Archive for June, 2002

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    Benchmarking study gets last of government money.

    One of the last EPICS projects to be approved prior to the termination of the program saw $630,000 handed over for a major benchmarking study to identify the industry’s best practices. The study is to commence immediately and will take a year to complete.
    Benchmarking is a process that allows firms to compare their own performance levels with others in the industry. Because of the need for confidentiality, the actual data collection and analysis will be done by outside consultants that are highly regarded in their fields of expertise.

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    And in that vein. . . there is a Workflow Analysis and Benchmarking evening coming up, hosted by Printing Industries and JPE to help maximise return on capital investments. Darren Davies, Heidelberg Australia’s Financial Services Consultant will focus on an industry case study and ask the questions:

    • Have you performed a detailed analysis of your company’s workflow?
    • Have you benchmarked your performance to industry standards?
    • What are the benefits of a machine room audit?
    • What are the best ways to finance given a tight cashflow?

    Speakers include Darren Jensen and Hagop Tchamkertenian of Printing Industries.

    When: Thursday 27 June 2002

    Where: Heidelberg Offices – 50 O’Dea Ave Waterloo, NSW.

    Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm

    Contact: Joe Kowalewski joe@printnet.com.au

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    A more technology oriented series of presentations is coming up for all production managers and prepress and print operators. GASAA – the digital prepress & print association is organising an evening seminar focusing on Adobe InDesign. This free event is being held in conjunction with Adobe, Heidelberg and supported by the Printing Industries.
    Nick Hodge, Technical Resource Manager, Adobe Systems will make the Indesign presentation while Heidelberg representatives will examine the following key workflow, PDF/JDF standards, proofing options and print options

    The event is being held in Brisbane on Tuesday 9 July at Southbank Institute of TAFE, Morningside, Melbourne on Wednesday 10 July at the Heidelberg office in Richmond and Sydney on Thursday 11 July at the Heidelberg office in Waterloo.
    For more information call 1300 131 787 or visit the GASAA web site to Register Online! www.gasaa.asn.au/events

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    And if you need further reasons to get along to the GASAA evenings . . .

    Murdoch Magazines has just made the switch to InDesign 2.0 as its standard page layout software. This is the second major magazine publisher to move away from Quark to Adobe – Australian Consolidated Press (ACP) made the move last year for its 58 titles. There is still no sign of the local version of Quark 5 on the shelves.

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    What’s in a name? Plenty if you’re the British Post Office and you change it to Consignia in order to expand internationally without running into trademark difficulties over the words Post Office. It makes sound commercial sense but the public, incensed at the notion that they would have to post their letters through Consignia, and whipped up to a frenzy by a mischievous media, caused such a furore that the name change is now being reversed. Doesn’t matter that the name was never meant to apply inside the British Isles –“ere you, get your flaming mitts orf our Royal Mail.”

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    Print retail supply chain, Kinko’s signed on as a member of the Printing Industries Association of Australia. The US-based company has 12 stores in Sydney and Melbourne, two of which, Liverpool St and Exhibition St are open 24 hours a day seven days a week. This was the chain’s distinctive operating profile, however according to David Bolton, CEO, individual stores set their own operating hours.

    From left, Printing Industries Darren Jensen, NSW Manager and Kath Browne, Industrial Officer with Kinko’s Joseph Martorana, National Operations Manager and David Bolton, CEO.

    “All our outlets are set up to work twenty four seven, but we now decide on a store by store basis,” he said.
    Kinko’s is unique in that all the stores are company owned, not franchised and there is a target to grow to 25 outlets. The company joined Printing Industries as the main industry representative body to access the industries services and gain access to the information it provides.

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    Printcafe Software raised US $37.5 million when it launched on the stock market this week. Trading in the shares closed down 20% at $8.00 per share. Creo purchased $3.7 million and will get back $16.9 million in debt repayment from the proceeds. This means that Creo will own about 30.2% of Printcafe. PMP in Australia uses the e-print purchasing software system.

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    According to the latest Trendwatch report from the US, graphic art designers for the first time ever put software at the top of a list of their planned capital investments: desktop photo-manipulation software (such as Photoshop) was the #1 planned purchase, cited by 49% of respondents. The second-biggest planned investment is also software: desktop publishing software such as QuarkXPressor Adobe InDesign(tm): cited by 48% of respondents.

    Other findings from the report show that the most commonly owned digital camera is a prosumer model that costs greater than US $500: 39% of respondents own such devices. This is also the type of digital camera respondents are most likely to buy in the next year (20%). The biggest application for digital cameras is final high-resolution images for print advertising (50%), followed by low-resolution “for position only” layouts (43%).

