The Lindsay Yates business is to be developed into a digital hub by owners Whirlwind Print. The Lindsay Yates name will be retired, with the hub trading as Whirlwind Print, and it will operate from a new as yet undisclosed site.
The new hub will house the company’s existing B2 HP Indigo 10000 – supplied by Currie Group – and a suite of other digital equipment, with company set to invest further in digital, in binding and in specialist kit.
Andrew Cester, managing director of Whirlwind says, “The move reflects our commitment to the future needs of our NSW customers by enabling us to offer them the latest in print production technology.
“This integration has been well planned. To ease disruption our customers will continue to work with their current key account manager and customer experience representatives.”
The current Artarmon site will close, with most of the Lindsay Yates offset work to be switched to Whirlwind in Melbourne, although some specialist work still to be produced in Sydney.
Lindsay Yates has a six-colour B1 Heidelberg. Whirlwind has an MGI JetVarnish digital embellising system in Melbourne, with a pair of B1 Komori multi-unit perfecting presses providing the offset power.
Whirlwind bought the Lindsay Yates Group a year ago from owners Paul Richardson and David Shoppe. The company had made its reputation serving the high end creative space. It was established in 1977 by Ian Yates, who sold to Richardson and Shoppe in 2004.
Richardson left last month after 21 years with the company, to become general manager of Reactiv, a design print and logistics outfit in Rydalmere.
Whirlwind is one of the country’s leading trade printers. The company has developed its own online web-to-print for its resellers to use.