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  • Malcolm Auld & Steve Harris star at PIAA direct mail event

    Packed room listening to Malcolm Auld at PIAA event in Brisbane.

    Marketing gurus teams up to reinforce the power of mail as the Real Digital Disruptor at a significant Printing Industries  event in Brisbane. A large turnout of industry professionals came to hear how direct mail has not only retained its power but also increased its effectiveness in the digital age.

    Over 170 attendees were entertained and educated by Harris and Auld on Tuesday night at the PIAA co-ordinated Direct Mail event. A broad audience of printers, their clients and agencies packed the room on the roof of the Flight Centre Corporate Headquarters to learn all about the Big Creative Idea.

    Harris and Auld are well-known, high profile industry professionals with a great sense of fun and a high-energy delivery that had the audience fully engaged. They reinforced the effectiveness of direct mail, good copy writing and the strong recognition that there is plenty of room for print in marketing in this internet age.

    A highlight of the evening was the ‘Epic Split,’ a popular ad dating back to 2013, illustrating a perfect case study of the Big Creative Idea, with Jean-Claude Van Damme doing the splits between two moving Volvo trucks. Feedback on the night was extremely positive and the event will be repeated in Melbourne and Sydney soon before being rolled out to other states by the PIAA and other sponsors.

    Once bookings are open and dates secured, PIAA members and printers in the broader industry will be able to invite their clients along to this beneficial and entertaining event.

    “It was an incredibly informative event, packed with interesting information about communications, and not just Direct Mail,” says Andrew Macaulay, CEO of the PIAA. “Clients of printers, and agencies will find this event very useful.”

    “I thought the evening was very enjoyable. There was great value for the guests of all the printers that attended,” says Walter Kuhn, president of the PIAA and Queensland member.


  • A revolution in textile printing

    When the SureColor Fabric series was first launched it represented a revolution in textile printing. The equipment was designed from the ground up to provide a complete single-vendor solution with simpler operation, higher durability, and superior imaging.

    The F2160 is Epson’s latest generation Direct To Garment (DTG) printer. It features enhanced production flexibility, higher productivity, reduced maintenance, and a lower running cost.

    Optimised for customisation and value-adding on cotton based garments such as T-shirts, Polo tops, jeans and sweats, it will image onto a range of polyester sports and leisure wear, and can also be used for promotional and décor items including tote bags, tea towels and cushions. Prints can be made on pre-cut fabric or directly to finished garments with a heat press used to ‘fix’ the dye.

    The printer can be ordered in a 4-colour configuration for high speed volume production as well as a 5-colour configuration for flexible CYMK + white work. Hardware is covered by a comprehensive on-site warranty with service cover extendable up to three years.

    SureColor F2160 at a glance:

    • Direct to garment low-cost customisation of shirts, caps, bags, and more
    • Epson UltraChrome® DG ink delivers crisp and bright images with a low tack finish, high stretchability and good wash/UV durability
    • Improved performance and enhanced image quality with smoother gradation, an expanded gamut and Dmax
    • New platen grip pads enable faster loading and setting
    • Upgraded self-cleaning print head and new auto cap washing system for enhanced reliability, reduced maintenance and wastage
    • Supplied with enhanced Epson Garment Creator application software
    • Diethlene glycol free ensures for a safer work environment with Oeko-Tex certification so garments can be worn by adults, children and infants
    • Available in high speed 4 colour and flexible 5 colour with White configurations
    • Comprehensive warranty with service cover extendable up to 3 YEARS
    • Supports a wide range of garments with natural and man-made

    Epson UltraChrome DG Ink was developed to support fabric with a 50% or greater cotton content. It adheres well and fixes easily for images with a low tack finish that have good UV/wash durability. Both the ink and Pre-Treatment liquid when applied to cotton fabrics conform to the latest Oeko-Tex Eco Passport standard with garments safe for use by adults, children and babies.

    Click for more information.


  • Screen Australia

    New Zealand-based label printer Unimax in Auckland, specialises in agriculture, transportation, health and food and beverage labels. With more than 30 years’ experience, the convertor is committed to offering the best value labels as well as promoting best practice environmental business. It aims to reuse or recycle the majority of its physical waste, reduce energy consumption, improve workplace efficiency and safety, and help customers lower their environmental impact.

    To support the growth and competitiveness of its business into the future, Unimax was looking to offer more variety in the printing options available to customers. After considering what is available, it made the decision to invest in a new digital printing solution.

    “We were looking for a digital printing press that offered the highest quality print product, consistency and was the most cost effective,” said Dinesh Kumar, director. “After weighing up the available options, we made the decision that the Screen L350UV stood out as the best solution.”

    Jet Technologies was brought in to consult on the Screen Truepress Jet L350UV with the assistance of Screen GP Australia and Fujifilm NZ. The L350UV offers a modern addition to the Unimax business, that was previously only printed conventionally.

    “By now being able to offer its clients both conventional and digital printing, Unimax is positioned as a fully-rounded label print house,” said Jack Malki, Director, Jet Technologies. “This allows them to offer a variety of options to customers.”

    The benefits of the L350UV

    The Screen L350 was an attractive option for Unimax due to the fact that its high speeds make it a very cost-effective option. Additionally, it delivers a higher uptime of 94 per cent compared to other printers, meaning more throughput and less bottlenecks.

    Digital printing opens up more colour options, including white ink, and the colour is more vibrant. The L350 also ensures that colour consistency is assured on every job.

