Archive for the ‘Conference’ Category

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 2014 Australasian Packaging & Industrial Paper Market Outlook Forum

    Packaging Paper Market Upheaval Has Started.

    Turbulence in the ANZ packaging and industrial papers market is guaranteed over the next few years. With major corporate changes, the increased internationalisation of ownership of big packaging paper players and the constant battle for market share, predicting the future is becoming more and more difficult.

    Amcor’s departure from much of the sector by the creation of Orora, Orora itself clearly being of interest to a range of potential, off-shore owners, the recent purchase by Oji Holdings of Carter Holt Harvey Pulp, Paper and Packaging, Visy’s international moves, rising mid-market players like Colorpak, increasing imports, closure of the Petrie cartonboard mill, operation of B9 at Botany and continuing exports of massive quantities of recovered fibre, all signal change is underway and continuous.

    Only this Market Outlook Foum will explore these issues in a timely manner, with opportunities for delegates to drill into the details in Q&A sessions and networking breaks.

    Speakers and presenters at the Market Outlook Forum will share their insights and strategies to build their positions, secure supply and find a more permanent place in the increasingly dynamic packaging and industrial paper sector.

    NHP Joins Sponsors

    IndustryEdge and Appita are delighted to announce that NHP Electrical Engineering Products has joined the Forum as a Bronze sponsor.

    Visy Industries are a Silver Sponsor.

    Hansol Paper is sponsoring the Forum’s evening networking function, the Hansol Happy Hour.

    We are grateful for the support of sponsors, whose contributions assist us in ensuring the best possible international attendances at Forums.

    Local, Regional and International Speakers

    Speakers and presenters from the upper echelons of the ANZ packaging and industrial paper industry are headlined by:

    Mr John Wheeler, Chief Operating Officer, Visy Industries
    Mr Alex Commins, Managing Director, Colorpak
    Mr Julian Mathers, General Manager Packaging, Procurement and External Relations at Australian Paper
    Mr Anthony Hengel, General Manager Orora St Regis Bates and Orora Functional Coatings
    Mr Stan Moore, CEO of  the National Packaging Covenant Industry Association
    Mr Graeme Holland, CEO, Paper to Paper
    Mr Tony Pititto, Partner, Grant Thornton
    Specially invited international speakers and presenters will join the local and regional leaders. Our international guests are:

    Mr Jun Park, Vice President of International Sales Division, Hansol Paper Co., Ltd (South Korea)
    Ms Outi Juntti, Principal, Pöyry Management Consulting (Finland)
    Mr Alistair Irvine, Manager Food Contact Compliance, Smithers Pira (United Kingdom)
    Register Now!

    Registrations are already strong, but places remain available. IndustryEdge subscribers and members of Appita receive large discounts on registration fees.

    Click here to register.

    Forum Information and Contacts

    Contact Appita on +61 3 9467 9722 or at

    Contact IndustryEdge on +61 3 5229 2470 or at

  • Dscoop Asia 2014

    CONNECTING: Print. People. Profits.

    Picturesque Bali sets the scene for more than 1000 Dscoop members for two days of education, networking and opportunities. This exclusive conference offers an expanded line-up of events and activities, from hands-on workshops and segment-specific breakout sessions, to innovative applications and solution showcases and networking opportunities, as well as playing host to the greatly anticipated 7th HP Digital Print Awards.

    Mix and match from the 30 top Solution Partners, showcasing the latest innovations in the marketplace. Get one-on-one with the solution doctors, Dscoop’s finest are on hand to answer your every query, from print technologies to substrates, applications and processes.

    Visit the HP showcase for a first-hand experience of the best in Indigo, Scitex and Latex print technologies. Connect the dots between people, print and profits as 45 industry experts head up 33 breakout sessions, and join Azman Osman Rani, CEO,, as he invites you to share his leadership journey in the keynote address.

    Dscoop Asia 2014 will be held at the Bali International Convention Centre on June 12-13. Located in a secluded enclave with access control by private security in the the exclusive BTDC complex, and only 10km from Bali’s international airport. The Conventions Centre is just five minutes from both the Westin Resort Nusa Dua and Novatel Nusa Dua.

