Archive for August, 2003

  • $21.3 million in new capital investment for Blue Star Print Group

    Keith Brodie CEO said, “Overall operational results from BSPG’s 15 business units were on a par with the previous 12 months. This is a pleasing result given that the marketplace, particularly in Australia was extremely competitive.”

    Operating revenue of $296 million and EBITDA of $32.4 million for this financial year is compared to revenue of $293 million and EBITDA of $33.5million in the previous year.

    The company, which is privately owned with substantial management shareholding, reports that it generated cash flow from operating activities, net of interest and tax payments, of $21.2MIL, almost exactly matching new capital investment for the year of $21.3MIL.

    Significant projects included:

    • Three new sheetfed presses into business units in Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne.
    • A new label press in Auckland.
    • Additional heatset capacity at Webstar New Zealand.
    • The introduction of Computer to Plate (CTP) technology into four business units meaning seven business units now operate CTP technology.
    • The installation of a Rotoman heatset web offset press into Webstar Australia, Webstar’s third press installation since startup in January 2002.

    Blue Star Print Group describes itself as a multi-disciplined print and marketing communications provider operating business units throughout Australia and New Zealand. The Group is headquartered in Auckland and employs approximately 1100 staff.

  • ARTS PDF buys US software company Lantana

    The acquisition expands ARTS PDF’s publishing product range to include print production tools such as Crackerjack and PDF ImageWorks and includes form processing and management software. Former Lantana head, Gary Armstrong, will work with the Australian company as vice president of sales.

    According to Karl De Abrew, CEO, BinaryThing, the acquisition is part of a strategy of providing a complete set of products and services for all PDF users. “Incorporating the award-winning Lantana product line will enhance the ability of ARTS PDF’s customers to create, manage and print electronic documents on a wide variety of computer platforms and output devices.’

    The new products include Crackerjack, for PDF-based colour print production; PDF ImageWorks, for editing images in Acrobat; Stratify PDF, the first Acrobat plug-in for creating and using layers; and Variform PDF, a range of tools for variable data printing and data merging.

    “Joining a growing team that shares our philosophy of working with our customers to extend what can be achieved with Adobe Acrobat and PDF is exciting,” said Armstrong.”ARTS PDF will continue to offer Lantana customers the service and support they have come to expect and with the larger team we will be able to respond faster to the demand for new features and new products.”

    The changes take affect immediately.

    ARTS PDF, a leading PDF specialist and division of BinaryThing, has been developing software and custom solutions focusing on Adobe Acrobat and PDF since 1997 and today has operations in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Over the period the team has been involved in a broad range of PDF-related technologies, including document encryption, collaboration, management, workflow and on-demand publishing.

  • Rural Press celebrates record profit with takeover bid for Harris Group

    Rural Press (RPL) is riding high having posted a net profit increase this year of 27.3 per cent to $68.4 million, a 6.2 per cent increase in turnover to $469.9 million. The Fairfax brothers, flush with cash after selling their 50 per cent stake in IPMG to the Hannan family for a reputed $150 million, have 36 per cent shareholding in RPL through their company Marinya.

    The Harris Group, which is an unlisted public company based in Burnie in northwest Tasmania, has a 100-year history of family-controlled publishing and printing. Its main business activity is publishing the regional daily newspaper, the Burnie Advocate.

    RPL is a 60 per cent partner with Harris in the The Examiner, the Launceston-based daily newspaper. Harris Print, in Burnie, is recognised as being one of the most aggressive web printing operations in the country, winning many mainland titles despite its geographical disadvantages. The company has the distinction of being the first daily newspaper in Australia to install a web offset press in 1968.

    Rural Press has a ripper year despite the drought

    RPL’s record profit is reported by the company as a result of ‘strong economic conditions across the company’s regional markets.’ Its Australian publishing and printing activities increased revenue by 11.4 per cent to $336.7 million and profit before interest and tax of $82.99 million, up 24 per cent.

    The company claims the result demonstrates the benefit of its diversity of operations. It is one of Australia’s largest rural and regional newspaper publishers with major web printing facilities at Richmond and Canberra. This month it brought a new plant at Ballarat online, centred on a MAN Roland Uniman 75 press, which was built in an impressive 10 months from go to whoa!

    The profit growth came despite the prolonged drought, which caused Australian agricultural publishing to suffer a five per cent fall in revenues. While local and national advertising revenues were badly hit, circulation held up with readers staying loyal.

    In contrast The Canberra Times and the main regional titles increased volumes and rates of advertising, up seven per cent over a range of titles. The stand out sectors were real estate and motor vehicles with national advertisers coming to the party later in the year.

