Archive for September, 2017

  • Issue 949 – September 29, 2017

    The newest issue of Print21 is hot off the presses, with your guide to what to see at Visual Impact in Sydney next month. This plus CEO interviews, a West Australian safari, a look at getting into textile printing, Landa’s first nanography press, an in-depth examination of processless plates, and a whole lot more make it a great long-weekend read – whether your holiday’s for the footy, the Queen’s birthday, or Labour Day. See for yourself!

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

    Jake Nelson

  • Plate price hike to hit offset printers

    Offset printers will likely be served a price rise on their printing plates next year as the price of aluminium continues to soar following its stellar rise of more than 30 percent over the past year.

    Brad Kruchten, Kodak.

    Manufacturers are considering their options with some, such as Kodak, already announcing price hikes, while others hold their fire. On the London Metal Exchange (LME), the price of aluminium has risen from US$1619.50 (AU$2071.83) per tonne in September last year to US$2127.50 (AU$2722.56) per tonne this September, an increase of approximately 31.4 percent. According to analysts there is little chance of it coming down. In China, which supplies 60% of the world’s aluminium, around a tenth of the total 3-4 million tonnes of capacity is to close this year as the Government cracks down on old and dirty production plants.

    According to a Reuters report, Beijing has also ordered steel and aluminum producers in 28 cities to slash output during the winter heating season that starts in November to curb pollution.

    Kodak offset plate prices will increase by up to nine percent, which Brad Kruchten, president of the print systems division, says is because the company can no longer absorb rising material costs. “The printing plates market is both technology-intensive and cost-competitive. As a result, there is no room for us to continue to absorb these escalating raw materials costs without raising our own prices,” he said.

    The price rises will be most severe for older-style plates with the company attempting to quarantine its latest products from the largest price rises. “Our approach to implementation will affect our newest and most technically-advanced products the least, while our more mature offerings, which are less efficient and less advanced, will see higher price increases. This, in turn, will help drive long-term viability, profitability and sustainability for our printers and our industry partners,” said Kruchten.

    Ian Martin, WRH Global.

    Kodak Australia was unavailable for comment, but its likely it will implement the global price rise. Other Australian plate suppliers, Fujifilm, Agfa and WRH Global with its IBF and Zingraphics products  have a number of approaches to the question. Ian Martin, general manager for trade at WRH Global, has ruled it out at least for the time being: “At this stage, we have no plans to increase our prices on IBF or Xingraphics plates. It may be an opportunity for us to grab some market share,” he said.

     Thanks to a recycling scheme with its customers, Agfa can provide more affordable plates despite high aluminium prices, says Mark Brindley, managing director: “We’re in a fortunate position where eight years ago we took the tack of talking to our customers about the price of aluminium due to a sharp increase at that time. We sell them plates and reclaim scrap aluminium from them, and from that we’re able to provide them with a reduced square meter price.”

    Mark Brindley, Agfa.

    For some other customers, Agfa introduces a surcharge when a particular price point on the LME is reached during the previous quarter; this surcharge is monitored on a quarterly basis and removed when the price falls. “We will always continue to assess the marketplace with regard to our prices. Based on aluminium, at this stage we’re OK due to our contracts that are in place, and the surcharge that we are at present discussing with our customers,” he said.

    When contacted, a Fujifilm spokesperson was unable to comment on whether it would raise its prices.

    Despite the rise of  digital and a long-term trend of lower print volumes the square meterage of printing plates remains relatively stable. Shorter and more frequent print runs tend to ameliorate the downward trend even as digital printing continues to ‘nibble’ away at offset volumes. In the A3 cutsheet sector especially it has almost completely taken over.


  • Latest Print21 magazine in time for Visual Impact

    The new September/October issue of Print21 is out now, featuring the upcoming Visual Impact Sydney trade show on the cover. The leading industry publication is promoting a visit to the trade show as a ‘look to the future’.

