Archive for the ‘Seminar’ Category

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • Printing Industries Events update

    Two webinars were announced this week by Joe Kowalewski, communications director of  Printing Industries.

    The first on the practice of producing bar codes will be delivered by industry expert John Lane, Manager of the Bar Code Testing team who has overseen the testing of more than one million bar codes.

    This 30-minute barcoding webinar will feature GS1 Australia, the Australian administrator for the internationally recognised GS1 System. It will be presented by John Lane, Manager of the Bar Code Testing team who has overseen the testing more than one million bar codes. Mr Lane is widely respected and known within the printing and manufacturing industry for his detailed technical and practical knowledge.

    Register Here

    The second by Matt Davis is an Adobe update on recently added features of Creative Cloud.

    Mr Davis spent 11 years in the prepress industry with Show Ads and nearly 18 years with DDB Melbourne and DDB Chicago. He became North American Production Operations Director for Omnicom’s global production brand, Gutenberg Networks. After joining Adobe in November, he returned to Australia in January this year.

    Mr Davis prides himself on having global end-to-end, all channel production experience and a love of technology, Matt can teach a thing or two about building and managing marketing communications in the new digital age.

    Register Here.

    Bookings are now open for Printing Industries updated First Aid course scheduled in Sydney for Tuesday 30 September at the Association’s Auburn office.

    This is a full day, nationally accredited, practical and assessment based course. At the end of the course attendees will receive a nationally accredited First Aid Certificate, a wallet sized First Aid card and a 255 page First Aid manual.

    A self-study theory component is mandatory and must be completed before attending the training session.

    The course will be presented by Chris Cleary, who is well known for presenting previous Printing Industries’ courses. She  and has more than 20 years’ experience as a medic and 15 years’ experience in running first aid courses.

  • Lower energy costs webinar – Printing Industries

    BJ Ball’s e3 energy scheme is able to save printers money on power that is being wasted in their factories.

    Click in to join the latest Printing Industries webinar next week, on Wednesday July 9 at 1pm AEST. The online information presentation will focus on a comparatively simple way printing companies can reduce energy costs by using voltage optimisation.

    The webinar will be presented by printing industry environmental commentator, author and speaker Phillip Lawrence representing BJ Ball’s e3 venture.  e3 stands for Energy, Efficiency and Environment – a range of environmental service and technology diversification strategies introduced by BJ Ball.

    According to Lawrence (pictured) a significant amount of energy going into printing companies is wasted. He said this can be a major cost for businesses but reducing energy wastage can be a relatively simple strategy.

    “Forty three percent of energy supplied to a business or home is wasted,” he said. 

“This leads to more energy consumption which is even more costly and produces even more energy wastage.

    “The traditional solution is to produce more energy via sun and wind instead of reducing wastage but these are not the only options for optimising energy usage.”

    He believes that voltage optimisation could help machines operate quieter, cooler, require less maintenance, emit less CO2 and cost less.

    The webinar will explain how printing companies of all sizes can use voltage optimisation to cut down on energy wastage.

    Phil Lawrence has a Masters Degree (Research Ecological Modernisation) UTS, and is a PhD candidate in Ecological Modernisation at Sydney University.  He came to e3 through the commercialisation of his studies, which focus on efficient environmental technologies that are widely used, overseas but under-utilised in Australia.

    To register for this 30 minute webinar click here.  A 15-minute Q&A session will follow the webinar.

  • PIAA Webinar series – Industry mergers and acquisitions

    Business mergers and acquisitions are not just for the big players. They are for forwarding thinking businesses of all sizes and those that aspire to grow, improve profitability and build a more sustainable business model.  There is a common misconception that that those that merge or sell must be in trouble. That’s most often plain wrong for mergers and for sellers often inaccurate. For both groups their decision is often based on clear analysis of the present situation and the need to change – in the case of a merger perhaps to form a better future, and in the case of the seller, for a variety of reasons including retirement / part of an exit strategy, an unwillingness to invest more money into capital investments, and because the timing is right to achieve the best ROI.

    After attending this webinar, the audience will have a better understanding of;

    • Key reasons to consider mergers and acquisitions – Is it for you?
    • Identification of the Risks and Rewards of mergers and acquisitions.
    • How to decide between observing and participating
    • Understanding of the process behind mergers and acquisitions
    • A review of Market Activity – What’s happening to the Australian printing industry?
    • Organic Growth or merger / acquisition – the pros and cons
    • The mergers and acquisition team Targeting / Developing a brief
    • The Deal – What to look for / key numbers / ROI Post Deal integration.

