Archive for October, 2016

  • Issue 855 – October 28

    The proposed PMP/IPMG merger is the $120 million gorilla in the local printing industry. It represents the most radical consolidation in a competitive sector. It’s a back to the future moment, almost an exact replica of the 2001 deal that got knocked back by the ACCC. Times and the industry have changed since then but the merger is still going to cause controversy.

    My bet is the deal will go through. This is a very different printing landscape to the turn of the century.

    Welcome to you latest issue of Print21, the premier news and information resource of the printing industry across Australia ad New Zealand.

    Patrick Howard
    Publishing Editor.

  • It’s on again – PMP & IPMG $120 million merger

    The two largest printing companies in the region are set to become one following the buyout of the Hannan-family’s Independent Print Media Group (IPMG) by publicly listed PMP.

    The deal in essence is almost an exact replication of the one knocked back by the ACCC in 2001. If successful, the merger as announced on the ASX this morning, radically alters the printing landscape in the region. The two companies print most of Australia’s best-selling magazines as well as many long-run catalogues, a fact that proved the deal breaker for the competition regulator 15 years ago.

    According to Rodd Pahl, PMP media spokesman, the ACCC had been informed of the intended merger and would review the deal as part of their normal processes. PMP shareholders also have to tick it off at a meeting scheduled for Friday 16 December. The PMP board of directors has unanimously approved it.

    An ACCC spokesperson said they are aware of the transaction and will call for submissions from all interested parties at a public review starting next week.

    If it goes ahead, PMP will acquire all of IPMG for $119 million in newly issued shares to give the Hannans up to 37% of the enlarged business with the right to two directors on the board. The company has opened up a $60m line of credit from ANZ to fund working capital requirements and the one-off implementation costs of delivering the synergies. Considerable job losses are likely as the company looks for efficiencies.

    According to Peter George, CEO PMP, the integration will deliver cost savings. “We will work closely with our employees and their union to achieve the best possible outcomes for our customers, employees and shareholders.

    Peter George, CEO PMP

    “PMP and IPMG have taken decisive action to bring about the proposed merger so that we can combine and adapt to the realities of Australia’s print industry in the decade ahead, in the process creating sustainability and value for our customers and shareholders.”

    Layoffs are feared as a result of the merger, and the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union is disappointed. “We believe it’s a result of price gouging in the print industry,” said Lorraine Cassin, National Print Division Secretary, AMWU. “Consolidation will mean job losses, and the details are uncertain. Our collective agreements will stand, and we will ensure that our members will be properly represented in this difficult time.”

    Under-utilised press and bindery capacity will be rationalised across the many companies and sites, which include Hannanprint, Inprint and Offset Alpine from IPMG along with more than 13 PMP sites across Australia and New Zealand.

    Michael Hannan, IPMG Executive Chairman, called the merger “a strategic decision not only for PMP and IPMG, but importantly for all of the customers of both companies as it will drive innovation and efficiency. Customers remain at the heart of our business.

    “It is the shared intention of the parties to respond to industry challenges by reducing under-utilised and older press and bindery fleet capacity. It will enable us to bring the best aspects of our firms together to more efficiently deliver world-class services and products.”


  • New CEO will take Heidelberg digital

    Rainer Hundsdörfer, new CEO of Heidelberg.

    Heidelberg has reorganised its management board, appointing Rainer Hundsdörfer as its new CEO and Dr Ulrich Hermann as a regular member.

    Industry expert Hundsdörfer, fresh from his role as Chairman of the Board at fan and motor manufacturer ebm-papst, will replace outgoing CEO Gerold Linzbach on November 14.

    “We sincerely thank Gerold Linzbach for successfully turning around the company. Heidelberg is well on track,” said Dr Siegfried Jaschinski, Chairman of the Heidelberg Supervisory Board. “We are delighted to have gained an internationally experienced leadership personality in Rainer Hundsdörfer to drive forward the reorientation of the company. Mr. Hundsdörfer has acquired many years of specialist expertise with global technology leaders that will help pave the way forward to a successful digital future at Heidelberg.”

