Archive for March, 2018

  • Heidelberg secures $516m to expand digital

    Press giant Heidelberg underlined the strength of the global print market by securing a €320 million ($A516 million) credit line to drive its digital transformation.

    ‘Confidence in our strategic roadmap to a digital future’: Dirk Kaliebe, CFO of Heidelberg.

    “This refinancing is another sign of the banks’ confidence in our strategic roadmap to a digital future,” said Dirk Kaliebe, CFO of Heidelberg. “The financial basis for our new digital technologies and business models has been secured for the long term. We have numerous options at our disposal for driving forward our growth strategy. At the same time, we are able to further reduce interest costs by optimizing the financial framework.”

    The new credit line gives Heidelberg more flexibility to pay off a proportion of the existing 8% bond due in 2022 ahead of time and under more advantageous conditions.

    The financial framework thus consists primarily of the newly syndicated credit line for €320 million that runs till March 2023, a convertible bond for €59 million that runs till March 2022, a bond for €204 million that runs till May 2022 but can be redeemed prematurely, and an EIB loan for €100 million that runs till 2024, the company said in a statement.

    Besides supporting the day-to-day operational business of the global organization, the new credit facility underpins the strategy of further expanding new digital business models, such as the newly established subscription portfolio. 

    The broad-based banking consortium behind the credit facility comprises six main lenders: Bank of China, BNP Paribas, Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, and LBBW. Completing the consortium are DZ Bank, IKB, NIBC, and Saar LB.


  • Tax cuts ‘critical’ for printing industry: PIAA

    (l-r) Andrew Macaulay, CEO PIAA, meets with Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan.

    The Printing Industries Association of Australia has expressed “deep disappointment” that the Turnbull Government’s proposed tax cuts have been postponed after failing to secure the support of the Senate.

    “Taxing profits is a tax on jobs and a tax on economic growth,” says PIAA CEO Andrew Macaulay. “Small and big business account for 86% of all jobs in Australia and we need support for business to encourage job creation.”

    The association has urged Senator Hinch and Senator Storer to back the Government’s proposed tax relief legislation and Macaulay says the printing and packaging sector “would employ more people if government impositions are removed.

    “Both Victoria and South Australia, whom the Senators respectively represent, need more local jobs and need more employment,” Macaulay says.

    “We have long been campaigning for the removal of state-based payroll tax, a tax on employing people. The cutting of corporate company tax is consistent with this policy position. Businesses should not be penalised unduly by Government for doing well.”

    The PIAA argues that the international competitiveness of the industry is under threat if our corporate tax rate remains high. New Zealand has a corporate tax rate of 28%; Singapore has a corporate tax rate of 17%. Australia’s is at 30%.

    “Overall, we must remain competitive in our region on tax or else print and packaging jobs may go offshore,” says Macaulay.

  • Maxteq is BST eltromat’s new agent

    Sealing the deal: (l-r) Sajid Malik from BST eltromat with Olga Maxwell and Andrew Maxwell of Maxteq.

    German manufacturer BST eltromat International has strengthened its market position in Australia and New Zealand with a new sales and service partnership with Maxteq.

    Melbourne-based Maxteq began working for BST eltromat in January 2018 and now represents BST eltromat’s complete product portfolio for the printing and packaging industries – including solutions for web guiding and register control, web monitoring systems, 100% inspection, color measurement and color management, and automation solutions.

    “Maxteq is known and respected in Australia and New Zealand as an expert contact in the printing industry,” says Sajid Malik, Vice President Sales Asia Pacific at BST eltromat. “We are delighted to have the support of the Maxteq team, with their extensive practical experience in this important region. Through this collaboration, we’re now a big step closer to our customers Down Under and we can meet their high-quality requirements better than ever.”

    Maxteq was founded in 2013 by Andrew and Olga Maxwell and currently employs eight staff members. Andrew Maxwell has more than 30 years of experience in the packaging industry and has worked for a number of leading manufacturers in that time. Maxteq is already a sales partner in Australia and New Zealand for a number of leading manufacturers of equipment for the printing, flexible packaging and label industries.

    “BST eltromat has a reputation here as a strong brand in the packaging and label market and the company’s high-quality solutions complete our product portfolio perfectly,” says Maxwell. “This means we can offer our customers solutions from a single source and tap into new market segments, including the fields of digital printing and non-woven. With BST eltromat’s expertise, solutions and service, we’re assuming a market-leading position in terms of quality assurance in web-oriented production processes.”

