Archive for the ‘Training’ Category

  • 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.

  • Industry first aid course opens in Sydney

    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. Ms Cleary also volunteers with Community Medic where she provides first aid and mental health services to the homeless and has worked as on-site medic for popular reality TV shows such as The Bachelor and X Factor.

    The course will cover:

    •     Assessment and management of emergency situations and casualty
    •     Apply life support skills in accordance with Resuscitation Council guidelines
    •     Operation of automated external defibrillator
    •     First aid management for burns, bites, stings and poisoning
    •     First aid management of shock and respiratory distress
    •     Identification and management of bleeding and wounds
    •     Recognition and management of internal bleeding
    •     First aid management of Asthma, allergic reactions and anaphylaxis
    •     First aid management for bone and joint injuries
    •     Procedures for managing major and minor injury and illness
    •     First aid management for chest, abdominal, pelvic and head injuries
    •     The basic structure and function of the human body
    •     Infection control principals and procedures
    •     Provide an accurate verbal report of the incident

    Morning tea, lunch and light refreshments will be provided. The course cost is $140pp inc GST.

     Register here or call Steph Korpa on (02) 8789 7388. E:


  • Bizhub C1060/C1070 launch

    Konica Minolta invites printers to put the bizhub PRESS C1060 and C1070 to the test, with a personalised print trail. Launching round the country in a string of events this May, printers can submit their own files to see how the next generation digital engine really stacks up.

    These machines are meticulously engineered to offer outstanding colour reproduction and registration stability, combined with excellent overall print quality. Both models can be configured with a comprehensive range of modular in-line finishing options. With these all-new machines, Konica Minolta has used its in-depth industry knowledge to prepare for the most demanding digital workflows.

    Get up close and personal with the latest kit, bizhub C1070

    The bizhub C1060 achieves a mono and colour output of 61 A4 sheets per minute, while the C1070 cranks that up to 71. They tackle any job size from A5 all the way up to SRA3 and media weights ranging from 62 to 300 gsm, on coated, card or digital offset stock. Both presses provide native 1200 dpi image quality, with 8-bit multi-gradation processing for fine text and bold colour scaling.

    Events will also include demonstration of advanced colour management, web-to-print and MIS, all designed to increase productivity and reduce overheads.
    • Sydney – May 14, Konica Minolta House, 4 Drake Avenue, Macquarie Park, NSW
    • Brisbane – May 15, Konica Minolta Brisbane, 64 Brookes Street, Bowen Hills, Qld
    • Perth – May 21, Konica Minolta Perth, 140 Hay Street, Subiaco
    • Melbourne – May 28, Konica Minolta Melbourne, 21-29 Moray Street, Southbank
    • Adelaide – May 29, Konica Minolta Adelaide, 255 Gilbert Street, Adelaide, SA

    Printers are invited to register now. To put the press to the test, upload your own print files here for your own individual, personalised trial.

  • online presentations

    Trish Witkowski of is giving two live-streaming online presentations on on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, when she will present during the creativeLIVE ‘Adobe Creative Cloud Design Week,’ in an event that is expected to attract a global audience of over 100,000 unique viewers. is an online resource for direct mail and folding templates die lines, ideas, and resources. For more information about foldfactory products and resources, visit To view hundreds of creative folding ideas, visit CreativeLIVE is a fast-growing live, online classroom for creative entrepreneurs. They were recently featured in TechCrunch and The New York Times.

    Witkowski (pictured), an expert in folded solutions for print and mail, hosts a popular video series entitled “60-Second Super-Cool Fold of the Week.” She inspires thousands of people weekly on her YouTube channel—which grabbed the attention of the talent scouts at creativeLIVE.

    “We received many requests from our viewing audience to invite Trish to share her knowledge and enthusiasm for direct mail and folding” said George Varanakis, head of Talent for creativeLIVE in Seattle, Washington. “We have no doubt that her events will be both fascinating and well-received.”

    Witkowski will be giving the following free, back-to-back presentations on the morning (US time) on 20 August – for  Australia viewers, it will be on very early in the morning on 21 August.