    Under Hundsdörfer’s leadership, Heidelberg will focus on expanding digital business models. “Heidelberg is moving toward customer-focused technology and services in what is a changed market environment,” Hundsdörfer said. “We now need to make solid use of the opportunities digitisation presents for profitable growth.”

    As part of this focus, Heidelberg also appointed digitisation expert and former Wolters Kluwer Germany CEO Dr Ulrich Hermann to the board as a regular member. “Dr. Hermann has been successful in realigning conventional business models throughout his career,” said Dr Jaschinski. “Heidelberg will benefit from his experience in the future.”

    New Heidelberg board member Dr Ulrich Hermann.

    Hermann will replace board member Harald Weimer, responsible for Heidelberg Services, who is stepping down on November 13.

    The Heidelberg Management Board, as of November 14, will consist of:

    Mr. Rainer Hundsdörfer (59), Chairman of the Management Board
    Mr. Dirk Kaliebe (50), Member of the Management Board
    Mr. Stephan Plenz (51), Member of the Management Board
    Dr. Ulrich Hermann (49), Member of the Management Board

  • Patterson beats Orel for Victorian board seat

    Ron Patterson, former Victorian state secretary of the PIAA, will return to the association following his election to the board as representative for Victoria.

    Patterson won the Victorian seat at this year’s election, defeating Finsbury Green CEO Peter Orel 33 votes to 28.

    “I’m very very happy about what’s happened, and looking forward to working with the rest of the board,” Patterson said. “I’ve been in the industry for almost 50 years. There’s a lot of things that need to be done, generally in Victoria. Hopefully we can work with other states to put the PIAA back where it needs to be.”

    Patterson replaces Kellie Northwood in the Victorian seat, while former AIW Printing director Peter Clark has defeated Martin Guilliamse, GM of Mark Media in Hobart, six votes to two to replace Craig Pearce in the Tasmanian seat.

    Peter Clark, founder and former director, AIW Printing

    “The members have spoken, and I look forward to working with them,” said PIAA CEO Andrew Macaulay. “They add to the diversity of the board, which is good. The board is holding out its hand to welcome them, and looking forward to collaborating with them for the good of the industry.”

    The AEC will be communicating with the nine members of the board as soon as possible so they can elect next year’s officers as laid out in the PIAA constitution, who will commence their terms on January 1. Current President Kieran May has welcomed the election of both Clark and Patterson on behalf of the remaining board members, who were re-elected unopposed. “We know they will both bring a fresh perspective to the considerations of the board as we lead the association and the industry into the future,” May said. “We will work to bring both successful candidates into board conversations as soon as possible.”

  • Packagers to vote on joining PIAA

    'It makes sense to consolidate': David Carter, CEO PCA

    The Packaging Council of Australia (PCA) has called an Extraordinary General Meeting next month so members can vote on a plan to join the Printing Industries Association of Australia (PIAA).

    PCA CEO David Carter is in favour of the move but says it’s the decision lies in the hands of hundreds of association members.

    “It makes sense to consolidate the organisations because there’s a lot of cross over between our work and memberships,” says Carter. “Packaging has consolidated over the years and I’m not sure the association has necessarily kept up with that consolidation. The industry has changed and developed and we need to keep up in order to get the best value for our members.

    “Andrew [Macaulay, CEO, PIAA] and I are very keen to make something happen and we thought the best way to approach it would be to put some thoughts down on paper, an understanding of what we’re trying to develop, in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). We’ll ask members to vote on whether or not to sign the MOU. Members attending the meeting will vote, and there will be proxies for those who can’t attend, so we should know the result on the day.

    “There’s a lot of stakeholders and a lot of different needs but the feedback I’m getting is that members are eager to develop an association that’s relevant for today and focuses on the issues of the day, as opposed to what we were focused on ten years ago.

    “The MOU would have a timeframe and if members agree, it would mean the PCA would join Printing Industries and move into its headquarters in Sydney, probably in the next 6-12 months.”

