Archive for February, 2010

  • Worldwide Online stores continue trading as HQ goes under

    Independent franchise print stores around the country are operating as usual, while the Perth-based franchisor flounders after 16 years of growth.

    The iconic hub-and-spoke production model has over 80 independent stores as well as two master franchisees, east and west, overseeing the printing network across Australia. Worldwide Online claims to turn over $65 million in print and design work every year producing 120 million print items on behalf of 20,000 business customers.

    The company, owned by private equity operator, Nevis Capital, went into administration on Thursday, Feb 25. Rob Dallimore, who was engaged in a senior management role with Worldwide almost since the beginning, was appointed CEO a week before, just after the departure of the incumbent, Donald McKenzie. He is currently operating the business under the administrator, McGrathNichol. He is also one of the partners in the NSW master franchise.

    “I’ve had very, very supportive phone calls from franchisees across the country. They are rallying behind the effort to keep the business going. We are still trading under the watchful eye of the administrator. It’s business as usual at the hubs,” he said. “I’m sure we’ll come through this in even better shape.”
    The franchisor in administration controls the digital and offset hub operations at the core of the business in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

    A spokesperson from McGrathNicol said: "We are conducting our review of the business operations, and whilst we are only a couple of days into the process we can confirm that the focus is on minimising any disruption to franchisees to preserve the value in the national franchise network for the long-term."

    A creditor’s meeting will be held on Wednesday 10 March.

    Most WWOL franchisee stores have some production capacity, mainly digital print. They also provide design services to varying degrees. All offset jobs are routed through the hubs.

    The shock fall from grace comes after some difficult years. Clive Denholm, well-known industry identity, founded the company in 1995. It has proven to be the most successful new franchise in the industry. Denholm left four years ago after 12 years in the chair.

    Worldwide Online currently has over 300 owners and employees throughout the national network. In recent times, pressure on job margins and increased competition have compounded problems.

    Industry insiders believe that most of the damage will be to the brand alone, with the infrastructure expected to continue to operate. Dallemore is confident the structure is sound.

  • Entries open for HP Digital Print Awards 2010

    HP signs on for digital print awards.

    The HP Digital Print Awards 2010 (Asia Pacific & Japan) recognise the achievements and contributions of Print Service Providers (PSPs) in the signage industry across Asia Pacific and Japan.

    “These awards have an important role to play in enhancing the service standards and quality of digital print signage across the industry,” said Martin Carballo, HP Scitex. “We want to encourage PSPs to constantly innovate, break new frontiers and gain competitive advantage in the industry.”

    The Awards will only be open to companies from across Asia Pacific and Japan for entries that are printed by HP Scitex Large format printers.

    HP Digital Print Awards 2010 (Asia Pacific & Japan) – HP Scitex will have five key categories:

    •    Transit Graphic covers vehicle wraps and fleet graphics.

    •    Interior Advertising includes point-of-sale materials, interior signage, and floor or wallpaper graphics.

    •    Outdoor Advertising covers building wraps, billboard signage, floor graphics, backlit signage and textile (flags & banners) graphics.

    •    Printing on Rigid Substrates includes any decorative printing on rigid substrates such as glass or ceramic or wood.

    •    Green Digital Printing: this will cover print jobs done with a combination of the following parameters:

    o    Inks: using dye-based, latex inks, and UV inks.

    o    Printing Substrates:  using environmental-friendly printing materials that are recyclable such as non-PVC-based banner, cotton-based fabrics, recycle paper. 

    Each category will have three winners – Gold, Silver and Bronze. A total of 16 Awards will be given out across the five categories.

    Submissions for the Awards are now open and will close on 30 April 2010. This year’s winners will be notified by 31May 2010 and the results will be officially announced during the Awards Dinner on 7 July 2010 at the 18 Shanghai International Advertising and Sign Technology and Equipment Exhibition.

    For more information or to request for a submission form, please contact your local HP Scitex sales manager or email fp-apsales@hp.com.

