NZ Newspapers Move to 40gsm

New Zealand newspapers have reached a ‘watershed moment’ as paper volumes utilised in heatset web offset printing in NZ exceed those used in coldset, and 40gsm newsprint becomes the norm, says Willie Townend, Sales Manager NZ and Pacific Islands for Norske Skog.

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Turn to Low-Chem Plates when Your Processor Needs Replacing

Process-less and low-chem CtP plates are now meeting newspaper requirements, giving the run length, plate production speeds and most importantly big improvements in the environmental impact of plate production needed.

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“Fictitious Pete” and Press Chemistry

Steve Tangee of DS Chemport got across his message about consumables and press chemistry in a humorous conversation with his mate ‘Pete of Fictitious Print’.

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The Technical Background of Inks

Steve Packham of DIC gave delegates a technical review of ink ingredients.

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A Training Programme for Everyone

PrintNZ’s tie up with Industry Training Organisation Competenz is creating a training programme for everyone from which printers need to get maximum benefit, PrintNZ manager Ruth Cobb told delegates.

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Drupa the Perfect Sales Platform

Drupa 2016 underlined the event?s status as the perfect promotion cycle for sales, Kodak’s Rob Mollee told delegates.

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Petone Upgrade Explained

SWUG delegates’ trip to the Petone Fairfax site was preceded by an address by Ricky Baker of Fairfax Media in which he outlined the scope of the plant upgrade.

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Press Installation Updates

Manroland, Goss and Webco gave snapshot presentations of their press installations, sales and upgrades.
Manroland’s John Ostler said that working from a production site in Augsburg Germany, Manroland commanded 45% of new presses and extensions in 2015.

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The Price of Poor Power

Your maintenance bill can be worth as much as 50% of the value of your energy account if your power quality is bad, delegates were told by print industry environmental commentator Phil Lawrence.

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Minimising the Work Risk from Drug and Alcohol Use

The message that Nicky Trevithick of WorkCare left delegates is that it is the job of all of us to recognise the signs of someone who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol as at work, in order to manage risk.

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Secrets of Roller Production

Delegates were taken on a technical journey through the intricate processes of roller production by Mitch Mulligan, Managing Director of Böttcher Australia.

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From Ballet Shoes to Zombies

From child ballerina to an MBA in education, and from working for a tobacco industry lobbyist to a career in the printing industry, Meredith Darke, General Manager of DIC in New Zealand, took delegates on a light-hearted journey through her life.

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Men Told to ‘Speak Up’ on Health

The conference took a break from printing issues to discuss men’s health, with the strong message coming from the Prostate Cancer Foundation that men need to speak up and take a more active role in protecting their health.

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Press Automation Offers Big Savings

The benefits of moving to automated press controls were spelled out to delegates by Menno Jansen, Owner and Chairman of Netherlands-based QI Press Controls and Germany based EAE.

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Everyone Shares OH&S Duty

Complying with the new Health and Safety laws in New Zealand is the responsibility of everyone from directors to managers and workers, said Karen Lyttle, Contract Trainer for Vertical Horizonz.

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Blanket Conversions Explained

Delegates were taken through the process of converting blankets from cutting to barring by Eddie Holmes of Flint.
Eddie said the initial rolls come out of the USA mainly in heavy cardboard tubes. There are various widths with the widest roll requirement being 2134 mm.

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Thermal Imaging the Tool to Detect Hot Spots

Thermal imaging is a predictive maintenance tool which has a lot of other applications, Chris Smallwood of Thermal Imaging Services explained to delegates.

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SWUG’s First Female Apprentice of the Year

SWUG New Zealand has its first female Apprentice of the Year in Beacon Print Whakatane’s Taryn Gannaway taking the industry’s top honour – and for Taryn herself, it was an eye-opener to see how much the print industry supports women.

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Time to Grasp Opportunities for Print

There are still ways to do things differently in newspaper printing and grasp a bright future, said Andy Stephens of Global Press Technologies.

