Archive for December, 2013

  • Plenty of WA sunshine to drive printer’s solar energy

    Label Makers is taking advantage of the generous hours of Perth sunshine – almost nine hours per day on average – by investing and installing a whopping 30kw photovoltaic solar power system on the roof of its factory in Karratha Street, Welshpool.

    The system consists of 92 Sunpower 327 E20 panels feeding into two SMA Sunny Tripower 15KW inverters; producing 53,000kWh’s of electricity per annum, reducing carbon emissions by 51.3 tonnes per year.

    92 Sunpower 327 E20 panels

    According to Adam Holling, Label Makers’ production manager the move represents an important investment in the company’s new ways to drive down its environmental impact. “We are a business that generates waste streams, and our focus is always to eliminate, reduce or recycle. We have made a number of recent investments in energy saving technologies, including digital printing machinery, and a full upgrade of our factory lighting to low-energy induction lighting – making a significant saving on our power usage,” he said.

    The installation means Label Makers is accredited with Level 3 Green Stamp certification. The installation was performed by electrical, data, communications, and solar specialists Cablelogic. “ They showed courtesy and professionalism from the earliest stages of the project, offering sound advice, and clear communication,” said Holling.  “There was a period of consultation between Cablelogic, Label Makers, and Western Power, during which expectations were outlined and delivery times agreed.
    “The project manager and the installers were considerate toward the operational needs of the business, and managed the project with virtually no interruption to our production facility. The work was carried out exactly as per the schedule, and finished to a very high standard.”
    Label Makers is a specialist manufacturer of high quality self adhesive labels and tags, and are nationwide suppliers of a wide range of custom printed labels for industrial applications, as well as barcode labels for healthcare, transport, logistics, asset management and inventory management sectors.

  • Closing time for the Galley Club in 2014

    Book printing consolidation appears to have dealt a fatal blow to the venerable publishing industry production association as fewer professionals find the time to attend and contribute.

    But it’s an ill wind that blows no good and not-for-profit associations that promote literacy are likely to receive a windfall if the proposed termination of the Galley Club of Sydney goes ahead. According to long-term convenor and past president, Michael Schulz, the association has accumulated considerable funds over the years from sponsors and contributors.

    'It is time to talk about your club one last time' – Michael Schulz

    He suggests that if an extraordinary general meeting in February approves closing down the club, the funds be donated to charities and not-for-profit organizations, whose cause is related to the promotion of reading or writing.

    In an understandably melancholy communiqué, Shultz, (pictured) director of major book printer, SOS Printing in Sydney, details the fall off in participation that has brought undone the Club for publishing professionals with an interest in promoting excellence in production.

    Over the last four decades, the Club has organised many seminars, social events and, of course, the annual awards. I have been a member of the club for the last ten years and I have seen many fun and interesting events, enjoyed great award nights and most of all, met many wonderful people.

     But like many other associations, we are having a hard time to find people with time to maintain the club, organise events and update websites. We have sent out many appeals and it is obvious that everybody is too busy to devote time to the club – and time it needs – so it seems inevitable that we have to accept that this club won’t continue and should be put to rest.

     The extraordinary general meeting in February will review the Club’s accounts and table the intention to resolve the club. Schulz suggests that anyone who knows of a suitable Australian organization to be a beneficiary of the fund should email their details and a brief description to


  • Happy Birthday Reg Louden – Aussie legend turns 100

    Reg Louden may be the oldest working printer in the world, and this Sunday 22nd December marks his 100th birthday. He’s a printing industry veteran, a business leader and Bunbury WA local legend, 100 years on and still working – raise the glasses, take to web, hit twitter, comment below and join the team at Print21 in wishing Reg Louden a very special happy birthday.

    Across a remarkable a career spanning nearly 90 years he has worked his through nearly every production job in the industry, from floor to foreman to founder of his own business, Express Print. And this Friday, 20th December, over 130 of Louden’s friends and family, peers, partners and customers will join the man himself to celebrate this extraordinary milestone in style at the Forest Avenues Bowls Club.

    Louden understandably takes more of a back-seat with the business these days, with the day-to-day running now in the capable hands of his daughter Kerry Kirkpatrick. But you just can’t keep a good printer down, Louden still pops by a couple of afternoons a week to keep up to speed with the business.

    Happy Birthday,  Reg Louden

    Kirkpatrick says of her father, “He just has a passion for printing. A lifetime love-affair. He’s certainly seen a lot of changes, and always kept up with the times.”

    An ink-in-the-blood printer since the age of fourteen, Louden started out in the industry as a linotype apprentice in 1927 on his hometown newspaper, the Kalgoorlie Miner. He worked his way up through ranks until 1941, when Louden volunteered for the military and went off to serve in the 2/28th Battalion.

    With his battalion, Louden was caught in heavy fighting at a site called Ruin Ridge, south of the El Alamien. In 1942, Louden was captured and held in POW camp in Bengazi for three months, before being transferred to Camp 57 in Italy, where he remained for nearly two years.

    Among many adventures on his long journey home, the young Louden recalls sharing a royal morning tea at Buckingham Palace, where he met King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, and the then princess Elizabeth.

    Back home again, in 1951 Louden moved with his family to Bunbury, where he took a job as a press operator on the South Western Times newspaper. Over nearly nine years Louden worked his way up to foreman, before finally striking out in 1960 to start Express Print with his business partner Ron Davenport.

    53 years on Express Print is a thriving print shop with a staff of twelve, a lively mix of printers and graphic designer running a comprehensive shop floor from a Heidelberg Speedmaster GTO 52 to a fully kitted digital plant.

  • Dr Feelgood promises “wild ride” for Heidelberg Women in Print 2014

    Heidelberg Women in Print ramps up for another series of business breakfasts, to run in March 2014. Now in its eighth year in Australia, this unique women’s-only industry forum will see a keynote address from renowned speaker and leading health commentator Dr Sally Cockburn, TV and radio’s ‘Dr. Feelgood.’

    Heidelberg Women in Print provides an opportunity for all women working in the print and graphic media industry to network and to hear from leading women speakers. One of the most anticipated events in the industry’s annual calendar, Heidelberg Women in Print was established in 2007 with 290 guests turning out for the inaugural run of dinner and cocktail networking events. Numbers grew to 400 by the 2008, with nearly 500 women attending in 2011 and 2012.

    Dr Cockburn will share her personal story with guests, and open the floor a frank and free discussion about diet and exercise, touching on a range of complex issues like mother-guilt and “why many are too tired for sex.”

    “Dr Feelgood” – Dr Sally Cockburn addresses Heidelberg Women in Print 2014

    Dr Cockburn promises guests will be in for “a wild ride through women’s health – but not the way you know it!”

