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  • + Esko and Barberán Announce an Agreement to Automate the Prepress Workflow for the Single Pass Jetmaster Digital Printer

    Barberán, a leader in the design and development of digital Single Pass presses, and Esko, a global supplier of i..

    19 February 2019


    Barberán, a leader in the design and development of digital Single Pass presses, and Esko, a global supplier of integrated hardware and software solutions for the packaging, label and wide format sectors, have reached an agreement to work together on a solution that will automate the pre-press workflow for the Jetmaster Series digital printer.

    The relationship was consolidated during the recent Barberán Open House where, according to Chris Rogers, Esko Solutions Marketing Manager, Barberán demonstrated leading edge technology to a highly receptive audience of corrugated converters. This collaboration will combine the expertise of both companies and exploit the synergy between their respective product portfolios.





  • + Roland DG Disaster Support Program

    Roland DG would like to extend its thoughts and best wishes to those who have been affected by the recent flooding in Qu..

    18 February 2019


    Roland DG would like to extend its thoughts and best wishes to those who have been affected by the recent flooding in Queensland. Roland DG would like to offer assistance and provide the following information on how to best handle your electronic and production equipment in this situation to customers affected.

    Water exposure can make equipment dangerous to inspect, test and operate so please use extreme caution in doing so.  

    • Equipment can short out when powered on as the chassis could become 'live' and endanger lives.
    • Always get professional advice before attempting to powering on electrical devices if unsure
    Water damage and the after effects of water damage will impact on a machines ability to operate. 
    • Water can damage production equipment, from gears to bearings, rail assemblies, motors, rollers, electronic circuitry and more.
    • Rust can settle in either immediately or within a short amount of time, this is exacerbated because the water is not 'clean' and can leave residue over components and potentially create electrical shorts.
    • High levels of humidity and moisture can enter your equipment.  This can, like water itself, cause issues outlined above.
    Power outages and fluctuations can also have a major impact on electrical and electro-mechanical products. Over both the short and long term there are procedures that can assist you when expecting outages that should be implemented, our service people are available to advise specifically for your type of machine/s.

    If you require assistance or your business has been affected, please contact our service team through service@rolanddg.com.au or call 1-800-500-119. Roland DG will provide assistance at reduced service rates to review damaged or moisture affected Roland equipment and advise condition reports for any insurance claim requirements.
     
    We will endeavour to find additional ways to assist those affected from providing special disaster pricing for replacement products so please contact Roland DG for more details on how we can help get your business back up and running.
     
    The Roland DG Care service team will be scheduling service runs in the affected regions from mid to late February. Should there be any questions please do not hesitate to contact Roland DG directly for assistance on 1-800-500-119. One of our staff will be more than willing to arrange assistance or offer advice.





  • + Neopost Australia & Arlon Graphics Distribution Partnership Announcement

    Neopost Australia, a state-of-the art graphics solutions enterprise offering wide-format print technology, equipment, an..

    18 February 2019


    Neopost Australia, a state-of-the art graphics solutions enterprise offering wide-format print technology, equipment, and consumables to the graphics industry and Arlon Graphics, a leading cast vinyl manufacturer offering innovative product solutions with unparalleled customer support to the sign and graphics industry, announce a new distribution partnership for the Australia region. 

    Arlon and Neopost are both committed to providing exceptional customer support, technical expertise, and a diverse product portfolio to the Australian market. Neopost will bring their experience and energy to give greater accessibility to Arlon products. 

    “Neopost is delighted to be announced as distributor for the Arlon product range in Australia. This partnership cements Neopost’s resolve to continue with our strategy to become THE leading partner to the sign & display industry, providing the widest range of media and print solutions to our customers that offer the highest quality, every single time,” says Stuart Macdonald, Managing Director, Neopost Australian. “We are excited to move forward as a key supplier of the Arlon range, which will no doubt help Neopost grow our product range in the sign & display space and allow us to expand our offering to our customers across the widest range of product.”

    About Neopost
    Neopost is a leading partner to the Australian Print Industry, working with the world’s leading manufacturers of print technology to deliver the very latest innovation to our customers. We deliver market leading technology through an extensive network of dedicated account managers and service representatives to deliver world class solutions to the Australian print sector. We have been supporting the Australian Print Sector for over 60 years and continue to innovate and partner with leading brands to offer the very best in equipment, media and support solutions to help Australian print businesses achieve growth.

    About Arlon Graphics
    Arlon Graphics, LLC is a cast vinyl manufacturing company in the business of creating innovative material for visual expression. Founded in 1958, Arlon Graphics manufactures and markets high-quality pressure-sensitive materials for the fleet, architectural, digital imaging, and signage markets. Through more than 180 distribution partners across the globe, a growing number of strategically-positioned sales offices and warehouses, and customer-centric operations, Arlon is recognized as a global leader in graphic films. Join the Arlon Graphics conversation and follow us at @arlongraphics on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn. For more information, visit www.arlon.com.





