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Avery Dennison develops first recycled polyethylene facestock 

The labelling industry’s first-ever facestock made from recycled polyethylene (rPE) has been introduced by Avery Dennison. The California-based company says successful print and dispensing trials are now complete and the breakthrough technology demonstrates its commitment to more sustainable solutions.

Minuteman Footscray teams with AFL’s Western Bulldogs

Fiona McDonnell worked in her uncle’s print business as a child but it took a Minuteman Press training course in New York before she decided to commit fulltime to the Minuteman franchise in Footscray, Melbourne that she co-owns with her husband Ed McDonnell.  Their clients include local AFL team The Western Bulldogs.

Whirlwind Print calls in liquidators

Melbourne-based trade printer Whirlwind Print and sister company Whirlwind Print (NSW) have gone into liquidation just days after managing director Andrew Cester told staff in an email that he was selling the business. Separate ASIC notices posted on Wednesday said Whirlwind and its NSW branch had appointed Andrew Hewitt and Ahmed Bise from accounting firm Grant Thornton as joint liquidators. The move comes after weeks of speculation about the future of the leading trade printer. More to follow.

Xerox shareholders approve holding company plan; CEO Visentin earned $23m last year

Xerox shareholders have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a proposal to restructure the company under a new holding company. The reorganisation was first floated by the board in March, two weeks after a US judge rejected the company’s bid to dismiss a $US1 billion lawsuit filed by Fujifilm over the termination of the proposed $US6.1 billion merger between the joint-venture [Fuji Xerox] partners. Holding companies can make it easier to sell divisions and contain litigation.

WA’s Mills Sign & Painting files into administration

Perth-based Mills Sign & Painting Service, which has provided painting and sign writing services to oil companies throughout Western Australia for almost 60 years, has appointed joint administrators and called a meeting of creditors.

Konica Minolta launches Prokom user group in Australia

Konica Minolta has introduced its Prokom production print user community program to Australian customers. Already operating in the US and Europe, Prokom offers market research, information and practical tools for commercial printers. 

Canon expands UVgel series with new Océ Colorado 1650 

The new 162.5cm Océ Colorado 1650 production printer builds on the breakthrough productivity, output quality and media versatility of the Océ Colorado 1640, while delivering optimal performance for print service providers producing high volumes of applications such as self-adhesive vinyls, wall coverings, canvasses and soft signage.

Global printed signage market to hit $US43.7 billion in 2024

After a slight decline over the past five years, the global printed signage market is forecast to reach $US43.7 billion ($A63 bn) by 2024, with a total of 10.8 billion square metres square of signage and point-of-sale media printed, according to new research data.

Offset printer Network Printing calls in liquidator after 17 years

“We were primarily offset but there’s a big move towards digital and that was not a strength of the business,” says David Kugel, managing director of Komori house Network Printing Studios at Alexandria in Sydney’s inner west, which has gone into liquidation after 17 years.

Ovato raises $15.5m after fall in newspaper volumes

Australia’s biggest printer Ovato, formerly PMP, went into a trading halt on Monday as it launched a $15.5 million equity raising to strengthen its balance sheet and accelerate work on the Warwick Farm ‘Super Site’ in Sydney. The company confirmed early on Wednesday that its shares were expected to be back on the market at the opening after institutional investors raised $11m of the offer and retail investors took up $4.5m.

Judge sends ATO vs. Picton Press to case management

A Federal Court judge in Perth has called a case management hearing next month as lawyers continue to look for a solution to the dispute between the ATO and Perth printer Picton Press over an unpaid $1.3m tax bill.

FESPA 2020 in Madrid will be even bigger 

FESPA has been forced to add another hall with an extra 5,000 square metres of space to cope with heavy demand from companies eager to take part in FESPA 2020 in Madrid, Spain. 

Epson to supply its PrecisionCore inkjet printheads 

Epson is making PrecisionCore printheads available to third-party developers and will begin selling the inkjet printheads globally in the first half of the 2019 fiscal year. Wide Format Online publisher Andy McCourt says the move is very good news.