Archive for September, 2010

  • Bizarre model muddle causes printing headache for fashion mag

    Fashion editor doubles up after Australia’s Next Top Model mistake delays printing of Harper’s Bazaar.

    It wasn’t only contestant Kelsey Martinovich’s whose hopes were dashed on Tuesday night when Sarah Murdoch admitted to announcing the wrong girl as winner of the Foxtel modelling competition.

    ACP magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, had already designed two covers of its November issue – planning to send the cover with the winning model to printer, Webstar. Editor, Edwina McCann, who described the slip as a “monumental screw-up” told media that the incident meant printing of the next edition of Harper’s Bazaar was held up as a result.

    “We had a cover ready to go to print last night, we’ve had to swap our printing presses so another magazine prints before us, complicated issues; we were abused all night,” she said.

    McCann then decided to split the magazine’s covers 50-50. “We’ve listened to what our readers want and it’s clear that under the circumstances, Kelsey also deserves a cover. Based on this, we’ve decided to print both covers and let our readers buy their favourite or both,” she said.

    The November edition of Harper’s Bazaar is due in the shops next week. Ian McHutchison, general manager, production, told Print21 that the magazine would still meet its on-sale date. “Nothing went to the plan we originally had down on paper but we employ people to manage that, because at the end of the day it’s about the product,” he said.

    “Missing a print spot in publishing is not quite like missing one in commercial printing.”

    This year, PBL Media pulled the plug on establishing its own printing press for ACP Magazines’ portfolio of titles.

  • ***Advertisement: Ascent Partners 29 September 2010***

    Q3 – What’s the usual course of events when preparing a business for sale?

    Answer – The first step is to seek an early appraisal of what your business is worth in today’s market.  In the previous few weeks, I’ve provided an outline of how you can calculate this value, and the service we offer in this area. Us aside, it’s highly desirable that this appraisal is done early by an industry experienced person.

    If they’ve sold printing business before, that’s great, but even better if they have sold them more recently, as the market has changed dramatically. A lot of the value for more many businesses is the asset value, and a major portion of that is in plant and equipment. So any agent selling a business needs to know these values.

    After the appraisal is given, you can develop a plan to maximise the net proceeds of a sale. Be prepared though, as often the value provided in the appraisal is far less than what the proprietor “hopes”, or “needs”, to achieve. We all “hope” for a high value, and that someone will one day bang on the door and pay over the odds for our business. Unfortunately that rarely happens, especially with standard commercial printeries. Proprietors also often tell me they “need” to get $X for the business. Unfortunately, the market realities and the “needs” of the vendor are two different figures. 

    So, stage two is to develop a plan. What are the options available to exit the business at the desired date in the future? Here, a good degree of realism, and perhaps impartiality, is needed. If you are struggling now, what are you going to do to turn things around? What is the plant and equipment plan? What business model do you need to adopt as you approach exit? In short, what is the best, most realistic plan to exit in your timeframe with the most equity?

    After the plan is developed, it needs to be implemented and monitored.

    When it finally comes time to sell, you need to appoint a team to help you. Often this includes a lawyer, accountant and a business agent.

    The normal course of events is that a business agent or yourself (if you are acting for yourself), needs to prepare an information memorandum about the business, which would include an asking price. Sometimes, for small businesses, by law you may need to have your accountant prepare a company statement (In Victoria this is known as a section 523 statement).

    The agent also prepares a plan to market the business. Frequently they have a list of known buyers, and may market the business to them first (as Ascent Partners frequently do), before marketing it to the wider trade community in mediums such as Print21 Onine.

    Once the agent receives a response they usually require a confidentiality agreement to be completed. They also should qualify the buyer – basically are the READY, WILLING and ABLE to make a purchase? But also about the type of purchase they wish to make – do they just want the client base, or the complete business? Do the need the premises? The aim here is for the agent to initially focus on the purchasers who can supply the best deal for the vendor

    Once qualified, confidentiality agreement signed, information memorandum supplied, and there is still interest, there is usually a need for the meet and greet.

