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Spicers prepares to sell to paper giant KPP in $147m 'Scheme'

Paper company and wide format supplier Spicers, formerly PaperlinX, has signed a $A147.6 million 'Scheme of Implementation' agreement, leading to a 'Scheme of Arrangement' to sell its entire Australia and New Zealand operations to Japan-based global paper company Kokusai Pulp & Paper Co (KPP). The sorry history of PaperlinX/Spicers has seen the company reduced to a pale shadow of its former self, with shares that once traded above $6 ending Thursday 17th Jan at 5.3 cents.

Massavit 3D printer raises the profile of blood cancer

UK digital manufacturing company Fluxaxis used its Massivit 1800 3D Printer to print stunning life-size figures that feature in a ‘Make Blood Cancer Visible’ campaign for pharmaceutical company, Janssen.  Meanwhile, an increase in sales has led to Massivit opening a new European demo centre in Belgium.

EFI cites US economic conditions in disappointing result

Bill Muir, CEO of digital print leader Electronics For Imaging (EFI), says ongoing industry consolidation and customer concerns about weakening economic conditions were key factors in the company’s disappointing financial result for the three months ended December 31, 2018.

Signwave parent named #1 signage franchise in US 

Fastsigns International, the US-based parent of signage and graphics franchise company Signwave Australia, has again been ranked the #1 franchise in its category in Entrepreneur magazine’s 40th annual Franchise 500 list.

'Benchmark' Heimtextil 2019 focused on sustainability

67,000 visitors joined more than 3,000 exhibitors including leading digital inkjet manufacturers at the largest international trade fair for interior textiles held last week in Frankfurt, which organisers say set a new standard in terms of sustainability.

Antalis introduces Oralite for retroreflective signage

Antalis has introduced a new range of retroreflective films to its visual communication range. Oralite 5200 is weather-proof and self-adhesive and has been developed for the manufacture of information signs, such as road traffic signage.

NZ signmakers urged to support new SIGNEE training 

The New Zealand Sign and Display Association (NZSDA) appealed to its members to support the new SIGNEE training initiative that begins this year with the launch of a pilot program in Christchurch before being rolled out in Auckland and Wellington.

Advanced R&D lab drives vinyl giant Hexis

French vinyl manufacturer Hexis has committed 2.5% of its expected €100 million+ global turnover this year to its groundbreaking research and development laboratory.

Xerox & Fujifilm ‘One year after’ – Andy McCourt

One year ago, after Fujifilm’s USD$6.1 billion tilt at Xerox, Xerox stock traded at $33.99 per share. That was about the value Fujifilm put on it, notwithstanding the creative nature of the proposed takeover, which involved a debt swap and little cash. On top of this was $9.80 per share as a ‘special dividend’ in cash.Today’s last close of Xerox shares, even after following Wall Street up, was $21.58. The genius of the dissident shareholders Carl Ichan and Darwin Deason, plus their new puppet board, has wiped a third of the value off the company. If ever egg was to be all over faces, it should be theirs.

Xerox takeover unlikely but alliance secure: Fujifilm 

“We are not going to try to persuade Xerox" - Fujifilm chairman says the company’s alliance with Xerox will continue despite the legal fight over Fujifilm’s attempted takeover of the iconic US company. 

Ideal candidate with print skills faces uphill battle

When it comes to placing round pegs in round recruitment holes, few if any do it better than JDA Print Recruitment. Also, few are prepared to speak out and take a position on bureaucratic block-headedness that prevents our industry and country from benefitting from excellent skills and commitment that some migrants can bring in, as JDA’s James Cryer and Chris Gander.  
Juliette Fossa, an experienced print professional from South Africa, is James Cryer’s latest cause célèbre. Juliette visited Sydney this week to meet with potential employer-sponsors and a praiseworthy pollie, Trent Zimmerman, Federal Member for North Sydney, in Cryer’s electorate. At least someone is listening, but the road-blocks to a successful move are legion, as Cryer explains.

New printhead manufacturer launches in China

While the main suppliers of existing inkjet heads are clustered mostly in Japan, Western Europe and the US, a new thermal inkjet printhead manufacturer in China, Suzhou Ruifa Printing, is looking to disrupt the market, according to analyst Ron Gilboa of research group InfoTrends.

Fujifilm backs new climate change initiative

Businesses need to identify climate-related risks and opportunities in order to reduce threats posed by global warming that could ‘destabilise’ financial markets, according to a climate initiative backed by Fujifilm. 

Durst and Koenig & Bauer collaborate on packaging press

Digital printing manufacturer Durst and press giant Koenig & Bauer have joined forces in a 50/50 joint venture to develop a new water-based, single-pass inkjet printer for the folding carton and cartonboard corrugated industry.

Enfocus and Avanti team up on new integrated print software 

Enfocus, a leader in PDF editing and workflow automation for the graphic arts industry, and Avanti, a specialist in Print MIS software, say their new joint project that integrates Enfocus Switch and Avanti Slingshot Print MIS will provide end-to-end automation for print customers. 

Mimaki features leading designers at Heimtextil

Mimaki, the global manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems, is collaborating with ten designers to showcase “creative, profit driving, digitally printed applications” at Heimtextil 2019, which opened on Tuesday in Frankfurt, Germany.

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