Archive for July, 2011

  • Seven up for a standard industry

    Colour Standards, the group that encourages international ISO in the Australian market, has added seven new certified printers to its honour roll.
    Luke Wooldridge (pictured), chairman of TC 130 Australia says it does not matter who has certified the local printers. All printers who have gone to the effort and expense will be recognised.

    “This is the first time we have updated the certified printer list since it was launched four months ago. We will refresh the list every quarter on our website to promote Australian printers who have gone to the effort of achieving print standards.

    “The list allows the industry to view accredited printers in one space, rather than searching multiple qualifier sites like Fogra or Ugra,” he says.

    New printers added to the certified printers list include:

    • Digital Press, Surrey Hills NSW
    • World Wide Crystal Print, Cannington WA
    • Blueprint, Port Melbourne VIC
    • IBS Design Resources, Nerang QLD
    • Five Star Print, Netley SA
    • Hannapak, North Richmond NSW
    • Access Print Solutions, Granville NSW

    David Crowther, director of Colour Graphic Services says the list is quite unique in that it both advertises and recognises printers who have passed their certification.

    “It shows that they have passed a certified method, with procedures and process control mechanisms to maintain and keep printing at the AS/ISO 12647 standard.”

  • PMP opens doors of directory supersite for LIA tour

    LIA members were awarded with a behind-the-scenes tour of PMP’s Chullora site as the new sized Sensis telephone directories ran off the line.

    Three tour groups were given a walkthrough of plant operations on 27 July as the new sized White Pages ran through the three 64pp Heidelberg Harris web presses at 2,200 feet per minute.

    Stopping off at the control room, the groups were given an overview of how the entire operation has moved to touch screen technology, that can control the finer points of the production line from ink to wastage control.

    PMP’s 2.2-hectare Chullora site is a self-contained directory print plant where the entire run is completed in house from print to finishing, including servicing.

    To produce around 30 million Sensis directories annually, 38,800 tonnes of paper flows through the plant every year. It also goes through 770 tonnes of ink, and 149 tonnes of shrink-wrap.

    All three 4-colour lines are now printing the new sized White Pages, which has become the new standard. No changes needed to be made to the presses or bindery to accommodate the new format.

    Tim Burt, operations manager for PMP Chullora gave a post-tour breakdown once all groups had merged, noting that the challenges it is facing are consistent with the rest of the printing industry.

    The plant has had to bring in lean manufacturing initiatives and deal with an aging workforce. Manning the print lines are 120 staff, of which 22 have over 20 years of service and one pre-press operator has worked the directories line for 52 straight years.

    Around 8 trucks leave the Sydney plant every day, each carrying an average of 14,000 books at a time.

  • Green light for Ricoh eco billboard

    Ricoh officially flipped the switch on its Sydney eco billboard to promote its environmental and sustainability position to a wide public audience.
    The 100 per cent solar-powered sign was officially turned on by the Hon Brad Hazzard, NSW minister for planning and infrastructure, and Kazunori Azuma, CEVP of global marketing group at Ricoh.

    According to Hazzard, Ricoh well known for its technology innovation, with Sydney already being home to one of the company’s global Printing Innovation Centres. “Now Ricoh is bringing renewable technology to the Sydney skyline, successfully marrying innovation and sustainability, with both business and the environment being the winners.”

    Ricoh aims to demonstrate through the sign its long-term commitment to reducing its carbon emissions, as it will only turn on when its batteries are charged atop 132 Alfred Street, North Sydney.

    Azuma says the billboard is a platform to communicate its environmental position to a wider audience, rather than merely using it for self-promotion.

    “We wish to demonstrate by example Ricoh’s deep commitment to environmental conservation. Therefore the sign will not light up if there is insufficient power collected from the sunlight.

    “This launch is not simply about switching on a sign. Ricoh is making a statement about the need to develop new and better ways to minimise our environmental impact and we want to encourage environmental awareness at all levels of society,” he said.