    Dr Cockburn is one of Australia’s leading health communicators. With over 30 years clinical experience, including six years working in public hospitals, she began her media career as ‘Dr Feelgood’ in 1990 when a patient invited her to take part in a radio program. Since then she has hosted a string of top-rated national radio talk-back shows discussing sex and relationships, including her debut ‘Pillowtalk’ for six years, and currently ‘Talking Health’. She has written articles and columns for national magazines, including New Idea, New Woman and Girlfriend, hosted a regular segment on Good Morning Australia on Channel 10 for nine years and published a bestseller ‘Dr Feelgood’s Thoughts on Sex and Relationships.’

    The following dates are confirmed, with registrations opening in the New Year:

    • Melbourne, March 18
    • Adelaide, March 20
    • Perth, March 21
    • Brisbane, March 25
    • Sydney, March 26
  • Just a thought… Yes Ivan, there is a printing industry

    A post-modernist Christmas-story…

    We’ve all heard of the famous editorial, published way back in 1897 by the New York’s “Sun” newspaper, in response to a letter from a young girl, by the name of Virginia, doubting the existence of Santa Claus. Well, 116-odd years later, doubters and disbelievers still exist, not so much about Santa Claus as we all know he DOES exist, but about our very own printing industry.

    Recently, in a post-modernist twist to the original version, James Cryer received this from a candidate questioning the very existence of the printing industry.

    Here, like the editor of the New York “Sun” newspaper, he tries to reassure a doubting Thomas, that “Yes, Ivan, there IS a printing industry.

    Hi James,
    To be honest, after I’ve had time to marinate in the thought, I’m worried that the printing industry is in a great decline as we come into a new digital age.
    What are your thoughts, and do you think the print industry is something I should look to be getting back into?
    My main fear in with any new role is job security.
    Kind regards,
    Ivan – I hope you haven’t been stewing in the pot for too long.

    You may be being a bit naive in thinking the printing industry is in decline – you’ve possibly become a victim to too much email hype! Let me reveal a great truth, it’s a best kept secret, so don’t tell anyone: there is NO such thing as the printing industry.

    Its existence has been the subject of much speculation, like the existence of an imaginary planet which scientists have proved exists by theoretical measurements, but which exists only in peoples’ mind’s eye. The theoretical existence of this vast mass hurtling through time and space, known as the printing industry, has been the subject of learned discussion for centuries, wherever learned men and women have gathered together to discuss those great philosophical issues that affect the very wellbeing of Civilisation itself.

    The question, is there a printing industry or not, has tantalised, teased, tortured and tormented the minds of some of the greatest philosophers and thinkers the world has ever known. And still there is no answer.

    What we do know, however, is that there is a thriving group of people busily producing labels and packaging who are constantly evolving new and exciting materials and applications. Over here is another group, busily developing exciting new signage and branding capabilities, including wrapping whole buildings and fleets of cars!

    Somewhere else is an eager band of enthusiasts printing three-dimensional products and venturing headlong into the future by discovering an endless array of new opportunities.

    And tucked away just out of sight, well only out of sight of those too blind to see, is another group of dedicated die-hards engaged in developing new digital print opportunities in personalisation, enabling direct-mail to be customised for each and every household!

    Sorry, what was it again you were asking about the printing industry and whether it exists…?

    Only a very naive person would think that. So, no, the printing industry does NOT exist, but instead it thrives in many niches, responding, changing, adapting, like any living organism does to a changing environment.

    Anyone who believes print is declining may simply not have the kind of vision, energy and imagination that we need.

    Hope that helps, and a very Merry Christmas!

  • Goodbye Holden – What’s next? – Andy McCourt’s ReVerb

    Manufacturing in Australia is about to undergo the most significant upheaval since the 1940s. The announcement by GM Holden that it will stop making cars in Australia in 2017 is the latest in a series of blows to ‘traditional’ manufacturing that began  with the 1980 exit of Chrysler, which then morphed into Mitsubishi Motors Australia until it finally closed in 2008 after losing an estimated $1.5 billion over ten years.

    Nissan ceased manufacturing cars here in 1992 and now Ford and Holden will stop in 2017, while Toyota’s operations are under review. We are quite possibly staring down the barrel of ceasing to be a ‘car economy’ with $21.5 billion wiped out (Source: Monash University’s Centre for Policy Studies and Allen Consulting Group), along with about 45,000 jobs. That is approximately the same as if the entire Australian Printing and Packaging industry were to collapse. Rest assured that is not about to happen because our industry is SME-driven and not at the mercy of decisions made in Detroit or Tokyo.

    Traditional manufacturing is going through a socio-economic revolution, no different to the industrial revolution that created it.  I grew up not far from the largest car factory in the world – British Leyland’s Longbridge, Birmingham plant where 250,000 were employed at its peak. It was formerly known as the Austin-Morris and then BMC factory where the iconic Mini was made. While still at grammar school, my mates and I would work there cleaning machinery and air conditioning ducts during the annual two-week shutdown. It was filthy work but the pay was great and we urchins ended each day looking like Dickesnsian street kids. My Mother once dumped my jeans and shirt in the bin rather than try to wash them. The money was fabulous to 15 and 16 year olds because we all lied about our ages (18) and received dirt, danger and overtime penalties.

    This factory complex that once sustained so many jobs and families, some say an entire city, is now a technology park, housing estate and shopping mall. The remains of the car business, called MG-Rover by 2005, was purchased by a Chinese company Shanghai Automotive and, while design and development takes place, only a trickle of MG cars are assembled there, from knock-down kits imported from China. This is industrial change on an apocalyptic scale.


    Despite the bad news from Ford and Holden, there are positives. Some Australian after-market manufacturers, such as Harrington Industries, foresaw the inevitable and started to diversify and open offshore a decade ago. Suspension, brakes, add-ons such as bull bars, roll over protection, mag wheels and so on form a market that accounts for around 16,000 of the 45,000 jobs in automotive manufacturing here – and it exports. We should not forget printing’s contribution in the form of vehicle wraps which continue to grow to a point where ‘paint replacement’ is a viable term in the auto after-market.

    The demise of car manufacturing in Australia has been inevitable for some time but I do not buy GM Holden’s Mike Devereaux’s ‘perfect storm’ explanation for one minute. The obvious fact is loss of market share to better featured, cheaper and appealing vehicles. Put another way – they’ve been making the wrong cars.  While GM Holden has been busy banging out Commodores and Ford staying with its ‘family car’ equivalent the Falcon; Australians have been buying smaller but fully-featured cars, SUVs and prestige imports from Europe. The female market has been ignored – how many women do you know with a burning desire to own a Commodore or Falcon? I would have thought Australia would be the perfect place to develop the world’s best 4WD and all-terrain passenger vehicles. Equally, we should be leading the world in solar/electric transport. We don’t because the Detroit mentality stymied any revolutionary development in favour of the same old model and easy government hand-outs.

    The Tesla electric cars made in the USA, while still expensive, are an example of how our automotive industry should have been thinking 20 years ago. While our transformation to an all-imported, locally sold and serviced car platform will continue to provide jobs in showrooms, parts warehouses and garages; manufacturing should stimulate R&D, which stimulates innovation, which can make a country like Australia a world leader much in the same way as the Cochlear ‘bionic ear’ now dominates the world market for such hearing implants.

