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  • Currie Group – Setting benchmarks for industry service: Print21 magazine cover feature

    Currie Group has one of the largest support teams in the industry.

    Contemporary printing is a technology-driven manufacturing industry. In factories and shops around Australia & New Zealand it utilizes sophisticated machinery, software, computers and workflows, frequently operating 24/7. In order to achieve optimum productivity everything in the complex process needs to perform reliably and as expected. When the unexpected fault occurs service response in terms of time and expertise becomes the crucial factor. That’s where the Currie Care Centre comes in.

    It’s no coincidence that Currie Group, the largest independent equipment supplier to the graphic arts industry across Australia and New Zealand, has one of the largest service teams in the industry. Almost 70 years ago the company started out as service engineers in Melbourne under Bill Currie, father of current executive chairman, David Currie. As printing engineers the business thrived for many years before transforming into the high-profile technology supplier that is today’s Currie Group.

    One thing that hasn’t changed in the company’s journey towards modernity and the future is the service ethos that first brought it recognition and reputation. The benchmark of the printing industry service offering is the Currie Care Centre, informed by the tradition of ensuring printers can rely confidently on expert knowledge and prompt service response times.

    Marcus Robinson’s approach as service manager Australia & New Zealand is deeply influenced by Currie Group culture. Starting out by serving his electrical apprenticeship with the company, he’s spent most of his 19 years there looking out for the service needs of the widest range of Australian and New Zealand commercial printers and label converters. From HP Indigo digital printing, Horizon finishing, Cron CTP and Scodix digital embellishing, Robinson has earned a reputation of being one of the best service professionals in the region.

    There is a down to earth pragmatism about the Currie Care Centre and Robinson that likely draws its inspiration from how it all began. Trade credentials are recognised as important as college degrees. “When I started I was fixing offset presses, but then one day I was called into the office to answer the phone when someone was sick. That’s a long time ago and I’ve never been back on the tools since.

    “A lot has changed since then, the company has grown, the industry has evolved and diversified but one thing that has remained strong is our loyal customers, some who have been with us for over 50 years. We must be doing something right.”

    A measure of the importance attached to his role by the Group can be seen in the number of employees that are dedicated to providing service. Over 60 percent of all the individuals that work within Currie Group are in the operations team, focused on delivering service via the Currie Care Centre. Through the Centre ‘Currie Care’ is a service contract offering whose benefits Robinson is continually promoting. Although not every customer signs on he’s convinced it makes good sense.

    “We promote Currie Care because it works for printers. When you sign on you know there’ll be no unbudgeted costs; it helps with business planning and peace of mind with no unexpected spare parts or engineer labour costs. We work on a monthly charge basis that our Currie Care customers incorporate into their budgets. We carry out planned preventative maintenance throughout the year to ensure machines are operating at optimal performance to prevent machinery break down’s or any unplanned stoppages. It lets us work very proactively with our customers,” said Robinson.

     

    The Currie Care Centre is staffed by experts to solve problems remotely.

    HP Indigo is the premier digital production press brand in the industry with machines serving commercial printing, labels and packaging. It led printing towards its digital destiny and is still blazing the trail in new forms and methods of production. No new technology emerges without teething problems and the Currie Care Centre and Robinson have been at the forefront of printing’s engagement with digital technology. The challenges faced along the way helped define the professionalism and sophistication

    of the current service response. As the company responsible for every aspect of the brand in the local market, Currie Group had to up-skill from its traditional expertise to servicing the latest in high technology electronics, computers and high-speed data transmission.

    To meet this challenge Robinson embarked on recruiting graduates with the required skill sets.

    “Gone are the days when we were only looking for electricians or fitters and turners. Now we want skilled engineers, university trained or industry experienced recruits with the right background. Our graduate program has been a great success. We recruit people straight out of university. These are candidates without industry experience, coming to us straight from university or further education. They’ve done a four to five-year degree. We hire them, train them and buddy them up with a senior engineer who takes them on the road and mentors them. So far, we’ve had nineteen people go through our graduate program over the past eight years,” he said.

    Training is at the heart of the Currie Care Centre ethos. With an end-to-end portfolio of equipment, it’s vital to keep engineers up to speed with new releases.

    “We’re very proactive about sending our people for training, whether it’s local in our state-of-the-art training centre, Israel, Japan or elsewhere. It’s investing good money in our people to make sure they’ve got the best background and training in the products. We do have specialists but try to keep a broad spread of skills across all equipment.”

    Currie Group provides training for its HP Indigo press operators to the highest possible standard and having highly skilled customer operators combined with the remote capabilities of the Care Centre provides a formidable solution for fast diagnosis and the resolution of issues as they arise.

    “Overall, it’s a dynamic team, we have a great mix of experienced engineers who’ve been with us for many years in conjunction with upcoming graduates. We recently held an internal training seminar for our product specialists and team leaders in our Melbourne Training Centre and after a quick poll we tallied three hundred plus years of Indigo experience in the room… now that’s unique,” said Robinson.

    “We are currently expanding, looking to hire talented service personnel in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and New Zealand and I’m always happy to hear from prospective candidates.”

    Right people, right place

    “We provide an unmatched service;” Marcus Robinson, service manager, ANZ.

    Providing service to the graphic arts industry has always been a matter of striking the right balance between investment and results. The debate continues as to whether service should be regarded as a profit or cost centre. What’s certain is that without it there would be a lot less value delivered to Currie Group customers. The development of the Currie Care Centre with state of art remote diagnostic tools has gone a long way towards increasing reach without necessarily breaking the budget.

