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Western Australia’s Gold printers shine

Tuesday, 30 August 2011
By Print21

Scott Print, GEON WA and Quality Press/QPrint Online were the big winners at the Western Australia Kodak Printing Industries Craftsmanship Awards (PICA) coming away with a total of 17 gold medals last Saturday.

Taking seven gold was Scott Print, GEON WA five and Quality Press/ Q Print Online five. Other multiple gold winners were Percival Print and Packaging, Labelworld WA, Fast Finishing Services and PMP Print.

A total of 32 framed gold medallions were awarded from more than 300 competing entries to companies that will now go on to represent Western Australia in the National Print Awards in April 2012.

Bill Wall of Heidelberg Consumables announced GEON WA as the 2011 winner of the Heidelberg Award making it three in a row for Ian Smith and his team.

Pictured: John Austin (left) from GEON WA receiving Heidelberg Award from Bill Wall, general manager of consumables for Heidelberg Australia NZ

Completing the formal awards of the night, the Kodak Printing Industry Recognition Award, presented by the Managing Director of Kodak (Australasia) Adrian Fleming, went to a surprised Mick Ciavarella (pictured), Director of Presslink. Recognised for his work in the industry, particularly with the LIA and the Graduate of the Year program.

Fleming reflected on the difficult conditions the WA printing industry was operating in and said he looked forward to the time when printers could speak of having plenty of work and being able to make a profit. He was positive about the future of the Industry and closed in affirming Kodak’s continued support and thanked the many Western Australian companies that were Kodak customers.

This year the PICA WA returned to the Burswood Entertainment Complex with a theme focussed on the well known sites of South West Western Australia.

Western Australia PICA Chairman, Ainslie Lamb, emphasised the outstanding support from Kodak to the local industry over the many years they have been a major sponsor. He also thanked Media Super who this year supported the event as a Diamond sponsor.

Lamb reinforced the importance to the printing industry of continuing to produce quality products that are sustainable and a tried and proven success for customers to communicate their messages with.

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new CEO, Bill Healy, was impressed and gratified at the support and level of excellence demonstrated for the WA PICA.

He said that while new to role, he had already met with many printers in WA and around the country and he was confident and reassured that print has a significant place as part of future multi media communications.

The LIA Graduate of the year was presented by Heidelberg Customer Support Manager, Chris Lebesmuehlbacher, to Corey Hunter a third year apprentice with Fairplay Print.

Corey also receives a grant for further education which was presented by Mal Gammon of the Future Now-Creative and Leisure Industries Training Council.

Pictured: LIA Graduates Alisha Dyer, Corey Hunter, Simone Teo, Benjamin Grant

Printing Industries WA General Manager, Paul Nieuwhof, says the PICAs were going from strength-to-strength as more companies came to appreciate the value of achieving awards for excellence.

“There is a healthy relationship and awareness between the industry companies entering the awards and the sponsors who help make them happen that these are important to our industry on many levels.

“These range from the interstate rivalry as each compete against their interstate colleagues for national recognition via the National Print Awards through to client interaction where companies can showcase the innovation and quality of their workmanship as part of their marketing mix,” he says.

Pictured: PICA WA 2011 Display

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