Archive for July, 2004

  • Heidelberg, Xerox, Presstek and FOLD Factory feature in the 2004 InterTech technology awards

  • Speedmaster 52 with Inline Die-Cutting from Heidelberg.

    Designed to meet the needs of small-format commercial markets, a rotary inline diecutting unit for the Speedmaster SM 52 lets printers finish 20-inch work on the press in a single pass at press speed (up to 15,000 sheets per hour). The diecutting unit can handle finishing operations such as scoring, slitting, punching, or perforating. Stocks of any thickness can be scored, up to the maximum that the Speedmaster SM 52 can handle. Dies are mounted with magnets instead of clamps, and waste is removed automatically. “Perfect for the printer who is finding more and more customers asking for elaborately finished small-format work,” noted a judge.


  • Applause No-Process Thermal Printing Plates from Presstek.

    Users of the Applause no-process digital printing plate consistently mentioned excellent press performance and print results along with significant savings in platemaking operations. The plate consists of a hydrophilic ceramic coating (titanium carbide) applied to an ink-receptive substrate (polyester film). A thermal laser physically removes (ablates) the coating to reveal the ink-receptive image layer. Plates go directly from the platesetter to the press. Besides eliminating multiple plate processing steps, the technology also eliminates all cost centers associated with purchasing, storing, using, and disposing of chemistry. As one judge said, “You can see the innovation in this truly processless plate.”


  • Xerox iGen3 Digital Production Press

    The xerographic color press delivers new dimensions in imaging, paper handling, and process control to meet the demands of high-quality, short-run, four-color, and variable data printing at reasonable prices. The press offers a cost-effective alternative to offset in the short-run color market. The Xerox SmartPress Technology includes automatic makeready and collation, the ability to mix stocks within a run, built-in intelligence to maintain color and registration, and variable information printing. Most notable to this year’s judges were the print quality and inline finishing capabilities. “The quality is here—along with customer service,” said a judge.


  • The SPLOX “Speed Loading Box” by BOISE

    This ergonomically designed paper delivery system significantly reduces the risk of musculoskeletal injury while improving the speed at which workers can access, transport, and load office paper into equipment. Third-party testing has indicated 47% productivity improvements. Developed with extensive customer input, the SPLOX system features an integrated handle, gives direct access to 2,500 sheets of reamless paper in a fast two-step opening process, and features corrugated layers to protect paper from damage, moisture, and dust. One judge expects the system to have a notable impact on quick-turnaround digital printing centres.


  • NovaJet 1000i with Intelligent Mask Technology and Rapid Evaporation Drying System from Encad.

    The NovaJet large-format inkjet printer delivers speed, image quality, and economic production. It features printing speeds of up to 150 square feet per hour in photo quality and uses a dual-component drying system that eliminates the need for a print hanging area and allows immediate lamination. A dynamic print masking technique lays down ink in a randomized pattern for each color, and the single pigmented ink set offers the flexibility to print images for long-term indoor applications as well as UV- and water-resistant images for durable outdoor displays. Said one judge, “This is designed for the professional commercial print environment.”


  • FOLDRite by The Finishing Experts Group Inc.

    A first-of-its-kind industry resource and the product of seven years of intense field research, FOLDRite is the most comprehensive brochure folding classification system ever created. It aims to standardize the folding process by establishing naming conventions and clarifying folding terminology. In offering the potential to standardize the language and math behind mechanical brochure folding, it helps pave the way for JDF integration and other technological advancements in postpress and prepress. “We should encourage this standardization,” remarked one judge. is the digital companion to FOLD:The Professional’s Guide to Folding available from print21Online Book Club. uses the folding compensation formulas from the Guide to build you a ready-to-use Adobe InDesign or QuarkXPress template in whatever custom size and style you need.


  • FloClear Fountain Solution Recycling System from FloClear,

    Using a combination of filtration, separation, and adsorption technology to trap contaminants, FloClear cleans and restores the fountain solution used in web and sheetfed press dampening systems to a fresh-mixed condition. Adopters report extending the usable life of their fountain solution for six months or more; not needing to change fountain solution when switching between hybrid, UV, and conventional inks; being able to run metallics and white inks without changing fountain solution; and significantly reducing the cost of hauling away waste fountain solution. More than one judge said, “I’m going to buy it!”


