Archive for October, 2010

  • Lamont looks to life outside LIA

    Industry doyen, Bob Lamont, is set to pen another chapter in his life as he retires as executive officer from the LIA and sits down to write a tell-all memoir. Mitchell Jordan talks to him about turning a new page.

    For 60 years, 75-year-old Lamont has been a regular fixture in an industry than has undergone some rapid changes. At the end of this year, he steps down as executive officer at the LIA, a position he has held for the past five years.

    “I’ve served my time and enjoyed it a great deal,” he said. “It’s a terrific organisation but there is a time when you say ‘I’m 75 now’.”

    Lamont was present at the first meeting of the LIA in 1963, held at the Sydney Showgrounds which attracted 150 people from the industry who then decided to form an organisation called the Australian Litho Club. This also became known as the Boozer’s Club after its regular meetings at the now closed-down Adams Pub in the city.

    Memoir, he wrote: Bob Lamont (pictured below), may be exiting the printing industry, but has plans to put pen to paper in a candid memoir.

    He cites the people he met as the most rewarding part of his role. “Without the right people, an organisation won’t work,” Lamont said. “Working with young people has been another highlight. There is no other organisation that carries the breadth of recognition and rewards that the LIA has. Much of this is due to the incredible support it receives from Heidelberg and GAMAA.”

    Outside of the LIA, Lamont began his career as an apprentice photo lithographer at John Sands Printing, working at a host of other companies. His final full-time role was as a senior executive at Dupont.

    Instead of a life of jet-setting around the world, Lamont instead intends to use his free time to write a memoir, which may well result in a few burning ears or red faces.

    “Some people might blush,” he said. “The printing industry is unique, full of fascinating people. I have made many good friends, and probably a few enemies.”

    A replacement has not yet been found to fill the role as executive officer at the LIA, but who ever takes on the position has big shoes to fill indeed.


  • Support from printers helps Graphic Bookbinding bounce back

    The Bindery, Inpress Printing and SOS Print and Media come to the rescue for Graphic Bookbinding, whose premises were vandalised three months ago.

    According to owner, Emma Freelingos, Graphic Bookbinding is set to be fully operational again by February 2011. The Kingsgrove-based company suffered a major blow when it was vandalised, disabling equipment including two guillotines, three folders, a relatively new saddle stitching line and a Muller Martini Acoro perfect binder.

    Having recently lost both her brother and husband (who ran the business), the outrage had a severe effect on Freelingos’ mental health. “It was a shock; I threw up [when I saw the damage],” she said. “I was sick and very depressed. It hasn’t been a good year for us [but] I am determined to keep it going.”

    Help came all the way from Melbourne, as The Bindery took some of Graphic Bookbinding’s work on. Freelingos said news that The Bindery was considering a move into Sydney “surprised” her. “We don’t need them here, we have enough competition here now,” she said, citing a recent bindery start-up on Sydney’s north shore.

    She did make a point of thanking The Bindery’s Rob Dunnett for all his support. “He helped me a lot and is always there if we need anything,” Freelingos said.

    Also happy to lend a hand were fellow Sydney businesses, Inpress Printing and SOS Print and Media, according to Freelingos.

    Such displays of support are reasonably common in the competitive world of business  and are nothing that Freelingos wouldn’t have done herself if another business was in the same position. When asked if the offers of help surprised her, Freelingos told Print21: “It has and it has not – I have bent over backwards to help others when they were in need.”

    There have been no new leads or developments in terms of the bizarre and startling act of vandalism to Graphic Bookbinding, Freelingos said.

    Most of the 15 staff are still working with the company. “We work here as a family,” she added.


  • Winds of change: 3 November 2010

    Dedicated to keeping you up to date with the new and familiar faces in the industry, Print21 catches up with Peter Barnet and Sturt Eastwood.

