News Archive

  • Australian Paper’s radical solution to power crisis 

    Australia’s only manufacturer of office, printing and packaging papers plans to build a $600 million power plant that would burn household rubbish to power its Maryvale paper mill and sell excess energy back to the grid.

  • Pro-Pac in $60m double acquisition 

    ASX-listed Pro-Pac Packaging (PPG), chaired by former Australia Post boss Ahmed Fahour, will raise $59.8 million to pay for the acquisition of Victoria-based Perfection Packaging and NZ company Polypak.

  • NPAs glitter in southwestern Sydney 

    The 2018 National Print Awards took over Brighton Lakes Golf Club in Moorebank, Sydney, on Friday June 29, full of glitter, glamour – and 3D print. All winners will go to Canberra later this year for a ‘Print to Parliament’ event.

  • Trade printer LEP buys QLD Trade Print 

    In a major consolidation move, leading trade printer LEP Colour Printers has acquired competitor QLD Trade Print to create “the most dynamic trade print organisation in Australia.” LEP will remain strictly trade-only and will help QTP’s existing retail clients to find new print suppliers.

  • Hornet’s Horizon BQ-470 PUR/EVA binder 

    When Hornet Press managing director John Mandile, a bookbinder by trade, saw a lack of trade bookbinding services on Melbourne’s south side, he jumped at the opportunity to expand his business – and Currie Group provided just the tool he needed to do it.

  • Winds of change: Jim Walsh joins OKI 

    OKI Data Australia has appointed industry veteran Jim Walsh as its Sydney-based business development manager for the company’s range of wide format printers. 

  • Environment ‘not a cool topic’ for business 

    At the recent DSCOOP in Vienna, it became clear that too few players in the graphics industry have the confidence to talk about sustainability with a straight face, according to industry consultant Laurel Brunner. “People don’t want to sound like tree-hugging hippies.”

  • Women in Print remembers Olivia Grida 

    Women in Print has announced an annual donation to an up-and-coming WA female print professional in remembrance of Olivia Grida of Advance Press.

  • Robert Black farewelled at launch event 

    Long term industry veteran Robert Black retires after 50 years working in the printing industry. The accomplished educator and industry identity is leaving on a high, celebrating the revival of TAFE print training at Holmesglen, Victoria.

  • Print is ‘classic’ outdoor media 

    In a world divided between digital and printed outdoor signage, oOH!Media, one of the ‘big two’ operators in the out of home space keeps a focus on print by terming its static billboards as ‘classic’ media.

  • Memjet powers new Gallus label press 

    Gallus has unveiled a new low-cost digital label press using Memjet ink head technology. The Gallus Smartfire, launched at the Gallus Innovation Day held at the company’s HQ in St Gallen, will complement the Heidelberg subsidiary’s existing Labelfire digital press.

  • Trans-Tasman talent to appear at LIVE 

    New Zealand label and packaging printer Fred Soar is the latest entry in a star-studded lineup of speakers at Print21 + PKN LIVE, where he will discuss how labels have boosted his business at Soar Printing.

  • Digital labels are on a roll – Print21 Magazine 

    With plenty of inkjet, dry toner and Indigo liquid toner presses going into label and print shops across Australia, it’s clear that digital labelling is undergoing a surge in popularity. Jake Nelson delves into the growth of the digital sector and finds out why more and more converters are choosing to invest.

  • Xerox ‘moving forward’ into Australia/NZ 

    Xerox Corp slammed Fujifilm’s $1 billion lawsuit over their failed merger proposal as ‘desperate and delusional’ and has announced plans to sell Xerox products directly into the growing Asia-Pacific market.

  • PIAA slams ‘measly’ unfair dismissal fee 

    The PIAA condemned a Fair Work Commission decision to increase by just $1.30 the amount that an employee must pay to file an unfair dismissal claim.  “This is not justice; this is a tragedy,” says Paul Mitchell, Printing Industries’ workplace relations manager.

  • HVG Graphics moves into hardware 

    Graphics media supplier HVG Graphics Media has signed an exclusive partnership agreement with American finishing solutions company MCT Digital, manufacturer of advanced VersaTech2 digital die-cutters.

  • Pantone adds 203 colours for polyester 

    Pantone has introduced 203 new colors curated for polyester materials used in athleisure, footwear, swimwear, sleepwear and the home and fashion accessories markets.

  • IPEX is gone – iconic UK trade show pulls the plug 

    Bowing to the inevitable the organisers of IPEX have called it quits following two disastrous trade shows, one in London where it broke tradition by moving to the capital, the second a vain attempt to return to its spiritual home in Birmingham.

  • Back from the brink: PIAA turnaround 

     Printing Industries CEO Andrew Macaulay says a ‘dramatic improvement in performance’ in 2017 has seen the peak national body post an operating loss that’s $400,000 less than the previous year.

  • JCDecaux to pay $1.2b for APN Outdoor 

    In the outdoor advertising industry’s second major consolidation deal in 24 hours, French giant JCDecaux has agreed to pay $1.2 billion to buy APN Outdoor, one of the two biggest players in the local market. On Monday, rival oOh!media signed a $570m deal to acquire Adshel.