Archive for August, 2016

  • Anti-plastic campaigner wins Canon award

    Community group Living Ocean has won a 2016 Canon Australia Environmental Grants award for its ‘No Plastic Please’ beach clean-up campaign and marine studies program.

    Not-for-profit campaigner Living Ocean and Helensvale State High School on the Gold Coast both received $5,000 worth of Canon equipment to assist their sustainability efforts. The runner up prize, including $1,000 worth of Canon equipment, was awarded to Marmion Primary School, located near Perth.

    Living Ocean Incorporated, a Sydney-based organisation promoting the awareness of human impact on the ocean, is currently undertaking two key projects: a marine studies program and an anti coastal littering campaign called ‘No Plastic Please’.

    The marine studies division, supported by researchers at Macquarie University, has been tracking marine activity off the coast of Sydney’s Northern Beaches for the last twelve years. ‘No Plastic Please’ has been running for five years promoting sustainable consumption of plastics to minimise plastic pollution in the ocean.

    “We’re over the moon to be granted Canon equipment which is essential to the success of our marine work,” said Robbi Luscombe Newman, creative director and co-founder of Living Ocean. “Using a lens with high magnification power will enable researchers to view detailed marks on whales and other coastal wildlife. Using pioneering software, these images will be stored as a GPS layer on Google Maps, forming an educational tool that will bring awareness to animal migration patterns.”

    In addition, Living Ocean will use the equipment for promotional work, interviewing volunteers – from marine scientists to beach cleaners – and sharing this for awareness on social media channels.

    Helensvale State High School horticulture project

    Senior students at Helensvale State High School on the Gold Coast are implementing a food crop experiment as part of the school’s horticulture program, aimed at increasing the growth of the seasonal vegetables and fruits in the school’s garden. These will then be sold to members of the community.

    The trial is designed to decrease the use of bug sprays and eco oils that prevent optimal crop growth and will use Canon equipment to conduct time-lapse photography that will monitor predator insect behaviours on plants.

    Marmion Primary School students

    Year 4 students at Marmion Primary School, near Perth, Western Australia, gather every year to propagate seeds and take cuttings of native coastal plants. The process of seed propagation takes one year, meaning that students must wait for their plant to grow, before planting it at the local sand dunes when they are in Year 5.

    Dunes provide habitat for plants and animals and protect beaches from erosion. Dunes are threatened by human activity and plating vegetation reduced the impact of wind and water.

    Giant plastic garbage patches in the Pacific Ocean

     

  • PANPA Awards photo finalists

    'Llama Walks into a Bar' - Perry Duffin, The Maitland Mercury, Fairfax Media

    This year’s PANPA Newspaper of the Year Award winners will be announced this Friday, September 2, at The Ivy in Sydney, in conjunction with Future Forum, an annual conference for industry professionals.

    The event will feature some stunning moments captured by finalists in the photography section. Media lobby group NewsMediaWorks released two videos (below) of the finalists in the Features & Lifestyles and Portraiture categories.

    'Traceurs' (series) - Eddie Jim, The Age, Fairfax Media

    'Legend of the Tiwis' (series) Elise Derwin, NT News, News Corp

     

     

     

     

  • Aboughattas brothers buy Wu’s On Demand

    On Demand, Port Melbourne

    Leading Melbourne print group Mercedes Waratah, co-owned by Moody and Abbey Aboughattas, has scooped up Michael Wu’s collapsed digital print business On Demand.

    The Port Melbourne-based On Demand – described as Australia’s largest digital print company – had remained open for the past several weeks under an interim services agreement signed with Docklands Ability Group – also co-owned by the Aboughattas brothers – since going into administration on July 22.

    Former On Demand owner Michael Wu

    Administrator Mathew Gollant of Rodgers Reidy said at the time that the company’s debts ran into “hundreds of thousands of dollars.” Major creditors included Canon, HP, BJ Ball, KW Doggett and Spicers.

    About half of the On Demand workforce of 50 staff reportedly lost their jobs. It’s not yet known whether any of those workers will be re-employed. Gollant said that some employees made redundant would be able to access federal government entitlements. “Our investigations are continuing and Michael Wu, as sole director, is assisting us with our inquiries,” Gollant said at the time.

