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  • + Ball & Doggett showcasing latest tech from Roland DG & HP in Bendigo

    Ball & Doggett invites you to the Bendigo Regional Roadshow. ‘We are thrilled to announce the return of the Regional Roadshow, this time making its way to Bendig...

    March 19 2024

    Ball & Doggett invites you to the Bendigo Regional Roadshow.


    ‘We are thrilled to announce the return of the Regional Roadshow, this time making its way to Bendigo! Following the success of our Nowra Regional Roadshow at the end of last year, it’s Victorias turn to extend our support to the regional areas once more’. Said Brad Creighton Marketing Executive Sign Display & Digital. ‘At Ball & Doggett, we understand the significance of fostering connections and providing valuable resources to businesses operating outside metropolitan hubs. Join us as we bring together industry leaders, and local businesses for an engaging and informative event designed to educate and connect’.


    They will be showcasing the latest tech as they unveil cutting-edge innovations and advancements in wide format printing technologies, including Latex, Resin, LED UV and DTF (Direct-to-Film) printing.


    Registration Link:


    Bendigo Regional Roadshow

    Tuesday 26th March: 11am - 8pm

    Wednesday 27th March: 9am - 12pm


    All Seasons Bendigo

    171-183 McIvor Hwy Bendigo Vic 3550



    Gloss and matt PVC-free white graphics film, that ...

    March 19 2024

    • Gloss and matt PVC-free white graphics film, that incorporates innovative new surface technology
    • Printable by eco-solvent, latex & UV inks


    Innovia Films announces the launch of a sustainable wide format printable media film, that has a much lower carbon impact than alternatives currently being used in the market. RayoartTM GWES is a 78-micron film, which is available in both gloss and matt white. Using innovative new surface engineering technology so that it is printable by eco-solvent inks, UV & HP latex.


    This new product has significant sustainability benefits versus PVC based media. The material has a 30% weight advantage over other film substrates of a comparable thickness. It also has a much lower carbon footprint and is free from plasticisers and chlorides. Which makes this film an excellent alternative to monomeric PVC.


    Bron Hekkema, Business Unit Director Graphics, emphasises “These next generation products give outstanding print results on all ink technologies. The exceptional finish enhances the images, producing a premium result”.


    “The 4 years outdoor durability and the ease of application of the films, makes them a perfect alternative for PVC graphic applications.” adds Bron. 


    Sample reels are available for laminators who want to conduct adhesive and print tests, contact Bron Hekkema directly at, or contact us at

  • + Memjet Announces Just-In-Time Capability for DuraFlex

    Memjet is pleased to announce the addition of the new DuraFlex Just-In-Time print stream synchronization capability to our DuraFlex print engine line.

    March 19 2024

    Memjet is pleased to announce the addition of the new DuraFlex Just-In-Time print stream synchronization capability to our DuraFlex print engine line.

    DuraFlex is our powerful, low-cost, compact single-pass print solution that delivers outstanding full-color A3 prints at up to 46 m/min. It is available in 13” and 25” print width configurations, for simplex or duplex operation with web-fed and sheet-fed devices. The new Just-In-Time capability allows OEMs developing synchronized variable data and personalization applications to integrate DuraFlex more easily with other workflows across their operations. The Memjet software update to enable this feature is currently available for OEM development.

    A new Read-And-Print solution for the Kirk-Rudy FireJet4c has been developed by Kirk-Rudy and The Solutions Group for applications such as synchronized direct-mail-inserts, utilizing the new DuraFlex Just-In-Time capability. “The Kirk-Rudy team is thrilled to announce that Read-And-Print for DuraFlex is ready for beta testing,” said Kirk-Rudy CEO Caroline Kirk. “We pride ourselves on delivering solutions that truly move the needle for our customers, and this is one of them. We are thrilled to unlock new potential that will empower users to operate the system with more integrity and reliability than ever before.”

    Sam Patel, the President of Arrow Systems Inc. commented that “for the last four years we have developed the Duraflex line of technology from Memjet enabled with variable-data printing. This latest update will allow this technology to be even more productive for our customers in the labeling and flexible packaging industry. The ability to run custom serial numbers and barcodes, and also to now change them on the fly is a game changer.”

    DuraFlex innovation continues to bring remarkable efficiency gains across markets and enable new growth opportunities. Mike Natalizia, CTO of AstroNova Inc. said that “its high-speed capabilities combined with exceptional print quality make it a standout choice for our customers seeking cutting-edge solutions. TrojanLabel T2-Pro, our next-generation inkjet label press, is in final beta testing now, and our customers are looking forward to the commercial launch. It is going to be a great addition to any pressroom with its 13” wide full-color printing, and variable data capabilities enabled by its data pipeline.”

    Memjet continues to support the DuraFlex platform, and this support will remain for years to come in the marketplace including sustained delivery of printheads and ink for the platform.

    Memjet’s plans include ongoing portfolio and technology enhancements to support OEMs and assist them in capitalizing on evolving market opportunities and capturing new growth.

    For more information about the DuraFlex print platform, please visit 

  • + Ricoh to launch RICOH Pro D1600 Direct to Film system at FESPA

    Industrial garment decorators can now meet high volume digital production demands responsively and flexibly with the new RICOH Pro D1600 Direct to Film system.RICOH Pro D160...

    March 19 2024

    Industrial garment decorators can now meet high volume digital production demands responsively and flexibly with the new RICOH Pro D1600 Direct to Film system.

    RICOH Pro D1600 is a market first for the delivery of high volume digital garment decoration capabilities.

    The innovative line is the first to support high volume digital garment production. Incorporating a powder shaker and drying unit, it has been designed to help screen printers and large and medium sized textile printing specialists as they transition from analogue to digital production capabilities.

    Highly responsive to different run lengths and built on state of the art solutions developed in Europe, the Pro D1600 can run at speeds in excess of 20 sqm per hour. High quality production is fully supported with optimised film sourced from Europe.

    The Pro D1600’s specially designed inkjet printhead configuration of three Ricoh printheads supports films up to 1600mm and its newly developed DTF optimised Ricoh Pro™ DTF Ink ensures high speed jetting and high white opacity.

    Ricoh is certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard Accreditation programme (GOTS) – a voluntary accreditation programme that requires all raw materials to be certified organic to a recognised international or national standard. It covers processing practices, inputs and requirements for environmental management, social responsibility and safety as well.

