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14th January 2013

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Last week's survey
Are you optimistic about your business prospects for next year?
  • While we have such an incomptent government and treasurer definately not anything else in the world we can deal with. Just getting rid of them would create better consumer and business confidence. 
  • Only with a change of federal government. The current fools are disruptive to the whole economy and incapable of implementing any program. That said I have little faith the other team are much better. Better still get all government out of our faces !!
  • Absolutely. We have been in business for 40 yrs and employ 11. We have never had so much profitable business on our terms. Have just installed the latest Roland flat bed printer. We work in Tasmania which has the highest unemployment in Oz of 6%, but we sell to the other 94%. As the smaller operators fall away, or can't give service to the unforgiving multi nationals. We pick up their business. Chicken Little thought the sky would fall in. It won't.
  • Yes as we are implementing new sales strategies and new equipment.
  • Not optimistic. Currently the business is so unstable and everybody have cash flow problem and make it very difficult to survive. expenses are to high and price to low.
  • Absolutely yes! We have already booked work projects that go for the next 8 months starting 2nd week of January and once those projects finish we start other projects that will see us through to the end of November 2013. A That's on top of all the day to day stuff that comes in. Bring on 2013!!! It's going to be a great year.
  • 2012 Has been a tough year for everyone, anyone saying that they have had a great year I would be wary on how truthful they are, companies are resorting to buying work to stay afloat we have recently lost 2 contracts to another firm who undercut us b 28% when our margins were only 8% so these companies are digging there own grave. Government politics also doesn't help with no confidence in the market place due to a government that is only looking at helping everyone else but small business. A change in government will be the first steps to building customer confidence but this will take time. At this stage 2013 will be an interesting year and feel we will see many more small businesses will be going under due to tough times 
  • Optimistic but very cautious. There is still the real possibility that the world economy will fall into a real full blown recession/depression by February next year. If China slows down any more and Europe does not start to show some kind of recovery in the new year then that will have a disastrous impact on the Australian economy. I believe we have harder times ahead at least until 2015/16. Our Current Australian Government is full of smoke and mirrors and bullshitting the Australian people to believe that we are going great guns. Although the interest rates are coming down ( good for the people) it is actually a result of how BAD the economy is doing and NOT of how good it is doing. I think companies and small business that have consolidated and can control their overheads will survive, For those who have not yet addressed this in close detail there is more pain. 
  • No, we are all doomed. Credit is maxed out everywhere, businesses are closing up at alarming rates, empty tenancies everywhere in brisbane and long term clients for some 15 odd years are dieing like flies. I've never been to so many funerals in one year. Interest rate are dropping but the money being saved is not being spent locally its being sent overseas to companies like vistaprint. The whole monetary principal of interest rates on loans being used to control the pace of our local economy no longer works as we have all now gone spending globally. Money saved by lowering interest rates no longer stimulates the local economy it stimulates the economy of other countries.
  • Yes, always optimistic. If you can't start the year on a positive note, what hope have you got.
  • I try to be positive but the federal government stretches our ability to remain positive, especially when we see so much stupidity from these crazy people who pass laws based on idealism and not on reality. For instance, our communities are under threat from so many Asian migrants and refugees that more and more of our communities can no longer be called Australian - Thanks Gillard and Bowen. Here's a thought.... Politicians who have a background as lawyers and union officials should be banned from being politicians - only accountants, defence force officers and business management people should be allowed to become politicians. Wow, if only that could come to pass.     


