Archive for July, 2006

  • QPONLINE Version7 marks a new era for Quote & Print

    Australian graphics business software leader, Quote & Print, is set to release a major upgrade to its industry benchmark internet interface for printers at PacPrint 05. The new version of the popular business-to-business program ushers in a new era of smoother internet capability for the company’s large base of commercial printers.

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

    “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.

    QPONLINE has four main arrears of functionality

  • Quote and Job Tracking
    This gives the ability for your customers to view all current quotes and jobs.
  • Online Ordering
    Allows your customers to order forms over the internet
  • Personalized Stationery Ordering
    Ability to create templates for business cards, letter heads etc where the customer can enter in the variable information. A PDF file is generated for printing.
  • On Demand Printing
    Customers can generate online quotes for both offset and digital printing. If the quote is acceptable they can pay for it by credit card and then upload the ready to print PDFfile.
  • “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.

    Bell takes pride in the fact that many Quote & Print customers openly credit QPONLINE for helping them to win new printing contracts. He lists some of their achievements:

    • Win a large multi-million dollar printing contract in Sydney
    • Print all business cards, letterheads and with comps slips for over 4000 financial advisers
    • of a major insurance company/superannuation provider.
    • Print Stationery for the NZ courts system
    • Win a major WA government Department print contract
    • Win a major SA government Department print contract
    • Win a print contract for a chain of 8 hospitals
    • Win a print contract with a national bathroom hardware supplier
    • Win a print contract for a local electricity authority
    • Supply promotional material for an Australian car dealer network
    • Supply all print for a leading Australia Casino.
    • Provide print for a state bank
    • and much more …
      “About half of the new business was from existing customers. The other half was for new customers who were looking to deal with a printer who could offer an internet based business-to-business connection,” said Bell.

    • Heidelberg e-News

      Heidelberg Australia / New Zealand publish an informative monthly newsletter on-line, Heidelberg e-news.

      The newsletter aims to keep the industry informed of Heidelberg’s latest local news, technology, success stories and new products. It will also provide helpful hints on improving equipment performance and information on forthcoming events / seminars.

      Two versions of Heidelberg e-news will be produced; the first focusing on the A3 segment, the other on the Larger Format printing sector including specialised information on finishing and prepress services. These newsletters will supplement Heidelberg’s printed magazines, Print Process and the soon to be released Heidelberg News.

      This edition focuses on the A3 sector, to view simply click on this link,
      http://www.au.heidelberg.com/www/html/en/content/articles/recent_news/newsletter/gen_0607/nl_0607

      Heidelberg’s new Product Manager for A3 Solutions, Shane Hanlon, introduces this edition. Shane succeeds Bill Wall who has moved into the role of Sales Manager, Southern Region of Australia. Shane brings a wealth of experience to the role having been with Heidelberg for 28 years in various service, service management and more recently A3 sales roles.

      The newsletter focuses on the In-Line systems available on the Speedmaster 52, specifically in line coating, and finishing. These systems are available on the popular GTO and SM 52 models, enabling in-line diecutting, perforating and scoring and providing great time saving potential. Heidelberg will be demonstrating these systems throughout Australia and New Zealand in the form of Seminars and Open Houses, details of which are contained in this e-news.

      To subscribe to one or both of these e-newsletters, please click on the relevant e-mail link below and type – "subscribe" in the subject heading.

      "Subscribe" to Heidelberg e-news A3 edition.
      Jodie.Millar@ap.Heidelberg.com

      "Subscribe to" Heidelberg e-news Large Format Edition (A2 / A1 presses, finishing systems, PrePress, workflow)
      Sandra.Katsiris@ap.heidelberg.com

    • Job of the week: Print Estimator

      Who are we?

      Look Print is a young, dynamic award winning company that specialises in large print graphics. We are a passionate team of people that just “love to print” and are leaders in large format digital printing.
      Opportunities to join our team

      The role represents an opportunity to join an Australian owned company as a Print Estimator. Using your exceptional communication skills and industry knowledge you will be working closely with our Sales team to provide our customers with an exceptional service experience.

      The primary objective of your role will be to ensure timely and accurate job quotes that provide a competitive advantage to our products. The position includes estimating on existing and new business contracts, so attention to detail is highly sought after as well as computer literacy. Training on internal systems will be provided.

