Archive for May, 2015

  • Issue 708 – May 22 2015

    Everything passes, everything changes. The printing industry is at a watershed. Its very makeup is changing from being the primary communication medium to being primarily an industrial visual process. The apposite choice of name for the new, enlarged graphics merchants’ association, ‘Visual Connection’ goes some way towards encapsulating the destiny of print. As to how it will work out and what will emerge from the passage of the ancient craft of printing … well, that remains to be seen.

    You are one of almost 7000 graphics industry professionals reading Prin21 acorss Australia and New Zealand.

    Patrick Howard
    Publishing Editor

     

  • It’s official – GAMAA and VISA connect

    The two merchant associations in the graphic arts are getting together under a new name … Visual Connections.

    Following an exclusive report by Print21 this week, Mitchell Mulligan, President of GAMAA, and Mark Tailby, President of VISA, have confirmed the two associations are in the final legal stages of signing off the merger that will see the two largest supplier organisations in the industry join forces.

    The new entity, which will be a limited liability company, will also have a new name – Visual Connections – and will be operational from July 1, 2015. Both GAMAA and VISA will continue to trade under their individual names for 12 months in accordance with legal requirements.

    GAMAA Executive Director Karen Goldsmith and VISA General Manager Peter Harper will jointly manage the new entity during this time.

    Joint CEO's  of Visual Connections; Peter Harper and Karen Goldsmith.The new board has also been determined and will have equal representation from both Associations:

    Mitchell Mulligan – Bottcher
    Russell Cavenagh – DES
    Ian Martin – WRH Global
    Luke Wooldridge – Kodak
    Mark Tailby – Graphic Art Mart
    John Wall – Roland DG
    Marcus Adler -Adler Digital
    Troy Macintosh – Sign Sheet Distributors

     

     

  • LATMA/ANZFTA close in on merger

    The move to consolidation continues apace with the Label and Tag Manufacturers Association of Australia (LATMA) moving closer to an amalgamation with the Australia New Zealand Flexographic Technical Association (ANZFTA).

    Hot on the heels of the mega merger of leading industry supply groups GAMAA and VISA, the boards of LATMA and ANZFTA will meet next month to finalise a constitution that will lay out of the terms of their long-anticipated merger into one entity.

    No reason it should not go ahead - Mark Easton, LATMA

    “There’s no reason why it should not go ahead,” said Mark Easton, LATMA president. “The majority of both memberships are in favour of the move.  Once we have the final draft of the constitution we’ll take it out on the road and get some feedback before there’s a final vote of all members.

    “LATMA definitely sees the benefits of the move.  Membership is falling and there are now more people leaving the industry than coming in.  We can’t give a 100% guarantee that it will happen because it still has to be signed off by the both memberships and there are lots of legalities to deal with, but we are planning as if the deal is definitely going ahead, hopefully by October this year.

    Easton said the move would bring great benefit to both memberships, with increased footprint in industry involvement.  It would overcome duplication of memberships for converters and suppliers on both associations, as well as offering  larger and more time-beneficial events and functions for members, he said.

    “The whole printing industry is moving towards consolidation.  We would represent a significant portion of the print and packaging industry and broaden our knowledge base by experiencing the best of both worlds.”

    A number of possible names for the new organisation are already being tossed around,  said Easton.  “The name is going to be a little harder.  We’ve had several suggestions but nothing has yet stuck.”

  • Price hikes put catalogues under pressure

    One of the strongest growth areas of print is facing new challenges as the price of catalogue paper continues to climb.  Paper manufacturer Norske Skog blamed the rising costs of raw materials for its second price hike in just six months.

    Norske Skog (Australasia) announced an increase of A$30 a tonne in Australia for all its Vantage LWC range of products, with the increase taking effect on 1 July 2015.

    The main driver for a price increase is based on the increasing costs of imported raw materials used in the production of LWC. The increased prices will also better align Australian prices with LWC prices in other global markets,” said a company press statement.

    In January 2015, less than a year after launching its locally produced Vantage brand from the Boyer mill outside Hobart, the local manufacturer increased prices by 3-5% on new orders.

    Experts warned of increased upward pressure on prices as the Australian dollar continues to fall.

