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Clear Skies/Skope Manufacturing DOCA gets go-ahead

At the second meeting of creditors on Tuesday 27th August, the Deed of Company Arrangement put forward by administrator Simon Thorn of PKF was passed and will come into force. The deciding factor was when the ATO said they would support it in light of the 30 cents in the dollar eventual return, whereas a liquidation scenario would likely return zero.

Bill to ban flammable cladding to return to Senate 

The Centre Alliance party will reintroduce a Senate bill in the next sitting week to ban the importation of flammable cladding, a move that one Coalition senator has warned could "destroy thousands of small businesses, particularly those in the signage industry.” 

Register now for SGIA Colour Bootcamp in Melbourne

There are still limited spaces available for next week’s SGIA Colour Management Bootcamp at Starleaton in Melbourne (3-5 Sept), an intensive three-day course led by experts David Crowther (The Colour Doctor) and Peter Way (Starleaton) that will focus on colour management for wide format printers.

$37m in profit: another year of solid growth for IVE Group

Print and marketing business IVE Group delivered another year of substantial growth, with revenue up 4.1% to $724 million in the 12 months ended June 2019 and net profit after tax rising by 4.4% to $37.5 million – despite what it calls “softer trading conditions” in the second half.

oOh!media profit down 24% in weaker OOH market

Out-of-Home advertiser oOh!media recorded a healthy 5% revenue increase to $309 million in the half-year ended 30 June but profit after tax slumped by 24% to $9 million - in part due to “subdued trading” during the May federal election.

Xeikon upgrades its Panther UV inkjet label printer

A new combination of Xeikon’s X-800 workflow and PantherCure UV ink allows printers using the Panther inkjet press to enhance their range of labels by generating a tactile and textured layer. 

PrintEx19 delivers value to 5000+ visitors 

Despite a slight drop in visitor numbers, the co-located PrintEx19, Visual Impact and the Label & Packaging Expo generated value for both the visitors who made time to attend and for exhibitors who signed millions of dollars’ worth of deals at the show.

TGI acquisition drives 65% jump in half-year profit for QMS

Outdoor advertiser QMS Media delivered “a strong operational and financial performance” in the first half of 2019, with revenue up 23% to $128 million on the same period last year and net profit after tax up 65% to $16.5 million. 

PrintEx potpourri – a pictorial wrap

The show may be over but the follow-up lingers on. Most exhibitors reported good business and lead generation, showing that the industry is still investing in technology, which is good.

Clear Skies/Skope Manufacturing Svcs - debt blows out to $2.2 million, ATO owed over $800k

In his report to Creditors ahead of the second meeting on Tuesday 27th August, the Administrator of Clear Skies Corp Pty Ltd, trading as Skope Group Services Manufacturing, Scream Visual Wholesale Manufacturing and FM Engineering & Wholesale Sign Manufacturing – Mr Simon Thorn of PKF states that the Company may have traded insolvently since 2017. Sign company Skope Group has put in an offer to buy Clear Skies for $100K and guarantee the 22 jobs, plus most entitlements.

NCC-2019 fire ratings guide – what you need to know

After receiving a rush of inquiries from signage companies about the new national construction code (NCC-2019), a fire ratings expert has compiled a helpful guide that outlines how to comply with the new regulations.

Canon executive GM Gavin Gomes exits for CSG

Gavin Gomes, the former executive general manager at Canon Australia, has been named the new executive GM at ASX-listed managed print business CSG, where he’ll be responsible for Print and Technology operations in Australia.

Epson introduces new 44-inch dye-sub inkjet printer

Epson continues the expansion of its popular SureColor F-Series line of printers with the new F6370 that features faster print speeds and high-quality images for promotional products, soft signage and more.

Drytac adds thousands of ICC profiles to revamped website

Working in tandem with manufacturers including Mimaki, Roland, Epson and Ricoh, wide format media supplier Drytac has created thousands of ICC profiles based on popular printer models, inks, RIPs and Drytac media to enable customers to take advantage of high-quality plug and print capabilities.

Turn waste plastic into 3D filament, says Australian inventor

The UNSW professor who invented ‘green steel’ technology that diverts millions of vehicle tyres from landfill says her new Microfactory technology creates a circular economy where materials are kept in use for as long as possible and can help local manufacturers create new products.

Mimaki focuses on ‘new frontiers’ for 3D applications

Mimaki's 3DUJ-553 printer can address several market segments ranging from scaled models, mock-ups and prototyping to 3D art, tools and equipment, figurines, and medical and educational applications. “Colour-powerful 3D printing technology is set to enhance the way those industries envision creativity and improve the overall production process.”

45,000 expected at Sign China

Organisers of Sign China 2019 in Shanghai next month say 45,000 visitors are expected to view the latest signage solutions from a record 1250 exhibitors during the three-day event.

Visualcom takes Large Format gold at National Print Awards

Adelaide print and signage business Visualcom won the Large Format gold medal for its Adelaide Fringe City Banner at the 36thannual National Print Awards (NPA) held during PrintEx. Chapel Press won a total of four gold medals while Rawson Print took home three golds. Spicers won the Promotion (Design) category gold for its entry Digitac – An Evolution in Grip.