Archive for April, 2015

  • Hero Print upgrade to PUR binding as a standard

    Trade printer Hero Print has invested in a major upgrade to its perfect binder by installing a PUR attachment and converting all of its bound magazines over to using the PUR glue and process.

    The company has been perfect binding in house for seven years and due to a surge in perfect bound and PUR orders felt it was time to make the jump to PUR glue for all booklets. “It was largely about peace of mind for us,” said Alex Coulson, National Manager of Hero Print. “We were getting so many booklet orders it was becoming difficult to choose which books should be perfect bound and which books required the extra strength binding that PUR provides. By upgrading the machine permanently we are able to offer a much more durable bind on all books and not have the headache of picking and choosing.”

    PUR bound books use a polyurethane glue which seeps in between ground notches in the spine and provides an extremely tough set booklet that is almost impossible to pull apart. It is ideal for booklets that see heavy usage over a long period of time. Catalogues, cookbooks and school year books are good examples of booklets that should always utilise the PUR process.

    “Perfect binding has been great for us and always did the job for monthly mags and short term catalogues, the  only problem with perfect binding glue is that the glue is only guaranteed for a year. The strength of PUR binding allows you to refer back to books indefinitely,” said Coulson.

    If you have time they would welcome a visit at their Alexandria plant in inner Sydney. Otherwise for more information on PUR binding from Hero Print call 1800 240 205, visit the website here or email for more information.

  • VAVAVOOM for Blue Star

    Blue Star Group has continued its recent expansion strategy by acquiring Sydney-based promotional marketing company VAVAVOOM.

    The deal is part of Blue Star’s move into the $1.5bn merchandise and promotional products market and continues its ongoing diversification and growth policy.

    Matt Aitken, CEO Blue Star

    “We see a merchandise and promotional products offering as being closely aligned with the diversity of the other services Blue Star can provide its clients,” said Blue Star CEO Matt Aitken.  “VAVAVOOM is one of Australia’s leading promotional marketing companies and we are excited about the new product offering and benefits this acquisition will deliver to our combined customer base. We also look forward to welcoming VAVAVOOM staff into Blue Star. The promotional products industry in Australia is worth in excess of a $1.5bn, continues to grow strongly and is a sector in which Blue Star sees significant opportunity and potential.”

    VAVAVOOM will be rebranded Blue Star Promote and will continue to be led by current owner and CEO Matt Cave. All staff at its Botany facility will be offered employment as part of the integration into Blue Star.

    “All of us here at VAVAVOOM are energised by the prospect of working for Australia’s most innovative and diverse customer communications group,” said Cave.  “We truly believe this will be a positive change for our employees, customers and suppliers as we are now able to draw upon the resources of such an influential business. With Blue Star, we look forward to offering our clients so much more than ever before”.

    VAVAVOOM is a leading corporate supplier of promotional products, uniforms, gifts and awards and has offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

    Blue Star is a division of IVE Group – one of Australia’s largest communications businesses.  IVE consists of 3 operating divisions – Blue Star (which includes Blue Star Print, Blue Star Web, Blue Star Display, Blue Star Direct, Blue Star Promote, and Blue Star Connect), Iveo (managed solutions) and Kalido (creative and marketing services).

    IVE Group employs 1,000 people across its operations in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane and services major industry sectors including financial services, publishing, retail, healthcare, communications, property, clubs and associations, not-for-profit, utilities, manufacturing, education and government.

  • DGS first past the post for AEG wide-format

    Wollongong-based wide-format specialist Digital Graphics Solutions (DGS) has become the first export partner for AEG’s wide-format inkjet products.

    DGS managing director Peter de Maagd signed the deal after visiting the recent AEG Voyager Conference in the UK. “We’re very excited at the prospect of being the first export customer of Image Technology and its AEG brand,” said de Maagd. “Our visit to the UK event gave us a deeper understanding of the company’s vision, and included discussions about the opportunities in the Australian market. The AEG Voyager Pro did not disappoint and we knew straight away that this product range is capable of delivering exactly what is expected of this powerful brand. We were impressed by the exceptional engineering, top class build criteria and the high quality prints it was producing.”

