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  • Industry Comment: PacPrint shows the way… again – Garry Muratore

    In an age when there is more information at our fingertips than we could possibly need, the role of the industry trade show has come under heavy scrutiny. Is there still a place for these showcase events? Industry veteran of numerous past expos, Garry Muratore (pictured) says that when it comes to PacPrint, the event can still deliver.

    It’s no secret I entered this industry as a wide-eyed boy in the mid-70s. The shop I was indentured to was run by two ex-servicemen who employed sales guys who were also ex-army selling repro services to printers who, in turn, were ex-army mates. It was, in many ways, the end of an era. Watching Mad Men recently with my wife, I remarked how much the office where I started my career looked like Sterling Cooper with secretaries hammering out quotes on IBM Selectrics, glass ashtrays on every desk and sales guys with the main tool of trade, a bottle of Johnny Walker.

    In the production department where I resided we had a huge folder full of technical brochures. This was our ‘internet’ although, at the time, we did not know it. Suppliers’ sales staff were allowed to visit us in the afternoons and drop off the latest catalogue (and the occasional bottle of JW). The catalogues would find their way into the folder and become essential reading when work slowed.

    There was no PowerPoint, nor videos, although I do recall a very young Ian Bain giving a presentation on daylight film using an overhead projector to a room full of chain-smoking combiners (Sydney readers: strippers). Good technical information was like gold dust, very valuable and hard to come by.

    One day our boss, Arthur, stuck his head into the darkroom and announced, “See you in three weeks, I’m off to drupa Germany.” This would have been in 1978. I had no idea what he was talking about and assumed drupa was some sort of Bavarian village that he once viewed from the cockpit of a Lancaster. “Why are you going there?” we asked. “So I can find a machine where artwork goes in one end and a plate comes out the other, that way I won’t need you bastards anymore,” he replied. (Arthur did not know it but he had just invented computer-to-plate 17 years prior to Creo.)

    A month later Arthur was back with beer steins and three inches of brochures destined for the folder. It appeared that to get such technical gold dust, one had to have a passport and a love of international travel.

    Along comes PacPrint

    A year or so after that I got to go to my first PacPrint at the old exhibition buildings. My company made an outing of it, knocking off early with a dinner planned at a Carlton pub. “It’s everything drupa had here in Melbourne,” the boss claimed. It would be another decade before I could really evaluate the drupa/PacPrint comparison, but at the time I had to assume drupa had indeed come to Melbourne. We got to walk around the show floor half full of beer, we got to meet friends, competitors and suppliers, and, of course, most importantly, we got to collect more brochures for the famous technical folder.

    In the 80s I moved from production to the supplier’s side of the fence and, for the next 25 years, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend three Ipex shows, three Imprintas, a couple of Seybolds, several Print Chicago shows, numerous regional print shows across Asia and six drupas. My tradeshow evaluation skills became finely calibrated. PacPrint, in my opinion, was a show that over the years managed to punch above its weight.

    When drupa gave the world PostScript in 1990, it was mainstream technology two years later in Melbourne. Ipex 93 gave the world digital print with Indigo and Xeikon and those technologies also found their way down under soon after. PacPrint had become the show where the technology was proven and viable.

    PacPrint has still got it

    With the news filtering out of the UK that many vendors are not planning to be at the next Ipex, and with drupa 2012’s numbers down for the first time ever, many expected this year’s PacPrint to follow suit. However, my opinion is that this PacPrint maintained its relevance.

    Whilst the numbers may have been down, those who came had purpose. Most of the suppliers I spoke to had similar thoughts; numbers down but quality up. Gone are the brochure collectors as that function is now covered by the internet. Instead we had people wanting to talk, question and network.

    Globally, not all tradeshows are in trouble. Sure there will be consolidation, just as Imprinta disappeared in the mid-90s. Other shows continue because they remain relevant. Relevance is PacPrint’s strength, and co-locating with Visual Impact strengthened that relevance. The technologies from drupa and Fespa were right on our doorstep here in Melbourne.

    It also remains a great show to look at the big companies, such as HP, Xerox, FujiFilm, Canon, Konica Minolta, Agfa, Kodak, Epson etc. They all had stands that were local representations of what they showed at drupa, reinforcing their brand. As to the question, “Will PacPrint still maintain its relevance in another four years?” I am sure it will.

    Garry Muratore has spent his entire life in prepress (aka making printers look good) and related technologies. He can remember what a dot-etcher was and is a partisan of the digital revolution. He has worked with multi-nationals, regional and local organisations. These days he is the GMG product manager at Kayell Australia, a leading supplier of colour management technologies. <>.

  • Richard Rasmussen’s Market Watch – May 2013

    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

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  • Roland DG names Body of Work competition winner

    Roland DG Australia has named the winner of its prestigious Body of Work competition, which it ran at its stand during its successful showing at the PacPrint trade show in Melbourne. 

    The competition for the Body Of Work Portrait of Pavarti print was one of two big prize competitions running at the Roland DG stand during PacPrint, with the company also running the tail end of its Ford XR6 competition for its PRO4 XR-640 customers.

    Roland DG’s panel of judges including top executives from Roland DG Japan, chose the winner on the last day of the show, with the company naming Suzi Kerr of Belladonna Digital Imaging as the winner of its Body of Work Portrait of Pavarti print – the product of an award-winning partnership between Roland DG and Body of Work, a division of corporate design and communications company, ArmstrongQ.

    Marc Margetts, Roland DG managing director (left) and John Wall, sales director were pleased to accept the HotPick from Nick Pond (centre), Print21 deputy publisher.

    Roland DG says that Belladonna is a worthy winner as the company seeks to push the creative boundaries of print in its custom interior print business.

    Roland DG, which celebrates its 25th anniversary during this PacPrint year, confirmed at least two big sales at the trade show, including one of its brand new superfast PRO4 XF-640 wide format printers, which went to Dean Wright from ADS Australia via dealer, AVS, and a SOLJET PRO4 XR-640 printer/cutter, which was snapped up by Vital Signs – with the buyer going into the running the to win a Ford XR6.

