Archive for the ‘News’ Category

  • Fuji Xerox wins $32m government contract

    Fuji Xerox Australia headquarters in Sydney.

    Fuji Xerox Australia has signed a $32.67 million contract with the Department of Human Services for the upgrade of office printers, including scanning and photocopying functions as well as supplies and accessories.

    The contract win is a welcome boost for the local Fuji Xerox subsidiary as it awaits the outcome of the protracted legal battle between parent companies Fujifilm Holdings and Xerox Corp over the termination of a proposed $6.1 billion merger proposal.

    The three-year deal, published this week on the Federal Government’s AusTender site, runs from 30 May 2018 until 29 May 2021. It was was awarded under the Major Office Machines (MOMs) panel after a competitive tender process and is a renewal of a previous contract awarded to FXA.

    “The department chose Fuji Xerox Australia Pty Ltd as their proposal represented the best value for money option,” said Hank Jongen, general manager, Department of Human Services.

    The MOMs panel was set up by the government in 2016 to provide more competitive purchase, lease and maintenance costs for all Government departments and agencies.

    The four providers on the MOMs panel are Fuji Xerox Australia, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, Kyocera Document Solutions and Ricoh Australia.

  • Look who’s coming to LIVE… will you be there?

    Lindy Hughson (right) speaks to Mark Wiedermann from Frucor at a LIVE event last year.

    With exactly three weeks to go to Print21+PKN’s LIVE industry forum to be held in Sydney, interest is growing apace for the first-of-its kind event for the packaging and printing industries. Here’s a snapshot of which companies are attending.

    New Frontiers in Packaging Print has attracted industry leading companies in the fields of printing, converting, design, food manufacturing and allied service providers.

    Just some of the companies included in the attendee list are Arnotts; Artech Print: Australian Paper; Australia Post; Ball & Doggett; Birdstone; Blue Star WEB; Bottcher Australia Pty Ltd; Boxer & Co. ; Brebner Print; Bright Print Group; Confoil; Colour Graphic Services; DreemAR; Ecolean; Epson Australia; Energi; Exelnetwork; Format Print; Fuji Xerox Australia; Graph-Pak; HP Graphic Solutions; Hybrid Software; IVE Group; Kirwan Print Group; Konica Minolta Aust; Labels & Packaging ANZ ; Litho Superpak P/L; Matthews Australasia; Mela; Multi-Colour Corporation; Orora; Pegasus Print Group; PES Print NZ; Print & Pack Australia; Printing Industries Association Australia; Profile Packaging; RollsPack; Roy Morgan Consulting; Sappi Trading Australia Pty Ltd; SEAGA Group Australia; Snack Brands Australia; Sunrice; Soar Print; Spawnit; Spotpress; Tharstern Australia; The Edison Agency, TSA… and more.

    To join the crowd, you can book tickets here: https://www.book-this.com/packaging-news-live-sydney-2018/event/ticket

    For the full programme, take a look here: http://www.packagingnews.com.au/live

  • Connecting to the world – Print21 Magazine

    Industry technocrats define connectivity as the ability of disparate components in the workflow to communicate with each other and pass on information crucial to the step-by-step completion of a job.

    However, there is another, more ethereal aspect to connectivity and it is the issue of our time – how well printing as an industry, connects with the world, socially, industrially and economically. Andy McCourt takes a hard, critical look in the latest issue of Print21 magazine.

  • Wrap King steps down from his throne

    Nick Caminiti, the reigning ‘King of the Wrap World’, will not contest this year’s Wrap Like a King competition. Entries are now open for the vehicle wrapping championship with a total prize pool of more than US$30,000 (AU$40,470).

    Nick Caminiti, Exotic Graphix.

    Caminiti from Melbourne’s Exotic Graphix, who won the last two competitions in a row, is yielding the crown to new contenders so he can focus on his business at home and put his best foot forward with his next entry. “With where we’re at right now, it’d be a huge commitment for us,” he said. “We want to put a plan in place for when we do it next time to really make sure we better ourselves, and not just jump in at the last minute. I’m excited to see what everyone else brings to the table.”