    “They’re caught in a bind because import prices for pulp are up 15-20 percent,” said an industry insider. “But Norske Skog now control close to half of the market and that makes them a price marker, so they’ve done very tidily.”

  • Scodix Ultra from Currie Group

    Two Scodix Ultra sold at PrintEx

    Father and son, Jason and Matt Mills of New Zealand specialty printer Fuzed joined Trent Nankervis of CMYKhub in stepping up to take the second brand new Scodix Ultra from the Currie stand at Printex. The Scodix Ultra, a new version of the original digital enhancement printer was chosen as Print21 Hot Pick at the PrintEx show.

    The Mills traded in their original Scodix to take advantage of the higher speed and extra automation on the Ultra. The Israeli-developed digital coating technology fits in well with the award-winning Auckland company’s focus on enhanced printing.

    Straight from winning eight gold medals and seven highly commended prizes at this year’s Pride in Print, as well as being recognised as Best in Process, Fuzed is developing the potential of digital varnishing and coating. A long-time digital producer it operates a HP Indigo 5600.

    Graham McDonald, Currie Group NZ and Lior Meron of Scodix (outside) congratulate Matt and Jason Mills on their Scodix Ultra.

    The company is well known for its production of lenticular printing, exporting over 80 per cent, much of it to Australia and the USA. Both father and son confirm the company is set for further growth following the takeover of another Auckland printer, Printing Express last November. The second Scodix Ultra went to Trent Nankervis, of trade-only printer CMYKhub. It will join the company’s first Scodix in production as soon as it can be delivered.

    The rapid take up of digital enhancement technology is opening up a new range of work for commercial printers. In the case of CMYKhub it allows the trade only printer to supply varnished products within its normal production process.

    Scodix Ultra – High Value With High Productivity

    The Scodix Ultra™ Digital Press is the most productive in the series and enables commercial PSP’s and folding-cartons converters to produce tangible enhancements for a wide variety of applications; marketing literature, stationery items, book covers, boxes and premium packages, greeting cards, photo albums with VDP capabilities based on a barcode system, and more – the opportunities are endless. Place your stamp on almost any printed media

    This Scodix digital print enhancement press is the perfect answer to the exacting requirements of an ever more demanding industry and reaches new levels of Speed, Quality, and Efficiency.
    The Scodix Ultra boasts exciting new features designed to answer the growing requirement for digital enhancement in longer runs, while retaining the highest quality, reliability and perfect registration. ,. With its ability to print on a wide variety of materials from paper to PVC or cartonboard up to 30 points or 700 gsm, this modular digital solution will bring tangible benefits to a wide variety of applications including commercial print, packaging, displays, security marking and braille.

    David Currie (right) is pleased to accept the Hot Pick for the Scodix Ultra from Print21 publisher, Patrick Howard at PrintEx.

    Brand new in the Scodix Ultra is the patent-pending Scodix Ultra™ Twin-Tray media handling system that conveys the sheets under the fixed array of inkheads in a single pass at a rate of over 1,250 B2 size sheets per hour. With two trays operating simultaneously, and with an independent motion system for each tray, the Scodix Ultra™ reaches the ultimate ratio of performance and efficiency, every time.

    This highly accurate media handling system guarantees high print quality, consistency and reliability.

    Superior Quality

    The Scodix Ultra™ Digital Enhancement Press executes unblemished, selective enhancements with Scodix’s proprietary PolySENSE™ clear polymer:

    • Scodix RSP™ Technology (Rotate, Scale, Position) – based on a multi CCD camera system and dedicated software algorithms, Rotates, Scales and Positions the Scodix print enhancement image with pinpoint accuracy, scanning every sheet to deliver the PolySENSE™ to its exact location.
    • Scodix High Impact –The height of the Scodix Sense enhancement is what gives tangible dimension to graphic printed items. The polymer can reach a height of up to 250 microns, 100 times higher than conventional selective varnish.
    • Scodix 99 GU – Highest gloss available for printed materials. The smooth, flat layer applied by the Scodix Sense results in a gloss level higher than 99 Gloss Units – giving the final product a glossy look that far exceeds any regular printed sheet with conventional enhancements.
    • Scodix Variable Density – Unlimited variety of Scodix SENSE™ densities – the ability to vary the density of the polymer from 1-100% in a single pass adds tangible depth and texture to images and text.

