Archive for May, 2007

  • Print is staying in Victoria: government speaks about Stream Solutions print tender

    Placing the role of purchasing print in the hands of Stream Solutions is expected to reduce costs to the government by 15 per cent. This cost reduction was listed as being a chief reason behind the decision, citing statistics that in an average year, government departments spent $15-20 million on printing. Victoria is the first state government in Australia to employ such a system and it is expected that other governments will also follow suit.

    “This is also a more professional, transparent and accountable method of buying printing. Over a number of years, print-buying has become highly decentralised and not subject to adequate scrutiny,” said Andrew Hockley, director of strategic communications in the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

    Hockley also have his assurance that the decision would not be detrimental to the printing industry in Victoria. “This move should actually make it easier for small and regional businesses to deal with Government,” he said. “Printing is one of the largest manufacturing industries in Victoria and a major employer. Victorian Government Departments have an obligation to support Victorian printers.”

    The message was confirmed by Andrew Price, Ceo Stream Solutions who says Victorian and Australian printers have nothing to fear from the deal. He maintains there are many ways of producing the promised 15 per cent savings apart from lower prices. “Mostly we save money by putting the right job on the right press; a two-colour job on a two-colour press and a four-colour job on a perfector. That’s our expertise, that’s what we do,” he said.

    He also disabused the industry of the fear that Stream will offshore printing to Asia, by pointing out that less than one per cent of its work is currently printed in Asia, apart from work for its Asian customers. He said he looks forward to working with the industry associations, remarking that two senior executives of Printing Industries were speakers at last year’s Stream conference at the Gold Coast. “I look forward to inviting them again,” he said.

    Also, contrary to report here is no indication that Stream Solutions is about to be sold, if anything the opposite is likely to happen as Toll tightens its ownership by lifting its share holding to slightly under 75 per cent. “I think they like us,” said Price.

    After a six-month tender process, Stream Solution was appointed.
    let us know

  • 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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  • 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 –

    For more information phone 0418 321 381.


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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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  • So hot right now … ‘s Hot Pick winners revealed

    Winnowing the very best from the rest, the awards recognise technological excellence within the industry. “The Print 21 Hot Pick technology awards recognise the most innovative and creative responses to industry challenges,” explained publisher, Patrick Howard. “The awarded technologies represent the cutting-edge of the graphic arts; this is something everyone should pay attention to.”

    The full list of winners and their products include:

  • FujiFilm: Pro V chemical-free violet

    Though it’s only a demonstration that is not yet available, this technology will have an undeniable influence amongst the industry. A violet photopolymer chemistry-free plate, the Brillia HD PRO-V is Fuji’s plate solution for both the main CTP imaging technologies and continues the company’s strategy of giving users a choice according to their specific requirements. The Brillia HD PRO-V plate includes new technologies such as: sensitive polymerisation technology for high productivity, new MultiGrain technology for excellent ink/water balance and new emulsion technology for FM capability.

    Pictured: Peter Carrigan (left), who was very excited to receive the first Hot Pick award of the day from Print 21 publisher, Patrick Howard.

  • Currie Group: HP Indigo Press 5500

    Released two weeks ago in Rome, this is the first showing within the Asia Pacific region and is a huge triumph for the Currie Group. The HP Indigo 5500 and its sister, the 3500 feature 7-colour printing, producing offset quality with a photo look and feel.

    The HP Indigo pres 5500 includes recently unveiled HP DreamColour Technologies, which ensure colour accuracy at all times. The HP Indigo 3500 and 5500 presses deliver up to 68 pages per minute in full colour.

    Pictured above: more happy recipients, Rob West and Phil Rennell

  • FujiXerox: Nuvera 288

    The Xerox Nuvera 288 Digital Perfecting System prints at 288 impressions per minute, 15 per cent faster than any other cut sheet printer available on the market.

    The digital duplex production system has an unparalleled resolution of 4800 x 600 dots per inch – partly attributed to its pioneering Emulsion Aggregate (EA) toner technology and fusing. The Nuvera 288 was designed for maximum productivity and uptime, with Pass Through Programming that keeps the system running even if one of the engines needs service or a soft shutdown.

