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Shipping costs force Spicers to raise prices 3%-8%

Spicers Australia says “massive” price increases on the hiring and shipping of containers has forced the company to raise prices by 3% on all its products in the Commercial Print, Digital, Narrow Web & Industrial Packaging markets, and by about 8% for Rigid products in its Sign & Display business.

Print-to-digital conversion continues at oOH! media

oOh!media has digitised three more strategic large format assets across Australia, boosting its national presence on the Gold Coast, regional Victoria and Adelaide as part of its ongoing capital investment program.

Coates wins Ampol signage contract for 1,900 locations

Global digital sign company Coates Group, which began as a small sign business in Sydney in the late 1950s, will provide external signage for Ampol Australia’s nationwide rebrand that's being rolled out across 1,900 Australian locations.

Last chance to register for ASGA sub-contracting webinar

When is a contractor deemed an employee? The Australian Sign & Graphics Association's second edition of its webinar and live Q&A session titled, 'Sub Contractors - Know Your Risks Part II,' begins on Thursday, February 4 at 11.30am (AEDT).

JCDecaux looks to rebound as 2020 revenue slumps 40%

Global outdoor advertising leader JCDecaux said its 2020 full year revenue decreased by 40.6% to €2,311.8 million, compared to €3,890.2 million in the previous year. "We believe we are well positioned to benefit from the rebound," the Paris-based company said.

Roland Academy Online Training dates for 2021

With face-to-face training remaining on hold for now, Roland DG Australia will once again run online training courses for customers beginning this month and running through to May.  Places are limited to eight people per class.

Currie Group to become EFI distribution partner in A-NZ

Leading trans-Tasman graphic arts distributor, the 100% locally-owned Currie Group, is taking on the EFI Display Graphics range from early 2021. Paul Whitehead, well-known for his roles with Oce and Canon, is returning to Australia as Business Unit Manager, Wide Format with Currie Group.

Ex-Ovato employees faced with wait until April for any redundancy funds

The fall-out from the strategy behind Ovato’s making over 300 people redundant and forcing them onto FEG is escalating. The ire is not against the redundancies themselves, but the way in which Ovato went about luring staff into accepting reduced pay and entitlements and then switching to liquidating the four subsidiary companies, leaving them with virtually no assets.

Xerox posts $US2 billion revenue hit from Covid-19

US print giant Xerox reported full-year revenue of $US7 billion for 2020, a 22.5% fall from 2019’s revenue of $US9.1 billion. “Though the impact of the pandemic continues in 2021, we expect to return to growth this year,” said CEO John Visentin. The company also unveiled plans to create separate Software, Financing and Innovation businesses, and will launch a $US250m corporate venture capital fund. 

Idealliance releases new PrintWide Colour Profile & Guide 

Global standards developer and certifying body Idealliance has released the new PrintWide profile to support global print alignment across all print technologies and workflows. “The new PrintWide colour profile has two primary functions: as a universal translation space AND a saturation booster for high fidelity printing while still preserving G7 alignment.”

New high-speed VUTEk display graphics printers at EFI Engage

EFI's first virtual users' conference EFI Engage (Jan. 25-Feb. 5) has introduced advanced MIS/ERP workflow software, EFI Fiery management interface and automation solutions, and "super-high-speed" and high-volume display graphics printers.

Winding-up order sought for Melbourne's Vogue Signs - family dispute

When reporting Sign industry winding-ups, it is often a tale of slow decline, bad debts and/or bad management. Not so with Coburg, Melbourne sign shop Vogue Signs: the application for winding up stems from a family dispute going back years and the plaintiff, a lawyer, is seeking to recoup legal fees incurred while he was in bankruptcy.

Aboriginal sign business Sista Girl certified for Supply Nation

Majority Aboriginal-owned company Sista Girl Sign & Print, a joint venture partner with one of WA’s largest signage businesses, Jason Signmakers, has been appointed a Certified Supplier for Supply Nation, the provider of the largest national directory of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses.

Roller Poster liquidator Young guilty of dishonesty and fraud

The insolvency administrator of Brookvale, NSW Roller Poster Pty Ltd, who made news in 2016 when they went bust while printing the Labor Party's election posters, has pleaded guilty to dishonesty and fraud at Downing Central Court. Amanda Young was employed as a partner with Jirsch Sutherland, who sacked her upon discovery of the misappropriation of around $240,000 from four liquidations. She has been barred from acting as a liquidator and will face sentencing next month.