Archive for January, 2016

  • Lotsa humour from Queensland

    North Queensland printer Lotsa Print and Signage has celebrated its 21st year in business with another issue  of its politically incorrect house magazine Lotsa Laughs.

    Peter Martin, Lotsa Print

    “The political jokes have dried up this year but if you see any good ones I am desperate for them,” writes Lotsa co-owner Peter Martin in this month’s Lotsa Laughs Joketorial. “I have found that the volume of jokes [in this issue] reflects the mood of the populace, as does the style of the jokes, the situation in Australia and the world today…so no apologies for these jokes, it reflects the traffic on the subject.”

    Subjects include ethnic groups, religions, immigrants, wives, blondes, gays, hippies, the elderly, climate change, politicians, sportsmen and animals:

    They had to get a translator in at the benefits office today.  Somebody came in speaking English.

    What’s the height of optimism? An Aussie batsman putting on sunscreen.

    Why didn’t the lifeguard save the hippie? Because he was too far out, man.

    “The purpose of this publication is to bring some laughter to our lives by looking at the funnier side of Life; it is not intended to ridicule of make fun at anyone’s expense,” said Martin, who owns and runs the business with wife Bev.

     Lotsa Print and Signage has branches in Cairns, Port Douglas and Townsville.



  • ‘Hate mail’ targets David Leach

    Departing President of Printing Industries cites attacks on himself and his business as part of the reason why he is resigning but stands by recent achievements.

    Highlighting that the roles of President and Director are purely voluntary and  unpaid, Leach praised his colleagues who serve at substantial personal cost and investment of time and energy. He maintains pressures of owning and running a business as the main reasons for resigning.  As an owner of a business I am unable to continue to dedicate the time required in the role of President of PIAA.

    In his five years on the board in the role he has proved a turbulent activist. During his time the normally staid elections for national positions became heated and at times bitter. In recent months he attracted a deal of criticism from some members who blamed him for the way the strategy signed off by the board, was carried out.  He was aware of the calls for a Special General Meeting before he resigned but says it carried no weight in his decision to resign.

    He describes the ‘hate mail’ as regretful and urges members to remember that everything can be improved – if we can work together rather than against each other.

    In making a point that not all information known to the directors can be made public, he maintains confidentiality is necessary for the operation of the board. As Directors we are in possession of information that is confidential under law or is in process. As all business owners understand, not everything can or should be in the public arena.

    Attention will be focused on the Association’s financial situation at this year’s Annual General Meeting, which it are expected to reveal a significant shortfall in operating results.  Despite this Leach believes that there is a strong future for the PIAA even as industry numbers decline.

    “I know of other associations that have a smaller number of members than we have that operate very well. There is an opportunity to embrace change and the opportunity for consolidation with other associations. It is an exciting industry that is part of the wider graphic communications,” he said.

    Since his resignation was leaked to media outlets he has received numerous texts of support from what he describes as “the quiet happy majority of members. Many of them from Queensland.”  He is adamant that Look Print will remain a member of the PIAA and does not rule out a more active role for himself with the Association in the future when circumstances allow.

    “Never say never,” he said.




  • PIAA revolution postponed – President resigns.

    A drive to hold the Printing Industries Board to account with a Special General Meeting runs out of steam as disaffected members claim their concerns are now being listened to following ‘recent developments.’

    The move to force a SGM on the Association in order to upbraid the Board over recent development, perhaps the worst kept secret in the industry, has been cancelled before it was ever presented to the Association. Ironically, the petition from over 50 members calling for the first ever SGM in PIAA history may never see the light of day as the plotters announce they’ve cancelled its delivery to the Association’s HQ scheduled for today.

    A statement on behalf of the members involved says that the purpose of the now-deferred SGM was to call for a vote of no confidence in the current Board. That has now been deemed unnecessary following David Leach’ s resignation for what he terms “personal reasons.’

    According to the statement issued by Simon Rowbottom, Salt Design, in Queensland, the main drive for SGM came from Queensland members, upset by termination of employment of local Association staff, Mel Ireland and Rebecca Sutherland.

    This, plus other matters of concern, such as disposal of assets and in the way in which Printing Industries was being run, catalysed a national drive for SGM votes.