    Address: Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua, BTDC Lot N-2, Nusa Dua, Bali 80363, Indonesia
    Dates: June 12-13, 2014
    Cost: US$495 (first ticket), US$400 (each additional ticket)

    Click here to find out more and register.

  • LATMA Label Awards and Conference 2014

    LATMA invites you to come along and celebrate the best of the best in Australian labels at the 2014 Label Awards and Conference. The awards will be hosted at the Sebel Harbourside Resort in beautiful, historic Kiama on the NSW South Coast, just an hour 20 minute drive from Sydney Airport. On top of the main event, crowning the “Champion of Champions” from 7:00 pm on the Friday night, there will be panel discussions with guest speakers delving into vital topics, including the importance of good MIS workflow, updates on current employment and IR laws, and how weather economic trends.


    Fri 4th

    Registration from 9am for 10.00am start- Series of quest speakers and panel discussion.
    Afternoon – Open supplier displays and networking
    THE MAIN EVENT — LATMA Label Awards 2014 “Champion of Champions”, kicks off at 7.00pm pre dinner drinks for 7.30pm start

    Sat 5th

    9am – 12.00 noon – Guest speaker and networking opportunities.

    Event Costs

    AWARDS DINNER attendance only $165.00 (inc. GST) per person
    Mini conference and awards dinner $275.00 (inc. GST) per person

    Early bird discount of 10% off for bookings by 1 March 2014.

    More updates on guest speakers and presentations will follow.

    For further information on the location and hotel click here.

  • PCA Industry Leaders Forum

    Caps and Closures: Issues, Trends and the Road Ahead

    Neil Highfield who is in charge of Business Development at Caps and Closures will profile the closures sector – the key drivers, trends in the food and beverage sectors, what consumers want, the role of innovation and the shape of things to come over the next five years or so.

    Neil will focus on:

    –    The current state of play in the caps and closures industry in Australia & NZ;
    –    The key market drivers – quality, innovation and price;
    –    Areas of new growth potential;
    –    Competition from imports;
    –    Consumer demands and expectations;
    –    The latest developments, innovations and trends;
    –    The outlook over the next few years.

    Date: Tuesday, 4 February 2014

    Time: 4.30pm for a 5pm start. Concludes at 6pm

    Where: Packaging Council of Australia, Level 2, 33 Park Street South Melbourne

    Parking: Street parking is available, however there are ticket machines so please ensure you have coins.

    Attendance and Cost:  Restricted to PCA member company employees – attendance is free but members must register.

    Registration: PCA members:  Please email names of guests attending. Click here.

    Light refreshments will be provided.

    Contact: Jen Salem
    Packaging Council of Australia
    Tel: 03 9690 1955

  • Forest certification seminar in Auckland

    The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) – the world’s largest forest certification system – is holding an event in partnership with Ingénue Consultancy and TELARC in Auckland on 28 August to help guide those in the industry through the local certification landscape. 

    The event will be looking at how an organisation is affected by the demands of certified legal and sustainable products, what will be the impact when China’s mandatory certification scheme is PEFC endorsed, and the benefit of global recognition and market access for exported and imported certified products.

    Ben Gunneberg, director general PEFC Council (PEFC International), will be on hand to present facts and information on the PEFC certification scheme. He will address global growth and uptake of SFM and CoC certification, including the pending endorsement of China’s National Certification Scheme (CFCC).

    He will also cover the increase and impact of international procurement policies and legality regulations on international trading.

    Kayt Watts, International Consultant, Ingénue Consultancy, will be providing a business view on certification and looking at the differences between certification schemes, SFM and legality.

    Watts will also address what’s happening in the Asian market in relation to access and supply, costing comparisons, how to market the benefits of certification and the importance of an organisation’s CSR messaging.

    Additionally, Craig Brown, marketing and business development manager for New Zealand’s largest certifier of quality and environmental standards TELARC, will provide an overview of the process required to achieve certification. He will address the issues of cost, time and resources, how to get started and who to talk to for assistance.

    Attendance to the event is by registration only. Those who are interested should RSVP by 20 August by contacting Kayt Watts on +61 400 140 303 or emailing at:

    The event is being held on Wednesday 28 August from 12:00pm to 4:00pm at the Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour.

  • Printing Industries’ National Q&A Panel and Discussion ‘Spotlight’ Event

    Printing Industries supported by Event Partner, Media Super, is coordinating a series of nation-wide free, early evening networking events in July which will shine the spotlight on the Future of print and the impact of the National Broadband Network in a lively panel and debate session.

