Archive for July, 2015

  • Mining collapse buries Qld printer

    Mackay-based Digimax Printing has gone into liquidation owing hundreds of thousands of dollars as the plunging price of coal takes its toll across Queensland.

    “We went from boom to bust inside six months,” said former co-owner and co-director Andrew Matsen, who established Digimax with his wife and fellow owner/director Letitia in 2004.

    “Coal drives this town and we grew on the back of the mining boom as the whole of Mackay went through a big growth phase.  But Mackay is very reliant on the mining industry and when the coal prices dropped so much then everything just suddenly stopped. A lot of our clients were either mining-based or reliant on the coal industry.”

    Digimax closed its doors earlier this month and liquidators are still sorting through the creditors list.

    The Matsens’ separate signage business Blair Signs & Safety was saved when Brisbane-based VMG Print Group stepped in to buy some of the equipment and the intellectual property, including the client list and trading name.

    Blair, established 45 years ago, is now a division of VMG, which operates as Markit Graphics and has manufacturing facilities in Brisbane and Melbourne.

    “My wife and I are very lucky to still have jobs in the industry,” said Matsen. “We once had 18 staff but were down to eight when we were forced into liquidation. Now, just five of us are staying on at Blair Signs, which will continue to trade under the same name.  I do want to stress that our customers are being taken care of.

    “I should have realised what was happening and I’ve got to take some responsibility for it but the fact is that no-one really saw it coming,” said Matsen. “Two years ago you couldn’t find a building to rent around here in the Paget industrial area but the last time I checked an online rental site there were 36 pages of buildings available in Mackay.  More than 20,000 people are said to have left town in the past couple of years and I’m not even sure that we’ve hit rock bottom yet.  Things have been hard up here and multiple businesses have gone down. I know Townsville and Rockhampton are facing a similar situation.

    “People say that business is booming in Australia but the fact is, it is just not.  There are still opportunities around but for those you have to be willing to take risks and less people are willing to do that these days.”

    The workshop at Blair Signs & Safety

  • Issue 728 – July 31 2015

    Printing is a bellwether of the wider economy. The first to catch a cold when the economy starts to chill, it’s the last to pick up when investment starts to flow. Printers realise they cannot generate more print in the usual retail way. An End of Year sale discount won’t work. People want print when they need it, not because it’s cheaper.

    But savvy printers understand that all social activities, from school sports days, to art fairs and home auctions go better with print. It’s our job as an industry to constantly remind people of that.

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

    Patrick Howard
    Publishing Editor.

     

  • South Australia gets more Federal print $s

    Businesses in South Australia are proving to be a bit ahead of the game when it comes to making the most of the government funded opportunities provided by Future Print.

    “There’s no question that Print DNA is a more dynamic business today thanks to Future Print." Mary-Ann and Ian Andrews.

    With Government money on the table and a clear indication that print buyers will continue to want more options and broader services from their print service providers, the opportunities provided by the Future Print Business Transformation Program are the best in years to improve the profitability and potential of print and graphic communications businesses.

    Already, businesses around the country are twigging that the subsidized business evaluation tools and broad-based training opportunities may not come again. They’re seizing the opportunity to take part in this limited program.

    Future Print figures so far show that South Australian businesses are leading the pack in making the most of the Program, with a significant proportion of the national tally. According to Mark Ryan, Future Print advisor, why businesses in his are realising that the Government subsidies under the Future Print Program give them what may well be a ‘one-off’ opportunity. to get the training and upskilling they need, with very little financial investment,” he told us today.

    “Training takes time and investment and, with businesses running as lean as they probably ever have to cope in today’s competitive market, it’s not difficult to see why many are of the view that they simply can’t afford the time or expense. But this Government scheme allows them to get the training and upskilling they need, with very little financial investment.

    “Sure, it’s difficult to take someone out of the business and send them off for training but once they’ve gone through the evaluation phase, and can see where and how their businesses can be more competitive and profitable, it all makes sense.”

