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  • + WorldSkills Australia 2019 Skillaroos Wow International Crowds

    A team of 15 talented young Australian ‘Skillaroos’ has placed 8th in the world after competing in their cho..

    11 September 2019


    A team of 15 talented young Australian ‘Skillaroos’ has placed 8th in the world after competing in their chosen skills with teams from 65 other countries at the recent 45th WorldSkills International Championships in Kazan, Russia.

    Four of this year’s Skillaroos - Patrick Brennan, Maxine Colligan, Clinton Larkings and Patrick Keating - medalled in their categories with others including Indy Griffiths – supported by her employer, Mona Vale print and sign business Style Communications and sponsored by Visual Connections – achieving a Medallion of Excellence.

    Indy, who competed in the Graphic Design Technology Category, is the first graphic designer to be sponsored by Visual Connections, with CEO Peter Harper explaining that the organisation usually sponsors print, sign and display apprentices. 





    “We are strong supporters of vocational education and training, and are committed to helping young people gain the skills, knowledge and experience they need to build successful careers in our sector,” says Peter Harper, CEO of Visual Connections.

    “We often sponsor young print or sign apprentices to participate in WorldSkills Championships but there’s nothing more fundamental to our industry than design. Indy is already proving an asset to our industry and we’ve been delighted to sponsor her. We’re so proud of her achievements, and those of her fellow Skillaroos.”

    After a farewell from friends, family and supporters, the team participated in a resilience-building workshop before their departure, which saw them travel to Kazan via Moscow, where a short stopover saw the team meet Australian Ambassador to Russia, Graeme Meehan.

    An inspiring opening ceremony in Kazan the night before competition commenced at the Kazan Expo International Exhibition Centre set the stage for the intense, three-day competition, where our Skillaroos rose to the occasion and displayed great acts of comradery and sportsmanship. 

    A monumental effort was presented by the entire team, which included a large volunteer workforce from across Australia, culminating in the outstanding achievement of an overall 8th placing.





    Brigitte Collins WorldSkills Australia General Manager shared from Kazan, “We are all very impressed with the performance of the team, they showcased the power of excellence and demonstrated the strength of vocational education and training in Australia.

    “Our internationally recognised experts and volunteers demonstrated once again, their capability and dedication. The Skillaroos, Team Australia and the volunteer workforce should all feel very proud of what they accomplished here in Kazan, Russia.”





    Visual Connections adds their congratulations, not only to Indy but to the entire team, for their dedication to their chosen craft, their commitment to the achievement of excellence, and for their outstanding representation of Australia on the international stage. 

    Follow WorldSkills Australia @WorldSkillsAU. Images Supplied by: TAFE NSW & WorldSkills International





  • + UV Curable Resin Market to Reach $9,769.7 Million by 2026: Allied Market Research

    According to a new report published by Allied Market Research, "UV-Curable Resin Market by Type and Application: Global ..

    03 September 2019


    According to a new report published by Allied Market Research, "UV-Curable Resin Market by Type and Application: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2019-2026," the global UV curable resin market was valued at $4,745.6 million in 2018 and is estimated to reach $9,769.7 million by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 9.4% from 2019 to 2026.

    The use of UV curable resins has grown significantly, as they have several advantages over conventionally cured resins in terms of less energy consumption, reduced waste, zero-emission of volatile organic compound (VOCs), and higher productivity (fast curing).

    UV curable resins do not contain any organic solvents, which could have adverse environmental effects. However, the light penetration depth, which depends on the wavelength and spectral distribution, does not exceed a few millimetres. Thus, the application of UV-curable resins is restricted to inks, coatings, and adhesives.

    The UV curable resin market is segmented based on resin type, application, and region. Based on resin type, the global UV curable resin market is fragmented into acrylated epoxies acrylated polyesters, acrylated urethanes, acrylated silicones, and others. The acrylated epoxies UV-curable resin segment is expected to dominate the market, owing to its fast cure rates and good adhesion performance because of the presence of polar hydroxyl and ether groups in the epoxy backbone structure. However, the acrylated urethane UV curable resin segment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period.

    Based on application, the market is categorised into coating, packaging, printing, adhesives & sealants, and others. The coating application is expected to dominate the market and printing application is expected to grow with the highest CAGR in the market.

    Region-wise, the market is analysed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA. Asia-Pacific dominates the market owing to the growth in paints and coating industry which is the primary consumer of UV curable resins. Asia-Pacific is further expected to maintain its dominant position in the near future.

    "UV-LED curing technology has undergone significant advancements in the past few years. This technology serves as an environmentally friendly solution, as UV-curable resins ensure zero VOC emission, thereby significantly fuelling their demand across the globe," said Eswara Prasad, manager, Material and Chemical at Allied Market Research.





  • + Huntsman Selling Chemical Intermediates, Surfactants Businesses for $2.1 Billion

    Huntsman Corporation said it entered into a definitive agreement to sell its chemical intermediates businesses, which in..

    03 September 2019


    Huntsman Corporation said it entered into a definitive agreement to sell its chemical intermediates businesses, which includes PO/MTBE, and its surfactants businesses to Indorama Ventures in a transaction valued at $2.076 billion, comprising a cash purchase price of $2 billion, plus the transfer of up to approximately $76 million in net underfunded pension and other post-employment benefit liabilities.

    The $2.076 billion transaction value represents an LTM adjusted EBITDA multiple of approximately 8 times, which includes retained SG&A costs of about $30 million, a portion of which Huntsman expects to eliminate overtime. Under the terms of the agreement, Indorama Ventures would acquire Huntsman’s manufacturing facilities located in Port Neches, Texas; Dayton, Texas; Chocolate Bayou, Texas; Ankleshwar, India; and Botany, Australia. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions and is expected to close near year-end.

    “This transaction further transforms Huntsman’s balance sheet and future. It accelerates our ability to expand more in areas both downstream and complementary to our portfolio," said Peter Huntsman, Chairman, president and CEO. "This is another milestone in our stated strategy to focus more on our downstream and specialty businesses where we will generate more stable margins and consistent, strong free cash flow. We are committed to retaining our strong investment-grade balance sheet, repurchasing our shares, investing in organic research and select capacity expansions and acquiring strategic assets that are accretive to our earnings and create shareholder value.

    “Indorama Ventures will be acquiring a strong EO/PO derivatives business with a very experienced workforce and management team."

    “Huntsman intends to accelerate share repurchases under its existing $1 billion multi-year authorisation after the close of this transaction.”





  • + DIC Corporation to acquire BASF’s global pigments business

    DIC Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire BASF’s global pigments business, known as BASF ..

    03 September 2019


    DIC Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire BASF’s global pigments business, known as BASF Colours & Effects (BCE).

    The acquisition will broaden DIC’s portfolio as a global manufacturer of pigments, including those for electronic displays, cosmetics, coatings, plastics, inks and specialty applications. 