     

  • SkinzWraps Jump Starts “Vehicle Wraps 2.0” with Epson Stylus® Pro GS6000

    Peter C. Salaverry of SkinzWraps fields many phone calls. Because his company is at the forefront of the vehicle wraps industry, the CEO faces a regular onslaught of claims from manufacturers touting the latest and greatest technologies. But one day a phone call came through that turned out to be a ‘game changer’ in one of the fastest growing segments of the outdoor advertising business.

    At first, he didn’t want to take the call. "Epson was on the line telling me they had a new ink jet printer, the Stylus® Pro GS6000," Salaverry said. "Only they were saying this machine has revolutionary solvent-based inks and can print at a resolution of 1440×1440 dpi." He remembers shaking his head. "With 720×720 being the Holy Grail of our industry, I just didn’t believe anyone could live up to that claim."

    After years of printing and applying 2,500 square meters of vehicle wraps per month (the average vehicle is 27.5 square meters), Salaverry had grown to accept the limitations of solvent-based ink jet technology. Today’s vehicle wraps business uses digital technology in place of yesterday’s custom paint jobs or decals¹. Specialists print paint-like color and graphics on vinyl matte and lamination sheets that are easily applied and removed from vehicles of all kinds, including cars, vans, trucks, trailers, buses, boats, motorcycles and RVs. "SkinzWraps has created some amazing wraps for its customers over the years, but the resolution of today’s sign-making printers only goes so far," he commented.

    Although Salaverry had grave doubts, he reluctantly agreed to take on a project for Epson that he felt "was doomed for failure." The Dallas-based SkinzWraps team would wrap a sleek Lamborghini for an upcoming trade show. The calibre of the assignment was nothing new to SkinzWraps, which has wrapped thousands of vehicles since the industry began. But this time, SkinzWraps planned to apply a wrap printed at the highest resolution possible, using colors they believed the Epson printer could not even come close to reproducing.

    "I knew then that the Epson Stylus® Pro GS6000 marked the onset of what I now call Vehicle Wraps 2.0"

    When Salaverry saw the results, he could not believe his eyes. The printer’s Dual-Array MicroPiezo® AMC™ printhead actually delivered on Epson’s promise of 1440×1440 dpi. Over the hood of the Lamborghini was a razor-sharp pattern of yellow-orange and shocking-pink confetti, flying through tendrils of blue-violet smoke, against a pitch-black background. The extremely wide color gamut brought entirely new degrees of color fidelity and accuracy, produced by the Epson UltraChrome® GS ink, an eight-color solvent-based ink technology.

    Salaverry called out to his designer, "I thought I told you to design the Lamborghini wrap out of gamut!" The designer looked at him quietly. "I did," he replied.

    "I knew then that the Epson Stylus® Pro GS6000 marked the onset of what I now call Vehicle Wraps 2.0," said Salaverry. "I believe the Epson printer will have an incredible impact on the vehicle wrap industry, and it is a turning point for the solvent-based printing market."

    This was one phone call that the CEO of SkinzWraps would return. Salaverry picked up the phone and dialed Epson. "OK, what do you have here?" he began. "You have my full attention now."

    Passing the print quality test with flying colors, the high-speed Epson Stylus® Pro GS6000 is now integrated into SkinzWraps’ everyday workflow. "With the GS6000 in the shop, printing is so much simpler," said Kelly Coats, director of printing at SkinzWraps.

    Epson designed the 64-inch wide roll-to-roll printer to run without supervision for long periods of time, saving SkinzWraps a lot of time and money. "The ColorBurst Professional Production RIP is easy, and I can go home with a full roll loaded and RIP full of prints," he said. "When I get here in the morning, they will be done perfectly."

    Whether printing a bus ad or a NASCAR racecar design, the Epson printer is simple to use and maintain. The printer comes with features that allow companies like SkinzWraps to reduce its total cost of ownership for more profitability. "The GS6000 is a step above all other printers in the solvent world due to its low maintenance," said Coats. In earlier days, the staff had to spend at least 1-1/2 hours cleaning printers before they were ready to print. Today, setting up a job on the Stylus Pro GS6000 takes less than 10 minutes.