    According to Roland DG, the new PRO4 XF-640 certainly made a splash at its PacPrint stand, drawing more interest from visitors than any other display on the stand during the show. The new printer so impressed PacPrint punters that it also claimed a Print21 PacPrint HotPick award during the show.

    The Roland team is now busy sorting over 1000 square meters of print as part of a unique project that saw the company put its demonstration print from the new PRO4 XF-640 to good use. Roland says it would like to thank Sihl and Avery for supplying the media to complete this mission, including the Sihl Quadrosorb 3526 matte poster paper and Avery 4130 for banners.

    Hundreds of posters, banners and other collateral was printed on the high-speed PRO4 XF-640 at 30, 63 and 102m2/hour, and will be delivered to Oxfam Australia, World Vision Australia, and SurfAid over the next few weeks for various campaigns these organisations are running, with some prints even being delivered overseas to their international offices.

    For John Wall, Roland DG Australia sales director, the company’s showing at PacPrint shaped up to be a huge success, with sales galore both from its own stand and its partner dealers.

    “PacPrint 2013 was definitely a success for Roland DG and we believe we had a positive impact on the market with the innovative technology on display and the unique campaigns running throughout the stand,” says Wall. “It is a big commitment to exhibit at a trade show like PacPrint. However, it was definitely worthwhile for Roland DG this year as we made plenty of sales through our Authorised Dealers with hundreds more leads to follow up.”

    Roland DG says it would like to thank the Roland users who attended the stand to share their experiences with others. “The Roland Users were well received on the stand and had many useful conversations with customers and prospects,” says Wall. “We are always humbled by our users who are willing to support us in this way. I would like to thank all our users on behalf of Roland DG for your support and loyalty over the last 25 years.”

    Visit the Roland DG Blog to view the photo highlights and hear from Roland Users about their PacPrint experience in the feature video. See the New PRO4 series printer lineup at a Roland Authorised Dealer near you, and for more information on the hot new technology on the Roland DG stand, visit

  • Colour accuracy from Konica Minolta – Print21 PacPrint HotPick

    Konica Minolta launched its brand new FD-5BT Spectro-densitometer in Melbourne  at PacPrint13, heralding the company’s new focus on easy to achieve and maintain colour consistency. The FD-5BT Spectro is a completely new, high quality, colour-measurement device, designed for colour critical printing businesses .

    “PacPrint is the perfect opportunity for Konica Minolta to introduce the new device to customers and print industry experts, providing them with a first look in person,” says David Procter, general Mmnager at Production Printing.

    Gordon Fogarty, National Colour Management Specialist, says: “By combining Color Care software with the FD5-BT, customers will be able to seamlessly adapt to the constantly evolving digital production printing standards, ensuring a solution not only for today but also for tomorrow.”

    New colour direction for Konica Minolta; David Procter and David Cooke at the show with the FD-5BT

    The FD-5BT is able to measure in three modes of colour – the CIE illuminant A, CIE illuminant D50 and illumination with UV cut. This enables users to enhance the measurement of printed colours, going beyond what is possible with Konica Minolta’s EFI ES-2000. Another unique feature of the FD-5BT is its flexibility – its ability to spot measure without being connected to a PC (i.e. without a cable).

    The Spectro was on show all this week at Konica Minolta’s PacPrint stand #2218, along with the company’s range of new KIP equipment.

    Konica Minolta is showcasing the KIP C7800 and KIP 700m for the first time at PacPrint  to demonstrate their leading capabilities to the print industry. KIP High Definition Print Technology is a new approach that offers a speedy alternative to inkjet printing, delivering outstanding quality with high definition and detail at a more affordable cost.

    Both the KIP C7800 High Speed Colour Printer and the KIP 700M monotone printer provide high quality, high speed, efficient, wide-format printing using dry toner. Konica Minolta says they are able to produce high volumes at great quality, faster and at a lower cost than other ink-jet wide format systems on the market.

    “We’re pleased to be able to demonstrate these top products at PacPrint so customers understand not only their performance features but also the benefits they offer for the environment. We expect both products will open up new markets among customers who print wide-format documents and turnaround large volume print jobs,” says Procter.

    The toner-based devices are said to be more environmentally friendly than ink products because the toner can be fully recycled, making them 100 per cent efficient; their other components are 97 per cent recyclable.

    Dr David Cooke (pictured o left with David Procter) sttended the show in his capacity as Konica Minolta new local MD – a role he took on at the beginning of May. Cooke was executive general manager for seven years before he ascended to his new role.

    “PacPrint is an exciting and unique opportunity and one that Konica Minolta greatly values. It allows us to showcase our technology, and the way we tailor solutions,” says Cooke. “We understand that listening to our customers and being able to tailor a solution that meets their needs is what makes a real difference and this is what we’re committed to at Konica Minolta.

    “Not only do we have technology that offers excellence in quality and reliability, we have a vast range of software solutions and services to address the ever changing needs of our customers – and their customers,” he says.

    On the future direction of the company, Cooke says: “This year we are presenting our complete colour package to the market, showcasing our full range of production presses and business solutions at stand 2218. Our continual innovations help us meet the high demands of the commercial print industry, where we are already renowned for image quality and colour reliability.

    “Konica Minolta is moving towards a horizontal organisational structure. We are driven by a desire to do business in an ethical manner and to become an ever more ethical, and responsible organization – responsible to the environment and to the communities in which we work,” he says.

  • Big turnout for big breakfast at PacPrint week

    More than sixty women attended PacPrint Heidelberg Women in Print breakfast on 22 May – in an impressive turn out for the early morning event on the second day of the trade show.

    After swimming in buckets of coffee, and nibbling on yoghurt and fruit, the Heidelberg Women in Print attendees moved into the auditorium to hear the panel of speakers discuss a range of topics from how to manage change, to the need for women to support each other more in the workplace.

    Joan Grace (pictured), general manager – Employment, Education and Training PIAA was the MC, a role she handled beautifully. On the panel were Susan Heaney (pictured), president of PIAA, and also managing director of Heaney’s Printing in Queensland; Catherine Doggett national marketing manager at K.W. Doggett Fine Paper; Jacqueline Flint senior marketing consultant Telstra Super; and Leigh Russell a coach and mentor who has worked with the AFL and other sporting groups.

