Close the Loop Group has acquired Alliance Paper, and will develop products to hasten the switch from plastic to fibre-based packaging. The deal comes after successful materials trials with OF Flexo.

The Real Media Collective has released the 2022 Industry Insights Report, exploring the role of print and other channels. It will launch the report at free breakfast events in Melbourne and Sydney this month.

The administrator of stricken print giant Ovato has received a number of expressions of interest for the business, with serious bidders now going through the company's books.

The Ovato administrators held the first creditors meeting yesterday, and said they will be continuing to trade the business as a going concern, while they run a sale and recapitalisation process.

Melbourne-based boutique printed wallpaper and signage business, Grafico Group, has taken the top award in the 2022 Lord Mayor’s Small Business Awards.

Opal Group is spending $140m to build a new greenfield site in regional Victoria to manufacture cardboard packaging, which will pump out north of 160 million sqm of corrugated each year. It will house four integrated printing and converting lines.

Major Melbourne print operation is re-equipping with a new five-over-five B1 press as it ramps up its investment in new technology. The new XL-106 will arrive in March and join the company's six-colour.

Print21 assesses what the next steps are for the stricken business, what that will involve, who is linked to who, and who may be looking to buy the one time giant of ANZ print.

While still a shock for the local print industry, Ovato going into administration can’t be too much of a surprise, given its travails over recent years. Since the PMP IPMG merger the company has racked up some $430m in losses.

The fall of Ovato into voluntary administration has been caused by rapidly changing market demands, and in particular the supercharged rise of the smartphone as a primary communication channel.

Heatset giant Ovato is in voluntary administration. Ovato has been in stormy waters for the past five years, its many recent attempts to stabilise the ship ultimately proving unsuccessful, as it finally hit the rocks.

Jill Cowling has been made group chief executive officer of New Zealand’s Blue Star Group – encompassing both the Blue Star and Webstar operations – the biggest print business in the country.

Multi-channel communication solutions provider DMM has rebranded itself, with the company now trading as Engine, and focusing on four main pillars of business.

The main AAB print businesses Pegasus Print Group and SOS Print + Media, along with F&M Supplies and AB Warehousing & Logistics, are now operating as one brand: Pegasus Media & Logistics.

Visitors to PacPrint will see all the technologies awarded a Print21 Hot Pick, given to real world solutions enabling print service providers to enhance operational efficiencies, develop new markets, and produce work in a more sustainable way.

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PRINT21 PODCAST: IT'S BEEN A BIG MONTH IN PRINT

July was certainly a Big Month in Print. In this latest Print Files podcast, industry insiders Wayne Robinson and Lindy Hughson dissect the big stories, issues and trends emerging over the month.

BOBST FAMILY AIM FOR TOTAL OWNERSHIP

The Bobst family is bidding to take the company out of public hands and back into its control, launching a 22 per cent per share loading offer for the CHF1.65bn business.

NEW FILM FOR ANZ CAR PAINT PROTECTION

Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions launched its next generation paint protection film, Supreme PPF Xtreme, designed specially for the harsh climate down under.

BALL & DOGGETT ACQUIRES CONIGLIO'S CONECT

Ball & Doggett is beefing up its presence in the sign and display market with the acquisition of Conect Enterprises, which supplies a wide range of media, machinery and accessories to the market.

FESPA GLOBAL AWARDS 2023 NOW OPEN

Aussie and Kiwi sign and display printers looking to benchmark themselves against their peers around the rest of the world can now enter the 2023 Fespa Awards.

LATEST ISSUE OF PRINT21 MAGAZINE ON ITS WAY

The July August issue of the nation’s favourite print industry trade magazine Print21 is being mailed, and is due to arrive on the desks of print business owners and managers in the next week.

EXHIBITORS SIGNING UP FOR DRUPA 2024

Major print show which returns in two years after Covid cancellation has signed up exhibitors from 32 countries, more than halfway already to the total of 54 last time out.

XEIKON ECO-FRIENDLY TONER ASSESSED

Xeikon recently introduced a new model of its CX500, the CX500t, press for the flexible packaging market. The t stands for Titon, a new dry toner, developed for sustainability expectations.

EFI REGGIANI BREAKS GROUND ON NEW CENTRE

Textile printing is set to boom, with a major digital equipment developer breaking ground on its 20,000sqm campus in Italy as it gears up for growth. It has 400 solar panels supplying most of the energy.

PACPRINT SEES $50M SALES, $50M MORE TO COME

The organiser of PacPrint says some $50m worth of sales were done during the show last month, with exhibitors also going home with several months’ worth of leads that could be worth another $50m. The dates for the next PacPrint and Visual Impact shows have now been released.

AULD LAUNCHES PERSONALISED DM BOOK

Marketing guru Malcolm Auld has released his new book Direct Mail, The Real Digital Disruptor, which he says will show the younger marketing professionals the unrivalled benefits of printed DM.

PRINT & PACK TO REPRESENT APEX ANILOX

Global anilox roller developer has just signed a distribution deal with ANZ industry supplier to see its engraved rolls, including GTT rolls, offered to the local market.

PRINT21 MAGAZINE: AUGMENTED REALITY KNOCKS

Argo founder and drupa author Christophe Bossut says the time for printers to bring augmented reality into their offerings is now, with the market ready for the connection it provides.

Melbourne Mailing orders Kyocera TaskAlfa 15000c

Melbourne Mailing, now part of the Precision Group, has ordered a new Kyocera Taskalfa Pro 15000c from the company at PacPrint, which will join the two already running at Precision.

Allclear Print + Signs orders EFI Pro 30h

Allclear Print + Signs has ordered a new EFI Pro 30h wide-format print system from Currie Group, and in fact, the one that is on the company’s stand at PacPrint.

Highway Press orders AccurioPress C7100

Highway Press has purchased its fifth Konica Minolta printer, a highly specified AccurioPress C7100 series, in order it says, to take advantage of the versatility, productivity, and efficiency benefits it offers.

Footprint into labels with Epson SurePress

WA-based operation Footprint is moving into the labels market, ordering a new Epson SureColor L-4533 digital label press and Scorpio converting unit from Fujifilm Business Innovation.

Trimatt 1170 sales soar at PacPrint

The Trimatt 1170 digital colour printer for sustainable paper and cardboard packaging has been a showstopper, with several selling straight off the stand.

Wenger ups die-cuts with new Century 1050Q

Wenger Cutting Forms has purchased a Century 1050Q die-cutter and stripping unit from Graffica, to speed up its die-cutting offerings and efficiently eliminate waste.

Koenig & Bauer beats Russian gas shortage

German press manufacturing giant Koenig & Bauer will be independent of pipeline gas by the end of the month, meaning it will not be subject to variations in supply from Russia.

Komori back in the black as printers re-equip

Japanese press manufacturer Komori returned to profit in its last financial year ending April, with orders up by a third, sales up by a fifth, and all figures showing improvement over the previous year.

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The Print Files: Conversations from the PacPrint floor

Some 40-plus exhibitors and visitors took part in Print21's livestream podcast – sponsored by Ball & Doggett – during PacPrint. Here's who we spoke to, and what they talked about.