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Top team: (l-r) Doris Prodanovic, Publishing Assistant;
Patrick Howard, Publishing Editor; Lindy Hughson, Publisher; Wayne Robinson, Editor; and Jake Nelson, Journalist
Wayne Robinson joins Print21 as new Editor
Hornet Press founder and former owner Graham Bell has called time on print, after a career spanning more than half a century.
Bell started in print in 1966 in Watford UK, working as an ink quality tester with an ink company that is now part of
Sun Chemical. He came to Australia in 1978, and with his wife Sandra established Hornet in 1982 as a bespoke trade printer in Knoxfield, Melbourne.
He sold Hornet, and its offshoot Eastlink Bookbinding which it set up 18 months ago, to John Mandile last year, and has been working as a consultant to the business since then.
Bell says, “Over the past
half century print has changed immensely, and it hasn’t changed at all. There are far fewer print businesses, but print production power has magnified, when we put in our A1 Komori Lithrone we took out three existing presses and were still more productive.
“The demand from customers for low prices has stayed the same, and ink still takes time to dry, but the perception from the market is that we can produce print instantly.”
Hornet – named after the Watford premier league soccer club’s nickname – started like many print businesses with a GTO in Bell’s garage.
Bell says, “Back when we started there was a significant demand for quality print, which we delivered, and the business has grown ever since on the back of that. We saw a need for a bespoke trade printer, we focus on quality work, for example 1000 bound PUR books, and work with printers across the state, many in regional areas,
up to the border and across to Gippsland.
Hornet currently has 25 full time staff and a number of casuals, running both offset and digital print work. Growth over the years has been both organic and through a number of acquisitions. 21
Leading print and graphics communication industry journalist Wayne Robinson is now installed as the Editor at Print21 magazine and news website,
and as Associate Editor at PKN Packaging News.
At Print21 Robinson joins Publishing Editor Patrick Howard, Journalist Jake Nelson, Publishing Assistant Doris Prodanovic, and Publisher Lindy Hughson, representing the strongest team established at an Australian print industry title. Print21 is the highest circulating print media in the country, and has the biggest news website, with more readers than any other.
Hughson says, “It is great
to have Wayne Robinson join our Print21 and PKN teams at Yaffa Media, strengthening our capability in providing engaging and inspiring content to serve our printing and packaging community. With the power team we will now have in
place, Print21 will reinforce
its position as the magazine
of record for the printing and graphic arts industry.”
As the new editor of Print21, Robinson continues his decades long engagement with the Australian and New Zealand printing and graphic arts industry. Contact Robinson with all
your news stories and tips at 21
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