    After listening to some sobering statistics on the printing industry quoted by Susan Heaney from a 2006 report – 46 per cent reduction in capital expenditure, 34 per cent drop in utilisation of equipment, 25 per cent drop in sales and 11.8 per cent drop in the number of people employed by the industry – the panel got down to discussing how we can deal with these shifts.

    Sisters in print – Susan Heaney (L) and Joan Grace (R).

    There has been sense that print is being affected by the digital revolution more than others so it was heartening for the women gathered this morning to hear that print is only one of many industries in flux. And that change should be viewed as an opportunity and challenge rather than a death sentence.

    Leigh Russell, who has carved a career for herself as a coach and mentor in a male dominated industry – professional football – shared strategies for moving past the fear associated with change and the uncertainty that brings. Stay focused, invest in your people, identify who in your organisation can drive change, know what your stakeholders want from you, and come to the table with ideas.

    On the topic of “is print dead?” Jacqueline Flint said print still played a part in the marketing strategies for Telstra Super, and print companies would do well to come to the table with creative ideas to help their customers meet their marketing objectives.

    “ROI is a big driver for us. Our suppliers need to be proactive and come to us with ideas too. Print is a hugely significant element of what we do. If we’ve got a dry topic we look at innovative ways to communicate that message and creative print options are part of that.”

    In wrapping up the panel discussion, each woman was asked what she hoped the “take out” would be for those attending.

    Catherine Doggett: “Confidence is key. Growth comes from taking a risk and having belief in yourself”.

    Leigh Russell: “Invest in your own success. Professional development is critical. Take control of your career direction”.

    Susan Heaney: “Women are often isolated. And we don’t support each other enough in business. Look at those you are surrounded by, get rid of the negative influences, and find women who can contribute and support you”.

    Jacqueline Flint: “Don’t be afraid to ask questions and speak up. Search for knowledge and don’t let fear dominate you. Embrace change, be open, but be strategic and ask if what you are doing is right for you”.

  • Bambra Press buys HP Indigo 10000 – 1st at PacPrint

    One of two HP Indigo 10000 presses on the Currie Group stand at PacPrint this week – sold to John Wanless, Bambra Press – is awarded the 1st Print21 HotPick of the show.

    David Currie and Simon Lewis (pictured), HP Indigo, were pleased to accept the Print21 HotPick for the HP Indigo 10000 at PacPrint. The award is for standout technology exhibited and there are few more compelling pieces of kit on display at the show than the first B2 digital press.

    According to Wanless, the HP Indigo is a natural progression for the company, which has used the technology for nine years. “We work in the B2 offset format market, but as more jobs arise that require flexibility we need a machine that enables us to capitalise on those opportunities,” he said.

    Simon Lewis and David Currie accept the Print21 HotPick for the HP Indigo 10000 from publisher Patrick Howard at PacPrint.

    The Currie Group stand is the largest at PacPrint, packed with technology on display, from the first showing of the HP Indigo 10000s to the Scodix, digital embellisher and the newly developed Horizon SmartStacker. At the show’s first press conference, Guido van Pragg, HP Indigo Asia Pacific, revealed that the Currie Group is the company’s second largest channel distributor in the world.

    David Currie recalled the original approach from Andy Lambert, an Indigo employee at PacPrint 2001, where it all began for the Currie Group. Van Pragg described the transformation of Curries as symbolic of the way the industry has moved from offset technology to digital.

    Other HP announcements saw Colorcorp install a HP Scitex FB7600 industrial press while Anitech said it has entered a collaboration with HP to offer the full range of Designjet printers.

  • Low-key kick off hides big expectations for PacPrint 2013

    A brief opening ceremony at the local industry’s largest exhibition reflects the focus on business as suppliers step up to the mark with major investment in stands and equipment.

    A no-nonsense kick off set the tone for this year’s PacPrint in Melbourne as the industry looks to capitalise on renewed optimism and a favourable investment cycle.

    At the ribbon cutting, Ian Martin, president of PacPrint, kept his remarks brief and to the point, urging the industry to support the suppliers, enjoy the show and “buy lots of equipment.”

    While the traffic in the aisles on the first morning was typically light on the ground, expectations are high it will improve as the week draws on and word spread about the high level of equipment on display.

    Let’s get the show on the road ; Ian Martin cuts the PacPrint ribbon flanked by members of the commiitte, Adrian Flemming, Brett Maishman and Peter Lane.

    Many of the stands are choc-a-block with machinery, most of it on display for the first time in the region. Seminars, workshops and presentations are programmed to develop the theme of printing’s transformation in an internet world.

    Apart from the Fuji Xerox 170 plus Premier Partners, most of whom are from the Asian region, many international visitors are in Melbourne off the back of China Print.

    According to one visitor who was also at China Print, although the local show cannot compete in terms of size, it is on par, if not further advanced, with the technology on display.

    The level of technology on show at this PacPrint reinforces the exhibition’s position as the premier event of the region.

    Organisers are hoping that as the industry learns of the number of regional premieres and world first displays at PacPrint it will respond by coming along in numbers to the Melbourne exhibition Centre.

  • South Australian apprentice wins ‘Print is Alive’ contest for PacPrint showing

    Helena Miller of PrintSA is the winner of the ‘Print is Alive’ competition run by Printing Industries’ Apprenticeship Advisor and Mentoring Program – a prize that sees her travel to PacPrint in Melbourne this week.

    Her prize sees her travel to Melbourne for PacPrint and to attend the National Print Awards dinner on Friday 24 May.

    Helena created a desk calendar based on the Print is Alive theme. The competition was run to encourage apprentices to become advocates for the industry and to use their talents to communicate the theme via any of a variety of mediums.

    The prize-winning entry will be on display at the Printing Industries stand (1618) during PacPrint

    Printing Industries is also hosting a number of activities and events at its stand at PacPrint, including:

    Business transition strategy consultations at PacPrint

    Ascent Partners Director, Richard Rasmussen, will be at Printing Industries stand (1618) during PacPrint to talk to members about business transition strategies.

