Innovative garment print business Vicon is doubling the size of its floorspace, with a move from Sydney to Brisbane, and is investing $600,000 in additional print equipment as part of the move.

Kornit Digital is acquiring Custom Gateway, an innovative technology provider of cloud-based software workflow solutions for on-demand production business models, in order to create an end-to-end web-to-print textile workflow.

National industry supplier Starleaton will as of now be supplying the entire 3M Digital Products range, giving the company end-to-end warranted solutions.

The three big newspaper publishers have agreed a historic deal to print each other's papers, spelling the end for several newspaper printing plants around the country, and in effect giving News Corp a stranglehold on much of the nation's newspaper printing capability.

Printers across Victoria have to have their Covid-safe plans up and running to stay open from now on, failure to have a plan could result in being ordered to close and copping large fines, as the government tries to regain control of the spiralling crisis.

Women in Print, which says it is arguably the industry’s strongest diversity and inclusion programme, has, after fifteen years, relaunched itself to take on the year, and the future ahead. Susan Heaney of Gold Coast printer Heaney's Performers in Print is the chair of the board.

In the latest edict from the Victorian government all staff travelling to work at print businesses throughout Melbourne must have an authorised travel permit, or face huge fines.

One of the country's major direct mail houses, Fred Humphrey's Direct Mail & Marketing, is in voluntary administration, sending a cold shiver through the Victorian print and mail industry.

The country's biggest trade printer CMYKhub says it will be able to continue supplying print to the trade in Victoria "come what may" thanks to its national manufacturing footprint.

Printers are breathing a huge sigh of relief as the Victorian commercial print industry has not been shut down under tough new lockdown measures taken by the state government, but they must have a Covid-safe plan in place by 11.59pm on Friday to stay open.

Heatset print giant Ovato is asking the national industrial tribunal at the Fair Work Commision to end its current agreement with its staff, as it battles revenue losses, which will lead to a round of redundancies in the near future. The AMWU is fiercely opposing the change.

Some major debtors at Waratah Group are disputing the size of invoices issued by the now defunct print company, but the liquidator says they are all bona fida, and is now looking at court action to get all the money back for creditors of the business that went bust with $22m of debts.

US technology operations Google and Facebook took more Australian advertising dollars than the big five media companies combined last year, with print losing out as a result.

Australia must embrace a new era of innovation and economic reform to rebound from recession and fix an inefficient economy, according to a new report published this week.

Diversified marketing communications group IVE is making three new leadership appointments, one into a new role as manager of governance, risk, and compliance, and two as general managers in data-driven communications roles.

The printing industry is breathing a huge sigh of relief as the government extends its JobKeeper programme – widely acknowledged as saving thousands of jobs – until next March, although with a reduced payment rate.

Press giant Heidelberg has sold the Gallus label press business, as it continues its strategic realignment to stabilise the company, focus on its core sheetfed offset presses, and develop new market opportunities. Former owner Ferdinand Reusch will move with the business.

RMGT is launching a new size press, the RMGT 970, which runs to a maximum of 965x650mm, allowing for eight A4 pages to view with colour bars, crop marks, and other furniture on both sides of a perfected sheet.

Digital enhancement solutions developer Scodix – supplied in Australia and New Zealand by Currie Group – is launching a new productivity workflow package, Scodix Studio Station, which it says will boost productivity by 60 per cent.

Boutique Melbourne print business Taylor'd Press emerged as the country's de facto best printer with more golds than anyone else, five, at this year's National Print Awards, which were live streamed due to Covid-19.

Melbourne printer Vivad is producing cloth masks with full filter systems, using the IP and template from equipment supplier Durst. The masks are reusable, with a reusable N95 filter, and can be custom printed. Vivad says demand is skyrocketing.

Melbourne-based digital fabric printing business AFI Branding is seeing its move into mask printing turbo charged following the mandate to wear them in Victoria.

Daniels Printing Craftsmen in Perth is investing in an HP Indigo 7r Digital Colour Press – supplied by Currie Group – in order to increase its digital capacity.

Printers will be able to claim half their apprentices' wages until at least March under the latest $2.5bn Covid stimulus package from the federal government with its new JobTrainer programme. Under the scheme, designed to boost local manufacturing and youth employment, print businesses can claim 50% of their apprentices' wages, up to maximum of $530 a week.

The federal government will team up with the states to pump $1bn into the TAFE system to make courses free or low-cost for apprentices in certain sectors, including printing, as part of its new $2.5bn Covid youth strategy JobTrainer.

The budding printed solar panels concept is one step closer to commercialisation, with a demonstration project now in place at a Sydney shopping centre. If successful, the renewable energy project could be a boon for printers, with the panels printed on standard narrow web presses.

Specialising in commercial office graphics, Eyetonic is adding a new member to its team – the EFI 16h hybrid LED UV printer, supplied by Starleaton. The new wide format printer is the biggest investment the company has made to date.

Opus Print Group CEO Richard Celarc says tangible results are coming from the industry's campaign to persuade government and government funded institutions to buy Australian print, with his companies receiving enquiries for book jobs that would previously have gone straight to China.

Imaging giant Ricoh is launching the Pro C5300s, a new entry-level digital colour printer, which draws much of its technology from its well-established big brothers: the Pro C7200 and Pro C9200.

Regional newspaper plants around the nation are facing closure as the big three publishers discuss print sharing, and instigate their own closures, with the ACM Ballarat site the latest to get the bad news.

The world's biggest offset press manufacturer Heidelberg has pulled out of the rescheduled global mega show drupa next year, opting instead to host a series of events at its five Print Media Centres around the world.

Konica Minolta launched its high-volume toner AccurioPress C14000 and C12000 colour printers at a live streamed event, with general manager Sue Threlfo saying they will deliver new efficiencies and new applications.

Melbourne based Affinity Print has bought family-owned Cain Colour, in order to boost its UV print power in the high-end packaging market. Owner Chris Cain, all staff and equipment, have joined Steve Todisco's business.

Melbourne based commercial and display operation Print Logistics has failed to convince the Fair Work Commission its dramatic drop in revenue from Covid should enable it to cut its redundancy payouts.

Sydney’s Digitalpress and Melbourne’s Taylor’d Press emerged at the head of the live-streamed state Print Industry Creativity Awards (PICAs), with seven and six Golds respectively for the two printers.

As the major newspaper publishers pull out of the regions new newspapers are set to emerge, saving printing jobs and possibly plants, according to reports on Peter Coleman's GX Press newspaper news site.

Today marks the end of the era of a community newspaper in every town and region in the country, with many presses falling silent for the last time, victims of the Covid crash, new technology and structural changes in society.

Finishing solutions developer Horizon is launching automated print-finishing systems that will not require human operation in the bindery. The new systems feature robots, AGVs, and digital job bags – all connected.

Printing for the 10-year $300m City of Sydney outdoor advertising contract will change from GSP to Omingraphics with parent QMS winning the tender. However, most of that spend will be on digital panels not print.

The print industry's superannuation fund, Media Super, is aiming to join construction industry fund Cbus, while maintaining its own brand, and is now looking at a number of merger options for the two to come together to create a $59bn fund, ten times bigger than the current Media Super pot.

QLM has opened its new 3000sqm production centre, with clients, suppliers and ministers lining up to wish the business well.

Press giant Koenig & Bauer has unveiled a new B1 press for the packaging and commercial markets, the Rapida 106 X, at its live streaming event in Germany.

Wellington City Council has postponed a vote on enacting a by-law, which would have seen fines implemented for putting print into letterboxes marked no junk mail, following lobbying from The Real Media Collective.

The Fair Work Commission is mandating an increase in the minimum wage for print industry workers, but in light of the Covid crisis has delayed it from next week until November.

Billion dollar paper producer Norske Skog is investing €350m in converting two newsprint papermaking lines into containerboard lines, entering the packaging market for the first time, as newsprint demand plunges.

Flint Group Packaging Inks – a major provider of packaging printing inks – is investigating how to support a circular economy for its business.

The fall in print during height of the Covid crisis has been highlighted by the April import figures from IndustryEdge, which says coated mechanical imports plunged by almost a third, with bigger falls expected in May.

Press manufacturing giant Koenig & Bauer has kicked off its Live virtual event, which is highlighting the latest developments, and running every day during what would have been drupa.

Agfa is hosting a six-day virtual event featuring sessions to supporting printing companies through the current business challenges and help them plan for the future.

The region's biggest magazine publisher, Bauer Media ANZ, is in new hands, with private equity fund – and owner of heatset printer Webstar NZ – Mercury Capital buying what was Kerry Packer's ACP from its German owners.

Kodak is making a major move into inkjet presses, targeting the commercial print and publishing markets with new high-resolution, high-speed system Kodak Prosper Ultra 520, using its Ultrastream print heads.