    This webinar will be presented by Richard Rasmussen (pictured), who is the Director of Ascent Partners. Richard is a 30 plus year industry veteran. His business, Ascent Partners has conducted over 100 business appraisals and valuations, and over 30 business sales. They are the preferred Australian provider of business appraisal and business sales services for the Printing Industries of Australia.

    Beginning at 1pm (AEST) the 30 minute webinar will also include a 15 minute Q+A session at its conclusion.
    To register for this webinar, please click here.


  • Out of the box seminar

    Konica Minolta is hosting a seminar on different ways printing businesses can increase productivity and profitability to ensure long term success, with a wide range of presentations from industry experts.

    Presentations will inform the industry on how to make your business more accessible to customers to create growth, manage inventory and processes more efficiently, increase flexibility to protect your profits, create new business opportunities through personalisation, improve agility with the ‘Cloud’ an solutions and applications to drive productivity.

    There will be a special guest speaker from the NBN providing an update on how the National Broadband Network and how it will affect your business.

    The following industry experts will provide attendees with an insight on the following:

    • Investec – ‘Finance in Todays Market’
    • Adobe – ‘No more buying software in a box. Software As A Service (SAAS)
    • Anitech – ‘Toner based wide format printing’
    • BJ Ball – ‘Reduce your paper stock overheads’
    • EFI – ‘Discover your benefits of web-to-print and what it means to your business’
    • Kodak – ‘Understand what workflow and MIS systems can do for your business’
    • Objectif Lune – ‘Can variable date grow your business?’
    • Symantec – ‘The Cloud’
    • Morgana – ‘All finishers are not equal’

    To register click on the following link

  • Free webinar on creating engaging website content

    How printers can use content on their website to attract potential clients and enhance their positioning for website search engines is the topic for Printing Industries next free webinar on Friday at 1pm.

    The webinar is the second in a series dealing with Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) as a business marketing tool.

    It will explain the importance of content and what defines good content, what attracts search engines to websites and conversely what fails the engagement test.

    Presenter Simon Philips (pictured) is Marketing Director at Dejan SEO, one of Printing Industries new Better Business partners.

    He is an avid supporter for development of creative content strategies, viral and social media solutions as part of a holistic online marketing solution.

    “Printing companies are already in the communication arena but to reach all of their potential audiences, they need to consider their websites as being more than static advertisement, they need to use as much of the digital media environment as possible to drive their print capabilities.

    “Marketing is all about being noticed and engaging with potential clients in ways that those clients want to be engaged with – and good website content is critical to achieving this.”

    Mr Philips said that this, combined with viral and social media solutions, were key elements in having a holistic online marketing solution.

    “It’s also important to know how to create the content or where to go to get what you need, something I will also be covering during the webinar,” he said.

    To register for this FREE webinar, click here

    Once registered, you will receive webinar login details.

  • PIAA Webinar – ‘Know and improve the value of your business’

    Richard Rasmussen, director of Ascent Partners and regular Print21 contributor, is hosting the next Printing Industries Association of Australia’s (Printing Industries) webinar session –  ‘Know and improve the value of your business’ on 17 May.

    The upcoming online session, held Friday 17 May at 1pm, is the third in Printing Industries’ new webinar series for 2013. Popularity with the first two webinars in the series has prompted the association to hold fortnightly webinars throughout the rest of the year.

    In this week’s focused online session you’ll get to understand the why, how and when of valuing your business.

    Whether it is for financing, insurance or strategic acquisition reasons it’s important to have an updated, realistic and “arms-length” appraisal of your business. Rasmussen will explain the key components to a professional appraisal and provide some great tips on how to add value to your business when you need it most.

    Ascent Partners has conducted over 100 print related business appraisals, and having sold over 30 print related businesses in Australia.

    The company has also been appointed as the preferred business sales agent and appraisal specialist for Printing Industries.

    Rasmussen has worked in the industry for over 30 years, originally with Heidelberg (21 years) and then in private practice for the remainder. Holding a Masters of Marketing, he has also advised numerous businesses in business planning and transitioning.

    Join Rasmussen online at 1pm EST on Friday 17 May for our next free industry information webinar. To register click on the register button or go to .

  • GASAA “Surviving a business Disaster” Seminar

    Monday 5 November – A short seminar on “Surviving a business Disaster” followed by North Ryde business leaders networking evening .

    Learn how your business can survive disaster. Join Graham Nisbet, Managing Director from Continuity Planners Australia for an informative seminar on what can go wrong in any business and importantly how to plan to recover. You’ll also have an opportunity to meet and mingle with other business folk at the Ryde Business Forum’s After Hours Event.