     “Direct Mail to the MAX” On at 2:00 AM AEST (9:00am PT/12:00pm ET). The 90-minute presentation is focused on the process behind creating direct mail that performs. She will cover audience, strategy and planning, format choice and engagement techniques, testing, tracking and measurement. She plans to back up the information with powerful real-world case studies. Witkowski will also be launching her new publication series, Direct Mail (simplified), during the event.

    “That’s Fold-tastic!” On at 3:30 AM AEST (10:30am PT/1:30pm ET). For this presentation, Witkowski will be sharing her best folding tips, tricks and formats from nearly 20 years of research on the topic. This fun and inspiring session will feature some of the most fascinating real-world folded solutions from her vast collection of print samples. She will also make a move to the desktop to share some production techniques for creating accurate Adobe InDesign files for folded materials.

    “I’m so excited to be a part of this event,” said Witkowski. “It’s an incredible opportunity to reach a global audience of creative professionals and to share my passion for direct mail and print. I’ve spent my entire career researching folding and, in recent years, mail— and I know I can help people get amazing results. It’s going to be a blast.”

    The events are free to watch and will stream live at their scheduled times at The events will be rebroadcast within a 24-hour period. After that, interested parties can purchase unlimited, anytime access to all of the “Adobe Creative Cloud Design Week” events for $199.00. To RSVP for the free events and to view the complete 5-day event schedule, visit and click “Adobe Creative Cloud Design Week” in the upper right corner of the page, or visit the following link:

    Witkowski is encouraging print and design industry professionals to spread the word about her upcoming live events, and the other valuable sessions covered during Adobe Creative Cloud Design Week. “Whether you’re an industry veteran or a student, you’re going to learn valuable information and new skills — for free.” She adds, jokingly, “Be there or be square.”

  • Sustainable Green Print training – PIAA

    Heading the Printing Industries Association of Australia’s (Printing Industries’) new training schedule is Sustainable Green Print (SGP), the multi-level important environmental certification program, which sees training and support courses for Levels 1 and 2 being held on 27 and 28 August at Printing Industries‘ Mulgrave office.

    Bruce Lowery (pictured), Printing Industries manager, Member Services for Victoria and Tasmania, said that this cost effective approach of SGP to environmental sustainability had brought many benefits to participating companies.

    “Not only has it improved their environmental ‘footprint’, but it has significantly increased their commercial competitiveness as well,” he said. “SGP enrolments are being taken now which will cover the training, all necessary documentation, in the field support, an onsite audit and final certification.”

    According to Lowery, the next Victorian course, Effective Sales in Print and Communications, is a three-day course scheduled for 3-5 September.

    “This high impact workshop guarantees results and has led to many testimonials including Matt Davie – Avon Graphics describing it as being ‘Invaluable, motivating and memorable’; Nadia Monty of Printgraphics saying it was ‘Confidence building & motivational’ and Shane Ballinger of BML Forme Cutting saying it was ‘Challenging, motivating, enjoyable & inspiring’.”

    October 15-17 will feature the Dynamic Leadership Skills course, a comprehensive and accelerated management development program.

    For enrolment or inquiries about any of these courses, please contact Bruce Lowery on (03) 8541 7304 or

  • Spandex advanced vehicle wrapping workshop

    Spandex Asia-Pacific, in partnership with Avery Dennison,  is hosting an advanced vehicle wrapping workshop at the Albury, NSW headquarters of V8 Supercar specialists Brad Jones Racing (BJR).

    “Nothing compares to the look of a fully wrapped V8 Supercar,” said Spandex marketing manager Nathan Barclay, “so this is a great place to learn advanced skills in vehicle wrapping such as surface preparation, overlaminating, compound curves and deep recesses. We may not be wrapping actual V8 Supercars but the inspiration is there.”

    To qualify for attending the advanced Spandex-Avery Dennison course, delegates must have completed the introductory vehicle application techniques course; or have their wrapping skills otherwise verified.

    Brad Jones hit the racing spotlight in the 1990s with five successive Championship wins in the AUSCAR series, followed by another when AUSCAR joined the international NASCAR circuit.

