Archive for May, 2014

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  • Letterpress steals the show at Pride in Print

    It’s another shining line-up across the pond, as the New Zealand printing industry celebrates its own night of nights, at this year’s Pride in Print awards. The tentpole event showcased the very best of NZ print, with supreme award going to the team at GTO Printers in a landslide win scoring solid tens across the board.

    The awards night saw a strong turn-out, with around 700 guests rocking up for the evening at the Sky City Convention Centre last Friday. Up against the toughest competition in the country, in the end it was the small specialist printing company from Birkenhead on the North Shore that nabbed the top prize. GTO Printers brought it home with a set of four fine-art prints titled “2 Colour Letterpress Prints”. The winning pieces were produced in black and brown on a 47-year-old one-colour press and, as well as the supreme, they also pulled the letterpress process and specialty products categories.

    The judges’ decision was unanimous, with comments including, “…it doesn’t get better than this… a brilliant retention of the finest details, particularly considering the impact process in the press… stunningly beautiful prints… an amazing job.”

    A clean sweep – Jane Caine recieves the Supreme Award for 2 Colour Letterpress Prints by GTO Printers

    Despite the high praise for the work GTO Printers’ principal Graham Judd missed out on the receiving the award in person. And quite right too, Judd was celebrating his 65th birthday with his family in Manhattan. In his absence it fell to Jane Caine, GTO Printers’ assistant manager, to do the honours on the night.

    “It is a wonderful reward. I have worked with Graham for 19 years and he is so passionate about printing. He’ll never retire, he loves it! He saw the potential for letterpress printing, saw a niche market for it with wedding invitations and ran with it and developed it. He went to the wedding shows, loved it and set up this letterpress exhibition,” said Caine.

    According to awards judge Symon Yendoll the win was a standout for its sheer craft achievements, about which he says, “craft-wise, letterpress is as hard as it gets.”

    Yendoll adds, “The level of detail is incredible. In one print, one of the bird’s eyes is open. It is tiny, like a pinprick, and yet it is as clear as can be. That is extremely difficult to do. The end result is a virtual 3D effect.”

    While the small team from Birkenhead swept the supreme board, the night was peppered with gems from across the industry. It was a diverse selection of companies and prints, big and small, but what they all shared in common was an eye for detail and flair for the creative. Below is the full list of golds, and a gallery of the winning entrants.



    Category Entry name Entrant
    Specialty 2 Colour Letterpress Prints GTO Printers Ltd
    Category Winners
    Category Entry name Entrant
    Publications Texts From Brazil Thames Publications
    Business Print KPMG Fuelling Prosperity Launch Book Sentra Printing / Nicholson Print
    Packaging Fishers Beef Sirloin Sealed Air Hamilton
    Labels Mess-Defying Label Impressions International Ltd
    Display Print Click Architects Flagmakers Ltd
    Promotional Print Farmers Beauty Webstar (Masterton)
    Specialty Products 2 Colour Letterpress Prints GTO Printers Ltd
    Industry Development Times Square- New York ‘See-Thru’ Postcard Foster Screenprinting
    Process Winners
    Process Entry name Entrant / Printer
    Web Farmers Beauty Webstar (Masterton)
    Offset Steinlager Challenger Pack Orora Cartons Wellington
    Gravure So Crispy Classic Coating Mix Amcor Flexibles
    Asia Pacific Branston St
    Flexo Fishers Beef Sirloin Sealed Air Hamilton
    Letterpress 2 Colour Letterpress Prints GTO Printers Ltd
    Finishing CCIA Calendar Color Communications /
    Centurion Print
    Digital India Wakefields Digital /
    Momento Photobooks /
    Inkjet Tony Fomison – 1971-1990 Wakefields Digital /
    Momento Photobooks /
    Screen Times Square- New York ‘See-Thru’ Postcard Foster Screenprinting


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    2 Colour Letterpress Prints, by GTO Printers

  • Anitech proves a drag on results of equity investor HGL

    Tough prices, decreased activity from customers and the difficulty in maintaining product differentiation all contributed to a dismal financial performance for wide-format supplier Anitech.

    The result helped to tip the half yearly result of 50% owner, HGL, into a statutory loss of $2.4 million. Derecognised tax assets with an effect of $1.0 million to HGL and an impairment charge of $1.5 million for the operating company, Createc, has triggered a wide-ranging strategic review of the business. In the half-yearly financial results Anitech‘s financial performance was described as materially less than budget.

    The 50% owner of Anitech attributes ongoing industry contraction due to major structural decline in the printing sector as responsible for the poor performance. It expects the intensified competition and decreasing industry profit margins … to continue.

    The other 50% shareholder in Createc, trading as Anitech, is an entity controlled by former employees and equity owners of the company. Because the agreements in place require unanimous decision making, HGL has decided it does not control Createc, even though it picks up the tab. It has indicated it may continue to provide limited funding to Anitech while the strategic review is ongoing.

