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Soar and CCL join forces to expand

Soar and CCL join forces to expand offering through partnership

Leading Auckland print companies Soar Printing and CCL Communications Group today announce that they are joining forces, creating a partnership to strengthen and diversify their combined offering in the print services market.

Under the terms of the partnership deal, Soar is purchasing the goodwill of CCL. Soar will also welcome some key personnel including CCL director Richard Davy to manage CCL’s significant print production business, which will still be managed under the CCL brand.

Davy & Chapman, CCL’s creative partner, will also be engaging with Soar for print production-related services. Soar has also created a supply arrangement with Davy & Chapman to provide creative and brand services to Soar, effectively becoming Soar’s strategic creative partner.

Fred Soar, Director of Soar Printing, said: “This partnership will create a stronger force in the industry. Through offering greater service delivery, plus wider breadth and depth of capability, we will strengthen our organisations and offer significantly more to our customers through a broader range of leading edge machinery and expanded services, all within a framework of continuity.

“It is a smart partnership that offers significant benefits for all of our clients. For Soar’s clients this is great news as the partnership brings the benefits of leading-edge equipment, continued growth, plus access to the capabilities and expertise of the CCL brand and the creative team at Davy & Chapman. As our business evolves, it enables us to meet the increasing needs of our clients, strengthening and widening our offering to provide more for our clients.

“We are aligned through our values as longstanding family-owned businesses. We share the strong and enduring commitment to service delivery and excellence that intergenerational family businesses take pride in. We’re both passionate about colour management through the ISO 12647-2 colour management and control system, as we have clients who are very colour sensitive.

“Also, we both have a strong interest in community proactivity and sustainability, demonstrated by CCL being one of first FSC and PEFC certified printers and our recent wins in the 2015 Green Ribbon Awards for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and our Supreme award win at the 2013 Sustainable 60 Awards.”

Richard Davy, Director of CCL Communications Group, said: “These are great new steps for CCL after 30 years in business. Among the many strengths we can now bring to bear together for our clients as partners are superior online services and purchasing, plus digital printing. Equally, we have significantly increased our capabilities in terms of oversize offset printing, large format and label printing, plus storage and logistics.

“Up to five of our production-related roles are being disestablished due to the greater production capacity that Soar offers. However, key client facing roles will have continuity, ensuring that work will not only be to a high standard but with additional benefits through the products offered through Soar, all under the control of the CCL model.”

This announcement comes at a time when Soar has just signed a two-year print supply agreement with Oxfam, due to start in October.


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