A passionate team, equipped with the most versatile visual communications toolkit in New Zealand.
ISSUE 14 | THE BENEFITZ MAGAZINE
IT MAKES SENSE WHEN YOU SEE WHAT WE DOâ€Ś Billboard skins, truck sides, trailer billboards, footpath signs, flags & fabric.
Grand format digital printing. Print on almost any substrate up to 50mm thick, print in white. Magazines, books, publications, yearbooks, newsletters, brochures, posters, mailers, envelopes, business stationery, golf score cards.
Creative design and concepts using the latest technologies.
Flatbed digital printing. Large format digital printing. Small format digital printing. Volume offset printing. B2 Volume inkjet printing. Graphic design. Web design. Web development. Personalised printing.
Web design, web hosting, Benefitz B-web CMS solutions, web video, web programming and development.
Building signage, building wraps, mega art backdrops for productions, backlit banners & display billboards. Vehicle wraps, pull-up stands, pop up curves, adhesives, banners, oversized posters.
Business cards, presentation folders, variable data (XMPIE) solutions, stickers, brochures, flyers, posters, direct mail marketing.
Variable data, personalised printing and promotions, cross-media campaigns, coding and numbering.
Display & exhibition. Signage & router cutting. Sponsorships.
Design and build, banners, backdrops, signage, display stands, posters.
Sustainability & the environment. A key focus of our business is putting back into our community. We do this through sponsorship, support for local not-for-profit groups and providing industry-related scholarships.
Processless and chemical-free systems, recycling, FSC certified papers.
Buildings, vehicles, fabrication, installation, vinyl cutting and application, 3D lettering and images, cutting shapes, creasing and folding rigid substrates, grooving and etching.
Benefitz News is published by:Benefitz DMA Limited â€“ 2 Parkway Drive, Mairangi Bay, Auckland, New Zealand. PO Box 33-1630 Takapuna. Telephone +64 9 477 4700. www.benefitz.co.nz
FROM THE DIRECTORS
Benefitz owners and directors. From left: Robert Johnson (director); Mike Nolan (director); Dallas Bennett (director); Aidan Bennett (managing director); Michelle Bennett (director).
Loving what we do! Welcome to our latest issue of Benefitz News. You will gather as you read through these pages we absolutely love what we do. Despite the business having been around for more than three decades we thrive on the challenges that the ever-changing communications environment provides.
30th Birthday Party!
Fabric new big business!
Turning modems into works of art!
Channel Mag 10 years & 100 issues on!
As a business Benefitz continues to experience great success. There are three drivers to this success:- our ongoing investment in people – we have a team of more than 80; our ongoing focus on technology and innovation; and, our ongoing investment in the brand. Benefitz News is our opportunity to highlight the unique offering that we have and how we add considerable value to a wide range of businesses and organisations that rely on good communication. What we do is provide a whole range of solutions that help with that communication process. In this issue we chat with members of our team. We highlight recent investments we have made in high tech machinery. We also profile recent projects that demonstrate the width of our capability. Very importantly we also celebrate the part we play in our community. We love it! Enjoy!
You’ll love reading about the stuff my Dad and his Benefitz team do!
Our resident French Bulldog ‘Maisie’ plays a starring role in this issue.
Benefitz celebrates 30 years! The Benefitz team loves a party! We celebrated our 30th birthday with a big bash at Milford Cruising Club, with a big crowd turning out to celebrate the achievement of the business. A band playing 80s hits (the company started out in 1988) entertained the crowd of around 250, who enjoyed great food and refreshments at the seaside venue. Our roving Channel Magazine camera was there on the night to capture the people...
Emma Batistich, Lee Darby, Rob and Kay Gunston.
Kellie, Rocco and Blake Douglas, Michelle Brosnan.
Gail Rotherham, Tim Bray, Terence Harpur.
Sue Kohn-Taylor, Dave Lane, Marcus Kohn-Taylor, Lesley Lane.
Lesley Monk, Lillian Bennett, Ella Hawkins.
Chris and Jackie Reeve, Aidan Bennett, Ken and Sue Noble.
Wayne Sloan, Dave and Angela Spearpoint, Robert Johnson.
Rolly Colina, Christian Low.
Kathryn Manihera, Glenda Emery, Nikki Davidson.
Kim McIntosh, Jaci and Alan Nickless, Debbie Campbell, Ulla Bennett.
Steve MacLean, Jenna Kelsey, Murray Young.
Terry Holt, Janelle Wells, Mike Nolan.
e. Michelle Bennett, Steve and Rose Allen.
Robert Johnson, Aidan Bennett, Mike Nolan, Dallas Bennett.
Liz Algie, Kevin and Barb McLean, John Algie.
Chiara Soons, Haydn Mackenzie, Jenny and Dennis Kitney.
Sue Stanaway, Maggie Barry, Grant Kerr, Trevor Stanaway.
Jarrah Emery, Julian Mann, Conner Mulrooney, Lizzie Speedy.
Laurie Mitchell, Shannon Casey, Jarrah Emery, Ella Hawkins, Lizzie Speedy-Willis, Rochelle Vranjes. Front: Karen McKinlay.
Shane Cortese, Lesley Monk, Gary Monk, Michelle and Phil Brosnan.
Lesleigh Johnson, Sean Hawkins.
Jonathan Sharp, Allan Macleod, George Louie.
Matthew Bellingham, Aidan Bennett, Peter Wall, Phil Brosnan.
Dustin Bisschoff, Cameron Harrison, Aaron Morrison, Karen McKinlay.
Hamish Chadderton, Ashleigh Bennett, Lorraine Chadderton.
Reach more customers with Direct Mail and Social Media Marketing From simple direct mailing or email blasts to full blown cross-channel marketing campaigns and social media engagement, Benefitz has the people and tools to help you plan, visualise and deliver a superior marketing strategy to grow and engage with your customer base. Tie this together with powerful online services for managing brand assets, stock control and print ordering, and it’s easy to see how Benefitz can be the end-to-end solution for all your marketing needs.
Circle Circle helps manage 1:1 direct mail and multi-channel marketing campaigns during all stages of development, simplifying the flow of personalised print, email and online communications. From planning to creation and on to deployment and performance monitoring – Circle will help you visually articulate the content, structure and execution of campaigns that drive superb results. Nurture leads and automate communications through triggers based on your customer database and recipient behaviour.
Social Media In the ever changing social media landscape, it’s hard to keep a track of what you should be saying to your customers, and more importantly, what they are saying about you! At Benefitz we can take a holistic view of your social media presence, and work with you on a number of levels to provide optimum engagement with your fan base. This can range from a few simple pointers, right through to full content generation, post management and analytics. As part of the ‘Benefitz Solution’ we can look at the bigger picture with you on how to best tie your social media activity in with your other marketing activities, print promotions and web presence.
At Benefitz we work with you on a number of levels to provide optimum engagement with your customers and fan base. Brand Cloud In the new ‘alwayson, cloud first’ world, controlling your brand assets can be harder than ever. Brand Cloud by Benefitz is the better way to securely store, synch and share your digital assets. Available as a fully managed or ‘do it yourself’ solution, you can always be in control of who can access your logos, image library or corporate files. Brand Cloud is fully flexible and super easy-to-use – find out more and book your free demo now at www.brand-cloud.co.nz.
Web design and development team member Lizzie Speedy-Willis.
MEDIA MEDIA MANAGEMENT MANAGEMENT
AN EFFECTIVE WAY TO PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS ONLINE
At Benefitz our focus is on helping others to communicate. We provide a wide range of tools that our customers use to communicate important messages – from simple printed items through to responsive websites and everything in between. We call it the total package. Social Media has become an important communication tool for business. We have skilled specialists in this area who cover the total Social Media spectrum – Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Twitter etc.
WEB DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT
Our Online expertise – customers love it!
Benefitz are leaders in professional website development. With an experienced team and the best tools, we are a safe pair of hands for your next online project - be it a simple promotional web page or email blast, to an enterprise level website or an app integrated across the Cloud. We have a range of solutions to suit every need… B-Web
BWEB is Benefitz' home grown Content Management System (CMS). We have designed and built BWEB to provide our customers with an advanced, customised, feature rich product that gives you all the control and unlimited functionality. We’ve been developing and refining BWEB for decades, and our dedicated team of inhouse programmers and developers continue to keep BWEB at the forefront of web, app, cloud and bespoke business solutions for even the most demanding online requirements.
You have probably heard of the WordPress CMS already, as it is used by many web developers around the world, but it is important to know that not all sites are created equally. In the wrong hands, WordPress can be slow, bloated and not very secure. Our approach at Benefitz is to work within a clearly defined set of features in WordPress to ensure we only deliver sites that are fast, secure and extra quick to build and deploy. The approved tools we use power our unique design and build processes that mean your site is actually written as we work on the design and functionality with you, for an ultra-quick turnaround for your next product, blog or marketing website.
Most of our websites are built using either B-Web or WordPress, but we don’t stop there. If you have an existing CMS or prefer a different solution, our development team can work with just about anything – Wix, SquareSpace, Joomla, Drupal... You name it, we’ll do it.
Benefitz Wordpress v Benefitz B-Web
WP – Choose our WordPress offering for a fast turnaround website designed on the fly using our extensive library of design themes and widgets. Perfect for most websites if you’re in a hurry or just need common features. BW – For a truly unique solution, our in-house developers use Benefitz B-Web to create bespoke solutions with unlimited functionality, clever integrations and great potential for future expansion. The Process WP: Quick and easy 3 step process to go from concept to site launch in no time at all. Initial Brief and Simple Price Model > All-in-one Design and Build Process > Speedy Site Launch. BW: In-depth 5-stage design and build process for an ‘outside-the square’ solution tailored to your exact requirements. Briefing, Planning and Bespoke Pricing > Concept Design > Development/Programming > Content Loading > Testing & Deployment. Design & Themes WP: Choose from hundreds of pre-built website layouts and themes that can be fine-tuned to suit your brand or design requests. BW: Work directly with our experienced design team to create your design from the ground up, exactly as you need it. Site Features WP: More than 40 widgets to drop into your site, including maps, forms, sliders, blogs and more – all built with modern HTML5 coding and features. BW: The world is your oyster - integrate with your existing systems or use a unique feature to give your site the edge. Anything is possible and if we don’t already do it, we’ll build it for you!
Security & Speed WP: By working with specific plug-ins and parameters that have been extensively tested and approved by Benefitz, our Wordpress sites are some of the fastest and most secure you can get. Plus all our sites are hosted in a secure, backed-up facility in Auckland, not on some unknown server overseas! BW: BWeb was built from the ground up with speed in mind. Each site is coded efficiently with only the features needed by you, making for a fast, responsive experience for users. And like our Wordpress sites, everything is locally hosted in Auckland with a 99.99% uptime track record.
We don’t stop there Whilst we really love creating new Websites and Apps for customers, we also focus on ensuring that after launch date, your solution is still working hard for you. We do this by ensuring we have the best knowledge and resources within our team to provide all the important addons that will drive traffic to sites. Just because a website is live, doesn’t mean people will know about it – that’s why Benefitz has team members skilled in Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), all things Google and Microsoft/Office 365, AND all things Social Media, from Facebook Advertising to Instagram Influencing. Need to post your lastest blog article to your social media channels? Done! Want people to sign up and automatically be added to your next professionally
Benefitz General Manager Rob Gunston (right) with web design and development team members, from left; Lizzie Speedy-Willis, Sam Samala, Ashleigh Patton, Craig Burkett, Aaron Morrision and Crystal Sharp.