    He will be available only from Tuesday to Friday at the following times:

    Tuesday 10am to 11am and 5pm to 5:30pm

    Wednesday 10 am to 11am and 5pm to 5:30pm

    Thursday 10am to 11am and 5pm to 5:30pm

    Friday 11 am to noon.

    Members can also call Richard directly on 0402 021 101 for a confidential chat during PacPrint.

    Industry Central theme for PacPrint member service centre

    Industry Central, Printing Industries’ PacPrint stand, will be a focal point for members visiting the exhibition next week.

    The stand, number 1618, located between the Epson and Kodak stands, will provide members with business services including Internet, email and fax facilities, free refreshments – and a seat.

    Members who may need to receive faxed documents during their PacPrint visit can have them sent to Printing Industries stand for collection on (03) 9235 8752.  (Please note: This services will be active from 5pm Monday 20 May and will be available until 4pm Saturday 25 May 2013).

    Catch up with colleagues at the stand or talk to Printing Industries staff about the new products and services being introduced to assist their businesses.

    All visitors to the stand will be in the running to win an iPad mini.

    Superannuation inquiries will be handled by Media Super staff who are co-located with Printing Industries

    Quote & Print Mark II Exclusive Member Offer

    A new hosted solution for estimating and quotations, Quote & Print Mark II, will be released exclusively to Printing Industries members  during PacPrint.

    The member-only discounted offer needs no IT infrastructure in your office (no expensive LANS, servers or software) offering total mobility anytime and anywhere.

    It comes with five options covering sheet-fed, digital, continuous, print procurement and labels.

    Details, including a generous discount structure, are available on Printing Industries stand 1618 or by visiting the adjoining Quote & Print stand 1626.

    What Adobe’s moves to cloud a software solution means to your business

    Adobe, the printing industry’s most widely used software supplier, is rapidly moving to a cloud based subscription model that will permanently change the way you purchase their software.

    How will this work and what will be the impact on your business?

    Printing Industries staff will be available during PacPrint to give you the answers and explain the options.

    They will also be available to get you up and running and save you money with a special introductory cloud solution offer.

    See Trent Weber on Printing Industries stand 1618 for full  details

    Last chance for National Print Awards tickets 

    There’s only a few days left before the industry’s biggest night of nights – the National print Awards presentation dinner.

    If you’re thinking of coming along, book now to avoid disappointment. As well as finding out which members of the Australian printing industry possess ‘The Midas Touch’, the National Print Awards are always a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a sumptuous dinner, see some fabulous entertainment and catch up with colleagues and friends.

    The National Print Awards Presentation Dinner will be held at the Palladium at Crown in Melbourne on Friday 24 May 2013.

    Tickets are $170 a head and can be purchased by downloading the registration form here  or by contacting Virginia at Printing Industries by email at or by calling 03 8541 7333.

  • Canon’s new imageRUNNER on offer at PacPrint

    Canon Australia is providing PacPrint punters with a sneak peek of its new imageRUNNER ADVANCE C9200 Pro Series on its stand #3018 at the quadrennial trade show that opened this week in Melbourne.

    The C9200 Pro Series is the latest in Canon’s imageRUNNER ADVANCE product line and the company says it offers excellent light production credentials coupled with features such as image capture, user interface personalisation, usage tracking and access control, mobile and cloud connectivity and a server-less log in solution.

    The new press’s print speed is 80 ppm in black and white and 70 ppm in colour, deliverable from a 9,300 sheet paper capacity. According to Jeremy Plint, assistant general manager, Canon Business Services Australia, the new unit is a good fit for workplaces looking to streamline their print operations.

    “Work environments have evolved quite dramatically in recent years, fundamentally changing the technological landscape and the way we work,” says Plint. ” Canon is addressing the need for businesses to streamline their workflows and optimise processes with world class technology designed to provide greater efficiencies and productivity.”

    Included in the unit’s improved workflow features is the ability to replenish toner and media whilst printing for continuous, tight-turnaround operation. The imageRUNNER ADVANCE C9200 PRO also incorporates Canon’s on-demand fixing technology, making it operational from power-up in 31 seconds.

    The model also incorporates the latest EFI controller with a choice of two Fiery system 10 powered RIPs – an Imagepass A2 onboard RIP for light production environments, such as copy shops and CRDs, and Canon Colourpass external RIP for a small, new-to-digital commercial production environment looking to increase productivity.

    “With environmental sustainability high on our agenda, the imageRUNNER C9200PRO is ENERGY STAR qualified devices which offer a very competitive TEC rating, whilst CO2 emissions are almost negligible,” says Plint.

    For more information on Canon’s range of hardware, software and solutions, have a chat with Damian Schaller, marketing manager for Canon Professional Print on stand #3018 at PacPrint13 in Melbourne.

  • 200 Fuji Xerox J75 printers sold since February

    The Fuji Xerox Color C75/J75 has made a massive impact in the Australian digital printing industry with almost 200 printers sold since its release in February 2013.

    The Fuji Xerox C75/J75 Color presses were designed based on the feedback of small to medium sized digital businesses across Australia. According to Mark Williams, product marketing manager at Fuji Xerox Australia, on average the presses have increased its customers’ monthly print volumes by 66 per cent when compared to the previous model 700 Digital Color Press.

    The printers feature an automatic inline spectrophotometer system called the ACQS, which according to Fuji Xerox delivers quick and simple monitoring and calibration. The adjustment control system called Simple Imaging Quality Adjustment (SIQA) monitors the input/output density or colour variation and quickly corrects any discrepancy. 

    “They are fast becoming the most popular digital presses on the market, and the features continue to enable new applications. The automation system improvements with ACQS and SIQA controls continue to ensure businesses remain focused on producing more work, with less time spent in print make-ready and maintenance,” said Williams.

    Brisbane-based offset operation the Kuhn Group was outsourcing all of its digital work. “We sent out a test file to the Color J75 Press and its print was the closest result to our Komori press. We have now moved to a new facility and built a room to house our digital machine.

    “We felt that the Color J75 Press was the most cost-effective machine for the type of work we’re doing. It now handles the work we used to send out, gives us control over it, and lets us build the digital side of our business,” said Walter Kuhn, director of the Kuhn Group said.