In a boon for printers, lobbying from The Real Media Collective (TRMC) has seen the government exclude paper and carton from its export waste ban, for the next four years at least.

ASX-listed packaging business Orora is passing on the funds to its shareholders after selling its Australasian fibre business to Nippon Paper for $1.7bn.

The PVCA is warning printers to stay alert and make sure their accounts departments never make urgent payments without the verbal authorisation of the boss, following $100,000 being scammed from a print industry business.

Brisbane-based commercial operation, Allclear Print + Signs, has installed the first HP Indigo 12000 HD Digital Press in the country, in a “natural progression” for the business.

Press manufacturer Koenig & Bauer will have world-exclusive launches as part of Koenig & Bauer Live, which it is running from 16-25 June, the dates of the now postponed drupa.

Digital print systems developer Xeikon is set to broadcast live on Xeikon Café TV specifically for Australia and New Zealand, with live updates on digital label production, and an introduction to the innovative Xeikon CX300 digital label press on the show.

Alon Bar-Shany, the global face of HP Indigo and its long-time general manager, is leaving the company after a quarter of a century, the last 16 as its leader.

Savas Mystakidis will become the new managing director of Heidelberg Australia & New Zealand effective from 1 July, succeeding current director Richard Timson who steps up to the role of Asia Pacific project director.

The government's $150,000 instant asset write off has been extended until the end of the year, enabling print businesses to take advantage of the Covid cash-flow benefit for much longer than originally set.

Packaging equipment giant Bobst is releasing a slew of new equipment, and says a new reality of connectivity, digitalisation, automation, and sustainability are the cornerstones of packaging production.

Xeikon is launching into the corrugated printing market with Idera, a new fully integrated digital solutions platform for corrugated packaging converters.

Show specials, latest technology, panel programmes, all from the comfort of your office – the world’s first virtual print trade show has opened, as the Australian Print, Sign, Display & Graphics Virtual Trade Show goes live, and sees 1600 visitors on its first day.

Clarke Murphy Print is filling NRL grounds with crowds, albeit corflute ones with the Fan in the Stand, a new and winning initiative for the innovative Sydney print business, which saw it featured on Channel 9 News.

The Australian Sign & Graphics Association has issued a five-point action plan, and other guidance, under a bulletin entitled Chaos Reigns, to help sign and display printers deal with the fallout from the new casuals double dipping ruling.

Publishing giant News Corp is stopping the presses for the majority of its regional and community titles, with 76 moving online, and several dozen folding completely, as it takes the strategic decision to pivot into a digital media business.

NSW trade binding house Twin Loop has moved into bigger premises, which owner Wayne Rubin says will enable the business to continue with its steady growth trajectory.

PacPrint, the local four-day print solutions exhibition held in conjunction with Visual Impact and the Label & Packaging Expo, will now be held from 28 September through 1 October next year, in its usual Melbourne home.

Ovato NZ is launching a new publishing arm, aiming to resuscitate the Kiwi magazine industry, following the devastating closure of the country's biggest publisher Bauer Media NZ last month.

Technology innovator Screen GP is launching new print solutions for the packaging sector for folding carton, corrugated, and wide web flexo, setting itself up to be a major player in the field.

The Melbourne print industry is reeling as a plunge in sales due to coronavirus sends high-profile print business Bambra Press into voluntary administration. The business is trading on, with administrators looking to sell it as a going concern. Owner John Wanless says a restructure is necessary.

The April horror month for print saw two thirds of commercial printers experience falls in sales of at least 30 per cent, with a quarter experiencing falls of between 50-70 per cent, and 15 per cent seeing sales plummet by more than 70 per cent.

Casual staff who are paid a 25 per cent loading are also now entitled to receive leave and other benefits associated with full time staff, in a court ruling that means print businesses may be liable for back pay.

The print industry's campaign to have all government and taxpayer funded print produced on Australian presses received a boost, when a Queensland state minster raised the issue in Parliament, calling on it to pressure the Commonwealth to buy Australian.

Trade employers association Print & Visual Communication Association has seen its figures move into positive territory for the first time in three years, CEO Andrew Macaulay commending the board for their focus.

Dandenong-based Perfection Packaging has scooped the prestigious (North American) FTA Best in Show wide web category Award for Print Excellence, crediting the use of the Kodak Flexcel NX plates in large part for the award.

Brendan Hill, CEO of magazine giant Bauer, has signalled its intention to have its furloughed print magazines back on the presses by September, with big hitters NW, OK! and WHO all currently suspended.

Currie Group sales and marketing director Phillip Rennell says the closure of trade house Sydney Binding is an opportunity for more printers to bring binding back inhouse.

The federal government has told all its departments and agencies to pay suppliers more quickly than they are doing, and says invoices for less than $10,000 must be paid immediately. PVCA CEO Andrew Macaulay hailed the edict as “great news” for printers.

Bright Print Group has started a new trade perfect binding business, Twenty 20 Binding, stepping into the gap left in NSW when Sydney Binders decided to close its doors last week.

Amcor has raised its full year earnings per share outlook, as it released robust third quarter profits it said were due to virus-induced supermarket panic buying.

HP is launching an inline coating system for its high-speed inkjet webs, developed by Harris & Bruno and capable of both aqueous and UV coating, as part of its drive into the commercial market.

Imaging giant Kodak is doubling down on its investment in digital printing for its growth prospects, as its March quarter figures reveal its Sonora processless plates are experiencing surging demand.

Two perfect binding trade houses have written to Print21 to let the industry know they are open for new business in the light of the closure of Sydney Binding.

The German owner of Australia's biggest magazine publisher, Bauer Media, is reportedly in talks to offload the business, following a troubled few weeks for the company.

The Covid earthquake smashing the regional and community newspaper industry is seeing News Corp looking at restructuring all its non-metro titles, but the proposed deal to sell them to ACM is off.

Trade printer Sureprint is in liquidation, the move bringing to an end the eight-year-old business that came to attention in the collapse of the Media Options trade printer, which went down with multimillion-dollar debts in 2013.

With expos being postponed Visual Connections has stepped up to bring the trade show experience to the industry’s desktops, launching a new, online expo for print, sign, display and graphics.

The print industry is in shock as Sydney Binding closes its doors, the owners pulling the pin on one of the only two major perfect binding trade houses in the country.

The centrepiece Muller Martini Acoro A7 perfect binding line at closed Sydney Binding is heading overseas, but the buyer says it has smaller binders that would be well suited to the Sydney market.

The country's biggest trade printer CMYKhub has all five of its print sites up and running again, and is on the front foot with ideas and solutions for its resellers to drive print sales.

Online print giant Cimpress, which owns Vistaprint in Melbourne, saw its print orders plunge by 65 per cent at the end of March and beginning of April, recovering to 40 per cent down by the end of the month.

Shares in major heatset printer Ovato are in a trading halt, after they jumped by 81 per cent in morning trade. No reason has yet been given, nor any further details.

Major newspaper publisher News Corp has called in management consultants Deloitte to review and cut its costs, with printing, and its smaller and regional newspapers, in the spotlight.

The country's biggest publisher, Bauer Media, is suspending printing of some of its magazines and cutting 70 jobs as it deals with a fall in advertising revenue.

Orora has finalised the sale of its Australasian Fibre business to a subsidiary of Nippon Paper Industries for $1.72bn, with Orora's net proceeds after tax and costs amounting to $1.55bn.

Armed with a near 5000 strong Bring Back Print petition, Print and Visual Communications Association CEO Andrew Macaulay met with deputy prime minister Michael McCormack, with McCormack asking for a written submission, which Macaulay said will be submitted shortly.

The New Zealand print industry is open for business again, emerging five weeks after the country went into total lockdown to see off the coronavirus, but now facing a challenge in finding work for the presses.

HP is launching a new Brilliant Ink inkset with the new PageWide T250 HD continuous feed printer, which comes with inline coater, which it says will enable it to compete directly for offset work.

Close to 4000 printers have now signed the Bring Back Print petition, less than a week after it was launched with the aim of returning the $150m-$200m worth of government print back to Australia. It goes to the PM today.

The spend on outdoor print in Australia dipped by $10m to $86m in the first quarter as the Covid-19 virus hit March marketing budgets, which will likely continue to be depressed in the current quarter.

Machinery manufacturer Bobst has acquired a majority stake in Cito-System, a company that specialises in manufacturing creasing systems for fibre-based packaging.

Controversial signage operation Skope Group will have its second creditors meeting on Monday, which could spell the end for the tangled business, which at one point had revenues of more than $40m and operations across the country.

The New Zealand print industry will be operational again next Tuesday, with the Kiwi government easing restrictions from the heavily criticised Level 4, which closed down the industry, to Level 3.

