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Imagination wins
This year’s Konica Minolta National Specialised Print Awards saw a record number of entries, with the state winners all invited to the awards ceremony in Sydney.
Emmanuel Buhagiar’s Imagination Graphics took out the top spot in the Konica Minolta National Specialised Print Awards 2018, at a ceremony held at the glittering harbourside Park Hyatt hotel.
The Marrickville-based print business won the National Award
for its Hamptons pop-up book. Buhagiar said, “It was a complex job, with a client who wanted to push
the boundaries. The client threw everything at us, we had just three weeks to produce it. I pay tribute to my print team, their skill and commitment to producing the best work.”
“I also pay tribute to Konica Minolta. We have been with them for the past ten years, and I can say the business has grown in part thanks to the Konica Minolta print equipment we have been able to use during those years. The quality we achieve with our
latest Konica Minolta AccurioPress, that has won this award against some outstanding work from the other entries, is testimony to the advanced technology.”
The Award was judged in the company of the other state award winners, all of whom bar Elect Printing from ACT were there on the night. They included WhoYou Creative from SA, Tennyson Print from Qld, Tako Print from WA, and Revolution Print from Victoria, which won the state award with
a job printed on its KM-1 inkjet
B2 sheetfed press installed a year ago, along with an MGI digital embellishing system.
Judges were Kenneth Beck fom Carbon8, Anthony Parnemann from EFI, Kellie Northwood from Real Media Collective and Darryl John from Konica Minolta.
Introducing the awards Sue Threlfo, general manager, Production and Industrial Print, Konica Minolta said, “The National Specialised
Print Awards are a celebration of
our customers, and a way for us
to recognise how their creativity combines with the Konica Minolta engines to produce such amazing work for their customers. We have never seen such quality before, and it reflects on the creativity and skill of the printers involved.”
This year saw a record number
of entries, 246, entering into five categories: digital flat sheet, digital print bound books, digital brochures, digital labels, and digital embellishment.
At the event Konica Minolta Australia managing director Dr David Cooke revealed that the company is itself in the running for an award,
as one of five finalists in the Human Rights Commission Australian Human Rights Award. 21
Konica Minolta Awards
Top to bottom: Winners: Emmanuel Buhagiar (right) Imagination Graphics, NSW; with (l-r) Karen Simpson, Tennyson, Qld; and owners Leon Wilson and John Schreenan, Revolution, Vic.
Winners (l-r): Gary and Emilia Pace, WhoYou Creative, SA (left); and Crystal Cheun and Dickson Cheung from
Tako Print Solutions, WA.
Quality: Emmanuel Buhagiar (left), with Dr David Cooke, managing director, and Sue Threlfo, general manager, Production and Industrial Print, Konica Minolta.

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