Archive for September, 2006

  • Candidate of the week: Operation Manager & Graphic Design Lecturer


    Master Executive in Business Management Industry, Universidad Tecnológica de Mexico in co-operation with Escuela de Organización Industral (EOI) de España.

    September 2002 – August 2003.

    Industrial Engineer (Professional Engineering Degree), Universidad Tecnológica de México. Mexico D.F.

    May 1999 – September 2001

    Universidad La Salle S.C. México D.F; 1985-1988

    Work experience:

    From May 22th 2000 – September 16th 2006

    Company: Fersa Digital S.A. de C.V. (new division of Distribuidora Fersa)

    Av. Tezontle 860-17, Col. Ramos Millan, México D.F.

    Position: Process Manager

    Area: Production

    Activities Description:

  • Supervise company operations, ensures quality, delivery times, cost, suppliers.Those tasks get the goal to ensure analyses workforce utilisation, operational data and production schedules and costs to determine optimum worker and equipment efficiencies
  • Coordinate and control the staff activities from work repcetion to the customer delivery, using process chart that give us the status of each job in process.
  • Graphic Arts consulting and technical support to customers in specific prodution areas that help them to get a best knowlege in graphic arts processes establishing work measurement programs and analyses work samples to develop standards for labour utilisation and quality control.

    From February 13th 1995 – to May 19th 2000

    Company: Distribuidora Fersa S.A. de C.V. (Graphic Arts Dealear), Av. Tezontle 860-9, Col. Ramos Millan, México D.F.

    Position: Sales Engineer

    Activities Description:

  • Coordinate and supervise Sales team doing organisational charts and project information searching for a new markets and opportunity businness.
  • Planning new marketing strategies in co-operation with financial area looking the best way to increses sales and have the best financial results.
  • Keep customers up date in new technologies and products doing a good bussiness ralationship.

    From 1992 – to winter 1994

    Company: McDonald`s Mexico (Fast Food)

    Location: Different places

    Position: Swim Manager

    Area: Operation

  • Supervise workshop operation, ensures quality polices.
  • Customer attendance
  • Coordinate Staff activities

    Professional backgound:

    Color Correcto. (Right Colour)

    3er. Seminario Internacional de Administración de Color

    (Colour Management)

    San Juan de Río Queretaro, Agosto 2005

    Diplomado Universitario en Artes Gráficas,

    Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in co-operation with Camara Nacional de de la industria de las Artes Gráficas. México D.F. 2004

    Las 5 “s” como Herramienta de Calidad y mejora Continua en Artes Gáficas. Camara Nacional de de la industria de las Artes Gráficas. México D.F. 2004

    Control of Printing Process , Rochester Institute of Technology U.S. Trade Center 1999

    Calidad y Productividad en Sistema Offset
    Sociedad de Industriales en Artes Gráficas. México D.F. 1998



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  • Business as usual for Aldus as Mark Andy changes hands

    Mark Andy is a US-based manufacturer of flexographic printing presses for the production of labels, flexible packaging and folding cartons. The company claims the sale will help position it to build its market share in North America while also growing its business in international markets.

    Ian Guanaria, general manager of Aldus, the company responsible for bringing the products to Australia and New Zealand, says the development is a positive one and he expects no changes to distribution in the region.

    “Having met with senior Mark Andy management & staff at the recent LabelExpo in Chicago, I can say that everyone who I spoke to were very enthusiastic about the new arrangements,” says Guanaria.

    “If this move helps the expansion of the Mark Andy company, it will obviously benefit our clients and ourselves here in Australia and NZ.”

    Paul Brauss, CEO of Mark Andy, will continue to lead the company out of its base in Missouri with the management team mostly remaining intact. John Lutsi and Daniel Farrar, general partners at Morgenthaler, will be joining the Mark Andy board of directors.

    Lutsi claims it was technical strengths of Mark Andy that inspired the purchase, and its ability to chase growth in both strong and weak markets, and hints there may be other similar such acquisitions in the near future.

