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Opus to exit ASX in expansion plan  

The Hong Kong owners of ASX-listed Opus Group – which includes printers Ligare, CanPrint and McPherson’s – have laid out a radical restructure proposal to delist from the ASX, ‘re-domicile’ the company from Australia to tax haven Bermuda and apply for listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The plan includes the expansion of its Australian printing business.

  • Cash flow down 20% at Note Printing 

    Workers at money printing business Note Printing Australia are stepping up industrial action that has already cut production of Australian banknotes by 20 percent, according to the AMWU.

  • Jamieson resigns from PIAA board 

    Picton Press general manager Graham Jamieson has resigned as a director of the Printing Industries Association of Australia weeks after Picton called in external administrators and revealed it was $9 million in debt.

  • Fujifilm sues Xerox for $1bn+ 

    Fujifilm Holdings has sued Xerox Corp for more than $1 billion over the termination of a proposed $6.1 billion merger deal between the two companies.

  • Komori rolls out new offset press at IGAS 

    Press giant Komori will exhibit its latest offset technologies including the new the eight-color 37-inch Lithrone GL37P at next month’s IGAS 2018 trade show in Tokyo.

  • Register now for Neopost print seminar 

    Registration is now open for the second series of Neopost’s Power of Print seminars series to be held next month in NSW, Queensland and Victoria. Speakers include Kellie Northwood of Two Sides, Matt Murray of Tharstern and James Gleeson of HP.

  • A Revolution in marketing videos 

    Ballarat-based printer Revolution has launched an innovative new video marketing campaign to support its recent purchase of a high-capacity Accurio KM-1 B2 inkjet press.

  • Iridesse is in ‘a class of its own’: Pettaras 

    Sydney’s Digitalpress has long been at the forefront of digital printing innovation. Now, with the addition of the new Fuji Xerox Iridesse press, the bespoke printing house and its owner Theo Pettaras are able to push the limits of digital technology in a way they never could before.

  • Impressive line-up for Print21 + PKN LIVE 

    Leading industry figures from Orora, IVE Group, Australia Post, Currie Group, the PIAA and elsewhere have signed on as speakers and panelists for Australia’s first packaging and printing technology forum to be held in Sydney in August.

  • Signwave targets printers with co-branding 

    Signage and graphics franchise Signwave Australia says its co-branding strategy has helped to push the number of its Australian centres to 17, with two new businesses opening this year in Perth and Adelaide.

  • NSW ends TAFE fees for some apprentices 

    Printing Industries has welcomed the move by the Berejiklian Government to scrap TAFE NSW fees for 100,000 apprentices, a move that will save some students up to $2,000. The PIAA says it will mean more apprentices enrolling for print qualifications.

  • Winds of change: ink expert joins Jet Tech 

    Former Amcor ink specialist Paul Mercuri (pictured) has been appointed technical sales representative at Jet Technologies in Melbourne. “With his extensive knowledge and expertise, he will be a valued addition to the Jet Technologies team.”

  • Mark Andy buys print finishing company 

    Narrow web press manufacturer Mark Andy has acquired Brandtjen & Kluge, a US manufacturer of high-quality print finishing equipment for foil stamping, die cutting, folding and gluing, and UV coating.

  • Making web-to-print work for you 

    Online ordering is taking off, and many printers are cashing in on the trend by investing in web-to-print (W2P) systems that promise to slash costs and boost efficiency. EFI’s Daniel Aloi examines the benefits.

  • Holgate shakes up Post executive suites 

    Ingo Bohlken of Deutsche Post and former Linfox CEO Annette Carey will join Australia Post as part of a radical restructure by the national mail carrier’s boss, Christine Holgate. The two appointments are part of a management shakeup that has created five new executive positions.

  • NPAs tee off in Sydney’s southwest 

    The 2018 National Print Awards will be held at Brighton Lakes Golf Club in Moorebank, in southwestern Sydney, on June 29. The big night will feature the gold-medal winners from each state’s PICA awards.

  • Outdoor board weathers Vivid Sydney 

    Visitors to this year’s Vivid Sydney festival are being treated to an unusual (and sustainable) sight: signage printed by VFX Print Group on Oppboga outdoor board supplied by Starleaton, which has survived a lashing from the rain and emerged none the worse for wear.

  • FESPA Berlin – Nessan Cleary’s in-depth report 

    Fespa has always been about wide format printing but this year’s show saw high volume printers mixed with industrial textile printers and even corrugated printing, as Print21’s Nessan Cleary found out when he went along to the expo.

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