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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • Tickets selling fast for Women in Print 

    Organisers of this year’s national Women in Print (WiP) series say tickets are selling fast and there’s only a limited number still available. Guest speaker is gender parity advocate Amna Karra-Hassan (pictured).

  • Subscription model boosts Heidelberg 

    Press giant Heidelberg has started off the 2018/2019 financial year with solid growth in net sales, citing high demand for its newly established pay-per-use subscription model and the launch of the Primefire digital press.

  • Print21 and PKN LIVE at Monkey Baa – VIDEO 

    The inaugural Print21 + PKN LIVE event was a rousing success, with a full house turning out to hear industry experts discuss the best ways to push back the boundaries of packaging print.

  • Promoting printing jobs to students 

    Industry associations Visual Connections and ASGA have teamed up to launch a new education initiative aimed at promoting career opportunities in the printing industry to students in high schools, TAFEs and universities.

  • UV-curing inks can double plate use: Brunner 

    UV-curing inks can mess with printing plates and compromise run lengths, sometimes cutting plate durability substantially, writes industry sustainability consultant Laurel Brunner.

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