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Panpa Bulletin : April 2007
PANPA Bulletin April 2007 35 people Baton change at Agfa Graphics As Agfa Graphics launches its latest inkjet colour printer worldwide, the Oceania region sees a baton change for its inkjet management team. After 37 years at Agfa Graphics Bruce Lowrey has officially retired. Lowery joined Agfa in 1970 -- only five years after Agfa Gevaert commenced independent operations at their Nunawading location. Starting in administrative roles, Lowrey quickly moved to external sales before being appointed Agfa's youngest manager in the late 1970s. With the growth in cameras and copyproof products in the 1980s, he moved into senior management and established a successful distribution channel with multi- million dollar product turnover. As industry demand for Agfa technologies changed, so did the product mix. Lowery is credited with helping many long-term Agfa distributors shift focus on declining tech- nologies and grow their businesses through new areas like inkjet printing. Steve Taylor, another long-time employee of Agfa, has replaced Lowerey as the compa- ny's business manager for inkject products. He has filled a range of senior Agfa man- agement positions -- most recently as sales manager for New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. He relocated from Auckland to Melbourne in January and is readying himself for a busy year launching the Dotrix Transcolor high-speed digital press in local markets. According to Agfa, the new :Dotrix TransColor combines a processor with the Single Pass Color Engine high-resolution inkjet technology and UV curable inks to enable "high-speed, high-quality, low-cost- per-copy printing of complex variable-data documents". The printer's Intelligent Printer Data Stream controller uses scalable data- processing technology to distribute process- ing tasks to a 'cluster farm' enabling it to RIP in real-time, regardless of project complexity or colour density. "In the past, adding full colour to the already-complex database printing proc- ess created a bottleneck that slowed down the processing. With that 'stumbling block' removed, the :Dotrix TransColor is able to deliver high-speed, high-quality, colour transactional, transpromotional and direct mail printing." "Agfa Graphics' drop-on-demand piezo inkjet heads use the greyscale principle to vary the droplet sizes that create the printing dot," says Taylor. "These heads generate multiple levels of 'grey' for each ink colour that makes a single dot. This produces the smooth colour tints and gradations normally only seen on high- end printing presses." Cli ord leaves China Post By Jack Beverley Mark Clifford, the editor-in-chief of Hong Kong's leading English-language newspa- per, The South China Morning Post, has resigned and been replaced by veteran Post journalist and editor CK Lau. After only seven months at the Helm, Clifford's departure "to pursue another op- portunity" on April 1 was announced in a memo by SCMP chairman Kuok Khoon Ean. "Mark has been the driving force behind the SCMP's forthcoming redesign,"said the memo. "He has contributed in the conver- gence of the print and digital efforts of the SCMP and overhauled the paper's training program for our journalists. "During his tenure, Mark played a key role in changes that have both strengthened and improved the editorial operations." The announcement expressed "deep appreciation" for Clifford's efforts and contributions in the past year and wished him well in his new position with the Asia Business Council. The editor-in-chief's departure follows high staff turnover at the paper and unrest that followed the November sacking of two subeditors who had produced a controversial mock-up "eaving page" for the departing edi- tor of the Sunday Morning Post, Niall Fraser. About 100 staff petitioned Kuok Khoon Ean and managing director Nancy Valienta, demanding reinstatement and accusing Clifford of failing to understand SCMP's culture. In a email to staff, Clifford said there was no room for people at the Post "who flout journalistic ethics of fairness and accuracy" and "treat the company's name and prop- erty as if it were there own." Clifford joined SCMP from the Post's opposition, The Standard, where he worked for two years. He was previously Asia editor for Businessweek