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Thursday, 18 August 2005
By Print 21 Online Article

While many of the invitees at the Heidelberg launch on Tuesday were flown in by the company, there were sufficient Sydneysiders at the company’s showroom to give it a hometown atmosphere. Across the continent the organisers of the Western Australia Pica awards had a full house for the local derby last weekend. Then GASAA drew very good numbers to the 3DAP launch at City Tattersalls for the launch of Version 2. It goes to show that there is still a vibrant and vital industry of sufficient engagement out there despite the fragmentation of recent years.

If you’re not a member of an industry association, perhaps it’s time for you to join.

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Regular and assiduous readers may recall a few weeks ago the kerfuffle concerning a certain Heiner Müller who went from German colour company GMG to other German colour company, CGS Publishing. Issues whether he jumped or was pushed raised some German ire and correspondence was entered into. Either way, GMG has moved to replace him with Wolfgang Maske (47) as sales director responsible for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. According to the press release the former EFI Best sales manager is ‘ ready for action.’

CyraChrome distributes CGS in this part of the world while new graphic arts entrant Kayell distributes GMG.

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It’s not only press operators and bindery assistants that are of concern to printers in NSW – truckers too can cause problems. Under new legislation introduced to combat fatigue related truck accidents, management employees of any company in the supply chain – including customers – may be held accountable if unreasonable demands are placed on a delivery.

Greg Parkes, Printing Industries national director, employee relations, is organising a seminar on August 24 to bring you up to speed (ahem!) on your responsibilities. It gives a whole new and morbid meaning to the term deadline, doesn’t it?

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Rumours abound that Australian Paper is considering mothballing the SM1 paper machine at Shoalhaven Mill, at Nowra, on the south coast of NSW. Management raised the prospect during talks with staff on Monday although no decision was made and it is emphasized that other options are also being considered. SM1 is the oldest and widest machine at Shoalhaven, with a capacity of 45 ktpa of specialty grades.

We’ll keep you posted.

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And finally … here’s one of those jokes about Microsoft that really appeal to people who use their products.

A helicopter was flying around above Seattle when an electrical malfunction disabled all of the aircraft’s electronic navigation and communications equipment. Due to the clouds and haze, the pilot could not determine the helicopter’s position. The pilot saw a tall building, flew toward it, circled, and held up a handwritten sign that said ‘WHERE AM I?’ in large letters.

People in the tall building quickly responded to the aircraft, drew a large sign, and held it in a building window. Their sign said “YOU ARE IN A HELICOPTER.”

The pilot smiled, waved, looked at his map, determined the course to steer to Seattle airport, and landed safely. After they were on the ground, the co-pilot asked the pilot how he had done it.

“I knew it had to be the Microsoft Building, because they gave me a technically correct but completely useless answer.”

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