    Label durability is also another benefit of the printer, with a longevity of 12 months minimum.

    “We needed a press that was capable of high-quality labels that wouldn’t scuff, fade or scratch,” Dinesh explained. “With the L350 we can also print on a wide range of substrates, including textured and silver, which avoids the need for top coating finishes such as foils.”

    “Being digital, the Screen L350 allows for variable data printing, while keeping set-up times low. It also opens the door to much more customisable labels to meet the needs and preferences of customers.”

    The results for Unimax

    Investing in bringing digital printing in house, rather than having to outsource has made Unimax a more competitive and versatile label printing business.

    It has made a big impact on the productivity of Unimax’s label printing, which has enabled the company to increase capacity and take on more customers.

    “The L350 is a very fast printer and on average we’re printing at 50 metres per minute. With the print jobs we’ve been able to move over from conventional printing & we have halved the time required,” Dinesh explained.

    “We’re also now able to offer customers a solution if they have urgent print jobs, as with the L350 we can do these in a day.”


  • PIAA turns up the heat on energy policies

    Pressing the energy button. Andrew Macaulay with Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, in Canberra

    Power surges during heatwave conditions are damaging expensive printing equipment of PIAA member companies in another symptom of a dysfunctional power supply system, according to Andrew Macaulay, CEO.

    And right on cue NSW power operators AGL and Origin are both forecasting potential power shortages over today and tomorrow, as they both have broken generators. Between them the two broken generators will take approximately 1300 megawatts of supply out of the system, or around 10 per cent of supply on hot days.

    High-profile power crusader Macaulay is continuing to press for Government action as part of his long-running campaign to keep energy prices for printers on the agenda. He points to the slide into administration of RemaPak, the Sydney-based packaging company, as a symptom of high-priced energy.

    “It’s ludicrous that Australia, one of the largest exporters of gas in the world cannot maintain supply to local industry at reasonable prices. Suppliers are talking about importing liquid natural gas to meet the shortfall, even as we ramp up export volumes from Queensland,” he said.

    Macaulay points to comments by Rod Sims, chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, that manufacturers relying on gas will certainly go under at current prices. Sims maintains there is currently a drastic energy shortage in Australia.

    “All this feeds through to the higher power prices our members are paying as well as the disruptions to supply due to load shedding on hot days. Members are telling me that power surges are blowing up capital-intensive printing equipment as the network struggles to keep up,” he said.

    The latest calls for action reflect a long-running strategy for the Association. According to Macaulay, PIAA members drove the early stages of the national energy policy debate.

    “This is now seeing our Federal and State Governments start to take action to focus on the energy consumer’s need for reliable and less costly delivery. PIAA will continue to prosecute this argument.

    “We have stepped up and negotiated a service on energy efficiency. This programme will offer members services in reducing their energy consumption, and is forecast to deliver significant saving to participants. The service has just commenced to roll out. It will be offered to all Sustainable Green Print accredited members,’ he said.

  • Chinese to buy strategic stake in Heidelberg

    Leading press manufacturer welcomes the support of Masterwork Group, China’s largest manufacturer of die-cutters and hot-foil embossing machines. Based in the Chinese city of Tianjin, long-standing strategic partner Masterwork is set to get 8.5 percent of Heidelberg under a cash injection.

    The proposed capital increase will make Masterwork a strategic anchor shareholder with a long-term investment horizon. Gallus under Ferd Rüesch became the first anchor shareholder when the family-owned label press manufacturer was folded into the German press company in 2014.

    Subject to approval by the relevant bodies on both sides and the Chinese authorities, the deal will take place by the end of the first calendar quarter of 2019. The issue price of the new shares is set to be EUR 2.68. If the market price significantly outstrips the envisaged issue price, this will be renegotiated in line with statutory requirements.

    Heidelberg will use the extra money to accelerate its digital agenda and for general business financing. Heidelberg believes Masterwork supports its digital strategy and is demonstrating clear commitment to long-term collaboration. It is currently considering and discussing whether it will seek to obtain a shareholding in Masterwork, which is listed on China’s Shenzhen stock exchange.

    According to Heidelberg CEO,Rainer Hundsdörfer, (pictured) the deal will open up further potential in the growing packaging printing segment, especially in China – the world’s largest individual market. “We are expecting better capacity utilisation at our plants across the globe to make us far more efficient, but I would like to stress that this will not weaken our sites in Germany. We are delighted that in Masterwork we are obtaining another long-term investor that firmly believes in the company’s innovative prowess, strategy, and potential for the future.”

    Masterwork President Li Li was equally upbeat. “Heidelberg is our ideal partner for jointly leveraging growth potential in the packaging printing market. The stake we are obtaining in this long-established company and world market leader underlines that we are in it for the long haul and are confident Heidelberg has adopted the right strategy.”

    The two companies have had a close manufacturing and sales partnership for a number of years since Masterwork acquired the Heidelberg’s postpress packaging technologies in 2014. Packaging printing is expected to enjoy above-average growth in the coming years. Heidelberg already holds a strong position in this segment in Europe and the Americas. Masterwork is one of China’s leading postpress suppliers for packaging.

    Heidelberg will continue to supply markets in China and the rest of Asia from the site in Qingpu, near Shanghai, that it established back in 2006. It says that as a result of the closer working relationship, it will also benefit from joint component manufacturing operations at the Masterwork site in Tianjin in the future.

