SWUG takes to the tropics for 2013 conference


Mercure Capricorn Resort




Mar 22 to Mar 24 2013



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The Single Width Users Group (SWUG) is heading into the tropics for next year’s annual SWUG conference, which will be held at APN Print’s four-year old newspaper print facility in Rockhampton.

Located just inside the Tropic of Capricorn, this will be the furthest north that the SWUG conference has travelled in Australia since visiting Mackay in 1992. Last year the conference was held at the Brisbane Exhibition Centre.

Accommodation and conference sessions will be held at the Mercure Capricorn Resort on the Capricornia coast at Yeppoon, and the host site for the conference is APN Print in Rockhampton, which was opened four years ago in a purpose-built facility. It is home to a single width six-tower and two folder Manugraph Cityline press capable of producing 48-pages tabloid of back-to-back colour at 35,000 copies per hour.

In fact, this conference will be the first to be hosted by a print site boasting a Manugraph press – one of only three in the country.

Bob Lockley, SWUG president, says that the tropical destination represents a great holiday destination for SWUG members, and should help entice conference punters to travel north for the event.

“Queensland is always a popular destination for delegates and the Capricorn Resort is an ideal venue, so make a note of the dates and book early,” says Lockley.

The APN site itself will also provide a comprehensive setting for the conference, featuring an Agfa Polaris and a Krause LS Eco Jet CTP plate-setter, and two Müller Martini Alphaliner inserting lines capable of putting up to 8 inserts into newspapers at up to 17,000 copies per hour, in addition to its Manugraph Cityline.

The site prints the six-day-a-week Rockhampton Morning Bulletin, which celebrated its 150th birthday last year as well as the dailies, Mackay Daily Mercury and the Gladstone Observer. Other newspapers produced at the site include the Rocky Mirror, Capricorn Coast Mirror, The Blackwater Herald, CQ News, and Central Telegraph.

“This will be a unique experience for SWUG delegates at one of the most up-to-date single width sites in the country,” says Lockley.

For Lockley, the event is designed not only to showcase some of the country’s top newspaper print equipment, but also highlight the strength of the sector’s apprentices.

“It is important too that we continue to recognise the talent and hard work of our apprentices by entering them into the award and encouraging them to attend the conference,” says Lockley. “This is a great opportunity for them to learn more about the newspaper industry and to further their careers.”

To this end, the traditional Sunday night gala dinner at the SWUG conference will also see the presentation of the annual SWUG Awards for Technical Excellence as well as the annual Apprentice of the Year award.

The event will be held from Friday 22 March to Sunday 24 March 2013 at the Mercure Capricorn Resort on the Capricornia coast at Yeppoon. The closing date for all entries in the awards is 18 February 2013.

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