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  • US print rebounds in 2018

    The presses are rolling again with a bump in print revenue. (Image: Bank Phrom)

    US print has bounced back last year from a disappointing 2017, with many businesses reporting a boost in revenue, and saying they are intending to take on more staff.

    In its new Printing Outlook 2019 report, industry bible WhatTheyThink reported revenues last year were up by at least six per cent on 2017 in 42 per cent of businesses surveyed. And half of print businesses are intending to take on new staff this year. The strongest businesses were either the large of small printing houses, with mid-sized businesses experiencing little revenue growth.

    According to report author Richard Romano, managing editor at WhatTheyThink, American printers have been buoyed by the rebound.

    Rebound: Richard Romano, WhatTheyThink.

    “In terms of printing shipments, 2018 saw something of a rebound from the lacklustre 2017,” said Romano. “This was reflected in our survey’s positive business conditions results. The industry is  in the process of reinventing itself in a more speciality printing direction, which is where a lot of the opportunities lie.

    “That said, we need to be wary of things like the emergence of 5G cellular networks which could further disrupt the demand for print; many print businesses dismissed the importance of the Internet in the 1990s, and of mobile in the 2000s. We shouldn’t make that mistake again,” he said.

    The report includes the results of the WhatTheyThink Printing Industry Business Outlook Survey conducted in Winter 2018–2019, as well as government data. While the Australian and US print industries are not exactly alike, they are similar enough that these trends could be indicative of positive news here as well.

  • And the printing award goes to… Kwik Kopy

    Premium print: the AACTA Awards year in review book, produced by Kwik Kopy Alexandria.

    Kwik Kopy has been chosen as the official print partner for the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards.

    The high-profile awards show needed a reliable print partner with strong customer service, and found it in Kwik Kopy, said Chloe Krushka, partnerships manager for AACTA and the Australian Film Institute (AFI).

    “A quick turnaround and flexibility to work with changes is very important to us. This includes working together to create and follow timelines that work for both parties as well as advice on what materials will work best for the job in question,” she said.

    “We have greatly enjoyed working with Kwik Kopy – they have been very responsive and helpful when it has come to our printing needs.”

    Kwik Kopy Alexandria printed collateral for the awards, including invitations, posters, event programmes, year in review booklets, winners’ cards, sealed envelopes, and social media cards. It used a combination of offset printing for items such as the year in review booklets, and digital printing for items such as posters and envelopes, on high-quality paper stocks.

    The winners’ cards for the AACTA Awards were produced with folded die-cut outer pieces, allowing AACTA to insert the winners’ details and seal the cards to maintain secrecy.

    Finishing options such as matt celloglazing were used to deal with the sheer number of people handling the materials, plus lighting and camera flashes; additionally, special inks such as silver metallic toners, and gold metallic finish, were used to make logos and lettering “pop” on pieces including invitations and event programmes.

    According to Cathie Cummins, manager of Kwik Kopy Alexandria, working on the AACTA material has been a rewarding experience.

    “It’s nice to see the printed collateral for anything, particularly when it’s for an awards show with glitz and glamour and international guests. It’s great to have impressive high-end work like it under your wing to show people.

    “We appreciate the fact that it’s coming through the door, and there are some pretty popular people holding onto it at the other end,” she said.

  • Starleaton and Oki team up for open house

    The Oki ColorPainter M64s will be available to view at the open day event.

    Starleaton and Oki will host an open house event at Oki’s showroom in Macquarie Park NSW, to demonstrate the Oki ColorPainter range of wide-format digital printers.

    Click here to register for the event.

    The open house will be held on Wednesday 27 March from 2pm to 6pm, and will be a valuable experience for Starleaton and Oki customers, according to Nicola Lynch, digital marketing manager at Starleaton.

    “Customers can get a hands-on experience with two Oki machines, the M64s and E64s, and we’ll have our team there offering business consultations to customers. There’ll be a range of media samples as well,” she said.

    “It’s a chance for our customers to have a look at the Oki range and see it in action, to talk to the Oki technical team as well as our product managers.”

    Promoted: Tom Leggatt, Starleaton.

    On hand will be Starleaton’s new state sales manager, Tom Leggatt, who will run the event from Starleaton’s side.

    “We promoted him from Oki product manager, and he’s got a real reputation for consulting with businesses to understand their requirements and help them grow,” said Lynch.

