Archive for April, 2006

  • Excitement grows for National Print Awards

    The National Print Awards are set to take place at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, on May 12. Organisers are urging those in the industry who have been deferring their arrangements to act quickly to avoid disappointment, as bookings will be closing this Friday April 28.

    Scott Telfer, chairman of the National Print Awards, says this year’s event is set to be bigger and better than ever before, living up to its reputation as the industry’s ‘night of nights.’

    “The night is shaping up to be one of the biggest in Sydney for many years and in particular being a Friday night, many people are making it a part of a long weekend in Sydney,” says Telfer.

    Channel 10 news presenter Sandra Sully will host the National Print Awards presentation dinner, and the event will also feature entertainment from acclaimed impressionist and comedian Paul Martell.

    All medal-winning work will be on display in the foyer before the start of the dinner, providing the industry with a first-hand look at the work from companies that excelled in the industry over the past year.

    As well as the gold awards, the presentation will also feature the special ‘sponsors’ awards, including the PaperlinX Award for ‘printing excellence by an apprentice’, the Agfa Award for ‘most innovative use of imaging’ and the Heidelberg Australia Award for ‘excellence in craft’.

    Attendees will receive a complimentary 96-page award book, valued at $35, listing all winners of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. The organizers say the publication will make for a prized memento of the annual event.

    Prices for tickets are $135 per head and tables of 10 will be allocated in order of booking.

    Invitations can be obtained by visiting and downloading a registration form.

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  • Lance Duncan becomes NIPPA’s first lifetime member

    David Harrison, current president of NIPPA, made the announcement at the recent members and sponsors function in Melbourne on March 31.

    Harrison confirms the announcement was an extremely popular one, recognising Duncan’s outstanding contribution both to the association and to the wider in-house printing and publishing industry.

    Duncan was nominated by NIPPA members from Victoria, who had the following to say in the letter supporting his nomination:

    “Lance Duncan is literally father of what we now celebrate as NIPPA. He initiated the first local, Victorian group of Tertiary print managers at Footscray TAFE in 1981. He got a list of the names and details of print room managers like himself and contacted them with a view to sharing their experiences.

    “During his time at Ballarat University, where he worked since 1977, he managed to always keep a very close and personal interest in the association through its many name and personnel changes. It was Lance that provided the necessary leadership and direction when the association found itself biting off a bit more than it could chew financially in the late nineties. It was Lance who started the ball rolling with many of the sponsors we have today.

    “His hallmark is his genuine interest in each and every one of us as a member and importantly as a person. He is always generous with his time and advice to those of us who needed it. He is seldom judgemental but always supportive.

    “He always maintained that we had to be professional and a have commercial attitude if we want to be taken seriously by your organisation.

    Lance retired from the industry two years ago, and spends his time with his wife Cherie and their many grandchildren, as well as travelling and getting involved with his local community in Ballarat.

  • Industry identity passes on

    Norm Grace, father of well-known Heidelberg trainer, Greg Grace, started his business career as a photoengraving camera operator and after the second world war changed to a photo lithographer. Working for several Sydney based printers including the legendary John Sands, Norm joined the Sydney Tech College in 1948. During his 28 years teaching at the Tech he has taught many thousand camera operators. He retired as Head of School, School of Graphic Arts in 1976.
    Norm passed away peacefully in sleep on ANZAC day. He was 87 years of age
    His funeral will be held Thursday 4 May starting at 10:30 am in the Camellia Chapel at the Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium, corner Delhi and Plassey Roads, Macquarie Park
    For more information please contact Greg Grace on 0419 331 015

  • Carter Holt mill manager jumps to Australian Paper

    David Goldthorp, current chief operating officer at Australian Paper, will resume his previous role as executive general manager for strategic development at parent company PaperlinX.

    The new COO Jim Henneberry has worked in the top job at Carter Holt Harvey’s New Zealand Whakatane board mill since 2004. Hailing from the US, Henneberry originally joined Whakatane from Carter Holt’s parent company, International Paper, to oversee a $62 million upgrade of the mill.

    Henneberry’s decision to switch over to Australian Paper follows the $3 billion purchase of Carter Holt Harvey by Graeme Hart late last year.