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New Business Opportunities from UV

The commercial potential of introducing UV into a press line was outlined by Andy Stephens of Global Press Technologies.
Andy said blanket cleaning was needed to maintain print quality, increase press up time, reduce the need to change blankets and make time and money savings

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Look After Your Rollers

A quick-fire tip on how roller wear can be avoided was given by Mitch Mulligan from Böttcher Australia.

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Upgrading Presses While Production Still Goes Ahead

The challenge of conducting a huge two-year upgrade of a major newspaper print site, while keeping the newspaper running daily, was outlined by Peter Kirwan of Goss International.

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Everyone has a Part to Play in Safety

Every employer and employee in New Zealand is facing greater responsibilities with the introduction of new occupational health and safety (OH&S) laws, Anthony Payne of Fairfax Media told delegates.

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Simon Still Follow Grandad’s Values

Simon Ellis may now be known as CEO of the Beacon Media Group but delegates got a feeling for the influence he has had on the current shape of New Zealand’s print industry from his “Who Am I?” presentation.

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DomPost Upgrade Nears Target

Fairfax’s $21 million upgrade of the Dominion Post’s Petone plant in the Hutt Valley is closing in on a completion date after two years of overcoming significant logistics challenges.

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Higher Press Utilisation Key to Profitability

Getting higher productivity from a press is a key way to increase profitability at a time when the printing industry is under pressure, Martin Okkes of manroland told delegates.

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Inkwise Grows in Rolleston

The story of the rebranding of Guardian Print as Inkwise is a story of a company moving into new territory by being prepared to move into the heatset market.

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Training Offers New Possibilities

The range of new possibilities that have opened up as a result of PrintNZ’s merge into the Competenz industry training organisation was revealed by PrintNZ manager Ruth Cobb.

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Molisi Repays the Faith

Outgoing SWUG Apprentice of the Year Molisi Saulala moved delegates with his account of how much his 2014 win meant for him and his family – and what it meant to repay the support he had received from his managers at NZME Print- Ellerslie.

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Clean Oil an Essential for Profits

Print companies can save money, avoid equipment failure and downtime, and improve profitability by keeping their oils clean and maintaining an Oil Condition Monitoring Programme, said Shaun Thiele of Indisol.

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Sir Ray’s Advice – Make a Ten-Year Plan

Keynote speaker Sir Ray Avery entertained delegates with his rags-to-riches story, delivered with humour and entirely off the cuff, but he left the audience with one serious piece of advice – make a ten-year plan.

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New Standards in Colour

Steve Packham of DIC Australia gave delegates a run down of the changes in the new colour standards just released by WAN IFRA in its June 2015 Standard Review.

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The importance of press profiling

The importance of press profiling for colour quality control was driven home by Malcolm Lochhead of Fujifilm who told delegates ‘if you can measure it, you can control it. If you can control it, you can reproduce it’.

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NZME’s Russell Wieck took delegates through the Ellerslie plant

NZME’s Russell Wieck took delegates through the journey that the company’s Ellerslie plant has travelled, as it has moved from being a broadsheet printer to a tabloid hub.

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New Plate Design Brings Ink and Water Savings

Environmentally-friendly and cost-efficient solutions can be found through new advances in plates, Safwen Hijazi of Xingraphics told conference.

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One Year On, Edmond Relives the Dream

SWUG NZ Apprentice of the Year 2013 Edmond Huch revealed how much his life had changed since the night one year ago when he received the greatest award of his life.

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Axing Solvents a Plus for Printers

The advances made in press chemistry were articulated to delegates by DSC’s James Ackland, who stressed how very little alcohol is used in the industry today.

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‘Ripper’ Year for manroland

A ‘ripper of a year’ is how John Ostler described manroland Australasia’s year from 2013 to 2014.
Updating delegates on the company’s activities over the last year, John said that in Australia “we have experienced a very busy year with new projects, press relocations and upgrades”.