Nine Media is reporting that national mail monopoly Australia Post was considering axing most of its mail delivery service, with a one day a week option on the table.

Heidelberg is launching a robot loading system for its Diana folder gluers, upgrading the speed, and launching a new version of its auto packaging system.

Chili publish has launched Chili publisher Online, a cloud-based software as a service solution for document creation and editing for web-to-print systems.

The AMWU, the PVCA, and Marvel Bookbinding & Finishing are joining forces to launch a campaign to call for all levels of government to immediately shift all the $150m+ printing it is sending overseas back to Australian print businesses.

Australian Community Media is suspending printing at four sites, halting production of many of its non-daily local newspapers. ACM publishes around 160 titles. Its 14 daily papers will continue.

Industry super fund CEO Graeme Russell has come out swinging against critics of super funds investing in illiquid assets, describing the comments as “politically motivated rubbish”.

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has updated the Fair Work Act to enable employees to take at least two weeks of unpaid pandemic leave. It also enables employees to take double their annual leave at half their normal pay, if their employer agrees. PVCA is welcoming the move.

Frank Hilliard, founder of Eastern Press and one of Melbourne's best known and respected print identities, has suddenly passed away, leaving family, friends, colleagues, customers and the wider industry in shock.

Rent relief is now available for hard pressed printers, with the Commonwealth government announcing a mandatory code of conduct for commercial landlords and tenants that allows commercial renters to pay reduced rent during the Covid-19 pandemic, if turnover falls by 30% or more.

Australia Post is temporarily relaxing some its rules governing Print Post, in particular insert weights, frequency, and volume, following representations from The Real Media Collective.

Heidelberg is launching two new high-performance die cutting systems, as well as a short run solution for smaller printing companies that may use Heidelberg jobbing and cylinder presses.

Xeikon is unveiling its new-generation dry toner technology, which it says delivers higher speeds, reduced cost of ownership and further improved quality. It is also launching two new digital presses.

PVCA CEO Andrew Macaulay wants printers to know there is no government essential service list, with the association nonetheless lobbying government to ensure that the critical nature of print and packaging to all supply chains in our economy is known, and should form part of policy planning.

Canon Production Printing Australia is launching its new varioPrint iX-series, an advanced sheetfed inkjet press which will print 9,000 SRA3 images per hour, or 320 A4 images per minute, on a wide range of media including offset coated paper from 90 to 350gsm.

Heidelberg is launching robots and Push to Stop for its Stahlfolders, which it says increase efficiencies and address high labour requirements.

Printers looking to add a high margin revenue stream to their business will be more than interested in the Dimense one pass digital textured wall covering printer, now available in ANZ through Stick on Signs distribution channels.

The country's two big paper merchants say the rapidly falling value of the Australian dollar will inevitably mean paper price rises in the coming months if the value does not lift.

The world's biggest offset press manufacturer, Heidelberg, is launching a new Speedmaster range, which it describes as the most intelligent and automated ever produced.

Wagner Prestige Labels is now producing a third of its labels on its new Durst Tau 330 RSC E inkjet label press, and enjoying dramatically reduced waste levels.

The coronavirus pandemic is continuing to wreak economic havoc around the world, and the Australian print industry is not immune, with printers seeing a drop in trade.

The country's two big printers, IVE and Ovato, will now be working for the same major client, as the country's two big magazine publishers are joining forces on 9 April.

The country's biggest trade printer CMYKhub is outlining its virus plans to the trade as print comes under pressure in the Covid-19 pandemic.

TLC boss Barry Webster has told Victorian premier Daniel Andrews to back print in the current crisis, as Andrews looks to impose further restrictions on the population in order to battle the virus.

Regional newspapers are closing as they battle a fall-off in advertising since the coronavirus got serious, with fears also raised over the future of some of the major metro papers.

Small and medium-sized businesses can get up to $100,000 to help with cash flow so they can keep operating, pay their bills, and retain staff during the coronavirus pandemic.

The government is increasing the instant asset write-off threshold from $30,000 to $150,000, it is also expanding access to the scheme to include businesses with aggregated annual turnover of less than $500 million (up from $50 million).

The federal government is introducing a scheme that allows businesses to deduct 50 per cent of the cost of an eligible asset straight away, as part of its efforts to combat the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Australian government will make available loan guarantees for some small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as part of its effort to combat the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

To help businesses through the coronavirus pandemic, the Australian government is offering to pay half of an apprentice or trainee’s wages at an eligible business for the first nine months of this year.

As the coronavirus sweeps the globe and efforts to contain it cause economic stress, Australian printers are just beginning to feel the effects. But there is optimism and comfort in the knowledge that the crisis will end.

The country's two big paper suppliers Ball & Doggett and Spicers both say they have more than enough stock to cover all demand for commercial grades in the coming months.

Print & Visual Communication Association is running a series of crisis management sessions designed to enable printers to meet the myriad demands of the coronavirus environment.

Flood ravaged Imagination Graphics will be back up and running, with chuffed owner Emmanuel 'Budgie' Buhagiar successful in an insurance claim, which will see all kit reinstalled, including a new Konica Minolta B2 digital inkjet KM-1.

Xerox has put its hostile takeover bid for HP on ice, citing the need to focus on the coronavirus, and saying the pause in action has nothing to do with the plummeting stock prices of both companies.

Currie Group managing director Bernie Robinson says the company has a host of Horizon finishing, Foliant laminating and Cron CTP systems all available for less than the new $150,000 instant asset write down limit brought in to help business through the virus.

Two former Waratah Group execs caught up in a front-page World Vision print contract exposé, Stephen Kernahan and Brett Chalmers, have resigned from their roles at Finsbury Green. Monday was their last day.

Digital print solutions developer Durst is closing its factory in Italy until the end of the month as the coronavirus blitzes through the country, which is currently the worst affected in Europe. Supplies, ink and support will be unaffected.

The giant trade show drupa 2020, which would have attracted 250,000 printers, has been postponed – for the first time in its history – and will now run next April instead of this June, the move the inevitable result of the growing coronavirus scare which is closing down the world.

The federal government has unveiled a raft of packages created to help small and medium sized business – which includes the vast majority of printers – carry on working through the coronavirus scare, including a massive uplift in the instant asset write off.

Industry association PVCA is issuing advice to print businesses to enable them to minimise risk of their staff becoming infected, which in the main says don't panic and take sensible precautions.

Under-pressure controversial signage business Skope Group has seen trading entity Scream Visual issued with a winding up order, and Skope Group Holdings is now also in external administration.

Print21 wishes to clarify that Express Print & Mail on the Sunshine Coast is not in liquidation, contrary to the story that was on today's Print21 newsletter.

Konica Minolta chairman and managing director Dr David Cooke is set to move on from the business, seven years after breaking the mould and becoming the first non-Japanese to head one of the big Japanese tech companies.

HP says drupa will see the "most exciting launches in the history of Indigo" announcing a raft of new print solutions with eight new presses that include a 6000sph B2 press, an entry level SRA3, and software for its new range of label and packaging presses that will enable them to hit any spot colour within three minutes.

HP is launching a B2 6000sph duplex press that pumps out up to a million sheets a month, as it identifies two key markets for B2 printing – premium quality, and high volume, and releases two presses for those two markets.

With the labels and packaging market set for continued growth, HP is launching new presses for labels, flexibles, and cartons, including a narrow web digital press the V12 which will compete on speed with analogue presses, running at 120 metres a minute.

Controversial signage business Skope Group director Ann Orren registered a new trading name Skope Group Wholesale Manufacturing, just four days before placing Skope Group into voluntary administration at the end of last month.

The world's major wide format expo Fespa Global 2020, due to take place in Madrid in three weeks time, has fallen victim to growing coronavirus fears and been postponed.

The increasing global nervousness over the coronavirus is starting to impact print, with ink and equipment manufacturers among those dependent on China now looking at dealing with the looming Covid-19 shadow.

Print businesses in the areas most affected by Covid-19 are struggling, unable to get consumables in and jobs out, in what could be a precursor for the situation in Australia if lockdown is ordered.

As fears over the coronavirus sweep over the world, causing cancellations of major events in affected areas, giant international trade show drupa says it is all systems go for the June event, with no plans to cancel.

The Printing Industry Creativity Awards deadline has been extended by one week to next Friday 13 March, as printers focus on preparing their businesses for the impact of the coronavirus.

Controversial signage outfit Skope and its various associated entities are in administration, just six months after it managed to transform a $2.3m debt in a closely related manufacturing arm into a favourable DOCA, leaving rivals fuming.

Growth slowed in the out of home industry last year, with 2019 showing a total increase of 1.5 per cent on net media revenue last year – but spend on print fell by eight per cent, according to the figures from the Outdoor Media Association.

