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  • The New LEP – Trade Printing. Redefined.

    30 May, 2017 —There are three external elements to LEP’s re-launch – the brand change, a new shop front (public website) and the new shop My LEP (integrated ordering system). However, there is more to this than just an outside change at LEP, we have also changed how we partner and support our clients by investing to make their businesses more profitable.

    Our New Brand

    Our customers and their consumer needs are constantly transforming, Trade printing is constantly evolving technologically and culturally. It’s change or get changed out, a challenge that we have taken head on at LEP.

    For the last year and a half, we have worked intensively with this new ambition and are about to launch the next stage.

    On May 11, we started on this new journey with our new visual identity – the first of many changes.

    Our coloured cog style logo and previous brand has been replaced with a brand that reflects how we want to be perceived in the future – capturing the technical nature of printing, its pulse and speed.

    The branding is the just the first part of the customer story, but was actually the last part of LEP’s change journey.

    Our New Website

    The LEP web site has been completely redesigned to reflect our new brand and also provide our customers an unprecedented amount of information and helpful resources. This is also the first time our website has been fully accessible from phones and tablets.

    The updated site includes enhanced navigation and a revised content structure with the sole intent of delivering the same experience we give to our customers when they order with us – it’s fast, it’s responsive and it’s friendly.

    We have extended our customer support even further with live chat inside our ordering system and a dedicated support centre for customers to get their questions answered quickly.

    Unlike our old website, plenty of information regarding our growing product line including our print options and stock can be found right on each product page. Plenty of resources such as our artwork guidelines and print templates are available there too. These pages prominently feature LEP’s forte range; Australia’s largest same day and next day dispatch product range.

    We needed to give customers an easier way to see LEP, our people, and our vision to partner with their print business. Hence, we’ve put a lot of effort into the site presentation with photos, video and graphics so that our customers get a real sense of who we are.

    Before we started work on our new website, we had already set out to evolve online trade printing with our new ordering system, My LEP (formerly LEP Online), which has been a year and a half in the making. It’s the true cornerstone of our business and its redevelopment is the biggest innovation LEP has done in years.

    My LEP – Our new online ordering system

    My LEP is our fully integrated system which covers quoting and ordering through to manufacturing and distribution. It’s seamless and very cutting edge technology, whilst enabling customers to customise any job detail. Providing different service needs to different clients.

    My LEP has redefined how you order, with a modern user interface reinforcing our new brand and streamlined menus to an easy product selection. At any time day or night, you can browse millions of product options, prices and quantities and order instantly. Click on the product icon to view and compare product options online for various quantities, stocks and even the speed of delivery all on one screen.

    Customers can view all the courier services on offer based on the delivery address and then choose the courier and the service level that suits their client for every order with just one click.  There is also the added benefit when you consolidate orders by delivering several jobs to the same address – you will see a reduced freight rate, saving real dollars and valuable profit.

    We have upgraded a favourite to personalise every order by having your logo printed on all your orders that we dispatch to your clients.  Without a trace of LEP branding or address details it looks as though it comes straight from your business.  Hence, we take special care to adequately package and protect your pint jobs as we know it reflects on our customers.

    My LEP uses the fully integrated support features and resources on lepcolourprinters.com.au including the online chat feature to assist customers’ right when they need help. There are also lots of other changes to assist clients to view job and customer history and re-order.

    We have changed about every element of LEP business and met the demand created through lean manufacturing, product and service offering, with our new sites. We are now about to embrace the next transformation, in the never ending journey of continuous improvement as a 100% trade print partner.

    The Promotion

    To celebrate the NEW LEP we will be encouraging customers to take advantage of our 20% off all Digital products promotion, throughout June.  This promotion includes our same day dispatch range and all digital product types, business cards, loyalty cards, flyers, brochures, corporate folders and even magazines.

    Customers just need to log on to my.lepcolourprinters.com.au (My LEP) to join the celebration sale.

     

  • LEP Colour Printers gets new corporate ID

    11 May, 2017 — LEP Colour Printers has adopted a new visual identity to initiate the latest stage in its continuous evolution as the pre-eminent trade printer in Australia.


    LEP Colour Printers has launched a new logo to replace its well known four colour triple-octagon logo. The new visual identity is an up-to-the-minute reflection of LEP’s dedication to the use of new technology, and new print techniques, to produce highest quality print products in time-frames that ensure its customers satisfy the expectations of their own clients.

    LEP Colour Printers’ CEO, John Bromfield: “We are leading the change in trade print expectations."

    The new logo is a striking graphic representation of the company’s business vision. It features a contemporary circle that describes the highly technical nature of printing, and uses a colour palette enhancing the typography designed to represent speed and agility.

    This new corporate hallmark puts the print industry on notice that LEP Colour Printers has no time for complacency. As the print industry takes on board new technology developments to meet the constantly changing demands of its consumers, trade printers have to stay one step ahead, both culturally and technologically, to meet those demands.

    That’s a challenge LEP Colour Printers relishes. For the past decade the company has continually analysed and upgraded every facet of its business, infrastructure and processes to ensure that it is constantly at the ready for new directions in the use of print.

    Chief Executive Officer at LEP Colour Printers, John Bromfield, has been at the forefront of the drive to transform the company during that time. He believes the new logo emphasises the company’s ethos of rigour and innovation in everything it does.

    “It’s change or get changed out — a challenge that we have taken head-on at LEP,” said Mr Bromfield. “For the last year-and-a-half we have worked intensively with this new ambition, and are now launching the next stage with a new key facet — a brand design that reflects how we want to be perceived in the future, capturing the technical nature of printing, its pulse and speed.”

    The new logo is a recognisable representation of LEP’s highly responsive customer interaction through its online store, longstanding expertise in digital and offset print technology, and unparalleled job turnaround times.