    “Ten percent of our service team operate from the Currie Care Centre, this is a team of highly skilled engineers who run diagnostics and work with customers to resolve problems remotely. It helps avoid a site visit resulting in our customers being back in production faster,” said Robinson.

    Few organisations in the printing industry have the geographic spread of Currie Group, with service engineers in every major city throughout Australia & New Zealand.

    “Every Currie Group customer has a dedicated primary site engineer who gets to know the press, the operator and the workflow. It’s like always getting your car serviced by the same mechanic. When a customer calls in we’ll despatch the primary site engineer and if they’re elsewhere then of course another engineer is sent,” he said.

    Robinson believes his operation is unique in the industry due to its end-to-end service. Currie Group is the largest independent supplier when it comes to servicing the largest range of equipment. “It’s hard to say who has the largest service organisation. From a helicopter view I believe we’re the largest across the industry in end-to-end service. We have such a plethora of service offerings. We provide an unmatched service,” he said.

    There’s no doubt that a lot of the drive and commitment to the Currie Care Centre originates from David Currie. At a time when many organisations in the printing industry are cutting back on service numbers, Robinson is grateful for the full support he gets from the boss for his current expansion. It’s a commitment much appreciated.

    “David Currie is a great supporter of our service operations; he backs us all the way. I’m sure it’s because of how he started in business.” 21

     

  • Starleaton deepens channel partnership with EFI

    “We’re ideally situated to be able to quickly solve problems and make good any shortages,” Ben Eaton, Starleaton.

    Starleaton’s role as the sole EFI channel partner in Australia is designed to complement EFI’s new direct go-to-market strategy in the region.

    According to BEN Eaton, CEO Starleaton, the new alignment will allow Starleaton to leverage its nationwide network of support and logistics to deliver sales and service rewards for EFI’s customers. The expanding graphic arts and signage supplier has a significant presence in both Australia and New Zealand as well as many years experience selling EFI Fiery digital front ends. It also has a thriving business delivering flatbed inkjets to the broader signage industry. Operating out of eight locations coast to coast, Starleaton is well positioned to deliver the high quality technical expertise, logistics, sales and service required by EFI product buyers.

    EFI’s new direct to market strategy is a welcome development in promoting the brand, says Eaton. “I was more than keen to work with EFI on its new go-to-market strategy and am a supporter of EFI having a direct presence. The new hybrid model makes the most of both companies’ unique value propositions in order to achieve maximum market share.

    ‘”I spoke with Frank Mallozzi, EFI Head of Revenue, when he was here last month and outlined to him the continued investment we have been making in our sales and service team through the region. We’re expanding our team in almost every location. It’s a win-win situation for both company’s and for our customers. He could see it made sense,” said Eaton.

    The two-stream customer engagement strategy for Australia with Starleaton replicates EFI go-to-market strategies elsewhere. “My main concern to make sure we’re serving customers here,” said Mallozzi. “We have a direct presence for sales and service in many markets similar to Australia throughout the world and operate in tandem with partners there as well.”

    For Starleaton the advantages of being able to maintain EFI spare parts and consumables on the ground close to customers, presents a compelling case for cooperation. The company is expanding its taskforce of wide-format engineers and service personnel as it moves further into the hardware market. It already operates one of the most diverse and efficient substrate supply businesses in the sector.

    Eaton maintains Starleaton is the optimum channel partner for a company such as EFI looking to expand its market share in the fiercely competitive wide format signage and display sector. “We’ve got close relations with the industry, servicing customers for many years. Our people know the challenges faced by printers and signage companies and we’re ideally situated to be able to quickly solve problems and make good any shortages,” he said.

    The relationship between the two is set to deepen further as Eaton is keen to further engage with EFI’s greater software offering. It’s an area where he believes Starleaton is again uniquely placed to achieve good results. Working in cooperation with EFI’s Daniel Aloi, who is leading the direct to market charge, he believes that together they’ll be able to get in front of the widest range of customers.

    “The hybrid model provides us with the backup of EFI when we need it and vice versa. We’ve many years of experience working with Fiery RIPs. MIS and work flow software is a natural fit for us,” said Eaton. “I’m excited.”

    “We’ve known EFI products for many years, our service engineers have been to the factory for training and there’s close cooperation between the two of us. It’s a great result for EFI, Starleaton and most importantly our customers.”

     

  • Making web-to-print work for you

    Online ordering is taking off, and many printers are cashing in on the trend by investing in web-to-print (W2P) systems that promise to slash costs and boost efficiency. EFI’s Daniel Aloi (right) examines the benefits that web-to-print has to offer.

    W2P systems allow printers to automate and streamline their ordering processes through a web-based portal. Customers can upload their les directly and pay online, removing the need for sales staff to spend hours on the phone taking customer orders to exact specifications.

    Often, the W2P software will plug directly into your MIS and even the printer’s RIP, which bypasses time-consuming and expensive pre-press procedures. EFI’s Digital StoreFront, for example, comes bundled with our print suite packages, and interfaces directly with MIS software and Fiery RIP for a hands-o process. It frees up staff that would otherwise be busy with pre-press to take on higher-value tasks.

    W2P can also help open up new market opportunities and expand the range of services you offer your clients. For example, companies such as Vistaprint have made great use of W2P software for short-run, on- demand and bespoke printing jobs. Variable data and W2P go hand-in- hand, with applications ranging from simple business cards and stationery printing to major direct marketing campaigns.

    It’s all about the customer

    A lot depends on getting the right type of customer to take advantage of what a W2P system can do. As a print service provider investing in W2P, it’s vital to talk to your clients and tell them the benefits of using it – some customers will take to W2P with great enthusiasm, while for others it may take time to adopt new processes and ways of ordering. Those customers who do embrace W2P contribute a significant saving while improving profit margins.