    He encourages Australian vehicle wrappers to enter what he describes as a great competition. “It was perfect for our business and our team. You have the freedom to explore new ideas that you wouldn’t get to explore in day-to-day jobs.”

    Sponsored by Avery Dennison, the Wrap Like a King competition brings together wrappers from all over the world, including Australia and New Zealand since 2016. According to Jordan Leach, business manager at Avery Dennison, Caminiti’s example has been great for showing off what local wrappers can do. “Australia and New Zealand have blown away the competition since the region was added to Wrap Like A King two years ago and we can’t wait to see even more astonishing creativity this year,” he said. “We look forward to once again demonstrating this region’s commitment to innovation on a global scale.”

    More details are available at the Wrap Like a King website.

  • Reducing label waste is worth it, says L’Oreal

    Label materials supplier Avery Dennison has teamed up with beauty company L’Oreal and waste management firm Wasteflex in an effort to eliminate liner waste from L’Oreal’s production chain.

    Currently, close to 300 million square metres of liner enters unsustainable landfills in Oceania each year, mostly made up of PET film, glassine paper, and polypropylene products. Avery Dennison’s liner recycling program diverts glassine paper from landfills and turns it into new products, which, according to Anil K. Sharma, vice president and general manager for label and graphic materials at Avery Dennison, supports the company’s sustainability goals. “As a materials science innovator committed to making a meaningful difference, we see sustainability as both a responsibility and an opportunity to lead. With our liner recycling program, brands now have a solution that will enable them to reduce the environmental impact from discarded label liner waste,” said Sharma.

    Avery Dennison undertook a similar initiative with Coca-Cola in the UK in 2015, turning waste PET label liner from Smart Water bottles into recycled plastic products. According to Marcel Cote, strategic marketing director, Avery Dennison, programs like these are good for customers as well as the company itself. “As the pioneer of the pressure-sensitive label industry, Avery Dennison has always focused on helping customers and brand owners achieve their goals by delivering label materials that can elevate brands, improve productivity and help products become more sustainable,” he said. “With the launch of our Avery Dennison Liner Recycling Service, we can offer a sustainable solution to divert glassine paper liner from landfills and into recycled paper products.”

  • Epson’s new factory for inkjet printheads

    Epson’s new Hirooka Office Building 9 in Japan.

    Epson aims to triple production of its advanced PrecisionCore inkjet printheads after building a new purpose-built factory in Japan.

    Epson Seiko has completed construction work on the factory at its Hirooka office in Shiojiri, Japan and says it will begin operations in the 2018 fiscal year (ending March 31, 2019).

    The new facility will be used to produce PrecisionCore print chips, a core component of Epson’s PrecisionCore inkjet printheads.

    Under its Epson 25 Corporate Vision, Epson is targeting office, commercial and industrial printing markets. In FY2017, the company released high-speed, linehead inkjet multifunction office printers as part of its strategy to drive growth. Epson says it will expand sales of high-capacity ink tank printers, which have been driving growth. In FY2018, Epson plans to sell 9.5 million units, a 1.7-million-unit increase over FY2017.

    In the commercial and industrial sectors, the company says an accelerating shift from analogue to digital solutions is expected to generate significant market growth for Epson printers used for printing signage, textiles and product labels. Epson will continue to strengthen its line-up of commercial and industrial large-format printers and will boost both its R&D and manufacturing capability.

    The new factory will enable Epson to handle an expected medium-range increase in demand for printheads. By leveraging its production capacity, Epson also plans to rollout sales of its PrecisionCore printheads for large-format printers worldwide. It will work with its partners to accelerate the shift to digital in commercial and industrial printing.

    The new factory, Epson’s second production site for PrecisionCore print chips, is equipped with a research and development function and will play a key role in improving printhead quality and productivity.