    David Shirer, manager of corporate affairs at PaperlinX, says there is no definite timeline for the management changeover at this point.

    “PaperlinX is pleased with the impending changes,” says Shirer. “We’re bringing in additional expertise to the company while also retaining our existing senior management team, which is a great outcome for us.”

    Goldthorp’s new role will support the continued strategic development of PaperlinX, as well as overseeing a number of operational and commercial initiatives. The position will see him working three days a week.
    Tom Park, CEO of PaperlinX, says Goldthorp’s time at Australian Paper has allowed the company to define a clearer strategic direction, as well as providing the essential building blocks for the future of the business.

    In addition, a strong management team has been formed and a stronger commercial position developed,” says Park. “I am confident that the change process that was commenced under David will continue and this will see Australian Paper return to profitability and meet its return targets.”

  • HP Designjet schools programme spreads its wings

    The HP Designjet schools programme is the brainchild of Nelson Ferrari, sales and marketing manager at HP, who established the initiative with the intention of allowing the designers of tomorrow to learn on the best technology available today. When he first announced through Print21Online the offer of a wide format machine to any school with a bona fide graphic arts curriculum, he was inundated with applications.

    To date HP has donated more than 50 Designjet large-format printers to educational institutions around the country. Ferrari confirms the criteria are expanding to include any secondary school, college or TAFE that makes an impressive contribution to the Australian design community.

    “Many schools are unable to afford the latest technology,” says Ferrari. “This program enables students to output their work to a professional standard. In my opinion it is critical that students have access to the same platforms on which they will work when they graduate.”

    To apply contact Nelson on the link below and tell him why your school, or your children’s’ school, should get a free Designjet.

    Interested schools should contact for guidelines.

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  • The definitive digital IPEX 2006 – magazine article

    If ever there was a trade exhibition where digital processes sat comfortably alongside traditional ones, IPEX 2006 was it. Just about every digital press vendor has adopted a ‘Unified offset and digital’ approach, although it was Xerox who used the term openly and had workstations set up to take Prinect, EFI, Creo and other offset workflow files seamlessly into its own Freeflow. Why would you want to do this?

    Well, going digital is no longer about…going digital. You don’t just ‘go digital.’ Just as you once might have installed a 2-colour GTO or a jobbing press as an adjunct to production – and then made decisions on which press jobs should go on based on run length, format, capacity and economics – the main game now is to view a digital press in the same light. If it makes sense to route a 500 x SRA3 sheet job to a digital press, so be it. The customer is unlikely to give a fig. The only fig that matter is the ‘figures’ – the bottom line.

    At IPEX, big offset printers ordered digital presses to sit in their press halls like a bunch of Chelsea supporters ordering pints after a win. It’s an easier decision now since workflows, and some MIS systems, will talk to each other. This means that your Prinect, Apogee, TrueFlow, Kodak Prinergy, Pecom, EFI or whatever CtP workflow you currently use, can direct jobs to the digital press in a unified manner.
    Shopfloor data – essential to capture in any automated workflow – is a lot easier to snare from a digital press – as easy as ‘hits’ on a website. Add this ability to your offset and finishing with end-to-end JDF or similar, and what you have is an enterprise-wide workflow and management information system that empowers business owners and managers as never before.

    But watch out…the digital press might (will) creep up your production chain and be the choice for more and more work as runs continue to go shorter.

    Beijing roars with HP

    One of the surprise announcements of IPEX was HP intends to work collaboratively with Beijing-based Founder Electronics on research and development of digital front-ends and Founder’s ElecRoc workflow, to optimize it for integrating HP digital press workflow with virtually any CtP or CtF workflow – including the proofing devices. In the deal – announced on the penultimate day of IPEX – Founder also assumes distribution of HP presses and consumables in China. It also helps that Founder manages the EasiPrint franchise chain in China – already HP-Indigo users. Founder is a $4 billion turnover group we have heard little of in Australia but will undoubtedly figure in future HP workflows.

    HP’s remarkable IPEX display covered it all – from A4 slow inkjet, to fast SRA3 digital with Indigo through large format aqueous and solvent up to 5 metres and industrial solutions for labels and plastic cards. All digital, all linkable in one workflow and integratable into offset CtP/CtF digital environments. A true ‘graphic enterprise.’

