Archive for November, 2017

  • St George Graphics goes to auction

    The Heidelberg SB Cylinder

    The Kingsgrove NSW site of St George Graphics and Printing will be open on Monday to allow potential bidders to inspect equipment that’s being sold off following the company’s acquisition by Focus Print Group.

    Printing and bindery machinery being auctioned by Liquid Asset Management includes: 1999 Komori L540; Heidelberg SB Cylinder 540 x 770; 2008 Wohlenberg 115 Digital Guillotine; 2011 AGFA Anapurna M-1600 Flat Bed Digital UV Press; 2005 AGFA Xcalibur CTP Chemical Free; G&K FA72 6x4x4 Folder; TCM FG-15 Forklift Hrs-2,024; and other surplus equipment.

    Former St George Graphics owner Terry Bouggas sold the company in September and intends to focus on his wine exporting business.

    The auction is now live and will close on Thursday, 6 December at 5pm. Inspection Day on Monday, 4 December runs from 10am-4pm. 

    The full auction details can be found here.

    1999 Komori L540

     

     

     

     

  • Tell Treasury to ban paper fees, says lobby group

    The Keep Me Posted campaign is urging printers to make submissions to a federal inquiry into the practice of companies charging fees for paper bills.

    “Stand for your industry now and help ban paper billing fees,” says a statement from the pro-paper lobby group. “Treasury is calling on all Australians to let them know the impact of paper billing fees – this is the first step towards legislative reform.

    “Keep Me Posted believes the only option that can guarantee consumer protection against unfair and discriminatory charges, and protect our industry is OPTION 2: Ban paper billing fees.

    “It is time for our industry’s voice to be heard and we urge you to provide a submission.”

    The Federal Government last week called for submissions to a public consultation into paper billing, which could see the practice of charging fees for paper bills restricted or banned.

    Michael McCormack, Minister for Small Business, is seeking feedback from consumers, companies who charge for paper bills, and affected stakeholders. Options include banning the practice outright or limiting fees to actual costs incurred by businesses in sending paper bills.

    “There has been a significant shift away from paper billing in recent years, yet not every Australian consumer has the means to access digital billing and it is unfair to punish them for being unable to do so,” said McCormack.

    Submissions can be made online via the Treasury website or via mail to The Treasury, Langton Crescent Parkes ACT 2600, and close on Friday, 22 December 2017.

    KEEP ME POSTED TIPS FOR YOUR SUBMISSION

    1. Clearly state that you support Option 2; Ban paper billing fees to the exclusion of all others
    2. Be specific about your situation and how fees for paper billing impact your activity (as a business and as a customer of service providers and banks)
    3. Call on your employees / members to make a submission or leave a comment

    If you need guidance, contact Keep Me Posted
    E: keepmeposted@twosides.org.au
    P: 03 9421 2209

  • ACCC won’t oppose Platinum’s bid for OfficeMax

    Corporate regulator the ACCC will not oppose the proposed acquisition of OfficeMax Australia by US equity giant Platinum Equity, which earlier this year bought Staples Australia – since rebranded as Winc.

    The decision follows the commission’s similar decision earlier this month that it would not oppose a bid for OfficeMax by Complete Office Supplies (COS).

    ‘A finely balanced decision’: Rod Sims, ACCC.

    “Any deal that sees the largest supplier acquiring the second largest in a market will require very close scrutiny,” said ACCC Chairman Rod Sims. “However, in a finely balanced decision, the ACCC found that a combined Winc-OfficeMax would continue to face competition from the remaining key suppliers, Complete Office Supplies and Lyreco.”

    “Following extensive market inquiries and analysis of documents and data, the ACCC has decided not to oppose this transaction. The ACCC believes the transaction will lessen competition but doesn’t reach the threshold of causing a substantial lessening of competition.