    Absolute Digital Value Up To B2+

    The completely digital stand-alone solution supports barcode and variable data applications. Compatible with offset, laminated sheets and digital print, the press automatically processes a wide range of paper formats and substrates, with no need for any additional complex setup:

    • Up to B2+ size sheet format (545 x 788 mm / 21.5 x 31 in)
    • Material weights from 135 to 675 gsm / 6 to 30 points
    • Material thickness – Up to 0.7 mm / 700 microns

    High Value With High Productivity

    The Scodix Ultra™ Digital Press is based on a fixed-array of inkjet UV print-heads.
    Efficiency is the keyword for this latest press and it has been designed with that in mind. Different polymer canisters are available for use, can be selected by the operator, as needed, on the intuitive touch screen and quickly switched. Machine maintenance can be carried out automatically and remotely.

    A single operator can run the machine. Setting up takes hardly any time. You can design and implement all the enhancements you want, in line with your quality requirements, in-house, and on-demand. Now even short runs become profitable.

    Stand Out From The Rest

    By touching the senses with prints that stand out, Scodix SENSE™ leaves a lasting impression, delivering true print differentiation for your clients and their products. In today’s highly competitive industry, standing out is an absolute must, creating more business opportunities!

    Environmental

    A clean, green process that contains no polluting additives, Scodix SENSE™ eliminates plates, molds, chemicals, and solvents, while reducing energy consumption. Scodix SENSE™ output is non-toxic and recyclable.

     

  • An iPad to Transform

    Lucky winner Sophie Turner, account manager MJW, with Print21's Dalia Chamaa.

    Congratulations to MJW advertising account manager Sophie Turner,  the winner of the Print21 iPad draw from PrintEx.

    The account manager at the advertising agency had visited PrintEx15 at Sydney Olympic Park last week to check on the impressive display stand of major MJW client Konica Minolta, whose Transform Your Business slogan was designed by the agency.

    Her name was pulled out of a stack of business cards that had been deposited at Print21 magazine stands throughout the exhibition space.

    Turner was delighted to receive her iPad from Print21 advertising executive Dalia Chamaa at the MJW offices at Jones Bay Wharf in Pyrmont.

     

  • Workforce Pro WF-R8590TC

    The first Print21 Hot Pick of the 2015 show has gone to Epson for its remarkable Workforce Pro WF-R8590TC network printer. For the first time, an inkjet device presents a viable alternative to laser in the office environment.

    In presenting Epson Australia’s Business Unit Manager, Craig Heckenberg with the Hot Pick certificate; Print 21 magazine editor Andy McCourt notes: “This Workforce printer is a turning point for inkjet in the office, government and corporate sectors. In adopting bulk individual ink pouches, called RIPS for Replaceable Ink Pack System, Epson has reduced the time needed for cartridge replacement, from around 52 toner cartridges per 75,000 A4 pages, to around 4 RIPS ink packs, based on average business coverage.

    Craig Heckenberg accepts the Epson Hot Pick from Andy McCourt

    “The inkjet colour quality is superb and can be fully colour-managed if required. It handles up to A3+, can be fully network managed in a multi-printer  environment and is scaleable to suite all enterprise sizes. All this from a printer costing about $10,000 with  the lowest cost-per-page of any inkjet device. Business colour has just taken a mighty leap forward. I think laser toner printers in businesses finally have a serious contender for disruption.”

    Asked if he believed the Epson Workforce Pro RIPS technology could finally displace toner in the office, Craig Heckenberg unhesitatingly states: “Of course!”

    Print 75,000 pages uninterrupted

    The Epson WF-R8590TC workgroup printer enables offices to benefit from the increased productivity of a local distributed print fleet that requires minimal intervention, while providing predictable print costs. Print up to 75,000 pages in black or 75,000 pages in colour without replacing the ink1 thanks to this printer’s super-high-yield ink supply units.
    The supply units lead to low intervention and no time-wasting interruptions. Supplies management is made simple, supplies waste is greatly reduced and lower IT support costs are achieved.
    Built for business
    PrecisionCore technology powers the output quality that Epson is known for, at the speeds required for office, commercial and industrial printing. Prints dry fast thanks to the DURABrite Ultra Pro ink. PDL printing emulations, including PCL and Adobe PostScript 3, and Gigabit Ethernet help this printer easily integrate into the business environment. Its Wi-Fi Direct® capability also lets you print from supported wireless devices without connecting to a router.