    He capped of his championship wins with two Australian Super Touring gongs driving the legendary Audi Quattro. He retired from competitive driving in 2009 and now concentrates on managing his three Holden team cars, Team BOC, Lockwood Racing and Wilson Security Racing, with his brother Kim and other family members.

    The Spandex – Avery Dennison Advanced Vehicle wrapping course takes place in Albury, NSW on September 10th from 8:30am to 4pm. The cost is $225, reducing to $205 for each additional employee from the same company. Refreshments are provided.

    An Intermediate vehicle application techniques course also takes place this week on Thursday 15th August at Sandown Raceway, Melbourne and there are still a few places left for latecomers.

    Bookings for both courses can be made by calling Spandex Freecall number 1800 683 311 or email to

  • Lean Manufacturing Introduction to 5S

    5S is one of the major tools of lean Manufacturing. This workshop will provide a hands-on introduction and toolkit for implementing 5S. This is particularly beneficial to small-to-medium businesses wanting to look at ways of achieving efficiency in the workplace.

    How would my business benefit from doing this?

    • Improved productivity by eliminating non-value activities
    • greater employee involvement resulting in improved morale
    • improved safety standards
    • efficient use of floor space
    • reduced inventory & supply costs
    • early fault finding
    • improved compnay communication and culture
    • a competitive advantage over those companies that don’t implement 5S

    Competitive Manufacturing provides the skills to implement modern manufacturing techniques required to sustain industry performance.

  • Sustainable Green Print Course (NSW) Levels 1 and 2 – PIAA

    Printing Industries is running a Sustainable Green Print (SGP) levels one and two course at its premises in Auburn in Sydney on 23 and 24 September 2013.

    Sustainable Green Print (SGP), which also incorporates Truly Green, is the Australian printing industry’s own recognisable certification program designed to help printing companies meet their environmental responsibilities and go above and beyond compliance.

    Based on an ISO14001 framework, SGP is tailored to meet your business requirements, the demands of your customers and the changing trends in dealing with managing environmental responsibility.

    This multi-level system gives you a choice of four linked achievement levels including Level 3 SGP, which prepares you for ISO14001, allowing you to choose your participation and progress levels.

    Date: Monday, 23 September 2013
    Time: 9:00am
    Venue: Printing Industries – Auburn, NSW

    Level 1 Training – 23 Sept 2013
    Level 2 Training – 24 Sept 2013

    Both courses will be held at Printing Industries offices in Auburn, NSW.
    25 South Parade, Auburn NSW 2144

    To book, contact Joan Grace, General Manager Employment, Education and Training at Printing Industries.

    Phone: (03) 8541 7310
    Mobile: 0434 740 072


    Course Information

  • Marketing Services Essentials Training Course – PIAA/ADMA

    Day 1 (Modules 1 and 2) and Day 2 (Modules 3 and 4) from $275 per module

    Wed 14 (Modules 1 and 2) & Wed 21 (Modules 3 & 4) August 
    Offered by Printing Industries and ADMA, this flexible 2-day Marketing Essentials Course, which is split into optional modules, will provide you with what you need to know about providing a marketing service to your clients. Choose any or all of the modules to leave you feeling confident in providing marketing advice, strategy and suggestions that will support your clients’ needs with their marketing campaigns.

    You will learn from the experts about:
    •    Cut-through Marketing: quality content and delivery
    •    Understanding multi-channel marketing: Which channels are best for you?
    •    How to really get the most out of social media
    •    Managing data: quality control, segmentation/targeting, triggers and timing

    To Book: Call 02 8354 0602 or email 

    When: Course over 2 days
    14 & 21 August

    9am – 12.30pm (AM module); 1.30pm-5pm (PM module)

    Where: Fuji Xerox Epicentre at the Australian Technology Park, Eveleigh

    Cost: *Early Bird Prices
    Members $275 single module ($885 Full package) * discount for multiple module applies

    Non-members $330 ($1050 Full package)

    Selecting Modules:
    You can purchase modules on the same day OR pick-and-choose any of the 4 modules.

    OR book for a Full Package (4 modules). 
    See Course Outline below.

