Archive for February, 2011

  • Fuji Xerox expands its light production printer portfolio with the new Color 550/560 printer

    Fuji Xerox Australia unveils the latest addition to its light production printer portfolio with the launch of the new Fuji Xerox Color 550/560 Printer1. An entry-level light production colour printer, the Color 550/560 delivers brilliant image quality, advanced finishing and powerful workflow integration, at an affordable price.

    The Fuji Xerox Color 550/560 is an efficient choice for quick print shops, small commercial printers, in-plant operations, ad agencies, creative shops and corporate print rooms. The Color 550 prints at 50 colour pages per minute, while the Color 560 produces 60 colour pages per minute.

    The Fuji Xerox Color 550/560 Printer includes features such as:
    •    Low melt emulsion aggregation toner to produce an offset-like finish with crisp text and high resolution graphics
    •    2,400 x 2,400 dpi printing
    •    Modular in-line finishing options including stapling, hole-punching, folding and booklet-making on uncoated and coated media
    •    Wide media latitude from internal trays to maximum productivity
    •    Advanced colour management tools and streamlined production with Xerox FreeFlow®, EFI Fiery® or Creo print servers2

    “Fuji Xerox has a proud history of innovation in the graphic communications industry,” said Simon Lane, National Manager Graphic Communications of Fuji Xerox Australia. “Our understanding of the industry means we identified a requirement for high quality colour at an affordable price.

     “The Color 550/560 offers customers a range of feeding, finishing and server options which will meet the needs of both customers who are yet to invest in digital, as well as existing customers who are looking for the next step up,” said Lane.

  • Law In Order locks in 11 bizhub presses

    Legal document processing company, Law In Order, installs not one but 11 bizhub PRO 1051 digital presses from Konica Minolta.

    The company has bureuas in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, providing specialised technology solutions to 1,300 law firms, corporations and government agencies. This order caps off 1300 digital press installations for Konica Minolta

    According to Law In Order director, Sean Southon, (pictured) the Konica Minolta machines have all the right features for the company’s business model. “One of the most useful features, and one absolutely essential for legal work, is the ability to print the full image area of documents,” he said. “This means that copies of prints done on Konica Minolta include all notations and page numbers on the original documents – an important legal requirement. Our customers cannot afford to have anything, however small, omitted from a document.”

    David Procter, national marketing manager at Konica Minolta welcomed the rapid take-up in Australia. "We are excited about how well the local market has responded to our product offering and how quickly this has become a major part of our business. Konica Minolta places great emphasis on this area globally and we are proud of the inroads we have made here," he said.

     

  • The winds of change: 2 March 2011

    Lots more faces moving up and around this week as John Egan’s retirement from Roland DG marks a management reshuffle, while former Agfa product manager, Brett Turner, turns up at Halifax Vogel Group. Meanwhile, Salmat and Starleaton both add to their teams.

    Roland rolls out new roles
    Last year, John Egan, (pictured) chairman and director of Roland DG Australia, decided to retire after founding the company in 1988.

    His departure has meant a reshuffle in the company, with John Wall appointed as sales director. In this new role John will take on a more strategic role within Roland DG and will be working closely with sales, business development, service and marketing teams. 

    In the service area, Daniel Biddle has been appointed the role of group leader of the Service team. One of Biddle’s first challenges is to further strengthen the service offerings and continue to provide the industry’s best after sales care program, Roland DG Care.

    Conrad Birkett, Roland DG’s business development manager has been strategically positioned within the company in an integral role to bring to market a number of new product offerings.
     
    "The new appointments and internal re-structuring decisions were an important step to make as we prepare ourselves for continued growth in the coming years," said Marc Margetts, managing director of Roland DG.

    "This new structure re aligns the company to allow for continued change and adaptation to market and customer needs as we continue to forge new ground and show leadership within the industry."

    Turning in new directions
    Working in print and graphics long enough to have ink running through his veins, Brett Turner, (pictured) who previously worked at DIC Australia and, more recently, a stint as product manager with Agfa, has joined Halifax Vogel Group.

    In his new role, he will be responsible for the product development, sourcing, logistics, sales and marketing of HVG’s range of graphics products, including digital print films, banner media for the digital, screen, offset, signage, display and exhibition industries.

    “Learning is growing and this new role carries plenty of areas I look forward to learning about,” Turner said.

    “I’m at HVG to add value to a business that already boasts strong leadership, a wonderful team and clear goals for the future and I’m excited about the opportunity of working with new products and brands that are synonymous with our industry.”

