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Thursday, 04 August 2005
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Version Two of the widely used publishing industry guidelines is about to be launched on Wednesday August 17 at a free industry function in City Tattersalls in Sydney. The occasionally beleaguered 3DAP committee –all volunteers – that includes such luminaries as Barry Smith of ACP and Bruce Sinnott of IMPG, continues to battle expectations for a ‘standard’ digital contract proofing for the entire industry.

They point out that 3DAP’s writ is to only address the needs of a digital production environment for the magazine publishing industry, in particular, the workflow required for computer-to-plate. It is not a universal digital colour standard. 3DAPV2 is the first new version since the original guidelines in the late 1990s and comprises of a new colour space, providing an improved match to current print conditions in the Australian market.

It’s a GASAA event with ACP picking up the tab for some pre-launch drinks so register here:
GASAA

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Nilpeter, the label press manufacturer, is putting a man on the ground in Australia to give its sales and service a boost. Well-known industry identity, Claus Larsen is setting up residence at the IPP offices in Melbourne.

“We are very pleased to welcome Claus to Australia and look forward to working with him to develop Nilpeter’s presence here and in New Zealand,” said Jonathan Clark, IPP managing director. “The experience and expertise he brings to our company will greatly enhance the service we provide to the narrow web market.”

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It pays to know the opposition and in the USA there is a mob called the American International Printing Exchange (AIPEX) located in Seattle. Basically they get books printed overseas, mainly China, to the growing angst of local US printers.
They claim savings of between 20-50 per cent on production costs. They’ve just issued guideline as to the type of work they reckon suits their system. For the offshore book printing order to be cost-effective, the job should total at least US $2,500 and allow four-six weeks for completion.

And if they’re taking on the local US printers, they’ll be taking on our own homegrown publishing industry too.

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Day International turns 100 years old this year. The worldwide company specializing in consumable image-transfer products for the graphic arts industry and fibre-handling products for the textile yarn spinning industry was founded in 1905 as the Dayton Rubber Manufacturing Company, in the USA making garden hose, fruit jar sealing rings and other products made of natural rubber.

In Australia the urbane Brent Stephen, who has responsibility for the Asia Pacific region, heads the company. From his Hallam Vic HQ he travels frequently and in recent years has overseen the integration of the Varn business into Day International.

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The Scandinavian paper companies are just now starting to reveal the impact of the six-week strike that closed the Finnish paper mills. Stora Enzo lost 850,000 tonnes of production, which wiped EUR 50 million off its operating profit for the second quarter. UPM paper production fell 27 per cent to 1.9m tonnes, with paper deliveries down 13 per cent.

But you can tell it’s summer in the northern climes with both companies maintaining that the future looks better now that stock levels are down and demand is holding steady.

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And finally . . . in the never ending battle of the sexes here’s an intelligence report that makes it clear why there’s a battle in the first place.

  • THINGY (thing-ee) n.
    Female… Any part under a car’s hood.
    Male… The strap fastener on a woman’s bra.
  • VULNERABLE (vul-ne-ra-bel) adj.
    Female… Fully opening up one’s self emotionally to another.
    Male… Playing football without a cup.
  • COMMUNICATION (ko-myoo-ni-kay-shon) n.
    Female…The open sharing of thoughts and feelings with one’s partner.
    Male… Leaving a note before taking off on a fishing trip with the boys.
  • COMMITMENT (ko-mit-ment) n.
    Female… A desire to get married and raise a family.
    Male…Trying not to hit on other women while out with this one.
  • ENTERTAINMENT (en-ter-tayn-ment) n.
    Female…. A good movie, concert, play or book.
    Male… Anything that can be done while drinking beer.
  • FLATULENCE (flach-u-lens) n.
    Female…. An embarrassing byproduct of indigestion.
    Male.… A source of entertainment, self-expression, male bonding.
  • MAKING LOVE (may-king luv) n.!
    Female… The greatest expression of intimacy a couple can achieve.
    Male… Call it whatever you want, just as long as we do it.
  • REMOTE CONTROL (ri-moht kon-trohl) n.
    Female… A device for changing from one TV channel to another.
    Male… A device for scanning through all 375 channels every five minutes.
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