  • + Roland DG Announces New TrueVIS VG Series $5000 Cash Back Trade-In Offer

    Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices, today announced the launch of..

    11 February 2019


    Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices, today announced the launch of a new $5,000 cash back Trade-In program for the TrueVIS VG Series Printer Cutters.

    Recently, the TrueVIS VG Series was awarded the BLI Buyers Lab top choice for image quality and productivity through its unparalleled colour output, reliability and integrated print and cut versatility. To celebrate this honour Roland DG are offering customers the opportunity to upgrade to the latest TrueVIS VG Series Printer Cutter, and receive $5,000 cash back when trading in their old wide format printer.

    To qualify for the $5,000 cash back offer, purchase a TrueVIS VG-540 or VG-640 wide format printer cutter before March 8th 2019, then register the old printer for trade-in, it’s that easy. Roland DG will verify and arrange for the collection of the old printer and provide the cash back*.

    For more details and to register your trade-in, visit www.rolanddg.com.au/vgtrade-in, or contact Roland DG on 1800 500 119. 





  • + Industry Mourns Passing of Jeff Gittus

    Vale – Jeff Gittus 1959 – 2019 The Active family, and much of the Australian print and manufacturing in..

    06 February 2019


    Vale – Jeff Gittus 1959 – 2019

    The Active family, and much of the Australian print and manufacturing industry is mourning the loss of Jeff Gittus, founder of Active Display Group.

    Jeff passed away peacefully on Friday after undergoing his second lung transplant a little over 2 weeks earlier.

    Jeff founded Active Sites Alive in 1985 after establishing his own signage business from home only 5 years earlier.

    Through Jeff’s vision, personality and nature, Active has provided employment for thousands of people for over 30 years.

    It’s an extremely sad time for the people at Active, their clients and the retail marketing industry at large.

    Jeff was part of many industry organisations, including a pioneering founder of POPAI (now Shop!) in Australia. 

    Jeff considered everyone at Active to be his family, and family was at the heart of what he valued most.

    On behalf of all the industry, we pass on our condolences to Jeff's family and the team at Active. 





  • + Epson one of Top 100 Global Innovators for Eighth Consecutive Year

    Epson has again been recognised this year as one of the 2018-19 Derwent Top 100 Global Innovators. They are also amongst..

    05 February 2019


    Epson has again been recognised this year as one of the 2018-19 Derwent Top 100 Global Innovators. They are also amongst the best of the best being one of only 35 organisations to have been recognised for the eighth year in a row since the inception of the program in 2011. These innovators exhibit consistently strong performance in successfully obtaining rights to their innovation, seeking wide protection and global markets for potential products and services based on that innovation and are recognised by their peers as creating leading innovation for others to build on.

    Clarivate Analytics cited reasons for Epson’s inclusion in the top innovators list including the fact that Epson regularly files high volumes of patent applications and had good success this year in converting these to granted patent rights. 

    They also showed improved performance in global filing of inventions filing more within the Quadrilateral authorities (US, Japan, China and Europe) than last year. 

    Epson holds many patents globally and is working with patent agencies in 20 countries or more at any given time. 
     
    “It is an honour to be selected as one of the Top 100 Global Innovators for the eighth consecutive year,” said Toshiya Takahata, executive officer and general administrative manager at Epson. As stated in its Management Philosophy, Epson seeks to become an indispensable company, an ambition that Epson considers to be consistent with the realisation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. We will continue to conduct our business and pursue intellectual property activities with the aim of creating a sustainable society.”

    For more details about Epson's intellectual property activities go to: https://global.epson.com/innovation/intellectual_property/ 





  • + Charti Provides New Options for Brisbane Océ Users

    In a move which expands the sales and supply options available to i ts customers in Queensland, Océ Australia has..

    30 January 2019


    In a move which expands the sales and supply options available to i ts customers in Queensland, Océ Australia has announced the appointment of Charti as an Océ Partner for Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

    Charti, large format printing specialists and long-term supplier of printers, media, ink, display systems and supplies, will now be a reseller for Océ’s Technical Document System (TDS) printers in these key Queensland markets, supplying not only the ColorWave and PlotWave series, but also associated toner and consumables.

    According to Dale Hawkins, Senior Manager – Indirect & Marketing for Océ Australia, the move will enhance our local supply options for ColorWave and PlotWave customers in these areas, “Charti is a Melbourne-based supplier which offers an extensive range of large format printing equipment, media, ink, display systems and supplies,” Hawkins says. “More importantly for our Queensland customers, the company has support offices throughout Australia which include an extensive warehousing facility in Capalaba, Brisbane.”