    Well over 50 votes for an SGM have been secured and are due to be delivered to the Secretary of Printing Industries, by courier, in Sydney on Thursday 28th January 2016 at or around 3pm. This would be the first such a ‘no confidence’ SGM in 170 years of the Association’s history has been held.

     Subsequent to developments in the past 48 hours, such as the resignation of the Board’s President, it is apparent that the Board of Printing Industries is once again listening to members’ voices.

     On behalf of the members requesting that the Association convene as SGM, it pleases me to announce that the submission of the SGM Request is now deferred for up to 14 days, to enable discussions to take place and vacant Board positions to be filled so as to ensure strong and representative leadership for the industry’s peak body.

     It is our wish that these discussions will bear positive fruit for the good of our entire industry, its employers and employees. Should this not be the case, the request for an SGM will resume currency.

    The statement gives no indication, apart from Rowbottom, who will participate in the discussions that are demanded. Jason Allen, the now-retiring CEO of the Association, said he was in the dark about the move as nobody had contacted him. He was unaware of the petition for an SME or its postponement and could shed no light on who may be involved. He said he had frequent discussion with Queensland members and no one had raised the issue.

    He confirmed moves were underway to recruit replacement personnel in Queensland with a committee to decide on the candidates. Robert Hall-Boman, state manager, is currently away on paternity leave but on his return he and Sandrine Dart, GM sales and marketing, will head up the selection committee in Brisbane.

    Undoubtedly had Allen not submitted his resignation before Christmas the petitioners would be demanding his scalp too. He is deemed responsible for carrying out the strategic plan signed off by the Board that has caused such furore in recent months.

    The demand for discussions will likely spark a lively race to fill the casual board vacancies left by David Leach and Susan Heaney. The Board must first of all find a new president from its members, especially if Ross Black, deputy president, doesn’t step up automatically to take the job. The remaining board members can nominate and appoint one of their number to the role until elections are held later in the year.

    They can then elect qualified members to fill the other vacancies in the interim.

    In what has become a very political Board riven by personal animus and rivalry and beset by leaks, alliances will be sorely tested. Leach’s letter of resignation was leaked to a media outlet before he could inform the membership. The complexion of the new interim Board will be a deciding factor in the future directions of the PIAA.

    According to Allen there is a “a growing list of members” wanting to sit on the board and he is encouraged by the amount of engagement in the Association.

    Meanwhile the search for Allen’s own replacement has been put on hold until the new board is constituted. He leaves on Good Friday.

  • Issue 775 – January 28

    Democracy is often described as the worst possible form of governing… apart from all the others. It is usually fractious, often noisy and extracts a toll in time and commitment from all who participate. Printing Industries is currently demonstrating the enduring virtues of democracy in action. Members are channeling their dissatisfaction with recent actions by the Board by banding together to call for a Special General Meeting. Whether the historic meeting will ever eventuate is almost immaterial now that the members have demonstrated their democratic power.

    Welcome to Print21, your prime news service for graphic arts professionals across Australia and New Zealand. We’re one day late this week due to the Australia Day holiday.

    Patrick Howard
    Publishing Editor

  • Direct Paper expands with Vilensky deal

    (l-r) Todd, Charlie and Dale O'Neill, directors, Direct Paper Supplies

    Melbourne-based paper merchant Direct Paper Supplies has acquired Vilensky Paper of Eastern Creek in Sydney as it continues to expand its national network.

    “We are excited about the opportunities this moves presents for our company,” said Dale O’Neill, director, Direct Paper Supplies. “We’re continuing to expand on the eastern seaboard and this is a logical step and gives us a stronger foothold in the Sydney market. We’ll initially take over their warehouse and in the coming weeks and months we’ll move all of their stock and equipment, including a couple of guillotines, over to our Sydney base at Ermington. We’ll be able to offer our customers a broader range and deeper stock holdings.”

    O’Neill said most of the staff at Vilensky will make the move to Ermington. “We are also pleased to advise that the Vilensky name is not lost to the new business as David Vilensky has agreed to join Direct Paper Supplies, along with the majority of the Vilensky Paper staff,” he said.

    Vilensky Paper, operated by the Vilensky family out of a warehouse in Eastern Creek, has serviced Sydney commercial colour printers since 1961.

