Archive for July, 2016

  • Aust Paper buys BJ Ball’s EDOP

    Australian Paper – manufacturer of the leading Reflex brand – has signed a deal to acquire BJ Ball’s office products division ED Office Products (EDOP) for an undisclosed sum – subject for regulatory approval.

    In a statement, Australian Paper said the deal was based on the synergies between the two businesses. This opportunity is good news for Australian manufacturing and the thousands of local jobs that Australian Paper proudly supports.

    EDOP has been a leading supplier of office paper and stationery products to the Australian market for many years.

    Australian Paper has been manufacturing paper in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley since 1937 and the acquisition is the most recent step in a turnaround plan announced in 2015, aimed at growing consumer demand for local recycled paper and manufacturing premium office paper for the Australian and New Zealand markets.

    The company promised customers a smooth changeover.

    Australian Paper and EDOP are committed to creating the smoothest transition possible for customers. Australian Paper will continue to honour EDOP’s current commercial arrangements and is fortunate to already have successful trading relationships with many of EDOP’s customers around Australia.

    Australian Paper is committed to demonstrating the value of its local manufacturing offer to all new customers, and will work hard to maintain broad customer support as it continues to strengthen its domestic office paper business. Over time, Australian Paper will be replacing products that are currently imported, with locally manufactured, competitively priced office paper.






  • Issue 827 – July 29, 2016

    What’s a reasonable return in the printing industry? With the majority of businesses in the small-to-medium size range, as well being owner operated, the question of a return on capital employed is academic. More important is the profit margin on turnover. No point in running the presses night and day if there’s no margin on the work. It’s a problem that has long bedevilled the printing industry. Now it’s spread to the manufacturers with Heidelberg turning over billions of dollars to get a return of less than two percent. It’s better than making a loss, but not much.

    Welcome to your latest issue of Print21, the premier news and information source for the printing industry across Australia and New Zealand.

    Patrick Howard
    Publishing editor.

  • Movement at the Fuji Xerox station

    Adam Fittler (right), national sales manager, Fuji Xerox, with Rob Dallimore, Group MD, Worldwide Printing Solutions

    Fuji Xerox has parted company with national sales manager Adam Fittler amid speculation of further departures at the industry’s leading digital supplier.

    Fittler’s move comes a month after Fuji Xerox appointed new managing director Sunil Gupta to replace Neil Whittaker, who left the job abruptly in May after an audit by Singapore HQ.  Two weeks ago, Fuji Xerox cancelled incentive trips for its top sales people.

    Fittler had been with the company for almost 11 years, starting out as a national account manager before being promoted in 2011 to the role of national sales manager, where he handled major clients.

    In April this year, he supervised the installation of the Fuji Xerox web-to-print technology XMPie at 44 Worldwide Printing Solutions centres in WA, SA, NSW, VIC and QLD.

    A month earlier, Fittler oversaw a mega deal to install four brand new Fuji Xerox iGen5 presses at Blue Star plants in Melbourne and Sydney.

    'Back to basics': Sunil Gupta, MD Fuji Xerox

    New MD Gupta commenced his role early this month, taking over from temporary MD Masashi Honda – president, Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific – who had flown in at short notice to take temporary control of the business in the weeks following the sudden departure of Whittaker.

    “We must now look forward and redefine who we are both internally and externally,” Gupta said at the time. “I am impressed by the talent throughout the organisation and am focused on getting back to basics to create a company that is easy for our valued customers to do business with, foster a winning and engaged culture internally and continue to carve out market share across all industries by delivering greater value.”

    The company says it will not be making a statement. Fittler has been unavailable for comment.

    In other industry movements, former FX sales manager, Scott Jackson has come off six months gardening leave to stand up as Konica Minolta’s state manager in Queensland.

  • Heidelberg is back in the black

    Gerold Linzbach at the Heidelberg annual general meeting

    Shareholders at the annual general meeting were told the company has executed a €100 million financial turnaround from minus AUD $106 million (€-72) last year to a positive AUD$41 million (€28 million) to March 2016.

    Retiring CEO Gerold Linzbach, said that over the past financial year, Heidelberg has set the course for growth and sustained profitability. The effects of the strategic reorientation in recent years and a substantial increase in sales to €2,512 million, plus an improvement in the EBITDA margin to nearly eight percent delivered the positive result.