    Regional circulation revenues grew by 4.6 per cent across the board with higher volumes achieved despite cover price increases. The smaller tri-weekly and weekly titles led the way, increasing circulation volumes by 2.8 per cent and 5.2 per cent respectively.

    Bendigo and Horsham publishing business, acquired in July 2002 by Rural Press, made positive contributions after funding the cost of acquisition.

    Web printing revenues and earnings grew with an increased demand for four-colour reproduction. This rewarded the company’s early investment in modern colour printing capacity throughout the group. The progressive introduction of CTP this year allowed further gains in operating margins.

    The company’s leading market position in the USA farm magazine market provided the only downbeat results with revenues down by US$5.8 million while flows were also affected by the stronger Australian dollar, chopping another 15 per cent over the course of the year.

  • Three times three Brisbane seminars

    Over two days, September 10 – 11, Heidelberg will display the new Speedmaster SM52 two-colour press, the new Polysetter 52 platesetter and the new Stitchexpert. The seminars are designed to demonstrate the benefit of streamlining processes by integrating workflow solutions from prepress through to finishing. There will also be special incentives available for customers with existing GTO’S to trade up at the seminars as well as other special deals on A3 equipment.

    For more details and to register visit Heidelberg’s sponsor page

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

    The Plantation Timber Association of Australia (PTAA) and the Australian Paper Industry Council (APIC) have announced a merger of the two organizations. It’s a good synergy – one grows the trees, the other makes them into paper. And there is money in dem dar trees. The turnover of the Australian plantation and paper industry exceeds $12 billion per year.

    Ms Belinda Robinson has been appointed Chief Operating Officer to work with both Boards to effect the transition to a merged entity. It is anticipated that the merging of the two entities will take approximately three months.


    Agfa’s turnover in Graphic Systems decreased by 11.7 per cent to AUD $1,398 million (822 million Euros) after six months in 2003. Much of this was due to exchange rate variations. According to the company the actual drop is limited to 3.8 percent and is explained by the continuing weakness of graphic markets. In spite of this, Graphic Systems was able to increase its operating result from $94.7 million (55.7 million Euros) in the first half of 2002 to $103 million (61.0 million Euros), while its return on sales improved from 6.0 percent to 7.4 percent.

    Due to the ongoing shift to CTP, the demand for Agfa’s digital printing plates continues to be very strong. The capacity problems for printing plates, with which the company was confronted, will soon be solved, as a new printing plate factory in Wuxi, China, will become operational as from next quarter.


    Sometimes you wonder. A Gold Coast software developer appears to be energetically reinventing the wheel. It is bringing to market the Typéfi Publishing System Version 1.0, to provide a fresh structured workflow to the unstructured environment of existing publishing processes. The invention of Stephen O’Brien, who is identified as a best-selling author of over 25 computer books, he began developing Typéfi after being frustrated by the turnaround time for typesetting.

    “By about my twelfth or thirteenth book I became extremely frustrated with the problems in the publishing process,” he said.
    Two years ago, after developing a prototype, he teamed up with ‘savvy entrepreneur,’ Steve Huff, a business consultant from the US, and with Peter and Sue Sampson, both with ‘extensive organizational nous,’ to form the Typéfi Systems Pty Ltd Company – which has been named as a national finalist in the Yellow Pages Business Ideas Grants program for 2003.

    Well, good luck to them, says Clancy.


    The tempo for digital printing is speeding up with everyone jockeying for position. Even a giant such as HP needs to augment its firepower. It has signed an agreement to OEM Konica print engines under the HP banner. Konica is noted for the industrial strength of its copier engines, which HP needs to expand its imaging and printing offerings.

    “By combining Konica’s robust copier engine expertise with HP’s heritage of networking and manageability, we will bring to the market one sophisticated system that is completely integrated with current HP hard copy office products,” said George Mulhern, senior vice president, HP Imaging and Printing Group.


    In another sign of the digital printing times, Océ has been awarded a seven-year, multi-million dollar document management contract by The Boeing Company, the world’s leading aerospace company. The specific value of the contract was not disclosed. With this agreement, Océ becomes Boeing’s primary digital printing supplier.

    The deal spans Océ’s entire portfolio including high-speed production printing, central reproduction services, wide format technical document management, document management software, and the personnel to operate the applications. Océ will assume operation of 28 printing centres, which currently employ over 250 people. Océ expects to hire most of these employees on to its payroll.


    There’s a new update available for Adobe Photoshop 7.0.1 to take advantage of Apple’s new Power Mac G5. The update is available as a free download from the Adobe Web site and, for a limited time, also will be included with all Power Mac G5 systems shipped by Apple.

