Archive for March, 2003

  • CPI to sell Screen equipment in the Australian region

    The move highlights the position of Screen as one of the major OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) in the industry, supplying many re-badged products to the market. Under the new non-exclusive arrangement Screen equipment will sit alongside the Agfa Paladio violet-light CTP device, which is a re-badged Screen product.

    Ironically Screen also supplies FujiFilm as an OEM with some of its thermal Luxel CTP devices, which was part of the CPI range until the parting of the ways from the end of this month.

    Screen also licenses CTP technology to Heidelberg, which is using it to develop its TopSetter CTP range.

    Steve Somogyi, CEO of CPI said the agreement places the company in a unique position of offering the most diverse range of prepress products in the market. “In addition to the AGFA range, this continues our commitment to the prepress market. These products will support CPI’s strategy of establishing and supporting customer relationships over the full range of prepress, press and postpress equipment and associated consumables.”

    Gary Seidl, GM Screen Australia, said he was looking forward to a greatly consolidated relationship with CPI. “We’ve always had a very good relationship with the company. As the major independent manufacturer of equipment we are not aligned to any consumables supplier.”

    He indicated the strengthening relationship between Screen and Komori in Japan as an additional foundation for an ongoing relationship. (CPI is the Komori press agent in Australia and New Zealand.)

    “Screen Australia exists to provide technical support and back-up to our customers in Australia and New Zealand. We don’t really see ourselves as a sales and marketing organization. Technical support is where agents are usually weakest and we are in the position to correct that for our customers,” said Seidl.

    Chemical company DS Chemport has operated as the main Screen agent in Australia and New Zealand to date, but the addition of CPI in the region is likely to greatly expand the brand’s penetration.

    The Screen range includes the Trueflow workflow system. Ian Martin, CPI’s national imaging manager says, “Together with the Agfa Apogee system, we will now be able to offer workflow systems to suit organizations of any size and sophistication. The Screen and Agfa product ranges with the Black Magic digital proofing product differentiate CPI from other players by allowing us to take to the prepress market a unique yet complementary range of quality products.”

  • Komori Lithrone 428 for sale

    Specifications of the press are:

    • Serial no 319
    • 4-colour 1995 model
    • KMS,
    • IR dryer ,
    • PQC,
    • Semi-auto plate change
    • Plate cocking,
    • interval duct control
    • 134 million impressions
      This machine has been fully maintained under a PMA.
      Price $420K.

      Contact

      Andrew Kelly

      General Manager

      Penfold Buscombe
      19 Production ave
      Ernest QLD 4214
      akelly@qld.penbus.com.au

      Mobile 0407 758 040

    • PrintEx wokshop programme now available on web

      The workshop topics not only relate to the day-to-day print and graphics issues, but many presentations are looking beyond the improvement of print and graphic skills to the underlying management requirements for running a successful business.

      “Many of the subjects which are being presented clearly demonstrate that our industry is thinking in new, dynamic and exciting ways,” said Angus Scott, Chairman, PrintEx03. “The generosity of our industry colleagues in sharing their knowledge will ultimately benefit all of us and cause the bar to be raised as we seek smarter, more professional ways of thinking, managing and delivering to our customers.”

      For example, INKMAN.com.au will look at the advantages of companies maintaining a consistent brand image and corporate identity across all applications, and give tips on maintaining brand image when working with different designers with different ideas.

      “We feel that the concept is something that small to medium size companies fail to see – that is, the importance of a solid corporate identity. Although there is an initial cost, once a strong identity is set up, it is often easier and more cost effective to maintain, rather than coming up with something new for each application,” said Adam Gottlieb, Manager, INKMAN.com.au.

      ColoRite will facilitate workshops explaining the principles and application of ICC profiling in colour management including the use of the international standard CIE L*a*b* scale of colour measurement as an independent colour reference.

      “CIE L*a*b is becoming a fundamental requirement in order to achieve the quality expected. We’ll be offering a simplisitic explanation which shows its benefits,” said David Mulligan, Managing Director, ColoRite Equipment.

      The workshop segment – Philosophy for print production today and the future – will demonstrate how Creo’s Networked Graphic Production integrates with workflow solutions. Creo’s vision is to streamline and automate every step in the production process and create a collaborative environment for printers, print buyers and creative professionals.

      “We will be presenting how Networked Graphic Production links creative and production systems, management information systems, content management, internet systems and more,” said Mark Wilton, Marketing Manager, Creo Australia, New Zealand.

      The current workshop program is available at: www.printex.net.au

      PrintEx03 will take place in Halls 1 & 2, Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour from Thursday 29 May to Saturday 31 May, 2003.

    • WA produces the photo evidence to prove 1st PICA claim

      As WA’s claim for longevity has been disputed we decided we had best not rely on peoples’ memory and find some cold hard facts. So we looked up the archives for proof and I am sending some photos to you as they always say a
      pictures worth a thousand words.

      We found that in 1977 the awards were called the Graphic Arts Awards Competition. The first PICA in Australia was awarded on Thursday 26 October 1978 in West Australia. So that makes this years upcoming awards our 26th PICA’s – still 3 years earlier than Tasmania.

      As to where the name PICA came from? Well, maybe it had something to do with the bulletin called The PICA. You can see on the map of Australia in the attached 1947 publication that Tasmania didn’t even rate a mention as part of Australia back then!