    Axel Stuhlreiter, Head of Textile Solutions, Graphic Communications Group, Ricoh Europe, says: “This latest addition to our portfolio opens up the production of high volume designs that can be printed and shipped for local, on demand application onto garments. Ideally suited to screen printers and industrial garment decorators looking to make their transition to digital or enhance their digital capabilities, the Pro D1600 is responsive and sustainably responsible. It maximises productivity with its inline powder shaker that helps eliminate a traditional bottleneck and media is delivered in jumbo rolls for fewer change overs. We are excited to see how this high volume system will help industrial operations transform their production power.”

    The RICOH Pro D1600 will be launched in Europe at FESPA Global Print Expo 2024, RAI Amsterdam from March 19 to 22, and is available immediately.

    Industrial garment specialists can also put the system through its paces, and explore Ricoh’s other innovative DTG and Direct To Film technologies, at Ricoh’s Textile Competence Centerin Frankfurt.

  • + Roland DG Introduces the VersaOBJECT CO-i Series of UV Flatbed Printers for Superior Versatility

    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of digital devices including wide-format inkjet printers, announced today the addition of five models of new CO-i UV-LED flatbed inkje...

    March 19 2024

    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of digital devices including wide-format inkjet printers, announced today the addition of five models of new CO-i UV-LED flatbed inkjet printers to its VersaOBJECT brand that are capable of printing brilliant colour directly onto a wide variety of three-dimensional objects.

    “Based on their material and application needs, customers can choose the best solution from five different models, including three 64" width models with a choice of three different table sizes with vacuum beds, and two 30" width models, one with a vacuum bed and one entry-level model without.” said Tony Miller, President, Global Sales and Marketing Division.

    The CO-i series is capable of printing detailed graphics onto a wide variety of substrates, including plastic, leather, wood, cloth, etc. It can accommodate objects up to 242 mm in height and 100 kg/m2 in weight and allows printing to be performed on gently curved or uneven surfaces. In addition, Primer ink enables printing on materials that were previously difficult to print on, such as glass and metal, making it ideal for personalisation of a large variety of consumer products as well as the customisation of industrial products and parts, interior decoration, sign graphics, POS displays, packaging, and other high-mix, low-volume production.

    Precision ink firing and powerful LED lamps make curing the ink fast. This combination delivers stunning images and high colour saturation as well as precisely reproducing the finest details, from small text to elaborately textured patterns and gradations. The CO-i series supports CMYKOrRe and special inks Clear, White, and Primer. The use of Clear ink produces unique finishing effects such as gloss or matte textures and simulated embossing. High-opacity White ink is often used as a base coat when printing on transparent film or dark objects while Orange and Red inks enable accurate colour reproduction of brand colours as well as unparalleled rich, vivid colour expression.

    The control panel for operating the printer is integrated into the table, enabling efficient output operations in a limited workspace. Furthermore, the static electricity remover and automatic printhead cleaning function make it easy for anyone to obtain stable print quality.

    CO-i series printers come with VersaWorks 6 software, Roland DG’s powerful and intuitive RIP, which processes PDF, EPS, PS files with precision and high speed and auto-generates White, Gloss and Primer layers with one button to maximise the capabilities of the CO-i series.

    The CO-i series also supports cloud-based services, including Roland DG Connect, for more efficient business operations and growth, including better support in the event of errors, operational visibility, easy profit calculations and more. It also features PrintAutoMate for businesses like e-commerce who handle a wide variety of data, media, and products, and require continuous output in large batches.

    “The diversification and individualisation of consumer needs has led to an increasing demand for timely and flexible responses that are attentive to the needs of each individual customer,” Miller said. “Interest in on-demand printing, which enables speedy production of what is needed, when it is needed, and in the required quantity, are growing year by year. VersaOBJECT’s direct printing solutions bring numerous benefits and competitive advantages to customers’ businesses, including shorter delivery times, reduced costs, flexibility, and reduced environmental impact while enabling the creation of new business opportunities. We will continue to expand the possibilities of on-demand decoration with VersaOBJECT to enhance people’s creativity and grow their businesses.”

    For more information about the VersaOBJECT CO-i Series visit this webpage.

  • + swissQprint now grants 36 months warranty on all machines

    Developed and built in Switzerland, swissQprint large format printers are renowned for their reliability and durability. swissQprint backs this up with a new warranty period that f...

    March 19 2024

    Developed and built in Switzerland, swissQprint large format printers are renowned for their reliability and durability. swissQprint backs this up with a new warranty period that far exceeds the industry standard.

    swissQprint announced at the Fespa Global Print Expo 2024 that customers will now receive a 36-month parts warranty starting from delivery of their large format printer. The industry standard is 12 months. “We make this promise with confidence, because we only ever use high-quality components and our printers are robustly built and very reliable,” emphasises Carmen Eicher, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at swissQprint. “Customers have always appreciated our machines’ high uptime.”

    The new warranty provisions apply with immediate effect to all new machines and for all models, namely the Kudu, Nyala, Impala and Oryx flatbed printers and the Karibu roll to roll printer. The provisions stipulate preventative maintenance intervals. “Preventative machine maintenance has always been a principle of ours to avoid problems arising in operation,” concludes Carmen Eicher.

  • + Epson Australia announces its 40th anniversary of operations in Australia

    Epson Australia, a leader in imaging technology, has announced its 40th anniversary of operations in Australia. The company will use its 40th year to continue its legacy and introduce excit...

    March 13 2024

    Epson Australia, a leader in imaging technology, has announced its 40th anniversary of operations in Australia. The company will use its 40th year to continue its legacy and introduce exciting new products in large format printing, projectors, office and industrial printing.

    Epson Australia MD Craig Heckenberg


    Epson Australia has achieved numerous milestones over the last 40 years which include currently being recognised as the number one brand in Australia for projectors, large format printers, thermal receipt printers and consumer ink tank printers. 


    Epson Australia MD Craig Heckenberg said, "We are thrilled to commemorate this significant milestone in our company's history.”


    Epson Australia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Seiko Epson Corporation that represents over 80 years of Japanese craftmanship, engineering and environmental excellence. The company started out in November of 1983, with a small team of 20 people in the suburb of Frenchs Forest on the northern beaches of Sydney.

    Since then, the company has been at the forefront of advancements in print and projection, delivering the highest quality, reliability and service to its Australian customers. 


    Throughout the journey, Epson Australia has played a central role in transforming industry and improving the way people and businesses communicate their creativity, craftmanship, ideas and messages. 


    The company’s recent environmental initiatives include partnering with EARTH HOUR, the world’s biggest movement to protect our planet, sponsoring the Royal Botanic Gardens of Sydney and transitioning to 100% renewable energy across its entire operation in Australia and New Zealand.


