Archive for July, 2009

  • SignIQ just the ticket for Little Bottler retail stores

    Little Bottler liquor retailers in New South Wales and Queensland use SignIQ for printing their promotional and marketing material needs.

    Independent Liquor Group (ILG), an Australian member-owned co-operative for wholesale liquor retailers, has selected SignIQ,to manage its instore promotional ticketing using full-colour using Fuji Xerox DocuPrint C3210DX colour laser printers.

    Roger Miller, general manager of IT and Communication at Independent Liquor Group, said that implementing SignIQ will allow Little Bottler stores to better manage printing costs. “[It] ensures our brand is uniformly represented across all retail outlets,” he said.

    “The SignIQ solution is easy to use and allows our outlets to print full colour customised promotional materials according to their individual needs. Our decision to use colour printing in-store was driven by the fact that colour amplified the many benefits delivered by SignIQ.”

    Michael Ursino, director of SignIQ believes that Little Bottler retailers will now be able to complete their promotional ticketing at a greater speed than before. “Being selected by Independent Liquor Group for this contract is a great win for us and another example of a smart retailer seeing in-store promotional ticketing as a strategic tool,” he said.

    “Our Integrated Managed Print Solution for promotional ticketing has demonstrated the flexibility and cost savings that retailers can achieve through colour printing in-store. Retailers can now enjoy the benefits of printing in-store to a business-grade Fuji Xerox printer at an affordable price.”

  • PODi proves print’s power

    For anyone needing convincing about the value of print marketing, Garry Knespal suggests a visit to the Print on Demand Initiative (PODi) Australia Appforum 09.

    The two-day conference, held on September 15-16 in Sydney, will feature a mix of international and local speakers presenting the “best of the best” of innovative personalised print. 

    “We have more case studies to showcase than any other time, and more local case studies than ever,” said Knespal, the executive officer of the Graphic Arts Services Association of Australia.

    Consultant David Gradwell has worked with PODi Aust NZ to source and write-up a series of regional case studies showing how targeted digital print can significantly increase client response rates and give better margins.

    Many of the sessions are aimed at helping printers to expand their service offering, but there is plenty of content for marketers who may sit on the other side of the table, says Knespal. “I would encourage anyone who uses print as a medium to attend,” he said.

    “Without a doubt we encourage marketers to be there, particularly those that are still looking at the effectiveness of print. We know that there’s a push towards online marketing, but if they put all their effort into online they’re certainly missing a lot of what relevant print marketing can achieve,” he said.

    “It’s not about the technology or the machines – it’s about what the machines can do for communicators,” Knespal added.

    The digital print market has matured since the last Appforum, he said. There are more service providers and the practices and techniques have advanced, as demonstrated by the local case studies.

    Vectis Managing Director Grant Stewart will present several brand new transpromo case studies on behalf of Australia Post, showing just how effective relevant digital print can be in cutting through the marketing noise.

    One of the highlight speakers is Joanne McDowell, (pictured above) the Chief Technology Officer for Online Print Solutions. Her presentation will focus on new market opportunities in retail and cross media marketing, how printers can partner with their clients to create campaigns involving the combined use of VDP, PURLs, email, SMS and web tools.

    For more information or to register for PODi click here.

  • Press Release Almanac: 5 August 2009

    Keep up to date with the latest releases from the industry.  This week, bankruptcy at Drent Goebel gives Muller Martini the patents for VSOP series while NEC gets even brighter.

    Muller Martini launches VSOP printing press

    Muller Martini has acquired patents for the VSOP technology
    from the bankrupt Drent Goebel. A new Muller Martini VSOP series, offering flexible package and cardboard printing, will be launched by the end of 2009.
    Muller Martini CEO Bruno Muller sees the acquisition of the VSOP patents and the launch of the VSOP (Variable Sleeve Offset Press) printing press as an important step toward    strengthening Muller Martini’s position as a leader in printing press innovation and productivity.

    “We are investing in solutions that will provide our customers with new business opportunities in flexible and cardboard-box packaging,” he said.  “VSOP technology is designed to guarantee their success in a market with growth potential and will give us a leading role in package printing. Our customers require technology that is relevant to both current and future marketplace realities. Muller Martini will make sure that need is fulfilled.”
    By combining the new VSOP series with its existing Alprinta and Concepta product lines, Muller Martini will provide printers with a comprehensive array of solutions. Complementary consulting services will be provided to give printers individual advice on expanding into the manufacture of packaging and other commercial printing opportunities.

