Just a thought . . . The old and the new

The printing industry found itself book-ended last week between two events, the LIA-Heidelberg “Graduates Awards” night and the inaugural “3D Printing: What’s in it for You?” evening. While one delves back into the past and one reaches to the future, James Cryer asks are we really doing our best to recognise our young talent? And…

When worlds collide

With PacPrint13 and its dizzying array of new high-tech digital and digital-assisted machinery giving visitors a bright visual cue as to where the future of Australian print is heading, industry gadfly James Cryer suggests it’s about time for the National Print Awards to reflect this future for print. Astronomers are hard people to whip into…

Young achievers award

A proposed new awards system to recognise the winning qualities in young professionals across our industry will not even mention the term – apprenticeship. Imagine a gala event held at one of our capital city’s lavish hotels with TV cameras and the press jostling as glamorous young things strut the stage to the acclaim of…

Are printers paying too much in wages?

Industry gadfly, James Cryer, bites back at the suggestion that high wages are a problem for the printing industry. In the current issue of Print21 magazine, Hagop Tchamkertenian, the industry’s sole full-time economist, claims the industry’s wages bill is too high. In his opinion the secret of how to make a buck in the printing…