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.

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.

Organisers of the print industry’s awards have rescheduled the events for October, coming up with a clever, creative solution, of local in-person events combined with live-streamed national awards.

Organisers of the state PICAs have rescheduled the remaining events for October, as they anticipate the end of lockdowns thanks to the country's surging vaccination rates.

Finishing solutions developer Horizon is running its multi-vendor Smart Factory expo in October, this year as a hybrid event with both in-person and online streams.

With trade shows around the world cancelled for the past 18 months, Messe Frankfurt says an overwhelming number of exhibitors are itching to get back to them, with its latest survey finding 97% of companies want to continue with expos.

Printers around the country were sent into untimely excitement by Print21 yesterday, as gremlins got into the system, which sent out an old EDM promoting industry trade show PacPrint as running next month, but alas the show has already been postponed to next June.

Dates for the state PICAs are rapidly being reshuffled as the continuing Covid crisis impacts on events around the country. The WA event was postponed, as is Victoria tomorrow.

ColourChiefs, Fast Proof Press, Kuhn Corp and Sunprint took the plaudits at the Queensland PICAs, each treble gold winners in the annual state printing awards. The sunshine state is the first to hold the PICA event, with other states are following over the next few weeks.

The global wide format show Fespa will run in Amsterdam in October, under strict Covid measures, although Aussie printers won’t be able to attend, they will have to wait until the 2022 show, in Berlin next year.

The big ANZ print trade show PacPrint and associated shows Visual Impact and LabelExpo have been postponed from this September to next June, in light of the ongoing Covid pandemic that is currently locking down large parts of Australia.

As the seminar programme for PacPrint firms up, organisers have confirmed that PrintEx favourite, Meqa Smith, will return to the stage at PacPrint in Melbourne to present a session on Loyalty Beyond Reason.

Peacock Bros, Multi-Color Corp (WA), and QLM Labelmakers all won Special Recognition in the Asia Pacific & Japan HP Indigo Inkspiration awards, all in the wine and non-alcoholic labels category.

Printing Industry Creativity Awards around the country will all go ahead over the next few weeks, but a number of dates have had to be changed to cater for changing travel and gathering restrictions.


The celebration of print’s night of nights, the National Print Awards, taking place on the evening of Thursday 30 September, will have popular funnyman Dave Thornton hosting the presentations.