National print business Ovato (formerly PMP) struggled to make headway in the first half, with all figures on the slide on the back of the softer economic environment in Australia. Its share price fell by a quarter on the results. Outside advisors have now been brought in.

Sydney signage and large-format printer Easy Signs will move into a larger factory in April, tripling its floorspace, just a few years after its previous massive upgrade.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is approving Orora’s sale of its Australasian fibre business to Nippon Paper subsidiary Australian Paper.

Diversified marketing communications group IVE – which includes one of the country's biggest print operations – saw its half year performance metrics slip back from last year, but it still achieved a solid $40.1m EBITDA and paid out an ‘attractive’ dividend to investors.

National mail monopoly Australia Post group revenue for first half of 2020 was up four per cent year-on-year, but letters revenue plunged again, down by nine per cent, with CEO Christine Holgate warning “the time has come to transform these services".

Press manufacturer RMGT (formerly Ryobi) will present a cloud-connected smart factory concept at drupa, where the presses, post press, and other processes are all integrated with automated guided vehicles moving the paper around.

BGS Printing has upgraded its finishing capability with investment in new Horizon kit, including a bookletmaker and three-sided trimmer, both supplied by Currie Group.

The owner of press giant manroland Sheetfed GmbH is instigating an aggressive pricing strategy for its Roland offset presses, in a bid to boost sales and keep the factory humming.

Avon Graphics is buying the assets and business of troubled laminating outfit Protectaprint, which went into administration at the back end of last year.

High profile print identity Theo Pettaras has sold his Digitalpress business to marcomm services outfit Bridgestone Investments in a strategic move, which will also see it enter wide format production.

An artists' collective is vandalising JC Decaux bus shelter printed posters across the east coast capital cities, pulling them out and replacing them with their own climate-change messages, in an attack on the quarter-of-a-billion-dollar sector.

The world's biggest offset press manufacturer Heidelberg is launching what it says is a new generation of Speedmaster presses, which it calls 'the most intelligent and most automated' to date.

Top Ovato executives, including chairman Michael Hannan (l) and CEO Kevin Slaven (r) welcomed customers to tour the expanded NSW printing site, one of the largest in the southern hemisphere, and unveiled the company’s latest $20m manroland Lithoman 80-page high-volume web press.

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End of era as Salmat seeks to wind itself up

Former marketing services powerhouse Salmat is calling it quits, asking its general meeting at the end of the month for approval to delist, wind itself up, and appoint liquidators to end its 41-year journey.

Covid-safe plan: What it is, how you do it

All print businesses in Victoria now need a Covid-safe plan to stay open, and it must be in place by 11.59pm this Friday. The government has a three-stage plan to follow – so what is it, and how do you do it?

Covid sends EFI Connect online for 2021

Continuing uncertainty over Covid has pushed EFI to move its popular user conference Connect from its regular Las Vegas home to an online event for the 2021 experience.

Outdoor signs focus on missing people

Out of Home signs across Australia this week are highlighting and profiling missing people, during what is National Missing Persons Week, donating $1m worth of signage to the cause.

The Lamson Group celebrates 30 years

Diversified trade print company Lamson Group is celebrating 30 years in business, with founder Arthur Frost joining his son and current managing director Rodney Frost in toasting the success of the business.

CMP donates $6634 raised from Fan In The Stand

Clarke Murphy Print has donated $6634 to mental health charity Gotcha4Life from its innovative and successful Fan In The Stand project, which saw it create a whole new market during Covid.

VFX installs third 3.2m HP Latex

Sydney sign and display operation VFX has installed its third HP Latex 3.2m wide format printer – supplied by Celmac – as the business increases its capacity.

Broadley prints new welcome to port signage

The first thing sailors arriving in Newcastle now see is a huge new welcome sign, printed by local operator Broadley Signs and visible from the shipping channel and from all along the foreshore.

Penrith Print Museum open for visitors

The Penrith Print Museum is open for visitors after a four-month closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Volunteers at the museum are also working on the restoration of an 1841 Columbian printing press.

Cactus-printed campaign wins OMA award

An out-of-home campaign printed by Cactus Imaging took home an Outdoor Media Association Award in the best use of multi-format category.

Canon Oceania releases 2020 Sustainability Report

Canon Oceania is releasing its 2020 Sustainability Report, which provides an overview of how the company is addressing issues around sustainability in its business.

Koenig & Bauer launches live service app

Press manufacturer Koenig & Bauer has developed Visual PressSupport, an App-based live video streaming service for sheetfed presses and other business units.

Visionary Digital partners in SA and NZ

Specialist floor, wall and window graphic media supplier Visionary Digital has new distribution deals with suppliers in South Australia and New Zealand, making it easier for printers there to access its products.

Konica Minolta running digital label webinar

Digital print solutions developer Konica Minolta is running a webinar next Wednesday on the benefits and opportunities that come with entering digital label printing.

Kurz celebrates 50 years in Australia

Kurz Australia is celebrating half a century of operation and hosted a series of staff events at locations around the country to mark the momentous occasion.

Ascent to run 'what next' webinar next Thursday

Print industry business broker Ascent Partners is putting on a free webinar next Thursday to discuss options for print businesses in Covid – the webinar is titled Regroup, Sell or Close.

W&H commits to drupa next year

Major exhibitor Windmöller & Hölscher has confirmed its participation at the rescheduled drupa next year, joining Koenig & Bauer as major names that will be at the Messe Centre.

Top 7 Day News Click: JobKeeper 2.0

The most clicked news story in the print industry this week was our coverage of the government's JobKeeper extension, which was on the Print21 news website on Tuesday morning immediately following the prime minister's press conference. The news had printers thankful wages will now be supported until March.

Bauer reboots NZ printing at Webstar

Newly acquired publishing giant Bauer Media is printing magazines again in New Zealand, with the presses at Webstar NZ rolling once more, following a near four-month hiatus from its biggest customer. The new Bauer owner also owns Webstar NZ.

Bauer Australia closes another eight magazines

Bauer Media is permanently closing eight of its big Australian magazine brands that have been off the shelves since May, as it battles a severe and ongoing downturn in advertising revenue, and restrictions on travel and transport.

Canon launches Kick Start wide-format booster

Canon Production Printing is providing a Kick Start package of up to $40,000 with all new Arizona flatbed printers, in what it says is an initiative designed to assist Australian printers adapt to new market trends.

Vale Stan (Sotiros) Halkeas

Well known Sydney printing identity Stan Halkeas – who founded, and then ran a major print business for 50 years in the latter half of last century – has died, aged 91.

Obituary: David Johnson, a great life taken too young

Alex Commins, CEO of Jamestrong and former CEO and owner of Colorpak, pays heartfelt tribute to his Colorpak/GPI colleague David Johnson who passed away last week: “40 years a one company man. A great life taken too young.”

Spicers looks at twin focus with new divisions

Paper, media, and hardware supplier Spicers is reorganising its business into two sales divisions – paper and packaging; and sign and display – with the aim of optimising its technical expertise for printers.

Komori and manroland say nein as drupa trims show

Offset press manufacturers Komori and manroland Sheetfed have joined rival Heidelberg to withdraw from global mega print show drupa next year, as the show itself cuts its duration, from 11 days to nine.

KBA requests €120m govt loan in four-year plan

Press manufacturing giant Koenig & Bauer is among the manufacturers looking to the German government for support during Covid, requesting a €120m loan to help implement its Performance 2024 plan.

Ultra-marathon man aiming to cut 100km time

A&O Print Mail production manager Steve Hulme is aiming to slash an hour and a half off his time in his second 100-kilometre ultra-marathon, and raise funds for an under-privileged youth centre from the run.

 Signarama offers $5000 signage voucher draw

Nationwide signage franchise business Signarama is looking to drum up new business under its new Power Up campaign, with a $5000 voucher for signage up for grabs in a prize draw.

EVOK3D wins defence 3D contract

Currie Group company EVOK3D has won a contract to supply Industrial-grade HP 3D printers to the Australian Defence Science and Technology Group.

Brunner: new book supply chains needed

Improving the carbon footprint of a company is always a work in progress, no matter the size of the business, and it is the same for supply chains, writes print environmentalist Laurel Brunner.

Media Super merger one step closer

The industry's retirement fund Media Super is one major step closer to merging into Cbus, in a potential deal first revealed by Print21 two weeks ago.

Koenig & Bauer says all go for drupa next year

Press manufacturer Koenig & Bauer says its participation at next year's rescheduled drupa is “not in question” as the industry reacts to the withdrawal of rival Heidelberg from the iconic event.

Skope supplier Fairview into administration

Signage industry supplier Fairview Architectural, which numbered one of controversial outfit Skope Group's entities Clear Skies among its clients, is in voluntary adminstration.

