Archive for April, 2008

  • Jobs of the week: Sales Representative, Brisbane

    Agfa Graphics offers integrated prepress solutions to the printing industry. These solutions comprise consumables, hardware, software and services for production workflow, project and color management. 

    Agfa Graphics is a worldwide leader with its computer-to-film, computer-to-plate and digital proofing systems for commercial and packaging printing and the newspaper publishing markets. 

    Agfa Graphics is rapidly developing its position in the new segments of industrial inkjet with comprehensive solutions for various applications such as documents, posters, banners, signage, displays, labels and packaging materials. Its experience in both imaging and emulsion technology has provided the expertise required for developing a complete assortment of high-quality inks.

    We seek a high calibre Sales Professional to join our QLD team, selling and supporting consumable products, software and capital equipment into the printing/graphics industry to existing and new clients.

    Handling a broad product and solutions portfolio within the QLD sales territory, you will possess the following attributes:

    • You will have the autonomy to plan, execute and manage your weekly activities.

    • Proven strong track record in sales of high value systems/capital equipment to medium to large printers and prepress houses;

    • Strong customer focus including ability to develop and manage client relationships

    • Highly motivated and results orientated

    • Proven ability to work effectively within a sales team environment

    • Excellent communication and organisational skills

    • Trade and/or tertiary qualifications in technical and/or sales disciplines will be highly regarded

    • Ability to travel intrastate, interstate and overseas as required

    Relevant product training will be provided to the successful candidate.  You will be rewarded with a career with a well respected company, friendly culture and a competitive remuneration package incl. vehicle.

    If this position appeals to you, please apply in writing to the Recruitment Coordinator, Agfa Graphics HR Dept., Agfa-Gevaert Limited, PO Box 150, Burwood, Vic 3125 or email gs.jobs.au@agfa.com

    Inquiries may be directed to Bernard Tipping on Ph. (03) 9808 1435.

     

  • Jobs of the week: Sales Development Manager, Sydney

    EFI (www.efi.com) is the world leader in digital printing innovation with 23 offices worldwide. Its award-winning solutions, integrated from creation to print, deliver increased performance, cost savings and productivity. The company’s product portfolio includes Fiery® digital color print servers; VUTEk® superwide digital inkjet printers, UV and solvent inks; Jetrion® industrial inkjet printing systems; print production workflow and management information software; and corporate printing solutions.

    EFI is looking for a sales professional to market its Fiery print servers and VUTEk superwide printers in Australia and New Zealand.

    The successful candidate will have at least 5 years of sales experience in the printing industry, a flair for presentations and excellent analytical skills. 

    Responsibilities will include: achievement of revenue targets, account strategy development, sales training, seminars and events, and sales forecasting using SFDC.  The position is based in North Sydney.

    Please forward your resume to alison.whyte@efi.com

     

  • Jobs of the week: Printing – Folder Operator, Melbourne

    Permanent Afternoon shift positions for experienced folder operators.

    Currently we have two of our clients in search of good quality folder operators, excellent wages offered to the right candidate.

    Both of these positions are in the South Eastern area.

    Ph Rob 9899 6400 or send resume to:  rob@stockdaleprintstaff.com.au

  • Jobs of the week: Pre Press Operator – Digital Print, Melbourne

    Doculink Australia is a well established and growing digital printing company located in Port Melbourne. We operate an energetic and service-focused production environment that is never dull. We produce all manner of digital print products and also manage a wide variety of offset and other products for our ‘big business’ client base – so our work mix is diverse and always interesting.

    We have a permanent position within our Pre Press department for a suitably experienced professional. Our pre press department also manages our high volume colour digital production process. So being one of our Pre Press Operators allows end-to-end quality management – from file through to colour imaging. This is a great opportunity for someone looking to take a step further in their pre press career or perhaps seeking more variety than traditional offset pre press can offer. We offer a friendly and enjoyable working environment where contribution is always recognized and rewarded.

