Evan Evans to celebrate 32nd consecutive Melbourne Cup win today

The Melbourne firm has also produced flags, banners, strapper jackets, presentation rugs and most of the jockey colours for today's race, said owner Roger Cameron.

This will be the 152nd edition of the race that stops the nation – and the 32nd consecutive Melbourne Cup for Mitty's, the racing specialist owned by signage house Evan Evans.

"We still get a huge buzz out of seeing our product run across the line," said Cameron.

Cameron told ProPrint that the firm had spent most of the past five weeks working on the Melbourne Cup. The bulk of the production has been handled by three DuPont Artistris, two EFI Vutek 3360s and two Mimakis, he said.

Work wrapped up yesterday when Mitty's finished applying the names to the saddlecloths, two days after the field was confirmed.

The tight turnaround puts pressure on staff to ensure the names are spelled correctly and the sponsors' colours are printed perfectly, he added.

The Spring Racing Carnival is Mitty's most exciting time of the year, said Cameron.

"Owners are coming in and buying their colours all the time and they all think they're going to win the Melbourne Cup."

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Employees don't get to join other Victorians in enjoying a public holiday today as they still have orders to prepare for Oaks Day on Thursday and Stakes Day on Saturday.

Cameron said 31-staff Evan Evans derived 8% of its turnover from the Melbourne Cup and 22% from racing work.

Mitty's supplies the Cox Plate as well as racecourses in Brisbane, Adelaide, Darwin, Alice Springs and Cairns, he said.

Mitty's also produces livery for Asia, Europe and the Middle East, including the Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race, he said.

Cameron said it was getting harder and harder to compete with low-cost overseas rivals.

"The biggest buzz I get is seeing our product around the world… The only thing that gets us across the line is quality. Our quality is way better than anyone else's."

He told ProPrint that Mitty's also confronts huge logistical challenges, such as the weekly orders it has to fulfil during the Middle Eastern racing season.

Orders are received on Friday night and dispatched on Monday night, ready for delivery on Wednesday morning and racing on Thursday, he said.

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