Posts Tagged ‘Anitech’

  • Barry Grant backs Neopost sign and display standing

    Barry Grant, former Anitech marketing director, is ramping up Neopost Australia’s sign and display portfolio standing after being appointed as the company’s Australian national manager for sign and display solutions.

    Grant (pictured), who made his name at Anitech where he served for many years as general manager and marketing director, came into the new position at the end of June with the task of making GBC Neopost a force in the sign and display industry.

    Neopost, which acquired GBC-Fordigraph (GBC Australia) in 2011 and formed GBC Neopost (Australia), has undergone a change of market presence over past few months, following its acquisition of Laidlaw Australia in Western Australia last year, and its appointment as a local distributor for Epson.

    Now, with Grant on board as Neopost Australia’s new national manager for Sign and Display, the company hopes to build up its footprint in the sign and display market.

    The company concedes it has long sought to become a major force in the sign and display sector and it is now looking to Grant – and his extensive industry connections – to drive this commitment.

    Neopost Australia, which employs around 180 staff in its branches in Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth, had a strong presence at the last PacPrint13 in Melbourne earlier this year, with an extensive display of Epson, Canon and HP equipment; and of course its range of finishing equipment, namely the addition of the GBC Titan 1264WF wide format laminator to its evolving product portfolio.

    Neopost says it will have a strong presence at the upcoming Visual Impact show at Homebush in September and Grant will man the stand to promote Epson, Canon and HP machinery and the rest of the Neopost agencies.

    Grant’s June appointment to Neopost Australia follows his departure last December from Anitech, which underwent a structural shift after the company’s former service division manager, Stephen Pratt, stepped in as CEO replacing former chief, Chris Wagstaff, who passed away early last year.

  • Anitech overhauls business operations

    Anitech is wrapping up a major restructure, with the print machinery and consumables supplier streamlining its logistics operations, rationalising its management structure and overhauling its delivery pipeline.

    The key elements of the company’s business reconfiguration involve changes to its office, staff, logistics and service delivery, all of which are designed to refocus the organisation on its new core business concepts of delivering technologically advanced printing and finishing solutions including consistent and reliable consumables and technical support.

    Anitech has streamlined its logistics, rationalised its management team and overhauled its delivery pipeline to create a smooth, responsive platform that it says will ‘take the business into a competitive market in a more purposeful and aggressive manner’.

    The company is keeping its distribution centres in Sydney and Perth, coupled with outsourced warehousing and distribution from logistics specialists Hunter Express in all other regions.

    The company says these changes will allow it to focus on its core operations distributing direct to customer wherever possible. The new national distribution and administration supply chain will guarantee delivery within 24 hours to most of our customers across Australia, yet still allow for emergency orders to be ‘bullet couriered’ or picked up from the 3PL warehouses.

    Anitech’s new crew: (L-R) Stephen Pratt, Mark Brown and Tony Troth.

    National call centres have been established, with one dedicated to take and process sales calls, while the second is a dedicated National service hub. The system changeover has been staggered to minimize the impact on our customers but has now been introduced with Newcastle, Sydney and Brisbane online now and other states following soon.

    Anitech says the changes will increase the number of face-to-face sales people it has in the market, with some non-core parts of the business, such as the Newcastle print Bureau, being sold off as part of the rationalisation process.

    Stephen Pratt, Anitech CEO, said, “we have implemented these changes to reshape the company; to create momentum and realign our focus to the changing needs of our clients. Corporate reputations are created over many years; our plan is to build on the trusted Anitech brand, reinvigorate our product lineup and get closer to our customers so that equipment, consumables and services are delivered to our customers how they want them, where they want them and when they want them.

    “We are signalling to the market” Stephen emphasised, “that our plan for Anitech is in effect and it will drive this business to new heights. We invite all of our customers to meet the team face to face and discuss how we can collectively build on our relationship, so drop in and speak to us on stand 0438 at PacPrint in Melbourne on 21 to 25 May,” he said.

    The business restructure follows a management shuffle earlier this year, which saw the former service division manager, Pratt, take on the position of CEO with the national print equipment and service provider after former chief Chris Wagstaff passed away in late February.

  • Anitech to exclusively distribute Durst Omega 1 locally

    Anitech has been named the exclusive local distributor for the Durst Omega 1 printer, announcing that it will begin distribution of the entry level Durst machine.