    An offer may be made, or terms discussed, and the negotiation ensues. Finally an agreement is reached, any contracts are made up and deposits paid. Due diligence follows. This is where the purchaser checks and verifies the business information that has been provided. This can included, but is not limited to, checking details on staff, financials, plant and equipment ownership and valuations, property lease, clients and suppliers, insurance, OH&S, transferability of rentals, trading names and company checks.   

    A transaction then occurs, where ownership is transferred.

    There are a lot of different variations of this typical sequence, and there is a lot of detail and work that goes into making a sale happen. In our experience of assisting over 20 printing companies sell their businesses, no two sales are the same. What is common however is the emotional attachment that vendors have with their business. An experienced sales agent can greatly assist in providing knowledge and advice as well as assisting in taking out some of the emotion in the sales process.

    Sales can take some time, but in today’s market, as with any market, as long as you are in touch with the market realities, the price and the terms are realistic, and the sale process is conducted professionally, the business will sell relatively quickly. 

    Ascent Partners provides industry-based market appraisals, assists in developing and implementing exit plans, and finally acts as sales agent to market and sell printing businesses throughout Australia

    Contact Richard Rasmussen today for a confidential discussion about your needs on 0402 021 101

     

  • Currie Group continues its digital roadshow tour across Australia

    After great success in Perth and Adelaide, the Currie Group has hit the road again to continue its Digital Roadshow tour. Presently the truck is travelling through Queensland stopping in Mackay, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. The truck will then make its way down to Sydney, Canberra and a stop off in Wagga Wagga before returning to Melbourne.

    The Roadshow is Currie Group’s way of sharing the latest innovations and emerging trends in both digital print and finishing equipment across the country. This gives print service providers and other businesses within the graphic arts industry the opportunity to view live product demonstrations, thereby allowing them to obtain the relevant information needed to stay ahead of competitors and keep up with the market trends.

    So, what’s on board the truck? Currie Group will be showcasing an impressive and complete range of quality products and systems. In the digital arena, the newest addition to the HP Indigo range, the HP Indigo 3550 Digital Press will be demonstrated, showing off its outstanding offset quality in the production of photo books, brochures, business cards and various marketing collateral. The HP Indigo 3550 Digital Press has the availability of up to 5-colour printing and is a perfect solution for those taking their first step into digital or for those already in digital with a growing need to target shorter run jobs.

    For a complete solution, Currie Group has also brought along an extensive array of finishing equipment, including the entry-level Horizon BQ-160 (PUR) Binder, another recently new product to market. The Horizon BQ-160 (EVA) Binder will also be on board. The Horizon CRB-160 Creaser, HCB-2 Hard Case Binder, PF-40 Paper Folder, VAC-100 Collator and PJ-77R Paper Jogger will all be showcased and fully operational. And, the CT620Exa Autocutter, the ultimate A3+ Business Card Autocutter will be running – a great investment for any business.

    The Roadshow has just visited Cairns and Townsville, and is ‘trucking’ along its way, so don’t miss your chance to preview live in action the latest technology available to you. Below are the dates and locations of each show. For further information and to RSVP your details to any one of the shows contact Caroline Leonard by emailing her at: carolineleonard@curriegroup.com.au or calling her on (03) 9810 1331.

    The Currie Group look forward to seeing you there!

    DATES
    MACKAY:    Thursday 30th September (9am-5pm) & Friday 1st October (9am-1pm)
    Mackay Showgrounds – 24 Milton Street, Mackay 4740

    BRISBANE:     Monday 4th October & Tuesday 5th October (9am – 5pm)
    Currie Group Office:  Unit 1/87 Webster Road, Stafford QLD 4053

    GOLD COAST:    Thursday 7th October & Friday 8th October (9am – 5pm)
    RACV Royal Pines Resort – Ross Street, Benowa, QLD 4217

    SYDNEY:    Wednesday 27th October, Thursday 28th October & Friday 29th October
    Sydney Showgrounds – Charles Moses Stadium
    1 Showground Road, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW 2127