    “Many large commercial and government customers put their contracts out to tender, and both COS and Lyreco have recently been successful in winning customers from Winc and OfficeMax. As a result, the ACCC considers that COS and Lyreco, combined with the ability of large customers to switch suppliers and to purchase products off-contract, are likely to provide a sufficient competitive constraint on the combined Winc-OfficeMax.

    “The ACCC would also expect that if prices and returns increased through an exercise of market power by a combined Winc-OfficeMax, it is likely that other existing suppliers of office products would seek to grow their market share.”

    Winc and OfficeMax both supply office products to commercial and government customers in Australia.

    The New Zealand Commerce Commission has applied to the NZ High Court to block the sale of OfficeMax’s New Zealand arm to Platinum, citing competition concerns.

    Platinum Equity is a multi-billion-dollar global private equity firm specialising in mergers and acquisitions.

  • Printer slashes power bills with solar panels

    Let the sunshine in: The roof at WHO Printing, Newcastle, NSW.

    Commercial printer WHO Printing has reduced its electricity bills by 50 percent after installing more than 300 solar panels on the roof of its factory at Newcastle, NSW.

    “We operate 16 hours a day so power for us is critical,” says WHO co-owner and managing director Daniel Ogle, who runs the business in partnership with his wife, Melanie. “We looked at the financial viability of a solar system and it just made sense.”

    (l-r) Brett and Melanie Ogle, co-owners WHO Printing.

    A local firm, Solar Australia, was called in to examine the company’s power usage and provide analysis of where savings could be made using a solar system.

    “They installed 308 solar panels – capable of producing 80 kilowatts – on the roof of our facility in June 2014, and we also installed LED lighting and power factor correction at the same time,” says Ogle.

    “We did so for a financial benefit but also to benefit the environment. The solar we’ve put on means we can get the electricity straight from the sun rather than from a coal-fired power station. So far, we have cut our power bills by about 50 percent.

    “We’re a local printing company that manufactures high quality products for people in Newcastle and the Hunter Valley and internationally. One of our goals is to have a sustainable business which incorporates aspects of financial sustainability as well as environmental sustainability.”

    The solar panels are currently saving the company about $40,000 a year.

    Businesses are eligible for a federal renewable energy incentive discount of up to $60,000 on commercial solar installations. A spokesperson for Solar Australia says that while savings vary from business to business, the investment in solar panels will usually pay for itself within 3-5 years: “With improvements in battery storage, firms can also protect themselves from power cuts, saving in lost production time.” 

    Ogle is still considering the battery option. “We have maximised the usage of power onsite so we only feed back to the grid on weekends or in the middle of the day, depending on production. We have not as yet gone with battery storage.”

    WHO Printing, Newcastle, NSW

    WHO Printing is an award-winning, family-owned company established in 1985 that employs more than 20 staff. It offers a full range of offset, digital, wide format, finishing and graphic design work.

    The machinery lineup at the company’s purpose-designed commercial print facility at Mayfield West in Newcastle includes a 5 colour A2, 2 colour A3, a celloglazer, perfect binder, saddlebinder, folder, guillotine and die cutter.

     

     

     

     

     

     

      

     

  • $30m refinancing injection for Spicers

    Paper merchant Spicers has secured $30 million in new financing from ASX-listed business lender Scottish Pacific Business Finance.

    The company, formerly PaperlinX, told the ASX in a statement: This new financing facility for the Australian operations provides funding up to a facility limited of $30 million, and is for an initial 2-year term to November 2019. It replaces a similar receivables backed financing facility, which was due to expire in March 2018.

    “Completion of this refinancing provides a facility on more flexible and covenant-free terms for Spicers,” said David Martin, Spicers CEO. “We look forward to forming a successful and production partnership with our new financing partner, Scottish Pacific.”

    ‘A very solid financial footing’: Spicers chairman Jonathan Trollop

    Spicers chairman Jonathan Trollop told last week’s annual general meeting that the refinancing of the Australian business finance facility was related to the company’s settlement earlier this year of a long-running dispute with its former PaperlinX shareholders.

