Woolston Printing was established in 1925, in the garage of the current owner’s great grandfather, GW Woolston. Over the past 90 years times have certainly changed in the printing industry, especially with the huge development in technology.
The current owners commenced a statewide service and expansion program in 2005. This resulted in space rapidly diminishing at the former Elizabeth St site in Launceston CBD and their rented factory in Invermay. Construction of the new, 1650sqm purpose built print facility commenced at Western Junction in early 2008 and was completed later that year.
During this time customer service increased statewide, grew interstate and eventually internationally. Woolston Printing currently exports in excess of 20% of product manufactured and has print hubs in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
Five years after moving into the facility at Western Junction, Woolston Printing had installed a total of 8 new machines and was beginning to outgrow again. Commencement of an additional print facility began mid 2013 and was completed by the end of the year. A further 2000sqm of floor space was added to the rear of the existing building with fire doors connecting the two facilities.
The new facility houses a Kolbus PUR high speed binding line, the only machine of this kind in Tasmania, an additional Stahl folder, a Heidelberg high speed press and other ancillary machines. A combination of these machines give Woolston Printing the edge on large run printing, binding and embellishing services.
Aside from the building expansion, Woolston Printing made other significant moves forward throughout 2013. An Agfa CPT unit was installed – producing savings on plate costs and decreasing all offset print lead-times. Graphic design services were brought in-house – speeding up artwork and proofing.
Since installing the CTP unit in 2013, numbers of plates run were in excess of 350 per month. To prevent manual loading, an automatic plate loader was commissioned mid 2015, with plates produced per month now in excess of 500 per month.
The dedicated sales staff at Woolston Printing have a strategic, methodical approach to before and after sales care. All customers are serviced with face to face visits, regular phone contact and email follow up. Satisfied customers comment on efficient, prompt, excellent service – “The posters just arrived – thank you! You guys are legends. Always so quick!! We really appreciate all you do and we love working with you!”
Woolston Printing has capacity for short, long and variable data print runs; coupled with warehousing, inventory and distribution options. The importance of personalised marketing is recognised – Woolston Printing co-ordinates mailing and database management, all tailored to the specific need of customers.
The digital age? Yes, Woolston Printing is again at the forefront – installing their first Konica Minolta colour digital press in 2011. The digital presses are periodically replaced and upgraded with later models. A new Ricoh Pro C7100 colour press was commissioned mid 2016, taking the digital capacity to both Konica Minolta and Ricoh colour presses and a high speed black and white Konica Minolta press. This allows cost-effective, high quality and much shorter turn-around time for smaller print runs.
In 2015 a new Digifold machine for creasing and folding digital print products was installed. This was followed in 2016 by a fully automated encapsulating laminating system which has the capacity to apply plastic coating from 80micron to 250micron.
Dedicated to the environment, Woolston Printing’s purpose built facilities are designed and built to efficient energy use standards. A sustainable waste extraction and paper baling unit has been installed to minimise impact on the environment. In early 2016, a new shredding machine was commissioned, linking to the extraction system.
So what is Woolston Printing’s tagline? It’s simple: Solutions In Print.
And what does the future hold? The positive growth in recent years has shown Woolston Printing is well on the way to lifting the bar in Tasmania’s printing industry. The objective: Keeping work within Tasmania. Keep on the lookout for other exciting projects underway for 2017.