Archive for May, 2017

  • Avery Dennison expands in Malaysia

    Avery Dennison Corporation CEO Mitch Butier (centre) officially commissioned the new coating line in Bangi with the senior leadership team led by Labels & Graphic Materials VP & GM for SAPSSA region Anil K. Sharma (second from left).

    Global labeling and packaging manufacturer Avery Dennison has commissioned a new high-speed hot melt adhesive coating line at its manufacturing facility in Bangi, Malaysia.

    The new plant is primarily designed to serve the company’s customers’ in Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

    “Avery Dennison has a long-standing commitment to develop a strong label and packaging industry,” says Anil Sharma, vice president and GM of Avery Dennison’s Label and Graphic Materials business for South Asia Pacific and Sub Saharan Africa.

    “This investment enhances our capacity to serve the growing Southeast Asia region, and to sustain our strong hot melt portfolio for the Australia and New Zealand markets. The commissioning of the coating line marks a significant milestone in our company’s history – this facility in Bangi can now offer a total solution to our customers, affirming our position as the partner of choice for our customers.”

    The investment enables Avery Dennison to provide the complete portfolio of adhesive products to their customers in the Southeast Asia region. This Bangi facility is the first site for Avery Dennison in Southeast Asia to have this high-speed, hot melt coating capability.

     

     

     

     

     

  • High visibility for wide format at PacPrint

    EFI was everywhere at PacPrint, either running Fiery RIPs on numerous stands, or supporting Starleaton and Spicers with their Vutek wide format machines. They also had their own branded stand where a Vutek LX3 Pro scored a Technology HotPick.

    The heavy hitters from EFI were in town: Frank Mallozzi, vice president, worldwide sales and marketing was happy to accept the Hot Pick Award on behalf of EFI and Ken Hanulec and Andy Yarrow.

    Putting ‘pop’ into point-of-sale (POP) printing is what marketers want. Vibrant colours and high-impact graphics at a location where people are deciding to purchase can make all the difference. The EFI Vutek LX3 Pro is designed precisely with this market in mind and it succeeds admirably.

    Utilising eight colours plus white as well as multi layer printing, the 3.2 meter wide machine can operate as either roll-to-roll or flatbed. With resolutions of 600 or 1000 dpi, it develops 12 picoliter grey scale printing for excellent up close resolution.

  • Good things come in small packages

    The Memjet-powered Truepress Jet L250AQ proved an unlikely star turn on the PacPrint stand shared by Jet Technologies and Screen. Though dwarfed in size by the much larger and more powerful Screen L350UV inkjet digital label press, the tabletop roll-to-roll engine staked its claim to be taken seriously not only by label convertors but also by commercial printers looking for new markets.

    Partners in success, Jack Malki, director, Jet Technologies, (right) accepts the HotPick Award from Patrick Howard, Print21 to the approval of Peter Scott, managing director, Screen Australia.

    Partnerships mean a lot to Jack Malki, director of Jet Technologies, whether it’s with his customers or his agencies. At PacPrint he shared a stand with Screen, but he also made room for ink manufacturer, Pulse, as well as die-maker Kocher & Beck in addition to a range of Jet Technologies consumables. It’s a fitting indication of the breadth of offerings across multiple sectors from the Sydney-based company.

    While a lot of attention was on the new Pulse PureTone FPC flexo ink system, the label hardware, especially the top-of-the-range Screen L350UV drew most of the visitors. The multi-substrate, multi-market digital inkjet press has already proved a winner for Jet Technologies with at least three machines in the market.

    However, a new addition on the opposite side of the stand was in no danger of being overlooked despite its neat size. The Screen Truepress Jet L250AQ is a major departure for the digital label sector, a true disruptive technology.