    “We’ve been fairly close friends with the Vilensky family for quite a while now and both of our companies share similar views on customer service, quality and price competitiveness,” said O’Neill.  “We believe the customer experience will be enhanced by combining our talent and resources.”

    The deal, for an undisclosed sum, takes effect on 1st of February 2016.

    Direct Paper has plants in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.


  • IVE wins lucrative Westpac contract

    IVE Group operations

    Recently-listed IVE Group has received a massive boost by picking up a five-year contract to provide print management and design services to banking giant Westpac Banking Corporation.

    IVE has signed a non-binding Letter of Intent with Westpac to provide graphic design and print management services following a competitive tender process. The lucrative Westpac contract was previously held by Stream Solutions – a print management business owned by Toll – and a number of other parties.

    In a statement to the ASX, IVE said a full service rollout in expected within the first half of this year.

    IVE Group and Westpac will now work co-operatively to develop a legally binding agreement and jointly undertake transition and implementation planning for an expected full service rollout within the first half of 2016.
    It is intended that a binding agreement will be executed by 31 March 2016 and will be for a five year term.

    The size of the deal has not been disclosed. A spokesperson for IVE said both parties had agreed there would be no further comment at this time, citing continuous disclosure obligations.

    Print and marketing company IVE – formerly Blue Star – last month successfully launched on the Australian Stock Exchange just six months after being forced to cancel a failed attempt in June.

    In November 2015, Westpac confirmed a 3% rise in full year cash profit to $7.82 billion.

  • New president for Amcor Flexibles AP

    Roelof Westerbeek, president Amcor Flexibles AP

    Australian-based multinational packaging company Amcor has named Roelof Westerbeek as its new President Amcor Flexibles Asia Pacific.

    Westerbeek will commence in his new Singapore-based role on 15 March 2016 and replaces Ralf Wunderlich, who has left the job after six years to pursue other career interests.

    'A valuable asset': Ron Delia, CEO Amcor

    “Roelof has extensive experience managing and growing a large scale business in the Asia Pacific region and I am delighted to appoint him as President Amcor Flexibles Asia Pacific,” said Amcor MD and CEO Ron Delia. “He has overseen the development of greenfield projects and has a successful track record of delivering organic growth through innovation. Roelof’s depth of experience will be a valuable asset to Amcor as he steps into his new role.”

    Westerbeek joins Amcor from Royal DSM where he has held a number of leadership positions over a 27-year career. Since 2008 Westerbeek has been President DSM Engineering Plastics, a global business generating sales of €1.3 billion that supplies solutions and materials to the automotive, electronics and food packaging industries.

    Delia thanked Wunderlich for his “outstanding contribution to Amcor since joining the company in 2010. Under his leadership, sales in the Flexibles Asia Pacific business have grown from US$450 million to US$1.2 billion, and the regional footprint has expanded to 40 plants across eight countries. His contribution to Amcor’s Global Management Team during a very successful period in the company’s history has been considerable and will be missed. I would like to thank Ralf for his dedication and leadership and wish him well for the future.”

  • Spotting the greenwash


    It’s everywhere and it’s pernicious. Greenwashing, the cloaking of a marketing intent in the language of sustainability and environmental awareness, is on the rise. Greenwashing undermines the credibility of those doing their best to develop sustainable media businesses. Worse still it is downright lazy and irresponsible, especially where large companies are concerned.

    Laurel Brunner

    Spotting greenwash is an uncertain sport, because there are no rules. What an oil and gas company considers sustainable is unlikely to be what Greenpeace considers sustainable. Somewhere in between the two extremes is a reasonable stance that suits most businesses. You can generally get a hint that an organisation is greenwashing, if they make statements along the following lines:

    • “We have sustainability as a theme.” Generally applied to events and promotional projects, it’s meaningless. Sustainability is more than a fleeting concept and should apply to the entire enterprise, all the time.

    • “We follow environmental standards.” If the company doesn’t name the standard and what it’s for, or cannot be specific about their own standard, it’s safe to say that the commitment isn’t really there.

    • “All of our equipment and processes are sustainable.” This is unlikely to have very much to do with the environment and lots to do with profits and efficiency. The two go hand in hand, but don’t mistake statements like this for green credentials.

