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  • Print21 issue 1092 -MIDWEEK SPECIAL

     

    Double dipping – something you used to tell the kids off for – could now be a huge issue for print businesses, if the new court ruling on casual staff and entitlements enters the mainstream. Not many printers could afford to compensate current and former casuals. Watch this space.

     

    Congratulations to the PIAA on winning essentially free apprentice training in NSW, building on its recent VET successes in Vic, Tas and SA. It is well on the way to its target of a national programme.

     

    Welcome to the ANZ industry’s midweek news bulletin, brought to you by Print21 – the people who know print.

     

    Wayne Robinson
    – Editor

  • Lawsuits, letters, frenzy in double-dipping casual staff stoush

    Casuals: nervous time for print business owners who may have to pay back entitlements

    Print business owners around the country are watching nervously as the battle over double-dipping of casual staff is reaching a crescendo, as they face the possibility of having to pay casuals and former casuals back pay to cover entitlements, which they thought were in the wage loading.

    The current situation with casuals – routinely employed by many print businesses – is that their wage loading compensates for lack of entitlements. However a recent court case in the mining industry – WorkPac vs Skene, which PIAA president Walter Kuhn described as a “king hit on the livelihoods of Australian employers” – has thrown that on its head, and Labor may repeal the law that prevents double dipping if it wins the election, with a senate debate taking place next week.

    Lawyers for casual staff and labour hire companies in the mining industry are now issuing multiple lawsuits against each other, the casuals demanding the entitlements are paid, the labour hire companies demanding the casuals pay back their loadings.

    James Pearson, the head of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, with which the PIAA is affiliated, has sent a letter to opposition industrial relations spokesman Brendan O’Connor, pleading with him not to repeal the law, which he says will not be limited to the mining industry, but will be applicable to every business in the country, large and small.

    The Senate is due to debate a motion by former union leader, now senator, Doug Cameron next week that aims to “disallow” the current government regulation that prevents double dipping by casuals. Unions claims that the ruling will only apply to mining companies, however Pearson says the clear legal advice is that it will apply to every business in the country.

    In his letter to O’Connor the ACCI chief Pearson says the Workpac ruling opens all businesses to the possibility of having to pay current and former casuals their entitlements.

    The senate debate takes place April 2, and comes three days before the first class action by lawyers acting for casuals hits the courts. If the motion is not voted down it will pass into law.

    The PIAA blasted the WorkPac vs Skene ruling when it came out, saying will put jobs at risk. Walter Kuhn, said, “Employers will have to work out urgently if they have to offer fewer casual jobs in case the work becomes too regular, creating unintended consequences and liabilities,” he said.

    Andrew Macaulay, CEO of Printing Industries, said the ruling could affect almost every printer in the country. “Nearly everybody is affected by this – most printers’ variable labour requirements are filled by casual staff. Core employees will be permanent, but any business with variable production requirements uses casuals,” he said. “It’s an example of the unconsidered consequences of industrial relations policy that was intended to be good.”

  • PIAA wins free apprentice training in NSW

    Big win: John Barilaro says govt will fund print apprentices, with Andrew Macaulay

    Printers in NSW will no longer pay for TAFE based apprenticeship training, with the government committing $14,550 for each print apprentice, following lobbying and discussions between the PIAA and the state government.

    “This is a massive win, for the entire printing and visual communications sector in NSW” says Andrew Macaulay, CEO of PIAA, who added “Here is an example of PIAA lobbying efforts delivering measurable value to members”.

    NSW minister for Skills and minister for Small Business, John Barilaro MP, committed to the TAFE subsidies for apprenticeships in printing, print manufacturing and print communications as a result of meetings with the PIAA, which impressed on him the size and value of print, and the career prospects for apprentices in the $8bn industry.