    Wu was a partner in Docklands Ability Group until July when he was ‘dismissed’ after a dispute with the co-owner brothers, who accused him of misrepresentation.

    News of the On Demand takeover by Port Melbourne neighbour Mercedes Waratah Group followed a second meeting of creditors held late last week.

    Mercedes Waratah released a press release to confirm the acquisition, with a spokesperson adding: “It’s important that the right message gets out there and is not convoluted”:

     Mercedes Waratah is proud to announce the acquisition of the On Demand Business.

    “Making a good system even better”- that’s the commitment of the Mercedes Waratah group of companies.

    Mercedes Waratah is proud to launch its new digital business Data Direct Digital to synchronize with their recently purchased mail business Data Direct Mail. This takes the groups combined sales to over the $50,000,000 mark.

    Mercedes Waratah Group COO Brett Chalmers says “we have selected the best people, systems and assets from On Demand, and together with our already strong asset base and financial stability, we can assure all our Customers that our foundation is rock solid and we are absolutely in the print and mail industry for the long haul. “

    The Mercedes Waratah focus is on broadening our group offer to the client base of all 3 platforms.

    From our large offset presses, to full digital automation right through to plastic wrapping, inserting, mailing and fulfilment we have from start to finish covered.

    The complete suite of services and products brings improved performance and customer experience giving our customers the best value proposition.

    The new Data Direct Digital business will operate from inside our Port Melbourne plant utilizing the state of the art print and finishing equipment 24/7.

    We again welcome On Demand and its customers to the Mercedes Waratah Group and thank them for being loyal during this period of uncertainty.

     

    Meanwhile, liquidator Timothy Holden is investigating the failure of Michael Wu’s Seaford-based Longbeach Printing, which went into liquidation last month.

  • IVE doubles profit to $20.9 million

    IVE Group posted $20.9 million in profit for the full year, more than double the previous year, and increased revenue by 13 per cent to $382 million.

    “We are pleased to have exceeded our prospectus forecasts, with strong revenue growth underpinning our uplift in both EBITDA and after-tax profit,” Geoff Selig, executive chairman, told the ASX. IVE Group Ltd, formerly Blue Star, launched on the ASX in December last year.

    Profit after tax more than doubled from $9.6 million last year to $20.9 million.

    'Strong growth': Geoff Selig, IVE

    “The business continues to execute effectively on our strategy of ongoing diversification and growth through expansion into complementary products and services,” said Selig. “Our 13.2% increase in pro-forma revenue over FY2015 reflects continued organic growth, increased revenue from our existing customer base through an expanded service offering, and contributions from acquisitions.”

    IVE’s revenue was boosted by major new deals with Westpac, Vodafone Australia and McDonalds Australia. Other key contracts that were successfully rolled over included those with Tabcorp, American Express, TAL, Foxtel, RACV, Bupa, QBE Insurance, AMP, Beyond Blue, Bauer Media and Next Media.

    The “vertically integrated marketing and print communications provider” acquired six new businesses during the year.

    “We continued to execute on our disciplined acquisition program, with the bolt on acquisition and integration of four businesses [Oxygen8, Laser Computer Services, Fineline, Frost Promotions] together with the acquisition of two uniquely positioned businesses [Pareto Group, JBA Digital] that further expanded our product and service offering,” said Selig.

    The directors declared a fully franked dividend of 8.6 cents per share, payable on 20 October 2016 to shareholders on the register at 14 September 2016.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Printcentre creditors’ meeting this week

    Liquidators from accounting firm Grant Thornton will meet a group of creditors of collapsed Melbourne printer The Printcentre Group in Collins Street on Friday.

    The large format specialist went into liquidation earlier this month following a meeting of the company owners.

    Staff members who turned up for work at the factory in Sunshine West on Monday, August 15, found the doors had been locked and they were shut out. A source told Print21 the business had been struggling for some time but the sudden closure came as a shock to many. About 20 former staff members have been forced to seek compensation for their pay and entitlements through the federal government’s Fair Entitlements Guarantee.

    Liquidators Stephen Dixon and Ahmed Bise from Grant Thornton have been sifting through the company’s books and records to try to sort out the remaining assets and the amounts of money that are owed to a list of creditors. They’ve called the first meeting of creditors that will take place at the Grant Thornton offices, The Rialto, Level 30, 525 Collins Street, Melbourne, on Friday September 2 at 11am.