    The company is not out of the woods yet with the with the profit representing a return of just over one percent of the reported revenue of €2.5 billion during the year. Looking forward it set medium-term targets to improve performance aiming to grow sales by four percent to reach €3 billion while lifting EDITDA to 7-10 percent.

    The company said it’s looking to continue its growth trajectory in the years ahead based on the new portfolio and planned acquisitions, especially in the services sector. To this end, the company is focusing on new products and concepts from the strategic areas of equipment, services, and consumables, and also on the industry’s digitization. This is intended to significantly increase the future volume of business and unlock new market opportunities.

    These new offerings from Heidelberg are aimed primarily at the growing market for high-end packaging and high-quality commercial printing at industrialized print shops.



  • Starleaton boosts staff in Aust/NZ

    (l-r) Ben Eaton, GM, Starleaton, with John Buitenkamp, the new Product Manager

    Leading digital supplier Starleaton Digital Solutions announced three key staff appointments as it continues its trans-Tasman growth strategy.

    John Buitenkamp relocated his family from Raalte, Holland just weeks ago to take up the role of Product Manager Australia, where he will focus on major accounts.

    Buitenkamp worked with the Neschen/SEAL Group for around 19 years, starting out in the technical department before moving into sales, where he met Starleaton GM Ben Eaton, forming a friendship that has continued for over ten years.

    “It was a family decision to come out to Australia and we arrived late in June,” said Buitenkamp. “My girlfriend has lived here before and has always had an inkling to come back and wanted to have a new adventure. I’ve really enjoyed working with Ben and Starleaton over the years and I’m really looking forward to the new challenge of helping the company to grow the business here in Australia and New Zealand.

    “I’ll be product manager with responsibility for key accounts, including a leading European manufacturer specialising in synthetic materials for small format.”

    Paul Coniglio (pictured), former GM of Conect Enterprises, joins Starleaton as its new head of Innovation and Product Development, based in Melbourne.

    “We are absolutely thrilled to have Paul join the team,” said Eaton. “We’ve worked with Paul over the past few years on various projects and when he became available recently we couldn’t resist the opportunity to create a position for him. Starleaton has significant plans for growth over the next three to five years so it’s exciting to have Paul on the management team.”

    Coniglio worked at Conect over a 13-year period, spending time as marketing manager & product development manager before becoming GM.

    “Starleaton is a strong business and they have an envious portfolio of brands that stand alone in Australia,” said Coniglio. “I’m very excited to join the team and I’m going to relish the opportunity to work with some great partners to help build the next generation of product solutions and tools for Starleaton customers.”

    Ashton Lines-Sherwood (pictured) has joined Starleaton as its national sales manager for New Zealand. The company moved from servicing the NZ market via distribution to setting up it’s own local entity in late 2014.

    Ashton gained a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Psychology and after completing his thesis spent the past six years managing key accounts throughout the construction, fabrication, signage, and print industry.

    “I’ve chosen to work with Starleaton for many reasons, number one being the quality of the team,” he said. “From the top down, everyone works for one another to reach a common goal. The company’s drive to succeed is admirable and something I look forward to contributing to. The commitment to supply on demand and exceeding customer expectations has been apparent in Starleaton from the outset and something I know the New Zealand market will welcome.”

    Eaton was delighted to welcome Ashton to the New Zealand operation. “He has already made a huge impact in the short time he has been with us and we’re looking forward to expanding our presence in the NZ market.”

  • New president at Visual Connections

    John Wall, the new president at Visual Connections

    John Wall, president and director of Roland DG Australia, has been named the new president of trade association Visual Connections, taking over from Mitch Mulligan.

    “It has been a rewarding year and I would like to thank my fellow Board members for their hard work,” said Mulligan, CEO Bottcher Australia, who was named inaugural president when Visual Connections was created in 2015 in a merger between supplier groups GAMAA and VISA. “We are proud that Visual Connections has united major suppliers across the print, graphic and signage industries and continued to contribute to the sustainability of the industry.”

    As agreed in the constitution of not-for-profit Visual Connections, former GAMAA president Mulligan steps down after a year in the role.

    Incoming president Wall, a former Visual Industries (VISA) vice-president, says he’s looking forward to taking over. “What a great first year for Visual Connections,” he said. “I am proud to take the helm at this juncture and to further the work of the association as it commences its second year. Over the next twelve months, there will be exciting times ahead as we bring together Visual Impact Sydney 2016, PacPrint 2017 and other industry events. With the assistance of the Board, I hope to give back to the industry that supports us all.”