    “To thrive in this new digital world, where business moves faster than ever, we have set out to modernise and elevate LEP, our brand, our shop front, and evolve our online trade printing. We are leading the change in trade print expectations, giving printers what they need to successfully fulfill their customers’ expectations,” said Mr Bromfield.

    “We have changed every element of the business to meet the demands our customers have created. We’ve done that through lean manufacturing, vibrant product and service offerings, and the fastest turnaround times in the country. We are now about to embrace the next transformation in our never ending journey of continuous improvement in print,” he added.

    As printers become familiar with LEP’s new logo, it will remind them of the ongoing developments inside the company which are less visible, but nevertheless play a vitally important role in LEP’s strategic development as the leading trade printer in Australia

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    About LEP Colour Printers
    LEP Colour Printers is Australasia’s leading trade printer, offering a comprehensive range of prepress, offset and digital print, bindery and associated services. LEP provides super-fast turnaround times and online ordering services to make print easier and faster than ever.

     

  • Free process audit to cut costs

    To get the best from your hardware and software sometimes you need to call in a skilled technician to check the system for bottlenecks that are costing you time and money. In October, Fujifilm technicians are making their broad industry knowledge and experience available to you in most capital city metro areas for an onsite consultation FREE of charge.

    Richard Ramirez, Fujifilm’s Prepress Product Manager, says; “Printers today are facing the difficult task of outputting more jobs with quicker turnaround, on lower margins and with less staff. Small breakdowns in production can leave you stranded. A production failure will damage your customer relationship while blowing out a print job’s initial, estimated cost.”

    A successful printer knows there is no place for re-runs because of small colour issues. Miscommunication between service representatives and their clients can damage an otherwise strong relationship.

    Richard Ramirez, prepress product manager

    Says Ramirez; “We can come into your shop for, say, half a day and investigate where to fine tune your print production and identify potential improvements in your prepress and pressroom system with a free process audit. We’ll look at how your hardware and software mesh together and offer solutions for how it could function at optimum efficiency.”

    Fujifilm’s process audit will focus on:

    • Communications: reliable and clear communication channels are vital for jobs to move swiftly and smoothly from job estimating and planning to prepress then on to production floor equipment and personnel.
    • Proofs: the review process for clients requires easy-to-use and effective approval management and exchange protocols.
    • Consistency: your CtP imaging system should be tuned to provide maximum media processing stability and trouble-free plate processing.
    • Colour management: colour variances across multiple devices, varying printing conditions and locations can cause nightmares in production.
    • Quality: high quality of the final product relies on clear process controls throughout the workflow and quality of plate reproduction.
    • Material use: cut waste and duplication with lean production measures and efficiencies.

    Fujifilm technicians can leverage the understanding acquired through quality control activities at our world-leading manufacturing sites. They can improve the printing process by diagnosing and analyzing the state of devices and the software that drives them. This will lead to consistent quality, improved productivity, and reduced costs of materials and energy.

    Says Ramirez again; “Sign up for a FREE process audit in October and we could help your business in these key areas:

    • Reduce costs
    • Improve revenue
    • Reduce labour requirements
    • Streamline your production
    • Increase productivity

    Get in early and contact Fujifilm today to request a FREE of charge process audit!

    * Free process audit is only available in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra metro areas
    * Limited to one free process audit per site
    * Subject to availability of mutually convenient dates during October

  • 20 high-speed HP inkjet webs will transform the economics of book printing

     A technology watershed investment in book printing technology will take place over the next three years in the USA with the announcement that Quad Graphics, one of the largest printing companies, will transform its production platform by installing more than 20 digital inkjet web presses.

    The strategic investment will usher in the era where the long-talked about ‘books on demand’ will be become a true commercial reality. Over three years Quad Graphics aims to present publishers with a range of options for producing and delivering books on demand, bringing zero inventory and just-in-time delivery closer to reality.

    “The innovation opportunity in books is enabled by new digital print technologies that are profoundly changing book publishing economics,” said Joel Quadracci, Quad/Graphics chairman & CEO. “With this investment in digital presses and integrated systems we can support a broad industry transition to a print-on-demand, zero-inventory model.

    “Our digital press solution will help redefine the entire book supply chain, giving publishers increased customization and versioning capabilities; faster time-to-market; reduced waste, inventories and obsolescence; and lower fixed costs. Accordingly, publishers will be able to focus more on content and have the ability to redeploy the capital previously tied up in inventory to other initiatives.”

    Traditionally, book publishers have had to carry large inventories, a significant portion of which may go unsold and become obsolete. Quad/Graphics will put five of the HP colour digital web presses into production this year, the first of which it will begin installing this month, January. The other 15-plus presses will be installed in the remaining two-year period. Once all units are installed, Quad/Graphics will have the capacity to produce nearly 3 billion colour pages each month.

    The overall volume of digitally printed books is forecast to increase 15.2% annually through 2019, according to a recent digital book printing study by Interquest, a market and technology research firm.

    Printed consumer trade books are showing surprising strength versus what had been expected to be a dramatic shift to e-books. According to Nielsen BookScan, AAP and other book industry reporting, there was an increase in printed books sold in 2014.

    According to a recent Bowker study, there continues to be significant annual increases in ISBN-registered book titles being fuelled by small publishers and self-publishers who want to see their books in print. Additionally, a new Nielsen Books & Consumer survey shows that printed books are outselling e-books by a healthy two to one.

    “We aim to be the book producer of choice,” Quadracci said. “We have a clear vision for the future of this industry and we are taking the necessary steps to realize that vision for the benefit of a $30 (US) billion book publishing industry.”