    By a wide margin, the primary tools that respondents use to produce cross-media projects are their usual desktop and Web publishing tools, which they use to reformat their files or save them in the appropriate format for each publishing medium (73%). Only 16% of respondents use special desktop publishing tools with specific cross-media capabilities (such as the Avenue, Quark XTension or Adobe InDesign 2.0’s XML tagging capability). On average, respondents worked on 16 cross-media projects in the last 12 months, and they expect to work on 23 in the next 12 months.
    Check out the report on at
    www.trendwatchgraphicarts.com/

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    Let’s hear that again . . . “Obviously you have to do things in accordance with the law, but in the 1990s we confused morality with legality . . . really if you’re in a leadership position you should do more than merely escape prison.”
    Larry Lindsay, director of the White House National Economic Council in the USA.

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    And finally . . . Each year the Washington Post’s Style Invitational asks readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter and supply a new definition.

    Here are the 2001 winners:

    Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until
    you realize it was your money to start with.

    Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

    Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.

    Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

    Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it.

    Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

    Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.

    Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (this one got extra credit)

    Karmageddon: It’s like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it’s like, a serious bummer.

    Glibido: All talk and no action.

    Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

    And, the pick of the literature:

    Ignoranus: A person who’s both stupid and an a**hole.

    Some extras:

    Arachnoleptic fit: The frantic dance performed just after you’ve accidentally walked through a spider web.

    Beelzebug: Satan in the form of a mosquito that gets into your bedroom at 3.00am and cannot be cast out.

    Bozone: The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

    Cashtration: The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.

    Caterpallor: The colour you turn after finding half a grub in the apple you are eating.

    Decaflon: The gruelling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.

    Kinstirpation: A painful inability to move relatives who come to visit.

    Lullabouy: An idea that keeps floating into your head and prevents you from drifting off to sleep.

    Genderalisations: The process of making sex-based generalisations eg. “all men are bastards”; “women can’t read maps”.

  • People on the move

    Alistair Hill has been given the guernsey as Managing Director of the newly merged mega-printer Penfold Buscombe from July 1. Up until now he’s been joint MD sharing the position with Hayden Hills who previously ran WC Penfold. Hills will now be an Executive Director of Penfold Buscombe with special interests in overseeing the integration of the three Sydney printing businesses, RT Kelly, Concord Communications and Mockridge Bulmer into the one location at East Botany.

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    Welcome back Robert Dean to North Sydney prepress house, Momentum. Three years after he set out for new pastures, Rob has returned to the fold as Sales and Marketing Director just at the time when the go-ahead company has traded in its original Indigo E-Print 1000 for a brand new UltraStream. During his time away Rob worked with prepress house Boatrace, which installed a Fuji Xerox DocuColor 100.

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  • Would you use recycled paper in your laser printer?

    Australia is about to witness the launch of imported brands of high-tech copy paper with recycled content that will cost the same and perform as well as paper containing 100 per cent virgin fibre. The environmentally friendly paper will sell at prices on par with current recognised brands, according to a report in the latest issue of paper industry bible, URS Forestry/Ausnew.

    Up until now recycled paper was considered too dusty to put through laser printers and many equipment manufacturers specified only top grade paper to be used. Rough textured paper can damage rollers and laser heads and in some cases void warranty. Most recycled copy paper failed to meet corporate and customer appearance expectations

    The new paper, e-copy to be distributed by Edwards Dunlop, uses a manufacturing technology called TRIOTEC , which places the de-inked, chlorine free bleached secondary fibre in a sandwich between two outer layers of totally chlorine free pulp made from virgin plantation fibre. The brightness is rated at 160, which is extremely high, and due to the outer layers the manufacturers claim its performance is equal to 100 per cent virgin fibre paper. It is marketed as being ideal for copiers, laser printers and inkjet printers.

    The new paper is touted as giving meaning to the current Government tender guidelines that often state that copy paper supplied needs to have a certain amount of recycled content. This has been largely ignored as the recycled paper has not met expectations in appearance and runnability.

    In a move to further raise the profile of environmental factors in the rapidly growing copy paper market, Edwards Dunlop has also undertaken Extended Producer Responsibilities (EPR) by entering into a partnership with Visy Recycling. The box e-copy is shipped in, converts to a recycling collection container by pressing a perforated panel on the lid. There are also instructions on how to contact Visy Recycling services for advice and assistance with collections.

    Reflex, an Australian paper product, made from virgin fibre, is the current market leader in the copy paper market.

  • New wave of HP Indigo presses in Australia

    Imatec goes Platinum

    Prominent national prepress company, Imatec, has installed the first HP Indigo Platinum in Western Australia. According to director Mike Hay, the decision was made after considerable experience with the Xeikon and Heidelberg Quicmaster DI engines at the company’s Sydney operation.

