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Fairfax & News dismiss Deloitte’s radical newspaper plant closure plan 

Fairfax Media and News Corp say they’ve dismissed a proposal by their hired business advisor Deloitte Consulting to close five newspaper printing plants across NSW, Victoria and Queensland. Hundreds of print workers would lose their jobs under the plan.

  • Fuji Xerox wins $32m government contract 

    Fuji Xerox Australia has signed a $32.67 million contract with the Department of Human Services for the upgrade of office printers, including scanning and photocopying functions as well as supplies and accessories.

  • Look who’s coming to LIVE… will you be there? 

    With exactly three weeks to go to Print21+PKN’s LIVE industry forum to be held in Sydney, interest is growing apace for the first-of-its kind event for the packaging and printing industries. Here’s a snapshot of which companies are attending.

  • Connecting to the world – Print21 Magazine 

    Industry technocrats define connectivity as the ability of disparate components in the workflow to communicate with each other and pass on information crucial to the step-by-step completion of a job. Andy McCourt examines connectivity with the wider world in the latest issue of Print21.

  • Wrap King steps down from his throne 

    Nick Caminiti (pictured left), the reigning ‘King of the Wrap World’, will not contest this year’s Wrap Like a King competition. Entries are now open for the vehicle wrapping championship with a total prize pool of more than US$30,000 (AU$40,470).

  • Reducing label waste is worth it, says L’Oreal 

    Label materials supplier Avery Dennison has teamed up with beauty company L’Oreal and waste management firm Wasteflex in an effort to eliminate liner waste from L’Oreal’s production chain. Avery Dennison’s liner recycling program diverts glassine paper from landfills and turns it into new products.

  • Epson’s new factory for inkjet printheads 

    Epson aims to triple production of its advanced PrecisionCore inkjet printheads after the completion of a purpose-built factory in Japan.

  • $45,000 photography competition opens 

    Australian Photography and Panasonic Australia have teamed up to find the best amateur photographers in Australia and New Zealand. The 2018 Photographer of the Year offers $45,000 in cash and prizes, making it the richest competition of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

  • Amazon turns to printed catalogues 

    E-commerce giant Amazon plans to print millions of toy catalogues and distribute them to US customers by mail and through its national chain of food stores. It’s the company’s first large-scale move into printed catalogues.

  • Label printers move into packaging 

    Next month’s inaugural Print21 + PKN LIVE: New Frontiers in Packaging Print will examine how increasing numbers of label printers are finding gaps in the packaging market.

  • Gutenberg vs. Coster at Penrith Museum 

    Industry veteran Peter Butterworth will examine the history of the letterpress at a special presentation titled ‘Gutenberg vs. Coster or was it Coster the imposter’ this Saturday afternoon at the Penrith Museum of Printing.

  • Power up: Neopost show back on the road 

    The second series of Neopost’s Power of Print seminars is underway, connecting printers in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne with industry experts and the latest equipment from the graphic arts supplier. The Sydney event featured keynote presentations from Kellie Northwood and Jeremy Brew.

  • Pantone blunder leaves V flat in court 

    A mix-up with Pantone swatches has scuppered beverage company Frucor’s attempt to trademark the shade of green used for its V energy drinks, with a federal court ruling highlighting Pantone’s crucial role in branding.

  • ‘Some movement’ in banknote action: AMWU 

    Note Printing Australia (NPA) has given ground in its standoff with workers engaged in industrial action, increasing its pay offer and signalling a willingness to resolve a classification review. Industrial action has cut productivity at the Craigieburn plant by 20 percent since it began on May 25.

  • New workflow acronyms – Print21 Magazine 

    The International Standards Organisation (ISO) has come up with a new standard for PDF, the portable document format at the heart of printing workflows, and CIP4 has unveiled a slimmed-down version of JDF, the job description format. Patrick Howard investigates in Print21 magazine.

  • Print21 + PKN LIVE gathers steam 

    Australia’s first printing and packaging technology forum is just under a month away, and plenty of people have already bought tickets to what promises to be an exciting and informative inaugural event. Print21 + PKN LIVE: New Frontiers in Packaging Print will explore new technological developments.

  • Tom Sturgess buys Winc NZ 

    The New Zealand Commerce Commission has approved the sale of office products business Winc NZ, formerly Staples, to Tiri Group, a private company owned by Tom Sturgess (pictured), chairman of NZ print company Blue Star Group.

  • Winds of change: Steve Green joins Epson 

    Prominent industry identity Steve Green has joined Epson Australia to lead the company’s Document Solutions business. “Epson’s focus and ambition in the A4 and A3 office print space is unparalleled in the market right now,” Green says.

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