    Hughes heads back to Starleaton
    Campbell Hughes is no stranger to Starleaton. Having once worked as Queensland branch manager, Hughes, (pictured) previously at 3A Composites, has returned as national sales manager.

    “I am delighted to be rejoining Starleaton in a national role.” said Hughes, “My three years with 3A Composites has been a fantastic experience in understanding all aspects of rigid substrates and their applications in the graphics market. This combines nicely with my long involvement in pressure-sensitive laminates and adhesives working with Hughes Mouldings.”

    Starleaton general manager, Ben Eaton welcomed him to the team. “It’s great to welcome Campbell back to Starleaton as National Sales Manager. He’s an ambitious guy with a track record of success in all he undertakes. A great team player, he will add focus, direction and support to the company as we continue to grow,” he said.

    McGrath swings with Salmat Lasoo

    Marketing identity, Matt McGrath (pictured), formerly of Y&R Brands, has turned up at Salmat, where he is advising on marketing for Lasoo. According to a Salmat spokesperson, Lasoo is going "incredibly well", with 2.5 million unique browsers in December 2010, up 70 per cent on the previous year.

  • Australia Post shifts to eServices to combat biggest challenge in 200 years

    Australia Post is shifting to digital eServices as mail volumes continue to decline and post offices close.

    In the aftermath of closed post offices and reduced services throughout the country, Australia Post, managing director, Ahmed Fahour concedes the organisation is facing its biggest challenge in 200 years.

    Fahour (pictured) told a Senate estimates hearing last Tuesday that the shift from mail to internet services in a digital world is crucial for the organisation to remain relevant and economically viable. He identified internet shopping delivery as a potential growth opportunity.

    “While we are in a solid position compared to our international peers, Australia Post is currently facing its biggest challenge in 200 years. The generational change in the global communication market means the way the community uses our services is changing and is changing very rapidly,” said Fahour.

    Australia Post spokesperson, Sarah Gordon said that letters will always be an important part of the business, but the organisation cannot rely on it being the power-base of its revenue as in the past.

    “The effect of falling mail volumes has been felt around the world. It was partly due to the Global Financial Crisis, which not only dulled economy activity but accelerated the switch to cheaper digital communication options, such as email,” she said.

    Australia Post announced a new business structure around four key areas – Post Services; Distribution & Express Services; Retail Services and eServices as part of a strategy to expand its online services.

    “The eServices business unit will be vital to the future of Australia Post, enabling us to do everything we do physically, digitally,” said Fahour.

    In a bid to take advantage of the rise in online shopping, Australia Post has partnered with eBay to provide a Click and Send service. The digital service allows eBay customers to process domestic and international parcels online, including payments and shipment details. Australia Post has also formed a partnership with BIG W online, to provide transport and logistics via its delivery network.

    In December, Australia Post announced the purchase of payment gateway company, SecurePay as part of its strategy to expand its online services. SecurePay offers commercial organisations, utilities, local government and e-merchants secure payment services via the internet, phone, or custom software applications.

    Other online services include an iPhone app with functions to pay bills, track parcels and find a one of the fewer surviving post office in your location. Up to 60,000 downloads occurred in the first two weeks.

    This article originally appeared in DIRECT.

  • Entries open for HP Digital Print Awards

    Call out for entries in this year’s HP Digital Print Awards for the signage industry. 

    The HP Digital Print Awards were founded last year to recognise the outstanding achievements and contributions of Print Service Providers (PSPs) in the signage industry across Asia Pacific and Japan. 

    The annual Awards dinner, where winning entries will be showcased, is being held in conjunction with the 19th Shanghai International Ad & Sign Technology & Equipment Exhibition in Shanghai, China on 6 July 2011.

    “The HP Digital Print Awards – HP Scitex competition that was launched last year was a major success for us as we received more than 100 stunning entries from across the region,” said Martin Carballo, director, HP Scitex.

    The Awards will only be open to companies from across Asia Pacific and Japan for entries that are printed by HP Scitex Large-format printers. HP Digital Print Awards 2011 (Asia Pacific & Japan) – HP Scitex will have five key categories:

    Transit Graphic covers vehicle wraps and fleet graphics.

    Interior Decoration includes interior decoration signage and graphics, floor or wallpaper graphics and any decorative printing on rigid substances (ie glass, ceramic or wood).

    Outdoor Advertising covers building wraps, billboard signage, floor graphics, backlit signage and textile (flags & banners) graphics. Any graphics with flexible applications done outdoors will also be subjected to the same category.