    This seminar will address:
    • What would happen if your premises were hit by a disaster, be it a cyclone, power failure, fire, flood, computer disaster or flu outbreak?
    • Who will be your crisis management team?
    • What are the critical processes that you do in your usual business premises that will still need to be continued from an alternate location?
    • Is your information well backed up, kept off site and able to be recovered?
    • Will your website still be operational and could you update it easily?

    Come along on 5 Nov to learn the answers to key questions about your business continuity plan.

    North Ryde (venue TBC)
    $250 per company – max. 2 people ($100 per additional)
    Cost includes seminar and networking hour with Ryde Business Forum and other business leaders
    Register by Monday 29 October – email or call GASAA on 02 8354 0602

  • Last chance for 2012 Dscoop workshop – 24 October

    Australian HP press users have one last chance this year to get to a local Dscoop workshop, with the final Australian Dscoop event for 2012 to be held on 24 October.

    The Australian branch of Dscoop (Digital Solutions Cooperative), the HP Indigo and Scitex users’ group, will be holding its upcoming workshop in central Melbourne, with the aim of teaching users how to use a number of software solutions to successfully implement workflow automation into their Indigo presses.

    Featured at the workshop will be one of Australia’s leading workflow automation specialists, Yves Roussange, director of Sydney’s ColourProcess. Roussange will encourage guests to have a close look at automation using SwitchBOX in conjunction with HP  SmartStream Designer Configurator and Aproove instant online approvals technology.

    Roussange will also outline a two-stop delivery process designed to facilitate ‘Client to Press’ architecture, with the ultimate aim of reducing the labour costs in prepress and digital production for HP users.

    Also presenting at the Dscoop event will be Iven Frangi (pictured), local sales and marketing expert. Frangi, who has a history with global one-on-one marketing company, the Peppers & Rogers Group, will help event attendees understand the value of delivering a “10 out of 10” customer service experience.

    According to Dscoop Australia, Frangi will, “share with you how every single touch-point of the customer experience provided to your clients can have a profound outcome on the relationship that you have with your customers today, tomorrow and into the future.”

    The workshop will be held on the afternoon of 24 October at 505 Little Street, Melbourne.

    To find out more, or RSVP, call (03) 9620 5808, or email:

  • Making marketing matter more than ever

    If it’s true that everyone in business is – to some extent – engaged in marketing and sales, then attendance at the Masters of Marketing seminar series in October should be compulsory. At a time when technology is in danger of overwhelming and stifling significant communication, the irreverent wisdom of three amigos of marketing is like a breath of fresh air.

    Direct marketing guru and Australia’s leading marketing educator, Malcolm Auld is teaming up with two buddies, the legendary marketer Drayton Bird from the UK (pictured below) and veteran copywriter John Hancock, to deliver a sanity-filled seminar on what matters in marketing – people and content. Putting together better marketing messages, writing better copy and never losing sight of the individual you are trying to impress and inform is a skill that all businesses need. Honing your content will help develop your brand.

    Malcolm Auld has spent a career defining and defending good direct marketing practices in Australia and New Zealand. He defies the current fashion of marketers relying on technology to swamp the market with meaningless messages. A strong defender of the benefits of direct mail as an integral part of any meaningful multi-channel communication, he took the keynote role at the GASAA National Conference 2012 at Darling Harbour.

    In inimitable fashion he debunked numerous digital myths, and showed why businesses who only work in online channels are missing enormous profit opportunities. The Masters of Marketing are in Sydney – 25th October, Four Seasons Hotel and Melbourne – 26th October, Park Hyatt Hotel

    And catch Malcolm Auld is full flight here.






  • GASAA Continuity Planning in Print session series

    A free national series of emergency contingency and continuity planning workshops for printing business owners and managers will be kicking off in early February, with the first session to be held in Adelaide.

    The ‘Continuity Planning in Print’ sessions are a joint venture between GASAA and Printing Industries, and will feature over 45 industry panellists sharing their advice and knowledge on continuity and contingency planning for all printing businesses.

    Funded by the government’s Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, the session series was developed in response to the impact natural disasters such as the Queensland floods and the Victorian fires have had on printing businesses in affected areas.

    While prompted by natural disasters, however, the series will also answer business owners’ questions about everyday continuity planning such as sickness, machinery failure, and supplier relations, among others.

    GASAA executive officer, Garry Knespal (pictured), says that the workshop series will be useful for metropolitan and rural business owners alike, with each session adapted to address the primary business continuity issues in its specific geographical location.

    “This is not just about printers being caught up in a flood,” says Knespal. “It’s about simple things that can happen, such as staff leaving unexpectedly. We’ll be addressing other developments that can happen, like machinery issues, or supplier issues – there are lots of examples of how the unexpected can happen.”

    Not only has GASAA teamed up with Printing Industries representatives across the country for the series, but also with the Business Continuity Institute – a network of consultants who help big industry develop business continuity planning strategies.

