Archive for September, 2007

  • The power of two – 52 format press packages

    A successful partnership takes 2. In this case, that includes Heidelberg and you!

    Heidelberg has created two great value two-colour press packages for its Printmaster PM 52 and Speedmaster SM52 offering you a chance to upgrade and automate.

    With a ‘Power of 2’ package you get a new Heidelberg press, along with two years of ‘no worries’ with consumables, systemservice 24plus and ink. You can also choose to purchase our optional CtP package which includes the Suprasetter A52 metal CtP, Prinect workflow and Kodak processless plates.
    All Power of 2 packages include:

    * 2 colour SM52 or PM52 press
    * 2 year supply of ink
    * 2 year supply of consumables
    * 2 year’s peace of mind: systemservice 24plus
    * 2-up Suprasetter CtP package (option)
    It’s your choice but remember that Heidelberg only have 8 presses available for this deal until sold out. The Power of 2 promotion runs from 10 September to 30 November 2007.

    Contact Heidelberg now to find out more and take full advantage of this special offer. Click here to register your interest or talk to your local Heidelberg account manager today.

     

  • Job of the week: National Print & Mail Production Manager

    Bing is looking for a National Production Manager to join the head office in Brisbane.

    Are you:

    • A manager who can lead and motivate a number of geographically distributed print centre teams? 

    • Have experience in the digital print industry?

    • At home with Windows and Internet technology?

    • Looking to join a future global company?

      If your answer is YES, then we want to hear from you.

      Ph. (07) 3010 0500
      dunwin@bing.com
      www.bing.com 

     

    About Bing
    Bing Technologies Pty Ltd is the world’s most innovative desktop mail company. Our specialist service offering is unique – in fact, it’s the first of its kind anywhere in the world.

    Proudly Australian owned and operated, bing began life in 2001 as a research and development laboratory committed to designing cutting edge software technology that has since changed the way many businesses send postal mail.

    Bing is now enjoying rapid growth in the Australian market with offices and production facilities located in Sydney and Brisbane, Australia. Additional sites are also planned for late 2007.

    Another significant achievement for bing is the numerous accolades the organisation has been awarded in recent years. These include:

    2007 – iAwards “Best Communication Platform” Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA)
    2005 – Consensus Software Awards
    2004 – Secrets of IT Innovation
    2002 – EDIA (Enterprise Development Institute of Australia)

  • Canon introduces three new five-ink large-format printers

    Canon’s new five-ink large-format inkjet printers are ideally suited to a wide range of printing demands, including CAD (Computer-Aided Design) and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) applications, poster production, and the printing of office notices.

     

    The new Canon imagePROGRAF iPF710 (36"), iPF610 (24") and iPF510 (17"), are successors to the high-speed, high-image-quality iPF700, iPF600 and iPF500 models and accommodate print media up to A0+, A1+ and A2+, respectively.
     
    Impressive Quality
     
    The new imagePROGRAF models offer outstanding image quality, thanks to optimal image processing for business documents and posters, which typically contain a combination of text, lines, graphs/diagrams and photos. The new models are able to optimise image processing for each object. The results are sharper text and more natural colours in photos. Graphs and diagrams are reproduced as displayed on the computer monitor, and text on colour backgrounds appears more vivid.
     
    Accurate reproduction of ultra-thin lines and extra small text is crucial for CAD Applications. The five-ink imagePROGRAF series is capable of reproducing lines as thin as 0.02mm. Diagonal and curved lines are reproduced more smoothly and smaller text more sharply in 1200 dpi rendering.
     
    The imagePROGRAF iPF710, iPF610 and iPF510 feature Canon’s proprietary FINE (Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) high-precision print-head technology and are equipped with a total of 15,360 individual ink nozzles-5,120 ink nozzles for matte black ink, and 2,560 nozzles for each of the four other colours-each capable of ejecting microscopic ink droplets as small as 4 picolitres in size. The six-colour dye/pigment reactive ink system employed in the printers includes four highly colourfast dye inks and a pigment-based matte black ink for optimised print image quality on all types of print media.
     
    Contributing to outstanding productivity and operating ease, the models accommodate high-capacity 130 ml ink tanks. Ink levels are displayed and a warning is issued whenever ink runs low. A smart chip in each tank stores information on the remaining amount of ink, so even if a tank is changed in mid-use, when it is re-inserted, ink amount is correctly detected. For further convenience, an ink lamp issues warnings for low ink levels.
     