    WorkForcePro_WF-R8590TC_600

    Energy efficient
    The WF-R8590TC uses up to 80 percent less power than competitive colour lasers thanks to its no heat technology. No ozone gas is emitted, and an improved quiet print mode and no fan noise during or after printing make it ideal for the working environment. And there are fewer parts to replace than a laser.

    Save time
    Get more done with print speeds of up to 34ppm in mono and 30ppm in colour, or 24ppm ISO print speed in both. Its high paper capacity of up to 1,831 sheets means less time is spent refilling. It features automatic double-sided printing to make any job easy and efficient. The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-R8590TC also features automatic double-sided printing, scanning, copying and faxing to make any job easy and efficient.
  • Epson Workforce Pro WF-R8590TC

    The first Print21 Hot Pick of the 2015 show has gone to Epson for its remarkable Workforce Pro WF-R8590TC network printer. For the first time, an inkjet device presents a viable alternative to laser in the office environment.

    In presenting Epson Australia’s Business Unit Manager, Craig Heckenberg with the Hot Pick certificate; Print 21 magazine editor Andy McCourt notes: “This Workforce printer is a turning point for inkjet in the office, government and corporate sectors. In adopting bulk individual ink pouches, called RIPS for Replaceable Ink Pack System, Epson has reduced the time needed for cartridge replacement, from around 52 toner cartridges per 75,000 A4 pages, to around 4 RIPS ink packs, based on average business coverage.

    Craig Heckenberg accepts the Epson Hot Pick from Andy McCourt

    “The inkjet colour quality is superb and can be fully colour-managed if required. It handles up to A3+, can be fully network managed in a multi-printer  environment and is scaleable to suite all enterprise sizes. All this from a printer costing about $10,000 with  the lowest cost-per-page of any inkjet device. Business colour has just taken a mighty leap forward. I think laser toner printers in businesses finally have a serious contender for disruption.”

    Asked if he believed the Epson Workforce Pro RIPS technology could finally displace toner in the office, Craig Heckenberg unhesitatingly states: “Of course!”

    Print 75,000 pages uninterrupted

    The Epson WF-R8590TC workgroup printer enables offices to benefit from the increased productivity of a local distributed print fleet that requires minimal intervention, while providing predictable print costs. Print up to 75,000 pages in black or 75,000 pages in colour without replacing the ink1 thanks to this printer’s super-high-yield ink supply units.
    The supply units lead to low intervention and no time-wasting interruptions. Supplies management is made simple, supplies waste is greatly reduced and lower IT support costs are achieved.
    Built for business
    PrecisionCore technology powers the output quality that Epson is known for, at the speeds required for office, commercial and industrial printing. Prints dry fast thanks to the DURABrite Ultra Pro ink. PDL printing emulations, including PCL and Adobe PostScript 3, and Gigabit Ethernet help this printer easily integrate into the business environment. Its Wi-Fi Direct® capability also lets you print from supported wireless devices without connecting to a router.
    WorkForcePro_WF-R8590TC_600

    Energy efficient
    The WF-R8590TC uses up to 80 percent less power than competitive colour lasers thanks to its no heat technology. No ozone gas is emitted, and an improved quiet print mode and no fan noise during or after printing make it ideal for the working environment. And there are fewer parts to replace than a laser.

    Save time
    Get more done with print speeds of up to 34ppm in mono and 30ppm in colour, or 24ppm ISO print speed in both. Its high paper capacity of up to 1,831 sheets means less time is spent refilling. It features automatic double-sided printing to make any job easy and efficient. The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-R8590TC also features automatic double-sided printing, scanning, copying and faxing to make any job easy and efficient.
  • manroland claims top spot in web offset market

    Steve Dunwell is confident the local market is on side even as the worldwide demand for big iron presses continues to slide.