    AEG’s wide-format inkjet products have until now only been available in the UK.

    “Our first event for potential global distribution partners held here in the UK was a resounding success and demonstrated that there is a universal appetite for reliable, high quality and versatile wide-format printers such as the AEG Voyagers,” said Karim Ladhu, CEO of Image Technology,  the company responsible for all AEG printing equipment and supplies. “That DGS was the first past the winning post in terms of our international distribution agreements carries a slight irony, as they had the furthest distance to travel to the event. Even more so, it demonstrates our trust in DGS and its confidence in us and our products.”

    DGS has more than two decades of experience in selling and servicing digital printing and cutting equipment.  The company specialises in wide-format UV-curable, solvent-based and dye sublimation systems, direct-to-garment and textile solutions, sign-making cutters and a broad selection of software and consumables.

    The AEG Voyager and Voyager Pro UV-curable series of combination wide-format systems offers roll-to-roll and flat-bed throughput, with versatility in its ink options to make them easily configurable according to user requirements. The base ink-set of CMYK can be enhanced with light cyan and light magenta, plus channels for white, metallic and clear varnish. Orange, green, violet and red can also be incorporated to broaden the achievable colour gamut. Both printer models are fully field-upgradeable, and modifications to enhance original ink-sets or increase the number of installed ink channels can be performed at the customer site.

    DGS is exhibiting at Visual Impact Sydney on Stand VA14 in Hall 3, Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park 13 – 15 May 2015.

     

  • Bullprint charges through the gate

    New owners have snapped up Sydney-based printer Bullprint after the previous owner filed for voluntary liquidation last month with debts estimated at half a million dollars.

    A meeting of creditors has been called for 3pm, 6 May at the offices of liquidators Jones Partners Insolvency at Kent St. in Sydney.  The meeting will consider a resolution to appoint a committee of inspection and other agenda items are: to receive a report as to affairs; to consider a statement to the creditors from one of the directors; to fix or determine the remuneration of the liquidators; to consider the early destruction of books and records; and any other business.

    Joint liquidator David Shannon told Print21 that 10-12 creditors were owed a total of about $500,000 – with most of it owed to The Australian Taxation Office and Fuji Xerox.

    “We’ll be investigating the company’s affairs and looking for any other assets,” said Shannon.  Creditors wishing to attend the meeting must submit proofs and proxies to the liquidator by 4pm on 5 May.

    Former Bullprint owner and founder Stuart Russell sold the business last month to Goldstar Foods, prior to the appointment of liquidators.  One of the three partners in the new business, Kaushik Ajmera, says he’s optimistic about the future.

    “It’s an exciting time for us,” said Ajmera.  “We’re definitely looking to expand more into the digital side of the business and we’ve just bought a brand new Fuji Xerox 800 colour press. We have a staff of six and the turnover right now is about $100,000 a month.  The market has improved and we’re keeping an eye out for any other printing businesses that may meet our objectives.  There’s plenty of room here on the shop floor to expand.”

    Bullprint is located at Unit 5, 175 Briens Road, Northmead, in Sydney’s west.

     

  • Bill Healey to retire as CEO of Printing Industries

    Popular Printing Industries CEO Bill Healey plans to retire from his roles with the Association early next year.Widely regarded as a exceptionally dynamic executive, he has helped transform the Association during his four-year tenure.

    He took the reins in May 2011 as Printing Industries moved from a state-based council system to a single national board. Turbulent times followed as Healey tackled the job of aligning roles and personnel across the country. Not surprisingly not everyone agreed with all the process.

    Recognising the need for industry consolidation on the association side to reflect that of the production sector, he  oversaw the incorporation of GASAA into the Printing Industries. He was fortunate in then having David Leach come on board as President to help drive further change.