    With this new update, customers who purchased Adobe Photoshop 7.0.1 for an Apple G3 or G4 system can transfer their software to a new Power Mac G5 and be assured of getting the best performance from Apple’s fastest system available. The Power Mac G5 delivers performance that will enable Adobe Photoshop 7.0.1 to run up to twice as fast when compared to previous Macintosh models.
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    And finally . . . which direction are we looking?

    Overheard last night while rubbernecking at Mars as it swings close by in the starry sky, a young woman, “I heard on the ABC, that you’d see it in the sky between North East and South East.”

  • OpenType edition of Font Folio bridges Mac and Windows

    According to the company the new collection allows for richer linguistic support and more advanced typographic control in any print, web or dynamic media project. OpenType fonts are natively supported in Mac OS X, Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

    Adobe and Microsoft Corporation created the OpenType font format to improve cross-platform document portability and simplify font management by introducing one font file. Creative professionals benefit from extended foreign language support and the inclusion of expert typographic glyphs, such as small caps, old style figures and swashes, in many OpenType fonts.

    The Adobe Font Folio product includes a selection of Adobe Original typefaces as well as ornament and symbol fonts, and a versatile collection of handwriting fonts. Font Folio contains several sets of “Opticals” fonts, which include separate, optimised font designs for use at different point sizes, such as when typesetting captions, text, subheads and display headlines. In addition, many OpenType fonts contain an expanded glyph repertoire that may include expert typographic glyphs, such as small capitals, old style figures, swashes, proportional and lining numerals, stylistic alternates, titling capitals, non-standard ligatures and fractions.

    Customers with international publishing requirements can take advantage of the Adobe Font Folio [OpenType Edition] product’s extensive language support and the OpenType format’s use of Unicode, a platform-independent text-encoding standard that supports virtually all of the world’s languages and provides better text representation and transport. Standard OpenType fonts from Adobe cover most Western languages and many OpenType ‘Pro’ fonts support central and eastern European languages, as well as Greek and Cyrillic. Adobe Font Folio [OpenType Edition] contains a collection of Japanese fonts in OpenType format.

    OpenType fonts from Adobe can be used in documents alongside existing PostScript Type 1 and TrueType fonts.

    Older operating systems obtain OpenType support through Adobe Type Manager (ATM) Light, a free system software component download available at OpenType fonts are also supported by leading font management applications.

  • NPL Technical Update – Calculating colour differences

    There are several different ways to calculate a colour difference. They include Delta E absolute, Delta E CIE 1994, Delta E CIE 2000, Delta E CMC etc. As well, there are changeable parameters in the case of some, increasing the possibilities yet again.

    So, which method should you and your customer use for the most suitable colour communication and control? There is probably no one definitive answer, because it will depend on the type of work and the method of reproduction. If you set colour matching standards too wide your customers won’t be happy, but if they are set unreasonably close your presses will be stopped too often.

    A good start to the process of setting Delta E standards with your customer could be to look at your process capabilities. Measure the L*, a*, b* values within a job that is held under commercially achievable colour consistency by your most experienced printer. By taking measurements both across sheets and from sheet to sheet, a large database of values can be gathered.

    The problem now is to calculate the Delta E values between each and every combination of samples, and for each and every Delta E type. This would be a prohibitively lengthy task if it were to be done by an instrument. For example, just twenty L*, a*, b* measurements give rise to 190 pairs for Delta E calculation!

    The best way to do this is by using the formulae for the various Delta E calculations in a table that produces all the results of all the combinations. This matrix of Delta E values can then be analysed for ranges and maximums. You and your customer can study them against the visual samples concerned, and make good decisions on the suitability of the variation in colour.

    The matrix of Delta E values can also be recalculated easily for any chosen Delta E type, and again allows you to compare the calculated Delta E data with the visual matches.

    The National Printing Laboratory can set up spreadsheets to enable you to make these calculations. We can also measure the L*, a*, b* values for you, and help you with your analysis. If you’ve got a problem with colour, give us a call!

    E-mail Lee Mellet for more information

  • Alf Carrigan adds NPL to his portfolio of industry roles

    The job comes in addition to Alf’s leadership of the National Print Awards and shows that while old(er) graphic arts citizens may retire, they don’t fade away.

    The NPL, located at Monash University in Clayton, Victoria, is one of the industry’s leading R&D facilities, playing a more high profile role in recent years. A joint venture between the Victorian Government, Monash University and industry partners that include Note Printing Australia, Australian Paper, Norske-Skog, Visy, Amcor, Toyo and SICPA, the NPL is looking for a more commercially relevant role in the printing and graphic arts industry.