    You have to go back quite a few years to find the last time anything other than a manroland web press, commercial or newspaper, was sold into the Australian market. In the interim the German-based company has become the default brand for the largest printing companies in the region, such as Hannaprint, PMP and Franklin Web.

    Steve Dunwell

    Few manufacturers have ever enjoyed such market sector dominance before.  Even as the overall level of activity declines, with only a limited number of prospects for large presses still on the go, Dunwell, managing director of manroland Australia, is determined not to take his position for granted. Every year since the creation of the stand-alone local company he has increased the number of service engineers to 24 in order to make sure there are no gaps in the offering.

    The local dynamic reflects the global situation with the company claiming leadership in the web offset printing sector. Since it emerged from administration four years ago under a new parent company, German conglomerate Possehl, manroland web systems has seen a decline in its order intake from E246.9 in 2013 to Euro 221.8 this year. This is consistent with an overall fall in the number of newspaper and commercial web offset presses being sold into the world market.

     

    At the same time it has increased its market leadership from 21% in 2012 to a comfortable 36% in 2014. According to independent research figures, last year its closest rivals were the Chinese-owned Goss with 21%, followed by the Japan-based Komori at 10% with the other German press manufacturer KBA suffering a disastrous year with only 3%. (To be fair, KBA had 18% share in 2012 and 17% share in 2013.) The rest of the market is completed by brands such as Mitsubishi, the Indian-based Manugraph and TKS, another Japanese company et al.

    It is this market dominance that Dunwell is keen to emphasize to the local industry. He wants to assure his customers that of all the brands out there , manroland is the most secure.

    Despite the slowdown in Australian and NZ orders he has transformed the local business into a graphic arts merchant that not only maintains a substantial service engineer complement, but also supplies spare parts and consumables, plates, chemicals and blankets. As the local representative of Manroland Sheetfed, the Tony Langley-owned, offset press manufacturer, manroland Australia enjoyed its best ever results last year.

    “You’d always like to do more but that is the market reality,” said Dunwell. “We’ve just finished relocating presses for Fairfax from Tullamarine [Victoria] and Chullora [NSW] with the last one in Wellington [NZ] up and running this month. There are a few prospects on the go but they’re under wraps at present.”

    Far from believing the sector is in terminal decline, Dunwell is confident there will be a fresh round of investment as printers become more aware of the productivity gains with the latest generation of Lithoman presses. The statistics are for an average taken over ten presses that throughput is four times what it was before although with only half the number of operators.

    He tells of taking customers to sites in Europe where when starting up a Lithoman  the 40th copy was good to go with the press then ramping immediately up to its maximum speed of 45, 000 per hour.

    “These presses spend ninety six per cent of their production time printing at top speed. We guarantee it,” he said.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • APN ‘very confident’ about paywall for Qld papers

    Newspaper publisher APN News & Media is to follow News Corp and Fairfax Media and launch a metered paywall system for its publications.

    APN’s regional media arm, Australian Regional Media, will become the first Australian regional publisher to charge for online content when the metered model begins rolling out at its Queensland daily publications in the second half of this year. The move was announced this morning to the ASX.

    “We firmly believe the introduction of a content‐driven metered subscription model to our regional audiences will grow news media revenues over time, as has been demonstrated in international markets,” said APN CEO Michael Miller in an APN Investor Day update.

    'Confident.' Michael Miller, APN CEO.

    Miller told Print 21 he’s ‘very confident’ the paywall model will be taken up by online readers in regional Queensland. “The metered subscription model has been around for a long time now and we’ve thoroughly researched the market.  This is a new model and it will take time but media consumption is a habit and we offer exclusive content that no other media outlets can deliver.”

    APN’s Queensland publications include the Sunshine Coast Daily, the Newsmail in Bundaberg, The Gympie Times, the Chronicle in Toowoomba, Gladstone’s The Observer, Mackay’s Daily Mercury, Rockhampton’s The Morning Bulletin and others.

    APN also announced plans to expand the company’s outdoor advertising business. Street furniture unit Adshel will phase out paper and glue at 35 roadside locations in Auckland in favour of digital formats and Adshel will introduce a national digital network in Australia during the second half of this year.

