News Archive

  • HP gets to work on Indigo 

    The industry’s largest range of digital presses remains the same and founder Benny Landa, appearing on a video screen in a long white beard playing Gutenberg, is still as charismatic as ever, but the Indio presentation at IPEX left no doubt that Hewlett-Packard is now firmly in the corporate saddle. In the first outing since…

  • CTP is the main focus at IPEX 

    Everywhere you turn at IPEX the CTP revolution is in full swing. New platesetters, new laser light systems, new processless plates are at the heart of most discussions. Suppliers report that the ratio between film and plate sales has reversed from only two years ago with imaging plates now outselling film three to one. The…

  • Heidelberg will drive industry consolidation 

    The uncertainty as to whether the printing industry has a digital or an offset future is creating uncertainty and contributing to a lack of confidence in printers seeking pointers on investment decisions, according to Bernhard Schreier in his opening address at yesterday’s pre-IPEX Heidelberg press conference. In his vision of the future, digital printing will…

  • UV platesetting from BasyPrint and the new Esko-Graphics 

    Esko-Graphics launched its new corporate identity at IPEX and committed itself to continued development and presence in the CTP market. Born from the merger of Barco and Purup-Eskofot it has a large range of thermal platesetters as well as the industry leading DPX system – but its outgoing president William Schulin-Zeuthen only wanted to focus…

  • A new styling look for MAN Roland 

    The unit at IPEX comes equipped with four printing units, a dryer and a new format variable folder. The quality and flexibility has been markedly improved by the introduction of a new format variable inking unit. It is printing live jobs at the show, a short run magazine and an extract from an art book….

  • Wheels on fire 

    How’s this for a line-up of fading baby boomer talent? Neil Diamond Barry Manilowe The Moody Blues The Temptations The Four Tops Bob Dylan Andy Williams BB King Cliff Richard and last and possibly least. . . The Monkees! I can hardly wait!

  • Creo Technology Event in Vancouver 

    According to Amos Michelson, CEO of Creo, the company’s strategy of developing unique sustainable solutions for the graphic arts will see it continue to concentrate on simplifying the digital production workflow. He emphasized to a group of Australian industry professionals, the importance that Creo places on maintaining its “three to four year lead” over rival…

  • IPEX 2002 Report #1 

    This IPEX is being regarded as the trade show that marries innovation with tough market expectations. Rarely has a trade show taken place in more difficult trading conditions for the industry. A severe downturn in printing volumes over the past 18 months has not only severely tested printer’s profits but also the returns of the…

  • Heidelberg will drive industry consolidation 

    The uncertainty as to whether the printing industry has a digital or an offset future is creating uncertainty and contributing to a lack of confidence in printers seeking pointers on investment decisions, according to Bernhard Schreier in his opening address at yesterday’s pre-IPEX Heidelberg press conference. In his vision of the future, digital printing will…

  • UV platesetting from BasyPrint and the new Esko-Graphics 

    Esko-Graphics launched its new corporate identity at IPEX and committed itself to continued development and presence in the CTP market. Born from the merger of Barco and Purup-Eskofot it has a large range of thermal platesetters as well as the industry leading DPX system – but its outgoing president William Schulin-Zeuthen only wanted to focus…

  • A new styling look for MAN Roland 

    The unit at IPEX comes equipped with four printing units, a dryer and a new format variable folder. The quality and flexibility has been markedly improved by the introduction of a new format variable inking unit. It is printing live jobs at the show, a short run magazine and an extract from an art book….

  • Creo Technology Event in Vancouver 

    According to Amos Michelson, CEO of Creo, the company’s strategy of developing unique sustainable solutions for the graphic arts will see it continue to concentrate on simplifying the digital production workflow. He emphasized to a group of Australian industry professionals, the importance that Creo places on maintaining its “three to four year lead” over rival…

  • Creo Technology Event in Vancouver – FM screening 

    The ability to print with a screen on a printing plate made up of spots that are sized down to a tiny 10-micron level, results in printing of an almost indistinguishable continuous tone effect. This has the potential to elevate offset printing to a new level of repro quality, despite the industry’s struggle with the…

  • Creo Technology Event in Vancouver – CTP 

    The new Lotem 400, introduced at the Technology Event in Vancouver, is a semi-automatic 4-page device that comes without the trademark Squarespot imaging technology that enables the Creo Quantum CTP engines to produce a very fine linescreen and stochastic FM screening down to 20 micron. It does combat the market perception that Creo products are…

  • Print books when and where you want 

    The Federal Government has approved funding for the industry study to identify and develop new business models, content requirements, formats, and methods of delivery for books in five publishing market segments. The initiative came from a collaboration between Printing Industries , the Australian Booksellers Association, Fuji Xerox and IPR Systems. The aim of the study…

  • Investigation into paper cartel practices 

    The investigation is being conducted with the help of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and comes hard on the heels of a round of price rises at a time when print volumes are depressed. The move was initiated by complaints from BFIP members after several merchants announced price rises within a week of each…

  • 1st Photoshop User Conference for Australia 

    The conference will take the form of a road show that travels around Australia and New Zealand in April/May. During the two-hour master class Adobe experts will focus on the tips and methods of improving the level of operation for experienced Photoshop users. There will also be sessions on Photoshop for print, Photoshop for web…

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

    Five HP Indigo web presses (formerly known as the Indigo Publisher 4000) have being installed in Japan where they are printing eight million personalised pages per month working two extended shifts, seven days a week. The presses at Toppan Forms are used primarily to provide full colour, fully personalised learning materials for junior high school…

  • Adast goes broke 

    Best known for its partnership with Presstek in producing the direct imaging Adast 705C DI Series B3-size sheetfed press the company is continuing to operate while its management is in negotiations with various parties to obtain interim financing. The Adast 705C DI, sold by Presstek and manufactured by Adast, is a series of four- and…

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

    The PaperlinX Besley and Pike envelope factory in Brisbane is to close. PaperlinX Executive General Manager, David Goldthorp, confirmed the company will be moving the web long run machines installed by Spicers, as well as the blank fed machines, south from the Brisbane plant. The rationalisation will result in a simplified product range, focusing more…