  • Nanopress with Fiery RIP gets FOGRA nod

    Benny Landa shows off Nanographic print quality at an event at his production plant in Israel.

    The Israeli-based Nanographic printing system joins other digital brands in gaining quality assurance from the German-based graphics research institute. The EFI Fiery digital front end technology driving the Landa S10 Nanographic Printing Press is the first system to receive an expanded Validation Printing System certification.

    Landa and EFI join brands such as Konica Minolta, Canon, Ricoh and Fuji Xerox in using the FograCert to benchmark printing quality. The new cert extends the test beyond validating a single print to evaluating the stability of an entire print run to ISO standards.

    EFI announced the certification at its Connect conference in Las Vegas this week

    According to a Landa spokesperson the Fogra seal of approval is an important step towards assuring customers of the consistency of the Nanographic presses. The certification covers combination printing systems that include a printing system, driving software, colour management software, substrate, and a simulated printing condition that accurately represents today’s print production process.

    “The Fogra seal is an important validation of the quality of our Landa S10 Nanographic Printing Press,” said Gilad Tzori, VP of product strategy. “It also validates our choice of partnering with EFI. While certification based on a single print has been the standard for some time, we believe this new certification, which tests print run stability, is an important validation of the Landa S10 print quality.”

    The roll out of the Landa Nanographic system continues, albeit in an unusually low-key manner. Following the flamboyant launches at the past two drupa shows by Benny Landa, there are now at least four installations – in Israel, Germany, Switzerland and the USA. They are soon to be joined by the first Chinese press. Komori is predicting it will have a beta site for its Nanographic press in the first half of this year somewhere in Japan.

    The Fogra certification will go a long way towards rebutting perceptions that the Nanographic printing system is unstable over long runs. The partnership with EFI at first presented challenges to the venture  but the complete printing system now seems to be well grounded in quality and consistency.

    “By meeting new validation requirements like the FograCert Validation Printing System certification, EFI and Landa are working to ensure that printing companies’ customers can have greater confidence in the print they buy, which ultimately helps create more opportunities for growth in high-volume digital printing,” said John Henze, vice president, EFI Fiery


  • Canon’s 33rd US top five patent ranking

    While overall number of US patents awarded was down last year Canon maintained its standing in the top five spots by being awarded a total of 3,056 patents in 2018.

    This sees the Japanese company reinforce its position as a leader in digital imaging solutions, empowering the industry with innovative technology solutions. It marks the 33rd consecutive year that Canon ranks in the top five for US patents awarded and the 14th consecutive year that it was the top recipient of U.S. patents among Japanese companies.

    Canon’s world leading R&D is boosted by the contributions of its Australian research centre, CISRA. Established in 1990, CiSRACanon Information Systems Research Australia – is a world leader in professional business and consumer imaging equipment and information systems. CiSRA’s research has resulted in over 240 US patents and 800 patents worldwide for Canon.

    New this year in patent analysis, Canon ranks second in ultimate patent ownership. This tabulates the world’s largest current patent holders, which includes parent companies and their subsidiaries. It measures the size of a patent owner’s global portfolio based on the number of active patent families around the world covering a single invention. Canon secured the second spot, outranking IBM, with 34,905 active patent families.

    According to Canon US spokesperson Seymour Liebman the secret to the success behind Canon is that it is always reinventing its approach to innovation. “The new patent analysis is further testament to our strong standing among fellow tech giants. Canon looks forward to the future, as we continue to break moulds and reimagine the possible.”



  • Industry pushback on ideological super attacks

    Representing the industry. Richard Celarc, executive director Opus and PIAA board member (right) met with Josh Frydenberg, federal treasurer, (left) along with Andrew Macaulay, CEO PIAA.

    Peak industry body warns Federal Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, not to mess with Media Super. In the first of series of Government consultations, Andrew Macaulay, CEO, Printing Industries sticks up for the printing industry’s default superannuation fund.

    “Ideology has no place in deciding policy on superannuation. Media Super and other industry funds are doing a good job. The government must resist the temptation to play ducks and drakes with the sector. There should be no favouritism towards retail funds, certainly not on an ideological basis,” he said.

    The defence of Media Super came as part of a broad pro-industry push to government that seeks to address concerns on maintaining the instant $20,000 depreciation concession on new plant, visa implications for the skilled workers shortage and continuing the pressure on energy prices. Macaulay made the point that Media Super is a high performing super fund that actively supports the industry on many levels.

    “I raised it with the treasurer when board member Richard Celarc and I met with him as part of our campaign to make sure the federal government is aware of the industry’s concerns. Richard is very keen to prosecute an argument for better tax and investment rules for our very capital intensive industry,” said Macaulay.

    The meeting is one of a series planned for the year and continues the campaign that over the course of 2018 saw PIAA directors and staff hold meetings with 116 politicians and nearly 190 policy advisors or public servants. These meetings have been with all sides of politics.

    “To be effective the PIAA has to be apolitical. We have met directly with most of the federal cabinet and shadow ministers, as well as both prime ministers, and the opposition leader.

    “Last week one of the new board assisted in a meeting about skilled worker visas while another new board member is scheduled to meet with the federal energy minister about print and packaging needs from that portfolio,” he said.

    Macaulay stresses that the new board at the PIAA is comprised entirely of printers representing every state, individuals with a stake in the health of the industry. He insists on the primacy of a peak body backed by the industry that can effectively argue for the sector as a whole.

