Avant to live on

Avant Card has found a buyer, arts and entertainment distribution company Mr Moto, which will aim to keep producing the company’s 15 million annual postcards.

The print work is slated to remain with Sydney operator SOS Print + Media, which has handled the work for the past nine years.

The purchase by Mr Moto will see Avant function as part of its Drawcard business, which the company says is now offering clients a stronger out-of-home presence across cafes, bars, and cultural institutions.

Sam Dell’Aglio, director, Mr Moto says, “We are going to keep on using printer SOS Print + Media group at the moment. We have already started all the jobs that have been booked in past three weeks. Nothing has changed, not looking to move printers in the future, we struck a deal with Michael Schulz to continue going. They have got nine years’ experience under their belt.”

Pat Mackle, founder and managing director, Avant Card says, “There was such an outpouring of support from clients and the public to keep the free postcard concept alive. Being the number one player in the café scene and the obvious client similarity, I approached Sam at Mr Moto to ascertain his interest in a buy-out of displays.

“Dell’Aglio and the team at Mr Moto have a wealth of knowledge and media offerings, they immediately agreed it was a great opportunity, and combined with all the benefits Avant Card can offer, it is going to be a great future for the new brand Drawcard. With more benefits and delivering even greater results for clients, I am offering my full support in the handover and transition phase, it is an exciting outcome for Avant Card, and one that I am wholeheartedly behind.”

Dell’Aglio says, “The purchase of the Avant Card displays just made perfect sense. I am passionate about this business and the Avant Card brand is something I have admired for many years – I am excited about the new opportunities and effective solutions we can offer our clients. Bringing Drawcard into our stable of media options enables us to be a force to be reckoned with, a one stop shop for out of home media choice’s, operating as a united front.

“We are excited to continuing on Mackle’s good work, it has gone into the right hands, and we are definitely running with it. We have cut costs Avant Card had because we have our own infrastructure. It is business as usual.”

Mr Moto was established in 1985 and has a national presence; the first client campaigns set to use use its Drawcard network are Arts Fair Australia, the NGV and Imax.

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