  • Genicap Supergraphx graphics productivity software
    Genicap Corporation

    This revolutionary series of software plug-ins and stand-alone products uses a recently discovered algorithm (the Gielis Superformula) to simplify the core technology used to define and create simple and complex shapes, both symmetrical and nonsymmetrical, in 2D and 3D. The software significantly increases the speed of design generation and production. In addition to enhancing a designer’s creativity, the software improves workflow by reducing file size by as much as 1,000 times, making it easier to work with and transfer graphics files. As one judge remarked, “Brilliant! It’s off the charts in terms of innovation.”


  • Hammermill Color Copy Gloss from International Paper

    This gloss-coated paper can reliably run in electrophotographic printers and copiers. It overcomes the shortcomings of blistering and feeding jams in equipment, giving small and medium-size commercial printers the flexibility of digital printing as well as photocopying on a gloss sheet. The patent-pending high-quality paper has an aqueous undercoat layer and an aqueous overcoat layer. Small and medium-size commercial printers now have an efficient, cost-effective way to take on short-run jobs on gloss stock. “There is a phenomenal amount of technology (10 years) in this paper,” said a judge.


  • Rollin Stabil-X Offset Blanket Technology from MacDermid Printing Solutions

    The first significant advancement in blankets since the arrival of the compressible layer in the 1960s, Stabil X replaces traditional nitrile rubber and cotton fabric with polymers and high-tech synthetic fibers. The bottom line: consistent print quality over the blanket life (twice that of a traditional blanket), fewer blanket changes, no sinking and re-torquing, reduced blanket consumption and blanket wash cycles, unmatched dimensional stability, and more environmentally friendly than any other blanket on the market. According to one judge, “This is the future standard for blankets.”


  • Vision 3 Engraving Head
    from Max Daetwyler Corporation

    The engraving head is the core of a gravure cylinder engraving machine. The VISION 3 head increases publication and packaging printer productivity by using electronic sensing and the highest engraving speeds available to provide both speed and cell depth. Advanced electronics also make possible a new level of hysteresis correction, and the head also features digital midtone correction. The VISION 3 is compatible with engraving equipment already in production, and it can be retrofitted to other machines. “It provides the quality of security printing,” noted a judge.


  • CONFIRM Service from the US Postal Service

    The Postal Service’s Confirm Service provides mailers with near real-time knowledge about where their incoming and outgoing mail is in the mailstream. Mailers use a special PLANET Code barcode on their mailpieces. When mail pieces with PLANET Codes are processed, electronic records are created that can be sent directly to the mailer or accessed online from a website. Mailers also have the option of “seeding” their mailings with PLANET-coded pieces (e.g., one per mail tray) rather than printing the codes on every piece. “This is a huge benefit for the direct marketing industry,” commented one judge.


  • PersonalEffect XMPie, Inc.

    This modular software suite makes it possible for direct marketers and corporate marketing professionals to efficiently create dynamic, variable documents for cross-media use. Output streams can be generated for print, email, the Web, and mobile devices. The software (uPlan, uCreate, uProduce) separates personalized document design into three independent, yet ultimately integrated, activities: design, logic, and data. This separation permits correcting or revising one element, (e.g., the database) without disturbing another (e.g., the design). As one judge put it, “It simplifies the entire process for anyone; I haven’t seen anything that makes it as easy as this.”
    Xmpie is distrubted in Australia and New Zealand by Fuji Xerox.


  • Candidate of the Week – Charles Hayes, graphic reproducer

    I have 25 years experience with colour reproduction, for many, if not all, print processes, along with 10 years of production management experience. During my career I have also accumulated five years of account management / sales experience.

    My career highlights would include being requested to produce special colour reproductions for the Sydney 2000 Olympic posters along with a special accreditation gained by Arthur Boyd for producing “the best colour reproduction of his work he had ever seen”.