      This is a great opportunity to work with an award winning company in a great, friendly environment, utilising all in house pre-press, print and finishing processes. To succeed in this role we require a self starter that can work in a deadline driven and multi-tasking environment.

      Experience in print estimating is preferable.

      If you have the relevant experience and have a passion for people and printing we’d love to hear from you. Take some time to visit our website at www.look.com.au and if Look Print is the type of organisation that you would like to work for, then we look forward to receiving your resume.

      Madeline Merhi

      HR Advisor, Look Print

      (t) 9568 6855

      (f) 8585 1100

      (w) www.look.com.au

      PO Box 337 Westgate NSW 2048

      madelinem@look.com.au

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      To view more printing and graphic arts career positions click here for Print21 Online employment section.

    • Book Club –

      Printers have not had a resource to share with designers or other industry professionals that would explain the folding process and all of the different folding styles they can offer to their customers.

      In the publication industry, there has never been a guide for folding. Designers have never understood all of the folding options available to them, and have not had access to the math behind proper digital document set-up. Until now.
      Finishing Experts Group, an industry-specific publishing company, has just released Fold, a first-of-its-kind, two-volume set that creates an essential system for the printing and design industry by establishing naming conventions and standardizing the folding process.

      Fold is an 850-page reference manual with over 1,000 illustrations that systematically documents and classifies more than 180 brochure folding styles, breaking them down into eight folding families (accordions, basics, exotics, gates, maps, parallels, posters and rolls). Each folding style is named, numbered and illustrated. Then, each style is diagrammed with proper folding compensations for accurate digital document setup. There are also tips and considerations for each.

      The reference manual, written by Trish Witkowski, a creative director with a Baltimore marketing firm, is the product of five years of industry research.

      Geared toward print and design professionals, industry organizations, binderies, folding machinery manufacturers, and the graphic arts education market, Fold provides a common language for designers and printers/binderies, giving everyone the same frame of reference and saving valuable time and resources.

      “As a professional designer, I would often become frustrated with the lack of a comprehensive resource for folding,” said Witkowski. “This guide fills a vacuum in the industry. My hope is that the book not only will be the go-to guide in the industry for folding, but that it also can serve as a springboard for creativity.”

      Trish Witkowski is currently the creative director for a marketing and communications firm in Baltimore. She earned her master of science in graphic arts publishing from Rochester Institute of Technology’s world-renowned School of Printing Management and Sciences and a bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design. She has taught design and desktop publishing at the college level, and is the co-author of The Adobe InDesign Guide.

      Fold is available exclusively in Australia and New Zealand from Print21Online

      To buy FOLD: The Professional Guide to Folding and to browse the Print21Online Graphic Arts Library click here.

    • Wot’s on this week . . . industry events . . . don’t miss it . . . dates for your diary

      A bit of house keeping first. So that you can plan your weeks ahead, we will now run the Wot’s On from Monday to Sunday. So this week may look busy with the extra dates.

    • Kodak brings Inspired By Possibilities to New Zealand over the next week. This evening of discussion and entertainment will give you the opportunity to meet the Kodak NZ team and hear what their plans are. Further information is available on the calendar for the four sessions in; Christchurch (August 1st), Wellington (August 2nd) and Auckland (August 3rd).
    • Workshop on Workplace Agreements for TAS (August 1st).

      With the rest of the country now covered, Printing Industries continues its journey to discuss the new WorkChoices legislation and its affect on the industry. Check out the calendar for more information.

    • The Chromaticity Advanced Colour Management Course resumes in Sydney on August 2nd.

      After continued success of the three-day course, David Crowther will now conduct the courses in both Sydney and Melbourne. Sydney has first chance to get ahead of the game in today’s competitive colour reproduction arena. Check out the calendar for more information.

    • ADMA Networking Night in VIC. Rock up to The Public House in Richmond on August 3rd.

      Meet and mingle with contacts in the direct marketing industry in a relaxed environment with a nice cold ale or two. Check the calendar for more information.

    • Pack your bags and get jet setting for the Get Connected Conference 2006.

      Sri Lanka will host the much-delayed and hugely shifted Get Connected Conference from August 4th to the 6th. The conference brings together the Asian printing industry and is a handy way to grab your slice of the booming market. See the calendar for more information.