    Back to Melbourne for Barnet

    Sales guru and Print21 columnist, Peter Barnet, has returned to Melbourne to take up the role of sales and marketing manager at Print Impressions.

    After spending the last three and a half years working for himself, Barnet was keen to get back into the printing industry. Not only did he find his ideal role at Print Impressions, owned by Trevor O’Connell, but he also returned to his old stomping ground. “It’s nice to be back in Melbourne, where I’m from,” he said.

    The role also gives Barnet the chance to practice what he preached during his time as a consultant. “I wrote enough advice on selling for Print21 magazine, now it’s time to take my own advice. I’m pleased that it’s working!” he said.

    Eastwood rises to top of CloudNet

    Fujifilm has appointed Sturt Eastwood as its new general manager, graphic systems and CloudNet.

    Fujifilm Australia’s managing director, Dave Marshall, said Eastwood (pictured) has extensive expertise in technology, marketing, business development, strategy and executive management.

    “Sturt has previously held senior appointments both domestically and internationally which have suitably positioned him for Fujifilm’s expanding Graphic Systems and CloudNet roles,” he said.

    “Sturt’s appointment will be a huge asset to the Graphic Systems and CloudNet business units, particularly as new directions within the industry continue to emerge.”



  • Letters, feedback, get it off your chest: 3 November 2010

    Brett Turnley responds to criticism of The Bindery’s plans to move to Sydney following Graphic Bookbinding’s troubles, while another reader has some tips on how APIA could move forward and John Payne recalls some horrors he has seen in the workplace.

    Re: Letters, feedback, get it off your chest: 27 October 2010

    Dear Another Print Finisher,

    It would have been preferable to address you by your real name, but apparently it was withheld at your request. Hardly “The Australian way …”

    A few points for you to consider:

    Since last week’s article about a potential expansion of The Bindery to Sydney, the response from Sydney printers has been overwhelming. We have received phone calls and emails offering assistance and support if we decide to expand into Sydney. We thank those who made contact and appreciate your offers of support.

    Yes, we had a fire in March 2006 that destroyed several key items of equipment. We were assisted by competitors and clients as we recovered and will be eternally grateful to those who did assist. Offers to assist Graphic Bookbinding were made by The Bindery and those offers still stand. An event such as a fire or destruction of assets has an impact on your business that those who go through the event will only really understand. We sympathise with Emma and her team and reiterate our offer to support them in any way practical.

    Yes, there are many issues in our industry. You note that “our great industry cannot get its act together and become a cohesive voice for the prosperity of print”. It’s very hard to work as a cohesive team if some of the members hide behind a veil of anonymity.

    Brett Turnley


    Denward Court Pty Ltd, T/as The Bindery


    Re: Print leaders set to steer paper back into the every day
    A couple of simple strategies could be to develop the following:
    Uniform direct mail pieces (downloadable as print ready PDFs) for printers and others in the industry to send to their clients.
    One could be a simple dl with a few short sharp facts that directs them to the website and the other could be a more detailed A4 flyer, once again that directs them to the website for additional information.
    Additionally create some detailed articles and blogs that can be uploaded to the printer’s websites that are generic in nature but has all the facts and figures in it.
    Another angle could be to develop a social media strategy through linked in and twitter that not only APIA can promote through these mediums but also individual printers. We could then develop a program, say two months at a time, so that participating businesses in the industry don’t have to think about what to Tweet or send in discussion groups in LinkedIn as it will already be mapped out for them, all they will have to do is send it out.

    This could also come with a suggested timetable so this message really gets out in the general business community as well as our customers.
    Let’s make this simple so we can adopt this strategy as an industry and really have a voice in the community about our industry.

    Richard Holland


    Re: Sydney printer’s life ends in tragedy

    Thanks for your newsletter. Regrettably, after 50 years in the printing industry which has introduced many guards etc on plant, humans still think they can beat the machine and will find ways to do things at high risk.