    Pictured above: Nick Nugenthiran and Wendy K Apton being presented with their award by Patrick Howard.

  • DES: ORIS Ink Saver

    Using this clever software results not only in huge savings but also in positive environmental outcomes; for example, it is possible to obtain the same image but use less ink. In a one-step, automatic process, ORIS Ink Saver significantly reduces the CMY components for all printed elements, and optimises the black separation – while maintaining visual and colorimetric integrity.

    Above: Christophe Thommessen, Scott Barry and Sarah Weightman.

  • Canon: imagePRESS C7000 VP

    The long-awaited final production model is here, and the results are most impressive. The imagePRESS is a brand new technology engine with a rated speed of 70 ppm. It can hold neutral colour across wide areas and produce stapled and folded A4 sized brochures from A3-size stock to name but a few of its many features. The largest and best colour gamut for digital workflow, it offers consistency and a wide range of colour and the Digital press preserves this through sophisticated RGB through CMYK conversions within the print controller.

    Pictured: Christophe Lambert with Patrick Howard

  • EFI: Fiery QX 100

    Impossible to ignore, this is the new generation of Fiery Rip. The industry’s preferred driver continues to set new benchmarks of efficiency and compatibility; the new Pro series Fiery are targeted at a variety of industry levels, with more than 14 million Fiery technology users worldwide, EFI is renowned for consistently precise colour, advanced connectivity, high quality, sophisticated workflow, and ease of use. The new Fiery puts EFI’s more than 17 years’ experience in print management solutions to work and adds tremendous value for customers in this highly competitive, dynamic industry.

    Pictured above: Kathy Wilson and Eric Holtsmark

  • Heidelberg: Heidelberg Anicolor

    The Heidelberg Anicolor is the offset fight-back against the perceived advantage of digital printing
    with very short runs. Part of the problem with traditional offset is the amount of waste sheets
    required before the job gets to acceptable colour. In a time when ecological values are becoming
    ever more important, apart from the issues of cost, the ‘run-up’ of offset seemed a deterministic
    factor that could not be overcome. The revolutionary inking unit on the Speedmaster SM 52 can get a print run up to colour in a very
    short time. On the Heidelberg stand at PrintEx07 full-colour job changes were up and running
    within five or six sheets before an enthusiastic audience removed
    any doubt that the technology, on its first Australian and New Zealand outing, will redraw
    the lines of battle between offset and digital in the short-run market.

  • Eizo: FlexScan SX3031W

    Among the many exciting debuts at this year’s PrintEx, Eizo treated audiences to an exclusive Australia-first release of the largest and cleverest graphic arts screen around. As the world moves increasingly closer towards soft proofing, it is technology like the FlexScan SX3031W that becomes even more important than ever.

    Pictured: Penny Swinfield and Matthew Bauer.

  • Kayell: Press-Side Soft Proofing

    The name says everything – to make soft proofing in the press room a reality requires scientifically-calibrated lighting conditions. This innovative American company, GTI has combined hi-tech software, Eizo monitors and its own developed lights to produce an effective solution which is even used in the US by Time publications.

    Pictured: Bob McCurdy (left), GTI and Fred McCurdy (centre), GTI with Robert Gatto (Kayell).

  • Ricoh: RDO Print

    In a move towards the democratization of the digital printing world, Ricoh takes a step forward by creating open access workflow. Its new RDo Print-enabled system allows printshop to trasnalte previously locked software files in open-standard PDF. If this doesn’t seem like such a big deal, remeber there are millions of legacy documents in existnece which can often require complicated translations. RDO (Roster Document Objects) is aiming to do for the digital print file system what PostScript did for commercial printing. The new system can take the legacy files and output them with little or no operator intervention. The subsequent PDF can also be created for viewing and archival.

  • Agfa: :Avalon Automated CTP

    Pictured (right): Garry Murratore, Agfa.

