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6 ProPrint November 2014
OCA buys The Bindery in trade push
Smith to take over
by Nic White
Tassie r ivals Flying Colours a nd Focal
Press faced off once a gai n in the new-look
Tasma nia n PICAs, w ith Flying Colours fin-
ishing on top after losing out last yea r.
The Launceston printer won 12
Diemens, as Tassie gold awa rds a re now
know n, avenging last year’s result that saw
its Hobart nemesis gain five nom inations
in the 2014 National Print Awards and win
Focal was still in second place with eight
Diemens, and did win the Grand Diemen
– the top pri nting awa rd equivalent to the
Judges Choice award – for its bo ok submis-
sion The Wall.
The Tasmanian awards have adopted a
new name a nd identity for the event to sig-
nal their intention to keep it r unning as a
st a nda lone competition.The Diemen
Awardstaketheirname from Van Diemen’s
Land, a n early name for Tasmania during
ea rly Europea n settlement in honou r of
Anthony v an Diemen, the G overnor-
Genera l of the D utch East Indies.
Platinum awa rds, major awa rds for each
category, are now known as GrandDiemen
The Tasma nian awards also broke new
ground in hosting a raft of digital, mobile
and online categories as well as design, to
further enhance the relevance of the event
in today ’s ma rket.
Perfectly Bou nd has bought most of the
production equipment from collapsed TLC
Print Finishing, and plans to open a busi-
ness in the same building.
Michael Smith, ma naging director at
Perfectly Bound, says, “I have bought all
the major kit and hope to have all the
smaller equipment by the end of the week.
I a m in negotiation with the la ndlord over
the building lease.”
Smith has bought two Steinemann UV
lines, one Billhoefer la minator a nd one
Saku ra i screen printing machine. He is
still negotiating to buy two more Sakura is
and one Billhoefer and the smaller kit. It is
a l l currently scheduled to go to auction at
11a m onsite on November 10 through
Print Bound is ma king its move to diver-
sif y from its binding ba se. Smith says, “ The
equipment gives us entry into cellogla zing
It is believed the ANZ bank owned most
of the major kit which Smith has now
bought, while a factoring compa ny ow ns
TLC fell over in Aug ust, w ith ow ner
Samantha Rogers claiming it was tor pe-
doed by the collapse of Focus Press, which
she says owed it $175,000. Smith stepped
forward a few weeks later in an attempt to
buy the business.
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by Nic White
Fresh from its announcement of plans to
offer trade services for the whole print pro-
ces s, OCA has bought Aust ralia’s biggest
trade binder, The Bindery.
The acquisition, which was completed
last night, w ill see the leading Melbourne
finishing house continue at its Mt Waverly
site under former ma naging director Rob
Dunnet t, who h as r un the business since
2005 and will become genera l ma nager.
OCA chief executive Na resh Gulati say s
finishing has been a ‘choke point’ in OCA’s
production so acquiring a finishing house
was a logical step towards b eing able to
offer clients more ser v ices, in line with his
ambitious trade vision.
“ This is a nother step towards saving the
Australian print industry and will allow us
to serv ice it better,” he says.
“I chose The Bindery over its competi-
tors b ecause it is the most reputable finish-
ing house in Aust ralia and we only wa nt
Gulati says he will soon upgrade equip-
ment at The Bindery and add new kit to
increa se its capacity, a nd will evaluate the
business over the next few weeks. Dunnett
says all 50 staff are ‘fully required’ at
Dunnett says he a nd Gulati approached
each other about an acquisition a few
months ago and he was drawn to Gulati’s
vision for the industry’s future.
“I’m excited about the opport unities he
wants to prov ide to the industr y and a m
happy to be working with some one who
sincerely wants to help the trade,” he says.
Dunnett expects significa nt business to
flow into The Binder y from OCA’s opera-
tions including Print Bound and BPO.
Adver tising agenc y Redjelly took the
Gra nd Diemen for digital design for its
Tasm anian Whisky Trail website, and
design studio Futago won a grand prize for
The Apple Shed mu seu m a nd cider hou se.
Jeremy Scott from Impress Print won
print apprentice of the yea r a nd the Young
Leader Awa rd.
Tasmanian Tafe students Kira Atton and
Anthony Klimeck took out digital and
design student of the year respectively.
The Diemen winners a re:
Flying Colours, Focal Printing Monotone,
Mercur y Wa lch, Abel Labels, UniPrint
Redjelly, Digital Inks, Clemenger, Walker
Design, Grafik, Futago, Pu re Bride Jack
Rober t, Tissot Photography and Ionata .
Flying Colours bests rival for top PICA count
Trade push: Rob
Dunnett (l) will remain
as general manager of
The Binder y after
acquisition by Gulati’s (r)
Flying high: Flying
director Craig Pearce (r)
receives one of many
gold Diemen awards
MANROLAND TO LAUNCH
NEW B1 R700 PRESS
Germa n offset press gia nt manroland is
launching a new version of its B1 R oland
The company says the new press, dubbed
theRoland700 Evolution, has a completely
new ‘avant garde’ design, combining the
Roland 700 HS with theRoland700 Direct
Drive, a nd comes with nine ne w techno-
logical developm ent s.
Details a re sketchy with the compa ny is
keeping mum about exactly what those
technological developments are until the
launch event, which is slated for November
5 and 6 at its production centre in
The investment in new design a nd tech-
nological development and launch of the
new Roland 700 is the first major develop-
ment by man rola nd in recent yea rs, high-
lighting the stability of the company after a
period of volatility a nd then consolidation
as it sought to ‘right-size’ its business in the
new, smaller offset market.
The or igina l Roland 700 was launched
20 years ago and ma rked the compa ny’s
move away from its five-cylinder press con-
figu ration a nd into the u nit design.
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