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> LIA-Heidelberg Graduate Of The Year Awards

> Fairfax Media – Richmond Plant Tour. 23 February, 2016

> Digital and Offset – A Successful Integration. 27 October, 2015

> Litho greats gather for LIA anniversary

> Plant tour at KW Doggett – 18 September, 2012

> Drupa In Review – 19 June, 2012

> LIA - Heidelberg Graduate Of The Year Award – 29 May, 2012

> Industry Economic Review by Chris Caton and Hagop Tchamkertenian – 3 April, 2012

> New developments in inkjet and label printing from Epson – 29 February, 2012

> PMP Directories Plant Tour – July 27, 2011

> LIA – Heidelberg Graduate of the Year Awards – May 17, 2011

> Soft Proofing and Verifying Proofs – March 22, 2011

> How Will a CARBON TAX Affect Your Business? – February 22, 2011

> IPEX exhibition revisited – June 9, 2010

> LIA – Heidelberg Graduate Of The Year Awards – May 4, 2010

> Plant tour at Offset Alpine Printing – March 23, 2010

> Impact of printed products on the environment - February 16, 2010

> GAMAA – LIA National Graduate Scholarship presentations – October 9, 2009

> Iso 12647-2 Offset Print Standard- You Can Do It, September 22, 2009

> Glama Pak plant tour of packaging printer – August 4, 2009

> LIA – Heidelberg Graduate Of The Year Awards – May 5, 2009

> Tale of 2 Technologies - Digital and Litho at Canon showroom - April 7, 2009

> Tour Department of Lands & Information, Bathurst – November 14, 2008

> Plant visit to Dimension 1 Australia's reel to sheet paper converter - August 5, 2008

> DRUPA Revisited - June 24 and July 8, 2008

> LIA - Heidelberg Graduate of the Year Award - May 13, 2008

> Plant visit - Worldwide Printing's Sydney Hub - November 13, 2007

> 19th Biennial Conference - Melbourne - October 18-19, 2007

> New Digital Technologies - Fuji Xerox Epicenter - August 29, 2007

> The case for standardisation. Allan Dresch - Mellow Colour UK - May 29, 2007

> LIA - Heidelberg Graduate of the Year Award - May 1, 2007

> The LIA National Graduate Awards Program

> Bob Snedden honoured

> How Paper Can Change Press Speed - March 27, 2007

> The Supply Industry Merger of the Year - November 15, 2006

> Plant Visit CDM Print - September 26, 2006

> Deutschland Down Under - August 16, 2006

> SOS Print Media plant tour - July 18, 2006

> Graduate Awards Night - May 30, 2006

> IPEX In Retrospect - May 02, 2006

> Sustainable Beginnings - March 28, 2006

> Graduate of The Year Awards & AGM - May 19, 2006

> Nationwide News Ltd Tour - June 2005

> Wizardry Tour - February 2005

> Label Craft Plant Visit

> Currie Group Visit - February 2004

> Identity Fraud - How Safe Are You? - November 2003

> Plant Visit to Offset Alpine Printing

> When your print quality is under pressure. - August 2003

> Precepts for a profitable business. - July 2003

> Graduates Award Night - May 07

> NexPress Review - April 2003

> Hannapack Review - Feb 2003

> Graduate of the Year Awards Night - May 07, 2002

> A Demonstration of Digital Printing - April 09, 2002

> Challenge 21 Biennial Conference - October 26-28, 2001

> Graduate of The Year Award - May 2001

> Embellishment Evening

> Plant Tour of Rural Press, North Richmond - November 2000

> Drupa II Dinner Meeting - June 27, 2000

> Drupa I Dinner Meeting - June 20, 2000

> Sony Music Plant Tour - March 22, 2000

> Future Shock ! Tuesday - November 23, 1999

> Guess Who is Speaking at Printex 99 ?

> Satellite to Print 30 March 1999, Five Dock RSL

> Apprentice of the Year Award 11 May 1999 Elim, Burwood

> Binding & Finishing

> Overview

> Presses

LIA-Heidelberg Graduate Of The Year Awards


The LIA has named the winner of the Heidelberg Graduate of the Year Award for New South Wales during a three course dinner at North Ryde RSL.


The four nominees - Duncan Craft from BPG-NCP, Printmedia's Warren Ojeda, Fairfax Media's Russell Bills, and Hannah Lyons from Migas were invited on stage by Heidelberg branch manager Savas Mystakidis, who announced Ojeda as the winner.


Ojeda was handed a trophy and will now go into the running to win a $15,000 education grant. Daniel Sawan also accepted the Employer Award on behalf of Printmedia.


The glittering night also saw a presentation from executive director of TSA Limited Kellie Northwood who spoke about the strength of print and its endless possibilities when combined with digital, to assure the nominees of the bright future ahead of them in print.


Last year's winner Robert Smithers also gave a speech to the audience, offering some advice to Ojeda which was to 'plan ahead' for the packed year ahead.


Article courtesy of Australian Printer



Litho greats gather for LIA anniversary

18 Aug 2014 | Nic White/ Proprint


The rich history of Australian lithography was on display around the room of greying offset warriors gathered to relive the glory days at the Lithographic Institute of Australia’s 50th anniversary dinner.


Retired offset veteran Warwick Roden, a founding LIA committee member back in 1963, took the audience through the history of lithography in Australia from its early days, to its overtaking of letterpress as the dominant print standard, and the birth of digital printing. The LIA was formed to help printers respond to these technological changes, but Roden says it was a rocky start. “The unions gave us hell and it was perceived first as a ‘bosses club’ and then a ‘sales reps club’,” he says. “Litho caused lots of upheaval and retraining, but we learned a lot through networking with each other and finding that everyone had the same problems.”


