News Archive

  • New green labels for printers? 

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    If you wanted to put a green label on a printing company, what would you look for? In addition to ISO 14001, companies could be asked to demonstrate sustainability commitments that go beyond managing environmental aspects and impacts, writes industry consultant Laurel Brunner.

  • Print-on-demand biz Redbubble eyes ASX 

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    And they say there’s no money in printing…a small print-on-demand business started ten years ago by three friends in Melbourne is now launching an IPO aimed at raising $30 million ahead of a planned float on the ASX next month. The offer price of $1.33 a share would value Redbubble at $268 million. 

  • Plockmatic picks PUR-binder producer 

    Jan Marstorp, CEO of The Plockmatic Group (left) and Marco Tumaini, Managing Director of KGS.

    Plockmatic, owners of UK digital finishing specialists Morgana Systems, has acquired KGS srl, manufacturers of the PUR perfect binder range sold by Morgana as DigiBook. “We have been selling KGS products for several years now and have seen the market grow significantly over that time.”

  • Winds of change – PrintNZ’s new marketer 

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    Former OfficeMax content marketing specialist Emma Kershaw has joined New Zealand’s national printing association PrintNZ as its new marketing manager. Kershaw will be focused on raising the profile of PrintNZ and print in general through industry initiatives Two Sides and VoPP.

  • Siegwerk launches new LED UV flexo inks 

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    Leading printing ink manufacturer Siegwerk has launched a new range of advanced LED UV flexo printing inks for food and pharmaceutical packaging applications. “Siegwerk regards LED UV curing as one of the growth drivers in the market,” said product manager Rolf Montag.

  • Good guys win one – patent trolls lose case 


    An ‘amazing’ court ruling demonstrates the wisdom of not giving in to the greed of patent trolls attempting to extort funds from print providers and OEMs by claiming patent infringement, writes industry anaylst Dr Harvey R. Levenson, in an update to his previous article.

  • Exotic Graphix wrap up Trans Tasman final 

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    Australian vehicle wrap master champions Exotic Graphix crossed the ditch and lifted the Trans Tasman Championship trophy in New Zealand for the first time, after winning the Australian ASGA Wrap Masters Challenge in Melbourne last year.

  • Roland DG courses begin next month 


    Roland DG Australia, a leading provider of wide format inkjet printers and printer/cutters, has released dates of its Roland DG Academy training program, VersaWorks 2016. Courses will begin in Sydney next month then travel to Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart and Launceston.

  • Fujifilm on Show to the World at Drupa 2016 


    Previous Fujifilm posts have referred to the upcoming graphic arts trade expo, drupa 2016, to be held in Düsseldorf, Germany May 31 to June 10—yes, 11 days of show, seminars, sharing and socialising!

  • ‘No pay’ fight for printed bills 


    Consumers are being pressurised to switch to digital billing by companies that are charging for the privilege to get a bill in the post. A new industry campaign – Keep Me Posted – supported by Nick Xenophon (pictured) is taking up the fight to promote the consumer’s right to choose.

  • Sydney Allen Printers on the block 


    Failed multi-million dollar printing business Sydney Allen Printers is officially up for sale, with insolvency specialists CRS Insolvency Services calling for ‘urgent’ expressions of interest.

  • APN tipped to ditch its Kiwi business 

    ciaran davis

    Trans-Tasman media group APN News & Media looks set to try to unload its New Zealand business NZME – including flagship The New Zealand Herald – after calling off an IPO for the newspapers, radio and digital company. APN will update the market on its plans for NZME at its AGM on May 11.

  • Printers roll up at Visual Impact Brisbane 

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    Commercial printers pushed up attendance figures at last weekend’s Visual Impact 2016 show in Brisbane by almost 30 percent on two years ago. “A lot of printing companies came along and attendance was up about 29 percent from 2014,” said Peter Harper, GM, exhibitions, Visual Connections.

  • Amcor’s $567m deal for flexible packager Alusa 

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    Australian packaging giant Amcor has signed a $A567 million ($US435m) deal to buy South America’s largest flexible packaging business Alusa, which would almost double the sales of Amcor’s recently created flexible packaging business in the Americas to $US1 billion.

  • PIAA expands apprenticeship program 

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    Future Print has expanded its apprenticeship training program with the release of 12 more online modules based on ‘blended learning’ – a combination of on-site, off-site and online components. “It’s exciting to see how far our Apprenticeship Training has come over the past couple of years.”

  • Agfa pushes sustainability at drupa 

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    Agfa is putting environmentally friendly processes at the heart of its drupa presence with ECO3, which stands for Eco-friendly, Economic and Extremely Convenient. It’s a bit cumbersome as slogans go, but the idea is to include the cost of operations and the value of convenience into the eco concept.

  • PIAA board to consider CEO shortlist 


    The PIAA is moving closer to choosing its next CEO and has scheduled a national telephone conference of all nine board members next week to consider the shortlist of candidates.

  • Winds of change – Simon Ellis new MD at PMP NZ 


    Beacon Media’s Simon Ellis has been appointed managing director of New Zealand’s largest commercial printing operation PMP NZ, which has an annual turnover of $NZ150 million and includes Gordon and Gotch magazine distribution.

  • Visual Impact underway in Brisbane 


    Major suppliers from the print, sign, display and engraving industries are in Brisbane for the three-day Visual Impact trade show that opened on Thursday at the Convention & Exhibition Centre.

  • Sheetfed packaging presses drive KBA revival 


    Revitalised German press giant Koenig & Bauer (KBA) says it’s back in the black after a ‘sometimes painful’ restructure that focused on sheetfed packaging presses following the collapse of its newspaper and commercial web press business.