Archive for May, 2005

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

    Some of the larger press suppliers are unhappy, to say the least, with CPI’s decision. Andy vels Jensen’s Print Award’s speech in front of over 1,200 guests was liberally sprinkled with acerbic asides as he took aim at what he termed the ‘hi-jacking’ of visitors from the show. Along with others he feels the investment his company makes in promoting an equipment-packed stand is being undermined by the decision to shift the focus away from the Exhibition Centre. “If this is the way it will be you have to wonder what is the future of PacPrint,” he said.

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    There’s no doubt about it, a little attention from a politician goes a long way. Steve Bracks, Premier of Victoria proved to be a master of the trade show tour on Tuesday night. Leveraging his former position as director of the Vic Printing Industry Training Board, he charmed his way around six exhibition stands in the space of half an hour before, providing plenty of photo opportunities before officially declaring the show open.

    And yes, there was a ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier in the day, but the organisers know where the magic lies.

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    Almost as ubiquitous as wide format printers were the coffee machines around the hall. According to Norman Koslowski, marketing manager of Ricoh, there should be a special prix for the best barrista at the trade show. He is fairly confident he can win as visitors to the stand can drink their coffee while taking it easy in a reclining massage chair.
    It’s tough out there in the aisles.

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    A trade show is never without its traumas and Mark Chinchen at Hyphen had a beauty when his two Canon wide format machines simply refused to function just before the show opened. Providing the basis of his innovative imposition proofing solution the recalcitrant pieces of kit baffled Canon’s service engineers who were all over it like a swarm. “An error message keeps coming up, but it isn’t the right error message,” commented Chinchen wryly.

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    And finally . . .

    In Japan, they have replaced the impersonal and unhelpful Microsoft error messages with Haiku poetry messages. Haiku has strict construction rules.

    Each poem has only 17 syllables: 5 syllables in the
    first line, 7 in the second, and 5 in the third. They are used to communicate timeless messages, often achieving a wistful, yearning and powerful insight through extreme brevity.

    Instead of making you want to throw your computer out the window, they have a calming effect.

    For example:

    Yesterday it worked. / Today it is not working. / Windows is like that.

    The Web site you seek / Cannot be located, but / Countless more exist.

    Chaos reigns within. / Reflect, repent, and reboot. / Order shall return.

    Program aborting: / Close all that you have worked on. / You ask far too much.

    Windows NT crashed. / I am the Blue Screen of Death. / No one hears your screams.

    Your file was so big. / It must have been quite useful. / But now it is gone.

    Stay the patient course. / Of little worth is your ire. / The network is down.

    A crash reduces / Your expensive computer / To a simple stone.

    Three things are certain: / Death, taxes and lost data. / Guess which has occurred.

    You step in the stream, / But the water has moved on. / This page is not here.

    Out of memory. / We wish to hold the whole sky, / But we never will.

    Having been erased, / The document you’re seeking / Must now be retyped.

    Serious error. / All shortcuts have disappeared. / Screen. Mind. All is blank.

  • Book Club –

    A new edition of Pocket Pal is always an event in the printing and graphic arts industry. First published in 1934, this indispensable reference work has long been the authoritative introduction to the graphic arts for artists, designers, publishers, advertisers, students and buyers of printing. It has also proved to be a handy reference guide for printing professionals.

    Pocket Pal is the ultimate argument solver, jam packed with facts, figures, diagrams and illustrations of all major imaging processes. It provides concise and detailed information on prepress, press and post press, with individual sections on paper and a graphic arts glossary. Readers will find information on types and typographies, including proofreading, type, colour charts and digital prepress.

    The 19th Edition is edited by Frank Romano, RIT School of Print Media (Michael Riordan, RIT, Assistant Editor) and builds on the millennium edition’s initiative to bring digital printing into the mainstream of the industry’s reference. The result is a thoroughly up to the minute reference work that also retains the solid background knowledge that has made it such a favourite for generations.

    Pocket Pal is easy to read, an inexhaustible resource, and provides printing and graphic arts professionals with the wherewithal to fully understand all facets of their industry.

