Sydney based printer Momento Pro has been crowned the king of global print, winning the 2019 US Premier Print Awards James H Mayes Jr Memorial Best of Show prize.

Direct mail and fulfilment house Senses Direct has gone under, four months after losing its three-year battle with publishing giant Sensis over the trademark on its name.

Controversial Melbourne print business Maverick Print Group has changed its name to MVP Print.

Runaway Australian online design success story Canva has just raised an extra $85m to boost its growth, valuing the six-year-old business at a supersonic $3.2bn.

Australia's Top 100 Food & Drink Companies report is about to be published, and for printers engaged in packaging and labelling for food and beverage products it is one of the must-read publications of the year.

Leading inkjet head developer Xaar is mothballing its thin film piezo printhead development, and has seen its senior execs and 100 staff go, as the company racked up a £50m ($90m) loss.

Print business broker Richard Rasmussen is looking for businesses to sell, with just three currently on his books.

Three models of the Roland DG TrueVIS series wide-format inkjet printer cutters have earned top honours in three categories of the 2020 Pick Awards from Keypoint Intelligence’s Buyers Laboratory.

One of Heidelberg's new non-print products, the Wallbox Home Eco home charging unit for electric cars, has just won the German equivalent of the NRMA's top award.

Jet Technologies and Screen GP are celebrating 10 years of partnership success as the two companies gear up for 2020 with new Screen products.

Melbourne commercial business Printgraphics Printgreen has installed its second Komori B1 long perfector, and is throwing its doors open to the market with an Open Week from Monday.

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell is launching an inquiry into the insolvency system, to investigate if current insolvency practices achieve the best possible outcome for small and family businesses in financial trouble.

Orora is selling its Australasian Fibre busines to a wholly owned subsidiary of Nippon Paper for A$1.72bn, in a move that will give Nippon an integrated box-making line to compete head-on with Visy.

Australasia’s largest newsprint mill, the 265,000 tonne per annum Albury Mill (NSW) will close by the end of the year, writes Tim Woods at IndustryEdge. All of the mill’s approximately 185 employees will be made redundant.

The new sheetfed inkjet B2 Fujifilm Jet Press 750S has just been awarded Fogra certification for contract proofing, with the company saying it is the first B2 inkjet press to do so.

In a move that could have major implications for print, the owner of the country's second biggest magazine publisher Pacific Magazines is in talks with the biggest publisher, Bauer Media, over a possible sale.

Mark Daws, Currie Group Director – Labels & Packaging ANZ, took a dozen Aussie and Kiwi label printers to the world’s biggest digital reel-to-reel label plant All4Labels, as part of the Labelexpo event.

Melbourne-based company Corporate Office Supplies has gone into liquidation. Two years ago the printing consumables supplier was found to have harassed a Queensland farming couple into spending almost $80,000 on ink cartridges they did not need.

Industry analyst Smithers forecasts steady growth in demand for industrial packaging across the next five years, with market value rising from $56.2bn this year at a compound annual growth rate of 3.3 per cent to reach $66bn in 2024.

The Print Control Wizard software from Esko scooped the coveted Award for Innovation at the Label Industry Global Awards, presented at Labelexpo Europe in Brussels.

The latest environmental development among printer manufacturers is Kyocera’s Green Curtains programme, growing plants on the outer surfaces of external walls and windows, writes Laurel Brunner from Verdigris.

The booming Out of Home (OOH) media industry has suffered its first reverse in seven years, with the third quarter figures coming off the boil, but year on year the trend remains up.

The world’s biggest printer has been slugged with a US$10m fine to settle bribery and sanction busting charges, although with revenue exceeding US$4bn the fine is seen as little more than a slap on the wrist.

Melanie Fergin of Winguard Paint Protect Specialists is the first woman to win the Continental wrap crown in Australia and New Zealand, topping the local field in the Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions Wrap Like A King Challenge.

Plain cigarette packaging with graphic warnings is losing its impact and should be coupled with warnings on the cigarettes themselves, a study has found.

Next Printing is moving into the labels sector, with the company investing in a new HP Indigo 6900 Digital Press and an ABG Digicon Lite converting system, both supplied by Currie Group, to kick-start its new business.

Craft beer Kosciuszko Pale Ale has added thermochromatic ink to its new cans, which will change colour when the beer is at optimal 4C temperature.

The Print and Visual Communication Association is urging the Australian Federal and State governments to favour print over digital to improve learning in schools, to avert a decline in the nation's educational standards

Océ is to be Canon Production Printing from the start of the new year, realigning its brand with the parent company, whose revenues last year were $36bn.

Sabre Graphics is installing a pair of new Epson SureColor 80600s on the back of major new contract wins with multiple high-end international retail brands.

The Guardian reports that Chinese refugee Fu Cong has been exploited by an unnamed Melbourne print company, which was trading while insolvent and bounced his salary cheques before going under.

Sign and graphics supplier Pozitive will raise prices across the board, bowing to upward pressure from a number of increased cost factors.

Neopost has launched a sweeping rebrand as Quadient, in a move which the company says reflects its back-to-growth strategy.