    “At Jet Technologies we are constantly asking ourselves how we can continue to evolve and deliver a better range of products and services to our clients. In a world of ‘me too’ products we value partners that back themselves to develop something that is altogether different to the rest,” said Malki.
    There’s no doubt the Jet L250AQ meets that criteria. Billed as the ‘world’s first affordable digital label press’ it steps up as a productive engine that can hold its own in quality with the best. At speeds of up to 18 mpm and with 1600 x 1600 dpi quality, the memjet-enabled engine is perhaps the first iteration of the Australian-developed inkjet technology that harnesses its true potential.

    Certainly the samples output at the show left no doubt that it is a serious first step for commercial printers looking to enter the label sector, as well delivering more than adequate additional short-run capacity for label convertors of any size.

    It proved to be an irresistible candidate for a Print21 Technology HotPick at the show.

  • Covering all the bases

    Striking the right balance between speed, quality and versatility makes the Screen Truepress Jet W3200UV HS a real HotPick favourite.

    Pleased to accept on behalf of Screen GP: Tutsuo Hirose, from Japan, with local wide-format expert, Peter Townsend.

    There is a sweet spot in wide-format production that gives print operators the ability to compete and win jobs. The best technology is sized to the market, fitting between the expensive very large machines and the too small for production models. In this spot the Truepress Jet W3200UV HS has found its own fan base.

    The versatile flat-bed (or roll-to-roll) UV printer employs industry-leading print speeds for continuous production of a wide range of high-volume jobs while its unique continuous printing function maintains consistently high quality. At a class-leading speed of 230 m2 per hour it allows for the production of a wide-variety of high-volume jobs. A multi-layer printing function provides precise overprinting of up to eight layers as a standard feature. The new function allows each layer to be set individually with the most suitable print mode. This improves productivity and enables each job to be output at optimum quality.

  • Neon lights the way for Ricoh

    Look at this! Henryk Kraszewski, product & marketing manager production print with Melanie Withers, communications manager, show what the Ricoh Pro C7100X can do.

    A second neon toner – pink in addition to the existing yellow – adds more ‘pop’ to print from the Pro C7100X and wins it a Print21 Technology HotPick.

    Printing with a fifth toner station enormously increases the potential of the new Ricoh engine. Not only can printers now expand their gamut beyond CMYK they can choose from four different toners; clear gloss and white as well as neon yellow and, now, neon pink. This latter was first showcased on the Ricoh stand at PacPrint in a technology demonstration.

    The mix of toners taps into the growing demand for extra value printing, whether as spot coating or neon highlighting. White toner is proving to be hugely popular as digital printers move upstream in marketing applications. The Pro C7100X is also proving its worth in laying down an increased level of toner to the media to improve image quality on textured stocks for higher value output.

    A new vacuum feed LCIT enhances reliability with a three-belt paper pick up with side air fan. This ensures dependable feeding accuracy for a wide variety of media types, including coated, textured, coloured and clear media with weights up to 360gsm.

    And it won for Ricoh a Print21 Technology HotPick.

  • Precision drives print for Epson at PacPrint

    The underlying utility of PrecisionCore inkjet printing becomes more apparent with every passing year. The unique Epson imaging system powers printers across the widest range of applications from wide format to labels to fabric printing. At the company’s PacPrint stand visitors were treated to a master class in how to leverage the latest printing technology into real world applications.

    “Congratulations.” Patrick Howard awards the HotPick to Bruno Turcato, managing director of Epson Australia for the SurePress L-6034VW, with manifest approval from Roger Lundgren and Terry Crawford.

    A Technology HotPick was always on the cards for Epson if for no other reason than to acknowledge the industry leading efficiency of its PrecisionCore inkjet heads. The patented Piezo technology is being utilized across the entire range of Epson engines delivering unbeatable value and quality.  From fabrics to photos, labels to posters the same high standard of colour quality and productive output is redefining printers’ expectations.

    The compact show stand had something for everyone with brightly printed posters rolling out into the aisles. The SureColor S60600 and SureColor S80600 signage posters were hard to miss while the company’s signature photo quality desktop printers, the SureColor P5070 and the new SureColor P800 were able to demonstrate why the Epson marque remains the default choice of professional photographers when it comes to printing out photos.