    • “Our company is a responsible corporate citizen playing a positive environmental role.” And then what? Saying you are an environmentally responsible company is not the same as being one.

    • “We comply with all relevant environmental laws and regulations.” A fundamental for doing business, but sustainability requires leadership and commitment rather than being legislative sheep.

    • “Climate protection and saving resources is important to our corporate philosophy.” Fine and about as empty as it comes.

    • “We will fulfill your environmental requirements.” Another meaningless platitude: customers want more than hollow promises.

    •“We provide green services.” Not much more than nothingness.

    • “Our environmental policy is available on application.” This is particularly suspicious, because there can be nothing sensitive about an environmental policy statement.

    If you don’t want to fall victim to greenwashing, work with companies who can make specific statements about their sustainability. Look for real words, not vague marketing blather. Businesses with a sincere commitment to environmental impact mitigation will use the language of sustainability. They will talk about minimising waste, managing energy emissions, calculating carbon footprints and compliance to standards such as ISO 50001 (Energy management) and ISO 14001 (Environmental management. Look for cogent environmental policies and positioning statements. Remember that unless a company is specific, their sincerity is questionable. Greenwashing is pernicious because it undermines peoples’ trust in the seriousness of the environmental problems facing the planet. It should be challenged at every opportunity.

    – Laurel Brunner

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    (Image courtesy of One Planet Sustainability Review)

  • $1.5 billion boost from Bauer to PMP

    Gordon and Gotch has become the 800lb gorilla in magazine distribution as Australia’s largest magazine publisher quits its distribution business.

    Despite operating in a falling market, PMP’s distribution arm will receive a massive $1.5 billion boost in sales over the next five years after taking over rival Bauer Media’s distribution division, Network Services Company.

    Bauer, which publishes more than 60 magazines in Australia and sells over 65 million copies a year, late last year announced it was closing its distribution business Network Services. It has transferred all of its own and other publishers’ retail magazine distribution to Gordon and Gotch, in order to focus on content, not logistics. The agreement is subject to Bauer satisfying its employee consultation obligations.

    NSC and Gordon & Gotch have operated as sole rivals in the magazine distribution business since 2010 when IPMG folded its NDD following the shift of its biggest client, News Magazines, to Gordon & Gotch.

    In an announcement to the ASX, PMP has revealed the financial details of the mega deal, which leaves Gordon and Gotch with an overwhelming, almost monopoly share of the magazine distribution market in Australia.

    The new contracts are expected to generate circa $300M sales per annum with around $100M in fiscal 2016. The additional margin, negative working capital benefits and capital expenditure in 2016 are not material and have already been incorporated into the 2016 AGM guidance.

    The agreements will allow for Gordon and Gotch to provide magazine distribution services to Bauer Media over the next 5 years and to also supply distribution services to other publishers for which Network Services and Netlink Distribution (Bauer’s New Zealand distribution unit) currently provide distribution services.

    The closure of the Network business is expected to take several months. PMP said that in order to accommodate the increased distribution volumes, Gordon and Gotch would lease Bauer’s existing warehouse space at Moorebank for its Sydney operations and purchase the equipment located there and in Victoria.

    “We are excited about the opportunities this arrangement will deliver for our business in the long term and for our publishing and retail partners,” said David Hogan, GM, Gordon and Gotch Australia. “I am delighted that Bauer Media has shown the confidence in Gordon and Gotch to outsource this important component of its business.”

    'Delighted': PMP CEO Peter George

    PMP CEO Peter George added: “PMP is delighted to provide magazine distribution services to Bauer Media as this complements our existing long term printing relationship, provides Gordon and Gotch greater efficiencies in light of the ongoing decline in magazine distribution volumes, and ensures ongoing services to support the magazine industry in Australia and New Zealand.”

    In an email, PMP assured newsagents that the new deal would create ‘efficiencies.’

    It will simplify. You will hold one account instead of 2, which will create all sorts of efficiencies. We see this as a significant positive for the Newsagency channel and look forward to seeing the outcome.

     Meanwhile, in a separate market update regarding the collapse of Dick Smith Holdings (DSH) – a PMP customer for print and distribution services – the print company said its exposure was estimated to be about $A4 million.

