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Out with the old and in with the new

Wednesday, 25 April 2018
By Jake Nelson

‘Superior quality’: Peter Hogan (right) and Mark Hogan, Hogan Print, with the new Foliant Mercury 530SF 4×4 laminator from Currie Group.

When the laminator at Sydney’s Hogan Print finally wore out after years of hard work, the owners knew exactly where to turn: Currie Group, who had supplied them with equipment for five years. Now their new laminator and folder are both up and running, and Hogan Print staff couldn’t be happier with the results.

Hogan Print is located in the busy industrial area of Artarmon, on Sydney’s lower North Shore. The family-owned business, run by director Peter Hogan and his three brothers and cousins, performs a wide range of digital and offset jobs, including point of sale, brochures and cartons.

Its two most recent acquisitions, a Foliant Mercury 530SF 4×4 laminator and a Horizon AFV-566/TV 564 folder, both from Currie Group, were installed last September and November respectively. According to Peter Hogan, the new laminator was a much-needed step up from Hogan Print’s existing machine. “We’ve laminated in-house for a very long time, and we literally wore out our previous laminator from the work we put through it, so we were due for an upgrade,” he said.

At PacPrint in May last year, Hogan viewed and demonstrated a variety of laminators from different suppliers, and found that the Foliant Mercury was the one best suited to the company’s needs. “We were impressed with this machine for its speed, its superior quality, and its capacity for coating both sides of the sheet at once, which has increased our productivity,” said Hogan.

Hogan Print also picked up its new Horizon folder after viewing it at last year’s expo. The company already owned two Horizon stitchers plus a creaser/folder, and staff had always loved the quality and ease of use Horizon machines provided. That made the AFV-566/TV 564 folder a natural fit, said Hogan. “Going to PacPrint, we were quite keen to see the folders Horizon had to offer, and we were incredibly impressed by the machine. It was so easy to use, with minimal make-ready due to its automation, and the fact that it could do such complex folds with so little difficulty was just amazing,” he said.

Both the folder and the laminator have given Hogan Print a boost to its business since going in late last year. The folder has reduced the company’s make-ready times and delivered a consistent high quality of output, while the laminator has increased the number of sheets that can be produced per day, meaning the vast majority of Hogan Print’s laminating work can now stay in-house.

Hogan is very pleased with the service and the quality of products that Currie Group has to offer, as well as the level of training provided. “They have access to some of the best products and brands on the market, and their salespeople and installation technicians are very helpful and know their products very well. Our installations were very smooth, and our staff were taught every aspect of the machines in a quick and easy fashion,” he said.

Hogan believes that Currie Group’s status as a distributor rather than a manufacturer gives it an edge in providing high-quality equipment. “They’ve been able to hand-pick some of the best brands in the printing industry – they’re not constrained by being a manufacturer who’d have to sell their own products,” he said.

Richard Watson, Currie Group.

Richard Watson, NSW/ACT state manager at Currie Group, says Hogan Print has been a pleasure to deal with over his four years in the role. “Hogan Print were one of the first businesses I dealt with. They had bought an HP Indigo press prior to my arrival.

“In recent years, we’ve had the opportunity to expand our partnership – among other things, upgrading their Indigo. They are very nice people, a multi-generational family business, who are well regarded in the industry,” he said.

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