    CANBERRA:     Monday 1st November & Tuesday 2nd November
    Exhibition Park in Canberra – Corner of Flemington Road and Northbourne Ave, Mitchell, ACT, 2911

    WAGGA     Thursday 4th November & Friday 5th November
    WAGGA:    Quality Inn Carriage House, Corner of Sturt Highway & Eunony Bridge Rd Wagga Wagga NSW 2650

  • Good news for NSW PICAs: Paul McDermott is back

    Host of Channel 10’s Good News Week (GNW), Paul McDermott, will MC this year’s WorkCover NSW PICA awards at Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf on Friday 5 November.

    The wisecracking ringmaster of parody returns after a very successful 2009 awards hosting at which he admitted he had a great time and enjoyed being able to individually meet many industry members.

    Last year, McDermott (pictured) warmed to the event spending considerable time posing for photographs and signing autographs late into the evening.

    This year’s event is themed ‘where Creativity meets Innovation’ and will provide a fast-paced, colourful night of recognition and entertainment as a package at the multi-award winning venue.

    Printing Industries CEO Philip Andersen, said the event could be used by printers to bring their clients to as a ‘thank you’ and to help reinforce the creative and environmental credentials of the industry.

    “We all need to play our part in educating people outside of the industry about the creativity, innovation and environmental benefits of ink on paper and our PICA events are a wonderful opportunity to do this in a relaxed and entertaining way,” he said.

    “Awards are a major part of it, but not everyone wins or chooses to enter. However everyone can benefit from the camaraderie and being part of a quality event that shows a side of the industry few outsiders would have the privilege of seeing and being a part of.”

    Bookings are now open and bookings form can be downloaded here or call Irene Manacos at Printing Industries on 8789 7382 E-mail: irene@printnet.com.au

     

  • Third Arizona helps Poster Graphics go even wider

    Sydney-based Poster Graphics doubles its print capacity with a third Oce Arizona 250 GT flatbed printer and an Oce ProCut Cutting table.

    Now specialising in high-end retail and quality cosmetics display graphics, Poster Graphics installed its first Océ Arizona 250 GT three years ago to pursue the quality market. July this year saw a third machine installed.

    “While we were seeking ways to improve the quality of our output, the Océ Arizona also gave us a way to reduce our finishing processes. The Arizona’s ability to print on multiple substrates of varying thicknesses meant we no longer had to painstakingly mount printed copies onto backing substrates,” said director, Gary Miller, (pictured), who first opened the company in a garden shed 12 years ago.

    In addition to the Arizona press, a cutting table was also recently purchased. “The Océ ProCut expands our options exponentially not only in profile-cutting but in straight cutting too, by vastly improving quality, reducing labour and increasing the speed of output,” Miller said.

    The Océ ProCut can cut, crease and route substrates on an 1800 x 2500 cutting table and gives a smooth cut throughout, using hard or soft foam board, plastic material, acrylic and styrene, or flexible media including paper, film, vinyl and fabric.

     

  • Mark Wilton takes place on CIP4 board of directors

    Mark Wilton is the only Australian to gain a place on CIP4’s new board of directors.

    Wilton, (pictured) president of Wilton & Partners Consulting, returned to Australia this year to take up the role of business development for DES’ X-Rite business. He has been a member of the CIP4 committee for some time.

    This year’s board of directors’ elections mark some significant changes in CIP4 leadership. Margaret Motamed of EFI, served two terms as CEO, and with competition for the top slot, was not eligible for a third term. Long-time CIP4 member and active working group chair and Technical Steering Committee member, Henny van Esch, Director of Optimus Group, has now taken over as CIP4’s CEO.

    "I look forward to, along with the rest of the board, leading CIP4 into the coming years, and bringing my years of experience in working in CIP4 work groups and the Technical Steering Committee to the organization," said van Esch.

    "Following in the footsteps of my illustrious predecessors Martin Bailey and Margaret Motamed, my aim will be to take CIP4 into the next phase of development and adoption of JDF, and to help improve the efficiency and profitability in our industry, still challenged by the current economy."

