Discussions are underway between the Printing Industries Association of Australia (Printing Industries) and the Lithographic Institute of Australia (LIA).
Both organisations have confirmed their interest in the project and that announcements of their intentions will be made in Melbourne at the LIA's 19th Biennial Conference on October 18 and simultaneously in Sydney and Melbourne on October 19 during the respective Printing Industries NSW Business Excellence Awards and the inaugural Victorian PICA Awards.
In a similar but unrelated move, the 3DAP committee (Digital Data Delivery for Australian Publications) intend to release version 3 (V3) of their proof guidelines early next year. Version 3 will adopt the international printing standard ISO 12647-2 and intends to follow the proposed ISO 12647-7 tolerance for proofing quality control, which at present is still in draft form.
3DAP Committee chairman James Hawkes says, " We can only agree with the move by the LIA and Printing Industries to support printing to the ISO 12647-2 standard in Australia and believe one of the many benefits will be a common colour space for both web and sheet-fed print applications. This should narrow the divide between the two printing methods and deliver a more consistent and standardised colour outcome regardless of the type of printing press used."