Archive for May, 2006

  • Heidelberg- The Commercial / Quick Print Report

    Heidelberg has produced a new and informative report for the A3 market called “The Commercial and Quick Print Report”.

    This report is circulated every two months via the internet and provides an overview of Heidelberg products and solutions for the general A3 printer, while also highlighting the latest news and installations stories in the market.

    Click here to view the latest edition:
    www.au.heidelberg.com/a3/issue3/home.htm

    If you would like to subscribe and be on the mailing list for future editions please contact Sandra Katsiris:
    Ph: +61-3-9205 4111or
    E-mail:sandra.katsiris@ap.heidelberg.com


    Sandra Katsiris

  • Feeding the beasts: Quote & Print can help you to feed those fast presses.

    Terry Gallagher knows what it takes to keep jobs up to the new generation of ‘hungry,’ ultra-fast, production printing presses. It’s more than simply fine-tuning the mechanics. A sophisticated workflow is essential.

    The newer, faster printing equipment, which is now commonplace in our industry, requires a substantial investment. With this investment in more efficient manufacturing, your company also has to make a continuing management effort to ‘feed the beasts’.

    This means focusing on how to build and keep the flow of work required to satisfy the hungry printing line and the ravenous finance people.

    As a business manager you can take several strategic steps to grow your level of business.

    For example, you can lead a renewed focus on sales efforts. Quote & Print’s integrated Sales Module can help you to better manage your list of existing and prospective customers and analyse your performance in selling effectively to them.

    You can also look at providing faster and more consistent turnaround for your customers’ jobs. You can give your customers more accurate information about when their work really is likely to be ready. Here Quote & Print’s Scheduling, Shop Floor Management and Employee Times modules can give you a very accurate picture of how the work is flowing through your production plant.

    Whether you are upstairs in an office or hundreds of kilometres away visiting a customer,
    you will be able to see what is happening on the factory floor and just where those critical jobs are ‘at.’

    Another strategic path you can take is to build a tighter, stronger relationship with key customers. One part of this may be to provide them with additional value-added services.

    By taking on a finished goods distribution role you can position yourself as a valued partner rather than a price-taker for each job. Quote & Print’s powerful range of Finished Goods Management and Logistics modules can provide the software tools to assist you to change how customers perceive your services.

    This year we have seen an increasing number of printing businesses investing in an internet business-to-business strategy. With the proven and fully integrated Quote & Print’s Internet B2B module you have the system tools to achieve a stronger tie-in with your corporate customers.

    The integration of the Internet B2B with production, finished goods and logistics enables corporate customers to be confident in the ability of your business to meet their needs now and in the future.

    Quote & Print’s Internet B2B includes a powerful template-based system for personalised stationery, customised brochures and overprints, or other commercial work limited only by your imagination.

    Other functions in the proven B2B module include the ability to offer flexible on-demand printing facilities to your customers, as well as requests for quotes and the secured option to allow your customers to view the status of their quotes and jobs when required.

    An integrated management information system such as Quote & Print has the tools to assist you in the on-going challenge to continue to refine and grow your business and ‘feed the beast.’

    Terry Gallagher is Managing Director of Quote & Print Solutions, the distributor of Quote & Print for NSW, ACT and SA.

  • Jobs of the week: Graphic Designer – Customer Service

    Our client is a busy chain of on-demand and digital print shops, with several locations around Sydney.

    They need Customer Service Representatives who have a basic knowledge of graphics programs, and ideally, have some working knowledge of, or exposure to, printing (offset or digital).

    You will:

  • Have some graphic design skills or training,
  • Be prepared to help out with various tasks, within a small, friendly, fast-paced environment,
  • Enjoy customer-relations and talking to clients about their design and print requirements.

    If this sounds like you, email your covering letter and resume (Word only – no PDF files) to James Cryer at james@jdaprintrecruit.com.au

    Quote Ref. No. JDA 1543

    james@jdaprintrecruitcom.au

    For further information about JDA and helpful advice, please refer to our website
    www.jdaprintrecruit.com.au

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  • Jobs of the week: Digital Printing Sales – Labels

    This is an exciting opportunity to join a class-leader in a rapidly growing segment.

