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Printer sales help drive Ricoh to H1 profit of ¥23bn

Ricoh’s Graphic Communications unit sales increased by 25% to ¥108.8 billion, with commercial printing business sales rising as economic activities recovered from Covid-related restrictions. “Despite the impact of material shortages, sales of production printers increased as we worked to secure production volumes,” Ricoh said.

New UPM paper for high-speed HP PageWide inkjet presses

UPM Communication Papers has collaborated with HP Inc to develop a new generation of digital printing papers specifically designed for high-speed inkjet printing technology, including HP PageWide inkjet presses.

ASGA Sign & Graphics taster course in WA

The Australian Sign & Graphics Association says a two-day Sign & Graphics taster course – free to high school students and teachers - has been scheduled for the 23rd & 24th of November in WA. The first of ASGA’s taster courses was held last month in Brisbane, and TAFE SA will host a similar event in Tonsley, Adelaide this week (9-10 November).

Eight freight companies warned over 'cartel conduct'

Cartel agreements made it possible for freight companies to charge customers more for retail freight forwarding services, said the NZ Commerce Commission. In June, two international freight companies – including Sydney-based Mondiale Freight Services – were fined a total of more than $9 million over 'deceptive' Australia/NZ freight cartels.

Caldera announces Version 16 of CalderaRIP

French software developer Caldera has announced the release of the latest version of  CalderaRIP, its award-winning RIP program for large-format digital printing & cutting. Starting November 2nd, users will be able to upgrade their RIP to Version 16 in order to experience the full range of new features and improvements.

Is Black the next Pantone Colour of the Year? Subs cost soars and designers penalised

Just under a year ago, we reported on a falling out between Adobe and Pantone over inclusion of Pantone colour libraries in Adobe's popular applications, resulting in them being dropped by Adobe. Pantone Connect became a subscription service as a result. Now, designer blogs are full of outrage at an alleged doubling of subscription rates - and designers with Adobe subs having their colours changed to black!

Troy Cavanagh of ImageBox is FESPA Australia’s Future Leader

Twelve industry leaders who took part in the first FESPA Australia Future Leaders program have chosen Troy Cavanagh of Melbourne wide format business ImageBox as their spokesperson and the inaugural FESPA Future Leader. Cavanagh wins an expenses-paid trip to FESPA Munich.

Epson reports strong revenue growth despite supply shortages

Epson reported strong revenue and profit growth in its second quarter financial results, despite “skyrocketing” materials and logistics costs. Epson’s Q2 revenue of ¥335.2bn was up ¥66.8bn or 25% on the previous year, with ¥23.7bn in profit for the period (up ¥4.7bn).

Better beach signage could prevent surge in drownings: study

A University of Adelaide researcher says improvements in beach safety signage could help prevent the surge in drownings on Australian beaches. Half of overseas-born beachgoers had no understanding of some beach safety terms, according to the study.

Innovia releases new graphics media film range

Innovia Films introduced a new generation of polypropylene, high gloss films which are printable by HP Latex and UV Inkjet systems and ideal for curved large graphics, advertising and point of sale. 

Wide Format printers shine at ProPrint 50 Awards night

It's the Awards Season and the surprise event was the ProPrint magazine 'Top50' Awards held at Sydney's Shangri-La Ballroom at The Rocks. Around 350 industry people gathered there for a glittering evening hosted by Sam McCool of PacPrint fame and with Durst as the major sponsor and a raft of who's-who sponsors supporting them. Many of the awards went to wide-format related print houses, including the #1 spot to Keith Ferrel of Cactus Imaging. Andy McCourt was there.

PRIMA & PMI merger puts Eco-Solvent vs Latex and Toner vs Electroink in spotlight

PRIMA – part of the US/UK photobook, wall décor and personalised products giant District Photo, is buying PMI Pty Ltd, Chris Zapris’ similar business established with the help of Vic. Govt. funding in 2012. The two previously fierce competitors use different production technologies – which ones will win out?

Former Hygrade director disqualified for five years

ASIC has disqualified former Hygrade Group MD Alf Holmes from managing corporations for five years due to his involvement in the failure of three companies that owe a total of $6.6m to creditors, including $1.4m in taxes. 

Lawn bowls in SA, golf in WA (photos): ASGA networking events

ASGA says a free sign industry networking event – sponsored by Orafol - will take place at the Adelaide Bowling Club, Dequetiville Terrace, Kent Town on 1 December. Meanwhile, a team from Graphic Art Mart won last week’s ASGA golf event in WA.

Avery Dennison Q3 sales up 11.8% to $US2.3 billion

Avery Dennison Corporation said net sales for its third quarter ended October 1, 2022 increased by 11.8% to $2.3 billion - “despite ongoing inflationary pressures, currency headwinds and increasing economic uncertainty” - with earnings per share (EPS) up 38%. Label and Graphic Materials sales increased 12% to $1.5 billion.

Canon Q3 income up 9.7% to 54 billion yen ($A575m)

Canon also reported increased sales in its production printing business compared with the previous year, due to strong sales of its varioPRINT iX series of high-speed cut-sheet colour inkjet presses. But overall Printing Unit profit was down due to a decline in non-hardware sales.