    Sydney’s eco sign joins two other Ricoh sustainable billboards in the world, located in New York’s Times Square and in London.
    Les Richardson, managing director of Ricoh Australia says environmental awareness also improves a business’ bottom line by offering less cost, waste and complexity.

    Pictured: Les Richardson, MD of Ricoh Australia (left), Nobuaki Majima, MD of Ricoh Asia Pacific, Hon Brad Hazzard, NSW Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, and Kazunori Azuma, CEVP of Global Marketing Group of Ricoh.

  • International hat trick for Offset Alpine

    Offset Alpine Printing continues its winning streak with three Bennie awards, putting Australia back on the international print map.

    Competing against 3200 entries from 13 countries, the NSW-based printer won three categories with a single entry, including high fidelity printing, self-promotion and the special innovation award for printing.

    Garth Hackett, sales and marketing director for Offset Alpine says the team was very excited when it won the first award, but “there was a state of shock when we found out that we had won three.”

    “We are very happy and proud of the result, and its justification for the commitment and hard work our team put into the production of the book.”

    The thrice awarded Capabilities + book (pictured) according to Hackett, is a showpiece of special effects and techniques that not only demonstrates the teams skill, but also acts as a reference tool for those needing creative ideas for printed material.

    “I think the win is also good for the Australian printing industry as a whole, as it demonstrates that in Australia we have the ability to produce internationally acclaimed printed products.”

    Offset Alpine will have a representative collect the award at a gala event on 11 September in the US.

    The Benjamin Franklin Award, AKA ‘The Benny’, goes to the best of the best in the oldest and largest printing competition in the world, the Printing Industries of America Premier Print Awards.

    The three Benny statues add to the local printers growing collection of awards including the Galley Club Awards, National Print Awards and the NSW Printing Industry Craftsmanship Awards.

  • Book fire sale pays 11.7 million in employee entitlements

    Melbourne bookstore Reader’s Feast will close its doors on 31 July as the last Australian REDgroup store, with stock fire sale enough to pay employees their full due.

    Ferrier Hodgson, administrator for REDgroup Administrator Ferrier Hodgson will hold a second REDgroup creditors meeting to vote on a DOCA (Deed of Company Arrangement) proposal expected to pay unsecured creditors, including landlords and trade creditors around three cents in the dollar.

    John Melluish, Administrator and Ferrier Hodgson partner, recommends creditors support the proposed DOCA at the 4 August meeting in Melbourne.

    “Based on our investigations we do not believe that any dividend would be payable to unsecured creditors in any of the companies should they be placed in liquidation.”

    According to the Administrators’ report, it was unlikely the Group was insolvent for any material period prior to its collapse, and no breaches of directors’ duties had been identified.

    Dividends for unsecured creditors will be dependent on the final claims received in each creditor pool.

  • New stamping ground for Australian Envelopes equipment

    Following asset acquisition of the failed envelope manufacturer by Australian Paper, the machinery and presses from the Mulgrave facility will be split between the former Envotec sites in Notting Hill, Vic and Wangara, WA.

    Australian Office will also transfer a number of other overprint machines to its Preston manufacturing site and other state-based overprinting facilities in the coming months.

    The huge logistical effort will keep the market short of envelopes until the massive capacity comes back on line. Other envelope manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the demand since the surprise demise of Australian Envelopes, which went into administration last month.

    According to a statement from Rob Graham, group GM, Australian Office, the takeover has significantly increased the company’s envelope manufacturing capacity.

    “The expansion and rationalisation of the combined envelope manufacturing and overprinting operations provides us with the opportunity to optimise our envelope manufacturing capacity to meet market demand. Our focus in coming weeks and months will be to maintain our high standard of customer service to our existing customers and to welcome new customers,” said Graham.

    The takeover has the potential to make Australian Office as the largest envelope manufacturer and supplier in the country. As a vertically integrated paper and envelope manufacturer it will be in a position to compete vigorously in the newly energised sector.