    Faced with such a plenitude of technology nominations for the HotPick, the newly released digital label SurePress L-6034VW finally took the prize. First time shown at an Australian show, the UV-ink press is significantly faster than previous models at up to 15 mpm. It comes with a five-colour ink set that incorporates high-opacity white ink. A digital varnish can be applied with a selectable matte or gloss finish, on a spot basis or as a full sheet wash.

    Quality repro is assured by a sophisticated pinning of inks with LED partial curing lights. This ensures consistent and predictable imaging with minimal media alteration.

    Terry Crawford, business development manager for professional print at Epson, was well pleased with the HotPick for the SurePress L-6034VW. “We think it’s the type of machine that label convertors want. It’s quite unique and delivers a high-quality result,” he said.

  • Heading to the cloud for a better view

    Both sides now: Peter Janusik, national sales manager, accepts the award from Patrick Howard on the Kodak stand at PacPrint.

    Coming hot on the heels of the latest software release, Prinergy Cloud gains a Print21 Technology HotPick for its sheer utility and innovation.

    Prinergy Cloud is far more than software as a service (SaaS). It’s enhanced not only by secure global delivery; it has at its core, Decision Analytics, a business intelligence solution designed specifically for the printing industry. This powerful feature recognises that data needs to be not only accessible at all times, but should be able to translate easily into enhanced business decisions.

    To grow their own business printers recognise that unlocking valuable data in real time lets them access and understand printing costs not only today but how they trend over time.  By utilising Decision Analytics, print company owners can make fact-based decisions for improved planning and cost control while increasing the visibility of the enterprise.

    No wonder Prinergy Cloud got a Print21 Technology HotPick at PacPrint.

  • Lithocraft adds ‘razzamatazz’ to its MIS

    Bruce Manderson, FuseIT (left) with David Paola, IT manager, Lithocraft.

    Prominent Melbourne printing company Lithocraft has revitalised its Prism MIS and online systems by utilising services and solutions provided by FuseIT from Brisbane. Faced with the decision of keeping Prism, Lithocraft has decided to re-invest in its front end by creating browser based entry systems for its customers, staff, and suppliers.

    Nick O'Sullivan, Lithocraft.

    Nick O’Sullivan, managing director of Lithocraft, has a lot of good things to say about the venerable Prism MIS, which has been around since 1991 – but client-friendliness isn’t one of them. “Prism’s a pretty basic, production-oriented system. It has all the facts and figures and databases for our operations, but it doesn’t have the aesthetic look and feel and razzamatazz for a customer-facing interface,” O’Sullivan said.

    To help his clients connect better with his company, O’Sullivan turned to Australian-owned boutique software house FuseIT, which boasts more than 25 years of experience in the printing industry and software development. FuseIT, who specialise in online and integrated solutions for the printing industry, have enabled Lithocraft to engage with their customers by providing personalised sites and functionality, empowering their customers with instant live data and reporting. Bruce Manderson of FuseIT personally met with Lithocraft staff to help with the process.

    “FuseIT very much helped with the development of our software. Bruce took Prism to a more client-friendly interface, making it a lot more appealing and easier to use for our customers,” O’Sullivan said.

    With FuseIT’s help, Lithocraft has created a customer interface that’s easy for end users to operate, which can be customised for each individual client’s needs. “It’s made us more modern and progressive for our customers, who look for everything to be an online solution. Using FuseIT’s skillset, we’ve been able to customise our digital solutions to each client, so that’s made us more relevant in today’s business community,” O’Sullivan said.

  • Issue 914 – May 31, 2017

    The new broom at Printing Industries is sweeping out the remnants of past excesses. The swingeing loss of $1.27 million is a testament to bad management over the years. Members’ assets have been, if not squandered, at least exposed to an appalling lack of oversight and diligence. Full marks to outgoing president, Kieran May and new CEO Andrew Macaulay for drawing a line in the sand. New president Walter Kuhn now has  clear run to make the Association a vibrant and stable part of the industry.

