Archive for August, 2011

  • Boon provides new direction for paper supplier

    PaperlinX Director and Chairman, David Meiklejohn, will retire end August after a decade term, since the Company’s ASX listing in 2000 when it demerged from Amcor.

    According to Meiklejohn, he indicated his plans to retire in 2011, back at the last AGM in accordance with the Board’s succession programme.

    “Now that the senior management transition has been bedded down by the Board and our CEO Toby Marchant has established his global management structure and team. I feel it appropriate for me to retire post the finalisation of the 2011 financial results and accounts,” he says.
    Harry Boon, a 2008 appointed Director, will assume the role as Chairman effective 1 September.

    “Many important milestones have been achieved under his (Meiklejohn’s) leadership and major changes have occurred in the Company and in the markets we serve,” says Boon.

    Holding the reins of PaperlinX Pacific operations is Chris Creighton, president of Paperlinx North America, following the departure of Larry Jackson as executive general manager from PaperlinX Merchanting Australia.

  • Graph Expo 2011

    Graph Expo 2011 is a large press Offset, Digital and Hybrid Printing show with more to offer Commercial Printers in Digital Document Applications & Business Development, Education, Technology & Workflow Solutions than any other Graphic Communications show in the Americas!

    And with nearly half of all GE2010 attendees who had sales of under US$3 million and 65% under US$10 million, even smaller Commercial Printers will find plenty of your peers with whom to network.

    EMBRACE TECHNOLOGY! GRAPH EXPO is where top executives come to learn, network and make informed intelligent purchasing decisions.

    From design to delivery you’ll see the full spectrum of equipment, products and services for:

    • Commercial Printers
    • In-Plant Printers
    • Transactional Printers
    • Digital Print Imaging / Quick Printers
    • Package & Specialty Printers
    • Mailing & Fulfillment Professionals
    • Book Printers & Publishers
    • Wide Format Printers
    • Newspaper Printers & Publishers
    • Marketing/Creative Services Professionals
    • Media / Print Buyers

    Leading manufacturers and suppliers will be exhibiting at the show and many of them will be showcasing newly released products, technologies and services.

  • 9th Asian Print Awards 2011

    The annual Asian Print Awards was founded to recognise outstanding achievement in the print and packaging industries across Asia.

    With more than half the worlds population represented in this fast growing area, communication in the form of printer mater links Asia’s diverse cultures.

    It is imperative that such print achievements do not go unrecognised, especially mong the population base that Asia enjoys.

    The Awards are judged on a wholly quality-oriented set of criteria to ensure that fair play is enacted at all times. The Independent Judging Panel comprises highly qualified personnel form within Asia and around the world.

    The Asian Print Awards is the only regional print quality competition of its kind in Asia.

    Supported by leading industry-supply companies, any progressing quality print house should enter and prove that they are the best – by winning the Gold, Silver or Bronze award. Proving pride in quality awareness is what customers love to see.

    Its not just empty words, you can prove it.

  • 10th Asian Conference 2011

    Come and join the biggest line up of world-class speakers ever assembled in Asia’s only regional packaging conference in Pattaya, Thailand.

    Hear speakers from USA, Canada, Europe, Australia and Asia talk about the issues that affect our businesses everyday. From packaging design to production to management issues, we have it all covered in one event.

    See where out markets in Flexo – Gravure and Labels will take us in the future.

    You will experience all the latest technology & future trends in Flexible Packaging including:

    • Digital label printing
    • Rotary and Offset printing
    • Flexo printing
    • Gravure printing
    • Consumables inks and substrates
    • pre and post press
  • Snowboard champ drops-in to launch ePrint social media campaign – Video Story

    Torah Bright springboards the HP ePrint social media campaign through a video series on a YouTube Channel and shared through Twitter and Facebook.

    The Australian Gold medal winner is followed onto the ski trails and half-pipes across the globe to showcase how ePrint technology can print, like a Bright’s 360 trick, from anywhere in the world via email.



    A $30,000 ‘Ski Chaser’ ski trip competition is part of the promotion.

  • Dscoop Asia draws over 1300 to Singapore three-day forum

    The second annual meeting of the HP Indigo users regional group surprised many by its growth and the numbers that attended the conference and networking event. More than 30 print professionals from Australia and NZ made the journey to take part.

    David Minnett, chairman Dscoop Asia and MD of Sydney-based Group Momentum, said the attendance proved the value members saw in being able to meet and share their experiences. Organisers singled out his contribution to the event as a major factor in its success.