Packaging set to surge from Covid

The global packaging market size during the Covid-19 pandemic is projected to surge from US$909bn to US$1trn by next year, according to Covid-19 Impact on Packaging Market – Global Forecast to 2021, a new report from Research and Markets.

Hexis Pure Zone laminates combat Covid

The Pure Zone laminates, manufactured and distributed by Hexis, have just been certified by several laboratories as effective in combating the concentration of coronaviruses on surfaces, presenting new business opportunities to printers.

Kyocera launches first commercial inkjet printer

Kyocera is launching into the production print market with its first commercial printer, a 150 A4-pages-a-minute cutsheet inkjet printer: the Taskalfa Pro 15000c.

Virtual Aussie trade show heading for 10,000 visitors

Organisers of the world's first virtual trade exhibition, the Australian Print, Sign, Display & Graphics Virtual Trade Show, say strong visitor numbers and resulting sales bodes well for business sentiment into the new financial year.

Epson upgrades new Premium Partner Program

Epson is launching its new Premium Partner Program, which it says comes with significant business creation opportunities, and rewards for all members, including commercial, display, and direct to garment print businesses.

PVCA launches Printed in Australia

The Print & Visual Communication Assocation is launching a Proudly Printed in Australia campaign, with free artwork logo for printers to use on their print to show it has been printed onshore.

Serious oops: printer sends All Lives print to BLM

Online print giant Vistaprint is receiving a lashing in the US following a mighty mix-up, which saw a customer who ordered Black Lives Matter posters also receive All Lives Matter print.

Fespa scrubs 2020, moves global event to March

The big wide format show Fespa Global has been moved again – this time to March next year, from its October date. It is also in a new location, swapping Madrid for Amsterdam, as the organisers battle with the impact of Covid-19.

Top 7 Day Print News Click: Redundancy Cut Fail

The biggest story by far in the print industry in the last seven days by number of clicks is the Print21 report on Print Logistics being knocked back by the FWC in its bid to have a redundancy payment cut by 80 per cent.

Hannan: Industry facing a cliff, support needed

Michael Hannan, chairman at print giant Ovato, has delivered a strong message calling for government support for manufacturing once JobKeeper expires at the end of September, warning that if nothing is forthcoming “absolute carnage” will follow.

Roland DG launches large format flatbed

Roland DG is launching the IU-1000F large format UV-LED flatbed printer in Australia, its first flatbed printer. It can print onto sizes up to 2.510 x 1310mm on a wide variety of substrates.

Canon celebrates 1400 ColorStream installs

Canon Production Print is celebrating 1400 installs of its high-speed inkjet ColorStream digital print system, a fair number of which are in Australia.

Vanessa Hooton wins NZ Apprentice of Year

Tainui Press Design & Print graphic designer and digital printer Vanessa Hooton has been named the New Zealand Print Industry Apprentice of the Year.

Logick named best printer in New Zealand

Logick Print & Graphics was effectively named best printer in New Zealand, winning the Pride in Print 2020 Supreme Award, for its Bee NZ Premium Packaging for Manuka Honey, entered in the Paper & Board Packaging category.

Beta testing on VariJet 106 by end of year

The B1 VariJet 106 inkjet press being developed by the Koenig & Bauer and Durst joint venture will be ready for beta testing by the end of the year, while its corrugated press has now finished beta.

Aussie online Canva soars to $8.6bn valuation

Runaway Australian online graphic design success story Canva is seeing its valuation skyrocket, its latest fundraising round giving it a paper price tag of $8.6bn.

Konica Minolta steps up for breast cancer campaign

Konica Minolta will be supporting charity partner Breast Cancer Network Australia, by matching donations dollar for dollar, to help raise $55,000 during the 55 Hours of Giving campaign, which runs until 3pm on Friday.

PICA awards live streaming tonight

Covid-19 has sent this year's Print Industry Creativity Awards online, with all state awards being live streamed tonight, at 8pm, via the PVCA Facebook page.

 Kodak launches raft of new technologies

On what would have been the opening day of drupa Kodak has released a tranche of new technologies for offset printing and digital flexo printing with plates, platesetters and workflow solutions.

Esko and AVT combine forces

Esko and AVT Inspections Systems are officially integrating their operations in a move designed to incorporate automated quality inspection into the connected packaging and labelling value chains.

Virtual trade show hits 5000 visitors in just two weeks

The world's first virtual print expo, the Australian Print, Sign, Display & Graphics Virtual Trade Show, has smashed expectations, with more than 5000 visits clocked since its launch just two weeks ago.

Top 7 Day Print News Click: CEO email scam

The most clicked story on the Print21 news website over the past seven days was our report of the print business that was robbed of $100,000 in the so-called CEO email scam.

Currie Group Horizon by Appointment booked out

All slots in the Currie Group Horizon by Appointment immersive experience, taking place next week at the company's NSW showroom, are booked out.

Xeikon talks connectivity on Cafe TV broadcast

The Xeikon Cafe TV broadcast for Australia and New Zealand focused on the digitised production centre, with the live interactive event coming from Belgium.

Guru assisting printers into labels with marketing

Trade label printer Guru Labels is making its marketing collateral available to printers, to help them grow their label service in the Covid era with its high demand for labels.

Roland DG launches uncharted colours TrueVis VF2-640

Wide format solutions developer Roland DG is launching its first printer only TrueVis, the VF2-640, which it says takes printers into an “uncharted” colour gamut thanks to the addition of its new green ink.

Top Click 7 Days: Soar wins world label award

The most clicked news story on the Print21 website over the past seven days is Soar Print winning the World Label Award, our report on the Auckland-based business taking out the award for Digital Labels – Wines & Spirits, its entry beating off gold winning competition from around the planet.

Pride in Print to be online event this year

The main printing awards event in New Zealand will be an online event this year, as organisers decided against running the event that was initially scheduled for 8 May, but postponed in the Covid crisis.

Printers invited to join ISO development

Local printers are invited to join the global international standards for the graphics industry development process, writes Laurel Brunner.

Latest Print21 arriving on desks

The latest issue of the nation's biggest and best-read print industry magazine Print21 is arriving on the desks of print business owners and managers around Australia and New Zealand.

Soar Print wins world's best digital wine label

Soar Print has taken out the World Label Award best printing of Digital Labels – Wines & Spirits, its entry beating off gold winning competition from around the planet.

MBE Manuka celebrating 25 years in business

Mail Boxes Etc (MBE) Manuka is celebrating twenty-five years of ‘making business easier’ for the Canberra community; the long-standing MBE store opened its doors on 19 June 1995, with original franchise owners Arthur and Marilyn Gray still at the helm.

Evolution for large format manroland 900

Manroland will launch a new version of its large format Roland 900 press in the next few weeks, based on the B1 R700 Evolution technology.

Spandex launches single person wrap film

Spandex says car wrapping is now less costly, with its new ImagePerfect 2578PA 2D Wrap SuperGlide printable wrap film enabling single-person application of vehicle wraps.

Landa appoints new CEO

Nascent digital technology developer Landa has a new CEO, as the company begins to ramp up its installation programme for the nanographic print technology.

Final month for $150,000 write-down

Among the raft of new stimulus packages that came in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis is the $150,000 instant asset write-down. But it runs out in just four weeks, on 30 June.

Torch shines brightly on Covid return for 100th birthday

Local newspaper the Canterbury Bankstown Torch is back in print following a seven-week shutdown that began when an ad sales rep contracted Covid-19, and just in time to celebrate its 100th anniversary next week.

Epson showing signage, dye sub and DTG printers

Epson is allowing the virtual show attendees to view its latest range of solutions for signage, dye sublimation, direct-to-garment, and technical printers.

Frost in Vinnies CEO sleepout for homeless

Lamson Paragon boss Rodney Frost will be among the CEOs sleeping outside for the night as part of the Vinnies CEO Sleepout, and he is encouraging other print bosses to do the same.

Bobst switches to solo shows

Print, processing, and converting giant Bobst is implementing a new customer experience strategy, which will see it focus on its own competence centres and eschew the traditional industry trade shows.

Esko launches virtual Innovation Hub

Esko has unveiled its Innovation Hub, an interactive always-on tool to enable the industry to explore the Esko 2020 portfolio of new and upgraded products in a virtual environment.

Chili releases v6 with Dynamic Layouts

Chili publish is releasing Version 6 of Chili publisher, the software to simplify and automate graphics, which comes with new features that facilitate the online editing user experience and speed up what it says is the flawless production of on-brand visuals.

Imagination back, with first AccurioPress C14000

Imagination Graphics is back up and running, three months after the summer floods ravaged the premises, with the country's first Konica Minolta AccurioPress C14000 taking centre stage at the Marrickville business.

Stuff NZ sold for $1, Nine keeps print plant

Nine has sold its former Fairfax NZ newspaper business Stuff for the princely sum of $1, and a Kiwi dollar at that, but is keeping its printing plant, which it will lease back to Stuff.

