Archive for August, 2006

  • Jobs of the week: Production Planner – Printing

    Our client is a large commercial printer, with an impressive range of A1 size presses (including a 10-colour), backed up with an extensive bindery.

    They require an experienced planner for their afternoon shift (4pm – midnight).

    You will be trade-qualified (either from the press room or pre-press) and be sufficiently experienced in production admin/planning to work un-supervised.

    The role involves some purchasing, scheduling, checking files, raising job tickets and an expert knowledge of impositions for large presses.

    A generous package is negotiable, including shift-loading.

    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.

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  • Jobs of the week: Printer

    Our client is a well-regarded printery that has been faithfully serving its community print needs for nearly 30 years.

    Located in the picturesque and scenic New England region of NSW, it offers an outstanding lifestyle opportunity.

    Boasting unrivalled outdoors activities, the area also enjoys cultural, educational and entertainment facilities – is close to Brisbane, the Gold Coast and New South Wales’ north coast beaches.

    You will be a printer – maybe of mature age, versatile on a variety of presses (GTOs, MO, cylinder, etc.) seeking a more relaxed lifestyle.

    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 1682

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  • Jobs of the week: Screen Printer

    Our client is a leading, well-established screen-printing company, servicing the Western Australian market.

    They require the services of an experienced screen printer, preferably familiar with Svecia, Sias “Fastprint” or semi-automatic presses, and who can make stencils.

    Assistance will be given to relocating from anywhere within Australia, to Perth.

    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 1683

    james@jdaprintrecruit.com.au

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

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  • Currie Group reaffirms Horizon alliance – magazine article

    There is no apparant end in sight to the expansion of the leading Japanese post-press manufacturer, Horizon. Building on the success of its industry leading collating and bindery equipment, the company has developed a new manufacturing facility.

    The state-of-the-art plant—located at Biwako, 45 miles northeast of Kyoto, Japan—is now 25 per cent larger and has been further modernised with over $A26 million in new machine tools, injection molding, parts logistics and assembly technology to permit faster and more flexible production. Manufacturing capacity is expected to increase by nearly 30 per cent when the Biwako factory reaches full-scale operation.

    According to David Currie, (pictured on right with Bernie Robinson, general manager and an un-named Japanese geisha) managing director of Currie group, the exclusive Horizon distributor in Australia, no other company can match the concentration of post-press engineering talent and manufacturing expertise found in the Biwako plant.


    Having been invited to Japan to celebrate the occasion, he said, “We’re very proud to be part of the celebration as our valued partner Horizon takes another big step forward as the automation leader in folding, binding, collating, stitching, cutting, and digital finishing solutions. We’re truly honored to be counted among Horizon’s longest-standing business partners,” he said.

    The very best finishing touches

    The Horizon expansion includes a new technical centre devoted to hands-on operator and service training for Horizon customers and dealers worldwide. This facility is the centerpiece of a company initiative to establish a world-class training and skill development program. A new customer showroom where Horizon’s complete portfolio of post-press products will be available for demonstrations and application testing is also located nearby.

    “As Horizon marks its 60th year in business, we proudly dedicate this new facility to our worldwide customers. We listen carefully, understand their post-press needs, and then apply our passion for developing productive, innovative, and reliable solutions to meet those needs. We are gratified that this approach has helped our customers gain a competitive edge, and multiplied our business with sales partners around the globe,” said Horizon president Eijiro Hori.

    On demand book finished and presented

    Company chairman and founder Hachiro Hori presided over the opening ceremonies, which included traditional performances by Japanese musicians and dancers. Each of the 250 attending guests was presented with a commemorative hardcover book within an hour of the close of ceremonies. The book, which included a company history and photos taken during the event, was digitally printed and then bound using Horizon equipment as a live demonstration of on-demand printing and finishing technology.

