Archive for October, 2017

  • Victorians rally against ‘greedy’ charges

    The Keep Me Posted campaign is hosting a community forum at Murrumbeena in Melbourne on Friday as it continues its fight to remove ‘pay-to-pay’ penalties for consumers who prefer paper communications.

    “This is just another example of the disregard in which the builders of this great country are being held,” says Colin Ormsby from Keep Me Posted and Fair Go for Pensioners. “These greedy, money-grubbing fees directly affect the most vulnerable in our communities, our aged and ageing, our disadvantaged, our young and our indigenous communities to name a few. The concept of pay-to-pay is as evil as it is wrong and must be stopped.”

    Clare O’Neil MP, Nick Staikos MP and Steve Dimopoulos MP will speak at the community forum on Friday 3rd November to discuss the local impact of the push to digital and unfair billing practices. Guest speakers will also include Ormsby and Ronda Held, CEO COTA Victoria.

    Representatives from the community, charities, senior groups, post offices and other stakeholders have all been invited to discuss how these practices are affecting the community and what needs to be done.

    “It is critical to raise awareness about the Keep Me Posted campaign,” says Kellie Northwood, executive director of Keep Me Posted. “We want to hear the impacts on the community and understand how we can assist people with these concerns. Our commitment to all Australians is to bring your voice to those who can implement change for our communities.”

    WHERE: Duncan Mackinnon Reserve Pavilion, Crn North Rd and Murrumbeena Rd, Murrumbeena VIC 3163

    WHEN: 11 am Friday 3rd November

    RSVP: 9579 7222


  • Global bank backs wind power

    Bankers are not generally thought of as committed tree huggers, but where money is concerned anything is possible. So it is with JPMorgan Chase, a multinational banking monster that is the biggest bank in the USA and the sixth biggest worldwide. It has assets of some US$2.5 trillion including many in property and from a graphics industry perspective it’s a big buyer of print. But what makes JPMorgan Chase more interesting is its approach to energy which appears to put it squarely in the tree hugging camp.

    JPMorgan Chase has become the world’s first bank to sign up for a twenty-year energy agreement. The deal is with NRG in Houston, Texas and it commits JPMorgan Chase to a fixed price for two decades worth of power generated by a wind farm. Michael Norton, head of property management for JPMorgan Chase has also committed the company to retrofitting its 6,000 odd buildings with “all the latest energy saving technology”. He adds that “so far we’ve retrofitted 2,500 buildings and already saved 20-40 percent of our annual utility spend”. The expectation is that JPMorgan Chase will be completely carbon neutral by 2020. This is impressive, but let’s not forget that it’s really about money, an excellent reason for going green. So maybe more megacorps will also sign twenty year agreements for renewable energy.

    That’s not really an option for the small to medium sized companies which make up most of the graphics business. However, making buildings more energy efficient is definitely possible. Insulation should be a no brainer, as should adding solar panels to rooftops and using tanks and drainage systems for water capture. But there are other ways to improve energy efficiency, such as replacing wheezy kit with modern machines that are likely to use less power. Installing digital presses for short run work instead of using ancient offset machines will cut energy consumption. Digital printers use less energy because data is going direct to press and there are no interim processes using energy or consumables. If offset remains the best option for your clients, update plate processing or even better start using processless plates.

    Support your people too, by offering branded bicycles for them to use, or fleeces so that you can turn down the heating a smidge. Or encourage people to make suggestions for improving energy usage and make sure you act on them.

    Big businesses can make a big difference to sustainability because they carry such clout. But even if little businesses only make a little difference, it all adds up. Companies such as JPMorgan Chase take energy consumption seriously because efficiencies and renewables save them a lot of money. There is no reason why the rest of us cannot benefit from a similar approach.

    – Laurel Brunner

    This article was produced by the Verdigris project, an industry initiative intended to raise awareness of print’s positive environmental impact. This weekly commentary helps printing companies keep up to date with environmental standards, and how environmentally friendly business management can help improve their bottom lines. Verdigris is supported by the following companies: Agfa Graphics, EFI, Fespa, HP, Kodak, Kornit, Ricoh, Spindrift, Splash PR, Unity Publishing and Xeikon.