    Rod Urquhart, CEO of the SmartPrint CRC and Director of the NPL, said: “We are very pleased to have secured the services of a person with such a broad industry background and knowledge combined with commercial and managerial acumen to chair the National Printing Laboratory, and to provide guidance for our future development.”

    Alf has a 45 year track record in the printing industry, and is well known as the long-serving managing director of CPI Graphics and, before that SICPA Graphics, Australia’s largest graphic arts supply company. A past president of the GAMAA and board member of PacPrint, Alf retired from the CPI Group on July, 2001

    He is also chairman of judges of the Asian Print Awards.

  • Big turnout for QPA/ GASAA digital printing night

    Report by Garry Knespal, Executive Officer GASAA (pictured) who moderated the event.

    Over 150 people signed up for the free information
    night and heard an array of short presentations from key vendors with offerings for franchise and independent print operators.

    Companies presenting on the night were Canon, Danka, Epson, Fuji Xerox, Heidelberg, OCE, Hewlett-Packard. Konica and Minolta made the Australian announcement of the merger of the two international companies and provided a joint presentation.

    What was clear from the night was this highly competitive market presents opportunities for both established and new players in the digital print and copying market. Vendors presented comprehensive offerings from $10,000 to
    $200,000 and everything in between. There was continuous inkjet, piezo and drop on demand technology, toner based solutions and at the high end similar image transfer techniques as in conventional offset printing. Large format printing was well represented by Canon, Epson and Hewlett Packard.

    An interesting debate developed when I asked the question; “When does a copier become a digital printing device?” One memorable reply came from the audience, “Whatever the customer wants, is what we call it”

    An intriguing side of the evening was how some digital printing vendors have moved away from the traditional method of selling “copier” technology, namely click-rates (a charge per copy) to a “one off” pricing structure. The debate in this market between click rates and no click rates will undoubtedly heat up in the year’s ahead.

    Another aspect that bears noticing is the way in which supply companies segment the market, with most now working on the basis of vertical markets, depending on the industry sector in which the machines are placed.

    Probably the biggest challenge on the night was managing to keep the nine presenters to their allocated eight minutes and without the event turning into a “sales brawl”. All presenters are to be commended for their professional approach to the night.

    Contact Garry Knespal from GASAA

    Phone: 1300 131 787

  • New local KPG MD as Kodak takes a new look at commercial printing

    The major shift in Kodak strategy will see Eastman Kodak bring its Encad subsidiary, and its Kodak Polychrome Graphics and NexPress joint ventures under the one division. The Commercial Printing business also includes digital asset management and publishing services.

    “Digitally-driven commercial printing is a large and growing market, and is a core part of our long-term vision to drive revenue and earnings growth,” said Antonio Perez, Kodak’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “Kodak has the assets and competencies to be a leader in this market, with our portfolio of intellectual property of printing technologies, our Encad subsidiary, and our NexPress and Kodak Polychrome joint ventures. These will be the foundation of Kodak’s on-demand colour printing and network publishing efforts.”

    The creation of the Commercial Printing business is part of the transformation of Kodak from its historical roots in consumer film to a company with a more balanced and diversified portfolio of businesses.

    The changes coincide with Steve Ven taking on the role of KPG managing director in the Australian and New Zealand region, following the departure of Eric Gans. A long-term company man who came to KPG at its inception from takeover component Horsel Anitech, Ven is also regional manager for SE Asia.

    KPG is a stand alone company that operates totally independently from Kodak and Ven makes the point that the decison in New York will have no impact on the company’s operations or relations in Australia and New Zealand.

    “We’ve got a lot of new products to bring to the market and we’re looking to enhance our current direct distribution model in Australia and work closely with our channel partners in New Zealand,” he said. “We have good relationships with Heidelberg and Creo.”

    Commercial printing is the new kid on the block

    The Kodak Eastman company is now organized under five primary operations: Commercial Printing; Display & Components; Health Imaging; Digital & Film Imaging Systems; and Commercial Imaging.

    “We have implemented a structure and leadership team that will unlock the potential of our existing operations and build entirely new businesses that will position us for growth,” said Daniel A. Carp, Kodak’s Chairman and CEO.

    “As we diversify our business and build our capabilities for enabling the convergence of images and information, we will continue to structure the company to take advantage of major growth opportunities. We will pursue select opportunities in each of these markets to extend our participation in the $385 billion info-imaging market.”