    Theo Pettaras, national board member, and Digitalpress owner in Sydney says, “The value of this TAFE funding for NSW cannot be overstated, it is a significant positive step in securing the skills and training needed by the industry. I am thrilled with the outcome of the lobbying, it will support an injection of youth and grow the future of our industry in NSW.”

    The commitment to free VET (vocational education and training) for NSW print apprentices is the latest part in the PIAA strategy to create a national VET programme.

    The first piece in the jigsaw was Victoria with the creation of Holmesglen TAFE apprentices, then the PIAA persuaded the Tasmanian government to fund apprentices at Holmesglen, then following lobbying the SA government came on board with the Skilling SA project announced last year.

    Today PIAA president Walter Kuhn is at the Queensland minister’s office to present the case.

  • New free recycling for HP Indigo users from today

    Eco friendly: new free recycling for HP Indigo consumables

    HP Indigo users are able to take part in a new free recycling programme that will see all used ink cans and ink tubes, as well as all BIDs (ink developers) and rollers, taken away by recycling operation Close the Loop.

    The programme is applicable to all HP Indigo digital presses, including Series 2, 3 and 4, and there is no cost to the print business.

    Effective from this week all HP Indigo users in Australia and New Zealand will be able to transition to the company’s supplies recycling and collection partner Close the Loop, which it describes as a fellow champion of the circular economy.

    Phillip Rennell, sales and marketing director at Currie Group, the ANZ HP Indigo supplier, said, “This is great news for print. Close the Loop will collect all waste consumables from print businesses using HP Indigo, and will then recycle those consumables. We have had recycling for some time, this takes it to the next level.

    “Print businesses using HP Indigo and their customers can be assured that their consumables from their printers are being fully recycled.”

    Rennell said, “Close the Loop shares the HP and Currie Group zero-waste-to-landfill commitment for printing supplies, whilst also exploring innovative ways to give new life to recovered materials.”

     Close the Loop can accept pallets of BIDs, together with canisters to facilitate convenient returns, to ensure printers are not utilising valuable space to store used products for extended periods of time. The Close the Loop programme is applicable for all HP Indigo print solutions.

    Over the coming weeks, representatives from Close the Loop will contact HP Indigo users to discuss details about the collection program, explaining the process of packing and storing used supplies, and contacting Close the Loop for a pick up, collection frequencies, and documentation required.

    To participate in the programme printers need to first register their business with Close the Loop by contacting hpplanetpartners.com.au in Australia and hpplanetpartners.co.nz in New Zealand.

    Once registered printers will be provided with a Contact ID which must be used to book all collections with Close the Loop.

    Rennell said, “We sincerely hope that this service will help print businesses in their own journey towards sustainability and protecting the environment. We also hope this will help reduce waste handling and waste disposal costs.”

    Established in 2001, Close the Loop (CtL) is a resource recovery and recycling company. CtL has established a global reputation for providing creative end of life product management services, specialising in post-consumer recycling.

  • Men’s mental health swim set to go annual

    Swimming for mental health: Konica Minolta team (l-r) Kyle Young, Peter Stace, Andrew ‘Wardy’ Ward, Ben Jennings and Dean Mico

    The weekend’s first mental health for men swim-a-thon on Sydney’s northern beaches exceeded all expectations of the organisers, who are now planning an annual event.

    Produced by a group of local guys including print industry identity Andrew ‘Wardy’ Ward, the NSW sales manager for Konica Minolta production presses, the event saw some 525 swimmers take part in the 24 hour swim, clocking up 19,026 laps between them – the equivalent of 951 kilometers – and raising $82,000 for local men’s mental health charity Gotcha4Life in the process.

    In addition to the swimmers the event had 130 volunteers, with around 1000 spectators coming to Collaroy Rockpool between 10am on Saturday and 10am on Sunday. Local emergency services including the police, firefighters and ambulance crews were also present, some taking part, some sharing their experiences.