    Seiko Epson Global President, Mr Yasunori Ogawa said, "I would like to congratulate Epson Australia for their 40th anniversary and offer my thanks for the dedication and support of all the employees, partners and customers who have made this possible. Epson is committed to achieving sustainability and supporting the community and no group company embodies this commitment more than Epson Australia. I look forward to working with everyone to achieve even greater success both for Epson Australia and the wider community.”


    These achievements underscore the company's commitment to excellence and its pivotal role in driving innovation and growth in Australia.


    “We are very proud of our achievements and success over the last 40 years. As such, I must thank all Epson staff both past and present, our channel partners and customers for contributing to this success. We now focus on the next 40 years and on creating continued growth through providing innovative products and services that make a positive impact to the lives of our customers, their businesses, and their communities,” said Craig Heckenberg.


    Today, the company’s product portfolio consists of home and office printers, scanners, thermal receipt printers, projectors, large format printers, industrial print solutions and a wide range of software tools that enhance the productivity and usability of its products and provide more value to customers.


    The company has also expanded its team to over 150 people across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Auckland with offices and showrooms in each location. As such, its nationwide service coverage and remote support capabilities ensure minimal disruption and quicker turnaround times, even in remote locations.


    Craig Heckenberg concluded, “Again, it’s the hard work and dedication of our team, their proven track record of providing the highest level of customer service and the support from our customers which has led to our success. Whether it be at home or work, we pride ourselves on helping our customers get the most out of our products and services and to be there for them when it really matters. Looking ahead, we have a lot more to accomplish and we pledge to continue to play our part to protect the environment by working with our customers and industry to help solve societal issues, strive for sustainability and improve quality of life.”


  • + Ball & Doggett Announces Strategic Partnership with Coldenhove to Revolutionize Dye Sublimation Printing Solutions.

    Ball & Doggett, a leading provider of print material and packaging solutions, and Coldenhove, renowned manufacturer of high-quality paper products for dye sublimation printing, pro...

    March 12 2024

    Ball & Doggett, a leading provider of print material and packaging solutions, and Coldenhove, renowned manufacturer of high-quality paper products for dye sublimation printing, proudly unveil a strategic partnership aimed at ensuring a smooth continuity of supply to existing Coldenhove users.

    This collaboration merges Ball & Doggett’s expertise in materials with Coldenhove’s innovative paper technologies for dye sublimation printing. Together, the two companies aim to redefine printing solutions, offering businesses unmatched quality and performance.

    Dye sublimation printing is recognized for its vibrant colours and versatility across various applications, from textiles to signage and personalized gifts. However, the industry has sought alternatives to traditional dye sublimation papers due to concerns about environmental impact.

    Through this partnership, Ball & Doggett will leverage Coldenhove’s state-of-the-art paper technologies to deliver exceptional print quality while adhering to the highest standards of responsible production.

    Notably, Coldenhove's products are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, reflecting their commitment to conservation and responsible forest management worldwide.

    "We are excited to collaborate with Coldenhove to pioneer innovative solutions in the dye sublimation printing industry," said Rob Brussolo GM for Sign Display & Digital at Ball & Doggett. "Ensuring continuity of supply to customers is a focus, and with our extensive converting capabilities in Australia, we can offer custom lengths and sizes to support the sublimation market. By combining our expertise, we aim to provide our customers with superior printing materials that meet their needs and exceed expectations.”

    Coldenhove shares this enthusiasm for the partnership and its potential impact on the industry. "At Coldenhove, we are committed to pushing the boundaries of printing technology. We look forward to working with Ball & Doggett to deliver cutting-edge solutions to their customers ensuring our clients receive their products even faster. It's a testament to our ongoing commitment to improvement and exceeding expectations." said Gert Jan Breukink Senior International Account Manager at Coldenhove.

    With a shared commitment to sustainability and innovation, Ball & Doggett and Coldenhove are poised to drive positive change in the printing industry. The partnership aims to support businesses in their quest for superior printing solutions and adopting environmentally friendly printing practices.


    For more information, please contact Ball & Doggett 1300 713 567 or Coldenhove +31 313 670670

  • + Currie Group and Elitron Announce Exclusive Partnership

    Leading Australian-based graphic arts solutions provider Currie Group and Italian robotic cutting and automation specialists, Elitron, have announced an exclusive channel partnersh...

    March 12 2024

    Leading Australian-based graphic arts solutions provider Currie Group and Italian robotic cutting and automation specialists, Elitron, have announced an exclusive channel partnership which will see Currie Group supply the Elitron range of cutting systems for digital print, packaging and textiles to print service providers in Australia and New Zealand.

    The Elitron range ideally complements Currie Group’s EFI and Canon Production Printing wide-format printers and once again highlights the company’s commitment to providing end-to-end solutions, while providing Elitron with a reliable and efficient channel partner for distribution and service support in the region. 

    Established more than 30 years ago to serve the TCF industry, Elitron offers an unmatched breadth and depth of innovation expertise, expanding its reach to solutions for the digital print, packaging, fashion, furniture, automotive and industrial sectors.

    In all its solutions, Elitron’s aim is to meet the evolving challenges of each market sector with sophisticated, high-precision cutting, automation and materials handling systems that deliver a ‘stressless’ workflow.

    All are designed, developed, engineered and manufactured in Italy under the watchful eye of Elitron’s highly-qualified engineers and technicians, drawing on the power of AI and the latest robotics and automation technologies, to provide solutions which are versatile, adaptable and, above all, designed to streamline production and minimise operator intervention to save time and money.

    As the number one producer globally of state-of-the-art cutting systems, the Elitron name will already be familiar to many in the ANZ region. In the print and packaging sector, that includes the Kombo SD and SDC series cutting systems – the latter of which will be demonstrated with an Elitron KUMULA stacking system at FESPA next week – which are legendary in the wide-format market. 

    Fast, flexible and versatile, they are designed to handle an exceptionally wide range of materials, from Forex and Dibond, to PVC and plastics, films, fabrics, re-board, paper, cardboards and corrugated, foam products and more. This makes them ideal for retail, merchandising, POP, display and signage products, as well as prototype and short-run packaging solutions.

    Other ranges include the innovative Kombo TH and Kombo THC systems with two cutting heads. Both Kombo models are designed to handle rigid boards, with the THC model with conveyor also ideal for all roll materials used for digital print and packaging applications, and the Kombo TAV-R designed specifically for packaging applications.

