Posts Tagged ‘LIA’

  • Judging complete for LIA QLD Graduate award

    Industry identity Kellie Northwood will be a guest speaker at this month’s LIA Queensland/Heidelberg Graduate of the Year Awards Night in Brisbane.

    Northwood, CEO of the Australian Catalogue Association and executive director of Two Sides Australia (TSA) will join 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Gold Medal winning swimmer Clyde Lewis as speakers at the event.

    Organisers say they’ve now completed all the judging and interviews for the Queensland Graduate of the Year and the Early Stage Apprenticeship Awards.

    The winning graduate in each state is chosen by an expert judging panel of LIA members. The candidates are put forward by TAFE teaching staff as the ‘pick of the bunch’ in their particular stream. There are usually four to eight candidates in each state, covering the spectrum of the printing trades.

    Thursday 23rd August 2018
    From 6:30 pm
    RSVP by 15th August

    66 on Ernest Restaurant
    TAFE Brisbane, 66 Ernest St. South Brisbane.

    To Purchase Tickets, click on links below
    or contact

    $80 per person (Non Member) 

    $70 per person (Member) 

    $540 per table of 8 

    Prices include three course meal with drinks available for purchase from cash bar.

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  • LIA (NSW) visits Blue Star

    Blue Star Group CEO Cliff Brigstocke will be the guest speaker at next month’s Lithographic Institute of Australia (LIA) site visit to Blue Star Display and Blue Star Promote at South Granville in Sydney.

    “In the Display division, we’ll view the specialisation in design, creation and production of temporary, semi-permanent and permanent retail displays,” says LIA Secretary/Treasurer Mike Williams. “Their award-winning point-of-sale materials are produced in various sizes and on all kinds of substrates.

    “The Promote division creates, sources, produces and distributes innovative corporate and brand merchandise, apparel and awards solutions for some of Australia’s leading corporations and retail brands.”

    Numbers are strictly limited to 60 and registrations will be checked by the hosts to insure there’s no conflict of interest. Registration is in the foyer at 9/11 Ferndell Street, South Granville at 5pm sharp on 7 August, with the tour due to start at 5.15pm. Closed shoes are essential and bring a hi-vis vest if you have one.

    Following the plant inspection, chief executive Brigstocke will speak at a dinner at Carnarvon Golf Club, 65-95 Nottinghill Road in Lidcombe.

    Cost: $55 for LIA Members and $65 for Non-Members.

    Replies should reach Mike Williams by 5pm, Friday 3 August.


    Details: Blue Star Display and Blue Star Promote

    9/11 Ferndell Street, South Granville, 2142

    5pm sharp. Tuesday 7thAugust 2018.


  • LIA (NSW) hosts 3D Printing forum

    Print21’s Andy McCourt will be the lead presenter at a LIA NSW Technical Dinner later this month that will explore the latest developments in 3D Printing.

    “The LIA is hosting a not-to-be-missed event led by a cross section of the leading 3D printing vendors – Océ, Fuji Xerox and Konica Minolta,” says LIA NSW Treasurer Mike Williams. “An initial overview of the exciting possibilities of this technology will be presented by the renowned industry identity, Andy McCourt.”

    The evening will be focused on the latest technologies on offer, looking at current and future applications of 3D printing, and the implications and opportunities the technology presents to the graphic arts communications, packaging and label markets. A series of presentations from each of the invited speakers will be followed by a Q&A session with a panel of the presenters.

    “This is a unique opportunity to bring you up to speed on this topic, in a neutral and convivial atmosphere,” says Williams.

    Tuesday 26thJune 2018 at 6.00pm

    Carnarvon Golf Club

    65-95 Nottinghill Road, Lidcombe 2141

    Places will be limited and early booking is essential.

    Cost: $55 LIA members and $65 non-members.

    Reply to Mike Williams no later than 5pm, Friday 22 June 2018.

