Archive for June, 2008

  • HP and Currie Group keep on truckin’ in tri-state digital print tour

    HP and Currie Group will undertake a digital print tour of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria to showcase the HP Indigo 3500 digital press and the HP Designjet Z series large format printers. The tour commences on 7th July in Cairns and wraps up in Bendigo on 22nd September.

    The Currie Group truck has been re-fitted and re-branded to promote its expanded HP portfolio – this is the first time the HP Designjet large format printers have been included in a digital print roadshow. The entire wrap for the truck was printed  on a HP Turbojet 8000 series by ABC Photosigns  and was applied to the truck by RE-CAR  in Victoria and is a testament to just how powerful digital printing is.

    The tour will visit Brisbane, Canberra and Sydney as well as major regional centres including Cairns, Rockhampton, Newcastle, Coffs Harbour and Albury/Wodonga providing Print Service Providers (PSP) with the opportunity to view the latest digital print technology at their doorstep.  

    Phillip Rennell of the Currie Group said that: "This tour is the ideal way for PSPs to gain first hand experience of the expanded digital print offers from HP.  Visitors will be invited to come on board the truck and view operational presses as well as discuss technical aspects with our digital print experts."

    "Visitors will also be able to see the new HP Designjet Z6100 printer – the largest printer in the HP Designjet range.  It will be the first opportunity for many PSPs, especially those in regional centres, to see this new large format printer in action."

    All equipment will be operational. The HP Indigo 3500 will demonstrate its offset quality production of photobooks, brochures, business cards and postcards. The HP Designjet Z series printers will output a range of high quality photo realistic posters and images.  The truck will also feature a range of finishing equipment including a UV coater, book binding machines and guillotines.

    The HP Currie truck will be in the following towns on the following dates:

    Tradewinds Esplanade, 7th July
    Mercure Motel, 11th July
    Andergrove Tavern, 14th July
    Dream Time Lodge, 17th July
    Currie Brisbane Office, 21st July
    Gold Coast   
    Royal pines, 24th July
    Coffs Harbour   
    Novotel Pacific Bay, 25th August
    The Wests New Lambton, 28th August
    Sydney showgrounds,    1st and 2nd September
    Country Comfort Airport, 8th and 9th September
    Wagga Wagga   
    Quality Inn Carriage House, 12th September
    Chifley Albury Hotel, 15th September
    Bendigo Jockey Club, 22nd September

    Enquiries can be made to: or phone: 1800 338 131

  • SWUG marches on in new directions

    Changes ahead as the Single Width Users Group (SWUG) conference moves to a new time of the year in March 2009 and, for the first time, the venue will be a non-newspaper site.

    The SWUG committee has decided to move the timing of the popular newspaper production conference to March each year with the next conference due to be held in Albury, NSW, in 2009. Traditionally held in September or October each year, the decision was made to move the conference dates due to repeated clashes with other events and the difficulty of finding suitable venues.

    "September and October are traditionally the busiest months of the year for conferences so competition for good convention facilities is fierce," said Bob Lockley, SWUG president (pictured). "The continuing popularity of the SWUG conference has made it increasingly difficult to find suitable accommodation packages and conference venues so we decided it would be better for everybody to move it to a time of year when we can choose from the best available options for our delegates.

    "By moving the conference to March, there will be no clashes with football Grand Finals, school holidays or other industry events such as the PANPA conference or IFRA expo. And wherever we go, the weather will be similar to what we might expect later in the year."

    In another break from tradition, the 2009 conference will also be the first held at a non-newspaper site with the hosts being the Norske Skog paper mill at Albury in NSW. The conference itself will be held at the nearby Albury Convention and Performing Arts Centre from March 13th-16th, 2009.

    "The Albury paper mill is a fascinating place to visit for anybody involved in the newspaper industry," said Lockley. "Norske Skog have been good supporters of SWUG in the past and we thank them for their invitation to host our next conference in 2009."

