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  • QLM opens label factory in Cambodia

    The opening of the new QLM factory in Phnom Penh, with QLM COO Peter Woods (left) and CEO Simon Pugh (3rd from right).

    Brisbane-based QLM Label Makers enters the garment label market in Cambodia with a new $A1.5 million purpose-built facility in the capital Phnom Penh. The factory will run Cambodia’s first HP Indigo Label Press.

    “We have looked to Cambodia as a market with exciting growth potential,” says QLM Group CEO Simon Pugh. “We will be providing quality materials and converting equipment, something the market has been wanting for some time.”

    QLM’s investment in South East Asia is designed to give the company a greater footprint in emerging markets while remaining true to its core business and values, he says.

    QLM Label Makers, Phnom Penh.

    The new facility combines digital and conventional label printers as well as a range of equipment targeted specifically to the garment sector, one of Cambodia’s largest industries.

    Newly appointed general manager, Sokun Tep, says: “The market is highly competitive and to compete our facility needs to be modern, efficient and of world class standard. We are looking forward to providing the Cambodian market with a new quality option.”  

    QLM has installed Cambodia’s first HP Indigo Label Press in the new facility. “With the ability to provide premium embellishments like foil, raised-screen varnish, embossing and die-cutting, QLM are looking to provide roll-to-roll solutions in a way not seen before in the region,” Pugh says.

    QLM Label Makers is an Australian company with headquarters in Brisbane. It employs over 600 staff across eight plants in seven countries around Asia Pacific.

     

     

  • New hotline for phoenix whistleblowers

    The Federal Government has set up a new Phoenix Hotline for whistleblowers to combat increasing phoenix activity by dishonest directors and their companies.

    Illegal phoenixing schemes are costing the economy an estimated $2.85 billion to $5.13 billion a year, according to a government report.

    From July 2017 to March 2018, the government’s Phoenix Taskforce conducted 263 audit and review cases involving phoenix behavior and secured seven convictions, raising $240 million in liabilities, with $115 million in cash already collected and returned to the community.

    Phoenix behaviour has long been a problem across a range of local industries, including printing. “Nothing provokes such an intense reaction in the printing industry as the phoenix,” wrote former Print21 editor Simon Enticknap back in 2014. “The merest hint of a company using the liquidation process to avoid paying its debts and carry on as normal is enough to raise the ire of honest, hardworking printers.”

    ‘It’s only a matter of time before the law catches up with them’: Kelly O’Dwyer, Minister for Revenue and Financial Services.

    Minister for Revenue and Financial Services Kelly O’Dwyer says the Phoenix Hotline will make it easier for whistleblowers to report suspected phoenix behaviour directly to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) under the protection of national privacy laws.

    “It will enable timely action to be taken against companies and their directors, safeguarding employee entitlements like wages and superannuation, and ensuring taxes are collected for Government to provide the essential services Australians rely on,” said O’Dwyer.

    Employees, creditors, competing businesses and the general public can provide information or report their concerns about possible phoenix behaviour by calling the Phoenix Hotline on 1800 807 875 or online at the Australian Taxation Office website.

    O’Dwyer says the hotline builds on the work of the Government to deter phoenixing, including the announced introduction of a director identification number, new phoenix offences, new clawback powers for ASIC, the extension of the director penalty regime, addressing corporate misuse of the Fair Entitlements Guarantee Scheme, the establishment of the Phoenix Taskforce in 2014, new laws to target the non-payment of superannuation entitlements, reforms that will prevent GST fraud through phoenixing in the precious metals industry and the construction sector, as well as reforms to target black economy activities.

    “The Turnbull Government has shown its commitment to taking tough action against fraudulent behaviour like phoenixing. For those who try to beat the system, it’s only a matter of time before the law catches up with them,” says O’Dwyer.

    For Business owners

    The ATO says if you own a business, look out for any of the following behaviours from a company you are working with:

    A competitor is offering significantly lower quotes or you are given a quote that is lower than market value.