    Yves Rogivue, member of the executive board at Muller Martini, and head of the printing-press division, commented on the next step: “The current situation at Drent Goebel hinders an easy transfer of know how and the access to spare parts. We will do our utmost to build up service and spare part expertise in our global sales and service network, latest by the end of the year. Our goal is to deliver the highest levels of uptime for the printing presses installed, both now and in the future.”

    NEC Australia announces high-bright LCD display for digital signage applications
    The 46-inch MultiSync X461HB high-bright professional display is NEC’s latest model, enhanced by 30 features of the Digital Signage Technology Suite that allow it to stand out in heavily-lit environments.

    With a brightness measurement at 1500 cd/m and remarkable contrast ratio of 3500:1, the MultiSync X461HB boasts 110 per cent higher brightness than NEC’s previous-generation displays. The MultiSync X Series display is ideal for environments heavy with ambient light, such as corporate lobbies, atriums and restaurants.

    “NEC’s new MultiSync X461HB high-bright display provides an extraordinary amount of brightness that outperforms displays using standard settings, allowing it to be truly noticeable in environments where typical, standard brightness would normally seem dim or washed out,” said Daniel Hancox, national channel manager for NEC’s Display Solutions Division.

    “Its advanced features detect nearby light and automatically adjust the display according to its surroundings. Having a brilliant display in a highly-trafficked, brightly-lit area is crucial to getting a message across, and the MultiSync X461HB’s unrivaled screen performance is the essential solution to these elements.”

    The MultiSync X461HB includes ambient light sensor technology, which automatically adjusts the backlight depending on the ambient lighting brightness and maximises the power management feature. Its advanced thermal protection begins with an extra thermal layer on the display panel to diffuse heat and follows with a fan-based technology specifically designed to work in both landscape and portrait modes. Internal temperature sensors control self-protective circuits, while special self-diagnostics communicate the status of thermal characteristics. The thermal protection can be monitored and controlled both locally and remotely.


  • HP takes a shot at personalised National Geographic magazine

    Readers choose their own cover of special edition National Geographic ‘Your Shot’ magazine.

    The nature publication has enlisted HP Indigo digital printing solutions for the project that allows photography enthusiasts to order the collector’s edition online with a cover that features their own high-resolution photographic image.

    Consolidated Graphics, a North American provider of print solutions, is using its HP Indigo digital presses to produce the covers, which are then bound to copies of the magazine. This project is part of Consolidated Graphics’ increasing focus on personalized digital print solutions, a reflection of the growing trend among magazine publishers.

    VS Hariharan, vice president of graphic solutions business, HP imaging and printing group, Asia Pacific and Japan said that the personalised covers made the magazine even more compelling.

    “The magazine’s decision to use HP Indigo technology for this print-on-demand customisable cover is a significant endorsement of the photo-quality imaging and advanced productivity the presses offer,” he said.

    Available now, the collector’s edition publication features photographs from 150,000 images submitted by the public to the ‘Your Shot’ online feature, where readers can submit their photography for possible publication in National Geographic magazine. The National Geographic ‘Your Shot’ Collector’s Edition is the first special edition from National Geographic magazine devoted entirely to reader photography.

  • Nuvera 120 EA drives digital growth for Fergies

    Fergies Print and Mail expands its digital arm with Nuvera 120 EA from Fuji Xerox.

    In March this year, the Queensland-based print and mail provider installed a Nuvera 120 EA after growing dissatisfied with its monochrome digital production system.

    “We had outgrown our previous machine and were dissatisfied with the service we received,” explained Graham Liddle, financial controller.  He listed cost, service, support and training as the chief reasons for choosing a Nuvera. “After conducting an extensive review of all the solutions available on the market, we chose to partner with Fuji Xerox.”

    Pictured: Gary Proudfoot, mailing manager (left), and Graham Liddle, financial controller (right) with the new Nuvera.

    In addition to the Nuvera, Fergies has also enhanced its variable data printing capabilities with Fuji Xerox’s XMPie uDirect software that will be used to personalise content for both colour and black and white print jobs.

    According to Liddle, the move towards digital has taken off for Fergies. He claims that the company has experienced 140 per cent growth in its digital business over the last year, along with 50 per cent growth in the mailing division.

    Liddle hopes that the addition of a Nuvera will continue this momentum. “We’re now well-placed to serve the digital print market and can also deliver greater service innovation, quality and value to our customers,” he said.