    “This is our first Indigo acquisition in the group and the new HDI screening technology gives us the ability to change screen resolutions,” he said.

    As the only high-end digital press in Perth, Imatec’s Platinum is much sought after by advertising agencies where it’s ability to print on stock up to 300 gsm makes the difference. Mike Hay tells of being able to print 16 page books with covers of 300gsm and text stock of 150gsm and not having to stop the machine.

    Platinum is competing in the small offset market in a city where the prices are “ridiculously low.” In the first month of operation Imatec has produced work not only for agencies and creative print buyers but also for printers.

    “Quite a deal of the work has been what I call ‘help us out of trouble’ where we get a call from a printer or an agency with a deadline they have no hope of meeting in any other way,’ said Hay.

    He tells of the launch of a major brewery campaign involving handing out postcards, where the agency had to have 100 digital copies of a 20,000 offset print run. “We not only met their two hour deadline but we also gave them 100 A3 posters.”

    He prefers to work with printers rather than compete against them and the strategy seems to be working. He has no intention of getting into the offset market, is happy to pass on the work because he knows he has the better solution for complex, short-run, just-in-time printing.

    The Platinum is opening up a number of market segments including wine labels, real estate brochures, prospectuses and other short-run publications. It is this versatility that convinced Mike to go with HP Indigo.

    “We are still learning the ropes and teaching our sales reps how to sell digital printing, but the first month has proved a winner.”

    Contact Felicity Webb for more informations regarding the HP Indigo digital printing technology.
    Ph: 1800 463 446 (1800 INDIGO)
    E-mail:
    felicitywebb@currico.com.au

  • Macs are better and cheaper – Melbourne study

    The study was conducted at the University of Melbourne Arts Faculty, and compared 4676 Apple computers and 5338 Windows-based machines. The relevant cost comparisons were $ 14.1 million and $ 18.9 million respectively. Apple systems cost just $1953 per year to support compared with annual costs for Windows-based machines of $2522.

    The study, by Gartner, a technology research company, compared the total cost ownership (TCO) for the University’s Mac environment with its PC environment. It also compared the University’s Mac environment with similar sized PC installations around the world.

    The study utilised Gartner’s TCO methodology, which takes into account the direct and indirect costs of owning IT infrastructure. Direct costs include all hardware and software costs for desktop and mobile computers, servers and peripherals as well as upgrades, technical support and annual depreciation. Indirect costs cover the costs of end-users supporting themselves and each other, end-user training time and non-productive downtime.

    Apple Computer Marketing Director, Arno Lenior, said the findings illustrated how medium to large sized organisations could save time and money by investing in Macs over PCs.

    “There is a perception that Macs are more expensive than PCs but this report proves what we’ve long believed – Macintosh is the most cost effective and efficient platform available,” he said.

    In examining direct costs, Gartner found that Macs required less technical support and the hardware and software costs were lower. Gartner found that this translated into direct savings of 25 percent over similar sized organisations using personal computers. University of Melbourne IT staff were able to manage more Macintosh systems per person – servicing 30 Apple computers for every 23.2 Windows based computer.

    “Macs are designed to be easy to use. The report highlighted this, proving that Mac users require less formal training and didn’t rely as heavily on technical staff as PC users. When something did go wrong, the technical staff solved the problem faster on Macs than PCs,” said Lenior.

    The Gartner report found that the Mac’s efficiency and ease of use resulted in additional indirect savings of 43 percent. When combined, the TCO for Melbourne University’s Macs was 36 percent lower than similar PC environments.

    Perhaps even more importantly, when questioned on how they felt about their networks Mac users at the University were happier than their PC counterparts.

    Apple Australia’s website is: www.apple.com.au

  • Discussions to continue on EPICS/PICS

    This follows an industry delegation to Parliament House, Canberra, to see the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources, Ian Macfarlane.

    The meeting was initiated by the Association as part of its campaign in opposition to the Government’s premature withdrawal of $25 million in industry assistance.

    Printing Industries’ CEO, Gary Donnison, said the Government now understood the industry’s concern over the sudden termination of the schemes in the May Budget.

    The delegation also met with the Deputy Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Aden Ridgeway; and with the Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Trade and Tourism, Craig Emerson and the Member for Bendigo, Steve Gibbons. All expressed support and commitment to the campaign.

    “Senator Ridgeway expressed his keenness for holding the Government to its promise to the industry and to the Democrats. He confirmed that Party Leader, Senator Natasha Stott Despoja, had met with Prime Minister, John Howard, to remind him of his Government’s commitment” Mr Donnison said.

