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Panpa Bulletin : November 2010
www.panpa.org.au The PANPA Bulletin | NOVEMBER 2010 | 23 NZ forum breaks record ENVIRONMENTAL improve- ments and best practices featured at the New Zealand Single-Width Users' Group conference, attended by a record 64 newspaper printers and more than 40 suppliers. The printers took time out from the heat and noise of the pressroom to hold the 10th annual conference at the beautiful Wairakei Resort on Lake Taupo, near Rotorua. Organised by APN print general manager Dan Blackbourn, the event secured speakers from the United States and Britain. A special presentation was made to the group chairman, Ray Clark- son, who has held his post for the past 10 years. His Australian counterpart, Bob Lockley, chief executive of print and logistics at Fairfax Media, was a guest of honour for the two-day conference. "We focused on the major industry topics," said Mr Blackbourn. "We looked at green issues, UV printing, as well as new technologies such as digital printing." The delegates also discussed press control systems and paper-related is- sues, including fibre supply and the importance of recycling. Last year's conference was can- celled because of the global financial crisis but Mr Blackbourn said the industry had recovered from that low-point, which meant local indus- try leaders could gather again. Delegates came from as far as Fiji and Tonga, Mr Blackbourn said. The numbers were strengthened by the tactically clever move to hold the conference immediately after the PrintNZ conference, which attracts commercial and well as newspaper printers. The top speakers were Dale Wal- lis, who is managing director of the British Printing Industries Federa- tion, and Chuck Ramsay, who works for a business unit of top ink supplier DIC in the United States. Mr Wallis shocked delegates when he told them some printing compa- nies were now scouring the prisons of Britain to find people willing to undertake print apprenticeships and join the industry. Like the local newspaper indus- tries, he observed that finding staff had now become a critical problem for British colleagues because of the nature of the work and the unsocia- ble hours. Kirk Martin, of Fairfax, gave a case study on the new installation at the Christchurch press site after Mario Grech made an address on carbon emissions. Mr Blackbourn said the confer- ence had been successful thanks to the calibre of speakers, sponsor sup- port and the enthusiastic support of delegates. "It is not just an opportunity to hear from manufacturers and sup- pliers," he said. "Printers can learn from each other's experiences. "We also have a forum to debate industry issues, problems and op- portunities with executives from supplier companies." After the first day of the confer- ence, the group held its awards dinner. Allied Press took out the top broadsheet award for its work on the Otago Daily Times, printed on 42gsm, while the Gisborne Herald won the tabloid section, printing on 45gsm supplied by Norske Skog. The New Zealand industry is split equally by single-width and double- width printing presses that are used for newspapers. Single-width technology prints two broadsheet pages side by side, while double-width presses print four broadsheet pages side by side. Press gang . . . printers and suppliers gather for the 10th annual conference of the New Zealand Single-Width Users Group, held at a lakeside resort on Lake Taupo NYT pays back Mexican billionaire The New York Times Co will pay back a US$250m loan from Mexican billion- aire Carlos Slim three years earlier than planned. The company borrowed the money from Mr Slim, allowing it to sell assets and refinance existing debt. Fairfax TV FAIRFAX Digital has launched its long format video website for their major mastheads. 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