  • Slattery Auctions onsite auction sale

    Large Format Digital Printing Machinery 

    F3, 13 – 19 Coora Rd Oakleigh South VIC 

    Date: 11am, Thursday 9 November 2017

    Inspection: Wednesday 8 November 2017

    Buyers Premium: 12.5% (GST Inclusive)

    Instructed to act as Agents for: Worrells, as Liquidators Appointed to Retail Communications Pty Ltd (in Liquidation) 

    The Liquidators have instructed Slattery Auctions to put the assets of the company to public auction. The assets include:

    • 2 – Inca Onset S40i & S20 6 Col. Large Format Board Printers,
    • ATP 3.2m Large Format Digital Printer
    • HP & Roland wide format Printers & Cutters
    • Esko Kongsberg XP24 Router
    • 2013 Josting Multicut 3200mm Guillotine
    • Air Compressor, Chillers, Laminators
    • Apple & PC Systems
    • Forklift, Pallet Racking, Stock of board and rolls of various printing media
    • Office Furniture & Equipment etc.

    For further details and photographs go to Slattery Auctions webpage:

    For all enquiries, contact Michael Sloan on 0418585792 or

  • Issue 957 – October 27, 2017

    A united industry is a strong industry: that’s the message from Andrew Macaulay at last week’s FPLMA conference. As the Printing Industries CEO said, your voice is only as strong as the support behind it, so if you’re not an association member already it’s worth considering – the more members the PIAA has, the better it can advocate for the printing industry, in Parliament House and beyond.

    Welcome to your latest issue of Print21, the premier news and information service for the printing industry across Australia and New Zealand.
    Jake Nelson
    Labels and Industrial Print Editor

  • Burwood Press auction ends with half lots sold

    The auction of Burwood Press’s printing equipment has ended with about half of the equipment sold – but the two Roland B2 offset presses failed to meet the reserve price of $40,000.

    Richard Rasmussen.

    Richard Rasmussen of Ascent Partners, who ran the auction on the Print Machinery Auctions website, said he expects most of the gear to be sold within the next few days. “I’d expect by the end of the day we’ll be up to 70 percent sold, getting to 85 percent in the next week or so,” he said.

    The two Roland 306 presses for sale failed to meet their reserve price, with bids reaching $8000 each – far below the $40,000 reserve price. Rasmussen says Ascent Partners is speaking with the bidders to secure sales. “We’re negotiating with a couple of parties on those, and we expect they’ll sell in the next day or so,” he said.

    The largest lot which sold at auction was a 54cm by 77cm Heidelberg cylinder from Rawson Print Co, who bought out Burwood Press in August; the cylinder sold for $13,100. “We’ve run four auctions this year, and there’s been a cylinder in each one, and they always sell well – particularly at that size. It’s an old machine, but there’s no other die cutter that can really compete against it unless you’re prepared to spend more than $100,000 or so,” Rasmussen said. “It’s a bit unusual, but the 1960s machines are still very popular in the marketplace and still hold their value very well.”

    Heidelberg cylinder.

    Rasmussen anticipates this will be the last auction Ascent Partners holds this year, after four successful auctions of equipment from business closures or buyouts over the course of 2017.

  • Industry showcase at Currie Group Live event

    Currie Group has invited industry professionals to dive deeper into the latest printing and graphic arts productivity solutions at the leading supplier’s Open House in Melbourne next week.

    A tight focus on making better returns from technology investments underwrites the comprehensive printing equipment demonstration over three days. According to Phil Rennell, sales and marketing director, Currie Group, the event will allow printers to engage on a more personal level in small groups and one-on-one with product specialists.

    Phillip Rennell, sales and marketing director, Currie Group

    “It’s a very different atmosphere than at a big exhibition like PacPrint. We’ll be able to delve deeper into a customer’s requirements and plans to see how we can help to deliver a better ROI on their investment,” he said.

    Demonstrators from HP and Scodix will augment the Currie Group team of product specialists. Presentations on different applications and potential revenue streams will broaden the conversation with education sessions morning and afternoon.

