Archive for December, 2018

  • Print21 Issue 1066 – WEEKEND SPECIAL

    Marketing is not something that print businesses have historically focused on, but in a world with multiple mixed messages bombarding us every day getting your proposition in front of the people that count has never been more necessary. Not every printer could afford to employ one like IVE has, but using marketing agencies could be a worthwhile investment.

     

    Welcome to the latest news bulletin from Print21, the premier source of news and information for the Australian and New Zealand print industries, brought to you by the people who know print.

     

    Wayne Robinson
    – Editor

  • ATO pursuing Picton winding up

    Date in court: Picton Press directors Graham Kennedy (left) and Dennis Hague

    Struggling WA outfit Picton Press is back in court on December 18, as the Australian Tax Office pursues its winding up order against the debt-ridden company.

    The court case has been scheduled and adjourned several times since May, the latest on November 27, as the Picton administrator Cor Cordis seeks to come to a deal with the ATO. The December 18 date could be make or break.

    The ATO voted against a proposed Deed of Company Arrangement (DOCA) put together by administrator Cor Cordis, which sees the company only offering between 1c and 2c in the dollar to the $2.25m owed to unsecured creditors. The ATO is the largest creditor with a $1.3m claim, meaning it would only receive between $13,000 and $26,000 and would have to write off at least $1,274,000 of its $1.3m.

    Typically the Tax Office takes what it can from the administrators, but seems to have changed tack recently, with insiders believing it is under pressure from its own new multi-million dollar anti-Phoenixing unit.

    Together with almost all the other unsecured creditors the ATO voted against the DOCA, however with all the employees voting for it the administrator Jeremy Nipps said the result was deadlocked, and cast his own vote in favour, leaving creditors at the meeting stunned.

    Rival Perth printers, and printers around the country, are fuming at the DOCA process, which will effectively enable Picton to shed almost all its $2.25m debt, and only have to pay between $22,500 and $45,000 to the unsecured creditors. Other printers point out that they have had to price their jobs to pay their taxes, paper and consumables costs, while Picton effectively has not.

    Picton got into trouble four years ago when it bought a new B1 ten-colour press at the same time as the WA economy tanked. When the ATO launched its winding up order in May directors Garry Kennedy and Dennis Hague put it into voluntary administration. Since then it has continued trading, and came through the controversial meeting to get the DOCA across the line.

    It is also facing issues of paper supply, and with national merchants Ball & Doggett, Spicers and local merchant Stockman all on the creditors list none is likely to get insurance to be able to supply Picton, even if they wanted to. The source of Picton’s current paper supply is unknown.

    Picton also has secured creditors, to which it owes around $5.5m against various properties.

  • Vale Gerard Unger, world’s first digital typeface designer

    First digital typeface: Demos by Gerard Unger

    Gerard Unger, regarded as the father of digital typography and a giant in modern font design, has passed away in his native Holland, aged 76.

    Unger designed the typeface Demos for the world’s first digital typesetting system, the Digiset, manufactured by Hell in Germany. He also designed the Swift typeface for newspapers, regarded as the finest newspaper font since Times New Roman.

    He did not see it as his mission to reinvent existing fonts for the digital age, he wanted to develop new fonts for the new technology and new applications.

    Typeface aficionados regard Unger as simply unmatched in the modern era. After finishing design college in 1967 he worked under Wim Crouwel, famous for creating the theoretical digital New Alphabet font, designed after seeing the first prototype digital typesetting machines at drupa that year. Unger then spent 15 years at Hell. With no computers he made ink drawings of pixelated letters, including those created to fit the resolution of the Digiset. In those pre-internet days the fonts were fed on rolls of paper into the Digiset.

    Gerard Unger: 1942-2018

    Unger’s original Demos drawings were made on a CRT grid with 120 horizontal positions and 100 vertical positions per em, to produce type sizes between 8 and 16 pt. Some 26 years later the font was recreated in vector format, and three years ago was recreated as Demos New in different weights and for multiple language types.

    His Swift newspaper font with giant serifs was created in 1985 to be ‘indestructible’ in the rough world of newspaper printing

    In 1988 with the advent of desktop publishing Unger started generating his type designs directly on the computer. One of his best creations was Gulliver, launched in 1994 and famously used through new paper USA Today. Unger marketed it as ‘the world’s most economical printing type’.

    He accepted various prestigious commissions, including one for a new font for all Dutch road signs, and one for a font the Jubilee of the Catholic Church in Rome in 2000, which he called Capitolem.

    Unger was a key teacher of typography, both as a lecturer and author, inspiring generations of young type designers across Europe. He taught at two colleges in the Netherlands continuously for 35 years, and since 1993 until this year also at Reading University in the UK.

    His books are classics, the deep understanding of his topics written with wit and warmth. While You’re Reading (originally Terwijl je Leest, and translated into seven languages) in 1997 is a remarkable insight into how the brain processes letterforms. Theory of Type Design, written in English and published earlier this year, sold out almost immediately.

    Vale Gerard Unger, 1942-2018.

     

  • Outdoor shake-up moves to NZ

    Biggest media player in NZ: QMS to merge its Kiwi business with MediaWorks

    The latest deal in the wave of major consolidations that are taking place in the outdoor media world (OOH) sees QMS merging its Kiwi out of home business with MediaWorks, New Zealand’s leading independent radio, TV and digital business.

