Melbourne printers ace Australian Open work

PMP printed 70,000 programs after winning the contract for the third consecutive year, said customer relationship manager John Cauchi.

The 224pp magazines feature a six-page cover that includes a foldout map on the inside back, he said.

Cauchi told ProPrint that the programs were printed in November on an eight-colour Manroland Rotoman press. PMP distribution business Gordon & Gotch delivered the first batch just before Christmas and the final lot on 12 January.

He said the printing giant had also held back some copies in case the program sold out, as it had in 2012. However, Cauchi added that it was unlikely any top-ups would need to be printed because Tennis Australia could accurately forecast demand based on previous years' sales figures.

Melbourne's Stadium Signs is another Australian Open winner. It produced six fabric backdrops for the giant ANZ dome that has been erected at the tennis complex, said director Pamela Hammond.

[Photos: Stadium Signs' sporting work]

The Ferntree Gully-based signage specialist also used a Mimaki JV5 inkjet printer to create the wrapping for a promotional Mr Whippy van.

The vintage ice cream truck has been touring Melbourne to publicise the tournament. That has included giving away ice creams, for which Stadium Signs made 9,000 promotional cone sleeves, she said.

Hammond said Stadium Signs had done Australian Open work for at least the past five years.

Finishing house Kelmatt has just supplied its 26th consecutive tournament, said co-owner Tim Fletcher.

The Scoresby-based firm screenprinted 200 banners and also finished another 200, he told ProPrint. Fletcher said the banners had been placed on courts, in security areas and over archways.

Kelmatt also produced 800 metres of PVC-coated screens for 21 outside courts that will be used for practice hitting.

"[The Australian Open] is a valuable customer to us and it's at the top of the tree as far as tennis in Australia is concerned," he said.

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