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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Phew!– here comes the $6.5 million Stink Bug Season 

    Cost to control the invasive Brown Marmorated Stink Bug in pulp, paper and wood products will likely add to price hikes for paper to printers. According to a special briefing issued by industry authority, Paper Edge, the pest is most likely to be found in products from countries such as the USA, Italy, Germany and France. Paper from Japan has a lower risk.

  • KBA back in black, 17% rise in orders 

    German press giant Koenig & Bauer joined competitor Heidelberg in posting impressive numbers for the first half of 2018, with security business and increased orders in packaging printing boosting order intake by 17.2% to €705.3m. Cash flow rose from minus €20m to €17.4m.

  • Mike Boyle named HP MD for ANZ 

    Prominent industry figure Mike Boyle has been appointed managing director at HP South Pacific, responsible for business operations in Australia, New Zealand and the surrounding islands.

  • Orora profit jumps 12% to $208m 

    Packaging company Orora posted strong growth for the year ended June 2018 with profit after tax up 12% to $208.6 million and sales revenue up 5.2% to $4.2 billion.

  • FPLMA forum focuses on automation 

    The annual Flexible Packaging & Labels Manufacturers Association (FPLMA) technical forum to be held in Melbourne later this month will feature a range of sessions on automation and integration across the printing and packaging industries.

  • MBE Australia wins global marketing award 

    Mail Boxes Etc. (MBE) Australia has once again taken out the MBE Worldwide Marketing Excellence Award for 2017, ahead of 31 other countries.

  • Industry trends at VI workshops 

    The organisers of next month’s Visual Impact 2018 at Sydney Olympic Park have put together a strong program of workshops to help visitors navigate latest industry trends and exploit new opportunities.

  • Barossa Digital wins Roland ‘Buy and Win’  

    Jock Martin of Barossa Digital in South Australia has won Roland DG Australia’s 30-year anniversary ‘Buy and Win’ competition, open to customers who bought a participating Roland DG device during May and June.

  • Amcor packs its bags for Jersey tax haven 

    Australian packaging giant Amcor is buying US flexible packaging leader Bemis for $9.2 billion with the deal expected to close in 2019. ‘New Amcor’ will be incorporated in Channel Islands tax haven Jersey and list on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

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