Archive for June, 2009

  • JDA Recuitment Candidates, Sydney

    JDA PRINT RECRUITMENT – Australia’s specialist recruiter focussing exclusive on the printing industry presents a delicious smorgasbord of highly desirable candidates, for your consideration.



    "Company Doctor" 
    JDA can now offer specialist management consulting advice – aimed specifically at printing companies – from someone who has held senior management/CFO roles within one of Australia’s largest (and most successful) privately owned commercial printing businesses.

    Now semi-retired, he can bring a wealth of practical, hands-on advice in areas such as on-going process improvement, operations management, how to streamline and improve reporting systems, and how to impose tighter financial disciplines – things which can mean the difference between corporate life and death in today’s economic climate.

    If you, the business owner, feel your business is "slightly out of tune" – talk to someone who’s got some practical solutions! (Don’t waste time talking to expensive consultants – talk to someone in the business!)



    Customer Service Rep – a potential "Sales Rep waiting-to-happen" (Sydney) –
    One of the most gregarious, outgoing, enthusiatic young ladies (do you get the picture?), and with an iron-clad knowledge of print, as she’s fully-qualified in pre-press. She’s managed pre-press departments, she’s advised clients on print, she’s organised their print – she’s managed their print.

    Using a deadly combination of charm and technical expertise, she now wishes to extend her skills base into the print sales arena, but first, needs a supportive employer. (Her current employer is looking a bit problematic at the moment.)

    In the right hands she is a bundle of explosive sales energy! 

    PRINT SALES / BDM Candidates

    Digital Print Sales Rep (Sydney)

    Young lady with loads of experience selling wide-format digital print – banners, posters, signage, back-lit printed panels, etc, seeks challenging sales role selling wide-format ink-jet print.

    Packaging or Cartons Sales Manager (Sydney)
    Senior sales manager with one of the "big boys" of the carton industry (with high-level contacts in all the major FMCG channels – beverages – including beer and soft-drinks, fancy-foods, buiscuits,cosmetics – the list goes on – seeks a more "hands on" role, eg senior sales or BDM role with a reputable folding-carton printer.

    Has the experience and connections and could ideally represent an interstate carton company (say, Victorian or Queensland) establish a footprint in Sydney. Strong "new business" building capability.

    Self-Adhesive Label Sales Rep (Sydney)
    Comfortable with big clients and small, this rep has a mature, down-to-earth approach, based upon his excellent understanding of label print processes and optimal choice of substrates. Strong client connections.


    Production Manager/Centre Manager (Sydney)
    Versatile and energetic, this young man has managed both fast-paced small offset, as well as full-on, high-end digital production environments. He could capably manage a mid-sized print room – or a digital print centre – or both! He won several prizes during his apprenticeship, including nomination for Apprentice of the Year – so he can’t be that bad! Has excellent pre-press/workflow skills.

    OPERATOR Candidates (Offset / Digital)

    Indigo Operator
    Experienced printer – with both offset (GTO, etc) and digital print experience, including (most recently) running an HP-Indigo.

    TECHNICAL Candidates (Equipment/Consumables, etc)

    Consummables Sales Rep (Sydney)
    Strong sales background in all aspects of the "supply side", ie, has sold a broad range of consumables into the print industry – including to both offset as well as digital print shops.

    For more background information, or to discuss these candidates in more detail, contact –


    James Cryer, JDA Print Recruitment
    Ph: 0408 291 508, or

    Visit our website at :


  • Think DES, think ISO

    ISO has never been so popular before in the Australian and New Zealand printing industries, which is good news for the industries major provider of ISO services, DES.

    According to Russell Cavenagh, (pictured) sales director, the recent tradeshow, PacPrint, demonstrated just how big an issue ISO is becoming to printing businesses of all sizes. “People are no longer viewing ISO as a fad but as a genuine way of gaining efficiencies in their business; it’s not a fad, its a quality statement,” he said.

    PacPrint was a success for DES in every sense. Cavenagh reports that the company signed a lot of deals, resulting in a very strong June. “We had a number of new sites signing up for PrintSpec, Proficient Printer and the PSO process,” he said.

