Imagination Graphics welcomed customers, suppliers, family and friends to a Christmas party at its Sydney factory last Friday night which also served as the official launch of its new AccurioJet KM-1 digital press.
Imagination Graphics owners Emmanuel and Colleen Buhagiar played host to a large gathering that was entertained with live music, great food and a comprehensive bar.
A burst of lucky rain also descended as the party was kicking off in a good omen of what was to come.
The pride and joy of the evening was the launch of the KM-1, or Kimi, as Buhagiar likes to refer to his newest investment which was signed for at PrintEx19, the latest in a string for Buhagiar during his 10 year relationship with Konica Minolta.
“We wish you all a Merry Christmas and we have even brought some rain down,” Buhagiar told the crowd.
“We are here to celebrate and to launch our new machine, our KM-1, which we affectionately call Kimi.
“She is a hard worker, good looking and she has great manners.
“She fits into our business and our company so well. I’m sure you have all met her and I think you will be as impressed as Colleen and I am with her.”
Buhagiar also welcomed the large contingent of Konica Minola representatives in attendance, which included chairman and managing director Dr David Cooke, general manager production and industrial print Sue Threlfo and director sales and service David Procter.
“It is great to work with a company like Konica. I would just like to say thank you to Sue (Threlfo), David (Procter), Dr David Cooke, you know you guys have got a great team from your sales rep, to your technicians, to everyone involved in your company, it is fantastic because you’ve backed us,” Buhagiar said.
“You’ve looked after us, you are here, through thick and thin, but you are there to back us up and that is something you need to have when you are investing in such a great machine.
“So we are very happy with the whole relationship.”
Imagination Graphics has grown at supersonic speed in the last six years through acquisition and natural business growth and now has 20 staff and has made several key equipment investments in the last year.
Included among the staff is relative newcomer Matthew Zunic, who was nominated into the 2019 ProPrint Emerging 50 also held last week.
After just 18 months in the job, Zunic is now running the KM-1 and Buhagiar cannot speak highly enough of him.
The KM-1 can print on a variety of substrates at varying thicknesses hitting speeds of up to 3,000 sheets per hour simplex or 1,500 sheets per hour duplex.
Its design marries Konica Minolta’s UV ink, high-speed inkjet head technology and image processing system, with its expertise in stable sheet path control and two-sided printing with superb registration accuracy.
Sue Threlfo offered her congratulations to Buhagiar and wished him well as he continues on his journey.
“We are delighted to work with Budgie (Emmanuel) and Imagination Graphics. It has been a long association and its about him taking his business to the next stage and us being delighted to be a part of that journey,” Threlfo told Sprinter.
“We wish him all the best.”
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