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  • Beware of ink migration, says expert

    Label printers and packagers need to be aware of the risks associated with chemical migration, according to a new white paper from Jet Technologies.

    Low-weight particles with a molecular weight of less than 1000 Daltons can enter cells in the human body, and regulations thus focus on these chemicals, according to white paper author James Montgomery, senior ink specialist at Jet Technologies.

    “Migration can lead to contamination of food with hazardous chemical substances,” writes Montgomery. “Possible sources of migratable materials include: inks, coating and adhesives, the environment (climate, transportation, storage), substrate (paper and board, films, storage) and presses (contamination, hygiene, detergent).”

    European Printing Ink Association (EuPIA) regulations dictate that migration must be below 10 parts per billion for substances that have not been toxicologically evaluated, but can be as high as 50ppb for approved substances.

    According to Montgomery, factors such as substrate, film weight, and lamination can affect the amount of migrating material. “Varnishing and laminates may seal in the ink and make it more resistant to solvents, but neither will automatically eliminate migration.

    “They may slow down or reduce migration; however, neither coatings nor laminates are absolute barriers,” he writes.

    The Food packaging compliance ink: label printing need to knows white paper can be accessed at http://info.jet-ap.com/fpc-whitepaper.

  • Mission-critical service – Print21 Magazine

    A palpable sense of mission in the service offering of Konica Minolta: (l-r) Bronwyn Lear, Michael George and Paulo Leong.

    Printing presses only make money for printers when they are running. Uptime is the essential factor when calculating productivity, even more so than speed.

    Delivering fast and reliable service to ensure maximum utilisation is more than a mission statement for Konica Minolta; it’s the way the company distinguishes itself in the fiercely competitive digital printing market.

    According to Michael George, State Service Delivery Manager NSW, Konica Minolta has developed a unique service model in Australia that delivers world best results. Read the full report in Print21 magazine.

  • HP Indigo in CMYKhub – Print21 Magazine

    Biggest installation
 in Australia: CMYKhub CEO Trent Nankervis and communications manager Glen Francis at the Melbourne print hub with the B2
 HP Indigo 10000 and the HP Indigo 5600.

    National trade printing house CMYKhub has 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.

    Read the full report in Print21 magazine.

  • Currie Group

    Biggest installation 
in Australia: CMYKhub CEO Trent Nankervis and communications manager Glen Francis at the Melbourne print hub with the B2
HP 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.”

     

  • PIAA backs crossbenchers to deliver on power, tax, training and Australia Post

    Making mates in Canberra. Andrew Macaulay meets Scott Morrison, though crossbencher Bob Katter was never far away.

    A week of intense Canberra lobbying to forward the Printing Industry Association’s core policy objectives on energy, vocational training and tax reform, saw Andrew Macaulay, CEO engage with a range of politicians including Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, and leading cross benchers.

    His visit coincided with the Federal Government finally starting to address the crisis in vocational educational and training by appointing, former New Zealand tertiary education minister, Steven Joyce, to head a review of the sector. According to Macaulay, the subject was front and centre during his meeting with the Prime Minister.

    “The printing industry is demanding a user-focused, relevant and modernised curriculum on a national basis. We want national funding and tax recognition of the contributions made by printers in taking on apprentices,” he said.

    “Following the latest round of meetings in Canberra I am convinced we can rely on the crossbenches to support our policy objectives not only on education and training, but also on the need for lower tax and less compliance overheads for SME printers as well as lower energy costs.”

    Among others Macaulay met with Bob Katter, David Leyonhjelm and Pauline Hanson to advance his agenda. He believes there is value in eliciting the support of the cross bench representatives and senators on behalf of the printing industry.

    “I believe it’s vital to influence Government policy on cheaper and reliable energy and tax reform as well as more industry specific policies, such as reining in Australia Post. I want to turn up the heat on Australia Post to stop them raising prices whenever they feel like it. We need to make it clear to politicians on how damaging it is to the printing industry.”

    The review of the vocational sector is the first since 1972 when the current TAFE system was virtually created. Since then training and vocational education has suffered a thousand cuts in privatisation and the dismemberment of the TAFE system. The Government is offering one-off payments of $4,000 to businesses that give jobs to those aged 21 to 24 years.

    “The review will ensure Australians have the right skills to get a job,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said during a speech in Canberra on Wednesday night.