    Outside of the major centres New South Wales and Victoria, Cavenagh found that there was also a strong interest in Western Australia and New Zealand. “The interest in ISO is continuing unabated, which is a really encouraging sign for us,” he said.

    DES first began championing the ISO 12647 press standard five years ago and has since implemented ISO at most of Australia’s leading print groups and print buyers based on their popular and user-friendly PrintSpec software.
    Some printers still seem mystified at exactly what they need to do to meet the ISO print standard 12647. Cavenagh understands this all too well and has the following advice:

    "We can see that customers have concerns adopting the ISO standard but we have gained considerable experience over the last five years and we can guide printers through the procedure in a simple and cost effective way," he said.

    The creators of the PrintSpec software, Mellow Colour, have also established the Proficient Printer Program, recognizing printers around the world that have received training in the practical implementation of ISO 12647 and operation of the PrintSpec Colour QA System. Print Buyers use the Proficient Printer Program to recognise and monitor a print supplier’s performance to ISO 12647.

    DES has introduced most of Australia’s leading print groups and print buyers to their popular PrintSpec software over the last five years. Unique in its style of operation, PrintSpec can not only match a press to an ISO standard, but can also be customised to a company’s in-house standard.

    For further information contact Russell Cavenagh. Phone: 02 9736 6723 or email:

  • Blue Star completes integration of McMillan into Silverwater

    Job losses go hand in hand with major investment in new Heidelberg offset and HP Indigo digital presses.

    Upwards of 20 employees were made redundant last week as Blue Star completes what its CEO, Chris Mitchell, calls “one of the largest integration projects undertaken in the industry.” The final number of redundancies is unclear, as the company will not comment other than to say that many employees have been redeployed at the combined Sydney site.

    The move signals the culmination of what was always going to be a painful process putting two of the largest printing companies in the Sydney region into one. The new technology investment at the Silverwater plant is a welcome sign of confidence in the ongoing vitality of the company.

    A new Heidelberg XL 75 and a HP Indigo 5500 join a previous installation of a Fuji Xerox iGen4. According to Mitchell there have been other technology upgrades at Silverwater.

    “As a result there has been some alignment of skills around the new technology footprint,” he said. “We have also redeployed some staff in to other areas of the business such as our growing Print Management division.”

  • Apprenticeship in Printing and Graphic Pre Press, Sydney


    • Customer service experience
    • Experience in office procedures
    • Experience of PC and Mac computer
    • skills.
    • Experience of Adobe, Photoshop,
    • InDesign, Illustrator.
    • Visual Design Knowledge
    • Industrial Technology experience
    • Excellent team player
    • Experience of design elements &
    • Principles


    • School certificate
    • Higher School Certificate
    • Drivers Licence (& own motor vehicle)
    • Certificate IV Graphic Design
    • Diploma Graphic Design
    • LF Forklift Licence

    2008- Position: Labourer
    Company Name: Air Road

    2009- Position: Graphic Designer
    Company Name: Kwik Kopy Wetherill Park

    • Liasing with clients and making sure that objectives regarding artwork are met.
    • Designing letterheads, Business Cards, Brochures, Logos
    • Preparing Files and sending them through plate maker for press production.

    2006- Position: Graphic Designer/Sign Maker
    Company name: Sign A Rama Fairfield

    • Applying vinyl
    • Constructing signs
    • Installation of signs
    • Designing business cards
    • Using Photoshop

    2005-2006 Position: Night Fill/Produce-Part time
    Company name: Woolworths Fresh Food

    2001- 2005 Position: Customer service Food-Part time preparation
    Company name: Mc Donalds

    2007- Position: Production Designer
    Company name: A&W Signs

    2004- Course name: Graphic Design Foundations Certificate IV
    2005- Course name: Graphic Design Diploma
    2003- Level Reached at School: Higher School Certificate


  • Adobe throws its weight behind new PaperLess Alliance.

    Philip Andersen, CEO Printing Industries, takes exception to portrayal of printed communication as less environmentally sustainable than electronic PDFs.