    We need to be using our nation’s considerable brain-power to invent new manufacturing industries, in particular concerning Bio-Tech and Nano-Sciences.


    Our printing industry, or more correctly printing and allied industries; has already been through a form of apocalyptic change but much more still needs to be done. Those still printing symbolic ‘Commodores and Falcons’ will not survive. Digital production techniques favour a market such as Australia – and New Zealand. Short runs of rapidly produced product, close to the markets where they are consumed, still offer the best hope for growth and profits. If you are still in the high volume, mass production offset/flexo/gravure market then heavy automation is the answer but ultimately digital print production will be your game too.

    I find it quite encouraging seeing digital and hybrid digital/offset businesses changing. Companies like Focus Press in NSW, Civic Media in Qld in the signage and display space, Finsbury Green, IPMG with its move to Warwick Farm; New Zealand’s Benefitz and so many others. It shows change can be managed and managed intelligently.


    We are yet to see the full impact of the latest forces of change and printing will not be exempt from the fall-out. A recent NASA paper presented at a future-forum in the USA asserts that we are about to move into an entirely new phase of human development. The historical phases all had massive impacts on communities:

    • Nature-provided: the hunter-gatherer era of 1 million to 10,000 BC.
    • Nature-controlled: the agricultural era where humankind was able to control its food chain and habitats; from 10,000BC to 1800AD. We also changed from oral to written and then printed literate societies.
    • Mechanised everything: the Industrial Revolution and its subsequent evolution that created the modern world from 1800 to 1950.
    • Automated everything: we are still in this phase and it includes the IT and Telecommunications revolution. Agriculture and Industry are now automated almost universally; 1950 up to 2020
    • Bio-Nano: already nascent but tipped to begin in earnest by 2020. Fortunes will be made in Bio and Nano technologies and it even exists in printing with Landa’s Nanography.
    • Robotisation: 2050-? By 2050, Robots will not only be running most IT, Bio, Nano, Industrial and Agricultural technology but will be able to self-replicate and possible surpass human intelligence. Robots are not just R2D2-types but can be Nano-robots used in medicine to enter the bloodstream and destroy cancerous cells for example.

    If NASA’s predictions prove correct it begs the question: “What will humans do in a fully robotized, automated manufacturing and food production world?” A rather eerie expression used in the NASA report is: “Beyond human AI.” (Artificial Intelligence). Even the equivalent of Cyborgs get a mention. Humans with robotic implants and ‘second brains’ using low-energy Petaflop computing.

    It’s a big question, one for the ethicists. The only answer I can come up with is more time at the beach, reading good books. It may never happen on NASA’s postulated scale but one thing is certain – we need to get ready for and embrace change at every level of manufacturing. Printing and its allied disciplines are no exception and already we can see new markets bubbling up from the IT soup such as 3D printing, printed electronics, artificial skin, super-thin tough materials, digitally-printed textiles and so on.

    As an industry, we are not in a bad position compared to others; our adoption of digital processes right from the start of the PC era in 1984 and on to the introduction of full colour digital printing in 1993, continue to serve us well. And, with around 6,000 print-related businesses across the country, we have a strong foundation of family and SME organizations and no one in Detroit, Tokyo, London or elsewhere and make a single decision that will devastate the entire industry.

    Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas break and I look forward to seeing you back, refreshed and revitalized, in 2014.


  • HP Indigo the “missing piece” for Blue Star

    Two new HP Indigo 7600s have cut out a rich niche in Blue Star’s Silverwater facility, with the high-speed digital engines driving business for the commercial printing giant. Impressed by the Indigo 7600’s productivity and quality, Blue Star has ploughed an estimated $1.7 million into the new digital operation, with capacity already on the rise by as much as 30% each month.

    The first HP Indigo 7600 hit the floor in April, with the second following in October. The investment represents a broader move towards high-end digital print production for Blue Star, picking up new work and maximising its online portals.

    Matt Aitken, group general manager print and DM, Blue Star, said, “We’re rapt with the results. The HP Indigo was the right technology fit for Silverwater, running alongside the sheet-fed. We are very happy with the outcome. The quality is right up there with litho, which allows us the freedom to pass work between the different platforms. We can choose the process best suited to the job, confident that the quality will stand up.”

    Using its enhanced productivity mode, the HP Indigo 7600 amps up speeds to a blistering 133 colour pages per minute. It run a set of new-generation supplies, from photo imaging plate to binary ink developer, which improves print quality, performance and lifespan, while reducing waste by up to 20% for more sustainable printing.

    The digital plant runs a team of twelve across two shifts, with the two engines estimated to be clocking as much as 75% capacity. Aitkens says that the capacity is steadily rising by around 15% month-on-month, with booklet work alone estimated to be growing by as much as 30%.

    The plant is a separate self-sustaining operation. According to Aitken, it was built around the two Indigos as its own custom high-end digital printing business, with its own imaging, team and processes ensuring Blue Star can hit the tight turnarounds.

    Mark Stevens, head of digital and wide-format, said, “It’s been an easy transition. It’s part of a boarder group strategy to grow the digital footprint for Blue Star. We were seeing a trend of smaller runs, jobs where personalisation was the key. Our web-to-print portal is also growing, and the digital plant was a vital addition. The Indigos were just the missing piece.”

    Stevens oversees work on the Indigos at Silverwater and says that crossover between the devices has been important, with operators working multiple machines at the same time. He is quick to praise the team at Currie Group who handled the install.

    “They’re great guys. They have a brilliant training facility down in Melbourne. There’s an onsite three-level training program, which our operators have gone through. Over the eight months since the establishment of the digital plant, they’ve been invaluable support to Blue Star,” said Stevens.

    A complete end-to-end solution, the two 7600s are backed up by a BQ 270 perfect binder, a 30-bin Horizon three-way stitcher and a couple of Duplos which were picked up from the Geon closure.

  • Richard Rasmussen’s Market Watch – 2013 year in review: Part 2

    Richard Rasmussen, director of Ascent Partners, continues his review of the year. In Part 2, he turns his attention to the major machinery that was reported as being installed or sold. This summary is by no means complete, as not all installations are reported, but does provide a guide as to the volumes and type of machinery being sold.

    Get involved in the action. To help improve the completeness of the list, and offer a more comprehensive outlook on our industry, we encourage suppliers and printer to report their installation and sales stories. If it’s worth picking up, it’s worth talking about, and we’d love to hear from you. Send your tips and stories to

    Quite despite industry’s sombre mood these past twelve months, it’s all been all go on the machinery front; there was a lot of equipment  purchased over the year:

    • Two web presses sold / installed and some ancillary equipment was installed at Fairfax and News sites
    • The demise of A3 offset presses, once the dominant volume installation machine in the 70s to mid 00’s had only two reported as sold or installed. A2 Offset fared better, mainly longer machines.
    • A1 offset and larger was dominated by longer machines with Heidelberg, Komori, Ryobi, manroland and KBA sharing the spoils.
    • Lots of digital presses were reported sold / installed, with Xerox stating they had sold nearly 200 J75 presses in six months. This substantiates that we by no means captured all digital press sales by other suppliers. HP Indigo featured prominently.
    • Inkjet started to enter the market.
    • High volumes of Flat Bed Wide Format and related finishing sales and installations  were reported.
    • CtP sales slowed compared to the early 00’s to coincide with offset sales.
    • Finishing equipment was mainly around smaller systems, built on digital press sales.

