Archive for September, 2002

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    Xerox shares took a heavy body blow in the US as the FBI announced it is investigating the company’s corporate behaviour. The company’s stock fell almost 13 per cent to US$5.91 after The Wall Street Journal reported that “people familiar with the criminal investigation” say FBI agents questioned James Bingham, a former assistant treasurer at Xerox, who claims he was fired for objecting to improper accounting practices at the company. The company’s stock hit $60 at the height of the tech boom in 1999. It is claimed that from 1997 through to 2000, Xerox used a variety of accounting actions and opportunities to meet or exceed expectations of analysts and investors and to disguise its true operating performance. These actions accelerated the company’s equipment revenue by over $3 billion and increased its earnings by $1.5 billion,


    Baldwin Technology Company posted a net loss for the year to June 30, 2002 of $15,984,000 compared to $18,172,000 for the prior fiscal year. Net sales were $145,625,000 compared to $183,615,000. John T. Heald, Jr., President and CEO, said: “Our goals for 2002 were to achieve broad reductions in manufacturing costs, define a global product development plan, and attain a revenue level of approximately $150,000,000. We made progress in achieving cost reductions and installing global product development priorities, but came up short against our revenue target during the fourth quarter. Despite a lowering of our cost base, we were unable to achieve profitability at lower volumes. We continue to see very difficult markets ahead industry-wide, but are somewhat more encouraged by our order activity.”


    In the US the Internet Archive’s Digital Bookmobile, a Ford Aerostar with a satellite dish mounted on top, is embarking on a cross-country journey to deliver free digital books to children nationwide. According to the Bookmobile will stop at public schools, libraries, universities, mobile home parks, retirement homes, a Bookmobile conference, Hewlett Packard Digital Village schools, and the Inventors Hall of Fame,on its journey across America, printing free copies of public domain books along the way.

    The Bookmobile will park and print books at the United States Supreme Court building where, on October 9, the Justices will hear arguments in Eldred v. Ashcroft, a landmark case that will decide how many books can be part of the Bookmobile’s digital library and all other digital libraries in the U.S.

    The case will determine if the government can extend copyright by another 20 years, effectively removing millions of books from the public domain.
    “A healthy public domain means more books for more children,” said IA Founder Brewster Kahle. “It’s tragic that 98 per cent of all books controlled by copyright are out of print, and therefore not available through the Internet.”


    Inkjet printhead wunderkind, Xaar, is the latest to be caught up in the slow developing digital printing market. Because of slow industry take-up it is shelving its Page Wide Array (PWA) development project. PWA was developed for use in next-generation ink-jet presses aimed at the commercial print market. Agfa was originally signed up as a partner for PWA and at the time claimed it would use the technology for digital presses, proofers and photolab equipment. “The digital press market hasn’t developed. The market just isn’t there at the moment,” said Xaar chief executive, Jan Fineman. “We’re focusing R&D on the short and medium term.”


    An agreement to link with the Go2Paper will enable paper users to buy and sell printing and writing paper in a larger online paper marketplace, as well as manage their paper orders. “Working in partnership with Go2Paper makes for an even more comprehensive service for both Paperloop and Go2Paper customers. A visitor to can check price trends, forecasts and product information for printing and writing papers, formulate purchasing decisions and then move seamlessly to Go2Paper to make a purchase online,” said Ian Johnston, Paperloop’s president and CEO.


    Xerox operating as a printing competitor is reported to be a factor in the decision of UK printing company, Basingstoke, to opt for nine Heidelberg Digimasters 9150s to replace its 16 DocuTechs. The company, which specialises in airline technical manuals, is the first site in Europe to order the new $573,000 (£200,000) presses, which print at 150 ppm. According to Dotprint it was suggested that Basingstoke Press chose Heidelberg after Xerox’s FM division, XBS, took its share of a British Airways contract for black-and-white printing.
    Sales director Tony Gardiner said: “It was a factor in our decision, as Xerox was acting as a competitor rather than a supplier. But it has it totally wrong if this is believed to be the only reason.”


    Printable Technologies, the online software for the graphic arts industry, and Prism USA, suppliers of integrated MIS for the printing and graphic arts industry, announce the first PrintTalk-based integration to be used in production between a web-based print ordering system and a print management information system.
    ” We’re very excited to finally put PrintTalk into action with this integration,” said Coleman Kane, President and CEO of Printable Technologies. “By working with Prism, we’re able to bring a truly end-to-end web-enabled print ordering and management system to the market. Our two companies have many customers in common, and we expect customer demand for integration between the two systems to continue its increase. The fact that we are able to get it done using PrintTalk/JDF makes it that much more worthwhile.”


    There will be no Seybold East Seminars and Expo in New York City in 2003. After what appeared to be a much smaller Seybold San Francisco, this month the reportedly cash-strapped Key3Media organization announced at the close of the show that there will be no major Seybold production next year in New York City. Current plans call for cutting back to a single major show each year, to be held in San Francisco in September. Exhibitors were most notable for their absence at this year’s San Francisco bash. Only about 50 per cent of the available exhibit space in the South Hall of Moscone Center was in use, and the North Hall was empty. No official attendance figures for conferees had been released at “press” time, but it was a small fraction of the thousands the event has drawn in past years.


    And finally, for all you guys who think the war on terror is a joke. . .

    Hi guys

    We’ve all been putting in long hours recently but we’ve really come together as a group and I love that. Big thanks to Omar for putting up the poster that says ‘There is no ‘I’ in team’ as well as the Garfield that says ‘Hang In there, Baby.’ Very humorous.