    The flexibility and ease-of-use of Agfa’s :Avalon makes it a stand-out piece. The :Avalon can handle plate sizes from 380 x 310 mm to 1130 x 820 mm. The PlateManager automates plate handling and provides loading of up to four cassettes at one time. The CtP system can work with a number of screening technologies, including Agfa’s :Sublima XM cross-modulation screening or :Cristal Raster stoachastic screening. These options allow delivery of higher resolutions – up to 340 lpi.

  • Fastbind: Powis Photopress

    A unique solution for digital printers, able to make photographs into books. The Powis Photopress proved to be a major hit at the show; Derek Lane reported people queuing up to buy it.

    Pictured: Derek Lane with his Hot Pick.

  • Konica Minolta:Bizhub Pro C6500 Production

    The bizhub PRO C6500 Production builds on the success of the existing bizhub PRO 1050 and supports the same finishing options. Customers can choose from a folding unit, staple finisher, booklet maker / saddle stitch unit or trolley stacker. It can be configured in nine different ways according to the needs of nearly any business, to produce a wide variety of output such as brochures, promotional materials or any kind of documents for inline finishing.

    Purpose-built to withstand the rigors of production print environments, the bizhub PRO C6500 Production provides high-speed output of 65 ppm in both colour and B&W to stay ahead of heavy workloads and tight deadlines. Robust internal components handle a monthly duty cycle of 300,000 pages and a sophisticated air-assist paper feed system with internal heating unit keeps even heavy coated stock running smoothly.

    Next-generation Simitri HD Colour Polymerized Toner enhances fine detail, sharpens text and improves colour halftone reproduction. And precise registration accuracy aligns front and back images to give colour booklets and brochures a crisp, professional look.

    Konica Minolta has partnered with both EFI and CREO to provide a powerful range of controllers for these models. With the options of either Fiery or Creo controllers and the introduction of the Micropress cluster printing system, Konica Minolta can now provide a true alternative.

    Pictured above: David Procter receives a Hot Pick from Patrick Howard

  • Quote & Print: Version 8

    Always one step ahead of the rest, Quote & Print’s latest release, Version 8, has truly pushed the boundaries and beyond. Some of its special features include JDF connectivity, new workflow solutions and new navigation. It was recognised by the prestigious Kodak-backed NGP director Mark Wilton as being a suitable technology to link into the industry leading Prinergy workflow. This opens up a wide horizon for the many Q&P users to interface with Kodak-enabled printers around the world. “It is so good to see Australian innovation develop and take on the world,” said the Vancouver-based Wilton, who came home for the show.

    Pictured above: All smiles as Judy Bell with Kodak’s Mark Wilton (centre) and Dave Bell (right)receive their Hot Pick.

  • Ferag: High Water Python CTP

    Ferag is the agent in Australia and New Zealand for the awarded Highwater Python CtP, a manual load and unload CtP device technology designed for the 2-up and 4-up market. The plate is mounted on a flat table, correctly positioned in the three-pin touch sensitive register system. It is clamped automatically and transferred to the high precision, internal drum. Here it is exposed using Pythons advanced optical laser system. The plate is retained in the clamp in perfect register while it is imaged at a resolution of 2540 dpi, at 6 mm per second. A B2 plate takes two minutes to image.
    The Python system includes a high-spec workstation running a Torrent Level 3 RIP, with a full complement of software applications.
    Pictured: Ian Martin (left) and David Griffin (right)

  • Kodak: Prinergy 4

    Kodak Prinergy Workflow System Version 4 is the latest system upgrade to a workflow that aspires, with some justification, to be the benchmark of the industry. This particular iteration includes a new dashboard to deliver at a glance job information. The system also offers support for transparencies, digital print automation to expand into the Kodak Web-to-print Solution, and new digital job notes and custom fields. Prinergy 4 has two major enhancements for transparencies to produce more predictable, high quality results while reducing errors and rework without flattening files. The Color Matcher and Trapper features have been upgraded to handle transparent objects natively. The new system also includes Adobe’s PDF Print Engine, with its full transparency support.

    Pictured: Nick Nataras, Sue McQuate and Gustavo Oviedo, regional managing director.

