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2017: The year in printing

Thursday, 21 December 2017
By Graham Osborne
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Franklin Web’s catalogue plant at Sunshine, Melbourne.

12 Jan 2017: IVE grabs lucrative Coles catalogue contract
IVE Group fired the opening salvo in what could be a catalogue war by swiping from rival IPMG the multi-million-dollar contract to print Coles Supermarkets’ monthly catalogue.

19 Jan 2017: ‘Overwhelming’ billboard campaign
An online campaign to reinstate an Australia Day billboard featuring two Muslim girls that was removed after threats has raised more than $150,000. “We are now setting our sights on full page ads around Australia on Australia Day and on many, many billboards over the next week,” said Dee Madigan of Campaign Edge.

(l-r) Trump inauguration, 2017; Obama inauguration, 2009.

24 Jan 2017: A fight for press freedom – McCourt’s ReVerb
Forcing myself to listen to President Trump’s inauguration address, I remained nonplussed until I heard: “We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly …” Huh? Just a few days before, we had all heard Trump refuse a reporter from a major network the right to even ask a question.

24 Jan 2017: PIAA slams latest postal price hikes
Printing Industries said the latest round of Australia Post price increases on plastic wrapped articles – i.e. magazines and catalogues – was unacceptable and unfairly targets commercial mailing businesses.

1 Feb 2017:

PIAA backs PMP/IPMG merger

8 Feb 2017: AusPost defends 5.6 Million Dollar Man
Australia Post lost its bid to keep secret the $5.6 million salary paid to its managing director Ahmed Fahour.

10 Feb 2017: 

Industry turns out to farewell Steve Dunwell

17 Feb 2017: 

From five to two: Big end of town gets bigger

22 Feb 2017:

Landa – delivery of 1st nano presses

24 Feb 2017: 

Fahour quits, industry ‘delighted’

1 Mar 2017: 

$multi-million super print site set for Sydney

2 Mar 2017: Grassroots pushback against ‘unfair’ paper fees
Angry customers launched a petition calling for an end to charges imposed by banks, telcos and other service providers on those who choose to receive paper bills.

7 Mar 2017: 

Hannans take pole print position after merger

8 Mar 2017: 300 jobs: the human cost of merger
Three hundred print workers in NSW, Victoria and Queensland will reportedly lose their jobs in the PMP/IPMG merger deal, according to the Australian Manufacturers Workers Union (AMWU).

15 Mar 2017: Equity giant swoops on Staples, OfficeMax
US private equity firm Platinum Equity has agreed to buy the Australian division of office products business Staples and is now sizing up OfficeMax, which would give the California-based investment company two of the three major office supply chains in Australia.

22 Mar 2017: Walking away: the hardest decision
Print veteran Peter Hutchinson’s choice to close up shop and walk away from his 37-year-old Brisbane printing business Colony Printing was the hardest decision because it was his life, according to his son, Paul.

30 Mar 2017: 

Let the sunshine in: Perth printers

5 April 2017: 

Time for ‘radical’ new print training model

5 April 2017:

LIA gets close up with the latest addition to Sydney’s printing arsenal at Centrum Printing.

6 April 2017: Here comes the next revolution in print: Landa rolls out 1st nano presses in 2017
The first three of Landa’s groundbreaking S10 Nanographic Printing Presses will go into beta sites around the world later this year. “I am thrilled that after many years of development, we are now reaching the milestone of delivering our first Landa Nanographic Printing Presses to customers,” said Landa chairman, Benny Landa.

7 April 2017

Consolidation is the new norm: Rasmussen

12 April 2017:

Japanese pulp & paper giant buys controlling interest in BJ Ball and KW Doggett

21 April 2017: Paper dumpers must pay duty on imports
Australia’s only office paper manufacturer, Australian Paper, welcomed the government’s decision to impose dumping duties on A4 copy paper exported from Brazil, China, Indonesia and Thailand, and has called on government departments to stop buying the dumped paper.

2 May 2017:

Battle of digital processes looms at PacPrint – Andy McCourt’s ReVerb

2 May 2017: 

Preserve our print heritage: James Cryer

3 May 2017: 

“Stoked!” A wedding anniversary at PacPrint

10 May 2017:

Mel Ireland becomes first woman to lead LIA

19 May 2017:

It’s off: APN and oOh!Media abandon $1.6bn merger after ACCC concerns

26 May 2017:

Currie leads the way with $7m sales at PacPrint

9 June 2017: Bragg forced to auction after vacate order
Bragg Printing was forced to auction off machinery and finishing equipment after finally reaching a compromise with the NSW government over the compulsory acquisition of its inner-city printing factory as part of the Sydney Metro rail project.