    See prices below:

    Early Bird Discount  One module  Two modules  Three modules Full package
    Member $275 $495 $700 $885
    Non Member $330 $595 $850 $1,050
    * Discount ends 15 July
    Standard One module Two modules Three modules Full package
    Member $325 $585 $830 $1,050
    Non Member $395 $700 $995 $1,250
    *Price after 5 July * All prices include GST

    c) Company and attendee(s) name
    To bookemail 
    In your email please indicate:
    a) Which module(s) and/or which day(s)
    b) How many attendees

    Or call 02 8354 0602

    Course Outline

    Module 1: Cut-through marketing (Day 1)
    Get a real sense of what it takes to create a marketing campaign. Learn the fundamental rules to creating a successful marketing campaign, which work regardless of the campaign objectives or of the media used.
    Critical success factors for any campaign:
    »   Message elements: Product, Proposition, Offer, Call to Action, Creative
    »   Delivery elements:  Targeting, channel, format (i.e. variation within channel), timing

    Module 2: Data-driven marketing (Day 1)
    This session will look at 4  key components of data-driven marketing:
    »   Getting the right data: What data do you need to populate your database and drive effective marketing – how do you gather it?
    »   Processes: Quality control – how to ensure the data is as accurate as possible and usable.
    »   Privacy: The regulations which govern what you can and can’t do with personal data, gaining consent, etc.

    »   Using data to drive effectiveness: Recognising customer behaviour or transaction data as signals for buying intent, then reacting to those with relevant offers to maximise profits. Understanding insights (profiles, understanding customers), segmentation and targeting (using data to drive relevance) and automation (triggers and timing).

    Module 3: Deploying for success (Day 2)
    In this module we look at channels and how to use them effectively. In particular how to create multi-channel campaigns.

    »   Examination of strengths and weaknesses of different channels – when to use different channels

    »   Focus on specific channels and how to get the best results – including EDM, mail, etc.

    Module 4: Social Media (Day 2)
    This module will be adapted to suit attendees’ use of social media and intentions as part of the services they offer their clients.
    It will look at:
    »   Overview of social media usage: Consumer behaviour and trends
    »   Understanding why social media is different: The goal is how to be talked about rather than using it as just another advertising channel
    »  Discussion of examples from successful campaigns to show how both large and small companies are using social media

    »   Focus on how to use the established platforms (e.g. Facebook, LinkedIn) and how to stay relevant by connecting with emerging platforms

    Presenter, Neil White
    Neil White has specialised in direct marketing for the last 20 years holding senior positions in Direct Marketing & Digital, and working on campaigns for major corporates across industry sectors, including Westpac, Suncorp and Virgin Money in finance; Allianz in insurance; VW and Toyota in automotive; NRMA in business services; Star City in entertainment; Unicef and Salvation Army in fundraising. He is also currently a tutor for ADMA’s Certificate in Multi Channel Direct Marketing.

    Cancellation and Refund Policy

    Substitution of registration permitted at any time.

    Full refund less admin fee if cancelled before 1 July. Between 1 July and 30 days before selected module 50% refund will apply.
    No refund will be paid if cancellation is within 30 days.
    Note, all refunds are less a $50 administration fee.
    We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule this event for reasons outside our control.

    Online registrations available shortly. For the mean time, please email  or call 02 8354-0602to book.

  • Adobe Webinar Digital Publishing -PIAA

    From InDesign to the tablet and smartphone, learn from experts on how to make print skills relevant to the future of digital publishing on devices, The Printing Industries Association of Australia is running a Adobe Digital Publishing Systems webinar on 17 July  (Wed 1-2pm AEST).

    17 Jul: Digital Publishing Suite (DPS), Presented by Jaimie Ragen.

    Click here to register

    Future Webinars:
    21 Aug: MUSE: Plan, design, test, publish, host and manage websites without code
    18 Sept: Print’s Trio: InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop
    16 Oct: Edge Tools and Services: Animations for web and devices
    20 Nov: Acrobat: Documents, forms, digital signatures, security, redaction, accessibility

    To book for future webinars, email Printing Industries and nominate which webinar you are interested in. You can also visit the website here.