    I now specialise in all facets of production management and would look forward to bringing my skills and adding value to any prospective organisation/

    For further information and to initaite a dialogue with Charles email him at

  • Two new engines from Océ launch digital mid-production battle.

    With the pre-launch of two new machines this week, the black and white VP2110 and the colour CPS900, the company is staking out territory away from its traditional ultra-high and very-high volume market into one where up to one million copies a month is more the norm. It is squarely targeting market leader Fuji Xerox, which last week launched its iGen3 and Nuvera products into the marketplace.

    Océ describes this target market as a cross between corporate enterprises, made up of print rooms and document production centres, plus standard walk-up printing facilities and commercial printers offering full or partial digital services. World demand for machines to these markets is expected to hit nearly 40,000 units in 2004, with steady growth predicted for the coming years.

    Tim Saleeba, marketing manager, digital document systems, (pictured on right with Steve Wilson, business unit director) says Océ has identified a number of key trends in the mid-production market.

    “This is a market which produces from 150,000 to one million copies per month,” Saleeba says. “It involves shorter runs of more complex jobs, such as manuals with tabs, books with covers and mailing inserts. It also includes long runs of simpler jobs and familiar tasks such as straightforward copying, collating and stapling.

    “There is also a growing convergence of black and white and colour as companies realise the increasing importance of colour to their corporate documents.”

    The two machines previewed at the company’s St Kilda Road showroom this week will spearhead Océ’s assault. Operating at 105 impressions per minute, the Océ VP2110 is a system that the company projects will emulate the success of its highly popular Océ 3165, released in the mid-1990s.

    “What makes the Océ VP2110 such an impressive machine is its delivery of outstanding productivity to the print floor through its ability to perform all functions at full engine speed,” says Saleeba. “It can RIP information and perform collating and finishing tasks at a constant print speed of 105 impressions per minute. It even has a ‘Print While RIP’ feature so that printing is not delayed until a multi-page document has been completely ripped.

    In the colour market, the CPS900 throws out a broad challenge in an arena that is seeing many more competitors apart from Fuji Xerox such as HP Indigo, and newcomers Ricoh and Konica Minolta.

    “The CPS900 achieves consistent colour automatically, without calibration, for printing on a wide range of media choices on sizes up to oversize A3,” Saleeba says. “This means users can rely on colour consistency for such specifics as corporate colours, logos and brand reproduction. Your jobs can be printed on machines as far apart as Melbourne and Milan, this year or next, on paper or textured card, and still achieve identical colours.”

    The reproduced image is created in a single step without using a light source. The toner image of each required colour is transferred onto an intermediate drum and then onto the paper in a single pass.

    Saleeba says the consistent colour performance of the Océ CPS900 is the result of trademarked Océ Colour CopyPress technology developed over years of research.

    “Océ Colour CopyPress allows the complete seven-colour toner image to be ‘pressed’ onto the paper for consistent, high quality colour – with a single layer of toner fused at a lower temperature. Because it uses virtually no silicon oil, there’s no excessive surface shine, so prints come out with an offset look and feel and with no cracking of toner during folding.

    “Output is achieved with a print resolution of 600 dpi which results in sharp, photo-realistic images. We consider this to be imperative for professional document production environments whether printing onto embossed, textured, or coated paper – even overhead sheets.”

    “Operators can also utilise heavier media – up to 250gsm – while maintaining full engine productivity with A4, A3 and oversized papers. The machine will produce up to 1,000 oversized sheets in one run, without operator intervention. Duplexing, when required, is automatic on all media,” he says.

    The Océ CPS900 operates at a constant print speed of 30 x A4 (15 A3) images per minute, no matter what the media.

    Both Océ systems utilise a shorter paper path than conventional xerography systems, which the company claims virtually eliminates paper jams and results in further productivity.

    The Océ VP2110 and the Océ CPS900 will have a September market release in Australia.

  • Ray Bounsall joins Ferag Australia as senior sales manager

    “We are very pleased to welcome Ray to the Ferag team at a time when the Lüscher CTP series continues to go from strength to strength,” said Markus Haefeli, Ferag Australia managing director. “We have been experiencing very solid growth in the electronic prepress sector since we expanded our operations into CTP. Ray’s appointment will provide us with valuable experience and expertise in this field.”