    Anitech has undergone considerable restructuring over the past year with the wholesale closure and downsizing of the company.

    HGL operates as brand supplier for a wide-ranging spread of businesses including home sewing and craft, point of sale, top end lighting, beauty and collector model cars.

  • CMYKhub powers up with new eight-colour perfector

    Trade print specialist CMYKhub picks up another Ryobi 920 eight-colour LED-UV perfector, its second in just under a year. The state-of-the-art new press supes up the trade network’s Queensland manufacturing plant, more than doubling its capacity to deliver on tighter-than-ever deadlines.

    CMYKhub landed its first Ryobi eight-colour perfector off the show-floor at PacPrint 2013, going into its NSW plant mid-last year. The success of that investment has green-lighted this latest purchase, targeted at increasing productivity while remaining competitive. Clive Denholm, CMYKhub founder and owner, tells Print21 that perfecting presses with UV are the way forward for the business.

    “We are finding that deadlines are becoming shorter and the market is increasingly competitive. The UV presses allow us to print and cut work instantly, even on uncoated paper. The ability to produce a finished product in one pass is also vital to keeping us competitive and at the top of our game,” says Denholm.

    Clive Denholm, CMYKhub owner

    The new perfector replaces an older five-colour Ryobi, delivering more than twice the operational capacity. The company’s Melbourne plant was the first to make the move to perfector, upgrading with an eight-colour Komori HUV, followed by the two new Ryobi eight-colours. Carl Stobie, CMYKhub’s Queensland state manager, confirms that the move reflects pressures felt across the industry as a whole to reduce manufacturing costs and increase productivity.

    “The new equipment will empower our Queensland reseller network to sell a larger range of products,” says Stobie.

    In January 2014, CMYKhub came on board as official manufacturing partner for Snap Franchising’s Queensland network. The announcement signalled the opening of a new digital manufacturing site, kitted out with the latest Konica Minolta C8000 and a bizhub 1200 B&W. Denholm adds that the CMYKhub network also plans to upscale its digital footprint across all states, calling it “imperative” to round out the national trade specialist’s offering.

    CMYKhub recently opened its fifth national manufacturing site in Darwin, adding to its presence in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

    The new arrival – Ryobi 920 eight-colour LED-UV perfector
  • iPhone photo App from Digitalpress

    Theo Pettaras launches ‘My Little Photobook’ to drive printing from wherever people are capturing images.

    Designed to allow full-size photo books of over 20 photos to be assembled on the go, the App is a significant development for the Surry Hills digital printer. Using a Kodak Nexpress 3300 and BJ Ball Silk Matt paper the photos are produced onsite to the highest quality. A delivery time of five days in Australia means there is a ready sense of immediacy to the album.

    According to Pettaras, the App was approved by Apple over the weekend and launched straight away. He says Digitalpress is already fielding orders from overseas, highlighting the global reach of Apps.

    “Most of the word is coming from our social media, through Facebook and Instagram. We’re not expecting groundbreaking numbers, but everyone seems to like it,” he said.

    ‘My Little Photobook’ came about as a joint venture between Pettaras and Melbourne-based IT and prepress professional, Tim Lucke, who approached Digitalpress six months ago with the idea of working together. Pettaras at the time was just discovering how complex the task of getting an App accepted by Apple and was grateful for the offer.  “Printers are not generally technically savvy in that way. I was happy to be able to build on a good foundation,” he said.

    He identifies weddings, corporate events and parties as likely places where people will put together a photo book with their friends. An opening offer of 20% off will undoubtedly pique a lot of interest.

    Download the App here. And visit




  • A game of trade show no-shows – Andy McCourt’s ReVerb

    There was a 1970s film titled: “Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came?” It was a pretty awful effort, despite starring Tony Curtis, and lost over $4 million at the box office. But, “Suppose They Gave a Trade Show and Nobody Came?” Andy McCourt casts a critical eye over declining trade show attendance.

    This terrifying prospect for organizers of major print, packaging and graphic arts trade shows is pandemic as the industry struggles to discover renewed relevance in an online-addicted world. What is apparent – as the recent Ipex UK and Print USA shows discovered – is that the old formulae no longer work. By that I mean the tried and trusted method of hiring a venue, renting out floorspace to exhibitors, promoting to an audience and hoping they will attend and buy the exhibitors’ wares.

    Closer to home we have PrintEx next May, with initial exhibitor marketing kicked off with a tour of the new venue, Homebush Olympic Park because the Sydney Exhibition Centre at Darling Harbour is being torn down and rebuilt. This is how trade shows happen: exhibitor marketing followed by bookings to fill the space; followed by visitor attraction marketing to bring in the punters. I should probably mention here that I have been involved at a marketing level with two Ipexes (1993 and 1998) and a PacPrint that was the largest and most successful ever (1996). Drupa 2016 will be my eighth as a researcher/analyst/journalist. I’ve also been in charge of exhibitor stands and budgets.