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Magnum Compact Shows Its Paces

Matt Sharkady of Goss International gave a video demonstration of the Goss factory in Shanghai, where a Magnum Compact can produce short runs one after the other

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Norske Skog Changes Target Goals

Norske Skog Australasia has responded to declining global demand for publication papers by diversifying into catalogue paper production, the company’s Account Director Willie Townend told conference.

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Inks Can Work for You

Inks aren’t just a means to put words on newsprint – they can be made to perform tasks ‘outside the square’.

In an address called ‘How to Make Ink Work for You’, Steve Packham from DIC Australia gave delegates an insight into how inks can be used in different ways.

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Steve Gurney’s Attitude for Winning

Delegates were invited to see into the minds of successful athletes (and other high achievers) by guest speaker, former professional international athlete and nine times coast-to-coast winner Steve Gurney, who shared his own experiences supplemented by research on the subject.

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Sir Julian Smith – Southern Man

In the ‘Who Am I?’ session, Sir Julian Smith backgrounded delegates on how a born and bred Otago man came to head up the region’s flagship newspaper, the Otago Daily Times.

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Training Merger Opens New Opportunities

On 1 January 2014 CMITO, the training organisation for the printing industry, merged with Competenz. PrintNZ General Manager Ruth Cobb outlined to conference how the merger had come about and what had happened since.
An Industry Training Review by Government was intended to ensure a more cohesive vocational education system.

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The Impact of Rollers and Maintenance on Ink Consumption

Delegates were given a detailed instruction on roller care by Mitch Mulligan of Böttcher Systems.
Mitch said the function of a roller is to break down ink into thin, even film; ensure even and continuous ink transfer; create an ink reservoir to compensate uneven ink uptake by plate/feed from ducts; compensate geometric variances; compensate for damp vibration and control heat build-up.

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DomPost Goes Higher

The Dominion Post in Wellington has had to raise the roof in order to make its $20 million plant upgrade work.
The DomPost’s Manuel Letoa gave delegates an overview of the major work being done at the company’s Petone plant in the Hutt Valley.
Part of the plant has had to be demolished, with walls taken out as well as part of the floor, to accommodate the new press coming in from Tullamarine.

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Health and Safety – The Shape of the Future

The new shape of occupational health laws – including stiff fines or prison for non-compliance by managers and staff – was outlined by Health and Safety Consultant Judy Currie.

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Prepare for the Cyber Hack

Think about what you will do when you are attacked by an Internet hacker – because the chances are it will happen.

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SWUG Award Brings Extra Gains for Shane Baskiville

APN Print’s Shane Baskiville showed his new-found leadership and public-speaking skills when he recounted his journey through the print industry, through to becoming the New Zealand SWUG Apprentice of the Year 2012 and also a finalist for the PrintNZ Apprentice of Year Award.

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Will the Real Craig Amos Please Stand Up!

Delegates were given a humorous insight into the digital world when SWUG Committee Member Craig Amos, the General Manager of PMP, gave the traditional “Who Am I?” address.

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Propose Not Oppose, says Phil O’Reilly

Print companies need to understand the “New Normal” reality of a tougher business environment that is not going to change dramatically, and adopt a proactive stance in proposing changes to help alleviate that environment, Business NZ’s Phil O’Reilly told delegates in the opening address for SWUG 2013.

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Ebela an Indian Newspaper Success Story

Some parts of the world are showing growth in the newspaper market, which is encouraging for the overall health of the industry, and India in particular can boast one spectacular success with the Ebela newspaper.

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The PMP Story

PMP’s Charles Miller gave SWUG delegates a full rundown on the PMP operation in New Zealand, prior to them visiting the plant for a first-hand look at the new premises at Wiri.

