News Archive

  • Opus new backers in the market for investment funding 


    Hong Kong-based printing company, 1010, is negotiating with potential third parties to recapitalise the troubled Opus business following its successful novation takeover.

  • Allan Ryan to lead $11m printing Transformation 


    Industry innovator comes on board to kick-start the largest government-funded industry adjustment scheme since the seminal Print21 project at the start of the century. The far-reaching scheme is designed to help graphic communication businesses to meet the market of the future.

  • No offset press manufacturers in Snap list 


    A web design company, Bloomtools and an insurance broker, OAMPS, join mainstream industry suppliers in a ‘partnership initiative’ with the franchise chain.

  • DES lends its weight to Seiko Infotech wide-format 

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    The national supplier is “pleased and proud” to sign on as a distribution partner to sell and support ColorPainter M-64s printers Australia wide for the Japanese brand.

  • Top team signed for Epson SureColor F2000 


    An A-list of specialist partners and dealers is already rolling out the revolutionary Epson direct-to-garment (DTG) inkjet printer to printers across Australia & NZ. Andreas Johansson, Kayell Australia is claiming one of the first sales to his customer, Nayyal Saamad, Business Junction, in Sydney.

  • Printing Industries Events update 

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    Two webinars were announced this week by Joe Kowalewski, communications director of Printing Industries.The first on the practice of producing bar codes will be delivered by industry expert John Lane, Manager of the Bar Code Testing team who has overseen the testing of more than one million bar codes. Click to learn more.

  • Nick Pond’s SA print safari – Print21 magazine article Part 2 


    In the first part Nick Pond was exploring the ins and out of printing in Adelaide. This time around he meets with two very different printers… Photo Academy and Label partners.

  • Konica Minolta breaks early with bizhub PRESS C1100 

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    New National Sales Director, David Procter, unleashes his top runners one month early as part of a strategy to contest every post in the digital print derby. Upwards of 26 Konica Minolta sales agents thronged the company’s North Ryde offices this week for the ‘soft’ release of the flagship presses.

  • Power take off for Jet Technologies Rosebery HQ 


    1st Screen Truepress Jet in Australia stars at the new high-tech facility of leading label industry supplier as the digital label press market grows. The opening of the Jet Technologies new offices and showroom in Sydney last week attracted a wide range industry professionals.

  • HK printer buys $51 million Opus debt for $20 million 


    1010 Printing Group has emerged as the effective owner of the heavily leveraged Opus Group by paying CBA $20 million in due debt and standing in as the troubled company’s senior debt provider for the remaining $31 million that falls due in 2016

  • Nick Pond’s SA print safari – Print21 magazine article Part l 


    Nick Pond went to Adelaide and was entranced by the City of Churches. In this 1st part of his report he starts with a visit to Finsbury Green. This was my first visit and as I stepped off the plane and was met by a crisp South Australian autumn morning, I was sold right there.

  • Vistaprint’s Aussie plant gets Shingo gong 


    Continuous improvement institute honours Deer Park web2print facility for world-class results and a strong culture of operational excellence. The award is the first time a printing company worldwide has been recognised for its operational excellence.

  • LIA’s 50th Anniversary Celebration 


    It’s going to be a great night. Come one, come all ; all ex-office bearers, members and industry friends, old and new, are invited to a Lithographic Institute of Australia (LIA) special anniversary dinner that an historical account of a wonderful journey – ands a wine appreciation.

  • Trade label printer gets 1st Rapid XL220 


    Scott Fredman is kick starting a revolution at Evolution where a new business concept for the label industry will be powered by the Nick Mansell’s latest memjet-powered press.

  • Tharstern ANZ all good with UK MBO 


    It’s business as usual for PRIMO users here as local distributor welcomes the management buyout as a guarantee of continuing competition. Tresta Keegan, managing director, Tharstern Australia & New Zealand, says the MBO has positive implications for local users.

  • Currie Group turns 65 years – meet the man at the helm: Print21 magazine article 

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    It is 45 years since David Currie stepped aboard his family’s business, 65 years since father Bill Currie first set up as a printing engineer in Melbourne and 21 years since Bill passed away. On a significant anniversary the man on the bridge of the largest privately-owned graphic arts supplier in the industry shares some of his views and experiences with Patrick Howard.

  • Wayne Sidwell goes around the world with Wellcom 


    Iconic market technology enterprise buys TheLab in New York fro $7.2million to complete a worldwide network of graphic arts production facilities. The acquisition of the creative production agency means that the South Melbourne business now operates out of London, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Adelaide, Sydney, Auckland, New York, Los Angeles and Ohio.

  • 1st Future Print apprentice leverages his experience 


    Two years ago David Smith had the opportunity to do an apprenticeship at the Sunshine Coast company where he’d been working as an offsider but he knocked it back. Now on the job training gives him the chance to progress from offsider to qualified print finisher at Queensland Trade Press.

  • Grins all round as EFI gets DirectSmile Cross Media 


    Berlin-based software finally gives EFI a variable data print (VDP) generator for its Fiery Rip that is capable of competing with Fuji Xerox’s industry-leading XMPie. The takeover is a perfect fit for EFI, which has been missing cross media marketing automation from its RIP.

  • ZAC brings new intelligence to plate processing 


    In its new partnership with Heidelberg to supply plates, Fujifilm is promoting the benefits of ZAC technology, its award-winning advanced plate processing solution.