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Dashing combines head office and production
Innovative retail solutions business Dashing is combining its production facility and head office into one location. Its Lane Cove West premises now hosts all functions of the company. Some 45 staff have moved
over from the previous North Sydney headquarters into Lane Cove, including the design, technology, and sales teams. Russell Kavnat, managing director at Dashing, said, “Having all the teams in the
one building and being able to talk to each other is beneficial. We have been looking to make the move for a while, and
Covid actually presented the opportunity.”
Dashing has also created a mock-shop in its building. 21
Retail solutions: Russell Kavnat
Prima invests in Kolbus as growth surges
Casemakers as part of a sizeable investment in capacity and efficiency for personalised photobooks. The investment comes as the company continues to achieve record growth.
rima Printing has invested in one of Australia’s
first Kolbus DA 270
To support its growth and meet demand in the market, it has invested in a Kolbus DA270 Case Maker, one of the first to enter Australia. Prima says the DA270 provides the capacity to deal with “huge volumes and high variability” in book sizes and spine widths.
Prima believes this will enable the business to gain significant competitive advantage in the consumer printing space as it looks to further grow its business.
A major consideration for Prima was speed and ability to handle variable page count books with minimal make ready time. The Kolbus DA270 outputs 60 cases per minute.
In a year that has seen many businesses impacted by Covid-19, Prima has seen continued growth and is on track for its best year yet. With the increased capacity, Prima has big plans for 2021.
The District Photo group,
of which Prima is a part, has become a significant global supplier in the photo product market. The group is in the US and has Harrier LLC servicing all
First in Australia: Prima Printing has a new Kolbus case-making line
of UK and Europe. Its expansion into ANZ via Prima Printing has allowed it to service Australia, New Zealand, and Asia.
Last year Prima bought
eight new Ricoh digital colour print systems for the site. Its entire manufacturing process
is controlled by a bespoke ERP solution that integrates with customers’ e-commerce sites, then batches, imposes and routes it to the Ricoh fleet, based on job profiles and availability, and then on to finishing and binding.
Prima Printing manufactures to tight schedules, with
peak volumes occurring at Christmas, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Valentine’s Day. It has configured its facility in Melbourne’s Noble Park North to meet the demands
of those peak periods. It has
an end-to-end manufacturing capability that enables it to produce millions of personalised consumer items each year. 21
    Amnon Judah, general manager at Prima, said, “We had been making books using many smaller manual casemakers before, but the volumes have increased, as have the demands for quality, whether its photo finishing or commercial print. We needed to scale up further.
“We are always evolving, exploring new machinery and investing in our people. We look for hungry, innovative, and adaptable team members. We believe this has been the key to our success and has enabled us to achieve the best outcome for our customers,” Amnon said.
Since establishing itself in 2016, Prima Printing – based in Melbourne – says it has grown to become the largest consumer print manufacturer in the southern hemisphere.
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      1. “Superior quality,” Peter (right) and Mark Hogan, Hogan Print, with the new Foliant Mercury 530SF 4x4 laminator from Currie Group 2. Hogan offices in Artarmon, Sydney.
                                                 3. Hogan Print’s new Horizon AFV-566/TV 564 folder from Currie Group.
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