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Australia dodges an aluminium bullet 

A global price hike on Agfa printing plates due to rising costs of aluminium will not affect Australian customers, thanks to a recycling program that helps reduce prices. Agfa announced it would increase prices by up to 10 percent worldwide due to soaring aluminium costs.

  • Two dead after Norske Skog gas leak 

    Two workers have died and two more remain in hospital following a gas leak at Norske Skog’s paper mill in Ettamogah, near Albury NSW, yesterday. The emergency on Thursday May 24 saw emergency workers called to the plant around 3pm. 18 staff were sent to hospital, and about 150 evacuated.

  • Show us the money, say banknote printers 

    About 100 employees of Note Printing Australia (NPA) showed up at the picket line today to demand better pay and conditions. The one-day strike is part of a series of industrial actions following months of unsuccessful negotiation with management.

  • Picton Press goes into administration 

    Leading WA printer Picton Press has appointed an external administrator after the Australian Taxation Office launched court action to recover a debt of $1.3 million. The company owes at least another $700,000 to trade creditors.

  • Imagination Graphics buys Lindwall 

    Sydney digital and offset printer Imagination Graphics is pushing ahead with an expansion strategy after the acquisition of offset business and Marrickville neighbour, Lindwall & Wall. “I’ve known them for a while,” says Imagination owner Emmanuel Buhagiar (pictured).

  • Business scammers net $4.7m in 2017 

    Scammers swindled nearly $4.7 million from Australian businesses in 2017 according to the ACCC’s latest Targeting scams report – a 23 per cent increase from 2016. “We’ve seen a worrying and dramatic jump in losses,” said ACCC Deputy Chair Dr Michael Schaper.

  • “Mate, we haven’t phoenixed anything.” 

    Chameleon Group CEO Chris Kreiger brushed off industry speculation about Chameleon parent company Krico’s move into liquidation while owing $4 million, including $1 million to the ATO. About 13 staff members have lost their jobs.

  • Fujifilm to sue as Xerox launches auction 

    Fujifilm is planning to sue Xerox “as soon as possible” over its failed $6.1bn merger deal, as the new Xerox board begins an auction process looking for a better deal elsewhere. “We’re gonna market this company as best we can,” said billionaire Xerox investor Darwin Deason. 

  • Kirwan Print pushes into packaging 

    Kirwan Print Group is planning a major expansion that will double the size of its Sydney factory and transform the group’s Roller Poster unit into a flexible packaging company called Creatabull.

  • NSW PICAs return in style – and out west 

    The NSW Printing Industry Craftsmanship Awards (PICAs) have returned as part of Printing Industries’ new pathway to the National Print Awards, and were held last night at Old Government House in Parramatta. Digitalpress was the big winner on the night, taking home 14 medals.

  • A refresh for the print awards 

    I have attended a lot of print awards – maybe too many. I’m probably like anyone who boasts about how many events they’ve attended. It may say more about the person than the event. Yes, I’m getting old and cranky.

  • STS Creative goes to auction this week 

    Auctioneer Dominion Group will hold a live webcast auction on Thursday of equipment from Melbourne’s STS Creative Printing, which shut down two weeks ago after 37 years in business and went into liquidation.

  • Bidding war for HT&E’s Adshel 

    APN Outdoor has lodged a $500 million bid for HT&E’s outdoor advertising business Adshel after rival oOh!media improved its initial offer to $470 million.

  •  Currie Group Roadshow opens in Adelaide 

    Currie Group’s Adelaide Roadshow has kicked off today and continues on Thursday, showcasing inline automated booklet production and a range of other integrated print solutions.

  • Newsprint imports crash as exports soar 

    Imports of newsprint have plummeted by 70 percent from this time last year, according to industry bible Pulp and Paper Edge. At the same time, exports have jumped by almost half. Newsprint imports totalled only 5348 tonnes for the March quarter of this year.

  • John Visentin named as new Xerox CEO 

    US giant Xerox has appointed John Visentin (pictured) as its new CEO after “terminating” a proposed $6.1 billion deal with Fujifilm Holdings. The Japanese company says it’s considering legal action over its failed takeover bid.

  • HP unveils new kit at Dscoop 

    HP has debuted a pair of new equipment solutions at Dscoop Asia in South Korea: the HP Latex R2000 printer for rigid and soft signage, and the DesignJet Z-series for large-format photo printing.

  • Banknote printers to down tools next Friday 

    Employees will stop work for one day next Friday May 25 if Note Printing Australia (NPA) doesn’t come back to the table, as part of a series of industrial actions following months of unsuccessful negotiation. The industrial action was approved by 97 percent of employees.

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