    A full line-up of industry leading technology including the  latest HP Indigo 12000 digital press, plus a  range of Horizon smart finishing solutions and Scodix Ultra Pro with Foil Station  will provide visitors with a true sense of digital print production and embellishment.  An emphasis on automation and robotics will ensure the Currie Open house is a showcase of latest industry best practices and future trends.

    “I invite everyone who is looking at their future in the printing industry to come and talk with our specialists. I guarantee it’ll be well worth your while,” said Rennell.

    Each session will have live demonstrations on print, print finishing, digital embellishment, value adding & ROI, HP PrintOS and workflow solutions.
    When: Tuesday 31 October – Thursday 2 November
    Where: 2-4 Guest Street, Hawthorn, VIC
    Tuesday 31st October
    Morning Session (9.00am – 11.00am)
    Afternoon Session (2.30pm – 4.30pm)
    Wednesday 1st November
    Morning Session (9.00am – 11.00am)
    Afternoon Session (2.30pm – 4.30pm)
    Thursday 2nd November 
    Morning Session (9.00am – 11.00am)
    Afternoon Session (2.30pm – 4.30pm)
    Twilight Session inc. beer, wine & canapes (5.30pm – 7.30pm)









  • Entries for Canon Océ Arizona Awards close today

    Entries for Canon’s first Océ Arizona Awards close today, and Garry Muratore, product manager for display graphics at Canon Australia, urges any interested Arizona users to submit.

    Garry Muratore, Canon.

    Canon launched the awards to highlight the quality of work that could be produced on Océ Arizona printers. “We wanted to leverage off the excellent Arizona community that exists in this country and give them a chance to showcase what they could do with Océ equipment. Obviously it builds our brand, but it also builds the brand of what is an outstanding community of users,” said Muratore, who will judge the event.

    The entries, which must be produced on a Canon Océ Arizona machine, will be judged in three categories:

    Most Technical – the application will be high value, multi-layered print on objects that demonstrate high level of difficulty.

    Most Effective – the application will be high impact but not necessarily technical. The project objective and the environment in which the application appears will be considered.

    Most Creative and Innovative – the application will be advanced or original.

    Muratore said there has been a good response to the awards, with most interest in the category of innovation. “Innovation was the biggest, but there’s also been strong interest in the technical ability category. That’ll be an interesting one to judge, because we have to use the description of how hard it was – was it complex media, complex series of operations, or similar. We’re looking for someone who’s worked hard on that and put in plenty of effort.

    “That’ll be a fun one to judge,” he said.

    Winners will receive an EOS M5 Single Kit camera valued at $1,949 RRP and will gain exposure for their business with support from Canon.

    For more information or to enter, visit:

  • Macaulay rallies converters at FPLMA forum

    ‘The printing and packaging sector has enormous power’: Andrew Macaulay addresses the FPLMA forum in Melbourne.

    A strong association means a strong industry – that’s the message Andrew Macaulay, CEO of Printing Industries, brought to attendees at the FPLMA’s annual forum. Speaking about industry lobbying in changing times, Macaulay detailed how the PIAA is flexing its muscle for members in Canberra, and how the association needs member support to achieve its goals.

    At the event in Melbourne, Macaulay outlined the PIAA’s lobbying strategy and its main areas of focus, including energy security, industry standards and self-regulation, Australia Post reform, tax reform, and industrial relations. He stressed, however, that the progress the association makes in lobbying efforts depends on the amount of support it gets from the industry, and expressed his concern that printers are underestimating the benefits of membership. “At this time when the industry most needs a single coherent voice, the combination of sectoral convergence, driven by technology change, with declining margins of traditional operators, plus new entrants to the industry no longer barred by a need for trade skills, has created a market that no longer sees industry association membership as a requirement of participation.

    “In fact, in many instances, association membership is seen as a cost that needs to be justified,” Macaulay noted.

    Some of the association’s wounds were self-inflicted, Macaulay admitted, caused by stretching itself too thin in past years, as well as its internal turmoil in 2014-15. “In the last decade PIAA attempted to do too many things, getting involved in services that were not core to lobbying, or were competitive to services offered by complementary bodies. PIAA exacerbated this problem following the public disputes within our Board and management,” he said.