    When introducing W2P into your operations, it’s a good idea to sell existing customers on the technology first before trying to use it to win new business. Start small, with something like simple stock ordering, before moving up to fulfilment, non-print items, and ad-hoc work.

    (Read Daniel’s complete blog here in the latest issue of Print21 magazine.)

  • State of Indigo – the Currie Group origin series.

     

     

     

     

     

    During the run up to the State of Origin rugby series Currie Group and HP Indigo are running their own NSW vs QLD printing competition.

    Only this interstate rivalry has nothing to do with football and everything to do with the state – NSW or QLD – that has the best Print Beat HP Indigo printers.

    “It’s a bit of fun, a game between printers to find the most productive HP Indigo printer in NSW and QLD,’ said Phil Rennell, marketing and sales director Currie Group. ‘”We’ll be running the numbers and compiling handicaps to make sure everyone has a fair chance of coming out on top. And winning the prize.”

    The competition is based on the weekly Print Beat scores of HP Indigo printers. Adjustments are made to ensure a level playing field – mostly through factoring in week-over-week improvement percentages. The state that has the best combined Print Beat results on their HP Indigo printers for March and April will be crowned the winners at the end of the competition. 

     PrintOS Print Beat is a cloud-based print optimisation solution that delivers historical and near real-time data for better, faster decision-making and improved print operations, making day-to-day print operations more efficient, productive and enjoyable.

    The top two companies from the winning state will win two tickets to join Currie Group and HP at Game One being held at the MCG in Melbourne with return air fares and a night’s accommodation. 

    Weekly emails will be sent out with the crucial scoreboard updates and minor prizes along the way. The overall winners will be announced in May with Game 1 held on 6th June 2018 at the MCG.

    “ Who will score the first try? Stay tuned for the state of play every week here on Print21,” said Rennell. “We wish you and your state team all the best. Happy printing!

    “And don’t worry, we’ve more competitions coming up for other states and football codes. Something for everyone … with a HP Indigo press.”

     

     

  • High visibility for wide format at PacPrint

    EFI was everywhere at PacPrint, either running Fiery RIPs on numerous stands, or supporting Starleaton and Spicers with their Vutek wide format machines. They also had their own branded stand where a Vutek LX3 Pro scored a Technology HotPick.

    The heavy hitters from EFI were in town: Frank Mallozzi, vice president, worldwide sales and marketing was happy to accept the Hot Pick Award on behalf of EFI and Ken Hanulec and Andy Yarrow.

    Putting ‘pop’ into point-of-sale (POP) printing is what marketers want. Vibrant colours and high-impact graphics at a location where people are deciding to purchase can make all the difference. The EFI Vutek LX3 Pro is designed precisely with this market in mind and it succeeds admirably.

    Utilising eight colours plus white as well as multi layer printing, the 3.2 meter wide machine can operate as either roll-to-roll or flatbed. With resolutions of 600 or 1000 dpi, it develops 12 picoliter grey scale printing for excellent up close resolution.

  • Precision drives print for Epson at PacPrint

    The underlying utility of PrecisionCore inkjet printing becomes more apparent with every passing year. The unique Epson imaging system powers printers across the widest range of applications from wide format to labels to fabric printing. At the company’s PacPrint stand visitors were treated to a master class in how to leverage the latest printing technology into real world applications.

    “Congratulations.” Patrick Howard awards the HotPick to Bruno Turcato, managing director of Epson Australia for the SurePress L-6034VW, with manifest approval from Roger Lundgren and Terry Crawford.

    A Technology HotPick was always on the cards for Epson if for no other reason than to acknowledge the industry leading efficiency of its PrecisionCore inkjet heads. The patented Piezo technology is being utilized across the entire range of Epson engines delivering unbeatable value and quality.  From fabrics to photos, labels to posters the same high standard of colour quality and productive output is redefining printers’ expectations.

    The compact show stand had something for everyone with brightly printed posters rolling out into the aisles. The SureColor S60600 and SureColor S80600 signage posters were hard to miss while the company’s signature photo quality desktop printers, the SureColor P5070 and the new SureColor P800 were able to demonstrate why the Epson marque remains the default choice of professional photographers when it comes to printing out photos.

    Faced with such a plenitude of technology nominations for the HotPick, the newly released digital label SurePress L-6034VW finally took the prize. First time shown at an Australian show, the UV-ink press is significantly faster than previous models at up to 15 mpm. It comes with a five-colour ink set that incorporates high-opacity white ink. A digital varnish can be applied with a selectable matte or gloss finish, on a spot basis or as a full sheet wash.

    Quality repro is assured by a sophisticated pinning of inks with LED partial curing lights. This ensures consistent and predictable imaging with minimal media alteration.

    Terry Crawford, business development manager for professional print at Epson, was well pleased with the HotPick for the SurePress L-6034VW. “We think it’s the type of machine that label convertors want. It’s quite unique and delivers a high-quality result,” he said.

  • Fujifilm’s Acuity LED 3200R at PacPrint

    Fujifilm’s Acuity LED 3200R made its first appearance in Australia last week at the PacPrint trade show in Melbourne, where it was awarded a Technology Hot Pick. 

    Fujifilm's Takeshi Sampei and Steve Peck at PacPrint

    Takeshi Sampei, Section Manager – Fujifilm Global Graphic Systems and Steve Peck, Project and Marketing Manager, Fujifilm Graphic Systems accepted the award.