TRMC gains major wins for charity mail

The Real Media Collective has gained a major win from AusPost, lobbying the mail monopoly to agree a relaxation of terms across Charity Mail, with Promo Post concessions next in the association's sights.

GJS brings Schulze DTG pre-treatment to Aus

GJS has signed a deal with Schulze to begin distribution of its German-engineered, automatic pre-treatment solutions for direct-to-garment (DTG) digital textile printers, with two models available.

Duarte becomes CEO at Centrum Printing

Sandra Duarte is the new CEO at Centrum Printing, saying she is proud to accept the high profile role at the large format, display and packaging printer, and says she will use the role to promote young women into print.

Top 5 Kiwi apprentices videos posted

Personal videos of this year’s PrintNZ Apprentice of the Year Top 5, recorded while they were in lockdown, have been progressively uploaded to the association’s Facebook page this week.

Currie Group joins Virtual Industry Expo

Currie Group is the latest leading industry supplier to confirm its participation in Australia’s first virtual trade show for print, sign, display, and graphics, taking out the largest presence at the online show.

CorruJet digital carton press takes German award

The CorruJet digital carton press from the joint venture between Koenig & Bauer and Durst has been voted the winner in the prestigious Drucker des Jahres (printer of the year) awards for the manufacturer category at Druck & Medien magazine in Germany.

Cactus gets Honourable Mention in outdoor awards

Cactus Imaging took out an Honourable Mention in the OMA Big Bold and Bright quarterly awards for its Schweppes roadside job.

Flexo a long way from grubby past

Perceptions that flexo is bad for the environment and produces grubby output are changing, and rising numbers of print buyers embrace this print method, writes print environmentalist Laurel Brunner.

Agfa plate and printer sales hit by pandemic

Agfa saw its first quarter plate sales hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, and says the remaining quarters are also likely to see lower levels of production, while inkjet system hardware sales fell, but ink sales remained steady.

Carbon8 moves into PPE visor production

Innovative award-winning Sydney print business Carbon8 is using its technology and expertise to produce thousands of protective face visors for front-line workers.

SOS founder Gardner passes away

Bob Gardner, one of the founding directors of pioneering Sydney company SOS Print + Media has passed away at his home in Perth following a long illness.

OMA annual report celebrates 80 years

The Outdoor Media Association (OMA) has released its 2019 Annual Report, which reflects on the out of home industry’s achievements and contributions to Australian communities last year – the final one before the Covid crisis.

Cactus launches social awareness pack

As Covid-19 restrictions begin to lift across Australia, printers are turning their attention to helping business get back into operations, with Cactus Imaging one of those looking forward, coming up with a Social Awareness Pack.

Focus boss Singh boxes way to Australian Masters

Focus Print Group CEO Mark Singh Shergill is finding a new way to release the tensions of running a business in the Covid era, taking up boxing – and fighting his way to a national title.

Currie Group training customers' sales teams

Currie Group is helping labels and packaging printers that use its HP Indigo presses up-skill their sales practices during the Covid downtime, through a series of small group webinars.

Durst back in production as Italy restarts

Digital inkjet solutions developer Durst is back in production, following the Italian government's introduction of Phase 2 of its lockdown.

Ravenwood Packaging moves into Australia

Ravenwood Packaging is establishing a new subsidiary in Australia, appointing Sam Aloschi to be the company’s Asia-Pacific managing director. The UK-based packaging and labelling company specialises in linerless labels and pack inspection systems.

Komori and KBA press sales hit by impact of virus

Press manufacturers Komori and KBA have both taken a hit from the effects of the virus, with both recording losses in the March quarter.

High speed AB Graphic to finish HP Indigo V12

AB Graphic International (ABG) will provide Digicon Automation modules to deliver high-speed finishing in both nearline or inline configurations for the new high speed HP Indigo V12 Digital Press.

Bring Back Print petition moving fast

The Bring Back Print petition is gaining traction, as the Print and Visual Communications Association takes it to government and opposition figures, aiming to get them to take government and taxpayer funded print off Chinese presses and into Australian printshops.

Konica Minolta to launch C14000 on Tuesday

The Australian launch of the new Konica Minolta AccurioPress C14000 digital colour cutsheet print system is taking place on Tuesday, in a live streamed event hosted by comedian Joel Ozborn.

Heidelberg launches four contract packages

Press giant Heidelberg is expanding its subscription model, which sees printers not pay for the press but rather the sheets they produce, to create four distinct contract packages.

Jet working double-time to meet FMCG demand

The rush to buy supermarket products has seen demand for Jet Technologies' label and packaging materials for FMCG goods skyrocket by 500 per cent.

drupa Spotlight reports challenging conditions

The latest drupa global Spotlight report says a survey of printers and suppliers revealed challenging conditions – and that was before the impact of the coronavirus.

US outfit develops 3D house printer

Shrinking print volumes combined with the housing affordability crisis may send some printers to new areas, with one US company developing a 3D house printer.

Insurance premiums on the rise

Business insurance premiums are on the rise for printers, and the Print and Visual Communications Association (PVCA) wants to hear from you about it.

PVCA opens mental health line

Print & Visual Communication Association is opening a mental health support line to help under-pressure printers receive support in these difficult days.

TRMC hosting Re-Build webinars

The Real Media Collective is hosting a series of webinars, Re-Build Together, aimed at helping printers to get back on their feet, and deal with various aspects of the coronavirus crisis. They will run throughout May and June.

Durst makes mask IP available

Digital print solutions developer Durst is releasing the IP on the masks to its Rhotex users around the world, including those in Australia. It has been producing masks in its demo centre at its Italian headquarters, using its filter technology developed for its inkjet presses.

PVCA backs CovidSafe warning app

PVCA and virtually every other business grouping is backing the government's new downloadable CovidSafe app, which indicates when you have been in contact with an infected person, as a key tool to get the country working again.

Jobkeeper webinar for sign industry

Sign industry associations Asga and Fespa are running the first of their webinars tomorrow (Thursday). It will cover the JobKeeper allowance and associated topics.

 Minuteman launches Bounce Back campaign

Franchise print group Minuteman Press is launching a Covid-19 initiative aimed at engaging with the local business community, offering a free poster, and a free advert on its newly created Bounce Back website.

P&G launches first fibre deodorant packaging

Procter & Gamble is launching an all-paper, plastic-free deodorant packaging for its Old Spice and Secret brands, as the pushback against plastic packaging grows.

Brunner calls for green drupa

Print environmentalist Laurel Brunner is calling on drupa to show its green colours during the 11 days of the mega show next April, to provide leadership to the global industry.

Guru Labels prints against virus spread

In this time of pandemic, printers such as Guru Labels are adapting to the shifting business environment and helping in the fight with the coronavirus at the same time.

New HQ for Fujifilm Australia

Fujifilm Australia is moving into new headquarters in Macquarie Park, leaving its past digs on Old Pittwater Road in Brookvale, with the graphic arts division included in the move.

365 days to go for reset drupa

The one-year countdown to drupa is back on, with the reset show now slated to open its doors on April 20 next year, and the organiser saying virtual shows that are attempting to muscle into the gap don't cut the mustard.

Printer makes work-from-home desks

Clarke Murphy Print has put its POS expertise to new use and come up with an innovative solution to a big problem for some who are self-isolating in this time of the Covid-19 pandemic: the new recyclable Build-a-Desk.

EFI hosting live streams this week

EFI is hosting a series of global live streams this evening and tomorrow, highlighting applications from its range of wide format printers with experts on hand to answer all questions.

PVCA webinar series to continue next week

The Print and Visual Communication Association is continuing through next week its popular series of webinars that outline advice for printing and packaging industry players.

Kodak green awards growing

Advance Press based in Perth was one of the winners of the Kodak Sonora Green Leaf, joining a record number of printers around the world in what is a growing recognition of green printing.

GSP Print celebrating golden anniversary

GSP Print, the company responsible for printing ads for leading out-of-home advertising company JCDecaux, is marking 50 years of operation.

Epson establishes ¥5bn innovation fund

Epson has established the Epson X Investment Corporation (EXI), a new CVC subsidiary to accelerate collaboration and open innovation, grow existing businesses, and create new ones, with ¥5bn ($72m) to invest.

First PostNet store rebrands to MBE

PostNet Broadway in Sydney has become the first store from PostNet to join forces with MBE (Mail Boxes Etc), rebranding to become part of the larger more successful MBE network.

Memjet CEO passes away at 62, Gupta takes over

Len Lauer, CEO of innovative inkjet developer Memjet, has passed away unexpectedly at his home in California. He was 62 years old. Former Fuji Xerox Australia CEO Sunil Gupta is taking over the role.