    The expansion of Ferag Australia’s support for Lüscher comes in the wake of a successful drupa 2004 exhibition for the Swiss-based manufacturer that included the 500th worldwide sale of its XPose! thermal CTP system. The company also launched its largest platesetter to date, the 32-page XPose! 190 CTP device that can image plates up to 1500 x 2100mm in size.

    “The Lüscher systems are clearly an exceptionally well-designed and made product, as you might expect from a Swiss engineering company,” said Bounsall. “They encompass everything from entry-level four-up systems right up to some of the largest platesetters on the market and they incorporate some unique features that make them ideal for high quality production work in the commercial and packaging markets.

    “I know that since Lüscher was introduced a few months ago, the response from users in Australia has been very positive indeed. There have been a number of key installations to date with more to come and I am confident that we can continue to build on this success.”

  • Clancy . . . over flow . . .the best bits . . .funnies

    Today (Thursday 29) it’s at the company’s showrooms in Brisbane at 12.30 and 5.30, where the team, led by Sue Threlfo, national production business manager, will demonstrate the benefits of the new black and white ‘daughters of DocuTech’ print engines.
    Other stops are:

  • Canberra – Tuesday 3rd August – Midday
  • Perth – Thursday 5th August – 12.30 and 6 p.m.
  • Adelaide – Tuesday 17th August – Midday and 6 p.m.
  • If you go along you’re automatically in with a chance to win a digital camera. To book your place RSVP to – identifying the session time that suits.


    Rohan Holt’s automatic layout calculator for ganging up printing jobs on a single plate, Metrix, will be distributed by Optimus Deutschland throughout Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. Sydney-based Holt is the original inventor of SuperImpose, the product that was adapted and renamed UpFront when it was acquired by ScenicSoft in 1999. It looks as though he’s still got that winning touch.


    The integration of NexPress and Versamark into Kodak’s Graphic Communications division is proving a mixed blessing for the imaging company. Figures released for the second quarter, which includes the first two months of NexPress ownership, reveal that although sales revenue for the two products soared to AUD$125 million (up 99 per cent) R&D and integration costs saw it result in an overall loss of $50 million.

    The division also includes Encad and the company’s 50 per cent stake in KPG.


    Expect legal fireworks following a German court’s decision that Baldwin has a valid patent on its cooling combination. The ruling clears the way for Baldwin to pursue patent infringement claims against its competitor, technotrans AG. The cooling combination technology, which Baldwin says forms the backbone of its multifunctional CombiLiner systems, has been the subject of a patent dispute between the two companies in German courts since 2002.


    A 22pp public information booklet in the UK on coping with terrorist attacks, Preparing for Emergencies – what you need to know, will have an initial print run of 25 million. Published by the Home Office it provides practical advice on what to do in case of a terrorism attack. Project managed by printing company Howitt, which was rescued from the terror of receivership in February, the booklet will be sent to all households in the UK as part of a Aud$20 million campaign to help the public prepare for terror attacks and other emergencies.


    And finally . . . . this from Andy McCourt, only the names have been changed to protect the guilty.

    Melbourne Zoo acquired a female of a very rare species of gorilla.
    Within a few weeks, the gorilla became very
    cantankerous and difficult to handle. Upon examination, the Zoo
    veterinarian determined the problem. The gorilla was on heat.
    To make matters worse, there were no male gorillas of the species

    While reflecting on their problem, the Zoo management noticed
    a big lad and a recent Sydney addition to the southern capital responsible for fixing the Zoo’s
    Bruce, like many rugby league supporters, never tired of telling people how well he could satisfy a female of any species.
    So the Zoo administrators thought they might have a solution. Bruce
    was approached with a proposition. Would he be
    willing to have sex with the gorilla for $500? Bruce showed some
    interest, but said he would have to think the matter
    over carefully. The following day, he announced that he would
    accept their offer, but only under three conditions:

    “First,” he said, “I don’t want to have to kiss ‘er.”

    “Secondly, you must never ever tell anyone about this.”

    The Zoo administration quickly agreed to these conditions, so they
    asked what was his third condition.