    ‘Our acquisition of BCE brings together complementary resources and expertise of two recognised leaders in innovation, product stewardship, regulatory leadership, application support and manufacturing,’ said Kaoru Ino, president and chief executive officer of DIC. ‘We have outlined a clear growth path for DIC with the target to increase our sales to 1 trillion yen (approximately 8 billion euros) by 2025. In this context, BASF’s pigments portfolio is an important strategic addition in meeting our goals more expeditiously. It will allow us to expand our offering as one of the leading pigment suppliers globally and provide our customers even more versatile solutions.’

    ‘We have achieved our goal to find an owner who considers pigments a core strategic business,’ said Dr Markus Kamieth, member of the board of executive directors of BASF SE responsible for the Industrial Solutions segment. ‘DIC pursues ambitious growth plans and has announced to further develop the business in the coming years. We are convinced that the pigments business will be able to unfold its full potential within DIC.’

    With over 30 pigment production facilities worldwide between DIC and BCE, the company’s pigment portfolio will be able to offer broader product categories related to effect pigments, inorganic pigments, organic pigments, specialty dyes, and pigment preparations.

    Yoshinari Akiyama, DIC executive officer and general manager of the Colour Material Products Division, said:‘The acquisition of BCE is extremely ideal within the DIC pigments business, due to the complementary regional footprint and product portfolio. It is a strategic partner for DIC who aims for high growth and high added value by expanding functional pigments into niche applications.  By combining the technological capabilities of both companies, we will continue to create new value and provide it to the market as a leading company in the pigment business.’

    For Dr Alexander Haunschild, senior vice president and managing director at BASF’s pigment-focused subsidiary BASF Colours & Effects, the agreement is a chance to continue the growth path started in 2016: ‘We see DIC as an owner who is willing to invest, committed to innovations and interested in the longer term success of the business.’

    ‘As a long-standing business partner of BASF, we value the expertise and engagement of BASF’s employees in the pigments business,’ said Myron Petruch, DIC executive officer and president and CEO of Sun Chemical, a subsidiary of DIC Corporation. ‘The move improves our pigment footprint in Europe and underscores our commitment to delivering solutions tailored to meet the needs of our customers. It also allows us to compete in the global marketplace more effectively going forward.’

    In the immediate future, business for customers will remain the same as usual. A transition team will be put in place to ensure a smooth transition for customers and employees by the expected closing date in the fourth quarter of 2020. 

    The acquisition is subject to the receipt of regulatory approvals.





  • + Roland DG Introduces VersaUV LEF2-300 Benchtop Flatbed UV Printer

    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters, today announced the Ve..

    02 September 2019


    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters, today announced the VersaUV LEF2-300 benchtop UV flatbed printer will be rolled out worldwide. The LEF2-300 is the newest model in the LEF2 series, delivering 1.5-times the print area and print speed of the recently released LEF2-200. It also comes with a range of new functions that make it even easier and more efficient to use.

    The LEF2-300 uses UV-LED lamps to instantly cure ink on the surface of materials with UV light, so that photos, graphics and fine text can be printed onto PVC, plastics, canvas, wood, leather, fabric, and other materials with unmatched print quality. Using Clear (transparent) ink produces premium gloss and matte finishes that can be applied in multiple layers for a simulated embossing look and textures that seem amazingly lifelike. UV ink is designed for flexibility and can be used on soft materials such as leather and fabric. The 770 (W) x 330 (D) x100 (H) mm print area of the LEF2-300, combined with its four print heads and two UV lamps, ensures enhanced productivity. 

    According to Kohei Tanabe, President of Roland DG's Digital Printing Business Division, new features make printing easier and quicker. “A Multiple Print Function prints the same data again by simply pressing a button on the control panel and a Printer Status Monitor checks the operating status of multiple printers in real-time to promote efficient performance when printing large volumes.” 

    “As lifestyles and preferences become increasingly varied, the demand for making one-of-a-kind items or high-mix, small-batch runs, continues to grow,” Kohei said. “The LEF2 series is designed to meet such demand. The devices are capable of on-demand printing quickly onto a diverse range of materials. The addition of the LEF2-300 to the series lineup gives even more customers the ability to print amazing graphics and lifelike textures. We aim to develop more products that encourage customer creativity in order to boost business growth.”

    The LEF2-300 comes with a range of new functions that make it even easier and more efficient to use: 
    - Print stunning, premium-quality photos, graphics and fine text onto PVC, plastics, canvas, wood, leather, fabric, and other materials with unmatched print quality.
    - In addition to CMYK, clear ink produces premium gloss and matte finishes for unique textured effects, and white ink is available to ensure colours pop on dark or clear substrates.
    - Optional on-board primer increases efficiency by prepping the surface of materials like acrylic and plastic for full-colour customisation.
    - A 770 (W) x 330 (D) x100 (H) mm print area, combined with four print heads and two UV lamps, ensures enhanced productivity.
    - A height tolerance of 2mm allows printing onto curved and irregular shapes, and an optional rotary axis jig is available for printing onto bottles and other cylindrical objects.
    - An automatic media height system for detecting the thickness of the substrate.
    - A Head Refresh Feature removes any ink remaining on the print heads and cleans the print head surface to maintain the health of the printer.
    - Should a print head clog, a new Nozzle Mask function allows printing to continue while using the remaining part of the print head.
    - A Multiple Print function allows users to perform the next print just by pressing the start button on the machine, without returning to the software.
    - A Start Timer function lets users set a time to automatically complete the set-up procedures so the machine is ready to load materials and print straight away.
    - “Roland DG Printer Status Monitor" allows users to instantly check the operation status of multiple printers, including printing, waiting, and emergency stop errors on a monitor.
    - A built-in vacuum table efficiently and accurately secures thin materials and delicate media.
    - Bundled Roland VersaWorks 6 RIP software includes Special Colour Layer Generation for quick and easy printing operation.

    To find out more, go to: www.rolanddg.com.au/lef2series





  • + Durst Oceania officially unveiled after successful P5 launch

    Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital production technologies, has announced the opening of Durst Oceania after the su..

    30 August 2019


    Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital production technologies, has announced the opening of Durst Oceania after the successful launch of its P5 technology and innovation platform for large-format specialists at Printex in Sydney. This new branch marks another watershed moment in the proud history of family-owned Durst, which opened its new global headquarters in Brixen, Italy, earlier this year, as it continues to cement its transformation into a highly integrated process service provider.
     
    Durst Oceania covers Australia, New Zealand, Tazmania and other outreach markets in the Pacific Ocean. Its headquarters will be close to Melbourne’s international airport and central business district in Tullamarine. The official launch follows the successful conclusion of negotiations to acquire the business interests of Durst distributor Photo Electronic Services – known as PES – based in the north-east of the Australian city. 
     
    Durst Oceania Managing Director is long-serving employee Matt Ashman who hails from the UK but has taken up Australian residency. He has been associated with Durst for more than 25 years, first as a customer and then within Durst UK and Ireland’s sales and marketing operation until relocating from England in 2015.
     