    Canon can – and will
    The gong for gung-ho at IPEX has to go to Canon, with some justification. At its press conference the day before IPEX opened – delivered by what sounded like the male cast of Eastenders – world domination in both sheetfed digital and large format was portended. Backing its hubris with fact, no less than 75% of Canon’s IPEX offerings were launches – never before seen openly. The star was the imagePress C7000VP (the product ‘X’ teased out pre-IPEX). At time of writing, sixty had been sold, with two, maybe three heading for Australia according to national manager, production & graphic arts, Kit Andrews (pictured on right with Steve Brown, Canon graphic arts marketing manager.). “One has been sold to an offset printer for integration into his workflow, and one to an all-digital printer,” he told Print 21.

    The imagePress C7000VP looks great as boxes go but Canon is emphatic the ‘box’ is secondary to the way in which it wants to change, support and partner with the industry. Looking at it as a 70 ppm (A4) CMYK digital press is not enough. It’s slower than iGen, Xeikon and HP Indigo but what you get for your $350-$400K is much more than a box. Partnering closely with EFI, Canon has access to some of the most advanced workflow and server software – including W2P (digital storefronts).

    EFI president Fred Rosenzweig – a most welcome guest at the Aussie-Kiwi BBQ puts it thus: “It is a fallacy for any lithographic printer to believe that getting a digital press and sitting it next to their litho press to do any ‘little jobs,’ will make them profitable in the long term. Soon printers will be producing over 100 digital jobs a day instead of 4 or 5 litho jobs. So, we have to find new ways of working, new ways to interact with our customers. The key to making money in this industry is to automate the interface with the customer – the Digital Store Front.”

    This theme was amplified on the Screen display – complete with aerial rope acrobats – where ‘automate for profit’ ruled the day. Screen launched its TrueJet inkjet press, imaged with Epson printheads. It is aimed largely at the transactional print market but measuring in A4s per minute it is very fast at 420ppm.

    (Pictured) Dave and Judy Bell of Quote & Print made the trip to IPEX to keep tabs on JDF workflow developments and MIS expectations.

    B1 Digital press?
    Every IPEX has its digital curiosities (remember the French-Canadian Elcorsy digital web in ’98?) There must be something about our Gallic friends – they like to go it alone and this time Parisian Inov-Media launched the Jet-Pro B1 sheet size inkjet machine, again powered by Epson heads but with a switch to Xaar in September. Inov-Media’s Patrick Becq describes it as “like a conventional press in all but its print process.” It can print at 60 to 1,100 sph, depending on number of head arrays and, unlike other digital presses, there is no click charge. It looked interesting but when I asked for a demo, all I got was a run through the GUI. Despite pile feeder and imaged sheets in the delivery pile, I didn’t see it actually working once. No mention of variable data either.

    Unlike Xeikon who are going gangbusters under relatively new owners Punch Graphics who also own BasysPrint CtP. They proudly paraded their customer Ravensworth – a UK printer specializing in real estate. Ravensworth average 1.5 million A4 digital sheets a week and the print runs are normally 20-50 copies! That’s 2,000-2,500 make-readies a day. This was a big IPEX for Xeikon and they are definitely over their horrors.

    Xerox personifies unification
    Xerox of course, was IPEX’s biggest exhibitor. The stand was a sight to behold and communicated market sectors brilliantly. It was here the ‘Unified Offset and Digital’ philosophy was best demonstrated. Several workstations were operating many ‘CtP’ workflows and taking files into Freeflow for digital output. Heidelberg’s Prinect featured prominently as this is becoming so popular every time a long Speedmaster is sold. Xerox is no longer trying to position its offerings as competitive to offset – the term now is complementary.

    An excellent demonstration from Xerox USA’s Chris Irick and Hari Prasad along with Fuji-Xerox’s Henryk Krazewski (pictured) clearly showed the bridge between Prinect and Xerox digital printing. It’s another JDF end-to-end solution but when it comes time to decide print, the ‘Y’ junction will route the job to CtP/Offset or iGen3, 8000 etc. Heidelberg offers the same connectivity from Prinect to all digital presses, so this is more than a blip, it’s an established trend.