Through a presentation illustrated by the pages of Fred Stern’s Australian Lithographer magazine, including guffaw-inducing old photos of industry identities, Roden showed the growth and evolution of the industry. In 1963 there were no Heidelberg litho presses in Australia – by 1972 there were 800. A quarter of a century later computer-to-plate replaced film, and early computers increasingly influenced the operation of presses and print operations. Roden also regaled the audience with tales of early Australian conventions – at the first one in Katoomba someone almost gassed the audience with ammonia and the second in Geelong had a fire. “The industry was so vibrant back in the 1960 and ‘70s,” he says. “People went to drupa to find out where the industry was going, now you pick up the phone, Skype, email, text, or just Google it. “It goes to show we have to be aware of and embrace changes, or end up like the dinosaurs.”


Fellow retired LIA committee veteran Kevin Thomas told some stories of these early conventions – escapades with girls, booze and poker on trains heading to the event – and told of how he became the last lithography apprentice in NSW before newcomers were instead trained in areas of production. John Warner recalled how a neighbourhood fire jumped 80 feet across a road to torch the Offset Alpine factory for the first time.


Prepress legend Peter O’Hanlon toasted former members and departed friends. “Australia was always pushing the limits of lithography – we had the most scanners and five-colour presses per capita in the world,’ he says.



18 September 2012

Plant tour at KW Doggett




19 June 2012

Drupa In Review




29 May 2012

LIA - Heidelberg Graduate Of The Year Award




3 April 2012

Industry Economic Review by Chris Caton and Hagop Tchamkertenian




29 February 2012

New developments in inkjet and label printing from Epson




July 27, 2011

PMP Directories Plant Tour




May 17, 2011

LIA – Heidelberg Graduate of the Year 2011 is Scott Mohammed of Sony DADC




Adam Sim – Pegasus Print

Jennifer Jervis – JCS Screen Print

Tommy Phimphakaysone – Fairfax Printers

Joanna Wilson – Sinnott Bros.

Scott Mohammed – Sony DADC

Brendan Leeson - Hannapak

Kerry Hale – PMP Print




March 22, 2011

Soft Proofing and Verifying Proofs




February 22, 2011

How Will a CARBON TAX Affect Your Business?




June 9, 2010

IPEX exhibition revisited




May 4, 2010

LIA – Heidelberg Graduate Of The Year Awards




March 23, 2010

Plant tour at Offset Alpine Printing




February 16, 2010

Impact of printed products on the environment




October 9, 2009

GAMAA – LIA National Graduate Scholarship presentations




September 22, 2009

Iso 12647-2 Offset Print Standard- You Can Do It




August 4, 2009

Glama Pak plant tour of packaging printer




May 5, 2009

LIA – Heidelberg Graduate Of The Year Awards




April 7, 2009

Tale of 2 Technologies - Digital and Litho at Canon showroom




November 14, 2008

Tour Department of Lands & Information, Bathurst




August 5, 2008

Plant visit to Dimension 1 Australia's reel to sheet paper converter




June 24 and July 8, 2008

DRUPA Revisited




May 13, 2008

LIA - Heidelberg Graduate of the Year Award




November 13, 2007

Plant visit - Worldwide Printing's Sydney Hub




October 18-19, 2007

19th Biennial Conference - Melbourne




August 29, 2007

New Digital Technologies - Fuji Xerox Epicenter




May 29, 2007

The case for standardisation. Allan Dresch - Mellow Colour UK




May 1, 2007

LIA - Heidelberg Graduate of the Year Award







TAFE Graduates, two from each mainland State, the winners of the LIA - Heidelberg Graduate of the Year Award for the years 2005 - 06 and 2006 – 07 came together in Melbourne at the 19th Biennial Conference of the LIA.


They were sponsored to the conference by Heidelberg Australia and were in Melbourne to compete for the two “best in the country” distinctions, the $15,000 GAMAA – LIA National Graduate Scholarship Prize, which is to be used in the further education of the winner and the LIA – PRINTING INDUSTRIES Future Leaders Award, an award which provides an all expenses paid visit to the World’s biggest and most influential Print Exhibition DRUPA in Dusseldorf, Germany.


On stage at the glittering awards presentation the graduates are pictured with printing industry notables.


Graduates at Awards Presentations


From left to right are; Peter Lane, National President PIAA, William Hammond, PMP Print WA Nathan Woods, The Connection NSW, Rye Young, Vega Press VIC, Karen Goldsmith, Executive Director GAMAA, Mark George, President LIA Victoria, Sarah Thomas, Collotype SA, Donna Hockings, Moore Print Qld, Martin Byng, APN QLD, Sonya Hoffman, Fast Finishing Services WA, Gordon Wilson, PMP Print SA, Ben Paynter, Offset Alpine NSW, Matt Annesley, Placard VIC.






Sarah Thomas accepts award  Sarah's speech


Sarah Thomas, a pre press operator at Collotype Labels, South Australia (arguably the most awarded label printer in the world) has triumphed over very stiff competition to become the 2007 GAMAA – LIA National Graduate Scholarship Prize winner.


Sarah, pictured receiving her certificate from Karen Goldsmith, Executive Director of GAMAA, at the Gala Presentation Dinner which recognised the Victorian Printing Industries PICA Award winners and the biennial recognition awards of the LIA. In presenting the Prize, Karen emphasised the value of the long term relationship that GAMAA had developed with the LIA and saw it as a long term investment in the future of the industry.