    Charti will provide the market leading Océ ColorWave and PlotWave series of printers to the Brisbane and Gold Coast markets. While customers are still ‘most welcome’ to order supplies for these printers direct through Océ Australia, which delivers overnight from its extensive warehouse in Sydney, Hawkins says the appointment of Charti means TDS printers in these key Queensland markets have a second source of supply, providing greater convenience, and the option of local supply for even faster turnaround and delivery times.

    “Charti has an excellent reputation for both expertise and product quality and we are delighted to partner with them to provide our customers in Queensland with expanded sales and support options,” he says.

    “We have a strong and long-standing relationship with the company as a supplier of products from Océ parent company, Canon, and are confident they will be a responsive and reliable business partner for our customers in Queensland, providing the high level of support they need to build their business success.”

    Charti’s Managing Director David Cheng has also welcomed the new agreement with Océ with open arms saying, “It’s a perfect strategic fit having two quality brands working side by side to serve our industry.

    “The Océ brand and product line-up perfectly complements the Charti offer, making Charti a ‘one stop shop’ for the large format printing industry,” Cheng says. Businesses in Brisbane or the Gold Coast can contact the local Charti team on 07 3914 9900 to start ordering toner and consumables.

     www.oce.com.au 





  • + ATO Offers Free Workshops and Webinars For Small Business

    The ATO is running a series of free workshops and webinars for small businesses that will cover tax essentials, good rec..

    29 January 2019


    The ATO is running a series of free workshops and webinars for small businesses that will cover tax essentials, good record-keeping and employer essentials – all to support your business.

    Small business owners and professionals will learn to free up valuable time to spend on their business and not on their books!

    Click on the State links below to view our current offers:

    Australian Capital Territory 
    New South Wales 
    Northern Territory 
    Queensland 
    South Australia 
    Tasmania 
    Victoria 
    Western Australia 

    You'll benefit by:
    •    finding out where to go when you need help and more information
    •    learning how to use the ATO’s online tools and resources to make things easier and free up your valuable time. 

    For enquiries, email us at sbtalk@ato.gov.au





  • + Brett Burns Joins Ricky Richards

    Meet Brett Burns. Ricky Richards Print Media Sales Manager. Brett has been in this industry for over 20 years and ..

    29 January 2019


    Meet Brett Burns. Ricky Richards Print Media Sales Manager.

    Brett has been in this industry for over 20 years and hosts a wealth of knowledge when it comes to choosing the right products to use to enhance your designs and printing. He joined the Ricky team last year and has a huge 2019 planned for that division.

    If you would like to chat to Brett or the Print Media experts in the Ricky team contact them on 029735 3333 or head over to www.rickyrichards.com.au





  • + Heidelberg Steps Up Activities in Packaging Market with Masterwork as Strategic Anchor Shareholder

    Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is looking to further improve its market position in the growing packaging p..

    29 January 2019


    Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is looking to further improve its market position in the growing packaging printing segment by taking its long-standing sales partnership with Masterwork Group Co., Ltd. (Masterwork), China’s largest manufacturer of die-cutters and hot-foil embossing machines, to a whole new level. Based in the Chinese city of Tianjin, Masterwork is to obtain around 8.5 percent of the Heidelberg share capital under a cash capital increase from authorised capital excluding shareholder subscription rights. The implementation of such capital measure is subject to approval by Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG's supervisory board.

    The proposed capital increase provides the opportunity for Heidelberg to acquire a further strategic anchor shareholder with a long-term investment horizon as well as to strengthen its equity. Subject to approval by the relevant bodies on both sides and the Chinese authorities, the capital measure should provisionally take place by the end of the first calendar quarter of 2019. The issue price of the new shares is set to be EUR 2.68. If the market price significantly outstrips the envisaged issue price, this will be renegotiated in line with statutory requirements. The funds Heidelberg generates with the capital increase are to be used to accelerate its digital agenda (digitising products, processes, and business models, for example) and for general business financing. Masterwork supports the Heidelberg strategy and is demonstrating its clear commitment to long-term collaboration. Heidelberg is currently considering and discussing whether it will seek to obtain a shareholding in Masterwork.

    “The Heidelberg Management Board and Supervisory Board are delighted that our long-standing, successful collaboration with Masterwork is to become much closer. This opens up further potential in the growing packaging printing segment, especially in China – the world’s largest individual market. We are expecting better capacity utilisation at our plants across the globe to make us far more efficient, but I would like to stress that this will not weaken our sites in Germany. We are delighted that in Masterwork we are obtaining another long-term investor that firmly believes in the company’s innovative prowess, strategy, and potential for the future,” comments Heidelberg CEO Rainer Hundsdörfer.