  • Océ: Vario Print 6250

    Pictured below: Herbert Kieleithner (left) and Tim Saleeba (right)

    This lightning-fast printer is capable of printing 250 digital prints-per-minute duplex. Targeted at high-end commercial and corporate printing markets and customers with production volumes of between 750,000 and 8,000,000 prints per month, examples of the 6250’s work includes: office documents; flyers; manuals; books-on-demand and direct mail. A spanner in the works won’t interrupt the flow of the 6250. If a ‘rush job” comes along with must be completed, the machine is still able to commence work on this without holding up other jobs which are already coming through.

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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.


    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.


    Rick Sures


    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.


    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
    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

  • 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.

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  • View from the top: report on PrintEx forum

    “Similar to IT, the knowledge, expertise and skill of the print industry meant a profitable existence which in recent times has come under pressure,” he said.

    Referring to the impact of globalisation, Towell said that consolidation is happening in every industry across the world, with businesses getting cleverer at compartmentalising and addressing individual customer needs. Whilst this provides a perception of choice, many brands are owned by the same company.

    Fuelling this, the industry is being hit on a number of fronts including the growth of offshore printing options, especially China; the accelerating speed and take-up of new media; and the industry’s need to modernise.

    “What’s driving this is customers, and if we’re not listening to customers, we’re dead. As a generalisation, printers forgot this along the way and allowed other participants to come into the industry. As customers get bigger and more sophisticated, they want suppliers to be more sophisticated and offer a broader range of products,” he said.

    “Companies are also looking to drive down costs wherever possible. If we don’t find cost-efficient solutions, others will. We need to address our supply chain and get our cost to manufacture as low as possible.”

    Towell cited how in five years, China has moved from sourcing zero to 15 per cent of USA’s annual printing needs, and cut delivery times to Australia from 16 to 6 weeks. Whilst clearly this sends the signal that China is looking for major targets and opportunities, he said there was more the local industry could do to address this.

    “We need to impress on people that when they buy locally they get guarantees in terms of environmental sustainability – for example, when sourcing from overseas we don’t know if pulp has come from, for example, fine old growth trees from Brazil.”

    In terms of the growth of digital, Towell said the industry needed to embrace the new technology and be part of it. He said paper remained a powerful medium – unique in its shelf life and imagery potential – and personalisation of direct marketing pieces offered exciting growth opportunity for the industry.

    “People are getting sick of electronic media. The delete button is the one used the most, and response rates are going down. We have to remind people that print as a medium is very, very powerful.”

    Towell said the industry should look to other sectors for inspiration and best practice.

    “We are a great industry but we need to re-invent ourselves and become more relevant in a fast-changing world.”

    Pictured: Gordon Towell addressing the crowd.

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  • And the winner is … lucky dip is drawn

    His business card was chosen from the hundreds dropped into the bowl that was drawn on the final day of PrintEx. Heien, who runs a small manufacturing business from Newcastle specialising in custom-made plastic products such as ring binders, wallets, envelopes and plastic bags, came to PrintEx for a look at what was on offer. By chance, a sign at the Print 21 stand advertising their competition caught his eye and he decided to enter.

    “I didn’t think that I would win,” he admitted. “It was a terrific surprise and very unexpected.”

    Print 21 publisher, Patrick Howard, said that the competition drew an enormous response from visitors. “We had an outstanding number of entrants,” he said. “The competition proved to be one of the highlights of PrintEx; perhaps only rivalled by Canon’s Floating Lady.”

    Below: The Magic Lady, Sue- Anne Webster herself … with a little helping hand

    Pictured: Print 21 art director, Audrey Larsen dips into the bowl

    And declares Michael Heien the winner!

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  • Record numbers pass through the PrintEx doors

    Since before the doors opened on the first day, Thursday 24 May, visitors were queuing for entry and a steady stream continued to come to the exhibition throughout the three days.

    “We are delighted with the strong numbers and positive feedback we have received. It is evident that this Sydney event is welcomed by the industry and fits an important niche,” said Grant Churchill, chairman, PrintEx07.

    Exhibitors reported quality buyers, keen to do business.

