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  • Top of the tops: the year’s 10 best stories

    There’s never a quiet moment in the printing industry. Looking back on the year that has almost come to a close, Print21 online editor, Mitchell Jordan picks the 10 biggest stories of 2008.

    2008 will always be remembered as the year that the world tipped into financial chaos, but the landscape of the printing industry had been shifting for a long time already.

    Friends often ask me how I manage to find enough news about printing to compile a weekly newsletter, and while some weeks are certainly slower than others, the rapid rate of consolidations, acquisitions, private equity and, believe it or not, triumphs, mean that there is always plenty to write about.

    So, without further ado, here they are: the top 10.

    10) FedEx Kinko’s closes Australian stores

    With the exception of its employees, most locals were over-the-moon when the McDonalds of the print world announced that it would be closing down its Australian stores.
    "Given our limited presence in Australia, the support costs to operate our printing centres exceeded the revenue we were able to generate from those locations," said a spokesperson.

    9) Labor party backtracks on print protection

    2009 will see whether the proposed removal of the 30-day rule gets the go-head, which will mean not only bad news for book printers, but anyone involved in Australian publishing.

    8) Fairfax print centre closure leaves Tasmanians stranded

    After its merger with Rural Press last year, Fairfax closed The Advocate newspaper’s Harris Printing Centre in Burnie, resulting in the loss of 30 full-time jobs and 30 casual positions. Employees were disgruntled, citing a lack of work in their trade.
    I’m sure a lot of Fairfax’s soon-to-be-made-redundant journalists would agree with them.

    7) PrintNZ prefers Pacprint over Printech

    When it comes to tradeshows, PrintNZ believe it is more valuable for its members to make the journey to Australia. So you can expect to see a lot more of our neighbours at next year’s PacPrint.

     6) Australian packaging giant Anzpac in $60million Asian buyout

    New Toyo International Holdings and Malaysian company, Tien Wah Press Holdings took hold of Anzpac in November this year.  Time will tell whether any of the work stays in Australia.

    5) Blue Star gets across the spectrum of print in NZ

    Hot on the heels of its acquisition of Panprint, BSPG took another bite into the New Zealand market by snapping up Christchurch-based Spectrum Print. This move helped to concrete Bluestar’s reputation as a leader in consolidating throughout both Australia and New Zealand.

    4) drupa 2008 print party of the year

    It only happens once every four years and is the mother of all print trade shows. For two weeks in May, the halls of Messe Düsseldorf were filled with the latest new releases and most tantalising print gossip. No one is still quite sure what the theme for drupa 2008 was, and since I didn’t go, I am unable to wade into the debate. But next year I’ll see you in Melbourne for PacPrint.

     3) Massive consolidation rocks Sydney’s printing industry

    GEON took an axe to Sydney-based Agency Graphic World, shedding over 90 jobs.

    GEON group CEO, Graham Morgan defended the move as necessary in order to gain extra efficiencies and promote growth for the company. “Our decision was based solely on what is best for the future growth of our New South Wales operation."

    2) PBL powers ahead with print: the full story

    For months, both the trade and mainstream media were speculating as to whether PBL had what it takes to go it alone and install its own printing presses for ACP magazines. So when Ian Law finally made the announcement, commentators were salivating. But when will the project ever get off the ground?

     1) Off and running: Massive new print site for IPMG at Sydney’s Warwick Farm

    IPMG is a company shrouded in secrecy, and when Michael Hannan announced a new Greenfield site at Warwick Farm curiosities were even further aroused. Of course, in true Hannan style, there’s a twist: the installation of three gravure presses which will be sure to change the dynamics of the web press market as we know it. Which is really all we do know on what is undoubtedly the most talked-about development of 2008, and likely to pique further interest in 2009 until Hannan grants a rare interview.
    Hey! Michael, feel like returning our calls?