    With a representative from the National Broadband Network (NBN Co.) and other invited local panelists, it promises to be insightful and controversial and not to be missed.

    It is a chance for members of the print industry to show their enthusiasm and voice any concerns about the industry impact to an expert in the field who can also talk about how they can capitalise on the enormous opportunity the NBN will bring to business and communications consumers.

    At this free event run 5pm-7pm, attendees will hear from Sean Casey (pictured), the NBN Co.’s Broadband Applications Advisor,  who has spoken and written extensively about the topic.

    GASA General Manager, Garry Knespal, said: “With both major political parties committed to the NBN, this is a hot topic that is of high relevance and interest, particularly to printers working in this increasingly digital age. This event is a chance to learn and ask questions”.

    Mr Casey has stated, the printing industry has many business opportunities that would be enhanced by the NBN including web-to-print systems, enhanced data transfer and hosting capabilities and the use and management of cloud solutions for clients.

    “A better understanding of the benefits of the NBN will enable you to adapt your business to take advantage of the opportunities high speed broadband presents,” he said.

    The Presenter
    Sean Casey is the broadband applications advisor for the NBN Co., supporting IT needs for enterprise businesses and government. He facilitates application development with a focus on delivering value through industry sector benefits; business, health, education, energy, government, regional development and local communities. He also presented a very popular workshop at PacPrint in May this year.

    Dates and Venues (all events begin at 5pm)
    Vic – Thursday 4 July (Mulgrave Club)n Melbourne

    SA – Wed 10 July (Printing Industries Wayville office) Adelaide

    WA – Thursday 11 July (Balmoral Hotel, Victoria Park) Perth

    QLD – Tuesday 16 July (Brisbane International – Virginia Hotel) Brisbane

    NSW – Thursday 18 July (North Ryde RSL) Sydney

    To register, email Printing Industries Events at
    To find about more about these events visit (

  • Asian Digital Print Congress 2013

    Asia’s Largest Digital Forum

    In conjunction with Pack Print International,  the 2nd Asian Digital Print Forum, an event that is the only one of its kind in Asia, is bringing together renowned industry speakers, existing users speaking of the benefits created and leading suppliers, to provide a networking and information exchange forum. This presents a unique opportunity for those considering investment in digital technologies to understand current trends, future direction of technology, the “fit” in your business and opportunities created…. ahead of that critical decision.

    Digital Print is an evolution that cannot be ignored, and critically should be embraced as a means to expand operational capabilities and leverage changing technologies to enable leaner time to market, introduce flexibility in portfolio and services offered, and work alongside existing business lines to meet an ever changing end-user demands.



  • ADMA Global Forum 2013

    Although ADMA Forum – the annual direct marketing bash held by the Australian Direct Marketing Association – is moving well and truly into the data-driven future of multi-channel marketing, it still retains a strong presence in the ever-important direct mail channel along with the other core print-related direct marketing sectors in the marketplace.

    ADMA Forum is an event that aims to bring together the most notable minds behind the world’s direct market channel sectors to share with Australia the industries latest technologies and best practice.

    This year ADMA Forum becomes ADMA Global Forum.  Still Asia-Pacific’s largest data-driven event, designed for marketing and advertising professionals, but now with a focus on bringing you the best speakers, technology, and inspirational case studies from all over the world.

    ADMA Global Forum 2013 is an event where punters can discover the most innovative marketing and advertising thinking, shared by the world’s most accomplished creative minds, data-driven marketers and advertising thought-leaders.

    The Forum explores leading-edge concepts, practices and insights that you won’t find anywhere else.  The event is about bringing the very best from around the globe.

    Featuring full day MasterClasses, a 2-day Conference and the Innovation Zone; the event will attract over 1500 marketing and advertising professionals.

    Along with a series of talks by the leading pros in the industry, ADMA Global Forum 2013 will feature four highly practical full-day MasterClasses that will take a deep dive into the real life challenges faced by marketers and advertisers.

    Presenters will challenge and inspire you to improve your marketing effectiveness by providing the latest research, strategies and tools for increasing your marketing performance and ROI.

