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Those were the days...
One year ago Dec 2014
It was just 12 months ago that Ability
Press CEO Michael Wu won the race
to buy Bruce Peddlesden’s On Demand
business, which collapsed in October.
with debts of $11m and realisable
assets of just $300,000. Wu beat out
at least two other serious bids, one
from PMI Imageworks. Wu plans to
bring On Demand into his Docklands
Ability Press. Last December also saw
leading wide format print business
Sumo sink under the weight of debts,
totalling more than $5m, with the
finger pointed at various reasons for
the collapse, including underpricing
jobs, expensive software and
overpaid execs. The administrator
failed to find a buyer for the $30m
Five years ago 2010
Susan Heaney made history by being
appointed as the first female
president of Printing Industries. The
owner of Qld operation Heaney’s
Performers in Print was elevated
following the untimely death of
former president, Tasmanian Jim
Atkinson. Heaney’s tenure was well
received as she pushed through
progressive policies, and coincided
with the rise of the Women In Print
movement, which attacted hundreds
of women in the industry. In less
savoury news police arrested six
people, seized three printing presses
and confiscated some 800 $50 notes
from a counterfeit printing operation
centred in south-west Sydney. Of
more concern to local printers was
news that Vistaprint was now selling
packs of 250 business cards for $28.
Ten years ago 2005
Queensland waterless pioneer
Printpoint’s run came to an end as the
20-year-old award-winning company
succumbed to a tough market. Rival
Qld printer Platypus Graphics has
snapped up some of the company’s
assets. In contrast to Printpoint’s year
Platypus had been on a strong growth
curve, installing a new B1 KBA Rapida
and Bobst die cutter. The arrival of
high volume inkjet webs got
underway, with Salmat ordering two
Oce Jetstreams, while rival outfit
Computershare installed the Ricoh
Infoprint into Sydney and Melbourne.
ProPrint Power 50
Latma Awards Dinner
The Rocks, Sydney
Darling Harbour, NSW
Monash Country Club,
Powder Works Road, Ingleside
RAI Centre, Amsterdam,
Messe Centre, Dusseldorf,
Tokyo Big Sight, East Hall 1-6
Q&A Melanie McCartney,
Cartwheel Printing Solutions
If not for printing, Melanie McCartney
of Cartwheel Printing Solutions might
be singing for her supper.
Why did you get into printing?
Sucker for punishment...
What is your favourite phrase?
Don’t mistake kindness for weakness.
What would be your dream job?
What TV show are you watching at
The Walking Dead.
What is your greatest luxur y in life?
Good quality dark chocolate.
Who or what makes you laugh?
If you didn’t work in print, what
would you be doing?
Singing for my supper.
If your house was on fire, what
three things would you rescue
(apart from family members)?
My crazy cats, photos and my
Who would you like to be stuck on a
desert island with?
The new Canadian PM, Justin Trudeau.
What really makes
your blood boil?
Letting fear win.
How do you like to
A few beers and a
good home cooked
Have you ever
been said to
resemble a famous
character? If so,
Yes, Geena Davis.
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