    I have seen a man lose his arm from the shoulder down in the earliest web press and another strip the inside of his hand when he tried to wipe off a ‘hickey’ with a rag. A man fell from on high when the forks of the lift were not placed at the maximum width, so he toppled when he put a foot on one corner. A man was run over when a fork backed through a rubber door without giving warning. A man cooked when ‘hot-melt’ glue was first introduced and it sprayed his face when a blockage was relieved.

    If I put it in a book it would make a volume.

    Best wishes for the continuance of your service.

    John Payne

  • Letters, feedback, get it off your chest: 27 October 2010

    Brett Turnley responds to criticism of The Bindery’s plans to move to Sydney following Graphic Bookbinding’s troubles.

    Dear Another Print Finisher,

    It would have been preferable to address you by your real name, but apparently it was withheld at your request. Hardly “The Australian way…..”.

    A few points for you to consider.

    Since last weeks article about a potential expansion of The Bindery to Sydney, the response from Sydney printers has been overwhelming. We have received phone calls and emails offering assistance and support if we decide to expand into Sydney. We thank those who made contact and appreciate your offers of support.

    Yes, we had a fire in March 2006 that destroyed several key items of equipment. We were assisted by competitors and clients as we recovered and will be eternally grateful to those who did assist. Offers to assist Graphic Bookbinding were made by The Bindery and those offers still stand. An event such as a fire or destruction of assets has an impact on your business that those who go through the event will only really understand. We sympathise with Emma and her team and reiterate our offer to support them in any way practical.

    Yes, there are many issues in our industry. You note that “our great industry cannot get its act together and become a cohesive voice for the prosperity of print”. It’s very hard to work as a cohesive team if some of the members hide behind a veil of anonymity.

    Brett Turnley
    Denward Court Pty Ltd, T/as The Bindery


    Re: Bookbinding niche in Sydney is tempting to The Bindery
    Here we go again. When someone is down, or doing it a bit hard through no fault of their own, what do some in the print industry do? They stick the boot in.
    Why don’t some of the other binders in NSW offer a helping hand, or for that matter, perhaps some work may be able to be completed in Victoria if that is the delivery point.
    Well done Dunnett, inspired business decision. I seem to remember other binders in Melbourne giving your company a bit of help when your fire cost you dearly. Short memory, eh?
    Ever heard of karma? Ever heard of  "The Australian way"… probably not.  Ever heard of compassion? But remember Rob, karma is there for everyone. Better hope you don’t need a little help (again) someday.
    What an absolute disgrace. Little wonder our great industry cannot get its act together and become a cohesive voice for the prosperity of print.
    Another Print Finisher (Name withheld)



    Re: Goanna Print – going, going, gone
    I think your headline is nasty. I worked at Goanna Print for many years and loved my time there.
    Pat Walker


    Re: Melbourne metrosexuals make a mark at Victorian PICAs
    Thanks for the story on the Victorian PICA awards celebrating some much-needed diversity within the print industry

    Angeline Wyatt, Heidelberg


    A very well written article, refreshing and informative. Inspiring to note that the industry is aspiring to produce and enter well designed and innovative  products especially after the past few years of weathering the storm. Picpress staff enjoyed the night immensely as they are very proud of the work they produce and it was great to have a night that acknowledges their efforts and pursuit of perfection and to dress in their black-tie finest.
    Anita Milas

  • PMP chief gets social at CEO Forum

    From offset versus digital to social media taking away print, Richard Allely gave an insightful run-down on the future of printing at this week’s CEO Forum.

    Allely, who has been responsible for turning around PMP, spoke at the final Printing Industries CEO Forum for the year at Cabarita today, delivering what Philip Andersen described as an “illuminating” speech.

    Where some might fear the prevalence of online communication and our general reliance on social media such as Facebook, Allely still sees a strong future for print.

    “Australians are mad about social media,” he said, also acknowledging that no other country has more magazines per head of population than Australia and that Australia publishes more poetry than any other nation in the world.

