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Spicers posts $6.7m loss ahead of proposed sale to KPP

Spicers has recorded a loss of $6.7 million for the half-year ended 31 December 2018, after suffering a $15 million hit on the offloading of its Asian operations. The paper company and wide format supplier is preparing for its proposed sale later this year - pending shareholder approval - to Japan-based global paper giant Kokusai Pulp & Paper (KPP).

Entries open for PIAA’s state PICA awards

Entries have opened for the state Printing Industry Creativity Awards (PICAs) which kick off in Adelaide in June, with all state winners eligible to compete in the 36thannual National Print Awards to be held during Printex19 in Sydney in August. A Large Format category is for work printed on any substrate using any printing method, and includes pull up banners, indoor visual, building banners, bus shelter signage, real estate signage.

Registration opens for 'bigger and better' Printex19

Online registration is now open for Printex19, the leading expo for the print, sign, display and engraving industries, which this year will be co-located with sign, display and wide format showcase Visual Impact and the Labels and Packaging Expo.

Roland DG launches Queensland disaster support program

Roland DG Australia is offering disaster pricing for replacement products and reduced service rates on moisture-affected Roland equipment to any customers affected by record flooding in Queensland, which has now inundated 1.3 million sq kilometres. 

New ultra-wide scanners from Contex

Danish manufacturer Contex is hosting a free webinar to showcase two new additions to its range of large format scanners, the HD Ultra X scanner series. 

Legal challenge 'suspends' Australian Paper’s $600 million Energy from Waste project

“We don’t know if they can absolutely guarantee that none of the toxins such as mercury and dioxins can be prevented from going out the stack,” says Jill Redwood, coordinator of Environment East Gippsland (EEG), which has filed legal action against Australian Paper’s $600 million EfW project at its Maryvale mill in the Latrobe Valley, east of Melbourne.

QLM’s new ‘art series’ labels using HP Indigo & HP Mosaic

The project for Pukara Estate provided QLM Label Makers with its first market application of HP Mosaic software for self-adhesive labels. It's part of a number of ongoing QLM projects aimed at utilising personalisation and customisation to generate increased sales.

Sherlock Holmes enlists SAi Flexi at UK sign shop

"Think of us as a Swiss Army Knife,” says Perry Brahan, director of UK-based Amersham Signs Design and a former special effects designer for the BBC. “We’re a relatively small company offering a wide variety of services usually found only in larger companies, many of them enabled by design, print and cut software from SAi.”

‘We’re not a cookie-cutter operation’: Signwave GM

“People have this idea around franchising that’s it’s this tightly controlled, cookie-cutter type of thing but all of our businesses are unique and a reflection of owners connecting to markets according to their individual interests,” says Linda Sultmann, director and GM, Signwave Australia.

oOh!media signs with Brisbane Airport Corp

oOh!media has signed a new long-term contract with Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) which includes exclusive rights for internal and external advertising for both the domestic and international terminals.

Xerox buys into metal 3D printing

US printing giant Xerox has moved into metal 3D printing with the acquisition of New York-based start-up Vader Systems - creator of the first liquid metal 3-D printer for manufacturing. The process uses aluminium, which opens up potential signage applications.

PMP Group rebrands as Ovato 

Australasia's largest commercial printing and marketing company has confirmed it will consolidate its portfolio of more than 20 unique businesses under a new brand name: Ovato. The company says the name comes from the word 'ovation.'

$5,000 Roland DG trade-in offer on TrueVIS VG 

Roland DG Australia has a new trade-In program for its award-winning TrueVIS VG Series. To qualify, customers need to purchase a TrueVIS VG-540 or VG-640 wide format printer cutter before March 8th 2019. 

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