Archive for March, 2007

  • Jobs of the week: Technical Support Chemist, Melbourne

    This position reports to the Technical Manager – Asia Pacific and will be based at Day International’s Hallam manufacturing plant near Dandenong. It incorporates laboratory testing and development, as well as customer support involving work in the laboratory and off-site.

    Day International celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2005, and has been formulating and blending chemicals under the globally recognised Varn label since 1947. With numerous plants worldwide, regionally the company has operations in five countries, manufacturing highly engineered products for the printing industry. Regarded as an industry leader, the company has shown excellent growth throughout its history, with a reputation for quality, innovation, and integrity.

    The successful applicant will join a small and enthusiastic regional team of young chemists. Day to day responsibility will ensure product quality using physical test instruments, pH, conductivity, density, and titration methods. The lab role will include some product development and adjusting formulas from overseas labs for local conditions. Preparation and dissemination of MSDS, regulatory requirements, and plant occupational health and safety are also part of the responsibilities. Testing and liaison and ultimately troubleshooting with end users at their own plants is an important and developing part of the role, to provide technical support to customers and other members of the team.

    To be considered for this challenging role, you will require a degree in science with a major in chemistry. Experience in the printing industry is essential. Good verbal and written communication skills are necessary. A current drivers license is mandatory. You will have experience in OH&S, and confidence with GC and IR analysis. As a successful applicant you need to be a motivated and focused professional who will be rewarded for your efforts and expertise, and provided with an opportunity to grow and develop.

    To apply, e-mail an application letter and resumé to steve_smith@day-intl.com

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  • Jobs of the week: Key Internal Accounts Manager, Sydney

    You will also be responsible for the development and growth in sales and gross profit of a specific sales territory. You will be the central contact point for key accounts and will manage all quotation requests, tender requirements within a specified range of timing requirements. You will also liaise constantly within your own organisation, to ensure all customer promises are met and all queries are promptly followed up and resolved.

    Based in Kingsgrove, you will have Intermediate Excel and telephone skills must be excellent as they will be the primary tools you will use to perform your role and win the confidence of your customer contacts. You will participate in quarterly key account review meetings, as well as field key account visits, as necessary.

    Whilst some current/recent print related industry experience will be valuable, most important is your passion for customer service and your ability to build strong customer relationships. Preferably, you will have some business related tertiary education and be keen to improve and to develop your long term sales career.

    To apply in strict confidence, please send your resume by email to nat.allen@paperlinx.com.au or by fax (03) 9484 2156.

    Nat Allen

    National Sales Manager, Envelope & Print Services

    PaperlinX Office

    (03) 9487 8963

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  • Jobs of the week: Technical Account Manager, Melbourne

    The company is a leading manufacturer within the printing and press industry and is able to demonstrate a history of providing print expertise and assistance to their established portfolio of clients.

    To be successful in this role you will have an understanding of the print industry, have a desire to build long and lasting business relationships and have the skill to cope with the pressure and demands that the role entails.

    You will be responsible for building business and providing a high level consultative service to key accounts mainly in the Melbourne metro area. Much of your time will be spent in the field and some trial work will be involved.

    To be successful in this role you will possess previous experience within the print industry and ideally have a sound technical knowledge. Your ability to work autonomously as well as proactively within a small team will be essential towards the continued growth of this company.

    The package includes an attractive salary, super and a fully maintained company vehicle.

    Sounds like a role for you? Apply on line NOW.

    Please forward your application to rhonda.gruneklee@siegwerk.com

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  • Book of week:

    A new edition of Pocket Pal is always an event in the printing and graphic arts industry. First published in 1934, this indispensable reference work has long been the authoritative introduction to the graphic arts for artists, designers, publishers, advertisers, students and buyers of printing. It has also proved to be a handy reference guide for printing professionals.