    “As the market leader, the company has excellent opportunities to consolidate its supply chain through acquisitions of ancillary equipment suppliers. This would strengthen Mark Andy’s already strong position as a full-solutions provider. Other potential acquisitions may include companies that can help expand its reach into key international markets.”

    Paul Brauss, CEO of Mark Andy, says the company is excited about the new partnership and he expects it to retain its focus on research and development and customer service following the acquisition.

    “In addition, Morgenthaler brings added financial resources and operational expertise to help us reach our growth objectives,” says Brauss.

  • X-Rite takes the wraps off expanded product portfolio

    The Photokina photo and imaging exhibition in Germany this week will be the first time the new X-Rite lineup will be shown to the public, integrating a number of new offerings and technologies from GretagMacbeth and showcasing the new face of the company since the merger.

    Iris Mangelschots, vice president of imaging and media at X-Rite, says the merger between the two companies has opened up the possibilities of taking colour management in exciting new directions. “By integrating the portfolios of the two companies… we believe we can ultimately improve accurate colour communication between creatives working in a collaborative environment – an issue that we believe is the next horizon in colour management for photographers and designers alike who want to ensure that specific colours within their photos and designs remain true throughout the production process,” says Mangelschots.

    “In addition, by establishing technology platforms that can serve as the building blocks for the future, we can accelerate innovation and increase the value we deliver to our customers.”

    The newly integrated solutions and technologies shown by X-Rite at the exhibition include:

  • Huey: Cost effective monitor colour correction tool for digital photo enthusiasts that automatically adjusts monitor colour and continually adapts to changes in lighting.
  • Eye-One Display LT: Professional colour monitor calibration for cost-conscious creative professionals and digital imaging enthusiasts.
  • Eye-One Display 2: Advanced monitor profiling for professionals who want maximum functionality and control over the monitor colour quality. Workgroup Match ensures accurate matches from monitor to monitor, while Ambient Match provides accurate match to viewing booths.
  • Eye-One Pro Spectrophotometer: Colour management solutions for creative professionals who depend on accurate colour through their workflow. Available in a variety of configurations, Eye-One solutions can create and edit colour profiles for all colour devices including scanners, monitors, digital cameras, digital projectors and printers.
  • Eye-One iO: Fast, versatile, automated scanning table that can be added to any Eye-One Pro device for accurate test chart reading on various substrates up to 10 mm.
  • Eye-One iSis: Automated chart reader with Eye-One spectral technology, capable of measuring reflective test charts with a minimum of effort and training. Tailored for high production markets like prepress, photo processing and high-speed digital printing.
  • DTP70 / 41: Dedicated automated chart reader with maximum speed, suitable for prepress and fine art printing, as well as operators in high speed digital printing and photo processing environments
  • ColorChecker Charts: colour reference charts designed to address the requirements of digital photographers for calibrating, profiling and evaluating colour reproduction in both studio and on-location environments.
  • Advanced Profiling Software: Designed for colour critical professionals, X-Rite’s high-end colour management software, Monaco Profiler and ProfileMaker5 ensures accurate and consistent colour for all the devices used in a typical studio photography workflow – including monitors, digital studio cameras and all types of printers – including RGB, CMYK, HexaChrome and N-Color printers.

  • Printer gets award for turning waste paper into cash

    Penfold Buscombe took home a Highly Commended honour at the 2006 Endeavour Awards for the recycling program, part of an upgrade to its waste handling systems that saw it cooperating with Visy Recycling, along with Donaldson Australasia, providers of filtration system and replacement parts.

    During the upgrade process, Penfold Buscombe decided to establish a recycling loop between its plant and Visy Recycling. Visy collects the waste and moves it to its bulk centre in western Sydney for processing, before shipping it to various sites for reuse. The system handles the waste from seven presses, seven folders, three stitching lines, one mailer and four guillotines and the project has been subsidised by Visy to ensure an uninterrupted supply of raw material for its dedicated recycling plants.

