Archive for August, 2017

  • Spicers’ $1.7m profit on $380 million revenue

    Paper merchant Spicers has reported a statutory profit after tax of $1.7 million in the 2016-17 financial year, a drop of $3.6 million from its result in 2015-16.

    In its full year results, the company posted sales revenue of $380.7 million for the financial year, a 3.1 percent decline from the previous year. The $1.7 million profit after tax represents less than one percent of the company’s sales revenue.

    David Martin, CEO Spicers.

    A drop in sales for the commercial printing sector was partially offset by a rise in sign and display, while growth in New Zealand and Asia offset a weaker Australian result. “While volumes continue to decline and trading conditions remain tough in our commercial print markets, it is pleasing to report that we have been able to deliver an increase in group underlying earnings with good results from our New Zealand and Asian businesses and a reduction in continuing corporate costs as activities continue to be rationalised,” said David Martin, CEO.

    Spicers ended the financial year with $31.8 million net cash, 3.8 percent higher than in 2016. “I am also pleased to be able to confirm an operating cash inflow of $6.3 million for FY2017, with the Australian business in particular delivering a significant turnaround on the prior year due to a strong focus on cash and working capital.

    “Our changed approach to portfolio and product segmentation has delivered profitable growth in Sign and Display and other diversified categories, while we continue to focus on maximising our positions and returns in our Print and Packaging markets. I am confident this approach will also bring future growth opportunities as we move forward,” said Martin.

    Spicers, formerly PaperlinX, this year resolved a deadlock with its hybrid shareholders, who have taken a 68.3 percent stake in the company. Chairman Robert Kaye and non-executive director Michael Barker will step down as part of the deal, which will see three new directors appointed in an extraordinary general meeting on September 6. The Board has backed its nominees, Malcolm McComas and David Stillman, over Todd Plutsky and Vlad Artamonov, two candidates put forward by New York private equity firm Coastal Capital, which held 19 percent of the hybrid securities. Former CEO Andrew Preece is also standing for a position.

  • Queensland label converter takes plates digital

    (L-R) Shane Kuo, Wayne Maxted and Gary Shaw from Super Labels.

    Gold Coast label house Super Labels has upgraded its platemaking capabilities with the addition of a new computer-to-plate machine from Screen GP.

    The Screen PlateRite FX870II, supplied by Jet Technologies, is capable of digitally producing flexo, offset and letterpress plates at up to 4800 dpi, and will be a major boost to Super Labels’ conventional production capabilities. “We understand the need to stay ahead with technology and have progressively digitalised production over recent years. There is still strong demand for letterpress, flexo and offset printed labels, particularly for longer runs and special converting processes such as coating and varnishing for chemical hazard labels where it is essential that this information on these labels remains readable despite the harsh conditions they are exposed to,” said Shane Kuo, managing director of Super Labels.

    Peter Scott, MD, Screen GP Australia

    Screen is the world’s largest manufacturer of computer-to-plate devices, and the long-standing relationship between Super Labels and Jet Technologies made the FX870II a natural choice. “Jet Technologies has an excellent relationship with Super Labels with their broad range of consumables and services; we are delighted that they chose our PlateRite FX870-II as their CtP and look forward to many years of good service for this growing label printer,” said Peter Scott, managing director of Screen.

    The new CTP device will help Super Labels produce longer runs, as well as labels that require special varnishing and coating such as chemical labels, on its conventional presses. The family-owned business in Nerang prints labels for the chemical and pharma, cosmetics, food and beverage, and promotional industries on both digital and conventional machines, including an HP Indigo WS6800 seven-colour inkjet press and a rotary letterpress machine from Labelmen International. The FX870II allows the converter to raise both its high standard of quality and its green credentials, says Wayne Maxted, pre-press manager. “With the use of Screen CtP technology we now have no film and no silver-based chemicals, which improves our environmentally-focused ethics and offers the latest, highest quality digital and conventional label print quality,” he said.

  • US companies dominate folding box market

    Hannapak at North Richmond, NSW

    US packaging giant WestRock’s purchase of Australian folding box converter HannaPak continues a period of consolidation that sees US manufacturers all but dominate this valuable sector of Australia’s packaging market, according to the latest edition of Pulp & Paper Edge (Edition 144).