      Mark Andrew

    • Come up to GASAA Conference for the day

      “Some people find it hard to get away for the full three days, but can still make it for the Saturday and Sunday. We have a great line-up of speakers on both days and there are plenty of opportunities to network with friends and business peers,” he said. “The Entrance is only an hours drive from Sydney, so come on up.”

      Anyone wanting to take part should phone Garry Knespal on 0418 869 867

      The complete conference programme

      Friday

      • 9.30am – Conference registration at the Waterfront Resort,
      • 10.10am – Conference opening
      • 10.20am – Philip Chambers
        Managing Director, Fuji Xerox Australia

        Graphic Arts: “ Colourful Future” – Despite forecasts of a flat or declining market for paper and print over the next few years there is one shining star that is providing a growing level of excitement in the industry. This is the rapidly increasing demand for high speed digital colour printing. According to various industry forecasts the growth in this sector will average from 30% to 46% per annum over the next 4/5 years driven by 4 major trends – reducing run lengths, and increase in customisation and personalisation, a switch from mono to colour and a transfer of work from offset to digital printing.

        Phil Chambers, the CEO of Fuji Xerox Australia will examine these trends in more detail and explain how it will be the level of customer service and support that will determine the winners and losers in this “colourful” future not who has the fastest “feeds and speeds.”

      • 10.55am – Craig Tegel
        Director Asia Pacific, Adobe Systems
      • 11.30am – David Currie
        Managing Director, Currie Group
      • 12noon – John Venett
        Product Marketing Manager, Konica Australia
      • 12.30pm – An informal Users’ Perspective
        Owners and representatives of graphic arts production
        companies will speak on the current business outlook
        as they see it. Speakers invited include: John Youngman
        (Veritage Press), Don Elliott (Agency Printing),
        Ian McDougall (Alfred Johns) & Emmanuel Constantinou (Chrome).
      • 1.00pm – Lunch
      • 2.00pm – Mark Deere-Jones
        GM Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon Australia
      • 2.30pm – Jon Field
        General Manager Digital – Australia/NZ Heidelberg

        Digital – is not for everyone but ignore it at your own peril
        Presentation overview – State of the market; Time for change?; Homework a must; Opportunities that exist for the creative/innovative.

      • 3.00pm – Gary Donnison
        CEO, Printing Industries Association of Australia

        The Future of Print/Print of the Future
        The death of ink on paper may be over-stated. But there may be little comfort in this for many print businesses today. Success as a multi-faceted media/print company means a re-think of the basic business model that has started to fail traditional firms. What will the print company of the future look like?

      • 3.30pm – Vendor Update
        (Creo, Screen, EFI, Heidelberg, Printing & Prepress I.T.)
        Short presentations from member supply companies
        of GASAA.
      • 4.15pm – Happy hour, conclusion of Day 1
      • 7.30pm – Conference Dinner -‘Changing Tides’
        Restaurant, The Waterfront.
      • Saturday
      • 9.30am – Chris Clark
        Lecturer in Management,
        Macquarie Graduate School of Management

        The importance of Strategic Planning
        Chris is Managing Director of Bush Corporate Consulting,
        a consultancy dedicated to improving the competitive
        positioning of organisations through a strategic focus.

      • 11.00am – Workshop conducted by Chris Clark
        This interactive session will bring forward tools for
        developing and implementing a strategic plan for your
        business.
      • 12.15pm – Vendor Update
        (Kodak Polychrome, CyraChrome, DES, Quickcut)
      • 1.00pm – Lunch/Free Time.
      • 3.15pm – Buses leave for Sydney Reptile Park,
        “Show & Crocktails” + BBQ dinner and drinks.
      • 9.00pm – Buses return to Waterfront Hotel.
      • 7.30pm – Dinner and entertainment.

        Sunday

      • 9.30am – GASAA business session.
        Members and guests have the opportunity of discussing
        the progress of GASAA and wider industry issues.
        (Includes GASAA AGM)
      • 10.30am – Clare Gillespie, MD, Eventfull Business and
        Philippa Lowe, MD, Just Go Write

        Marketing for Success
        Sales just don’t happen, it’s a combination of good
        business; good fortune and good marketing!!! Clare
        and Philippa will help you consider a marketing and
        PR strategy appropriate to your business.

      • 11.15am – The role of the modern “trade-house”
        & digital printshop These days, successful prepress and digital print businesses, are ‘digital solution providers’. Selling their expertise in workflows, colour management and digital asset management. What do these concepts involve and how can they be charged out profitably. Speakers include
        Glenn Askew (Colourwise) and Michael Milan (Blueprint).
      • 12noon – Vendor Update
        (Agfa, Canon, WebSEND, HP Indigo, CPI)
      • 1.00pm – Conclusion of conference
      • Printers Strike Back – The Print Management Story: Part Four

        Dear Sir,

        Stream Solutions’ Andrew Price serves up outrageously misleading and self-serving arguments that demand rebuttal. And if not deliberately mischievous, reveal a surprisingly limited understanding of printing, printing economics and how the industry works.

