The Best Offset Printers in Canberra

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Offset printers Canberra

What are the best offset printers in Canberra? Photo: File.

If you’ve ever needed to print large quantities of a document or want the highest quality printing possible, you’ll know the importance of offset printing.

Offset printing is most often used for high volume print runs. Digital printing is better for small volume runs.

In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing an offset printer, and share where to find the best in Canberra.

What makes a great offset printer?

Choosing the right offset printer will give you confidence your print project will be managed well, and to budget and deadline.

It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing an offset printer.

  • High-quality equipment. While offset printing isn’t new, using the latest equipment and technology ensures a great product. High-speed equipment means printing is quick.
  • End-to-end service. Many offset printers offer other services like graphic design, binding and embellishing. If you want to streamline your printing project by using only one printer, choose an offset printer who offers end-to-end services.
  • In-house printing. The best local offset printers handle printing in-house. This give them more control over quality and deadlines.
  • Commitment to deadlines. If you’re working to a nail-biting deadline, look for an offset printer who has proven experience in handling tight deadlines.
  • Value-for-money. Offset printing varies in price depending. Price depends on what you need and which printer you choose. Research and get quotes to make sure you’re paying a fair price.

The best offset printers in Canberra

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 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.

Elect Printing

Elect Printing offers expert offset printing for government departments, small business, schools and trade works. It is Canberra’s largest locally owned printing house with high quality printing equipment. Elect Printing handles long run jobs with offset printing. It also handles related jobs like graphic design, finishing and prepress.

On Google, Kathryn Wright wrote, Our marketing team has used Elect for a number of years to provide a range of high-quality print outputs (often with urgent turnarounds) at an excellent price.

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.”

CanPrint Communications

CanPrint has more than 50 years’ experience providing printed products. As a leader in quality offset printing services, CanPrint’s knowledgeable operations team uses modern printing and finishing equipment, keeping control of quality and turnaround. CanPrint also provides other services including graphic design, typesetting, warehousing and distribution.

On Google, Michaela Watson wrote, “CanPrint is a delight to deal with … making the proofing, printing and delivery to different destination points as seamless and effortless as possible.”

New Millennium Print

New Millennium Print is a boutique, family-owned and operated business. It offers both offset and digital printing. For offset printing, New Millennium Print uses a state-of-the art Heidelberg Speedmaster 52 5 printer from Germany, the only one of its kind in Canberra. This high-tech machine gives clients more design options, faster production turnaround and better value-for-money.

Chantelle Ambrolo wrote on Google, “I’ve used many other printing companies and have found New Millennium Print to be the best as they have the best service and attention to detail.

Impress Printers

Impress Printers, established in 1980, is family owned and operated. Its team is committed to quality, personalised service. All production staff are qualified professionals. Impress Printing offers high quality offset printing for large volume jobs. It uses the latest machinery, recycled paper and paper created from sustainably forested timber. Impress Printers focuses on the right product at the right price in the right time.

Rebecca Shaw wrote on Google, “Excellent service, fast turnaround and great quality.”

If you’re looking for more information on printers in Canberra, you might like our articles on the best printers Canberra has to offer.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the advantages of offset printing?
One advantage of offset printing is that large quantities can be printed more cost effectively. Usually, the more you print the cheaper the price is per piece. Other advantages are that a large variety of paper types with custom finishes can be used. You can also have special custom inks, like metallic. This is the highest possible printing quality.
Do printers have to be qualified?
It’s best to choose a printer with proven experience in print production. Ask about their education, training, technical expertise and how long they’ve been in the industry. Many offset printers have trade certificates.
Isn’t it cheaper to have my printing done overseas?
Printing overseas isn’t always cheaper. Before you go overseas, assess all risks. Check that the company is ‘real’. Check that they can communicate clearly in English. Ask how they intend to deliver and what happens if you don’t get what you expect. Using local not only supports local, it guarantees you can meet someone in person if a problem arises.
How much does it cost to have something printed?
This varies on factors like what you need printed, quantities and your deadline. You might want to get more than one quote to get a feel for the market and ensure a competitive, fair price. When asking a printer to quote, provide the same specs to each so you can compare apples-to-apples.
Do printers follow environmentally friendly practices?
Today, more and more printers operate to protect the environment, including through choice of paper stock, ink and printing techniques. Some printers are more ‘green’ than others, so if environmentally responsible printing practices are important, ask the printer how they print to protect the environment. With offset printing vegetable-based ink can be used.

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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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