    WestRock and US-based Graphic Packaging International – which purchased Colorpak in 2016 –  now control an estimated 43% of the Australian cartonboard market. Converter New Anzpac was also sold in the last month, to Hong-Kong based interests.

    The latest developments – downstream converting operations changing hands – will consolidate the sector, tightening the local market, says the pulp and paper industry bible.

    Over time, supply implications – where the base cartonboard comes from – may well be significant, especially given the new role of major US based cartonboard suppliers.

     Folding Boxes account for around 180,000 tonnes of cartonboard per annum, with imported fully converted product a significant element of the industry.

    Cartonboard, the material used to make, for example, cereal boxes, hold six packs of boutique beers, encase pharmaceuticals and high-end products like new phones and tablets, is the latest fibre packaging sector to go through rationalisation and consolidation. The exercise has been underway for at least two years, and it may not be done yet.

    Imports of Cartonboard by Main Grade

    Imports of cartonboard are stable at 126.7 kt for 2016-17. Pre-converted folding box imports had declined over the last two years, but have recovered a little ground in recent months, even though the average price has risen to record highs. The total market appears to have fallen below the 180 kt estimate of recent years, says Pulp & Paper Edge.

    Despite the WestRock/HannaPak deal and 2016’s Graphic Packaging International/Colorpak deal, the sector remains relatively unconsolidated, at least when compared to the corrugated carton sector, dominated by Visy and Orora.

     Coupled with the latest acquisitions, a softening market is expected to result in further sector consolidation, over time.

    The August 2017 edition of Pulp & Paper Edge (Edition 144) is now available from the IndustryEdge website at


  • $2bn Visy expansion to create 5,000 jobs

    Anthony Pratt with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at Visy’s Tumut mill in NSW.

    Australia’s richest man, cardboard king Anthony Pratt, says he will invest $2 billion over the next decade to expand his Visy cardboard and recycling business in Australia and create 5,000 new jobs.

     Pratt announced the plan alongside Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at Visy’s $1.1 billion pulp and paper mill at Tumut in southern NSW. The mill just completed a $100 million upgrade.

    “We are one of the most environmentally committed companies so much of the $2 billion will be spent on technologies that not only create high-paying manufacturing jobs, but also enhance sustainability and energy security,” said Pratt.

    Visy currently has 120 sites in Australia and that could expand that to 200 over the next decade. Pratt said Visy would build more clean energy plants and investigate bringing in Swedish technology that incinerates waste with zero emissions.

    “Part of that $2 billion will certainly be spent on clean energy plants. We’ve got three already – Tumut, Coolaroo in Melbourne, and Brisbane – and we’re about to have a fourth in Sydney.

    Pratt Industries, Visy’s sister company, plans a similar $2 billion investment in the United States, which Pratt announced to President Donald Trump at a dinner in New York in May.

    Trump said at the time: “To Anthony Pratt, who just pledged $2 billion, and that peanuts for Anthony, if you know Anthony. Come on Anthony, you can do better than that. Thank you, thank you very much, Anthony, that’s beautiful.”

    Pratt – who’s personal fortune is estimated at $12.6 billion – also welcomed the arrival of US retail giant Amazon in Australia. “We’ve had discussions, but I can’t say much more than that. But I will say Amazon is a great company.

    “Amazon is one of our most important and biggest customers in the United States. They have grown from zero in 1997 to become the world’s largest buyer of corrugated boxes.”



  • OfficeMax deal could hike prices: ACCC

    The corporate watchdog has again delayed its decision over the proposed acquisition of OfficeMax by US private equity firm Platinum Equity, citing competition concerns.

    Platinum recently acquired the Australian and New Zealand businesses of Staples [to be rebranded as Winc] and the proposed deal would give the California-based investment firm two of the three major chains in Australia’s $10 billion-a-year office supplies market.

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has flagged initial concerns in relation to the proposed acquisition of OfficeMax Australia by Platinum Equity, said the ACCC in a statement.

