Archive for May, 2010

  • It’s Clear – the Future is Digital Fuji Xerox brings Digital to life with special effects

    In May 2010, Fuji Xerox Australia launched the Fuji Xerox Colour 800  and Colour 1000 Presses,  printing at 100 and 80 pages per minute, respectively.

    Using low melt Emulsion Aggregate (EA) Eco toner and new fusing technology, the Color 800/1000 Presses provide a broader colour gamut for better image reproduction and prints on coated, uncoated, and specialty stocks from as low as 55gsm to 350gsm, on sheet sizes of up to 330x488mm.

    “Right away, these technologies give our customers the opportunity to print more products, more quickly on a broader range of substrates,” said Henryk Kraszewski, (pictured) Marketing Manager for Production Colour Solutions at Fuji Xerox Australia.

    Plus, the Color 800/1000 Presses feature an optional clear dry ink station to apply flood or spot creative effects. “The samples we’ve been printing have got us thinking about what this capability can provide to our customers in terms of additional revenue opportunities,” said Kraszewski.

     “The beauty of digital printing is that every single page can be different, and the same applies for the clear dry ink. We have produced samples where we can move the spot effect dependent on the data related to a customer’s preferences,” said Kraszewski.

    Fuji Xerox Australia intends to sell the clear toner as a consumable so customers only pay for the coverage they use. “Our research on pricing for spot coating shows that for offset short print runs and spot coating are not entirely compatible in terms of cost,” said Kraszewski.

    “As the design community start to understand the unique design opportunities through spot coating, we anticipate that this will drive additional work to printers who use this technology, making it a very viable option.”

    “Even flood coating will be a cost effective solution,” said Kraszewski. “Many jobs that may not need a laminate will often require a varnish. The clear dry ink toner gives the same effect as a varnish, and if you only need a few sheets you can print them on the Color 800 or 1000 Press in a single pass,” he said.

    “A really exciting market opportunity for the Color 800/1000 Presses will be the photo imaging market. Not only does it have fantastic print output, but the ability to lay down a flood clear dry ink finish allows you to produce incredibly vibrant images.”


    More about Clear Dry Ink

    Clear dry ink enables the following opportunities:
    •    Highlight images for visual variety, to make them ‘pop’ off the page.
    •    Draw attention to a headline or variable text
    •    Enhance photos, logos or variable images
    •    Simulate pearlescent or metallic appearance
    •    Apply digital watermarks to add artistic effects or enhance security
    •    Enhance print quality on textured stocks

  • Oce keeps reputation for continuous feed colour

    Océ proves leader in worldwide market share for continuous feed colour, according to Info Trends study.

    Based on 2009 placement data in inkjet and toner-based technologies, Info Trends says Océ has achieved market dominance in the sector, most prominently associated with the printing of transaction documents, transpromo, direct mail, books, manuals and newspapers.

    Herbert Kieleithner, (pictured) national marketing manager, production printing, Océ-Australia Limited, said the Océ JetStream range was proving enormously successful, particularly since the launch of the Océ JetStream 1000, which had attracted more than 20 orders already in 2010.

    “Since the first installations of Océ JetStream and Océ ColorStream systems in 2008, Océ has steadily built market momentum,” Kieleithner said.

    “One of the key success factors of this remarkable growth results from the fact that Océ is the only vendor of continuous feed printers to offer solutions in both dry toner and inkjet technologies.”

    The Océ JetStream inkjet family consists of three distinct product lines based on common technology components such as the Océ DigiDot™ drop-on-demand inkjet imaging technology and the SRA MP controller. The family ranges from 500 to 3030 A4/min in full colour and offers 20.5” and 30” web width. The Océ JetStream family also incorporates inkjet MICR, pioneered by Océ in 2008.

  • Printing.com to enter Australia

    John Stangeland, previously the master franchisee with troubled print franchise group, Worldwide Online Printing, announced this morning that he has entered into an arrangement with Printing.com to enable him to bring the UK-based hub and spoke print franchise model to the Australian print market.

