Posts Tagged ‘Printing Industries’

  • Election battle hots up at Printing Industries

    Unfamiliar territory for peak industry body as members from Tasmania, Victoria, Queensland and NSW all vie to sit on the national board.

    The contested seats are drawing a line between what President David Leach describes as a progressive and a conservative faction, or ‘between those who want to continue the changes already underway and those who want things to stay the way they were.” With nominations now closed the stage is set for what is looming as one of the most significant elections for the Association in years.

    David Leach, President and Look Print CEO.

    Unlike previous elections where members sometimes had to be cajoled to take up the responsibility of sitting on the governing board, this time around there are more candidates than positions available. Candidates putting themselves forward in opposition to the incumbent are contesting two state seats, one each in Queensland and Tasmania. In Queensland Susan Heaney, (Heaneys Performers In Print), former Printing Industries president and current deputy president, is facing a challenge from Tom Eckersley (Print Approach), while Tasmanian incumbent, Bob Yates, (Huon Valley News) is fighting off competition from Craig Pearce (Flying Colours).

    In addition, there are three candidates for the two national positions; Roy Aldrich (Eastern Studios) Victoria, Kiernan May (Accross Business,) ACT and Chris Segert (Permanent Press) NSW have all put their names forward for election by nationwide vote.

    The nominations follow an unsuccessful attempt to modify the constitution to make it impossible for a member to stay on the board indefinitely. The motion, although passed by the national committee, was declared unconstitutional on legal advice.

    The national board has assumed greater importance in recent years following the dissolution of state bodies in favour of a single representative committee.

    There is one member elected from each state  – SA and NT are one and ACT is now part of NSW – with two national positions elected by general suffrage. There are no challenges to incumbents Graham Jamieson (Picton Press) Western Australia, Peter Lane (Lane Print Group) South Australia, Stephen Edwards (Snap Group) NSW or Ross Black (BJ Ball) Victoria.

    Sweeping changes to the make-up and membership of Printing Industries have undoubtedly ruffled some feathers. Management changes, especially within Victoria have also caused some alienation, even as the Association has tapped into increased Federal Government funding to the tune of $11 million for its Future Print initiative.

    Bill Healy, CEO, would not comment on the election saying it is a matter for the members to decide. David Leach, as president, is under no such constraint and is openly backing Susan Heaney, Chris Segaert, Kiernan May and Craig Pearce in the contested seats.

    “These are people who can make a difference. I’m proud that the board will represent the majority of members rather than special interests. Craig Pearce of Flying Colours operates a small-to-medium size company, the same as most of our members. He has already demonstrated dedication to the industry.  Susan, Chris and Kiernan are all part of the changes that have already occurred. It would be a shame to lose that experience.”

    Ballots are being posted to the members across Australia for return by 8 October.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • PIAA to host new webinars on business improvement

    The Printing Industries Association of Australia has launched a string of new webinar programmes for September focusing on the improvements businesses can make to their management, creative and IT areas.

    The first of these will be held on Thursday to members only. The topic will be how using reputable links can help your company’s website rank higher in internet search engines

    Simon Philips, marketing director of Dejan SEO

    Presented by Simon Philips, marketing director of Dejan SEO, the webinar is part of a series designed to help printing companies become better marketers of their businesses.  To register click here

    The September program continues with a free webinar on September 11, at 1pm, on ‘Google Apps for Business: Cloud Technology’.

    Google Apps team members will discuss how the printing industry can take advantage of the Cloud to:

    • Reduce IT management overheads and licensing expenditures
    • Move away from legacy infrastructure to reduce costs
    • Improve the scalability of the business to easily pivot to varying market conditions.

    Click here to register

    The Adobe Print Trio of InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop and how to more effectively use and integrate them is the topic of the September 18 webinar. Click here to register

    The final webinar for September is on ‘Lessons from the Field’ which draws on the learning’s of Enterprise Connect in its work with printing industry companies along with some of the things that printing businesses can do to improve their businesses performance.

    “Lessons from the Field” is the final webinar for September which draws on the learning’s of Enterprise Connect in its work with printing industry companies along with some of the things that printing businesses can do to improve their business performance.

