News Archive

  • KBA to enter the Australian market 

    In what it says is a show of confidence in its web and sheetfed products – and the Australasian market – KBA, one of the biggest press manufacturers worldwide, announced it is planning to set up a new subsidiary, KBA-Australia, in Sydney early next year. This will extend KBA´s existing sales and service network for…

  • Challenge 21 opens in Sydney 

    A good roll up of industry professionals at Star City heard him give a thought provoking review of this year’s World Print Congress in Beijing as well as an outline of the changing activities of his Adelaide and Canberra-based company under pressure from the new business environment. The conference was opened by Rod Spencer, Graphics…

  • Capacity utilisation plummets as business confidence deteriorates 

    The Trends survey by Printing Industries shows the improvement in business conditions forecast in the June 2001 quarter failed to materialise. According to Hagop Tchamkertenian, Printing Industries Manager of Industry and Commercial Policy, the September quarter proved to is another disappointing trading period for the printing industry. Business confidence has deteriorated when compared to the…

  • World’s largest printer to close seven plants 

    The closures will result in the loss of around 2,400 jobs or six per cent of the company’s workforce and will result in the creation of larger print production facilities. Most of the plants affected are in North America although there will be also be job losses from facilities in Europe, Latin America and India….

  • PGI trys to keep its distance from failing Polaroid 

    The move became necessary following Polaroid’s descent in Chapter 11 in the USA and its stated intention of selling all or parts of the company.The Australian office of Polaroid would not comment on the situation here so there is no way of knowing how the move will impact on the distribution of the PGI proofing…

  • PIA fights attack on unsoliticted advertising 

    The PIA has presented a submission to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) which is examining the control of unsolicited advertising material delivery. However the study paper commissioned by the Government’s Legislative Council focuses on all distribution aspects rather than only where signs indicate the material is not wanted. Printing Industries’ National Director, Philip Andersen, said…

  • Adobe Roadshow – October 23 to November 9 

    The free Adobe roadshows have proved increasingly popular in recent with large crowds attending this year’s PDF presentations. Attendees are advised to book early to avoid disappointment. The latest versions of Illustrator and Indesign have a new range of tools that focus on making repetitive tasks faster and complicated tasks simpler. In addition the roadshow…

  • Guide to PRINT21 activities in your State 

    The workshops focus on using the Business Diagnostic Toolkit to deal with the issues that can make or break printing companies. Each workshop runs for approximately two days. They cover identifying companies’ strengths and weaknesses, meeting customer’s needs and coping with changing industry conditions.Interested parties are advised that State Government subsidies may be available to…

  • More news…extra… stuff we could not leave out… people news 

    For those looking for more information on SkinnyScript (GO #16) try www.podbook.comI have not been able to rasie any further information on local availability of this fascinating technology but this is the company that developed it. Watch this space for further news. Jonathon Clark is the new managing director of Print & Pack Australia following…

  • XML Asia Pacific in November 

    This year’s conference at the Sydney Hilton Hotel, November 5-8, is particularly relevant as new XML implementations have emerged in the past 12 months which are impacting on the direction and growth of the information sector.The international speaker line-up is comprised of leaders in the field of XML and markup technologies including: Tim Bray, Antarcti.ca,…

  • Overflow column… the stuff we couldn’t leave out… 

    PMP has signed a $250 million eight year Telstra directories contract with Pacific Access. Robert Muscat, Chief Executive of PMP, said the company was extremely pleased to retain such a significant and strategically important print contract. “The renewal of the Pacific Access directories contract is particularly satisfying as it cements a long-standing relationship between our…

  • Snap Dot Com’s failure claims CEO Tim Hantke 

    New Snap CEO, Grant Vernon is deciding whether to extricate the company from owning and operating its own printing operation or to restructure it by bringing in new partners. The Sydney-based facility, which operates nine Docutechs as well as considerable offset printing capacity, is “not achieving the strategic objectives we have for it,” he said….

  • Edward Keller’s no frills film and plate sales strategy 

    A major customer survey undertaken this year reinforced that price is the key parameter in buying film and offset printing plates, followed by availability and service. According to Paul Chaplin, CEO, in light of the findings Edward Keller has instituted a new “e-commerce model without the e” in order to continue to supply long-term customers…

  • GAMAA vetoes LIA speaker 

    An invitation to John Todor, a US customer relationship management consultant, was withdrawn when his inclusion at this month’s LIA Challenge 21 conference was found to breech the GAMAA sponsorship agreement. The invitation to Todor, which was accepted, was issued by Michael Mogridge, then managing director of ODIS, who said he was “extremely disappointed and…

  • Agfa to buy Autologic for $42m 

    The companies jointly announced that they have signed a definitive agreement under which Agfa will acquire Autologic of Thousand Oaks, California. Under the terms of the agreement, a newly formed Agfa subsidiary will make a cash tender offer for all the outstanding shares of Autologic common stock. Autologic designs, manufactures, markets and services computer-based electronic…

  • Heidelberg has the most successful year in the company’s history 

    Worldwide sales rose by more than 15 per cent to AUS$9.8 billion (Euro 5.3 billion) up from previous year AUS$8.5 billion (Euro 4.6 billion). Orders received also exhibited pleasing growth in all divisions, standing at around AUS$10.1 billion (Euro 5.5 billion). This is 18 per cent up on the comparable figure for the highly successful…

  • No deal on Adobe fonts for non-creative use 

    The refusal leaves the industry back where it started two months ago, when an Adobe instituted crackdown on font piracy sparked uproar. It means that most accepted workflow practices in the industry where fonts are forwarded with the job are continuing to break the software copyright law. The use of fonts for outputting film or…

  • New SkinnyScript delivers serious reduction in file size 

    Developed by Consolidated Magna and PODbook in California, SkinnyScript is reported to have has been successfully trialed over many months to ensure that the compression and decompression of colour files produces no distortion or loss of graphics information. SkinnyScript is based on Adobe PDF and is similar to other file compression algorithms on the market,…

  • PMP posts a $500.9 million loss 

    Magazine mastheads led the way losing $433.3 million at the stroke of a pen, while distributor Gordon & Gotch’s goodwill evaporated to the tune of $22.6 million as part what Bob Muscat CEO says is, “clearly a disappointing result.” Printing volumes were down 11.4 per cent after a record first half-year performance which led to…

  • Print 01 cut short by New York catastrophe 

    Many exhibitors closed their stands, the crowds melted away and the bustle in the huge halls at McCormick Place evaporated as the printing and graphic arts industry, along with the rest of the world, grappled to cope with the acts of terror. A decision was made to keep the show open but reports from Australians…