    However, while we are fighting a jihad, we can’t forget to take care of the cave and frankly I have a few concerns.

    First of all, while it’s good to be concerned about cruise missiles, we should be even more concerned about the carpet dust in our cave. We want to avoid excessive dust inhalation, (a health and safety issue) – so we need to sweep the cave daily, I’ve done my bit on the cleaning rota . . . have you? I’ve posted a sign up sheet near the cave reception area (next to the halal toaster).

    Second: It’s not often I make a video address but when I do, I’m trying to scare most of the world population, okay? That means that while we’re taping, please do not ride your razor scooter in the background or keep doing the ‘Wassup’ thing. Just while we’re taping.


    Third: Food. I bought a box of Dairylea recently, clearly wrote “Ossy” on the front, and put it on the top shelf. Today, two of my Dairylea were gone. Consideration. That’s all I’m saying.

    Fourth: I’m not against team chanting and all that, but we must distance ourselves from the Westerner’s bat and ball game. Please do not chant “Ossy Ossy Ossy Oi Oi Oi” every time I ride past on the donkey.

    Finally, we’ve heard that there may be Western soldiers in disguise trying to infiltrate our ranks. I want to set up patrols to look for them. First patrol will be Omar, Muhammad, Abdul, Akbar, and Dave.

    Love you lots,

    Group Hug.


    PS – I’m sick of having ‘Osama’s Bed Linen’ scribbled on my bed
    sheets .
    Cut it out Abdul, not funny anymore.

  • Tough times for graphic arts creatives

    In its Summer 2002 report, only 14 per cent of ad agencies reported excellent business conditions, and the TWGA Business Conditions Index for nearly all creative businesses hit record lows.

    According to the Creative Forecast 2003 report, here are some of the top sales opportunities cited by creative professionals:

    • Collateral print projects, are the #1 sales opportunity, as cited by 61 per cent of respondents, down slightly from six months ago, but it marks the second-highest percentage TWGA has recorded
    • Web page design is still a top sales opportunity, (cited by 40 per cent of respondents) though it wasn’t too long ago that Web design was the number one by a long shot. The bulk of the work has transitioned from new site development to basic maintenance, updating, and expansion of existing sites, about which creative professionals seem less enthused
    • Digital photography is at an all-time high: 39 per cent, up from 31 per cent, making it the #3 sales opportunity. This is especially high among commercial photographers.
    • Corporate identity, which was at an all-time high of 39 per cent six months ago, fell to just 31 per cent this time. Corporate clients simply don’t have the budgets for this type of work at the moment.

    According to the Report…

    • Cross-media communications campaigns” was the number one sales opportunity for publishers in Summer 2002.
    • Increasing XML programming capabilities,” is an opportunity for 18% of Web creative.
    • Experts now predict that the earliest possible economic rebound won’t take place until late 2003.
    • In terms of Stock Images, the need for content increases, but magazines seem to have reached a saturation point.

    The report is available for online purchase at the TWGA eStore in PDF format. For more information, go to the TWGA website

  • Creo and Presstek both claim patent lawsuit win

    Creo announced that is was pleased that the US Court of Appeals affirmed the company’s on-press imaging technology for digital offset presses does not infringe any Presstek patents. Creo originally filed suit in 1999 requesting the Court to rule that its technology in question did not infringe or induce press makers to infringe Presstek patents. The claim arose after accusations by Presstek to Creo customers and prospects that Creo infringed Presstek’s patents.

    “We are pleased to see that the Court has reconfirmed the uniqueness of our imaging technology and that our technology does not infringe Presstek’s patents,” said Dan Gelbart, Creo president and chief technology officer. “We look forward to continued success in our DOP (digital offset printing) Imaging System business and to supplying our partners with our DOP kits.”

    As the case went to court Presstek counter-sued and the Court combined the two cases.

    In its findings the court also affirmed Presstek’s on-press imaging patents (patenets ‘368 and ‘205) are valid. The patents relate to image error correction, the apparatus for imaging and the method of imaging. Creo had asked the court to declare Presstek’s patents invalid.

    “We are pleased that the court has again upheld the validity of Presstek’s on-press imaging patents,” said Edward J. Marino, Presstek’s President and CEO. “Presstek invented, and leads the market in, on-press laser imaging. The strength of our patent portfolio, together with the performance and reliability of our DI products has brought us into partnership with some of the world’s leading press manufacturers.”

    “Presstek’s products are specifically designed to address the needs of the largest and fastest growing segment of the printing industry, short-run colour,” said Marino. “We believe that on-press imaging is the future of the printing industry, and that Presstek will continue to lead the market into the future.”

  • NSW Conference packs them in

    A major industry health and safety initiative was launched at Printing Industries NSW conference by NSW Minister of Industrial Relations and Special Minister of State, John Della Bosca. He spelt out important changes that will affect the industry in industrial relations, in particular Work Cover and workers compensation.

    It was one of a number of high profile presentations at the industry event that centered on leadership and management in the printing and graphic arts industries.

    “The Terrigal Conference was a great success and confirms the need for a major annual event in New South Wales,” said Darren Jensen, organiser and state manager. “There was a good turnout of members and everyone I spoke to praised the quality of the presentations.

    Keynote speaker was leading management guru, Danny Casey CEO, Acuiti Legal, who delivered an important presentation on change management and re-positioning companies to take advantage of new business conditions.
    The enthusiastic reception for his presentation confirmed that many in the audience are all deeply involved with similar management issues in the industry.