    In the past year, Visual Connections presented two successful trade shows – Visual Impact Melbourne in September 2015 and Visual Impact Brisbane in April 2016.

    Visual Connections also continued its shared management of the Women in Print initiative, invested in education through its Work Inspirations program and continued a range of grants and sponsorships. In 2015, it awarded the $15,000 LIA-Visual Connections Graduate of the Year award to Jessica McAuley, who then traveled to Drupa in June.

    The association provided ongoing support to industry campaigns through TSA Limited and also supported the ANZFTA National Conference, NZSDA Sign Awards, ASGA Awards, Industry Internship Grant, LIA QLD awards and the Drupa Australian and New Zealand Welcome night.



  • SWUG to view $22m Fairfax NZ upgrade

    Fairfax Media's plant at Petone

    The Single Width Users’ Group (SWUG) conference next week in New Zealand will include a rare tour of the $22 million upgrade at Fairfax Media’s printing plant at Petone in Wellington.

    Over 130 delegates are expected at Wellington’s Copthorne Hotel on August 3-4 for the 16th annual SWUG conference – the leading forum for newspaper technology – this year titled Printfinity and Beyond.

    “We have more informative presentations this year than ever before,” says SWUG chairperson Dan Blackbourn. “In addition to keynote speaker Phil Lawrence’s address on the issue of poor power quality, we have Nicky Trevithick speaking on the risks associated with drugs and alcohol in the workplace, Karen Lyttle delivering an address on health and safety matters, an informative men’s health session and Chris Smallwood will outline the use of infrared/thermal imaging technology.

    “Great entertainment is lined up for both the Awards Night, which will include the Apprentice of the Year awards, and the following informal evening event.”

    Another highlight will be a tour of the Fairfax Media Printing Petone site hosted by plant manager Ricky Baker, who says attendees will receive a full rundown on the $22 million investment initiated by Fairfax in September 2014, which saw a Geoman press imported from the Fairfax Media Tullamarine site in Melbourne then upgraded to include the following features:

    • four double-width towers
    • two folders
    • four reelstands
    • QI automated registration and cut-off
    • Interbus loop communication system upgrade

    “The investment and upgrade – which necessitated us having to increase the height of the Petone building by four metres to accommodate the new press – fully reflects Fairfax’s faith in the printed product and our print division,” says Baker. “Additionally, we upgraded the electrical transformers to increase their power and invested in a total revamp of the publication room that included the introduction of Ferag online quarter-folding and automated online poly-bagging of individual copies.

    “Our previous press was a hybrid which had been repeatedly upgraded over the years and the publication room also had an old system. Both were no longer supported by manufacturers — it was hard to get spare parts — and we also had health and safety issues around machine guarding protocols. The upgrade has provided us with greater flexibility and diversity in the marketplace — we can now print two jobs at the same time — as well as the capability to deliver a quality product with quicker turnarounds and the capacity to output production at high speeds.

    “I’m confident attendees of the SWUG conference will gain a wealth of information about our journey that may well inform their own future business decisions,” says Baker.

    Bookings can be made here or directed to Promote Ltd’s Lizzy Tankard or Aimee Watkin on 04 237 0482.

    The Copthorne Hotel, Wellington, New Zealand





  • Dentists smiling over high-speed 3D printer

    The ProJet MJP 3600 Series

    Konica Minolta Australia has launched a new super-fast 3D Systems’ ProJet MJP 3600 Series printer with an eye on medical and dental industry applications.

    The ProJet MJP 3600 Series prints at up to twice the speed of the previous generation and has data processing capabilities that support files up to 250 per cent larger. The MJP 3600 also brings enhanced productivity to a wide range of prototyping, casting, and end-use part production needs.

    Marc Brandon, 3D Printing Product Marketing Manager, Konica Minolta.

    In a press release, Konica Minolta Australia said:
    With the ability to print in USP Class VI-capable, bio-compatible materials, the ProJet MJP 3600 can be used in advanced healthcare applications, including drill-and-cut guides for dental and medical procedures. The ProJet Series includes models for printing detailed wax patterns for jewellery casting, and precise patterns for other lost wax foundry casting applications.
    It also answers the need in dental applications for precise models and casting wax-ups. The series’ VisiJet M3 plastic materials deliver incredible detail, high temperature resistance, and watertight surfaces perfect for fluid flow visualisation, design verification, and snap-fit assemblies.

