Industry

Forest growth across the world is gathering pace, making a nonsense of claims by environmentalists that print and paper is destroying the world’s trees.

The government went big on the 2021 budget, with print businesses among those who will benefit from the treasurer’s $75bn spend his way to recovery strategy.

Industry reaction to Josh Frydenberg’s 2021 budget was mixed, with some disappointment and some encouragement drawn from the pump priming announcements.

Next week’s Women in Print breakfast in Melbourne has already sold out, and other venues are getting close, prompting the organiser to encourage women to book up fast as sellouts are expected everywhere.

Federal treasurer Josh Frydenberg is promising a business boosting budget on Tuesday, with printers looking to him to make good on that aim, as the Australian economy hits a growth trajectory.

EXCLUSIVE: The major newspaper print site at North Richmond, once the jewel in the Rural Press crown, and later a major Fairfax plant, is closing, with owner ACM telling staff no other alternative is viable.

The PVCA and the AMWU have appeared jointly in Parliament to make a submission before the Senate Standing Committee's wide ranging inquiry into Australia Post, including its alternate day delivery model.

Smartech Business Systems, an Asia Pacific provider of graphic technology solutions, which bought local graphics and mailing industry supplier Quodient, (formely Neopost), has relocated its global headquarters from Hong Kong to Sydney.

In good news for print, the latest NAB quarterly survey on business outlook shows business investment plans soaring to highs not matched since Australia came out of the recession it had to have.

Rodney Frost, CEO at Lamson Group, is inviting all print bosses to join him for the annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout, which raises awareness and funds for homelessness.

Desktop revolutionary, Adobe co-founder, and PDF developer, Charles Geschke, has passed away, aged 81, leaving a remarkable legacy as one of the few people who changed the face of print.

Papermaking giant Stora Enso is closing two of its biggest mills, cutting its manufacturing capacity by a staggering 35 per cent, and taking 1.36 million tonnes of paper a year out of global supply.

Andrew Macaulay, CEO at PVCA, is in hospital following a serious motorbike accident, and is not expected to be back at work until the middle of May.

Women in the print industry are encouraged to register for the 2021 Women in Print Breakfast Series, taking place in five capital cities around the country next month, with registrations open.

Paper import figures for the year to January reveal the full horror of the impact of Covid on print in Australia and New Zealand, with all volumes plummeting, and commercial grades down by more than half.

Australia Post has appointed former Woolworths supply chain head, Paul Graham, as its new CEO, just as his predecessor fronts a Senate enquiry, and makes explosive claims over her dismissal. Graham will start his $1.46m a year job – plus the same in bonuses – in September.