    Though this is the first joint event run by Starleaton and Oki, the two companies have a long history together, said Lynch.

    “Since Oki opened up their offices in Australia they’ve been looking to expand their presence. We’re working with them to promote the benefits of the ColorPainter brand – they’re strong production workhorses, constantly giving good quality resolution at high speed. The ink is also elastic and scratch resistant, making it good for applications like car wrapping,” she said.

    Guests will also have a chance to win an Oki B412dn office printer.

  • Orora opens doors to AIP at Botany mill

    Open house: AIP guests and Orora staff at the Botany paper mill.

    Fibre packaging giant Orora has hosted a visit by Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) members to its recycling plant in Botany NSW to show off its massive B9 paper line.

    Switched on in 2012, B9 processes around 450,000 tonnes of used cardboard into 400,000 tonnes of recycled paper every year, which is then used by Orora fibre packaging plants to produce cardboard boxes.

    Cathy Parra, customer support manager at Orora, told guests that the setup is one of the largest and most sophisticated paper production lines in Australasia.

    “You will only find something similar in Europe. There’s really nothing comparable in this country or even this region,” she said.

    Orora’s massive B9 paper recycling line at Botany NSW.

    Visitors were taken along the entire length of the 330-metre line, from pulp screening to forming, drying and winding, as well as quality control. According to Jacob Chretien, general manager technical at Orora, the visit gave the manufacturer an opportunity to better connect with its customers.

    “It’s not something we usually let people come through – it’s pretty restricted, just from an IP and safety standpoint. This was an opportunity to give people an appreciation for this aspect of packaging: how it’s made, where it comes from.

    “We wanted to show people what we do and how we do it,” he said, adding that it also highlighted Orora’s closed-loop sustainability credentials.

    “It’s not a catch-cry. It’s integral to our business. We recycle, we make paper, we make boxes, we recycle – that’s our business model,” he said.

    Joanne Cockerill, NSW president at AIP, expressed her appreciation for the rare look inside Orora’s processes, saying the visit was well-received by members.

    “It was a big eye-opener on how massive the plant is. Biggest machines I’ve ever seen,” she said. “Orora being one of the largest producers of recycled paper means it affects so many suppliers and packagers. Most of us come into contact with them, and we were fulfilling what our members wanted to see.

    “It was a great tour – thank you, Orora,” she said.

  • Created2Print to go completely solar

    The original solar-powered Green Room at Created2Print.

    Adelaide printer Created2Print will celebrate turning 100 in May this year, and is converting to run completely on solar power.

    To celebrate the twin achievements the company is hosting an open house. The event will be held on 9 May at Created2Print’s facility in Adelaide. The company expects more than 100 customers to show up for the party, according to Katherine Elliott, communicaitons manager and graphic designer at the company.

    “Everyone will still be working the machinery, but there will be food and drink, a celebration cake, gifts for the guests, music. We are making it the official launch of 117 new solar panels as well, making our operations 100 per cent solar powered. Hopefully in the next couple of months we’ll be completely carbon neutral,” she said.

    Created2Print was born from the 2016 merger of Cruickshank and Printak. Printak billed itself as the first company to use fully solar-powered printing machines when it opened its Green Room before the merger, and sought to build on that by converting the entire company’s operations.

    “We loved selling that to people, and thought why not go further? We had enough space in addition to the 35 solar panels we already had to add another 117, giving us more than 200 kilowatt hours per day – it has inspired a few of the staff to follow suit at home,” said Elliott.

    According to Elliott, the companies were a great fit for one another when they merged three years ago.

    “Cruickshank started back in 1919, repairing typewriters – printing was only a tiny part of the operation. It grew as time progressed, and Printak was about the same size when we merged. It’s been fantastic,” she said.

  • LIA to host Fuji Xerox visit

    The Lithographic Institute of Australia (LIA) NSW will host a tour of the Fuji Xerox Rosehill facility next month, with the theme A Blueprint for Sustainable Practices.

    The technical dinner evening, to be held on 2 April, will focus on ways to reduce print’s environmental impact. According to Mike Williams, LIA NSW committee member, the printing industry is increasingly being charged with finding new ways to reduce raw material consumption and waste production.

    Great opportunity: Mike Williams, LIA NSW.