    DSH is a customer of PMP for print and distribution services in both Australia and New Zealand. At the date of its voluntary administration PMP’s maximum one off bad debt exposure is $A4.0 million for this customer. No discussions have yet taken place with the administrators regarding the ongoing viability of DSH and the level of recoverability of the existing debt.

  • 2nd drupa Global Insights Report

    Implementing new print applications is the best way to regain growth in the demand for print. Yet the result of implementing such applications is often disappointing.

    The 2nd drupa Global Insights report shows that good management practice in planning, integration and marketing delivers on average an additional $175,000 of annual turnover and $63,000 of additional profit compared with those with poor management habits. The report spells out what that good management practice should be and gives case studies to demonstrate the results in practice.

    Best practice in implementing new print applications
    About 750 printers from around the globe, who are members of drupa’s expert panel, participated in a survey this spring to explore what new print applications they had implemented and what their experience had been. There was clear evidence of the efforts being made to diversify with 26 different applications reported at an average 2.8 applications per printer.

    Some applications offered a quicker payback on average than others and the differences were not explained by the size of the original investment. So for example in the publishing market, short run batch book production took on average more than double the time to payback than on-demand book production. And in the commercial market, business stationery applications took double the time to payback than multichannel marketing investments.

    However in every market and with every application there were both successes and disappointments. So the survey asked printers how they had gone about the task in terms of planning, integration and marketing. There was clear and statistically valid evidence that good management practices meant that on printers invested on average $70,000 more but gained $175,000 extra annual turnover and enjoyed an extra $63,000 profit.

    This was true in all markets and applications except packaging, where in some cases the evidence was that the reverse ie those adopting good management practices gained less than those who did not. This suggests making some new applications take off in the packaging market is more challenging than other markets for structural reasons such as the complexities of the supply chain.

    In the report these findings are set against the backdrop of an analysis of changes in the global demand for print and how print must exploit the very digital technologies that are driving the way that people, brands, corporates and governments communicate.

    The demand for print and the impact of digital communications
    The world population whilst near static in many developed regions will grow overall for many years still, particularly in Asia and Africa. Add rising living standards and demand for print in many developing countries will continue to grow. Nevertheless overall global demand for print has fallen, in part because of sluggish economic conditions but largely because of the rapid growth of digital communications. T

    he growth of the Internet is staggering – penetrating last year to 42% of the world population with ever-wider use of both mobile phones and social media (51% and 29% of world population respectively). There are fundamental shifts in the way that consumers communicate with each other and expect brands, corporates and governments to communicate with them. Print can be a key part in those multichannel communications, but only if print exploits the very technologies that are driving change. Hence print advertising has fallen over the last 5 years at 6% compound annual rate but consumer spending on print has declined by only 1.5% compounded annually.

    Print must exploit new applications

    New digital technologies are not only changing the way consumers communicate, they are changing the way that print can and must deliver customer needs if it is to remain relevant and central to communications. There are now more mobile-connected devices than people on earth. Data is now the core driver of increased business and handling and manipulating data must be a core skill for all printers if they are to thrive in the digital future.

    Print is still at heart a manufacturing industry and must combine data and intelligent devices with intelligent systems and automation to meet market needs. Whilst analogue print will remain for many years to come, digital printing whether toner or increasingly ink-jet will be essential for growth and that in turn demands automated workflows. Printers’ business models must evolve in line with the changing technology and examples are given in the report such as on-demand publishing, digital packaging, textiles and interior decorations.

  • Issue 774 – January 21, 2016 Weekend Special

    Killing the messenger and kicking the milkman’s horse are two extremes of frustration at receiving bad news. In recent weeks Print21 has been on the receiving end of some trenchant criticism for our coverage of the PIAA imbroglio. But those who feel we give too much air and space to people critical of the Association’s recent efforts, don’t know the half of it.

    The internet by its nature is a free-fire zone where everyone with a keyboard or a mobile phone can post their opinion. In addition to concerned individuals with serious contributions to share, it also attracts trolls, nitwits and crazies. At Print21 we monitor the posts to weed out the defamatory, the scurrilous and the spiteful.

    So, if you’re disappointed by not seeing your effort posted on the website, it means you’ve fallen short of decent commentary. Grow up.

