News Archive

  • Apprentices keen on digital: PIAA (video) 

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    A revamped printing apprenticeship program has struck a chord with digital-savvy young people unwilling to commit to the traditional four-year apprenticeship. “The most encouraging feedback from students was that they were keen to adopt digital and other new technologies,” said PIAA.

  • Next winner at HP Awards 

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    Sydney digital printer Next Printing has taken out the grand prize and four other major awards at this year’s sixth HP Digital Print Excellence Awards for HP Sign and Display in Singapore.

  • Price is right for HH Global 

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    Former PaperlinX chief Andrew Price has been appointed CEO Asia-Pacific of print marketing and services giant HH Global. Price was sacked by PaperlinX just weeks before the collapse of its UK operation in April. “I am excited to be working with this highly successful team,” said Price.

  • B2 digital redux – Andy McCourt’s ReVerb 

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    There was a lot of skepticism about the prospects for B2 digital given the longer run lengths and additional colours, coatings and drying associated with B2 work. What is happening is that the markets – printers and their clients – have spoken and said unto us: “we want B2 digital and its capabilities.”

  • 10 out of 10 for HP Indigo 10000 

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    David Currie marked a significant milestone in the digital march of the commercial printing industry with the announcement of the 10th installation of the groundbreaking HP Indigo 10000 press.

  • mX stop press costs 19 jobs 

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    News Corp has announced 19 redundancies at its Port Melbourne printing press in the wake of the axing of the company’s free commuter newspaper mX. One of the sacked printers described the decision as “another nail in the coffin for manufacturing in Australia.”

  • Brother’s $A2 billion Domino effect 

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    Japanese electronics giant Brother Industries has bought UK printer Domino Printing Sciences in a deal worth £1 billion ($A2 billion). Domino will continue to operate as a stand-alone division in the combined business under the terms of the sale.

  • Chameleon adapts to a changing market 

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    Queensland’s rebranded Chameleon Group is pushing ahead with a growth strategy and has two more businesses in its immediate sights. “We’re looking at a couple more businesses in the north of Queensland but I can’t say any more about that at this time,” said GM Chris Krieger.

  • Print and the value of relevance – drupa 2016 #1 

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    Next year in Düsseldorf in May, drupa 2016 will present the iconic printing trade show with the theme … ‘Touch the Future.’ In the first of a series of expert articles, here is a view of the industry from Düsseldorf by Gareth Ward.

  • Flexible Kiwis add Australian Packaging 

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    NZ flexible packaging specialist Gravure has bought Sydney-based Australian Packaging as it continues an ambitious expansion plan. “The acquisition will provide an opportunity to cross-sell on both sides of the Tasman, said Greg Chapman, MD GPL.

  • Laser cutter powers ‘For Trade’ label service 

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    Claiming an ‘industry first’ with his GM laser diecutting system, Nick Lowe, owner of Guru Labels, has launched a portal for printers promoting the ‘end of tooling costs.’ The pioneering converter has installed a Xeikon 3030 digital press backed up by the first GM (Grafisk Maskinfabrik) in the country.

  • Your print is in the mail 

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    Printing Industries has teamed up with PMP Distribution to launch a new low-cost letterbox marketing and distribution service for its members. Letterbox Marketing Plus will provide preferential pricing and access to 14,000+ local walkers in more than 30,000 neighbourhoods around the country.

  • ISO installs X-Rite CxF3 as new industry standard 

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    The ISO has adopted X-Rite’s Color Exchange Format version 3 (CxF3) as the new industry standard for colour data exchange. “This standard provides the graphic arts industry with an accurate, efficient way to communicate colour information across any supply chain.”

  • PaperlinX update: Irish operation sold 

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    PaperlinX has confirmed the sale of its Irish business as the company continues its long road out of Europe. The Irish operation has been bought by former director Enda Brophy and will be renamed GPM Sign & Display and GPM Commercial Print, according to UK reports.

  • Catalogues drive PMP resurgence 

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    Printer and publisher PMP says its resilient catalogue business was the key factor in a financial turnaround that has allowed the company to pay down $30 million of debt over the past year. PMP has also announced its intention to pay dividends to investors for the first time in three years.

  • Australians in Bangkok for ProPak Asia 

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    A large Australian contingent has joined 1600 exhibitors at this year’s biggest-ever ProPak Asia event in Thailand. More than 4500 machines from across the world are on display. Australian companies with stands include Accupak, Fibre King, Oryx Automation, Heat & Control, HMPS, Maselli Asia Pacific, Metz, Floveyor, HBM Plastics, Hot Melt Packaging, Select Packaging, TNA Australia and others.

  • Birmingham back with new print show 

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    Following the loss of IPEX to London after hosting the premiere trade show for decades, the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in the UK is launching The Print Show to bring the printing industry back to the midlands.

  • ive float cancelled – at least for now 

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    Printing and marketing company ive Group has cancelled its proposed ASX float that could have been the biggest stock play in the printing industry. “Given underlying market conditions, shareholders of ive Group decided to postpone their proposed IPO transaction,” said brokers.

  • Printer soars to sustainability award 

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    An Auckland printer has won a sustainability award after cutting its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% and saving $50,000 in a year. “We firmly believe that it is the responsibility of each generation to leave things in better shape for the generation that follows,” said Jenny Carter of Soar Printing.

  • Heidelberg switches to digital for growth 

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    Offset giant Heidelberg says a new strategic alignment focused on the services and digital sectors will produce a return to growth next year. “Future growth will be generated primarily by investment in services, consumables and digital printing.”