    “I am delighted to be at the helm of a new era of what I am sure will be sustained growth for Durst in the region,” he said. “The market potential is huge. Durst Oceania is a strong economic region with a young entrepreneurial vibe. Its diverse population represents many different cultures from around the world. Customers in the region have really embraced our innovative technology – particularly the new P5 platform shown at Printex for the first time in August – and software solutions such as Durst Workflow, Dust Analytics and Durst Smart Shop.”
     
    Durst Group CEO and joint owner Christoph Gamper, who has led the company’s transition and introduced a new management structure, said: “We are extremely grateful to the work dedication of PES, and would like to put on record our sincere thanks for their support and cooperation as a long-standing Durst distributor. But now we move forward and welcome Durst Oceania to our growing family. Matt and his team epitomise our new business philosophy: a passion for technologies and markets, with innovation as the driver, and provides active collaboration and participation in every area. Durst Oceania is an important strategic step as we continue to shape the future and grow our business. Driven by the mantra of innovation, Durst offers complete solutions from pixel to output.”
     
    Durst is a global leader in high-performance printing systems – from image data processing and printing to final product finishing – all from a single source. It employs more than 700 people across the world. At FESPA this year it launched new P5 printing systems with integrated modular software solutions, analytics software and optional expansion with prepress and webshop solutions under the motto "Pixel to Output". The P5 platform setting new standards in print quality comprises the P5 250 HS launched in 2018,  new family members the 350/210 hybrid solutions equipped with LED technology, and the P5 250HS and P5 200 HS featuring MEMS printhead technology. 





  • + Inkcups adds three new pad printers

    Global print industry OEM Inkcups (Danvers, MA) has announced the release of three new pad printers. The ICN-120, ICN-20..

    27 August 2019


    Global print industry OEM Inkcups (Danvers, MA) has announced the release of three new pad printers. The ICN-120, ICN-200 and 2200-DLI expand the company’s current pad printer portfolio to produce larger images on longer goods with extended stroke capabilities.

    Inkcups ICN-200 Pad Printer.
    The ICN-120 is a one-colour pad printer that provides increased flexibility with product decorating and labelling due to larger-area image reproduction – with an extended stroke of eight inches for greater printable area reach. Ideal for the apparel, industrial and safety equipment industries, common applications include: hooded sweatshirts (design location of left chest and neck); apparel sleeves; medical items including sharps disposal containers; denim jean pockets; and tall drinkware such as protein shakers and tumblers. The machine’s 120 mm ink-cup size can print an image up to 4.3 inches in diameter. The ICN-120 also offers an optional pad-cleaning device as an add-on.

    The new ICN-200 produces large one-colour prints on injection-moulded plastics, industrial parts and appliances. This industrial pad printer is ideal for one-colour logos, graphics and labels on larger parts up to 11.7 inches tall. In addition to printing large graphics, this machine’s plate accommodates multiple images for smaller parts. The ICN-200 utilises a 200 mm ink cup, 11.8-inch pad stroke length and can print an image size of up to 7.48 inches in diameter. Typical applications include: plastic containers (recycle bin); kitchenware (plastic and metal paper towel dispensers); food storage containers; satellite dishes, and appliance panels.

    Inkcups 2200-DLI Pad Printer.
    Inkcups’ 2200-DLI Pad Printer is ideal for decorating long, hard goods or small two-up items, allowing multiple image print locations on the same part. The 2200-DLI prints one-colour, 2-up on footwear insoles, promotional products and electronics, including Bluetooth speakers. It also enables printing of multiple images on a single part, such as lacrosse or hockey sticks. It has a 90-mm ink cup with a 6-inch pad stroke length, and can print an image of 2.76 x 8.66 inches on parts up to 10.2 inches tall.

    All three new pad printers are delivered as a turnkey package that includes the company’s InkcupCare warranty and service coverage. Inkcups also offers multiple pad printing inks, solvents and other consumables and supplies – along with application testing and sample prints on request.





  • + Imagination Graphics becomes first NSW customer to invest in Konica Minolta AccurioJet KM-1

    Imagination Graphics, a professional printing company based in Marrickville in Sydney’s inner west and Konica Mino..

    27 August 2019


    Imagination Graphics, a professional printing company based in Marrickville in Sydney’s inner west and Konica Minolta National Specialised Print Awards 2018 winner, is the first NSW customer to invest in the AccurioJet KM-1 from Konica Minolta.

    Imagination Graphics provides graphic design, print, and pre-press services to help customers maximise the value of their promotional material. Imagination Graphics focuses on delivering high quality outcomes for a reasonable price. The company was on a solid growth path and had gone from strength-to-strength over the past three years. This made it the right time to invest in new technology to support that growth, and future growth.

    The AccurioJet KM-1 is a B2+ sheet-fed UV inkjet press that delivers all the quality and versatility of offset printing with the convenience and flexibility of digital printing on any type of stock for projects such as bound books, presentation folders, and packaging.

    Emmanuel Buhagiar, director, Imagination Graphics, said, “This investment was a big step for Imagination Graphics, however, it was the right one. We did our due diligence and had faith that the KM-1 and Konica Minolta, as a trusted partner for more than 10 years, would deliver.

    “Imagination Graphics chose the KM-1 due to its ability to print on a wide variety of stocks, which gives us great versatility in the types of work we can take on, as well as the colour and quality reproduction and ability to match Pantone colours.

    “The KM-1 will open up a whole new market and client base for Imagination Graphics. It will also give us more speed, faster turnaround, the ability to bring work in-house that we have previously had to outsource, and the opportunity to take on short-run projects, which will make us more competitive. For example, using the KM-1, we can print up to 3,000 A2 posters in an hour, all with different designs, which would be far more costly and time-consuming on an offset press. As a customer-focused business, the ability to deliver on time with quality is critical to our success.”

    Adam Todd, industrial print solutions consultant, Konica Minolta, said, “Konica Minolta is excited that Imagination Graphics is the first NSW installation of the game-changing KM-1, and the third in Australia. The KM-1 will open up new markets for Imagination Graphics and let it produce a much wider variety of high-value applications for its customers. We are proud that Imagination Graphics has selected Konica Minolta as its strategic partner for this venture.”

    Emmanuel Buhagiar said, “Imagination Graphics has worked with Konica Minolta for more than 10 years, and every time we have upgraded our equipment we have seen business growth right up to our last investment, which was the AccurioPress C6100 and C1085. We expect the KM-1 to bring the same benefit.”

    This is the first NSW install for the KM-1, the third in Australia, and the 100th globally since its introduction to the market just over two years ago.





  • + Grand Print Builds a Bright Future with Océ

    If life teaches you anything, it’s that no matter what plans you make, fate sometimes has other things in store. F..