    Fujifilm first introduced LED curing in the highly successful Acuity 1600 LED; approximately 900 units of the LED 1600 have been sold worldwide. Because LED UV uses lower energy and a different bandwidth of UV light, the inks used need to be matched to the spectrum. Fujifilm created the inkset for the 1600 and a new, more flexible Uvijet ‘LF’ inkset for the 3200R.

    The addition of LF flexible inks opens up the soft signage sector for printing onto fabrics used for backlit panels, exhibition displays, teardrop outdoor banners and pull-up portable displays.

    Top-shelf specifications

    The new Fujifilm LED3200R wide-format roll printer

    The 3200R has eight ink channels including white and a clear coat (available later in 2017). Top speed is 110m2 per hour in CMYK 2-pass only mode. In 4-colour mode, standard production is produced at six-pass 40m2 per hour. Using all colours (CMYK + Lc,Lm, W) draft mode is 60 m2 per hour at four-pass and standard production is at 20 m2 per hour with twelve passes.

    Backlit panel production is a particularly strong feature of the LED 3200R and there is even an on-board backlit display so actual viewing results can be proof-assessed during production. In this mode, sixteen passes are deployed so colours remain saturated and vibrant, with a production speed of 7.5 m2 per hour.

    Double without trouble

    Another unique feature is the ability to print two rolls simultaneously. Two rolls of media, each variable up to 1.52 metres in width, can be loaded to print either the same or two different jobs, effectively creating ‘three printers in one’ to increase the versatility of the LED 3200R.

    This dual roll capability is an excellent production advantage when 1.52 metre production is at its peak and switching back to full 3200mm width is fast and easy. Two RIP variations are available:- ColorGate Production Suite 9 or Caldera’s V10.

    The Acuity LED3200R printing two 1.52 metre rolls side-by-side

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    “It ticks all the boxes,” says Warren Hinder, Fujifilm’s Graphic Systems Divison Manager,” for the environment, occupational safety, low power consumption, versatility and, as for the image quality; [well that spoke for itself] at PacPrint – the colours are vibrant and very wide gamut.”

    Warren Hinder, Fujifilm's Graphic Systems Divison Manager

    The Acuity LED 3200R 3.2 meter UV wide format was launched at the PacPrint trade show last week at the Melbourne Convention Centre.

    www.fujifilm.com.au/graphic-systems

    About FUJIFILM Corporation – FUJIFILM Corporation is one of the major operating companies of FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation. Since its founding in 1934, the company has built up a wealth of advanced technologies in the field of photo imaging, and in line with its efforts to become a comprehensive healthcare company, Fujifilm is now applying these technologies to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases in the Medical and Life Science fields. Fujifilm is also expanding growth in the highly functional materials business, including flat panel display materials, and in the graphic systems and optical devices businesses.

    About Fujifilm Graphic Systems ANZ –  Fujifilm Graphic Systems is a stable, long term partner focused on delivering high quality, technically advanced print solutions that help printers develop competitive advantage and grow their businesses. The company’s financial stability and unprecedented investment in R&D enable it to develop proprietary technologies for best-in-class printing. These include pre-press and pressroom solutions for offset, wide-format and digital print, as well as workflow software for print production management. Fujifilm is committed to minimising the environmental impact of its products and operations, proactively working to preserve the environment, and strives to educate printers about environmental best practice.

    For more information, visit www.fujifilm.com.au

  • Fujifilm’s innovation adds value

    Fujifilm Graphic Systems Division Manager Warren Hinder.

    Fujifilm Graphic Systems will be exhibiting alongside Fuji Xerox Australia on PacPrint’s second largest stand, stand E10, from May 23-26 at Melbourne’s Exhibition Centre. The theme is ‘Value from Innovation’. Graphic Systems Division Manager Warren Hinder notes: “It makes sense for us to exhibit in the same area as our sister company Fuji Xerox Australia – it’s also more convenient for our customers in both Australia and New Zealand since many have offset, digital cut-sheet and wide format capabilities and can see them all in close proximity.” Hinder emphasises that the Fujifilm area of stand E10 will be both distinct but also blended with Fuji Xerox’s.

    “We will have a major focus on our Superia and ZAC plate systems for cost-savings and lower chemical use in offset prepress. XMF automated workflow will have its own demonstration ‘pod’ where printshop owners can get hands-on with what we believe is the easiest-to-use and most advanced workflow for modern businesses.”

    New inkjet technologies

    As one of the world’s largest suppliers of inkjet inks, printheads and hardware, Fujifilm will showcase its impressive inkjet portfolio with working technology on-stand as well as in static print display areas. At the highest end of flatbed UV production is the Inca Digital range. While the sheer size of these machines precludes live demonstrations, Fujifilm will present a Pop-up Corrugated Display area, with several Incaprinted samples on the floor. Fujifilm distributes the UK-manufactured Inca Digital presses, which are capable of up to 900 square metres per hour of high quality flatbed UV output.

    Visitors to the Fujifilm area of stand E10 are sure to find a friendly local face, as the company will be bringing in account managers from all corners of Australia and also New Zealand. Hinder says, “All of the team are looking forward to PacPrint 2017 and meeting up with customers both old and new. We hope to demonstrate the true value of our innovations which, as a global company, are always developed with the environment and social responsibility in mind, along with lower costs of use that translate into better business propositions for our customers. We extend a warm welcome to all PacPrint visitors.”

  • Media Super launches $30m R&D program

    The revolving fund will make loans of up to $3m to companies and research institutions undertaking research and development that is eligible for an R&D tax credit under the Federal Research & Development Tax Incentive program.

    Media Super CEO Graeme Russell said that the R&D Finance Facility was modeled on the fund’s successful Film & Television Finance Facility.  That facility, also a revolving fund, has loaned more than $100m to over 70 Australian film and television productions.