  • $45,000 photography competition opens

    Tale of the Turtle by Jordan Robins – the overall winner of the 2017 Photographer of the Year competition.

    Australian Photography and Panasonic Australia have teamed up to find the best amateur photographers in Australia and New Zealand.

    The 2018 Photographer of the Year offers a prize pool of more than $45,000 in cash and prizes, making it the richest competition of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

    The competition attracted more than 2,100 entries in 2017 – a record number in the five-year history the competition.

    This year, photographers will compete for a prize pool that includes more than $10,000 in cash, seven places on an all-expenses-paid weekend shooting adventure with iconic landscape photographer Ken Duncan, including flights to and from Sydney, and more than $15,000 in photography gear and travel.

    Coney Island 17 by Yunis Tmeizeh – People and Portrait Winner, 2017 Photographer of the Year.

    To qualify for the title of Photographer of the Year, photographers must submit a portfolio of four images in any one of six open categories: Landscape, Wildlife & Animal, Black & White, Travel, People & Portrait and Aerial. An additional category, Junior, is aimed at photographers under the age of 18, while Photo of the Year is the sole single-image challenge.

    Last year, 24-year-old South Coast local Jordan Robins won the top prize with a remarkable series of images of green sea turtles captured in the clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef. To capture the images, Robins used a camera in an underwater housing and positioned the camera at the surface to capture the view both above and below the waterline. 

    “I try to link the terrestrial world and the marine world together as one,” explains Robins. “My images contrast the wild and rough conditions on the surface with the calm and peacefulness that lies beneath.”

    The 2018 Photographer of the Year is open for entries now at australianphotography.com/poty

     

     

  • Fairfax & News dismiss Deloitte’s radical newspaper plant closure plan

    Fairfax Media and News Corp say they’ve dismissed a proposal by their hired business advisor Deloitte to close five newspaper printing plants across NSW, Victoria and Queensland. 

    Print21 has seen a draft copy of a confidential 18-page document titled Project Rain, prepared by Deloitte Consulting in January 2018, which outlines a range of consolidation options including five site closures over the next two years. Under a plan that would reshape the local newspaper publishing landscape, Fairfax plants at North Richmond and Beresfield in NSW would be shut down and consolidated into News’ Chullora, and News Corp’s Port Melbourne print site, located on valuable real estate land, would be folded into Fairfax Ballarat. Another proposal is the closure of both News Corp’s Murarrie site in Brisbane and its Warwick plant in south-east Queensland.

    The consolidation would consist of closing five sites across NSW, VIC and QLD and setting printing agreements in each state, says the Deloitte report.

    An excerpt from Project Rain (January 2018).

    There are two options outlined for News Corp’s Queensland business. Murarrie in Brisbane, which prints the Courier Mail, would close in December, with the publishing operation transferred to News’ Yandina site and Fairfax’s plant at Ormiston. A second option would consolidate Fairfax Ormiston into an expanded Murarrie. “Two options available and decision required,” says Deloitte in a note.

    Between 300-400 print workers would be made redundant under the plan, according to an industry source.

    In what’s described as a ‘theoretical best case scenario,’ the report proposed beginning extension work at Fairfax Ballarat VIC and at News Corp’s Yandina QLD in March 2018.

    An excerpt from Project Rain (January 2018).

    Approached for comment, the companies issued similar statements dismissing the Deloitte proposal as ‘redundant.’

    “Deloitte assisted Fairfax and News Corp with some scoping work around printing options,” said a Fairfax Media spokesperson. “Both companies have previously announced to the market that we have been exploring options around printing. The plans and assumptions outlined in the document are completely redundant and were found not to be feasible. Fairfax and News continue to have productive discussions around printing options.”

    A News Corp spokesperson said: “The document you refer to is a redundant scoping document and none of the material it contains is of any relevance today.”

    The unions are less than convinced. “It seems strange that they would pay a lot of money to a company like Deloitte to prepare a report and then put it on the scrapheap,” says the AMWU’s national print division secretary, Lorraine Cassin. 

