News Archive

  • New PIAA board kicks off two year term 

    The new Printing Industries Association of Australia board met for the first time this week, and immediately discussed strategy over a raft of issues facing the print industry.

  • Market hammers Pact on half year report 

    Shares in packaging business Pact Group plunged by 17 per cent to a record low on the company’s half year figures, as company executive chairman Raphael Geminder told investors that, “We’ve not done a great job.”

  • Heidelberg chiefs in ANZ, Wissmann new Mr Gallus 

    Heidelberg top brass in the shape of Supervisory Board member Ferdinand Ruesch and Asia Pacific region sales boss Thomas Frank are in Australia, to assess the market, explain the Masterwork (MK) investment, and introduce Dierk Wissmann as the new Mr Gallus ANZ.

  • drupa team in Australia to highlight Messe 

    Messe Duesseldorf managing director says visitors to drupa next year can expect to enjoy more educational sessions, expert insights, and supporting functions, as well as a greater emphasis on networking activities and gatherings, as the owner of the gigantic exhibition centre makes a €140m upgrade.

  • Digital overtakes print in out of home media 

    In a watershed result digital revenues in the out of home (OOH) media market overtook print for the first time, however print revenue still increased – albeit only slightly – in the booming sector.

  • Wellcom profits surge 11 per cent 

    Australian creative services print business Wellcom – which operates on a global basis – saw its net profit from continuing operations increase by 11 per cent in the first half, on sales, excluding print management pass through costs, that were up by 13 per cent.

  • Commercial papers up, display print down for Spicers 

    Paper merchant and wide format solutions supplier Spicers doubled its first half earnings, as its print and packaging division grew, while sign and display dipped.

  • PIAA to expand SGP with new industrial accreditation officer 

    Peak industry association PIAA has appointed Ben Reale-Cornel as its new industrial accreditation officer, as it ramps up its services to members.

  • Currie Group races to high-performance print 

    Currie Group has shown off the refurbished HP Indigo 7r press to printers in Melbourne and Sydney, at star-studded events featuring the Triple Eight racing team.

  • Industry called to support McDonald Signs & Print 

    Trade association Visual Connections is calling on the industry to support McDonald Signs & Print in Young, NSW, as the owners battle with the consequences of a serious car accident on their seven year old daughter.

  • Roland DG launching desktop T-shirt printer 

    Wide format and promotional products printer supplier Roland DG is launching a desktop t-shirt printer, the VersaStudio BT-12, for printing directly onto cotton based products, such as t-shirts, tote bags and textile interior decor.

  • Registrations open for PrintEx 

    Registrations have just opened for the biggest domestic print event of the year, the PrintEx trade exhibition, which will run in Sydney in six months time, from August 13-16.

  • Langley looks outside print for manroland 

    A slump in sales last year, and a thin order book for the new year, is sending manroland sheetfed owner Tony Langley to seek bolt on acquisitions that can use the manufacturing facilities in the main Offenbach plant.

  • PIAA releases PICA and NPA awards dates 

    Dates for this year’s state based PICA and the National Print Awards have just been released, with the five state based events in June and July, to be followed by the national awards which will be held during PrintEx in August.

  • Neopost to supply Arlon Graphics vinyls in Aus 

    Neopost is bringing the US manufactured Arlon Graphics range of cast vinyls to the Australian market, with a distribution deal just signed.

  • Currie Group 7r test drive in Sydney tomorrow 

    Currie Group and HP are hosting a series of sessions in Australia and New Zealand for printers to test drive the HP Indigo 7r series – the reconditioned versions of the best selling digital press.

  • PIAA calls for industry to embrace gig economy 

    The peak print industry association PIAA is calling for the government to allow industry to embrace the gig economy, saying it will lead to innovation, efficiencies, and benefits for both business and workers.

  • News Corp Aus down by five per cent 

    Rupert Murdoch’s local newspaper business saw its revenues decline by five per cent in the half year to December, with the media mogul citing weakness in print advertising market as the prime reason.

  • QLM uses Mosaic for one-of-a-kind labels 

    QLM Label Makers is using the innovative Mosaic software from HP to print one-of-a-kind labels on its HP Indigo for its client, gourmet food manufacturer Pukara Estate.

  • Vivad invests in new Durst LED and appoints Evans 

    Melbourne wide format operation Vivad has invested in Australia’s first cold cure Durst 512R LED printer, and has appointed industry identity Matt Evans as its new national sales manager.