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Panpa Bulletin : August 2006
august 2006 PANPA bULLETIN | 45 PRODUCTION COATES Australia may have un- dergone a name change but the products remain of the same high quality said the company. Coates Australia manufactures and supplies news ink and as- sures customers it is has made no major changes to the product the company supplies. The switch to calling itself DIC Graphics Australia reflects the company's international ties as a member of the largest graph- ics arts chemical company in the world. Locally, however, the Coates name will continue to be used to brand its ink products, and the long-standing tradition of supply- ing locally-manufactured inks to the Australian and New Zealand newspaper markets remains un- changed. DIC -- Dainippon Ink and Chem- icals Incorporated -- is one of the largest chemical conglomerates in the world with sales of more than $US9 billion per annum. About half this amount is accounted for by the graphic arts market, prima- rily in ink manufacture, making DIC by far the largest inks supplier in the world. Not a bad pedigree to have in today's ultra-competitive ink market. Sun Chemicals, the world's larg- est producer of ink and pigments, operates as a fully-owned subsidi- ary within DIC and is recognised as the dominant force in ink sup- ply in Europe and America. The influence of DIC Graphics Australia extends far beyond its immediate neighbourhood. In coldset newspaper printing, the Coates brand is easily the most widely used ink product in Austral- ia. Even so, the company's modern manufacturing facility and head- quarters in Auburn, NSW, is capa- ble of producing far more ink than the whole of the Australian market can consume. Up to 40 per cent of output these days is exported, ei- ther to New Zealand or into Asia. In New Zealand, the dominance of the Coates brand is almost total but the same inks have also found great success in markets such as Singapore, Hong Kong and Tai- wan. "In newspaper ink, we manu- facture everything in Australia and control all the technology -- that's absolutely fundamental -- and we're seen as a centre of excel- lence within Asia," explains David Rands, DIC Graphics Australia managing director. "That's why we've been successful because the overseas customers, when we've approached them, are after a top quality ink that they can't get anywhere else." This has meant Asian custom- ers turning to locally-made ink even though DIC Graphics itself has manufacturing plants in Thai- land, Malaysia and China. According to Ian Johns, web director, this focus on quality ex- tends to every stage of ink pro- duction and beyond. "Our focus here, as a manufac- turing plant for our region and our customers, goes right down to the repeatability and consistency of product. That's really where we have an advantage", he said. Name change but Coates the same David Rands (left) managing director and Ian Johns (right) web director KODAK'S new Matchprint Inkjet Proofing Solution has become 3DAP Version 2 approved with Kodak Media and Epson 4800 -- 9800 wide format proofers. 3DAP (Digital Data Delivery for AustralianPublications)is anindus- try body endorsed by the Magazine Publishers' Association. One of its objectives is to address the needs of a totally digital production environ- ment for the magazine publishing industry, in particular, the workflow required for computer-to-plate. Jarrod White, national proofing sales manager, Kodak GCG, says: "The certification assures advertis- ers, prepress suppliers, magazine publishers and printers of the sys- tem's ability to deliver a 'match' to current heatset web offset print conditions in the Australian mar- ket." "Certification of the Matchprint Inkjet Proofing Solution reflects Ko- dak's commitment to offering col- our proofing systems that perform to the highest industry standards". In addition to the 3DAP recogni- tion and SWOP (Specifications for Web Offset Publications) Certifica- tion achieved late last year, Match- print inkjet proofers also offer a unique option in the new Certified Process for Colour Confirmation. This checks that the proof was generated according to in-house or industry colour standards, helping press operators and print buyers communicate and confirm colour expectations before going to press. It also confirms that the cor- rect profile was used and that the proofer was correctly calibrated, providing assurance well beyond checking the colour bar alone. If all checks are met, a proof-specific certification label with the Certified Process stamp is printed and ap- plied to the proof for visible confir- mation of correct colour. MatchprintInkjetbringstogether two well-known proofing systems, the Integris and Matchprint Proof- Pro (which it replaces), combining the best of both systems in colour management and accuracy. It offers the same easy-to-use in- terface as the popular Veris proofer and is compatible with both In- tegris and Matchprint media. The Matchprint Inkjet Proofing Solu- tion includes a full line of Match- print inkjet proofing media for high quality colour, content, imposition and two-sided proofing. A Kodak- designed double-sided media guide is available for improved two- sided printing. "Graphic designers will find the Matchprintinkjetdesktopprooferopti- malforachievingmorepredictablecol- our earlier in the production process, while creative agencies will enjoy the Kodakcolourperformanceasmuchas itssmallfootprint,"saidWhite. Proof is in the certifcation for Matchprint This checks that the proof was generated according to in-house or industry colour standards, helping press operators and print buyers communicate and confrm colour expectations before going to press