    Printing.com currently operates in the UK, Ireland, France and New Zealand and in 2009 had a retail turnover of over £26 million pounds.
     
    Stangeland (pictured) expects the business to be up and running in June this year. He believes that the time is ripe in the Australian market for a new entrant.  "Printing.com‘s IT platforms and marketing systems are second to none, and I am excited at the opportunities within the Australian market,” he told Print21.
     
    The current spate of ongoing closures throughout the industry has not deterred Stangeland. "Obviously, there has been a high level of disquiet within the Australian print market with the well established failures over the last few weeks, but we believe the Printing.com model will shine in these difficult times. The system will have a broad level of appeal within the print and graphic design communities,” he said.

    “We envisage commencing our roll out with a series of information evenings in all capital cities to enable printers and graphic designers alike to gain firsthand how the Printing.com model can enhance their businesses, although we are already in discussions with several interested parties to take up the opportunity.”

    These parties are likely to come from both the printing and graphic arts industries. “There are two core prospects: in the printing community it’s great for small offset printers that are not able to recapitalise in the current economic environment and want to compete in the colour space; and secondly, graphic design companies looking to manage print direct with their clients,” Stangeland said.

    A tight-lipped Stangeland would not be drawn on the detail as to how the production side of the business will be activated, other than to say that he has a supply arrangement in place with a national print supplier, which will allow the Printing.com system to roll out quickly.
     
    Unconfirmed reports have it that Stangeland was one of the groups interested in acquiring the Worldwide Online Printing franchise group from the Administrators, McGrath Nichol, but the group has neither confirmed or denied whether or not it has interest in such an acquisition.
     
    Stangeland’s background includes over 11 years involvement with the Worldwide Group as well as maintaining a Franchise Mediation practice in both Western Australia and Queensland.

  • IPEX 2010 Revisited

    The? world’s? largest? English? speaking? Printing? and? Graphic? Technology? exhibition? is? over.? This? evening? event? is? your? chance? to? hear? first?-hand? from? the? people? whose? job? it? is,? to? bring? us? up? to? date? and? to? keep? us? informed? about? the? major? happenings? in? the? rapidly? changing? environment ?in? which? we? live? and? work.?

    Our special guest speakers are the editors of our major trade publications and their expert associates, who have worn the soles of their feet off, walking the halls of IPEX in Birmingham. They went in search of all that was new, all that was interesting and they came across some really fascinating new liaisons. 
     
    Bookings at $60.00 for members and $70.00 for non-members can only be made by email or Fax to Mike Williams at mikewil@optusnet.com.au or Fax to: 9648 1258
     
    Bookings close at 12 noon Friday 04 June 2010

  • Australia Post price rise approved by ACCC

    Anger from industry associations as ACCC allows Australia Post to proceed with proposed price increases.

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission today issued its decision not to object to Australia Post’s proposed price increases, including lifting the basic letter rate from 55 to 60 cents. 

    The price rises in letter services are proposed to take effect from 28 June 2010 and will apply to Small, Large and PreSort letter services.

    The news has caused ire amongst associations, including Printing Industries, Australian Direct Marketing Association and the Major Mail Users of Australia, who lobbied against the proposal.

    Printing Industries CEO Philip Andersen said it was now up to the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Conroy, to intervene to stop the unjustified cost impost on the printing and mailing services industry.
     
    “Senator Conroy needs to heed the concerns of the industry and prevent this price increase from taking place,” he said.
     
    “Last year the ACCC correctly rejected the price notification stating that it was concerned that Australia Post’s costs were not falling in response to declining mail volumes.
     
    “We feel however that another contributing factor behind last year’s decision was the general business environment.  While we have emerged out of the GFC crisis the business environment for our industry has not yet improved to the extent where it can sustain such unnecessary cost imposts.”
     