    The deal, which is expected to complete in Q2 next year, will create New Zealand’s biggest media business. The new business will be 60 per cent owned by Media Works owner US hedge fund Oaktree Capital, and 40 per cent by QMS.

    The OOH market has already seen the top four players become two this year, huge sums are being invested, with JCDecaux buying APN Outdoor for $1.12bn, and oOh!media spending $570m acquiring Adshel from APN Outdoor – now known as Here, There & Everywhere (HT&E).

    The booming outdoor media market is growing across all sectors, and while digital signage is now responsible for more than 50 per cent of the revenue for the first time the revenue from print signage (also known as classic, or static) is also still growing.

    QMS owns print house Omnigraphics NZ which it says produces most of the billboards, banners, bus, vehicle, street furniture and truck imaging in New Zealand. It also owns MMT Print and project management company BMG.

    According to QMS Media, the new merged group will deliver ‘compelling value’ to advertisers, through a broader sales network and cross-platform revenue synergies.

    Jack Matthews, chairman of MediaWorks, said the merger ‘will represent a significant investment in and commitment to New Zealand.’

    QMS has also just completed its purchase of sports signage company TGI Corp and TGI Europe, which provide LED signage at major sporting events.

  • IVE appoints first CMO in expansion move

    IVE looks to expansion: Rob Draper appointed as first chief marketing officer

    Diversified marketing services group IVE has appointed WPP exec Rob Draper as its first chief marketing officer, as the $695m business looks to expand its regional and global presence.

    Geoff Selig, executive chairman at IVE says, “The IVE Group has been listed on the ASX for three years, so with growing awareness and audience there is a requirement to ensure that we communicate our market leading value proposition effectively to our key stakeholders. This role will support the core messaging of what is our genuinely vertically integrated marketing and communications offer”.

    Draper will take up the role in February. He joins after seven years at WPP, the world’s biggest advertising agency. During this time he served as managing director of various WPP operating companies (including Barrows Asia Pacific and Geometry Global Australia) before taking a head office role as the WPP AUNZ Group Business Director and CEO of The Store.

    He says, ““I can’t wait to be involved in the next chapter of the Group’s success story. It has a strong mix of smart people and complimentary services that are working well together. This combined with the scale and market leading offer continues to add significant value to a client’s marketing and communications activities across the board. Being able to help IVE and its clients unlock the full potential of the Group’s powerful offering as part of the senior leadership team is something that I could not turn down”.

    Selig says, “Draper is the perfect fit for us given his extensive senior level agency experience and background in retail, shopper, production and digitally led companies. There is an important business development and leadership aspect to the role which plays into his core strengths too. We are excited to have someone with his energy and expertise joining us at such a senior level.”

    IVE currently operates in multiple territories, employing some 1,800 people across its operations in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong and Singapore. The group services all major industry sectors, including financial services, publishing, retail, healthcare, communications, property, clubs and associations, not-for-profit, utilities, manufacturing, education and government.

  • Graphics Grab Bag – Beware the Xmas print scam

    With the same inevitability of the arrival of sunburn, hangovers and Santa Claus comes the latest in printing scams. Fred Mayer of Adams Print, Breakwater, Victoria, alerts me to this fairly insane proposal he received. It’s dead dodgy, even if you have to work out what the scammer is actually about. Fred forwards it to alert other printers to be on their guard against the sob-sister scams of the Season.

    It comes from someone called Sarah M Stamp. The initial email goes…

    I really wish i could call you directly, Am a single mother with two lovely girls for about three years now and sadly i had a motor bike accident since the 29th of Oct, was a fatal accident and just recovered back my foot also broken ribs but still fighting partial hearing loss & currently undergoing surgery, this will be the best way to communicate with you which i hope it won’t be a problem.

         I will need to make preparations for the event (22nd of Dec) before my arrival…As a single mother i have been trying my all to give my girls the best and right now i have been planning to give them a surprising amazing sweet sixteen birthday party. I have been anticipating these surprise day for my kids in awhile now.

    As am looking up to print 1000 copies of simple design invitation cards without their photographs attached is an artwork to be on below quality. 

    Matte-uncoated Paper 330gsm
    Card Envelopes : 148 x 148 mm Kaskad Bullfinch Pink 100gsm ( Optional i can later get them at the paper store if you can supply )
    Flap: Square, 
    Invitation Standard Size: A5 (5.5W x 5.5H inches) or A6 size (5.5W x 5.5H inches).

    If other details needed please don’t exitate (sic) to ask. Names: Hazel Stamp and Maeve Stamp.

    I look forward to read back from you the total cost and a design sample if possible as it will be picked up in your store by 2pm 13th Dec.

    Await your earliest reply

    Sarah M Stamp.

    After getting a quote for the cards, she comes back with:

    So sorry for my late response as i have been under-medications and so weak…Thanks so much for the sum up quotes i really appreciate as it’s affordable for me and i feel so satisfy now. I will like to make the total deposit $583.00 payment for my cards printing now as it will be picked up if not 13th then by 2pm 14th Dec… Also need you to please help me out with a little favor for more proper arrangement.

          I have decided to make the party their way as to give my big girls a colorful celebration with friends and families so i did organised a party planner who would have the house ready for the party, buy the things needed and put them in place before my arrival for the party which I would have loved to pay them directly but they not setup for credit card payment which is the only way I could make payment at this moment.