    • JPE NSW 70th Anniversary Ball Open Publishing 2006 On Saturday August 5, the printing industry will trade in its printing presses and embellishment machines for nicely pressed suits and glamorous gowns.
      Past presidents, members and guests will gather to celebrate 70 years of JPE at The Tea Room in Sydney’s QVB. See the calendar for more information.

      Outside of the industry, don some yellow on Saturday night for game two of the Bledisloe Cup, the trophy may be gone, but our pride is not. The preceeding message was for our Australian readers only. For the rest of you – Go The All Blacks!

      And for those with more cultivated taste, head to Melbourne over the next few weeks to see what is being produced outside of Hollywood in the Melbourne International Film Festival.

      If you have an industry event that needs to be added to the Print21 calendar, email me at Shaun Hellyer.

    • New faces and people movements in the industry

      Konica Minolta has appointed David Procter to the role of national operations manager, digital print solutions Australia. Procter brings to the position 20 years of experience working within this industry, most recently at Konica Minolta as product marketing manager of light production.

      Procter will be responsible for strengthening and managing the digital print solutions division within Australia. Konica Minolta has indicated this will be the first of several appointments made and that it reflects how strongly it is focusing on this segment of the market.

      Nicole joins the team at Fuji Xerox

      Nicole Merhi (centre) has come on board the happy team at Fuji Xerox as marketing manager – business development, production services business group. She’s pictured attending the industry night at Rapid Digital launch with Maria Nordstrom (left) general manager, production services business group and Chad Pearce, production colour marketing manager.

      New appointment for Printing Industries WA

      Printing Industries Western Australia office has appointed Natasha Collison as workplace relations co-ordinator. Collison has just completed a bachelor of business degree at Edith Cowan University with a double major in human resource management industrial relations.

    • DES takes colour management training to Melbourne

      The Advanced Colour Management and Digital Print Makers Master Classes are held in conjunction with Chromaticity Australia. Crowther says he is enthused over the opportunity of using the state-of-the-art facilities and equipment at the RMIT’s International Centre of Graphic Technology to impart his knowledge to the Victorian industry.

      “RMIT is one of the best equipped graphic technology training facilities in the southern hemisphere. Attendees will benefit from ‘try before you buy’ experience with the latest equipment in colour management,” says Crowther.

      The courses are amongst the best in the industry and provide attendees with the in-depth understanding necessary to stay ahead of the game in the highly complex and competitive area of colour reproduction.

      The course will be a blend of discussions, presentations and practical activities. In recent years attendees have included prepress managers, pressroom personnel, packaging graphics personnel, publishers and brand managers and DES has received overwhelmingly positive feedback.

      The course is restricted to maximum of 10 students per class with two students per workstation, each of which has a Monaco Optix monitor calibrator and both Gretag MacBeth and X-Rite spectrophotometers. ICC profiling is taught using both GMB ProfileMaker 5 and Monaco Profiler Platinum with scanners and proofing printers also provided.

      “These training courses are designed to provide hands on working knowledge of colour management tools, practices, processes and implementation,” says Crowther.

      On completion of the course participants will have gained knowledge of the terminology, processes and procedures required to design, implement and operate a colour-managed workflow. Attendees who pass the certificate assessment will receive the highly regarded ‘Colour by Chromaticity’ certification for colour management implementation.

      Topics will include:

    • Colour Management Basics
    • Profile Creation
    • Workflow
    • Exercises
    • Display Colour Management
    • Scanner Colour Management
    • Digital Camera Colour Management
    • Calibration
    • Printer Colour Management
    • Profile Evaluation
    • Profile Editing
    • Certification Exams

      The cost is $1,995+gst for the three-day course and the courses will be held between 23-25 August and 28-30 August. For more information contact DES on (02) 9736 6700, email
      info@chromaticity.com.au
      or visit the website at
      www.chromaticity.com.au

    • Jumbo building wrap for Boeing snatches world record

      The factory is home to the manufacturing of the 747, 767, 777 and 787 planes and has itself been recognised by the Guinness World Records as the largest building in the world by volume. The ‘Dream of Flight’ mural covers all six doors on the south side of the building that are 25 meters high and between 91 to 107 meters wide, about the length of a Rugby League field.

      The mural was designed by London agency Fitch Design Consultants with the aim of portraying the excitement of flying and to capture the company’s enthusiasm for the aerospace industry.

