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(l-r) Tony Fisher, director, and pre-press operator Dane Jenkins with the new Zund cutting system.


Fourth-generation John Fisher Printing has invested in a new Zund cutting system to speed up its digital production with an eye on prototype design for the growing packaging and point-of-sale markets.

 “All this has been put in place to handle an increase in volumes of customers’ digital print requirements and to boost production throughput,” says Tony Fisher, director of POS visual displays & packaging at John Fisher Printing, the iconic Sydney printer established 66 years ago by Tony’s grandfather and now based at Marrickville in the inner west.

“The Zund enables us to engage other markets in prototype design for packaging and point of sale items. This is due to the fact that we have also acquired the Design Cut Centre software. We have hundreds of different carton designs, from Pizza boxes to Direct impact mailers, to ‘FEFCO’ packaging boxes, dumpbins and items such as struts for standees. The 3D component allows the customer to check the box from every angle before production commences.

“Many items can be adapted to suit the size of the customers’ product, which allows us to become the designer as well as the printer and finisher of the clients’ campaign,” Fisher says.

“We have also needed specific sized boxes to package oversize digitally printed jobs from standard corrugated sheets. This allows ‘just-in-time’ style printing, without having to wait for specific made shippers from the larger packaging suppliers.”



The plant at John Fisher


Fisher says the multifunctional Zund G3 2XL 3200 digital cutting system was installed without a hitch by a team from Starleaton and has been welcomed by staff members.

“The automated features on the new Zund are a welcome addition and highly regarded by our production team, who like it because it’s easy to adopt and learn new features and is more intuitive than previous cutters we have had. Service and reliability was also a big factor in the purchase and Starleaton have the service covered.”

The new Zund includes a new Tandem bed operating system, which allows for a semi-automated production cutting set-up for larger volume prints. (See video below).

Fisher says other features include: “Reverse side cut/crease of corrugated boards with auto recognition; ‘Reverse mode/Flip function’ – allows cutting & creasing from the back for corrugated boards, cutter sets up automatically by recognising the edge of sheet and positions the cut/crease perfectly when the sheet is flipped; Allows larger sheets sizes to be handled up to 2.5m x 3.2m (previously we could only cut sheets to 1500x2440mm); Operating speed is much higher than previous for faster cutting of multiple substrates; and drag knife cuts on materials, whereas before an oscillating tool was required.”



Victoria Road, Marrickville


John Fisher Printing offers wide format UV printing, digital print, offset litho, packaging, point-of-sale display, direct mail, graphic design, marketing and has a 3D design facility.

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Yes 2015 is upon us and certainly clipping along. We here at John Fisher Printing are moving fast to make the most of it.

One of the highlights that occurred in late 2014 was the installation of our new EFI Vutek GS3250LX wide format printer with cool LED curing. It’s opened a great many opportunities to serve our clients better with the ability to print on a number of different and interesting substrates.

Considered printing on bubble wrap? Or perhaps ultra-thin LDPE plastic? Maybe even reflective mirror surfaces? In fact our Vutek can print on many types of membranes that are susceptible to heat and have been considered impossible to print on in the past. So for creative agencies looking to expand their product offerings especially for short run packaging and point of sale, this is a dream come true. When combining this ability with our additional printing and finishing offerings, we are now set as one of Sydney’s most flexible print suppliers. 

We demonstrated the Vutek LED curing capabilities in our December 2014 “Cool Cure” event. It was an “icy cold” themed launch with cold beer and champagne flowing. Our clients sipped, nibbled and chatted while listening to the cool sounds of Soft Kitty.

It was during this relaxed cocktail party that we demonstrated our proactive evolution in the print industry over the last 50 years. One guest gave this positive feedback to the event and the flow on from it; “As a designer and marketer, I was very interested to see what possibilities and innovations John Fisher Printing could provide for my clients, and I was impressed, so much so that we recently launched a campaign for Pure Gelato’s 21st Birthday utilising Window Decals, Display Cubes Wall Prints, Display Stands, Bunting and other items seen at the Cool Cure event. Dealing with John Fisher printing was easy and they are great to work with in providing innovative solutions.” Carol Lobo, Creative Director at Spark Interact.