    We wish Kieran May all the best for his future. He came to the fore in a turbulent time and made the hard yards on behalf of the members.

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

    Patrick Howard
    Publishing Editor

     

     

  • PIAA’s in the red after $1.7m revenue slump

    Printing Industries has posted a loss of $1.27 million for calendar year 2016 after income slumped from $3.9 million in 2015 to $2.2 million last year.

    CEO Andrew Macaulay says a forensic audit of operations ordered in July 2016 has revealed that the peak industry body has been “operating beyond its means for many years.”

    'Operating losses were not obvious'': Andrew Macaulay, CEO PIAA

    The value of the association’s total assets – including land, buildings and investments – has also fallen: from $11.3 million in 2015 to $9.2 million in 2016.

    The shock figures are revealed in the PIAA’s 92nd annual report, for the year ended December 2016. In his Chief Executive Officer Report, Macaulay tells members that operations have been “hindered also by antiquated operating systems and processes.”

    The CEO was appointed in May 2016 with a remit to review the operations of the association but the first stage of the process was to “settle the angst caused by too-sudden changes made in 2015, with little member consultation.”

    He says a new finance team appointed in July 2016 to complete a forensic audit of operations then uncovered that the association had been operating beyond its means for many years.

    According to Macaulay, operating losses were not obvious because the Association was living on the proceeds from shows such as PacPrint and PrintEx as well as the sale of the Association’s real estate.”Neither of these sources of income was sustainable. Industry trade shows are in decline worldwide, and assets must be managed for growth. The decline of participants in the industry is directly reflected in our decline in membership subscription,” says Macaulay.

    “The financial performance of the Association over the last 25 years is alarmingly reflected with a new degree of transparency in the following graphs [see below]. They show that subscription income has been in constant decline since the 1996 peak of $3.8M, to less than half that in 2016 of $1.74M.”

    The intention now is for the Association to get back in the black within three years by following a new strategy known as the ‘Three Pillars.’ This has a focus on industry advocacy, workplace relations and valuable services to members.

    “The Association’s re-alignment to operating within the Three Pillars strategy has already resulted in the operating budget being set within income forecasts, and staffing being optimised,” says Macaulay.

    “We are transitioning to a sustainable model that doesn’t rely on asset sales and declining trade shows, we will inspire membership renewal, and our performance will be the springboard for success. It is my intention, with the support of your Board, the staff team, and most importantly, the membership, to return the Printing Industries Association of Australia to being the pre-eminent voice of the largest manufacturing sector in Australia.”

    'We are now on the right path': Kieran May, president PIAA

    Outgoing PIAA president Kieran May says the 2016 result has been “15 years in the making” but he’s confident the association can now move forward.

    “We demanded a forensic analysis of our finances and the results revealed in this report reflect that diligence,” says May. “They make apparent what this Board, and many prior Boards, had suspected. In response, we have approved long-overdue capital expenditure to bring our management and information systems up-to-date, and we will immediately see the benefit in Q2 2017.

    May says the result has been at least 15 years in the making and believes “responsibility should be borne by every Board (and State and National Council), director, CEO and every senior manager throughout that time. It is, however, the future that will define your Association and I am confident we are now on the right path.”

    May anounced last week he was stepping down from the role of president and will be replaced by Walter Kuhn.

    Here is the table showing the PIAA’s statement of income:

  • PacPrint sales to top $20 million

    PacPrint 2017

    PacPrint 2017, incorporating Visual Impact Melbourne, has confirmed itself as the region’s leading B2B market place for print, sign and display, with business transacted on the exhibition floor looking certain to top AUD $20 million and initial feedback from both exhibitors and visitors overwhelmingly positive.