    BST eltromat International employs a staff of over 360 people at its main plants in Germany (Bielefeld and Leopoldshöhe) and has 600 employees worldwide. In addition to its ten subsidiaries and five production locations, BST eltromat also has more than 50 representatives around the world.


  • Issue 996 – March 29, 2018

    3D printing…is it really ‘printing’ or is it an additive manufacturing process? HP and Fuji Xerox are not waiting around for an answer and already are busy developing 3D hardware and software for implementation over the next year. Researcher PwC is now asking the printing industry for as much feedback on the issue as possible. Here’s a chance to have your say.


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

    Graham Osborne

    Online editor.

  • PwC launches 3D Printing Survey

    evok3d MD Joe Carmody with HP’s Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution.

    PwC’s Skills for Australia initiative, which has joined with the PIAA to review print industry training, has opened an online survey to gather feedback on the state of the 3D printing industry.

    “This project investigates the broader industry needs for 3D printing, in addition to reviewing the current 3D printing units and skill set in the Printing and Graphic Arts Training Package,” says Claudia Cuskelly, senior associate at PwC Australia.

    “We want to hear from a diverse audience, both in printing and other industries, who are using 3D printing, including: employers, industry representatives, peak bodies/associations, trainers or training providers, subject matter experts, recruiters and anyone with interest or expertise in this field. We’re looking to gather as much industry feedback as possible.”

    The survey will be open until Monday 2nd April, 2018 and the results will be used to create training products that provide the best employment outcomes for learners and for industry.

    Once you click on this link you will be redirected to the online survey, which will take about 15 minutes to complete. You can ‘opt out’ or decline to participate at any stage of the process. Email or call 1800 714 819 if you have any questions.

    The Printing and Graphic Arts Industry Reference Committee (IRC), in conjunction with PwC’s Skills for Australia initiative, last week released a 48-page draft of its Industry Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work (ISFPSW) review, which aims to “refocus the discussion about the skills and training needed in the industry.”

    The study noted that companies including HP and Fuji Xerox are developing 3D hardware and software in partnership with firms for implementation over the next 12 months.

  • Image owner Kilpin sets down his pen

    Stan Kilpin, owner of Image Magazines (pictured above), has announced his retirement after 29 years in the industry. He has sold his magazines, including Digital Image and Sign Gear NZ, to new publisher Image Publications, headed by Janet Maitland.

    Kilpin, who has been in the sign and display magazine business since the era of screen printing, says he has almost ‘seen it all’ over the past three decades of progress. “It’s been a long, eventful and very satisfying time in which I have met and enjoyed the company of so many industry people whose friendship I will long remember,” he said. “I could not and did not do it alone, and I am so grateful for all the encouragement and support received over the years in achieving this.”

    Digital Image, Textile Image, Sign Gear NZ and the Image Sign Price Guide, plus the online publications Image Online Classifieds and Image Online News, will now be published by Janet Maitland and Image Publications. Maitland, who has more than 20 years’ experience as a senior level executive and management consultant and has worked with Image Magazines through a joint venture with joint venture with Sign Price Cruncher, is looking forward to her new role. “I have experience with the sign industry, combined with extensive sales and marketing experience. I am looking forward to creating and building connections as the publisher of the industry’s leading publications in Image and Sign Gear,” she said.

    Kilpin will remain for the handover period over the next few months, and contact details for all of Image’s magazines will stay the same.

  • Rigid printing and white ink for HP Latex

    HP has announced its Latex R Series of rigid signage printers at ISA Sign Expo in Singapore. The company is also releasing white ink for Latex, which it promises will not yellow over time like traditional UV white.

    Mike Boyle, HP.

    The new R Series of wide format latex printers can handle substrates including foamboards, foam PVC, cardboard, fluted polypropylene, solid plastics, aluminium, wood and glass. According to Mike Boyle, vice president for graphic solutions in the Asia-Pacific and Japan region at HP, the range brings HP’s vivid colours into the rigid printing world. “With the new HP Latex Rigid Technology, our customers can expand their offering into new, high-value applications while also opening fresh creative ideas and concepts for sign and display that provide their users greater value,” he said.

    Thom Brown, HP.

    Along with rigid printing, the R Series will also feature HP Latex white ink for the first time, employing a new system that recirculates the ink to avoid settling. According to Thom Brown, chief inkologist at HP, the ink will also remain white over time, unlike traditional UV ink which gradually yellows. “White ink has been a consistent problem for the industry. Traditionally it uses bigger and heavier pigment particles that frequently clog printheads, or the opaque mixture becomes separated and settles to the bottom of the ink reservoir,” said Brown. “Through HP’s investment in innovation around chemistry and engineering, the white ink solution with the HP Latex R Series is an industry breakthrough.”