The AMWU has slammed the Senate’s decision this week to keep a regulation preventing casual staff from claiming leave entitlements, calling it anti-worker.

Australian print business owners are among those joining the global strikes today in support of greater action on climate change.

Innovative digital textile printing solutions developer Kornit Digital has appointed well-known industry identity Ashley Playford-Browne as its new regional manager for Australia and New Zealand.

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EFI to host Impact Digital webinar

EFI is hosting a webinar a week on Monday which will look at the experience of Melbourne business Impact Digital's online activity.

Chili launches packaging update from user feedback

Chili Publish is unveiling its latest, and what it says is its most important, label and packaging update yet, Chili publisher 5.7, with demos are set to take place at Printing United in Dallas next week.

Latest issue of Print21 out today

The latest issue of the industry's biggest and best-read magazine Print21 is out today, with copies of the Sept/Oct issue dropping on desks of printers around the country.

Labelexpo 2019 largest ever

The landmark 40th anniversary edition of Labelexpo Europe 2019 was its largest, most international show held to date, with all figures rising to record levels.

Toppan pushes inkjet boundaries

Toppan is pushing the boundaries of what is possible with digital print, and improving resource management within Kodak’s sustainability framework, writes print environmentalist Laurel Brunner.

LIA hosting International Print Day events

The Lithographic Institute of Australia (LIA) is hosting events in Queensland and NSW as part of International Print Day, Wednesday October 23.

Print staff health should be key concern

We worry a lot about the environmental impact of the graphics industry but the health of people working at the job of printing and publishing should also be of concern, writes print environmentalist Laurel Brunner.

Ball & Doggett launches first ever Graphics catalogue

Ball & Doggett is launching its inaugural Graphics catalogue, which it describes as an easy-to-use buyer’s guide for pressroom consumables.

Meet NPA International Judges at Print2Parliament

In less than three weeks time, 23 October, PVCA (formerly PIAA) is hosting the second annual Print2Parliament! at Parliament House in Canberra, in partnership with Media Super, with tickets still available.

Huge capacity for waste reduction: Brunner

Having control over workflow, production processes and environmental impact can be the differentiator between profit and pain, in an industrial sector that still suffers from over capacity and squeezed profits, writes Laurel Brunner from Verdigris.

UPM, Xeikon, Magic Add make smart labels smarter

Label substrate supplier UPM Raflatac has partnered with digital press manufacturer Xeikon and serialisation platform Magic Add to enhance its RafMore intelligent label solution.

Townsville takes out newspaper print centre award

The News Corp Townsville Print Centre has won Print Centre of the Year in the annual NewsMediaWorks newspaper awards, taking out top prize for the second year in a row.

Charti boosts Qld operation with PT Store buy

Large format supply operation Charti is making its second acquisition, buying Queensland based PT Store to boost its presence in the sunshine state following its purchase of Stanton Media a year ago.

drupa halls almost fully booked

Next year’s giant drupa trade fair is almost fully booked, with organisers expecting all available halls to be sold out by the time the expo opens its doors next June.

HP digital awards entries open

The 13th HP Digital Print Excellence awards submissions are now open, with entries able to be posted until 31 January.

New RFID paper offers printable tags

A Russian company has developed printable RFID paper which can be used to create labels using HP Indigo printers.

HP Indigo on Labelexpo roll with multiple launches

The world's biggest digital label and packaging solutions developer, HP Indigo, will have a complete digital pouch factory; new shrink sleeve solutions; new embellishment systems; metallisation; brand protection; and security systems launching on its stand at Labelexpo in Brussels next week.

Industry women thriving: Women In Print 2019

The 2019 Women in Print breakfast series concluded this week, with the functions in Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane proving – say the organisers – that Australia’s girls who print are keener and more committed than ever.

LIA dinner to focus on adding value

The NSW LIA will hold a technical dinner on digital embellishment and value-added print to coincide with International Print Day.

Pantone adds 294 colours

Pantone has added to its Pantone Matching System (PMS) for the first time in three years, with 294 new colours joining the library.

Amcor wins two Golds in Dow awards

Amcor has taken four awards at the 2019 Packaging Innovation Awards by Dow, including three in its flexible packaging range.

Gear up to #Print2Gether on International Print Day

Aussie and Kiwi printers are invited to join the global print community in celebrating International Print Day with a social media sharing party, on 23 October.

Print2Parliament just a month away

PVCA member tickets are on sale for Print2Parliament, which will be held on October 23 this year at Parliament House in Canberra.

Roland rolls out free print and cut upgrade

Roland DG has rolled out a free upgrade for its VG-640 and VG-540 printer-cutters, which adds functionality from the new VG-2 series.

Design Shop wins Avery Dennison Bathurst 1000

Shane Hilton, managing director of Design Shop in Otago, New Zealand, is the lucky winner of an all-expenses-paid Bathurst 1000 Race Experience, valued at $18,500, from Avery Dennison.

Epic sign adventure to support ASD kids

Hexis Australia managing director Ian Parsonson is going on a five day trek through the wilderness, and is aiming to get sign companies to support him to raise $10,000 for charity 4ASDKids.