    Email or Fax (02) 9869 0554


  • Age has not wearied them – LIA 50th Anniversary

    In 1974 Warwick Roden and Kevin Thomas were two junior members of the inaugural committee of the LIA when it grew from the genesis of the Lithographic Club, founded in 1965, in Sydney. They were both speakers at the 50th Anniversary dinner in Silverwater.

    If nostalgia was never as good as it used to be, then someone forgot to tell the doyens of the LIA last night as they regaled their peers with war stories of technology change and the characters who left their mark on the association over the past half-century. The jovial trip down memory lane brought together members and past members who greeted others not seen for many a long, while pausing to remember those who are no longer around.

    A detailed graphic presentation from Warwick Roden based on the pages of Fred Stern’s Australian Lithographer magazine drew lots of smiles and make-believe incredulity from the audience. ‘Could it only be that far back?’

    Prompted by the changeover from letterpress to offset printing in the 1960s the Lithographic Club was seminal in promulgating the benefits of the new technology. Quite as big a disruption as digital is today, lithography was the catalyst for 50 years of change that has altered almost everything.

    From the introduction of the earliest 505 PANTONE colour formulas to a 1965 ‘computer’ on a programmable guillotine, the rapid growth of offset presses – from no Heidelberg presses in 1963 to 800 in 1972 – to the arrival of the earliest Macs and laser typesetting, the journey was illustrated with photos of faces from long ago peering out from the mono pages of the magazine.

    Kevin Thomas revealed us with how he became the last lithography apprentice in NSW, and tales of high hilarity of legendary behaviour at conventions and exhibitions. John Warner recalled how printing company Offset Alpine went up in smoke – for the first time, not the notorious second.  Peter O’Hanlon spoke fondly of past friends and proposed the upstanding toast to all former members.

    I will be honest, there were not too many young people in attendance and that’s indicative of many things, mostly that the world has moved on from the glory days of lithography. Many of those who were there are proprietors of their own graphic arts businesses and there was widespread agreement that the industry, despite its challenges, has been good to us all.

    How the LIA will go for its 75th anniversary let alone its centenary is in the lap of the technology gods.


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    When owners meet; John Burrell, Total Print Control with Malcolm McDonald, Accuprint






  • LIA’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

    Lithography: from Greek λίθος, lithos, ‘stone’ and γράφειν, graphein, ‘to write’

    The LIA has now turned 50 years old, and is focused on the whole spectrum of graphic technology and design. The members of the Institute plan to celebrate this milestone in style.

    All ex-office bearers, members and industry friends, old and new, are invited to a special anniversary dinner, including a wine appreciation, and an historical account of a wonderful journey.

    Bookings close at 12 noon Monday 11 August 2014



  • The LIA unveils Graduate of the Year

    The Lithographic Institute of Australia (LIA) is set to reveal the LIA/Heidelberg Graduate of the Year from its list of finalists at a gala dinner in Sydney on Tuesday 4 June. 

    The dinner, to be held at North Ryde RSL, will not only feature some of the most outstanding graduates of 2012, but will feature Wayne Pearce (pictured), former rugby league great, FOX Sports commentator and inaugural Australian Rugby League commission member.

    According to David Wells, president of the LIA NSW branch, this year’s event was made possible with the help of Heidelberg Australia.

    “Once again it is a privilege to have a sponsor of the calibre of Heidelberg associated with our premier evening,” says Wells. “The long term support of the future leaders of our industry by Heidelberg is greatly appreciated by both our committee and the graduates.

    “This awards ceremony is an ideal opportunity for you to bring along your valued customers and showcase the future leaders of our industry while hearing a truly entertaining and inspirational speaker. Corporate tables of eight and 10 are available. I look forward to seeing you there,” he says.

    Luke Wooldridge, co-chairman of the judging panel, says: “the quality of the graduates was extremely high once again with little separating this year’s contenders.”