    To register for the September 27 webinar click here

  • John Billett takes Tassie Apprentice of the Year gong

    John Billett from Foot and Playsted in Launceston has been announced as winner of the 2012 Tasmanian Apprentice of the Year Award.

    Billett (pictured) received his award along with a $1000 cheque from Heidelberg at a ceremony in Hobart during August 2013  sponsored by Media Super.

    Interviews were conducted earlier this year in Launceston and Hobart by Printing Industries State Manager, Victoria and Tasmania, Joan Grace, and Craig Pearce of Flying Colours Printing. Five apprentices were interviewed.

    “We had an incredibly tough job choosing a winner when all of the candidates came with such high recommendation from their employers,” Grace said. “Each of the apprentices nominated were of a very high calibre and a reflection of the high standards held by the printing industry in Tasmania. We were blown away by the quality of the work they presented, and the depth of knowledge and passion displayed by all the nominees.

    “It is, however, a competition and we had to make a decision. John is an apprentice who has made considerable progress since completing his apprenticeship and someone who we are confident will make a contribution to the industry for many years to come,” she said.

    Pearce, a first time judge, said he was surprised at the quality of the apprentices interviewed.

    “They all displayed a high quality of professionalism with exceptional interaction skills and demonstrated with transparency their commitment and enthusiasm for the industry,” he said. “John, our winner, was a standout in many ways, with a very high degree of industry knowledge.

    “He illustrated confidently his motivation to become a major contributor to the company he works for, and he acknowledged them for their commitment to his training,” said Pearce. “John is a young man with massive potential which, in one way, made the selection process a little easier.”

    Grace said that everyone was ‘incredibly grateful’ for the support of both Media Super and Heidelberg who have sponsored both the award and event for several years.

    “It is vital that the industry recognises and encourages those young people who will, in years to come, be the ones driving the print industry in Tasmania,” she said.

  • Do you know the new How-to-Vote card requirements?

    The Printing Industries Association of Australia (Printing Industries) is warning Australian printers taking on federal election-related jobs to make sure they remind their clients of a change in How-to-Vote card requirements.

    Printing Industries believes that many Federal Election candidates may have been ‘caught on the hop’ by Amendments to the Commonwealth Electoral Act that could seem them having to reprint How-to-Vote cards.

    The amendments require authorisation details to be included at the top or bottom of ‘each printed face’ on How-to-Vote cards, which was previously not the case.

    Printing Industries CEO Bill Healey (pictured) said that the 2010 Amendment to the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 were passed by the same politicians who may now be faced with having to re-do their How-to-Vote cards.

    “With the pressure of preparing their election material for the 2013 Federal Election, it appears from the feedback I have received from our members that some politicians are unaware of the requirement in spite of being involved in the passing of the legislation.

    “This election will be the first where the Amendment has been enacted since being passed in 2010,” he said.

    Healey said that the onus to comply with the Electoral Act, including the amendments, rested with candidates.

    “However I have already informed our members who may be asked to print How-to-Vote cards to ensure that they remind their clients of this new obligation,” he said. “I think it is likely that there may be some disruption to the preparation of cards by some candidates.”

    Healey said he had spoken to the Chief Legal Officer of the Australian Electoral Commission to confirm the issue. The Amendment states:

    328B          Requirements relating to how-to-vote cards

    Authorisation details must be included on how-to-vote card 

(1) The following information (the authorisation details) must be included at the top or bottom of each printed face of a how-to-vote
card:

    (a) the name and address of the person who authorised the how-to-vote card;
(b) the following information (to the extent that it is not already required by paragraph (a)):

    (i) if the card is authorised by or on behalf of a registered political party, or by or on behalf of a candidate who is endorsed by a registered political party—the name of the registered political party;
(ii) if the card is authorised by or on behalf of a candidate who is not endorsed by a registered political party — the candidate’s name, and the word “candidate”.

    Mr Healey said the Chief Legal Officer had suggested that Printing Industries also provide the industry with the definition of what a How-to Vote card is.