    “Our campaign has highlighted to the Government the commercial difficulties our industry faces as a result of this Budget decision.”

    “There are no guarantees of success and this is only a first step – but it is certainly a step in the right direction,” Mr Donnison said.

    The industry delegation comprised:

    Chris Segaert,
    National President,
    Printing Industries Association of Australia

    Gary Donnison
    CEO
    Printing Industries Association of Australia

    George Gatehouse
    CEO
    McPherson’s Printing Group

    Ben Jolly
    General Manager
    Griffin Press

    Wayne Stanistreet
    General Manger
    Printing & Publishing, Australian Paper

  • Democrats rally to help printers

    The Hon. John Howard

    Prime Minister

    Parliament House

    CANBERRA

    ACT 2600

    Dear Prime Minister,

    We are writing to express our concerns with your Government’s recent decision to abolish some forms of assistance to the printing industry and your apparent disregard of the understanding that you reached with the former Leader of the Democrats, Senator Meg Lees, concerning the “Book Industry Assistance Package”.

    In particular, we would like to express our surprise and disappointment over the announcements made in the Budget that the Printing Industries Competitiveness Scheme (PICS) and the Enhanced Printing Industry Competitiveness Scheme (EPICS) be discontinued.

    We believe that these schemes play an important role in maintaining the affordability of Australian books. Contrary to the impression given in Minister McFarlane’s Press Release (14.5.02), the printing industry did not benefit from the removal of 22% sales tax.

    Our understanding is that the EPICS program has been successful in assisting printing industries take advantage of new technologies and compete in an increasingly difficult international environment. The fact that more than 90 funding applications were in the pipeline at the time of the Budget announcement is evidence of both the cost and inconvenience imposed on firms involved in the printing industry.

    In your letter to Senator Lees (28.5.99) outlining the GST agreement you stated “the Government agrees to consult the Democrats to ensure that proposed amendments and funding arrangements properly reflect the measures outlined.”

    The Democrats were not consulted about the decision to discontinue the PIC and EPICS and we would welcome discussions to resolve this matter.

    We look forward to your response.

    Yours sincerely,

    Senator Natasha Stott Despoja

    Leader of the Australian Democrats

    Senator Aden Ridgeway

    Deputy Leader of the Australian Democrats

  • Six printing companies join the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame

    Colourcraft Printing, Avon Graphics, Finewrap Australia, STS Creative Printing, McPherson’s Printing Group and PMP Print were honoured for sustained manufacturing excellence alongside 11 manufacturing companies from other industries. Each of these printing companies has won three National Print Award Gold Medals in the past five years.
    The Bracks Government set up the Manufacturing Hall of Fame in partnership with key industry associations, including Printing Industries. Manufacturing Industry Minister, Rob Hulls, who presented the awards, said manufacturers were the unsung heroes of our economy.
    “The government set up the Manufacturing Hall of Fame to showcase our manufacturing strength and raise the national and international profile of Victorian companies,” said Hulls.

    From left to right: Gary Donison (CEO, Printing Industries), Garry Knespal (Executive Secretary, GASAA), Peter Hall, Richard Hamilton, Michael Haycroft (Manager, Colourcraft Printing), Danny Trainor (General Manager, PMP Print), Martin Lovegrove (McPherson Printing Group), Trevor Hone (Avon Graphics), Greg Seabrook (Director, Creative Printing), John Featherstone (STS Creative Printing).

    Proud but humble

    PMP Print, Australia’s largest commercial printer was represented on the night by the manager of the Clayton site, Danny Trainor.
    “The print industry being recognised in this way is good because it’s quite a humble industry and has had little government support over the years. Hopefully this will give us a forum to lift our profile,” he said.

    According to Michael Haycroft, Manager, Colourcraft Printing, a 20-year-old company that employs 50 people and produces catalogues, brochures, pamphlets, annual reports, limited edition prints and prestige colour books, the industry has not invested enough in itself.
    “We forget about training the young people. Printers need to become more aware of the fact that they are communicators, and more than commodity brokers.
    “It’s a very unfortunate situation but at least this might give us some recognition. I hope this will increase volume as a general principle,” he said.
    Haycroft added that while the industry was on an upward turn he did not believe it would get back to where it was.

    STS Creative Printing was represented at the awards by director, Greg Seabrook who said it was difficult to attract good people to the printing industry and that recognition from the awards was welcome as it would expose the industry to young people.