    Most laps of any swimmer were clocked up by Rod Mashdale, a double lung transplantee, with 360. Ward himself got through 160 over three sessions, including an hour with a Konica Minolta team of Kyle Young, Peter Stace, Ben Jennings and Dean Mico.

    Ward said, “It was an exhilarating experience. To see so many people from the community come together for the good of all was immensely satisfying. Everything was way more than we anticipated; number of swimmers, number of laps, money raised. The funds raised, for Gotcha4Life, will make a big difference.”

    Sponsors for the day included Konica Minolta itself, as well as Aon, Evans Dixon and Rams Mona Vale, in addition to Gotcha4Life sponsor Westpac.

     

  • Jason goes commercial with Expo buy

    Commercial move: John Mancini, managing director, Jason Signmakers

    John Mancini’s Jason Signmakers has bought the assets and saved all the jobs at Ron Eacott’s stricken Expo Group, the latest print business to hit the skids on the west coast.

    Perth-based Expo went into voluntary administration last month, struggling under debts that Print21 understands topped $1m. A decade ago Expo had 90 staff and several retail outlets, and ran the print activities of resource giant Woodside Petroleum. This year staff numbers were down to around 20. Eacott had run the business for the past 23 years.

    Mancini is creating a one stop printing shop with the acquisition of Expo Group  – which is now under the Expo Signage and Digital banner – with the group now into commercial print for the first time, having the ability to print everything from business cards to design and construct for large signage projects. The combined group has more than 100 staff.

    Speaking to Print21 Mancini said, “It was a great fit, Expo has an excellent reputation in the market and is in areas of print that we are looking to move into. It is also strong in B2B. We are now a full service printer with sign and display, commercial, and project management business.

    23 years: Ron Eacott

    “We are setting up high levels of automation. People will always want print.”

    The assets and staff from the Expo business will be integrated into the Jason Signmakers facility. Mancini will keep the CBD retail outlet.

    Jason Signmakers claims to be the leading signage business in WA, it was founded 60 years ago. Mancini stepped in as managing director two years ago, from a background in banking and procurement supply to the mining industries. He had been a long-time shareholder in Jason Signmakers.

    Expo traces its roots back 80 years to 1939. Before its VA it was in offset, digital and display print.

    Perth printing has taken a major hit with the end of the mining boom, which among other repercussions led to major printer Picton Press going into voluntary administration last May, which was the beginning of an as yet to be resolved legal battle with the ATO over its $1.3m tax bill.

  • Print21 issue 1091 – WEEKEND SPECIAL

    Two fifths of US printers are seeing revenue up by more than six per cent – the WhatTheyThink report makes for interesting reading, and while we are not the US, the trends usually track a similar path. One path to revenue growth is diversification, which doesn’t just mean commercial printers moving into sign and display: it can be the other way round too.

     

    Always great to see investment in print – congratulations to John Mancini and the Jason Signmakers team in Perth, a city which has done it tougher than any over the past five years.

     

    Welcome to the online news bulletin for the ANZ print industry, bringing you the news you will not find anywhere else, produced by Print21 – the people who know print.

     

    Wayne Robinson
    Editor

  • Print21 issue 1090 – MIDWEEK SPECIAL

     

    With the Coalition seemingly hell-bent on self-destruction the Australian political landscape looks set to change. For print business owners and managers that will mean dealing with potentially challenging new IR legislation. Never a dull moment in print.

     

    Welcome to the midweek online news bulletin for the ANZ print industry, bringing you the news you will not find anywhere else, produced by Print21 – the people who know print.

     

    Wayne Robinson
    – Editor

  • Macaulay says McManus will declare war on employers

    The CEO of PIAA Andrew Macaulay says the most powerful trade unionist in the country, ACTU general secretary Sally McManus, will “declare war on the employer if Labor is elected.”

    Macaulay was responding McManus declaring Australia is in an “income recession” after seizing on a report into wages, and pushing for a significant increase in the minimum wage.