Sarah, in her acceptance speech, said that she was not prepared for her win, acknowledging that her peers on the platform were such an incredibly bright group of young people, that she did not expect to win (See the comments of the Chairman of the Judging Panel) Sarah went on to thank GAMAA and the conference organisers, stating that she looked forward to applying the funds toward her further education.


The Federal President of Printing Industries, Peter Lane congratulated the LIA for it’s commitment to the recognition of young people as the potential future leaders of our Industry and that he was very positive about the value of the LIA – Printing Industries Future Leaders Award, a relationship which he believed would be a beneficial long term one. Martin Byng, a press operator at APN in Queensland was a delighted recipient of the Award and is looking forward to his 2008 DRUPA experience.






Judges Chairman Greg


Greg Grace, pictured, has been a judge of the award programs for over twenty years and Chairman of the judging panel for more than a decade. Historically, Greg during his comments at the presentations, has almost always indicated that the decision for the top award was very close and down to the wire between two or three people. Never, he said has there been such a small gap across all contenders as there was at this conference.


A fact borne out by the time that the judges spent in interview and final consultations which began on the Wednesday lunch time and concluded at 7.30pm that evening. Greg paid special tribute to his fellow judges, Robert Black, Gary Muratore and Andrew Reynolds for selflessly dedicating their time to this very important task.






Sarah Thomas

Sarah Thomas – Pre Press Operator, Collotype South Australia
Winner – The GAMAA – LIA National Graduate Scholarship Prize







Martin Byng

Martin Byng – Press Operator, APN Queensland
Winner – The LIA – PRINTING INDUSTRIES Future Leaders Award










The remarkable and largely unknown life of printing industry and LIA stalwart Bob Snedden was brought to light with the announcement of his award of a Medal in the Order of Australia in the New Years Honours List. His Citation was “For service to conservation and the environment and to the Printing Industry”.


Bob began his life in the printing industry as an apprentice Photomechanical Camera operator in 1960. On completing his apprenticeship he worked for the well known trade house Alfred Johns before leaving to work in Europe and the USA as the recipient of an award from the Services Canteen Trust Fund.


Bob would be most well known to those in the printing industry for his service as a teacher at the then Sydney Technical College and for his subsequent roles with the NIPTC and later as the Executive Officer, Communications ITAB.


In parallel to his industry contribution he became an avid bushwalking enthusiast which led to a highly active involvement in nature conservation activities. From 1961 through to today he has an especially active interest the exploration and historical research of the area now known as the Morton National Park and Budawang Wilderness.


For the last 35 years he has recorded over a hundred aboriginal sites in that area for the NSW National Parks Service and with students from the ANU in field studies, discovered two of the oldest sites on the south coast hinterland dating back 10,800 and 20,000 years.


He has written and contributed to several books and publications and was actively involved with the development of extensions to the Morton National Park and the establishment of the Mimosa Rocks National Park.


... and by the way for the last 16 years Bob has been keeping bees and running a successful small commercial apiary. Bob Snedden your friends and the industry salute you.



March 27, 2007

How Paper Can Change Press Speed


Optimising the entire printing process is the secret to profits, says Finish Paper Guru


In presentations to be given to LIA members and guests in Sydney and Melbourne during March, Timo Roine, Technical Services Manager at Stora Enso’s Oulu Fine Paper Mill, will challenge printers that want to make money, to focus on the big picture.


With so many issues pulling at the printer today it not surprising that many firms don’t have time to investigate ways to improve the efficiency of their processes. For many companies, reducing costs start with cutting costs, but there are real benefits to be had, by making the printing process more efficient without cutting corners.

Printers select press equipment based on speed and reliability, says Timo, “How quickly can the press get the work out, however, the speed of the process is not governed only by how fast the press can run, it is a total of the speed from beginning to end that makes the difference”.


Those attending the presentations discovered how paper influences the speed of the printing press. How much time is wasted waiting for the ink to dry? Do you really need to slow down your folding equipment to reduce cracking? The presentations focused on optimizing the entire process, in order that the printing plant, not just the printing press is running at its optimum rate and giving the maximum return.


Timo Roine, a graduate in Printing Technology studies, has been involved in the European printing industry for the past 17 years. Most of this time has been spent in helping customers solve print / paper related problems Timo also has practical press experience having worked in major printing companies, he understands the pressures and issues from both sides of the fence.



November 15, 2006

The Supply Industry Merger of the Year


Club Five Dock was the venue for our final meeting of the year. It was fitting that the LIA was able to bring Ian Clare of DES and Michael Laird of Cyrachrome together to talk about the merger of their two companies. An excellent presentation by both Ian and Mike was followed by a vigorous question time. A very good meeting that deserved more support than it received.



September 26, 2006

Plant Visit CDM Print


The mercurial owner of CDM, Mike Jones, who is also the current President of GASAA, welcomed the group and his able offsiders led the tour, revealing the somewhat unknown world of Corporate Documentation Management. Later at the Graphic Arts Club, Mike regaled his audience with a hard hitting perspective of the Digital print business and the reasons why he is still saying no to Offset.



August 16, 2006

Deutschland Down Under


In Heidelberg’s Sydney showroom, Becks Bier and German wine flowed, Bratwurst and Sauerkraut were served and on the floor an interested crowd of over 100 watched as the Heidelberg 105 XL was put through it’s paces. The evening was made even more interesting as members and guests salivated over the two top of the line Mercedes that kept the 105 XL company.



July 18, 2006

SOS Print Media plant tour


Bob Gardner and Kelly Bourke hosted a very informative tour of the SOS operations, all attendees were impressed by the company’s business model and customer focus. Members and guests went on to the Graphic Arts Club for an excellent finish to the evening.



