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Thursday, 01 September 2005
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In a bullish report Gerd Finkbeiner, CEO of MAN Roland claimed that over the past four and a half years – from 2001 to mid-2005 – the company in North America had:

  • An 87 per cent increase in new orders for sheetfed units.
  • An 81 percent boost in the value of new orders for sheetfed units.
  • Good news for a division that had its future under discussion not so long ago. You can see why it might still be a problem with the additional information that despite the good gains, ‘the sheetfed press division significantly reduced its half-year losses and almost broke even in the second quarter.”

    It’s as well MAN Roland’s web division is an industry-leading powerhouse.


    For those who like the powering sound of a large web press there’s no better place to be than in Ballarat when the SWUG conference is held there from Friday 4 November to Monday 7 November. This is the first time in the 20 year history of the conference that SWUG (Single Width Users Group) has been hosted at Ballarat, home of Rural Press’ The Ballarat Courier.
    It comes in the wake of the opening of the new Rural Press Ballarat Printing Centre, a visit to which will be one of the highlights of the conference.
    “SWUG is very pleased to be heading to Ballarat for this year’s conference,” said Bob Lockley, SWUG president. “It is six years since SWUG was last in Victoria and we expect a strong turn out from both local and interstate delegates.”

    To get along contact Anita White at Rural Press on (02) 4570 4444 or email SWUG


    And speaking of conferences, today (Thursday) is the opening of the Visual Image Conference in Sydney’s Daring Harbour. It’s the most visually exciting event in the calendar with metres of ink-jet imaged substrate spilling onto the exhibition floors and is a good chance to stock up on posters. Best tip, ask Michael Laird at the CyraChrome stand for one of his Rolling Stone posters – they’re dynamite! Take a gander at the large format eco-solvent Octopus while you’re there too.
    For the more serious minded there is a comprehensive seminar programme running over the three days. Everything you ever wanted to know about large format printing.
    Check it out


    One of the top conference invitations to get is to the first ever Kodak Prepress & Digital Printing Users Conference to be held on the 4th–7th October in the Grand Marina Hotel, Barcelona, Spain. Building on the former Creo Users Association, it brings NexPress users in from the cold and joins them in a worldwide community of users working with Kodak to ensure they realize the full value of their existing investments and are able to influence the future evolution of products and services brought to the market. This first conference will focus on Creo and NexPress systems and access will be restricted to registered users of these systems only.

    If you qualify and want to get along check it out


    Large format is the basis of the signage industry and here, courtesy of Katherine Groom, general manager, SIGNWAVE Australia, the 19-store franchise chain, is a list of the factors a business needs to consider when deciding on a sign.

  • What is the company’s desired image? Do you require a conservative design or something fun and entertaining?
  • What is the purpose of the sign? Is it to direct people to the business, or is it to build awareness for the company, its products and services?
  • How do most passers-by see the sign – from a car, on foot, from rapid transit? A sign seen by drivers needs to be designed for quick viewing as opposed to a window sign in a retail store designed for walk by traffic.
  • Who is the target audience for the sign? A site sign with a business name only is designed to create awareness of the company and to identify its location, whereas an On Sale banner is designed to attract shoppers.
  • What restrictions does the local council place on the sign size, colour or other features?
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    And finally … this is almost too close to the bone to be funny, but it still is.

    A wife was making a breakfast of fried eggs for her husband. Suddenly he bursts into the kitchen.

    “Careful … CAREFUL! Put in some more butter! Oh my GOD! You’re cooking too many at once. TOO MANY! Turn them! TURN THEM NOW! We need more butter. Oh my GOD! WHERE are we going to get MORE BUTTER? They’re going to STICK! Careful… CAREFUL! I said be CAREFUL! You NEVER listen to me when you’re cooking! Never! Turn them! Hurry up! Are you CRAZY? Have you LOST your mind? Don’t forget to salt them. You know you always forget to salt them. Use the salt. USE THE SALT! THE SALT!”

    The wife stared at him. “What the hell is wrong with you? You think I don’t know how to fry a couple of eggs?”

    The husband calmed instantly, “I just wanted to show you what it feels like when I’m driving with you in the car.

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