Spot to host LIA tour of ten-colour Ryobi

Brisbane printer Spot Productions is opening its doors for a site tour hosted by the Queensland sector of the Lithographic Institute of Australia (LIA), inviting its members to see the new Ryobi 920 10 colour LED-UV press, the first to be installed in the country.

Simon Carmody, managing director for Spot says, “We looked at what were the latest offerings from Ryobi. We bought the machine brand new and had it running from January. We had two presses go out.

“The new Ryobi has exceeded my expectations, I am happy with it. It is faster and producing better quality work. It has increased our profits, our turnover is now somewhere around $1m a month. I reckon it is faster than three machines put together. Changeover is now around four minutes, it used to be an hour. Printing paper booklets, books and magazines used to be nine hours, now it is three hours.

“The LIA hear about this kind of investment and they want to be the first to know and see it, to let their members inspect it and I am not shy about my business, I am happy to let them come and see it. Customers from all over have been coming, we have had some Japan even. The machine is the first in the region and it has brought business in that way.

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“I own 75 per cent of Spot. I had a business before this that I sold to Wellcom. My father had this business, I bought half and have been expanding it for the last 10 years. We have around 60 staff now.

“We are probably one of the stronger companies in Brisbane. Our main business is offset, but we also have offerings in display and wide format, cutsheet, finishing and embellishment and mailing.

“We are excited about what the new press can potentially do for us. It is the sixth Ryobi I have bought over a ten year period and I have been happy with their service, they are a great company to deal with.”

Other machines in Spot’s capacity include Fuji Xerox 1000 and 700 digital printers, two Ryobi 750 offset colour press and an Agfa Avolon N8-20 Image setter plate maker.

The tour will be held on Wednesday March 28 from 6-8pm at Spot’s site in Pinkenba. Anyone wishing to attend needs to RSVP by Thursday March 22. To register or for more information, email [email protected] or [email protected].

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