    'A terrific opportunity': Andrew Macaulay, CEO PIAA

    PIAA CEO Andrew Macaulay says it’s “a terrific opportunity” for both organisations.

    “We already share many of the same members and what David and I have been talking about is bringing the PCA into the PIAA as a sector group, with the resources and capacity to focus on its particular mission. PCA members would continue to have a unique voice and would get the benefits of PIAA membership, including our industrial relations service, which is a valuable and comprehensive resource free for all members.”

    Macaulay sees closer ties with the PCA as part of a wider Printing Industries strategy to increase co-operation between all sectors of the printing industry.

    “We’ve reformed the Major Mail Users Association, we’re talking to some of our key members involved in the labelling sector, and we’re looking forward to giving all these groups a platform to influence association activity. We need to be a dynamic, responsive peak industry organisation and we have the resources to help and support all of the specialty groups in the industry.”

    The PCA represents producers and users of all types of packaging and packaged goods, with members covering the entire packaging supply chain – raw material suppliers, education institutions, packaging manufacturers and users, retailers as well as designers, consultants and other companies servicing the industry.

    A closer relationship with the PIAA has been on the cards since June this year when the PIAA welcomed Carter into an office at its headquarters in Sydney.

    The PCA EGM will be held in Melbourne on 9 November.



  • Large-format banners fly for Melbourne

    A demonstration of the Epson SC-F2000 direct to garment printer at this week's expo.

    There’s a photo studio out at Malvern in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs packed with the latest wide format technology from Epson. Part of a two-day event for printers and photographers, the Epson Large-Format Product Expo is the first of a nationwide tour.

    Photography, garment, signage and technical drawing technology is on display at Eleven40 Studio in Epson’s first-ever show specifically for large-format printers.

    The line-up includes machines from across its SureColor range, such as the 64” SC-S80600 Eco-Solvent printer, which can achieve between 96 percent and 98 percent Pantone coverage, and two SureColor Fabric printers: the SC-F2000 direct to garment printer, and the SC-F9200 64” dual head roll to roll dye sublimation printer.

    Each printer on display, including the WorkForce Pro WF-R8590TC office printer, uses Epson’s PrecisionCore print heads. “We’re the only manufacturer that delivers PrecisionCore-based solutions across a wide variety of applications,” said Nathan Fulcher, marketing communications manager at Epson. “The event this week is about getting that message out there.”

    According to Fulcher, the event is a success so far, exceeding its targets. “It’s been good. We’re above the target in terms of number of visitors, we’ve already had a couple of sales this morning and we’re expecting more for the remainder of the show.”

    One customer at the event, Michael Chan of F81 Framing and Design, is a big Epson fan.

    He’s used Epson products since he opened his Templestowe business 28 years ago, and bought his first large-format printer this year. “It’s mainly the reliability. I’d heard about photographers who’d used Epson printers and were very impressed by what they could do,” Chan said.

    “It’s extended our range of products; we mainly do custom framing. Printing gave me another dimension. For example, I’m able to print on substrates such as big canvasses. That’s certainly more interesting than small-format printing,” he said.

    The Epson large-format expo at 1140 Malvern Road is open to walk-in customers, and closes at 7pm tonight Thursday.

  • New HP HD Inkjets expand colour options

    An HP PageWide Press

    HP has released four new 30-inch PageWide Web Presses powered by High Definition Nozzle Architecture (HDNA) technology that will produce high-quality colour prints for publishers.

    The new technology will enable print service providers to address a wider range of commercial printing applications, such as customised magazines, catalogues and books, says Steve Donegal, regional manager, PageWide web press solution, Graphics Solutions Business, HP South Pacific.

    'A tremendous speed advantage': Steve Donegal, PageWide, HP

    “Print service providers continue to search for technology that gives them a competitive edge in a crowded market, seeking the ability to deliver end customers high-value offerings while also increasing profitability. Today’s announcements demonstrate HP’s commitment to innovation that leads to immediate impact to our customers’ businesses.”

