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SAi's subscription software model a hit with Sign firms large and small

In April 2014, SAi, a leading provider for professional signmaking, wide-format digital printing and CNC machining industries announced a new sales option: software by subscription. We caught up with Philippe Meyer, SAi’s Sales and Support Manager for Oceania, about the success of this innovative approach in the intervening years.

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Fairview Architectural appoints administrator - protects jobs

Fairview Architectural Pty Ltd, a leading supplier of ACM panels, has addressed the challenges faced by cladding-related litigation, Covid-19 and customer failures leaving large debts and has voluntarily appointed Grant Thornton to administer (not liquidate as reported elsewhere), the company's affairs. The goal is to emerge from administration and keep all 52 jobs.

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Koenig & Bauer stands by drupa after Heidelberg quits

"Nothing beats experiencing the latest technologies up close in action with the public and the trade fair feeling,” said German press manufacturer Koenig & Bauer, confirming its presence at next year’s global printing trade expo drupa following the surprise exit of competitor Heidelberg. “Although digital formats are gaining in importance, they are only a supplement in customer communication.” K&B CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann is also the president of drupa.

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The air-conditioned bus shelter from JCDecaux 

The world’s leading outdoor advertising company says its new generation Natural Cooling bus shelter will create cooling areas in cities as temperatures continue to rise because of climate change. The bus shelter, currently being trialled in the northern summer, “will improve quality of urban life during increasingly frequent heatwaves.”

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Press giant Heidelberg ditches drupa 2021 due to Covid-19

“Covid-19 has accelerated the move towards digital and local events,” says Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) in a statement. “Although there is no way of knowing what the impact of corona will be next year, Heidelberg has to make a decision now." Heidelberg said it would focus instead on new virtual trade fair concepts and regional events.

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Industrial printer market in Australia/NZ down 33%

According to the latest IDC Worldwide Quarterly Industrial Printer Tracker, the industrial printer market in Australia & New Zealand declined significantly in the 2020 Q1 period, with a quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) decline of -18.39% and year-on-year (YoY) decline of -33.79%. 

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Epson expands Partner Program for growth opportunities

Epson is making “serious moves to strengthen and expand its business in Australia” with the launch of Epson Australia’s new three-tiered Premium Partner Program designed to offer significant benefits to current partners, attract new partners and create business and growth opportunities for all members.

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SunPrint shines in PICA Awards

Sunshine Coast, Queensland print shop SunPrint has added to its already impressive array of awards by scooping  a total of nine medals in the state’s PICAs, including Gold in Regional Print Business. A huge pat on the back to owner Steve Hall, despite his modesty!

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Andy Berry resigns as CEO of Ricoh Australia

Ricoh Australia says it has accepted the resignation of managing director and CEO Andy Berry, who will be leaving the company on 24th July 2020 to take up a role outside of Ricoh. Mike Pollok, managing director of Ricoh New Zealand, has been appointed interim MD of Ricoh Australia in addition to his current role, effective immediately.

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