    Sydney-based Kwik Kopy Circular Quay was one of the first to take hold of a Colour J75 Press when it was installed at the end of March.

    “It has been a good, consistent performer. Its hallmarks have been its reliability and consistency,” said Nicholas Tuit, owner, Kwik Kopy Circular Quay.uf

  • Roland DG scraps PacPrint waste with charity partners

    Roland DG Australia is running a unique program at PacPrint and Visual Impact that will see the company deliver large format prints for several non-profit organisations as part of its printer demonstrations at the show.

    Roland DG is one of the hundreds of exhibitors at PacPrint this week that will be showcasing the latest in print technology. A big part of showcasing these devices is of course printing samples in order to demonstrate the printing speeds, print quality and range of applications possible.

    “Typically, we produce lots of print over the five days of the exhibition, running sample prints to demonstrate our wide format devices,” said John Wall, sales director at Roland DG Australia. “In fact, our new PRO4 XF-640 in particular runs so fast that it can literally go through a 50-metre roll of media with commercial grade print, in under an hour.

    “Too often, this print just goes to waste, with much of it simply thrown out by visitors or exhibitors. You can only imagine the total amount of ‘demonstration’ print that will be printed at this show by all the exhibitors. So at Roland DG, we plan to give this print purpose,” he says.

    Roland DG Australia is partnering with Oxfam Australia, World Vision Australia, SurfAid and industry organisation, VISA, to deliver over 1000 square meters of usable print for various campaigns these organisations are running. Thanks to media partners, Shil and Avery, Roland DG will be using Sihl Quadrosorb 3526 matte poster paper and Avery 4130 for banners.

    SurfAid’s Director, Marketing and Communications, Kirk Willcox, said it was a great initiative from Roland DG Australia and much appreciated.

    “Being a small, non-profit organisation we have little budget for printing new marketing collateral,” Willcox said. “This is of great benefit for our organization in helping to promote awareness of our work and we applaud Roland DG Australia for their creative thinking to benefit non-profits.”

    Zane Kuramoto, Creative Director at World Vision Australia was also grateful for the support – “These generously donated large scale prints will offer our staff and supporters the opportunity to see a selection of our beautiful photographs like never before and reconnect with the people we serve from communities all around the world. For this, we’re truly thankful.”

    “We are excited to be able to support these great causes,” said Marc Margetts, Managing Director at Roland DG Australia. “What better way to use our printing at the show than to offer it to organisations that do such good work in the community and around the world. We hope these prints help to make a great impact for these organisations.”

    Roland DG also announced this week it was embarking on a partnership with creative organisation Body Of Work, a division of ArmstrongQ – the results of which is being shown this week at PacPrint.

    An award-winning collaboration, the Best Of Show work: ‘Pas De Chasse’.

    The combined effort between the two companies produced the first Australian entry to win the prestigious Best of Show at the Printing Industries of America awards in late 2012. To celebrate the success, Body of Work and Roland DG are giving away one of the unique Body of Work pieces valued at $25,000 at PacPrint & Visual Impact 2013.

    “Body of Work has a simple philosophy,” said Bob Armstrong, principal of Body of Work. “True progress is made by not following in the footsteps of others. Based on this, in 2006 we set out with the goal to produce the best printed product in the world.”

    The application of this philosophy has made Body of Work the benchmark in establishing and applying original creative directions primarily in communication strategy, design, photography and the establishment of new frontiers in print.

    Roland DG Australia has been working closely with Body of Work team to achieve these new frontiers in print. Marc Margetts, managing director at Roland DG Australia was proud that Roland could play an integral part in this unique project.

    “Roland VersaUV technology has allowed Body of Work to push creative print boundaries,” said Margetts. “We are very excited to partner with Bob and the team at Body of Work. The quality and breadth of their work is simply amazing and was ultimately recognised by receiving the most prestigious print award in the world.”

    The Best Of Show ‘Pas De Chasse’ will be on display on the Roland DG stand at PacPrint and Visual Impact 2013, along with other award winning Body of Work pieces. Further to this, Body of Work and Roland DG will also be giving away a limited edition Body of Work piece valued at $25,000 at the show.

    Visit Roland DG at stand #4318 at PacPrint and Visual Impact to see how Roland DG is giving purpose to print.

  • Kodak goes for gold at PacPrint

    Kodak is demonstrating its highly anticipated Gold Dry Inks on a Kodak NexPress SX2700 Digital Colour Press, along with the brand new Prinergy 6 workflow system at its PacPrint stand #1818 this week in Melbourne.

    The Kodak Gold Dry inks are the newest feature for the NexPress’ Fifth Imaging Unit, and they deliver a gold metallic, sparkle effect using a gold-tinted Dry Ink.

    The Gold Dry Ink enables a broad range of applications such as direct mail, certificates, photographs and tickets among other high-value products.

    NexPress users can create different variations of gold-toned tints or different effects by putting combinations of process colours underneath the gold further expanding the creative options and value adding.

    The Gold Dry Ink product is an important member of a growing family of special effect inks for the Kodak NexPress series of digital printers. Users can now get their hands on a dizzying array of different inks and special effect coatings, including Red Fluorescing – which illuminates under ultraviolet light, Gloss/Spot Gloss, Protective Coating/Watermark, Dimensional Printing – giving a raised or 3D effect, MICR security magnetic ink for items like cheques, and an additional red green and blue dry ink for an extended colour gamut.

    Kodak is also demonstrate the next generation in its award-winning workflow solution, Kodak Prinergy 6, this week at PacPrint. The new system brings automation and integration from print production into the manufacturing process.

    Integrated with the new Kodak Preps Imposition 7 Software and Kodak ColorFlow Software 2, Kodak’s workflow portfolio removes costs and increases efficiencies across the entire print value chain.

    On stand 1818 at PacPrint13 this week, Kodak’s product experts and partners will be available to discuss the company’s portfolio and look forward to welcoming visitors throughout the five days of the Show.

  • Chili Publisher does demo at PacPrint in Melbourne

    Chili Publish will be demonstrating ‘CHILI Publisher’, its online document editing software, in partnership with distributor Workflowz Ltd, at the upcoming PacPrint 2013 show in Melbourne, Australia, from 21 – 25 May. The two companies will be teaming up at PacPrint for the first time at stand #330.