    He is confident, however, that Printing Industries is back on the right track, and promised to continue his efforts to ensure the association adequately represents its members. “It has been my role to bring stability to the peak industry body, focus our efforts, align ourselves with allied organisations and achieve results for the industry. It is a critical mission for the industry, and one we are increasingly seeing industry get behind and on board,” he said.

    Macaulay noted that when meeting with politicians, he is almost always asked what percentage of the industry the PIAA represents. As the largest employer in Australian manufacturing, the printing sector has the potential to command plenty of clout in Canberra – if printers unite to make their voices heard, Macaulay said: “The biggest challenge for lobbying right now is making sure we’re engaged with our membership. The printing and packaging sector has enormous power; we are literally in every single electorate in the country. There are big printing and packaging businesses everywhere, and our politicians need to know that and listen to that.

    “Your voice is only as strong as the support behind it,” he said.

  • Jet Tech expands in growing Melbourne market

    Jet Tech director Jack Malki (centre) at the opening of the new office.

    Jet Technologies is opening a new ink testing facility in Melbourne and has added two ink and adhesives specialists to cater to a growing Melbourne market.

    “The Jet Technologies ink testing facility is set to open in mid to late November to support the growing Melbourne market for the print and finishing trade.,” says Matt Vaughn, marketing manager. 

    “Jet aims to support the urgency for faster ink colour matching and enable a quicker ink matching and proofing service. There has been an increasing demand in exact formulations to match a Puretone ink for specific customer requirements.”

    The new ink and adhesives blending and testing facility will be incorporated into Jet’s existing warehouse at Braeside in Melbourne’s south-east, complementing facilities that Jet already operates across Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia.

    John Hurst, print technologist.

    The technology supplier has also opened a new office adjacent to the Braeside warehouse and added two new staff members – “in a move to further support our growing customer base in Melbourne.”

    Josh Hurst joins as print technologist and will be working closely with technical sales manager James Montgomery and his team to support Jet’s range of UV inks & coatings.

    Aeson Lau, adhesives product manager.

    Aeson Lau is the new adhesives product manager and will focus on Jet’s range of adhesives as used in a wide range of packaging and finishing.

    Jet Technologies, an importer and distributor of products for the packaging, industrial manufacturing, print and finishing industries, operates warehouses in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Auckland, Christchurch and Indonesia.






  • Retail Communications auction catalogue

    2012 Inca Onset S40i large format UV inkjet 6 colour board printer 

    Slattery Auctions released the catalogue of machinery and equipment from collapsed Melbourne printer Retail Communications that will be auctioned off next month to raise some of $1.7 million owed to creditors.

    The digital print business closed its doors last month after owner Mark Archibald and his accountant decided to cease trading and go into voluntary liquidation. About 15 staff members lost their jobs.

    Liquidators Con Kokkinos and Matthew Kucianski of Worrells Solvency have called in Slattery Auctions Victoria to organise an onsite auction of the remaining assets.

    Items up for sale include: Fujifilm Inca Onset S20 and Onset S40i large format board printers; HP & Roland wide format printers & cutters – including an HP Latex L65500 and an HP Designjet Z6200 Photo Printer; an Esko Kongsberg XP24 Router; a 2013 Josting Multicut 3200mm guillotine; an air compressor; as well as chillers, laminators, Apple & PC systems, a forklift, pallet racking, stock of board, rolls of various printing media and office furniture.

    ATP 3200mm wide format 4 colour digital printer. 

    2013 Josting Multicut 3200mm guillotine

    For details and more photos go to the Slattery Auctions webpage.

    The Retail Communications factory at F3, 13-19 Coura Rd, Oakleigh South VIC 3167, will be open for inspection on Wednesday 8 November from 9am to 4pm and the onsite auction will begin at 11am on Thursday 9 November.

    Buyers Premium: 12.5% (GST Inclusive).

    For information, contact: Michael Sloan on 0418 585 792 or email


  • Konica Minolta fights human trafficking

    The Konica Minolta team in Cambodia.