    The board’s other CIP4 officers include: education and marketing officer, Tim Daisy, QTMS sales and marketing executive at Prism Group Holdings; financial officer and treasurer, Jay Farr, general manager, EFI and technology officer, Dr. Rainer Prosi, senior workflow architect at Heidelberg.

     

  • Estimating and planning course launched next month

    Print estimating and planning is the focus of two training courses being run by Printing Industries NSW in October.

    For the first time, an advanced course for people already experienced in estimating and planning is available and an introductory course piloted earlier this year will be repeated.

    Printing Industries national manager, learning and development, Ian Walz, said that industry feedback had demonstrated the need for an advanced course which could help existing estimating staff to ‘brush up’ on their skills and help others to ensure their existing experience was fine tuned to changing industry conditions.

    “In many cases sales people, print production co-ordinators, schedulers and accounts staff are involved in estimating, depending on the business size, and need to have a detailed understanding of the estimating process,” he said.

    “The advanced module, which runs over three days, is geared to cover the process end-to-end to ensure knowledge issues including materials ordering, machine optimisation, client communication, complex quotes, material awareness and their effect on the final printed product and the effective use of MIS systems are covered.”

    Walz believes that many company owners as well as managers and supervisions would benefit from the course.

    “The one-day introductory module is also available for new staff, owners and managers, print buyers and graphic designers wanting a broad view of the process and to develop an understanding of print terminology, differences between print materials, the concepts of planning and imposition and the correct methods of preparing and presenting accurate quotes,” he said.

    “Importantly, participants completing either module successfully will receive formal qualifications that can be used as recognition of prior learning for future ongoing studies if desired.”

    The introductory module will be held on 21 October from 9am-5pm. The three-day advanced module will run over 28 October, 11 and 25 November 9am-5pm. All courses will be staged at Printing Industries Auburn office.

    Information and bookings are available via Ian Walz on 8789 7362 e-mail: ian@printnet.com.au or by downloading the information sheet by clicking here.

     

  • CPX in Brisbane doubles up with two new HP Indigos

    Major increase in digital capacity gives CPX Printing and Logistics greater room to move.

    Management from the Brisbane-based company spent almost 12 months travelling world-wide with Sydney-based, SOS Print and Media, which owns half of the business, looking at the latest technologies and market trends.

    According to James Bennett, managing director, one thing was clear from country to country: digital is the direction of the future. “Run lengths are getting smaller all over the world,” he said.

    CPX Printing and Logistics is no stranger to digital printing; its existing fleet of technology consists of Kodak, Xerox and Oce presses, but Bennett felt it was time to step up a notch.

    “We wanted offset-like digital quality and nothing else could do it except for the Indigos,” he said.

    A new HP Indigo 5000 and a second-hand 3050 were installed last month. Both presses are now fully functional and running two shifts.

    “Now that they are running, we feel that they have increased our capacity by 400-500 per cent,” Bennett added.

    He feels that there is still scope for the machines to add even further improvements to the business.

    “We aren’t running at full speed yet,” Bennett said. “We do a lot of varied work, from booklet covers through to short-run offset printing that we have converted over to digital. The presses are basically capable of dealing with everything.”

     

  • Snap goes direct to SMEs

    On the tail of Snap’s Level 2 marketing solution for small businesses, Snap has launched its new direct marketing service, Snap Direct.

    The new service takes variable data printing to a new level by merging the image on the product with the customer’s name, rather than the more common ‘Dear Joe’-style of variable data printing.

    “Snap Direct is different to existing variable data printing because the recipients name or other personal information becomes part of the actual image – for example, it can appear written in the sand of a beach scene,” said Grant Vernon, (pictured) CEO of Snap.

    Customers can choose from direct marketing postcard campaigns, wall and desk calendars and folded greeting cards, along with 500 stock images which can be customised to suit clients needs.

    “Snap Direct includes ready-made templates which are tailored to suit customers’ needs. It already has more than 500 stock images with a growing range which can be manipulated with database details,” said Vernon.

