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Panpa Bulletin : Oct-Nov-December 2007
news Forty-year-old Dave Davies, from Fairfax Regional Printers(FRP), won the inaugural $20,000 Single Width Users Group leadership scholarship award. Davies, who is mechanical services coordinator at the Beresfield plant and has worked for Fairfax in various engi- neering and management positions over the past 16 years, was presented with the award at SWUG's annual conference at Maroochydore in Queensland. He will use the award to do an extensive overseas tour. In support of Beresfield's nomination, plant manager Michael Aubrey told the judges that Davies had contributed to the successes of FRP over the years from its conception to where it is today. "His expertise in analysing new tech- nology and its eventual application is first class," said Audrey. "Projects such as the Auto register system, and Dave's influence and cooperation in other areas of waste re- duction has seen FRP achieve its best-ever printed waste results --- 2.63% average for the year to date." The bi-annual award has been intro- duced to encourage "dedication, motivation and enthusiasm" for the single-width cold- set newspaper printing industry through leadership of colleagues and/or customers. Nominees must have more than five years of industry experience. This year's three-day SWUG conference, which had "Nobody does it better" as its theme-line, was attended by more than 300 delegates and partners from 48 print sites across Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and, for the first time, Malaysia. Forty-two supply companies were rep- resented, with the international speakers and delegates drawn from seven countries, highlighting the continuing advancement of the single-width segment of the printing industry and the growing role it plays in Australian and international publishing. Overseas speakers included Hassan Mohammed, production manager at Star publications in Malaysia, and US-based Ragy Isaac, director of quality for Goss. Presentations, by users and suppliers, covered a range of areas including FM screening and ink optimisation, waste re- duction, environmental initiatives, neutral fountain solutions, metal back blankets and OH&S issues. The host site was the two-year-old Yandina print centre, APN's state-of-the-art production facility which operates a MAN Roland Regioman (four towers, double- width, single circumference with turbo dampening and auto registration); and a MAN Uniset 75 (one tower single-width with heatset capacity). A Muller Martini SLS inserting machine with buffer system and Bravo stitch-and- trim and, for CTP, Krause LS jets, are the other main equipment. At the popular awards night dinner, two of the three major trophies were claimed by the team from the Rural Press Printing site at Mandurah, WA. The team --- Stuart Holder, Greg Haley, Garry Hannay and Ron Brown --- collected the Art Roller Shield for best overall print quality and the Coates Shield for Best Four Colour Newspaper. It was second successive year that the Mandurah site was dominated the awards list. This year's third award, the Flint Ink Shield for the best coldset commercial publication, went to the Gold Coast Bulletin. Other results: Best Overall Print Quality. Highly Commended: The Land, Rural Press Printing North Richmond (Uniset 70); runner-up: The Courier, Rural Press Printing Ballarat (Uniset 75). Best Four Colour Newspaper: Highly commended: The Bendigo Miner, Rural Press Printing, Ballarat; runner-up: Gold Coast Bulletin, GC Publications (KBA Comet). Best Coldest Commercial Publication: High Commended, Gold Coast Bulletin, GC Publications (KBA Comet); runner-up: The Independent Financial Review, Horton Media (Goss Community). The president of SWUG, Bob Lockley, said this year's conference had turned out to be a record breaker in a number of areas, particularly attendances. "Since its inception in 1985 the main aims of the conference have been to give single-width users the opportunity to share their learning experiences, both good and bad, with the aim of enhancing the indus- try's performance overall, said Lockley. "A big thanks is due to the host site, Yandina's Greg Carson and his team." SWUG Conference: inaugural award winner By Jack Beverley 16 PANPA Bulletin October-November-December 2007 New net ratings gauge online attention By Jack Beverley A new online measurement system that claims it can track the engagement and loyalty of users of news websites has been introduced by Fairfax Media's digital division. The system, using figures sourced from Nielsen//Net Ratings, measures how long people stay on a site and how often they return to it. The CEO of Fairfax Digital, Jack Matthews, believes these are two of the best indicators of whether or not a news website is connecting with audiences. "While the total number of eyeballs a news website attracts will always be an important measure, the online industry is continually looking for more sophisticated ways of analysing online behaviour," he said. Matthews claims the new measure showed online audiences were 52 per cent more engaged with Fairfax Digital's news sites than they were with those of its clos- est rival. The top ten online publishers (based on total time spent by browsers) during September were: Fairfax, News Digital Media, ninemsn, The Weather Co, West Australian News, Telstra, SBS, Weather. com.au, Chaser Publishing and The National Forum. Leadership scholarship award winner Dave Davies
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