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End of an era: Fairfax and News confirm landmark newspaper printing deal 

Fairfax Media and News Corp have announced a ‘landmark’ consolidation deal that will see the once-bitter rivals sharing each other’s printing networks in NSW and Queensland. Two Fairfax printing sites will close with the loss of at least 100 print jobs. 

  • QLM opens label factory in Cambodia 

    Brisbane-based QLM Label Makers enters the garment label market in Cambodia with a new $A1.5 million purpose-built facility in the capital Phnom Penh. The factory will run Cambodia’s first HP Indigo Label Press.

  • New hotline for phoenix whistleblowers 

    The Federal Government has set up a new Phoenix Hotline for whistleblowers to combat increasing phoenix activity by dishonest directors and their companies.

  • LIA (NSW) visits Blue Star 

    Blue Star Group CEO Cliff Brigstocke will be the guest speaker at next month’s Lithographic Institute of Australia (LIA) site visit to Blue Star Display and Blue Star Promote at South Granville in Sydney.

  • FPLMA forum will plug in to automation 

    Registration is open for the Flexible Packaging and Label Manufacturers’ Association’s (FPLMA) annual conference and awards, to be held in Melbourne from August 30-31. This year, the conference will focus on automation and integration across printing industries.

  • Wayne Robinson joins Print21 as editor 

    Yaffa Media, publisher of the leading industry magazine, welcomes industry media veteran as he moves over to take the helm of the premier graphics arts publication and news service.

  • Posh Printing calls in administrator 

    Prominent Sydney CBD printer Posh Printing has gone into voluntary administration and a creditors’ meeting has been called for next week.

  • CMYKhub launches Cairns production hub 

    Trade printer CMYKhub has opened a new digital and wide format production facility in Cairns, investing in two HP Indigo presses from Currie Group and two Mimaki printers from Spicers to serve its expanding Far North Queensland market.

  • BrandWrapped: Australia Post’s custom packaging 

    Australia Post’s new custom packaging offering BrandWrapped, developed in partnership with pioneering software firm Spawnit, will be featured in a special presentation at Print21+PKN’s LIVE industry forum to be held in Sydney next month.

  • Xerox may sell leasing finance unit 

    Xerox Corp is considering the sale of its leasing unit that lends money to customers to rent printers and equipment, according to a report by Reuters. The move would make the company more attractive to potential buyers, following the termination of its $6.1 billion sale to Fujifilm.

  • Winds of change: Kurz boosts sales team 

    Finishing specialist Kurz, a leading supplier of foil-based decorative and security solutions, has appointed Adrian Barbero as its technical specification manager and Justin Alderton as sales manager for New South Wales and Queensland.

  • 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.

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