    Printing Industries national manager for policy and government affairs, Hagop Tchamkertenian, said the ACCC decision was done in great haste from the release of the Issues Paper, to the deadline being placed on submissions.
     
    “Today’s decision reconfirms industry fears that the whole process was a fait accompli and a charade from day one,” he said.
     
    “Our submission clearly outlined the reasons why the 2010 price notification should be rejected. Printing Industries believes that Australia Post has not yet fully exhausted its cost based responses to falling letter volumes.
     
    “We also believe that it is inappropriate for the ACCC to approve further price increases until such time that Australia Post’s current review of its business model has been completed and the findings have been made public.”
     
    Hagop said a Printing Industries survey illustrated potential negative consequences flowing from the postage price increases.
     
    This included 77 per cent of respondents saying they believed that the postage price increases would drive customers to alternative marketing channels. The increases would also affect industry profitability (82 per cent); lower production (59 per cent); reduce planned investments in mail fulfilment (52 per cent); lower employment levels (32 per cent); and place at risk the financial viability of businesses (27 per cent).

    John Gillroy, chief executive officer of the Major Mail Users of Australia Limited said that the ACCC’s decision to allow an increase in the cost of postage from 28 June showed disregard for the flow-on effect of increased postage costs on all of the businesses and industries involved in the production of paper-based mail.

    “The ACCC has pushed aside and disregarded the warnings of all major industry associations involved in mail matters that a price increase would only hasten decreased paper-mail usage and has subsumed its own mandate to watch over consumer interests in favour of Australia Post, the communications monopoly that has had no regard to working seriously with customers over the past six years on cost reduction and process improvements,” Gillroy said.

     

  • OSS Digital signs on for HP Designjet L65500

    Sydney signage printer, OSS Digital, invests in new HP Designjet L65500.

    The Leichardt-based business, which recently scooped the national retail signage account for David Jones, has enjoyed since installing the machine in November last year. Director, Greg Edkins, (pictured) lists the printer’s capacity to run unattended as one of the main advantages.

    “We load this printer at night, send down a bunch of prints and go home with confidence the jobs will be completed,” he said. “Most days, we output around 120 metres overnight. Being able to do this means we save time and money and can push through more work.”

     

    It was during a trip to last year’s PacPrint that Edkins first viewed the machine. “I left the show thinking this latex inks printer was the future,” he recounts. “When you factor its production capabilities with the eco-friendly nature of the latex inks it is a winning combination.”

    This is not the first time the company has purchased HP equipment. “I’ve just put in the second Z6100,” Edkins said. “The skin tone reproduction is brilliant on this printer.”

    Edkins admits that image is everything and the HP Designjet L65500 has delivered. “The print speeds on this Designjet are fast, but the resolution is outstanding and the colour gamut excellent,” he said.

     

  • Geoff Stephenson keeps PMP on the money as CFO

    Appointment of Geoff Stephenson as PMP chief financial officer completes company restructure.

    Stephenson (pictured)  joins PMP Limited from Iplex Pipelines, the Australian owned and operated pipe and fittings manufacturing business where he was CFO. Stephenson has more than 30 years experience working with some of Australia’s largest organisations across the FMCG, oil and gas, media and diversified industrials sectors.
     
    As part of the reshuffle, PMP’s current CFO, Phillip Elbourne, will take on the newly created role of General Manager, Finance, with responsibility for Group Shared Services, IT and Group Accounting and will report directly to Stephenson.
     
    PMP Chief Executive Officer, Richard Allely, (once CFO of the company) welcomed Stephenson to the CFO role.
     
    “Geoff comes to PMP with an impeccable background running large finance functions within significant businesses in Australia,” Allely said.

    “I look forward to working with Geoff, Phillip and the rest of the finance team as we continue to deliver strong financial results and a competitive product offering to the market.”
     
    Stephenson will join PMP Limited on 31 May. “I am joining PMP at an exciting time in the company’s history. Much of the transformation work initiated by Richard Allely has been completed and we are now looking towards a period of growth,” he said.