    Thirteen Konica Minolta staff members have travelled to Cambodia to support the Project Futures campaign against human trafficking, slavery and exploitation.

    “I’m so proud to work for an organisation that puts people first, not only our staff and customers, but all people,” says Sue Threlfo, sales manager, specialised print & education, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia, via email from Cambodia.

    “Under David Cooke’s stewardship, there is significant work being done to eradicate slavery in the Konica Minolta supply chain. Since deciding to participate on this trip, I have learnt so much about the plight of young girls and woman in Cambodia, and hope I can use this knowledge to raise awareness to end human trafficking. 

    “Each of the girls in this photo (which can be published as their faces are covered) has an horrific tale that has brought her into care.  Hopefully in time, with the right support to help them deal with the trauma in their lives, they can go on to have productive, happy lives.”

    Project Futures is an Australian not-for-profit that raises funds to support established projects within the Asia Pacific region that help transform and restore the lives of victims, survivors and those at risk of human trafficking, slavery and exploitation, including in Australia.

    More than $31,000 raised by Konica Minolta staff on the trip will support the work of AFESIP (Agir Pour Les Femmes En Situation Précaire – Acting for Women in Distressing Situations) in Cambodia.

    KM regional manager Scott Jackson worked with MD David Cooke and Project Futures to design the trip for 13 staff members who paid their own travel costs and expenses to make the journey. Each person also agreed to raise a minimum of $2,000 to support Project Futures work in Cambodia.

    The Konica Minolta team that made the trip: Scott Jackson, Nick Southgate, Andrew Dutch, Sue Threlfo, Vivek Kumar, David Cooke, Christine Jackson, Steve Connolly, Viraj Meena, Mark Henderson, Yuri Matsui, Cindy Reid, Mark Brown.

    Project Futures CEO Clare Pearson says Konica Minolta has been a corporate sponsor of the registered charity since 2013, contributing over $300,000 and “helping us transform the lives of women and children who have fallen victim to human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Australia and Cambodia.

    “This year saw our first corporate immersion, an opportunity to raise funds but more than that, educate people about the growing issue of human trafficking and the damaged individuals left in the wake. Human trafficking is devastating individuals, families and communities…holding intergenerational costs that are immeasurable.”

    Human trafficking is the recruitment of persons through force, coercion, deception or abduction for the purpose of exploitation. Victims are then enslaved and found working in industries including construction, hospitality, the sex industry, agriculture and domestic work. 

    “The corporate immersion is an opportunity for powerful team bonding, educating individuals on the issue and highlighting the incredible impact of their employer; ultimately, leading to an understanding of how their dollar is changing the world and transforming lives when contributing to a larger pool,” says Pearson. “En masse, we each have the power to change the world on a local and international level.”


  • FPLMA wraps up forum with awards dinner

    ‘It’s now or never’: Guests at the FPLMA’s awards dinner sing along with the ‘Three Waiters’.

    Rollspack and Multi-Color Corporation took out best in show at the second annual FPLMA awards, held as part of the association’s annual technical forum, while Danny Hayes of FILDES Manufacturing won Apprentice of the Year.

    The awards dinner, held at Metropolis in Southbank, celebrated the best the label and flexible packaging industries had to offer, as well as a live band and a trio of opera-singing waiters. “We have this evening the best of the best on show within our industry and I encourage more members to participate in 2018,” said Mark Easton, FPLMA president, in his opening speech. “We have some great categories that suit all businesses and technologies, so I encourage you to be a part of our industry’s print excellence.”

    ‘The Three Waiters’ wow the crowd at the FPLMA awards dinner.

    Winners on the night included Hally Labels, QLM Label Makers, Label House, LabelForce, Andrew Kohn, Graphic Packaging International, Visyboard Dandenong, and J&P Flexographics, who each picked up awards in their respective categories.

    This year, there were two Best in Show awards – one each for labels and flexible packaging – which went respectively to Multi-Color Corporation, for its Silken Beastie label, and Rollspack, for its Little Lucifer packaging (prepress by Kirk Group Victoria).

    Andrew Jones (right) of Multi-Color Corporation accepts Best in Show for labels from Mark Easton.