    “Dscoop Asia has grown significantly since our formation last year followed by the inaugural conference in Seoul. Dscoop has done this by providing industry members in the region opportunities to build their knowledge along with partnerships, alliances, knowledge and relationships with their peers and industry leaders,” said Minnett. “More importantly, the success of Dscoop Asia reinforces our believe that companies in the graphic arts industry are now increasingly realizing the competitive edge that HP Indigo digital printing provides as they seek to clearly differentiate their businesses from competitors.”

    The HP-backed users group event had 45 speakers from around the world as well and over 30 partner companies presenting in the Conference venue on Sentosa Island Singapore. Top-level HP executives, including Christopher Morgan, head of the Graphics Solutions Group, were at the event, an indication of the importance the company attaches to the region, which is the fastest growing market.
    Among the presenters were two from GEON,  Sam Carter, Digital Print Manager Australia and Andrew Durrans, GM NZ and (pictured with David Minnett.) They shared with the audience the challenges in transiting from a purely offset printing company to one where 10% is digital print. They revealed that while some of the work is from new variable data products, most comes from offset to digital conversion.
    According to Durrans the move to digital was a deciding factor in the success of the company in riding out the GFC.

    A feature of the three days was the presentation of the 4th Asia Pacific and Japan HP Digital Print Awards 2011. NZ Post subsidiary, Datam, was the only local winner, taking out the DM prize for the second year in a row. There were more than 470 submissions from 14 countries for this year’s awards.

  • PaperlinX avoids going after high-risk business in Australia

    Walking away from high-risk business caused PaperlinX to lose market dominance in Australia. Still reeling from a number of high-profile printing company failures PaperlinX identifies its decision to not pursue high-risk business as a reason for its smaller market share.

    In its annual report it lists the reasons behind a $25 million loss in the Australia, NZ and Asia region. These include;

    • Volumes down 8% largely due to depressed Australian print market
    • Lower selling prices due to stronger AUD
    • GP% increased on prior reflecting strong pricing disciplines
    • Christchurch still recovering form earthquakes
    • Diversified revenues grew by 17%

    The local gloomy state of affairs was reflected in the overall company performance, which resulted in a significant loss of $108 million. PaperlinX claims this is made up mainly from non-recurring charges and costs.

    The statutory loss is a step up on the merchants $225.3m slide last year, as paper volumes fell nearly 10 per cent year-on-year to 2.63 million tonnes. Goodwill impairment charges account for $35.1m in Australia and £20m in the UK.

    Its full-year revenue of $4.67b was down from $5.23bn the year before largely due to the stronger Australian dollar, which had a $445m negative translation impact. Away from paper, PaperlinX diversified sign and display portfolio saw a 19% sales growth in Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

    According to CEO, Toby Marchant, the results represent a transition year as it deals with legacy issues in order to create a platform for future profitability.

    “While the loss is very disappointing, non-recurring costs and charges for impairment, restructuring, the currency option and discontinued operations make up the vast majority of this loss.

    “We have seen another year of significant volume reductions in our key markets, however, most of our businesses have maintained or grown market share during this difficult period and all have responded well in managing their controllables, particularly in recalibrating the cost base and managing working capital.

    Marchant says in spite of the macro economic malaise, the progressive development of its diversified businesses is an encouraging sign of things to come.

  • High tea gets a print infusion

    Southbank graphic design student wins national design competition to feature her artwork on the packaging of Twinings’ new Australian Afternoon Tea.

    Competition winner 19-year-old Kimberley Clifford also won $3,500 cash to kick-start her career and a further $1,500 for her school.

    Robyn Tyler, Director and Acting CEO of Southbank Institute says this is a wonderful example of the calibre of students that are coming through the Institute, “we couldn’t be happier to be assisting Kimberley through her studies.

    “All around Australia, and for years to come, she will be able to walk into homes, see her design success and recall the day that she saw the Twinings competition poster at Southbank Institute.”

    Entrants were given just six weeks to complete the project at a national level and understand the process of following a creative brief. Clifford’s Australian landscape inspired packaging design will roll out on supermarket shelves January 2012.

    Clifford is excited to be associated with the new blend, viewing the career launching opportunity as a kick-start to “where I want to be and that’s being apart of delivering great design to the world.

    “I’m so thankful for the one-on-one interaction that I get to have with my teachers, as I believe without it I wouldn’t be the designer I am today. It’s overwhelming to think I have won such a great competition,” she says.

    Pictured: Kimberley Clifford with her winning design.

  • Red Dot bullseye for Aussie mag

    Shining on the world design stage FluoroDigital wins communication design award at the 2011 Red Dot Awards in Germany, for its fluoro8 publication.

    According to editor Nancy Bugeja, fluoro8 pulled ahead of over 6,000 entries from 40 countries, due to its original and concise creative achievement.