    According to publisher, Patrick Howard, in his leading article, a visit to Visual Impact in Sydney or the FPLMA Forum in Melbourne later in October should be on every industry professional’s ‘must do’ list. It will pay everyone involved in signage and wide format to visit Visual Impact this month in Sydney. It will also pay everyone in the packaging and label sectors to attend the FPLMA technical forum in Melbourne, he wrote. 

    The focus on trade exhibitions and learning is part of the bright and informative magazine that also features an in-depth look at the advances in inkjet printing on fabric. Rapidly becoming a hot topic for commercial printers everywhere, the question as to whether to take fabric printing in-house or send it out to specialists in turning into a capital investment decision. Read Jake Nelson’s in-depth feature.

    Looking further afield, Patrick Howard traveled to Israel to witness the first Landa Nanopress installation and asks if this is the ‘future of printing’, while Jake Nelson took off for Western Australia to find out how the ‘boom and bust’ state is travelling.

    A look at the industry from the C-Level (think CEO) has Peter George of PMP and Andy Berry of Ricoh Australia giving their views from opposite sides of the supply/producer line. Both agree on the positive outlook for the industry.

    For the traditional printer, Andy McCourt takes an in-depth look at processless plates and how they can reduce costs for labour, water, energy, chemicals and space – making them not just good for the bank balance, but for the environment as well. Hassle-free plates are also a winner for Megacolour in Sydney – see how Heidelberg and Fujifilm teamed up to help the Sydney firm with its prepress.

    All of this, plus the latest news and views from the printing industry, including an update on the PIAA from Andrew Macaulay and a guide from PrintNZ’s Ruth Cobb on preparing for the unexpected, makes this issue of Print21 a kaleidoscope of information. Check it out now!

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  • Worldwide unveils new direction at conference

    Rob Dallimore announces the rebranding at the Worldwide conference.

    Worldwide Printing Solutions is rebranding to focus on ‘more than just print’, managing director Rob Dallimore announced at the company’s annual conference and awards.

    Rob Dallimore, Worldwide.

    Dallimore told franchisees at the national conference at Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast that Worldwide would transition from traditional print to an innovative, technology-driven business. “Significant investments in technology have been made to future-proof our business to ensure we deliver a sustainable model,” he said.

    “Our key strategic decision is to reposition Worldwide as a digital, design and solutions business with quality capabilities in print.”

    The company will focus on four key areas: integrated marketing solutions, online product management, creative design, and printing solutions. “We are fortunate that we now have a solution to most of our customers’ problems, whether it’s managing print more efficiently, communicating to their customers more effectively, or providing them with affordable high end graphic design and print solutions,” Dallimore said. “We have recreated our logo to demonstrate that we are ‘more than just print’.”

    Worldwide’s new logo.

    Worldwide joined forces with ‘premier partner’ Konica Minolta for the national conference, which ran from September 14-17. Dallimore says the two companies work together very closely: “It’s not just about equipment – it’s about them working with us strategically to help us grow our franchisees’ businesses, and introducing them to new technologies and opportunities within the digital print space.

    “It’s been a very long relationship, they’ve been very supportive of us and the franchisees,” he said.

    Colin Johnstone, national manager for franchise at Konica Minolta, said the supplier was ‘delighted’ to partner with Worldwide for the conference. “Our support involved round-table discussions, teambuilding activities, and a supplier showcase which was an opportunity for us to inform franchise owners about our technology and product offerings. The conference culminated with a spectacular awards evening to celebrate leading centre achievements,” he said.

    Award recipients on the night included employee of the year Mitch Baker, from Bondi NSW, and franchisees of the year Karen and Graham Norris from Taren Point NSW. The sales and service award went to Madiha Najmi from Melbourne CBD; Joondalup’s Rebecca Higgie received the Graphic Design Award; the Sharon Rosielle Award for most outstanding contribution to the network went to Alston Durham from the production hub; Charlotte Street, Brisbane, won best-presented centre; and Joondalup won the Local Area Marketing Award.

    The conference also raised a total of $16,385 for charity, which went to Glen Lazenby, the Root Cause, and Hear and Say.

