• + Canon to cut ties with HP if Xerox takes over

    by SATOSHI MOROTOMI, Nikkei staff writer Hostile bid would create formidable rival to longtime Japan partner T..

    10 March 2020

    by SATOSHI MOROTOMI, Nikkei staff writer

    Hostile bid would create formidable rival to longtime Japan partner

    TOKYO -- Canon will end its 35-year relationship with HP if Xerox takes over the U.S. office equipment maker, CEO and Chairman Fujio Mitarai told Nikkei.

    Xerox launched a hostile takeover bid Monday for all outstanding HP shares, the latest development in a monthslong push to acquire its rival.

    HP, which buys laser-printer components from Canon, is among the Japanese manufacturer's biggest customers, generating nearly 14% of its sales. But a takeover by Xerox would create a formidable rival to Canon's own office equipment business.

    "The foundation of this partnership is, above all else, built upon a relationship of trust between the top management of both companies," including HP CEO Enrique Lores and Tuan Tran, head of its printing division, Mitarai said in a written interview.

    "At the same time, it also involves a great deal of technological exchange gradually established over the decades-long relationship." Mitarai added that such a relationship "is not something that can be built overnight."

    Sales to HP contributed about 540 billion yen ($5.01 billion at current rates) of Canon's 3.95 trillion yen in 2018 revenue, so the loss from cutting ties would not be small. But Xerox's hostile takeover threatens to create a competitor with roughly double the Japanese company's annual sales. 

    Mitarai's comments appear meant to dissuade Xerox's move. Losing Canon as a supplier would force HP to seek another source for key parts.

    Canon has not disclosed the terms or length of its current supply agreement with HP.

    Mitarai said Canon "intends to partner with and strive to advance collective interests of organizations that have a strong track record of operating with integrity and clearly share our values." 

    Competition is expected to intensify in the shrinking market for copiers, multifunction printers and other office equipment.

    Canon and Japanese peers Ricoh and Konica Minolta each hold a roughly 15% share of the global market for these devices. Xerox and Fuji Xerox, a joint venture between the U.S. company and Fujifilm Holdings, had the scale to rank in the top three, but their partnership agreement limited each company to certain regions.

    Fujifilm acquired Xerox's stake in the venture in November, and the partnership is set to expire next year.

    This was among the factors that drove Xerox's overtures to HP. The customer bases of the two companies have little overlap, with Xerox focusing on businesses and HP on consumers.

    HP turned down an acquisition offer by Xerox in November, leading to Monday's takeover bid. HP is taking steps to keep investors on its side, including announcing plans for $16 billion in shareholder returns, mainly share buybacks.

  • + Dr. David Cooke announces resignation from Konica Minolta after almost 15 years, including seven years as Chairman and Managing Director

    Konica Minolta Australia has announced that Dr. David Cooke has resigned from his position as chairman and managing dire..

    10 March 2020

    Konica Minolta Australia has announced that Dr. David Cooke has resigned from his position as chairman and managing director, and that he will remain until mid-July to see out the Japanese financial year and facilitate a smooth transition. 

    Under Dr Cooke’s leadership, Konica Minolta has developed a reputation as a company that cares about its employees, customers and the community, and one that’s deeply committed to ethical leadership and creating societal value. 

    In 2018 Konica Minolta was awarded the Human Rights Award for Business by the Australian Human Rights Commission for the work the company has done to promote and support human rights within its business and supply chain. 

    Dr Cooke has been instrumental in leading the company’s transformation and expanding on its core strengths of office and production printing to become an IT and technology business partner, providing innovative products such as 3D printing and robotics, as well as software and services solutions to a growing number of customers. 

    Dr. David Cooke, managing director – Australia, Konica Minolta, said, “As I am sure you can imagine I have very mixed feelings about leaving, with the greatest challenge being leaving behind the friends I have made during my nearly fifteen years at Konica Minolta. The choice of replacement however, gives me considerable confidence with regards to the future success of the company.” 

    Konica Minolta has appointed a new managing director from Japan, Yohei Konaka who is planning to commence on April 1, 2020. Yohei is currently in the office business planning division of Konica Minolta headquarters. He has extensive experience in the business holding roles in both the US and Canada in his 19 year career with the company. 

    David Cooke said, “I’m confident that Yohei will continue to build on the reputation Konica Minolta Australia has as a leader in areas such as human rights and ethical sourcing in line with the company strategy aimed at creating value for business, customers and society and meeting our commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and delivering that into the future.” 


    Mactac, a European leader with over 50 years’ experience delivering consistently outstanding graphic and decorativ..

    10 March 2020

    Mactac, a European leader with over 50 years’ experience delivering consistently outstanding graphic and decorative products to the signage and architectural industry, today announces Graphic Art Mart as its exclusive distributor for Australia.

    “Today’s appointment marks an important milestone in Mactac’s history in Australia,” said Jordan Leach, Senior Business Manager for Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions Australia and New Zealand. “Together with our long-term partner, Graphic Art Mart, Mactac will be able to meet the highest customer needs for quality, service and support throughout Australia.”