    Creditors who plan to attend the meeting have been advised that proofs and proxies should be submitted to the liquidator by 5pm today, Wednesday, August 31.

    The Printcentre expanded to Sydney in 2014, opening a new flatbed and wide format factory at Rosebery, but then shut down the operation the following year to concentrate on the Melbourne business – originally based in Port Melbourne before a shift to the new location at 112-118 North View Drive, Sunshine West.

    The Printcentre owners John Doyle and Darren Soppi have yet to make any public comment. The liquidators also declined to answer questions.

     

     

  • Issue 836 – August 31, 2016

    By the time Shelton was ten, he had entered a stage of complete rebellion. He was still being medicated by the family doctor. He was taking sleeping pills at night, which he administered himself. Photographs of Shelton reveal his drugged eyes. He accepted his position in the family as a sort of outlaw. “I was breaking rules all over the place at home and I was in fights with Valerie all the time. I knew now I wanted to get away and was waiting for a time to go.”

    – from Delinquent Angel, by Diana Georgeff, a biography about Shelton Lea’s adoption by the high-profile Darrell Lea family in Toorak.

    Typeset by Midland Typesetters, Australia

    Printed and bound by Griffin Press, South Australia

    Published by Random House Australia

    Support the Books Create Australia campaign against plans to change book import laws, and welcome to the latest issue of Print21, the premier news and information source for the printing industry across Australia and New Zealand.

  • Envelope market down but not out

    Australian Paper’s recent acquisition of the assets of two envelope over-printers has churned the market, created a flurry of merger and acquisition activity and has resulted in reduced envelope imports, according to industry bible Pulp & Paper Edge.

    The Australasian envelope market is down but not out, with four billion envelopes still being produced, says the August 2016 edition of the publication.

    In a year when Australia Post stunned the direct mail sector by dramatically increasing delivery rates, many in the paper and printing industry considered Australian Paper’s asset acquisitions to be at least curiously timed. However, on closer examination of the sector and its supply chain, the purchase of assets from Trade Envelopes (Queensland) and Envelope Specialists (Western Australia) makes far more sense.

    What is most important in these acquisitions is that Australian Paper purchased no envelope manufacturing equipment or trade. It removed no envelope manufacturing capacity. What it acquired, in both cases, were over-print assets of businesses that bought envelopes and printed on them for their trade customers.

    This is all the more significant, because inevitably, the Australian envelope market has declined.

    Despite the exact size of the market being difficult to assess, IndustryEdge considers Australia’s total envelope market currently approximates 3,400 million envelopes per annum, with an additional 600 million envelopes per annum in the New Zealand market. Discussions with industry participants lead us to believe that over the last year, the total market has declined approximately 10%, with the major factor impacting the market being Australia Post’s massive price hikes for delivered mail.

    IndustryEdge believes that while the decline in the number of envelopes in the market may well continue,  the worst “may well be over.”

    Some estimates are that the 10% per annum decline will continue for a few years yet, but there are others who consider the declines will soften.

    Relevantly, major commercial users of direct mail (think of the financial services companies, utilities and the like) continue to use mail and therefore envelopes in large numbers, for marketing purposes, as well as for billing. That situation is unlikely to end quickly, making the total market a little more attractive than it may otherwise look on initial examination.

    Acquisition strategy tightens national supply chain

    As the major envelope manufacturer in Australia, as well as the sole domestic manufacturer of the relevant base papers (Uncoated Woodfrees), Australian Paper has, by its acquisitions, increased its ability to sell envelopes, as well as the base papers produced at the company’s Maryvale Mill.

    Because it acquired over-print assets, no envelope manufacturing capacity has been removed, but imports have been reduced. Both Trade Envelopes and Envelope Specialists are known to have been envelope importers.

    By securing assets and markets in Western Australia, NSW and Queensland, Australian Paper has established increased short run over-print capabilities in outlying states. Its Preston facility produces the envelopes. For larger ‘runs’, the Preston facility does the printing in line and ships the finished products direct to customers.

    Of relevance, Australian Paper’s major competitor, Candida Stationery, does not have significant over-print capacity in either Queensland or Western Australia.

