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Vale Cliff Royle

Friday, 09 November 2018
By Wayne Robinson

Vale Cliff Royle, print industry inventor

Well known Australian print innovator and former Shannon Books, RoyleBind and Purple Press owner Cliff Royle has tragically passed away, taking his own life on Tuesday.

Royle was known over the years for his passion in developing innovative printing techniques, winning many awards, both in Australia and overseas.

Among his inventions was a technique for printing digitally on top of laminate, a hard cover case binding system for short run jobs, and a lay flat photobook hardcover system.

Sadly though his projects struggled to gain commercial success, his latest company Purple Press went into liquidation two months ago.

Industry identity Barry Webster, friend, business associate, and supporter writes: “It is with a sad heart that, with the family’s approval, I announce to the printing industry the passing of Cliff Royle.

“His family asked that I let the industry know about his death, as he was an integral part of it for many, many years with Shannon Books and later being an innovator and creator.

“Cliff has many friends in the industry who would be extremely saddened by his passing. He also leaves behind a heartbroken daughter and immediate family.

“Cliff was a dreamer always looking at new ideas, new ways of doing things and always done with the upmost of enthusiasm, passion and integrity winning many, many awards for his endeavours, with what turned out in the end to not be successful.

“I will always remember Cliff as a terrific client, a terrific business partner and more than all of that a terrific guy who had strong ethics and would always be willing to help.

“Rest in peace Cliff, you deserve it mate.

“If anyone out there is feeling under pressure or feeling like they just can’t cope, please call the suicide help line on 11 11 14.”

Walter Kuhn, president of Printing Industries, mourned Kuhn’s loss on behalf of the PIAA. “The Board of PIAA and myself were particularly saddened by the news of Cliff Royle’s passing. We send condolences to his family,” said Kuhn.

“Mental wellness is too often unspoken about at any workplace, but it is particularly not spoken about in a manufacturing workplace. This statement unfortunately rings true for the visual communications industry.”

5 Responses to “Vale Cliff Royle”

  1. November 09, 2018 at 1:33 pm,


    So sorry to hear this news – had just made contact with Cliff in the early part of the year although I had known of him. He and I had been talking a lot about Purple Press and ways to refine the model to generate revenue. I had even been getting some work done by him. He was indeed a guy with great ideas. I made contact with him when I heard about the business collapse, but didn’t hear back from him. Now I wish I tried harder. Life is short enough. RIP Cliff.

  2. November 09, 2018 at 1:53 pm,

    Chris Zapris

    I am saddened by the passing of our dear friend Cliff. He was greatly respected and admired.
    May his soul rest in eternal peace! My sincere condolences to his loved ones.

  3. November 09, 2018 at 6:54 pm,

    Anthony Lewis

    Such a tragedy, my thoughts and sincere condolences to his family. Lewy

  4. November 15, 2018 at 6:35 pm,

    Mark Houghton

    It is with a sad heart, that I say goodbye to one of the most innovative and creative people I have ever meet.
    Cliff was the best workmate, mentor and friend anyone could ask for…
    My sincere condolences to his beautiful daughter and family.
    The print industry has lost a true visionary. You will be missed, my friend… Rest in peace

  5. November 16, 2018 at 3:14 pm,

    Phillip Lawrence

    Such sad news. I hope Cliff’s family and friends can reflect on his life and many successes.

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