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  • Graph-Pak tops $1.5m in October

    An Autobond laminator

    Sydney-based trade supplier Graph-Pak has posted a record $1.5 million in sales for October with seven commercial and trade printers signing up for new laminating equipment and spot UV machines.

    “Business had been relatively slow but we’ve had a fantastic October and basically we’ve done a year’s budget in a month, with sales of more than $1.5 million,” said managing director Tom Ralph. “All the projects had been on the radar for a while but it was strange for them all to fall around the same time.  All of the buyers are in Melbourne and Sydney and installations will start in January 2016 and continue through to April.

    “These printers have all seen the benefits of raising the bar and are upgrading from low quality equipment they bought cheaply in the last few years as they dabbled with in-house finishing. Four printers bought new Autobond laminators – the Maserati of laminating machines – and we’ve now sold more than a hundred Autobonds since we started nine years ago.  Two companies have opted for the ever faithful D&K Europa A2, which at $50,000 is incredibly good value for those happy to run up to 20 MPM, and another printer decided on the digital spot UV Autobond.”

    Demand for spot UV systems has jumped over the past six months, said Ralph.  “We’ve had five customers from Australia visit Autobond’s UK facility for tests, trials and evaluations.  The digital spot UV Autobond series starts at 360 wide, then 520 wide, 760 wide and then to 1050 wide. These machines can be sold inline with an Autobond laminator and equipped with a foiler for one-pass everything.

    “The Autobond laminators and Spot UV gear are heavy duty systems designed for virtually continuous performance but also designed bespoke to suit individual customers needs, which could be simply one or two sheets or up to one million. As print becomes increasingly specialised, with overall volumes down but quality up, the amount of pages being laminated is increasing and spot UV is becoming pretty much standard.”

  • Sydney printer stays loyal to Heidelberg offset

    The Heidelberg XL 75

    Sydney printer Innovative Print Solutions (IPS) has bucked the shift to digital by ordering a new Heidelberg XL 75 six-colour offset printer to compliment its digital and wide format work.

    “We have three digital presses and three large format printers right now and they’re all amazing machines but as far as I’m concerned they’re still not up to the offset quality as yet,” said IPS co-director Diane Kelso. “It is going against the current industry trend somewhat but there’s a huge amount of offset work out there, especially for the next 15 years or so, and this machine will handle all of that work. We have a diversified customer base and for us the digital compliments the offset and the wide format work, especially for corporate POS presentations, because we have all three print capabilities under one roof here at Brookvale.”

    The new Heidelberg replaces a Heidelberg SM 74 offset press that was destroyed in a hailstorm late last year. “We had a flood at the factory in December after huge hail stones tore holes in the roof and the rain came in and destroyed our existing Heidelberg,” said Kelso.  “Fortunately, we had insurance so we were able to swap new for old. The new press is due to arrive next week and we’re getting very excited.”

    Heidelberg will be handling the installation and set-up. “Heidelberg has been fabulous over the years and we’re very happy with them,” she said.  “Their techs will work around the clock to get the new press up and running as soon as possible, and they also provide all the training.”

    Kelso’s son Craig, MD IPS, says he’s also looking forward to the new Heidelberg. “I’m just waiting for them to ring me and confirm that the installation will start next week, so I can’t wait,” he said.  “It’s been a long seven months but it’s exciting to know it’s almost here.  The quality and productivity upgrades for us will be significant.  The XL-75 will give us 150% more productivity than our previous offset.  A job that might have taken a 60-hour week, we can now finish inside two and a half days.  We’ve asked for all the bells and whistles so our new Heidelberg will run 18,000 sheets an hour and has a fully automated plate and it’s water-cooled as well.  It’s fully spec-ed.”

    Innovative Print Solutions, based at Short St, Brookvale in northern Sydney, has more than 40 years experience in the printing industry.

    It’s comprehensive product range includes: newsletters, flyers, business cards, letterheads, postcards, posters, stickers, envelopes, magazines, booklets, brochures, annual reports, presentation folders, mailing, acrylic printing, floor graphics, back lit film, canvas print, aluminum signs, vinyl signs, corflute, foamcore, magnetic car signs, wallpaper, vehicle wraps, warning signs, POS and more.

    Heidelberg's XL 75

     

  • It’s all about attitude – Franca Balsamo on Women in Print @ PrintEx 2015

    The Women in Print breakfasts have become an integral part of the industry calendar. At PrintEx last week, more than 100 printing professional women got together to drive the progressive agenda for the industry. Notable industry identity, Franca Balsamo, was there and this is her report.

    A steady stream of Women in Print arrived before 7:30am to attend the WIP PrintEx breakfast. It started with a slow hum but then grew into a huge buzz, from simple hello exchanges to lots of conversations about present industry activity. The large bacon and egg rolls proved too much of a challenge for some to handle whilst juggling a hot cup of coffee/tea. Many took the opportunity to catch up with colleagues as well as networking with new faces.

    "Important to have quality time with family," Jennifer Baile

    All attendee’s were ushered into a seated auditorium where Karen Goldsmith officially opened the session by welcoming all and introducing guest speakers Kylie Goodwin, Group Recruitment Manager for Fairfax Media [ANZ]; Jen Baile, National Business Manager for Fuji Xerox and Karen Strain, Financial Planner with Media Super. Susan Heaney, Managing Director of Heaneys Performers in Print went on to facilitate the panel discussion.

    Each guest speaker gave a short snapshot of their journey within the Print Industry and their careers to date, each highlighting the successes and challenges thrown at them.

    They explained how they started in one role, learned that particular skill set and then evolved into other areas. Life circumstances had influenced their choices, bringing them to where they are now. Through their drive, passion and confidence they achieved a lot and took their careers to a much higher level.

    The main theme that came across was having great mentors/leaders who encouraged them to challenge, change and adapt their skills and knowledge to enhanced their experience. They described that it wasn’t always necessary to have the exact education to start with but to be open to learning as they went. It’s all about attitude and taking the opportunities as they arose. Women don’t naturally talk about their achievements as do men, so may miss out on many opportunities yet they are just as good as their male counterparts.

    Kylie Goodwin gave tips on applying for jobs, what typically recruiters are looking for. Tailoring cover letters to respond to requirements of the job, don’t address it generically to Dear Sir or Madam. She outlined the importance of social media in this age of applying for jobs and that having an up to date Linkedin Profile is important, that’s where they are recruiting for talent.

    Jen Baile talked about being organised, from balancing motherhood whilst running a business and to working for a corporation that requires a lot of travelling. Important to have quality time with family when home and still be fully committed to work. Larger corporations now offering women the ability to work from home – return to work plans for Women coming back off maternity leave as an investment for business. Flexible working hours and work locations.

    Karen Strain emphasized to the women present to take a more active interest in their finances, not waiting till they are in difficult position because relationship/marriage didn’t work but to take control now to plan for a better future. Many people just look at Super statements and disregard them, she explained you can find ways to support yourself later by making small adjustments to the way you contribute to your fund. Get financial advice and prepare for retirement. Have peace of mind and security, not leaving it to chance.

    The Women in Print sessions are invaluable to the development and success of women in the industry.