    Horizon is headquartered in the culturally-rich city of Kyoto, Japan, where it maintains corporate offices and continues to operate a light manufacturing facility. Main production is now centered at the ISO 9001 and 14001-certified factory in Biwako.

  • Eco print wins at WA PICA Awards

    This year’s PICA Awards for the Western Australia attracted an impressive 372 entries across 50 companies with a record breaking 473 people in attendance for the presentation dinner. A total of 36 Gold, 39 Silver and 36 Bronze PICAs were handed out to 33 companies.

    Graham Pittaway, president of Printing Industries WA, spoke of the importance of sustainability at the rainforest themed event, encouraging all the printers, designers and sponsors in attendance to participate in environmental programs like Green Stamp and to promote print to their customers as a highly sustainable means of marketing and communicating.

    Peter Lane, national president of Printing Industries, spoke on the importance of adapting to changing industry conditions. Chris Ager, Paperlinx, spoke on the importance of FSC accreditation to the industry.

    Outstanding performers at this year’s PICAs included Scott Print who took home five Gold awards; Prism Graphix, Pilpel Print and Advance Press who each scored three Golds and Fast Finishing Services with two Golds.

    First time winners included Shern Nguyen, S & T Graphic Design and Colour Print who was one very happy winner. James Carter, The Fabric Printer, encouraged the screen printing industry to get on board with PICA and present the best of their industry sector to the rest of the industry.

    The LIA presented the Apprentice of the Year Award that this year went to William Hammond, an apprentice at Plastafab.

    Des Williamson, PICA Chairman, gave a very special lead into the Printing Industry Recognition Award for 2006 and announced Richard Pilpel of Pilpel Print (pictured right) as this year’s recipient. He received a standing ovation and was toasted by the crowd.

    “It was a well earned and appropriate award for a man who has shown such dedication to the printing industry,” Williamson said.

    For a full list of the winners at this year’s event click here.

  • Ipex reaches out to India in 2007

    The show will take place at the India Expo Centre between October 24-27 next year and organisers IIR Exhibitions claim it will cover every aspect of graphic arts production including pre-press, press technology, digital print, post-press, converting, packaging, consumables and used machinery.

    With a population of 1.1 billion the developing economy of India is becoming a massive market for print, and IIR Exhibitions claim that now is the time for suppliers to look at entering the country’s growing industry.

    “With rapid, sustained economic growth, a domestic market that is hungry for innovation and import duties likely to be removed by the end of 2007, there has never been a better time for suppliers to get a firm foothold in this dynamic market,” it says in a statement from IIR Exhibitions.

    “Ipex South Asia will enable participating companies to generate direct sales, promote their brand, do invaluable networking and set up robust regional sales and distribution channels.”

    The India Expo Centre was opened recently in Noida and was chosen because of its easy access to both New Delhi’s business district and the Indira Gandhi International Airport. The organisers hope to stage the event every two years so it falls between Drupa and Ipex in the UK.

    A pan-regional marketing campaign will be rolled out between now and October next year to attract visitors, free of charge, from right across India as well as Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Senior buyers will also be targeted from markets like the UAE, CIS countries and East Africa.

    IIR Exhibitions has emphasised that Ipex South Asia will feature the same transparent organisational processes, registration control and integrated marketing campaign you would see at any other major European exhibition.

    Companies wishing to find out more information and book space at the event should contact Trevor Crawford via email at tcrawford@iirx.co.uk.

  • Amcor shuffles its deck with massive restructure

    This restructuring program will take four years to complete and will cost the company approximately $300 million, the result of an extensive operations review undertaken by the new management team that was appointed 12 months ago. Ken MacKenzie, CEO of Amcor, says the program will deliver improved operational efficiencies and a simplified product mix.

    “Although current earnings and returns are not satisfactory, the industry fundamentals are sound and Amcor is a significant participant in the market. It is critical to be a cost competitive producer, an outcome which this plan will deliver,” says MacKenzie.

