• + Epson printers and robots win Best of Best and Product Design 2020 Awards

    Epson’s large-format printers and an industrial robot have won the Red Dot Award in the Product Design category (R..

    31 March 2020

    Epson’s large-format printers and an industrial robot have won the Red Dot Award in the Product Design category (Red Dot Award: Product Design 2020), marking the fourth successive year that Epson products have been recognised in this award. The company’s printers have also been recognised for their second successive Red Dot: Best of Best Award.

    Created in 1955 the Red Dot Design Award is recognised around the world as one of the most prestigious awards in the design field. A jury of experts evaluates products announced during the past two years and selects the best designs based on nine criteria, including degree of innovation, functionality, ergonomics, ecological compatibility, and durability. This year's winners were selected from entries from around the world.

    Epson SureColor SC-P9560 printer

    Details of the award winning Epson products:
    SureColor SC-P7500 and SureColor SC-P9500 (SureColor SC-P7560 and SureColor SC-P9560 in Australia and New Zealand) 

    Alongside the SureColor SC-P9050V and SC-P9050G (SureColor P7070 and P9070 in Australia and New Zealand), these printers were regarded highly as the industry standard for reproducing high-quality images in fine art, proofing, and photo laboratories. These products provide the functional operability of high-quality professional tools, such as internal lighting to immediately check printed material and a neutral colour that does not interfere when making colour adjustments.
    VT6L six-axis robot

    This is a smooth and beautifully designed entry level 6-axis robot with curved surfaces that make it easy to install. Designed to automate simple transfer operations previously undertaken by humans, the main unit and the controller are integrated to enable space-saving and easy, and ease of use.

    Epson products and services vary by region. You can refer to local Epson sales company for details of products and services available in your region by going to:

  • + Sitma Machinery Loses Founder Aris Ballestrazzi to Coronavirus

    From the team at Sitma ... On the 19th of March in Italy, we celebrate Father’s Day in honor of St. Joseph, t..

    24 March 2020

    From the team at Sitma ...

    On the 19th of March in Italy, we celebrate Father’s Day in honor of St. Joseph, the symbol of dedication and humility.

    Yesterday was the 19th of March 2020, and by some tragic coincidence, we lost our ‘father and founder’ Aris Ballestrazzi.

    Here in Italy, as throughout the rest of the globe, we are fighting this silent and deadly virus – COVID-19 – and it has brought yet another painful loss.

    There are no words to describe the anguish and pain for such a heavy loss; no hugs for the family, and no hand shaking between friends and colleagues.

    During this Corona virus period, there are emotions and words, running fast among the digital channels that allow us to stay in touch and close, despite being distant.

    Aris founded Sitma in 1965 and has never left its side. He guided it to such an illustrious notoriety, held her hand in moments of crisis, with the determination and awareness that sets him apart as a father.

    We should remember Aris for his immense strength and his profound integrity, after all, his word was his honour, and these are the values that distinguish Sitma. Aris was an honest man. Aris was a good man.

    Yesterday, on the 19th of March 2020, we said goodbye to Aris Ballestrazzi. An illuminated entrepreneur and a symbol of humility, who dedicated his life to his great family, Sitma.

    Aris taught every single one of us something, and the only way we can all thank and honour such an extraordinary person is by committing ourselves even more to the family he created at Sitma, helping it shine and prosper in the years to come, all whilst following in the giant footsteps he created over the last 55 years.


  • + drupa postponed to April 2021

    The drupa trade fair scheduled for 16-26 June 2020 will be postponed to 20-30 April 2021. In doing so, Messe Düssel..

    14 March 2020

    The drupa trade fair scheduled for 16-26 June 2020 will be postponed to 20-30 April 2021. In doing so, Messe Düsseldorf is following the recommendation of the crisis management team of the German Federal Government to take into account the principles of the Robert Koch Institute when assessing the risk of major events. Based on this recommendation and the recent significant increase in the number of people infected with the new corona virus (SARS-CoV-2), including in Europe, Messe Düsseldorf has reassessed the situation. In addition, there is the general ruling issued by the city of Düsseldorf on 11 March 2020, in which major events with more than 1,000 participants present at the same time are generally prohibited. 