    The breadth and diversity of the Elitron range is testament to the company’s ability to transfer acquired technological know-how from sector to sector – a strength which has not only made it the number one global producer of state-of-the-art cutting systems and software in these markets, but has seen it develop numerous patented technologies – and pick up many awards – over the years.

    Paul Whitehead, Currie Group’s Business Unit Manager – Sign & Display, says the partnership with Elitron is an important move in Currie Group’s continual pursuit to provide the best end-to-end solutions for Sign & Display customers across Australia and New Zealand.

    “Currie Group is thrilled to be entering this new exclusive distribution partnership with Elitron, a proven platform built on 30 years of experience, combined with an exciting roadmap of unique cutting-edge technologies,” Paul says.

    “This new partnership will enable our Sign & Display and Packaging customers to maximise the productivity of their printing devices by delivering unparallelled efficiency when it comes to finishing.  And, with an extensive range of table sizes and models including the fully automated KOMBO TAV-R, we will be able to address the diverse requirements of the entire market.

    “Of course, these systems will all be backed by Currie Group’s renowned service and support network, giving customers peace of mind when it comes to maximising uptime and meeting customer deadlines,” he adds.

    Paolo Malatesta, Executive Director of Elitron, says his company is delighted with the new partnership.

    “Both myself, and Team Elitron, are excited and enthusiastic for the start of this important sales and service partnership with Currie Group in Australia and New Zealand, he says.

    “Elitron’s commitment to best serve all customers can only be achieved by working with the most reliable and efficient partners worldwide and, in Currie Group, we have certainly ticked all the boxes.”

    Rob Mesaros, CEO of Currie Group, says the partnership is a strategically important one for both companies, and aligns ‘perfectly’ with Currie Group’s commitment to provide the ANZ market with total solutions across all its market sectors.

    “Elitron is an impressive addition to our top-tier technology partnerships, with its demonstrated ability to deliver sophisticated solutions that not only meet today’s requirements, but position businesses to respond to the challenges of tomorrow,” he said.

    “We are delighted to join Elitron’s strong global network, and look forward to working closely with their team across all areas of business, to ensure wide-format and packaging printers in Australia and New Zealand have access to the latest, and best, solutions to support their productivity and profitability…with the strong expertise and service which supports their investment.”

  • + Make it Happen Signage Consultancy Welcomes Michelle Henry to The Team

    Make it Happen Signage Consultancy is delighted to announce a further expansion of their business with the appointment of Michelle Henry as the Make it Happen representative for Australia and Ne...

    March 12 2024

    Make it Happen Signage Consultancy is delighted to announce a further expansion of their business with the appointment of Michelle Henry as the Make it Happen representative for Australia and New Zealand.

    Sam Armstrong, Founder & CEO commented: “Michelle brings with her a wealth of experience in the Sign and Print industry and is the perfect person to represent Make it Happen in this region. I am thrilled to welcome Michelle to the Make it Happen team and excited to work with her in extending the benefits of our Training workshops to clients, colleagues and associates in Australia and New Zealand.”  

    Michelle Henry’s entire career has been in the Sign and Print industry; formally from the UK, Michelle relocated to New Zealand 2 years ago, having fallen in love with the country while on holiday there. Having attended to the Make it Happen bootcamps, she saw an opportunity to raise knowledge and learning benefits to the Sign and Print industry in New Zealand and Australia.

    Michelle commented:  I'm thrilled and excited to collaborate with Sam and the Make It Happen team! Having participated in Sam's courses and having enrolled employees on them, I've experienced first-hand the immense benefits they offer to businesses in our industry. Being a 4th generation signwriter, I absolutely love this trade and I see this as an opportunity to give back to the industry that has given me so much.

    About Make it Happen: 

    Make it Happen are a product and service provider to the Sign and Print industry. Founded by Sam Armstrong, in 2016, the company has become renowned for its commitment to raising industry practices and standards. They achieve this through three Training Workshops: The Signage Bootcamp, a product lead workshop, On the Frontline, a sales workshop and the Sustainability Bootcamp, which focuses on business growth. All three award-winning workshops are exclusive to the Sign and Print industry and are designed to increase knowledge, sales performance and general business growth.

  • + Ball & Doggett enters strategic regional partnership with eProductivity Software

    Ball & Doggett, Australia's premier distributor of printable materials, press consumables, and printing equipment, proudly announces a strategic regional partnership with eProducti...

    March 06 2024

    Ball & Doggett, Australia's premier distributor of printable materials, press consumables, and printing equipment, proudly announces a strategic regional partnership with eProductivity Software (ePS), a global leader in cloud-enabled print Management Information System (MIS) and Enterprise Resource Planner (ERP) solutions, web-to-print, and industry-specific point software for the print industry.

    Ball & Doggett, in partnership with ePS, is set to lead the digital transformation in the print industry. By combining Ball & Doggett's extensive product portfolio with ePS’ cloud-enabled eCommerce, print MIS and ERP solutions, the collaboration will empower print companies to embrace cutting-edge technologies to drive revenue growth and achieve greater operational efficiency. Customers can enjoy single supplier sourcing for a variety of their operational needs from state of the art software solutions to equipment and consumables.

    Web-to-Print Solutions: ePS’ award winning MarketDirect eCommerce and web-to-print platform will be offered by Ball & Doggett, providing customers with a streamlined and user-friendly online platform for ordering print materials and services. This will enhance the overall customer experience and facilitate efficient communication between print companies and their clients.

    Ball & Doggett is excited to leverage ePS’ industry-specific point software solutions tailored for the print industry to bring solutions to their customers for the unique challenges faced by print companies, providing them with tools to drive profitability, reduce costs, and successfully navigate transformations.

    Rob Brussolo GM for Sign Display & Digital at Ball & Doggett commented, "Our collaboration with eProductivity Software represents a significant step forward for Ball & Doggett. As Australia's largest distributor, we are committed to staying at the forefront of industry trends. This partnership allows us to offer not only top-tier materials and equipment but also advanced digital solutions that empower our customers in the rapidly evolving print landscape."

    Charlotte Tueckmantel, COO of Print ePS added, "ePS is thrilled to join forces with Ball & Doggett, a true industry leader. Our cloud-enabled and future-ready software solutions are well-aligned with the needs of print companies, and together, we aim to drive innovation, reduce costs, and foster successful transformations for businesses of all sizes."

    We’d love to help! Learn more about the QuickPrint Suite:

    For more information about eProductivity Software visit 

    For more information, please contact Ball & Doggett 1300 713 567

  • + Highcon Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Kissel + Wolf Australia to Explore ANZ Market Expansion

    Highcon, a leading provider of digital die-cutting solutions for the Folding Carton and Corrugated Packaging industry, today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding ...

