Opus nails tight turnaround for Melbourne Cup job

Opus Group has beaten the clock to produce more than 12 million pages in under 48 hours for today's Melbourne Cup.

Opus' Victorian book printing arm, McPherson's Printing, produced 50,180 race books of 240pp for today's big event, a spokesperson told ProPrint.

"This equates to over 12 million pages to be printed, folded, bound and delivered within less than 48 hours from receiving first file to first required delivery on Sunday morning prior to the cup," said the spokesperson.

"With the cup field and barrier draw not decided until after the completion of Victorian Derby Day, three colour and one mono section files are not received until 9pm Saturday night and first delivery is required Sunday morning for various functions in and around Melbourne."

[Related: Mitty's supplies Melbourne Cup]

Three sections or 108pp were printed mono on a Timson web press. Six sections or 132pp were printed in full colour on an eight-colour Heidelberg press.

This is the 16th year that McPhersons has produced the Victorian Racing Club's race books. McPhersons can produce the books "faster than any other sheetfed printer in the Victorian market", said the spokesperson.

McPhersons isn't the only Victorian firm to have supplied the race that stops the nation, according to the organsiers.

Evan Evans' specialty racing business, Mitty's, has designed and printed all the saddlery for the 33rd consecutive year, while Hanan Displays has produced track signage and managed the lawn sign writers.

The Victorian Racing Club also told ProPrint that Pacific Magazines had produced its in-house Carnival magazine.

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