    “Heidelberg is our ideal partner for jointly leveraging growth potential in the packaging printing market. The stake we are obtaining in this long-established company and world market leader underlines that we are in it for the long haul and are confident Heidelberg has adopted the right strategy,” says Masterwork President Li Li.

    Building on leading market position in growing packaging printing segment

    Heidelberg and Masterwork, which is listed on China’s Shenzhen stock exchange, have operated a close postpress partnership for a number of years, turning print products into folding cartons for the packaging market. They also benefit from a long-standing, successful sales collaboration. Masterwork specialises in postpress equipment for the folding carton industry. Back in 2014, it acquired the postpress packaging technologies of Heidelberg, which retains responsibility for global sales and digital customer relations. The possibility of linking Masterwork’s postpress machines to the Heidelberg cloud is a big advantage when it comes to realising the value proposition of using production data to boost customers’ productivity. Packaging printing is expected to enjoy above-average growth in the coming years. Heidelberg already holds a leading position in this segment in Europe and the Americas, while Masterwork is one of China’s leading postpress suppliers for packaging. The closer ties are set to significantly strengthen this position in China – the world’s largest packaging market – and in other regions, too.

    Creating shared value and stepping up sales of Heidelberg products in China

    What’s more, there are plans for closer collaboration focusing on the two companies’ value chains. Heidelberg will continue to supply the dynamic markets in China and the rest of Asia from the site in Qingpu, near Shanghai, that it established back in 2006. As a result of the closer working relationship with Masterwork, it will also benefit from joint component manufacturing operations at the Masterwork site in Tianjin in the future. This will provide both companies with a whole host of possibilities for improving their efficiency.





  • + First Ever Full-Scale 3D Printed Concept Car

    Massivit 3D Printing Technologies, the leading provider of large format 3D printing solutions, in partnership with Marie..

    29 January 2019


    Massivit 3D Printing Technologies, the leading provider of large format 3D printing solutions, in partnership with Marie 3D – large format 3D printing specialists– and renowned car designer, Takumi Yamamoto, will unveil the world’s first 3D printed, full-scale concept car. The tribute to David Bowie will be a star attraction at this year’s prestigious Festival Automobile International (FAI) taking place in Paris from January 31 to February 3.

    FAI President, Rémi Depoix, said: “It is the first time in our 34-year history that we are exhibiting a full-scale car that has been entirely produced with 3D printing. Yamamoto’s concept car demonstrates immense creativity. We were keen to support this project and present the car almost as a piece of art, very much like a sculpture. I am very impressed with this new technology. It opens up new opportunities in terms of creativity and design for the automotive industry.”

    Takumi Yamamoto, designer of the esteemed GT by Citroen and a former leading designer at the PSA Peugeot Advanced Design Studio, is the creative force behind this concept car which is a consummation of his life-long passions for car design and David Bowie.

    Paris-based Marie 3D identified that 3D printing was the only feasible production method for implementing the concept car due to its capability to produce complex and creative geometry forms. Traditional manufacturing methods, including CNC routing, would have proven limited in terms of realizing Takumi Yamamoto’s vision. Furthermore, 3D printing turned out to be more cost-effective, having a faster production speed and less waste production.

    The car has been 3D printed on Marie 3D’s Massivit 1800 large format 3D printer. The company has an established standing in the automobile industry and this innovative project, leveraging Managing Director Philippe Marie’s expertise in prototyping as well as his timely adoption of a Massivit 3D printer, has paved the way for an entirely new approach to producing concept prototypes.

    This new concept prototype production method has provided the perfect expression of Yamamoto’s imaginative and emotive dream to build a David Bowie-inspired concept car that embodies Bowie’s key personal and physical traits. The design incorporates a core body that represents and ‘protects’ the inner Bowie while the intricate, outer body is designed with different looks from various perspectives in homage to the singer’s chameleon-like personality. Crystals were chosen to reflect the purity of Bowie’s lyrical and musical message.

    Marie 3D’s Managing Director, Philippe Marie, said: “This was an exciting challenge combining a work of art with a prototype. We especially enjoyed the fact that this is the first project that has allowed us complete creative control, independent of serving a car manufacturer. We have made the most of this total creative freedom. We embarked on the project to demonstrate the capabilities of our Massivit 3D printer in terms of size, speed and reliability. This technology provides a faster and significantly more cost-effective alternative to the conventional processes, supports design creativity, geometric freedom and smoother production.”

    He added: “This concept car exposes a completely new method and capabilities for prototyping through 3D printing. Our goal now is to expose the possibilities to the automotive world.”

