Archive for the ‘Newsletter’ Category

  • P21 Issue 1028 – July 18, 2018

    Well they’ve gone and done it. News Corp and Fairfax Media have thrown in the towel as competitive news organisations. Gone are the days when breaking the news mattered in newspapers. By agreeing to line up in a polite queue to take turns at getting newspapers to the streets, the groups have conceded that it doesn’t matter who gets out first, or who breaks the news.

    It likely makes good short term economic sense, but that faint sound you can hear growing ever louder is the death knell of newspapers.

    Welcome to your latest issue of Print21, the premier news and information service for the printing industry across Australia and New Zealand.

    Patrick Howard
    Publishing Editor

  • P21 Issue 1027 – July 13, 2018

    Education and networking opportunities are two things no printer can afford to go without. The chance to learn from your peers and build connections in your industry is one that’s worthy of taking whenever it comes up. Coincidentally, there are just three weeks to go until the first-ever Print21 + PKN LIVE event, and the guest list is getting bigger by the day – are you signed up yet?

    Welcome to your latest issue of Print21, the premier news and information service for the printing industry across Australia and New Zealand.

    Jake Nelson
    Labels and Industrial Editor

  • P21 Issue 1026 – July 11, 2018

    News Corp and Fairfax have again floated the pipe dream of sharing newspaper printing plants across the country in an effort to protect dwindling profits. The scheme misunderstands the basic elements of newspaper competition and is something only MBA executives without newspapers in their blood would consider. Breaking news is important. At my coffee shop this morning the Sydney Morning Herald reported a tense wait for the Thailand cave boys to be rescued. The Daily Telegraph trumpeted their successful release. Guess which newspaper I picked up?

    The prospect of any professional newspaper editor politely giving way to a rival so they could be first on the press is ludicrous. Better to close the title than pretend this is a viable way forward.

    Welcome to your latest issue of Print21, the premier news and information service for the printing industry across Australia and New Zealand.

    Patrick Howard
    Publishing Editor

  • P21 Issue 1025 – July 6, 2018

    Sorry, Churchill – V doesn’t always stand for victory, as the energy drink’s manufacturer Frucor found out in court this week. Its application to trademark the colour of its cans as ‘V Green’ was knocked back, and all because a Frucor lawyer attached the wrong Pantone swatch to the original application. Just goes to show how important it is to know your Pantone colours.

    Welcome to your latest issue of Print21, the premier news and information service to the printing industry across Australia and New Zealand.

    Jake Nelson
    Labels and Industrial Editor

  • P21 Issue 1024 – July 4, 2018

    Printing is unfairly tagged as a pollutant industry. We’re an easy target for lazy environmentalists who don’t want the real facts, and for hypocritical corporations who dress up cost cutting as ‘green wash.’ In truth printing and paper is a hugely environmentally responsible medium whether in communication or in packaging.

    The Australian Paper initiative to burn waste and add energy to the power grid, while fuelling its own paper mill in Victoria, is something the whole industry should applaud.

    Welcome to your latest issue of Print21, the premier news and information service to the printing industry across Australia and New Zealand.

    Patrick Howard
    Publishing Editor

  • P21 Issue 1023 – June 29, 2018

    Individuals can make a difference. Robert Black’s long engagement with the printing industry is a fine example of how one person can solve what seem intractable problems. The fall off of apprenticeship training was a slow train wreak that appalled the printing industry even as it struggled to find a solution. Stepping out of the ivory towers of academia, Black took on the role of seeking sponsorship and support for the Holmesglen TAFE facility.

    This week’s successful launch would not have been possible without the sponsorship of companies such as Konica Minolta, but equally not without the enthusiasm of Robert Black who retired yesterday.

    Welcome to your latest issue of Print21, the premier news and information service to the printing industry across Australia and New Zealand.

    Patrick Howard
    Publishing Editor

  • P21 Issue 1022 – June 27, 2018

    Little in this printing industry can be taken for granted with change the only constant. The painful restructure of the PIAA reflects the hard truths of a consolidating industry. Only by accepting the reality of our new normal will we be able to move forward and sustain.

    The temporary and transitory nature of even the largest brands is nowhere better seen than in today’s announcement of the end of IPEX. Once the preeminent English-speaking printing trade exhibition, the UK show never recovered from an ill-advised move from Birmingham to London in 2014.

    Take nothing for granted.

    Welcome to your latest issue of Print21, the premier news and information service for the printing industry across Australia and New Zealand.

    Patrick Howard
    Publishing Editor

  • P21 Issue 1021 – June 22, 2018

    There’s no end in sight yet for the industrial action at Note Printing Australia, with production now slashed by a fifth and new measures in place from the unions that will see it drop even further. Here’s hoping both sides can come to the table and work out a deal that everyone can agree on.

