Shire Print merges with Lighthouse Print Group

Sydney based Shire Print’n’Graphics has merged with Lighthouse Print Group with the new company becoming a subsidiary of Lighthouse Print Group.

Greg Wragg, Co-owner of Lighthouse Print Group says one of the main reasons the merger occurred was due to the difference in equipment.

“The company’s equipment was old and we have a factory full of new equipment, including a five-colour width coater Heidelberg XL 75. One of the machines Shire had was an older Komori 70, 40 inch, ours was more superior, for him to update it was too much.

“We also have an Indigo 5500 digital press, the company lacked it and it was one of the essentials when you are doing a lot of agency work. We also have a Pur binder, for the smaller work. Everything the company needed, we had,” he says.

“We have pretty good infrastructure, a lot of our gear is self-sufficient. The owner Paul Clinen thought it was time to look at a different way of doing things,” he says.

“We have recently installed a new Heidelberg 66 automatic folder, which was put in December,” he adds.

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Wragg says Shire Print’N’Graphics owner Clinen has come to work for the new group. He met Clinen through the company’s sales manager.

“A part of it is you have to be likeminded, where you can do a merger and absorption. It is seamless for the existing clients, benefiting them in a lot of ways,” he says.

Lighthouse Print Group has been running for 32 years, co-owned by Wragg and his two brothers, Perry Wragg and Martin Wragg. The printing group is in Caringbah, in Sydney’s south. It employs 20 people plus members of the Wragg family, as it is a family owned company.

Wragg says the company’s specialty is high end fashion, “We do a lot of work for the hotel industry and also general run of the mill printing.”

Shire Print’N’Graphics began in 1996 as a print sales company. It merged in 2002 with Hi-Line Press and in 2012 purchased Stanley Printing Company. It supplies printed products to Australian clients, its range of products include printing, binding and finishing equipment.

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