  • Candidate of the week: Sales or Sales Support/Marketing, Melbourne

    Having spent 18 years within the Print industry in the UK, I am now looking to further my print career in Melbourne in a Sales or Sales support/Marketing role. Previous employers include Heidelberg & Xerox UK.

    I have extensive prepress knowledge including Heidelberg Prinect and Xerox Freeflow products, I have held direct sales roles selling Computer to Plate, Workflow, Prepress and Print consumables.

    I worked at Heidelberg UK for 10 years including Customer support, Product management, training and a sales positions. More recently I was employed by Xerox UK as Workflow specialist, looking after my own customer accounts and    supporting other account managers. I am a experienced Print professional who thrives on responsibility, used to working autonomously and am ambition to be the best I can.

    My Australian partner and our son now live in East Melbourne. I have a Spouse visa which gives me permanent residence and full working rights within Australia.

    Resume and previous managers references are available upon request.

    email.  callumrobertson@y7mail.com

  • Candidate of the week: Graphics and Printing Pre-press Student, Sydney

    I am a student of graphics and printing pre-press.

    I have finished a one-year certificate III in printing and graphics arts and now i am studying for a diploma in Multimedia.

    I am looking for someone who can give me training in the pre-press area and improve my printing and design skills.

    As a graphics and printing student I have acquired skills about software such as:

    Adobe Illustrator CS3 ,Adobe Photoshop CS3, Adobe InDesign CS3 ,Adobe Acrobat reader CS3 ,Microsoft Word, PowerPoint,

    email.  rubaljassal@yahoo.com

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  • AGS chosen as Australian distributor for Glunz and Jensen

    Local distributorship of Glunz and Jensen range won by Australian Graphic Servicing.

    The agreement gives AGS the exclusive rights to sell all models in the range of iCtp platemaking equipment. According to Ross Gilberthorpe, sales and marketing manager for AGS, the agreement was signed last week and will bring a number of opportunities.

    “We are very excited to secure the agency for all of Glunz and Jensen’s platewriter equipment,” he said. “We have installed four of the 2400 A2 2up-4up devices since starting earlier this year, and they have been performing fantastically. We are now able to offer the 2up 2000 model to our customers which is very exciting.”

    At IPEX, Glunz & Jensen showed its new 300 iCtp device, which is due to be released in Australia during the last quarter of this year.

     

  • Imagine Photographics snap up first HP Scitex LX800

    New Zealand company, Imagine Photographics, the first customer in the South Pacific to install the new HP Scitex LX800.

    The Mosgiel-based business purchased the machine through HP channel partner Jenrite. Darcy Schack, managing director, and his business partner, Phillip Amende, (pictured below) said that they were impressed with the machine’s size and its green credentials, which was a strong selling point for the company.

    “First and foremost this printer has a sound environmental proposition which is extremely important to our company’s philosophy and to our clients. The printer’s 3.2m wide capacity means we can produce outdoor billboards and other signage on a green platform which is fantastic,” said Schack.

    “We’d been looking at the HP Latex inks technology and its environmental credentials, but we really wanted a machine that could produce billboards. Now we have it.”

    Since installing, Schack has been pleased with the machine’s performance. “We knew we could move this machine in and start printing straight away and that’s exactly what we’ve done,” he said.

  • Sustainable Green Print courses hit the mark

    Sydney printer, Standard Publishing House, gets ready for next week’s Sustainable Green Print (SGP) course.

    Printing Industries national manager, learning and development, Ian Walz, said courses were also underway in Melbourne and Brisbane and currently being scheduled in others states.

    “Sustainability practices are a very important part of any printing business operations and I urge all companies to schedule the time and resources to secure this very important certification,” he said.

    “Some 17 companies have already achieved their SGP certification across the different levels offered and dozens of others at various stages of training and implementation.”

    An example of those undertaking the program is Sydney’s Standard Publishing House (SPH) who are working on achieving their Level 2 certification and are using a consultant to assist them with implementation.

