Aussies dominate US: Sydney firm bags eight Benny awards at Premier Print Awards

Aussies dominate US: Sydney firm bags eight Benny awards at Premier Print Awards
Sydney print and design house ArmstrongQ has plans to conquer America after bagging eight Benny awards at the US-based Premier Print Awards.

Other local firms also tasted success. Evolve Printing won two Benny awards, while Superior Foil Print and Advance Press each took home one gold. Goldcraft Embossing and Collotype Labels also won silver medals.

ArmstrongQ's in-house creative agency, Body of Work, won gold medals for catalogues, calendars, finishing, self-promotion, book jackets, art prints, brochure series and digital printing on demand. It also won six silvers and three bronze medals.

ArmstrongQ would now be a serious contender to win Best of Show at the awards ceremony in Chicago on 8 September. It won the title in 2012 after landing four Benny awards.

Creative director Bob Armstrong said the Benny awards gave a "pedigree" to Body of Work's art prints, which sell from $25,000 to $1 million. He also told ProPrint that the awards success would help the agency push into the US in 2014.

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"What we've been doing over the last seven years is building up a pedigree. I'm not in the awards for an ego trip – there's a commercial benefit at the end of it," he said.

New South Wales regional firm Evolve Printing won self-promotion and booklets awards for its Think magazine. The high-end piece has also claimed gold at the 2013 National Print Awards, 2012 PICAs and 2012 Printovation Awards since being launched in September 2012.

Managing director Graham Deaner said Evolve was delighted to have won two gold medals at "the world's most prestigious print and design awards" – but that its next self-promotional piece would be even better.

"I know for me, over the past four or five months, I've done a lot more testing and research, and looked at creative marketing concepts that I believe will really shake up the industry."

Melbourne finisher Superior Foil Print also landed a Benny award for foil stamping and embossing. The same job also triumphed at the 2013 Gold Leaf Awards, 2012 Victorian PICAs and 2012 Printovation Awards.

Owner John Rushgrove told ProPrint: "Our work is good. We've taken things to different levels. We're not doing it the way it has always been done. We're trying different things."

The former Geon Perth business, Advance Press, won a Benny award in the calendar category for a job it did for Rio Tinto. General manager Ian Smith said: "Our focus on providing quality print and service for our clients doesn’t change."

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