    Amir Veresh, VP Business Development and Marketing at Massivit 3D, confirmed: “This project highlights how Massivit 3D’s large format 3D printing technology facilitates fresh opportunities for scale 1:1 concept prototyping and is sure to fuel the imagination of tomorrow’s car designers and manufacturers. We are absolutely thrilled to partner in this inspirational project.”

    Other important players in the project include Cyrille Ancely and Alexandre Larnac.

    Industrial designer, Cyrille Ancelly, worked on bringing Yamamoto’s dream to life by developing the design and transforming the concept into a 3D model. CG artist, Alexandre Larnac, turned the concept car’s screen-based 3D model into realistic renderings and animations giving the impression that the car was actually driving on the road.

    Find out all about the project on the Massivit 3D YouTube Channel.





  • + New Study Shows Preference for VOC-Free Coating Additives Leads to Proliferation of Acrylic-based Variants

    Skyrocketing demand from a multitude of industries, ranging from architecture to automotive, is a key factor fuelling co..

    15 January 2019


    Skyrocketing demand from a multitude of industries, ranging from architecture to automotive, is a key factor fuelling coating additives sales. According to the study, growing focus on quality is driving demand for coating additives in manufacturing processes. These insights are according to a latest Fact.MR study that projects a bullish run for coating additives market. According to the study, demand for coating additives is likely to reach 1.37 Mn tons by 2019-end, up from 1.35 Mn tons in 2018.

    Acrylic Based Coating Retains its Buoyancy Owing to Performance-driven Requirements

    As per the report, acrylic based coating additives will remain the top-selling product type. The popularity of acrylic based coating additive can be accredited to its competency in enhancing product properties and optimising production processes. Urethane and fluoropolymer are the other top-selling additive types.

    Demand for rheology coating additives is likely to reach 449,000 tons in 2018. With the rising demand for low-VOC or VOC-free waterborne coating systems, the rheological additives are witnessing revved up adoption. Dispersant additives trail the former as the second most preferred function type and offering prime opportunities for the market players to take into consideration.

    The waterborne coating remains the highly sought-after formulation, followed by solvent based coating and powder coating. Waterborne coatings are being increasingly sought on the back of their competency to offer great resistance to heat as well as abrasion. Moreover, architectural coatings maintain their lead as the largest application segment and the booming number of infrastructure-related projects extrapolate the same.

    “Robust demand for coatings is poised to be registered from the architectural and industrial applications over the upcoming years. This, in turn, will translate into a significant surge in demand for additives in terms of performance enhancement requirements”, says, research consultant Pratik Kumar from, Fact.MR

    The thriving commercial and residential construction activities in Asia-Pacific have been spurring the sales of coating additives, making it the most remunerative region for the market stakeholders from an investment-making standpoint. The flourishing automotive sector in the region is also triggering the clamour for high-performance coating additives, finds the Fact.MR study.

    Coating Additives Market Remains a Consolidated Landscape

    The report also indicates that innovative products such as multifunctional additives, silicone based additives, and green coating additives are expected to witness a spike in demand, giving a major boost to the overall growth of coating additives market. According to the research study, product developments and technological innovations remain the key facets boosting the bottom lines of companies operating in the market space. Moreover, moderate pricing and diverse product portfolio are anticipated to be the major factors driving the industry over the foreseeable future.

    The study envisages, the coating additives market remains a consolidated landscape and portrays the reign of leading players with strong product portfolios. The tier 1 players in the coating additives market have been identified to hold approximately 45-50% revenue share and remain highly focused on go-to market strategies aimed for reaching out to the customer segments in a much more efficient manner.

    Tier 2 players are focused on development of unique and exclusive products and commercialisation of the same at competitive price points to gain substantial revenue benefits. The market players falling into the tier 3 category are shifting their focus toward strategic alliances and partnerships with leading industry giants for affluent expansion. In addition to that, long-term contracts with the domestic manufacturers or suppliers have also been identified to be a key differential move to tackle volatile pricing as well as uninterrupted supply.

    As per the report, the coating additives market is poised to expand at a volume CAGR of more than 3.5% over the forecast period, 2018-2027.

    The insights presented here are from a research study on www.factmr.com/report/2427/coating-additives-market





  • + Caldera Software Company announces a Management Change

    Caldera Software Company announces a Management Change Caldera, an industry leader in the RIP software market, anno..

    15 January 2019


    Caldera Software Company announces a Management Change

    Caldera, an industry leader in the RIP software market, announces the departure of Joseph Mergui, founder and president. 

    After having grown Caldera into a very successful company and gained international recognition, Joseph Mergui has decided to entrust Dover Digital Printing with taking Caldera to new growth levels and transforming the company from a ‘family-owned’ operation to a multinational company.  

    As a market leader in digital inkjet software, Caldera will continue to invest in innovative technology, and meet the expectations of an expanding customer base.