PVCA running rent relief webinars all week

The Print & Visual Communication Association (PVCA) is set to run webinars every day this week on the government's rent relief mandate, also covering the FWC's new edict. Today's webinar is oversubscribed already.

Foxcil offering face shields to combat Covid-19

Foxcil, a leading Sydney label manufacturer to the print trade, has taken up the call by the Australian government to manufacture PPE, specifically face shields, and which are available to the trade.

Coleman making masks on Massivit

Large format and display printer Coleman Group is using its new 3D Massivit printer to produce coronavirus visor masks to supply to various services.

Top 5 NZ apprentices named

PrintNZ has announced the Top 5 finalists in this year’s prestigious Apprentice of the Year Award, with each of the five now set to make an introductory video about themselves, as the awards ceremony has been cancelled.

Industry irate over work going to China

The Print & Visual Communications Association is up in arms over taxpayer-funded print that is still going to China while Australian presses sit idle as a direct consequence of the coronavirus Covid-19.

Cooke to remain at Konica Minolta until borders open

With the Covid-19 virus impacting around the world Konica Minolta managing director Dr David Cooke will remain in his post past his scheduled departure date, until his replacement from Japan can make the journey down under.

Print21 magazine: Inkjet rising

Inkjet specialist Regis Thienard says we are at a clear tipping point for inkjet to become a dominant technology, and says its certain success is down to the nature of its process.

Young Aboriginal entrepreneur launches signage and print business

Sista Girl Sign & Print is launching today, with its co-founder Raquel Todd making it clear she has a determination to do great things for the Aboriginal community.

$1500 assistance webinar to run again

Demand for the $1500 assistance webinar run by PVCA yesterday was strong, causing the association to run it again today, with repeat sessions planned for next week.

Print is essential: TRMC report to govt

The Real Media Collective is releasing its 28-page report it submitted to government this week, it provides key evidence that supports the paper, print, and mail industry as an “essential service supply-chain provider” during the coronavirus pandemic.

Blow to NZ print as Bauer shuts shop

The largest magazine publisher in New Zealand, Bauer Media, is closing its business with immediate effect, following the government's refusal to undo its Covid-19 ban on magazine printing.

New initiative launched for blue sky thinking

CPH Group is launching Blue Sky, a free, online resource centre that provides signwriters and the digital print industry with creative concepts, different thinking, and new potential target-market opportunities.

Macaulay: $1500 fantastic, webinar to explain

The PVCA is running a special webinar today (Thursday) which will focus entirely on the government's new $1500 employee wages assistance package.

PrintNZ battles Kiwi govt print ban

The New Zealand government has banned the printing of non-daily newspapers and magazines, leaving print association PrintNZ “gobsmacked” with the decision, made as the country goes into lockdown in its attempt to thwart Covid-19.

Cardboard and mail low risk for virus says TRMC

The Real Media Collective has published research which shows that the coronavirus is unlikely to live long enough on mail to be transmitted, and which shows cardboard carries the virus for much less time than plastic packaging.

NZ Blue Star sites go Toitū green

All Blue Star sites in New Zealand are now Toitū enviromark gold certified. The prestigious certification confirms that a business has developed a comprehensive plan to help it achieve its environmental goals.

Xerox abandons hostile HP takeover

Xerox has dropped its unsolicited US$35bn bid to buy HP, citing the coronavirus as the reason for pulling the pin on the strongly opposed takeover.

Bauer reviewing Pacific merger deal

The mega-merger between the two biggest magazine publishers in the country may not go ahead after all, with Bauer reportedly looking to restructure the deal and slash the buy price.

Latest Print21 magazine being mailed

The latest issue of the nation's best read print industry magazine Print21 is arriving on desks, delivering a host of rich content covering key issues in the ANZ print industry, with exclusive interviews, analysis and insight.

Sanitiser frenzy = press alcohol shortage

The public's enormous demand for hand sanitisers is causing a shortage of IPA press alcohol as dampening-solution providers find their alcohol suppliers switching to meet unprecedented need.

US deems packaging industry essential

The packaging industry has been classified as an essential service by the US department of Homeland Security, while printers and packaging companies here are being urged to tell their MPs that their industry should likewise be classified as essential.

ACM and EPM kit up for auction

Print production kit from Australian Community Media and EPM Central Coast is up for auction, with the auction dates set for March 30 and April 15, on site and live streamed.

HP calls Xerox bid disastrous and irresponsible

The HP board says the Xerox deal could be “disastrous” and is asking its shareholders to give the Xerox bid short shrift to enable the management team to focus on dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Pullen to represent Aldus in SE Asia

Aldus Graphics has appointed industry veteran Shaun Pullen as its general manager for South East Asia. He will be based in Malaysia to serve the whole region.

Orora gets ok for Australasian fibre sale

Nippon Paper Industries has received approval from the Foreign Investment Review Board to go ahead with the acquisition of Orora’s Australasian Fibre Business.

Aussie packaging market set for $ growth

Packaging demand across the world reached US$917.1bn in 2019 and is expected to grow in the coming four years, according to the latest data from industry analyst Smithers.

PICAs to go online, National Print Awards postponed

The state PICAs will be presented online this year, with the dinner events scrapped, and the National Print Awards postponed, as the country battles the coronavirus pandemic.

SHOWS: drupa director explains postponement

The director of drupa Sabine Geldermann is on the front foot explaining why the print mega show had to be postponed, and why it has been rescheduled to next April.

SHOWS: Optimistic Fespa moves to October

The world’s premier wide-format expo, Fespa Global Print Expo 2020, will take place 6 - 8 October, but not everyone thinks the rescheduling for just six months time is such a smart move.

VIRUS: Free SME virus seminar from business experts

A free business seminar for small and medium sized business will be running this Friday, at which the organisers say, Australia's best business experts will be uniting to help SMEs conquer the Covid-19 crisis.

VIRUS: End of era as Playboy exits print

Iconic men's magazine Playboy is ceasing its US print edition with immediate effect, bringing to an end a near 70-year odyssey that reflected changing society across the decades.

DRUPA POSTPONED: PacPrint to be pushed out

Global and regional print trade shows organisers are scrambling to reschedule their events planned for for next year, all of which will be impacted by the rescheduling of drupa to April, including PacPrint.

VIRUS: PrintNZ issues Kiwi assistance guidance

New Zealand print business owners' association PrintNZ has issued a comprehensive guide for Kiwi companies to access support and assistance during the growing coronavirus crisis.

PRINT21: Mental health in trying times

With print business owners and managers operating in a high-pressure environment, and now the coronavirus Covid-19 to contend with, mental health advocate Steve Gamble says there are simple steps we can all instigate to ensure we are well grounded.

BRUNNER: Print needs carbon measuring system

Print environmentalist Laurel Brunner says the industry needs an overarching method for quantifying the carbon footprint of print media production systems, in order to highlight the remarkable sustainability strides made by print.

VIRUS: PVCA issues continuity guidance if staff sick

Print industry association PVCA is issuing members with business continuity guidance, which it says will enable printers to keep supplying jobs to their clients if their staff are sick with the virus and unable to work.

VIRUS: Pride in Print postponed, new date tba

Pride in Print has been postponed, the New Zealand print awards night falling victim to the coronavirus scare which has seen gatherings of more than 500 people banned.

VIRUS: Visual Impact Gold Coast postponed

The Visual Impact Expo which was to be held at the Gold Coast at the end of April, has been postponed in light of the Federal Government’s response to the rapidly evolving coronavirus.

AWARD: Bambra only Aussie co to get Arjowiggins certification for premium printing

Melbourne-based Bambra Press has become the only Australian print business to be certified by the Arjowiggins Academy of Certified Printers.

NEW: Workflowz launches new Elpical auto enhance

Creative software solutions provider Workflowz is launching version 12 of the Elpical auto image software, which comes with auto enhancing, auto deep etch and auto tagging.

POWER: Jet slashes energy needs in half with solar

Australian supplier for the print, finishing, food packaging, and industrial manufacturing industries, Jet Technologies, has made the switch to renewable energy at its Sydney HQ, reducing its carbon footprint and slashing its energy consumption.

AWARDS: Today final day for PICA entries

Printers need to get their skates on if they want their best work considered for State PICAs and National Print awards, with deadline day for entries today, and the first one free to members.

AWARDS: Momento Pro sponsors Photobook prizes

The Australia & New Zealand Photobook Award 2019 winners were announced at the opening night celebrations of the Photobook/NZ festival. The awards are sponsored by Sydney printer Momento Pro.

CLAIMS: Finsbury suspends former Waratah execs

Finsbury Green has suspended its former Waratah executives Brett Chalmers and Stephen Kernahan over the World Vision corruption allegations, which claim Waratah Group paid a World Vision advisor $3000 a month for the contract, unbeknown to the charity.