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Can anyone help Brad

Has anyone had any experience with the chinese made SinoColor Storm printers? I was looking at buying a used Mutoh, Mimaki or Roland for around 10k but can get one of these new 1.8m eco sol machines into Melbourne for less than that. They use 2 X Epson DX7 heads and I know they have come a long way in terms of quality but would love to hear some hands on experience.
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 (NSW, Oatlands) Seiko 64S, excellent condition, still under Anitech service contract including all heads. Contact Anitech for independent assessment. All reasonable offers considered.
Tel: 02 9630 0038
(Posted 10th January 2013)
(NSW, Glen Innes) CANON imagePROGRAF
8300 44" printer barely used in excellent condition. Comes with some ink and a lot of media for photographic printing. Selling due to personal illness. $7500 Nikki 0414988514
(Posted 8th January 2013)
(VIC, Port Melbourne) Screen Printing Equipment.
2 x 2005 Sias Multi Formula 2 colour, 1650x2150, Mirus Stacker's etc. 1x Chim 92 screen washer M3
Call Darren 0419 883 626
(Posted 7th January 2013)
(NSW, Chatswood) 1 x HP Designjet L25500 Latex $8,000 
2 X HP Designjet Z6200 $9,000 Each
1 x Seal 62 Base Laminator $10,000
Konica Minolta BIZHub Pro 6500 20 mths remaining with service contract, $500 per month
Krug and Priester Guillotine E551LT $12,500
 Cello machine "Catena 35" $500
All as new condition.
 Please call Craig, 0434097752
(Posted 4th January 2013)
(NSW, Wiley Park) i need 1- used print and cutt 
2- direct garment print
3- laminate
Tel: 0404973871
(Posted 3rd January 2013)
solvent printer. Currently not working, has new heaters, needs print heads. Suitable for some parts. Some inks included free. Make an offer.
Tel:  0419 448 778
(Posted 27th December 2012)
(NSW, Sydney) Laminator Royal Sovereign Wide Format Heat Assist.
6 months old, hardly used. New $6,499, selling for $4,850. Maximum laminating width 1400mm. Mounting up to 25mm thick. RSC-1400LSH Contact Tim on 0468 990 644 or
(Posted 22nd December 2012)
(NSW, Sydney) Mutoh ValueJet 1304
eco-solvent printer 1370mm (54in). Bought as demo model 6 months ago, hardly used. New price around $20k with motorised take up system.  Selling for $14,800.00.
- includes $1500 of various media rolls and extra ink cartridges
- includes motorised auto takeup system (worth $2.500)
- includes Easy Sign software
- Wave Printing Technology eliminates banding
- Quality, high resolution printing on all materials (canvas, vinyl, photographic paper, banners etc)
- Very quiet, and faster than most printers
- Three heating elements, Piezo print head technology
Can sell with integrated plotter if needed
Tel: 0468 990 644 or
(Posted 22nd December 2012)
(VIC, Campbellfield) Agfa Anapurna M.
Print resolution of 720 x 1440 dpi. Print direct to rigid substrates and roll material up to 160 cm wide. Comes with extras including extension tables, computer and dongle and extra ink. Rarely used. $29,000 or best offer. Will include 180cm solvent printer. Can help move if in Melbourne. Tel: 0420517351
(Posted 18th December 2012)
(QLD, Brisbane South side) I have over 100 excess sheets of alumin. Composite satin white sheets 1220 x 2440 x 3mm (.1) skins $29.90 + gst per sheet. these must go before the new year! Call Brenton (07) 3390 3796
(Posted 15th December 2012)
(NSW, Nimbin) NEW. with warranty SC-5500 1.52m
6 color indoor printer 1220dpi Surplus to requirements is this Sign Color SC-5500 Encad 1220 dpi wide format machine.
Assembled from crate but not set up. includes 120ltr of dye ink and will transfer warranty and tech support. Includes Main Top RIP, security dongle. This is a Fine Art Printer.
Canvas, Banner,PP,Photo Paper,etc  Dye Sub or Aqueous.
Cost $2000 plus shipping, import duty, GST, Brokerage, delivery.
Ink cost $1200 plus,plus,plus.  Located at Blue Knob, Nimbin NSW 2480 (near Lismore-Murwillumbah) Pick Up $3500 ono.
02 66897257
(Posted 14th December 2012)
(NSW,Narellan) Gatorfoam & Foamcore -
Surplus Stock clearance - 1 Box of Gatorfoam 1220 x 2440 - 10mm ( 1 sheet used - 14 left)- 1 box of Foamcore 1016 x 1524 - 5mm ( 2 sheets used - 23 left) 4 Pieces of foamcore 20mm - 1220 x 2440, rolls of Mellamime edging and double sided tape. $700 - Contact geoff 0411 788 456 Email:
(Posted 12th December 2012)
(NSW,Narellan) Stahl's Hotronix Air Swinger Heat Press & Stahl's Hotronix Cap Press
- with start up pack (teflon pads and cover sheets)and color manuals. Used around a dozen times,as new in box used for demo products only. Air Swiger Heat press (Numatic - 40 x 50 inch platten) original cost $8000. Sell $4000 - Contact Geoff 0411 788 456 Email:
(Posted 12th December 2012)
(QLD, Capalaba) Roland SP300
For sale. been sitting for 12 months probably best for parts. Or needs new heads, capping station, ink lines and good service. Has Bulk ink conversion. Selling as is. Tel: 07 3245 5011
(Posted 11th December 2012)
(VIC, Seabrook) Wanted a small second hand UV flatbed printer
with printing area up to 1300x900mm White ink option. Need it for printing mostly on wood for both indoor and outdoor. Budget up to $15000. Tel: 0424075002
(Posted 11th December 2012)
(QLD, Gold Coast) I have equipment for a whole print shop,