     
    “One of the first things that struck me was the integrity of the accreditation system,” consultant Narelle Monaghan said.
     
    “SPH is already meeting many of the requirements of the SGP system, but we need to document this and put systems in place to ensure they continue to improve.
     
    “We are really looking forward to being able to demonstrate our high standards, with the green ticks to prove it,” she said.

    Walz said the Sydney SGP course was still accepting enrolments and would begin on Monday 31 May with the Level 1 introductory course. This would continue on 15 June and be followed by the Level 2 course on 28 June.

    “In Victoria the Level 1 and 2 courses are already underway with more scheduled for 14 and 28 July 2010. Queensland Level 1 courses are also underway with Level two scheduled over 2 and 9 June.

    “Level three courses, which include the option of completing the ISO14001 audit, are also in the pipeline,” Walz said.

    More information on Sustainable Green print including courses in other states is available on www.sustainablegreenprint.com.au or by contacting Ian Walz on (02) 8789 7362. E-mail: ian@printnet.com.au

     

  • Billboards burst into life in APN Outdoor roll out

    18 new large format billboard panels go live across Brisbane, Sydney and Perth as part of APN Outdoor’s plans to increase its property portfolio.

    The roll-out includes a second digital offering in Sydney’s domestic terminal. Another 14 large format panels will go live in Sydney and Brisbane mid June.

    According to APN Outdoor’s, general manager marketing, Paul McBeth, the billboards will have a strong impact on audiences. “We are always looking to maximise our offerings through highly visible sites that will connect client brands with the right audience. Through MOVE, we know that our large format sites deliver 10 per cent higher likelihood to see when compared to the market average. This is a result of our ongoing efforts to bring new, creative and impact-ful options to our clients,” he said.

    The new digital site at Sydney Airport consists of three separate panel rotations per minute and will be viewed by all drivers on departure levels of the domestic T2 and T3 terminals.  The billboard is APN Outdoor’s third Australian digital offering, the first housed atop the Young and Jackson building in Melbourne’s CBD and the second at Sydney Airport’s domestic all exit gantry.

    Also launched were nine large-format billboards in metropolitan Brisbane, the first to go live under APN Outdoor’s recent Brisbane City Council tender win for exclusive large format rights, six large formats in Sydney and three in Perth.

  • IPEX 2010 Blogs – Andy McCourt Number 7 Goodbye, IPEX!

    This is my last blog from Ipex; you can read much more detail in the June issue of Print21 magazine with special features from Simon and Patrick too. Just a wrap-up as I trekked the halls for the last time.

    Ran into Heidelberg Australia’s Andy Vels Jensen and Alastair Hadley (pictured below) taking a well-earned break over a mineral water in an NEC cafe. Well done gentlemen, should go down well with the top brass too!
     
    The new owners of Goss and Akiyama, Shanghai Electric put an impressive ‘meet the press’ reception on with Chairman Xu Juanghao addressing those assembled in Chinese, and a translator turning it into English. At Q&A time, questions were translated back the other way, then the answer Chinese-to-English. I mentioned our Prime Minister Kev speaks fluent Chinese so if Mr Xu comes on down to Australia, we might get an audience at the Lodge and put some snags on the barbie for a good feed. Seriously, watch Shanghai Electric grow and grow in the graphics business, a very well resourced and managed company.

    Pictured below: Heidelberg’s Andy Vels Jensen and Alastair Hadley chill out with some mineral water.


    Oh, and our glorious publisher buttonholed Heidelberg CEO Bernard Schreirer at the Drupa (yes they are promoting already!) reception. Fresh off the plane and not too cleanly shaven, he cut quite a dash in his trilby and beer-microphone! There’s dedication for you.
     
    Curry’s came to the rescue (not a typo) – some person lifted my laptop mains adapter/charger and without it I would soon exhaust my battery ergo no more blogs (do I hear hooray?). Dropped in at local electrical chain Currys and lo! They had a universal iGo Green charger that works with my Dell Netbook! Lovely, helpful people – just like the Curries back home.
     