    The directors of a company you are working with have been involved with liquidated entities.

    A company you are working with requests payments to a new company.

    Recent changes of company directors and name, but the manager and staff remain the same.

    For employees or contractors

    If you’re working for a company, look out for these warning signs that your employer is involved in an illegal phoenix operation:

    You don’t receive a payslip.

    The company ABN and name changes, but the phone number or address stays the same.

    Your superannuation or other employment entitlements are not being paid.

    Your pay is late, less than what it should be or you are being paid under the minimum wage.

    Your payslip records a different employer name to whom you believe you work for.

  • LIA (NSW) visits Blue Star

    Blue Star Group CEO Cliff Brigstocke will be the guest speaker at next month’s Lithographic Institute of Australia (LIA) site visit to Blue Star Display and Blue Star Promote at South Granville in Sydney.

    “In the Display division, we’ll view the specialisation in design, creation and production of temporary, semi-permanent and permanent retail displays,” says LIA Secretary/Treasurer Mike Williams. “Their award-winning point-of-sale materials are produced in various sizes and on all kinds of substrates.

    “The Promote division creates, sources, produces and distributes innovative corporate and brand merchandise, apparel and awards solutions for some of Australia’s leading corporations and retail brands.”

    Numbers are strictly limited to 60 and registrations will be checked by the hosts to insure there’s no conflict of interest. Registration is in the foyer at 9/11 Ferndell Street, South Granville at 5pm sharp on 7 August, with the tour due to start at 5.15pm. Closed shoes are essential and bring a hi-vis vest if you have one.

    Following the plant inspection, chief executive Brigstocke will speak at a dinner at Carnarvon Golf Club, 65-95 Nottinghill Road in Lidcombe.

    Cost: $55 for LIA Members and $65 for Non-Members.

    Replies should reach Mike Williams by 5pm, Friday 3 August.

    Email: nsw.secretary@lia.com.au

    Details: Blue Star Display and Blue Star Promote

    9/11 Ferndell Street, South Granville, 2142

    5pm sharp. Tuesday 7thAugust 2018.

     

  • Jobs: Sales Account Manager, July 18, 2018

    ABOUT US 

    We are a large format digital printing company located in Brookvale, only 5min walk from Warringah Mall on the Sydney Northern Beaches.

    Poster Graphics has been operating for over 20 years, we are specialists in the fragrance and cosmetic, clothing and retail industries and proudly deliver our work Australia wide. We have a wonderful long established team of approx. 20 staff, comprising several departments being our sales team, administration and support, graphics art division and our production and manufacturing factory.  

    See more about us at www.postergraphics.com.au

    FULL-TIME ROLE

    This position is Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm and would suit a permanent Australian resident. We are looking for an enthusiastic and reliable person who understands and cares about providing high quality service to customers.

    DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Business Development through networking, cold calling and prospecting
    • Identify new business opportunities 
    • Generate meetings and present to potential clients 
    • Manage and nurture both new and existing client relationships
    • Manage sales process from start to finish including:

              – Create quotations. 

              – Convert to jobs ensuring all specifications are accurate.

              – Keep client informed of progress.

              – Being accurate with information and internal communication.

    PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES

    • Previous experience selling print such as large format / digital / offset print – or exposure to related industries such as Visual Merchandising
    • Highly motivated, proactive attitude.
    • A good understanding of the creative, design and production process
    • Outstanding customer service skills to develop and nurture strong relationships with prospects and clients
    • Excellent written and verbal communication with strong attention to detail and time management
    • Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team

    FOR YOU

    • In reward for your commitment you will be offered a great working environment. 
    • We are located handy to Warringah Mall shopping centre on the Northern Beaches.
    • On sight car parking spot.
    • You will also be working with a professional company that has experienced exceptional growth over the past 20 years.
    • Salary based on experience – base, commission, and car allowance.

    APPLY

    (Sorry NO VISA applicants)

  • Wayne Robinson joins Print21 as editor

    Yaffa Media, publisher of the leading industry magazine, welcomes industry media veteran as he moves over to take the helm of the premier graphics arts publication and news service.

