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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.

  • Attale, Lean and Lighting: NZ training awards 

    Dilanka Attale of Kiwi Labels has won the Print Apprentice of the Year Award at the 25th annual Pride In Print Awards in Auckland. Colin Lean of Logan Print was named Trainer of the Year and Lightning Labels won Training Company of the Year.

  • Neopost powers its seminars up again 

    Fresh from the success of its Power of Print seminars earlier this year, Neopost has announced a second series to be held in NSW, Queensland and Victoria this July. Power of Print is designed to connect Neopost with partners and industry professionals. Registration is open now.

  • It’s off! Xerox terminates Fujifilm deal 

    Xerox Corp has called off its proposed $6.1 billion agreement with Fujifilm and signed a new settlement with activist shareholders Carl Icahn and Darren Deason, who had sued to block the takeover deal. Xerox CEO Jeff Jacobson has resigned, along with five other board members.

  • Money printers vote for industrial action 

    Workers at Australia’s money printing facility Note Printing Australia – a subsidiary of the Reserve Bank – have voted overwhelmingly in favour of work stoppages after months of unsuccessful negotiations over wage rises.

  • From taxi meters to postage meters 

    Four years ago, Murray Bell was the owner of a small taxi company in Oamaru, 90 minutes down the road from Dunedin on New Zealand’s South Island. As his drivers didn’t have much to do at night, Bell needed a way to keep them profitable.

  • Russia rebuffs anti-dumping commission 

    Russia is refusing to cooperate with a federal government Anti-Dumping Commission investigation into alleged dumping of cheap A4 copy paper on the Australian market. Finland also dismissed dumping allegations as “questionable.”

  • ‘Generational change’ at PIAA 

    Printing Industries has appointed Spotpress MD John Georgantzakos to its board after IVE Group COO Matt Aitken (pictured) announced he was stepping down after several years. “Matt has played a pivotal role in turning the organisation around,” said president Walter Kuhn.

  • Workers ban overtime at Blue Star NZ 

    Workers at Blue Star Group’s four print shops in New Zealand have begun industrial action over wage claims, with an overtime ban in place from midnight last night.

  • LIVE: New frontiers in packaging print 

    From FMCG to point-of-sale, to cartons for ecommerce, packaging and brands are fast being transformed into multichannel media. This debut Print21 + PKN LIVE event will explore exciting new developments in packaging and print technology, and push boundaries in consumer engagement.

  • Help ASOOF preserve print’s heritage 

    The Australian Society of Old Friends (ASOOF) is appealing for help with an ambitious project aimed at recording all the print companies that have disappeared for one reason or another over the past few decades. James Cryer reports.

  • Water based inks “corrosive” in testing 

    A Scandinavian packaging company that has run tests on water based inks says the water can be corrosive to metals in a printing press. Laurel Brunner reports this does not mean water based inks should be abandoned in favour of solvents.

  • Thousands of visitors roll up for Fespa 2018 

    Europe’s largest exhibition for screen and digital wide format print, textile printing and signage, Fespa Global Print Expo 2018, has opened at Messe Berlin in Germany. Organisers expect 20,000 visitors during the four-day event. Print21 will run updates from our journalist at the show.

  • Amcor Flexibles wins NZ Supreme Print award 

    Amcor Flexibles’ Christchurch plant has won the Supreme award as well as best packaging at New Zealand’s 25th annual Pride In Print Awards held at Auckland’s Sky City Convention Centre.

  • Orora sees big value in new ideas 

    Orora Group has showcased a range of new kit, including Australia’s first EFI Nozomi C18000 digital press for corrugated board, to customers at its Innovation Expo in Oakleigh, Victoria. The inaugural event is part of the packaging giant’s push for innovation in its business model.

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