The double auction for packaging, converting and printing equipment from Cardboard Containers in Rosebery and Dotprint in Springvale will now finish at the end of next week, as the volume of traffic caused the Printing Machinery Auctions website to crash yesterday, on what should have been the final day of the online auction.

All registrants will have the opportunity to bid or re-bid. The auction site is keeping bidders informed and says it is hoping to have the site live again today. Click for the auction.

Surplus plant from Cardboard Containers in Rosebery, NSW, is up for auction, as the company merges with another Sydney print and packaging outfit.

The plant going under the hammer includes a 1988 Roland 606 B1 six-colour press. There is no reserve, and the successful bidder will likely get the press for less than $10,000.


There is also a Bobst SP 900 E available for bids. It was manufactured in 1972, reconditioned and upgraded 2005. Also available is a Keck boxmaker, several Heidelberg cylinders, and a 1973 Solna four-colour offset press.

Centrepiece of the Dotprint auction is a Heidelberg CD 102-5 (1998), a five-colour automated 102 Carton Diameter (CD) offset press, with 199 million impressions. Finishing equipment includes two Polar guillotines, three Heidelberg cylinders, two Muller-Martini saddle stitchers, and three MBO folders.

Food & Drink Business

Universal Robina Corp, which owns Snack Brands Australia, and German-based snack food maker, Intersnack Group have announced a strategic partnership. URC will sell 40 per cent of its business in Australia and New Zealand to Intersnack.

A distribution deal between Made Group and Coca-Cola Amatil will see its beverage brands Rokeby Farms and Impressed expand into 50,000 restaurants, cafes and convenience stores around the country.

The World Health Organisation's European division has criticised the region's baby food market as it found a large proportion of products are high in sugar and incorrectly marketed for children under the age of six months. WHO has developed a draft Nutrient Profile Model as a result to combat misleading marketed products.