    Workflowz was one of the initial distributors of Chili Publisher and has worked closely with the developer from the beginning. Their regional experience and widespread dealer network have proven invaluable in reaching new markets and sectors, as well as getting the product to market quickly. Workflowz represents Chili Publish in the Oceania region and South Africa, in addition to their original market in the UK.

    “PacPrint is the premier event in the region and the best venue to showcase the latest version of Chili Publisher,” said Bram Verniest, CMO and managing partner of Chili Publish. “Building on the momentum we’ve established through other shows and events, PacPrint offers a great opportunity to team up with Workflowz and demonstrate our powerful and easy-to-use solution to a vibrant market. We look forward to highlighting our technology and meeting with attendees throughout the show.”

    “As a distributor, we look for best-of-breed solutions from developers with whom we can maintain an open and transparent relationship,” said Alan Dixon, Workflowz CEO. “When a partner has the same drive, ambition and passion as we do, then building out the product roadmap, adding feature requests and opening up new markets are readily achievable results. Partnering with Chili Publish has brought us many loyal clients, while the ongoing product improvements have kept us and our customers one step ahead of the market.”

    Launch, partner update and live demonstrations

    Chili Publish will be previewing and releasing Chili Publisher version 3.5, which features a number of enhancements. These include improvements to the 3D visualization function, additional support for PDF/VT, and extended typographic control, including horizontal text scaling. For those who may be unfamiliar with the software, there is much more to discover during demonstrations.

    In addition to teaming up with Chili Publish at the show, Workflowz is also supporting other Chili Publish integrators, such as Tharstern MIS and Esko – that both use Chili Publish software in their online web-to-print solutions. Tharstern has integrated Chili Publisher in e4print PRO, while Esko has incorporated it in its WebCenter platform for the packaging and brand management sectors.

    Company executives who will be available at PacPrint for meetings and demonstrations are Bram Verniest and Joeri Paeleman of Chili Publish, along with Alan Dixon of Workflowz. Chili Publisher is a mature and proven product, and Workflowz is looking to grow the number of local resellers. The company is also working to expand its pre- and post-sales service offerings to a growing number of clients in the Oceania region.

    Chili Publisher: powerful online document editing

    Chili Publisher is a flexible, online document editing solution that integrates seamlessly and transparently within a wide range of workflows and production platforms. It was built on four core principles: flexibility for ease of customization; open architecture with API toolkits; consistency across platforms, browsers, and different systems; and a browser-based interface for the easiest possible access. It provides powerful editing capabilities and comes with an extensive feature set previously only available in dedicated publishing applications. System integrators can choose how to incorporate Chili Publish software into their workflows, whether used for web-to-print, magazine publishing, packaging, brand management, yearbook applications, or others. Chili Publisher embeds into the application and is fully customizable to each end user’s needs.

    The ability to easily integrate Chili Publisher with software from major industry developers to enhance value and productivity is a key reason why Chili Publish has secured a number of partnerships. Amongst many others, Chili Publisher is integrated into Esko WebCenter; Canto Cumulus; Agfa:Apogee Storefront; GamSys PartnerWeb; Chili Connector for Magento by PHPro (part of the Belgian Cronos group); and Tharstern e4print Pro.

    To find out more, visit: Chili Publish

  • Label & packaging power on show at PacPrint13

    Packaging is proving to be one of the most resilient sectors in the wider print and graphic communications industry and there will be plenty on show for those interested in this growth area at PacPrint13 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from 21-25 May.

    As with all areas of print production, the focus for most exhibitors will be productivity, cost- efficiency and profitability, with numerous points of interest across a variety of applications from names including Currie Group, Cyber, Aldus Engineering, Epson, Ferrostaal and others.

    Highlights will include the new SurePress L-4033A short run digital label press from Epson Australia, which fits easily into existing workflows and is ideal as an entry-level press or for those seeking to expand capacity, as well as for large-scale product manufacturers and commercial printers. Screen Australia is also focusing on digital with the Truepress Jet L350UV roll-to-roll label press, which is designed to answer the growing demand for value-added packaging with superior image quality, fast turnarounds and stable output.

    PacPrint stalwart Aldus Engineering will feature the latest Mark Andy model P5 eight-colour flexo press with new QCDC die cutting system, flanked by a range of other converting equipment for the flexible packaging and label manufacturing industries. Another totally new product, the US built iTech AXXIS HS Digital Label system will be demonstrated on the Label Print Systems stand. A complete print and finishing solution for ‘on demand’ production it produces high quality uses , it offers high speed, high resolution print using OKI LED toner technology and a finisher with lamination, die-less die-cutting, stripping, slitting and rewinding.

    Metromatics will launch its new Kiaro Ink Jet colour label printer, a fast and cost-effective unit which prints glossy labels in 1200dpi with no plates and no mess, alongside the Vivo Touch digital LED colour label printer and Pronto! Barcode printers. Variety will also be the key on Label Power’s stand with full colour label and tag printing, barcode printers and scanners, data capture equipment and plastic card printers, printed packaging tape and even custom-made holograms.

    First -time PacPrint exhibitor and Primera Technology representative Region4 are also promising a ‘total solution’ with the new desktop Primera DL500 Durable Label Printer for heavy duty applications, and the speedy, high-resolution CX1200 digital label printer and FX1200 ‘all in one’ digital finishing station which suits a variety of narrow-web output devices.

    Ferrostaal will make a big impact with the 14.5m long Bobst Expertfold 110 folding box gluer, which – even in a reduced configuration for the exhibition – will fold and glue carton materials and synthetics up to 800gsm in weight, at speeds of 450metres a minute. Ideal for applications from pharmaceutical cartons to large cereal boxes, the Expertfold is also the company’s first ‘show sale’ and will go to its new owner, Litho Superpak in Brunswick, straight from PacPrint13.