    The supply-chain diagram below provides some indication of the general structure of the envelope manufacturing sector.

    The full analysis is available for download from the IndustryEdge website.

     

     

  • For Sale: Adelaide Printing / Graphics Business

    This is a genuine opportunity to take over an existing successful printing and graphics business that already generates a healthy income for the owner, with demonstrated earnings and huge potential due to the growing market sector in which they operate. The Company could be added to an existing Printing or Graphics related business or operated as Standalone Operation.

    The Opportunity includes significant Clients to add an existing Printing Company

    • Monday – Friday   8.00am – 5.00pm
    • Established Profitable Business
    • Previous Printing experience not required
    • Local Adelaide and Interstate Accounts

    There is an existing customer base (over 70% repeat business over three years) and the business is set up to operate efficiently even when to owner is not present.

    The current owner can provide initial training and support to ensure you make every success of this opportunity.

    As a guide, the selling price is in the region of $400k including equipment, vehicles and Stock.

    Full non-disclosure documents are available to interested parties after initial qualification.

    If you are interested in this genuine opportunity, email your expression of interest to Chris Gander   or call 0413 055 834 for a confidential discussion.

     

     

     

  • “Remarkably strong year” for manroland


    'Very positive': Tony Langley, chairman Langley Holdings

    Manroland Sheetfed owner Langley Holdings says a boost in orders at drupa has set up the company for a strong finish to the year.

    In its first-half figures for the six months to 30 June 2016, the Langley Holdings group of companies recorded sales of €417.1m with an increase in pre-tax profits to €48.9m, up from €37.9m at the same point in 2015.

    Chairman Tony Langley said the results exceeded expectations. “Both the trading for the first six months and the outlook for the full year are very positive,” he said.

    Manroland Sheetfed saw an expected slow-down in orders ahead of Drupa but this was brought back on track following the trade show with the Offenbach factory now “optimally loaded from backlog in the first six months”, said Langley, who predicted the demand would continue until the end of the year. Profits in the division were in line with expectations, he said.

    In a press release, the chairman downplayed the potential effects of Brexit.

    “Although some 20% of the group’s profits are derived from the UK, the majority of this is from the UK subsidiaries of our German and French divisions, all of which compete entirely with other European producers for UK trade.”

    “Our actual UK based businesses represent only a nominal percentage of the group as a whole and therefore I do not expect Brexit to have a substantial impact on the group one way or the other, although UK assets are currently devalued by some 10% in euro terms,” he said.

    Langley said the business was continuing to look for potential acquisitions. The group employs 4,200 people across five divisions and 80 companies.

    manroland web enjoying another drupa: Daniel Raffler, vice president and Steve Dunwell, managing director Australasia.

     

  • Making print more competitive

    The ISO Central Secretariat in Geneva

    We’re gearing up for the next round of ISO meetings, including a couple of days devoted to environmental standards. We’re expecting a packed house, with participants from all over the world, so no pressure.

    Laurel Brunner

    Environmental standards are a delicate area, because some powerful vested interests have much to protect and the resources to influence progress. Or not. The problem such interests face, is that industry is moving away from the massive industrial models that have traditionally made such things as paper production and supply, efficient and highly profitable.

    These days we want to support effective resource management and use. This obviously requires a different approach to standards, and it will surely take years to change existing models. In the meantime, standards can provide a means of supporting new processes. This can help to circumvent extant models, so it is unsurprising that there is resistance to the development of new approaches. But what matters is the creation of tools that printing companies, print buyers and technology developers can use to improve their processes and environmental impacts. The objective with the ISO work is to improve resource use, encourage recycling and avoid using resources destined to end up as waste: think the 40% waste associated with some book and magazine publishing models. The concepts and processes in new environmental standards for graphics technology may be unfamiliar, but that is part of the job for standards makers.

    There are plenty of reasons why standards help the graphics industry. Not least is the fact that standards provide tools that can help to make the sector environmentally accountable, for instance in eco labeling. They allow aspects such as print’s carbon footprint to be consistently quantified and communicated using a common, standardised method. Standards also help to encourage overall efficiency improvements which equates ultimately to higher yields on capital deployed.