    Phillip Rolls (right), MD Rollspack, accepts Best in Show for flexible packaging from Mark Easton.

    The FPLMA also announced its Apprentice of the Year from three finalists: Danny Hayes, of FILDES Manufacturing; Brian Kieryczuk, of AusTab Labels; and Ben Haley, of Fantastic Labels. Though the judges faced a tough decision, in the end Hayes emerged as the clear winner, succeeding Rameesha De Silva Weerasingha as the 2017 Apprentice of the Year. The prize includes an overseas study trip.

    Danny Hayes, FPLMA Apprentice of the Year (left) with boss Sean Houben, operations manager FILDES Manufacturing.

  • LIA tour of Penrith Museum of Printing

    The 1880s Wharfedale stop cylinder printing press.

    The LIA (NSW) is hosting a tour of the Penrith Museum of Printing on Wednesday 8th November and places are limited so early booking is recommended.

    “This is a rare opportunity to view a unique working Museum and learn why Letterpress is making a comeback and the niche market it now plays in, along with hearing about the growing demand for training courses,” says Mitch Mulligan, NSW Committee member.

    The museum houses five printing presses, including an early Albion press based on Gutenberg’s original design, a Treadle Platen, a Heidelberg, a Vertical Miehle and a Wharfedale newspaper press.

    “We will see several presses in operation, plus hand type setting, which was the method used from 1450 until around 1880, when the Linotype machine was developed,” says Mulligan.

    ‘The LIA’s very successful recent dinner meeting provided a glimpse into the future of printing and this visit will give is a look into the past, where printing has come from and how our industry has developed.”

    Penrith Museum of Printing
    Wednesday 8th November at 6.00pm
    Cnr Mulgoa Road and Ransley Street
    Penrith 2750

    Followed by dinner at Club Paceway, next to the museum.

    The cost is $40 for LIA members and $50 for non-members.
    Reply to Mike Williams no later than 5pm Friday 3rd November.
    Fax: (02) 9648 1258 or email

    Print21 magazine editor Andy McCourt visited the newly re-opened museum in August.

    1867 Albion lever press, Penrith Museum of Printing.

  • Planet Ark paper up for eco award

    Planet Ark’s 100% Australian Recycled Paper, produced in partnership with Australian Paper, has been named a finalist in the prestigious 2017 Banksia Sustainability Awards in the category of Leadership in the Circular Economy.

    Planet Ark is one of 39 finalists, alongside AccorHotels Australia, Country Road, LUSH Cosmetics and the ABC TV series War On Waste (KEO Films Australia).

    The Banksia Leadership in the Circular Economy Award recognises initiatives that allow the Australian economy to develop within natural limits; preserving and enhancing natural capital, optimising resource yields and eliminating waste.

    Planet Ark 100% Australian Recycled Paper is made using 100% Australian waste paper and is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified, carbon neutral and Australian made. Since it was launched in October 2016, more than 350,000 reams have been purchased, saving 2,496 tonnes of carbon emissions and 1,033 tonnes of waste from landfill.

    “We’re really delighted to receive this nomination,” says Planet Ark’s paper programs manager, Sam Carey. “As our waste levels continue to rise, it’s important for us to raise awareness about products that are being made from our recycling. These products close the recycling loop by keeping important materials, like paper, in circulation and out of landfill. The Banksia Sustainability Awards celebrate the best advances in this field, so it’s fantastic to have this recognition for our product.”

    In Australia, office paper has a recycling rate of 68%, yet less than 18% of new paper sold includes high-recycled content. Currently most recycled paper is imported into Australia, creating higher carbon emissions through transport.

    The winners of the Banksia Sustainability Awards will be announced on Wednesday 1 November.

    The Make It Australian Recycled campaign is a joint initiative between Planet Ark and Australian Paper, which aims to increase recycling of office paper, reduce the amount of waste paper going to landfill and increase the use of locally made, high-recycled content paper by businesses, households and governments.


  • Kodak Prinergy workflow gets smarter

    Former EAC Graphics and Heidelberg veteran Peter Janusik is responsible for Kodak’s workflow and software in Australia and NZ.