    DES will focus on showing visitors how profitable the short-run end of the market can be, with the Autobox HiPak ‘Kinetic’ custom short run box making system which can produce up to 50 different box styles, typically running jobs in less time than it takes to set a printer slotter. Staff will also be on stand to give advice on the company’s range of EFI Jetrion UV Inkjet label presses

    In finishing, Carton Concepts will demonstrate cutting machines from its Aristo range of flatbed cutters while Gulman Engineering will feature the latest, high performance SMAG ICUTT 330S for quick change digital label printing and embellishment and C4R label counting and rewinding machine, together with toner label printing systems and flexo, offset and letterpress ranges. RotoMetrics will also demonstrate a range of label and converting solutions including rotary and flexible dies, print cylinders and sleeves, anvils and rotary tooling.

    Materials are also well covered, with suppliers like Label Line’s range of more than 180 different ‘ready made’ labels complementing its 24 hour ‘made to order’ service and the MACtac range of pressure sensitive products on show at the DES stand.

    Aside from the ‘nuts and bolts’, businesses in the packaging and labels sector will benefit from the range of software and systems on show from suppliers like EFI, Hexicom, RXmedia, TharsternSQL and GMS Pacific, many of whom offer specific functionality for this sector, and a range of other services on display from engineering and maintenance services, to materials handling, business services and training. In addition, many of the solutions on show at the co-located Visual Impact sign and display exhibition will also be of interest to this market.

    With more than 130 exhibitors heading to the MCEC later this month, it’s impossible to give a comprehensive run-down of every area, however visitors would do well to browse the online exhibitor directory (go to and select the ‘For Visitors’ tab to access the searchable list) for specific products and services they wish to see. There’s no question, however, that the event will be a ‘must see’ for anyone involved in the packaging and label sector – book now online at to gain express entry when doors open.

  • Ricoh unveils ‘mystery’ PacPrint launch

    Ricoh has unveiled the identity of its rumoured ‘mystery’ launch at PacPrint13, with the company releasing two new digital presses at the trade show in Melbourne this month, the Ricoh Pro C5110S and the Ricoh Pro C5100S digital colour cut sheet production systems.

    Ricoh had previously alluded to a new product launch at PacPrint, but until now it had remained unnamed. Now, the company says it will unveil its new machines at its stand #3300 at the trade show on 21 May.

    The new light production machines, which made their global debut at Grafitalia in Milan, Italy, on 7 May, have been designed for in-plant rooms, print-for-pay businesses, commercial printers or marketing and advertising agencies looking for high quality in-house print capability or digital and quick printers.

    Reaching output speeds in both colour and mono up to 80ppm (Ricoh Pro C5110S) and 65ppm (Ricoh Pro C5100S) they are ideal for the production of on-demand prestigious marketing material, collateral or client mailings.

    “The new additions join the Ricoh Pro C901 Graphic Arts +, the Pro C751EX and Pro C651EX digital colour production systems,” says Dave Gully, Ricoh Australia’s product and strategy manager, Production and Wide Format. “Both models, also on show at PacPrint13, are unique in their small footprint, making them ideal where space is limited, and both feature a new toner formulation and broad media handling. 

    “This series is a flexible, affordable solution that offers near-offset high quality output and is the third series to be added to our range of colour production digital printers,” he says.

    Ricoh’s newly developed toner formulation has upped its print production colour gamut by 10 per cent for the Pro C5110S and Pro C5100S. The toner has also been developed to fuse at a lower temperature – minimizing power consumption. This in turn also ensures a quicker warm-up time for increased productivity.

    The Pro C5110S and Pro C5100S are also the first Ricoh digital production printers to feature enhanced toner transfer technology which delivers high quality print results on heavily textured stock – suitable for direct mail and marketing applications.

    “We anticipate significant traction with the Pro C5110S Series in the graphics and CRD markets, given the current market size in this segment in Australia,” says Kathy Wilson, general manager, Production and Business Solutions. “This series is specifically designed to cater to the requirements of these markets.”

    The machines are also designed to tap into the growing signage and display market with the ability to print banners up to 1260mm in length through the advanced settings. The new models also come with a wide range of compatible finishing options such as folding, booklet making and punching, including the Ricoh SR4100 Booklet Finisher.

    Ricoh has also ensured the new systems are optimised for productivity and improved uptime. LED indicators and synchronised animated instructions act as a helpful guide for operators should they need to intervene during a print run. These new systems also have a number of Operator Replaceable Units, enabling clients to make necessary replacements quickly in-house. On-the-fly toner replenishment will also help to maintain productivity.

    “The new series’ ability to process smaller, diverse job types quickly with maximum uptime was a key design goal for the Ricoh Pro C5110S and Ricoh Pro C5100S digital colour production systems, and is essential to meet client needs in today’s dynamic printing environment,” says Gully.

  • Balance digital with analogue for bright future in print – PacPrint Forum 1

    Maintaining a balance between digital and analogue technologies is vital for printers wanting to succeed in the changing local industry landscape, according to Anders Sorman-Nilsson, the Swedish-Australian digital strategist who is hosting the first PacPrint13 Forum session at the trade show later this month.

    For Sorman-Nilsson (pictured), printers who dive into dive into digital technology 100 per cent will likely struggle as much as those who say off the digital wave entirely. The secret, he says, is to strike the right balance between the two.

    “Don’t throw the analogue baby out with the digital bathwater,” says Anders Sorman-Nilsson, in reference to what he’ll be presenting to PacPrint13 visitors at the first of the three PacPrint Forum sessions.

    “I don’t need to point out the benefits of physical print to anyone in the graphic communications industry,” says Sorma-Nilsson, “but what is important to note is that whatever industry you are talking about, we know there are benefits to analogue technologies – if you like, it can be summed up by saying that digital satisfies a customer’s mind, while analogue soothes the heart.

    “This is great news for business owners as they plan for the future; while there is no question the industry is in a period of significant change, or disruption, you don’t’ need to immediately re-equip or change direction. It’s more about allowing convergence, about a gradual transition,” he says.

    According to Sorma-Nilsson, whatever can be made digital will be made digital in the future, but there remain some things which cannot and should not be digitised.

    “Take, for instance, the retail industry, where much has been made of the impact of online shopping,” he says. “Yet while people enthusiastically research purchases online – that’s the digital mind at work – here in Australia only 9 per cent of transactions are conducted on line, meaning more than 90 per cent of sales are still made in ‘bricks and mortar’ stores. That suggests that the same customers still have an ‘analogue heart’ which responds to the physical environment.