    A HowtoVote card means a card, handbill or pamphlet:

    (a)  that:

    (i)  is, or includes, a representation of a ballot paper or part of a ballot paper for an election (or something apparently intended to represent a ballot paper or part of a ballot paper for an election); and

    (ii)  is apparently intended to affect, or is likely to affect, how votes are cast for any or all of the candidates in the election; or

    (b)  that lists the names of 2 or more of the candidates or registered political parties in an election, with a number indicating the order of voting preference in conjunction with the names of 2 or more of the candidates or parties; or

    (c)  that otherwise directs or encourages the casting of votes in an election in a particular way, other than a card, handbill or pamphlet:

    (i)  that only relates to first preference votes; or

    (ii)  that only relates to last preference votes.

    Mr Healey said a copy of the Act including the 2010 and 2013 amendments which removed the font size requirements can be downloaded here.

  • The search for Australia’s future print leaders is on again nationwide

    The search for outstanding young employee nominations for the 2013 Future Leaders Award is on again across Australia.

    Sponsored by Media Super, the award is being run in conjunction with the Printing Industries Craftsmanship Awards (PICA).

    Bill Healey (pictured), CEO of the Printing Industries Association of Australia (Printing Industries), said that 2013 would be the first time all states had been able to include it as a part of their PICA events.

    Right across Australia – Bill Healey, Printing Industries CEO.

    “The inaugural awards were launched in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania last year and from this year it is a part of all our state PICAs making the Future Leaders Award a truly national and highly competitive event,” he said. “Printing Industries is deeply involved in encouraging young people to further their careers in our industry, at all levels from apprentices to managers. They are a key part of our industry’s future development.

    “High levels of talent and commitment need to be encouraged and nurtured.  The Media Super Future Leaders Award demonstrates that, as an industry, we are serious about promoting achievement and excellence to help develop the industry leaders of tomorrow,” he said.

    Healey commended Media Super for its continuing support of the awards at both state and national levels. Media Super National Client Relationship Manager, Lisa Collins, said that Media Super was proud to continue its support of Future Leaders Award and to build on a successful print industry partnership.

    “This award was created to recognise and reward exceptional & creative young people employed in any sector of the industry, from print to packaging, graphics and design,” she said. “While new forms of media are topical, print remains a fundamental, environmentally friendly, creative and highly effective part of the communications mix with opportunities at every level.”

    Nominations should be submitted to Printing Industries state office before the PICA awards entry closing date for that state. An Entry form and criteria can be downloaded here.

    The National winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to the 2014 National Print Awards plus $2000 for their superannuation account.

  • SEO insight with PIAA webinar

    The Printing Industries Association of Australia (Printing Industries) is showing printers how they can use content on their website to attract potential clients and enhance their positioning for website search engines, in its next free webinar on Friday 9 August at 1pm.

    The webinar is the second in a series dealing with Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) as a business marketing tool. It will explain the importance of content and what defines good content, what attracts search engines to websites and conversely what fails the engagement test.

    Presenter, Simon Philips (pictured), is marketing director at Dejan SEO, one of Printing Industries’ new Better Business partners. He is an avid supporter for development of creative content strategies, viral and social media solutions as part of a holistic online marketing solution.

    “Printing companies are already in the communication arena but to reach all of their potential audiences, they need to consider their websites as being more than static advertisement, they need to use as much of the digital media environment as possible to drive their print capabilities,” said Philips. “Marketing is all about being noticed and engaging with potential clients in ways that those clients want to be engaged with – and good website content is critical to achieving this.”

    Philips said that this, combined with viral and social media solutions, were key elements in having a holistic online marketing solution.

    “It’s also important to know how to create the content or where to go to get what you need, something I will also be covering during the webinar,” he said.

    To register for this FREE webinar, click here

    Once registered, you will receive webinar login details.

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  • PIAA teams up with NSW government for print industry benchmarking tool

    The Printing Industries Association of Australia (Printing Industries) and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage are in discussions that could lead to the development of a new benchmarking tool for the printing industry.

    Hagop Tchamkertenian (pictured), Printing Industries national manager for Policy and
    Government Affairs, said that a joint survey was launched on 8 July to give printing industry companies the opportunity to identify what they consider to be critical benchmarks that could help their performance.

    “Benchmarking is a powerful management strategy that enlightens businesses to new methods, ideas and tools to improve their effectiveness,” said Tchamkertenian. “If a business does not measure their performance against other similar businesses, then they have no basis to determine how well they are doing in their sector.