    Our client is a pioneer in the field of digitally-produced self-adhesive labels in rolls. With a well-established brand, they are the supplier-of-choice across a wide range of applications, such as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, consumer goods, food and beverages, wine bottle labelling – and a whole host of other FMCG lines.

    Equipped with state-of-the-art, multi-colour digital presses, they produce high-quality labels, on-demand, in small, just-in-time quantities. This creates exciting new opportunities for product-sampling, market-testing, specialty or niche packaging, and a whole range of promotional opportunities.

    You will be familiar with digital colour print and its capabilities for personalisation – and ideally will have a network of contacts in ad agencies, promotional companies, and marketing divisions within the corporate sector.

    You may currently be a sales rep or BDM in labels, packaging, signage and displays, and be familiar with digital colour printing technology, including ink-jet applications.

    If you believe you have the right combination of skills and expertise, please email your cover letter and resume in strictest confidence (Word attachments only – no PDF files) to james@jdaprintrecruitcom.au or call James Cryer on 02 9904 6222.

    For further information about JDA and helpful advice, please refer to our website
    www.jdaprintrecruit.com.au

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  • Jobs of the week: Printer

    Our client is located in one of the world’s most desirable “lifestyle” locations – the beautiful Derwent Valley, just north of Hobart.

    With snow-clad Mt. Wellington towering overhead and the Derwent River flowing nearby, you are only 5 minutes from the bars and bistros of Salamanca Place and Constitution Dock.

    You will be a Senior Mac Operator, or Pre-press supervisor in a small / medium offset environment. You are familiar with all pre-press programs, and have some basic design / retouching abilities. You can organise jobs within a modern PDF-workflow environment.

    If you are interested in fine arts and crafts, breathing fresh air, walking in the wilderness, this is for you!!

    Email your covering letter and resume (Word only – no PDF files) to James Cryer at james@jdaprintrecruit.com.au

    Quote Ref. No: JDA 1608

    james@jdaprintrecruitcom.au

    For further information about JDA and helpful advice, please refer to our website
    www.jdaprintrecruit.com.au

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  • Jobs of the week: Digital Printing

    JDA is the leading recruiter specialising exclusively in print industry placements – offset and digital.

    We have a range of job opportunities arising within the rapidly expanding DIGITAL printing segment, covering customer service, sales, technical support, operators and finisher/laminators.

    If you are involved in digital printing (including signage or displays) in any of the following roles, send your resume now, or contact us now for an obligation-free discussion on career opportunities.

    Pre-Press:

  • Mac Operators/Pre-flight specialists
  • Colour management or workflow specialists

    Client Services:

  • Internal customer service reps
  • Account managers
  • Digital print reps/BDMs

    Technical Sales:

  • Digital equipment sales
  • Technical sales support
  • Consumables/inks/substrates sales

    Digital Operators:

  • Document printers (DocuTechs, etc)
  • Colour-copiers
  • High-end colour devices (E-Print, Xeikon, NexPress, Xerox iGen3, etc)
  • Wide-format ink-jet

    Finishers:

  • Bindery (Guillo, collating, trimming, etc)
  • Laminators (banners, posters, etc)

    We look forward to hearing from you!

    Please email your cover letter and resume (Word only – no PDF files) to James Cryer at james@jdaprintrecruitcom.au or call James on 02 9904 6222.

    Quote Ref. No: JDA 1603

    For further information about JDA and helpful advice, please refer to our website
    www.jdaprintrecruit.com.au

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  • Jobs of the week: Bindery All-Rounder


    We have 2 positions – one in the western suburbs of Sydney and one on the lower north shore.

    Both are seeking an energetic all-rounder (you don’t have to be trade-qualified – just keen) to assist on various machines and tasks within bindery and despatch.