        “There is no way any company can be a supply chain manager while they own printing presses . . . you can’t have a vested interest in any part of it. Not having presses means being able to place a client’s work with the most efficient printer on a case-by-case basis. . . It’s . . . hard to keep that independent view when you have a few million dollars worth of capital eating it’s head off “

        Stream was started by Websdale, as part of a printer consortium to win the contract for all of Westpac’s print. And Websdale’s Tom Pongrass is still a significant shareholder and director, a vested interest position of significant influence. With several of the new long presses on his floor “eating their head’s off,“ as Andrew describes it, that position must be valuable indeed.

        “If printers have a four colour press sitting idle and there’s a two colour job available, are they going to outsource it? I don’t think so! They’ll put it on the press.”

        Conveniently, Andrew ignores the versatility of press equipment and the economics of printing. Most presses are versatile within a wide range of jobs. An A1 press can comfortably and efficiently output A2 and 74 sized print. Sophisticated printers are familiar with the costs and industry charge-out rates for the various sizes of press and will use the appropriate rates in their estimates to ensure competitive costing while still preserving profitability over the working month of the press. The economics of a press is much like that of an airliner. It’s the total revenue per month that counts; not just the average seat mile.

        More important, the profit in a job is not determined by the press alone, but by the full range of production steps required to manufacture the product. Printers are far better equipped to efficiently and cost-effectively design, package and deliver a print job on their equipment than pin-stripe-suited account executives equipped with no more than a computer rolodex, fax and e-mail to source the cheapest printer of the day.

        To argue that for each print job there are just a handful of printers with the ideal equipment who can do the job efficiently is to miss the point of clients’ priorities. They want consistent top quality, competitive price (not necessarily always the cheapest either), knowledgeable service and advice and reliable on-time delivery. On what – or who’s – equipment, or how the job is produced is no more relevant than the brand of ink employed.

        Nor is it evident that Stream’s broking activity necessarily yields the lowest cost for the client. In a normal business environment, the printer requires a profit and the broker has to add his on top – with a GST increment added to each. Clearly, interposing a middleman adds costs; not reduces them.

        True, that currently with our industry cannibalising itself, there are all too many printers sufficiently desperate to tender prices way below economic levels just to put something on their machines to generate cash flow. But that is not a foundation for a long-term business. When print production capacity moves back in line with demand, and order books refill, will printers still be willing to low-ball tenders to brokers? Or will brokers need to acquire production facilities?

        It would have been more accurate (though perhaps less provocative) to describe the real benefit and cost saving that Stream brought to Westpac and ANZ, which was to provide an outsource service to replace each bank’s costly print procurement; warehousing and distribution operations, and spread the costs over a number of very large print-intensive clients.

        Freebooters – the real enemy

        The real enemy of the printer is not so much the likes of Stream but the multitude of individuals and organizations; some providing already unrelated services to industry, and some just unemployed print executives who, in the current recession of print demand, have seized the opportunity to interpose themselves between the manufacturer and the client with unsustainable commitments to deliver reliable print at lower prices.

        These freebooters have no long-term future but as long as we support their operations by doing business with them, they will continue to do incalculable damage by reducing printers’ margins to the level of the most desperate, and commoditizing a highly skilled, capital-intensive manufacturing industry.

        In a rational world what sane individual spends millions on high-tech machinery, skilled craftsmen, factory rent and insurance, takes all the risks of manufacturing costly goods that may be rejected for the minutest blemish, which can’t be fixed, resold or salvaged, and then unconditionally hands his profit and the control of his market and future to wide boys with no more investment than a PABX, a brace of computers, a rolodex and a fax.

        Complaining about the predations of brokers will solve nothing. Manufacturing printers need to act to regain control of their marketplace. The industry needs to re-assert its role, and its primary supply relationship with its clients.

        Brokers should have no place in the Printing Industry Association – an organization where the funding comes pre-dominantly from manufacturing printers and their suppliers. To the contrary, the association should be challenging brokers’ claims in the media and promoting the direct relationship of printer and client, much as the associations of accountants promote CPAs.

        We also need to recognize that the days of the small and medium independent entrepreneur printer operating multi-million equipment portfolios for only one or two shifts x five days is no longer viable. Narrower print margins, higher operating and labour costs, and faster equipment obsolescence require that equipment utilization be maximized.

        Industry consolidation through mergers, and rationalization with the retirement of inefficient plant can enable printers currently struggling, not only to regain viability, but also to improve their service delivery levels and reduce individual financial risk.

        PIAA‘s Gary Donnison has rightly suggested that Government should recognize the importance to Australia of a viable printing industry, and should offer the industry assistance with rationalization and restructure. Further, the association itself could take a facilitator role; helping printers to make contact with potential merger partners without fear of revealing possibly prejudicial information to competitors; organizing production alliances that can offer one-stop broadband service to clients in competition to the brokers.

        Only if we retrieve control of our industry through action can we hope to regain control of our future.

        John Youngman
        Veritage Press
        Berowra, NSW

      • Melbourne design and multimedia company falls foul of BSAA

        According to Jim Macnamara, BSAA Chairman, graphics and multimedia designers continue to top the Business Software Association of Australia’s list of illegal software users. He said that the BSAA accepted that some designers inadvertently breached software licensing and he called on graphic and multimedia designers to take advantage of the resources, which the BSAA provides free of charge on its web site.

        “The BSAA has invested heavily to develop and publish a wide range of tools and resources to help businesses manage their software licensing. We encourage designers to take advantage of these resources and to actively manage their software assets,” he said.

