Posts Tagged ‘SWUG’

  • Fairfax Ballarat print centre wins SWUG gong for newspaper excellence

    Fairfax Media’s Ballarat print production site in Victoria has held on to its position as the darling of the Single Width Users Group (SWUG) awards, winning the gong for Excellence in Newspaper Production at the gala dinner event in Yeppoon on 24 March. 

    The Ballarat site collected two major prizes at the event, repeating last year’s win in the Brissett Shield for best overall print quality (Bendigo Advertiser) and adding the Flint Group Shield for best coldset commercial publication (Rural Events Guide). Both winning entries were printed on a manroland Uniset 75 pressline.

    In the category for best overall print quality on a double-width press, the APN Print site at Yandina on the Sunshine Coast – the host site of this year’s conference – claimed the first two places with its production of the News Mail (runner-up) and the Sunshine Coast Dailywhich was awarded the Norske Shield.

    The successful team from the Fairfax Media print centre at Ballarat: (L-R) Steve Gross, Matt Hancock and Shayne West.

    This year also saw the introduction of a new award category for Best Newspaper on Enhanced Stock (over 50gsm on both single and double width presses), reflecting the growing trend for publications to use better quality newsprint.

    The inaugural winner in this category, which received the DIC Shield, was the Fairfax Media site at Mandurah in WA for its production of the Denmark Bulletin.

    The SWUG committee also awarded the annual Apprentice of the Year prize to Nicole Clarke, a fourth-year apprentice at News Limited’s Chullora plant. Her prize, valued at $5,000, includes a tour of Australian newspaper print sites.

    This year’s conference, held at the Mercure Capricorn resort at Yeppoon, drew about 170 delegates from 30 print sites around the region as well as suppliers and international speakers, with Sanat Hazra from The Times of India, giving a keynote presentation on strategic approaches to achieving excellence in newspaper production.

    Over the course of two days, the conference covered a wide range of topics including new press technology, UV printing, web cleaning, roller maintenance, press chemistry and paper-making.

    SWUG Annual Awards 2013 – results


    Award Publication Print Site
    Highly Commended Port Macquarie News Fairfax Regional Printers
    (manroland Uniset 70)
    Runner Up Hawke’s Bay Today APN Print Hastings (NZ)
    (Goss Community)
    Winner –
    Brissett Shield
    Bendigo Advertiser Fairfax Media – Ballarat
    (manroland Uniset 75)


    Award Publication Print Site
    Highly Commended Tamworth Building Supplies Print Leader – Tamworth
    (Goss Community)
    Runner Up Journey Horton Media (QLD)
    (Goss Community)
    Flint Group  Shield
    Rural Events Guide Fairfax Media – Ballarat
    (manroland Uniset 75)


    Award Publication Print Site
    Highly Commended The West Australian WA Newspapers
    (KBA Commander)
    Runner Up News Mail APN Print – Yandina
    (manroland Regioman)
    Winner –
    Norske Shield
    Sunshine Coast Daily APN Print – Yandina
    (manroland Regioman)

    BEST NEWSPAPER ON ENHANCED STOCK (over 50gsm/SW & DW) – Category 4

    Award Publication Print Site
    Highly Commended Queensland Chinese Times APN Print – Toowoomba
    Runner Up Australian Financial Review Fairfax Media – North Richmond
    (manroland Uniset 70)
    Winner –
    DIC Shield
    Denmark Bulletin Fairfax Media – Mandurah
    (manroland Uniset 75)

    Apprentice of the Year for 2013:

    Winner:  Nicole Clarke from News Limited, Chullora, NSW


  • SWUG takes to the tropics for 2013 conference

    The Single Width Users Group (SWUG) is heading into the tropics for next year’s annual SWUG conference, which will be held at APN Print’s four-year old newspaper print facility in Rockhampton.

    Located just inside the Tropic of Capricorn, this will be the furthest north that the SWUG conference has travelled in Australia since visiting Mackay in 1992. Last year the conference was held at the Brisbane Exhibition Centre.

    Accommodation and conference sessions will be held at the Mercure Capricorn Resort on the Capricornia coast at Yeppoon, and the host site for the conference is APN Print in Rockhampton, which was opened four years ago in a purpose-built facility. It is home to a single width six-tower and two folder Manugraph Cityline press capable of producing 48-pages tabloid of back-to-back colour at 35,000 copies per hour.

    In fact, this conference will be the first to be hosted by a print site boasting a Manugraph press – one of only three in the country.

    Bob Lockley, SWUG president, says that the tropical destination represents a great holiday destination for SWUG members, and should help entice conference punters to travel north for the event.

    “Queensland is always a popular destination for delegates and the Capricorn Resort is an ideal venue, so make a note of the dates and book early,” says Lockley.

    The APN site itself will also provide a comprehensive setting for the conference, featuring an Agfa Polaris and a Krause LS Eco Jet CTP plate-setter, and two Müller Martini Alphaliner inserting lines capable of putting up to 8 inserts into newspapers at up to 17,000 copies per hour, in addition to its Manugraph Cityline.

    The site prints the six-day-a-week Rockhampton Morning Bulletin, which celebrated its 150th birthday last year as well as the dailies, Mackay Daily Mercury and the Gladstone Observer. Other newspapers produced at the site include the Rocky Mirror, Capricorn Coast Mirror, The Blackwater Herald, CQ News, and Central Telegraph.

    “This will be a unique experience for SWUG delegates at one of the most up-to-date single width sites in the country,” says Lockley.

    For Lockley, the event is designed not only to showcase some of the country’s top newspaper print equipment, but also highlight the strength of the sector’s apprentices.

    “It is important too that we continue to recognise the talent and hard work of our apprentices by entering them into the award and encouraging them to attend the conference,” says Lockley. “This is a great opportunity for them to learn more about the newspaper industry and to further their careers.”

    To this end, the traditional Sunday night gala dinner at the SWUG conference will also see the presentation of the annual SWUG Awards for Technical Excellence as well as the annual Apprentice of the Year award.

    The event will be held from Friday 22 March to Sunday 24 March 2013 at the Mercure Capricorn Resort on the Capricornia coast at Yeppoon. The closing date for all entries in the awards is 18 February 2013.

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