    The unification of offset and digital was apparent on Xerox in another way. Investigation of an extra long iGen3 showed it had an inline Epic CTi-635 UV/Aqueous coater; more often seen on offset machines. Seeing coated digital print is a must for all sceptics like me. It moves quality and durability up several notches – the iGen3 with inline coater really changes ‘documents’ into quality printed pages. It coats at iGen3 speed either overall or spot using flexo-type plate and anilox rollers, and offers gloss, matt, UV or aqueous coatings. Already Xerox is getting excited about the short-run packaging applications. Worth a mention is the introduction of the iGen3/90 – a 90ppm lower-cost version of its bigger brother – about 20% less.

    Heidelberg is still digital!
    Despite offloading NexPress to Kodak and discontinuing DI presses, it would be wrong to say Heidelberg is no longer in the digital business. With Prinect driving all digital presses as well as CtP, it is just a matter of what boxes bolt onto branches of the workflow. New Prinect integration features fulfill the vision of linking prepress to press – any press. Additionally, connectivity to 3rd party MIS systems offers control over the entire process as never before. Colour is assured with the new Inpress control where Gretag Macbeth spectrophotometers constantly monitor spot targets and relay information back to the press controls.

    A new press based on the CD74 features 5/5 perfecting plus coating both sides, a cold foil module and automatic plate change. Breathtakingly-named the CD74-5+LY-P-5+L; it must rate as the most automated ‘long’ press available and, at 18,000iph is blindingly quick. Do your long runs on this baby, and your short/personalized/variable runs on the digital press of your choice – all from the same workflow and MIS. Now that’s what I call productivity.

    As Heidelberg ceo Bernard Schreirer says; “In most cases (printers) don’t have the right workflow. They are on a blind flight through their business and are wondering why they don’t make any money. The change of mindset will be painful for some; it will really be an education, and some will learn the hard way.”

    Agfa’s got the quick-smarts
    The success of Agfa Graphics since the painful hiving-off of its now defunct photographic business is laudable. Smart thinking, smart products and persistence has been rewarded with deals such as a ten-year exclusive CtP deal with News International. Despite not offering either offset nor digital A3 presses (since the discontinuance of Chromapress), it is Agfa’s dominance in CtP that enables its ApogeeX and Delano workflows to be ubiquitous. At IPEX, software upgrades to support Adobe’s new PDF Print Engine were announced – enabling hybrid CtP+Digital output. Fujifilm also announced support for Adobe’s PDF Print Engine for its Celebrant workflow.

    In the IPEX foyer was a stunning looking jet boat that will attempt the world water speed record later this year – Quicksilver. Agfa is one of the major sponsors of this and the aptly-named boat bears its logo. However, Agfa has not abandoned digital presses – is showed an impressive hybrid Dotrix digital where film was imaged with white ink, variable digitally printed and then finished with Flexo. The hybrid concept continued with its Thieme M-Press screen process/digital amalgam.

    A brief mention of large format – some of the best to be seen at IPEX was coming out of the Agfa Anapurna machines – superb.

    Océ blitzed the speed stakes – at least in mono with 180ppm now in the dust of 240ppm and higher. Océ’s focus appears to be more on the high speed mono and transactional sectors, plus mono books-on-demand where it excels

    Over in a flash
    Like the Agfa-sponsored Quicksilver boat across Lake Coniston, IPEX felt like it was over in a flash. Sure, there were fantastic finishing innovations, advances in substrates and offset, flexo and digital presses but the main message for me was the unification of offset and digital, and the end-to-end workflows that can drive both and talk to MIS systems. This was reinforced on the last but one day of IPEX by Kodak’s Jim Langley in his keynote address; “The future of the graphic communications industry is a mix of conventional and digital technologies. Paper based communication is here to stay, “ he said.

    It’s now a no-brainer for an offset printer to drop a digital press into production and – who knows – we may soon see prosperous digital printers finding a need for CtP and an automated offset press. All because of software and workflow.

    (Pictured) Bernie Robinson (on right) GM Currie Group, discusses digital and offset strategies at IPEX with Gary Livingstone and Don Hayward, Bayfield Printing, Currie’s largest Queensland Shinohara customer.