     

    As always, compiling a ‘best of’ invariably involves leaving out notable stories that, for whatever reason, could not be included. Special mention goes to anyone who scored at the PICA awards, Pride In Print Awards and Galley Club Awards along with those who got behind Heidelberg’s Women in Print.

    Thanks to anyone who supplied me with tip offs, sources, press releases and invitations to launches and conferences. Keep them coming in 2009.

  • Australian Tenders of the Week, 28 October 2008

    ATM ID      RFQ PBIQ 0040 2009
    Agency: Department of Defence – DSG
    Category: 82121507 – Stationery or business form printing
    Close Date & Time: 5-Nov-2008 12:00 pm (ACT Local time)
    Publish Date: 9-Oct-2008
    Location: NSW

    Description
    Qty 4000 PD, 7530-66-156-8185. Form, AD690, Aircraft Life Support Equipment.

    Contact Officer: Gina Gauci
    Phone Number: 03 9282-5484
    Email Address: gina.gauci@defence.gov.au
    _______________________________________

    ATM ID      RFQ PBIQ 0017 2009
    Agency: Department of Defence – DSG
    Category:  82121507 – Stationery or business form printing
    Close Date & Time: 6-Nov-2008 12:00 pm (ACT Local time)
    Publish Date: 9-Oct-2008
    Location: VIC

    Description
    Qty 40000 Pads: NSN: 7510-66-136-3361 Form, Medication Record PM221, Pad of 100 Bond Forms

    Contact Officer: Jean Caliste
    Phone Number: 03 9282 3902
    Email Address: jean.caliste@defence.gov.au
    _______________________________________

    ATM ID      DFAT08-APO-034
    Agency: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
    Category: 43000000 – Information Technology Broadcasting and Telecommunications
    Close Date & Time: 10-Nov-2008 2:00 pm (ACT Local time)
    Publish Date: 16-Oct-2008
    Location: ACT, Canberra

    Description  
    DFAT requires the Services of a suitably qualified and professional Contractor to provide Hardware and Related Services for the Personalisation of Australian Travel Documents (“Passports”).The Australian Passport Office (APO) is responsible for the provision of Passports to eligible Australian citizens.

    Personalisation involves completing the Passport booklet with the personal details of the applicant including printing these details on the paper data page, heat seal roll laminating the data page and writing the same information to an electronic chip embedded in the Passport.

    Hardware (and the necessary Software) is required that can perform the Passport printing function and ideally integrate one or both of the laminating and chip writing functions along with any maintenance and support services that may be required.

    The APO plans to make a major investment in its overall Passport systems and infrastructure over the next three to five years.  The requirement described in this RFT to replace Personalisation Hardware is seen as an interim solution to bridge the retirement of the current equipment and the planned major upgrade.

    Execution of contract and commencement of services is planned for mid march 2009.
    Other Instructions    

    There will be an optional industry briefing session on Tuesday 28 October, 2008 at Canberra Production Centre (Canberra Passport office), R.G. Casey Building, John McEwan Crescent, Barton ACT.  Please register for attendance at the briefing by e-mail: Passport.tenders@dfat.gov.au, by 1200pm AEDST Friday 24 October 2008.
     The supporting tender documents can be accessed from the DFAT website – www.dfat.gov.au/tenders.
    Conditions for Participation     Tenderers must demonstrate compliance with the following Condition of Participation:

    DFAT will exclude a tender from further consideration if it considers that the Tenderer or any of its subcontractors (if applicable) are named as not complying with the following Conditions of Participation:

    (a) Tenderer (or any of its proposed subcontractors) must not be named as not complying with the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act 1999 (see RFT clause 5.4);

    (b) Tenderer (or any of its proposed subcontractors) must not be named on the list of persons and entities designated as terrorist under the Charter of United Nations (Dealing with Assets) Regulations 2008;

    (c) Tenderer must not be bankrupt or insolvent; and
    (d)  Tenderer must have relevant prior experience in the provision or supply of the type of Goods and Services as required by this RFT.

