Australia’s SWUG award winners set to travel

Nominations for two travel awards made by Australia’s Single Width Users Group and worth a total of $25,000 close next month, in advance of the March annual conference.

The group’s ‘apprentice of the year’ will receive a $5000 trip to visit printing plants and

supply company factories on Australia’s east coast, while the winner of the biennial SWUG Leadership scholarship gets an expenses-paid trip to DRUPA in Germany in May, as well as international printing and industry vendor sites.

Details of both are available from Anthony Payne, phone 02-4935 7400, or the group’s website. Nominations for both awards need to be received by SWUG secretary Anita White on or by February 17.

Both will be announced at the 2012 conference, being held at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from March 23-25.

Host site is Fairfax Media’s double-width print centre at Ormiston, south east of the city. The redeveloped site houses a four-tower Goss Uniliner press commissioned in December 2008, together with Ferag mailroom equipment.

SWUG president Bob Lockley – who is Fairfax chief executive for printing and logistics – says the Ormiston site is one of the most modern in the country: “Queensland is always a popular destination for the SWUG conference so we are expecting a good turn-out,” he says.

The programme includes a Friday welcome party hosted by Kodak, a visit to the Ormiston site on Saturday, and an awards dinner on Sunday, together with intensive technical sessions across the weekend days.

Check the SWUG website for more details or download a registration form.

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