    At the conference dinner, a number of companies were presented with commemorative membership medals including two 100-year members, accepted by accepted respectively, by Tom Pongrass, CEO of Websdale Printing (see leading story this bulletin, and Wayne Sheen for R. T. Kelly.

    Ron Cox, CEO of Cox the Printer, Leichhardt (pictured at left) also received a 50-year medal from Chris Segaert, President Printing Industries.

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  • Focus on Automation at Apogee Users Group

    Over 180 industry professionals from 21 countries gathered in Ghent to chart the future of automation in the printing process as Agfa prepares to launch its new generation workflow product, ApogeeX, this month in the US.

    Getting the full picture in Ghent were Angelo Manno, Agfa Marketing Manager Apogee, Patrick Howard, Print21Online, and Garry Muratore, Graphic Arts Marketing Manager, Agfa Asia Pacific.

    The 3rd Apogee Users Group, representing one of the largest installed bases of workflow products, provided a forum to address the challenges arising from the increase of automation in the printing and prepress process. With a conference theme of “Focus on Automation” It heard presentations on automation trends in the industry, what is driving automation, and how project management can be integrated with MIS.

    According to Angelo Manno, Agfa Marketing Manager Apogee, automation is being driven by shorter run lengths and more complex jobs, the globalisation and consolidation of the printing industry, fiercer competition among printing companies, and a growing skills deficit in finding the right people for craft-style jobs. He proposed that printing is being redefined in an age of e-commerce and that while there are limited options available for businesses to reduce costs there is massive pressure to increase productivity.

    The answer is to automate as much of the process as possible. Manno maintained that despite a widespread belief that it is a difficult and complex process suitable only for large companies with their own IT specialists, automated workflow is essential for every size of enterprise. It is essential for printer providers in order to meet the increasingly specific print buyer demands.

    The participants at Ghent were given an overview of the Agfa project management software, Delano, which is to be released next year. This aims to automate the entire workflow from planning, to scheduling and traffic control of printing projects. It is still in beta stage and is designed to integrate seamlessly with the new ApogeeX

    Automation of prepress

    ApogeeX is Agfa’s new contribution to automating the prepress workflow. The latest version of the industry standard is now translated to a client server architecture using centralised processing and control. The product has a GUI that makes it relatvely simple to create automated workflows. (I got my hands on one of the systems in Ghent and it seems to be very intuitive, even when creating complex proofing and output processes).

    Because there is no interface between traditional MIS systems (such as estimating and billing software) Agfa has enlisted ScenicSoft’s UpFront production planner to enter the information from the front office into the workflow.

    Like all previous versions ApogeeX is Postscript-based, making extensive use of PDFs as the main carrier. This requires that PDF’s in the automated workflow system are valid. For this Agfa uses Enfocus Certified PDF, which ensures every file that is progressing through the system is correctly constructed.

    The aim is to translate all tasks into a single electronic job ticket, rather like the job bag still most widely used. Using CIP3 and JDF conventions it is designed to reduce the amount of user interventions to a minimum.

    ApogeeX is being released at next weeks Graph expo in Chicago and we can expect to see it rolling out in Australia and New Zealand in the next quarter and early next year. It provides an important platform to bring printing into the world of computer integrated manufacturing.

  • A Blast from the Past; Exhibitions, Printing, Politics!

    The first Printing Industry Exhibition in Australia was held at Wynyard Station Underground, Sydney, in 1956. This was followed by a Printing and Packaging Exhibition organised by PATEA (now Printing Industries) of Victoria in Melbourne in 1965, which proved to be a financial disaster due to the actions of the contracted promoter.

    Since the war years, there were continuing grave concerns about the supply of labour to the industry and all state associations of PATEFA had individually been active in recruitment drives for youth to enter the industry.

    Noel Crichton AM.

    In 1965-66 the NSW Association had been investigating a major project to publicise the printing and allied industries to extend over a period of 5-10 years. Quotations for the various projects had been sought from a variety of professional bodies, mostly large advertising agencies. The projected costs were enormous.

    One of the ideas raised by the discussions in the small investigating committee (of which I was a member) was for an exhibition designed to show the industry off to the general public that would be available for specific groups to display the career opportunities that the industry had to offer.

    As the idea developed, it was firmly grasped that the exhibition’s goals were to publicise the industry, not to become a centre for machinery sales, as (even then) there was real concern that the industry was over-capitalised. At the same time, it was realised that the display of machinery and technology at such an exhibition would have an appeal to youth and show the general public that printing was not the dirty back-yard operation that it was generally held to be at that time.

    With the approval of the NSW Executive and the Federal Executive Council, the planning committee proceeded to set up the required structures. We approached the National Packaging Association to join with us, selected a promoter and we formed Printing and Packaging Exhibitions Pty. Ltd. in 1967.

    The Board of Directors consisted of: Bert White* of White & Gillespie Pty. Ltd., Stan Owen*of Stanley Owen & Sons Pty. Ltd., Noel Crichton of Simmons Limited, Max Farley PATEA of NSW, David Pynt* PATEA of NSW, two representatives of National Packaging and two representatives of the promoters. Bert White was elected Chairman.

    The addition of GAMMA (as it was then – Graphic Machinery Merchants of Australia) representatives was discussed and rejected as it was strongly felt that their influence could mar the major goal of the enterprise and reduce it to just another machinery selling-tool.