          And honestly to avoid any delays I will be forwarding you my credit card details to charge through the total sum of $3,633.00 which you could have $583.00 for the Cards then have the rest $3,050.00 transferred to the planner when the fund is cleared in your account so they can have all things arranged before my arrival.

          I so much wish to pay them directly but I am at the hospital right now and will undergo a surgery soon for my hear disabilities. Due to condition beyond my reasonable control for now it won’t be convenient for me doing direct deposit into their account and my account online access is inactive that is why i want you to assist me… I hope you will understand me by putting my condition into consideration and I am sorry if however it cause you inconvenience.

         Kindly get back to me if there’s any extra amount due to the transaction so I can forward my card details to charge the funds. Looking forward to read back from you at your earliest convenient time,

    And there you have it. Fred says that he did follow up in the spirit of the Season …

    I did point out I’m more than happy to visit her in hospital and then help set up the party so that the twins would really have a hoot of a time as part of our customer service and as we do like to help people in obvious distress. After all it is Xmas, but obviously she wasn’t keen on the idea! Go figure.

    Oh yes, tis the season to be …on your guard. If you’ve heard of any other Christmas scams, please let me know.

  • Ferrel to speak at Fespa Asia

    Fespa Asia speaker: Keith Ferrel

    Cactus Imaging general manager Keith Ferrel will be one of the key speakers at the upcoming Fespa Asia Print Expo regional wide format show.

    Taking place in Bangkok 21-23 February the show has a full speaker programme from 11am each day, with all presentations free to attend.

    Ferrel will look at the emerging trends in the industry, with the aim of helping printers diversify their businesses, based on his own experience at Cactus Imaging.

    Additional sessions during the week will cover signage and the corrugated industry in Southeast Asia, as well as business-focused seminars and workshops.

    Cactus has been a pioneering company since Ferrell and Warwick Spicer founded the business in the 1996. They eventually sold to Opus, and then it was bought by oOh! Media two years ago for $6m.

    Cactus has recently installed a new Durst textile printer and the country’s first Fujifilm Acuity Ultra.

    Ferrel has a long history with Fespa, he was inaugurated into the Fespa Hall of Fame in 2012, and won its World Printer of the Year award two years later.

  • Pantone makes a splash with Living Coral, the 2019 Colour of the Year

    The Pantone Colour of the Year for 2019 is what the company describes as the bright and optimistic 16-1546 Living Coral, and a colour which Pantone says represents the fusion of modern life.

    Where Pantone said 2018’s deep purple 18-3838 Ultra Violet, drew on the ‘mysteries of the cosmos’ and the ‘vast and limitless night sky’, Living Coral, described by Pantone as “an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone”, is inspired by both the natural and digital worlds. According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute, “Colour is an equalising lens through which we experience our natural and digital realities and this is particularly true for Living Coral.

    “With consumers craving human interaction and social connection, the humanizing and heartening qualities displayed by the convivial Pantone Living Coral hit a responsive chord,” she said.

    Announcing the Colour of the Year, Pantone called Living Coral a “vibrant yet mellow” hue which provides comfort in an ever-changing world at a time when real coral is under threat.

    In some marvellous copywriting Pantone said, “In reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life, we are seeking authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy.

    “Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of Pantone 16-1546 Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolising our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, Pantone 16-1546 Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression.

    “In its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, this vivifying and effervescent colour mesmerizes the eye and mind. Lying at the centre of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, Pantone Living Coral is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of colour.”

    The closest match for Living Coral in Pantone’s Plus Series is 2345C, which can be achieved in CMYK with C=0 M=59 Y=50 K=0; in RGB with sR=255 sG=109 sB=112; and in HTML (as seen here) with FF6D70.

    Previous Pantone Colours of the Year include:

    • Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet (2018)
    • Pantone 15-0343 Greenery (2017)
    • Pantone 15-3919 Serenity and Pantone 13-1520 Rose Quartz (2016)
    • Pantone 18-1438 Marsala (2015)
    • Pantone 18-3224 Radiant Orchid (2014)
    • Pantone 17-5641 Emerald (2013)
    • Pantone 17-1463 Tangerine Tango (2012)
    • Pantone 18-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)
    • Pantone 15-5519 Turquoise (2010)
    • Pantone 14-0848 Mimosa (2009)
    • Pantone 18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)
    • Pantone 19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)
    • Pantone 13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)
    • Pantone 15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)
    • Pantone 17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)
    • Pantone 14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)
    • Pantone 19-1664 True Red (2002)
    • Pantone 17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)
    • Pantone15-4020 Cerulean (2000)

     

  • Print21 social media hub… news and views

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    December 7, 2018


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    Have you already tested the Eco-friendly consumables from Heidelberg? Download the Saphira Eco criteria catalog right now. For free! http://bit.ly/CriteriaCatalog #saphira #printing #heidelbergpress #printingpress #commercialprinting #Print

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November 23, 2018

 

 
 
 
 
 
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At #Neopost, we gather #talents who love sharing their #passions with their colleagues. For Erick, it’s photography. #NeopostFamily Learn more about us at: https://bit.ly/2FzdnW3