    “So while online is an exciting environment that can be harnessed to great effect with the correct business model, it’s far from the whole story for retail, just as digital communications, while offering enormous benefits, are a long way from spelling the end of the physical, tactile and very effective medium of print,” he says.

    Sorman-Nilsson is the founder and creative director of research and strategy company, Thinque, and he will be bringing his unique global perspective to Forum delegates with a presentation titled, “Global change and the implications for business,” – the first of the PacPrint Forum sessions.

    The PacPrint13 Forum Series will run at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from 11am to 12.30pm on the 22, 23 and 24 May. The day following Sorman-Nillson’s session, a panel of industry experts will consider ‘Perspectives on Print – The Challenges Ahead’ led by moderator Steve Crowe. At the final session on Thursday 24 May, Dr Ric Charlesworth will present a session on ‘Leadership & Managing Successful Transitions’.

    The Forum sessions are free of charge to all registered PacPrint delegates. No registration is required but, as sessions are always popular, those planning to attend should ensure they arrive early for the sessions of their choice. Each session will commence at 11am sharp.

    For more information or to register online, go to

  • Auspack Plus packs a mighty punch – Andy McCourt’s ReVerb

    Auspack Plus kicks off in Sydney this week, with the packaging and processing expo hosting a dizzying array of suppliers within the sector. Andy McCourt investigates how the trade show is excelling in an industry that is just as difficult and competitive as the local printing industry.

    Auspack Plus – PacPrint’s close ‘cousin’ trade show – held in Sydney this week, is a growth success story in just as challenging an environment as printing and the graphic arts.

    As PacPrint shrinks, Auspack Plus is growing. Without VIEE Image Expo, PacPrint stands at around 9,000 square metres – down from 17,000 at its peak. Auspack Plus is at 7,300 square metres; smaller but on an upward path.

    PacPrint – in two weeks – will be a great show, due in the main part to huge efforts put in by digital suppliers on giant stands, such as Currie Group, Ricoh, Agfa, Fujifilm/Fuji Xerox, Konica Minolta, Canon, Kodak and Screen plus others. Auspack Plus has more exhibitors but typically on smaller stands.

    Yes, PacPrint is a not-to-be-missed event but contrasting it with the growth of Auspack Plus, perhaps there should be some pause for thought with respect to future directions of both PacPrint and PrintEx….and maybe lessons to be learned from Auspack Plus?

    Looking around Auspack Plus, it’s hard to believe that there has been a GFC, high Australian dollar and poor manufacturing environment. The show is the largest it has ever been, a total sell-out of around 7,300 square metres of actual stand space. Shuttle buses are bringing visitors in from the airport and CBD and the car parks are filling up. Delegations from China and other Asian countries are plentiful alongside many local visitors and exhibitors.

    Luke Kasprzak, Auspack Plus event manager.

    Event Manager Luke Kasprzak (pictured) puts the success down to knowing the market, listening to what it wants and ‘providing the right platform for business, education and networking.’ In the midst of Auspack Plus are the 2013 APPMA Awards of Excellence, a vital part of the event, says Kasprzak: “It’s recognition for outstanding innovation in packaging and processing from design to production.”

    Looking around the Auspack Plus show floor there are many familiar names that can also be found at PacPrint: Ferag, Esko, Ferrostaal, Kurz, Label Print Systems and Spectra Training. Some of these are divisions within the organization that specialize in the processes of packaging while others, such as Label Print Systems are directly involved in supplying the equipment and converting systems to produce labels. LPS’ new Memjet-powered Colordyne printers in both roll-to-roll and sheet & envelope versions were on display and these can also be seen at PacPrint from 21st May in Melbourne.

    The Ricoh name was also spotted on the Milford Astor stand – for their thermal ribbon transfer printers more so than the printers and copiers.

    Joe Foster of Foster Packaging does short run and mockups on Indigos.

    Printers servicing the packaging sector are also exhibiting such as Brookvale, NSW’s The Van Dyke Press with a range of labels including in-mold, heat-seal, wrap around and flexibles. Le Mac is a major player in all aspects of labels and packaging in Australia and beyond and this company has Australia’s only Dotrix digital press for short run flexible products. Le Mac even had personalized Coke bottles on display, and two delightfully outgoing, blue-haired, promotional ladies!

    The internationalization of AusPack Plus is very apparent with over 60 overseas exhibitors, out of a total of around 240. There are many new exhibitors from PR China in particular but also from Thailand, Malaysia, Korea, Taiwan and Italy. Even early on the first day, the buzz from the floor was very lively and the shuttle buses were bringing more and more visitors into the show.

    “We expect in excess of 6,000 trade visitors,” said Luke Kasprzak; “and we have 27 countries represented here. The event is one hundred percent owned by the APPMA, with a sub-committee specifically assigned to the success of the show.”


    Auspack has always featured a good number of suppliers for marking and encoding printers; Imaje, Domino, Zebra to name but three.

    What is very apparent at the 2013 event is that the digital printing is enabling the packaging industry to step up to full-colour labels produced either in-house or in short runs from trade sources.

    An example of this is Foster Packaging’s Mock-Up-Studio, who specialize in mock-ups and short runs for many kinds of pouches and cartons.

    Large Chinese delegation at Auspack Plus.

    “We produce the mock-ups using HP Indigo technology on pre-treated substrates and then finish and fill them by hand, so they look like the real thing,” said Joe Foster, head of the Dandenong, Victoria-based company.

    Foster helps its global clients design, develop and test new packaging ideas but also own a gravure press for production.

    Amid all the conveyors, fillers, bottlers, check weighers and sealers, full-colour digital labels are also an increasing feature of Auspack Plus. It can be expected that this will be a growth area for the next show in Melbourne in 2015 where no doubt new generation, faster digital label presses will be everywhere.

    Auspack Plus is owned by the APPMA – the Australian Packaging & Processing Machinery Association – and organized by Exhibitions & Trade Fairs Ltd. It runs for four days from 7th to 10th May, and is being held at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park.