    ‘Deeper strategic opportunities’: Greg Hywood, CEO Fairfax Media.

    The AMWU will meet with senior management at News Corp next month to discuss the consolidation plans. “There’s all sorts of rumours out there about what they’re looking at and what sort of collaboration will be taking place, which is affecting the morale of our members,” says Cassin. “We don’t want to be blindsided by an announcement and what we’re saying to the companies is: be transparent, let’s deal with this together.”

    Fairfax and News Corp have been talking for some time about sharing print facilities and collaborating on newspaper distribution in Australia. In February, Fairfax appointed a team of advisers to pursue ‘deeper strategic opportunities’ with News after posting a 54 percent fall in net profit to $38.5m in the first six months.

    “We expect greater industry cooperation will deliver significant benefits,” Fairfax chief executive Greg Hywood told the ASX at the time. “We have progressed our recent positive discussions with News Corp Australia to seek industry-wide efficiencies in printing and distribution. We have had successful collaborations around shared trucking and printing titles for News in Queensland. Building on this collaboration, we have appointed advisers to pursue deeper strategic opportunities.”

  • Amazon turns to printed catalogues

    Amazon at Dandenong South, VIC.

    E-commerce giant Amazon plans to print millions of holiday season toy catalogues and distribute them to US customers by mail and through its national chain of food stores, Whole Foods.

    According to Bloomberg, the catalogue will be Amazon’s version of the 100-page Big Book formerly published by national toy store chain Toys R Us, which filed for bankruptcy last year after suing Amazon to end a 10-year partnership that it says led to years of falling sales.

    The move into toy catalogues is part of Amazon’s push to incorporate traditional retailers’ tools into its business model, said the report. No details of the printing contract have been announced.

    In 2016, Amazon signed a deal with direct-to-garment press manufacturer Kornit to supply Amazon with industrial inkjet printers intended for Amazon Merch, its T-shirt manufacturing and distribution service. Meanwhile, Amazon Books has announced it’s opening another six brick-and-mortar bookstores to its expanding US network.

    In Australia, Amazon is recruiting staff for its 43,000-square metre facility at Moorebank in South West Sydney, its second ‘fulfilment centre’ in Australia, due to open in second half of 2018.

    Amazon launched in Australia last year and offers print-on-demand book publishing through its CreateSpace publishing and distribution partner, which sells editing, book design, and marketing services. Amazon’s Kindle business offers on-demand self-publishing in digital and print, including paperbacks. The company sells Kindle e-reader devices, audio books and content through its Australian website, where there’s also office printers, printing inks, toner cartridges and printing paper from major brands including Epson, Brother and Canon.

     

  • Label printers move into packaging

    Next month’s inaugural Print21 + PKN LIVE: New Frontiers in Packaging Print will examine how increasing numbers of label printers are finding gaps in the packaging market.

    In a session focused on printers who were early adopters of digital printing, starting with labels – and who are now exploring growth opportunities in packaging, we’ll hear from companies like Kirwan Print Group, Soar Print and Excel Print.

    ‘Primed to move into the packaging sector’: Steve Matthews, CEO Excel Print.

    Guest panellist Excel Print CEO Steve Matthews will share his company’s journey from its establishment as a digital cut sheet printer in New Zealand in 1987.

    “We are NZ’s largest digital print provider and four years ago we diversified into the label industry,” says Matthews. “Recently, we’ve invested in equipment that has enabled us to start out our journey in the flexible packaging market.

    “We are experts in fit-for-purpose, cost effective label print solutions using state-of-the-art digital technologies We have a strong label and shrink sleeve operation and are now primed to move into the packaging sector. We currently supply trade partners with print as we are yet to have our own in-house finishing for flexible pouches.”

    LIVE’s Game-Changing Technology in Packaging Printing session will also feature Fred Soar, MD of Auckland-based Soar Print, who will discuss opportunities in the food and beverage industry, where artisan brands are proliferating, giving rise to a demand for short print runs of multiple SKUs.