    The plan includes investing in:

    • 20 or more HP high-speed color digital web presses;
    • Front-end workflow solutions for accepting orders and putting them immediately into production; and
    • Back-end integrated systems for finishing, distribution and fulfilment, including shipping directly to the end recipient with an auto-generated invoice.

     

  • Sponsored News: Offset Plates—A System, Not Just a Piece of Metal. Fujifilm Blog

    As the number of establishments using offset plates reduces, plate volumes remain stable or show slight increases due to the proliferation of multi-unit presses, shorter print runs performed more frequently and vast improvements in the time it takes to change-over plates, or make ready as it is known.

    The SRA3 plate market is the one most affected by digital printing. Digital presses offering duplexed 2-up A4 printing on-demand without the use of offset plates, have almost replaced the old ‘small offset’ market. Most quick printing outlets today have waved goodbye to their AB Dicks, Iteks, TOKs and even GTOs in favour of digital cut sheet presses from manufacturers such as Fuji Xerox. Having said that, there is still a strong stalwart community of ‘52cm’ press users where the delights of digital are not needed. Heidelberg has even given its 52cm press range ‘Speedmaster’ functionality, plus anilox, and dropped GTO altogether.

    The B2, or 4-up, sheet size market is different and only recently have we seen digital versions in this format. The B2 sheet is the most widely used in the offset printing industry and, therefore, plate sales are still robust. B1 (8-up) and larger presses are of course still the exclusive domain of offset, perhaps until Drupa 2016 when we may possibly see commercialization of Landa Nanographic machines.

    So, the offset plate market has changed dramatically in the past 10 years. Like all sectors of the imaging industry, plates have had to keep up with technology demands. Computer to plate making, without the use of a film negative or positive, is one of the biggest change-agents. Environmental demands to reduce chemical and energy use is another. Platerooms, once an alchemist’s labyrinth of darkrooms, toxic fumes, chemicals, films and light sources are now so clean they can be in an office environment.

    These advancements have changed offset plates from simple pieces of imaged metal—the ‘final interface’ between ink and paper—to part of a sophisticated system designed to take page data, usually PDF, transform it into printable signatures and finally output onto digitally imaged plates that can be either thermal (IR) or violet in sensitivity—both extremes of the visible spectrum.

    The Plate System Explained

    Printers today do not frequently chop-and-change between plate suppliers due to this holistic system approach. The ‘system’ should include:

    A workflow that does justice to the final plate output and takes in functions such as trapping, imposition, dot gain, colour management, rendering, overprints, spot colours, coatings and the increasingly popular ‘ganged up’ printing where multiple jobs are printed on one sheet, minimizing paper waste.

    The CTP machine and Rip. The CTP device will be imaging either thermally activated or light-activated silver halide plates. The laser or LEDs need to be adjusted to perfectly match the plates being imaged.

    Proofing: whether hard copy proofs or measured on-screen ‘soft’ proofs are used, clients mostly want to approve the job before printing. Knowing plate characteristics will enable more accurate proofing.

    The plate processor or ‘processless’ sub-system. Even plates that use no or low chemistry to develop and fix the image use water. Minimising water usage and, in a low-chemistry situation, replenishers, not only reduces environmental impacts but can save sizeable amounts of money. Processless plates that come out of the CTP and are mounted straight onto the press, bypassing the processing stage, are increasingly popular, but they still require washing-out of the non-image area, something that is accomplished with a balanced fount solution and a few initial sheets. Again, the system approach will ensure efficient washout and on-press performance.

    All plates will of course work in various workflows, with different Rips and with different brands of compatible CTP. The difference with a ‘system’ approach is that there is always a support structure that takes responsibility for the whole process—to set plate production up correctly and to keep it at peak performance.

    Plate trials are perhaps the best way to assess whether a new system will deliver the required benefits. Three Australian Printers—Worldwide Printing, Terry Howe Printing and Ink On Paper—discovered this when they were experiencing problems with their processless plates. Their stories can be seen here.

    One comment from Terry Howe reads: “We changed over to Fujifilm Pro-T3 plates and have not looked back. Our production is back into full flight, and when we receive new consignments of plates, the batch-to-batch variance is minimal. Even the way the Pro-T3 plates are packaged is sturdier so they remain flat and easier to handle.”

    There are many such stories where printers have successfully accessed the systemized, analytical approach to using offset plates instead of just purchasing boxes of sensitized grained aluminium sheets.

    As with the human body and medicine, the ‘Holistic’ approach works best for plates, too.

     Read more Fujifilm Graphics Blogs here

  • Printer delivers on Grand Final Day

    Stadium Signs prove to be champions when it comes to printing large format banners for the MCG on their new Mimaki JFX 200 from Spicers.

    Stadium Signs in leafy Ferntree Gully are possibly one of the most envied sign-makers in Melbourne. The company, which produces signage for big name brands for installation into the aforementioned MCG, Crown and Federation Square, is also one of the privileged few to have a pre-front row seat to the stadiums during most major events in Australia’s sporting calendar.

    ‘It’s a real honour to have that contractor’s pass to go onto the ground, and we respect that,’ said Pamela Hammond, director and sales and marketing manager. ‘We love the sporting culture and to be involved in it on this level is a great thrill.’

    Warren Davey, Spicers, with Pamela Hammond and Leigh Onions of Stadium Signs

    It’s also a great responsibility. Big name brands that approach Stadium Signs aren’t just after a one-dimensional sign to stick on the wall. They are after brand theatre or a brand experience, to really engage the consumer in the brand rather than just being a passive observer.

    ‘Stadium Signs is involved in not only most of the above ground signage but also the Grand Final AFL Sprint every year, and it’s an incredible experience,’ Pamela smiles. ‘The amount of work that goes into not only printing the sponsor signs but also setting up is extensive. But it is so rewarding, thinking that thousands of people will watch it.’