    Various projects were planned and undertaken to publicise the exhibitions to the general public and the youth throughout Australia but these have died over the years as the original goals have died.

    With the success of the first exhibition, 1970, the machinery merchants’ ire was stirred and the 1976 exhibition was threatened with their boycott. However, the previous success was too tempting for their members and all exhibited – bar one, as I recall.

    However, the merchants’ voice continued to be vocal and their complaints became harsher but by the time I left the Board the ground swell had somewhat subsided.
    [The merchants finally gained admittance to the board in 1996.]

    So much for history – the recounting of which seems to attract so much criticism. Were we to take more notice of history and use it as a guide from time to time, we would be better served by the decisions we make now!

    The industry continues to have a critical need to update its image to the public and, for that matter, to governments also. Our recent wins on the EPICS and PICS matters do assist but politicians have short memories and they change too regularly. Previous important “wins” by PATEFA over the past 40 years stand to prove this point.

    We need a constant reminder as to the true state of the industry to ensure that governments and the community continue to recognise our industry is a go-ahead modern one, as it is now in 2002 and will be beyond. Therefore, PAKPRINT (the original acronym) has an important role to play in keeping the industry flag flying and there has to be much more emphasis of industry promotional activities interwoven into the fabric of the PacPrint extravaganza.

    (Those of us who participated in the Industry Promotional forums over recent years will appreciate that fact.)

    As to who should own it? That matter is on the stainless steel table now! The autopsy is yet to conclude and a little of the history may help to direct a correct decision. The principal goal of PacPrint must be to promote the industry, not simply to sell machinery. Its presentation and fiscal objectives should be truly complementary and faithfully add to the principal goal – but they must not over-ride the main objective.

    Noel Crichton is an Honorary Life Member of Printing Industries, State President NSW 1965 –1977. National President 1970 –71. Member of National Council for 39 years. He was Managing Director of Simmons Limited until 1976 and has worked as an independent consultant to the industry ever since.

    *members of the committee who are now deceased

  • “Splinter” trade show comes under attack

    “We are deeply disappointed at GAMAA’s attitude in trying to splinter the industry for its own ends,” said Chris Segaert, President of Printing Industries. “There is no justification for running another trade show against PacPrint, especially as the supply companies are already complaining that there are too many exhibitions.”

    Printing Industries, the leading representative body, reaffirmed its commitment to running PacPrint at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre in May 2005 as originally planned. It is currently the joint owner of the exhibition and has been in contact with Reed Exhibitions, the organisers, to confirm the booking for the exhibition centre.

    The industry furore was sparked by GAMAA’s bid to take over the national printing and graphic arts exhibition, tearing up the previous 50/50 shared ownership agreement with Printing Industries. It has already set up a trade show company GraphPrint Pty Ltd, which intends to contract well-known trade show promoter, Tony Farrington, to undertake the role of general manager in order to run a Melbourne Trade Show in 2005. The association has made no public comment but plans to issue a press release in early October.

    “This is a blatent attempt by some members of GAMAA to advance themselves at the expense of the industry as a whole and I promise you it will be resisted by Printing Industries,” said Chris Segaert. “We have bent over backwards in meetings with their representatives trying to accommodate them, but they will settle for nothing less than total control.”

    The prospect of competing trade shows in 2005 is sure to trouble the industry and will fire up a battle for the hearts and wallets of the associations and the suppliers. Printing Industries’ fear is that under GAMAA the trade show will simply become a machinery-selling exercise, further contributing to the over capacity that currently dogs the industry. The original reason for the show, to promote the industry as a whole to the public, will be lost. (See Noel Crichton’s article this bulletin – A Blast from the Past.)

  • 1st Heidelberg NexPress for Pongrass Digital

    One year after the NexPress was officially launched in Chicago, the Heidelberg contender for the digital printing crown is signed with one of the oldest printing companies in Australia. Websdale’s Tom Pongrass confirms that he has taken a NexPress, as well as a Heidelberg Digimaster, to be the foundation of a new business, Pongrass Digital.

    Tom Pongrass (left)

    receives a 100 year membership

    award for WebsdalePrinting

    from Chris Segaert,

    President, Printing Industries

    “It is the best digital printing technology around. We did exhaustive tests on all the digital presses available. Just because we are recognised as a major Heidelberg partner does not mean that we did not choose the best,” said Pongrass.

    Pongrass Digital is a new offshoot of Websdale Printing with separate premises in Young St. Waterloo, Sydney. Headed up by Ross Clark, formerly of Potstill Press, it is the definitive move into digital printing for the long-established printing company.

    Digital printing is particularly suited to Websdale’s which has a large blue-chip corporate client base. This is the market segment that has proved to be the major users of digital printing, especially for personalised printing.

    “We want to be the leaders in the field and add value to our existing clients,” said Tom Pongrass. “After that, we obviously want to grow the business.”

    Websdales has long been regarded as the proving ground for advanced Heidelberg technology in Australia. Under the guidance of general manager, Scott Telfer, it acquired the only six-over-six SM102 in Australia, in addition to a powerful array of other Heidelberg equipment.

    “We waited until digital printing matured sufficiently before we made our move,” said Tom Pongrass. “The Xerox iGen3 is 18 months away and that was the only serious contender for what we wanted to do.”