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Prevention a Key in Managing Fire Hazards

The printing industry can learn from previous experience in preventing fires in the workplace, Sam Ricardo, Melbourne-based Group Manager Field Engineering for insurance company FM Global, told SWUG.

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Plate Room Changes Aid Environment

Some of the largest reductions in waste and subsequent improvements to the environmental impact of the printing industry have come from the plate room, delegates heard from Warren Hinder of Fujifilm Australia.

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The Journey from Waste to Print

Delegates were treated to the in-depth story of how forest waste and printed waste becomes product for printing presses, in a presentation from Norske Skog’s Steve Cox.

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Magnum Compact Challenges Digital

Goss International is positioning its Magnum Compact press to fit into the changing newspaper landscape, where circulations and the cost of media production are under pressure, and publishers are consolidating production capacity or outsourcing.

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First Industrial Solution for Digital Newspaper Production

The fortunes of manroland Australasia have been on the up since the company’s new beginning within the Possehl group at the beginning of 2012, manroland’s John Ostler told conference.

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News Works Sells Regional Newspaper Strength

Newspapers remain a vital part of advertising mix in New Zealand and the industry is in good heart, but it needs to position itself as part of the news brand/advertising medium mix along with other media options, Jenny Stiles of News Works explained to delegates.

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Technology is Not the Whole Answer in Trimming Energy Costs

Major savings can be made by industry, including printing plants, by conducting an in-depth analysis of their energy usage – but the trick is to avoid the trap of looking at things back-to-front.

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Low Literacy Linked to Violence

Low literacy rates have been linked to violence and anti-social behaviour, environmental and printing specialist Phil Lawrence told delegates.

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Unravelling the Secrets of Blankets

SWUG delegates were given a lesson in the art of blanket making by Jan Jungmann of Contitech.
Contitech manufacture the ContiAir blankets Jan spoke about at SWUG, for which Hostmann Steinberg are the agent in New Zealand.

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2013 SWUG Guest Speaker Billy Graham

Billy Graham is New Zealand’s best-loved platform speaker and fitness advisor. He is bold, bouncy and brimming over with energy and enthusiasm. He has spent a lifetime involved in sport and physical fitness.

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The Drupa Experience

The enormity of attending the world’s largest print exhibition, Drupa at Dusseldorf in Germany, was described in detail by several speakers who gave delegates a round up of the main products and trends which appealed to them.

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Quality Underpins Print Success

The need for print companies to strive for quality, and to be able to document their quality levels, was emphasised by overseas speaker Michael Zenke, Heatset Product Director of DIC Sun Chemicals.

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Introducing Danny Trainor

SWUG committee member Danny Trainor had delegates in fits of laughter with his humorous tongue-in-cheek ‘Who Am I?’ profile, delivered in droll Aussie brogue.

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Bright Outlook for Newspaper Sector

News that New Zealand’s newspaper industry is in good heart, and is better off than in many overseas markets, set a positive tone at conference.

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New Technology Boosts Plate Performance

New developments in platemaking technology were outlined by Evert van der Tuin of Fujifilm, based at the Tilburg plant in the Netherlands.

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Goss Unveils New Innovations

The latest innovations by Goss International, as shown at Drupa this year, were unveiled to conference delegates by Matt Sharkady.

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Nip Pressures Explained by ContiTech

Delegates received a technical run down on the importance of printing blankets in today’s newspapers from Stephan Peters, Sales and Technical Area Manager for Printing Blankets with ContiTech of Germany.

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Lessons in Rollers

Delegates received a master class in roller technology and performance from Böttcher Australia’s Mitch Mulligan.
Looking at how different media interact with press components and how this could be managed better, Mitch said some of the influencers include ink, paper, rollers, blankets and press chemistry. All must work together to get results.

