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                Online Media
     Print’s premier
news website surges
The premier print industry news website for Australia and New is expanding. is splitting the industry’s leading news website into
sector categories, to accommodate the growing
news volumes it is producing,
and reflecting the emerging opportunities across the industry, as what were former boundaries disappear with the digitisation of production.
With dedicated areas for Commercial Print, Sign & Display, Packaging, Labels, Textiles, Expos, and Videos, the Print21 news website is by far the most comprehensive print industry news hub in Australia and New Zealand.
Lindy Hughson, publisher of Print21 said, “The success of the Print21 news website comes from the unrivalled industry knowledge and experience of its team, and its proven exclusive engagement with the print industry.
“By investing further in the platform we believe Print21 will be able to build on its unassailable position of delivering informed, trusted news to printers across
Australia and New Zealand, whatever type of print they produce.”
Wayne Robinson, editor at Print21 said, “Digitisation is delivering new opportunities across multiple applications for printers of all types. The historic silos are melting away. Commercial printers are now producing sign and display, label printers are producing packaging, franchise printers are printing t-shirts and tote bags in-house.
“The expansion of the Print21 industry news website is reflective of our evolving industry, and will give printers of all types the opportunity to ensure they are up to date on
all the latest developments in all industry sectors.”
As the industry’s media hub Print21 also produces and delivers the twice-weekly news bulletin to the owners and managers of print businesses, as well as producing
the industry’s video news bulletin, PlayPrint21, which goes out
weekly, and Print21 the industry’s authoritative, widely-read, and highly respected trade magazine. 21
Top story: Federal government assistance to business with prime minister Scott Morrison
Growing: Print21 industry news website
Govt Covid
assistance top
story of the year,
Express most commented
The biggest story of the year in the ANZ print industry was the Print21 report on the federal government’s assistance package for small businesses, particularly as it applied to printers.
The second quarter saw the government and print business scramble to stay alive as Covid stopped the economy. With JobKeeper, eviction prevention and a six-month halt on creditor court action, the government gave the print industry the means to keep going.
The Express Print & Mail goings on in Queensland – which saw ownership of the business transfer from son to mother, leaving $4.15m worth of debts behind – was the most commented-on story. Print21 was unable
to publish many of the comments.
The biggest company story was the Print21 report on
the travails and rescue of Ovato, with its restructuring scheme also drawing plenty of comments.
The collapse of one of Melbourne’s biggest printers, Waratah, and the subsequent revelation of the alleged sweetheart deal between
it and major print buyer World Vision was one of the top ranked stories, as was Bambra Press going into administration, the end of SurePrint, the closure of Sydney Binding, and one- time powerhouse Salmat winding itself up.
The affection for Eastern Press owner Frank Hilliard was clear with news of his passing attracting a high number of printers.
The good, the bad, and the ugly all featured on
the Print21 news bulletins, keeping Aussie and Kiwi print business owners and managers in touch with all that is going on in this most dynamic of industries.
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