Posts Tagged ‘Barry Grant’

  • 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.

  • 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.”