    “The ProJet MJP 3600 series offers businesses the throughput, precision, and simplicity of professional MultiJet Printing to meet a wide range of application challenges,” said Marc Brandon, 3D Printing Product Marketing Manager, Konica Minolta. “Partnering with Konica Minolta for 3D printing means that customers can leverage the benefits of the ProJet MJP 3600 series now with rental and operating lease options, negating the need for capital expenditure outlay. Add to that the local service and support network offered by Konica Minolta and customers can be confident that they will have maximum uptime for their business-critical 3D printing needs.”

    In April, Konica Minolta announced it was adding more staff and resources to cope with its expanding 3D printing business in the local market.





  • Paper bill charges a scam: report

    Governments and corporations are profiteering by overcharging customers who choose to receive their bills and statements in the mail, according to a new study.

    State and federal government departments and major companies including banks, utilities and telcos are charging customers anywhere from $1.69 to $3.20 to receive paper statements, claiming the fee is reflective of actual transaction costs. Just last week, NSW Roads & Maritime added a new $2.20 charge for E-Toll postal statements.

    However, a study of the major mail users market by industry initiative Two Sides Australia (TSA) found that the actual cost per unit equates to 88 cents for a standard bill or $1.02 for a personalised marketing-style invoice – far below the charges currently being demanded.

    'Businesses are profiteering from customers': Kellie Northwood, Two Sides Australia

    “These findings suggest that businesses are profiteering from customers who wish to receive their statements on paper and further demonstrates the irresponsibility of these companies,” says Kellie Northwood, executive director of TSA and consumer lobby group Keep Me Posted Australia. “The claim that print and postage costs have dramatically increased is fallacious. Print costs have declined year on year since 2009 and postage cost increases are not in line with consumer stamp prices. Simply put, big businesses have access to discounted postage rates and are not paying $1.00 a stamp.”

     A recent global survey by TSA and researcher Toluna found that 76% of Australian consumers are unhappy if asked to pay for paper communications and 69% want the option to continue receiving printed information because it provides a permanent record of important documents. About 43% said they don’t have a reliable internet connection and require paper records to stay informed, and 44% said they’d consider changing service providers if asked or forced to move to paperless communication.

    The Keep Me Posted campaign was launched in April at Parliament House in Canberra with the support of many MPs including Independent Senator, Nick Xenophon. “The fact that there are millions of Australians who live in households without internet access is a big issue,” said Xenophon. “Why should these people, particularly senior citizens, be impacted in this way? It really does seem to be quite discriminatory and counterproductive.”

    Northwood says research has found that the move to online statements may actually be costing companies more than they realise because many are neglecting end-to-end costs associated with digital communications. A recent study by the Danish company Natur-Energi estimated that it costs on average $3.51 per customer to get paid by paper invoice compared to $6.21 per customer billed by e-mail.

    Keep Me Posted cautioned consumers against accepting the ‘pay-to-pay’ practice for paper statements.

    “Businesses restricting access to paper bills and statements, imposing unjustified fees and denying customers an informed choice could only be the beginning,” Northwood says. “Failing to challenge these actions risks setting a precedent for additional charges to all statements in the future, taking even more money away from vulnerable Australians and putting it right into the pockets of big business. If we accept the precedent of customers paying for invoices and statements, there is nothing to stop companies charging us for digital statements in the future.”

    Northwood adds that e-Communications have exposed customers to online fraud.

    “Over the last two months in Australia, phishing scams have targeted Telstra, AGL and NAB customers, among others, with fake emails related to bills or statements. The ‘perceived legitimacy’ of these emails saw many customers fooled and they provided personal information exposing themselves to future fraud.

    “Keep Me Posted is calling on politicians to be the voice for Australians, particularly the most vulnerable, who cannot access or use the internet and are not given a penalty-free choice. We have tried to work with companies directly and have been largely ignored. We now call on politicians to listen to Australian’s concerns and be the voice for Australia’s most vulnerable.”

    The Keep Me Posted (KMP) campaign represents advocate groups, charities, consumer groups, employer and employee representatives, industry and political representatives who believe in the customer’s right to choose, without penalty, the way that companies communicate with them.


  • oOh!media buys Cactus from OPUS

    (photo courtesy Cactus Imaging)

    Outdoor advertiser oOh!media is buying wide-format printer Cactus Imaging from OPUS Print Group for $6 million in cash.