    Print DNA, a remarkable print business from Renmark in SA’s Riverland, is a good example. The company was an early participant in the Future Print Business Transformation program. Owners Ian and Mary-Ann Andrews say it’s been a key part of their strategy to respond to a changing environment.

    “We’ve really benefited from the mentorship of our Advisor in countless phone calls, and have worked to implement the information and suggestions we’ve received from him, and the knowledge shared at workshops. The Future Print team even helped us employ a new apprentice recently,” Mary-Anne said today.

    “There’s no question that Print DNA is a more dynamic business today thanks to Future Print – we are delighted with the results.”

    For Ryan, Print DNA is an example of a business that understands there is always room for improvement and has really embraced the Future Print opportunity to learn and progress.

    “Print DNA was already run brilliantly, but Future Print is definitely helping them build their success,” he said. “Ian and Mary-Ann and their team absorb information and advice like sponges, and then test, measure and implement to make it work for them. …They’re seeing the benefits in double digit growth in both revenue and profit.

    With plenty of places still left in the Business Transformation Program, businesses across Australia have the opportunity to build success like Print DNA. It is a finite opportunity, however, and Ryan says that once the results start to get out, the remaining places are likely to fill quickly.

    “Yes, it’s going to take some of your time and yes, it might be tough to cover a staff member while they are trained. But you only have to look at the results to see that it could be the best investment you’ve ever made.”

    To find out more, or to sign on for the Future Print Business Transformation Program, go to www.futureprint.org.au or contact your local Printing Industries office to talk to a Future Print advisor.

     

     

  • Screen’s JetConverter now available as inline (video)

    The Screen JetConverter L350 – now available inline for the Truepress Jet L350UV digital label printer

    Screen Europe will demonstrate the latest version of the Truepress Jet L350UV inkjet label press, complete with inline finishing using the JetConverter L350, at Labelexpo in Brussels later this year.

    The Screen JetConverter L350 – previously only available as a near-line unit – is a modular finishing solution equipped with many standard functions for label converting including varnishing, lamination, die-cutting, matrix rewind and slitting. Advantages including decreased times for setup and adjustment and reduced paper wastage are achieved by a shorter web path. Flexo coating and cold foil stations can also be added.  (See video below.)

    “Many prospective customers have enquired about the inline version of JetConverter,” says Peter Scott, MD, Screen GP Australia. “There is definitely demand for this configuration as well as separate reel-to-reel printing with offline converting and finishing.”

    The Truepress Jet L350UV uses Screen’s high-definition CMYK+white UV inks and delivers photo-realistic quality at 50m/minute (16 sqm/min) on web widths up to 350mm. The press incorporates single-pass greyscale piezo printheads with a minimum droplet size of 3 picolitres. The first L350UV in Australasia was installed at Sydney’s DS Labels in April.

    A new link to CERM (MIS) allows JDF communication to the Screen EQUIOS digital front end to eliminate many repetitive manual tasks and automating planning and step & repeat routines. The resultant improvement in efficiency cuts production time still further and enables over 25 short run jobs per shift. Information is fed back live to a digital dash board displaying production data, printing speeds and metres printed for all scheduled jobs.

    The Vivid Color Mode, which allows the Truepress JetL350UV to further extend its colour gamut, improves and simplifies the process of attaining spot colour values using a simplified four-colour ink set without the need for spot colour inks.

    Already recognised as achieving the smoothest gradations, sharpest detail with the thinnest ink lay down compared to other inkjet label devices, the EQUIOS DFE’s new text resolution function offers HD quality text sharpness by reducing ink spread across the whole job or on selected elements – even on uncoated paper substrates.

    Labelexpo Europe is popular with label printers from the ANZ region and this year will be held from September 20 to October 2 at Brussels Expo. Screen Europe’s stand is 9B30. Representatives from Screen’s Australian dealer Jet Technologies will be present.

    SCREEN GP Australia Pty Ltd is a subsidiary of SCREEN Holdings Ltd, one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of technology for the printing and pre-media industries. Its range of equipment includes digital printing presses, grand format UV printers, digital label presses, workflow systems, RIPs, proofing systems and CtP platesetters. The company is also a manufacturer of equipment for the semiconductor and flat panel display manufacturing industries.