     Other panellists and speakers at Print21 + PKN LIVE: New Frontiers in Packaging Print will include: IVE Group executive chairman Geoff Selig; Orora Fibre group general manager Brian Lowe; Kellie Northwood, CEO ACA / Executive Director TSA Limited and APIA; PIAA CEO Andrew Macaulay; Marty Stone – Australia Post’s head of category – simplifying business, small business; Currie Group director, labels and packaging, Mark Daws; Matthews Intelligent Identification CEO Mark Dingley; Gwen Blake, managing director of packaging design company Boxer & Co; Amber Bonney, creative director of The Edison Agency; Ian Douglas, solutions architect and director of Spawnit; tech entrepreneur Bill Atta; and Birdstone Collective director Ian Blair.

    Tickets are on sale here. 

    Find program details here.

    When: Friday 3rd August, 2018

    Time: 9am to 4pm

    Where: Monkey Baa Theatre, Darling Harbour, Sydney 

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  • Gutenberg vs. Coster at Penrith Museum

    Penrith Museum of Printing.

    Industry veteran Peter Butterworth will examine the history of the letterpress at a special presentation this Saturday afternoon at the Penrith Museum of Printing.

    Johann Gutenberg, 1397-1468, German inventor and printer, has long been credited with the invention of a method of printing from movable type, including the use of metal mould’s and alloys, a special press, and oil based inks – a method that, with refinements and increased mechanization, remained the principal means of printing until the late 20th century.

    But there’s increasing evidence that questions the official story, says Butterworth.

    Europeans thought by some to have preceded Gutenberg in the practice of his art include Laurens Koster, (Coster, 1370-1440 Haarlem, Holland), and Pamfilo Castaldi, (1398-1490 Feltre, Italy).

    Similar printing had also been done earlier in China and Korea. In China, Pi Sheng invented printing from movable woodblocks in 1040, and printing with movable type made of clay was also prevalent; in Korea, movable copper type was invented as early as 1392.

    A presentation titled Gutenberg vs. Coster or was it Coster the imposter will begin on Saturday at 2.30pm in the museum’s 1940 letterpress print house.

    Butterworth arrived in Australia from the UK in 1966 and has worked in all areas of the industry. He also owned a design, art and print company called Artwise for more than 10 years.

    The Penrith Museum of Printing is located in the grounds of the Penrith Showground Paceway, Ransley Street, Penrith, NSW Australia. Phone: 0415 625 573

     

     

  • Power up: Neopost show back on the road

    (L-R) Karen Kavanagh, Neopost; Michelle Lees, HP; Kellie Northwood, TSA.

    The second series of Neopost’s Power of Print seminars is underway, connecting printers in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne with industry experts and the latest equipment from the graphic arts supplier.

    The Sydney event held at Waterview in Bicentennial Park featured keynote presentations from Kellie Northwood, executive director of Two Sides Australia, on the future of print and how to add value for clients; and Jeremy Brew, application specialist for large format at HP South Pacific, on the possibilities offered by HP technology with a particular focus on HP Latex. Outside these presentations, guests had the opportunity to visit ‘power stations’ focusing on areas such as workflow software (presented by Matt Murray, GM Tharstern Australia), lamination, binding, interior decor, and signage.

    This series is a followup to the first round of Power of Print seminars in March, and according to Karen Kavanagh, marketing director at Neopost, the turnout at Tuesday’s Sydney seminar was the biggest Neopost had seen yet. “It’s been going very well, which I believe is because we have experts here speaking on topics which are very relevant to our industry today,” she said.

    Embellishment was a big focus for the equipment being demonstrated at the ‘power stations’, with an entire station focusing on print finishing. “We’ve put that focus out there because the latest industry statistics, which show that marketers are now demanding beautiful print – they’re looking for textured finishes, they’re looking for something different,” said Kavanagh.