     “Data from both our own information sources and from our exhibitors is still being collected, however informal feedback at the close of the show on Friday indicated that the sales tally from just three of the larger exhibitors was expected to top $15 million, with others reporting strong – although as yet untallied – sales totals,” said Peter Harper, GM for Trade Shows & Publications for organisers, Visual Connections.

    “Visitor numbers were down on 2013, which was not unexpected given the continuing consolidation of the industry over the past four years, but daily visitor numbers were comparable to the previous iteration, without the sharp drops seen in shows over the past decade.”

    More than 150 organisations exhibited at the event, with the show’s mix continuing to change with the industries it represents. Digital technologies, automation and workflow were key themes, with a dominance of digital presses and wide-format technologies demonstrated on site, and – on the back of the increasing versatility of print equipment – the range of media on show was also diverse.

    Fabric took centre-stage on many stands, often in association with increasingly creative display systems, with plenty of dye-sub and inkjet options on show as well as direct-to-garment printing. For the sign and display sector, this was complemented with equipment and media for everything from pull-up banners to braille signage, LED and other illumination options.

    graphic art mart

    Packaging solutions were also evident, perhaps more so than in recent years, and photographers and designers who visited the show were astonished at the range of options available for printed images and applications. PacPrint 2017 will also be remembered as the show where 3D print took the leap from ‘novelty’ to ‘serious’ status, with several exhibitors demonstrating proven solutions in this key area.

    Increasing value for visitors was an informative and inspirational Forum and Workshop program. The final day’s program kicked off with a fascinating and challenging keynote address from film and rescue pilot and drone expert, Jerry Grayson, on the qualities of leadership, making and owning your decisions and facing disruption.

    This was followed by sessions on building business potential through tenders and grants – with Ceilia Jordaan from Ichiban Commercial Solutions providing practical advice on the competitive tender process and John MacDonald from AusIndustry outlining potential opportunities and incentives available to business through Government programs. Jordaan also ran a more ‘hands on’ session in the Workshop Theatrette, followed by David Carter from the Packaging Council of Australia, who took delegates through the Industry Values & Best Practice Program developed by the PCA and Printing Industries.

    Outside the MCEC, the team from the University of Newcastle were also delighted with the response to their large-scale demonstration of printed solar panels, saying that as well as strong interest from the public, more than half the visitors who engaged with them over the four-day event were from the print and related industries, auguring well for the UON’s plan to get suppliers and print professionals involved in taking this technology to market.

    The show avoided the Friday afternoon blues, with several people – from both within and outside the industry – commenting on the high numbers still in the aisles as the 4pm close rolled around, and business still being transacted right up to (and beyond) the last minute.

    It was typical of the show overall, with exhibitors saying the ‘quality’ of visitors was obvious and very welcome, particularly as they were seeing not only print, sign and graphic communications businesses, but also designers, photographers and key specifiers from large retail, pharmaceutical and photographic businesses.

    All, say exhibitors, were enthusiastic about making connections, gathering information and engaging in genuine discussions about how various technologies, services and consumables could benefit their businesses. This is supported by an initial breakdown of the visitor cohort, which suggests that well over half were business owners, CEOs, Managing Directors or senior managers – confirming the event’s long-held reputation as a ‘decision makers show’.

    “We will learn more as we analyse our own information, and exhibitors go back to the office to tally their figures and leads from the show,” said PacPrint Chair, Adrian Fleming, as exhibitors began the task of packing up their displays, “but numbers will never tell the whole story.

    “What is perhaps most pleasing is the positive mood around the industry which was so evident at the show and the appreciation from both visitors and exhibitors for the opportunity to see a range of solutions under one roof, and to connect with colleagues, partners and peers within the industry. This is where the true value of these events lies, and it was successfully delivered during PacPrint 2017.”

     

     

  • CMYKhub buys Lotsa manufacturing

    Trade printer CMYKhub has expanded into Far North Queensland with the purchase of a manufacturing facility and machinery from Lotsa Printing.