  • Webstar wins at The Warehouse Annual Supplier Awards

    Commitment to catalogues for retailer giant, The Warehouse, earns Webstar an award.

    The New Zealand company took out Non-Trade Supplier of the Year at The Warehouse Annual Supplier Awards held in Auckland last week. Webstar has been responsible for printing millions of catalogues for The Warehouse each year and also works with distribution company, Reach Media, to deliver the catalogues to 1.2 million homes a week.

    Bernie Roberts, general manager of Webstar New Zealand, who accepted the award, thanked The Warehouse for placing its trust in the company to print its catalogues.

    “Five years ago The Warehouse took a risk in making the switch to a relative new-comer in the catalogue print game,” he said. “We’ve been intent on paying back that vote of confidence ever since.”

    According to Stuart Yorston, general manager marketing at The Warehouse, the two share an “open relationship” that has been productive and proactive.

    “We’ve been working with Webstar for almost five years and they have been a great partner in that time,” he said. “The product is always delivered in-full on time, which is critical in the short timeframes we work to and the importance of the mailer to our business.”

  • Letters, feedback, get it off your chest: 5 August 2009

    Readers have their say on last week’s news; from investing in new equipment at PacPrint through to greenwash. Why not write in and let us know your thoughts.

    Re: Tax break fails to boost printing industry

    We took advantage of the government investment allowance and associated tax breaks with the updating of our CTF bureau to CTP Bureau with the purchase of an Acento II S CTP with Thermal plates from the Agfa Stand at PacPrint 09. It is a major investment for us to keep being competitive in the market we sell in. It depends whether we put in for the tax break before 30 June 2009 or 31 December 2009 whether we get either a 30 per cent or 50 per cent investment allowance and looks like we will doing it by end of December.

    The CTP is a great easy to use bit of gear which will generate cost savings to the printers we supply.

    Rodney Stagg


    Re: Printers blinded by green spotlight: Print 21 magazine article

    This was an interesting article, from an interesting perspective, I agree with the writer that solutions go beyond the "environmental accreditation" of the paper, or the basic environmental practices within a print shop. The solutions to finding a balanced set of rules that don’t create "green" as a commodity go right to some problematic thinking issues that have become part of the very DNA of the print process.

    I agree with Tony Duncan’s argument that we don’t know where our print ends up. But to simply focus on "creating effective affordable communications" does have the same effect, it creates print to be viewed as a commodity (green or not), just as potentially damaging as focusing on green issues alone.

    Do I have the answer? No, but I have part of it which would be to engender a code of practice within the industry that helps with the environment. Simple, small things that all add up to contributing to a better environment for all of us include reduced use of alcohol, recycling practices from the press room/ bindery floor. These are obvious and very commonplace in almost every print manufacturing establishment in Australia, because these things either save the printer money or in some instances put money in his pocket.

    What about less obvious areas that may assist with Tony’s argument such as running the correct quantity of a product? Instead of supplying 725 units of a product, what happens? What does the printer do? How do they count? How do print buyers justify expenditure? Yes, they round it up to 1000. Twenty five per cent of the product was never going to get used anyway! Could a code of practice include such things as the previous example? I don’t know, I could see how such would work to potentially increase the bottom line to the printer. Lots of little things add up, don’t they!? Or maybe they aren’t such little things after all!

    Steve Hall

  • Delivery boy takes over Snap franchise Homebush

    Rob Mihalic has gone on a journey from delivery boy to owner of his own business, Snap Homebush Bay.

    Ever since he started working in the printing industry, delivering orders to customers, Mihalic always dreamed about one day being manager. “I realised that running my own business was the way to go and put it down as a long-term goal,” he said.

    But it was the birth of his first child that proved the impetus for such a decision. Mihalic, who headed up Corporate Express’ print operations in Adelaide, returned to Sydney and his wife, Bernadette, and new-born baby. Back in New South Wales, he began working with Snap Corporate. 
    “I saw this as a great opportunity to learn more about franchising and that it
    would eventually put me in a good position to run my own Snap centre,” he

    Pictured:  Rob Mihalic (second, left) with his team (l-r) Kelly Robson, Tamar Guzelian, and John Wishart.

    When Snap Homebush Bay became available for purchase, Mihalic jumped at
    the opportunity. “I knew it was an excellent opportunity and the right time to finally get into a business of my own,” he said. 
    And while he has reached the goal of owning his own printing business, Mihalic knows his journey is just beginning.
    “It is an exciting time for my family and I. I look forward to this next step in my printing career,” he said.