    McManus claims that the report says living standards today are lower than during the 1991-92 recession, although the actual author of the trade union commissioned report immediately contradicted her, and said that living standards today are 65 per cent higher than ’91-’92.

    Maculay said the proposed increases in the minimum wage and restrictions on overseas labour put forward by the ACTU will be seriously bad news for print businesses. He called on policymakers to tackle spiralling domestic and commercial energy costs without raising wages above inflation.

    When not if: Andrew Macaulay, CEO PIAA

    The unions are pushing for a rise in the minimum wage to take it to 60 per cent of the living wage, which equates to a rise of about 10 per cent. Business points out that the Australian minimum wage is already the second highest in the world.

    Macaulay said “How many small businesses will be able to afford their wages bill increasing by 10 per cent? How many small businesses will be forced to reduce the number of hours their staff work? How many small businesses will forced to reduce their staff numbers because they can’t afford to pay their staff the correct wages? How many small businesses who are already operating on low profit margins will be forced to close? It seems a question of when, not if, minimum wages become unaffordable.

    Income recession: Sally McManus, ACTU

     “The big unions don’t want Australian jobs sent overseas, and the majority of Australians don’t either, but that is exactly what will happen when the unions keep pushing up minimum wages each year.

    “If the cost of living is going up in a particular area, such as energy prices, let’s come up with policy solutions to fix the high cost of energy prices, instead of always trying to increase wages well beyond the rate of inflation to compensate for high energy prices.”

    And on union attempts to restrict overseas workers Macaulay said, ”Of course Australian businesses should be employing Australian workers, but if minimum wages keep rising every single year, at some stage Australia will reach a tipping point – will Australian businesses be able to afford to employ Australian workers? And what about small businesses, how will they be able to afford to employ Australian workers?”

     

     

  • Cactus develops 100% recyclable billboard skins

    100% recyclable and affordable: SmartSkins from Cactus Imaging

    Wide format print business Cactus Imaging has developed what it says is the world’s first recyclable billboard skin, known as SmartSkins, to be used instead of the traditional PVC skins.

    Cactus says that SmartSkins “sets a new benchmark” for the Out of Home industry, with the substrate and mounting ropes being 100 per cent recyclable, while also maintaining the high quality of traditional billboards, and being cost effective.

    Once the print campaign has finished the new SmartSkin, and its mounting ropes, can be recycled into park benches, decking, bollards, fence posts, and other high grade recycled polymer products.

    Nigel Spicer , general manager at Cactus Imaging – now owned by outdoor giant oOh! Media – said the company had invested heavily in developing an environmentally friendly printing option for Out of Home advertising, to reflect the demands of Australian advertisers to be more sustainable.

    “There is an unmistakable need for greener Out of Home advertising solutions, and while in other international markets there are biodegradable products that are more environmentally friendly than PVC, these products were not viable for our market, due to quality, price or a mixture of both,” said Spicer.

    “Our only option was to develop our own product, which delivered similar quality output, is able to withstand the Australian climate for the typical campaign cycle, and could be provided at a price point that was not excessively more than traditional PVC.

    “Cactus Imaging is the first in the world to offer this 360 approach to recycling in Out of Home industry. It comes after after many years of perfecting the production process, and looking for a secondary market that we could work with to give billboard skins a second life.”

    The new SmartSkin product has been successfully tested over the past year and is now available for advertisers nationally, with Australian Ethical being one of the early adopters of the material, that costs only slightly more than traditional billboard skins.

    Billboard skins used in a new advertising campaign for Australian Ethical will be recycled into products traditionally manufactured from hard wood timber, following the development of an innovative material.

    The new campaign for Australian Ethical, which recently went live, is a collaborated effort between oOh!, its print subsidiary Cactus Imaging and Australian Ethical’s media agency, Benedictus Media and creative agency DO Creative.

    Australian Ethical is a leading ethical investment and superannuation provider.