      Jeff Robinson, brand marketing director at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, says the graphic offers the factory a refreshing new look and is a great way for the company to celebrate its passion for flight.

      “This is an impressive graphic that matches our remarkable air planes and product line,” says Robinson.

      The mural consists of one-metre by 18-metre sheets. It took more than five months to install, largely because of difficult weather conditions that including 27 straight days of rain throughout December and January.

      Seattle company SuperGraphics printed the mural on three Scotchprint 2000 digital printers. It was printed in 1.27 wide x 17 metre long strips with an image quality of 25dpi, and even at that resolution the files were two gigs per door. The company rented a full basketball court to inspect the graphics and installed them with a hydraulic ‘snorkel’.

      3M manufactured the pressure-sensitive graphic film and other products used in the design, effectively taking its use of graphic films to wrap vehicles and buildings to the next level.

      The Guinness Book of Records entry reads: “The largest digital graphic, produced by 3M and designed by SuperGraphics, measures over 3,048 metres and has been featured on the six bay doors on the assembly building of The Boeing Company in Everett, Washington, USA since the 15 February 2006.”

    • Man bites dog & newspapers bite back – news commentary by Andy McCourt

      Extract from Melbourne’s Herald-Sun, July 12:
      A man desperately trying to evade capture bit a police dog yesterday. The police dog, named Pago, gave chase and when he caught up with the suspect, an altercation ensued. The man kicked, punched and bit the dog. “It’s quite a foolish thing to do because a dog will bite back, and much harder,” Sgt Fraser said.

      It’s an old saw Dog bites man is not news; Man bites dog’ is news. So, it is with warm heart and great expectations that I bring you the news that our fusty old newspaper industry has at last made a bold move to show some teeth and promote itself as a modern, efficient media that is still the best way to sell goods and ensure that we remain a democracy, despite the best efforts of certain ACT-based Machiavellian manipulators. Newspapers, like the rest of the printing industry, have had to undergo seismic upheaval in their practices, in the face of new media, a dying (one step after ‘aging’) population and a disinterested young mkt wo prfr txt mssgs n bnal drvl 2 reel reading.

      So what’s happened? Australia’s leading publishers have established The Newspaper Works – a $2 million p.a. budget independent industry body tasked with promoting newspapers to advertisers and finding ways to boost readership. Moreover, they’ve appointed a top adman from Clemengers, Tony Hale, to head up the initiative as ceo, starting in September.

      Jointly founded by News Ltd, John Fairfax Holdings, Rural Press, APN News and Media and West Australian Newspapers Holdings, The Newspaper Works (TNW) aims to modernize the public perception of newspapers. TNW Chair John Hartigan of News Ltd says; “We believe very strongly that newspaper assets are not going to be consigned to the scrap heap of old media. They are going to be trailblazers, as part of the new media.”

      Tony Hale acknowledges the need to multi-purpose news and information:
      “The fact that you are offering it in an online form or within future technologies in a mobile form, is a positive step in the way to get people to read the content of newspapers,” he says.

      The body’s board comprises the chief executives from each publisher, including Hartigan, Fairfax’s David Kirk, Rural Press’ Brian McCarthy, APN’s Brendan Hopkins and West Australian Newspapers’ Ken Steinke.

      The announcement of TNW coincided with a report from MAN Roland Where are Newspapers Heading? in which MAN’s Georg Riescher comments: “There appears to be virtually no limit to the printing industry’s worldwide growth although there are of course weaker and stronger markets…one can see very strong growth of between 15 per cent and 30 per cent in annual advertising spend, above all in newspapers, in Eastern Europe, Russia, China, the Middle East and India.

      This of course contrasts with some developed market events, such as last week’s announcement by the Chicago Tribune that 4 per cent of its workforce would lose their jobs. Publisher David Hiller said; “Most simply, our revenue is down and our costs are up, and we have to address that.” Several other US newspaper publishers, including Gannett Co. Inc. and McClatchy Co., also reported lower earnings, as their print businesses lost national and automotive advertising dollars and readers to the Internet. (source: Reuters).

      In the UK, The Sportsman newspaper slipped into administration last week after only four months on the news stands. It was the first national daily to be launched there in 20 years.

      However, here in Australia – where the world’s smartest newspaper executives come from – it appears our flacks, hacks and jacks are once again ahead of the game with the establishment of The Newspaper Works.