    “Mactac is a highly respected brand globally, and we are excited to be the exclusive partner for Mactac in Australia,” said Mark Canavan, Marketing and Vendor Relations Manager for Graphic Art Mart. “With a diverse and creative suite of products, we look forward to providing an even broader range of solutions to our customers.”

    Customers in Australia can enjoy access to the extensive Mactac range of core and speciality print, sign and wrapping solutions optimised to meet the high-quality demands and climatic conditions of Australia & New Zealand. Mactac products are designed for a wide array of applications such as architecture, interior design, advertising and promotion, signage and marking, vehicle and transport, and protection of printed graphics.

    Mactac has manufacturing and research capabilities in Europe and is driven by innovation and customer needs to develop high performance and quality products. Mactac, an Avery Dennison brand, comes backed and warranted by the same established and highly qualified local support.

  • + FESPA Flu ... 2020 Events Postponed

    What was more than likely has now been confirmed, with the postponement FESPA Global Print Expo 2020, European Sign Expo..

    05 March 2020

    What was more than likely has now been confirmed, with the postponement FESPA Global Print Expo 2020, European Sign Expo 2020 and Sportswear Pro 2020.

    A statement from organisers said that, 'In light of the rapidly evolving situation regarding COVID-19 in mainland Europe, and in close dialogue with its national Associations and exhibitors, FESPA has today taken the decision to postpone FESPA Global Print Expo 2020, European Sign Expo 2020 and Sportswear Pro 2020, originally scheduled to take place at IFEMA Madrid from 24 to 27 March 2020.'

    Based on feedback from exhibitors, FESPA will now seek to reschedule the events for a later date, precise timing and venue still to be determined based on venue availability.

    FESPA CEO Neil Felton explains: “Until this week, our actions with regard to COVID-19 – including the pre-emptive action taken in February regarding exhibiting companies from China – have been informed by guidance from the relevant international and national authorities, with the primary objective of safeguarding the health and wellbeing of exhibitors and visitors. However, in light of the recent spread of the virus in specific areas of mainland Europe, we have consulted with our stakeholders and have concluded that it is in the best interests of our community to defer the events to a later date.”

    FESPA will provide an update regarding revised event dates in due course.

    The big question is whether or not drupa 2020 will be affected?

    The good news is that Visual Impact Gold Coast 2020 is still on. Registrations are open and visitors can expect to see a lot of the new release technology that was scheduled for FESPA. 

  • + Roland MDX-50 Helps ACT School Win 13 Awards in Global Competition

    Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices, has released a new Roland Use..

    03 March 2020

    Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices, has released a new Roland User Story. The latest user story features team Velocity SFX from St Francis Xavier College in ACT, who used a Roland MODELA MDX-50 Benchtop Milling Machine to make the winning cars for the State Final of the F1 in Schools competition, a global program that educates students in a range of STEM engineering concepts.

    The Velocity SFX Team designed their F1 cars using CAD software that is sent to the MDX-50 to shape a rectangular balsa bloc. Once the cars are ready to go, they are raced around a track, powered by a small CO2 cylinder at the rear of the car.

    Judges of F1 in Schools were very impressed with the smooth finish of the F1 cars Velocity SFX milled from the MDX-50, and the team scored 84.1% of the total marks, taking home an impressive 13 awards and winning the State Final of the global competition. Russell Cooper, Director of TechSoft Creative Technology, a Roland supplier to the education market, commented: "The F1 in Schools program has had an incredible impact in schools here, and has been pivotal in promoting engineering careers for so many young people".

    Dominic Ferraris from Velocity SFX commented: "The MDX-50 was extremely easy-to-use... [it] was reliable and could produce the same car every time we milled… which made for a positive experience for the team." An automated 3D milling machine, the MDX-50 is an ideal solution for short-runs and prototypes. Users of all abilities can mill functional parts with incredible quality on a wide range of materials. Dominic agrees: "The MDX-50 is a diverse machine and has many different uses besides just machining F1 in Schools cars. The school has experimented with milling Balsa, Carbon Fibre and other types of wood." 

    Due to the team’s high score, they will be attending the national final at the Australian Grand Prix in March 2020. At this event, the team will attempt to qualify for the world finals in Abu Dhabi in 2020. Roland DG and TechSoft Creative Technology wish Velocity SFX the best of luck!

    The Roland MDX-50 can be purchased in a package with TechSoft equipment, software, installation and training, and is on the NSW State Govt. Machine Tools Contract, for all NSW schools. To find out more about the MDX-50, go to our website.

  • + Esko unveils industry-first Digital Maturity Model guide to digital transformation strategy

    Launching a new whitepaper and interactive maturity assessment tool for customers, Esko has introduced its latest innova..

    26 February 2020

    Launching a new whitepaper and interactive maturity assessment tool for customers, Esko has introduced its latest innovation to packaging and print suppliers across the globe - a strategic model to guide individual businesses on their entire journey to digital maturity.

    Developed as a result of analysing hundreds of customers’ operations worldwide, the global developer of integrated hardware and software solutions has launched its Digital Maturity Model for Packaging Suppliers (DMM) program to equip businesses to improve productivity, efficiency and overall profitability through a complete digital transformation.