    Russell said that the expertise developed through managing the Film & Television Finance Facility was now being applied to help finance R&D projects in smaller Australian companies.  The new R&D fund will be managed by the same commercial partner, the Sherman group.

    “Every loan for completed film and television productions has been repaid, and Media Super members have shared in returns averaging 6.8% p.a. over 6 years”, Russell said.

    “We expect to earn a higher return on the R&D Finance Facility, with interest rates set at good margins above the bank bill rate”, he said.

    Russell said that Media Super would continue to develop innovative, low-risk investments, which he says have contributed to the remarkable turnaround in investment returns for its default MySuper (Balanced) option, improving from 4th to 1st quartile in just 2 years.

    SuperRatings’ SR50 Balanced fund survey for March 2017* ranks Media Super’s MySuper Balanced option as the fifth best performing fund for the financial year to date (9.60%).

    *SuperRatings Fund Crediting Rate Survey – SR50 Balanced Index, March 2017.

    HOW THE INVESTMENT WORKS

    The 45% tax credit for eligible R&D expenditure is generally refundable for eligible entities with an aggregated turnover of less than $20m p.a.  These companies/entities will be the main focus of the proposed financing scheme.

    Media Super will part fund eligible R&D expenditure and be repaid from the R&D tax offset refund which follows the R&D entity’s lodgement of its annual income tax return.

    Borrowers must have a history of qualifying for and receiving R&D tax credits.

    Loans are expected to be repaid within 12-24 months, with the funds then loaned out to help fund other eligible R&D projects.

    The R&D Tax Credit regime is administered jointly by Innovation Australia (with the assistance of AusIndustry) and the Australian Taxation Office.

    MEDIA SUPER’S FILM & TELEVISION FINANCE FACILITY

    Media Super’s Film & Television Finance Facility, a revolving $60m fund, has helped finance more than 70 Australian film and television productions.

    Media Super’s film and television library includes many of Australia’s finest films and television programs.

    Feature films funded include:

    • Lion
    • The Dressmaker
    • The Daughter
    • Holding the Man
    • The Railway Man
    • Last Cab to Darwin
    • The Rover
    • Drift
    • The Turning

    Television programs funded include:

    • The Gods of Wheat Street
    • Cleverman
    • Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
    • The Secret River
    • Rake (season 4)
    • Upper Middle Bogan (season 3)
  • Fujifilm and Fuji Xerox together at PacPrint 2017

    Fujifilm Graphic Systems will be exhibiting alongside Fuji Xerox Australia on PacPrint’s second largest stand, stand E10, from May 23-26 at Melbourne’s Exhibition Centre. The theme is ‘Value from Innovation.’

    Fujifilm Holdings Corporation of Japan is 75% owner of Fuji Xerox and 100% owner of Fujifilm. The two local subsidiaries have developed closer ties, with Fuji Xerox Australia now reselling Fujifilm’s Acuity range of flatbed and roll UV printers and inks.

    Graphic Systems Division Manager Warren Hinder notes: “It makes sense for us to exhibit in the same area as our sister company Fuji Xerox Australia – it’s also more convenient for our customers in both Australia and New Zealand since many have offset, digital cut-sheet and wide format capabilities and can see them all in close proximity.”

    Warren Hinder, Fujifilm Graphic Systems Division Manager

    Hinder emphasises that the Fujifilm area of stand E10 will be both distinct but also blended with Fuji Xerox’s: “We will have a major focus on our Superia and ZAC plate systems for cost-savings and lower chemical use in offset prepress. XMF automated workflow will have its own demonstration ‘pod’ where printshop owners can get hands-on with what we believe is the easiest-to-use and most advanced workflow for modern businesses.”

    New inkjet technologies

    As one of the world’s largest suppliers of inkjet inks, printheads and hardware, Fujifilm will showcase its impressive inkjet portfolio with working technology on-stand as well as in static print display areas. At the highest end of flatbed UV production is the Inca Digital range which, while the sheer size of these machines precludes live demonstrations, so Fujifilm will present a Pop-up Corrugated Display area (example pictured), with several Inca-printed samples on the floor. Fujifilm distribute the UK-manufactured Inca Digital presses, which are capable of up to 900 square metres per hour of high quality flatbed UV output.

    Visitors to the Fujifilm area of stand E10 are sure to find a friendly local face as the company will be bringing in account managers from all corners of Australia and also New Zealand.

    Hinder says, “All of the team are looking forward to PacPrint 2017 and meeting up with customers both old and new. We hope to demonstrate the true value of our innovations which, as a global company, are always developed with the environment and social responsibility in mind, along with lower costs of use that translate into better business propositions for our customers. We extend a warm welcome to all PacPrint visitors.”

    Media contact at Fujifilm: Steve Peck: steve.peck@fujifilm.com.au

    About FUJIFILM Corporation – FUJIFILM Corporation is one of the major operating companies of FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation. Since its founding in 1934, the company has built up a wealth of advanced technologies in the field of photo imaging, and in line with its efforts to become a comprehensive healthcare company, Fujifilm is now applying these technologies to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases in the Medical and Life Science fields. Fujifilm is also expanding growth in the highly functional materials business, including flat panel display materials, and in the graphic systems and optical devices businesses.

    About Fujifilm Graphic Systems ANZ –  Fujifilm Graphic Systems is a stable, long term partner focused on delivering high quality, technically advanced print solutions that help printers develop competitive advantage and grow their businesses. The company’s financial stability and unprecedented investment in R&D enable it to develop proprietary technologies for best-in-class printing. These include pre-press and pressroom solutions for offset, wide-format and digital print, as well as workflow software for print production management. Fujifilm is committed to minimising the environmental impact of its products and operations, proactively working to preserve the environment, and strives to educate printers about environmental best practice.