    “I want even more Australians to get jobs, and that means ensuring they have the right skills to drive an even stronger economy.”

    “It’s vital we influence Government policy.” Pauline Hanson is supportive of Andrew Macaulay’s lobbying.

  • Sydney storm pushes back Cactus event

    Chaos: flooding in Macquarie Park from the Sydney storm. (Photo from NSW Police)

    The open house slated for tonight at Cactus Imaging has been postponed until February next year, due to the impact of today’s storms in Sydney.

    Nigel Davies, president of the SGIAA, notified guests in an email this morning. “Due to the terrible weather in Sydney currently, we regret to advise that we have postponed the event until the new year. The provisional date for the revised event will now be Wednesday 6 February,” he said. “We will refund any attendance fees through the Eventbrite system in the next few days and look forward to seeing you in the new year.”

    The new Fujifilm Acuity Ultra was to be the star attraction at the open house originally planned for tonight at Cactus Imaging. The event, hosted by Fujifilm and the SGIAA, will be the Australian launch of the Acuity Ultra. Cactus, owned by outdoor giant oOh!Media, is the first Acuity Ultra customer in Australia, and Keith Ferrel, general manager, says it has been well worth the price. “We have one of the first in the world, and we could not be happier with the quality,” he said.

    The Acuity Ultra comes in 5 metre and 3.2 metre widths, with up to eight colour channels, including white. Ashley Playford, national sales manager for graphic systems at Fujifilm, says he is looking forward to showing off its high print quality tonight. “We were delighted when Cactus decided to be the first business in Australia to install the new Acuity Ultra. This is a platform that delivers high quality at high speed. Cactus has a long pedigree of being first to market with the latest print innovations, and the Acuity Ultra is a great addition to its already impressive print arsenal,” he said.

    Tickets for the revised date are available at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/sgiaa-fujifilm-cactus-imaging-open-house-tickets-52237153733.

    First in Australia: the Fujifilm Acuity Ultra at Cactus Open House

  • Free Pride in Print entry up for grabs

    Pride in Print celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018.

    The New Zealand Pride in Print Awards are offering a free online entry for the 2019 awards, valued at $75 plus GST, to the winner of a Facebook competition.

    To enter, printers must like and share this post on Facebook, plus like the Pride in Print Facebook page. Entries for the Facebook competition close on 7 December, with the winner to be announced on 10 December; they will then have until 31 January 2019 to redeem their free entry.

    Established in 1993, Pride in Print is New Zealand’s premier printing award. Sue Archibald, awards manager, encourages printers with outstanding work from 2018 to enter. “Pride In Print is more than about purely bringing a commercial comparative advantage to the elite of the New Zealand print industry,” she said. “It is an encouragement to the entire industry to constantly push boundaries. The Awards are the showpiece of the best standards in the industry, and point the way to the printers who attain them.”

    The award ceremony will be held at the TSB Arena in Wellington on Friday May 3, 2019. Entries are open at https://www.prideinprintawards.co.nz/online-registration/

  • EpsonPrecision Core

    Epson’s booth at Visual Impact 2018.

    Epson‘s booth at Visual Impact 2018 was laid out exactly like a typical print shop, and split into three zones: fabric, POS and signage.

    All print solutions on display were using Epson’s proprietary PrecisionCore print technology. Nathan Fulcher, marketing manager at Epson says, “PrecisionCore is what it says, precise, due to the microthin film piezo technology which effectively creates channels for the ink to sit in, much like microprocessor chips do for the electronics.

    “For the printer this means really fine printing with remarkable ink control and variable dots for fine gradations and a wide colour gamut, up to 99 per cent Pantone.”

    PrecisionCore is in all Epson print systems now, including the high-end SureColors and the lower end T-Series, which were being launched at the show.

    For just $2000 for a 24” model, or less than $5000 for a 36” T-Series, Epson has brought in a printer that produces sellable collour prints. Fulcher says, “They have just landed here, they will print coated and uncoated stocks, and can print both flatbed and roll to roll, with flatbed on media up to 1.5mm thick.”

    Also on the stand was the second-generation SureColor F2160 direct-to-garment printer, a successor to the F2000. Ryan Warby, business development manager for professional print solutions at Epson, said the F2000 was a popular and successful product. “It changed the industry quite a bit with its low maintenance and its reliability,” he said. “We’re improving on that with the F2160, adding a cleaning cartridge, adjusting speeds and resolutions, and putting in variable-dot printing. It’s a good step up from the F2000.”