    You must have some guillotine and preferably some folding machine experience, as well.

    Basic computing skills would also be an advantage, and a neat, well-presented manner would help.

    These are challenging and interesting roles – ideal for someone with basic skills, but who wishes to progress.

    Please email your cover letter and resume (Word only – no PDF files) to James Cryer at james@jdaprintrecruit.com.au or call James on 02 9904 6222.

    Quote Ref. No: JDA 1558

    james@jdaprintrecruitcom.au

    For further information about JDA and helpful advice, please refer to our website
    www.jdaprintrecruit.com.au

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  • Jobs of the week: Printer (GTO), Queensland


    Our client is a progressive, small but rapidly growing commercial colour printer on Brisbane’s south-side. They have recently upgraded their pre-press and pressroom equipment and operate in a clean, modern environment.

    “Your” press is a brand-new Heidelberg Printmaster (ie, small Speedmaster) 2-colour with fully integrated CTP.

    This is an exciting role, in a well-equipped print shop. To attract the right person, they are prepared to offer an attractive package, negotiable with experience.

    This is a “lifestyle” opportunity not to be missed! Move now and enjoy sunny Queensland’s warm winter.

    If you feel you can handle the relaxed lifestyle – but still produce top quality work, email your details now to James Cryer at james@jdaprintrecruit.com.au (Word documents only – no PDF files).

    Quote Ref. No: JDA 1594

    james@jdaprintrecruitcom.au

    For further information about JDA and helpful advice, please refer to our website
    www.jdaprintrecruit.com.au

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  • Jobs of the week: Printing Manager – Recruitment


    With specialist offices in Sydney and Melbourne, Stockdale Printstaff are Australias most comprehensive print personnel and recruitment company.

    We are now seeking a real “people person” to join our Hurstville office as our Printing Team Manager for New South Wales.

    This is a challenging and rewarding position which involves an active balance between managing employees, clients and jobs.

    This position will require you to source new clients, interview job seekers and fill casual and permanent positions within the offset printing area of the trade.

    Thorough training will be provided.

    To be successful in applying for this position you will need to be results orientated, you will need good offset printing industry knowledge and great people skills.

    If you are seeking an opportunity to further develop your career, in an environment which allows you to use your printing industry knowledge, production experience and most importantly your people skills, this could be the job for you.

    Salary and bonus package $100k OTE

    At Stockdale Printstaff our goal is to continue to build a successful business with the happiest employees and the most satisfied clients within the printing industry.

    We recognise that our people are our most valued asset and treat all our employees in this way.

    If you are interested in this position please email your contact details and resume to tom@stockdaleprintstaff.com.au

    http://www.stockdale.biz/

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  • 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.

  • DES ups colour-proofing stakes with EFI upgrade

    EFI claims its Colorproof XF proofing software turns inkjet and laser printers into powerful proofing and production devices, and with its latest upgrade has introduced a range of new features to expand its functionality.

    Russell Cavenagh, sales director at DES, says he is excited to be distributing the latest iteration of the EFI software throughout Australia.

    “The new features have added a host of new features and options to effectively ‘futureproof’ EFI/Best Colorproof XF,” says Cavenagh.

    “Version 3.0 gives our clients speed increases, more control, functionality and greater efficiencies than ever before.”

    Stefan Spiegel, general manager of EFI Graphic Arts Solutions, says his company is committed to continuous research and development across its entire range of solutions in order to address evolving customer needs.

    “Colorproof XF 3.0 offers more output options and key feature enhancements, allowing print and prepress professionals, publishers, creatives and photographers to produce even greater results,” says Spiegel.

    A key component of Colorproof XF is the Fiery Option, which fully integrates with EFI’s Fiery controller technology that is used by more than 14 million customers worldwide.

    Other key features for Version 3.0 include output options for gravure printers and new production options for wide-format production.

