Print and sign firm Bear Designs has emerged victorious in the NSW leg of the ASGA Wrap Masters National Challenge, by only five minutes, booking a place in September’s grand final.
The team led by managing director Brett East won its second NSW wrapping title and will now compete against other state winners in September’s grand final, where it came third last year. NSW was the first state final.
Bear Designs was the first to wrap an entire Ford Falcon XR-6 with printed film, withstanding challenges from Excel Visual Solutions and Canberra’s Funky Car Skins.
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East says the team, consisting of East, John Lopez and Marc Langford, will have to up its game at the final as competition is fierce.
“We were a bit slower than last year because I am out of practice, so I was a bit surprised that we won,” he says.
“It has been close all the way through including last year’s final so we will have to train for September. We don’t do a lot of car wraps so we will have to make time at work.
“With a mix of both youth and experience in our side we will be ready to compete again with some of the best vehicle graphic installers around.”
The three teams competed on the second day of last week’s Visual Impact trade show, co-located with PrintEx15, for a place in the grand final.
East says he competed against the New Zealand team three years ago and lost by 30 minutes.
“I learned a lot from facing the Kiwis and we have tried to incorporate some of that. I think we have as good a chance as anyone,” he says.
Bear Designs mostly prints signs, wraps and other wide format products on a Roland VS640. The business is split evenly between signwriting and printing.
It will compete in the grand final at the Visual Impact Melbourne Expo on September 18.
The national champions will take home a Roland DG SolJet PRO4 XR-640, plus bragging rights, while second place wins a Sign Master 1600 Pro Laminator, and third gets a bundle of 3M film.
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