Industry

Rita Karagiannis, IVE Group, is the new Victorian Patron of industry association Women in Print, succeeding Kirsten Taylor, Taylor’d Press, who stepped down from the role late last year.

The Real Media Collective has called on the national cabinet to include print and its workers in its determination of essential service guidelines and protocols for exempting isolating employees.

Well known Brisbane print industry identity Simon Rowbottom passed away over the holidays, with funeral attendees wearing their most colourful, loud, bright, happy outfits in homage to his outlook on life.

EFI has sold off its Productivity Software business, which develops its MIS, ERP, and web-to-print solutions, to a technology-focused private equity company, which will rename it eProductivity Software.

Corné Mostert from Norwood Industries in Hallam took out the 2021 LIA Victoria Graduate of the Year Award, with Mostert presented with the award at the association’s first post-Covid in-person event.

Entries are now open for this year’s Printing Industry Creativity Awards, hosted by the Print & Visual Communications Association, with all Gold winners entered into the National Print Awards judging.

And so here it is, Merry Christmas, everybody's having fun, look to the future now, it's only just begun – all at Print21 echo the opening lines of the iconic tune from '70s glam rockers Slade to our readers, as we hope the future – free from Covid restrictions – has just begun.

The Real Media Collective has formed a partnership with standard development organisation, Responsible Wood, which manages the PEFC certification system in Australia and New Zealand.

There is a lot of discussion about vaccinations in the workplace, whether the employer can make them a condition of work, and what the rights are of the anti-vaxxer, the owner, and the rest of the staff. Lawyer Wal Ambramowicz highlights the issues.

Digital systems print toner and cartridge recycling business Close the Loop has merged with O F Packaging, with the new entity listing on the ASX, and raising $12m to plough back into the business.

The latest issue of the ANZ print industry’s trade magazine Print21 is arriving on the desks of print business owners and managers, with a bumper end of year issue in store. Inkjet printing is a major focus, along with pivoting printers, and the 2021 Year in Review

Supplier association Visual Connections gathered its members, their clients and others from across the industry, for the association’s first post-Covid networking event.

Shares jumped at HP as the company reported better than expected full year earnings, with sales at its printing division topping US$20bn. Commercial printing now accounts for 7 per cent of turnover at the IT giant.

Visual Connections, the association representing suppliers to the print, sign, display and visual communications industries, has a new president, a new Board member, and has outlined a clear strategy for the future.

Online B2C print giant Vista says demand for the traditional Christmas card is skyrocketing, and is offering five special card designs for free to its Australian customers.


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