    The new large-format printer line-up incorporates Canon’s high-speed LCOA image processor, which makes possible fast and accurate image processing and printer control. Furthermore, Canon’s reactive ink technology prevents ink from spreading at borders between colour and black output while advanced image-processing algorithms ensure the crisp and clear printout of black text and line art.
     
    High-speed
     
    The combination of advanced technologies present in imagePROGRAF devices enables the new printers to achieve high-speed printing as well as exceptional image quality. Through the optimisation of the entire print system, the new Canon large-format printers achieve improved print speeds, with the iPF610 capable of creating an A1-sized print on plain paper in fast mode in just 31 seconds. Further, the devices offer quiet operation and, for the iPF610 and iPF710 models, a large LCD control panel.
     
    These devices offer outstanding image quality and boast industry-standard technologies. The line-up supports HPGL-2/2 and HP RTL page description languages for CAD applications which, combined with the imagePROGRAF Printer Driver 2007 and exclusive AutoCAD imagePROGRAF HDI Driver programs that ship with the printers, facilitate the use of an even greater number of CAD applications.
     
    "The three new Canon imagePROGRAF printers include cutting-edge technologies to offer a blend of outstanding image quality, fast print speeds, and compatibility with a wide-range of software applications to suit the needs of CAD and GIS operators through to professional photographers and even general offices," said Steven Brown, production printing systems group manager, Canon Australia.
     
    Each of the new Canon imagePROGRAF printers are bundled with Digital Photo Front-Access portal software, which contributes to greater workflow efficiency in digital photo-printing processes. Additionally, PosterArtist 2007 poster-creation software and a variety of other software applications are available to satisfy a diverse range of poster-production and photo-printing needs.
     
    Prices start from $2,805.00 inc GST and the imagePROGRAF iPF610/710 printers are available now and the IPF510 will be available in October.

  • GMG releases new software products

    GMG launches new software tools PrintControl Pro and RapidCheck designed to ensure effective and sustainable process control.

     

    PrintControl Pro is software that takes the user step by step through the necessary process to establish optimal and repeatable printing conditions. With advanced functionality, users can achieve results without spending days on tests and print runs, or the expense of requiring a specialist on site.

    RapidCheck is a solution that examines whether printing parameters comply with ISO 12647-2 and 12647-3 or user-defined standards. From a single measurement, the user is presented with an analysis of data in graphical form. This report shows any deviations from the specified tolerances and allows any corrections to be made quickly to comply with the printing standard.

    Robert Weihing, CEO of GMG predicts that both tools will be embraced by customers. "We are convinced that the introduction of PrintControl and RapidCheck enables our customers to better control the whole printing process," he said.

    "Process control based on standards will be an extremely important subject in the upcoming years."

    In Australia, Theo Eleftheriades, digital colour systems integrator at Kayell is similarly optimistic of both products’ fate. "A lot of printers might approach this with suspicion but will quickly realise that it will assist them with increased customer satisfaction and efficiency benefits. " he said. "These tools are cost efficient way to get your print factory compatible with the colour standards that customers are demanding to get the job done."

  • Join LATMA on the green

    LATMA NSW will be holding its annual charity golf day on Thursday 18 October at Carnarvon Golf Club, Notting Hill Rd, Lidcombe.

     

    The day is run by the Label and Tag Manufacturers Association and is a great networking opportunity while also contributing to a worthy cause – the Childrens’ hospital at Westmead.  LATMA runs a variety of events, most recently the highly successful conference in Queensland, with great success.

    "The day is a great chance to catch up with your industry colleagues while practising your golf swing and all for a great cause," said LATMA NSW secretariat Adin Coup (pictured).

    "We are providing an event where our members can network and at the same time assist a charitable organisation – Westmead hospital," he said.

    "We are hoping to raise a substantial amount again this year to give to the hospital."

    Participants will play an 18-hole course with a shotgun start at 12.30 and light lunch provided. The dinner will include drinks and a two-course meal, to celebrate the players and most notably the winners. Up for grabs in the events’ raffle is a set of Piranha Irons kindly donated by Tour Grade Golf.   

    The day is sponsored by Kurz Australia, JET Technologies, Spicers Paper, Avflex, Yenom Labels, Quote and Print Solutions, UPM Raflatac, Fujifilm Sericol and Rotometrics.