    “We continue to expand our digital capabilities and audiences through investment in infrastructure,” said Miller. “The launch of Adshel’s street furniture digital network will broaden consumer reach and revenues across Australia and New Zealand.”

    APN said its positive start to 2015 had continued, with year‐to‐date group revenues 6% ahead of the prior year.  APN’s New Zealand business, NZME, which includes the NZ Herald and a range of other newspapers and radio stations, including Newstalk ZB, posted a 50 percent surge in year-to-date digital revenues, with online revenue market share increasing from 16 per cent to 20 per cent.

     

  • SWUG’s Print with Passion conference in NZ

    Pharmaceutical scientist Sir Ray Avery – keynote speaker at this year’s Single Width Users’ Group (SWUG) conference – became interested in science while living on the streets and being drawn to the warmth of public libraries.

    “Having spent his childhood in English orphanages and foster homes, he developed an interest in science at the age of 14 while living rough on the streets of London and seeking warmth and inspiration in public libraries,” said SWUG chairperson Dan Blackbourn.

    Avery has been a major contributor to the development of New Zealand’s pharmaceutical industry over the past 30 years.  He’s a founding member of the Auckland University School of Medical Science’s Department of Clinical Pharmacology and former technical director of Douglas Pharmaceuticals.

    Avery is renowned as an entertaining speaker and has great stories to share, said Blackbourn.

    This year’s 15th annual SWUG conference is being held at the scenic Millennium Hotel in Rotorua in New Zealand on August 19-20.  The Print with Passion-themed conference will also feature a tour of the paper-making plant of Norske Skog in Kawerau (approximately 60 minutes’ drive from Rotorua).

    Formerly known as the Tasman Pulp and Paper Company, the Kawerau mill was the brainchild of Sir James Fletcher. “After significant planting schemes in the 1920s and 1930s, a large forestry resource was available to be capitalised upon, and the Fletcher Group duly started constructing the Tasman Pulp and Paper Co in 1952,” said Blackbourne. “Kawerau itself built up around the development of the mill, with the town attracting people from all over New Zealand and the world to work on the construction and to be employed at the site once it officially opened in 1955. The mill originally employed several thousand people and produced a range of products including kraft pulp and newsprint, eventually expanding operations to meet growing demand for products over the years.

    “The Tasman Pulp and Paper Co has undergone significant change over the years, developing from the previously joint kraft pulp and paper company, into the current Norske Skog operation. It is now a newsprint-only site, after the kraft pulp operations were sold to Carter Holt Harvey in 2001.”

    Blackbourn says a good accommodation rate has been secured with the Millennium Hotel Rotorua, a Qualmark 4 Star Plus-rated hotel located on the edge of the CBD. Bookings can be made via the SWUG website listed below.

    Registrations to the conference close on June 30.

  • GAMAA and VISA merger is on!

    Leading industry supplier groups the Graphic Arts Merchants Association of Australia (GAMAA) and the Visual Industries Suppliers Association (VISA) will merge into one major organisation that will result in a radically changed landscape for the graphic arts sector.

    “I’m very excited about the move and it will be great for the industry,” said Peter Harper, general manager, VISA. “The lawyers are still finalizing the details so I can’t tell you the new name just yet but we’ll have an official launch next month and will release all of the information then. It’s a very natural transition and it’s just the way the industry is moving these days.  Many printers are now doing sign and display work and 25% of GAMAA members are already members of VISA.”

    Great for the industry - Peter Harper, GM, VISA

    According to Harper, the move will benefit everyone in the graphic arts industry. “You won’t have two separate organisations competing in the same market.  The money pool will flow back into one organisation and the additional savings will all go to association members and to the industry for trade shows, marketing and advertising.

    Harper said the merger idea had been around in one form or another ‘for years and years’ and had been discussed with all of the other major industry associations before a decision was made recently to proceed. Print 21 first revealed the merger plans in December last year.

    Karen Goldsmith, CEO  GAMAA, is very supportive of the move. “It will be very good for the industry. It’s the right time for it to happen. We have to keep moving to make sure we are doing the best for the industry,” she said.

