Archive for May, 2007

  • Jobs of the week: Digital Print Sales

    We are seeking the services of a Digital Print Sales Professional or an aspiring Digital Customer Service Representative (looking to take the next step) to join one of Australia’s most advanced print groups.

    Bluestar Print Australia has recently invested in the latest digital technology and is looking for a sales professional to source new digital opportunities. Our facility is industry leading with a comprehensive print and communication offering. The on-site mail house and warehouse combined with unrivalled offset print capacity will assist in the sales process with such a complete offering.

    Competence in all areas of digital print including variable data and direct marketing is favoured. You should be able to work well under pressure both in a team environment and autonomously. Past experience should ensure you are computer literate. You will have a willingness to learn from an experienced team and as such will strive to reach all targets presented.

    A rewarding package and all tools required to succeed will be on offer considering the calibre of the successful applicant.

    All communication will be treated confidentially.

    Forward your application by June 4 to Matt Wood – matt.wood@bspg.com.au

    For more information phone 0418 321 381.

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  • Jobs of the week: Factory Manager / Bookbinding, Sydney

    The bindery has been operating for more than 14 years offering a trade binding service in wire, plastic comb and plastic spiral binding and a collating service.
    This important role requires an organised person with a hands on approach and a “what ever it takes” attitude to provide the best possible customer service.

    The successful applicant must be familiar with or willing to learn how to operate punching and closing machines and have the necessary skills to clearly communicate instructions to other staff.

    This is a full time position, Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Twin Loop Binding closes for two weeks over the December holidays.

    To find out more about the company visit our website www.twinloop.com.au and contact Wayne on wayne@twinloop.com.au or phone 02 9901 3292

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  • Jobs of the week: Sales Executive, Sydney

    We are seeking committed salespeople that are customer focused, motivated and have an ability to deliver results. Product training will be provided . This role is ideal for individuals who are great communicators and are passionate about selling.

    A competitive salary including car allowance, super and performance bonus/commissions will be provided.

    Please apply to the Sales Manager at Vilensky Paper at
    hr@vilenskypaper.com.au .

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  • Book Club –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Fold is available exclusively in Australia and New Zealand from Print21Online

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

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

    Week of Monday June 4 – Sunday June 10.

  • FESPA 2007 is on in Germany this week.

    Kicking on on June 5th, the show is the largest exhibition for screen and large format printing. Check the calendar for more information.

  • 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.

  • Printing Industries present Print Production Managementcalendar.

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

  • Melbourne newspapers prove a leader among local community

    Having acquired Times Publications, Leader Newspapers replaced The Western Times, Werribee Times and Hobsons Bay Times with new titles, the Maribyrnong Leader, Wyndham Leader and Hobsons Bay Leader. The Maribyrnong Leader (formerly The Western Times) now has a print run of 28,758 – an increase of 4000 copies, while the Wyndham Leader (formerly Werribee Times) sits at 44,479, with an increase of 7000 extra copies.

    Circulating throughout Melbourne’s western suburbs, the three papers focus on local issues and also have accompanying websites. Launched on 29 May, Rick Edwards, editor, said that things were looking good for each of the publications. “The launch went well,” he said. “The three papers looked fresh and were full of local news.”

    Leader Community Newspapers has a total of 33 newspapers that attract 1.96 million readers per week, making them the primary source of print media for many residents. “We now have 100 per cent coverage of metropolitan Melbourne,” said Sylvia Bradshaw, Leader Newspapers general manager. “Our local editorial teams ensure that we report news that’s relevant to our readers and we provide an unparalleled advantage to advertisers who can choose to talk directly to readers in their local community – or cover the entire Melbourne footprint.”

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  • The great exchange brings graphic arts workers together

    Leveraging on D2P’s PDF Express workflow technology, The Print Exchange is an online workflow system that delivers error-free artwork to printers across Australia. DG Design Network decided to join forces with D2P upon realising the synergies that exist between the two organisations, which in turn can promote The Print Exchange to their subscribers.

    It is hoped that The Print Exchange will work to lower the barriers between designer and printer. ‘The call of the internet has been too strong, making it time to move between paper and the digital worlds,” said Colin Wood, ceo of DG Design Network. “Our new online medium will form a bridge between creative professionals, professional associations, organisations and companies like D2P that offer innovative services to strengthen the connectivity of the design community.”

