Imagination buys Mimaki press

Sydney-based Imagination Graphics is entering the outdoor banner market, having installed a Mimaki UCJV300-160 UV LED wide format printer.

The new press supplied through Spicers is the latest in a long list of equipment Imagination has bought this year.

The business is also the NSW state finalist for the Konica Minolta Specialised Print Awards, and in the running for a trip to the vendor’s headquarters in Tokyo.

Emmanuel Buhagiar, owner of Imagination says, “We were only doing postal work within wide format before, we are now getting into outdoor banners and signage. Before we were outsourcing that work, I could see some of the demand was starting to grow. This way we can keep the profits.

“I looked at a few of the presses at Visual Impact and UV LED was recommended to me because it is instant, quick drying, it dries straight away so you can you cut and work with it straight away. It is easy to handle and can carry a lot of different stocks.”

On the UCJV300, Buhagiar says, “I do not think there is a lot on the market like it.”

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In July, Imagination also expanded its capabilities with the addition of three new preses, a cutter-slitter and an apprentice, following its acquisition of Lindwall & Wall. It bought two new Konica Minolta presses, the AccurioPress C6100 and 1085, along with a Duplo DC 645 cutter/slitter, and a refurbished Heidelberg GTO 52 with varnish. Imagination was the first business in NSW to install the AccurioPress C6100.

Buhagiar adds, “It has been hard and hectic. We have added more staff, and we are looking to add more next year. I have around 14 to 15 staff now, we are thinking about adding one or two.

“We have more plans for the future, but at this stage I am not at liberty to say.

“The business has had a growth spurt. We are doing well, we just need to maintain it now and not let ourselves get ridiculous. I do not want to let my clients down.”

Early last year the company doubled the size of its facility with the acquisition of local rival Staas. It offers graphic and web design, digital and offset printing across point of sale, signage and promotional materials along with stationery and prepress services.

Buhagiar established Imagination in 1998 with two other partners. He is now the sole owner.

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