    A site visit to Border Mail Printing will also be on the agenda.

    Conference registration packs as well as details about the annual SWUG Awards will be available later in the year.

    For more information contact Anita White at Fairfax Media on (02) 4570 4444 or email

  • Winners take all from GAMAA workshop

    Winners are grinners in GAMAA’s workshop, Winning Negotiations, which returns to Melbourne on 25 July.

    Once again, Professor John Onto (pictured below) will be leading the seminar which teaches participants to understand the different phases of negotiation and how it can help businesspeople to reach their objectives and improve both personal and professional relationships.

    Past participant, Ian Martin, general manager of Trade for Ferag, Australia said that last year’s workshop was a great experience for him.

    "It brought both suppliers and customers together in an open learning environment with the key focus being on the actual process of negotiation rather than purely the outcome," he said.

    "The numerous role plays and practical examples illustrated the different approaches to negotiation, while underlining the importance of preparation, the aspirations of each party and how to meet them."

  • Paper price rise solidarity – five percent hike coming your way

    Across the board stock price rises from the major merchants to go ahead in the face of increased mill charges.

    PaperlinX Merchanting along with CPI Paper, Raleigh Paper and Edwards Dunlop Paper have joined the other major merchants in forecasting price rise in the next few months. As reported here last week, Spicers NZ and KW Doggett are also foreshadowing price rises in the face of increased operating costs and higher prices from the mills.

    Martin Fothergill, group general manager PaperlinX Merchants, confirmed the industry’s largest player was locking in rises in the region of five percent from 28 July. “Most of our mills have given us price rises, while our own cost increases must be taken on board. On an annualised basis we have seen $800 plus increases on certain stock. It has to be passed on,” he said.

    Focusing on the increases in energy costs and pulp he predicted more price rises to come. This view was reinforced by CPI Paper, which has advised the market of increases in the order of five percent effective 21st July. According to David Christie, national sales manager, “ a lack of manufacturing capacity combined with higher input costs for mills is a powerful combination that will ensure price increases stick and I am confident we will see further pressure.”

    Uncoated qualities and office papers (copy) are particularly affected by lack of mill capacity and high regional demand in Asia, particularly China, according to Edwards Dunlop Paper’s Gordon Anthonisz. Edwards Dunlop will be moving prices five percent at the end of July.

    Craig Brown, general manager, Raleigh Paper, said their mill partners are not immune from the supply side dynamics and there is real pressure in the supply chain. “We have taken increases and they were not optional! We have advised our customers that prices will increase in July,” he said.

  • Big Fag powers Sydney’s print revolution

    Armed with a Riso printer and a fierce anti-capitalist ideology, Sydney collective, The Big Fag Press, has started a printing revolution that anyone can be a part of.

    The collective paid $50 for the press at a liquidation auction five years ago and since then have become the cornerstone for local writers, activists and artists alike who can all print and self-publish their work for free via the machine lovingly known as The Big Fag.

    "It’s a printing machine, but it’s not only that," member, Kernow Craig, told media. "And it’s a printing collective, but it’s not only that. Because of all those different stories, it’s also constantly exceeding itself."

    Last week, the collective staged the Fagette Live Zine Spectacular at PACT Theatre in Erskineville. Boasting to "print where no printer has ever dared print before", the night involved audience members contributing to the printing of a collective zine (alternative, homemade magazine).

    Imagetec donated inks and masters to the group for its Zine Spectacular. Pam Bentall, sales manager, who attended the event, was impressed by the capabilities of the collective.

    "They’re doing very interesting things with the machine like overlaying colours," she said. "The effects are great; they’re very creative."

    Pictured: Imagetec’s national sales manager, Pam Bentall (right) shows the revolutionaries the ropes of printing.

    It might seem radical, but the collective are also interested in teaching the art of printing to outsiders. Their website offers a free spot colour tutorial and artists are encouraged to be a part of the printing process.