  • Evolution: Spicers unveils new film range

    Samples of the Digitac range from Spicers.

    Spicers has launched its new Digitac range of films for sign and display, which it bills as “an evolution in grip”. They include materials for both indoor and outdoor use.

    Evolution: Harry Pagoulatos, Spicers.

    Digitac can be printed on UV, Latex, and eco-solvent roll-to-roll machines, and has a wide variety of applications, says Harry Pagoulatos, marketing and business development manager at Spicers. “Evolution is driven by the demands of the environment. Natural selection ensures that creatures develop the best attributes to thrive in their habitat,” he said. “Digitac from Spicers mimics this evolution, with a diverse range of sign and display solutions.”

    The range includes:

    • Digitac Popdot, recommended for short-term indoor campaigns and promotional use.
    • Digitac E-stat White and Clear, self-clinging static films for indoor promotional applications.
    • Digitac Floortac Indoor, a hard-wearing laminate with an R11 anti-slip rating, recommended for short-term indoor campaigns and promotional applications.
    • Digitac Floortac Outdoor, which uses aluminium construction for outdoor environments and has an R12 non-slip rating, suitable for high-traffic areas.
    • Digitac Floortac Carpet, which can be applied to commercial short-pile carpets, has an R11 non-slip rating, and is recommended for retail shop campaigns, sponsorship targeted marketing, promotional events, way-finding, point of purchase, and facility safety flooring.
  • Starleaton deepens channel partnership with EFI

    “We’re ideally situated to be able to quickly solve problems and make good any shortages,” Ben Eaton, Starleaton.

    Starleaton’s role as the sole EFI channel partner in Australia is designed to complement EFI’s new direct go-to-market strategy in the region.

    According to BEN Eaton, CEO Starleaton, the new alignment will allow Starleaton to leverage its nationwide network of support and logistics to deliver sales and service rewards for EFI’s customers. The expanding graphic arts and signage supplier has a significant presence in both Australia and New Zealand as well as many years experience selling EFI Fiery digital front ends. It also has a thriving business delivering flatbed inkjets to the broader signage industry. Operating out of eight locations coast to coast, Starleaton is well positioned to deliver the high quality technical expertise, logistics, sales and service required by EFI product buyers.

    EFI’s new direct to market strategy is a welcome development in promoting the brand, says Eaton. “I was more than keen to work with EFI on its new go-to-market strategy and am a supporter of EFI having a direct presence. The new hybrid model makes the most of both companies’ unique value propositions in order to achieve maximum market share.

    ‘”I spoke with Frank Mallozzi, EFI Head of Revenue, when he was here last month and outlined to him the continued investment we have been making in our sales and service team through the region. We’re expanding our team in almost every location. It’s a win-win situation for both company’s and for our customers. He could see it made sense,” said Eaton.

    The two-stream customer engagement strategy for Australia with Starleaton replicates EFI go-to-market strategies elsewhere. “My main concern to make sure we’re serving customers here,” said Mallozzi. “We have a direct presence for sales and service in many markets similar to Australia throughout the world and operate in tandem with partners there as well.”

    For Starleaton the advantages of being able to maintain EFI spare parts and consumables on the ground close to customers, presents a compelling case for cooperation. The company is expanding its taskforce of wide-format engineers and service personnel as it moves further into the hardware market. It already operates one of the most diverse and efficient substrate supply businesses in the sector.

    Eaton maintains Starleaton is the optimum channel partner for a company such as EFI looking to expand its market share in the fiercely competitive wide format signage and display sector. “We’ve got close relations with the industry, servicing customers for many years. Our people know the challenges faced by printers and signage companies and we’re ideally situated to be able to quickly solve problems and make good any shortages,” he said.

    The relationship between the two is set to deepen further as Eaton is keen to further engage with EFI’s greater software offering. It’s an area where he believes Starleaton is again uniquely placed to achieve good results. Working in cooperation with EFI’s Daniel Aloi, who is leading the direct to market charge, he believes that together they’ll be able to get in front of the widest range of customers.

    “The hybrid model provides us with the backup of EFI when we need it and vice versa. We’ve many years of experience working with Fiery RIPs. MIS and work flow software is a natural fit for us,” said Eaton. “I’m excited.”