    Mark Brown, Anitech general manager sales and marketing said, “this will complement Anitech’s range of Seiko roll and Jetrix flatbed printers to provide a full and comprehensive range to the industry. At Anitech we now offer a total package of printers, laminators and consumables to suit the entire industry.”

    The Omega 1 is a UV inkjet printer which combines Durst’s 10 years’ experience of roll to roll printing technology and can print rigid and flexible material without compromise to either.

    The machine will print onto media like Kapa, Forex, Acrylic, Dibond and wood up to a thickness of 50mm, as well as self adhesive foils, papers, PVC vinyls, PE foils or textiles. It is very compact in size, only requiring 15m2 of floor space, yet it will print large images up to 160cm wide by any length, which is only limited by the media length, and at a production speed up to 35m² per hour.

    The Omega will make its first showing with Anitech on stand #0438 at PacPrint in Melbourne on 21 to 25 May.

    Anitech will also present Bordeaux’s environmentally friendly, Eco solvent and Mild solvent ink series, developed with nano size pigment particles to ensure excellent jetabiliy and printing quality at its PacPrint stand.

    The company will offer visitors the latest additions to the Bordeaux portfolio of environmentally friendly Eco solvent and Mild solvent inks, including Bordeaux’s fully tested and proven Mix & Match series, 100 per cent color and chemically compatible OEM inks.

    These environmentally friendly inks, free of VOC’s, are formulated to achieve optimum adhesion; high quality color and performance as well as long-term outdoor durability with multiple rigid, flexible and super-flexible substrates.

    “Once again Anitech will present to visitors Bordeaux’s solvent ink solutions,” said Tony Radley, Anitech National Business Development Manager – Consumables. “Bordeaux delivers the most valuable advancements for our customers in order for them to further increase the variety of wide format printing applications.   Additionally, Pacprint is an excellent opportunity to survey print service providers about the recent introduction of Bordeaux’s UV and UV LED curable inks.”

    Designed for high throughput UV printers equipped with industrial printheads, Bordeaux’s fast-curing UV & UV LED ink series were developed in response to the increasing demand for improved sustainable printing solutions. This fully tested and proven ink series offers extended compatibility to a very wide range of rigid and roll-to-roll substrates as well as long-term outdoor durability, opening many new possibilities for Print Service Providers that cannot be achieved with any other inkjet technology.

  • KIP toner press beds down with Konica Minolta

    Low-cost wide format poster printing from Anitech will feature as another solution in David Procter’s growing arsenal of digital imaging solutions.

    The innovative toner-based press will deliver cheaper prints than inkjet for high-volume jobs up to A1-size. Japanese company, KIP, released its colour technology last year and displayed it on Konica Minolta’ stand at drupa in May.

    Sydney-based Anitech, the long-term KIP agent in Australia, has enjoyed considerable success with the black & white version of the KIP machine over the years and has sold two units of the new four-colour engine since its release. The move to bring Konica Minolta into the mix reflects the international situation where the company represents KIP globally.

    New KIP team together; Barry Grant and Stephen Pratt from Anitech and David Procter, Konica Minolta usher in a new era of cooperation.

    “The KIP press uses the same CMYK toner technology we are accustomed to selling,” said David Procter, Konica Minolta, sales manager. “It allows us to provide a wide-format solution to our customers. I see it as a natural fit for printers wanting to supply the point-of-sale market. Because it’s toner-based the image quality will last and last.”

    The agreement will see Anitech continue to install and service KIP products on behalf of themselves and Konica Minolta. The two companies are committed to a cooperative working partnership in ongoing sales and service.
 According to Stephen Pratt, CEO, Anitech, the agreement will introduce KIP technology to a far wider industry base. “We are mainly focused on the sign and screen industries. The KIP 7600 has a much greater appeal to Konica Minolta’s customer base.”

    Konica Minolta will be focusing on two models to offer its existing and prospective customers; the KIP C7800 high production colour print system and the 700M high speed wide format monochrome printer with colour scanning.

    “KIP products have been at the forefront of technology and development, particularly with the dry toner print process, which offers efficient printer solutions that have huge ecological and cost effective benefits over competitors,” said Grant Thomas, product manager, Konica Minolta

    “Our aim is to supply leading wide format print products, which offer world-class technology, reliability and features that enable cost effective, wide format print production.”

    According to Barry Grant, sales director, Anitech, the economics of the KIP solution cannot be beaten in high-volume wide format. “To print an A1 poster on inkjet you need specially treated coated paper. With the KIP you can get the same result on normal bond paper for less than half the cost.”