    Cactus has a production base at Silverwater in Sydney where it specialises in large format outdoor posters and banners. Its equipment includes two HP XP 5100’s, the latest XP 5500, two 6-colour XP 2700s and a UV Turbo Jet, as well as a Fiab high frequency welder and a Miller hot air welder. Cactus also has sales offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland and Cambodia. About 40 staff are expected to remain with the company.

    'Supply chain efficiencies': Brendan Cook, CEO, oOh!media

    ASX-listed oOh! will pay $6 million for Cactus and the deal will be fully funded with cash, according to a report in Fairfax Media.

    “This acquisition will allow oOh! to deliver supply-chain efficiencies for the delivery of classic print outdoor advertising across its leading metropolitan, regional and retail out-of-home networks, to support Cactus’ continued innovation, and drive advertiser return on investment,” said Brendan Cook, CEO, oOh! Media. “While digitisation of out-of-home provides new opportunities to engage with audiences like never before, classic out-of-home plays a critical role in brand building for advertisers, both independently and in partnership with digital assets.”

    Cactus will remain a stand-alone business after the transaction.

    Hong Kong-listed 1010 Printing Group, which owns 61.9 per cent of OPUS Print Group, said Cactus posted a full year profit of $2.1 million in 2015.

    Late last month, oOh!media paid $11 million for an 85% stake in youth publisher Junkee Media as part of its digital and data strategy.

    PricewaterhouseCoopers has predicted that the thriving out-of-home advertising sector will be worth more than $1 billion by 2020, with digital expected to make up almost half of the market.





  • AIW, Salmat win 800,000-mags-a-fortnight job

    The AIW plant at Springvale

    Heatset printer AIW Printing of Melbourne has won a massive contract to print 800,000 full-colour copies of a new fortnightly free travel magazine called GOxplore.

    The first edition of GOxplore will be dropped into letterboxes in Melbourne and Sydney this Saturday, July 30, by mailing and distribution house Salmat.

    AIW Printing employs over 120 people at its eight-acre manufacturing plant in Springvale in Melbourne’s south-east, where it operates five state-of-the-art Goss printing presses, including one of the world’s largest heatset web printing presses, a fully automated 80pp Goss high speed, gapless press.

    Salmat is a marketing and communications company that has evolved from a small letterbox distribution business into an ASX listed company with a team of nearly 4,000 people across four countries. Salmat sold its Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) division to Fuji Xerox in 2012 for $375 million.

    In the inaugural issue, former Fairfax journalist Mary O’Brien and her team of travel writers will showcase Cuba, India and Kakadu. GOxplore launches with the support of some of the travel and adventure industry’s leading names, including Australia Pacific Touring, The Intrepid Group, Trafalgar Tours and Anaconda. Each issue will also be backed by a social media campaign.

    National advertising director Chris Jefferson Jnr said: “We are extremely proud to deliver this product to the public on behalf of the travel industry. We would like to thank all those who have helped us to this first issue launch.”

    The first issue will include a chance to win a trip to the US, valued at $10,500, from Collette Travel. Issue #2 is scheduled to hit letterboxes on August 13th featuring stories on European River Cruising and San Francisco.



  • Issue 826 – July 27, 2016

    Lovely to see the launch of the new travel magazine, GOxplore, with a print run of 800,000 copies per forthnight. Delivered to Australia’s letterboxes by Salmat it reinforces the ‘interrupt’ value of printing in this internet age. Would it be cheaper to send out 800,000 emails? Yes it would but in mass marketing there is nothing as effective as a good long print run. Best of luck to the publishers and of course to AIW, the printer.

    Welcome to your latest issue of Print21, the premier news and information service to the printing industry across Australia and New Zealand.

    Patrick Howard
    Publishing Editor.

  • Jobs: Service Technician, 27th of July, 2016

    Service Technician

    Hendra, QLD

    About Spicers

    We are a national Company with offices and warehouses in every state and territory in Australia. We sell a wide range of products related to the print market including paper, plastics, laminates and other substrates that can be printed on as well as printers, inks, industrial packaging and self-adhesives.