    Samin Sarkar will serve as General Manager of the company, supported by a dynamic and experienced management team. 

    “It has been a privilege to lead and grow Caldera for 28 years and a pleasure to have worked with an extremely strong, talented and dedicated team. I have no doubt on the fact that Caldera will continue growing and being a key player in the digital printing market. I personally have decided to move on to pursue new projects,” Joseph Mergui - Founder, Caldera.





  • + Weta Workshop, Designers and Fabricators for The Lord of the Rings and Avatar, Reap the Benefits of Massivit 3D Large Format 3D Printing Technology

    Massivit 3D has announced that Academy Award®-winning design studio and manufacturing facility, Weta Workshop, has i..

    07 January 2019


    Massivit 3D has announced that Academy Award®-winning design studio and manufacturing facility, Weta Workshop, has installed a Massivit 1800 3D Printing Solution at its Wellington, New Zealand-based premises. 

    The company is recognised for its work on blockbuster films such as The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit motion picture trilogies, Avatar, King Kong, Ghost in the Shell, and Blade Runner 2049. The installation of this Massivit 1800 was made possible by Massivit 3D’s local Australian and New Zealand distributor, Stick on Signs.
     
    Richard Taylor, Weta Workshop Co-founder, CEO and Creative Director, says, “We manufacture super-sized, hyper-realistic human figures, creatures, vehicles, and other huge props for film and television and have always been on the search for technology that can produce large parts at a high speed.

    “For 15 years, we have dreamed of a day when a printer would provide super large scale, speed, and build strength at low print costs, in equal measure. The Massivit 1800 has delivered this for us.” 

    Taylor adds, “With the Massivit 1800, our team has been able to redefine what is creatively possible for our large-scale manufacturing projects. It is a powerful and versatile machine that has transformed the way we work and has supercharged our output. It really is a dream come true.”

    According to Pietro Marson, Workshop Operations Analyst at Weta Workshop, the company’s manufacturing teams have until now deployed a range of technologies for their fabrication processes, including CNC routers, industrial robots, and smaller 3D printers. Many of these technologies have presented limitations when it comes to manufacturing bigger props. 

    “We’re often required to create 8- or 9-meter-tall (26.2 or 29.5-foot) sculptures and mannequins, which means we need to print multiple parts and then manually fit them together,” he explains. “Needless to say, this is both time-consuming and expensive. 

    “The largest commercially available SLA 3D printer in the country has a maximum print volume of 60 x 60 x 40 centimeters, whereas the Massivit 1800 allows us to print up to 1.8-meter-high [5.9-foot] components,” he continues. “We can also print much more quickly and with far greater geometry freedom than with CNC machining.” 

    Weta Workshop expects to be able to save thousands of dollars by printing larger components. The Massivit 1800’s print volume has proven particularly useful for one of the company’s latest projects which requires the production of large-scale molds. Producing these molds with CNC technology would have been challenging due to their size and the inability of CNC routers to create complex, deep intrusions.

    “The Massivit 1800 has surpassed our expectations insofar as the added capabilities and extra efficiency it delivers our operations,” says Richard Taylor. “Since its installation, it has stimulated a lot of creative thought and our teams are buzzing with what we will be able to achieve with it moving forward,” he concludes.





  • + Rotocontrol appoints agent in Australia and New Zealand

    Rotocontrol appoints agent in Australia and New Zealand Rotocontrol has signed Maxteq Pty Ltd as local representati..

    07 December 2018


    Rotocontrol appoints agent in Australia and New Zealand

    Rotocontrol has signed Maxteq Pty Ltd as local representative in Australia and New Zealand for its suite of finishing machines providing label inspection, slitting, rewinding, diecutting, overprinting, digital and booklet printed labels. The agreement was finalized after Andrew Maxwell, technical director of Maxteq visited the Rotocontrol stand at Labelexpo Americas to evaluate the company's latest in label finishing technology.

    "I was impressed with Rotocontrol's live demonstrations on three of their label finishing solutions during Labelexpo Americas," says Maxwell. "Their proven German engineering in highly customized machines, along with a strong backing in manufacturing expertise by their parent company EMT, has proven successful at an international level. There is a strong market here for Rotocontrol in Australia and New Zealand."

    Maxteq is an Australian-based print trade house representing international manufacturers of quality printing presses, finishing and print machinery, as well as printing consumables. Their customers range from the small boutique companies to large international corporations. According to Maxteq, it prides itself on being representative and suppliers of the highest quality products, from the smallest chamber seal to full scale printing presses.
      
    Featured on Rotocontrol's stand during Labelexpo Americas was the DT-Series 340 for advanced finishing of digitally preprinted label rolls, the FC-Series 540 fully-automatic turret for rewinding of pressure sensitive self-adhesive labels, and the RSC-Series 440 high-performance, compact, robust label slitter/rewinder.





