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  • Asia Print Expo – new name for FESPA show

    FESPA’s next pan-Asian event will take place, under its new name of Asia Print Expo, from 21 to 23 February 2019 at the BITEC exhibition centre in Bangkok, Thailand. Asia Print Expo is the region’s leading exhibition for screen, textile and digital wide format print.

    Roz Guarnori, Exhibitions Director at FESPA, comments: “We decided to change the name of the event from FESPA Asia to Asia Print Expo to bring the show’s proposition into the title, so visitors who have no prior knowledge of FESPA instantly know the event’s focus. In Europe and Latin America our events have cemented themselves as market-leading events for speciality print and people know what to expect from the FESPA name. However, in Asia, FESPA is a relative newcomer, so it’s not immediately obvious what the FESPA name represents. The Asia Print Expo brand, supported by the strapline ‘The World of Print and Beyond’ makes the proposition very clear for exhibitors and visitors.”

    The strapline is also conveyed through the campaign imagery, which is made up of the Bangkok skyline illustrated through different print materials to highlight the vibrancy and variety of wide format print and the possible applications.

    Over the course of three days, Asia Print Expo 2019 will give print service providers (PSPs) and sign-makers a valuable opportunity to discover the latest products and technologies from leading players in the speciality print market. Exhibitors confirmed to date include: Hexis, Siser, Stahls Asia and Poli-Tape Klebefolien GmbH, as well as local companies such as: SVOA-Roland, SKT. Embroidery Co., Ltd., Jinmao, Shanghai Vision Digital Printing, Shanghai Screen Manufacturing Co., Ltd, Fei Yue Digital Technology Co., Ltd and Haining Tianfu Warp Knitting Co., Ltd.

    For visitors looking to expand their knowledge or investigate new revenue streams for their businesses, there will be free educational and interactive show features, based on successful FESPA features from the global event portfolio, reflecting the latest industry trends and market intelligence. Features will include the FESPA Wrap Masters, Print Make Wear Asia and a conference programme. More detailed information on all features will be announced nearer the time.

    Asia Print Expo 2019 is supported by FESPA’s national Associations in Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Republic of Korea, Japan, China, Philippines and Australia. The backing of the national Associations means that the exhibition can accurately reflect the immediate needs and challenges experienced by regional PSPs. This, combined with FESPA’s global expertise of speciality print exhibitions will ensure that Asia Print Expo 2019 is a destination event that delivers tangible business value for visitors.

    The previous edition of FESPA Asia in 2018 attracted 4,328 visitors from 66 countries spanning the ASEAN region and beyond, with visitors from Thailand making up 75% of the audience. Roz concludes: “We’ve had positive feedback from visitors and exhibitors to our previous Asia shows and are looking to build on this in 2019. With the change in event name, we aim to attract an even larger audience from the ASEAN countries and to connect with visitors we haven’t previously engaged with.”

  • Scott Print dominates WA PICAs

    Scott Print walked away with 12 gold medals including the Best of Category at the 2016 Printing Industries Western Australia PICAs held in the Rendezvous Hotel, Perth.

    Advance Press was awarded five gold medals and Quality Press won four.

    Westcare apprentice Jay Brown won the Media Super Young Executive of the Year Award.

    (l-r) Tim and John Scott, Scott Print

    WA PICA 2016 gold award winners are:

    FutureNow Commitment to Workforce Development – Scott Print

    Environment Award – Scott Print, Picton Press

    One, two or three colour printing (more than 10 staff) – Percival Print & Packaging

    Leaflets/folded leaflets – Scott Print

    Presentation Folders (offset) – Quality Press

    Presentation Folders (digital) – Graphic Source

    Booklets, catalogues and magazines (up to 32 pages with or without cover, digital and offset) Advance Press

    Booklets, catalogues and magazines (up to 64 pages with or without cover, offset) Quality Press