    The new HP PageWide Web Press T390 HD, T390M HD, T380 HD and T370 HD represent the expansion of HDNA technology throughout the HP PageWide Web Press portfolio.

     The new capabilities allow PSPs to reconcile quality and cost differences between jobs printed with digital versus analogue technologies, ultimately increasing the addressable application range and improving margins. Closing the quality and performance gap enables PSPs to shift more work from offset presses to HP PageWide Web Presses, reducing waste and makeready, offering just-in-time delivery and streamlining supply chains. Printing 500 fpm in quality mode with best-in-class print quality also opens new high-value customised publishing applications, such as colour trade books, journals, retail catalogues, brochures and marketing collateral at any run length.

    “They are high capacity printers that can handle super high volumes and have a tremendous speed advantage because of the web configuration and the new HP technology,” says Donegal. “It expands options for any company in the publishing space or in commercial printing.”

     HP PageWide Web Press customers are pushing the industry with ever-growing production inkjet page volumes, recently surpassing 180 billion pages printed since 2009.  Customers are now running more than five billion pages per month, up from four billion pages per month in 2015.

     An HP PageWide Web Press T360M customer recently broke a worldwide productivity record, producing 7.3 million pages in a day and more than 32 million pages in a week.

    Visit for more information.





  • Roland DG to recycle printer cartridges

    With Australians throwing away more than 18 million printer cartridges every year, Roland DG has launched a new Cartridge Recycle Program designed to reduce the company’s impact on the environment.

    “Unfortunately in our industry, more than 5,000 tonnes of empty inkjet cartridges end up in landfill each year, where they have the potential to contaminate ground water and the environment,” says Greg Stone, product and marketing manager at Roland DG Australia.

    “We want to work closely with the industry to reduce this impact and Close the Loop is an obvious choice as their ‘zero waste to landfill’ philosophy perfectly aligns with what we’re trying to achieve,” says Stone. “As a company, Roland DG is conscious of today’s environmental issues and places great importance on conducting its business in an environmentally friendly manner.”

    Under the program, Close the Loop, Australia’s largest recycling and resource recovery company for imaging consumables, will reuse or recycle every inkjet cartridge collected.

    The new program makes it as easy as possible for customers to recycle empty Roland ink cartridges, at no cost to them. Customers simply drop them in to a participating local dealer or Authorised Roland service agent. The empty cartridges will then be collected on behalf of Close the Loop for processing.

    Close the Loop will reuse or recycle 100% of every inkjet cartridge that is collected:

    Ink is converted from waste to energy in a contained area. This can then be stored and used in a range of ways.
    Plastics are sorted, broken down, and made into pellets to sell to manufacturers for re-use in new products, such as cartridges, pens and rulers.
    Metals are separated by eddy current and magnets into ferrous and non-ferrous and sold to or passed on to partners/suppliers for re-use.

    For every 1 tonne of imaging consumables collected and recovered by Close the Loop, approximately 10 tonnes of carbon (tCO2eq) savings is recovered.

    To find out more as well as detail on how to get involved, go to

    Roland DG Australia is the Australian-based marketing, distribution and sales arm of Roland DG Corporation of Hamamatsu, Japan, a worldwide leader in the sign, graphic arts, fine art, vehicle graphics, UV, photography, engraving and 3D modeling industries.




  • Issue 854 – October 26

    Media Super is the often unsung hero for the print, media, entertainment and arts industries. As the industry super fund of choice it backs up its position with a praiseworthy level of  support. A quick run through the number of organisations and events it partners with makes inspired reading. From the PICAs to the National Print Awards, Women in Print to Country Newspapers, the printing industry would be a lot poorer place if not for the generosity of Media Super

    A little acknowledgement is in order.

    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


  • Digital panels threaten outdoor print

    APN's Investor Presentation

    APN News & Media’s $268 million purchase of the remaining 50 per cent of the outdoor ad company Adshel will accelerate the company’s push into the lucrative digital outdoor advertising market.