        According to Macnamara, illegal software use in the design community is still generally of design tools rather than fonts.

        “Designers are often quick to associate illegal software use as just being about fonts. However, BSAA investigations show that, unfortunately, graphic and multimedia designers are using illegal copies of the fundamental tools required to create original designs which are the core of their businesses,” he said.

        He also emphasised the need for fair play in copyright issues.

        “The design community is understandably very protective of the copyright of their work – just as the BSAA and its members are protective of software copyright. So it’s a clear double standard when graphic designers are fighting for design copyright while breaching software copyright,” he said.

        The BSAA software asset management tools and resources are available on its Web site at www.bsaa.com.au .

      • Fairfax buys ten per cent of Text Media Group

        Fred Hilmer, Chief Executive Officer of Fairfax, said, “We see this is as a strategic investment for Fairfax.”

        Text, which was founded by Eric Beecher, is the publisher of 100,000 plus circulation The Melbourne Weekly, and last month completed the takeover of Metropolis Media, publisher of three weekly newspapers in the city: The Melbourne Times, The Emerald Hill Times and The City Weekly. The company now has a combined weekly circulation of 300,000 plus in the close-in Melbourne suburbs.

        The Fairfax move can be seen as a pre-emptive strike against any strengthening of Text’s links with IPMG, the Hannan-family printing and publishing company. HannanPrint Victoria currently prints the The Melbourne Weekly, with Melbourne web printer AIW still retaining the other three titles. Rationalisation of the printing is to be expected.

        Fairfax has long been interested in The Melbourne Weekly, which is chopping into The Age’s lucrative real estate market in the CBD and inner suburbs. There was talk of a takeover some years ago, but nothing came of it.

      • The Clancy column. . overflow . . . the best bits . . . funnies

        The former metallurgist, who spent nearly 25 years with BHP-owned companies, said he noted many similarities between the two commodities of steel and paper.

        “While I’m still coming to grips with the jargon, which every industry has, I was interested to note the similarities between the two industries. I was even surprised at some similarities in the technical attributes of steel and paper — grain direction, for instance, with regard to fitness for purpose. I do have a steep product learning curve to overcome in a short period of time, I am very comfortable though with the leadership-management requirements of my new role.” Ian will report to ED’s MD, Joe Foster. Former Paper Division head Ross Maybury has been appointed to the new position of group manager, business development.

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        Now say hi! to bright spark, Richard Buck (pictured) who has joined Heidelberg’s customer support team as a field service representative – electrical. As part of the Northern Region Electrical Team, Richard will report directly to Nathan Blamire, team leader. Richard will be responsible for providing electrical support for new and second-hand press and post press equipment installations as well as repairs.
        Richard joins HAN most recently from Hannanprint Victoria where he has worked as an electrical technician since 2000.

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        Another new face in the industry is Al Gore, former US vice president who joined the Apple’s board of directors. “Al brings an incredible wealth of knowledge and wisdom to Apple from having helped run the largest organization in the world—the United States government—as a Congressman, Senator and our 45th Vice President. Al is also an avid Mac user and does his own video editing in Final Cut Pro,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Al is going to be a terrific Director and we’re excited and honoured that he has chosen Apple as his first private sector board to serve on.”

        Al is the guy who popularised the phrase “Information Superhighway.”

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        The staff of Britain’s tabloid newspaper The Sun are not your average quiet reserved English types. In the cause of furthering international understanding they put out a special edition of the newspaper, devoted to criticising French President, Jacques Chirac and went around to Parisian newspapers handing it out. “Last month we accused your president, Jacques Chirac, of behaving like a worm for the obstacles he placed in the way of disarming Saddam Hussein,” the paper said in French. “Today we say to the French people: we did not go far enough. Your president is not only a worm. He has behaved like a Paris harlot.”

        The paper featured a front page with photographs of Chirac and Saddam Hussein side by side and the caption, “Spot the Difference.” On the back page a cartoon shows Chirac as a near-naked prostitute propositioning Saddam Hussein who leans out of a car offering money.
        What was that about making love not war?
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        The Japanese printing industry operates in inscrutable ways. According to dotprint, www.dotprint.com
        the UK printing industry web publishing equivalent of The Sun, two officials at Toppan Printing resigned after the company, the second largest printer in Japan, owned up to connections with a sokaiya, a corporate blackmailer. The sokaiya operates by buying shares in a company and threatening to ask embarrassing questions during shareholder meetings unless they are paid to keep quiet.

        In this case the sokaiya is believed to have been an official at a bookbinding company Toppan used for outwork. The connection between the company and the sokaiya is believed to date back to 1984.

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        And finally . . . another look at the world, a la femme

        1. If you love something, set it free. If it comes back, it will always be yours. If it doesn’t come back, it was never yours to begin with. But, if it just sits in your living room, messes up your stuff, eats your food, uses your telephone, takes your money, and doesn’t appear to realize that you had set it free. . . You either married it or gave birth to it.

        2. Reason to smile: Every seven minutes of every day, someone in an aerobics class pulls a hamstring.

        3. The best way to forget all your troubles is to wear tight shoes.

        4. Amazing! ! You hang something in your closet for a while and it shrinks two sizes!

        5. 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’s my idea of a perfect day.

