Posts Tagged ‘New Zealand’

  • APN’s Dan Blackbourn heads up NZ’s CMITO

    Dan Blackbourn, general manager of operations at APN News & Media, is working to ensure the future of New Zealand’s print training after being appointed as the new chair of the country’s dedicated print, media and communications industry training orgnisation, the CMITO.

    Blackbourn’s new role as chairperson for the CMITO (the Communications and Media Industry Training Organisation) was announced at the beginning of July, with the appointment being finalised at the CMITO’s annual general meeting on 25 June.

    In the new role, Blackbourn says he is looking forward to working with the board and ITO staff to tackle the industry challenges ahead.

    Ensuring the future of top-class print training in NZ: APN’s Dan Blackbourn, CMITO’s new chairperson.

    “I want to ensure that the top-class training that the CMITO provides continues and that we provide a platform for anyone covered by the CMITO to succeed,” said Blackbourn. “Training is important for a number of reasons: continuity of business, ensuring that employees can contribute through productivity and ability and increased employee well-being.

    “Knowing their business cares enough about them to train them leads to higher staff engagement and contribution to society and the country,” he said.

    Prior to his new role, Blackbourn had served on the board of PrintNZ Training since 2005, as a representative for the Newspaper Publishers Associatio and, as general manager of operations (NZ) for APN News & Media, he is a strong advocate of formal training.

    Blackbourn started his apprenticeship in hand typography at The Evening Post in 1979. With production changing from hot metal to cold type, he went on to train as a compositor. He held various roles within Fairfax before taking on his current position at APN News & Media.

    Blackbourn said that having been an advocate for training at APN has resulted in apprentices from APN Print receiving the PrintNZ Training Apprentice of the Year Award twice while also featuring in the finals (two apprentices in 2013) once over the last six years.

    “This is testimony that if training is committed to by the employee and the employer, then recognition of the skills learnt will come,” he said.

    CMITO acknowledged the significant contribution of outgoing chairperson Nigel Harrison, who held this role for three years.

    CMITO provides on-job training programmes that lead to formal qualifications for people working in the print, packaging, journalism and signmaking industries. PrintNZ Training, the NZJTO and Signmaking are sectors of CMITO.

  • Beacon Media Group picks up major APN print contract

    New Zealand publisher, the Beacon Media Group, is taking on a major newspaper printing contract with APN News & Media, following the trans-Tasman media company’s decision to outsource its print production in the lower North Island. 

    The deal will see the Beacon will print over 500,000 lower North Island daily and community newspapers every week from later this year.

    The company, which is privately owned by the Spring family, has had a presence in Whakatane since 1939 and owns newspaper, commercial and digital printing and web offset printing businesses in the Bay of Plenty and Waikato.

    Under the agreement Beacon will buy some APN printing equipment and set up a new site in Hastings.
Beacon Media Group chief executive Simon Ellis (pictured) said the expansion was a significant development for the company and it looked forward to working closely with APN.

    “In addition, we expect this will also see more growth in our Whakatane newspaper printing plant,” he said.

    Martin Simons, APN New Zealand chief executive, said the decision to outsource its printing requirements in the lower North Island would simplify the company’s ‘back office’ functions.

    According to Simons, the move would create a more infrastructure-light publishing model focusing on delivering the best content to meet changing customer needs, and on advertising sales.

    Simons said APN had a track record of establishing successful partnerships with service providers that included print services, and in other areas, such as subediting and advertising production.

    The company has already outsourced printing for its glossy magazines, including the New Zealand Women’s Weekly and the Listener, consolidating its upper North Island printing at Ellerslie.

    The APN publications to be printed by the Beacon group are: CHB Mail, Dannevirke Evening News, Entertainment Extra, Hawke’s Bay Today, HB Drivetime, Taupo Weekender, The Hastings Leader, The Napier Courier, Village Press, Bush Telegraph, Wairarapa Times Age, Horowhenua Chronicle, Masterton Your Property, Stratford Press, Wanganui Chronicle, Wanganui Midweek and the Wairarapa Times Age Midweek. 

    The deal is a boon for the Beacon Media Group, which has made significant investment over the past 12 months, with new premises established for its businesses in Rotorua (Dudfield Bryce Printers) and Morrinsville (Arrow Printing).

    The deal with Beacon comes as APN works to consolidate its NZ print footprint. Earlier in the year, APN made moves to reclaim some cash with the proposed sell-off of its Christchurch, Oamaru and Wellington publishing businesses in NZ.

    In its financial year presentation to shareholders, the company said it would continue with its program in the NZ Media business, which included the proposed consolidation of printing operations to a single company owned plant.

  • Currie Colour Roadshow rolls into Wellington

    The Currie Group truck rolled into Wellington this week, as the Currie Colour Roadshow travels south from Auckland where it kicked off in February, on its second tour of the Middle-Earth isle.

    All of Currie Group’s best and latest goodies are on the truck to see, including the HP Indigo 5600, Horizon AFC-566FG cross folder, BQ-160PUR binder, CB160 creasing unit, PF40 folder, SPF-7 booklet maker and the Ideal 5221-95EP.

    David Eade explains the integrals of the Indigo 5600 to Wellingtonions

    This is the second New Zealand sojourn by the local distributor, and the first with former Frontline founder, Craig Paul, acting as Currie’s new New Zealand manager.

    The next stops on the Currie Colour Roadshow will be Christchurch from 18-19 March and Dunedin, 21 March. The truck will be in Wellington until 13 March.

    Visit the Currie website here to find out more.

  • Canon goes direct to market with Océ in New Zealand

    Integration of the two brands means Konica Minolta will no longer sell Océ products in NZ.

    Canon NZ moves early – before the Australian company – to create a new division for the merged companies to sell and service products to the printing industry. Canon Professional Print will be the vehicle for Canon NZ to deliver Océ products, as well as its own, for graphic arts, display graphic and high-speed printing customers.

    The new division will operate from October 1 under the management of Simon Wheeler, currently Managing Director of Océ in Oceania. He is also Director of the new Canon Professional Print divisions in Australia, which will become operative from January 1 next year, reporting directly to Yusuke Mizoguchi, Canon managing director in both countries.

    In New Zealand the exceptions to the product line-up is the Océ Arizona flatbed, which will continue to be represented by local graphic arts supplier, Aarque Group, and KMNZ customers, whose Océ machines will continue being serviced by the NZ company with Canon’s support. David Klineberg, Canon Australia general manager of Corporate Strategy and communications, says, that the new structure will not be effective until October, and that,”it’s all about us supporting the current arrangements and ensuring customers will receive continuing high standards of customer service.”

    The move is the start of the much-anticipated integration of the two companies since Canon finally closed the takeover of the Dutch-based Océ last year following prolonged negotiations with hedge fund minority shareholders. The creation of the new division is anticipated to give new direction and enthusiasm to the company and consolidate Canon’s position in the front ranks of graphic arts suppliers. It is now the largest manufacturer with the widest range of presses. It is understood the Océ brand will remain in the market for the immediate future, certainly to identify products. However it is likely the Canon brand will be the dominant meme.

    According to Simon Wheeler, the enlarged company will be stronger and better resourced than ever before. “Without doubt Canon and Océ are stronger together; combining complementary R&D, product and customer service capabilities which can only benefit our customers,” says Wheeler. He emphasized that all existing New Zealand Océ customers can rely on continuing service and support.