Web offset printers swap notes

Single Width Users Group New Zealand chairman Dan Blackbourn steps out in Dunedin with other printing conference delegates yesterday. Photo by Gregor RichardsonMore than 110 delegates from the printing industry across the South Pacific converged on Dunedin yesterday for the annual Single Width Users Group New Zealand (Swug) conference.

Swug New Zealand represents the web offset sector of the printing industry, and chairman Dan Blackbourn said the two-day conference was close to setting an attendance record.

The theme for this year's conference was Learn, Network and Share.

Guest speaker was nine-time Coast to Coast race winner Steve Gurney, who gave a motivational talk about ''success as a skill''.

Addresses by other speakers included information about changes to the print training organisation; the impact of rollers and maintenance on ink and press performance; thermal plate technology; installations and upgrades around the world; and changes to occupational health and safety legislation in New Zealand.

A highlight for many delegates was the site visit to the Otago Daily Times building yesterday afternoon.

Mr Blackbourn said the conference gave delegates an opportunity to hear from manufacturers and suppliers, and to network with fellow printers and others involved in the industry.

It provided an opportunity to learn from each other's experiences and knowledge, he said.

About 120 people attended the awards dinner at Larnach Castle last night. Award winners were. - Apprentice of the year: Molisi Saulala (APN Print Ellerslie); tabloid 42gsm: 1 Gisborne Herald (The Wairoa Star), 2 Horton Media (The Weekly Telegraph), 3 Gisborne Herald (Gisborne Herald); heatset tabloid: 1 PMP Print (Rural News), 2 PMP Print (NZ Farmer Weekly), 3 Webstar (PGG Wrightson); broadsheet: 1 APN Print Ellerslie (Vision China), 2 Allied Press Ltd (Otago Daily Times), 3 Allied Press Ltd (Southland Times); retail catalogue: 1 PMP Print (Farmers), 2 Webstar (The Warehouse), 3 PMP Print (Countdown); tabloid enhanced stock: 1 Gisborne Herald (Gisborne Property Guide), 2 Gisborne Herald (Angus Ball Sales), 3 Horton Media (Process/Hold).

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