    The Print Exchange will allow DG Design Network’s members to search, select and send artwork to their printer, and gain greater control of the end result of their work. “DG Design Network’s subscriber/member base can now use creative tools to their fullest potential yet be certain that even the most complex artwork will preview, proof and print as expected,” said John Weichard, D2P’s managing director.

    Australian print services are also expected to reap the benefits of this service, according to Weichard, who listed additional revenue stream and channel of distribution, reduction to prepress and production costs for the average print supplier and improving turnaround times as the main advantages.

    “The cooperation agreement will enable the join marketing of our innovative workflow system for designer and printer,” he said. “The partnership with DG Design Network will not only provide us with a new and efficient ‘go to market’ channel but also further promote what the Australian has to offer with the system highly adaptable to overseas print markets.”

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  • Inca Spyder gives more bite to Brisbane business

    Phelan, who is managing director of CV Signage Solutions, believed that there were economic benefits for both his company and clients by producing business in house; but first he needed to find the right printing equipment.

    “We assessed what was in the market and looked at four or five large format print options,” he said. “We found that the Inca Spyder had the capacity to deliver the volume and quality we want.” First setting his eyes on the Spyder at a trade fair, Phelan then made the trip to Fujifilm Sericol’s headquarters in Sydney where his mind was made up.

    The Inca Spyder gave CV Signage Solutions the results they wanted, namely being able to provide clients with a faster turnaround for large format work. “In only a short time we are already seeing the benefits of Spyder,” Phelan said. “The quality of service provided by Fujifilm Sericol during the installation process was excellent and we were very pleased in the way they worked with us.”

    CV Signage Solutions needed a refit to house the new Inca Spyder; they were also installing another piece of equipment at the same time but did not receive any disruptions, reporting business as usual. “Fujifilm Sericol is someone we would want to have an ongoing business relationship with,” Phelan said. “Their quality across the board is second to none.”

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  • Ferag joins with Kayell to offer colour management technologies

    Robert Gatto, sales and marketing director at Kayell Australia welcomed this move as a positive outcome and foresees a strong bond between the companies. “Kayell Australia has been distributing GMG products since 2005 – a move that has allowed us to grow our already comprehensive product portfolio to the graphic arts market,” he said. “This business will be greatly enhanced with our new partners at Ferag.”

    GMG represent a strong software partner for Ferag in the flexo and newspaper markets. Ferag is recognised throughout the printing industry as a specialist in post press processing and is strong supplier in its own right. Its trade business offers a range of prepress, on-press, post-press consumables and equipment, which Gatto believed would enhance the partnership.

    Ian Martin, general manager trade, Ferag Australia said that GMG is an ideal partner for Ferag trade business. “Ferag Australia has always focused on providing its customers with innovative and progressive solutions, consolidating success in an economically challenging environment,” he said.

    “The addition of GMG software significantly enhances our existing product portfolio, especially in Ferag’s traditional core market of newspapers. The success of GMG both locally and internationally, especially within the flexo packaging area, compliments our existing CtP and workflow solutions and consumables.”

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  • Why clean and green are two different things

    “When it comes to printing, you would be surprised how many clients still ask for green when what they really want is clean,” he said. Peck points to a classic example in Britain where a customer asked for brochures printed on ‘green’ paper. What he got back was green paper all right, literally. But it wasn’t in any way recycled of environmentally friendly paper like that which the customer had in mind.

    The recent fad known as ‘green-washing’ – that is, companies who promote themselves as being environmentally-responsible to gain the kudos of being good, ethical citizens really wouldn’t know the forest from the trees when it came to helping save them.

    Peck (pictured) believes that this is something that runs rampant throughout the printing industry. “For a long time, ‘green’ has been associated with being recycled and in many cases now, it is neither,” he said. “Clean, as opposed to the marketing term ‘green’ is what they [customers] should be asking for and, surprise surprise, there are lots of clean green paper products out there of an acceptable commercial quality.”

    Peck says that at Sprinta, the company uses a range of default stock lines that are 55 per cent pre-consumer waste and 45 per cent fibre-sourced from either ISO or FSC-certified plantations. They also prefer alternative paper production methods and look towards totally chlorine-free (TFC) or elemental chlorine-free (ECF) papers. “TCF and ECF papers are now every bit as good as any other commercially acceptable paper,” he said.

