The Real Media Collective (TRMC) accused Coles Supermarkets of “using the environment” as an excuse for switching from printed to digital catalogues – a move that’s expected to cost printer IVE Group between $35-$40 million.
The Trump administration's decision to entrust USD$765 million of taxpayer money to Eastman Kodak has raised several questions about the financial vetting of the inkjet printer and plate company, amid an investigation into potential insider trading.
Fairview Architectural administrators Grant Thornton have formerly received a DOCA proposal from FVA Group - staffed by former management of Fairview Architectural, under which creditors will be paid in full and all 52 jobs preserved. At least ten other concerns are expected to tender their offers. If any one exceeds the FVA Group offer, sources indicate what is known as an 'Embarassment Clause' can be invoked, giving FVA Group the opportunity to increase its offer.
Digital textile printing technology manufacturer Kornit Digital says the acquisition of UK-based global software firm Custom Gateway expands its cloud software workflow portfolio for on-demand apparel and home décor production.
The 3M Digital Graphics range includes films, laminates and wraps for multiple applications including signs, display, vehicles, floors, windows, buildings, walls and reflective films. Stocks are now available in all of Starleaton’s seven warehouse locations across Australia.
Grant Thornton, voluntary administrator of Fairview Architectural - a leading supplier of ACM panels for Signage and Architectural use - has filed a report with the Federal Court and requested an extension of until October 13th for the ‘convening meeting’. A second meeting of creditors will take place on August 25th to vote on this.
Screen GP Australia’s new Truepress Jet520HD mono, the latest addition to its Truepress Jet520HD series of high-speed roll-fed inkjet presses, is a specialized model for monochrome printing.
Roland DG Australia has launched a new section on the company’s website that is designed to assist customers with creating Covid-19 related signage. Free social distancing signage templates can be downloaded. “There has never been a better time to offer these signage services or to consider bringing the production in-house."
Net media revenue for the Out of Home (OOH) industry in the half-year was $289.1 million, down $158.2 million or 35.4% from $447.3 million for the same period in 2019.
The Signage and Wide format industry survey, in association with Ascent Partners, on the state and future of the sector will close off and share the results after Friday this week. We really value your input for the benefit of all industry participants. Just follow the link below - it won't take long.
The current management of CERM, a global provider of Management Information System (MIS) software for the printing industry, says it has acquired “full independence” through a Management Buyout (MBO) from press giant Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg). Heidelberg and CERM will continue to develop and distribute CERM software as ‘Prinect Business Manager’ for the commercial print market.
Leigh Hooper, national manager of Ball & Doggett’s fastest growing division Display & Visual, says the Covid-19 pandemic has underlined the importance of diversification, innovation and collaboration in the industry. Hooper and Benn Murphy, managing director of Clarke Murphy Print – responsible for the NRL’s successful Fan in the Stand program - are this week’s guests on Ball & Doggett’s YouTube series RESET that asks the question: “What does optimism look like to you for your business right now?”
“The Australian printing industry breathed a sigh of relief with the announcement that JobKeeper would be extended to the end of March 21,” says print industry analyst Richard Rasmussen of Ascent Partners. A further 500,000 Victorians are expected to join the program in the September quarter.
Digital printing giant says its annual global users’ conference will now be held online on six days over the course of two weeks in January 2021. EFI Engage will feature “detailed information on choosing the right technologies to navigate an uncharted market.”
The 2020 HP Awards for Excellence presented by ASGA and FESPA Australia will be held on 19th February at the Beta Bar & Gallery on Castlereagh Street in Sydney. An industry conference will be held throughout the day at the same venue. The premier sign industry awards event, held every second year, was to have taken place in May 2020 at the since-postponed Visual Impact Gold Coast trade show.
Konica Minolta has brought forward the target year for achieving its carbon minus goal from 2050 to 2030. “It is necessary to accelerate the process of reducing CO2 emissions from internal and external sources,” says a company statement.
The Australian Sign & Graphics Association (ASGA) says a late change to Stage 4 lockdown restrictions allows for sign installation in many areas that were not allowed 24 hours earlier. “Multiple worksites are now officially allowed to be visited by our employees."
Susan Heaney, the original founder of the Women in Print (WiP) and MD of Heaneys Performers In Print on Queensland’s Gold Coast, has been appointed the new chair of a re-launched WiP program that includes a new website and a new partnership with industry group The Real Media Collective.
Neil Whittaker, former Managing Director of Fuji Xerox New Zealand and Australia, has filed his defence in the case of FUJI XEROX AUSTRALIA PTY LTD & ANOR (Fuji Xerox Finance) v NEIL WHITTAKER & ORS, the other defendants being former CFO Devlin Bell, accountancy form Ernst & Young, and EA (Andy) Lang, a former EY partner. UPDATED see below
An increasing number of Melbourne print and sign companies have vowed to stay open during the six week lockdown despite strict COVID-19 stage four restrictions.
The Australian Sign & Graphics Association (ASGA) has updated members on Stage Four Covid-19 restrictions in Victoria and how they will affect business operations. “It is an unfortunate reality for most businesses that your work will dry up very quickly. Within one week, you may find that you have little or no work regardless of your decision to keep operating.”