Print franchise groups Kwik Kopy and Snap have ranked as the number one and number two B2B franchises in Australia, in the annual TopFranchise awards. Kwik Kopy reached number five overall, while Snap came in at number ten.

Print & Visual Communication Association has released the key dates for next year’s PICAs and National Print Awards, with print’s night of nights set to run during PacPrint in Melbourne next September.

Prima Printing has invested in one of Australia’s first Kolbus DA 270 Casemakers, as part of a sizeable investment in capacity and efficiency for personalised photobooks, as it continues to achieve record growth.

Melbourne operation Signex and sister company Prologica Digital Print have gone into administration, with the first meeting of creditors set for next Monday.

Soar Print is celebrating 100 years in business, with the occasion marked by a surprise party for the owners Tui, Fred and Vicky Soar and Jenny Carter by the staff, for the company which began operations in November 1920. Soar was established by the grandfather of the current managing director Fred Soar, who began by printing business cards and ferry timetables.

Print giant Ovato has passed the first hurdle in its restructuring plan, gaining court approval to present its plan to take the company forward from its current difficulties to its creditors and members, with a vote in a fortnight's time.

Skyrocketing freight costs for shipping, particularly from Asia, may hit the cost of print industry paper, board and consumables, especially if they remain at the current high level into the new year.

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Hogarth and Cactus top outdoor print awards

The Q3 Outdoor Media Awards saw Hogarth take out top spot for the Best Use of Multi-Format, which included bus wraps for its campaign, while Cactus Imaging got an Honourable Mention for its BWS billboards.

Screen and CGS Oris launch new spot colour solution

Screen, together with colour experts CGS Oris, have developed a new technology that they say will mean 100 per cent accurate spot colours can be generated for the L350UV SAI label and packaging presses, quickly, easily, and without high-level colour management knowledge.

Agfa releases printer for interior decoration

Agfa has released InterioJet, a water-based inkjet printing system it says produces quality and advanced customisation for digital printing of laminated surface designs.

Koenig & Bauer enters flexo with digital press

Press manufacturing giant Koenig & Bauer will launch a digital flexo press, signing an agreement with an un-named partner to develop its RotoJet technology to produce a technology it says will change the face of the market.

Esko launches VariAngle cutting tool

Esko is launching the new VariAngle tool for the Kongsberg C and XP range of digital finishing tables, which it says enables cutting at any angle from 0 to 60 degrees at high speeds.

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The biggest story in print this week was the Print21 report on Ovato getting past the first gate in its restructuring plan, with the court allowing it to present the scheme to its creditors on December 7.

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Suppliers refresh with Brew, Fleming and Cavanagh

Industry suppliers association Visual Connections has a trio of new board members, succeeding three who stepped down from their roles, with Jeremy Brew from HP, Adrian Fleming who is with printIQ, and Mutoh's Russell Cavanagh all appointed.

Print 2 Metal takes out photo award

Innovative business Print 2 Metal has won the inaugural industry supplier award at the national Find A Photographer Australia Photography Business Awards.

Wagner wins world's best Durst label with Tau Truce job

Aussie label operation Wagner Prestige Labels has won first prize at the International Durst RSC Label Awards, beating off global competition to win the accolade in the live-streamed event.

HP Indigo lands mega deal with Shutterfly

HP Indigo is supplying the world’s leading online retailer of personalised products Shutterfly with a new fleet of more than 60 digital presses in landmark deal, in what is biggest the HP customer rollout to date.