    Jeremy Brew, HP.

    According to Jeremy Brew, application specialist for large format at HP South Pacific, customer demand drove the development of the new white ink, and HP took the time to make sure the quality was up to scratch. “It’s directly in response to feedback from customers, who have been asking for a white latex ink. We didn’t want to release one that suffers from the pitfalls that some white inks tend to create – this one will be quite unique,” he said.

    HP will showcase the R series for the first time at May’s FESPA show in Germany, and it will be available in the latter half of this year. “We’re expecting availability in a number of countries, including Australia, in the third quarter,” said Brew.

  • Sign Essentials to distribute iECHO cutters

    The iECHO BK3.

    Brisbane supplier Sign Essentials has been appointed Australian distributor for iECHO flatbed cutting devices and will launch the flagship iECHO BK3 digital cutting system next month at Visual Impact in Brisbane.

    “The iECHO neatly fills a gap we had in our cutting range” says Sean Strange, GM of Sign Essentials.  “Our Impact CNC routers and lasers are fantastic for many cutting and engraving applications, but don’t necessarily suit every situation.  The BK3 has a great range of tooling including oscillating knives, v-cutters, drag blades, creasing tools, a router spindle and more.  When teamed up with iECHO’s camera registration system, they open up exciting possibilities.”

    iECHO has a long history manufacturing flatbed cutting devices for many different industries, including garment & textile, advertising & printing, composites, packaging, bags & leather, inflatable products, membrane structure, automobile upholstery, yachts, aviation and wind power.

    The iECHO BK3 high precision digital cutting system is a third-generation device that performs through cutting, kiss cutting, milling, punching, creasing and marking functions with high speed and high precision.  The camera registration system is ideal for popular print/cut operations, particularly when coupled with a UV flatbed printer.  The BK3 can be configured with one, two or three cutting heads.  Multiple tools can be interchanged between any of the heads.

    Sign Essentials will release the iECHO at Visual Impact Brisbane [19th – 21st of April 2018] and will have a demonstration machine on their stand.  “Visual Impact is a great opportunity for customers to come and see the BK3 and get an understanding of what it can do for their business,” says Strange. 

    For further information, you can see the iECHO at  You can also contact Sign Essentials on 1300 363 464 or email

    Sign Essentials is a family company, established in 1991 and located at Prosperity Place, Geebung, 20 minutes north of the Brisbane CBD.

  • Konica Minolta rescues NFP mail house

    Beehive Industries is a NFP Social Enterprise.

    A chance meeting between Konica Minolta CEO David Cooke and Beehive Industries chief Brendan Lonergan has helped to secure the future of the Sydney-based not-for-profit organisation that supports seniors, people living with disabilities and the long-term unemployed.

    Beehive operates a successful packaging assembly and mail house service for a range of corporate, government, and not-for-profit customers, operates a leisure centre and learning centre as well as running a full commercial kitchen and dining room where it provides free breakfast, morning tea, and lunch to its service users each day. 

    The organisation was facing a funding crisis after losing a significant portion of its budget under the National Disability Insurance Scheme, making it difficult to continue providing services. 

    ‘An incredibly smart piece of equipment’:  Brendan Lonergan, CEO Beehive. 

    To run its Darlinghurst-based mail house services, Beehive had to use local print shops to print out flysheets, letterheads and other jobs. This external cost meant profit margins were negligible, making it harder for Beehive to raise the money it needed to support its service users. 

    Brendan Lonergan, CEO, Beehive Industries, said, “Faced with such a substantial loss in recurrent funding, there are generally two options: cut services and support fewer people in need; or expand revenues to continue to support as many people as possible. Obviously, Beehive preferred to expand revenues.” 

    Beehive intended to launch a program called Beehive2Work, which would expand the commercial services it offered and provide employment opportunities for the people it supports.  However, Beehive had no printing equipment in-house and no budget to purchase state-of-the-art equipment, which severely limited its ability to explore new revenue opportunities.

    But at a chance meeting with Konica Minolta CEO Dr David Cooke, Brendan Lonergan outlined the issues Beehive faced. 

    Dr David Cooke, CEO Konica Minolta.

    “We’re looking after more than 200 seniors, people with disabilities or long-term unemployed and the of the money for the services we provide comes from running the commercial business. At the meeting, Dr David Cooke asked how Konica Minolta could help; it was clear that printing and document scanning equipment would be ideal to help us expand our commercial services and improve our margins.” 

    Konica Minolta immediately began sourcing ex-lease equipment that could be put to work at Beehive, donating a bizhub C654 including booklet finishing technology for in-house printing requirements. Konica Minolta’s partner, ACA Pacific, donated a Kodak i4600 scanner and associated training and implementation. Konica Minolta also supplied furniture, computer equipment, shelving units, and more. 

    Beehive Industries received ex-lease equipment that was in as-new condition, which helped to launch its Beehive2Work program. “The equipment was so well refurbished that when the Konica Minolta technician arrived to do the install, he initially thought it was a brand new machine,” said Lonergan.

    “This incredibly smart piece of equipment has delivered two key benefits. First, we can now offer printing services to our customers, which also means we can make a small margin on the printing. Even at a few cents a page, it soon adds up over thousands of pages and helps cover our funding needs. 

    “The second key benefit is that we’re now a lot more useful to our customers and potential customers. We’re no longer asking them to do their own printing or incurring costs at a local print shop. Instead, we simply ask them to send us their data files and we can do the rest. That makes us more competitive and a more realistic alternative to traditional print shops. 

    “We can print everything from membership stickers to flysheets for magazine mail-outs. This has created new lines of business and more work for the business. That means more cash flow as well as more activity for our people to do.” 

    Beehive’s service users are socially and economically disadvantaged. The Beehive2Work program gives them a place to go and work to do. It also provides training opportunities that can translate into longer-term employment in private businesses. 

    “What Konica Minolta has contributed to Beehive Industries is a lot more than just equipment,” Lonergan said. “It’s opened up new opportunities for us and our service users, which is priceless.” 

  • Graphic Impressions machinery auction

    The 2006 Komori Lithrone LS-840P 8 Colour press.

    Liquidator PKF Melbourne is selling off several big-ticket items from collapsed Melbourne printer Graphic Impressions, which closed its doors early this month reportedly owing hundreds of thousands of dollars to creditors.

    Auction house GraysOnline is organizing inspection visits to the former Graphic Impressions factory at Mulgrave in Melbourne and is now taking offers on four major pieces of equipment:

    2006 Komori Lithrone LS-840P 8 Colour press;
    2010 Ryobi 925 5 Colour press with coater;
    Horizon 2008 Model CABS-5000 Perfect Binding System;
    2014 Heidelberg Plate Setter & Plate Processor.

    More details here.

    Enquiries: Melbourne Customer Service or (p) 03 9427 4202.

    If you would like to organise an inspection or make an offer on one of the units, please email Scott Matthews at

    Offers Close on Tuesday 19h April 2018 at 5.00pm.

    Horizon 2008 CABS-5000 Perfect Binding System.

    About 60 employees from Graphic Impressions and magazine publishing partner Blitz Publications lost their jobs when the two businesses went under early in March. Blitz, which opened in 1986, owned nine magazine brands for the health, fitness and lifestyle industries, while Graphic Impressions was established in 2001 and specialised in sheet fed offset production, both in-house and for magazine and book industry clients. The companies shared the same address at 1 Miles Street, Mulgrave in Melbourne’s south-east, and were owned by Silvio Morelli, who has been unavailable for comment.

    The sale of Graphic Impressions’ intellectual property and goodwill, including the customer list, data files, software, domain names, telephone numbers and logos, was being handled separately by Richard Rasmussen of Ascent Partners.

    2010 Ryobi 925 5 Colour press with coater.


  • Kayell brings in 1st Spectro LFP qb

    Andreas Johansson with the 1st Spectro LFP qb in Australia.

    Andreas Johansson deepens engagement with Italian colour measurement specialists, Barbieri Electronic, investing in two demonstration units for Kayell Australia’s Sydney and Melbourne office.

    The Barberi LFP unit has been available for about 10 years, and has the unique feature of moving the printed target so that every measurement is taken at a fixed point. This enables the Barbieri LFP to take both reflective and transmissive measurements. The Barbieri LFP qb is the latest model from Barbieri and also features the ability to remove the spectro reader to take spot colour measurements as well.

    According to Johansson the Barbieri is ideal for users who need to make profiles for multiple substrates and needs automation – including textiles, ever for backlite soft signage.  

    “There are already a lot of very happy Barbieri users in Australia, and the new Spectro LFP qb will certainly be on many new and old users shopping lists. There are plenty of users that have multiple units through out their organisations at different locations. The added bonus of detaching the spectro head to take spot colour measurements is a first. You can really have your cake and eat it too!

    The growth of wide format textile printing has increased the need for reliable colorimetric values for colour rendition on different materials. Using a variety of colour RIPs, Kayell is raising the bar in textile printing quality measurement.

    Markus Barbieri, CTO, (above) of the family-owned company in Brixen, Italy, backs this up. He confirms the utility of the Spectro LFP qb for the soft signage as well industrial textile printing.

    “The Spectro LFP qb has some extremely important features which permit precision measuring of digitally printed textiles for the first time. For starters there is the 8 mm measuring aperture, which is fundamental for accurate measurement results on structured materials. Then there is the detachable measuring head for spot colour measurements and subsequent reproduction,” he said.

    “That makes the Spectro LFP qb the first and only instrument that offers manual, flexible spot colour measurement and calibrates printers as an automatic measuring device. So we guarantee consistent results with one and the same measuring instrument.”

    He maintains that Barbieri is one of the first manufacturers worldwide to implement the latest standards measuring the UV component of the light instruments used. “The illumination used has been defined beyond the visual range so that we can provide more reliable measuring data.

    There has also been significant further development and standardization in terms of the correct communication of colour in file formats (pdf standards). It is this spectral formulation of colour values and the description of how colours look on different surfaces that have enabled graphic designers, print service providers and brand owners to communicate colours correctly.

    Johansson’s says he already has a growing list of customers eager to see the units – the one for the Melbourne office  will arrive shortly.





  • Salmat sells contact centre unit for $53m

    ASX-listed direct mail and marketing services company Salmat is selling its contact centre business to Sydney-based private equity firm Five V Capital for $53 million.

    “Selling our contact centre business frees up capital”: Rebecca Lowde, CEO Salmat.

    Salmat CEO Rebecca Lowde said the move is part of the company’s strategy to focus on its core catalogue distribution businesses – which also resulted the company offloading its SMS business MessageNet three months ago for $14.8 million.

    “The sale is in line with Salmat’s strategy to focus on innovating Salmat’s core capabilities for long-term sustainability and reflects the opportunity for consolidation in the Australian outsourced contact centre market,” Lowde told the ASX in a statement.

    “The change in ownership will allow our contact centres to continue their long history of customer-centric service and benefit from further investment to capitalise on growth opportunities. Selling our contact centre business frees up capital and Group resources to invest in our Marketing Solutions and MicroSourcing businesses.”

    Salmat’s Marketing Solutions business offers clients a range of solutions to connect them with their customers and drive sales including online catalogue destination Lasoo, and catalogue distribution, search, email and eCommerce capabilities.

    “With recent research conducted for Salmat indicating that search, brand websites, and letterbox/online catalogues rank in the top six channels consumers use to inform their purchase decisions, Salmat’s Marketing Solutions business is well placed to deliver results for our clients and drive profitable growth and long term sustainability,” said Lowde. “With this divestment, we are now more focused on further enhancing our Marketing Solutions offer and enabling the continued success and growth of our MicroSourcing business.”

    Under the terms of the agreement – with Five V Capital in combination with the Probe Group – completion is scheduled for 30 April 2018, subject to conditions. Salmat will provide transitional services.

    Adrian Mackenzie of Five V Capital said, “We have partnered with shareholders and management of BPO provider, Probe Group to form a new market-leading Australian BPO operator. The combined business, operating as the Probe Group, will employ over 3,000 staff servicing leading blue-chip corporate and government clients across Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines.  The combined business will benefit from additional capital and resources to continue to grow and invest in delivering industry-leading services and solutions to its customers.”

  • Issue 995 – March 28, 2018

    Ask any printer … the first half of the year can be tough. Coming out of a quiet January, we’re no sooner getting some traction than the long-weekends kick in. Starting with Hobart’s Royal Regatta Day in Feb, there’s Labor Day, Adelaide Cup Day, and Eight Hour Day, before the Easter four-day break. We’re living up to our reputation as the land of the long weekend. No one wants to be a Scrooge, but it makes it difficult for businesses to get up to speed. By most accounts February proved a bit of a fizzer and March doesn’t look much better.

    For printers it means keeping a close eye on cash flow, even while enjoying their time off.


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

    Patrick Howard
    Publishing editor.

  • Mark Andy buys plate specialist Presstek

    Digital Series HD hybrid press from Mark Andy.

    Press manufacturer Mark Andy has acquired of US-based Presstek, a leading global supplier of offset plates and presses, CTP solutions and service for commercial and in-plant customers.

     “Presstek has been a force in the small and medium format offset segment for many years and Presstek’s DI (direct imaging) plates and equipment and CTP solutions are well-respected throughout the industry,” said Kevin Wilken, CEO, Mark Andy. “I am happy to welcome the Presstek employees and products into the Mark Andy family.  We expect Presstek’s customers to benefit from Mark Andy’s stable leadership, tremendous customer service and unmatched product offerings, including MAPP offset print supplies and consumables and Mark Andy digital print equipment.”

    Presstek’s team of over 60 technical professionals will be integrated within Mark Andy’s service infrastructure, making it the largest, regionally-staffed service organization in North America. Certified technicians will support equipment service for brands such as Presstek, ABDick, Ryobi, Heidelberg, Xerox, KBA, Epson and more.

    Presstek’s Zahara waterless plates division, which is not being acquired by Mark Andy, will be spun into a new company, Verico Technology, headed by former Presstek CEO Yuval Dubois.  Verico Technology will focus on expanding its market share for cut sheet aluminum waterless plates and coating technologies in the printing industry as well as venturing into new market segments. “Mark Andy’s acquisition of Presstek is a big win for customers from both organizations,” said Dubois. “We are pleased for the long-term benefits that this initiative will bring to the market.”

    A Mark Andy showroom.

    Mark Andy and Presstek have maintained a strong partnership over the years, with Mark Andy Print Products (MAPP) fulfilling all orders in North America for Presstek DI and CTP products. Integrating Presstek’s sales and service teams within MAPP will yield many benefits to Presstek’s existing customers, including improved market coverage, extensive parts inventory, enhanced service resources, single point of invoicing, and faster response times.

    “Today’s print buyers are seeking shorter print runs, faster turnaround and no compromises in print quality,” says Stuart Gallup, vice president, offset business, Mark Andy. “It’s a privilege to now offer the single point of contact customer experience and streamlined processes that our commercial and in-plant customers have previously enjoyed.” 

    Mark Andy is represented in Australia by local distributor Aldus-Tronics.


  • Peter Lane – celebrating 30 years

    Peter Lane (centre) at his farewell event in Adelaide with Rod Gorton – Elite Print (left) and Mike Edmonson – Reid Print (right).

    Peter Lane’s 30 years of service to both the South Australian industry and the industry nationally was celebrated by around 70 South Australian print personalities at a cocktail function last week in Adelaide.

    Peter Lane retired from the Board of the Printing Industries Association of Australia at the end of 2017, ending his 30 years of board membership. 

    The private event was organised by former print industry employees, Peter Mansfield and Mary Jo Fisher.

    “Peter’s 30 years of board membership is a record term, during which he served two stints as national president, and the South Australian industry wanted to recognise and applaud Peter’s amazing contribution,” says Fisher.

    (l-r) Openbook Howden’s Sarah Leo and Greg Hassold with Mary Jo Fisher.

    Several of SA’s country printers came along, some travelling a 6-hour round trip just to attend the event and drive home right afterwards.

    Former national and SA President of LATMA, Don Woolman, guest speaker at the event. noted that in their ‘official’ roles, he and Peter were never shy of having vigorous public debates on industry issues. “We often got grumpy with one another, but never lost mutual respect for the other’s unwavering advocacy for the industry.”

    (l-r) Peter Lane, Leon & Sheila Torzyn – Print Junction, Nick Catalano – Spicers.

    Lane’s office-bearing journey with the association started in 1985. Lane Print Group was resigning from the peak industry body because the association had negotiated a 35-hour week with the union. [The Industrial Relations Commission subsequently declined to ratify the deal]. The then-SA President and SA manager of the association both visited Lane and suggested that rather than resign, he should join the association’s regional council to experience and understand the association’s workings. 

    “The rest, as they say, is history,” says Fisher. “In my time helping the industry, the maximum audience we could get to any local event (other than PICAs) was just over 30 and that used to take real work! Beyond the 70 or so guests were many who couldn’t attend and sent Peter congratulatory messages. That’s easy testimony to the regard in which he is held.”

    (l-r) James Young – Fujifilm, Mark Roe of Fusetec, Jason Kerwin, Fuji Xerox. 

    Compliments from many who couldn’t attend the celebration resonated with these from industry identity Chris Pfeiffer, former GM of Openbook Howden:

    Hi Peter,

    Sorry I am unable to join you on another memorable occasion.

    You have been instrumental in continuing to represent the printing industry through more than 30 years of radical change, helping many individual people to adjust to their changing role in the printing industry.

    Printing has been and always will be a family of committed people engaged in ensuring communications are the best they can be, while ensuring that point of professionalism.

    Thanks Peter for being such a mentor for so many and for ensuring the industry retained its relevance at a time of revolutionary change.

    Have a great night among wonderful friends.

    “I think it will take quite some time for the association to find or help a current board member to replace Peter’s extensive skills and experience,” says Fisher. “I trust the association has that work in progress. Please may the industry have another Peter Lane.”

    (l-r) Mark Orel – Finsbury Green, with Peter Lane.


  • NZ, Australia win World Label Awards

    New Zealand label printers won five categories at the 2017 World Label Awards in Brussels while Perth-based Label Force picked up the Flexo Colour Process award.

    The L9 group of international label associations – including FINAT (Europe), TLMI (USA), JFLP (Japan), FPLMA (Australia), SALMA (New Zealand), PEIAC (China) and LMAI (India) – are invited each year to submit entries for the World Label Awards, with judging taking place in Brussels the day before Labelexpo Europe.

    Auckland-based printers Panprint and Rapid Labels each won twice – Panprint won the Offset Line category and was joint winner in Offset Wine/Spirits, while Rapid Labels won the Flexo Line and Combination Line and was awarded an Honorable Mention (HM) in Flexo Wine/Spirit.  Wellington’s Gravure Packaging won the Gravure category, while Admark Visual Imaging of Hamilton won an HM in Flexo Colour Process, and Christchurch printer Leading Label won an HM for Letterpress Colour Process.

    WA printer Label Force won the Flexo Colour Process category for its ‘John West Calamari’ labels. Multi-Color Australia won two HMs – for Offset Wine/Spirits and Digital Wine/Spirits, and Label House Australia picked up an HM in the Combination Line category.

    The full results:

    Class 1: Flexo Line

    Winner SALMA: Rapid Labels, New Zealand for “NZ Sunscreen Pure Shade”

    Class 2: Flexo Line/Screen

    Winner TLMI: Label Impressions Inc., USA for “Deva Curl Buildup Buster”

    Class 3: Flexo Colour Process

    Winner FPLMA: Label Force, Australia for “John West Calamari”

    HM SALMA: Admark Visual Imaging Ltd, New Zealand for “Moana”

    Class 4: Flexo Wine/Spirit

    Winner JFLP: Takara Pac Ltd., Japan for “Chablis Wine Label

    HM SALMA: Rapid Labels, New Zealand for “Craggy Range Wild Rock Pinot Gris 2016”

    HM FINAT: Royston Labels, United Kingdom for “King’s Cross”

    Class 5: Letterpress Line

    HM FINAT: Cabas SA., Greece for “Agro.VI.M. Olive Oil Kalamata PDO 1L

    Class 6: Letterpress Line/Screen

    Winner JFLP: MARU-SIN Co. Ltd., Japan for “Safety Drive”

    Class 7: Letterpress Colour Process

    Winner JFLP: SATO PRINTING Co. Ltd., Japan for “Daimyo Futomaki (Sushi Roll)”

    HM SALMA: Leading Label, New Zealand for “Pumpkin Seed Oil”

    Class 8: Letterpress Wine/Spirits

    Winner JFLP: SATO PRINTING Co. Ltd., Japan for “Apple and Lime Liqueur “Ringo Hime””

    Class 9: Offset Line

    Winner SALMA: Panprint Ltd., New Zealand for “True Honey Co. 300+ MGO”

    Class 11: Offset Colour Process

    Joint Winner PEIAC: Beijing YaZhengYuan Colourful Printing Co. Ltd., China for “JOMO Label”


    Class 12: Offset Wine/Spirits

    Joint Winner JFLP: SEIEIDO PRINTING Co. Ltd., Japan for “Japanese Sake “Yamahousi””

    Joint Winner SALMA: Panprint Ltd., New Zealand for “Pacific Potion Sauvignon Blanc”

    HM FINAT: Multi-Color Corporation North America Wine and Spirits, USA for “Fortnight”

    HM FPLMA: Multi-Color Australia for “D’SAS”

    Class 13: Combination Line

    Winner SALMA: Rapid Labels, New Zealand for “Floating Oil Snapper”

    HM FPLMA: Label House, Australia for “Pale Ale Birra Zonzo”

    Class 14: Combination Line/Screen

    Winner TLMI: McDowell Label & Screen Printing, USA for “Performance Nutrition”

    Class 15: Combination Colour Process

    Winner JFLP: SUNMEC Co. Ltd., Japan for “Denen Fuka” Box Label”

    Class 16: Combination Wine/Spirits

    Winner TLMI: Multi-Color Corporation, USA, for “Octopoda Cabernet Wine”

    HM JFLP: MARU-SIN Co. Ltd., Japan for “NEI (Japanese Shochu”

    Class 17: Digital Printing

    Winner TLMI: Digital Label Solutions Inc. USA for “KIA –The Extra Mile”

    HM FINAT: Ҫiftsan Etiket Ambalaj San. Ve Ticaret Ltd. Şti., Turkey for “Winx Body Lotion 75ml”

    Class 18: Digital Wine/Spirits

    Winner TLMI: Syracuse Label & Surround Printing, USA for “Ryze Vodka”

    HM FINAT: Marzek Etiketten GmbH, Austria for “Heathland Whisky”

    HM FPLMA: Multi-Color Australia for “Silken Beastie Shiraz”

    Class 19: Screen Printing

    Winner LMAI: Any Graphics Pvt. Ltd., India for “ComAD Designs”

    HM JFLP: Sibel Industry Co. Ltd., Japan for “VRONIQUE & CLAUDETTE”

    HM FINAT: Stratus Packaging, France for “Shampoo Color Lômé Paris”

    Class 20: Gravure

    Winner SALMA: Gravure Packaging Ltd., New Zealand for “Chobani 170g”

    HM FINAT: Multi-Color Wales, United Kingdom for “Heineken Green Identity”

    Class 21: Booklets

    Winner FINAT: Stratus Packaging, France for “Multipages les recettes Végétales sans gluten”

    Class 22: Innovation

    Joint Winner FINAT: Source Labels Ltd., United Kingdom for “Fortnum and Mason Beluga 000 Fresh Caviar”

    Joint Winner JFLP: Shibatasesco Co. Ltd., Japan for “Instant Pocket Label”

    Joint Winner LMAI: Mudrika Labels Pvt. Ltd., India for “Colgate Deep Cleaning”

    Overall ranking of winners by region

    Association Winners Honourable Mention Total
    JFLP 8 2 10
    FINAT 2 7 9
    SALMA 5 3 8
    TLMI 5 5
    FPLMA 1 3 4
    LMAI 2 2
    PEIAC 1 1
    Total 24 15 39

     The judges for the 2017 competition included Tony White (FINAT) Chair, Mike Buystedt (TLMI) Vice Chairman, Harveer Sahni (LMAI), Tony Wheeler (SALMA), Andrew Maxwell (FPLMA), Mr Masaaki Yoshitake (JFLP) and Ms Jean Li (PEIAC).

  • Signwave launches second WA centre

    Signwave Osborne Park, Perth.

    Sign and graphics franchise Signwave Australia is opening its second West Australian centre, at Osborne Park in Perth. It’s the company’s second launch of 2018, following last month’s opening of Signwave Adelaide Central.

    Barry Boyd, co-owner Signwave Osborne Park, Perth.

    Signwave Osborne Park Perth co-owner Barry Boyd has over 15 years’ production and operations management experience, having originally qualified as a printer at the Glasgow College of Building and Printing.

    “Until now, I predominantly specialised in the self-adhesive label sector and am now looking forward to extending this print, production and business management expertise into signage and display services for clients in automotive, hospitality, events, construction and retail industries.”

    Boyd and his co-owner and wife Ellie Boyd have put together a strong team ahead of the centre’s launch.  Lachlan Menzies has 14 years in production, design, and installation, including vehicle wrapping – and Nicholas Carter has over 10 years’ experience in graphic design as well as in film application.

    The Scottish-born Boyds moved to Perth 14 years ago and, along with their 12-year-old son, Cameron, now call WA home.

    This is the second expansion announcement by Signwave in 2018, and the franchise company is actively searching for more potential franchisees to join their network of 17 Australian centres and 675+ worldwide.

    ‘Tried and tested methods’: Linda Sultmann, GM Signwave Australia.

    “Following the rollouts of Signwave Adelaide Central, and now Osborne Park, the benefits of franchise ownership for commercially minded people are continuing to be realised,” says Linda Sultmann, GM of Signwave Australia. “Our preparation process and training are thorough, and our marketing support begins way before the doors open for business. This is the advantage of joining a franchise group with tried and tested methods of creating strong foundations for SMB profitability.”

    Signwave is especially interested in the Brisbane and Gold Coast markets. There are also a limited number of identified opportunities in other key metro and regional metro areas, including a resale opportunity in a prime Sydney metro area.

    “Both of our two new centre owners have backgrounds in industries that have made the switch to signage a logical next step,” says Dean Rowland, franchise operations manager, Signwave Australia. “Signwave is a smart choice for current sign, print or window tinting business owners wishing to convert or co-brand. Our industry experience, expertise, technical resources and support systems make us hard to overlook for anyone interested in providing a reliable, highly skilled, comprehensive visual communications service.”