Print businesses in VIC, SA and regional NSW are now out of lockdown, but there are strict guidelines they must adhere to, while Sydney printers in three more LGAs face stricter movements on staff.

Soar Print managing director Fred Soar is the new president of the New Zealand print association PrintNZ, with Jill Cowling, CEO, Blue Star, and Morgan John, GM at Spicers, also joining the board.

Southern Impact is boosting its wide format operation, with the acquisition of Peak Digital, the Seaford-based wide format specialist. Peak Digital will retain its brand, with director Andrew Robertson staying with the business.

Trade wide format print business Media Point is now solar powered, having just installed a new 99kw system on its factory roof, as part of its ongoing commitment to environmental printing.

Leading Brisbane-based operation Printcraft has installed a new HP Indigo 7K Digital Press, supplied by Currie Group, in order to boost its production power.

Small and medium-sized printing and packaging businesses in the current lockdowns, whose turnover has been hit by 30% or more, will be entitled to govt support of between $1500 and $10,000 a week, providing they keep all their staff on the payroll.

Outdoor media spend more than doubled in the second quarter of the year over the same period last year, but print didn’t rise as much as digital, which now accounts for three-fifths of all outdoor media dollars.

Ovato shareholders have voted overwhelmingly to support the proposed sale of the retail distribution business to Are Media, and on a new $2.5m short-term loan from Are.

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