    Understandably, companies are after absolute perfection when it comes to this many people viewing their brands. And this is where Mimaki comes in.

    ‘It is imperative that our colours perfectly match our clients brand guidelines,’ Pamela says. ‘When you think that at the Grand Final alone there are almost 100,000 people present, not to mention those watching at home, there is no room for error. It needs to look brilliant. And that’s why we’ve been so thrilled with Mimaki. We can rely on it. It delivers on time, every time.’

    Not surprisingly, working with commitments this large requires a great machine. Hence Stadium Signs founder/director Leigh Onions and Pamela decided it was time add another printer that could handle these jobs.

    ‘We did a lot of research into flatbed printers but we just kept coming back to Mimaki, every time,’ explains Pamela. ‘We’ve been extremely happy with our Mimaki JV5 roll to roll and now we are ecstatic with our Mimaki JFX200. As an example, Spicers installed the machine a few weeks ago on a Monday. By the Thursday it was printing 27 nine-metre long signs for the MCG, and had finished in three hours. They were then installed the next morning. That’s a phenomenal turn around.’

    But it’s not just the speed and quality that Leigh and Pamela love about Mimaki. It’s the fact they can breathe easy when the pressure is on, knowing they can trust the machine.

    ‘An urgent job came in and we realised we only had one piece of spare Corflute left over,’ Pamela says. ‘We were praying nothing went wrong. And absolutely nothing did, it was amazing. We were all high-fiving each other.’

    Warren Davey, Sales Executive for Spicers, was also instrumental with the decision to purchase the Mimaki JFX200. Significantly, Stadium Signs were the first in Victoria to have this brand of flatbed installed.

    ‘We’ve really enjoyed the process of helping Stadium Signs with their decision to purchase a printing solution.’ Warren says. ‘We don’t just sell printers, we sell plans to help your business grow and make money, and we’re really pleased with how well it has worked out for them.’

    Of course, Stadium Signs also know that the purchase was a sound fiscal decision. The Mimaki JFX200 is one of the best-priced printers on the market, especially considering the advantages it brings.

    ‘When you consider the amount of time we save, as well as materials and labour, it was a very sensible purchase. We’re not risk takers,’ states Pamela.

    Hence the decision to purchase from Spicers was an investigated one, and pleasingly, one that is paying off handsomely.

    ‘Spicers were able to deliver immediately, which was perfect timing for the Grand Final work. Everything has happened exactly as it was promised, with tender loving care,’ Pamela enthuses. ‘The technical back-up has been incredible. It’s just been so fantastic, we really could not be happier.’

     

  • ‘It’s the missing link’ – CMYKhub’s final touch to W2P

    Free online design templates are set to power up the next stage of web-to-print development for print buyers and designers.

    CMYKhub has launched its ‘online design templates’ in a Design4print solution for customers with minimal set up costs and NO monthly fees. Online design templates are becoming the next big thing as they allow print buyers to design promotional material and stationery online. The print buyer starts with professionally designed templates that they can customise prior to ordering their printing.

    According to Clive Denholm, CMYKhub, it’s the missing link in Web2Print success. “Having online templates and the ability to design online is fundamental to achieve sales of print on the web. What we have on offer with our template design solution is in my opinion, the best system available.”

    CMYKhub is offering the system, called D4P, with minimum of setup charges and with absolutely no monthly transaction or hosting costs, customers simply pay a small fee for artwork that is charged once they make a sale.

    The D4P solution has an online logo designer, a million quality designed templates and a massive photo library built in.

    CMYKhub invites customers that want a print website with design templates to contact them for a one-on –one demonstration. The system is ready to go and CMYKhubis offering it on a first come, first served basis.

    CMYKhub is Australia’s largest trade only printer with manufacturing hubs in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Darwin.

    For further information contact paul.norton@cmykhub.com

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  • Agfa gets back into digital printing with MGI

    After a pioneering history in the digital revolution, including the first Australian agency of Xeikon in the early 1990s, the iconic Belgium-based business has returned to commercial digital print with its local launch of the French-built Meteor DP 8700 XL.

    Promoting a ‘click-free’ business model, Agfa intends to succeed where other suppliers failed, including Ferrostaal and GBC, in convincing the local industry of the benefits of the Meteor. It will also promote a wide range of equipment from manufacturer MGI, including the iFoil digital embellisher in competition with the Scodix from Currie Group.

    The Meteor DP 8700 XL press made its debut at Agfa Graphics open house functions in Melbourne this week, giving guests a chance to sit in on a demonstration and catch up with specialists from MGI and AGFA Graphics. It joins the company’s UV-based wide format printers, notably the Anapurna, as part of its digital imaging stable.

    Against a backdrop that urged visitors to ‘Stay Ahead’, the Meteor ran through a number of print jobs on a variety of substrates from offset paper to envelopes, synthetics stocks and rigid plastics up to 1020mm in length. The demonstrations placed the press as a viable and cost-effective alternative for those looking at flexibility in the high-end digital sector, but for Mark Brindley, managing director Agfa Oceania, it is the ability to dramatically increase margins and lift profitability which is most important.

    “With the average profit on print running at around five per cent, it’s no wonder the Meteor’s ability to produce general commercial work with a profit margin of 20, 30, 50 or even 70 per cent is creating interest around the world,” said Brindley. “Add to that the flexibility to diversify into new revenue streams, including high margin products like oversize print, packaging, labels and plastic cards, to name a few, and the Meteor really can be a key to healthier margins and improved business profitability.”

    Ray Pena from MGI detailed the attractive purchase price, the ability to print to standard offset papers, the flexibility to expand into more lucrative markets, as key differentiators, but the ability to free businesses from the traditional digital ‘click charge’ model is perhaps the most critical, he said.