    POP Advertising includes point-of-sale materials and any graphics with flexible applications that are done for purchase point.

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

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

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

    Each category will have three winners – Gold, Silver and Bronze. A total of 17 Awards will be given out across the five categories. This includes a Platinum Award for one overall winner and a “Best Creative Design” award from across all the five categories.

    The submissions for the HP Scitex Asia Pacific and Japan Digital Print Awards are open now and will close on 20 May 2011. For more information or to request for a submission form, contact your local HP Scitex sales manager or email lfp-apsales@hp.com.

     

  • Letters, feedback, get it off your chest: 2 March 2011

    Talk about print sales continues this week while Neale Gallagher has some kinds words to say about Andy McCourt’s piece on books, while also offering his own thoughts.

     

    Re: It’s Ricoh – Heidelberg picks its digital partner

    It’s amazing how the local partnership being so successful, that the international parent (Heidelberg) went and picked Ricoh as their digital partner. Either Australia’s experience doesn’t rate at all or they just made another brave move.  

    Chester Painter

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    Re: Philip Andersen set to retire
    Congratulations Philip, during my term of office as National Secretary of the AMWU Printing Divsion we were able to at least sit down and have some constructive dialogue about the issues confronting the industry, while we may not always have agreed at least you recognised the role that trade unions have in society.

    Best wishes for the future.

    Steve Walsh

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    Re: Geon gets extra $ headroom – denies change to equity
    So instead of paying off my mortgage in 25 years, can I pay it off in 30 years?

    I know I will be paying more interest in the longer term but I will be repaying less dollars per month now, which helps because I cannot afford to pay more per month now, because I am not earning enough. (Sounds like somebody who has been made redundant and is in financial strife.)

    Chris Wallace

    What a load of old rubbish. Still more headroom to help to destroy what is left of the NZ print industry: none of us in the real world would be allowed to trade like this. The banks will put still more pressure on the small guys and the big guys will get away with it (no house to hold a charge over) just the loss of other people’s money. We have come a long way since the GFC.

    Cliff Dyer

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    Re: Time for books to turn new page … Andy McCourt’s commentary

    This is an excellent article. And, I feel, spot on. The topic of book publishing and book “consumption” in Australia is complex and fascinating.

    Some of the excuses cited by Red Group Retail are correct but the reality is that they mismanaged their portfolio.

    Online sales have only contributed to a 3% shortfall for retailers but, more importantly, the online sales have encouraged the average sales price down, resulting in eroded margins.

    The independent booksellers have long acknowledged that the Australian Publishing regulations are too restrictive. The average consumer can import a new title before it is available in Australia, at a lower price. But, why do we still have these antiquated publishing practices?

    Let the independent booksellers purchase imported titles from the local publishers. These same publishers should given the right to import and distribute international titles. Hence, no need to republish and print locally. Do we have a large local industry to protect when so much is printed offshore?

    Looking for opportunities
    The point of difference for a local independent bookstore is personalised service, convenience, and often, a speciality (example…Glee Books). We also can’t forget their passion for books. All worth the extra price.

    Striking a balance is required. There will always be a need for the printed book. Printers should not be alarmed, volumes may decrease but adding value to the book in some other form may be attractive to a new segment of the market – the same way CD’s on the front cover of magazines were ten years ago.  This may even be attractive to the passionate fiction reader.

    Not everyone will adopt the e-book, even with the additional content that is provided.

    The market will continue to evolve (think iTunes). Consumers will have a greater choice of product and content – the choice of channel will need to change. Other outlets for products/content will emerge. As stated, the book stores also need to evolve to provide more services in the electronic space. The current Australian booksellers online space is nowhere near as slick as distributors such as the Book Depository or even Amazon. 

    Borders tried to diversify their offering with their music and video products. These too have been eroded by the convenience of iTunes and movie download facilities such as Apple TV, Telstra’s T-box and others.

    Pros and Cons
    The shift to convenience: If you know what you’re looking for, the ability to quickly locate a title online compared to walking around a bookshop can be measured in time and the added value provided in reader reviews, access to similar titles from the vast list of titles.

    Perhaps old fashioned, but the ability to browse in a bookshop always provides the thrill of finding something new. Often unrelated. The experience of scanning a book can’t be compared to any online simulation.

    The key, as Andy mentioned, is the integration of the two along with new outlets for this form of information.

    The result. Less waste. The remainder book stores that pop up in vacant shops may have less stock to call on. Is that a great loss?