    To register for the event or interest in sponsorship download the flyer here or contact Kevin Murphy on T: (02) 9809 0363, M:0418 278 640 or E: kevin.murphy@aldus.com.au

  • Stora Enso turns a new page in USA

    Swedish-based Stora Enso bails from the US market, selling its North American paper operations to NewPage Holding Corporation for US $520 million.

     

    The new company will be known simply a NewPage, with the transaction expected to be finalised during the first quarter of 2008. Ridding itself of the North American company will allow for Stora Enso to concentrate solely on the European market, according to CEO Jouko Karvinen.

    "The divestment will simplify our group structure and strengthen our focus on Europe as well as Stora Enso’s growth markets," he said. "This is the first major step in focussing our operations to improve the long-term earning of Stora Enso."

    While the European company hits the road to recovery, NewPage is expected to become a key player in the paper market when it opens up next year.

    "We believe that by combining Stora Enso’s North American operations with those of NewPage, owned by Cerberus Capital, a leading private equity firm, we are contributing to the formation of a high attractive player in the North American paper industry," Karvinen said.

  • Printers gather to crack the FSC code

    FSC may be the buzzword of the printing industry, but many printers are still bamboozled as to what it all means.

     

    An information night held at Allen and Unwin, Sydney attracted over forty audience members all keen to discover how they could do their bit for the environment and keep their businesses healthy at the same time.

    Director of FSC, Michael Spencer, believes that the move to FSC is growing locally at a healthy rate. "At the start of the year we set ourselves an FSC certificate target of 60," he said. "We’ve already reached that target and are now estimating that we will reach 80, but it may well end up being 100."

    Spencer describes FSC as "a market-driven system to drive responsible forest management." Contrary to popular belief, he vigorously maintains that the environment is a prime concern – for ordinary citizens and printers alike.

    "People are motivated by these things," he said.
    "They disagree that individuals can do little about environmental problems."

    Pictured: the face of FSC Australia, Merrin Layden and Michael Spencer.

    Guest speaker Rodney Wade, environment and technical manager for Finsbury Green, based in Adelaide spoke of the company’s experiences in gaining FSC certification along with being FSC Chain of Custody certified.

    Paper manufacturing is one of the greatest challenges facing the printing industry, according to Wade. "Historically, paper and pulp production has been a dirty and polluting activity," he said. "However, over the past ten years the paper industry has changed dramatically throughout all parts of the world."

    Wade believes that a legitimate "green" printer should be both FSC certified and actively promoting the use of sustainable paper. "In our view, FSC is the highest and most trustworthy international certification for paper and timber products," he said.

    Responsible and appropriate printing should be top-of-mind for printing companies, according to Wade, who offered the audience his top four myths regarding printing. These include:

    1) Paper and print is not an environmental issue
    2) Sustainable paper costs more and is a lower quality
    3) There is limited market demand for environmentally responsible paper
    4) Using recycled paper eliminates the negative impact of paper use

    The views of Wade and other guest speakers were echoed by audience members who believe that FSC is a step towards protecting the future. Michael Jones, managing director of CDM said that: "We are seeking FSC accreditation and believe other businesses should do so as well – for the legacy of our children."

    Doing it for the kids … (l-r) Ursula Antunez from SGS, Michael Spencer, from FSC and Michael Jones from CDM.

  • NIPPA recognises innovation

    Not long till NIPPA conference and awards night comes to Sydney.

     

    This year’s conference, ‘The innovator within’ runs from 16-19 October at the Menzie Hotel, Sydney. It features presentations and workshops from local and international presenters. Not only a conference, the four-day event also includes the NIPPA awards for the in-house print sector.

    President David Harrison said that the event allows in-house print managers to step into the limelight and receive some much-deserved recognition. "It gives this very important and often underrated sector of our industry an opportunity to showcase the talent and expertise within it," he said.

    "In-house print managers no longer wear dust coats and stay out of sight frightened to stick their head up less they get outsourced. They no longer only work in the public sector locked away in the basement either. These people are running multi-million dollar operations."

    As a NIPPA judge, TAFE teacher and LIA secretary Alan Wetherall noted that high calibre of work produced by NIPPA entrants. "The quality of digitally printed jobs have increased to levels that were though impossible only a few years ago," he said.

