New South Wales topped the national medal tally with 20 Gold Awards, with Carbon8, Rawson Print, WHO, and Multi-Color Corp Griffith all winning more than one Gold.

In Victoria, 15 PICA Gold medals were awarded, with Styleprint taking out three Golds, while Multi-Color Corp took home a haul of nine medals, including a Gold.

A trio of individual awards highlighted the exceptional contribution of leading industry figures, wth Keith Ferrel, Zaidee Jackson and Chris Grant winning Lifetime Achievement, Exceptional Woman, and Young Exec.

Scotts scooped the medal pool in the WA Book Printing – Offset category with the full trifecta, as did Multi-Color (WA), which won Gold, Silver and Bronze for Printer of the Year – Digital.

Impact International won Gold in the Environmental Sustainability Award, the latest in its series of awards for its pioneering eco-work, while the Workplace Environment Award went to IVE Group.

Carbon8 and Styleprint took top honours at the National Print Awards, both winning multiple golds, as printers celebrated at in-person events in Queensland, WA and NSW, and at home in Victoria and SA.

Ongoing Covid uncertainty around international travel and shipping has caused Hunkeler to postpone its multi-vendor Innovationdays week, slated for February, by one year to the following February.

The Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre has held its first Centrestage Update customer briefing, saying the lifting of restrictions around Australia points to a bright outlook for 2022.

Printers around the country are dusting off their passports today and looking at a full schedule of overseas industry trade events next year, as Qantas brings forward its resumption of international flights.

The Real Media Collective’s Award programme, the Real Media Awards, are now open for entries, and this year it comes with the addition of the new Packaging and Labels category.

Rainer Hunsdorfer, CEO at offset press giant Heidelberg, says the company is seeing a surge in orders for its print solutions from “all over the world”, on the back of “market recovery everywhere”, post-Covid.

This year's Pride in Print Supreme Winner, the best of the best, was won by Wakefield Digital, for a full-colour digitally printed book, with Wakefield owner Dickon Lentell describing producing the book as difficult but pleasurable.

The federal and NSW governments are spruiking overseas travel pathways, and with Qantas commencing international routes from 17 December, next year’s overseas trade shows are now on the agenda for Aussie printers.

Fotobase topped out the SA PICAs, taking home a stunning seven Gold, five Silver and five Bronze Awards as the South Australian print industry had its best examples of print perfection recognised.

The major US print trade show Printing United Expo, due to take place in Florida, and HP Indigo users event Dscoop, which was to run in San Diego, both next month, have been cancelled.


The Real Media Collective is running a bonus Power of Print webinar session, to provide support for mental wellness across Australia and New Zealand members and industry.