    Booklets, catalogues and magazines (up to 64 pages with or without cover, digital) Advance Press and Scott Print

    Booklets, catalogues and magazines (over 80 pages plus cover) – Scott Print

    Annual reports, prospectus and yearbooks – Quality Press

    Calendars – S&T Graphic Design

    Bookprinting offset casebound – Scott Print, Advance Press

    Bookprinting digital casebound – Scott Print, Advance Press

    Bookprinting offset limp bound – Scott Print

    Bookprinting digital limp bound – Scott Print

    Stationary Suite – Scott Print

    Poster, showcard, card construction – Quality Press

    Packaging (folding cartons & boxes) – Graphic Source

    Finishing (any type) – Fast Finishing

    Finishing (casebound books) – Fast Finishing

    Embellishment – Intafoil

    Web offset magazines and catalogues – Fairfax Media

    Web offset magazines and newspaper inserts – Seven West Media

    Web offset newspapers – Fairfax Media

    Labels (digital roll fed, wine & beverage) – Multi Color WA

    Labels (offset roll fed, wine & beverage) – Multi Color WA

    Labels (digital roll fed, other) – Multi Color WA

    Self-promotion – Scott Print

    Large format application – Gateway Printing

    The Best of Category – Scott Print

  • Colour Chiefs win big at QLD PICAs

    Andrew Macaulay, CEO PIAA, presents an award at the QLD PICAs. © 2016 Arana Photography by Stephen Jones

    Brisbane printers Colour Chiefs and Platypus Graphics dominated the printing categories at the 23rd annual Printing Industries Craftsmanship Awards (PICA) in Queensland.

    Colour Chiefs won four golds and two silver medals in the printing section while Platypus picked up three gold medals, two silver and one bronze.  Colour Chiefs also won another three gold medals and a silver in the design categories.

    The awards ceremony at the Pullman Hotel in Brisbane preceded the Legends Gala dinner formally opened by Printing Industries CEO, Andrew Macaulay, who told the crowd it was “a night to celebrate print and the people of the industry.” In line with the legends theme, Konica Minolta printed 3D replicas of the original Gutenberg Printing Press as a centre piece for each of the dinner tables.

    The Legends winners were Ken Doggett of KW Doggett Fine Paper, and Peter Carmody of Spot Productions. They were nominated for ‘over 40 years of mentoring and contribution to the industry’ and were each presented with a Legends Trophy.

    Susan Heaney received the Women in Print Legend Award for her ‘significant contribution to the industry.’

    You're a legend (l-r) Ken Doggett, Susan Heaney and Peter Carmody. © 2016 Arana Photography by Stephen Jones

    Here’s the full list of winners:

    Design Categories

     Category 1 – Typography – Creative Emporium – Gold

    Category 2 – Illustrations – Colour Chiefs – Gold

    Category 2 – Illustrations – Ink FX – Gold

    Category 2 – Illustrations DAIS Brand Strategy – Bronze

    Category 3 – Corporate Identity – DAIS Brand Strategy – Bronze

    Category 4 – Print/Digital Campaign – Colour Chiefs – Gold

    Category 4 – Print/Digital Campaign – Heaneys Performers in Print (HPIP) – Gold

    Category 5 – Packaging and Labelling – Colour Chiefs – Gold

    Category 5 – Packaging and Labelling – Spot Productions – Gold

    Category 5 – Packaging and Labelling – Colour Chiefs- Silver

    Printing Categories

    Category 7 –  Regional / Small Business – Kuhn Corp Press – Gold

    Category 7 –  Regional / Small Business – Kuhn Corp Press – Bronze

    Category 7 –  Regional / Small Business – Greenridge Press – Silver

    Category 8 – Printing (leaflets, flyers, brochures or stationery on a single sheet of stock) – Corner Stone Press – Gold

    Category 8 – Printing (leaflets, flyers, brochures or stationery on a single sheet of stock) – Inprint- Silver

