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Small business insolvency laws need overhaul: ASBFEO

“Liquidators get paid three times as much to shut down a business as they do to save it,” says Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Bruce Billson, who’s called for an overhaul of insolvency laws that are now being reviewed for the first time in more than three decades.

oOh!media renews multi-year contract with VicTrack

oOh!media has signed a new long-term deal with VicTrack, owner of Victoria’s rail transport assets, and announced it will deliver five new large format digital sites this month in high traffic locations around Melbourne and Warrnambool.

ACCC eyes profit surge for container companies during supply chain disruptions

The ACCC is closely monitoring profit margins of Australian container stevedoring companies after a profit surge during pandemic supply chain disruptions. “The ACCC believes that the regulation of Australia’s monopoly container ports is ineffective,” it said. "Australia’s privatised container ports (Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide) should be subject to greater regulatory oversight."

Kyocera UK launches carbon neutral printing

Kyocera is the first UK vendor to include every printing product in their range in a new carbon neutral offer – "from the smallest home printer to its cut-sheet inkjet production printer and every printer and multifunctional (MFP) in between."

AFI Branding completes move into IVE’s Braeside facility

Australia's largest fabric signage and display manufacturer AFI Branding has completed its relocation into new owner IVE Group’s Retail Display facility at Braeside in Melbourne. The move was delayed by several months due to weather events and Covid.

Onyx RIP certifies for HP Latex 2700

ONYX software has been certified for the HP Latex 2700 Series Printer line, adding to its universality across the spectrum of wide format printers, workfklows and colour management. Together with its OEM versions offered by printer manufacturers, ONYX is probably the most popular front-end software for the Sign & Display industry and is available both as a purchase and by subscription with ONYX 'Go.'

WOOH creates Global Sustainability Task Force

The World Out of Home Organization (WOOH) is creating a Global Sustainability Task Force of hand-picked expert practitioners from all sides of the global outdoor advertising industry, to be led by blowUP media CEO and WOO board member Katrin Robertson.

AiG says Energy Deal 'far from perfect' but likely to help business

“The deals reached by National Cabinet and Energy Ministers last week, on energy price caps and also on an electricity capacity mechanism, are far from perfect but on balance they are likely to help energy users in the near term and for years to come,” says Innes Willox, Chief Executive of national employer association Ai Group.

Energy prices: AiG says failure to act is not an option

In a hard-hitting media statement by AiG CEO Innes Willox, ahead of  this week's meeting of Energy Ministers and First Ministers to discuss the affordability crisis, he says it must be clear to all that effective action is essential and a failure to reach agreement would be disastrous for all.

‘Good-time buzz’ at ASGA’s SA lawn bowls event

There was plenty of laughter and cheer heard above the roar of nearby supercar engines at the inaugural ASGA SA Lawn Bowls networking evening held at the Adelaide Bowling Club on the 1st of December.

Kwik Kopy wins awards for its brand development

Australia's first print franchise chain Kwik Kopy has won two awards at the 2022 Transform Awards ANZ held at the InterContinental hotel in Sydney for its recent brand development titled 'We Make Possible.' Brand Council was the consulting transformation firm.

2nd Hygrade director disqualified for five years

Corporate regulator ASIC has disqualified former Hygrade Group CEO Rudolph (Rudi) Jansen, of Trentham, Victoria from managing corporations for the maximum period of five years due to his involvement in the failure of four Melbourne companies that owed over $8 million to unsecured creditors. In October, Hygrade MD Alf Holmes was also banned for five years over his involvement in three of the companies.

Epson reopens upgraded Inkjet Innovation Lab 

A couple of weeks after announcing it would phase out laser MFPs to focus on inkjet, Epson has reopened its Fujimi Inkjet Innovation Lab with new features including direct-to-surface colour inkjet printers and new facilities for testing Epson’s inkjet printheads. In October, the company announced plans to triple its production capacity of PrecisionCore printheads.

Currie Group unveils new leadership lineup

“A new generation of leaders is stepping into key roles at Currie Group, continuing a process of modernisation that looks to an exciting future,” the company said. Marcus Robinson has been appointed director of operations, Will Currie adds the role of product category manager and Colin Edwards takes over management of consumables. 

AiG sees ‘Signs of a slowdown’: demand drags down manufacturing

Ai Group’s Australia’s Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI) fell 4.9 points to 44.7 in November following three months of stability. Readings below 50 points indicate contraction in activity. The Textiles, clothing, footwear, paper & printing sector “declined precipitously to be in serious contraction.”