The LIA hosted its Blue Star tour last night, with some 60 printers and suppliers touring its web and sheetfed facilities in Silverwater.
Printers were shown around the web facilities by Mark Rolls, new business manager for Blue Star Web, while Hugh Chisholm, group general manager for Blue Star Print took the members around its sheetfed print facilities.
During the web tour Rolls showed attendees the web presses including its mighty Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106-10-P+LX-LEUV ten-colour which it installed last year. People were also shown the bindery and the paper stocks, where each roll of paper weights a tonne.
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At the print tour, Chisholm showed the department’s newest CTP with Eddie Doyle prepress manager showing attendees how it works. In the main print room, Chisholm showed its four major presses all Heidelberg, two ten-colours perfectors and two XLs.
The tour was also shown its digital print room which they dub a printer within a printer all driven by HP and a Xerox.
The night ended at the Carnarvon Golf Club with Matt Aitken, COO at IVE speaking to attendees on IVE, its subsidiaries Blue Star, Kalido, IVEO and Pareto Group.
He discussed strengthening what the company has and how they will build on what they have.
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