     

    Mandatory Skills & Experience

    • Minimum of 3 years experience working in a similar or related role

    • Extensive hands-on knowledge and technical  competency of all applications in CS3

    • Competent and comfortable to work on both Mac & PC

    • Experience in pre press processes for both digital and offset print production

    • Experience in file manipulation

    • Experience with colour correction

    • Working knowledge of impositioning

    • Ability to create print-ready files

    • Competent in basic layout and artwork creation

    Advantageous

    • Experience with high volume digital colour production work flow

    • Previous experience with either Fiery or CREO front-end systems

    • Experience with variable data and associated software

     
    Attributes

    • Enjoy working as part of a team

    • Good time management skills

    • Remain calm under pressure and keep a sense of humour

    • Work to tight deadlines

    • Possess an eye for detail and quality

    If you have the experience, skills and attributes and you are excited about the challenge and opportunity this position presents please email your Resume to  tnorrish@doculink.com.au

    All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

     

  • Jobs of the week: Digital PrePress Operator, Sydney

    Looking to take that next step in your prepress or print career? 

    Then this is a great opportunity to join one of Australia’s foremost digital printers, and work with state-of–the-art equipment.

    We are looking for an enthusiastic person to join our tight knit prepress team,  servicing the file requirements of the very latest digital presses, across the full range and size of jobs.

    Key skills required include:

    • The ability to work efficiently in Illustrator, Acrobat and InDesign/Quark.

    • An understanding of imposition and the output requirements of offset and digital presses.

    • A problem solving attitude.

    • Working in such a busy, hands on environment,  also means  the ability to multitask and meet deadlines is essential.

    If working with  a great team on a wide range of work sounds like you, then  email your CV to susanvs@ondemand.com.au

    All applications will be handled in strictest confidence.

     

     

  • Candidate of the week – Candidate from overseas – Printing Engineer

    I am a South African Printers Engineering looking for a position in Australia as i am wanting to immigrate shortly.

    I have ample experience in the printing industry, although I am a Heidelberg trained engineer, I am sure I could adapt to your equipment with ease.

    QUALIFICATIONS      
    Rhodesian Certificate of Education
    English higher,Maths higher, Science Higher
    Art and Craft, Woodwork, Metalwork (distinction)

    APPRENTICESHIP       
    With John Dickinson & Company Africa Ltd
    As a printers mechanic/typesetting and general
    5 years (March 76 – December 80)

    CERTIFICATES       
    Rhodesian National Craft April 1977
    Machine shop engineering (credit) N3 equivalent
    Rhodesian National Craft Advanced
    June 1978 Machine shop engineering (credit) N5 equivalent

    COURSES           
    Rodox Course – Gas and Arc Welding – mild steel
    Cast iron, Aluminum , 1978
    Done in Germany , China and South Africa by German factory trained instructors
    Speedmaster classic, Quickmaster 1 & 2
    Quickmaster DI 46, Polar Guilotines
    Platen, Tok, GTO, Kord, Rolem,  S-line,
    Heidelberg cylinders, Speedmaster Classic, MO
    All printing problems, printing mechanical and advanced
    Basic electrical and Rigging
    Apprentice  assessors course
    Anicolor 52 course

    SKILLS
    Equipment &  machinery, welding, rigging, basic electrical
    Installation of new machinery, maintenance supervisor,         
    Apprentice trainer and assessor and at present working as a working service product manager for Heidelberg South Africa

    EMPLOYMENT HISTORY  
    Company Name: Heidelberg South Africa
    Contact person: Troy Wild; Tony van Broekhuizen (  Melbourne, Australia)
    Position Held : Service product manager
    Period of employment: July 95 – at present

    Company Name: KMW Printing technicians, South Africa
    Position Held: Director of own company
    Period: August 90 – June 95

  • Looking forward, looking back: Quote & Print reflections

    As Dave Bell (pictured) prepares for drupa and its exciting range of new print technologies he looks back at some of the highlights in the development of Quote & Print over the years.

    Some of Quote & Print’s major achievements have been:

    Development of the Windows-based version of Quote & Print. In 1995 we had a DOS based product.  We completely rewrote the Windows based version of Quote & Print from the ground up with a new database design and a completely new development language called Clarion.

    Conversion of all existing users from their DOS system to Windows.
    There were over 300 users at the time.  We had planned to do it over a five-year period but with the introduction of the GST in the year 2000 we had to reduce the time to three-years.  We were averaging two conversions a week.

    Development of QPONLINE – the internet interface to Quote & Print. Now in use with about 50 printers it has enabled them to offer a wider range of products and services to their customers.