    Other important additions include:

  • Advanced step-and-repeat features that print multiple copies of images. By defining whether images are repeated horizontally, vertically or in a mirror-fashion, patterns can be created quickly and easily.
  • A tiling function that prints images larger than the printer’s width. Overlaps, crop marks and tile numbering can be defined and then previewed before final output.
  • An enhanced user interface to improve ease of use. The basic package builds the simplified interface is built around two views, Job Explorer and System Manager. Job Explorer offers new tools and selection criteria, while new functions such as copy-and-paste make setting up workflows in System
  • 3D Optimizer, a new easy-to-use tool embedded in the software to optimise printer output to a specific reference, whether a printing press or another printer.
  • The functionality of the Colour Manager Option has been extended, enhancing RGB workflows for photographic applications and allowing the creation of device link profiles based on up to three different ICC profiles.

  • New faces and people movements in the industry

    Maria Nordstrom’s new role at Fuji Xerox is effective immediately, and will see her lead the division that provides production digital printing and software solutions to its customers throughout Australia.

    Nordstrom (pictured right) earned a solid reputation through her work in previous sales management roles within the company. First joining the printing systems group in 1996, she achieved success through developing strategic and long-lasting relationships with both customers and business associations.

    Nordstrom was appointed to state operations manager in WA in 2002 where Fuji Xerox claims she took the operation from satisfactory performance to outstanding. She achieved this through a vision of growth and development in the industry, and was responsible for putting in place several education and market initiatives that were adopted by some of WA’s printers.

    “I was very privileged to work with many customers with foresight that embraced print innovation,” said Nordstrom. “Our workshops and quarterly training seminars in WA proved extremely successful and valuable and these will continue under the new state manager Steve Jordan’s leadership.”

    Nordstrom says she is looking forward to leading the group that has previously flourished under Nick Kugenthiran.

    “I look forward to building on the group’s existing success by remaining focused on the profitability and growth of our customers.”

    Phil Chambers, managing director of Fuji Xerox Australia, says he is confidant Nordstrom will bring a lot to the role.

    “In a climate where digital technology continues to spark endless opportunities for print producers to tap into new markets and revenue streams, Maria has a strong understanding of our business and the industry insight that our customers can use to their advantage.”

    Heidelberg introduces its new prepress manager

    Glenn Plummer, general manager of marketing at HAN, has announced the appointment of Soeren Lange (pictured right) to the role of product manager for prepress and workflow.

    Lange comes to HAN with nine years experience working for Heidelberg Germany in various roles including his most recent, channel support manager for CTP devices for Scandinavia, the UK and North America. He also worked for the factory in Kiel as its PR manager and was extensively involved in the market launch of the Suprasetter.

    “In his new role Soeren will be responsible for all workflow aspects of Prinect and our extensive CtP offerings,” says Plummer.

    Colour management will also be a focus with the anticipated rollout of Inpress Control, the latest workflow module for Prinect. Lange’s role will be to create a greater understanding of the tangible benefits that Prinect can deliver across the workflow.

    “The real differentiator of Heidelberg’s Prinect workflow solution is its ability to connect all aspects of the production process from creation to delivery of the finished product,” says Lange.

    “My perception of the Australian and New Zealand markets is that they are more aligned to the mature printing environments of Europe and the US than they are to their Asian neighbours,” he says.

    Over the next month Lange will undertake a whirlwind tour of the region to get to know the lay of the land, and says he already feels at home.

    “What I like very much about Australia is that everyone seems to be relaxed. That’s not to say Australians don’t know how to do business, clearly they do, but they have an easier manner about them and my wife Katy and I look forward to enjoying this more easy going environment.”

    GMG’s Ivan Khoo relocates to Australia

    Proofing and workflow supplier GMG, represented in Australia by Kayell Imaging, has relocated its Asian region sales manager Ivan Khoo (pictured right) to Australia to support a growing installed base of GMG proofing and colour management workflow systems.