    Allyson Lowbridge, chief customer officer at Australian Ethical, said the innovative SmartSkins product aligns with the company’s purpose of making a positive impact on the planet, people and animals.

    She said, “Our bold new brand campaign makes a vital point about the future of our planet, calling for all Australians to investigate where their money is invested and what they are supporting.

    “The fact that this runs all the way through to the fabric of our outdoor advertising with SmartSkins adds an additional dimension to the campaign, that makes it even more compelling and upholds what Australian Ethical is all about.”

    Once the campaign, which is running across locations in NSW and Victoria, is finished the billboard skin and mounting ropes used for the install will be sent to Integrated Recycling in Victoria, where it will be repurposed into products that are comparable substitutes for premium hardwood products..

    Chief executive of oOh! Media Brendon Cook said the company had continually invested in ways to enhance its sustainability practices to reduce its footprint.

    “We use the most efficient lighting to light up our billboards, and have where possible been repurposing our PVC billboard skins for use as shelter and general-purpose aid following the natural disasters and reusing them in other ways,” he said.

    “The launch of SmartSkins is a further step that we are proud to be taking in our commitment to sustainability.”

  • Print21 hosting EFI Vutek h webinars

    Howard to host: EFI Vutek superwide webinar tomorrow

    EFI is running a series of global webinars on the new Vutek h series superwide format printer, with Print21 publishing editor Patrick Howard set to host the Australia and New Zealand event.

    First one is tomorrow Thursday 14 March. Time is 11am-12noon on the east coast, 8am-9am in Perth. Click here to register for the event.

    Printers from Australia and New Zealand are invited to join EFI product specialist Thomas Krumm live from the USA EFI demo centre. Krumm will take them through a demonstration of the EFI Vutek h series platform – a new generation of superwide-format hybrid inkjet printers.

    Howard will be the moderator for the webinar, he also moderated the previous three EFI webinars. He said, “These EFI webinars are terrific events for connecting straight into the developer and receiving first hand information, with the added opportunity to ask any questions you may have.”

    Krumm will be featuring the EFI Vutek h5 for printing a range of substrates up to 3.2m wide and up to 5.08cm thick.

    Click here to register for the event tomorrow. The next two seminars are in May and June, and again Print21 will be the local host.

  • SGIAA presenting colour bootcamp at Starleaton

    Give bad colour the boot: three day intensive workshop

    Trade association SGIAA is hosting a three-day colour management workshop at Starleaton in Melbourne, which features US print specialist and director of digital print programmes at the US SGIA Ray Weiss.

    The SGIAA (speciality graphic imaging association of Australia) says printers will come away from this intensive workshop “with skills that will give bad colour the boot — improving production quality while reducing errors, waste, and customer complaints.”

    It says attendees will learn everything from colour theory (and its practical implications) to the latest techniques in media profiling, device management and how to apply the newest print standards to production workflow.

    Colour expert: Ray Weiss from the USA coming to teach colour at Starleaton

    Specifically that means understanding why colour management is not a theory question, but a technology problem that you and your people can solve, how to apply the latest print standards and specifications to maximise customer satisfaction, how to use colour measurement instrumentation and profiling software for faster pre-press
    and better quality control, and learning techniques for rapid device calibration, media profiling and print verification.

    In addition to Weiss local colour guru David Crowther aka the Colour Doctor will be on hand to sahe his expertise with participants.

    Colour Management Bootcamp takes place 2-4 April, with a maximum ten people on the course. Investment is $1500 + gst. Location at Starleaton in Melbourne, 5/163-179 Forster Rd, Mt Waverley. Click here to book and for further details.

     

  • Printers invited to Roland DG Academy training

    Nationwide training events: VersaWorks

    Wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters developer Roland DG Australia has released its dates for VersaWorks: Beyond the Basics, the Roland DG Academy training course, to the end of the year.

