News Archive

  • Thursday deadline for National Print Awards 

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    Organisers have extended the closing date for entries in this year’s Media Super National Print Awards until tomorrow. There’s no time to lose, so check the information on how to enter, including category details and judges tips.

  • Roland DG backs the next generation 

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    Roland DG Australia has donated a state-of-the-art Soljet Pro4 XR-640 printer cutter to the signage department at TAFE Illawarra. The XR-640 will be used in conjunction with the department’s VS-640 printer cutter that was donated by Roland DG five years ago.

  • Data rules at Perth printer 


    Early adoptor Picton Press, the first printer in Australia to implement EFI PACE MIS, says the software is now crucial to its operation. “Pretty much nothing happens in the business now without EFI PACE being involved,” said data manager Brad Hall.

  • COP 21 – how will it affect printers? 


    It’s been about a month since the COP 21 meeting in Paris came to a close and what happens next matters almost more than the agreement itself, but do we know what to expect? And will it make much difference to the printing and publishing industries? Laurel Brunner reports.

  • Lotsa humour from Queensland 


    North Queensland printer Lotsa Print and Signage has celebrated its 21st year in business with another issue of its politically incorrect house magazine Lotsa Laughs.

  • ‘Hate mail’ targets David Leach 

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    Departing President of Printing Industries cites attacks on himself and his business as part of the reason why he is resigning but stands by recent achievements.

  • PIAA revolution postponed – President resigns. 


    A drive to hold the Printing Industries board to account with a Special General Meeting runs out of steam as disaffected members claim their concerns are now being listened to following ‘recent developments.’

  • Direct Paper expands with Vilensky deal 

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    Melbourne-based paper merchant Direct Paper Supplies has acquired Vilensky Paper of Eastern Creek in Sydney as it continues to expand its national network. “This is a logical step and gives us a stronger foothold in the Sydney market,” said Dale O’Neill, director, Direct Paper.

  • IVE wins lucrative Westpac contract 

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    Recently-listed IVE Group has received a boost by picking up a five-year contract to provide print management and design services to banking giant Westpac Banking Corporation. In a statement to the ASX, IVE said a full service rollout was expected within the first half of this year.

  • New president for Amcor Flexibles AP 

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    Australian-based multinational packaging group Amcor has named Roelof Westerbeek as its new President Amcor Flexibles Asia Pacific. Westerbeek joins Amcor from Royal DSM and will commence his new Singapore-based role on 15 March 2016.

  • Spotting the greenwash 


    Greenwashing, the cloaking of a marketing intent in the language of sustainability and environmental awareness, is on the rise and undermines the credibility of those doing their best to develop sustainable media businesses, according to sustainability consultant Laurel Brunner.

  • $1.5 billion boost from Bauer to PMP 


    Gordon and Gotch has become the 800lb gorilla in magazine distribution as Australia’s largest magazine publisher quits its distribution business. PMP’s distribution arm will receive a massive $1.5 billion boost in sales over the next five years after taking over rival Bauer Media’s distribution division, Network Services Company.

  • 2nd drupa Global Insights Report 


    The 2nd drupa Global Insights report shows that good management practice in planning, integration and marketing delivers on average an additional $175,000 of annual turnover and $63,000 of additional profit compared with those with poor management habits.

  • PIAA’s insurance deal for members 


    Printing Industries has teamed up with Arthur J. Gallagher, the world’s fourth largest insurance broker, to offer its members comprehensive risk and insurance solutions. PIAA CEO Jason Allen said he was “very pleased to announce this important partnership.”

  • Hello Dolly, so long Cleo – death of an icon 


    Bauer Media has confirmed the next edition of Cleo magazine will be the last. Bauer also revealed plans to relaunch Dolly magazine as a bi-monthly with greater online focus. “Our plans for Dolly will see us take a digital first approach with a focus on mobile video, social media and e-commerce.”

  • PIAA employee purge hits Queensland 


    Two staff from the Queensland office of Printing Industries have been let go in a move printers have slammed as ‘reckless and foolish.’ Their departure is in line with the wholesale turnover of personnel that has taken place in the other states.

  • Full Paragon catalogue up on 28 January 


    The complete catalogue of assets to be auctioned off from Paragon Australasia’s ACT site will be published by Graysonline on 28th January, the day that bidding begins. Canberra’s second biggest printer collapsed into administration last month owing more than $3 million.

  • Hague launches Australian unit 


    Global print management firm Hague has appointed Mike Wheble as its managing director, Australia, to drive the “rapid expansion” of its new Hague Australia business. Hague operates in more than 50 companies and has provided security print solutions in Australia for the past five years.

  • Printing revenue to fall 3.8% in 2016: IBISWorld 


    Researcher IBISWorld has identified the printing industry as one of five Australian business sectors facing a tough year in 2016. “The rising prevalence of online platforms has negatively affected demand for printed advertising materials such as catalogues, brochures, leaflets, and booklets.”

  • Ricoh leads on sustainability: Brunner 

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    Some organisations treat environmental responsibility rather frivolously, as if the environment is a passing trend. But some very large companies, such as Ricoh, require evidence of continuous management of their environmental management system and for raw materials usage, writes Laurel Brunner.