    The new organization, which will take the form of an as yet unnamed limited liability company, will officially begin trading from 1 July, 2015 and the two existing groups will continue to run, as required by law, for a further 12 months before being wound up. It is envisaged that the board membership of the new entity will be shared 50/50 between GAMAA and Visa.

    Mitch Mulligan, president of GAMAA, gave his wholehearted support to the move during his address at the President’s Lunch during PrintEx. He told Print21 earlier in the year that the merger “made sense when you think of how the industry has changed.”

    Much of the impetus for the merger has grown from the co-location of trade shows between the two bodies. GAMAA is half owner, with Printing Industries, of PacPrint and PrintEx, biannual exhibitions that swap between Melbourne and Sydney. VISA on the other hand has grown very proactive in promoting its Visual Impact show, running on average two a year between Gold Coast, Sydney and Melbourne. The arrival of wide-format inkjet has transformed these formerly screen-based shows into digital printing ones, ensuring a cross fertilization with many GAMAA corporate members. With the convergence of the technologies unlikely to reverse, over the years the merger took on an air of inevitability.

    The trade show programme, as well as the ongoing role of Printing Industries going forward, is the subject of some speculation with little decided yet. There was no official comment from the Association.

    The two organisations have grown from very different backgrounds. GAMAA was formed in the 1970s as a loose gathering of merchants, almost a ‘luncheon club’ where mutual interests and the state of the industry could be addressed. Only later did the Association become engaged in the activity for which it is best known, organising and running trade shows such as PacPrint and PrintEx, in conjunction with the Printing industries.

    VISA is a younger organisation formed in the early 1990s with the specific aim of running trade shows and exhibitions for the signage industry. On its website it relates its origins as … Visual Impact Trade Shows began in the early 1990s after a group of supply companies became discontented with the trade show of the time, which was run by a profit making company. This company would dictate when and where our Trade Shows were to be held. Under the guidance of David Saunders and supported by the owners of three of the larger suppliers, the Sign Suppliers Association was formed, a not for profit organisation now known as the “Visual Industries Suppliers Association” (“VISA”). The association has grown from 6 members at its inception to over 100 in 2012, and has continued to run very successful trade shows all over Australia.

     

     

     

  • PrintEx repays Currie commitment

    As the largest exhibitor at the show, it is fitting the Group notched up good sales during the three days in Sydney. But its success didn’t stop there.

    Almost every piece of equipment on the Currie Group stand – by far the most populated at the show – was sold by the time the doors were closed on Friday. Asserting its premiere position as the main graphic arts supply company in the region, Currie Group not only invested more than anyone else but in the end likely gained more too.

    Another side of Currie Group: Phil Rennell (right) presents Michael Warshall, Nulab with the Brilliant Images Award.

    According to Phil Rennell, sales director and chairman of the PrintEx 2015 committee, orders were taken and contracts signed on all the major items. “We had a strong showing as you know. We’re very pleased with the number of visitors and certainly pleased with the sales results we can announce.

    “For instance, Port Printing in WA has confirmed its HP Indigo 10000 purchase, the first in the west, in a exciting move for the business and their customers. Dashing Print has signed up for the HP 7800 on the stand as part of another multi-press deal, which will complete its transition to a digital offset platform.

    “There were additional orders for HP Indigo presses at the show and the company is very happy with the outcome.

    “The label and packaging business also had a strong showing and I can confirm the HP Indigo WS6800 and the AB Graphics converting solution are sold and will be installed soon in Melbourne and NZ.

    “The Scodix Ultra (below) has been snapped up into CMYKhub providing new levels of productivity and functionality for digital embellishment, whilst Matt and Jason Mills of Fuzed from New Zealand confirmed they will be taking a Scodix Ultra over the Tasman.”

    But it wasn’t all digital printing equipment. Currie Group has one of the strongest finishing equipment lines in the industry with Horizon. The Horizon Stitchliner 6000 that took pride of place on the stand was sold to Clark Murphy Print.

    There were prepress sales too, with three orders for Cron CtP taken at the show.

    “Our cross collaboration with HP in the signage and display business meant many our customers were able to discuss their needs right across the print platform. Overall there was a great deal of interest in what we bought to the show and we leave Sydney with many new prospects across the board,” said Rennell.

