Celebrating Pristine Publications’ bronze medal in the NSW Print Excellence Awards are (from left) John Stebbing, Aiden McBurney, Karen Leanne, Brett Simpson and Mark Ezzy.
Celebrating Pristine Publications’ bronze medal in the NSW Print Excellence Awards are (from left) John Stebbing, Aiden McBurney, Karen Leanne, Brett Simpson and Mark Ezzy. Cathy Adams

Ballina printer makes impression

WHEN Mark Ezzy of the fledging Pristine Publications decided to enter a sample of the company’s work in a printing excellence competition against some of the industry’s biggest names, he ‘didn’t think we had a chance’.

Yet last month the 12-month-old Ballina company walked away with a bronze medal – the second award for excellence it has won this year.

A clearly surprised and delighted Mr Ezzy yesterday described the win as massive.

“It’s a massive win as faras we’re concerned to have a local business such as ours judged in the same calibre as some of Australia’s largest and most awarded printing companies,” Pristine’s founder and managing director said.

Pristine Publications, which has a workforce of two full-timers and three casuals, was up against German-based STI Lilyfield and Offset Alpine, both of which have more than 100 employees in their Sydney factories alone.

The company won the WorkCover NSW Print Excellence Award in the category of Postcards and Greeting Cards for a series of cards titledSugar Cane Scapes, reproduced for local artist Pauline Charley.

The cards were printed on 100 per cent recycled sugar cane paper stock.

“We didn’t print the cards with awards in mind. We simply picked it to put into the awards when nominations were called,” Mr Ezzy said.

Asked what made a successful printer, he said it was ‘a willingness to be very critical of your own work and not let anything through that you are not completely happy with’.

It is the company’s second win this year. In August, Pristine Publications was named Green Business of the Year at the Ballina Shire/Northern Star Business Excellence Awards.

“Every industry has to be sustainable otherwise you’ll have a limited future,” Mr Ezzy said.

Printing Industries Association of Australia chief executive Philip Anderson congratulated Pristine on its win, describing it as ‘tribute to the management and staff of Pristine and their commitment to quality work’.



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