    The current predicament, locally and internationally, is triaxial:

    1) For exhibitors: “Why should I spend money supporting a trade show where all of my competitors are, when I can promote to my existing customers one-on-one?”
    2) For organizers: “How can we retain and expand on our exhibitor base and deliver an all-encompassing event that appeals to all sectors of the industry?”
    3) For visitors: “Why should I bother going when I can find out everything I need to know on the internet and from suppliers directly?”

    Unless all three axes are addressed and addressed competently, graphic arts trade shows will continue to shrink. Make no mistake about it; the trade show brand is subservient to the sum total of exhibitor clout. Huge tech shows such as CeBit can afford to drop a few big names but, with a shrinking exhibitor base (unless new areas such as 3D Printing are incorporated!), graphic arts trade shows can ill afford to be without leading brand vendors.

    New initiatives are coming into graphic arts trade shows, such as masterclasses, workshops and forums. Some have been successful, some not so but if well executed and promoted, they can draw more crowds. People want to learn more and are prepared to pay for it…I think a pay-for approach and better quality presntations is better than ‘free seminars.’

    What do no-show exhibitors miss out on?

    But can vendors ill afford not to participate in reputable industry-organised trade shows? In some cases, yes and there is the additional aspect of poor PR for ‘not supporting the industry.’ A substantial portion of revenue from PrintEx (and PacPrint) goes to initiatives such as the GAMAA Scholarships and PIAA activities. Whether you approve of these associations or not, they are a visible part of the industry, acting to promote, encourage and change it for the better. Exhibitors boycotting events such as PrintEx, which are not privately owned, are effectively saying is: “we want all the gravy from sales of equipment and technology, but don’t want to spend any of our budget supporting industry initiatives – the meat and potatoes.”

    I think one area where Ipex fell short (apart from the move to London with minimal consultation with exhibitors), was that the show no longer represented an industry ‘greater good’ purpose. Purchased by IIR-Informa from Picon, the UK association much like GAMAA, after the 2006 event; Ipex became privately-held, a for-profit endeavour with tenuous connections and unknown financial benefit to trade groups engaging in altruistic initiatives.  Nevertheless, the sole major digital exhibitor there, Konica Minolta, had a field day clocking up over $5 million in sales because there was virtually no competition in its class there.

    Just turning up to trade shows has never been enough; you have to exhibit yourself and present in a persuasive, entertaining way. The old John Cleese educational video ‘How not to exhibit yourself’ is as relevant today as it was in the 1970s when it was made. Sitting around on chairs eating hot dogs, on boring shell stands, while staring into the aisles at people passing by is no way to exhibit yourself. The same goes for press conferences in front of the media. Forget corporate mission statements and proud history rundowns – deal with facts, new products, innovation, applications, excitement; the future.

    PrintEx is less than a year away. Show whispers say that at least three major suppliers to the industry might not be there. I say to these suppliers – show your support for the industry that provides your customers; show your support for training, apprenticeships and scholarships; plan your involvement effectively to pre-market your attendance, make sales and generate good leads. Set a show budget and target revenue goals at, and within 3 months of, the show’s end.

    If someone said to you: “I will bring 8,000-10,000 prospective customers in through your front door,” it would be a poor marketing director that ignored it. Exhibiting at PrintEx will accomplish just that…the rest is up to you.

  • 2014 Australasian Packaging & Industrial Paper Market Outlook Forum

    Packaging Paper Market Upheaval Has Started.

    Turbulence in the ANZ packaging and industrial papers market is guaranteed over the next few years. With major corporate changes, the increased internationalisation of ownership of big packaging paper players and the constant battle for market share, predicting the future is becoming more and more difficult.

    Amcor’s departure from much of the sector by the creation of Orora, Orora itself clearly being of interest to a range of potential, off-shore owners, the recent purchase by Oji Holdings of Carter Holt Harvey Pulp, Paper and Packaging, Visy’s international moves, rising mid-market players like Colorpak, increasing imports, closure of the Petrie cartonboard mill, operation of B9 at Botany and continuing exports of massive quantities of recovered fibre, all signal change is underway and continuous.

    Only this Market Outlook Foum will explore these issues in a timely manner, with opportunities for delegates to drill into the details in Q&A sessions and networking breaks.

    Speakers and presenters at the Market Outlook Forum will share their insights and strategies to build their positions, secure supply and find a more permanent place in the increasingly dynamic packaging and industrial paper sector.

    NHP Joins Sponsors

    IndustryEdge and Appita are delighted to announce that NHP Electrical Engineering Products has joined the Forum as a Bronze sponsor.