REVEALED: Waratah in charity corruption claims

Nine Media is reporting that collapsed Waratah Group was paying major charity World Vision's printing advisor a hidden $3000 a month kickback in return for its annual $2.5m printing contract.

VIRUS: Durst ensuring supplies of ink and parts

Durst is ramping up the ink and parts it is sending its distributors around the world, including to the newly opened Durst Oceania, in order to be ready for any tightening of supply lines in the wake of the ongoing and unpredictable coronavirus outbreak.

VIRUS: Print shows being cancelled but China back

Print shows around the world are being pulled as the coronavirus spreads, with expos in the US, UK, and Thailand the latest to be postponed, although a major Chinese sign show, slated for February but cancelled, has now been rescheduled for July.

VIRUS: Chili publish pulls out of drupa

Industry software developer Chili publish, known for its Smart Templates, has cancelled its presence at drupa on fears of the coronavirus, becoming the first company to do so.

Koenig & Bauer sets out drupa stall

Printing press manufacturing giant Koenig & Bauer is heading to the flagship trade fair of the print and media industry with a raft of digitalisation solutions, product innovations, and a completely new machine design.

Waratah businesses in liquidation

Waratah Group businesses Embassy Print, MW Assets and Waratah Digital are officially in voluntary liquidation, four months after the group went under with debts of at least $12m.

Print growth predicted by US research

A US research report showed that many American printers saw revenue growth last year and many are optimistic about prospects in 2020.

Konica Minolta launches digital embellish JV 3D One

Konica Minolta is launching a new digital embellishing system, the MGI JV 3D One. It is targeted at commercial printers, and it enables them to bring embellishing in-house. General manager Sue Threlfo describes as 'perfect for our Aussie market'.

Newspaper supplier AAP to close after 85 years

Australian Associated Press (AAP), the national news agency supplying stories to national and regional newspapers, is closing, unable to compete with the free information on the internet used by newspapers as they all struggle with costs.

Xerox launches HP bid to shareholders

Xerox has officially launched its hostile takeover bid for HP, asking HP shareholders to sell their stock at $24 a share, and giving them seven weeks to do so.

VIRUS: Visual Impact Gold Coast going ahead

Plans for local trade show Visual Impact on the Gold Coast next month are progressing unabated, with organisers saying that the Covid-19 outbreak is not expected to prevent the industry’s largest sign and display expo opening as planned 30 April – 2 May.

Ball & Doggett to the rescue of print history

Penrith Print Museum finds a safe haven for its overflow of printing exhibits with the industry’s largest paper merchant able to store the heritage items in Sydney, writes James Cryer.

ePac sets record with HP Indigo presses

Flexible packaging printer ePac has broken the production record on its fleet of HP Indigo 20000 digital presses operating around the world, pumping out 20 million impressions in January.

Aldus acquires API Foils Europe

Australian company Aldus has acquired foilmaker API Foils Europe (excluding its Dutch and Asian subsidiaries), creating a new company, API Foilmakers.

Pre-registration rush for Visual Impact Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is proving a popular choice of venue for the first Visual Impact expo for 2020, with visitor pre-registrations for the show up 50 per cent on the last iteration of the event, the 2018 Brisbane show.

ChromaLT software now available in Australia

Techkon’s ChromaLT – a lite version of the Chroma software – is now available in Australia, from the local distributor of Techkon colour-measuring instruments, Colour Graphic Services.

Fujifilm launches Vybrant entry-level flatbed

Fujifilm is launching a new flatbed LED UV print system, the Vybrant UF10, which has been designed for printers looking for a cost-effective entry or capacity upgrade to flatbed printing with Fujifilm quality.

Currie Group at ABG sessions in UK

Currie Group label and packaging exec Wayne Quayle was among the 50 global distributors who went to the UK for a week-long training and workshop session with AB Graphic International, during which they were also privy to the new drupa releases.

Komori to acquire MBO Group

Komori is acquiring the MBO Group, the German company specialising in post-press equipment, it will be "business as usual" in Australia and New Zealand.

RMC to sponsor print in marketing award

The Real Media Collective is to sponsor the Cannes Young Lions Australia, Marketing category, which calls on young marketing professionals to develop campaigns that include print as a powerful marketing tool in the broader marketing mix.

Macaulay says clean hands counter Coronavirus

PVCA CEO Andrew Macaulay says simple attention to hygene will help stop any spread of the deadly coronavirus in the workplace, based on his experience of Sars and the Bird Flu while working in Asia at the time.

drupa to stage first digital textile printing show

The rapid growth of digital textile printing will see the drupa launch of Touchpoint Textile, a new special show for digital textile printing applications, in Hall 4 of June’s giant show, complete with micro digital textile factory.

Bumper issue first Print21 of 2020 arriving on desks

The first Print21 magazine of the year is out and arriving on desks this week, with the bumper issue packed with compelling engaging content for the nation's print business owners and managers.

Soar Print supporting charity with soup packaging

The team at Soar Print is supporting the Waste-Not Kitchen by printing their soup packaging for free.

Currie Group bundles Horizon finishing with HP Indigo 7r

Currie Group has a new special offer for print businesses looking to implement HP Indigo digital print technology, offering a bundled deal with a reconditioned HP Indigo 7r, and free Horizon creaser folder or perfecting binding system.

Print21 boosts team with new deputy editor

The industry’s media hub Print21 is growing, appointing a deputy editor, Ian Ackerman, to join the senior editorial team of editor Wayne Robinson, editor-at-large Patrick Howard, and publisher Lindy Hughson.

Roland DG Academy training dates announced

Digital wide format solutions supplier Roland DG Australia has announced the dates around the country for its rip software training course, VersaWorks: Beyond the Basics.

Industry events postponed in wake of virus outbreak

Several industry events in China, including Sign China 2020, have been postponed due to the outbreak of coronavirus in the country. The event was to be held from 24 – 26 February at the Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Centre.

24-hour Swimathon for mental health returns

The Head Above Water 24-hour Swimathon is returning to Sydney’s Northern Beaches, after raising more than $80,000 for mental health programmes at the inaugural 2019 event.

Cube forum to host 40 sessions at drupa

The drupa Cube forum for 2020 will include 40 sessions, including keynotes from star designer James Sommerville and digital transformation influencer Michael Gale.

Registrations open for Visual Impact 2020

Registrations are now open for Visual Impact Gold Coast 2020. The event will be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre from 30 April to 2 May.

Mimaki offers zero interest through Spicers

Mimaki is offering zero interest repayments on a range of printers including roll-to-roll, flatbed, and tabletop UV, available through Spicers.

Epson unveils industrial DTG printer

Epson Australia is set to debut its first industrial direct-to-garment (DTG) printer, the SureColor F3060, in Melbourne next month.

New categories unveiled as PICA entries open

Entries are now open for the 2020 Printing Industry Creativity Awards, which will culminate at the National Print Awards in July and incorporate a number of new categories.

First ever Sign & Display Conference launched

The Australian Sign & Graphics Association (ASGA) and Fespa Australia have launched a conference for sign and display professionals, with the inaugural event to coincide with Visual Impact on the Gold Coast.

Papyrus Club opens doors to new blood

Melbourne print community The Papyrus Club is throwing its doors open as the venerable 60-year-old club seeks to welcome new members.

ANALYSIS: Xerox HP, what it means for ANZ printers

The battle for control of HP is in full flow, with a war of words between the HP and Xerox boards as they attempt to coalesce HP shareholders to their respective sides, but what does it mean for local printers?

ANALYSIS: Carl Icahn, king of the corporate raiders

The man behind the Xerox bid to buy HP, and the same man who blocked the Fujifilm bid to buy Fuji Xerox and then effectively sacked the Xerox board, is 83-year-old billionaire Carl Icahn – one of the kings of corporate raiders.

Laser printer inventor passes away

Gary Starkweather, the man who invented the laser printer, which then linked into the emerging desktop computers and enabled desktop publishing, wreaking havoc on the print industry, has passed away aged 81.

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ePac flags move into Australia/NZ market

A successful entry into the Asian market for the rapidly growing HP Indigo packaging printer is a forerunner for an attack on the local flexible packaging sector.

Currie Group wins WorldStar for Rhino cover

Currie Group has won a global WorldStar 2020 Award for its industry-first #rhinosdownunder printed execution that featured on the PKN Packaging News magazine cover in March last year.

OMG! acquires stricken Adherettes

Joey Bacic's ambitious signage company OMG! is acquiring Adherettes, the Ernst-family-controlled 40-year-old signage business that hit the skids six months ago, as part of a major expansion plan.

Sad day for print as The King goes digital

The iconic oOh! Media 400sqm billboard at Sydney Airport, known as The King for its giant size, has gone digital, the unmissable 400sqm billboard is now one of the largest digital airport advertising screens in the southern hemisphere.