    Pocket Pal is the ultimate argument solver, jam packed with facts, figures, diagrams and illustrations of all major imaging processes. It provides concise and detailed information on prepress, press and post press, with individual sections on paper and a graphic arts glossary. Readers will find information on types and typographies, including proofreading, type, colour charts and digital prepress.

    The 19th Edition is edited by Frank Romano, RIT School of Print Media (Michael Riordan, RIT, Assistant Editor) and builds on the millennium edition’s initiative to bring digital printing into the mainstream of the industry’s reference. The result is a thoroughly up to the minute reference work that also retains the solid background knowledge that has made it such a favourite for generations.

    Pocket Pal is easy to read, an inexhaustible resource, and provides printing and graphic arts professionals with the wherewithal to fully understand all facets of their industry.

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

    Week of Monday April 2 – Sunday April 8.

  • The Chromaticity Advanced Colour Management Course arrives back in Sydney on April 2nd.
    The three-day course provides a comprehensive insight to colour management through discussions, presentations and practical activities. Check 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.

  • All engines running: Fuji Xerox announces new production system

    The Nuvera 288 Digital Perfecting System, is expected to set a new speed record for duplex monochrome cut-sheet printing systems.

    Operating at 288 impressions per minute, this new twin-engine technology makes the Xerox Nuvera™ 288 Digital Perfecting System run at least 15 per cent faster than other systems.

    “We are dedicating resources to the development of new technologies and to enhancing our existing products to deliver even greater advantages to Fuji Xerox customers,” said Chris Aked, marketing manager of Fuji Xerox Australia’s monochrome production solutions. ”Not only is the Nuvera 288 faster than any other cut sheet product on the market – the print quality has dramatically improved due to our new Emulsion Aggregate (EA) toner technology and fusing.”

    The Xerox Nuvera 288 Digital Perfecting System offers support for media such as uncoated and coated stock, carbonless, covers, oversized stocks and pre-printed inserts allowing Fuji Xerox customers to explore new markets and applications such as books, manuals, direct mail and transactional. A sheet enhancer module detects humidity and moisture in the media type and will automatically adjust the curl on the paper during production to ensure a completely flat sheet.

    Aked said that this is a huge benefit for post processing requirements. “Its productivity, print quality and supported media make the Nuvera 288 Digital Perfecting System an excellent offset replacement,” he said.

  • Spicers get its hands dirty for krafty new paper

    This new variety has an earthly brown shade with features that include a more cultivated vellum surface, a higher level of printability and a range of weights such as 115 gsm, 140 gsm and 300 gsm.

    Richard Collins, national marketing manager of Spicers Paper believes that its look and surface separate Tudor RP Kraft from other papers. “Tudor RP Kraft is a unique paper developed specifically for the Australian market. Australian Paper has created a product for Spicers Paper that has the appearance of a natural Kraft wrapping paper, but with the print reliability of Tudor RP. So, for the first time we are able to offer a Kraft type paper that performs with far superior print results.”

    Kraft isn’t the only new product for Spicers; they have also launched a new White 210 gsm designed for light weigh covers, direct mail, cards and brochures.

    So far, the response to the paper has been strong e received a number of order enquiries the same day the mailer was received, and some really exciting projects are already in progress. There was definitely a gap in the market that Tudor RP Kraft has now successfully been able to fill,” Collins said.

  • Awesome foursome take a walk on the wild side

    An extraordinary challenge combining stamina and teamwork as teams of four cover 100km within 48 hours, the Melbourne event was held from Friday 23 March to Sunday 25 March 2007 with 600 teams taking part, making this the biggest Trailwalker ever held in Australia.

    Jack Starnawski, Systems Consultant and his three team mates, Shayla Tracey, Systems Trainer, Stefan Feuerstein, Service Product Manager, and John Cowley, Professional Services & Support Group Manager, were all new to Oxfam Trailwalker. Jack heard about the Trailwalker event and decided he just had to give it a go!

    But it wasn’t all easy.