    March 06 2024

    Highcon, a leading provider of digital die-cutting solutions for the Folding Carton and Corrugated Packaging industry, today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kissel + Wolf Australia, a premier supplier within the Print & Packaging Industry across Australia and New Zealand. The agreement aims to explore opportunities for market expansion in the ANZ region, with the view of Kissel + Wolf Australia becoming a distributor following DRUPA 2024.


    Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Yavne, Israel, Highcon has developed a unique and proprietary technology for digital die-cutting solutions, revolutionising post-print processes in the industry.


    In a rapidly evolving landscape shaped by the forces of e-commerce, sustainability, and omni-channel sales and marketing, the packaging industry is undergoing a profound transformation. Highcon, the pioneer in

    digital die-cutting technology, is at the forefront of this change with its patented process.


    Kissel + Wolf Australia, with its established reputation and commitment to excellence, is well-positioned to facilitate Highcon's expansion into the ANZ market. Operating as a premier supplier across Australia and

    New Zealand, Kissel + Wolf Australia offers a diverse range of high-quality products sourced from top suppliers worldwide. With strategically located facilities around Australia and a strong customer base in

    New Zealand, the company operates an efficient distribution network across the ANZ region.


    "In this drupa year, the time is right for Highcon to explore the market opportunity in the digitally advanced ANZ market”, said Shlomo Nimrodi, Highcon CEO. “Kissel + Wolf Australia looks to be the right partner to

    help Highcon to access the market and to bring the opportunity of digital die cutting to ANZ’s folding carton and corrugated converters.”



    Highcon Beam


    "I am excited to embark on this journey with Highcon to explore the immense potential of the ANZ market," said Bruce Caldwell, Sales Manager ANZ for Fibre-Based Packaging – Sign and Display at Kissel +

    Wolf Australia.


    "Highcon’s commitment to innovation and their digital die-cutting solutions perfectly complement our new digital offerings for the fibre-based packaging industry.”


    Caldwell comments that “partnering with the leading, proven and most technically advanced digital die cutting company in the world is genuinely inspiring. We can now offer true digital end to end solutions and

    demonstrate greater efficiencies and the long-term environmental benefits in the analogue space. With the forecasted volume shifts (more jobs-shorter runs) the digital solution is a real consideration for many



    The agreement also highlights and enhances Kissel + Wolf’s commitment and reputation within the packaging industry in Australia and New Zealand.”


    "We see tremendous opportunity in partnering with Highcon to bring their innovative digital die cutting solutions to our customers across Australia and New Zealand," said Jamie Weller, Managing Director at

    Kissel + Wolf Australia. "Together, we aim to drive the analogue to digital transformation and deliver enhanced value to our clients."


    The signing of this MoU marks a significant step forward in Highcon's strategic expansion plans and reinforces Kissel + Wolf Australia's commitment to delivering cutting-edge solutions to its customers.


    For more information about Kissel + Wolf Australia, please contact.


    Bruce Caldwell

    Sales Manager ANZ for Fibre-Based Packaging – Sign and Display

    +61 402 121 043

  • + Latest Version of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite

    Today, Alludo, a global technology company, introduces the new versions of its award-...

    March 06 2024

    Today, Alludo, a global technology company, introduces the new versions of its award-winning graphic design software, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, CorelDRAW Technical Suite, CorelDRAW Standard and CorelDRAW Essentials. With these exciting new updates, users can unleash their creativity, whether they are casual creatives or professional designers.

    “The new updates and features empower users to wave goodbye to creative block and say hello to brilliant designs,” said Prakash Channagiri, Senior Director Product Management for CorelDRAW. “All while boosting the productivity and potential of creatives, providing them with the tools and the inspiration to work faster, smarter, and free of creative restraint.”

    For CorelDRAW Graphics Suite customers, the 2024 version includes access to remote fonts, alongside an innovative set of natural media and particle brushes, which replicate the look and feel of traditional art mediums like paint, pastels, and pencils. Several customer-requested enhancements, such as a redesigned way to work with non-destructive bitmap effects, give users an optimized workflow. On top of that, subscribers and maintenance customers will get exclusive access to 300 new cloud-based design templates to save time and inspire creativity.

    Here are the exciting new features and enhancements CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2024 delivers:

    • NEW! Painterly brushes: Transform vector designs and illustrations into masterpieces of art with 100 pixel-based brushes, controlled by vector curves. Whether it is shaping curves, transforming paths, or making precise adjustments, users can sculpt and tailor each stroke to perfection after adding it to the canvas.
    • NEW! Remote fonts: Preview online fonts without the need of downloading, directly in the font list within CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT. And when a remote font is used, it is automatically downloaded for immediate use.
    • ENHANCED! Non-destructive bitmap effects: Enjoy a seamless and consistent workflow across CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT with non-destructive bitmap effects. You can apply and edit bitmap effects without altering the original image, and control all effects and adjustments from one place. No more dialog boxes blocking your view of the workspace. Users will be able to see the design or image change instantly as they tweak the effect settings.

    As a bonus, users can experience the power and versatility of all of these newly released features right in their browser, with no need to download or install any applications, with a free 15-day web-based trial of CorelDRAW.

    CorelDRAW Graphic Suite’s latest updates help designers everywhere expand their unique creative potential, and with Vision FX, a generative AI plugin for CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT, the creative possibilities are endless. Building on CorelDRAW’s collection of AI-driven tools from AI-powered image upsampling and artifact removal to ML-based bitmap to vector tracing and Art Style presets, the Vision FX add-on, available for purchase in CorelDRAW’s Welcome screen, uses text prompts to blend human and AI imagination into unique works of art.

    The update of the entire CorelDRAW family not only brings significant upgrades to CorelDRAW Graphics Suite and CorelDRAW Technical Suite but also marks the first update in three years for CorelDRAW Essentials and CorelDRAW Standard. With the launch of the 2024 versions, both graphics products are brought up to speed with performance improvements, UI, and selected functionality enhancements from CorelDRAW Graphic Suite 2022 and 2023, allowing users to enjoy improved product quality and enhanced file support.

    Availability and Pricing

    CorelDRAW Graphics Suite is available on Windows and macOS, (as well as web and iPad for subscribers and maintenance customers) in English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch, Polish, Czech, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Swedish, and Japanese. Subscription is $269 USD / €369 / £319 per year. CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2024 is available for one-time purchase at the suggested retail price of $549 USD / €779 / £659. EUR and GBP prices include VAT.