    Seen around the aisles: Nick Benkovich, formerly of Graphic Knowledge in Sydney, now in a senior position with Kodak in Vancouver; Paul Bagshaw of Ricoh Infoprint Sydney; Steve Dunwell and Stefano Nistri of manroland; (pictured); regular visitor to our shores from CGS-Oris, Christoph ‘Thommy’ Thommessen with Fuji Xerox’s Henryk Kryszewski; New Zealanders Gillian Nicholls and Ron Neal of CSG, the up-and-coming document outsourcing and digital print supplier headed up by former Xerox chief Phil Chambers.
     
    Oh, and there’s me hanging out of my room window at the Farmhouse B&B where we stayed. It was originally a Mill House and parts dated back to the 13th Century. See, we don’t stay at fancy five-star places on these "junkets"! Mind you, the breakfasts were terrific and the place has been immaculately renovated – it was luxury to me.

     

    Pictured below: Christoph ‘Thommy’ Thommessen (left) with Fuji Xerox’s Henryk Kryszewski.


     
    Plenty of kit has been sold at this show: haven’t heard of too much going into Australia/New Zealand. All over Western countries, printers have been doing it tough but the remaining ones are modernising, especially on fully automated B2 and B1 offset. The new breed, like the superlative new Speedmaster CX 102, will make early adopters incredibly efficient, even on short 500-sheet print runs. The irony is, if Australia continues to keep the purse-strings on new press investment drawn tight, we could find our industry slipping from one where we were the pioneers of long perfectors and led the world technologically, to one where our under-capitalised and under-upgraded press halls are way behind the rest of the world.
     
    By the way, Chinese sheetfed maker Hans Grohni is having a good show and sold a 5-colour B3 machine to Qwikprint of Bootle in Lancashire, if you’d like to know. If you don’t wish to know that, just refrain from reading that last paragraph.

    As one window closes, another opens and intrepid blogger, Andy McCourt (pictured) waves goodbye to IPEX and the UK.

    Well, that’s all from the blogosphere from me … see you back home soon, volcanic ash permitting.
     
    As DI Gene Hunt of Ashes to Ashes might say: "I’m p**s*ng in the general direction of ‘off."
     
    Take good care.

  • Aussies out in force at Ipex

    It’s a tough gig working a trade show, what with the long hours, late nights and sore feet. Print21 caught up with local suppliers on the stands at IPEX to find out how they were going and what’s new on the market.

    Komori shines new light on UV

    Gerard Wintle of Ferrostaal was at the Komori stand where the Japanese offset press manufacturer was introducing a new system that may well spark a renewed interest in UV printing.

    According to Wintle, (pictured) Komori engineers have developed a new curing lamp that focuses on a narrower band of the UV spectrum, eliminating the parts which emit ozone and which typically require expensive ventilation systems and air ducting to be installed. Even more remarkably, when Komori tested the system, they found that they could achieve good results with only one lamp, reducing the energy required to cure the sheets and cutting the cost of running the system. This also meant there was less heat being generated which meant less deformation of the sheets and the ability to run more delicate stocks.

    The H-UV system, as it is called, offers all the advantages of UV printing, such as fast drying and the ability to print on film and foil, but promises to make the process a whole lot easier to implement. Best of all, the new system, which was shown running on an eight-colour Lithrone S40P perfector, can be retrofitted to existing presses.

    Another highlight of the stand was a new 29 inch press, the Enthrone 29, which is billed as an entry-level press for a 530 x 750 sheet size and which shares many of the features of the popular Lithrone S29 range.

    The new press has the same double-size cylinders and roller train at the S29, so the core engineering is the same, but without all the bell and whistles. It is available only as a two, four or five colour press with no perfecting and has a top speed of 13,000 sheets per hour.

    It’s an interesting looking small press with a compact footprint, low pile delivery and integrated control desk. Ideal as an economical entry-level or back-up press, said Wintle.