    Previously based in Kuala Lumpur, Khoo will be joined by a factory-trained technical engineer in October and both are working out of Kayell’s Artarmon, NSW office/showroom. These two appointments are in addition to Kayell’s qualified colour experts in NSW and Victoria, and dealers nationwide.

    “Australia has gone from zero to hero for GMG since we exhibited with Kayell at PacPrint, just one year ago,” says Khoo.

    “GMG’s approach to colour is not limited to ICC. We go beyond ICC and render highly accurate, smooth colour proofs to match ISO, SWOP, 3DAP, GRACol or any other standard. ICC-only separations just cannot render a rich, full gamut compared to GMG’s Colour Server Separations,” he says.

    “It is this precision that has enabled us to win proofing business of Ikea, M&C Saatchi, Schawk, Axel Springer, Burda, Quebecor, Times, C&C, BMW, Nestlé, Ogilvey & Mather, Leo Burnett, Cummings here in Australia and many other high-profile firms who demand the best colour.”

    Robert Gatto, director of Kayell, says having Ivan and a technical support person direct from GMG is a fantastic boost to his company’s colour resources.

    “It’s also a demonstration of GMG’s total commitment to the market. We’ve had some big successes recently and the extra resources are coming in to support these,” says Gatto.

    Kayell Imaging is an Australia-owned supplier to the professional graphic arts and photographic sectors. In addition to GMG, other brands handled include GTI, Gretagmacbeth, Colorvision, Eizo, Epson, Elinchrom, and a host of pro photo cameras and accessories.

    GMG is based in T_bingen, Germany and has over 8,500 installations globally. The company leads the world in high-end colour management software for professional photographers, designers, advertising agencies, packaging and commercial printing/publishing.

  • Sinnot Bros (Alexandria) and Hannanprint (NSW) switch to GMG proofing

    The GMG software will be used to drive eight Epson large-format printers between the two businesses, all of which will use Epson’s Ultrachrome K3 inks. Installation begins on June 5th and will be completed within a week.

    David Bowman, manager at Sinnott Bros Alexandria and a driving force behind the 3DAP proofing standard, says GMG was chosen for its expertise in colour management.

    “GMG software handles colour differently to all the rest. Our main colour standard here is 3DAP of course, but there are a couple of press profiles we proof to also and GMG handles these very capably, with exact matches.”

    Sinnott Bros was established as a prepress house in 1973 and has since diversified into print management, digital printing, web design, studio photography, CTP, software solutions and creative services, all of which are linked by a common workflow.

    “We have prospered because of providing out clients with a broad range of digital services,” says Bowman. “We didn’t just stop at prepress but recognised our customers needed high-end digital print and print management, CtP, online services and so on.”

    Henk Binsbergen, prepress manager at Hannanprint, claims his company migrated because of the software’s ability to provide fast and accurate colour match-to-press.

    Robert Gatto, director of Kayell Australia, says it is a great honour for the company to be providing proofing services to two such prestigious companies, both which are part of the IPMG Group.

    “Naturally, we see this as a launching pad to begin communicating with other member companies in the IPMG group but of course, they each operate differently and we must independently prove GMG’s superiority when driving Epson printers,” says Gatto.

    Other professional imaging products from Kayell include ColorVision, Gretag Macbeth, GTI GraphicLite viewing booths, Eizo monitors and a broad range of pro photographic equipment.

  • GMG locks down massive Ikea proofing contract

    Ikea will produce 173 million catalogues and 650 million other publications in 2006 alone. Production is now firing up on the 2007 Ikea Catalogue, with the GMG ColorProof software to be used by prepress and printing partners throughout the 34 countries the Ikea catalogues are distributed.

    Robert Weihing, managing director of GMG, claims winning the Ikea account represents a very important achievement for his company as it is known for its stringent quality demands.

    “We are delighted that IKEA decided in favour of GMG, and that we were very quickly able to prove in the start-up phase that the GMG colour management and proofing solution does justice to the demanding requirements in everyday practice,” says Weihing.