    Clean handed printing

    According to Rick Deering, Regional Manager Victoria and Tasmania, Printing Industries Association of Australia, the printing industry was,”very depressed this year.”
    “The industry must work to improve its image. We are constantly seen as the second cousin to industry – a night like this shows we are up there with the best.”
    Deering said sometimes there was a wrong impression attached to the print industry with kids being told they must do well at school or they would end up in a factory.
    “You don’t even get your hands dirty anymore in the printing industry. We are working on changing the industry’s image and nights like tonight really help.”

  • New slim PMP to focus on print

    “PMP integrates Australia’s largest graphic arts business, ShowAds, and largest commercial printing company, PMP Print. Add to that a leading data-based marketing business, Pacific Micromarketing, a distribution company covering 97 percent of Australia’s household letterboxes, PMP Distribution, and the country’s only independent magazine distributor, Gordon and Gotch, and you have a national force that can deliver right across the print and distribution value chain.”

    “The company is very sound now and we’re on track to meet our debt reduction targets of between$150 and $200 million this year. The remaining businesses have the potential for strong cash flow generation and high operational leverage, while requiring relatively low capital expenditure.”

    The company maintains that the driving force behind the new streamlined PMP will be its restructured print division, PMP Print. This now operates with a single company structure across Australia and New Zealand, under group managing director, John Leevers. It has some of the most advanced printing presses in the industry, including the largest heat set web presses.

    “Our focus is on driving business efficiency, rather than short-term growth. This involves a number of specific initiatives, including site rationalisation, technology integration, equipment standardisation and improved logistics that will give us significant long-term competitive advantages,” said Leevers. The company has already closed its Moorabbin plant this year and distributed the equipment there to its other sites.

    There are ten year printing contracts in place with Pacific Magazines to ensure the lucrative heat-set web publications business remains with PMP.

    Muscat maintains his belief in a bright future for the printing industry despite the current slump, nominating it as a strong player in the communication business.

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    The Label and Tag Manufacturers Association (LATMA) is holding its first ever label and tag awards. Peter Sage phoned to tell us that the association feels it is time for the members to recognise excellence in the label industry, which is often sidelined in mainstream events.

    The inaugural LATMA Annual Awards Competition has a closing date for entries of January 31, 2003 and winners will be announced at the association’s conference at Eden on the Park Saturday March 29th 2003. A Best of Show Award will be presented the most outstanding label or tag as judged against all other first place winners in the competition. A special Innovator Award may be presented by the judges to recognise new technology and/or product development, which contributes to a significant breakthrough in the tag and label industry.

    Details and entry forms can be downloaded from LATMA

    www.www.latma.com.au

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    More awards, it seems there is a blizzard of gongs coming up – this time for designers. The AGDA Awards 2002 is calling for entries and reminding designers that the deadline is not far away. Or as it says on the site – You’ve put in the hard yakka. Now it’s time to come out and show the rest of Australia what you have been up to for the past two years.
    agda.com.au/recognition/agdaawards/AGDAA.html

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    Heidelberg ships its 100,000th Printmaster GTO 52 printing unit from the Wiesloch facility. It is part of a four-colour press being shipped to the Brazilian print shop Logus Editora Gráfica in São Paulo. With over 60,000 customers worldwide, the GTO 52 is the industry’s most commonly sold sheetfed offset press. The GTO 52 has made a lasting impression on its format class – even today, the A3 format is commonly referred to as GTO format.

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    Océ is running a series of Solutions Seminars on the subject of Knowledge Management. Seminars are held exploring such issues as imaging, knowledge management, maximising the potential of centralised services facilities, and web based enterprise management. The seminars are mainly targeted at in-plant operatives. More details on: www.oce.com.au/

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    A recent survey conducted at the Rochester Institute of Technology in the US asked incoming students to gauge where they saw printing fitting into the workforce in general. The results put printers somewhere in between fast food workers and farmers.

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    Polaroid Graphics Imaging (PGI) has commissioned a public relations firm to develop a new corporate identity program that will clearly project the company’s independent status and proofing product line to the marketplace. PGI has been a fully independent company since 1999 when the Graphics Imaging Division operations of Polaroid Corporation were acquired by PGI’s present ownership. Although no longer connected with the former owner, PGI has, until now, continued to use the trade name Polaroid and others under license.

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    And more from the awards front. Adelaide graphic design studio Nicknack has taken out top honours in the Spicers Paperpoint Letterhead Design Award. The Adelaide studio has won the Spicers Paperpoint 2001-2002 Letterhead Design Award. Nicknack’s own bright yellow letterhead with distinctive bone logo was selected by a panel of leading designers from around Australia. It was judged the best of more than 300 entries.

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    Always blame the printer dept. Problems with the late distribution of 144,000 World Cup 2002 tickets, were wrongly attributed to the UK printing firm. According to Ged Holmes, World Cup Ticketing Bureau director of marketing, the problem was actually due to a delay in information coming from the Japanese Organising Committee following its ballot for the final allocation of 144,000 tickets for Japanese residents. The identity of the printer in question remained a secret.

