Western Australia’s 89 year-old print outfit Pilpel Print is closing down after the business and its sister company, Print Finishing Line were sold off to Advance Press for an undisclosed sum.
Advance Press declined to comment on the details of the purchase, however a WA print industry source tells Australian Printer the company plans to keep running Pilpel’s print finishing business as an independent trade finishing company, while moving the print side to Advance’s premises in Bassendean.
The company advises all jobs have been transferred to Advance Press with all staff entitlements paid and the remaining equipment up for sale or auction on www.printmachines4sale.com.
Pilpel Print was founded by Joshua Pilpel in 1927 and was passed down the family line to son Richard Pilpel, and then to grandson and current managing director Geoff Pilpel.
Geoff says he sold the family business because he is looking to retire, but describes the decision as ‘regrettable’.
The company was considered an industry trail-blazer in its delivery of offset, letterpress and digital printing.
Over the years Pilpel Print has collected a swag of awards at Printing Industries WA PICA awards. The industry will remember the 2014 awards ceremony where Pilpel Print spectacularly took out the gold, silver and bronze for fine letterpress work.
In 2008, Richard Pilpel was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday honours list for his service to the printing industry in Western Australia as well as the Jewish community.
An inspection of equipment up for auction is being held from October 4 to 7 between 8am and 4pm, or by appointment outside these times. Inspections are onsite at Pilpel Print, 148 Beaufort Street, Perth.
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