Print ready to go PVC as Australia's PrintEx shines

PrintEx - launched a couple of decades ago as the low-cost Sydney sibling of Australia's PacPrint trade show - was ebullient enough when it opened its doors to visitors at the Sydney Showgrounds on Tuesday.

Sidwell to stay on after $265 million Innocean deal

Wayne Sidwell may be going out on a high with the sale of his Australia-based Wellcom business to Hyundai-owned agency Innocean for $265 million.

EXCLUSIVE: Property sale fires starting gun on Melbourne press project

With the rising value of commercial property set to underwrite a long-cherished project, News Corp Australia has sold its Melbourne print complex and is gathering equipment for its replacement.

Rub-and-reveal inks put the heat on Ed Sheeran

It's the ultimate silly season promotion, especially for those fans who would jump at a chance to rub up against Ed Sheeran.

Growing interest in web-offset for packaging flexibles

Former Goss packaging acquisition Thallo is developing interest in its web-offset technology by building a demonstration system.

ABB's Kirk sets a date for 'bucket list' retirement

Steve Kirk remembers the days as a child in Wales, when presses breaking down meant his newsagent father had to tip out of bed at 5 am and drive to collect the papers.

Ryan: How Institute will blend into journalism's future

A first round of grants from the new Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas is a "signal to the marketplace" of what it hopes to undertake, director Mark Ryan says.

Move to smaller paid papers starts at the top

News Corp Australia tabloids in NT and regional Queensland will shrink almost a seventh of their size while the publisher tells readers they will be getting more.

Nine might keep Kiwi unit Stuff if offers fall short

New Zealand print and digital publishing business Stuff is for sale, but not at any price.

Agencies and tech giants added to Inform mix

An agency view of Australia's newsmedia industry comes in the second round of speaker announcements for Inform.

Ad specialist chosen to lead Malaysia's Star Media

Malaysia's Star Media has announced the appointment of advertising industry veteran Andreas Vogiatzakis as its group chief executive.

Speakers tackle journalism's oppressors in 'festival of ideas'

Awarded Phlippines publisher Maria Ressa is among speakers during a 'festival of ideas' being held in Sydney at the end iof August.

DIGITAL | BUSINESS

Publisher backs strength of ACCC's call on digital reform

A call by Australia's competition regulator for "significant, holistic reform" to address the market power of Google and Facebook has been welcomed for its "determination" and "strength of language".

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WNMC19: NYT, BBC, LAT, Expressen: Understanding the voice space.

It was a throwaway line Expressen TV editor-in-chief Thomas Mattsson tells me he thought of at the last moment, but it resonated: "Text will be the new print," he said.

If you're happy, clap your hands... and watch your news

Check Kahwa Coffee online and you'll see live entertainment in its offering. But it's a live video service that has been attracting attention from the newsmedia industry.

Here we go again: Mamamia scores repeat success with Aussie podcasts

Millions of Australians are catching a Quicky on the way to work, the intimate smart podcast helping make Mamamia the country's largest female-focussed independent website.

Brightcove over the top for three-day Boston event

Seven West Media's Jeremy Brown is among speakers at Brightcove's Play19 event in Boston in May.

CBS invests in news at Australian acquisition 10

As news gets more competitive for publishers and broadcasters, Australia's Network 10 has unveiled a new news set with a nine by 2.4 metre screen, believed to be the country's largest.

Change accelerating in Reuters' video world

In case you missed it, this is the opening video from last week's WAN-Ifra Digital Media Asia event.

DIGITAL | SYSTEMS

NZME first in region and with Arc monetisation tools

Arc Publishing has arrived in the Asia Pacific with a new subscription platform in a new deal with NZME

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ppi at The Printers Mysore: A first for India

Bilingual and multiplatform, the Content-X system at The Printers Mysore in Bangalore has been implemented in just six months.

ppiMedia's AdSelf self-service ad portal in use at VRM

The VRM group, which is headquartered in Mainz, reaches more than one million readers and has a circulation of more than 320,000 copies.

NBA star's paper routine leads to a speedy shoe sellout

Newspaper fan Klay Thompson had fans queuing to buy newspaper subscriptions as part of a promotion based on limited edition shoes.

Sweet-talking readers leads to double-digit sales growth

Publishing giant ABP has been sweet-talking readers in a campaign which delivers the cha and the chitchat without the sugar.

Rush to digital 'compromising campaign performance,' says study

Newsbrands continue to grow in effectiveness and act as an amplifier to other media in multimedia campaigns, according to a study of IPA Databank cases.

WNMC19: Chasing media literacy for digital natives

Recognising that catching readers when they are young is the secret to building continual audiences, a World News Media Congress audience heard of several ways media companies were serving junior readers.

Hard news makes readers pay attention to ads, research says

New research shows that news stories that pack a punch work harder for advertisers.

AR enhances value for value for Cleo's community in Singapore

While its founding editor, now aged 77, moves to a new challenge as head of Australia's public broadcaster, Cleo magazine is happily moving into a new era in Singapore.

DIGITAL | IN BRIEF

Why Seven needs a new boss and to be ready for action

A couple of years after the Amber Harrison affair hit headlines, it appears instead to have been the changing nature of television - and the immediate availability of James Warburton - which has brought an end to Tim Worner's career at Seven West Media.

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Publisher backs strength of ACCC's call on digital reform

A call by Australia's competition regulator for "significant, holistic reform" to address the market power of Google and Facebook has been welcomed for its "determination" and "strength of language".

Woolworths takes customer data to media screens

Australian supermarket chain Woolworths - which publishes one of the country's highest-circulation print magazines - is to use customer data to target them through billboards.