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  • Spanish newspaper printer scoops first Oce JetStream

    A newspaper printer in the city of Avila, Spain, has installed the world’s first Oce JetStream digital inkjet colour press for the production of newspapers.

    There are more than 30 JetStreams in operation around the world but the lucrative newspaper market has proved a tough nut to crack, until now.

    Imcodavila is a newspaper outsource facility that prints six daily newspapers and 20 Spanish titles a month. Previously, the papers were only produced on an offset fleet of manroland Uniset presses and Agfa computer-to-plate lines, but the addition of the JetStream gives Imcodavila both offset and digital capabilities.

    According to Luciano Monedero, managing director of Imcodavila, the company has been interested in digital production for years, but it was a matter of waiting for technology that compared to offset. He believes that digital printing will become a greater part of the business.

    “The press is currently being used to print foreign newspapers to accommodate expatriates and foreign tourists to Spain, which previously were available only late in the day and after being shipped in,” Monedero said.

    Pictured: (From Left) UK graphic arts programming manager, Paul Krisson, Imcodavila MD, Luciano Monedero, Imcodavila commercial director, Antonio Calderon, and  Océ director, business development, inkjet technology, Robert Koeckeis, standing in front of the Océ JetStream 2200.

    After recently installing the press, Monedero reports that all is going smoothly and Imcodavila’s team of 50 staff are all pleased with the machine. “The JetStream is much easier to run than the offset presses,” he said.

    “Eventually, we expect all operators to be able to work both the offset and digital presses, as well as our mailroom equipment. We want complete flexibility.”

  • Global insurer joins printing industry

    Insurance and risk adviser, Marsh, signs on with Printing Industries as broker.

    According to Printing Industries CEO, Philip Andersen, finalisation of the relationship followed extensive research by Marsh including a risk identification and assessment of the industry over more than 18 months.

    “Marsh has worked to understand the printing industry and its needs at an unprecedented level to ensure that it was able to provide tailored insurance products and service support that meets the high standards and expectations of our members,” Andersen said.

    Marsh NSW managing client service consultant, Gavin Parkinson, has worked on development of this nationally available service from the beginning.

    Pictured (l-r): Marsh NSW managing client service consultant, Gavin Parkinson with Printing Industries’ CEO, Philip Andersen, and Marsh general manager product & placement (SME) Rod Seymour.

    “We have done our groundwork and are now committed to the printing industry for the long term as an endorsed service provider of Printing Industries and as an organisation that wants to become an essential part of this industry in much the same way as paper, machinery and other key suppliers – working co-operatively in business,” Parkinson said.

    “Our insurance solution includes tailor made extensions to meet risk exposures that are unique to the printing industry.”

    The following services will now be available from Printing Industries via its Marsh relationship:

    * Property cover including building and contents with built in protection for cases of under insurance
    * Business interruption cover to help your business recover from loss
    * Public and products liability insurance with option to include errors and omissions insurance
    * Cover for property in transit including local transit and imports and exports
    * Motor vehicle fleet insurance with automatic cover for additional vehicles

    For more information contact Gavin Parkinson (02) 9761 7312 or state offices on 1300 142 161 or visit

  • Last chance for CEO Forum tickets

    Time is running out for NSW printers to reserve their spot for lunch with the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr, who is guest speaker at the Printing Industries CEO Forum in Sydney next week.

    Senator Carr was a speaker at last year’s CEO Forum and, according to Printing Industries CEO, Philip Andersen, has a keen interest in the printing industry.

    “Senator Carr has been very receptive to our industry and appears more than willing to listen and act on our behalf. This is an opportunity we should not miss,” he said.

    “The Minister is also an advocate for industry to adapt to changing circumstances and is showing a willingness to work with those who make the effort.”

    Anderson and Printing Industries intend to use the Forum as a chance to speak with Senator Carr about the Productivity Commission’s plans to remove the 30-day rule.

    “Our industry is undergoing significant and very challenging change and facing competition from a number of directions, not just the global economic crisis, but also from international competition and technology change, environmental perceptions and competing communication mediums,” Andersen said.

    “We understand that his address will refer to some of these challenges, but we also need members to reinforce their position and also highlight many of the good things they are doing.”