    It is a difficult time for the book sellers, and the owners of Gloria Jeans franchisees within Borders that have invested heavily in their location and businesses. It seems that 2,500+ people will lose their jobs as a result of poor management, not the demise of book sales due to online purchases.

    And finally …
    Happy to discuss further as this impacts future generations. I’m already seeing, first hand, a shift away from text books in schools. Students are now offered material in pdf format for their government supplied notebooks – typically, the materials are not printed by the younger generation. Where does that leave the manufacturers of desktop printing devices? Perhaps this is a topic for a future feature article.

    Neale Gallagher

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    Re: Letters, feedback, get it off your chest: 23 February 2011
    With reference to John Cricton’s letter he, as always, speaks with a level of wisdom and clarity often missing from many letter subscribers. He may have spent 45 years in this manic industry but it has not affected his vision – well perhaps sometimes, when the red wine flows.

    Brett Johnson

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    John,

    Bad management will always destroy a good company (no matter what industry). John, mid-sixties, yes the world has changed. Not to bore you, but l have also been in the industry in many different capacities for over 41 years and also enjoyed all the challenges.
     
    When you say "l prefer to solve their problems”, (and that’s great) are you not also educating them? As far as the technical knowledge, l have about my clients’ industries, all clients have different needs. That is why l make a point of finding out what their industry is about.

    Maybe you should do the same?
     
    Michael Arimatea

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    Re: Dictionary opens next chapter in Australian publishing

    Dear Kevin,

    My dear late friend and mentor Dr Peter Kenny is revolving in his Macquarie Park cemetary plot mate. Remember how he (with Singo) helped you and Hamlyn make millions with Fishing in Australia and New Zealand, the first book to be promoted on TV? Print your Macquarie-series books in Australia mate, they are Australian-themed, contain Australian cultural content and are purchased by Australians. With the Fishing book, you agreed to a $2 increase in RRP to cover the advertising and it sold by the truckload. So what’s wrong with a slightly higher price for an Australian-printed book proudly able to boast:
     
    "Printed under almost impossible circumstances by struggling Australian printers who receive bugger all help from their governments, whose currency is not kept artificially  low, whose wages tend to be a tad better than $5 a day, who have to pay more for their paper and ink, who pay more state and federal taxes, who constitute a workforce of around 100,000 honest citizens and who are getting kicked on the ground by publishers who say they are ‘uncompetetive,’ as if there is some magical mystery gold mine lurking under their cut-to-the-bone print quotes when there is not and who are valiantly keeping an entire industry and econo-system alive."
     
    I was in a supermarket yesterday and saw a pile of books on Cooking with Cheese next to, guess what, the cheese. I thought ‘Here goes, another printed offshore job’ but on reading the colophon I was gobsmacked. ‘Printed by Finsbury Green’. They are in South Australia and Melbourne. That’s a good start and you can brag about the enviro-credentials too. Here’s a few more names; BPA, Ligare, Griffin, McPherson’s, SOS, Hyde Park, etc – they’ll all give it a go if you give them a chance.
     
    Go on Kev, you’re a gun publisher. Print everything else you publish in Australia, case bound or not, and scream about it. Watch the sales skyrocket!
     
    Andy McCourt

  • No local pick up for PaperlinX

    Weak market conditions continue in Australia, New Zealand and Asia as PaperlinX reports reduced loss of $10.2 million in its 2011 interim results.

    The company managed to reduce its first-half loss of $10.2 million for the six months to 31 December 2010 compared to a loss of $175.3 million for the prior corresponding period.

    For the half-year, ANZ and Asia suffered a drop in both earnings ($9.4 million, down from $10.8 million the previous year) and sales revenue ($279.9 million, down from $305.9 million).

    Of all the regions, Central Europe and Germany saw volume improvements, resulting in an earnings increase of $12.8 million – up from $8.5 million the previous year for Europe.

    CEO, Toby Marchant, believes that while conditions are tough, there is “early evidence” of operational and cost improvements.

    “With volumes seeming to have flattened out, albeit at reduced levels, and ongoing pressure on pricing we will continue to focus on those matters which are within our control,” he said.

    “Given our lower cost base, a more efficient business structure and a focus on diversification, we remain well leveraged for any cyclical recovery or upturn in economic conditions.”

    Staff changes at the corporate head office in Melbourne (including former CEO Tom Park’s exit from the hot seat which is now filled in the UK) and the closure of the European head office in Amsterdam is expected to reduce corporate overheads by $15 million per annum from the 2012 financial year and be cost-neutral in the current financial year.