    Presenting the MGI Meteor DP 8700 XL are (from left): AGFA Graphics’ Mark Brindley, managing director, Oceania; Peter Williams, sales & technical specialist and Harry Kontogiannis, manager – wide-format inkjet and commercial printing, with Raymond Pena Jnr, MGI International director of ßales & communications.

    “While click charge contracts may allow manufacturers to set a lower initial purchase price, which looks attractive, they lock press owners in to significantly higher ongoing costs, particularly when machine upgrades and trailing residual contract commitments are factored in,” Pena warned. “Under a click charge contract, every image is costing you money…and you’re committed to paying for agreed production levels, even if your volumes slip or vary from month to month.”

    Brindley acknowledged that these are challenging times for the industry, “but the Meteor press range, and the wider range of innovative products from MGI, offer some exciting solutions and options for businesses,” he said.

    “We’re delighted to be partnering with MGI and look forward to working with key decision makers over the next weeks and months to help them ‘imagine the possibilities’ for their businesses.”

     

  • Rapid reaches the tropical north with Aldine installation

    Australian-based manufacturer of Memjet-powered narrow web digital label printing systems, Rapid Machinery Company, is reaching Australia’s tropical north with the installation of its digital label printing line comprising a Rapid X2 press, a Rapid D2 die-cutter/laminator and Rapid SR2 rewinder, in the far north of Australia at Aldine Printers, Cairns, Queensland.

    Despite being in a remote location – tropical Cairns is closer to Papua New Guinea’s capital Port Moresby than to its own state capital of Brisbane – the city region of approximately 285,000 population is a thriving and diverse economy with its own international airport but perhaps best known as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree rainforest tourist attractions. Aldine Printers is a family run business established in 1993 and today run by husband and wife team Rob and Tracy Kingdom, with a total of seven employees.

    Tracy (L) and Rob Kingdom of Aldine Printers, in Australia’s tropical north, Cairns.

    “We have a customer base that covers most of Eastern Australia plus Papua New Guinea,” says Rob Kingdom, “because of our specialised range of labels and reputation for care and consistency, word gets around and our website attracts visitors from many places.”

    The specialised range Rob Kingdom refers to includes a stock range of labels used by butchers and supermarkets, often printed on bright fluorescent substrates. The company also prints hot-foil and full colour labels and offers design services. The press stable includes a Nilpeter FA2400 five-colour UV; a Rapid RP180 foiling press, three Roland DG wide format printer cutters, thermal printers and the most recent acquisition – a Rapid X2 digital press running up to a 220mm web with inline die-cutting, laminating and rewinding.

    Kingdom says: “We have been watching the development of the Memjet and Rapid digital label technology for some time and we decided it was the right time to move – the technology is now ready and proven. As a Rapid customer of 16 years with the hot-foil machine, we knew about the build quality and reliability of the company. We travelled to the Melbourne PacPrint exhibition in May and saw for the first time the complete X2 line with much needed die cutting and laminating, so we ordered it on the spot.”

    Aldine Printers is experiencing a strong demand for full colour labels in short and mid-size runs. “We have the excellent Roland DG wide format printer cutters for very short runs of full colour labels, but they are quite slow and require hand-slitting into rolls,” says Kingdom. “Our demand for mid-level label runs was increasing so the Rapid X2 makes complete sense. Although we would normally put four colour runs over 10,000 labels, depending on metres used, on the Nilpeter; we have actually produced a 30,000 label run on the Rapid X2.”

    Kingdom also praises the quality of the Rapid X2, saying: “We are amazed at the quality coming off the Rapid X2; the resolution of very fine text is perhaps the best on all our presses and I would especially praise the colour rendition – our operators are getting the correct colour from PDF designs very quickly and with little effort; the electronics seem to interpret PDFs perfectly.

    “Being so far from Brisbane and Sydney, we have to be self-sufficient up here and so far looking after the Rapid X2 line has proven easy. We carry a couple of Memjet printheads in reserve, files and ink cartridges and we are fortunate to have an excellent substrate partner in Spicers Paper, who carry reserve rolls for us in Townsville, only 350 kilometers away,” he says.

    Rapid’s general manager Nick Mansell says: “We are delighted to continue our long-standing association with Aldine Printers by supplying the X2 digital line. The Cairns region, like most of Northern Australia, is a go-ahead place and Aldine has always been innovative in the label industry. We look forward to contributing to the further growth of this great North Queensland company.”

  • Canon announces Digital Show line up

    Canon Australia has announced its line-up for the 2013 Digital Show – an opportunity to meet and learn from the passionate team of Canon staff, experts and masters, and get hands-on with the very latest imaging technology.

    The Digital Show is the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest imaging event and will be held at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, Friday 13 to Sunday 15 September.

    “In the spirit of No One Sees It Like You, we have prepared a complete showcase of Canon’s products and services as well as inspiration and information to help people express their originality like never before,” says Jason McLean (pictured), Director – Canon Consumer Imaging, Canon Australia. “Occupying 375 square metres, the stand has something for everyone, from first looks at new products to creative challenges and an exciting opportunity to get involved in trialling a new image management service later this year.”

    From capture to output, and everything in between (stand #120)

    Visitors to the stand will see the full Canon imaging experience come to life with first looks at new products, interactive hands-on sessions with Canon Academy tutors, presentations of Canon Masters and live challenges.

    Highlights include:

    • Photo5 LIVE competition
    • Free photography walking tours
    • Learning from the Canon Masters at the Canon Theatre
    • Opportunity to get involved in Canon’s upcoming image management service
    • Exclusive Canon product offers on the stand

    Canon EOS Photo5 LIVE competition

    EOS Photo5 is Canon’s open-to-all photography competition that inspires everybody to create amazing photography. This hugely popular competition is now coming to Melbourne, held at The Digital Show as a live event.

