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ACCC green lights IVE’s deal to buy Ovato

“Despite the proposed acquisition combining the two largest providers of heatset web-offset printing in Australia, we reached the view that IVE was the only viable purchaser of Ovato.” The decision comes a day after IVE announced an agreement - subject to ACCC clearance - to buy Ovato for $16 million.

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Ecoloop recycles 309 tonnes of cladding & signage ACM waste

$1.6m Lithgow, NSW recycling facility Ecoloop - owned by façade cladding & signage specialist Fairview - diverted 309 tonnes of cladding rectification waste away from landfill projects in NSW, VIC and the ACT in its first full year of operation. “The programme is only beginning,” said Fairview’s Melissa Herrmann.  

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‘Turbulent times’: Agfa posts Q2 net loss of €13m 

Belgian-German printer manufacturer Agfa-Gevaert was “strongly impacted by cost inflation and supply chain issues” in Q2 2022 but reported continued revenue growth in its sign & display business. “The top line of the wide-format printing equipment business continued to recover from the strong COVID-19 impact.” Agfa's integration of the newly-acquired Inca Onset printers is progressing, with Agfa's own inks now certified for Inca.

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Fuji Xerox vs EY, Whittaker & ors hearing brought forward by Federal Court

The Federal Court of Australia case management hearing in the Fuji Xerox 'accounting scandal' case, scheduled for 21st Sptember, has been brought forward to Wednesday 1st September in the WA branch of the Court. This tends to indicate that the settlement reached in the New Zealand jurisdiction, may be featured in the accelerated case management hearing. The NZ Serious Fraud Office investigation is still ongoing.

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ASGA's Victorian golf day & Espy catch-up

The Australian Sign & Graphics Association (ASGA) is offering a free set of golf clubs and other prizes at its inaugural Victorian Golf Day on Wednesday, 7 September at the Sandhurst Club. A pre-golf networking event will be held the night before at the iconic Hotel Esplanade (The Espy) in St Kilda. 

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Integrate Expo shows how Audio-Visual and print Signage can work together

The Integrate Expo, held last week at Sydney's ICC, Darling Harbour, was supported by ASGA and amongst the main AV exhibits were examples of how digital and printed signage can work in harmony. Projected and LED screen signage is becoming more widespread and many sign businesses have already adopted a dual-channel approach, or dived right into screen-based signs.

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Spicers releases new Sign & Display Catalogue

“Our new Sign & Display Catalogue (Edition 2) out now is an invaluable resource to the screen and wide format printing industry and encompasses consumables, hardware, inks, software, accessories, training and support,” says Spicers Australia.  

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printIQ acquired by US-based Banyan Software

Banyan Software has added Queensland-headquartered workflow software company printIQ to its list of 20 software businesses operating throughout the US and Canada. printIQ CEO Anthony Lew will continue at the helm of the business he founded as a New Zealand startup.

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