    Ikea claims it exhaustively tested and evaluated the other solutions available before settling with ColorProof, which was eventually identified as the most capable of guaranteeing worldwide compliance with Ikea standards.

    Inter IKEA Systems has been using the GMG products in regular production since the beginning of this year, with the results from the testing period confirming the decision in favour of GMG.

  • China ambition to become global print giant

    Long Xinmin, director of general administration of press and publications, announced at the country’s International Cultural Industry Fair (ICIF) that the printing sector is expected to grow by eight per cent annually. Print currently accounts for two per cent of the country’s GDP, a figure that is set to rise to 2.5 per cent by 2010.

    The 180,000 printing plants throughout China employ 3.4 million workers, with Long claiming that $55 billion worth of print was produced last year. The Chinese government has encouraged investment by issuing licences to overseas print companies wishing to establish branches in the country.

    Philip Andersen, CEO of Printing Industries, says the developments do not come as a surprise, with the local organisation already aware of the Chinese government’s involvement with the industry and feedback suggesting the country will be a leader in the not too distant future.

    “What it means for our industry is that we will really have to identify new ways in which we can create a competitive advantage,” says Andersen. “It will be difficult for us to match Chinese print in the areas of labour costs and even materials, so we need to develop other strategic strengths to counter the competition.”

    Andersen points to the possibility of Australian printers developing closer links with overseas companies as a means of better fulfilling the demands of the market.

  • Tetra-Pak shuts down manufacturing in Australia – news commentary by Andy McCourt

    That’s the harsh reality of a media statement issued by Tetra Pak’s public relations company exclusively to Print 21online. For 28 years the iconic Tetra-Pak food and drink cartons have been produced at Fairfield where the manufacturing and print quality have been a benchmark of all that is good in food packaging.

    Protect what is good is Tetra Pak’s slogan. Australian jobs and domestic packaging manufacture do not appear to be under this category, but perhaps the real reason lies not with Tetra Pak, an employer universally praised by workers we spoke to, but with the arid desert that is the Federal Liberal-National Party coalition government’s manufacturing policy. There just is no manufacturing policy coming out of Canberra, except its implied approval for large companies to take jobs and manufacturing offshore.

    Last week I posed ten questions to Tetra Pak but as of our deadline no answers were forthcoming. Federal Secretary of the AMWU’s printing division, Steve Walsh was more forthcoming:

    “ We remain very concerned that there is no clear-cut policy for manufacturing in Australia. Companies are therefore dropping the ball and abandoning manufacturing in this country. We are very concerned indeed about that.

    “Companies have responsibilities to Australian workers and consumers. So often when manufacturing is sent offshore it is to places where low-paid and suppressed workers are denied their human rights. Occupational Health and Safety remains a huge issue.”

    An employee within Tetra Pak, soon to lose his job, stated, “Look, there is a sense of sadness here – some people have worked here for 25 years – but Tetra Pak has been a fantastic company to work for and they are doing everything possible to help us find new jobs, sending us on courses, giving us time off to attend interviews and so forth.

    “They’ve paid good wages and we don’t know if we’ll be able to match that. It gets down to costs I suppose – that’s the reality of the economy. In a broader sense it’s the government’s fault – they do not encourage manufacturing and do nothing when firms decide to move offshore.”

    My Call

    Gutted. Yet another manufacturing plant and the skills and jobs that go with it taking flight from Australia. Not one iota of resistance to this cost-cutting move has been put up by the government or any association. Tetra Pak is part of Tetra Laval, now based in Switzerland. It has operations in 165 countries. In 2005, Tetra Laval reported a five per cent increase in global sales, delivering 110 billion packages worldwide. It employs 29,540 people and turned over $15 billion.

    Pardon my ignorance, but wouldn’t you think a government would be actively courting such companies to expand manufacturing in Australia, rather than glibly waving the jobs, skills and tax dollars off into the sunset? Other governments do – they make it attractive to manufacture in their countries, why can’t Australia?