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    FujiFilm is taking a novel approach to proofing. Its latest product Match Certified relies on the human eye rather than on colour values to match print to proofs. Unlike previous colour management systems, which use base colours that are all weighted equally and given the same importance, Match Certified relies on a colour look-up table to produce the first visually-oriented system. It seeks to replicate human vision by weighting the relative importance of different areas of colour space. It gives added importance to neutrals, near neutrals and the full range of flesh tones, as well as extra weight to other memory colours such as those in skies and grasses.


    The final industry print sales course for 2003 wil be held over four days in Melbourne from 17th October. This year, under the tutelage of well known industry specialist Alban Gomes, the well-established print sales course has again been a resounding success for the participants and their employers alike. Printing Industries encourages printers to get sales staff trained (or retrained) to finish the year on a high point and ready to hit the ground running in 2003. For further information contact Rick Deering on (03) 9819 6144.


    There’s bank notes in them dar hills. The new Afghanistan currency is giving inflation a savage nudge with the shiny, high-tech note, printed in Germany, being worth only one thousandth of the old Afghani. What that will make it worth against the US greenback is hard to predict as at one stage the old note was 45,000 to the dollar. According to dotprint, Giesecke & Devrient is the most likely printer to have secured the contract but given the security nature of the work that’s a secret.


    The show won’t go on. Printec Asia, scheduled to take place in Singapore in November, has been canned due to lack of interest from the major suppliers. Last held in 1999 the show has fallen victim to a new realism among manufacturers who are being more selective in the shows they support. The organiser says that despite receiving “interest from some of the major players in exhibiting, it will only be worthwhile to stage a regional show like Printec Asia when the majority of the industry players are present.”


    No such problem affects next year’s PrintEx 03 in Sydney. With almost a year to go, 85 percent of potential exhibitor space is committed and organisers are predicting a sell-out.
    “PrintEx made such a successful impact at its first staging in ’99 that it created a lot of interest out there and enquiries to exhibit in 2003 are now being generated at a great rate,” said Tony Farrington, Exhibition Director. He stressed that as PrintEx, May 29-31, takes place in only two halls in Sydney’s Darling Harbour – a total of 10,000 sq m – there is an absolute limitation on the amount of space on offer.

    “There are still some great spots available, but as the show only takes place once every four years, suppliers who don’t book soon will have a long wait to gain the exposure offered by PrintEx.” PrintEx03 has already attracted more than 30 ‘new-to-show’ exhibitors, including some from New Zealand.


    UK web printers are battling over capacity in different ways. Magazine printer St Ives has closed its Gillingham plant and is selling the four web presses (two Komori 38s, a Komori 20 and a Baker Perkins G16) with one stipulation – they must go overseas. The company is concerned that selling them to a local company would only encourage more price competition and over capacity.

    Meanwhile Southernprint will boost the UK industry’s web firepower with the purchase of a MAN Roland Lithoman IV as part of a £7m investment. The 64pp press, capable of 42,000 copies per hour, is due to be operational at the company’s Poole plant by next April and will boost Southernprint’s capacity by 30%. It will replace two existing Komori webs. The company installed a 48pp Heidelberg M4000 last summer, and the original plan was that it would take a second press of this type.


    There’s a new industry association formed in the US for women in the graphic media profession. The new association is called – Women in Graphic Media and Technology (WGMT) ( and it is formed to will support women in the fields of graphic communications, digital technology, pulp and paper, printing, publishing, packaging, content management and related industries.
    The organisation’s aims include:

    • participating in affiliate associations to raise the profile of women in their integral involvement in industry growth and standards management, as well as awareness of diversity issues;
    • Increasing the number of women in leadership roles in graphic-media and technology-based companies by offering job networks and Women on Boards programmes.

    It is an initiative that could well be copied here with much benefit to the many women working in the Australian and New Zealand printing and graphics industry, who are often all but invisible in the councils of power.


    MAN Roland is maintaining its job training programs at all its German facilities. A total of 125 applicants were taken on at the beginning of the new training year – 56 in Augsburg, 12 in Plauen, and 57 in the Rhein-Main region in Offenbach, Geisenheim and Mainhausen.

    This means more than 450 trainees are employed for the 2002/2003 training year at Augsburg (200), Plauen (45), and in the Rhein-Main region (211). The number of applicants taken on remains virtually unchanged compared to last year. The largest share of the newcomers, around 90 per cent, are in the commercial sector, followed by the technical and business professions, totalling approximately 10 per cent. The successful candidates were selected from more than 1500 applicants.


    And finally. . . here’s a bad joke.

    One day my dog fell over and lay there, so I took it to the vet.

    Vet said, “I’m afraid your dog is dead.”

    I said, “What? Are you sure? He was fine this morning.”

    Vet said, “Let me try something.”

    He took a cat from a cage in the next room and put it on the table beside my dog. Cat waked all around it sniffing, before jumping off again. My dog just lay there.

    “Yep, he’s dead all right,” said the vet.
    He gave me a bill for $200.

    “Hang on,” I said. “What’s that for?”

    “Normal consultation and a cat scan.”

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    Earn an excellent base salary (plus bonuses) converting pre-appointed, pre-qualified leads into sales.

    This position is a salesperson’s dream come true.

    We’ll provide you with appointments (telephone and face-to face) with existing clients and pre-qualified prospects. All you have to do is convert these sales opportunities into sales. (No prospecting or cold-calling is required!)

    If you have experience in the printing industry, sound communication skills and a love of selling, this position will suit you down to the ground. We’ll provide you with a great product to sell (we’re a fast-growing label manufacturer and printer), and an unprecedented level of support.

    We will give preference to applicants who are results-orientated and who show interest in assisting us to fast-track the growth of our organisation.

