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Friday, 10 October 2003
By Print 21 Online Article

She is one of 14 popular writers who will insist that from now on their books are printed on paper that comes from sustainable resource forests. It’s all part of a Greenpeace initiative that has raised the issue of making paper from old growth forests.
With growing interest in the environmental impact of printing and paper, the printing industry is moving to adopt whole world printing techniques to avert compulsory legislation, according to the leading article in October issue of Print21 magazine.

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It’s official – Heidelberg and Goss are in talks about the future of Heidelberg’s web division. Bernhard Schreier, Heidelberg chairman told a German newspaper, “that cooperation talks with Goss should conclude by the end of October or the start of November. We are at the stage of evaluating one another in order to find out what kind of combination makes sense.”

In early September, Hans-Dieter Siegfried, Corporate Communications at Heidelberg, told US news source WhatTheyThink.com that the discussions were open-ended with no timeframe for when or even if a deal would be completed with Goss.

Bob Brown, Goss International CEO has also acknowledged the talks saying; “We recognize that in a consolidating market, acquisition opportunities will present themselves and Goss will evaluate those opportunities.” Brown was former President and CEO of Heidelberg Web Systems.

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Despite being a late entrant into the large format market Canon is picking up the pace with the launch of its W8200 wide-format printer. First previewed at PrintEx in May, the 44-inch printer is promoted as the fastest machine in its class. “The W8200 is the most eagerly awaited wide-format printer in Canon’s history,” said Steve Brown, national product manager – production and graphic arts, Canon Australia, “and for good reason – this product is truly outstanding. In fact, demand is so strong that it’s outstripping supply, and we’re express ordering additional units.

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Meanwhile in New York – where Clancy is slaving away on this Print21Online bulletin – industry professionals are gathering for tonight’s [Friday] Sappi Printer of the Year Awards, the world title for printers everywhere. Three Australian printers are competing against the winners from the USA, Europe, Africa, South America and Asia in what has come to be regarded as the definitive printing accolade. (Search archive = Sappi)

Stay tuned for all the winners next week.

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And finally . . . Another contribution from local jokester, Astrid Sweres.

PART ONE*
Two Irishmen walk into a pet shop.
Right away they go to the bird section and Mick says to Paddy; “Dat’s dem”.
The shopkeeper comes over and asks if he can help.
“Yeah, we’ll take four of dem dere budgies in dat cage over dere”,says Mick.
“Put dem in a pepper bag”.
The shopkeeper does as asked and the two pay for the birds and leave. They
get into Mick’s van and drive until they reach a cliff with a 500ft drop.
“Dis looks loike a grand place”, says Mick. He then takes the two birds out
of the bag, places them on his shoulders and jumps off the cliff. Paddy
watches as his mate drops off the edge and goes straight down for a few
seconds followed by ‘Splat’.
As Paddy looks over the edge of the cliff he shakes his head and says, “Fock
dat, dis budgie jumpin’ is too fockin’ dangerous for me…”

PART TWO*
A few minutes later, Seamus approaches. He too has been to the pet shop and
is carrying the familiar ‘pepper bag’. He then pulls a parrot out of the bag
and Paddy notices that in the other hand Seamus is carrying a gun. “Watch
this Paddy” he says, as he launches himself over the edge of the cliff.
Paddy watches as half way down Seamus takes the gun and blows the parrot’s
head off. Seamus continues to plummet until there is another ‘Splat’ and he
joins Mick at the bottom of the cliff.
Paddy shakes his head and says,”An’ oim never troyin’ that parrotshootin’
noider…”

PART THREE*
After a few minutes, Sean strolls up. He too has been to the pet shop and
walks up with his ‘pepper bag’. Instead of a parrot he pulls a chicken out
of the bag and launches himself off the cliff with the usual result.
Once more Paddy shakes his head – “Fock me Sean, first dere was Mick wit his
budgie jumpin, den Seamus parrotshootin’ – and now you’re fockin’ hen
glidin’…..”

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