    The ACCC has today outlined its preliminary view that combining Staples and OfficeMax may substantially lessen competition in the supply of traditional office products such as stationery, notebooks, and copy paper to large commercial and government customers in Australia.

    ‘Could result in higher prices’: ACCC Commissioner Roger Featherstone

    “The ACCC’s primary concern is that the loss of competition between Staples and OfficeMax could result in higher prices and lower levels of service,” said ACCC Commissioner Roger Featherston.

    “We are considering the extent to which other competitors will have the ability to compete with a combined Staples/OfficeMax for large customers after the acquisition.”

    The ACCC is also considering a competing bid by Complete Office Supplies to acquire OfficeMax.

    “The ACCC considers each merger review on its merits and the facts presented during the review,” said Featherston.

    The commission had planned to announce its ruling on the OfficeMax proposal by 20 July but has now requested further submissions.

    The ACCC invites further submissions from interested parties in response to the Statement of Issues by 7 September 2017. The ACCC’s final decision is currently set to be announced on 16 November 2017.

    The Statement of Issues is available on the ACCC’s Public Register: Platinum Equity – proposed acquisition of OfficeMax Australia.

    In Australia, Staples and OfficeMax supply office products, primarily to business and government customers through online ordering platforms. Both businesses also offer a range of printing, print management and marketing services.

    Platinum has announced it will rebrand Staples as Winc from September 4

  • Society of Old Friends visits Penrith Museum

    1880s Wharfedale stop cylinder printing press at the Penrith Museum of Printing.

    The Society of Old Friends has organised a visit to the newly refurbished Penrith Museum of Printing at Penrith Raceway on Tuesday 29th August.

    Guest speaker Dr. Stephanus Peters will address a lunch meeting of the Australian chapter of the Society of Old Friends – the local branch of an organisation set up in England a century ago to foster and encourage fellowship among members of the printing industry.

    “While membership has traditionally been by the ‘tap on the shoulder,’ the Sydney branch has thrown open membership to anyone of good intent who is interested in contributing in some way to preserving our valuable heritage,” says Old Friend and JDA Print Recruitment founder, James Cryer.


    Have pleasure in inviting you to Penrith Museum of Printing tour with special guest speaker Dr. Stephanus Peters.

    Date: Tuesday 29th August 2017 Time: 11:15AM for 11:30AM

    Venue: Penrith Printing of Museum

    In the grounds of the Penrith Showground/Paceway Corner of Mulgoa Road & Ransley Street, Penrith.

    Cost: $40 including Lunch & donation to the Museum

    Lunch will be at Penrith Paceway and pay as you go bar.

    RSVP: Friday 25th August 2017.

    Old Friend: Scott Telfer 0413 382 528 or James Cryer – 0408 291 508

    Email: James Cryer –

    The purpose of the Penrith Museum of Printing is to collect, conserve, operate and showcase letterpress printing machinery and equipment so as to keep alive the history, knowledge and skills of letterpress printing for present and future generations.

    A group tour at the Penrith Museum of Printing




  • Nexpress SX3300 for sale

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    The Kodak NexPress SX3300 Digital Production Colour Press can help drive more jobs per shift and more profit per page, energizing your business today and into the future. The NexPress SX3300 Press is the most flexible press in the SX family, offering the widest array of Fifth Colour Imaging Unit Solutions to meet your expanding application needs.

    The versatile NexPress SX Platform is designed to print on the widest range of substrates—more than 800 are supported. With offset press-like paper handling, a variety of sizes, weights, thicknesses, and surfaces are printed with consistency and reliability. Print on coated and uncoated paper, plastics, magnets, and linen stock.

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  • Rawson Print buys Burwood Press

    (l-r) Rawson Print Co. directors Andrew Price, Shane Wildash and Lachlan Finch.

    Sydney printing company Rawson Print has acquired commercial printer and packaging specialist Burwood Press, based at Yagoona in Sydney’s south-west, with an eye on the packaging market.

    Rawson will move the Burwood Press operation, including some staff and machinery, into its facility at Macquarie Park in Sydney’s north-west. The deal, signed on Friday, was announced in a joint media statement.