    Innovation Zone

    ADMA is excited to unveil The Innovation Zone where visitors will revel in an omni-channel playground of marketing and advertising technology.

    The Innovation Zone will be the nucleus of ADMA Global Forum 2013 hosting free technology demonstrations and launching with an industry wide party featuring live original entertainment, food stalls, bars and more.

    Innovation Zone Daytime Access:

    Thursday 8 August – 7:30am-4:00pm 
Friday 9 August – 7:30am-4:00pm

    ADMA Global Forum 2013 is held at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Drive, Darling Harbour.

    To gain entry to the conference and exhibition, all delegates must first register either online or at the event registration desk located on the Parkside Promenade outside exhibition hall 6.

    For more information, click here.

  • Asia Pacific Publishing Printing Business Conference at China Print 2013

    The event is being organized by Hewlett-Packard, the largest digital printing technology exhibitor at China Print 2013 with the support of The Printing and Printing Equipment Industries Association of China (PEIAC) and regional leading media partners – Graphics World Korea, Indian Printer & Publisher, Print 21, Print China, Independent Media Alliance.  It would focus on business matters around publishing printing with the objective to provide insights on how to develop a profitable publishing printing business with digital.

    The event will take place in Beijing on 14 May alongside with Hewlett-Packard’s technology showcase at printing technology trade show China Print, which runs from 14-18 May.  It will feature a presentation by Edward Nawotka, Editor-in-chief, Publishing Perspectives on Global Publishing Trends and Its Impact to Asian Publishing Printing Industry.

    Winnie Hung, Publishing & Cross-Segments Strategy Development Manager of Hewlett-Packard Asia Pacific & Japan will also deliver on Business Models and Best Practices of Leading Publishing Printers.  In addition, there will be highlights of HP’s two major digital technologies that are widely used in publishing printing worldwide – HP Indigo and Inkjet Web Press.  The event will be in Chinese and English with translation and it is free with registration.

    According to Winnie Hung, the dynamic of the publishing printing segment is changing rapidly worldwide as print runs come down and ebooks and multi-channel offerings are starting to suppress the volume of printed books. “It is a critical time for printers to re-evaluate their strategy in order to assure continuous profitability and growth.  In order to do so, it is very important to connect business models discussion with technology discussion.  That is what we are trying to achieve in this conference,” she said.

    Digital printing technology continues to drive industry transformation worldwide and in Asia Pacific.  The publishing segment of HP has grown considerably in the past three years in the region with major installations of HP Indigo high-end production printers such as HP Indigo W7250, Indigo 10000 digital presses and HP T350, T410 inkjet web presses.  Today, HP’s Indigo and inkjet web presses’ worldwide are printing about 15 billion pages a year for the publishing industry.

    Register for the Asia Pacific Publishing Printing Business Conference



  • PrintNZ Day of Development

    The PrintNZ Day of Development will benefit all those who want to improve their businesses and progress their careers within the printing industry.  This includes those working in production, sales, marketing, management and people you have identified as ‘rising talent’.

    Taking place on Friday 3 May, the event will conclude mid-afternoon, plenty of time for those attending the Pride In Print Awards that evening.

    The PrintNZ Pre Conference Dinner and PrintNZ Training Apprentice Awards will lead into these events on Thursday 2 May.

    Attend these key industry events in one accessible location.

    The Speakers

    • Phil O’Reilly, BusinessNZ > State of the nation
      Phil will share his insights on the global economy and what our member businesses can expect going forward.
    • Anders Sorman-Nilsson, o2 Speakers > Digilog: Where digital meets analogue
      Anders will discuss what parts of your business should go digital, those that should remain analogue and how to think globally (digital) and act locally (analogue).
    • David Nottage, TORQUE Ltd > Think Outside the Square
      In this interactive workshop you will learn how to activate your ‘creative side’ and get the most out of it. There are exercises that ‘juice up’ the brain as well as guidelines that help you look at problem solving in a whole new light.
    • Mike Clark, The Marketing Company > Marketing strategies for SME’s
      Mike will share his tips and advice on how small to medium sized businesses can improve their marketing to increase business from existing clients and attract new clients.
    • Richard Longman, Price Waterhouse Coopers > Buy, Sell or Merge
      Richard will talk about what to look for when buying, selling or merging your business.
  • Label Summit Indonesia

    The Label Summit Indonesia two-day conference is packed full of global experts and includes case studies of successful label converters from Southeast Asia and beyond, while the table-top exhibition includes technology solutions that could have a major impact on your business.