Post swaggers off with North American awards swag

The investment and "competitive swagger" of Jeff Bezos' Washington Post were recognised when it was named best news website In WAN-Ifra's North American Digital Media Awards.

WNMC19: Building readership with the Spotify generation

How do you give small news businesses and their brands the edge? Simple, you become essential as the "champion of your community", rather than just its watchdog.

Indian start-up Arré rises to top in World Digital Media

Finalists from India and Malaysia were among outright winners of WAN-Ifra's World Digital Media Awards, presented tonight.

How James (and Watson) learn to 'dance' with subscribers

A real estate agent's board as I make my way to News UK's office beside London Bridge offers, 'life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain'.

Older presses gain a 'second youth' with Smart Pre-setting

A new Smart Pre-setting feature from QIPC-EAE is delivering on a promise to save an extra 150-200 copies with each press start-up.

Welcome to the new world of Wisprint

A new star launched into the web-offset printing firmament last month with the global launch of the Wisprint brand.

PRINT | IN BRIEF

Retrofits and press management at Berlin show

Latest versions of ABB's suite of newspaper production management systems will be presented at this year's Ifra World Publishing Expo in Berlin.

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Growing Florida paper calls for latest press tech

A thoroughly contemporary approach to publishing underpins newspaper production in the fast-growing Florida city of The Villages.

Another year, another state-of-the-art print centre opens

Even allowing for the delays caused by last August's devastating floods, this month's commissioning of a new plant in Kozhikode is just one more milestone for Kerala giant Mathrubhumi.

Fourth Cromoman underscores success of tailored design

The second 4x1 Cromoman press in Kolkata is now fully operational, delivering top quality in less-than-ideal local conditions.

V-TAB finds success in mix-and-match upgrade project

manroland and KBA satellite units have been combined in an ambitious upgrade project for Swedish publisher V-TAB.

DCOS goes down to Reno for 'biggest' Swift press upgrade

Swedish control specialist DCOS Automation is to bring the latest drive and controls systems to Swift Communications subsidiary PressWorks Nevada in its biggest US project.

Remote diagnostics 'virtually there' in Nordhorn demonstration

manroland Goss has virtualised a PECOM control console virtual in Nordhorn, Germany, in a first for the company.

PRINT | WORKFLOW

CTP partner Xeikon gets ready for Eede closure

Belgian digital press maker Xeikon, which is an OEM partner of Agfa for CTP systems - is consolidating production ahead of its next 'leap forward'.

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Design awards process votes RotaJet a winner

Koenig & Bauer's RotaJet digital press has been named a 'winner' in this year's German Design Awards.

New kit expands options for inkjet newspaper lines

A new zero speed splicer combined with a splicer unwinder is among new offerings for inkjet printers being released by peripheral maker Tecnau.

Ideas in Lucerne to keep digital newspaper printing alive

Viability of the digital newspaper printing proposition varies from geographic market to market, but if you want to check out the latest ideas, Lucerne in February is the place to be.

NIR dryer speeds Screen's performance inkjet

The introduction of an NIR dryer for Screen's 520HD inkjet web will deliver higher print speeds on coated litho stocks and expand lightweight paper capabilities, the company says.

iF design award for RotaJet press

The RotaJet inkjet web press has been named one of the seven best-designed products in this year's iF Design awards.

PRINT | MAILROOM

Five-month control project gives Gazzetta a sporting chance

Control electronics and other mailroom components have been updated in a major project at RCS Group in Milan.

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Mauritius M600 gets environment-friendly dryer

A reconfigured M600 commercial press has been kitted out with LED UV drying in a project for a Mauritius-based printing company.

More vibrant samples as Baldwin showcases LED-UV

Vibrant print samples from a demonstration of LED-UV curing technology are included in a new 'look-book'.

Get thee to packaging, Jansen tells commercial printers

Incoming chief executive of Contiweb Rutger Jansen has one piece of advice for heatset web printers: Get into offset packaging.

Franklin's Sydney sibling a huge investment for Ive

Clients and the industry got a glimpse of Ive Group's $50 million Franklin Web NSW heatset plant this week, one of the largest investments in the Australian industry for some years.

Speciality printer says new tech makes others' obsolete

The newly-merged manroland Goss web systems has sold a German-designed Lithoman heatset press to a US printer.

Three presses go to Africa in single order

manroland has signed an order for three web presses to Ethiopian printer TBO Printing & Publishing.

PRINT | TECHNOLOGY HISTORY

How to impress a typographer

The resolution is terrible but the typography is engaging.

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How to impress a typographer

The resolution is terrible but the typography is engaging.

Hot pots lead to museum reopening

They have been firing up the pots on three hot-metal linecasters at the Penrith Museum of Printing again following a major renovation and extension.

It's 1913, and a bold voyage of discovery in print is beginning...

Sydney print recruitment consultant James Cryer tells the intimate story of a printing industry in the midst of dramatic change, as related in in the personal diary of his grandfather.

Pressgang tour and lunch a chance to see renovated museum

A meeting of Sydney Pressgang at Penrith Museum of Printing in September will be an opportunity for those interested to see the newly-renovated museum 'in action'.

Wayzgoose weekend brings Wimble's print history alive

The name of inkmaker and typefounder Frederick Wimble is writ large on Good Friday week when an inaugural lecture and the return of a traditional wayzgoose brings print fans to Armidale, NSW.

Movie block collectors face a multimillion bonanza

A heartening tale about the value of tangible print history comes with the US$10 million valuation of a collection of old letterpress printing blocks.

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