    “Well,” said Bruce, “You gotta give me another week to come up with the

  • Industry conference and 1st PrintNSW Business Achievement Awards

    New South Wales will join the other states in holding its own printing awards beginning this year. It has decided to break with the precedent of hosting Pica-style recognition of quality in printing, opting instead to focus on rewarding business success.

    It leaves Victoria as the only state that has not instituted its own industry awards.

    The Printing Industries NSW Conference and inaugural Pica awards will be held from Thursday 9 to Saturday 11 September at Peppers Fairmont Resort, Leura in the Blue Mountains.

    Regional Manager, Jim Hopwood, said the conference theme, Enrichment, Environment, Education would be central to all the presentations and workshops. “This theme is central to the key areas the industry needs to embrace if it is to increase profitability and move forward,” he said.

    NSW Regional President, Scott Telfer encouraged all sectors of the industry to attend. “We understand the pressures of business. We urge you not to miss out on this fantastic opportunity to listen to outstanding speakers and network with peers in your industry,” he said.

    The conference program begins with another first, the inagural Presidents Cup Golf Tournament on Thursday afternoon followed by an informal buffet barbecue in the evening.

    Friday is the business end of the Conference with leading speakers addressing delegates in the key areas of environment, education and training, business performance and employee relations issues including occupational health and safety.

    The day will ends with the Annual Gala Dinner and presentation of the inaugural PrintNSW Business Achievement Awards recognising industry companies who have excelled in environmental, education and training or good business practice areas.
    More information call Printing Industries NSW office on (02) 8789 7300 or e-mail

  • Australian paper price hikes predicted for August

    Merchants are hoping the price rise will stick, citing up to 10 per cent increases in the price of landed paper in recent times. Despite the stronger Australian dollar, price increases in Asia are pushing the market higher. Strong demand, especially from China, and an improving world economy has seen price rises in a number of markets. European mills are expected to follow suit, although they have been less successful in passing on increased cost to their local customers due to the relatively moribund European economy.

    “It has to come. Paper margins have been under pressure for years now. I think the printers will recognise it is justified,” said Simon Doggett, of KW Doggett Fine Paper. He expects most of the merchants will inform their customers of higher prices over the next few months.

    The increased consolidation of the Australian and to a lesser extent, the New Zealand printing market, makes it more difficult for paper merchants to pass on price rises. Larger printing companies have the clout to resist and maintain the status quo.

    Even so, it has been a long time between drinks for the paper merchants and industry observers expect the sector to do its utmost to get some better profit margins into the business.

  • Rebound year for Heidelberg in Australia and New Zealand

    A good result at drupa and a renewed willingness by local printers to invest in presses is powering a revival in the fortunes of Heidelberg Australia and New Zealand (HAN). The largest supplier in the industry is predicting a return to profit this year on the back of improving sales figures and $74.6 million in forward orders.

    According to Andy vels Jensen, managing director HAN, (pictured) sales orders and installations of press units by the company are expected to reach 450 units this year, a major turnaround on the 340 units in 2003. The result reverses a trend that has seen the numbers of press units installed by the local industry collapse from the high point of 520 units in 2001 and 480 in 2002.

    “This is the biggest year in five years for us. Business is still tough and it is difficult to make money. But we are still the lucky country. Elsewhere the industry has dropped like lead over the past three years. Although margins are still under pressure in our region the erosion of the street price for presses seems to have bottomed out. This is good news not only for suppliers but for printers who have seen the value of their assets, the superannuation fund on the press floor, deteriorate in recent years. Although there are still good deals to be had, some stability appears to be returning to the market,” he said.

    The erosion of the street price of press units along with the decline price of printing is a worldwide trend with Australia and New Zealand escaping the dramatic falls that have devastated the industry elsewhere. Even so the street prices of half-size presses here have dropped by 15%, larger units are down 9% and the A3 market fell by 12-14 %. While this has provided printers with cheaper new equipment, it is a double-edged sword, compounding a decrease is the asset value of existing presses. Any further drop in press prices is likely to see more printing companies move into critical asset/debt ratios.