    Last week, in an interview, Marchant revealed that in five years’ time PaperlinX is likely to be a different company and will focus on its logistics area.

     

  • Its Ricoh – Heidelberg picks its digital partner

    After months of speculation as to which way the offset giant would jump, the decision to partner globally with Ricoh is set to radically change the dynamics of both companies and the industry as a whole.

    However in the region there is no immediate change.

    As a first step, both companies agreed to enter into a global distribution contract for Ricoh’s Production Printing Product portfolio. This agreement enables Heidelberg to sell Ricoh’s latest color digital press, the Ricoh ProTM C901 Graphic Arts Edition – Ricoh`s high speed color digital press with Ricoh PxPTM Chemical toner, as well as appropriate future production printing offerings in Ricoh’s pipeline. The global strategic cooperation, which includes Ricoh services and support, will start in April 2011. The first markets will be UK and Germany with a phased rollout to follow in other geographies with completion targeted for drupa 2012.

    According to Andy Vels Jensen, managing director of HAN, today’s announcement will have no immediate impact on the company’s partnership with Konica Minolta. “The local sales agreement between Heidelberg Australia and Konica Minolta Australia is not affected by the Heidelberg and Ricoh agreement,” he said. “In Australia it is business as usual.”

    The pioneering agreement in the local region has proved immensely successful for Heidelberg with at least two Konica Minolta engines sold every month since it began. This success augers well for the company if it can be replicated wioth Ricoh around the world.

    Hiro Kaji, managing director of Konica Minolta Australia reinforced this. “Our relationship with Heidelberg has been extremely successful with strong demand from customers. Both companies are committed to continuing this partnership in Australia and it will not be affected by developments on a global level,” he said. “Working with Heidelberg and Kodak at PrintEx in May is another example of how local partnerships can work very well.”

     Heidelberg started selling the Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS range of digital presses to the cutsheet offset market in Australia, following the announcement of the partnership in May 2010.

  • Hunkeler highlights paper handling in Switzerland

    Paper handling technology manufacturer, Hunkeler, hosted the largest yet of its biannual Innovation days in Lucerne. Print21 European correspondent, Nessan Cleary, sent his report.

    The tightly focused paper processing and digital printing show, first held in 1996, attracted some 5000 visitors from all around the world, including 30 industry professionals 30 from Australia.
    It is a measure of the event’s growing importance on the calendar that all the major digital equipment manufacturers were there, some using the show to launch new technology.
    The advent of high-speed digital inkjet is changing the requirements of paper processing and handling. The changing face of book production is creating the need for complex, flexible on-demand production technologies. With all the major digital press manufacturers releasing high-speed inkjets it is little wonder that this year’s Hunkeler Innovation show was of prime importance.

    Xerox used the show to announce its Production Inkjet Printer, first shown last year at Ipex as a technology-only demonstration. Xerox now has at least one beta site running and is expecting to have the machine commercially available later this year. It’s being promoted as a waterless solution as, unlike the other inkjet devices, it uses solid inks that are heated to liquid form before being jetted to the paper. It works with uncoated 50-160gsm paper, and the image quality appears more than adequate for the transactional markets that it’s primarily aimed at.
    Muller Martini showed off its Primera Digital Saddle Stitching system, which can be fed from multiple sources, including an inline printer, roll-feeder, and inserting machines. It takes multiple page sizes up to A3+ and runs at speeds up to 14000 copies per hour. Muller Martini claims that it will work with both traditional and digital equipment, reducing the need for multiple lines.
    Hunkeler itself demonstrated a book production line, with a double plow folder and a new non-stop Stacker unit. This can run at up to 200 metres per minute and can stack book blocks from 10 to 50mm. It features integrated signature gluing, making it easy for an operator to pick up the individual book blocks from a stack.

    Digital presses everywhere

    Digital press manufacturers lined up to show their presence in the high-speed production space.
    Ricoh Infoprint showed its continuous feed production inkjet 5000 engine while parent company Ricoh demonstrated the new production printing system – Pro C901 Graphic Arts Edition, with 90 pages/minute the fastest in its class.
    Screen showed its top of the range, Screen Truepress Jet520ZZ inkjet printer for high-volume, variable data books, transpromo, manuals, and newspapers.
    Also shown was the management software package Barr-EOM, the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Web-to-Print Solution NowPrint and the Business Driver Programm.
    Kodak, HP, Xeikon, Canon and Heidelberg all had production solutions on display at the event.

    Read Nessan Cleary’s full report on the Hunkeler Innovation Days in the next issue of Print21 magazine.