    The NSW LIA committee invites you to honour and support our outstanding graduates during this year’s awards ceremony. This year’s winning graduate will be selected from the following seven finalists:

    –       Patricia Teo – Jet Swimwear

    –       Samuel Moss – Sinnott Brothers

    –       Romeo Abellana – ANZPAC Services

    –       Lauren Peatman – Intergrated Marketing Solutions

    –       Nicole Clark – News Limited

    –       Shanmugan Vadiveloo – Ligare Book Printers

    The complete details for the event are:

    Date: Tuesday 4th of June 2013

    Time: Pre-dinner drinks from 6:30PM

    Cost: $99.00 – three-course meal and beverages

    Location: The Grand Pittwater Function Centre, North Ryde RSL, 88 Magdala Road, North Ryde NSW

    Contact: Bookings can only be made by email or Fax to Mike Williams at or by Fax to 02 9648 1258.

  • Young Achievers Award – James Cryer’s clarion call to the future

    A proposed new awards system to recognise the winning qualities in young professionals across our industry will not even mention the term – apprenticeship.

    Imagine a gala event held at one of our capital city’s lavish hotels with TV cameras and the press jostling as glamorous young things strut the stage to the acclaim of an audience of thousands. Next day the media exposure is overwhelming with press and TV coverage.

    Hollywood? The final episode of Celebrity Detox? Australia’s Next Top Model? No – this is the grand final of the Printing Industries National Young Achiever of the Year Award! Fanciful? Maybe. Impossible? Possibly, but all it needs is vision, something the visual arts industries has in spades!

    Parents would be lining up outside printing companies demanding their offspring be given a job!

     Back to reality. Full marks to Bill Healey for appointing Joan Grace to head-up the new printing industry training initiative. Out of the RMIT train wreck may arise a better programme more suited to the needs of our industry.

    The printing industry is a collection of fiercely independent tribes with multiple training-streams and therein lies our strength and weakness when it comes to inducting new entrants. I’m not suggesting all these tribes should get crunched-up into one over-arching, supra-organisation – it’ll never happen! I am suggesting that there is an opportunity, bigger than the differences and it is the need to attract and retain new entrants. (Note my avoidance of the word, apprentices.)

    Joan’s arrival, and her focus on building exciting new training pathways, creates the perfect opportunity for us, as a multi-sector industry, to come together and work towards creating an industry-wide programme to recognise, reward and retain the best and the brightest. This would extend across all sectors; signage, labels, packaging, mailing, etc – not just offset. It would recognise all functional roles such as customer-service, production admin and sales, not just apprentices.

    It would be a fully integrated system of states’ awards leading to a national awards structure not dissimilar to the current National Print Awards. By bringing all the associations together to cooperate, it would also raise the profile of print, which would in turn, help attract new entrants!

    Where to start? The good news is we’ve already begun!

    I refer to the existing event known as the NSW LIA/Heidelberg Graduates Awards, which has been a great showcase of the best and brightest apprentices mainly from the offset sector. It contains the organisational expertise to enable an expansion. It could easily be re-defined to include all the other segments that go to comprise the greater printing church; labels, flexible, packaging, mailing, signage – reminding us that we are a collection of diverse tribes.

    Heidelberg has been a stalwart sponsor from the start. Nevertheless, with the need to broaden the award’s ambit and to present it as a true mirror of the industry, it would be more appropriate to re-brand it as the Printing Industries awards scheme. Individual suppliers could still sponsor a particular award category.

    The changing mix in training pathways. We have a unique opportunity to re-think the calibre and type of individuals we wish to attract and reward. Sadly, the need for factory-floor based apprentices is dwindling as other more exciting roles emerge. This is the story of our industry right now, not doom and gloom but readjustment. The contemporary industry is based on more capital, less labour, keeping the dream alive but with fewer bodies.

    Apprenticeships have zero resonance within the design or digital printing fields. The obvious response is to widen the definition of who can enter a new-look awards scheme and include all vocations within the broad visual-communications industry. Young Achievers can be any outstanding employee, according to certain agreed-upon standards of excellence.

    Taking ownership. This new, broad-based awards program should fall under the aegis of the Printing Industries (plural) Association of Australia, the body that purports, by its very name, to represent all the colourful tribes. Actual implementation would be via a body set up comprising all the participating sectors.

