News Archive

  • Global labels giant Constantia grabs Pemara 


    Austrian-based Constantia has acquired leading Melbourne label manufacturer Pemara as it strengthens its position in the South-East Asia market. The deal, for an undisclosed amount, is expected to be completed in a few months.

  • Pozitive wins exclusive DGI textile printer deal 

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    Sydney supplier Pozitive has secured the exclusive Australian distribution rights for DGI wide format textile printers. “They will play a big role in the development of the Australian textile printing market,” said Pozitive MD Philip Trumble.

  • Heidelberg posts $1.75bn in 1st half sales 

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    Heidelberg’s push into new growth areas including services and digital helped boost the company’s sales in the first half of the financial year to $A1.75 billion (€1.16bn). Earnings before tax increased to $118 million, up from $79 million for the same period last year.

  • Revenue surge for Signwave 


    Sign and graphics franchise company Signwave says a 12 percent jump in September quarter revenue underlines the strength of the local signage industry. Half of the company’s centres increased sales by more than 10%, with four increasing revenue by over 40%.

  • ‘Toxic’ threat to gravure printing in Europe 

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    An ongoing European initiative linked to the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) directive could spell the end of gravure printing in Europe, according to industry consultant Laurel Brunner.

  • Currie Roadshow says ‘Thanks Perth” 


    Bernie Robinson, managing director, sends a big vote of thanks to all the Currie Group customers, and the other industry professionals, who came to visit the mobile showroom this week at Osborne Park.

  • Print21 magazine Show Special is Out Now! 

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    Focusing on the international world of printing, the latest issue of Print21 magazine hits your desk with on-the-spot reviews from Labelexpo in Brussels, IGAS in Tokyo and Visual Impact in Melbourne. If you’re not getting yours – sign up here today.

  • Severe shortages in thermal paper supplies 


    A severe global shortage of thermal paper used in ATMs and cash registers has forced Australian converter Charters Paper to meet in person with European mill owners to secure vital quotas needed by clients that include major banks, retailers and lottery companies.

  • BJ Ball backs WSU design graduates 


    Paper merchant BJ Ball is once again a major sponsor of this year’s Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) graduate exhibition at the Western Sydney University. The exhibition titled Emergent showcases major projects by 4th year students and is curated by the students themselves.

  • Screen Truepress boosts Resolution Imaging 


    Melbourne large format printer Resolution Imaging says its new Screen Truepress Jet W3200UV-HS flatbed UV has been ‘a huge success’ in boosting production and quality. “A step up in productivity, a step up in quality and several steps up in versatility,” said director Darren Watkins.

  • New digital applications – Countdown to drupa 


    New print applications are often the best way to boost growth but good management practices are essential in order to avoid disappointing results, according to a new drupa report that surveyed 750 printers from around the globe.

  • LATMA and ANZFTA to vote on merger into FLPA 

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    The Label and Tag Manufacturers Association (LATMA) and the Flexographic Technical Association (ANZFTA) will vote this month on a proposed merger into a new group provisionally titled the Flexographic & Label Printing Association Australia (FLPA).

  • ChAFTA and Verse – Andy McCourt’s ReVerb 

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    The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) could pass through parliament as law in early 2016. What does it mean for the printing and packaging industry? Will we get the flow-on from the much touted ‘jobs, income, prosperity’ mantra?

  • Ive grows with Digital Logic and Pareto 


    Print and marketing group Ive has launched a buying spree ahead of a widely anticipated second run at the ASX. It has acquired digital and direct marketing agency Digital Logic just days after picking up Australia’s largest not-for-profit fundraising and direct communications group, Pareto.

  • Graph-Pak tops $1.5m in October 

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    Graph-Pak posted a record $1.5 million in sales for October with seven commercial and trade printers signing up for new laminating equipment and spot UV machines. “Business had been slow but we’ve had a fantastic October and basically we’ve done a year’s budget in a month.”

  • Bobst inkjet is ‘game changer’ for packaging 


    Australian packaging producers are looking towards 2017 when the Kodak-powered inkjet presses become available in this region for the folding carton, corrugated board and flexible materials sector.

  • Good times for Adelaide printers 


    The Currie Roadshow winds up its Adelaide leg today before the 22-wheel mobile showroom takes off across the Nullarbor for next week’s event in Perth. Currie’s iconic demonstration truck yesterday attracted crowds of local printers to the West Adelaide Football club at the City Mazda Stadium.

  • For Sale – Commercial Printer – Queensland 


    Long standing offset and digital printer that ticks all the boxes:
    Quality, longstanding clients.
    Very reasonably priced – $1,950,000 plus SAV and WIP.

  • Canon adds NZ Post’s Converga 


    Canon Australia has made its fourth acquisition in four years, buying New Zealand Post Group’s managed services and outsourcing company Converga for an undisclosed sum.

  • Open up the windows and breathe 

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    There are many ways printers and publishers can improve staff productivity but if you’ve already exhausted the possibilities of dress down Fridays and booze-it-up Wednesdays, try opening the windows and see if it makes a difference to how well people do their jobs.