      MY CALL:

      Gold! Gold! Gold! It’s a great initiative and one that must be mimicked by other sectors of the printing industry. Fact is, newspapers, catalogues, direct response inserts DO work and often much better than online, TV or radio alone.

      There’s a bunch of roses, now for the brickbats:

    • Newspapers – care more about how you deliver your product. For the past two weeks in rainy Sydney, all I’ve had is a soggy, pulpy SMH mess each day, carelessly strewn in the gutter or grass for the rain to flow through the open ends of a too-tightly roll-wrapped paper. It’s unreadable and falls apart and I’m on the verge of canceling my sub. I’m an industry consultant, so I’ll happily charge you a very reasonable $5,000 fee for the following advice: Flat-wrap and seal the buggers! And tell your agents – papers are not grenades to be tossed.
    • Content – I know, I know, journos cost money and ‘we’re a business after all and we can get the news over the wire, so we’re firing 90 per cent of the reporters’….. BULL! Employ or contract more good journos, sector experts and op-ed writers; readers want YOUR paper’s vision and interpretation of events. You will KILL your product by not investing in first-class content.

      To quote acclaimed writer Philip Knightley in this month’s Walkley magazine:
      “The answer is staring us in the face. Sports pages are the one section of newspapers that go from strength to strength. Most readers of a report on a sporting event not only already know the result, but have probably seen it on TV. Yet they still turn eagerly to the sports pages to read about it. They want to know not just what happened, but why it happened now, what led up to it and where do we go from here?

      “I believe there is an enormous hunger for serious journalism. I believe readers know the difference between this sort of reporting and the trash they frequently receive and that they will reward newspapers which offer good journalism with their support and loyalty.”

      Well said, Mr Knightley. And enough said from me.
      Woof.

    • Industry turns out for DocuColor 5060 RIP launch

      Three new graphic arts RIPs – EFI, Creo and Freeflow – were introduced to the digital printing industry, transforming the DocuColor 5060 into a production printing colour device. The launch took place against the backdrop of Rapid Digital’s two iGen3s – the only pair of the massive digital presses in the country. It was likely the opportunity to see the workings of the high-volume digital printing centre as much as anything else that spurred the crowd to venture out on a dark and stormy Sydney night.

      According to Sue Threlfo (pictured), graphic arts business manager NSW, the turnout shows there is an ever increasing interest in the latest digital products. The DocuColor 5065 is FujiXerox’s latest entry into the increasing popular ‘lite production market. It operates at speeds of 50 impressions per minutes (65ipm mono) printing on stocks up to 300gsm.

      Using what Fuji Xerox describes as a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser the 5065 has a resolution of our times greater than conventional laser technology. With the release of the Creo Spire CX250 server the company is promoting the machine for the highest graphic arts quality printing. The EFI Fiery RIP is targeted to quick printing sectors, while the Xerox Freeflow is a more economical product.

    • gets its place on Fed Government talkfest table

      Philip Andersen, CEO of Printing Industries, is one of the 20 industry representatives to attend the inaugural roundtable meeting that will contribute to the Federal Government’s Industry Statement, to be finalised early next year, which will set the policy direction over the next 10 years.

      Andersen claims the invitation was recognition of the importance of print to manufacturing and as the core communication medium for products and services, as well as the industry’s expanding technological role in the digital communication world and on manufacturing generally.

      Macfarlane claims Australia’s recent economic performance was the envy of the world with its low interest rates, low unemployment and strong growth.

      “However we are now entering an era of true globalisation, of communications advances that mean business without borders and the need for industry sectors to become regular contributors to global supply chains,” says Macfarlane.

      “We have a window of opportunity now, while our economic performance is so strong, to determine what comes next and build a foundation to ensure our strong business momentum is maintained.”

      During the roundtable meeting the minister will provide an introduction and overview and then invite each participant to make a brief statement on two or three major priorities they would like to see the statement address.

      “There are many new challenges facing our industries, including the rise of low-cost competitors like China and India. The Statement will be a considered plan to tackle the challenges while also highlighting opportunity,” said Macfarlane.

      “The next decade will be pivotal to Australian industry. Now is the time to consolidate all that has been achieved in recent times while adjusting to powerful new trends in the global market.”