    Adding the ability to convert any report or document to a PDF file which could be optionally emailed to the customer.  In addition, any report can be exported to MS EXCEL.  (This last feature is known as Office Companion.)

    Including a snapshot feature in Quote & Print which provides a management summary for business owners and manager when they log in.

    Integration of Shop Floor Management with WorkFlow.  This will benefit all those printers who handle a large amount of short run jobs.

    Ensuring the seamless integration of all parts of Quote & Print.  Some of our users are now processing more than 2,000 jobs per month through Quote & Print.

    Giving the users the ability to select the font, colours and screen size that is best suited to them.

    Expansion into other areas of the graphics arts industry in particular Print Procurement and Digital printing.

    At drupa we will be examining the future trends in the printing industry so these can be incorporated into Quote & Print ensuring that all of our users and future users can maximise their investment in our software.

  • DES highlights industry partners at drupa 2008

    For two weeks between May 29th and June 11th, Düsseldorf will be the centre of attention for the print world. With over 1,800 exhibitors covering 1.8 million square feet of exhibit space, 400,000 expected visitors and some 3,500 journalists from around the world, drupa 2008 will be larger than ever before, and DES is proud to highlight what our industry partners are showcasing at this exciting event:

    Accura (Hall 9, Stand No.D26/12)
    In addition to showing the latest version 4.20 of the core product, Accura are pleased to announce the release of Accura-Online the exciting new tool added to the current suite of available modules.

    Asahi Kasei (Hall 5, Stand No.D20)
    Asahi products are now widely used in all over the world. The company will be launching the latest range of photopolymers at drupa. The new water washout plates and continuous sleeve system will also be showcased.

    AVT (Hall 3, Stand No.F69)
    Advanced Vision Technology (AVT) will be launching new solutions for variety of printing applications at drupa. The company will introduce a new version of the PrintVision/Helios with enhanced capabilities for labels and narrow web inspection. PrintVision/Orion and PrintVison/Jupitor will also be showcased.

    CGS (Hall 8b, Stand No.A40)
    CGS will be demonstrating the latest developments of colour proofing, colour management and workflow at drupa 2008. The presentation will focus on innovations concerning the ORIS Hybrid Proofing product group.

    Colortrac (Hall 8a, Stand No.B46)
    Colortrac Ltd has been invited by Canon Europe to demonstrate their latest high definition SmartLF product range running Colortrac ScanWorks and CopySmart software at drupa 2008.


    EFI (Hall 5, Stand No.C01)
    EFI will be showcasing its most extensive range of productivity and revenue generating print solutions ever. Visitors will experience the industry’s broadest array of leading digital solutions, from the latest Fiery(r), VUTEk(r) and Jetrion(r) digital printing innovation to the Print MIS and web-to-print solutions.

    IST (Hall 3, Stand No.F30 )
    IST products are being successfully used by customers all over the world. The company will showcase the new large volume 600 litre solvent recovery system, as well as the upgraded range of solvent recovery and washing systems.

    Jetrion (Part of EFI, Hall 5, stand No.C01)
    The Jetrion 4000 UV Inkjet System is a unique industrial inkjet printer which offers label converters an affordable, full-colour narrow web alternative to toner-based digital printers for label runs of up to 50,000 labels. The 3025 UV Inkjet System will also be showcased, this enables inkjet printing of bar codes and other types of variable data at multiple locations on the press, while running at standard production speeds.

    JUST (Hall 5, Stand No.B23)
    JUST will show visitors how standardisation based on ISO standards integrate into the whole printing process. The company will introduce the new portable standardized lighting solution – COLOR MASTER, and there will be highlights of a complete range of computer controlled lighting for soft and remote proofing purposes.

    Mellow Colours (Hall 9, Stand No.C78)
    Mellow Colour Ltd will release the latest version of the popular PrintSpec ISO 12647 colour quality control & verification software at drupa 2008. PrintSpec allows Printers to generate comprehensive ISO 12647 pass/fail reports generated from the small PrintSpec strip placed along with production CMYK printed work.

    Mimaki (Hall 8B, Stand No.A03)
    Mimaki is proud to showcase their new UV-curable inkjet printers, among the innovations to be demonstrated is the UJF-605RII, it has mastered the balancing act between accurate proofing on original media and reliable short run production of flexible packaging products.