THE FACTS • Total Website Content Management System. • Developed and supported by Benefitz. • Uses mostly open source technology. • LAMP framework of PHP, MYSQL on LINUX platform. • Search engine friendly and fully responsive. • Comes with Google Analytics as standard. • Enhanced with Google Analytics & AdWords. designed and optimised email blast from MailChimp? You got it! We’ve got the whole process covered – it really is that easy!
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The 'Future Thinking' philosophy is very evident with the Benefitz innovative online system that helps school and other entities produce yearbooks very easily. Benefitz Fusion Yearbook System allows schools to create their own yearbooks online and then have them printed and bound in high quality by Benefitz. More than 50 New Zealand schools now use this system for their Yearbook. So how does the Fusion Yearbook System work? • The system completely removes the need for schools to invest in expensive graphics software to produce the finished artwork for the Yearbook. The artwork is totally produced online using the Fusion Web-based Platform that has been cleverly developed and continues to be refined.
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Now a must for online marketing If you’re not creating videos for your website yet, you’re in the minority. A recent report featuring insights from more than 600 marketers revealed companies are embracing video content, and the majority of brands are producing videos – not just because they’re popular, but because they’re highly effective. Three-quarters of respondents create videos for their target audiences. This makes video one of the most important content marketing formats. “We have had a video on our own website for the past 10 years and it has proven to be a real selling point,” says Benefitz Managing Director Aidan Bennett. “The making of these videos is quite often viewed as being expensive, but this is no longer the case. Our customers now have access to having Video on their websites at a fraction of the cost.”
For more information contact your Benefitz Account Manager or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take a look at our own Benefitz video online – it’s a beauty!
Book Printing Right here!
With the installation of four key pieces of technology, Benefitz is making it realistic and affordable for publishers and writers to print their books right here in New Zealand. These machines are the JetSX B2 Inkjet Printing Press, Iridesse Production Press, Horizon PUR Perfect Binder and Horizon Hard Case Book Binder. Benefitz JetSX B2 Inkjet and Iridesse Printing Presses are the perfect printing machines to print short to medium run books. These are digital printing presses so printing plates are not required. The JetSX has a sheet size of 740mm x 530mm (B2) the biggest of any flat sheet digital press in Australasia. The inkjet ink is durable and very similar to offset printing inks.The Press can print black and white and full colour in duplex (two sides of a sheet at once). A big advantage is books can be printed stacked, meaning no extra costs for collating are incurred. Benefitz Horizon BQ-470 PUR Perfect Binder enables the Benefitz team to take the printed sheets from the Benefitz JetSX B2 Inkjet Press and produce finished square spine (PUR bound) books of virtually any shape or size. The BQ-470 is a fully automated perfect binder, producing up to 1,350 superior-quality perfect bound books per hour. For those who wish to have their books with the hard cover finish, we are able to do this on our Benefitz Horizon HCB2 Hard Case Binder. The HCB-2 is the ideal solution for producing ‘On Demand’ case bound books. The binding system is designed with an ergonomic concept to increase productivity and efficiency.
This is the perfect solution for short to medium run books to be printed locally. Benefitz can also help with getting books printed offshore, should that be the more costeffective solution.
THE FACTS • Total solution for small or larger print-runs. • It is now economical to print just 50 or 100 books. • All done in-house at Benefitz – Print PUR or Hard Case Bind. • Great service for self-publishers. • Book publishing expertise. • We can help getting books printed off-shore as well.
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Graphic Designer Crystal Sharp is one of Benefitz' many clever graphic designers. In fact her email signature mischievously says she’s Benefitz Sharpest Graphic Designer. While Crystal has all round skills in the design space – having a Bachelor of Design – her main project for the company is Channel Magazine, the monthly community magazine that Benefitz publishes for the North Shore. Benefitz is now a bit of a family affair for Crystal - her brother Jonathan is a valued member of the Benefitz signage install team, joining in early 2017. It is fair to say that the Sharps' love working at Benefitz!
I also do a lot of walking. On weekdays I usually walk about 8-10kms per day. It’s a great chance to keep fit, get some fresh air and have some time out.
How long have you been at Benefitz? Crystal: I started working here in July 2013, so it’s been just over six years since I started. It doesn’t feel like it’s been that long though!
What do you like about the company? Crystal: Everyone here at Benefitz is so friendly, it’s a really great place to work! I also like the fact that Benefitz is so supportive of the community.
How did you come to join Benefitz? Crystal: I was seeking employment in the design industry and approached a couple of companies that I felt would be suitable based on the Bachelor of Design I have. I liked the look of Benefitz and thought it would be a great place for me to work, so I approached the company with my portfolio and CV one day. About one or two weeks later I heard back from Benefitz about a job interview, went for the interview, and got the job!
What are your favourite solutions that Benefitz provides? Crystal: Benefitz is great at providing a complete solution for clients. Advertising, design, web, printing, publishing, exhibition stands and signage can all be produced on-site. There’s not many companies that can offer such a solution for personal or businesses needs.
Tell us a bit about your involvement in Channel Magazine? Crystal: I’m the designer for Channel magazine, so I set up every issue, cover to back. I create the layouts for all the articles and features that go into the magazine and design the cover. Many of the adverts that are included within are created or edited by me as well. I work together with the wonderful team who write and organise the content that goes into each monthly issue. What are your interests outside of work? Crystal: I love illustration and sculpting. Most of my spare time is spent creating artwork and illustrations or working on my sculptures. I’ve sculpted dogs, unicorns, horses and am currently working on a pair of dragons. I’ve had people from Australia and America commission custom-made sculptures from me in the past! It’s a long process each time, but very rewarding to see each sculpture finished.
What’s the best place you’ve ever visited in the world and why? Crystal: I haven’t actually ever set foot out of New Zealand before! I have anaphylactic food allergies which mean that flying for an extended period of time in an enclosed space could be a serious problem for me. I do, however, make it a habit to take multiple trips to Rotorua each year. It’s my home away from home! Every time I visit there’s always something new to visit or experience. Visiting the mineral pools is always a must-do whenever I am there for a break. Any advice for budding designers? Crystal: If you have a passion for design, I highly recommend familiarising yourself with Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, as they’re the main programs that a designer uses. Practice using them whenever you have a chance. It helps to look at online tutorials as well. Going to university I learned many tips and tricks, however they don’t teach you everything about these programs and there were few things I picked up by myself or from online tutorials.
VOLUME B2 SHEETFED INKJET PRINTING
It was an honour to host Mr Akihiro Fujii at Benefitz. Mr Akihiro is the Deputy Division Head of Screen Graphic & Precision Solutions Co., the high tech company of Japan which has supplied our Screen TruePress JetSX B2 Inkjet Printer. He is pictured in front of the machine with Benefitz Managing Director Aidan Bennett.
B2 Inkjet Power!
Unique technology sets Benefitz apart Benefitz was the first company in New Zealand to invest in B2 Inkjet Digital Printing, with the installation of the Screen Truepress JetSX. Since its installation the machine has proven to be a workhorse, opening fresh new opportunities.
“We are known as leaders in technology and this is a prime example,” says Benefitz Managing Director Aidan Bennett. “Since we took delivery of this $2 million dollar machine, the advantages of the press have paid real dividends for us. Being able to print volume B2 digitally and on stocks up to .6mm in thickness are real advantages of this press for our business.” In recent years Benefitz has moved into being one of New Zealand’s largest manufacturers of photo books.
These are being produced on the Benefitz B2 JetSX Inkjet machine and Aidan explains that the inkjet press is a key ingredient of this new business. “It is a real advantage having a sheet size of B2 (740mm x 530mm) as we are able to lay items such as these books up several times for economies of scale. The machine prints photos very sharply so provides a great solution all round.” Aidan says the machine complements the fact that
Benefitz is one of New Zealand’s leading exponents of Personalised Printing – or printing unique items from databases. “We have invested heavily in this area of our business. Our powerful solution is achieved by pairing the magical XMPIE software with our printing technology. XMPIE is a product of FujiXerox. “The neat thing is the Benefitz B2 JetSX Inkjet machine has also offered fresh challenges and retraining for members of our offset printing team. It is operated on a rotational basis by our printers who also work on our Komori and Heidelberg offset machinery. It is no secret that this is technology of the future and through our investment, our team are being exposed to this very early.”
THE FACTS Benefitz B2 JetSX Inkjet Press • Four Colour Inkjet Digital Press. • Only B2 Digital Flatsheet Volume Press in NZ. • Prints Digital Sheet Size on 740mm x 530mm. • Prints stocks up to .6mm thick, great for packaging etc. • Inkjet ink as durable as Offset inks. • Prints one side (simplex), or two sides (duplex). • Prints on standard offset papers - uncoated or coated/gloss.
FujiXerox New Zealand Managing Director Peter Thomas (left) and Aidan Bennett of Benefitz with the new Xerox Iridesse Digital Printing Press installed recently at Benefitz.
Two new digital presses at Benefitz Benefitz digital goes 6-colour! Benefitz has made an investment in two new latest technology digital printing machines recently with the installation of a Xerox 6-Colour Iridesse Press and a new Xerox IGen5 Press. Benefitz was one of the first in New Zealand to install the Iridesse Press – a brand new piece of cutting-edge printing technology from Xerox. The Iridesse offers the opportunity to print up to six colours digitally and real advancements in quality. The company was also one of the first in the country to install the first generation Xerox IGen Press some years ago. The installation of the newest IGen, the IGen5 Press, provides advancements in technology on this sector-leading press that offers the ability to print a sheet size of up to 660m x 364mm
– perfect for 6-page A4 gatefold or presentation folder jobs. Being an early adopter of new Xerox technology is not new for Benefitz. The company has been a customer of the global technology giant for well over two decades and has been one of the first to the market with their new printing technology consistently during that period. “We are proud to be a Premier Partner of Xerox,” says Benefitz Managing Director Aidan Bennett. “The relationship allows us to be at the forefront of technology, ensuring we are providing high quality and innovative solutions to our customers.” The Xerox Iridesse Press offers massive advantages in quality and capability over the technology it has replaced. It
is a six colour print engine – four process colours plus specialty dry ink with offset-like metallic colours, as well as white and clear inks. “The introduction of the Iridesse Press has seen massive advancements in overall print quality and we are able to offer our customers many new digital print options,” says Aidan Bennett. “The ability to print white is huge, as well as the added ‘special’ metallic colours in addition to clear, and being able to print on up to 400gsm thick card. Our digital team are fizzing about the possibilities. “The new IGen5 Press gives us advancements in production capability as well as the flexibility of the matt finish ink. We have always loved the IGen platform due to the extra size capability. It is great that the print quality continues to advance with every new generation press and this is our fourth or fifth IGen." FujiXerox New Zealand’s Managing Director Peter Thomas visited Benefitz shortly after the new machines had been installed. “Fuji Xerox is incredibly proud to have had a business partnership with Benefitz for well over 20 years," said Peter Thomas. "We are also very excited to be delivering our new Iridesse Digital Press to Benefitz. We both believe that this new technology platform will allow Benefitz to enhance their position as one of New Zealand’s premier businesses in their field.” These two new presses have been added to the Benefitz range of digital solutions that also includes the B2 JetSX Inkjet Press as featured on previous pages.