    “PrintEx07 was been a resounding success for Kodak, with high quality visitors and large volumes of sales,” Ross Gilberthope, marketing manager, Australia and New Zealand Graphic Communications Group, Kodak. Gilberthorpe said that within ten minutes of the exhibition opening, the Kodak stand was packed with visitors, something the company had never seen before at an Australian printing exhibition. There were reports that a number of NexPresses had been sold but company policy was “no comment.”

    “2007 was the first PrintEx exhibition for Signet. With great traffic flow, lots of leads and the ease of dealing with the exhibition organisers, the experience was excellent. The visitors were exactly the prospective clients Signet was looking for and the exhibition was a definite success,” said Lesley Desmond direct marketing manager, Signet.

    Canon reported that by mid-way through the exhibition, four of Canon’s key printing machines was already sold, far exceeding its expectations.

    “PrintEx07 had constant traffic flow and with really decent, genuine buyers, the exhibition was an excellent investment,” said Natalie Walka, marketing communications coordinator, Canon Australia.

    Below: Make way, coming through! Crowds burst through the doors.

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  • National Print Award Winners – All the results!

    Gold Award Medal Winners

  • Australian Print Workshop – Limited Editions
  • Bambra Press – Booklets, Catalogues and Magazines Bound by Saddle Stitching
  • Blue Star Print – Australia – Art Reproductions
  • D & D Global Group – Leaflets and Folders
  • D & D Global Group Pty Ltd – Self Promotion
  • Finewrap Division (Oakleigh) – Flexographic Printing on any substrate
  • Finsbury Green Printing – Two and Three Colour Printing
  • Finsbury Green Printing – Commercial Posters, Showcards, Card Constructions and Mobiles
  • Finsbury Green Printing – Book Printing – any number of colours
  • Goanna Print – Embellishment
  • Hally Labels – Labels
  • Hannanprint NSW – Web Offset Coated Stock Press Finished
  • Hannanprint NSW – Web Offset Uncoated Stock
  • Impact Printing – Limited Editions
  • John’s Print Centre – Screen Printing
  • Lilyfield Printing – Annual Reports
  • Magnascan – Digital Printing Inkjet
  • National Capital Printing – Multi–piece Productions and Campaigns
  • Note Printing Australia – Security Printing
  • Octane Digital – Digital Printing Electrophotographic
  • Pettaras Press – Booklets, Catalogues and Magazines Bound by any method but Saddle Stitching
  • Pettaras Press – Packaging
  • PILPEL Print – Calendars
  • Platypus Graphics – One Colour Printing
  • Platypus Graphics – Die cut presentation folders
  • PMP Print NSW – Web Offset Publications with a Cover price
  • RA Printing Pty Ltd – Booklets, Catalogues and Magazines Bound by Saddle Stitching
  • RA Printing Pty Ltd – Small Printing business Awards – Less than 10 staff
  • S & T Graphic & Colour Print – Self Promotion
  • SEP Sprint (Australia) Pty Ltd – Innovation
  • Toth Bienk & Associates – Stationery
  • Webstar – Web Offset Coated Stock Off–line Finished
  • Silver Award Medal Winners