    He will also be largely recognised for securing Federal Government funding for the industry and initiating the Future Print programme that is transformative for the industry. He will depart the position of CEO leaving a national association that is hugely changed from the one he inherited.

    “During five years of working at the Association I have learnt so much about the industry and the challenges and opportunities it embraces,” he said.

    “I am proud of our achievements, particularly the initiation and implementation of the Future Print projects. These have set in place the foundations our members need to develop the future skill sets and business models necessary to successfully transition in the broader technology driven communication and information industry.

    “It’s now time for someone else to take the reins and commit to implementing our long term vision for the prosperity of the industry.”

    Printing Industries’ Board will now begin recruitment for a successor. Advertisements in the national press are already underway for what is one of the most important positions in the industry.

    President David Leach said Bill Healey had flagged the intention to retire from his current roles when he renewed his contract in 2014.

    “Bill has dedicated a lot of time, passion and commitment to the Association and the industry overall and would now like to take the opportunity to pursue other things in his life,” he said.

    “Our industry and the Association are on the verge of an exciting era through transformation from its traditional heavy metal manufacturing base to a broader, technology driven communication and information industry.

    “Bill has worked with the Board in the development of an exciting strategy to support businesses to understand, respond and profit from these changes. The new CEO will play a key role in delivering this strategy.”

    Leach said recruitment would begin immediately to provide ample time for an appropriate candidate to be selected and to enable a smooth transition to the new leadership management arrangement.

    “I look forward to Bill’s continuing contributions and counsel during the transitional period,” he said.

  • Issue 700 – 29 April – ANNIVERSARY ISSUE

    Those of you with sharp eyes will have noticed this is the 700th issue of Print21 online. As memory best serves it began as a weekly news service in 2002 following a couple of years as Graphics Online. Back then, practically no one had an email address. Circulation was between 1000 and 2000 subscribers. Mainstream online news was a novelty, let alone printing industry news. It was pre-Google; pre-Facebook; Pre-Twitter et al. Search the archive for some wonderful memories going back over 13 years.

    I know nostalgia ain’t what it used to be, but it’s been a pleasure and an honour to have served you for so long. I’d like to thank all the journalists, writers, editors, developers and designers who’ve contributed so much to Print21 over the years. Thanks too to our loyal advertisers and supporters, without them it wouldn’t work. And thanks to you for your reading attention, support and criticism – you’re our top priority.

    You’re one of more than 7000 graphic industry professionals across Australia and New Zealand reading Print21.

    Patrick Howard
    Publishing Editor

  • ‘Too good to refuse’ – John Wanless buys out Stephen and John Norgate

    Bambra Press has bought McKellar Renown to bring together two of Melbourne’s best-known printing companies under one roof.

    Less than a year since Wanless acquired graphic design and printing company, Allardice Print, he has backed up again to take advantage of “an opportunity that was too good to refuse. “I believe in buying good businesses and McKellar Renown is a very good name in the industry,” said Wanless.

    The decision to sell the business was made by long-term owners, brothers Stephen and John Norgate following John’s recent retirement. In the past couple of years the business was run by the next generation of the Norgate family – Adam, Chris and Kerrie Norgate – who will move across with the brand to work with Bambra.

    The intention is to retain the 70-year old McKellar Renown brand as a stand-alone business although practically none of the company’s presses or production equipment will be retained. The Carnegie premises were sold recently, setting the ball in motion.

    The younger members of the Norgate family bring considerable skill and passion to the new entity. Although they will be mainly in customer facing roles, John Wanless says he hopes to make use of their unique skill sets in production too.

    He has a good track record now of acquiring printing businesses and successfully integrating them. The Allardice acquisition saw that business shift premises from the outer eastern suburbs to be next door to Bambra Press in Port Melbourne.

    Even though he is pleased with the latest deal he admits it comes close on the integration of Allardice. “The timing wasn’t fantastic, but you’ve got to be prepared to take advantage when it comes along,” he said.

    The question now remains, with two such stellar brands, which company has the most National Print Awards, and which one will win the most this year.