    One member of the collective said that: "There’s a real joy and pleasure in being able to do it [printing] yourself, and also being able to get a result that you wouldn’t be able to get in any other way. We try to make sure that whoever’s doing the job with us is here on the day of printing."

    "We call ourselves Sydney’s only artist-run offset [sic] printing co-op. Which is pretty safe."

  • The winds of change: 26 June 2008

    The printing industry has more people coming and going than an airport. This week, Print 21 has a look at the flurry of new and old faces entering and exiting.

    Sampson steps up to manage NSW
    Variety is the spice of life and Craig Sampson, who has just been appointed regional manager in NSW of Spicers Paper, is looking forward to a new stage in his career.

    Sampson (pictured) takes over from Ian Winters, who has relocated to Melbourne as general manager supply for PaperlinX Merchanting. But Sampson is no stranger to the company; he has worked in various positions at PaperlinX since 1982.

    "I’ve been a customer service manager for seven years and thought it was my time to step up," he said.

    In his previous customer service role, Sampson’s duties were concerned with the everyday occurrences of the company. Now, his sights are set firmly on the future.

    "As a regional manager, my role is all about planning for the future rather than as they happen," he said.

    Sampson looks forward to maintaining Spicers reputation throughout the industry.

    "The business is in good shape so retention of staff is a high priority," he said. "We have a reliable, loyal team that I want to keep and continue to build on."

    Nine new starlets shine across Oz
    It’s been a busy couple of months at Starleaton Digital Solutions with the appointment of nine new staff.

    "We’re on the growth trail again," said Peter Eaton, managing director. "Last year it was warehouse space and offices, this year it’s people."

    The new team includes: Joanne Edwards, Queensland branch manager; Bill Poole, senior sales executive, Queensland; Stephen Cordner, Victorian branch manager; Amanda Brandon, senior sales executive, Victoria; Clayton Scheider, sales executive, NSW; Walter Palombini, colour management and printer technician, NSW; Mike Bottari, senior sales executive, NSW; Michael Goson, senior sales executive, ACT and Denis Gilbert, senior sales executive, WA.

    Edwards, (pictured) who comes from a materials handling, waste management and OH&S sales background, looks forward to her new role. "My first challenge is to fully understand the SDS products and customer needs," he said. "After that, it’s full on with customer care and supply, building on the existing success."

    Cordner joined Starleaton Digital Solutions in April this year and prior to that spent years in the picture framing business. "I was attracted to SDS because it’s a family-based business and that makes close customer support that much easier," he said.

    "The next 12 months is all about expanding our profile, customer base and products."

  • LIA stops the press with drupa show

    Three of Australia’s leading vendors of post and post-press equipment have just returned from drupa and will present their experiences at the LIA next week.

    The LIA has secured speakers from Heidelberg Australia, MAN Ferrostaal Australia and CPI who will target the technologies that impressed them most and provide comment on where their technologies are heading and where they best fit the market place.

    A panel discussion and question time will follow.

    To book a place phone 02 8789 7300 or email: or

  • Jobs of the week: Hardware Service Engineer, Melbourne

    • European multinational & worldwide industry leader
    • Good remuneration + car allowance
    • Opportunity for travel within ANZ with per-diem allowances

    EskoArtwork is a global supplier and integrator of innovative solutions for the packaging, commercial printing and professional publishing markets, whose products & services help customers raise productivity, reduce time-to-market, lower costs & expand business. Our range of workflow solutions and collaboration software are targeted for packaging buyers, designers, manufacturers, commercial printers, graphic designers and print production professionals.  Our global sales and support organization covers Europe, the Americas, Asia/Pacific and Japan, and is completed by a network of distribution partners in more than 40 countries.