    All Market Watch reports are available for subscription / downloading at

    A.          Web Press and related  

    PMP WA Ferag Mailroom system
    Fairfax NSW / VIC Manroland Equipment (various)
    News Limited NT Ferag Inserting Line
    News Ltd NT KBA Comet Press
    PMP Clayton VIC Lithoman 96 pp Duplex heatset web
    Franklin VIC Lithoman 80 pp Heatset web
    News Limited NT Ferag Inserting Line

    B.          A3 and A2 Offset

    Service Printers NZ Heidelberg XL 75 plus coater
    Rawson / Artvue NSW Komori L 29 H UV Press
    ??? ?? Ryobi A3 press on PacPrint stand
    First Choice Printing NSW Heidelberg SX 74 – 5
    Apex Print and Design NZ Heidelberg SX 52
    GT Print QLD Heidelberg XL 75 – 5 colour offset press
    Rawson Graphics NSW Komori H-UV LS 529
    Printforce WA Komori Offset Press
    Worldwide Hub WA Heidelberg XL 75 – 5 colour offset press

    C.          A1 Offset and Larger

    CMYK Hub VIC Komori G40 – P8 colour H-UV
    Centrum NSW KBA Rapida 162a
    Megacolour NSW Heidelberg CD 102 – 6
    Cornerstone QLD Heidelberg CX 102 – 5
    TC Printing VIC Heidelberg XL 106-10
    Colorpak ??? manroland R 706 LTTLV
    CMYK Hub WA Ryobi 920 5 colour plus coater    (July 13)
    Hannapak NSW manroland 706
    Undisclosed Melbourne printer VIC manroland 706
    Southern Colour VIC Heidelberg XL 106-10 and XL 106-6 + coater
    Bright Print Group NSW Komori GL 540 plus coater Offset Press
    Whirlwind VIC Komori GL 840 H-UV press
    Picton Press WA KBA 10 Colour Perfector 106 Press
    CMYK Hub NSW Ryobi 8 colour 928 P

    D.          Digital

    Pemara Vic HP Indigo WS 6600
    Courtney Vic HP Indigo 10000
    Lotsa Printingin QLD Xerox I Gen 4 EXP
    Industrial Printing Company NSW Ricoh Pro C901
    Kingswood Press QLD Xerox I Gen 4
    3 x Unnamed NSW printers NSW Heidelberg Linoprint digtial presses
    Kosdown Printing VIC MGI Meteor DP8700 XL Digital Press
    Pegasus NSW Fuji Xerox DocuWide C842
    Appliance testing supplies VIC Heidelberg (sold by Gallus) Linoprint L Digital Press
    LEP QLD HP Indigo 5500
    Bambra Press VIC HP Indigo 10000
    Colorcorp QLD HP Scitex FB 7600 Press
    Various HP Indigo 10 Pacprint sales
    Tennyson Printing QLD Kodak Nexpress
    Ulladulla Printing NSW Konica Minolta C7000
    Newprint HRG QLD Konica Minolta C70 HC
    Kwik Kopy Liverpool NSW Konica Minolta C6000 Pro
    CMYK Signs and Digital Print NZ Ricoh C651 ex Colour
    Spot Productions QLD Xerox Colour 1000
    Minuteman Press Mt Waverley VIC Xerox Colour Press 800
    Digital Print HQ VIC Fuji Xerox J75 and D110
    Digital Print HQ VIC Epson Surecolor SC T7000
    Label House VIC HP Indigo WS 6600 Label Press
    Scott Printing WA HP Indigo 5000 (Used).
    Label House VIC HP Indigo WS 6600 Label Press
    Picton Press WA Kodak Nexpress SX 2700 and SX 3900
    Studio Q AKL Ricoh Pro C651 ex
    Lightening Labels AKL HP Indigo ws 4600
    D Pod NZ HP Indigo 7600
    Lane and Post SA Canon ColorStream 3700 Digital Press
    Zip Form WA Canon ColorStream 3700 Digital Press
    Kuhn Corp QLD Fuji Xerox J75
    Hero Print NSW Kodak Nexpress SX 3900 (March 13)
    Excel NZ Fuji Xerox I Gen 150
    Rocket Print NZ HP Indigo WS 4600 Label press
    Wickliffe NZ Fuji Xerox I Gen 4 + finishing
    Kosdown Printing VIC MGI Meteor DP 8700 XL
    Various Aust Fuji Xerox Almost 200  x J75 digtial printers
    Imagination Graphics NSW Konica Minolta Bizhub C8000 digital printer
    Port Printing WA Scodix S74 Pro
    Unnamed NZ customer NZ Scodix S74 Pro
    Mulqueen Printers VIC Heidelberg Linoprint C751 EX
    The Digital Centre NSW Fuji Xerox I Gen 150 Digital Press
    The Laminating Company VIC Celmac Digital Label Press
    Print Media Group VIC HP Indigo 7600
    Rapid Labels VIC HP Indigo WS 6600
    Graphic Source WA Xerox I Gen 4 Diamond edition

    E.          Ink Jet

    Benefitz Akl/ NZ Dianippon Screen B2 size Truepress Jet SX
    Kalamazoo NZ Fuji Xerox 3 x 2800 Inkjet press
    The Print Centre VIC Inca Onset S40 i
    SOS NSW Fuji Xerox 2800 Inkjet press