    Most of all, Peck believes that there is nothing green about traditional papers. “Brown might be a better word to use, for all the smoggy air pollution they produce,” he said. “Clean is the best word to use; it’s the word we use and the word our clients use.”

    For more information about eco-friendly printing see our up-coming ‘Environment’ issue of Print 21 published in early June.

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

    Agfa sends Grant in a new direction

    Grant Cooper (pictured) is no stranger to Agfa.

    He’s worked at the company since 1989, starting as a product specialist before moving on to southern region sales manager; recently he has switched over to the role of business manager, printing products and distributor networks. “I changed roles because of succession planning within the business,” he explained. “It’s nice to bring young guys up underneath me to take care of larger market regions like the southern region.”

    Though Cooper will still be looking after sales for South Australia and Western Australia, the new role involves managing Agfa’s printing products, along with marketing duties and coordinating functions.

    This change has been both a positive and refreshing experience for Cooper, who reports that he is thoroughly enjoying the role to date. “A new direction breathes new life into old bones,” he said.

    If your business has new employees that you’d like us to know about, why not drop us a line

  • Canon supports Australian Red Cross at PrintEx07

    After supporting Australian Red Cross’s national conference in 2005, Canon Australia has donated the use of its imagePRESS digital production printer during the PrintEx07 event in Sydney to produce 100,000 impressions, including posters, brochures and training manuals.

    Looking to Japan for inspiration, Canon found the word ‘kyosei’, which means “living and working together for the common good.” The donation provided Canon with a real-world test subject for demonstrating its print capability at PrintEx07, while offering a valuable in-kind contribution to Red Cross.

    “Canon is proud to support Red Cross and our donation at PrintEx07 is a great example of working together for the common good,” said Canon Australia’s managing director Shuichi Tsukahara. “By printing around 100,000 impressions of training materials, brochures and posters for Australian Red Cross we have been able to help a worthy cause while demonstrating our equipment in real conditions. We also reduced our environmental impact by avoiding paper wastage on test prints.”

    The Red Cross material was printed on the Canon imagePRESS C7000VP, which debuted in Australia at PrintEx07. During the trade show, Canon encouraged visitors to the Canon stand to pledge blood donations and also collected gold coin donations at its free coffee stand.

    The CEO of Australian Red Cross, Robert Tickner thanked Canon for its generous support. “Once again, Canon has made a valuable contribution to our work, providing aid and assistance to the most vulnerable members of our society,” Tickner said.

    Below: Robert Tickner of Red Cross (left) with Shuichi Tsukahara, Canon (right).

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  • Successful print deserves promotion – magazine article

    Print may be competing with an ever increasing range of marketing channels, but recent statistics show it still dominates advertising spending with 56 percent (or $1.1 billion) of the total spend in New Zealand during 2006 allocated to print. NZ Advertising Authority figures show total advertising revenue last year reached $2.22 billion, compared with $2.07 billion in 2004 – an increase of 7.2 percent.

    Looking further at the breakdown of these statistics, the print industry’s share has remained steady at 56 percent of the total spend since 2004. Going back further to 1997, the figure was 55 percent. Print is not suffering. Newspaper advertising has grown from $606 million in 2001 to $810 million in 2006, an increase of 33 percent. It is currently worth 36 percent of the total advertising spend. Magazine advertising revenue growth has been even higher with an increase from $166 million in 2001 to $251 million in 2006. Magazine advertising is now 11 percent of the total spend.

    So are newer avenues of marketing impacting on sectors of the New Zealand print industry?

    Statistics for addressed and non-addressed mail, available from 2003 onwards, show that this type of marketing is still in the early stages of establishing itself, worth only 4.5 percent of the total spend. Advertising revenue for addressed mail remained static between 2003 and 2006 at $35 million. Non-addressed mail advertising revenue increased from $56 million in 2003 to $64 million in 2006.

    Likewise on-line advertising is a small percentage of the total but with dramatic increases from just $8 million (0.4 percent of the total spend) in 2003 moving to $65 million (2.9 percent) in 2006. Over this same period, television advertising’s share of the total spend has fallen from 31.9 percent to 28.8 percent.

    More goes into the mix

    The options for promoting products and services have grown significantly in line with technology changes. In years gone by, the primary channels considered were an advertising slot on prime time TV and running a few newspaper ads. Not anymore.