    (L-R) Rob Dallimore, George Bacic, Colin Johnstone from Konica Minolta, Sharon Rosielle Award winner Alston Durham, and Steve Southwell.

  • PrintIQ talks intelligent print in the USA

    “We’re no aliens”: Mick Rowan proved a hit at the Printerverse Panel with host Deborah Corn in Chicago.

    PrintIQ flew the ANZ flag at the Print17 trade fair in Chicago during September. Mick Rowan, Adrian Flemming and Rich Ramirez joined US staff to present the locally developed workflow software to a very receptive audience.

    Under the slogan ‘Far more than just an MIS’, PrintIQ captured a lot of attention at the Chicago show. According to Mick Rowan, director & head of R&D, US printers lined up for one-on-one demos as soon as they learned about the product. Following his appearance on the Printerverse Panel the line quickly formed for more information.

    “The reception at the show was staggering. We did over a hundred demos to potential customers with another thirty-five for those returning to see more. We were literally inundated,” said a very gratified Rowan.

    “In fact, after appearing on one of Deborah Corn’s Printerverse Panels, I had five people waiting for me when I came off stage, all of who attended the booth for demos. A further six members of the audience booked in for a demos after the presentation.”

    printIQ is determined to establish itself in the huge US market with its management workflow system (MWS) and innovative approach to print automation and integration.  Sales director, Linda Pollard, is working out of LA (readers will recall she worked closely with Rohan Holt on another successful Australian-developed product, Metrix), while Jack Lafler, pre-sales software engineer, covers the East Coast.

    “We have an office in Santa Monica. Obviously it’s easier for us to deal with the west coast. However we’ll work with anyone that’s ready to make the leap into the future with printIQ,” said Rowan.

    Now the follow-ups begin in the US as the local printIQ team come back home to again focus on its burgeoning market share in the Australian and New Zealand printing industry. “While the US market is ten to fifteen times bigger and provides some good opportunities for us, our main focus is always on our Australian and New Zealand customers,” said Adrian Flemming, sales director.

  • FPLMA forum for ‘graphically changing’ world

    A year on from the merger between ANZFTA and LATMA, the Flexible Packaging and Label Manufacturers Association (FPLMA) is holding its annual technical forum at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from October 19-20. The conference is aimed at attracting all levels of the printing industry and provides the perfect forum where professionals can network amongst their peers.

    Anthony Dalleore, FPLMA.

    With the theme ‘The World is Graphically Changing’, the forum will focus on technical advancements within the printing industry. Tony Dalleore, FPLMA secretariat and general manager of MacDermid Graphics Solutions, says this emphasis on new developments makes it a valuable experience for printers of all stripes. “This forum is not just for label converters – it’s good for the printing industry as a whole to attend.

    “In line with the Association’s mission, which is to impart technical knowledge to the industry, the forum will focus on pre-press workflows, production optimisation, and new innovations,” Dalleore said.

    Among the presenters at the forum are keynote speaker Belinda Bronson, who won the Telstra Business Women’s Start UP Award in QLD 2015; Bob Coomes and Paul Horton, from FTA US and Europe respectively; and Jake Nelson, labels and industrial print editor at Print21. “Complementing these will also be speakers from Germany, Italy, and Asia on the latest developments in digital presses and press development,” Dalleore said.

    Areas to be covered include achieving manufacturing efficiencies; new technologies; developing productive and profitable talent; pre-press and colour management; and how external factors impact on printers’ businesses. The wide variety of international guests will be invaluable to local printers, says Dalleore: “Attendees will be able to assess the business models they currently employ and compare them to worldwide developments,” he said.

    After the seminars are all over, the FPLMA will let its hair down at a glitzy awards dinner to be held at Metropolis on Southbank on Friday evening. Dalleore says the two former associations’ combined awards help present a united front for the industry. “The awards highlight the excellence that the print industry has on offer. This year, they’ve been further consolidated to represent a unified association,” he said.

