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The winds of change: 30 June 2010

Monday, 28 June 2010
By Print 21 Online Article

The printing industry has more people coming and going than an airport. This week sees a number of new and familiar faces moving in and out of the industry, including Print21 contributor, Derek Fretwell, while Paul McGarity shows his underbelly.

Derek Fretwell brings manpower to New Zealand

manroland continues the expansion of its Australasian business with the appointment of Derek Fretwell (pictured) as sales manager, New Zealand.

The well-known Kiwi, who has penned a lively column for Print21 magazine over the last few years, will join operations manager, Mark Hawkey in developing the manroland business on the New Zealand side of the Tasman.

“manroland have a clear and cogent strategy for the future which is being executed with effect,” Fretwell told Print21. “The New Zealand expansion is part of that and I am committed to the New Zealand printing industry.

Managing director, Steve Dunwell, believes that Fretwell’s experience at companies such as Manders Coatings and Inks; Flint Ink; Creo and Kodak puts him in good stead to spread the word on manroland.

“Derek also has a deep knowledge of computer-to-plate technology and consumables, having had responsibility for companies as diverse as Agfa, Scitex, Creo and Kodak,” he said.

“With the recent signing of manroland’s agreement to represent Xingraphics’ thermal plate solutions, plus the launching of our printcom range of consumable products, I welcome Derek as a driving force in the New Zealand market place.”


Paul McGarity … coming to a small screen near you

Print21 was delighted to learn that digital-logic’s sales and marketing director-cum-soap star, Paul McGarity, (pictured) has accepted the acting role as forensic extra in the 2011 series of Underbelly being filmed in front of digital-logic this week.

For those unfamilar with the Melbourne underworld, two police were killed outside of digital-logic’s Moorabbin premises 15 years ago. When McGarity received a call from the production department asking for permission to film on location, he jokingly requested a role in exchange. To his surprise, the team were more than happy to oblige.

Despite his up-and-coming star status, McGarity has no plans on quitting his day job … yet. “Anyone with concerns about my commitment to digital-logic and my family as a result of my acting success needn’t worry, I will always endeavour to be the same grounded person you’ve come to know and love,” he said.

Fans will be pleased to know that the fame hasn’t gone entirely to McGarity’s head. He has generously autographed 100 photos and placed them in reception at digital-logic; however, there is a limit of one photo per person.

“If it’s not convenient to pick up a signed photo, I will be doing a personal signing in the near future,” he added.

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Nicole heads direct to Blueline Media

New editor, Nicole Thomas, heads Australia’s leading DM magazine, Direct.

Thomas comes to Blueline Media after previously working on an architecture and design publication, along with several custom titles.

“I’m extremely excited to be taking over as editor of Direct magazine and tapping into the minds of some of the greatest innovators in marketing today,” she said.

She takes over from the magazine’s previous editor, Heather Murphy, who oversaw Direct for the past two years. Contact Nicole here.

Bonanno packs up from Pack Creations

After three and a half years as operations manager of Pack Creations, Steve Bonanno is moving on.

In a farewell email, Bonanno wrote: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for all the support that you have given to Pack Creations and myself personally over the past 3.5 years and for many of you, many, many years before that. I know that you will continue to support Pack Creations over the years to come and wish everyone further success in the future.”

He will still remain within the industry. “I’m looking forward to taking on a new challenge in the label printing industry,” Bonanno said.

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