    For more information, visit www.fujifilm.com.au

     

  • Australian launch of ColorPainter H3-104s

    DES is showcasing a new Seiko printer, ColorPainter H3-104s, on its stand at the Melbourne Visual Impact show Sept 17-19. The new model is the widest inkjet printer among SIIT’s ColorPainter product line.

    The ColorPainter H3-104s is a 2,462mm (104-inch) wide-format printer, utilizing eight colours, with speeds up to 56.6m²/h (609 sfph). The high-speed printing capability of the H3-104s was developed specifically to address the growing demand for high productivity from the signage and indoor graphics markets.

    The new printer incorporates low- odour eco-solvent SX inks, which have already earned a reputation for providing rich, bold colours that last longer outdoors. The H3-104s also inherits the product concept of Colour On Time – Fast, Precise and Reliable. It delivers unmatched productivity and quality while reducing the impact on the environment, thanks to the integration of advanced technology to maximize the performance of SX inks.

    The ColorPainter H3-104s began shipping from Japan in recent months and this will be the local industry’s first chance to see it in action.

    According to Russell Cavenagh, DES Sales & Marketing director, the release has already prompted a surge of interest in the local market. “We are delighted to be launching the new H3-104s at Visual Impact and we have already registered strong interest in the printer from Signage professionals,” he said.

    Key Features of the New ColorPainter H3-104s Printer:

    Low-odour & High-speed SX Inks: SX inks support both low-odour and high-speed printing. It boasts the highest print speed of sellable image quality in its class. It also offers an industry-leading, three-year outdoor durability (*1) without lamination. SX inks have gained recognition for high-density printing of backlit applications, providing consistent light blocking and fine details in shadow areas.

    8-Color Ink Set: The 8-Color (Y, M, C, K, Lc, Lm, Gray, and Light Gray) model provides real monochrome printing with no colour shift, and offers smoother gradations in colour prints.

    Automatic Printer Calibration: This new function uses an optical sensor to calibrate the printer automatically when new media is loaded. Just run the auto-print adjustment and start printing in maximum quality.

    Smart Pass Technology 4 (SP4): SIIT’s proprietary banding reduction function has evolved one step further. SP4’s new dot control algorithm controls ink flow and mixing to generate ideal dot size on each media, resulting in superior image quality. This makes the printer perfect for both indoor and outdoor applications and effectively eliminates banding at high speeds in each print mode, without compromising overall image quality.

    Smart Nozzle Mapping 2 (SNM2): A new dot control algorithm has upgraded the performance of the Smart Nozzle Mapping function found in the H3-104s, hiding missing nozzles better when clogs occur.

    Safe Scanning System (SSS): SSS minimizes the damage on the print surface due to the print heads touching the media. You can choose from four scanning modes according to your needs. When contact between the print heads and the media is detected, you can quickly pause the job, correct the media, and then resume the print job without print job cancelation. That reduces wasted time, ink and media.

    Dynamic Dot Printing Technology (DDP): DDP controls and optimizes dot size and density to make consistently rich, bold and glossy colors and to accentuate fine details. DDP facilitates faster high-density print modes than that of competitors, resulting in high productivity of backlit prints with quality that is unmatched.

    Remote Communication Function: CP Manager Software, the bundled controller software that comes free with every ColorPainter, can now notify an operator by an email or Twitter (*2) message. CP Manager can be operated directly from a PC, tablet or cell phone and now communicates in more ways to keep you informed about what the printer is doing. It also allows the operator to remotely control and initiate operations.

    Large-Capacity Ink Bags & Sub-Cartridges: Large- capacity (1.5-liter) ink bags and sub-cartridges support continuous high-volume printing. Sub-cartridges allow you to replace ink on the fly without interrupting print jobs.

    Mesh and Double-sided Printing: Mesh printing (option) and double-sided printing can support a wide range of applications.

    *1 Note: Outdoor durability is based on the results of SIIT’s accelerated weathering test, and may be changed by printing environment. SIIT does not guarantee outdoor durability.

    SIIT is committed to offering a comprehensive portfolio of professional graphic printers to its worldwide customer base.

     

  • EFI Productivity Suite

    EFI Productivity Suite is PrintEx Hot Pick

    EFI's Hot Pick award. (l to r) Patrick Howard (Print21), with EFI's Steve Green and Frank Mallozzi

    EFI’s recently launched Productivity Suite has won a Print21 Hot Pick award at this year’s Printex.

    The suite addresses customers’ most pressing automation and efficiency needs by moving the workflow emphasis away from individual EFI software packages and modules to a complete offering that uses best-of-Suite, end-to-end workflows and certified integrations.

    As a result, printing and packaging companies can further simplify the management and operations tasks they need to grow into new markets and strategically run their businesses.

    Visitors can also experience EFI’s industry leading inkjet technology at the show . With nearly 500 “cool cure” LED inkjet presses and printers installed at locations worldwide, EFI is leading the charge in the environmental advantages LED offers with virtually no VOC emissions and significantly reduced energy usage. EFI customers are gaining a competitive advantage from their ability to print on a much broader range of substrates, including corrugated board and thin, inexpensive films that cannot withstand the heat associated with other drying or curing methods.

    The Productivity Suite is the next step in the evolution of EFI’s product portfolio

    The Suite expands on EFI’s existing offerings with an even stronger focus on how customers can generate revenue and enhance efficiency and profitability using the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of print and packaging software.