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November 21, 2018

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Discover what’s new in digital paper with Spicers. Our updated sleek and compact Digital Paper Selector features our entire digital media portfolio all in one handy swatch. This tool showcases the extensive variety of paper and boards with unique finishes, colours and grammages within the portfolio. All paper stocks in the selector are tested and approved and are sure to perform both technically and aesthetically for all your digital printing requirements. Your local Spicers representative is available to provide you with an updated Digital Paper Selector. For further details visit our website https://www.spicers.com.au/digital-media or give us a call on 1300 132 644 #Spicersaus #Digitalmedia #Digitalpaperselector #welovepaper #design #weloveprint #print #digitalprint

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November 16, 2018

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Sneak peek at our new tool boxes for trade customers #gurulabels #labels #labelsample

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This car is truly a great classic and to keep it in its fine form, 3M Di-Noc™ FW-1125 was used for this vinyl application across the side panels. Not quite the “National Lampoons” car but we would love to cruise in this any day. 3M Di-Noc™ Architectural Finishes have over 800 patterns in more than 20 families. From Metals to fabrics, from stone to lacquers, from wood to carbon, from embossed to hi-tech finishes. A self-adhesive product range which minimises the impact of modifications to intricate environments, these finishes are a new approach to designing surfaces and organised work spaces. The characteristics of 3M Di-Noc™ Architectural Finishes make them suitable for multiple fields of use, from covering walls and partitions to refurbishing flash ceilings and furniture, for a radical but non-invasive redesign of spaces. 3M DiNoc™ is fire resistant and IMO certified for marine. Visit our website for 3M Di-Noc™ Architectural Finishes or contact us to request a sample. #spicersaus #3M #dinoc #vinyl #finewood #car #retro

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November 14, 2018

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Hosting 70 delegates from the Myanmar Print Association at Sign Asia Bangkok. Thanks to our partners, SVOA and Myanmar Real Life Advertising for their hospitality #signasia

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Spicers were a proud sponsor of this year’s Design Institute of Australia (DIA) Awards in Adelaide. The event was held in Adelaide Hills and was an opportunity to bring together the state’s talent in all forms of design for an evening of celebration. DIA is an Australian organisation that represents designers in Australia. The @dia_national acts as a professional body representing all disciplines of design, and undertakes work such as the promotion of ethical standards for the design industry, as well as promoting co-operation between individual designers. Congratulations to the organisers for a fantastic event, as well as all of those who had the opportunity to have their designs acknowledged during the evening. #design #australiandesign #designinstituteofaustralia #graphicdesign #labeldesign #spicerslabeldesign #architecture #architectureandinteriordesign #adelaide #adelaidehills 📷 courtesy of @meaghan_coles_photography

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November 9, 2018

 

 
 
 
 
 
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No slip, get a grip with our Digitac Floortac Indoor solution. This matt white vinyl features a unique hexagonal texture enhancing the nonslip technology. With an R11 non-slip, Digitac Floortac Indoor is a two in one textured vinyl and airflow removable adhesive, therefore no over laminate is required for application. Most suitable to be applied on hard, flat surfaces, Digitac Floortac Indoor is perfect short term promotions with up to 1 year life. For further product details and to request a sample visit our website www.spicers.com.au, or contact your nearest branch 1300 132 644 #Evolutioningrip #spicersaus #signanddisplay #digitacfloortac #indoor #nonslip #overlamintefree

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On Wednesday, Trotec Laser Australia attended the Western Sydney IICA Technology Expo. It was a great opportunity to show off our machines to the industrial minds of Western Sydney 😁 . . . #lasertechnology #iicawesterndydney #iicatechnologyexpo #laserengraving #lasercutting #lasermarking #industrial #industriallaser

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#Sustainability matters to today’s consumers. Our CleanFlake™ labeling solution is the perfect choice for Unilever’s Love Beauty and Planet product line. #ADsustainability

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A certificate earned at the end of training with new skills learned. Well done to all. Next course Sydney, 2 spots left

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October 24, 2018

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Let’s re-introduce Re-board® Kraft from Spicers. A durable yet lightweight paperboard solution, ideal for short to medium term structural applications. Re-board® Kraft is fully recyclable as paper, featuring a 100% recycled fibre brown surface along with a strong core produced with a water based glue. Users can print directly on the substrate with UV technology ensuring high performance printability. Re-board® Kraft is available in a 10mm or 16mm sheet. For spec sheets or to request a sample please contact your local Spicers representative on 1300 132 644 or visit our website www.Spicers.com.au. #Spicersaus #SignandDisplay #Reboardkraft #Strong #Lightweight #Durable #Recyclable These amazing designs were produced by @atcgroupe from the stand they made for @reboard_tech at FESPA 2018

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Amiga Engineering moves into the future of additive manufacturing with Konica Minolta and 3D SYSTEMS ProX DMP 320.

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  • Print21 issue 1065 – MIDWEEK SPECIAL

    Great to see investment continuing in the local print industry, with the latest installs including nation’s biggest trade printer CMYKhub taking an additional five HP Indigo presses, and label printer Wagner making its move into inkjet with a new Epson.

     

    Welcome to the latest Print21 newsletter, the premier source of news and information for the Australian and New Zealand print industries, brought to you by the people who know print.

