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Trotec Laser extends line of print-receptive plastics

Laser company Trotec has introduced new colour varieties and improved ink-adhesion for its Digital Print Series laserable plastics - “ideal for applications that combine printing, laser engraving and laser cutting, as well as print-and-cut applications such as interior signs, decorative signage, POS displays and badges.”

FESPA 2023 Award entries now open, with added sustainability category

The FESPA Awards 2023 are now open to print service providers (PSPs) and sign-makers looking to highlight their outstanding examples of print. This year, FESPA has added a new category to zone in on sustainably produced applications. This award will be judged across all categories against environmental considerations, including a reduction in the use of materials, energy and labour throughout production; whether the product can be reused or recycled; if notable attention has been paid to lifecycle analysis; and whether the entry is economically viable.

Oceania shipping delays hit New Zealand worse than Australia

Shipment delays from China to New Zealand increased by 144% pcp in Q3 2022, while shipment delays from China to Australia reduced by 15% - but were still up by 531% compared to Q3 2019, according to researcher project44. “New Zealand is facing particular challenges as carriers prioritise more profitable routes."

$1.1bn training 'blitz' to provide 180,000 free TAFE places 

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese opened the national jobs summit on Thursday by announcing a $1.1bn “training blitz” to address the “urgent challenge” of workforce shortages. He also proposed reforms of workplace pay deal bargaining.

Pozitive wins as 100+ tee off at Visual Connections Golf Day

It was blue skies and sunshine in Sydney as golfers took to the greens at the Pennant Hills Golf Club for this week's Visual Connections Golf Day. “The event was another welcome opportunity for the industry’s suppliers, their clients and others from across the industry to enjoy a day of networking,” said the organisers.

PVCA BOARD APPOINTMENTS UNDER MERGER

The PVCA Board met yesterday, courtesy Ricoh's premises, to appoint a revised Board with Matt Aitken - IVE Group - as President. It appears to be a Board compiled to steer the Association through the merger with TRMC, having great depth and experience to draw on.

Shipping reliability improving globally: B&D September Update

Ball & Doggett says shipping reliability is improving but several key drivers are placing further upward pressure on prices, including souring energy costs, pulp shortages and currency volatility. “Congestion is forecast to remain at key ports until the first half of next year.”

Agfa sells Offset division for €92m 

Agfa-Gevaert Group has signed a share purchase agreement with asset management company Aurelius Group for the sale of its Offset Solutions division. Under the terms of the deal, Aurelius will acquire the Agfa’s Offset business for 92 million Euro, subject to conditions.

Epson launches inaugural Australian Photographic Prize

Epson Australia has announced the inaugural Australian Photographic Prize Awards (APP) and Conference (8-11 September 2022, venues across Melbourne), with over $35,000 worth of prizes across various competitions including the Epson Print Awards. 

ACCC green lights IVE’s deal to buy Ovato

“Despite the proposed acquisition combining the two largest providers of heatset web-offset printing in Australia, we reached the view that IVE was the only viable purchaser of Ovato.” The decision comes a day after IVE announced an agreement - subject to ACCC clearance - to buy Ovato for $16 million.

IVE announces deal to buy Ovato for $16m

Print and marketing business IVE Group says it's signed a deal to “acquire substantially all of the assets of Ovato for a net purchase consideration of approximately $16 million.” [Update: The agreement will not be opposed by the ACCC].