    In a fast paced, Photo5 format, five briefs over three days will challenge you to push your creative boundaries, using Melbourne’s CBD as your photographic playground. Then, return and print your photos at the Canon stand within a few hours of the brief announcement to go in to win some seriously awesome prizes including five EOS 6D Premium Kits and five PIXMA PRO-10s. Sign up during the show at the Canon stand. Learn more about EOS Photo5 here.

    Free photography walking tours

    Canon will be offering free photography walking tours on each day of the show. You’ll learn essential tips and tricks to take your photography further and benefit from having an expert on hand to answer your photographic questions as you shoot using a new EOS 70D DSLR camera.

    • Friday 13th September at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm
    • Saturday 14th September at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm
    • Sunday 15th September at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm

    Spaces are limited so sign up ASAP at the Canon stand.

    Learn from the Canon Masters at the Canon theatre

    Learn from the experts with live presentations, demonstrations and videos covering a wide range of hot industry topics. Featuring Canon Masters:

    • Graham Monro – Portraiture and wedding
    • Jackie Ranken – Fine art landscape
    • Stephen Dupont – Photojournalism

    Canon is also proud to welcome a special guest speaker – the world-renowned photographer, Canon Explorer of Light, and Director of Film ¬Vincent Laforet. Exemplifying Canon’s mission of connecting and inspiring people to do more with their imaging, Laforet’s presentation will be as inspiring as it is informative. 11am Saturday 14 September in Main Theatre followed by appearances on the Canon stand

    Canon’s image management service

    Ahead of public release in 2014, Canon will be introducing its upcoming image management service – an easy way to manage, share and do more with your entire image collection, in one place.

    “We are excited to be announcing the upcoming launch of Canon’s online image management service – an easy way to manage, share and do more with your entire image collection, in one place,” continues McLean. “We are featuring the service on the stand and encourage people to register their interest to be one of the first to trial it ahead of its public launch in 2014.”

    Visitors who sign up to hear more about this service or to hear other information from Canon will also enter the draw for a chance to win an EOS 70D single lens IS kit with EFS18-55IS STM Lens. Terms and conditions apply and details will be available at the stand.

    Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards judging

    Featuring Australia’s best professional photographers, the 37th Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPAs) will be judged at the show again this year, giving show-goers an opportunity to see the judging of professional photography at its best.

    Canon Theatre times

    Friday 13 September

    10.30am – Photo5LIVE -Brief 1 & Special Brief Announced

    11.00am – Workshop by Canon Master, Steve Dupont

    12.15pm – Discover what’s great about photoPICO

    1.00pm – Introduction to Canon’s image management service

    2.00pm – Workshop by Canon Master, Steve Dupont

    3.15pm – Canon Academy

    4.30pm – Introduction to Canon’s image management service

    Saturday 14 September

    10.30am – Photo5LIVE Brief 2 & 3 Announced

    11.00am – Workshop by Master, Graham Monro

    12.15pm – Discover what’s great about photoPICO

    1.00pm – Introduction to Canon’s image management service

    2.00pm – Workshop by Master, Graham Monro

    3.15pm – Canon Academy

    3.45pm – Photo5LIVE Brief 2 & 3 Winners Announced

    4.30pm – Introduction to Canon’s image management service

    Sunday 15 September

    10.30am – Photo5LIVE Brief 4 Announced

    11.00am – Workshop by Master, Jackie Ranken

    12.15pm – Discover what’s great about photoPICO

    1.00pm – Introduction to Canon’s image management service

    2.00pm – Workshop by Master, Jackie Ranken

    3.15pm – Canon Academy

    3.45pm – Photo5LIVE Brief 4 & Special Brief Winners Announced

    4.30pm – Introduction to Canon’s image management service

  • Five more Spandex wrapped fridges up for grabs

    Spandex has named another five winners of its limited edition, Avery Dennison substrate-wrapped fridges in its ongoing promotional campaign – and there are still another five up for grabs.

    The August winners who will each receive a hand-wrapped 240-litre Westinghouse fridge are:

    Winners from last two months’ draws have got into the Facebook spirit, posting photos of their new fridges.

    Peter Wu Graphics – New South Wales
    R & J Wilson – Victoria
    Advision – Queensland
    Vale Signs – South Australia
    Authentic Signs – Western Australia

    Marketing Manager Nathan Barclay said: “Previous winners from July and June have started posting photos up on our Facebook page which is really great. It’s all about fun and getting ready for a cool summer and seeing customer teams from all over Australia with their new wrapped fridges really gives us a warm feeling!”

    There are still five more wrapped fridges to win before the competition ends in September. All that any Spandex customer has to do is buy an Avery Dennison product from Spandex.  If the order exceeds $300, two entries are automatically awarded – it’s that simple.

    Anyone wishing to enter the final draw should click here.

  • Canva launches new graphic design platform

    Sydney based start-up Canva is launching an online graphic design platform allowing users to design their own professional designs including flyers, birthday cards, business cards, posters, info graphics and more, with a library of more than one million photographs, graphics, fonts.

    The new platform will be rolled out to limited users in the US and Australia starting from today. Users can join the waiting list to gain exclusive early access.

    Melanie Perkins, CEO, Canva said, “Canva has re-imagined a world where design is simple, and every idea can be beautifully presented in print or online. Unlike traditional desktop design software, Canva is web-based and brings all the tools together in one place.”

    Melanie Perkins, CEO, Canva

    A free drag and drop design it consists of media sourced from some of the world’s most talented photographers, illustrators and designers. Users can upload their own content or pay $1 per premium element when they publish their design.

    It also provides professional designers with a faster way to create layouts and collaborate with clients, removing the need for back and forth email exchanges. Designers can earn money by contributing their own graphic elements and layouts.