    “Australia is the lucky country compared with the collapse in Germany and the USA over the past three years where profit on printing has dropped by as much as 90%. Of ten leading printers in Germany only one was profitable during that time,” said vels Jensen. “Surprisingly New Zealand has proven to be one of the most stable markets in the world. Why? I’m not sure, perhaps because it is more export oriented, or because as a small country the industry is more aligned with the economy.”

    He points out that New Zealand was in the forefront of the long perfecting revolution that has changed the face of the industry over the past five years. This is an area where HAN dominates the local market with over 90 % of the 50 long perfecters (450 printing units) installed.

    The good result for HAN also translates into prepress with the company selling 160 Prosetter 52s platesetters so far this year. Finishing equipment has remained relatively unaffected by the changes over recent times.

    Changing face of Heidelberg

    The company that vels Jensen is predicting will return to profit this year (not counting a transfer pricing payment of $11 million), is vastly different to the one he inherited five years ago. In an era of cost reassessment he has closed the company’s high profile showrooms in Melbourne and cut in the number of employees, although he is quick to point out that HAN still has by far the largest service division in the region. He is now facing the remainder of the year without the profitable web press division, which represented 15% of the company’s turnover. The division’s five employees, led by industry veteran Jim Wand, will transfer to Goss this month. He also no longer has a digital division following NexPress’s departure to Kodak.

    Instead he is focusing on the company’s core sheetfed market as the major growth sector and the continuing development of a three-year initiative to provide added value in key account management.

    “It is a changing industry. Companies are getting bigger and requiring different services from us. We have five consultants who are able to provide an audit and benchmarking for companies, identify bottlenecks and suggest ways to improve and where they should be going in the future. It is important that we, and our customers, understand the total business,” he said.

    Key account management looks at ways to improve such areas as production and labour costs, paper wastage and optimum time to write off equipment as well as provide strategic investment advice. So far over 30 of the company’s largest customers have availed themselves of the service, which is a key part of HAN’s future.

    Other key products for HAN’s future prospects include the continuing rollout of the workflow system, Prinect. With the arrival in October of the MIS module Prinance, the company will have the only single-branded end-to-end workflow in the industry. As the integration of computer integrated manufacturing (CIM) continues in the printing industry, this is an area where the company’s sees it has a strong strategic advantage.

    A renewed resistance to the impact of digital printing is also on the cards, now that the company has exited the sector. The promotion of fast-changeover small offset, such as the SM 52, combined with the polyester CTP on the Polysetter, as an economical alternative in the short run, print on demand market is likely to strike a chord with many Heidelberg customers.

    Other areas of business development areas towards which the company is looking include the flexo industry, although this project is still under wraps.

    Following a testing time, not only for the company, but also for the industry as a whole, there appears to be positive signs of a recovery. “There is some sense that the industry has bottomed out. And while the shake-out will continue, I think we can expect some improvement,” said vels Jensen.

  • Job of the Week – Paper specifiers and sales reps, Sydney and Melbourne

  • Victoria: Specifications Representative
  • NSW: Specifications Representative
  • NSW: Sales Representative
  • The successful applicants will require a sales or design/advertising background with prior paper knowledge and experience preferred. You will be outgoing, confident, possess strong presentation skills, along with the ability to show initiative and willingness to develop new customers.

    Remuneration will be by negotiation.

    The Company carries a wide range of quality local and imported papers and services an extensive customer base in the Victorian, NSW and Qld markets.

    Interested parties should forward an application together with a current C.V. to
    Simon Doggett
    KW Doggett Fine Paper
    P.O. Box 8219
    PRESTON VIC 3072



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  • Challenge of Change for NZ Printing Industry

    The conference brings together one of the most impressive cast of presenters ever. According to Warren Leslie, president of the Printing Industry of New Zealand, the business forum represents a major initiative in the association’s mission to grow the businesses of its members.

    “We must do our utmost to align our members with the constantly changing business climate, legal climate, technical developments and demand patterns. In the Challenge of Change you will get to meet and hear experts who can tell it like it is, who can present an expert commentary on key drivers of change and who can guide us towards industry best practice.”