  • Industry facing more environmental compliance – but it’s not all bad

    This is one of the findings of a Printing Industries audit of emerging environmental issues. The audit forms part of the association’s strategy to identify environmental issues and opportunities. It aims to ensure a co-ordinated industry-wide response can be mounted to State or Federal legislative issues as needed.

    The audit found that current issues ranged from the discharge of chemical substances to compliance with regulatory measures such as the National Pollutant Inventory and the National Packaging Covenant. Emerging issues included extended producer responsibility and the associated product stewardship responsibilities.

    There is some good news behind the environmental focus, with potential benefits for printing industry companies.

    The audit identified that Greenhouse Challenge initiatives not only help cut back carbon emissions to the atmosphere, but can result in annual savings to printing operations through lower energy bills.

    • Eliminating excessive waste paper, inks and chemicals or other consumables results in direct savings to the bottom line of printing operations.
    • Investing in non-solvent based alternatives such as soy or vegetable based inks would help position printers to successfully bid for government related work and satisfy tender requirements which have a growing focus on responsible environmental outcomes.
    • Using non-solvent based alternatives may also help printers lower their exposure to potential OHS issues and liability.

    Printing Industries will update members as the strategy is developed and further industry input is sought.

  • Tenders: federal government printing and graphic arts contracts


    Department of Defence

    Request for Quotation

    Tag, Instruction AC594 – AF561
    Tender reference No: AF561
    ANZSCC Code: 322 (Books, brochures and leaflets (except advertising material), printed; printed maps; music, printed or in manuscript)
    Qty 1500 EA – 9905/661423410 Tag, Instruction AC594, Danger Warning, Do Not Operate This Equipment/Switch/Valve, Temporary Danger Tag, (Current Versions Are All From Introduced APR).

    General Details
    Opening Date: 22/08/2003, Closing Date and Time: 11/09/2003, 5.00pm (AEST)
    Tender Enquiries, phone 03. 9282 5574
    To contact the Documentation Officer, phone 03. 9282 5601 or 03. 9282 3827 or 03. 9282 4535


    Department of Defence

    Request for Quotation

    Paper, Tabulating Machine, Continuous Flat Fold – AF562
    Tender reference No: AF562
    ANZSCC Code: 322 (Books, brochures and leaflets (except advertising material), printed; printed maps; music, printed or in manuscript)
    Qty 700 BX – 7530/661109660 Paper, Tabulating Machine, Continuous Flat Fold 15 IN. W By 11 IN. LG (381 MM By 279 MM), White, 150 GSM, U/W Marven, Box Of 1000 Sheets.

    General Details
    Opening Date: 22/08/2003, Closing Date and Time: 11/09/2003, 5:00pm (AEST)
    Tender Enquiries, phone 03. 9282 5574
    To contact the Documentation Officer call 03. 9282 5601 or 03. 9282 3827 or 03. 9282 4535


    Department of Defence

    Request for Quotation

    Paper, Recording, Facsimile – AF558
    Tender reference No: AF558
    ANZSCC Code: 326 (Registers, account books, note books, letter pads, diaries and similar articles, blotting-pads, binders, of stationery, of paper or paperboard; binders, file covers, file covers, forms and other articles forms and other articles of stationery, of paper or paperboard)
    Qty 250 EA – 7530/121270456 Paper, Recording, Facsimile 24M LG X 204MM W, For Honeywell Elac Echo Sounder, Model BE59.

    General Details
    Opening Date: 22/08/2003, Closing Date and Time: 11/09/2003, 5.00pm (AEST)
    Tender Enquiries, phone 03. 9282 5574
    To contact the Documentation Officer call 03. 9282 5601 or 03. 9282 3827 or 03. 9282 4535


    Last Weeks Tenders (P21 Online Issue #31 Vol 3, 22/08/2003)

    Australian Electoral Commission

    Printing of House of Representatives Ballot Paper and Associated Printing
    Tender reference No: Q2003/01
    ANZSCC Code: 326 (Registers, account books, note books, letter pads, diaries and similar articles, blotting-pads, binders, of stationery, of paper or paperboard; binders, file covers, file covers, forms and other articles forms and other articles of stationery, of paper or paperboard)

    Tenders are invited from suitable organisations for the printing of House of Representatives Ballot Papers and Associated material. It would be expected that tenderers would have previous experience in large scale, short timeframe printing activities where immutable deadlines exist.

    Detailed information is available from Andy Brockbank on 07. 383450 or at email address:
    Tenders can be lodged in accordance with Section 3.4 of the RFT by 12.00 Noon, Brisbane local time on Friday 5 September 2003.