    Standards push developers and implementors to think of new ways to reduce environmental impacts, for instance by making machinery more energy efficient or working with more sustainable raw materials. Standards also encourage the development of new recycling supply chains, such as for downcycling printed matter. The work is all about making print more competitive and accountable, and providing the tools that help print buyers and consumers to keep investing in print. That is the most important part of this work of all.

     – Laurel Brunner

    The Verdigris project is an industry initiative intended to raise awareness of print’s positive environmental impact. It provides a weekly commentary to help printing companies keep up to date with environmental standards, and how environmentally friendly business management can help improve their bottom lines. 

    Verdigris is supported by the following companies: Agfa GraphicsEFIEpson, FespaHPKodakKornit, RicohSpindrift, Splash PRUnity Publishing and Xeikon.

     

  • PIAA takes Bragg fight to state government

    Bragg Printing, Waterloo, NSW

    Printing Industries has thrown its support behind threatened Sydney printer Bragg Printing and accused the state government of riding rough shod over small business.

    Bragg is being forced out of its premises in Sydney’s inner west as the NSW government pushes ahead with its compulsory acquisition process as part of the Sydney Metro project.

    “You could say we’re not terribly impressed,” Andrew Macaulay, CEO, PIAA, told Print21. “We think its a cavalier approach to small business, especially by a Liberal government that’s supposedly supportive of small business and its employees. We’ve written two letters to Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance and have received back nothing of any substance. Some of our members have also made contact with the Treasurer.”

    Macaulay said the government’s dialogue with the printing company appeared to be disingenuous.

    'They almost appear to be trying to extend futile negotiations': Andrew Macaulay, CEO PIAA

    “They don’t appear to have engaged in a very fair dialogue with Bragg and it would appear that they have not entered into the negotiations in good faith,” he said. “They almost appear to be trying to extend futile negotiations with the aim that the Habibs will get exhausted and basically submit to the outcome. There has been no significant recognition that Bragg is operating a commercial enterprise that would face significant costs if they’re forced to move.

    “It would appear to us, anecdotally, that the government has the option of using state government land located directly opposite the Bragg business but they have chosen not to do that. The suggestion is that they see greater commercial benefit in taking over Bragg’s land because they can build a commercial development above it.

    “It appears that the decision is not directly related to infrastructure but is heavily influenced by commercial property developers they’re involved with. Compulsory acquisition laws were put in place so genuine infrastructure needs can be met, not so that government can engage in speculative property development.”

    Macaulay says there has been no recognition by the government that Bragg Printing has been in the location for a hundred years and is still a vital operation.

    “Arthur Habib has been a member of the PIAA for as long as he has owned the business and the business itself has been a member for its entire 100-year history. Arthur’s daughter has plans to take it on and they’re destroying the intergenerational transfer of a business and destroying the jobs of ten people.

    “It’s a poor government that rides rough shod over employees and shuts down businesses when it could be negotiating and sorting out this matter. The government needs to be encouraging and constructive, not destructive in its engagement with business. And this is destructive.”

    The PIAA plans to continue its lobbying efforts on behalf of Bragg. “We will be continuing to make representations to the state government and we’ll be making significantly more noise unless we see some evidence that they’re negotiating with the Habibs in good faith,” Macaulay said. “This business is owed fair commercial compensation for its forced closure.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Access Print Solutions rescues Cadillac

    The first Photo of the GraphicWEB Team

    Sydney’s Access Print Solutions has continued its national expansion by buying Adelaide web offset business Cadillac Printing that was to shut down this month.

    Almost a year to the day since Access acquired Adelaide’s Graphic Print Group, the company heard last month that Cadillac’s owner Wayne Sidwell – founder of Wellcom Group – had decided to close his print business based at North Plympton.

    “It just fell out of the sky for us,” says Brenda Esterhazy, Access spokesperson. “We had read that Cadillac was closing down and they were a client of ours. So our directors popped around to see what was happening and and it was one of those light bulb moments that was meant to happen.”

    Access has acquired Cadillac’s assets and real estate, saving “as many personnel as possible,” and rebranded the business as GraphicWEB. The new company last night issued its first press release:

    For over 50 years, Cadillac Printing serviced the printing needs of many national and local businesses delivering the highest quality print material, from magazines and newspapers to brochures and leaflets.

    After a decade of decline in the Australian Printing Industry, a good news story has finally invigorated this manufacturing sector.