    The Power of Print Series Two roadshow now moves to Brisbane on Thursday the 19th of July, before finishing up in Melbourne on Tuesday the 24th. Kavanagh encourages printers to attend, whether they’re existing Neopost customers or now. “We’re tapping into experts who can show this industry how to make more money, how to grow your customer base, win back clients you previously lost because of services you were unable to offer. It’s about empowering people with information to help make their business better.”

    Power of Print Series Three is in the planning stages, and expected to be held around three months from now. Registration for Series Two events in Melbourne and Brisbane is open at https://www.neopostgraphics.com.au/thepowerofprint.

  • Pantone blunder leaves V flat in court

    A mix-up with Pantone swatches has scuppered beverage company Frucor’s attempt to trademark the shade of green used for its V energy drinks, with a federal court ruling highlighting Pantone’s crucial role in branding.

    Frucor attempted to trademark the shade of green designated as Pantone 376C as ‘V Green’ in 2012, but its application was knocked back four years later after it was found that a Frucor solicitor had attached a swatch of the wrong green to the original application. The Coca-Cola Company, owner of rival energy drink Mother, opposed the application, arguing that the attached swatch was actually the much darker Pantone 7727C.

    Frucor appealed the decision to the Federal Court, saying that it should have been based on the written description of “Pantone 376C” rather than the attached colour, but Justice David Yates knocked it back, noting that though Frucor had been aware of the mistake since 2014, it had made no attempt to amend its application until three years later.

    Additionally, Yates ruled in agreement with Coca-Cola that though Pantone 376C was ‘reminiscent’ of V, it was the large V logo that served as the drink’s ‘brand of origin’ rather than the colour. “Frucor’s own use of colour before the filing date shows that, in relation to its own V energy drink range, colour was used to denote varietal differences, and to distinguish products in the range from each other and from its core product – the hero in the range,” he wrote in his decision.

    “Although Frucor’s use of V Green was pervasive and no doubt fundamental to its whole marketing strategy, it was, nonetheless, reminiscent of its core product. In this way, Frucor’s use of V Green was essentially descriptive, not distinctive in the trademark sense.”

    Frucor will not be permitted to appeal or amend its application further.

  • ‘Some movement’ in banknote action: AMWU

    Note Printing Australia at Craigieburn, Victoria.

    Note Printing Australia (NPA) has given ground in its standoff with workers engaged in industrial action, increasing its pay offer and signalling a willingness to resolve a classification review.

    Tony Piccolo.

    According to Tony Piccolo, assistant secretary for print at AMWU Victoria, bans on overtime, material handling, and the use of some software applications have cut productivity at NPA’s Craigieburn plant by 20 percent, and management has shown ‘some movement’ towards resolving the situation that led workers to launch industrial action on May 25. “The company upped the wage offer to 2.5 percent in a meeting yesterday, and we’re confident we can get some resolution over the updates to classification structure, which just leaves the negotiations over the pay increase, domestic violence leave, and casual conversion for labour hire,” he said.

    Though the unions are preparing to apply for further protected action if necessary, Piccolo is optimistic that an agreement between workers and management is not far off. “Yesterday’s meeting was positive and we’re hoping that the movement from the company will get us to where we need to be. I’m confident both parties want a resolution sooner rather than later,” he said.

    Note Printing Australia is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Reserve Bank, whose governor Phillip Lowe called for a 3.5 percent increase in wages across the country in February. Piccolo has challenged NPA management, and the RBA, to lead by example. “The members just want a fair agreement that delivers the wage rises the RBA itself is calling for,” he said.

    NPA has produced Australian banknotes for more than 100 years, evolving from T.S. Harrison’s original print works that produced Australia’s first circulating banknote series in 1913. The RBA declined to comment.

  • New workflow acronyms – Print21 Magazine

    It took nine years for the experts who draw up the world’s standards at the International Standards Organisation (ISO) to come up with a new version of PDF, the portable document format at the heart of printing workflows.

