print21Online Book Club. www.print21online.com/index.cfm?pageid=bookshop The switch from OS 9 to OS X is the biggest change for users in Macintosh history. The book takes readers through the transition from OS…

  • 6th generation takes control of Koenig & Bauer 

    Along with his duties as president and CFO, Albrecht Bolza-Schunemann will continue to focus on the sheetfed offset division. Claus Bolza-Schunemann will oversee the web and security printing divisions as well as human resource management at the web press facilities. “I shall be taking over a competitive, dynamic enterprise whose products are well placed to…

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    Reports in the financial press have the giant carmaker interested in taking on the MAN truck and diesel division. This would leave the engineering division almost as a stand-alone manufacturing arm of MAN. The company is reassuring the market that even if the truck deal goes through MAN Roland will remain intact. ________________________________ A Welsh…

  • Penfold Buscombe wins multi-million dollar print contracts 

    The printer, which is spending the first year in its new consolidated production site at Botany, NSW, announced it has started to deliver on its prediction of securing substantial new printing contracts with large corporations. It is also making sure to distance itself from the troubled WC Penfold stationer and office supply company that is…

  • Australia to lose Iraqi currency prize to Poms 

    The company said it expects to win the currency war although no formal contract has yet been signed for the production of new notes to replace the current dinar decorated with Saddam Hussein’s likeness. According to reports in the UK trade press the announcement sent the company’s shares to a five-month high. De la Rue…

  • Industry degree course to complement GAMAA initiative 

    Commenting on the recent announcement that RMIT is to offer this degree from 2004, Dr. David Rands, President of the Graphic Arts Merchants Association of Australia (GAMAA) said, “the graphic technologies industry, like many others, is facing the issues that surround an ageing workforce. For an industry to survive, it is vital that the succession…

  • Canadian Teldon continues its takeover campaign 

    Following on from his purchase of Bestway Birk earlier this year, the new purchase is the fifth Australian printing company to come under the Teldon banner since it arrived two years ago. It complements the general printing business of the other companies with a specialist focus on stationery. The takeover is further evidence of Wagner’s…

  • Heidelberg donates over $350,000 worth of equipment 

    This generosity won’t help New Zealand where the Auckland University of Technology closed its press training doors and sold off the equipment last year. This has left the industry with no press training other than that offered through an independent trainer by Heidelberg at its Auckland facility. According to Greg Grace, Heidelberg Print Media Academy…

  • Hannans buy out Fairfax family from IPMG 

    John B and Vincent Fairfax, through their company Marinya, have agreed to sell their 50% interest in IPMG, which comprises the IPMG printing business, Eastern Suburbs Newspapers Group, FPC Magazines and NDD Distribution. Industry observers speculate at a price of around $150 million for the deal, which brings to a cordial end the families’ long-term…

  • Management buy in for WC Penfold 

    Under the arrangement the company’s 27.1% interest in Australia’s larges dedicated sheetfed printing company, the publicly listed, Penfold Buscombe, is to be distributed to the existing shareholders while the newcomers will eventually get 72% of WC Penfold. The newcomers are turnaround investor Helmsman Capital Fund and a management buy in (MBI) team, Ivan Hodges and…

  • Heidelberg installs 200th gapless Sunday press 

    The order also marks the 200th Sunday press sold worldwide since Heidelberg introduced the revolutionary gapless blanket technology in 1993. Two new Heidelberg gapless technology presses are also due to be installed in Australia in coming months, one in Sydney and one in Melbourne. “This will take the number of gapless technology presse in the…

  • Somogyi to quit CPI for role on APRA 

    CPI is looking for an industry insider, an executive with ‘direct industry experience,’ as the publicly listed company signals, that following a massive product realignment and cost cutting, it is ready to grow by acquisition as well as organically. Steve Somogyi will take up a new appointment on July 1 as one of the three-man…

  • Heidelberg sales slump by 20% – profits slashed 

    Incoming orders were about Euro 4 billion as opposed to the previous year’s of almost Euro 4.6 billion. Bernhard Schreier, CEO said the company’s businesses were shaped by weak global economy. “The digital and web systems divisions were particularly affected, and the sheetfed division also suffered as a result of weak markets, especially in the…

  • NSW and ACT combine for September industry conference at Bowral 

    According toPrinting Industries’NSW regional president, Scott Telfer, “this conference will concentrate on the leadership and management issues the graphic arts industry needs to embrace if it is to increase profitability and move forward. “Our conference theme, Sales, Success, Synergies, will be central to all the presentations and workshops.” He encouraged all sectors of the industry…

  • Economic improvement will not save the printing industry 

    Data gathered over eight years of surveys in the US show that an economic upturn will not translate into an upturn for printing demand. According to a new Trendwatch report the landscape of the printing and graphic arts industry has changed so dramatically that there is no point in trying to ‘wait this one out.’…

  • Industry rallies to defeat NZ patent application 

    A formal industry-based opposition to the application has now been lodged, according to Joe Kowalewski, National Director, Marketing and Media Services, Printing Industries who said he had been contacted by a large number of concerned printing companies following last week’s Print21Online report. “I’m asking all companies who have lodged Notices of Opposition to notify me…

  • Printer cartridge copyright challenge 

    The free-wheeling, free-spirited US civil liberties organization, asked a federal appeals court to rule that a company can examine a competitor’s technology in order tomanufacture printer toner cartridges compatible withLexmark printers without facing a copyright lawsuit. Printer maker Lexmark had sued, claiming that cartridgeremanufacturer, Static Control Components, circumventedLexmark’s access control technologies and infringed itscopyrights by…