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  • Accurio shines at Konica Minolta soirée

    Demonstrating the power of Accurio with the November/December 2017 issue of Print21 magazine.

    The great and the good in the Australian printing industry turned out at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art last night for an event showcasing the supplier’s range of Accurio digital presses.

    Industry figures such as Andrew Macaulay, CEO PIAA; Theo Pettaras of Sydney’s Digitalpress, a new Konica Minolta Accurio customer; and Patrick Howard of Print21 joined Konica Minolta staff and clients from across the country to see the latest Accurio technology. Three presses ran on the night, printing out and binding samples – including the November/December 2017 issue of Print21 magazine – to show off the company’s IQ-501 intelligent quality optimiser system.

    Patrick Howard, Print21 (right), with Tim Saleeba, Konica Minolta.

    Sue Threlfo, general manager of production and industrial print at Konica Minolta, thanked all those who’d made the journey to attend the function and reaffirmed KM’s commitment to its customers. “We want to face these challenges in the industry with you, and one of the ways we can do that is to bring you great solutions, and to bring you service and support,” she said. “Let’s continue to work together to ensure success. I believe the possibilities can truly be infinite.”

    Sue Threlfo, Konica Minolta.

    Refreshments and a live band accompanied the humming of the presses, and Konica Minolta employees were on hand to talk customers through the features of the machines on show and how the kit could be used to expand their businesses.

    Theo Pettaras, Digitalpress (right) with Devan Nair, Konica Minolta.

  • FPLMA forum will plug in to automation

    Mark Easton (left) and Tony Dalleore, FPLMA, at last year’s conference.

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

    The keynote speaker, David Parkin, is one of Australia’s most respected sports coaches and motivational speakers. He will be joined by speakers from Europe, Australia and the United States, who will focus on how data exchange and new technologies can build label and packaging businesses.

    Mark Easton, FPLMA president, is ‘delighted’ to have these international speakers on board to discuss transitions in print technology. “Our special guetes will overview what this data exchange is doing for our industry, and the positive outcomes for business utilising the transition of industry 4.0 manufacturing with these new technologies,” he said. “Cognitive computing is helping to create the smart factories for the future.”

    Andy Thomas-Emans, strategic director for Tarsus Labels and Packaging Group, will also be a featured speaker at the event. “Andy will map out the evolving current industry landscape and the next five years, examining in particular the growing crossover for label converters between label print and other packaging print options,” said Easton.

    Other speakers include:

    • Tim Klappe – Managing Director Asia Pacific MPS Systems – Challenges/Opportunities of bring IOT to industry 4.0
    • Malik Sajid – VP BST International – Innovative process solutions and integrating them into a value supply chain
    • Robert Taylor – Global Director Sustainability UPM Raflatac – How packaging industry is using sustainability to automate and integrate
    • John Crammer – FFTA Guest Speaker – how using FIRST has helped with integration and automation
    • Vincent Van Doorn – VP Bobst – Technologies relating to improving automation of printing processes
    • Trevor Crowley – GM Xeikon – Digitising the production process

    Bookings are open now at

  • Wrap King steps down from his throne

    Nick Caminiti, 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).

    Nick Caminiti, Exotic Graphix.

    Caminiti from Melbourne’s Exotic Graphix, who won the last two competitions in a row, is yielding the crown to new contenders so he can focus on his business at home and put his best foot forward with his next entry. “With where we’re at right now, it’d be a huge commitment for us,” he said. “We want to put a plan in place for when we do it next time to really make sure we better ourselves, and not just jump in at the last minute. I’m excited to see what everyone else brings to the table.”

    He encourages Australian vehicle wrappers to enter what he describes as a great competition. “It was perfect for our business and our team. You have the freedom to explore new ideas that you wouldn’t get to explore in day-to-day jobs.”

