News Archive

  • Colin Longbottom heads towards the exit 

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    The digital paper pioneer calls it quits and passes the baton to BJ Ball’s ICON Digital Papers with some staff to retain their roles in the transition. Longbottom was perhaps the first paper merchant to spot the shift towards digital printing, branding his eponymous company as the industry digital supplier.

  • Market Watch October 2014 – acquisitions, mergers & major equipment sales 


    Richard Rasmussen, director of Ascent Partners, posts his monthly analysis in what made industry news – mergers, acquisitions, business sales and closures, as well as the latest major sales and installations of capital equipment.

  • Memjet contract dispute with Rapid – Andy McCourt 


    Never one to shy away from the fight for truth and justice, Andy McCourt again wades into the battle between Memjet and the Australian engineering manufacturer, Rapid Packaging. He reckons there’s more to it than meets the eye and delves back into history to search for answers.

  • Printing Industries webinars & training 


    There’s still time to register for this week’s Printing Industries’ webinar on Wednesday 5 November from 1pm which will illustrate how printing companies can make and save money through waste.

  • Screen gets the jump with high-productivity flatbed install 


    Fredrik Udên, Flash Graphics director, (pictured) is gaining a reputation for being one of the most uncompromising technologists in the industry. He is known for pushing the boundaries when it comes to investing in new equipment.

  • Australia’s biggest digital printer – On Demand – goes into liquidation 


    Bruce Peddlesden (pictured) pleads ill health as Michael Wu, Ability Press, leads a team of On Demand senior management in operating the Port Melbourne-based business under a service agreement.

  • Signs are not good for Sumo Visual Group 


    The Melbourne-based signage company went into voluntary administration yesterday despite supposedly winning some big contracts recently and installing a HP Scitex 10000. The company, which is part of a multi-national corporation, has 60-70 employees in Melbourne and Sydney.

  • Gallus takes on NZ label sales and service 


    James Rodden touches base with customers in New Zealand following a decision to change to direct representation for sales and service ahead of the introduction of the DCS340 digital press.

  • Welcome to the brave new world of Picas, Diemans and NPA direct entry 


    Tony Abbott’s initiation of a ‘new federalism’ comes in the wake of a similar reconfiguration of the printing awards system around Australia. There are now at least three different types of awards with no automatic entry by state winners into the National Print Awards.

  • Memjet tears up Rapid’s inkjet agreement 


    Australian pioneering developer cut off from developing and manufacturing Memjet-powered narrow-web inkjet label presses in shock, seemingly arbitrary, business manoeuvre by US private equity owners.

  • Collaboration is the future of re-launched Dscoop 

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    HP users group draws over 100 Indigo and wide-format users to breakfast meetings in Sydney and Melbourne as a new committee ignites the organisation with an orientation towards the future.

  • 6 million cartridges make a mark at Planet Ark 


    Commercial printers are increasingly differentiated in the marketplace by their environmental practices – one of which is reducing waste through recycling toner cartridges.

  • Overflow … extras… fun stuff … the best bits 

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    Bits’n'pieces, heard on the wire, all the stuff that didn’t make it anywhere else.
    Big data is dumb… digital v’s film … James Rodden wins at golf

  • Calgraphics bets on EFI workflow – Print21 magazine 


    Before he went to Las Vegas, Melbourne sign and display printer, Andrew Bennet, thought EFI was primarily a hardware manufacturer – then he realised it was the leader in software for the printing industry.

  • TLC Finishing equipment up for sale 


    Conflicting versions as to who owns what in the equipment line-up of the failed company are muddying the waters with competing interests between the administrator, Cor Cordis, and Michael Smith of Perfectly Bound making any realisation of assets very difficult.

  • New wide-format centre in Melbourne 

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    The first Melbourne showing of the monoFab ARM-10 3D printer will be a highlight when Roland DG cuts the ribbon on its Mulgrave showroom. The new Victorian Creative Centre features a full range of Roland’s wide format printing technology and engraving equipment as well as the monoFab machine.

  • Vistaprint looks for trade advantage 


    The multi-national’s ‘for trade’ vehicle, Trade Advantage, reports satisfaction with its initial engagement with commercial printing, although some printers are loathe to actually use the free $100 voucher that came with the offer.

  • Commercial Notice – Print & Design Franchise for Sale 


    A well presented, long established, print and design franchise located on Sydney’s Lower North Shore is for sale.

  • Digital is the main game for Satellite 


    A new partner, a new location, a second HP Indigo and a very sophisticated workflow has positioned long-term Currie Group customer, Satellite Digital, to take off for new markets.

  • TLC Print Finishing equipment is back in play 


    Liquidator confirms that the deal with Michael Smith of Perfectly Bound is off and the remaining kit from the failed finishing company will go to a public auction in the next few weeks.