     

     

  • ‘Unrelenting’ cyber threat targets businesses

    Operations floor, ACSC

    Australian businesses are facing increasingly sophisticated attacks by cyber criminals, according to the first unclassified threat report by the federal government’s Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC).

    The release of Threat Report 2015 comes as a prominent printing industry equipment supplier in Sydney revealed this week that his entire computer system had been locked up by hackers demanding money.

    The so-called ‘ransomware’ encrypted all data files on the supplier’s system – including accounts, sales and history – before the hackers demanded payment in bitcoin for the files to be decrypted. The victim, who has chosen to remain anonymous, resisted the demands but has been forced to install a new computer system.

    “The cyber threat to Australian organisations is undeniable, unrelenting and continues to grow,” warns the ACSC’s report.  “If an organisation is connected to the internet, it is vulnerable.  The incidents in the public eye are just the tip of the iceberg. Compromise is expensive.  It can include financial losses, damage to reputation, loss of intellectual property and disruption to business.

    “The number, type and sophistication of cyber security threats to Australians are increasing. Due to the varied nature of motivations for cyber adversaries, organisations could be a target for malicious activities even if they do not think the information held on their networks is valuable, or that their business would be of interest to cyber adversaries.

    “The ACSC’s ability to detect and defend against sophisticated cyber threats continues to improve. But there are gaps in our understanding of the extent and nature of malicious activity, particularly against the business sector. The ACSC is reaching out to industry to build partnerships to improve our collective understanding.”

    PREVENTION

    The report says 85 per cent of targeted cyber attacks can be prevented by following these ‘Top 4 Mitigation Strategies”:

    – Use application whitelisting to help prevent malicious software and unapproved programs from running.

    – Patch applications such as Java, PDF viewers, Flash, web browsers and Microsoft Office.

    – Patch operating system vulnerabilities.

    – Restrict administrative privileges to operating systems and applications based on user duties.

    Mitigation strategies for malware

    The ACSC recommends Australian government and businesses defend against malware infections by implementing the Strategies to Mitigate Targeted Cyber Intrusions, with particular attention to the Top 4 strategies. In addition:

    – educating staff about cyber security can assist in preventing and identifying an initial system infection.

    – using up-to-date antivirus software configured to perform internet-based reputation checking can help detect malware if it does make its way onto the system

    – disabling AutoRun and AutoPlay features may help to prevent malware from propagating through a network via removable media.

    Mitigation strategies for ransomware

    Avoid paying a ransom if you experience this type of infection, as this perpetuates the incentive for the cyber adversary to continue their activities. Data loss can be minimised by taking the appropriate steps to prevent this type of infection from occurring in the first place.

    The ACSC recommends the following to avoid falling victim to ransomware:

    – implement the Top 4 Strategies to Mitigate Targeted Cyber Intrusions.

    – block executable files from entering a corporate network through email or web downloads.

    – inspect compressed file formats for executable content.

    – create regular offline backups, including backups of peripheral data storage devices.

    If you do experience a cyber security incident involving encrypting ransomware, the ACSC offers the following remediation advice:

    – identify any compromised workstations and remove them from the network.

    – block known indicators to prevent an immediate re-compromise, check for profile-resident malware and clean profiles

    – restore from backup.

    The full ACSC Threat Report 2015 is available here.

     

  • New jobs follow new booklet maker

    A new Horizon SPF-200L booklet maker is proving a hit with both customers and staff at Sydney’s Twin Loop Binding and new orders are pouring in.

    “It’s a fantastic piece of equipment and we’ve had very positive reactions from our customers who are excited to have a one-stop store for all of their finishings,” said Twin Loop director Wayne Rubin. “The decision to buy the booklet maker really was a no brainer for us. We needed to upgrade our equipment if we wanted to take our business to the next level.  We bought it from Curries just before PrinteX and when the new machine arrived here at our premises in Macquarie Park our staff were just glowing.  It really was priceless.  They were able to see that the business was growing and that we’re heading into an exciting future.  We’ve been in business now for 22 years and we’re proud of what we’ve achieved.

