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Friday, 17 October 2003
By Print 21 Online Article

When Heidelberg decided to rename its die-cutter it formed a committee, of course – or in this case a special work group. After deliberation it came up with the name Dymatrix. The thinking was as follows – the die-cutters came along with Diana folding box gluers from a takeover of a Jagenberg division last year. The first syllable of Dymatrix – namely Dy – has associations with the Diana folding-box gluers and the word diecutter. Matrix stands for the two dimensions of a printed / die cut sheet. Dymatrix also builds associations with dynamic and dimension, two terms that underline the high productivity of the Dymatrix die cutters from Heidelberg.
So now you know.

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The State Library of NSW has in its collection 37 sketchbooks by colonial artist John Glover, which make up ‘a visual diary of his travels and provide a beautiful reminder of magnificent landscapes, particularly in Tasmania.’ The library has already restored three sketchbooks at a cost of $4500 each. It is now seeking financial help to allow its in-house conservators to complete the task with the other 34. It’s not the kind of work that can be helped along by a bit of scanning or digital printing. If you want your company’s name, or indeed your own, on a bookplate in a restored sketchbook, contact John Lechner, foundation executive director foundation@sl.nsw.gov.au and cough up the required dosh. It’s tax deductible.

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Electronics For Imaging (EFI) and Printcafe are slowly creeping to the altar for their proposed merger. They’ve set a date of October 20 for all those with Printcafe stock to elect to swap it for EFI stock, otherwise they’ll get US$2.60 in cash for every share they hold. Mind you, the deadline is set on the assumption that the Printcafe stockholders meeting to approve the merger will take place on October 21.

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Agfa is taking over all service and support obligations for Esko-Graphics’ DMX platesetter and EskoNet newspaper workflow software customers and distribution partners. Esko-Graphics earlier this year announced its intention to focus on core business areas in the commercial printing and packaging markets, and to divest a number of other activities including those targeting the newspaper industry. It doesn’t make much difference in this part of the world, with only one reported Esko-Graphics’ platesetter installed somewhere in Tasmania.

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Creo is buying the IntelliNet NewsFlow and PressSite Products from publishing software developer HiT Internet Technologies SpA of Affi, Italy. The product is an important boost for Creo’s movement into the newspaper industry with more than 700 installations in 32 countries using IntelliNet NewsFlow. It allows Creo to move upstream and take control of the workflow early in its way towards the platesetters.

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The world’s first MBA programme for the global print-media industries was announced at the IFRA conference in Leipzig. PrintCity, an industry alliance of more than 50 major companies, Manchester Business School and HdM Stuttgart, Europe’s print-media university, have announced their cooperation to introduce a management development programme designed specifically for the world’s printing and media industries.

The programme offers a three-stage structure of certificate, diploma and MBA levels that lead to the award of the Manchester Business School MBA degree. It will be offered through a combination of distance learning, face-to-face residential sessions and IT support and is designed for the working manager.

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And finally . . . some wacky definitions from, you guessed it, Astrid Sweres.

  • 1. What’s the definition of a will? It’s a dead give-away.
  • 2. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
  • 3. A backward poet writes inverse.
  • 4. In democracy it’s your vote that counts; in feudalism it’s your count that votes.
  • 5. A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.
  • 6. If you don’t pay your exorcist you get repossessed.
  • 7. Show me a piano falling down a mineshaft and I’ll show you A-flat minor.
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