Benefitz Small Format Digital Print Machinery team members, from left Vincent Yurong, Rob Moore and Jethro Tambanillo.
THE FACTS The Iridesse Production Press at a glance:• Six colour print engine. • Specialty dry ink realises offset-like metallic colours – Gold, Silver. • Also prints White dry ink and Clear dry ink. • Resolution 1200x1200dpi x10-bit RIP rendering. • Sheet size up to of 729mm or 1200mm in length. • Prints on range of stocks, up to 400GSM. • Improved environmental footprint. • 97% of components are recyclable or remanufacturable. The iGen5 Press at a glance:• Resolution 2400x2400dpi • Five colour print engine. • Orange, Green or Blue as a supplement to CMYK. • Specialty CMYK Matte Dry Ink. • Sheet size up to 660mm x 364mm, so can print 6 page A4 gatefold. • Prints on range of stocks, up to 350GSM. • Improved environmental footprint. • 97% of components are recyclable or remanufacturable.
DIGITAL AND VOLUME OFFSET PRINTING
DIGITAL, INKJET OR VOLUME OFFSET
We’ve Got It Covered
If you want one copy we’ll do it. If you want 500,000 copies we’ll do it! All under one roof on Constellation Drive
IGEN5 DIGITAL PRESS UP TO 2000 IMPRESSIONS
It’s the number one digital machine in the market. Featuring the large 660mm x 364mm sheet size. We call it our Digital Beast. The iGen5 gobbles up graphics files and spits them out economically in lots of 50, 100, 200, 500 or more, in sharp printed living colour. No other Small Format Digital Printing machine offers the sheet size of iGen150. This large 364mm x 660mm size opens up a whole range of options. You can gang more up for economy and you can print bigger images. It enables us to print diecut presentation folders and more.
IRIDESSE 6 COLOUR DIGITAL PRESS 4 PROCESS COLOURS PLUS SPECIALTY DRY INK, UP TO 2000 IMPRESSIONS
The combination of this new press with the iGen5 press means that Benefitz has the most powerful small format digital offering in the local market. The Xerox Iridesse Press contains the latest technological advances, with a six colour print engine, specialty dry ink, metallic colours – Gold and Silver. The Iridesse also prints White dry ink and Clear dry ink and on stocks up to 400GSM.
LARGE 660 X 364MM SHEET SIZE POPULAR The Benefitz iGEN5 ‘Beast’ provides a big advantage over others in the market due to the larger sheet size. Virtually all others can only print to A3 or SRA3 in size. The Benefitz iGEN5 is able to print to a sheet size of 364mm x 660mm. “This is a real point of difference for us,” explains Benefitz Director Dallas Bennett. “There are numerous advantages in being able to print to this size on a commercial small format digital press. We are able to gang up more items for economy and the size means we can also print items such as 6 page gatefold brochures as well as Presentation Folders – with pockets and business card slits – very economically.”
TRUEPRESS BJETSX B2 VOLUME INKJET UP TO 20,000 COPIES!
The machine – the JetSX – is the first machine of its type installed in NZ or Australia, and only the second in the world. It is capable of printing high volumes and a sheet-size that is much bigger, B2 – is 740mm x 530mm. Prints personalised (or variable) sheets up to this size, also resulting in economies of scale for smaller personalised items due to the fact that more can be printed at once on a sheet. Prints on standard offset papers – uncoated or coated/gloss – as well as much thicker stocks (up to 0.6mm). So it opens up opportunities in the packaging market and personalised packaging.
KOMORI NL528 OFFSET 20,000 TO 500,000!
The true workhorse in our Volume Offset Printing area, the Komori NL528 press can print a sheet size of up to 720 x 510mm and 15,000 sheets per hour. Its versatility doesn’t stop there. The Komori has five print units so can print up to 5 colours in one pass. That can be cyan, magenta, yellow and black plus a special colour or an overgloss or seal. We purchased the machine brand new in 2005 from Komori agents in New Zealand, CPI Graphics, and it hasn’t missed a beat.
KOMORI SPICA 529P OFFSET 20,000 – 500,000!
The newer cousin of the NL528, the Komori Spica press offers the latest in automation features to shorten make ready, reduce costs and lighten the workload for operators. The Komori press features a precision ink key system for outstanding print quality. Prints up to 13,000 sheets per hour with a maximum sheet size of 530 x 750mm.
STATIONERY, BUSINESS FORMS, 1-3 COLOUR, NUMBERS, PERFS It’s not the prettiest or newest printing machine in the Benefitz stable but it’s one of the best. It knocks over stationery projects, business forms and NCR books in no time, is very cost-effective and can also number and perforate. Our GTO52 is a 2-colour printing machine with a maximum sheet size of SRA3.
It’s all about
Finishing Strength Benefitz has made a significant investment in state-of-the-art finishing equipment that offers significant advantages for the company and its clients. Virtually all of these items are new technology that enable a higher percentage of items to be finished in-house by Benefitz. “It is essential that our finishing capabilities keep pace with our growing manufacturing power,” explains Benefitz Director Dallas Bennett. “For that reason we have put in a whole range of equipment that will enable us to be more efficient and have more control over ensuring the final item is the very best quality.” These finishing items include: BO T535 High Speed Folding M Machine & Muller Martini Presto Saddle-stitcher This folding machine is in the 50 x 70 cm format size and includes 'perfection' features and automation to significantly reduce set-up times. The machine is very easy to operate possible flexibility for adjustments to individual job structures. This machine combines seamlessly with the Presto A90 Saddle Stitcher. With speeds of up to 9,000 cycles per hour this is one of the fastest solutions in the market. Not only is it fast, it is also highly efficient as it is equipped with numerous quality controls ensuring that production is not halted.
Horizon BQ-470D Perfect PUR Binder The BQ-470 is a fully-automated perfect binder, producing up to 1,350 superior-quality perfect bound books per hour. The BQ-470 binder features a LCD touch-screen and can bind books up to 2.5” thick. Benefitz is using the BQ-470 with PUR to produce top quality books.
Horizon HCB-2 Hard Case Binder The HCB2 is the ideal solution for producing On Demand case bound books. The binding system is designed with an ergonomic concept to increase productivity and efficiency. It features simple setup and operation, advanced automation and higher productivity. Complex case binding steps are simplified with easy touch screen operation and advanced automation.
Graphic Whizard UV Coater The Graphic Whizard UV Coater is a low-maintenance ultra-violet cured coating system that produces a high quality finish to the printed sheet. By producing richer and more vibrant colours on digitally or offset printed pieces, the Graphic Whizard offers the on-demand print market the opportunity to have more effective and expressive printed products at a great cost due to the speed of up to 2700 sheets per hour (530mm wide).
Stretch Master Canvas Stretcher The Stretch Master makes the production of Canvas Prints very easy. It is designed to help produce high volumes at a high rate of speed – a stretched canvas can be completed in just 30 seconds.
Zund G3 L-3200 Cutter, Finisher & Router Benefitz' new Zund G3 L-3200 can cut printed sheets up to more than three metres in length – both squares and shapes; is able to cut and crease items to be folded – such as cartons etc; and is also able to cut bulk items, posters etc, from printed rolls. The width of this cutter is 1800mm and the length is 3200mm. The machine also features an 'Over Cutter Camera', enabling the machine to capture all register marks at once, with a suction table, conveyer belt and roll-off unit for trimming items on printed rolls.
And another thing…
In addition to these newest machines, Benefitz' production facility includes:- Diecutting, Guillotining, Creasing, Numbering, Wiro Binding, Laminating and more!
GRAND FORMAT DIGITAL PRINTING
Stu Fausett and the Benefitz Uvistar 5 metre wide printer.
5 Metres Wide! NZ’s biggest & best grand format printer
Benefitz Uvistar Pro8 eight-colour five-metre-wide grand format printing machine is simply the best machine of its type in New Zealand. There are very few five metres wide printing machines in New Zealand – and no others get near the print quality of this eight colour machine.
“The versatility of the machine has proven to be everything that we thought it would,” says Benefitz Director Dallas Bennett. “It can print billboard skins and banners very quickly in the four colour mode, then in minutes it can be switched to the eight colour option and be capable of printing high quality items suitable for instore point of sale. “The machine was a significant investment for us but it is a beast. It can print on a whole range of substrates
– pvc banner vinyl, pvc mesh, fabrics, synthetic paper, paper and more. Most others in the market settle for three metre machines, but we decided that the ability to print massive images in one piece was important, so the five-metre capability was essential and is a real advantage.” A big advancement of this Uvistar Pro8 over previous models and other options on the market is its automated double-side print option. This enables
Look, |t’s John Key! the Benefitz team to very efficiently produce vibrant and high quality double sided banners. The system uses two cameras which measure the print registration at every registration mark, ensuring that the backup is very accurate and guesswork is completely eliminated. If you need big images printed, nobody does it better or has more capability than the team at Benefitz – thanks to the Benefitz' five metres wide Uvistar!
THE FACTS Benefitz Uvistar Pro8 Grand Format Printer • Prints up to 5 metres wide and virtually any length. • NZ’s biggest billboard and banner printer. • NZ’s best quality billboard and banner printer. • Prints up to 300 square metres per hour. • Prints up to 8 colours for maximum quality.
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FLATBED DIGITAL PRINTING
LED Leading the Way!
Green technology with speed & quality
A major technology investment was made by Benefitz with the installation of the VUTEk EFI LED GS3250LX Flatbed Printer. This machine was the first of its kind in the New Zealand market, with its innovative LED ‘cool cure’ ink-curing system. The technology was chosen for some real advantages.
Josh Simpson (left) and operator Mike Webb and the Benefitz Vutek LED Flatbed printer.
Firstly, the VUTEk EFI is consistent with Benefitz' commitment to green technology as it contains no VOCs, uses less consumables, produces less waste, uses less energy and has the ability to print on recycled and other materials with ease. Secondly, the lower curing temperatures enable Benefitz to print heat sensitive and thin materials without buckling or head strikes, adding significantly to its portfolio of applications. Additionally, the environmental benefits mean that less energy is required, with the extra benefit of the lamps having a longer life span.
“The LED curing lamps don’t need to warm up before we use the printer, speeding up set-up times,” says Benefitz Director Dallas Bennett. “The machine increased our capacity with a leap forward in speed – being two times' faster – and quality, over the machinery it replaced.” The VUTEk’s LED ink curing technology also delivers high quality and high adhesion in order to maximise the visual allure of promotional materials, including signage, retail POS, exhibition, display, billboards and fleet graphics. “This is new technology to future proof our business in this flatbed space,” adds Dallas Bennett. “We have been thrilled with our choice and we are once again leading the way by being the first to adopt the LED ‘cool cure’ technology in the New Zealand market.” At 3.2 metres in print width capability, the machine also provides the perfect back-up for the Benefitz UviStar Pro8 5-metres-wide billboard machine. Both machines also offer the flexibility of printing roll-to-roll or as flatbed machines.
THE FACTS VUTEk EFI LED GS3250LX Flatbed Printer • 1000 dpi resolution. • Prints up to 3.2 metres wide. • Innovative LED ink curing system. • More durable and stable ink process. • Better adhesion to substrates. • Prints cmyk & white. • Faster than previous technology. • Flatbed and Roll-to-Roll Printer.