    Adshel operates a total of 22,000 digital and static advertising panels in Australia and New Zealand, generating revenue of $170 million and earnings of $42 million in the year to June 30.

    'Adshel is behind competitors on digital": Ciaran Davis, CEO APN

    Full ownership of Adshel will allow APN to speed up its plans to convert another 1500 static or printed panels to digital in the next three years.

    “It will allow the Adshel management team to drive the strategic direction of the business and pursue opportunities that facilitate growth, including a continued focus on innovation and the progressive digitisation of the portfolio,” says APN CEO Ciaran Davis in a statement to the ASX. “As the demands of advertisers rapidly change, this transaction will increase the effectiveness of implementing integrated marketing campaigns at scale, across all of APN’s businesses.”

    “Adshel is behind competitors on digital,” says Davis. “The Adshel acquisition is consistent with the plans we have outlined to focus on our assets in high growth areas, and provides APN with an opportunity to further pursue growth in the outdoor sector.”

    The traditional printed billboard will continue to have an important place in the outdoor industry, according to Charlotte Valente, head of marketing at Adshel. “Adshel still has over 16,000 static or paper locations,” Valente told B&T. “Our static product is still very relevant in today’s media plan.”

    The push to digital has driven the booming outdoor advertising market over the past couple of years. Researcher Standard Media Index says outdoor has enjoyed a 12 per cent growth year on year in the six months to July 2016.

    “The primary driver of that has been the digitization of the inventory,” says SMI’s Jane Schulze. “There’s been a lot of investment in digitizing billboards and those campaigns have a higher value because there’s extra elements to them, be it video or whatever.”

    Brendan Cook, CEO of ASX-listed outdoor market leader oOh!media, says the company has invested probably $100 million in its digital transformation in recent years. “We’re a fundamentally different business from where we were even 18 months ago,” Cook told B&T. “We’ve had to fundamentally change our business structures and transform ourselves into a technology media company and that’s what we are – we’re a new technology media company built on the premises of location.”

    APN will launch a fully underwritten institutional placement and entitlement offer to raise $273 million to fund the Adshel acquisition. The company, which is awaiting approval to sell its Australian print media assets to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, expects to complete the deal on Tuesday.

    APN has also announced it’s buying Conversant Media, which publishes websites including The Roar, Lost at E Minor, Techly and About 70 per cent of Conversant’s content is consumed on mobile.

    APN recently sold its regional newspaper publisher, Australian Regional Media, to News Corporation for $37 million. ARN owns 76 printed newspapers across Queensland and 60 websites. The deal still requires regulatory approval.



  • Pivot Creative buys Balmain Signs

    Northern Beaches print and signage business Pivot Creative has established a base in Sydney’s inner west with the acquisition of 50-year-old Balmain Signs.

    After much consideration and 16 years at the helm, Balmain Signs owner Danny Turner, a signwriter, has decided to try his hand at something new.

    Clayton Ockerby, managing director of Pivot Creative, says the acquisition gives his company access to customers who have been traditionally reluctant to travel up to the Pivot factory at Cromer in the northern beaches.

    “The Balmain Signs facility at Gladesville is a very good spot, ten minutes away from the city and about 15 minutes from Parramatta. It will make it far easier for clients in areas like Balmain, Rozelle, Parramatta, Ryde, Epping, Homebush and surrounding suburbs to get their vehicle wraps, car signs and general custom signage made and installed.

    “Danny had a lot of loyal customers, mostly general signage work, and we’ll retain the trading name and probably continue advertising locally under that name. Cromer will remain our production hub and the Balmain site will be more of an installation point, for things like fleet work vehicle wrapping.

    Pivot Creative, established 22 years ago, employs a full time staff of six and its network of sub-contractors extends to Victoria, Brisbane, South Australia and Perth.

    Founder and owner Ockerby began his career at Letraset, learning his trade in a traditional printing and graphic background.

