Archive for July, 2002

  • Screen printers get their own awards

    “The decision to stage the awards was not taken lightly, however major industry stakeholders were voicing strong views that the awards should be run by the industry, for the industry,” said Dall’Amico. “As the leading industry body, the federal board felt it of utmost importance to offer a prestigious event that would preserve the integrity and respect of both sponsors and entrants. The awards will be held annually to ensure stability and continuity”

    He said that major industry suppliers validated the board’s decision to stage the awards by promptly securing sponsorship from the moment the awards event was announced.

    The sponsors supporting the event are:


    Sericol Australia

    Roland Digital Australia.


    Coates Australia

    Avery Dennison Graphics Division.

    Thieme/J W Agencie/Universal Screen


    Graphic Art Mart


    3M Australia

    Autotype /CPS

    Intergraphic Technologies./Sefar Australia.

    The Federal Board will control the overall management of the event and has contracted an event coordinator who will be responsible “to secure and liase with relevant groups and organizations to ensure that all details are taken into account for the staging of a successful event.”

    The awards comprise 20 individual categories plus a prestigious President’s Award. The event is open to any screen-printing company, digital imaging professional or individual. Advertising agencies or graphic designers who have commissioned work are also eligible. Clients and suppliers may also enter completed work in conjunction with the screen printer or digital professional.

    The event will culminate with the gala extravaganza to be held at the Star City Casino, Sydney on 8 November 2002.

    For further information, John Dall’Amico (03) 9459 5299 or email

  • Variable printing is yet to take off

    Untrustworthy databases and too much difficulty in the process are the reasons why the marketing industry has failed to take advantage of personalised printing, according to the latest issue of Print 21 magazine. Despite intensive promotion and customer education campaigns by press manufacturers Xerox, HP Indigo and Heidelberg, rich variable data printing still constitutes only a miniscule amount of the total output.

    Pioneer digital printer Michael Tan of WYSIWYG in North Sydney, has tried over the years to interest clients in rich personalised printing without success. He has the contacts within major international corporations and has access to the marketing managers to lay before them the advantages of VDP. According to Michael the main problem is to do with the state of companies’ databases. “In most cases they don’t have the right information for personalised marketing, and as soon as you start to talk to them about it, it becomes all too hard and expensive.”

    He is still a believer in the ultimate benefit of the technology, enthusing about a motoring organisation’s recent promotion where the customer who insures an expensive car is immediately targeted with a personalised mailer for a Global Positioning Security System. Although it was only personalised to a small degree and did not feature the car you just insured, the piece struck a chord.

    “It had personality, not just personalisation,” he said,

    Only for the good guys
    Rich personalised printing is likely to be viable only for valued customers. Roger Morgan, General Manager of Fuji Xerox says that many customers are of little or no value to the supplier, taking up too much time and effort for the return they provide. These low value customers do not warrant a supplier engaging them in a high value dialogue, which is what VDP is. This comes down to the 80/20 rule where 80 per cent of your business comes from 20 per cent of your customers.

    But that 20 per cent of the US$800 billion worldwide printing market is still a big chunk of business, worth going after. Statistics suggest the amount of low-level VDP in Australia is in the region of four billion pages per year. These are your bank statements, council rates, etc. and are produced on high-speed digital presses (in Australia usually a Xerox or an Océ).

    They have your name and address and for Telstra, your usage chart. But there is massive potential in developing this market with rich VDP, for including more personal details and full colour advertising on the bottom of your statement – demographically targeted advertising at that. Even a small percentage of four billion is a big market and it is the prospect of just such an explosion in rich, high-speed VDP that has concentrated the minds of the suppliers in recent times as they jockey for position.

    Pushing for the pot

    There are many different levels of VDP. Mailing houses have been doing it for years, merging names and addresses on bills. The focus now is to leverage digital colour printing technology into the marketplace.

    HP Indigo has been in the game the longest and has the largest range of presses at different speeds up to the HP Indigo 8000, (previously the Publisher). This is an extremely fast web machine at 8,000 pages per minute. The company has evolved its own variable data software to a high level of sophistication in mixing variable elements on a page. It has developed its own job file protocol, SNAP (swift native accelerated printing) and its own layout language JLYT. It also has variable layout applications; Yours Truly Express, a Quark extension for VDP, and Yours Truly Designer, a Windows application for different levels of personalisation.

    HP Indigo promotes VDP as part of its Maximiser programme for new HP Indigo press buyers and because of its unique ability to print on almost any kind of substrate it has some unique VDP sites in existence. For instance, the Australian Plastic Card Company in Victoria is producing rich VDP plastic IDs and promotional cards. It is not necessarily high speed but it does not have to be.

    Heidelberg is the newest entrant to the field of colour digital presses with the first NexPress due here sometime around October. As could be expected, Heidelberg is drawn to take an industry-wide view of VDP and address some of the problems in format standardisation. It is promoting a potential industry standard content exchange format PPML/VDX (personalisation print mark-up language/ variable data exchange), an initiative of the US-based Committee for Graphic Arts Technologies Standards.

    The need for some type of recognised standard is evident when you consider the number and type of operations that must work together in order to do rich VDP: data processing, data mining, variable data layout, graphics content and template design, printing and fulfilment. PPML/VDX is hoping to get away from the notion that there needs to be one very specialised super supplier of VDP, such as the printer, towards a more collaborative structure. It will separate the creation of the digital content from the printing and the manufacturing processes.

