It hasn't been audited yet and there are concerns about some visitors not having been 'scanned' but it looks like PacPrint attracted between 6,500 and 7,000 visitors over its 4 days. Certainly Friday felt very busy indeed and many New Zealanders showed up too.
Well known and respected CEO of Onyx Graphics, Kevin Murphy, will retire in July - paving the way for Matt Crawford to step up internally as President and CEO. With 20 years already at Onyx Graphics, Crawford will ensure an ultra-smooth transition.
Several stands had 'We're hiring' signs on their stands at PacPrint and generally there is a shortage of candidates. Leading industry recruiters JDA Printrecruit had endless enquiries from printers seeking applicants, Vivad had no less than five jobs advertised. Leading fit-out firm Major Media are looking for an Ops and Install person...the list goes on.
New Zealand's Sign & Display Association (NZSDA) has opened an online gallery of all entries submitted to the NZ Sign & Display Awards 2022 to be presented in Queenstown this week (Friday 8 July).
Four of the six Australian manufacturing sectors expanded in June according to Ai Group’s Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australian PMI), with the textiles, clothing, footwear (TCF), paper & printing products sector reporting the strongest result.
The ACCC says more than $700 million was lost in investment scams in 2021 and another $227 million in payment redirection scams, while romance scams resulted in losses of $142 million. An astounding 357 million scam calls were blocked by a new Scam Calls Industry Code.
Fujifilm says its eco-manufacturing site in Suzhou, China - which recycles multifunction printers - has become carbon neutral following the installation of hundreds of solar panels and a switch to renewable electricity.
Global print giant HP says it’s building a “best-in-class experience” for the Printing United Expo in Las Vegas this October with a private show hall encompassing 21,000 square feet (1,950 square metres).
With apologies to Queen from 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' If you are looking for a great, well-constructed laser cutter or engraver that won't break the budget, try Thunder Laser. The whole look and feel of the various models speaks robustness and quality, with motors and parts sourced globally from the best and assembled in China. At PacPrint, Glenn Traves and Mandy showed several models and existing users are singing the praises.
Carbon8 from NSW, with five Gold and two Silver Awards , was the night’s biggest winner at the 39th National Print Awards hosted by the PVCA last night in Melbourne. The Lighthouse Group from NSW, Sunprint Queensland and Ball & Doggett in Victoria all won two Gold medals. Other gold winners were John Fisher Printing NSW; Jamesprint, Styleprint and Ellikon Fine Printers from Victoria; The Greenridge Group and dms CREATiVE from Queensland; CCL Label, Signageworld and Multi-Color Corporation Australia from SA; Percival Print & Packaging from WA; and Foot & Playstead from Tasmania.
The show rocks on and we will bring more news about it over next week but Wednesday evening was all about two special functions - the LIA precursing the announcement of Apprentice of the Year, introducing the finalists ahead of the announcement at the NPAs, and Currie Group putting a fine party on to celebrate its new branding and, well, just have a good time complete with band and floorshow. It's as if Covid never happened!
In a shock announcement, Xerox Corporation said its vice chairman and chief executive officer John Visentin, 59, unexpectedly passed away yesterday due to complications from an ongoing illness. Steve Bandrowczak, Xerox’s president and chief operations officer has been appointed Interim CEO.
The lengthy Court case involving former Fuji Xerox MD Neil Whittaker, Finance Manager Devlin Bell and accounting firm EY has been adjourned until July 30th by new presiding Judge Feutrill. Recently appointed to the Federal Court, he is now handling the claims and cross-claims case.
What a night of nights! Gold medal winners at Tuesday night’s HP-ASGA National Sign Awards included familiar names Kingman, Cunneen Signs and Grafico Group as well as first-time winners Zimmerman Industries, OMG!, Signhub, Neolite, Specialbuild, Signcraft, Signageworld and Signage Fleet. Donuts Anyone? by Liberty Signs in the Vehicle Wraps category won the People’s Choice award.
Australia’s largest distributor of printable materials and press consumables says its new Product Catalogue 2022 – 2024 is 'the perfect tool for navigating through our comprehensive range of products.' It's also available at PacPrint on a stand made entirely of sustainable and locally-made board material.
Fujifilm Business Innovation Australia has named former NBN Co executive Stephen Sims as its new executive general manager, responsible for the former Fuji Xerox’s national sales and Fujifilm CodeBlue Australia, its IT services subsidiary.
With just under two years to go until the start of drupa 2024, planning is well advanced with global print businesses from 32 countries already on board. "This edition will specifically focus on the mega trends sustainability and digitalisation."
Well the industry has gone an extra few miles, with first impressions of the show following the opening by Federal Member for Macnamara, Josh Burns MP, showing a great and diverse event. Everything from drones and 3D to the expected latest in digital, wide format, finishing, consumables - you name it it's there. If you haven't already planned your trip, our recommendation is to do it now - you won't regret it.
“Though we hoped supply chain issues would ease in 2022, factors outside our control continue to wreak havoc, resulting in a perfect storm," says Clinton Willis, executive general manager sales at ASX-listed printer Ovato. Earlier this month, the ACCC said it would not oppose Opus Group’s proposed acquisition of Ovato’s book printing business.
Rollover – the Norwegian manufacturer of one of the industry’s most productive machines, will once again have Svein Ove Martinsen at PacPrint & Visual Impact on the Wilenco stand E26, this week in Melbourne. He’s travelled 16,000km to be here, so why not say hello and enjoy a demo on the latest Rollover applicators – four are on show!
ASGA is offering PacPrint visitors the chance to win a 12-month free membership by providing a new or updated listing for the national signage association’s free Sign Industry Directory. ASGA has a busy Day One schedule lined up at PacPrint, with an afternoon forum session on changes to the National Construction code before the presentation of the HP 2022 National Sign & Graphics Awards on Tuesday night.