    Categories include flexo, gravure, offset, letterpress and digital, with several of these having special subcategories for wine and spirits. With judging underway, Dalleore has congratulated the industry on the high standard of entrants. “The quality of the entries continues to surpass judges’ expectations each year, and this year is no exception,” he said.

    Online registrations for the forum close on October 11, and Dalleore invites anyone interested to sign up and plan their trip to Melbourne to attend what promises to be a highly educational event. “We strongly urge print professionals to attend this year’s forum at MCEC to learn the latest worldwide developments in the printing industry,” he said.

  • Winds of change: Steve Green joins Fuji Xerox

    Steve Green is the new executive general manager for sales at Fuji Xerox.

    Steve Green, former APAC vice-president at EFI, will succeed Garry Gray as executive general manager for sales at Fuji Xerox Australia.

    In a statement, Fuji Xerox announced Gray’s departure from Friday September 29 to pursue other opportunities, and said Green would replace him immediately: We would like to thank him for his contribution to the business over the last 10 years, and wish him all the best for the future.

    Green, who has worked for companies including EFI, Kodak and Ricoh, joined Fuji Xerox on Thursday September 28. Steve comes to Fuji Xerox Australia bringing over 25 years of industry experience. In his most recent assignments, he has held Asia Pacific Leadership roles which included the Australian market. Steve has been responsible for leading change, driving transformation and growth. Steve is a sales leader who puts strong emphasis on developing and maintaining positive relationships with customers.

  • Labelexpo Days 2-3: Digital presses and workflow

    Digital presses have starred at Labelexpo on days two and three of the show, with new offerings from Screen GP, Xeikon and Konica Minolta on display; while on the software side, Esko launched two pre-packaged turnkey workflow solutions.

    Screen GP launches low-migration inkjet solution

    Screen GP launched its Truepress Jet L350UV+LM inkjet label press at stand 9B30. Along with the standard L350UV+, the new machine is a successor to Screen’s high-end L350UV. The L350UV+LM uses low-migration inks designed for food and beverage labelling. “The demand for digital label printing machines capable of coping with various substrates and securing food safety is increasing in printing companies,” said Ken Ingram, vice president of sales and marketing. “Our further extension into the food package and labeling marketplace meets the market changes of recent years including diversification of consumer preferences and demand for small to medium lots.”

    Screen’s presses are distributed in Australia by Jet Technologies.

    The Screen Truepress Jet L350UV+LM digital label press.

    Xeikon pounces on inkjet with Panther presses

    Xeikon has introduced two presses in its inkjet Panther series at stands 5C24, 5C25, 5C28, and 5C29: the high-end Xeikon PX3000 with a web width of 330mm, and the entry-level Xeikon PX2000 with a web width of 220mm. Both can print at speeds of up to 50 metres per minute, and will come in four- or five-colour configurations. “We are excited to be expanding our UV inkjet line of digital label presses so quickly,” said Filip Weymans, VP global marketing, Xeikon. “This rapid product development underscores our commitment to offering a broad portfolio of complementary solutions, for both our Cheetah Series of dry toner and Panther Series of UV inkjet digital label presses.” The Panther presses will be commercially available from March next year.

    The high-end Xeikon PX3000 inkjet press.

    100 customers and new press for Konica Minolta

    Konica Minolta, on stands 8C51 and 8C52, announced it had hit a milestone of 100 customers for its label solutions worldwide. “Today marks important milestones for Konica Minolta as we accelerate our business developments in the industrial production print markets, with labels a key growth area. We are extremely proud of just how far we have come in a short space of time since entering the labels market,” said Charles Lissenburg, general manager professional print division, Konica Minolta Europe.

    Konica Minolta also unveiled its new AccurioLabel 190 toner-based press, which will succeed the entry-level bizhub PRESS C71cf launched at Labelexpo 2015. “The new AccurioLabel 190 takes us on to the next stage of our development as a serious player in the industrial markets,” said Lissenburg.

    The Konica Minolta AccurioLabel 190 press.

