100% of packaging to be reusable by 2025

Compostability is a complex subject in the plastics debate. Recognising the difference between ‘certified compostable’ and ‘conventional plastics’ is just the start. It’s also crucial to understand the standards and certifications that apply, as well as potential applications, communication and labelling requirements. 

APCO’s ‘Considerations for Compostable Plastic Packaging’ – (developed in partnership with the Australian Organics Recycling Association (AORA) and the Australasian Bioplastics Association (ABA) – is an excellent resource.

It informs brand owners, packaging technologists, designers and food service providers about when and where to use certified compostable plastic packaging as well as helping with understanding the potential applications suited to the current and available infrastructure. 

We’ve pulled out 6 points of interest from the report that are food for thought:
  1. In Australia in 2017/18 compostable plastics accounted for 0.02% or 1,000 tonnes of all packaging placed on the market. Today, it is around 0.1% 
  2. For an item to be called ‘compostable’ it must be certified to the Australian Standard applicable to industrial and commercial composting facilities.
  3. Home composting is subject to a different standard called the Australian Home Composting Standard.
  4. All certified compostable plastics will biodegrade, but not all biodegradable plastics will turn into compost. 
  5. The Australian Industrial Composting Standard tests for earthworm survival to verify absence of toxic residues in organic output.   
  6. The Australian Bioplastics Association publishes all applicants who have conformed to the Australian Industrial Composting Standard.
We’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic or if you’d like to chat about how we might be able to help with your next print or packaging project, please be in touch.

The art of making fine print matter

Putting great people and superior technology together means we can accommodate all of your print and packaging requirements. One, or one million pieces – paper or plastic – clients choose us because they know that we know, that fine print matters.

Take a tour of our factory and watch our people in action using the HP Indigo 10,000, the 2019 Heidelberg CX102 Offset Press and Aqueous Coater, the PUR Book Binder, the Saddle Stitch Booklet Maker, the Digital Stitcher, the Universal Folder-Gluer and the high speed Flat Bed Die-Cutter and Creaser.

Skill, passion and technology go a long way at RPCo …because fine print matters.

RPCO’s new Anti-Bacterial product

Antimicrobial Resistance

RPCO is always on the lookout for product innovations. Our latest is a market-first that offers protection against the spread of harmful bacteria for the intended full-life of a product. 

This exciting and independently tested technology has scientifically proven benefits for your customers that in turn enhance product value and drive commercial appeal. The perfect win-win to give you peace of mind! 

Admaster can be applied to any printed sheet and is designed to destroy and inhibit the growth of harmful micro-organisms such as bacteria, fungi and moulds. A key advantage is its effectiveness over the intended lifetime of any product.

“Innovation is key to an evolving and progressive commercial printing industry. This partnership brings real benefits for our clients at a time when they need it most.”

We love the myriad of benefits this antimicrobial technology offers. In addition to the above these include:

  • Independently tested to ISO 22196.
  • Inhibits the growth of most types of harmful bacteria including common food-poisoning bacteria on treated surfaces.
  • Completely safe to use in food and water applications.

Laden with gold star safety credentials, this highly effective additive comes with the Biomaster logo, providing your customers with the seal of approval from the global market leader in antimicrobial technology.  Confidence by endorsement at its best.

Here are the top 5 key Biomaster FAQ’s to help with any unanswered questions:

How does Biomaster work? Biomaster binds to the cell wall disrupting growth. The Biomaster ions interfere with enzyme production stopping the cell producing energy. Biomaster interrupts the cell’s DNA preventing replication.

 How effective is Biomaster? Very. Biomaster is proven to inhibit the growth of microbes by up to 99.99%. These include bacteria, fungi and moulds. It’s also been proven to be effective against antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE).

 How long is Biomaster effective for? Biomaster is effective for the intended lifetime of the product to which it is added. It is built-in and doesn’t wear off or leach out. Nor can you see, smell or taste Biomaster. 

Is it safe? Yes. Not only has it been repeatedly tested to ISO standards but it is based on silver ion technology, recognised for centuries with no harmful effects. Biomaster is used in medical, food and water applications. We don’t use nanotechnology due to ongoing safety concerns.

How do I know if a product is Biomaster protected? Unless it carries the Biomaster symbol, you don’t know if it is protected. Ask before you buy it.

RPCO’s HP Indigo 10,000 – Meet Todd

Rawson Print Co have been delighted with the inclusion of the HP Indigo 10,000 into their suite of machinery. The Indigo 10,000 will provide clients with fast and flexible printing on sheet sizes up to B2. If you want to get personal, you will be amazed by the cost-efficient personalisation this machine offers. Speaking of personal, meet Todd – Chief Operator of our HP Indigo 10,000. Todd will ensure your print campaign delivers amazing results for you and your customers.


Q: Hi Todd, what’s your claim to fame?
A: I was the first person to be trained in Sydney on the HP Indigo 10,000!

Q: What’s your favourite colour?
A: Red

Q: What’s your favourite paper stock?
A: Knight Smooth

Q: Best job to go through the HP Indigo 10,000 and why?
A: Collated PUR book. Once printed the job is trimmed, we attach the cover then the job is finished. So much easier and quicker than traditional offset printing

Q: How do you think the HP Indigo 10,000 has changed printing?
A: Quick turn arounds allow us to meet tight deadlines and customer needs.