     

    Wayne Robinson
    – Editor

  • Print21 Nov Dec in the mail

    On your desk this week and packed with industry features: Print21 November December

    The latest feature packed issue of Print21, the leading print business magazine for Australia and New Zealand, is in the mail, and should be on the desks of printers early next week.

    The November/December issue is full of engaging features, with far more print business content than available anywhere else. Publishing editor Patrick Howard says, “Each issue of Print21 is created to provide the owners and managers of print businesses with valuable data on the business of print, and the final issue of the year is no exception.”

    Included in this issue is the cover story on Konica Minolta’s service proposition, and profiles on long time industry leaders John Wanless from the print side and John Wall from the supply side.

    Print21 Nov/Dec has exclusive features on the new Heidleberg subscription model, and the XMPie conference. It also has an exclusive interview with Paul Ross, programme director for print at the newly invigorated Holmesglen offsite learning centre for Victorian printers, and for those from further afield.

    Business insight comes from leading research agency Smithers Pira on inkjet gowth, and on dye sub printing, as well as from well known industry identity Scott Telfer on seriously enhancing the customer experience.

    Printer features this issue include Franklin Web with its new mega print centre, CMYKhub buying five more HP Indigo presses, Scott Print in WA, which is also investing in digital by taking one of the new Iridesse printers, and Avon Graphics which is diversifying into new fields.

    Industrial and labels editor Jake Nelson has a series of great features on Labelexpo, hybrid presses and embellishing, all written to provide insight into opportunity.

    The increasing trend to outsourcing print manufacturing through trade printers is analysed by industry veteran Steve Crowe.

    Regular contributors Andrew Macaulay, Ruth Cobb, Daniel Aloi and Doris Prodanovic are all in there with their latest thoughts.

    And for those of you that can’t wait until next week to read the content the digital issue is online now, click here to get straight through to Print21 Nov/Dec issue.

  • CMYKhub installs five HP Indigos

    Biggest installation in Australia: CMYKhub CEO Trent Nankervis and communications manager Glen Francis at the Melbourne print hub with the B2HP Indigo 10000 and the HP Indigo 5600. National trade printing house CMYKhub has just installed five HP Indigo Digital Presses, the biggest order supplier Currie Group has received in the 17 years it has been supplying the presses.

    The five HP Indigo presses at CMYKhub join the four the company already has, and means that each CMYKhub has two HP Indigo, with the exception of Sydney, which has a B2 HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press.

    Melbourne also has a B2 HP Indigo 10000, the remaining seven are from the HP Indigo 5000 and 7000 range and include one in Melbourne, two in Brisbane, two in Perth, two in Brisbane and two in Cairns. The five presses just installed by Currie Group include an HP Indigo 7800, a 7600 and a trio of 7r digital presses.

    Trent Nankervis, CEO of the family owned CMYKhub says, “The quality of print on the HP Indigo is at a similar level to the offset print we get from our Komori and Ryobi UV offset presses, and this was key in opting for HP Indigo for our digital fleet.

    “CMYKhub is determined to offer its trade partners every possible advantage, which is why we have installed HP Indigo presses in each of our print hubs around the country, in fact most of them have two. HP Indigo offers offset quality, in short runs, with variable data and on demand printing.

    The quality of print we are achieving is high, on both coated and on uncoated stock, it is as vibrant as UV offset. We find toner sits on the sheet, where Indigo sinks into it, giving the quality. Just like offset HP Indigo prints to a blanket first then transfers onto the sheet, delivering a smooth dot.”

    “We first installed HP Indigo five years ago, and our experience since then with the printers and with the supplier Currie Group drove our decision to go with HP Indigo again for this major new investment.
    David Currie, executive chairman of supplier Currie Group says, “CMYKhub has been an HP Indigo user for many years, so it knows what it is getting, which is high quality print in a robust digital machine.

    “Everyone knows the commitment CMYKhub has to the market, to its customers, and its desire to provide them with the best print. The HP Indigo provides quality print on demand, in short runs with variable data if required. As a trade printer CMYKhub has to meet a wide range of requests from its clients, the HP Indigo is clearly a key part of its solution.”

    Trent Nankervis says, “We are also seeing a lot of demand in the market, particularly from the agencies our customers deal with, for print produced on HP Indigo, HP has done a great job in back selling the benefits of Indigo.”

    CMYKhub is the country’s largest trade printer, and the only one with manufacturing facilities in Vic, NSW, Qld and WA. It is now fully owned by the Nankervis family, one of the best-known print families in the country, with a serious pedigree in print won over decades.
    In addition to its digital printing the company has been investing strongly in UV offset presses over the past few years, the Vic hub has an eight-colour B1 Komori H-UV, with the other manufacturing sites in NSW, WA and Queensland running eight-colour A1 RMGT LED -UV 920 series presses, and another about to go in.

    The only exception is Far North Queensland, which has two HP Indigo presses to compliment its rollfed and flatbed wide format printers, but no longer runs offset. Nankervis says, “If we have a call for a long run job we will print it in Brisbane, but the HP Indigo presses up there print virtually everything our customers need, they do a terrific job. The market is really suited to HP Indigo, for instance there is lots of tourism print, and that print is produced in many different languages to accommodate the different visitor groups, which is ideal for Indigo.”