  • The value of moving up the supply chain – free PIAA webinar

    The Printing Industries Association of Australia (Printing Industries) is set to explain to printers the value of moving up the communication supply chain for a bigger ‘slice of the pie’ in it next webinar on 12 July.

    Webinar guest presenter, marketing expert Richard Pester (pictured), director of Education and Training at the Association for Data-driven Marketing and Advertising (ADMA), will discuss strategies for printing companies to significantly increase their profitability by providing a wider range of supply chain services.

    Pester says that printers have a unique relationship with clients by being able to bring to fruition very quickly marketing collateral that has often taken weeks or months to prepare.

    “But how far up the supply chain can or should they go? Creative services? Data manipulation? Integration with other channels? he asks. “These are things an agency would do usually, but if you knew how – wouldn’t you want to take a larger slice of the pie?”

    The webinar will explore some of these options for printers and provide some tips for diversifying printing business.

    Much of the content will be based on the modular Marketing Services Essentials course Printing Industries will be launching in Sydney during August in conjunction with ADMA.

    Pester has been a direct marketer since 1989 and trainer since 2003. He has worked for Cartwright Williams/Leo Burnett and before joining ADMA was the Asia Pacific database marketing manager for PC company Lenovo.

    He has also worked in B2B sales and direct marketing for agencies and database service providers in the United Kingdom becoming a skilled ‘interpreter’ between marketers, analysts and IT.

    To register for the free webinar click here or call (02) 8354 0602.

  • Document Institute Acadami training course series

    The Printing Industries Association of Australia (Printing Industries) is backing a series of international standard specialist training for essential mail and transactional document sectors, with the first course kicking off in mid-July.

    Melbourne and Sydney will host a series of courses run by the Document Institute on behalf of Acadami – an international organisation specialising in education and training for the electronic document industry focusing mainly on the transaction document production process and work flow.

    Successful completion of all three of the assessed courses qualifies participants that have been in the industry for at least two years to apply for their Electronic Document Associate (EDA) certification from Xplor International, the global document systems industry association.

    Academi International President, Bill Broddy (pictured), will be visiting Australia from the USA as Senior Instructor for the schools.

    He will be assisted by the Document Institute’s Brett Dashwood and other local industry veteran instructors with decades of individual experience in the document systems industry.

    The course dates are are:


    Transaction Document Production (Monday 22 & Tuesday 23 July – two days)

    Document Systems Lifecycle (Monday 29 July & Tuesday 30 July – two days)

    Transaction Document Best Practices (Monday 5 August – single day)


    Transaction Document Production (Thursday 25 & Friday 26 July – two days)

    Document Systems Lifecycle (Wednesday 31 July & Thursday 1 August – two days)

    Transaction Document Best Practices (Friday 2 August – single day)

    The schools are limited to 10 participants in each location and will be held at the Printing Industries Association of Australia training facilities in both states.

    Bookings are now open so if you would like to enquire about attending these courses, please contact the Document Institute on (03) 8610 2181,, or visit

  • Print Awareness Course – Spectra Training

    Spectra Training is running its Print Awareness Course (2 days) in June at its South Melbourne training rooms.  Two courses are planned to cover the initial interest identified at PacPrint:

    13-14 June

    20-21 June

    Day one covers preparing files, printing process requirements (traditional & digital) and substrates.  Day two provides an overview of printing applications, embellishment and finishing. Typical printing problems are discussed and solutions offered. It is ideal for anyone who wants to learn more about printing.

    Course overview:

    > Process requirements: Each print process requires different pre-press and design elements to be considered including: resolution, colour profiles, type and page layout, trapping, bleed, maximum and minimum image sizes and file types such as PDF. Typical problems with layers and flattening are discussed.

    > Substrates: Printing can be undertaken on various types of paper, plastic, foil, metal or board. The topic covers how each substrate performs on the machine to affect the quality of the printed result.

    > Printing applications and limitations: Key characteristics of each print process (digital, lithography, flexography, gravure, relief and screen printing) and their limitations are covered. Participants are introduced to inks, dyes, and toner powders. metallic, spot pantones and process spot colours are discussed.