    Sponsored by Avery Dennison, the Wrap Like a King competition brings together wrappers from all over the world, including Australia and New Zealand since 2016. According to Jordan Leach, business manager at Avery Dennison, Caminiti’s example has been great for showing off what local wrappers can do. “Australia and New Zealand have blown away the competition since the region was added to Wrap Like A King two years ago and we can’t wait to see even more astonishing creativity this year,” he said. “We look forward to once again demonstrating this region’s commitment to innovation on a global scale.”

    More details are available at the Wrap Like a King website.

  • Power up: Neopost show back on the road

    (L-R) Karen Kavanagh, Neopost; Michelle Lees, HP; Kellie Northwood, TSA.

    The second series of Neopost’s Power of Print seminars is underway, connecting printers in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne with industry experts and the latest equipment from the graphic arts supplier.

    The Sydney event held at Waterview in Bicentennial Park featured keynote presentations from Kellie Northwood, executive director of Two Sides Australia, on the future of print and how to add value for clients; and Jeremy Brew, application specialist for large format at HP South Pacific, on the possibilities offered by HP technology with a particular focus on HP Latex. Outside these presentations, guests had the opportunity to visit ‘power stations’ focusing on areas such as workflow software (presented by Matt Murray, GM Tharstern Australia), lamination, binding, interior decor, and signage.

    This series is a followup to the first round of Power of Print seminars in March, and according to Karen Kavanagh, marketing director at Neopost, the turnout at Tuesday’s Sydney seminar was the biggest Neopost had seen yet. “It’s been going very well, which I believe is because we have experts here speaking on topics which are very relevant to our industry today,” she said.

    Embellishment was a big focus for the equipment being demonstrated at the ‘power stations’, with an entire station focusing on print finishing. “We’ve put that focus out there because the latest industry statistics, which show that marketers are now demanding beautiful print – they’re looking for textured finishes, they’re looking for something different,” said Kavanagh.

    The Power of Print Series Two roadshow now moves to Brisbane on Thursday the 19th of July, before finishing up in Melbourne on Tuesday the 24th. Kavanagh encourages printers to attend, whether they’re existing Neopost customers or now. “We’re tapping into experts who can show this industry how to make more money, how to grow your customer base, win back clients you previously lost because of services you were unable to offer. It’s about empowering people with information to help make their business better.”

    Power of Print Series Three is in the planning stages, and expected to be held around three months from now. Registration for Series Two events in Melbourne and Brisbane is open at

  • ‘Some movement’ in banknote action: AMWU

    Note Printing Australia at Craigieburn, Victoria.

    Note Printing Australia (NPA) has given ground in its standoff with workers engaged in industrial action, increasing its pay offer and signalling a willingness to resolve a classification review.

    Tony Piccolo.

    According to Tony Piccolo, assistant secretary for print at AMWU Victoria, bans on overtime, material handling, and the use of some software applications have cut productivity at NPA’s Craigieburn plant by 20 percent, and management has shown ‘some movement’ towards resolving the situation that led workers to launch industrial action on May 25. “The company upped the wage offer to 2.5 percent in a meeting yesterday, and we’re confident we can get some resolution over the updates to classification structure, which just leaves the negotiations over the pay increase, domestic violence leave, and casual conversion for labour hire,” he said.

    Though the unions are preparing to apply for further protected action if necessary, Piccolo is optimistic that an agreement between workers and management is not far off. “Yesterday’s meeting was positive and we’re hoping that the movement from the company will get us to where we need to be. I’m confident both parties want a resolution sooner rather than later,” he said.

    Note Printing Australia is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Reserve Bank, whose governor Phillip Lowe called for a 3.5 percent increase in wages across the country in February. Piccolo has challenged NPA management, and the RBA, to lead by example. “The members just want a fair agreement that delivers the wage rises the RBA itself is calling for,” he said.

    NPA has produced Australian banknotes for more than 100 years, evolving from T.S. Harrison’s original print works that produced Australia’s first circulating banknote series in 1913. The RBA declined to comment.