    The forum will be made up of three distinct streams; Technological and Manufacturing Trends; Business Challenges, looking at economic and legislative changes affecting business decisions such as investment, skill development and the ever changing face of industrial relations
    ; and the Print Industry Consumer Interface, which latter will focus on issues arising between designers, consumers, print buyers and the players within the print industry.

    According to Joan Grace, chief executive of the association, the three streams represent strategy, systems, and staff – the three keys to progress. “The Challenge of Change will give you a better insight into your performance in those areas. It is sure to assist you in lifting your business profitability.”

    Among the topics that will be addressed by the heavy-weight line-up are: New Technology – what this means to the future of
    Print (Andy Tribute); Focus on Folding (Trish Witkowski), Economic Revolution in New Zealand (Andrew Gawith), PrintNet Benchmarking Online (Gary Donnison), Bad Design, Good Print (Al Robertson) and Digital Proofing – How Do You Make the Choice? (Ross Gilberthorpe).

    A full PDF brochure can be downloaded from the event entry on the Print21Online calendar (left).

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  • Adkote picks up NUR Macroprinters agency for Australia and NZ

    dkote, based in Sydney, will sell the NUR Tempo flatbed inkjet presses, the
    NUR Fresco series high throughput wide-format inkjet presses and the NUR Ultima HiQ wide-format inkjet production printers throughout Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the South Pacific Islands. It also plans to distribute inks, solvents and spare parts for the entire range of NUR Macroprinters equipment.

    Adkote has its headquarters in Sydney and a branch office in Melbourne.

    Commenting on its new relationship with NUR Macroprinters, Ian Cleary, General
    Manager of Adkote, said, “We believe NUR Macroprinters manufacture outstanding equipment with the quickest return-on-investment in the wide-format inkjet production printing segment.

    “Adkote’s goal is to bring to the Australian market a mature technology that delivers both production speed and superb image quality at an affordable cost. This is a great opportunity for the Australian and New Zealand print markets – NUR is the leader in quality, reliability, versatility and print performance.”

    According to Amir Kleinstern, managing director of NUR Asia Pacific there is good potential to expand in the Australian
    market, where the company already has a strong user base. “We are convinced that our product portfolio is particularly well suited for the specific needs of wide-format print service providers in Australia. Our decision to partner with Adkote, a well established player in our market, was taken in order to improve the logistics and technical infrastructure we can provide current users of our equipment and future customers in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.”

    NUR Macroprinters is a supplier of wide-format inkjet printing systems used for the production of out-of-home advertising materials. NUR customers include commercial printing companies, sign printers, screen printers, billboard and media companies, photo labs, and digital printing service providers.

  • Australian/US colour management joint venture

    The new company, Chromaticity Australia and New Zealand, is an outgrowth of the long-standing cooperation between DES and Chromaticity which has seen its US-based personnel conduct seminars and presentations in Australia

    “The response was so positive,” says Crowther, “that both Chromaticity and
    DES decided to expand operations in the region. I am delighted to be on
    board to bring Chromaticity-standard colour consultancy, training and support
    services to Australia’s and New Zealand’s graphic arts community.

    “The demand for professional support on colour issues is huge and there are many smaller players providing good services addressing ‘bits’ of the puzzle, but only an international company such as Chromaticity, backed locally by the considerable resources of DES, can address the complete picture,” he said.

    Managing Director of DES, Ian Clare is enthusiastic about the joint venture; “ It doesn’t stop just at consultancy, training and support,” he commented. “ Chromaticity is a highly innovative company, with unique intellectual properties. We will be using standardized Chromaticity methodology in Australia and New Zealand, in a vendor-independent environment.”

    Peder Nelson, President of Chromaticity Inc. commented; “The evolving nature
    of our business necessitates a global presence and we are pleased to partner
    with a strong well-managed company like DES, enabling our company to
    establish the presence required to properly serve Australia and the Asia Pacific

    David Crowther can be contacted by email on:

  • Griffin Press to stay in South Australia

    A company source said the report in Monday’s Adelaide Advertiser (which was subsequently picked up by trade media) caused consternation among the company’s 300 workers and unions. He confirmed that PMP Printing , the parent company, has been in negotiations with the South Australian government for some time over its search for a greenfield site, but said that it has no plans to relocate Griffin Press to Sydney.