  • Adams Print – Two and Three Colour Printing
  • Adams Print – Calendars
  • Adams Print – Postcards and Greeting Cards
  • Advance Press – Book Printing – any number of colours
  • Amcor Food Cans – Packaging
  • Blue Star Print – Australia – Art Reproductions
  • Chippendale Printing Company – One Colour Printing
  • Clear Image Labels – Labels
  • Eastern Press – Die cut presentation folders
  • Finewrap Division (Oakleigh) – Flexographic Printing on any substrate
  • Finsbury Green Printing – Multi-piece Productions and Campaigns
  • Fivestargrafx – Multi-piece Productions and Campaigns
  • Frost Design – Annual Reports
  • Gaston Renard Pty Ltd – Limited Editions
  • Green and Gold – Annual Reports
  • Hannanprint NSW – Web Offset Publications with a Cover price
  • Hannanprint NSW – Web Offset Publications with a Cover price
  • Hannanprint NSW – Web Offset Uncoated Stock
  • Imatec WA – Digital Printing Electrophotographic
  • Impress Colour – Self Promotion
  • Inprint – Booklets, Catalogues and Magazines Bound by Saddle Stitching
  • Inprint – Booklets, Catalogues and Magazines Bound by Saddle Stitching
  • Inprint – Calendars
  • Lighthouse Press – Leaflets and Folders
  • Manark Printing P/L – Book Printing – any number of colours
  • Manark Printing P/L – Innovation
  • Martins Designs – Digital Printing Inkjet
  • McMillan Print Group – Commercial Posters, Showcards, Card Constructions and Mobiles
  • Newstyle Printing – Leaflets and Folders
  • Note Printing Australia Ltd – Security Printing
  • Octane Digital – Digital Printing Electrophotographic
  • Peachy Print – Small Printing business Awards – Less than 10 staff
  • Peachy Print – Small Printing business Awards – Less than 10 staff
  • Penfold Buscombe – NSW – Booklets, Catalogues and Magazines Bound by any method but Saddle Stitching
  • Penfold Buscombe – VIC – Booklets, Catalogues and Magazines Bound by any method but Saddle Stitching
  • Pettaras Press – Booklets, Catalogues and Magazines Bound by Saddle Stitching
  • PILPEL – Stationery
  • PILPEL Print – Booklets, Catalogues and Magazines Bound by any method but Saddle Stitching
  • Platypus Graphics – Annual Reports
  • PMP Print – NSW – Web Offset Coated Stock Press Finished
  • S & T Graphic Design & Colour Print – Die cut presentation folders
  • Scanlon Printing – Booklets, Catalogues and Magazines Bound by Saddle Stitching
  • Scott Print – Self Promotion
  • Serjeant Agency – Embellishment
  • STS Creative Printing – Screen Printing
  • STS Creative Printing – Screen Printing
  • Studio Labels – Flexographic Printing on any substrate
  • The Van Dyke Press P/L – Labels
  • Times Printers (Aust) Pty Ltd – Web Offset Publications with a Cover price
  • Toth Bienk & Associates – Two and Three Colour Printing
  • Webstar – Web Offset Coated Stock Off-line Finished
  • Webstar – Web Offset Coated Stock Off-line Finished
  • Bronze Award Medal Winners

