WA printers celebrate PICAs

The Western Australian Printing Industries Craftsmanship Awards (PICAs) took place on Saturday, with Quality Press and Scott Print taking home the lion’s share of accolades.

With the duo tied with seven gold and 16 medals each, Quality Press edged over its rival by winning the Ball & Doggett Judges Award for its offset-printed book, Perth Zoo Saving Wildlife, with Quality Press’ managing director Atish Shah also winning the Media Super Industry Contribution Award.

Thirteen companies were recognised with medals across the 30 different print and design categories.

Advance Press takes gold in the under 48pp text offset booklet/catalogue/magazine category for its Marina East piece, and for digital books bound perfect, notch, PUR or section sewn for a square back finish with its A Pinch Of Salt work. It was the sole winner in the digitally printed books wiro/spiral sewn/interscrews category, taking gold for its Pipa & Pop piece. Its fourth and final gold was in direct mail, for its DM Piece: Vekta.

Discus on demand took gold in the digital leaflets category for its Nightly Programs entry, also taking the gold for case bound digital books, for its Toothfish book, with its third and final gold in sheet fed labels, for its Kin Labels entry.

Fast Finishing took a suite of gold, silver, and bronze for trade finishing book binding, while Intafoil matched the achievement for trade finishing embellishment, also taking gold, silver and bronze.

In the newspaper categories, 7 West Media took a clean sweep of gold: web fed set newspaper, and both web fed cold set and heatset newspaper inserts.

The final company to pick up a gold was Graphic Source, in the self promotion category for Eat, Drink & Be Merry.

All of these companies will now be in the running for the National Print Awards in 2018, with the state PICAs the only method of entry.

Scott Print and Picton Press shared Future Now's Commitment to Workforce Development Award for their commitment to recruiting and developing a flexible, diverse and suitably trained workforce.

The Environment Award that recognises and encourages those companies who are not only managing their environmental impacts to a high standard, but are seeking to build upon current practices and make further improvements was awarded to Scott Print.

Rio Chard, Chair of the Western Australia PICA Committee says "There was a real sense of change in the atmosphere. Whilst we paid homage to many legends of the industry, there was an overall excitement about what the future holds. It was great to see many diverse companies represented in the spread of wins across the evening.

"Above all, the PICA allow our industry the opportunity to challenge each other so that we can continue to lift the bar of excellence within the WA print market. We deserve to feel proud of the work that we produce.”

Andrew Macaulay, CEO, Printing Industries says, "There was an obvious air of celebration and optimism in the room. The support that the industry show to each other continues to inspire me.”

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