May 30, 2006

Graduate Awards Night


The LIA – Heidelberg Graduate of the Year Awards were once again held at the very pleasant Sydney Rowers Club with strong support from members and family and friends of aspiring graduates. Andy Vels Jensen, Heidelberg M.D. gave a humorous and insightful perspective of his  life’s journey. Andy went on to present the prestigious award to Nathan Woods from Sydney pre press house The Connection.



May 02, 2006

IPEX In Retrospect


A near full house at Club Five Dock saw Patrick Howard, Steve Crowe and Andy McCourt, arguably the top three commentators on the industry in Australia, describe what was hot and what was not at the World’s largest English speaking Print Show.



March 28, 2006

Sustainable Beginnings


A group led by Phillip Lawrence examined in depth, how we can be a part of the solution to the now more than ever recognised problem of developing processes and practices for the sustainable future of our industry.



May 19, 2006

Grauate of The Year Awards & AGM


19 May 2006



June, 2005

Nationwide News Ltd Tour


The Chullora Print centre was the focus of a members only visit by the LIA's NSW Division on Tuesday evening the 24th of June.


General Manager, Jim Nally hosted the visit and with Project Coordinator Peter Williams led the members on a comprehensive tour of the facilities.


A highlight of the visit was a demonstration of the Agfa Polaris computer to plate system. There are three further plate lines to be progressively commissioned. The group was told that the increase in processing speed
of new systems and reductions in the cost of plate material now made Ctp a sound investment. When all four systems are up and running the plant will have the theoretical capacity to produce 440 Newsman plates per hour.


Following dinner at the Strathfield Golf Club Jim Nally spoke candidly on " the future of the newspaper - a News Limited perspective," he outlined the changes to be expected over time and concluded that the newspaper will continue to be the vehicle of choice for news and information into the foreseeable future.



February, 2005

Wizardry Tour


Members were treated to a plant tour in February demonstrating ultra wide inkjet and the fascinating versatility of print applications possible from this technology. Our tour guides included Brian Martin, Managing Director of Wizardry Imaging and Signs and Dan Wilson, of Printing & Prepress I.T.


Dinner followed at the nearby Graphic Arts Club at Mascot. After dinner speakers included Amir Kleinstern, Managing Director of NUR Asia Pacific who mentioned their install base was now 1,300 printers worldwide with a annual revenue of $92m. CyraChrome’s Michael Laird pointed out the huge increase in printing being produced by wide format inkjet due to the increased demand for signage, shorter print runs, variable printing, faster turnaround times and increasing demand for cost effectiveness.



Label Craft Plant Visit


Labelcraft are fast becoming a national business through their highly committed work force by producing innovative labelling solutions. A tour of Labelcraft's Sydney plant demonstrates how printing adds value to so many consumer products such as wine, cosmetics, chemical, food and pharmaceutical's benefit. A total of 50 members and visitors were reduced to 4 manageable size tour groups, which were shown through and explained the departments of prepress, platemaking, two pressrooms and finishing.


Labelcraft have state-of-the-art technology in Rotary Offset, Flexographic, Rotary Letterpress, Rotary Screen, Rotary Foil & Sheetfed Offset. Many of these specialist process being applied in-line with U.V. drying for wet on dry printing. A social dinner followed in nearby Norton Street, Leichhardt famous for terrific Italian food and fun atmosphere.



February, 2004

Currie Group Visit


The Lithographic Institute of Australia (LIA) NSW Division held their first industry event for 2004 at the Sydney showroom of The Currie Group.


The focus of this technology night, which was well attended by over 90 industry figures was the range of digital and lithographic solutions the company has on offer, as well as finishing and CTP.


Steve Dunwell, Currie Group NSW state manager, opened proceedings with an overview of the company and its product offerings, which include Shinohara, HP Indigo, ECRM, Esko Graphics and Horizon. Phillip Rennell, Currie Group Indigo Division manager, followed with a presentation of the HP Indigo digital press range.


Throughout the night, visitors were shown the various machines in action, with the centrepiece being the HP Indigo ws4000 digital label press, on display in Australia for the first time.  A video explained the Shinohara press for which Currie Group have been agents for 26 years. These presses range in size from 52, 66 and 74 cm in 2,4,6 and 8 colour configuration.



November, 2003

Identity Fraud – Are you aware of the dangers?


Identity Fraud – Are you aware of the dangers?


Theft of identity is the fastest growing fraud in the world, now estimated to be costing $2 Billion per annum in Australia. There have been 29 million victims of identity fraud in the USA alone. The Australia Fraud Squad has recently intercepted shipments of 10,000 blanks of a variety of credit and Medicare cards.  Fraudulent documents include: drivers licence, credit cards, birth certificates, passports, Medicare card, utility bills and the list goes on.

Access to personal information is gained through methods such as: telephoning and claiming to represent the bank or simply sorting through the letterbox or garbage bin. In fact a study in the USA indicated 60% of garbage bins contain personal information.


Skimming means your card may be charged a few dollars over and above the actual bill or your bank account is accessed for a relatively small amount at a time.  Hence it is imperative to check your statements.

One thing to watch out for is the small machine looking like a pager, often attached to the user’s belt. The simple swiping of your card en route from the restaurant table to the till allows all the information required to ‘skim or use’ your credit card to be recorded.


There is no support group or assistance to recreate your identity therefore we are open to incredible hardship mentally, emotionally and physically.




Some methods to help prevention.

Mail theft – Secure mailbox, personally collect important documents.

Skimming – Always keep within sight your credit cards during transactions, check card and bank statements for ‘small amount’ irregularities, guard entry of PIN number against shoulder surfing. Have a preference for Travellers Cheques & cash for overseas transactions rather than using credit.