    “Benchmarking also helps overcome resistance to change by using performance data to demonstrate better practices than some companies may be currently using to resolve issues,” he said.

    According to Tchamkertenian, the project would aim to provide a simple tool, focusing on a small number of useful benchmarks.

    The survey will be open until Tuesday 23 July 2013 and can be accessed via this link.

  • How to claim a bigger piece of the pie

    Neil White will be showing printers the value of moving up the communication supply chain for a bigger ‘slice of the pie’ in Printing Industries’ next webinar on Friday 12 July. To register for the 30 minute webinar click here or call (02) 8354 0602.

    White (pictured) is presenting the Printing Industries Association of Australia (Printing Industries)/ADMA new Marketing Services Essentials course modules in a Sydney pilot over 14 and 21 August 2013.

    With a strong printing industry background, White has an unswerving belief in the industry’s future and is a successful marketer – all ingredients that make him the ideal person to show printers how and which marketing services they can use for value-adding to their business.

    The free webinar this Friday at 1pm themed around moving up the communication supply chain for a bigger ‘slice of the pie’ is largely based on the course. It will provide an insight into why marketing services are important to printers as well as valuable marketing tips.

    Joe Kowalewski, Printing Industries national nirector, Communications and Marketing, said all four modules – Cut-through marketing; Data-driven marketing; Deploying for success and Social Media could be undertaken as individual half-day modules or completed as a block of four modules over the two days.

    “This way companies can either take a step at a time or commit to all four modules depending on their business circumstances and staff availability,” he said. “Neil is a very knowledge and personable presenter with a great understanding of printing company needs gained through more than 20 years working with the industry and with some of Australia’s best known companies.

    “Participants can be guaranteed to leave armed with motivation and skills that can be turned into profitable services very quickly,” he said.

    While Neil White has specialised in direct marketing for the past 20 years, he is best known for his innovation with direct mail.

    Before starting his own direct marketing solutions business in 2006 he was highly influential in embracing direct mail as a lead value-add for printing companies. As national product manager, Direct Marketing & Digital, Neil helped drive this strategy for Penfold Buscombe which, until their acquisition by GEON, saw them lead the print industry with unprecedented sales growth built on solution selling direct mail and related services.

    He has worked on regular campaigns for major corporates across industry sectors, including Westpac & Suncorp in finance; Allianz in insurance; VW and Toyota in automotive; NRMA in business services; Star City in entertainment; Unicef and Salvation Army in fundraising; Rockmans and Nutrimetics in retail; and ACP and Niche in publishing. He has also spent considerable time investigating new technology and marketing practice in Europe and USA.

    Additional course information and registration is available via this link or by calling (02) 8354 0602 or emailing: events@printnet.com.au

    The courses will be held at the Fuji Xerox Epicentre, Australian technology Park, Eveleigh.

    For more information and to find out about other upcoming events, click here to visit the Print21 Calendar.

  • PIAA teams up with ADMA for print marketing course

    The Printing Industries Association of Australia (Printing Industries) is launching a pilot program in NSW provide providing printing companies with marketing services skills they can use for generating new income streams.

    The modular marketing course builds on an introductory program in 2012, which provided a basic marketing overview across a wide range of marketing services.

    Joe Kowalewski (pictured), Printing Industries national director, Communications and Marketing, said the initial program helped to identify the areas where detailed knowledge and skills were needed and had commercial viability. 

    “Working with the Association for Data-driven Marketing & Advertising (ADMA) [formerly the Australian Direct Marketing Association] we have created four modules to be run over two days that will provide the critical hands-on skills and understanding for printing company staff to deliver revenue generating marketing services,” he said. “The modules cover cut-through marketing focusing on marketing basics, quality, content and delivery; multi-channel marketing, the effectiveness of each channel and when to use them for the best results; using data in marketing, ensuring its accuracy and responsibilities under privacy laws and how and where to use social media.”

    The modules can be taken individually or as a complete package over two days.

    Garry Knespal, GASA general manager, said that PacPrint13 demonstrated the changing face of the printing industry and the need for companies to invest in new services to capitalise on the changing business needs of their clients.

