Posts Tagged ‘Roger Kirwan’

  • Label printers move into packaging

    Next month’s inaugural Print21 + PKN LIVE: New Frontiers in Packaging Print will examine how increasing numbers of label printers are finding gaps in the packaging market.

    In a session focused on printers who were early adopters of digital printing, starting with labels – and who are now exploring growth opportunities in packaging, we’ll hear from companies like Kirwan Print Group, Soar Print and Excel Print.

    ‘Primed to move into the packaging sector’: Steve Matthews, CEO Excel Print.

    Guest panellist Excel Print CEO Steve Matthews will share his company’s journey from its establishment as a digital cut sheet printer in New Zealand in 1987.

    “We are NZ’s largest digital print provider and four years ago we diversified into the label industry,” says Matthews. “Recently, we’ve invested in equipment that has enabled us to start out our journey in the flexible packaging market.

    “We are experts in fit-for-purpose, cost effective label print solutions using state-of-the-art digital technologies We have a strong label and shrink sleeve operation and are now primed to move into the packaging sector. We currently supply trade partners with print as we are yet to have our own in-house finishing for flexible pouches.”

    LIVE’s Game-Changing Technology in Packaging Printing session will also feature Fred Soar, MD of Auckland-based Soar Print, who will discuss opportunities in the food and beverage industry, where artisan brands are proliferating, giving rise to a demand for short print runs of multiple SKUs.

     Other panellists and speakers at Print21 + PKN LIVE: New Frontiers in Packaging Print will include: IVE Group executive chairman Geoff Selig; Orora Fibre group general manager Brian Lowe; Kellie Northwood, CEO ACA / Executive Director TSA Limited and APIA; PIAA CEO Andrew Macaulay; Marty Stone – Australia Post’s head of category – simplifying business, small business; Currie Group director, labels and packaging, Mark Daws; Matthews Intelligent Identification CEO Mark Dingley; Gwen Blake, managing director of packaging design company Boxer & Co; Amber Bonney, creative director of The Edison Agency; Ian Douglas, solutions architect and director of Spawnit; tech entrepreneur Bill Atta; and Birdstone Collective director Ian Blair.

    Tickets are on sale here. 

    Find program details here.

    When: Friday 3rd August, 2018

    Time: 9am to 4pm

    Where: Monkey Baa Theatre, Darling Harbour, Sydney 

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  • Roger Kirwan’s miraculous escape

    Roger Kirwan (r) with new GM Carl Butchard, in front of the latest Foxcil purchase – a Brotech label finishing line – last month at Kirwan Print in Brookvale.

    Roger Kirwan, owner of Sydney’s Kirwan Print Group, escaped with minor injuries after a speeding truck ploughed into an outdoor table at Starbucks in Salt Lake City and killed one of two friends he was meeting for a coffee.

    Kirwan with admitted to hospital with minor injuries but has since been released.

    Editor’s note. The news is not as good we first reported. Roger has been in touch from the US, where he’s recovering after being seriously battered about. He writes, “I was in hospital in critical condition for four days, with multiple injuries including a punctured lung and many fractures and including a vertebrae. My brother has come to the US to assist in getting me home.’

    While we’re all in favor of not making too much of our troubles, Carl Butchard, GM, had a much lighter view when we first spoke with him in Sydney. We’ll keep you updated on Roger’s progress.

    “Roger’s good but he’s shaken up and he’s cutting short his trip. He’ll be flying back at the end of this week,” says Kirwan Print GM Carl Butchard, speaking from the company’s factory at Brookvale in northern Sydney. “From what I can tell, a person had a medical incident and the truck drove across traffic and jumped the curb.”

    The victim has been identified as 48-year-old Joslyn Spilsbury of Salt Lake City, who was a mental health counsellor in private practice in Salt Lake County and the mother of a young daughter.

    Police believe the driver, 34-year-old West Walker of Oakley, Utah, suffered some kind of medical episode, perhaps a seizure, prior to the crash. They’re awaiting the results of toxicology tests.

    Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera said a truck traveling at high speed crashed into a group of people on the Starbucks patio.

    “We have information that a truck driving on Highland at a high rate of speed went over the curb, and went into Starbucks,” Rivera told Fox13 Salt Lake City. “One person is deceased. The truck driver was just extricated. It doesn’t look like it was intentional.”

    Kirwan and another person were admitted to hospital after the freak acident. Kirwan was released from hospital on Friday but the second person remained hospitalized in critical condition. Two children inside the truck also suffered minor injuries.

    Three weeks ago, Kirwan told Print21 that Kirwan Print Group was planning a major expansion that will include doubling its factory size and investing in new technology to transform the group’s Roller Poster unit into full service flexible packaging company called Creatabull Flexibles.