Week in brief May 29 2012

3D_printerTNKiwi accounting software solutions provider Xero wins CeBIT awards; Australia’s first online marketplace website launched; Fujifilm offers sneak peak at 3D printer; and more.

Kiwi accounting software solutions provider Xero wins CeBIT awards; Australia’s first online marketplace website launched; Fujifilm offers sneak peak at 3D printer; and more.


Wellington-headquartered online accounting software solutions provider Xero was named Top Business Solution and received the ICT Excellence Award at the 2012 CeBIT.AU Business Awards in Sydney last week. The awards recognise business excellence in the provision of a product or solution to customers with proven track record of success. The fact that Australia is now the fastest growing geography for Xero was certainly a contributing factor. Says Xero MD Chris Ridd, “Xero has experienced phenomenal growth in Australia as more small businesses and their accountants embrace the cloud. These two awards are testament to the very real and growing demand for an alternative to spreadsheets and cumbersome accounting desktop packages in Australia.”

www.placeaspace.com.au, a new website that’s said to be Australia’s first and only online marketplace to search, compare and buy advertising, was launched yesterday. Placeaspace Director Andrew Laing says the website delivers a one-stop-shop for Australian businesses to find the right advertisements at the right price and that Australian businesses are guaranteed discounts, given greater choice and save countless hours with the new search, compare and buy model for advertising.

3D_printerLGStationery News reports that Fujifilm showcased an innovative 3D printer (pictured right) at last weekend’s Digital Show in Melbourne, which demonstrated how a tangible item made of thermo-plastic could be produced from a digital file. Fujifilm said it is looking to make 3D printing technology available to retailers in the near future, providing a business opportunity that would allow them to customise products such as jewellery, toys and interior design products for consumers. The principle of 3D printing is similar to ink-jet printing which uses inks applied as droplets onto paper in thin layers in two dimensions.

Eureka Magazine reports that the UK’s first-ever Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) National Barometer has found that manufacturing SMEs in England are bucking sluggish growth forecasts, with 60 per cent expecting further growth between now and the end of the year. The report is said to underline manufacturing as one of the few sectors actually showing positive growth in England.

 

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