  • Promentum grabs #1 spot in QLD with Scanlon takeover

    The purchase brings Promentum’s revenue in Queensland to approximately $37 million, with the company now pegging itself as the leading sheetfed provider in the state. The Penfold Buscombe, Scanlon Printing and Octane businesses will continue to operate from their separate sites while a plan is developed to progressively integrate their operations where appropriate.

    Tony Scanlon, managing director and founder of Scanlon and Octane, will become general manager of Promentum’s combined Queensland print operations. He has operated Scanlon Printing since 1993. Octane is a more recent venture that combines digital and offset production.

    Alistair Hill, managing director of Promentum, says the acquisition will provide the company with an excellent scale in Queensland, which he identifies as an under-performing area for its operations.

    “We are confident that our leading market position, technology and expertise under Tony’s leadership will provide a boost for Promentum’s earnings and a superior level of service to our major Queensland customers,” says Hill.

    “The acquisition provides Promentum in Queensland with a significant boost, successful management expertise in one of the country’s fastest growing states, as well as scaleable production capacity and lower operating costs,” he says.

    Promentum expects that efficiencies in operations and economies of scale from the combined group will be generated over time. It claims both businesses fit well with its established Penfold Buscombe operations in terms of equipment, technology and service offerings, and says they will contribute additional annual revenues of more than $15.5 million.

    Promentum purchased the sheet-fed assets and clients of PMP in 2004, and in Queensland integrated these businesses into a massive production facility between Brisbane and Southport. The new acquisition gives Promentum an impressive offset production facility in Brisbane, while Octane will provide it with an immediate digital printing presence in the state.

    “We are in a strong position to continue our leading role in the inevitable, continuing rationalisation of the Australian printing industry, as scale and investment in new technology and equipment is required constantly to stay competitive,” says Hill.

  • 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.


    To buy Pocket Pal: Graphic Arts Production – New 19th Edition and to browse the Print21Online Graphic Arts Library click here.

  • “Loss of Annual Report work inevitable” – Letter to the Editor

    Governments, corporations and many other organisations elsewhere in the world, have been using electronic delivery for distributing statutory information, legal documents and annual reports for some time now. To imply that the decision by the Australian Government to allow corporations to distribute their annual reports in this way is breaking new ground is a load of delusional rubbish.

    To demonstrate the point, here is a link to the Annual Report of General Motors.

    If annual reports are presented in a password-protected PDF file, then they cannot be tampered with. Neither can several other methods of internet information delivery. Has Patrick Howard ever found that his news stories on Print21 Online have been tampered with? I challenge you to demonstrate that this can be done.

    I also dispute the claim that this method of distributing Annual Reports will somehow lead to the use of more paper instead of less, by asserting that each recipient will race to his computer with excitement and bated breath to print out the entire content of the document, the moment that it lands in his/her inbox.

    Let us not kid ourselves. Every last copy of this yearly presentation that consists of a bit of spin, a few numbers and a requirement to meet corporate obligations, is not exactly read with the great enthusiasm by each and every recipient, the way that the issuing company would like to dream about. Most shareholders give it a glance and send it to the recycling bin to keep company with the 90 per cent output of the printing industry already there. Many copies meet this fate unopened.

    Annual reports sent by email in PDF form, or as a dynamic link to the corporate internet server, will be read on screen and perhaps if there is some information of interest it may result in the printing of a page or two. But that would be the exception with most recipients. People these days are comfortable with the idea that they have information on their computer that is accessible, searchable and archivable, without having to convert it into hard copy, unless they want to read it in bed. How many stories, from Print21 Online for instance, did you print out to hard copy in the last 12 months?

    I have been in the printing industry since 1962. I first started in business in 1978, when I set up shop with a beat-up old Rotaprint and a Heidelberg Platten. I only had to print some business cards and put them into letterboxes and “they came”, despite the fact that I was hidden away in a basement with no signage on the building. Those days are gone.

    In the interval, there have been several generations of technological and social change. Some of the changes have been quite traumatic. But running around blowing a lot of hot air won’t do anything to prevent what is inevitable, as Australia catches up with other countries in the developed world. You may attract a little attention for a short while by huffing and puffing, but at the cost of your long-term credibility.

