Posts Tagged ‘HP Indigo’

  • State of Indigo at State of Origin

    (Clockwise, from front left) Peter Lowe (Graphic Packaging International), Phillip Rennell (Sales & Marketing Director, Currie Group), Matt Naughton (Printcraft), Tania Naughton (Printcraft), Adrian Shoobridge (Graphic Packaging International), Peter Smith (Dashing Group), Shaun MacDonald (Dashing Group), Tom Kellythorn (Operations Manager, Currie Group), Marcus Robinson (Service Manager ANZ, Currie Group).

    The winners of Currie Group’s inaugural State of Indigo competition cheered on their NSW Blues team in a hard-fought State of Origin game 1 win over the ‘Maroons’ at the MCG.

    After eight weeks of tough competition based on the weekly Print Beat scores of HP Indigo printers, the NSW Blues came away with the State of Indigo title.

    The state winners from NSW, Graphic Packaging International and Dashing Group, and Queensland MVP Printcraft were flown to Melbourne to stay overnight as VIP guests of HP and Currie Group before enjoying a corporate suite at the opening game of the 2018 State of Origin series.

    A full corporate hospitality programme allowed the winners to rub shoulders with Origin legends Paul ‘Fatty’ Vautin, Willie Mason and Gordon Tallis.

    The State of Indigo competition is based on the weekly Print Beat scores of HP Indigo printers, with adjustments made to ensure a level playing field – mostly through factoring in week-over-week improvement percentages.

    PrintOS Print Beat is a cloud-based print optimisation solution that delivers historical and near real-time data for improved print operations.

    HP was represented by its Solutions Manager, Daniel Blau (5th from left).

    Marcus Robinson (Service Manager ANZ, Currie Group) meets Origin legend Willie Mason.

    Robinson (right) meets QLD Origin legend and commentator Gorden Tallis.

    The view from the corporate suites at the MCG.


  • CMYKhub powers up with a HP Indigo 10000

    Trent Nankervis installs Australia’s fourth HP Indigo 10000 press to boost capacity in short-run, high-value print to meet the expectations of its print industry customers.

    The premier ‘for trade’ supplier made over $2 million investments in the Melbourne facility following a survey of its reseller customers that identified a market for such items as high-quality digitally printed short-run A4 landscape perfect bound and saddle-stitched booklets as well as A2 size jobs such as point-of-sale posters.

    CMYKhub is setting a cracking pace nationwide in press investment and technology upgrades as it keeps pace with growing demand from its printer resellers. According to Nankervis the growth is a vindication of CMYKhub’s commitment to never sell direct.

    Now the addition of a HP Indigo 10000 to the Heidelberg West facility, only the fourth one to go into Australia, is set to expand the range of products it can offer its resellers even more.

    While admitting it is difficult to do a definitive ROI on new equipment Nankervis is convinced the HP Indigo 10000 is the right technology at the right time. “We made the decision after interviewing our customers to find out what they wanted. There was overwhelming positive response for the work the HP Indigo 10000 can produce,” he said.

    The new press is still settling in, running test sheets this week, although Nankervis confessed himself surprised at the quality of the first few sheets that came off the machine. “I’ve tested many different machines but these were as good as it gets,” he said.

    "It’s a balance of timing and technology," Trent Nankervis, MD, CMYKhub

    To complement the new press, CMYKhub has also installed a Scodix digital embossing press, which is capable a high lift spot UV effect adding impact with a high-spot gloss finish to printed material.

    The intention is to fill the press with new work, not take it from the current line up of HP Indigo 5600 and the Komori Lithrone G40P 8-colour H-UV perfector. (He traded in the HP Indigo 7600.)

    Working on the premise that the market only has so much capacity for this time of equipment and that within 18 or so months there will be six to ten of them in operation, Nankervis believes now is the time to make the move.

    “It’s a balance of timing and technology. I believe the 10000 technology is now quite acceptable where it is. There are other brands in the market but they’re not ready yet. I did a lot of testing and by the time the others are ready it will be a challenge to consider a two million dollar investment with so many already in the market,” he said.

    As an avid technologist he believes that while the future will belong to inkjet it’s not ready yet in terms of repeatability and maintenance. One of the first early fans of Benny Landa’s Nanography, he recognises that the emerging press company is now focusing more on the packaging market with its five colour and coater machine. The commercial version of the Landa press is still some years off.

    “At this stage the HP Indigo 10000 is the best option for commercial printers such as us,” he said.

    The digital engine is only one of a number of new investments, mostly in Ryobi LED-UV perfectors, the latest going into Queensland following a similar post-PacPrint installation in Sydney.

    “It depends on the size of the market and the demand. Here in Melbourne we need the big Komori but other markets are different,” said Nankervis.

    CMYKhub resellers will shortly receive sample kits to assist them take maximum advantage of the new products from the HP Indigo 10000. “We feel the short run 6-page A4 brochures and landscape A4 brochures will aid the resellers to tackle markets like the real estate industry,” said Nankervis.







  • 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.

  • Bruce & Peter’s excellent adventure

    Bruce Peddlesden,  and Peter Benjamin, Discus, are getting their fill of eating dust in the back of beyond as the Variety Bush Bash reaches Mt Isa, over half way through the 4,608 km marathon.

    The two industry notables in Car #15 limped into the far western Queensland town with a broken front suspension on their trusty Holden. Punishing corrugations 40 km outside town finally brought the adventurers undone after six days and over three thousand kilometres, much of it on the dirt.

    “We’re not the only ones. Every workshop in town is busy fixing up half the cars in the Bash. We’re lucky to be able to get the suspension welded. But we’re still alive, rumours of our passing are greatly exaggerated,” said Peddlesden.

    He does confess that the lay day on Wednesday is a great relief before they start towards the coast and the final destination of Airlie Beach and then to Hamilton Island. It’s a long way from where they started out in Shepparton Victoria, via Deniliquin, Broken Hill, Moree and Birdsville.

    “We’ve been more than half the time on dirt roads, out along the edge of the Simpson Desert and the Birdsville Track. We’ve been driving six to seven hundred kilometres a day. When the suspension cracked I was just about ready to give up,” said Peddlesden.

    However he is buoyed by the thought that the pair has raised over $30,000, much of it from the industry, for the Variety Club. You can still contribute here.