Posts Tagged ‘Spicers’

  • Third paper hike this year as pulp prices soar

    Paper merchants Spicers, Ball & Doggett and Direct Paper have all announced price rises of between 3%-8%, citing increases in pulp, energy costs, shipping and the depreciation of the Australian dollar.

    This will be the third price rise this year with Australia’s three largest paper merchants predicting more are on the way. Alternative uses for pulp as well as mill closures across the globe are changing the dynamics of paper manufacturing and supply. Print is having to adjust its prices everywhere.

    “As we move into the second half of the year, the increases in global pulp pricing show no signs of letting up, with all of our key suppliers remaining under enormous pressure to review their pricing into this market,” Ball & Doggett’s state manager NSW James McGrath advised customers in an email.

    “As you can see from the chart below, pulp prices continued to rise over the last quarter and are projected to continue for the rest of the year. To compound this, there continues to be increases in energy, ocean freight and a depreciating AUD against our major currency trading partners.”McGrath says Ball & Doggett has been able to absorb some increases through internal operational efficiency gains. “Unfortunately, we are unable to absorb all increases and as such we are advising that effective Monday 3rd September we are implementing price increases across our range as follows:

    Coated Paper & Board 6%; Uncoated Sheets (Imported) 6% (Local) 4%; Grange Carbonless Sheets 4%; Synthetic Sheets 3%; Packaging Boards 5%;
Specialty Papers 4%; Rigid Media 5%;
 Foils 6%.

    Spicers’ David Rowland, group regional manager, NSW/ACT/QLD, says its paper prices will rise between 3% and 7%, effective Monday 10th September.

    “As I am sure you are aware, our highly competitive industry continues to be challenging for all participants with further increases in input costs and direct costs of materials through manufacturer increases, power cost and freight,” Rowland told customers via email. “Spicers has tried to internally mitigate the severity of these costs, however recently we have received further price increases from our suppliers.

    “In order to ensure the sustainability of our channels, Spicers has no option but to pass through at least a portion of these incremental costs to our market. Our portfolio will be impacted as set our below:

    Coated Woodfree Folio Sheets and Digital 7%; All other Colour Commercial and Digital 5%; Industrial Packaging 3%. 

    Direct Paper is increasing its prices from between 5% and 8% from Monday 3rd September. “Whilst market conditions remain trying, this announcement will assist in recovering the higher costs passed on from our paper & paperboard manufacturers,” says Dale O’Neill, sales director, Direct Paper.

    Direct Paper price increases.

    “Please be aware that mill costs are continuing to increase and it may be necessary for us to revisit pricing over the coming months,” O’Neill says.

  • Spicers introduces new digital stocks

    Spicers is introducing two new digital substrate ranges, with the company announcing the addition of E-Photo Lustre for HP Indigo printers and the Pacesetter DigiSyn PET synthetic grade stock to its product range.

    Create photo quality print products with E-Photo Lustre

    Printing and graphic arts supplier, Spicers, has a new photo quality stock, E-Photo Lustre for HP Indigo printers. The paper is photo quality grade making it dust and water resistant, giving it all the qualities of traditional photo paper.

    “E-Photo Lustre is perfect for creating photo books and cookbooks that need to be presented on a high quality, photographic paper,” said Roger Rankine, National Sales Manager, Digital Media.

    This affordable range of satin-matt PE coated finish is HP Indigo certified, meaning it has undergone rigorous testing and comes with the confidence of HP Indigo Certification. The range has excellent colour reproduction and printable on both sides. The E-Photo Lustre stock comes in 190 and 260 gsm and is PEFC certified.

    Spicers’ first synthetic range for digital dry toner print

    Pacesetter DigiSyn is the newest member of the quality economical Pacesetter range. Its innovation is that it is the first PET synthetic grade from Spicers available in a complete range of weights for dry toner digital printing.

    “Normally, printers would need to offset print onto a synthetic grade with special inks. But with Pacesetter DigiSyn, small, cost effective and flexible runs via dry toner digital printing are now possible,” said Roger Rankine, National Sales Manager for Digital Media.

    Pacesetter DigiSyn is a tear proof, water, oil and weather resistant grade that can be used in dry toner printers. It is great for point of sale pieces, posters, shelf wobblers and books. Thicknesses include 130, 155, 205 and 280 micron. The grade has been designed to complement the current synthetic grades stocked by Spicers for HP Indigo, wide format and offset printing.