    “Business communication options are expanding and will continue to evolve. That’s why it’s so important for printing companies in particular to be able to provide new options as part of their communication product and service mix that their clients are using and needing assistance with,” he said.

    The four modules will run over two days in half-day sessions on 14 and 21 August.

    They are:

    Module 1: Cut-through marketing – (Day 1)
Get a real sense of what it takes to create a marketing campaign. Learn the fundamental rules to creating a successful marketing campaign which work regardless of the campaign objectives or of the media used.

    Module 2: Data-driven marketing – (Day 1)
This session will look at four  key components of data-driven marketing:  Getting the right data; Identifying the data do you need to populate your database and drive effective marketing and where to get it from. Ensuring its accuracy and Privacy.

    Module 3: Deploying for success – (Day 2) 
Multi channels and how to use them effectively individually and as multi-channel campaigns.

    Module 4: Social Media – (Day 2)
This module will be adapted to suit attendees’ use of social media and intentions as part of the services they offer their clients. It will cover social media usage, consumer behaviour and trends, why it is different, social media goals and examples of how it is being used.

    Early Bird Prices for Printing Industries members booking before 5 July are $275 single module or $885 Full package. Non-member and post  5 July fees are $330 per module or $1050 Full package.

    Additional information and registration is available via this link or by calling (02) 8354 0602 or emailing: events@printnet.com.au

    The courses will be held at the Fuji Xerox Epicentre, Australian technology Park, Eveleigh, in Sydney.

  • PIAA launches business succession plan survey

    The age of industry business and the succession plans of their owners is the subject of a snapshot survey from the Printing Industries Association of Australia (Printing Industries).

    The new survey forms part of the Association’s succession planning and industry exit strategy options currently being developed.

    Printing Industries National Manager for Policy and Government Affairs, Hagop Tchamkertenian (pictured), said the 90 second survey was part of research on industry business demographics, in particular the age of businesses and the extent of related succession planning.

    “We are seeking data on the degree of family ownerships, their business sectors and the age at which owners believe they may want to pass their business on,” he said.

    “It is also important to know whether or not they currently have a succession plan in place.”

    The survey is open until Friday 5 July 2013 and can be accessed via this link.

  • PIAA hosts New Business Opportunities webinar

    The Printing Industries Association of Australia (Printing Industries) is hosting the next webinar in its free industry webinar series on 28 June, with the ‘New Business Opportunities’ webinar set to tackle some of the changes the local printing landscape is undergoing.

    This free webinar will focus on the results from the Printing Industries’ New Business Opportunities survey conducted during April/May this year.

    It will provide details about the range of new services printing businesses are investing in and offering to their clients as they modify their business models to remain commercially relevant in the emerging and evolving digital economy.

    In addition, short and medium-term forecasts on a number of key industry variables will also be exclusively disclosed.

    Printing Industries’ national manager for Policy and Government Affairs, Hagop Tchamkertenian (pictured), will present the webinar based on his analysis of the survey responses and of local market conditions.

    “Attitudes towards creating more service focussed business models and the use of new technologies were an integral part of the survey and yielded some interesting results,” he said.

    The webinar will run from 1-2pm and pre-registration is essential. This can be done by clicking here.

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  • Printing sector tops nation’s economic growth – PIAA

    Economic growth data shows that the printing industry was one of the fastest growing sectors of the Australian economy during the March 2013 quarter outstripping national economic growth according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

    The printing industry expanded by 2.5 per cent in trend terms during the March 2013 quarter the fourth fastest growth rate of the broad industry sectors comprising the Australian economy. In fact, the printing industry grew by a robust 18.3 per cent during the year to March 2013, according to analysis conducted by the Printing Industries Association of Australia (Printing Industries).

    The printing industry’s contribution to the economy stood at A$4,137 million during the year to March, an increase of 5.0 per cent on the previous period, according to the new data from the ABS.

    Hagop Tchamkertenian (pictured), Printing Industries national manager for Policy and Government Affairs, welcomed the growth figures as an indication that the industry seems to be on a sustained path to economic recovery.