    Pivot offers a comprehensive service including all forms of signage and digital print as well as full design, manufacture and installation service.





  • Smaller printers punch above their weight

    Industry guru Tim Woods says the rise in small printers means less demand for commercial printing.

    Small devices accounted for 96 percent of the digital printer import market in 2015-16, according to industry bible Pulp & Paper Edge.

    More than 2.1 million digital printers under 50kg were imported into Australia in 2015-16, dwarfing their larger counterparts which comprised only 90,052 imports.

    73 percent of all digital printer imports in 2015-16 were devices under 10kg, which are used in homes and small offices; the next category, devices between 10 and 50kg, are used in small and medium businesses. These figures comprise both single-function and multifunction printers, and represent a shift in the market towards small-office, home-office (SOHO) type devices.

    “What we’re seeing is a significant longterm switch, probably permanent, away from what was once commercial printing towards home and small office printing,” said Pulp & Paper Edge‘s Tim Woods. “You can see that in two things – the rise of small digital devices, and the continuing rise, proportionally, in the use of reams of precut paper, relative to reels and sheets that are used almost exclusively in commercial printing.”

    Large commercial digital printers, which weigh over 500kg, accounted for just 0.01 percent of devices imported in 2015-16 – slightly less than 600 in total. Woods warns that this data indicates a decline in large-scale commercial printing, the role of which is increasingly being taken up by home and small business devices. “This is not a moment-in-time thing, this is a long term trend,” Woods said. “Much like we saw newsprint demand begin to decline and continue to decline, we’re now beginning to see the decline in commercial printing in this kind of data, led by the rise in self printing devices. The things that people can print at home or in their small businesses, they are now doing in place of what once used to be commercial printing activity.”

  • Printing by design at Dominion

    Kelvin Gage, Dominion Print

    Technology and commercial transformations of the market often catch printers on the wrong foot. Stuck with the wrong type of equipment while serving a market segment that is disappearing can present real problems. For Kelvin Gage, Dominion Print, the demands of the marketplace and the advent of new technology are less warnings of what’s to come but rather signposts towards future success. He spoke with Patrick Howard about how he relates to printing in the internet age.

    One of the first people Kelvin Gage employed when he took over Dominion Print, the family printing business in the early 1990s, was a graphic designer. As a marketing graduate, it made sense to him to provide design services to customers wanting print. Quite a cool hand at QuarkXpress himself at the time, he knew that customers expected more from their supplier than someone to simply print their marketing material; they wanted help in creating it, maintaining and updating their campaigns.

    It’s difficult to overestimate the impact that early hiring decision has had on the company and its subsequent development. It provided a solid foundation not only of design but also for online development and communication. Creating and maintaining marketing collateral for clients required early and ongoing investment in IT, which has become a hallmark of the company. Nowadays at least 50% of the work that goes through the Silverwater, NSW, plant comes through its own vertically integrated graphic services. This includes brochures, adverts, catalogues, placards and business cards; all created and shared online.

    … …

    HP’s presentation at this year’s drupa reinforced his loyalty to the HP brand and the company. “Look at the culture, at its commitment to the whole HP Indigo environment. They also give you great practical support here through Curries. David Currie is very accessible; you can always get through to him. The staff are friendly and efficient. Success is about forming good relationships,” he said.

    He was so impressed by the combination that he made the decision at drupa to upgrade to the HP Indigo 7800, a defining investment for a printer not known for being seduced by printing technology. “It’s a great machine. I’m very pleased with it,” he said.

    Read the full story here in the latest issue of Print21 magazine.



  • Last call for WA, QLD PICAS

    A Dame Edna impersonator will be the main host of this year’s annual WA PICAs in Perth next month. Those interested in attending the long-running event have until this Friday to RSVP.

    The finalists for the 38th annual Western Australian Printing Industries Craftsmanship Awards for 2016 have now been selected and will be announced on the night.

    Printing Industries Association of Australia CEO Andrew Macaulay says final preparations are well underway.