    Visy Industries are a Silver Sponsor.

    Hansol Paper is sponsoring the Forum’s evening networking function, the Hansol Happy Hour.

    We are grateful for the support of sponsors, whose contributions assist us in ensuring the best possible international attendances at Forums.

    Local, Regional and International Speakers

    Speakers and presenters from the upper echelons of the ANZ packaging and industrial paper industry are headlined by:

    Mr John Wheeler, Chief Operating Officer, Visy Industries
    Mr Alex Commins, Managing Director, Colorpak
    Mr Julian Mathers, General Manager Packaging, Procurement and External Relations at Australian Paper
    Mr Anthony Hengel, General Manager Orora St Regis Bates and Orora Functional Coatings
    Mr Stan Moore, CEO of  the National Packaging Covenant Industry Association
    Mr Graeme Holland, CEO, Paper to Paper
    Mr Tony Pititto, Partner, Grant Thornton
    Specially invited international speakers and presenters will join the local and regional leaders. Our international guests are:

    Mr Jun Park, Vice President of International Sales Division, Hansol Paper Co., Ltd (South Korea)
    Ms Outi Juntti, Principal, Pöyry Management Consulting (Finland)
    Mr Alistair Irvine, Manager Food Contact Compliance, Smithers Pira (United Kingdom)
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  • Issue 632 – 27 May 2014

    CMYKhub supes up its Queensland site with a brand new Ryobi eight-colour perfector. Industry veteran Alan Dove buys up Sydney’s Mal Graphics. And it was a knock-out night at the final round of the NPAs. Follow us on the Print21 website or on Twitter and Facebook to keep on top of all the latest industry and technology developments.


    Nicholas Pond
    Online Editor

  • Industry veteran picks up Mal Graphics

    Alan Dove (pictured) just couldn’t stay away, as the recently retired consumables expert backs up the industry and buys back into print. Alan and wife Karen step out of retirement to take over Sydney’s Mal Graphics, and they have their sights set on a bright future for the industry.

    Established in 1982 by Mick and Alice Leeming, Mal Graphics handles servicing and equipment for the offset market, with a growing focus on supplies and consumables. Dove brings 25 years industry consumables experience to the table and plans to grow the business into a “tradesman’s one-stop shop”.

    “I look forward to continuing the excellent service Mick and Alice have given customers over the past 32 years. I think with my contacts and experience on the consumables side, I hoping to take it to the next step. We’re still doing work in spare parts and I’ve got a portfolio of technical people out there, but I’m going to concentrate on consumables moving forward,” Dove tells Print21.

    According to recent retiree Dove his passion for the industry just proved too much for him to stay away, and that he is keen to get back on the support team. He says that business has been solid and he sees a positive future for print.

    He adds, “The industry’s not dead, it’s still alive and kicking and there are opportunities out there. We need to start talking the industry up, instead of kicking it in the guts. Print will always be needed, and there are still people out there who are prepared to have a go.”

    Mick and Alice Leeming extend their thanks to all their customers for their support over the years, confident that the business is in safe hands. Heading the other way to Dove, Mick says he has no plans for his retirement but he is looking forward to a well-earned rest.

    “Alan’s a great guy to be taking over. We think along the same lines, and I know it’s in good hands. There’s no two ways about it, he knows the industry and he’ll do well,” says Leeming.

    Dove has worked in the printing industry for the last 25 years, with AM International, Currie Group and Focus Paper, before finishing up with BJ Ball around July last year. He has also been an active member of the NSW Printing Industry Golfing Society for over 15 years.

  • Final round for current National Print Awards

    The future of the NPA rests with a report by Steven Anstice, former CEO of IPMG, submitted to Printing Industries, following expressions of discontent from many of the sponsors.

    The 31st National Print Awards, held in Sydney, will be the last time the industry gets to celebrate the best in print under the current format. With over 300 industry types and 33 different awards on Friday night, the event was imbued with a impending fin de siecle atmosphere
    Contributing to the sense of change and renewal, John Wanless, Bambra Press, stepped down as chairman after five years (he was lured back for a final session after last year) to be replaced by Susan Heaney, Heaney Performers in Print. Luke Woolridge, Kodak, stepped up as the new chairman of judges following a long incumbency by Rod Urquhart.

    In what has become a Heidelberg tradition,Richard Timson, managing director of Heidelberg, gave some straight talking about the state of the industry and welcomed the proposed changes.

    “Last year I said 10% of printers might not be here this year and we did have an interesting year. It is extremely disappointing that the demise of Focus Press under such dubious circumstances has again affected the credibility of the printing industry. Once again banks will find another reason not to loan money to our customers, which will ultimately lead to less investment in new technology our customers need to remain competitive,” he said.

    “I do believe the format for the awards night is in need of a change and we look forward to seeing a modified event with a different format next year.”