    The Forum lunch will be held on Wednesday 5 August from 12.15pm at Eden Gardens, Lane Cove. Tickets are $90 members $110 non members and bookings can be made by contacting Honorine at Printing Industries on (02) 8789 7300 or e-mail:

    Click here to download the CEO Registration Form

  • Choose future of book printing in Choice poll

    The printing industry is being encouraged to vote in support of Australian book printing in an online poll being conducted by consumer organisation, Choice.

    The Choice poll is seeking public reaction to the Productivity Commission’s recommendations to end territorial copyright (30-day rule) which has been widely condemned and criticised by organisations such as Printing Industries.
    Printing Industries CEO, Philip Andersen, said that if implemented by the Federal Government, the recommendations would devastate Australia’s book printing industry and have a flow-on effect into all other sectors of the industry.

    “This poll, by such an influential organisation, is an important key to showing our industry’s opposition to the Productivity Commission recommendations and highlighting to the public in general that this is not a simplistic issue of price, which many book sellers would have you believe,” he said.
    “We are already lobbying the Government and Opposition parties and I will raise the issue in person with the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr, when he attends the NSW CEO Forum next week.
    “But this poll now gives everyone the opportunity to have their say and to actively make a difference.”
    People accessing the online poll are given five options to answer the question: Allowing the parallel importation of books will:

    • Spell the end of the specialist book store
    • Be good for the book-buying public
    • Kill off the Australian book publishing industry
    • Only benefit the leading book chains
    • Other

    “I encourage you to use the link below to voice your opposition as soon as possible by selecting one of the three pro-industry campaign support option answers,” Andersen added.

    Vote in the poll by clicking here.

  • Tax break fails to boost printing industry

    Federal government’s 30 per cent tax break for new investments falls short of reviving the print industry.

    According to Hagop Tchamkertenian, national manager for policy and government affairs, Printing Industries, the recently released June 2009 quarter Printing Industry Trends Survey report confirms that the tax break has not stimulated a significant investment in the printing industry.

    “With activity levels plummeting in recent quarters, the persistence of idle capacity may have persuaded printing businesses not to avail themselves of the new investment incentives,” Hagop said. Reports of reluctance to invest date back to May this year where Hagop encouraged printers to make the most of the government’s decision to extend the cut-off date to June.

    These findings fly in the face of optimism and claims from many suppliers, who believed that the tax break helped their sales – particularly at the May tradeshow, PacPrint.

    Mitchell Mulligan, president of GAMAA, said that he was personally “surprised” by the claim, but the organisation was unable to comment in detail, offering only anecdotal evidence that its members were generally happy with sales generated as a result of the trade show.

    As chairman of PacPrint, Alistair Hadley said that the tax break – which ended last month – was just the impetus many potential buyers needed. “It accelerated the decision process for some people and gave them a reason to buy,” Hadley said.

    Speaking on behalf of Heidelberg, Hadley, general manager sales, marketing and product management, said the company benefited from the initiative and picked up “some major orders” at the show, but this was by no means reflective of all suppliers.

    “The level of confidence out there is probably restricting people,” Hadley admitted. “Lenders and finance companies are not feeling that benevolent at the moment.”

  • Kodak unveils Stream technology full-colour press, Prosper

    Patrick Howard reports on the high-speed, full-colour inkjet engine that is poised to dramatically narrow the gap between offset and digital printing.

    The prospect of digital technologies being able to rival offset printing came a step closer with the unveiling of the first commercial Prosper press using Kodak’s revolutionary Stream inkjet technology. Prosper is the product name for the commercialisation of the company’s inkjet technology unveiled at drupa last year.

    At an industry analyst briefing in Dayton Ohio, Kevin Joyce, vice-president worldwide sales and marketing for digital printing, led a team that presented Kodak’s range of technologies. From the NexPress through the Versamark range to the release of the high-speed Stream technology presses, Joyce positioned the company as a leader in digital printing technology. He also announced the first signing of a four-colour Prosper press to Webcrafters, a US book printer.

    Stream technology is designed to get as close as possible to offset in speed and quality. The quality comparison is with 175-lpi screening (600 dpi) and for my money, the samples shown to us at Dayton were practically indistinguishable from offset.

    (Photo Caption) Kevin Joyce and Patrick Howard with the Prosper press in Dayton, Ohio.
    The other notable aspect is the speed of the press, pushing paper through at more than 600 fpm (182mpm) or 1800 A4 images per minute duplex. This is well within offset speeds.
    The continuous inkjet technology uses pigment-based inks that contain much less moisture than either thermal or piezo inks and so dries quicker. Because the inkjet head is continuously filled with liquid it does not require the same amount of additional liquids to keep it from clogging.