    "The digital trend seems to have grown into its own market niche as the range of printed work diversifies. Print centres have become business-wise and customer-centres; this is a huge change."

    At this year’s NIPPA, the gold, silver and bronze awards will be presented in each of the two areas of digital and offset print. There will also be an Outstanding Business Award 2007 and Outstanding Contribution to NIPPA 2007. Best in Category awards will be given for a range of seven different categories for excellence in specific print and finishing types.

    The scope of the awards is a reflection of the diverse nature of printing, Harrison says. "When we first announced our intention of developing awards, we were inundated with offers of support from our current group of sponsors," he said.

  • Time to pulp excess organisations

    The printing and graphic arts industry suffers from over representation according to a controversial Pulp & Paper Edge report by director Robert Eastment.

     

    Entitled, ‘When is Enough Industry Representation Enough’, Eastment puts forward the argument that with more than twenty paper-related associations, the industry runs the risk of fragmentation.

    Listing organisations including:

    * Australasian Paper Industry Association (APIA)
    * Appita – Australasian Pulp and Paper Industry Technical Association
    * Australian Catalogue Association (ACA)
    * Australian Direct Mail Association (ADMA)
    * Australian Plantation Products and Paper Industry Council (A3P)
    * Graphic Arts Merchants Association of Australia (GAMAA)
    * Graphic Arts Services Association of Australia (GASAA)
    * Label and Tag Manufacturers Association of Australia (LATMA)
    * Lithographic Institute of Australia (LIA)
    * Magazine Publishers of Australia (MPA)
    * National Association of Forest Industries (NAFI)
    * Packaging Council of Australia
    * Paper Round
    * Printing Industries Association of Australia (PIAA)
    * Screen printing and Graphic Imaging Association of Australia (SGIAA)
    Eastment questioned the need for this high number of groups. "It seems at odds with what is happening globally in our industry in the pulp and paper sector, and perhaps more locally, amongst our printing fraternity which has seen a continual stream of mergers, acquisitions and closures," he wrote.

    "Some rationalisation amongst industry bodies is almost certainly overdue."

    Calling for rationalisation, Eastment suggested that groups with overlapping interests should join forces under the one name. "Perhaps time has come for some serious discussion to occur between industry bodies on rationalising and merging with associations of similar interest, for example, between PIAA, LATMA, SGIAA, LIA and GASAAA, who would all appear to have some common basis."

    Eastment admitted that his argument could appear ‘controversial" but should not be ignored. "They need to be considered in the light of the likely fact that pressures on all sectors of the industry are not going to reduce, and will most likely increase in coming years," he wrote.

    Read on to see what some of these groups thought of Eastment’s claims.

  • Offset’s genius not to be dismissed

    Offset printing hasn’t had its day just yet. When looking to purchase a new printer, offset was Netherlands company Mercurius’ first choice.

     

    Recently installing a Genius 52UV, the company has not looked back on its decision against digital.

    Mercurius’ primary business is print production for publishing houses throughout Scandinavia and Spain. With run lengths diminishing, the company only require print runs ranging from a few hundred to 3000 at the maximum.

    For this type of demand, digital would seem the obvious choice, but the company found everything they were looking for in the Genius 52UV. "We vetted every digital printing system on the market. But in the end we opted of the Genius 52UV," said plant manager Ronald Bakker.

    "The biggest advantage of digital print production is that it supports personalisation. But that is a capability that we simply do not need. What we do need is a robust machine that can UV coat inline with little or no waste, can be made ready and prepared for the next job in a minimum of time and can be embedded in our existing workflow."

    Most of Mercurius’ products are printed on synthetic material up to a maximum thickness of 0.8mm. This was another reason behind choosing the Genius press, which is specifically engineered for printing film and plastics.

    "I assume – with all due respect to digital printing systems – that it would be impossible to print substrate thicknesses on a digital press at a speed of 8,000 sheets per hour – and even if it were possible, the sheets would doubtless soon be damaged," Bakker added.

    Increased productivity and diversity has been the main benefit of choosing the Genius, according to Bakker, who notes that there has been no looking back for Mercurius. "Taking the Genius 52UV on board has enabled us to enter new markets," he said. "Efficiency is the magic word."

  • $4.3 million of HP kit going under the hammer with $9 unreserved start bids

    Described as ‘the production digital printing sales event of the year’ the massive clear-out brings a new level of market power to the online auction sector.