  • Hornet’s Horizon BQ-470 PUR/EVA binder

    The Horizon BQ-470 PUR/EVA binder at Eastlink Bookbinding.

    When John Mandile, a bookbinder by trade, saw a lack of trade bookbinding services on Melbourne’s south side, he jumped at the opportunity to expand his business – and Currie Group provided just the tool he needed to do it.

    Currie Group supplied Mandile, the owner of Hornet Press, with the Horizon BQ-470 PUR/EVA binder, which gave him a huge leg up for his new trade finishing house, Eastlink Finishing. “It’s a great little machine,” he said. “We’re binding runs of up to 10,000 on it, it’s upped our own print because we can now do PUR and perfect binding in-house, and it’s given us an array of new clientele for Eastlink. We’re doing a lot of trade PUR binding for other printers since we bought it.”

    Since Eastlink launched in January, Mandile (pictured left) has been impressed with how the BQ-470 has handled everything he’s thrown at it. “It’s versatile – you can use it for small books, large books, short and longer runs. The setup is really quick, and they’re actually pretty bulletproof. They don’t take up a lot of space, and they’re very reliable.

    “It’s one of the best pieces of equipment that I own, aside from my printing presses,” he said. “Horizon kit is really good – it’s dependable, it’s quick, it does the job. For what we use it for, it’s excellent.”

    Currie Group account manager Vince Pignataro says Hornet Press is a long-term client that has purchased multiple pieces of equipment from Currie Group over the years. He says the new Horizon binder is a significant upgrade for the company.

    “The Horizon BQ-470/four clamp perfect binder offers PUR and EVA which covers all work quality from offset to digital stocks. The PUR gives Hornet Press the ability to produce a flatter looking book, when opened. Another important aspect of PUR glue binding is that the pages are very strong and it’s much less likely that the pages will ever fall out.”

    Currie Group’s service and support have also earned Mandile’s seal of approval, and the first-time customer says he’ll definitely go back and buy again in future. “Currie Group is an excellent supplier. They gave us a date they’d install the machine, and they installed it on that date – they even offered to put in another machine beforehand until ours arrived in Australia,” he said.

  • Memjet powers new Gallus label press

    The Gallus Smartfire is unveiled at the company’s Innovation Day in St Gallen, Switzerland.

    Gallus has unveiled a new low-cost digital label press using Memjet ink head technology. The Gallus Smartfire will complement the Heidelberg subsidiary’s existing Labelfire press.

    The Smartfire, launched at the Gallus Innovation Day held at the company’s HQ in St Gallen, is an entry-level inkjet label press which allows converters to get into the digital space without needing to invest in the high-end Labelfire. According to Michael Ring, head of digital solutions at Gallus, the Smartfire is easy to use and an ideal ‘starter model’ for digital labels. “With the Gallus Smartfire, we are focusing on new target groups who are looking for a smart entry into digital label printing. The Memjet technology allows us to offer an inkjet printing press that produces labels with a quality of 1600×1600 dpi while still keeping the investment costs at a low level,” he said.

    The press prints in CMYK with food-safe water-based ink, and, like Gallus’ other presses, also includes an in-line finishing unit with lamination, integrated cutting plotter, and semi-rotary die cutter. It has a compact footprint and a low power requirement, needing only a standard outlet, and its water-based ink means no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted during operation, removing the need for an exhaust system.

    The Innovation Day event also featured existing Gallus kit. As well as the Labelfire, Gallus’ conventional presses were on show: the high-powered Labelmaster Advanced, the benchmark RCS 430, and the popular ECS 340.

  • Xeikon Café warms up in ANZ

    (L-R) Bent Serritslev, Trevor Crowley, Dr Adrian Steele, and Richard Maarschall.

    Converters in Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand found plenty of value in Xeikon’s first Cafe events in the region, with expert advice on the pros and cons of going digital.

