Printgraphics Printgreen celebrates 40 years in printing

To mark 40 years in printing, Melbourne-based commercial business, Printgraphics Printgreen, recently welcomed its clients into its office.

The company’s director Nigel Quirk said the company has been increasingly focusing on its clients and their needs, and this milestone was the perfect opportunity for the business to showcase its operations and build closer relationships with them.

“Longevity is success and after 40 years we are happy to be investing into the future again,” he said.

“Our focus over the last 40 years has increasingly become about understanding what our clients’ needs are, especially in the areas of publishing, retail and associations, and what we as Printgraphics Printgreen can do to support those needs.

“So, we recently opened the doors of our business and encouraged guests to come in and see how we work and how much care we take with every project.

“We created an immersive experience; so, guests were taken on a tour of the business and got to know what drives Printgraphics Printgreen.”

Printgraphics Printgreen was created in 1979 by a then 30-year-old by the name of Ray Keen who arrived in Melbourne as a migrant from England.

He struggled to find work and when down to his last $0.20, was offered a job as an office clerk at Leigh-Mardon, a large printing firm.

Soon after, in March 1979, Keen partnered with Peter Norton to buy District Offset Printing and changed its name to Printgraphics. In 1985, Printgraphics acquired its first contract for a monthly magazine, The VACC Journal, so a SORD was purchased (a single colour A1 size press).

In 2002, Keen and Mark Terrill partnered and moved the business to its current and larger premises in Mount Waverley.

At that time, Printgraphics started becoming more aware of its responsibilities towards the environment. It started seeing itself not only as a printer but as a leader in environmental awareness and as an educator in environmental practices.

In 2016, Quirk and Sam Keen purchased shares in the company and are now directors of the company alongside Ray Keen and Terrill.

“There have been many new systems, presses, equipment and new technology implemented over the last 40 years. Today, the business employs over 50 people,” Quirk said.

“Most importantly, all these changes have been focusing on providing clients with expert print solutions and service with an environmentally inspired conscience.”

Printgraphics Printgreen account manager Denis Weekly (r) showing guests the new press

In building on the understanding for “amazing service, quick turnarounds and a genuine and real commitment to the environment”, the company also recently invested in a new offset press, an eight-colour Komori G40 perfector, to run alongside its ten-colour Komori, which is itself a recent addition.

Both solutions were supplied by Print & Pack.

Printgraphics Printgreen account manager Sue Marshall (l) and printer Jason Uildriks (r) with guests

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