News Archive

  • API Foils pulls out of local direct representation 


    BJ Ball, one of Australia’s largest paper, print media and consumables distributors, is taking over the sales and distribution operation in Australia and New Zealand from April 1st 2015.

  • Murdoch moves on APN with $90 million investment 


    News Corp picks up a 14.99 % stake in the media group that operates regional newspapers and radio stations on both sides of the Tasman.

  • What do printers want? – survey results 

    Printing Industries

    An industry survey has identified the need for proper training as the number one concern amongst print business owners and professionals.

  • SEAGA rules OK – Tony Foley gets the measure of Steel Rule Distributors 


    CITO die-cutting supply agency moves to Melbourne following the buyout of the long established Sydney-based Steel Rule Distributors. Buyout reinforces SEAGA role as die-cutting equipment and consumables supplier.

  • Winds of Change – Key appointments at DES and Spandex 


    DES is ramping up its expertise by adding two new industry professionals to its sales team for the high performance Seiko ColorPainter.

  • Dealing with grumpy nuns in the workplace 


    Some people are so difficult they make everyone else’s lives a misery, says psychologist and TV personality Nigel Latta, a headline speaker at the upcoming PrintNZ Industry Forum.

  • emma fails to impress Roy Morgan 


    The first year of expanded data from the newspaper publisher-backed survey, Enhanced Media Metrics Australia (emma), shows newspaper readership on mobile devices has jumped 26%, offsetting a decline in printed newspaper readership.

  • Dscoop braves US deep freeze for the cause of print 

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    A group of 26 Australian HP customers battled “bloody freezing” temperatures and record snowfalls to attend this year’s 10th Dscoop conference in Washington DC.

  • Publishing papers bounce back after collapse 


    Demand for coated woodfree paper slumped a massive 56.4 percent in the December quarter as merchants holding high-level stocks held off buying.

  • IPMG & the technique of smart printing 


    In an industry long focused on hardware for putting marks on paper, the development of sophisticated MIS has had a more marked effect on printing’s ability survive and thrive in the internet age. IPMG, Australia’s largest privately owned printing group, now relies on EFI’s Technique to drive its future.

  • Where the buck stops – Craig Dunsford, General Manager of Printing, IPMG 


    For a major project to succeed requires the backing of the person in charge. Craig Dunsford is CEO Printing across IPMG with the ultimate responsibility for the performance of the business. Patrick Howard asked him how the Technique transition went.

  • End of mercury lamps for UV curing – Brunner 


    What happens in Europe matters, even though the EU’s health and safety decisions may seem remote from the local industry. A good example is the deliberation on the use of mercury in equipment such as UV curing lamps.

  • Print’s three tribes – pessimists, optimists & opportunists – Andy McCourt 

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    There’s an old saw about pessimists seeing a glass half-empty and optimists seeing it half-full. Then there’s the one that while the pessimist and optimist were arguing over it, an opportunist drank the wine.

  • Servicom Pacific is the new Toyo Ink distributor 


    High-profile Japanese ink manufacturer is restructuring its Australian operations, getting out of direct representation but continuing to concentrate on ink manufacturing at its Kilsyth factory approximately 35 kms east of the Melbourne in the Dandenongs.

  • ‘Smart printing!’ Print21 magazine out now 

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    What does ‘Smart printing’ mean, how does it change your production and what are the payoffs in production values, customer satisfaction and profit? Read all about it in the latest issue of your favorite graphic arts magazine in print and online.

  • Boomer printers want out within 10 years 


    It had to happen – the defining cohort of society for the past 50 years are coming near the time when they want to get out and sell their printing businesses. Around 1200 commercial printing companies in Australia are owned by baby boomers over 55 years.

  • Seiko ColorPainter expands sales and service 


    Canon joins DES in distributing the innovative wide-format series of printers in Australia. Signalling a renewed energy in addressing the broad graphic arts market as well as the signage and display sector, Seiko Infotek has signed Canon for ColorPainter.

  • Ricoh volunteers rescue 90,000 tsunami photos 


    “Save the memory’ project collected, cleaned and digitzed photographs found in the disaster areas to return them to their owners.

  • ‘No sacred cows’ in revamp of priorities – Leach’ 

    Printing Industries

    Transforming industry culture is top of the agenda for Printing Industries as it leads the way in re-shaping the graphic arts industries in Australia. David Leach, president, invites the industry to help re-shape the Association by identifying and prioritising services businesses expect and want.

  • Welcome to the … Media Super NPA 

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    Naming rights for the national competition goes to the industry super fund that already sponsors the state-based Picas