  • Australian Paper rebuffs recycled critics

    Australian Paper dismissed criticism of recycled paper as it opened its new $90m wastepaper recycling and de-inking plant in Victoria.

    Australian Paper, owned by Nippon Paper Industries, said its Maryvale Mill facility in the Latrobe Valley had begun producing recycled copy paper and would soon extend into envelopes and printing papers.

    Peter Williams

    “We are committed to meeting the growing demand for premium, local recycled paper,” said Peter Williams, COO, Australian Paper. “This plant will take up to 80,000 tonnes of wastepaper out of Australia’s landfill each year, which is enough to fill a tennis court to more than twice the height of the Eureka Tower.”

    The company brushed aside some vocal industry critics who claim that the processing and de-inking of recycled paper is actually worse for the environment than using ‘virgin fibre’ harvested from sustainable forests.

    “We don’t look at it that way at all,” said Craig Dunn, senior marketing manager for sustainability at Australian Paper.  “Recycling paper has great environmental benefits by lowering carbon emissions.  We’re taking tonnes and tonnes of waste and diverting it from landfills.  We have more than 31,000 tonnes of bailed waste stockpiled in Melbourne that was collected just over the past 12 months, mostly shredded waste from offices, so there’s no shortage of materials.  Customers are increasingly focused on recycled paper and it’s important that we respond to demand in the marketplace.”

    The Australian Government has ruled that it will purchase 100% recycled papers from 1st July this year.  “We’re hopeful that all government departments, federal and state, will recognise the sustainability advantages of Australian-made, 100% recycled paper over imports when making their purchase decisions,” said Williams.  “The environmental benefits of the project will be significant. Importing recycled paper made overseas only adds to Australia’s landfill and also generates significant sea-freight emissions. In contrast, removing 80,000 tonnes of wastepaper from Australia’s landfill saves up to 200,000 tonnes of carbon emissions every year, which is equal to taking more than 70,000 cars off Australia’s roads.”

    The Maryvale project received funding from both Federal and Victorian governments and has won the support of environmental groups Planet Ark and Green Capital.

    “We applaud this initiative,” said Paul Klymenko, CEO of Planet Ark.  “It’s a great win for recycling and creates green jobs when we are seeing a decline in Australian manufacturing in other areas.”

    The construction phase of the plant supported about 1,000 Australian jobs and the ongoing operation will provide flow on employment for around 250 people, mostly in the local manufacturing and wastepaper collection industries.

  • A world of paper, a sea of red ink – Andy McCourt

    “If all the world were paper,
    And all the sea were ink,
    And all the trees were bread and cheese,
    What should we have to drink?”

    So goes the old nursery rhyme. However, today’s paper industry is far from child’s play; it is increasingly littered with failed businesses, the latest being PaperlinX in Europe and one of the oldest UK mills, Tullis Russell of Fife, Scotland; established in 1809. Fife has already seen one of its two paper mills depart, when SAPPI closed its operation in 2001. It is no secret that a good water supply is needed to make paper – it also happens to be essential to another of Scotland’s industries; Whisky. Fife used to be home to Haig’s whisky distillery, but that’s gone elsewhere too.

    Another smaller but older UK paper mill, Portals of Laverstoke Mill at Whitchurch, Hampshire is now the distillery for Bombay Sapphire Gin. Portals had exclusively supplied the rag paper for Bank of England banknotes since 1724. Such was the uniqueness of this security paper, that when the Nazis (using forced Jewish skilled labour), tried to flood Britain with forged banknotes towards the end of WWII to undermine the economy; they couldn’t quite get the paper right despite using experts from what we now know as the Hahnemuele (est.1584) fine art and inkjet paper mill!

    Closer to home, in February we saw the closure, after a courageous fight, of Australian Paper’s Shoalhaven mill in NSW

    All over the world there are mill closures or curtailments. In the USA alone between 1990 and 2013, over 1,700 pulp, paper and saw- mills closed, were demolished or were curtailed, with job losses in the region of 108,600.