    These days companies have added email campaigns, text or SMS and sleek, interactive websites to their marketing mix. Mobile phone users are able to subscribe to receive advertisements in exchange for air-time credits, which appeals especially to a younger audience.

    Cross-media options, such as a new service in New Zealand called Txt4Info, are taking advertising to another level. For instance, if consumers see advertising on TV, billboards, magazines or direct mail that features Txt4Info instructions, they can text to receive further information. This information can then be delivered by email, post or a follow-up phone call and may include brochures, vouchers, samples, pdf application forms or a whole range of other marketing material produced in the print industry.

    One of the benefits of these new marketing methods is the direct feedback on the impact of the advertising spend.

    Everybody should be promoted

    While our focus is often on helping others to promote their business, we should also stand back and look at how we can promote our own businesses and the print industry as a whole. The public profile of our industry is low and, for those who are aware of the industry, their perceptions are often negative – those of a dirty, declining industry with little future. We need to turn this around.

    So what can a print business do? The following are some suggestions that you may like to take action on:

  • Take advantage of every opportunity to speak about the industry at service clubs or other public functions.
  • Inform your customers about new products and services you can add to their marketing mix ie by holding ‘customer evenings’ to show off your print capabilities and expertise.
  • Take pride in the work you produce and enter Pride In Print in New Zealand or the Australian National Print Awards competitions. This is a great way to measure the quality of what you produce against others and, if you win, another way to market your business.
  • Become active in your Association and its projects and activities.
  • Form a relationship with a local high school or tertiary college. Offer to show students around your workplace or assist them with their printing needs. This is a great way to open the eyes of potential future staff to a career in print.

    Associations such as PrintNZ and PIAA also play a role in changing the perception of the industry. The associations are the collective voice of the industry and are actively working with politicians, business leaders and the public to raise the industry’s profile.

    During 2007, PrintNZ and PrintNZ Training will be undertaking a number of activities to support this role, including:

  • Making submissions to government on legislative changes that impact on the industry.
  • Educating business leaders and those in government about the role print plays in the success of all New Zealand businesses.
  • Promoting the importance of keeping print in New Zealand.
  • Actively targeting school leavers with information on the industry through newspaper advertising, careers expo involvement, holding careers breakfasts for high school teachers and acting as a liaison between printers and schools that have students interested in gaining work experience in the print industry.

    Everyone working in the print industry has a role to play when it comes to promoting print. So while we are busy printing the marketing material of others, let’s not forget to market our industry every chance we get!

    For further information on PrintNZ visit our website at website

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  • What else went on at PrintEx … deals, visits and other news

    Eizo specialist praises Australia

    Making the trip to PrintEx from Japan, Masato Nakashima was busy launching two new Eizo products: the FlexScan SX3031W and Colour Edge 24 inch W.

    Mr Nakashima (pictured), product manager for overseas sales and marketing in Eizo’s Ishikawa head office said that uniformity was the greatest advantage to both screens. “We have developed our own technology called digital uniformity equalization (DUE),” he said. “Adding to this, the 24 inch also comes with a monitor hood to prevent ambient light from reflecting off the screen.”

    Apart from providing very accurate colour controllability, another one of Eizo’s strengths is the ability to emulate colour deficiencies, Mr Nakashima said. “We operate on a universal colour design concept and are certified by Colour Universal Design,” he added. “This is very important because there are approximately 200,000,000 colour-blind people in the world, and advertising/public signage should be confirmed as viewable by all people before going to press”

    Mr Nakashima holds the Australian market in a very positive light. “Australia is a neutral market,” he said. “Australian people seem to be looking at the technology in the USA, Europe and Japan before making independent decisions about what new technologies best suit local requirements.”

    It’s a deal, Adelaide printer buys up big at PrintEx

    The trip to Sydney was well worth it for Adelaide’s Phillip Lane of Lane Print.

    He made one of the biggest purchases at PrintEx when he brought an MBO T800 6.4.2.R from Man Ferrostaal. With features including a sheet-reversal device, patented MBO slither shaft cassettes in unit 1 and 2 and a full Navigator electronic control that includes automatic adjustment of buckle plates and ford rollers, the sale was described as being very important by both Lane and John Hansen of Man Ferrostaal.

    Productivity is one of the machine’s main advantages and a significant reason for the purchase, Lane said. “The obvious reason that we purchased it is to increase productivity and decrease production costs,” he explained. “We expect it to be more than twice as efficient as the current equipment we’ve got.”