    Canva raised $3m in funding from different investors including Commercialisation Australia, Matrix Partners, InterWest Partners, Blackbird Ventures, Seek co-founder Paul Bassat’s Square Peg Capital, Yahoo chief financial officer Ken Goldman and former CVC Asia-Pacific chief Adrian MacKenzie.

    Facebook director of Engineering and co-founder of Google Maps Lars Rasmussen has also backed the technology,  he said “Facebook and Twitter have created a world where anyone can instantly share experiences with friends, yet an online design tool suitable for us all to use is entirely lacking. The design market is ripe for disruption and I believe Canva has the answer.”

  • Indigo packs a label punch with new HP package

    HP has announced a new enhancement package for the HP Indigo WS6X00 series Digital Press that is set to improve press performance, which the company says will allow customers to produce more labels with less effort every month.

    Touching all aspects of a label converting shop, the new capabilities improve press productivity and workflow efficiency, while opening new possibilities through an expanded range of high value applications.

    The enhancement package also helps to improve the return on investment of an HP Indigo Digital Press for new customers, and helps protect existing customers’ investments, as the new features are backwards compatible with existing presses.

    These new features build on HP’s strategy of delivering continuous innovation to the market to help customers increase productivity, such as the Enhanced Productivity Mode (EPM) released last year.

    “Label converters are increasingly taking advantage of the productivity and quality afforded by the HP Indigo WS6600 Digital Press for medium-run label and packaging printing to meet the brand standards their customers demand,” said Alon Bar-Shany, vice president and general manager, Indigo Division, HP. “HP is committed to bringing to market new product features and capabilities that allow customers to improve productivity as well as print more jobs.”

    The HP Indigo WS6X00 series Digital Press enhancement package features the new HP SmartStream Labels and Packaging Workflow Suite, version 4.0, powered by Esko, a solution for simplified colour management and automated job preparation. The new offering enables time savings of up to 70 per cent throughout the entire colour management process in addition to enabling up to 20 per cent more jobs per shift.

    Key features include:

    • A new colour engine that transforms existing workflow processes by automating common, time-consuming procedures. The result is quick, accurate colour management with fewer manual workflow steps required for efficient, high-quality printing.

    • New imposition and variable-data tools, including dynamic marks. These tools add flexibility in file preparation, by enabling to run various workflow steps in parallel instead of sequentially, resulting in a faster turnaround.

    • An additional raster image processing (RIP) choice, the Adobe RIP, which was specifically developed and optimized for Esko and Indigo technology. The Adobe RIP has significantly improved processing speeds, by up to 90 per cent.

    The enhancement package also includes software and hardware improvements that help maximise productivity and increase press uptime by up to 10 per cent, including:

    • HP Indigo Print Care 2.0, a comprehensive toolset that offers on-press diagnostic and remote support tools to help press operators maximise overall productivity and minimise press downtime. The new version saves users time by offering a subsystem view that consolidates all tests, diagnostics, troubleshooting and external tools. A scan-and-send capability enables easy sharing of images with remote support.

    • A new set of consumables, including a new charge roller that offers five times the lifespan of the current version, new photo imaging plate (PIP) and PIP underlayer for improved ease and time of installation.

    As part of the enhancement package, HP is introducing the industry’s first dedicated high-slip white ink for production of shrink sleeves, a market that is rapidly growing in terms of print volume and value. The new HP Indigo ElectroInk for WS6000 Series Presses White for Sleeves enables an even shrinking of printed sleeves without adding a high-slip spot varnish. The addition of white ink for shrink sleeves opens new business opportunities and applications for HP Indigo customers.

    In addition, the enhancement package includes a new Advanced Harmonic Topology Screen (HTS 210), which improves colour uniformity and consistency for complicated jobs.

    The enhancement package will be internationally available in September 2013. The HP Indigo range is distributed locally by the Currie Group.

  • Starleaton bolsters substrate range with Neschen

    Starleaton Digital Solutions, is bolstering its substrate offering with the introduction of its new Neschen Solvoprint window-grip Ultra Clear self-adhesive digital print film to its range of films for signage and promotions. 

    Neschen Solvoprint Window-Grip Ultra Clear is a highly transparent polyester cling film which can be printed with (eco) solvent, latex and UV-curable inks or in a UV offset printing process. Although adhesive-free, it sticks to all smooth surfaces, including glass, metal and similar materials. It is ideal for windows, mirrors and flat screens — the cling film can be applied and removed easily, or repositioned without losing any adhesive force and without leaving any residue.

    Dr Gerhard Dransmann, Head of New Product Development at Neschen AG in Bückeburg, said, “Our new self-adhesive film is the perfect solution for advertising messages, such as during promotions or action weeks. Printed back-to-front, it can also be used for a shop window advertising message affixed to the inside of the window.”

    Neschen Solvoprint Window-Grip Ultra Clear is 125μm thick and is available in rolls 30 metres long and 127cm wide. Until now, such products were used almost exclusively for UV-curable ink systems. This self-adhesive digital print film from Neschen is resistant to water and heat, and boasts greater “adhesive force” than electrostatic cling films.

    Using Neschen’s Window Grip Ultra Clear cling film, digital printers can now work with other machines already available to them. An ultra-clear cling film of this quality which can be printed with a variety of solvent inks has never previously been available.

    “This new ultra clear film from Neschen is exactly the solution that pritners who specialise in sign and promotion work are looking for,” said Starleaton’s General Manager, Ben Eaton. “Not only is it a very high quality film, it’s also very easy to print and use in a variety of applications, giving them new avenues for boosting sales and revenue.”