    Timeframe for Delivery
    Execution of contract and commencement of services is planned for mid march 2009
    Address for Lodgement    

    Contact Person: Mark Porter
    Phone Number: +61 (02)6261 3844
    Fax Number: +61 (02) 6261 1038
    Email Address: Passport.tenders@dfat.gov.au

    Document(s) Contact Name: Mark Porter
    Document(s) Contact Phone:  +61 (02)6261 3844
    Document(s) Contact Email: Passport.tenders@dfat.gov.au
    Web Address: Http://www.dfat.gov.au/tenders
    _______________________________________

    ATM ID      RFQ PBHQ 0084 2009
    Agency: Department of Defence – DSG
    Category: 82121507 – Stationery or business form printing
    Close Date & Time: 13-Nov-2008 12:00 pm (ACT Local time)
    Publish Date: 20-Oct-2008
    Location: VIC

    Description
    Item 1:Form, Printed – GM120-2
    Item 2:Form, Printed – GM120-3
    Item 3:Form, Printed – GM120
    Item 4:Form, Printed – GM120-6-2.

    Contact Officer: Jean Caliste
    Phone Number: 03 9282 3902
    Email Address: jean.caliste@defence.gov.au
    _______________________________________

    ATM ID      RFQ PBIQ 0002 2009
    Agency: Department of Defence – DSG
    Category: 82121507 – Stationery or business form printing
    Close Date & Time: 13-Nov-2008 12:00 pm (ACT Local time)
    Publish Date: 20-Oct-2008
    Location: VIC

    Description    
    Qty 1000 Ea: NSN: 7530-66-135-2451 Form, Printed – AB962,Certificate of Aircraft

    Contact Officer: Gina Gauci
    Phone Number: 03 9282 5484
    Email Address: gina.gauci@defence.gov.au
    _______________________________________

    ATM ID      RFQ PBIQ 0030 2009
    Agency: Department of Defence – DSG
    Category: 82121507 – Stationery or business form printing
    Close Date & Time: 13-Nov-2008 12:00 pm (ACT Local time)
    Publish Date: 20-Oct-2008
    Location: VIC

    Description    
    Qty 100 Pads NSN: 7510-66-100-8525 Form, Printed – SQ86. Internal Requisition and Issue

    Contact Officer: Gina Gauci
    Phone Number: 03 9282 5484
    Email Address: gina.gauci@defence.gov.au
    _______________________________________

    ATM ID      ISP2008/13076
    Agency: Australian Securities and Investments Commission
    Category: 43211507 – Desktop computers
    Close Date & Time: 17-Nov-2008 4:00 pm (ACT Local time)
    Publish Date: 17-Oct-2008
    Location: ACT, NSW, VIC, SA, WA, QLD, NT, TAS

    Description    

    • This RFT covers the following services:
    • supply and installation of desktop hardware;
    • supply of notebook hardware;
    • supply of desktop and notebook software;
    • training;
    • maintenance services in relation to the hardware; and
    • value add services (optional).

    The following are outside the scope of this RFT:

    • new SOE build, application development and testing;
    • the supply, installation and deployment of desktop virtualisation software;
    • Lotus Domino and Notes refresh;
    • server and SAN refresh;
    • printer refresh;
    • telecommunications refresh; and
    • networking hardware refresh.

    Tenderers should be aware of the Commonwealth policy to develop a centralised procurement system for the delivery of certain goods and services, which may impact on this RFT or a contract entered into as a result of this RFT.
    Conditions for Participation    

    The tenderer and any subcontractors proposed in the tender must not be named as not complying with the Equal Employment Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act 1999 (Cth)
    Timeframe for Delivery    

    The majority of the desktop and notebook refresh is planned to take place over the first half of 2009.

    Contact Officer: Wilson Ong
    Phone Number: 02-99112775
    Email Address: pcr.desktop@asic.gov.au