    On Friday, the temperature soared to a very uncomfortable 37.4°C (99.3°F) accompanied by hot, gusty winds and later that evening by torrential rain and a nearly 50 percent drop in temperature.

    Océ Footprint has pledged to raise more than $5,000.00 for Oxfam Australia, and will continue to raise money following the event.

    The Trail

    John Cowley gave the Oxfam Trailwalker his best and lived to write the tale. Here’s how it unfolded.

    After five months, many blisters, and hundreds of kilometers of training, the day had finally arrived.

    We left the start line at 0830 on Friday not long after learning that the nasty 1000 steps section from Ferntree Gully to Olinda had been removed from the event for fire safety reasons! It was a slow start as there were close to 800 people crossing the line, in this the second of three start windows, and winding their way through Jells Park, winding their way in to what became a 37.4 degree scorcher with North winds up to 60 kmh.

    Not far from the start line the temperature hit 28 and we were starting to wonder why we had chosen “Black” team T-shirts, we pressed on through Churchill National Park and down to Lysterfield lake where we met up with Janine and Jackie, our support crew for the morning. After being waited on hand and foot by the J & J support team we set-off to check point 3, a journey of 15.5 km’s in the middle of the day and it was damn hot.

    Jackie came along for a stroll, bought us an icy pole, stretched leg muscles while we collapsed on the grass, and generally helped keep us going and heading in the right direction. Between Cpt2 and Cpt3, Janine and Lorna (Stefan’s better half) had re-shuffled all the gear so Lorna could meet us at the 1000 steps in Ferntree Gully and transport us to Cpt4 where she made us comfortable and fed us, we had some vegetarian pasta (with ham), and by now we were all looking forward to some cooler weather. After a rest and recuperation period and re-stocking our packs for the expected cool change we headed off on the 8.5 km’s to Cpt 5, Silvan Reservoir.

    Janine, Gary and Mark (the night shift support crew) met us at Cpt 5, after re-taping toes and feet, changing clothes, which were by now starting to get wet due to the light rain, we headed off to Mt. Evelyn with Gary providing support and motivation while Mark drove on ahead to meet us at the next stop, it was dark and raining, but not cold. This was a short hop of 5 km’s and we completed it in about one hour. At Mt. Evelyn John had to pull out on medical grounds, and Gary completed the next 16.5 km’s with the team to motivate and support them in this the longest leg of the journey. By this time the weather had turned foul, what started as a stinking hot day had turned in to an evening of torrential rain, 27 mm between midnight and midday.

    The Woori Yallock Primary School First Aid and Ambulance team were kept busy treating blisters, heat rash (surprising how bad it can look!), and more disturbingly Hypothermia, several cases were brought in by stretcher and more than one hobbled in with the aid of their team and support crew. We spent 4 hours at Cpt7 (Woori Yallock) waiting for the weather to break, by 7.00 am it was looking a bit better so Shayla, Jack, and Stefan set off with Mark for company. As we moved along the trail we were rating how we felt on a scale of 1 to 10, as they left Woori Yallock after 64.5 km’s in appalling conditions, Shayla said “John, I’m 9 out of 10, I feel great”, it’s this kind of spirit that maintains the teams momentum.

    After being awake for 26 hours Gary though it would be a good time for a nap so John dropped him home and then headed back to Millgrove, on the way he dropped off a couple of Nurofen to Jack who’s feet were starting to look like they had been subjected to some kind of evil torture. After one hour in the first aid booth where the St. Johns team were gathering around Jack’s feet with an “Oh My God” look on their face, his pace had ‘dropped’ to about 5.5 kmh, unbelievable, trying doing that on healthy feet after 60 km’s and you will realise just how amazing this is.

    After several hours of recuperation John was starting to feel normal again so he kitted up and awaited the arrival of the team at Cpt8 (Millgrove), the team arrived shortly after 9.00 AM and headed off in different directions, podiatry, toiletry, and cup of tea. Lorna and the boys arrived to see how Stefan was going, it was good timing as his colour was back to normal and he had hit his second or third wind. The team set-off with John re-joining, along with Steve Wilson, to support them in the grueling push for the finish line.