    “From an IT disaster to a healthcare epidemic, they have offered to have a consultant at as many venues as we could arrange,” says Knespal, of the institute’s involvement in the sessions.

    The sessions will be held in a Q & A format, and will be run in 13 locations across Australia. The sessions will be free to attend, and will run from 5.30pm to 8pm on their respective evenings.

    To register, click here.

    Session dates:


    February 8: Adelaide
    February 9: Perth
    February 13: Gold Coast
    February 14: Brisbane
    February 20: Morwell
    February 21: Melbourne
    February 22: Bendigo
    February 23: Hobart


    March 6: Canberra
    March 7: Bathurst
    March 8: Sydney
    March 13: Newcastle
    March 20: Sydney

  • PIAA Transitioning to Cleaner Printing Technology seminar series

    Australian printers will have their carbon tax concerns addressed and receive free help making the transition to cleaner printing technologies and practices following the Federal government’s funding approval of a national Printing Industries seminar program.

    The PIAA Transitioning to Cleaner Printing Technology seminar program will kick off in Brisbane on 17 April and wrap up in Perth on 4 May, taking in Australia’s other capital cities on the way.

    Designed to advise Australian printers how best to make their operations cleaner and greener, the program will be a welcome source of information for those in the industry who are concerned about how the incoming carbon tax will affect their business.

    Printing Industries CEO, Bill Healy (pictured), says that, “from 1 July 2012 the carbon tax will be introduced and, while that will cause costs to increase across the printing industry value chain, energy prices are likely to continue increasing independent of the carbon tax.

    “This is why it is critical…that we develop a comprehensive framework addressing the energy costs and challenge being faced by our industry.”

    In addition to the seminar program, the PIAA has entered into a partnership with a group buying exchange, called EMSquared, which will explore cheaper electricity buying options for printing companies.

    PIAA’s national manager for policy and government affairs, Hagop Tchamkertenian, says that the goal of the workshop program is to deliver useful and practical information to help the industry effectively manage its energy costs.

    “Being conscious of the fact that business operators are time poor, we have ensured that the three hour seminars will target the improvement areas for printing companies,” says Tchamkertenian. “They will go further than just raising awareness and will demonstrate how companies can establish energy efficiency objectives and targets.”

    The workshops will each run from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on their respective scheduled days. To find out more, click here.

    The workshop dates are:

    Brisbane – 17 April
    Sydney – 18 April
    Canberra – 19 April
    Melbourne – 1 May
    Hobart – 2 May
    Adelaide – 3 May
    Perth – 4 May

  • London Digital Book Printing Forum

    Encouraged by the success of its first London Digital Book Printing Forum held in 2010, INTERQUEST is organizing a similar event in 2011.

    The seminar is designed around recent INTERQUEST research into digital book printing. Leading book printers and publishers, suppliers, influencers, and other major players of the book supply chain will share their experiences, present their latest developments, discuss hot topics and challenges, and provide their vision of the future.

  • JPE 2011 Industry Review Night

    Is the bubble sustainable?

    The presentations made by Dr Christopher Caton and CPI’s Bernard Cassell will look at the world, global economics and financial markets and what the Australasian Paper Industry Association is doing for the industry.

  • How wIll a Carbon Tax Affect Your Business?

    A joint Printing Industries and Lithographic Institute of Australia (LIA) activity, the evening event will provide a critical look at the two options being considered by the Australian Government, explore the likely scenarios for the printing industry and offer insight into what companies can do now to minimise future cost impositions to their businesses.

    Environmental advocate Phillip Lawrence will review the two main carbon abatement mechanisms the Australian Government is likely to implement. He will describe in some detail the extent to which the printing industry will be affected.

    Chris Sewell, CEO and founder of The Gaia Partnership, will demonstrate the CO2 counter carbon calculator application that is finding wide acceptance across a diverse range of industries and in particular demonstrate its application to the printing industry.

    To conclude the evening, Printing Industries National Manager, Learning and Development, Ian Walz will explain the purpose of and the steps involved in the Sustainable Green Print (SGP) environmental certification system and how it can help reduce energy costs and improve the bottom line of your business. He will also outline some of the successes being achieved by local printers.

    Price includes a two-course dinner, tea/coffee. Drinks are additional at bar prices.

    Download Registration form here

  • Being More Than Just A Good Printer – GASAA seminar

    The third in GASAA’s Spotlight Sessions, Being More Than Just a Good Printer, will include industry veterans Garry Knespal (GASAA Executive Officer) and Steve Crowe, graphic arts reporter, who will lead this thought-provoking session to set a course for the future of the industry.