  • Carbon debate heats up at LIA

    Carbon tax was a hot issue at last night’s LIA seminar featuring Phillip Lawrence and Chris Sewell.

    The issue is topical in all industries, though the effect which a tax will have on printing is yet to be felt. The LIA’s Grant Churchill, however, believes it is likely to be considerable. “The printing industry is set to feel the heat as costs of annual reporting increase,” he said.

    Phillip Lawrence looked at three possible carbon taxes: a cap-and-trade tax; a broad-based carbon tax which would operate under a user-pays system and a voluntary market mechanism.

    Lawrence concluded that a cap-and-trade-style tax is the one most likely to succeed. “Economists say it’s best because it drives efficiency at the big end of town,” he said. “I think that’s the direction the Australian government will go in the future.”

    Pictured: Ian Walz of Printing Industries; Phillip Lawrence and Chris Sewell.

    Chris Sewell, CEO and founder of The Gaia Partnership, demonstrated his company’s CO2 counter carbon calculator which is used by the ANZ bank (whose print contract is managed by Stream Solutions).

    Peter Sharpe, manager of sustainable sourcing at ANZ spoke about why the bank sees this as an important step. “ANZ’s aim is to include the measurement of CO2 into our purchase decision-making for print services,” he said.

    “Our current print provider in Australia and New Zealand [Stream Solutions] has installed the CO2 counter into their reporting systems, enabling ANZ to estimate the CO2 generated.”

    Question time saw none other than industry commentator, James Cryer, who last week penned his thoughts on the matter, express some cynicism over carbon measuring devices – comparing the idea to witch-hunting and the war on terror. “We just keep falling for these fads every time,” he said.

    Let us know your thoughts by writing a letter to the editor.

     

  • PaperlinX trims back and looks to logistics

    UK-based chief executive, Toby Marchant, predicts PaperlinX will be a different company in five years’ time as it focuses on logistics.

    In an interview with the Australian Financial Review, Marchant, who took over from Tom Park last year as both managing director and CEO of PaperlinX Limited spoke of his plans for the company.

    “We feel we have lost relevance due to what’s happened to us and the way we performed in recent years,” he said. “We are a much smaller company. We need to deliver consistent results to regain the confidence of investors.”

    Looking to the future, Marchant said that he intends to utilise the company’s logistics far greater and become a broader supplier for the graphics industry. He also noted a “resurgence in using paper”, noting products such as high-end coffee table books “where choosing the right paper can transform the end product into something of real and lasting beauty.”

    Marchant, who presents PaperlinX’s results this week, does not foresee a short-term pick-up but is optimistic of the company’s ability to get back on track – even if it does mean moving in different directions.

    “I’m confident about the business and about the opportunities ahead,” he said. “The senior management has been diverted away from the core business last year.

     

  • Philip Andersen set to retire

     Printing Industries CEO calls it a day after 19 years at the helm of the peak industry body.

    Andersen (pictured) has not set a firm date for his retirement and will work with the Board until a suitable replacement is appointed. Although retiring from full-time employment, he will continue to represent Printing Industries in a number of projects including as a Director of Media Super and the Chairman of its Investment sub-committee.
     
    “Being the head of an organisation that has gone through its own significant changes over several years, come through the Global Financial Crisis and completed a major organisational restructure have been challenging as well as rewarding,” he said.
     
    “There may also be scope to continue utilising my industry experience in a number of other areas and I will be considering this down the track.”
     
    Printing Industries
    board chairperson and president, Susan Heaney, said Andersen would be missed on many levels, not the least of which will be for his insight and industry experience.
     
    “Philip has played a major role in helping to take Printing Industries along a very difficult path in terms of its financial management and strategic repositioning. His work has helped us to turn the corner and we will always be grateful for this commitment, loyalty and effort,” she said.
     
    Andersen became CEO in 2005. He joined Printing Industries in 1992 as National Director after holding the position of Deputy Director and Chief Economist with the Chamber of Manufactures of New South Wales. He previously headed the association’s Policy Department and was responsible for developing and managing industry policy, government lobbying, commercial services and trade development.
     
    He is a director of Innovation Business Skills Australia, the Skills Council that covers the printing industry. Andersen was a driving force in the development of the industry’s Print21 initiative in 1999. More recently he was appointed to the Book Industry Strategy Group, which has the responsibility of developing a strategy for the book industry to respond to the digital revolution impacting the industry.
     
    The Board will now commence an extensive recruitment campaign to secure a suitable replacement.