    The final section was 9.5 km’s, 3 km’s of nice paved walking track followed by 6.5 km’s of steep muddy slime, the slime started with a vertical rise of 200 metres over a distance of 1.2 km’s (very steep), in parts they had placed ropes to assist with dragging yourself up the hill. The downhill sections were equally challenging, with lots of slime to get you sliding and rocks to trip you over. The final descent to the finish line was a muddy wet drop that would have made a beautiful black diamond run if covered with a nice layer of slow, however the team completed this last kilometre through a steady downpour that was soon drowned out by the sound of the finish siren and a round of applause.

    After 88 km’s of hard work the team officially completed the Oxfam Trailwalker 2007 event at 1.25 PM Saturday, finishing in equal 294th place out of a remaining field of 592.

    There is of course one small problem; for fire safety reasons one leg of the event was omitted, so we are going to have to do it again! Next year!

    Although the event is over the need for fund raising continues, donations to the Océ Footprint Team can be made at the following location:

    www2.oxfam.org.au/trailwalker/Melbourne/team/293

    All donations over $2.00 are tax deductible.

  • Cards open up opportunities for young artists

    Student Art 2007 has returned again after its debut last year. The annual design competition is open to all student artists currently enrolled in art and design courses. The categories for Student Art 2007 are: fine arts (including painting, drawing, printmaking and intermedia), photomedia and digital media (including graphic design and illustration).

    Ten successful entries will be published as cards, along with a profile of the artist or designer. “This is an exciting opportunity for student artists and designers to have their work in the public realm,” said Helen Kundicevic, project manager of Student Art.

    Students’ work is worthwhile, said Kundicevic, and it was this belief that led to the creation of the University Co-operative Bookshop’s Student Art awards. “It was formed from a general interest in promoting student work and we thought cards would be a good way to do that,” she said. “We wanted something in our bookshops from students.”

    The deadline for Student Art 2007 is 5PM (EST) 11 May 2007. For more information visit: Student Art

  • Register today for free drupa briefings

    Registration is now open for these sessions, which are organised by Printing Industries Association of Australia (Printing Industries) in conjunction with Messe Düsseldorf organisers of drupa, the world’s biggest printing industry exhibition, from 29 May – 11 June 2008.

    Printing Industries ceo Philip Andersen, said that Mataré would provide an exclusive insight into the technology and business trends that are expected to make the exhibition the largest on record.

    “Although we are still more than 12 months away, the organisers have sold more stands than ever and individual exhibitors are taking larger spaces than they have in the past 50 years,” he said.

    “This is in stark contrast to the consolidation that has occurred in the supplier area and in the industry in general. The reason appears to be the huge growth in digital technology area with new services, software, and IT focussed products coming into the industry at a rapid rate.

    “Mr Mataré will use the Sydney and Melbourne briefings to outline these trends that are sure to surprise many people. Our Industry appears to be far from contracting, but rather is set to benefit from new opportunities to prosper and expand that drupa will showcase.”

    Mr Andersen said the briefing sessions would also provide full details of Printing Industries official industry tour, supa drupa, comprising some seven tour choices, a wide range of accommodation options for all budgets, details of Australian delegation on site briefings, networking opportunities such as dinners and Happy Hours and optional side tours.

    “There are some great savings to be made right now if you are planning to attend drupa including accommodation and flight discount vouchers. Just pay a $200 deposit per person by the end of this week. Call Theresa on (02) 8789 7322 and save,” he said.

    The free Sydney and Melbourne briefing sessions, which include food and beverages, will also feature some of the printing industry’s leading suppliers who will preview what tour members can expect to see in the equipment and consumable areas.