    About this Position

    As a Service Technician, you will be responsible for the management and servicing of our customers’ machines in Queensland. Based at our Hendra site, on a daily basis you will liaise with customers, provide technical advice, and be responsible for the repair and maintenance of our customers’ printers and engravers, as well as the installation and integration of equipment. Occasional interstate travel for your own training or servicing responsibilities will be required.
    Key Responsibilities

    • Liaise with customers to determine their requirements;
    • Attend customer premises to complete repairs and maintenance within reference times and in line with the set appointment schedule;
    • Provide technical advice to customers over the telephone;
    • Resolve customer queries about existing and previous job faults;
    • Install equipment and complete network integration where required;
    • Complete detailed paperwork as specified on each job and update CRM;
    • Submit paperwork for invoicing within specified timeframes;
    • Maintain adequate parts stock and pick service parts for customer orders;
    • Label bad warranty parts for return to supplier;
    • Perform media profiling;
    • Conduct customer training for equipment and Company supplied software;
    • Refer sales leads to Regional Manager; and
    • Ad hoc duties as required.

     Skills and Experience

    • Wide format technical service skills and experience required (Mimaki or EFI VUTEk experience will be highly regarded);
    • Understanding of basic electromechanical concepts including fault finding, use of meters and circuit diagrams;
    • Strong communication skills;
    • Ability to provide customer fault descriptions and solve problems quickly;
    • Accuracy and attention to detail when completing repairs and paperwork;
    • Professional manner during all dealings with customers;
    • Ability to work unsupervised and to a set time schedule; and
    • Ability to manage own time and resources.

    Remuneration and Benefits

    • Training and career development opportunities
    • Competitive base salary
    • 11% superannuation
    • Vehicle or vehicle allowance
    • Laptop, phone, internet
    • Free on site car parking

    How to Apply

    Click on the ‘Apply’ button or for further information contact Katherine on 03 9768 8311.


  • Heidelberg CEO Linzbach to step down

    Dr Gerold Linzbach, CEO, Heidelberg

    Heidelberg CEO Gerald Linzbach will step down when his contract ends in August next year to ‘start a new career phase of his life.’

    60-year-old Linzbach was forced to take extended leave in June 2015 because of health problems but returned as chairman in January this year.

    In a statement, Heidelberg said: The chairman of the Management Board of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg), Dr. Gerold Linzbach (60), informed the Supervisory Board today that, following the successful turnaround, he would not be seeking the extension of his contract and aims at pursuing new professional challenges.

    Ensuring an orderly handover of functions, he will continue to serve the company until the scheduled end of his contractual term in August 2017 and, after Heidelberg’s successful restructuring, remains fully committed to promoting the Group’s strategic advancement together with his team. This allows the Supervisory Board sufficient time to find a suitable replacement.

     The Supervisory Board of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG respects Dr. Linzbach’s decision which it has accepted with great regret. At the same time, it has expressed its appreciation for Dr. Linzbach’s intensive work and strong dedication in particular in connection with the successful repositioning. Dr. Linzbach has been strongly committed to the company and has lead Heidelberg into a new direction which is geared towards sustainable profitability and establishes the base for further growth, in particular in the segments Digital, Services and Packaging.

     Following the successful repositioning, Dr. Linzbach will dedicate his time to other entrepreneurial targets and start a new career phase of his life.


  • Good turnout for Neopost Open Days

    Delivering the good news; Jeremy Brew, HP with Phya Leong, Neopost were well pleased with the turnout.

    Despite torrential rain on the first day, printers and mailing house execs made the trip to Regents Park in Sydney’s southern suburbs last week for a new style of industry event.

    The Neopost Open Day, also held two weeks before in the company’s offices and showrooms in Melbourne, proved industry professionals will turn up when good information is on the cards. Combining a graphics and mailing technology showcase along with an equipment Open House, the Neopost events are designed to address contemporary industry concerns about technology, training and market trends.

    More than 50 companies came to the Sydney event over two days – even more to the Melbourne event –  where they were able to inspect the latest in mailing kit, Duplo finishing and HP wide format in the refreshed showroom environment. A strong line-up of expert seminar speakers throughout the day competed for attendees’ attention.

    Jeremy Brew, application specialist, sign & display, HP, was one speaker who had no difficulty in attracting and keeping his audience. The knowledgeable industry veteran gave a detailed explanation of the technology as well as the market opportunities behind the new inkjet wall art. With a growth rate in Australia of over 40%, per annum, latex wall decorations are covering everything from hospital waiting rooms, to childrens’ bedrooms and shopping malls. According to Brew, the aqueous, non-odour, printed substrate sells for anywhere up to $2.30 per m2  generating 60% to 70% margins. It is perhaps the fastest growing market in the graphic arts.

