Posts Tagged ‘Fineline’

  • New Stitchliner 5500 delivers binding boon to Fineline

    Fineline Printing is claiming a binding boon after installing a Horizon Stitchliner 5500 equipped with twin VAC-1000 collating towers in early July.

    The new system, which was sold to Fineline Printing house by the Currie Group, sees the Melbourne print house up the ante on its binding and finishing competitiveness substantially, with the new equipment replacing an older unit with a smaller capacity.

    According to Bernie Robinson, Currie Group managing director, (pictured) the new Stitchliner 5500 is Fineline Printing’s first foray into Horizon finishing products, with the new machine giving the printer the ability to do saddle stitching, book block collating for perfect binding and collating for NCR (non-carbon copy paper) work – the latter of which can be run backwards through the machine, effectively allowing two jobs to run at once.

    The Stitchliner 5500 can produce tight fold booklets from 2 to 50 sheets. The icon based touch screen allows for simplified operation and the job changeover is fully automated. The three-knife trimmer section produces nearly finished booklets.

    At 5,500 booklet per hour and with the combined advantages of flat sheet collating, saddle stitching and three-knife trimming the booklet making system is ideal for short to mid range production runs.

    Robinson says the company settled on the new unit after seeing a display of the machine for the first time in early May. The installation of the new Stitchliner follows close behind Fineline Printing’s move to expand into digital production after it installed a Kodak NexPress SX3000 in September last year along with a new CtP system.

    Now, following the Kodak NexPress addition, the company offers a raft of services, including its traditional offset offering along with its digital production capacity, wide format printing and print management, along with graphics services.

    This series of new investments by the company comes after former Salmat executive, Neil Collyer, paid around A$3 million to acquire the business from its founders in August last year.

    The installation of the Kodak press completed Fineline Printing’s new dedicated Digital Press Department and, although Collyer said at the time that it was no small investment, he believed the new technology would ultimately pay off.

    “Buying the press was a major investment financially,” he said of the new Kodak machine in September. “These presses don’t come cheap. Its arrival is testament to the faith I have in the future of print and the potential I see this new technology has created.”

    The decision to team the press with the Stitchliner (pictured) underlines the widespread industry acceptance of the Horizon finishing products, no matter what brand of digital press is on the front end. The Currie Group’s expertise in delivering finishing equipment to a growing range of digital presses is a defining trend in the industry.

  • Winds of Change – 29 August 2012

    New director of solution sales at Pitney Bowes

    Pitney Bowes Australia has appointed former Hargreaves Institute for Innovation and Telstra Business Woman of the year finalist, Angela Peverell (pictured), as its newly created roll, director of solution sales.

    According to the company, the new role was created to take full advantage of new solutions launched through Pitney Bowes’ customised solutions delivery division, Solutions Factory. In her new role, Peverell will oversee the sales of Pitney Bowes’ product solutions in the Australian marketplace.

    James Murphy, managing director of Pitney Bowes Australia, says that, with Peverell’s business experience and her nomination as a finalist for the Telstra Business Woman of the year award, along with her experience in sales and marketing will put her in good stead for the new role.

    “Angela was the ideal fit for this role. Her insight and proficiency in sales and marketing will help expand Pitney Bowes’ Solutions Factory in the Australian market,” says Murphy. “Angela’s proven track record in developing products and relationships will be invaluable in fostering customised applications of new products, transforming Pitney Bowes’ solutions and creating stronger channels of communication with our stakeholders.”

    Fineline Printing MBO by ex-Salmat executive Neil Collyer

    Neil Collyer, former Salmat and Fairfax executive, has undertaken a management buyout of Victorian print and communications company, Fineline Printing, after managing the business for four years.

    In 2008 Collyer (pictured) became Fineline’s general manager after a four-year stint as national manager of operations at Salmat. However, he was appointed chief executive officer of the print business in 2010 after acquiring a 20 per cent share.

    Prior to his position with Salmat, Collyer worked as national publications manager at Trading Post, and before that, as general manager of Fairfax Newspapers.

    Industry sources indicate that Collyer spent $3 million to take over the Noble Park North-based company, which is reported as predicting a $14 million turnover this financial year. Already sporting a strong digital fleet, under Collyer’s ownership, the company looks set to grow its digital arm even further as print runs become shorter.