  • + Ricky Richards raise funds for the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

    Ricky Richards raise funds for the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick. The Ricky tradition continues this y..

    07 December 2018


    Ricky Richards raise funds for the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

    The Ricky tradition continues this year as they give thought to those less fortunate and support the community around them. On December 7 Ricky Richards will once again raise funds to support the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick and help sick kids just like Marguerite pictured below. On this day Ricky will donate a percentage of all sales to the hospital’s greatest area of need.

    For 19 years Ricky has worked together with their customers to raise substantial funds which have supported sick children and their families while they are in hospital.

    If you would like to read Marguerite’s story go to: www.rickyrichards.com.au/marguerite-story/

    And remember if you would like to help raise funds on December 7, call the Ricky Richards sales experts on 02 9735 3333 and place an order.





  • + GERBER TECHNOLOGY ACQUIRES MCT DIGITAL

    GERBER TECHNOLOGY ACQUIRES MCT DIGITAL Gerber Technology announced recently that it has acquired MCT Digital, addin..

    27 November 2018


    GERBER TECHNOLOGY ACQUIRES MCT DIGITAL

    Gerber Technology announced recently that it has acquired MCT Digital, adding modular laser cutting technology to their existing industrial strength finishing solution hardware and software portfolio. 

    The addition of MCT’s high-end large format cutting builds on Gerber’s heritage in the sign & graphics and packaging industries, as well as giving Gerber a key technology platform to serve its industrial markets.

    MCT and Gerber are both recognised as pioneers providing integrated software and hardware solutions. Their track records of 30 and 50 years respectively have delivered innovative technologies that have transformed the way their customers work. Gerber invented automated cutting in 1968 and the company continues to create the world’s most integrated design and production ecosystem of hardware and software in the apparel, home and leisure, and transportation markets.
    Gerber also revolutionised the way vinyl was designed and cut in the sign and graphics space with the introduction of OMEGA™ software and GERBER EDGE® thermal transfer printer. 

    Likewise, Steen Mikkelsen, CEO of MCT Digital, was directly responsible for the introduction of today’s print-to-cut workflow in the sign & graphics and packaging industries with his development of the i-cut® software. 

    In 2016, MCT launched their current cutting system including proprietary laser cutting technology, winning product of the year at that year’s SGIA.
    “The product leadership, engineering and technical knowledge of these two companies creates countless opportunities to help our customers improve their productivity, streamline their workflows and improve overall efficiency,” said Scott Schinlever, president and chief operating officer, Automation Solutions for Gerber Technology.

    Gerber’s financial strength, global service and support network and long-standing customer relationships, coupled with MCT’s portfolio of print-to cut software and finishing technology, has the company well positioned to empower their customers in the many markets it serves, and to also position them to fully exploit high-speed digital printing which continues to change many industries.

    “We are very excited about combining our technology platform with Gerber’s global scale to drive growth,” said Nik Mikkelson, founder, and CTO, MCT Digital. 

    “The passion, focus and culture of our two companies are very well aligned and will maintain the same standard of excellence our customers expect, and our employees’ deliver.”

    The beginning of 2018 saw an expansion in HVG Graphics Media’s extensive media portfolio, adding hardware to their range in partnering with MCT Digital to enable a holistic approach to meet market demand for a single supply model.

     “We welcome the acquisition and have seen first-hand the market excitement generated by combining MCT and Gerber Technology - two established and trusted brands, “says Adrian Morris, HVG Graphics Media Business Manager Strategic Growth.

    “This will allow MCT, as a partner of HVG, to reach their full potential by bringing finishing innovation to the wide format, signage and packaging markets at an even faster rate.” 

    For further details of MCT Cutter product portfolio please visit: www.hvggraphics.com.au





  • + Mimaki Australia OPENS Brand NEW Queensland Facility

    Mimaki Australia OPENS Brand NEW Queensland Facility Mimaki Australia Pty Ltd is pleased to announce the Opening..

    23 November 2018


    Mimaki Australia OPENS Brand NEW Queensland Facility


    Mimaki Australia Pty Ltd is pleased to announce the Opening of our Brand New QLD facility. Mimaki Queensland showroom is located 4a/20 Smallwood Place Murarrie QLD.

    “We would like to thank our QLD dealer network for their engagement to Mimaki and being a part of our official opening. This increased investment from Mimaki into the QLD market is a sign of our commitment to our network and customers that the Mimaki brand is here to stay. We boast the largest range of wide format engines in the industry and we are driving hard to increase a leading position in the marketplace.” Comments new General Manager Tomomitsu Harada.
    Mimaki Australia is equipped with 3 dedicated demonstration center’s (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane). With sales and applications specialists in each location and a fleet of 9 technicians for pro-active support to our Dealer network and customers. 