    “With old-style variable data commonly used, Snap Direct gives customers a chance to stand out from competitors and create something memorable.”

    Additionally, the service allows customers to track campaigns in real-time through attracting client response through personalised URLs (pURLs).

  • Director blames Chippendale and Pettaras Press for failure of TLC NSW

    David Rogers, director of The Laminating Company, NSW, speaks back, citing Chippendale Printing and Pettaras Press as instrumental in his company’s demise.

    The Laminating Company (NSW) went into voluntary liquidation last week, reporting total assets of $16.78. A new company, TLC Print Finishing Pty Ltd, has begun trading from the Derby Street, Silverwater premises. Samantha Rogers, wife of David, is listed as director and secretary. It is utilising the same equipment, which is held by another of the creditors, Mamers Investment Pty Ltd, of which David Rogers is also a director.

    Rogers told Print21 that his business, like many others, was affected by the Global Financial Crisis.

    “The Directors noticed the decline in trading and cut expenses. This included running stocks down, reducing staff and examining cheaper alternative inputs where possible,” he said.

    “The Directors continued to make adjustments to the business until it was profitable and had a positive cash flow. This was achieved in February 2010. By June 2010 it was expected that all outstanding amounts would be paid in full and TLC would make a small profit.”

    TLC NSW took a major hit in March this year when Pettaras Press entered administration. According to Rogers, “they [Pettaras Press] owed the company $110,000.”

    A further blow came only a month later when the axe fell on Chippendale Printing, which went into administration allegedly owing TLC NSW $140,000.

    “It became apparent that the company could not survive long-term and in order to ensure the continuity of supply to customers and jobs of the employees the business was sold in August 2010,” Rogers explained.

    The structure of the businesses, with the production assets held separatley from the trading operation, is relatively common in the industry. In light of the recent spate of liquidations some suppliers extending credit are seeking more personal guarantees.

    In a further development, Barry Webster, director of TLC (Vic) phoned in from overseas where he is on holiday to express his sympathy for the creditors affected in Sydney. He wanted to assure his clinetele that his Melbourne-based business has no connection with the Sydney ones.

    "We run our business completely differently. I feel for the guys caught by the liqudation," he said.

     

  • PMP plans overhaul of New Zealand print division

    Transformation of New Zealand print business marks the latest chapter in PMP under the leadership of CEO, Richard Allely.

    Allely, (pictured) could not be drawn on specifics, other than to say that the transformation plan would not be as substantial as what PMP did in Australia and was “fundamentally aimed at lowering our cost base and improving the operational efficiency of the print division.”

    “It’s a smaller business, but there are opportunities to do things differently in New Zealand,” he told Print21.

    Last year, PMP’s print volumes in NZ were down, due largely to weaker demand in the economy and some market share loss.

    It has been good news for PMP’s magazine division, Gordon and Gotch, however, which has just signed on Pacific Magazines for another decade and secured two new major contract wins with News Magazines and Time Warner UK. Combined, this gives Gordon and Gotch 45 per cent of the domestic market share in audited titles and 100 per cent of the international market.

    Two years ago, PMP acquired The Scribo Group, which has not delivered on its promise so far according to Allely, and reflects a 12-month hiatus in publishing investment following the events of October 208.

    “As a standalone business it hasn’t yet delivered what we’d like it to do,” he said, “but when put together with our other businesses, it has significant upsides.”

    As CEO, Allely has worked hard in putting PMP back on track following tough times, including a catalogue scandal where allegations that it had not delivered catalogues for major clients led to the loss of some key contracts.

    His efforts are already yielding results. In PMP’s annual report, Allely wrote that: “I promised that, by June 2010, PMP’s reputation would have been restored as the trusted and respected leader in providing integrated print and distribution solutions in Australia and New Zealand. The many new and renewed customer contracts we secured this year speak volumes about our success in delivering on that commitment.”

     

  • Move to new building brings Kodak full circle

    Kodak returns to Abbotsford, the suburb where it began in Australia.