  • We love print and we think you do too

    No other communications medium has such emotional impact, PrintCity Alliance launch a twitter survey to discover prints personal connection.

    In today’s multi-media society, print has the practicality and dependability of a well-tested medium. The short two-question survey lists 18 different reasons people love print, which can then be rated for a simple scope of industry impressions.

    The more people to complete the LovePrint online survey over the next few months, the better the total knowledge input will be.

    Tell us why YOU love print with this short survey, or follow the LovePrint campaign on Twitter here.

  • Print management consolidates to North Western Sydney

    Strengthening its Sydney operations PMA will be relocating its head office to Erskine Park in September this year, bringing all local staff under the one roof.

    PMA’s intention has always been to consolidate its operations into the major purpose built warehouse, complete in October 2009, since its previous warehouses in Girraween and Greystanes moved in as soon as the roof was built.

    Phil Okill, managing director for PMA says all the warehouse logistics have been in Erskine Park for two years now, so this move will just bring head office operations and staff all under the one roof.

    “This facility has the capacity to store 30,000 pallets, with the opportunity to add an additional 10,000 through expansion.”

    PMA has recently taken a majority 75 per cent shareholding in Trio Group, which has been accepted enthusiastically on both sides of the Tasman with all staffing looking forward to the opportunity this growth represents.

    Okill says the merger will increase it’s total sales turnover for FY11/12 to well over $60 million, adding growth in what has been uncertain times in the print industry.

    “One of our successes during the global financial crisis has been diversifying our offering into a range of markets, from promotional products, to logistics and fulfilment and most recently, safety products. This is our first complete acquisition, providing growth through an extension of these offerings to a new market.

    “Trio will continue to operate under its own branding as it is synonymous with the service it has provided to that market over 25 years. Don Brodie, founder of Trio, currently holds a 25 per cent share in the company and will remain in his role for the next three years.

    Brodie will add his experience and knowledge of the New Zealand market to the synergies arising from this merger. His main role will be overseeing the implementation of PMA’s proprietary systems into Trio, extending the service deliverables to Trio’s existing client base and all potential new clients.

    “The merger also represents a substantially increased buying scale, meaning that suppliers on both sides of the Tasman will have enhanced opportunities within their respective home markets, but also potentially from cross-country trade in both directions,” he says.

  • ***Ascent Partners: New Listing – Wide Format Digital Printer for Sale – NSW***

    What businesses do you know in the printing industry whose sales have grown 32% in FY 11, who achieve close to 15% profit on $5,500,000 of sales? This business has contracted sales, and outsources a large portion of its work in offset printing. It would be perfect for an A1 commercial printer looking for more volume, and looking to get into the high growth segment of wide format digital printing.

    The business is being offered as a going concern for $2,600,000 plus Stock At Valuation, with the owner prepared to offer his services for up to 12 months (at market rates, with incentives).

    Call Richard Rasmussen on 0402 021 101 or visit our web site for more details.

    Other Printing Businesses for sale:

    • SE QLD commercial printer – $3,000,000 sales, excellent plant and equipment, good profits, run under management – Sell price $1,800,000 plus SAV.
    • Southern Seaboard (Vic, Tas, WA or SA) commercial printer – $9,000,000 sales, vg plant, vg profits, – Sell price $3,000,000 plus SAV.
    • Kwik Kopy Townsville – Circa $750,000 sales, long standing, run under management – Asking $400,000 plus SAV.
    • Trade Bindery – VIC – $450,000 sales, good equipment, sell price $225,000
    • Eastern Seaboard (VIC, NSW, QLD) – Commercial printer – $5,200,000 sales, vg plant, high profits – POA.

    Soon to be listed:

    • Commercial Printer Sydney – $5,000,000 of sales, excellent equipment, price to be determined.
    • Commercial Printer Melbourne – $3,500,000 sales

    View our web site for more details.