    In Europe between 2010 and 2015 an estimated capacity of between 2.7 million and 3.5 million tonnes of paper production was taken out.  Much of the decline is in graphic papers but tissues and packaging papers and boards are faring better in places like Finland.

    As to be expected, the picture is different in China, with continued investment in huge new pulp and paper mills; fueled by fibre from hardwood Eucalypt trees cultivated to reach harvestable height within 6 years; plus wood from questionable sources in Russia, Indonesia and Vietnam. China also imports about 30 million tonnes annually of used paper and cardboard for de-inking and recycling. In 2009, China overtook the USA as the world’s largest paper producer in tonnage terms.

    One of world’s largest paper mills is Guangxi Jingui Pulp & Paper Co Ltd which, with a 1.2-million-tonnes rated capacity is but one of half a dozen Chinese super-mills. However, the records tumbled in 2013 when stage one of the Metso-built Eldorado Brasil’s Mato Grosso mill shipped 1.4 million tonnes of paper. Plans are afoot to triple production up to 5 million tonnes p.a. Eucalypts are again the main feedstock due to their ability to grow fast in tropical conditions.

    Mills producing 30,000, 50,000 or even 120,000 tonnes (as in the case of Tullis Russell) of paper a year can not compete with the economies of scale of these new super-mills. World paper production is estimated to be about 405 million tonnes in 2014 and already Asia is responsible for 45% of this figure (source: Pulp & Paper International).

    Add to this massive government subsidies ($35 billion for pulp and paper in China between 2005 and 2010), low labour and feedstock costs and the parlous position of Australian and Western papermaking in general is brought into clear focus, as they battle rising raw material costs, higher labour costs and outdated production methods.

    However, it is not all bad news for the printing industry. Many of the materials being printed today, especially on wide-format digital devices, are non-paper in origin. Textiles, plastics, ceramics and metals are finding their way into printshops for imaging on. Even paper-based substrates depend more on the coatings than the base layer.

    Also, as the trajectory of A3+ and now B2 and reel digital papers continues its inexorable upward path, paper suppliers, including the digital press vendors, and printers can both make better profits.

    For offset printers, the challenges are greater but even here, once China reaches capacity to feed its own printing industry, the hope is that cheaper paper from the land that invented it (in 105AD), will alleviate some of the pressure.

  • Winds of Change – New GM for Direct M&M

    Digital imaging and marketing company Direct Mail & Marketing has appointed former Fuji Xerox strategic manager Scott Allen as its new general manager.

    Fred Humphrey

    “Scott’s wealth of experience and industry knowledge has already made him an important addition,” said managing director Fred Humphrey.  “Scott has joined the Direct Mail & Marketing management team to drive the strategy and future vision for the company.  He brings with him extensive experience from within the print industry, having spent 19 years at Fuji Xerox Australia, where he was a key member of their graphic communications business. His management skills across strategic sales, marketing, direct mail, digital and variable print and multi -channel communications will enhance the Direct Mail & Marketing team.”

    Allen said he was excited to joining the Dandenong-based company. “Having worked with Direct Mail & Marketing for the past 10 years, I’ve seen the growth and development of the business,” he said.  “We are very excited about the future, with plans to grow and expand. Our innovative systems enable us to bring value and process automation to our customers. We will continue to invest in people and processes to ensure we bring innovation to our customers.”

    Direct Mail & Marketing says it’s currently the largest privately owned digital imaging/marketing company in Australia and New Zealand, employing of staff of 65. The company has evolved from a traditional mail house and offset printer to being a leader in marketing and communication solutions.

     

  • Kwik Kopy Clayton a winner

    Kwik Kopy Clayton has won its company’s 2015 Franchise of the Year Award – the sixth win in 11 years for a Melbourne-based Kwik Kopy franchise.

    Owners Mark and Elaine Prosser accepted the award in front of 150 fellow owners and suppliers at the 2015 Waves of Change Conference at the Crowne Plaza in Coogee, NSW.

