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Andy Berry resigns as CEO of Ricoh Australia

Ricoh Australia says it has accepted the resignation of managing director and CEO Andy Berry, who will be leaving the company on 24th July 2020 to take up a role outside of Ricoh. Mike Pollok, managing director of Ricoh New Zealand, has been appointed interim MD of Ricoh Australia in addition to his current role, effective immediately.

“Hit hard”: OOH Q2 revenue down $152m but resurgence underway

As expected, the Out of Home (OOH) industry recorded a sharp dive in net media revenue for the second quarter of 2020, down from $234.6 million in Q2 2019 to $82.1 million -  a decrease of 65% or $152.5 million. But bookings are up for the latter half of the year.

HEXIS Purezone films certified as combating coronaviruses

Hexis Group says films using its patented Pure Zone technology have been certified by several laboratories as active in combating the viral load of coronaviruses. Reactive silver ions in the films have been found to inhibit bacteria and coronaviruses, preventing their spread. 

TRY OUR NEW USED EQUIPMENT CLASSIFIED SERVICE ON WFOL!

We have partnered with Richard Rasmussen's (Ascent Partners) printmachinery.com.au to provide an improved service for our used equipment classified advertisers - both wide format and general graphics. Now you can add pictures and reach even more buyers for your surplus machinery - best of all it's still free to advertise with a small fee payable only upon sale.

Orafol releases new 2020 94-page free catalogue

Orafol Australia, a leading manufacturer of graphic self-adhesive films, wrap materials, reflective materials, laminates and adhesive tapes, has released its latest catalogue in a very easy-to-understand format and, in a rare example for consumable catalogues, complete with pricing. It can be downloaded as a PDF at no cost, or a printed copy delivered.

HP webinar Tuesday: digitally printed interior décor

HP’s new Zoom webinar presented by application expert Jeremy Brew – ‘Unleash Your Creativity With HP Digitally Printed Interior Décor’ - will look at how digital printing has transformed the interior décor market and how HP printer and software solutions can enable businesses to expand into these markets. Tuesday 7 July, 1pm-2pm AEST/ 3pm-4pm NZST. It's free but spaces are limited.

ASGA appeals for info on PFAS chemicals used in signage

The Australian Sign & Graphics Association (ASGA) is asking its members for information about chemicals used in the signage industry as it prepares a submission on a federal plan to phase out of the use of products containing polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) - which can be used as a fire retardant in plastics and inks. 

HP joins advertising boycott of Facebook 

Print giant HP has joined a growing list of major companies that have stopped advertising on Facebook in the US over what they say is the site's failure to stop the spread of hateful content. Organisers of the boycott are now aiming to take the campaign global.

QMS wins lucrative City of Sydney outdoor contract

QMS Media has secured Australia’s largest out-of-home advertising contract - an exclusive 10 year agreement, with a further option, to supply the City of Sydney’s street furniture and outdoor advertising.  “This is a game changer, not only for QMS but for the broader OOH industry,” said QMS CEO Barclay Nettlefold. The contract had been held for 20 years by global OOH leader JCDecaux.

FWC rules VIC's Print Logistics can not reduce redundancy payouts due to Covid-19

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has heard that well-established Melbourne commercial printer Print Logistics has been severely impacted by the collapse of economic activity caused by COVID-19 and is '500-plus thousand dollars in debt.' The company was before the FWC after applying to reduce a redundancy payment to one of its workers - from about $7,000 to around $1,400. The commission has turned down this application.

Agfa ramps up production of water-based inkjet ink

Print technology manufacturer Agfa - known for its wide-format UV inkjet printers including the Anapurna and Jeti series and the new Oberon – says it will significantly invest in the expansion of its inkjet ink production capacity to cope with growing global demand.

Roland DG IU-1000F large format UV-LED flatbed printer arrives in Australia

Roland DG’s first IU-1000F large format UV-LED flatbed printer is now available in Australia, following its release in other markets around the world. 'This cutting-edge, high-production UV flatbed enables shops to respond effectively to increasing output demands and shorter turn-around times,' says Roland DG Australia's Greg Stone.

HP and 3M collaborate on signage templates for reopening 

HP Inc. and 3M have announced a new collaboration to share large format graphics for commercial signage applications through a free online library "to support social distancing and help protect workers and the public as businesses reopen amid the continued COVID-19 pandemic."

I Survived, Now What? Rebuild Together webinar video

The Real Media Collective has released the video of this week's final edition of its Rebuild Together webinar series, which features an impressive line-up of speakers - including Tim Michaelides from Complete Colour, Aaron Lusch from Playtpus Print Packaging, Ian Smith from Advance Press and Rodney Frost from The Lamson Group – in a broad, hour-long discussion facilitated by TRMC CEO Kellie Northwood. Lusch said Platypus was “navigating through it” but concerns remained about border closures and the possibility of a second wave.

Shop! Best of POP marketing webinar 

Shop! (formerly POPAI) will look at the best of global point-of-purchase retail marketing in the past 10 years as well as current trends in a webinar next month titled ‘Best of POP and Retail Marketing Activations 2010-2020.’  Meanwhile, six Australian retail marketing campaigns have won top awards at the annual Shop! Global Awards event.

Logick prevails at NZ Pride in Print awards

Logick Print & Graphics has won the Supreme Award at New Zealand’s premier printing industry awards event for its BeeNZ’s Manuka honey packaging. It’s the third time in eight years the small Auckland company has taken home the top honour. Admark Visual Imaging won the Sign & Display gold medal for its van wrap for a craft beer company.

Konica Minolta backs Breast Cancer Network campaign

Konica Minolta has thrown its financial support behind Breast Cancer Network Australia’s 55 Hours of Giving campaign and will match public donations over a 55-hour period to double the impact of the campaign, which runs until Friday afternoon.