      • The Clancy column . . . more news . . . the best bits . . . funnies

        At CeBIT in Hanover, the company presented the Quickmaster DI 46-4 Pro digital offset press with a package consisting of the new Saphira Caleidoplate 46 plate material and an innovative format-dependent spooling of the printing plate role.

        The printing units of the Quickmaster DI 46-4 Pro are equipped with four plate cylinders, each with an integrated printing plate roll. Until now, the supply of plate material these cylinders contained was enough for exactly 36 consecutive print jobs. The new V 3.0 press software now supports format-dependent spooling. The plate spooling mechanism adjusts to the size of the document to be imaged, eliminating the need to spool a complete plate in full format for every job and thereby cutting consumption. But the company is declining to identify who makes the plate – other than to say it is not Presstek.

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        A survivor of the DI wars is Adast, the struggling Czech press manufacturer, which used to build DI presses for Xerox. It has received venture capital investment and under new management has aspirations of becoming the leading manufacturer of printing presses in central Europe. The capital injection came at the same time that Xerox announced it was ending its DI relationship with Adast and imaging company Presstek, which has formed a new relationship with KBA.
        Timing is everything.

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        Entry forms for the 2003 Australian Packaging Awards are now available from

        www.packcoun.com.au/apa2003/mediarelease.htm

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        Don’t forget next weekend’s GASAA Conference at the Entrance on the coast of NSW, just north of Sydney. The three-day event kicks off on Friday morning with a session of CEOs from major supply companies, including Phil Chambers, Xerox, Craig Tegel of Adobe and a rare appearance by David Currie of the Currie Group who is likely to bring a new level of straight talking on the conference circuit. There are still tickets and good accommodation packages available from Gary Knespal. garry@gasaa.asn.au

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        EPSON Australia has a local as its new MD. Bruno Turcato will take on the top job of the company of the company and its New Zealand subsidiary from 1 April 2003 as part of Seiko EPSON Corporation’s strategy to localise its top management team in Australia. Outgoing Managing Director, Hiroki Yamamoto, said that after six and half years in Australia he was pleased to be handing the business over to Mr Turcato at a time when EPSON Australia is growing strongly.

        “EPSON Australia has seen outstanding growth across its product range over the past few years, and Mr Turcato has been part of the team helping to drive that growth,” Mr Yamamoto said.

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        A US survey shows that creatives actually want to learn more about the printing process. Over 87 per cent of the creatives pooled in a MAN Roland survey declared they need to be more knowledgeable about the printing process. Responding to a separate question, 91 percent said they would be willing to
        attend a free seminar to acquire more graphic arts expertise.

        The survey, which polled over 500 designers, art directors and other creatives who buy printing on a regular basis, asked respondents about specific topics they might be interested in.
        “Controlling colour more precisely” led the list with a 4.6 (out of 5) rating. That top topic was closely followed by “What to look for on a press check” and “Ink and coating options,” each of which received a 4.5 score.

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        Océ is hosting its annual Océ OpenHouse in 2003 from 20-24 May in Poing (near Munich/Germany). The theme is “The Enterprise Place”. The previous Océ Openhouse drew a record number of visitors from around the world. More are expected at Océ OpenHouse 2003, so if you’re going be sure to register on time. For more information and online registration go to www.openhouse.oce.com.

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        A rebranding exercise will see the London College of Printing become the London College of Communication and Printing. The college is spending Aud$65.7 million (£25m) on the new identity, which the main strength is identified as the retention of the old name. According to a report by Jo Francis in Print Week, John Stephens, dean of the school of printing and publishing is chuffed that the new name will allow the college to retain its LCP identity as it will become the LCCP. “LCP is a brand that is strong and recognised,” he said.

        Makes you wonder why they bother.

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        And finally … an old joke but not from the usual perspective.

        Dear Web Dreams Tech Support:

        Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed a slow down in the overall performance, particularly in the flower and jewellery applications that had operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0.

        In addition, Husband 1.0 uninstalled many other valuable programs, such as Romance 9.5 and Personal Attention 6.5, but installed undesirable programs such as Fence Maker 5.0 and Renovator 3.0. And now Conversation 8.0 no longer runs and Housecleaning 2.6 simply crashes the system. I’ve tried running Nagging 5.3 to fix these problems, but to no avail.

        What can I do?

        Desperate

        Dear Desperate,

        First keep in mind, Boyfriend 5.0 is an entertainment package, while Husband 1.0 is an operating system. Try to enter the command C:/I THOUGHT YOU LOVED ME and Download Tears 6.2 to install Guilt 3.0. If all works as designed, Husband 1.0 should then automatically run the applications Jewellery 2.0 and Flowers 3.5.

        But remember, overuse can cause Husband 1.0 to default to Grumpy Silence 2.5, Happy Hour 7.0, or Beer 6.1. Beer 6.1 is a very bad program that will create Snoring Loudly.WAV Files. Whatever you do, DO NOT install Mother-in-law 1.0 or re-install another Boyfriend program. These are not supported applications and will crash Husband 1.0.

        In summary, Husband 1.0 is a great program, but it does have a limited memory and cannot learn new applications quickly. You might consider buying additional software to improve memory and performance. I personally recommend Hot Food 3.0 and Lingerie 7.7.