ZUND G3 L-3200
Dallas Bennett (right) with Greg Clarke of Aarque, suppliers of the Zund machinery.
Zund finishing technology from Switzerland Benefitz is well-known for printing big images – for promotions, display, exhibition and signage. The Zund G3 L-3200 is the flagship automated cutter, finisher and router from Switzerland that has been installed at Benefitz to provide the company with efficiencies in trimming and cutting big images. “Large format printing is continuing to be a growth area for us so we needed to add additional automation to our finishing capability and we feel the Zund will be fantastic,” says Benefitz Director Dallas Bennett. “While the machine is very new to us, members of our team are already thrilled with what it offers. It complements our existing heavy-duty CNC router perfectly. Comments from our operators include real advantages in accuracy with the camera registration, and that the machine is very quiet." The Zund G3 L-3200 can cut printed sheets up to over
three metres in length – both squares and shapes; is able to cut and crease items to be folded – such as cartons etc.; and is also able to cut bulk items, posters etc., from printed rolls. The width of this cutter is 1800mm and the length 3200mm. The Zund G3 features an 'Over Cutter Camera', enabling the machine to capture all register marks at once, resulting in significant time savings, productivity increases and improved accuracy. Other key features are a suction table, conveyer belt and roll-off unit for trimming items on printed rolls.
The Zund G3 features an 'Over Cutter Camera', enabling the machine to capture all register marks at once, resulting in significant time savings, productivity increases and improved accuracy. The new Benefitz Zund G3 L-3200 features a range of tools to enable the fine cutting and creasing of a range of substrates. The use of drag knives allows for maximum processing speeds. The creasing tools accommodate a range of wheels, ensuring high-quality creases without tearing or cracking. “I feel the addition of the Zund to our large and grand format printing operation just about makes our set-up perfect,” adds Dallas Bennett. “We have made massive investments in printing technology in recent times and now we have done the same with finishing. It will make us very efficient in 2019!”
THE FACTS Zund G3 L-3200 • Takes sheet 1800mm wide and 3200mm in length. • Cuts square and shapes, creases and routers. • One-shot Over Cutter Camera technology captures all register marks at once, resulting in accuracy, time savings and productivity increases. • Intelligent material-transport control. • Conveyor belt advances the material and serves as underlay. Universal roll-off unit for rolls of material. • Can run two tools at once for combined cutting and creasing.
Fabric now big business at Benefitz! Benefitz is well known for pushing the boundaries in terms of leading edge technology and we’ve done it again recently with the installation of our second direct to fabric printer – Mutoh’s ValueJet 1938TX. This machine, that prints to 1.9 metres wide, complements our Mutoh VJ-2628TD printer that prints to 2.6 metres wide.
Tracy Hagan and Gerrard Zohs of Benefitz XL Printing division with the new Mutoh’s ValueJet 1938TX
Benefitz XL’s Gerrard Zohs with Dave Roas of Stark Digital who helped to supply Benefitz new Mutoh fabric printing technology in conjunction with Digital Vision.
Developed in Japan, Benefitz' new ValueJet 1938TX incorporates technology proven to be faster, more reliable, more cost effective and more efficient to provide vibrantly printed fabrics. Using Mutoh’s new waterbased textile pigmented inks, the VJ-1938TX enables direct printing on cotton fabrics, rayon or mixed fibre fabrics. The printer can also jet Mutoh’s genuine DS2series universal sublimation inks for direct printing onto polyester fabrics. The new Mutoh is designed for several non-stretch or limited stretch fabric applications such as POP signage, trade show graphics, fine art prints, banners, flags and fashion items. “Most others in the market who can genuinely print using the dye sublimation method on to fabrics are restricted up to the 1.6 metre size,” says Benefitz Director Dallas Bennett. “We now have two options and can print to more than 2.6 metres wide so the potential for big fabric projects is endless. With the flexibility of the two machines, we are excited by the possibilities, as we know our customers are. Flags are clearly a big market but
fabric is increasingly being used for exhibition, display and signage and we believe being able to print high quality and these larger sizes is essential.” Fabric is now big business at Benefitz!
THE FACTS Mutoh • Dye Sublimation Fabric Printers • Print width up to 2.622 metres. • Dual staggered head design with latest drop-ondemand piezo inkjet technology. • Head height up to 6 mm to accommodate a wide range of fabrics. • True 1440dpi output resolution at high print speeds. • Up to eight colour. • Print speeds up to 40+ square metres per hour. • Runs two types of ink simultaneously • (Pigment or Dye-sub).
LARGE FORMAT PRINTING
Benefitz HP360. Latex large format printer.
High quality large images!
New technology makes a difference Benefitz recently made an investment to update virtually all of the companies large format printing machinery. These machines print high quality and up to 1.6 metres wide. As well as massive printing machines that print up to five metres wide, our Benefitz XL printing department has a range of versatile large format printing machines that print at high resolution on a range of substrates. We are constantly investing in this area of our business in new machinery. We have recently added an additional HP Latex printing machine to our range of large format machines that print high quality and up to 1.6 metres wide. The new machine
is the HP570 Latex Printer. The first latex printer to be installed was the HP360. These machines use water-based odourless inks offering a range of advantages. The 6-colour machines print on a range of substrates with a big plus being that every print comes off completely dry and ready to finish and deliver, or can be laminated immediately. Some ink processes require what is called â€˜degassingâ€™ in the industry â€“ latex does not. A big advantage is that these inks are also very eco-friendly.
Benefitz Mutoh. Large format printing machine.
Each machine we have has its strengths and purposes so we can maximise quality and production having this flexibility.
HP Latex 570 large format printer.
Other 1.6 metre wide large format printers that our XL division operates include Mutoh ValueJet 1638X machines. Speed and quality were prime objectives in deciding on these machines. The Benefitz Mutoh ValueJet 1638X printers create durable prints on coated and uncoated substrates, and have been specifically developed for high quality volume production of sign and display graphics, for long term outdoor applications as well as durable prints for indoor use. These high resolution large format printers produce posters, backlit signage, wall coverings, canvas prints, point-of-sale displays, fine art reproduction, vehicle graphics, stickers and much more. “We took a good hard look at what was available in the market and decided that a combination of the HP Latex and the Mutoh machines gave us an excellent balance,” says Benefitz Director Dallas Bennett. “Each machine we have, has its strengths and purposes so we can maximise quality and production having this flexibility. As a result of these investments, overall production has never been better.”
THE FACTS Benefitz HP Latex 1.6 Metre Large Format Printers (2) • Water-based HP Latex Ink prints are odourless. • Very good eco standards. • 6 colours, 1200 dpi. • Prints come off completely dry and ready. • Good speeds, up to 31 m2/hr. • Durable scratch-resisteant inks. Benefitz Mutoh1.6 Metre Large Format Printers (3) • Up to 1440 dpi resolution. • 4 Colour CMYK printers. • Prints on Paper, Synthetics, Backlit, Adhesives, Canvas & More! • High speeds, up to 94 m2/hr. • Eco-solvent durable inks.
Benefitz Mimaki A2 Flatbed Promo Printer.
We really can
Print On Anything!
Mimaki promo printer a big hit Benefitz is well known for being able to print just about anything. One of our newer machines, the Mimaki A2 flatbed UV printer, has further enhanced this reputation. It is a promotional printer that means we can print on a whole range of items. “This small flatbed is a special little machine that really can print on virtually anything,” says Benefitz Managing Director Aidan Bennett. “We have been using it to print promotional products as it can print directly onto objects that are up to 150mm in height, which can be positioned and held steady by the use of jigs that we make inhouse. The advantage is that it is a really economical option for small quantities so the possibilities are endless.” When printing to rigid substrates, Mimaki’s UVcured ink incorporates CMYK and white, giving vibrant colour and excellent adhesion properties. Products that have been printed on this machine include promotional cricket bats, coasters, bottle lids, router casings and mobile phone covers to name just a few. If it fits under the heads then we can print it!
How clever is this printing machine!
THE FACTS Mimaki A2 Flatbed Promo Printer • 1800 x1800 dpi resolution. • Perfect for Promo Products. • Can print objects 15cm thick. • Prints CMYK & White.
Turning modems into works of art! The Benefitz ability to print on just about anything has played a part in realising technology business Orcon’s hopes to ‘banish the boring modem’. Benefitz has recently printed hundreds of the modems featuring artworks from five New Zealand artists. These have turned the modems into works of art. “When we initially sat down and discussed how Orcon could liven up their modems, we talked about using photographs,” explains Benefitz Director Mike Nolan. “This gave them the idea that we could print high quality durable images directly onto the modem so members of their team came up with the very clever idea of actually making them works of art by engaging the artists.” These artists are Otis Frizzell, Flox (Hayley King), Anna Leyland, Askew One and Andrew J. Steel. They have all crafted unique modem designs for the Orcon Designer Series. Each modem artwork is a limited edition. The Orcon Designer Series is also helping to solve a real problem for home broadband users. “Every week our customers call us with a common problem – they’re experiencing internet connectivity issues due to where they have placed their modem,” says Taryn Hamilton, General Manager of Orcon. “Modems are often thrown in the cupboard, tucked under the couch or hidden somewhere far out of sight, when actually they should be in a prominent spot for best coverage throughout the house,
and where provides the strongest signal for devices like smart TVs that need the most bandwidth. “We wanted to shake up the look of these seemingly boring units and what better way than collaborating with a bunch of super-talented Kiwis creatives. We’re stoked with the results – the modems all look amazing, have come out different, and we reckon there’s a modem to appeal to everyone.” Otis Frizzell’s ‘Cable Manaia’ channels authentic Aotearoa designs; Flox’s design includes the infusion of bright colours and native birds; Anna Leyland’s is titled ‘Perception’; Askew and Andrew J. Steel’s artworks give a solid nod to their street art roots. As the final piece of the modem puzzle, the artists have prepared their original designs on a large scale medium of their choice, to be auctioned for charity. All proceeds will go to Forest & Bird. The Orcon Designer Series was printed on the Benefitz A2 Mimaki flatbed UV printer. It is a promotional printer that can print on a whole range of items.
BENEFITZ SIGNAGE TEAM
Managing Director Aidan Bennett (left) at the Benefitz Sign Division at 18 Parkway Drive with George Louie and David Kim. George and David lead the busy sign shop team.
Signage continues to grow! The continuing growth of the Benefitz business in recent years has been hugely satisfying. A part of the business that has played a big part in this ongoing growth is the signage division. We are now New Zealand’s most comprehensive signage provider when our sign resource is paired with our market-leading ability to print big images. Benefitz continues to develop a powerful signage resource with its dedicated facility at 18 Parkway Drive – just a few doors up the road from the main office on the corner of Parkway Drive and Constellation Drive. Twelve of the Benefitz' 80+ team
work from the signage division premises. Benefitz' grand format printing facility – and a further 12 staff – are located in the rear unit of the same building – meaning some of the country’s most powerful large and grand format printing solutions are right at
their finger tips. “At Benefitz we quite clearly have the best print manufacturing capability in New Zealand for display and signage with our grand format machinery,” says Benefitz Managing Director Aidan Bennett. “Now, with the resources we have assembled in our signage division, we have a total signage package that is second-to-none.” A CNC Router and larger Rolls Roller application table have also been added to the wide range of resources that the sign team have available. They also have a boom lift truck to complete higher installations. Benefitz Tekcel Enduro Router is a powerful CNC Router designed for quality and accuracy. Its powerful 3.8kW or 8kW Spindle will router through a wide range of materials with ease, and the automatic tool changing system makes multi-tool jobs very easy. With this machine we are able to do all of the cutting jobs inhouse that were once outsourced, such as 3D lettering etc. This is a serious CNC Router that is very versatile.