    “The print and packaging industry is dynamic and constantly evolving as visual communications are central to our economy. Members of the sector engage in a competitive market with no barriers to entry. In this market, we see the print sector compete against foreign imports, continuing energy price inflation, environmental imposts, dramatic increases in paper prices, erratic vocational training delivery and an increasingly unstable industrial relations regime.

    “Key to a strong industry is a strong, coherent voice representing that industry. Your board is proactive in raising the profile of our industry with policy makers at both federal and state level. We’ve been successful in this mission due to the board coming from industry, being real printers, invested in the sector, and having a clear strategy for industry representation. By ensuring that politicians and policy makers know that the industry has one representative voice, we make that voice powerful,’ he said.




  • Epson SureColor F2160

    When the SureColor Fabric series was first launched it represented a revolution in textile printing. The equipment was designed from the ground up to provide a complete single-vendor solution with simpler operation, higher durability, and superior imaging.

    The F2160 is Epson’s latest generation Direct To Garment (DTG) printer. It features enhanced production flexibility, higher productivity, reduced maintenance, and a lower running cost.

    Optimised for customisation and value-adding on cotton based garments such as T-shirts, Polo tops, jeans and sweats, it will image onto a range of polyester sports and leisure wear, and can also be used for promotional and décor items including tote bags, tea towels and cushions. Prints can be made on pre-cut fabric or directly to finished garments with a heat press used to ‘fix’ the dye.

    The printer can be ordered in a 4-colour configuration for high speed volume production as well as a 5-colour configuration for flexible CYMK + white work. Hardware is covered by a comprehensive on-site warranty with service cover extendable up to three years.

    SureColor F2160 at a glance:

    • Direct to garment low-cost customisation of shirts, caps, bags, and more
    • Epson UltraChrome® DG ink delivers crisp and bright images with a low tack finish, high stretchability and good wash/UV durability
    • Improved performance and enhanced image quality with smoother gradation, an expanded gamut and Dmax
    • New platen grip pads enable faster loading and setting
    • Upgraded self-cleaning print head and new auto cap washing system for enhanced reliability, reduced maintenance and wastage
    • Supplied with enhanced Epson Garment Creator application software
    • Diethlene glycol free ensures for a safer work environment with Oeko-Tex certification so garments can be worn by adults, children and infants
    • Available in high speed 4 colour and flexible 5 colour with White configurations
    • Comprehensive warranty with service cover extendable up to 3 YEARS
    • Supports a wide range of garments with natural and man-made

    Epson UltraChrome DG Ink was developed to support fabric with a 50% or greater cotton content. It adheres well and fixes easily for images with a low tack finish that have good UV/wash durability. Both the ink and Pre-Treatment liquid when applied to cotton fabrics conform to the latest Oeko-Tex Eco Passport standard with garments safe for use by adults, children and babies.

    Click for more information.


  • 1st new Techkon SpectroPlate into Australia

    No sooner released onto the world market than a local printer has ordered the latest in plate measurement technology.

    Well-known printing colour guru David Crowther of Colour Graphic Services, the Australian agent for the award-winning, high-end German print technology manufacturer was impressed by the speed of the industry’s response to the launch.

    “We don’t sell too many SpectroPlates here. People mostly use the Techkon SpectroDens spectrodensitometers but a printer phoned me up and I sold the first one yesterday, the same day it was launched,” he said. “The SpectroPlate All-Vision is the only measurement device that can be used for processless plates, which are becoming more common.”

    The new generation Techkon SpectroPlate is a high resolution digital microscope that measures dot percentage, screen angles, lines per inch/cm, dot gain and AM, FM or Hybrid Screens of traditional offset or process-less, chemistry-free printing plates. It boasts a unibody case that is precisely machined from a single block of aluminum to maximize durability and reliability in harsh production environments. It is also now equipped with a high-resolution anti-glare display and well as an improved user-interface.

    The Techkon SpectroPlate has been a long-standing favorite among the top plate manufacturers due to its speed, accuracy, and reliability. The SpectroPlate is the latest Techkon instrument to be added to its New Generation line and now includes:

    • Inductive charging
    • New generation battery with up to 10X lifespan
    • Micro USB port
    • Charging on console and USB port


  • Graphics Grab: Big printers drag industry profits

    Printing is a tough game; a good industry but a hard place to make a quid, especially for large businesses.

    By WhatTheyThink

    Startling statistics coming out of the USA reveal that the industry makes an overall profit of 4.12% before taxes during the past 18 months. However, large printing enterprises, those with US$25+million in assets, averaged a bare 1.04% in profits for the same period. In fact they actually went backwards for a number of quarters.

    Meanwhile for smaller printers, those with less than $25 million in assets, profits before taxes for the past six quarters averaged 7.41%, which is not too bad.

    The people who collect the stats, What They Think, reckon the low profitability of the large printers is a long-term drag on overall industry profitability.

    It’s difficult to get comparative figures for the local industry, but PMP, the largest printer in the Australian region posted a net profit after tax this year of >minus $34.8 million. The share price started 2018 at $0.51 and ended it at $0.20.

    It reinforces what many printers already know, that big isn’t always better. Perhaps there is an optimum size for a profitable printing enterprise after all.


    For those of us in the business of journalism there’s little satisfaction in seeing the competition publish a typo error. Any schadenfreude will be quickly followed by making a similar stuff up.