    “Without question the single most important matter has been the restructuring of the company’s balance sheet following implementation of the scheme of arrangement approved in June 2017,” said Trollop. “I would like to acknowledge the efforts of all of those involved in this process.

    “Firstly, it has placed the company on a very solid financial footing. This is already evidenced in various of the company’s activities. These include a reappraisal of the credit standing of the company, and reflected in improving commercial terms with commercial partners such as credit insurers, our suppliers and our financiers.”

    Spicers posted a statutory profit after tax of $1.7 million for the 2017 financial year, on sales revenue of $380.7 million from operations in Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

    Spicers currently has 420 employees working across five countries and 19 locations.

     

  • Scott Print & Quality Press dominate WA PICAs

    The WA PICAs in Perth.

    Scott Print and Quality Press took home seven gold medals each at the Western Australia Printing Industries Craftsmanship Awards (PICAs).

    The WA printing community came out in force on Saturday night and “there was an obvious air of celebration and optimism in the room,” says Andrew Macaulay, CEO of Printing Industries. “The support that those in the industry show to each other continues to inspire me.”

    Thirteen companies were recognised with medals across 30 print and design categories. Quality Press and Scott Print were frequent visitors to the stage, taking home seven gold medals each and 16 medals apiece in total.

    The coveted Judges Award was won by Quality Press for their offset-printed book, Perth Zoo Saving Wildlife.

    The long-term contribution of Atish Shah from Quality Press was recognised with the Media Super Industry Contribution Award.

    Scott Print and Picton Press shared Future Now’s Commitment to Workforce Development Award for their efforts in recruiting and developing a flexible, diverse and suitably trained workforce.

    Scott Print also picked up the Environment Award that recognises companies who are not only managing their environmental impacts but are seeking to build on current practices.

    Rio Chard, chair of the Western Australia PICA Committee, says: “There was a real sense of change in the atmosphere. Whilst we paid homage to many legends of the industry, there was an overall excitement about what the future holds. It was great to see many diverse companies represented in the spread of wins across the evening”.

    “Above all, the PICAs allow our industry the opportunity to challenge each other so that we can continue to lift the bar of excellence within the WA print market. We deserve to feel proud of the work that we produce.”

    View the full table of medal winners

    Some of the entries on display at the WA PICAs

     

  • Winds of change – Borg leaves FX Printers

    ‘It’s time to take on new challenges’: David Borg, GM Fuji Xerox Printers.

    David Borg, general manager of office supplier Fuji Xerox Printers Asia and Pacific, is leaving the company after 24 years.

    Borg became GM for Australia and New Zealand in 2009 after 16 years with the company in various roles from direct sales, to channel management and sales management. Earlier this year, he was appointed GM Channels – Asia Pacific for Fuji Xerox Printers covering the entire Asia Pacific Region, outside of China / Japan. He was responsible for general management across sales, marketing and channel operations.

    The company has made no announcement but in a blog post, Borg wrote that he would be leaving his job tomorrow.

    “Back in 1993, I responded to an advertisement in the newspaper to join the Xerox sales academy. I can still remember it clearly – it was a Superman flying up the side of a building with a fax machine tucked under one arm. 

    “24 years and literally several hundred thousand printers later, an amazing set of relationships, an education that is invaluable and cultural exposure across 12 countries. Fuji Xerox has been a wonderful company to work for and the impact it had has been life-changing. 

    “But like everything, there comes a point where it’s time to take on new challenges and as such my last day with Fuji Xerox is Thursday 30th November, and I will be sharing my exciting new projects 1st December, 2017. 

    “A big thank you to the management team that believed in me and invested in me…an even bigger thank you to all the team members I have worked with over these years…my most sincere thank you goes to the hundreds of channel partners that have supported our business – this would be undoubtedly the area that taught me the most about the fundamentals of business.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Issue 966 – November 29, 2017

    Everyone needs money to stay in business. In many cases that means accessing capital by being credit worthy. The printing industry has long battled a perception that its businesses are not a good risk. Too many companies have fallen over leaving creditors and employees holding the can. Hopefully that’s changing as the industry continues to right-size itself.

