Currie Group and Canon Production Printing Aust partner on large format graphics 

Above: Currie Group’s Matt Tangey, Marcus Robinson and Rob Mesaros with Canon Production Printing Australia’s Craig Nethercott, Currie Group’s Paul Whitehead and Canon Production Printing Australia’s Joshua Konrad, Vivian Kooyman and Imran Hasnath

Currie Group and Canon Production Printing (CPP) Australia have formed a new partnership, which will see the supplier add the Canon Arizona and Colorado M-Series printer ranges to its growing portfolio of solutions for the commercial print, sign and display print sectors.

The announcement expands Canon Production Printing’s reach in the market to keep up with demand for the popular printers while ideally complementing Currie Group’s existing range of products for these sectors.

Currie Group CEO Rob Mesaros said the new partnership is just the latest step in the company’s ongoing process of modernisation, as it continues to grow and meet customer needs with new solutions that help drive success in evolving market sectors. 

“Currie Group has a long history of transformation which has kept us one step ahead of market trends, and we’ve continued to transition in recent times based on the same principles which have served the company so well over more than 70 years – agility and an appetite for pragmatic risk taking, based on strong market knowledge and careful planning,” Mesaros said.

“Channel partnerships with Tier 1 OEMs have been a cornerstone of our strategy, and we are delighted to announce this new partnership with Canon Production Printing, which is such a well-respected market leader, and to add these innovative technologies to our sign and display product portfolio.”

Canon Production Printing Oceania managing director Craig Nethercott added, “Currie Group is a recognised leader across the print industry and we are excited to welcome them onboard as our latest strategic partner in the region.

“This new partnership is aimed at supporting our growth ambitions within the large-format graphics sector by expanding our reach in the market.”

“The award-winning Canon Arizona flatbed and Colorado M-Series product ranges have been hugely successful in global and local markets. The innovative technology incorporated into the Canon Large Format Graphics product portfolio will enable Currie Group to offer a diverse range of application possibilities to their customers.”

Currie Group business unit manager for sign and display Paul Whitehead said the company is in a unique position in the market, with strong reach not only into the large format sign and display sector but also into general commercial print. The new additions to the company’s product range, he said, will benefit both.

“Market demand across both those sectors is constantly evolving, with diversification driving new applications for print service providers of all kinds,” Whitehead pointed out. “With the addition of the Canon Production Printing products to our portfolio, we are now well-placed to meet all those requirements.

“The new Colorado M-series opens up the 1.6m space for roll-to-roll applications, providing segment-leading productivity thanks to its market-leading UVgel technology, and the award-winning Arizona family, which is the most sold range of mid-volume UV flatbed printers – fills another gap in our portfolio by providing us with dedicated solutions for rigid media.

“Combining this with our existing portfolio now gives us the broadest, most complete portfolio of large format solutions for the production and industrial space in the market – backed, of course, by the expertise from both the Canon team and our own product specialists, and our extensive national service and support network.”

Both printer ranges are available from Currie Group with immediate effect as confirmed by Canon Production Printing Oceania general manager of customer support services, Josh Konrad.

“The onboarding of Currie Group as a partner has commenced. Given the existing skills and experience of service and support organisations, the learning curve is expected to be minimal and will see Currie Group operational quickly,” Konrad said. “We look forward to supporting them as they continue to grow in the large format graphics market.”

While improving access to these market-leading products is the ultimate purpose of the partnership, the fundamentals behind the match go deeper, with both organisations sharing the same philosophy and principles when it comes to delivering exceptional service to customers.

“Both Currie Group and Canon Production Printing have enviable relationships with our customers, based on product innovation and excellence, and a real commitment to strong services support,” Mesaros said. “That shared ethos and approach provides a strong foundation for our partnership going forward.

“This partnership with Canon Production Printing adds value to both our businesses, and should give our customers even greater confidence in the ability of our people, and our products, to help them drive success as the market continues to evolve.”

This year Canon Production Printing launched two new models in the Arizona 1300 flatbed printer series at FESPA Munich, and the company was recognised in the annual Printing United Alliance Pinnacle Awards, with six Pinnacle Product Awards and one Pinnacle Technology Award.

The Colorado M-series was the winner in the new roll-to-roll/hybrid/flatbed technology category, while the Arizona 135 GT, 1380 GTF, 1380 XTF, 2380 GTF and 2380 XTF won each of their five respective UV/latex flatbed categories.

Canon Production Printing also recently announced that its Canon Colorado M-series and UVgel 460 white ink was recognised and approved, as part of the 3M MCS Warranty program.

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