Caxton Press on the move to Wigram

It's the end of an era for The Caxton Press.

After 80 years in the Christchurch CBD, the historic family-owned printer is moving on.

Caxton Press has ridden out two earthquakes and the loss of their historic Victoria St premises - the company is now moving to a custom-built factory in Wigram.

The Caxton Press designs, prints and binds books, leaflets and posters, and has been in the family since it was bought by Bruce Bascand 37 years ago.

His son, Dave Bascand, is now the company director.

Yesterday, he watched the first of the company's 24-tonne presses lifted out by crane. The other press will be humming 24 hours a day until it, too, is packed onto the back of a truck and shifted away.

Bascand says while "there's a bit of nostalgia," staff are excited about shifting to new 1000 square-metre premises.

"We outgrew this place a long time ago. In some ways the earthquake was a bit of a blessing in disguise," he says.

The Victoria St building which the press has occupied since 1935 was damaged beyond repair in the September 2010 and February 2011 earthquakes.

After four years crammed into an adjacent warehouse, Bascand is more than ready for a change.

Stained glass windows, wood paneling and the front door of their historic site will be reused at the Wigram premises.

It will take four weeks and over 200 man hours to shift all printing presses to the new location.

The Press