    GraysOnline has been appointed to clear out Hewlett Packard’s remaining stocks of the now discontinued HP 9850mfp – previously the  top-of-the-range 50 ppm A3+ full colour ‘production lite’ digital press/printer, with a rated duty cycle of 150,000 pages per month. All printers are brand new in cartons but are being sold to clear without warranty to make way for HP’s new range.

    GraysOnline printing specialist Andy McCourt describes the auction as
    “We have put together bundles targeted squarely at the print-for-pay, inplant, graphic design and high-end office markets. Eighteen of the HP 9850mfps come with external EFI Fiery S300 print controllers for a fully colour-managed workflow and even variable data capability,” he said.

    “Some of these also have EFI’s Graphic Arts software package and ICC profiling kit with spectrophotometer. A further seven come with EFI’s embedded X3e print controller for less mission-critical colour. They all start at auction for $9, irrespective of configuration.

    “The top configurations were selling for between $110,000 and $125,000 – they are true 50 page-per-minute production digital machines with oversize A3 capability for crops and bleeds. HP wants them all sold off and has chosen GraysOnline to undertake this since we regularly clear the company’s discontinued consumer/prosumer lines as well. This really is a fantastic once-off opportunity to pick up an excellent graphic arts production-grade digital printer for a song,” said McCourt.

    Along with the colour HP9850s – also badged by Konica Minolta as the Bizhub C500 which won the 2004 BERTL award – is an array of toners, finishing, trimming, hole-punching and inserting accessories plus two mono high-volume HP machines, an 85ppm 9085mfp and a 55ppm 9055mfp.

    Michael Hayes of GraysOnline is managing the auction which commences October 8th, and ends on October 11th. The auction preview is up on www.graysonline.com.au .

    For any pre-auction enquiries, please contact Michael Hayes of GraysOnline by phone (02) 9741 9600 or email Michael@grays.com.au

    Caption: Michael Hayes of Grays Online surrounded by the brand new HP printers.

  • Takeover #1 – PMP makes a move on Times Printers.

    Singapore-based printing and publishing giant,Times Publishing, trades its Melbourne web presses for an 11 percent foothold in the region’s largest printing company.

     

    PMP valued the Times Printers Australia  business at $A$80 million, which it paid in shares that are currently trading at  $1.65 each along with $15 million cash.

    The deal now gives the Singapore-based Times a high strategic stake in the region’s largest printer and strengthens its chances of expansion. Brian EvansCEO of PMP,  described the deal as being a move towards bringing PMP’s Victoria site up-to-speed with its fellow Sydney plant, while also asserting the company’s presence in Asia.

    "For some time PMP has planned a major upgrade of print assets in Victoria to bring them into line with our Sydney print operations," he said. "Acquiring TPA delivers PMP this upgraded capability in Victoria and also created a strategic relationship for PMP with Times Publishing in Asia."

    In a recent bout of industry consolidation, PMP’s latest acquisition marks the first rumblings of what is likely to be a shakeout in the websector and comes with confirmation that PBL-owned magazine publisher ACP is scoping the possibility of installing a heatset press at a greenfield site Sydney.

    PBL’s CEO Ian Law was uncontactable.

  • Takeover #2 – GEON gives WA its first taste of PE action with Advance Press buyout

    The move is likely to be the first in a series of buyouts and investments in the West as GEON seeks to replicate its strategy of delivering digital printing and mailing capability at every location. Advance is a full-on Heidelberg offset printing shop.

    A national footprint across Australia becomes a reality for the sheetfed specialist as long-established Perth printer joins the number of east coast – Vic, NSW & Queensland – printing and mailing companies under the GEON  banner.
    The buyout of the CTI Logistics company extends the private equity backed consolidator’s reach across the region from New Zealand to WA. It brings to 25 the total number of operating business under the GEON banner – 14 in Australia and 11 in New Zealand.

    Although the ASX-listed seller did not disclose the selling price it noted the transaction is expected to produce a profit of over $4.5 million. The Heidelberg-equipped Advance with 60 employees fits the profile for GEON takeovers. Staff under Ian Smith, general manager, will continue to operate the business from its Bassendean premises in Perth.

    According to Gordon Towell, GEON CEO, the acquisition is in line with the ongoing strategy of providing large corporate clients with the widest possible spread of printing facilities across the region.

