Capital printers make mark in awards

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Last updated 05:00 08/05/2013

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Printing companies from the Wellington region won nearly half the categories at the industry's 20th annual Pride in Print awards.

The annual awards were hosted at the TSB Arena in Wellington and recognised technical excellence in print production and packaging.

Wellington businesses took out three of the eight categories, and winners included Printlink of Petone, Service Printers of Wellington and Webstar of Masterton.

Service Printers' The New Zealand Screen Production Guide won the Business Print award for its guidebook on the benefits of making films in New Zealand. It was targeted towards foreign movie makers and highlighted the financial and technical advantages available in New Zealand.

Pride in Print senior judge Damian Fleming said the book was a great example of good design skills being harnessed for a commercial purpose.

Service Printers managing director Dean Oliver said it was a hard job and the company had spent a lot of time and effort on it.

"We only put in the jobs that we think something is going to happen with."

Printlink was recognised for its Ghosts in the Landscape by winning the Publications Category award. The book featured the photography of Grant Sheehan. The judges said the black-and-white photographs were printed so sharply that individual grains of sand were clear.

Printlink executive general manager Peter Ward said the printing of the book was highly technical and "bloody hard".

He said the increased number of projects being outsourced overseas meant the New Zealand print industry faced a difficult time ahead.

Webstar was recognised for its promotional print work with Warehouse Stationery for which the company radically altered its machinery.

The supreme award went to North Shore-based Aria Design Group for a Milford Sound postcard.

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- The Dominion Post

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