    It has taken decades for CIP4, the organisation dedicated to process automation in the printing industry, to come up with a slimmed-down version of JDF, the job description format. Both are careful not to claim revolutionary changes in the venerable formats, happier to describe them as evolutions. Patrick Howard asks what it all means for printers in the latest issue of Print21 magazine.

  • Print21 + PKN LIVE gathers steam

    Australia’s first printing and packaging technology forum is just under a month away, and plenty of people have already bought tickets to what promises to be an exciting and informative inaugural event.

    Print21 + PKN LIVE: New Frontiers in Packaging Print will explore the technological developments that are shaking up the print and packaging industries, from FMCG to point of sale, cartons for e-commerce, and more. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from industry experts about the best way to jump on board with these new changes and challenges, and how these disruptions could revolutionise their businesses.

    Panellists and speakers will include: IVE Group executive chairman Geoff Selig; Orora Fibre group general manager Brian Lowe; Kellie Northwood, CEO ACA / Executive Director TSA Limited and APIA; PIAA CEO Andrew Macaulay; Marty Stone – Australia Post’s head of category – simplifying business, small business; Currie Group director, labels and packaging, Mark Daws; Matthews Intelligent Identification CEO Mark Dingley; Gwen Blake, managing director of packaging design company Boxer & Co; Amber Bonney, creative director of The Edison Agency; Ian Douglas, solutions architect and director of Spawnit; tech entrepreneur Bill Atta; Birdstone Collective director Ian Blair; and New Zealand’s Fred Soar, managing director of Soar Print.

    Session highlights include:

    • Digital disruption and what it means for print and packaging
    • Down the aisle: how printed packaging and POS are enhancing the shopper journey
    • How on-pack triggered AR experiences are driving consumer engagement
    • Printed packaging’s role in the e-commerce ‘unboxing’ phenomenon
    • New directions in flexible pouch packaging and printing
    • Latest design trends for printed packaging and what they mean for Australian/NZ FMCG brand owners and their packaging suppliers
    • Digital printing is on a roll… who’s leading the charge in packaging and what advantages are they delivering to brand owners?

    Headline sponsors are HP and Currie Group; gold sponsor is Matthews Australasia; and silver sponsors are Ecolean and EFI.

    Who should attend:

    • Packaging Converters / Printers
    • Brand Owners / Managers
    • Brand & Packaging Designers / Graphic Arts Professionals
    • Commercial Printers
    • Printing Technology Suppliers

    Find program details here.

    When: Friday 3rd August, 2018
    Time: 9am to 4pm
    Where: Monkey Baa Theatre, Darling Harbour, Sydney 
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  • Tom Sturgess buys Winc NZ

    The New Zealand Commerce Commission (NZCC) has approved the sale of office products business Winc NZ, formerly Staples, to Tiri Group, a private company 85 percent owned by Tom Sturgess, the chairman of NZ printing business Blue Star Group.

    Tom Sturgess, executive chairman Tiri Group.

    “The Commission has approved the purchase of Winc by TSPV1 Limited (a subsidiary of the Tiri Group Limited),” the NZCC said in a statement. “The transaction was completed on 2 July 2018.”

    US private equity giant Platinum Equity agreed to sell Winc NZ earlier this year after the NZCC joined High Court proceedings filed by competitor Complete Office Solutions (COS) to prevent Platinum from acquiring OfficeMax over concerns the acquisition would “substantially lessen competition.”

    The sale of Winc NZ allows Platinum to push ahead with its plan to acquire OfficeMax in Australia and NZ from Office Depot.

    Australia’s corporate regulator the ACCC gave the go-ahead to Platinum’s proposed acquisition of OfficeMax Australia in November. Beverly Hills-based Platinum, a multi-billion-dollar global private equity firm specialising in mergers and acquisitions, intends to merge OfficeMax Australia with Winc Australia.

    Blue Star NZ includes print businesses McCollams (Auckland), Format Print (Wellington), Nicholson Print (Auckland), and Rapid Labels (Auckland). In 2014, Blue Star and Tiri Group brought together their labels assets and formed labels and packaging business Hexagon Holdings.