  • Geon gets extra $ headroom – denies change to equity

    New financial structure for trans-Tasman sheetfed printer gives relief from debt obligations until 2015.

    Details of financial arrangements between GEON’s private equity owners, Gresham and its banker, Bank of Scotland International are confidential and will remain so, according to Ashley Fenton, chief financial officer (pictured). Commenting on a report in the Financial Review, he denied there was a change to the company’s ownership, or a debt for equity swap.

    He refused to supply any details other than to say the company had been granted “partial release of some of our obligations.”

    In the press release Graham Morgan, CEO, just back from a trip to Dscoop in Orlando, confirmed the financial restructure saying it significantly improved Geon’s balance sheet position. It means a significant reduction in Geon’s debt obligations and the extension of its financial facilities to 2015.

    “With the stability our new financial structure provides, we are very well placed to capitalise on the growth opportunities which are now in front of us. The business is now into its third consecutive quarter of year-on-year growth and is starting to see more sustained improvement in performance. Our goal now is to continue to focus on servicing our clients and to deliver a strong return for our shareholders," he said.

    Geon is the largest sheetfed printer in the region formed from a PE-backed acquisition spree. It has struggled under a burden of debt following a radically altered business plan. The new arrangements allow management to get on with running the network of production sites in Australia and NZ without having to be concerned about funding.

  • Small businesses step into limelight at StartupSmart awards

    SMEs in the printing industry could take out $10,000 worth of prizes in this year’s StartupSmart Awards.

    The StartupSmart Awards 2011 categories include Fastest-growing Start-up, Best Start-up product, Best Young Entrepreneur and Best Start-up Idea. Prizes include mentoring from some of Australia’s most successful business leaders, business plan analysis and up to  $10,000 worth of advertising from First Digital.

    “The StartupSmart Awards offers some of the most desirable prizes in the country for Australian owned start-ups and we want to recognise those business operators out there, often working on their own or in very small teams, who are powering along growing their businesses, often with little or no recognition,” said StartupSmart and SmartCompany founder Amanda Gome.

    Last year, online print business, Ready Steady Print came in at number 35. “It was great recognition,” said owner, Joshua Kamil, (pictured) who plans on entering again this year.

    At only 25 years old, Kamil is proof of what can be achieved, reporting 60 per cent growth for the current financial year. “Printing probably is a much older industry, but sooner or later young ones have to step up and get involved,” he said.

    Last year, StartupSmart listed image processing and printing services in the five start-ups to avoid in 2011. Kamil, who started the business in 2006, believes that print still plays an important part in the marketing spend for consumer and corporations alike.

    “There is still plenty of money being spent on print, but I think they are starting to spend it a bit smarter which is maybe why we are having this growth,” he said.

    Entries for the StartupSmart Awards close February 28, 2011. To enter, click here.

     

  • HEI LIGHTS 2011 Switched on for Success

    Open up new opportunities for business growth using the latest offset and digital technology.


    Join us for an informative evening where you can learn how new technologies can be used to open up growth opportunities for your business and increase your returns and reduce your costs through more efficient processes.

    Let us show you how the Speedmaster SM 52 Anicolor press works effectively with Kodak’s Insite Storefront Web2Print portal, the Konica Minolta bizhub digital press and the NEW Polar 80 guillotine.

    Guest speakers for the event will be Alastair Hadley, General Manager Sales & Marketing for Heidelberg Australia/New Zealand and Douglas Mooney, Regional Product Manger Sheetfed Heidelberg Asia-Pacific. They will present local and regional case studies of small print shops who have achieved great success through the adoption of new technologies and Web2Print.

    Create your future proactively and use your knowledge about your customers, market and opportunities effectively. The right mix is important. As well as highly-productive equipment and a perfect technique, quality, performance and a suitable workflow are essential for your success.

    Innovative finishing opportunities, cost-effective environmental solutions as well as the knowledge and engagement of well-educated employees are further steps towards improving your market position.

    Your challenge is to inspire your customers with economical production, high-quality print and premium services. Our task is to support you professionally with modular equipment and services, which meets your expectations and maximises added value.

    Program and Event Details

    6pm: Arrival, nibbles and drinks

    6.30 pm: Welcome and introduction

    6.45 pm: Watch as a live job comes into the ‘Heidelberg Printshop’ via a Web-to-Print portal. See how the Web-to-Print application offers options for printing on both a digital and offset press, depending on the number of copies required. Watch as the jobs are printed live and then finished on the NEW Polar 80 guillotine.