    To find out more contact Spicers via your sales representative, local sales office or email

  • Winds of change – July 2013

    There’s been plenty of movement for the local sign and display sector this month, with Gary Smith, former Starleaton director, joining Spicers’ Sign & Display division, Spandex Asia Pacific choosing Wayne Hood as its new Victorian and South Australia regional manager, and oOh! Media announcing a series of new appointments.

    Gary Smith takes new role at Spicers

    Gary Smith, former director of Starleaton and sales manager at Budde International, took on his new role at Spicers’ growing Sign & Display division within weeks of leaving fellow digital wide format supplier, Starleaton.

    For Smith, the new appointment represents an opportunity to help leverage Spicers’ emerging standing in the national wide format sector as it works to diversify its product offering.

    “They want to move into the sign and display business,” says Smith, who is based in Sydney with the new role. “They’ve got the paper background and they’re huge in certain areas, but as the digital revolution marches forward, wide format is a huge part of that.

    “When I left Starleaton, I had a  few offers, but Spicers was the logical step. They needed some expertise in the sign, screen and display market, particularly for the Sydney operation. They’ve got good a good product range and brand, and they can see they need to be player in this marketplace,” he says.

    New addition for Spandex

    Last month, Spandex Asia Pacific announced it had appointed Wayne Hood (pictured) as its new Victoria and South Australia regional manager.

    Prior to the appointment, Hood – originally from South Africa – had made a name for himself in the local market with various sales and management within the Australian printing industry over the past 23 years.

    Hood’s career has been shaped by a desire and passion to be prepared with the best industry knowledge to assist his employer and clients. He has successfully attended internal and external training sessions that benefited his career and held positions in management, sales, production and human resources.

    He has worked across various industries including manufacturing, service and consulting, and along with his experience across HR management, sales and sales management, costing, estimating, planning and production can communicate effectively across all levels within a business.

    oOh! Media on the move with new appointments and divisions

    Trans-Tasman outdoor media player, oOh! Media has named Peter Whitehead (pictured left) as its new national sales director while also appointing Phil Eastwood (pictured right), formerly of rival APN Outdoor, as its new national commercial director of sales.

    oOh! CEO, Brendon Cook said with the integration of EYE Corp now complete and the recent addition of exciting new products including some of the most advanced digital offerings, oOh! was now strongly placed to attack the market share of other mediums.

    “Peter and Phil will be joining John O’Neill to give oOh! one of the strongest sales leadership teams in media,” Cook says. “We are confident that through our market leadership, coupled with our great team of sales professionals and our unique capability to connect advertisers with growing audiences while they are away-from-home, we will continue to drive the overall growth of the industry.”

    Whitehead’s most recent position was the Commercial Director Sales – Fly, where he was responsible for the sales performance of oOh!’s airport media assets. Prior to working in the sector, he spent five years as Southern Cross Austereo’s Melbourne Sales Director.

    Eastwood moves across from APN Outdoor where he spent the past three three years as National Sales Director.  Mr Eastwood was also the Managing Director of Glue Media, an outdoor advertising company specialising in developing and building large and small format billboards in Australia and New Zealand.

    They will be supported by state sales teams which are headed up by Sean Rigby (NSW), Tim Murphy (Victoria), Peter Reynolds (Queensland), Nathan Robertson (South Australia) and Mark Treasure (Western Australia), and the direct sales team headed up by Kevin Price.

    Across the pond, oOh! Media sets up a new production team in New Zealand as part of expansion plans, with Natalie Patterson appointed as the company’s first production manager in New Zealand, executing and delivering innovative campaigns that extend beyond the advertising panel and supporting the entire production requirements across all Fly, Retail and Study campaigns.

  • Spicers goes another round with digital paper sampler

    Spicers is re-issuing its new Quick Smart Paper sampler showcasing its digital paper range following overwhelming demand for the sampler from printers and designers. 

    The sampler includes leading brands such as Monza, Splendorgel, Pacesetter and Sirio among others, with a couple of new additions since the last release.

    “At Spicers, we aim to supply an extensive range of paper for all digital printing requirements including coated, uncoated, self-adhesive, specialty and synthetic options,” says Roger Rankine, Spicers national sales manager – Digital Media. “We are continually moving to keep pace with the digital space so we can provide the most innovative solutions for our customers.”