    Mattias Byström, President of Esko, said: “We are delighted to launch the Esko Digital Maturity Model for Packaging Suppliers. It is based on work we delivered in 2018 with global consumer-packaged goods companies and addresses leadership concerns and workflow steps across every area of a packaging and print business. Our teams, through continuous dialogue and analysis, are now able to successfully help our customers to develop their own roadmap to digital maturity, which is a really exciting step forward for the entire print and packaging industry.”

    “Business leaders understand that digitalisation is becoming critical to their business success,” stated Jan De Roeck, Director of Marketing, Industry Relations & Strategy at Esko, and chief architect of the DMM. “Digital transformation through the introduction of integrated, automated and cloud-connected systems, including inline print quality inspection, serves to streamline processes, remove bottlenecks and improve efficiency across every facet of a business, resulting in tangible bottom-line success and clear competitive differentiation.

    “With businesses around the globe at various different stages of digital development - and in many cases with processes and functions within the same business at different points of automation - we have spent a significant amount of time mapping the dimensions of transformation to bring clarity and enable customers to purposefully drive their own digital transformation, rather than it drive them.”

    Jan confirmed that the newly-launched DMM program will be showcased at DRUPA 2020, the world’s largest printing equipment expo held at Düsseldorf Messe, Germany in June. “Working with this industry-first tool and the experts at Esko, customers can identify and integrate only those solutions that will contribute to ultimate efficiency and business performance, addressing everything from leadership values and environmental sustainability challenges through to individual workflow steps and processes. In addition to our activities with customers now, DRUPA 2020 will be a great opportunity to explain the model face-to-face and start visitors to our stand on their journey.”

    “The launch of our DMM program is a significant evolution for packaging and print suppliers,” Jan concluded. “We are incredibly excited to reveal the results of our considerable efforts and to support so many of our customers, colleagues and peers through this period of digital transformation.”

    To find out more about the Esko Digital Maturity Model for Packaging Suppliers, visit

  • + Intec Printing Solutions UK appoints G2PSD as Authorised Distributor for their range of digital printers, foilers and cutters.

    G2PSD has recently been appointed the authorised distributor for the range of Intec digital printers, foiling and cuttin..

    18 February 2020

    G2PSD has recently been appointed the authorised distributor for the range of Intec digital printers, foiling and cutting equipment produced by the UK manufacturer. 

    Just back from an intensive week long training and product familiarisation course in the UK G2PSD director Bernie Hockings was impressed by the new products being released by the UK manufacturer. 

    The flagship product moving forward is sure to be the version 2 FB8000 Pro which is an automated digital cutting system, that fulfils the needs of higher volume production users where unattended operation is the key. The complete production run of the version 1 machines has sold out and the new version 2 model is shipping now, its upgraded features include an intuitive LCD operator control panel and improved heavy sheet handling on the auto-feeder.

    The ability to cut, perforate, score in one unit with suction auto-feeder and camera controlled high-speed operation means this unit is extremely versatile.

    Intec also offers a range of manual feed cutter models that range in size to suit all users. 
    The other standout product is the Colorflare CF1200 semi-automatic foiler and laminator which offers that extra specialty finishing for the digital markets. It features greater pneumatic pressure than many other machines and a specially developed foiling roller to ensure that the foil is dead flat when applied to the media.

    Kerry Button (Sales Director) for Intec Printing Solutions UK had this to say about the new appointment.

    "We are delighted to have G2 on board as our authorised dealer for Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea." 

    "With their local knowledge and experience we are very excited about the opportunity that lies ahead and have no doubt that both parties will enjoy a great deal of success. 

    Our new products are creating a lot of interest in the market and by working closely with Bernie and his team we expect to see substantial growth in the Australasian market."

    About Intec
    Intec Printing Solutions is a UK based company that develops unique and innovative printing and finishing solutions for the printing industry. This includes digital printers, foiling and lamination machines as well as automatic and manual cutting solutions in sizes to suit all businesses. visit us at

  • + Epson Announces New President and Change of Representative Director

    Epson has announced that, as of 1 April 2020, current president Minoru Usui will move into the role of chairman and dire..

    11 February 2020

    Epson has announced that, as of 1 April 2020, current president Minoru Usui will move into the role of chairman and director and Yasunori Ogawa will take over the role of president and representative director. Mr Ogawa is currently a director and managing executive officer at Epson.
    In March 2019, Epson established its Phase 2 Mid-Range Business Plan aimed at achieving its Epson 25 Corporate Vision. By focusing on priority areas, the company aims to respond to changes in the business environment and societal needs, and transition to a business capable of generating high profits.

    In the fiscal year ending March 2019, Epson implemented reforms aimed at strengthening their business structure. In a tough business situation, Epson has promoted collaboration with partners and open innovation, and developed and launched original products and services aimed at ensuring future growth.

    Going forward Epson expects significant and ongoing changes to their business environment. Under the leadership and new perspective of Mr. Ogawa the company will respond flexibly and rapidly to changes as they seek to improve their corporate value over the medium- and long terms.