just moved everything out of the warehouse to storage, 3 x digital colour printers 2 with finishers, 1 x epson 10000 44 inch colour wide format 1 x 54 inch Laminator also $3,000 worth of genuine inks to run the wide format. just plug these in ind you have a print/sign shop..I'm asking only $6,000 for the lot.. 1st to see this will buy it as the replacement cost is $100k
everything was in working order when I closed down.
Tel: 0412768759
(Posted 10th December 2012)
(NSW, St Leonards) We have 2 machines
in excellent running order which have been very well maintained. Prices reduced for quick sale as we need to free up room.
Fujifilm Acuity 2504 Flatbed. Price was $45,000 now $29,000. Installed 2008. KO Ink. Onyx 7 rip. Excellent condition, Fully maintained,
HP Scitex L65500 2.6meter Latex High Speed Printer Price was $60,000 now $49,000.Installed 2010. Colorgate rip. Excellent condition. Fully maintained under service contract.
Please contact
or tel 02-94391744 or 0419225773
(POsted 8th December 2012)
(NSW, Caringbah)Laminator Titan
165 for sale as new $5500
Epsom 4900 $2500
Tel: 0418970148
(Posted 6th December 2012)
(VIC, Geelong) Roland SP 300 printer.
Comes with Colourip, take up reel , EC, moving interstate must sell. $4500 Phone 0411255936.
(Posted 5th December 2012)
8M X 1.82M (Belt width 1.38m) Surplus to needs make an offer QUICKLY.
Tel: 0413 202 615
(Posted 5th December 2012)
(NSW, Blakehurst) Mimaki TX-1600S TextileJet
Plotter inc 12 new assorted sublimation ink cartridges. $2000 ono. BLAKEHURST NSW
photos plus more detail is available
Tel: 0418239646.
(Posted 4th December 2012)
(QLD, Brisbane) FlexiSign PRO 11 software and dongle.
Purchased new December 2011 from Cielab in Brisbane. No longer required as all wide format machines are now gone.. Can post anywhere in Australia. $1999 Ono
Tel: 0417 784 563
(Posted 3rd December 2012)
(QLD, Annandale) For sale Small 4 axis Hot Wire CNC Foam Cutter
FC2912 - CNC Foam Cutter 29" x 12" x 40" inlcudes pc and rene 41 wire Asking $2500obo post to anywhere in australia
(Posted 28th November 2012)
(VIC, Tullamarine) Mimaki CF2 Flatbed Cutter/Plotter - 1215 model,
cutting area 1200mm H x 1470mm W. Upgraded model. 18 months old, great condition. Vacum hold system included, along with all accessories. Features the Tangential and Swivel cutting heads. Suitable for many different applications. Features the laser sensor for auto registration mark alignment. Very easy system to use. Pick up in Tullamarine, VIC or can crate and ship (freight cost extra). $28,500 ono exc GST. Email
(Posted 28th November 2012)
(VIC, Dandenong) Mimaki JV5-160S 64 inch high speed EcoSolvent CMYK printer.
The machine has had a full service recently and two of the 4 DX-5 heads replaced. The machine is working very well and for this money is a steal. Price: $8,000 + GST . Any questions or would like to come and see it in person, please call Ernie on 0428 180 407.
(VIC, Dandenong) Roland SP-540V 54inch print and Cut Machine.
Running on only EcoSol Max Inks and full service History. This 5.5 year old machine has just been serviced and had a had a Black/Cyan head replaced in the past year. $8995 + GST .For more info or viewing please contact Ernest on 0428 180 407
(VIC, Dandenong) Roland XC-540 54 inch print and Cut Machine.
This machine has been running EcoSol Max inks only and has a full service history with the warranty ending at the end of last year. The machine has had a service. $16,000 + GST including installation in VIC. For more info or viewing please contact Ernest on 0428 180 407
(QLD, Ashmore) Epson GS6000 printer,
dual dx5 heads, Bulk inked, take up roller, With Onyx 7 and computer, Awesome print quality and Super Fast.
Surplus to needs $12,000 Ono Brendan 0411 625 621
(Posted 27th November 2012)
(QLD, Salisbury) 1370mm wide TRIMMER,
Tel: 0408157507
(Posted 26th November 2012)
(QLD, Salisbury)1370mm wide cold laminator,
no longer required as have larger machine to match printer upgrade. Resonable condition, may need some TLC.PHOTOS AND MORE INFO AVAILABLE ON REQUEST. MAKE AN OFFER!!
Tel: 0408157507
(Posted 26th November 2012)
(NSW, Brookvale) KIP3000 Large format copier, printer, plotter with color scanner and PDF capablities Tel: 0402337494
(Posted 26th November 2012)
(WA, Bayswater) Sias Movex Screenprinting Machine
2400 x 1200 great condition excellent registration comes with a variety of meshed frames mostly 140T Have video of Machine in action Well maintained and regularly serviced serviced $7500 ono
Tel: 08 9473 4488 or 0417 794 630
(Posted 21st November 2012)
(QLD, Mackay) Versaworks dongle for sale
used to run Roland SP300.
$200.00. Roland SP300 printer for spare parts. $200.00
07 49533762
(Posted 21st November 2012)
(Posted 21st November 20120
(NSW, Toukley) complete package roland sc545
print cut takeup reel laminator trimboard inks media computers heat press gx24cutter eyelet machine roller banner thousands in software moving all to go will give some traing and all contacts for cheap prices on materailinks ect and hards drive full of jobs bargain $18,500 ono moving overseas central coast 0424 534 231
(Posted 16th November 2012)
(VIC, Richmond) FOR  SALE -Miller Weld master Vinyl Welding machine
3 metre long comes with tools for pockets,kedar,rope  etc - 3 yr old used 45 hrs including approx 300metres of Kedar  $15000 ONO
Also for sale a 1500mm Royal Sovereign Hot laminator with some hot laminate rolls- needs new bottom roller top one is brand new $3000 ono. Tel: 0412 337 317
(Posted 15th November 2012)
(QLD, Roma) WANTED - Billboard trailer
6000mm x 3000. Tel: 0417 077706
(Posted 14th November 2012)   