  • + New Kongsberg C68 Exact sets exceptional new standards for precision in very large format drafting and cutting

    Kongsberg Precision Cutting Systems (Kongsberg PCS) has unveiled its latest innovation, a state-of-the-art, very large format digital drawing and light cutting machine that sets ne...

    March 06 2024

    Kongsberg Precision Cutting Systems (Kongsberg PCS) has unveiled its latest innovation, a state-of-the-art, very large format digital drawing and light cutting machine that sets new standards in precision. 

    The new Kongsberg C68 Exact drafting and cutting machine has been specifically developed for industries demanding the utmost accuracy, such as the aviation, aerospace or adjacent precision-focused sectors, and combines the deep legacy of the company with the latest in cutting-edge technology. 

    “Built for those sectors with extremely high expectations of accuracy combined with a large area, the Kongsberg C68 Exact sets a new standard for precision in very large format drawing and light cutting,” said Stuart Fox, CEO & President of Kongsberg PCS. “With this latest innovation, we are realizing our stated ambition of exploring new markets and delivering on our objective of further developing our digital solutions to grow the Kongsberg brand beyond the print and packaging industries.” 

    Designed to meet the particular demands of very accurate drafting and cutting, the C68 Exact delivers extremely high-quality drawing and plotting with fiber or ball point pen tools, on paper and other smooth surfaces. With a special vacuum drilling pattern and smooth surface treatment, the tabletop facilitates extra-precise drawing and light cutting. 

    “We developed a completely new production process to ensure the very highest accuracy and repeatability values to meet or surpass the strictest aerospace requirements,” explained Stuart. “During the Factory Acceptance Test process, every Kongsberg C68 Exact machine is systematically measured with a laser interferometer to ensure it delivers the required accuracy.” 

    Based on the powerful market-leading Kongsberg C platform of cutting tables, the Kongsberg C68 Exact is also capable of precisely cutting paper-based materials, plastics, or other flexible materials, boasting an impressive surface measuring 3210 x 6400mm (126.37 x 252in). Primarily designed to meet the exacting standards and requirements of the aviation industry, the new Kongsberg C68 Exact can be used across a range of very large format production, including masking films, polyester sheets, PVC films, flexible foils and drafting paper. 

    “Much like the recently launched Kongsberg Ultimate, the new Kongsberg C68 Exact drafting and light cutting table builds directly on our 60-plus year legacy of developing machines that set new standards in their field,” said Stuart. “All of the Kongsberg know-how of accurately converting materials is combined in this machine.” 

    For more on the Kongsberg C68 Exact and the entire range of digital finishing solutions and tools from Kongsberg PCS, visit

  • + Victoria revealed as Australia’s $1 Billion fashion manufacturing capital

    Australian Fashion Council reveals ground-breaking research cementing Victoria’s status as the nation’s clothing manufacturing capital with the sector valued at almost $1 billion

    March 06 2024

    Australian Fashion Council reveals ground-breaking research cementing Victoria’s status as the nation’s clothing manufacturing capital with the sector valued at almost $1 billion


    SYDNEY, 5 March 2024 – For the first time, the Australian Fashion Council (AFC) in partnership with Epson Australia, commissioned RMIT to quantify the true value of the Victorian textile, clothing & footwear (TCF) manufacturing sector.


    Craig Heckenberg, Managing Director of Epson Australia


    Due for release next month, the full report - ‘Moving the Needle: The State of Play of Victoria’s Textile, Clothing & Footwear Manufacturing Sector’ - revealed Victoria has the industry's most complete supply chain nationally. 


    Announced by the AFC at a PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival panel:

    ● Victoria’s TCF manufacturing industry is valued at $960 million in economic value and employs 10,300 people, more than any other state. (NSW is the second highest employing 9,000 people)  

    ● Victoria’s TCF sector exports are valued at $318 million, $100 million more than its wine exports

    ● Victoria is best positioned to lead Australia’s transition into a circular and sustainable economy due to its most complete clothing ecosystem, including fibre, manufacturing, retail, wholesale, repair and second-hand retail.


    The data also highlights the undervalued significance of the sector to the broader economy and exposing the complex nature of this evolving and transforming industry and how parts of it are hidden due to the current ABS classification system.


    With its eco-system of fibre, manufacturing, retail and wholesale, alongside repair and second-hand retail, Victoria has the most complete clothing supply chain in Australia. 


    Marianne Perkovic, Chair of the AFC, emphasised Victoria's unique opportunity to provide truly sustainable, high-quality products through a ‘farm to front row’ approach. 


    Marianne Perkovic, Chair of the AFC


    “Victoria can be a global leader in advanced, sustainable manufacturing, while boosting jobs and developing skills in an industry that generates a huge $960 million. And this is only the beginning of what this industry can transform into, not only economically but environmentally, accelerating our just-transformation into a circular economy by 2030 and net zero by 2050,” Perkovic said.


    Despite a sharp decline in Australian manufacturing, generally this initial research shows employment, exports, imports and revenue in the TCF sector have stabilised. 


    The AFC is now calling for hidden parts of the industry to be reclassified and for the ABS to provide true data that ultimately support further education, training and upskilling in the sector. 


    “By taking into account every phase of the life cycle of clothing changes how we understand the industry, from being linear to circular, the jobs and skills of the future, and how we can better support diverse career pathways for women across the sector,” Dr Jenny Underwood, Associate Dean of Fashion and Textiles Technology at RMIT, explains.


    Another recommendation of the report will be to optimise microfactories, a testament to the sector's adaptability but also a beacon for the future of sustainable production. Microfactory technology has allowed small, on-demand and quick-to-market merchandise offerings to inject newfound vitality into the industry.


    “By embracing the latest digital printing technology with localised, demand-driven manufacturing, these nimble entities significantly reduce waste and enhance efficiency, aligning perfectly with the principles of the circular economy while delivering speed to market,” Craig Heckenberg, Managing Director of Epson Australia, said.


    The AFC concurs, with Perkovic adding, “We call upon policymakers to provide targeted funding and support that can be a catalyst for the growth of our industry through activities such as microfactories, bolstering the circular economy and securing a prosperous, sustainable future for this vital sector. We are excited to release the final report in April and reveal how this overlooked and undervalued sector can deliver even more than $960 million.”


    Craig Heckenberg concluded, “Our partnership with the AFC has allowed us to reveal game-changing data that will be an important tool to advance and futureproof an industry with huge potential, both economically and environmentally. Epson Australia is fully committed to supporting and helping grow the fashion and textile industry by using all of our local expertise and resources. We are excited at the prospect and promise these first insights show and for Epson Australia to play a significant part in this journey.” 