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    To buy Pocket Pal: Graphic Arts Production – New 19th Edition and to browse the Print21Online Graphic Arts Library click here:www.bluelinemedia.com.au/index.cfm?pageid=shop&productType=1

  • Job of the week: Flexographic Printer, Sydney

     
    Continued growth has created a full time day shift position, for an experienced flexo printer operating a Mark Andy 4200 8 colour in line press and its many attachments.
     
    The role demands an eye for detail, therefore candidate is technically strong, enjoys the detail & quality outcomes.
    Candidate by nature is a team player, yet will be proactive in their overall approach. Exposure to water based ink systems, prepress and mounting advantageous.
     
    Competitive salary, modern working conditions and environment, with career advancement through internal opportunities offered to the successful candidate.
     
    Applications: Fax or Email your resume to Roland Corlet;
    Fax: 02 9771 9095
    www.papercoaters.com

    Email resumes to
    rolandc@papercoaters.com.au

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  • Live @ PacPrint 05 – Kodak is getting it all together

    On hand to assist in the festivities, Kodak’s director of marketing and business development in the Asia Pacific region, Andre Boers (pictured right), was forthcoming about the company’s new direction. He insists that as soon as the Creo acquisition is complete, print providers will then have available to them a single destination for all of their graphic arts needs.

    “In light of our acquisitions over the recent years, the GCG will form one face for the customer,” says Boers. “For digital presses we have NexPress, for wide format we have Encad, for digital ink-jet technology we have Versamark, and for the workflow and prepress side of things we will soon have Creo. These are complemented by Kodak’s existing range of film and plates.”

    Kodak’s PacPrint stand is a huge display that brims over with examples of technology from all the company’s different arms, but the latest range of plates is what will draw the most interest from graphic arts operators.

    Visitors can view a wide collection of thermal plates that includes the SWORD Ultra, a new solution designed to cut process time and energy use and offer 1-99% resolution at 250 LPI, with run lengths of over 150,000 impressions.

  • Live At PacPrint 05 – IPP sells its first SPanthera 106 LER

    The SPanthera 106 LER was launched only last month in Europe and the USA, with its standout features including a new-generation die-cutter in 760 x 1060 mm format size, a production speed of 9,000 strokes per hour, an innovative ORSIS feeding system with independent feeder drive as well as a host of other productivity improvements.

    Visitors to the IPP stand are also being treated to a working demonstration of the supplier’s comprehensive range of finishing solutions. Starting with the Herzog & Heymann M7 with Bograma, the production line is sandwiched in the middle by MBO T800 with reverse delivery, and then top ended by MBO T530 with Palamides automatic delivery.

    In other IPP news, the graphic arts supplier has chosen PacPrint as the time to unveil its new corporate identity. As of July 1, IPP will be adopting a new logo that is comprised of the well-known letters of its global parent group MAN, placed beneath a three-dimensional silver metallic arch.

  • Live @ PacPrint 05 – GSA secures future of CTP with violet imaging

    In little over 12 month’s of its existence, GSA has already locked down the sale of over 50 CTP units across Australia and New Zealand, with the highly successful B1-size violet-light CTP system receiving the most attention. The Luxel V-9600 is on display at PacPrint with a single cassette autoloader, the machine running live to allow visitors to observe its high productivity, impressive image quality and low cost of ownership and servicing.

    GSA also backs the Luxel V-6 CTP as an affordable system for the B2-size market, with business manager for electronics Terry Crawford (pictured right) affirming the enormous potential violet imaging offers to the future of CTP processing. “We are secure in the knowledge that violet-light is what is going to take us into the future, and we haven’t hesitated to put our full weight behind it.”

    While GSA will continue to pioneer in the area of violet-light imaging, its mission statement also entails bringing a diverse range of Fujifilm visible light and thermal imaging devices to the Australian market.

    The Luxel T-6000 CTP III is a thermal system targeted for the four page B2-size market. It features an enhanced method of automatic continuous operation, as well as an automatic drum balancing system that allows different plate sizes to be imaged without the need for automatic adjustments.

  • Live @ PacPrint 05 – Fuji Xerox cranks up the iGen3

    Fuji Xerox is hailing the high-end press as the breakthrough to redefine the digital colour production market, by bringing together the look and feel of offset with the flexibility, speedy production and viability of digital. A number of additional features have been bolted on to the latest iteration of the iGen3: a 10 to 20 per cent increase in speed, enhanced software that allows the press to fit more pages on the productivity belt, as well as an ability to print on larger paper stocks and perform finishing duties.

