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Industrial printer shipments down 35% in 2020 - IDC report

According to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Industrial Printer Tracker, industrial printer products in Australia and New Zealand unit shipments fell 35% YoY in 2020. Market Analyst Faris Latief has researched shipment in Graphics, CAD, Industrial Textile, Direct-to-Shape, Direct-to-Garment and Labels & Packaging. The good news is that shipments and installations are on the rise again.

Big changes at Fujifilm

Hot on the heels of the name change of its subsidiary from Fuji Xerox to Fujifilm Business Innovation Corp., FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation is establishing new organisations for the Healthcare, Imaging and Graphic fields, to accelerate the generation of further synergies and new businesses in each sector.

Lifting of NZ travel restrictions good news for PacPrint

The PacPrint floorplan is looking great, with six months still to go before the show opens. News of the NZ-Aus 'travel bubble' is perfect as, usually, 300-400 of our Kiwi cousins hop over the Tasman to 'have a squizz' at what's on offer at the Melbourne trade event. April 18th is the blessed day. Andy McCourt commentary.

Register now (free) for this week’s ISA Sign Expo 2021 Virtual

More than 70 companies including HP, Agfa, 3M, Avery Dennison, Canon, Epson, Kongsberg, Mimaki, Mutoh, Roland DGA, Samsung, swissQprint and Zund will be showcasing their latest products at this week’s ISA International Sign Expo 2021 – VIRTUAL (April 7-9).

Out of Home on the road to recovery

The Outdoor Media Association sees “green shoots and improvement” for the Out of Home (OOH) industry despite a 24% fall in revenue to $158.1m for Q1 2021, compared to $207.8m for the same period last year.

Trade-only Flatbed printing service launches

Many roll-to-roll wide format printers don't have room for a flatbed machine, or just prefer to farm flatbed work out. The good news is that flatbedprinting.com.au (a division of Display 1, Strathfield South, NSW), is now open for business online and ready to print high-quality flatbed work, on all materials, at great Trade Only prices.

Tonejet Cyclone inkjet direct-to-can printer takes off

Driven by strong demand for short-run beverage and craft beers cans,  Bevcraft Group, has ordered the UK’s first Tonejet Cyclone direct-to-can digital printer. This marks the third Cyclone installed in a production environment globally - and there is an interesting Australian connection to the technology.

Fairview webinar on combustible cladding legislation

Industry experts will examine NSW’s response to the National Construction Code, including concerns over combustible cladding regulation, in a free webinar presented by Fairview Australia on 22 April (10am-1pm).

Esko completes sale of Kongsberg cutters

As announced here last December, Esko - a Danaher-owned company - commenced a sale process with Open Gate Capital for the sale of the Norway-headquartered Kongsberg CAD cutting systems. The company has now announced the completion of the sale, and Kongsberg is no longer an Esko company.

Fuji Xerox becomes Fujifilm Business Innovation

Fuji Xerox Australia has officially changed its name to Fujifilm Business Innovation Australia Pty Ltd following the name change of parent company Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. to Fujifilm Business Innovation Corp. “This is an exciting time in our proud history,” said Takayuki Togo, managing director Fujifilm Business Innovation Australia.

JCDecaux launches ‘real time’ ads for all digital assets

Outdoor advertiser JCDecaux Australia is officially rolling out its first programmatic offering, aimed at a bigger slice of Australia’s $9.5 billion digital media market. In a company trial, more than $1 million has been traded programmatically over the past few months, prior to the official launch in mid-April. The company also announced new senior appointments related to the new offering.

Ricoh gears up to enter B2 inkjet sheetfed with Z75

Had there been a drupa show last year, Ricoh would have previewed its Z75 B2 sheet size production press. There was a teaser late last year with little information but it appears the release is drawing near with a few more details released. Ricoh will be joining Konica Minolta and Fujifilm in the B2 inkjet sheet field - with HP Indigo already successfully there, but with liquid toner 'ElectroInk'. The big question is:"Will Heidelberg add B2 Ricoh OEM inkjet to its existing B3 models?"

Call for judges for state printing industry awards

This year’s Print Industry Creativity Awards (PICA) and National Print Awards (NPA) will be ‘bigger and better’ than ever, according to organisers, with entries in the state-based PICAs already flowing in and a new team of judges now being assembled.

Ben McCauley named MD at Spandex Asia Pacific

Ben McCauley has been appointed managing director of supplier Spandex Asia Pacific, effective 1 April. McCauley has been with Spandex since 2016, most recently as sales director. 

Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping Film for Aust/NZ conditions

Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions has upgraded its Supreme Wrapping Film with 12 new colours in the new Rugged Range and Sleek Satin collections, following a series of tests for Australian and New Zealand environmental conditions.

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