    F.          Flat Bed Wide Format and related finishing

    D Pod NZ Roland DG Solijet 4 XR – 640
    Sony DADC NSW Agfa Jeti 3020 Titan UV Digital Inkjet flatbed
    ?? ?? Anapurna M2050
    Vivad VIC DGS Mimaka 3.2 metre dye sublimation ATP
    Visualcom Printing and Signage ?? Durst P10 1250 flatbed printer
    Clarke Murphy NSW Esko Kongsberg XP
    Rocket AKL Fuji Actuity Advance Select Flatbed
    Image Centre Group NZ Fujifilm Iuvistar
    Direct Image Digital Printing WA FujiFilm Actuity LED 1600
    Kelmatt VIC Oce Procut 3200 XXXL
    LF Media WA Swiss Q Print Impala Flatbed UV
    Abbey Group NSW Swiss Q Print Oryx Digital Flatbed
    Vivad VIC VUTek GS 2325 LX Pro
    Media Point VIC Zund G3 cutting line
    Lotsa Printing QLD HP FB 500 UV Flatbed
    Vital Signs VIC Roland DG Soljet Pro 4 XR-640
    Evoke Media WA Fujifilm Actuity LED 1600
    Grace Engineering VIC Oce Arizona 480 XT UV Flatbed
    Bull DSP VIC Vutek by DES GS 2000LX
    Landells Signs VIC Vutek by Spicers 2 x GS3250 LX Pro
    ADS Australia VIC Roland DG XF 640 printer and GX 640 cutter
    SOS NSW HP Indigo 7500 x 2 (Used ex Geon)
    The Sticker Company VIC Canon Oce Arizona 460 GT
    Active Display VIC HP Scitex FB 10000 Flatbed
    Active Display VIC HP Latex 3000 Roll to Roll Printer
    Juggernaut Graphics AKL HP Latex 3000 Roll to Roll Printer
    ABC Photosigns VIC HP Latex 3000 Roll to Roll Printer
    Brand Print VIC Canon Arizona 350 GT
    Brand Print VIC Konsberg XN 24 cutting table
    Lotsa QLD HP Scitex FB 500 UV Flat bed
    Fineline VIC HP Designjet L28500
    Brave Design NZ Roland DG Pro 4 XF-640 wide format
    Mezographic VIC Fujifilm Uvistar Pro 8 Grand format printer
    Quality Press WA HP Scitex FB 700
    Quality Press WA HP Designjet LX26500
    Mayer Australia NSW Swiss Q Print Oryx Flatbed
    Mayer Australia NSW Swiss Q Print Summa F series cutter
    Double Impact Displays NSW Roland Versa UV LEJ – 640  printer
    Gateway Printing WA Canon Arizona 480 GT
    Next Printing NSW Dhurst Rotex 322
    Next Printing NSW Oce Procut 1600
    Gateway WA Oce ProCut 2500 L Cutter
    Landells Signs VIC EFI 2 x VUTek GS 3250 LX Pro LED UV Grand format printers
    Kodan Oz Vic swissQprint Oryx Digital flat bed printer
    Sign – A – Rama Vic Roland DG SolJet Pro 4 XR-640 printer cutter
    Australian Corporate Signage Vic Agfa Anapurna 2050
    Allprint NSW swissQprint Impala
    The Laminating Company VIC HP Scitex FB 500 flatbed
    The Laminating Company VIC HP Latex 280
    The Laminating Company VIC Epson Stylus Pro 9800 wide format
    Big Image SA Fujifilm Uvistar Pro 8 wide format (5M)
    Big Image SA Fujifilm Uvistar Pro 8 wide format (5M)
    Q Print Finshing VIC Esko Kongsberg XP 24 digital cutter

    G.          CtP

    Dragon Printing NSW Screen Platewrite FX 87011 Flexo CtP
    Mercedes Waratah VIC Elanatix 125 SX thermal plate processor
    CMYK Hub VIC Kodak Magnus 800 Platesetter
    ??? ??? Screen Platewrite FX 870 Mkll Flexo CtP
    Signature Labels SA Screen Flexo PlateRite FX 8700II CtP
    BA Printing and Publishing NSW Cron 2616-E CtP
    Editions and Impressions du Pacifc New Caladonia Heidelberg Suprasetter A75
    Centrum Printing NSW Fujifilm VLF Platemaker
    Various incl. Border Watch and Signature Labels SA Aust / NZ Screen 9 x Platewrite CtP systems sold / installed since PacPrint 2013
    Impress Printers ACT Presstek Dimension Excel 425 CtP

    H.          Finishing

    Spot On QLD  D&K Europa laminator
    Acorn Press NSW Autobond Mini 76 TH MK2 laminator
    Typeface NSW Autobond Micro 52 laminator
    CMYK Hub VIC Busch SW 125 RLA Pile turner
    Who Printing NSW Ecosystem Celloglazer
    BHP Print NSW Horizon 3 tower collator
    Southern Colour VIC Muller Acora A7 prefect binder ex Geon
    Various Various Rilecart 10 orders for Ultramac hole puncher
    ??? ??? Rigo Lamibind 420 PUR Perfect Binder
    Pressprint NZ Stahl TH 56 Folder
    Daroji Digital Finishing QLD Thermotype ZIP TSL2  trim score perf
    Fotobase SA Watkiss Digital Finishing System
    Press Print Digital VIC Rigo Lamibind 420 PUR
    Lane and Post SA Lasermax Roll Finishing system
    Zip Form WA Lasermax Roll Finishing system
    Sirus Printing NSW Graphic Wizard FM 100 perforating machine
    Special Binding QLD Autobond Mini 105 Laminator
    Flash Graphics NSW Seal 65 Pro MD Laminator
    Fineline VIC Horizon Stitchliner 5500
    AMR Hewitt VIC Heidelberg Varimatrix 82 CS diecutter
    Print Finishing Line WA Horizon BQ 280 PUR binder
    Madman Printing VIC Polar 66 guillotine
    Rawson Graphics NSW Autobond Mini 76 TH Laminator
    Elect Printing ACT Horizon BQ – 280 PUR Binder
    The Laminating Company VIC Kala Atlantic Laminator

    I.          Other

    Pan Print NZ Rotocontrol Slitter / Rewinder
    ?? ??? Mark Andy Performance Series P7 label Press
    Aldine Printers QLD Memjet Label module
    Kingsland Print NZ Scodex Digital Imaging
    Kwik Kopy (100 stores) Aust EFI Printsmith MIS
    Doggett Vic /NSW MarquipWard 2 x United TSKM 1650 Sheeters
    Cheque – Mates NSW Neopost AS – 970 C Mach 5 Inkjet
    The Laminating Company VIC Memjet Astrojet M1 envelope printer
    The Laminating Company VIC Multicam CNC Cutter and Router
    McLean Images QLD Kornit Storm 2 Textile Printer
  • The logic of higher productivity – Print21 Magazine feature

    There is more to improving productivity than simply running an engine faster. Reliability and continuous uptime can make all the difference. Paul McGarity is a convert to the improved performance of his new iGen4, not least because it gets him home earlier than expected.

    It was a perfect storm; the operators of Digital Logic’s new digital engine were away in Sydney being trained on the iGen4EXP. The production schedule of variable data print jobs was punishing and on deadline. The work had to be done and there was only the boss, Paul McGarity, to take on the ‘gap shift’ (7pm -3am) to help out. From experience he did the numbers, estimated how long it would take and phoned his wife to tell her to expect him home around 3am.

    The files were queued up; he checked the paper trays and pressed the ‘GO’ button. The Fuji Xerox engine sprang into life, outputting at the rated speed of 110 A4 colour pages per minute. McGarity worked solidly, keeping up with the machine, stacking and feeding, and waiting for the inevitable glitch to slow it down.

    It never happened. The new iGen kept on and on without a hiccup and by 11.30pm McGarity, much to the surprise of his wife, was walking into his home, job done. He was also now a convert to the concept of higher productivity and to the reliability of Digital Logic’s two new iGen engines.