    “The hurdles to be eligible as a finalist are high but this year we had six centres who made the cut.  However, Mark and Elaine definitely stood out as worthy winners,” said Kwik Kopy Managing Director, David Bell.  “Customer retention is their strong suit and they understand what a precious resource their entire team is to their business.”

    To be recognised as the winning centre, a business must outperform others over a range of benchmarks including sales, sales growth and profitability.

    Kwik Kopy MD David Bell (left) presenting the award to Kwik Kopy Clayton owner Mark Prosser.

    In accepting the award, Mark Prosser thanked his team and said they were integral to the success at Kwik Kopy Clayton.  “We have an exceptional team who are each committed to delivering a great customer experience. We also set ourselves very high standards to ensure that every job that goes out the door exceeds our customers’ expectations. As a result, we have customers who trust us to look after them and their businesses.

    “It was a great feeling to win the coveted Franchise of the Year Award in front of our peers and makes all our efforts worthwhile. So many people came up and expressed how happy they were to see us as winners. It is testament to the great feeling of camaraderie that exists in the Kwik Kopy system,” Prosser said.

    Kwik Kopy is an award winning leading provider of graphic design, print, web and marketing services with 96 B2B franchises operating throughout Australia.

  • See the National Print Awards winners at PrintEx

    Media Super National Print Awards (NPA) entries will take pride of place during PrintEx15 in a special display hosted by Printing Industries.

    Combining both electronic and print mediums, the display will be the centrepiece on Printing Industries’ Information Central stand 2523, one of the larger stands at the exhibition.

    The display will also include entries from finalists from around Australia who will be awarded Gold, Silver or Bronze medals during the NPA presentation dinner on Friday 15 May at Waterview in Bicentennial Park, Homebush Sydney.

    Presentation dinner tickets can be booked via this link

    Printing Industries’ National Director, Communication, Technology & Creative Services, Joe Kowalewski, said the stand was centrally located between halls 1 and 2 and adjacent to the PrintEx Industry Insights Theatre.

    “Combining the display within Printing Industries’ stand and close to the Industry Insights Theatre will make it convenient for visitors to find and navigate,” he said.

    “In addition, members will be able to meet their colleagues and make use of our stand hospitality features as well as finding out about how Printing Industries products and services can benefit their businesses,” he said.

    PrintEx15 is being held from 13-15 May at Sydney Showground, Homebush.

  • Digital Print Business For Sale – Melbourne

    The turnover is small, but the potential is high. Good systems in place, colour and B&W digital, basic finishing, on line ordering. Close to CBD. Turnover $220,000, sell price $50,000 plus SAV – contact Ascent Partners, Richard Rasmussen – 0402 021 101.
    Email: richard@ascentpartners.com.au

  • Air is clearing for graphic arts – Brunner

    Within our ISO working group we are looking at a document Fogra has drafted to provide guidance for quantifying how much energy a digital printing device consumes. You would think that this is pretty straightforward, but it’s not just a matter of counting how many units of electricity a digital press gobbles up. The idea would be to provide a means of accurately capturing comprehensive energy consumption data consistently, from device to device.

    It is also hoped that a standard measurement method might provide buyers of digital printing engines with a universal model for calculating operational energy consumption. Such data would obviously contribute to working out the overall operating cost of a digital press, and our understanding of how digital printing devices impact the environment.

    There is no doubt that the graphics industry needs better tools for measuring its energy use, for both narrow and wide format digital presses. Without a common model we have no means to reliably compare the power consumption of different digital presses, beyond the data collected with an on press metre. Energy consumption information is also necessary for calculating the carbon footprints of a print run or of individual prints.

    A standard measurement method should also be very useful for printing machine manufacturers. They would be able to declare the energy consumption of their devices using a common set of criteria and buyers would be able to compare the data as part of their purchasing decisions. But the devil in all this in the detail, so precise and unambiguous definitions are key. We need to have consensus on what we mean by terms such as stand-by mode or wait mode, and whether or not peripheral equipment should be included in the calculation. And indeed what counts as peripheral equipment?