    The well-respected Robinson will take up his pivotal industry role in August when he’ll complete a current long-term assignment. He’ll bring to bear his wealth of industry knowledge and contacts in a determination to enhance and improve the reputation and status of Print21.

    He indicated he was keenly looking forward to making the move to what he termed “a larger professional publishing group and working with the great team that’s already there.”

    Tracy Yaffa, MD Yaffa Media, said Robinson was the style of well-qualified industry writer who fits the profile of the company. “We pride ourselves on delivering excellent and engaging content created by informed professionals across all our platforms. Wayne will fit right in here and I’m looking forward to when he joins our team.

    “Patrick Howard, the founding editor and former publisher of Print21, will remain with the title as publishing editor, working with Wayne to create a powerful publishing line-up.”

    As editor of Print21, Robinson continues his decades long engagement with the Australian and New Zealand printing and graphic arts industry. In his new role he’ll enjoy more support in bringing his trademark insight on the supply and production aspects of printing as well as industry politics and movement.

    Lindy Hughson, publisher at Yaffa Media, also lent her support to Robinson joining her line-up of printing and packaging magazine titles,that includes PKN Packaging News. “I’ve known Wayne for many years and I’ve always been impressed by his professionalism. When we acquired Print21 from Patrick Howard in May, Wayne was the obvious choice to steer the title towards its future and also contribute his expertise to the slew of exciting projects lined up across out titles for 2019. With the power team we’ll now have in place, Print21 will reinforce its position as the magazine of record for the printing and graphic arts industry,” she said.

     

  • P21 Issue 1028 – July 18, 2018

    Well they’ve gone and done it. News Corp and Fairfax Media have thrown in the towel as competitive news organisations. Gone are the days when breaking the news mattered in newspapers. By agreeing to line up in a polite queue to take turns at getting newspapers to the streets, the groups have conceded that it doesn’t matter who gets out first, or who breaks the news.

    It likely makes good short term economic sense, but that faint sound you can hear growing ever louder is the death knell of newspapers.

    Welcome to your latest issue of Print21, the premier news and information service for the printing industry across Australia and New Zealand.

    Patrick Howard
    Publishing Editor

  • CMYKhub launches Cairns production hub

    CMYKhub Cairns, QLD.

    Trade printer CMYKhub has opened a new digital and wide format production facility in Cairns, investing in two HP Indigo presses from Currie Group and two Mimaki printers from Spicers to serve its expanding Far North Queensland market.

    ‘To maximise our ability to better service a broader geographical area’: Carl Stobie, GM CMYKhub Queensland.

    “We’ve decided to relocate our North Queensland production hub from Port Douglas to Cairns to maximise our ability to better service a broader geographical area, which now includes Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville, Cairns and Port Douglas,” says Carl Stobie, general manager CMYKhub QLD.

    The leading trade printer has sold the offset press at its former Port Douglas production centre and reinvested in a range of new equipment for its Cairns facility, including two new HP Indigo printers from Currie Group.

    “We decided not to continue with offset printing in the region as our old five colour press at Port Douglas had become outdated and didn’t measure up to our national print quality standards set by the other presses in our network,” Stobie says. “We brought the HP flatbed and the existing finishing equipment. Everything else is a new investment.”

    Stobie says the company has increased its investment in digital and wide format because “it’s the best fit for the local area. We’ve continued with our HP Indigo commitment via Currie Group, by installing a 7r digital press and a 7600. We decided to create a point of difference by installing the only Indigo’s in the region providing the high quality digital alternative.”

    The company has also bought six Mimaki presses from Spicers, with two of them already installed in Cairns. “We’ve invested in six Mimaki UCJV’s 300-160 across our Australian network, two of which have been installed at our Cairns Hub. These are LED UV ink 1600mm wide roll-to-roll machines. One 4 colour and one 8 colour, including white ink.

