News Archive

  • Industry trading conditions improve . . .survey 

    Business confidence has improved on the back of a series of encouraging trading conditions, according to Hagop Tchamkertenian, Printing Industries Manager of Industry and Commercial Policy. Improvements have taken place in a number of key industry indicators such as orders and production, sales, capacity utilisation, easing of the labour market and increased availability of finance….

  • New Vic association for young professionals 

    Rising from the ashes of the former PEA, the new association will concentrate on getting young executives in the graphics and printing industry to come along to meetings where they can meet like-minded peers and engage in valuable networking. According to Peter Barnet, vice president, the association has already succeeded in increasing membership by half…

  • American Banknote rides again 

    American Banknote Corporation has been in Chapter 11 since 1999, three years after it bought Leigh Mardon from Amcor. In 2001, despite being in bankruptcy, its revenues exceeded US $220,000,000, and earnings before interest, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) exceeded $25,000,000. The restructured balance sheet, features a reduction of debt of more than US $100,000,000. “These…

  • iGen3 comes onto the market 

    The first Australian iGen3 is expected to be here near the end of next year. Fuji Xerox already has a number of local customers expressing strong interest. As part of the launch Xerox announced pricing plans with the U.S. list prices starting at US$510,000 (Aud$ 932,000) with a page price, including equipment, service and consumables,…

  • PaperlinX puts China expansion on hold 

    Despite a successful track record of international expansion, culminating in this year’s June purchase of UK-based Bunzl Fine Paper for $365 million, PaperlinX managing director Ian Wightwick confirmed that the company, after looking at entering the Chinese market, had put any action it on hold for at least four years. In a speech to the…

  • Agfa and ScenicSoft extend OEM agreement 

    Creo bought the Seattle-based Scenic Soft last month in a strategic move that is expected to have widespread ramifications. In a reflection of the diverse competition policies in the industry, Agfa, which uses Scenic Soft’s Preps as part of its Apogee workflow, has signed an OEM agreement to continue utilising the products until December 2005….

  • Printing Industries and GASAA get together on tech service 

    Under the agreement Printing Industries members will receive a 50 per cent discount off the technical subscription to a specialist Prepress Technical Service to be run for the general industry by GASAA. The agreement is the first major collaboration between the two organizations since merger plans fell apart a few years ago. “This is part…

  • NSW Government printing press tender 

    The NSW Government has called for tenders for the supply of a four-colour large format press. The tender also includes a trade in and the removal of the existing machine, a model Roland 804-6 four colour press. Tenderers must provide a trade in cost inclusive of the removal of the existing printer. The Department operates…

  • Klez e-mail worm wrecks havoc 

    The worm, which is transmitted via e-mail, draws both a new sender and a new recipient from an infected party’s sources creating at least three victims in every transmission – the person who first got the worm, the one who is sent the worm, and the one whose address is taken from the original victim…

  • Job of the week 

    The ideal person would currently be in the digital or superformat marketplace and be looking for a rewarding position with a professional and dynamic digital print supplier. Responsibilities include managing current accounts and the establishment of new accounts, and being able to communicate with the Melbourne management team for future business development.” Responsibilities include all…

  • Print awards deadline draws near 

    “It’s a once in a year opportunity to show the industry what you can do best. I encourage every printing company in Australia that cares for quality printing to submit their best work for assessment before December 1, 2002,” he said. In a press release issued by the organizers, past winners reinforce the fact that…

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

    Say hello to two new Edwards Dunlop staff: Peter Murphy, southern regional manager, Paper Division, responsible for Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia, and Kerry Saul, South Australia sales manager, paper and packaging. Peter Murphy,(right) who began in the position mid-August, founded Raleigh Paper in Victoria in 1986, joining EDs when it bought Raleigh earlier…

  • 1st Heidelberg NexPress for Pongrass Digital 

    One year after the NexPress was officially launched in Chicago, the Heidelberg contender for the digital printing crown is signed with one of the oldest printing companies in Australia. Websdale’s Tom Pongrass confirms that he has taken a NexPress, as well as a Heidelberg Digimaster, to be the foundation of a new business, Pongrass Digital….

  • “Splinter” trade show comes under attack 

    “We are deeply disappointed at GAMAA’s attitude in trying to splinter the industry for its own ends,” said Chris Segaert, President of Printing Industries. “There is no justification for running another trade show against PacPrint, especially as the supply companies are already complaining that there are too many exhibitions.” Printing Industries, the leading representative body,…

  • A Blast from the Past; Exhibitions, Printing, Politics! 

    The first Printing Industry Exhibition in Australia was held at Wynyard Station Underground, Sydney, in 1956. This was followed by a Printing and Packaging Exhibition organised by PATEA (now Printing Industries) of Victoria in Melbourne in 1965, which proved to be a financial disaster due to the actions of the contracted promoter. Since the war…

  • Focus on Automation at Apogee Users Group 

    Over 180 industry professionals from 21 countries gathered in Ghent to chart the future of automation in the printing process as Agfa prepares to launch its new generation workflow product, ApogeeX, this month in the US. Getting the full picture in Ghent were Angelo Manno, Agfa Marketing Manager Apogee, Patrick Howard, Print21Online, and Garry Muratore,…

  • Job of the week 

    tracey.palmer@bradlee.com.au Check out the rest of this week’s employment advertisements www.www.bluelinemedia.com.au/index.cfm?pageid=jobs01

  • NSW Conference packs them in 

    A major industry health and safety initiative was launched at Printing Industries NSW conference by NSW Minister of Industrial Relations and Special Minister of State, John Della Bosca. He spelt out important changes that will affect the industry in industrial relations, in particular Work Cover and workers compensation. It was one of a number of…

  • Creo and Presstek both claim patent lawsuit win 

    Creo announced that is was pleased that the US Court of Appeals affirmed the company’s on-press imaging technology for digital offset presses does not infringe any Presstek patents. Creo originally filed suit in 1999 requesting the Court to rule that its technology in question did not infringe or induce press makers to infringe Presstek patents….

  • Tough times for graphic arts creatives 

    In its Summer 2002 report, only 14 per cent of ad agencies reported excellent business conditions, and the TWGA Business Conditions Index for nearly all creative businesses hit record lows. According to the Creative Forecast 2003 report, here are some of the top sales opportunities cited by creative professionals: Collateral print projects, are the #1…