    • High-speed printing on display at Printscape

      There are now three of the top-of-the range, large format presses in Australia (contracts have been signed for seven) with the first New Zealand machine set to go into Soar Print in Auckland. The high-productivity machine is leading Heidelberg’s current increased marketshare success in the region.

      The third annual Printscape at the Sydney showroom concentrated on live demonstrations of a wide range of equipment, including the new Varimatrix 105 die-cutter. Alistair Hadley, director and general manager sales, Heidelberg Australia and New Zealand (pictured) instructed and entertained the heavyweight audience, which represented many of the top flight commercial printers in the industry.

      Designed to illustrate how Heidelberg covers the entire production process, the equipment currently on display (for the next three weeks) includes a Suprasetter CTP device as well as a Stahlfolder, a Polar Cutting System and a Stitchmaster ST 350. All the equipment was networked through Printect and functioned to CIP4 integration from start to finish.

      The highlight of the night was running the XL105 at top speed, completing a change over from paper to board. With just one operator at the controls the highly automated six colour plus coater introduced the audience to the latest in high productivity printing.

      One dampener on the proceedings came with the announcement that an open house day had to be cancelled due to a poor response from local printers. Despite putting a brave face on it a Heidelberg spokesman questioned why printers would not take advantage of the opportunity to see a complete high-technology printing factory in operation. “Perhaps our customers are too busy making money, he said.

    • Industry roundtable looks for consolidation action plan

      Based on the recommendations in the seminal government-backed Print21 Action Agenda launched in March 2001, a summit of 17 key organizations was held in Sydney to examine ways of dealing with the fragmentation of the industry. Hosted by Printing Industries the office bearers present represented more than half the identified industry-related groups.

      “We sought to get their attention on developing more formal partnership relationships. Many associations do very good things for their members and one of the models we focused on was using Centres of Excellence,” explained organiser, Robert Fuller, NSW manager, Printing Industries.

      “There is no point in doing more of the same. We must learn the lessons from industry and union rationalisations. No one disagreed.”

      The aim is to develop a model that can better represent the industry to the government and the public at large. Discussions were described as “frank and open.” Erosion of membership benefits and over lapping of activities were identified as areas of concern.

      An action plan is now being developed and will be presented at a further meeting. “We not going to have another talkfest. It’s time for action,”said Mr Fuller.

    • $1000 reward for missing Print Awards winner

      The Melbourne bindery worked on the limited edition Art of Bradman, which picked up two silver awards at the National Print Awards in May, but the A3+ book on display was stolen during the evening’s presentations in the Solander box that it was stored in.

      The company is offering the reward for confidential information leading to the recovery of the book and/or prosecution of the thief. “The two items must have been packed and carried from the premises under full view of many in attendance. Someone must know what happened,” says Edward Congdon, owner and managing director at Whites Law Bindery.

      Scott Telfer, chairman of the National Print Awards, has expressed his concern over the incident but claims the board has its hands tied as to taking the investigation any further at this stage.

      “We have given it to the NSW Police Department to investigate,” says Telfer. “Under privacy laws we are not allowed to view any of the security footage that was taken at Darling Harbour during the evening, but if anyone has any information relating to the theft then we would encourage them to come forward.”

      If you have any information relation to the whereabouts of the limited edition prints then contact Whites Law Bindery on (03) 9523 6026 or via email on production@whiteslaw.com.au

    • Fairfax snaps up more Melbourne newspapers

      Fairfax has purchased two Melbourne suburban newspaper companies, The Independent News and Melbourne Community Newspapers, to add another five free weekly newspapers to its stable. They include the Frankston/Hastings Independent, Mornington and Southern Peninsula Mail, Cranbourne Independent, Dandenong Independent and the Chelsea, Mordialloc, Mentone Independent in addition to tourism publications.

      The deal gives Fairfax an even greater foothold in the city following its purchase of Text Media in 2003, a $67.3 million takeover that gave it control over the Melbourne Herald, the Melbourne Weekly Magazine, Emerald Hill Times and the City Weekly.

      However the purchase is not a reflection of its approach across other major cities with David Kirk, CEO of Fairfax, claiming there are too many barriers, namely News Limited’s Courier Mail for it to consider launching a daily publication in Brisbane and that it intends to stick to its plan of boosting its online auction presence in the north.