    If your application is successful, your remuneration will be negotiable – in line with experience. It will consist of a comfortable base salary plus generous bonuses.

    Your response should be received by Friday 20 September.

    Ref number: P21/54



    Production Co-Ordinator – Brisbane Label Manufacturer

    Key responsibilities are production of quotes and proposals, production of job sheets, administering work in progress, answering customer enquiries and liasing with production, Other clerical work and use of PRISM print management software.

    A fulltime salaried postion is offered with renumeration comensurate with experience.



    Printing Salesperson – Adelaide

    We require an additional representative to promote our company and service new and existing corporate clients. The individual must have previous experience in printing sales, possess good communication skills and be an energetic team performer. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and performance.



    Label Power

    Graphic/Web designer/Artwork Co-ordinator

    Position available for someone who has the following:
    You will have a qualification in Graphic and Web Design, training in Marketing, attention to detail, also good command of english language.

    An understanding of the pre-press processes (including step + repeat ; dies ; CMYK and Pantone colour systems), Web Design skills and a working knowledge of Illustrator, Photoshop , Dreamweaver , Html, Adobe Acrobat, and Corel Draw. Knowledge of PRISM print software an advantage though not essential.

    Your daily tasks will be:
    Updating and designing web site/s, designing brochures, design of labels for clients, working with the Director on promotional campaigns and design and development of promotional material. Arrangement of in house pre-press requirments and proofing, plates to be made, and approval from clients. A pleasant phone manner and good communication skills are essential. Must be willing to learn and excel at a wide variety of tasks.

    If this sounds like you, please e-mail


    Internal sales and administration assistant – Sydney

    Printing agency in Leichhardt has a position vacant for an internal sales and administration assistant. The position requires an ambitious individual with experience in the printing industry.

    Customer and supplier liason is a strong part of this position.
    Must be well presented and computer literate.



    Printers Wanted

    Want to enjoy a better lifestyle?

    Want to live where housing is very affordable?

    Want to increase your career opportunities?

    Finsbury Printing is one of Adelaide’s leading colour & commercial printers with 28 years of experience,
    equipped with the latest technology and over 120 staff.

    We are seeking Top Class Printers with Heidelberg or Komori multicolour experience. The successful applicants will be rewarded with an attractive rate of pay and excellent working conditions in a clean modern environment.

    Please forward applications & enquiries to:

    Andrew Mitchell

    Manufacturing Manager

    Finsbury Printing – Adelaide

    1a South Rd. Thebarton

    South Aust. 5031

    Ph: (08) 8234 8000

    Fax: (08) 8234 8333



    Work Wanted

    Experienced Pre-press person – Seeks employment in Sydney

    I have been working in prepress for 28 years, and have a wide knowledge and experience of all aspects of the trade including proof-reading, graphic design and particularly Mac/PC and all related software, with solid experience gained in the Apogee CTP system and Preps Imposition, PDF output and troubleshooting using Pitstop.

    Working to tight schedules and client interaction have played a big part of nearly all my years employment, and as a hands on supervisor/production manager I have the ability to team lead, work alone and make decisions relevant to the job in hand.

    A resume or references can be supplied on request.

    Please feel free to contact Michael Wright Tel: 0418 240 249 or email

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    Graphic Designer – New South Wales

    Experienced Graphic Designer available to start work immediately. Competent on both PC and AppleMac, with full knowledge of colour work and separations. Design material from concept stage through to final material.

    Contact Gerda McKerrell on home tel – 02. 9832 8197, mobile – 0415 578 919 or e-mail

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    Prepress operator – Sydney

    Experienced prepress operator with great attention to detail available to start work in Sydney.

    Excellent skills in all areas of prepress including scanning, image manipulation, file format conversion, image placement, typesetting, digital proofing, postscripting, imagesetting, film processing, film checking, operating foiling machine, and creasing.

    Contact Dennis Sutcliffe on mobile – 0401 201 055 or e-mail

  • New consultancy firm for printing industry

    The pair both held senior management positions with Heidelberg Australia & New Zealand in finance and marketing respectively and are well placed to provide focused management expertise for the printing and graphic arts industry. The consultancy expects to work with business owners, financiers, banks and suppliers to provide “a holistic approach to business planning that considers every aspect from analysis of the current situation, to investment advice, financing and business-to-business marketing strategies,” according to Mr. Solomides.

    “We intend to bring the industry a management service company that provides financial, sales and marketing consultancy services here in Australia as well as New Zealand and the wider Asia Pacific region.”
    GFBS also incorporates Mr. Solomides’ existing business Z Plan Pty. Ltd., which has been operating since July 2001.

    Mr. Rasmussen has only recently left Heidelberg Australia after 22 years.

    “Creating a point of difference in today’s marketplace that will enable you to stand out from your competitors is as essential as implementing a well-structured financial plan,” he said. “With the daily demands on managers and the pressure to meet budget, few have the time to dedicate to these critical aspects of management. That is where we can add value.”

    The new consultancy can be contacted on + 61 3 9497 4425 or +61 9 9592 6599

  • Online print services continue to crumble

    Another round of swingeing market realities has claimed more print dot com companies. California-based has closed its doors despite having order catalogues for over 1,000 companies and processing 300,000 print orders since it began in April 1998. The company is reported to be maintaining its online service into November as it seeks a buyer.