    “We’ve known EFI products for many years, our service engineers have been to the factory for training and there’s close cooperation between the two of us. It’s a great result for EFI, Starleaton and most importantly our customers.”

     

  • Starleaton promotes Zünd S3 cutter

    A Zünd S3 Digital Cutter.

    Starleaton is featuring its Zünd S3 flatbed cutter as part of its growing array of signage equipment ithat includes Epson, OKI ColorPainter and Flexa.

    The super-fast S3 line of cutters are modular and can be changed, expanded, upgraded any time. Modular tooling allows for processing a wide variety of materials up to a maximum thickness of 25mm. Various levels of automated material-handling turn the S3 into an all-round production system.

    With its focus on innovation, Zünd has for decades been a driving force in the graphics industry. The “simple” vinyl cutter/plotter of the past has evolved into a multifunctional digital cutting system capable of accurately matching cut to print while automatically processing a multitude of flexible and rigid substrates.

    Starleaton is an Australian-owned and operated importer, converter and distributor of materials, hardware, software and know-how for the Signage, Display, Exhibition, Photography, Graphic Arts and Packaging industries.

  • Print21 newsletter issue 1056 – WEEKEND SPECIAL

    The march of digital printing is unstoppable, highlighted this week with Whirlwind converting the Lindsay Yates plant into a digital hub, and a US printer buying 20 HP digital flexo presses, for the not inconsiderable sum of $100m. And congratulations to Imagination Graphics and all the state winners in the Konica Minolta digital print awards, the work on display was terrific.

     

    Welcome to the latest issue of the Print21 newsletter, the premier news and information source for print businesses in Australia and New Zealand.

     

    Wayne Robinson
    Editor

  • AGS snaps up Morgana in Victoria

    Done deal: Nathan Broughton, Print and Pack (left) with Glenn Maynard, AGS.

    Australian Graphic Servicing (AGS) has signed on as a reseller of Morgana finishing equipment in Victoria, thanks to a deal with supplier Print and Pack Australia.

    The reseller agreement will see AGS supply Morgana equipment across Victoria including the DigiFold Pro creaser/folders, which combine creasing, folding, perforation and cross perforation. “The Morgana range fills a void in our equipment portfolio for creasing and folding products.  It is a solidly built, well-recognised brand with a reputation for reliability,” said Maynard.

    AGS has a number of Morgana products on display in its Mulgrave showroom already. Andrew Dunn, business development manager at AGS, says the company is excited about the deal. “We did go and speak to many of our customers and their feedback on Morgana centred around its reliability and fit for purpose products. I believe the partnership with Print and Pack, with our first focus being the customers, will be a win-win for all,” he said.

    According to Nathan Broughton, national product manager for bindery and digital finishing at Print and Pack Australia, PPA is always on the lookout for new opportunities to expand the reach of the products it supports. “AGS is a well-established business, which offers ideal synergies to this philosophy by facilitating a nice showroom and after sales support team,” he said. “AGS takes a professional approach when dealing with industry needs within this digital print and finishing sector. Therefore, when the opportunity arose, PPA acted swiftly to secure AGS as a reseller of our Morgana equipment range.

    “To put it simply, the Morgana range is very sought after and we are certain AGS will bring further great results for Morgana, PPA, and Victorian printers alike.”

  • In Memoriam – David Yaffa (1934-2018)

    Vale David Yaffa: independent and passionate publisher

    David Yaffa, proprietor of Yaffa Media, publisher of Print21, has died aged 84.

    A staunchly independent and passionate publisher, he built an empire of more than 30 business and consumer magazines and websites, becoming a significant force in Australian media.

    As one of the largest specialist publishing houses in Australia, the company could have been sold many times over, but he was not interested. Nor was he interested in joint ventures, partnerships or going public. He wanted to build the company his way and grow it as a successful family business.

    His father, David Yaffa Snr, founded the company in 1925 when he established Yaffa Syndicate, which supplied cartoons, photographs and articles to the Australian and New Zealand newspaper industries. In 1928 he launched a monthly industry publication, Newspaper News, which later became AdNews. He also established a printing company, Rotary Colorprint, which printed not only his own magazines but also Phantom comics, Reader’s Digest and other publications under licence.