    His was but one voice among a growing chorus that recognises the need to revamp the largely craft-based awards. Although there may be some discontent about the way the process in taking place, most industry professionals are on board with the need for change. The Anstice Report is now with Bill Healey, CEO Printing Industries, which is the owner of the awards. Among the reccommendations is scrapping the Pica elimination rounds with printers able to enter work directly into the NPA. There will also be a significant review of the current 33 categories.

    However, the Award night at the Westin Hotel in Martin Place, proved hugely entertaining, if some what interminable as MC Libby Gorr, broadcaster, interviewer and author kept proceedings moving along, assisted by auctioneer and entertainer, Will Fowles. Certainly the audience stayed around until the end, and then some. The good cheer emphasized the essential networking nature of the industry gathering, apart from the formal proceedings.

    Adams Print from Victoria was the night’s biggest winner, with three Gold Medals. The company also took out the Judges’ Award for Excellence with the case-bound book, The Extraordinary Life of Sir Charles Lloyd Jones and the coveted Heidelberg Award for Excellence in Craft for its limp bound book, Geelong Art Gallery – Collections.

    Focal Printing Tasmania also took home three of the top awards, with double Golds going to STI Group and Rawson Graphics from NSW, Picpress and Mercedes Waratah from Victoria and Discus on Demand WA. Discus on Demand also won the Currie Group Award for the Most Innovative Use of Imaging in Printing for Brothers Wedding Book, which also won the Gold Award for Innovation.


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    John Wanless leaves big shoes for Susan Heaney to fill as NPA Chair.

    Gold Category
    Adams Print VIC One, two or three colour printing
    Adams Print VIC Book printing, case bound
    Adams Print VIC Book printing, limp bound
    Bowden Group SA Presentation folders offset printed
    Cornerstone Press QLD Impact sensory or direct mail by any printing process
    Cornerstone Press QLD Impact sensory or direct mail by any printing process
    Cutler Innovative Print Solutions SA Screen printing
    Discus on Demand WA Digital printing wide format
    Discus on Demand WA Innovation
    Eastern Press VIC Packaging – folding cartons and boxes
    Fantastick Label Company VIC Labels, other than offset printed
    Finsbury Green SA Annual reports/prospectus by any printing process
    Focal Printing TAS Booklets, catalogues and magazines saddle-stitched offset printed
    Focal Printing TAS Small printing business awards Less than 15 Staff by any printing process
    Focal Printing TAS Multi-piece productions and campaigns (including direct mail) by any printing process
    Green and Gold Printing NSW Calendars by any printing process
    Inprint QLD Web offset printing, heat set
    Labelworld WA Labels offset printed
    Mercedes Waratah VIC Packaging – all other, includes display stands
    Mercedes Waratah VIC Self promotion
    Momento Pro NSW Digital printing, inkjet
    Multicolor Qld Flexographic printing
    Newstyle Printing SA Postcards and greeting cards by any printing process
    Offset Alpine Printing NSW Web offset publications with a cover price
    Openbook Howden Design & Print SA Limited edition by any printing process
    Picpress VIC Book printing, digitally printed
    Picpress VIC Digital printing, non inkjet
    Rawson Graphics NSW Embellishment
    Rawson Graphics NSW Stationery by any printing process
    Rural Press Mandurah WA Web offset printing, cold set
    Scott Print WA Booklets, catalogues and magazines bound by any method but saddle-stitching offset printed
    STI Group NSW Commercial posters, showcards, card constructions and mobiles, offset printed
    STI Group NSW Specialty, includes security printing by any process





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  • Guru Labels


    Guru offers big discounts to trade customers

     Custom label specialist Guru Labels has launched a unique loyalty program that offers thousands of dollars in permanent discounts to loyal trade customers.

    Nick Lowe, Guru Labels

    “We’ve been working on a loyalty program for trade for the past 3-6 months because we wanted a way to reward the people who’ve stayed with us,” said Guru owner Nick Lowe. “We racked our brains before deciding to go down this path because we couldn’t find anything like it operating anywhere else in the industry, but we were determined to provide our customers with a little incentive and we wanted to keep it simple.”

    The loyalty program, which begins on July 1, offers three levels of discounts: gold, silver and bronze.

    A Gold Guru customer – someone who spends a total of $50,000 in the financial year to 30 June, 2017 –  will automatically receive a permanent 10% discount on every subsequent order. A Silver Guru – for those who spend $25,000 in a year – will deliver a 7.5% discount on all future orders, and customers who spend $10,000 in a year will qualify for a permanent Bronze Guru discount of 5%.

    “It comes down to total dollars spent in a year and in the print space a 5%-10% discount is good dollars,” said Lowe.

    The business, based at Tuggerah on the NSW Central Coast for 15 years, has enjoyed a ‘growth spurt’ since completing a digital transformation last year with the installation of a Xeikon 3030 digital press backed up by the first GM (Grafisk Maskinfabrik) laser die cutting system in the country.