    The Paper-Less Alliance campaign was created late last year by Do Something, a not-for-profit established by Planet Ark founders Jon Dee and Pat Cash, in association with Tina Jackson, the former executive director of the National Trust of Australia and aims to reduce the usage of excess paper in businesses.

    Do Something has partnered with a group of companies that also promote using and providing paper reduction technologies. The principal sponsor of the Paper-Less Alliance is Adobe and the Founding Partners are Toshiba, Redmap, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Indigo, Sitecore and Gruden and PaperCut.

    According to Calum Russell, Adobe’s group marketing manager for Australia and New Zealand, the company chose to get involved with Do Something because the two shared similar ideas regarding responsible business practices. Russell believes that the Paper-Less Alliance will not have a negative impact upon the printing industry. “Our focus is on the way that businesses use paper – it’s not targeting print companies and won’t affect them,” he said.

    “When you create a document, often the process is to print out 10 copies; we are saying ‘let’s move to an electronic medium and share it as a PDF, get people to mark it up and send it back?’ It’s both efficient and productive, but also saves paper by not having to print anything.”

    Printing Industries CEO, Philip Andersen, was outraged at the news. He believes that the promotion of environmental arguments such as the Paper-Less Alliance undermine the business interests of a major part of Adobe’s customer base, the printing industry.

    “It is quite wrong to be supporting the portrayal of paper as the environmental bogey man and electronic communication as the environmental savior when this is not the case,” he said.
    “There is also the ever-increasing demand for electricity to power the internet and computers which appears to be overlooked in the arguments. Balance is important in all things, particularly in the environment, and by combining the power of paper with the efficiency of electronics, communication can be streamlined and environmental balance achieved.
    “Profit-driven exercises to exclude one at the expense of the other will only damagethe same environment we all say we want to preserve,” Andersen said

    Alex Nemeth, (pictured) regional business director at rival company, Quark, said that it had “no immediate plans” to join the Paper-Less Alliance.

    Nemeth believes that it is possible for the printing industry to work hand in hand with the environment. “The jobs in paper, printing, marketing and publishing industries need to be supported in harmony with the environment,” Nemeth said. “Print in marketing and publishing activities provides impact and business results, and efforts should be made to print on recycled paper and promote the recycling of used product.”

  • Print Version 2.0 is here to stay, says Andy McCourt

    Predictions on the demise of print are not worth the paper they are printed on, according to industry commentator Andy McCourt.

    McCourt, (pictured) the keynote speaker at the Print 20//20 – a Vision for the Future dinner briefing being staged by Printing Industries in Sydney on 14 July, believes the challenges, criticisms and moves to discourage the use of print are ill-advised, usually based on ignorance or not properly thought through.
    “In the past month we have heard four seismic statements relating to print’s future,” he said.
    “The first was the release of the PaperlinX/SunChemical-sponsored report predicting that end user markets for printed-paper will decline by 32.5 per cent by 2020. The second was a surprise from archetypal newspaperman Rupert Murdoch who said: ‘I can see the day, maybe 20 years away, where you don’t actually have paper and ink and printing presses …’
    “The third was California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s education-reversing decision to rid that state’s schools of printed textbooks. The fourth was Australia Post’s decision to make it even more expensive to distribute printed matter via the mail system.”
    McCourt said that during the briefing he would attempt to show why these four ‘apocalyptic horsemen’ were in fact “riding brumbies backwards in the bush”.
    “There can be no doubt that print communications will change and become even more merged with digital datastreams but Print – Version 2.0 – is here to stay,” he said.
    “We still have trains after 80 years of air travel, we still have radio 60 years after television, we still have bicycles 110 years after the automobile and we’ll still have print thousands of years after the internet.”
    The Print 20//20 – a Vision for the Future dinner, which is being supported by Océ, will be held on Tuesday 14 July from 6.30pm-9.30pm at the Waterview Convention Centre, Bicentennial Park, Homebush. Registration is available via or by email to:

    The attendance cost is $110 for Printing Industries members and $135 for non-members covers dinner, drinks and parking.

