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Happy 45th Birthday, Finsbury Green

April 3, 2018

This week is our 45th birthday and we’d like to thank all those past and present staff that have contributed to the success of Finsbury Green.

Finsbury Press was established in 1973 in the Adelaide suburb of Finsbury, now Woodville North, by Ernie Orel and Doug Cleland. Forty five years later Peter and Mark Orel maintain ownership of the company and continue to take an active part in the day-to-day operations.

Ernie and Olga Orel were migrants who came to Australia in 1954 with very little. They fled their native Slovenia to escape economic instability following the Second World War. On arrival in Australia, Ernie, a qualified letterpress printer, worked in Adelaide for a number of companies. But it was a tough start for him in his newly adopted country and on one occasion he was sacked due to problems with his English.

1995 saw the relocation of Finsbury Press to its current operations at Thebarton. The historic Onkaparinga Woollen Mills building was completely refurbished to accommodate the most professional print environment at that time.

1999 brought the installation of PRISM, a new management information software system that included accounting, estimating, purchasing, job planning, scheduling and real time data capture from the factory floor.

2000 heralded some major changes as we took on a new corporate image as Finsbury Printing and Finsbury Print Management.

2002 signalled the beginning of the national expansion with the acquisition of AC Todd, respected printer in Port Melbourne. Adelaide saw a significant upgrade of new equipment including CtP, PDF work flow, digital proofing, a new five colour A1 press and a new finishing line. Finsbury Printing became the first print company in Australia to simultaneously achieve ISO9001:2000 Quality Management and ISO14001 Environment Management Systems certification. Later in that year the Sydney sales office was opened to serve our established and growing customer base in New South Wales.

2004 saw a change of name to Finsbury Green Printing and Finsbury Print Management. We also published the first of our independently audited Environment Reports.

2005 continued to extend the print management service mix with the acquisition of Melbourne print management company Match Print, located at Mulgrave.

2006 saw the installation of the first perfecting press, the Akiyama Jprint 10 colour into the Port Melbourne plant to increase capacity, with a second one a year later.

2007 we took the step to update the brand to Finsbury Green, believing that after years of diligent work our environmental credentials were so strong that we could legitimately call everything we did ‘green’.

2008 Ernie Orel, founder of Finsbury Green passed away while on holidays in this birthplace Avber, Slovenia aged 77.

2011 became another milestone year with the establishment of our Digital Print division in Adelaide. Again in that year we announced a long-term Enterprise Print Management contract with the Whole of Victorian Government and the establishment of the VIC GOV PMU. With that, printools (aka sourceit) our proprietary software arrived, which had been in development for three years. Technology development became a major focus at this time.

2013 saw a significant capital investment realised with a move to the purpose built premises in Port Melbourne offering better facilities for staff, enlarged factory space and productivity gains through a ‘lean’ designed workflow. Significantly our product offering continued evolving beyond print to print management and outsourced marketing services which was reflected in a new website.

2014 continued to extend the service mix with the acquisition of Adelaide direct mail solutions provider Post Haste, adding an even broader range of in-house direct mail services.

2015 we extended our national reach and capabilities by acquiring Sydney print management and logistics company Business Print Australia at Botany. We celebrated a noteworthy sustainability achievement by reducing the amount of dry waste sent to landfill to zero.

2017 brought a significant new customer in Optus and Virgin Mobile and the establishment of the Optus PMU at Macquarie Park. Soon after, the acquisition of Adelaide-based digital printer Digi-we-doo, bolstered our flourishing digital print and mail capabilities.

Today we have five locations, growing steadily and in all probability 2018 will bring something new, another milestone, more customers and with them more exciting challenges.

Happy birthday Finsbury Green!


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