    “As it happens in our industry, we have one such example in Fuji Xerox Australia, which has developed some compelling initiatives involving sustainability, recycling, energy consumption and giving back to the environment.

    “The good news is that it has offered to throw open its doors to the LIA and share these significant initiatives with the wider graphic arts community and as such, will host a plant tour and show the various processes that go into a closed loop system for keeping its customers going with minimal environmental impact,” said Williams.

    The tour will commence at 6pm, and will be followed by dinner at the nearby Rosehill Bowling Club at 7:30pm, during which guests will hear an overview of the process and have the opportunity to ask questions.

    “This will be a great opportunity to watch, listen and learn and open our minds to possibilities within our own businesses,” said Williams.

    For more information and to book places, email mikewil@optusnet.com.au.

  • Queensland firm prints bus for NSW Liberals

    Printed in Qld: NSW Liberal battle bus

    The graphics on the NSW Liberal Party’s big blue bus for the 2019 election campaign were not printed in the state, but in Queensland.

    Unveiled this week at Westmead in Sydney’s west, the campaign bus is emblazoned with the slogan “let’s get it done, NSW” – but the printing of the vehicle wrap itself was in fact done at Drew’s Sign It in Waterford, Queensland.

    (Image: Annastacia Palaszczuk on Twitter)

    Run by managing director Shane Drew, Drew’s Sign It was founded in 1996 and specialises in vehicle wraps, servicing a large portion of the commercial and heavy vehicle industry. It uses HP Latex and Roland wide-format digital printers, as well as wrapping material from 3M and Avery Dennison. The NSW Liberals job was printed on HP Latex 360 printers, using Arlon SLX wrap supplied by Spandex.

    “Whatever the job is, we print it”: Shane Drew, Drew’s Sign It.

    According to Drew, wrapping buses for interstate clients is not unusual, as the company has the contract to print wraps for Murrays Coaches.

    “Whatever the job is, we print it for them. We deal with the coach company, not the party,” he said.

    “We print for people all over Australia – we’re a national installer, so it’s not uncommon that we’ll do jobs for clients in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney and so on.”

    Queensland’s Labor premier Annastacia Palaszczuk quickly jumped on the news on Twitter. “So that makes two Premiers committed to Queensland jobs. Good to see @GladysB supporting my Buy Queensland policy,” she said

    NSW Liberal Party representatives were unavailable for comment.

  • Pokémon cards selling for huge money

    This first-edition box of Pokémon cards sold for $78,000 USD at auction. (Image: Heritage Auctions)

    Who said there’s no money in print – cards from the Pokémon and Magic: The Gathering trading card games have just sold for a staggering combined total of US$295,000 (A$420,000) at auction in Dallas.

    The most expensive lot was an unopened box of 36 packs of the Pokémon First Edition Base Set, which sold for US$78,000 (A$111,000). Bidders were determined to own the box, according to Lon Allen, vice president at auction house Heritage Auctions.

    “The demand for this set was very high, because it is from the first edition from the first set. Adding to the intrigue is the mystery about which cards are in each pack, because each pack inside the set is unopened,” he said.

    Invented in 1992 and owned by Hasbro subsidiary Wizards of the Coast, Magic: the Gathering card sets pull in hundreds of millions of dollars per year, the vast bulk of it from the printed cards.  The cards have been printed by Belgian company Cartamundi since the beginning, and have proved a massive hit for the business.

    According to Peter De Weerdt, global key account manager for games manufacturing services at Cartamundi, the first Alpha Edition set was an instant success. “We were literally flying jumbo jets loaded with cards from Belgium to the United States,” he said.

    Black Lotus is among the rarest cards in Magic: the Gathering. This copy sold for $26,400 USD at auction. (Image: Heritage Auctions)

    Auctions for individual cards were dominated by Magic: the Gathering, with the most valuable card – a near mint-condition “Black Lotus” from the Beta Edition set – selling for US$26,400. The card is considered among the rarest and most powerful in the game, and even more common printings of it frequently fetch five figures.

    In Magic and similar trading card games (TCGs), players buy cards either individually or in randomised booster packs to build their own customised decks and compete against others; many games also offer pre-constructed decks.

    Four other Magic lots attracted prices of more than US$10,000 at the auction, including two more Black Lotus cards that sold for US$18,000  and US$10,800 respectively.

