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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.