    “We are thrilled to have been recognised with such a high honour by the Red Dot Awards for fluoro’s originality, creativity and high-quality. fluoro is all about providing a cultural platform for its readers and reporting on art, culture, design in a unique, honest and original way.”

    Melbourne-based Printlinx has printed fluoro8 for two years running, with the magazine sent out to a global subscriber base.

    In September a new 60-page publication, fluoro9 will be released. With Spicers supplying three types of paper stock, the publications penchant for paper variety will remain.

    Christian Lacroix creative director, Sacha Walckhoff says the magazine is like a little jewel. “You feel unique when you look at it and read it. This is what luxury is all about; I cannot wait to get the new ones.”

    The accolade of the Red Dot design award is an internationally recognised quality label for excellent design. Its more than just a design competition, it’s a convergence of international design ideas and trends.

  • Free PrintCom graphic seminars

    Showcasing its print product solutions, Adobe Australia will host free rolling 45-minute graphic tutorials every hour on the hour to cover the major focus areas of print.

    According to Michael Stoddart, head of Creative Solutions at Adobe Asia Pacific, hourly sessions will be run for the display, print and retail marketing sectors.

    “We had an excellent Sydney show in 2010 with GASAA which proved to be a valuable engagement with our traditional print providers as well as the signage and retail marketing community. This year we’re looking forward to extending this engagement with presentations that demonstrate Adobe’s offerings well beyond publication printing.

    “Adobe PrintCom workshops will show how to take advantage of the tools you’ve used for years as well as show new processes and techniques that can dramatically improve your productivity,” he says.

    Garry Knespal, executive officer of GASAA, says workshops will be focused on the output side of production. “Adobe has tailored thought provoking training and education to the Melbourne audience at the PrintCom Expo 2011, VIIE and Retail marketing shows. Ticket sales are now open.”

    Specific targeted sessions include:

    Adobe Illustrator

    • How to reduce file size and ensure fast, reliable printing from wide format to one off display
    • Expressive techniques with new illustration capabilities for maximum point of sale impact

    Adobe Photoshop

    • Reduce the time it takes for you to produce imagery – power techniques for getting the most impact in the shortest time
    • Expand on what you know –powerful Point of Sale imagery fast

    Adobe InDesign

    • Modern InDesign production techniques for rapid job setup and reliable output
    • Designing with InDesign – techniques from the pros that provide maximum impact

    Free Register for GASAA PrintCom Expo here or click here for the chance to win a 64GB Apple iPad 3G and WiFi.

    Pictured: Adobe’s Michael Stoddart (left) and Steve Nichols at last year’s GASAA Expo in Sydney.

  • Printer prepares wraps for game time

    Kicking NZ’s Rugby World Cup into gear, Omnigraphics has wrapped two Auckland buildings in preparation for the September to October games.

    According to general manager, Steven Spear, the KPMG ‘Passionate Partner campaign’ wrap launched to fanfare. “With 476 individual panels measuring 32.5 metres across and 16.5m high accurately tiled and printed onto a specific adhesive for this type of application required careful planning and coordination.”

    He says the Tower building wrap (pictured) is the largest New Zealand has ever seen. Featuring the missive ‘The World’s Here To Play’ the print measures 23 metres across by 54 metres high.

    “The creative is superb which has aided in having a striking end result. We worked closely with Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development and Ogilvy’s.

    “Production of both wrap projects was completed on a Vutek 3360 within ten working days from receipt of artwork. The whole process was very smooth, accurate planning and management of the project ensured we had a more than satisfactory outcome,” he says.

    Omnigraphics recently installed a HP Scitex LX850 latex printer for high-end P2P sales and internal banners. It is currently commissioning a HP XP2300 roll-to-roll UV press for high-speed billboards and banner production.

    Opus Print Group CEO, Cliff Brigstocke says the two building wraps allow the Group’s NZ investors a chance to what it can produce. “It has taken a lot of hard work. Steve worked closely with the installers and agencies to get the wraps up."

  • WPM wins WA Government contract

    West Print Management has successfully tendered the Department of Corrective Services (DCS) for the supply of design and print brokerage services.
    According to CEO Neil Clark, the win is a great vote of confidence in the company’s systems, staff and service offering. “We had been working with the DCS for three years when our original service agreement came up for review.

    “The Department of Treasury and Finance wanted the deal to be put through the tender process, but after all that it came back to us as the clear winner.”

    The one-year tender agreement has four one-year extension options. It includes the supply of a full end-to-end solution across print, promotional merchandise and design.

