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Q&A Michael Minahan, Digiwedoo
64 ProPrint November 2014
One year ago
Just 12 months ago the print industry was
humming with businesses buying each
other; Mark Shergill who was to go on
and buy some of the Focus press
business bought BPA out of receivership,
Bright Print acquired Print National after
its spectacular $8.6m collapse to increase
its streng th in the Newcastle region and
Amcor spent $50m to get its hands on
Detmold Flexibles. Meanwhile printers
looking to innovate were led by AIW,
which launched a new smartphone app
PrintLink that would give readers of
catalogues a ‘multi-dimensional’
Five years ago
Back in November 2009 the print
industr y was ‘aghast’ as Robert Black
was unceremoniously shown the door by
RMIT, with the institute refusing to
renew his contract as head of the
International Centre for Graphic
Technology. In a sign of things to come
legendary classifieds publication Trading
Post called it quits on print, leaving the
Australian population looking misty eyed
at iconic film The Castle, which featured
the rag heavily throughout the movie.
And in a move that seems a distant
memory now the RBA actually raised
interest rates, by 25 basis points, up to
3.5 per cent, as the countr y’s economists
optimistically expected business to get
back on track following the GFC.
Twenty years ago
In 1994 offset was still king of small
format, and Heidelberg launched its new
46cm Quickmaster for the short run small
size market. Twenty years on and the
small format of fset press business is
vir tually dead. Domestically Of fset Alpine
bought Pot Still Press for $4.65m. The
two companies had a relationship that
began when Pot Still of fered assistance
to Of fset Alpine following the notorious
f ire the previous Christmas Eve, a fire
that would later be revealed as
beneficial to a long list of celebrities,
models and chauffeurs associated with
Rene Rivkin and Eddie Obeid, all of
whom had coincidentally become
shareholders in the months prior to the
f ire, and all of whom benefitted from
the heavily insured presses being burnt
to the ground.
The way it was
Michael Minahan at Adelaide’s
Digiwedoo decided to do the job himself
after dissatisfaction with an ad agency’s
ef forts. He still loves printing.
Why did you get into printing?
Because I was fed up with the quality
and service I was receiving in my ad
agency and loved printing so much I
forwent the adver tising business to print
What is your favourite phrase?
My biggest asset is my employees.
What would be your dream job?
I have my dream job now.
What T V show are you watching at the
What is your greatest luxur y in life?
Having a BBQ with my family and friends
as it does not get any better than that,
no matter what it costs.
Who or what makes you laugh?
If you didn’t work in print, what
would you be doing?
If your house was on fire, what three
things would you rescue (apart from
My MacBook Pro, my camera and the
keys to my office.
Who would you like to be stuck on a
desert island with?
Someone who knows how to get of f the
What really makes your blood boil?
When people in the
printing business do not
really know that they
are first and foremost in
the selling business and
if they do not sell
something to someone
... then they do not
have a business.
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