    Pictured above: Gerard Wintle has high hopes for Komori’s new UV printing system.

    Perfect binding on the Horizon

    Perfect binding was a hot topic on the Horizon stand where Bernie Robinson of Curries was kept busy with a steady stream of customers looking at digital finishing and book-making.

    As usual, Horizon had a host of new finishing equipment options on one of the biggest and busiest stands at the show.

    Two of the longest exhibits on display featured inline folding and stitching lines integrated with Hunkeler unwinding and cutting units to highlight the potential for high-speed finishing of inkjet-printed rolls. The StitchLiner 6000 Digital system was shown running inline with Hunkeler reel unwinders, producing booklets at 6,000 copies per hour.

    At the other end of the scale, there was a good deal of interest in the small BQ-160 perfect binder with PUR adhesive in combination with the HCB-2 hard case binder, a simple, easy to set up system for making photo books at a rate of about 100-200 per hour – not the fastest but very affordable and an ideal entry-point for the booming photo book market.

    Moving up a notch is the BQ-470 perfect binder with inter-changeable EVA and PUR glue tanks which boosts productivity to over 1,000 books an hour while still retaining the capability to do short runs and one-off books.

    On the stand, the BQ-470 was shown in combination with a new three-knife trimmer from Horizon, the HT-80, producing complete soft cover books from start to finish. This is the first time that Horizon has had a three-knife trimmer to integrate with the BQ-470 and the result is a very productive perfect binding line for printers looking to bring this service in-house without going to the expense of an industrial-scale system.

    Pictured: Fielding interest in perfect binding and photo books: Bernie Robinson of Curries with the new Horizon HT-80 three-knife trimmer.

    Müller Martini connects finishers online

    One of the latest initiatives from bindery experts, Müller Martini, is something not easily shown at a trade show – a new online service solution.

    Called MMRemote, the new service enables Müller Martini technicians to log into equipment around the world and perform remote diagnostic and trouble-shooting tasks without the need for time-consuming call-outs.

    According to Livio Barbagallo, Müller Martini Australia MD, such a service is particularly valuable for countries like Australia where the travelling distances make the servicing of equipment much harder. A direct link between the equipment and local or overseas engineers enables rapid identification of any problems which can then be either fixed by the operator or via a remote connection. These days with the latest computer-controlled equipment, Barbagallo said that many of the service issues relate to software problems which can be easily fixed via an online connection.

    The new service is available for all late-model equipment with the appropriate computer control controls and software connectivity.

    On the equipment side, the company was showing its latest addition to the Primera range of saddle stitchers, the Primera 160, which boosts output speeds to 16,000 cycles per hour. This is now the fastest machine in this mid-range sector with models spanning output speeds from 11,000 to 16,00 cycles per hour.

    The productivity of these machines, said Barbagallo, is such that typical installations see two older machines being replaced by one Primera, reducing labour overheads while still providing spare capacity.

    Other new equipment releases included a new version of the Bolero B9 perfect binding line now with a top speed of 9,000 cycles per hour, and new versions of the Presto saddle stitcher, an entry level machine with a top speed of 9,000 cycles per hour aimed at the commercial print market.

    Pictured: High performance saddle-stitching at 16,000 cycles per hour – Livio Barbagallo with the new Primera 160 saddle stitcher.

    Baldwin does flexo cleaning too

    Always the most hospitable and gracious of hosts, Peter Tkachuk of Baldwin took time out to provide much-needed respite for foot-weary journalists.

    At any trade show, the Baldwin stand is always a safe haven from the frenetic product demos and high-powered sales pitches found elsewhere, preferring instead to rely on old-fashioned hospitality and a low-key approach with customers. Perfect for a quick refuel and a chance to catch up with the latest news.

    At Ipex, Peter Tkachuk, who now manages Baldwin throughout south-east Asia as well as Australia, was on-hand to outline the company’s latest technology – as well as discuss England’s chances in the forthcoming soccer World Cup (pretty good, he reckons).