  • Three-way merger creates Amari Visual

    Amari Visual Solutions: combines AVS, Amari Plastics, and Chief Media

    Graphic arts media distributors Australian Visual Solutions (AVS), Chief Media, and Amari Plastics have merged into a new company Amari Visual Solutions, providing an expanded product portfolio for existing customers.

    The new entity will now serve the customer bases of all three businesses, which were all under the same owner. It will operate from seven locations across NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania, servicing a broad variety of clients including sign, display and POS companies; digital wide-format printers; and screen and offset printers. According to Steve Baker, general manager of parent company MM Plastics, the move will help with both supply and support for customers.

    Great fit: Steve Baker.

    “This combined network gives us an excellent supply base for customers around the country, providing not only fast and efficient local delivery, but access to the technical expertise and support of local product specialists,” he said.

    MM Plastics acquired Chief Media in 2015, and AVS in 2017, and has been laying the groundwork for the big merger since the middle of last year, according to Baker.

    “With our customers needing access to a more diverse range of media and substrates to meet the demands of a dynamic market, it simply makes sense to offer our whole product range through every outlet,” said Baker. “Also, while operating independently, the three companies have always shared a similar commitment to delivering a total solution to customers; quality products, responsive and knowledgeable support and excellent value for money. So, it’s a great fit.”

    The merger will benefit customers of all three companies, said Baker, with additional product ranges available to each.

    “AVS customers will now have access to an extensive range of quality substrates including Aluminium Composite Panels, PVC, Acrylic, Polycarbonate and Flute. Amari Plastics and Chief Media customers, in turn, will benefit from access to the huge range of wide format media, cut graphics and display media, as well as hardware, tools, accessories, inks and finishing solutions which were previously only available through AVS,” he said.

    The transition will be staged to minimise disruption, with rebranding of building and delivery vehicles taking place over the next few months.

  • Trotec opens new Qld showroom demo centre

    Grand opening: (l-r) Reece Moore, Dr Norbert Schrüfer, Cameron Dick, Melissa McMahon, Simon Moore

    Trotec Laser has opened a new 550 square metre showroom and demonstration facility in Brisbane, to strengthen its Queensland sales and service operations.

    The new facility at Loganholme includes two machine showrooms, with one devoted to the industrial sector, as well as a “laser inspiration room” for applications, as well as training facilities, and offices for additional staff. The company supplies laser equipment, including cutters and engravers used in the printing industry.

    Reece Moore, managing director of Trotec Australia, said the new facility would allow Trotec to better serve its Queensland customers. “Not only does it have a larger warehouse and office space to enable us to offer an unparalleled customer experience, it is also home to the most advanced laser demonstration and training facility in Australia,” he said.

    “The new facility offers Trotec a vehicle for growth, not only in Queensland, but also Australia, and the ability to offer more products and services to meet the evolving demands of our customers. The investment by the Trodat-Trotec Group is a testament to the success of the Australian subsidiary.

    “We focus on providing an excellent customer experience and I have no doubt that our new facility will only enhance our capabilities so that we can continue to meet our customers’ increasing requirements,” he said.

    Cameron Dick, Queensland minister for state development, manufacturing, infrastructure and planning, opened the facility, and expressed his hope that the expansion would create local jobs.

    “Queensland is proud to be a manufacturing state, and it’s growth like this that highlights the significant level of confidence we’re currently seeing in the local sector,” he said. “I thank Trotec Laser for continuing to choose Logan, for creating more jobs, and for pushing a new and exciting agenda when it comes to advanced manufacturing.”

  • Roland launches TrueVis VG successor

    The new TrueVis VG2 series: expands the colour gamut with orange ink

    Roland DG has launched the successor to its award-winning TrueVis VG series of printer cutters. The TrueVis VG2 series supports an increased colour gamut with what the company says are “new generation” inks.

    Available in 54-inch and 64-inch models, the VG2 series, which uses the new TR2 eco-solvent inks, expands the previous seven-colour system of CMYKLcLmLk plus white with the addition of orange ink.

    Greg Stone, product and marketing manager at Roland DG, told Print21 that stock will arrive in Australia this month.

    “We’ve had a lot of pre-orders, so plenty of interest in the machine. It’s for graphics and signage applications – either people looking to get into the field, or existing companies after the latest technology,” he said.