    Getting the message to the marketers

    VDP initiatives are the natural function of marketers, and for years Indigo directed a promotion campaign at the wider business community in an attempt to engage its attention towards digital printing at least, if not necessarily VDP. The limited amount of rich VDP in production suggests that it failed to grow that section of the market. For the average marketing executive VDP, while good in theory, is just too hard.

    Fuji Xerox is hoping to turn the tables by energising its users, the people with the 2060s and, eventually the iGen3s, to go out and sell the benefits of VDP (or VI as Fuji Xerox calls it – highlighting the absence of standards when suppliers do not agree on a common bunch of acronyms) to their customers.

    “We want to educate our customers’ sales forces to sell value-added printing, not necessarily to the print buyers but to the marketing people and the other generators of VI printing,” said Brett Maishman, Graphic Arts Marketing Manager. “We want them to move towards a consultative sales strategy where they identify and work with the creators in an organization, instead of simply talking cost plus models with the gatekeepers.”

    The Fuji Xerox strategy is based on recognition that there are four different levels of VDP. It identifies them by the different products it supplies:

    1. Autograph – the high speed, big end of town application. This is where Xerox owns the Australian market in transactional documents for banks, telcos, and utilities. It’s very fast mainly B&W printing with maybe one other colour.

    2. VIPP – this is the target market, the high-volume variable data rich colour promotion printing. This is where they get into data-driven graphs on Telstra bills, or versions of advertising on other colour-enabled transactional documents. This is the market that is being targeted by the iGen3. “We know the potential is there but the technology has not been available until now,” said Maishman.

    3. Darwin and Atlas Software – these are two separate desktop applications. The Creo-created Darwin is the most powerful, interfacing with Quark and designed to produce the most complex VDP pieces with changeover of images as well as text in every roll. It is aimed squarely at the commercial print shop with its 2060 style machines. The Atlas is a form-based template for variable text and images. It is a solid utility that has suffered by being oversold in the early days.

    4. Mail merge – this is not so much a product as a market segment. It is the type of work offices have been doing for ages, using Word for Windows, printing form letters from the database. Fuji Xerox is not operating in this space.

  • Lowest profit on print sales in over 30 years

    The Printing Industries of America (PIA) survey, sponsored by Heidelberg, SAPPI and printCafe, found that profit leaders, printers in the top 25 per cent of profitability, averaged 8.0 per cent profit on sales, representing a substantial decrease over last year’s (2000) figure of 10.5 percent and even lower than the 1990-91 figure of 8.9 percent.

    The most profitable printing sectors were labels/wrappers and books with averaged profit rates of 4.3 per cent and 3.4 per cent respectively. At the other end of the profitability spectrum were forms/document printers and commercial/advertising printers, with profits slipping to 0.9 per cent and 0.4 per cent respectively.

    The harsh results come despite printers’ productivity increasing as sales per factory employee went up from US$158,188 to $162,054.

    However, the worst appears to be over, according to Dr. Ron Davis, PIA’s chief economist.

    “2001 was one of the roughest years the industry has ever seen. The slowing economy, the cutback in advertising and the impacts of 9/11 forced printers to cut costs, look for new revenue sources and improve efficiency. Our surveys indicate that print markets are slowly returning to health so printers’ bottom lines should begin to improve soon.”

  • Mac versus PC – the debate goes on

    Dear Editor,

    I read with amazement the Macs are better and cheaper – Melbourne study
    article (Friday 21st Print 21 Online 33) and then Trevor Best’s reply letter to the Editor (Print 21 Online 34). I completely agree with Trevor and cannot believe that the study could be anywhere near accurate when it comes to our industry.

    Many people believe that Macs dominate the design, printing and publishing industry. However my experience (and I’ve had more than 30 years in the industry) is that this is not the case – for the good reason that PC’s represent a much more economical solution than Macs.

    Let me explain that I’m not a die-hard PC, never-touch-a-Mac user. I have used both platforms for many years.

    My company is a prepress bureau with three Macs and five PCs being used in our production/imagesetting area for more than nine years and I have the invoices to show that the capital cost and ongoing repairs to the Macs is almost double that of the PC’s. All these computers are networked together and also to a Novell server. And while it may not be an entirely fair comparison, connecting the PCs to that server is dramatically easier than the Macs.

    With regard to ongoing support, from a hardware point of view, we have only ever replaced hard discs on the Macs, a few network cards on both, and two Mac monitors! From an operating software point of view, both the Macs and PC’s crash/lockup from time to time and although we don’t log such events accurately, our operators feel that the PCs are more reliable.

    For anyone with reasonable training and experience, setting up the sort of software used in our industry (Adobe Indesign, PageMaker, Illustrator, Photoshop, QuarkXPress etc.) is no more difficult on either platform. However, we also specialise in the creation and high-resolution output of PDF files and we certainly find that printing to Postscript and PDF files is easier on the PCs.

    The point is however, that both platforms have their good and bad points, and one should not be buying a platform, but generally a software solution. For example if a publisher wants to run software such as Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign/PageMaker, these packages are available (at the same cost) on either Mac or PC and operate in almost identically the same way. The manual is the same for both platforms!

    So, which platform gives you the greatest performance for your dollar? In my geographic area, taking into account exactly the same specs with regard to monitor size, ram, cpu, cache, hard disc drive etc; I can buy the PC for almost half the price of the matching Mac.

    So in what sort of environment can Apple computers be up to 36 per cent cheaper to own and run than competing PC installations? Only, I suspect, in environments where the operators have such a low level of training that they need a picture of a ‘trash can’ to be able to delete a file! It may be helpful to know a little more about the research techniques (and funding?) before we all ditch our PCs and race out to buy more Cheaper Macs.