    The pre drupa briefings will be will be held in:
    Sydney – Monday 30 April 2007 at the Stamford Grand North Ryde, corner Epping & Herring Roads North Ryde from 4:30 – 7pm

    Melbourne – Tuesday 1 May 2007 at the Novotel Glen Waverley, 285-287 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley from 4pm – 6:30pm

    Registration for these events is essential and can be made by calling Theresa for Sydney event registration on (02) 8789 7322 or Lisa for Melbourne event registration on (03) 8541 7333 or either via e-mail: supadrupa@printnet.com.au

  • 3D model builds future for New Zealand printers

    Suited to architects and designers, property companies and developers, the three-dimensional modeling technology can also be used for the creation of prototypes, industrial tooling and pattern making for moulds.

    A model of a mansion that was created using this technology (pictured) has been entered in this year’s Pride in Print Awards, under the ‘Innovation in print’ category. 3D Print director, Richard Keesing said that the effect of the model was remarkable. “The architect’s clients were amazed to see how their house would look when it was finished,” he said.

    3D Print, based in Albany on Auckland’s north shore, grew from a specialist print company, The Colour Box, which has been operating in the large format ink-jet market since the mid 1990s, specialising in exhibition displays, posters, outdoor signs and banners. The move towards three-dimensional printing came when The Colour Box director, Peter Dawson, saw the possibilities of using the Z Corp three-dimensional machine in the New Zealand market.

    Peter said three-dimensional technology has been around for a while but the new machine is a substantial step up.

    “Ours is one of only a handful of such machines in this country and I could see that it had immense potential,” he said. “It not only provides a rapid model solution, it does so at a price which is affordable and which can save considerable time and expense compared to the traditional methods of relying on drawings, artist’s impressions and prototypes.”

    3DP sees itself now as consultants and experts in this area offering a whoa-to-go service including the ability to design from scratch in-house in 3D or convert 2D drawings and files into 3D files suitable for printing.

    The company will know if they have won a Pride In Print award when winners are announced at Awards Night at Christchurch Convention Centre on June 15.

  • The winds of change – people moving, new faces, industry appointments, news

    Ken gets ready to pen his next chapter
    After 20 years with News Limited, Ken Mullins is calling it a day.

    On 30 March, Mullins will retire and return overseas to Kentucky. As News Limited’s group printing system manager, his association with the giant media group began long before he was even working for them. “I used to work for a company called Napp Systems, and News Limited were one of my biggest customers,” he recounts.

    Mullins then spent time working as a consultant for News International during the industrial dispute before being offered a job by News Limited as a quality control manager for Mirror newspapers.

    “From there I moved into group technical department and joined the project team that was appointed to build the new print centres for Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane,” he said. “After the project was completed in 1994 I was appointed as the group printing systems manager for the News Limited group of newspapers.”

    There was nothing ‘soft’ about his time spent at News Limited, and the constant pace is what Mullins liked most about his role there. “The most enjoyable thing was the hard word, hard play and unique characters in the industry,” he said.

    Returning to Kentucky, Mullins is looking forward to catching up with old friends and family. “Then I will decide what the next chapter in my life will be about,” he said.

    Peter climbs the corporate ladder

    Peter Cottam is no stranger to the printing industry.

    “I was born in the industry,” he said. “I’ve been involved in printing all my life.”

    It should come as no surprise, then, to learn that he’s recently joined CPI, Sydney to take up the position of corporate business development manager. “It’s a newly-created position designed to meet the demands of corporates we’re dealing with,” he said. His main agenda is to help people see what they can do to improve their business in terms of environmental and social responsibilities. Peter (pictured) stresses that, “I’m not actually selling, just giving them advice.”

    Scott snaps up marketing position

    With a background in photography, Scott Strothers comes to Roland DG to take up the position of marketing co-ordinator.

