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Banknote printers claim they have been bludgeoned back to work 

Workers at the Reserve Bank’s banknote printing business Note Printing Australia (NPA) have ended their industrial action and voted to accept a 2.5% pay increase after the company threatened an “indefinite lockout,” according to the AMWU.

  • $10m power bill hike for Pact 

    Packaging manufacturer Pact Group, chaired by billionaire Raphael Geminder, suffered a sharp drop in its share price after posting an 18% fall in profit despite a 13% rise in revenue for the year ending June 2018. Pact’s energy costs jumped 40% in the second half of the year.

  • Full horror of News print decline revealed 

    Metro newspapers suffering massive drops since advent of GFC, digital uptake surges. The country’s biggest selling newsprint paper remains The Sunday Telegraph in Sydney with print sales of 334,209.

  • Wayne Robinson joins Print21 as editor 

    Industry veteran installed as new editor for Australian print industry’s biggest media. As the new editor of Print21, Robinson continues his decades long engagement with the Australian and New Zealand printing and graphic arts industry.

  • On the chemistry of success: Böttcher Australia celebrates 20 years – Print21 magazine 

    While automation and speed are making offset printing more productive, they’re also throwing up fresh challenges. Mitchell ‘Mitch’ Mulligan has been at the helm of industry supplier Böttcher Australia since its founding 20 years ago.

  • Inkjet to grow by 50% in five years 

    Renowned research agency Smithers Pira predicts inkjet to impact on offset and increase applications in usage boost

  • Celmac to host HP Latex R rigid Open Week 

    Melbourne launch for latest HP rigid printing technology. he R series is the first Latex printer to print on rigid media, and it also prints flexibles. Rigid substrates include foamboards, PVC cardboard, fluted polypropylene, solid plastics, aluminum, wood, and glass.

  • Women in Print sessions underway 

    Two of this year’s Women in Print breakfast events have just taken place, with the remaining three slated for next week. This year’s guest speaker is Amna Karra-Hassan, an activist and advocate for diversity, inclusion and gender parity. At the events she is addressing the role of gender in leadership and how women working in the print industry can benefit from this understanding.

  • Bobst half year sales surge past $1bn 

    Industry technology supplier sees strong sales and forward orders while profits dip. Sales growth was mainly driven by a high backlog at the beginning of the year and an overall good level of activity in all three Business Units. Volume and price variances had a positive impact of 14.5 per cent.

  • Spreading the sustainability message 

    With a lack of coherent policy from printing industry associations on helping their members be eco-friendly, it’s urgent that these groups do more to push the cause of environmental sustainability – and it all starts with the three Rs, writes Laurel Brunner.

  • PIAA slams NEG as disaster 

    The PIAA has slammed the federal government’s proposed national energy guarantee (NEG) as a debacle which will do nothing to alleviate the ongoing energy crisis. Andrew Macaulay, CEO, wants the government to invest in dispatchable energy, power that is affordable and reliable.

  • Gold Coast trade printer Goode liquidates 

    Print broker McDonald Group has been quick to secure the client list of established Gold Coast trade printer Goode Continuous Printing, which went into liquidation this week after more than 30 years in business.

  • Innovators strike gold in Ballarat 

    Printers from around Australia flew into Melbourne last week for an exclusive Konica Minolta innovators event on Thursday, August 9, capped off by a visit to Revolution Print in Ballarat.

  • Fairfax in ‘good shape’ after $63m loss 

    Fairfax Media posted a net loss after tax of $63.8 million for the 2018 financial year, compared to a net profit of $84 million the previous year, but CEO Greg Hywood says the company is in “good shape” ahead of its proposed buyout by Nine.

  • Packagers defend plastic packaging 

    Further bans on plastic packaging would threaten food safety and health regulations, according to industry group Packaging New Zealand (PNZ), whose members include global giants Visy, Orora, Unilever and Amcor Flexibles. “This would be a step too far,” says PNZ ED Sharon Humphries.

  • Kodak to sell flexo packaging business 

    Kodak is selling its thriving Flexographic Packaging Division and will use the proceeds to repay outstanding debt as it shifts focus to other growth areas including Sonora litho plates, inkjet and workflow. “This is a great opportunity to unlock value for shareholders,” says CEO Jeff Clarke.

  • Currie Group – Setting benchmarks for industry service: Print21 magazine cover feature 

    Contemporary printing is a technology-driven manufacturing industry, yet when the unexpected fault occurs service respons becomes the crucial factor. That’s where the Currie Care Centre comes in.

  • Printers locked out at high-tech Reserve Bank print plant 

    Note Printing Australia locked out half its work force this morning in retaliation for ongoing industrial action by the AMWU, provoking the remaining workers to go on a one-day strike in support. The workers will return on Monday maintaining their ongoing work bans on overtime.

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