  • SpeedStar smashes the label speed barrier – Print 21 magazine feature

    Now and then a new technology arrives on the scene that has the capacity to change the way industries operate, how products are manufactured and producers make money. Memjet is one such disruptive technology in the label printing industry and the SpeedStar label printer is one of the first units powered by the radically new imaging system to come to the market, courtesy of Label Print Systems (LPS) in Queensland.

    Speed, quality and cost are the defining parameters of adoptive technologies. When a new method of meeting an established need with superior performance in these three categories is developed, its success in the marketplace is almost assured.

    Technology is currently going through a phase of almost unimaginable innovation and creativity. One of the most exciting developments, with massive potential, is the development of micro-electro mechanical systems (MEMS).

    The creation of microscopic engines manufactured from silicon is transforming almost every manufacturing process… and a lot more besides. From health to science to manufacturing, MEMS are opening hitherto unrealised possibilities to inventive developers.

    In the graphic arts sector, the Memjet is licensed technology, rather like Intel chips are licensed to power computers. In its search for partners to integrate Memjet technology into utility manufacturing products, the inventor, Silverbrook Research, has partnered with chosen companies around the world. One of them is OWN-X, a label press manufacturer in Hungary that has delivered one of the first fully-operational label presses powered by Memjet, the SpeedStar 3000.

    Lightning fast and easy to use

    Simon Pugh from Brisbane-based Label Print Systems (LPS) has a history of bringing in new technology for the label converting industry. The advent of the SpeedStar 3000 galvanised him into action. As the exclusive Australian agent, he brought in the first demonstration model to show to the local industry at PrintEx in Sydney in May.

    “We’ve worked before with some of the people associated with OWN-X in Europe on other label products and they knew our track record of bringing new technology to market. When they were looking for someone to represent the SpeedStar in Australia and New Zealand they asked us at last year’s LabelExpo. I’d heard about Memjet technology and when I saw how they used it in the SpeedStar, I said ‘Yes’ straight away,” he explains.

    Taking six orders at the Sydney show rewarded the company’s faith in the revolutionary new machine. Label converters who witnessed the striking speed of the SpeedStar output and the almost photographic quality of the images recognised the system’s potential straight away. Offset printers looking for a way to bring in-house their client’s short-run label work also found in the SpeedStar the perfect solution.

    “Short-runs and sample label production is an increasingly important sector of the label converting industry. It is ideal for digital inkjet but, until now, the costs of buying a large system have made it prohibitive for most printers. We believe the SpeedStar will change all that and is the best solution for all those who want to seriously produce high-quality, short-run labels,” adds Pugh.

    Pictured: Jimmy Liem (left) of Print Rite seals a deal with Rory McElwee of LPS

  • Stockdale has all the staff you need

    Reflecting the size and scope of its outsource business after 10 years, Stockdale PrintStaff gets a logo makeover and launches its re-branded website.

    Tom Stockdale, managing director of Stockdale PrintStaff says updating the website was vital. The online presence is building traffic with enquiries from companies looking for staff to candidates submitting resumes for employment.

    The re-brand comes as the firm is celebrating a decade in the business of printing industry recruitment. It is now servicing both the Melbourne and Sydney markets.

    “The new website allows clients to register for our best candidate bulletin, a fortnightly email with a selection of best Stockdale staff available within the each area of the print industry from design, prepress, printing, bindery, mailing, and warehouse.

    “It is now also easier for candidates to see what jobs are available and submit their resume online. We have made it easier for them to get in touch with their relevant Stockdale contacts and to download timesheets.”

    The industry recruitment specialist outsourcing skilled labour throughout Melbourne and Sydney emerged after 12 months with a corporate rebranding and a greater understanding of identity culture.

    “The best thing we got out of the whole 12 month marketing exercise wasn’t actually the marketing, it was a better understanding of who we are and what we do that makes us unique.”

