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PACPRINT ON PARADE - Highlights to see at the show!

A constantly updated selection of exhibitor highlights to see at PacPrint at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Center between June 28th and July 1st. Scroll down for highlighted exhibitor info and offers. A floorplan to locate stands is at the end.

Konica Minolta/3D Systems satellite parts head into space

Australian small satellite manufacturer Fleet Space has chosen Konica Minolta Australia to provide a 3D printing solution for the manufacture of critical aluminium antenna parts in a “precise, repeated, and scalable method.”

FESPA Australia launches Future Leaders Program

FESPA Australia has invited nominations for its inaugural FESPA Future Leaders Program, a professional and personal development initiative designed to “identify and develop emerging leadership talent to ensure our industry survives and thrives into the next generation.” One Future Leader will receive an expenses-paid trip to FESPA 2023 in Munich.

Solimar unveils Rubika 4.4 workflow software ahead of PacPrint

Solimar Systems, a US-based global provider of workflow software for print production and digital communications, has introduced the latest version of its award-winning Rubika document re-engineering solution in the lead-up to PacPrint.  Solimar recently announced a partnership with Fujifilm Business Innovation Asia Pacific.

ONYX Software announces version 22

Onyx Graphics Inc. has announced global availability of ONYX 22, with a new drag-and-drop experience with tools for everyday automation. Recently showcased at FESPA Global in Berlin, Germany,  ONYX 22 also features Quick Set automation, smart job submission from design to print, artwork placement controls for flatbed and DTG printing, and easy-to-use tools for everyday automation.

ASGA encourages take-up of NSW TAFE Trade Pathways Program

ASGA (Australian Sign & Graphics Association), is encouraging all business owners and staff based in NSW that have been working in the sign industry for at least two years but are not yet formally qualified, to consider a fee-free Certificate III qualification under TAFE NSW’s Trade Pathways Program. This can potentially turn pure vocational experience into Cert III recognition.

Epson Australia to show new SurePress L-4733AW label printer at PacPrint

Epson Australia is all set to show its latest label printing offering with the introduction of the SurePress L-4733AW water-based resin ink digital label press, with improved automation. The company says this new addition to the SurePress line offers higher levels of print quality, consistency, flexibility and value for label converters, specialty printers and vertical manufacturers.

Caldera releases Version 15.1 of its renowned RIP workflow

French wide format software creator Caldera has announced the release of the latest update of its award-winning RIP program, CalderaRIP Version 15.1. Starting in June 2022, users will be able to update their RIP to access a range of new features designed to increase performance, output quality, and productivity.

Konica Minolta announces new AccurioLabel 400 digital label press

Konica Minolta in Europe has announced a new label press in its successful AccurioLabel series. The AccurioLabel 400, is capable of faster speeds up to 39.9 mpm and higher uptime through more durable components. AccurioLabel 230 machines installed can be upgraded to 400 spec. In Europe, Konica Minolta claims a 28% market share in 2021. Globally, the company installed its 1,000th AccurioLabel 230 in 2022.

NZ imposes $9.7m fine on 'deceptive' Australia/NZ freight cartels

“These cartel arrangements had the effect of removing competition, making it possible that customers were charged more by counterparties for retail freight forwarding services,” said NZCC chair Anna Rawlings. One of the two international freight companies fined, Mondiale Freight Services, is based in Sydney; the second company, Oceanbridge Shipping, has headquarters in Auckland.

Pride In Print NZ awards 2022 - Logick Print is FOURsome!

A promotional pocketbook printed by Penrose, Auckland-based Logick Print has won the coveted Supreme Award at New Zealand’s Pride in Print Awards gala dinner held at Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre. It's the fourth Supreme award for the specialist print house and industry innovator. The BJ Ball Apprentice of the Year title went to Kosema Fuiono from Blue Star Collard (Auckland). 

Kodak turbo-drives inket web speed up to 410 metres/minute with new Prosper 7000

Kodak unveiled the KODAK PROSPER 7000 Turbo Press, a full-colour perfector, at its inkjet facility in Dayton, Ohio. Kodak's new inkjet web press uses Stream Inkjet Technology, offering printing speeds of up to 410 linear mpm or up to 5,523 A4 ppm, which the company claims is almost 35% faster than its nearest competitor. Although a major offset plate supplier, Kodak sees a shift in more long run jobs from conventional printing processes to inkjet.

X-Rite launches new eXact 2 with non-contact video targeting

X-Rite's eXact 2 is the next generation of color measurement, boasting Mantis video targeting and a complete ecosystem of connected software, including InkFormulation Software, ColorCert, PantoneLIVE, and X-Rite Link, to create a total solution in one handheld colour measurement device.

Return of trade shows drives demand for industrial printers

Industrial printer shipments declined 2.1% year over year in the first quarter of 2022 (1Q22), as the market faced a range of supply chain issues, according to new data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Industrial Printer Tracker. However, “the resumption of trade shows, the drive for sustainable textile printing, and the reopening of retail are still driving demand," the IDC added. 

Gender equity in the print industry: WiP PacPrint Breakfast

'We have a long way to go across this issue for our industry and we are committed to bringing all the leaders, male and female, along on this journey,' says Kellie Northwood, CEO of The Real Media Collective, organisers of the Women in Print Breakfast at PacPrint.