Archive for May, 2018

  • Adams Print dominates VIC PICAs

    (l-r) Andrew Macaulay, CEO PIAA, Stephen Assimo, regional manager Media Super, and Paul Mitchell, industrial relations manager PIAA, at the Victorian PICAs.

    The final round of state PICAs before next month’s PIAA National Print Awards have been awarded this week with Adam’s Print winning six gold medals at the Victorian event and Multi Colour Corp and Openbook Howden leading the way in South Australia.

    Adams Print, a digital and offset business founded 120 years ago, was the clear winner at the Victorian awards hosted on Wednesday night at the PIAA Offices in Mulgrave, walking away with six gold medals and a total medal count of 13.

    Adams Print won the Judges Award for Van Gogh.

    “Members flocked to the awards night and enjoyed an evening of celebration, networking and an opportunity to rediscover the venue as their own,” says Darcy De Losa, the PIAA’s marketing and communications manager. “With over 132 print pieces entered, the standard was high and ensured that the awards went to companies who have truly excelled in their field and pushed the limits of creativity.”

    Adams Print won the Ball & Doggett Judges Award for its work Van Gogh, while Whirlwind Print won a Highly Commended for One Barangaroo.

    Other gold medal winners included Blue Star Print, Chapel Press, Pandoras Boxes, Labelhouse, Nulab Group, Printgraphics, Rooster IMC and Lorimier.

    The full list of Victoria PICA medal winners can be found here.

    The South Australian awards were hosted on Monday night at the Hackney Hotel, with Multi Colour Corporation Australia receiving three gold medals and Openbook Howden Print & Design winning two golds and seven medals overall.

    The winning team from Openbook Howden at the SA PICAs.

    Multi Colour’s entry Silken Beastie won the Ball & Doggett Judges Award and Openbook Howden’s Ivanhoe Grammar School Year Book received the Ball & Doggett Highly Commended Judges Award.

    Other gold medal winners included Kwik Kopy Norwood and CCL Labels.

    The full list of South Australia PICA winners can be seen here.

    “It is indicative of the excellence and innovation of the industry that we have had such a high calibre of print submitted this year,” says PIAA CEO Andrew Macaulay. “It’s important to celebrate our industry, the printers and their craft, and to ensure that as an industry we are showcasing the visual communications industry contribution to the Australian economy.”

    More photos from the two state events can be found here.

    The PICAs were sponsored Media Super, Ball & Doggett, Bottcher, and Spot Productions.

    All gold medalists from the state PICAs progress to the National Print Awards to be held in Sydney, June 29th at Brighton Lakes Golf Club. The NPA’s will include an Industry golf day and summit.

    Tickets will be available shortly at printingawards.com.au

  • Heidelberg launches global Digital Unit

    Heidelberg has set up a 50-strong Digital Unit at its Wiesloch-Walldorf plant to oversee its digital products and services portfolio.

    Offset press giant Heidelberg has stepped up its push into digital with the launch of a 50-strong Heidelberg Digital Unit (HDU) to coordinate the marketing of its expanding digital products and e-commerce business.

    ‘More direct communication to market’: Richard Timson, MD Heidelberg Australia

    Branches have already been established around the world and Heidelberg Australia MD Richard Timson says the local unit is working closely with the HDU team in Asia.

    “We had a meeting in Bangkok two weeks ago and company representatives were there from Germany to outline the new digital strategy. They’ve set up a complete marketing division to work on more direct communication to market, including using all sorts of different social media platforms, and they’ve pulled some specialist people out of social media companies to drive this increased marketing focus. We’ll feed off the Asia team to help us in our drive to market locally.”

    Heidelberg says it is looking to use the HDU to significantly increase its global e-commerce sales, which currently amount to €100 million.

    The HDU will operate as a subsidiary of Heidelberg at the company’s Wiesloch-Walldorf site. “It takes the form of a digital start-up with a modern workspace in an old factory building and harnesses synergies with the company’s IT and software expertise at this site,” the company said in a statement. Branches have already been established in China, the United States, and Asia.

    “We founded the Heidelberg Digital Unit to create a platform that gives our customers the world’s leading digital ecosystem in the industry,” says Professor Ulrich Hermann, board member and chief digital officer at Heidelberg. “In an initial step, customers can order and pay for all key consumables, services, spares, and wear parts required for print shop operation online on dedicated websites. We’ll gradually be extending the portfolio in the direction of our new digital business models such as the subscription model.”

    Heidelberg’s exclusive partner for the digital initiative is Munich-based IoT (Internet of Things) specialist iQ!, which will provide access to digital and e-commerce expertise.

    The HDU will be headed by Rainer Wiedmann, owner and founder of iQ! and also chief marketing officer at Heidelberg. “We see Heidelberg as being ideally placed to create the print media industry’s number one ecosystem,” he says. “The company’s leading position on the global market and the executive management’s commitment to the digital transformation are key factors in this respect. We’re also contributing our experience from over 20 years of digital marketing, including the creation and operation of e-commerce platforms.”

    Meanwhile, Heidelberg officially launched its Primefire 106 B1 inkjet packaging press.“With this range, Heidelberg cements its position as the leader in packaging printing and provides answers to current and future requirements in the age of digitization,” says CEO Rainer Hundsdörfer. “The answer to the trend towards declining run lengths and mass customization through personalization and individualization is the seamless integration of digital processes into existing offset landscapes.”

    The Primefire 106 has been undergoing field testing since January 2018 and offers high-quality digital printing in combination with sheet finishing using existing die-cutting tools in 3b format.

  • ATO’s $20,000 tax write-off closes soon

    The PIAA is urging any members interested in taking advantage of the Federal Government’s $20,000 immediate asset deductibility for small businesses to act now before it’s too late.

    The Government last year extended the instant asset write-off for small business until 30 June 2018.

     “Our members spend a considerable amount more on critical assets for their business, but our sector appreciates the continuation of this tax concession and we urge our members to take advantage of the deduction while they can,” said Macaulay.

    Small businesses can deduct the business portion of most assets if they cost less than $20,000 and were purchased between 7:30PM on 12 May 2015 and 30 June 2018.

    Supplier Starleaton is offering last minute ‘20K tax write-off deals’ on a range of printers and finishing equipment, including OKI ColorPainter E-64s, Roland TruVIS SG-540 and Epson SureColor S40600, before the deadline kicks in.

    Mimaki is also offering discounts on several printers and Pozitive has deals on the Epson S4060, Mimaki CJV1560-160 and Roland SG 540 printers. 

    The deduction is used for each asset that costs less than $20,000, whether new or second-hand. You claim the deduction through your tax return, in the year the asset was first used or installed ready for use.

    More details are available on the ATO website.

  • SPECIAL – State of Indigo results

    It’s been a while between drinks for NSW in the NRL of Origin. But when Currie Group staged the inaugural State of Indigo to find the most productive HP Indigo printer the Blues came out on top. Ahead of next week’s Melbourne clash at the MCG meet this year’s print champions.

    Patrick Howard
    Publishing Editor & Sports Reporter

  • Blues blitz 1st State of Indigo

    Peter Lowe of Graphic Packaging International (NSW).

    NSW has won Currie Group’s inaugural State of Indigo competition, claiming the hard-fought series and booking themselves tickets to Game 1 of the actual State of Origin in Melbourne.

    Though NSW doesn’t often have much to celebrate in the rugby State of Origin, the Blues came away with the win in Currie Group’s State of Indigo printing contest after eight weeks of slugging it out with the Maroons through the medium of HP PrintOS Print Beat scores.

    “It was a lot of fun, a game between printers to find the most productive HP Indigo printer in NSW and QLD,” said Phil Rennell, sales and marketing director at Currie Group. “We ran the numbers and compiled handicaps to make sure everyone had a fair chance of coming out on top and winning the prize.”

    Shaun MacDonald (L) and Peter Smith of Dashing Group (NSW).

    The state winners from NSW, Graphic Packaging International and Dashing Group, will join Queensland series ‘most valuable player’, Printcraft, at Game 1 of the State of Origin at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 6 June. They’ll fly to Melbourne and stay overnight as VIP guests of HP and Currie Group. A full corporate hospitality programme hosted by Michael Roberts from Channel 7 will allow the winners to rub shoulders with ‘Origin legends’ Paul ‘Fatty’ Vautin, Willie Mason and Gordon Tallis.

    “Congratulations from Currie Group and HP to our winners, and thanks to all our participating NSW and QLD HP Indigo customers who were highly engaged, very passionate, and displayed great sportsmanship throughout 
this unique competition,” said Rennell.

    Don’t feel left out if you’re neither Blue nor Maroon, either. Currie Group has plenty more initiatives coming for other states and territories and other sporting codes. “We’ll have something for everyone with a HP Indigo press,” said Rennell.

    Clinton Lannigan (R) and Matt Naughton of Printcraft – QLD.

     

    Played hard, done good. Meet the best of the rest.

  • P21 Issue 1014 – May 30, 2018

    Investments in the latest technology may at times seem a burden but they are in fact the lifeblood of the printing industry.

    Congratulations to Simon Pugh and his team for the $2.5 million upgrade of QLM Group’s flexo label operation which will provide the visionary company with a significant boost in a highly competitive market.

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

    Patrick Howard
    Publishing Editor

     

  • QLM Invests $2.5m in three new presses

    (l-r) press operator Daniel Noiesen & QLM director Morag Pugh at QLM Brisbane.          

    QLM Label Makers has installed three new Mark Andy flexo label presses at its Brisbane headquarters and added new finishing technology to its HP Indigo digital platform in Melbourne.

    The $2.5 million equipment upgrade, which adds to an existing Mark Andy P5 in the Brisbane facility, is aimed at boosting productivity and efficiency, says QLM Group CEO, Simon Pugh.

    “This investment provides us with presses that are a common width, allowing us to alternate jobs and get better efficiencies,” he says. “What we have now is the flexibility to switch jobs between presses and this has delivered improved lead times.”

    QLM’s decision to go with a complete Mark Andy suite of flexo presses for its Brisbane manufacturing facility was necessary to compete in a very competitive market, according to Andrew Siwicki, QLM’s Australian general manager.

    “We wanted a platform that would propel us to be in the higher section of what can be achieved in the industry,” Siwicki says. “The market is highly competitive and to compete your machinery needs to be current, efficient and relevant. For us, that relevance was switching to common width presses, which has allowed us to get more consistency and efficiency.”

    QLM’s HP Indigo-based manufacturing platform in Melbourne has also received several equipment upgrades, including an in-line coating unit for one of its HP Indigo Label Presses and an in-line digital finishing system with embellishments including foil, raised-screen varnish, embossing and die-cutting.

    Siwicki says QLM has always invested heavily in print technology and people to ensure the company continues to be ‘one step ahead.’  The investment strategy of QLM reflects its commitment to increasing productivity and reducing down-time, he says.

    Press operator Andrew Conoplia, QLM Brisbane

    QLM Label Makers is an Australian-owned company with headquarters in Brisbane. It employs 92 locally and has a total of 560 staff across 7 plants in 6 countries around Asia Pacific.

    Press operator Daniel Noiesen with the Mark Andy P5 Press, QLM Brisbane

  • Worker fights for life after Albury tragedy

    ‘Trending in the right direction’: Tom Johnson remains on life support at Albury Hospital.

    A 22-year-old worker is clinging to life in Albury Base hospital six days after two of his colleagues died in a gas leak at Norske Skog’s Albury paper mill in NSW.

     Tom Johnson remains in a critical condition on life support at the Critical Care Unit at Albury Hospital.  A hospital spokesperson says there has been no change in his condition since he was admitted after the incident last Thursday. Johnson’s mother, father, brother and girlfriend are maintaining a bedside vigil.

    The family has issued a media statement, including a photo, thanking hospital staff and expressing their hopes for a positive outcome.

    Tom remains on life support but he is trending in the right direction.

    We are hoping for a positive outcome however we are acutely aware that this is a very rare condition and that things can change very rapidly.

    The level of care Tom has received at Albury Wodonga Health is equal to what he could have received anywhere and we are thankful to the staff here for their exceptional care of our son.

    We have been touched by the unconditional support we have received from our family, friends and community during this awful time and we sincerely thank you.

    28-year-old Ben Pascall and 37-year-old Lyndon Quinlivan both died at the mill in Ettamogah, near Albury, after being overcome by gas fumes while working on a 15-metre-high water tank during a routine maintenance operation. About 150 people were evacuated from the building after the gas leak and 18 were taken to hospital.

    SafeWork NSW says its investigation into the incident is continuing.

    “Initial inquiries indicate the men were working in the basement area of the mill when they were overcome by Hydrogen Sulfide gas (H2S) and collapsed,” said a spokesperson.

    “SafeWork NSW has secured the area of the incident, has formed an investigation team including inspectors with specialist chemical expertise, and will be on site over the coming days to determine the cause of the incident. SafeWork NSW will be preparing a Report for the Coroner.”

    184 people are employed at the mill, which has been shut down since the incident.

    Norske Skog’s paper mill at Albury, NSW.

    In a statement, Norske Skog, Australia’s only newsprint manufacturer, said it was cooperating with investigations. “Our first concern is to our employees, their families and everyone affected by this tragic accident,” said Albury general manager Milo Foster.

    Earlier this month, the state government launched a new safety plan to reduce injuries and fatalities in the manufacturing sector. NSW Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said manufacturing, which employs more than 240,000 workers, was one of the state’s highest risk industries.

    “From July 2013 to July 2016 there were almost 41,000 workers’ compensation claims, and tragically there were 24 fatalities,” he said.

    Norske Skog was recently acquired by a London-based equity firm.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Melbourne’s Print Supply shuts down

    Print Supply Management, Thomastown, VIC.

    Melbourne print and design business Print Supply Management has closed its doors and gone into liquidation. A search is already underway for a new buyer.

    Owner Tony Hale decided at a meeting on Friday last week to call in PCI Partners to handle the liquidation process.

    “The business will be shut down, hopefully temporarily, as we look for a purchaser,” said a spokesperson for PCI. “We’re effectively running down the stock to see what they have.”

    The company’s phone rings out and the fate of about 25 staff members is as yet unknown. Tony Hale was the sole owner after former co-owner John Emerson recently left the business.

    Print Supply Management, based at 2/72 Northgate Drive, Thomastown in Melbourne’s north, is an offset and digital house that offers a full range of printing and design services including binding and finishing, large format, laminating, colour and b&w digital copying, catalogues and books, business stationery, marketing material, computer forms and cheques, presentation folders and point of sale material, including packaging.

    Three years ago, Print Supply acquired former competitor Core Print integrated both businesses and their staff under one roof at Thomastown.

    “All ten staff from Core Print, including owner Rob Maloney, have joined us here at Print Supply, which has boosted our total staff numbers to 26,” said Hale at the time. “We’re on a growth phase now after reducing a lot of debt over the past few years. We’ll be looking to move further into wide format and mailing house services and we’re aiming to do all of our finishing in-house.  We want to offer clients a broader range of services and media, from digital to offset.”

    A creditors’ meeting is expected to be announced shortly.

    Print Supply Management, Thomastown.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Winds of change: Saleeba joins Konica Minolta

    Tim Saleeba, sales manager production & industrial print, Konica Minolta Australia.

    High-profile industry figure Tim Saleeba has been appointed sales manager for production and industrial print at Konica Minolta in Victoria. Saleeba was GM of Canon Professional Print until January 2018.

    “As an outsider, I had been impressed by what I’d seen and heard about the culture and go-to-market strategies at Konica Minolta, so when this role became available I knew it was right for me,” Saleeba says.

    “The production and industrial print product portfolio will let Konica Minolta provide new opportunities to assist its customers to grow revenues and increase profits. I look forward to helping customers in commercial print understand how Konica Minolta’s digital print offering can help them thrive by addressing the balance between electronic mediums and traditional print.”

    The industry veteran will lead the Konica Minolta sales team across the production and industrial print portfolios including its digital production print systems for commercial printers, print franchises, service providers and government and corporates with print rooms.

    Konica Minolta sales director David Procter says Saleeba holds “incredible value” as an experienced sales leader in the print industry. “His experience and competence around sales leadership and business strategy will help ensure sales growth in the region,” Procter says. “I look forward to seeing him help lead our commercial print customers to success.”

    Saleeba has 20 years’ experience within the print industry. Prior to this role, he was the general manager for Canon Professional Print and he has also held various other roles at Canon including general manager production print group and general manager direct sales.

    Headquartered in Sydney, Konica Minolta Australia works with organisations large and small to provide integrated print and content management solutions and services to improve productivity, reduce costs, increase security and achieve sustainability outcomes.

  • Web-to-Print webinar series: Part one

    Join Print21 and EFI this Thursday for the first session in an exclusive three-part web-to-print webinar series.

    Hosted by Print21 editor Patrick Howard and Syncoms Group vice president of print and technology Ali Jaffar, the free webinar series will discuss topics around web-to-print solutions and how to successfully transition your business from traditional print sales to integrating eCommerce.

    Part one will explore the effective strategies for recruitment and staff when introducing web-to-print solutions to your business and include topics on:

    • What qualities are critical for driving both sales and operational success?
    • To retrain or re-hire – when do you need to look outside for resources?
    • What skills are ideal for eCommerce support and development?

    The webinar begins at 10:00am AEST on Thursday, May 31.

    Click here to find out more and register for this event.

     

  • The romance of letterpress

    San Francisco, 1913 (photo: SFMTA).

    Industry storyteller James Cryer will be at the Penrith Museum of Printing this Saturday to share the captivating tale of a pioneering Australian letterpress printer – his grandfather – who worked his way across the US before the outbreak of World War 1.

    James Cryer, JDA Print Recruitment.

    “This is a discussion about how printing was starting to emerge out of the shadows and become a part of everyday life,” says Cryer, owner of JDA Print Recruitment.

    “This is not a technical dissertation, rather it’s a genial wander through what life looked like in 1913 – not through the eyes of a boss or even a historian – but from someone who was actually there, viewing the world from the bottom up, feet on the ground, trying to earn his living as a letterpress printer, as he worked his way across America in the months before the outbreak of hostilities in Europe.

    “Like it or not, one can trace the rise of rampant consumerism – with all its embedded ambivalence – back to this era,” Cryer says. “My grandfather was part of this era, an unwitting participant if you like, as he stepped off the pier in San Francisco Bay into this maelstrom.

    “He had come from a benign industrial regime – Australia had just passed the world’s most enlightening IR laws – into arguably the free world’s most aggressive, unregulated economy where boss/employee relations could best be described as ‘dog-eat-dog.'”

    The presentation, titled The Romance of Letterpress Youthful Impressions: A printer’s journey across America, 1913 will begin at 2.30pm this Saturday, 2 June 2018, at the Penrith Museum of Printing – located on the grounds of the Penrith Showground/Paceway, Ransley Street, Penrith, NSW.

    For more information, visit www.printingmuseum.org.au or phone 0415 625 573.

  • Making textile printing more sustainable

    EFI at FESPA.

    The history of textile printing is a history of innovation, from transferring colours to substrates with carved woodblocks to digitally printed fabrics. In between such bespoke options are a slew of industrial processes that produce all manner of textiles from linens and curtains through to couture garments and t-shirts. The reversion to technologies that allow us to have custom clothes and interiors is creating all sorts of opportunities for new businesses, mostly driven by e-commerce.

    Digital press and colorant innovations are starting to seriously disrupt the textile business. This is a good thing because conventional textile production is a seriously resource intensive manufacturing process. FESPA research suggests that this market is worth $165 billion. Over 30 billion square metres of textiles are printed worldwide, most of it in China and India unsurprisingly. As populations grow and incomes rise, we can expect more and more textile printing opportunities. This is why graphics industry manufacturers are so keen to get into the sector.

    Textile printing was an obvious trend at the recent FESPA show in Berlin. EFI has had its eye on this sector for a number of years, and through its purchase of Reggiani some years ago has over 60% of the direct to garment and apparel market. Around 60% of this is garments with interiors (furnishings) and industrial textile printing accounting for the balance. At FESPA the company introduced a textile pigment ink technology for direct to textile printing.

    The new process involves inline polymerisation and uses less water and energy to produce a print, which it does very quickly. The printed fabrics need no washing or steaming and EFI claims that the process works on a wide range of fibres.

    We can expect more such innovations in the sector as the market for bespoke textiles and clothes expands. HP has its sights on the textile printing opportunity and Mimaki is well established in this part of the market.

    Whether we should expect the printing community to embrace this technology or whether it will be the fashion industry that gets there first, it’s too early to say. Epson has seen the design community embrace inhouse production. And the shift towards ever faster fashion suggests there may be opportunities for digital press manufacturers to capture a whole new market, one that operates far from conventional print.

    – Laurel Brunner

    The Verdigris project is an industry initiative intended to raise awareness of print’s positive environmental impact. It provides a weekly commentary to help 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 GraphicsEFIEpson, FespaHPKodakKornit, RicohSpindrift, Splash PRUnity Publishing and Xeikon.

     

  • Starleaton eyes expanding Melbourne market

    Ben Eaton, CEO Starleaton.

    Fresh from the successful integration of DES, which more than doubled the size of Starleaton, Ben Eaton is looking for new fields to conquer and points to growth coming from the Melbourne business, which is on track to be equal to, if not larger than, it’s Sydney headquartered market.

    Eaton’s brother Josh moved south last year to lead the Melbourne team.

    “Josh moved to Melbourne last year, which is the market that’s growing the strongest. He said to us that a new shiny building is not what it’s about; it’s about how we get the Eaton injection into that team. So he packed up and moved and the results are clear. In November we reported our biggest month on record in both revenue and profit in the history of the company taking in to account all historical data of the combined entities.”

    In the March/April issue of Print21 magazine, Ben Eaton talks with Patrick Howard about the dynamics and motivations behind his family-owned Starleaton graphics supply enterprise.

  • P21 Issue 1013 – May 25, 2018

    If you’re an offset printer, you might be breathing a sigh of relief today at the news that Agfa’s price rises on aluminium plates won’t be felt here in Australia. Other suppliers are also keeping their prices steady. Ink and paper may be going up, but for the time being, it looks like your plates won’t leave you selling the fine china.

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

    Jake Nelson
    Editor – Labels and Industrial Print

  • Two dead after Norske Skog gas leak

    Norske Skog’s mill at Albury, NSW

    Two workers have died and two more remain in hospital following a gas leak at Norske Skog’s paper mill in Ettamogah, near Albury NSW, yesterday.

    The leak of what is suspected to be hydrogen sulfide gas on Thursday May 24 saw emergency workers called to the plant around 3pm. 18 staff were sent to hospital, and about 150 evacuated; a spokesperson for Albury-Wodonga Health told Print21 this morning that 14 have since been released, and one of the two remaining workers is in a stable condition.

    Steve Murphy, AMWU.

    The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) confirmed that it is looking into the incident, which Steve Murphy, NSW state secretary, described as a tragedy. “Our primary focus at this time is to support our members and their families. Our Union organisers have been on site and remain available to members,” he said. “We will be working with our union delegates and Safe Work to determine the cause of the incident and will make more comment once the circumstances of this tragedy become clearer.”

    Safe Work NSW has also launched an investigation, but no further details have yet been made available.

    184 people are employed at the mill, which has been shut down following the incident. Management was unavailable for comment. Norske Skog, Australia’s leading newsprint manufacturer, was recently acquired by a London-based venture capital firm, saving it from bankruptcy.

  • Australia dodges an aluminium bullet

    A global price hike on Agfa printing plates due to rising costs of aluminium will not affect Australian customers, thanks to a recycling program that helps reduce prices.

    Mark Brindley, Agfa.

    Agfa announced it would increase prices by up to 10 percent worldwide due to soaring aluminium costs; however, these increases are dependent on local markets and contracts. “Thanks to the increased intrinsic recycle value of the used printing plates, the price increase will not necessarily result in a cost increase for our customers,” said Stefaan Vanhooren, president of Agfa Graphics.

    Mark Brindley, managing director at Agfa Graphics Oceania, confirmed that the company’s recycling program would negate the price increase in Australia. “We discuss aluminium with our customers every day of the week,” said Brindley. “We’ve had a program in place since 2008 that handles what happens with aluminium, and as a result there will be no price increase for Australian customers.”

    Ian Martin, WRH Global.

    Other suppliers have also indicated their prices will remain the same, including WRH Global, which distributes Xingraphics and IBF plates. Ian Martin, general manager for trade at WRH Global, told Print21 it’s not on the cards at the moment. “It’ll always be on a case by case basis, but we have no plans at this stage to raise prices,” he said. Kodak has also given no sign of further price rises following its most recent increase in September.

    The news is welcome relief for printers who have already been hit by price hikes in ink from Flint Group and Sun Chemical, and paper from all three major Australian suppliers, this year.