Komoris going to Fiji

Bryan Woods Machinery has installed its second Komori Lithrone into Fiji’s Largest Printing Company Quality Print Ltd.

This installation of a L526 will enhance the printing firms operation and bring the number of Komori’s it operates to four. The original machines comprising an L526 and two L426’s are worked extensively six days per week, Bryan says.

The company was founded in 1982 by Dewan Chand Maharaj with a staff of four, working predominately on small offset and letterpress machines. It has grown to the organisation it is today with a compliment of ninety staff.

Bryan first met Dewan in 1975 during his first service visit to Fiji where Dewan was operating a new Solna 125 at Suva Print and Publishing Ltd.

In 1993 Dewan bought his first four–colour press, a Komori Lithrone L426S from Japan, which was refurbished and installed at his plant. Although not the first four-colour press in Fiji this machine was instrumental in introducing Quality Print Ltd into the multi-colour market, enabling work that was previously produced offshore to be done locally.

As the business expanded and the demand for colour printing increased, it was necessary in 1995 for Quality Print Ltd to buy another Komori Lithrone L426 to meet customer demands and deadlines.

In 1999 Quality Print Ltd continued to expand and diversified into the packaging business when it bought Fiji Times Commercial Print, which had formerly been operated by Fiji Times Ltd. With this major acquisition the company also acquired another Komori Lithrone L426 forcing it to relocate to a purpose-built factory on its present site in Walu Bay, Suva.

In 2002 Quality Print Ltd purchased a Komori Lithrone L526 through Bryan Woods Machinery Ltd from Soar Print in Auckland and sold it’s original Komori Lithrone L426 to Arkon Print in Auckland.

Today the family business offers a one-stop shop for all printing requirements and is able to produce with ease a full range of commercial printing, packaging and finishing.

Dewan oversees the overall operations of this large family company, however, his two sons are also extensively involved in the day to day operations of the business, with Bobby being the general manager and Sashil the customer account manager.

Bobby says that the company has had a long association with Bryan since its inception in 1982 and his father always seeks Bryan’s advice when purchasing any machinery.

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