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Melanie Fergin is first woman to win Avery Dennison ANZ "Wrap Like a King" title

Vehicle wrapper Melanie Fergin of Winguard Paint Protect Specialists in Adelaide has become the first woman to win the Continental crown for Australia and New Zealand in Avery Dennison Graphic Solutions' annual Wrap Like A King Challenge. Fergin will now compete for the world title in Las Vegas next month. The winning entry was Winguard's 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S TECHART GTstreet R project.

HP to cut 7,000-9,000 jobs from global workforce by 2022 

HP has unveiled a two-year restructuring plan to become 'more digitally enabled' and will reduce its global headcount of 55,000 by about 7,000-9,000.  There's no indication yet of whether the plan will impact HP staff numbers in Australia and New Zealand. 

Sign makers move further into self-adhesive labels – Andy McCourt

In our weekly survey last September 10th, we asked the question: "Is self-adhesive labels a natural market for sign producers and should they invest in higher-productivity 'narrow-web' digital printers?" The news that Next Printing has moved into serious digital label capacity adds a 'QED' answer.

Breakthrough spectrometer technology identifies 'safe' cladding

Military-grade spectrometer technology developed by government research agency the CSIRO and Sydney company DataDot Technology has been successfully trialled in a pilot program to accurately identify the origin of safe cladding on building façades. Counterfeit flammable cladding - said to be imported from China, with stickers attached falsely declaring it to be fire resistant - was found in Victoria just last month.

Canon rebrands Océ as Canon Production Printing 

Canon is changing the trading name of its Océ businesses globally to Canon Production Printing, effective January 1, 2020. Océ – the production printing operation of Canon Group – will also integrate its products under the Canon brand name. The move comes less than two years after Canon renamed its local production print business Océ Oceania. 

Charti expands with second Queensland acquisition PT Store

Melbourne-based wide format supplier Charti expanded its national network with the acquisition of Gold Coast wide format supply business PT Store. The move comes less than a year after Charti bought Brisbane cut-sheet and large format media supplier Stanton Media.

Snap targets wide format with Konica Minolta partnership

Snap Print & Design, one of the largest printing franchise groups in Australia, has signed an exclusive partnership deal with Konica Minolta to provide printing equipment and technology to its 147 stores across the country.

New Wide-format Summit from SGIA and NAPCO

US industry group SGIA and its newly-acquired media business NAPCO have announced the first Wide-format Summit, an invitation-only conference to be held April 20-22, 2020 in Austin, Texas. The event will be co-located with the 8th annual Inkjet Summit and have its own content.

FESPA Global Print Expo 2020: Where Colour Comes Alive

FESPA has launched its visitor campaign for FESPA Global Print Expo 2020 and its co-located exhibitions, European Sign Expo 2020 and Sportswear Pro 2020, which will take place from 24th to 27th March 2020 at IFEMA – Feria de Madrid, Spain.

1600 exhibitors signed up for record drupa 2020

"We are very pleased that we have already exceeded the result of the 2016 edition in terms of area bookings,” says drupa director Sabine Geldermann of event organiser Messe Düsseldorf GmbH. 1600 exhibitors from over 40 nations have already signed up for the world’s biggest print trade show to be held next year (16-26 June) in Düsseldorf. In an interview, Geldermann describes drupa as “a trade fair of superlatives: technologically innovative, but also highly emotional.”

German wrapper eyes return visit after sold-out ANZ workshops

“It was my first time visiting Australia and New Zealand and I had a great experience,” says German-based Avery Dennison specialist trainer Rainer Lorz, aka The Car Wrap Trainer, who’s just completed six sold-out workshops across the ANZ region.

Phoenixing companies: time for a clampdown? - Andy McCourt et al

While this publication is independant, we do have a collegiate association with the Sprinter/Australian Printer group, under Intermedia Pty Ltd. We can only heartfully endorse Sheree Young's latest article regarding company directors' phoenixing of companies; atributed to Labor policy but with the rider that it should be a trans-party intitiative, a-political, for the greater good of the industry, economy and small buisness in particular. Maybe it's time for a clampdown on the bad guys?

Durst’s new inkjet label press and specialist inks at Labelexpo

Durst introduced major expansions to its RSC platform of UV inkjet label presses at Labelexpo 2019 in Brussels, Belgium. New dedicated label workflow and prepress software together with an advanced modular Tau RSCi UV inkjet digital label press and low-migration inks are being shown for the first time on the Durst stand.

Neopost rebrands as Quadient

Neopost, the global digital communications, shipping and mailing business - and supplier of HP Latex and Epson SureColor wide format printers in Australia - is changing its corporate business name to Quadient. The new brand identity was rolled out on Monday, September 23.

FESPA Australia adds marketing specialist

FESPA Australia (formally SGIAA) has appointed Michelle Hunder to develop membership and communications under “an ambitious plan for growth and services to support members." The appointment is partly funded by FESPA’s ‘Profit for Purpose’ program, which channels profits from its international tradeshows into programs to develop member associations.