    Mimaki Australia Locations:

    Sydney - Unit 14, 38-46 South Street, Rydalmere NSW 2116
    Melbourne - Unit 7 / 3-4 Anzed Ct. Mulgrave VIC 3170
    Brisbane - 4a/20 Smallwood Place Murarrie QLD 4172
    Contact Details PH: 02 8036 4500 – Web: www.mimakiaus.com.au





  • + Mutoh appoints Sign Supplies, New Zealand as national dealer

    Mutoh appoints Sign Supplies, New Zealand as national dealer Mutoh Australia has appointed Sign Supplies New Zealan..

    16 November 2018


    Mutoh appoints Sign Supplies, New Zealand as national dealer

    Mutoh Australia has appointed Sign Supplies New Zealand as a national dealer for sales and service across the full range of Mutoh printers for New Zealand.

    Mutoh General Manager, Russell Cavenagh, commented “Sign Supplies provides a high level of professionalism and commitment to the industry across New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. With offices in four key centres they have excellent market coverage and are well respected within the industry.”

    Sign Supplies Managing Director, Charles Schnauer, added, “We had been looking to partner with a major printer supplier for some time but equally important was ensuring quality and value throughout the wide range of products that Mutoh offers.”

    Mutoh manufactures highly productive, cost-effective printers in EcoSolvent and UV, plus offering solutions for emerging markets such as Dye Sub and Soft Signage (Textile).

    Schnauer says, “We believe Mutoh is the ideal partner for Sign Supplies, to better service our new and existing customers plus offer growth and productivity opportunities now, and in the future, to their businesses.”

    Sign Supplies have in stock the range of Mutoh inks and a range of printers available for demonstration.





  • + Kodak to sell Flexographic Packaging Division to Montagu

    Kodak to sell Flexographic Packaging Division to Montagu Eastman Kodak Company has entered into a definitive agreem..

    16 November 2018


    Kodak to sell Flexographic Packaging Division to Montagu

    Eastman Kodak Company has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Flexographic Packaging Division to Montagu Private Equity LLP, a leading private equity firm.  After closing, the business will operate as a new standalone company which will develop, manufacture and sell flexographic products, including the flagship KODAK FLEXCEL NX System, to the packaging print segment.

    Under its new ownership, the business will have the same organizational structure, management team and growth culture that has served Kodak’s Flexographic Packaging Division well in recent years. Chris Payne, who has served as President of the Flexographic Packaging Division for the last three years, will lead the new company as CEO.

    Kodak says its Flexographic Packaging Division is an example of Kodak incubating and bringing disruptive innovation to the marketplace. Over the past five years, the Flexographic Packaging business has grown and thrived within Kodak, and has become a significant player in the packaging print industry. The business will be well-positioned to continue delivering solutions to maintain profitable growth for printers in the packaging sector and remain at the leading edge of flexographic print production.

    Kodak expects to receive total value of up to $390 million, comprised of the following components: (1) base purchase price of $340 million, subject to purchase price adjustments; (2) potential earn-out payments of up to $35 million over the period through 2020 based on achievement by the business of agreed-upon performance metrics; and (3) $15 million payable by Montagu to Kodak at the closing as a prepayment for various services and products to be provided by Kodak to the business post-closing pursuant to commercial agreements, subject to completion of certain pledge and collateral arrangements. 

    The net proceeds from the transaction will be used by Kodak to reduce outstanding term debt. The company expects that the remaining outstanding term debt will be refinanced and/or repaid using cash proceeds from additional asset monetizations. 

    “This transaction is an important turning point in our transformation and is a significant, positive development for Kodak,” said Jeff Clarke, CEO, Kodak. “The sale of the Flexographic Packaging Division unlocks value for shareholders and strengthens our financial position by providing a meaningful infusion of cash which allows us to reduce debt, improving the capital structure of the Company and enabling greater flexibility to invest in our growth engines.”

    Kodak remains committed to the print industry and delivering products and services which meet the evolving needs of printers. Following this transaction, Kodak will continue to focus on the demonstrated growth areas of SONORA environmental plates, enterprise inkjet, workflow software and brand licensing. The company is well-positioned for the future by leveraging these growth engines and continuing to maximize value in commercial printing, film and advanced materials.

    The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2019, subject to the receipt of required regulatory approvals and satisfaction of closing conditions.

    UBS Investment Bank acted as exclusive financial advisor and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP acted as legal advisor to Kodak for the transaction.  Ernst & Young acted as financial advisor, Bain & Co. acted as commercial advisor and Linklaters LLP acted as legal advisor to Montagu for the transaction.