    “The booklet maker been up and running now for just one month but we’ve already had 14 new jobs on the machine during that time.  We’re now able to offer landscape saddle stitching jobs and loop stitchings and the feedback has been very positive.  We can handle small and large jobs, all with a very fast turnaround.”

    Rubin says that great service and support provided by the Curries team had ensured a seamless installation. “We’ve been a loyal Curries customer for more than eight years and their support team is second to none.  They set up a maintenance program, their techs are always available to help and advise, and they provide the best training and service, which gives our staff a lot of confidence.”

    (l to r) Twin Loop's Kishor Vatiya, Wayne Rubin (MD) and Chris Sullivan.

    Twin Loop Binding moved into its new 700sqm in Macquarie Park last year and is now negotiating to take over the offices next door.   Twelve staff members produce a turnover of just under $2m a year, with the manufacturing division, including the bindery and book binding work, driving most of the growth.

    The Horizon SPF-200L produces landscape format booklets at speeds up to 3,500 booklets per hour.  The SPF-200L also features improved format flexibility including 8.5” x 11” landscape capabilities ideal for producing landscape brochures or calendars. A fully-automated set-up through the 10.4” colour touch screen ensures user-friendly operation for professional quality booklet production. The system can accept digitally printed output from any of HOF high-speed sheet feeders and can also serve conventional offset print needs when combined with a collating tower.

  • Bill Healey joins 2015 Future Forum line-up

    The challenges for traditional print media businesses as they move to a multimedia platform will be a key focus of the 2015 Future Forum, the largest news publisher conference of its kind in the Asia Pacific region.

    This year’s event, titled Influencing a Connected World, will be held at Sydney’s Hilton Hotel on September 10 and 11 and will bring together newspaper executives and delegates from around the world.  More than 600 delegates attended last year’s event.

    Opening day will feature a Print & Production masterclass that will examine ‘latest trends and changes in the world of print and production, featuring presentations on the future of digital printing, reliability centred maintenance, newsprint and recycling, case studies and more.’

    Printing Industries’ retiring CEO Bill Healey will speak about the future of printing apprenticeships and the PIAA’s Future Print initiative. Other speakers in the four-hour Print & Production session will include Marcus Hooke from News Corp, Brian Rock from The Newspaper Works, Tania Gordon from Australian Newspaper Publishers, Martin Okkes from Manroland, Sean Tait from Fairfax Media and others.

    'A complex challenge': Mark Hollands, The Newspaper Works

    The two-day forum will feature keynote speakers Sir Martin Sorrell, founder and chief executive of WPP, and Raju Narisetti, senior vice president of strategy for News Corp. Joining them will be executives from The Huffington Post, Google, and NZME.

    “The influence of our brands and journalism has never been greater, yet finding new commercial models to sustain our future beyond the core business of print newspapers remains a complex challenge, and one that we will explore at this year’s forum,” said Mark Hollands, chief executive, The Newspaper Works.

    “Our world class speaker line-up will explore how mobile and video will set the commercial agenda for newspapers, the growth of programmatic trading, content marketing and native advertising, and how to continue to produce high quality products that play an influential role in the advertising and communications industry and society in general.”

    The Advertising and Marketing Awards will be held after the end of the first day of the forum on September 10, and the Newspaper of the Year Awards will take place on September 11, after the conclusion of the forum.

    The Future Forum is free for members of The Newspaper Works.

    For more information on how to register, click here.

    The full program is available here.

    Event organisers have released a Future Forum 2015 video which features some highlights from last year’s event:

     

     

     

  • Heidelberg orders up €110 million in Q1

    Press giant Heidelberg has posted a strong start to the financial year and says its strategic reorientation has helped to boost orders by more than €110 million in the first quarter.

    “As we start the new financial year, Heidelberg is well on the way to achieving its targets for the year,” said deputy CEO and CFO Dirk Kaliebe.