    Stephen Davey

    Director, Pagination Design Services P/L


    Dear Patrick,

    It’s interesting to hear Platypus Graphics’ web site has only 6.7 per cent visitors with Macs. Perhaps Platypus attracts the PC community. In Melbourne’s southern suburbs and all the national magazines I deal with, my contacts all have Macs for graphics. (Some magazines use PCs for journalism).

    I’ve never had a bureau scanner, printer or graphics company unable to use my Mac file, but regularly hear they don’t have the facilities for Windows-based applications. One supplier, Sprintz Photographics, uses Windows for printing true photographic enlargements from digital files, but they work perfectly from my Mac discs.

    So things are different here to Trevor Best’s area.

    He said; They usually all have Macs supplied in the University, and there is a vested interest in promoting Macs. Is this suggesting Mac wins hearts and minds by some educational establishments receiving Macs on an allocation, free computers, or [they] have a highly biased purchasing dept?

    In fact most TAFEs and Universities in Victoria are absolutely the opposite and have nearly totally replaced Macs with PCs, placing Macs at a disadvantage. PCs are cheaper, especially in low spec models and have a better range of accessories and software at lower prices.

    Macs’ strengths are ease of use, ability to open a wide range of files from both platforms (often when not named), compatibility with earlier operating systems, less crashes and excellent graphics features.

    I enjoy using a big Mac‚ with two screens. Many operators using both platforms prefer Macs. If Trevor Best finds PCs are the dominant platform in his network, PCs are the obvious choice. In my network it’s the opposite.

    Let’s not start an argument, but enjoy the platform that suits us best. Nothing beats ease of use and compatibility with suppliers and clients we service.

    Kevin Poulter


    Kevin Poulter Studios


  • Digital label printing expo in Sydney

    Keynote speaker is Christian Menegon of Hewlett Packard, one of the industry’s digital label evangelists, who will present some of the many international case studies where labels and tags are produced with every one containing different data.

    In addition, Graham Honeyman, marketing manager of Pemara, one of the Australian HP Indigo ws2000 users, will share his pioneering experiences with digital labeling printing.

    The full programme is here below.

    To attend contact Felicity Webb at Current Images

    12.00 – 12.10 pm

    Welcome & Opening

    12.10 – 13.40 pm

    Christian Menegon

    World Wide Industrial Products Specialist

    Hewlett Packard Company

    Indigo technology

    The business case

    13.40 – 14.00

    Coffee break

    14.00 – 14.20

    Case study one – Michael Mogridge

    Rako Germany

    400 people

    25 + Nilpeter Press

    4 HP Indigo digital production label press four years plus experience in label (refer to their web site for more info).

    14.20 – 14.40

    Case study two – Graham Honeyman

    Pemara Australia

    14.40 – 15.00

    Questions time

    15.00 – 17.00

    Press Demonstration

  • Maternity leave expectations are not business responsibility

    In its submission to the Human Rights & Equal Opportunity Commission on Valuing Parenthood – Options for Paid Maternity Leave, Printing Industries rejects the possibility of businesses financing PML and calls for the Federal Government to examine tax options as an alternative for making parenthood more affordable. It describes PML as a band-aid solution to the problem of Australia’s declining birth rate and warns against using businesses as a tool for social engineering.

    According to the submission, the industry is particularly vulnerable to any suggestion of an employer-funded scheme because of its large number of women workers. It puts this at 60,000 or 39 per cent of the workforce, compared with 25.4 per cent for manufacturing, and 44 per cent for the economy as a whole. It suggests that such a move would impact negatively on women’s employment prospects in the printing industry.

    Here is a summary of Printing Industries’ submission:

    Submission summary

    • This submission provides an overview for the need to address our declining population which Printing Industries sees as involving the wider community.
    • This submission addresses some of the questions posed in the discussion paper and alternative funding options.
    • This submission makes the point that Paid Maternity Leave (PML) must be seen in the context of –

    1. The future development of Australia;

    2. The broader needs of raising children in Australia;

    3. The need to provide genuine choice for all women;

    Balancing paid work and family responsibilities

    Firstly, it must be recognized that many women in the paid workforce face the additional demands of work commitments and family responsibilities.

    Secondly, women are in the paid workforce for reasons including:

    • Economic necessity – many families cannot meet the costs of mortgage repayments and the general cost of living on a single income. Hence many women have little choice but to continue to work.
    • Career Choice – the positive contributions of women in the paid workforce has resulted in a significant increase in women participating in paid work at all levels. Additionally, women are now increasingly represented in professional occupations.

    As a consequence many women when they choose to have a family are doing so at a later age. The decision to delay having a family can also be a consequence of Governments’ lack of recognition and willingness to provide sufficient monetary support to allow for couples to commence a family at an earlier age.

    In the long term Australia’s declining birth rate levels will reduce our ability to maintain adequate social security levels or to provide the necessary infrastructure to sustain our current high standard of living. The ever-declining numbers in the paid workforce will not be able to meet the burden of providing for our ageing population. Hence Australia will not be able to meet its duty of care to its citizens if our population remains unchanged.

    Australia’s future lies in its children

    There exists a degree of concern in the community about young children being cared for in often inadequately funded childcare centres. These concerns, together with the ongoing needs of young children, will not be alleviated by the provision of 14 weeks of PML or 12 months unpaid leave.

    It is Printing Industries’ view that the debate should be widened to consider a range of options including perhaps a universal maternity leave benefit to be paid to mothers of newborn babies regardless of employment status. In this way a practical contribution can be made to providing women with greater choices and options in meeting their family responsibilities.