    It is built on the Theory of Global Optimization (TGO) – a Lean business strategy developed for the printing and packaging industry. The Suite takes the global component of TGO to new levels, delivering out-of-the-box workflows that provide rapid ROI to meet your immediate needs while scaling for growth and new revenue opportunities

    Revenue Generation

    The EFI Productivity Suite includes integrated, automated tools designed to help you grow revenue through expanded offerings and increased differentiation.

    End-to-End Workflow Automation

    Your ability to maximize profitability is greatly impacted by your ability to integrate and automate your entire workflows. The EFI Productivity Suite provides certified out-of-the-box functionality and flexibility that focuses on end-to-end automation, supporting the highest level of efficiency and cost optimization.

    Proactive Management

    The EFI Productivity Suite leverages business-wide analysis tools to support informed, proactive decision making.

    Evolves with your Business

    Your business is constantly changing! The EFI Productivity Suite is designed to let you enter where your pain points are today, with the power and flexibility to scale as your business evolves. It’s smart software ready to help you capture moments of opportunity.

    Innovative, Proven Partner

    The EFI Productivity Suite is backed by the industry leader in innovative software designed to take your business to the next level of performance and profitability. With EFI, you gain a financially strong, industry-deep partner committed to investment in your future.

  • DES Seiko ColorPainter M64s

    First time showing of the Seiko wide format on the DES stand attracted plenty of attention at PrintEx and won for itself a Hot Pick award.

    Promoted by DES as the fastest usable eco-solvent printer in the world, the Seiko ColorPainter M-64s also prints with rich glossy colours, media flexibility and low running costs, all in a wide format printer with unmatched reliability.

    Recognising technology excellence. (l to r) DES new Victorian state manager Peter Way, Patrick Howard (Print21), and DES sales director Russell Cavenagh.

    The Seiko ColorPainter M-64s is a flexible, reliable, high performance wide-format printer featuring better colour density and details at high speeds. The combination of high-viscosity inks and  advanced printheads produce vivid images.

    According to Peter Way, DES Victorian manager, one of the virtues of the ColorPainter is its reliability. “You can just let it run, it’s user-friendly. People can run it unattended all night. Not many machines you can that with.”

    He is backed up by Russell Cavenagh, sales director, who describes the ColorPainter as ” the professional’s choice for wide format. It’s fast, it’s simple to operate and the colours are brilliant,” he said.

    The ColorPainter M64s on the DES stand at PrintEx is high performance 64 inch (1626mm) machine utilizing a combination of high-viscosity inks and advanced printheads to produce razor sharp, crisp images.

    It is a productive combination of advanced engineering that uses Seiko’s own SX inks to deliver stunning colour density while keeping solvent odour to a minimum. SX inks boast excellent outdoor durability without lamination and the fine pedigree from previous generation Seiko printers means that the M-64s is still leader of the pack for backlit sign production.

    More Details In Dark Areas, Better Backlit Graphics

    Our high density inks use less carriers and more pigments, so each dot is more crisp – providing better clarity and detail.

    The world’s first solvent-based fluorescent inks

    The neon inks, the world’s first solvent-based fluorescent inks for wide format inkjet printers, vastly expand the application of the ColorPainter W series. The neon inks are available in two colors, Neon Yellow and Neon Pink, which are used in combination with the ColorPainter GX ink set. The neon inks can be printed not only as “Spot colors”, but also as part of traditional CMYK “Process color”. Mixing those two colors with other colors also gives fluorescent effect to the other colors, creating a wide range of interesting and unique output possibilities.

    The printed image has eye catching vividness under the normal lighting and it glows under black lighting, so they are suitable for various eye catching indoor*2 applications.

  • DES wins professional print partner award

     Ian Clare’s company is recognised as the Canon Business Partner of the Year at the awards celebration in the Barossa Valley this week.

    DES was one of 55 channel partners and came out on top with year on year growth of 141% in Canon wide-format engines during 2014. A very pleased Clare was on hand to accept the top award from Canon Professional Print manager, Mike Boyle.

    “It’s always nice to be recognised for good achievements. We have a first class team at DES who are second to none when it comes to being able to deliver the right technical advice to professional printers. We’ve had a very good year and look forward to an even better result in 2015,” he said.

    The awards were presented at a two day gala event in South Australia’s picturesque Barossa Valley this week, where the winners received their award, and celebrated a successful 2014.

    Luke McDonald, Assistant General Manager, Canon Partner Channel said, “Congratulations to all of this year’s winners and finalists. We praise all of our partners for their hard work and commitment to our mutual customers over the last 12 months.”

    Celebrating in the Barossa (left to right), Ikeda san, MIke Boyle, Ian Clare and Taz Nakamasu.

    The full list of awards is:

    Canon Professional Print Awards

    Business Partner of the Year:

    • Canon Large Format: DES Pty Limited
    • Océ Wide Format: Mattronics Pty Ltd

    Canon Australia Awards

    Business Partner of the Year:

    • National: BBC Digital (Group)*
    • National Solutions: BBC Digital (Gold Coast)
    • National Service: Colourworks Australia
    • NSW: Daro (Albury)
    • VIC/TAS: Business Technology Specialists
    • WA/SA/NT: PrintSync Business Solutions (Bunbury)
    • QLD: Brilliant Technologies

    Achievers Award

    National: Brilliant Technologies

    *BBC Digital received the National Partner of the Year award after all six branches exceeded target. The groups dedication to be a market leader and early adaptation to be a solutions provider, led to great success across all branches

     

  • ZAC plate processing from Fujifilm

    ZAC makes the difference for Scott Print

    Premier Western Australia printing company, Scott Print is on a continuing improvement path. In the past year it has installed new Komori presses with UV drying to boost productivity. An essential part of the development is the introduction of dual ZAC intelligent plate processing lines from Fujifilm, which is proving it’s worth day by day.