    “Part of our aim in installing digital print solutions was to be platform agnostic, so as far as the customer is concerned the result is the same with digital and offset, and we achieve that offset quality result with the HP Indigo. It is then a question of which is the most efficient to print, and that depends on factors such as run length, turnaround time, whether there is variable data.”

    The company has two B2 HP Indigo systems, one each for Melbourne and Sydney. Nankervis says, “The B2 sheet size gives us a serious point of difference in the digital short run, on demand market. We can produce digital products to the B2 space like A2 posters, landscape books, and presentation folders.”
    CMYKhub also runs a Scodix digital embellishing press in both Melbourne and Sydney (also supplied and serviced by Currie Group).

    Nankervis says, “The Indigo quality coupled with the range of embellishments the Scodix machine can produce, allows our resellers to create low cost, but high perceived value short run orders.”
    The CMYKhub Indigo and offset production is rounded out by a comprehensive roll-fed and flatbed wide format production suite in the eastern states, with WA completing its installation in January.
    CYMKhub now has a total of nine HP Indigo presses in its Australian network – by far the most of any local printer – and has had no trouble finding people to run the presses.

    Nankervis says, “When we put a new one in lots of people put their hands up to train on them. We have had offset guys, prepress people looking to upskill, even a couple of finishing staff.”
    “We print to satisfy requirements of resellers, so deadlines can’t be moved because of machine down time. With the HP Indigo we really appreciate the service, support and back-up we have from Currie Group. All the Indigo presses are also self-diagnosing, and we have a 24-hour hotline to HP Indigo in Israel if we need to talk to someone there.”

    David Currie says, “Currie Group is one of only two authorised HP Indigo trainers around the world. Thanks to the investment we have made we are able to train HP Indigo users around the country, both to operate the press and where appropriate to provide engineering input.”

    Trent Nankervis says, “Installing five HP Indigo presses in one swoop I think shows that we believe Indigo is now very much part of the CMYKhub value proposition. Our customers – printers around the country – need to know they will be receiving the highest quality print, and on time every time. With our UV offset presses and quality matching HP Indigo digital colour presses, I think we are showing the market that we are completely committed to achieving that.”

     

  • Wagner makes inkjet move with Epson SurePress

    Into inkjet: Brad Kiehne operates Wagner Labels’ new Epson SurePress L-4033AW

    Wagner Prestige Labels is moving into inkjet printing, with a new Epson SurePress L-4033AW as the centrepiece of its new production suite.

    The 80-year old-business, based in Wetherill Park, NSW, has been in colour labels for the past three decades, and has been running letterpress, screen and flexo systems, as well as a small digital toner printer.

    Wagner Labels production manager Chris Galea explains, “We have established ourselves in running small, specialty work such as cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, food and wine labels. However, our new SurePress has enabled us to increase our capacity to do these types of jobs, and widen our market even further. With less setup and material, it is easier to run multiple jobs in a quicker and more efficient manner. The L-4033AW is capable of running labels just over 900mm which, combined with the lightfast and long-lasting inks, means we can print larger outdoor labels as well.”

    Wagner looked at several systems before opting for the Epson, Galea says, “We had already stepped into the digital market with the toner-based printer, and quickly noticed the impact and continual benefits of using this machine, so we started to look at the digital printing process on a larger scale. Having already established ourselves in many other areas of printing this was going to be the next step. With the changing market and frequent improvements in new and improved digital presses we had to look at Epson as it has always been a market leader in inkjet machines. When we did, the SurePress L-4033AW stood above the competition.”

    Galea and the Wagner team’s primary concern was that the quality of print from their new label press had to be second to none. He says, “Having always produced high quality, high definition work on our conventional printing presses using a combination of film, plates, ink and equipment, we were looking for a machine that would fit in with our already-varied printing dynamic.

    “We also had to factor in the numerous forms which the machine could print including different coated or uncoated substrates, maximum width, the addition of white ink and a fuller colour gamut. With the addition of white, orange and green ink to the usual CMYK, as well as not needing to treat material prior to printing, the SurePress L-4033AW ticked all of these boxes and more.”

    Galea and the Wagner team studied the printing process, finish, quality and longevity of digital machines on the market and again, it was the quality the SurePress could provide that impressed them the most.

    He added, “The SurePress offered a point of difference for our customers, an alternative to their range of labels while keeping the quality and colours of their products consistent. This is also in part due to the partnership and match between Epson hardware and Esko software, being able to provide even more options and better support.”

    Chris Galea concluded, “By using the inkjet method of CMYKOG, as well as Esko software, the SurePress L-4033AW has been able to provide consistent prints time and time again, whilst also reaching a majority of the PMS colour gamut with little to no calibration and no loss of set-up time. This helps us provide customers with the widest range of quality labels across their entire range of products. In short, by using the SurePress we can now provide our clients with the more efficient one-stop-shop solution of having their labels designed and printed all under one roof at a more competitive cost than ever before.”

  • EFI running digital corrugated webinar today

    Digital corrugated: EFI webinar Thursday 12noon

    EFI is running a webinar series today 12 noon on Making the Move to Digital, with the focus on expanding printers’ portfolios to increasing their appeal to brand managers.

    It is aimed at printers considering growing their business by offering colour critical, short-run printing on corrugated. EFI says customers, marketing specialists and brand owners are all looking for ways to stand out in their markets.