    These and many more questions require guidance for what constitutes a standard configuration of a digital press. And print modes would also need to be clarified, because manufacturers’ ideas of Quality or Production modes aren’t always the same. It gets worse because we need to be sure that the method and guidance works for all types of digital printing devices. It must not be biased in any way to devices specialised for particular applications such as transactional or poster printing.

    Clearly we have a long way yet to go in developing a universally acceptable means to measure energy consumption in digital presses. However once the work is done it will bring considerable benefits to the market. Not least of these is reinforcing print’s environmental accountability and the industry’s commitment to improving its footprint.

    – Laurel Brunner

     

    Laurel Brunner

    Verdigris acknowledges its supporters Agfa Graphics, Digital Dots, drupa, EFI, Fespa, Kodak, Mondi, Pragati Offset, Ricoh, Shimizu Printing, Splash PR, Unity Publishing and Xeikon.

  • Issue 699 – 24 April

    There is often a disconnect between interests when companies go into administration. When Sydney-based Graphics Plus went broke there were plenty of printers wanting to buy the business. The administrator said ‘No.’ He claimed the price he was asking was beyond them. Trouble is he’s now breaking up the business, and throwing workers onto the Government-funded rescue scheme.

    If he can’t get enough money from auctioning off the assets to even pay the workers, surely an arrangement to keep the business functioning would have been just as good for the creditors. There needs to be clearer guidelines to save working businesses and people’s jobs and not simply leave it up to the opinion of some administrator.

    You’re one of more than 7000 industry professionals across Australia and New Zealand reading Print21.

    Patrick Howard
    Publishing Editor

  • Gavin Pollard new MD for Fuji Xerox NZ

    Fuji Xerox New Zealand has appointed Gavin Pollard as its new Managing Director for New Zealand.  The announcement follows the promotion of outgoing managing director Neil Whittaker to the role of MD for Fuji Xerox Australia.

    Gavin Pollard

    Pollard has been with Fuji Xerox for 13 years and for the past three years was general manager of national sales operations.  He says he’s looking forward to the challenge and among his first priorities will be to move the company to Newmarket and open a new warehouse at Auckland airport.

    Pollard is the best choice for the role, said Whittaker.  “Gavin has a wealth of experience and I’ve been working with him for over three years, preparing him to take over from me. The opportunity for both us to take on new roles is a great opportunity and I’m sure Gavin will look to stamp his mark on the role.”

    Whittaker said that after 11 years as MD of the New Zealand business, the opportunity to lead the largest Fuji Xerox company in the region was too great a challenge to turn down.  “The great team spirit we have and the success we have collectively enjoyed is something the rest of the organisation really admires and wants to see expanded into other operating companies around the region.”

  • PrintEx set to pack ’em in

    Exhibition space is approaching full capacity for next month’s PrintEx with organisers reporting a ‘very strong demand’ from exhibitors.

    With less than three weeks before the start of PrintEx15 – held at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, from 13-15 May – a total of 87 exhibitors have signed up so far and the remaining spaces are expected to be taken soon.

    “We’re jam-packed with exhibitors, demand is really strong and the exhibition space is pretty much full,” said a spokesperson.

    State-of-the-art equipment and technology from leading industry suppliers will be rolled out over more than 4,000 sqm of exhibition space.

    About 8,000 visitors attended the last Printex and registrations for this year are looking terrific at this stage.  The quality of visitors is always really high at these kinds of exhibitions and they attract the key decision makers – owners, directors and key operational staff.   Interest is very strong.  Thousands of people are expected every day.

    Those planning to attend should register online now to avoid having to wait in queues on the day.  Many people, especially locals, tend to leave it to the last minute to register. Better get in early and avoid the rush.

    Printex 15 will be the largest graphic arts exhibition in the region. It provides a platform for suppliers to exhibit the latest technology while allowing printers to compare and contrast different offerings.  This year’s event will also feature more than 30 live debates and educational forums.