    27 August 2019


    If life teaches you anything, it’s that no matter what plans you make, fate sometimes has other things in store. For James Sultana, owner of NSW-based sign and display company Grand Print Services, plans for a relaxing life on the coast morphed into a busy new business that now supplies customers around Australia.

    There were no grand career aspirations behind James Sultana’s decision to move to the NSW South Coast from Sydney. Rather, he and his wife saw it as an opportunity to spend extra time with their young family in a more relaxed environment. 

    But the best laid plans are apt to go astray, as they say – and four years later, James is instead working hard to take his business, Grand Print, to the next stage, with a new factory in Gerringong and a double investment in equipment from Océ Australia.

    The move – which will see the company install a top-of-the-range Arizona 1380XT flatbed printer and a ProCut 3200L digital cutting system – is a significant leap for Grand Print, which started with a chance encounter soon after the family’s move.

    “I was looking for work and a connection here offered me some signage installation management work” James explains. “With my background in the sign and display industry, project managing installations and expos, it seemed like good work to pick up while I looked for something more permanent.”

    Pretty soon, that ‘stop gap’ became almost a full-time occupation, and his clients started to ask for a full ‘turn key solution’

    “I had no plans to get back into production, and starting a business was the furthest thing from my mind…but eventually I found a niche in the market to provide a very high level of service for the entire production process, as opposed to just supplying print or just managing the install,” he explains.

    For a while, outsourcing the print sufficed, but by late last year, it became apparent that the convenience and control of his own manufacturing facilities would make life easier.

    An initial investment in a roll-to-roll machine helped somewhat, but there was still an enormous amount of work that had to be sent out – or, alternatively, assembled manually in-house, like corflute signage, which involved a time-consuming process of printing decals, then mounting on the rollover table and manually trimming. 

    After doing some research – prioritising flexibility and reliability – he found the solution in the printer and cutter duo from Océ Australia.

    “We had talked to our Océ BDM, Chris Bowden, about their solutions, and we ended up taking a trip to Melbourne to the company’s new Customer Experience Centre, where we were able to see both machines in action,” James explains.

    “Chris worked with us to really understand our business requirements and recommend a solution which would answer those needs – and the new workflow from Océ makes the whole solution seamless.”

    As a key innovation centre for Canon, a global leader in consumer and professional imaging, Océ invests heavily in R&D. The new Arizona 1300 range draws on more than a decade of flatbed development to provide the sign and display market with a printer which is not only more versatile than competitors, but also more productive.

    As well as handling an impressively wide range of media, the high-quality printer’s application versatility is enhanced with innovations like Touchstone software which enables ‘2.5D’ print for raised and textured surfaces, and LED curing – which not only speeds make ready, but also enables the use of Greenguard-certified LED-UV ink – while Arizona Xpert job preparation software turbo-charges productivity. 

     “The flatbed capacity will be a game-changer for us, hugely expanding the range of work we can handle and increasing options for our clients, and I’m really excited about the range of products and print finishes it will allow us to produce,” James says.

    The ProCut 3200L – from the Océ range of digital cutters, can cut, mill, polish and engrave on media up to 60mm in depth. The ProCut pairs with the Arizona for seamless large format workflow – from prepress to finishing. Providing automation and ease of use, making it the perfect finishing companion for this flexible printer.

    “The ProCut will be an amazing addition, increasing our accuracy and capacity to trim and finish both rigid and flexible products in-house and improving our productivity and profitability,” he adds. “And it’s so easy – we can just print directly onto whatever substrate we’re using, scan the barcode into the digital cutter, and we’re done!”

    As well as giving James control over production by bringing a high percentage of jobs in-house, the dual investment also provides capacity for future growth and, together with the planned addition of some new staff resources, sets the stage to give him some much-needed time to reflect on his future business strategy and planning.

    “I was talking to someone the other day about how busy I was at work, and they asked me if I really wanted to be spending long hours at the factory every day for the rest of my life. And of course, I don’t – having more time with my family was the reason we moved here in the first place,” he says.

    “This new technology from Océ, backed by their technical expertise and local service support, will put me back in control of my future – and that’s a great feeling.”





  • + The Printing Penfolds of Pitt St: Stephen Penfold wins a Lifetime Achievement Award recognising legacy in Australian print industry

    Stephen Penfold recognised for 65 year career in the Australian print industry which included launching Kwik Kopy in Aus..

    16 August 2019


    Stephen Penfold recognised for 65 year career in the Australian print industry which included launching Kwik Kopy in Australia

    Sydney, 16 August, 2019: Stephen Penfold, Executive Chairman at Kwik Kopy Australia was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 National Print Awards, recognising his invaluable contribution to the print industry over 65 years. 




    Penfold has been a key disruptor in the print industry's evolution in Australia, bringing the Kwik Kopy franchise to Australia from the U.S. in 1982 to leverage ‘instant printing’ and more recently branching out into digital, design, wide-format and signage at Kwik Kopy.

    With a history dating back to the 1800s, the Penfold family has been a fixture in the printing industry for five generations.




    Stephen Penfold would join the family firm of WC Penfold & Co in 1956, following an 18 month cadetship at Sydney printer S.T. Leigh & Co at just 17 years old. 

    Stephen would became a major part of the WC Penfold plan to innovate and move with emerging trends within the print industry such as rotogravure flexible packaging and in 1987 instant print. The latter would lead to his most significant contribution; the launch of Kwik Kopy in Australia. The launch of instant print in Australia was a major disruption in the industry at the time, paving the way for print’s future. 

    Stephen purchased the Australian franchise rights to the US company on behalf of WC Penfold and opened the first store in 1982. The first Kwik Kopy Centre opened in Sydney’s CBD and was run by Stephen’s sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Mary and Reg Waite. 

    When WC Penfold decided to offload its franchise business just a few years later, Stephen seized the opportunity to purchase the business. He left the family business and became the Franchisor for Kwik Kopy Printing in Australia in 1985.

    Since that time, Kwik Kopy Australia has emerged as one of the most successful print businesses and franchise groups in the country and has expanded beyond just print to also provide design, wide-format and signage, and other services. 

    Continuing his record of innovation in print, Stephen would lead Kwik Kopy into the digital era strategically transitioning the business from offset printing to xerography, then to desktop publishing and colour copying. More recently, Kwik Kopy has emerged as one of the fastest growing businesses in the wide-format and signage space and has also built a software as a service (SAAS) offering, launching Print Speak in 2013. 

    Stephen has contributed significantly to the franchise sector, holding positions as Director and Chairman of the Franchise Council of Australia and as a Board Member for the Federal Government Franchise Review Board. In 2003 he was an inaugural inductee to the Australian Franchise Hall of Fame.