  • News Limited website takes swipe at Yellow Pages

    News Limited attacks Yellow Pages through its latest website, Yellow Turning Blue.

    The recently launched website is an attempt to show users that the Yellow Pages has lost its relevance for many Australians, who are instead using online search sites such as (owned by News Digital Media) for purchases and decisions.

    Kate McQuestin, spokeswoman for News Digital Media, said that the website was launched after receiving requests from businesses asking about the readership of Yellow Pages print directory. “We believe companies looking at their budgets in tough economic times should have the right to see readership figures when deciding where their spend should go,” she said.
    “People want choice when it comes to the Yellow Pages print directory. A growing number of people are turning to their community newspapers, online offerings such as and Google when searching for businesses.”

    According to figures from Roy Morgan research, the number of people who use the Yellow Pages print directory less than once a month or don’t use it at all increased by 51 per cent between 2002 and 2008.

    This claim has been vigorously opposed by Sensis, which own Yellow Pages. Spokesman, Stephen Ronchi, pointed out that the damning research has been commissioned by truelocal, an online business directory, as part of a marketing campaign to discredit Yellow Pages, who is struggling to compete within the market.

    “Yellow Pages remains a strong, relevant and valuable source of information used by millions of Australians looking for a local business and by more than 400,000 businesses to advertise to local consumers,” he said.

    In retaliation, Ronchie claimed that Roy Morgan data showed there has been a 5 per cent increase in the number of people who used the Yellow Pages print directory in the last seven days in January to December 2008 compared to January to December 2007.

    “We believe the print directory continues to be a valuable source of information for Australians,” said Ronchie. “This is also backed up by our own research and by the small number of people and businesses that have contacted us to request not to receive the directory.”

    Sensis, whose contracts with printer PMP were due to expire in June, has not made any decision as to whether the company will keep printing its White and Yellow Pages. “We continue to negotiate with the relevant parties in the aim of finalising the contract in the coming months,” Ronchie said. “While we are still in negotiations, there is a provision for us to continue printing on a businesses-as-usual basis with PMP.”

  • Candidate of the Week – Sales Consultant, Brisbane/Gold Coast

    Personal Statement
    I am a person who enjoys dealing with the public & meeting new people. I feel I have a lot to offer my prospective employer because I am a highly motivated person who will do everything to the best of my ability. I am honest, punctual & reliable. I consider myself to be a very hard worker who endeavors to make every effort into maintaining the highest standard possible in every given situation.

    I am very passionate about the print industry and excited to further my career in this field. I feel there is still a lot more for me to learn, and I am eager to do so, eventually I would love to become a senior account manager. 

    2000 to 2005 – Westlake Girls High School, NCEA Level 1
    Subject’s included: Math, Science, Biology, Physics, Physical Education, English, Text and Information Management.

    Skills and Strengths

    • Excellent people skills and a great team player
    • Conscientious and hardworking
    • Professional attitude
    • Customer service experience
    • ‘Can do’ attitude
    • Attention to detail

    Computing Skills

    • Microsoft Word – Intermediate level
    • Microsoft Excel – Intermediate level
    • PowerPoint – Intermediate level
    • Internet and e-mail
    • Typing Speed: 45 words per minute
    • QuickBooks accounting software – Intermediate
    • MYOB accounting software – Beginner


    Jenny Craddock, Magnets NZ
    Production Manager
    Tel: +64 9 4145606 or

    Maxine Pehi , Magnets NZ
    Sales Manager    
    Tel: +64 9 4145606 or

  • Technical and Production Candidates, Sydney

    Logical Recruitment Solutions’ focus & dedication is centric to the Print & Visual communications’ Industry. With nearly 60 years combined industry experience, our Consultants feel that our strengths come from understanding our Clients as well as our ability in finding suitable Candidates with key industry skills, knowledge and experience to match their ever changing requirements.

    With this in mind make a Logical Decision and call us today to discuss your needs.


    Production staff available
    We have a number of production staff available ranging from Commercial print to screen & digital.