    X-Rite (Hall 5, Stand No.D02)
    X-Rite will showcase the industry’s key solutions to address colour management and communication throughout the production value supply chain – from inspiration to output, from concept to consumer.

  • Press Release Almanac: 1 May 2008

    Keep up to date with the latest industry news and releases.

    EIZO becomes first monitor manufacturer with monitor proofing systems certified by IDEAlliance
    Kodak to show Stream Concept Printhead at drupa
    MGI Announces World Premier of JetVarnish(r) Inkjet Spot UV Coater

    "Roll over Gutenberg" says Océ at drupa

    Two of Eizo Nanao Corporation’s (TSE: 6737) monitor proofing systems have passed the newly launched IDEAlliance1 (SWOP2, GRACoL3) Monitor Proofing Systems Certification Program. In total, 27 systems from five companies were certified, with EIZO offering the only systems from a monitor manufacturer.
     
    Monitor proofing systems are becoming more widely adopted as they significantly reduce the time and expenses of hard copy proofing by allowing all parties (prepress house, agency, client, etc.) to view proofs on a calibrated monitor. IDEAlliance, a U.S.-based organization that develops standards to enhance efficiency in all facets of publishing, just announced an update to its widely-recognized SWOP certification program for monitor proofing systems. Whereas the previous SWOP program largely relied on visual evaluation, this new program is based on a more objective numeric evaluation; it requires a monitor to be within a specific tolerance from the 1,617 color patches of the internationally recognized ANSI IT8.7/4 standard4.
     
    In EIZO’s certified soft proofing systems, the EIZO ColorEdge CG301W monitor (29.8" widescreen) or the ColorEdge CG241W monitor (24.1" widescreen) are used with Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional for viewing soft proofs. Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional is already in widespread use, so EIZO’s systems offer premedia companies and prepress houses considerable cost savings over conventional monitor proofing systems which require the purchase of the system vendor’s software proofing packages in addition to the monitor.
     
    Both of EIZO’s systems are certified GRACoL Grade #1, the most stringent of three certification categories in the IDEAlliance program. GRACoL Grade #1 applies to coated sheetfed offset printing and has a color gamut that encompasses the other two categories: SWOP Grade #3 and SWOP Grade #5, which apply to web offset printing.
     
    Among the other 25 monitor proofing systems certified by IDEAlliance, 16 use EIZO ColorEdge monitors, including the two aforementioned monitors as well as the ColorEdge CG221 (22.2" widescreen) and the ColorEdge CG211 (21.3" standard format). The prevalence of EIZO ColorEdge monitors in these systems further testifies to their suitability for soft proofing.

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    Visitors to drupa 2008 in Dusseldorf, Germany, will have the opportunity to see KODAK Stream Inkjet Technology in a hybrid printing application. The Stream Concept Printhead from Kodak will be running inline on a MULLER MARTINI Press. Capable of delivering monochrome offset class VDP applications at up to 1,000 fpm to commercial offset printers, the Stream Concept Printhead from Kodak shows KODAK Stream Inkjet Technology’s potential for hybrid printing and also serves as a technology platform for future inkjet systems based on KODAK Stream Inkjet Technology.

    The first planned product with this new technology, the 4-inch Stream Concept Printhead from Kodak is designed to produce a deep, rich black at 600 dpi on glossy substrates, and to be easy to operate and service. This flexible hybrid printing solution provides a powerful option for print service providers looking to add offset class variable data print to direct mail, statements and other commercial applications. When launched, the product based on this technology demonstration will produce offset class quality at a more economical cost point than offline printing solutions.

    A group of Kodak customers previewed the technology during an open house at Kodak’s Dayton, Ohio, inkjet facility. "I was truly impressed by the technology demonstration. I never thought it was possible to attain such high quality using an inkjet system," said Jaime Silva, owner of Impresora Silvaform S. A. de C.V. in Mexico City. "It seems as though this new technology will position Kodak to take the lead in the overall inkjet market."

    The Stream Concept Printhead from Kodak is able to print on commercially available substrates and offers excellent character definition and small font capability. KODAK Stream Inkjet Technology offers printers the ability to expand into new markets by leveraging current lithographic equipment for new and different commercial VDP applications.

