Major Sydney wide-format business VFX Print Group is moving out of its high profile premises in Leichhardt after 25 years, seeking a bigger building with room for robots as the next stage of its growth.

Print & Pack is now the sole supplier of all Bobst print, packaging, and converting solutions in Australia and New Zealand.

Gary Starkweather, the man who invented the laser printer, which then linked into the emerging desktop computers and enabled desktop publishing, wreaking havoc on the print industry, has passed away aged 81.

Kiwi printers have until midnight tonight to take advantage of the early bird offer for the Pride in Print awards.

Award winning WA outfit Scott Print is claiming an industry first, achieving ISO colour matching across its offset and digital print technologies.

The Print and Visual Communication Association has launched a bushfire information portal as a one-stop shop for all available help for print businesses impacted by the ongoing bushfires.

Melbourne-based integrated print and marketing services business Intertype has won Best in Show at the annual Fuji Xerox Pixi awards, beating out competition from all over South East Asia, China, Australia and New Zealand.

Printers looking to extend into the fast-growing flexible pouch production can now enter the market with the Screen Truepress Jet L350UV+LM (low-migration ink) label press, which is now able to be used for food safe short-run stand-up pouches.

EFI has attracted veteran print technology executive and former Xaar CEO Dr Douglas Edwards as its new chief technology officer (CTO). The move brings Edwards back to work with CEO Jeff Jacobson – Edwards was vice president R&D at KPG when Jacobson was CEO, with the duo both taking up senior roles at Kodak.

The HP board has given the latest overture from Xerox short shrift, again saying the hostile bid undervalues the business, and in a blunt letter saying there is no basis for further discussions.

Xerox Corp is going flat out with its hostile takeover bid of HP, securing US$24bn in funding from three banks, and telling the HP board it has the cash to back its intentions.

The battle for control of HP is in full flow, with a war of words between the HP and Xerox boards as they attempt to coalesce HP shareholders to their respective sides, but what does it mean for local printers?

The man behind the Xerox bid to buy HP, and the same man who blocked the Fujifilm bid to buy Fuji Xerox and then effectively sacked the Xerox board, is 83-year-old billionaire Carl Icahn – one of the kings of corporate raiders.

Printers in bushfire-affected regions are battling a decline in workload as tourists flee stricken areas and local businesses see a major downturn in trade.

Staff at Industrial Printing Co in Lithgow faced a harrowing battle to protect the premises, with red hot embers flying in every direction as a mountainside fire raged just 200m away.

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