The longevity of Spotpress is a powerful testament to the inimitable culture, visionary leadership team and the employees who take pride in their work and are wholly invested in the success of the clients.
George Georgantzakos, the founder of Spotpress, migrates to Australia at the age of 33. He has just twenty dollars in his pocket and spends the next two years in low-paying labour jobs.
George makes his foray into the world of newspaper publishing when he purchased a small Greek language weekly newspaper. Penniless but determined, George spends late nights single-handedly writing all the editorial content, selling the advertising space, printing the newspaper on the letterpress printing press and then distributing it to the Greek grocery stores throughout Sydney’s inner city suburbs.
George’s foray into publishing lasts just one year – his newspaper goes bust. However, George has come out with the skill and knowledge of letterpress printing. That year he opens a small print shop in the Sydney suburb of Newtown where he once again, single-handily prints invitation cards, business cards, letterheads, calendars and invoice books. The business starts growing, leading to investments in additional printing equipment and an expansion of the premises into the adjoining building. However, George has envisaged yet a larger printing operation – one that caters to his passion for newspapers.
On April 1981, with a mortgage on his home and capital raised from a handful of friends who have faith in him, George purchases a four unit Goss Community newspaper press and launches Spotpress – a business focused solely on newspaper manufacturing. Operating with just 8 staff out and out of a tiny 500 square metre factory in the Sydney suburb of Glebe, the first few years will prove extremely difficult. However, through shear determination and extraordinary effort, Spotpress managed to secure a handful of valuable, albeit small, newspaper clients.
One by one, clients come onboard and by 1986, the business has outgrown its facilities and thus relocates to larger premises in Marrickville.
A new Goss Community press is ordered to serve the broad base of community and multicultural newspapers that now underpin Spotpress.
George’s two sons, John and Dimitri, officially join the company and assume roles in the accounting and IT departments respectively.
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In 2000, now with a team of 40 staff and guided by the demands of its loyal client base, Spotpress purchased its first heatset press – an Albert A101 8 page press and takes its first modest steps into commercial heatset printing.
Spotpress once again, reaches the limits of its production capacity and requires a new facility to house additional printing equipment. With an investment exceeding $20 million dollars, and for a second time in its history, Spotpress embarks on the relocation of its facilities.
Tragically, George passes away in July 2007, prior the completion of the business relocation. Many think the company will swiftly collapse without his leadership. But with the foundations already laid the business enters into a new phase of rapid growth and investment.
In a seamless transition, George’s two sons, John and Dimitri, jointly assume the role of managing directors. In a very real sense, both John and Dimitri have grown up with the company from a very young age. Driven to expand on their father’s’ achievements, the brothers work tirelessly, adding the equipment, capabilities, technologies, and talent to position Spotpress as a considerable force in the web offset printing industry. The size of the sales and customer service team is gradually increased, newspaper press lines are expanded whilst two Heidelberg M600 heatset presses are progressivly added for high quality heatset print manufacturing.
Spotpress, continues to remain family-run. It is Australia's only privately owned commercial heatset printer and one of a handful of contract newspaper printers. Spotpress is Australia's main printer for the multicultural media sector of Australia. With over four hundred and fifty loyal clients, Spotpress prides itself on working closely with every single one of them, no matter how large or small they may be, to deliver a competitive edge.
Spotpress has recently expanded its support services to include mailing, distribution, commercial print and ad sales consulting services. All of these services have been added for a single goal – to assist clients to grow their advertising and circulation revenues in today's challenging market.