    “I was blown away. The productivity difference between the previous iGen and the new iGen4 is unbelievable. It’s like chalk and cheese, it’s reinvigorated the whole team,” he says.

    The install of two iGens required the removal of a front window onto busy Warrigal Road, Moorabbin

    Print is best when personalised

    Digital Logic, Melbourne-based pioneers of sophisticated variable data-driven direct marketing, are digital printing veterans. McGarity and his partner, Chris Proc, were among the first in the country to operate an iGen3, installing the first one seven years ago. Since then they’ve continually broken new ground in creating and promoting targeted personalised direct marketing campaigns. Their list of successful campaigns includes innovative loyalty programs, customer retention campaigns and business-to-business relationships.

    In late October they took delivery of a new iGen150 and an iGen4 to replace their two old iGen3s. The new machines were modified onsite to extend the sheet size to 660 x 365mm and then lined up alongside an existing Fuji Xerox 1000 to create an impressive arsenal of printing capacity.

    “We did the maths on market value when considering the modification. Most of our client print runs are between 60,000 and 90,000. The larger sheet size extends our capacity by 33 per cent and while the click charge is slightly more, it works out better for us,” he explains.

    The installation required the removal of a front window at the site onto busy Warrigal Road, Moorabbin. It took two weeks to get it all set up, during which time the trusty 1000 kept the show on the road with 24-hour shifts. Since then the iGens have powered on, notching up over 2.5 million impressions in the first three weeks. With the new production capacity from the iGens, the Digital Logic guys made the decision to bring back a lot of the work the company was previously out-sourcing.

    “We decided to in-source as hard as we could because of the extra productivity,” says McGarity. “Compared with the older machines there is no comparison when it comes to uptime. They just keep going and going. And with good colour management we can easily swap work between machines.

    “The iGens allow us to meet our schedules, which was not always the case with the older machines. A lot of the time you had to nurse them along. Now they just run. I’m a firm believer in Fuji Xerox. They bring other customers here to demonstrate how the machines work.”

    One of the most impressive aspects of the Digital Logic output is the amount of variable data print involved, over 90 per cent of the total. Much of it is very sophisticated direct marketing, involving multiple examples of personalisation. McGarity tells of an operator drawing his attention to a job for static business cards; it had become such a rarity.

    The new Fuji Xerox technology is undoubtedly a valuable addition to Digital Logic, but it needs to be kept in perspective with the pioneering work the company has done on promotional marketing. The intellectual property it has developed over the years is unparalleled in the sector, along with the efforts put into educating customers on the benefits of personalised marketing. You can bet the Digital Logic iGens will have plenty of high-quality work to keep them busy for the rest of their lives.

  • Issue 607 – 18 December 2013

    And another eventful year is winding down. Christmas is round the corner and 2013 nearly all behind us, but there’s still room for a little more. This week a local industry legend and possibly the longest serving printer out there, Bunbury WA’s Reg Louden celebrates his 100th birthday. So raise a glass, take to the web, comment here, or follow us on Twitter to wish Reg a very special happy birthday.


    And while we’re on the subject of well-wishing, a very merry Christmas to all of you!


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  • Australia Post digital mailbox appeal doesn’t deliver

    Australia Post has lost its drawn-out legal stoush with online mail rival Digital Post Australia. The Federal Court has just quashed an appeal filed by Australia Post more than a year after it first dismissed the mail giant’s allegations of trademark infringement and misleading and deceptive conduct against Digital Post Australia.

    Both providers announced their secured online mailbox services around March last year, with Digital Post Australia beating Australia Post’s Digital Mailbox to the punch by a week. Australia Post responded by almost immediately taking its competitor to court, alleging trademark infringement and moving to force an interlocutory injunction. The injunction, case and subsequent appeal have all been dismissed.

    Speaking with Print21 David Hynes, chairman Digital Post Australia, said, “It’s a great outcome. We weren’t going to be bullied by them. It was something that we had to defend, we never felt we did anything wrong. We were in the market ready to go, and Post got caught napping. They had to scramble to find a product and all the way along they’ve been responding to us getting in the market quickly.”

    According to a spokesperson Australia Post is considering its response to the judgement in due course, and that it is “disappointed with the outcome of this case as it leaves open the possibility of ongoing confusion for consumers.”

    Australia Post heralded the launch of the Digital Mailbox as part of its $2 billion Future Ready strategy to overhaul infrastructure in light of changed communication channels, spurred in part by an annual decline in mail volumes. Now at the end of its third year in transition, Australia Post reveals its addressed letter business has dropped by 6.4% in the last twelve months and its reserved mail business reported a loss of $147.4 million. This is a slippage of $33 million from last year’s results.

    For the first time in its 204-year history Australia Post is predominately a parcels business, since taking full ownership of StarTrack this year at a total investment of $401 million. Australia Post reported $5.9 billion revenue, and $312 million profit after tax.

    Co-owned by Computershare and Zumbox, Digital Post Australia claims around 1000 businesses are on board to use their service to digitally distribute shareholder information and rates notices. Australia Post has announced only a small handful of companies, including AMP, Yarra Valley Water and Australia Post’s own services.

    Both providers are currently making a play the secure government business. As of September Australia Post was conducting pilots with the Department of Human Services and the ATO. Digital Post Australia also reports that government interest is strong.

  • Screen-Fujifilm combo triples plate power for Rawson Graphics

    Rawson Graphics hits new speed and sustainability peaks with its latest prepress upgrades. Its switch to Fujifilm Brillia plates and a state-of-the-art Screen PlateRite CtP are set to triple the North Ryde-based printer’s platemaking speed and cut power consumption by more than 40%.

    Rawson Graphics has picked up a Screen PlateRite HD 8900 D CtP setter, with MAL-8900 autoloader, and transfers over to Fujifilm’s Brillia HD LH-PLE postive-working plates. Cranking up production speeds, the new kit will image the Fujifilm plates at 2400 dpi, at 33 B1 or 44 B2 plates per hour. This powers up a production chain running two Komori presses, promising increased quality and a drop in chemistry use by as much as 75%.

    Lachlan Finch, director, Rawson Graphics, said, “The new Fujifilm Lo-Chem system and Screen CtP will go a long way in helping meet our environmental goals while also increasing our efficiency. It is important that we satisfy our customers’ needs of speed to market, but also do it in a way that costs less and reduces our environmental impact.”

    Lachlan Finch, director Rawson Graphics

    Rawon Graphics is currently under review for ISO 14001 Environmental Management Quality certification, which it says it should complete some time in 2014. Since its merge with Art Vue Printing in July, Rawson Graphics picked up a Komori Lithrone 640 with coater and a new H-UV LS529, also designed for low energy use and reduced emissions.

    Finch maintains that the Fujifilm Brillia LH-PLE plates are better suited to the instant-drying inks used by the Komori H-UV, a key factor in making the shift.

    “We will also save power as the Screen PTR 8900 uses 88% less power while idling and about 40% less power while operating than our previous model,” he said.