    But losing food packaging manufacture is especially galling since it’s the last interface between safe manufacture and our intestinal systems. Contamination happens where controls are not as strict. In one recent week alone, the EU had 60 reports of food contamination, including arsenic, benzene, Isopropyl Thioxanthone (IPX), Lithium, Carbon Monoxide, a toxic colourant called Sudan 1 and Ochratoxin.

    The IPX contamination involved Tetra Pak and Nestlé milk products. The ink-curing chemical migrated through the packaging. Tetra Pak subsequently began phasing out the use of IPX in fatty liquid and juice products.

    Food Packaging news reported that ‘China is a major source of reports made to the EU’s rapid alert system.’ Overall, there was a 52 per cent jump in reports about food contamination, mostly traced to outside of Europe, in cheap production countries.

    So are Australian consumers of popular liquid food brands expected to trust the OH&S systems of far-off lands rather than locally-administered practices and inspections? Certainly food contamination can happen anywhere, including Australia but is it not better to have local checks and balances and be able to arrest health issues immediately?

    Tetra Pak is but one of a fleeing brigade of manufacturers deserting Australia because, well they’re just allowed to and seemingly encouraged to. The buck stops fairly and squarely with the government.

    We’re becoming a farm and quarry again, with a ‘bloody’ beach thrown in. Unless this changes, tell your kids not to bother with trade apprenticeships in printing, packaging or manufacturing – because there won’t be any jobs for them by the time they graduate.

    Unless there’s a change. A very big change.

    Here is Tetra Pak’s media statement in full.

    “In alignment with the global strategy, Tetra Pak Australia will streamline its operations to remain the lowest cost supplier of tailored packaging solutions by sourcing gable top cartons from its global network.

    Tetra Pak’s decision to implement a global sourcing strategy will deliver customer service at competitive pricing by sourcing from its larger and specialised factories.

    Tetra Pak Australia’s Managing Director, Per Hausvik, said the company has implemented strategies aligned with the global direction in view of the current volumes produced in the Fairfield Production facility.

    “Rationalisation of the Australian business will enable Tetra Pak to future-proof the company’s competitive position in the Australian market,” Mr Hausvik said.
    “Decentralising production from Australia to Tetra Pak’s global packaging network will mean customers will have a greater choice of innovative products while still enjoying Tetra Pak’s local presence and high level of service.
    “Australian customers can expect greater product sophistication of Tetra Rex Packaging printed in offset with a sixth panel, fully skived and Sahara bottom.
    “It is deeply regrettable that the changes will result in the loss of 30 production and 20 administration employees.

    “The changes – are nonetheless important to sustain Tetra Pak’s competitiveness and reinforce its long-standing market leadership in Australia.
    “Tetra Pak accepts its responsibility to treat its employees fairly. This responsibility will be applied with equal importance to those employees who will be made redundant and to those employees remaining with the Company. Everything the Company does will be driven by that commitment.

    “All affected employees will receive fair redundancy packages and extensive counseling support. Administration staff will receive extensive outplacement services, and production staff will receive support to prepare themselves for new employment,” he said.

    The closure of the Fairfield production facility will be a phased process with the final closure to take place in quarter four 2006. As Tetra Pak prepares its business for a seamless transfer from local production to global sourcing.
    Tetra Pak Australia will move to a new site in the next six to nine months.”

    End of Tetra Pak Media statement

  • Sales up but profits down for Agfa

    The graphics division reported a growth in sales of six per cent over this time last year, rising to $720 million. However, the company continues to struggle with the cost of raw materials and says it will consider raising the price of consumables again if necessary.

    “All business groups posted strong sales in the first quarter. This confirms we are following the right strategies,” says Marc Olivié, CEO for Agfa.

    “However, as we continue to be confronted with skyrocketing raw material costs and a very competitive environment, we need to bring our costs down significantly.”

    As a whole the company posted a net profit of $34 million for the three months ending 31 March 2006, a drop of 31 per cent from the figure recorded a year ago. Sales increased 8.1 per cent from this time last year.