    Another way for SkinzWraps to keep an eye on the bottom line is actively using the website called myEpsonPrinter.com™, a printer information and management system that allows SkinzWraps to monitor print jobs and consumables in virtual real time. Staff can track ink and media consumption, look at job costing, check how long a job took, and manage printers at remote locations. The site has proved invaluable in calculating how much money SkinzWraps will make on a job, which keeps eyes focused on the company’s bottom line.

    Safer Solvent-Based Ink Technology

    A fyrther, important benefit of the Stylus® Pro GS6000 is the health of employees. "When I first heard there was a solvent machine without a solvent smell, I thought they were kidding," said Coats. Unlike other solvent technologies, the Epson UltraChrome GS ink brings odourless printing to the workspace, so businesses do not have to rely on special ventilation or air purification systems. The new generation of solvent-based chemistry allows companies like SkinzWraps to use less harmful print technology without sacrificing output quality.

    "Like a fine-tuned Ferrari, the new Epson printer is joining the race at a great advantage, already ahead of the pack as it accelerates from 720×720 to 1440×1440 dpi," said Salaverry. "Without a doubt, the Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 is a game changer in the vehicle wraps world."

    ¹ decal – the process of transferring designs from prepared paper to glass stickers

     To view the video, click here.

  • Industry abuzz with white noise as Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 makes Australian debut

    First Australian showing of Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 makes a mark in the packaging proofing sector.

    Held at the new DES EFI Innovation Centre in Rhodes, the collaborative event sponsored by Epson, saw a number of industry attendees gather to witness the world’s first aqueous inkjet proofer with white ink.

    “White ink is the heart behind it all,” said DES sales director, Russell Cavenagh. “It’s fast-drying and instrumental in achieving great results.”
    To enhance the machine’s workflow, Epson worked with RIPs from EFI and CGS. On a brief trip to Australia, Christoph Thommessen, sales director at CGS, also attended the launch.

    “The workflow works like a standard inkjet proofer, no special skills are required to obtain proofs, unlike conventional systems,” Cavenagh said.
    Pictured: (l-r) Romano Bacci, Epson; Christoph Thommessen, CGS and Russell Cavenagh, DES with the Epson Stylus Pro WT7900.


    Speed-wise, Cavenagh added that a role-fed device allows operators to queue up many jobs and allow the machine to continue printing unattended. “In a high-cost country, it’s very important to be able to automate,” he said.

    The Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 also went on show in Melbourne later in the week. Cavenagh confirmed that there have already been two orders taken for the machine: one in New south Wales and one in Victoria.

    "No one is showing hesitation in initial orders," he said. "There has been a lot of genuine interest from customers who appreciated seeing the samples; particularly the metallic foils."

  • Sales slide for McPherson’s reference books

    No buoyancy for books as McPherson’s reports drop in printing sales.

    In its half-year results, the company, which provides printing services for customers including book publishers, magazine publishers, catalogue and manual publishers and other specialised users, reported a drop in earnings for its printing division, which fell from $1.7 million to $1.5 million.

    In a statement, the company said that: “Sales revenue was below the previous corresponding period due to the continuation of subdued market conditions, particularly with respect to professional reference publications. Profit margins were similar to the previous year.”

    As a whole, McPherson’s reported EBIT of $24.3 million, down slightly from $24.5 million the year previously. “Second-half trading to date has been consistent,” said McPherson’s managing director, Paul Maguire. “As we advised in October, for the full year to 30 June 2010, we expect an increase of about 25 per cent in earnings per share to approximately 38 cents from the 30.2 cents reported last year, subject to satisfactory market conditions continuing.”

  • Sydney prepares for PrintEx11

    Countdown begins for next year’s print trade show, PrintEx.

    The show, which takes place every four years, is presented by the Graphic Arts Merchants Association of Australia (GAMAA) and Printing Industries Association of Australia (PIAA) as a complement to the Melbourne-staged PacPrint, which also takes places every four years

    The PrintEx11 Board is comprised of GAMAA representatives Mitchell Mulligan (chairman), Ian Martin, Livio Barbagello and Craig Heckenberg, together with representatives from PIAA, Chris Segaert, Peter Carrigan and Susan Heaney.

