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The Best Offset Printers in Canberra

Benjamin Rose 7 November 2019 9

Whether you want to print large quantities of documents without spending a fortune, or just want documents printed with the highest possible quality (i.e. greater detail and colour fidelity), offset printing could be for you.Offset printing is most often used for high volume commercial jobs, like printing newspapers, catalogues and coffee table books. (Digital printing, on the other hand, is best suited for small volume runs, as well as anything where each individual copy needs custom data added, like a name or address.)

But what qualities should you look for in an offset printer, and where can you find a good one in Canberra? Let’s find out.

What makes a good offset printer?

We recommend keeping the following traits in mind when choosing an offset printer.

  • High quality equipment. While offset printing certainly isn’t a new technology, using the latest inks, papers and other equipment can help ensure a polished finished product.
  • End-to-end service. Many offset printers offer related services like graphic design, binding and embellishing. If you aren’t keen on tackling these tasks yourself, your offset printer may be able to take them off your hands.
  • In-house services. The best local offset printers do their printing in-house.
  • Commitment to deadlines. Working to a nail-biting deadline? Look for an offset printer with experience working under tight deadlines.
  • Value for money. Offset printing can vary in price depending on who you choose. Do your research to make sure you strike the right balance between quality and affordability.

The top offset printers in Canberra – according to you

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

DR Print

With over 18 years of experience in Canberra, DR Print specialises in printing – but it also binds, laminates, creates digital copies, designs and publishes. Its offset printing presses are ideal for brochures, catalogues and magazines.

Customer Rob shared his experience with DR Print on Google Reviews: “The team at DR print are always very efficient and professional. Not only does the quality of their work exceed my expectations, they are very reasonable in pricing.”

Elect Printing

Elect Printing is Canberra’s largest locally owned printing house, with a strong local focus. Where possible, its team chooses to work with and support local suppliers, designers and businesses.

Elect Printing uses a traditional offset press for long run jobs like coffee table books and art prints. And since it also takes care of related jobs like graphic design, finishing, binding, prepress and embellishments, it is ready to handle your next print and design job from start to finish.

Customer Amelia shared her experience with Elect Printing on Google Reviews: “Darren and the team at Elect Printing are great. Easy to deal with, and always willing to assist. Even when I’ve had a last minute job they’ve done their best to accommodate us.”

Union Offset Printers

Union Offset Printers in Fyshwick is a full service printing company that’s been around since 1958. It uses state-of-the-art offset printing presses to deliver the best quality at an economical price.

Union Offset Printers can offset print items like books, booklets and brochures, presentation folders (die cut in-house for faster delivery) and promotional material like posters and business cards. And if the work you need printed is commercially sensitive, rest easy that Union Offset Printers has deep experience producing work under high security requirements.

Here’s what one happy customer had to say about Union Offset Printers on its website: “Thanks so much for the great job you did of the ARC’s document. They are running around in a great flap today (the conference is tomorrow) but they are really thrilled with the program. As always, thanks for a fantastic job.”

New Millennium Print

New Millennium Print is a boutique, family-owned and operated business specialising in small to medium print runs. For offset printing, it uses a full colour Heidelberg Speedmaster 52 5 printer from Germany. Not only is this printer the only one of its kind in Canberra, but it also allows customers more design options, faster production turnaround and better value-for-money.

Here’s what customer Chantelle had to say about her experience with New Millennium Print on Google Reviews: “I’ve used many other printing companies and I have found new millennium print to be the best as they have the best service and attention to detail.”

Impress Printers

Impress Printers is a family owned and operated business, established in Canberra in 1980. Its team prides itself on its commitment to quality, personalised service and minimising its environmental impact.

Impress Printing offers high quality offset printing for large volume jobs.

Client Conway shared their experience with Impress Printing on Google Reviews: “Excellent service and fast turnaround time for a rush job. Prices were reasonable, too! They also provided some good advice for my future files to make mine and their job easier and therefore more efficient and faster. I will use them again.”

Your experience with offset printers in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the offset printing companies listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.


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BenjaminRose1991 BenjaminRose1991 9:28 pm 20 May 16

Thanks everybody for the words of advice.

Mysteryman said :

Hi Benjamin,

Darren from Elect Printing here, I would be more than happy to have a chat with you and show you some samples of printing we can do for you. Once we determine your requirements, I can suggest your most economical way to produce your product.