    Stephen’s commitment to the Penfold family business has continued with his children. More than 150 years after the original Penfold printing business opened on Pitt St, the Penfold family would come full circle with Stephen’s son Matthew Penfold purchasing the Darling Harbour Kwik Kopy franchise in 2016 following a long career at Kwik Kopy Australia including as MD and CEO. Stephen’s children Mark, Annalise and Matthew are shareholders of Kwik Kopy Australia and Annalise has recently joined Stephen and Matthew on the Board of Directors. Four other extended family members are also contributing to the business in operational roles within the company. 



    Stephen’s son and owner of Kwik Kopy Darling

    Harbour Matthew Penfold with co-owner Genevieve Rechner


    Commenting on the Lifetime Achievement Award, Stephen Penfold said, “It is an honour to be recognised for my life’s work in the industry I love. Print continues to be a dynamic and ever evolving industry with an exciting future ahead. I’m proud that Kwik Kopy is making its mark in print now and will continue to do so in the future.” 





  • + Electronics For Imaging Appoints Jeff Jacobson as Chief Executive Officer

    “EFI” or the “Company”) today announced the appointment of Jeff Jacobson, a 30-year veteran of t..

    15 August 2019


    “EFI” or the “Company”) today announced the appointment of Jeff Jacobson, a 30-year veteran of the digital imaging and industrial technology sector, as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Mr. Jacobson will retain his position as Executive Chairman. Mr. Jacobson succeeds Bill Muir, who is stepping down for personal reasons.
     
    Prior to joining EFI, Mr. Jacobson served as Chief Executive Officer of Xerox. Mr. Jacobson also served as both President of Xerox's Technology Business and President of Xerox's Global Graphic Communications Operations. Prior to joining Xerox in 2012, Mr. Jacobson was the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Presstek, a leading manufacturer of digital offset printing solutions.
     
    Jeff Jacobson said, “I am thrilled to be expanding my role on EFI’s leadership team to identify unique opportunities for innovation across the Company. EFI’s portfolio of best-in-class solutions presents an exciting opportunity to drive further growth in high-quality inkjet and integrated, digital workflows. Together with my experienced and talented colleagues on the EFI team, we will provide the leadership needed to help EFI accelerate the transformation of industries where colourful images matter. I also want to join the EFI team in thanking Bill for his contributions to the Company’s success and wishing him the best in his future endeavours. Bill played a pivotal role in successfully positioning EFI for the next chapter of our evolution, always doing so with integrity and the best interests of customers and employees.”
     
    Throughout his career, Mr. Jacobson has displayed an on-going commitment to helping customers improve their productivity and enhance their operations. As CEO of Xerox, he oversaw Xerox’s largest product launch in its more than 100-year-history and led the company through a strategic transformation, delivering best-in-class customer service, and driving innovation, while improving Xerox’s operating margins and cash flow.
     
    Before his time at Xerox and Presstek, Mr. Jacobson served as Chief Operating Officer of Eastman Kodak's Graphic Communications Group, where he was responsible for managing operations in Eastman Kodak's Global Graphics operations, which included manufacturing locations throughout North America, Europe, Japan, China, Israel and South Africa. Mr. Jacobson also served for five years as Chief Executive Officer of Kodak Polychrome Graphics, a highly successful joint venture between Sun Chemical and Eastman Kodak.
     
    “It has been a privilege to lead EFI through an important chapter in the Company’s history, and I look forward to seeing EFI thrive as it continues to collaborate with customers and partners worldwide,” said Bill Muir. “I have admired Jeff as an expert in the digital imaging space, and I am confident that with his vision and under his leadership, EFI will be able to successfully write the next chapter of innovation and market leadership across the Company’s portfolio of solutions.”





  • + Imagination Graphics becomes first NSW customer to invest in Konica Minolta AccurioJet KM-1

    Imagination Graphics, a professional printing company based in Marrickville in Sydney’s inner west and Konica Mino..

    15 August 2019


    Imagination Graphics, a professional printing company based in Marrickville in Sydney’s inner west and Konica Minolta National Specialised Print Awards 2018 winner, is the first NSW customer to invest in the AccurioJet KM-1 from Konica Minolta. 

    Imagination Graphics provides graphic design, print, and pre-press services to help customers maximise the value of their promotional material. Imagination Graphics focuses on delivering high quality outcomes for a reasonable price. The company was on a solid growth path and had gone from strength-to-strength over the past three years. This made it the right time to invest in new technology to support that growth, and future growth. 

    The AccurioJet KM-1 is a B2+ sheet-fed UV inkjet press that delivers all the quality and versatility of offset printing with the convenience and flexibility of digital printing on any type of stock for projects such as bound books, presentation folders, and packaging. 

    Emmanuel Buhagiar, director, Imagination Graphics, said, “This investment was a big step for Imagination Graphics, however, it was the right one. We did our due diligence and had faith that the KM-1 and Konica Minolta, as a trusted partner for more than 10 years, would deliver. 

    “Imagination Graphics chose the KM-1 due to its ability to print on a wide variety of stocks, which gives us great versatility in the types of work we can take on, as well as the colour and quality reproduction and ability to match Pantone colours. 

    “The KM-1 will open up a whole new market and client base for Imagination Graphics. It will also give us more speed, faster turnaround, the ability to bring work in-house that we have previously had to outsource, and the opportunity to take on short-run projects, which will make us more competitive. For example, using the KM-1, we can print up to 3,000 A2 posters in an hour, all with different designs, which would be far more costly and time-consuming on an offset press. As a customer-focused business, the ability to deliver on time with quality is critical to our success.” 





    Adam Todd, industrial print solutions consultant, Konica Minolta, said, “Konica Minolta is excited that Imagination Graphics is the first NSW installation of the game-changing KM-1, and the third in Australia. The KM-1 will open up new markets for Imagination Graphics and let it produce a much wider variety of high-value applications for its customers. We are proud that Imagination Graphics has selected Konica Minolta as its strategic partner for this venture.” 

    Emmanuel Buhagiar said, “Imagination Graphics has worked with Konica Minolta for more than 10 years, and every time we have upgraded our equipment we have seen business growth right up to our last investment, which was the AccurioPress C6100 and C1085. We expect the KM-1 to bring the same benefit.” 

    This is the first NSW install for the KM-1, the third in Australia, and the 100th globally since its introduction to the market just over two years ago. 





  • + Roland DG Announces Value Up Service for LEF-20 and LEF-200 Users

    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters worldwide, announced to..

    13 August 2019


    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters worldwide, announced today that owners of VersaUV LEF-20 and LEF-200 printers can now upgrade their devices to the latest functions of the recently launched LEF2-200 for enhanced product reliability, efficiency and output quality.

    Motokuni Kishita, Product Manager of Digital Printing Business Division said, "To maximise the value that our LEF-20 and LEF-200 customers can obtain from the LEF2-200’s newest capabilities, we are pleased to offer a Value Up Kit that will give owners three major enhancements for their printers."

