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Rush of EOFY company liquidations

The Sign Guys NQ in Townsville, Perth’s Focus on Signs and the Melbourne-based Australian Plastic Card Company all announced this week via ASIC that they’ve called in liquidators and are going out of business

Reflex Barramundi? Australian Paper considers move into aquaculture 

Australia’s only manufacturer of office paper – including its flagship Reflex brand – has partnered with the Victorian Government and Mainstream Aquaculture to conduct a $1.24 million study into the viability of constructing the world’s largest indoor aquaculture facility to farm barramundi near its Maryvale Mill in the Latrobe Valley.

swissQprint opens new ink lab

Wide format manufacturer swissQprint, distributed in Australia and New Zealand by NSW-based Pozitive, has set up a new ink laboratory at its headquarters in Kriessern, Switzerland.

SAi feature: How time efficiencies & AI can change Sign industry productivity

Michelle Johnson, Director of Worldwide Marketing at SAi, recommends to 'invest in,' not 'spend' time as we enter the start of a new financial year. When it comes to the bottleneck of designing signs to feed the printers, she predicts that AI (artificial intelligence) will be making a lot of the decisions in the future.

Experience Innovations with SIGN CHINA 2019 in Shanghai

Self-titled as the "Oscars" of Global Sign Industry, SIGN CHINA 2019 - Shanghai will be held from 18th-20th September at Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC). The exhibition is expected to reach 100,000 square meters with 1,250 exhibitors, by then, new products and equipment from sign and LED industry, as well as one-stop solutions which apply to various fields.

ACM fire ratings in the spotlight at PrintEx 2019 

“It’s your responsibility to ensure you comply with all these new regulations, obtain all the required permits, and choose appropriate materials – for instance, substrates that meet the rules for combustibility and flammability where that is required,” says Michael Punch of the Australian Sign & Graphics Association (ASGA)

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FESPA adds four new categories to 2020 awards

The FESPA Awards 2020 are now open to print service providers and sign-makers, with organisers adding four new categories including a Printeriors award to reflect growth in the printed décor market.

Roland DG introduces new customer support service

Roland DG Australia launched a new customer support program called Engage - an installation and training service for customers across Australia that will manage the installation of new equipment, allowing customers to focus on their business.

Snap loses its CEO after two-and-a-half years

Snap Franchising, the company behind around 150 Snap Print-Design-Website outlets in Australia, New Zealand, China and Ireland is looking for a new CEO following the sudden and as yet unexplained departure of Peter Sinodinos on Tuesday.

Spicers shareholders accept takeover offer

Shareholders of paper company and wide format supplier Spicers, formerly PaperlinX, voted overwhelmingly in favour of a $A147 million proposal to sell the company’s entire Australia and New Zealand operations to Japan-based global paper giant Kokusai Pulp & Paper Co (KPP).

Resolution Imaging chooses Epson SureColor for signage

“After a successful trip to Tokyo Sign and having a good look at all of the Japanese solvent printers on their home turf, coming back and buying the Epson S80600 was an easy decision as it stood head and shoulders over the competition,” says Darren Watkins, director of Melbourne large format & display printer Resolution Imaging.

Canon's new imagePRESS C910 Series heads to Australia

The new imagePRESS C910 Series is a light to mid-volume production colour digital press that offers long banner sheet printing up to 1300mm in width, enhanced colour and image quality and the ability to print on media up to 350GSM.

Record-breaking ITMA 2019 forced to turn away 250 exhibitors

The world’s largest textile and garment technology exhibition has gathered together a record 1,717 exhibitors from 45 countries to this year’s event in Barcelona. The full house meant another 250 companies had to be turned away.

ASGA and Visual Connections team up for Brisbane Golf Day 

Continuing a popular tradition in the Sunshine State, the Australian Sign and Graphics Association (ASGA), together with new co-host Visual Connections, will host the annual sign industry Golf Day event for Queenslanders on Friday 23 August at the North Lakes Resort Golf Club.

Falcon Signs and The Signshop Nelson triple winners at NZSDA awards

Auckland sign business Falcon Signs won three gold medals and two silvers, including the People’s Choice award, while The Signshop Nelson won three golds, two silvers and two bronze medals at the NZ Sign & Display Awards held during the NZSDA conference in Tauranga. Toby Marsh of Signbiz in Christchurch was named Apprentice of the Year 2019.