Internet – Always run virus scan software after using the internet and before entering credit card details. Look out for bogus websites similar to the genuine business website eg. www.commbank..com vs. www.commbank.com.au

Limit risk – have a self-imposed credit limit or daily limit at the institution put on the credit or debit card.

Extract of a presentation by the New South Wales Police Fraud Prevention Unit.

Contact the unit for additional information, assistance or to organise a presentation for your staff or other networks.



Plant Visit to Offset Alpine Printing


Offset Alpine, Lidcombe NSW


A capacity number of Members and Visitors broke into small groups for a walk through tour with commentary by Offset Alpine managers. Sheetfed and web printing was in full swing, with saddle stitching and perfect binding processes producing high quality catalogue and annual report work. Offset Alpine Printing are 100% Computer to Plate (CtP) and were the first printer to install CtP in Australia and are now using four CREO output devices to keep up with the demand to produce 10,000 to 14,000 plates per month.


Attendees joined with Offset Alpine managers for dinner afterwards at Carnarvon Golf Club to hear Craig Dunsford, client services manager give an overview of the business. Of the many impressive facts, was the growth the business has enjoyed and with it the opportunities this has presented for their more than 400 staff as well as their clients. According to Offset Alpine, the future of printing is to be FASTER, BETTER, and MORE EFFICIENT.



August, 2003

When your print quality is under pressure


Technical experts from the fields of Chemistry, Ink, Rollers and Blankets reminded us the factors to get right on the printing press.


The importance of correct settings and maintenance procedures was emphasised by all speakers.

Over 70 members and visitors listened intently to the four entertaining speakers whilst enjoying an excellent 2 course meal.



July, 2003

Precepts for a profitable business


"A great night" and "the presentations were national conference standard" were two comments overheard at the close of the last NSW LIA dinner meeting.


The meeting, held at the Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club on 1st July, was devoted to the topic, "Precepts for a Profitable Business". The presenters were three well-known industry identities, Scott Telfer of the Pongrass Group, Bruce Sinnott of IPMG and Andy McCourt of Cyrachrome, who addressed issues such as, purchasing the right equipment, making the equipment work profitably and partnering with the equipment supplier to ensure ongoing success. The speakers drew from their own experiences – often humorous ones - about making difficult decisions in tough and changing times. Notes about the decision-making process were distributed to those attending the evening.



May 07, 2003

Graduates Award Night


The annual Graduate Of The Year Awards night was held on 7th May 2003 at the Sydney Rowing Club with an audience of over 126 people. Six graduates from TAFE’s Graphic Arts Centre at Ultimo were recommended on the basis of academic achievement and then they were interviewed and judged by a panel from LIA.


The six finalists are high achievers and can be justly proud of attaining such accolades so early in their careers. Craig Mercier, a printing machinist with Carter Holt Harvey is the winner of the LIA/Heidelberg Graduate Of  The Year, 2002-2003


The finalists were:

Monica Mitchell – pre press with Kolorart Graphics

David Powers – printing machinist with Link Printing

Russell Cleary – binder & finisher with Westman Printing

Brendan Murphy – pre press with Sinnott Bros

Dale Pendleton – Screen printer with K G Design

Mr Glen Plummer, General Manager-Northern Region, Heidelberg Australia presented certificates to all finalists and congratulated them on their enormous efforts. Mr Plummer then presented Craig Mercier with the trophy and an invitation to attend and challenge for the National Graduate Of The Year Award to be held in Geelong in October 2003. The Graphic Arts Merchants Association of Australia (GAMAA) is the LIA partner in sponsoring the National Graduate Award, this award carries a $10,000 prize for further study either within Australia or abroad. The National Graduate Award will be announced at the LIA Biennial Conference in October 2003 at the Novotel in Geelong, Victoria.



February, 2005

NexPress Review


LIA Inspect Latest Release in Digital Printing


The New South Wales division of the LIA were recently provided a full briefing and demonstration of the new NexPress digital colour printer by Heidelberg.  Over 70 members and guests heard how digital print was growing at 20% per annum, how turnaround times was changing from 3-4 days to hours and minutes, how the reduction in run lengths is causing an explosion in content. To achieve this there would need to be an improvement in skill sets and technical knowledge. Steve Peck, Account Manager, Digital Systems continued by providing a local example from Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) of target marketing apparel to existing HSV owners. Personalised printing is no longer a your name inserted here and there but four colour brochures printed, two sides in the recipients favourite car colour to identify with the pictures. Response rates jumped from 3% to 30-40% as a result.


The NexPress is the brainchild from a joint venture between Heidelberg and Kodak based on electro-photographic imaging technology using ultra fine dry toner inks in CMYK process. Built on heavy structural framing and utilising a compressible blanket cylinder to transfer the ink to the paper, we can see the Heidelberg influence. The NexPress 2100 has a constant engine speed of 2,100 x A3 sheets per hour, and can handle 80 – 300 gsm stocks in sizes from 210 x 279mm to 350 x 470mm. With accurate front to back print registration and no click charge, the NexPress is set apart from its competitors.





February, 2003

Hannapack Review


On the Tuesday 10th of February, 65 members and guests made the trek 70 km. from Sydney to view the printing and converting facility at Hannapak Pty. Ltd.


Hannapak produce a wide range of printed and packaging products from match boxes to balloon printing with the main emphasis concentrating on Pharmaceutical, Healthcare, Food and Beverage. In the packaging market the big players concentrate on food and beverage whilst the small players concentrate on small cartons. Hannapak believe that they can do justice to all sectors of the market.