    Baldwin systems can be found on much of the offset press equipment sold throughout the industry where it is the dominant force in cleaning technology. Now it has its sights set on the flexo market too. At Ipex it was showing a model of the FlexoPlateCleaner, an automatic brush plate cleaning system for the corrugated flexo market. By replacing what is, in many cases, still a manual, time-consuming operation on packaging board presses, the FlexoPlateCleaner aims to increase press uptime by 40-50%, delivering a huge boost in productivity.

    Compared to the 20-25 minutes it might take to clean a plate by hand, the automated plate cleaner can wash and dry all plates in as little as three minutes during a production run, enabling shorter press-stops and a cleaner working environment for the printers.

    Baldwin is also cleaning up in the pressroom with a new line of cleaning cloths called CleanPac which can be used for manual cleaning of the press as well being suitable for hand cleaning. The CleanPac cloths come in a pre-packed container and are a cost-effective, safe alternative to cleaning rags.

    Pictured: Perfect hosts: (l-r) Gerald Nathe, chairman of Baldwin Technology with Print21 editor, Simon Enticknap, and Peter Tkachuk, managing director for Baldwin Graphic Equipment in Australia and South-East Asia.

    Screen Jets all over the stand

    Inkjet printing dominated the Screen stand at Ipex with the release of the Truepress JetSX sheetfed press as well as two new versions of the Truepress Jet520 continuous feed press, not forgetting the Truepress Jet2500UV wide format machine.

    The JetSX drew much of the attention as the first duplex B2-sheet inkjet press on the market, undoubtedly one of the highlights of the show in terms of completely new technology.

    In continuous feed, the Jet520EX is a monochrome version of the successful Jet520 platform, aimed at the on-demand book printing market, while the Jet520 CP is designed for the commercial print market but priced to appeal to printers with lower expected volumes than typically required for a high speed digital inkjet press.

    Screen believes the Truepress Jet520 CP package is a viable option for any business printing more than one million impressions per month.

    Speaking to Print21, Kunihisa Hashimoto, senior vice president and general manager of the Dainippon Screen business management division, wouldn’t be drawn on new developments for the Jet520 system in future, stating that developments such as a wider web or faster running speeds would depend on what customers wanted.

    Pictured above: Introducing the new Truepress JetSX (l-r) Kunihisa Hashimoto, senior vice president and general manager of the Dainippon Screen business management division, Simon Enticknap, Print21 editor, Akira Hayakawa, managing director, Screen Australia, and Peter Scott, technical sales support, Screen Australia.

  • Salmat looks to the letterbox for small business growth

    Print work coming up for grabs as Salmat prepares to launch website for SMEs to create their own marketing collateral.

    The pilot website, (currently unnamed), which will be launched in July/August this year, allows businesses to log on and design material including catalogues and brochures, which the company will then distribute through letterboxes.

    CEO, Grant Harrod, (pictured), told Print21 that Australia is “a small business economy” and SMEs need an easier alternative to market themselves. “The letterbox is a great platform,” he said. “Its returns are massive for minimal investment. The big issue is that businesses need someone to bring it all together, which is what we’re looking to do with this program. SMEs don’t have the infrastructure of larger organisations – they need a one-stop-shop and a direct marketing strategy delivered to them.”

    The good news for Australian printers is that production of the marketing material will be outsourced. “We will put together a print network and distribute work to local printers who are the most time and cost-effective,” Harrod explained. “From there, they will print it and deliver the work back to our distribution houses.”

    Harrod also asserted that printed marketing material is an advantageous medium for businesses to use. “We can run reporting for customers so they can see what the response rate is like, which they can’t really accomplish today with other traditional forms of advertising,” he said.

    Harrod expects that as the website gains momentum it may also work in conjunction with SMS and email marketing, along with Salmat’s online catalogue website, Lasoo.com.au  “We expect to expand the relationships into other direct marketing channels,” he said.