    Roxy Jacenko … Never fails to deliver.

    However some are too good to let go by unmentioned. First there’s the subeditor’s nightmare in the New York Post of Julia Roberts getting better ‘holes’ as she grows older.

    Closer to home, publisher Allen & Unwin, had to pulp the entire print run of Roxy’s Little Black Book of Tips and Tricks. Written by Sydney-based PR flack, Roxy Jacenko, the tome made it past six professional proofreaders to the stage where review copies were sent out before someone saw that the cover blurb said the author ‘Never fails to disappoint.’ It should, of course, have read ‘Never fails to deliver.’

    The quote came from radio host Jackie O, but left Jacenko unfazed. “It’s a fuck-up, but Jackie’s a friend,” she said.

    The publisher wouldn’t reveal the size of the pulped print run.


    Another straw in the wind this week with the news that Peter Coleman, well known newspaper industry identity and publisher of the authoritative GX Report will no longer print his magazine. This is a particular loss of an excellent publication. Not only does Peter write very well with an in-depth knowledge of newspapers, but printing has defined his professional life.

    Peter Coleman

    I first came across him as editor of Bill Minnis’ Ink magazine in the 1990s, a leading printing industry publication out of Melbourne. Before that he ran his family’s newspaper publishing and print works in the UK for many years. He grew up around Goss Community presses with printing ink in his blood.

    But the newspaper industry is continuing to struggle in the internet age, with titles closing left, right and centre. Few are buying new presses and Peter bemoans the loss of Goss, his long-term foundation advertiser following its takeover by manroland.

    As with many other publications there’s a virtual life after print. Sign on at


    It wasn’t always so. Newspaper professionals facing an existential battle will be chagrined at a report I came across in a file copy of Newspaper News, the Yaffa Media publication from July 1929. Under the headline; ‘British Companies’ Huge Dividends’ it reports that the rush to buy shares in newspapers is ‘one of the most remarkable features of the investment market in recent years.’

    It goes on to express no surprise as it reveals The Daily Mirror made a profit of £479,529 and paid 30% per ordinary share.

    Shareholders in The Sunday Pictorial did better with a dividend of no less that 25%, which pales in comparison to the Financial News, which from a profit of £93,500 paid shareholders a whopping 175% per ordinary share.

    Those were the days.


    And finally… did you hear about Julius Caesar walking into a bar.

    “I’ll have a martinus,” he says.

    The bartender gives him a puzzled look and asks, “Don’t you mean a ‘martini’?”
    “Look. If I wanted a double, I’d have asked for it!”

  • Graphics Grab Bag – Beware the Xmas print scam

    With the same inevitability of the arrival of sunburn, hangovers and Santa Claus comes the latest in printing scams. Fred Mayer of Adams Print, Breakwater, Victoria, alerts me to this fairly insane proposal he received. It’s dead dodgy, even if you have to work out what the scammer is actually about. Fred forwards it to alert other printers to be on their guard against the sob-sister scams of the Season.

    It comes from someone called Sarah M Stamp. The initial email goes…

    I really wish i could call you directly, Am a single mother with two lovely girls for about three years now and sadly i had a motor bike accident since the 29th of Oct, was a fatal accident and just recovered back my foot also broken ribs but still fighting partial hearing loss & currently undergoing surgery, this will be the best way to communicate with you which i hope it won’t be a problem.

         I will need to make preparations for the event (22nd of Dec) before my arrival…As a single mother i have been trying my all to give my girls the best and right now i have been planning to give them a surprising amazing sweet sixteen birthday party. I have been anticipating these surprise day for my kids in awhile now.

    As am looking up to print 1000 copies of simple design invitation cards without their photographs attached is an artwork to be on below quality. 

    Matte-uncoated Paper 330gsm
    Card Envelopes : 148 x 148 mm Kaskad Bullfinch Pink 100gsm ( Optional i can later get them at the paper store if you can supply )
    Flap: Square, 
    Invitation Standard Size: A5 (5.5W x 5.5H inches) or A6 size (5.5W x 5.5H inches).

    If other details needed please don’t exitate (sic) to ask. Names: Hazel Stamp and Maeve Stamp.

    I look forward to read back from you the total cost and a design sample if possible as it will be picked up in your store by 2pm 13th Dec.

    Await your earliest reply

    Sarah M Stamp.

    After getting a quote for the cards, she comes back with:

    So sorry for my late response as i have been under-medications and so weak…Thanks so much for the sum up quotes i really appreciate as it’s affordable for me and i feel so satisfy now. I will like to make the total deposit $583.00 payment for my cards printing now as it will be picked up if not 13th then by 2pm 14th Dec… Also need you to please help me out with a little favor for more proper arrangement.

          I have decided to make the party their way as to give my big girls a colorful celebration with friends and families so i did organised a party planner who would have the house ready for the party, buy the things needed and put them in place before my arrival for the party which I would have loved to pay them directly but they not setup for credit card payment which is the only way I could make payment at this moment.

          And honestly to avoid any delays I will be forwarding you my credit card details to charge through the total sum of $3,633.00 which you could have $583.00 for the Cards then have the rest $3,050.00 transferred to the planner when the fund is cleared in your account so they can have all things arranged before my arrival.

          I so much wish to pay them directly but I am at the hospital right now and will undergo a surgery soon for my hear disabilities. Due to condition beyond my reasonable control for now it won’t be convenient for me doing direct deposit into their account and my account online access is inactive that is why i want you to assist me… I hope you will understand me by putting my condition into consideration and I am sorry if however it cause you inconvenience.