    PrintEx07 attracted a crowd of 11,087 trade visits over the three days. According to Mitchell Mulligan, (pictured) chairman of PrintEx11, next year’s event is already shaping up to be an interesting show. “The Board of PrintEx11 is working together to present a dynamic event which serves the ever-evolving needs of the graphic arts, print and communications industry. With new technologies and equipment coming so rapidly into the marketplace, PrintEx11 fills a vital role as a major opportunity to showcase products and educate on new initiatives,” he said. “Furthermore, the PrintEx Board is determined that the 2011 event will drive a positive shift in business and consumer perception of the value of print to society.”

    PrintEx11 will take place in Halls 1, 2 & 3, Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour from Wednesday 4 May to Friday 6 May 2011.

  • Brothers toast to new print venture

    New web-to-print business, Toast Print, connects customers to printers around the country.

    The web start-up, founded by brothers Jonathan and Andrew Chak, offers designers a web application to streamline the process of finding the right printer, organise print jobs and compare printers and quotations. Toast Print draws on Web2.0 community concepts where designers are encouraged to provide feedback and ratings that contribute towards the merit of printers they have done business with.

    "The printer/designer relationship has long been based on trust and referral," explained Jonathan Chak, founder of Toast Print. "Toast Print takes this trust model to the web and helps printers establish an online presence and reputation. For designers, it means that they can finally look for a commercial printer online, knowing that there will be a good indication of the printers’ capabilities, print quality and credibility amongst the design community. Previously this could not be achieved via traditional directory listings such as Yellow Pages."

    Pictured: Andrew (left) and Jonathan (right) moving print online.

    Since the soft launch on 1st Feb 2010, Toast Print has signed up over 200 small-to medium-sized commercial printers Australia-wide. “We service the whole of Australia,” Chak said.

  • Mail volume slips as retailers embrace mobile marketing

    ‘One’ Salmat exits low-return letterbox distribution while posting increased profits in customer contact and targeted media.

    SMS and email marketing provide the technology high points in Salmat’s half-year results. According to Grant Harrod, CEO, (pictured) mobile technology is increasingly being used to drive instant customer feedback.

    “Email and SMS both continue to gain legitimacy as a channel, with retail and corporate clients increasingly using them as part of their targeted marketing program,” he said. “As a result, Salmat has expanded its offering by developing new products for these sectors.”

    The products fit into the company’s multi-channel communications capability, which includes addressed and unaddressed mail, email, SMS, on-line, voice and non-voice.  “As we continue to evolve our One Salmat model, the ability for us to offer clients such a broad spectrum of services offers real benefit in dramatically improving their marketing return,” he said.

    Posting 22% profit growth to $24.3 million on a slightly lower revenue base, the leading customer communications company continues to promote its three different business divisions as a single source. Only essential and discretionary mail cast a shadow on otherwise buoyant results. A 4% reduction in underlying volumes resulted from DM mail following the slump in overall economic conditions. There were similar results in the area of credit card statements.

    On the other hand revenue within the e-Solutions area, which includes online archiving and electronic data delivery of documents, increased by 8.8% and volumes doubled off a low base. This plays to Harrod’s belief that the company’s future direction will involve greater emphasis on electronic delivery.

    However the company’s traditional cash cow of catalogue delivery is going gang busters. Salmat has enjoyed a winning year in the catalogue space, picking up Coles contract from PMP among others.

    “We have seen organic growth amongst our existing client base, as they increasingly view catalogues as a media of choice. The undeniabillity of this channel to drive sales has seen retailers increase frequency of distribution,” he said. “In addition, the ability to segment delivery to suit a specific demographic has led to an increase in uptake by retailers.”

    The vulnerability of DM mail to economic conditions underlines the discretionary nature of the channel. No longer perceived as a ‘must do’ unaddressed DM mail is becoming increasing sidelined in the marketing mix.