    Reporting from our Melbourne office at Hughesdale, we’re looking to fill the following position:-


    Job Scope
    With an established and increasing base of installations in Australia and New Zealand, you will be responsible for the hands-on aspects of pre- and post-sale engineering support encompassing site preparations and installations at customer sites or marketing events, integrating workstations with O/S & application software, testing & commissioning of new systems, trouble-shooting (remote & on-site diagnostics) and field execution of preventive maintenance programs.  Our systems which include Cyrel ® digital imagers (CDI), printing systems, sample-making tables and workstations are integrated with other 3rd party peripherals & systems to provide a total systems solution for our end-users in the packaging and sign & display markets.

    To prepare you for the challenges of the position, you will be provided with customized training either locally or overseas, coupled with intensive on-the-job training applications at site. You are expected to keep abreast of technological developments and advancements in our industry and educate our end-users and business partners with the latest technologies of our systems. Each member of our team takes accountability in ensuring that the company’s vision of maintaining strong customer relationship and providing technical efficiency to our customers is met at all times.


    • At least a Diploma or equivalent technical qualifications in Electrical/Electronics/Mechanical Engineering with 3 – 4 years’ pre & post-sale hardware servicing & systems experience

    • Strong troubleshooting & diagnostic capabilities with good application knowledge of various operating & networking systems

    • Sound knowledge of various IT applications, laser technology and/or optics highly advantageous

    • Self-motivated with pro-active and non-procrastinating approach to problem analysis and problem solving

    • Good customer relations skills

    • Prepared for frequent travel within ANZ and possibly other areas within Oceania

    The prospective candidate must have positive working attitude, is resourceful in learning & applying acquired knowledge in resolving technical/ customer issues and enjoys the diversity of work experience.

    The position is only open to those with the right to work in Australia.  Please submit your resume to:-

    The General Manager
    Esko-Graphics Pte Ltd (Australia Branch)
    98A Poath Road
    Hughesdale, 3166
    Victoria, Australia




  • Hot shot InDesign expert visits Photoshop Live

    New York designer Sandee Cohen returns to Australia as a speaker at this year’s Photoshop Live conference.

    Photoshop Live is held at RMIT’s Storey Hall in Melbourne from 25-27 August and is then followed by Creative Suite Live from 28 to 29 August at RMIT International Centre for Graphic Technology, Brunswick.

    Running throughout both conferences is the theme of ‘energy’. "The conference has an energy that corporate training does not," said Cohen.

    "At corporate events everyone knows each other and I am the stranger. At conferences we’re all strangers and the energy is exciting."

    With a background in advertising agencies, Cohen has been a travelling trainer since 1990. "I had no idea there were people who made their living travelling and speaking at trade shows," she said.

    She finds the most rewarding part of her job is educating and helping fellow designers and looks forward to continuing this when she reaches Melbourne.
    "I love it when I teach someone how to use the software and then they use their creativity to turn my techniques into stunning designs," she said. "I am always amazed that they took what I taught and turned it into that look."

    Cohen’s advice for attendees is to ask questions and seek out advice. "Button-hole the speakers out of the rooms and ask for one-on-one help," she said. "We’re glad to do it."

    To register for PhotshopLive visit

  • Webmart confirms entry into Australia

    Australians can expect to see UK print management company, Webmart, making its way to the sunny shores of Sydney in September this year to set up a new branch.

    Managing director, Simon Biltcliffe, who founded the online print management company in 1996, said that Sydney would be an ideal starting point, with plans to roll out a business model similar to that in the UK across Australia.

    "In the UK – which is a lot smaller – we have three locations to offer a local service for the local area," he said. "This is a model that could work well for the likes of Perth and Melbourne."

    While the strong economic conditions and ties with the Asian market were an obvious influence and inspiration for Biltcliffe to move outside of England, he also listed "the weather and the people" as another contributing factor for Webmart’s expansion.

    Webmart’s systems automate most of its activities, meaning that initially there will not be a strong demand for new staff. Biltcliffe said the Webmart would require "as few as possible people" with a number "just enough to be perfect."