    According to Kohei Tanabe, president of the digital printing business division at Roland DG, the company aimed to improve on the standard set by the award-winning VG series.

    “To create printer cutters that boast the highest output quality in Roland DG history, we did not stick to existing concepts, but redefined product development by focusing on dozens of little details,” said Tanabe. “The result is that the new TrueVis VG2 series offers customers a competitive advantage and the ‘power to excite’.”

    The new orange ink option widens the colour gamut, and a new multicolour process function allows it to be used as a process colour. A new “true rich colour” preset has also been added.

    “Now for the first time, vibrant colour can be combined with neutral grays, smooth gradations and natural skin tones to create stunning graphics,” said Tanabe.

    In addition to the new ink set, the VG2 series incorporates a number of improvements including new middle pinch rollers for unattended operation, new crop mark options for more stable cutting performance, and a new take-up unit that supports two modes for different types of media to secure take-up stability.

  • Orafol MD steps aside after 18 months

    “What a privilege it’s been”: Greg Nicholls.

    Orafol Australia managing director Greg Nicholls has stepped down from the top job after just a year and a half in the role.

    Nicholls joined Orafol in September 2017 along with sales director Anthony Kioussis. Nicholls took the reins as the German wide format media manufacturer restructured its business here: it acquired its distributors Artmart in Blackburn North in Melbourne, Major Tom at Brompton in Adelaide, and Signmaker Supplies at Balcatta in Perth, plus Queensland-based Australian Graphic Supplies (AGS), which Nicholls founded. He had also previously served as MD at composite board manufacturer Xanita.

    Nicholls thanked the Orafol team for their work over the course of his tenure. “What a privilege it’s been to work with the newly merged team at Orafol Australia for the last eighteen months. Time for fresh new beginnings, after a few weeks’ R&R,” he said.

    The graphic arts manufacturer recently introduced its new ProSlide adhesive technology, which it says improves film repositioning capability, and enables quicker, easier, and more reliable wrap installation.

  • Currie Group races to high-performance print

    High performance: At the Currie Group HP Indigo 7r event were the Triple Eight champion racing team (l-r)  Jamie Whincup, Shane van Ginsbergen, and Jessica Dane.

    Currie Group has shown off the refurbished HP Indigo 7r press to printers in Melbourne and Sydney, at star-studded events featuring the Triple Eight racing team.

    Next up on the three city tour is Auckland, slated for tomorrow (Thursday), with Kiwi printers having former All Black captain Wayne ‘Buck’ Shelford sharing his high performance experiences. Click here to book in.

    Several dozen guests turned out to Currie Group’s office in Macquarie Park for the Sydney event, which featured live demonstrations of the HP Indigo 7r and 7000-series digital presses with Horizon finishing equipment. 

    Guest speakers for the event, themed after “high performance”, included the Triple Eight racing team champion drivers Jamie Whincup – whose father it turned out was a printer running GTOs in Melbourne – with Shane van Gisbergen, and Jessica Dane. The trio spoke about their racing careers, and how HP print products such as 3D and wide-format printers help them on the track. Kellie Northwood also spoke, on print opportunities.

    Winner: Jamie Picton, account manager at Smack Bang Designs, picked up the lucky door prize consisting of signed Triple Eight Racing merchandise.

    According to Phil Rennell, sales and marketing director at Currie Group, the Test Drive series was about encouraging customers to pursue partnerships and create high-performance print.

    “The key for us was getting people to think about how to take performance to the next level, and obviously we would like them to associate that with their partnership with us,” he said. 

    The event was also about promoting the HP Indigo 7r digital press, which Rennell said delivers high performance at a lower price point than a brand-new machine.

    “It delivers good value”: Phil Rennell, Currie Group, with the HP Indigo 7r digital press.

    “It is a previously-owned press that goes through a full remanufacturing process back in the factory, and effectively comes out as a new press with current specifications,” he said. “It delivers good value because it has been previously owned, but has been fully updated and remanufactured to the new standards.”

    Rennell hailed the event as a success, and thanked customers in both cities for coming out. “We’ve had a good response, and we’re pleased that our customers battled the traffic to come see us, and are prepared to learn and understand.