    A more realistic approach would be to seek new markets for a heavily over-supplied industry and perhaps negotiate with the government for ways to assist some less competitive sections of the industry to close down. Part of the problem has been not just the constant stream of new technology, which is always going to continue, but the fact that old machines are sold down the food chain resulting in a second tier of operators who try their luck with the old gear and rely on lower prices in order to attract enough business to survive.

    It is a brave company who sends their old equipment to be melted down instead of turning it into cash, but by not doing so at an industry level, a new layer of competition is spurned in an already over supplied market. However, the greatest force at work here is the fact that the third world is now competing with us for employment and their fair share of resources after being screwed by the developed world for the last 100 years.

    The slaves have arisen and the good times have ‘Gone with the Wind’. Some blame the silicon chip while others blame Paul Keating. But doing so didn’t make a difference. Blaming John Howard will be just as ineffective. Asking us to believe that you can convince him to cancel this legislation for change is like suggesting that a bunch of old compositors should take to the streets with banners aloft, protesting the use of offset printing machines.

    I understand just how hard this loss of annual reports work is to swallow, but you can’t tell me that you couldn’t see it coming. My only point of surprise is that it didn’t happen five years ago. Technology and the resulting social change are like a freight train. You either jump on board and hang on for dear life, or you sit on the track and get run over.

    I have tried both.

    Steven de Vroom

  • One in four graphic arts businesses engaged in packaging – new survey

    Nearly one-quarter of graphic arts businesses, including both printers and trade shops, are currently producing packaging work of some type in house, according to a report from US research organisation TrendWatch Graphic Arts.

    Heidi Tolliver-Nigro, analyst for TrendWatch and author of the report, claims packaging offers significant opportunities for graphic arts businesses that are facing an increasingly competitive marketplace.

    “But the realities of this marketplace mean that, in order for success, graphic arts firms must either make a significant investment in skill sets, workflow, and hardware; or have a keen eye for where they can apply existing workflows with only minimal retooling,” says Tolliver-Nigro.

    “Clearly, a certain percentage of graphic arts firms have figured out the right balance for their businesses and are capitalizing on the available opportunities, but there are clearly missed opportunities and unrealistic expectations, as well,” she says.

    Trade shops have invested solidly in the packaging market, with wide-format inkjet taking precedence over offset and toner-based production. And while the hype rests on toner-based presses for short-run packaging jobs, shops with digital printers were among the least likely to be involved in the packaging market according to TrendWatch Graphic Arts.

    Quick printers were among the most likely to identify opportunities in the packaging market, but were also singled out as having the least involved in the market and the least likely to be making packaging-specific investments.

    The report also examines the importance of packaging in the overall service mix. While the overwhelming majority claim that packaging comprises 25 per cent or less of their operations, 10 per cent are doing 50 per cent or more of their volumes in packaging, meaning there are some major players in the sector.

    While most shops are using offset or digital presses, TrendWatch found that a significant percentage of respondents are using flexographic presses. Large-format printers and inline flexo or gravure units also have a significant presence.

    In addition to the traditional packaging applications adopted by commercial printers, such as folding cartons and labels, TrendWatch claims it discovered that a significant percentage of respondents are producing blister packs, flexible packaging, and other non-traditional applications.

    “Printers & Packaging 2006” is available from the TrendWatch Graphic Arts website at, and can be purchased for $US249.

  • PMP axes Victorian directories division

    PMP will consolidate production on the entire Telstra catalogue over to its plant in Chullora, Sydney, which will now be responsible for printing all 30 million White and Yellow Pages directories every year until 2009.

    The changes will be effective from 1 July 2006, and PMP claims the Chullora site was chosen as the primary production facility for the Sensis contract because it was purpose built for directories printing.

    Brian Evans, CEO of PMP, says the decision to shift the entire directories contract over to the Sydney plant is the result of the company working closely with Sensis over the past several years.

    “The first step was to consolidate all the Sensis Yellow and White Pages printing with PMP, which was achieved in 2004,” says Evans.

    “This next step to consolidate all directory printing at Chullora is essential for PMP to optimise our directories operation and continue to meet our customers needs in a competitive marketplace. Importantly, this will allow PMP to retain all our directories work.”