    Penfold Buscombe claims the initiative has delivered genuine bottom-line benefits to the company and hails it as a revolutionary step that will eventually remove the long-standing industry practice of lossful or low-profit recycling. This new solution has also improved productivity by about 20 per cent and decreased downtime in the production process.

    Richard Adams, NSW commercial manager at Visy Recycling, says the project shows there can be a very real commercial advantage for printers who put leftover resources through a recycling process rather than into general waste.

    “It actually costs less than putting it out with general waste and most products can be sorted into various grades for recycling,” says Adams. “From Penfold Buscombe, we retrieve about 200 tonnes per month, so to emphasise the importance of recycling industrial leftovers we always consider subsidising a scenario that can provide volume and quality.”

    Instead of shipping perfectly reusable material to landfill, the project has delivered benefits to the environment while also creating new revenue streams for Penfold Buscombe. For example, ‘white liner’ is manufactured for use in the exteriors of cardboard boxes; lower grade mills are recycled for making cardboard; plastic film is collected from the site, exported and passed onto overseas companies specialising in plastic product.

    Bill Halbert, national manager at of industrial air filters for Donaldson Australasia, says the Endeavour Award recognises the length to which the three companies went to ensure the plant upgrade didn’t just collect waste, it actually turned the recycling process into a effective source of profit.

    “Our consulting engineer, Mr Dominique Ollitrault, had to consider that Penfold was not just making a periodic upgrade to its waste handling systems when we began the project. He was mindful that it had to be efficient in its energy consumption, needed to align with the company’s excellent OH&S standards, and was able to handle all matter of paper-based waste from a large-scale print and bind operation,” said Halbert.

    “Donaldson engineered the collection and handling system, Penfold goes about its normal processes in the knowledge its plant is clean and recycling-conscious, and Visy receives economically viable quantities of waste paper and cardboard which it recycles into various grades, some of it export stock,” he says.

  • Konica Minolta puts Danka Australia onside

    The deal comes as Konica Minolta ramps up its push into the office and professional printing market with its new multifunction printers.
    Danka Australia recently underwent a management buyout where the senior management of the company teamed up with Archer Capital of Australia to make the company a local venture.

    Danka has a nationwide presence, covering the major capital cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth and has been a successful supplier of printing technology in Australia for many years.

    Norihiko Oba, Managing Director of KMBSA, said; “I absolutely welcome this opportunity to further strengthen our leading position in the emerging colour MFP market and to developing our business relationship with them as a valued channel partner.”

    Mike Sheeran, the Managing Director of Danka Australia said. “We are committed to the relationship with Konica Minolta. Danka is now in a position to offer our customers the world’s best document management solutions through our national team of sales and service experts. We welcome the opportunity to partner with Konica Minolta in the rapidly emerging colour MFP and high volume digital printing markets

  • Jobs of the week: Printer for ASIO


    ASIO Central Office, Canberra

    ASIO Officer Grade 5/4 (depending on skills and experience)

    AO5 Salary Range: $65,505 to $74,717

    AO4 Salary Range: $54,026 to $58,974

    Plus Superannuation. Salaries effective 1 January 2007.


    This is an ongoing Canberra-based position.

    The opportunity we offer: Increasing internal demands have resulted in our printing team growing in size and capability. As such we are seeking a suitably qualified printer to enhance our team.

    Members of our small team enjoy working together to produce high quality printed and digital products including; brochures, reports, stationery, newsletters, and forms.

    As a printing team member, you will provide technical advice and assistance to key clients. Liaison with publishers and contractors will be required. You will also assist in the scheduling and maintenance of printing production equipment including; conventional press, digital printing equipment, publication repositories and related software upgrades.
    We will offer you a range of interesting and varied printing jobs as well as support in training and further development. This role operates on a flexible work cycle, with standard working hours between 8.00am and 6.00pm Monday to Friday.