    What will you learn?

    • How to secure new business
    • Changing materials and technology trends
    • Forming alliances to grow your business
    • Printing processes to maximize efficiency and performance
    • Latest trends for retailers and brands
    • How to manage waste to build a leaner and more profitable business

    What will you see?

    • Tabletop machinery
    • Cutting edge technology
    • Laser die cutting
    • RFID
    • Pre-press and plate making
    • In-line decoration systems
    • Multi-process ink systems
    • VIP substrates
    • High technology label materials, films, sleeves and wraps

    What will you achieve?

    • Gain a global perspective
    • Source new technology
    • Become more customer focused
    • Improve supply chain management
    • Enter new niche markers
    • Value added services
    • Become more flexible
    • Drive costs down
    • Increase profitability

    Who will you meet?

    • Label and narrow web printing machinery manufacturers
    • Industry service suppliers
    • Label application, overprinting & inspection equipment suppliers
    • Pre-press & production technology suppliers
    • Radio frequency identification suppliers
    • Security solution suppliers
    • Substrate & adhesive suppliers

    Label Summit Indonesia 2013 will take place at the Westin Resort Nusa Dua, one of the top conference venues in Indonesia. The hotel is easy to reach by rail, road or air.

    Discounted hotel rooms are available for delegates and exhibitors. Please mention that you’re attending the event when booking your room.

    Travel and hotel details

  • AIP Technical Dinner 27 February 2012

    Retail giant shares packaging insights for AIP

    One of Australia’s largest retailers, Woolworths, will share its packaging trends at the next Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) technical dinner, which will take place on 27 February in Oatlands, Sydney.

    Kane Hardingham (pictured), Woolworths Limited environmental manager, will present a paper on the company’s packaging trends, looking at balancing efficiency, costs and sustainability for retailers and suppliers.

    Hardingham, who has worked in the field of environmental management and sustainability for sixteen years, has been the environmental manager at Woolworths for five years. He works with Sustainable Packaging Specialists to implement processes to review packaging on own-brand products and to introduce packaging improvements.

    Also presenting at the dinner, which will be held at the Oatlands Golf Course Club House, will be Daniel Bone (pictured below), global director of consumer insights at information and analysis company, Datamonitor.

    Bone will speak about ten new pack innovations from Datamonitor’s packaging innovation platform, PackTrack. Using the PackTrack platform, Bone will showcase packaging innovations from around the world using HD images and zoom-in capabilities, and share new ideas across a wide range of formats and product categories.

    Bone, who has worked with Datamonitor for over ten years in London, Copenhagen and Sydney, will explore and challenge the economic difficulties brands face with the real opportunities these packaging innovations offer.

    The dinner will be held on the evening of 27 February 2012, Oatlands Golf Course Club House, Bettington Road, Oatlands.

  • SWUG takes to the tropics for 2013 conference

    The Single Width Users Group (SWUG) is heading into the tropics for next year’s annual SWUG conference, which will be held at APN Print’s four-year old newspaper print facility in Rockhampton.

    Located just inside the Tropic of Capricorn, this will be the furthest north that the SWUG conference has travelled in Australia since visiting Mackay in 1992. Last year the conference was held at the Brisbane Exhibition Centre.

    Accommodation and conference sessions will be held at the Mercure Capricorn Resort on the Capricornia coast at Yeppoon, and the host site for the conference is APN Print in Rockhampton, which was opened four years ago in a purpose-built facility. It is home to a single width six-tower and two folder Manugraph Cityline press capable of producing 48-pages tabloid of back-to-back colour at 35,000 copies per hour.

    In fact, this conference will be the first to be hosted by a print site boasting a Manugraph press – one of only three in the country.

    Bob Lockley, SWUG president, says that the tropical destination represents a great holiday destination for SWUG members, and should help entice conference punters to travel north for the event.

    “Queensland is always a popular destination for delegates and the Capricorn Resort is an ideal venue, so make a note of the dates and book early,” says Lockley.