    The changes will result in the loss of 90 jobs at Clayton. The plant will continue to operate after July, and is slated by PMP to produce magazines, advertising catalogues and other commercial web printing.

    Steve Walsh, assistant national secretary for printing, at AMWU, describes the development as a “bittersweet” decision, for while it guarantees PMP will retain the Sensis contract it will also result in substantial job losses.

    “It hasn’t come as a shock to the union, but it’s always unfortunate when people who have provided loyal service for many years lose their jobs through no fault of their own, but merely as a result of corporations choosing to merge and downsize their operations,” says Walsh.

    “We regret the loss of jobs in Victoria, but we welcome the fact that the printing of the Sensis directories will remain in Australia. This is a positive move for the printing industry.”

  • Speedmaster CD 74 for packaging printers

    Heidelberg highlights the cost and material savings in packaging printing now achievable with high-end offset.

    New opportunities in the field of quality commercial and packaging printing were the focus of the Inforum Special Effects event held at Wiesloch in October 2002. Heidelberg presented new solutions featuring presses from the Speedmaster CD 74 series – now available in a new UV version and with dual coating units – and the Speedmaster CD 102 Duo, the world’s first press with flexographic printing units fitted upstream of offset units for high-quality inline production and coating.

    This ensures that printers in this sector are well equipped to meet the changing needs of the market. End users today are becoming more demanding and expect the finished product delivered quickly, in shorter runs and at a competitive price. Service and flexibility are the key competitive criteria.

    “Printers must become more customer-focussed and offer more distinctive products,” explains Dr. Klaus Spiegel, Director on Heidelberg’s Management Board and responsible for sheetfed offset.(pictured right) “Efficiency in production is the key to our customers’ success. A networked digital workflow made possible using software modules from the Prinect family is crucial to this end.”

    The Inforum used printing samples of folding boxes, labels, high-quality commercial work, plastic films and plastic cards to showcase the many diverse opportunities available. With all these solutions, Heidelberg is committed to cutting costs and material consumption by integrating a whole raft of processes such as coating and special colours in the press.

    “The consumer should be tempted into buying and saying – I want to have that,” explains Fridolin Leis, Head of the Packaging and Label Division at Heidelberg. “We provide printers with the perfect solution for producing high-quality print products that stand out on the shelves”.

    New segments on the medium-format market

    The Inforum provided the venue for unveiling the Speedmaster CD 74 with inline dual coating. The CD 74-LYYL thus supports a combination of conventional offset and inline UV coating. When used with appropriate add-ons, this press option is also suitable for numerous special applications, for example dual dispersion coating applications such as gold or silver coating with additional protective coating, printing with pearly lustre pigments or processing of scratch card, blister-pack or scented coatings.

    The new Speedmaster CD 74 has been available with fully integrated UV technology since April 2002. It is targeted at high-quality commercial printers and the packaging and label market. This complete solution for the medium-format sector gives printers the means to finish their products with truly stunning effects. It supports UV inks, UV coatings and inline dual coating.

    “With the Speedmaster CD 74, we’re giving our customers a solution that will enable them to produce cost-effectively and be competitive,” explains Dr Spiegel. “The entire production process is highly automated, flexible and runs extremely efficiently.”

    As of October 2002, over 230 units have been installed worldwide. This is a success story that speaks for itself, since the Speedmaster CD 74 was only put into series production at the end of 2000. The CD 74 is the right choice for all-round printers, industrial print shops and specialists, since it enables them all to move into new market segments and develop existing ones further.

    At the end of August this year, the CD 74 received a special award in the form of the German Design Prize (Bundespreis für Design). The German Design Prize is German’s top design award and is bestowed by the German Design Council on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economics and Technology.

    New dimension in inline production

    For more than ten years, Heidelberg has been building up its expertise in the construction of special presses. Working closely with customers, it has carefully developed presses that reflect their needs. One of the latest developments is the Speedmaster CD 102 Duo. The Duo stands for flexography and offset inline and signifies that this is the first sheetfed press to combine two printing technologies.
    The CD 102 Duo features coating and drying units upstream of six offset printing units, plus a downstream dual coating unit with twin drying unit. This press is therefore ideal for products in the packaging, label and commercial printing sectors.