    “On an annual basis the printing industry was the outstanding growth sector of the Australian economy during the most recent quarter. The industry is crawling back some of the activity that was lost during the most recent economic downturn caused by the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). There is still some way to go as even after this impressive figures, the printing industry’s gross value added remains 15.8 per cent lower than the peak reached prior to the GFC,” he said.

    Tchamkertenian reported that during the past week a number of other pivotal industry economic indicators were released by the ABS covering sales, pre-tax profits and investment in new capital expenditure.

    “The latest quarterly sales data shows sales in the printing industry rose for the fourth consecutive quarter to register a 4.2 per cent growth on the previous quarter. Compared to March quarter of the previous year the increase in sales is in the order of 17.5 per cent. At $7,634 million during the year to March, printing industry sales have improved by 3.9 per cent on the previous period’s reported outcome,” he said.

    Continuing the recent trend, Tchamkertenian confirmed that the good news did not spread to pre-tax profits or new capital expenditure outcomes.

    “The ABS data on pre-tax profits covering larger printing business (those employing 20 or more employees) show that there has been a massive deterioration both on a quarterly basis as well as on a yearly basis,” he said. “The March quarter represented the seventh consecutive quarter reported fall.

    “The reported pre-tax profit figure of $195 million for the 12 months to March represents a deterioration of $406 million or 67.6 per cent on the previous period’s outcome. Once again the profit data confirms that industry margins are under considerable pressure.

    “New capital expenditure figures also show ongoing deterioration with the March quarter outcome representing the sixth consecutive quarter reported fall. During the March quarter new capital expenditure fell by 5.3 per cent compared to the previous quarter and was down by 33.3 per cent on the previous year’s quarter,” he said.

    Tchamkertenian also reported that the capital expenditure data showed that the printing industry spend some $159 million on new capital expenditure items over the 12 months to March 2013, a 41.3 per cent deterioration on the previous periods reported outcome.

    “Clearly one needs to be careful when examining the new capital expenditure data especially for an industry such as printing that is undergoing massive restructuring and consolidation. Many operators are no doubt realising certain commercial benefits by purchasing used but reasonably new and efficient assets and such activity is distorting the new capital expenditure data,” Tchamkertenian said.

     

  • 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 printawards@printnet.com.au or by calling 03 8541 7333.

  • Richard Rasmussen hosts upcoming PIAA webinar

    Richard Rasmussen, director of Ascent Partners and regular Print21 contributor, is hosting the next Printing Industries Association of Australia’s (Printing Industries) webinar session –  ‘Know and improve the value of your business’ on 17 May.

    The upcoming online session, held on Friday 17 May at 1pm, is the third in Printing Industries’ new webinar series for 2013. Popularity with the first two webinars in the series has prompted the association to hold fortnightly webinars throughout the rest of the year.

    In this week’s focused online session you’ll get to understand the why, how and when of valuing your business.

    Whether it is for financing, insurance or strategic acquisition reasons it’s important to have an updated, realistic and “arms-length” appraisal of your business. Rasmussen will explain the key components to a professional appraisal and provide some great tips on how to add value to your business when you need it most.

    Ascent Partners has conducted over 100 print related business appraisals, and having sold over 30 print related businesses in Australia.

    The company has also been appointed as the preferred business sales agent and appraisal specialist for Printing Industries.

    Rasmussen (pictured) has worked in the industry for over 30 years, originally with Heidelberg (21 years) and then in private practice for the remainder. Holding a Masters of Marketing, he has also advised numerous businesses in business planning and transitioning.

    Join Rasmussen online at 1pm EST on Friday 17 May for our next free industry information webinar. To register, click here. Or visit the Print21 Calendar here.

  • Cash-flow dries up for local printers

    A majority of the Australian print businesses included in the latest Printing Industries trends survey reported a shift into negative cash-flow territory, with average debtor days outstripping average creditor days for the quarter ending March 2013, according to the Printing Industries Association of Australia’s (Printing Industries) Printing Industry Trends Survey Report for the March quarter.

    The report found that the average debtor days (the time in which cash is collected from debtors) among respondents stood at 52 days, outstripping the average creditor time-frames (the number of days allowed by creditors within which to pay off debts), which stood at 40 days – implying an underlying industry cash-flow gap of 12 days.

