By Wayne Robinson | September 9, 2022

Complete Color acquired Erwins Printing, bringing it back to the B2 market, in a move, the company says it is ready to continue the growth of eco-friendly Australian printing.

Eco-friendly printing ashore: Complete buys Erwins – pictured (lr) from Complele Color is Geoff Lawyer, sales manager and owner; Tim Dunphy, production manager; Graham Brooks, Customer Service Manager; and Tim Michaelides, Managing Director.
Image – Full Color

Tim Michaelides, Founder and Managing Director of Complete Colour, which owns a ten color Heidelberg A1, and digital printing, said: “The opportunity was there, we are able to consolidate other printing businesses into Complete. Irwin has a large number of long-term clients and has been run with the same ethics and values ​​as Complete, with a commitment to quality, integrity and service. »

Longtime Erwins owner Mick Edwards is retiring. His son Sean Edwards and daughter Stacey Minutello join the Complete team, along with other key long-term company employees in customer service, prepress and production. Complete Color now has around thirty employees.

Michaelides said: “When we heard that Mick was looking to retire and sell the business, we wanted to continue the legacy of this trusted and reputable family business, Mick was instrumental in cementing the position of Erwins as one of Melbourne’s most respected offset printers. businesses around. The company has great values; and like us, we enjoyed lifelong customers and staff.

“It is an excellent choice for the future of all parties involved. Now we want to continue growing Melbourne’s trusted print industry, with a strong focus on environmental responsibility. The acquisition of Erwins is an important step in this direction.

Complete will integrate a five-colour Komori from Irwin into its Cheltenham base, bringing it back to the B2 market. MIchaelides said: “We had a B2 press until a few years ago when demand for half size seemed to be dropping. But now the demand is back and many Irwin works are well suited to the half-size press.

Mick Edwards, former owner of Erwins Printing, said: “Complete operates on the same principles on which we have built our business for the past 32 years; quality, honesty and respect, which made him an excellent candidate to continue to meet the needs of our customers in the future.”

Edwards and Ron Hall purchased Erwins Printing in 1990 from Erwin Luettin, who started the business in 1970. They grew the business significantly through excellent customer service; provide quality work to commercial and non-profit clients.

Complete Color is one of Melbourne’s leading A1 print houses. It was founded by Managing Director Tim Michaelides 30 years ago and Director Geoff Lawyer joined a decade later.

Complete has periodically acquired other printing companies over the years. It bought BD Graphics 15 years ago and acquired Braeside-based Flow Printing in 2015. Michaelides said: “Consolidation is a good strategy for us, but it needs to be carefully considered. We are always open to opportunities. »

Full Director Geoff Lawyer said: “We are truly delighted to continue the excellent work that Erwins Printing has undertaken over the past 50 years. Industry consolidation and integration is inevitable in this post-Covid climate, and we are delighted to have secured a future for a company that has operated under the same values ​​and principles as Complete. Erwins is a great example of how a strong operational ethic creates pillars of strength and longevity – for staff, suppliers and customers. Erwins is a natural candidate for Complete, and the future of environmentally friendly onshore printing in Australia looks positive.

The auction for some of Irwin Printing’s equipment is now open by Gollants, with a five-color B2 Komori L528 as the star attraction. Also up for auction are guillotines from Polar and Horizon, a Kodak Magnus CTP and rip, a Muller Martini, a MOB Folder with Glue Unit and Heidelberg Platen, as well as around 100 lots commonly found in print shops. B2.


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