    One of the brightest prospects is for a major sale into Melbourne of a HP Indigo 10000 along with a HP T230 inkjet press and finishing solution. Currie Group is expecting to be able to announce the successful sale shortly.

    Currie Group’s contribution to the success of the show went beyond the Sydney Showground. Over 300 industry types were treated to the traditional Currie Cruise on Sydney Harbour on the Thursday night. One of the most sought-after tickets of the whole show, it served to highlight the Group’s success as the industry’s preeminent supplier.

  • A Diamond for SkinnyPack at DuPont Awards

    The 2015 DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation in the US will be remembered as the year of design, with 77 percent of the winners being honoured for design excellence in enhancing the users’ experience.

    Canada-based IPL, Inc., earned the Diamond Award, the program’s highest honour for SkinnyPack™ Technology. This mono-material package marries flexible and rigid packaging to create a thin, light, strong structure that uses less material, enables recycling and allows more message space.

    “This year’s winners stand out as leaders in packaging innovation,” said William J. Harvey, president, DuPont Packaging &. Industrial Polymers. “They exemplify how collaboration, innovation and packaging excellence converge to generate game-changing solutions that positively impact our lives.”

    The DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation is the industry’s longest-running, global, independently judged celebration of innovation and collaboration throughout the value chain. An independent panel of packaging experts evaluated nearly 140 entries from more than 25 countries and last night awarded one diamond winner, five gold winners and seven silver winners based on “excellence”. In one, two or all three categories: technological advancement, responsible packaging and enhanced user experience.

    “The novelty this year lies in the fact that we saw packaging designs that added intuitive functionality in a way that was both simple and meaningful for the user,” said David Luttenberger, CPP, global packaging director, Mintel Group, Ltd., USA and lead judge. “There’s frequently a lot of technology behind seemingly simple designs. When you can design packaging in a way that resolves an issue and is intuitive to use, that’s value.”

    Click here for a complete list of winners.

     

  • Dscoop members make 15% more profit

    The HP users group got together at PrintEx to hear from Gary Peeling, Dscoop Global Chairman, on the benefits of being a member.

    The managing director of UK firm, Precision Printing, had an inspirational story for the 100 or so HP users that turned up on Day 2. As the driving force behind his firm’s switch to digital, he told them how the company was now making larger margins than ever on $2 and $3 photo printing jobs.  Mind you, it was pushing through up to 30,000 such jobs in a day. This is what he describes as “shaping the future of on-demand printing.”

    The power behind Dscoop: Kelvin Gage, Dominion Printing, Shadi Taleb, Intelligent Media and Gary Peeling, Precision Printing UK.

    This radical shift in the paradigms of printing underscores the necessity for a new conversation about how to work and what to aim for. Peeling had a font of inspirational stories, including the one about a personalized Amex direct marketing piece that resulted in 88% increased enrollments, 150% increased transactions with 35% increased spend per transaction.

    In making a pitch as to why printers should become part of the users group, he made the point that Dscoop members ran more efficient companies and on average were 15% more profitable than non-members. It’s part of the organisation’s theme of commit, collaborate and dominate.

    It was just the type of presentation that those who’ve invested in digital want to hear.

    The local Dscoop committee was fired up at the good turnout from the industry. During the opening sessions they relayed some of the experiences of the team that went to the US Dscoop in  January this year and urged members to make the trip to the Asia Pacific meeting at IGAS in Tokyo later in the year.

    It’s nice to see the re-energized group scoring goals.

     

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  • Issue 707– 19 May 2015

    What a great party, you should have been there. I know, there’s nothing quite as irritating as someone telling you you missed out on a great event, but if you were not one of the 6000 plus industry types that were at the Sydney Showgrounds last week, you really did miss one of the best trade shows in recent years. It had everything, from stands packed with new technology, to informative presentations, cheerful social events and of course, the National Print Awards on the Friday night.  OK, I’ll shut up now … but you should have been there!

    One who was proved to be the lucky winner of the Print21 iPad draw. Congratulations to Sophie Turner, account manager of MJW, Pyrmont. We’ll be in touch.

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

    Patrick Howard
    Publishing Editor