    Good to see Spicers regain solid capital footing after solving its shareholding imbroglio.

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

    Patrick Howard

     

  • Speed boat wrap wins Roland DG contest

    The winning entry by LJMDesign.

    Lachlan and Carla Mason of far north Queensland print and signage business LJMDesign have won Roland DG Australia’s ‘With Roland’ competition that ran in conjunction with the Mobile Imagination Centre (MIC) events across Australia during 2017.

    The winning entry was a speed boat wrap printed on a Roland VS-540 Printer Cutter.

    The competition encouraged customers to submit images of work they have created with a Roland device. The most creative entry at each MIC location received an iDecora Desktop Vinyl Cutter and went into the draw for the grand prize – a trip for two to a luxury villa on Bedarra Island, QLD, valued at about $5,000.

    “We are honoured to have been awarded this prize and we are super excited to be visiting Bedarra Island,” says Lachlan Mason. “The MIC provided us with all the necessary information we needed to make the best choice towards our new Roland VG-640.”

    Bedarra Island, QLD.

    The Mobile Imagination Centre will continue to make its way around Australia next year. Dates and locations will be announced early in the new year.

    Roland DG Corporation is a leading manufacturer of products including SOLJET, VersaCAMM, VersaUV and Texart series large-format inkjet devices, MDX milling and EGX engraving machines, CAMM-1 and STIKA vinyl cutters and MPX photo impact printers.

  • Setting targets for energy use

    Today’s graphics industry is data driven. From digital prepress through to performance analytics, data is the only way to get accurate printed output and to measure business performance. The need for greater environmental accountability, either voluntary or regulatory, means that we have a new category of data to worry about.

    Except that relatively few small to medium sized businesses will want to bother with it which is not so good, because this new data dimension can actually help the bottom line. Companies cite the expense as a reason not to bother with sustainability data. And yet time after time we come across companies with improved profits because of their sustainability and quality management efforts. Sustainability reporting creates an imperative and a discipline which can help make the business more efficient and profitable.

    It all begins with a structure, the pillars and joists that provide the basics for sustainability policies and practices. The metrics are common for most companies, within and beyond the graphics business. Probably the simplest and most common starting point is to set targets for energy usage. Calculate how much energy your business uses today on a monthly or annual basis. Then decide how much you want to reduce it over a certain period of time, compared to that base value. A common goal is to use 5% less within five years, which is hardly onerous. Setting a five-year timescale also gives you wriggle room for investing in energy saving measures, such as more efficient equipment or new insulation.

    You can apply the same model for water usage and volumes of waste, if and how it gets recycled and how much of it goes to landfill. Aiming for a zero-waste target can start immediately. Indeed, any aspect of the business that has an environmental impact should be considered. There is a surprising number of things you can start doing straightaway, like setting up recycling points in the company and asking staff for suggestions that could contribute to improved environmental impact reductions.

    Many companies have developed road maps to help them gradually phase in sustainability initiatives. For small businesses, this can be an easier means of grappling with greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) relating to energy, transport and product use. The roadmap should address products and processes separately and set targets, even if the target is just to consider eco-efficiency improvements and how the business is structured to promote best environmental practices.

    The graphics industry is the same as other industries in that it is on a journey. The sustainability route starts with a couple of small steps that are easy to take and that can lead to a greener future.

    – 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, Unity Publishing and Xeikon.

     

  • Issue 965 – November 24, 2017

    Though government tends to move at the speed of… well, government, it’s always nice when politicians sit up and listen. Thanks to a lot of lobbying from the Keep Me Posted campaign, both major parties are supporting a consultation paper on the practice of companies charging fees for paper bills. At times like this, it’s important to have your say – make your voice heard on this issue by mail, or at the Treasury website.