    As if to emphasise the shift, Salmat’s venture into internet pre-shopping with its portal site, Lasoo, continues to gather pace attracting 1.7 million visitors to the site pre-Christmas.

    This article originally appeared on DIRECT online.

     

  • CEO Forum – Printing Industries NSW

    NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Health Carmel Tebbutt will be the guest speaker at Printing Industries first CEO lunchtime Forum for 2010.

    Printing Industries CEO Philip Andersen said it was important that the NSW printing industry take the opportunity to attend in light of the many important state issues that currently directly affect its members.

    Carmel Tebbutt has been a Member of Parliament since 1998 and Deputy Premier since September 2008. She has the unique experience of serving as a member in both the Legislative Council and the Legislative Assembly, where she has been the Member for Marrickville since 2005.

    The forum will be held on Wednesday 31 March 2010 from 12.30pm-2pm at the Le Montage Bayside Events Centre, Marquee Dining Room, 38 Frazer Street, Leichhardt (overlooking the water’s edge of Iron Cove Bay).

    Tickets (parking, lunch and drinks inclusive) are $95 each for Printing Industries members and $110 for non members.

  • Why pick on print? Phil Lawrence at the LIA

    Taking pot shots at printing is a no brainer for so-called ecologists but in fact few industries can match our environmental record.

    Industry notable, Phil Lawrence, gave a stirring defence of the printing industry’s environmental record at the first LIA meeting of the year in Sydney. Before an enthusiastic audience of industry professionals, he pointed out that printing has improved its pollution record by 97% since the Kyoto benchmark year of 1990.

    He nominated the application of such technologies as CTP as opposed to UV plate exposure, vegetable-based ink as opposed to mineral, up to 90% less paper waste and the eradication of dioxin from paper products as areas of significant improvement. Quoting Prof. Ross Garnaut, he said the introduction of these new technologies means print is now one of the most sustainable and competitive manufacturing industries.

    Yet printing is still considered to be one of the most environmentally damaging industries by green activists, who disregard the greater energy demands of electronic media when making their comparisons. In his presentation Lawrence nominated some of the major environmental concerns that rank ahead of printing yet receive far less attention, such as non-biological particles in the atmosphere and DNA disruption due to the degradability of plastics

    He quoted from his new book; Think Act – The Ecological Modernisation of Print (Southern Colour). His presentation is in line with the current campaign, Paper – part of everyday, which endeavours to give industry members the information and confidence to “win the afternoon barbeque argument.”
    LIA convenor, Bob Lamont encourages all members of the industry to engage in the debate and to attend the upcoming calendar of events at the LIA.

  • Pre-Press Operator Candidate – Victoria

    SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Experienced in designing for logos, poster designing and menu designs.

    • Proficient in most commonly used computer design applications.

    • Educated in graphic design.

    PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Created logo and advertising layouts for a local restaurant.

    • Designed various newsletters for large and small college student groups.

    EDUCATION/TRAINING:

    • 2009 – 2010 Pursuing Diploma of Multimedia.

    • 2008- 2009 Certificate 3 in Graphic pre-press.

    • 2004-2008 Bachelor of Engineering.

    COMPUTER SKILLS:

    • Adobe: Illustrator; In design; Photoshop; Flash Cs3; Premiere pro; 3Ds Max; Director 7 and 11

    • Microsoft: Word; PowerPoint; Xl

    EMPLOYMENT HISTORY:

    Aaron Institute of Multimedia, Hyderabad, India.
    As a team member in Illustration team.   

    REFEREES:
    Will be made available on request.

    email.  santhudadi@hotmail.com

  • Pre & Post Sales Professional – Candidate, Sydney

    Professional goal and area of interest

    Possessing a broad range of Operational and IT Support Skills and some significant achievements within Customer Service / Technical Support. Experience covers having the sole responsibility of Pre & Post Sales of Digital Printing based customer in the Middle East regio (mainly in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia). Committed to the team and the business with an excellent commercial approach to solving problems within budget, scope, timescales and process limitation. A regular contributor of ideas and solutions for changes to Post and Pre- sales process, Customer Training and quality procedures.