    Biltcliffe met with members of Printing Industries earlier this year to discuss entering the Australian print arena.

  • When the money runs out: Print 21 magazine article

    As printers thronged the aisles at drupa, eager to inspect all the latest technology for sale, the question of how to pay for it all took on an added significance this year. Simon Enticknap looks at the impact that the so-called ‘credit crisis’ is having on the industry’s appetite for new equipment.

    We’ve all seen the headlines and read the reports. The continuing fallout from the sub-prime meltdown in the US has triggered what is commonly called a ‘credit crisis’ across the board, a wholesale disappearance of funds that is making it increasingly difficult for businesses to find the money to finance their operations and invest in new projects. Some companies, both locally and overseas, have been caught short in a spectacular fashion, forced to seek new sources of borrowing at greatly inflated prices; large and small investors have suffered in the aftermath.

    In the print industry, the major offset press manufacturers have all recorded soft financial results for the past year, much of which has been blamed on the devastation of the US sub-prime crisis which resulted in investment funds evaporating faster than spit on a barbie. As it is now much harder to borrow money to invest, even well-run, profitable printing companies are finding it more difficult to re-equip and this has a knock-on effect to the suppliers. Although there is strong growth in developing markets, such as Eastern Europe and Asia, much of the suppliers’ hopes now depend on the Western economies somehow finding the money and the nerve to fire up a post-drupa recovery. Time will tell.

    Part of the problem is that the flood of easy money prior to the ‘crunch’ lasted so long and extended so far that people began to think that these were normal business conditions and that there would be no end to it. In retrospect, such optimism seems foolishly misplaced. While the correction has been very strong and may still end up being severe, that’s exactly what it is – a return to business as usual and a consequent re-evaluation of risk. And while some may argue that the market response has been an over-reaction, affecting both sound and unsound businesses alike, the fact is that the money supply has slowed; the money-lenders have pulled down the shutters and every new request for cash is assessed with greater care and, at times, even suspicion.

    So how accurate is this picture of tightened purse strings, particularly as it relates to a manufacturing industry such as printing?

    "Definitely true," says Stan Solomidis of Synthesis Australia Pty Ltd, a business consultant to the industry. "Money flow has tightened, not dramatically but significantly. Whereas previously it might have taken three to four days to get a finance package approved, today it could take up to a month in some cases. Credit managers are being a lot more wary and submissions need to be spot on and cover all aspects."

    In addition to a general tightening, Solomidis says there is mounting evidence that one of the four big banks appears to be giving the industry the cold shoulder and, for whatever reason, is becoming more conservative in how it deals with printing companies. Maybe they are being conservative with all industries? In any event, we will find out over the next year or so, says Solomidis.

    "Meanwhile Synthesis Australia is avoiding this bank until we know for sure. We don’t need to be supporting ‘knee jerk’ or ‘good time’ financiers," he says.

    Everybody in the same boat
    Naturally, when times are tight, we tend to focus on our own straitened circumstances, whether it’s repayments on a car, a house or a multi-million dollar press but, in reality, if the cost of money goes up, it affects everyone and the consequences are multiplied beyond simply the cost of borrowing.

    Solomidis points out that one of the consequences of the current credit freeze for the printing industry is that larger corporates are tending to slow down their payments to suppliers in order to hang onto their money for longer. Not surprisingly, this can place an added burden on printers, many of whom are smaller companies that find it harder to absorb the impacts of late payments. In a market in which everybody is fighting for liquidity, the small guy can get wrung dry very quickly.

    And while it’s getting harder to collect the money, interest rates keep going up and credit disappears; even the paper suppliers who could once have been relied on for favourable terms are toughening up their credit requirements in a cut-throat market. The tax office too is out-sourcing its debt collection and it’s been suggested that this will lead to a more hard-headed approach to the recovery of unpaid taxes, currently standing around $10 billion, much of which is owed by small businesses in the form of unpaid PAYG.