    Print workflow provides printers with the ability to automate file submission and pre-press production, allowing them to accept files from different geographic locations and render them usable for output. They have developed from proprietary systems that were completely ‘locked down,’ into open systems ready for integration with other business systems and customisation to meet any unique requirements.

    The introduction of the PDF format and Adobe Extreme architecture more than 20 years ago were the key drivers for the print workflow changes we now take for granted.

    Advances in computing technology have meant that print companies can deploy even more processing capability and flexibility to help grow the business. The use of VMs (Virtual Machines) is now common-place, allowing the use of multiple systems on a single hardware platform. As an example, Kodak Prinergy customers often have a single server with both their Prinergy and InSite servers within VMs on that platform, making deployment more cost effective than ever before.

    Kodak’s Prinergy system was first introduced to the market in the late 1990s and was one of the first systems to implement the Adobe Extreme Architecture. Prinergy organises individual tasks in prepress and plate production into automated processes. It leverages Adobe Extreme tech-nology to provide job tickets and job ticket processors that control and perform tasks initiated by users.

    Job Ticket Processors (JTPs) are software components that implement specific actions or tasks to be performed as part of the Kodak Prinergy Workflow. The real work of a Prinergy workflow system is performed by one or more JTPs. Examples of JTPs used within the Prinergy system are: pre-flight, trapping, imposition and colour management, to name a few. All of the user and system activity that occurs within a Prinergy Workflow system is stored in an Oracle database, ensuring job tracking and history are available. However, the database can now give us even more.

    The Cloud and SaaS

    In the past few years, the terms ‘Cloud’ computing and Software as a Service (SaaS) have become commonplace. Within the print industry, clients and providers are using Cloud storage such as Dropbox and WeTransfer daily, sending files back and forth with ease. However, the use of SaaS within our industry has so far been quite limited. If it were possible to use the computing power available in cloud based computing, along with information we gather about our business, then print companies would be able to look to further improvements in workflow performance.

    Traditionally, printers have had pretty good visibility as to what was going on in a single job. Break-even points, labour costs, and timing can all be linked to a particular project to help assess pricing and profitability. When it comes to analysing multiple jobs across multiple time periods, however, it is often more guesswork than anything else. That is all about to change.

    Dark data sees the light

    There’s been debate over what features of a workflow could be migrated off-premises to the cloud. Potential issues to be solved include data security, dependency on the internet, and upload and download speeds. The Prinergy database has been the repository of a large amount of unstructured or ‘dark data’.

    Dark data is data which is acquired through various computer network operations but not used in any manner to derive insights or for decision making. Because the Prinergy database is collecting all available job information, that data can be mined to provide useful information to enable printers to make informed decisions on how to best manage their workflow and configure jobs and systems. Enter the Kodak Prinergy Cloud.

    Analytics-Enabled Workflow

    The first step in leveraging the abundance of available dark data is to actually collect and categorise it. But just how do you go about doing that? Fortunately, in today’s era of intelligent workflow solutions, this functionality can now be accessible. The key is the selection of the right platform – one designed not only to collect data, but also to organise and present it in a usable way.

    The design and purpose of the Prinergy Cloud platform makes it a tremendous source of data for the printer’s operations, as it is directly integrated into the workflow, collecting data from a variety of sources. This includes machine data (log files, error messages), operator job notes, portal activities, customer comments and much more.

    Prinergy Cloud is built from the ground up on the Microsoft Azure platform, so all of this data is captured and organised in a structured, tagged, and much more useful way.

    Utilising the dark data for analytics, can lead to a powerful cycle of continuous improvement. An analytics-enabled workflow will become an invaluable tool in the ‘unfreeze – improve – freeze – measure’ best business practice. Finding this best business practice is only a click or two away; Kodak provides prepared dashboards and professional service so that no data analyst is required.

    Decision Analytics, the print industry’s first business intelligence solution, is the foundation of Prinergy Cloud and is available now.

  • Australia’s first GTX garment printer installed

    The new Brother GTX at Das T-Shirt Automat in Melbourne.

