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BREAKING- Icahn issues Open Letter to HP shareholders re Xerox merger

Carl Icahn, master Wall Street tactician and big shareholder in both HP and Xerox, has followed his proven pattern in hostile take-overs and issued an 'Open Letter' trying to persuade HP shareholders that it's a good thing to allow Xerox to take HP over and save USD$2 billion a year in operating costs. He makes some valid points but admits it's all about 'making billions' - no mention of customers here.

TAFE students’ graphics showcase a huge hit

If ever there was evidence for the NSW Government to give more support to TAFE education, the Hornsby Northern Sydney Institute campus’ ‘Rise’ showcase of Cert IV student work was just that – amazing!

Brisbane’s AFX Digital goes into liquidation

Well established Brisbane printer AFX Digital has been wound up and has appointed Travis Pullen of B&T Advisory as liquidator. It's the second print business liquidation this week.

ACCC probes Nippon’s $1.7bn deal to buy Orora’s packaging business

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has opened an investigation into 'competitive impacts' of global giant Nippon Paper’s $1.7 billion proposed acquisition of Orora’s paper packaging assets. Japan's Nippon already owns Australian Paper, the country’s only manufacturer of printing and packaging papers.

Ricky’s fundraiser for Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation

Supplier Ricky Richards is holding its annual fundraiser for the Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation this Friday 6 December and is appealing for donations. Over the past 23 years, the company has raised more than $186,000 for the hospital.

A brush of fresh air in huge Christmas window sign

A trip to the local Swimart pool shop turned into a Christmas surprise for WFOL publisher Andy McCourt. Across the front windows was a terrific Christmas mural - not digitally-printed but airbrushed on by Sydney artist David Brown...here it is.

John Singleton’s Manboom sues QMS Media for $200m: report

ASX-listed outdoor advertiser QMS Media has released a statement to address reports that its facing a $200 million lawsuit by outdoor advertising business Manboom over lost revenue following the alleged breach of a 2014 cooperation agreement.

Roland’s free guide to print and cut technology

The new Roland Guide to Print and Cut covers many aspects of running a print and cut business, from choosing the right device to showing businesses how they can add new revenue streams by diversifying their product offering.

Registrations open for NZSDA Sign Expo

The New Zealand Sign and Display Association has opened registrations for next year’s NZ Sign Expo, titled Vision 2020 - Shaping the Vision Expo, held June 11-13. The country’s largest graphics, sign, display and large format trade show is held the same week as the NZSDA conference and its Awards of Excellence event. 

New printable textiles from Ricky

Ricky Richards continued its recent run of new product launches with two new printable textiles that are now available - be.tex Flash Light FR and be.tex Latfinity FR.

Signage One expands into customised packaging

NSW sign business Signage One has invested in a new HP R2000 Latex flatbed and new Aristo TL1925 cutting table with conveyor as part of its new focus on the bespoke packaging market.

Xerox gets hostile with $33.5 billion HP takeover bid

Xerox plans to take its $US33.5 billion bid for HP directly to HP shareholders, setting up a possible hostile takeover. "We plan to engage directly with HP shareholders to solicit their support in urging the HP Board to do the right thing and pursue this compelling opportunity,” Xerox CEO John Visentin said in a letter to the HP board. “Your refusal to engage in mutual due diligence with Xerox defies logic.”