    Details of change
    Name:                          Minoru Usui
    New position:                Director, Chairman
    Previous position:          President and Representative Director

    Name:                          Yasunori Ogawa
    New Position:                President and Representative Director   
    Previous position:          Director, Managing Executive Officer
    Brief career history of new president
    Name:                          Yasunori Ogawa
    Date of birth:                 April 11, 1962
    Place of birth:                Aichi Prefecture, Japan
    Education:                    Master's Degree from the School of Engineering, Tohoku

    University Graduate School
    Brief career history:       April 1988 - Joined Seiko Epson Corporation
    April 2017- Appointed Chief Operating Officer, Visual Products Operations Division
    June 2017- Appointed Executive Officer
    June 2018- Appointed Director, Executive Officer
    October 2018 - Appointed General Administrative Manager, Technology Development Division (current position)
    June 2019 - Appointed Director, Managing Executive Officer (current position)
    Appointed Chief Operating Officer, Wearable Products & Industrial Solutions Operations Segment (current position)

  • + OKI and Mimaki Engineering Conclude Exclusive International Sales Agreement

    OKI and Mimaki Engineering Conclude Exclusive International Sales Agreement for OKI Data’s Wide Format Inkjet Prin..

    11 February 2020

    OKI and Mimaki Engineering Conclude Exclusive International Sales Agreement for OKI Data’s Wide Format Inkjet Printers. Information regarding the Australian Market.

    Under this agreement, from April 1, 2020, Mimaki Engineering will sell OKI Data’s wide format inkjet printers, ink and other supplies, and maintenance parts in overseas markets including Australia.

    The products covered by this international alliance include OKI Data’s two wide format inkjet printers capable of high-speed, high-density printing—the ColorPainter H3-104s and the ColorPainter M-64s—as well as ink and other supplies for these models and for other OKI Data’s wide format inkjet printers previously sold by OKI Data.
    Mimaki Australia will take the best efforts to minimise the impacts for all OKI Data wide format printer customers after April 1st, regarding the distribution network, customer support and consumable supplies.

    Relationship between current OKI Data’s wide format printer distribution network and Mimaki Australia is under constructions and will be finalised and announced by March 31st.

    Any inquiries of OKI Data wide format printer products, please contact OKI Data Australia before March 31st and Mimaki Australia after April 1st.

    OKI Data Australia
    Level 1, 67 Epping Road Macquarie Park  NSW  2113
    Ph (02) 8071 0000

    Mimaki Australia
    Unit 14, 38-46 South Street, Rydalmere NSW 2116
    Ph (02) 8036 4500

  • + Success of Pilot Careers Program Drives Expansion

    Higher apprentice numbers and a growing awareness of industry career opportunities are just some of the positive outcome..

    04 February 2020

    Higher apprentice numbers and a growing awareness of industry career opportunities are just some of the positive outcomes of a pioneering program led by Visual Connections and the Australian Sign & Graphics Association (ASGA), with the Australian Schools Industry Partnership (AusSIP) in 2019. And, with the initiative set to expand from 2020, the future is looking bright.

    Sign & Display apprenticeships in NSW were up 21.28% in 2019, with ten additional apprentices signing up for TAFE training. This lift in numbers is just one outcome of a partnership between Visual Connections, ASGA and the education liaison team at AusSIP.

    Peter Harper, CEO of Visual Connections, says the partnership – which falls under Visual Connections’ Academy initiatives – has now been piloted for a full year in New South Wales, with a focus on the sign and display industry, with very positive results.

    “It’s no secret that attracting young people, training them, and retaining them, is a major challenge across the entire sector,” Harper said today. “Visual Connections is committed to supporting the future sustainability of the industry, and one of our key areas of focus is attracting young people to the industry and ensuring they have access to the training they need to build their careers.”

    For Michael Punch, General Manager of ASGA, it is also about revealing the wonders and opportunities inherent in sign and graphics careers. 
    “So many students, parents and careers advisors are simply unaware of the industry and its variety,” he says. “They walk daily through shopping malls, festooned with all forms of signage, yet while plumbers, carpenters and electricians are trades they’re very familiar with in their homes and workplaces, it’s a different story with sign makers and installers.”

    In 2019, AusSIP’s Tina Mavris and John Watters ran the initiative in a number of NSW schools to give years 10 and 11 students the opportunity to learn about the industry through visits to Ultimo TAFE and ASGA members who, Punch says, have been keen to open their doors to give students a ‘hands-on’ experience and share their passion for the industry. A large number of students also attended PrintEx19 in Sydney in August as part of the program.

    “For many of the young people we connect with, their contact with us is the first time they’ve ever heard about sign, display and print – let alone considered a career in the sector,” Watters says. 

    “Regardless of whether they are creative, IT-focused, engineering or construction-minded, or simply interested in a varied and challenging career, students who have the opportunity to see what sign, display, engraving, wide-format and other print businesses do every day, and to put that in the context of the many and varied industries which rely on those services, are invariably amazed and impressed. And, importantly, the ‘hands-on’ nature of this program demonstrates that there really are jobs in the industry which are both available and desirable.”