        Good Luck

        Web Dreams Tech Support

      • Flint and Sicpa deal goes through

        Flint Ink Corporation and the Sicpa Group have finalized several business transactions in which Flint Ink has acquired Sicpa’s worldwide heatset and coldset ink business and Sicpa has acquired Flint Ink’s worldwide business for security inks used on currency and other negotiable instruments.

        The acquisition will add to Flint Ink’s market share in Australia and New Zealand. According to Damian Johnson, President of Flint Ink India/Pacific, “Flint Ink is investing significantly to upgrade facilities in this region in order to give customers a viable alternative. We believe this is a positive acquisition for the Australian and New Zealand marketplace. In particular, we will now be able to bring to the news ink market the benefits of dealing with the world’s leader in ink technology for newspaper printing.”

        A spokesman for Flint Ink in Australia and New Zealand said the company will release a statement in the next few days detailing the impact of the transactions on the local industry.

        “The exchange supports each company’s business strengths,” states Flint Ink President Dave Frescoln. “Flint Ink is a leading manufacturer of news and publication printing inks, while Sicpa inks are used on the majority of the world’s banknotes.” He added that the transaction did not include any of the security technology associated with brand protection or supply chain management that Flint Ink is currently exploring with alliance partners.

        The acquisition adds significantly to the heatset and coldset printing ink business for Flint-Schmidt in Europe. Production will be transferred to Flint-Schmidt facilities in Cologne, Germany, ‘s-Gravenzande, the Netherlands, Wolverhampton, England and a new facility in Finland.

        “Flint-Schmidt is the leading European producer of Publication Gravure inks and is a major producer of heatset and coldset inks. The addition of Sicpa’s publication heatset and news ink business gives us a strong competitive position in these two segments,” says Helmut Schmidt, President and COO of Flint-Schmidt.

        Founded in 1920, Flint Ink is the largest privately-owned printing ink manufacturer in the world. The company offers a comprehensive range of flexographic, sheetfed, web offset, gravure, UV/EB curable, and digital printing materials and equipment. CDR Pigments & Dispersions is the company’s colorant division, and Jetrion, LLC is a dedicated digital ink, equipment and integration company. Flint Ink operates more than 100 facilities worldwide, employs approximately 5,000 people and has sales in excess of $1.4 billion USD worldwide.

      • Job of the week: Executive Officer – LIA NSW

        The successful applicant will play a central role in the running, development and execution of the organisation’s future development plans. Building on a strong history and drawing from the identified opportunities and material that exists within this dynamic organisation.

        The suitable person for this position will have an industry background, with a solid contact/network base and a thorough understanding of the printing and graphic communications industry, it’s associations and structure.
        The ideal person would be well presented and need to have demonstrated solid organisational and leadership skills with a strong focus on achieving outcomes and goals.

        This position will include administrative functions, hence they would be required to have or have ready access to phone, fax, email, computer and other office equipment required to fulfil their duties.

        Please submit your expression of interest to the Lithographic Institute of Australia Ltd.
        PO Box 1106,
        St. Peters
        NSW 2044,

        to the attention of LIA NSW President, Mitchell Mulligan

        Email: employment@print21online.com

        For more printing and graphic arts jobs and personnel click on: www.bluelinemedia.com.au/index.cfm?pageid=jobs01

      • Trouble at the Kinleith mill

        The strike is over staffing levels and the proposed outsourcing of maintenance contracts as well as a claim for an 8.5 per cent wage rise. The union also wants to retain the seniority system for promotion.

        According to a report in AUSNEWZ Pulp & Paper, Brice Landman, Chief Executive Officer, believes the union is out of touch with its members who wish to move on with the restructuring. He feels the union representatives are motivated by obstruction and want to deny CHH the right to manage the business.

        The company is taking a tough line in negotiations, explaining that the mill needs to meet international competition and although a large employer and economic force in the area, it does not enjoy any special protected status in the marketplace

        Kinleith is owned by International Paper through CHH and Chris Liddell, the new president says that the mill, despite record production of 532 kt in 2002, is not covering its cost of capital.

      • Pemara puts in 2nd HP Indigo digital label press

        Eighteen months after having installed its first HP Indigo Press ws2000, veteran Melbourne-based label manufacturer Pemara has installed a faster machine, the HP Indigo Press ws4000 to run along-side the original.

        The installation represent a watershed for the label industry in the region, bringing the total number of HP Indigo labels presses to four – three in Melbourne (the other one is at Toyo) and one at Specifix in Auckland. The ws 4000 is a much faster production machine than the others and is likely to have a major impact on label production.

        Pemara began specializing in label manufacturing and printing in 2001 after 35 years in packaging and label production. Today Pemara specializes in high quality, innovative labels for multinational customers in the pharmaceutical, promotional, security, wine and personal care sectors.

        Kerry Avery, director of technology and development at Pemara said, “The quality of the HP Indigo press is absolutely superb – often above the quality of conventional. Now that we have seen the best, we had to go one better and invest in the ws4000, which is even faster.

        “We have been driven to a digital process by major corporations who all wanted shorter runs and faster turnaround times. Digital printing has enabled us to print frequent, shorter runs which are more cost-effective and allow our clients to print every month as required,” he said.

        Colour and substrate flexibility is critical according to Kerry Avery. With the HP Indigo Press ws4000, Pemara can set up a six-colour print job in less than 15 minutes with PANTONE colours being matched online using the HP IndiChrome process. “People want colours matched exactly,” said Avery.