    This acquisition fits squarely with Rawson Print Co’s strategy to vertically integrate packaging and introduce wide format printing.

    Burwood Press has provided commercial printing and packaging solutions for more than 40 years and has a reputation as being one of Sydney’s premier boutique offset printing, wide format and specialised packaging manufacturers.

     “They’re strong in packaging and it was a good fit,” said Shane Wildash, one of three directors at Rawson Print Co, along with partners Lachlan Finch and Andrew Price.

    “Burwood Press is an incredibly well-run and innovative commercial print and packaging manufacturer with a long-standing history in Sydney, servicing some of Australia’s most well-known brands,” said Wildash. “Burwood Press’ focus on quality, packaging design and wide format capabilities were major draw cards for us. We very much look forward to combining forces to enhance our value proposition to clients and the broader marketing community in Sydney.”

    ‘A great cultural fit’: Bernard Sankey, MD Burwood Press

    Bernard Sankey, MD, Burwood Press said: “Our committed staff will be an excellent addition to the team at Rawson Print Co. Over the years, Ray Fell and I have enjoyed working together with our staff to provide outstanding customer service, always doing things in a professional manner. Joining Rawson Print Co gives our staff a bright future, building upon their passion. Going through this process, I believe there is a great cultural fit between both companies, sharing great values and exceptional experience.”

    Sankey says he spoke to his staff on Tuesday and will be staying on during the transition.

    According to the statement, Burwood Press’ dynamic team will integrate into Rawson Print Co’s Sydney-based production facility in Macquarie Park, New South Wales, complementing its Indigo digital, offset sheet-fed A1 and A2 HUV multi- colour press capabilities.

     Through the combined businesses, Rawson Print Co will be positioned to continue to serve customers as a market leader in the commercial, digital and packaging print sectors in NSW.

    Australian-owned Burwood Press has been in business for more than 40 years and offered full colour offset, digital and large format printing.

    The former Rawson Graphics last year rebranded as Rawson Print Co. in a lavish event attended by over 200 marketing, design and printing industry workers at Circular Quay in Sydney.

    Award-winning Rawson Print was the first printer in Australia to install a Komori Lithrone HUV 29 press.





  • “How can we?” Women in Print steps forward

    Women in Print 2017 in Sydney

    Walking into a networking event for a new industry you’ve entered is a lot like going to a party where you know no one – you’ll shuffle to find a seat, politely smile to strangers and sip your drink to fill silences. It’s before 8am and an elegant welcome to the Establishment Ballroom, a name tag and room full of energetic women completely removed any predisposition I had for the morning – welcome to Women in Print.

    In its 10th year visiting cities around Australia, the Sydney breakfast opened with an insightful Q and A by Visual Connections general manager Karen Goldsmith to Kirsten Taylor, co-owner of Taylor’d Press. Discussing topics from work-life balance to strengthening the voice of women across the industry, I came to realise our common goal as attendees was not “how can I,” but rather, “how can we” become more proactive in showcasing and developing ourselves in print. With knives and forks down, the tea and coffee cooling towards the bottom of our cups, our attention turned to the stage with the answers to how we can make our influence.

    Guest speaker Bernadette Schwerdt was introduced with an impressive list of titles and accomplishments, but what captivated me more was her presence and ability to hold the attention of all from start to finish of her talk. Informative yet humorous, confident yet relaxed, Schwerdt encouraged us with tips and tricks to become stronger communicators regardless of the size of our audience or topic of presentation. Hailing from all the different sectors print has to offer, there’s no doubting the women in the room walked away with a refreshing understanding of how we can continue to showcase our accomplishments, both present and future.

    I came into Women in Print with my previous party presumptions and left with, not only a sense of welcome and inclusion to the print industry, but also an eagerness to learn, grow and begin to make my influence…as well as a customised, HP Indigo printed bottle of wine.