    The machine’s product manager Henryk Kraszewski (pictured right) is only too happy to sing the praises of the iGen3, emphasising the 400 patented innovations that have been specifically developed for the digital press. “The iGen3 press is a result of our relentless effort to help our customers be more productive and grow their businesses with digital printing technology,” he says. “Our commitment is to continue to improve the technology to broaden their opportunities.”

    The iGen3 isn’t the only machine on display however, as Fuji Xerox aims to service the entire digital-print market, from the low-end providers up to the very top. PacPrint represents the first Australian showing of the Nuvera 120 Production’s basic finisher module, providing inline stacking and stitching, while the DocuTech 180 Highlight Colour is also new to the market, a speedy cut-sheet colour printing system capable of churning out 180 A4 pages every minute.

  • Live @ PacPrint – DES launches its new range of Monitors

    DES has unveiled on its PacPrint stand its exclusive distribution deal with Quato, providing it with a soft proofing medium to augmnent its EFI hard copy solutions. The solution is based on the unique quality of TFT-display technology.

    Developed with the needs of the graphics arts in mind the integrated direct USB-hardware calibration adjusts to whitepoint, gamma and luminance with 30 bit precision, based on 36 bit numerics.

    At a time when the industry is mivng towards an acceptance of soft proofing the quality of monitors and their abliity to be easily calibrated is becoming crucial. The Quato Intelli Proof 21 is a sophisticated software and hardware solution that ensures highly precise proofs.

  • Live @ PacPrint 05 – Canon lends a hand to the Red Cross

    Australian Red Cross CEO Robert Tickner arrived at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre on Tuesday afternoon, meeting with Canon Australia managing director Shuichi Tsukahara (pictured right) to accept the organisation’s donation of 350,000 printed pages.

    The spotlight of Canon’s PacPrint stand has also been directed upon its solutions that stretch right across the graphic arts workflow. The focus is shifted away from raw tech specs and directed instead towards identifying each printer’s unique business needs, and addressing them with a tailored mix of hardware, software and services from both Canon and its third-party partners.

    According to Canon Australia marketing manager Steven Brown, the software used to facilitate the Canon workflow are as equally important as the printers themselves. “Printing is the easy bit, it’s what happens before that proves to be the most difficult,” he said. “With our tailored software solutions, we’re allowing printers to move from the beginning of the workflow right to the end without any of the hassles.”

  • Live @ PacPrint 05 – Bottcher gets into the swing


    Inviting visitors to the stand to work off some kilos and calories on a rowing machine, he subsequently raffles one off every evening. The first one was won by Colin McKerrow of WinPrint, Launceston, while Graham Hogan claimed the prize of $100 for having the best time. Print21 publisher, Patrick Howard, was on hand to draw the prize on the first night with the team from Bottcher.

    It’s all to do with the Bottcher products boosting performance without the side effects. Clever promotion.

  • Live @ PacPrint 05 – Quote & Print goes online with QPONLINE V7

    The latest version features a secure service facility that speeds up print buying process by allowing customers to frame their own printing quotations.

    Printing companies with a range of validated customers can now grant them access to quoting procedures that cut the hassle of ordering print. Aimed at shortening the supplying cycle and eliminating administration costs, the new Quote & Print facility is set to revolutionise the way printers deal with their customers, according to Dave Bell, creator of the industry benchmark business–to-business software.

    “If a printer is dealing with 20-30 agencies on a regular basis, he can allow them to shortcut the buying cycle by placing orders online. They know how much the job is going to cost and the printer is making it easy for them to do business with him. Eventually everyone is going to be ordering over the web,” he said.

    In launching Version 7 of QPONLINE at next week’s PacPrint, Bell maintains that more than 250,000 lines of new, locally written, computer code have gone into the new software. It provides a complete internet solution for printing companies delivering such crucial elements as credit card ordering over the web, job ganging, and production integration.

    “What makes the software unique is its seamless interface with the Quote & Print back end. This means that all the print orders that flow through it do not require any extra staff to process. It is a major step forward in automating printing businesses,” he said.