The sign team also has a Benefitz Hino Boomlift Install Truck, equipped with a 15 metre Snorkel and Elevating Work Platform. This vehicle, purchased brand new, enables the Benefitz sign team to install signage and big images more efficiently. The boom extends so work can be carried out at a height of up to 15.80 metres.
THE FACTS Benefitz Signage Division • The best signage printing resource in the country. • Working with the latest industry technology. • A team of 20+ dedicated to signage and big images. • Boomlift Install Truck with 15 metre Snorkel. • Router Cutting, 3D Lettering, Fabrication. • Vehicles, Buildings, Display, Exhibition etc. • Billboard and Banner Installation. • Design, Manufacture, Installation, Application.
Install Benefitz Boom Lift Truck makes it easy!
The team at Benefitz not only design and produce signage - we have the best equipment to install it as well. A key tool for the signage team is the Benefitz Hino Truck, equipped with a 15 metre Snorkel and Elevating Work Platform. This vehicle, purchased brand new, enables us to install signage and big images more efficiently. The boom extends so work can be carried out at a height of up to 15.8 metres. The fibreglass basket floor extends to 13.80 metres. The basket can carry two people up to a safe total working load of 200kg. The boom is powered by a Honda petrol engine. The Hino 300 truck is powered by a four litre turbo-charged engine. “We have been involved in the installation of our large images that we print for many years,” explains Benefitz Director Mike Nolan. “To have our own boom-lift truck has become a necessity due to the growth in this part of our business. We looked at second-hand options but decided that a brand new vehicle was the most desirable due to safety and technology considerations. And of course it had to be black.” Since the truck was introduced it has helped with the installation of a huge number of projects undertaken for customers by Benefitz. The truck was supplied to Benefitz by Hino Distributors (NZ) Ltd and the boom-lift by ‘Snorkel’ based in Levin.
THE FACTS • • • •
15 metre Snorkel. Elevating Work Platform for two people. Billboard and Banner Installation made easy. For all Signage Installation that requires high access. • Convenient and cost-effective.
Lee Darby Senior Designer
Lee Darby seems like part of the furniture at Benefitz. He’s been part of the team for a dozen or more years, and loves the family feel of the place. Lee leads the creative juice department at Benefitz and can often be seen with a sharp pencil and a blank piece of paper, setting out on his next creative journey. You should follow him on social media as well – he’s very social and a lot of fun! How long have you been at Benefitz? When you get to my age it’s hard to remember things like that! It’s about 11 years, probably closer to 12. How did you come to join Benefitz? I was working for a Boutique Agency in the city and Benefitz did some print work for them. When they closed down I approached Mike Nolan and they hired me from that. What do you like about the company? Benefitz is like my family. I’ve made life long friendships through this company. Probably 80% of my close mates are people who work, or have worked for Benefitz. What are your interests outside of work? I started snowboarding about the same time I started at Benefitz. Pretty late for an old guy to start boarding, but at 44 I’m still at it. I’ve been boarding in Chile and Japan, as well as good old NZ. What’s one of your favourite projects you’ve worked on? I have taken on the lead design role for SKY TV work
that comes through the studio. It’s a big brand, and I know it pretty well. So any exciting SKY creative work that comes in really gets me going. What’s the best place you’ve been in the world and why? I’d have to say Japan. It totally left me wanting more. I went over there earlier this year with a group of great friends. Most of the time was spent on the slopes, but we did our best to experience as much of the Japanese culture as possible. The people there are the friendliest, most courteous people you will ever meet. The plan is for a return trip there is 2020, perhaps when the Rugby World Cup is on! (Obviously not a rugby head - he will have missed it by at least 3-4 months! - Ed). Any advice for budding designers? Yeah. I believe that starting any design or creative work should begin with a big blank piece of paper and a sharp pencil. Just scribble away anything that pops into your mind, no matter how random or un-related. Trust me, those random links are very often the places that great lateral thinking ideas come from.
Lee is one of my favourites!
Benefitz General Manager Rob Gunston (left) with members of the Benefitz PhotoHub production and admin teams.
Making personal photographs come alive It is no secret that our world is changing. The way people communicate is moving constantly, which is why as a business we need to keep evolving. Investing in new opportunities, investing in people and investing in technology are key strategies for facing this moving landscape.
An exciting newer facet to our business is what we call ‘Benefitz Photohub’. In this area we make personal photographs come alive. Benefitz Photohub has involved investing in new technology that has resulted in us becoming leaders in the production of personalised products featuring photographs. “We have created a facility that produces a range of products featuring personal photographs,” explains Benefitz Managaing Director Aidan Bennett. “The products include Photobooks, Calendars, Posters, Greeting Cards, Canvas Prints, Mugs and other such items as photoboards and cushions. "In this digital world people now take thousands of photos and often they never leave their mobile devices. What we are doing is working with well known wholesalers and retailers to give their customers loads of options to make these photos
come alive, being used for treasured personal momentos or gifts.” Benefitz Photohub mainly draws on existing production areas of the business to produce these items, but has also included the introduction of new machinery added to ensure efficient production. “Our Benefitz JetSX B2 Inkjet Printer was a key ingredient in the mix for the Photohub project. The combination of this machine and our Xerox machinery means we have a powerful personalised printing capacity. We also added a range of finishing equipment including a Perfect Binder, a Hard Case Binder, a UV Coater, a Fujifilm Photo Printer, special shape cutting machinery and guillotines. "A totally new area for us has been gifting products which feature treasured photographs. We now have machinery
that produces printed Mugs and Beer Steins, and we have also installed the Flatbed Promo Printer (featured in this issue) which enables us to print on virtually any item. "Benefitz Photohub project also includes our large format printing resource to produce Canvas Prints as well as Posters, Wood and Corrugated Iron Prints. We already had the best printing technology for this purpose, but have added more automated finishing gear such as a canvas stretching machine imported from Europe.” To complete this new offering, our in house web development team also developed state-of-the-art online systems that track these projects right through production to delivery. This has made things very easy for ourselves, and our retail and wholesale partners, to track the progress of every item.
THE FACTS Benefitz Photohub • New resource created to produce personalised photographic products. • Photobooks, Calendars, Posters, Greeting Cards, Mugs, Steins, Prints, Photoblocks, Phone Covers and Skins, Canvas Prints, Corrugated Iron Prints, Wooden Prints, Acrylics, Glass. • Strong partnership with leading photographic industry businesses. • Online management system created by Benefitz
North Shoreâ€™s monthly magazine! Back in July 2010, the first issue of Channel magazine was published by Benefitz. Managing Director Aidan Bennett felt the Shore needed a positive, quality monthly magazine that celebrated local people and community, and encouraged people to support local businesses. And that original ethos has remained unchanged. Channel is now in its 10th year, having produced more than 100 issues, and has become a well-read and respected regular feature of Shore life. It has grown in size and distribution from an initial 17,000 copies and we now have 36,500 magazines reaching homes and businesses each month on the Shore. From day one, there has been a website that goes handin-hand with the magazine. This website has undergone
continuous development (by our inhouse Benefitz team) and is now used as the 'Hub' for collecting content for the magazine. Content goes live online the moment it is ready for the magazine. The website features lots of 'behind the scenes' technology that makes publishing a 120+ page monthly magazine and website as easy as possible. Aidan said: â€œOur success has really been a snowball effect. And I do believe we have really established a
The Channel Magazine team alongside the big numbers produced by the Benefitz team featuring all 100 covers of Channel Magazine since 2010. From left; Kim McIntosh, Christine Young, Nikki Davidson, Tanya Rotherham, Aidan Bennett, Crystal Sharp, Lizzie Speedy-Willis.
Our success has really been a snowball effect. And I do believe we have really established a magazine that locals love reading. It's testament to the fact that we are now in our 10th year. magazine that locals love reading. It's testament to the fact that we are now in our 10th year. And it is free!” People like to see and read about people, and our team can often be seen ‘Out & About’ on the Shore taking photos at local events to share with readers in the magazine’s popular social pages. And we celebrate some of the local treasures in our part of the world through our regular ‘Channel People’ Q&A articles in which we interview interesting individuals. Channel is delivered to homes from Long Bay in the north, down to Devonport and out to Birkenhead Point and Northcote Point. It is available in our distinctive Channel collection boxes from many other North Shore locations. Visit: www.channelmag.co.nz
We love the Shore!
THE FACTS Channel Magazine • Benefitz publishes 120-150 page monthly magazine. • Free local publication for North Shore. • 11 issues a year. • Strong website and content ‘hub’. • Fully Funded through Advertising. • 36,500 copies printed and distributed free to homes and businesses every month. • Estimated readership 80,000 to 100,000 monthly. • Designed by Benefitz. • Advertising sold by Benefitz team members. • Content all organised by Benefitz.
Over three decades of Golf! (Score cards that is)
Benefitz has moved into its 31st year of producing score cards for golf clubs throughout New Zealand. During this time it is estimated we have printed up to 70-80 million score cards. The company first got into producing these score cards back in 1988 when Managing Director Aidan Bennett spotted an opportunity to enhance the quality of the score cards being used by golfers at each club. “I was playing golf one day and was scoring on this shabby card and it dawned on me that score cards could become a powerful advertising vehicle,” explains Aidan. “So I set about designing an attractive generic score card that could be rolled out across a number of clubs. I approached one of the big sponsors of golf back then – an insurer – and they loved the concept. With sponsorship from that company, we rolled the new
full colour Benefitz score cards out across virtually all of the Auckland golf clubs. The concept was then picked up by the sponsor’s network of agents throughout New Zealand and it went nationwide.” By the early ‘90s, Benefitz was responsible for the printing of score cards for more than 300 golf clubs throughout the country, from Kaitaia in the north to Bluff in the south. “After quite a few years the sponsor decided to pull back from what they were spending and we reverted to printing directly for the clubs,” adds Aidan. “Over the past 20 years we have been essentially printing for the individual clubs and
Ashleigh Patton, Aidan Bennett and Blake Douglas are the Benefitz Golf Score Card team.
Jono Gates printing scorecards on the Benefitz JetSX B2 Inkjet Press under the watchful eye of Aidan Bennett.
By the early ‘90s Benefitz was responsible for the printing of score cards for over 300 golf clubs throughout the country. their local sponsors and advertisers.” The larger golf clubs in New Zealand use up to 100,000 score cards a year. An average club will use 20,000 to 30,000. Benefitz still prints golf score cards for more than 200 clubs from all over the country. The company also works closely as a preferred print partner for DotGolf, a company which has developed an innovative score card system that allows specific details of the individual player to be laser printed at the golf clubs. Benefitz prints most of these cards colour on one side and the laser printing is done on the other side at the clubs.
