Whirlwind Print

Overview

We constantly deliver high quality print products, utilizing our comprehensive prepress solutions, industry leading offset and digital print technology. Coupled with our, in-house finishing services, fulfilment services, reliable warehousing and distribution channels, including overnight service to anywhere in Australia, Whirlwind is more than capable to provide you with a total print solution. 

We operate a comprehensive and fully integrated workflow management system from design to distribution. This system guarantees the production of first class products by enhancing automation, eliminating waste and reducing errors. 

We are committed to utilising leading edge technologies and equipment to guarantee a first class product and a first class service to our clients. 

History

Many moons ago a small graphic design agency was formed by the Cester family in Melbourne. The year was 1996. The goal was great design. Thus Whirlwind Design was created. Their passion for print was soon apparent. They wanted great service, quality products and a fast turnaround time and when they couldn't find it, what else can you do, but build it yourself! 

1996 - The Cester family open a small graphic design business in Melbourne, Whirlwind Design 

1998 - Whirlwind begin gang printing and dealing directly with print manufacturers

2000 - Whirlwind enters the digital colour copy and large format poster markets

2001 - The Sydney office opens in Surry Hills

2002 - The print manufacturing facility in Blackburn, Victoria opens increasing our print offerings further

2003 - Melbourne office relocates to Camberwell to facilitate the ever expanding team

2004 - Whirlwind Print is ranked 43rd fastest growing company in Australia by Business Review Weekly

2005 - The print facility more than doubles its capacity and produces the majority of its products in-house

2006 - Both Melbourne and Sydney offices relocate to larger offices to accommodate growth 

2007 - To accommodate escalating production demands manufacturing relocates to a 6000sqm manufacturing purpose developed facility in Knoxfield Victoria 

2008 - Whirlwind Print remains a privately owned and family run business, employing a staff of 151 people, continuing to grow and still reaching for the stars... 

2009 - Bringing together manufacturing with sales and support, the Hartwell offices merge with manufacturing at the Knoxfield facility. 

2010 - New stock selector available for customers to showcase in house stock options and finishes and is awarded Silver Medal at the Victorian Print Awards 

2011 - Launches new integrated online offering for clients for a great web experience 



Environmental Credentials

As part of our environmental stewardship we have made, and continue to make, changes to our green printing process:

Our production process includes 100% use of computer to plate technology, which means no film and no silver chemicals.

We recycle 100% of our aluminium plates, at least 95% of all cardboard, computers, monitors, glass, ink tins, paper containers and drink bottles, polythene packaging and timber pallets. In terms of paper alone that's approximately 33 tonnes per week.

We select paper stocks from sustainable timber resources which are bleached using Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) technology. We offer a premium range of 100% recycled and FSC certified paper stocks ideal for high quality printing.

A rigorous paper procurement policy which specifies suppliers with environmentally-focused ethics and paper stocks from sustainable forest material.

Paper wastage is reduced by providing an on-line proofing service, and optimising paper our use with Metrix software. Our offset printing technique not only reduces paper wastage but more efficiently uses energy.

Our laminator has been modified to operate with completely recycled water saving 42,000 litres of water a year. Water saving technology fitted to our CTP machinery has reduced water requirements by 67% - saving 600 000 litres of water annually.

100% of our CMYK inks we use are based on a mixture of soy and linseed vegetable oils (excludes metallics).

Our printing process operates alcohol-free.

All our cardboard packaging is 100% recycled board. 

We fitted our new manufacturing facilities at Knoxfield, with environmentally-friendly flooring and work surfaces and recycled materials.

Our 5 colour Komori press can apply aqueous varnish to a job - a more environmentally friendly coating which is more easily recycled than laminated products.

At Whirlwind Print we will continue to define and develop sustainable business practices, working towards becoming carbon neutral by 2013 and continuing to set industry standards.

 



Contact Details

Andrew Cester
Managing Director

Email:
andrew.cester@whirlwindprint.com

Address:
22 Henderson Road
Knoxfield VIC 3180

Phone Number:
03 9780 4444