    • Printers
    • Printer offsiders
    • Digital & Large Digital print operator
    • Bindery all-rounder
    • Die cutters
    • Web printers
    • Screen printers
    • Warehouse & Dispatch coordinators
    • Graphic & prepress staff

    Digital Print all rounder
    15 Years experience – Digital print, B&W, colour, large format digital, bindery assistance – Solid grounding in customer service skills – Confident, proactive and capable of doing it all. – Needs $48-55k  – City South, CBD or North
    Candidate # 8844

    Production planner / Manager

    Arrived in Australia a little on 2 months ago – Now has settled in and ready to make his mark with a potential employer. Mature, diligent, proactive, enthusiastic & professional. Has altogether 20 years experience & exposure to Commercial Print, LFD, POS, Signage and Digital. Capable of managing up to 56 production employees. Looking for $55k + tools of trade – Will travel anywhere in Sydney Metro
    Candidate # 8350


    All posted candidates have been interviewed face to face, tested in some instances & complete background / reference checks organised.

    At logical we have a number of experienced & skilled candidates from all aspects of the Print & Visual Communications Industry. Logical only looks for candidates from within the industry for the industry. Logical are highly confidential and highly confident when it comes to the recruitment needs of our unique industry. It’s Logical to call today to find out more.


  • Minister gives thumbs up to Sustainable Green Print

    Queensland Climate Change and Sustainability Minister, Kate Jones, launches Printing Industries’ Sustainable Green Print (SGP) program in Brisbane.

    Members of the Queensland printing industry gathered for the launch, which was held at Fergies Print & Mail in Hamilton, to hear about the latest project from Printing Industries.
    Jones said SGP would make it easier for customers to identify environmentally friendly printers. “Printing companies can not only develop sustainable practices but can now promote their green credentials to the increasing number of customers who want to make the right environmentally-friendly choices,” she said.
    “The certification program will also help companies realise the economic and competitive advantages in being green. This is a great branding tool for green printers.

    Pictured: (left to right) Printing Industries Queensland State President Ashley Petfield; Queensland Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Kate Jones MP; Managing Director, Fergies Print and Mail, John Ferguson.

    Printing Industries Queensland State president, Ashley Petfield, endorsed the Minister’s comments and thanked the Queensland State Government for its financial contribution to the development of SGP.
    “Just being compliant with environmental regulations is not good enough anymore. Print consumers are now demanding that their printers establish and maintain transparency about the environmental impact of their business,” he said.
    “Sustainable Green Print has now set the standard for environmental management in the Australian printing industry.”
    Printing Industries Queensland state general manager, Neal McLary, said the government’s support and funding for SGP was an example of how government and industry could work in conjunction with one another.
    “Together we have contributed to the sustainability of Queensland businesses and to the elevation of the environmental credentials of the printing industry,” he said.
    Information on SGP is available from by calling 1800 227 425 or from any Printing Industries offices or via

  • 1st Kodak Prosper inkjet press for Australia

    Jeff Hayzlett, Kodak’s marketing maestro, expects an imminent local take up of the full-colour version of the new inkjet technology platform.

    On a typically whirlwind visit to Australia, the Kodak marketing supremo met with the client at the PMA show held in Sydney’s Darling Harbour. He would not reveal the customer’s identity, but it is likely to be one of a number of current Versamark users in the high-speed essential mail and direct marketing industry.

    Hayzlett said the initial early adoption was indicative of the Australian market’s interest in the technology. “We’re talking with a number of Australian customers about the Prosper technology. We expect our first installation before the end of the year,” he said.

    The newly branded PROSPER range of engines encompasses all the products using Kodak’s innovative inkjet technology. Formerly referred to as the Stream printhead, the first commercially available Prosper engine is the S10 Imprinting System. This is a monochrome continuous inkjet system for inline printing on high-speed webs. It is targeted at direct mail, catalogues, magazines, newspapers, inserts and transactional documents. Operating at 305 mpm with a resolution of 600 dpi, it can be mounted on an existing web press allowing users to print variable data inline at high quality.

    The full-colour continuous inkjet Prosper press will be available for customer installation in early 2010. This will be capable of producing high-speed full colour transpromo essential mail as well as catalogues and direct marketing material.