    According to Kishita, the first benefit is increased reliability. A new Head Refresh Feature removes any ink remaining on the printheads and cleans the surface of the printheads to maintain the health of the printer. An Extension Plate prevents UV light from being reflected under the table to minimise the curing of UV ink on the printhead surface. A new wiper cleaner more efficiently removes extra ink remaining on the wiper that cleans the head surface, enabling the printhead surface to stay in good condition. Should a printhead clog, a new Nozzle Mask function allows you to continue printing while using the remaining printheads.

    A second key benefit is the addition of a host of advanced functions to simplify high quality printing jobs. A Start Timer Function completes the setup procedures of printhead cleaning and white ink circulation automatically by your designated start time, so you can begin printing immediately after loading the materials. A positioning jig makes it easy to align items on the print table. When printing data with separate layers, grouping the data in the order of printing can reduce mistakes. In addition, the table can move to the next printing start position without returning to the origin. 

    The third critical benefit of the upgrade is improved printing results. "A True Rich Colour preset is now available," Kishita said, "allowing you to produce vibrant colour, neutral greys, smooth gradations and natural skin tones all at the same time. And the standard print mode now incorporates 16-pass as well as conventional 12-pass, leading to smoother output quality."

    To schedule an Authorised Roland Technician to perform the upgrade or to find out more, please visit www.rolanddg.com.au/lefvalueup





  • + THE COLOUR DOCTOR IS NOW A CERTIFIED G7 EXPERT!

    David Crowther, the Colour Doctor of Colour Graphic Services has attained G7 Expert status having recently attended the ..

    13 August 2019


     David Crowther, the Colour Doctor of Colour Graphic Services has attained G7 Expert status having recently attended the G7 Professional Training course held at Heidelberg USA’s Kennesaw, Georgia headquarters and organised by the Idealliance and hosted by industry colour legend Don Hutcheson.

    The G7 course at Heidelberg USA was the 150th course, with 28 attendees. The Idealliance manages and facilitates the G7 Master Facility Qualification that allows Print Service Providers to achieve G7 Master certification, a growing global colour methodology that bridges the legacy differences between European and US pathways to ISO 12467 certification.

    G7 is a specification that defines a ‘common appearance’ for printed greys for ALL printing systems, controlling the two important aspects by which we judge monochromatic images, which are Tonality and Grey Balance. This makes it ideal for aligning print appearance across offset, flexo, gravure, wide format, digital inkjet & toner, dye sublimation – any process. As Crowther notes: “I was trained as a scanner operator and we always used to say: get the grey balance right and you will be well on your way to achieving excellent CMYK colour quality.”

    G7 Experts are individuals certified and licensed by Idealliance as proven leaders in print production and global standards to align all proof and print applications regardless of process, ink, or substrate. G7 Experts are taught and certified in substantial cost reductions of production, speeding product to market, significant reduction in waste, extraordinary increase in color consistency - no matter the substrate or print medium, and consistently maintain their client’s brand image and print production requirements. G7 colour is now mandated by several of the world’s leading brands.

    Don Hutcheson - G7® inventor and David’s trainer - had this to say about David’s recent certification as a G7 Expert: "It was a great pleasure having David Crowther in the recent Idealliance G7 Expert training at Heidelberg, Atlanta. As an expat Kiwi, I’m always happy to get visitors from down-under, even from that little island to the left of NZ! 

    During the class, David asked all the right questions and had all the right answers. His extensive knowledge and experience in the printing industry was immediately clear and contributed significantly to the training experience for the other attendees.

    The fact that David flew all the way from Australia to Atlanta, just to take the G7 Expert training, indicates how important G7 has become as a world-wide standard. Since its inception in 2005, around 5,000 printers and pre-press houses globally have become “G7 Masters” and the number of un-registered G7 users is in the tens of thousands. 

    G7 really does deliver better print consistency across all print technologies - not just offset - with or without additional colour management.  And it does so with less effort and lower costs than legacy TVI calibration.  G7 makes CMYK files more exchangeable across borders and technologies and makes standardized printing easier, cheaper and more accessible to everyone from creation to output.”
    Jordan Gorski, Vice President of Global Certification Programs for Idealliance adds:
     “Idealliance certified G7 Experts support, align, and maintain the highest levels of print quality, color management, and process control around the globe for print service providers, OEMs, creatives, brands, and print buyers. G7 Experts like David Crowther support these members of the print and packaging supply chain by giving them the tools critical for their business performance through added efficiencies, profitability, and continually raising the bar for print production quality and consistency across all print technology.”

    Crowther explains, “We have been planning this for a number of years now, and it all came to fruition recently, when well-known colour colleague and friend Don Hutcheson hosted the G7 Expert/Professional Training at Heidleberg USA. Don, an expat Kiwi, is the inventor of the G7 specification and method. It was great to learn about G7 from the original source.” 

    A G7 Expert can deliver G7 Master certification for printers, publishers and agencies. The IDEAlliance, a global non-profit think tank, focused on innovation, education, certification and integration looks after and manages the G7 programs worldwide.

    Crowther says: “We have always highlighted the importance of grey balance with our tireless work in ISO 12647 implementations with print providers all over Australia and New Zealand. High quality consistent CMYK colour reproduction has always been dependent of grey balance, even going back to the days of camera and drum scanner operators.”
     
    “The phone has been running hot with inquiries. G7 Expert consulting adds to our key colour quality products: Techkon precision instruments, JUST Normlicht ISO 3664:2009 lighting and viewing systems, Eizo calibrated monitors, ColorLogic CM & ICC systems, Mellow Colour colour reporting and analysis systems and CHROMAtrain CM training. We believe we have the best-in-class colour solutions to suit any print requirements,” concludes Crowther.

    Colour Graphics Services will be at PrintEx, Sydney Showgrounds August 13-16, stand I11! For the duration of the show only, and orders placed for Techkon colour measuring instruments will attract a 20% discount. Offer ends at 4pm Friday 16 August.





  • + Proud Designer to Represent Australia

    Indy Griffiths is, by any measure, an impressive young woman. Not only does she power through her work as graphic design..

    12 August 2019


    Indy Griffiths is, by any measure, an impressive young woman. Not only does she power through her work as graphic designer for Mona Vale company Style Communications, she also runs her own freelance studio and this month, with the support of Visual Connections, she will represent Australia as a ‘Skillaroo’ at the 54th WorldSkills International Championships.

    At school, Indy always loved design so there was never much doubt she’d pursue a career in the creative arts. Choosing Graphic Design as her major, she completed her training at Enmore Design Centre TAFE where, as luck would have it, she also came into contact with WorldSkills Australia.

    WorldSkills is a social enterprise which fosters skills excellence in vocational, technological and service-oriented careers in Australia, and promotes the importance of those skills to young people, their parents, industry and employers.

    As well as regional and national championships, Australian competitors – known as Skillaroos – also compete on the global stage through WorldSkills International. This year’s championship will be held in Kazan, Russia, from August 22-27, where an anticipated audience of 250,000 will watch competitors from 66 counties compete for gold, silver and bronze medals and the title of world champion in their skill.