THE FACTS Benefitz for Golf Score Cards • Benefitz for Golf Score Cards • Producing quality scoring cards for around 200 NZ Golf Clubs and courses. • Project started in 1988. • All cards designed, printed, finished and shipped by Benefitz. • Printed on Benefitz Komori or JetSX B2 Inkjet Presses. • Creased on Benefitz diecutting machinery. • Around 4 million cards produced per annum.
EXPLORE NORTH SHORE PROJECT PROFILE
Alternate Landscape Logo
We love the Shore!
Client: Takapuna Business Ass. Date: October 2017
Job number: TBA174132 Job description: North Shore Coast Logo Concepts
Account Manager: Aidan Bennett Designer: Lee Darby & Craig Burkett
The all round capability of Benefitz in the communication space was to the fore with the design and implementation of the new initiative targeting tourists to our home patch of the North Shore of Auckland. ‘Explore North Shore’ is a collaboration between three local business associations on the North Shore – Devonport, Takapuna and Milford. Their collective desire was to create a joint marketing brand aimed at ensuring both international BE AC HE S LIFESTYLE SHOPPING BEACHES and domestic visitors to Auckland have the North Shore on their ‘must see’ list, encouraging tourists to the area for the Client: Takapuna Business Ass. Job number: TBA174132 Account Manager: Aidan Bennett LIF ES TY LE Date: October 2017 Job description: North Shore Coast Logo Concepts Designer: Lee Darby & Craig Burke benefit of local businesses and the economy. Highlights SH OP PIN G Hi gh lig ht s The business association leaders firstly tasked the Benefitz S Highlights BE AC HE Highlights creative team with developing the brand – including name Hi gh lig ht s and logo – before implementing key marketing elements, such as a website, brochures, display banners and other Hi gh lig ht s s Hi gh lig htitems. For Benefitz the project was led by senior designer exploren orthshor e.co.nz/b Lee Darby. From the brief provided by a steering group each explorenorthshore.co.nz explorenorthshor EXPLORE NORTH SHORE e.co.nz/lifestyle e.co.nz/shopping explorenorthshor explorenorthshore.co.nz/beaches Approved Logo - Alternate Mesasage/colour Opitions established to implement the project, Lee and other members EXPLORE NORTH SHORE e.co.nz orthshor exploren of our design team first provided several sketched options Approved Logo - Alternate Mesasage/colour Opitions z/lifestyle o.n e.c or orthsh exploren around three to four preferred names.pping From there the e.co.nz/sho orthshor exploren s eache e.co.nz/b orthshor'Explore North Shore' name was selected for Lee and his exploren team to work with. “We enjoyed the project as we really had an open book from the start,” explained Lee when reflecting on the project. “Working with a wide group was an added challenge, but a consensus on the name and then the preferred brand style was reached relatively easily. It has been a thrill to see the brand implemented over the past 12 months.” The completed brand was based on a heart-themed logo, with several complementary devices to support the main logo around three support words – Beaches, Shopping and ongoing use. Members of the Benefitz team also assisted Lifestyle. with copy writing for these items. Once the brand and logo were in place, Benefitz went “We were excited about the opportunity to take this on to design and implement the 'Explore North Shore' project from scratch to implementation,” said Benefitz MD website which was built on the company's BWeb platform. Aidan Bennett. “It really did show the all-round capability of A brochure and map for use in wider Auckland hotels and our business.” tourist spots was also designed and printed, along with other display and exhibition items for the brand launch and www.explorenorthshore.co.nz MILFORD The former seaside settl ement enjoys between the a unique posi Hauraki Gulf tion nestled and Lake Pupu white sandy ke, with a popu beach, large rese lar rve and mari excellent shop na. The villag ping with the e offers modern ‘Milfo high street offer rd centre’ and ing a great varie village ty of restauran ts, bars and cafés. milf ords hop s.co .nz
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Client: Takapuna Business Ass. Date: October 2017
Job number: TBA174132 Job description: North Shore Coast Logo Concepts
Account Manager: Aidan Bennett Designer: Lee Darby & Craig Burkett
Client: Takapuna Business Ass. Date: October 2017
Job number: TBA174132 Job description: North Shore Coast Logo Concepts
Account Manager: Aidan Bennett Designer: Lee Darby & Craig Burkett
Benefitz Design A key ingredient of the Benefitz offering is design. We have a 15-strong team of skilled graphic and web designers/developers. As we have covered in this issue, we are celebrating our 31st year of business. Over this time we have created a significant number of logos/brands, cost-effectively taking customer briefs from concept through to reality. These are some recent examples of logos that have been developed by the Benefitz Design team.
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Facing Page Client: Explore North Shore . Designer: Lee Darby and Craig Burkett. This page: 1. Client: La Spiaggia. Designer: Lee Darby. 2. Client: Diva Dolls. Designer: Crystal Sharp. 3. Client: Art Fusions. Designer: Dan Mackinnon. 4. Client: Mekong Baby. Designer: David Cooper. 5. Client: Sound Addiction. Designer: Craig Burkett. 6. Client: Frontier Sealegs. Designer: Ryan Mclachlan. 7. Client: Ascot House. Designer: Lee Darby. 8. Client: Takapuna Beach Business Association. Designer: Crystal Sharp. 9. Client: Moana Blue. Designer: Lee Darby. 10. Client: e-parcel. Designer: Lee Darby. 11. Client: ACE Hanging Plants. Designer: Crystal Sharp. 12. Client: Pinnacles Early KLearning Centre. Designer: Kayla Greer. 13. Client: Tow Safe Trailers. Designer: Karina Tedjapoernama & Crystal Sharp. 14. Client: Seco Gas. Designer: Karen McKinlay. 15. Client: Shore Junction. Designer: Crystal Sharp. 16. Client: Suss & Grace. Designer: Chelsea Johnston. 17. Client: Smokepit & Buoy. Designer: Lee Darby. 18. Client: Fistonich & Bond. Designer: Lee Darby. 19. Client: Adlib Film Making. Designer: Dominique Dick. 20. Client: Body’n’sync. Designer: Lee Darby. 21. Client: Safety Lockout Solutions Ltd. Designer: David Cooper. 22. Client: Hobson Bay Boat Share. Designer: Nicky Malcon. 23. Client: OutLast Builders. Designer: Karen McKinlay. 24. Client: Electrical Systems. Designer: Lee Darby and David Cooper. 25. Client: Allely Estate. Designer: Crystal Sharp.
Wayne Sloan Senior Signage Specialist
When it comes to graphic application – applying adhesive graphics – there ain’t too many better than our man Wayne Sloan. He’s been part of the team now for quite a few years and loves nothing more than plying his skilled trade while chatting to Benefitz customers at their place of work. Wayne always has a big smile and that has got bigger recently due to being happily married to Melanie. We love your work Wayne! How long have you been at Benefitz? Five years. How did you come to join Benefitz? I always knew Benefitz had a signage department, as a friend of mine was the production manager of the sign shop. So I got the role through knowing him. What do you like about the company? The people that work at Benefitz are awesome! It feels like you are a part of the Benefitz family. Also the fast pace of the workflow is always a great challenge. What are your interests outside of work? • Being a part of a wider community at our Church, Inspire Church. • My new wife, Melanie - we got married in January 2019. • Road Cycling, RPM Sprint Class, I've always loved high intensity cardio workouts. • My faith in the cross of Christ always makes life exciting and keeps you passionate to live a better life.
The people that work at Benefitz are Awesome! It feels like you are a part of the Benefitz family. Also the fast pace of the workflow is always a great challenge. What piece of machinery/technology excites you most at Benefitz? The VUTEK GS3250LX Pro flatbed machine. It prints at high resolution onto a wide range of media and substrates, which is super impressive, and it even prints using white inks. Great for signage and loads of other things! What’s the best place you’ve been in the world and why? Wow, great question! Whistler Blackcomb Mountain Resort in Canada. The mountain and snow conditions were super impressive!
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At Benefitz we have the most versatile visual communications toolkit in New Zealand. A range of manufacturing and creative solutions across print, signage, display, exhibition, web development and design.
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At Benefitz we are constantly innovating and investing to ensure we have the most versatile visual communications toolkit in New Zealand. Our state-of-the-art resource means we can usually deliver even if the request is outside of the box. In fact we love those interesting and challenging projects.
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LAKE HOUSE ARTS CENTRE SIGNAGE
Benefitz in the Community New signage for Lake House Arts Benefitz has recently supported local arts and heritage learning centre Lake House Arts with the installation of totally new external signage. Lake House Arts Centre, located on Fred Thomas Drive in Takapuna, comprises three relocated and renovated historic buildings: Lake House and two Fort Cautley Army Barracks from Narrowneck. From within these buildings a range of art activities and services are on offer to the public seven days a week, exhibitions changing regularly in the gallery spaces. Lake House has a café, three classroom spaces, exhibition galleries, venue hire rooms, outdoor sculptures and beautiful grounds and gardens for picnics or outdoor events. “The Lake House Arts Centre is a wonderful community facility for the arts and we were keen for their tired signage to be better,” says Benefitz Managing Director Aidan Bennett. “Like all charitable trusts in the arts space, funding is an issue, so we were keen to help. So I approached manager Grae (Burton) about helping out.
We collaborated with Grae to design all the signage, and then manufactured and installed it all to support the Lake House. "The project also provided an opportunity for the Benefitz team to show-off our capability for providing the entire solution. There was design to be done, there were structures to be built, images to be printed on a range of substrates, there were shapes to be cut and a range of applications and installations to be carried out. This was all done by the Benefitz team. “We love playing our part in the community, and providing this signage is a real way we can contribute to this great facility,” adds Aidan Bennett. “The project involved around 10 external signs of many shapes and sizes – large and small.” Benefitz has also built and developed the Lake House website in recent years. To view this and to find out more about what they do, visit: www.lakehousearts.org.nz.