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    Axel Springer, one of the largest printing and publishing companies in Germany revenues to remain static because of the ongoing slump in advertising. Ceo Dr Mathias Dopfner says: “We are experiencing the biggest crisis in print media since the Second World War.”

    As well as the freeze in ad revenues, there were restructuring costs and higher than expected paper prices to cope with. The company is part way through a €70m investment to upgrade its gravure facilities near Hamburg by the end of next year and is spending €90m to expand its Spandau plant and Kettwig web offset operation.

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    Meanwhile across the Atlantic. The latest survey and analysis of the commercial printing industry in the USA by TrendWatch Graphic Arts reveals a healthy optimism by printing and publishing executives for the near future. Overall, the number of printing firms reporting excellent conditions rose from 12 per cent 4th quarter last year to 15 per cent in the 1st quarter this year. The number of firms reporting poor conditions dropped from 41 per cent to 37 per cent. “Most businesses in the printing and publishing industry seem to be in a wait-n-see mode,” reports Vince Naselli, Director, TrendWatch Graphic Arts.

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    Launching a consumer and reseller campaign focusing on the cost and quality benefits of using genuine EPSON ink cartridges, EPSON Director of Marketing Communications, Mike Pleasants, said non genuine cartridges can actually cost the customer 40 per cent more to use because they produce fewer finished printed pages. In addition they can increase the maintenance costs of the printer.
    “The simple sum of dividing the cost of the cartridge by the number of finished pages it produces shows without a doubt that Epson cartridges are cheaper to operate. Many users don’t keep the records to do this sum, so they rely on the difference in retail price as the measure,” he said.

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    And finally, it could happen to you. This comes courtesy of the Indian Online site: technovaworld.com.

    Leaving Montreal, Joe stops at a roadside restaurant to go to the toilet. He goes into the washroom. The first stall is taken, so he goes into the second. He had just sat down when he hears a voice from the other stall.

    “Hi there, how is it going?”

    Okay, so he is not the type to strike up conversations with strangers while sitting on a toilet. He doesn’t know what to say, but finally he responds; “Not bad.”

    Then the voice says, “So, what are you doing?”

    Joe is starting to find this a bit weird, but he says, “Well, I’m going back east. . . .”

    Then he hears the person next door, all flustered, say, “Look, I’ll call you back – every time I ask you a question some idiot in the next stall keeps answering me!!”

  • People on the move

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    Complete Colour Printing has appointed Linus Dalton-Smith as afternoon shift production manager.
    Linus’ new role will be to oversee all factory operations.
    Complete Colour Printing believes that Linus’ prepress skills
    acquired over the past ten years at Color Solutions in
    Melbourne will be of great benefit to it’s staff and clients alike.
    The role is a challenging one and the fact that Linus’ involvement previously stopped at film or plates has not dimmed his desire to work with a progressive company that continually reinvests in the latest generation technology.
    Complete Colour Printing operates out of an impressive purpose built state of the art printing facility working 24/5 in Cheltenham, Melbourne. It recently installed a Heidelberg Delta CTP system including Spectrum proofing along with Artwork Systems Artpro and Nexus software packages.

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    And farewell Barry Connors (left), well-known identity in the paper merchanting business, pictured here with long-time colleague and mate, Dallas Pascoe, sales manager of Sappi Trading. Barry is heading north to his property on the Sunshine Coast after putting in the good yards with Sappi Trading and before that with Stora. Barry finished off a round of farewells last Friday at the Sappi Trading prize wining presentation (see story this bulletin). Notably his farewells included a Sydney lunch where Barry, once a guitarist with the rock band, The Ramrods, had a surprise visit from the band’s former manager, Paul Keating, who dropped in and stayed yarning with the various paper types for a long afternoon.
    Happy trails.

  • Bambra wins gold in Sappi Trading Printer of the Year

    Hugh Martin, managing director, Sappi Trading made the awards at a presentation in Sydney last week. Australian printers were awarded six medals – a Gold to Bambra Press, Silver to Picton Press and four Bronze, three to Scott Print and one to Mipa Printing.
    An ecstatic John Wanless of Bambra Press, St Kilda, received his medal along with an invitation to go to Berlin in October to take part in the world finals.


    John Wanless, Banbra Press, receives his gold medal from Hugh Martin (right), Managing Director, Sappi Trading and Tim Schafer, Manager, Sappi Trading Australia.