    Next door, visitors were invited for the first showing of the latest HP engine, the DesignJet Z5600, the brand’s most affordable 44-inch and 24-inch high-impact graphics printer. Craig Hardman, HP’s large format design graphic manager for the region, was in attendance and pleased to partner with Neopost in launching the new engines.

    Other experts bringing their expertise to the event included Neopost’s own Symon Cook, who presented on the print and digital landscape trends and industry outlook while Victoria Fratin from Two Sides proved popular with her talk on maximising customer engagement through the power of print.

    Peter Hine was knowledgeable on colour management, introducing visitors to a little known side of Neopost’s activities, while Diane Costa and Andrew Le Marchant held forth on Google search and credit strategies respectively.

    All in all, the Neopost events proved the value in providing useful information for industry professionals and not simply promoting sales opportunities. Phya Leong, marketing manager said the change in format has proven to boost attendance and improve results. “Neopost will continue aligning with leading industry experts and thought leaders to help support the growth of the graphics industry and the Neopost customer network,” she said.


    Craig Hardman, HP, launched the new DesignJet Z5600 at the Neoppost event in Sydney.


  • Registration opens for Visual Impact 2016

    Industry suppliers are scrambling to book the few remaining spaces at Visual Impact 2016, to be held from 15–17 September at Sydney Showground in Sydney Olympic Park.

    More than 95% of the show’s floor space is already booked out and visitors from the sign, display, engraving and wide-format print markets are expected to flock to pre-register now that the online portal has opened.

    Organisers anticipate that more than 5,000 industry business owners and decision makers will gather in Sydney for the show, with numbers further boosted by more than 1,000 retail professionals who are expected to attend the co-located POPAI Marketing @ Retail Expo.

    Peter Harper – General Manager, Trade Shows and Publications for the expo’s organisers, Visual Connections – says this year’s show is shaping up as one of the best ever.

    “The list of exhibitors reads like a ‘who’s who’ of the industry’s biggest names, whose major showcases will be complemented by an array of specialist suppliers and innovative newcomers to provide a genuinely strong value for visitors,” Harper says. “Visual Impact focuses on helping businesses improve their profitability, expand their offerings to the market and create entirely new revenue streams with ideas that help them stay ahead of the curve and plan for future success.

    Bringing technologies and solutions together all ‘under one roof’, will be leading names including Currie Group, Jetmark, Roland, AVS, HP, Mimaki, Canon, Pozitive, Multicam, Kiwo, Epson and Graphic Art Mart, together with a diverse range of other industry suppliers, providing a showcase of everything from wide format print, to design and MIS systems, POP, display and exhibition solutions, structural signage systems and lighting technologies.

    Leading the POPAI display will be a showcase of entries from the 2016 POPAI Marketing @ Retail Awards – over 120 real-life, in-marketing activations – complemented by the best work and latest innovations from the leading lights of the Australian retail marketing industry, which Harper says will perfectly complement the Visual Impact offering.

    Visual Impact Sydney 2016 and Marketing @ Retail will run from 10am to 5pm on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 September, and from 10am until 4pm on Saturday 18 September in Halls 5 and 6 of the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park.

    To find out more, or pre-register for the show, go to






  • LIA hosts Roland DG site tour next week

    Tickets are still available for a unique site tour of Roland DG Australia’s facility at Frenchs Forest in Sydney next week, hosted by The Lithographic Association of Australia (NSW).

    “This event is aimed at expanding visitor’s knowledge in the rapidly evolving digital application space, with the aim of painting a clearer picture of where such technology could fit within their businesses,” says the LIA’s Mitch Mulligan, MD Böttcher Australia.

    In an email to members, LIA says: Now more than ever the need to augment, innovate and renew our businesses is crucial to our growth and long term success. With the plethora of new technology coming on stream it is important to step back and take a closer look in order to truly understand the manifold opportunities such developments represent.
 To that end the LIA of NSW are pleased to invite you to a site visit of Roland DG Australia’s facility, where you can experience a world of creative applications, with live demonstrations and business model overviews from a team of technology and application experts.

    Event details:

    Allambie Grove Business Park, Unit 14/25 Frenchs Forest Rd East, Frenchs Forest, NSW

    Tuesday 2nd August 2016 at 6.00 pm

    Cost: $40 LIA Members and $45 Non Members. Finger food and drinks provided.

    Please reply to Mike Williams no later than noon, Friday 29th July 2016.

    Fax: (02) 9648 1258 or

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