    “We love the printed world and we’re mad about the internet,” he said. “We will learn to live together as parallel forms … it’s already starting to take shape.”

    Pictured: Richard Allely (left) with Philip Andersen, CEO of Printing Industries at Cabarita.

    It was a similar story when he spoke of the rivalry between digital and offset printing, two forms that Allely believes “will more likely complement each other than go head to head.”

    “What we have are two champions,” he said, pointing to offset’s quality and digital’s ability to offer short-run, personalised work.

    Allely’s advice to all printers was to remain relevant. “New media is winning a share of the advertising dollars that was once the domain of the printed dollar,” he said. “The real challenge is to develop relevance. Let’s start a new renaissance of our own.”


  • Ebooks eat into print sales for Amazon

    Kindle catches up, and overtakes, Amazon sales of popular print titles.

    In an article, online store, Amazon, claimed that its customers are buying Kindle versions of best-selling books at greater levels than print editions.

    Steve Kessel, senior vice-president of Amazon Kindle said that Kindle books are not only outselling their print counterparts in the top 25, 100 and 1000 best-seller, but also in the top 10, where Kindle versions were being purchased more than twice as often as print editions.

    “This is remarkable when you consider than we’ve been selling hardcover and paperback books for 15 years, and Kindle books for just 36 months,” he said.

    President of the Galley Club and manager of SOS Print + Media, Michael Schulz (pictured), told Print21 that Amazon’s findings reflect a trend in consumption for mass-market books.

    “I think there will definitely be a very significant change in the way books are consumed and bought, especially the big sellers,” he said. “However, for the non-mass sellers and the long tail, the impact may not be as high. For the educational market, I think adoption very much depends on advances in the readability and the way students can work with texts on e-readers. At this point, paper seems to still have significant advantages.”

    These thoughts were expressed by one reader of the article, who commented that: “Guess I’m just plan old-fashioned. I love sitting by an open fire or curling up in bed with a good book.”

    [Not old-fashioned, just showing good taste. Ed]


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  • Candidate of the week: Apprenticeship – Printing/Print Finishing or Bindery, Sunnybank Hills, QLD

    To gain employment that will utilise my skills and abilities.

    • 2006 – Certificate IV in IT (Programming) – Chisholme Institute of TAFE, Dandong/Australia
    • 2005 – Certificate IV in Electronic Publishing – Chisholme Institute of TAFE, Dandong/Australia
    • 1992 – Year 12 Certificate – Redcliffe State High School, Redcliffe/Australia
    • Manual Car licence
    • O.H.S. Forklift Ticket (LF)
    • NSW White Card
    • Steel Cap Boots
    • Own Car


    • Computer Skills:
    • ABC Flowcharter; Beginner
    • Adobe Illustrator; Advanced
    • MS Excel; Advanced
    • MS Word; Advanced
    • Pagemaker; Advanced
    • Photoshop; Advanced
    • Java; Beginner

    • English, Romanian



    GBM Logic Pty Ltd (Melbourne) 14 Jul 1997 – 30 Jun 2003
    Position/Title: Laser Operator – Xerox Printer

    ALSCO (Salisbury Qld) 20 Feb 2008 – Current
    Position/Title: Laundry Worker


    2004 – 2007` Worked on call at:
    Leigh Mardon
    PMP Print Ltd
    Hermes Precisa (HPA)

    • Operation and maintenance of Printers
    Can Run – Xerox 4135 and 4635 MX series lasers
    – Scitex Water base inkjet
    – OCE Seimens 2090 (Continous laser)
    – Domino Alcohol base inkjet
    – Riso Photocopier
    • Mail Sorting
    • Plastic wrapping (Binding and Laminating)
    • Inserting
    • Hopper filling
    • Guillotining

    Jim Fortune
    ALSCO – Production Manager
    Phone: 0413 830 223

    Sekou .
    Phone: 0413 821 026

    Isadora Ahkiau
    Phone: 0413 064 878

    Wayne Maxstead
    Phone: 0403 678 208

    Bhupendra Patel
    Phone: 0425 131 842

    Fatmata Sheriff
    Phone: 0431 439 669

    Gurtej Singh
    Phone: 0421 490 242

    James Top
    Phone: 0434 402 944


  • Market passes verdict on Park time at PaperlinX

    The departure of Thomas Park as CEO of the much reduced paper company brought little relief to beleaguered shareholders with share prices still at historic rock bottom lows.