    Category 8 – Printing (leaflets, flyers, brochures or stationery on a single sheet of stock) – Heaney’s Performers in Print – Bronze

    Category 9 – Packaging – Colour Chiefs – Gold

    Category 9 – Packaging – Platypus Graphics – Silver

    Category 9 – Packaging – Platypus Graphics – Bronze

    Category 10 – Web Offset – Inprint – Bronze

    Category 11 – Labels (Sheet-Fed or Roll-Fed) – QLM Labelmakers – Gold

    Category 11 – Labels (Sheet-Fed or Roll-Fed) – Sunprint – Silver

    Category 11 – Labels (Sheet-Fed or Roll-Fed) – QLM Labelmakers – Bronze

    Category 12 – Commercial Posters – Colour Chiefs – Gold

    Category 12 – Commercial Posters – Colorcorp – Silver

    Category 12 – Commercial Posters – Cornerstone Press – Bronze

    Category 13 – Embellishment – Platypus Graphics – Gold

    Category 13 – Embellishment – DIS Brand Strategy – Silver

    Category 13 – Embellishment – Cornerstone Press – Bronze

    Category 14 – Wide Format – Colorcorp- Gold

    Category 14 – Wide Format – Colorcorp – Silver

    Category 14 – Wide Format – Greenridge Press- Bronze

    Category 15 – Impact Mail – Colour Chiefs – Silver

    Category 16 – Presentation Folders – Greenridge Press- Gold

    Category 16 – Presentation Folders – Spot Productions – Silver

    Category 16 – Presentation Folders – Heaney’s Performers in Print – Bronze

    Category 17 – Booklets, Catalogues, Brochures & Magazines – Platypus Graphics – Gold

    Category 17 – Booklets, Catalogues, Brochures & Magazines – Cornerstone Press – Silver

    Category 17 – Booklets, Catalogues, Brochures & Magazines – Spot Productions – Bronze

    Category 18 – Books –  Platypus Graphics – Gold

    Category 18 – Books – Heaney’s Performers in Print – Silver

    Category 18 – Books – Platypus Graphics – Bronze

    Category 19 – Digital – Colour Chiefs – Gold

    Category 19 – Digital – Sunprint – Silver

    Category 19 – Digital – Colour Chiefs – Silver

    Category 20 – Self – Promotion – DIS Brand Strategy – Gold

    Category 20 – Self – Promotion – Heaneys Performers in Print – Silver

    Category 20 – Self – Promotion – Heaneys Performers in Print – Bronze

    Category 21 – Speciality Printing – Colour Chiefs – Gold

    Category 21 – Speciality Printing – Colorcorp – Silver

    Category 21 – Speciality Printing – Ink FX – Bronze

    Category 22 – Free Category – McDonalds Printing Group – Silver

    Category 22 – Free Category – Sunprint – Bronze


    More photos can be found here at the PIAA website.




  • Konica Minolta goes gold for QLD PICAs

    Konica Minolta Brisbane is proud to support the 2016 Queensland Printing Industries Craftsmanship Awards (PICAs) and Legends Gala Dinner on Friday, November 4, 2016 through its gold-level sponsorship.

    Run by the Printing Industries Association of Australia (PIAA) the PICAs celebrate the achievement of excellence in the industry. This year the event will commence with a display of the PICA entries, which are open for viewing by all design and print educational facilities (or anyone) who would like to view the best in Queensland printing.

    The PICAs will be presented from 5pm on November 4, followed by the Legends Gala Dinner, which will celebrate people who have made a difference in the industry. On the night, the PIAA will award the legends of industry as well as awarding a highly-contributing female member of the print industry. Young apprentice finalists will also be acknowledged.

    Scott Jackson, State Manager – Brisbane, Konica Minolta, said, “Konica Minolta is proud to get behind the industry that supports us. Konica Minolta staff members will be in attendance during the day to talk with students and visitors about printing trends and share some of our printing capabilities. Konica Minolta is always looking for ways to partner with the printing industry, and we look forward to a fun, positive evening with all of those involved.

