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Almost half a million job vacancies - double from 2020

There were 480,000 job vacancies in Australia in May 2022, 58,000 more than in February 2022, and more than double the vacancies in pre-pandemic February 2020 (227,000), according to new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Manufacturing had 136% more job vacancies in May 2022 than in February 2020.

Xerox buys UK-based marketing agency Go Inspire

Xerox has acquired Go Inspire, a Leicester, UK-based print and digital marketing and communication services provider, to expand its global Digital Services business. Go Inspire has an annual turnover of £70 million. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

PacPrint closed on a high with approx. 7,000 visitors

It hasn't been audited yet and there are concerns about some visitors not having been 'scanned' but it looks like PacPrint attracted between 6,500 and 7,000 visitors over its 4 days. Certainly Friday felt very busy indeed and many New Zealanders showed up too.

PacPrint - Jobs galore available in the industry - can they be filled?

Several stands had 'We're hiring' signs on their stands at PacPrint and generally there is a shortage of candidates. Leading industry recruiters JDA Printrecruit had endless enquiries from printers seeking applicants, Vivad had no less than five jobs advertised. Leading fit-out firm Major Media are looking for an Ops and Install person...the list goes on.

Print sector shows strong growth in June: Australian PMI

Four of the six Australian manufacturing sectors expanded in June according to Ai Group’s Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australian PMI), with the textiles, clothing, footwear (TCF), paper & printing products sector reporting the strongest result.

Australians lost a record $2 billion in scams last year

The ACCC says more than $700 million was lost in investment scams in 2021 and another $227 million in payment redirection scams, while romance scams resulted in losses of $142 million. An astounding 357 million scam calls were blocked by a new Scam Calls Industry Code.

Thunder and lightning, prices not frightening from Thunder Laser

With apologies to Queen from 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' If you are looking for a great, well-constructed laser cutter or engraver that won't break the budget, try Thunder Laser. The whole look and feel of the various models speaks robustness and quality, with motors and parts sourced globally from the best and assembled in China. At PacPrint, Glenn Traves and Mandy showed several models and existing users are singing the praises.

NPAs - Carbon8 wins five Golds - The Ghan wrap takes large format award

Carbon8 from NSW, with five Gold and two Silver Awards , was the night’s biggest winner at the 39th National Print Awards hosted by the PVCA last night in Melbourne. The Lighthouse Group from NSW, Sunprint Queensland and Ball & Doggett in Victoria all won two Gold medals. Other gold winners were John Fisher Printing NSW; Jamesprint, Styleprint and Ellikon Fine Printers from Victoria; The Greenridge Group and dms CREATiVE from Queensland; CCL Label, Signageworld and Multi-Color Corporation Australia from SA; Percival Print & Packaging from WA; and Foot & Playstead from Tasmania. 

PacPrint - Evening functions bring old friends together

The show rocks on and we will bring more news about it over next week but Wednesday evening was all about two special functions - the LIA precursing the announcement of Apprentice of the Year, introducing the finalists ahead of the announcement at the NPAs, and Currie Group putting a fine party on to celebrate its new branding and, well, just have a good time complete with band and floorshow. It's as if Covid never happened!

Xerox CEO John Visentin passes away at 59

In a shock announcement, Xerox Corporation said its vice chairman and chief executive officer John Visentin, 59, unexpectedly passed away yesterday due to complications from an ongoing illness. Steve Bandrowczak, Xerox’s president and chief operations officer has been  appointed Interim CEO.

Fuji Xerox -v- Whittaker, EY, Bell & Lang adjourned to July 30th

The lengthy Court case involving former Fuji Xerox MD Neil Whittaker, Finance Manager Devlin Bell and accounting firm EY has been adjourned until July 30th by new presiding Judge Feutrill. Recently appointed to the Federal Court, he is now handling the claims and cross-claims case.

Over 300 guests at ASGA's HP National Sign Awards – all the winners 

What a night of nights! Gold medal winners at Tuesday night’s HP-ASGA National Sign Awards included familiar names Kingman, Cunneen Signs and Grafico Group as well as first-time winners Zimmerman Industries, OMG!, Signhub, Neolite, Specialbuild, Signcraft, Signageworld and Signage Fleet. Donuts Anyone? by Liberty Signs in the Vehicle Wraps category won the People’s Choice award. 

Ball & Doggett launches new Product Catalogue 2022-2024

Australia’s largest distributor of printable materials and press consumables says its new Product Catalogue 2022 – 2024 is 'the perfect tool for navigating through our comprehensive range of products.' It's also available at PacPrint on a stand made entirely of sustainable and locally-made board material.

Full steam ahead for drupa 2024

With just under two years to go until the start of drupa 2024, planning is well advanced with global print businesses from 32 countries already on board. "This edition will specifically focus on the mega trends sustainability and digitalisation."