    Before buying the MBO T800, Lane spent considerable time looking at other machinery, none of which matched its standards. “I compared it to other machinery on the market,” he said. “But I believe that this [MBO T800] has more superior construction.”

    Pictured below: happy buyer Phillip Lane, and John Hansen.

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  • Direct mail: trash, treasure or something in between?

    David Miliband, environment secretary, announced that the government may make changes to the current mailing preference service and instead introduce a new system where customers only receive direct mail if a central register contacts them and adds their name to a mailing list.

    The Direct Marketing Association in Britain expressed concern over what ramifications this could have to those in both the printing and direct mail industries, citing a significant loss of jobs as one of the greatest issues.

    In Australia, Rob Edwards, CEO of the Australian Direct Marketing Association said that direct mail is an important channel for direct customer communication. “Although a lot of consumers may choose to interact with businesses over the web, product enquiry will invariably result in a fulfilment pack of sorts,” he said. “ADMA’s Consumer Insight Study in 2005 showed that customers prefer mail over all other forms of marketing communications.”

    As for the link between direct mail and increasing pollution problems, Edwards said that it was unlikely that direct mailing was having similar effects within Australia. “In a sense, it’s a local issue,” he said. “The preponderance of recycling at a local government level in Australia as opposed to very limited means in the UK makes it less of an issue here. If organisations are more targeted in their approach and offer products and services that are relevant, it will also be less of a problem.”

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  • DES makes its way overseas

    Opening two weeks ago, the New Zealand branch s concentrating on the proofing business with EFI and CGS and its inkjet consumer base. “DES has a good product line up for inkjet media and I’m looking forward to getting that out there to New Zealand,” said Derk Schoemaker, business development manager (pictured) who made the commute to Australia for PrintEx.

    As a thriving country with a dynamic printing industry, Schoemaker could see no reason for DES not to be a part of New Zealand. “New Zealand’s presence is so pivotal,” he explained. “It’s a small market but it’s also a very happening market. A lot of people test and trial New Zealand and look to see what the future will hold there.”

    Schoemaker admits that DES already had established business within New Zealand, having previously operated through dealer channels. “The nature of the business has changes and it’s time for us to go direct now,” he said.

    Still in its early days, Schoemaker believes that being a global village will ensure the success of the new store. “It’s hard to know what to expect but I think the consumable section will go very well,” he said. “We can now operate like we’re in Sydney ourselves. We’re not penalised by being in New Zealand; I get regular visitors from Australia.”

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  • Letters, feedback, get it off your chest

    Dear Editor,

    New minister opens his eyes to the printing industry

    Your recent article regarding a meeting between Printing Industries and the minister for vocational education, was the subject of considerable discussion during the Australasian Association of Printing Teachers (AAPT) annual conference in Sydney last week (24 – 25 May).

    The main topic of conversation on this subject was the suggestion that Australia consider following the New Zealand model of training. Delegates attending from New Zealand, who (as a result of that model) are no longer involved with trade training, were able to inform the Australian delegates of what has happened in New Zealand over the past few years and how it might impact on training in Australia.

    According to these delegates, training within a college is virtually non existent and training has become the responsibility of the employer, while what remains of the trade school, validate assessments also carried out by the employer. Although Australian trade trainers are already involved in these activities to a certain extent, supplementary training and underpinning knowledge are still very strong areas delivered off the job.

    Employers are currently required to agree to a training plan for each apprentice or trainee, and should train according to that plan. If the role of trade trainers is to be restricted to validation of assessments, it is not unlikely that the employer’s responsibility to training and assessment will increase to the point that the administration involved will seriously eat into production.

    Australian delegates attending the AAPT annual general meeting (from NSW, QLD, S.A & WA), voted to survey printing industry enterprises with a training culture, and invite responses regarding this issue. A survey will be distributed by each branch later in the year.

    Craig Henningham

    Former National President AAPT

    Dear Editor,

    Re: Stream Solutions snaps up Vic Government print tender

    This just shows how much the government really understands about our industry.

    They say it will result in a 15 per cent reduction in print costs overall.

    How – because Stream will have the power to screw all of Victoria’s printers down to ridiculous margins.

    Result – more printers out of business, more money for Stream.

    Having worked for companies who have done Government print work, I know where all the money is spent.

