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The spend on outdoor print in the April to June quarter collapsed by two thirds, plummeting from $108m in the same quarter last year down to just $36.7m, as Covid closed much of the economy. June though saw recovery begin, with a 23 per cent uptick.

As the major newspaper publishers pull out of the regions new newspapers are set to emerge, saving printing jobs and possibly plants, according to reports on Peter Coleman's GX Press newspaper news site.

This year’s National Print Awards will be a live-streamed event, with Covid-19 sending print’s night of nights online-only for the first time in its history.

The Australian launch of the new Konica Minolta AccurioPress C14000 digital colour cutsheet print system is taking place on Tuesday, in a live streamed event hosted by comedian Joel Ozborn.

The big wide format show Fespa Global has been moved again – this time to March next year, from its October date. It is also in a new location, swapping Madrid for Amsterdam, as the organisers battle with the impact of Covid-19.

Online print giant Vistaprint is receiving a lashing in the US following a mighty mix-up, which saw a customer who ordered Black Lives Matter posters also receive All Lives Matter print.

The biggest story by far in the print industry in the last seven days by number of clicks is the Print21 report on Print Logistics being knocked back by the FWC in its bid to have a redundancy payment cut by 80 per cent.

Sydney’s Digitalpress and Melbourne’s Taylor’d Press emerged at the head of the live-streamed state Print Industry Creativity Awards (PICAs), with seven and six Golds respectively for the two printers.

Melbourne based commercial and display operation Print Logistics has failed to convince the Fair Work Commission its dramatic drop in revenue from Covid should enable it to cut its redundancy payouts.

Today marks the end of the era of a community newspaper in every town and region in the country, with many presses falling silent for the last time, victims of the Covid crash, new technology and structural changes in society.

Printing for the 10-year $300m City of Sydney outdoor advertising contract will change from GSP to Omingraphics with parent QMS winning the tender. However, most of that spend will be on digital panels not print.

Finishing solutions developer Horizon is launching automated print-finishing systems that will not require human operation in the bindery. The new systems feature robots, AGVs, and digital job bags – all connected.

Roland DG is launching the IU-1000F large format UV-LED flatbed printer in Australia, its first flatbed printer. It can print onto sizes up to 2.510 x 1310mm on a wide variety of substrates.

Canon Production Print is celebrating 1400 installs of its high-speed inkjet ColorStream digital print system, a fair number of which are in Australia.

Tainui Press Design & Print graphic designer and digital printer Vanessa Hooton has been named the New Zealand Print Industry Apprentice of the Year.

The print industry's superannuation fund, Media Super, is aiming to join construction industry fund Cbus, while maintaining its own brand, and is now looking at a number of merger options for the two to come together to create a $59bn fund, ten times bigger than the current Media Super pot.