Posts Tagged ‘Horizon’

  • Hornet’s Horizon BQ-470 PUR/EVA binder

    The Horizon BQ-470 PUR/EVA binder at Eastlink Bookbinding.

    When John Mandile, a bookbinder by trade, saw a lack of trade bookbinding services on Melbourne’s south side, he jumped at the opportunity to expand his business – and Currie Group provided just the tool he needed to do it.

    Currie Group supplied Mandile, the owner of Hornet Press, with the Horizon BQ-470 PUR/EVA binder, which gave him a huge leg up for his new trade finishing house, Eastlink Finishing. “It’s a great little machine,” he said. “We’re binding runs of up to 10,000 on it, it’s upped our own print because we can now do PUR and perfect binding in-house, and it’s given us an array of new clientele for Eastlink. We’re doing a lot of trade PUR binding for other printers since we bought it.”

    Since Eastlink launched in January, Mandile (pictured left) has been impressed with how the BQ-470 has handled everything he’s thrown at it. “It’s versatile – you can use it for small books, large books, short and longer runs. The setup is really quick, and they’re actually pretty bulletproof. They don’t take up a lot of space, and they’re very reliable.

    “It’s one of the best pieces of equipment that I own, aside from my printing presses,” he said. “Horizon kit is really good – it’s dependable, it’s quick, it does the job. For what we use it for, it’s excellent.”

    Currie Group account manager Vince Pignataro says Hornet Press is a long-term client that has purchased multiple pieces of equipment from Currie Group over the years. He says the new Horizon binder is a significant upgrade for the company.

    “The Horizon BQ-470/four clamp perfect binder offers PUR and EVA which covers all work quality from offset to digital stocks. The PUR gives Hornet Press the ability to produce a flatter looking book, when opened. Another important aspect of PUR glue binding is that the pages are very strong and it’s much less likely that the pages will ever fall out.”

    Currie Group’s service and support have also earned Mandile’s seal of approval, and the first-time customer says he’ll definitely go back and buy again in future. “Currie Group is an excellent supplier. They gave us a date they’d install the machine, and they installed it on that date – they even offered to put in another machine beforehand until ours arrived in Australia,” he said.

  • Nick Pond’s SA print safari – Print21 magazine article Part l

    Every city has its own flavour, its own distinct infusion of culture and industry, and Adelaide is no exception. What are the quirks, challenges and achievements paving the way for the people of print in the deep south? Nicholas Pond heads to the City of Churches to find out.

    Let me be the first to raise a glass of fine Barossa Valley Shiraz and say, sweet Lord Adelaide, you are a sorely neglected gem. Well done, sir or madam. This was my first visit and as I stepped off the plane and was met by a crisp South Australian autumn morning, I was sold right there.

    "Let me be the first to raise a glass of fine Barossa Valley Shiraz," Nick Pond

    The region is rightly famous for its world-class wineries, rolling acres of lush vineyards rich with punchy whites and splashy reds, and then there’s the inimitable City of Churches itself. It’s steeped in history, and wears its heritage proudly alongside a bristling edge of innovation and change.

    And with that autumn bite on the wind, change was certainly in season as I set off to try and get a sense of the local printing scene. The blend of old and new was in the air, tangible, and nowhere more so than with the printers I met. As run lengths drop, printers are turning their attention to the latest processes and technologies to adapt and survive, and when it comes to Adelaide the digital revolution has found a rich crop.

    Finsbury Green grows digital

    Finsbury Green is an iconic name, not just in South Australia but nationally. Finsbury’s raft of print awards spills out over more than three walls in its spacious lobby. The family-owned business is built on the combined pillars of quality and its well-known dedication to environmental standards. Its heritage is firmly based in the offset world but, as national manufacturing manager Robbie D’Angelo shows me, the revolution has well and truly broken ground here too.