    This week, Kodak relocated to 436 Johnston Street, Abbotsford in Melbourne, only 500 metres from where the original operations started.  It was here that chemist, Thomas Baker, began manufacturing photographic dry plates, later merging with Eastman Kodak Company in 1908.

    Kodak’s current managing director, Steve Venn, who will next year be replaced by Adrian Fleming told Print21 that Abbotsford seemed like the perfect location.

    "When the five-year lease on the Collingwood office came up for renewal, we saw a benefit in the long-term to move our head office to a more modern premise that was energy and cost efficient, and more central in location," he said.  "And in looking for options, we wanted to acknowledge where it all started 126 years ago and move back to Abbotsford."

    The new building (pictured below) sees Kodak in greener pastures: it has a four-star Green Star office design v2 rating and is designed to achieve a five-star NABERS energy rating.

    “For more than a century, Kodak innovations have helped consumers to capture and share their memories, allowed filmmakers to bring their stories to life and enabled businesses to grow through commercial print innovation,” said Venn.

    “As we move into the next 126 years, Kodak looks forward to revolutionising the consumer, entertainment imaging and commercial printing markets from a new modern head office in Melbourne.”

     

  • Kompac hands over local distribution to Ferrostaal

    Ferrostaal Australia gains Kompac portfolio, previously held by Flint.

    The agreement enables Ferrostaal to sell the full range Kompac products in Australia. The Kompac products have been available through previous agent Flint in Australia and New Zealand. With the arrangement now complete, Ferrostaal will partner with Kompac to distribute the products to the Australian and New Zealand market.
     
    “The addition of the Kompac product range strengthens our product line-up and clearly establishes Ferrostaal as a leader in providing solutions to the printing industry,” said Markus Haefeli, (pictured) CEO, Ferrostaal Australia. 

    According to a statement, Kompac now has 130,000 installations of the automatic dampening systems worldwide and with many  installed in both Australia and New Zealand for more than 20 years.

    “The Kompac automatic dampening systems are recognised as an efficient way to improve the performance of a press by eliminating the problems inherent in both conventional and alcohol dampening systems," Haefeli added.

    “We are delighted to take on a reputable brand that complements our existing range of products. Kompac have also been innovative in developing new range of cost effective products that meet the requirements of the printing industry in the area of off-line UV and Aqueous coating applications especially aimed at the A3 and A2 printers.”

  • Prografica makes a mark at AMI Awards

    Sydney printer, Prografica, makes waves with its Conference by the Sea campaign.

    The Sydney-based company was a New South Wales finalist at this year’s Australian Marketing Institute awards for marketing excellence.

    Through the use of multi-channel marketing applications and the use of variable data and variable imaging, the innovative product produced by Prografica on its Canon ImagePress 7000 delivered a 30 per cent response rate for the customer and proved to be an award winning submission.

    According to Kerim El Gabaili, (pictured) CEO of the Prografica Group, no other printer received an award at the event held this month.

    “For the business model we are trying to evolve into, which is a production agency, this award is a great way of gaining further credibility for what we do,” he said.

    “Printers are constantly being told that they need to add value to what they do; the big digital suppliers are providing software and technological opportunities and it’s our responsibility to learn how to apply them and empower our customers. If we can achieve that it’s a great opportunity to a printer.”

    Prografica has also recently joined 10 Thousand Trees, an FSC-certified program that enables printers and their clients to not just offset the paper they are using in a print job, but to create an ongoing legacy to make the print industry’s paper consumption sustainable into the future.

     

  • Digitalpress snaps up first Fogra certification for Nexpress

    Sydney’s Digitalpress steps onto the global stage with Fogra certification for its Kodak NexPress.

    Theo Pettaras, manager of Digitalpress, said that the process, which was completed in August, took a lot of work but definitely worth the effort. “Clients are starting to talk about it and so are printers,” he said. “We needed to know and be assured that we are printing consistently to a colour standard.”