    Printing businesses require the right amount of full time and casual staff to remain at a constant level of optimum capacity, so their production levels can match their staffing needs.

    “On a fun note, the new site also features quick links for our footy tipping, which has been very successful this year. It makes it easier for clients and candidates to get their tips in each week,” he says.

  • The winds of change: 26 July 2011

    Fujifilm Graphic Systems announce the recept appointments of Rodney Williams to the newly created role of National Channel Manager and Troy Strachan to the position of Product Manager to build on its customer focused initiates.
    Matt Ritson, marketing manager at Fujifilm Graphic Systems says it is already seeing results with the addition of Troy and Rodney to the team.

    “Both posses strong business acumen and more importantly, passion for the customer projects they undertake. As a result, Troy will deliver market leading customer focused initiatives and Rodney an improved business relationship with our National reseller partners.

    Troy’s product management background in consumer electronics and Rodney’s vast experience in the reseller channels will strengthen FFGS customer business relationships and enhance Fujifilm’s standing in the graphic communications industry.

    “Fujifilm Graphic Systems welcome both Rodney and Troy, and we look forward to hearing the positive feedback on their appointment from our valued customer network,” adds Matt.

  • Printers ready to cut energy costs

    The first group of companies to enrol for energy efficiency training to combat spiralling energy costs in NSW completed a one day course in Sydney last week.

    The group were the first to undertake a free energy efficiency workshop run by Printing Industries in partnership with the Office of Environment & Heritage NSW, SD Environmental Management and Applied Training Solutions.

    Participants included Canprint Communications and Cactus Imaging of the Opus Group; Prografica, Torch Publishing and Coaster Kings.

    They were shown how to track energy use and the benefits of doing this. They also received a 10-step guide to developing and implementing an Energy Conservation Plan and were coached on managing behaviour change within the company, integrating energy efficiency into business plans and overcoming staff cultural barriers.

    Participants benefited from case studies including WHO Printing from Newcastle, which was used to help print model the course as well as Bright Print and other Australian printing companies and an international case study from Canada.

    The News Limited study showed that after improving the efficiency of its air compressors and air conditioning, the company was able to make a further 33 per cent energy saving by reducing the voltage of its florescent lighting. Payback was in less than 12 months.

    Ian Walz, National Manager, Learning and Development at Printing Industries says the participants finished the course with a far greater understanding of the many ways business energy usage can be reduced and the influence and role of energy patterns of both business and residential users.

    “We identified the need for this course during our Sustainable Green Print (SGP) workshops which showed companies needed to have greater knowledge of energy management to lessen their environmental impact and to improve their bottom line profitability.

    “The reality is that energy costs are increasing and like any business cost, must be managed. This course provides companies with the know-how to start the process, a process that can very quickly yield returns.”

    The one-day course is provided free and companies are able to send two representatives. The remaining 3 August is almost full but places are still available for 4 August, 17 August and 18 August.

    Registrations for the Sydney courses or expressions of interest for locations outside of the Sydney area should be directed to Ian Walz on (02) 8789 7362 E-mail:

    Pictured: Attending Printing Industries first energy efficiency course were: Ian Walz (Printing Industries); Aaron Westwood (Trainer ); Rachel Haley (Office of Environment & Heritage NSW ); Chris MacPherson (Torch Publishing); Phil Calnan (Coaster Kings); Christian Engish (Torch Publishing); Sonja Duncan SD Environmental Management); Keith Shaw (Prografica); Michael Gallagher (Cactus Imaging) and Scott Elliott (Canprint). Absent from photo: Kerim El Gabaili (prografica).

  • Want new markets and new revenues, talk to DES

    EFI Rastek H652, DES’ latest entry/mid-level production UV hybrid printer enables print houses to grow and develop new opportunities without having to diversify too far from their core offering.

    According to Phillip Burns, grand format product manager for DES, the Rastek H652 printer offers offset printers opportunities to capture additional business from their existing client base without having to expend large amounts in capital equipment or go through long and difficult learning curves.

