News Archive

  • Australian Paper’s $10 million dispute 


    Australia’s only manufacturer of printing paper, Japanese-owned Australian Paper, is facing allegations that it refused to pay a $10m debt owed to supplier VicForests. The Gippsland-based Australian Paper, which produces Reflex paper, has posted four consecutive years of losses.

  • Victorian printer edges ahead 

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    Edge Print, which grew out of the merger of three established printing businesses in north-eastern Victoria, says the future looks bright after some daunting challenges in the first few months of operations. “We faced some major internal changes in bringing three different cultures under the one roof.”

  • K.W.Doggett goes wide with Avery Dennison 


    Paper merchant K.W.Doggett Fine Paper has launched into the wide format market and will become the largest supplier of Avery Dennison wide format products in Australia. The merchant is also a distributor of Avery Dennison’s self-adhesive sheets range for offset and screen printing markets.

  • Survival of the smartest – Andy McCourt’s ReVerb 

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    We’re hearing a lot of survival stories lately; if not survival – continuance of existence while adapting to big changes. The tide of business failures in the printing and allied industries appears to be ebbing. But smart, critical thinking is only part of the story.

  • Imports increase pressure on folding box market 

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    Australia’s folding boxboard market is under increasing pressure from substrate imports and consolidation looks inevitable, according to the latest Pulp & Paper Edge Intelligence Report from industry bible IndustryEdge.

  • Mother’s dying wish for historic WA newspaper 


    “Perhaps there are a few old printers about that miss the smell of ink and the chatter of linotypes,” says Rod Walker, owner of the 100-year-old Gnowangerap Star and its museum-like collection of hot metal presses. “My late mother’s wish was that it would not be sold off piecemeal,” says Walker.

  • Epson Winter Promotion 

  • Obituary: Kwik Kopy pioneer, Bruce Petfield, passes 


    Former Printing Industries Queensland Board member and industry identity, Bruce Petfield, died last weekend at his family home in Brisbane. Mr Petfield was one of the first five owners to buy into Kwik Kopy.

  • Print21 wide-format special issue – Out Now! 

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    Market survey and FESPA report highlights wide format innovations and utilisation in packaging sector as well as signage industry. This year’s FESPA exhibition in Cologne was the largest ever and showcased the latest technology in wide format technology.

  • Heidelberg forced to cover for CEO 


    The undisclosed health problems of Heidelberg CEO Gerold Linzbach has forced the press giant to appoint CFO Dirk Kaliebe as a temporary deputy chairman who will take on CEO duties. Linzbach has been on sick leave and his recovery is “likely to be delayed longer than expected.”

  • Ricoh NZ inks recycling deal with Croxley 


    Ricoh NZ will recycle all of its e-waste – including discarded computers, printers, phones and other electronic equipment – in a nationwide deal with ink and consumables recycler Croxley Recycling. “We’re proactive in the way we seek to handle all of our waste,” said Ricoh’s Charley Peace.

  • Amcor buys Indian packager for $35 million 

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    Australian packaging giant Amcor has acquired a publicly listed specialty packaging company in India for $US26.4 million ($A35 million) to expand its presence in southern India. “India is a very attractive market for flexible packaging driven by strong economic growth,” said Amcor.

  • PIAA scores Jason Allen as new CEO 


    Former Waratahs CEO Jason Allen will replace Bill Healey as CEO of Printing Industries, effective 20 July 2015. Healey, who is retiring after four years in the job, said Allen’s background would complement the board’s vision for the future of the association.

  • Heidelberg defends Chinese partnership 

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    Heidelberg says its new partnership with Chinese manufacturer Masterwork Machinery (MK) is part of a plan to extend its reach into the folding carton market. Heidelberg dismissed suggestions it might be ‘diluting its brand image’ by allying with an Asian manufacturer.

  • Blue Star takes in Oxygen 


    Blue Star is pressing ahead with its aggressive expansion strategy in the wake of last month’s cancelled ASX float by parent company IVE Group and has signed a Heads of Agreement deal to acquire leading Sydney digital and sheetfed printer Oxygen.

  • ‘Eye candy’ packaging: drupa expert report 


    Looks count and first impressions matter. It will probably be a spot color, a distinctive font, or the artful application of a metallic ink on the exterior of the pack that initiates the relationship between a brand and a consumer, says industry analyst Des King, in the latest expert article from drupa.

  • Fairfax sells off Tullamarine and Chullora plants 


    Fairfax has sold its former newspaper printing plants in Sydney and Melbourne to property fund manager Charter Hall Group in a deal worth $55 million. The deal reflects ‘a strategy to pull back from print as the main distribution platform for the company’s papers,’ according to a newspaper report.

  • Sydney printer stays loyal to Heidelberg offset 


    Sydney printer Innovative Print Solutions has bucked the shift to digital by ordering a new Heidelberg XL 75 six-colour offset press to compliment its digital and wide format work. “It is going against the current industry trend somewhat but there’s a huge amount of offset work out there.”

  • Mobiles drive surge in digital newspapers 

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    Digital readership of Australian newspapers has exploded over the past year with more than 450,000 additional readers, according to a new survey. Mobile readership is heaviest among people aged 25-39, with 38% consuming newspaper content on their mobile in the last four weeks.

  • Xerox launches iGen5 colour press 


    Xerox has unveiled the iGen5 colour press, its latest digital colour cutsheet press that features an expanded colour gamut with an optional fifth colour. The machine is the first in the iGen range to offer a fifth colour option alongside CMYK. The optional fifth colours are orange, green or blue dry ink.