    General Details
    Opening Date: 18/08/2003, Closing Date: 05/09/2003
    State: QLD
    Location: Brisbane Metropolitan
    Ministerial Portfolio: Finance and Administration
    Department/Agency: Australian Electoral Commission
    Division/Group: Queensland


    National Library of Australia

    Request for Tender

    Total Facilities Management for the Supply of Photocopiers, Facsimiles and Other Associated Services
    Tender reference No: RFT 03/055
    The National Library of Australia is seeking proposals for the provision of photocopiers and facsimile equipment, including the provision of facilities management services, print room services, consumables and maintenance services for the proposed equipment. The intended solution would be required to operate across the public and staff areas and the national document supply service area of the Library.

    The Tender will close at 2:00pm (EST daylight) on Monday 15 September 2003.

    A copy of the Request for Tender documentation and answers to any questions in relation to the tender can be obtained by contacting Henrita Possible via facsimile: 02. 6273 4535 or via email:
    Closing Date: 15/09/2003, 2:00pm (EST daylight)

  • New print finishers industry association registered in Melbourne

    An inauguration dinner will take place at the Geebung Polo Club in Melbourne for those directly concerned with the sector. Wayne Eastaugh of Marvel Bookbinding is the first president of the association with Matthew Powell of CP Gluing as Vice-President.

    According to Trevor Hone, Avon Graphics, secretary, the idea of ApfA was first conceived about last Christmas and it has taken until now for the legals and registration to be completed. He said that in recent years the sector has grown considerably, with many diverse finishing businesses set up purely to service the print business throughout Australia.

    “ApfA will set out to create awareness in the designer, print and buyer community about finishing processes, as well as setting and maintaining sector standards. We would like to see the association sponsoring some form of excellence awards for print finishing with perhaps an innovation award. There may be opportunities to associate this with the NPA,” he said.

    In a press release the association said its intention is to attract members from companies that manufacture and supply finishing services to the printing trade. An example of target members would be; book binding, foiling, embossing, laminating and coating, forme cutting, gluing, mounting, stringing, and even tooling manufacturers, to name a few. As long as the company’s main source of business is directed to the finishing of print, they will be encouraged to be part of the association.

    “Another great benefit for the printing industry will be the finishing workshops we intend to run for the print estimators and production people,” said Mathew Powell “These workshops will be designed to answer questions and explain the best way to plan your finishing. From both a cost benefit and also to increase productivity and reduce spoilage.”

    A web site has been constructed at The site is still in its early stages but will eventually have general association information as well as web links to the printing trade finishers own sites. The site is linked to the PIA web site and vice-a-versa.

    Companies that have already signed up include Marvel Bookbinding, TLC, Allkotes, Precision Forme Cutting, C P Gluing, H. F. Webb, Hygrade, and Avon Graphics. The initial association is Victorian based but the members look forward to support from print finishers in the other states in order to make ApfA a national organization.

    “It seems evident that the momentum has started and that this will be an association, which will benefit the printing industry as a whole,” said Powell.

    For more information about ApfA and the inaugural dinner, contact Trevor Hone on
    Phone: (03) 9551 7444

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

    The National Labor Relations Board ruled that a NexPress added to Delzer Lithograph Company’s Fulfillment Department operations is not to be included in the traditional lithograph production unit of press operators and electronic prepress technicians at the same location.

    After the installation of the NexPress, the Union filed a petition requesting that the contract’s jurisdictional clause be amended to include the operation of the NexPress. The existing clause included the following lithographic production work… all work processes and operations directly related to lithography or offset (including wet or dry)… including any technological or other change, or evolution from any work, process, operation, now or hereinafter utilized in the methods described above.

    The tribunal ruled that the technology involved with the NexPress was not lithography and, therefore, under the circumstances presented, should not be included in the traditional lithographic craft unit.


    If the number and quality of sponsorships is anything to go by GASAA is going great guns. Electronics For Imaging (EFI) has signed up as a major sponsor for the industry association. Garry Knespal, GASAA’s Executive
    Officer, said “the addition of EFI as a Major Sponsor is further recognition of the growing importance the association is playing in bridging the gap between creative design and print output”.
    Fuji Xerox is already a major sponsor.


    Och aye the noo! There’ll be no ScotPrint in Scotland this year in October, ye ken? Continuing the hard times facing trade exhibitions the organisers pulled the plug on the Caledonian fair scheduled for Glasgow. It hadn’t attracted sufficient support from the suppliers who are getting more selective in what and who they support.


    Heidelberg has lost none of its fire for the role of leading the industry. The company is launching four different advertising motifs worldwide to run until Drupa in May 2004 under the motto Passion for Print, which will mainly feature in communications magazines and printing journals.