    The person we need: Your trade qualification will be backed by experience in operating small offset printing presses. Your strong interpersonal skills will assist you to professionally deliver essential printing needs to the Organisation. An ability to work efficiently and meet tight deadlines is crucial.
    Qualifications: A relevant trade qualification is required.
    How to apply: Selection criteria and details on how to apply can be found on the ASIO website
    Closing date: Monday 09 October 2006 (applications must be received by this date).

    Eligibility: Applicants must be Australian citizens.

    Working conditions: Employment is under the ASIO Act 1979. Conditions of service are similar to those applying in the Australian Public Service. Salary packaging arrangements are available.

    All employment decisions and selection processes within ASIO are based on merit principles. Applicants should note that only those selected for interview will be contacted further. The duties of the appointment require a national security clearance. Preferred applicants will be required to undergo psychological assessment and intrusive security and personal checking/assessment.

    How to apply: Selection criteria and details on how to apply can be found on the ASIO website

    In accordance with ASIO policy, no feedback on any aspect of the selection process or security vetting assessment will be provided to unsuccessful applicants.

    ASIO thanks all applicants for their interest.


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  • Jobs of the week: Printing Industry Recruitment Consultant

    The Ready Workforce Printing division, a brand of national human capital management organisation Chandler Macleod is growing and now requires a recruitment consultant who loves to interact with their clients and candidates. This role requires a proactive approach to temp and permanent recruitment and has excellent potential for expansion.

    Though recruitment experience is not essential a willingness to learn and grow is

    Your keen customer service skills, printing industry knowledge and willingness to get results will put you in good place to be successful in this exciting and interesting role.

    Strong account management, sales acumen and ability to grow your desk are expected but the rewards are there for the taking

    Come and join one of the largest human capital management organisations in Australia and kick start your career in recruitment.

    If you are interested in finding out more, please email your resume––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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

    This is the weekend when too much sport is not enough. Go the Swannies! Com’on the Storm.

    When when it’s over there’s a wek of events ahead.

    Da Vinci once said, “poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.” With that in mind, a week of education awaits the willing with courses on a wide variety of courses to help your staff grow.

  • GASAA – Personilisation Works.

    Fuji Xerox’s Epicentre will host this free information session on October 4th showing you how to capture and use data more effectively and creatively. See the calendar for more information.

  • The Printing & Imaging Training Seminars continue their run through New Zealand this week visiting Christchurch on October 2nd.

    David Harradine provides two days of training on Photoshop and Digital Photography. Check the calendar for more information on the events.

  • Printing Industries host Telephone Sales for their Queensland members on October 3rd.

    The course will provide you with skills on how to turn a cold call into an appointment. See the calendar for more information.

  • Printing Industries host The New Manager/Supervisor seminar in their Victorian office from October 4th.

    The three-day course provides an accelerated management program to enhance your leadership skills in the workplace. See the calendar for more information.

  • Digital Asset Management is the key for improving your productivity.

    Now that Sydney and Melbourne are up to speed, it’s Brisbane’s chance to catch GASAA as they tour the country with their message on DAM, providing a free seminar on how to utilise it in your business. Check the calendar for more information.

  • The Packaging Excellence Awards are on at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Melbourne this week.

    Put your glad rags on and celebrate with the best of the industry in the Savoy Ballroom on October 5th. For more information, check the calendar.

  • Lay your claim as the brightest in the design industry for the AGDA NSW Trivia Night.

    Gather at the Paddington Woollahra RSL on October 6th for a fun night with your peers to raise money for the Gordon Andrews scholarship. See the calendar for more information.

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

  • Print management arrangement set to unwind – ‘Jonesy’

    The unravelling of a major print management contract with one of the major banks was a point of departure in a landmark presentation by GASAA president, Mike Jones, when he hosted Tuesday’s LIA plant inspection around his Mascot digital printing factory. Speaking at the Graphic Arts Club following the tour, Jones cautioned the mainly offset printing audience against jumping into digital without careful consideration.