    Why the push for PML

    In part the push for paid maternity leave has come about in response to Australia’s declining fertility rates, down to 1.7 per couple. Australia is not alone as most western societies are not keeping up with replacement levels i.e. 2.1 children per couple.

    Printing Industries draws HREOC’s attention to an article in the Melbourne Age (March 16, 2002) where Leslie Cannold wrote of The population debate we have to have. She made the telling point that, The steady decline in Australia’s birthrate since 1961 is evidence of the ever widening gap between the number of children we want, and the number of children we have. The problem with falling population, in other words, is that it represents an erosion of women and men’s freedom to embrace parenthood.

    Printing Industries considers there are vital and fundamental issues that must be addressed by our Governments if we as a nation seriously want to tackle the problem of our birth decline. As observed by Cannold, politicians must canvass all the causes and cures for our declining numbers.

    The causes of this decline are many and varied. However the major factor is the increase in women’s labour force participation rate resulting in more women putting off childbirth altogether, or delaying it considerably. Printing Industries again emphasizes that the current narrow debate around PML and who pays should be broadened. The introduction of PML will not of itself fix the problem. It may be a start but should not be at the sole or partial cost to employers for what is a wider community issue.

    Overseas Experience

    Other western countries have and are looking at ways of reversing falling birth rates. The French Government, for example, has introduced ‘Family Unit Taxation’ as a means to attract its young couples to have families by revamping its tax structure in favour of single income families with children. This initiative appears to have worked!

    Call for a National Cure

    Given the relatively large number of women employed in the printing industry, the consideration of PML is of vital concern and importance. The cost impact in the printing industry, if employers were required to pay its female employees PML, would be detrimental to printing manufacturing in Australia, particularly in the light of current downward trends and rationalizations in the industry.

    Compulsory PML paid for by business, particularly small- to medium-size businesses would result in a significant deleterious economic impact and would place the employment prospects of women of a child bearing age at risk. Business already bears significant costs in accommodating its employees to have a family. Unpaid maternity leave (52 weeks), paternity leave, coupled with various paid forms of leave, all contribute to a major dislocation and disruption in the daily operation of business needs.

    Australian printing and graphic arts companies as part of the wider community recognise the need for an increase in our population levels to address Australia’s current declining birth rate. On a purely economic level this is required in order to provide supply and demand for its products on the one hand and the need for a future reliable pool of skilled human resources on the other. However this is a task for the wider community and should not be a burden placed on business alone.

    Greater support and encouragement for parenthood is needed. This can be gained by a mixture of paying a parenthood allowance, and/or restructuring existing parenting allowances, together with improved family taxation benefits.


    In conclusion, Printing Industries reiterates –

    • Its opposition to PML financed by the employers.
    • The belief that the whole issue of reversing Australia’s declining birth rates needs to be urgently addressed and that PML is a band-aid temporary fix which by itself will not resolve our falling population levels.
    • A strong recommendation for the Federal Government to examine tax options for making parenthood more affordable in order to recognize the unique needs of children and their parents.
    • The need to seek wide community input to better understand the broader benefits that parenthood confers on our society at large and the career aspirations of women.
    • Resisting the temptation to use Australian businesses as a tool for social engineering by imposing the added cost of funding PML.
  • Rural Press gets off the ACCC hook

    The Court unanimously rejected a number of the ACCC’s claims. In particular it held that Rural Press did not misuse its market power and was not involved in an exclusionary arrangement. The Court has also rejected an appeal by the ACCC seeking multi-million dollar penalties and compliance orders against Rural Press.

    The decision worked out as a bob each way for Professor Allen Fels, ACCC Chairman.

    “The ACCC notes that the court did not accept that Rural Press and Bridge Printing took advantage of their market power in their dealings with Waikerie Printing House”, he said. “However, the ACCC welcomes the court’s finding that the arrangement entered into between the companies did breach section 45.

    “The ACCC is also pleased that the court accepted the ACCC’s submissions on penalties, and that it also held that Mr Ian Law, General Manager of Rural Press’ Regional Publishing Division, and Mr Trevor McAuliffe, South Australian State Manager, were knowingly concerned in the contravention of section 45 by Rural Press and Bridge Printing.”

    The proceedings relate to communications between a Rural Press subsidiary and a competitor in regional South Australia in 1997 and 1998 after a change in local council boundaries led the competitor to extend the circulation of one of its publications. The ACCC claimed that Rural Press and two of its executives had misused its market power and entered into an illegal exclusionary arrangement with its competitor, as well as being party to an arrangement that substantially lessened competition. As a result, the ACCC sought very substantial penalties, injunctions, compliance and other orders against Rural Press and others.

    The Full Federal Court has ruled that Rural Press and its subsidiary were parties to an arrangement that had the effect of substantially lessening competition in a Murray Bridge newspaper market, and held that the original penalties ordered by the trial judge were appropriate. The arrangement, which was found to contravene the Act, had the effect of reversing the extended circulation (of around 100 to 180 copies each week) of a competing regional newspaper to residents in the Mannum area.

    In a press statement Rural Press claims that the company has never previously been prosecuted for contravention of the Trade Practices Act and takes its obligations of compliance very seriously. Since the subject of these proceedings came to its attention, it has implemented a comprehensive trade practices compliance programme including training for its staff. It is currently considering the implications of the judgment of the Full Federal Court and what further steps are appropriate in relation to it.

  • A series of presentations planned for the new Océ 7-colour digital press

    The product is being presented to the industry during the month of August. Potential participants can register their interest at

    Océ Business Unit Director for Document Printing Systems, Michael Krebs, says that the Océ CPS700 utilised the company’s patented Direct Imaging technology and incorporated enhanced Copy Press technology, which had proven to be extremely successful in its black and white systems such as the Océ 3165.