    First released at the previous PacPrint 2001, QPONLINE has undergone four years of continuous enhancement based on user feedback and recent internet developments. According to Bell, the new version provides printers with an even more powerful tool to automate the entire ordering process.

    “There is no doubt that having internet ordering and tracking capability will become more necessary in the future. Printers looking at moving into the space need to have a world-class product that has strong local support. Quote & Print is in a unique position to deliver,” he said.

    Quote & Print is exhibiting at stand 1416 at PacPrint

    More details at: www.Quote&Print

  • Live @ PacPrint 05 – CyraChrome delivers the Soft Proof Challenge

    CyraChrome has answered its own challenge to provide an accurate and affordable virtual proofing solution, assembling an all-in-one package that consists of ORIS Color Tuner, Epson inkjet printers for hard copy output and the latest high-quality LCD flatscreen monitor used to bring the proofing challenges to life from specialist-manufacturer Eizo.

    CyraChrome managing director Michael Laird is confident that the selection provides the complete proofing package. “This is a complete, high quality soft proofing system, combining the best the industry that the industry can offer in terms of software, hardware and media. We challenge anyone at PacPrint to find a more cost-effective and accurate solution.”

    The other big star on the CyraChrome stand is the new version of the Octopus X4 wide-format UV printer from Czech manufacturer Grappo. While the X4-360 BIG is cut from the same cloth as its Octopus predecessor, it can now print at 3.4-metres wide and is restricted to roll-to-roll production.

    (Pictured left to right:CryaChrome’s Russell Robertson, Roman Marek and Ivana Jemelkova from Grappo, Mat Barusel from CyraChrome.)

    The new Octopus retains its ability to print on a wide range of elaborate substrates, many examples of which are available to take a squiz at on the CyraChrome stand.

  • Live @ PacPrint 05 – Heidelberg sets its sights on A3

    Heidelberg’s stand at PacPrint ’05 is a broad offering of the company’s solutions-based approach. Glenn Plummer, Heidelberg Australia’s General Manager of Marketing and Product Management says, “Heidelberg’s success over the years has arisen not from standing still, but moving forward. We innovate and adapt, and this, I believe, is one of the reasons why we maintain leadership in our markets. Likewise, we recognize that our customers face similar competitive challenges. Our aim is to offer customers not just the best machines in their class, but also a comprehensive support network which optimizes machine performance, and thus, business performance.”

    The company has chosen to focus on its A3 products, leaving the unveiling of its large XL105 to a later date. Touted as one of the largest A3 display by the company at any exhibition anywhere in the world the PacPrint stand is an impressive display of firepower. According to Shane Hanlon, product manager A3 the range addresses a wide sector of the industry. Usually associated with small to mid-size companies now larger enterprises are also turning to smaller machines in order to meet shorter run requests not able to be filled on their larger format presses.

    The centerpiece of the Heidelberg stand is the Prinect Experience. Based on the model shown at drupa’04, Heidelberg Australia is inviting visitors to take the Prinect Experience Tour. Centered on the JDF/CIP4 protocol and electronic job ticket concept, this interactive tour enables customers to observe the actual use of production and management data as they move through each step of the print job. In eight stations participants will see job acceptance to prepress, automated imposition and colour control to press and post press set up, finishing with billing, reverse costing and reporting. Visitors can book onto a tour, every 15 minutes.

    At PacPrint there are a number of Heidelberg firsts for Australia and New Zealand, enabling customers who did not attend drupa to see this technology for the first time. Says Andy Jensen, Managing Director, Heidelberg Australia and New Zealand, “Once again Heidelberg has made a significant commitment to showing operational machinery at PacPrint. That’s what people come to see and the expo caters to all comers. Print company owners, CEO’s, shop floor people and print buyers are able to access much of what Heidelberg is about without leaving the stand”

  • PacPrint Hot Picks! Andy McCourt picks his standout products of the show

    HOT PICKS HOT PICKS HOT PICKS

    Amazing Azura – Agfa’s plate of the future
    It’s here, the plate you do not need to process with chemicals. The only waste is a bit of gum and rinse water – about 20 liters per 300m2 of plate. Using patented ThermoFuse technology where the 830nm thermal laser of a regular CtP system fuses the particles in the image area; a negative working aluminium plate is ready after a quick gum rinse to wash off the non-image area. Suited to print runs of up to 100,000, Azura has already been adopted by Sydney’s Lionheart Offset and Melbourne’s McLaren Press. It’s the greenest way into quality platemaking.