         Kindly get back to me if there’s any extra amount due to the transaction so I can forward my card details to charge the funds. Looking forward to read back from you at your earliest convenient time,

    And there you have it. Fred says that he did follow up in the spirit of the Season …

    I did point out I’m more than happy to visit her in hospital and then help set up the party so that the twins would really have a hoot of a time as part of our customer service and as we do like to help people in obvious distress. After all it is Xmas, but obviously she wasn’t keen on the idea! Go figure.

    Oh yes, tis the season to be …on your guard. If you’ve heard of any other Christmas scams, please let me know.

  • CMYKhub installs five HP Indigos

    Biggest installation in Australia: CMYKhub CEO Trent Nankervis and communications manager Glen Francis at the Melbourne print hub with the B2HP Indigo 10000 and the HP Indigo 5600. National trade printing house CMYKhub has just installed five HP Indigo Digital Presses, the biggest order supplier Currie Group has received in the 17 years it has been supplying the presses.

    The five HP Indigo presses at CMYKhub join the four the company already has, and means that each CMYKhub has two HP Indigo, with the exception of Sydney, which has a B2 HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press.

    Melbourne also has a B2 HP Indigo 10000, the remaining seven are from the HP Indigo 5000 and 7000 range and include one in Melbourne, two in Brisbane, two in Perth, two in Brisbane and two in Cairns. The five presses just installed by Currie Group include an HP Indigo 7800, a 7600 and a trio of 7r digital presses.

    Trent Nankervis, CEO of the family owned CMYKhub says, “The quality of print on the HP Indigo is at a similar level to the offset print we get from our Komori and Ryobi UV offset presses, and this was key in opting for HP Indigo for our digital fleet.

    “CMYKhub is determined to offer its trade partners every possible advantage, which is why we have installed HP Indigo presses in each of our print hubs around the country, in fact most of them have two. HP Indigo offers offset quality, in short runs, with variable data and on demand printing.

    The quality of print we are achieving is high, on both coated and on uncoated stock, it is as vibrant as UV offset. We find toner sits on the sheet, where Indigo sinks into it, giving the quality. Just like offset HP Indigo prints to a blanket first then transfers onto the sheet, delivering a smooth dot.”

    “We first installed HP Indigo five years ago, and our experience since then with the printers and with the supplier Currie Group drove our decision to go with HP Indigo again for this major new investment.
    David Currie, executive chairman of supplier Currie Group says, “CMYKhub has been an HP Indigo user for many years, so it knows what it is getting, which is high quality print in a robust digital machine.

    “Everyone knows the commitment CMYKhub has to the market, to its customers, and its desire to provide them with the best print. The HP Indigo provides quality print on demand, in short runs with variable data if required. As a trade printer CMYKhub has to meet a wide range of requests from its clients, the HP Indigo is clearly a key part of its solution.”

    Trent Nankervis says, “We are also seeing a lot of demand in the market, particularly from the agencies our customers deal with, for print produced on HP Indigo, HP has done a great job in back selling the benefits of Indigo.”

    CMYKhub is the country’s largest trade printer, and the only one with manufacturing facilities in Vic, NSW, Qld and WA. It is now fully owned by the Nankervis family, one of the best-known print families in the country, with a serious pedigree in print won over decades.
    In addition to its digital printing the company has been investing strongly in UV offset presses over the past few years, the Vic hub has an eight-colour B1 Komori H-UV, with the other manufacturing sites in NSW, WA and Queensland running eight-colour A1 RMGT LED -UV 920 series presses, and another about to go in.

    The only exception is Far North Queensland, which has two HP Indigo presses to compliment its rollfed and flatbed wide format printers, but no longer runs offset. Nankervis says, “If we have a call for a long run job we will print it in Brisbane, but the HP Indigo presses up there print virtually everything our customers need, they do a terrific job. The market is really suited to HP Indigo, for instance there is lots of tourism print, and that print is produced in many different languages to accommodate the different visitor groups, which is ideal for Indigo.”

    “Part of our aim in installing digital print solutions was to be platform agnostic, so as far as the customer is concerned the result is the same with digital and offset, and we achieve that offset quality result with the HP Indigo. It is then a question of which is the most efficient to print, and that depends on factors such as run length, turnaround time, whether there is variable data.”

    The company has two B2 HP Indigo systems, one each for Melbourne and Sydney. Nankervis says, “The B2 sheet size gives us a serious point of difference in the digital short run, on demand market. We can produce digital products to the B2 space like A2 posters, landscape books, and presentation folders.”
    CMYKhub also runs a Scodix digital embellishing press in both Melbourne and Sydney (also supplied and serviced by Currie Group).

    Nankervis says, “The Indigo quality coupled with the range of embellishments the Scodix machine can produce, allows our resellers to create low cost, but high perceived value short run orders.”
    The CMYKhub Indigo and offset production is rounded out by a comprehensive roll-fed and flatbed wide format production suite in the eastern states, with WA completing its installation in January.
    CYMKhub now has a total of nine HP Indigo presses in its Australian network – by far the most of any local printer – and has had no trouble finding people to run the presses.