    Issues around careers and training are, of course, complex, and recruitment into training is just one outcome, Watters explains, acknowledging that the Sydney pilot is just the start of what is likely to be a very long process.

    “It’s not enough for students to be convinced about their career direction. Parents, teachers and vocational counsellors all play an important role in helping young people select their post-secondary training, and must be part of any education process,” he points out. 

    “Close liaison with TAFEs and other RTOs is also vital to ensure that there are clear training pathways available. With different systems and multiple providers in each State, that’s also a complex process and one which takes time to work through. 

    “What is great, however, is that Visual Connections and ASGA have identified a long-standing challenge for the industry, and they’re doing something positive about it.”

    As well as improving overall awareness, building relationships with schools, industry and training providers, the Sydney pilot has achieved notable success this year in increasing the number of registrations in the Sign & Display TAFE course for 2020. 

    Particularly pleasing, says Harper, is that five of the new apprentices – half the intake – were girls, a result which represents a doubling of female apprenticeships in this category in 2019.

    “It’s always pleasing to see young women take up opportunities in our industry, and we’re absolutely delighted to see the number of girls starting these apprenticeships growing to near parity with the boys,” Harper says. 

    Given the success of the NSW pilot, Harper and Punch say their organisations are keen to continue the partnership and to expand the program from 2020, both to other states in Australia and into different sectors of the industry, with new initiatives to be announced soon.

    “Visual Connections believes there is no greater investment that we can make in the future of our industry than in equipping young people to become the leaders of tomorrow,” he says. “We look forward to expanding this successful program across the country and the industry as we seek to support a sustainable future for the sector.”

    To find out how your business can be involved in the program contact, or to find out more about AusSIP, go to or watch the video made at PrintEx19.

  • + Roland DG Now Scheduling Service Runs to Fire Affected Regions

    Following on from Roland DG's Support Program announcement (see below), Roland DG has commenced to schedule service runs..

    04 February 2020

    Following on from Roland DG's Support Program announcement (see below), Roland DG has commenced to schedule service runs to fire affected regions across Australia. These runs will occur throughout February.  

    If your business has been impacted, and you are in a position to have your equipment inspected as below please contact Roland DG directly on 1-800-500-119, through our website booking form at, or via e-mail at

    Beyond service support, Roland DG is keen to provide additional assistance where possible and as each individual's needs may differ, we ask you to contact us to discuss how we can help get your business back up and running as fast as possible.


    Idealliance, the global think tank, standards developer and certifying body for ISO, G7® colour specification and br..

    28 January 2020

    Idealliance, the global think tank, standards developer and certifying body for ISO, G7® colour specification and brand supply chain management programs and consulting, has appointed David Crowther of Colour Graphic Services to head its Australasian office, based in Sydney. Crowther is a certified G7® Expert.

    “This is the beginning of a whole new era for colour consistency and brand supply chain management in our region,” says Crowther, “many global leading global brands are already mandating G7 certified colour to ensure that the same brilliant colour is reproduced anywhere in the world, by any process and in all formats such as advertising, signage, catalogues, packaging, corporate livery and so on.”

    G7 is the Idealliance specification that uses grey-balance and visual appearance to calibrate and control any printing or proofing device, anywhere. Where G7 is used, ICC profiles become much more durable and reliable, enabling an achievable target colour to be replicated when files are shared or transferred for printing on any device-creating a supply chain workflow of one file, one separation, one calibration, one aim point - (PRINT ANYWHERE™…BRILLIANTLY), all lending to tremendous upsurge in efficiency, drastic waste reduction and resulting increase in profitability.

    Since early 2018, the Australasian office of Idealliance has been managed by Jason Hall of CMYKiT, who has moved on to focus on his security software business. “I’d like to acknowledge and thank Jason for the groundwork he has done in establishing Idealliance Australasia and wish him every success for the future,” says Crowther.

    Idealliance has five main certifications and training and all will be available through David Crowther/Colour Graphic Services. These are:

    G7 Expert - individuals certified and licensed by Idealliance as proven leaders in print production and global Standards to align all proof and print applications regardless of the print process, ink, or substrate.

    G7 Master Facility Qualification - For print service providers to demonstrate their leading capabilities in Colour Management using G7 methodology.

    BrandQ® - BrandQ enables communication between brand owners and suppliers, so it is clear on brand owner’s expectations, evaluation methodology, aims, tolerances and validation process. BrandQ certification assures a high level of communication, quality and performance which leads to overall operational efficiency, process control, measurement controls, and data that can be shared between print service provider and brands, brand owners and print buyers. This is including the certification audit BrandQ® Certified Supply Chain Facility.

    G7 Process Control Expert - The G7 Process Control Expert training addresses the challenges of managing colour across devices and workflows, defining how to integrate and maintain proven industry best practices and standards. 

    G7 Process Control Facility Certification - (For print service providers that demonstrate expert use of process control and leading practices designed for print supply chain efficiencies and productivity).