    “We’ve also invested at the top end of cutting tables with the Esko Kongsberg X24, which provides a broader range of wide format finishing options,” Stobie says. “We’ve identified a large number of sign writers in the region that could utilise the router cutting and milling as a trade service.”

    CMYKhub in Cairns, QLD.

    Staff members at Port Douglas have agreed to relocate to the new plant in Cairns, about 65 kilometres down the coast. “We’ve been very lucky with our staff from Port Douglas,” says Stobie. “We haven’t had to hire anyone new. Their fantastic attitude was a key factor in the decision to move from Port Douglas to Cairns and make substantial reinvestment into the business.”

    The investment in Cairns underlines the company’s increased focus on North Queensland. “We are very supportive of the local economy and industry, and we are genuinely excited to be a part of it and help contribute to it. While most manufactures are choosing to shift work down south, we felt the best option was to focus on speed to market and provide local support for resellers in the region. We understand many have tried and failed with this approach over the years but we back our model to stand up and last the distance.”

    The new Cairns production hub is scheduled to be officially launched at an open night beginning at 6pm on 9 August. All members of the trade in the region are welcome to attend for an evening of education, ideas and networking, including the announcement of new product and service initiatives tailored specifically for the North Queensland market.

  • BrandWrapped: Australia Post’s custom packaging

    (l-r) Rebecca Burrows, GM, small business, Australia Post with Ian Douglas, CEO of Spawnit.

    Australia Post’s new custom packaging offering BrandWrapped, developed in partnership with pioneering software firm Spawnit, will be featured in a special presentation at Print21+PKN’s LIVE industry forum to be held in Sydney next month.

    Spawnit CEO Ian Douglas and Australia Post’s Marty Stone – head of channel development and management, business and government – will co-host a session that examines how the innovative concept was developed and how it’s being rolled out across 4,000 Post Offices across Australia.

    “It’s really exciting,” says Douglas. “To reinforce the brand at the point of delivery is critical for businesses and we’re bringing packaging to every Australian business that wants to create their own custom packaging. BrandWrapped gives small businesses access to design their own beautiful eye-catching packaging and accessories that customers will love and remember.”

    BrandWrapped, launched in March 2018, allows businesses to create personalised boxes, satchels, and other branded items such as ribbon, tape, labels, and wrapping paper, with low minimum print runs.

    Print21+PKN’s LIVE industry forum New Frontiers in Packaging Print has attracted leading companies across a range of  sectors including printing, converting, design, food manufacturing and allied service providers.

    Here’s a look at the impressive and growing list of companies that will be attending the not-to-be-missed event:

    Arnotts; Artech Print: Australian Paper; Australia Post; Ball & Doggett; Birdstone; Blue Star WEB; Bottcher Australia Pty Ltd; Boxcraft; Boxer & Co. ; Brebner Print; Bright Print Group; Confoil; Colour Graphic Services; Currie Group; DreemAR; Ecolean; EFI; Epson Australia; Energi; Exelnetwork; Format Print; Fuji Xerox Australia; Graph-Pak; HP Graphic Solutions; Hybrid Software; IVE Group; Kirwan Print Group; Kodak; Konica Minolta Aust; Labels & Packaging ANZ ; Litho Superpak P/L; Matthews Australasia; Mela; Multi-Colour Corporation; Orora; Pegasus Print Group; PES Print NZ; Print & Pack Australia; Printing Industries Association Australia; Print IQ; Profile Packaging; RollsPack; Roy Morgan Consulting; Sappi Trading Australia Pty Ltd; SEAGA Group Australia; Snack Brands Australia; Sunrice; Soar Print; Spawnit; Spotpress; Tharstern Australia; The Edison Agency, TSA, Visual Connections… and more.

    You can book tickets here.

    The full programme can be seen here.

     

  • Xerox may sell leasing finance unit

    Xerox Corp is considering the sale of its leasing unit that lends money to customers to rent printers and equipment, according to a report by Reuters. The move would make the company more attractive to potential buyers following the termination of its $6.1 billion sale to Fujifilm Holdings.