    Esko demonstrates new turnkey workflow software

    Esko is exhibiting its new workflow software on stand 3C50: Automation Engine QuickStart for Labels, for production, and WebCenter QuickStart for Labels, for prepress. “Esko recently announced our intent to offer turnkey workflow solutions that are fast and easy to set up and deploy. We believe we have a solid offering at an attractive price to offer label converters a ‘quick start’ approach to workflow automation and project management – systems that are fully comprehensive, yet can be even further enhanced as workflow needs expand over time,” said Udo Paneka, president of Esko.


    QuickStart solutions Automation Engine

    Esko’s Automation Engine QuickStart for Labels workflow software.

  • LIA Queensland to celebrate International Print Day

    The LIA in Queensland will ‘celebrate print’ with an event on International Print Day, including a showcase of local print samples and a discussion of upcoming industry events.

    The get-together will be held at Fuji Xerox’s offices at 52 Merivale Street, South Brisbane, from 5pm on Wednesday October 18. “International Print Day is something that LIA would like to support in Brisbane. It’s to encourage the industry to get together and communicate, and celebrate that print isn’t dead. They’re putting on drinks and nibblies, and we’ll tell our members what we’re up to in Queensland – it’s an opportunity to get our Queensland members together,” said Gavin Giles, president LIA Queensland.

    Mel Ireland, president LIA.

    The LIA is encouraging guests to bring samples of their work to the night, and will promote upcoming events including the biennial LIA Graduate of the Year awards, which will be presented as part of the Queensland PICAs on November 10. Mel Ireland, LIA president, will also be present to provide information on colour management standards and the LIA’s efforts to secure more VET school funding for print. “It’s really about promoting print in any form. We’ve opened it up to anyone who wants to come along for a networking event during the day. We’ll have some printed samples together, and we’ll be discussing what the LIA has planned over the next couple of years. The whole thing is about celebrating the print experience, because print is changing so dramatically,” Ireland said.

    Those interested in attending the event should RSVP by Monday October 9 to or visit the LIA Queensland Facebook page for more information.

  • Issue 948 – September 27, 2017

    Brussels, the eyes of the label world are upon you! Labelexpo Europe is on in the Belgian capital right now, but if you couldn’t make it, fear not – Print21 is here to keep you updated on everything coming out of the label industry’s biggest annual event.

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

    Jake Nelson

  • Dscoop roadshow a winning bet for ANZ printers

    Registration is open for Dscoop’s roadshow events in Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney next month, which will feature Bill Wieners of US-based print company Digital Lizard.

    Kelvin Gage, Dscoop.

    Kelvin Gage, president of Dscoop Australia, says interest in the roadshow has been ‘significant’ so far. “We’ve already got an encouraging number of responses in both Australia and New Zealand,” he said. “There are three interactive sessions, in Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney; they will be very much tailored towards the Australian and New Zealand markets.”

    Bill Wieners of Digital Lizard in Las Vegas will conduct the workshops, and Gage says his expert knowledge will be ‘eye-opening’ for local printers. “Bill has revolutionised his print business and the Las Vegas print sector, using data-driven print to change the way casinos market to visitors. He has taken a lot of this know-how and now uses it in a number of other industries throughout the US. His insights were so compelling that we wanted to bring him out to Australia to teach Dscoop members more about exciting new opportunities around data,” Gage said.

    The Auckland event will also introduce Matt Mills from Fuzed as the country manager of Dscoop NZ. “It will be a little bit of a relaunch of Dscoop in New Zealand,” Gage said.

    Gage encourages those interested to sign up for the roadshow via the personalised emails that have been sent out to members. “Dscoop members should have received an email in the last week to confirm and update their details. If not, please contact myself or Jason Beckley to make sure we’ve got the right information for you,” he said.

    More information is available from Kelvin Gage at or Jason Beckley at


    > Auckland 17th Oct

    > Melbourne 19th Oct

    > Sydney 23rd Oct

  • Labelexpo Day One – Hardware and software both on show at label industry’s biggest event

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    The Atomium in Heysel, Belgium. Photo by Mike Cattell.