      Simultaneously Fairfax has completed its acquisition of regional newspaper publisher Border Morning Mail Limited and upped its stakes in the company’s printing division from 51 per cent to 75.5 per cent.

    • Merchants push through paper price rises

      The price rises will be in the vicinity of three to four per cent. Spicers attributes the movement to the tightening of supply across the globe of uncoated woodfree papers, with rising costs of raw material and energy leading to paper machine closures and price increases amongst producers.

      Independent merchant, K.W. Doggett has confirmed it will also be increasing the price of its uncoated stocks, claiming it has suffered increases from both local and international mills. Simon Doggett, director at K.W. Doggett, says his company is currently calculating the impact of the price movements and expects to make an announcement soon on the extent of the rises.

      “The price rises will simply have to stick because the merchants are beyond being able to absorb price rises from the mills, given the current pricing of the trade,” says Doggett.

      Dalton Paper, the other PaperlinX merchant, has already informed its customers that it plans to raise uncoated prices by approximately four per cent at the beginning of September. Ken Bishop, general manager at Daltons, labels it as a slight rebalancing of the supply and demand curve in response to stock falling out of the market.

      Tony Dargicveich, managing director of The Red Paper Group, which includes BJ Ball, Edwards Dunlop and Raleigh Paper, claims it has just been informed of price rises by its international mills. He says this is in the realm of three to four per cent and that the company intends to increase its prices in accordance with that.

      Continuing its practice of being a price taker rather than a price setter, Australian Paper has declined to comment on whether it plans to raise prices.

      Spicers has also indicated it expects to make further announcements on price rises of coated woodfree papers over the coming few weeks. K.W. Doggett, Dalton and the Red Paper Group have also claimed such a movement is inevitable and that they will be making similar announcements in the near future.

      The increases come as increases in the price of fuel add a layer of costs to the logistics industry.

    • Prinect – Connecting the World of Print

      Prinect is a modular product portfolio that focuses on the benefits from standardized workflow connectivity. Prinect integrates existing and new products along the entire production workflow from Prepress to Press and Postpress. Prinect will also incorporate the Business workflow to form the first seamless production and management system in the Print Media and Graphic Arts Industry.

      Prinect Management

      Prinance
      Prinance has been specifically developed for job- and process-management in the Graphic Arts Industry. All parts are organized to reflect job routines – from customer inquiries and estimating through job handling all the way to invoicing and follow-up costing for statistical purposes. Thanks to open interfaces with other Heidelberg software products along the Prepress-Press-Postpress-chain Prinance enables seamless process integration: It provides the application with job-oriented data and gets back information for follow-up costing and statistical evaluations from the Prinect production workflow. Apart from estimating and job handling this greatly supports the efforts needed to boost the efficiency and effectiveness of production preparations and -planning as well as decision-making on the management level.

      Data control
      The DataControl production and information system is a comprehensive control tool for the network production of a printer. The system links Prinect production workflow components as well as the business control workflow of Prinance. An electronic planning table enables production planning and controlling and direct access to the machine in the print shop.

      Prinect production & Pressroom Components

      Prepress Interface
      PrepressInterface is the interface of the Prinect Prepress and Pressroom. From CIP/PPF data PrepressInterface calculates inkzone-presetting values for CP2000 Centre and transfers colour reference values for ImageControl. PrepressInterface optimises the pressroom workflow substantially with fast make-ready quality.

      Plate Image Reader
      The Plate Image Reader creates an analog interface between prepress and press by scanning individual printing plates for area coverage values to allow preset inking on the press. The values obtained are then relayed directly to CP2000 Centre. The calculated preset inking profile requires only minor adjustments to achieve the desired level of production quality.

      Image control
      ImageControl is a colour measurement system for monitoring quality outside the press. It measures the entire printed image, with simultaneous online control of inking. ImageControl reads image information from PrepressInterface, converts this data into a digital reference sheet and recalculates these target values against the current values taken from the press-sheet. Measurement is for the first time taken by spectrophotometry from the entire page. ImageControl automatically transfers digital adjustment recommendations to the press – online, real-time. The OK-sheet can be reached precisely and extremely fast

      Autoregister
      Industrial Print depends on short make ready and exemplary quality. AutoRegister is the world’s first and only system for measuring and controlling register in sheetfed presses.
      It enables fast, precise on-the-fly measurement of register. In addition, AutoRegister fully automatically optimises register from the first pull and then continuously monitors and corrects registration during the pressrun. Within the Prinect Workflow the position of the AutoRegister marks are preset via PrepressInterface and CP2000 Centre.

