THE ARTE GRAFICA PRINTING STORY
Arte Grafica Printing began under the name Arte Grafica Italiana and was created in the lounge room of Ennio Cavaiuolo’s family home with an new Vicobold hand fed platen at the cost of 500£ (pounds), a set of hand type and a hand operated guillotine.
Ennio produced business cards, wedding stationary, communion cards and memorial cards mostly for the ever increasing Italian community living in the Glynde, Newton and Campbelltown area.
Business was booming and soon Ennio was forced to move to a small shop front at 46 Magill Road Norwood on the
11th of September 1967.
The factory at 46 Magill Road now housed a Heidelberg automatic platen, an automatic guillotine, a jumbo platen along with a linotype machine.
But it was the purchase of a Hamada Star offset press that saw the company take the major step from being exclusively a letterpress printer to the new technology of printing offset
These were exciting times for the company, and in 1969 Ennio changed the business name Arte Grafica Italiana to
‘Arte Grafica Printing Pty Ltd and became a general and commercial printer.
Arte Grafica was now a full time business and now employed two apprentice print machinists, one of who was the infamous Nick Catalano, a much loved and popular character in the Graphic Arts industry today.
In 1979 Arte Grafica Printing moved up the road to number 73, a property that Ennio had purchased in 1975. The business still trades from this property today.
During this time the company acquired a new Linotype and Ludlow machine, a Heidelberg Cylinder,
(which is still in operation today) a two colour Komori Sprint and a Planeta two colour.
Although an exquisite letterpress machinist, Ennio by now was an offset convert and soon sold both his two colour presses to buy a four colour Roland Parva which he then replaced in the 90’s with a Mitsubishi five colour.
To celebrate the birth of his first grandchild Ennio purchased a two colour Speedmaster 52 in 1996.
The Speedmaster would eventually make way for a Komori press, a Lithrone26 four colour.
With Technology changing the Mitsubishi Five colour was replaced with a Komori Lithrone40 in 2006.
For the time the current press power made Arte Grafica Printing formidable competition to some of Adelaide’s larger printers.
With a fast expanding business Arte Grafica Printing purchased the adjoining building.
During 2007 Ennio extended the factory to house a new storage and distribution area, including the purchase of an impressive Presto Saddle Stitcher with the capability to finish 6000 books in an hour.
The factory had been completely re-roofed, a ceiling fitted and ducted air-conditioning added throughout the premises.
2011 - 2013
Recognition of Arte Grafica’s ability as a quality colour print house has been a long time coming.
The winning of two gold awards in the 2011 PICAs (Printing Industries Craftsmanship Awards) in the Categories “Small Printing Business” and “Booklets, Catalogue’s and Magazines Saddle Stitched”.
Followed up by another gold in 2012 has served notice to the trade that Arte Grafica should be recognised as formidable competition in the marketplace.
This new standard in the printing industry was further re-inforced with a bronze win in the National Print Awards 2011.
2011 - 2015
With the need to keep up with the ever changing technology within the print industry Arte Grafica Printing made the move to include digital printing and finishing.
Konica Minolta’s C8000 Bizhub Press was purchased in 2011 allowing for larger variety of jobs, shorter runs and faster turn around times for customers.
A C1100 Bizhub Press replaced the C8000 in 2015, offering enhanced media handling, superior colour management and higher print speeds.
In 2016 Arte Grafica purchased a Roland wide format flatbed printer.
Giving the ability to print on corflute through to a mix of ridged media with a height clearance of 150mm. Also including a gloss and matt finishing option.
With this addition Arte Grafica has the diversity of old to new technology to cover their customers various needs.
Arte Grafica Printing is still run by the Cavaiuolo family today with Tony, Ennio’s Son managing the business. With currently 12 South Australians employed.
Pre Press department offers basic typesetting to finished design. The Digital department offers fast turnaround for more smaller jobs including data merging and a wide range of other options.
The factory houses a 4 colour A1 press, 4 colour A2 press and a 1 colour Heidelburg GTO 52.
In the finishing department there is 2 air fed guillotines, book saddle stitcher, small platen and Heidelburg Cylinder allowing us to die cut, perforate, score, staple and fold.
Dispatch includes custom packaging and delivery.