    The APN site itself will also provide a comprehensive setting for the conference, featuring an Agfa Polaris and a Krause LS Eco Jet CTP plate-setter, and two Müller Martini Alphaliner inserting lines capable of putting up to 8 inserts into newspapers at up to 17,000 copies per hour, in addition to its Manugraph Cityline.

    The site prints the six-day-a-week Rockhampton Morning Bulletin, which celebrated its 150th birthday last year as well as the dailies, Mackay Daily Mercury and the Gladstone Observer. Other newspapers produced at the site include the Rocky Mirror, Capricorn Coast Mirror, The Blackwater Herald, CQ News, and Central Telegraph.

    “This will be a unique experience for SWUG delegates at one of the most up-to-date single width sites in the country,” says Lockley.

    For Lockley, the event is designed not only to showcase some of the country’s top newspaper print equipment, but also highlight the strength of the sector’s apprentices.

    “It is important too that we continue to recognise the talent and hard work of our apprentices by entering them into the award and encouraging them to attend the conference,” says Lockley. “This is a great opportunity for them to learn more about the newspaper industry and to further their careers.”

    To this end, the traditional Sunday night gala dinner at the SWUG conference will also see the presentation of the annual SWUG Awards for Technical Excellence as well as the annual Apprentice of the Year award.

    The event will be held from Friday 22 March to Sunday 24 March 2013 at the Mercure Capricorn Resort on the Capricornia coast at Yeppoon. The closing date for all entries in the awards is 18 February 2013.

    Click here for more information.

  • PacPrint13 – Melbourne

    PacPrint13 will showcase the latest innovations and ideas in everything from prepress systems and printing equipment, to papers and substrates, management information systems and software programs, copiers and ink-jet technology, finishing systems, mailing and paper handling systems, ink and chemistry and even financial and business services.

    More importantly, it will offer unique opportunities for learning, discussion, collaboration and interaction for industry leaders with their affiliates, competitors, customers and visitors from every facet of the industry, all under one roof.

    In 2013, PacPrint will be co-located for the first time with the Visual Impact Image Expo, providing visitors with an even richer source of ideas and information.

    Contact Guy Freebody at Reed Exhibitions Australia on 02 9422 2568 or by email at

  • SWUG NZ conference 2012

    New Zealand’s Single Width Users Group (SWUG) has confirmed over 126 delegates and sponsors registered for this year’s SWUG NZ conference in August, in what is shaping up to be a record number for the annual event.

    The conference, which will be held in Christchurch on August 15-16, will feature a line up of speakers from NZ and internationally who will be presenting on, among other things, European heatset and coldest markets, plate technology, rollers, chemistry, inks, pre-press, drupa 2012 and press installations.

    Featured speakers include Dr. Michael Zenke, product director of Heatset and Publishing Europe for Sun Chemical; Jenny Stiles, Business and Marketing manager for industry body, Newspaper Work; and Böttcher expert, Mitch Mulligan. Also featured this year will be former All Blacks captain, Todd Blackadder.

    With the event’s venue, Christchurch’s Chateau on the Park (pictured), already entirely booked out, Dan Blackbourn (pictured), chairman of SWUG NZ, says this year’s conference looks set to reach record attendance numbers.

    “This conference is shaping up to follow on the successful conferences of the past. This number of attendees is a record for SWUG NZ and shows the commitment to the industry from delegates and sponsors alike,” says Blackbourn. “Accommodation is now booked out and this conference will be a welcome revenue generator for the city of Christchurch.”

    Blackbourn says that, in addition to the featured speakers and their presentations, this year’s event will also feature a site visit to the new Fairfax facility in Christchurch.

    “This conference will again be filled with a number of insightful and educational presentations and will also include site visits to the new Fairfax site in Christchurch and the Guardian Print site in Ashburton,” he says.

    After holding the 2011 conference in Wellington following Christchursh’s earthquake last year, this year’s event has returned to the city.

    “This was a commitment that the SWUG committee made and was supported by SWUG members and is our way of supporting the region and fellow print members,” says Blackbourn.

    The slogan for this year’s conference is ‘Print for Tomorrow,’ with the industry group pushing to highlight the rich future that print has. “We believe there is plenty of traction left for print,” says Blackbourn.

    The SWUG NZ 2012 conference will run from August 15 to 16 at Christchurch’s Chateau on the Park. For more info or to book, click here.