    Its spent on authors corrections, over and over, due to lack of planning by Government departments and staff.

    If they got some people into their print buying areas that actually had a clue what was going on, it would help a lot.

    Regards,

    Steve (surname withheld)

    Dear Editor,

    Re: GBC picks up A.E. Hudson in supply side takeover

    I read your story regarding A.E.Hudson supply side takeover.

    Here in North America, graphic supplier consolidation has been going strong and now slowing to almost a halt for the last 10 years. Over the last decade mega dealers have been born. These are made up of the original company and the many graphic suppliers they bought up. They can service every city in every state throughout North America. Their sales are in the billions. They sell traditional graphic art supplies, digital, and many types of substrates.

    The following is only my opinion: You have a lot of consolidation usually when a market is mature. A mature market where overall growth has slowed and is price-driven. If you think about it, back in the days when the majority of supplies were not sold on price, but sold on being new technology with a good return on cost, profits were up and there was little consolidation.

    It happened here as most of the suppliers were selling the same or similar supplies (plates inks and other items) which then allowed them to sell mainly on price alone. The weaker graphic suppliers lost out as profits dipped and they sold out to the largest suppliers.

    There are still many areas in the world where Consolidation has not taken place yet. These markets have many years left before they are mature, they continue to grow based on bringing the printer new and or different technologies, not the same things.

    Our company is based in the USA, England and China making pressroom products sold through graphic suppliers world-wide. Here we are known since 1952 as Allied Pressroom Products. In England and China we are ABC/Allied. We work with some graphic suppliers in Australia and the surrounding territories and find there are similarities between this area and North America.

    Sorry about being so long-winded.

    Regards,

    Rick Sures

    President

    Allied Pressroom Products

    Dear Editor,

    Re: here.

    Additionally, while our printers such as Triple-Gold-Award winning Finsbury Press, struggle with a mountain of legislation to comply with FSC, EPA and other ‘green’ requirements; nothing is done to check the credentials of the paper and board used in imported print. Recently, toxically-high level of formaldehyde were found in imported Chinese textiles. What about dioxin testing for paper?

    Australia’s Forestry management today is one of the best in the world with most old-growth trees protected and an ever-increasing area of plantation timber. China too is planting eucalypts to feed its huge pulpmills but in between time, vast ancient tracts of the planet are being laid waste to keep China’s printing industry going. To be fair, China also imports all the recycled feedstock it can lay its hands on. Most of Europe’s and Japan’s recovered paper fibre bales head to China.

    The hypocrisy in all this, sits squarely in Canberra and with all state governments.

    Yours faithfully,

    Andy McCourt

    Commentator – Print 21

    Dear Editor,

    Re: Launceston apprentice triumphs at local awards

    What a co-incident that I read your article on a young man by the name of Michael Hall in Launceston winning the
    apprentice of the year.

    My name is Michael Hall aged 61 years living in Perth, WA. I went into the printing industry in 1961, not knowing what to do and I really enjoyed being a compositor (not a machinist as my father in the timber industry said that being a machinistwould be boring), this apprenticeship led me to later on at 28 years of age running my own business for over 30 years and I developed a passion for printing which still lives on today. My son Brent is a printing machinist having trained under me in Perth, WA and moved to Melbourne to run Heidelberg Speedmaster 74’s to gain more experience in bigger companies. He also was apprentice of the year in his 2nd year.

    I wish my namesake Michael Hall of Tasmania all the best and make the most of his opportunities and great to see.

    More employers should take on apprentices as I did over many years.

    Regards,

    Michael Hall

    Dear Editor,

    Re: Girl power takes centre stage at RMIT Industry Training Awards

    In my very brief experience to date (studying Graphic design at TAFE)
    the story in the letters to the editor from Bronwyn Layden of BL.ink
    Printing, about the her experience as a woman in the printing
    industry was both long overdue and her story was great. These stypes
    of stories are few and far between, and women should be recognised
    for the work and contributions they have made.

    Therefore it is really encouraging to see a woman who obviously has
    an extensive background in the whole industry, be recognized finally
    – Bronwyn is an inspiration and I believe that I will look to her,
    and realise that I can live my dream to be successful and happy and
    hope to enjoy my work half as much as she obviously does.

    Good letter Bronwyn.

    Kind regards,

    Leticia Simpson

    Graphic Designer