    “It’s about adding value to your business and growing it as well,” he said. “I am looking forward to the event in Auckland.”

  • Winds of change: PIAA’s new Jedi master

    Passionate print champion: Stephanie Gaddin.

    Industry consultant Stephanie Gaddin, known to clients and acquaintances as “Yoda”, has joined Printing Industries as its new membership communications manager and is set to take up the role from the start of next month.

    Gaddin comes to the association with years of experience in the sector as a Victorian government scholarship recipient, volunteer print ambassador, and ex-CEO of Print MIS company Dolphin Worxs. Before joining PIAA, she performed consulting, contracting, and digital marketing work for companies ranging from small owner-operated businesses to large corporates.

    Andrew Macaulay, CEO PIAA, hailed Gaddin as a passionate champion for the industry. “We look forward to her enthusiasm and energy promoting print advocacy. Steph will hit the ground running,” he said. “In fact, she will attend an industry event in Melbourne on Wednesday next week, representing PIAA even before she officially commences.”

    Walter Kuhn, PIAA president, agrees, saying Gaddin will be able to deliver new markets for printers and help them capture the hearts and minds of the younger generations.

    “Steph ardently believes that there is enormous untapped value in print industry and collaboration opportunities for cross channel campaigns abound. She aims help printers find and make the most of the millennial sub-culture that is obsessed with paper and paper products,” he said.

  • Print21 – Issue 1074

    Great to see the PIAA engaging with the highest levels of government of behalf of printers, that’s the way to kick off the year – and speaking of kick-offs, EFI Connect is underway in Las Vegas, and our editor Wayne Robinson is on the ground. Be sure to check out his coverage, right here at Print21.

     

    Welcome to the latest industry newsletter for Australia and New Zealand, brought to you by Print21 – the people who know print.

     

    Jake Nelson
    Labels and Industrial Editor

  • Print bungle hits all HSC students

    All 70,000 HSC certificates were printed with the wrong year. (photo from Jihad Dib MP on Twitter)

    Every one of the roughly 70,000 NSW students who completed their Higher School Certificate (HSC) exams last year has reportedly received a certificate printed with the wrong date, thanks to a mistake at the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

    The certificates were issued with the fine print “Issued by NESA without alteration or erasure on 14th December 2017”. NESA has apologised to students and their parents after the blunder, which Michael Charlton, director of media, said will not affect the validity of the HSC.

    “This mistake was caused by human error and we are now working hard to rectify it as quickly as possible. We are currently reprinting replacement certificates which will be sent out to all students as early as possible next week,” he said.

    “The Higher School Certificate is a globally recognised qualification and all students in the class of 2018 will receive an accurate certificate to celebrate their achievement. We apologise for any distress or disappointment that this unfortunate error has caused to students and their families.”

    Furious: Rob Stokes.

    Both sides of politics have excoriated NESA for the misprint, with NSW education minister Rob Stokes expressing his disappointment and vowing the mistake would be fixed immediately.

    “As Education Minister, I am furious that the independent authority charged with running the HSC failed to give NSW students the respect their hard work and dedication deserves by getting something as simple as the date right on their certificate.

    “I’ve made it clear to NESA that this needs to be corrected immediately and I understand reprinting is already underway,” he said.

    His ALP counterpart Jihad Dib told ABC it was a “bungle of epic proportions”, and pointed the blame at the government. “What an incredible disappointment for the 70,000 HSC students to know their achievements count for so little,” he said.

    NESA did not detail which company printed the incorrect certificates on its behalf; however, Print21 has been assured that the error was entirely on NESA’s part and the printer was not at fault.

  • Winds of change: Trickey goes to WestRock

    Industry identity Graham Trickey is now operations manager at WestRock.

    Industry identity Graham Trickey has taken over as operations director at American-owned packaging giant WestRock Company after a four-and-a-half-year stint at Visy.

    Prior to his move into packaging in 2014, Trickey worked for printers such as Dominion Print, Lilyfield Print and Hannanprint.

    According to his LinkedIn profile, while at Visy, he created “an environment of trust and stability that built leaders at all levels and fostered a culture of teamwork, with the results being predictable, reliable and dependable operations that exceeded customer expectations.”

    WestRock, based in Georgia, USA, purchased Australian packaging printer Hannapak from the Hanna family for $75m in 2017 following an 18-year partnership.