    Pictured at the PMA show in Sydney’s Darling Harbour, Anthony Harvey, marketing director, Kodak Australasia, Steve Peck, sales manager, digital printing and Jeff Hayzlett. CMO Kodak.

  • Tasmanian mills costing paper company a packet

    PaperlinX deems the continuing losses from its two Tasmanian paper mills as unacceptable and looks to the Federal and State Governments for help in keeping them open.

    After completing a review of its Tasmanian paper manufacturing business, Tas Paper, PaperlinX is still considering its options, which includes the retention of the exiting business model, partial closure, full closure or sale.

    According to Tom Park, (pictured) CEO and managing director of PaperlinX, the review has allowed the company to think through each option and meet the needs of all stakeholders.

    “The review projected an unacceptable financial loss for Tas Paper in the current environment, so we will now work with all of the key stakeholders to develop models that may product more positive future outcomes,” he said.

    Park said that PaperlinX is continuing its discussions with both the Tasmanian and Federal governments, and will also look for any guidance to come from the Federal government’s review of the Australian Pulp and Paper Industry, which will be completed later this year. With a state government election coming up next year the prospect of of over 500 jobs disappearing from the island will give the company considerable leverage in obtaining government assistance in keeping them operating.

    Part of the problem is that after years of no investment, the two mills at Burnie and Wesley Vale will cost more to shut down than any propsective buyer is likely to pay for them. Estimates of up to $150 million in redundancies and site reclamation mean the company would be better off giving the mills away, if anyone was brave enough to step up.

    The two were deliberately excluded from the sale of the company’s other mills at Maryvale and Shoalhaven to the Japanese producer, Nippon Paper, last month.

    The company is putting the best face on it, but it is under the gun from falling volumes in its worldwide paper business and can ill afford to rpop up two loss-making paper mills. “We will continue to run Tas Paper as we have in the past and our customers will not see any change in service or product quality,” said Park.

  • Out There Media signs on for HP Designjet L65500

    Installation of HP Designjet L65500 latex ink printer helps NSW signage company put its message out there.

    Sydney-based business, Out There Media, is the first in NSW to purchase the machine. Kent Wiggins, managing director, initially viewed the HP Designjet at the Celmac open house in March in Melbourne this year.  He and his business partner Alan Wilton then made the trip to PacPrint09 in May to assess the printer once more before finalising the deal.

    According to Wiggins, witnessing live demonstrations of the machine confirmed that it was the right choice for his business. “We are very excited about the purchase of the new HP Designjet latex ink printer,” Wiggins said.  “We have always positioned ourselves as a company that works with leading edge technology.  When I saw the printer in action at the open house in Melbourne I was impressed by its capabilities.  Seeing it again at PacPrint clinched the deal.”

    Pictured: Kent Wiggins (Out There Media), Michael Boogard (Celmac) and Alan Wilton (Out There Media).

    Out There Media has replaced two existing 1.8m solvent printers with the new 2.64m HP Designjet L65500. The new printer will be used to produce the company’s existing work, which includes promotional materials, outdoor signage and vehicle wraps; and it will enable Out There Media to access new markets.  “We are keen to pursue work we haven’t tackled before like backlit light boxes and larger signage,” said Wiggins. “We also plan to introduce a range of products printed on recyclable media.”

    Wiggins believes such an investment is necessary for his company’s future, despite the global financial crisis that has made so many other business owners reluctant to purchase new equipment. “When the market recovers we will be in a prime position to cover it,” he said.

  • Indonesian paper company sponsors UN biosphere

    APP locks up forest holdings in world first private company initiated UNESCO project.

    Keen to combat international perceptions of irresponsible environmental practices, the giant AAP has partnered with one of its timber suppliers, Sinarma Forestry, to propose a UN certified biosphere in Riau, Indonesia. The 178,000 hectare reserve, which is home to a number of endangered species, is one of 22 biosphere locations in 17 countries to receive UN approval. It is also the first to be proposed by a private company.