    “Among the strongest features of the Océ CPS700 is its extraordinary colour stability,” Krebs said. “It means that a user can be assured colours will not vary during a print run or even on subsequent print runs.

    “This holds enormous promise for businesses servicing the corporate sector where consistent colour has been identified as a critical issue. This consistency has created great interest among clients who see the Océ CPS700 as the answer to concerns regarding the variation of colour logos and important corporate colours present in current printed materials. No other printer on the market today can match our colour stability.”

    Features of the Océ CPS700 include:

    • Constant engine speed of 25 A4 impressions per minute across all media.
    • Auto Duplexing on all supported stocks and sizes
    • Unaffected by environmental or media variations so re-calibration is not required.
    • Monocomponent single layer toner system results in an ‘offset” look and feel
    • Digital document memory with mailbox capability for different users over networks
    • Ability to print on a wide range of media including textured, coated and specialty stocks
    • Productive job programming

    Ease of use, utilising Océ’s “green button” approach

    The Océ CPS 700 utilises two different controllers, the mid-end Océ 900C and the high-end Océ 950C for more demanding customers. The controllers are based on Fiery technology, delivering consistent pure colour and superior networked productivity.

    The digital colour printer supports open ICC profiles, allowing unprecedented control of colour accuracy from any device regardless of network, platform or application. Profiles can be saved and reused for any platform, application or file output.

    A key element of the Océ CPS700 is the Océ Colour Copy Press technology, which actually presses the toner into the paper and utilises a much shorter paper path, virtually eliminating paper jams.

    The use of Océ Direct Imaging is another vital factor. This true digital process transforms a digital image into a toner image in one quick, reliable step for high machine uptime and very stable colour quality. It doesn’t produce ozone emissions and eliminates toner waste, addressing two critical environmental issues.

  • Overflow…extra news…more news…overflow…extra news…


    Perfectly Bound, the trade binding company, is proud to be holding its inaugural charity golf day on 13 September 2002 at North Ryde Golf Club in Sydney. All proceeds raised will be donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). The cost is $65.00 per head for golf and lunch or $35.00 per head for lunch only.
    Muscular Dystrophy is a degenerative disease that leads to gradual and irreversible wasting away of muscle tissue.
    Sponsorship opportunities are available, and any donations or prizes would be warmly welcomed. All players are welcome and for information, please contact either Peter O’Keeffe, Chris Sullivan or Jenny Craig on (02) 9816 3853 or (02) 9816 3803


    Has the impact of the internet, email and multimedia disks reduced the viability of graphic arts trade shows? The results of a new industry survey conducted by MAN Roland indicate that printers continue to rate major expositions as prime sources of information. But they are less enamoured with regional trade shows. Asked to rank their preferences in live media, the respondents selected a live demonstration at a trade show as their number one answer. Following on were: running new equipment, an association presentation or seminar, and conversations with a fellow printer. At the bottom of the category, placing tenth, was an interactive website presentation.


    Remember Ventura? At one stage it was the layout program of choice, ahead of QuarkXpress and Pagemaker. It was this writer’s first introduction to desktop publishing when ACP moved its magazines to DTP in the largest network in the country during the 1980s. Since then it appears to have lost its way and was overtaken in the popularity stakes. But it’s back! (although it never really went away.)
    Corel Corporation has announced the availability of Ventura 10, the latest version of the long-time layout application boasting greater XML support, native PDF creation and a host of enhanced graphics capabilities. The new release is intended to regain market share for what was once the king of desktop publishing applications and push Corel to the front of XML authoring.
    For further information and to try a pretty neat virtual download visit .


    The newest version of Inposition software, INposition 5.0, is now shipping. INposition is a QuarkXPress extension, representing the only imposition solution available specifically for QuarkXPress users. From Canadian company Dynagram Inposition’s advantage is its ability to access native QuarkXPress and use Adobe PageMaker and Acrobat files. This lets prepress professionals and commercial printers can impose, preview, edit, proof,colour separate and print all within one seamless environment. The latest version, INposition 5.0, is compatible with QuarkXPress version 5.0 – which incidentially is still not shipping in Australia and New Zealand.


    For all of you Mac enthusiasts, Apple July 17 introduced Mac OS X version 10.2 Jaguar, a major release of Mac OS X featuring more than 150 amazing new features and applications.
    Jaguar includes a new Mail application designed to eliminate junk mail, iChat AIM-compatible instant messenger, a system-wide Address Book, Inkwell handwriting recognition, QuickTime 6 with MPEG-4, improved Universal Access, an enhanced Finder, Sherlock 3 with Internet Services
    and Rendezvous, Apple’s revolutionary home networking technology. Mac OS X v10.2 Jaguar will be publicly available August 24.


    Xerox Corporation has filed a lawsuit against Business Equipment Research & Test Laboratories (BERTL) for libel, interference with Xerox’s customer relations, and other claims arising from defamatory statements BERTL made to Xerox customers and competitors. The lawsuit also asks the court to resolve an ongoing dispute with BERTL over the use of BERTL’s reports and test data, according to a report on

    BERTL conducts testing of digital imaging systems and produces reports on the results. Xerox has commissioned BERTL to do a number of tests of Xerox systems compared to competitive systems and to generate reports for Xerox use. In particular, Xerox commissioned in November a series of tests to be conducted by BERTL comparing Xerox Document Centre systems against competitive Canon and Ricoh machines. Xerox paid US$20,000 for the tests and the related rights to use the test reports, which were validated by BERTL.