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(NSW, Bankstown) Signarama Bankstown are recruiting a Signage Production Manager. If this is you, you'll be a friendly, enthusiastic and conscientious leader.
We're moving to a brand new building & growing, so we need you to assemble and develop your team. You'll have high standards and passionate about your team's performance. You'll be hands-on, multi-skilled and committed to passing on your knowledge and experience to other team members.
You will apply your minimum eight years technical and management experience in coordinating graphic design, digital printing, vinyl production, project management and installing our high quality products.
If you are a true signage professional, you'll be keen to take on this far reaching opportunity with national exposure in a role you will take pride in.
If this is your job, email your resume to:
(Posted 20th December 2012)
(NSW, Sydney) BDM - Fabric Signage
AFI Branding Solutions is regarded as one of the top players for innovation, excellence and expertise in the signage industry. We are looking for an experienced BDM to join our team in Sydney. Ideally you will have a minimum of four years experience in new business development and account management and preferably will have worked in the signage, advertising, events or print related industries. To apply for this role please email you resume to . For more information on AFI Branding Solutions please visit
(Posted 14th December 2012)
(VIC, Boronia) Vehicle Signage/Graphics Assistant
Interested in an opportunity to join the ever growing vehicle wrapping industry?
* Full Time Position
Successful national vehicle Signage Company situated in the Sydney requires the services of new staff willing to learn all aspects of the industry.
* Excellent attention to detail
* Willingness to learn
* Be able to follow instruction
* Current drivers licence
* Experience is not necessary, but would be beneficial, however full training can be provided to the successful applicant.
In this position you will be responsible for producing and applying various types of vinyl to cars and trucks working for some of the biggest companies in Australia. You would also be required to have the ability to problem solve, produce a high level of quality work and be able to work independently or in a team environment.
P: 03 9887 3122 | F: 03 9887 3022
(Posted 12th December 2012)
(QLD) Sales Manager | Business Development Manager - Queensland Large Format Digital Print
Large format digital print, world class production capability, requires hunter and sales focused Queensland based person. Great career opportunity
*    Large Format Digital Print
*    Established National business - market leader
*    Good salary and career opportunity
The company
We have an outstanding opportunity with one of Australia's leading billboard and large format digital printing companies.  With an enviable reputation and leading edge technology this 30 year old business continues to grow at a rapid pace.
This company will leverage off an increased demand for their services and high quality process and product to take further market share.  As a result of this opportunity they are now looking to appoint a new Business Development Manager in the Queensland region.
The Position  
This position is responsible for generating new business and managing existing client leads.  With a strong estimating and tendering team and large production capacity, this role is wellplaced to win significant business in the market.  Responsibilities will include:  
Sales planning and reporting
*    Generating new business
*    Visiting new clients and prospects
*    Following and converting sales leads
*    Overseeing the tendering and sales process
*    Account and relationship management
This role requires a self motivated, results driven and disciplined individual with the passion to succeed.
This company has the process, support, technology and blue chip clients that will make it easier for you to succeed.
About you  
You will have printing industry experience, preferably within the large format digital printing space.  
You could have billboard, vehicle wraps, point of sale, signage, or related print experience.
You will have sales experience and a proven ability to generate and convert new business opportunities. Ideally you will have knowledge and be familiar with the Queensland market.
This company will make a hiring decision prior to Christmas so act now.
Confidential enquiries can be made to Malcolm Chong on 0421 222 515.  Please send your resume to
Please note that candidates require eligibility to work in Australia in a permanent position.
(Posted 10th December 2012)