    The destruction of shareholder value accelerated in the last 18 months of Park’s seven-year tenure with over $100 million paid out in financial penalties and advisor fees. The share price continues to languish below fifty cents, a long way from the $3.50 mark it averaged on his appointment.

    It has been a torrid time for Park, although there is little evidence of innovative solutions to the prevailing problems in the paper industry. The company is now a shadow of its former self.

    PaperlinX has now exited its Australian paper manufacturing role completely and is increasingly looking towards businesses other than paper merchanting for substantial growth. Already activities such as the graphics supply business, IMEDIA, are contributing 19% of revenue. The aim is to grow the diversified businesses to achieve 30% of gross profit margins.

    This year PaperlinX is booking an operating loss of $23.5 million in its annual report, part of an after tax loss of $225 million, much of which is down to the closure costs of the Tasmanian mills.

    The global paper merchant is now mainly aligned towards the UK and European markets that account for two-thirds of revenue; 20% comes from the US and 10% from Australia.

    Although still nominally an Australian company– it is listed on the ASX – the new CEO, Toby Marchant, is head of the UK business and will continue to reside in England. In a telling statistic, the total complement at the Australian head office is now down to 35 from over 90 people a few years ago. Park predicts that by January next year corporate labour costs will have been halved since the sale of Australian Paper.

    Looking forward, the best that can be offered shareholders is that debt has been reduced but that volumes will stabilize at a lower level. This is in light of the overall volume decline of about 20% over the past two years. In 2010 the volume decline was 214,000 tonnes.

    Park leaves PaperlinX in flux, with most of the board recently departed along with many experienced executives. How the local company, the largest paper merchant in the region, will fare as a branch of the new UK-centric operation, remains to be seen.

  • 50 year birthday bash for Fuji Xerox

    Fuji Xerox customers from around Australia flocked to Sydney this week to celebrate the company’s 50-year anniversary.

    Held at Dalton House, Pyrmont, the evening featured Sophie Vandebroek (pictured), who has been Xerox’s chief technology officer and the president of the Xerox Innovation Group since January 2006, along with entertainment from James Morrison and his band, who recently performed at a separate Sydney print event, complete with iPad.

    “Sophie outlined our heritage and also where we are going in the next 10 years across office technology, production print and the services-orientated workflow and where documents are taking us all,” said Roger Pearce, general manager for corporate affairs at Fuji Xerox.

    In his opening address, Nick Kugenthiran, managing director of Fuji Xerox Australia, thanked employees, customers and suppliers for their ongoing loyalty to the company.

    Known for adding a personal touch, Fuji Xerox once more demonstrated its capabilities in the area of variable data printing by presenting customers with a limited edition bottle of red wine, complete with their name printed on it.

    “It’s been a big year for us,” Pearce said. “We had the acquisition of Upstream Print Solutions and in the next year we will probably turn over a billion dollars. We’re a fast-moving company.”


  • Sydney printer’s life ends in tragedy

    Man in his thirties dies at western Sydney business after becoming trapped in printing press.

    Paramedics arrived at the scene at Kellaway Place in Wetherill Park at 6.09 pm Friday night, but it was too late to save the worker.

    According to a spokesman from the Ambulance Service of NSW, the man’s upper body was stuck in a printing press. “He had massive head injuries from which he died,” said the spokesman. “He was deceased by the time that the paramedics arrived.”