    “The print industry has, and will continue to be, a key market for Konica Minolta. We continually strive to provide technology and support that meets the needs of this important industry, and helps take it into the future.

    “The PICAs are a great way to get behind the industry. This event, including its support of Young Care as a charity partner, fit perfectly with Konica Minolta’s commitment to contributing to society.”

    Andrew Macaulay, CEO of Printing Industries, said, “The PICAs play a significant role in identifying quality and innovation in print. Konica Minolta has been a major supporter of this process, and Printing Industries is grateful. Innovation stems from collaboration between printers and equipment suppliers meeting customer demands for new ideas and excellent quality.”

    QLD Printing Industries Craftsmanship Awards

    The Printing Industries Association are delighted to invite you to join us for a night of fine dining and great entertainment as we, once again, gather in QLD to celebrate the achievement of excellence in our industry.

    Date:                     Friday, 4th November 2016

    Time:                     5.00pm – 6.30pm PICA 2016 Awards Ceremony | 7.00pm – Midnight Legends Gala Dinner

    Venue:                 Pullman Hotel, King George SQ, Corner Ann and Roma Streets, Brisbane City QLD 4000

    Dress:                   Black and White

    Tickets for the Gala Dinner $135 (incl. GST). The evening includes pre-dinner drinks, a delicious three course dinner, quality beers and wines. The evening will have entertainment, stories from our ‘printing history’, a comedian and MC that you will know and love and dancing throughout the night.

    To book tickets…

    General enquiries:  or call 1800 227 425

  • PacPrint 2017 Takes Shape

    With just over six months to go until PacPrint 2017 opens its doors at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre on 23 May next year, the region’s premier show for the print, graphic communications, sign and display industry is shaping up to be one of the most exciting and significant in recent years.

    “Industry support for the event is strong, with exhibition space filling fast and new sponsors coming on board. Currie Group and Pozitive Signs & Graphic Supplies recently joined HP and Graphic Art Mart as Gold Sponsors while Spicers is now a Silver Sponsor, alongside EFI and Mimaki,” reports Peter Harper, General Manager – Trade Shows & Publications for event organisers, Visual Connections, adding that Roland is the event’s Platinum Sponsor.

    “On the ground, PacPrint is shaping up as the perfect place to connect with the industry’s leading suppliers. Names including Agfa, AVS, Canon, Celmac, Currie Group, Cyber, EFI, Epson, ESKO, Flint Group, Fuji Xerox, Graphic Art Mart, HP, Jetmark, Konica Minolta, Mimaki, Multicam, Neopost, Ricoh, Roland, Screen, Spicers, Starleaton and Vivad, will demonstrate the latest technology and solutions, as well as offering ideas and inspiration to help business owners and decision makers plan for future success.

    “Co-location with the Melbourne Visual Impact Expo, targeted at the sign, display and wide format print market, will further expand the options on show and provide an even more diverse range of ideas and opportunities for the broader print and graphic communications market.”

    As in past years, the exhibition will be complemented by the latest iteration of the popular PacPrint Forum Series, which Harper say will tackle the ‘big issues’ as well as deliver valuable workshops and panel sessions on technology, business and market-specific topics.

    “PacPrint 2017, and the co-located Visual Impact Expo, will be the best opportunity in four years for business owners and decision makers to see the latest trends and technology first-hand and connect with the people who can help them shape their businesses for the future,” Harper says.

    PacPrint 2017 will be held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from 23 – 26 May, 2017. While that still seems a long way away, Harper advises intending visitors to visit to block out the dates in their diaries now – and for those travelling to Melbourne for the show, to book travel and accommodation soon to take advantage of early bird deals.

    More information and the latest news can be found on the PacPrint 2017 website. To exhibit, book online or contact Peter Harper on or +61 2 9868 1577.





