News Archive

  • Future Print launches online training 


    Future Print has released its first online training program that was developed with the support of Printing Industries and the AMWU. “We are very excited about the potential of online training, which…is particularly valuable for smaller businesses and those in rural and regional locations.”

  • New chapter in Opus Group revival sees it exit NZ outdoor business 


    Less than a year out of a major capital restructuring, Opus Group has posted an initial six monthly profit of $4.8 million and paid out 20% of it in dividends.

  • Pact posts strong result, flags more acquisitions 


    Australia’s biggest plastic packaging manufacturer Pact reported a profit of $67.63 million for the year, up 17% on the previous year. “The Board and management continue to assess a range of M&A opportunities focussing on adjacencies, geographical expansion and acquisitions.”

  • PMP doubles profit despite revenue slump 


    Australasia’s leading printer PMP says its resurgent catalogue business has driven ‘a major uplift in profit’ to $8 million, after several years of ‘unsatisfactory performance.’ However, revenue was down by $87.5 million (9.7%) to $811.7 million.

  • 5 ways digital printing can change your business – and your life 


    James Cryer reckons it’s too easy for printers to get bogged down in technical arguments about digital printing, such as dye-sublimation v’s toner, or whether a thermal inkjet heads are preferable to piezo. He argues we should focus on what digital technology can do for us.

  • Visual Impact a hit with exhibitors 


    Over 60 of the industry’s leading players have signed up to showcase their latest technologies at next month’s Visual Impact and Exhibitions Expo in Melbourne. “We are absolutely delighted with the calibre of names on our exhibitor list,” said Peter Harper of Visual Connections.

  • The Recyclability of Everything 


    A project aimed at ensuring that printed matter can be effectively recycled is proving a challenge for industry consultant Laurel Brunner. “It’s work that must be done, no matter how numb and bludgeoned it leaves the little grey cells.”

  • Winds of Change – Mark Fletcher joins EFI APAC 


    Print technology developer EFI has appointed marketing specialist Mark Fletcher to its Asia Pacific (APAC) marketing team. Fletcher will take up his new Sydney-based position next week.

  • $392m loss and name change for PaperlinX 


    PaperlinX has reported a loss of $392.3 million following the disastrous collapse of its European operation and says it will seek shareholder support to change its corporate name to Spicers Limited.

  • PIAA wins ‘major victory’ at Fair Work Commission 


    Printing Industries claims a major victory for employers at the Fair Work Commission, defeating an AMWU application that sought to vary the Graphic Arts Award by providing time-off in lieu of overtime at the overtime rate rather than the current time-for-time rate.

  • NPCIA CEO exits in ‘refresh’ 

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    Stan Moore has stepped aside as CEO of the National Packaging Covenant as the sustainable packaging initiative begins an organisational restructure ahead of a updated Covenant due next year. Moore previously had been critical of the federal government’s commitment to the scheme.

  • APN posts 67% drop in first half profit 


    APN News & Media, the trans-Tasman newspaper publisher and radio station operator, reported a 67% slump in profit to $7.5 million for the six months to June 30, down from $22.6 million. ARM, the Australian regional newspaper unit, posted a 5% fall in first-half revenue to $94.5m.

  • Winds of Change – Mesaros promoted at HP Inc. 


    Rob Mesaros has been named the new South Pacific MD of HP’s new personal systems and printing businesses unit to be known as HP Inc. HP plans to separate into two new publicly traded Fortune 50 companies – HP Enterprise and HP Inc.

  • Shake-up for NZ outdoor ad market 

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    APN Outdoor and oOh!media have both signed major deals aimed at boosting their presence in New Zealand’s thriving outdoor media advertising market.

  • Patently absurd? – Andy McCourt’s ReVerb 


    Patent disputes happen all the time and the latest is by Memjet against HP, alleging infringement of its pagewide ‘waterfall’ technology on eight counts, citing just about everything HP has done in inkjet over the past few years. Andy McCourt looks at the ramifications.

  • Falling Aussie dollar threatens paper mills 


    The falling Australian dollar could lead to a ‘supply-side shock’ in the publishing paper market and threaten the future of some paper mills, say industry experts. “If they don’t increase their prices, some mills may not be able to continue to supply.”

  • Revival of handpainted sign making 

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    The age-old art of freehand sign making is being revived at the relaunched Signwave Australia centre in Balmain, Sydney. Once the norm, professionally designed and freehand painted signs have largely been replaced by computer technology and digital printers.

  • On the power of newspaper printing – Print21 magazine 

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    Bob Lockley is at the epicentre of the greatest rationalisation of newspaper presses in the history of the region. He talks with Patrick Howard about how Fairfax Media is adapting to the realities of the market and positioning itself for the future.

  • The drinkable book that can save lives – video 

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    An American researcher looking for a way to sanitise water has invented a ‘drinkable book’ with pages that can be torn out and used as filters. The paper eliminates 99 percent of bacteria living in the dirtiest water.

  • Visual Impact Melbourne 2015 seminar list 

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    Visual Impact Melbourne 2015 and the Exhibition Expo are less than a month away and organisers have released details of the free seminar program. Early highlights include: How to Build a Successful Social Media Campaign.