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

    Jake Nelson
    Editor – Labels and Industrial Print

  • ‘Just too tough’: Western Graphics shuts down

    Western Graphics at Fairfield, Sydney

    Sydney printer Ken Buckland is closing the doors of his award-winning Western Graphics offset and digital business after almost 40 years and retiring.

    ‘A great weight has been lifted’: Ken Buckland, owner/director, Western Graphics

    “This year just got so hard, so competitive, and there was not enough money in the industry anymore to survive,” says Buckland. “I was waking up in the middle of the night wondering how I was going to make ends meet. Now, I feel like a great weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I’m also getting a bit old and need to retire and just enjoy the rest of my life.”

    Western Graphics, based at Fairfield in Sydney’s west, specialised in upmarket 4 colour brochure work and presentation folders. Buckland says he would have needed to increase his prices by 20% just to survive. 

    “There’s no money in it anymore. As the cake gets smaller, everyone’s grabbing at it. It was just too tough and too demanding. The margins have gotten so slim and other printers were destroying our price. Customers expect a good price and a good job and they want it tomorrow, but some of them don’t pay for 120 days.”

    The industry veteran is looking forward to a comfortable retirement.

    “I owned the property as well and the two units are worth a lot of money now. I’m expecting about $1.7 million for the land so I’ll be able to retire quite comfortably thanks to the real estate market but not the printing industry.”

    Two remaining staff members – down from a previous high of 18 – are expected to be laid off next week.

    Buckland has sold off most of his smaller equipment through word-of-mouth. Offset and digital machines up for sale include: three multi-colour Heidelberg presses – a 5 colour Speedmaster, a MO 4 colour, and a 4 colour GTO – a Konica Bizhub, a Muller stitcher with crash folder unit, guillotines, die cutting, folding and other equipment.

    Western Graphics, a family owned commercial print business, was established in Sydney in 1979.

     

     

  • Holmesglen partners with KM for print training

    The fifth Accurio Label C71cf digital label press in Australia, installed at Holmesglen TAFE.

    Holmesglen TAFE’s new digital training centre at Chadstone campus, sponsored by Konica Minolta, is almost ready to go and will be open to students early next year.

    Robert Black.

    The new facility includes the Accurio Label C71cf digital label press – the fifth to be installed in Australia, and the first in Victoria – as well as the latest bizhub in-line booklet maker and two Accurio digital presses, plus wide-format colour inkjet printers. Robert Black, program manager for printing at Holmesglen, said this new arrangement brings leading-edge technology to on- and off-the-job training. “We’re very excited to be working with Konica Minolta on this initiative. To have a digital solutions provider like KM on board is a major asset, and the Holmesglen Institute is very thankful to have their support.

    “We’ll be exploring further options as the centre progresses, but this is an innovative approach to training, including apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs, demonstrating KM’s commitment to supporting a public TAFE and industry initiative that brings the industry to the schools,” Black said.

    There are only a few minor items left to be delivered, and the large-format equipment needs to be installed; however, Black is confident everything will be up and running for a January commencement. “We have scheduled our schools programs in February. We have our apprenticeship program already started, both on and off the job and a 12-week pre-apprenticeship program also scheduled to commence February,” he said.

    Anthony Lewis.

    Anthony Lewis, general manager for specialised print at Konica Minolta, said KM was excited to partner with and support the work Holmesglen is doing for the printing industry. “It’s part of our overall strategy to make sure we’re supporting the industry as best we can. It’s a way for us to give back – we provided this technology at our own expense, and we’re supporting our best-of-breed gear,” Lewis said.

  • Keep Me Posted takes case to Treasury

    Keep Me Posted flyers in post offices.

    The Keep Me Posted campaign has met with Treasury to deliver its submission for the Government’s consultation on paper billing fees. Throwing its support behind a complete ban on the practice, the campaign has urged industry to do the same.

    Kellie Northwood.