    As Agfa’s Garry Muratore comments; “Printers these days are looking out for eco-friendly solutions. Azura is a vindication of Agfa’s R&D in this direction and we are the first to offer a real commercial chemistry-free, non-ablative plate.

    Thermal CtP the fast way – Lüscher in double figures
    CtP manufacturer Lüscher has entered double figures in Australia with the sale of its tenth XPose Thermal CtP setter, and it’s no ordinary machine. The XPose160 on the Ferag booth (222) is a 128 –laser version, the fastest made for imaging an 8-up plate in as little as 90 seconds. The innovative drum design of the XPose machines makes them very accessible and the all-thermal approach keeps platemaking nice and simple, and of course precise as would be expected of a Swiss manufacturer.

    After PacPrint, the XPose 160 is bound for a Melbourne printer who obviously needs to make a lot of plates! Big hitters from Ferag Lars Janneryd and Roger Corney are here to back up local Ferag folks Fritz Kistler, Steve Collyer and Ray Bounsall.

    Hyphen’s Inkjet Ingenuity
    Being an Australian inventor and manufacturer may seem like a hiding to nowhere to some but not Mark Chinchen of Hyphen (booth 922). He’s taken Canon large format inkjet engines and made them do tricks. First is a flatbed machine capable of printing on thick media up to 50mm; even straight onto stretched canvass. The chassis, software and design is by Hyphen, the inkjet engine by Canon. A special Black ink can be used to image Screen printer’s mesh. On show is a 610mm (24”) model but a 1118mm (44”) model is coming.

    Also from Hyphen is the ‘doppelganger’ dual-sided printer using two Canon W8400 engines rigged on a chassis and driven by Hyphen software for either imposition or double-sided banner printing at 2400dpi. Great Aussie inventiveness.

    A3 Offset press – Heidelberg makes an ‘eight’ out of the 52
    The trusty Speedmaster 52 can hardly be described as ‘small offset’ in its eight-colour guise. It’s a beauty. With one installed at CJ King, Perth, there are sure to be many more after PacPrint. When fed by CtP and a PDF workflow, the SM52-8P is a short-run 4/4 multicolor powerhouse and can take on non-variable digital presses at a much lower cost-per-impression; and with offset quality. A lot of the goodies from the B1 long guns have filtered down to the A3+ world.

    Whilst with Heidelberg, I have to mention ‘Plates on Demand’ – an option with Printect CP2000. If a plate scuffs up or becomes otherwise unusable, the press operator him/herself can hit one button and – bingo – a new plate is produced automatically. Brilliant thinking!

    Big, bold and cutting-edge – Bobst’s SPanthera 106LER
    Now die-cutting may not sound exciting to many but without Bobst you could be pouring your cornflakes out of a brown paper bag instead of a nice folding carton. This is a world first showing outside of Switzerland and so impressed ColorPak, they ordered it on the spot. With engineering like a Swiss watch but power like a team of bullocks, Diecut-meisters Bobst have done it again, may we say ‘a cut above all the others?’ See it doing its thumping thing on IPP booth 322.

    Flatbed Grand Format – Columbia Turbo triumphs
    One of the most exciting displays at PacPrint is the Inca Columbia Turbo working on the Sericol booth (1200). This baby is hu-u-uge and can image up to 3.2m x 1.6m on almost any substrate at up to 160m2 per hour. Inks are UV cured so there is no need for overcoat or lamination. After PacPrint, this one heads up to Brisbane where Screen printer Colorcorp will have it running by week two of June. Sericol’s Jeff Hand says 130 Columbias have been installed worldwide but this Turbo model is a first for Australia.

    “Oddly enough, screen printers who have installed Inca Columbias have experienced an increase in their regular screen process work too,” he said. It’s beautifully engineered and there are no solvents to worry about with Sericol Uvijet inks. Brisbane might have the first but we guarantee the other capital cities will have theirs before too long.