    Assisting the operations and marketing manager with ads, promotions and other media-related work, Strothers admits to thoroughly enjoying his new role. Having spent almost nine years involved with photography “shooting jellybeans through to cars and everything in-between”, it is the team at Roland DG that has impressed him most.

    “I really enjoy the dedicated team they’ve got here,” he said. “Most of the employees have been here for a long time.”

    CPI is music to Simon’s ears

    Simon Clarke’s days spent hunched over a computer screen are a thing of the past now that he’s taken on the role of paper specifier at CPI, Sydney.

    Originally working as a graphic designer within the music industry, Clarke (pictured) realised that “I prefer dealing with people rather than sitting in front of a computer.”

    So he’s abandoned designing posters and CD covers for the likes of Australian Idol and Kasey Chambers to instead focus on calling in on design agencies and studios and showing them examples of specialty papers. “I show them what’s out there and what they can use,” he said.

  • Surviving the digital impact– magazine feature article

    We begin 2007 with our Digital issue of Print 21, although so pervasive is the digital environment in which we operate today that we might as well call it the Air issue or the Light issue.

    For that very reason of ubiquity though, it is sometimes worth standing back to try and get a view of exactly what it is that we are working in. What defines the digital world, what are its dominant characteristics, the ones that will serve as pointers to the future?

    One of my earliest recollections of the digital world was sitting in an auditorium filled with designers and desktop people watching a video of a man smashing his computer to pieces. The place went wild and we were washed in a wave of cathartic relief. Yeah! And why not? Show me a person in this industry who hasn’t, in moments of incandescent frustration, wished they could insert a large axe into their monitor.

    This points to the paradoxical nature of our response to living in a digital age. The fact that something which gives us access to so many wonderful and magical forms of technology, many of which were unheard 10-15 years ago, can also drive us to limits of a pathological rage.

    Are we getting any better at learning to live with the digital monster we have created? Are we learning to love it or simply getting used to the compromises and contradictions it can sometimes impose upon us? Where is it taking us and, based on past experience, what can we expect in the future?

    Speed–it’s getting faster all the time

    Instant access, quicker downloads, faster processing – the need to do everything much faster is practically the raison d’être of digital development. If there is one universally acknowledged truth of the digital world it is that it will get faster (apart from when it grinds completely to a halt). We have got used to seeing this, year after year, in terms of throughput and output speeds and now the introduction of Adobe’s new PDF Print Engine (see story this page) promises yet another jump in our expectations. How fast can we go?

    Price–going down and down

    The other seemingly inevitable consequence of ‘going digital’ is that its implementation will drive down costs. OK, so it can cost an arm and leg to introduce initially but whether it’s as a result of greater throughput and higher productivity, or greater automation and less human intervention, or just greater accuracy and less waste, the end result always seems to be a lower unit cost and cheaper overall production. Inevitably these savings are passed onto the customer, but is that always the right thing to do? Martin Booth argues eloquently for another approach, namely one that adds value rather than squeezing margins. Not only is this better for business but in a world of finite resources, he suggests, it is also the responsible thing to do.

    Obsolescence – if it ain’t working, can’t fix it

    Being a male of the species, my habitual response to learning of some mechanical breakdown is to announce that ‘I’ll have a look at it’. This usually involves taking the offending item apart bit by bit, scrutinizing each part and then reassembling it, as near as damn it, in the hope that this will miraculously fix the problem.

    Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t. But what has worked successfully in the past for a variety of cars, lawn mowers and video machines doesn’t always apply in the digital world. Sure you can take a computer apart (with an axe if you prefer) but what’s in there can’t always be fixed with a bit of blowing and a squirt of WD40.

    Digital technology, even expensive hardware, is now virtually a consumables market; if it wears out or doesn’t work, whip it out and put a new one in. The implication of this approach for business, especially capital-intensive ones such as printers, is profound and, as Andy McCourt argues in his column, one that our industry must take on board.