    “We’re very happy. It’s good to receive recognition for the work you do. We use quite a deal of Sappi paper in our production and Daltons encouraged us to enter the job. We didn’t know much about the award, but when I did a bit of research I found it was quite prestigious,” he said. “It would be good to get more printers involved next year.”

    Bambra Press runs a series of small presses and four- and six-colour Komori Lithrones. The company was founded 22 years ago and is shortly about to relocate to new premises at Port Melbourne. “About eight years ago we changed our focus and began to concentrate on agencies and designers. The winning entry was a promotional piece for one of our agency clients. They outputted it in large format and everyone got good value from the job.”

    At a time when the Australian industry’s own printing awards are undergoing major identity changes, printing companies have the chance to pit their best work in international competition to not only win in their category, but to gain entry to the overall Sappi International Printer of the Year against competition from New Zealand, Asia, South America and Central America.

    Last year was the first time Sappi Trading brought the competition to Australasia (Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea). This year there were over 150 entries from more than 50 local printing companies entered in direct competition over eight categories: annual reports, books, brochures, calendars, magazines, packaging, labels and general.

    There are no restrictions on the number of printers who can enter the wards. There is only one immutable condition – that the entry be printed on a Sappi paper stock. Entry forms for next year’s event can be obtained by contacting your local Sappi paper merchant such as : Dalton Fine Papers, KW Doggett, Stockman’s.

  • Letters to the editor

    To the Editor,

    Griffin Press is devastated by the withdrawal of funding from the PICS and EPICS programs. Currently the PICS program gives Griffin Press a much-needed assistance as we strive to become internationally competitive. EPICS opened the door to a range of business improvement initiatives that cannot be developed without support. This year, it was expected that funding would support a number of projects sponsored by PMP Limited, our parent company, to increase our business viability. The early and unannounced withdrawal of both of these schemes has left carefully thought out plans in tatters.

    Griffin is currently successful in a cut-throat international book printing market and a large portion of our business is derived from import replacement sales. Without the funding, Griffin Press will have no alternative but to raise the wholesale price of books, with the likely outcome that these sales will be lost to foreign competitors.

    A large capital investment program initiated last year to re-equip Griffin Press was not made lightly, and the commitment of the Government to continue its support in the Book Printing Industry was significant in Griffin’s decision to move on this.

    It is worth noting how much history in embodied in Griffin Press.

    The Griffin Press was established in Adelaide in 1858 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Advertiser Newspapers. Since that time, it has continually improved its reputation as a printer of excellence, producing high quality books (black & white, and full colour), magazines and periodicals.

    As the international printing market become more competitive; especially with low labour costs, subsidised production and favourable tariffs in Asia; Griffin Press specialised in black & white reading for pleasure books. Today we employ a staff of 200 especially skilled people in the manufacture of books. In addition to this we also support a large number of local associated businesses here in South Australia.

    Continued heavy competition and in an endeavour to strive forward Griffin Press has recently made a significant investment in new equipment in attempting to develop new markets & services.

    The unannounced cuts to PICS have come un-expectedly and at a time when foreign competition is strengthening as the Australian dollar climbs. The removal of this funding, which really goes a long way to levelling the playing field against predatory foreign competitive practices, may make our business unstable.

    Griffin Press was working with AusIndustry on a series of projects through EPICS which have now been halted mid-stream. Having already committed our own heavy funding in the initial stages, Griffin Press is marooned with the project proposals in hand without the support.

    EPICS and PICS are two outstanding examples of well-designed, effectively targeted government assistance packages that are making significant impact on structural reforms. The programs should be re-instated and allowed to run their full length, for the benefit of Australian Book production.

    Ben Jolly

    General Manager Griffin Press

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    The Honourable Ian Macfarlane
    Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources
    Parliament House
    CANBERRA ACT 2600

    Dear Minister,

    The Graphic Arts Services Association of Australia writes to express its concern at the Government’s budget announcement to immediately terminate the Enhanced Printing Industry Competitiveness Scheme (EPICS) and the Printing Industry Competitiveness Scheme (PICS). The decision, if not reconsidered, will halt most of the worthwhile and innovative projects currently or soon to be assessed.

    Indeed GASAA is partway through an exciting and ground breaking study into business opportunities for Australian companies in electronic and digital book publishing. The key findings to-date of the GASAA study is that industry in this country has the technical and business skills to capitalise on the emerging world market of electronic publishing. A copy of a scoping report is enclosed for your interest.

    The sudden decision to cease funding all but a few remaining projects will regrettably halt the very strong momentum created by the PICS and EPIC support.

    We respectfully ask that you establish communications with key industry associations to consider restoring the schemes or at least agreeing on an orderly and sensible approach to winding back arrangements, if this is necessary.
    For the government to cut the book production industry adrift overnight, after promising support until June 2004, questions the credibility of the government in the eyes of the entire graphic communications industry.