    Welcome to Print21, your prime news service for graphic arts professionals across Australia and New Zealand.

    Patrick Howard
    Publishing Editor

  • PIAA’s insurance deal for members

    Printing Industries has teamed up with Arthur J. Gallagher, the world’s fourth largest insurance broker, to offer its members comprehensive risk and insurance solutions.

    'Important partnership': Jason Allen, CEO PIAA

    PIAA CEO Jason Allen said he’s “very pleased to announce this important partnership that will ensure protection, competitiveness and innovation of the Australian printing industry. It will deliver innovative services and powerful advocacy for complex processes to our members and enable us to help our members improve their performance and experience. As the Australian print, packaging and visual communication sectors change rapidly, we needed an accessible and flexible solution to manage our needs.”

    The partnership will provide risk and insurance solutions for all PIAA clients and members across Arthur J. Gallagher national networks, in metropolitan and regional Australian locations, effective immediately.

    In a press release, the PIAA said key benefits for clients and members include:

    • Being able to leverage the national and international influence of Arthur J. Gallagher to negotiate better deals and more coverage options with insurance companies;
    • Provide insurance that meets all requirements to cover national and international work;
    • Provide 24/7 support from a dedicated national claims team; and
    • Access to global industry-specific experts and offshore markets.

    Frank Malvaso, broker development manager at Arthur J. Gallagher, said the partnership would support growing and declining business needs within the industry.

    “Our expert knowledge and proven ability to find the right solution for our clients means the insurance needs of the PIAA and its members are in very capable and trustworthy hands,” he said.

  • What are Values of the Two-Year Higher education.

    Leading-edge training in this particular country is very quickly turning into a need while in the firm team in lieu of an extravagance. Inside the past the people who had a secondary faculty exercising still had the chance to fabricate a remarkable environment for on their own as well as their families. Those people days are easily becoming yet another dieing coal of the earlier. Within the off possibility you would like to have tremendous attaining would-be amid your lifetime you could be wholly restricted by your gaining knowledge of future together with the amount of instruction you might have gotten.

    The uplifting information is you never ought to possess a gain or bust tactic with regards to instruction. You’re able to start by earning toddler strides almost about superior training. For the off likelihood that you possess a junior school in your own typical vicinity, this is often an example of the ideal belongings for starting up your college instruction at any stage into your existence. Most junior schools will offer you classes at completely different occasions amid the working day and night, even some on Saturday trying to keep in mind the tip mission to oblige understudies of various ages and foundations.

    Junior colleges besides that offer a fantastic opportunity to launch your knowing mission inside of a way that is certainly a terrific deal considerably more effortlessly acceptable into the ordinary nationwide than an all out college. These educational facilities are to the outstanding extent employee faculties although one can find one or two that allow understudies the have of living on the college grounds in a very much lessen amount than most serious faculties demand for the comparable or essentially the same as amazing benefits.

    Junior schools additionally allow you to definitely examine your choices in case you are not normally selected what heading you wish for your workout to consider without shelling out these types of a substantial charge with the technique. In the event that you recognize the vocation way you would like to get perhaps you may track down a two-year degree system that might have you from college and in a job very much earlier than a four-year application will permit. In the off likelihood that that isn’t sufficient news for you personally, a huge portion of the two-year initiatives of analyze which are featured with the junior university stage may possibly just move simply into 4 12 months certification courses at the university degree.

    Junior schools offer a superb start for some consumers that are searching for leading-edge instruction whether to help their professions or perhaps to find out pleasure on someone stage in life. There will be quite a few amazing tasks in proficient fields and scholarly fields that can be investigated and research about the junior college or university degree.

    For graduating secondary school understudies junior faculties help understudies guide to the alteration from secondary school to school free of suffering from how of daily life stun that a couple of schools can set understudies because of. You’ll find that there are frequently several odds to meet instructive and likewise social must have in the junior school amount for understudies which might be occupied with trying to find after a junior higher education exercising.

    You ought to likewise learn that junior faculties tend to be a lot less demanding to shelling out as regards to putting apart funds and financial commitment resources for either your own private school education or the instructive fees of your kids. Obtaining them go to a junior faculty for a lengthy time then exchanging into a University can spare a great deal of hard cash and give you a small amount of head that your kids are as yet accepting a superb level of instruction.