RECENT PROJECTS Northcote Tavern Website
The Benefitz Web Development Team were tasked with creating a website that celebrates the unique spirit and heritage of the iconic Northcote Tavern and makes it easy for potential customers and Tav regulars alike to find the information they need. We delivered a bold, inviting website with big, beautiful imagery, a modern layout and clear navigation. Our client is thrilled with the website and how easy it is to update using our homegrown BWEB Content Management system. We reckon the Tav's never looked better! Account Manager: Aidan Bennett Design/Creative: Aaron Morrison Web: Benefitz BWEB CMS
Wettie Spearfishing & Wetsuits Signage
We love bringing storefronts to life with fresh signage. Our Benefitz' designers and signage crew teamed up to create this new look for Wettie Spearfishing & Wetsuits for their move to new premises, and we're stoked with the finished result! The Benefitz team designed, produced and installed window graphics, plinths, carpark and entrance signs and 3D Acrylic signage to give the building a whole new feeling. Account Manager: Blake Douglas Design/Creative: Steve Simpson Print: Benefitz Mutoh Large Format Machinery, Benefitz Vutek EFI LED Flatbed Printer, Benefitz HP Latex Large Format Printer Installation: Benefitz Signage Team
Ballistics 3D Store Logo
Ballistics thought it was time to update their shop front sign of more than 10 years! Benefitz had the solution to jazz this up. This sign spanning 4.8m wide was cut 20mm signex board with an ACM face using the Benefitz CNC router. LED lights were used to illuminate the sign. The sign was installed by the Benefitz team, 150mm off the shop front so the lights give a halo effect at night-time, with the BALLISTICS word being illuminated too, overall transforming this shop front into a new sleek design! Account Manager: Sean Hawkins Design/Creative: Supplied Print: Benefitz Mutoh Large Format Machinery Finishing: Benefitz CNC Router Installation: Benefitz Signage Team Application: Benefitz Signage Team
Printing Wooden Lids! We are often approached by our customers with a problem that they need help solving. With this particular project we were asked to provide a solution for printing directly onto 500 wooden lids. The print was to be simple and effective and give the appearance of a ‘copper’ logo. It didn’t take director Dallas Bennett long to find the perfect solution within our wide array of print machinery – on our little Mimaki Flatbed Digital Printer that can print on just about anything! We agreed with the happy customer that the end result turned out tops! Account Manager: Dallas Bennett Design/Creative: Supplied Print: Benefitz Mimaki Flatbed Promo Printer
Ernest Davis, Man of the People Book At Benefitz we have carved out quite a niche in printing shorter run books. It is a growing market. We recently printed 250 copies of this title for The Booksmiths. It’s a quality hard cover cased in book, 230mm by 170mm in size. “The combination of our high quality short-run printing capability, and our finishing machinery – laminating, binding etc – mean we could do this total job in house,” says Benefitz book specialist Kent Bowyer-Sidwell. “Within our team we have considerable knowledge of printing and publishing, which makes the whole process easy for those wishing to have their shorter run books printed. And we love doing it.” Account Manager: Kent Bowyer-Sidwell Design/Creative: Supplied Print: Benefitz JetSX B2 Inkjet Press, Iridesse 6 Colour Xerox Press Finishing: Benefitz Horizon Perfect PUR Binder, Benefitz Horizon Hard Case Bookmaker
Phantom Billstickers Company Profile
We recently produced this very high quality case bound company profile for Phantom Billstickers. They approached us due to the fact we could print and finish small quantities of the high quality 44-page wide format book they desired. We printed a total of 220 of the 340mm x 240mm books, with 20 finished as case bound hard cover books and 200 as PUR bound books. The books also required laminating, diecutting, gold foiling and included translucent sheets printed with white. “This project used all three press mediums we have in our smaller format plant with some tricky finishing,” says Benefitz book specialist Kent Bowyer-Sidwell. “Presses used for the job were our Xerox Iridesse, our Komori Offset 5-colour and our JetSX InkJet Press to produce a superb showcase corporate brochure for Phantom Bill stickers, the happy customer.” Account Manager: Kent Bowyer-Sidwell, Blake Douglas Design/creative: Supplied Print: Benefitz JetSX B2 Inkjet Press, Iridesse 6 Colour Xerox Press Finishing: Benefitz High Speed Folding Machine, Benefitz Muller Martini Stitcher, Benefitz Horizon Perfect PUR Binder, Benefitz Horizon Hard Case Bookmaker
Lovely by Skin Institute Mall Display Kit
The team at Lovely by Skin Institute needed a great looking display that could be adapted to suit different spaces in a variety of locations. It had to be easy to put up, pack down and easy to transport. Our clever designers combined with our Signage/XL team to produce the 3m x 3m printed floor, a fabric backdrop stand, plinth sign and a fabricated table with printed skin. All the items pack down into carry bags and boxes for easy travel. Account Manager: Blake Douglas Design/Creative: Kayla Greer Print: Benefitz Vutek EFI LED Flatbed Printer, Benefitz HP Latex Large Format Printer, Benefitz Mutoh 2.5 Metre Fabric Printer Application: Benefitz Signage Team
Quartz Wealth Website
The team at Quartz Wealth wanted a new website that was clean, modern and simple for both prospective and existing clients to find the information they needed. Our Benefitz Web Team created this, with a sharp modern design and all the functionality the client needed to showcase their firm, as well as the ability to load and edit content themselves using our easy BWEB Content Management System. Account Manager: Blake Douglas Design/Creative: Lee Darby Web: Benefitz BWEB CMS
NZ Cricket Head Office Signage & Display
Benefitz recently played a part by producing and installing signage and display items at NZ Cricket’s head office in Auckland. This included large printed wall graphics, 3D logos, printed graphics on meeting room windows and the creation of a ‘Gallery of the Greatest’ display using various signage items and supplied items – helmut, stumps, bat, ball etc. “I was particularly proud of the way we came up with signage solutions for the 'Gallery of the Greatest'," says Account Manager Rhys Lloyd, who led the project for Benefitz. “NZ Cricket’s design agency supplied a 2d rendering and our team came up with ways of bringing the supplied drawings to life by fabricating a wide range of sign and display solutions depicting NZ Cricket awards and finding ways to suitably hang the supplied items. The entire project scope involved lots of printed graphics and many fabricated items – all installed by our sign team.” Account Manager: Rhys Lloyd Design/Creative: Supplied Print: Benefitz Mutoh Large Format Machinery, Benefitz Vutek EFI LED Flatbed Printer, Benefitz HP Latex Large Format Printer Finishing: Benefitz CNC Router Installation: Benefitz Signage Team Application: Benefitz Signage Team
It’s all about fun at Benefitz!
Danny's Pita Bread & Crisps Product Display Unit
The Benefitz team has recently designed and produced a prototype of a Point of Sale Product Display Unit for Danny’s. The production of these type of units have recently become very easy with the installation of the new Benefitz Zund G3 L-3200 automated cutter, finisher and router from Switzerland. “The neat thing about this project is it is now very easy and cost-effective for us to produce these display units due to having the Zund automated cutter,” explains Benefitz director Mike Nolan. “We’ve always been good at designing and printing them, now we can cut them to shape very easily. This particular stand is printed from one sheet of E/B flute cardboard, double sided and cut to shape on the Zund. The customer plans to order 100 of them and is thrilled with the prototype.” Account Manager: Mike Nolan Design/Creative: Karen McKinlay Print: Benefitz Vutek EFI LED Flatbed Printer Finishing: Benefitz Zund G3 L-3200 Automated Cutter
Takapuna Beach Website
After Takapuna Beach Business Association (TBBA) was rebranded to be Takapuna Beach, they contacted Benefitz to update their website. Since the current TBBA website was built on the BWEB Content Management System, the re-design was quick and easy - one of the many benefits that the BWEB CMS offers. The website is fully responsive and features a full width video welcoming viewers on the homepage as well as an email sign up to a third party web service. Account Manager: Aidan Bennett, Blake Douglas Design/Creative: Aaron Morrison Web: Benefitz BWEB CMS
Smales Farm B:HIVE Signage
Our signage team created and applied a range of signage solutions throughout the brand new B:HIVE building at Smales Farm on the sunny North Shore of Auckland. Adhesive graphics were applied to meeting rooms, pods and phone booths for privacy, as well as tenant logos and safety strips on glass throughout the space. Account Manager: Aidan Bennett, Blake Douglas Design/Creative: Supplied Print: Benefitz Vutek EFI LED Flatbed Printer, Benefitz HP Latex Large Format Printer Finishing: Benefitz Mimaki Vinyl Cutter Application: Benefitz Signage Team
Bremner Ridge Signage & Print Items
This client approached the Benefitz team to help with marketing material for the Bremner Ridge Residential & Lifestyle Development at Flatbush in south east Auckland. The range of items we produced showed our versatility, including billboard skins, advertising trailers, the wrapping of temporary buildings (portacoms) with graphics, and also printing corflute signage and interesting A3 size sales brochures. “I am excited about this project as it really showed that we were able to produce everything in-house,” explains Benefitz Account Manager Grant Young. “This is one of our strengths at Benefitz. The client was extremely happy with the outcome.” Account Manager: Grant Young Design/Creative: Supplied Print: Benefitz 5 Metre Uvistar Pro8 Printer, Benefitz Vutek EFI LED Flatbed Printer, Benefitz HP Latex Large Format Printer Installation: Benefitz Signage Team Application: Benefitz Signage Team
Endeavour Building Signage
After seeing other PVC Mesh Building Signage jobs we had produced, Endeavour contacted Benefitz to see if the same thing could be done to their own building, which it could, and very economically. The Benefitz signage team constructed a simple frame on the exterior of the building and installed the massive 20m x 5m PVC Mesh banner (which was designed and printed by Benefitz) using our ESR tensioned railing system. What a difference! Account Manager: Blake Douglas Design/Creative: Chelsea Johnston Print: Benefitz 5 Metre Uvistar Pro8 Printer Installation: Benefitz Signage Team using Benefitz ESR Tensioned Railing System
MSC Consulting Engineers Company Profile
We love it when we take projects through from concept to delivery, and this was the case with this company profile for Takapuna-based MSC, who have been Benefitz customers for many years. Our team undertook the copywriting for the 24-page landscape profile as well as the design and then it was printed and finished on our volume printing machinery, high speed folder and stitching line. “MSC do some pretty high-end consulting engineering work and were keen to highlight some of these projects in their company profile,” says Benefitz Account Manager Blake Douglas. “So the document needed to be great quality, which was achieved with good design and printing workmanship. The finished printed item includes a laminated and spot UV cover with spot UV used throughout as well to highlight key quotes.” Account Manager: Blake Douglas Design/Creative: Steve Simpson Print: Benefitz Komori Offset Presses Finishing: Benefitz High Speed Folding Machine, Benefitz Muller Martini Stitcher
Westlake Boys High School wanted to take their alumni webpage and turn it into a dedicated stand-alone website that would make it easy for past pupils, staff and extended family to connect. Our Benefitz web team designed and built the Westlakers website with a polished landing page, clear navigation and an easyto-use admin area. Our BWEB content management system makes it simple for the client to edit content, create events and add updates from alumni. Account Manager: Blake Douglas Design/Creative: Aaron Morrison Web: Benefitz BWEB CMS
Waipareira Trust Conference Presentation Documents The brief for the Benefitz team was that Waipareira were going to hold a company conference and required a document that clearly outlined what each of the departments contributed within the organisation. It needed to look and feel great. Led by Account Manager Paul Barratt, the Benefitz crew provided options and in consultation with the Waipareira marketing team settled on a solution. This very much revolved around the power of the Benefitz short run digital printing and finishing capability. The finishing for the six items included: PUR Binding, soft touch Velvet lamination, UV overglossing, diecutting, hand forming and shrink wrapping for final presentation. There were five PUR Bound Journals and a covering document that secured these in a very professional presentation.