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SWUG Conference Q&A

Paper: Norske, BJ Ball * We regularly experience issues with Sumo 70gsm reel that give us quality control issues. We often have reels that run and appear to be out of round reels – Hastings Norske: Baggy edges or slack edges are caused by uneven paper length; this could be caused by uneven moisture content […]

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Engagement is Leadership in Action

Leaders can find inspiration from engagement, delegates heard from guest speaker Sue Lindsay, a business speaker, coach, facilitator and consultant.

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Unlocking the Mystery of Colour

The mysteries of colour, and understanding what the eye can see and what it cannot, were unravelled for delegates by Ian Lewis of Arcon Digital Ltd.

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The Need to Speak Out for Training

PrintNZ and Communications and Media Industry Training Organisation (CMITO) Chief Executive Joan Grace urged delegates to speak out for the need for training, in light of Government reviews for training organisations.

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The Keys to H&S Success

Mike Conroy of Fairfax Media took delegates back to the basics of health and safety, asking the question “why is it necessary?” After all, he said, many people regarded it as boring, but that was because they thought it was complicated and irrelevant.

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Changing the Tasman Safety Culture

Gary Cassidy, Finishing and Warehouse Manager with Norske Skog Tasman, told delegates how the safety culture at the Tasman mill has been turned around.

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Promote yourself – Print out Loud

The newspaper sector needs to push its message of quality and achievement even louder, delegates were told by Sue Archibald, SWUG committee member and manager of the New Zealand Pride In Print Awards.

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Saving the Spend on Press Room Consumables

Real savings can be made in consumables in the press room, especially on paper costs, James Ackland, Associate Director Technical, DS Chemport (Australia) Pty Ltd, told delegates.

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Q & A Session – Expert Answers

The following questions were submitted by delegates prior to conference to our SWUG experts

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Horton Media Accepts UV Challenge

Horton Media has accepted the challenge of introducing a UV facility to its Christchurch operation, and is learning as it goes with the new equipment.

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Unlocking the Chemical Mysteries of Inks

SWUG delegates were given a lesson in chemistry by DS Chemport’s Steve Tangee, who used a combination of humour, slides and videos to explain the function and composition of fountain solutions.

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Competitive Print Sets Green Yardstick

Competition in the printing industry has been so intense that the sector is now the leading light in reducing waste and improving environmental practices

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Positives for Newspapers in Overseas Trends

DIC ink specialist Peter Ford was able to give delegates some positive news about newspaper trends in North America and Europe.

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Digital Press Offers Options for Newspapers

The potential for digital printing to complement web-based printing was demonstrated to conference by Symon Yendoll of PrintStop in Wellington.

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Enhanced Paper Will Help Newspaper Quality

Enhanced newsprint quality will help newspapers fight the electronic media by producing brighter, clearer and better products, Ocean Pape’?s Bruce Burgess told delegates.

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Roller maintenance boosts quality while reducing cost

The four biggest impacts on rollers are the way we set them, their compatibility with the ink and chemicals they contact, the way we maintain them and the compounds of which they are made, Mitch Mulligan of Böttcher Systems told delegates.

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Oil brought Mike Muir to Gisbourne

Mike Muir of the Gisborne Herald may have an unmatched heritage in the New Zealand newspaper industry, but the reason he has his roots in Poverty Bay is because of a fruitless search for oil.

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Printing made easy

Added-value additions to presses can make a printer’s life significantly easier, Matt Hancock of Goss International told delegates.

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Understanding blankets

The technical sessions at SWUG continued with a presentation by Eddie Holmes of the Flint Group, giving delegates a brief understanding of how blankets are constructed, to assist in getting the most out of them.

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H&S Targets Three-Year Safety Improvement

The Department of Labour is targeting a three-year plan to lower the incidence of industrial accidents across all NZ industries.

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Tasman Mill an Example to the World

The Tasman Mill at Kawerau has come from being one of the worst-performing models of a pulp mill to being one of the best in world

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Houston, we have lift-off

DIC’s Steve Packham showed the ‘human face’ of printers away from the workforce when he told delegates of how he took 42 children to Space Camp in the USA.

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