    “First and foremost, this company has been built on the reputation that we are a quality printer. Over the years we’ve embraced environmental accreditations as well, which are core to the business now, so when we made the decision to go digital it had to be in line with sustaining and maintaining those standards,” says D’Angelo.

    Powered by a Kodak NexPress SE3000, Finsbury’s digital division is thriving. Since it was set up three years ago, the division has gone from strength to strength with all the national network’s digital work coming through the Adelaide hub.

    My visit finds Finsbury in a state of transition, as the man who oversaw that crucial set-up and has guided the division through the years prepares to hand over the keys. Damon Hammond, digital production manager, looks back on his accomplishments over the past three years, and reveals some of the challenges and triumphs.

    The passing of the torch at Finsbury Green: incoming and outgoing digital division managers, Chris Monteleone and Damon Hammond, hand over the keys to the Kodak NexPress SE3000.

    “I moved here from Brisbane for the opportunity to set up something from scratch. It wasn’t just setting up a digital department, it was working to integrate it with the existing offset mindset, which was a challenge in itself,” says Hammond.

    “It’s more than just picking up work and adding value, I think it’s actually helped drive change across the board. Digital has brought a lot of automation which now we’re trying to move into the rest of the business.”

    In fact the digital division hit capacity late last year and has just ratcheted up to two shifts, opening up new jobs and opportunities. Hammond leaves the digital team in the safe hands of Chris Monteleone, a Finsbury man for 18 years who is keen to pick up the ball and keep it moving forward. For Hammond, though, the success of digital for Finsbury Green speaks for itself.

    “I’m very proud,” he says. “It’s turned out well. It’s been successful, it’s been profitable and it’s growing.”

    Tender moment for Reflex Printing

    It’s not the biggest shock to see an offset printer branch out into digital but Mark Frankcom, owner and founder of Adelaide Digital, tackled the issue from quite another angle. Frankcom was running the straight digital set-up and turning a tidy profit until four years ago he went the other way entirely and bought up Reflex Printing, a mostly offset operation.

    “It’s been an interesting transition,” he admits. “Digital leads the business for me, no question. The offset side is flatter, but what it’s done is complement my digital by allowing me to do a wider variety of work, basically.”

    The move has seen him grow the company from a staff of four to fifteen, and bring on new business opportunities. Crucially for Frankcom both operations play to their strengths and stand up on their own, as well as meshing easily to add value for customers.

    In fact, Reflex Printing has only just finished upgrading its digital arsenal, with the spike in short-run, tight-turnaround work driving more and more business its way. A Konica Minolta man, Frankcom says that his brand new pair of C8000s are already well and truly earning their keep.

    One of two new Konica Minolta C8000s powering Mark Frankcom’s own personal digital revolution out at Reflex Printing/Adelaide Digital.

    “They’re replacing two C6500s that we’ve had for about five years now. Moving up to the 8000s was a no-brainer, the quality, the registration and the speed are all a step up. It means we’re able to handle more throughput and deliver the highest quality work on the market,” says Frankcom.

    It’s an investment that has already soundly paid off, with Reflex landing a new government tender. A major coup for the team, the deal covers coursework material for TAFEshop nationally, as well as all TAFE general printing for South Australia.

    Frankcom has confidence in the technology at his disposal and the support he can rely on to get the job done.

    “The service department in Konica Minolta smashes the competition. It’s just the attitude they’ve got. They look after you, they’ve got that ethos. And they have enough techs out there to cover it. It means we can go after these sorts of jobs and know that support is going to be there.”

    At the junction of offset and digital

    Leon and Sheila Torzyn head up another family-run Adelaide business embracing the digital revolution head-on. Running twin Konica Minoltas, a C6501 and C7000, alongside a four-colour Heidelberg SM-52, Print Junction has refined its specialised offering to target short-run books and brochure work. After 18 years in the business, Print Junction has successfully grown from a pure offset shop to a fully-equipped digital design studio.

    “With us starting out just offset, the test with digital was matching the print. Customers don’t care whether it’s digital or offset, they just want it at the highest possible quality,” says Leon Torzyn.