    > Print embellishments and finishing: The printed image can be made to look brighter or glitzier using foiling, embossing, varnishing or gold blocking. Finishing processes such as folding, stitching guillotining and perfect binding are discussed.

    Print Awareness Course is $900 for the two days or $495 for one day.

    Contact Sandy McCaffrey at Spectra Training on (03) 9292 8000 or for a brochure or more information.

  • PIAA print business webinar series

    Printing Industries Association of Australia (Printing Industries) is launching a program of webinars covering major areas of business operations.

    The program will launch on Friday 19 April 2013 at 1pm with a webinar on how printing companies can access clean technology grants.

    Printing Industries National Director, Communications and Marketing, Joe Kowalewski (pictures), said the 30-minute webinar would be the first of a regular webinar program for Printing Industriesmembers covering a wide range of business topics. 

    “This marks the beginning of a new approach to bringing our member’s relevant and up-to-date information and, via our webinar series, an interactive way allowing participation without having to leave their premises,” he said. “It will also provide an outreach program for members in country areas unable to travel to our offices or city venues where many of our information sessions are held.

    “Good communication and access to usable information on a regular program basis is important to all businesses and our new webinar series is part of the communications mix being developed to meet this need,” he said.

    The clean technology webinar will be presented by Chris Hay, managing director of Mojarra, a company providing cost saving, energy efficiency and carbon reduction services to an extensive range of SME and major corporates including News Ltd; Coles; Woolworths; Commonwealth Bank and Caterpillar.

    It will focus on grants available through the Federal Government Funded Clean Technology Investment Programme (CTIP), an $800 million competitive, merit based program supporting Australian manufacturers to maintain competitiveness in a carbon constrained economy.

    Companies of all sizes may be eligible for a grant – this webinar will help you understand how it could help your business and guide you on what you need to do next.

    Topics covered include:

    1. Are you eligible for a  CTIP grant? What upgrades and projects are covered in the scheme?

    2. How it works and the process

    3. Criteria for eligibility – the advantage of having ‘base line data’, being seen as ‘Green’ etc

    4. A change of Federal Government – what would it mean to the program?

    5. How to get started.

    To register your interest in the clean technology grants webinar  click on this link.

    Registrants will receive  login details for the webinar next week. (Participants will need access to a computer with internet access, speakers or a telephone).

    Kowalewski said the next webinar in the series would focus on Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) for Friday 3 May at 1pm.

    “We are currently developing a schedule that will cover key and topical subjects covering workplace relations, marketing, social media, industry policy and business improvement issues,” he said.

    “Members can also suggest topics they would like covered by contacting their local Printing Industries staff or emailing

  • Sustainable Green Print Program – PIAA

    Victoria and Tasmania will be the first states in Australia to kick off the year with Printing Industries’ Sustainable Green Print (SGP) certification program, with 12 February marking the start date for the courses.

    Based on an ISO14001 framework, the SGP program is tailored to meet print business’s individual requirements – the demands of customers and the changing trends in dealing with managing environmental responsibility.

    The multi-level system gives businesses a choice of four linked achievement levels including ISO 14001 (Level 3 SGP) allowing printers to choose their ow participation and progress levels. 

    Bruce Lowery (pictured), Printing Industries Victorian and Tasmanian member services manager, cites the SGP program as being one of the most influential initiatives to impact the industry in recent years.

    “I’ve been intimately involved with the implementation of the SGP program since it began about four years ago,” says Lowery. “We now have over 40 Victorian and Tasmanian companies who are either already fully certified, or have completed the training and are awaiting their final audit visit.

    “Without exception, all have found that the resulting benefits have exceeded their expectations. Not only have they made their workplaces healthier and safer environmentally, they have also realised significant efficiency and productivity improvements along the way,” he says.

    Lowery says that in addition to meeting the growing consumer demand for environmental credentialing, the program has given companies a competitive advantage in a market where printing companies found it hard to differentiate.

    “It’s suicidal for companies to try to compete on price. They certainly need to be more innovative, not just with products, but with the way they conduct business,” he says. “Sustainable Green Print is a widely recognised program meeting community sustainability expectations and positively showcasing the achievements of certified companies and the way those companies do business.