    Omnipresence–they seek him everywhere

    A character in a novel I was reading recently was asked which God-like attribute they would like to possess: omnipotence, omniscience or omnipresence. Although you could perhaps make a case for power and knowledge, the characteristic that best defines the digital world is that it is EVERYWHERE. Think there are still pockets of the industry that are digital-proof? Think again. As Derek Fretwell suggests in this issue, even digital printing of newspapers is closer than you might think and the future of offset is not assured by any means. In a similar vein, Patrick Turner asks whether digital print is finally ready to take the place of screen printing. The lesson is that everybody should be thinking digital because if it hasn’t caught up with you yet, it sure as hell will do.

    Convergence–where the rubber hits the road

    This has been spoken about for so long, like personalisation and repurposing, but the inevitable consequence of everything being digital is that everything becomes transferable across markets, delivery mechanisms and media. Online developers can become printers, direct marketers can become printers, multi-media specialists can become printers – and printers can be all these things and more. We are on the cusp of a major shift in terms of how the industry operates and what it actually produces, and it’s a challenge that everybody faces, from the very top where major media companies are positioning themselves to take advantage of whatever the future holds, right down to the smallest operator who must decide where to invest and what technologies will best suit their purpose. This issue highlights examples of businesses that are increasingly meeting this challenge and forging a new-look graphic arts industry.

    Enjoy your 2007 and may all your business plans bear fruit

  • News Limited has its eye on Queensland

    As of 2 May, the Wednesday edition of both newspapers will come with the 32-page magazines cairns eye and townsville eye respectively. Printed on 52 gsm gloss, the magazines will have a print run of 32,000 copies and cover the latest in fashion, food, properties, travel and the arts. Distribution of the magazines will not be limited to newspapers, however. An additional 2000 copies will also be scattered throughout city hot spots such as cafes, dental surgeries and real estate agencies.

    The growth and development in both towns has made each an ideal location for these type of magazines, said John Hartigan, chief executive officer of News Limited. “They are lucrative advertising markets with incomes of residents steadily climbing,” he said. “The eye magazines will give advertisers new opportunities in a high quality editorial environment to tailor campaigns that will compliment the strong focus on local stories, people, fashion, property, leisure and entertainment.”

    Both Jason Scott, general manager of Townsville Bulletin and Nick Trompf, general manager of The Cairns Post agreed that there had been significant changes to the two demographics.

    “In the past decade Townsville has been transformed from a working-class port town to a vibrant, cosmopolitan city,” Scott said.

    Trompf added that: “We’ve got thousands of people moving here [Cairns] every year because we offer not only a great lifestyle but terrific business and family opportunities.”

  • Agfa Graphics NZ management changes

    The new year began with Mike Stevens’ (pictured) appointment as New Zealand’s national sales manager, replacing Steve Taylor, who relocated to Melbourne as Agfa’s new inkjet business manager.

    Now, after 45 years in the print industry, printing products’ business manager Mike Kerwin will retire at the end of March to enjoy a ‘well-earned’ holiday. At the same time, John Holloway from the Wellington branch will retire from his role as Senior Account Manager and Clem Jarvis and Ken Moxon will take up technical support roles in the North and South regions respectively.


    “Mike Kerwin has enjoyed a long and illustrious career in the New Zealand printing industry, spanning some forty-five years,” says Stevens. “During that time he’s seen some major changes in the technology and structure of the printing industry, right from his modest beginnings as an apprentice letterpress machinist using hot metal type – a long-defunct trade’ at Phoenix Print – which also no longer exists. Years later, at Agfa, he was involved in the initial introduction of computer-to-plate technology – a significant technological shift for the print industry.”

    Kerwin’s introduction to the supply side of the graphics’ industry was in 1982 when he joined Morrison Printing Inks as a technical specialist for ‘Ozasol’ offset plates. When Printing Technologies opened its New Zealand offices in 1990 and took over the Ozasol agency, he moved with it, becoming the printing products manager and taking on responsibility for other agencies, including Reeves blankets.

