Next Printing tops HP awards

Sydney outfit Next Printing dominated the Sign & Display HP Excellence Awards in Singapore last week, winning four of seven awards, and taking out the overall Grand Award.

The Sydney wide format specialist was one five Australian winners at the HP Excellence Awards for Asia Pacific and Japan, which covers HP printers from Iran to New Zealand.

It follows Next’s silver medal at Fespa for point-of-sale and is the fifth year in a row the company has won a top award.

Supastick Labels also took out one of the two Grand Winner titles in the HP Indigo section, the WA label printer winning in the wine and spirits label section.

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Other Aussie winners on the night include Melbourne’s Nulab which took the limited edition and art reproduction title, Labelmakers for pharmeceutical and neutraceutical labels, and Bokay from WA for vehicle wraps.

In the sign and display section, Next took out the creative, corrugated packaging, and retail point-of-sale awards, and the Green Award.

Speaking to ProPrint in Singapore, Next general manager Romeo Sanuri paid tribute to the company’s industrial design manager Nobuto Nishizawa,

“Putiing ink on board is the easy part, taking a client’s concept and creating a three dimensional solution is what really sets next apart, and since we took on Nobuto two years ago we have really been able to step into this space,” he says.

The Aussie businesses were competing against printers from the entire region from Iran through India and China to Japan and Korea and down through South East Asia for the awards – making Next’s achievement even more remarkable.

Speaking at the event, Phillip Rennell, sales director at Currie – which supplies HP Indigo in Australia – says: “Australian print businesses are at the forefront of the digital world, and the results from these regional awards show how advanced they are.”

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