    “The night is for WA businesses to celebrate their endless hard work in a challenging, exciting and extremely creative industry,” says Macaulay. “This is an exciting time for print and media technologies and the industry deserves a fantastic outlet to showcase its accomplishments and enjoy a memorable evening together.”

    Tickets for the awards presentation evening are $120.00 (incl. GST) per person. This includes a 3 course meal, wine, beer and sparkling beverage package.

    To make a booking, visit: or phone Printing Industries on 1800 227 425.

    Event Details

    Date: Saturday, 12th November 2016
    Time: 6:00pm – 12:00am
    Venue: The Rendezvous Hotel, 148 The Esplanade, Scarborough
    Dress:  Formal Black Tie, ‘Gold Logie’ Theme
    RSVP: Friday, 28th October 2016

    For any questions or to arrange a special booking, please email or call Printing Industries on 1800 227 425.

    With some of the best in the industry throwing their weight in the ring for this year’s Awards and a Dame Edna impersonator as the main host for the evening it is bound to be a night to remember!

    Meanwhile, the PIAA says limited seats are still available for the Queensland PICAs in Brisbane on November 4th:

    QLD Printing Industries Craftsmanship Awards

    The Printing Industries Association are delighted to invite you to join us for a night of fine dining and great entertainment as we, once again, gather in QLD to celebrate the achievement of excellence in our industry.

    Date:                     Friday, 4th November 2016

    Time:                     5.00pm – 6.30pm PICA 2016 Awards Ceremony | 7.00pm – Midnight Legends Gala Dinner

    Venue:                 Pullman Hotel, King George SQ, Corner Ann and Roma Streets, Brisbane City QLD 4000

    Dress:                   Black and White

    Tickets for the Gala Dinner $135 (incl. GST). The evening includes pre-dinner drinks, a delicious three course dinner, quality beers and wines. The evening will have entertainment, stories from our ‘printing history’, a comedian and MC that you will know and love and dancing throughout the night.

    Limited seats available.

    To book tickets…

    General enquiries:  or call 1800 227 425



  • Inaugural FPLMA conference & awards next month

    International and local speakers from Landa Digital, Mark Andy and Currie Group have been lined up for next month’s first Annual Conference & Print Awards Dinner of newly merged industry group the Flexible Packaging & Label Manufacturers Association (FPLMA).

    Key note speaker will be Kelly O’Dwyer, Federal Minister for Revenue, who will appear via a video link. The line-up will include: Ray Dickinson of press manufacturer Mark Andy, who will look at Hybrid Press Trends; Mark Daws of Currie Group, who will present Adventures of Digital Print & Packaging; and Michael Mogridge of Landa Digital, who will look at Nanotechnology Presses. Other speakers are:

    David Carter – Packaging Council (PCA) – Packaging Stewardship
    Wolf Viergever – Treasury Wines – Supplier Enabled Innovation
    Richard Maarschall – CERM Benelux – Working Without Waste
    Dennis Choo – Esko – Seamless Integration of Prepress
    Dean Pearson – NAB – How Do Banks Measure & Value Innovation
    Marco Gambardella – Bioplast – Printing For Protection Of the Environment
    Expert Panel on the Life Of An Apprentice in today’s world!
    Jason Goodes – Simplot – Printing For a Food Manufacturer
    Julie Toth – Ai Group – Local Manufacturing in 2016 – The Future!

    A Technical forum will be held at the Hilton South Wharf commencing Thursday 10th November through to Friday 11th November; commencing times from 8.30am both days.

    The Annual Label & Flexibles Awards Dinner Dance will be held on Fri 11th November at Central Pier, 161 Harbour Esplanade Docklands Melbourne 3008. Behind Etihad Stadium. Function room is called The Peninsula. Pre-dinner Drinks will be at 6.30 for 7.00 pm dinner.

     The full program and registrations are available here.

    For any questions, please call  0412 541 692 or email

    The Label and Tag Manufacturers Association of Australia (LATMA) and the Australia New Zealand Flexographic Technical Association (ANZFTA) in July voted overwhelmingly to merge into the new FPLMA.