    Skills Summary

    • A dynamic and enthusiastic Leader empowered with a wealth of Pre and Post Sale solution experience within the Digital Printing Industry.

    • Experienced in maximizing sales volume and client satisfaction, with extra ordinary ability to service and retain major key accounts.

    • Avoided loss of key accounts and significant revenue by going beyond job description to solve System Support Issues.

    • Worked with clients during preliminary presentation, presented key sales meeting analyzed needs led project implementation and provided Post Sales Technical support.

    • A visionary who empowers a team to grow, provides direction to the junior Analyst new opportunities, and distils a positive mental attitude of success and achievement in all endeavors.

    • Driven by the passion to deliver and succeed backed up with a set of professional work ethics, business practice and business acumen, providing a definitive set of differentiators in the Production Print Digital Printing market place.

    • Proven success within the Commercial, Corporate and Education sectors of the Production Print Digital Printing Industry, on many levels, thus respected within the Industry as a major contributor and competitor.

    • Self motivated and a great communicator on all levels, with strong people management skills. Strong background in Xerox Customer Training and Analytical & Problem solving skills. Ability to interact effectively in Team Environment.

    • Preparation of work and operational standards and monitoring of key performance indicators (KPI’s).

    • Highly Organized and Analytical able to manage multiple projects, support issues.

    • Sound Knowledge of Appropriate industry standard Application (MS-Office, Quark Express, Photoshop).

      Full resume available upon request

      email.  rehan_xerox@yahoo.com

  • Market pick up sees Blue Star rising

    Tough times keep earnings at $20 million for the six months to January, still below the 2008 figures.

    The figure represents a 163% improvement on the previous six months but, reflecting the depth of the financial crisis, is still below the figure of $27.6 million earned in the six months ended 31 December 2008. In a half year preliminary annouocement to the NZ Stock Exchange, revenue for the six months to 31 December 09 was $295,618,000, a decrease of 2.96%.

    According to Chris Mitchell, (pictured) CEO, market conditions are tough and print volumes remain volatile. However he does see some improvement in customer sentiment and demand. “We have seen a solid improvement in operating profit over the last six months and we are in good position to continue our transformation plan,” he said.

    The painful restructuring and repositioning of the company continues with little sign of it being able to pay the suspended interest on its bonds. Senior bank debt was reduced by $20 million.

    In an interview, Mitchell indicated print volumes were still down 20 to 25% from where they were before the GFC. He indicated that at the darkest period volumes crashed to almost half.  He is skeptical of the possibility they will ever return to re-crisis levels.

    "There is so much volatility in the market. So many companies deferred their communication campaigns it is impossibile to predict. Our focus is on continuing the Agile transformation of the group and driving operating profit," he said. "We are making good progress."

    According to Graeme Archer, CFO, it must be remembered that the previous corresponding reporting period, to Dec 31 08, was before the GFC hit. The rebound in revenues, although still down on that period, is an indication of the company’s performance.

    Capital investment for the group is focused on the development and implementation of software to complement its Agile programme. There are no plans to buy presses or other heavy equipment in the near future.

     

     

     

  • JDA Recuitment Candidates, Sydney

    Business Development Manager Candidates
    Sydney Metro: Experienced lady print rep (offset and digital) – strong print production and pre-press background so good at "solution selling" – great relationship-builder plus door-knocker.

    Sydney Metro: well known identity within printing circles, having held senior production/project management roles, but having sold both offset and digital print for the past 8 years.

     
    Sales Rep Candidates
    Sydney Metro: Experienced, young and vibrant sales rep, competent with both offset and digital print.

    Sydney Metro/Northern Suburbs: Experienced print sales rep with packaging experience. He is also familiar with print management.

     
    Project Manager Candidates
    Sydney Metro: Unsurpassed expertise in design and construction of outdoor signage and retail displays. Familiar with latest European technology and world expert on signage and displays. Would be ideal in a technical support role or project management role within any signage organisation.

     
    Sydney Metro: This candidate could fulfil a variety of project management or centre management roles having managed small teams within the digital and wide-format and screen printing fields.

