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The Real Media Collective says it has reviewed the apprenticeship programme across Australia, and has particular concern for the level of training in South Australia.

Melbourne has come out of its fourth lockdown, with print businesses and everyone else hoping this is the final one, although few would bet against more coming.

The latest issue of Print21 is arriving on the desks of print business owners and managers around Australia and New Zealand, with the front cover providing a dazzling example of the progress of print.

Fujifilm is back online, after closing down its external online networks to repel a suspected cyber ransomware attack last week. No customer data was breached.

Leading women in the print industry took part in a webinar on bridging the industry’s gender communications gap, which also highlighted generational differences.

Ball & Doggett is running a stocktake sale next week, with printers able to secure huge discounts, saving up to 70 per cent on offset, digital, wide format, and packaging substrates, and consumables.

Papermaking giant Stora Enso is selling its German newsprint mill, with the new owners to convert it to containerboard, taking 310,000 tonnes of newsprint out of the rapidly declining market.

Print companies will not be among the recipients of the Victorian government's $250m support package, as business braces for the state's much maligned Covid lockdown strategy to be extended.

A convergence of adverse global forces mean printers, packagers and wide format operations will be slugged with higher costs for their paper, board and media from 1 July, with prices set to rise across the board.

Print businesses facing the latest Covid lockdown in Victoria will essentially be subject to the same rules as the previous time, which means they are free to carry on printing.

Amazon has rocked the local book world by building an on-demand Australian book printing centre, sending shockwaves through printers in the small publisher and self publishing book sectors, as the behemoth seeks to hoover up the market.

Epson globally has joined forces with National Geographic to promote the protection of the world’s permafrost – the frozen ground beneath the polar regions of the earth – in its newly launched Turn Down the Heat campaign.

The Real Media Collective is launching a webinar series, Power of Print, starting in June and running through to August, aiming to enable the industry to build strong sales and business skills.

A panel of Australian printers presented to the world at Dscoop, considering the challenges and opportunities of the post-Covid world, on the opening day of the global online HP Indigo users event.

HP Indigo user conference Dscoop is running this week, with dozens of seminars, workshops and keynotes taking place in the global virtual event, with participants given a tour of Clarke Murphy Print's factory.


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With mental health emerging a beneficiary of the government’s latest budget review, it was timely that it too was the focus of the Women in Print Breakfast Series currently being held around the country. Women in the Print21 team attended the Sydney event.