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Richard Rasmussen’s Market Watch – May 2013

Tuesday, 04 June 2013
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Richard Rasmussen (pictured), director of Ascent Partners, looks at all the local market’s activities over the last month and discovers that Melbourne’s PacPrint trade show has resulted in more new machinery sales than any other sort of market movement within the industry for the month – a Market Watch first.

Market Watch – May 13.

For the first time since writing this report (July 2011) we have far more new machinery sales and installations than market movements (business sales, acquisitions, mergers and closures).

Albeit most of these new equipment sales came from PacPrint, the list below is indeed impressive and shows a degree of confidence in the future – you don’t invest in new capital equipment unless you believe those investments will make a return.

Major Equipment Sales and Installations 


  • HP Indigo – 10 machines sold of which may have included Bambra Press’s HP 10000.  They also installed an Indigo 5500 at LEP (QLD).
  • Scodex – Sale of a digital press to King Island Press (NZ).
  • Xerox – Sales to Minuteman Mount Waverly (Vic) of a Colour 8000 and Spot Productions (QLD), a Colour 1000.
  • Konica Minolta – Sales to Ulladulla Printing (NSW) of a C7000, Newprint HRG (QLD) of a C70HC, and Kwik Kopy Liverpool (NSW) of a C6000 PRO.
  • Ricoh – An installation to CMYK Signs and Digital Print (NZ) of a C651 EX.
  • Kodak – A sale to Tennyson Printing (QLD) of a Nexpress.
  • Gallus – 1st installation at Appliance Testing Supplies of a Heidelberg Linoprint L digital press.


  • Ryobi – A sale to CMYK Hub (NSW) of an 8 colour 925, and an unnamed printer purchased the A3 five colour press from the stand.
  • Komori –A sale to Rawson / Artvue (NSW)  of a L529 HUV press.
  • KBA – A sale to Centrum Print (NSW) of a 162 press.

Other Print

  • Fuji Xerox – An installation to Pegasus NSW of a Docuwide C842.
  • Agfa – An installation to Sony DADC (NSW) of a Jeti 3020 Titan UV Inkjet flatbed, and an Anapurna M2050 UV inkjet press.
  • Fuji Film – An installation to Rocket (NZ) of an Actuity Advance Select Flatbed and a Uvistar. to Image Centre Group (NZ), and a sale of a Actuity LED 1600 to Direct Image Digital Printing (WA).
  • DGS – a sale of a Mimaki 3.2 metre dye sub ATP to Vivad (VIC).
  • Durst – a sale of P10 1250 flatbed printer to Visual Printing and Signage.
  • HP – Installation of a Scitex FB 7600 Press to Colorcorp (QLD).
  • Mark Andy – sale to an unnamed printer of a performance Series P7 label press.
  • Memjet – sale of a label module to Aldine Printers (QLD).
  • Swiss – Installation of a Q Print Impala flatbed to LF Media (WA) and a Q Print Oryx Flatbed to Abbey Group (NSW).
  • VUTek – A sale of a GS 2325 LX Pro sale to Vivad (VIC).


  • D&K – A sale to Spot On (QLD) of a Europa .
  • Autobond – sale of a Mini 76 TH to Acorn (NSW) and to Typeface  a Micro 52.
  • Ecosystem – a sale to Who Printing (NSW) of a celloglazer.

CtP / Processors

  • Kodak – A sale to CMYK Hub (VIC) of a Magnus 800.
  • Screen – a sale to an unnamed printer of a Platewrite FX 870 MK II Flexo.
  • Elanatix – a sale of a 125 SX thermal plate processor to Mercedes Waratah (VIC).


  • Cutters – A Zund G3 to Media Point (VIC), Clarke Murphy (NSW) an Esko Kongsberg XP.
  • Pile Turner – A sale of a Busch SW 125 RLA to CMYK Hub (VIC).
  • Collators – a sale of a 3 tower Horizon to BHP Print (NSW).
  • Perfect binders – Southern Colour picked up the Geon Muller Acora A7, and an unnamed printer a Rigo Lamibind 420 PUR.
  • Hole Punch – Rilecart sold 10 Ultramacs off the Pacprint stand.
  • Folder – A Stahl installation of a TH 56 to Pressprint (NZ).
  • Finishing Systems – Sale of a Thermotype ZIP TLS 2 trim score and perf sale to Daroji Digital Finishing (QLD), and an installation of a Watkiss digital finishing system to Fotobase (SA).

Apologies to those not listed here, the above were “as reported”.  Hopefully the month of June will see more PacPrint sales identified. Feed to stories to Print 21 and we’ll report them.

Market Movements

Printer movements:

  • Rawson Graphics and Artvue (NSW) merged.
  • Halley Labels takes a major share of AC Labels (NSW).
  • Large Format Media (WA) opens new trade only business.
  • BPA sells to Newtone Press.
  • Big Print Typo (VIC) sells to OCA Group.

Supplier Movements:

  • Management buyout of Luscher Group.
  • Graffica sells to DES.
  • LCS sells to Blue Print Imaging.

Market Watch

You can subscribe to Ascent Partners Market watch for free at, where you’ll find the links to the above stories.

Ascent Partners also has six businesses on the market and demand for more. See our website for details.

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