Hannapak recently installed a Man Roland 906 [six colour] large format press with coating module and automated pallet handling system. Alongside sits a new Bobst SP 142-ER diecutter.


The latest installation handles the long term supply agreement with Mead Packaging for the sole supplier for Lithographically printed Cluster Packs and Bottle Carriers.


The new installation is a complement to a host of Roland presses which includes favourites, records, two six colour and one five colour Roland 700 presses.


Guests also viewed the diecutting, converting and packaging areas, before adjourning to the Richmond Club for dinner. Representatives from Hannapak were our guests and presented an overview of their facilities. This was followed by a question and answer session. Mr Norm Gail, - Operational Manager for Hannapak was presented with a plaque in appreciation from the New south Wales Division.





May 27, 2002

Graduate of the Year Awards Night


The LIA/Heidelberg Graduate of the Year 2002 for NSW is Dean Boceski. Dean works for Rainbow Colour Printing of Rydalmere.

Runners up were:

Adam Biviano (Allprint Graphics)

Michael Cooper (Lilyfield Printing)

Gary Landels (Sydney Allen Printers)

Andrew Rajcany (Rose Graphics)

Mathew Horn (Impressions Graphics)

Emma Lees (Show Ads)

Paul Tunchon (R T Kelly)



April 09, 2002

A Demonstration of Digital Printing


A visit to Fuji Xerox Technology Centre at the Australian Technology Park, Sydney.



October 26 - 28, 2001

Challenge 21 Biennial Conference


After 10 years the National Conference returns to New South Wales and this time Sydney's Star City will be the venue with all the right facilities. Visit the Challenge 21 page on this website for full details.



February, 2005

Graduate of the Year Awards


The annual Graduate Of The Year Awards night is a prestigious event on the printing calendar. Jointly sponsored by the N.S.W. LIA and Heidelberg Australia, this evening presents six of the most talented graduates, chosen from hundreds of Graphic Arts students in 2000.


Kathryn Tucker from Universal Press is the winner for 2000, coming from the field of Pre-Press Studies. An engraved trophy was presented on the night to Kathryn by Glenn Plummer, General Manager Northern Region for Heidelberg Australia.


Receiving a commemorative certificate for their resume folder, the finalists for 2000 were:



Kevin Dwyer
Fairfax Printers
Gordon Hogg
Lindsay Yates
Gavin Rimmer
Offset Alpine
Jo Taylor
Industrial Printing
Guy Willoughby
Macquarie Print


The special interest speaker for the evening was Ms Fiona Bricknell, Program Manager for AESOP. AESOP is an overseas aid organization based in Canberra, it employees eleven people whom facilitate volunteer Australians for aid programs to assist business development in a broad and varied range of industry groups. Some 30 projects are undertaken each year in countries within the Pacific region, Thailand, China and Africa.


The next speaker was Mr Bob Brandis, one such volunteer to embark on an AESOP program. In fact Bob kept the eighty odd audiences interested to learn of his three printing industry projects in the South Pacific. In 1993 Bob educated staff of a printing company in the Solomon Islands how to properly maintain their machinery. Then in 1999 with a trip to Tarawa in Kiribati assisting a printer with proper waste disposal. Following this, Bob recognised the desperate need for knowledge, visited Apia in Western Samoa for a 6-week period to help with improving print quality. Instruction in identifying and obtaining rollers which will work, down to proper roller setting was a starting point. Education in the necessity of complete maintenance of the existing printing and plate making machinery was another important issue. A photographic presentation of these trips showed some of the difficulties these small countries must work within. Bob's volunteer work has been a great help for these industry knowledge starved countries and his work is to be applauded.



August 22, 2000

Embellishment Evening


It was a well-attended evening with over 80 Guest that were treated to an excellent overview on embellishment techniques and technologies.


Our two Keynote speakers Mr. Trevor Hone- Managing Director of Avon Graphics and Mr. Tony Colella ñ National Sales & Marketing Manager gave the audience a real insight into their respective companies abilities and the state of the technology.


Both speakers had set up an excellent display/mini exbo at the front of the Auditorium that featured examples of work, process and material used in the embellishment process. Show bags were also provided to attendees.


Trevor Hone spoke on embossing, de-bossing, blind embossing, embossing for print and explain the intricacies of different dies such as relief, square and round dies, their applications and processing. He then went onto explain Hot foiling process and techniques along with explaining the foiling film construction and the different types and applications for foil in todayís world.


He also gave the audience tips that would help ensure good results. He then introduced us to the world of security-based products and their many applications, such as Holography used for credit cards etc. Trevor explained the process by which Holograms are produced by using a three-dimensional model and sighted the cost of around $20,000 to produce such masters.


He finished by sharing his companies developments in Laser cutting and engraving, this was of great interest with samples of this intricate work and examples of all the above process being passed around.


Tony Colella spoke on the entire range of products his company had and there applications, giving the audience a good guidance as to what to use and when.


His product overview included High gloss, Mat and ester films, he also went onto to cover the range of liquid coatings and their various applications, providing us with insight on hoe each process was applied.



November, 2000

Plant Tour of Rural Press, North Richmond


A large and enthusiastic group from the NSW branch of the LIA were treated to a series of guided tours of Rural Press at North Richmond. The group joined for a buffet dinner and presentation by Mr R Lockley, General Manager following the plant tour and viewing of the presses in full operation.