        The Australian wine market is another market that Pemara has been able to service with its digital presses. “The wine industry is a special business, requiring specific materials and diverse substrates,” he said. “Our HP Indigo presses enable small to medium sized winemakers to reach their customers with high quality labels that can be instantly and cost-effectively adjusted to overseas sales and requirements.”

        The adoption of digital printing has also helped Pemara lower its business costs. Buying raw materials at the best market prices and shortening production runs has lowered stock inventory, enabling the presses to be run at more productive levels. “We can only save in one place – overhead. Digital will drive us to that,” said Avery.

      • Amcor buys Auckland print and packaging firm

        Flexoprint produces a range of printed and laminated flexible packaging products for the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) market in New Zealand. Amcor intends to run Flexoprint as a stand-alone business, continuing to supply its existing customers as well as Amcor’s New Zealand customers currently supplied from Australia.

        Mr Peter Sutton, Group General Manager Plastic Packaging and Food Can, Amcor Australasia said, “Flexoprint is a recognised leader in the supply of flexible packaging in New Zealand, operating at the high quality end of the market. The acquisition offers great potential for Flexoprint to strengthen its position by leveraging off the innovative packaging technologies available from Amcor’s global flexibles business.”

        “We expect Flexoprint to maintain its top-class customer service and responsiveness by offering a new and improved range of flexible packaging products to our New Zealand customers, “ said Sutton.

        Flexoprint’s customers include Griffins, Tip Top Ice Cream, Goodman Fielder, Nestle, Rivermill Bakeries, RJ’s Licorice, VIP Petfood and Real Foods.

        The Flexoprint acquisition expands Amcor’s existing flexibles packaging production capability in New Zealand to include flexographic printing and solventless lamination.

        Amcor is the largest packaging company in Australasia. In New Zealand, the company operates eleven manufacturing facilities producing a diversified range of products including beverage cans, corrugated boxes, cartons, food cans, closures and PET.

      • Which are the oldest Picas – Tasmania or Western Australia?

        The Printing Authority of Tasmania took out the Overall Gold Winner for Printing with Gary Duffield, CEO, (left) accepting the trophy from Chris Segaert, National President Printing Industries.

        (Photographs of the night are available from www.peterlawsphotography.com)

        The other major award, the Overall Award for Design went to Fenton Design, while AT&M took out the CPI Award for Innovation and Monotone Art Printing won the Bilton Graphics Innovation Award.

        A good attendance at the awards reinforced the strong local engagement the Picas enjoy.

        But storm clouds are on the horizion with Mark Andrew, Managing Director, Lithoforms, Malaga, WA maintaining our information last week that the Tasmanian Awards were the oldest in the country is wrong.

        “Australia’s longest running PICA awards are actually the West Australian PICA’s. They were started in 1977 which makes this years upcoming PICA’s our 27th,” he wrote.

        Rick Deering, regional manager of Printing Industries in Victoria and Tasmania is reluctant to cede the tittle without further investigation.

        “My understanding is that theTasmanian awards were the original, even to the creation of the name. Perhaps the Western Australian awards were called something else in the early days,” he said.

        Danny Roach, chairman of the Tasmanian committee, was unable to throw any light on the question. “I’ve only been involved with the Picas here for ten years. I’m a newcomer,” he said.

        We will pursue our inquiries into this matter and bring you a resolution as soon as the mists of time are blown away. It should not prove too difficult as according to Mark Andrew some of the foundation members are still in the industry.

        “Two of the gentlemen involved in the inagural Pica’s are still involved in the printing industry. Theo Pabst is running Seragraph Prints here in Perth and, after an absence of many years, is once again back on the Pica committee. Arthur Frost is busy in Sydney running Lamson Paragon,” he said.

        Stay tuned.

      • Tasmanian Picas – the complete list of winners

        Gold Awards

        • Abel Labels – Labels Stickers (letterpress)
        • Amy Watts and Peta Riddell – Student Award – any concept design ready for print production
        • AT & M Group – Invitations
        • AT & M Group – Envelopes
        • AT & M Group – Envelopes
        • AT & M Group – Promotional kit
        • AT & M Group – Annual Reports
        • AT & M Group – CPI Innovation Award
        • Capital Z Design – Typography
        • Capital Z Design – Labels
        • Capital Z Design – Magazines
        • Circular Head Chronicle – Printing not fitting into any other category
        • Clemenger Tasmania – Invitations
        • Clemenger Tasmania – Folders
        • Clemenger Tasmania – Display Advertisement newspapers – mono
        • Clemenger Tasmania – Display Advertisement newspapers – mono
        • Clemenger Tasmania – Display Advertisement newspapers – four colour process
        • Clemenger Tasmania – Corporate Design
        • Cooee Tasmania – Design on a material other than paper or board
        • Direction By Design – Promotional Kit
        • E G Design – Calendars
        • E G Design – Stationery one or two colours
        • E G Design – Signage
        • Ems & Ens – With Compliments
        • Ems & Ens – Menus
        • Fenton Design – Brochures & Leaflets three or more colours
        • Fenton Design – Overall Gold Winner for Design
        • Foot & Playsted – Logos
        • Foot & Playsted – Posters/Art Reproductions
        • Foot & Playsted – Calendars
        • Foot & Playsted – Annual Reports – four or more colours
        • Monotone Art Printers – Business Cards
        • Monotone Art Printers – Letterheads
        • Monotone Art Printers – Certificates/Invitations
        • Monotone Art Printers – Greeting Cards/Postcards
        • Monotone Art Printers – Catalogues
        • Monotone Art Printers – Booklets, bound or stapled – four or more colours
        • Monotone Art Printers – Foil Printing
        • Monotone Art Printers – Perfect Binding
        • Monotone Art Printers – Craftsmanship Award Bilton Graphics Innovation Award
        • PMP – Packaging
        • PMP – Labels Stickers (litho)
        • PMP – Print Newspapers (web)
        • PMP – Print Newspaper Supplements/Inserts (web)
        • PMP – Print Maps
        • PMP – Print Die Cutting and Creasing
        • Printing Authority of Tasmania – Brochures & Leaflets – four or more colours
        • Printing Authority of Tasmania – Folders
        • Printing Authority of Tasmania – Books
        • Printing Authority of Tasmania – Books
        • Printing Authority of Tasmania – Perfect Binding
        • Tracey Allen – Catalogues
        • Whatsinaname – Thermography