    “This is the first time in Indonesia, or globally, that a private company has proposed the creation of a biosphere reserve,” said Endang Sukara, chief of the national committee of the Man and Biosphere Program for Indonesia. “We are hoping the initiative will be sustained and become a role model for other companies and encourage them to become more involved with biodiversity conservation.”

    The Giam Siak Kecil – Bukit Batu Biosphere Reserve (GSK-BB), is home to a wide variety of animals including the Sumatran tiger, elephant, tapir, and sun bear. The reserve is the seventh in Indonesia, and the first approved in over 20 years. The GSK-BB Biosphere was initially proposed by APP and SMF in 2004, when SMF and its partners set aside 72,255 hectares of their production forest as a permanent conservation area.

    SMF, which is APP’s exclusive pulpwood supplier, will continue to work a 222,425 hectare buffer zone around the biosphere reserve as a production forest. The partners claim the buffer zone will have a key role in ensuring the protection of the core conservation area. The outmost region of the GSK-BB Biosphere Reserve is a 304,123 hectare transition area, which will be turned into a collaborative sustainable development region with plantations, agriculture, fishing, farming and community settlement.

    The success of the Biosphere is important to APP in its long campaign against what it considers to be unfair and biased criticism by such conservation organisations as the Australian Orang-utan Project and World Wildlife Fund. It claims it is an easy target for conservation groups who ignore its efforts to operate sustainably.

    Earlier this year Australian Customs found APP was dumping Indonesian and Chinese tissue paper and banned its importation. The finding is subject to an appeal.

    Currently some European paper merchants are refusing to stock APP products because of its environmental record.

  • A decade of change: Print 21 magazine article

    After ten years at the helm of PrintNZ, Joan Grace can look back on a decade during which the printing industry has been transformed by technology, environmental demands and the shifting market for printed products. One constant, however, is the ever-present need for skilled individuals.

    Change is something I have seen plenty of over the past 10 years as Chief Executive of PrintNZ Training. I spoke at our recent Apprentice Awards function and reflected on the changes in technology, government policy for training and our industry training over the past decade.

    To illustrate the technology changes, I had with me a photo book with photos of our grandsons and family enjoying their summer holiday. The book was ordered online, with template options allowing the buyer to add their creative touch. It was then digitally printed, packed and distributed to a home address. Who would have thought this was possible 10 years ago, when digital colour printing was first making an entrance into the industry and web-based ordering was still in its infancy? The photo book is a quality product and a fine example of one of the many print options that are available now for consumers.

    Changing technology helps ensure that the print industry remains a relevant communication tool. Digital is a growing part of the market but the latest offset presses are also offering change with more speed, greater efficiencies, more automation and reduced environmental impact. While some talk about electronic displacement of print by the web, with publications being available online these days, many print ‘items’ cannot be displaced to the web – eg packaging, billboards, point-of-sale, electronic keypads and many other items produced in our industry.

    Looking at our members, we see companies diversifying and ‘removing the silos’ by offering a broader range of print-related services. These days, we see copy shops competing with commercial printers. These are often located in main streets with the ability to form relationships with local businesses by providing small runs quickly. Commercial printers are creating packaging and sign makers are providing digital services and thus competing with wide format businesses. New Zealand has also seen the consolidation of businesses that has been seen worldwide and with it the emergence of corporate group structures such as BSPG and Geon.

    Fundamentals still apply

    Moving on to government policy, surprisingly (some might say) industry training policy has been stable since the early 1990s when the core fundamentals were set in place. In New Zealand, Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) are seen as leadership bodies with a role to ensure that training standards and arrangements work for the industry. A big part of this is getting continuous feedback from the industry to ensure the training available is what the industry wants. The formal structure of industry training in NZ is something not seen in Australia and the UK in particular.

    NZ has recently voted in a National Government which promises to support “the huge contribution that quality apprenticeships make to the NZ economy”. While the support is there, the Government also wants results (completions) – what they see as value for their spend. There is also a strong Government focus on literacy skills and productivity in the workplace, something we are already working towards.