  • Xeikon road show in Australia, NZ (video)

    Absolute Electronics and Xeikon have combined forces to show how one converter has achieved 25% year on year business growth over the past years. CS Labels is a leading label company in the UK and managing director Simon Smith will appear in New Zealand and Australia at the How to Build Growth into Your Business road show.

    Accompanying Simon will be CS Labels production director Adam James, who will be ready to answer questions and show how the company grew its business.

    This exclusive one day event goes beyond talking about Xeikon and its digital equipment. Smith and Adams will explain the systems and procedures they put into place to deliver a 25% growth in business year on year. In addition, Xeikon will preview what it’s planning to release at Labelexpo in September.

    If you want to learn how to add dollars to your bottom line, circle the dates that the How to Build Growth into Your Business is coming to your city. Remember this presentation is absolutely FREE. Please give me a call or register online to reserve your seat.

    The Xeikon Road Show:

    Monday, 22 June,  Auckland (Sorrento in the Park, One Tree Hill, Greenlane)

    Wednesday, 24 June, Melbourne (Novotel Glen Waverley, 285 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley),

    Friday, 26 June, Sydney (Rydges Parramatta, 116-118 James Ruse Drive, Rosehill).


    10:00    Welcome
    10:30    Global market trends
    Presenter: Filip Weymans, Marketing Director Labels & Packaging, Xeikon
    11:00    The transformation of a digital printer from a Bank Manager’s perspective
    Presenter: Simon Smith, Managing Director, CS Labels
    12:00    Lunch
    13:00    Implementing a digital press in production
    Presenter: Adam James, Production Director, CS Labels
    13:30    Labelexpo Europe 2015 Preview
    Presenter: Filip Weymans, Marketing Director Labels & Packaging, Xeikon
    14:00    Wrap-up

    Warmest Regards,

    Grish Rewal
    Absolute Electronics Pty Ltd.
    339-343 Williamstown Road
    Port Melbourne 3207

    Phone: + 61 (03) 964629999

    A note from CS Labels: The Xeikon Cheetah sprinted into CS Labels in 2015. Check out this timelapse installation with soundtrack. Our new press is one of the fastest digital printers of custom labels.


  • Australians head to Bangkok for ProPak Asia

    A large Australian contingent will join 1600 exhibitors at this year’s largest-ever ProPak Asia event in Thailand. The 23rd International Processing, Filling and Packaging Technology Event for Asia will run from 17-20 June at Bitec in Bangkok, Thailand.

    Australian companies who will have stands in six large exhibition halls at Bitec include Accupak, Fibre King ,Oryx Automation, Heat & Control, HMPS, Maselli Asia Pacific, Metz, Floveyor, HBM Plastics, Hot Melt Packaging, Select Packaging, TNA Australia and others. The Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) will also have a stand.

    ProPak Asia 2015 will present over 1600 exhibitors from 44 countries, including 14 international pavilions from China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, the UK and the US. More than 4500 machines from across the world will be on display. The event will include DrinkTechAsia, showcasing latest beverage processing and packaging technology.

    “Through increasing domestic demand and exports within ASEAN, Asia and globally, more and more companies are joining ProPak Asia as manufacturers and suppliers set up and develop good business in Asia,” said Justin Pau, GM Bangkok Exhibition Services.

    More details are available here.



  • printpack + sign in Singapore

    Singapore’s only printing, packaging & signage show takes place in late July at the Marina Bay Sands, with thousands of trade buyers expected to attend.

    The printpack + sign exhibition is an international trade fair for services, equipment and technologies for printing and packaging, and is regarded as one of the most prestigious fairs of its kind in Southeast Asia.  Many companies are planning to present the latest product designs and trends for the industry.

    Organisers say new data suggests that by 2017, the Asian Pacific print industry will be the largest in the world by region, with total revenues projected to grow from 29% in 2012 to 40.5% of the global market.