    "We have a lot of large corporate clients who expect us to have facilities where they want to print. The lack of a presence in Western Australia was going to cost us money.

    “Advance Press is an exceptional print company that is highly regarded in the Perth marketplace with an impressive customer base. We believe it will make a strong and immediate contribution to the GEON Group. In addition, this acquisition now provides us with unmatched geographical coverage across Australia and New Zealand which gives us a unique ability to service the large corporate market” he said.  

    The transfer is almost a home coming for the WA printer, which was originally owned by WA-conglomerate Wesfarmers before being sold to CTI Logistics. GEON is owned by PE company Gresham Group, which is chaired by Michael Chaney following his retirement as MD of Wesfarmers.

    In Victoria GEON continues to consolidate, moving its Graphic Printworks personnel and equipmnent into the revamped Mt Waverly site that was the home of the former Penfold Buscombe. The integration took place last week and involved the relocation of all staff and equipment.

    Gordon Towell flagged the intenetion to create a digital facility in Melboure’s downtown Dockland, linked to the Mt Waverly site.

     

  • Industry talks back to Rob Eastment call to pulp organisations

    Should printing and graphic arts groups join forces as Robert Eastment maintains or should they stay separate and independent? Here’s what some of the office bearers have to say:

     

    Philip Andersen, CEO, Printing Industries

    As the peak employer association and advocate for companies in the print, packaging and visual communication industry in Australia, our representations cover all sectors of the value chain from creative through supply including paper manufacturing, into the many forms of industry production including ink on paper, digital production right into fulfilment.

    While we are acknowledged by government and other industry stakeholders as the peak body, the proliferation of sector-specific groups can lead to confusion by non industry organisations and certainly does dilute the effectiveness of our very large and diverse industry.

    Voluntary managed groups cannot hope to achieve the results they could and should achieve for their members if they are unwilling to put their issues on the table or collectively work to achieve a good result for all.

    I am a strong believer in fostering unity to create greater industry influence, but ultimately the decision to throw off historical attitudes rest with the individual groups and their members.

    ––––––––––––––––––––––

    Alastair Hadley, President GAMAA.

    GAMAA continues to be supportive of an environment of greater co-operation
    between the industry’s associations and welcomes any move in this direction
    as we believe a united front will provide the industry with the solid
    foundation it needs to prosper into the future.

    ––––––––––––––––––––––

    Frank Gavrilos, president, LATMA We’ve had similar discussions. I’m not sure I agree that we’re ‘over represented’ but I think there’s sense to be made in consolidating some of these industry groups.

    I think firstly, in sheer numbers there’s so much consolidation going on in each industry that it makes sense.  Companies are becoming bigger and there are less of them. Secondly, the industry groups need to do a better job of focusing on the business side of things instead of the technical side.

    By having broader consolidated industry groups you’ll be pitching a different message and have to appeal to a much wider audience.

    ___________________

    Allan Wetherill, TAFE teacher and secretary, LIA


    I agree with Robert Eastment; we have an array of
    industry associations all struggling badly but none are ready to bite
    the bullet and do something.
    Around five years ago, GAMAA brought a number of associations together so that a dialogue might emanate. However, this meeting was not followed up so the status quo remains. We at the
    LIA have had occasions to cancel an industry night due to lack of
    numbers. Other associations have similar experiences: JPE, LATMA, SPAA,
    GASAA, and more.

    Is there a solution? Well, I’d like to offer one that could work and may go toward lifting the profile of the graphic communications industry, which has managed to develop a very ordinary profile over recent years.

    Firstly, the industry can be broadly divided into two areas/groups –
    1. Printing and Publishing
    2. Pulp and Paper.
    There is no reason why these two groups should not have a synergy and an
    educational overlap but it is easier to deal with them in these groups. GAMAA for example tends to be the umbrella under which Printing and
    Publishing sits.

    Having agreed on the two broad groupings I will deal with the one I know
    Best – printing and publishing. It would be sensible to have an
    Executive Officer of the collective, the EO would treat all current
    associations as subgroups with very clear communication lines. This
    could all be run out of say PIAA at Auburn. The funding for this person
    and maybe some clerical support could be derived from each of the
    associations.

    The mechanics of this function would ensure that a diary of events was
    managed and if one group was doing a plant visit then this would be
    automatically offered to other groups – if appropriate. Awards
    presentation events could be coordinated instead of maybe the six or eight
    each year that are conducted now.