    He became an Agfa employee when the company acquired Printing Technologies in 2000, moving to the Glenfield site to take on his current role of business manager. Kerwin was instrumental in securing many of Agfa’s important plate contracts and his long-established relationships with many senior print industry managers in New Zealand has been a great benefit to the company.

    Based in Auckland, Clem Jarvis will become more involved with technical plate support in the Northern region.
    “He has an extremely good technical understanding of plates and the precise operating parameters of Agfa’s plate portfolio,” says Stevens, “and this will enhance our existing high-profile plate accounts and any further opportunities for increased plate business.”

    In a similar role, Ken Moxon will be based in Wellington from early April to support the Wellington region and South Island market as a technical plates specialist. He draws on many years of plates experience and, says Stevens, will be an asset to the region.

    Stevens himself is settling in to his new role, as national sales manager for New Zealand. He took over on 1 January when Steve Taylor relocated to Agfa’s Melbourne office to manage the company’s growing inkjet product portfolio.

    “I’m enjoying the new challenges of my new role and am looking forward to working alongside our client partners and assisting them with their business efficiency objectives.,” he says.

    After serving his apprenticeship as a photolithographer back in late 1970s he worked in the trade for many years, as well as spending some time as a primary school teacher. He joined Agfa New Zealand 15 years ago as a technical sales representative and was the business manager for imaging systems before taking on his new national role.

    With the retirement of Kerwin and Holloway, Stevens does lament the loss of such highly-skilled and knowledgeable staff from the company.

    “We’re losing 170-plus years of experience in the next few months,” he points out. “However, despite the changes in staff, it’s still ‘business as usual’ for Agfa, so our New Zealand customers can rest-assure the same good service and technical backup is still in place.”

  • leaves a lasting impression

    The publication claimed a world first when it printed textured wallpaper featuring green flocked leaves across the front and back covers of the April issue.

    Flocking the magazine was both a response to readers and an attempt to be innovative, said Wendy Moore, editor. “We had put some gloss texture on our November cover and it got a good response from our readers; they loved the feel and I noticed a lot of people touch the cover,” she said. “We’d started to see some flocked product come through and it was an emerging trend; we wanted to do something different.”

    When Moore set her eyes on wallpaper by Nina Campbell, she knew instinctively that this was just what the cover needed. Stocked by Domayne, the homewares giant saw the advantages of working with Pacific Magazines (Home Beautiful’s publisher) and decided to sponsor the initiative.

    Readers and advertisers alike have responded positively to the magazine’s cover, which Moore described as “interactive” and “emotional”. But she is adamant as to whether Home Beautiful will return to flocking any future editions. “We may look at doing it again in the future; but once it’s been done it’s done and other people will want to do it,” she said. “We want to be different.”

  • Takeover spells a colourful future for DES

    The new business agreement was welcomed by David Mulligan, managing director of Colorite Equipment, and Ian Clare, managing director of DES, who said that it will result in the formation of a major new presence in the colour management industry.

    Trading under the DES banner, the entity will mean more resources, more technical skills and more local service and support with offices and technical staff in all major centres. DES will be serving the digital imaging, prepress, pressroom, photographic and creative markets, as well as venturing into the colour and appearance for industrial, automotive and medical markets.

    Bruce Sinnott recently appointed the National Manager of X-Rite Products, will be working closely with David Mulligan, former owner of Colorite Equipment. David Mulligan will be joining DES as a consultant, in order to assist with the hand over of clients and technical training on the X-Rite products for the Colour and Appearance market.

    Following the acquisition, it will be business as usual for the customers of both companies.
    The new entity will maintain a sales and service presence in all states and continue to support and maintain all products currently offered by Colorite Equipment and DES.

    “As industry pioneers in colour management solutions, both of our companies shared many common goals. We are looking forward to further developing training and education, and raising the profile of the X-Rite equipment in the local markets,” said Clare.