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    JetVarnish from MGI is the perfect complement to digital or offset printed substrates. The revolutionary JetVarnish offline spot UV coater uses inkjet technology to ensure precise spot coverage. The JetVarnish is targeted towards high-speed and large format applications, with an integrated infrared dryer to enable turn-key production. Attendees at drupa 2008 will receive an exclusive preview of this groundbreaking finishing device, which joins MGI’s popular UVarnish(r) offline flood UV coater. Advance previews can be registerd through MGI’s distributor, The Digital Impressions Group at www.thedig/drupa

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    If rock ‘n’ roll made Beethoven roll over then Océ’s "Roll Over Gutenberg" presentation at this year’s drupa might well have the same effect on printing’s great pioneer

    Océ is showing five different systems at drupa 2008 (hall 6, stand A44) with workflows for short-run production of books. The Océ ColorStream 10000 full-colour continuous-feed digital press is producing books with colour and b/w elements (among other applications) and the Océ VarioStream 9720, complemented by finishing equipment, is showing fully automated printing of high quality books in black & white. 

    The digitally printed colour covers (produced on the Océ CPS900) are channelled to the system automatically, creating a workflow which delivers professionally bound books in a single, intervention-free end-to-end run.

    With its special "Roll Over Gutenberg" book, Océ is showing how high quality colour and b/w pages can be merged inline in an automated production workflow. The book combines prints from two digital presses, the Océ VarioPrint 6250 (black & white) and the Océ CS650 Pro (colour). The unrivalled register accuracy of the Océ VarioPrint 6250 delivers perfectly aligned text blocks on every page of the book.

    The workflow is managed by Océ PRISMAprepare, which separates the B/W and colour portions of the book and ensures the page data is routed correctly to either the B/W or colour press. It then takes charge of the post-print merging to reassemble and finish the product.

    Business unit director for document printing at Océ, Tim Saleeba, says the on-demand production trend is fundamentally changing the traditional value chain – as evidenced by the escalating growth of self-publishing portals that work without inventory of any kind.

    "Visitors to the Océ stand will see how books are able to be ordered over the Internet, printed by the service provider, packaged and shipped complete with invoice and delivery papers," Saleeba said.

    "The entire workflow is largely automated. As a result, a second value chain has emerged which serves to unite the book production and wholesaling stages, completely eliminating inventory and the associated risk and cost."

     

  • Countdown to NIPPA awards

    Australians have the chance to fly to New Zealand for this year’s NIPPA awards which take place from 15 to 17 October.

    Entitled ‘Endeavour – A Journey of Discovery’, the conference features a range of local and international guest speakers. NIPPA president, David Harrison, hopes that fellow Australians will make the journey to New Zealand.

    "We are providing a limited number of airfare subsidy this year to encourage members from Australia to make the journey to New Zealand," said.

    "The 2008 NIPPA awards carry great significance to the winners and even those simply nominated," he said. "They are in recognition of the values and talent that are present within in-house print operations throughout Australia."

    The 2008 awards are for work produced using digital technology, offset technology and include ‘Best in Category’ for a range of distinct product types. Other awards include ‘Outstanding Business of the Year’, ‘Outstanding Contribution to NIPPA’ and a ‘NIPPA Scholarship Award’.

    One award that is sticking around if that of ‘Creative Design’. "Once again, it is in recognition of some quite stunning graphic design talent present in in-house print operations throughout Australasia," Harrison said.

    Harrison believes the awards will be a highlight, but encouraged those wanting to attend to "book early to avoid disappointment."

  • The winds of change: people moving, starting, leaving; 1 May 2008

    The printing industry has more people coming and going than an airport. This week, Print 21 takes a look at the flurry of changes that has occurred.

    Romano takes control of large format printing
    Growth in the large format market prompts Epson to appoint a business manager.

    Romano Bacci (pictured) has taken on the responsibility of the day-to-day running of Epson’s large format printer business across Australia and New Zealand. "I am very happy to be leading our large format team when we have so many new and innovative products being launched," he said.

    Craig Heckenberg, head of business solutions, welcomed Romano to the team. "[He] brings considerable experience and an outstanding record in customer service to this role, and I am sure Epson customers old and new will welcome him," he said.

    "He gives our business the necessary experience and knowledge to expand, while still meeting the needs of our professional print customers."