    Guest speaker Bernadette Schwerdt

  • Issue 938 – Aug 23, 2017

    Long live print… and post. The decision of the Federal Government to conduct a nationwide postal ballot on Same Sex Marriage is unwittingly a vote of confidence in printing. With over 16 million letters individually addressed and delivered, containing 40 million sheets of print – forms and instructions – it’s a stunning example of how printing remains the ultimate media of trust. The whole exercise could be done online perhaps with people logging on to Facebook, being sent emails, watching television ads and receiving Twitter messages. But who really believes that’s a viable alternative?

    When it comes to getting in touch with the nation, print and post remains the way to go.

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

    Patrick Howard
    Publishing Editor

  • Printed billboards ‘resilient’: APN Outdoor

    Outdoor advertiser APN Outdoor boosted first half 2017 revenue by 8% to $162.3 million, despite taking a loss of $3.38 million on its $1.6 billion failed merger attempt with oOh!Media.

    Earnings before tax were up 7% to $37.2 million.

    ‘Classic billboard revenue was resilient’: Outgoing APN Outdoor CEO Richard Herring

    The biggest revenue growth area was the billboard category, up 20% to $84.6m. Digital screens contributed more than one-third of revenues, while ‘classic’ billboards performed better than expected.

    “The first half of this year saw the company continue to grow revenue through the combination of additional digital screens and overall market growth,” Richard Herring, the retiring CEO of APN Outdoor, told the ASX.

    “With 16 new screens added to APN Outdoor’s portfolio over the first half, the company now has 103 Elite Screens across Australia and New Zealand. Digital screen revenues continue to represent over one-third of Group revenues, and will continue to grow in line with demand and the company’s focused growth strategy.

    “Notwithstanding the increase in digital screens and associated revenue, classic billboard revenue was resilient and performed better than expected in the first half.”

    Herring said that so far this year the company had successfully renewed three key contracts: the Tullamarine Freeway, the Sydney State Transit contract for Sydney Buses and the Adelaide Metro contract.

    The proposed merger with oOh!Media was cancelled after the ACCC expressed concerns over the lack of competition.




  • PIAA slams ‘7-Eleven Bill’

    Printing Industries has called for significant changes to the Vulnerable Workers Bill – also known as the ‘7-Eleven bill’ – saying it would place an unfair burden on print franchise employers.

    ‘The Bill will penalise the majority to police a few’: Andrew Macaulay, CEO PIAA

    “The Bill makes the mistake of assuming that every franchisor has control, influence and a direct line of sight over the workplace relations practices of each of its franchisees, when they don’t,” says PIAA CEO Andrew Macaulay.  “Whilst this was the case in the well-publicised 7-Eleven cases, for a range of practical and commercial reasons it’s rarely the case in the franchising sector; nor should it be required to be so.’’

    The Turnbull Government’s Bill to increase policing of workplace laws in the franchising sector is currently making its way through the Senate.

    “On its face, the Bill makes franchisors and holding companies responsible for underpayments by franchisees or subsidiaries where they knew or ought to have reasonably known of contraventions of workplace relations laws, and failed to take reasonable steps to prevent them,” says Macaulay.

    The Printing Industries CEO has accused the Federal Opposition is trying to use the proposed legislation to target all employers.

    ‘’As anticipated, yet even more extreme, the Federal Opposition is using the Bill as a vehicle both to increase every employers’ workplace responsibilities and push increased workplace liabilities beyond the franchising sector to contracting, labour hire and the supply chain.’’

    Macaulay says two prominent Senate crossbenchers are pushing amendments to the Bill that have been proposed by Printing Industries.

    “In line with lobbying from Printing Industries, key Senate crossbenchers Liberal Democratic Party’s David Leyonhjelm and Australian Conservatives’ Cory Bernardi are advocating changes to soften the effects of the Bill.  Their amendments would help ensure that franchisors are not held accountable unless they are genuinely responsible for the workplace relations conduct of franchisees.”

    Printing Industries maintains that with or without amendments, the Bill will penalise the majority of businesses to police a few.

    “The bottom line is that businesses will face increased red tape; paperwork trails; auditing and internal costs, in order to try to reduce risks,” Macaulay says.

      The Senate is likely to resume its consideration of the Bill in the week of 4 September.



