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From the Editor
New Iridesse puts a
shine on Adelaide
When long-time Fuji Xerox customer Digital Print Australia was looking for
44 an upgrade to its iGen 4, it wanted to stick with its supplier.
3D: Now you see it
One of the Australian pioneers of the Massivit 3D printing technology is part sign and display business, Seen
58 Technology, which is leading the way in creative, high-tech communication.
Pride in Print 2019
Printlink takes Supreme Award at Pride in Print Printlink won the Supreme Award at the 2019 Pride in Print event for its
60 Oranga Tamariki Panels, entered in the Speciality Products category.
Making an impact: Print on the floor, walls and pillars
BWelcome to Print21
uilding a business in the print industry takes some doing, and building one that grows over the decades takes even more doing, so congratulations to David Currie and the whole Currie Group team past and present on their achievement.
Reading Patrick Howard’s report on the way the business has grown over the years is instructive – its ability to adapt, bring on new talent, take the opportunities, and keep the main focus on serving the customers are all salutary lessons for everyone else seeking to build a sustainable business. Read the full story pages on p16-21.
Paper as a barometer of the print industry is a fascinating story. This month Print21 assesses the latest paper figures on p23, and has an exclusive interview with Spicers CEO, David Martin, on the eve of the company becoming part of the Japanese KPP, see p24. We also check out the latest recycled paper from Ball & Doggett, this one made from used coffee cups, a great breakthrough, on p27.
I was in Munich for the global wide-format mega show Fespa, which provided an insight into what is still a land of opportunity. Check out my full report from p34 onwards. Wide-format printing is now much more than posters as the photo above illustrates; it’s taken at a train station with posters, floor graphics and pillar graphics, combining to powerful effect.
One of the themes at Fespa was digital textile printing, set to
be a boom area, according to Smithers Pira. Our report starting
on p46 highlights a textile print business, the research, and the environmental imperative. Textile printing need not be complicated, the new range of printers are easy to use, but you must make sure you have the supporting infrastructure available.
No print business can operate successfully without software. This issue of Print21 includes a comprehensive analysis of the latest MIS and digital workflow solutions from p52 onwards, written by industrial editor Jake Nelson. We also look at how the home-grown printIQ software is making waves in the USA, on p56.
As anyone who travels overseas can attest, local print is as good as you find. The latest Kiwi Pride in Print awards revealed some outstanding print execution – see p60-61 for the winners.
This issue of Print21 also contains all the regular columnists bringing their insight and experience to our pages. Enjoy the read.
Cadet programme working for CMYKhub
As the skills shortage continues to bite the print industry, the nation’s biggest
62 trade printer, CMYKhub, has taken matters into its own hands.
Industry Profiles
Bottcher and Brissett are now one company, the combined entity now supplying 90 per cent of Australian
68 rollers. Patrick Howard reports on the launch of the new business.
Blank labels, big savings
For two decades, Melbourne-based Label Line has converted and supplied unprinted pre-cut labels to trade and
72 commercial printers on either side of the Tasman.
64 Andrew Macaulay PIAA active on many fronts.
65 Ruth Cobb Travel across the ditch for PrintEx.
66 Doris Prodanovic Order books online, print for real. 67 Scott Telfer Emotions the key to customers.
Cover photo: Jacqui Henshaw,
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