News Archive

  • Spicers flags paper price rises 

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    Leading paper merchant is letting the industry know its intention to lift prices as of Monday April 10 in response to rising international mill prices. Spicers will be announcing a forthcoming price increase across specific products within its Commercial Print Portfolio.

  • Australian winners in World Label Awards 

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    Five Australian label companies and one from New Zealand have won 2016 World Label Awards announced in The Hague. The winners included Hally Labels, QLM Label Makers, Pemara, James Print, The Elna Press and Panprint (NZ).

  • Signs Unique installs first Roland GR cutter 

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    Sydney’s Signs Unique has become to first Australian company to install the new Roland CAMM-1 GR series vinyl cutter released in early March by Starleaton. “Our intention [is] to be right at the forefront of innovation and progress as we expand sign production capabilities.”

  • Canon launches upward in reputation index 

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    Canon has been named as the world’s fourth most reputable company in the 2017 Global RepTrak 100 index. The imaging company placed behind Rolex, Lego and Disney in the annual study published by the Reputation Institute, leapfrogging four places from its ranking of eighth in 2016.

  • Diagnose your colour woes at PacPrint 

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    Colour Graphic Services is offering free ‘colour health checks’ at PacPrint in May. Printers can print the free test forme on the device of their choice and bring it to CGS’s stand B62 at PacPrint, where ‘Colour Doctor’ David Crowther will analyse and provide feedback on their colour performance.

  • The push to digitally printed packaging 

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    A massive jump in the use of digital printing technology for packaging has encouraged some very creative thinking in packaging applications, writes sustainability consultant Laurel Brunner.

  • EFI’s MIS Print Solutions 

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    With all the talk today about the importance of a good MIS system, EFI would like you to set aside some time at this years PacPrint to meet their expanded local MIS team and discuss the unique advantages of EFI power house MIS solutions.

  • Canon ‘technology lift’ targets wide-format 

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    First new imagePRESS series in nine years shares the spotlight with the groundbreaking Colorado UVgel release as the technology giant reasserts its relevance across printing markets.

  • Flint sparks ink price rise speculation 

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    Flint Group Australia is considering a local price rise after the company announced a global increase for packaging, narrow web and sheetfed customers. The Luxembourg based company announced prices would go up between four and seven percent from April 3, varying by product group.

  • KBA’s €6m 200th birthday present 

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    German press giant KBA is building a new €6 million digital and flexographic press demo centre that it plans to open later this year in time to celebrate the company’s 200th anniversary. “Customers want to see the presses being operated in action before they decide to invest.”

  • Another delay in $1.6bn merger decision 

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    The ACCC again pushed back the date for its ruling on the proposed merger between outdoor advertisers oOh!media and APN Outdoor Group. The delay comes amid reports that competitors have raised concerns the merger could create a monopoly-like hold on some markets.

  • Two new UV LED inkjet printers from EFI 

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    EFI says its new VUTEk UV LED inkjet wide-format printers offer high-volume, roll-to-roll signage and graphics printing with the fastest throughput in their product class. “We have listened to our customers,” says Scott Schinlever, senior vice president and GM, EFI Inkjet.

  • Nano wrapper takes top design award 

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    An Omni pallet wrapper from AAA Packaging that uses nano-technology to reduce by up to 70% the amount of film used to wrap a pallet has won a sustainable design award at the inaugural PIDAs in Sydney.

  • $3k scholarships available for NZ printers 

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    New Zealand training organisation Competenz is offering scholarships worth $3000 for those in a range of industries including printing. “For us, the focus will be on people in the industry who are interested in completing a diploma of print management,” says Ruth Cobb, PrintNZ.

  • Australian Paper demands level playing field 

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    Australia’s only manufacturer of printing and packaging paper has expressed grave concern about calls for the removal of trade barriers for Indonesian paper products. “A stable trading environment is vital for the future of paper manufacturing in Australia,” says Peter Williams, COO, Australian Paper.

  • ‘I’d do it again.’ Gallus/Heidelberg merger 

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    Two years on Ferd. Rüesch, CEO of Gallus (pictured) and at 9% the anchor investor in Heidelberg, declares he’s happy with integration of his family-owned label press manufacturing company into Heidelberg.

  • Equity giant swoops on Staples, OfficeMax 

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    US private equity firm Platinum Equity has agreed to buy the Australian division of office products business Staples and is now sizing up OfficeMax, which would give the California-based investment company two of the three major office supply chains in Australia.

  • Norske Skog hikes export prices to Asia 

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    Paper manufacturer Norske Skog is increasing prices on all exports from its mills in Australia and New Zealand to Asian markets. “The price increase will be in the range of 5-10%, depending on the underlying cost increase applying to the relevant market and customer.”

  • Regulator delays Fairfax NZ/NZME decision 

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    New Zealand’s corporate regulator has pushed back by another month its decision on the proposed merger of Fairfax NZ and NZME. An anonymous submission opposing the merger says the two media companies have “greatly underestimated the ongoing reach and importance of print.”

  • Konica Minolta’s new short-run label printer 

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    Konica Minolta launched its latest digital label printer, the bizhub Press C71cf, aimed at commercial printers in the label print market. “The C71cf ticks all the boxes for short-run label printing in high-quality colour.”