News Archive

  • Vale Cliff Royle 

    Well known Australian print industry innovator and former Shannon Books, RoyleBind and Purple Press owner Cliff Royle has tragically passed away.

  • Graphics Grab Bag – XMPie in Palm Cove 

    This week Patrick Howard is attending the XMPie Innovation Event in Palm Cove, Queesland. Here is an edited version of his scheduled presentation to the 70 industry professionals who were there.

  • EFI to celebrate 20 years of Connect 

    Registrations are open for EFI’s 20th-anniversary Connect conference, to be held at the Wynn Las Vegas from January 22 to 25, 2019. The conference will feature more than 200 sessions on MIS/ERP, web-to-print, Fiery and inkjet solutions.

  • Redbubble buys TeePublic for $57.7 million 

    Melbourne-based print-on-demand online marketplace Redbubble has bought TeePublic, a similar business with headquarters in New York City, for $41 million USD ($57.7 million AUD). The move expands Redbubble’s footprint in the United States.

  • Print museum to reopen after $130k revamp 

    The Penrith Museum of Printing will hold a grand re-opening after its six-month closure, during which $130,000 was invested in expanding and revamping the facilities. The additions include extra floor space for equipment that previously had to be kept in storage.

  • Evolution: Spicers unveils new film range 

    Spicers has launched its new Digitac range of films for sign and display, which it bills as “an evolution in grip”. They include materials for both indoor and outdoor use, and can be printed on UV, Latex, and eco-solvent roll-to-roll machines.

  • Print21 Magazine: Checking the checker 

    Since taking on distribution of Techkon colour measuring instruments in 2016, David Crowther’s Colour Graphics Services has not looked back, as the German precision manufacturer continues to innovate and expand its range.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Taxman battles administrator over Picton plan 

    The directors of stricken WA printer Picton Press are seeking to take back control of the company through a Deed of Company Arrangement (DOCA), but the ATO sensationally blocked its progress in the second creditors’ meeting this week.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Picton administrator view: co was trading while insolvent 

    The administrator for debt-laden Picton Press says it is its preliminary view that the company was trading while insolvent for at least 17 months before it was issued with a winding up order by the ATO in May, and remained insolvent throughout that period.

  • Paper merchants hold key to Picton 

    The chance of Picton Press remaining operational if a DOCA gets off the ground remains uncertain, with the decision likely ending in the hands of the paper merchants.

  • Pidgeon beats Patterson in PIAA Board vote 

    The election of Lithocraft CEO Kevin Pidgeon and Mark Media GM Martin Guilliamse means that for the first time in several years all nine PIAA board directors are now running print businesses. Pidgeon defeated Ron Patterson in the Victoria vote, Guilliamse succeeds Peter Clark.

  • Winds of change: Ex-Ten CEO to head HT&E 

    Former Network Ten CEO Hamish McLennan has been appointed chair of Here, There and Everywhere (HT&E), to guide the company forward following its sale of Adshel to outdoor media company oOh!Media. The appointment of the ex-TV executive is one more step away from print for HT&E.

  • Australia loses Wrap King crown 

    Australia has been cast down from the King of the Wrap World’s throne, with Florida’s MetroWrapz taking the top prize at Avery Dennison’s Wrap Like a King finals at the 2018 SEMA show in Las Vegas.

  • Industry legend bows out at 86 

    Printing industry stalwart Norman J. Field is retiring at the age of 86, after more than 60 years in the industry. Founder of Norman J. Field Printing, Field was the recipient of this year’s Industry Legend Award at the National Print Awards.

  • Graphics Grab Bag – goings on around the printing traps this week 

    Welcome to the latest issue of Graphics Grab Bag, a weekly record of engagements and observations on the printing industry here and around the world.

  • Winds of change: McTaggart joins PrintIQ 

    Andrew McTaggart (pictured) has joined workflow software company PrintIQ as a product specialist, bringing more than 25 years of printing industry experience to the role. McTaggart comes to PrintIQ from Sunshine Coast-based Express Print and Mail.

  • 1st swissQprint Nyala 3S goes into CMP 

    Full service Sydney printer steps up for its 5th flatbed machine, with another to come from the Swiss company after seeing it operate at FESPA. The normally private Clarke Murphy Print opened its signage division facility to allow Phil Trumble (pictured) to showcase the latest Nyala 3S.

  • Chameleon offering ‘dirt cheap’ business cards 

    Controversial Queensland print group Chameleon is raising the ire of local printers with its latest offering, for ‘dirt cheap’ business cards.

  • Holmesglen installs Horizon guillotine 

    Victoria’s leading print training centre Holmesglen Institute has installed a new 60cm Horizon guillotine, supplied by Currie Group.

  • Canon launches new printers, inks, media 

    Canon used its Sun Studios complex for the official launch of its eight strong new imagePrograph TM series of wide format printers, designed for poster printing, CAD and the AEC markets.