    The Sydney conference, held at the Mercure in Wolli Creek, featured a lineup of speakers including Bent Serritslev, managing director of Xeikon Asia-Pacific, who gave an overview of the supplier’s business; Trevor Crowley, sales general manager for Xeikon Australia and New Zealand, who examined the different applications of toner and inkjet technology; Richard Maarschall from CERM, who presented an overview of the Belgian software company’s workflow offerings; and Dr Adrian Steele of Britain’s Mercian Labels, who charted his company’s digital journey and outlined the challenges around investing in digital capacity.

    According to Crowley, events like this are valuable for converters looking to expand their digital offerings. “When you have people like Dr Steele and his presentation, mapping out what his journey’s been like – the good, the bad and the ugly – there’s a lot of value in people seeing that, especially those looking to get into digital for the first time,” he said.

    Though just starting out, the conferences paid off for both the hosts and the attendees. “The roadshow events yielded some high-value discussions and meetings with a number of potential label customers interested in learning more about the Xeikon technology,” said Crowley. “Feedback from those who attended was that the information delivered around the Xeikon business, inkjet versus toner technology, and enterprise resource platform systems were very useful.”

    Xeikon Café visited Sydney on Monday the 18th and Melbourne on Wednesday the 20th, and Xeikon held meetings with key accounts in New Zealand on Friday the 22nd.  “The visits worked very well. It’s a model that’ll probably work well in this part of the world, lining up a few key accounts and having deep-dive visits over the course of a week or so,” said Crowley.

  • Opus not avoiding taxes: Celarc

    CanPrint’s production facility at Nyrang Street, Fyshwick, ACT.

    Opus Group executive chairman Richard Celarc has said that the company’s re-domiciling to Bermuda and relisting on the Hong Kong stock exchange is not an attempt to avoid paying taxes in Australia.

    Richard Celarc.

    In a statement to Print21, Celarc said Opus will continue to meet its Australian tax obligations. “The proposal outlined in our June 15 announcement to the ASX is not a tax avoidance scheme. Opus has paid and will continue to pay full tax to the Australian government under the three operating subsidiaries – McPhersons Printing Group, Ligare Pty Ltd, CanPrint Communications Pty Ltd,” he said.

    Celarc will remain the largest individual shareholder, and Lion Rock Group the majority shareholder in the company. “Since Lion Rock Group took majority control of Opus in 2014, approximately A$7 million has been spent on upgrading capacity and equipment. Significant capital investment will also be spent in the coming two years.”

    According to Celarc, the move will allow the company to invest further in its machinery and facilities. “Opus Group has reached a point where significant investments for machinery upgrade and plant consolidation are needed,” he said. “Therefore, a move of its listing to Hong Kong where investors’ interest in the printing sector is stronger will help Opus Group’s fund raising in the future.”

    Shareholders are expected to vote on the scheme in early September. If successful, the plan will see Opus delist from the ASX and re-domicile to Bermuda, and a new company called Left Field Printing Group Limited (TopCo) list on the Hong Kong stock exchange.

  • Open house a big plus for Pozitive

    Phil Trumble’s Pozitive represents Ritrama self-adhesive vinyls in Australia.

    Graphic arts supplier Pozitive showed off new offerings at its open house events in Sydney, including a new Summa flatbed cutting table and its line of Ritrama self-adhesive vinyl films.

    Held at Pozitive’s facility in Eastern Creek, the open house highlighted the company’s range of solutions for the sign and graphics industry. According to Phil Trumble, managing director, the event is valuable for both Pozitive and its customers. “We get a lot more time with them than we would at a trade show, where you’re constantly pulled from pillar to post. Here we have a lot more time to sit down, talk, and show our clients what they want to see.”

    A Pozitive company vehicle is wrapped in Ritrama film.

    Among the highlights were a colour management workshop using Caldera software; the new Summa F-series flatbed cutting table; and a vehicle wrapping demonstration using Ritrama self-adhesive vinyl films. “Pozitive is the largest Ritrama distributor in Australia. They’re a very large manufacturer, although not many people know the name here in Australia. We’re very honoured to be able to represent them here,” said Trumble.