    “The H652 is an easy out of the box solution to facilitating 98 per cent of the POS requirements for existing clients with double the output speeds of its predecessor allowing sites to be more responsive and reduce output costs.

    “It delivers a high rate of return, so you can literally pay for the printer by using it a few hours a day. One thing with UV print technology is that it the printer is 95% of the finished output, you don’t need a lot of post finishing equipment apart from a table, knife and a ruler to trim the sheets.“

    This means that adoption of the printer will allow any site to output high value POP work without having to purchase additional finishing gear to complete the work.

    DES is the most successful distributor for EFI in both technology and software solutions for the print industry and are responsible for 42 per cent of the Asia Pacific EFI Vutek and Rastek sales.

    “We are also the largest distributor of this technology in the APJ region” Burns adds. “DES also has the highest number of trained technicians in Australia combined with extensive colour management knowledge and distribution warehouses in the key states.”

    Russell Cavenagh, Sales Director at DES, said that the marketing opportunities from adoption of the UV print technology will provide many sites with untapped opportunities of revenue that are immediately available but rarely realised.

    For more information

  • From little things, big things grow

    This is the theme for the 2011 JPE Annual Conference to be held over the weekend of 19 to 21 August on the waterfront at the Newport Mirage.

    It will focus on how the individual young people can enhance their professional life with their employer and excel in the future.

    JPE, which works to enhance the professional and self development of young managers and future executives in the printing industry, have designed the sessions so that all attendees can walk away with valuable tools to achieve their goals.

    Guest speakers include Natasha Munasinghe, general manager of The FRANK Team, a leader in education and training in Australia and Christine Bullivant Group Manager – Corporate Services & Development with father Chris Riley’s Youth Off the Streets program.

    Munasinghe has facilitated and trained hundreds of people in fields such as leadership, mentoring, innovation and professional development.

    She has worked closely with young professionals associations, universities, companies and state and federal bodies including the Department of Investment and Industry, Department of Transport, Department of Education and Training and the University of Technology Sydney.

    Earlier this year she represented Australia at the 2011 Global Entrepreneurship Week Congress in China and has been one of 300 people invited globally to be a delegate at the Future of Entrepreneurship Education Summit by the US Chamber of Commerce later in 2011.

    Bullivant worked as a major event organiser for the Festival of Sydney and a TV produced before joining Youth Off the Streets, initially as a volunteer before becoming a full-time staff member.

    The organisation supports young people who are dealing with homelessness, abuse and neglect, drug and alcohol dependency and general disconnectedness.

    The conference program will include:

    • Icebreakers and networking Acitivities
    • Experience and Skills audit – creating a road map of past experiences, strengths and lifestyles
    • Career Fast Forward – participants come in to the workshop with an idea of where they want to be professionally in five years; assessment of their chosen career roles vs their experience audit
    • Ideation – what inspires you? What if… (creative brainstorming in teams)
    • Case studies and examples of very successful and productive companies
    • Breaking it down – how to turn an idea into reality; and how to integrate it within your role
    • Accountability – how to ensure an idea is auctioned; creating a buddy system and mentoring options
    • Team skills audit – who is on your team and how can it be enhanced?
    • Wrap up

    Young employees or companies interested in the development of their young managers should contact Franca Balsamo on 8863 1217 or e-mail: for information and bookings.

    The conference brochure can be downloaded here.

    JPE is affiliated with Printing Industries who are also a sponsor of the conference.

  • Gutenberg finds a happy home

    A huge 2.6m by 1.1m copper embossed plaque hanging in the foyer of Stan Halkeas’s former well-known Sydney printing company, Halkeas Printing, finds a new home.

    Halkeas Printing founder, Stan Halkeas commissioned a Greek artist/sculptor friend to produce the wall plaque over 25 years ago. “Chris Kranidis created a highly detailed depiction of the first use-age of moveable-type – faithfully captured in beaten copper.”