    "The decision was taken in close consultation with our advisory boards and sponsoring associations," emphasises Werner M. Dornscheidt, Chairman of the Board of Management of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH. It also reflects the wishes of individual industries: "As their partner, we are currently doing everything in our power to reduce the economic losses suffered by our exhibitors". 
    "The city of Düsseldorf is following the instructions of the state government. Our aim is to slow down the spread of the corona virus so that the health system can continue to function properly," emphasises Thomas Geisel, Lord Mayor of the state capital of Düsseldorf and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Düsseldorf trade fair company. 

    Delaying the spread of the virus as far as possible is also a declared goal according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). In order to fulfil Messe Düsseldorf's responsibility for risk prevention, the company primarily had to minimise the increased risk of infection at major events. Measures to reduce the risk of transmission at major events, which the Robert Koch Institute has clearly defined – such as ventilation of the venue appropriate to the risk of infection, the exclusion of persons from risk groups and the comprehensive installation of entrance screening, were practically impossible to implement. Also, comparable measures were and are unreasonable in view of the unforeseeable rapid development and the size of the various events with up to 60,000 participants. 

    drupa president Claus Bolza-Schünemann also agrees with this: "A postponement of drupa was unavoidable after the latest developments. The decision is therefore right and responsible. Many exhibitors start their logistical preparations middle of March – today's announcement of the postponement enables all those affected to react now, reschedule and prepare for the event date in April 2021. The excitement for 'embrace the future' remains undiminished – also in 2021". 

    In view of the increased risk entailed by a fair with significant international participation, the industry associations also welcome the announcement: "drupa is the most important meeting place for the international printing industry," says Dr. Markus Heering, Managing Director of the Printing and Paper Technology Trade Association of the VDMA. "True to the motto 'embrace the future', it is characterised by personal, international contact and live product presentations. The risk of infection would simply be too high at present. We therefore support the decision to postpone the event and look forward to the date next year.” 

    The Düsseldorf hotel industry is also sending out an important signal through its umbrella organisation DEHOGA (Trade Association for the Hospitality Industry): "We appeal to our members and the entire industry to be flexible when it comes to rebooking by exhibitors and visitors. The Düsseldorf trade fairs such as drupa play an enormously important role for the city, the hotel industry and the catering trade. It would be counterproductive not to show goodwill in this situation,” as both DEHOGA-Representatives Giuseppe Saitta (Chairman Düsseldorf/District Group Rhein-Kreis Neuss) and Rolf D. Steinert (Düsseldorf/Rhein-Kreis Neuss Hotels and Tourism Group) emphasise.

    Werner M. Dornscheidt is pleased about the general consensus and encouragement in this special situation: "We would like to thank all partners for their excellent cooperation in making these difficult and time sensitive decisions. We are pleased that together dates were found so quickly in order to provide all those affected with reliability in planning.”

  • + Dscoop Edge Orlando Postponed

    Due to the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19, the event will be rescheduled to a later date. Due to the latest informa..

    10 March 2020

    Due to the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19, the event will be rescheduled to a later date.

    Due to the latest information about the coronavirus/COVID-19, and to proactively protect the well-being of its members, partners and employees, the Dscoop Global Board said it reached the decision to reschedule Edge Orlando 2020 to a later date, still to be determined.

    The Global Board is comprised of HP executives, Dscoop PSP members and Dscoop leadership.

    “Nothing is more important to us than the health of our Dscoop community, and this is not a decision Dscoop has taken lightly,” said Keith Wilmot, CEO of Dscoop. “Using guidance from official global health experts, Dscoop will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates on rescheduled plans for the event.”

    “As a PSP and long-time Dscoop member, I look forward to this yearly gathering because the benefits to my team are huge in terms of industry knowledge, seeing the latest technology, and connecting with other PSPs to grow our business,” added Jay Dollries, Dscoop’s Global Board chairman and owner of Innovative Labeling Solutions. “The decision to reschedule wasn’t made lightly, and I am confident we will find a new date shortly and continue planning this extraordinary event.”

  • + 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.