  • PacPrint 2017 Takes Shape

    With just over six months to go until PacPrint 2017 opens its doors at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre on 23 May next year, the region’s premier show for the print, graphic communications, sign and display industry is shaping up to be one of the most exciting and significant in recent years.

    “Industry support for the event is strong, with exhibition space filling fast and new sponsors coming on board. Currie Group and Pozitive Signs & Graphic Supplies recently joined HP and Graphic Art Mart as Gold Sponsors while Spicers is now a Silver Sponsor, alongside EFI and Mimaki,” reports Peter Harper, General Manager – Trade Shows & Publications for event organisers, Visual Connections, adding that Roland is the event’s Platinum Sponsor.

    “On the ground, PacPrint is shaping up as the perfect place to connect with the industry’s leading suppliers. Names including Agfa, AVS, Canon, Celmac, Currie Group, Cyber, EFI, Epson, ESKO, Flint Group, Fuji Xerox, Graphic Art Mart, HP, Jetmark, Konica Minolta, Mimaki, Multicam, Neopost, Ricoh, Roland, Screen, Spicers, Starleaton and Vivad, will demonstrate the latest technology and solutions, as well as offering ideas and inspiration to help business owners and decision makers plan for future success.

    “Co-location with the Melbourne Visual Impact Expo, targeted at the sign, display and wide format print market, will further expand the options on show and provide an even more diverse range of ideas and opportunities for the broader print and graphic communications market.”

    As in past years, the exhibition will be complemented by the latest iteration of the popular PacPrint Forum Series, which Harper say will tackle the ‘big issues’ as well as deliver valuable workshops and panel sessions on technology, business and market-specific topics.

    “PacPrint 2017, and the co-located Visual Impact Expo, will be the best opportunity in four years for business owners and decision makers to see the latest trends and technology first-hand and connect with the people who can help them shape their businesses for the future,” Harper says.

    PacPrint 2017 will be held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from 23 – 26 May, 2017. While that still seems a long way away, Harper advises intending visitors to visit to block out the dates in their diaries now – and for those travelling to Melbourne for the show, to book travel and accommodation soon to take advantage of early bird deals.

    More information and the latest news can be found on the PacPrint 2017 website. To exhibit, book online or contact Peter Harper on or +61 2 9868 1577.





  • EFI’s fully integrated Midmarket Print Suite

    What is an MIS?

    MIS: Management Information System

    A Print MIS solution is an information system designed to serve the needs of a print production operation. This type of system integrates data from all departments and provides management with the information required to effectively run the business on a day-to-day basis, as well as to support strategic, long-term growth decisions.

    A solid print MIS system can reduce touchpoints by increasing efficiencies, ultimately reducing costs.

    Providing insight into the business, an MIS will allow you to make smart decisions instead of reactionary decisions, stay in better contact with your customers, and more efficiently manage your resources.

    Typical labour savings once a Print Management Solution is implemented


    • 50% reduction in accounts payable payment preparation
    • 75% reduction in preparing and typing statements
    • 75% reduction in cheque preparation and posting


    • Up to 50% reduction in the cost of producing estimates


    • 25% reduction in posting and reporting

    Job Costing:

    • 50% reduction in job cost preparation and billing

    But that isn’t enough…

    Your goal is to be the best in the print business; provide excellent service to your customers while minimising your costs. Choosing a powerhouse print MIS system is important, but it is just the beginning. Being able to provide your print customers with accurate and timely estimates, quick turn around times, and real-time communications all while keeping costs to a minimum requires all of your systems working together seamlessly. In addition, you need the confidence that the system you put in place today has the flexibility to grow with your business into the future.

    The EFI Midmarket Print Suite

    A comprehensive portfolio of solutions with end-to-end certified workflows that provide out-of-the box value. Designed, built, and validated for rapid evolution and Return on Investment (ROI). The suite is scalable to meet your needs today and grow with your business into the future.

    More details here.