    According to Tim Scott, General Manager, the past 12 months has been a period of significant change at Scott Print, with a thorough review of all components of the business from machinery and production through to people management, to determine the best ways of operation

    “The install of our two new presses has definitely been the most considerable investment, and the move to the Zac CTP was considered in this decision. The collective effect of the changes made over the past 12 months at Scotts has led to improved efficiencies, increased morale and more environmentally friendly operations,” he said.

    “We're very happy with the quality and the consistency offered by Zac CTP.” Scott Print

    Scott Print works by collective decisions when it comes to technology investment, involving both production and management in the decisions. The expectation for the Zac CTP was to reduce chemistry usage and ensure the optimal processing conditions were maintained.

    “Prepress is a pivotal part of the offset print business. Our goal was to find a technology that was reliable and easy to maintain, to ensure that we reduced downtime in the press room,” said Scott.

    Environmental sustainability is considered in every production decision at Scott Print, and the Zac CTP is no exception. We were definitely impressed with the claim that the processors are able to deliver major reductions in chemistry usage.”

     

    For further information on Fujifilm ZAC technology.

  • ZAC brings new intelligence to plate processing

     In its new partnership with Heidelberg to supply plates, Fujifilm is promoting the benefits of ZAC technology, its award-winning advanced plate processing solution.

    The ZAC automated controller technology provides optimised processing quality using intelligent developer replenishment for the widely-used plate processors manufactured by Glunz & Jensen and Heights UK. The result is a significant reduction in the volume of chemistry and water used, which also reduces the environmental impact. According to Steve Peck, Fujifilm Graphics marketing manager, maintenance requirements are reduced which leaves staff free to complete other tasks. The ZAC processor can achieve up to an 80 per cent reduction in chemistry by identifying only the areas on the plate that actually need processing and by constantly measuring the bath conductivity.

    “The intelligence of the ZAC system means there is hardly any need for operator intervention, in fact the whole system once installed “looks after itself. This is what some of our customers are saying. Plates are produced consistently, without effort and quality is maintained,” said Peck.

    The low-chemistry ZAC processing solution will typically use 294 litres of chemistry to process 10,000 B1 plates during a 1-3 month period compared to what might be 534 litres for a typical chemistry-free processor and 1,908 litres for the same amount in a typical thermal CTP processor.

    A ZAC system also has another major advantage. “Bath life is significantly extended resulting in maintenance reducing to less than half the time of many other processors. This means maintenance might be carried out only four times a year which is a massive saving in labour and wasted time for businesses, which these days are trying to achieve more with less staff,” said Peck

    Fujifilm has, of course, just signed a major plate distribution agreement with Heidelberg, which will become the sole distributor for printing plate products in Australia and New Zealand for the sheet offset market from 1st July 2014.

    “We want to alert printers," Steve Peck.

    “We want to alert printers, who may not have been using Fujifilm plates, to our consistent and high quality plate production when combined with a Fujifilm ZAC intelligent processing solution. They will achieve savings in both time and money,” said Peck.

    The Fujifilm ZAC processor – or a ZAC field upgrade to an existing compatible processor – can complement many different thermal CtP systems, not just the Fujifilm Luxel series and the Heidelberg Suprasetter range, and can be used with the full range of Fujifilm Brillia thermal plates.

    “At the end of the day printers want to know that their plates will give them the quality the market demands, the consistency they demand, and preferably in the easiest and least expensive way possible. Fujifilm plates combined with a ZAC processor can provide this,” said Peck.

    To learn more about ZAC technology contact Fujifilm

    Or phone 1300 342 279

     

  • 200 Fuji Xerox J75 printers sold since February

    The Fuji Xerox Color C75/J75 has made a massive impact in the Australian digital printing industry with almost 200 printers sold since its release in February 2013.

    The Fuji Xerox C75/J75 Color presses were designed based on the feedback of small to medium sized digital businesses across Australia. According to Mark Williams, product marketing manager at Fuji Xerox Australia, on average the presses have increased its customers’ monthly print volumes by 66 per cent when compared to the previous model 700 Digital Color Press.

    The printers feature an automatic inline spectrophotometer system called the ACQS, which according to Fuji Xerox delivers quick and simple monitoring and calibration. The adjustment control system called Simple Imaging Quality Adjustment (SIQA) monitors the input/output density or colour variation and quickly corrects any discrepancy. 

    “They are fast becoming the most popular digital presses on the market, and the features continue to enable new applications. The automation system improvements with ACQS and SIQA controls continue to ensure businesses remain focused on producing more work, with less time spent in print make-ready and maintenance,” said Williams.

    Brisbane-based offset operation the Kuhn Group was outsourcing all of its digital work. “We sent out a test file to the Color J75 Press and its print was the closest result to our Komori press. We have now moved to a new facility and built a room to house our digital machine.

    “We felt that the Color J75 Press was the most cost-effective machine for the type of work we’re doing. It now handles the work we used to send out, gives us control over it, and lets us build the digital side of our business,” said Walter Kuhn, director of the Kuhn Group said.

    Sydney-based Kwik Kopy Circular Quay was one of the first to take hold of a Colour J75 Press when it was installed at the end of March.

    “It has been a good, consistent performer. Its hallmarks have been its reliability and consistency,” said Nicholas Tuit, owner, Kwik Kopy Circular Quay.uf