    The system is built on a 10.56cm (4.16 inch) wide print head, which is being deployed as a monochrome bolt-on variable data printer (Prosper S10) for web presses. In this configuration it can image at 1,000 (fpm).

    The full-colour press, which prints 24 inches wide, is going to sell for somewhere between $3-$4 million, although the company is close-lipped on details. It is targeted initially at direct mail, books, catalogues, transactional and transpromo markets. It is claimed to have running costs 70% -80% lower than other digital printing technologies.

    So what’s the clever part of the system? Curiously enough it’s in the name Stream. Because the inkjet nozzles produce a steady stream of ink that is expelled under pressure (20 metres per second), it is able to deliver more ink, faster than alternative drop-on-demand techniques. The fluid stream is broken into equal-sized droplets by thermal energy before being deflected as required by airflow.

    This means a single array of inkjets is sufficient for single pass imaging as well providing an inkjet head that, because it has no mechanical parts, has a longer life than DOD heads.

    Stream inkjet has the potential to be a game changer in a number of markets. Yes, it requires inkjet-treated paper to produce its best results and this will raise the cost but this is less than imagined when compared to high-quality offset papers.

    At this stage Kodak has decided not to target the newspaper market, although it will undoubtedly address it further down the track. The Prosper press, which will be officially launched at Print 09 in Chicago in September, is for the commercial printing industry. At this stage Kodak is presenting its Versamark VL-series systems as the optimum solution for newspapers.

    For further discussion on the Dayton analyst’s conference see the August issue of Print21 magazine.

  • Xingraphics wins patent case against Agfa

    Corporate spin almost obscures the result of the bitterly fought court case between the Belgium and Chinese platemakers.

    While Agfa claims the Dutch patent court confirmed validity of its key patent on positive thermal plates, Xingraphics is the real winner with the court finding it did not breech copyright and awarding it legal costs. Agfa tried to put the best face on the judgement by maintaining that ‘non-infringement by Xingraphics [was] not proven.’

    The long battle has seen the two companies at loggerheads over technology originally licensed from Lastra, which Agfa bought five years ago. Agfa threatened distributors and printers with legal action if they handled the Chinese-made Xingraphics plates.

    The decision clears the way for even more aggressive penetration of the Xingraphics plates into the market. In Australia Ferag holds the agency and is reporting plenty of interest from the industry.

    Safwen Hijazi, vice-president Xingraphics, welcomed the decision. "Today’s judgment is a major step forward for our organisation, our valued partners, and of course our customers worldwide that deserve to have access to an alternative thermal CtP plate technology that is of equal to or higher quality than our competitors, without being threatened.”

    "We are grateful to our Dutch team of lawyers who have demonstrated that Agfa’s negative and harmful accusations which were largely directed at our partners were, as we have always indicated, unfounded, so this judgment will allow us to put that part of this negative campaign by Agfa to a close."

    The decision has not stopped Agfa from foreshadowing ongoing legal action including requests to seize further consignments of Xingraphics plates in Europe. In a statement it flagged an appeal –the Agfa Graphics team will now prepare the necessary additional evidence of the infringement of the Agfa Graphics patent in order to obtain a decision in favor of Agfa.

  • JDA Recuitment Candidates, Brisbane

    Customer Service / Account Management Candidates
    Brisbane: Young lady, excellent manner and enthusiasm – with prior print experience, ideal as CSR or junior account manager.

    Brisbane: Young gentleman,with excellent small offset/digital print exposure, seeking internal sales/CSR role.

    Pint Sales / New Business Ddevelpment Candidates
    Brisbane: Experienced rep with strong sales background in paper, packaging or labels sales field.

    Production Admin Candidates
    Brisbane: Experienced print/production manager with strong agency and print management background – excellent presentation, would be ideal as a senior account manager.

    Brisbane: Estimator with many years experience in both Prism and Q&P, would consider F/T or casual estimating role.

    Operators (Offset / Digital) Candidates
    Brisbane: Experienced digital operator with mailhouse/plastic-warp/inserter operating skills.

    Technical Candidates (Equipment/Consumables, etc)Brisbane: Well-connected technical  sales rep, with expertise in selling printing equipment and consumables – offset or digital.

    For details on these – and other suitably qualified candidates –  all with strong print industry credentials, call:

    JDA Print Recruitment, Brisbane
    Geoff Curtis
    0418 727 409