    Yours faithfully,

    Garry Knespal

    Executive Director GASAA

  • Heidelberg holds the line

    “But all is not doom and gloom,” he said. “We ended last year with a pretty weak order book and the first quarter of this year was still down, but the $25 million orders we took at IPEX has certainly changed things for the better. We’ll meet our budgets this year.
    “It’s slower than last year with a lot of businesses adopting a wait and see attitude. But we are not chasing all the business there is out there. We are stepping back from deals where we cannot make a profit.”

    He said a new low level of pricing was distorting the market with some deals going in more than “half a million dollars under the price they could have got.”

    “The difference is that I’ve got 160 people in service and engineering. That is a lot of mouths to feed and they are here for the customer’s sake. T he industry has to make a judgement on whether it is prepared to support that level of back-up.”

    The company has gone through a major restructuring of operations in the region that also impacted on the bottom line.

    Worldwide sales of Euro 5 billion

    Sales by the Heidelberg Group of around Euro 5 billion were five per cent down on the record level of the previous year (Euro 5.3 billion). The operating profit for the year was Euro 356 million (previous year: Euro 506 million) and the preliminary annual net profits Euro 201 million (previous year: Euro 283 million).

    “We have thus reached the targets for the 2001/2002 fiscal year that we set ourselves last October”, stated Bernhard Schreier, Heidelberg’s Chief Executive Officer. “The drop in sales and profits has been shaped by the world economic slowdown, which has been particularly prevalent in the US.”

    A company spokesman said the world economy was still unlikely to experience any tangible recovery before the second half of 2002 and Heidelberg, as well as the entire industry, would then start feeling the benefit.

  • 1st KBA sheetfed presses in Australia for 10 years

    “The industry response so far has been fantastic,” said Rhys Burton regarding the arrival of the press manufacturer in Australia. “We have had lots of interest and taken quite a number of printers overseas to see for themselves.”

    The first deal has caused a flurry of concern among machinery merchants who accuse KBA of dealing at unrealistic prices, a claim denied by Burton.

    There was a deal of industry scepticism when the KBA move was first mooted last year. The Australian sheetfed market is extremely competitive with most of the major manufacturers having substantial representation. Competitors cast doubt on the viability of yet another entrant but Rhys Burton is confident the company will revive its long association with Australia where there are at least 22 KBA presses installed. Rodenprint in Silverwater was the last KBA sheetfed installation.

    Interrnationally KBA is claiming second spot in the global sheetfed market behind Heidelberg after its order backlog Aus$468 million overtook that of main rival MAN Roland with Aus$ 405 million.

    Rhys Burton, a former New Zealander, who worked as the KBA representative for ten years with Morrision Printing Ink in New Zealand, has now set up the KBA offices in Lane Cove, Sydney and is in the process of putting a KBA Australia team together.
    On deck so far are:

    • David Lewis, sheetfed manager, Melbourne – ex Cooper & Turner, a litho printer
    • Joe Menke, engineering manager, Sydney – ex Ferag
    • Yvonne Schmidt, admin, Sydney.

    There is at least another sheetfed manager to be hired before the first stage complement is complete.

    At Rhys Burton’s request here are his new contact numbers:

    Ph: 9424 4400

    Fax: 9418 8448

    Mob:0404 294 590

    E-Mail: rhysburton@kbaaustralasia.com.au

  • GAMAA takeover bid for PacPrint 2005

    The bid has outraged Printing Industries, which is holding a series of meetings with its members around the country to mobilise support against the move. The devisive initiative, which has the potential to split the industry, follows a change of strategic direction for the merchant’s body. It now declares its “core business” to be the operation and promotion of industry events, together with research and education initiatives.

    Printing Industries President, Chris Segaert (pictured) called the GAMMA gambit “a betrayal of the industry.

    “At a time when we should all be working together to ensure the survival of printers, who after all are the merchant’s customers, this power-grabbing exercise is hard to take. I don’t know why we can’t continue to cooperate in the way we have done so successfully for years.”

    Angus Scott, President of GAMAA initially agreed to respond to the allegations but on advice from his executive decided not to. According to Annie Rowland-Campbell, executive secretary, GAMAA’s only comment at this stage is, “No comment.”

    GAMAA is an association of graphic arts supply merchants. There are 33 members of the invitation only group. At the last PacPrint in 2001 its members accounted for 50 per cent of the exhibition floor space, although there was a total of over 250 exhibitors.

    Printing Industries CEO Gary Donnison said the Association was taking the move very seriously.
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