    The campaign stresses the passion and precision associated with printing. The four motifs feature cyan, magenta, yellow and black, with the screen dots of each forming the main focus of the adverts. According to the blurb, ‘A high-quality print product is always more than just a lot of screen dots, as its aim is to express and stimulate emotion.’


    The market rigging case in lablestocks in the USA has suddenly taken a turn towards serious with the US Department of Justice issuing subpoenas to UPM-Kymmene and Avery Dennison in connection with its Antitrust Division’s investigation into competitive practices. This moves the case into the criminal area and is likely to make both companies very aware of the issue.

    UPM-Kymmene owns Raflatac, and it and Avery Dennison dominate the local labelstock market in Australia and New Zealand to a far greater degree than they do in the USA.


    Shira shuts up shop. Once one of the extra smart workflow software developers, Shira was closed by its parent firm Vyyo at the end of last week. The company had a solid reputation but was never able to capitalise on it. Vyyo said it was closing it down due to its ‘continuing decline in sales, recurring losses and its inability to penetrate the market.’ Shira was set up by former Scitex employees to develop software and hardware to integrate CEPS systems into the PostScript environment.


    Baldwin continues its battle to stay afloat, winning a new line of credit for German bank, Maple Bank GmbH, Frankfurt. A new $20 million revolving credit facility should see the troubled press peripheral manufacturer out of the woods.


    Business is all about relationships and the new man to handle Adobe’s significant others in the region is Lee Gale. He’s the bloke who’ll deal with the licensing centres, system integrators and resellers in Australia and New Zealand.


    And you wonder about the efficacy of one-to-one print marketing? It’s got to be better than internet spamming. B to B magazine reports that 10 per cent of acquired – read spam – email lists becomes undeliverable in an average month. It takes a year for your average marketing database to decay 20 per cent, if left alone.


    It’s official, women don’t read newspapers as much as men. So says a new INMA study Exploring the Newspaper Readership Gender Gap, It’s to do with the blokey environment around newspapers which is still producing male-oriented products. ‘Even newspapers already pursuing the lucrative female market with specific sections or supplements tend to base their efforts on myths, stereotypes, and anecdotal evidence.’
    And I thought they were the cartoons.


    And finally . . . here’s Astrid Sweres to introduce her humorous contribution for this week.

    It has long been contended that there are male jokes, there are female jokes and there are unisex jokes. Here is a joke I consider a true female joke. I offer it to you in the hopes that women will love it, and men will pass it along to a woman who they know will love it.

    A woman was sitting at a bar enjoying an after-work cocktail with her girlfriends when an exceptionally tall, handsome and sexy middle-aged man entered. He was so striking that the woman couldn’t take her eyes off him. The young-at-heart man noticed her overly attentive stare and walked directly toward her (as all men will).

    Before she could offer her apologies for so rudely staring, he leaned over and whispered to her: “I’ll do anything, absolutely anything, that you want me to do, no matter how kinky, for $20.00 . . . on one condition.” (There are always conditions). Flabbergasted, the woman asked what the condition was. The man replied, “You have to tell me what you want me to do in just three words.” (Controlling, huh?)

    The woman considered his proposition for a moment, then slowly removed a $20 bill from her purse, which she pressed into the man’s hand along with her address. She looked deeply into his eyes, and slowly, meaningfully, said . . .

    “Clean my house.”

  • 21st National Print Awards call for entries

    “If excellence is your goal, and the level at which you’re delivering to your customers, then you should let your market know – and that means thinking about recognition of your work all year round,” he says.

    “As soon as a project strikes you as being of a gold standard, set it aside for a submission. Then when the call for entries comes around, you’re ready to be in it.”

    This year’s Awards, the first of the new-generation presentations under the banner of the Printing Industries Association of Australia, saw an increase in entrants, attendances and in patrons. Now the new-style National Print Awards will move to Sydney for the 2004 show.

    The 21st Celebration Awards will be held in the ballroom at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, on Friday, March 19.

    Says Carrigan: “This means that printers will not have to leave their businesses in the middle of the week. In fact, they’ll be able to plan a weekend of recovery and unstressing in the harbour city after the Awards.”

    A revised category format, as approved by the judging sub-committee, will see a streamlined awards list as well as the Sponsors awards, being presented. Agfa, Australian Paper and Heidelberg have already confirmed their sponsorship for the 21st awards.

    The awards cover the gamut of printing, in terms of technologies and formats, including achievements in processes such as inkjet.

    For example, a ‘Special printing category will recognize achievements in printing on unusual substrates, such as glass or plastic, while ‘outside-the-square’ applications can earn a Gold Medal for ‘Innovation’.