    Broadcasting live Thursday, December 6 at 12noon to 1pm eastern time, the one hour session will discuss digital printing, and give an insight into how brand managers are benefiting from short run, colour critical printing in promoting and selling their products.

    It will look at how corrugated and packaging can be personalised for campaigns, seasonal promotions and says EFI “to surprise and delight the customer experience”. The webinar will also include real life stories on how brands, across the globe, are excelling with this.

    The company says the webinar is aimed at businesses wanting ideas on how to make the move to digital printing, and explore the opportunities in  the corrugated and packaging industries.

    There will also be more more about tailored solutions that appeal to brand marketers. To register, click here.

  • KBA buys folder gluer co, changes name

    Duran folder gluers: now part of KBA, or Koenig & Bauer Duran as it is now known

    German press giant KBA has bought Turkish folder gluer equipment manufacturing company Duran, and changed its name to reflect the deal – the company is now known as Koenig & Bauer Duran.

    The deal comes two years after Koenig & Bauer bought Spanish die cutting manufacturer Iberica, and means the company can now offer complete folding carton printing and production lines for box making, including the KBA Rapida presses, the Iberica and now the Duran folder gluers on the end.

    Local KBA managing director Dave Lewis, who is in Germany at the moment, tells Print21, “We will be supplying Duran in ANZ.”

    Koenig & Bauer expects the acquisition and integration of Duran to boost its market share in folding carton gluers, strengthen packaging production activities, and boost sales. The acquisition and integration of Duran is in line with the global Koenig & Bauer Group‘s strategy of focusing on growth markets, with packaging firmly in its sights.

    The deal leaves independent folder gluer equipment manufacturers with a reduced market opportunity, rival Heidelberg also has its own folder gluer line, manroland is now the only German packaging press manufacturer without its own folder gluer.

    Although not well known in Australia or New Zealand, Istanbul based Duran has 30 years of experience in designing and manufacturing folder gluers in various formats and configurations. Thanks to market share gains, today Duran has established itself as one of the leading manufacturers in its field. Duran machines are used worldwide by manufacturers of cardboard and corrugated board packaging in 65 countries.

    Along with six standard series of Omega folder gluers with different specifications and ancillary equipment, the company also provides R&D services to meet specific production requirements, starting from packaging designs and the manufacturing of innovative tailor-made machinery.

    Koenig & Bauer Duran will keep activities in Duran Machinery’s existing premises in Istanbul, and with Duran’s management fully on board.

    Ralf Sammeck, CEO of Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed and member of the Koenig & Bauer management board says, “Over the past few years Duran has set new standards and successfully strengthened its position among our customers in the industrial packaging sector. We are now further expanding our worldwide presence as the printing press and die cutter manufacturer with the broadest product portfolio.”

  • Fespa launches global show campaign

    Fespa Global: popular with Aussie and Kiwi printers

    Fespa has launched its visitor campaign for the Fespa 2019 Global Print Expo and the co-located Sign Expo, which take place from 14-17 May at Messe Munich.

    The campaign strapline for both events is Explosion of Possibilities, with the organiser saying it is celebrating the multitude of commercial and creative opportunities within the screen and digital wide format, textile printing and signage markets.

    Fespa Global Print Expo 2019 will cover six halls at Messe Munich, with more than 700 exhibitors expected to showcase the latest technology and applications for screen and digital wide format, textile and garment print, printed interior décor, vehicle wrapping, packaging and non-printed signage. Fespa will once again dedicate an entire hall (A4) to substrates.

    The show is proving increasingly popular with Aussie and Kiwi print and sign businesses, keen to see all the latest developments in what is essentially an English speaking show.

    “Our insights from previous events and from this year’s Fespa Print Census affirm that print service providers (PSPs) and sign-makers are continually looking at new openings and ways to grow their businesses”, comments Roz Guarnori, Exhibitions Director at Fespa. “The Explosion of Possibilities theme for our 2019 global events underlines the opportunity there is within our industry, powered by technology and media innovations, and an irrepressible entrepreneurial appetite to experiment with new applications and enter new markets.”

    Munich has previously hosted Fespa events, the show being held there in 1999, 2005, 2010 and 2014, with the exhibition and visitor facilities making the city a Fespa community favourite.

    The co-located Sign Expo will give sign-makers and brand owners a dedicated exhibition for non-printed signage, while offering printers the opportunity to explore opportunities in visual communications beyond print.

    Visitors will also benefit from a host of educational features reflecting Fespa’s commitment to investment in education and promoting best-practice, including popular regular features from previous events and fresh initiatives guided by market trends and visitor feedback.

    Guarnori continues: “It is evident from the record-breaking visitor attendance to our 2018 events in Berlin that the annual flagship Fespa Global Print Expo in Europe is regarded as a key destination for print and signage businesses looking for the tools to fulfil their ambitions, and for inspiration from real stories of business transformation. As our exhibitors share their launch plans over the coming months, we look forward to seeing what fresh possibilities they are creating, and imagining new pathways to sustained growth for our visitors.”

    For more information on Fespa Global Print Expo 2019 visit www.fespaglobalprintexpo.com, which launched this week.

  • Currie Group

    Biggest installation 
in Australia: CMYKhub CEO Trent Nankervis and communications manager Glen Francis at the Melbourne print hub with the B2
HP Indigo 10000 and the HP Indigo 5600.