The Land newspaper started in 1911 from which sprung the roots of Rural Press. Today Rural Press is an international company with over 3,000 fulltime employees, still 100% Australian owned. Rural Press is in the top 100 companies in Australia with sales revenues exceeding $430 million per annum and having consistent growth over the past 9 years. Total Capitalisation now exceeds $1 billion. Rural Press operations include Agricultural Publishing, Regional Publishing, Radio and Printing Divisions. Across Australia, Rural Press have 35 Agricultural publications plus a further 38 monthly publications in the USA from the Chicago base office. In New Zealand there are a total 7 Agricultural publications. The Regional Newspaper Division consists of 7 Regional Daily and 1 Metropolitan Daily, (the Canberra Times). A total of 140 Regional weekly/bi-weekly publications throughout Australia.


There are now 16 Rural Press print centres around Australia. These include Queensland, Port Macquarie, Maitland, Dubbo, Tamworth, North Richmond, Nowra, 2 sites in Canberra, Ballarat & Latrobe in Victoria, Launceston in Tasmania, Murray Bridge & Whyalla in South Australia and Collie in Western Australia. Many have Goss Community presses whilst newer acquisitions include double width a GEOMAN in Canberra and over $25 million investment in Web Press technology at the North Richmond plant. Rural Press is the second Newspaper company in Australia to venture into Computer to Plate, with CTP in operation at Canberra Times and others soon to follow. According to Bob Lockley, it is recognised there is definitely an improvement in quality as a result of the move to CTP. Four colour capability is being added to all presses around Australia as the demand for full colour grows. Investment in technology at North Richmond has provided efficiency savings in materials and staffing. Colour management over the 16 sites is controlled through use of densitometry, greybars and uniformity in materials.


Rural Press have invested in the Internet through development of Agriculture focused portals in the USA and a huge Agriculture portal in Australia and for regional papers. This is a rapidly growing business and in the last 3 months the number of page views has reached 3.2 million per month. Advertising covers real estate, motor vehicles and various agriculture products.


Written by Grant Churchill from an address to LIA by Mr R Lockley,
General Manager, Rural Press Printing.



June 27, 2000

Drupa II Dinner Meeting


The world's largest industrial exhibition is held every 4-5 years and the Year 2000 was the biggest yet. The Drupa exhibition is housed at the Messé Exhibition Centre in Dusseldorf, Germany.


Three LIA members were dispatched to walk some of the 20 halls which hold over ???? exhibition stands and report back on the topics of Non-impact Printing, Printing Presses and Bindery.



June 20, 2000

Drupa I Dinner Meeting


Workflow, scanning and colour management topics were reviewed by the very experienced Peter O'Hanlon. Jim Richardson talked on film, plates, CtP and proofing. Digital and non-impact printing was well covered by the seasoned exhibition traveller Phillip Lawrence.



March 22, 2000

Sony Music Plant Tour


Booking early for plant tours is a must, again this was a full house. The tour visited the design and prepress departments showing the recently installed direct to plate system. Moving on the groups of 15 people toured the pressroom where covers are printed before inspecting the packaging lines. A visit to Sony Music would not have been complete without viewing the sterile rooms where Compact Discs are made.


After the tour, all joined in dinner at the near by Fox Hills Golf Club for an formative lecture by Laurie Strickland, the knowledgable father of printing at Sony Music.



November 23, 1999

Future Shock !


A fascinating glimpse into our future. An expert panel revealed the future of our rapidly changing industry. Jordan Reizes of Adobe Systems talked on the future of Computers and Software, Greg Grace of Heidelberg Australia, on the future of Traditional Printing and Phil Lawrence of Print Central, on the future of Digital Printing.


All three speakers are highly respected in their fields of expertise, having privileged knowledge and insight into developing business trends. A well rehearsed presentation after being previously covered at the Biennial National Conference, Tech Print 99 in Perth.


During the evening a special presentation was made to Mark Stegman as winner of the 1999-2000 LIA-TAFE Teacher Study Award.



July 29, 1999

Guess Who is Speaking at Printes 99 ?


Five Dock RSL on 29 July 1999

Only overseas based speakers were invited for this special preview to the PrintEx 99 trade exhibition. The evening was hosted by Peter Munro, senior vice president LIA (nsw div.)


"Workflow is the Key" according to Les Bovenlander from Scitex Asia Pacific. Les began with this message and the importance of "Workflow" became more evident with each speaker.


Digital workflow should be considered the total process as it progresses from the digital camera to design & origination to pre-press & imposition, proofing to printing and through to finishing steps according to Les.


Transfer of digital images is becoming faster and less costly with products like RenderView which can send 100 MB files over the web (Internet) in under 1 minute. Real time editing and approvals can be accomplished across the globe using software which streams only the pixels required by the receiving monitor. This technology even enables zoom views on the receiving monitor. The system has password protection and is operating in Hong Kong and Singapore. VIO is a point to multi-point global telecommunications network for the graphics arts industry.


We all know the acronym WYSIWYG. Well now there is a new one from Scitex. WYPIWYP - pronounced 'whippy whip' and it means "What You Print Is What You've Proofed".


More on the advantages of Digital Workflow came from Bob Karpowicz of Tobias Associates - USA. With 20 years experience in densitometry and plate scanning, Bob sees the move to CtP (Computer to Plate) can enable more accuracy for digital presetting of printing press ink fountains.


The Tobias Eplex equipment takes the output file from the RIP and turns it into ink zone measurements for the specified web or sheetfed press to save waste and time for the printer. With the ability to accept CIP-3, Scitex and Screen files, the system alsohas a learning mode to fine tune the system from the pressoutput.


Further on the subject of presses Tim Sawyer from Kodak Polychrome Graphics - Singapore advises there are 250,000 printing presses worldwide. According to Tim's sources theworldwide Printing and Publishing Industry produces $750 billioneach year with a growth currently between 2.5% to 3.5%pa.Therefore you would understand why 4,000,000 people are employedworld wide in the industry.