    Sold on the green credentials, Finch intends to stick with the Fuji plates, aiming to go completely chemistry free when Fujifilm releases its fourth generation Pro T processless plates.

    Peter Scott, Screen managing director, said, “In today’s shorter run, multi-colour printing environment, more pressure is put on Prepress departments and the new PlateRite HD 8900E is up to the task. Both Rawson and Fujifilm can be secure in the knowledge that in-field upgrades to the faster ‘S’ and ‘Z’ models are possible, at up to 67 B1 plates per hour if necessary.”

    With over forty years in the industry, Rawson Graphics is one of only two companies in NSW to be members of the Mellow Colour ‘100 Club’, accredited with ISO 12647-2 colour precision. The Rawson team recently bagged a gold award at the NSW PICAs for the Justus magazine, and a silver for their work on the Revlon Colourstay Presentation Book.

  • Richard Rasussen’s Market Watch – 2013 year in review: Part 1

    As 2013 draws to a close Richard Rasmussen, director of Ascent Partners, sits back from his monthly Market Watch and takes stock of the industry landscape. After another twelve months of market movements, mergers and acquisitions, closures and the close running on major equipment installs and sales, Richard takes a look back over an exciting and turbulent year for print.

    Part 1 – Market Movements – Printers and Suppliers 2013.

    There were many big names that fell – Geon, Vega, BPA, Pageset, Troedel – Docucopy, Complete Print Solutions, Print National, National Trade Print and Hyde Park Press to name a few. Many of these businesses were later acquired in varying shapes and forms.

    It wasn’t all doom and gloom though, there were a good many acquisitions too, including the world’s largest where Consolidated Graphics purchased RR Donnelly in the USA, and many on the local front, proof that there is still confidence within our industry. There were also many mergers, alliances, new businesses, new premises, MBO’s and joint ventures.

    The list below was compiled from the Market Watch bulletins that we published each month. It certainly is not a definitive list. Undoubtedly there have been numerous other unreported market movements, some of which we are unable to publish due to confidentiality constraints, but it certainly does provide a good overview of our industry’s activity during 2013.

    For an even clearer insight into an industry in transition, be sure to look out for part two of this 2013 wrap-up, which will be published next week. This will focus on the major equipment sales and installations throughout the year.

    1. A.    Closures – Printers

    Q1  – Printability (VIC) winding up application, Kwik Kopy Bondi Junction (NSW) liquidation, Goprint (QLD) closure, Amcor (QLD) plant closure, Hyde Park Press (SA) auction, Australian Media Group (Aust) liquidation, Vega (VIC) receivership, Geon (Aust / NZ) receivership, Complete Print Solutions (VIC)administration, Cynergy (QLD) administration, Geon (QLD) plant closures , End Print Solutions (NSW) liquidation, Australian Printing Solution (VIC) Voluntary creditor’s liquidation, Print Media and Publishing Group (NSW), liquidation, BPA (VIC) receivers appointed, Kwik Kopy South Melbourne (VIC), liquidation.

    Q2 – Precision Cutting Formes (SA) voluntary creditor’s liquidation, Park Printing (NSW) liquidation, Blue Star Hume Site (ACT) closure, Monoset (QLD), liquidation, Dynamic Print Group (QLD) voluntary creditor’s liquidation, Spectrum Printing Australia (NSW) liquidation, Impulse Printing (QLD) voluntary creditor’s liquidation, Graphic Litho (QLD) voluntary creditor’s liquidation, Print Master (NSW) liquidation, PMP Chullora (NSW) plant closure, Troedel / Docucopy (VIC) liquidation.

    Q3 – Pageset (VIC) liquidation, Aberdeen Press (VIC) liquidation, APN (NSW) plant closure, Fairfax Media (wakato Times, NZ) plant closure, News Corp (Gold Coast, QLD) plant closure, Midway Print Group (VIC), voluntary creditor’s liquidation, Print National (NSW) receivership.

    Q4 – Eg Print (NSW) liquidation, National Trade Print (NSW) administration, Hervey Print (VIC) voluntary creditor’s liquidation, Snap Printing Hub (QLD) closure , Print Portal (NSW) voluntary creditor’s liquidation, D&D Print Group (NSW) meeting for proof of debt,  Variable Data Print (NSW) creditor’s meeting.


    1. B.     Closures – Suppliers

    Q1 – Manroland Plauen – plant closure, Vida Paper – filed for bankruptcy, Plunkett and Johnson (Aust) administration.

    Q2 – Luscher – bankruptcy

    Q3 and Q4 – Agfa Italy – close factory


    Sales / Acquisitions- Printers

    Location Seller Acquirer
    AUST Pacific Micromedia (a div of PMP) Experian
    VIC Complete Print Solutions and Fox Print Office Max
    NZ Geon Labels Blue Star
    VIC and NSW Geon (Bankstown) and Geon (Mt Waverley) Blue Star
    NZ Geon Blue Star
    WA Snap Kalgoorlie Snap Perth
    ACT Geon ACT Opus
    TAS Geon Todisco family
    VIC Four Trade Only Lamson Paragon
    VIC Vega Print Media Group
    VIC BPA Print Warehouse
    NZ Dpod Image Centre
    QLD Dynamic Print Communication Print Warehouse
    NZ APN’s Christchurch Star and Oamara Mail Mainland Media
    VIC BPA Newtone Press
    VIC Devsenses Excel
    VIC / SA Aust Flexographic Printers and Poly Products Co Pro – Pac Packaging
    NSW Eco Food Pack Aust Pro – Pac Packaging
    VIC Big Print Typo Oca Group
    NZ LCS Blue Print Imaging
    NSW PMP Canberra Focus Press
    VIC Pageset Ex Pageset partner
    WA Top Print CMYK Hub
    Vic William Trodel’s client list Newtone
    NZ KB Print Centurion
    NSW Amazing Paper Imagination Graphics
    NSW Cello Central Avon Graphics
    USA RR Donnelly Consolidated Graphics
    Aust / NZ APN ‘s magazine titles Bauer
    NSW Print National Bright Print Group
    VIC Detmold Flexibles Amcor
    VIC Self Adhesive Markings QLM Label Makers


    Sales / Acquisitions- Suppliers 

    Location Seller Acquirer
    Aust Rotation Dynamics Corp Ace Rollers and Rollmakers
    Aust Kiwo Sefar
    Aust BJ Ball Graph – Pak
    Global Morgana Plockmatic
    Global Impika Xerox
    Aust Universal Print Partners Currie Group
    Global Luscher Group MBO
    Aust Graffica DES
    Global Cadorit AB Paperlinx
    Global Gam Syst Software and Print Leader EFI
    Global Cleardrop MGI
    Global Metrix EFI
    Aust Pacfilm Jet Technologies
    Global Atex Adbase News Cycle Solutions
    NSW Plas Image and Qualsign Spandex Asia Pacific
    Global Lector Computersysteme EFI
    Global Escentric CCI
    NSW Network Marketing B J Ball
    NSW ProPrint Printer Magazine Group