    HP Indigo 5000 – serious digital printing
    The HP Indigo demonstrations are drawing five-deep crowds. Perhaps it is the excellent print quality, snappy look or speed but in the HP Indigo 5000, we have a digital press that uses liquid ink, has advanced paper handling that real printers like and can print on a range of substrates familiar to printers. Reviewed in May Print21 Magazine, the HP Indigo 5000 may just hit the mark with offset printers wanting to go digital, but in territory they feel comfortable with, and from a supplier who knows offset and digital because he sells both.

    Whether the variable data option is taken or not, it’s still a great A3+ press for short runs, ultra-fast makereadies, pile delivery and it slots into existing finishing capabilities.

    A2 Offset press –Shinohara makes sense
    Also on the colourful Currie stand and seen for the first time outside of Japan, Steve Dunwell and Bernie Robinson are justifiably proud of the new Shinohara 75 – 5c medium pile five-colour press. It’s so compact; most A3 printers could move up a level and stay in the same premises. It’s packed with advanced press features normally found on long B1 perfectors. Auto plate changing, auto ink control using the X-Rite colour bar scanner, double-diameter transfer cylinders for highly accurate perfecting and at 15,000sph, it’s very quick. All this for around $250,000 less than you would expect to pay for a 5-colour A2. Make ready can be down to 6 minutes with the automation options. Curries can bundle the Shinohara 75 with ECRM CtP and Polyester plates for a complete turn-key operation.

    By the way, Curries booth (504) shows what trade exhibitions are all about! It’s bright, stacked with working demos and just plain fantastic, right down to the truck for roadshows.

    GTI’s practical solution for soft proofing
    Father and son Fred and Robert McCurdy are on Kayell’s booth 1026 with a whole range of American-made GTI Graphiclite colour viewing products. However, it’s the Soft-View D5000 that caught our eye as it solves the problem of assessing colour between hard-copy and monitor displays. The operator adjusts the light intensity of the Soft-View with the hard copy proof and matches the CRT or LCD display so no mistakes can be made in colour approvals. It’s a simple concept but, as with all GTI Graphiclite products, executed with extreme precision.

    X-Rite’s super-fast spectro
    Over on the ColoRite Equipment booth 732 is the first showing of the X-Rite DTP70-Monaco Profiler bundle. From under $8,000 (standard version), highly accurate ICC profiles can be created at lightning speed – the DPT70 reads an entire ECI2002 chart with over 1,350 colour patches in a couple of minutes. Bundled with Monaco Profiler, it’s a complete package for colour management in proofing, press fingerprinting and large format and even comes with an Optix monitor calibrator.

    For value and time-saving in ICC profiling; it’s hard to beat.

    A0 size large format – Canon’s W8400 on steroids?
    The new Canon W8400 gets its first airing at PacPrint and it is amazing to see it churn out a big A0 in 2.2 minutes (depending on mode), at 2400 dpi. It really speeds up large format display printing and proofing at 1118mm (44”), if speed is your priority. Canon has extended the gamut of its six-colour inks and droplet size is down to four picoliters (millionths of a litre), for fine resolving power. It’s a good looking machine with big 330ml ink tanks and prints edge-to-edge; but it’s mainly the sheer speed that gets it into the PacPrint Hot Picks.

    Short run labels – Mimaki’s marvel
    Peter de Maagd of DGS Mimaki (booth 352) is enthusiastic about prospects for Mimaki’s approach to digitally printed and die-cut labels – a separate cutting station rather than all-in-one. However, a new system links the plotter to the cutter in a tandem system that delivers roll-to-roll labels die-cut in any shape ready to peel. The Mimaki JV3755P solvent printer prints the stepped-up labels in vibrant colours and the roll then traverses to the CGML75 cutting station. The clever FineCut3 software enables the printer and cutter to ‘talk’ to each other and the result is a short-run adhesive label system that has to be a great profitable business opportunity.

    Hudsons foils ‘em and creases ‘em
    Two Hot Picks stand out on the AE Hudson booth (805). The FoilTech machines make producing metallic foil up to A3 sheets a breeze. A mono laser toner image is made from a printer and the sheet is fed into the FoilTech unit where the foil is ‘attracted’ to the toner and the black becomes gold! Goods news is, the foiled sheet can pass through a laser again, so if foiling letterheads, they can be printed in a laser printer, no problem.