    According to Trumble, there was plenty of interest in the event this year despite short notice. “We only sent the invitations out about two weeks ago, but we’ve already had about 40 people register, so that’s a good turnout. We’re really happy with that,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity to have everyone come and see who we are. Traditionally we’re known for equipment, and not many people realise the full range of materials and substrates that we carry, so this allows us to show off the complete range of solutions that we offer.”

  • Graph-Pak gets back into lamination films

    Cosmo Films’ facility in Aurangabad, India.

    Print and packaging supplier Graph-Pak has relaunched its lamination films business thanks to high customer demand, sourcing a wide range of consumable products from global manufacturer Cosmo Films.

    Tom Ralph, Graph-Pak.

    According to Tom Ralph, managing director of Graph-Pak, customers requested the supplier return to selling films after offloading that side of the business in 2011. “We’ve sold hundreds of laminating machines, and our customers trust us and know our service is first class,” he said. “We had a lot of people asking if we’d ever get back into laminating films, knowing we provided technical support and quality products at affordable prices.”

    The films and foils are from Cosmo Films, an India-based manufacturer that’s among the largest in the world with operations in Korea and the United States. According to Ralph, they are ideal for the Autobond laminators Graph-Pak also supplies. “We’re sourcing from the biggest, so we have the largest range, and they’re the main supplier to the Autobond agents around the world as well so you know they’ll work well with our machines,” he said.

    Graph-Pak has already sold more than 50 metric tonnes of laminating film this year alone, and is also offering it as a package deal with new laminating equipment. Ralph is very pleased with the response from Graph-Pak’s customers, and looks forward to continuing to meet their needs. “People are very happy we’re back in the game, the films are running well, we continue to meet requests – we source specialty films if the customer needs them,” he said.

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

    Theo Pettaras, Digitalpress, with the Fuji Xerox Iridesse.

    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.

    When Theo Pettaras sets his mind to something, it’s difficult for anything to get in his way. Two years ago, he decided to do something about his health, and this year he won two championships in natural body-building. “I’ve learnt from bodybuilding that you have to have a goal and stick to it. It’s taught me about focus,” he said.

    Failing to reach his goals – in his personal or business life – is now no longer an option for Pettaras, and it’s this drive that led him to replace his aging digital press with the Fuji Xerox Iridesse, launched last year in Bangkok. “We thought about it for a long time, we made careful consideration,” he said. “We’re very happy with our decision, we feel Fuji Xerox have the infrastructure to be able to support us. It’s a great fit for us, and as we continue to grow, we believe they’re the one to help us with that.

    “When you weigh it all up, the overall benefits of all the different features that the Iridesse has, it’s in a class of its own compared to any other machine that we’ve seen.”

    Roger Labrum, Fuji Xerox.

    One unique selling point of the Iridesse press is its capacity to print using metallic gold and silver toner. When these are combined with CMYK, the press can print most Pantone metallic colours, according to Roger Labrum, graphic communications marketing manager at Fuji Xerox. “The press can underlay silver, gold or white through the first station, then mix this with CMYK colours to create what we call Metallicolours,” he said. “The final station within the press can deliver gold, silver, white and clear as a spot for any embellishment requirements – an industry first.”

    Applications for this could include products such as luxury car catalogues, suggests Labrum. “The information sent through from the customer could be translated into a variable data brochure full of the customer’s preferences on the vehicle. Fulfilled via the Iridesse, the application would be on-brand, but more importantly, the correct metallic colour of the vehicle would be represented correctly,” he said. “Advertising will form a large part of the applications this press will deliver to end users. Things like jewellery, cars, watches, fashion – all of these will benefit from the value-add of metallic.”