14 June 2017:

Fuji Xerox AU linked to $450m Fujifilm scandal

16 June 2017: 

Breakthrough in Spicers deadlock

28 June 2017:

Whittaker paid $1m to exit Fuji Xerox: report

30 June 2017: 

Warning on ACM Panels – McCourt’s ReVerb

5 July 2017:

Melbourne printers take control of Waratah

7 July 2017: Mike Minahan bows out – sells to Finsbury Green
South Australian-based printer and print management company Finsbury Green acquired Adelaide commercial print business Digiwedoo following the retirement of owner Mike Minahan.

12 July 2017:

Power prices threaten print businesses: PIAA

12 July 2017:

AusPost made letters business ‘look worse’: report

4 Aug 2017: Packager Hannapak sold for $75 million
US packaging giant WestRock paid $A75 million ($US60m) in cash to buy Australia’s largest privately-owned packaging manufacturer, Hannapak.

9 Aug 2017:

Fuji Xerox tightens control at FX Australia

17 Aug 2017:

It’s official: Packaging Council joins PIAA

23 Aug 2017: Rawson Print buys Burwood Press
Sydney printing company Rawson Print acquired commercial printer and packaging specialist Burwood Press, based at Yagoona in Sydney’s south-west, with an eye on the packaging market.

25 Aug 2017:

Fuji Xerox wins giant same-sex vote print job

25 Aug 2017:

Towards a blue chip printing company

1 Sept 2017:

Massive boost for Sydney catalogue capacity

6 Sept 2017: US private equity duo voted onto Spicers board
Shareholders voted to remove Spicers finance director Wayne Johnston and have elected six new directors to the board including Vlad Artamonov and Todd Plutsky, the managing partners of New York private equity firm Coastal Capital.

13 Sept 2017: Pro-Pac signs $177m merger with IPG
ASX-listed Pro-Pac Packaging, chaired by former Australia Post boss Ahmed Fahour, has announced a $177.5 million merger deal with flexible packager Integrated Packaging Group (IPG).

26 Sept 2017:

‘Old’ Dave Marshall, 59, fights Fujifilm sacking

18 Oct 2017:

Whirlwind storms into Sydney

20 Oct 2017: Fuji Xerox targets Whittaker in High Court case
Neil Whittaker, the former high-profile MD of Fuji Xerox NZ (FXNZ) and Fuji Xerox Australia (FXA), was named in court documents as one of two defendants in a civil case launched by Fuji Xerox New Zealand following a $450 million accounting scandal.

26 Oct 2017: 

FPLMA wraps up forum with awards dinner

1 Nov 2017: Apprenticeship system in ‘crisis’: PIAA
Printing Industries’ CEO Andrew Macaulay called for a new national apprenticeship system to combat a disturbing collapse in apprenticeship numbers in recent years.

3 Nov 2017:

Aust Post CEO reaches out to whistle blower

7 Nov 2017: 

Caminiti again crowned King of Wrap

8 Nov 2017:

Presses roll at IVE’s Franklin WEB NSW

17 Nov 2017:

Blue Star buys Dominion Print

22 Nov 2017: PMP shares crash on earnings downgrade
Shares in the region’s largest printing company fell by more than 31% in one day after PMP warned that higher volumes of short run work had contributed to a $20m downgrade in profit forecasts.

22 Nov 2017: 

Government considering paper bill fee ban

23 Nov 2017: 

Lockley retires from Fairfax Media

24 Nov 2017:

‘Just too tough’: Western Graphics shuts down

29 Nov 2017: Printer slashes power bills with solar panels
Commercial printer WHO Printing has reduced its electricity bills by 50 percent after installing more than 300 solar panels on the roof of its factory at Newcastle, NSW.

6 Dec 2017:

Amazon launches with printers, paper, ink…

8 Dec 2017:

World-1st cover on Print21 summer issue

13 Dec 2017: SafeWork inspects mixer blade in fatal accident
The NSW workplace safety regulator has called in engineering experts to examine an ink mixer blade after an accident at the DIC Australia factory in Sydney that left one man dead and two injured.

15 Dec 2017: 

Selling off the farm: ‘diabolical’ power bills after global giant buys Australian energy assets

20 Dec 2017: 

Paper buyers lose control of prices



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