    Customer Service Candidate
    Sydney Metro/Sydney South: Enthusiastic, young customer service rep. He boasts both customer service and production coordinator capabilities that will be an addition to any printing company.  

     
    Production Manager Candidates
    Sydney: We have several "tried and true" production managers – tall ones, short ones… I won’t go any further – but they all share one thing – a strong passion for print!

     

     
    JDA PRINT RECRUITMENT (Sydney) – 02 9904 6222
    mobile – 0408 291 508
    Email – james@jdaprintrecruit.com.au

    JDA PRINT RECRUITMENT (Melbourne) – 03 9874 158
    Mob – 0413 055 834
    Email – chris@jdaprintrecruit.com.au

     
    Visit our website at : www.jdaprintrecruit.com.au

     

  • Canon takeover of Océ heads to court

    Shareholders challenge the acceptance of the cash offer by directors.

    Two lots of Océ shareholders have filed a request for an investigation with the Dutch Chamber of Court of Appeals in Amsterdam. They are querying the negotiations between the two companies during the tendering for Océ shares.
    Hermes and Universities Superannuation Scheme also want the suspension of resolutions passed at the general meeting in February, as well as the suspension of voting rights on the preference shares and the appointment of additional independent supervisory directors.

    The Océ board is opposing the move and in a statement said it ‘regrets this step and will oppose the request.’ Its directors unanimously support and recommend the Canon offer for Océ.

    The takeover has always had a disgruntled Greek chorus of shareholders who want a higher price per share, even though the offer was pitched well above the average share price for the past year (137 percent premium). UK-based Orbis Fund Management, which holds 10 per cent of the company, was the first objector, but the addition of the two latest shareholders looks set to give the minority stakeholders their day in court, at least.

  • Call for print participants in training survey

    Printing Industries has launched a study to determine the current and future levels of industry interest in business and personal development through formal training programs and qualifications.

    The study is focused on the personal learning and development of existing workers (non-apprentices) and the demand to provide those workers with the skills and knowledge, which will help provide real and ongoing benefit to their organisations. Printing Industries national manager, learning and development, Simon Peppercorn, said the survey was an important tool in helping to shape industry specific training programs.

    "We will have a better understanding of the industry’s interest and demand for nationally accredited traineeships as a business solution, so we can focus our training delivery strategies on the areas which are more relevant to the specific industry needs," he said.

    "As part of the study, we are asking members to take five minutes to provide answers to the questions below. Your answers are anonymous. The data collected from this online survey will be aggregated for inclusion in the study."

    The online survey closes on Friday 26 February 2010 at 6pm (EDT). Click here to complete the online survey.

  • NSW deputy premier addresses CEO Forum

     

    Printers have the chance to grill NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Health, Carmel Tebbutt, at up-coming CEO Forum.

    Printing Industries CEO, Philip Andersen said it was important that the NSW printing industry take the opportunity to attend in light of the many important state issues that currently directly affect its members.

    “With a little over 12 months before the next NSW election and considerable movement occurring in relation to State Government policy decision making impacting on our industry, now is the time for us get some answers from the government and also provide them with our feedback,” he said.

    “There are a number of issues we are keen to get feedback on including the government’s commitment to the industry and its intentions for print procurement policy changes.”


    Carmel Tebbutt (pictured) has been a Member of Parliament since 1998 and Deputy Premier since September 2008. She has the unique experience of serving as a member in both the Legislative Council and the Legislative Assembly, where she has been the Member for Marrickville since 2005.

    The forum will be held on Wednesday 31 March 2010 from 12.30pm-2pm at the Le Montage Bayside Events Centre, Marquee Dining Room, 38 Frazer Street, Leichhardt (overlooking the water’s edge of Iron Cove Bay).

    Bookings should be made to Irene Manacos at Printing Industries on (02) 8789 7382 e-mail: irene@printnet.com.au or by completing the registration form available here. Tickets (parking, lunch and drinks inclusive) are $95 each for Printing Industries members and $110 for non members.