    “Provisional calculations for the first quarter (April 1 – June 30, 2015) show that the company’s strategic reorientation is taking effect, with improvements in both sales and the result,” the company said in a press release:

    A good trade show in China, additional service business as a result of the PSG takeover, and exchange rate movements have improved incoming orders to around € 700 million (previous year: € 588 million). Thanks to a healthy order backlog at the beginning of the quarter, higher service-related sales, and exchange rate movements, sales also increased – to € 560 million (previous year: € 435 million).

     The operating result was much better than in the previous year.  Earnings before tax were €46 million, compared to €6 million the previous year. Income from the takeover of the PSG Group totalling about €19 million has had a positive impact on these figures. This income compensated for expenditure of around €15 million resulting from partial retirement agreements concluded in the previous year. EBIT including special items thus improved on balance from  €11 million to €13 million.

    Heidelberg earlier this year launched a new brand identity and strategic reorientation that is focused on both digital and offset printing, as well as consumables and services. “The focus is no longer simply on equipment, but on the integrated overall process and all the requisite components,” said CEO Dr. Gerold Linzbach at the time. Heidelberg was aiming to have service and consumables make up more than 50 per cent of the business, compared to the current 40 per cent, he said.

    Linzbach has been on sick leave since early in June due to an undisclosed illness and CFO Dirk Kaliebe has been appointed deputy CEO and has taken on the chief executive’s duties.

  • Industry supplier held to ransom by hackers

    A prominent industry equipment supplier in Sydney is the latest victim of an internet scourge with his entire computer system locked up by hackers demanding money.

    The so-called ‘ransomware’ targeting encrypts all the data files on the system with the hackers forcing the victim to pay for decryption. The demands escalate rapidly with the amount doubling within hours.

    The attack locked up the supplier’s files, including accounts, sales and all history, rendering the business effectively blind.  The victim, who wishes to remain anonymous for obvious reasons, strongly resisted the demands and set about installing an entirely new system from the bottom up. One Mac laptop was the only computer to avoid the ‘ransomware’ bug.

    “At first I couldn’t believe it, I though it was a glitch, but the message on the screens was true enough. They were demanding I pay them to decrypt my files,” he said.

    “I contacted the police and they told me it’s a major problem and can strike anyone, anytime.”

    In looking round for alternatives he found that even if he hosted his files in the cloud they would still be vulnerable to attack. “It seems there is very little you can do except make sure you have offsite backup and don’t open any suspicious email,” he said.

    The ransomware arrives in the form of an  innocuous email, the latest round featuring messages from Australia Post and the Australian Federal Police. The supplier’s account person unwittingly clicked on the Australia Post accounts file and unleashed the bug throughout the entire system.

    According to the ACSC (Australian Cyber Security Centre) , the attackers offer no assurance that they will release the files on payment of the ransom. Like blackmailers everywhere they will continue to milk anyone foolish enough to pay them money. Victims are strongly advised not to play along.

    “I don’t know how much it’s cost me. But it’s a set-back to my business, no doubt about it,” said the supplier.

     

     

  • Issue 727 – July 29 2015

    Printing has always been a collegiate style of industry. Printers traditionally like to meet with one another to share craft knowledge and gripe about business conditions. Numerous associations and guilds existed where professionals could  gather in a spirit of cooperation and friendship. Some of these associations have fallen on hard time as the industry has changed, head counts declined with technology sidelining the craft in the past few decades.

    It makes those that remain even more valuable. For individuals the LIA (Lithographic Association of Australia) should be your first port of call; for companies then Printing Industries is a valuable resource. In New Zealand, you really can’t go past PrintNZ.

    I strongly commend your engagement with industry associations. I’m confident it will be of value to you professionally … and to the industry.

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

    Patrick Howard
    Publishing Editor.

  • World first for Adshel’s digital out-of-home network

    Outdoor advertiser Adshel, a joint venture between APN News & Media and Clear Channel International, will launch the world’s first national digital street furniture network across Australia’s metropolitan cities in October.

    The Adshel Live network will include 270 high-definition digital screens in Australia’s six major metropolitan cities and will reach an audience of “over 28 million contacts, week in and week out, where they live, work, shop and play.”