    Romano joined Epson Singapore in 1998 in the international business division as a sales executive and managed distribution channels and sales for a range of products across 7 countries. In 2005 he moved to the large format printer team as the product manager until relocating to Australia this year to take up this new role.

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    Jeremy gets down to business with HP
     Jeremy Brew joins HP as mid-volume print service provider – business development manager.

    Jeremy (pictured) is well known in the printing and graphic arts industry in Australia having most recently worked in the large format reseller channel with the HP Designjet range of large format printers.

    Prior to this he worked for Apple Computers in hardware sales working closely with printing and design customers.  He has also held positions with Sensis.

    Shane Lucas, vice president and general manager HP IPG South Pacific said the broadening market segments in large format and HP’s expanded offering required the appointment of a business development manager to service the mid-volume large format print service provider market.

    "In this dedicated position Jeremy will focus on helping our print service provider customers to grow their large format offering," he said.

    Jeremy will work with both channel partners and end customers drawing on his experience to showcase the potential of the rigid and flexible applications enabled by the company’s solvent and UV curable HP Designjet range of large format printers.

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    Todd goes digital
    After eight years at Bottcher, national sales manager, Adam Todd, is moving into the digital arena by joining Fuji Xerox.

    Much has changed for Todd in his time at Bottcher. “I came off a printing press with no other experience but being a competent lithographic printer and joined Bottcher as technical sales executive,” he said.

    He leaves with fond memories of a great company. “Working with Bottcher has given me the opportunity to learn many new skill sets which I have enjoyed and embraced but most importantly has introduced me to a great bunch of new friends both here in Australia and abroad.”

  • Galley Club News: Digital discussion draws a crowd

    Over 75 publishers, designers and printers attended the Galley Club’s recent seminar on digital content. For those who missed out, there’s more socialising coming up.

    The Digital Content seminar consisted of four key speakers: Anna Maguire, head of production and interactive, Random House; Michael Garas, general manager – Information Technology; Dymocks; Zoe Rodriguez, Copyright Agency Limited and Chris Stephens, Read How You Want.

    The four discussed issues such as the repurposing digital content; the various digital formats; publishing and web strategies; cross media publishing; POD; the second coming of e-book readers; the role of p-books in the media mix and the often quoted music industry example.

    Next up for the club is its Happy Hour Drinks on 13 May  at the Harbourview Hotel in The Rocks from 6.30pm. For more information see www.galleyclubsydney.org.au/

  • Punters log on to purchase print

    When people want to shop, they head to ebay or Amazon before the mall. Now, an increasing number of customers are choosing to purchase their print online.

    Melbourne company, D2P, has reported a growing amount of print work being won via the internet through printers having the right online strategy.

    "There are hundreds of thousands of print customers searching online in Australia for printers every month; we can see it happening at the two print buyers web sites that D2P runs www.QualityPrintServices.com.au and www.ThePrintExchange.com.au. And there are hundreds of printers online touting for their business. But, if you know where to look and how to hook there are plenty of new business opportunities for all," said John Weichard, managing director of D2P (pictured).

    Commercial printers can choose from three D2P Navigator website packages. "With a D2P Navigator website, our customers have opened up a whole new sales division running in parallel to, and complimenting their existing sales efforts. And this is all at a fraction of the cost, hassle and risk of employing a new sales rep," Weichard said.

    Weichard likens the use of internet technologies that lure new customers to the art of fishing. "If you don’t know the right spots, the right bate and techniques, you’re just drowning worms," he said.

    "We use the right bait to transform opportunities into customers and make them stick to a printer’s online store."

  • Drupa tales: last chance to take a puff in the buff

    If you’re a smoker then enjoy this drupa because it will be the last one held before smoking bans come into force. If you’re a nudist – know the rules and keep smiling – there are no bans proposed.

    Traditionally Germany has been a smokers’ paradise, says Printing Industries supa drupa travel agent, Gerd Wilmer. But all that will change from 1 July this year when smoking bans come into force in restaurants, public buildings and pubs.

    "These new laws will only become effective in North Rhine Westphalia (where we are) on 1st July. The smokers are fighting tooth and nail to keep their old privileges," he said.

    "The arguments are pretty much the same as we heard in Australia all those many years ago. This being Germany, the discussion is more heated; there is nothing as satisfying as a good brawl."