    “We had about 50 trade customers on the old equipment and it was a struggle to stay competitive but the new Xeikon and the laser cutter are working beautifully and we’re up to about 500 customers right now for labels. So it’s been something of a growth spurt over the past 15 months that has exceeded what we thought we could have done and we’ve had to add some extra staff. The GM laser cutter (see video below) is the real money maker and a wonderful piece of equipment because it allows us to complete multiple cutting jobs in one print run.  I think we’ll see more of those here in Australia in coming years and I’ll be very surprised if more people don’t jump on the laser bandwagon.”

    Guru is also cutting down its lead time from seven working days to five days and is about the send out it its second batch of Label Tool Boxes – a kit with a book of sample label stocks and finishes.

    Guru Labels’  specialise in delivering old-fashioned service combined with state-of-the-art print processes to meet your needsand exceed expectations. We specialise in doing the little things right, consistently-service, speed and quality for all our customers every day.

    We manufacture all types of labels, quickly and cost eectively. We pride ourselves on delivering exceptional service from initial concept of art, through to production and dispatch. Special attention to detail in matching the right print process and materials means your labels look great and do the job they were intended to do. We utilise smarter digital print processes to deliver reduced lead times, whilst eliminating excessive set-up costs. And if you need labels in a hurry, take advantage of our express turn around.

    Instant On-line pricing

    We understand that time really is money.  At Guru Labels we deliver “instant pricing” on-line.  Select from a wide range of stocks and print processes to get your quote in seconds.  The early bird really does get the worm.  If what you require is a little more complicated, it’s refreshing to know you can speak direct with one of our Business Development Managers, who will look after your request quickly and professionally, every time.


    Although our name suggests that we are a label company, we are much more than that. We promote ourselves as being your One-Stop-Shop for all your self adhesive label and print requirements. We invite you to experience the Guru Labels difference. If it is not an item that we currently supply, we will look to source it for you.
    Always investing in the newest print equipment, Guru Labels has diversified its print power to oer a wide range of PPP (Printed promotional products). We can print and deliver quality full colour print on a wide range of products such as pens, golf ball, cups, mugs, key rings and much, much more.


    Why choose Guru Labels?


    We use high quality digital print processes at the highest resolution to deliver greater clarity and sharper images every time on the widest range of self-adhesive materials. We quality test all materials before they are added to our range. Placing orders with Guru Labels can be done with condence and peace of mind. We have the experience and infrastructure to make sure our products will do the job first time, every time.


    Our customers are our key focus. Our capacity to service exactly what you need and in the timeframe you require it. We deliver impeccable service to all clients, whether a sole trader or a multi-national. Guru labels proudly services thousands of small to medium clients, whilst comfortably managing the requirements for some of Australia’s largest corporations.


    Guru Labels boasts a comprehensive in-house art department to handle the most complicated art enquiries. From concept to design, small or large jobs, our experienced graphic designers are skilled and ready to take your artwork to the next level and meet your deadlines.


    When we promise a delivery date, you can expect your goods to arrive on time (or before) and in good order. Our integrated forecast checks that your job is on schedule at every stage to avoid any nasty surprises. In the event of an unforeseen delay occurring, our team will notify you quickly to communicate the issues and rectify any problems. It’s all about communication. Our preferred couriers all oer tracking facilities for all deliveries Australia wide. This enables us to keep track of your delivery where ever it may be in transit.

    Warehousing and distribution

    As part of our ongoing commitment to servicing businesses with multiple offices, we now oer on-site warehousing which means you don’t have to. Sensibly priced, with stock available for distribution Australia-wide, it makes good sense to reduce unused warehousing costs and let the team at Guru Labels handle your product distribution. At Guru Labels we’re building a complete print service for all your printing needs. Take a look and you’re sure to find it here. Give us a call and let our experts recommend the print solutions for you.







  • Label Line

    Label Line is known for its extensive range of pre-cut A4 Self-adhesive Label sheets, changing the way printers and stationers service their customers.

    Label Line now offers so much more: A4, A3, SRA3, A5 and up to 200 choices in roll sizes, both blank and printed. Introducing some new stocks and sizes ….we’re here to help you grow and to further enhance your business.


    Our team works hard in its commitment to excellent service by employing three simple principles:

    • Saving you time and money by having such a huge range of label shapes, sizes and stock at hand – no waiting for stock, no extra die costs.
    • Offering super quick turn – around due to an efficient, happy team. We are proud to offer quick processing for your order. Just email or fax your order in the morning and we endeavor to dispatch in the same day.
    •  Saving you money by buying at the right price. We keep the prices low without sacrificing quality. Take advantage of even lower prices for bulk buying.

    You are important to us as a customer, so we are committed to treating your order with importance.