    Idealliance CEO Tim Baechle says, of Crowther’s appointment: 

    “We are extremely proud to have David leading Idealliance Australasia as he brings tremendous colour management knowledge, process control expertise and an exceptional depth of understanding of technologies, both hardware and software, covering all print technologies within the industry. He also has a tremendous reputation and a unique set of character traits that aligns fully with the servant leadership mindset of Idealliance, which will allow him to serve this region extraordinarily well.”

    Crowther adds: “The Idealliance organization is passionate about colour accuracy and has members of notable companies such as Microsoft, Sony, Lindt & Sprüngli, Ricoh, Canon, Techkon and West Rock on its board of directors. This sits very well with the work Colour Graphic Services is engaged in with ISO 12647 certification and other colour management workflow projects. I am delighted to be appointed as the Australasian office and look forward to starting the courses and certifications very soon.” 

  • + Roland DG Bushfire Disaster Support Program

    Roland DG would like to extend its thoughts and best wishes to those who have been affected by the fires that are curren..

    14 January 2020

    Roland DG would like to extend its thoughts and best wishes to those who have been affected by the fires that are currently ravaging large parts of Australia. With so many friends and colleagues affected we hope for the wellbeing of all involved.

    As part of Roland DG’s existing Disaster Support Program for those affected by this terrible tragedy, Roland DG is keen to assist where we can. One such way is to provide, at no cost, call-out fees and labour to review and inspect Roland equipment damaged as a direct result of the fires, or the resulting power outages. The Roland DG Care team can provide condition reports for any insurance claim requirements and for equipment requiring repair service work, spare parts will be supplied under special rates (please contact Roland DG directly for more detail).

    Roland DG endeavours to help find additional ways to assist customers directly affected so please contact the team for more details on how we can help get your business back up and running.

    The Roland DG Care team will be scheduling service runs in the affected regions once it is safe to do so. Should you have any questions, or to register for the special service runs please do not hesitate to contact Roland DG directly for assistance on 1-800-500-119, through our website booking form at, or via e-mail at and one of our staff will be more than willing to assist.


    David Crowther, the Colour Doctor of Colour Graphic Services has recently returned from Perth with the news that leading..

    07 January 2020

    David Crowther, the Colour Doctor of Colour Graphic Services has recently returned from Perth with the news that leading WA printer Scott Print has achieved an Australian/NZ-industry first by attaining Mellow Colour Proficient Printer certified for ISO 12647-2:2013 (including ISO 12647-8:2012) for all of its colour production, offset and digital.

    “The original certification was one year ago,” says Crowther, “but of course, any standard is only as good as the upkeep of it via auditing and I am delighted to say that Scott Print has passed its second audit with flying colours, no pun intended! It is a significant achievement since both digital and offset/CtP output devices need to be maintained to ISO 12647 colour standard day-in, day-out. Not only this but Scott Print uses both digital liquid toner (HP Indigo) and dry toner (Xerox), and these lay down images in different ways. Add to that the CtP/Offset variance and controlling colour across eight devices is a challenge for the world’s best – and Scott Print certainly falls into this category.”

    Scott Print’s production comprises:
    1 x HP Indigo 5000 SRA3 digital colour press
    1 x Fuji Xerox Iridesse SRA3 digital colour press
    2 x Fuji Xerox Colour 1000i A3 digital printers
    1 x Komori HUV GL840 B1 offset press
    1 x Komori LS 629 B2+ offset press
    1 x Screen PlateRite 8900S CtP
    Prinergy workflow and 2 x seats of Mellow Colour PrintSpec
    Techkon SpectroDens Premium and SpectroPlate for measurement, Just Normlicht viewing

    This combination now delivers ISO 12647-2:2013 latest colour standard matched to all colour output, digital or offset.

    “I’d like to congratulate the colour management team headed by Doug Henderson, Adriano Piccaluga in Offset and Danilo Bernini in Digital, for their diligence and professionalism in learning and maintaining the ISO standard across all devices and, of course, the management of John and Tim Scott for their faith and perseverance in world-best practice of print colour management,” says Crowther. 

  • + New EconoRed II Dryer Cures Plastisol/Water-based Inks

    A new EconoRed™ II-30 high capacity dryer from Vastex cures up to 300 plastisol-printed garments/h, and 100 garmen..

    07 January 2020

    A new EconoRed™ II-30 high capacity dryer from Vastex cures up to 300 plastisol-printed garments/h, and 100 garments/h screen printed with water-based ink or discharge, it was announced by Mark Vasilantone, president.

    The dryer is 20 percent quieter and 13 cm narrower than its EC II-30 predecessor owing to its top-mounted exhaust system, and allows positioning of the control box on the right (standard) or left side of the enclosure to suit shop layouts.

    It is equipped as standard with a 76 cm wide conveyor belt and two 61 cm wide, 3600 watt heaters (total 7,200 watts). Capacity can be doubled, tripled or quadrupled as needs grow by adding one, two or three additional heating chambers, extending the belt length and increasing the belt speed.

    The heaters feature closely spaced coils that provide high-density, medium-wavelength infrared heat for maximum cure speed without cold spots or under-curing, and come with a 15-year warranty.