    He emphasized the danger of being seduced by technology, warning against attending every seminar and becoming diverted from the core motivation of being in business -– to make money. Drawing on his own pioneering experiences in making the transition from offset to digital, the managing director of CDM drew a picture of tight margins, especially in colour digital production.

    As one of the major digital print companies in Sydney CDM is a state of the art Fuji Xerox equipped company with an iGen3 and a bank of digital engines. It is a leading developer of personalised printing solutions for direct marketing.

    Jones made no secret of his frustration with print management companies intruding between printers and their customers and hinted at the imminent dissolution of a major print contract in the financial sector. He declined to give further details or identify the parties.

    The CDM plant tour drew over 40 industry professionals to what Grant Churchill, president of LIA NSW described as one of the most accessible and interesting events this year.

  • Epson cracks the $2,500 proofing mark

    The new Stylus Pro 3800 has many of the features available on Epson’s range of large-format printers, including the 4800, 7800 and 9800 models, some of the leading options available for the prepress and proofing markets. The new machine retains Epson’s UltraChrome K3 eight-colour ink set and prints from 4×6 up to A2 in size, retailing at a recommended price of $2195.

    Epson is one of the biggest suppliers of ink-jet printers to the prepress, proofing and photographic markets and claims to have sown up more than 70 per cent of the professional photographic market in Australian and NZ. The company launched its UltraChrome K3 series of inks last year and images printed using the ink are displayed in major galleries around the world.

    The new Stylus Pro 3800 is targeted for the output of gallery-quality photos for professional and amateur photographers, and colour accurate proofs for design studios and printing companies. Epson says it is also effective for use with enlargements for photo studios and photographic stores.

    The colour management options of the 3800 have also been improved, offering better colour saturation and allowing greater definition of colour gradation between midtones and shadows.

  • PrintEx megasite goes live on the web

    Prospective exhibitors and visitors to PrintEx07 can now access the latest information about the show online at The show is set to take place between May 24-26 next year at Darling Harbour and will showcase technologies, services and equipment for all those working within areas of print, pre-press, packaging, publishing, design, finishing and logistics.

    For exhibitors, the website gives give the rundown on how to book a stand and other information on PrintEx07 including visitor breakdown and statistics. For visitors, there are up-to-the-minutes details on who’s exhibiting, the workshop program, and on-line pre-registration (from January 2007) plus helpful information on local travel and accommodation.

    Grant Churchill, chairman PrintEx07, says the website is the website is the industry’s best source of information on the upcoming expo.

    “Updated regularly, we recommend everyone to bookmark or add the website to your favourites to keep on top of opportunities for getting involved,” says Churchill.

    PrintEx07 will take place in Halls 4, 5 & 6, Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour from Thursday 24 May to Saturday 26 May 2007. The exhibition is presented by GAMAA and Printing Industries.

    For further information phone Reed Exhibitions on (02) 9422 2472 or email .

  • Book Club –

    Use the Pantone Guide to Communicating with Color to make your color choices credible, predictable and effective. Filled with hundreds of color combinations and illustrations, this book is based on consultant Leatrice Eiseman’s popular seminars on the psychology of color. Apply these essential guidelines and illustrations to all your projects- branding, packaging, point-of-purchase, advertising, signage, logos, web sites and more!

    With this useful guide, you’ll find everything you need to make color work in your designs – from valuable color terms to a chart for converting PANTONE spot colors to Hexachrome and process formats. Created especially for anyone interested in the psychology of color and meaningful color combinations, this guide uses Pantone’s universally utilized color systems to ensure that color comes out just the way you like – No surprises.


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  • Product picks of the week – what caught our eyes

    Serendipity Software has updated its flagship offering Blackmagic to version 3.3. Performance has improved with the ability to configure multiple imaging and rendering processors on the same box. This release aims to harness the power of the new Apple Mac Pro machines building on the previously released Universal Application for the Intel Core Duo Processors.

