Leading Australian provider of in-mould label solutions, Herrods, is being aquired by global label printing giant Multi-Color Corporation, which is buying the 58-year-old operation for an undisclosed sum.

Online graphic design business Canva has seen its valuation hit $20bn, just nine years after it was launched by Melanie Perkins, Cliff Obrecht, and Cameron Adams, three Melbourne friends - who are now all billionaires.

Print X general manager Paul Coniglio has purchased the business from Motor One Group, will rebrand it as Print X One, is investing in new equipment, and is taking on new staff.

Digital solutions supplier Fuji Xerox is now Fujifilm Business Innovation, with the company saying it will focus on solutions and services in a beyond-the-box strategy, and will leverage the massive R+D capabilities of its parent company to bring benefits to printers.

As the Covid stimulus JobKeeper came to an end on Sunday night, print businesses around the country were assessing their staffing needs, and the viability of their ongoing sustainability.

The Queensland government is set to ban all print from being produced in the sunshine state, deeming it out of line with current community values.

Active Display Group and IVE took home no fewer than five gongs each from the Shop 2020 awards, with Active scoring two Golds, while Dashing Group took out the People’s Choice award.

PVCA CEO Andrew Macaulay is leaving the print employers association, five years after his appointment, saying he has “achieved everything I was brought in to do”. He will stay until a successor is appointed, with the search about to begin.

Large format and online packaging printer Arlo + Coop is making a major investment in its on-demand, short-run, carton printing operation, with two new fully automated digital Zünd flatbed cutting units, and robots, all supplied by Starleaton, part of the multi-million dollar spend.

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Victorian government seeks printers

The Victorian government has released a tender, seeking submissions for the provision of print management and associated services.

Last month for printers to enter PICAs

April marks the final month for printers to get their entries in to this year’s state PICAs, with awards dinners taking place in all states in July. The Gold winners go through to the National Print Awards.

Out of Home falls by 24% in first quarter

Spending on outdoor advertising is on the road to recovery, according to the OMA, which says the March figures are 18 per cent up on February, although Q1 overall was well down on last year.

Jet Technologies launches Unilam for digital print

Jet Technologies is launching Unilam Gloss and Matte Thermal Laminating Films, which it says uses new adhesive technology from Japan to provide a bond to suit virtually any kind of digital print, and litho print.

Kongsberg now under new owners

Digital cutting table developer, Kongsberg, is now a stand-alone entity, with its sale from Esko to a private equity group now complete. Its customers in the ANZ will now deal directly with Kongsberg Oceania, which will provide all service and support.

Konica Minolta receives global eco recognition

Digital labels and print solutions developer Konica Minolta is receiving global recognition for its commitment to sustainability, with the company pointing to a trio of listings validating its environmental focus.

The Print Files industry podcast launched

Print21 has launched the print industry’s own podcast – The Print Files – to provide inspiration and insight to the owners and managers of all types of print businesses across Australia and New Zealand. The first episode is out now, titled It's Been A Big Month In Print.

Bookings available for Currie Group EFI Open House

Currie Group still has space for bookings at its Open House week, from 12 to 16 April, showcasing the latest EFI product offerings, including a live demonstration on the EFI Pro 32r+.

PrintCYC aims to recycle printed plastic films

PrintCYC is an initiative for recycling and processing printed plastic film waste, and has the support of Huber Group, a leading ink manufacturer, and numerous other participants in the plastic film supply chain. Print environmentalist Laurel Brunner says it is a move in the right direction.

Yarrow switches to thread start-up

Former APJ Kornit Digital regional vice-president, Andy Yarrow, is now regional sales manager Asia Pacific at Twine Solutions, a disruptive digital business that will drive textile printing back on-shore, thanks to enabling on-demand production.

Print & Digital Convention postponed until October

The global Print & Digital Convention, hosted at Messe Duesseldorf and organised by drupa has been postponed from June to October 20-21, as the pandemic continues to rage through Europe.

LC Signs goes under

Melbourne-based LC Signs is in liquidation, the debts of the nine-year-old company now in the hands of Liam Bellamy from Chan Naylor.

McCauley new Asia Pacific MD at Spandex

Ben McCauley is the new Asia Pacific managing director of industry supplier Spandex, stepping up from his previous role as sales director. He has been with the company for the past five years.

All Epson sites to use 100% renewable energy

Every Epson site in the world, including in Australia and New Zealand, will all meet their electricity needs from 100 per cent renewable energy sources in two years’ time.

LIA to host industry gathering next month

Now that Australians are able to get together again in person, the Lithographic Institute of Australia (LIA) is planning an industry gathering for printers to reconnect, at the Carnarvon Golf Club in Lidcombe, NSW, on Wednesday 21 April.

The Macaulay Years: Print21 analysis

Andrew Macaulay's time as CEO of employers' association PVCA is coming to an end. Print21 looks back over his five years in print, years that have seen the industry go through a period of rapid change.

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