    Seriously, within the off chance you are in search of an astounding fine quality with regards to instruction you should do yourself or your kids an harm in case you don’t seem with the junior college or university options in the typical vicinity prior to when dove in and jumping in to the higher education method of existence. You will discover that junior schools regularly give you an equal stage of instruction for the primary lessons that first and second year undergrads frequently require, they really are a vastly enhanced esteem for that funds, and they’re an extraordinary features for the men and women who’re attempting to juggle their exercising with friends and family and succeed duties.

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  • Hello Dolly, so long Cleo – death of an icon

    Cleo's first cover: 1972

    Publisher Bauer Media has confirmed the next edition of the once infamous Cleo magazine will be the last on Australian newsstands.

    The final edition of the long-running monthly, first published in 1972, will be the March edition that goes on sale 22 February. Bauer also revealed plans to relaunch Dolly magazine with a greater focus on the online market.

    “We have made the decision to close CLEO magazine in Australia,” said Andreas Schoo, interim CEO, Bauer Media, in an email to staff. “It is never an easy decision to close a magazine and we have certainly considered all the options before coming to this conclusion; however in its current format, CLEO was no longer commercially sustainable for the longer term. I would like to thank Lucy Cousins and all of the Cleo editorial team for their ongoing dedication to the magazine over the years.

    “Scale, engagement and a robust digital strategy are key to our success and we believe we have a compelling offer in Dolly and Cosmopolitan to lead our young women’s portfolio into the future. Our investment plans for Dolly will see us take a digital first approach, with a focus on mobile video, social media and e-commerce supported by restructured print and digital editorial teams to ensure we are generating the best in market content for consumers; when and how they want it.”

    Schoo said Dolly would move from monthly to bi-monthly, “relaunching as a high quality, valued-packed companion to the digital and social platforms, covering major trends, fashion, beauty and issues affecting young women today.

    “Bauer Media is committed to the Australian market and creating the most viable and effective portfolio of brands that connect with Australian women – be it online, in magazine or through live events.”

    The closure does not affect Cleo Singapore, Malaysia or Indonesia and Bauer will continue to publish Cleo Thailand in a joint venture with Post International.

  • Issue 773 – January 20, 2016

    The fallout over sweeping staff changes at PIAA continues to reverberate through the industry, with accusations now flying from all sides.  The latest imbroglio in Queensland suggests that transparency and a clear explanation of what’s going on could go at least some way to defusing the situation.

    Welcome to Print21, your prime news service for graphic arts professionals across Australia and New Zealand.

    Patrick Howard
    Publishing Editor

  • PIAA employee purge hits Queensland

    Two staff from the Queensland office of Printing Industries have been let go in a move printers have slammed as  ‘reckless and foolish.’ Their departure is in line with the wholesale turnover of personnel that has taken place in the other states.

    Mel Ireland at last year's Qld PICA awards

    Popular Queensland member services manager Mel Ireland last week learned that her contract would not be reviewed while  member services support person, Rebecca Sutherland, had her contract terminated, effective immediately.

    “I now feel like a member with no support…as such I am considering resigning from the PIAA,” wrote a Sunshine Coast-based 30-year member of Printing Industries, in a protest letter to the PIAA board.

    The changes in the Queensland office are the latest in a sea change of PIAA staff since the arrival last year of new CEO Jason Allen – who shocked the industry early in January by announcing his own resignation less than six months after taking the job.

    Queensland lost its only PIAA board member last month when former president Susan Heaney announced she was also leaving.

    In his letter, the veteran Sunshine Coast printer said the termination of these “especially high performing individuals is reckless and even foolish as it weakens representation of the industry and removes much needed interface between members and the industry body. I would go so far to say that Mel Ireland has in her short tenure in her position done more for the members and the printing industry in the last two years than has happened in quite some time.

    “We have no representation from Queensland on your board currently, so I am addressing this to the board,” he wrote. “This is a member organisation, designed to benefit members and give members services and access to information they may otherwise not have or be able to attain. I am not at all confident in the current management structure and this continued consolidation that appears to be occurring. I have no confidence in the board, or in the management team the board has appointed.”