    WPM will be supplying the DCS with its full suite of online services that now include, client specific catalogues, ordering, templates, cost centre management, reviews and full activity reporting.

    Clark says the company’s three-year strong growth period continues as the demand for print management services remaining high.” In the last few months we have won three big contracts in public and private companies in the building, construction and mining industries.”

  • Variety Bash Car 15 report – day 4

    Weather and fatigue have caught up with Car 15 as the rally made its way up to Woolnorth, Tasmania’s largest wind farm.

    According to Currie’s Phillip Rennell, the wind came in at 40 knots at the top north west of Tasmania, then the rain set in. “We couldn’t stay long to admire the view at the farm built to capture the winds of the roaring forties.

    The fourth day of the Variety Bash was much more relaxed with barbeques and beer. A more evenly paced ride offset by the lack of coffee stops along their path as the race finished early at 4pm.

    “We are trying to get as much coffee as we can, but it’s challenging to find cafes along the road. Mechanically, the team’s car is now running fine, apart from the broken heater.

    “I am being blamed for breaking the passenger window, and the glove box doesn’t close anymore. “We have taped the window up and are driving with the glove box open. But they are mere flesh wounds compared to yesterday,” he says.

    Pictured: Peter Benjamin (left), Discus Digital Print and Bruce Peddlesden, On Demand enjoying down time.

  • Dynamic Leadership Skills – Management Development Program

    This course is designed for managers, up-and-coming managers or team leaders who may not necessarily have the experience, understanding and confidence.

    The three-day Dynamic and Leadership Skills course offers a comprehensive and accelerated management development program.

    If offers a unique opportunity to be coached on the fundamentals of self-management and leadership of peak-performing teams.

    Learning Outcomes

    Successful completion of this course will provide participants with formal qualifications that can be used as recognition of prior learning for future ongoing studies.

    Participants will be able to:

    • Effectively self-manage and lead others with increased self confidence
    • Further develop successful teams
    • Lead and inspire by example
    • Identify strengths and areas for further development
    • Successfully apply five appropriate leadership styles
    • Incorporate communication skills into the probem-solving and decision-making processes
  • Digital Print Estimating

    This introductory course is designed and developed to provide an overview of digital print estimating.

    It is ideal for those inside the printing industry, such as company owners, managers and supervisors.  Sales people, print buyers and print production coordinators will also benefit from attending this course.

    The ‘Digital Print Estimating’ workshop will help you to understand the true costs of what you are quoting.

    Workshops objectives:

    • Understanding the client’s requirements
    • Price sheet estimating
    • Estimating various types of digital formats
    • Estimating complex printed products
    • Estimating standards and finishing
    • The correct methods to prepare and present accurate quotes
  • Digital Print Customer Service

    This course is designed and developed to provide an overview of the digital print client serivce process.  Far from a ‘generic’ customer service course, the ‘Digital Print Customer Service Workshop’ is geared specifically toward digital print.

    It is ideal for all who would like to be proficient in customer service as well as those seeking to work in Digital Print customer service.  The course is also well suited to individuals who may already be in customer service but would like to broaden their skills.

  • US print industry mag folds after 128-years

    Penton Media’s American Printer magazine has published its last edition after a century in print, there won’t be a September issue.

    According to editor-in-chief, Katherine O’Brien, parent company Penton “stuck with us through some mighty lean months, but ultimately, there was no foreseeable model to achieve profitability."

    Every month the trade publication featured management, press, prepress and postpress articles as well as industry news and new products. Covering effective implementation of technology and techniques for US commercial printers.

    O’Brien provides a footnote detailing the publication’s history in her farewell letter:

    • Published under the auspices of Henry O. Shepard’s printing company, Inland Printer debuted in October 1883. A few years later, Shepard created the Inland Printer Co to keep his printing plant and publishing activities separate. In addition to publishing the magazine, the Inland Printer Co produced technical books for the trade and operated the Inland Printer Technical School.
    • Reeling from the Great Depression, the Inland Printer sold the magazine to Tradepress Publishing Corp in 1941.
    • In 1945, Maclean-Hunter Publishing Corp acquired Inland Printer.
    • In November 1958, Maclean Hunter acquired a New York-based publication, originally called The American Printer. In deference to the rapid growth of the offset lithographic industry, the magazine had changed its name to The American Lithographer. The combined Maclean Hunter publications became The Inland and American Printer and Lithographer.
    • In 1961, the magazine was renamed Inland Printer/American Lithographer. Several other variations ensued.
    • In January 1979, the title changed to American Printer and Lithographer and was subsequently shortened to American Printer and in January 1982.
    • As of September 2011, American Printer ceased publication.