    “The regional championships were held at Enmore so my lecturer suggested I compete,” Indy recalls. “Despite having no idea what it was, I agreed and surprised myself by winning by a narrow margin.”

    Qualifying for the national championship created a dilemma for the young designer who, by her own admission, lacked confidence at such a young age. 

    “It was daunting to be up against the ‘best of the best’ from around Australia but, with the encouragement of my lecturers and work colleagues, I decided to give it a go – and it’s been an amazing confidence builder,” she says.

    No wonder. Indy took out the Graphic Design Technology section comfortably, qualifying alongside 14 other young people to represent her country at WorldSkills Kazan 2019. To go, however, she needed both the permission of her employer and industry support. 

    For Style Communications’ owner, Shayna Price, it was a no-brainer. “We make a practice of giving young people the chance to develop their skills and gain experience, and then take great pride in then watching them go out and build their careers,” she says. 

    “WorldSkills is a fantastic opportunity for Indy to learn, develop her skills and build her confidence – which can only be good both for her and for us.”

    Shayna knows the value of on-the-job experience, having learned the ropes herself having taken a job with Style Communications after completing her own apprenticeship…as a chef.
    “It was something of a departure,” she laughs, “but I immediately enjoyed the way that we are not just producing products, but really helping solve problems for our customers. I just fell in love with the business – so much so that, when the original family moved on to new challenges, I decided to take over.”

    The ensuing years have had their moments – a major flood and a ransomware attack to name just two – but a loyal local clientele from around the Northern Beaches and a team of dedicated and talented people have kept the doors open.

    Indy, she says, joined the team almost by chance, after walking in to get a job printed towards the end of her TAFE course. 

    “As soon as I opened the files, I thought, ‘This girl really knows her stuff’. We were looking for a designer at the time, so we offered her the job, and she’s been a real asset. Design is so critical to meeting our customers’ requirements, and I’m always astonished by the quality of her work and the speed at which she does it. We are so proud of what she’s achieved with WorldSkills and we’re excited to see how she fares on the international stage.”

    The final piece of the puzzle fell into place for Indy when Visual Connections – the premier supplier’s association for the print, graphics and signage industries – agreed to sponsor her to participate in the international competition. 

    CEO Peter Harper says the Visual Connections’ long-standing support for WorldSkills Australia is reflective of its commitment to helping young people like Indy gain the skills, knowledge and experience they need to build successful careers in the sector.

    “While we often sponsor young print or sign apprentices, nothing is more fundamental to our industry than design,” Peter says. “That’s why we are so delighted to be sponsoring Indy – she’s already an asset to our industry and we’re looking forward to seeing her compete with the Skillaroos in Russia.”

    As for Indy, she’s typically downplaying her chances of success in Kazan but, win, lose or draw, there’s one thing she’s certain about – it won’t be her last interaction with WorldSkills.
    “It’s been a fantastic experience so, once I’m no longer able to compete, I’d love to give back by being a mentor to other trainees,” she says. “I’ve learned so much from other designers all over the world – and it’s great to be able to bring those skills back to the industry here in Australia.”






  • + Konica Minolta Australia Partners with EFI to Sell EFI MarketDirect Software

    Electronics For Imaging, Inc. and Konica Minolta® Australia are pleased to announce they will be bringing EFI™..

    12 August 2019


    Electronics For Imaging, Inc. and Konica Minolta® Australia are pleased to announce they will be bringing EFI™ MarketDirect software to the Australian market. The appointment sees Konica Minolta Australia as a partner for sales and distribution of the EFI MarketDirect customer engagement platform in the country. 
     
    The platform’s two advanced, cloud-based components, EFI MarketDirect Cross Media and MarketDirect StoreFront, give print and marketing service providers tools to ensure optimum productivity in multi-channel campaign management, web-to-print and online job procurement. The products also simplify the online interaction process between users and the print and marketing campaign clients they serve.
     
    MarketDirect Cross Media’s robust customer engagement platform gives users the ability to develop, distribute and track customer communications for loyalty programmes, offers, newsletters, surveys and communications rapidly and with ease. The software includes next-generation technologies to deliver comprehensive cross-media marketing applications for lead generation, new customer acquisition, prospecting and more.
     
    The software is available as a standalone application or alongside EFI MarketDirect StoreFront – an award-winning web-to-print solution that gives users more power than ever before to plan, manage and execute complex print and cross-media marketing programmes.
     
    “We are pleased with our decision to add EFI’s MarketDirect solutions to our portfolio,” said Grant Thomas, Product Marketing Manager, Konica Minolta Australia. “We are looking forward to demonstrating with our customers how they can build campaigns quickly and efficiently to drive more revenue, as well as compete with larger organisations who rely on more-complex solutions.”
     
    “This next-generation customer engagement platform in MarketDirect significantly expands what our customers can provide in marketing and communication services,” said EFI Regional Vice President of Sales Rodd Harrison. “From storyboarding and campaign design to visual automation, this is an elegantly simple tool for businesses looking to drive greater customer loyalty and deliver higher-value services to their client base.”
     
    Unlike many other platforms which are digital only, EFI MarketDirect is built to include print along with digital channels, offering customers a higher level of creativity with their campaign design and audience reach. One of the platform’s components enables rapid setup and prototyping of multi-channel marketing campaigns for print, email, web, mobile and social. A powerful image personalisation engine within MarketDirect gives users the power to create and embed highly relevant individualised elements into campaigns to drive greater marketing response.
     




    Both EFI MarketDirect Cross Media and MarketDirect StoreFront can be incorporated within broader, end-to-end MIS/ERP business and production workflows from EFI for streamlined, fully integrated efficiencies from job submission through final billing and shipping.
     
    The new partnership agreement is an expansion of a longstanding partnership between EFI and Konica Minolta worldwide that includes development and distribution of advanced EFI Fiery® digital front ends and Fiery workflow software for use with Konica Minolta digital production printers and presses.
     
    Konica Minolta will be exhibiting EFI MarketDirect on the Konica Minolta stand (#D37) at PrintEx in Sydney, 13-16 August. For more information about advanced print and digital marketing technologies from EFI, visit www.efi.com.





  • + Labelmakers to acquire Australia’s largest producer of linerless labels

    Labelmakers Group is set to acquire the country's biggest linerless labels producer, Le Mac Australia. The transaction i..

    12 August 2019


    Labelmakers Group is set to acquire the country's biggest linerless labels producer, Le Mac Australia. The transaction is expected to be completed next month.

    Labelmakers says the synergies created through this transaction will generate enormous value for our customer base, combining Labelmakers’ extensive range of printed label and packaging solutions with Le Mac’s capabilities across Linerless Labels, shrink sleeves, and tamper evident labels and packaging.