    The initial report findings are available from from 5 March 2024.

  • + Creality Launches Ender-3 V3 CoreXZ 3D Printer

    The Creality Ender-3 V3 has officially launched. True to our coverage of the machine’s initial reveal during Creality’s “Brand Carnival” event in September of last year, ...

    February 27 2024

    The Creality Ender-3 V3 has officially launched. True to our coverage of the machine’s initial reveal during Creality’s “Brand Carnival” event in September of last year, the machine touts speed and stability as its primary USPs.

    By leveraging a bedslinging CoreXZ motion system, Creality says the Ender-3 V3 can work as quickly as 600 mm/s, with acceleration of up to 20,000 mm/s². A metal build with “integrated” die-cast parts helps drive stability, and thus maintain the machine’s claimed speeds.

    The Ender-3 V3 also arrives with automatic XZ belt tensioning, a quick-swap tri-metal nozzle, a direct extruder, and a 60 W ceramic hot end heater that is said to “fully melt ABS, PETG, and other high-temp filaments”.

    Two fans on the Ender-3 V3’s print head work to quickly and efficiently cool freshly extruded material, while several automatic calibration features – “one-tap” calibration, Z offset and leveling, and an input shaping test function – aim to boost overall print quality.

    Users control the machine via a 4.3-inch HD color touchscreen. It runs on the Klipper-based CrealityOS, which Creality says will be open-source “soon”. There’s no word on when “soon” is, but it’s a big announcement regardless – and one that is surprisingly quiet, taking the form of a literal footnote on the Ender-3 V3’s product page.

    The Creality Ender-3 V3 is available now on Creality’s website for $389, where you can also find full specs. The first 100 units will ship “in 3 days”, with all other orders shipping by March 8.


    Independent Validation via CarbonQuota Offers Transparency for Customers on Environmental Performance Spandex, leading Australian distributor of ImagePerfect™ ma...

    February 27 2024

    Independent Validation via CarbonQuota Offers Transparency for Customers on Environmental Performance


    Spandex, leading Australian distributor of ImagePerfect™ materials, is proud to announce its collaboration with environmental consultancy CarbonQuota to conduct an independent analysis of the carbon footprint of select products within the ImagePerfect™ family of self-adhesive signage and digital films. The initiative aims to provide customers with accurate and transparent information regarding the environmental impact of these popular materials.


    ImagePerfect™, known for its high-quality self-adhesive signage and digital films, has always been committed to sustainability and environmental responsibility. In partnership with CarbonQuota, Spandex is taking a proactive approach to quantify and communicate the environmental footprint associated with a range of ImagePerfect™ products.


    CarbonQuota is a reputable authority in carbon measurement and analysis within the print and packaging sector. The carbon impact of the best-selling ImagePerfect IP 5700 Signage and IP 2503 Digital products along with the ImagePerfect EverGreen Signage and Digital ranges, was measured from ‘cradle to gate’*. This means all emissions from the product up to leaving the gate of the manufacturing facility, including transportation of raw materials to the production site. 


    This provides customers with clear carbon footprint data for the popular conventional and PVC-free ImagePerfect products.


    ImagePerfect 5700 Signage 

    614g CO2e/m2

    ImagePerfect 2503 Digital

    594 g CO2e/m2

    ImagePerfect EverGreen Signage 

    519 g CO2e/m2

    ImagePerfect EverGreen Digital

    461 g CO2e/m2


    The results show the carbon footprint of the ImagePerfect EverGreen materials to be respectively 15% and 22% lower than the equivalent standard choices, validating the holistic environmental approach which prioritises sustainability in all components of the product, including the surface film, adhesive and liner, as well as how the rolls are presented, protected and packaged.


    ImagePerfect materials are manufactured in the UK by Eikon. Eikon CEO Stefano Nigrone comments: “As part of our long-term commitment to de-carbonisation, we’re delighted to be able to publish carbon impact data for our core range of ImagePerfect products. We’re sharing this information in the spirit of transparency, which is critical if our sector is to make positive progress towards greater sustainability. 

  • + Konica Minolta Introduces Plockmatic Multi-Purpose Stacker XL

    Hybrid Inline Stacker Supports Long-sheet Stacking with Simple Docking/undocking for Easy Lifting and Transporting Heavy Paper StocksKonica Minolta has announced the availab...

    February 27 2024

    Hybrid Inline Stacker Supports Long-sheet Stacking with Simple Docking/undocking for Easy Lifting and Transporting Heavy Paper Stocks

    Konica Minolta has announced the availability of the Plockmatic MPS XL, a multi-purpose stacker capable of stacking a wide range of media sizes, from 8.27" x 8.27", up to sheets as large as 13" x 51" (Konica Minolta Colour Engine maximum sheet size). This long-sheet stacking greatly expands the banner-stacking capabilities of the company’s AccurioPress color production machines.

    Equally beneficial, the Plockmatic MPS XL Stacker for Konica Minolta has the ability to dock and undock from the production press system. A stacking table that can be operated while undocked from the press – when connected to power – provides easy lifting, transportation and managing of heavy paper stacks.

    The MPS XL Stacker connects to the Konica Minolta Large Capacity Stacker LS-507 to stack large volumes of long sheets – as well as standard-size sheets – and is equipped with multiple sensors that can detect jams and stack capacity limits, which will trigger a soft stop within the printer. This integration and automated communication conveniently allow operators to pause and resume jobs directly from the stacker control panel.

    The MPS XL Stacker is currently compatible with the Konica Minolta AccurioPress C14000, C12000, C7100, C7090, C4080 and C4070 digital production presses. The new stacker is rated for a maximum load of 88.2 lbs. or a maximum stack height of up to 6.9" for sheets under 28.1", and up to 5.5" for sheets 28.1" or longer. This capability allows for stacking functionality that not only matches true production quantities, but also presents a solution for the transportation and lifting of heavy stacks of paper.

    The MPS XL Stacker also pairs well with the Plockmatic SD-435/450 booklet makers. With both of these systems having the ability to undock from the LS-507, customers have the unique capability to swap between the two, allowing them to match changing production demands with an appropriate  finisher. Whether utilising the MPS XL Stacker for expanded high-capacity flat sheet stacking, or swapping to the SD-435/450 to meet booklet making production, customers now have more ways to easily diversify and expand their current production capabilities.