    Nankervis says, “When we put a new one in lots of people put their hands up to train on them. We have had offset guys, prepress people looking to upskill, even a couple of finishing staff.”
    “We print to satisfy requirements of resellers, so deadlines can’t be moved because of machine down time. With the HP Indigo we really appreciate the service, support and back-up we have from Currie Group. All the Indigo presses are also self-diagnosing, and we have a 24-hour hotline to HP Indigo in Israel if we need to talk to someone there.”

    David Currie says, “Currie Group is one of only two authorised HP Indigo trainers around the world. Thanks to the investment we have made we are able to train HP Indigo users around the country, both to operate the press and where appropriate to provide engineering input.”

    Trent Nankervis says, “Installing five HP Indigo presses in one swoop I think shows that we believe Indigo is now very much part of the CMYKhub value proposition. Our customers – printers around the country – need to know they will be receiving the highest quality print, and on time every time. With our UV offset presses and quality matching HP Indigo digital colour presses, I think we are showing the market that we are completely committed to achieving that.”


  • Graphic Grab Bag – personalised print problems & bring back our book awards

    Personalised digital communication has faced a long uphill battle to become accepted. Apart from bog standard utility and financial statements with names and addresses, the degree of personalisation has never matched digital print’s capacity to tailor make a true one-on-one communication.

    Part of the problem is the lack of knowledge from clients who don’t know what can be done, or the effectiveness of good personalised printing.

    According to the people at InfoTrends, much of the blame can be shafted home to procurement departments in large corporations, the very businesses that can make best use of the technology. In a report out this week, Pricing for Digital: Overcoming Obstacles on the Path to Profitable Pricing, they claim procurement departments are aggressively pursuing lower prices even as production costs (driven by consumer expectations for high quality, personalized, and secure communications) continue to climb.

    Many enterprises, particularly those with the greatest volume of transactional communications such as banks, health insurance and government, are only interested in transmitting their messages as cheaply, not as effectively, as possible.


    Signing off… the ten who turned up for the wake of The Galley Club last year; (left to right) Nicola Martin, Michael Schulz, Janis Griffith, Andy McCourt, Terry Flynn, Robert Stapleford, Chris Stevens, James Cryer, Glenn O’Connor and Patrick Howard.

    I was reminded by the announcement of the winners 2018 British Book Design & Production Awards, that we no longer have a local event. Ever since the Galley Club folded into oblivion last year, despite the herculean efforts of Michael Shultz, Australian designers, publishers and printers are without a means of peer recognition. It’s a shame.

    This year’s UK award for books produced locally goes to a volume entitled, That Book. The title is a collection of photographs, ephemera of US life in the 1970s. It’s filled with images, photographs, maps and words printed on papers, on films with die cut and throw outs and tip ons. The bewildering complex imposition arrangement had sections varying greatly from single pages upwards. Ludlow Bookbinders did the hard yards.

    There’s a wonderful sense of the globalisation of the publishing industry at the awards

    UK printers were named 28 times in the shortlists across all sections, behind China with 35 short listed titles and winners in seven categories. Italian companies won three sections outright with 21 shortlisted. There were also shortlisted entries from Germany, Latvia, Belgium (one winning), India, Thailand and Serbia.

    We need our book awards back.


    Reinforcing the fact that new technology rarely complete replaces what’s gone before, comes the release from Fujifilm the of the Instax Creative Kit! Just in time for summer holidays it’s a mini film camera for people who want to have printed pictures. Of course it comes in Flamingo Pink and Smoky Grey.

    My grand daughter has her entire bedroom walls almost covered in shiny little images from the HP Sprocket version.

    Away from the mini photos I’m told both Kodak and Agfa also have thriving businesses in one-off film cameras for tourists and special occasions. People like to have printed photos and we rarely go to the trouble of downloading them and taking them into a camera store.

    Me, I’m attached to my phone, but I do miss the printed-out photos.


    Christmas closure notices are coming in torrents. This year Friday 21 December is the popular shut down with reopening divided between those who come back around the 3rd or 4th and the rest who wait the full two weeks for Monday 7th January.

    Most printers, being SME family owned businesses are taking the full break. Here at Print21 we’re following suit.


    And finally… Did you hear about the vet who’s also a taxidermist? There was a sign outside his office. Either way, you get your dog back.

  • Print21 Breaking News! $21.6 million bribery fine. Wednesday 27 November 2018

    Corruption is never a acceptable way of doing business especially when it comes from trusted and prestigious organisations. Note Printing Australia and Securency were fined a massive $21.6 million for bribery and corruption. The case was dogged by bumbling and blunders by the regulators. It’s not good enough.


    Wane Robinson

  • Graphics Grab – a tale of two magazines, Delicious and White Magazine

    Kerrie McCallum, Editor of Delicious.
    Photo: Ad News.

    The News Corp magazine, Delicious, was named the Magazine of the Year for 2018 last night. Editor Kerrie McCallum was named editor of the year and the designer, Hayley Incoll made it as designer of the year.

    According to an Ad News report, it secured both the top spot in monthly print while Delicious on Sunday tops the weekly print charts.

    Congratulations all around but it does bring into sharp relied the different methods of measuring readership.

    According to the Roy Morgan magazine readership figures Delicious slipped 15.7% to 306,000 readership in the year. On the other hand EMMA, the news media industry print readership survey, has the magazine over the year with an average readership per issue of 621,000.

    Meanwhile Delicious itself claims a total monthly reach of 628,000 for print.

    It’s to do with fusing online and print readership figures.