    In another development Nasdaq has told print dotcom iPrint that it faces delisting from the technology stock market for failing to comply with its rules. The company, which is in the midst of a patent dispute with, has been told that it has contravened rules which state it must maintain a minimum of $2m in net tangible assets or $2.5m in stockholders’ equity or a market capitalisation of $35m.

    According to a report on dotprint, the company has until September 18 to file a plan of how it intends to comply. However the company has already said it plans to reorganise its debts with the result that it will be delisted.

    But there are still investors prepared to plough money into print dotcoms. httprint has gained another $4million funding in addition to the $12m it secured in June. Focusing more on print management than online procurement httprint has garnered some heavy backing from such companies Investcorp and Bertelsmann Capital Ventures.

    Another leading print dotcom, Noosh claims that its customer procurement transaction volume for the first half of 2002 grew to $45.3million, an increase of 18 per cent compared to the same period in 2001.

    “Many hosted e-procurement solutions have reported lower transaction volume compared to last year, but Noosh customers continue to drive additional business using our solution,” said Mike Gardner, Noosh President and CEO.

    Dot coms have singularly failed to make much of an impact in Australia and New Zealand with PMP’s use of Print Café, the Creo-backed online print procurement vehicle, a notable exception. Print Café continues to be one of the bright spots in the print dotcom scene.

    Many local printers have walked away from initial research into online procurement solutions after finding their customers were not interested in moving their print ordering onto the internet.

    who’s who licenses to print suppliers and print management companies and enables them to offer their customers corporate-wide ordering, tracking and output of variable data and inventory print items by end users from catalogues that are set up, controlled and maintained through existing prepress or production staff.

    iPrint provides a complete range of online ordered printing for corporates ranging from business cards, forms, signs, banners, advertising material, even corporate gifts and apparel.

    httprint began in 1996 as Landmark Productions, a full-service print management company that became httprint in January 2000 when it launched its e-procurement technology and merged web-based systems with traditional print management. It claims to produce real process improvements and significant cost savings for any business that purchases print.

    Printcafe provides software solutions enabling printers and print buyers to improve productivity and lower costs. Its procurement applications for print buyers integrate with software solutions for printers that facilitate web-based collaboration across the print supply chain. Printcafe’s software solutions have been installed by more than 4,000 customers in over 8,000 facilities worldwide.

    Noosh develops cross-enterprise collaboration technology to cut the cost of print procurement. Founded in 1998, the company is a market leader in collaborative process management and procurement of non-catalogue items. Large corporate organizations and their suppliers use Noosh to manage and procure custom goods and services.

  • APN shifts its Adelaide screen printer to Sydney

    The move brings the production facility closer to its major clients, fellow APN companies Adshel (street furniture), Cody Outdoor – Supersites, Australian Posters and Buspak. General Manager, Roy Belcher says the new facility means not only can GSP achieve faster turnarounds and greater print output, it can “now provide a national service for the complete suite of outdoor production needs.”

    At the opening in Sydney’s south west, Paul Lynch,State Member for Liverpool and Wendy Waller, Deputy Mayor, Liverpool Council had the workings of screen printing explained to them by Roy Belcher, General Manger, GSP.

    The company has decided to stick with analogue imaging instead of going into digital technology. According to Mr Belcher, the available digital technology is not yet up to the mark.

    The new purpose-built facility has been three years in the planning and sourcing of technology, and according to GSP houses some of the most technologically advanced screen printing machinery brought in from Germany and Korea including:

    • a Eurocutter fully automated programmable back gauge guillotine, one of the largest in Australia;
    • the most technologically advanced direct projection camera in Australia that allows film images to be projected many their original size onto the screen;
    • a Thieme 5070, multicolour screenprinter, which has the largest image area and more options than any other machine in Australia. UV drying is standard.

    APN is the leading outdoor advertising group in Australia and New Zealand although this year the division suffered a fall of 4.8 per cent in revenue to $82.1 million. The company attributed this to heavy price competition in Australia as well a slowdown in the world market for outdoor advertising.

  • Adobe takes Agfa Monotype to court over PDFs

    Adobe finds itself in the unusual position of going to court seeking to liberalise the definition of font copyright laws, after it was unable to reach a private settlement with International Typeface Corporation, a font producing subsidiary of Agfa Monotype,

    It has brought two test cases in the US and UK that hinge on whether fonts are altered within Acrobat so that the typeface can be downloaded to a user’s computer. According to Agfa Monotype, this violates the terms of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in the US, preventing the unauthorised alteration of software including code to prevent illegal copying.

    If the ruling goes against Adobe it could halt the spread of PDF as the industry standard document transfer, as font creators would charge for different levels of usage, called embedding. One font creator, Émigré, is already charging for its fonts to be embedded

    Pro bono publico

    Adobe frames its court action as an attempt to protect customer’s rights to use Acrobat, although the company itself has as much, if not more, to lose if the decision goes against it.

    “Many years ago Adobe anticipated the shift to electronic documents. At that time, we obtained the embedding rights from our font partners necessary to permit the creation of electronic documents,” said Jim Heeger, senior vice president, cross-media products. “We are now defending the rights we obtained for our customers to continue to conduct business in the electronic age.”

    Adobe maintains the claims by ITC and Agfa are being made to gain them leverage in contractual disputes. It is asking the court to rule that there is no violation of the DMCA in embedding fonts in PDFs.