    The launch of Adshel Live in Australia follows the rollout of Adshel’s network of digital street furniture in Auckland earlier this year.

    “Adshel Live will translate and combine the power of dynamic messaging and contextual relevance to any brand campaign ensuring greater engagement, impact and campaign effectiveness,” said Adshel chief Rob Atkinson. “No other outdoor advertising provider will be able to provide the scale and consistency of format that we will be able to with Adshel Live.”

    The future of outdoor advertising growth internationally is in digital out-of-home technologies and innovations, according to Clear Channel International’s chairman and CEO William Eccleshare.  “It pushes creative boundaries and gives advertisers the opportunity to communicate their messages in a flexible, real time and dynamic way. I applaud the Adshel team for being the first in the world to launch a national roadside digital street furniture network, spearheading this innovation to market.”

    “With Adshel Live, Adshel becomes the national leader in roadside digital out-of-home with more digital screens than any other out-of-home company,” said Michael Miller, CEO, APN News & Media. “Adshel Live’s network will give advertisers truly national coverage with the ability to broadcast local messages in new and creative ways.”

    Adshel has also launched a marketing campaign titled ‘ ‘Relevance at Scale’ to promote the value of the network for advertisers and marketers.

     

  • PMA Solutions goes Global

    PMA's warehouse at Erskine Park, Sydney

    Sydney-based print manager PMA Solutions has rebranded as PMA Global as it continues a global expansion strategy.

    “The rebranding reflects PMA’s global reach and its plans to expand further internationally into different regions in the near future,” said MD Phil Okill, who established the company in 1988.

    Phil Okill, PMA Global

    PMA now employs over 150 staff at 8 locations in 5 countries, including offices in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

    The company’s first international operation opened in Malaysia in 2008 and it now has offices in Penang and Kuala Lumpur.  In 2011, PMA bought New Zealand print management company Trio, based in Auckland. The company also has an office in Sao Paulo, Brazil that acts as a base for sales in South America and its most recent expansion has been in Manilla, Philippines.

    According to a press release, a focus on the needs of the client has driven the company’s success since it began operating 27 years ago:

    With companies at the time dealing directly through print manufacturers, Phil believed that there was an opportunity to reverse the traditional focus from production and press capabilities to client requirements and service. Key to this strategy was total independence from any manufacturing capabilities – allowing unbiased supplier selection and the best market rates to be sourced and shared with clients.

    With its first order being a box of business cards for the tradesman who connected the electricity, it did not take long for this approach to soon attract a wide range of companies keen to improve the ways in which they managed their print and distribution requirements.

    PMA’s continued success over the next decade resulted in significant investment in PMA’s infrastructure – with a particular focus on physical facilities, IT systems and staff. Given the exceptional growth and the evolution and expansion of service offerings beyond print to graphic design, promotional products, warehousing and logistics including fulfilment and mailing, Print Management Australia was rebranded to PMA Solutions in 2003.

    PMA Global more readily represents PMA’s position in the market as a global brand able to satisfy customers’ needs in multiple regions. The client was, and remains, central to driving growth and strategy in PMA Global. 

  • Canon hits the road in Perth

    Kellie Northwood, VoPP, at the Canon roadshow In Perth

    Canon has kicked off its nine-week national road show called Print Ideas with a successful launch in Perth and says bookings for future sessions are filling fast.

    The leading supplier has teamed up with Kellie Northwood from industry lobby group Value of Paper and Print (VoPP) to take its recent PrintEx15 presentation out to print service professionals and sign makers around the country.

    “The aim is to make sure that those who weren’t able to get to the Sydney Showground in May don’t miss out on the key ideas and applications that were provided there,” said Dale Hawkins, senior marketing manager, Canon Professional Print. “The buzz of PrintEx15 may be over for another four years, but for Canon and their customers, the excitement continues.”

    Northwood presents a session that looks at the recent findings of research conducted by VoPP.