        Silver Awards

        • 40 Degrees South – Magazines
        • 40 Degrees South – Magazines
        • Abel Labels – Labels Stickers (letterpress)
        • AT & M Group – Stationery one or two colours
        • AT & M Group – Labels
        • AT & M Group – Labels
        • AT & M Group – Stickers
        • AT & M Group – Display Advertisement – magazines
        • AT & M Group – Logos
        • AT & M Group – Signage
        • AT & M Group – Annual Reports – four or more colours
        • AT & M Group – Newsletters
        • AT & M Group – Booklets, bound or stapled – four or more colours
        • Capital Z Design – Calendars
        • Capital Z Design – Packaging
        • Capital Z Design – Packaging
        • Capital Z Design – Labels
        • Capital Z Design – Design on a material other than paper or board
        • Circular Head Chronicle – Booklets, bound or stapled – four or more colours
        • Clemenger Tasmania – Brochures & Leaflets three or more colours
        • Clemenger Tasmania – Stationery three or more colours
        • Clemenger Tasmania – Greeting Cards/ Postcards
        • Clemenger Tasmania – Menus
        • Clemenger Tasmania – Promotional Item
        • Clemenger Tasmania – Promotional Item
        • Clemenger Tasmania – Labels
        • Clemenger Tasmania – Display Advertisement newspapers – mono
        • Clemenger Tasmania – Display Advertisement newspapers – four colour process
        • Clemenger Tasmania – Display Advertisement newspapers – four colour process
        • Clemenger Tasmania – Display Advertisement newspapers – four colour process
        • Clemenger Tasmania – Display Advertisement newspapers – four colour process
        • Clemenger Tasmania – Annual Reports – four or more colours throughout
        • Clemenger Tasmania – Booklets, bound or stapled – four or more colours
        • Cooee Tasmania – Poster
        • Cooee Tasmania – Annual Reports – four or more colours throughout
        • Cooee Tasmania – Newsletter
        • Cooee Tasmania – Craftsmanship Award – electronically manipulated photograph
        • Digital Ink – Brochures & Leaflets three or more colours
        • Digital Ink – Stationery one or two colours
        • Digital Ink – Greeting Cards/ Postcards
        • Digital Ink – Website Design
        • Direction By Design – Stationery one or two colours
        • Direction By Design – Corporate Design
        • Ems & Ens – Stationery
        • Foot & Playsted – Calendars
        • Foot & Playsted – Books
        • Harris Print – Newspapers (web)
        • Harris Print – Newspaper Supplements/Inserts (web)
        • James Newitt and Daniel Ibrahim – Student Award – any concept design ready for print production
        • Label Press – Labels Stickers (Flexo)
        • Lea Crosswell – Promotional Kit
        • Maria Bentley – Student Award – any concept design ready for print production
        • Monotone Art Printers – Brochures & Leaflets – up to three colours
        • Monotone Art Printers – Business Cards
        • Monotone Art Printers – Business Cards
        • Monotone Art Printers – Certificates/Invitations
        • Monotone Art Printers – Greeting Cards/Postcards
        • Monotone Art Printers – Labels Stickers (litho)
        • Monotone Art Printers – Catalogues
        • Monotone Art Printers – Booklets, bound or stapled – four or more colours
        • Natalie Blyth – Brochures & Leaflets one or 2 colours
        • PMP Print – Posters/Art Reproductions
        • PMP Print – Envelopes
        • PMP Print – Certificates/Invitations
        • PMP Print – Promotional kit
        • PMP Print – Point Of Sale Material
        • PMP Print – Packaging
        • PMP Print – Labels Stickers (litho)
        • PMP Print – Catalogues
        • Print Centre – Calendars
        • Printing Authority of Tasmania – Brochures & Leaflets – four or more colours
        • Printing Authority of Tasmania – Stationery
        • Printing Authority of Tasmania – Magazines
        • Printing Authority of Tasmania – Booklets, bound or stapled
        • Shannon Challis – Student Award – any concept design ready for print production
        • Show Ads – Craftsmanship Award – electronically manipulated photograph
        • TMP – Greeting Cards/ Postcards
        • Tracey Allen – Catalogues
        • Whatsinaname – Menus