  • Benefitz completes first Truepress Jet SX installation in southern hemisphere

    Auckland-based marketing services provider, Benefitz, is the first site in the southern hemisphere to complete the installation a sheetfed Screen Truepress Jet SXB2 digital inkjet press. Manufactured by Dainippon Screen, and sold locally though Fuji Xerox, a subsidiary of Screen’s New Zealand distributor, Fujifilm, the Truepress Jet SX was chosen following three years of careful research of the B2 digital market by directors Aidan and Dallas Bennett.

    “I was first shown the Screen Jet SX at the international Ipex exhibition in the UK in 2010. As a Screen customer for CTP and the direct-imaging Truepress 344, we knew the quality of the equipment and the support we could expect from both Screen and its New Zealand distributor Fujifilm,” said Aidan Bennett. “However, it was a beta demonstration back then and not ready for market. Following the first commercial installation of a Jet SX at RCS in the UK in late 2012, Dallas and I visited Screen’s technical centre in Tokyo where we put some of our own jobs through.”

    According to Bennett, the marketing, versatility and environmental advantages were immediately apparent for his 25-year old progressive company.

    Fellow director Dallas Bennett with the new installation.

    “This culture permeates right through our organisation of over 80 employees, from creation to print and fulfillment,” he said. “The Jet SX ticked all the boxes for sheet size, enabling us to print 4-up, quality at 1440dpi on standard offset stocks up to 600gsm, the ability to vary the data on every sheet and personalise and of course the environment because there are no plates, chemicals, solvents and very little paper waste.”

    The installation and training took place during July and August, with Benefitz’s offset printers receiving upskilling to digital from their B2 Komori presses, which are still kept busy for longer print runs. The Jet SX will compliment these offset presses and is a nice fit between the digital presses. It will take on existing work but will also bring lots of new opportunities due to the capability in terms of heavy stocks and sheet size.

    “The requirements of our customers are constantly changing,” adds Aidan Bennett. “The Jet SX will be an essential tool for us to respond to their requirements. We also have some exciting new projects we will be tackling as a result of this investment.”

    The company operates from two large premises in the go-ahead North Shore part of Auckland. Wide and grand format is housed in its own building with a new Fujifilm Uvistar Pro8 5 metre roll-feed press and a new EFI VuteK 3.2 metre flatbed UV amongst four Mimaki printers, cutters and CNC routers, die-cutters, laminators, PVC welders and finishing equipment. Every conceivable wide-format application is produced here including vehicle wraps, pop-ups, roll-ups, POP displays, teardrop banners, fabricated shop furniture, indoor and outdoor signage

    The sheetfed printing, finishing, creative design, publishing and website development team is housed in a nearby larger building. App development is a recent addition to Benefitz’s range of marketing services. The Screen Jet SX is the latest addition to a fleet that includes two Komori five-colour offset presses fed by Screen CTP (also supplied by Fujifilm NZ); a GTO 52, a Fuji Xerox iGen4 and Color 1000 and a host of finishing equipment.

    “We are partnering with Fuji Xerox to install this new Screen Truepress JetSX machine,” said Aidan Bennett.

    Benefitz runs a fleet of 20 wrapped and branded vehicles including a Hino lift-truck for billboard and other signage installations. The company also operates ‘A-Frame’ advertising trailers up to 6 x 3 metres which are towed around Auckland streets.

    Fellow director, and Aidan’s brother, Dallas Bennett says: “We aim to provide as complete a service as possible for our customers. Our strategy is to use the latest technology investments to show customers what can be achieved and we encourage them to come in and see for themselves; we don’t hide our technology, we are proud of it. We are offset printers as well and publish magazines which for speed, economy and quality will remain offset but for how long is anyone’s guess. The Screen Jet SX is a sign of the future and will bring immediate benefits to our production capabilities, which our customers are going to love.”

  • Spicers introduces new digital stocks

    Spicers is introducing two new digital substrate ranges, with the company announcing the addition of E-Photo Lustre for HP Indigo printers and the Pacesetter DigiSyn PET synthetic grade stock to its product range.

    Create photo quality print products with E-Photo Lustre

    Printing and graphic arts supplier, Spicers, has a new photo quality stock, E-Photo Lustre for HP Indigo printers. The paper is photo quality grade making it dust and water resistant, giving it all the qualities of traditional photo paper.

    “E-Photo Lustre is perfect for creating photo books and cookbooks that need to be presented on a high quality, photographic paper,” said Roger Rankine, National Sales Manager, Digital Media.

    This affordable range of satin-matt PE coated finish is HP Indigo certified, meaning it has undergone rigorous testing and comes with the confidence of HP Indigo Certification. The range has excellent colour reproduction and printable on both sides. The E-Photo Lustre stock comes in 190 and 260 gsm and is PEFC certified.

    Spicers’ first synthetic range for digital dry toner print

    Pacesetter DigiSyn is the newest member of the quality economical Pacesetter range. Its innovation is that it is the first PET synthetic grade from Spicers available in a complete range of weights for dry toner digital printing.

    “Normally, printers would need to offset print onto a synthetic grade with special inks. But with Pacesetter DigiSyn, small, cost effective and flexible runs via dry toner digital printing are now possible,” said Roger Rankine, National Sales Manager for Digital Media.

    Pacesetter DigiSyn is a tear proof, water, oil and weather resistant grade that can be used in dry toner printers. It is great for point of sale pieces, posters, shelf wobblers and books. Thicknesses include 130, 155, 205 and 280 micron. The grade has been designed to complement the current synthetic grades stocked by Spicers for HP Indigo, wide format and offset printing.

    To find out more contact Spicers via your sales representative, local sales office or email digitalteam@spicers.com.au

  • Spandex wrap workshop at Brad Jones Racing

    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 tkeneddy@spandex.com.au.

    For more information and other upcoming events, click here to visit the Print21 Calendar.