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Q&A Wayne Davis, Artisan Press
One year ago
This time last year the PIAA was about
to launch its new business
development programme, courtesy of
an $11m government grant. The
programme is part of the Future Print
initiative, and aimed to sign up 350
printers for free consultation.
Februar y also saw the OMA announce
that outdoor print reach record highs,
with the 2013 spend reaching $543m,
up 7 per cent on the previous year,
and maintaining outdoor print’s non-
stop grow th trajectory. Following its
relocation of Hannanprint to Warwick
Farm IPMG sold its Alexandria real
estate for the not inconsiderable sum
Five years ago
Phoenix businesses was the topic of
the month in February 2010, as the
industry’s honest printers were faced
with a rash of less than clean print
businesses of fering low prices based
on a business model that did not
involve paying suppliers. Bernard
Cassell, who was running merchant
CPI at the time called on suppliers to
take a stance, something they did
three years later to prevent Geon from
re-emerging from its ashes. Ironically
in Feb 2010 Geon announced it had
received ‘strong refinancing’ with
then CEO Graham Morgan voicing his
optimism about the business. The
increasing ageing of print business
owners was also on the agenda, with
franchise group Snap setting out a
strategy aiming to win Gen Y people
Twenty years ago
Just to show some things never
change, paper price rises were the
main focus of printers’ attention as
they came back from the long summer
break in February 1995. As the country
sped full throttle out of the early ‘90s
recession increasing demand for print
here, and around the world, meant
that mills and merchants could and
did increase their rates. Union power
was still strong in the 1990s, with
PATEFA CEO Christopher Peters
slamming a decision that meant non-
unionised staff could be forced to be
represented by uninvited unions.
The Artisan Press’s Wayne Davis has it
all, really — a fine craft print business
right next to some of Australia’s best
surf breaks. We’re not jealous really...
no, not at all...
Why did you get into printing?
As a music mad kid the chance at an
apprenticeship to print record covers
at Nosek’s in Waterloo was a dream
come true; of course, shifts also
meant I could surf during the day!
What is your favourite phrase?
Quality means doing it right when no
one is looking.
What would be your dream job?
Buyer for an art print gallery, print
forensics for a law enforcement
agency, or talent scout for the Sharks
What TV show are you watching at
Upper Middle Bogan and It’s A Date on
What is your greatest luxur y in life?
Much to my wife’s dismay sometimes
— umm ... a garage full of surfboards
— 24 at last count!
Who or what makes you laugh?
Anyone who can take the mickey out
If you didn’t work in print, what
would you be doing?
Working in radio or sound production.
If your house was on fire, what
three things would you rescue
(apart from family members)?
My favourite surfboard, record
collection and Stan Squire linocut
Who would you like to be
stuck on a desert island
My best mate — my wife. But
gee, that island better have
a nice reef break to surf or it’s
going to be one tense island!
Future Print Transformation
Automation in Perspective
Printing South China
Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Launcenton,
Hobart, Melbourne, Bendigo, Gold Coast,
Washington DC, USA
Sydney Olympic Park
The way it was
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