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

    The former metallurgist, who spent nearly 25 years with BHP-owned companies, said he noted many similarities between the two commodities of steel and paper. “While I’m still coming to grips with the jargon, which every industry has, I was interested to note the similarities between the two industries. I was even surprised at some similarities…

  • CPI to sell Screen equipment in the Australian region 

    The move highlights the position of Screen as one of the major OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) in the industry, supplying many re-badged products to the market. Under the new non-exclusive arrangement Screen equipment will sit alongside the Agfa Paladio violet-light CTP device, which is a re-badged Screen product. Ironically Screen also supplies FujiFilm as an…

  • Fairfax buys ten per cent of Text Media Group 

    Fred Hilmer, Chief Executive Officer of Fairfax, said, “We see this is as a strategic investment for Fairfax.” Text, which was founded by Eric Beecher, is the publisher of 100,000 plus circulation The Melbourne Weekly, and last month completed the takeover of Metropolis Media, publisher of three weekly newspapers in the city: The Melbourne Times,…

  • Melbourne design and multimedia company falls foul of BSAA 

    According to Jim Macnamara, BSAA Chairman, graphics and multimedia designers continue to top the Business Software Association of Australia’s list of illegal software users. He said that the BSAA accepted that some designers inadvertently breached software licensing and he called on graphic and multimedia designers to take advantage of the resources, which the BSAA provides…

  • Printers Strike Back – The Print Management Story: Part Four 

    Dear Sir, Stream Solutions’ Andrew Price serves up outrageously misleading and self-serving arguments that demand rebuttal. And if not deliberately mischievous, reveal a surprisingly limited understanding of printing, printing economics and how the industry works. “There is no way any company can be a supply chain manager while they own printing presses . . ….

  • Come up to GASAA Conference for the day 

    “Some people find it hard to get away for the full three days, but can still make it for the Saturday and Sunday. We have a great line-up of speakers on both days and there are plenty of opportunities to network with friends and business peers,” he said. “The Entrance is only an hours drive…

  • Flint and Sicpa deal goes through 

    Flint Ink Corporation and the Sicpa Group have finalized several business transactions in which Flint Ink has acquired Sicpa’s worldwide heatset and coldset ink business and Sicpa has acquired Flint Ink’s worldwide business for security inks used on currency and other negotiable instruments. The acquisition will add to Flint Ink’s market share in Australia and…

  • Pemara puts in 2nd HP Indigo digital label press 

    Eighteen months after having installed its first HP Indigo Press ws2000, veteran Melbourne-based label manufacturer Pemara has installed a faster machine, the HP Indigo Press ws4000 to run along-side the original. The installation represent a watershed for the label industry in the region, bringing the total number of HP Indigo labels presses to four –…

  • Amcor buys Auckland print and packaging firm 

    Flexoprint produces a range of printed and laminated flexible packaging products for the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) market in New Zealand. Amcor intends to run Flexoprint as a stand-alone business, continuing to supply its existing customers as well as Amcor’s New Zealand customers currently supplied from Australia. Mr Peter Sutton, Group General Manager Plastic Packaging…

  • Trouble at the Kinleith mill 

    The strike is over staffing levels and the proposed outsourcing of maintenance contracts as well as a claim for an 8.5 per cent wage rise. The union also wants to retain the seniority system for promotion. According to a report in AUSNEWZ Pulp & Paper, Brice Landman, Chief Executive Officer, believes the union is out…

  • Which are the oldest Picas – Tasmania or Western Australia? 

    The Printing Authority of Tasmania took out the Overall Gold Winner for Printing with Gary Duffield, CEO, (left) accepting the trophy from Chris Segaert, National President Printing Industries. (Photographs of the night are available from www.peterlawsphotography.com) The other major award, the Overall Award for Design went to Fenton Design, while AT&M took out the CPI…

  • Tasmanian Picas – the complete list of winners 

    Gold Awards Abel Labels – Labels Stickers (letterpress) Amy Watts and Peta Riddell – Student Award – any concept design ready for print production AT & M Group – Invitations AT & M Group – Envelopes AT & M Group – Envelopes AT & M Group – Promotional kit AT & M Group – Annual…

  • Premiere of the largest sheetfed press in the world 

    The week-long forum (April 8 –16) will focus on the advantages and applications of the ROLAND 900 in its maximum version with three XXL formats : 7 (1,120 x 1,620 mm), 7b (1,200 x 1,620 mm) and 8 (1,300 x 1,850 mm). Large-format printers and other interested parties are invited to see the production site…

  • New data-compression technology from Xerox 

    XM2 is a system that combines several of the latest industry-standard techniques to compress both the personalized images and the assembled page to a manageable size without any loss of clarity or sharpness in the pictures, graphics or images. Patents have been applied for. XM2 runs the imaging and compression algorithms on a high-performance video…

  • Job of the week: Executive Officer – LIA NSW 

    The successful applicant will play a central role in the running, development and execution of the organisation’s future development plans. Building on a strong history and drawing from the identified opportunities and material that exists within this dynamic organisation. The suitable person for this position will have an industry background, with a solid contact/network base…

  • New products – hot off the press releases 

    Creo is now shipping Pandora 2.0 software, the next major release of its PDF-based step-and-repeat packaging layout solution. Prepress professionals in packaging and label printing segments will welcome the many new features that are introduced in this release, including: Support for Job Definition Format (JDF); Editable non-rectangular bleed paths automatically derived from CAD die line…

  • The Clancy column . . . more news . . . the best bits . . . funnies 

    At CeBIT in Hanover, the company presented the Quickmaster DI 46-4 Pro digital offset press with a package consisting of the new Saphira Caleidoplate 46 plate material and an innovative format-dependent spooling of the printing plate role. The printing units of the Quickmaster DI 46-4 Pro are equipped with four plate cylinders, each with an…

  • Penfold Buscombe commits to print management strategy 

    Penfold Buscombe, Australia’s largest sheet fed printer today announced a half yearly trading profit of $2.1 million and a profit before tax of $952,000 on revenue of $48.8 million and after accounting for significant restructuring costs of $1.16 million. No interim dividend was declared. Announcing the company’s results, outgoing chairman, Will Penfold said, “the result…

  • The Print Management Story Part Two – Printers can’t do it 

    To many printers Andrew Price (pictured) is the devil incarnate, the public face of the print management industry, the man responsible for hijacking their customers and helping himself to an ever-growing slice of the printing pie. He sees himself and his company as the future of the industry. Notoriously media shy, in his first interview,…

  • The Print Management Story Part Three – Who prints for Stream Solutions, could you? 

    “The key thing we look for in printing suppliers are those focused on their core business of printing efficiently. So many printing companies try to be all things to all people and do none well. If a printer has 25 different businesses and says, “We’re the prepress specialists, we’re the printing specialists, we’re the logistics…