    “Any program that provides significant advantages over your competitors has got to be a worthwhile initiative,” he says.

    According to Lowery, dramatically reducing energy consumption and wastage, as well significantly improving recycling rates were some of the many benefits achieved through the program.

    He says that most of the SGP-trained and certified companies were quick to take full advantage of the marketing and promotional opportunities resulting from their certification.

    The February Sustainable Green Print training course will be held at Printing Industries’ Victorian office at Mulgrave. Companies who enroll for Levels One and Two over the two days will be eligible for in-the-field support prior to their onsite audit which is necessary for final certification. Inquiries to Bruce Lowery on (03) 8541 7304 or email

  • Roland DG 2013 VersaWorks training dates

    Wide format manufacturer, Roland DG, is looking to top up its customers’ skill-set in the coming year, with the release of the dates for its 2013 VersaWorks Advanced training course schedule. 

    Developed by experienced Roland print specialists, the VersaWorks Advanced training courses are designed to improve print quality, production processes, and overall commercial performance.

    Providing detailed lessons on how to use both the standard and advanced features of VersaWorks, the interactive courses will give users the tools and knowledge to take full advantage of the many capabilities of their Roland printer or printer/cutter.

    The full day course, run in seminar style with demonstrations will cover topics including:

    -Environment & calibration

    -Colour management

    -Managing and fine-tuning profiles

    -Advanced production techniques and tips

    -Workflow Automation

    It will also cover new features in the latest version of VersaWorks, including the built in PANTONE libraries and important maintenance that will help to extend the life of its customers’ Roland printers.

    The courses will run throughout Australia and will commence in Sydney and Melbourne, with dates for other areas to be confirmed and announced shortly.

    The dates are:

    -Tuesday 26 March – Sydney

    -Wednesday 1 May – Melbourne

    -Wednesday 26 June – Sydney

    -Thursday 8 August – Melbourne

    -Thursday 26 September – Sydney

    -Tuesday 19 November – Melbourne

    To register, or for more information on Roland DG Academy visit or contact Roland DG on (02) 9975 0000.

  • EFI Australia and New Zealand roadshow

    To combat the somewhat confusing plethora of commercial print software options out there EFI will hold a roadshow for existing customers and newcomers designed to straighten out what is needed for which result within its end-to-end product range.

    The EFI workflow, integration and automation roadshow, which will kick-off on 6 September in New Zealand and finish up in Brisbane on 12 September, is designed to highlight the opportunities available for print businesses through workflow integration software systems and outline how EFI’s range of products can be utilised to improve a business’s processes and bottom line.

    Anthony Parnemann, EFI’s Australia and New Zealand country manager, says the roadshow sessions will help printers identify the best workflow and MIS solutions for their businesses.

    “You can cobble together software solutions from different companies, but with EFI you can do it under the one banner,” says Parnemann. “Because EFI now has such a broad range of products in digital printing, from StoreFront to the Fiery controllers, and MIS software, it can cover a company from quote to invoice – and EFI is trying to communicate that integrated workflow capability.”

    Parnemann explains that the roadshow will consist of two parts, one for existing EFI customers to delve deeper into their product range and be updated on the latest developments and enhancements to software such as the recently acquired Prism MIS system.

    The second part of the roadshow will be for anybody who is interested in finding out more about EFI’s product range, and will feature Mark Campbell, independent industry consultant and one of Australia’s leading specialists in workflow improvement, who has been brought onboard as a guest speaker for series of sessions.

    Campbell (pictured) will illustrate how to take a strategic approach to improving business models and developing new markets, as well as identifying the key factors in implementing change within a business.

    “People can benefit from looking at the way they do business and look at what improvements they can make, and EFI would like to help these people solve their problems,” says Parnemann.

    The dates for the roadshow sessions are:

    Auckland – 6 September: Novotel, Ellerslie

    Melbourne –10 September: Novotel, Glen Waverley

    Sydney – 11 September: Novotel, Sydney Olympic Park

    Brisbane – 12 September: Novotel, Brisbane Airport

    To book, call 1300289875 or email: