Archive for July, 2018

  • Gecht hands over reins at EFI

    Guy Gecht, CEO EFI, kicks off the 2018 Connect conference.

    Guy Gecht, EFI‘s longest-serving CEO, has announced he will step down after 19 years at the helm of the digital printing giant. He will stay on until the Board decides upon a successor.

    In a statement, Gecht said his decision had not been an easy one, but he believed it was the best time to go, and will remain on the Board of Directors following the handover. “Stepping down as the leader of a great company is never an easy decision. With vast market opportunities, loyal customers and a robust product roadmap, reinforced by the unprecedented interest in Nozomi, EFI has never been better positioned for continued growth and success,” he said. “I think this makes it the right time, after 19 years as CEO of this unique company, for me to hand the reins to the next leader.

    “As a shareholder, Board member and a lifelong fan, nothing will be more gratifying for me than to see my successor leading EFI to achieve its full potential.”

    Gill Cogan, EFI.

    Gecht was only the third CEO in EFI’s thirty-year history, and Gill Cogan, Chairman of the Board, said he had brought a ‘unique stability’ to the company. “Together with his team, Guy transformed EFI from a single product line and OEM business model to a diverse, worldwide leader driving the transition from analog to on-demand digital imaging in industries that touch our lives every day,” said Cogan. “He led the expansion into Productivity Software and Industrial Inkjet, which drove EFI’s rapid growth to over $1 billion in annual revenues.

    “As a global company with industry-leading technology and products, there is an unmatched opportunity for a new CEO to lead the charge in the years ahead.”

    Gecht’s decision comes off the back of a record second-quarter revenue of $261.1 million USD ($352.4 million AUD) in 2018, up six percent compared to second quarter 2017 revenue of $247.0 million USD ($333.4 million AUD). The EFI Board has hired executive search firm Spencer Stuart to find Gecht’s successor from a pool of internal and external candidates.

  • Big brands target packaging waste

    When big brands start taking action, you know it’s serious. IKEA and Starbucks recently announced their intentions to do away with plastic straws and this could mark the start of some altogether bolder initiatives. Both companies want to be seen to be doing something about the plastics pollution problem.

    ‘The straws are only the start’: Sustainability consultant Laurel Brunner, MD Digital Dots.

    Starbucks’ goal is to replace one billion plastic straws with compostable alternatives by 2020. The company has 28,000 outlets around the world and plans to introduce straws made from paper and compostable materials to replace the plastic ones. It is also developing a recyclable lid as part of a $10 million investment that includes development of a sustainable cup. Starbucks has also experimented with charging a premium for its cups, either to pay for the recycling or because it can get away with it amongst its hipster customers who want to feel better about using single-use materials. A trial has been running in London for a few months and is expected to be rolled out to another 950 locations.

    Starbucks’ new straws will be available in the US first and then Europe starting with France, the Netherlands and the UK. For printers, this may not mean much, but it is unlikely that Starbucks’ interest in sustainability improvements will be limited to straws. Producers of packaging and other forms of print should be ready to demonstrate their sustainability, in order to support Starbucks’ growing range of environmental objectives.

    IKEA has an altogether more ambitious set of goals but is treading a similar route to Starbucks. IKEA has announced that its stores in the UK and Ireland will stop providing single use plastic straws. The company expects all stores to follow suit by 2020. Companies providing print services to IKEA should be aware that, as with Starbucks, there is more to this than just dumping plastic straws.

    IKEA’s incredibly ambitious People and Planet Positive initiative incorporates all aspects of IKEA’s business, including its suppliers and customers. The goal is “to transform the IKEA business, the industries in the IKEA value chain and life at home for people all across the world” by balancing environmental protection with economic growth through a new business plan. The company is taking a leadership position with customers and suppliers, using its bulk to really push for change.

    IKEA’s goals are in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, so this isn’t just about print and packaging, but about helping get people out of poverty and living decent lives. Unfortunately, in all the lofty rhetoric, there isn’t much about managing packaging so that less of it’s wasted, or improving its carbon footprint. Is this another example of the invisibility of print, or of something that brands overlook because it’s too difficult to fix? Maybe it’s up to graphics industry professionals to take a stronger position on this, particularly large manufacturers. They should be reaching out to major brands to co-create solutions to the packaging waste problem. The straws are only the start.

    – Laurel Brunner

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


  • Ricoh’s new digital sheet-fed printers

    Ricoh’s Pro C9200 Series Graphic Arts Edition.

    Ricoh Australia released a new series of digital sheet fed colour press printers to the local market.

    The Ricoh Pro C7200 and C7200x series, and the Ricoh Pro C9200 series are aimed at commercial printers, graphic arts and print service providers.

    The five-colour Ricoh Pro C7200x series, Graphic Arts Edition, has been designed and engineered for graphic arts applications.  The four-colour Ricoh Pro C7200 series helps enterprise print rooms to reduce operational costs.

    Upgrades to the Ricoh Pro C7100/C7100x series platform include improved colour stability thanks to auto calibration with inline sensors, and improved registration with real-time auto adjustment function.

    Ricoh Pro C7210X Graphic Arts Edition.

     The Pro C7200x series introduces Invisible Red toner.  The recently launched Neon Pink toner, as well as White, Clear and Neon Yellow toners complete a range of colour options. These options allow designers to add impact to printed artwork with embellishing touches, gamut extension and eye catching colour for various prints such as point of sale material.

    ‘Striking results’: Henryk Kraszewski, Ricoh Australia.

    “The enhancements in the Ricoh Pro C7200, Pro C7200x Graphic Arts Edition and RICOH Pro C9200 series, Graphic Arts Edition, support customer demands for greater complexity, faster turnaround times and varied run lengths,” says Henryk Kraszewski, senior product & marketing manager, commercial and industrial print, Ricoh Australi

    “At the same time, they provide users with great value performance through supporting higher quality, on demand production of a wider range of product offerings and printing on a broad range of substrates, including synthetics, carbonless paper, coated and uncoated stock, and improved envelope printing support.”  

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  • Starleaton EFI FabriVU demonstrations

    Signage specialist expands digital stable

    ‘A breath of fresh air’: (l-r) Gino Dilello, Shirley Bernard, and Peter Wagener, All Flags, with a soft display printed on the new EFI FabriVU 340.

    From humble beginnings making and repairing flagpoles from a home bedroom in 1990, All Flags has grown to become one of Western Australia’s largest and most trusted suppliers of flags, signs and banners. Now, with the help of three new EFI VUTEk machines, All Flags has given its business a major boost.

    It’s pouring with rain when I make it to All Flags’ offices in Maddington, about 20 kilometres southeast of Perth’s CBD. Inside, the place is humming with activity – banners and signs being printed, cut and sewn on the bustling factory floor. Peter Wagener, managing director, proudly tells me of how the company has grown over the past 27 years. “We’ve gone from a three-person operation to having more than 30 employees today. We’re a very different organisation,” he says.

    A long-time VUTEk user Wagener this year decided to increase its digital wide-format capacity with the addition of three new EFI machines: the LX3 Pro hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll printer seen at PacPrint in May 2017, the FabriVU 340 fabric printer, and the VUTEk 5r five-metre roll-to-roll printer. The LED ‘cool curing’ technology in these machines, which lowers the cost of consumables, as well as their high speed and quality of production, have been huge marks in their favour for All Flags. “We’ve stuck with VUTEk, and to be honest I’m very pleased we have. Being able to produce more work quicker lowers our operating costs and makes us more competitive.

    “I couldn’t be happier. It’s put a breath of fresh air into the place,” Wagener says.

    The EFI FabriVU 340.

    Len Page, Starleaton.

    Starleaton is a supplier for the VUTEk range, and All Flags has opened up its shop floor for Starleaton and EFI to demonstrate these new machines to their clients. Starleaton and All Flags have had a fruitful relationship from the beginning, says Len Page, state sales manager at Starleaton. “As All Flags has grown, we’ve grown with them. It’s been a really good partnership, and they’ve become quite a large business within WA,” Page says. “The new EFI VUTEk machines are a step up from what All Flags has had, in terms of speed and running costs. Their business has grown, and those machines have been really good for them.”

    For more information, contact Starleaton.

  • P21 Issue 1031 – July 27, 2018

    We live in uncertain times for print journalism, and nothing makes that clearer than the end of Fairfax’s 177-year legacy. All indications are that if Nine’s $4 billion takeover bid goes through, the Fairfax name will cease to exist. Here’s hoping that the newspapers which built it up – not just the mastheads, but the smaller regional papers so vital to the towns they serve – don’t go the same way.

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

    Jake Nelson
    Labels and Industrial Editor

  • Currie Group service headlines Print21 mag

    The latest issue of Print21 magazine is out now, featuring an in-depth look at the science of colour, a tour of FESPA 2018 in Berlin, profiles of industry identities, and more.

    This month’s cover features the Currie Care Centre, Currie Group’s way of ensuring its customers receive world-class service long after the techs have got their new machines up and running. Marcus Robinson, service manager for Australia and New Zealand at Currie Group, believes Currie Care works for printers. “From a helicopter point of view I believe we’re the largest across the industry in end-to-end service. We have such a plethora of service offerings,” he said.

    From Berlin, Nessan Cleary reports on a FESPA show that turned its attention towards industrial markets. “Conventional wisdom has it that large-format printing is mainly about sign making and display graphics, but wide-format inkjet technology is pushing beyond this, which was abundantly clear at this year’s main FESPA event in Berlin, Germany,” he writes.

    Colour management can be one of the fiddlier parts of any printer’s process. Fortunately Andy McCourt is on hand with a three-page feature on accurately measuring and controlling your colour. “A properly-managed closed-loop colour workflow where the process is strictly followed to produce predictable and repeatable colour is readily achievable,” he assures.

    In a pair of printing industry profiles, Patrick Howard speaks to Andrew Macaulay, CEO PIAA, on the turnaround in Printing Industries over the last few years; and to Mitch Mulligan of Bottcher on the 20th anniversary of the supplier setting up shop in Australia.

    All this plus a deep dive into benchtop UV printing, Australia’s second KM-1 digital press, a slew of new equipment installs, and all the news that’s fit about print make this issue of Print21 magazine a great way to while away those winter blues. Check it out here!

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  • Nine to buy Fairfax in $4 billion takeover

    Fairfax Media and Nine have announced a $4 billion deal which will see the formation of Australia’s largest media company, bringing together Fairfax’s print assets and Nine’s broadcast outlets.

    Under the terms of the deal, announced on the ASX the morning of Thursday January 26, Nine will take over the 177-year-old media organisation, scrapping the Fairfax name and incorporating its existing assets including mastheads The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age into the combined company’s operations.

    Fairfax CEO Greg Hywood.

    In a note to staff, Fairfax CEO Greg Hywood said there would be “plenty of Fairfax DNA” in the new entity and its Board. “Over the last eight years, Fairfax Media has gone from being at the mercy of the non-stop global media revolution to being best of its breed, and that is why Nine wants to merge their business with ours,” he said. “At the end of this process, the business will be a media company of scale, depth of offering, and digital capacity and opportunities like no other in our region.”

    If the deal goes through, shareholders of Nine will own 51.1 percent of the new company, to be called NEC (Nine Entertainment Company), with Fairfax shareholders comprising the other 48.9 percent. Nine’s Hugh Marks and Peter Costello will remain in their respective positions as CEO and Chairman. “Both Nine and Fairfax have played an important role in shaping the Australian media landscape over many years,” said Costello. “The combination of our businesses and our people best positions us to deliver new opportunities and innovations for our shareholders, staff and all Australians in the years ahead.”

    Lorraine Cassin, AMWU.

    The AMWU warns of potential job losses from the merger, which comes a week after Fairfax and News Corp announced a deal to share printing facilities, shuttering two Fairfax plants in NSW and Queensland. Lorraine Cassin, national print secretary at AMWU, said the union would work with management to ensure the industry would remain viable and continue delivering high-quality print journalism. “Just because the name of Fairfax is gone, it doesn’t mean that the important role of print journalism should go with it. Every job lost or the outsourcing of services by sending them offshore, means tighter deadlines and less time for quality control. This will inevitably result in a further reduction in the quality of journalism,” she said.

    Journalists’ union MEAA (Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance) has come out strongly against the deal, with Marcus Strom, president of MEAA Media, urging the ACCC to oppose it. “This takeover reduces media diversity. It threatens the editorial independence of great news rooms at Nine, the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Canberra Times, Illawarra Mercury, Newcastle Herald, Macquarie Media and more – right around the country. It harms the ability of an independent media to scrutinise and investigate the powerful, threatens the functioning of a healthy democracy, and undermines the quality journalism that our communities rely on for information,” he said.

    The ACCC has confirmed it will look into the deal, with a spokesperson saying the consumer watchdog will evaluate whether competition in any market will be substantially lessened. “When reviewing mergers in the media sector, the ACCC considers the competition impact on consumers (both readers and viewers), advertisers and content creators/sellers,” the spokesperson said. “The impact of technology on the media sector will be a critical part of the competition analysis.”

  • Print looks to the ‘Next’ at IGAS Japan

    There was an enthusiastic opening to Japan’s international graphic arts trade show at Tokyo’s Big Sight exhibition centre as crowds queued to get into the halls on the first day.

    Ushers at the entrance had to calm the throng as the doors were finally opened after an extensive ceremony to celebrate what the organisers themed as ‘Venture into the Next.’ Hard to imagine such enthusiasm in Australia for getting into a printing trade show, but the Japanese industry has embraced its opportunity to step up to international centre stage.

    Unlike many previous IGAS there is a sizeable international presence here, not only in exhibitors but also in visitors. I ran into a number of locals in the aisles having made the trip in a year when the late lamented UK Ipex would normally have provided a reason for overseas travel.

    As this is Japan, the people at the show are largely a homogenous bunch of locals, keenly attending to the numerous exhibits and presentations, all of them in Japanese. The international visitors are completely dependent on their compatriot contacts on the exhibitions stands for any information. Luckily, many companies seem to have sent representatives to handle the overseas visitors’ questions.


    No printing trade show in Asia Pacific is complete without the attendance of the delegates from the Forum of Asia Pacific Graphic Arts, and so it is with IGAS. Decked out with red and white rose buttonholes the great and the good from the trade associations in the region assembled for their conference. Representing Australia was long-term chairman of FAPGA, Peter Lane (far left) as well as Andrew Macaulay, CEO of Printing Industries (far right). They stolidly sat through the speeches before Lane joined in the ceremonial cutting of the opening ribbon.

    Afterwards I ran into Walter Kuhn, president of Printing industries, with the others heading in for a daylong session of presentations and speeches.

    I couldn’t attend myself, having too many appointments on the exhibition floors, but I’m sure it went a long way towards defining whatever the ‘Next’ is we’re invited to ‘venture’ into.


    In the Big Site swelter, David Cascarino and AJ flew the flag for Konica Minolta.

    No one told the crowds that the opening was at 11.00 on the first day to allow for the speeches, so it got a little testy in the lobby, in polite Japanese style, of course. I came upon two Konica Minolta representatives who were in danger of getting run over in the crush as the doors were finally opened. David Cascarino and Anthony ‘AJ’ Jackson are here to meet and assist a fairly substantial complement of Australian and New Zealand visitors to the Konica Minolta stand. I haven’t made it on there yet, so I can’t tell you what they’re looking for, but I will.

    Then and now, now and then: Moggers with Mike Boyle.

    As always HP is at the show with a massive presence, the largest non-Japanese exhibitor here. HP Indigo B2-size presses dominate the stand but there is a plethora of segments and products illustrating just how diverse are the uses to which digital printing is being put. I ran into the non-stop Alon Bar-Shany, honcho of HP Indigo, well known to Australian and New Zealand industry. He was with Mike Boyle, vice president graphics solutions Asia Pacific, our local guy who’s claimed a senior role in the company’s operations in the region.

    The two of them share more than common business interests – both are accomplished rock guitarists who take any opportunity to get together on stage.

    No sooner had Bar-Shany moved away than Michael Mogridge, Landa Corp vice president for Asia Pacific, joined us. Surprising to me, Boyle and he didn’t know one another, so I was pleased to make the introductions. In another life, Mogridge occupied almost the same role in HP. Many of Biyle’s current team came on board during his tenure, although it’s a far larger enterprise now.

    It’s a small world, this printing industry.

    Tesuya-san leading the Ricoh revolution.


    My first scheduled appointment was with Tetsuya Morita, vice president commercial & industrial printing, Ricoh. Fascinating company and very well helmed by efficient management, insofar as I could tell. I didn’t realise the depth of experience in Ricoh, or the amount of technology collateral it has invented and accumulated over the years. On a tour of the considerable stand it became obvious that Ricoh is a Japanese technology leader intent of leveraging its position to gain greater prominence in the industry. Centrepiece of the stand is the VC60000, a high-speed duplex inkjet that has as good a repro as any I’ve seen. Another version, the VC70000, is about to be launched with a new ink set and a top-secret drying system. This style of digital press is a little high-end for our local industry so I’m not sure when we’ll see one. Apart from the well-known production print work horses of the brand, the Pro C7210s up to the ProC9200 for commercial printing, more likely for our market is the new hugely productive wide-format flatbed, the Pro T7210, outputting at over 50 square metres an hour, double that of its nearest rival.

    We had a good in-depth interview, Tetsuya-san and me, so keep an eye out for a full exposition in the next issue of Print21 magazine. It’s a story worth the telling.

    Guru & pupil: Dayne Nankervis with Bernie Robinson.

    Trawling the aisles after lunch I came upon one of the industry’s elder statesmen, Bernie Robinson, managing director Currie Group. He’s over here with David Currie, executive chairman, to attend a Horizon worldwide channel partners conference today. All good news seemingly; Hori-san, founder and owner, has some announcements to make. To emphasise the point, Horizon has the largest exhibition stand at the show, not bad for a company that makes digital finishing equipment.

    Bernie was showing Dayne Nankervis the ropes, the scale of the industry and who’s who in our zoo. Remarkably for a member of the prestigious Melbourne printing family, this Nankervis is only a recent entry into printing, after a career in engineering. Now with CMYKhub, a good Currie Group customer, he’s here for the duration of the show, soaking up as much information as he can.

    Nice to see the traditions continue of the wise passing on their wisdom to young.

    Leading the charge for Mutoh is Isobe-san.

    I left the show in the late afternoon to go with Maeda-san on an interminable train journey through the sprawling city that is Tokyo to visit his boss Yasuhiko Isobe, senior managing director of Mutoh. One of the industry’s best kept secrets, Mutoh is an example of just how the Japanese do it. A company founded on the invention of the first the first drafter (designated part of Japanese mechanical engineering heritage) in the 1950s, it prides itself on the quality of its engineering. According to Isobe-san it’s not seeking to compete in the general market, preferring to invent its own category of production, especially in industrial printing. It’s a big ask but there’s a certain samurai-like determination about it.

    With Russell Cavenagh in place as the new Australian GM, Mutoh is set to use this year’s Visual Impact in Sydney to launch three world first machines. Not an everyday event, you’ll agree.

    At the Visual Impact show you’ll be the first to see:

    1. ValuJet 1638 UR, a UV inkjet that expands the range and is the first to use a new Mutoh-invented ink, the US11 that has the qualities of ‘bendability.’
    2. ValuJet 626 UF, a UV flatbed, a first for the company.
    3. ValuJet 1948 WX, a high-speed textile printer with another new ink, DH21, specially designed for the segment.


    Finally Maeda-san, who’s the deputy GM sales, took me to dinner at Shibuya, the jumping sector you always see in Tokyo videos where everyone crowds onto the intersection. It was packed and hot … did I mention there’s a heat wave in Tokyo? Dinner was sushi and sashimi in a nice low-key diner. Japan does it very well.

    Now I’m up for another day at the show, before the typhoon hits on the weekend. Oh, didn’t I mention the typhoon?

    Gotta love this place.


  • Waratah consolidates its bulk mailing business

    (L-R) Steve Kernahan, Ayda Hornak, Craig Bradley, and Brett Chalmers, Waratah.

    Melbourne brand communications powerhouse Waratah Group has moved its mailing business Direct Communications from Preston into its headquarters in Port Melbourne as it focuses on the direct bulk mailing market.

    All 20 staff members and the entire machinery lineup from Preston have now been fully integrated into Waratah’s facility at Lorimer St, Port Melbourne, boosting total staff numbers at the facility to over 140.

    “It just made perfect sense,” says Ayda Hornak, head of sales and marketing, Waratah Group. “Having the Direct Communications operation here allows them to access other digital presses that we have here on the floor at Lorimer St and with the Océ VarioPrint i300 coming across from Preston, we’re now able to utilize that machine for other customers.

    “The driving force behind the idea was to consolidate the business from a production sense and integrate the mail and print businesses so we can seamlessly deliver both mail and print to customers in one easy transition,” said Hornak.

    Waratah’s Océ VarioPrint i300 digital press.

    “At first, we were a little concerned because it was a huge move but the transition has been fantastic and now that everything’s under one roof, the processes are much easier and more accessible for customers.”

    Waratah Group co-owner Brett Chalmers says the synergies of the plan were undeniable. “There are huge savings to be had from having everything in the one building. We’re better able to control workflow and increase our speed to market,” he said.

    “We planned this move out very carefully over some time, with a lot of staff meetings and conferences, and the transition has been seamless. The staff have been brilliant.”

    The company is now considering investing in new inserting equipment to boost capacity of its bulk mail business, which boasts major clients including BMW, Spotlight, World Vision and Anaconda.

  • Packaging leads shopper impulses: study

    Packaging and the Digital Shopper: Meeting Expectations in Food & Beverage, new study reveals brand packaging effects on customers

    Design and tangibility of product packaging continues to have a major effect on shoppers’ buying habits, as 38 per cent of consumers purchase a new item based on their enjoyment of the packaging, a new study has found.

    Conducted by Esko, alongside sister companies Pantone, X-Rite and AVT, the study titled Packaging and the Digital Shopper: Meeting Expectations in Food & Beverage highlighted what primary shoppers want from food and beverage packaging.

    The shopper is more likely to buy a product once they touch it, and how the packaging looks and feels in their hand impacts that impulse. In-store experiences, such as taste samples or displays, had 20 per cent of shoppers buying a new product as a result.

    Esko president Udo Paneka said understanding how consumers connect with the brand will further elevate the experience they have with the product they are buying.

    “By connecting the packaging value chain through the latest packaging technologies, fast-moving consumer goods companies will be able to better connect to consumers and elevate their brand experiences,” he said.

    “Both premedia and converters will better understand the product standards consumers expect and can work more seamless with brand owners to provide them. This helps to make packaging the enabler to satisfy consumer needs rather than being a cost driver or a headache.”

    Consumer behaviour of online food and beverage purchases

    The study further analysed the online shopping habits for food and beverage products and found the offline and online experience would need to mirror each other in order to meet consumer expectations.

    The study also found:

    • 47 per cent of shoppers expect the product image to match the product packaging that arrives on their doorstep
    • 26 per cent of primary shoppers who had returned product based on the packaging reported that they did so because they thought it looked wrong or was counterfeit
    • Only 0.8% of primary shoppers indicated that they have never purchased any food and beverage products online
    • 33 per cent of those who purchase online cite convenience as a reason and 43% of respondents say they shop online to get a better price
    • 75 percent of shoppers stated they foresee purchasing more snacks online in the next 18 months
    • 9 percent of primary shoppers say that buying these food and beverages online isn’t their first preference and they won’t purchase this way in the future

    Next week’s Print21 + PKN LIVE event will feature a number of sessions on consumer engagement with brands and packaging design trends by leading industry experts from Matthews Australasia, Boxer & Co., Australia Post and many more.

    Click here to book your ticket and find out more.



  • 3D printed handguns seized in Queensland

    The 3D printer allegedly used to manufacture handguns (photo: Queensland Police).

    Queensland Police recovered three handguns, thought to have been manufactured using a 3D printer, during a raid on a house at Mudjimba on the Sunshine Coast. Officers also discovered false driver’s licences and credit cards allegedly made using a card printer and scanning equipment.

    Two of three handguns found by police (photo: Queensland Police).

    “The three handguns and various weapon parts seized were allegedly produced by a 3D printer over the last two months and capable of being fired,” according to a police statement.

    A 27-year-old Mudjimba man was arrested on a number of charges including possessing dangerous weapons, supplying dangerous drugs, fraud and possession of equipment for the purpose of committing an offence.

    The second printer seized in the raid (photo: Queensland Police).

    Police did not identify the brand and model of the 3D printer but released a photo (above), along with a photo of a HiTi CS-320 desktop printer (right) that was allegedly used to print fake credit cards. 

    Detective Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards told The Courier-Mail the weapons appeared close to completion and were missing only a handful of metal parts, including a firing pin.

    Earlier this month, the US Department of Justice ruled that blueprints to print and build 3D guns could be re-uploaded to the internet, following a four-year court battle between the State Department and Defense Distributed – the company that designed a 3D handgun called ‘The Liberator.’  The US gun lobby hailed the decision as “a victory for free speech.”

    Plans for the handgun were downloaded more than 100,000 times in two days after they appeared online in May 2013, before the US government ordered their removal. Later that year, NSW police spent $35 on materials to create a Liberator in 27 hours, using a $1700 desktop 3D printer. The only metal parts used where the firing pin, created with a nail, and a .380 ACP calibre cartridge. In 2015, police in Queensland recovered “a loaded handgun allegedly created by a 3D printer” in a raid on a meth lab. 

    Police say the all-plastic body of 3D handguns means they are difficult to detect during security screenings.

  • A virtuoso in Liverpool: Minuteman Press

    Phillip and Adam Anderson, Minuteman Press, Liverpool.

    Father and son team Phillip and Adam Anderson both served in the military before becoming the owners of a Minuteman Press franchise in Liverpool four years ago. Phillip is also an accomplished conductor and composer.

    “It has been a big ‘sea change’ for us and there have been many challenges to overcome; not least of all, the day to day operations of a digital print, design and marketing centre,” says Phillip Anderson. “Fortunately, we have benefitted from great support from the Minuteman Press field representatives and our area manager, Jeff Lewis. They truly are experts in their field and it would have been impossible to gather new customers and operate the business without their support and encouragement.”

    The tech lineup at Minuteman Press Liverpool includes a Konica Minolta Accurio 2070 digital press, a Konica Minolta bizhub 1070 and an HP inkjet 310. “We do a lot of digital and wide format work, things like booklets, flyers and signage,” says Phillip.

    The father and son co-directors operate the business with particular roles that are aligned with their talents. Adam is the face of the business and Phillip is the ‘wise head,’ according to Phillip, an accomplished conductor, composer and one of Australia’s leaders in wind band music.

    “The most gratifying jobs, which are not necessarily the ones with the highest profit margins, are the ones we do for other small business owners, people like us who are trying to make their way in a very competitive field,” he says. “It is always gratifying to see their eyes light up when they receive the finished product with creative text and eye-catching graphics that we have taken from concept and into the hands of their customers. Yes, we are printers; but we do much more than just business cards and flyers. We help our customers connect with their communities.”

    Phillip’s record of military service was recognised in the 2004 Queen’s Birthday Honours with the Medal of the Order of Australia. He was Director of Music of the Royal Australian Navy Band from 2002 until 2012.

    Phillip says his role in providing marketing services to clients is similar in ways to his position as the leader of the Navy Band. “Both jobs have a high creative element. We create products and deliver services to our customers. In my previous life, my team composed, arranged music and delivered ceremonial services for performances to audiences ashore and afloat. In the print shop, we create engaging designs and deliver the finished product to our customers. Those designs make their way into the hands of thousands of people whether it be in the form of the traditional flyer or brochure or on a promotion product or as an eye-catching sign on a vehicle or shop front.”

    His son and partner in business, Adam, a former member of the Australian Army and French Foreign Legion, was acknowledged in the 2010 Australian Bravery Awards with a Group Bravery Citation for his role in saving three people from a perilous situation at sea.

    Jeff Lewis, area manager for Minuteman Press International in NSW/QLD, says the Andersons demonstrate what it means to be a family business. “Their strong family values can be felt among their community. Whether they are donating their time to charities or helping another business grow, their presence is felt. They take pride in their business and it shines through with exceptional service and top-quality work. The Andersons have big hearts which is why they are loved by their loyal customers and peers.”

    The business recently added high-profile client Prudential Real Estate Australia. “Simon Perri from Prudential Real Estate became our client through our involvement in the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce and Industry,” says Phillip. “We provide design services, signboards, flyers with letterbox delivery, invitation cards, and correspondence using mail merge technology for delivery by the postal service.”

    Perri says the partnership with Minuteman Press Liverpool has been a breath of fresh air. “The prime advantages that my business has had working with Phillip and Adam is the ability to get my printing done quickly, accurately and efficiently with great quality. Response is crucial in a real estate agent world, and presentation is what sets up apart. With the previous printers, they would take approximately 3 – 5 days to print a brochure of which I would then have to organise to have delivered around every home, whenever a home comes to market or just sold. Working with Minuteman Press in Liverpool and receiving the personal services from Phillip and Adam, this process is done for me within 48 hours. Everything is printed and delivered which allows me to be at the forefront of my customers. No one that I am aware of can provide me with this service. I have looked around everywhere.”

    Minuteman Press International is a leading business marketing and printing franchise started in 1973 by Roy Titus and his son Bob. Minuteman Press began franchising in 1975 and has grown to nearly 1,000 business service franchise locations worldwide, including the U.S., Australia, Canada, South Africa, and the UK.


  • Fairfax North Richmond up for print award

    Fairfax Media’s North Richmond Print Centre has been named a finalist in the Print Centre of the Year category in this year’s News Media Awards for its work on The Sydney Morning Herald, just days after the publisher announced the masthead would now be printed by News Corp.

    North Richmond is one of three finalists for the coveted award, alongside News Corp Australia’s Yandina Print Centre, which prints the Sunshine Coast Daily, and its Townsville Print Centre, home of the Townsville Bulletin.

    Former rivals Fairfax Media and News Corp last week announced a ‘landmark’ plan to share their printing networks in a consolidation restructure that will see Fairfax close its Ormiston and Beresfield printing centres, with the loss of more than 120 print jobs.

    As part of the deal, Fairfax metropolitan newspapers currently produced at North Richmond, including The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian Financial Review, will now be printed at News Corp’s printing site in Chullora.

    The two newspaper giants again dominate this year’s nominations. For the first time, Stuff NZ – the New Zealand news arm of Fairfax Media – has contenders for two of the top trophies – Daily News Brand of the Year and Weekend News Brand of the Year – alongside News Corp Australia’s The Australian and Fairfax’s The Australian Financial Review.

    Stuff has been able to enter the top award categories this year following a rebrand of the awards from ‘newspaper’ to ‘news brand.’

    Fairfax’s The Age and The Australian Financial Review and their associated weekend titles are  finalists for both News Brand awards, competing against News Corp’s The Australian.

    Community News Group’s Stirling Times lines up against several Fairfax and News Corp titles including The Maitland Mercury and Manly Daily for Community News Brand of the Year, while The Fiji Times, Newcastle Herald and NT News compete for Regional News Brand of the Year.

    Click here to see the full list of finalists.

    The new News Story of the Year Award has highlighted some of Australia and New Zealand’s best journalism from the past 12 months. Nominations include The Sydney Morning Herald’s Kate McClymont’s #MeToo expose detailing allegations against media personality Don Burke, Stuff Circuit’s investigation into New Zealand’s involvement in the Afghanistan War and NZME’s series on youth suicide.

    The six finalists for the prestigious Hegarty Scholarship for Best Young Executive (Under 35) are News Corp’s Holly Yates, Lauren Moloney, Robert Tidball and Nadja Fleet; Fairfax’s Jordan Philp; and McPherson Media Group’s Tyla Harrington.

    The News Media Awards are the latest iteration of the PANPA Newspaper of the Year Awards, modernising the event to better align the categories with the changing nature of the industry.

    Winners will be announced at the 2018 News Media Awards gala dinner, hosted by The Chaser’s Craig Reucassel and Andrew Hansen, on Friday 14th September at the Hilton Sydney.

    Purchase tickets here for the Awards gala dinner, or to register for the INFORM News Media Summit (daytime), visit



  • AusPost rolls out $300m automation plan

    Australia Post’s facility at Strathfield NSW.

    The national carrier is installing a new high-speed parcel processing machine at its Strathfield NSW facility to help meet the boom in online shopping. 

    The new automation equipment – part of a $300 million national investment over the next 18 months – will process 10,500 parcels an hour, significantly increasing parcel processing numbers for New South Wales residents in time for the Christmas rush.

    The new sorter at Strathfield is one of many infrastructure upgrades planned over the next 18 months, including an automated, parcel delivery centre scheduled to be operating in Chullora before the end of the year.

    New satchel and small packet sorters will also be installed in Brisbane and Melbourne, which combined with Strathfield, will be capable of processing more than 40,000 parcels an hour, significantly increasing Australia Post’s processing capacity and improving service standards.

    ‘We know this year will be even bigger’: Bob Black, COO Australia Post.

    Australia Post Group chief operating officer Bob Black says the investment is part of the national carrier’s ongoing efforts to meet continuing parcel growth, with Australians spending $21.3 billion on goods online last year, a jump of 18.7 per cent on 2016.

    “It’s no secret that online shopping in Australia is growing,” Black says. “Consumers are buying more and more online internationally and domestically, and as a result we’re processing and delivering more parcels than ever before.

    “Last year we experienced our biggest Christmas peak period ever, delivering over 37 million parcels nationally in December alone, including a record 2.5 million parcels in a single day, and we know this year will be even bigger.

    “This new automated machinery is great news for residents in New South Wales, where our research shows online shopping grew 21.1 per cent last year. It also means we’re providing a safer working environment for everyone, with automation reducing manual handling and the risk of injury.”

    According to Australia Post’s latest Inside Australian Online Shopping Report, New South Wales residents are big buyers of fashion, with online purchases in the category rising by a hefty 28 per cent last year.

  • P21 Issue 1030 – July 25, 2018

    Great to see some good news stories around this week, with Australia Post ploughing $300 million into parcel processing technology, and QLM Label Makers expanding its reach into WA.

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

    Graham Osborne

    Online editor

  • QLM buys Label Magic in Perth, WA

    The team at the new QLM Label Makers in Osborne Park, Perth. (l-r) Sales manager Jesse Bullied; director Sandy Bullied; customer service – Taysha Hadley & Linda Noble; and director Dennis Bullied.

    QLM Label Makers continued its recent expansion strategy with the acquisition of long-term trading partner and leading Western Australian labels business, Label Magic. The new business will be rebranded as QLM Label Makers, Perth.

    ‘Looking for ways to grow both businesses’: Simon Pugh, CEO QLM Group.

    “Label Magic has a long history in the WA print industry and we are very excited to formally have them as part of the QLM Group,” says Simon Pugh, CEO QLM Group. “We have worked with Sandy [Bullied, director Label Magic] and the team for many years and we were looking for ways to grow both businesses. We worked out that collectively we would be able to provide more opportunities for both clients and the teams.”

    Bullied, who runs the business with husband and fellow director Dennis, says merging with QLM was a natural progression. “We have been working with QLM for so long we were part of the family, but as trade partners there were some limitations, particularly in the areas of large scale manufacturing. By merging, we see some real opportunities in this area.”

    Bullied says QLM’s Pugh became a friend and mentor after she set up the Perth business in 2007. “People tell me I was the first female print owner in Perth. I didn’t know a lot about the industry at the time and faced a steep learning curve but I kept running into Simon at industry seminars and trade shows and he became a mentor.

    “We’ve continued to develop our business relationship over the years and in recent times they were manufacturing most of our work. Eventually, we decommissioned our presses and sold them off and became something of a broker, while maintaining trade arrangements with about three printers in Perth.”

    QLM’s Australian general manager, Andrew Siwicki, says Label Magic and QLM are a perfect fit. “Their strong values and local team have made the ability to combine seamless. Our recent upgrades to machinery in both large scale flexo and HP Indigo digital will be able to provide cost-effective solutions to the WA market, all backed up by a strong local team.”

    Brisbane-based QLM Group has branches in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and now Perth. It employs over 100 staff locally and more than 600 staff across eight sites in seven countries around Asia Pacific.

    The company last week opened a new $A1.5 million purpose-built garment label factory in the Cambodia capital, Phnom Penh.

    In May, QLM completed a $2.5 million equipment upgrade by installing three new Mark Andy flexo label presses in Brisbane and adding finishing technology to its HP Indigo digital platform in Melbourne.

  • LIVE: new AR app for printers & packagers

    Print21+PKN’s LIVE industry forum in Sydney next month will showcase an advanced new augmented reality (AR) app from software innovator DreemAR that’s designed to add value to printing and packaging businesses.

    ‘It takes AR out of the realm of gimmick’: Bill Atta, DreemAR.

    “It takes AR out of the realm of gimmick and provides a commercially viable and measurable tool that can show Return on Investment (ROI),” says Bill Atta, head of product development at DreemAR, one of the fastest growing brands in AR. The software development firm is backed by Eastern Press, a 35-year-old print and marketing communications company based in Melbourne.

    “It’s developed by printers for printers and packaging firms,” says Atta. “We are proud that our DreemAR platform is already being used in several countries around the world including the USA, UK, South Africa and New Zealand.”

    AR makes it possible to layer interactive digital content through the pages of printed material. The new DreemAR app allows companies to easily measure and analyse customer response in order to show ROI.

    “For marketers and content creators, this technology can be experienced through any mobile device, which means it’s accessible to virtually anyone and because it is largely a digital experience this means we can track, measure and report on all the data you need and expect from any digital channel,” Atta says.

    The app will be the subject of a Tech Fast Front presentation by Atta at the LIVE forum. “I’ll be demonstrating an example of a recent campaign we’ve done, take a sneak peek into our website technology and provide a window into the analytics that we can now collect.”

    Print21+PKN’s LIVE industry forum New Frontiers in Packaging Print has attracted leading companies across a range of sectors including printing, converting, design, food manufacturing and allied service providers.

    Here’s the growing list of companies that will be attending:

    Arnotts; Artech Print: Australian Paper; Australia Post; Ball & Doggett; Birdstone; Blue Star WEB; Bottcher Australia Pty Ltd; Boxcraft; Boxer & Co. ; Brebner Print; Bright Print Group; Confoil; Colour Graphic Services; Currie Group; DreemAR; Ecolean; EFI; Epson Australia; Energi; Exelnetwork; Format Print; Fuji Xerox Australia; Graph-Pak; HP Graphic Solutions; Hybrid Software; IVE Group; Kirwan Print Group; Kodak; Konica Minolta Aust; Labels & Packaging ANZ ; Litho Superpak P/L; Matthews Australasia; Mela; Multi-Colour Corporation; Orora; Pegasus Print Group; PES Print NZ; Print & Pack Australia; Printing Industries Association Australia; Print IQ; Profile Packaging; RollsPack; Roy Morgan Consulting; Sappi Trading Australia Pty Ltd; SEAGA Group Australia; Snack Brands Australia; Sunrice; Soar Print; Spawnit; Spotpress; Tharstern Australia; The Edison Agency, TSA, Visual Connections… and more.

    You can book tickets here.

    The full programme can be seen here.