Hi Darren! Thanks. I’ll contact you either Monday or Tuesday.

rommeldog56 said :

Take my advice, listen to Ezy, he knows what he’s talking about.

I’d say the Bytes’n’Colours option will be the most feasible and they can probably talk about some suitable alternate binding methods in the likely event the hard cover approach doesn’t work out.

You considered Vistaprint for this type of publication… lolwut!

Holden. I used Vistaprint to make a couple drafts to show my friends and get their feedback. I never considered using them to do a proper volume print run.

Masquara Masquara 8:01 pm 20 May 16

tooltime said :

So without knowledge of what sort of quantities you are after – another option is going digital. There are a couple of things you are going to have to sacrifice with going down the digital print route – mainly, the hardcover and the choice of paper stock. You can still end up with a heavy stock up to around 400gsm, and for 40 pages – it’s still going to be quite nice. You are going to have to find a printer that has an indigo printer. An indigo printer isn’t like a digital printer as it uses ink instead of toner – toner will sit on top of the paper whereas ink soaks into the paper which gives you that traditional printed look and feel. I use Satellite Digital for all of my indigo printing… http://www.satellitedigital.com.au

Locally, the best digital printers are Bytes + Colours http://www.bytesncolours.com.au

Digital isn’t suitable for books – you’ll get cracking along the spine, as digital colour doesn’t stick.

ElectPrinting ElectPrinting 9:35 am 20 May 16

Hi Benjamin,

Darren from Elect Printing here, I would be more than happy to have a chat with you and show you some samples of printing we can do for you. Once we determine your requirements, I can suggest your most economical way to produce your product.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 9:25 am 20 May 16

Take my advice, listen to Ezy, he knows what he’s talking about.

I’d say the Bytes’n’Colours option will be the most feasible and they can probably talk about some suitable alternate binding methods in the likely event the hard cover approach doesn’t work out.

You considered Vistaprint for this type of publication… lolwut!

Ezy Ezy 8:18 am 20 May 16

So without knowledge of what sort of quantities you are after – another option is going digital. There are a couple of things you are going to have to sacrifice with going down the digital print route – mainly, the hardcover and the choice of paper stock. You can still end up with a heavy stock up to around 400gsm, and for 40 pages – it’s still going to be quite nice. You are going to have to find a printer that has an indigo printer. An indigo printer isn’t like a digital printer as it uses ink instead of toner – toner will sit on top of the paper whereas ink soaks into the paper which gives you that traditional printed look and feel. I use Satellite Digital for all of my indigo printing… http://www.satellitedigital.com.au

Locally, the best digital printers are Bytes + Colours http://www.bytesncolours.com.au

Masquara Masquara 6:10 pm 19 May 16

Elect Printing in Fyshwick. They specialise in small print jobs (though I agree with Ezy, you either need a big print run for offset OR pay a lot per copy for a shorter run. Offset printing is vastly superior to digital. Darren Muir is terrific.
(02) 6280 6925
112 Wollongong Street,
Fyshwick ACT 2609
d.muir@electprinting.com.au

rubaiyat rubaiyat 1:17 pm 19 May 16

Fat chance that you are going to get an offset printed A3 booklet printed for $25 each without printing thousands. The plates alone will set you back thousands. I imagine this is process color? Simple maths says over 40 plates depending how you gang them up, plus set-up, inking etc.

As to quality, that you pay for and It sounds like you do not have any experience with print/publishing and setting up jobs, not something that works straight out of the box for offset.

There is more latitude and auto-correction in digital printing but as has been pointed out that does not have the advantages of mass production that offset has.

Ezy Ezy 12:03 pm 19 May 16

It really depends on how many you are wanting to get printed – Offset printing is for high runs of 500+, so unless you are looking at this quantity then your going to be stuck with digital only.
Unfortunately the best offset printer in Canberra closed it’s doors recently (Paragon Printers). Other guys to try would be New Millennium Print…

Peter Smith Peter Smith 11:22 am 19 May 16

Hi. I recently had some work done at Create & Print in Phillip. I was really impressed with the quality and price. I’m not sure if they offer offset printing, but I’d suggest contacting Rod. If they can’t help I’m sure he will give you some recommendations.

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