    “That’s why we went with the Konica gear. The ink on paper closely resembled the offset offering. That’s where we wanted to be, so it allows us to transfer work between the two. It’s got terrific output.”

    “You gotta know when to fold ‘em…” Leon and son Nathan Torzyn unpack their Horizon BQ-280 PUR binder.

    That output has helped land the business work with headland brands from Qantas and Wesfarmers, through to printing Indigenous Business Australia’s quarterly magazine Inspire. As an indigenous Australian-owned company itself, Print Junction has formed particularly close ties in the community, balancing that line between national service and a traditional community printer.

    Up until four years ago, local walk-in traffic still made up a healthy mix of Print Junction’s business, but work on the city’s first elevated South Road Superway all but put an end to that. With construction effectively cutting off direct access, Print Junction’s digital flexibility became vital for its survival.

    “We used to have three banks right out the front. They left when the foot-traffic stopped, that was about four years ago. That’s when we really focused on broadening our horizons. The digital work, online ordering and digital print management were crucial, but because of the way our business had been developing we survived. And now we’re growing,” says Torzyn.

    Step up to the crease

    As run lengths continue to shift, more and more of Print Junction’s booklet work has transferred across from offset. This has opened up print finishing as a growing priority for the business, and for Torzyn the answer was simple. It came on the back of a truck – the day the Currie roadshow came to town.

    Riding out the digital revolution in style, the Horizon BQ-280 PUR binder has been a showroom centrepiece throughout the Currie roadshow’s epic cross-country trek, and its Adelaide stop-off was no exception. With his new Horizon landing the very morning of my visit, Torzyn is still getting the engines running, but for him it’s a logical progression for the business in the current climate.

    “We know where we’re at with the smaller runs, and that’s pushed the drive through to digital print finishing equipment. These have been built to prevent toner from cracking and to give the appearance on the folds of a nice, crisp, clean, clear fold. It opens up whole new opportunities for us,” he says.

    Maintaining quality standards: Robbie D’Angelo with Finsbury Green’s new Horizon BQ-280 PUR binder.

    And Print Junction aren’t the only ones expanding their digital Horizons. The team out at Finsbury Green are also just christening a brand new BQ-280 PUR, also fresh out of the Currie mobile showroom. Finsbury’s Robbie D’Angelo fills me in on the increased demand across the state fuelling these crucial purchases.

    “We’ve invested to bring this equipment in-house to really maintain our quality standards. It gives us a better control of the overall product. People are ordering shorter and shorter runs for booklet runs, brochures. It makes sense for that work to go digital, and as those jobs grow we need to be able to finish to the same level. We put in the PUR binder a week back, and we’re potentially even looking at a new machine to complement the NexPress,” says D’Angelo.

    Next time Nick meets John Bastoni, print manager at Academy Photography as well as dropping in on David McCloud of Label Partners


  • Print Station reaches horizon with new finishing equipment

    Sydney-based Print Station has expanded its business with the latest Horizon finishing equipment. Producing the finishing touches on product brochures, catalogues, bills and letters at its new 400sqm factory is a new Horizon BQ-270V perfect binder and Horizon StitchLiner 5500 saddle stitcher.

    Lewis Liang, owner, Print Station said, “The big advantage of having the Horizon equipment is we no longer have the need to send our work to another printer. We do the finishing in-house now. The easy to use functions such as the touchscreen means it doesn’t take long to set-up digital or offset jobs. We don’t have to worry about other printers delaying our work. There are no more headaches.”

    Lewis Liang with new Horizon finishing line

    The efficiency of the Horizon equipment has won more work for Print Station as turnaround times are now much quicker with 30,000 books produced in a day compared to 10,000 in two days on an older machine.

    Liang said, “Horizon finishing equipment is a class above its competitors. I like to simplify things, so the Horizon perfect binder is the right solution for me as anyone can operate it. My business will truly grow from this investment. The StitchLiner will accompany it perfectly offering our customers a complete finishing solution.”