    7.20 pm: Wrap up and questions

    7.30 pm: Enjoy a German BBQ with German beers and other beverages

    Date: 1 March 2011

    Location: 296 Ferntree Gully Road, Notting Hill VIC 3168

    RSVP: Wednesday 23 February 2011

    Registration: Registration is required. Register online or by emailing mary.drivas@heidelberg.com

    For all enquiries call 1300 135 135

  • NZ apprentices battle it out for training awards

    Top NZ apprentices from around the country shortlisted for this year’s PrintNZ Training awards.

    The PrintNZ Training Apprentice Awards celebrate the achievements of the top print industry apprentices and trainees. All apprentices who completed training during 2010 were eligible for selection.

    “A significant number of this year’s finalists work in businesses in regional New Zealand. These businesses play an important role in their local communities and further afield, producing a wide range of print communications,” said PrintNZ CEO, Joan Grace.

    “Once again we are impressed with the calibre of the finalists. We also acknowledge the companies who have supported their employees through the training and have recognised the value of having skilled staff.”

    The finalists were selected using a wide range of information held by PrintNZ Training.

    The winners will be announced in March using additional information provided by employers and/or workplace training supervisors. The category winners will then go on to attend an interview for the Apprentice of the Year Award in May.

    The Apprentice Awards will take place at the Pride In Print Awards on Friday 20 May 2011 in Christchurch.

    Category finalists:

    Binding & Finishing Award – Sponsored by the Print Finishers Association
    Rhys Fauvel, Printlink, Lower Hutt
    Jason Rako, PMP Print, Christchurch

    Digital Processes for Print Award – Sponsored by Natcoll Design Technology

    Kate Walker, Geon, Palmerston North
    Taryn Ingram, Publicity Printing Ltd, Tauranga
    Matthew Lowe, The Beacon Printing & Publishing, Whakatane

    Fibreboard Packaging Award – Sponsor to be confirmed
    Stewart Luamanu, Amcor Kiwi Packaging, Auckland
    Jason Montgomery, Amcor Cartons Australasia, Christchurch
    Screen Printing Award – Sponsored by Blue Print Imaging Ltd
    Michael Win, NCI Packaging, Upper Hutt
    Anthony Faifai, NCI Packaging, Upper Hutt
    Sheet-fed Printing Award – Sponsored by PrintNZ
    Wayne Torrie, Logan Print Ltd, Gisborne
    Michelle Rigter, Grey Star – James Print, Greymouth
    Robert Davey, Kalamazoo Wyatt & Wilson, Christchurch
    Andrew Hornby, Goldfields Print Ltd, Paeroa

    Reel-fed Printing Award – Sponsored by the Newspaper Publishers Assoc
    Phillip Twigden, Wickliffe Ltd, Auckland
    Franz-Josef Mundt, Taranaki Newspapers, New Plymouth
    Paul Nunan, Hally Labels, Christchurch
    Jeremy Field, Hally Labels, Christchurch
    National Certificate Trainee Award

    No National Certificate Trainee Award will be presented this year.

  • NSW printers have their say on state issues

    Industry sustainability, viability and branding, workers compensation and training were identified as the four core issues for New South Wales at the inaugural Printing Industries meeting of NSW Advisory Body.

    The meeting spent more than two hours identifying and prioritising the issues they want Printing Industries to focus on in NSW. The gathering followed Printing Industries constitutional changes which came into effect from 1 January 2011 abolishing state based councils in favour of industry driven issue-specific sub groups.
     
    A packed boardroom at Printing Industries’ Auburn headquarters hosted often robust discussion as more than a dozen issues ranging from workers compensation to finance and terms and conditions of trade were raised for consideration.
     
    Printing Industries CEO, Philip Andersen, said that following identification of the initial policy agenda for NSW, the membership would be invited to nominate representatives for sub-committees to drive the issues forward.
     
    “We are looking for our industry’s most talented and experienced people to take up the challenge of representation with these four core issue groups to help achieve the desired outcomes for our industry,” he said.
     
    “While the industry is progressing through challenging times, I believe that Printing Industries new structure offers each member the opportunity to translate their opinions and collective knowledge into actions that can make a real difference.”
     
    The meeting also endorsed Peter Carrigan as the inaugural Chairman of the Advisory Body.
     
    Expressions of interest are now being sought from Printing Industries’ members to join the following sub-groups:
    •         Industry sustainability/viability
    •         Industry branding
    •         Workers compensation
    •         Training

    To participate, forward your details to nsw@printnet.com.au or call Irene Manacos on (02) 8789 7382.