  • Industrial printing to hit $115bn in five years

    The global industrial printing market will grow to $114.8 billion by 2022, according to new data from print research group Smithers Pira. 

    Report author Sean Smyth of Smithers Pira

    Industrial and functional printing applications are all seeing growth with sectors including décor and laminates; ceramics; electronics, including displays and photovoltaics; glass; aerospace and automotive; biomedical; promotional and miscellaneous items; 3D printing; and inkjet printed textiles.

    All of these are printed by a variety of specialist analogue methods and inkjet. In ‘The Future of Functional and Industrial Print to 2022’, Smithers Pira values the current market at $76.9 billion, up from $37.2 billion in 2012, but with further growth forecasted to $114.8 billion by 2022.

    “Suppliers have developed new equipment that widens the applications, with new inks, coatings and functional fluids providing new properties of flexibility, adhesion and durability, together with novel capabilities in electronics and biomedical to provide specific actions,” says Smithers Pira’s Sean Smyth, the author of the report.

    “While analogue printing methods – gravure, flexo, litho, screen, pad printing and foiling – are widely used, there is very strong growth in digital methods, with new inkjet inks and fluids opening many new opportunities.

    “These markets do not use paper or paperboard substrates, but rather plastic, film, glass, wood, metal, ceramics, textiles, laminates and composite materials are involved. In the case of 3D printing there are plastics and metals, with some composites.”

    Industrial printing takes place across the world, with manufacturers using the processes, and specialist suppliers selling to component and product manufacturers. Routes to market vary widely, with large manufacturers employing printing functions as part of their processes, and specialist print businesses supplying components.

    Smyth describes the routes to market for printing as “very complex and fragmented.” Established suppliers may be manufacturers, or part of a wider supply chain. Often these companies will show less concern about the efficiency of a printing process when it is just one component of a manufacturing process. When building a car that sells for $30,000, an instrument panel that costs $100 is significant, but it is not a critical part of the cost build-up since print on that $100 panel will be worth $1-2.

    The demand for ever-increasing efficiency of printing technology does not play out in the same way – until print becomes a bottleneck or the end-use market demands change. Gravure, screen, pad printing and foiling are perfectly adequate for many of the long-established applications in which they are used. In producing a beer stein or sheet of exterior architectural glass, the printing is a small component of the process and often the decoration will be integrated in the manufacturing line. In a changeover, the print setup is generally a lot simpler than the product change.

     The required skillset for this print is probably less than in commercial print or packaging; prepress production is often outsourced with screens, plates and cylinders bought in as required and reused over many years. The management of the industrial plant will concentrate on improving the methods of making the product rather than the intricacies of print technology. There is also much activity in developing routes to market, for print suppliers and equipment manufacturers, and for associated consumables supply.

     The Future of Functional and Industrial Print to 2022 is available for £4,500 ($A7,330).

  • Registrations Open for VI Sydney

    ICC Sydney

    Online registration is now open for Visual Impact Sydney 2017 and organisers Visual Connections Australia are predicting a strong turnout for the show, which gives the Australian industry its first opportunity to attend a show at the new International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour.

     VI Sydney, which is expected to attract more than 4000 visitors, follows on from an exceptionally successful Melbourne show, which co-located with PacPrint 2017, and organisers believe this show will have a similarly positive atmosphere.

    “We’re delighted to be back in the heart of the Harbour City after a few years out at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, and we think industry professionals from around Sydney and Australia will also appreciate the convenience of this fantastic new venue,” says Peter Harper, General Manager – Trade Shows & Publications for Visual Connections.

    A couple of months out from the show, Harper says it is already shaping up as a very comprehensive display, providing an opportunity for those who couldn’t make it to Melbourne to catch up with the latest technology and services, and for those in the sign, display and wide format markets to attend a more focused show with tailored displays and associated events.

    “Visitors to VI Sydney can look forward to seeing new products and services from close to 100 exhibitors, spanning a wide range of industry sectors, from sign and display, to wide format and sublimation print, engraving and routing, and even vinyl fabrication,” he says.