    According to Pettaras, Digitalpress is the first NexPress operation in the world to achieve Fogra certification. “The advantage that this gives us is that it encourages others like us to go down that route,” he said.

    “Some of our large corporate clients  are from government companies … this certification does have commercial merit.”

    Pictured: Theo  Pettaras (left) with Kodak’s colour management specialist, Scott Barry.

    The results which Fogra certification has given Digitalpress include greater consistency in print runs, something which is of great importance to the company, which is both award-winning and known for producing high-end work.

    “It’s amazing that you can get such a difference in print results,” Pettaras said. “To the naked eye, it might look fine; but when you measure it, you can see how far out you are.”

    Joining them on the journey was Scott Barry, colour management specialist  from Kodak, who described the team at Digitalpress as “incredibly helpful” throughout the entire process.

    “It’s a great thing not only for Digitalpress but for all Kodak customers,” he said. “The market is demanding this kind of certification and standards. Now we’ve had good success at Digitalpress we will be  offering this service  to all of our NexPress customers in the future.”

     

  • Anitech looks to David Leach as industry legend

    Look Print’s David Leach takes out Anitech Industry Legend award.

    According to Anitech’s David West, who presented the award this week at Visual Impact, the Industry Legend was conceived as a way of giving back to some of the people who give so much to the industry, and the community, through their everyday lives.

    “With a history dating back more than 100 years, we are well placed to have observed the contribution that individuals can make, in their business and personal lives, to the goal of making visions reality in the lives of others,” he said.

    In announcing Leach (pictured) as this year’s winner, he was praised for his approach to business and contributions outside of the printing industry, which include being a benefactor and donor to Biennale of Sydney for the past six years, and supporting Clean Up Australia for more than 15 years.

    “David provides endless energy, ideas, innovations and solutions and manages to bring out the best in people by providing a platform where people are encouraged to strive to achieve great results,” West said.

    “Beyond the bounds of Look Print, David is also well respected by his peers in the industry across Australia. He has served as President of GASAA this year, has made great contributions at overseas conferences and regularly consults with national and international colleagues, sharing information and ideas which will help to drive our industry forward.”

    Leach told Print21 that he was both honoured and proud to receive the award. "It’s a fantastic feeling when somebody tells you that what you are doing is amazing," he said.

  • Litho Superpak installs first Heidelberg CX102 in Asia Pacific Region

    Family-owned Melbourne packaging printer, Litho Superpak, is the first company in the Asia Pacific Region to install the new Heidelberg CX102 press, released at Ipex this year.

    According to general manager, Avi Rubinstein, the decision to invest in the new press coincides with the company’s move to new premises in Brunswick earlier this year.

    "Our decision to go ahead with the purchase of the CX102 was made in conjunction with our resolution to build a custom-built premises," he said. "As such we were able to factor the press’ dimensions into the design process and create a plant that accommodates the new press and also gives us room to grow."

    Litho Superpak’s CX102 press is configured for six colours with twin coaters. “As a packaging printer being able to do UV coating inline is a massive benefit and removes a number of processes that previously slowed down production," Rubinstein added.

    “We can now produce jobs in one pass cutting out the offline processes and greatly reducing waste. Plus this press is incredibly fast so we can push through jobs in a fraction of the time. As a result we’ve greatly improved efficiencies and have been able to save our customers money also. In a competitive market having that kind of edge enables us to compete without compromising profitability."

    The CX102-6-LYYL-X3 has taken prized position in the plant. Rubinstein said it was great for staff morale to be working with leading edge technology. “Everyone thinks this machine is fantastic. It makes us proud to see the work we are producing and the quality we can achieve. That’s another benefit of working with state-of-the art technology: you can maintain much greater quality control," he said.

    A Heidelberg house from the outset, Avi and his father, Ari, didn’t consider any other brand. “We looked at other Heidelberg presses, but the CX102 is ideal for our business," he said. "We are a very happy Heidelberg-house and there was never any consideration of moving away from Heidelberg because they understand our business, deliver a great service and are there to support us in meeting our objectives."