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ASGA introduces new Small Business Sign Award 

The Australian Sign & Graphics Association (ASGA) has added a Small Business Sign category to the ASGA/FESPA Australia 2020 HP Awards - the premier sign industry awards event to be held in May during the Visual Impact Gold Coast trade show.

IVE buys Salmat’s catalogue distribution business for $25m

ASX-listed print and marketing business IVE Group has entered into an agreement to acquire Salmat Marketing Solutions, the Australian catalogue distribution business of Salmat Limited, for $25 million. The deal includes Reach Media NZ - Salmat’s catalogue distribution business in New Zealand. Both Marketing Solutions and Reach Media (previously a joint venture between Salmat and NZ Post) will continue to operate as standalone businesses.

HP slams Xerox's ‘aggressive and opportunistic’ takeover bid

In an escalating war of words between the global print giants, HP has rejected Xerox’s threat of a $33.5 billion hostile takeover by questioning Xerox’s ability to raise the cash portion of the proposed deal. “It is clear in your aggressive words and actions that Xerox is intent on forcing a potential combination on opportunistic terms and without providing adequate information,” HP said in a letter on Sunday. However, HP did not close the door on a possible deal, adding: “We remain prepared to study the potential value of a combination."

Xerox threatens HP with hostile takeover bid

Xerox says it’s “determined” to pursue its proposed acquisition of HP and has threatened to take its $US33.5 billion buyout offer directly to HP shareholders if the HP board refuses to agree to “due diligence to support a friendly combination” before 25 November. HP has a market value of about $US27 billion, which is roughly three times the size of Xerox.

Five winners in HVG and 3M’s Splash into Summer

HVG Graphics Media has announced the first round of winners in its Splash into Summer competition being run in conjunction with 3M Colour. Prizes include a spectacular seaplane adventure, a dining experience, and a night's stay at one of Australia's most stunning ocean retreats.

Chairman out at Ovato: Michael Hannan takes over 

Former IPMG chairman Michael Hannan is the new head of the region’s biggest print company Ovato following the sudden resignations of former chairman Matthew Bickford-Smith and director Terry Sinclair.

Bushfires threaten VIC timber supplies, says Australian Paper

Australia’s only manufacturer of printing and packaging papers has welcomed the Victorian Government’s plans for a new $110 million plantation industry in Gippsland. Australian Paper says bushfires and environmental pressures are threatening the future viability of the regional industry.

oOh!media slams report of management buyout

Outdoor advertising company oOh!media has rejected a report in The Australian newspaper that said the company may be the subject of a management buyout and be delisted from the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX).

50th Heimtextil focused on sustainability and new print technology 

The 50th edition of global textiles trade fair Heimtextil (7-10 January 2020 in Frankfurt, Germany) will showcase “more sustainable products than ever before,” say organisers Messe Frankfurt. Around 3000 international exhibitors will present their latest innovations at the show, which will include an extended range of digital print technology for the textile industry.

New Kongsberg cutting table for display, signage & packaging

Esko extended its Kongsberg digital cutting table range with the launch of the new Kongsberg X Edge, a fully upgradeable table design offering “productivity, flexibility and best in class reliability” to display, signage and packaging converters.

Labels giant CCL adds Geelong’s Stuck on You for $8m

Canada’s CCL Industries, which describes itself as the world's largest label maker, has continued its global expansion with the acquisition of Geelong-based on-demand personalised digital print business, Stuck On You.

Snap names Richard Thame as its new CEO

Print and design franchise business Snap Franchising has appointed former Fastways Couriers MD Richard Thame as its new chief executive officer, following the June 2019 resignation of former CEO Peter Sinodinos.

Free fonts for sign designers

Sometimes, our archived stories get searched via the various engines and continue to provide useful information long after first publishing. Such was the case when Emma Barry needed to know more about font licences and found Shane Drew's 2010 column on Typeface licencing.