    “The Print Ideas events open with Kellie sharing the results of the VoPP research, which tells us, quite simply, that print is still a very welcome, effective and irreplaceable part of the multi-channel communications mix,” said Hawkins. “From a marketing perspective, print is effective and delivers real results, and on a creative level, it offers a myriad of options that simply can’t be replicated by digital or electronic channels.

    “This can open up new and, importantly, high-margin revenue streams for businesses in the print and graphic communications sector, and that makes VoPP the perfect backdrop to Canon’s presentation, which is designed to help print service providers find innovative ways to capitalise on opportunities to build their future business success.”

    The event shares the PrintEx15 theme, ‘Ideas to Stimulate Your Print Business’, and will next visit Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

    “To demonstrate just how the right ideas and strategies, supported by innovative technologies, can add value, maximise margins and help businesses avoid the ‘commodity train’, Canon will be taking delegates through some creative and innovative responses to the diverse print requirements of a typical business, using the fictitious client created for PrintEx15 – the Coffeco Coffee Company,” said Hawkins.

    The Coffeco products encompass everything from printed menus, place mats and drink coasters, to signage and POS, printed interior finishes, print in manufacturing on iPhone covers, and more conventional printed products like business cards and letterheads.

    Complementing the product display, the company will set up a ‘real world’ production environment at each location, demonstrating solutions that can add value to print. These will include technologies shown at PrintEx including Canon ImagePress digital cut-sheet presses, Arizona flatbed printers, Océ ProCut systems with EngView 3D prototyping and workflow software, Océ ColorWave and Seiko SII ColorPainter wide-format printers, ONYX and Fiery RIP technologies, Océ PrismaSync workflow and a range of Canon imaging supplies.

    Canon product specialists will be on hand to help delegates explore ways in which Canon technologies can meet specific business needs while business development specialists, equipped with Canon’s specially-developed ROI calculator, will help work through the practical financial aspects of investment.

    “We’ve had very positive feedback so far from our first Print Ideas event in Perth, and bookings for future sessions are filling fast,” said Hawkins. “We’re delighted with the response and are looking forward to partnering with businesses across Australia to help them expand their business potential.” 

    Print Ideas events will be held over the next nine weeks:

    · SA – Adelaide: August 4 – 5

    · QLD – Brisbane: August 25 – 27

    · VIC – Clayton: September 1 – 3

    · NSW –  Macquarie Park: September 22 – 23

    To find out more or reserve a place at a session near you, go to printevent.canon.com.au

  • Membership drive for Printing Industries

    Within days of appointing new CEO Jason Allen, the Printing Industries Association of Australia (PIAA) is launching a new membership drive.

    A free webinar next week that’s open to both PIAA members and non-members will outline the range of benefits and services available to association members. The event will also look at the association’s leadership role in recent lobbying of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) over price changes announced by Australia Post, and PIAA submissions to the Fair Work Commission.

    Yoshi Itoku, Printing Industries' Member Services Manager for NSW and the ACT

    “For members, this will act as a reminder about the many services Printing Industries provides that can help them to better manage their businesses or improve their bottom line,” said Yoshi Itoku, Printing Industries’ Member Services Manager for New South Wales and the ACT, who will host the webinar. “For prospective members, it’s an invaluable insight into the benefits of association membership and an opportunity to hear first-hand and without any obligation how membership can advantage their business.

    “Many companies see their membership as something of an insurance policy for them to be able to call on us if they have an issue, but there’s many more advantages to membership and that’s what we intend to cover through this webinar.”

    Itoku said association services included creating employment contracts, terms and conditions of trading, business transformation, benchmarking, preferential purchasing and even waste disposal contracts. “We can help businesses to redefine themselves, train staff, access grants and even advise on hoax quotations and related scam emails,” she said.

    The webinar will cover:

    • Workplace Relations & Industry representation
    • Print Promotion/Sustainability
    • Business & Economic Advice
    • Knowledge
    • Better Business – Exclusive bottom line deals

    The event will be held on Wednesday August 5th at 1pm AEST. It will run for 30 minutes and be followed by a Q&A session.

    Click here to register.