  • PrecisionCore makes a splash at local launch

    Epson officially launches its revolutionary PrecisionCore inkjet heads into the Australian market. Consumer and business printers are first out the gate showcasing the next generation, scalable thin film piezo technology, with production devices dropping locally later this year.

    The launch went off in style at the Art Gallery of NSW, unveiling the first wave of products to use the new technology. The office devices came out gunning for the desktop laser market, boasting blistering print speeds, 50% lower printing costs and up to 70% lower energy costs. Also on show was a SureColor F2000 garment printer, the first of the commercial engines to debut in Australia.

    Locally, Epson is set to roll out its production printers to market later this year, kicking off with the SurePress L-6034VW digital label press. Using the groundbreaking PrecisionCore heads the new press, which officially debuted at Labelexpo last year, can achieve a print speed of 15 metres per minute across a 34 cm wide web. Craig Heckenberg (pictured), business unit manager, Epson Australia, tells Print21 that word of the technology’s transformative capabilities is already sparking considerable attention from across the industry.

    “The event tonight is the first in a line of launches for the PrecisionCore technology. There’s the retail equipment here now, and the commercial devices are just around the corner. That’s the thing about PrecisionCore, it’s completely scalable across Epson’s whole range of products, so from your everyday office printers, to the F2000 garment printer there, all the way up to the SurePress, you get the same high quality and the same speed,” said Heckenberg.

    The launch event pitted the high-speed inkjet heads up against comparable laser technology. Energy use monitors were hooked up to an Epson WorkForce 3600 and a laser device, showing the power idle costs at around $8 annually for the PrecisionCore and around $37 for the laser. The PrecisionCore also printed a duplex B&W document before the laser had finished warming up, delivering comparable quality.

    Work on the technology has been the defining development project for Epson, championed by the company’s president Minoru Usui. The result of many years and over half a billion dollars spent in R&D, PrecisionCore offers piezo crystal films of just one micron thick – one-hundredth the thickness of a human hair. This enables three times the print nozzle density, delivering the high levels of precision and accuracy necessary for fine detail work. The piezo elements are able to fire nearly 50,000 times per second, precisely controlling drop size from 1.5 picolitres up to 32.5 picolitres.

    According to Usui, “PrecisionCore represents a leap forward in printing performance. We continue to deliver outstanding quality thanks to superior dot control, and have introduced an original new system to ensure reliability. At the same time, scalability allows us to fully leverage our historical strengths of ink flexibility and print head durability.”

    For a more in-depth look into Epson’s PrecisionCore revolution click here, or you can check out the cover story in Print21‘s February issue.


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    Epson launches PrecisionCore at Art Gallery of NSW

  • Issue 631 – 23 May 2014

    An historic gathering as Norske Skog launches its Australian-made LWC Vantage paper. Epson unveils the first wave of its next generation, PrecisionCore inkjet devices in Australia. And Future Print goes from strength to strengeth, with numbers up tenfold. Follow us on the Print21 website or on Twitter and Facebook to keep on top of all the latest industry and technology developments.


    Nicholas Pond
    Online Editor

  • Fespa Digital 2014 draws them in with lots of new kit

    The wide-format show in Munich is reinforcing the interest printers have in comparing new models from the leading providers. Nessan Cleary, Print21 European correspondent, sent this update from the show. Check out the June issue of Print21 magazine for a full report.

    This year’s Fespa Digital show is proving to be one of the most interesting of recent years with plenty of new kit on show. Canon has launched a new, larger series of Arizona printers, signalling a move into the mid-volume segment. The Arizona 6100 series has a 3.5 x 2m bed and can produce 100 sqm/hr in Production mode, or roughly 24 8×4 boards per hour, and up to 155 sqm/hr in Express mode.

    Fujifilm has also launched a rebadged version of this as the Acuity F. Fujifilm has also launched the Vybrant, a 1.6m wide roll fed printer that is a rebadged Mimaki SUV. There’s also a new Onset R40i, which is slightly faster than the Q-series launched last year.

    Screen has its Trupress Jet W3200HS at the show, a totally new model based on the plain 3200 but at up to 150m2 production speed. It is a higher-productivity version of the Truepress Jet W3200UV launched last year. A joint development between Screen and its subsidiary company Inca Digital, the Truepress Jet W3200UV HS is a six colour + white device designed to meet the demands of the POS, signage and decor markets today with the ability to print onto a wide range of rigid and flexible media up to 3.2 x 1.6m in size and up to a maximum 50mm thickness.

    Durst has launched four new models, mainly faster versions of existing models. They include the Rho P10 HS Series, the Rho 312R roll to roll printer and the latest additions to the Rho 1000 Series plus a new Rhotex HS soft signage printer.

    swissQprint presented a new large format printer the Nyala 2. This is now the largest, most productive and efficient machine in the Swiss manufacturer’s product range.What is most noticeable about the new swissQprint flatbed printer is the visual similarity to its predecessor, the Nyala. The total machine size is in fact the same. Surprisingly though, the printing table of the Nyala 2 is 25% larger than its sister model at 3.2 x 2 metres.