Q: What aspects of printing are you still fascinated by?
A: Seeing the end product of a finished job after going through the whole process

Q: What’s your passion away from printing?
A: Playing golf

Q: What can’t you say no to?
A: My daughter

Q: What three words would your friends use to describe you?
A: reliable, loyal, funny


RPCO Multiple Award Winners at 2019 NSW Printing Industry Creativity Awards (PICA)

The team at Rawson Print Co. were ecstatic to receive six Gold, two Silver and three Bronze medals at the 2019 NSW PICAs – an amazing recognition by the Printing Industry. The event was attended by 150 printers, with all Gold winners qualifying for entry into the National Print Awards to be held in August 2019. 

Winning 11 awards, across various categories, makes this the best year yet for Rawson Print Co. (at the NSW PICAs). This achievement would not have been possible without the incredible team at RPCo and our amazing clients. The partnerships created with our clients has allowed us to push boundaries and explore new techniques to develop beautifully crafted print and packaging solutions. 

Congratulations to our valued clients and thank you for your continued support!


QT Perth Suite
Category: Multi-Piece Productions and Campaigns
Client: Event Hospitality and Entertainment

QT Perth Suite
Category: Branding and Identity – Corporate, retail hospitality and fashion
Client: Event Hospitality and Entertainment

Tasti Smooshed Protein Balls Sampler Box
Category: Packaging
Client: Rocket Comms and Tasti Products NZ

Seventy One Singer Sewn Book
Category: Book Printing (Wiro/Spiral/Side Sewn/Interscrews)
Client: Horizon Print Management

ICC Sydney Art Collection Book
Category: Book Printing (Offset/Bound/Perfect/Notch/PUR/Section Sewn)
Client: Coleface Print

Platinum on Peach Tree Book
Category: Booklets/Catalogues/Magazines (Offset)
Client: Edward James / The James Agency


One Barangaroo
Category: Book Printing (Offset/Case Bound)
Client: Wordsearch

Newmarket Property Book
Category: Embellishment
Client: The Property Agency


Woolooware Bay Retail Book
Category: Book Printing (Digital/Case Bound)
Client: Rare ID

Eclipse Tower Book
Category: Booklets/Catalogues/Magazines (Digital)
Client: Wordsearch

ABC Annual Report – Volume I + II
Category: Annual Report/Prospectus and Yearbooks
Client: ABC


Rawson Print Co Soiree

Rawson Print Co kicked off 2019 in fine style with clients at Sails on Lavender Bay. With the magnificent backdrop of Sydney Harbour, RPCO clients and staff enjoyed an evening of fine wine, food and entertainment.

Andrew Price, Managing Director, welcomed clients and thanked them for a marvellous 2018. Andrew announced the company’s investment of two new presses, Heidelberg 5 Colour A1 Press with Aqueous Coater and the HP Indigo 10,000 B2 Press, demonstrating RPCO’s ongoing commitment to our clients. Six clients were presented with a special award in recognition of 20 years of fine printing with Rawson Print Co.

RPCO would like to thank our clients for the year that’s past and for attending the evening.

RPCO Time-Lapse Video: Installation of the Heidelberg CX-102

RPCo’s New Heidelberg

RPCO Time-Lapse Video: Installation of the Heidelberg CX-102

While many people took well deserved holidays over the Christmas period, a team of Heidelberg Elves were busy installing the latest addition to RPCo’s suite of machinery – the Heidelberg 5 Colour A1 Press with Aqueous Coater. See why this sleek new Press is such a BIG deal. Thank you, Santa!

2018 National Print Awards Australia

Rawson Awards

Rawson Print Co were the proud winners of two Gold and two Silver awards at the 35th National Print Awards held in Sydney on June 29, 2018.   The National Print Awards recognises the achievements of the Print Industry and sets a benchmark for excellence in Australia.

Gold, Packaging: Rawson Print Co – Revlon Eye Kit

The Revlon Campaign is a complete customised carton solution that includes an outer sleeve, insert, tray and an A5 product booklet. The packaging features scuff resistant matt celloglaze on all components, spot gloss UV to suit custom windows on outer sleeve and most importantly, a perfect house for the Revlon products inside.

Gold, Self Promotion: Rawson Print Co – Fuse Cookbook

To showcase an affinity between fine food and fine printing, Rawson Print Co collaborated with Fast Ed Halmagyi and developed a limited edition personalised commemorative cookbook – Fuse. With every turn of a page you are delightfully surprised with smell, colours, textures and weight, as food, print and design fuse into a delicious exploration of the senses.

Silver, Multi Piece Production and Campaigns: Rawson Print Co – QT Queenstown Suite

The amazing landscape and surrounds of Queenstown was paramount in the design for QT Queenstown suite of products. The complete suite included; keyholders, door hangers, postcards, notepads, envelopes, letterheads, with compliments, compendium set, cloakroom, luggage and valet cards. Rawson Print Co achieved consistent, high quality printing across all elements.

Silver, Booklets, Catalogues and Magazines: Rawson Print Co – Calibre (Surry Hills) Development Book

The Calibre Development Book is a unique and bespoke creation, designed to stand out in the property market. The book features custom mounted covers, PUR binding, and is filled with elegant imagery making it a pure delight to read.

You have won gold

When we win, you win and that’s exactly what we’d like to announce with a 1 Gold, 3 Silvers and a Bronze picked up at The National Print Awards 2017.

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