    Labelexpo Europe 2017 is underway in Brussels, and Print21 has wrapped all the hot news from the show floor on Day One. Read all about just some of the latest and greatest innovations direct from Belgium right here.

    Gallus unveils Labelmaster Advanced

    Heidelberg subsidiary Gallus launched the Advanced configuration of its Labelmaster conventional press at stands 5B28 and 5C31. The modular machine boasts a short 1.4m web path and a maximum speed of 200 metres per minute, making it the fastest Gallus label press ever. “By offering this modular system, Gallus is ensuring that label printers can satisfy prevailing market requirements and always remain fit for the future – all for a level of investment that would previously have been inconceivable for premium products,” said Matthias Marx, head of corporate communications at Gallus.

    The Gallus Labelmaster Advanced conventional press.

    Mouvent makes its trade show debut

    Mouvent, the new joint venture between Bobst and Radex, is showing off its digital label presses on stand 3A60 alongside Bobst. The LB series includes the LB-701UV mini label press, the larger LB-702UV press, and the LB-702WB press, which uses water-based inks for food and beverage labels. The machines are all built around the ‘Mouvent Cluster’, which uses modular, scalable technology to avoid the need for different print bars for different widths and applications. “The Mouvent Cluster is the key technology behind the Mouvent machines, resulting in high optical resolution for a crisp, colorful, very high printing quality, as well as a never-seen-before flexibility and possibilities in terms of machine development. Simplicity is our engineering philosophy,” said Piero Pierantozzi, co-founder of Mouvent.

    The Mouvent LB702-WB water-based label press.

    Global Graphics teams up with HP for Indigo labels and packaging RIP

    Global Graphics and HP announced that Global’s Harlequin software has been chosen as the RIP engine for HP Indigo label and packaging presses. Harlequin is already used for Indigo’s commercial print range, and will now be used inside HP’s Production Pro digital front end for presses including the WS6800, 8000, 20000 and 30000. “We enjoy a longstanding relationship with HP Indigo. We are delighted that the Harlequin RIP, as well as our partnership approach to engineering and support, has so impressed HP Indigo in the commercial print space that they are now expanding its use into their labels and packaging presses,” said Gary Fry, CEO of Global Graphics. HP is exhibiting its Indigo presses on the patio leading into Hall 5.


    Bobst launches new flexo plate mounter

    Bobst announced the next version of its Smart DigiMount flexo plate mounting system on stands 3A58 and 3A59. The new DigiMount features advanced electronics for improved speed and accuracy of plate mounting. It handles sleeve repeats of 254 – 812.8 mm and optionally 1066.8 mm. “Every concept within the Bobst Digital Automation programme is continuously upgraded or extended so as to keep pace with the equipment evolution and to always ensure new improved levels of integrated automation,” said Matteo Cardinotti, managing director of Bobst Firenze. “This has led to the development of the Smart DigiMount version of the plate mounter in order to provide a solution for Bobst narrow- and mid-web production lines dedicated to the production of labels, flexible packaging or carton packaging that use sleeve technology.”

    The new Bobst Smart DigiMount flexo plate mounter.

  • Spandex wins ISO nod for ImagePerfect

    The ImagePerfect plant at Lancaster, UK.

    Spandex has secured coveted ISO environmental accreditation for its UK manufacturing site that supplies the ImagePerfect range of digital printing materials to subsidiaries in Australia and Europe.

     The sign, graphics and display industries supplier received ISO 14001:2015 accreditation that recognises its commitment to continuous improvement in environmental practices at its manufacturing site in Lancaster.  The site has achieved its goal of zero waste to landfill with all physical waste now recycled or converted to fuel.

    ‘Delighted’: Francis Obi, operations manager, Spandex Lancaster.

    “We are delighted to have gained ISO 14001:2015 accreditation for our manufacturing facility,” says Francis Obi, operations manager, Spandex Lancaster. “Our aim in pursuing the ISO accreditation was to adopt and fully embed a structured framework for improving all environmental aspects of the business. This includes maintaining our site policy of zero waste to landfill and a commitment to the reduction of energy consumption and waste solvents.”