(VIC, Melbourne) Wide Format Printing Technician

Conect Enterprises are an experienced supplier of hardware technology and consumables to the signage, display & tee-shirt decoration markets. Conect is a market leader, an award winning supplier for service and sales. We Pride ourselves in our passion for customers our service and our solutions.
We are looking for someone with strong trouble shooting and technical experience to join our hardware department. Reporting to the Hardware Manager, the role involves installing, servicing and trouble shooting our range of HP Flat Bed & Latex printers as well as installing and providing phone support for our range of Roland DG Printers.
Applicants with technical backgrounds are preferred and previous experience with printer devices will be highly favoured. Some experience with Design packages such as Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Corel and other signage programs would be ideal.
Manufacturer and in house training will be provided for the successful applicant.
This role comes with a fully maintained company vehicle, lap top & iphone and is available for commencement in January 2013.
Click here for application form.
(Posted 30th November 2012)
(QLD, Brisbane area) Employment wanted. Very experienced print finisher/mounter/laminater looking for work, part time or full time. Kevin, 0414756907.
(Posted 28th November 2012)

(SA, Seaford) Signwriter:  Estimator/Designer / Digital Print Operator at Signcentre
We are seeking an experience signwriter with a minimum of 5 years' experience in the industry.   The successful applicant must have a positive attitude with excellent interpersonal & communication skills, the ability to work under pressure & possess leadership skills.   We need someone who has experience in estimating, client liaison, project management, design ability, sound computer knowledge & experience in setting up print files & running the digital printer (Mimaki JV33)
Full time position, wages negotiable based on experience. Please send CV to Hayley at
(Posted 23rd November 2012)
(ACT, Fyshwick) Employment Canberra: Apprentice Sign Writer/Manufacturer
- Current employer of National Champion Signwriting Apprentice - World Skills Australia
Full time position based in Fyshwick ACT
Able to travel to Wollongong on block release 4 days a month for tech (financial assistance available to the right person)
Willingness to learn all aspects of the sign industry
Current drivers license
This position will require a long term commitment of 4 years with the expectation that you will be fully proficient in modern day techniques and knowledge of a variety of machines including digital printers, laser and CNC cutters, fabricating, vinyl cutting and installation.
Contact as below or resume to
(Posted 21st November 2012)

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(QLD, Hervey Bay) Sign Business, Est. over 15yrs. Roland SP-540V print/cut machine, laminator, trimmer, benches, 2003 Kia truck, new desktop PC, media and vinyl, tools, ladders. Ongoing work. URGENT SALE $35,000 neg
(Posted 3rd December 2012)

(QLD, Ipswich area).Financial partner required. Excellent Offset & Wide format Printer/installer requires a Financial partner for Business Venture.
Tel: 0411 078 769
(Posted 18th November 2012)

(NSW, South Coast, Shoalhaven) Sign Business Beautiful NSW South Coast Shoalhaven Region    
Well established client base
Business is WIWO and equipment includes  vehicles, scaffolding, digital printer, software, benches, cutter, laminator, media , drying racks, ladders,tools. Established web page, and facebook page . Price - poa
Sea/tree/lifestyle change.  It is an ideal opportunity for an enthusiastic sign writer with vision to take this business to the next level and beyond. Owner will assist in transition. Owner is planning to go travelling in semi retirement.. Phone Debb 0414981049
(Posted 13th November 2012)


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