    The comany says VersaWorks: Beyond the Basics has been developed to improve users’ knowledge of VersaWorks (Roland’s rip software), increasing the efficiency and productivity of their output. Following on from last year’s successful training sessions, the course will be held across the country  in 2019. To find out more or make a booking click here.

    Since its inception in 2009, Roland DG’s VersaWorks Academy training courses have been responsible for accrediting 600 students. More than 95 per cent of those surveyed have said that they would recommend the course to others, and have given positive feedback on how relevant, informative and easy-to-understand the course is.

    Ash Carver from Infinity Signs in South Australia said, “Great course – a must to unlock the full potential of your productivity. So many features I never knew about VersaWorks, but will definitely explore and use in everyday jobs.” Judd Shoppee from 1Daywraps in Sydney also commented: “Awesome, clear and concise training, would definitely recommend.”

    Run by expert Roland trainers, students will learn on Roland-supplied laptops in classes of eight or less, with the trainer working closely with students to develop their skills and knowledge of VersaWorks.

    The main areas covered in the course are colour management, printer calibration, set up and maintenance, settings and features including variable data, custom cut, step and repeat, and special colour plate generation, advanced production techniques and tips, workflow automation, and an overview of new features in VersaWorks 6.

    Course details have now been finalised and bookings are available online for the following dates and locations: Sydney Wed 17 April and Wed 4 September; Melbourne, Thursday 9 May and Wed 18 September; Brisbane Thurs 6 June and Thurs 3 October; Adelaide Thurs 20 June; and Perth, Thurs 4 July.

    To find out more or make a booking click here.

  • Tax Office and Picton set for 1 May DOCA date

    Court battle: Picton Press directors Gary Kennedy (left) and Dennis Hague

    The long-running legal battle between the ATO and Picton Press is set to continue to May, with the ATO continuing to contest the controversial Deed of Company Arrangement (DOCA), an arrangement which would allow the company to pay only 1c-2c in the dollar to its major unsecured creditors.

    The two sides had been given five weeks to resolve their differences at the last court session on January 31, now the WA Federal Court has ordered a case management hearing between the ATO and Picton be heard by the court on May 1. Under the contested DOCA Picton’s unsecured creditors owed more than $10,000 will receive between 1c and 2c on the dollar, which would leave the ATO at least $1.274m out of pocket on the $1.3m it is owed.

    The proposed Picton DOCA has caused uproar in the Perth printing community, with rival companies furious over the deal, claiming that while they have been paying 100 per cent of their tax and paper bills, and pricing accordingly, Picton will have effectively only been paying 1-2 per cent.

    Picton owes another $2m to unsecured creditors and $5.5m to secured creditors. The ATO issued a winding up order against Picton last year when it failed to pay its tax bill. Picton then went into voluntary administration in May. The administrator, Jeremy Nipps from Cor Cordis, organised the DOCA and the vote, which saw all the employees, owed $660,000 between them – and who attended a meeting before the vote – put their hands up in favour, while the major unsecured creditors, including the ATO voted against. According to creditors at the meeting Nipps then declared the vote deadlocked, and cast his vote in favour.

    The ATO refused to accept the DOCA, and went to court looking to reninstate its winding up order. The judge ruled against it, given that the DOCA was in place, but awarded costs against Picton. The ATO then appealed that decision in the court, and after several adjournments that appeal is now in process. In an unusual move, in addition to Picton Press itself, the ATO has named Nipps and his co-administrator Clifford Rocke as defendants, in addition to the two Picton directors, Dennis Hague and Gary Kennedy.

    Picton has continued trading ever since it went into voluntary administration last May, although some employees, including operations manager Murray Scott have since moved on. Cor Cordis received $356,000 for its six month stint as administrator, from May 22 to November 29.