    The 7,000sqm Lancaster factory manufactures media products for ImagePerfect, Spandex’s own brand of self-adhesive signage and digital films for sign and graphics producers. The site ships ImagePerfect products to Spandex subsidiaries in Australia and Europe.

    “The 14001 accreditation was a factory-wide initiative which covered all aspects of the business and was achieved by everyone working together towards a common goal,” says Francis. “In particular, praise was given to the operational aspects of the factory, which showed high levels of housekeeping, all equipment controls within parameters and any waste from factory processes identified and segregated prior to collection.” 

    Other areas taken into account for the accreditation included Spandex’s environmental policy, which demonstrates its commitment to continually improving and reducing environmental impacts; Spandex’s commitment to meeting customer and regulatory requirements; and proactive management of all waste streams, i.e. emissions, solvents, plastic, cardboard and wood. Spandex also complies with all relevant environmental law around pollution control and waste management and has targets in place for continued carbon footprint reduction.

    “The ISO certification of our Lancaster, England Image Perfect plant tells the world that we are serious about quality. Our customers have told us for many years that our Image Perfect products compete favourably with any brands throughout the world, and our recent ISO certification shows everyone that our customers are pretty smart people,” said David Neidell, vice president Asia-Pacific at Spandex.

  • Foot Print gives plastic plates the boot

    ‘We’ve expanded our company’: Patrick Oldfield (right) and son James with the CRON TP-2616H CTP machine.

    For more than ten years, Foot Print in Mandurah used polyester plates from a DPX platesetter on its Heidelberg offset press. With those plates getting harder to find and the cost of disposing of the treatment chemicals rising, the small family printer needed an upgrade, and Currie Group at PacPrint provided the answer.

    Mandurah is an hour south of Perth’s CBD by train, but Foot Print is thankfully only a few minutes from the station. It’s not easy to miss: the brightly-coloured logo is splashed across an entire wall facing Rouse Road. The company recently added a second floor to its offices to house its new digital department – but what I’m here for is downstairs.

    Inside, director Patrick Oldfield shows off the tech I’ve come to see: his new CRON TP-2616H computer-to-plate machine, which he saw on Currie Group’s stand at PacPrint in May. “I was looking for a new platemaker, because our old DPX was getting a bit long in the tooth. It was a really good product, and represented good value from Currie Group,” he says.

    The quality of the new CRON’s metal plates are much better than the old DPX, and there’s an added bonus, says Oldfield: “The best thing about this one is that it’s chemical-free. The old one was getting a bit expensive: the plates were dearer, and you also had to get rid of the chemicals. It was especially pricey out here, because the waste agency would have to come out specifically to pick up our chemicals. This plate system is definitely cheaper to produce than the old one,” he said.

    Established in 1992, Foot Print is run by Oldfield, his son James, who has just completed his apprenticeship, and his daughter Stella. Their main clients are local government, small business, and a couple of the big mining companies. “Mandurah’s grown massively since we started, the population has doubled. We’ve expanded our company from two employees to seven,” Oldfield says.

    Adrian Dixon, Currie Group.

    Foot Print’s CRON TP-2616H is the first CRON H-series CTP machine to be installed in Australia. Adrian Dixon, WA state manager at Currie Group, says the machine was a good match for a good customer. “Patrick was definitely no stranger to us when we met up with him at PacPrint, we’ve had a long-standing relationship with Foot Print with them buying supplies from us regularly.

    “Not only did the CRON fit within the same footprint, if you’ll pardon the pun, it also offered a greener solution for them, as we have eliminated the chemistry from the old DPX technology with the new Agfa Azura TE plates and CRON CTP combination,” Dixon says.


  • Centrum launches 24-hour weekday service

    Centrum’s new KBA Rapida 145 press.