    It is believed that the death took place at Ultra Press, a trade printer located at 5 Kellaway Place, Wetherill Park. One source told Print21 that the company was still running as usual, though the mood is sombre.

    A spokesman from WorkCover said that investigations into the death are ongoing.

    Printers urged to keep safety at the forefront

    General manager of WorkCover NSW’s Work Health and Safety Division, John Watson, said WorkCover NSW was committed to achieving healthier work environments in the printing industry which reduced the incidence of injuries and improved workplace safety.
    “WorkCover has increased its focus on providing practical advice to the printing industry which has helped reduce workplace injuries to their lowest levels in 20 years.
    “In 2009 WorkCover and the Printing Industries Association of Australia (PIAA) launched an initiative to assist the printing industry improve workplace safety which involved more than 1500 printing businesses across the State.
    “The program targets key areas such as injury management and workplace consultation to assist businesses to deliver sustainable occupational health and safety outcomes.”
    Machinery commonly used in the printing industry, including presses, binders, stitchers, folders, die cutters and guillotines have many moving parts and are considered high-risk due to the injuries a person can sustain if they come into contact with these moving parts.


  • Estimating success leads to advanced module launch

    Following the staging earlier this month of a new introductory course in print estimating and planning, Printing Industries is now offering an advanced module in NSW during November.

    The three-day module will run over 11 and 25 November and conclude on 2 December. Printing Industries national manager, learning and development, Ian Walz, (pictured) said positive feedback from the introductory course indicated many companies were interested in upskilling their estimating staff.
    “Skilled estimators are an asset to the business because they are able to save the money on materials calculation, maximise press efficiencies, better manage imposition and handle complex working estimates,” he said.

    “While there is a financial and time cost, this is more than compensated for with the expertise and efficiency trained estimating staff can bring to a business.
    “They also play an important role in identifying true production cost. This is important in helping companies to assess their overall business performance and gauge the real value of their client base and profit levels.”
    Walz said the course was not restricted to estimators since it had significant benefits for owner mangers, sales staff, costing and accounts people, print production co-ordinators, print buyers and graphic designers.
    Additional information including bookings is available via Ian Walz on 8789 7362 e-mail:

  • Time running out to book for New South Wales PICAs

    Ticket bookings for the NSW leg of the Printing Industries Craftsmanship Awards (PICA) will close soon as last minute fine tuning for the Friday 5 November presentation night dinner is completed.

    This follows completion of the Victorian PICA on 16 October and the South Australian PICA 8 on October.

    Printing Industries national communication and technical services manager, Joe Kowalewski, said tickets would still be available for a few days more for the NSW event.

    “This year NSW will also feature some great enhancements including the introduction of our new medals, a different format for the exhibition of entries and some riveting neck stretching entertainment,” he said.

    “This is in addition to our wise-cracking MC Paul McDermott who hosts Good News Week for Channel 10 and The Rat Pack is Back cabaret. For the first time NSW will produce an award winner’s catalogue which will be distributed on the night.

    “We will also celebrate 425 years of membership with 17 Printing Industries member companies receiving 25 Year Membership Recognition plaques. Another 22 companies celebrate 10 years of membership for a combined 645 years membership between them all.”

    NSW bookings can be made by contacting Irene Manacos at or on 0430 771 553.

    The next PICA events after NSW are the ACT PAGE Awards on Friday 19 November followed by the Queensland PICA on Saturday 27 November.


  • Print leaders set to steer paper back into the every day

    Meeting of the minds sees steering committee for paper – part of every day campaign work on ways to promote paper and print industry.