    PIAA members have raised the possibility of calling a Special General Meeting (SPG) of the association in order to express their dissatisfaction with the way the association is being run. According to the PIAA constitution, an SPG requires 50 member signatures in order to take place.

    “I have two separate print business memberships and would put my two memberships to the required number of 50,” said Wayne McKay, director of Worldwide Printing Solutions. “The two Queensland employees that have had their employment terminated are the best we have had in years. When are these guys going to realize that this association is owned by the members?”

    LIA Queensland president Gavin Gyles said, ‘It’s hard to understand why the PIAA would release such valuable, hardworking and industry passionate people from the Queensland branch – they had just given us all hope that the PIAA were worth it. As LIA Queensland President, I am just amazed that the work Mel has put in has not been recognised by the PIAA. Instead the PIAA dismisses one of it’s best assets? Seems crazy to me.”

    State manager for PIAA Queensland, Robert Hall-Bowman, said he was aware of  “discontent out there.” However he was unable to confirm the number of staff at the Brisbane offices due to the confidentiality clause  in his employment contract.

    Sandrine Dart, general manager marketing and communication, would not comment on the latest downsizing when contacted by Print21 in Sydney. Printing Industries CEO Jason Allen is out of the country and unavailable for comment.

  • Full Paragon catalogue up on 28 January

    The Heidelberg 10 colour press

    The complete catalogue of assets to be auctioned off from Paragon Australasia’s ACT site will be published by Graysonline on 28th January, the day that bidding begins. Currently there is a sale preview website with major assets listed, but the total site including all office fittings must be liquidated on behalf of the receivers E&Y. 

    Only the 2005 Heidelberg SM102P-10-colour is being sold by tender and expressions of interest for this press are currently being taken by Graysonline Operations Manager Michael McMahon, email: or Mobile: 0439 740 974.

    Bids on all other Paragon assets, many of them unreserved, can be placed online from 3pm AEST on Thursday 28th Jan, with the online auction running for 5 days until 2nd February. Physical inspection of the assets at Fyshwick will be on Monday 1st February, to enable bidders to confirm status and condition of items.

    Enquiries concerning the liquidation of Paragon’s assets can be directed to Mr McMahon.

    You must be registered with graysonline to bid on Paragon lots. All information can be found on this link:

    The other major offset press is a Heidelberg XL105-6 colour plus coater (see below), a later build at 2006 and showing around 183 million impressions.

    Heidelberg XL 105-6+L, 6 Colour Press

    Other Heidelberg equipment listed on the pre-catalogue includes:

    • HD102ZP 2-colour press
    • Cylinder die-cutter
    • Suprasetter 105 CtP with G&J Quartz processor and conveyor
    • Stahl Folding lines, 2002 and 2006

    Extensive bindery equipment includes Polar guillotines, a Müller Martini Pony 3020 perfect binding line (see below), a Müller Martini 6-station stitcher, gatherer, trimmer line, MBO and G&K folders/stackers and much more.

    Muller Martini Type 3020 Pony Perfect Binder

    Seven forklifts and pallet trucks including Hyster, Crown and Nissan are on offer in the warehouse along with compressors, bailers and pallet wrappers. Even Paragon’s vehicles will be knocked down: a 2007 Isuzu N5 rigid body truck; a 2011 Audi A6 plus two other Audis, a 2007 Mazda Ute, a Holden van and Hyundai i30.

    Rounding off the liquidation is all of the office furniture, fittings and wall hangings which include two cricket bats signed by Don Bradman and Doug Walters, golf memorabilia signed by Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus plus other sporting memorabilia.

    The full catalogue is currently being compiled with lot numbers allocated for each item and will appear on graysonline website prior to the auction start which is 3pm on 28th January. Physical inspection day for the assets is Monday 1st February between 9am and 4pm at 15 Wiluna Street, Fyshwick, ACT. The online auction will end at 4pm AEDT on 2nd February but continues past this time if bidding on lots is still live in ten minute intervals – the ‘going-going-gone’ period.

    Canberra’s second biggest printer, Paragon Printers Australasia shut its doors and collapsed into administration last month owing more than $3 million and leaving more than 50 staff out of work.