    Part of the plan has Amcor looking to open a new recycling mill in Botany, Sydney to supply low-cost recycled paper to the Australasian market. The company is to undertake a detailed feasibility study with the new mill expected to be operational by 2009 or 2010.

    Amcor will close its small recycling paper mill located in Spearwood, Western Australia, a decision it claims will allow it to fine tune the supply of domestic recycled paper and significantly reduce non-profitable exports. Amcor’s mill in Petrie, Queensland will also be restructured to reduce costs.

    In the cartonboard segment there has been an extensive review of the Petrie mill in Queensland. While the mill is globally cost-competitive in reel production, the sheet conversion process will be restructured to reduce costs.

    Big changes are afoot for the corrugated operations of Amcor with its plant at Box Hill, Victoria to close and the remaining two sites in the state to be significantly upgraded. A project is already underway in Queensland to close one site and upgrade operations at the Rocklea plant with completion scheduled for December this year. The company is also looking closely at its manufacturing footprint in New South Wales to ensure its operating costs match the other states, which will likely to involve restructuring and upgrades.

    Amcor’s folding carton business will not be overlooked as the company plans to lower costs and target new growth opportunities through the purchase of a new large format printing press and conversion machinery. Amcor claims this new equipment will allow it to improve efficiencies by reallocating production across its eastern seaboard plants.

    The extensive changes in the pipeline for Amcor will complement the existing SAP management information system that has already been commissioned across the country. The company claims that while it initially had a negative impact on business performance, the benefits are now being realised through improvements in both customer service and manufacturing.

    Full year results for Amcor

    Amcor secured profit results of $405.9 million for the 2005/06 financial year, with MacKenzie labelling it as a solid result in spite of the company facing a difficult environment of resource price rises.

    “Although there were a number of adverse factors, the operating earnings before interest, tax and depreciation were down only 2.7 per cent,” he says.

    “During the year, oil and energy related costs rose substantially. Raw material costs remained volatile making timely pass-through of these movements difficult, especially those caused by the hurricanes in North America. In Australia, cyclone Larry severely impacted corrugated carton sales in Northern Queensland.”

    MacKenzie says the impact of its national restructuring program will not be reflected immediately as a number of negative factors are continuing into the current year, but insists the company is well placed to deliver earning improvements over the medium term.

  • Personalised magazines now legal at Australia Post

    Changes to Print Post mean that from early September, personalised name and address details can be used for posting magazines. However it will cost magazine publishers 2.5 per cent more to distribute publications through the mail. Rising fuel prices are blamed for the price hike, which is feared may dampen printing volumes.

    The ability to produce personalised magazines that qualify for Print Post rates is likely to herald a new era in magazine publishing. Australia Post says the changes were inspired by the increasing possibilities of digital print technology.

    From September 4 it will be possible to print personalised details, relating to the name and address of the mail recipient, on either the front or back cover of a magazine. Previously this was banned and although a number of graphic arts magazines pushed the limits to demonstrate the technology they were technically in breech of the guidelines.

    Australia Post will permit details to be printed in the form of text, or alternatively as part of a personalised message in the fashion made possible by groundbreaking software applications such as Direct Smile and XMPie.

  • New Kodak boss comes to town to inspect the troops

    Taking over as managing director, INSEAN & vice president of Graphic Communications Group, the Argentine-born Oviedo, who is based in Singapore, said the company was still going through its torrid transformation, but he is confident it is through the worst. He proved circumspect in the face of questioning as to the company’s future, referring to Kodak’s public company status and his representative role.

    He did say the company was generating sufficient cash to see it through the costs of restructuring.

    He affirmed his belief that Kodak was the company to lead the graphic arts into the digital future, citing the company’s range of products from digital image capture through to output. Without giving anything away he referred to a range of new products that are under development in time for next Drupa.

