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  • 1st Canon 700 in NSW to Gold Leaf Framing

    Theo Stamatopoulos may not be your typical printer but he believes Canon quality will help transform his business.

    Adding value to print is recognised as an essential pathway to higher profits and margins. But for the founding director of Gold Leaf Framing it is the very basis of his successful framing and printing business.

    Starting out 20 years ago as a picture framer in the southern Sydney suburb of Como, he moved into printing at the behest of his customers. As a self-taught Photoshop expert in the 1990s his skills at fixing up family portraits brought requests from them to reproduce the originals … and frame them!

    “It was always a bespoke service, they wanted me to solve problems. I never did any marketing, it just grew by word of mouth” said Stamatopoulos.

    The picture framing business expanded in scope and in size when he moved into wide format reproductions with an Epson 10000 CF. At one stage he was running three big Epson inkjets non-stop from his Como factory pumping out hundreds of colour murals for Rail Corp NSW. Again word of mouth brought him large corporate clients who sought out his ‘no problems’ style of service.

    Then he moved into production printing with an Océ CS 650, working with local artists on reproductions of their paintings. “I was more interested in getting the right colour than in how fast it could print,” he recalls.

    Turning out framed pictures, photos and certificates ensured there was very little commodity printing coming out of Gold Leaf Framing  (the name comes from an old French picture framing tradition of quality). Value adding is second nature to the business model. In recent times he has opened a facility in Sydney’s CBD where he handles an increasing amount of high-end corporate work as well as a growing ‘for trade’ business servicing a number of Sutherland Shire printing companies. Stamatopoulos is now pursuing a growth strategy, looking to build the business with the latest technology.

    As a long-term Océ/Canon customer he was first cab off the rank for the new Canon imagePRESS 700 in NSW.  Again he was most concerned with the quality of the colour and the ability to reproduce scanned-in photos and paintings.

    “I want the very best quality reproduction. I don’t want any of my customers to ever be embarrassed by what I’ve done. It’s a level of service that builds goodwill,” he said.

    Every equipment vendor wants the initial install of new technology to be a showcase site it can point to as an example for others. Theo Stamatopoulos doesn’t fit easily into that frame work but his success is even more telling. It is indicative of the success of small- to mid-sized printing businesses that are thriving in particular niche markets.

    The Canon install team with Theo Stamatopoulos (2nd from right) Paul Byatt, technical lead, with technicians Michael Lipowicz and Louie Loo

    The purchase of the imagePRESS 700 shows just how far digital technology has taken over the work-a-day business of printing where business owners, without offset skills, use it to add value to a particular offering and not compete on commodity-style print.

    The Canon imagePRESS 700 was installed at Gold Leaf Framing yesterday (Monday 30 September) in the shopfront premises with the old machine removed and the new one in place and running test sheets within five hours. Calibrating the machine for the default Canon substrate with a Fiery RIP tweaked to give even finer levels of colour balance in the days to come, the Canon team under Paul Byatt, technical lead, with technicians Michael Lipowicz and Louie Loo had it under control with the minimum of fuss.

    Canon has great hopes for the imagePRESS 700, which it launched in July. With at least one already in Victoria and now in NSW it appears the roll out is well and truly underway.