    At the same time, Printing Industries figures continue to suggest there is excess capacity in the market and that the pressure on prices is still downwards, while the tight labour market is encouraging employees to seek higher wages in order to compensate for inflation and the higher cost of living.

    So when Solomidis suggests that the next year or so is going to be very tough, it’s hard to argue otherwise.

    The show must go on
    And so we come to drupa.

    In the current circumstances (which are not just limited to our neck of the woods) it’s hard to imagine a worse time in which to hold the industry’s major trade show. For suppliers looking to kick start their balance sheets with a flood of drupa sales, the signs look particularly ominous. And if the current conditions persist, what does that say about the prospects for Pacprint next year?

    Perhaps surprisingly given the circumstances, Solomidis says that it is still extremely important for printers to go to these shows in order to look at new emerging technologies and plan for the future; staying competitive in a mature industry is critical and owners need to think very carefully about how they will incorporate what they see into their existing businesses.

    "They need to be more much prudent than in days gone by," he warns. "And if ever there was a time to plan properly, it is now."

    Sustainable businesses will always need to invest, to replace old equipment, to service new customer markets, to develop additional production capacity or produce more efficiently. But, as ever, there are rules for ensuring you don’t get stung. The basic point to bear in mind, says Solomidis, is not to use short-term money to buy long term income producing assets, even in a market in which the cost of borrowing is going up.

    "The key to capital equipment funding is to match the term of the loan to the competitive life of the asset and to keep sufficient working capital buffers for growth or any unforseen circumstances such as credit tightening," he says.

    So if the press or whatever is going to be an effective asset for six years then the finance package should be for six years. Note that this is not the same as financing for the life of the machine – a press will run for a lot longer than six years – but if after that period it is not giving you a competitive advantage then you could be stuck with paying off a piece of equipment that’s driving your business backwards.

    Of course, with many emerging technologies that change so rapidly, that effective life can be far shorter and the finance package needs to take that into consideration as well. In these circumstances, short term financing may be the only option for ensuring that you can keep pace with technological change. Just don’t expect it to come cheaply.

  • Australian Tenders of the Week, 25 June 2008

    ATM ID: RFT 15/0708
    Agency: Therapeutic Goods Administration
    Category: 45100000 – Printing and publishing equipment
    Close Date & Time: 16-Jul-2008 2:00 pm (ACT Local time)
    Show close time for other time zones
    Publish Date: 20-Jun-2008
    Location:  ACT, NSW, VIC
    Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne

    ATM Type:Request for Tender

    The TGA currently is requesting Tenders for the supply, delivery and installation of approximately 30 Multi-Function Devices covering four differing specifications.
    Contact Officer: Pat Travers
    Phone Number: 02 6232 8274
    Email Address:


    ATM ID: APSC 20080067

    Agency: Australian Public Service Commission
    Category: 73151900 – Industrial printing services
    Close Date & Time: 22-Jul-2008 2:00 pm (ACT Local time)
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    Publish Date: 6-Jun-2008
    Location: ACT

    ATM Type     Request for Tender

    Printing Services include:  Large Offset, Printing of stationary and Printing of manuals.

    Contact Officer: Rachael shields

    Phone Number: 02 6202 3528
    Email Address:


    Tender Title: Binding Services

    Tender No: SLVT044
    Tender Type: Request for Tender (RFT)
    Opening Date: 04/09/2008
    Closing Date: 05/08/2008
    Closing Time : 02:00 PM
    Status: Open
    Category: Paper Materials and Products

    The State Library of Victoria is requesting quotations for its external binding program for a three-year period from July 2008 to June 2010.  Library binding comprises three categories, including; current serial volumes, monograph rebinding and the casting of prepared text blocks (for mongraphs).  The Library requires an experienced contractor that can provide the full range of binding products and services.