    A “Vastex Infrared Focusing System” allows heater adjustment to any height from 5 to 18 cm above the belt, allowing the operator to compensate for garment thickness.
    To cool the outer cabinet while evacuating moisture and fumes, EconoRed II-30 single-chamber models are equipped with a 10 m3/min. exhaust system, while two-chamber models utilise a 21.5 m3/min. system.

    All models include a digital PID temperature controller accurate to +/- 1°C, allowing the operator to accurately repeat or fine-tune drying results, and a belt tracking system for increased belt life. 

    Mr. Vasilantone says an EconoRed™ ER-II-54 version with 137 cm wide conveyor belt will soon follow.

    For information contact Vastex International, Inc., +1 610 625 2702,,

  • + Keencut’s New Evolution3 Makes Accurate Cutting Easier Than Ever Before

    The new design combines the latest engineering developments with high production standards and guaranteed 0.2mm precisio..

    07 January 2020

    The new design combines the latest engineering developments with high production standards and guaranteed 0.2mm precision cutting accuracy. The simple, rapid and accurate alignment of materials increases productivity and saves money.

    Unique Lift-and-Hover (patent pending) technology enables single-handed, fast and accurate alignment of all media. A clutch device within the Lift-and-Hover system enables the clamping bar to be easily raised then lowered. The cutter bar suspends exactly parallel to the media surface over the whole length of the cut with zero sag, even on the longest size of cutter. The sightline strip shows precisely where the cut will be made, and the clamp can then be fully engaged. The mechanism ensures guaranteed high precision accuracy with every cut.

    The new QuikSwap tool heads designed for a specific purpose such as general cutting, creasing or fabric cutting. The tool heads can be attached and removed from the cutter in seconds, ensuring ease-of-use and improved productivity.

    There are three Evolution3 models: the SmartFold which can be stowed underneath the bench, the BenchTop which fixes to a work surface, and a portable FreeHand version. Available in cut sizes from 44” to 144” the Evolution3 is offered with a full 5-year guarantee.

  • + First Landa S10 Press in Asia Pacific Demonstrating New Revolutionary Medium-Run Capability

    Landa announces that the Chinese packaging giant, Zhongrong Printing Group Co., Ltd. (ZRP), has completed the installati..

    07 January 2020

    Landa announces that the Chinese packaging giant, Zhongrong Printing Group Co., Ltd. (ZRP), has completed the installation and launched the first Landa S10 Nanographic Printing Press in Asia Pacific. ZRP will use its Landa press to deliver faster, higher-quality digital color printing of short to medium-run packaging for its large and prominent customer base of Chinese FMCG businesses.

    Mr Huang, CEO, ZRP comments: “It fills us with pride to be the first Chinese company to install and operate a Landa S10 press, and to offer the benefits of this technology to our customers. With a strong focus on service innovation, we believe that cutting-edge technologies are key drivers for business growth and differentiation, and early signs suggest that the Landa press will give us that. Our customers now have the ability to order medium-run jobs for the first time, with incredible color vibrancy and all the logistical and environmental savings that ordering what you want, when you need it, delivers.

    “We already have a comprehensive offering digital print, offset, gravure, silkscreen and flexo printing processes, but the Landa S10 presents us with a brand-new production capability and customer service that truly complements our other printing formats. In China, colors used in packaging and product branding are very influential in the consumer buying decision. These colors can suggest anything from the nutritional value of the product to the product’s authenticity (not counterfeit). Because of this, we expect Nanography’s vibrant color palette to add significant value to customers, especially in a competitive retail environment,” Huang adds.

    The single-sided B1 (41 in. / 1,050 mm) format Landa S10 Nanographic Printing Press enables just-in-time mainstream efficiency for the production of folding carton and POP/POS applications. With a higher throughput than any other digital sheetfed press in the industry, the Landa S10 prints 6,500 large format sheets per hour on off-the-shelf substrates in thickness from 2.4-32 pt. (60-800μm).

    Yishai Amir, Landa CEO comments: “We’ve spent the last six months putting all the necessary service and support functions in place to serve customers in China, which also includes the opening of a local Landa office. With that done, ZRP has been the perfect partner to launch Nanography in Asia Pacific. Being a packaging expert and one of the country’s ‘Top 100’ leading industry suppliers, the company not only understands the opportunities that the Landa S10 delivers, but they also know how to take Nanography to market and drive its rapid adoption. We look forward to supporting ZRP and other customers in this thriving region, in the near future.”

  • + GJI Group acquires leading Australian signage brand Signpac

    The GJI group continues its investment into the digital, marketing, signage and media landscape with the successful acqu..

    10 December 2019

    The GJI group continues its investment into the digital, marketing, signage and media landscape with the successful acquisition of Signpac.

    GJI Group’s CEO, Mark James recently announced that the group were actively searching for brands to acquire which complement the group’s collective skill set and capabilities to help their clients find, keep and grow their customers.

    Signpac will be joining existing GJI Group brands Customology, Colorcorp and Conversify.