    Further enhancements have been made to the SoftProof option with more tools to view and manage jobs. Multiple jobs can be loaded into tabbed SoftProof with a thumbnail sidebar for ease of navigation.

    Other improvements support for multi-colour ICC profiles. This means machines with different inks from the traditional CMYK can be used allowing for greater gamuts or specialist packaging inks such as white.

    New digital press for Xeikon

    The new Xeikon 6000 digital colour press boast a speed of 160 A4 pages per minute, which translates to 9,600 full-colour pages per hour and a duty cycle of almost 4,000,000 pages per month. It includes a new Digital-Front-End (X-800) and Form Adapted (FA) for enhanced edge workflow management and output quality.

    Media handling capabilities are also enhanced, with the Xeikon 6000 handling paper stock from 40 to 350 gsm and running a wide array of substrates including paperboard. Being web-fed it boasts increased format flexibility, running substrate widths from 320 to 500 mm and unlimited, flexible image length.

    “We have made significant investments in the Xeikon 6000 as well as our proprietary toner research, production and software development. With the launch of the Xeikon 6000, these investments result in significant benefits to our customers. As Punch Graphix we are committed to provide cutting-edge technology,” says Ben Van Assche, CEO of Punch Graphix.

    The new X-800 Digital-Front-End offers high-speed support, FA toner support, a fifth colour and colour management tools. A full-colour IPDS (Intelligent Print Data Stream) controller is also available. The new FA toner technology offers enhanced image quality, better colours a wider application range and its increased colour gamut means the press is now Pantone licensed.


    Heidelberg expands its Suprasetter family

    Offset giant releases its Suprasetter A52 and A74 models, the latest additions to its thermal platesetter range.

    Heidelberg is positioning the new A52 and A74 models as the most cost-effective gateway to thermal plate production for small and medium commercial print shops. The new entries compliment the existing range of platesetters and fill a gap in the entry-level market, with the Suprasetter family now representing a broad, modular range of platesetters that offer various configuration options for small, medium, and large formats.

    The new platesetters use the same laser technology as the high-end Suprasetter units, meaning there is no compromise in quality. The new models also provide reliable production through the Intelligent Diode System (IDS), – another feature shared with high-end models.

    “Up-and-coming print shops can’t afford to compromise on quality and process reliability,” says Jürgen Rautert, board member for engineering and manufacturing at Heidelberg. “Our aim at Heidelberg has been to provide these customers, who don’t have a particularly large plate throughput, with a cost-effective means of moving into thermal printing plate production.”

    “As a result, they are benefiting from cutting-edge technology that enables them to produce print products with the highest of quality standards.”

    New automation features make the Suprasetter A52 and A74 models among the most compact devices in their class. By installing the Auto Top Loader (ATL) attachment on the basic machine the manually operated devices of the standard version can be fully automated. Coupled with other enhancements, Heidelberg claims the fully automatic versions of its new Suprasetters are able to function largely without the assistance of an operator.

    The new Suprasetter will be available from January 2007 and makes its US debut at GraphExpo in October 2006 in Chicago.

    Newspaper hybrid screen dispute gets technical

    Hybrid AM screening as opposed to Stochastic (FM) type screens are matters of hot debate in the newspaper world. Following Agfa’s claim of producing magazine quality at newspaper speeds Agfa@Print21online, Kodak’s Value In Print Marketing Manager, wants to put another perspective.

    He maintains that publishers and advertisers increasingly demand higher reproduction fidelity in newspapers. One of the areas where that can be achieved is in the screening technologies that are used to create the images on the printing plates.

    Agfa makes use of Hybrid AM screening while Kodak uses Stochastic (FM). Unsurprisingly Pritchard believes the Kodak solution is best.

    Here, for the technically advanced is the full article.

  • Start planning now for National Print Awards

    The 24th National Print Awards are scheduled for a dinner presentation on May 25th next year and organisers have emphasised that planning ahead is a key ingredient of success. Printers are advised to ask themselves: how do you handpick a project for submission in the Awards and how do you select the jobs that you believe will attract the eyes of the Judging Panel?