    Sydney ‘for trade and reseller’ printing house Centrum Printing has launched 24-hour service during the week, thanks to its KBA Rapida 145 and 162 six-colour offset presses.

    Sandra Mascaro, Centrum.

    The new Rapida 145, purchased at drupa 2016 and installed at Centrum’s Chipping Norton plant in February this year, has allowed the company to expand into a 24-hour weekday service when coupled with its existing Rapida 162. This helps Centrum keep up with demand, increase its capacity, and offer a faster turnaround for its clients while helping them avoid sending work offshore, says Sandra Mascaro, general manager. “We believe we have a competitive edge when it comes to quality and turnaround times compared to the overseas market. We are passionate about keeping print manufacturing in Australia,” Mascaro said.

    Centrum can print sheet sizes from 500mm by 600mm up to 1620mm by 1200mm, allowing it to produce commercial work, small to large format point of sale displays, and packaging. It also offers a range of finishing options, including lamination or silver, gold and holographic foils, to a maximum size of 1380mm by 1680mm. Die-cutting and mounting services are available as well, making Centrum the complete printing solution, says Mascaro: “Our equipment is made available to the industry, and our business model is to support trade and resellers. We are here to provide state of the art technology and become an outsourcing partner, allowing printers to take advantage of providing added value to their existing client base,” she said.

    In addition, the printing house is offering celloglazing at the cost of a UV varnish until the end of October. “This will provide a higher gloss finish, more durability and no cracking with display and packaging work,” Mascaro said.

    Centrum’s two KBA presses.

  • ‘Old’ Dave Marshall, 59, fights Fujifilm sacking

    Dave Marshall, COO Fujifilm Australia.

    Dave Marshall is suing Takeshi Yanase, CEO Fujifilm, and Nobuhiko Koshimizu, chairman, claiming they dismissed him for being ‘too old’.

    The 59-year-old COO and MD of Fujifilm, who is set to leave the company in October after being ousted in July, last week launched federal court action against Yanase and Koshimizu, saying they fired him because of his age after 18 years of service.

    Marshall alleges that starting in May this year, Fujifilm excluded him from important meetings and decisions, as well as cutting off his email, moving him to a smaller office, and reducing his travel level from business to economy.

    He also says senior Fujifilm figures, including Koshimizu, made ‘ageist’ remarks about him on multiple occasions including at a dinner in Tokyo on May 18, where Koshimizu told him former CEO Mike Machida was ‘lucky to be enjoying retired life’. “Dave, you and I are old too. We need a younger person to make [photo imaging] strong as a general manager,” Koshimizu allegedly said in Yanase’s presence. Marshall claims this remark was unlawful adverse action that resulted in his dismissal.

    He refers as well to an alleged incident in 2015 at the Rococo restaurant in Melbourne, in which former CEO Kevin Masuda pointed and laughed at him in front of senior clients, saying “Dave is too old”.

    Marshall is suing for loss of income and benefits. His 2013 contract included $430,000 in salary per year, plus 14 percent super, a 10 percent bonus, and other benefits such as a company car and private health insurance. He also seeks $100,000 for ‘distress and suffering’, as well as $296,809 in severance benefits he claims Fujifilm refused to pay despite being entitled to it in his contract; these benefits, he says, kicked in after Fujifilm changed his position in July to make him perform “limited duties away from the office”.

  • Tiger Asset Group’s online auction until Oct 3rd

    Tiger Asset Group are pleased to offer late model printing equipment for sale exclusively via Pickles Online Auctions website.

    Items are in excellent condition and have recently been used on the shop floor.


    • 2009 Stima Plastic Wrap Machine – Model: C80 750
    • 2013 InMail Envelope Inserting Machine – Model: CS
    • 2012 AMT Jet Feeder and Printer – Model: VACCON6
    • 2013 Riso Digital Duplicator / Static Envelope Printer – Model: EZ201A


    Inspection Date: October 2, 9am – 4pm

    Location: 1714 Albany Hwy, Kenwick, WA, 6107

    Contact Nelson Kennedy on 0427 679 869 for more information or visit