    The press is a total of 28 meters long and prints at a maximum speed of 13,000 sheets per hour. Heidelberg has developed this press for high-quality inline production, for example applying opaque white onto metallic foils, or high-quality gold or silver inks that can be overprinted inline with offset inks. This enables printers to achieve ultra-fine metallic effects, which satisfy the needs of even the most discerning customers.

  • Dealing with your management points of pain.

    Terry Gallagher, managing director of Quote & Print Solutions (Distributors of Quote & Print for NSW, ACT and S.A.), gets serious about identifying your symptoms and suggesting possible sources of relief.

    Does your business have some management areas of ‘pain’?

    When we have an honest look at how our businesses are operating most of us can identify a few stress points, a few niggling worries that may prove serious if not treated. Although we may not always be able to pinpoint the exact causes, it pays to investigate the problems.

    How can you alleviate these business pains?

    Quote & Print may be able to assist you in pain relief with a wide range of software modules and over twenty years experience in management software for printing companies.

    For example, in the Sales area, are you suffering from reps keeping their contact database hidden in their PDA’s?

    Q&P’s Sales module can help you regain control of your database of existing and potential customers. Or if you are unsure just how much margin your reps are sacrificing to get their sales, then Quote & Print’s reporting power can give you answers.

    Is Invoicing and Accounts a pain, where you have to re-key details between Estimating and Accounts?

    Do you get a headache worrying if you have missed invoicing some jobs that have slipped into the gap between Estimating and Accounts computers?

    If this is your business, then Q&P’s fully integrated Accounts modules can relieve the pain and make invoicing easier, more accurate and much less stressful.

    Do you have a management pressure point in production?

    Perhaps you don’t know whether you are really making a profit on those large new jobs. Are you unsure how much time your staff are really spending on job changeovers? Many printers have found that Q&P’s Shop Floor Management and Employee Times modules can provide real answers and genuine relief for you, the business owner or manager.

    Does you business have a recurring ache when your customers treat you as a
    “price taker” rather than as a valued partner?

    Our Finished Goods Management and Logistics modules give many printers the tools to offer their customers more valuable services and a changed relationship.

    Is thinking about the Internet and your customers’ future wants giving you a nightmare?

    Quote & Print has a proven and fully integrated Internet Business-to-Business solution. Many Quote and Print customers are using this to achieve a stronger tie-in with their corporate customers.

    Please talk to your local Quote and Print partner about our products that can relieve some of the pain of managing your business.

  • Entries open for 2nd Australian Poster Annual competition

    The National Design Centre is inviting Australian designers to put their work in the spotlight by submitting their work in the theme of this year’s Australian Poster Annual: in light of recent events.

    Entries are open until May 18, and 50 poster designs will be selected for exhibition during the 2006 Melbourne Design Festival at Federation Square in July.

    The poster is emphasised by the National Design Centre as a medium with the power to communicate on any level, from the small focus of everyday life to the magnitude of a global reach.

    Entrants are encouraged to be “strong, witty, bold, thoughtful and wise”, and to use the poster as a means to reveal the themes that affect us all.

    To obtain an entry kit for the Australian Poster Annual competition, visit the National Design Centre website .

  • Job of the week: Production Coordinator – Printing, Sydney

    Our client is a print management organisation, dealing with corporate clients.

    You will be part of a close-knit team, processing a wide variety of print and related jobs including pre-press, print (web, sheet, digital) as well as trade-services (finishing and bindery).

    You will have an understanding of:

    Print production admin

    Tracking jobs-in-progress

    Relevant software programs, spreadsheets, etc.

    You may currently be in a busy small-offset / digital centre, handling printing jobs, liaising with production, dealing with clients – or – you may be in a customer service role within a larger, commercial offset environment.

    This is an interesting role, offering scope for growth, and valuable exposure to a modern, sophisticated print management organisation. Salary is expected to be around $45K+ superannuation, depending on experience.

    Location : Near Sydney’s CBD

    If you feel you have the necessary background and experience, email your cover letter and resume (Word only – no PDF files) to

    Quote Ref. No: JDA 1572

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