    'Everyone's happy': Peter Martin, Lotsa Printing.

    Lotsa’s retail operations in Cairns, Townsville and Port Douglas have been sold separately by owners Peter and Beverley Martin to Lotsa GM Marty Griffiths and will remain open for business as usual. Peter Martin is staying on for now as a consultant with the retail side. Lotsa Printing will become a client of CMYKhub.

    “We’ve purchased the production side of the Lotsa business and we’ll move machinery from the wide-format facility based at Cairns into the existing digital and offset plant in Port Douglas, which will become the new CMYKhub manufacturing base in FNQ,” says Craig Graham, group operations manager, CMYKhub.

    The leading trade printer already operates manufacturing hubs in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

    “It’s one of those sales where everyone’s happy,” says former Lotsa co-owner Peter Martin. “We’ve known the guys from CMYKhub for a long time and we’re all friendly and have common goals.

    “It’s worked out well for Bev and myself. We’ve achieved a good result, even though with the business being split, it is a little different than we expected when we first put it up for sale last year.

    “Marty has been with us 17 years and is an exceptionally good guy. He already runs the retail and he was very keen on taking on that side of the business.  Our production staff are excited to have CMYKhub involved in the deal.”

    Trent Nankervis, managing director of CMYKhub, says: “The opportunity to support customers and employment in FNQ by manufacturing print locally will ensure that printed media continues to be a viable option for marketing of the vital tourism industry in the region.

    “As a trusted national trade supplier, we look forward to supplying offset, digital and wide format products to all resellers of print in Far North Queensland with support from our Brisbane team and facility.

    “All resellers of print in FNQ will now have access to CMYKhub’s trade pricing and full range of products with selected offset, digital and wide format products being produced from the Port Douglas facility.

    “Peter and his team at Lotsa Printing have set the standard in FNQ over the past 22 years. We wish both Peter and Marty every success as they concentrate their efforts on the retail business of Lotsa Printing.”

    Lotsa’s 16-year-old house publication Lotsa Laughs, a paean to political incorrectness, will continue publishing its quarterly run of 2,000 copies for at least the next year.

    “We’ll still be providing Lotsa Laughs on a contract basis for the next 12 months or so,” says Martin, “provided we can maintain the same standards.”

     

     

  • Keep Me Posted delivers in Canberra

    'It actually means having to pay extra to receive information': Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs, Tim Hammond.

    Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs Tim Hammond boosted the Keep Me Posted campaign with a private motion calling on the government to bring forward legislation to give consumers the right to receive communications from companies by post for no extra fee.

    Since its launch in April 2016, Keep Me Posted has been advocating for legislative change to restore consumer protection against unfair paper fees.

    Addressing the House of Representatives, WA MP Hammond said: “The digital divide means so much more than simply missing out on the most recent season of House of Cards or Game of Thrones. It actually means having to pay extra to receive information, including statutorily mandated information, from utilities, financial service providers, telcos and other companies. It means paying extra to receive information that they can barely afford to pay for.

    “Technological evolution leaves people behind, and those left behind are often defined by age, income level, educational attainment and remoteness.”

    Kellie Northwood, Executive Director, Keep Me Posted, was at Parliament House in Canberra as Hammond introduced the private motion.

    “The charges are disproportionate to the cost incurred by business': Kellie Northwood, executive director, Keep Me Posted.

    “The Telstra Digital Inclusion Index shows that the most digitally excluded communities are people aged 65 and over, people with disability, Indigenous Australians, new migrants, people in the low income bracket or not in paid employment,” says Northwood.

    “Currently, 3.5 million Australians do not have home internet access and ACCC’s Scamwatch reports 42% of scams are delivered by email or on the email – we must follow our international colleagues and provide consumer protection for Australians.

    In the debate, the Member for MacKellar Jason Falinski responded for the Government: “The Minister for Small Business, the member for Riverina, has responsibility for consumer affairs in this place. As such, he met with the Keep Me Posted organisation a number of times to discuss how to address their concerns around the availability and cost of paper billing.