  • NPAs tee off in Sydney’s southwest

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

    According to Andrew Macaulay, CEO of Printing Industries, the nominees this year truly represent the best of the best Australia’s printers have to offer, and not just from the big states – smaller markets such as Tasmania and the Northern Territory now have the chance to compete on the national stage. “These are truly national print awards, and truly a representation of the best that has come out of each state,” he said. “This is about quality and it shouldn’t matter where you’re producing it – we’re in a national economy, and this is a way of showcasing work on a national scale.”

    The venue, well outside Sydney’s CBD, was selected in response to members’ feedback that the awards should be held at a location closer to their businesses. “Venues in the CBD are neither near where printers are nor very affordable. This is a terrific venue which has hosted a number of industry events, and was recommended by some members,” said Macaulay.

    Macaulay encourages printers to sign up for the day’s events preceding the awards, including a golf day, seminars, and the PIAA’s annual general meeting. “The industry golf day will be a fun social event, and people should definitely book because it’ll sell out quickly. We also encourage all members to attend the industry seminars and the AGM in the afternoon, where we’ll give an account of our actions and our vision for the future.”

    Tickets are available at or

  • Outdoor board weathers Vivid Sydney

    Vivid signage printed on Oppboga board.

    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 none the worse for wear.

    The paper-based board offers 3 months of outdoor durability in an ultra-smooth, white and flat sheet, at a cost comparable with fluted products. This year, Oppboga boards are decorating a number of projector hoardings around Sydney’s CBD for the Vivid festival. According to Bill Apostolidis, general manager at VFX Print Group, which printed the boards, Oppboga’s appeal is its sustainability. “It’s 100 percent biodegradable, and 100 percent recyclable. I don’t think there’s any other outdoor product that can match it on that front,” he said.

    Bill Apostolidis, VFX.

    Despite the wild weather, VFX’s printed signage has held up well all throughout Vivid. “It prints very nicely, it’s very forgiving and easy to use, and we haven’t had a situation where weather has created any problems regardless of how long it’s been out there,” said Apostolidis.

    James Merhab, Starleaton.

    James Merhab, business development manager at Starleaton, is very happy with how the Oppboga signs have endured at Vivid, and believes this is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the benefits of a sustainable product with several advantages over substrates such as corflute. “This was a really good demonstration of the product’s capabilities, especially using it for a big campaign. Compared to other products, it allows for easy application, quick removability, and efficiency,” he said. “Aside from sustainability, Oppboga has another advantage over corflute – its flat finish, with no corrugated lines running through it, gives a better quality print graphic.”

  • Fair Work raises minimum wage by 3.5%

    “We have to change the rules”: Sally McManus, ACTU secretary, speaks outside the Fair Work Commission today. (Source: Twitter)

    The Fair Work Commission has raised the national minimum wage by $24.30 a week from July 1, bringing it to $719.20 a week or $18.93 an hour.

    Justice Iain Ross, FWC.

    The 3.5 percent increase, which will also apply to all modern award wages, is only half of the unions’ requested $50 boost but almost double the $12.50 rise employers argued for. It will affect 2.3 million Australians currently being paid award wages. Justice Iain Ross, president of the Fair Work Commission, cited a healthy economy and labour market as factors in the decision. “The circumstances are such that it is appropriate to provide a real wage increase to those employees who have their wages set by the national minimum wage or by a modern award,” he said.

    Sally McManus, ACTU secretary, welcomed the decision and said the unions would continue pushing to peg the minimum wage at 60 percent of the median wage, as set by the OECD. “We have to change the rules on the minimum wage,” she said. “People who have been forced into poverty by the inadequacy of this wage should not have to wait every year to see if they will be saved by the Fair Work Commission. The minimum wage should be set to keep pace with wages.”

    Paul Mitchell, PIAA

    Printing Industries, however, expressed concern with the FWC’s decision, which does not link wage growth to productivity increases. According to Paul Mitchell, industrial relations manager at PIAA, the prevailing economic circumstances for businesses make it very hard to employ people and provide wage growth unless it is linked to productivity. “With high taxes, high energy costs and now higher labour costs, doing business in Australia has never been harder,” he said. “We will examine over the coming weeks the impact on this rise on our industry, but already we know it’s going to be tough for some businesses to cope with, especially small businesses and particularly those in regional and rural Australia.”