    Printing Industries’ Young Achievers Awards has a natural flavour to it and it’s agnostic; it doesn’t align itself with any sector, process, technology or commercial interest. This is vital; it must be free of commercial bias, like the ABC.

    A multi-sector approach like this also meshes perfectly with Printing Industries’ recent success in gaining federal funding to promote the attraction and retention of trainees. What better way to justify such a grant than to invest in a high-profile event, which showcases the best of the best across all sectors of our industry, not just the dwindling offset base?

    To quote from Worldskills Australia’s own website, the Young Achiever Awards would be:

    committed to the development … of vocational education … and to build a skills culture by inspiring young people, celebrating skills excellence and providing them with an opportunity to showcase their talent.

    There is nothing there about apprentices but everything about achievement. That’s the printing industry of tomorrow!

    James Cryer
    JDA Print Recruitment



  • Printer’s Perspective briefing to cover drupa 2012

    The Lithographic Institute of Australia (LIA) NSW and Printing Industries will present a non-commercial perspective of drupa through the eyes of printers at an upcoming review night in Sydney.

    The Printer’s Perspective of drupa event on 19 June 2012 will feature presentations by three well known printing industry practitioners: Michael Schulz, General Manager SOS Print and Media; Craig Dunsford, General Manager Offset Alpine Printing and Andy McCourt, industry guru, commentator, writer and drupa veteran.

    LIA organiser Grant Churchill said the focus of the event will cover the drupa experience from a very down-to-earth and practical perspective with each speaker focussing on key areas of interest

    “This will give attendees a great insight into trends and innovations in offset and digital, prepress and in new technology systems as well as a very focussed insight into what what’s hot and perhaps not so hot in what our speakers saw and experienced while at drupa,” he said.

    Printing Industries National Director, Communications and Marketing, Joe Kowalewski, said the review night would be an eye opener for everyone attending.

    “The program has been structured to provide a very informative dinner session that informs and illustrates the drupa experience and also provides some very personal insights into the world’s biggest print exhibition and what goes on in and around it,” he said.

    The event begins at 6pm on Tuesday 19 June at the North Ryde RSL Club, Pittwater Rd, North Ryde. The two-course dinner briefing cost is: Members (LIA, Printing Industries) $49. Non-members $55 (incl GST).

    Bookings can be made by downloading the booking form here or by contacting Mark Tolentino at Printing Industries on (02) 8789 7388. E-mail: RSVP Friday 15 June.

  • One new LIA Award Winner – One new Life Member

    Brett Foran, prepress apprentice from the NSW Land & Property Information is the 2012 NSW Heidelberg LIA Apprentice of the Year, while Angus Scott becomes the 8th Life Member.

    A good turnout last night at the North Ryde RSL saw eight graduates compete for the prestigious prize. With one of the strongest line-ups in recent years, the candidates had some tense moments before guest speaker, former Wallaby Skipper,  Nick Farr Jones announced the winner.

    Brett Foran (homepage) took the prize and will now enter the national competition against the winners from the states. The Government Department prepress apprentice made a favourable impression on all with his acceptance speech.

    Angus Scott, Ace Rollers, (pictured right with Ray Berwick, GBC Australia, who was awarded an Associate Fellowship at the same time) was inducted into Life Membership of the state branch, taking his place with the other industry luminaries; Doug Churchill, Bob Lamont, Warwick Roden, John Fisher, the late George Williams, Dick Todd and Greg Grace.

    President David Welles congratulated all the graduates assuring them of their own personal success, even if only one winner was possible.

    The other graduates were:

    • David Whitmore – Digital  – Print Fuji Xerox Australia
    • Murray Grant – Screen Print – Screen and Display
    • Nerida Cunneen –  Pre-Press – Pure Colours Digital Imaging
    • Jarrod Morrison – Lithography –  Land & Property Information
    • Philip Rosie –  Flexo Labels – Graphitype
    • Erica Mast – Print Finishing – All Book Bindery (pictured below left with Farlie Goodwin, JDA).