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BREAKING - Fast-growing OMG! acquires Adherettes

Good news is hard to find right now, so the news that renowned Port Melbourne firm Adherettes has found a buyer in Joey Bacic's dynamic seven-year old OMG! group is a breath of fresh air and a sure sign of greater things to come.

Employers say ‘double-dipping’ ruling could cost billions

Employer association Ai Group called for urgent legislative reform "to restore fairness" after a full bench of the Federal Court ruled that regular, ongoing casual workers may be entitled to paid annual leave. “The potential cost impacts on employers…for annual leave alone, are between $5.7 billion and $8 billion,” it said. The AMWU tweeted: “Huge win for workers.”

Large Format Academy HP Latex webinar: Tuesday 26 May

HP Australia’s new webinar, Expand your Large Format Horizon with HP Latex, will focus on HP’s unique water-based Latex inks and the applications they deliver. The Zoom session will also look into thermal printhead technology. (Tuesday 26 May 1-2pm (AEST), 3-4pm NZ)

Free guide for Wrap Shops from ISA and Keypoint Intelligence

Downloads will soon be available of a white paper prepared in the US by the International Sign Association (ISA) and Keypoint Intelligence, and sponsored by Avery Dennison and Roland DGA, titled Reaching Today’s Customers: A Guide for Wrap Shops.

RMC releases Mental Wellness webinar video

Fuji Xerox Australia, Visual Connections, Media Super, Ball & Doggett, Flint Group and Starleaton have all lined up to support The Re-Build Together Webinar Series produced by industry group The Real Media Collective (RMC). This week’s session looking at Mental Wellness - one of its most popular webinars to date - has been released by the RMC on Vimeo.

Most printers expect 50% drop in sales for the next six months

Two thirds of Australian commercial printers expect an average drop in sales of 50% over the next six months compared to pre-COVID 19 sales, according to a new survey by industry adviser Ascent Partners. About 64% of companies intend to trade on and adjust staff levels to match sales, 9% say they will look for acquisitions, 10% will downsize, 12% will look to amalgamate, merge or collaborate, and none expect to close their doors.

Konica Minolta reports sales dive in March but remains "stronger than expected"

Konica Minolta saw a dive in sales of products and services as COVID-19 spread across the world in March but says overall profitability remained stronger than expected. The company revised its revenue forecast down 4.8% for the fiscal year, from ¥1,045 billion to ¥995 billion.  Its Professional Print business reported a significant decline in sales of digital printing equipment.

‘Kindness' shines on OMA Out of Home awards

“oOh!media’s Kindness campaign captured the COVID-19 zeitgeist,” said Charmaine Moldrich, CEO of the Outdoor Media Association (OMA), announcing the Q1 2020 Creative Collection competition awards. “oOh!media was quick to react in a time when people needed to be reminded to be kind and act with everyone’s best interest at heart.” oOh!media's wide format print business Cactus Imaging took home an Honourable Mention.

Roland DG launches ‘Power of Creativity’ website for support during COVID-19 

Roland DG’s new website introduces many creative activities undertaken by Roland employees around the world, including Australia, to assist customers in continuing or restarting their businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. "The power of a single ‘Creative’ idea may be small capable of unlocking immense power with infinite possibilities."

Meteor drives Epson S1600 and S800 PrecisionCore printheads

As Xaar exits thin film printhead development, Meteor Inkjet, a supplier of electronics and software for industrial inkjet, has expanded its product portfolio by offering solutions for Epson’s new S1600 and S800 PrecisionCore printheads.

Spicers owner KPP to buy world’s 2nd largest paper distributor

Less than a year after acquiring Spicers, Japanese paper giant Kokusai Pulp and Paper (KPP) is on the acquisition trail again, having signed a binding option to purchase the majority control of Antalis, the France-headquartered global  paper, packaging and visual communications distributor with annual sales of around AUD$3.8 billion.

Global textiles expo Heimtextil 2021 is 95% booked

“As far as the pandemic is concerned, we are convinced that people will still want to meet in person to exchange their products – and perhaps more so than ever after this crisis year,” says Heimtextil 2021 organiser Messe Frankfurt.  “Personal contacts are the best prerequisite for good, long-term business. Personal meetings and the experience of touch, especially in the field of textiles, will remain essential.” 

Canon’s new imagePROGRAF entry-level wide-format printer

Canon USA has introduced the company's new imagePROGRAF TA-20 MFP L24ei wide-format colour inkjet printer.  “The 24″ wide system with scan-to-copy and file, is designed for small businesses, teachers, architects, engineers, as well as for consulting firms, and for low-volume, entry-level customers in general.”

OOH audiences are on the way back: QMS

Outdoor advertiser QMS Media says its latest data shows a 26% jump in audience numbers since their lowest ebb early in April. “The positivity in data since then has pointed to OOH audiences being on the way back." Meanwhile, the Outdoor Media Association released its annual report showing revenue for 2019 hit an all-time high of $935.5 million.

Postponed International Sign Expo now cancelled 

The International Sign Association’s board of directors has voted to cancel major US signage industry trade show the ISA International Sign Expo 2020 - that had already been re-scheduled from April to August 22-25 - due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

HP Large Format Web-to-Print webinar

HP Australia’s latest Zoom webinar ‘Grow your Web-to-Print Business with HP Application Center’ - which debuted on Tuesday this week and returns on Thursday - presents 16 applications for decoration, signage, banners and retail projects. (Thursday 21 May, 11am AEST, 1pm NZ).

Are banks blocking access to Gov. SME Guarantee Scheme? – Andy McCourt

The Federal Coronavirus Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Guarantee Scheme was introduced to support up to $40 billion of lending to SMEs, including sole traders and not-for-profits, but reports are coming in that banks are making it very hard to access and knocking back many.