    “While some of the issues may be covered by existing provisions of the Australian Consumer Law, the concerns raised must be taken seriously. The Minister for Small Business has informed me that he has asked the Treasury to look into these issues.”

    Northwood says: “The charges are disproportionate to the cost incurred by business. If it is a cost of doing business it should be included upfront so consumers can accurately assess in an open market rather be hit by hidden fees later in the transactional process. We ask all sides of politics to support legislative change and provide a representative voice to Australians.”

     

     

  • The New LEP – Trade Printing. Redefined.

    30 May, 2017 —There are three external elements to LEP’s re-launch – the brand change, a new shop front (public website) and the new shop My LEP (integrated ordering system). However, there is more to this than just an outside change at LEP, we have also changed how we partner and support our clients by investing to make their businesses more profitable.

    Our New Brand

    Our customers and their consumer needs are constantly transforming, Trade printing is constantly evolving technologically and culturally. It’s change or get changed out, a challenge that we have taken head on at LEP.

    For the last year and a half, we have worked intensively with this new ambition and are about to launch the next stage.

    On May 11, we started on this new journey with our new visual identity – the first of many changes.

    Our coloured cog style logo and previous brand has been replaced with a brand that reflects how we want to be perceived in the future – capturing the technical nature of printing, its pulse and speed.

    The branding is the just the first part of the customer story, but was actually the last part of LEP’s change journey.

    Our New Website

    The LEP web site has been completely redesigned to reflect our new brand and also provide our customers an unprecedented amount of information and helpful resources. This is also the first time our website has been fully accessible from phones and tablets.

    The updated site includes enhanced navigation and a revised content structure with the sole intent of delivering the same experience we give to our customers when they order with us – it’s fast, it’s responsive and it’s friendly.

    We have extended our customer support even further with live chat inside our ordering system and a dedicated support centre for customers to get their questions answered quickly.

    Unlike our old website, plenty of information regarding our growing product line including our print options and stock can be found right on each product page. Plenty of resources such as our artwork guidelines and print templates are available there too. These pages prominently feature LEP’s forte range; Australia’s largest same day and next day dispatch product range.

    We needed to give customers an easier way to see LEP, our people, and our vision to partner with their print business. Hence, we’ve put a lot of effort into the site presentation with photos, video and graphics so that our customers get a real sense of who we are.

    Before we started work on our new website, we had already set out to evolve online trade printing with our new ordering system, My LEP (formerly LEP Online), which has been a year and a half in the making. It’s the true cornerstone of our business and its redevelopment is the biggest innovation LEP has done in years.

    My LEP – Our new online ordering system

    My LEP is our fully integrated system which covers quoting and ordering through to manufacturing and distribution. It’s seamless and very cutting edge technology, whilst enabling customers to customise any job detail. Providing different service needs to different clients.

    My LEP has redefined how you order, with a modern user interface reinforcing our new brand and streamlined menus to an easy product selection. At any time day or night, you can browse millions of product options, prices and quantities and order instantly. Click on the product icon to view and compare product options online for various quantities, stocks and even the speed of delivery all on one screen.

    Customers can view all the courier services on offer based on the delivery address and then choose the courier and the service level that suits their client for every order with just one click.  There is also the added benefit when you consolidate orders by delivering several jobs to the same address – you will see a reduced freight rate, saving real dollars and valuable profit.

    We have upgraded a favourite to personalise every order by having your logo printed on all your orders that we dispatch to your clients.  Without a trace of LEP branding or address details it looks as though it comes straight from your business.  Hence, we take special care to adequately package and protect your pint jobs as we know it reflects on our customers.

    My LEP uses the fully integrated support features and resources on lepcolourprinters.com.au including the online chat feature to assist customers’ right when they need help. There are also lots of other changes to assist clients to view job and customer history and re-order.