    National trade printing house CMYKhub has just installed five 
HP Indigo Digital Presses, the biggest order supplier Currie Group 
has received in the 17 years it has been supplying the presses.

    The five HP Indigo presses at CMYKhub join the four the company already has, and means that each CMYKhub has two 
HP Indigo, with the exception of Sydney, which has a B2 HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press.

    Melbourne also has a B2 HP Indigo 10000, the remaining seven are from the HP Indigo 5000 and 7000 range and include one in Melbourne, two in Brisbane, two in Perth, two in Brisbane and two in Cairns. The five presses just installed by Currie Group include an HP Indigo 7800, a 7600 and a trio of 7r digital presses.

    Trent Nankervis, CEO of the family owned CMYKhub says, “The quality of print on the HP Indigo is at a similar level to the offset print we get from our Komori and Ryobi UV offset presses, and this was key in opting for HP Indigo for our digital fleet.

    “CMYKhub is determined to offer its trade partners every possible advantage, which is why we have installed HP Indigo presses in each of our print hubs around the country, in fact most of them have two. HP Indigo offers offset quality, in short runs, with variable data and on demand printing.

    The quality of print we are achieving is high, on both coated and on uncoated stock, it is as vibrant as UV offset. We find toner sits on the sheet, where Indigo sinks into it, giving the quality. Just like offset 
HP Indigo prints to a blanket first then transfers onto the sheet, delivering a smooth dot.”
    “We first installed HP Indigo five years ago, and our experience since then with the printers and with the supplier Currie Group drove our decision to go with HP Indigo again for this major new investment.

    David Currie, executive chairman of supplier Currie Group says, “CMYKhub has been an HP Indigo user for many years, so it knows what it is getting, which is high quality print in a robust digital machine.
    “Everyone knows the commitment CMYKhub has to the market, to its customers, and its desire to provide them with the best print.

    “The HP Indigo provides quality print on demand, in short runs with variable data if required. As a trade printer CMYKhub has to meet a wide range of requests from its clients, the HP Indigo is clearly a key part of its solution.”

    Trent Nankervis says, “We are also seeing a lot of demand in the market, particularly from the agencies our customers deal with, for print produced on HP Indigo, HP has done a great job in back selling the benefits of Indigo.”

    CMYKhub is the country’s largest trade printer, and the only one with manufacturing facilities in Vic, NSW, Qld and WA. It is now fully owned by the Nankervis family, one of the best-known print families in the country, with a serious pedigree in print won over decades.

    In addition to its digital printing the company has been investing strongly in UV offset presses over the past few years, the Vic hub has an eight-colour B1 Komori H-UV, with the other manufacturing sites in NSW, WA and Queensland running eight-colour A1 RMGT LED -UV 920 series presses, and another about to go in.

    The only exception is Far North Queensland, which has two HP Indigo presses to compliment its rollfed and flatbed wide format printers, but no longer runs offset. Nankervis says, “If we have a call for a long run job we will print it in Brisbane, but the HP Indigo presses up there print virtually everything our customers need, they do a terrific job. The market is really suited to HP Indigo, for instance there is lots of tourism print, and that print is produced in many different languages to accommodate the different visitor groups, which is ideal for Indigo.”

    “Part of our aim in installing digital print solutions was to be platform agnostic, so as far as the customer is concerned the result is the same with digital and offset, and we achieve that offset quality result with the HP Indigo. It is then a question of which is the most efficient to print, and that depends on factors such as run length, turnaround time, whether there is variable data.”

    The company has two B2 HP Indigo systems, one each for Melbourne and Sydney. Nankervis says, “The B2 sheet size gives us a serious point of difference in the digital short run, on demand market. We can produce digital products to the B2 space like A2 posters, landscape books, and presentation folders.”
    CMYKhub also runs a Scodix digital embellishing press in both Melbourne and Sydney (also supplied and serviced by Currie Group).

    Nankervis says, “The Indigo quality coupled with the range of embellishments the Scodix machine can produce, allows our resellers to create low cost, but high perceived value short run orders.”

    The CMYKhub Indigo and offset production is rounded out by a comprehensive roll-fed and flatbed wide format production suite in the eastern states, with WA completing its installation in January. CYMKhub now has a total of nine HP Indigo presses in its Australian network – by far the most of any local printer – and has had no trouble finding people to run the presses.

    Nankervis says, “When we put a new one in lots of people put their hands up to train on them. We have had offset guys, prepress people looking to upskill, even a couple of finishing staff. We print to satisfy requirements of resellers, so deadlines can’t be moved because of machine down time. With the HP Indigo we really appreciate the service, support and back-up we have from Currie Group. All the Indigo presses are also self-diagnosing, and we have a 24-hour hotline to HP Indigo in Israel if we need to talk to someone there.”

    David Currie says, “Currie Group is one of only two authorised HP Indigo trainers around the world. Thanks to the investment we have made we are able to train HP Indigo users around the country, both to operate the press and where appropriate to provide engineering input.”

    Trent Nankervis says, “Installing five HP Indigo presses in one swoop I think shows that we believe Indigo is now very much part of the CMYKhub value proposition. Our customers – printers around the country – need to know they will be receiving the highest quality print, and on time every time. With our UV offset presses and quality matching HP Indigo digital colour presses, I think we are showing the market that we are completely committed to achieving that.”