    The issue first came to prominence when Agfa Montoype threatened to take the creator of a software program ‘embed’ to court on the grounds that it violated copyright by allowing users to circumvent the embedding safeguards of TrueType fonts. TrueType format allows the creator of a font to specify one of four different levels of embedding for the font:: (1) no embedding, (2) embedding for view and print only, (3) embedding for view, print and editing, and (4) installable embedding.

    According to a company statement, Monotype and ITC allow end users to transmit embedded fonts for print and preview only, but do not permit editable embedding. Editable embedding and installable embedding permits a person to transmit a copy of a font to another party simply by using it in a document and transmitting the document over the internet or by copying on a floppy disk. The party receiving the font thereafter has a complete, useable copy of the font.

    Virtually no commercial font developers set their embedding bits at level 4, because fully installable embedding means that the recipient of a single electronic document automatically and permanently acquires all of the font software contained in that document, the same as if he or she had purchased it.

    It is unclear why Adobe is now taking the matter to court as Acrobat actually does not change the embedding level of True Type fonts, but the company is obviously spooked and is seeking certainty in the courts that it is not violating the law.

    Anyone who wants to delve deeper into the dispute can do no better than log on to the Melbourne-based source for all matters PDF and follow the trail.

  • PDF is preferred print production format

    Garry Knespal, Executive Officer of GASAA, said “I expect these results will be higher than those due out soon from a study conducted in the USA by the Seybold organisation, given the early adoption rates by Australian graphic arts businesses.”

    A key factor in this high use of PDF in Australia is the exchange of PDF files for proofing purposes between creator and service provider. 88 per cent of designers said they use PDF files for approval of artwork while 80 per cent of the prepress and print professionals surveyed said they send clients PDF proofs.

    More than half of the respondents said the majority of the files they now either send or received were in a PDF format (rather than the original native file). A third of service providers said they preferred to receive PDF files while almost half the designers that responded said they preferred to send PDF files for output ahead of the native file.

    Seybold gives US picture

    The GASAA Snapshot comes out at the same time as the Seybold Usage Survey and the Seybold PDF Shootout are released in San Francisco. The Survey’s main findings for US respondents indicated:

    PDF users rank fewer cross-platform issues as the biggest benefit of PDF, and the difficulty to edit PDF files as its leading negative.
    47 per cent of the PDF generators reuse PDF files for other print jobs, 61per cent for the Web and 39 per cent for CD-ROM.
    In 52 per cent of the PDF generators’ print jobs PDF is used for soft proofing.
    A majority of the PDF receivers report that they sometimes find errors that require corrections in either native files or in PDF, but a close to a third reports that this is often the case.

    The PDF Shootout gauged how 201different prepress workflow systems could create viable, press-ready PDFs from problematic application files. The five top-scoring vendors in the first phase of the shootout, which focused on PDF creation, were
    Creo Prinergy (95), Dalim Twist and OneVision Speedflow (tied at 92), Agfa Apogee Create and Creo Prepare (tied at 89). All scores were based on earning a possible 100 points. Top-scoring vendors for the second phase, dealing with PDF output, were Creo Brisque (97), OneVision Speedflow (94), EFI Velocity OneFlow (93), Dalim Twist (92), Founder Electronics ElecRoc (91), and Polkadots PrePage-it and Xitron Xenith (tied at 90).

    “One trend to note is that although PDF is capable of solving a host of prepress problems, the applied solutions are not yet automatic,” said Pete Dyson, editor of The Seybold Report. “Smart planning and execution are imperative and no prepress system can dispense with an operator’s experience and intuition.”

    Snapshot targets production trends

    In launching the first Snapshot study Garry Knespal said “the short, sharp studies will provide a picture of technical production trends currently revealing themselves in the Australian graphic arts industry”.

    In July 2002 GASAA emailed to around 4,000 people in the graphic arts industry an invitation to participate in an independent study it was conducting into the use of Acrobat and PDF in print production. The short survey could be completed on the GASAA website or a downloadable PDF Form. A credible 365 valid returns (around nine per cent) were received from all states. Three quarters of the companies that participated in the study were prepress or print service providers.

    Only four per cent of those offering pre-press and print services and just six per cent of designers said they did not send or receive PDF files, preferring to work entirely with the native application files (eg Quark, InDesign, Publisher, Corel, Word etc). Two thirds of service providers that responded said they actively promote to clients that they accept PDF files.

    A key factor in this high use of PDF is the exchange of PDF files for proofing purposes between creator and service provider. 88 per cent of designers said they use PDF files for approval of artwork while 80 per cent of the pre-press and print professionals surveyed said they send clients PDF proofs.

    More than half of the respondents said the majority of the files they now either sent or received were in a PDF format (rather than the original native file). A third of service providers said they preferred to receive PDF files while almost half the designers that responded said they preferred to send PDF files for output ahead of the native file.

    While the use of PDF files is high among respondents, problems with some of the files still exist. The disparity between designers and service providers over PDF files was most evident when questioned about problem files. Only three per cent of prepress and print professionals said they experienced no problems, while 22 per cent of designers said that their files worked without difficulty.

    The survey also asked how problem files were fixed; whether security and annotations (sticky notes) were applied to PDF files and if customised settings were used. The respondents were also asked which version of Acrobat (PDF) they used.

    Many respondents nominated education as the single most important thing that GASAA and Adobe could do to assist all parties better prepare PDF files for print production.

    “GASAA and Adobe are working on a series of educational seminars and resources to bring to the industry in the coming months to help improve the quality of PDF files presented for final print” said Mr Knespal.

    The results of the study have been posted on the GASAA website at
    A downloaded document (PDF of course) is also available.