    So what has changed in print industry training over the past 10 years? Certainly the numbers involved – 380 people at the end of 1999 compared with over 600 today. We are one of the smallest ITOs in NZ, compared to those with thousands of apprentices and trainees, but we are also one of the best with training completions in the print industry being very high in comparison to other industries.

    There has also been a significant shift in people training in the traditional areas of sheetfed and reelfed printing to more training in digital areas and fibreboard packaging.

    One thing that has stayed the same is the commitment from employers in our industry to take part in industry training and give their employees the skills and knowledge essential to doing their jobs well. This is something we should be very proud of, as it has benefits for all involved.

    The future of print
    Looking to the future, it is people who will make the difference: the right people with the right skills, attitude and initiative to help steer businesses into the future.

    Environmental impact is another area of high significance to the future of print. While we are making progress in efforts to improve the image of print, it is still sometimes seen as a ‘waste of trees’. We all need to be positive about print, promote the environmental credentials of paper and be prepared to stand up for our industry.

    Many print sectors will continue to be challenged by other technologies and the likes of web-based media. Our focus has to be on what we can provide with print and also how print can work with the competition.

    I am proud to be part of our vibrant industry. I may not be a printer but after 10 years in the industry the ink is definitely flowing through my veins.

  • PaperlinX reaffirms two major brand strategy

    Coordinated sales, marketing, supply and logistics are aimed at bolstering the Dalton and Spicers brands.

    A major shake-up at PaperlinX Merchanting, including some redundancies of senior staff, is being described as a ‘pro-active realignment with the market.” In the face of market deterioration in the vicinity of a 20 per cent fall in volumes, the changes will leverage efficiencies and responsibilities across the group. Despite the creation of co-ordinating roles the company maintains its commitment to developing its two-brand strategy.

    “Fundamentally it is about coping with a pretty tough environment,” said Rohan Dean, group strategic sourcing manager. “No one can deny that it is challenging, especially during the last quarter. We’re moving to address that.”

    The changes see industry veteran, Brian Longmore, appointed to group general manager sales and marketing. In this role he will be accountable for the total sales function of the Australian PaperlinX Merchanting business, encompassing the Dalton and Spicers brands. Two other group appointments have Glenn Carter as group regional manager Victoria and Tasmania and Ian Winters as group regional manager NSW and ACT. The former territory accounts for approximately two-thirds of the group’s revenue with the latter making up the rest.

    This will bring these regions inline with the coordinated activities that already exist in Queensland, where Terry Hicks will continue in a coordinating role as group regional manager. The model has also been operating in South Australia for a number of years where Antony Laforgia will now also take on group regional manager responsible for Western Australia and the Northern Territory as the group regional Manager SA, WA and NT.

  • PMP print volumes plummet

    Decline in print volumes forces PMP to adopt transformation plan.

    According to new CEO, Richard Allely, the drop required action and, after introducing Phase 1 of his two-pronged plan, PMP achieved savings of $26 million on an annual-run rate basis, mainly due to a spate of redundancies across the company.

    Allely, (pictured), refused to disclose how far volumes had dropped, saying only that the largest decline has been in PMP’s print and letterbox distribution businesses.

    “We have suffered in the letterbox distribution area, mostly through our loss of marketshare,” Allely said. “In our print business, magazines have been the most affected: publishers have reduced their pagination due to the advertising market being in decline, along with reducing circulation because the current economic situation has affected people’s buying habits.”

    News of Australia Post increasing prices from 6 July has not deterred Allely’s hopes of magazines from recovering. “I hope [the effects of the price rise] is minimal,” he said, “but whenever a logistics provider increases fees and charges there will always be a small number of people who decide to suspend delivery.”

    Next up for Allely is implementing Phase 2 of his transformation plan, which includes overhauling PMP’s planning, scheduling, supervision, logistics and administration processes. He hopes that specialist print production facilities will be better aligned to customer product markets, along with a customer-focused culture.

    “These changes … will deliver significant financial and operational benefits,” he said. Allely expects PMP to deliver a $54 million EBIT result for fiscal 2009.

    To date, 362 redundancies have taken place at PMP this year. Allely added that this was not the end: “There will be further redundancies in 2010,” he warned.