    David Jnr was only 13 when his father died. At age 21 he was running the company. By the 1960s it had five publications but still relied on printing and the syndication business for the bulk of its income. Conditions for publishing improved in the 1960s and ’70s, and Yaffa Publishing expanded mainly through the acquisition of additional titles.

    As advertising revenue increased in the ’80s and ’90s – for all media – the stable of magazines was increased further, the event company Two de Force was purchased, and a digital division established.

    David Yaffa retired in 2012, and his daughter Tracy Yaffa became managing director. The company was renamed Yaffa Media in 2015 and transformed into an organisation that now combines publishing, content marketing and events.

    David Yaffa will be remembered for his love of the media. His knowledge and experience with magazines for almost 60 years was unrivalled. He understood as well as anybody that publishing is a people business. He was a shrewd judge of character, demanded plenty from his staff but always treated them with respect.

    In a statement to Yaffa Media staff, managing director Tracy Yaffa said: “It is with great sadness and heavy heart, I announce the passing of David Yaffa, on Saturday, October 6. He was of course my predecessor, my adored father and for some of you, your boss.

    “A true publishing giant and unique gentleman, his career spanned an impressive 57 years from 1955 to 2012. His contribution to the Australian media landscape was extraordinary.”

    James Yaffa, publisher at Yaffa Media, said: “I had the privilege to work with Dad for over 20 years, and enjoyed every minute of it. For me Dad was a real character who made a positive impact on so many Australians. Our staff simply respected him like no other.

    “For me getting started there could have been no better mentor and for that I’m eternally grateful. “And for the record we had plenty of fun working hard to be as competitive as possible. Make no mistake, David liked to win!”

    See David Yaffa, an empire builder who shunned the spotlight.

  • Pantone blunder leaves V flat in court

    A mix-up with Pantone swatches has scuppered beverage company Frucor’s attempt to trademark the shade of green used for its V energy drinks, with a federal court ruling highlighting Pantone’s crucial role in branding.

    Frucor attempted to trademark the shade of green designated as Pantone 376C as ‘V Green’ in 2012, but its application was knocked back four years later after it was found that a Frucor solicitor had attached a swatch of the wrong green to the original application. The Coca-Cola Company, owner of rival energy drink Mother, opposed the application, arguing that the attached swatch was actually the much darker Pantone 7727C.

    Frucor appealed the decision to the Federal Court, saying that it should have been based on the written description of “Pantone 376C” rather than the attached colour, but Justice David Yates knocked it back, noting that though Frucor had been aware of the mistake since 2014, it had made no attempt to amend its application until three years later.

    Additionally, Yates ruled in agreement with Coca-Cola that though Pantone 376C was ‘reminiscent’ of V, it was the large V logo that served as the drink’s ‘brand of origin’ rather than the colour. “Frucor’s own use of colour before the filing date shows that, in relation to its own V energy drink range, colour was used to denote varietal differences, and to distinguish products in the range from each other and from its core product – the hero in the range,” he wrote in his decision.

    “Although Frucor’s use of V Green was pervasive and no doubt fundamental to its whole marketing strategy, it was, nonetheless, reminiscent of its core product. In this way, Frucor’s use of V Green was essentially descriptive, not distinctive in the trademark sense.”

    Frucor will not be permitted to appeal or amend its application further.

  • Print21 newsletter Issue 1051 – WEEKEND SPECIAL

    A watershed moment as digital finally pips print in outdoor media spend, but outdoor print itself is still growing, up another $2m to $110m in the third quarter, in a sector which far from slowing down is actually increasing the rate of growth, up by more than 10 per cent this quarter, happy days.

     

    Welcome to the Print21 Weekend Special, the premiere print industry newsletter for Australia and New Zealand, read by more print professionals than any other.

     

    Wayne Robinson
    Editor

  • Print21 Newsletter Issue 1049 – WEEKEND SPECIAL

    Congratulations to Sarah Leo on her scholarship award. I visited OpenBook Howden in Adelaide a couple of years ago and was mightily impressed by the company, particularly its continual investment in its people, both blue collar and white collar.

     

    Welcome to the Print21 Newsletter, from the premier news and information service for Australia and New Zealand printers. Enjoy the long weekend, and good luck to all the finalists this weekend; win, lose or draw it’s the lucky country.

     

    Wayne Robinson
    Editor