    In my understanding if there’s a mother lode of gold in Australian magazine publishing its’ the bridal industry magazines. Check them out in the newsagents. There are quite a number of them; Bride to Be, Modern Wedding, Luxury Weddings, The Knot, Cosmopolitan Bride Magazine, the list goes on. Generally they’re over 200 pages, packed with glossy colour and every page generates revenue.

    Final issue # 41

    But one of the most successful, White Magazine, has shut down after refusing the feature same-sex weddings. Targeted by LGBTIQ supporters on social media and abandoned by trade advertisers fearful of the impact, founders Luke and Carla Burrell, just couldn’t come to terms with the change.

    White Magazine is no longer economically viable,” they said in a blog post.


    After moving to Yaffa Media this year, I came across a treasure trove of bound volumes of Newspaper News, the forerunner of all the printing and advertising magazines. Back in 1929, under David Yaffa publisher, it featured ‘Latest development in the printing Arts’ as the main headline, reporting on the 8th International Printing and Allied Trades Exhibition held at Olympia London.


    Marvellous stuff. Among the many machinery manufacturers on show, few names remain. One that stands out is Heidelberg, which was selling its Automatic Platen. With a capacity of 3,000 foolscap sheets per hour, or 6,000 two-up for small jobs and envelopes, even then it was a very productive machine.

    Stay tuned for other items from these invaluable tomes.


  • Graphic Grab Bag – New Xerox and EFI CEOs face tough beginnings

    John Visentin

    New Xerox CEO John Visentin is coming face-to-face with the fact that the presses that come out of the US are less popular than the ones developed by Fuji Xerox in Japan. In his first presentation since taking the top job he reported that sales on the US-made iGen and Versant machines fell by 17%, while there was ‘better than anticipated demand’ for the Japanese-made Iridesse.

    His first quarterly figures were fairly dismal even as a New York court lifted the injunction against the two companies discussing their merger. Overall equipment revenue fell by 3.8% to US$511 million compared to $531 million 2017. Revenue for the quarter was 5.8% lower at $2.35 billion ($2.50 billion), delivering a pretax profit of $192 million ($167 million).

    Not surprisingly he wasn’t happy with the result. Addressing analysts he said, “We were disappointed in the revenue in Q3. We have an action plan to improve revenues that include, among other things, simplifying the organisational structure, improving alignment of compensation and evaluating contracts that are not profitable.”

    Reports are that part of the action plan includes reviewing the development of Xerox’s overall engagement with inkjet. “We are examining our RD&E investments in xerography and inkjet to ensure that we maintain technology leadership and that we have the best approach to realise the high rates of return that we require.”


    There was a similar result, if a different problem, for another new CEO in his first Q3 presentation. Bill Muir of EFI also faced disappointing financial results, despite declaring record sales and record revenue of $257 million for the quarter. A combination of delays in shipping the new Vutek superwide-format hybrid printers plus a slump in sales of existing engines as customers hold off waiting for the new machines, saw the company report a pretax loss of $2.3 million.

    Add a drop in the rivers of gold that are the sales of ink due to a shortage and higher prices of essential photoinitiators from China and the outlook is challenging for the new boss who replaced long-term honcho Guy Gecht.

    The bright spot comes with growing sales of Nozomi, the high-end inkjet packaging press. Seven machines shipped in the quarter with eight more expected before the end of the year. Revenue targets for the Nozomi have been lifted from an expected $50 million a year to $65 million and likely to go as high as $70 million. Next year EFI is banking on $120 million from the Nozomi, mostly from equipment sales. This is set to grow even further as users hit optimum ink usage of between $500,000 to $1 million per machine.

    EFI is continuing to shift towards being an inkjet company: the industrial inkjet division has sales of $154.9 million up from $142.9 million, and software continues to grow to $40.4 million while the iconic Fiery RIP declines to $61.8 million.


    There goes ‘the cheque’s in the mail’ excuse.

    Well OK, so few people mail cheques any more but for those that do a new innovation from the US Postal Service allows people to check if it the payment is indeed in the mail. Informed Delivery is a service where letters are scanned as they pass through the system and a greyscale image sent to the addressee.

    This means you can see what’s coming your way in the mail, even when you’re away on holidays.

    Users can get notifications through email, online dashboard or mobile app. They also have the ability to interact with digital content, such as special offers and related links. So far 13 million US Postal users have signed on to the free service.

    Next year users will be able to sign electronically for their deliveries when away from home.


    Some marketing campaigns work while others crash and burn.

    The Epson sponsorship of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Team is one of the more successful. The team secured its fifth successive FIA Formula One World Constructors’ Championship bearing Epson logos on the winning car. The victory came on November 11 after drivers Lewis Hamilton, who won the race, and Valtteri Bottas, combined to outpoint their nearest rivals at the Brazil Grand Prix in Sao Paolo.

    “Everyone at Epson is delighted to see the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Team win this year’s championship,” said Munenori Ando, executive officer and general administrative manager of Epson’s Sales & Marketing Division.

    And why am I telling you this?

    The genesis of Epson’s engagement with Formula One came from a certain innovative Australian marketer and long-term Japanese resident, Nathan Fulcher. Now back at the company’s North Ryde HQ, I’m sure he’s very pleased with the result.



    And finally … I came across this laudatory paean of praise for books from astronomer Carl Sagan.

    What an astonishing thing a book is. It is a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts, on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person. […] Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. Books are proof that humans are capable of working magic.