    The printpack + sign event runs over 3 days from Wednesday, 29 July to Friday, 31 July 2015.

    *Admission is restricted to trade, corporate and office buyers only. General public and minors below the age of 16, whether accompanied or not, will not be permitted entry.

  • SWUG’s Print with Passion conference in NZ

    Pharmaceutical scientist Sir Ray Avery – keynote speaker at this year’s Single Width Users’ Group (SWUG) conference – became interested in science while living on the streets and being drawn to the warmth of public libraries.

    “Having spent his childhood in English orphanages and foster homes, he developed an interest in science at the age of 14 while living rough on the streets of London and seeking warmth and inspiration in public libraries,” said SWUG chairperson Dan Blackbourn.

    Avery has been a major contributor to the development of New Zealand’s pharmaceutical industry over the past 30 years.  He’s a founding member of the Auckland University School of Medical Science’s Department of Clinical Pharmacology and former technical director of Douglas Pharmaceuticals.

    Avery is renowned as an entertaining speaker and has great stories to share, said Blackbourn.

    This year’s 15th annual SWUG conference is being held at the scenic Millennium Hotel in Rotorua in New Zealand on August 19-20.  The Print with Passion-themed conference will also feature a tour of the paper-making plant of Norske Skog in Kawerau (approximately 60 minutes’ drive from Rotorua).

    Formerly known as the Tasman Pulp and Paper Company, the Kawerau mill was the brainchild of Sir James Fletcher. “After significant planting schemes in the 1920s and 1930s, a large forestry resource was available to be capitalised upon, and the Fletcher Group duly started constructing the Tasman Pulp and Paper Co in 1952,” said Blackbourne. “Kawerau itself built up around the development of the mill, with the town attracting people from all over New Zealand and the world to work on the construction and to be employed at the site once it officially opened in 1955. The mill originally employed several thousand people and produced a range of products including kraft pulp and newsprint, eventually expanding operations to meet growing demand for products over the years.

    “The Tasman Pulp and Paper Co has undergone significant change over the years, developing from the previously joint kraft pulp and paper company, into the current Norske Skog operation. It is now a newsprint-only site, after the kraft pulp operations were sold to Carter Holt Harvey in 2001.”

    Blackbourn says a good accommodation rate has been secured with the Millennium Hotel Rotorua, a Qualmark 4 Star Plus-rated hotel located on the edge of the CBD. Bookings can be made via the SWUG website listed below.

    Registrations to the conference close on June 30.

  • 12 million Australians can’t be wrong

    This year’s Australasian Catalogue Awards night is shaping up to be a bumper event, with two weeks left to submit entries.

    “Don’t miss out on these prestigious retail marketing awards, celebrating the great work being produced around Australia in our favourite marketing medium – print,” said Australian Catalogue Association (ACA) executive director Kelli Northwood. “Entries are open for two more weeks, with 43 awards across 10 categories offering many opportunities to be recognised by the industry.”

    The 24th Australasian Catalogue Awards will be held on Friday, 21 August, at the Crown Palladium in Melbourne. There are major awards for catalogue retailers of the year, best young designer and best young talent. Other award categories include Home, Fashion, Cosmetics & Pharmacy, Recreation & Leisure, Sustainability, B2C, Retailers, Integrated Campaigns and Excellence in Craft.

    The easiest way to enter the awards is via the ACA online entry portal, which can be found here.

    More than 12 million Australians said catalogues were the most useful media for providing information on what to buy in one or more product categories, according to latest data from Roy Morgan Research. Catalogues remain the number 
one go-to media source for groceries, clothes, toys, alcohol and cosmetics.


  • LabelExpo Europe 2015

    Labelexpo Europe is the world’s largest event for the label and package printing industry.

    It’s the industry’s ‘must attend’ exhibition. With eight halls at the Brussel’s Expo Centre and over 600 exhibitors, there are new innovations to be discovered down every aisle and around every corner.

