News Archive

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Print 21 Online goes to IPEX via Vancouver 

    Even in these days of instant communication when you can find out anything you need to know from the Net, there is still a role for trade shows. Checking out competitive products side by side, meeting the CEOs of the large suppliers and finding out their plans, eyeballing products that may not be released in…

  • PMP shuts Moorabbin printing plant 

    The industrial action came as a result of PMP Print’s major restructuring, which will see the closure of its Moorabbin printing plant as well as expansion of the PMP Clayton operation. The Moorabbin plant will close in June 2002 and will be offered for sale in the second half of 2002. Proceeds from the sale…

  • Finsbury Print buys AC Tod 

    Andre de Waele, principal of AC Tod, will remain with the company in an operating role. There will be no redundancies among the Melbourne staff. A statement released by Finsbury said, as part of the arrangement, all current staff of AC Tod will be retained, as it is clear that they are an outstanding group…

  • Colour Solutions goes under 

    Colour Solutions is the latest in a number of prepress houses that have gone to the wall as more agency customers take their production work in-house. The company is under administration by KPMG, which will certainly be seeking buyers for either or both of the locations. Staff report that the business is continuing to trade…

  • Imatec moves into Perth 

    Sydney prepress house Imatec has bought Kevin McCarthy’s well respected prepress firm Multicolour in Perth. The new business has changed its name to Imatec and joins the other four Sydney outlets of the same company. According to director Mike Hay, Kevin McCarthy approached the group with the object of passing over the business when he…

  • Trade in your old Pantone before it fades away 

    Under the new program, a customer who purchases a new PANTONE formula guide coated/uncoated may return the old guide to Pantone and receive a free PANTONE formula guide solid matte version. The new PANTONE formula guides feature brighter paper stock, most often specified by designers, and 147 additional colours not found in older guides, for…

  • Paper price rises are a bit of a punt 

    Mill viability issues are behind the latest price increase coming from paper merchants this month. Already Spicers, Daltons and CPI have lifted prices, with the other merchants either ahead of the game or expected to follow suit. The price rises, three percent for uncoated and five for coated (offsets), are against the run of demand…

  • 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…

  • Two share the Heidelberg Prize for Excellence 

    Adam Tedman from Viper Graphics with Andy vels Jensen, Managing Director of Heidelberg Australia. Viper Graphics also won two gold medals for its entry, a multi-part promotional piece for a real estate company in Brisbane – one in the category of a small printing business of up to four staff of which the judges said,…

  • Show-Ads self promotion takes out the Agfa Award 

    Garry Muratore with Giles Kershaw, SeniorDesigner, Moon Design, Agfa Award winner. The prize was presented by Garry Muratore, Marketing Manager of Agfa Graphics systems, who emphasized that the selection criteria was not simply looking for the best reproduction of photography. “In that case a photographic book would win every year,” he said. “Rather the Agfa…