    Signpac has been developing, designing and installing signage for over 20 years. Their specialisation in digital media signage has seen them grow and lead the market in the education sector. “The Signpac technology and innovation allows our clients to leverage the best from static and variable display benefits.” Larry Wainstien, Signpac founder and GM said.

    “The Signpac acquisition is strategically important to the GJI Group. Our existing clients are now able to benefit from Singpacs leading edge digital display technology.” Marcus Emery, Group GM says.

    Signpac will continue its day-to-day operations from their Sydney office. Larry Wainstein will continue to lead the team. “We are very excited about joining the GJI Group. It gives our product and services a very bright and scalable future plus great career opportunities for our team.” Wainstien added.

    The GJI group is a group of companies in the marketing services space that enable Brands to Find, Keep and Grow customers.


    Screen today announces that leading UK label print provider, Hine Labels, is expanding its application offering by manuf..

    10 December 2019

    Screen today announces that leading UK label print provider, Hine Labels, is expanding its application offering by manufacturing flexible printed pouches with its UV inkjet label press under the brand name of

    According to Bill Hine MD of Hine Labels, it was a logical decision to apply its existing Truepress Jet L350UV+LM to digitally print pouches. Hine explains: ‘With its low migration inks, the press is perfect to produce premium pouches that are compliant with the strict food safety standards. This allows to differentiate its offering and enjoy a new and exciting revenue stream.”

    “We have identified a gap in the market for digitally printed short-run pouches. Our clients are looking to achieve professional packaging without the commitment of ordering larger volumes, and they are looking for multiple applications from the same provider. The Screen Truepress Jet L350UV+LM allows us to move into various different markets in order to satisfy our customer-base and the ever-demanding needs of a competitive market.”

    Hine Labels purchased the L350UV+LM last year due to its low migration inks, which are compliant with the strict safety standards of food packaging. With the uptime, reliability and quality experienced when using the press, in combination with the industry leading productivity of up to 60 metres per minute, cited as reasons for the original investment.

    Hine continues, “We are all aware of the environmental concerns with regards to plastic packaging and the counterbalance of the need for a circular plastic economy. Our approach has been to look at the amount of plastics used in short-run pouches and by handling the web in a different way, surface printing using inks that do not require laminating. We’ve managed to reduce the amount of manufacturing waste significantly (30% or more). Our solution offers a very attractive option when compared to other digital solutions.”

    Bui Burke, Screen Europe Senior Vice President Sales, concludes: “We are delighted that Hine labels is exercising our market-leading solution in new and interesting ways. This is a testament to our technology which continues to allow companies to expand their businesses profitably.”

  • + Epson and Elephantech Forge Capital and Business Ties

    Elephantech is a startup that manufactures and sells flexible printed circuits (FPC) manufactured using inkjet printing ..

    10 December 2019

    Elephantech is a startup that manufactures and sells flexible printed circuits (FPC) manufactured using inkjet printing and electroless copper plating. The company uses a proprietary manufacturing method in which metal materials are printed only on the required areas of a board surface and then grown using plating technology. This method, which is shorter than a conventional lithographic FPC production process, offers benefits in the form of lower environmental impacts, lower manufacturing costs, and shorter lead-times.
    One of Epson's strategies under its Epson 25 Corporate Vision is to accelerate growth by taking maximum advantage of its existing assets and by engaging in collaboration and open innovation. In inkjet, Epson is seeking more open innovation opportunities and is expanding external sales of printheads based on its PrecisionCore technology.
    The partnership with Elephantech, which has a large potential customer base, is a specific example of this. Epson expects the collaborative partnership with Elephantech to accelerate the use of inkjet printheads in industrial applications such as printed electronics, a priority area for Epson. Moving forward, Epson will create new markets by aggressively pursuing opportunities to provide inkjet printheads and related information for a wider range of printing applications.
    Elephantech, with funding from Epson, is on a mission to make the world sustainable with new manufacturing technologies.
    Toward this end, it is expanding its inkjet-printed FPC manufacturing operations and creating markets by developing a broader range of applications for its technology, such as technology for forming wiring patterns on 3D plastic objects and the printing of biomaterials.
    Elephantech CEO Shinya Shimizu said, "The environmental impact of global manufacturing continues to grow and is set to exceed the level that the earth can absorb, making it harder and harder to claim sustainability. I believe that additive, inkjet-based manufacturing processes in which material is printed only where it is needed will become the global standard in manufacturing, replacing existing subtractive processes in which material that is not needed is removed and disposed of. We have and will continue to lead a technology revolution toward low-waste manufacturing processes."
    Epson President Minoru Usui said, "We at Epson are committed to playing a central role as an indispensable company in making the world a better place, and toward that end, we are creating new value that can help solve societal challenges and achieve sustainability. Innovations in manufacturing processes using Epson's inkjet printheads, which have competitive edge in terms of printing performance, environmental performance, and ink compatibility, are a core part of our strategy. The collaboration with Elephantech in printed electronics is an extremely important first step toward reaching our goal of driving innovation in global manufacturing by creating new, more compact, inkjet-based production processes that have a lower environmental impact."
    The investment of capital in Elephantech will have a negligible effect on Epson's financial results.