    His ambition is for GCG to be a knowledge transfer vehicle for the industry in the region as the company makes its transition from a manufacturing role to a solutions provider. Because of the spread of Kodak technology he asserted that it is the only company capable of facilitating end-to-end processes.

    It’s a global business: Gusatvo Oviedo the new managing director of Kodak GCG, with Steve Green, managing director of Australia and New Zealand.

  • Massive Fairfax CTP win for Fujifilm signed off

    The machines will be divided between the company’s Australian and New Zealand sites and the deal represents the second major order for Krause technology in the region. According to Warren Hinder, GSA national newspaper specialist, the contract was signed two weeks ago and will see four of the units go into Chullora in Sydney, two to Newcastle and eight to New Zealand.

    The Fairfax contract is one of the last of the major newspaper CTP opportunities representing up to 400,000 square metres of plates per year. (Agfa has The Age contract in Melbourne.) The Krause machines will image FujiFilm LPNV plates.

    Hinder maintains the production capacity and dependability of the large Krause LS-Jet 300 machines was the deciding factor in winning the deal. “We are outputting 250 plates per hour per machine, which at Chullora gives them 1,000 per hours at peak times. Because of the number of machines it also provides secure redundancy, although Krause is well known throughout Europe for its reliability.”

    The eight New Zealand, along with the Newcastle Herald machines, are the smaller, 90 plates per hour, LS-Jet Eco. They will be divided between Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland and Waikato. The roll out is scheduled to be complete by April 2007.

    The Fairfax deal comes hard on the heels of Krause’s win with five machines into APN News and Media plants in Australia. According to Stefan Beke-Bramkamp, Krause, it proves the company’s technology is suited to local conditions. “For us, Australia and New Zealand is a very significant market and we are pleased that our Australian customers realise that Krause CTP systems are an alternative.”

    GSA, a division of IPP Print& Pack, has been sold to FujiFilm Australia. It handles the Krause agency along with the much larger FujiFilm business. www.print21online.com The Fairfax win could not have come at a better time for Peter Carrigan and his team as they make the transition next month.

  • Tough competition and tight trading margins batter CPI

    A significant sales surge of Komori presses and sundry finishing equipment in the second half of the year proved a bright spot as the machinery division turned in a profit after some years of losses. The company reports that paper distribution was profitable but was significantly impacted by low prices within the industry, difficult market conditions and the competitive landscape. It maintains that increased production – mainly from Asia – coupled with a number of new entrants into the merchanting arena contributed to this competitive environment.

    Paper prices fell during the year by 2.8 per cent despite strenuous attempts by merchants to push through price rises. The printing industry rebuffed the price rises by cutting back on volumes and whilst margin increases occurred during the initial periods following the price increase, these were offset by lower volumes and were ultimately lost when pricing returned to previous levels.

    The prospects of the machinery division repeating its stellar performance, especially in its advance into the long perfecting market remain unclear, according to the company’s report to the stock exchange. However it claims they are working on a number of prosects that could result in yet another successful year for the division.

    The machinery division was also hampered by the increasing difficulty of selling second hand kit offshore into the developing markets. However CPI sees opportunities in the digital finishing market and intends to open a retail style showroom to increase its presence in this market.

    Other highlights of the year saw CPI successfully enter the New Zealand market with its ink products while continuing to increase sales revenue with it ink and blankets products.

  • Colour printing capacity helps boost Rural results

    Improved yield from the use of more colour in advertising helped push Rural Press’ earnings margin up to 29.9 per cent. Overall the company had a revenue lift in the financial year just ended of three per cent to $588.4 million.

    Australian agricultural publishing revenues proved the star earner for the diverse publishing company growing by five per cent with volume gains in special publications, property and livestock advertising. Regional/Metropolitan publishing advertising volume growth was relatively modest, although gains were achieved in all advertising categories. The New South Wales publications dampened the overall growth rate, reflecting the slower State economy.