    Sydney based Access Print Solutions brought Adelaide based Graphic Print Group in August 2015. Graphic Print Group has undergone a metamorphosis over the past 12 months driving operational efficiencies has led to near maximum capacity at the Richmond plant.

    Hearing the news of the Cadillac Plant closure in New Plympton, Mark Holmes and Norbert D’Souza the Directors immediately realised the potential to integrate two S.A. based companies and cross-sell to the market with a greater product offering.

    Within only a few weeks of the closure being announced, Access Print Solutions has acquired the assets and real estate while saving as many personnel as possible. The relaunching into GraphicWEB has transpired with the commencement of operations on 22nd August.

    The economic impact to S.A. will be considerable. Customers will again be able to purchase Colour Web Printing at competitive rates, without the additional cost of interstate shipping. When launching new marketing campaigns, timing is always critical.  Being a large scale print manufacturer, GraphicWEB can facilitate and service mass market penetration by maintaining a local presence in S.A. GraphicWEB will complement the 2 sheet fed businesses.

    “We love Adelaide and it’s a terrific story for us,” says Esterhazy.

    Access Print Solutions now has three locations – one in Sydney and two in Adelaide – and remains on the lookout for opportunities. “We’re always on the lookout for businesses that might be a good fit,” says Esterhazy. “We run 24/7 here in Sydney now and we’re almost running 24/7 in Adelaide. We’re lucky to be very busy and we really appreciate the support of our clients.”

     

     

  • AustPost profits despite record fall in letters

    Australia Post made $36 million in full-year profit – a turnaround of $258 million compared to the previous year – despite another heavy fall in its postal business.

    The parcels business was up eight per cent but addressed letter volumes fell by 9.7 per cent, the largest ever 12-month decline, contributing to a loss in the postal business of $138 million.

    “Returning to profit is a pleasing result for our employees, post office operators and our other important stakeholders, and shows that Australia Post is on a more sustainable path for future growth,” said Ahmed Fahour, MD & Group CEO.

    “The parcels business has performed well despite increased competition from overseas players. We have outperformed in difficult market conditions to post an 8 per cent profit increase.

    “Changes to the letters business introduced earlier this year were an important factor in the group returning to profitability. While the letters business is in structural decline, we have reduced our forecast cumulative losses in letters from around $5bn to $1.5bn over the next 5 years.

    “Our business is 207 years old, but we are more efficient and motivated than ever before. We have to continue to evolve to remain relevant and sustainable, so we can continue to serve customers and communities everywhere.”

    Australia Post outlined its year in a press release:

    Australia Post today announced a full-year profit after tax of $36 million, representing a turnaround of $258 million compared with FY2015.

    • All community obligations, including service performance standards, exceeded for the 16th consecutive year
    • Revenue up 3 per cent year-on-year to $6.6 billion
    • Parcels business recorded profit growth of 8 per cent due to strong business-to-consumer growth and productivity improvements
    • Reduced losses in Postal business but still recorded a significant loss of $138 million driven by a 9.7 per cent letter volume decline
    • Continued investment to support Licensed Post Office operators – additional $125 million in annual payments now committed

     

     

     

  • Issue 835 – August 26, 2016

    “It appears the decision is not directly related to infrastructure but is heavily influenced by commercial property developers they’re involved with.”

    – PIAA CEO Andrew Macaulay steps up to defend long-term member Bragg Printing in a razor-sharp appraisal of the NSW government’s brutal compulsory acquisition policy.

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

    Graham Osborne

    Online editor

  • Centrum braces for the KBA Rapida 145

    (l-r) Centrum GM Sandra Mascaro and co-owner Percy Vij at the Chipping Norton factory

    Centrum Printing is reinforcing its Sydney plant in preparation for the arrival of its new KBA Rapida 145 large format sheetfed offset press due in November.

    Workers this week were laying giant concrete slabs with piles for extra stability to support the 50 tonnes-plus of machinery that will soon be humming along at great speed at the Chipping North factory in Sydney’s south-west.

    Centrum bought the six-colour KBA Rapida 145 with UV coater and extended delivery at the drupa show in June. It will sit alongside a large format KBA 162a installed four years ago as the company launched an expansion beyond commercial print into packaging and display.