  • Australasian Paper Markets Outlook Forum

    End-user needs will be a focus of this year’s 2015 Australasian Paper Markets Outlook Forum held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from May 17-18.

    End-user specifications and needs drive paper supply. From design parameters to delivery time-frames, pre-conversion or partial completion suppliers are becoming more adaptable, delivering a far wider range of options than ever before.  The ever-changing world of supply is constant innovation challenging business models and the traditional ways of working. No matter which way you cut it or how you think of it, change is one of the few constants.

    • Leading off the conference, Martin Glass of EMGE in the UK and Antti Makonnen from SAPPI in Europe will deliver keynotes focussed on global markets, outlooks and trends.
    • David Carter, President of the Australian Packaging Council, and Jason Goode from Simplot will look at the future of packaging and end-user needs.
    • Packaging strategist Russell Allan from Australian Industry Partners will paint a picture of the future of fibre packaging in Australia and New Zealand.
    • Dr Tony Wilkins, Head of Environment for NewsCorp Australia, will examine publishing on paper, printing and supply of paper.

    To check the day and a half program, click here.

    Click here to register now for the 2015 Australasian Paper Markets Outlook Forum with earlybird specials and special discounts for IndustryEdge subscribers and Appita members.


  • Health care and super changes to feature in webinars

    A Printing Industries webinar next week will focus on how employers can have a healthy, motivated and productive workforce by providing a corporate health plan for employees.

    The webinar, on Wednesday 15 April at 1pm (AEST), will outline the benefits of corporate health plans versus non-corporate plans and how they can be an important employment incentive.

    Health fund Bupa has developed a Corporate Health Plan for Printing Industries members that can provide both workplace care and employee benefits for individuals and families.

    Workplace programs include a Bupa Wellness Calendar, which offers company health services such as eye screening, nurse check-ups, massages and dietitian appointments.

    To register for this 30 minute webinar click here

    Coming webinars in April include:

    Thursday 23 April – Changes to superannuation obligations for employers (Information and registration here) 30 minute webinar;

    Wednesday 29 April – Making the most of Adobe Illustrator across desktop, cloud and mobile (Information and registration here) one hour webinar.

  • Printers set the ball rolling in WA

    A Printer’s Ball and the inauguration of a Printer’s Hall of Fame will light up the western state as it retains its reputation of innovation in celebrating print.

    The new event will be staged later in the year,  replacing the former PICA presentation dinner traditionally held in late August.

    Printing Industries State Manager, Western Australia, Paul Nieuwhof, said that with the re-introduction of direct entry into the National Print Awards and some states electing not to continue their PICA events in tough sponsorship conditions, the west decided to opt for something different.

    Paul Nieuwhof

    The new format will feature fewer protocols, changes to categories and entry conditions, separation of companies by size, a scheduling change and move to a more informal networking and social function.

    “Western Australia prides itself as being the first state to run a PICA from 1978 and it has been a continuing success story,” he said.  “We recognise the difficulties many states have been facing with sponsorship becoming more difficult, probably impacting on them a little sooner than in WA, and so we decided to completely re-think our approach. The result is a new kind of event from 2015.”

    Mr Nieuwhof said changes to entry conditions will limit the number of entries a company can submit per category and also group them according to company size.

    “By making this distinction it is expected that companies will be more likely to enter work into the more highly contested categories because they will be competing with like-sized businesses and not the big end of town,” he said.  “We also decided to move the event to 14 November and this will become the WA Printers Annual Ball. Formalities will be kept to a minimum with only a few business awards and the coveted Best of Category being announced. All winners will be recognised in the Winners’ Hall of Fame, which will be opened for viewing after the night’s formalities.”

    Mr Nieuwhof said it was intended that the Hall of Fame become an event within an event creating opportunities for recognising and congratulating the winners and encouraging attendance from companies who want to attend for networking but not necessarily as contestants.