    Rural Press’ role as a commercial printer expanded last year, undoubtedly boosted by the new colour capabilities of its MAN Roland presses. Revenues increased by 5.5 per cent, earnings improved by 2.6 per cent after absorbing significant depreciation and funding costs from the capacity upgrades at Ballarat, Canberra, Launceston, North Richmond and Port Macquarie sites late in the prior year.

    New Zealand agricultural publishing performed strongly, benefiting from an expanded market offering with the Central Districts Field Days. The company’s flagship rural newspaper, Straight Furrow, was confirmed as having New Zealand’s largest rural readership.

    Rural Press Chairman, John B. Fairfax, AM said, “The earnings growth highlights the strength of the company’s diverse businesses, the management and the staff. Strong earnings growth was generated without the benefit of major acquisitions and after absorbing costs associated with the significant press upgrades at the company’s larger press facilities.

    “Management and staff have produced a pleasing result and we look forward to the challenges and opportunities ahead,” he said.

  • QLD printers up in arms over government market attack

    The peak industry body has accused the Government of working behind a smokescreen with its plans to spend an off-budget $4.5 million to upgrade the government printer, Goprint, insisting it is a prelude to full entry into commercial printing that will compete with local private printing companies.

    Neal McLary, general manager of Printing Industries Queensland, says the funding includes the purchase of a high capacity state-of the-art six-colour press.

    “You don’t need such capacity and capability to print Hansard text and confidential budget papers as claimed by the minister, Robert Schwarten, but you would need it for high capacity commercial printing,” says McLary. “It’s quite apparent that taxpayer funds are being used to establish a manufacturing facility to give the government an entrée into commercial printing.”

    Goprint has confirmed it is still in the tender process for the purchase of the six-colour press and expects to finalise the contract within the next four weeks.

    McLary says the smoke screen will ultimately be blown away under the guise of capital cost recovery.

    “We will then have taxpayer subsidised plant, equipment and employees competing against private sector companies who must fund their own overheads including employment and capital costs and pay taxes. This will mean job losses for the Queensland industry because no business can compete against a competitor who doesn’t have overheads or who has unlimited taxpayer money to call on to prop it up,” he said.

    McLary has criticised the Queensland Government for having a poor record of financial management in regards to Goprint, with the organisation incurring significant losses to Queensland taxpayers for most of the last 10 years, including $6.8 million over a five-year period.

    “It’s obvious the bureaucracy doesn’t manage commercial services well and yet, contrary to the decisions of most western governments, which leave these services to the private sector, the Queensland Government believes it can make Goprint work – even at a cost to private sector jobs and businesses. The Minister’s defence that the expenditure is needed to print Hansard and confidential budget papers is nonsense. You don’t need a $2 million six-colour printing press to produce photocopied documents.”

    McLary insists that to effectively and efficiently meet the needs of Hansard and budget paper printing, a $300,000 digital printer that can sort, collate and bind could do the job admirably, quickly and cost effectively.

    Printing Industries has called on the government to reassess its printing capability needs and to focus on providing its stated capability objective – to reproduce its confidential budget and Hansard documents – projects for which a six-colour commercial press is just not necessary.

    “Our industry is facing increased pressure from overseas competition, particularly from China, and we need the support of our government, not competition from it, to keep our industry intact, maintain the jobs of our employees and help make us more competitive not less competitive,” says McLary.

  • void

    Managing directors, Ian Clare and Michael Laird, jointly announced the merger of their two companies yesterday to take effect from today, Friday, 1st September.

    The amalgamation will see the two high profile competitors join together with CyraChrome subsumed into DES. Both men assure customers and suppliers alike that for the immediate future it will be “business as usual.” The new company, which will trade as DES, will have the most comprehensive portfolio of digital imaging products, consumables and services on the market, including leading brand names in digital proofing (CGS and EFI), printing (EPSON, Canon, Grapo) and colour management (Chromaticity).