    At present there is too much distance between industry and the training
    providers, such a plan could help connections. There is also the non
    traditional areas such as mail-houses and carton and corrugated board
    producers that have tended to sit on the edge of mainstream industry.
    The digital printers that have evolved over recent times need to be
    welcomed into the mainstream.

    So, yes I agree that there are too many industry associations and they
    are getting ready to either die or embrace a renaissance that will see
    their futures guaranteed.

  • Takeover #4 – NZ Aarque Graphics buys business assets of Frontline Technologies.

    Aarque makes its way to the front line of the graphics supply industry with the takeover of Craig Paul and Greg Gemmel’s Mt Eden-based business.

     

    Frontline’s computer to plate, computer to film, proofing and workflow technologies, services are expected to fit very well with the large and small format print solution provider.

    "The acquisition strengthens both organisations in our combined offerings," explained Herbie Bult, director of Aarque.  "The acquisition is a logical step forward for Aarque in providing a specialist channel for the technically intricate technologies of the CTF, CTP, proofing and plate industries."

    Bult added that Frontline receives the benefit of an increase of resources from Aarque, which boasts a broad supplier portfolio, branch network and support.

    The deal will see Aarque Graphics and Frontline Technologies continue to trade as individual entities, coming together for common technologies such as proofing, workflow and digital press opportunities. Key staff will also remain in their respective companies.

    A believer in partnering with innovative companies, Aarque saw a great deal of promise in Frontline. "This partnering ethos is very much in line with Aarque’s own partner of choice ethos," Bult said.

    "While the technology landscape is very different today than it was even a decade ago, Aarque has continued to innovate and provide solutions that help our clients differentiate in their markets. With Frontline’s own track record of innovation … we see substantial potential benefits for staff, clients and suppliers of both companies."

  • Takeover #3 – Sydney book printers slip past ACCC watchdog

    One month after the ACCC knocked back PMP and McPherson’s merger, a merger between two book printing companies in Sydney restarts the book printing industry consolidation.

     

    Ligare Book Printers, the third largest book printer in the country is taking over long established independent, Southwood Press without drawing fire from the competition cop. The deal is unlikely to attract the same level of criticism from the local book publishing industry due to smaller size of the merged company when compared to the two majors in Victoria and South Australia.

    Ligare is now unquestionbably the third larges book printer in Australia, specialising in educational and legal books. The additon of Southwood’s titles will make it a more competitive force in the industry.

    Located in Sydney’s inner-west, Southwood Press has been operating independently for 35 years. It now finds itself in the hands of private-equity back book printing company Ligare, which hopes the two can offer greater support to customers. The deal is proof of the uneven consolidation in the book industry and unpredictable nature of the ACCC.

    "It is exciting to have Southwood Press join Ligare," said Cliff Brigstocke, CEO. "Over the years we have been consistently impressed by the people at Southwood and the quality of their work. Given the degree of current and likely market change, this acquisition will bring greater scale to Ligare from which we can better support our customers."

    Changes in the Australian printing and publishing industry forced Chris Barnes, managing director of Southwood Press to realise that the company would be better equipped for the future if it were aligned with Ligare, the third largest book printer in Australia.

    "As the Australian publishing industry has grown and evolved, the printing industry has experienced continual change in both technology and structure," Barnes said.

    "We also anticipate that Australian publishers will welcome a more competitive local player in the printing industry. The core staff, the skills and the commitment to quality production will remain and be enhanced by the merger."
    The official merger takes place on 8 October this year.

  • Job of the week: Customer Service Person + Digital Print Operator

    Contribute your expertise, experience and ideas to a new growth period in this established media design and print centre, one of the 80+ Worldwide Online Printing Centres in Australia.

     

     

    Applications are sought from persons skilled in client services and preferably with industry experience. Could suit someone returning to the workforce.

    Personal attributes required include: accuracy, client focus, team person, organised, self starter, problem solver and sales focused.

    Principal role tasks are;

    • Capture new and retain current customers in store

    • Produce effective quotes using our system and progress them through the work flow

    • Manage and operate our small (currently) digital print production

    • Take the opportunity to contribute positively to our future while enjoying performance related remuneration.

    A position description is available in the Employment section of www.worldwide.com.au

    Please address applications and enquiries to richmond.jobs@worldwide.com.au