    “With the extended range of paper sizes for stacking and the ability to easily dock and undock from our AccurioPress production printing devices, plus the flexibility of adding the LS-507, our customers can quickly switch from printing large volumes of flat sheets to making booklets,” said Dino Pagliarello, Senior Vice President, Portfolio Management and Planning, Konica Minolta. “The Plockmatic MPS XL Stacker offers another way to easily diversify and expand current production capabilities. Our continued partnership with the Plockmatic Group for inline finishing and with Morgana for offline finishing further differentiates our finishing options across Konica Minolta’s AccurioPress colour and mono production machines to meet all the finishing needs of CRDs and commercial printers.”

    Visit Konica Minolta online for more information about the Plockmatic MPS XL Stacker.

  • + Müller Martini Makes Production More Sustainable with OnDemand Production

    Combined with intelligent on-demand production, Müller Martini's Smart Factory is the answer to sustainability in the printing industry – not only significantly reducing the carbon...

    February 27 2024

    Combined with intelligent on-demand production, Müller Martini's Smart Factory is the answer to sustainability in the printing industry – not only significantly reducing the carbon footprint, but also driving the digital transformation. Müller Martini will be demonstrating the economic and ecological benefits at drupa booth 1B50 and at the drupa "touchpoint sustainability" in Hall 14.

    According to a calculation by the German Bundesverband Druck und Medien (Federal Association of Printing and Media BVDM), the CO2 emissions of all printed products produced by a citizen in Germany account for less than one percent of the annual CO2 footprint. However, it is important for Müller Martini to take responsibility for the sustainability of print products and to make a significant contribution to reducing the CO2 footprint.

    Müller Martini is focusing on three key operational areas where a direct impact can be achieved: business operations at production sites, the use of machines in operations, and the realisation of ecologically sustainable business models for our customers. Considering the long service life of Müller Martini's robust machines, the greatest lever for ecological optimisation lies in reducing paper consumption, as this is where a large portion of the CO2 footprint is generated.

    Müller Martini's Smart Factory, which can produce individualised print products down to a quantity of 1 without setup times and start-up waste, is keeping with the spirit of sustainability.The advantages of on-demand production are obvious in this context, especially in conjunction with digital printing systems (web and sheetfed). The print run is precisely matched to demand – only what is sold is printed – everything else is not produced at all.

    The environmental and economic benefits of on-demand production:

    Efficient resource management Reduction of energy and resource consumption Reduction of storage and labor costs Increasing productivity Reduction of capital commitment Increasing liquidity Reduction of the CO2 footprint Reduction of initial publication costs Simplified reprinting in case of errors.

    At the heart of the Smart Factory

    The current transformation of the graphic arts industry requires flexible finishing solutions with short, automated changeover processes and minimal waste. This is where Muller Martini's Finishing 4.0 development strategy comes in. No or only minimal adjustments are required for job changes. This setup support saves time and minimizes start-up waste. The added value of Finishing 4.0 is also visible in energy and resource efficiency. On-demand production saves significant amounts of paper, ink, solvents, water and energy, which account for more than 95 percent of a print product's carbon footprint.

    Production under control

    In order to link the individual systems with each other in a network, a comprehensive workflow system is needed that connects all the work steps – from order acceptance to shipping. Today the Connex workflow from Müller Martini can map a wide range of production scenarios, such as print-on-demand or book-of-one. The Connex workflow is the heart of the Smart Factory, where there are no out-of-the-box solutions. “It takes a workflow that is perfectly tailored to the individual company to implement the digital transformation in practice”, says Adrian Mayr, Head of Product Management at Müller Martini.The Connex workflow ensures networking between the organization level (MES/MIS) and the production level. This makes it possible to track production feedback right down to the individual product in real time. Smart optimisation of production allows further reductions in changeover work and paper waste, which in turn contributes to efficiency and sustainability. Müller Martini's approach in this context is based on the principle of “first copy sellable.”

    Driving the Digital Transformation

    “Most of our systems are prepared for future expansion with components for the processing of digitally printed products. This applies to saddle stitchers as well as perfect binders and hardcover systems”, Adrian Mayer emphasizes in this regard. In practice, this means that installed systems can be upgraded in the field to meet current market demands. For example, an existing saddle stitcher can be upgraded with a digital option and thus be used for digital sheet-fed as well as web-fed printing or for combined applications.

  • + Durst Group launches art project "Inside-Out" with renowned South Tyrolean artist Klaus Pobitzer

    Durst Group, the world's leading manufacturer of digital printing and production technologies, has engaged the renowned South Tyrolean artist Klaus Pobitzer as "Artist in Residence...

    February 21 2024

    Durst Group, the world's leading manufacturer of digital printing and production technologies, has engaged the renowned South Tyrolean artist Klaus Pobitzer as "Artist in Residence 2024". The artist will be inspired by the Durst Group headquarters in Brixen to create artistic works inside and outside the venue. One of the first fruits of the collaboration is the installation "Inside-Out". This focuses on Durst Group employees, whom the artist shows in large-format individual and group portraits, as well as technical details of the printing systems produced. Following the exhibition, the hundreds of square meters of installations on the façade of the Durst headquarters will be processed into recycled bags and auctioned off as unique pieces for a good cause.


    "The Durst HQ is an iconic and futuristic building and testifies to the importance of the company in digital printing technology," says Klaus Pobitzer, explaining the art project. "But hardly anyone in the region actually knows what is behind the "world's leading technology manufacturer". "Inside-Out" reveals the secret and brings the company's greatest assets, its employees and technology, to the outside world."


    Christoph Gamper, CEO and co-owner of the Durst Group, said: "We are delighted that we have been able to win over a great artist like Klaus Pobitzer for this collaboration. His large-scale installations in public spaces, human-computer interaction, design and architecture projects - all of these are also Durst Group-specific themes. What's more, Klaus and I are connected by Vinschgau as our home, our international experiences and "coming home" virtually and in reality to South Tyrol." 


    Klaus Pobitzer studied under Gunther Damisch and Michelangelo Pistoletto at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna from 1995 to 2000. He became known to a wide audience through projects in the field of urban public space, including in Palermo, Wrocław (Poland), Sorrento (near Naples), Innsbruck, Milan, Balaklava (Crimea/Ukraine) and Busan (Korea), as well as through his exhibitions in Ghent, New York, Sapporo, Mexico City and Vienna. His art is based on digital drawings of mostly full-length portraits or group photos, which are scaled up to a height of 30 meters for the installations.


    The Durst Group plans to continue its collaboration with the artist at its site in Lienz. The Durst Austria branch is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.