    Divesting the leasing unit would remove about $3.6 billion in debt.

    Billionaire activist investors Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason, who took control of Xerox earlier this year and scuppered the Fujifilm proposal, are preparing to launch an auction for the iconic US company, which has a market capitalization of $6.4 billion and total debt of $5.5 billion.

    Xerox, which declined to comment on the report, has not yet made a final decision on selling the leasing finance unit, sources told Reuters.

    Private equity firm Apollo Global Management reportedly approached Xerox in May to express its interest in acquiring the company.

    Last month, Xerox announced plans to sell Xerox products directly into the growing Asia Pacific market.

    In a letter to Fujifilm chairman Shigetaka Komori, Xerox CEO John Visentin said a $1 billion lawsuit filed in New York by Fujifilm against Xerox was “nothing more than a desperate, misguided negotiating ploy” to save the takeover proposal.

    Visentin says Fujifilm’s expectation that Xerox will come to Fujifilm with a new proposal for a combination transaction “is simply delusional. It will not happen.”

     

     

     

     

  • Winds of change: Kurz boosts sales team

    Finishing specialist Kurz, a leading supplier of foil-based decorative and security solutions, has appointed Adrian Barbero as its technical specification manager and Justin Alderton as sales manager for New South Wales and Queensland.

    The technical manager role comes in direct response to an increasing demand from designers and brand owners for Kurz’ foiling and embellishment products.

    Barbero has extensive experience in the world of packaging and design, having previously worked as the national key account manager and B2B sales person at packaging giant Orora.

    “Adrian is perfectly suited to this newly created role as he has previously engaged with brand owners and designers, holds a degree in biotechnology and has vast experience in packaging, manufacturing and project management,” said Kurz Australia MD Stephen Pratt. “His expertise in packaging and design will help all stakeholders arrive at the ideal solution to represent their brand.”

    Justin Alderton, who previously worked for companies including Pemara Label, Teckwah Value Chain and Columbia Pelikan, will be responsible for sales of Kurz’s extensive range of hot and cold stamping foils for the decoration of labels, packaging, fashion and plastics.

    “Justin is ideally placed to work with our loyal customers in New South Wales and Queensland to help meet the ever-changing requirements of their customers,” said Pratt. “The growth of our customers’ businesses also leads to the growth of Kurz in these key sales states. In his role, Justin will influence and work directly with label convertors, trade stampers printers and some design houses and graphic designers.

    “Both Adrian and Justin are great additions to Kurz Australia and we are delighted to have them join our team. I look forward to seeing them working closely with our customers, making positive contributions that help us continue to grow the Kurz business together.”

    Both additions to the Kurz Australia team will report to David Murphy, national sales manager for Leonhard Kurz Australia.

  • Jobs: Production and Procurement Coordinator – Packaging Printing, July 17, 2018

    • Flexographic printing and bag making manufacturer
    • Permanent position

    From the time a job is booked, until it goes out the door, this will be your responsibility…

    The company is a printer and manufacturer of Flexible Packaging. Flexible Packaging examples include frozen food packaging, bread bags, biscuit wraps, pet food bags and lots more.

    The role is for someone experienced in production coordination and procurement, to make sure all of the raw materials are available for manufacturing, even down to the cartons required for despatch.

    You don’t have to have printing knowledge, but if you have previously worked in label or packaging manufacturing, or some other part of the printing industry, that would be an advantage.

    These printing machines are very expensive to run, so you will need great attention to detail and competent computer skills to ensure all of the materials and information are exactly right, and when you order materials from outside suppliers, that the deliveries are on time and within spec.

    Most of the time you will be working from a desk and phone, but sometimes you will need to go into the production plant. This can be a little noisy.

    The hours:  Monday to Friday 7.00am start time. Sometimes a little earlier as that is when the production shifts change.

    The location: Melbourne’s south eastern suburbs not easily reached by public transport, so consider this if you don’t have your own transport.

    Salary: $55,000 p.a. plus super. If you want more, you will need to have solid experience in a similar position.