If you’ve got a campaign or product that could benefit with an edge, then LED curing could be the answer. Give us a call to discuss possibilities. We are here to provide all the advice you need. 


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b2ap3_thumbnail_fact-speech-bubble-6.pngPrinting Industries CEO Bill Healey says the Value of Paper and Print campaign (VoPP), launched today with the release of The Industry Report 2014, provided a landmark resource to benefit every printing company in the country.

“This report, the first of a series of initiatives Printing Industries is supporting promoting paper and print, is a toolkit that every printing company can use to educate its clients and anyone else who has questioned the role of print. It factually illustrates that the printed word is a critical part of multi-channel communications,” he said.

“This is an outstanding example of how the industry can work together for the ongoing promotion of paper and print."

“The report includes Australia-centric and internationally sourced information to make sure the credentials of paper and print can be easily and graphically understood by media buyers, designers and creative agencies as well as by the general population to help them to appreciate its valuable role in the digital age.”

Mr Healey said the VoPP campaign was the next step in the evolution of Two Sides Australia (TSA) which has been at the forefront of advocating the printing industry’s environmental credentials and dispelling negative myths about its environmental impact.

b2ap3_thumbnail_fact-speech-bubble-2.png“We can now be on front foot promoting the strengths of print supported by research, data, case studies highlighting the effectiveness of print; it’s return on investment and the creative effects that can be achieved through paper and print that cannot be replicated solely by electronic communications,” he said.

Mr Healey said a supporting website:  would also go live today and include report extracts, fact sheets and posters that can downloaded for use by the industry.

“I urge companies to join TSA to support these initiatives (Membership starts at only $250) and to make use of the resources of Two sides and VoPP in the promotion of their businesses."

“Printing Industries will be sending printed versions of the Industry Report 2014 to all its members soon. We will also be partnering with Media Super to stage a national road show later this year and into 2015 promoting VoPP and providing marketing insights into how companies can best use its resources,” he said.
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b2ap3_thumbnail_Tony-and-Emanuel.jpgTwo Sydney printers threw open their doors last night to show the industry how they successfully diversified their businesses, and to encourage others to do the same. Dozens of printers turned up to the LIA-sponsored event to get a peak under the hood of Marrickville firms John Fisher Printing and Imagination Graphics as directors Tony Fisher and Emmanuel Buhagiar showed how their businesses have evolved over the past few years.

John Fisher began life as an offset printer 60 years ago under Tony’s grandfather and now runs two five-colour presses, but in the past decade started to see changes in the requirements of its clients. “Clients were going elsewhere for their point-of-sale needs and we saw the opportunity to get more from our client relationships,” Fisher says.

“We recognised that we were able to achieve better synergies and outcomes having a wide format inkjet capability married with our traditional offset.”

In 2010 the company bought an EFI Vutek GS3200 wide format printer and in April traded it in for a GS3250LX Pro that can print on almost any substrate with cold-cured UV technology. “We saw a need to diversify the business enough to keep us in touch with what we could offer our core customers and at the same time keeping our eyes open to new opportunities,” Fisher says.

“We could now offer a diverse range of products in A2, A1 and A0+ and had combined technologies that would complement each other. More campaigns could be completed across both formats and kept in-house.” Fisher says this did involve cannibalising offset work, but since run lengths were reducing and it would likely lose short run work to another digital printer if they didn’t make the switch. He says the decision has led to increased business in other areas and the company can sell more short run jobs more cost effectively with better margins. Imagination Graphics started as a prepress and design company when Buhagiar went out on his own after many years working in prepress for various printers.