  • Adams Print – Calendars
  • Bambra Press – One Colour Printing
  • Blue Star Print – Australia – Book Printing – any number of colours
  • Brightprint – Postcards and Greeting Cards
  • Clear Image Labels – Labels
  • Colourcorp – Digital Printing Inkjet
  • Courteny Colour – Multi-piece Productions and Campaigns
  • David Simmonds, Whites Foil – Limited Editions
  • Digital Print Australia – Digital Printing Electrophotographic
  • Digital Rush Pty Ltd – Small Printing business Awards – Less than 10 staff
  • Ducor Group Pty Ltd – Book Printing – any number of colours
  • Eastern Press – Leaflets and Folders
  • Eastern Press – Booklets, Catalogues and Magazines Bound by Saddle Stitching
  • Energiprint – Speciality or “Special” Printing
  • Finewrap Division (Oakleigh) – Flexographic Printing on any substrate
  • Frost Design – Annual Reports
  • Goanna Print Pty Ltd – Calendars
  • Goanna Print Pty Ltd – Self Promotion
  • Graphic Print Group – Calendars
  • Hannanprint NSW – Web Offset Coated Stock Press Finished
  • Hannanprint NSW – Web Offset Uncoated Stock
  • Hannanprint NSW – Web Offset Uncoated Stock
  • Hannanprint NSW – Web Offset Uncoated Stock
  • Hannanprint Victoria – Web Offset Coated Stock Press Finished
  • Hannanprint Victoria – Web Offset Publications with a Cover price
  • Hyde Park Press – Limited Editions
  • Impress Colour – Calendars
  • IPG Print – Digital Printing Electrophotographic
  • Jammin Handprints – Screen Printing
  • Label Creations Pty Ltd – Flexographic Printing on any substrate
  • Lamb Print – Booklets, Catalogues and Magazines Bound by Saddle Stitching
  • Lamb Print – Booklets, Catalogues and Magazines Bound by Saddle Stitching
  • Lilyfield Printing – Commercial Posters, Showcards, Card Constructions and Mobiles
  • Magnascan – Art Reproductions
  • Magnascan – Digital Printing Inkjet
  • Offset Alpine Printing – Commercial Posters, Showcards, Card Constructions and Mobiles
  • Offset Alpine Printing – Web Offset Coated Stock Off-line Finished
  • Offset Alpine Printing – Web Offset Coated Stock Off-line Finished
  • Peachy Print – Small Printing business Awards – Less than 10 staff
  • Penfold Buscombe – Packaging
  • Penfold Buscombe NSW – Annual Reports
  • Penfold Buscombe VIC – Annual Reports
  • Picton Press – Die cut presentation folders
  • PILPEL Print – Embellishment
  • PMP Print – Web Offset Publications with a Cover price
  • PMP Print (Victoria) – Booklets, Catalogues and Magazines Bound by any method but Saddle Stitching
  • Print Bound – Booklets, Catalogues and Magazines Bound by any method but Saddle Stitching
  • Quality Press – Packaging
  • RA Printing Pty Ltd – Small Printing business Awards – Less than 10 staff
  • Rawson Graphics – Leaflets and Folders
  • Rawson Graphics – Booklets, Catalogues and Magazines Bound by any method but Saddle Stitching
  • Rawson Graphics – Booklets, Catalogues and Magazines Bound by any method but Saddle Stitching
  • Securency Pty Ltd – Innovation
  • SEP Sprint (Australia) Pty Ltd – Security Printing
  • SEP Sprint (Australia) Pty Ltd – Security Printing
  • Serjeant Agency – Stationery
  • STS Creative Printing – Screen Printing
  • Sun Industries – Speciality or “Special” Printing
  • Super Stik Labels – Web Offset Uncoated Stock
  • Sydney Allen Printers Pty Ltd – Self Promotion
  • Sydney Institute TAFE 3rd Year Screen Printing Apprentices – Screen Printing
  • Toth Bienk & Associates – Stationery
  • Toth Bienk and Associates – Stationery
  • Van Gastel Printing – Multi-piece Productions and Campaigns
  • Van Gastel Printing P/L – Two and Three Colour Printing
  • Webstar – Web Offset Coated Stock Off-line Finished
  • Webstar – Web Offset Publications with a Cover price
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  • Big night out: National Print Awards shines

    Drawing a record crowd to the slap-up dinner at the Darling Harbour Convention Centre, the event was its usual joyous amalgam of networking, talking, meeting and drinking that went on late into the night. Complete with glitz and glamour, the night was hosted by well-known television identities Sandra Sully (pictured) and Paul Martell, and proved why it retains its position as the premiere festival of the industry.

    “Congratulations to all winners tonight,” said chairman Scott Telfer. “Be it bronze, silver or gold, you have carved out a position in the history of the National Print Awards.” He paid a heartfelt tribute to Sid Thompson, one of the original founders of the NPA and its mainstay for many years, who passed away earlier this year.

    The PaperlinX award went to Tibor Sic. Tibor completed his third year apprenticeship in 2006 at the Sydney Institute, TAFE Ultimo and is currently employed by Penfold Buscombe.

    The Heidelberg Australia Award went to Reg Hammond of Lilyfield Printing.

    The Agfa Graphics Award went to SEP Sprint and was accepted by Mark Reid. This is the first time for a printing company to win the same award twice in a row.

    Telfer said that this year’s awards attracted many entries that made for some tough competition and judging; he pointed to the state-based PICAs held in Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and Queensland as a good means of support and integration with the National Print Awards. “It is possible that the National Print Awards may evolve into what could be called the ‘best of the best’, a national competition based on the winning entries of the state PICAs,” he said.

    Pictured below: Apprentice Tibor Sic (left) with Martin Fothergill, PaperlinX,

    Pictured below: John Shore (left), general manager of Agfa; Mark Reid (centre), director of SEP Print and Marc Op De Beeck (right), vice president global sales, Agfa.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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