    A number of large suppliers in the local printing landscape moved to tighten their credit terms with customers during the March quarter following the GEON collapse in February. While not suggested by Printing Industries in the report, this shift in the local industry could have contributed substantially to the first quarter cash-flow gap indicated in the survey.

    According to the report, the majority – 57 per cent – of respondents indicated they had experienced negative cash-flow for the March quarter, with only 15.9 per cent reporting a positive cash-flow for the period. Meanwhile, 27.1 per cent of companies reported a cash-flow neutral quarter.

    The release of the latest issue of the report for the March 2013 quarter confirms trading conditions in the printing and associated industries remained challenging.

    Hagop Tchamkertenian (pictured), Printing Industries National Manager for Policy and Government Affairs, said that the March quarter outcomes represent the twenty-first consecutive quarter where reported industry outcomes came in below expected outcomes for a number of key economic indicators. 

    The survey respondents reported net balance reductions in a number of pivotal industry indicators including production, orders, sales, selling prices, net profits, employment and overtime.

    It was also reported that both labour and finance was harder to obtain and there was an increase in the number of outstanding debtors. Cost pressures while present during the quarter with reported increases in wages and material costs continued their moderating trend.

    Some 91.7 per cent of survey respondents ranked ‘lack of orders’ as the primary barrier to increasing production levels, an outcome that is higher than the 86.7 per cent proportion reported during March quarter 2012.

    Despite these findings, the report also found that printing industry respondents are remaining positive about future economic prospects with a greater proportion of industry respondents expecting improvements to take place in general business conditions relative to those expecting deterioration, this, despite another quarter dominated by soft trading conditions.

    On the pivotal industry indicator of capacity utilisation rates, the March quarter results shows that 59.6 per cent of respondents were operating at capacity/activity levels of 70.0 per cent or over, an outcome that is higher than the 54.3 per cent of respondents who reported for the same period a year earlier.

    Tchamkertenian suggests that, over the outlook period, industry respondents are forecasting modest net balance improvements to take place in a number of pivotal economic indicators. Based on these forecasts the June 2013 quarter is expected to yield net balance improvements in orders, production, sales and net profits.

    Further falls in employment and overtime levels are also being forecast but expectations for investments over the six months to September 2013 in plant and machinery remain strongly positive, in fact, the March 2013 quarter forecasts are the most buoyant since December quarter 2005.

    The forecasts also point to continued but moderating cost pressures with expectations that wages and material costs will rise by lower net balances during the June 2013 quarter.

    For the individual states, the outlook for general business expectations over the next six months remains largely positive with respondents from New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland forecasting improvements on net balance basis, while respondents from South Australia and Tasmania are forecasting deterioration.

    Respondents from Western Australia reported the highest utilisation rates with 80.0 per cent operating at capacity utilisation levels of 70 per cent or more, followed by respondents from South Australia (70.0 per cent), New South Wales (62.2 per cent), Queensland (53.3 per cent), Victoria (53.1 per cent), and Tasmania (40.0 per cent).

    Most individual sectors within the industry are forecasting improvements or no change to take place in general business conditions during the next six months, while respondents form the Trade Binding sector are forecasting deterioration in business conditions. Over the outlook period the most optimistic sectors are Screen Printing, Security Printing and Graphic Arts Machinery and Supplies.

    Relatively higher capacity utilisation/activity levels were reported by the Labels, Folding Cartons, Security Printing, Other Packaging and Paper Converting, and Graphic Arts Machinery and Supplies sectors. However, considerable levels of excess capacity were reported in Trade Binding, Screen Printing, General Promotional and Commercial, and Books, Magazines, Periodicals and Newspapers sectors.

    With most sectors reporting either reduced investments or no change in plant and machinery, reported improvements were confined to the Labels, Books, Magazines, Periodicals and Newspapers, Folding Cartons and Screen Printing sectors during the six months to March 2013.

    With the exception of Trade Binding (forecasting decline), the sectors are forecasting either increased investment in plant and machinery or no change over the six months to September 2013. The most optimistic forecasts are being made by respondents from the Security Printing and Digital Printing sectors.

    Printing Industries suggests that while industry capacity utilisation rates need to lift further to reach more economically sustainable levels, the reported improvement during the March 2013 quarter is nevertheless an encouraging development.