    Paul O’Sullivan, CEO of Labelmakers, said, “Le Mac is undeniably the market leader for Linerless Labels in Australia, which are generating significant interest from customers across the labelling arena. Furthermore, its shrink sleeve capability further complements our own leadership position in shrink sleeve labelling. The bringing together of the two businesses makes complete sense in terms of Labelmakers supporting customers in these two growth areas.”

    Le Mac was established in 1984, three years before Labelmakers. Le Mac was the first company in Australia to introduce the complete Linerless Labelling System, which effectively eliminates the requirement for a release liner and associated waste, which is environmentally problematic.

    The label application system itself also delivers greater line efficiencies to sectors where faster labelling speeds are required, such as the pre-packaged meat sector.

    With environmental packaging and operational efficiencies a key focus for brand owners and companies across the value-chain, Labelmakers sees significant growth potential for this innovative labelling solution, and says it is excited to welcome these capabilities into the Labelmakers offering.

    Labelmakers says it is is committed to improving environmental outcomes within the sector, with its team working on a number of initiatives including waste minimisation and closed-loop recycling, to deliver on these commitments. Extending its offering to include Linerless Label technology is part of this strategy.

    The company says this acquisition will cement Labelmakers as Australasia’s pre-eminent partner for printing and packaging solutions.





  • + Konica Minolta Australia extends reseller relationship with HP to include the HP Latex range

    Konica Minolta Australia is extending its existing partnership with HP to include reselling its wide format printer rang..

    12 August 2019


    Konica Minolta Australia is extending its existing partnership with HP to include reselling its wide format printer range, the HP Latex Production Printers and Print and Cut solution up to 1.63 metre roll widths, in the Australian market. 

    The HP Latex Production range is capable of printing both indoor and outdoor wide format applications, with a wider application versatility and a higher profit potential. The HP Latex range expands print opportunity beyond vinyls and banners to include films, papers, textiles, canvas, wall papers and more. It offers faster production speed, and eliminates wait times as the prints come out completely dry and ready for finishing. This can save up to 48hrs of wait time before lamination. The range has high levels of scratch resistance, also making this a safer option for operators of the printing equipment. 

    Tatjana Ferguson, product marketing manager, industrial print, Konica Minolta, said, “Konica Minolta is pleased to have strengthened its existing relationship with HP as a reseller of its wide format printing equipment. In addition to reselling the HP DesignJet and HP PageWide XL Series, the agreement means we can now offer HP Latex production printing solutions to the Australian market.” 

    Zoran Novakovic, country manager, Large Format Production Business, HP Australia, said, ‘HP is excited to extend our partnership with Konica Minolta and expand into the Large Format Production space. We believe the expansion will contribute to growth in our market segments. We look forward to continuing working with Konica Minolta in the future.” 

    Konica Minolta offer businesses the complete solution for their printing needs, with ranges including digital presses, wide format, digital B2 inkjet and embellishment systems. The HP Latex range will benefit customers looking to diversify with wide format, and will let them add an addition revenue stream. 

    Tatjana Ferguson said, “Konica Minolta offers the complete solution for commercial printers to ensure they will always be printing. The HP Latex range will be serviced by our highly-skilled engineers at Konica Minolta, which means existing customers can rely on the service levels they know and expect and be confident that they are dealing with a trusted team of industry professionals.” 





  • + Aitken appointed chief executive officer at IVE Group

    Matt Aitken has been named as IVE Group’s CEO after MD Warwick Hay announced his resignation. Aitken has been..

    06 August 2019


    Matt Aitken has been named as IVE Group’s CEO after MD Warwick Hay announced his resignation.

    Aitken has been the COO at the Australian Securities Exchange listed diversified marketing and printing business since August 2014 and has held a number of key executive roles with the company over the last 20 years.

    IVE Group announced the change today with Executive Chairman Geoff Selig thanking Hay for his contribution to the business, particularly through its listing on the Australian Securities Exchange in December 2015.

    “I think after five years as the Managing Director of an ASX listed business you have done a lot of heavy lifting and he has looked at some options of where to next,” said Selig.

    The change means Hay will leave the IVE Group Board of Directors but will remain employed at IVE until January 31, 2020 and has agreed to a nine month restraint for which he will be paid to ensure a seamless transition as Aitken steps into the group CEO role.

    “Warwick has made an outstanding contribution to the growth and evolution of the business during his time as Managing Director. It has been a pleasure to have worked closely with Warwick during this period, in particular through our listing on the ASX back in December 2015. I thank him for his commitment and leadership of the business, and offer on behalf of our board and staff my best wishes for the future,” Selig said.

    Hay described his experience at IVE as being very satisfying and commended the business for its solid values, great people and customer focus.

    “It has been very satisfying to have worked in a business that has delivered for all key stakeholders since I stepped into the role 5 years ago. It’s been wonderful to lead a business that has solid values, great people, an acute customer service focus, and an ongoing commitment to investment back into the business. I wish Matt all the very best as he leads the business through its next phase,” Hay said.

    Of his appointment, Aitken said, “I am delighted to have the opportunity to be the CEO of a business that has been the cornerstone of my professional career. I genuinely believe the value proposition we take to market and the dedicated people we have to support this has underpinned the sustainability and success of our business over a very long period. I look forward to continuing to build on the business we have today to ensure our ongoing success moving forward.”





  • + Signature Clothing Expands Business with the Help of Roland Rental Plus

    Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices, has released a new instalment..

    06 August 2019


    Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices, has released a new instalment in its Roland User video series. The latest video features successful clothing solutions business, Signature Clothing Pty Ltd, detailing their experience with a Roland TrueVIS SG-300 printer cutter financed through Roland Rental Plus.

    For over 30 years, Managing Directors of Signature Clothing, Denise and Arn Betteridge, have been running their family-owned embroidery business in the NSW Hunter Valley. A passion for creating tailored corporate and promotional clothing solutions has seen their business grow from humble beginnings in domestic embroidery, to recently purchasing a TrueVIS SG-300 printer cutter. Of the printer cutter, Arn said: “What we really like about Roland is the quality of the print, the fact that it’s a very reliable machine and with the VersaWorks software it just integrates perfectly.” 

    Arn and Denise chose to manage the finance for their printer cutter through Roland Rental Plus, the latest offering from Roland DG’s dedicated finance program, Roland Rental. With no upfront investment and fixed price scheduled servicing bundled into the one monthly repayment, Arn believes Roland Rental Plus has made purchasing their equipment and maintaining it, so simple: “For one monthly payment we get not only the machine and what it’s capable of, but we [also] get 6 monthly scheduled servicing.”

    Along with the quality and reliability from the Roland TrueVIS SG-300, finance through Roland Rental Plus has helped Arn and Denise become more productive and efficient so that they can focus on growing their business and doing what they do best. “After 30 years in business we can tell you there is a lot of challenges to face and financing shouldn’t be one of them,” says Arn. “Our experience with Roland Rental Plus has given us peace of mind. We can rest easy and I can’t recommend them thoroughly enough.”

    To read the full user story and view the video, click here.