    Designed as a quick reference guide for printed samples as well as technical and environmental specifications, both HP Indigo and Toner based printers were used to create the sampler.

    Spicers is also launching Fredrigoni’s new Ispira 360gsm board, an ECF pure cellulose pulp product, with a smooth double-sided velvet-like finish, available in red, white and black.

    The company says Ispira’s surface is a water-based transparent coating, giving it the feel of a paper rather than a plastic.

    It is printer friendly and suitable for offset and digital printing, and its high colour definition negates the need to use UV inks. However, Spicers recommends the use of oxidizing inks with the substrate.

    Spicers’ sampler – along with a host of other products – will be on show at PacPrint 2013, on Stand 4218, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, 21-25 May 2013.

    To find out more about the sampler contact a Spicers branch or sales representative, or email Spicers at

  • Spicers brings sign and display ideas to PacPrint13

    Printing and graphic arts supplier, Spicers, is bringing its ‘Ideas Centre’ to PacPrint 2013 in Melbourne this May, showcasing the latest in digital UV printers, finishing systems and consumables.

    “The Spicers stand will be buzzing with our sign and display specialists, so we urge printers of all sizes, as well as designers, to drop by and experience first-hand our broad range of high-quality hardware and consumables products’, says Rohan Dean, Emerging Business Manager at Spicers.

    It’s an EFI family affair

    One of the main attractions to the Spicers stand will be the EFI range of printers. One such showpiece will be the EFI VUTEk GS3250LX – a fully loaded, production level LED UV printer with cool cure technology and increased productivity that offers a greener printing solution to satisfy your customer’s requests – now, that’s really ‘cool’. Drop by to discover how you can reduce your total cost of ownership with this truly remarkable printer.

    The EFI R3225 3.2 metre, roll-to-roll UV printer delivers stunning image quality on more substrates at production-level speeds. This printer is the ideal solution if you are a production environment, franchise shop or commercial printer that wants to capture premium, signage applications or needs extra capacity for speciality and overflow jobs. Visit the Spicers stand for a demonstration.

    Included with each EFI grand and wide-format printer is the latest version of the powerful EFI Fiery XF RIP, released 18 March 2013. With seamless integration, the easy-to-use software delivers precise, predictable high-quality prints while streamlining production workflows for maximum efficiency.

    Roll on to a great finish

    When Spicers talks about ‘finishing the job’, they are talking about complementing super-fast presses with quality finishing systems to create a complete package for the printer who wants to save valuable time, manpower and money. The RollsRoller Flatbed Applicator 280/145 needs just one operator to apply all types of self-adhesive vinyl, applicator film and protective laminate in just a few minutes. It’s fast, easy and precise, producing a bubble-free and crease-free finish on large signs, banners, sign faces and even glass.

    See the Fotoba XLD 170 automatic cutter in action – a digital trimmer that works with both rolls and sheets, saving you time and money between printing, finishing and getting the job delivered.

    Gee, look down and be floored

    If you want to produce customised graphic flooring or floor mats with greater durability and versatility than traditional vinyl floor graphics, take a look at G-Floor Graphic. This one of a kind, digital inkjet print media can handle both heavy foot and vehicle traffic providing the ultimate in image protection for up to five years.  Walk all over Spicers G-Floor Graphic on display at the trade show.

    Here’s lookin’ at you, kid…

    Vanity Board is a mirrored Perspex panel that does more than make a reflection – its direct printable and easier to handle and cheaper than glass. So take advantage of vanity, and send viewers a message at the same time; a clever idea for an eye catching proposition.

    Intelligent display board tops the class

    Stadur Viscom Sign Easyprint is a high quality, robust, lightweight foam board with limitless applications for indoor or outdoor advertising and displays. Engineered in Germany, this PVC free, moisture and scratch resistant sheet with a polyolefin plastic surface can be directly printed on both sides without any pre-treatment, giving you excellent value for money. Easyprint can also be bent without tearing, to create angular or round structures.  Its’ pure white surface skin takes it to the top of the class for a sign and display material.

    PacPrint13 is one of the largest and most significant trade exhibitions for the printing and graphic technologies industry in the Southern Hemisphere. Visitor registration for PacPrint13 is now open. Register online today to save your time waiting in the queue via

    Visit stand 4218, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, between 21-25 May 2013.

    For further enquiries contact Rohan Dean on Tel +61 (0) 3 9765 0834.