    Contact Details
    Contact Person: Shelley Jamieson
    Telephone Number: 8664 7357
    E-mail Address:
    Reference No: SLVT044

  • GEON to keynote at drupa unwrapped

    GEON, Australia’s largest sheetfed printer, has joined Printing Industries‘ drupa unwrapped roadshow heading around Australia in July.

    Printing Industries‘ national communications and technical services manager, Joe Kowalewski, said he was delighted with GEON’s participation as keynote speakers.

    "GEON had a number of people at drupa and no doubt accumulated considerable knowledge on not only sheetfed innovations and trends but on the entire drupa experience and its likely impact on the direction and focus for the future of our industry," he said.

    "Their participation in drupa unwrapped will provide invaluable feedback for our industry."

    The drupa unwrapped format will include keynote presentations from printers covering the SME to large printing companies and a panel style group of industry members in an informal setting.

    Major industry suppliers will detail digital and’ heavy metal’ equipment releases, workflow management trends and discuss the business development options emerging for the industry. They include Océ-Australia, Tharstern Australia, Heidelberg, Fuji Xerox, Currie & Co, Hewlett Packard and AGFA.

    The first session will be held in Brisbane on Wednesday 9 July followed by Melbourne on Wednesday 16 July, Perth on Wednesday 23 July and Sydney on Tuesday 29 July.

    Online and fax back bookings can be made on Printing Industries‘ PrintNet website  or by phone on 1800 227 425 or directly via the following links:

    Brisbane Registration

    Melbourne Registration
    Perth Registration
    Sydney Registration

  • ACCC gives stamp of approval to Australia Post increase

    The ACCC has nodded its head in response to Australia Post’s February 2008 draft price notification.

    The proposal saw Australia Post seek an increase to the basic postal rate for a standard letter from 50 cents to 55 cents along with an increase to the prices of other reserved services including large letters and pre-sorted mail.

    Graeme Samuel, chairman of the ACCC said that the group had taken a forward-looking approach to its assessment of Australia Post’s pricing proposal.

    "Based on this analysis, the ACCC’s preliminary view is to not object to the price increases," he said.

    "However, the ACCC requires that any future price notifications be supported by a robust … proposal, that provides certainty to users of Australia Post’s services about prices for a reasonable period of time, which the ACCC suggests should be at least three years."

    When Australia Post announced its intention to increase prices earlier this year, the news was met with opposition. "An unjustified postage price increase is the last thing the industry needs," said John Gilroy, of Major Mail Users.

    The ACCC is currently seeking submissions from interested parties on its preliminary views. Submissions close on 4 July 2008.

  • Omet nails drupa sales with VaryFlex presses

    Strong sales at drupa steer Omet in the right direction for continued success.

    The company reported impressive sales of its VaryFlex F1 and X-Flex presses at drupa. The 20" 7-colour UV-flexo VaryFlex-F1 machine was purchased by a new Italian converter specifically to handle short-run flexible packaging.

    "With the pressure on to reduce packaging prices, the VaryFlex series is optimised for fast make-ready and low waste, two of the most critical areas of production," said Omet’s sales director, Marco Calcagni.

    Regular demonstrations of the VaryFlex during drupa saw vistors flock to watch the machine run at high speed on film and carton material.

    "Visitors to drupa have been telling us that our machine is the most flexible on the market. It offers flexo, offset, gravure and screen printing techniques along with hot and cold foil, lamination, and hologram application in register, all in one pass and in virtually any order," said Calcagni.

    Pictured above: crowds gather to watch the action at Omet’s drupa stand.

    Another drawcard was Omet’s Tissue Division, which exhibited a TV 503 model and resulted in five sales at drupa. "Our new unit can produce placemats or napkins, counted and stacked ready for packaging," said Calcagni.

    The company believes that this interest was in some part due to the X-Flex winning the 2008 FTA Innovation Technology Award. The X-Flex was not on display at drupa but will be exhibited first at LabelExpo in Chicago this September.

  • DIRECT Magazine

    A marketing publication focused on the information needs of Australia’s professional direct marketers.