    The newly merged entity will have a turnover in excess of $30 million and a combined workforce of more than 90 employees with offices and support staff in all major centres.

    “I would like to extend a warm welcome to all CyraChrome customers and staff and look forward to the start of an exciting new phase in the development of our business,” said Ian Clare.(top) “As leading suppliers of integrated digital imaging solutions, our two companies share many common goals such as a belief in innovative technology, a commitment to customer support and the development of highly trained product specialists.”

    “The pace of change in today’s digital environment demands that suppliers continue to evolve and improve their product offerings to meet customers’ needs. This is a goal we both share passionately.”

    Michael Laird, who will take up a position as shareholder and director of the enlarged company, said the pooling of resources would enable both companies to deliver enhanced levels of customer support and a greater depth of technical expertise.

    “The fit between CyraChrome and DES is extremely good and while there are some areas where we overlap, we each have complementary strengths in specific markets. DES, for example, has long been a leading playing in the CAD and GIS sectors while CyraChrome is well-known in the packaging and flexo market.”

    “The combination of our two sets of capabilities, particularly in terms of expertise in colour management and digital workflow optimization, will create the most complete specialist digital systems supplier in the graphics market.”

    The companies are a good fit with DES being particularly strong as an importer of proofing substrates, which is the most lucrative part of the proofing market. On the other hand CyraChrome was early into digital proofing with its ORIS product and has the largest installed base of wide format proofing systems in the industry. While undoubtedly there is some overlapping product lines, the enlarged company’s breadth and depth in the market will make it very difficult for any supplier to walk away.

    Following the merger, all staff members from CyraChrome and DES will be retained. The new entity will maintain a sales and service presence in all states and continue to support and maintain all products currently offered by CyraChrome and DES.

    Looking to the future, Ian Clare emphasised that the merger is not just an end in itself but rather a platform from which to explore new business opportunities. Digital proofing, one of the main drivers behind both businesses, is recognized as an industry that has matured since its introduction seven years ago. Both principals recognized the lack of new growth opportunities in the sector and the valuable synergies that could be realized by merging.

    According to Ian Clare the industry can expect the ‘new’ DES to be a company with more resources to dedicate to service and development. Customers will benefit by having more service personnel available in all major centres.

  • Offset Alpine gets green stamp of approval

    The internationally recognised ISO 14001 certification was awarded earlier this year with Offset Alpine claiming the first external audit of the system has been completed with glowing reports. Michael Kinninmont, general manager of Offset Alpine, says he hopes the achievement is one that will soon be shared by the rest of the industry.

    “We are committed to the principles of environmental responsibility not only to achieve sustainable development for ourselves, but to contribute to the achievement of a sustainable future for the printing industry as a whole. Our aim is to continue to improve our quality and service while having a positive effect on the environment,” says Kinninmont.

    ISO 14001 provides guidelines to ensure that environmental management is integrated into the management systems, long term planning and daily operations of any company with the accreditation. To attain the accreditation Offset Alpine had to demonstrate that environmental risks are understood, appropriate controls are in place, performance is constantly checked and that it holds a genuine commitment to improving its sustainability.

    Kinninmont says the first step was to assess and analyse all aspects of business, beginning with obtaining raw materials from sustainable sources and also including the prevention of pollution, conservation of energy and the reduction of waste. Following an examination of possible environmental impacts a comprehensive system was developed that incorporated the procedures and training required for the changes.

    (Craig Dunsford, NSW sales & client services manager with Garth Hackett, sales and marketing director, displaying the ISO 14001 Certificates)

    The next step involved the setting of future plans, objectives and targets by the company’s environmental steering committee, to ensure the effectiveness of the system is continually monitored, assessed and improved.

    Katherine Wutke, environmental management representative for Offset Alpine, claims achieving the accreditation must be a systematic process that involves developing an inclusive work culture that is open to change.