After years doing trade prepress for the Sydney market, Buhagiar bought out his business partners and decided to make the jump into digital printing. “One day I said to my team ‘make the move with me into print’ and they did and here we are,” he says. His latest diversification resulted from his move into wedding printing. Imagination started working with paper retailer Amazing Paper as he printed personalised wedding products.

A year ago Buhagiar bought Amazing Paper and moved it into the top floor of his building. He says his motivation was not just the wedding print work, but the business happy couples might bring from their own workplaces. “Everyone works somewhere,” he says. “If you do a good job, they will talk about it at work and you can get other business from that.” John Fisher and Imagination Graphics have been working together for more than 20 years. With perfectly complementary businesses and only a few blocks apart, they routinely do work for each other to offer full service to all their clients. Buhagiar says more printers need to trust each other and no be afraid to work together so they can offer customers more.

“We do work for a lot of printers but they trust us. Everything is confidential and no one sees each other’s work and we’re quick on prepress,” he says.

“Everyone is thinking doom and gloom in the industry, but it’s only that if you think it is. If you get out there, knock on doors, do a good job and develop trust, you will get the work.”
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b2ap3_thumbnail_Tony-and-Toby-next-to-digital-press.pngThe trajectory into oversized formats taken by iconic Sydney printer John Fisher Printing (JFP) has been from the quality offset market, which remains its core – retail, pharmaceutical, publishing and agency work, as well as promotional material and direct marketing (with VDP), down to managing fulfilment and distribution.

Half a decade ago, JFP embarked on a move into wide format print to cater for a wider range of its existing customers’ requirements, including banners, wraps and posters for the POS and outdoor signage markets, says Tony Fisher a JFP director.

The fourth-generation printing company, founded by Tony’s grandfather John Fisher 63 years ago and run for many years by his son, well known industry personality John N. Fisher, moved to 2200sqm premises at Marrickville, with Tony in sales & marketing, his brother John a litho operator, and cousin, Toby Friend, as a director managing operations of a loyal & experienced production team.

In addition to its offset printing, it offers an array of wide-format display work for interior & exterior displays, including small run specialty boxes, corflutes, backlits, posters & banners up to 3.2m wide, re-positionable window decals & wall fabrics, direct print to floor graphics, street signage and one-way vision.

“We were outsourcing a growing quantity of wide format work to the trade and wanted to bring it in-house, to be able to print beyond the A1+ format of our offset machines. We researched the wide-format inkjet market for around six years and noticed the breakthroughs in speed and quality were quite dramatic,” Fisher tells ProPrint.

Both factors were a must for JFP, and the company invested in its first VUTEk, a GS3200 hybrid roll/flatbed UV, with the hardware from EFI and the prepress, including colour calibration, from DES. It has since ordered a LED-curing  VUTEk GS3250LX, which enables printing on lined corrugated boards. Both are eight-colour machines with an opaque white capability. In flatbed mode, the GS3200 and GS3250LX can print on up to 50mm-gauge, which opens up new opportunities for JFP – such as printing on MDF, melamine benchtops, doors and x-board product.

“The GS3250LX gives us the ability to print to corrugated boxes, films as thin as a ‘human hair’ to reflective mirror, rubber matting, as well as wood veneer products, floor & wall covering, safety signage & yes we can even print to bubble wrap! The possibilities & applications are extremely exciting,”
says Fisher.

The two VUTEks complement JFP’s offset line up, a five-colour A1 Mitsubishi with inline aqueous coating, a half-size Heidelberg Speedmaster, a two-colour SM52, a Cylinder, diecutting and a Polar cutting line.

“Our digital press operator was trained up for the VUTEks, so there was not much of a learning curve, but any pre-press personnel can adapt their existing skills & with a little training, wide format printing can easily be added to their skill set”
Fisher says.

He estimates that 75 percent of JFP’s burgeoning wide-format work is ordered by existing litho customers."We are also undertaking a marketing campaign to expose our expanded services in visual graphic displays & to make old and new customers aware of the company’s unique & growing capabilities”.