    The test results showed the superior performance of Xerox systems over their competitors. Xerox prepared a summary of the test results as an internal sales training tool, which was an appropriate and authorized use of the data under the company’s agreement with BERTL. However, around July 2 BERTL sent an e-mail to Xerox’s competitors and customers – including a substantially altered copy of the summary – suggesting that Xerox was not authorized to use the data in this manner.

    “Whatever BERTL’s motive may have been, it tried to smear Xerox’s name and mislead our customers and competitors – a blatant act of defamation,” claimed Gil Hatch, president, Xerox Office Systems Group. “These test results were very favorable to Xerox – they showed the superior performance of our systems – and Xerox had the right to use those results.”


    Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) has fully absorbed the Karat Digital Press company following the termination in April of the joint venture with Israel-based Scitex Corp. The former subsidiary has been integrated into the group’s sheetfed offset plant in Radebeul as a small format and digital print division. The division also handles service activities for the 46 Karat (OEM Presstek) and the ultra-compact five-colour KBA Genius 52 developed jointly by Metronic, a company located in Veitshöchheim near KBA’s Würzburg headquarters.
    Since the B2 74 Karat was launched on the market more than 60 presses – including the coater version that made its debut at Ipex 2002 – have come on stream in Europe and the USA.


    And here’s something for and from the Sistas

    The Joys of Womanhood by One who Knows

  • My mind not only wanders, it sometime leaves completely.
  • The best way to forget all your troubles is to wear tight shoes.
  • The nice part about living in a small town is that when you don’t know what you’re doing, someone else does.
  • Just when I was getting used to yesterday, along came today.
  • Sometimes I think I understand everything, then I regain consciousness.
  • I gave up jogging for my health when my thighs kept rubbing together and setting my pantyhose on fire.
  • Amazing! You hang something in your closet for a while and it shrinks two sizes!
  • Skinny people irritate me! Especially when they say things like, “You know, sometimes I just forget to eat.” Now I’ve forgotten my address, my mother’s maiden name, and my keys. But I’ve never forgotten to eat. You have to be a special kind of stupid to forget to eat.
  • A friend of mine confused her valium with her birth control pills. She had 14 kids, but she doesn’t really care.
  • The trouble with some women is that they get all excited about nothing and then they marry him.
  • I read this article that said the typical symptoms of stress are: eating too much, impulse buying, and driving too fast. Are they kidding? That is my idea of a perfect day.
  • I know what Victoria’s Secret is. The secret is that nobody older than 30 can fit into their stuff.
  • National print lab is industry troubleshooter

    John Brumby, Victorian Minister for State and Regional Development (left) and Bob Johnston director, at the opening of NPL.

    The new Monash facility was opened on Wednesday by John Brumby, Victorian Minister for State and Regional Development. The NPL, one of a handful of similar institutions worldwide, will offer affordably priced, world standard consultancy and practical troubleshooting services in ink, paper and printing. According to the press release it will be especially valuable to small to medium businesses that have in the past not been able to afford to send problems overseas for detailed technical analysis.

    Among the industry supporters are Note Printing Australia, Australian Paper, Norske-Skog, Visy, Amcor, Toyo and SICPA. Under the direction of Professor Bob Johnston the NPL shares the facilities of the Australian Pulp and Paper Institute (Australia’s most successful and long standing university/industry collaboration) and the Monash Department of Chemical Engineering, which houses the world’s most sophisticated extensional rheology measurement laboratory.

    In addition to its world-class equipment the NPL also draws on the expertise of CSIRO Departments of Forestry Products and Molecular Science which are located nearby.

    A major part of the NPL’s role is to provide research facilities for the Co-operative Research Centre for Functional Communication Surfaces – in fact, 50% per cent of its resources support the innovative programs of the CRC. The NPL also acts as a conduit for new technologies arising from the CRC.

    Some of the CRC-FCS programs include the development of smart packaging materials, increasing the printability of low cost copy papers, and more effective recycling of newsprint involving sophisticated de-inking technologies. According to Astrid Sweres Communications Manager for the NPL this last project has the potential to become a huge earner for Australia.

  • Record crowds at Auckland Printech show

    The figures came as a surprise to some exhibitors who initially said they felt the crowds were down from last time. They represent a reversal of international trends that have seen trade show attendances fall dramatically.

    The strong New Zealand showing won endorsements from leading exhibitors. Mike Lust, fielded a congratulatory phone call from Heidelberg while being interviewed for this report. “They phoned to say it was a marvellous show for them and commended the professional way it was organised,” he said.

    “People travelled from all over the country to the show and many of the exhibitors commented on the quality of the visitors to their stands. They were meeting with the decision makers. We had quite a number of international visitors too.”

    The show was the largest ever held with over 90 supply companies exhibiting, an increase of 23 per cent. A series of seminars run in conjunction with the exhibition proved immensely popular with standing room only at some sessions. Headline speaker, Neil Richards from the USA, spoke on their industry study, Vision 21.

    The seminars were sponsored by a number of suppliers and industry bodies including the Printing Industries Association of New Zealand. Warren Johnson CEO, said the popularity of the seminars showed the industry’s interest in keeping abreast of the latest developments.

    “We’re a long way from the supply markets so people take this opportunity to see the latest developments,” he said. He pointed to the national election as a boost to business activity but said that overall business confidence is down with the industry battling a major over capacity problem and falling margins.

    At the Pride in Print ceremonies on the Tuesday night (see story this bulletin), Warren, who is retiring in November, was honoured for his 43 year contribution to the industry, the past 15 in his current role as head of the premier industry association.