    “The environmental management system requires constant attention and regular audits to ensure continued compliance and improvement. The culture can only be maintained through consistent effort, training and communication,” she says.

    Offset Alpine claims it almost halved its waste to landfill volumes after extending its recycling activities beyond paper. The use of alcohol in its web presses has been eliminated and the company is working closely with an energy consultant to find ways of reducing power consumption.

    Installation has commenced on a series of water tanks to capture run-off from the roof area of its Lidcombe plant to be reused in the manufacturing process, and eventually in amenities and other areas.

    Wutke has paid tribute to the company’s 430 staff whose commitment to achieving the required changes has been critical to achieving accreditation.

    “Our ideal outcome would be for every business in graphic arts to follow our example and work towards the kind of change that will create a better, more sustainable future for the industry and the community in general,” he says.

  • Focus on fusion as Fuji Xerox launches Australian epicenter

    The inauguration of the epicenter in Sydney gives the local industry a world leading facility for the development of digital printing and graphic communications. The high-tech centre is at the Australian Technology Park, located amid the heavy industry relics of the old railway sheds. It houses millions of dollars of digital printing equipment and boasts the latest in communication technology and customer facilities.

    The launch of the epicenter, the last of four throughout the region, underlines the switch from mass production printing to mass customisation and the collaboration between equipment suppliers and printers in the development of these graphic communication markets.


    The opening of the epicenter attracted support not only from the Federal Government but also from Fuji Xerox regional executives (l to r) Andy Lambert, managing director of Fuji Xerox Australia, Kenji Watanabe, vice-president of Fuji Xerox’s International Business group and Abby Abhyankar, vice president Fuji Xerox Production Services Business Group, with Helen Coonan, Federal Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

    The underlying dynamic of technology convergence was recognized by Minister Coonan at the opening last Thursday that saw over 150 industry types attend the glittering event. “This new epicenter will be used to showcase and promote the exciting potential of new digital print technologies through collaborative applications development, customised technical advice and a range of other tailored services for clients,” she said.

    “Collaborative, customised and tailored [print] are not buzz words, because these ‘niche’ markets are really becoming the rule rather than the exception. I know that the market for graphic communications products today is more competitive than ever,” she said. “We can expect digital and communications technologies to continue to converge.

    Andy Lambert, managing director of Fuji Xerox Australia, emphasised the importance the epicenter will play in the region. “The epicenters are designed to communicate Fuji Xerox’s leading edge digital print capabilities, expertise, quality and eligibility as well as demonstrating our successes and heritage throughout the four epicenters [Tokyo, Shanghai, Singapore and Sydney], which will serve sixteen countries in the region,” he said.

    The focus of the Australian epicenter is on knowledge transfer. It is designed around a number of solution-based zones – digital prepress, production systems and business partners. According to Chard Pearce, marketing manager and the man responsible for the operation of the epicenter, the site’s role is collaborative as well as demonstrative. “The emphasis is on fusion, which is not only the way Fuji Xerox applies toner to a page, but is also about how we work together at the epicenter with our customers. We’ve got facilities where our business partners can develop their projects using state of the art technology.”

    The epicenters have been designed by strategic brand consultants, Landor Associates, and feature an initial immersion zone that allows visitors to absorb the high-technology philosophy of the place.

    “The epicenters touch on so many areas of design, from identity and print to furniture and physical environment, that a driving idea needed to underpin the design and bring focus, impact and consistency to each touch point,” said Mike Standiford, Landor’s creative director. “We used the idea of fusion to bring it all together – fusion not only reflects the process of xerography, but also sums up the unique combination of art and science that embodies the philosophy of Fuji Xerox.”

    The Sydney epicenter also houses the company’ regional service organization, which was awarded a prestigious Support Services Practice certificate after a rigorous audit of its performance. Comprising five levels of service, the technical support group handles regional queries with personnel speaking a wide variety of languages and dialects including Bahasa Indonesian and Mandarin.