    We have changed about every element of LEP business and met the demand created through lean manufacturing, product and service offering, with our new sites. We are now about to embrace the next transformation, in the never ending journey of continuous improvement as a 100% trade print partner.

    The Promotion

    To celebrate the NEW LEP we will be encouraging customers to take advantage of our 20% off all Digital products promotion, throughout June.  This promotion includes our same day dispatch range and all digital product types, business cards, loyalty cards, flyers, brochures, corporate folders and even magazines.

    Customers just need to log on to my.lepcolourprinters.com.au (My LEP) to join the celebration sale.

     

  • Major victory over patent trolls

    "Patent trolls are on the retreat," says Harvey Levenson, Cal Poly Professor Emeritus

    The printing industry has won a major victory in one of the largest of the most recent patent troll cases against original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

    In a decision handed down in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas – Marshall Division, the Court ruled that CTP Innovations, LLC v. Quad/Graphics, Inc. was dismissed.

    This was the last of the alleged patent infringement cases filed by CTP Innovations and High Quality Printing Innovations to be dismissed.

    The plaintiffs’ attorneys in the previous cases and in the Quad/Graphics case were unsuccessful in their demands for license fees to use technology common to some of the most basic equipment provided by OEMs and used by the printing industry’s service providers.

    “Let this be a lesson to other patent trolls attempting to extort funds from printing industry service providers and OEMs using equipment and software generic to the industry,” says Harvey Levenson, Cal Poly Professor Emeritus, who wrote two White Papers on the matter over the past two years.

    Levenson defines a patent troll as…”a company or individual having nothing to do with developing and distributing the technology that patents teach, but buys-up patents for the sole purpose of exploiting individuals or companies using technology that even remotely relates to a patent’s claims.”

    The lead attorney who successfully defended the accused printers and OEMs, Nate St. Clair, was unable to discuss the terms of any settlement; however, he indicated that Quad/Graphics was happy with the overall outcome in this case. In fact, according to St. Clair, Quad/Graphics was prepared to defend this litigation through trial.

    “While all of the cases have been dismissed, the patents still exist, and the industry should be vigilant of any further suits,” says St. Clair. “Though it is not likely to happen in the case of this plaintiff, it could happen with other plaintiffs and other patents describing software-driven technology for the printing industry.”

     

     

     

     

  • Preserve our Print Heritage

    James Cryer and Scott Telfer of the Society of Old Friends with a copy of an Australian Commonwealth Gazette from 1941

    THE PRESIDENT AND COMMITTEE OF THE SOCIETY OF OLD FRIENDS …

    Have pleasure in inviting you to our Preserve our Print Heritage.

    This meeting is dedicated to just that: remembering and recalling, in this case, past (or recently departed) companies associated with the Printing Industry.
    Please invite a friend.

    Date: Tuesday 30th May 2017
    Time: 7pm Roseville Golf Club. 4 Links Avenue Roseville NSW 2069
    Cost: $45.00
    Dinner: main course plus cheese plate, drinks at bar prices
    RSVP: Friday 26th May 2017.

    Old Friend: James Cryer 0408 291 508, Peter O’Hanlon 0418 239 780 or Scott Telfer 0413 382 528. Email: James Cryer – james@jdaprintrecruit.com.au

    Join us, in what is a unique opportunity to reconstruct a profile of ”what our industry looked like” over the past 40-odd years!

    We may be very good at putting ink on paper, but we’re not always so good at recognising and remembering those companies which made it all possible. And in this era of transformation and consolidation there have never been so many companies, so rapidly, disappearing off the face of the planet!

    Here is the perfect opportunity to write down the names of those companies – commercial offset, packaging, mailing, etc – and don’t forget the suppliers, be it of ink, paper or equipment. Don’t worry about short-term memory loss – it’s your long-term brain-power we need!

    So come along and reminisce about those companies who are no longer with us. Bring your own Kleenex.

    James Cryer,
    Secretary,
    Australian Society of Old Friends

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