      CP2000 Centre
      CP2000 Centre is the heart of the Prinect Pressroom. By means of its modularity the press control can actively be integrated into the Prinect production and business workflow. The PresetLink module in conjunction with PrepressInterface permits reliable online transfer of area coverage values and presetting values for AutoRegister to CP2000 Centre. ManagementGate is the module that enables digital integration of presses with CP2000 Centre into the print shop’s overall job and production management system. The ManagementGate module allows both a direct link to industry software (e.g. Prinance) and a connection to Heidelberg’s DataControl production and information system. Job data can then be directly transferred to CP2000 Centre, and automatically captured press data can be made available in real-time for further analysis. The ManagementGate module allows both a direct link to industry software (e.g. Prinance) and a connection to Heidelberg’s DataControl production and information system. Job data can then be directly transferred to CP2000 Centre, and automatically captured press data can be made available in real-time for further analysis

      Prinect Prepress components

      Jetbase
      Production sequences in the prepress stage today are highly integrated and very complex with respect to Cross-Media evolution. The Media-Asset management system Jetbase is a professional, user-friendly solution, which makes the customer’s workstation the first stage of the prepress workflow. Jetbase is a modular software solution for automated archive management and customer data management with Internet access. In the Prinect workflow, Jetbase manages production presets and job-specific tasks for Prinance.

      Signastation
      SignaStation occurs at a central position of the Heidelberg Prinect workflow. SignaStation generates impositioning-libraries and job-tickets containing all the information required about the sheet geometry from the PDF- or Deltalist preview data into the Prinect production-format CIP-PPF. These instructions on geometric distribution of elements on a complete sheet are used in the entire Prinect-Workflow – in the frontends Delta Technology and MetaDimension, for AutoRegister within the Speedmaster press and for Compucut and Compufold in the finishing section of the print shop.

      Prinergy Connect
      Prinergy Connect is a central workflow management system for automated and optimised output- and media-management in the prepress environments of large print shops. Prinergy Connect provides workflow- and asset-management in conjunction with Jetbase, the Signastation and with the dedicated front-ends Delta Technology and MetaDimension and in addition, is the interface for job-management with Prinance. Prinergy connects the Prinect Prepress-workflow to the Prinect Business-workflow.

      Metadimension
      MetaDimension is a modular PDF workflow system developed from a RIP front-end. MetaDimension is able to integrate easily into any production set up with Prinergy Connect and DeltaTechnology using the Prinect-Modules AutoFlow and DeltaFlow or Job-Tickets to interface with Signastation and PrepressInterface. MetaDimension can migrate into a full workflow system with integrated Preflight, Colormanagement, Imposition and Trapping functionality, completely controlled from Job-Ticket processors.

      Delta Technology
      Production sequences in the prepress stage today are closely interconnected to the pressroom. Delta Technology is the first and most efficient integration system for the entire Prepress production – a workflow-control system and front-end for any Heidelberg recorder, proofer or the Heidelberg DI press-systems. Delta Technology is closely integrated into the Prinect scenario with Signastation, Prinergy and PrepressInterface using the Prinect-modules SignaExtension, AutoFlow and PressGate.

      Prinect Postpress component

      Compucut
      Compucut is the interface for the Signastation into the Polar cutting machines of the Finishing Workflow. The program reads the specific cutting sequences from the impositioning instructions, transfers these digitally precise cutting-presets into automated cutting-instructions. This end result is a fully automated Prinect Workflow with optimised make-readies.

      FCS 100 Compufold
      The FCS 100 Finishing Communication System is a part of the continual workflow concept on the basis of the CIP standard. The taking over of already existing data from DataControl, Signastation and PrepressInterface brings along decisive advantages for the production: reduction of set-up times, planning security as well as production control. Compufold is the software for the calculation of machine programs for folding machines. Information for folding created during impositioning in the prepress stage are read and shown in form of PPF files. For the calculation of the machine programs and configurations the digital fold type catalogue with 81 folding types is the basis.

      For more information please email Andreas Sommer (Head of Solution Centre- Sheetfed) andreas.sommer@ap.heidelberg.com or visit our website www.heidelberg.com