    If this sounds like the opportunity you have been seeking, APPLY NOW with your resume and cover letter outlining how you meet the criteria.

    Want to know more? Call Chris Gander on 03 9874 1582.

    JDA ref. V3341

    If you have experience in any part of the printing industry, but this job is not for you, be sure you send your resume to jdajobs@jdarecruit.com.au – Confidentiality Assured

    About JDA:  JDA Print Recruitment specialises in recruitment and training services for the Printing and related industries, including Executive Management; Sales; Production and Estimating; Applications; Engineers and the Supply industry. JDA offices are located in Melbourne and Sydney, providing a national service to the pre-press, commercial printing, digital printing, label and packaging, print management and the Supply sectors of the industry.

  • Jobs: Lithographic Printer, July 17, 2018

    • Specialist printing manufacturer
    • Western suburbs
    • Permanent position

    Here is an opportunity for a qualified printer to work with one of Melbourne’s ­­­soundly established company’s with state of the art equipment and modern facilities.

    The company is a leading Specialist Printer / Manufacturer located in the Western suburbs. Having recently completed a significant growth phase, if you have experience working with large format multi-colour presses and are seeking a busy printing environment, this could be the position for you. 

    The role:

    • Responsible for safety, quality and machine performance on the shift
    • Machine operations and set up (monitoring machine during production and adhering to the quality checks required)
    • Report on machine faults / defects
    • Advice on stock supplies and equipment parts as required
    • Assist with autonomous maintenance program
    • Ability to learn other machinery
    • Train upcoming assistants and apprentices
    • Maintain a high level of housekeeping at all times
    • Ensure all quality checks are conducted

    The person & skills required:

    • Experience running large format multi-colour presses
    • Lean manufacturing experience advantageous
    • Good planning and organisational skills
    • Able to work as part of a team
    • Fluent in written and spoken English 
    • Good mechanical aptitude and mindset 
    • Print machinist qualifications

    With flexibility in the working hours available, if this sounds like your next challenge, APPLY NOW with your resume and cover letter, outlining your achievements by demonstrating exactly how you meet the above criteria.

    Or, if you would like some accurate, truthful guidance on your career progression and transition, please do not hesitate in calling us for a confidential discussion from 9:00am on 03 9874 1582.

    Ref. JDA V3322

    About JDA: JDA Print Recruitment specialises in recruitment and training services for the Printing and related industries, including Executive Management; Sales; Production and Estimating; Applications; Engineers and the Supply industry. JDA offices are located in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, providing a national service to the pre-press, commercial printing, digital printing, label and packaging, print management and the Supply sectors of the industry.

    Please ensure you call for other opportunities not advertised in your market sector.

  • P21 Issue 1027 – July 13, 2018

    Education and networking opportunities are two things no printer can afford to go without. The chance to learn from your peers and build connections in your industry is one that’s worthy of taking whenever it comes up. Coincidentally, there are just three weeks to go until the first-ever Print21 + PKN LIVE event, and the guest list is getting bigger by the day – are you signed up yet?

    Welcome to your latest issue of Print21, the premier news and information service for the printing industry across Australia and New Zealand.

    Jake Nelson
    Labels and Industrial Editor

  • Fuji Xerox wins $32m government contract

    Fuji Xerox Australia headquarters in Sydney.

    Fuji Xerox Australia has signed a $32.67 million contract with the Department of Human Services for the upgrade of office printers, including scanning and photocopying functions as well as supplies and accessories.

    The contract win is a welcome boost for the local Fuji Xerox subsidiary as it awaits the outcome of the protracted legal battle between parent companies Fujifilm Holdings and Xerox Corp over the termination of a proposed $6.1 billion merger proposal.

    The three-year deal, published this week on the Federal Government’s AusTender site, runs from 30 May 2018 until 29 May 2021. It was was awarded under the Major Office Machines (MOMs) panel after a competitive tender process and is a renewal of a previous contract awarded to FXA.

