One of Melbourne’s major large format print businesses Magnify Media is in voluntary administration, with debts approaching $5m. Four parties are currently in discussions with the administrator over buying the business, which is continuing to trade on a week-by-week basis, and is being offered on a sale or DOCA basis.

Ascent Partners has formed a strategic alliance with turnaround professionals Rodgers Reidy / TBA Solutions, in order to provide Australian printers with options for the pathway forward.

Print giant Ovato has had its scheme to ensure the future of the business approved by the Supreme Court, with the company now set to receive a $40m cash injection.

The assets and majority of staff at leading Melbourne print and mail house Direct Mail & Marketing have been acquired by a group of investors, and the business is now Fandata Pty Ltd trading as DMM.

Queensland commercial and trade NCR operation Nichols Printing has invested in a new Horizon 200L bookletmaker, with two VAC-1000 collating towers, supplied by Currie Group.

Imaging giant Ricoh will be launching a B2 sheetfed inkjet press next year, with the aqueous inkjet technology delivering instant drying, and printing onto coated and uncoated offset stocks. It will be aimed squarely at the commercial print market.

GJS has completed the first Australian install of the new Epson SC-F3000 garment printer, with Sydney-based slow fashion label Lonely Kids Club putting in the newly launched system.

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Fuji Xerox 11 get Fogra certification

Fuji Xerox Australia has had global Fogra PSD certification for digital colour printing awarded to 11 of its analysts, who are based throughout the major cities in Australia.

Jet to host new Screen Truepress

The Jet Technologies Demonstration Centre in Sydney will soon be home to the latest Screen Truepress Jet L350UV SAI S digital label press, which with longer-run capability is targeting flexo jobs.

Print21 magazine: Made in Australia

Rawson Print Co business development manager Cameron Woodley says local print increases sustainability and de-risks the supply chain, both increasingly important factors in today's world.

Spicers acquires BluePrint in NZ

Total Supply, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Spicers NZ, is acquiring wide format supply business Blueprint Imaging, as it boosts its presence in the sign and display sector.

Print's premier news website surges ahead with expansion

The premier print industry news website for Australia and New Zealand is expanding, with Print21.com.au splitting the site into sector categories, reflecting the emerging opportunities through digitisation across the industry.

Govt Covid assistance top story of the year, Express most commented

The biggest story of the year in the ANZ print industry was the Print21 report on the federal government’s assistance package for small businesses, particularly as it applied to printers. The Express Print & Mail goings on in Queensland was the most commented-on story. The biggest company story was the Print21 report on the travails of Ovato.

Print21 Magazine: 2020 News Review

The strange and tough 12 months we have just been through have been the hardest in the history of the print industry. Print21 takes us through the year month by month as it unfolded.

 Behind the Ovato deal: the Print21 exclusive analysis

The deal to save Ovato has more plots and sub-plots than a series-deciding five-day test versus India. Print21 goes behind the scenes to reveal a story of business imperatives and personal relationships, acquisitions, and losses, all set against a rapidly evolving media landscape.

Jim's Group launches Jim's Uniforms

Jim’s Uniforms is now officially set for release in 2020-21. The brand is focusing on the uniform, branded apparel, promotional products, print media, and small-format signage markets.

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