  • Epson DTG packs a punch in Padstow

    Hannah Nasari, Bowlilly (left) with Ryan Warby, Epson, and the new SureColor F2160 DTG printer.

    When boxing promoter and fashion designer Hannah Nasari decided to launch her own kids’ clothing line, she needed a direct-to-garment (DTG) printer that could translate her ideas into reality – and Epson’s latest machine proved just the thing.

    Nasari is set to launch her label, Bowlilly, at the end of the year, with kids’ sizes from three to seven. “The whole brand is a beautiful bohemian luxe range,” she said. “I’ve got a line coming up of kids’ T-shirts, and hopefully some mummy-and-kid shirts as well.”

    To support her new business, based in Padstow in Sydney’s southwest, Nasari purchased Epson’s latest garment printer: the SureColor F2160, one of the first of its model to arrive in Australia. “I’m looking forward to using the new machine. It can print within a timeframe of just three to five minutes, so the productivity is amazing,” she said. “I had to print out some shirts for a gala and market day last weekend, and I was able to produce at least 25 to 30 T-shirts within the hour. It was fantastic, and the quality was wonderful. I’m happy to have the machine behind my brand.”

    Hannah also gave Epson’s Garment Creator software her seal of approval for utility and ease of use. “I can design my print on Illustrator and transfer it into the software, and it gives me an accurate estimate of cost. It’s very helpful and very useful.”

    The second-generation SureColor F2160 is a follow-up to Epson’s previous model, the F2000, which according to Ryan Warby, business development manager for professional print solutions at Epson, was a very successful machine. “It changed the industry quite a bit with its low maintenance and its reliability,” he said. “We’re improving on that with the F2160, adding a cleaning cartridge, adjusting speeds and resolutions, and putting in variable-dot printing. It’s a good step up from the F2000.”

    The addition of variable-dot printing is a significant improvement from the F2000’s single dot size. “We can print small, medium and large dots, which gives us better gradients and higher resolution without sacrificing speed – in fact, it speeds it up for us,” said Warby. “It also allows us to be more economical with the printing, as it uses less ink.”

    Warby is very happy to work with Bowlilly, and looks forward to continuing to explore the fabric printing market. “Hannah’s doing some great work, and the quality that comes out is fantastic,” he said. “It’s been exciting for us being in this textile space – the textile market has been analogue for a very long time, and is now moving towards digital. We’re seeing that not only in DTG, but in the dye sublimation side of the business as well.”

  • Two dead after Norske Skog gas leak

    Norske Skog’s mill at Albury, NSW

    Two workers have died and two more remain in hospital following a gas leak at Norske Skog’s paper mill in Ettamogah, near Albury NSW, yesterday.

    The leak of what is suspected to be hydrogen sulfide gas on Thursday May 24 saw emergency workers called to the plant around 3pm. 18 staff were sent to hospital, and about 150 evacuated; a spokesperson for Albury-Wodonga Health told Print21 this morning that 14 have since been released, and one of the two remaining workers is in a stable condition.

    Steve Murphy, AMWU.

    The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) confirmed that it is looking into the incident, which Steve Murphy, NSW state secretary, described as a tragedy. “Our primary focus at this time is to support our members and their families. Our Union organisers have been on site and remain available to members,” he said. “We will be working with our union delegates and Safe Work to determine the cause of the incident and will make more comment once the circumstances of this tragedy become clearer.”

    Safe Work NSW has also launched an investigation, but no further details have yet been made available.

    184 people are employed at the mill, which has been shut down following the incident. Management was unavailable for comment. Norske Skog, Australia’s leading newsprint manufacturer, was recently acquired by a London-based venture capital firm, saving it from bankruptcy.