    Long-term employment intentions continue to remain weak especially amongst the larger employers who are responding to challenging trading conditions by becoming more lean and efficient. Moderating cost pressures for materials and wages are also a welcome development in an operating environment characterised by downward pressure on selling prices.

    Tchamkertenian says that while industry forecasts for a range of key indicators remain positive some caution needs to be exercised due to a general poor forecasting record by industry participants over the past five years.

    “The highlight of the March 2013 quarter is that industry respondents remain optimistic about the industry’s future economic prospects as reflected by the positive sentiment concerning both general business conditions and the reported willingness to undertake further investments,” he says. “Following the collapse of some prominent industry participants in recent times, survey respondents are reporting increased activity and opportunities have started to flow their way, and some even expressed hope that it could lead to a turnaround in the sheet-fed market as a consequence.

    “The trend in printing jobs reducing in both quantity and value continued to be a feature of the market during the March quarter. Other respondents cited the high Australian dollar as being an issue by causing the price of imported goods competing with local production to fall, while some attributed the announcement of the federal election as having a negative impact on industry activity” he says.

  • ‘Print is Alive’ apprentice competition extended

    The Printing Industries Association of Australia’s ‘Print is Alive‘ competition closing date for apprentices has been extended until Friday 3 May 2013.

    Ian Walz (pictured), Printing Industries’ national program manager of the Association’s Apprenticeship Advisor and Mentoring Program, said the extension was in response to requests for extra time.

    “We appreciate the challenge many apprentices may face who want to present a heavily visual entry on this important topic,” he said. “Apprentices were given options to present their entry in any format including a written essay (maximum 500 words), multimedia such as video/YouTube, a web page, animation, PowerPoint, a brochure, flyer, artwork, poster, photography or other created image.

    “This is not necessarily an easy brief when you have to work and attend courses during a normal week. We believe the extension will help many potential entrants to maximise the quality of their submissions,” he said.

    The winner will receive an expense free trip and accommodation in Melbourne to visit PacPrint and will also be a guest at the National Print Awards dinner presentation.

    Entries should be sent to Ian Walz, Printing Industries Association of Australia, 25 South Parade Auburn, NSW 2144 or emailed to ian@printnet.com.au

    Terms and conditions can be downloaded here

  • PIAA launches survey for ink canister recycling program in NSW

    The Printing Industries Association of Australia (Printing Industries) is joining forces with the NSW government to discover the viability of a polypropylene ink canister recycling program in NSW.

    Printing Industriesis is launching a survey as part of the research that is underway for a project that could provide a new solution for the disposal of polypropylene ink canisters in NSW.

    The research is being carried out by Printing Industries in partnership with the NSW Government’s Office of Environment and Heritage.

    Printing Industries national manager for Policy and Government Affairs, Hagop Tchamkertenian (pictured), said a state survey was being launched on 17 April that was crucial in helping to quantify the extent of polypropylene ink canister use and the geographic location of user businesses.

    “Anecdotally we know the disposal of the canisters is a problem and a cost to many printers,” said Tchamkertenian. “The results of this survey will help us to establish how many canisters enter the market in NSW and map out areas with major use. This will help us identify potential locations for centralised collection points.

    “If the usage is significant enough, there may be a business case to establish recycling capability to reuse the canisters. This could save printing companies some money and perhaps even generate a small recycling fee back to the user companies,” he said.

    Karinne Taylor, Office of Environment and Heritage Project Officer, Sustainability Advantage Program, said the Department saw this project as an important initiative and was happy to be working with Printing Industries and its members towards finding a solution.

    “Exploring the development of a cost-effective recycling stream for the ink canisters is a key objective of the Printing Cluster which is part of the NSW Government’s Sustainability Advantage Program,” said Taylor. “Printing companies who are members of this group are working together with the program on this and a number of print industry issues.

    “We all share a commitment to understand sustainability issues pertinent to printers, to pinpoint how they can benefit from addressing these issues, and to provide a clear path for action.  We want to help printers focus their efforts to deliver the best results for their businesses and for the environment,” she said.

    Click here to complete the survey, which will remain open until Friday 3 May 2013.