Industry

PVCA has suspended the individual state Printing Industry Creativity Awards (PICAs) for this year. Instead, they will present a single, expanded National Print Awards competition, with entry open to all.

The Asia Pacific and Japan HP Inkspiration Awards are back for 2022, with printers needing to get their entries in by Monday 11 April, for the awards which will be announced on 23 May.

The two big ANZ printable materials distributors, Ball & Doggett and Spicers, say that local printers do not need to be overly alarmed over paper, saying they have supply under control, although they say flexibility over brands may be needed, and prices are certain to rise.


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Local newspaper publishers say they may have to close titles, as Norske Skog tries to push through cost increases of 30 per cent for newsprint, and up to 45 per cent for other papers, from its Boyer mill.

Sanctions imposed on Russia from its murderous invasion of Ukraine are adding to supply woes, with Russian paper now likely to be banned from use, and energy prices for paper manufacturers soaring.

This year’s Women in Print annual Breakfast Series will focus on ‘learning how to think differently’, and aims to empower women to approach challenges in a different way.

Ricoh has developed a plant-based inkjet ink, which it says eliminates the need for biocides and reduces ink consumption thanks to a higher opacity.

As the flood crisis in Australia’s east continues to develop, the industry’s suppliers have joined forces once again through Visual Connections, and say they stand ready to assist impacted businesses.

Print businesses in SE Qld and NSW have spent the week battling the torrential downpours, with some succumbing to various levels of inundation, but the industry is rallying round with support.

Local print industry suppliers are reassuring nervous print business owners and managers that they are taking steps to ensure supply, and that there are steps printers can take too.

The longest strike in Finnish papermaking history has been extended, as UPM management and unions remain at loggerheads, crippling output at the €10bn commercial, publication and label manufacturer.

Fespa Australia is extending a welcome invitation to members of the printing industry for its inaugural Sydney Social, which follows on from the annual BBQ event recently held in Melbourne.

The Australian print industry is set to lose tens of millions of dollars a year, thanks to the government’s decision to make the temporary Covid allowance for ASX-listed companies to communicate without print into a permanent statute.

Vista’s Kyiv-based content platforms, Depositphotos and VistaCreate, have launched a free image database of real-time war photos, in a bid to combat Kremlin propaganda.

Entries for the Print Industry Creativity Awards are starting to flow in but, with numerous requests already received for more time, organisers will extend the entry deadline until Monday 21 March.

Some 102 print staff are being locked out of the pressroom at The West Australian newspaper, in a dispute over a new agreement, with casuals now printing the paper, as talks fail to make progress.