    The new press will be fed by Fujifilm thermal plates imaged on a Screen PlateRite Ultima 2400 VLF CtP installed when the KBA 162a went in.

    CEO and co-owner Percy Vij says the company is eager to provide opportunity and growth for Australian manufacturing.

    “We are here for the whole industry, not just Centrum,” he said. “We only deal with resellers of print, packaging and POS displays. We welcome visits from anyone and have already welcomed TAFE students, agencies, fellow printers and designers. Our goal is to build Australian manufacturing, bring work back onshore and enable printers to extend their product offerings because of our extra large format KBA presses.”

    Centrum Printing, established 25 years ago, is a 100% Australian, family owned and operated company.

    (l-r) Centrum's Sandra Mascaro with Dave Lewis of KBA at drupa

    The Centrum plant at Chipping Norton

     

  • Melbourne’s Hi-Mark Press shuts down

    Hi-Mark Press, Williamstown, VIC

    Fifty-year-old Melbourne print business Hi-Mark Press has gone into liquidation and a creditors meeting has been set for early next month.

    The small, family-run print and design firm based at Ferguson St, Wiiliamstown in Melbourne’s south-west, called in liquidators earlier this week after deciding to wind up the business.

    A staff member who answered the phone on Wednesday confirmed that the company was closed and he was out of a job. Long-term director Michele Langlands, who’s been with the company since 2007, was unavailable for comment.

    Liquidators Roger Grant and Shane Deane of Dye & Co posted an ASIC notice announcing that a meeting of creditors of Hi-Mark Press Group had been set for 10.30am on September 5 at the Dye & Co offices, 165 Camberwell Road, Hawthorn East.

    The competitive Melbourne market has claimed several print businesses in recent weeks, including high-profile casualties On Demand, Longbeach and The Printcentre.

     

     

     

     

  • Healthy result for Blackmores at APC awards

    APC award winners 2016

    Vitamins giant Blackmores won the top prize at this year’s Australian Packaging Covenant awards presented in Sydney on Wednesday.

    Blackmores was named 2016 Signatory of the Year for a near perfect score in all areas of packaging sustainability.

    The awards acknowledged a number of category winners, as well as four businesses that have made an outstanding effort to minimise the environmental impact of their packaging.

    The 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award Winners are:

    APC Signatory of the Year: Blackmores

    Outstanding Achievement in Design: Cerebos

    Outstanding Achievement in Packaging Stewardship: Australia Post

    Outstanding Achievement in Recycling: Unilever Australasia

    The awards signal a new direction for the APC, which is working with governments and industry to finalise a more targeted and transparent Covenant for 2017.

    'A real buzz in the room': APC CEO Trish Hyde

    “It was inspiring to see so many committed and engaged members at our awards,” said APC CEO Trish Hyde. “There was a real buzz in the room as we shared industry insights, and discussed potential for collaboration and innovation. Congratulations in particular to Blackmores who were recognised as our 2016 Signatory of the Year, for a near perfect score in all areas of packaging sustainability and outstanding commitment to design and innovation.

    “The Awards are a critical part in the journey of our transformation. They are recognising not just excellence, but the best of the best among industry. The future of the APC will be to embrace collaboration across the supply chain – as demonstrated by these award winners – to support our members, while also delivering real environmental benefit.

    2016 Category and Sector Award Winners

    Food & Beverage

    • Angoves
    • CA Henschke & Co.
    • Cerebos Australia
    • Snack Foods
    • The Smith’s Snackfoods Company & Sakata Rice Snacks Australia

    Hardware and Homewares

    • 3M Australia
    • SC Johnson & Son

    Communications and Electronics

    • Nintendo Australia
    • Fuji Xerox Australia
    • Dell Australia

    Clothing, Footwear and Fashion

    • Birkenstock Australia
    • Kathmandu
    • Sussan Group
    • Best & Less

    Retailer

    • Super Retail Group

    Shipping and Transport

    • Australian Postal Organisation

    Tobacco

    • Imperial Tobacco Australia

    Quick Service Retail

    • McDonald’s Australia

    Packaging Manufacturer

    • Kenneth Ayres (Aust)
    • Sealed Air Corporation – Food Care
    • O-I Australia

    Pharmaceutical & Personal Care

    • Jurlique International
    • Blackmores
    • Unilever Australasia