    From $3,500 – $11,000 these babies are sure to bring in the gold in more ways than one! Creasing goes high-tech with the Multigraf Tri-Creaser and Microperforator. Beautifully engineered, the creasing ribs are colour-coded for light, medium and heavy stock and creases applied to digital print (notorious for cracking) are clean and sharp. Great finishes from Hudsons!

    Avery’s substrate for vehicle graphics
    The little Smartcar Coupé being repeatedly decorated on the Avery booth is using Avery’s MPI-A 1005 material with EZ-Apply adhesive. Applicator David Newman makes it look so easy as he transforms the car into a mobile billboard using a thermal airgun and a heck of a lot of skill. MPI-A 1500 can be printed on all solvent inkjet machines but it’s the material that’s the Hot Pick. Pliable and long-lasting, MPI-A1005 can be re-positioned during application and removed for up to five years later if you want to go back to plain paint job and sell the car! A great visual demonstration that adds heaps to the appeal of PacPrint.

    PacPrint 05 is a huge show, filled with great products. Watch out for more of my Technology HotPicks in next week’s Print21online Hot Picks.

  • National Print Awards 05 – the complete list of prizewinners

    The glittering affair saw 28 gold medal winners honoured on stage, as well as the winners of the three sponsors’ awards. Chairman Alf Carrigan told the sell-out crowd that the awards were never in better shape, with more sponsors, more entries and more support from a broader section of the industry.

    He affirmed that the decision to align the NPA with PacPrint had contributed to the success of both, and paid tribute to the volunteer committee that runs the competition.

    Highlights of the night were the three sponsors awards:

    Agfa Gevaert Award presented for the Most Innovative Use of Imaging in Printing.

    Winner Drago Zorec of D&D Global Group (centre) with Bruce Blythe, MD of Agafa Asia Pacific (left) and Garry Muratore (right) marketing manager graphic systems.

    Heidelberg Australia Award is presented for Excellence in Craft.

    Winner Stephen Norgate of McKellar Renown Press (left) with Alf Carrigan (centre) chairman NPA and Andy vels Jensen (right) managing director of Heidelberg Australia.

    Australian Paper Award is presented for Print Excellene by a 3d or 4th year printing machinist apprentice.

    Wayne Stanistreet of Australian Paper congratulates winner Jarrod Orr of Lilyfield Printing who has completed his final year at Sydney Insititute, TAFE Ultimo.

    The NPA gold awards are as follows:

  • Adams Print
  • AMR Hewitts PrintPackaging
  • Australian Print Workshop
  • BPA Print Group
  • Collotype Labels
  • Digi We Doo
  • Finewrap Australia
  • Finsbury Green Printing X 2
  • Hannanprint – NSW
  • Lamb Print
  • Magnascan
  • Manark Printing
  • McKellar Renown Press
  • Note Printing Australia
  • Offset Images
  • Platypus Graphics
  • PMP Print Moorebank
  • Print Works (Queensland)
  • R A Printing
  • Scott Print X 2
  • Securency
  • Selby’s Flags & Banners
  • STS Creative Printing
  • The Nondescript Press
  • Toth Bienk & Associates
  • Webstar X 2
  • The NPA silver awards are as follows:

  • Australian Print Workshop
  • Avon Graphics
  • Bambra Press
  • Bolton Inprint
  • BPA Print Group
  • CFL Print Studio
  • Charles R Gabb & Co
  • Collotype Labels
  • Colourcorp
  • D&D Global Group X 2
  • Finsbury Green Printing X 3
  • Fivestargrafx X 3
  • Gaston Renard X 2
  • Hannanprint – NSW X 2
  • Imatec Imaging
  • Inprint
  • John Herrod & Associates
  • Johns’ Print Centre
  • Lorimer
  • McKellar Renown Press
  • Newstyle Printing
  • Offset Alpine Printing X 3
  • Peachy Print Australia
  • Penfold Buscombe X 3
  • Pettaras Press
  • Placard
  • R A Printing X 3
  • Rawson Graphics
  • Scott Print X 2
  • SEP Sprint
  • SEP SPrint (Australia)
  • Super Labels
  • Taylor’d Press
  • The Cleveland Printing Company
  • Van Gastel Printing X 3
  • Vega Press
  • Webstar
  • The NPA bronze awards are as follows:

  • Adams Print X 2
  • BPA Print Group
  • Chippendale Printing
  • Craft Printing
  • Finewrap Australia
  • Finsbury Green Printing X 2
  • Gaston Renard
  • Hally Labels
  • Hannanprint – NSW X 4
  • Hannapak
  • Labelmakers (Aust)
  • Lamb Print X 2
  • Lilyfield
  • Lilyfield Printing
  • M Gallery
  • MacDonald & Masterson Printing X 3
  • McKellar Renown Press
  • Offset Alpine Printing
  • Peachy Print Australia X 2
  • Pemara Labels Australia X 3
  • Penfold Buscombe X 2
  • Pettaras Press
  • Picton Press
  • Pilpel Print
  • Platypus Graphics
  • PMP Print Qld
  • PMP Print Moorebank
  • Print Bound X 3
  • Printgraphics
  • Printing Authority of Tasmania
  • Red Rover (Aust)
  • Rodenprint & Rat-Pack Packaging
  • Rodney Robertson & Associates
  • Scott Print X 3
  • Securency
  • SEP SPrint Australia
  • SNP
  • Sony Music Printing
  • Southern Cross Visual
  • Standard Publishing House (Aust)
  • STS Creative Printing
  • Taylor’d Press
  • The Duha Group & Docklands Press
  • Time Colour Graphics
  • Toth Bienk & Associates
  • Van Gastel Printing X 3
  • Vega Press
  • Visualcom
  • Webstar X 4
  • Gary Donnison, CEO of Printing Industries, to exit the industry

    At the National Print Awardsceremony, president of Printing Industries, Peter Lane, paid tribute to the contributions made by Donnison and expressed the Association’s best wishes for his future. His departure comes at a time when the Association is facing serious challenges and is attempting to assert itself in areas such as training.

    A strong advocate of centralising the functions of the Association, Donnison leaves with the state-based structure intact. National director, Phillip Anderson, is expected to take on the role of acting-CEO while a new executive is found. It is a role he is familiar with; this will be Philip’s third time perfoming the task of keeping the ship on course while a new captain is enlisted. Donnison’s tenure provided a period of relative stability for the Association following a stormy passage in the mid-1990s when two CEOs were dismissed.

    Gary Donnison will travel overseas when he leaves in mid-June.

  • Visitors aplenty on the first day of PacPrint 05

    A strong showing of suppliers at this year’s PacPrint has provided a boost to the prospects that the industry has put its worst times behind it. Following some very tough years, the four-yearly show has come around at the right time in the calendar, with suppliers going into it with bulging order books.
    Despite severe pressure on margins and the usual pre-show order drought, the general tone of the exhibition is one of optimism.

    Victorian Premier, Steve Bracks, (pictured right with David Currie at the Currie stand) officially opened the show on Tuesday night, following a tour of the hall. His attendance was welcomed as a sign that the government recognises the importance of the industry. As a former CEO of Print Training in Victoria he was in a position to appreciate the changes that have reshaped the industry in recent years.

    According to Andy vels Jensen, managing director of Heidelberg, PacPrint is continuing to play a vital role in attracting attention to the industry, from investors, the government and the pubic at large. “If we cannot put on a good show once every four years then we cannot expect to others to recognise us or to invest in our industry,” he said.

    Heidelberg and the Currie Group are the largest exhibitors of presses at the show, their stands attracting the lion’s share of attention with regular demonstrations. Elsewhere the large format and signage industry suppliers are everywhere, providing clear evidence of the shift in technology since the last show.

    Digital presses and processes continue to shape the direction of the industry, with Fuji Xerox giving the lead with the announcement of three sales of its flagship iGen3 press, while Océ agressivelt staked its claim to be a leading contender in digial colour with the release of its CPS 700 .

    Soft proofing is very much the buzz of the moment with CyraChrome, KPG and DES all launching high-end products into the space. At the same time the number of proofing engines from Epson, Canon, HP and Agfa continue to increase. Soft proofing may eventually supplant hard copy proofs, but not yet, and not for some time to come.

    The show will have a late night tonight (Thursday) and will close on Saturday.