    “This is not a show for just the big boys, far from it,” states Carrigan. “Categories for printing businesses with less than four staff and from four-to-ten staff reflect our recognition of quality fulfilment, no matter what the company’s size.”

    Entries must be submitted to Rachel Coad at Printing Industries Association of Australia, 18 – 20 Queens Ave Hawthorn no later than January 16, 2004. Any project completed in the period January 1 – December 31, 2003, is eligible.

    For further information, contact Rachel Coad or Rick Deering, at the National Print Awards on (03) 9819 6144. Visit the National Print Awards website or send us an email to

  • Marketing guru talks print profits at Bowral conference

    Kiely is the Editor of Marketing magazine, Australia’s largest circulating marketing magazine, Chairman of Boomerang! Integrated Marketing & Advertising and a multi Australian and international marketing award winner.

    He has won 10 Echo awards from the US Direct Marketing Association, awards from the Chicago Direct Marketing Association and Australian Direct Marketing Association and is a three-time winner of the David Ogilvy Award.

    As former creative director of the Sydney office of the world’s leading direct response agency, Ogilvy & Mather Direct, his client campaign list is a corporate Who’s Who including American Express, Toyota, Xerox Australia, Hyatt International, Hyatt Regency Coolum, Hyatt Kingsgate, The Hyatt Hotel Canberra, Park Hyatt Sydney, AMP Society, British Tourist Authority and the Christian Children’s Fund.

    Kiely has used print as an integral campaign component and as a value-add in communication campaigns. He understands the role of print and electronic communication and the challenges facing the industry as it moves from a manufacturing base into a service focussed industry.

    His presentation will underscore the conference theme, Sales Success, Synergies covering the importance of database management and developing profitable relationships with MVCs – Most Valued Customers.

    Building on the success of the 2002 conference, the program has a dynamic speaker line-up including:

    • Andy McCourt, industry futurist and trend tracker. One of the most knowledgeable experts in the printing industry with a dynamic presentation style that never fails to win him fans.
    • IDavid Whitbread author of the Design Manual, winner of an Australian Award for Excellence in Educational Publishing in 2002. This is the first all Australian publication to bridge the printer-designer chasm.
    • Colin Howe co-Author of the Workplace Change book – Diary of a Team, the Real Story Behind Implementing Successful Teamwork. His training and human resources roles have influenced market leaders such as PMP Communications, Wilke Color and Pacific Publications.

    Other speakers include Neal Bown, leading industry sales coach and industry business consultant David Le Ferla.

    The NSW Minister for Regional Development, Small Business and the Illawarra, David Campbell, will open the conference.

    Controversial UK print company CEO, Sir Nigel Pemberton, will speak at the Thursday night welcoming reception.

    The conference will feature segments on Succession Planning, Risk Management and an Industry Debate – Taking Care of Customers.

    Bowral’s Mercure Grand Hotel will host the conference from 11-13 September.

    Day 1 provides a late afternoon registration and the welcoming reception. Day 2 is a full business conference and concludes with the Printing Industries annual dinner and membership awards presentation.

    Day three boasts a relaxation program offering fly-fishing, visits to the Bradman Museum and local wineries, bushwalking and hotel leisure.

    For Bookings and more information, contact Que Nhi Luong at Printing Industries on (02) 9248 7300 or by e-mail:

  • Apple ships new Power Mac G5

    The dual 2.0 GHz Power Mac G5 will ship late this month, as planned. Apple also announced that it has received orders for over 100,000 Power Mac G5s since its introduction on June 23.

    “The Power Mac G5 is a big hit with customers and developers,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “The two single processor Power Mac G5 models are available now, so we wanted to get those into customers hands as soon as possible, and we’re right on track to deliver the dual 2.0 GHz Power Mac G5 later this month.”

    Powered by the revolutionary PowerPC G5 processor designed by IBM and Apple, the Power Mac G5 is the first personal computer to utilize 64-bit processing technology for unprecedented memory expansion and advanced 64-bit computation, while running existing 32-bit applications natively.

    Delivering the industry’s highest system bandwidth, the Power Mac G5 line offers dual 2.0 GHz PowerPC G5 processors, each with an independent 1 GHz front-side bus, for an astounding 16 GBps of bandwidth. The line also features the industry’s highest bandwidth memory (400 MHz 128-bit DDR SDRAM with throughput up to 6.4 GBps); the industry’s fastest PCI interface available on a desktop (133 MHz PCI-X); and cutting-edge AGP 8X Pro graphics capabilities, all within a stunning new professional aluminum enclosure featuring innovative computer-controlled cooling for quiet operation.