  • Commercial Notice – AdPost 2nd-hand sale

    AdPost has now located in Alexandria in bigger premises and has made some recent acquisitions, which means we can offer a larger production capacity, broader spectrum of products and also have excess equipment that we are looking to sell.

    1. Heidelberg SM52-5P  1996 (22 million impressions): $150,000
    2. Heidelberg SM52-4 offset printing press 1997 (55 million impressions): $110,000
    3. DPX2 CTP: $15,000
    4. Polar 92EM guillotine: $15,000
    5. Ultra Bond 520 laminator: $7500
    6. Pick and place machine with conveyor: $6000
    7. Challenge Titan 200 Guillotine
    8. Polar 107ST guillotine: $5,000
    9. GTO 46 with Varn Dampening: $5,000
    10. DPX Units: 2 DPX plate system plate makers (one working, one for parts) and dongle to run software. Twin roll capable – 46 and 52.
    11. FREE BONUS: 2 lots of computers, monitors, keyboards, etc to run: $4000
    12. Crown ride-on electric counter-balanced forklift: $4000
    13. Walkie Folk lift: $2,000
    14. Astro AMC 2000 Envelope/Card feeder: $1000
    15. Sumi forklift (walkie stacker): $1000
    16. USM Die-cutting machine: $1000
    17. Ultrafold folding machine: $1500
    18. Emseal Applikator 2R 1360 laminator: $200
    19. 2009 Mazda 3 SP25 Auto (49,500km): $17500
    20. 2009 Mazda CX-7 Luxury Auto 4WD MY07
      (57,800Km): $20500

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  • Currie

    A new Horizon SPF-200L booklet maker is proving a hit with both customers and staff at Sydney’s Twin Loop Binding and new orders are pouring in.

    “It’s a fantastic piece of equipment and we’ve had very positive reactions from our customers who are excited to have a one-stop store for all of their finishings,” said Twin Loop director Wayne Rubin. “The decision to buy the booklet maker really was a no brainer for us. We needed to upgrade our equipment if we wanted to take our business to the next level.  We bought it from Curries just before PrinteX and when the new machine arrived here at our premises in Macquarie Park our staff were just glowing.  It really was priceless.  They were able to see that the business was growing and that we’re heading into an exciting future.  We’ve been in business now for 22 years and we’re proud of what we’ve achieved.

    “The booklet maker been up and running now for just one month but we’ve already had 14 new jobs on the machine during that time.  We’re now able to offer landscape saddle stitching jobs and loop stitchings and the feedback has been very positive.  We can handle small and large jobs, all with a very fast turnaround.”

    Rubin says that great service and support provided by the Curries team had ensured a seamless installation. “We’ve been a loyal Curries customer for more than eight years and their support team is second to none.  They set up a maintenance program, their techs are always available to help and advise, and they provide the best training and service, which gives our staff a lot of confidence.”

    (l to r) Twin Loop’s Kishor Vatiya, Wayne Rubin (MD) and Chris Sullivan.

    Twin Loop Binding moved into its new 700sqm in Macquarie Park last year and is now negotiating to take over the offices next door.   Twelve staff members produce a turnover of just under $2m a year, with the manufacturing division, including the bindery and book binding work, driving most of the growth.

    The Horizon SPF-200L produces landscape format booklets at speeds up to 3,500 booklets per hour.  The SPF-200L also features improved format flexibility including 8.5” x 11” landscape capabilities ideal for producing landscape brochures or calendars. A fully-automated set-up through the 10.4” colour touch screen ensures user-friendly operation for professional quality booklet production. The system can accept digitally printed output from any of HOF high-speed sheet feeders and can also serve conventional offset print needs when combined with a collating tower.

  • Issue 726 – July 24 2015

    It’s well said that printing is a people business, and many of those people find their identity in inter-generational family-owned printing businesses. Cliff Lewis Printing in the Sydney suburb of Caringbah is a case in point. Going strong after 40 years with the younger generation already in charge, it’s one of the many family businesses that distinguish our industry.

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

    Patrick Howard
    Publishing Editor.