    Picton hit trouble five years ago when it installed a new ten-colour B1 press, and virtually as soon as it was commissioned the WA economy tanked, as did Picton’s sales. They are now half of what they were when the press was commissioned, they were $3m in the six months that the company was in voluntary administration. When the press was put in the company’s annual sales were around $13.5m.

     

  • Label Image invests in new Durst

    Growth potential: Emma and Nick Godwin with the new Durst Tau 330 E at Label Image in Perth

    WA-based Label Image has invested in a Durst Tau 330 E UV inkjet press, coupled with the Durst Workflow Label system, including variable data printing.

    The new Durst – supplied by PES –  is enabling Label Image to bring the majority of its outsourced jobs back inhouse. Jobs that were either too short- to mid-range in length, had a tight turnaround time, required customisation or personalisation, and multiple SKU applications are now produced on the Tau.

    Owner Nick Godwin says along with the engineering quality and print performance of the Tau 330 E, the growth potential the Durst offered was key in the decision. He said Label Image eschewed cheaper presses in favour of the ROI it will achieve on the Durst.

    Formed in 1986, Label Image was acquired by Nick and Emma Godwin in four years ago. Since then it has made a number of improvements and investments focused on driving growth and maintaining a high level of service and support for its expanding customer base.

    Godwin said: “We first assessed the basics of adaptability, reliability, quality and the opportunities offered to enhance our client offerings. The Durst Tau 330 E ticked all those boxes and more. Its productivity, print quality and colour consistency were stand out capabilities.

    “During the extensive decision-making process the growth potential for Label Image was crucial. We considered the option of additional services and offerings but also wanted a return on investment (ROI) model that made sense and allowed us to scale up to meet future demand. We also recognised that having a lower capital cost press doesn’t always equate to a lower total cost of print.”

    Emma Godwin continues: “The Durst Tau is remarkable at reducing media waste. We can print a press proof and rewind the media to the next label start point and immediately begin printing with no waste. This means the first label is a billable label, reducing waste and costs, something I have not seen on any other press to date. Nor have I seen this level of image quality on any other inkjet press.”

    The company was also impressed with the range of media it could handle without the mess, cost or sourcing of primers or post coatings on materials. These range from direct thermal, cosmetic, food and beverage to industrial, and covers most commercial labels. Other convincers were the white ink opacity achieved in the single pass print process, reducing production time and operator flexibility.

    Label Image’s single-pass direct printing Durst Tau 330 E has no blankets or transfer components that could compromise printed colour or densities.

    The deal also includes back up and support from Durst and its Australian partner Photo Electronics Services (PES). Nick Godwin concludes: “Our experience with Durst and PES has been excellent both from a pre and post installation perspective. The installation was completed within a week and operators trained immediately after allowing us to transition into production sooner than expected.”

    Matt Ashman, national sales manager at PES said, “We are really pleased Label Image has joined the Durst family in Australia. I am looking forward to working with such an innovative trailblazing company.”

     

  • Print21 issue 1089 – WEEKEND SPECIAL

     

    Great to see print businesses working out the issues of the day. Created2Print in Adelaide is going 100 per cent solar for its energy needs. Meanwhile in Perth, Label Image is investing in new technology to address the growing on demand market. Congratulations to both, and check your kids’ old Pokemen cards – turns out they might be sitting on a  fortune.

     

    Welcome to the weekend edition of the ANZ print industry’s online news bulletin, bringing you the stories you won’t find anywhere else, produced by Print21 – the people who know print.

     

    Wayne Robinson
    – Editor

  • Print21 issue 1088 – MIDWEEK SPECIAL

     

    Great to see print businesses moving forward in these tumultuous times. Congratulations to all at Flying Colours down there in Tassie. A shining example of how to grow a company, enter new markets, and hand over the reins of power from one generation to the next.

     

    Welcome to the ANZ print industry’s online news bulletin, bringing you the essential news you will not find anywhere else, produced by Print21 – the people who know print.

     

    Wayne Robinson
    – Editor