    However, another kind of mist in Düsseldorf is very popular and far healthier saunas. But be warned, they are not for the feint hearted or the modest.

    "Visiting a Sauna in Germany is very close to the original Finnish version. It is a place of rest and cleaning. Same as you do not wear your swimmers when you take a shower at home, you do not wear them in a sauna either. That there are other people around does not matter," Gerd said.

    "Generally there is no separation of the sexes, often not even separate change rooms. It is quite common for children to accompany their parents.

    "So if nudity offends, do not go," he said.

    Here is a summary of the rules:

    •      Clean yourself under the shower and dry yourself thoroughly before entering the cubicle
    •      The towel is not there to protect your privates, but to sit on it.
     •     The benches are not painted, but raw untreated wood and absorb any moisture
    •      Do not take any reading material or other inflammable material
    •      Relax
    •      When you had enough go out and jump into the ice cold water
    •      Dry yourself and take a rest for at least 15 minutes before going in again (if you want to)

    Don’t forget to order your supa drupa Aussie BBQ tickets Online BBQ bookings can be made here or by contacting Theresa at Printing Industries on (02) 8789 7300 and by e-mail: supadrupa@printnet.com.au

    Drupa is held from over two weeks from 29 May1 June 2008 in Düsseldorf, Germany.  Gerd or Helmut at Landmark Travel can be contacted on (02) 9977 7100 for travel and accommodation assistance.

    Last but not least – don’t forget to visit the Old City. With 260 pubs and restaurants on an area of around 1 square kilometre, it carries the title of "the longest bar in the world". Don’t wanna miss that.

  • RMIT gives students greater flexibility with new equipment

    A new Mark Andy 2200 drew a crowd of 50 guests at RMIT University’s recent Flexo Technology launch.

    Expected to breathe new life into the flexography department of RMIT’s Brunswick campus, the machinery will give greater flexographic training experience to apprentices and industry trainees who partake in the short course option.

    "The flexibility of the Mark Andy 2200 will provide the students with up-to-date technology that is the envy of a lot of printers in the marketplace," said Robert Black, director of the International Centre of Graphic Technology (ICGT).

    The evening also included a demonstration of the Synapse Training Simulation. This computer-based system allowed the development of operational, analytical and trouble shooting skills on flexible, carton and label machines in a simulated environment. Finishing off the night was a short tour of the centre’s core areas of graphic prepress, digital printing and finishing.

    In closing, Black stated that the strength of an industry is measured by its commitment to its people. "The programs are there, the government support through incentives is there and the government funding of the training is there," he said.

    "What we need is a concentrated effort to make the industry attractive and a commitment to the best training in the world."

    Pictured (L-R): Robert Black, director, International Centre of Graphic Technology; Ian Guanaria, general manager, Aldus Engineering Pty Ltd; Hendrikus Berkers, head of school, School of Design (TAFE) and Robert James, industry consultant.

     

  • Sale the only answer for Nexus Print Solutions

    Less than two years after its merger, South Australian company, Nexus Print Solutions, is up for sale, accumulating debts of $6 million.

    Nexus Print Solutions was the result of Gillingham Printers purchasing van Gastel Pritning for $3.5 million in October 2006 and merging to form a new entity.

    van Gastel Printing was a 28-year-old company and Gillingham over one hundred years old. But the new venture only made it to 18 months, owing to a "suffered leakage" from the takeover.

    Nexus’ managing director, Craig Thornquest, told media that price competition and new technologies was a further burden on the company. "Profitability and cashflow were put under pressure," he said.

    At the time of the sale, owner, Jack van Gastel, said that he sold the business to Gillingham Printers as a survival tactic. "You either get big or get out," he said. "Competition is fierce and I feel that with the merger of the two companies we will be in a better position to attack."

    van Gastel’s hopes were recently quashed when PPB chartered accountants and business reconstruction specialists were called in as receivers and managers of the company which is now for sale in whole or in part as a going concern.

    As a contractor, van Gastel’s role with Nexus will be determined by the sale of the business. "It depends what happens to the company," he said.

    Peter Macks of PPB explained the sale as part of a restructuring process for the company. "The business has been put up for sale as an option to facilitate some of the turnaround," he said.

    Registrations of interest close on 9 May and, according to Macks, there has already been a healthy response to the sale. "In just over a week we have had several parties express their interest," he said.

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