    DIRECT… what is it?
    A marketing publication focused on the information needs of Australia’s professional direct marketers. One-on-one communication is revolutionising the entire marketing industry. Cross-media marketing in a digital age is a delta of channel options; SMS, personalised print communication, transpromo, CRM data-mining, PURL agency and personal internet spaces are some of the main streams in the contemporary marketing mix.

    DIRECT… who gets it?
    Savvy marketers who recognize the benefi ts of personalised one-to-one communication using print & mail in conjunction with the whole range of electronic media – that’s who GETS IT!
    But seriously…

    DIRECT is a bi-monthly magazine with controlled circulation to the target audience of marketers, creatives, agency professionals, mail and print programme developers and providers; members of ADMA (Australian Direct Marketing Association), in addition to a select database of corporate marketing managers along with selected news stand distribution. It will also be available by subscription.
    Other target groups include mailing house operatives, the sales and marketing forces of digital printing equipment suppliers, software developers and Australia Post nominees along with Australia’s marketing educational establishment.
    Print management groups and corporate print buyers are high on the list of targeted readers – these are the people the sector must educate about the unique properties of personalised print marketing.

    DIRECT – what’s it about? Content is king and DIRECT is rich with specialised commentary, local and international news, and trends for the print-oriented direct marketer. Issues vary to reflect the dynamism of the personalised direct marketing sector, including
    • Transpromo – developments and challenges in the new medium of commercial essential mail;
    • PURL – the power of personalized print combined with the internet;
    • Successful personalized mail & print programmes (PODi examples);
    • Copywriting for direct marketing and the mechanics of personalisation;
    • Campaign metrics – mailing for results.
    In addition, the magazine includes profiles of agencies and high profile marketers, columns by such well-known direct marketing writers as Malcolm Auld and Danielle Veldre as well as Rob Edwards, CEO of ADMA.
    DIRECT – facts & figures
    There are over 1,000 (estimated) digital print providers in Australia using an array of equipment and technologies with the capacity to develop sophisticated personalised marketing programmes.
    There are upwards of 400 (estimated) mailing houses large and small servicing the print & mail sector of DM. These enterprises are in the forefront of PURL development and RFID tracking.

    Australia Post estimates that of the total 402.2 million pieces of addressed mail it delivered in May 2006, 183 million were personally addressed promotional or transactional items of mail.

    DIRECT kicked off in early 2008 with a print run of 7,700 copies nationwide. There are six issues every year. It will change the landscape of DM in Australia forever.

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  • Industry rallies for further environmental training

    Demand for printing industry environmental training has led Printing Industries to schedule additional courses in NSW.

    Printing Industries‘ general manager NSW, Robert Fuller, said the original ‘Environmental Action for the Printing Industry’ training seminar had sold-out virtually overnight prompting scheduling of a second course.

    "That too attracted huge interest and we have now scheduled a third course for 3 July to keep pace with demand," he said.

    The in-depth morning workshops are being conducted by experts from the Department of Environment and Climate Change NSW and cover the latest issues of environmental law, compliance, identifying and managing environmental risks, implementing waste management strategies, improving production efficiency, reducing waste and increasing profits.

    "Opportunities to join the Sustainability Advantage scheme will also be covered and all participants will be able to develop an action plan based on managing their environmental risks and identifying the opportunities for cost savings," Fuller said.

    "Our national manager for policy and government affairs, Hagop Tchamkertenian and environmental consultant Andrew Doig from Australian Environmental Business Network will also feature providing a pre-release outline of the soon to be launched four-step industry environmental self-regulation rating system currently known as the Printing Industries Environmental Principles.

    "Implementation of the Environmental Action Plan creates the fist step in the PIEP programme."

    Fuller said the third and final course will be held at the Rydges, Parramatta on 3 July.  Contact Simon or Alyce at Printing Industries on 8789 7300 for booking availability.