    EFI launched its UltraDro 7pL greyscale print head technology on its VUTEk GS series printers. It also had the European début of its H1625 LED printer, the first LED device in the entry-level wide format printer line. Highlight was the worldwide première of the Fiery proServer Version 6, a scalable and flexible digital front-end workflow

    Mimaki showed off a new eco-solvent printer, the JV300. This will be available in 1.3m and 1.6m widths. It takes both eco-solvent and dye sublimation inks.

    Agfa updated two of its Anapurna printers, including the M2050i, which gains new printheads making it much more productive. The M3200i RTR is a 3.2m wide banner printer, which was shown with dual roll capability for maximum efficiency and a new mesh option to print on mesh material without liner.

    Roland DG had its flagship SOLJET PRO4 XR-640 operating with the new ECO-SOL MAX2 ink in white, metallic silver and light black.

    The show is busy, with plenty of people milling around the halls and even more outside enjoying the warm sunshine and German beer. Neil Felton of Fespa reported 26 percent more visitors than the last Fespa Digital show after just the first two days, which is easy to believe given how hard it is to move around the show floor.

  • Printers endorse new Australia-made paper

    A historic gathering of the top echelon of catalogue and magazine printing executives toured the newly converted paper machine at Norske Skog’s Boyer Mill in Tasmania.

    Management from Franklin Web, PMP, Hannanprint and AIW, joined newspaper executives from News Limited and Fairfax along with magazine publishers Bauer and Pacific Magazines at the industry inspection of the new LWC machine. Over a thousand tonnes of Vantage has already been run in test trials during the past few weeks with an encouraging response from the industry.

    According to Andrew McKean, vice president sales, marketing and logistics Norske Skog Australia, the performance of the new paper has exceeded the company’s expectations. “It’s a brand new machine so we expected to have a few problems but it’s run very well, better than we expected,” he said. “It’s quite a change for the industry to have locally made paper and hopefully it allows us to grow the market.”

    With a much shorter lead-time than the ten weeks from overseas McKean is already fielding inquiries for quick delivery of Vantage paper from local printers.

    “Having locally produced LWC means our customers will benefit from shorter lead times, which in turn means lower inventory, less delays and greater flexibility. They can also deal direct with people who operate in the same time zone and they can access support as required from our skilled technical support team.

    “We have a fairly solid challenge before us and we are in constant negotiation with the printers. We’ve already sold over four thousand tonne to commercial printers. Vantage is a great product in its own right and when combined with all the local benefits we believe it’s going to be a real winner,” he said.

    Vantage is a LWC (light weight coated) product produced in a fairly tight range of between 51-65 gsm. This is the standard substrate for the growing catalogue market even as it has a small overlap with some lighter magazine grades.

    Situated in Southern Tasmania, the Boyer mill produced Australia’s first newsprint in 1941

    The revamped Boyer Mill machine is a major addition to Australian printing industry infrastructure. It provides local printers with an alternative to imported papers.

    The converted machine, one of two newsprint machines, will produce around 140,000 tonnes of LWC per annum. The project took 18 months to complete at a cost of $85 million.

    Norske Skog’s Regional President, Andrew Leighton welcomed the new product and thanked everyone associated with the machine conversion and the new product’s development.

    “Vantage is the only locally produced LWC on the market and has already run successfully on a number of major printing presses. It is a new and exciting product incorporating the latest advancements in paper making and coating technology.  Vantage is truly a world class LWC that is ideally suited to the modern, high-speed presses that operate in this region.

    “I would like to thank the Federal and Tasmanian Governments for supporting this project together with the significant capital investment by our owners. This project is a key component of our regional strategy to transform the business from being wholly a newsprint producer to having a more diverse future in paper, fibre and energy.

    “I congratulate the team at Boyer for their painstaking work in converting an existing machine through the addition of state of the art new equipment. The project has also been strongly supported by paper machinery supplier Metso, our new on-site coating filler supplier Omya, design engineering partners Beca Amec plus many local Tasmanian contractors and suppliers. In addition we have drawn upon Norske Skog’s global knowledge and expertise.

    “This has been a real team effort across our entire business and literally hundreds of people have been involved in one way or another to make it a success. They can all be proud of their efforts,” said Leighton.

    The machine conversion involved the addition of new coating, drying and calendaring equipment, the installation of a new state of the art winder as well as extensive building works, upgrades to existing equipment and process changes to ensure the final product meets the high quality specifications and printing performance demanded by the Australian market.

    There will be an official opening of the machine on 11 June 2014.


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