    Welcome to the latest issue of Print21, the premier news and information service to the printing industry across Australia and New Zealand.

    Jake Nelson
    Labels and Industrial Editor

  • P21 Issue 1020 – June 20, 2018

    Bermuda? Seems like a long way for Opus Group to travel in pursuit of the expansion of its local printing business. But chairman Richard Celarc is confident the company’s restructure plan will result in higher market liquidity and increased investment activity.

    Welcome to the latest issue of Print21, the premier news and information service to the printing industry across Australia and New Zealand.

    Graham Osborne

    Online editor

  • P21 Issue 1019 – June 15, 2018

    Finding new talent is a key part of improving any organisation. Christine Holgate, CEO Australia Post shows a welcome willingness to expand the corporation’s experience and intellectual infrastructure with her new appointments.

    It’s also pleasing to see her put letters and parcels back together instead of using commercial mail to subsidise corporate expansion.

    Welcome to your latest issue of Print21, the premier news and information service to the printing industry across Australia and New Zealand.

    Patrick Howard
    Publishing Editor

  • P21 Issue 1018 – June 13, 2018

    Last time I saw Roger Kirwan, we were in Tel Aviv looking at HP Indigo presses. It’s what people in printing do, we love to go and see for ourselves what’s happening in other parts of the world. But it’s not without risk. Those who know Roger are breathing a sigh of relief after a narrow escape in the USA on his way to a printing show.

    Printing is a great travelling industry.  It’s nothing new. Ask James Cryer about his grandfather, Walter’s, adventures over a century ago, also in the USA.

    Welcome to the latest issue of Print21, the premier news and information service to the printing industry across Australia and New Zealand.

    Patrick Howard
    Publishing Editor

     

     

  • P21 Issue 1017 – June 8, 2018

    Turf wars are a fact of life in the world of industry associations. Professional bodies are not above trying to muscle in and poach other group’s members. They also like to make their opinions known about matters where they have no in-depth knowledge.

    The latest interference by the Australian Industry Group in printing industry award negotiations is mischievous at best. Certainly it doesn’t contribute to the ongoing welfare of enterprises and employees in the printing industry of Australia.

    Welcome to your latest issue of Print21, the premier news and information service for the printing industry across Australia and New Zealand.

    Patrick Howard
    Publishing Editor

  • P21 Issue 1016 – June 6, 2018

    Business is tough in the printing industry, no doubt about it. While many printers thrive and enjoy a sustainable successful business others, often through no fault of their own hit a hard patch and go broke. Often it’s how the owners respond to the situation that reveals their true characters. Sometimes it’s less about what happens and more about how you respond to it.

    Taking care of business also means taking care of your employees and creditors when things go wrong.

    Welcome to your latest issue of Print21, the premier news and information service to the printing industries across Australia and New Zealand.

    Patrick Howard
    Publishing Editor

  • P21 Issue 1015 – June 1, 2018

    If the art of the compromise is arriving at a solution nobody is entirely happy with, the Fair Work Commission should win an Archibald Prize for its decision to increase the minimum wage by double what employers wanted but only half what unions wanted. The ACTU says workers need more to live on, while the PIAA says the rise could be tough on small business – we’ll have to wait and see how it all shakes out.

    Welcome to your latest issue of Print21, the premier news and information service to the printing industries across Australia and New Zealand.

    Jake Nelson
    Labels and Industrial Editor

  • SPECIAL – State of Indigo results

    It’s been a while between drinks for NSW in the NRL of Origin. But when Currie Group staged the inaugural State of Indigo to find the most productive HP Indigo printer the Blues came out on top. Ahead of next week’s Melbourne clash at the MCG meet this year’s print champions.

    Patrick Howard
    Publishing Editor & Sports Reporter

  • P21 Issue 1014 – May 30, 2018

    Investments in the latest technology may at times seem a burden but they are in fact the lifeblood of the printing industry.

    Congratulations to Simon Pugh and his team for the $2.5 million upgrade of QLM Group’s flexo label operation which will provide the visionary company with a significant boost in a highly competitive market.

    Welcome to your latest issue of Print21, the premier news and information service to the printing industries across Australia and New Zealand.

    Patrick Howard
    Publishing Editor

     

  • P21 Issue 1013 – May 25, 2018

    If you’re an offset printer, you might be breathing a sigh of relief today at the news that Agfa’s price rises on aluminium plates won’t be felt here in Australia. Other suppliers are also keeping their prices steady. Ink and paper may be going up, but for the time being, it looks like your plates won’t leave you selling the fine china.

    Welcome to your latest issue of Print21, the premier news and information service to the printing industries across Australia and New Zealand.

    Jake Nelson
    Editor – Labels and Industrial Print