    Sydney-based supplier GJS has installed Australia’s first Brother GTX garment printer at custom t-shirt printing business Das T-Shirt Automat, which has three stores in Melbourne.

    Das T-Shirt co-founder Ed Redman says the GTX will be integrated into its existing workflow to increase production.

    “By investing in the latest direct-to-garment technology, not only can we continue to deliver on this philosophy, but we can also speed up production and increase our output,” says Redman. “Our philosophy has always been to deliver an exceptional-quality printed product, no matter if our customers are ordering a single shirt at one of our storefronts, or having 200 designs created.”

    The Brother GTX garment printer

    The GTX features Brother’s next-generation printheads that deliver fast print speeds at a constant 1200 x 1200 dpi, while maintaining one-pass printing for all print sizes. A new white ink circulation system and wet capping station help to reduce both maintenance costs and time.

    “We have never seen such interest and appetite for a new printer than what we have seen with the GTX,” says Greg Stone, MD, GJS. “What this demonstrates is that the Australian market is at a level of education and maturity with direct-to-garment technology where it will continue to seek out and embrace newer technology, which at the end of the day is a win for end-users and consumers.”

    Brother’s newly developed Innobella Textile Inks deliver a 30% wider colour gamut than the GTX’s predecessor, delivering stronger purples, blues and pinks and with the inclusion of 800mb of onboard memory that allows the operator to store up to 100 designs in the printer itself. The GTX can be operated without a PC or USB if needed.

    The Brother GTX has an RRP of $A24,999 and is available at GJS via:


  • The turnaround is underway: Fuji Xerox NZ

    ‘Our long-term future looks bright’: New FXNZ MD Peter Thomas (from FXNZ video)

    Fuji Xerox New Zealand (FXNZ) posted a pre-tax loss of $14.9 million in the year to March 2017, compared to a restated loss of $79 million the previous year – more than double the previously stated loss of $32 million.

    In a restatement of its accounts following its ‘inflated revenue’ scandal, the company said its losses in the five years to 2016 totalled $373 million.

    “The results include a restatement of prior period financial accounts from March 2011 to March 2016 as a result of the identification of significant historical accounting irregularities relating to a number of matters,” said a FXNZ media statement titled Turnaround Takes Shape.

    The March 2017 results show improvement over the restated March 2016 financial accounts, including an underlying loss before tax of $14.9 million versus $79.0 million in March 2016.  In addition, Fuji Xerox New Zealand continues to generate positive cash flow.

    “A broader transformation programme is underway to return the company to profitability and deliver returns to our shareholders whilst continuing to deliver value to our customers,” said FXNZ’s new managing director Peter Thomas in a video statement.

    “In addition to the commitment of continuous financial support our parent companies have already provided, we are currently looking at a range of options with our shareholder regarding our negative equity position.

    “The inappropriate historic accounting that came to light recently has been independently investigated and we have implemented a wide range of measures to ensure this never happens again.  Our primary focus now is on rebuilding trust with all stakeholders.

    “Over the past two years, we have implemented a range of new governance and management actions to strengthen the way the company operates and we remain committed to continuing to improve governance and internal controls across the business,” Thomas said. “Most recently, we have announced the appointment of Mr Haruhiko Imai in the newly created role of FXNZ chairman of the board. Mr Imai officially begins in the role this week. This now completes the previously noted changes to local governance and management structures – developed by Fuji Xerox Group.

    “I’m incredibly optimistic about the future and I believe that with the continued unwavering support from our shareholder, loyal clients, world class products and services combined with an outstanding team of passionate and talented staff, our long-term future looks bright.”

    Last week, Neil Whittaker, the former high-profile MD of FXNZ and Fuji Xerox Australia was named in court documents as one of the defendants in a High Court civil case launched by FXNZ following a $450 million accounting scandal at its Australasian subsidiaries. The second defendant applied for an interim order for name suppression. A third defendant has also now reportedly obtained an interim suppression order, according to a report in the Auckland-based National Business Review.

    Fuji Xerox chairman Tadahito Yamamoto, deputy president Haruhiko Yoshida and two directors, Katsuhiko Yanagawa and Jun Takagi, all resigned in the wake of the scandal.