EFI to host series of webinars in next month

Leading industry technology developer EFI is hosting a trio of webinars over the next few weeks, aiming to give printers an insight into new developments, and the chance to talk with senior EFI staff.

Heidelberg provides World Skills technology

All the print equipment and almost all the consumables for the WorldSkills tournament in Russia that has just taken place were provided by Heidelberg, as part of its promotion of print to young people.

drupa kicks off as tickets go on sale

The world’s biggest print show drupa is open for business, with tickets on sale from today for the mammoth show, which takes place next June 16-26 in Dusseldorf.

People whisperer to address Women in Print

Author and speaker Anneli Blundell will be the star guest at the Women in Print Breakfast Series, which kicks off tomorrow in Adelaide.

Style Communications designer wins Worldskills medal

Aussie graphic designer Indy Griffiths has achieved a Medallion of Excellence at the 45th WorldSkills International Championships in Kazan, Russia.

EFI to host hybrid flatbed roll-to-roll webinar

EFI is hosting a live webinar next week which focuses on new opportunities in hybrid wide format printing.

Konica Minolta pushes progressive paid parental leave

Konica Minolta has implemented a new paid parental leave scheme that provides 12 weeks off to new parents irrespective of gender.

Melbourne LIVE event offers plenty of value to printers

The annual Food & Drink Business + PKN Packaging News LIVE event is coming up on 11 October. Join us for a breakfast forum from 7.30–11.00am to hear about what it takes for a brand to behave bravely.

Labelexpo set for largest show to date

The 40th anniversary edition of Labelexpo is set to be the biggest yet, with 600 exhibitors booked in for the four day show taking place in Brussels at the end of the month.

PrintEx attracts 5000 guests, generates millions in sales

More than 5000 visitors turned out for this year's PrintEx show at Sydney Showground, with millions in sales made at the four-day event.

Starleaton creates Alumigraphics images for photo show exterior

Leading end-to-end industry solutions supplier Starleaton is sponsoring the Ballarat International Foto Biennale which is currently running, and has produced a stunning outdoor graphic on its Alumigraphics material to light up the show.

Ovato Aldi job takes Judges' Choice at RMC awards

The Judges' Choice Award at the Real Media Collective Awards on Friday night was the Aldi Supermarkets 'Christmas: The More the Merrier 18' catalogue, printed by Ovato.

Win an experience with new Ball & Doggett comp

The country's largest printable materials supplier Ball & Doggett is launching a campaign to reward customers for their Avery Dennison wide format purchases.

Print21 magazine: Brewtopia pivots to new markets

Custom e-commerce beverage outfit Brewtopia is growing into the wholesale market with its new Konica Minolta AccurioLabel 190 digital label print solution. Wayne Robinson reports.

oOh! Media profits hit as sales rise

Outdoor giant oOh! Media is blaming the subdued economic activity around the May election for a 24 per cent slump in its profits in its first half results.

Redbubble heads to $1bn as it breaks into profit

Australian online print and promotional products portal Redbubble has posted a profit for the first time since its IPO, as it aims to hit $1bn in sales.

Digital delivers growth for QMS

Outdoor media company QMS Media achieved strong growth figures across the board for its first half year, with net profit after tax up by 65 per cent on revenue up 23 per cent.

Print21 Magazine: AI marching into print

Customer Experience consultant Scott Telfer asks if Artificial 
Intelligence (AI) is the next digital disruption for customers.

Grand Print gears up with Océ Arizona and ProCut

NSW sign and display company Grand Print Services is making a major investment with a top-of-the-range Arizona 1380XT flatbed printer, and a ProCut 3200L digital cutting system.

Colour bootcamp returns next week

Fespa Australia (formerly SGIAA) and Starleaton will host another three-day colour bootcamp in Melbourne next week.

Missed PrintEx – check out the Print21 website

The big show for the year is over, but printers not able to go to Sydney last week can now check up on all the show highlights at their leisure, on the Print21 news website.

TLC rises from the ashes with new Braeside factories

Trade finishing house TLC Digital + has opened a pair of new factories in Braeside, three years after fire claimed its West Melbourne premises.

GALLERY: LIVE highlights emerging packaging print opportunities

Guests received a masterclass in the future of packaging print at the Print21 + PKN LIVE New Frontiers in Packaging Print forum, held yesterday in Sydney’s Darling Harbour.

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Jobs: Sydney Key Account Manager/Business Development Manager, July 17

Selby's is currently seeking an experienced key account manager / business development manager to grow and manage its Sydney portfolio. Maintain and build relationships across a range of industries and generate new business.

Jobs: Marketing Coordinator, July 17

Robotic Automation is seeking a proactive marketing specialist to help drive business growth through innovative and professionally based marketing approaches and strategies.

Jobs: Screen Printer, July 15

Impact International Pty Ltd is Australia's leading manufacturer of squeeze tubes and is trusted by many of Australia's premium brands for their packaging requirements. We are looking for an experienced Silk Screen Printer on day shift 7am to 3pm.