    Campaign representatives met with Treasury in Canberra yesterday to support a total ban on companies charging fees to customers who receive paper bills. “It’s time for Government to apply a bit of good old fashioned common sense and make it clear to super profit companies that hidden or added costs along the way are not acceptable,” said Kellie Northwood, executive director, Keep Me Posted.

    The consultation paper lists five options for paper billing fees:

    • Option 1, the status quo, but with the addition of an industry-led consumer education plan on exemptions;
    • Option 2, a complete ban (favoured by Keep Me Posted);
    • Option 3, banning paper bill fees for ‘essential services’ (eg water, gas, electricity, telecommunications and banking);
    • Option 4, limiting the fee for the bill to the cost of its production; and
    • Option 5, using ‘behavioural nudges’ to promote exemption programs.

    “We clearly stated Keep Me Posted’s position to support a total ban on all billing fees, which is option 2 of the consultation paper,” said Northwood. “We call on all Australians, industry stakeholders, interested groups and consumers to have their say and support the ban.”

    Northwood noted that, despite the perception of digital bills being a ‘free’ option, this is often not the case, and many Australians don’t have easy access to the internet. “When you opt-in to electronic bills and statements it means you need to possess and keep an electronic device, pay for an internet subscription or for mobile data, and more often than not you pay to print the bill at home,” she said.

    A spokesperson for Australia Post, which could not confirm earlier whether it would be making a submission, today told Print21 that it would participate in the process, but could not yet say what the national mail carrier’s submission would contain. “We can confirm that Australia Post will be putting forward a submission, and will make this document publicly available by the December deadline,” the spokesperson said.

    Michael McCormack.

    Michael McCormack, Minister for Small Business, announced the consultation paper on Tuesday, saying better outcomes and protections were needed for consumers who could not access digital bills. “The development of protection options has been led by the Federal Government since being agreed as part of the Consumers Affairs Ministers’ extensive consumer protection agenda in August this year. A public awareness and education campaign will also be developed to assist consumers understand their rights under consumer law,” McCormack added. 

    Submissions can be made online via the Treasury website or via mail to The Treasury, Langton Crescent Parkes ACT 2600, and close on Friday, 22 December 2017.

  • Old Friends meet for end-of-year celebration

    James Cryer takes us into the inner sanctum of a clandestine group of shadowy figures, and shines a light on one of our industry’s best-kept secrets, revealing for the first time some of their strange rituals and beliefs.

    Originally formed in England over 100 years ago, the Society was established with the noble purpose of providing a mechanism or means of tradespeople – of various professions – keeping in touch, after they had retired.

    Reminding us that we are tribal or herd-creatures at heart, we all crave the need for company and social interaction, between people of similar backgrounds or viewpoints.

    And so the Australian branch (or ”daughter organisation”), which began many years ago, derived its membership mainly from the commercial offset sector, which of course, was the mainstay of our industry for many years.

    Many notables – proprietors, managing directors, tradespeople, lecturers from the Sydney School of Printing – people from many and varied quarters – have all enjoyed the cameraderie, four or five times a year, which such an association brings. 

    In fact, 100 years later, it still fulfills a unique need, which is to provide a means by which people who share a passion for print – and who may have spent a lifetime in it (or it just seems that way) – can keep in touch.

    And so it was that about forty souls met on the balcony of the RSYS overlooking Sydney’s beautiful harbour to reminisce about the past and to toast the future… of print.

    To help celebrate the occasion, in what is now an ”instant tradition”, Andrew Macaulay, CEO of the PIAA (and his better-half, Bud) was invited to say a few words about some of the exciting new initiatives and programs the association is undertaking. We were intrigued to hear that, earlier that day, he had even chewed the ear of the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull over lunch in Canberra.  And just to even-up the score, he had met with the Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten, the week before.

    This is all part of a long-term strategy to place the printing industry closer to the levers of power in Canberra. He mentioned that the two top priorities for our industry, which the association is addressing, are energy pricing and training. He also made the point that, with the demise of the automotive industry, the printing industry is now the largest employer in the manufacturing sector.