On the subject of CtP, Tim estimates the growth to be 18% to 20%by the year 2003. Of that growth, thermal plates will grow 3 times faster than visible light imaging systems. CtP is alreadydoing well in the 8 page market and after baking the CtP plate,run length is similar to the performance of long runpresensitised plates.


Agfa's own Angelo Manno was out from Belgium to hail theadvantages of Workflow Solutions for the high end prepressdepartment. Still firmly behind the features of PDF, Angelomentioned some of the reasons to move to Acrobat version 4.


Supported in CtP experience, Donna Bloomquist is based in USA with Agfa and Donna predicts huge leaps in improvement and acceptance by customers for inkjet proofing/ forecasting.


Donna believes it is wise to choose an Open Interface such as CIP-3 and the standard is gaining momentum as the ink key setting system for new Roland and Heidelberg presses.


According to Apple's Isabel Fan, publishing has become very dynamic through digital web publishing, digital photography & video, multimedia and 3D graphics. In fact; the growth in digital publishing has been 25% year after year while non-digital publishing has flat growth. Isabel points out that many newspapers in the Asia Pacific region produce output to paper and the world wide web.


A stimulating question and answer period from the panel concluded the evening.



March 30, 1999

Satellite To Print, Five Dock RSL


Phil Brady from Cable and Wireless OPTUS opened the technical session with a run down of their network set up and capability within Australia. Are you aware that Optus has a fibre optic network linking each State capital city and three satellites for domestic and international communications?


According to Phil it is necessary to upgrade the fibre connections across the Pacific Ocean every two years as a result of the rapid growth from internet users quickly filling the available bandwidth. The increase in demand for high quality telecommunications bandwidth has encouraged Optus to install optic fibre cable in high rise buildings. The cost of fibre is still far too expensive to connect the housing market and coaxial cable continues to serve this purpose, Phil advises. Contrary to popular opinion this system does not deliver pay television.


Optus are seeing many people now moving towards the "IP" - internet protocol format network. A user company must set up their "firewall" to prevent unauthorised connection to their network. This system then provides the company with an intranet, extranet and interent access at a far reduced cost than other alternatives such as private network routing or direct connect networks.


Peter O'Hanlon, director Seven Sydney has plenty of experience in transferring large images across the globe. Peter advises that satellites are now out of vogue due to the high cost and reliability now being exceeded by frame relay technology. Using frame relay, images can be viewed and edited in "real time" having a live file connection. Moreover with less jargon; this means an image on screen can be opened simultaneously in London and Sydney. The image can be modified at one city while the other city is seeing the changes as they happen. Now imagine how much quicker that enables an approved job.


Phil Lawerance of Print Central digital printing explained some of the innovative ways he obtains printing work which output on a Xiekon. These involve image files and information arriving directly from customers by telecommunication lines.



May 11, 1999

Apprentice Of The Year Award

Elim, Burwood


The judges of the Annual NSW Apprentice of the Year must have an unenviable job to decide on one winner from such an excellent selection of apprentices. Six young people are nominated for the LIA/Heidelberg State award by the NSW Tafe on academic results as the cream of the printing industry apprentices.


And the winner is! Belinda Beckinsale from Sinnott Bros Pty Ltd where Belinda is completing an apprenticeship in Graphic Prepress. Belinda is now sponsored by Heidelberg Australia and LIA to attend TechPrint in Perth during October 1999 and contest the coveted Biennial National Apprentice Award.


The runners-up are Corey London from Chippendale Printing, Rebel Boswell from Go Go Graphics, Tony Evington from W.B.Austin Printing, Clare Greco from K & H Lithographic Plates and Andrew Walker from Diamond Press.
The audience of members & their partners, apprentices and visitors were entertained by two speakers. Ken Marslew from action group "Enough is Enough" provided a thought provoking talk on the responsibility of society today. Last year's Apprentice of the Year, David Hossack gave an inspiring speech on how he is motivated to achieve and a snapshot of the past 12 month's since travelling to IPEX in Birmingham, then the Roland and Heidelberg factories in Germany.


Best wishes to Belinda Beckinsale and David Hossack, that one of them bring home to New South Wales the National Apprentice Award.


A rare bestowal of the LIA is a Life Member Award it is only given for exceptional contribution for the advancement of the Institute. After many years as Honorary Treasurer and a Past President, John Fisher of John Fisher Printing Pty Ltd was delighted to join the elite few with a Life Member Award.



Binding & Finishing


Scott Telfer of Websdale Printing covered the topics of saddle stitching, perfect binding, folding and guillotining from the major supplier offerings. In an opposing view to that of David Hossack, Scott advises the integration of CIP3 is having difficulty for the image position in the bindery stage.





David Hossack advises the mechanical/electronic technology of non-impact printing is moving faster than the education for the market (user). Furthermore there are issues which need addressing for the management of data and the matching of data which is being warehoused for use in variable printing. David reports the file formatting standard known as CIP3 is now a reality and fully integrated through prepress to finishing.





Many press manufacturers are now using Presstek imaging and plate systems. Philip Clark gave a brief on each of MAN Roland's sheetfed presses on display; the 200, 300, 500, 700 and 900. Then Phil covered the features of the RotaMan and DicoWeb presses.


Heidelberg had demonstrations running on everything from the instant print market's QM46 to the Sunday 4000 web and the digital NexPress. The meeting heard about the latest from KBA with the Rapida 105 and 24 page web press. Komori machines discussed by Phil included the 428, Lith40, 40SP, 20 and Systems 38. CreoScitex laser imaging was fitted on some presses. Captivated digital process will continue to grow and take work from lithography.