    “We think that these changes will be successful in attracting more entries and will take the event forward both in the eyes of the sponsors, the contestants and those that come along on the night,” he said.

    Entry information will be available soon.

  • Songbird hits the high notes at NPA

    One of Australia’s leading ladies of song, Wendy Matthews, will head up the entertainment at this year’s Media Super National Print Awards.

    Bookings are now open for the 32nd National Print Awards Presentation Dinner and those intending to be at the celebration are encouraged to download a form from and return it as soon as possible, or to email organisers on

    Susan Heaney, Chair of NPA, said it was a real ‘coup’ to secure Matthews for the industry’s ‘night of nights’, which is already expected to be a sell-out event as it co-incides with the final day of the PrintEx15 exhibition at the nearby Sydney Showground, .

    “Wendy is a wonderful artist and powerful performer, with an extraordinary, crystal-clear voice and soulful style which has not only seen her music chart consistently over her long and illustrious career, but has earned her one of the strongest live followings in Australia,” Heaney said today.

    “We are delighted she is able to join us at this year’s Awards Dinner and would urge anyone who intends to be there to enjoy her performance and celebrate the achievements of our industry to book early as demand for tickets to the industry’s ‘night of nights’ is sure to be strong.”

    Matthews is one of the legends of Australian music, with an unrivalled reputation earned through her time with Models and Absent Friends, as well as her illustrious solo career. She has had numerous singles reach the Top 20 including Token Angels, Let’s Kiss, The Day You Went Away and Friday’s Child, several Top 20 albums, including three which went platinum, and is no stranger to Awards ceremonies, having won no less than seven Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Awards.

    As well as this first-class entertainment, guests will enjoy a sumptuous dinner and of course witness the presentation of the coveted National Print Awards Gold Medals together with several special awards, including the Media Super Young Executive of the Year, the Media Super Printing Industry Legend, the Currie Group Award for Brilliant Images in Print, the Fuji Xerox Effectiveness Award and the Heidelberg Australia Award for Excellence.

    For more information about the Awards – which will be held at Waterview in Bicentennial Park, on Friday 15 May – or to download a registration form, go to Tickets to the event are $125 a person.



  • PrintEx

    Every four years Sydney gets its graphic art exhibition. This time around, due to the demolition of Darling Harbour, it’s taking place out at Homebush in the Sydney Showground.

    Co-sharing with Visual Impact, it will be the largest trade show for the industry for a couple of years, until PackPrint in Melbourne  in 2017. A good roll up of brands, suppliers, equipment, technology and visiting overseas experts will make it the place to be.

    The National Print Awards is on at the same time, so there’ll be extra reasons to come along.

    There will be  over 4,000 square metres of state-of-the-art equipment and technology on display, you won’t want to miss out. Save the dates in your diary now. It’s your show.

    Get access to industry leading education, unique networking opportunities and over 120 exhibitors showcasing state-of-the-art equipment and technology.

    Registration opens in early 2015

    Co-located with Visual Impact Expo. Please note that you will need to register for each expo individually to gain access to these events.  

  • FESPA 2015

    The 2015 Global Expo moves to Cologne, Germany for the first time, running for five days from Monday 18 to Friday 22 May 2015. The event is set to occupy 62,500m2 of exhibition space in the new north halls of KoelnMesse, making it the largest FESPA Global Expo of all time.

    FESPA 2015 is calling print service providers to Discover Your Universe of Print.

    According to FESPA Divisional Director Roz McGuinness  because there is  no other international print event in 2015, FESPA in Cologne will offer visitors the most comprehensive constellation of print and related technologies. “At our last FESPA Global Expo in London in 2013, we invited our community to ‘Fly FESPA’, and over 22000 printers, signmakers and print specifiers ‘flew’ with us. For 2015, we’re taking the mode of transport to another level, along with the event itself, which will certainly be the most extensive event FESPA has ever staged.”