    Mergers, alliances, MBOs, new entries, joint ventures, consolidations, openings – Printers  

    VIC Dynamic Direct and I Group Merger
    NSW Caxton Web / Bluestar Roll up into one entity
    NSW Amcor Opens paper mill
    WA Geon WA / Management Management buy Out
    WA Large Format Media New “trade only” business
    NSW Rawson Graphics and Artvue Merger
    NSW Peachy Print and Megacolour Shared premises
    VIC Digital Print HQ New business
    Vic Signarama Geelong New business
    VIC Colorpak Mt Waverley and Braeside Consolidate into Braeside
    Aust Amcor / Australasia and Packaging Distribution Demerger
    NSW Focus Press New premises
    NSW Foxcil New label business
    Vic Brand Print New premises
    NZ Spectrum Print New building
    VIC Peter Barnet New business
    VIC Aust Print New production facility
    NSW Mayer Australia Factory Move
    NSW Jagar Sprinting / Snap Business Integration
    VIC Lamson Paragon New Plant
    WA Label Makers Group WA / Label World (A div of Labelcraft) Joint Venture
    NSW Inside Out Print New business
    NSW Focus Press New print plant in Hume
    QLD Valley Edge Design / Handy Printing Service Merger


    Mergers, alliances, MBOs, new entries, joint ventures, consolidations, openings – Suppliers

    WA DES New branch office
    Global Ryobi and Mitsubishi Merger
    Aust PIAA and GASSA Merger
    NSW Canon New building commenced
    WA DES / Finchers Merger
    NT Ricoh Acquire DPS, business centre
    NZ Minipak Move
    Global Saxotech and DTI Merger
    Global HP New Scitex Ink plant
    NSW Jet Technology Moving
    Aust / NZ Colorite Group and IMS Group Joint venture
    VIC Chief Media New branch
    NSW GJS Machinery Move
    NSW Lanier New technology centre
    Global Heidelberg and Fujifilm Inkjet alliance
    Global Komori and Landa Alliance
    NSW GMC Software Technology New Australian office
    NSW Mimaki Opening Australian office
    Aust Russell Carr Paper B J Ball
  • Avonlea Labels rates Rapid X2 colour as best

    NSW printer Avonlea Labels has rated the image quality from its Rapid X2 narrow web press, with D2 finisher, as the best from all of its many presses.

    Mike Ellis, Avonlea Labels owner, said, “Our operators are finding that colour from the Rapid X2 surpasses that of other digital processes and even some flexo jobs. Some jobs have returned to the Rapid X2 after being printed on other machines, mainly due to ‘flat’ colour. The Memjet-powered X2 just seems to make the colour pop. We are also noticing lower running costs on the X2, since it requires much shorter make-ready and the ink cartridges last quite a while.”

    Nick Mansell and Mike Ellis

    Rapid X general manager, Nick Mansell, says: “Avonlea has been a Rapid customer for many years with our unwinders and rewinders. Its D2 digital die-cutter/laminator is equipped with a Rapid RPU250 unwinder and R2 rewinder while another 250mm rewinder is available. Avonlea was one of our earliest Australian X2 customers and we are delighted at the performance and quality Mike and his team are achieving.”

    Avonlea Labels was established 45 years ago and has been owned by the experienced Ellis for the past eight years. The company specializes in all industrial applications of self-adhesive labels for both trade and end user customers. Its main flexo press is an Edale Alpha with shorter runs printed digitally on either the Rapid X2, QLS Vivo or a recently installed HP Indigo.

  • Global MPS market to grow at 10.75%

    Big name brands pile into the managed print services (MPS) sector, with cost-cutting measures fueling market boom. Global trends see analysts forecast 10.57% growth rate but confusion over service level agreements could threaten the market moving forward, warns industry report.

    The recent Global MPS market 2012-2016 report, published by Infiniti Research, pins market growth conditions down to a need for cost reductions. Analysts forecast the market to grow at a CAGR of 10.75% over the 2012-2016 period, with industry giants Canon, HP, Ricoh and Xerox noted as key vendors in this developing space. According to the report, there is an increased demand by businesses for automated processes to offer greater flexibility in the changing market environment.

    The report warns that a lack of transparency on service level agreements (SLA) could pose a issue to growth in the market. Confusion over types of services to include, and inconsistency on the part of the providers are mentioned as key challenges. The report emphasises the importance of SLAs to both customers and providers, and suggests that stricter and clearer adherence to agreement terms are a priority for the forecast growth to be achieved.

    Commenting on the report, an analyst from the team said: “Currently, the acceptance of the cloud-based MPS model is increasing at a tremendous pace and is expected to continue during the forecast period. There appears to be a decent market for managed cloud services for printing in SMEs in the near future. Given the advantages of cloud services, many end-users prefer cloud-based solutions. Further, with advantages such as reduced costs and ease of installation and operations, SMEs identify cloud services as more useful than other traditional-based service offerings.”


  • Young print professional picks up GAMAA-LIA $15,000

     Who says there’s no money in printing? Young Samuel Moss, from NSW firm SBM pocketed a cool $15K to further his education in the industry’s richest prize.

    Moss was chosen from a field of nine state winners and will use the Scholarship to travel to IPEX next year and also to the US to meet with companies such as Adobe.

    A much richer Samuel Moss with Karen Goldsmith, Executive Director, GAMAA

    Karen Goldsmith, Executive Director, GAMAA attended the awards which as part of the NSW PICAS, were held at the Sofitel Wentworth. She said that this year the calibre of candidates was, “excellent so it made our task even more difficult to select a winner. We were looking for commitment to the industry and passion for the craft and Samuel certainly demonstrated both of these attributes.

    “Samuel had a great written proposal with very clear objectives on how he intended to use the scholarship fund. The depth of the research Samuel did for his proposal, combined with an obvious drive to further his skills and knowledge were impressive and on behalf of the GAMAA members I extend our congratulations.”

    The prestigious scholarship is awarded once every two years and engages a wide range of apprentices and trainees from across the industry.

  • Bitter magazine rivals make for strange bedfellows

    The strange marriage between industry magazines, ProPrint and Australian Printer, fails to entice editorial staff to remain with the title.

    Don Elliott, founder of ProPrint

    Well-respected media types, Steve Kiernan, former ProPrint editor and Nick Bendel, journalist, will not be making the trek from North Sydney to Parramatta following the magazine merger. Kiernan is understood to have transferred with Haymarket title, CRN, to Nextmedia in the original buyout of Haymarket titles, while Bendel is just not going to work alongside former rivals at AP.

    The defections bring to an end the trajectory of ProPrint as a fierce monthly rival of AP over 20 years. Originally founded and published by Don Elliott of Agency Printing, from now on it will be published in tandem with its former nemesis, according to the publishers.

    Well-known industry identity, Carmen Ciappara, will continue as the advertising coordinator for ProPrint in its new guise.