  • Top NZ print award to 2nd time Wellington winner

    The entry work was described by judges as “about as near to perfect as you can get with printing”. Overall 55 gold medals were awarded and 129 works were highly commended from a total of 971 entries. The largest ever Pride in Print Awards was held at a glittering gala on the first night of the Printech exhibition. More than a thousand industry types rolled up to applaud and cheer their peers. The celebrations and partying went on long into the night.

    As usual regional competition was fierce with Webprint taking the prize as top Auckland printer with four gold medals for heatset web work, followed by Pennrick with three gold medals for large format digital printing and Panprint, also with three. Auckland’s total medal tally was 35.

    Format Laser led the Wellington charge winning two gold medals with a further eight entries highly commended, while first time entrant Resolution Digital won two golds and was highly commended for another two. Service Printers, in addition to its Supreme Award, won three golds and seven high commendations. Bryce Francis Graphics, Amcor Cartons, Milne Printers, Printlink, and Charta Packaging all won two gold medals each. The Wellington total was 25 gold medals as well as the Supreme award.

    PMP Print picked up four gold medals for NZ Gardener, Cuisine Magazine, Destinations and Vantage Design , with Chaucer Press winning two gold medals for security printing. They led the Christchurch medal count of 14 gold and nine highly commended.

    In Hamilton digital printer Admark Visual Imaging and flexographic printer Convex Plastics cleaned up the competition in their local area. They each won a gold medal and Admark was highly commended for three entries and Convex for two.

    In Gisborne, Logan Print showed the big boys in the labels business what it can do for big name clients. It won gold for DB’s Monteith’s and Export Gold labels and were highly commended for Heinz and Talleys.

    Wickcliffe Press won two gold and two highly commendeds for business forms in Dunedin, Tauranga’s Printcorp with the Bay of Plenty Times entry, Rotorua’s Cryovac with a Dominion Salt entry, and Wanganui’s The Print Place with a copy of The Christchurch Star’s Lifestyles all won gold medals.

    For further information on the Print in Print Awards contact Sue Archibald in Wellington (021) 663-881.

  • Who won what – the complete statistics from New Zealand

    Amcor Cartons, Wellington
    Four Highly Commended (HC)

    Amcor Cartons Australasia
    One HC

    Admark Visual Imaging Ltd
    Three HC

    Astra Print
    Two HC

    Brebner Print Napier
    Two HC

    Brebner Print Digital Auckland
    Two HC

    Bryce Francis Graphics
    Two Gold, Four HC

    Carter Holt Harvey Packaging Penrose
    One Gold, One HC

    Carter Holt Harvey Packaging Case South Island
    Two HC

    Charta Packaging
    Two Gold

    Chaucer Press
    Two Gold

    Colorite Auckland
    One Gold, Two HC

    Colorite Engraving
    One Gold, One HC

    Convex Plastics Ltd
    One Gold, Two HC

    DPOD Ltd
    Two Gold

    Format Laser
    Two Gold, Eight HC

    Hally Press
    Two Gold, Two HC

    Impressions International Ltd
    Four HC

    Logan Print
    Two Gold, Two HC

    McCollams Laser
    One Gold, Ten HC

    Original Screen
    One Gold, Two HC

    Panprint Ltd,
    Three Gold, Seven HC

    Pennrick Digital Services Ltd
    Three Gold

    Permark Industries
    Two Gold

    PMP Print
    Four Gold

    Premier Business Print
    Two Gold, Three HC

    Two Gold, Two HC

    Resolution Digital Print
    Two Gold, Two HC

    Service Printers Ltd
    Four Gold, Seven HC

    The Print Shop
    Two Gold, Two HC

    Four Gold, Two HC

    Tasman Press

    Westside Printers

    Wickliffe Ltd
    Two Gold, Two HC

    Wickliffe Design
    Two HC

    Wickliffe Printfast
    One HC

    Wyatt & Wilson Print
    One Gold, One HC

  • Océ launches its own digital colour technology

    First seen at IPEX in April, the revolutionary 7-colour device is based on Océ’s proprietary direct imaging system and has received rave reviews internationally. Océ is holding a series of product launches around the nation next month.

    For more information on this latest entrant into Australia’s digital colour printing market go to the Océ web site.

    The Océ CPS700

  • Long time between conferences for Printing Industries in NSW

    National President, Chris Segaert, (who is also NSW Regional President) said the time was now right to introduce a state specific conference that would help the industry to build on the Print21 – Printing Industries Action Agenda initiatives.

    “This conference will concentrate on the leadership and management issues the graphic arts industry needs to embrace if it is to increase profitability and move forward,” he said. “Our conference theme, PRINT NSW – PEOPLE, PROFITS, POSSIBILITIES, will be central to all the presentations.”

    He encouraged all sectors of the industry to attend. “We understand the pressures of business. Our program begins with an intensive business session on Friday 20 September followed by the Annual Dinner. The Terrigal location means that most attendees need only be away from their business for one day.”

    Printing Industries’ NSW Manager, Darren Jensen, said the conference program would feature a high profile and thought provoking array of speakers.
    “We will feature the best possible speakers from within and outside the industry,” he said.

    “NSW Industrial Relations Minister, John Della Bosca, change agent and CEO of Acuiti Legal, Danny Casey and the Group Publisher of Niche Magazines, David McDonough will be among our speakers in addition to specialists in marketing, leadership, finance and new markets development.”

