South Australian Printing Companies Given Stamp of Success

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Greg Mills, Fuji Xerox, State General Manager and Kate Raymond, CCL Clear Image.

A printing company that hasn’t used paper in over ten years was among the winners at the 2010 South Australian and Northern Territory Printing Industries and Craftsmanship Awards (PICA) Awards.

Kilkenny based Cutler Brands has won an award for its custom made, screen printing technique that uses liquid glass labels melted directly onto curved wine bottles.

Another standout winner was a reproduction of the Sir Joseph Banks Journal by Hyde Park Press, featuring the original text from the 17th Century scanned onto handmade paper. Judges were required to use gloves to turn pages that were case bound in a clamp-shell box made from brown kangaroo leather.

Other major award winners at the ceremony held at the Hilton Hotel included Fivestar Print, Finsbury Green and Newstyle Printing, who picked up the most awards. All demonstrated digital innovation and the ability to print on any material.

Regional winners included the Barossa’s CCL Clear Image for its McWilliams Philip wine label and Riverland Printers in Berri for their calendar featuring photographs of local landscapes.

Robert Wilson from Detmold Packaging was awarded the LIA Heidelberg Graduate of the Year Award, and James Browne from Multicolour (SA) was awarded the Ian Bowden Future Leader Award.

Mr Peter Mansfield, General Manager of the Printing Industries Association of Australia (PIAA) said that the standard, quality of product and attention to detail of the 300 entries was so high that in some categories, the judging panel awarded multiple awards.

“Every year we are impressed, but this year’s entries really stood out and demonstrated the true art and craft of printing,” Mr Mansfield said.

“Judges paid particular attention to typography, evenness of colour, embellishments and complexity, as well as specialised techniques such as flexographic and screenprinting, foiling and embossing used in the production of labels, books, packaging products and display materials. However, the winners were also able to showcase new processes and reflect the significant technological and behavioural changes the industry has experienced over the past five to ten years, such as reducing the industry’s environmental footprint.”

Mr Mansfield also said that digital technology and innovation was a big winner.

“Digital printing has revolutionised the printing industry as it requires no film, plates or ink, saving the clients time and money, reducing carbon emissions and creating a top quality product,” he said.

“The South Australian and Northern Territory printing industries are undoubtedly leading the nation in terms of the standard of entries that were judged for the awards. This is backed up by the fact that South Australian printers won 22 percent of the total available medals at the Australian National Print Awards in March 2010. The industry in South Australia is renowned for being vibrant, intensely competitive and known for producing innovative and quality work.”

The PIAA is the peak industry body for the print, packaging and visual communications industry in Australia. The Association is an independent, member-based organisation, representing large, medium and small business and has 160 members in South Australia.

There are approximately 400 printing industry businesses in South Australia, employing approximately 3,142 people and generating $511 million in turnover.

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