    Griffin Press is believed to be in line for $30 million of the $124 million investment in equipment promised by David Kirk CEO earlier in the year. The company’s current premises are unsuitable for the installation of major new book producing equipment due to access and noise issues. The high cost of South Australia’s electricity supply is also considered to be a factor in PMP’s discussions with the state government.

    Griffin Press is one of Australia largest and most prestigious book printing companies. It is the only corporate identity to survive the amalgamation of numerous printing companies into the giant PMP Printing.

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    Lavishly illustrated throughout with an excellent glossary of industry terms, the 9th edition has new sections on digital prepress and digital print technologies, plus practical tables to help you choose the right process for a particular job.
    Now covering all commercial print applications, including packaging, transactional, brochures and publishing it will rapidly become your most referred to work. Written in clear no-jargon terms by Dr Sean Smyth, PIRA International’s senior print consultant The Print and Production Manual – 9th edition is the definitive reference work for the industry.


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  • Koni Neuhofer takes on Agfa’s regional newspaper business.

    “We are on the verge of CtP being accepted as the product of choice for newspaper printing. A lot of the smaller sites have already turned to CtP but the major metropolitan dailies are now looking more seriously at it,”he said in a press release to announce his new position.

    High changeover costs have slowed down the rate of conversion for larger organisations. However, Neuhofer believes that is changing with the development of violet laser imaging.

    “I firmly believe that violet is becoming the industry standard in newspaper CtP. It’s the most cost-effective solution because of the longevity of violet lasers and you don’t have the replacement costs or downtime associated with other laser technologies,” he explained.

    Agfa has already had newspaper sales of its violet laser models of both the Polaris platesetters and its new Advantage entry-level devices.

    Neuhofer hopes to bring more focus to the newspaper group, which he admits has been a little fragmented. “I am looking forward to the new challenge of this role. We are in the process of putting together a strong team dedicated to newspapers so that we will have a more focused approach to this part of the print industry,” he explained.

    “We need to keep listening to our customers and continue developing close associations with newspaper printers,” he said, “so that we can build more co-operative relationships and understand what our customers want.”

    As well as maintaining Agfa’s core products, Neuhofer believes the company is in a good position to grow new technologies such as CtP and automated workflow.
    Internal development of new technologies, such as Agfa’s Arkitex prepress-to-production workflow management system, is also important, says Neuhofer.

    “Arkitex is a home-grown product. Our continuing in-house R&D is one of the reasons why Agfa is the leading provider of workflow solutions in newspapers.”

    As Neuhofer looks forward to the new challenges ahead, he is optimistic about the company’s future success in the newspaper industry.

    “Agfa is able to offer the end-user a choice because we offer a variety of products and a variety of CtP solutions and we can tailor these specifically to our customers’ needs,” he explained. “We’re not just a one-product family.”

  • Down for the count basysPrint picked up by Punch

    Due to financial problems production had reportedly ceased at the basysPrint factory at the end of June. It resumed after Punch International, owner of the Xeikon digital press and Strobbe Graphics prepress came to the rescue.

    basysPrint is the company that developed the technology to expose conventional printing plates by the use of UV-light, instead of using more expensive CTp specific plates. This enables the use of conventional printing plates instead of Today basysPrint is the worldwide technology leader with more than 500 installations.

    Punch International sees basysPrint as an ideal addition to its portfolio. Guido Dumarey, CEO of Punch:” This take-over fits in perfectly with our strategy to acquire unique technology. basysPrint was the first and today still is the only one to have proven technology for the CTconventionalP-market.

    “basysPrint’s activities and technology are complementary to those of our CTP daughter company Strobbe Graphics. These two companies will be working closely together.”

    Friedrich Lüllau, President of basysPrint: “With Punch International basysPrint has found a partner, with which we can strengthen and enlarge our market position. The usable synergies of both companies are very diverse and will bring tremendous benefits to our products and to our customers. This will clearly strengthen our common market position.”