South Sydney based Westman Printing is expanding its business with the purchase of nearby Westend Printing and along being in the process of installing a Komori Lithrone 528 Plus AQ Coater 5 colour press, with the company looking to break into new markets.
The Ingleburn offset, packaging and digital printer also operates a paper cup manufacturer, Cups Galore, out of the same premises.
Vik Gulati, director and owner of Westman Printing says, “This month we have bought Westend Printing. The industry is getting smaller and they are in the same market we are in and in local printing.
“The owner was getting close to retirement and this was a good opportunity for him to phase out. He is still working with us part time.
“Everything has moved over, including the equipment and all staff. Our staff numbers have grown from around 11 to 19.
“We used to do a lot of work for each other, they did folding and we did colour work for them. Now we can offer new services, as we acquired their collating and finishing equipment.
“In terms of the Komori, we were looking for a machine with an aqueous coating unit. It opens up markets for us because it has quicker drying and sealing of print and there are not many presses that have aqueous coating, that stay at half the size.
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“The print is dry as it comes out, there is no drying time, which will make us much more efficient. We can get straight onto die cutting or folding a lot quicker than before.
“It is also starch resistant which is relevant to food packaging. It will open up new markets for us in the industry and it is a new service we can offer to our clients.
“We used to have Komori equipment, the operators are training in using it. The new machine is replacing an older Komori press.
“It is yet to be installed. In terms of what we can do with the press, we are hoping we will be able to pick up new work.
“We acquired Cups Galore in 2016, we were able to go into coffee cup manufacturing.
“We moved into our current building around Christmas time 2016 to 2017, before we were operating out of five units and now we work in large factory space.
“You always have to be ready for change, you have to see what the industry brings and try to adapt.
“I have been running Westman Printing since 2005, before that it had been running since the 1980s.”
Westend has also been running since the 1980s according to Gulati, offering business cards, letterheads, booklets, folders, envelopes, brochures and signage work.
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