    At a meeting at Geon’s Sydney office this week, paper – part of every day unveiled a steering committee which consists of well-known industry identities including: Bernard Cassell – CPI Group; Adam Crowe – PMP; Craig Dunsford – IPMG; Angus Dorney – Bluestar Group; Adrian Fleming – Kodak (for GAMAA); Stephen Hawkins – Australian Paper; Ben Heraghty – GEON Group; David Leach – Look Print (for GASAA), Andrew Price – Stream Solutions, and Philip Andersen, CEO of Printing Industries. As one of its first tasks, the steering committee confirmed that engaging with the entire industry and everyone who works in it, remains a key focus of the campaign. The major emphasis for the meeting was on the campaign objectives and directions for 2011.

    Bernard Cassell, (pictured) Chairman of the Australasian Paper Industry Association, believes that the steering committee consists of a strong cross section of industry representatives.

    "I am pleased and delighted at a personal level and on behalf of APIA, that this industry wide steering committee is now guiding the paper – part of every day campaign. It was a key pledge and today, we delivered on that, with a whole of industry approach to promoting our industry’s sustainability and effectiveness,” he said.

    "At a personal level, it is very gratifying that the new committee involves GASAA, GAMAA, Printing Industries, APIA and a range of other industry leaders. Together, we have the breadth, the skills and experience to drive a better future for us all."

    The steering committee discussed a range of detailed matters, including funding for the campaign and new and additional opportunities to promote the industry and its products.

    A further steering committee meeting is planned before the end of the year. "Committe members have gone away to think about what we discussed and we will get together later this year to thrash that out," Cassell said. "We want their feedback to determine the strategy going forward."

  • The winds of change: 27 October 2010

    Taking a look at the new and familiar faces moving in and around the industry, Print21 catches up with Digitalpress’ general manager, Jackie Connor.

    Jackie joins Digitalpress

    New general manager, Jackie Connor, brings a background in procurement, management, sheetfed, web and magazines to Sydney’s Digitalpress.

    Connor, who is currently three weeks into her role as general manager, previously spent five years as procurement manager for ACP magazine’s production department and once co-owned a sheetfed printing compant in Chatswood. Owner, Theo Pettaras, who has known Connor for some time, believes her experience is well-suited to Digitalpress. “We brought Jackie on board because she has an amazing amount of knowledge which we can all learn from,” he said.

    Pictured: Theo Pettaras with Jackie Connor at the Surry Hills office. Unlike most print companies, Digitalpress is located in the heart of Sydney. Pettaras said he chose Surry Hills as the location for both its reputation as a creative hub and the lifestyle. "You can still wear things around here and look cool," he said.

    The role of general manager involves analysing current procedures and systems and looking at strategic growth, though Connor also joked that she is a “jack-ie of all trades”.

    The company’s passion for print impressed Connor, who was once ambivalent about re-entering the industry. “I didn’t intend coming back to print, but I feel my skills set complements Theo’s vision and philosophy for the company," she said. "He works in a collaborative fashion with all staff, and his passion, innovative drive and the amount that he gives back to the industry are second to none”

    Connor sees great potential for the future of five-year-old Digitalpress. “There’s lots of untapped opportunities here that I can focus on,” she said.


  • TAFE students get a feel for design at Allkotes

    Third-year graphic design students from Ultimo TAFE call into Allkotes to learn about lamination, coating and special effects.

    Business development manager, Darren Delaney, gave the students the grand tour, which lasted over two hours and included a look around the plant, along with inspecting Allkote’s range of products such as the new 3D coating.

    “The students were amazed,” said Delaney. “Many weren’t aware of how many different products and coatings are available, or the unique ways that some of products are used.”

    According to Delaney, students responded well to tactile products such as Bubble Kote, Ultra Kote and Face Kote. “The idea of being able to put water on something and use it as facepaint was quite appealing to them,” he said.

    The experience was enjoyable not only for the students, but for Delaney himself. “Whenever you can help educate the marketplace is good, not just for us but the industry because the more experienced they are the greater the opportunity is for them to pass that on to their customers and grow the market,” he said.

    Pictured: Darren Delaney (fourth from the left, back row) with students.