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Grant given by machinery suppliers
association GAMAA for overseas
research in future print p6
19Number of gold awards local printer
Bob Armstrong took out at the US
Benny event p9
Hannanprint now knocks out some
2,100,000 instore magazines for
Coles and Woolies p10
Phil Lawrence says carbon
emissions from creating recycled
paper are ten times those used to
make virgin paper p14
Dif ferentiators in MIS systems
according to Tharstern p22-2 3
Return on marketing investment in
5Number of print businesses that
Mark Shergill has bought in the past
18 months p26-27
Volume of variable data work
now at On Demand p36-38
On Demand in liquidation
Platypus, Greenridge dominate Qld PICAs
by Nic White
After months of rumours and
gr umbling from unpaid suppliers,
pioneering Melbourne digital print
business On Demandhascollapsed
and is in liquidation – but not
before ‘licencing’ its name and kit
to a compa ny with Con Maniatis,
one of On Demand’s managers, as
its direc tor.
On Demand’s highprofile owner
Bruce Peddlesden tells ProPrint he
will not be involved in the licensed
business, Production Printing
(Aust), trading as On Demand, but
may consult with them.
Peddlesden says the new com-
pany is ‘not an attempt at a phoe-
nix’ a nd was only set up to keep the
business trading while the liquida-
tor fields offers to buy it.
Peddlesden says while the new
company will use the On Demand
kit, its ownership has not been
tra nsferred to the new company,
and will be under the control of
Production Printing (Aust)
directors are Ma niatis, former PMI
Imageworks man Tim Fa rrell, a nd
Micha el Wu, director of Ability
Press in Melbourne, and they a re
hoping to buy the bu siness.
The licensing move ef fe ctively
mea ns the On Dema nd business
will car r y on trading from the
same premises with the same
equipment, but without the debt.
On Dema nd entered liquidation
on October 28 and liquidators are
arrived at the Melbourne office the
next day to take over.
Peddelsden says On Dema nd ’s
cashf low woes stem from the disas-
trous takeover of Melbourne digi-
tal printer Document Printing
Austra lia in Aug ust 2010, which
was later revealed to owe more
than $5m when its leftovers were
liquidated the next month.
Peddelsden claims he wa s given
‘ver y bad due diligence’ by a third
pa rty based on ‘fictitious informa-
tion’ that meant he took on signifi-
cant debts and the prom ised
revenue quickly evaporated.
The news will not be a major
shock to the Melbou rne print com-
munity, but it is another sad day for
the pri nting industry as
Peddlesden’s company was some-
thing of an icon.
It comes in the same year David
digital print business Group
Mo ment um went bro ke.
Peddlesden says hehopes theliq-
u idator will cho ose to sell the bu si-
ness to the trio behind Pro duction
Printing (Aust) because ‘they are
good operators’ he has worked with
and they have ‘made a commit-
ment to keep the staff ’.
It is not yet know n how much
On Dema nd owes its creditors, but
numerous upset print suppliers
have contacted ProPrint over the
past few months saying they have
not been paid since ea rly in the
year. If past records are anything to
go buy it is highly un likely creditors
will see much of their money.
Industry sources say severa l
equipment ma nufa ct urers i nclud-
ingCanon, HP Finance andCurrie
Group are also angry at a lack of
financing payments, and that Fuji
Xerox removed mu ltiple digital
printers months ago as a resu lt.
Peddlesden also says as he is in
poor health he was unable to
devote the time a nd energy that
wou ld have been necessa r y to right
“I think I could have traded out
of it eventually, but my health has
just gotten to o bad to continue the
fight. My health has to come first,”
by Nic White
PLATYPUS Graphics continued its domi-
na nce of the Queensla nd PICAs, w inning
fou r golds a nd both judges’ awa rds.
However, theperennial powerhousehad
stiff competition this yea r w ith
Toowoomba outfit Greenridge Press win-
ning five golds.
The Platypus tally was a third of last
yea r’s ma ssive n ine-gold haul, as the num-
ber of categories wa s cut from 32 to 23.
Orga nisers say the number of entries
was up 40 per cent on last year and double
the numb er of printers submitted work.
Platy pus cashed in big on two outsta nd-
ing jobs – pack aging a nd collatera l for
Tasma nia n whisky ma ker Na nt Distiller y,
which won two golds, and one for the
Adresse Point Cook rea l estate develop-
ment. The Nant Distiller y ent ry also won
Platypus the Judges Commendation awa rd,
in ef fect the second place overa ll, a nd the
Adresse Point Cook job was given the high-
est honour of the Judges Choice awa rd.
Platypus director Tom Lusch credits the
compa ny’s quality-conscious clients for
commissioning award-level work.
“We have a core of clients that want high
quality work. About 25 per cent of our busi-
ne ss is designers, which we attract from
consistent results like these – aw ards cer-
tainly help,” he says.
“Our staff have great attitudes and
attention to detail.
“We also have more equipment that is
better than a lot of other printers so we c an
tackle job s others wou ldn’t touch.”
Lusch says inhouse embellishment capa-
bility is a nother adva ntage, a llowing them
more control over the process to ensu re
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Big winners: Rober t
Press, with Tom Lusch,
Platypus Graphics, and
Paul Talbot, Greenridge
“Things would have continued to get
worse so better to take this route than go
into even more debt.”
Peddelsden says the paper merchants
have been dealing on a cash only basis for
some time now, and whether the other
suppliers will get their money back
depends on how much the liquidator is
able to get for the business.
He says he will take time off to get
healthy and would like to return to print-
ing afterwards in some capacity if
[Related: More companies in distress]
A letter to suppliers provided to
ProPrint says On Demand has ‘licenced’
its name, and sales and production facili-
ties to Production Printing (Aust) Pty
“All the existing facilities, equipment
and staff will be trading as this new com-
pany, so it will be business as usual. The
only change will be in the payment of
accounts,” the letter says.
The letter advises that from October 16
suppliers will need to invoice the new
company, which according to ASIC list-
ings was only registered on August 22.
October 16 is the same day On
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