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Panpa Bulletin : April 2006
april 2006 PaNPa bUlletiN | 31 IT'S proof that hard work and dedication pay off. Over two months, Fairfax Group Quality and Imaging Manager Glen St Leon became an expert in ISO standards and ran press tests all over the country and the result has been entry for the second successive time into the prestig- ious International Colour Quality Club. The competition involves three components that are tested: images (which have to be separated, printed and then compared to other entries), targets (scored against ISO standards) and an ad that is reproduced. As well, a sample must be taken from production every day for a month, and then the entrant is told which two days they must enter into the competition. Fairfax entered its three print sites, which all made it into the Club last time, but unfortunately only the Tullamarine centre made it in this time. "Both the other sites scored around the same amounts they did last time, but everyone else lifted," said St Leon. "The average points overall went up about 40 points, so you have to continu- ally get better." St Leon sees the pressure to continually improve as one of the benefits of entering such com- petitions. "The fact we got in lets us know that we print well, and that we can print to standard, but we also see the need to improve and so constantly look at things to improve the quality, such as workflows and software. "To us competitions like this are important, it gives us a chance to benchmark our sites against each other internally and then against printing standards and the world, so we can gauge where are and where we need to be. It also gives us a chance get down and look at processes to a level where we wouldn't normally go when we're focussed on print- ing the papers. It's also good for driving for change if we need." The biggest benefit St Leon has seen to the awards is the improvement in communica- tion between pre-press and press sites. "You have to make sure the two are talking so on a daily basis you can balance each other's needs," he said. "We find we're now in a position to give more concise and better information to pre-press and advertisers so no-one's guessing any more." The International Newspaper Colour Quality Award is an initia- tive sponsored by the NAA, IFRA and PANPA. More than 181 newspapers from 38 countries entered the competition. fairfax wins print award IT seems a match made in heaven. When Adstream and Quickcut merged earlier this year to form Adstream Australia, they combined their differing speciali- ties (Adstream with broadcast advertising, Quickcut in the print media) to devise a cross-media platform that can manage the creation, distribution and storage of all advertising elements. They have now released their new infrastructure of advertising, and believe they have created the future of the advertising and media markets. "Today's brand owners and ad- vertising agencies are under enor- mous pressure to demonstrate an ROI on mainstream marketing and execute across all areas of tel- evision, print, radio and interactive media," said Peter Miller, general manager, sales and marketing for Adstream Australia. "By integrating the broadcast and online capabilities of Adstream with the print capabilities of Quickcut, we are able to provide customers with a unique platform to automate the management of a cross-media platform. It is a great example of Australian innovation at its best." Media diversification and conver- gence has placed added pressure on advertising workflows and the margins of advertising agencies. Adstream's advertising infra- structure alleviates this pressure by streamlining processes and providing an accountable work- flow across the major advertising media. Agencies and their clients will see measurable productivity gains and achieve maximum value from their creative assets. As a result, advertising agencies will be able to develop and oversee a television, radio, internet and print campaign, all from the one desktop. This has come about because of the various strengths the two companies have brought to the merger. Quickcut's software solutions allowed a broad range of produc- tion-ready job files to be prepared, colour-managed, validated and delivered according to individual publishing or print specifications, saving time and resources. In 2005 alone, more than 2 mil- lion files were developed, validated and distributed around the world. Adstream provides a range of easy-to-use web-based tools designed to improve the workflow of entire advertising campaigns, from concept to distribution and asset management. The Adstream service involves the digitisation, storage, and large-scale distribution of millions of digital video and audio files throughout the advertising supply chain. A whole campaign at your fngertips ALLIANZ Capital Partners is to fur- ther develop MAN Roland Druck- maschinen and finance its growth MAN and Allianz Capital Part- ners, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Allianz Group, are founding a joint venture with the purpose to purchase MAN Roland Druck- maschinen AG. The intention is to further develop the world's second largest manufacturer of printing systems and go public with it in several years. The corresponding letter of intent has been signed; MAN AG will retain 35% equity in the joint venture and continue to play a constructive role in the company's development. Both parties have agreed to maintain strict confidentiality on all details of the agreement until final com- pletion. With financially strong own- ers, the world's second largest manufacturer of printing presses and provider of numerous prod- ucts and services surrounding the printing process will be able to resolutely continue the value growth program already started. The MAN Roland executive board has a very positive view of this de- velopment. Gerd Finkbeiner, CEO of MAN Roland says, "This step means a new era for MAN Roland. It will strengthen our position as an independent global solution- provider and increase our options. The company and its employees will gain a long-term perspective as well. Continuity in the man- agement, corporate structure and MAN Roland brand names will en- sure that the company retains its credibility and reliability for cus- tomers and employees. This will now be complemented by even greater flexibility and more rigor- ous decision-making processes." In its role as financial inves- tor, Allianz Capital Partners will actively support MAN Roland to strengthen its position in the printing industry even further due to the imminent consolidation of the industry. Besides speeding up the growth of the company, it is also intended to achieve growth through selec- tive acquisitions. MaN roland to become independent