    Commemorating the father of modern printing, Johannes Gutenberg, the wall plaque features the first printing workshop in all its glorious detail, including Gutenberg himself at work.

    “It reminds us of the origins of printing, and of how far we have come. The industry has progressed from hand-carved wood blocks to engraved metal, and now it moves to digital with computers,” Halkeas said.

    For almost 500 years Gutenberg’s invention of the movable type printing press was used without important changes. It wasn’t until only about 100 years ago that alternate processes, such as offset, were developed.

    Industry veteran James Cryer was proud to play a role in securing the future of the plaque for the PIAA, and believes the piece is important as it depicts an important milestone in the industry’s history.

    “As an industry, we’re very quick to discard old methodologies, which is understandable in the modern headlong rush to innovate. However, it does us good to be reminded of the giants on whose shoulders we now stand. This plaque is a visual reminder of our heritage and our origins,” Cryer said. “I was delighted that Stan agreed to make this gesture.”

    Pictured: James Cryer (left) standing in front of the Gutenberg plaque with Stan Halkeas.

    Bill Healey, CEO of Printing Industries says the copper mural would be a unique and invaluable addition to the Association’s historic collection. “We are indebted to Stan Halkeas who commissioned the work a great many years ago and has now seen fit to entrust it to our care.

    “We currently have one of the few existing facsimile copies of the ‘Most Prestigious Book in The World’ – the two-volume Gutenberg Bible – on permanent display at our Auburn head office entrusted to us by another iconic industry family – the Alberts family who owned Standard Publishing House.

    “The generosity of the Halkeas family in contributing this Gutenberg pressroom mural will help put into context the environment in which Johannes Gutenberg worked to create the revolutionary moveable type technology that began the educational reformation, a technology which is still benefitting the world today.”

    Healey says the mural would be on permanent display joining other unique exhibits including original pages from the Nuremberg Chronicle of 1493 and one-of-five limited edition reproductions of the documents officially recorded as the first press printed documents produced in Australia.

    “While we have a very important role ahead of us in working to help reposition the printing industry to best take advantage of current technological change, we can’t lose sight of our roots, the history of our industry and its innovations which are as revolutionary and challenging today as they more than 600 years ago in Gutenberg’s time,” he said.

  • OPUS opens up wide format vision on both sides of the Tasman

    Visionary lead of the PE-backed Opus group, Cliff Brigstocke, has expanded the company’s wide format offering with a major technology investment in HP kit.

    OPUS has installed a Scitex XP5300 into Cactus Imaging in Sydney and is currently installing a XP2300 into Omnigraphics NZ in Auckland.

    Nigel Spicer, general manager of Cactus Imaging says the upgrades versions of the XP5300 and XP2300 feature all the latest software and print technology that HP has come out with over the last year.

    “Both printers increase our productivity and capacity considerably, which is what the market requires, as there is an increase in shorter turnaround times and client requirements to get things done quickly.

    "They can run at 240 square meters per hour, which is a quantum leap form where we were at the past at 105 square meters, and increase our ability to print on different substrates.”

    The Group recently achieved recognition for its printed work on Scitex printers with Cactus Imaging receiving a gold medal at the HP Digital Print Awards 2011, and Omnigraphics NZ taking six awards at the MacTac Innovative Awards 2011.

    Opus Print Group CEO, Cliff Brigstocke says the XP5300 is the latest of the HP fleet that delivers industry?leading print speeds while also improving quality.

    “The XP5300 runs around three times faster than the average billboard kit on the market and for a billboard at that speed to do gloss finish is pretty impressive, to put it mildly.

    “The XP2300 is basically the same technology with a different speed and quality ratio, but for its size is perfectly suited to the NZ market as it features twice the speed of the existing kit.”

    Brigstocke says HP Scitex printers can produce everything from durable outdoor signage to high-quality, point-of-purchase displays, enabling businesses to produce more products in less time.