    During PacPrint 2013 in Melbourne, Liang took advantage of the strong Australian dollar to snap up a good deal for the Horizon finishing equipment.

    “We have experienced the best and worse times of the printing industry. The nineties was a great time to be a printer. The margin was higher in those days. We used to work most Saturdays and Sundays. For a few months we even worked twenty-four hours a day. To keep up with the times we saw the need to invest as a priority.” said Liang.

    Since its establishment in 1998, Print Station has been working with Currie Group, so it was no surprise Liang went to them for new finishing equipment having previously operated a Horizon VAC100 booklet maker. Liang said, “The Currie Group’s service has been second to none. They are always keeping a good eye on us. Whenever we have a problem they are always ready to provide you with the needed support. We have an excellent relationship with them.”

    Print Station’s 400sqm factory is also home to a recently installed 1996 six colour Komori used for bigger offset runs while a four colour Heidelberg Speedmaster takes on the smaller run offset jobs.

    User friendly: Liang starting a job

    Liang believes offset printing is shrinking as people require quicker turnaround times. With click charges getting lower, the need for digital printing will continue to grow. “The industry is changing every day. You must have new equipment to back up your price on jobs. Efficiency is really important. At one stage of your life it comes to either selling off your equipment and retiring or investing in new technology and keep on expanding the business. Once you upgrade machinery the customers will follow.

    “We used to outsource our A2 work to other printers, now we can do everything in-house. The A2 Komori and A3 Speedmaster is a perfect fit for us. We are not sure what the future of offset holds, so we don’t want to over commit to the latest offset technology. Our current investment on finishing and digital equipment, Horizon has proved to be a big winner for us,” said Liang.

  • 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.

  • Currie Group kicks off its Colour Roadshow around NZ

    Kiwi printers will be queuing up for the opening of the Currie Colour Roadshow today in Auckland as the industry’s iconic mobile showroom starts its 2nd Middle Earth tour.

    Over the next month the huge brightly coloured pantech will ferry its cargo of high-tech printing equipment around the North and South Islands, bringing the latest digital technology and finishing kit to parts far and wide. Craig Paul pictured), Currie Groups’ new New Zealand manager will be mine host for the scores of industry professionals expected to take advantage of the opportunity to see the latest developments.

    The former Frontline founder is the new face of Currie Group and AM International in New Zealand following the retirement of Ian Wood at Christmas.

    “It was quite fortuitous the way it happened. I was looking for something to do after leaving Aarque when they approached me. I was very pleased to accept,” said Paul.

    The gradual rebranding of the company will see Currie Group New Zealand provide the same level of service and range of products that have made it the largest independent graphic supplier in Australia.

    “We’re very happy to have Craig Paul on board in New Zealand. He is very well known and respected. Customers can be assured of continuity of service from the company. The Roadshow is a visible expression of our commitment to the New Zealand printing industry,” said Phillip Rennell, marketing director, Currie Group.

    The big truck rolled off the trans-Tasman shipping line last week with its cargo intact. The equipment New Zealand printers will be able to inspect up close and personal include:

    • HP Indigo 5600
    • Horizon AFC-566Fg
    • BQ-160PUR binder
    • CRB160 creasing unit
    • PF40 folder
    • SPF-7 booklet maker
    • Ideal 5221-95 EP

    Catch the Currie Group Roadshow at a venue near you on these dates:

    • Auckland: 20-22 February. ASB Showgrounds, 217 Greenlane West.
    • Hamilton: 26 February. Anglesey Motel & Conference Centre. 36 Liverpool St.
    • Rotorua: 1 March. Arawa Park Racecourse, Fenton St.
    • Wellington: 12-13 March. TBA.
    • Christchurch: 18-19 March. TBA.
    • Dunedin: 21 March. TBA.

    To make a booking download the PDF here.