    The Conference begins early on Friday 20 September with a full program and is followed on Saturday by the NSW Annual Dinner. Saturday is a day of networking and leisure activities including golf, deep sea fishing, and a Hunter Valley wine tour.
    “The Conference price of $395 is tremendous value and includes the Conference dinner,” said Darren Jensen. “Our generous sponsors have subsidised the cost and our special thanks go to these organizations.”
    The Gold sponsors are: Canon, Dalton Fine Paper, Australian Paper, Fuji Xerox and Spicers. Silver sponsors are CPI, Print & Pack, Heidelberg, Print Super and Jaeger Fine Papers.

    The full Conference brochure is now available on the Printing Industries’ website or call (02) 9248 7300 for a copy to be sent to you.

  • Overflow…extra news…more news…overflow…extra news…


    An excellent response to the initial email invitation to a free technology event GASAA is running with Adobe and Heidelberg has nearly 200 industry types booked in to the sessions in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Demand is so great that another two sessions have been added in Sydney and Melbourne. So if you’re quick you can make it to the Briefing Seminars

    • Brisbane – Tuesday 9 July 2002 (Southbank Institute of TAFE, Morningside) – 6pm session
    • Melbourne – Wednesday 10 July 2002 (Heidelberg, Richmond) – 4pm and 6pm sessions
    • Sydney – Thursday 11 July 2002 (Heidelberg Australia – Waterloo) – 4pm and 6pm sessions
    • Register Online Now!


      And about time too. A new graphic arts magazine for NZ, New Zealand ProPrint will launch its first issue with an in-depth report on the Printech trade show. Managing editor Steve Crowe, said the time was right for the new title. “Don Elliott, the publisher, wanted to do this for a long time. He thought this year’s show provides a good opportunity. We’re looking forward to serving the New Zealand industry with a professional publication.”

      High-profile industry publishing identities, Ann and Paul Callahan, are the local representatives for the new title and the first issue is expected out later this month.


      Post-graduate business and management education courses, including masters degrees and MBAs will be eligible for a new $400,000 industry scholarship fund from the Graphic Arts Merchants Association of Australia (GAMAA). Details of the programme are still being finalised. The scholarship programme is targeted at middle to senior level managers and is open to everyone in the industry, not just GAMAA members. Full programme details will be released before the end of 2002 with the first students commencing in Semester 1, 2003.


      Watch out for a lot more printing and graphic arts activity from Aarque Anitech following its coup in hiring well-known industry identity, Ron Patterson (pictured) as state manager for Victoria and Tasmania.

      “We’re major suppliers of graphic and engineering equipment to the architectural, drafting and construction industries. However our intention is to become more heavily involved in the printing industry with consumables,“ said Ron, who comes to the role from senior positions with CPI and Agfa. “I am very pleased to be able to use my experience from my other positions and look forward to moving forward with our current customers as well.”


      Chilly winds are blowing for the once booming exhibition industry as manufacturers tighten their belts. Prepress show Imprinta, planned for Düsseldorf next February, is the latest casualty with organisers throwing in the towel after majors such as Hedielberg,KBA, Agfa, Fuji, Screen, Creo, Dalim, Wam!Net, KPG, and MAN Roland said they would not exhbit. Manufacturers have long complained about the cost and frequency of trade shows and have finally made a stand.
      This month’s Labelexpo in Singapore took place without the participation of many industry majors including Nilpeter and Gallus.


      Mac heads are getting ready for the 2nd South Pacific Macintosh Developers Conference in Auckland Aug 24-25 . Following on from the success of last years inaugural conference this year’s gig is extended to a two day weekend format with several speakers from Apple US, talking on networking, QuickTime and Apple’s new graphics technologies. The conference will cover a wide range of subjects from Unix and Java through to Apple script and REALbasic.

      For more details visit the website


      Consolidation in the ink business moves apace with Flint Ink taking over German ink manufacturer, Gebrüder Schmidt. Headquartered in Frankfurt/Main, the new Flint-Schmidt organization has a significant market share in Germany, employs a combined workforce of approximately 1,400, and has revenues of approximately Euro 450 million. As part of the agreement, Gebrüder Schmidt operations in Canada were acquired and will become part of Flint Ink North America.


      And finally for those in marketing with an affinity for smoke and mirrors.

      A magician worked on a cruise ship. The audience was different each week,so the magician did the same tricks over and over again. One Problem: the captain’s parrot saw the same tricks over and over again and began to understand how the magician did every trick.

      Once he understood, he started shouting in the middle of the show:

      Look! It’s not the same hat!

      Look! He’s hiding the flowers under the table!

      Hey! Why are all the cards the ace of spades?

      The magician was furious but couldn’t do anything. It was, after all, the captain’s parrot.

      Then the ship sank. The magician found himself on a piece of wood in the middle of the sea with, as fate would have it, the parrot. They stared at each other with hatred but did not utter a word, This went on for a day and then another and then another.
      Finally on the fourth day, the parrot could not hold back:
      “O.K. I give up. Where’s the bloody ship?”

    • Letter to the editor

      The graphics industry is unfortunately not always too far removed from the sales and journalism industry, and people cannot help themselves.

      I think everyone knows that there is no chance that we could buy a Mac computer of matching specifications cheaper than a PC.

      The Gartner research was carried out at an Arts faculty. Enough said. They usually all have Macs supplied in the University, and there is a vested interest in promoting Macs. The plain fact is that all that a Mac can do can also be done on a PC, equally well. In addition, the vast preponderance of software is produced for PCs, and much of it cannot run on a Mac.

      Our interrogation of our web site last month – and remember, we are in the graphics/printing industry – showed that only 6.7 per cent of visitors were using Macs.

      Case closed.

      Trevor Best

      Platypus Graphics

      Stafford , Qld.