    While the organisers say printers need not necessarily ‘target’ any particular projects as entries, they should also not leave it until the last moment and make a rushed selection. Scott Telfer, chairman of the National Print Awards, says that while entries will be accepted up until mid February, it has been demonstrated that companies preparing early generally have a higher chance of winning a medal.

    Different companies have different approaches to the process. MacDonald & Masterson, a gold-winning printer from Sydney, selects projects on quality after they are completed. Meanwhile, Andrew Neale, general manager of Scott Print in Perth, says jobs are carefully assessed before submission

    “I place myself in the position of being a judge on the panel and ask myself what I would be looking for in a Gold-winning submission,” says Neale.

    The reputation that comes from being a medal-winning business goes a long way, as Sydney’s Peachy Print attests. Bruce Cameron, one of Peachy’s three partners, says that since its success at the National Print Awards the print house has found that ‘industry talk’ has become its strongest marketing tool.

    The judges of the 23rd Awards commented on the extremely high quality of the entries this year, and the board is looking forward to receiving entries of a similar calibre. Scott Telfer has also commented on the high standard of print being achieved at the state level, as the guest of the state PICA awards in Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia.

    “These awards are a great starting point for the National Print Awards. The high quality of print across Australia is a testimonial to our industry.”

    Telfer also paid tribute to the many hours the various PICA boards put into making them a great success. “Without these committees at a state level, the National Print Awards would not be the success they are”

    Medallists in the 24th National Print Awards will have their work displayed for the duration of Printex 07, while gold winners will also be considered for the Heidelberg Award for Excellence in Craft. All medal winners will be featured in the planned record book and will be part of the National Print Awards website at

    Entries must be submitted to National Print Awards, Unit 3, 5-7 Compark Circuit, Mulgrave, VIC 3170. Any project completed in the period January 1 – December 31, 2006, is eligible. For further information, send an email to or phone (03) 8541 7333.

  • Newly merged DES makes 1st Agfa Anapurna sale

    The sale was finalised at the Visual Impact expo through DES, recently merged with Cyrachrome, and Agfa claims the popularity of its Anapurna XL demonstrations at the show indicate the company is on track to secure several more sales in the not too distant future.

    Garry Muratore, regional marketing manager for Agfa, says live demonstrations were run hourly during the expo and every spot was full.

    “We had crowds three and four deep each time and had to move people back to make space to do the print runs. There was a lot of enthusiasm from stand visitors and every sample we printed was taken away,” says Muratore.

    The Anapurna XL and the smaller ‘L’ model are aimed at the top end of the signage and display markets. Built for high-volumes and fast-turnarounds, they can handle continuous printing and the hybrid media transport system offers the flexibility to print a wide variety of roll and rigid substrates.

    The Anapurna XL was successfully put to the test on a range of paper, film, vinyl, boards, wood, plastic, glass and metal media at the expo.

    “I went to the local hardware supplier and got the cheapest, nastiest, roughest wood samples I could find and they just printed up great,” says Muratore.

    “We also demonstrated the white ink printing which can be done as a preprint or spot colour. This was very effective on an aluminium sheet where we printed spot white in some areas and left others unprinted to allow the metal to show through.”

    (Right: Some of the Agfa team at the Visual Impact expo)

    Both the Anapurna XL and L are available now through Agfa’s authorised distributor network, which includes DES. Ongoing support will be available through the distributors and Agfa’s technical service team.

  • Jobs of the week: Graphic Artist and Label Printer

    1. Graphic Artist/Pre-Press Operator
    Experience in Label Printing industry an advantage. Must be proficient in Mac & P.C. Platform Illustrator, Photoshop & Indesign.

    2. Label Printer
    Letter press machine operator required for a fast growing company. Must have minimum of 5 years experience.

    Please fax resume to (07) 5596 7599 or email to


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