    “The department chose Fuji Xerox Australia Pty Ltd as their proposal represented the best value for money option,” said Hank Jongen, general manager, Department of Human Services.

    The MOMs panel was set up by the government in 2016 to provide more competitive purchase, lease and maintenance costs for all Government departments and agencies.

    The four providers on the MOMs panel are Fuji Xerox Australia, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, Kyocera Document Solutions and Ricoh Australia.

  • Look who’s coming to LIVE… will you be there?

    Lindy Hughson (right) speaks to Mark Wiedermann from Frucor at a LIVE event last year.

    With exactly three weeks to go to Print21+PKN’s LIVE industry forum to be held in Sydney, interest is growing apace for the first-of-its kind event for the packaging and printing industries. Here’s a snapshot of which companies are attending.

    New Frontiers in Packaging Print has attracted industry leading companies in the fields of printing, converting, design, food manufacturing and allied service providers.

    Just some of the companies included in the attendee list are Arnotts; Artech Print: Australian Paper; Australia Post; Ball & Doggett; Birdstone; Blue Star WEB; Bottcher Australia Pty Ltd; Boxer & Co. ; Brebner Print; Bright Print Group; Confoil; Colour Graphic Services; DreemAR; Ecolean; Epson Australia; Energi; Exelnetwork; Format Print; Fuji Xerox Australia; Graph-Pak; HP Graphic Solutions; Hybrid Software; IVE Group; Kirwan Print Group; Konica Minolta Aust; Labels & Packaging ANZ ; Litho Superpak P/L; Matthews Australasia; Mela; Multi-Colour Corporation; Orora; Pegasus Print Group; PES Print NZ; Print & Pack Australia; Printing Industries Association Australia; Profile Packaging; RollsPack; Roy Morgan Consulting; Sappi Trading Australia Pty Ltd; SEAGA Group Australia; Snack Brands Australia; Sunrice; Soar Print; Spawnit; Spotpress; Tharstern Australia; The Edison Agency, TSA… and more.

    To join the crowd, you can book tickets here: https://www.book-this.com/packaging-news-live-sydney-2018/event/ticket

    For the full programme, take a look here: http://www.packagingnews.com.au/live

  • Connecting to the world – Print21 Magazine

    Industry technocrats define connectivity as the ability of disparate components in the workflow to communicate with each other and pass on information crucial to the step-by-step completion of a job.

    However, there is another, more ethereal aspect to connectivity and it is the issue of our time – how well printing as an industry, connects with the world, socially, industrially and economically. Andy McCourt takes a hard, critical look in the latest issue of Print21 magazine.

  • Reducing label waste is worth it, says L’Oreal

    Label materials supplier Avery Dennison has teamed up with beauty company L’Oreal and waste management firm Wasteflex in an effort to eliminate liner waste from L’Oreal’s production chain.

    Currently, close to 300 million square metres of liner enters unsustainable landfills in Oceania each year, mostly made up of PET film, glassine paper, and polypropylene products. Avery Dennison’s liner recycling program diverts glassine paper from landfills and turns it into new products, which, according to Anil K. Sharma, vice president and general manager for label and graphic materials at Avery Dennison, supports the company’s sustainability goals. “As a materials science innovator committed to making a meaningful difference, we see sustainability as both a responsibility and an opportunity to lead. With our liner recycling program, brands now have a solution that will enable them to reduce the environmental impact from discarded label liner waste,” said Sharma.

    Avery Dennison undertook a similar initiative with Coca-Cola in the UK in 2015, turning waste PET label liner from Smart Water bottles into recycled plastic products. According to Marcel Cote, strategic marketing director, Avery Dennison, programs like these are good for customers as well as the company itself. “As the pioneer of the pressure-sensitive label industry, Avery Dennison has always focused on helping customers and brand owners achieve their goals by delivering label materials that can elevate brands, improve productivity and help products become more sustainable,” he said. “With the launch of our Avery Dennison Liner Recycling Service, we can offer a sustainable solution to divert glassine paper liner from landfills and into recycled paper products.”