Printing business celebrates 21 years

Owner of North Coast Print Solutions Tony Hill (left) with his dedicated staff.
Owner of North Coast Print Solutions Tony Hill (left) with his dedicated staff.
North Coast Print Solutions (formerly Lighthouse Print) was started on August 8, 1988 from a small factory in the Byron Bay Industrial Estate.

Owner Tony Hill and his former partner Karen had moved to Byron Bay from Armidale with their two young children Jason and Angela.

Tony had completed his four-year printing apprenticeship at the University of New England in Armidale in 1977.

He was a lithographic printer and after his apprenticeship, he continued to work at the university until the move to Byron Bay 21 years ago.

“We decided to move to Byron because Karen had family ties in the town and I wanted to set up our own printing business,” Tony said.

“I could see the need for a commercial printing business in Byron, so we rented a small factory across the road from the Maddog surf Shop.

“The business grew rapidly and in 1991 we moved to larger premises in Acacia Street.”

More expansion took place in 2000, when a decision was made to build a purpose-built factory in Centennial Circuit.

“And we have been ever since,” Tony said.

North Coast Print Solutions employs two full-time and three part-time staff who all live in the Byron Shire.

“We have always employed locals and have always shopped locally,” Tony said.

“I paid more to use a local construction company rather than a Queensland-based firm to build my factory because they use local tradespeople and local materials.

“Although most of my printing supplies cannot be sourced locally, anything that can be is.”

North Coast Print Solutions is an award-winning business which prides itself on being environmentally friendly.

With a state-of-the-art, five colour offset printing press combined with a top-quality plate setter ensures that all work carried out is of the highest possible quality.

No job is too small or too big for the qualified printers who can produce anything from business cards to large posters.

From offset colour brochures to small run digital printing and colour photocopying, North Coast Print Solutions has all your printing needs covered.

There’s also high quality finishing equipment to collate, bind, fold, score and cut; two Xerox copiers, a digital roll label printer, digital label cutter, Epson wide format ink jet printer and an in-house graphic artist for all art and graphic design requirements.

Booklets, programs, menus, business stationery, docket books and more, North Coast Print Solutions can do it all.

“For the past 21 years we have printed the program for the East Coast Blues and Roots Festival,” owner Tony Hill said.

“We also do the car passes, tickets and artists’ passes for Splendour In The Grass.”

Other clients include Rainforest Rescue.

Tony said the printing press, which if purchased new would cost $1 million, worked on a direct-to-plate system which ensured a much higher quality and sharper print job.

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