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Holiday shut-down precaution advice from Roland DG

Roland DG will be closed from COB of 23rd December and re-opening on Monday 4th January. In an advisory sent to customers, some very useful tips and a checklist are shared on how to correctly shut down, keep prepared and re-start wide format inkjet printers.

Insurance market ‘a national crisis killing small businesses’

Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell handed down her Insurance Inquiry final report today, finding "widespread market failure" in regards to the availability and affordability of essential small business insurance products.

FESPA 2021 postponed for third time

In a not unexpected move, and following the postponement of drupa 2021, the organisers of FESPA Global Print Expo, Amsterdam, have been forced to fast forward the show by six months, from March to October 2021.

Ovato creditors green-light plan to axe 300 jobs

Creditors and company members voted unanimously in favour of a $40m restructure scheme by printing company Ovato that will cut 300 jobs and close its heatset plant at Clayton in Melbourne before Christmas 2020. The plan asked creditors to accept 50 cents in the dollar. 

New December Labels Plus magazine online now!

Wideformat Online’s Publisher Andy McCourt is also editor of Labels Plus magazine, on behalf of the Visual Connections and FPLMA associations. The label and wide format sectors are closely aligned, with many wide format shops also offering labels and ‘stickers.’ The December 2020 issue can be viewed online for free!

Christmas in the Air(brush) again with David Brown

That talented Sydney Northern Beaches airbrush artist David Brown is at it again, bringing joy and art to shop windows on Sydney's Northside. Great to see the art of airbrushing is still vibrant in a digital world.

ORAFOL relocates into new Sydney site - adds new team members

Industry printable films, laminates, reflective materials and industrial tapes supplier, Orafol Australia, has recently relocated its NSW facility to a larger corporate office and distribution facility in Erskine Park, western Sydney, and added seven new industry professionals to the staff complement.

Durst partners with workflow software firm PrintFactory

Wide format workflow software developer PrintFactory has signed a partnership with wide format technology manufacturer Durst, which will now be providing its global customers with PrintFactory API workflow software.

Kayell celebrates ‘rare feat’ of 50 years in business

Kayell Australia is celebrating 50 years of business supplying the digital imaging, video & audio, fine art inkjet printing and graphic art industries. The Artarmon, NSW-based company's portfolio includes Epson wide format and Ricoh DTG printers. 

Drytac's new floor & wall graphics media to meet demand

“The popularity of floor graphics has increased significantly in recent months owing to their effectiveness as directional signage and social distancing notices,” said Drytac. The self-adhesive materials manufacturer for global large format print and signage markets has expanded its floor and wall graphic ranges with Polar PET 170 and SpotOn SynTac, “meeting demand for eco-friendlier PVC-free products.” 

drupa 2021 cancelled: ”Just too great a risk”

Messe Düsseldorf, the organisers of the world’s biggest printing industry trade show, announced that drupa 2021 has been cancelled in its planned form due to the pandemic and will be replaced with a four-day virtual show from 20 to 23 April. The return to the physical format is scheduled for 2024. 
Germany is currently recording about 18,000 new cases of Covid-19 a day, despite a month-long lockdown in which bars and restaurants have closed but schools and shops remained open.  

Last call for ASGA sub-contractors webinar

It's still not too late to register for the ASGA Webinar on "Sub-Contractors – Know Your Risks" – FREE for ASGA members and their staff. It will be held on Thursday 10 December 11.30 am AEDT.

Nine-fold increase in small business commercial lease disputes

“My office saw commercial lease disputes increase nine-fold during the peak of the pandemic, with more than 570 cases in the June quarter alone,” said Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell, who’s called for an overhaul of the dispute resolution framework, saying it doesn’t work for small businesses. 

FESPA's Coffee Break looks at pressSIGN 10 software

FESPA’s webinar series Coffee Break continues on Thursday 10th December with ‘Process Control - How PressSign 10 scores your print quality and helps you progress!’ “Measuring a simple colour bar reveals the truth and reports give the feedback on how to fine tune the colour on your inkjet or screen presses." 

Business opportunity: Printhead Dr to retire: assets for sale

For over 6 years, Vince Bezzina, the Printhead Doctor, has saved sign and display printers thousands of dollars by professionally recovering blocked printheads of all types. He has also supplied the hardware, training and fluids for larger printers to clean their own printheads. Due to health issues, Vince now wants to retire and this presents a great opportunity for someone to earn an income from their home garage or shed, or a bolt-on to an existing service business.

Woman files Supreme Court action over fallen road sign

A woman seriously injured when a four tonne, five-by-four metre road sign fell and crushed her car on Melbourne’s Tullamarine freeway last year has launched Supreme Court action against VicRoads, Transurban and construction company CPB Contractors.

Bailey Print expands into state-of-the-art production house 

Facing a surge in demand for its Covid-19-related protective gear, Brisbane sign and display business Bailey Print Group has moved its operation 10 minutes south down the freeway into a new high tech printing facility in the manufacturing hub of Sailsbury. Bailey's business development manager Samantha Bailey-Jensen this week won an HIA award recognising the company's pivot into making protective gear for healthcare workers.