    “Many leading names have already confirmed major stands at the show, including Celmac, Trotec, AVS, Jetmark, Biesse, Starleaton, HP/Neopost, Mimaki, Yello Tools, Roland, Orafol, Graphic Art Mart, Multicam, Mutoh and Kiwo, and we are delighted to be working with them, and a variety of smaller suppliers, to provide a truly comprehensive and exciting display.”

    As well as the exhibitors themselves, VI Sydney will have a strong education focus, with a varied program of interactive workshops themed around ‘Inspiring the Future’. While the workshop program is still being finalised, expert sessions have already been locked in on colour management, LED and laser technologies, sublimation and other print techniques, airbrushing and traditional sign skills, and the ever-popular car wrapping demos.

    There will also be a sizeable display from Re-Engineering Australia, an organisation which helps young people identify and pursue careers opportunities by providing advice, resources and linkages between schools, industry, the tertiary sector and parents.

    “Visual Connections has formed a strategic alliance with REA which is aimed at engaging and inspiring students to take up career opportunities in the graphics, print and signage industries,” Harper explains, saying the interactive display at VI will see young STEM students complete a project to design and construct a racing car.

    Australian rally car driver Molly Taylor

    “Students will be encouraged to engage with exhibitors to secure graphics for their cars, and to find out more about careers in the industry, and will then race their finished models on-site, under the watchful eye of our special guest, motorsport champion Molly Taylor (pictured),” says Harper.

    “With such a stellar line-up of exhibitors and these extra opportunities and drawcards, there’s no doubt this will be a great show and we’re confident that industry professionals will respond by turning up in their droves.”

    Visual Impact Sydney will run from Wednesday 11 – Friday 13 October at the ICC, Darling Harbour.

    To register, click on the link or go to

     To book one of the remaining exhibition spaces, contact the Visual Connections team on (02) 9868 1577 or

    Online Registration Link:




  • Starleaton launches 2017-2018 catalogue

    Starleaton’s comprehensive 150-page 2017-2018 catalogue, the first since the graphic arts powerhouse acquired DES last year, is on its way and a preview is now available online.

    The Starleaton 2017-2018 Catalogue

    The 2017-2018 product guide, one of the industry’s most extensive one-stop-shop offerings for graphic businesses large and small, includes an Application Guide, CAD/GIS & Drafting Media, Paper, Proofing Media, Fine Art Paper & Canvases, Self-adhesive vinyl, Window Films, Floor Graphics, Wallcoverings, Banner, Mesh, Textile, Backlit, Display Media, Rigid Substrates, Laminates, Adhesives & Mounting, Printers, RIP Software, Laminating machines, Cutting Solutions, Finance Options, Accessories and a Product Index.

    Request your free print or online catalogue here.




  • Issue 937 – Aug 18, 2017

    It’s that time again – the newest issue of Print21 magazine is out now. Among its exciting features are a look at HP’s PrintOS software, the hottest tech at Labelexpo next month, a Swiss safari, a tour of Blue Star Web in Silverwater, and more. Kick back and enjoy the weekend with all the latest and greatest news and developments in our industry!

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

    Jake Nelson

  • Get your head in the cloud with latest Print21

    The newest issue of Print21 magazine is out now, with an in-depth look at HP’s PrintOS software, exciting news out of Europe, a spectacular site visit and more.

    The cover story on PrintOS has all the details on how HP is transforming print production with cloud-based workflow software solutions. It’s part of a globe-trotting issue with a trip to Fujifilm’s ink labs in the UK, your guide to what to see at the upcoming Labelexpo show in Brussels, and hot news direct from Switzerland about Bobst’s entry into the digital inkjet world.

    It’s not all sky-high tales of clouds and jetsetting, however – there’s plenty to see from right here on the ground in Australia, including a site visit to IVE Group’s Blue Star Web plant in Sydney, a profile of industry veteran Keith Ferrel of Cactus Imaging, and the leadership shakeup at Fuji Xerox Australia.

    All that plus a deluge of news, views and features on the printing industry makes this cloud issue of Print21 a great rainy-day read – grab your brolly and check it out now!

    To subscribe to our print edition, go here or email