    All in all, the talk was extremely well received and help cast a light on some of the important, behind the scenes work your association is engaging in.

    President Scott Telfer thanked Andrew and confirmed what a great honour it was to have the CEO here, and to have him speak so candidly and passionately on matters which affect our industry.

    If anyone would like to join the Society, you are most welcome to contact either myself, or Scott Telfer, see contact details, below.

    Anyone is welcome to join! Sorry, there is one condition, which I forgot to mention: you must be under ninety!

    If you are interested in joining the Australian Society of Old Friends, please contact either – 

    Scott Telfer – – – – 0413 382 528 or

    James Cryer – – – 0408 291 508

  • Jet Technologies partners with B&F Papers in NZ

    B&F Papers will become the exclusive distributor of Jet Technologies’ range of specialty laminates and films in New Zealand, after the two companies announced a new strategic partnership.

    Jack Malki, Jet Technologies.

    The deal will bring Jet’s premium film range, including soft touch and anti-scuff laminates as well as new films coming in 2018, to the New Zealand market. Jack Malki, director of Jet Technologies, says he is very happy with the partnership. “Having had the opportunity to meet the management of B&F, we are extremely pleased to have found a partner that understands and is completely aligned with our company and family values,” he said.

    The films will go through B&F’s slitting and distribution facilities, which feature an Atlas Titan SR800 – the only two-metre-wide dual-shaft slitter in New Zealand. This will provide customers with standard and custom widths, and allow prompt delivery of high-quality slit rolls.

    Penelope Savidan, B&F.

    “The films and laminates are a really good complement for our slitting and distribution capabilities as we can supply both the label market, where we are already building a customer base for our self adhesives, and our core existing commercial print customers,” said Penelope Savidan, executive director of B&F Papers.

    Savidan says she and her colleages at B&F are very excited about the Jet Technologies partnership. “Jet Technologies is a really great company with great management. We’re excited to be distributing their products – they’re very well-regarded within our market for the quality of their films.

    “We’re looking forward to working with Jet moving forward, as we have very similar family values and company ethics,” she said.

  • Fine Print buys neighbour Ace Printing

    Fine Print Australia, Carrum Downs, VIC.

    Offset and digital house Fine Print Australia has acquired local competitor Ace Printing and moved the business into the Fine Print facility at Carrum Downs in Melbourne’s south-east.

    It’s the fifth acquisition by Fine Print since managing director Suren Meegama started his first printing company in his garage in 2006, with one GTO 46 single colour machine and a Polar guillotine. Over the years, Meegama has acquired Abex Print Group (2006), Rippingale Printing (2012), M&K Printing (2013) and DataColour (2015), moving all of those companies under the same roof.

    Ace Printing has been operating in Melbourne’s south-east for 30 years, producing mainly offset and digital work.

    “We heard that Ace owner Shaun Harrison was looking to get out of the printing industry and move on,” says Meegama. “It’s a very competitive market and you have to keep up to date with the game or you get left behind. So, we made an offer and I think it helped that we were just three minutes away and were able to retain existing staff members and move the company into our plant.”

    Fine Print Australia is an Australian owned and operated print business based at 56 Frankston Gardens Dr, Carrum Downs, servicing the Mornington Peninsula, Frankston, Seaford, Dandenong and Melbourne areas.

    “We specialise in digital, offset and large format work and we also do a lot of signage jobs, posters and banners,” says Meegama. “Business is a bit quiet lately but we are travelling okay because we are increasing our turnover every year. I’m a Christian myself and I’m praying for work. God is feeding me.”

    The company’s tech line-up includes a 2-colour Speedmaster, a cylinder, platen, two guillotines, a Horizon stitchliner and booklet line, a Morgana digital folder, a Roland cutter, an HP Latex large format press, two Konica Minolta Accurio presses and a CtP system.