News Archive

  • Kwik Kopy North Sydney wins best franchise 

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    Kwik Kopy North Sydney has been awarded the 2016 Kwik Kopy Franchise of the Year award after notching up the best sales figures and production rates. “Print is still very much alive, in fact it’s a growth market,” said co-owner Jeremiah Akladious (pictured, right).

  • Pozitive inks deal with Kiian 

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    Pozitive signed an Australian distribution deal with global ink manufacturer Kiian Digital as it targets the digital market. “Kiian Digital is a powerful addition to our portfolio, allowing us to meet the demands of the fast growing digital market” said Phil Trumble, MD, Pozitive.

  • Sacked workers save ALP election posters 

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    Workers from a collapsed Sydney signage company worked around the clock to complete a critical ALP order for the nationwide supply of election-day posters and banners. “Some of the staff have literally worked 24 hours a day to get this job completed,” said liquidator Amanda Young.

  • Abel Labels expands with a SurePress 

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    Abel Labels of Tasmania has made ‘a major investment’ in an Epson SurePress digital printer to cater to a growing customer demand for high quality digital work. “We are the first label printer in Tasmania to install a serious digital press. This gives us an advantage in quality and flexibility.”

  • News Corp buys APN regional for $36m 

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    Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp has agreed to pay $36.6 million for APN News & Media’s Australian regional media business (ARM), which includes 12 daily papers and 60 community publications. ‘”It means in the space of one week, APN has effectively exited traditional publishing altogether.”

  • Winds of Change – Currie adds specialists 

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    Currie Group strengthened its team in Melbourne with the addition of two specialist print veterans to its Labels & Packaging division and Equipment and Consumables unit. Jon Murray (pictured) says he’s excited to be joining Currie as the company continues to expand its L&P business.

  • NZ’s Design Print upgrades with CHILI 

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    Auckland design and marketing business Design Print Partners returned from drupa with a deal for the latest document editing software from CHILI publish. Design Print signed the agreement on the last day of the trade show in Düsseldorf.

  • For Sale: SE QLD Commerical Digital Printer 


    SE QLD Commercial Digital Printer For Sale – Longstanding B2 / B3 offset and digital business – circa $2.3 million turnover. Needs more sales, but priced to sell at $850,000 plus SAV.

  • Design students learn about the print world 

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    Graphic design students at St George TAFE gained valuable insight into the inner workings of the print industry in a class presented by industry gadfly James Cryer – who called on printing companies to open their doors to designers eager to broaden their knowledge.

  • drupa’s missed opportunity – Brunner 

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    Now that drupa 2016 is over, we can start hoping that at drupa 2020 the environmental will be in sharper focus. This year’s organisers missed a great opportunity to take the sustainability lead, according to industry consultant Laurel Brunner.

  • Wanted to Buy: NSW Packaging Printer 


    Wanted to Acquire – NSW based Packaging Printer. We have been engaged to search and acquire a NSW based packaging printer. Preferred turnover around $2–6 million. We understand that work profile may consist of some commercial print. We would also consider a related business.

  • LIA winners headed to drupa 


    Sometimes there’s more to winning than just the glory as two young industry professionals learned this year with fully funded trips to drupa in Germany. This time around the two LIA prizes went to Jessica McAuley from Drum Print in WA and Robert Smithers of Dominion Print Group NSW.

  • EFI adds another dimension 


    3D printing is the sizzle of the industry at present, even as printers recognise that accretive manufacturing has little to do with actual printing. More industry suppliers are picking up 3D technology; Konica Minolta sold over 20 units into the local market last year, although none to printers.

  • 1st FoldLine in the Pacific goes to Guam 


    The long awaited arrival of manroland’s digital finishing system in this part of the world has gone into the Pacific Daily News in the US Territory in the Pacific.

  • Sydney bookbinders merge in ‘tough’ market 

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    Leading Sydney bookbinders McPherson Binding and Graphic Bookbinding have merged into a new company called Sydney Binding after what they describe as a dramatic fall in the market. Graphic will close its factory in Kingsgrove and move into McPherson’s building at Rockdale.

  • Packager Detmold adds neighbour Custom Cartons 

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    South Australian-based global packaging group Detmold acquired Adelaide carton packager Custom Cartons to expand its manufacturing capability. Custom will continue to trade under its current brand from its existing premises located adjacent to Detmold Group in Brompton.

  • AGS picks up exclusive deals at drupa 

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    A two-man team from Australian Graphic Servicing (AGS) of Melbourne return home from drupa with a number of distribution deals to expand the company’s range of graphics equipment on offer to Australia and New Zealand markets.

  • Revisit drupa with the LIA 

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    The Lithographic Institute of Australia (LIA) is holding a special post-drupa dinner in Sydney this month to hear all the latest from the big trade show. Drupa Revisited guest speakers will include Print21 magazine editor and industry guru Andy McCourt, Phil Rennell from Currie Group, and others.

  • OKI unveils Neon Colour A4 printer 

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    Global manufacturer OKI launched a new addition to its Pro Series range of printers that produces fluorescent designs aimed at the graphic arts market. The Pro6410 NeonColour ‘liberates graphic design from the limits of standard CMY colour spectrum and offers A4 versatility.’

  • €450m in orders for Landa’s Nano presses 


    Landa has racked up more than €450 million ($A685m) in orders for its Nanographic Printing® presses after 200,000 visitors crowded the Landa stand at drupa 2016 to watch daily press demos. “Everyone is leaving drupa with the understanding that Nanography is a game changer.”