News Archive

  • ‘Limitations’ in the digital classroom 

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    New research shows students using technology as a study tool in the classroom have learning and retention limitations when compared to those using pencil and paper. Victoria Fratin from Two Sides Australia reports.

  • Team Starleaton skills up at TAFE 


    Ben Eaton rolls up his sleeves to learn first hand what it takes for signage apprentices to become qualified at Sydney’s School of Printing. It’s not often you see managing directors doing the hard yards of manual work but unusual tactics are required to deal with the shortage of trained personnel.

  • Xerox to buy world’s biggest printer: report 

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    Xerox has begun negotiations to buy the world’s largest print group, US-based RR Donnelley & Sons, according to US reports. Xerox would acquire Donnelley and merge some of it with its copier, printer and related-services business and the rest with its smaller business process outsourcing unit.

  • Protectaprint fire was arson: police 

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    Police have launched an arson investigation into a suspicious fire that last week destroyed the former Protectaprint factory at Beverley in Adelaide’s west. It’s understood the Protectaprint operation had just relocated out of the premises in recent weeks.

  • $7m expansion for packager Signet 

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    Brisbane-based labels and packaging manufacturer Signet has invested $7 million to expand its factory space and make room for a giant Italian plastic extrusion machine that will produce packaging previously imported from Asia.

  • Fairfax completes regional print upgrade 

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    Fairfax has completed a successful upgrade of its regional printing operation at Tamworth, NSW with a strong focus on safety. The original Fairfax Media printing press in Tamworth was installed back in 1997 and constructed from second-hand equipment from various sites around Australia.

  • MBE Australia scoops marketing award 

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    Mail Boxes Etc. (MBE) Australia has won a global MBE Marketing Excellence Award that recognises marketing ideas and campaigns. MBE Australia’s head office entered a Wide Format campaign from a 2015 quarterly marketing action plan which competed against entries from 31 other countries.

  • NZME printer wins global honours 

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    NZME’s newspaper printing plant at Ellerslie has won repeat entry into the exclusive WAN-IFRA International Newspaper Color Quality Club. The printer was recognised for its production of the 32-page broadsheet Chinese Herald, which is printed four times a week on a 20-year-old Goss HT70 press.

  • Wu walks after fall out with the Aboughattas 


    Managing director of Ability Press in Melbourne Docklands is accused of lying to his partners over last year’s high profile merger.

  • Scodix in mega deal with Avery Dennison 

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    Scodix, a provider of digital enhancement presses for the graphic arts industry, signed a global partnership agreement with Avery Dennison that includes the biggest customer deal in its history. Ten Scodix Ultra Pro presses will be placed in Avery Dennison RBIS facilities around the world.

  • Free webinars from Future Print 

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    What a month it’s been! The transformations at drupa were followed by Brexit shockwaves and a Federal election that left voters and business in limbo. Now, as a new Financial Year dawns, Future Print announces a webinar program to help businesses navigate the constantly shifting landscape.

  • Wild Format Technology – Introduction 


    This is the first in a series of articles explaining how you can use wide format digital printing technology to produce exciting and innovative media concepts.

  • Digital marketing 101 – Neopost Expert Article 


    Digital marketing may seem like the enemy of print, but it’s a channel like any other to be used to grow and develop your business. Diane Costa from Marketing Mechanics, (pictured) one of the Neopost team of experts presenting a Technology Showcase in Sydney later this month, tells how it’s done.

  • LIA hosts Roland DG visit 

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    The Lithographic Association of Australia (NSW) is hosting a site visit to Roland DG Australia’s facility at Frenchs Forest in Sydney next month. The event will include live demonstrations and business model overviews from a team of technology and application experts.

  • Enter now for 2016 ASGA Sign Awards 

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    Entries close next week for the 2016 Australian Sign & Graphics Awards that will be presented during the Visual Impact EXPO at Sydney Olympic Park in September. This year’s entrants will go in the draw to win a free trip for two to the 2017 ISA Sign Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • Snap shock – CEO Stephen Edwards resigns 

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    Stephen Edwards has resigned as CEO of Snap Franchising after 15 years with the company. The surprise move was announced in a brief press statement that said Edwards “has decided to devote himself to other interests and pursue new opportunities.”

  • Spicers appoints David Martin as new CEO 

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    Former Avery Dennison executive David Martin will replace Andy Preece as CEO of ASX-listed paper merchant Spicers. “David is an executive of proven ability with the right fit of skills and experience to lead our businesses in Australia, New Zealand and Asia.”

  • LATMA & ANZFTA merge into FPLMA 

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    The Label and Tag Manufacturers Association of Australia (LATMA) and the Australia New Zealand Flexographic Technical Association (ANZFTA) have voted “overwhelmingly” to merge into a new organisation called the Flexible Packaging & Label Manufacturers Association (FPLMA).

  • 14 more Bennys for Body of Work 


    Australian photographer Bob Armstrong’s design and print agency Body of Work walked away with 14 “Bennys” at the 2016 American Premier Print Awards. It’s the 4th successive year Body of Work has received the most number of Benjamin Franklin Awards. Momento Pro was also a winner.

  • Epson acquires textile printer Robustelli 


    Epson Group acquired Italian textile printing business Fratelli Robustelli in a deal aimed at expanding the two companies’ collaboration in digital inkjet textile printing. The news has been welcomed by Epson Australia as “a very exciting development.”