“We were under an extremely tight deadline,” says Paul Barratt. “Waipareira took delivery just in time for their conference. They didn’t think we would make the deadline, but they were thrilled, the final product exceeded their expectations. It just showed what a fantastic resource we have in-house at Benefitz.” Account Manager: Paul Barratt Design/Creative: Supplied Print: Benefitz Komori Offset Presses, Benefitz JetSX B2 Inkjet Press, Benefitz iGEN150 Digital Press, Iridesse 6 Colour Xerox Press Finishing: Benefitz High Speed Folding Machine, Benefitz Muller Martini Stitcher, Benefitz Horizon Perfect PUR Binder, Benefitz Horizon Hard Case Bookmaker, Benefitz UV Coater
Explore North Shore Brand & Logo
When three of the North Shore's progressive business associations – Devonport, Takapuna & Milford – got together to create a brand with a goal to increase tourism visitors to their area, they engaged the Benefitz team to help them create the brand and then roll out the initial items needed at launch-date. These items included the logo/brand, a website and then a 12 page DL brochure to put in the hands of tourists. The Benefitz Account Management, Design, Web Development and Print teams all played important parts in helping to bring this all to reality! Account Manager: Aidan Bennett, Blake Douglas Design/Creative: Lee Darby Web: Benefitz BWEB CMS Print: Benefitz Komori Offset Presses Finishing: Benefitz High Speed Folding Machine
Te Ngahere Website
Te Ngahere is a passionate company that is focused on restoring and protecting New Zealand’s biodiversity and native environment. Te Ngahere team came to Benefitz for a website to showcase their great native forest management work. We delivered a site that's on-brand, simple to navigate and a breeze for the customer to update.. Account Manager: Blake Douglas Design/Creative: Aaron Morrison Web: Benefitz BWEB CMS
Destination Cruising Books
Printing both hard cover & soft cover books is a real growth area for Benefitz. We recently printed 1000 books for the NZ Marine Industry Association showcasing yachting and cruising in New Zealand. A total of 920 of these 130+ page full colour books were finished PUR bound with a soft cover, while 80 were finished as hard-cover case-bound – going to the Superyacht Cup event in Majorca (Spain). A combination of high quality yet economical digital printing and conventional offset printing were used by the Benefitz printing team to produce the books that the customer was thrilled with. A real strength of the Benefitz printing plant is the diversity of machinery. Account Manager: Kent Bowyer-Sidwell Design/Creative: Supplied Print: Benefitz Komori Offset Presses, Benefitz JetSX B2 Inkjet Press, Benefitz iGEN150 Digital Press Finishing: Benefitz Horizon Perfect PUR Binder, Benefitz Horizon Hard Case Bookmaker
"Shimmersea" Life Story Book
When it comes to putting life's finest moments into a book, Benefitz has the solution. Benefitz was asked to print 450 copies of this 282-page life story, and with all of Benefitz' machines and capabilities we were able to produce a great finished product. Account Manager: Sean Hawkins Design/Creative: Supplied Print: Benefitz JetSX B2 Inkjet Press, Benefitz Colour 1000 Digital Press Finishing: Benefitz Horizon Perfect PUR Binder
Nadia Lim - Fresh Start, Feel Good Book
A real growth area for Benefitz is the printing and production of books. With our own extensive printing and finishing plant in our North Shore (Auckland) factory, combined with our expertise and offshore printing contacts, we can provide the total solution for entities wishing to print and self-publish books economically. Smaller quantities can be produced locally and larger quantities offshore. We were thrilled to recently help Nadia Lim with producing her latest cook book titled 'Fresh Start Feel Good'. The 256-page section sewn fully cased flexi-covered book is described as offering… "a delicious, no-fuss approach to enjoying everyday food that’ll help you lose weight and keep it off. All recipes are packed with more goodness and under 450 calories, so you’ll be enjoying a lighter, healthier twist on delicious favourites without sacrificing flavour”. As would be expected, the print run for this book was significant. For more information on the book visit www.nadialim.com/fresh-start-feel-good/ Account Manager: Kent Bowyer-Sidwell Design/Creative: Supplied
Mexicali Fresh Fabric Bench Seat Covers
The Benefitz XL printing team recently printed seat covers on a cotton-linen blend fabric using our fabric printing machinery. “This project really demonstrated our ability to print vibrantly on fabric,” says Account Manager Sean Hawkins. “After we had printed the fabric it was sent to an upholsterer to be made into bench seats and bench back rests to go into Mexicali restaurants. We were really happy with the way this turned out, the image is vibrant and the fabric still feels soft. The fabric can be washed and is very durable after being heat cured by our XL print team.” Account Manager: Sean Hawkins Print: Benefitz Mutoh 2.5 Metre Fabric Printer
The Seafood Collective Signage (inc. LED Neon)
The team at Benefitz recently assisted with the signage at a new store called The Seafood Collective. There was a whole range of interior and exterior signage, including big printed images – all produced and installed by our sign team. An interesting new feature was the use of LED Silicone Neon to create a neon effect on the exterior signage. “This is another first for Benefitz with an innovative and costeffective solution for the customer,” says Benefitz director Dallas Bennett. “The client wanted something that was different and would stand them apart from what was around them. We used this new LED Silicone Neon product with an 8mm lamp by 16mm high, and it blazes bright and looks great." Account Manager: Dallas Bennett Print: Benefitz Vutek EFI LED Flatbed Printer, Benefitz HP Latex Large Format Printer, Benefitz Mutoh 2.5 Metre Fabric Printer Finishing: Benefitz CNC Router Installation: Benefitz Signage Team Application: Benefitz Signage Team
Auckland Grammar School ‘The Spelling Bee’ Production Graphics
The Benefitz team produced large format printed items to promote the show, also a large nine-metre-wide hanging banner to act as a backdrop for the show, and a complete 130 square metre floor graphic which was applied by the Benefitz sign team. We also printed the programme for the show. “The thing I most like about this project is the school came to us looking for a solution to a problem,” says Benefitz director Robert Johnson. “The stage needed to be cleared the day after the production finished to make way for the school’s 150th festivities. So their usual method of painting the auditorium floor was not an option. It was great we could provide the short term floor adhesive solution that we could apply and then remove quickly. At the end of the day the school was very satisfied with our all-round solution for the show. It was a thrill to then also help with items for the 150th Celebration.”” Account Manager: Robert Johnson Print: Benefitz Mutoh Large Format Machinery, Benefitz Vutek EFI LED Flatbed Printer, Benefitz HP Latex Large Format Printer Installation: Benefitz Signage Team Application: Benefitz Signage Team
Mike Van de Elzen Cookbook
When well known TV Chef Mike Van de Elzen came to Benefitz to reprint his cookbook ‘Fast’, we knew we could offer the solution for him. Our ability to produce books on our own machinery at our North Shore base, or via quality offshore print partners should there be savings to be made, offered real flexibility. Producing and delivering 2000 copies of the Flexi-bound with flaps, 272-page book with superb photography and great recipes saw our offshore partners rise to the challenge. To purchase a copy please order on Mike's website - http://vandeelzen.com ‘Mike we look forward to helping you with your new cookbook this year’. Account Manager: Kent Bowyer-Sidwell Design/Creative: Supplied Print: Benefitz Komori Offset Presses
The Grange Lightboxes
Smales Farms' new dining precinct Goodside has become a quick favourite on the Shore. We fabricated and installed these slick lightboxes for flagship restaurant The Grange, using black ACM panel lightboxes, router cut logos and LED backlighting for a clean, modern, high-impact look. Account Manager: Blake Douglas Design/Creative: Supplied Finishing: Benefitz CNC Router Installation: Benefitz Signage Team
Waikato Stud Display Items
When Waikato Stud was looking to make a classy statement at a Yearling Sales Exhibition to dress up their Stable area, Benefitz' ability to print on just about anything provided the solution. Big images printed on Benefitz XL machinery! Account Manager: Ursula Makasini, Dallas Bennett Design/Creative: Supplied Print: Benefitz 5 Metre Uvistar Pro8 Printer, Benefitz Vutek EFI LED Flatbed Printer Installation: Benefitz Signage Team
RE:VISION big building images
We love producing big images. When RE:VISION needed this massive image on their prominent motorway-facing multi-storey building at Mt Wellington their people gave our people a call. Just a few weeks later it's done – printed, applied/installed thanks to the Benefitz team. Account Manager: Grant Young Design/Creative: Supplied Print: Benefitz HP Latex Large Format Printer Finishing: Benefitz Mimaki Vinyl Cutter Installation: Benefitz Signage Team Application: Benefitz Signage Team
Big Promo at Fine Wine
The strength of the Benefitz offering was on display recently with a range of in-store items produced and installed for a promotion at the impressive Fine Wine Delivery Company super stores at Mt Wellington and Mairangi Bay. The Fine Wine team are great marketers and asked if we could help with their big promo they had coming up. Led by Account Manager Blake Douglas, members of the Benefitz team went to both stores to look at the options and provided advice on the best ways to make an impact with printed images. At that stage all the measurements were taken as well. “Timing for the project was critical,” says Blake Douglas. “The Fine Wine marketing crew created the artwork based on our measurements and specs, from which we printed and installed all items. We managed to install all graphics at both stores in one day which is a real credit to our Benefitz install team.” The major promotion had $50,000 worth of travel up for grabs for a lucky customer. A strong offer that was projected very well with powerful graphics designed in-house by the Fine Wine Delivery Company. As is demonstrated in the accompanying photos, the combination of all the promo items in-store certainly got the message across to all customers in-store and out. Strong billboards – PVC mesh – were produced and installed on the outside of the stores using the simple Benefitz tensioned railing system. Floor Decals also made a great impact. Other items included Hanging Banners, Posters, A-frame Inserts; Palight and Corflute prints, Free Standing Strutted Prints and Trolley Inserts. “This project certainly demonstrated our all-round capability,” adds Blake Douglas. “To be able to produce all these items cost-effectively, efficiently and then have them installed makes it very easy for the customer. It is also very pleasing when it looks so good. I understand the promotion went very well." Account Manager: Blake Douglas Design/Creative: Supplied Print: Benefitz Mutoh Large Format Machinery, Benefitz 5 Metre Uvistar Pro8 Printer, Benefitz Vutek EFI LED Flatbed Printer, Benefitz HP Latex Large Format Printer Finishing: Benefitz CNC Router Installation: Benefitz Signage Team, Benefitz Signage Team using Benefitz ESR Tensioned Railing System Application: Benefitz Signage Team
Golf Warehouse Big Signage
At Benefitz we love producing big signage and we have been doing that recently at the prominent Golf Warehouse building on Newton Road facing the North-Western Motorway in Auckland City. This project has included applying a large red strip with white vinyl cut lettering to the building's west and north sides and then our team using the original signwriting technique (with stencil and paper plots and black paint) to provide new signwriting to parts of the building. A large printed image was also installed using the Benefitz ESR Tensioned Railing System with massive printed banners. This is another project that really emphasises the skills of our signage team and the advantage we have with our powerful big printing capabilities. Account Manager: Sean Hawkins Design/Creative: Ella Hawkins Print: Benefitz 5 Metre Uvistar Pro8 Printer Finishing: Benefitz Mimaki Vinyl Cutter, Benefitz CNC Router Installation: Benefitz Signage Team, Benefitz Signage Team using Benefitz ESR Tensioned Railing System Application: Benefitz Signage Team
Methanex 3D Logo Light Box
Methanex were after an eye-catching logo in their downtown Auckland reception area. Benefitz created 3D back lit LED letters with a front lit LED globe. All letters and globe were set 50mm from the wall and accompanied by the LED lighting, really enhances the 3D look. Clients arriving in the reception are now greeted with an amazing LED logo. Account Manager: Sean Hawkins Design/Creative: Supplied Finishing: Benefitz Mimaki Vinyl Cutter, Benefitz CNC Router Installation: Benefitz Signage Team Application: Benefitz Signage Team
Methanex Values 3D Letters
Methanex wanted to display their values in a unique way on a pillar in the middle of their office space. To achieve this we made the main value CARE from 20mm thick acrylic, then the rest of the letters from 6mm acrylic with a wood grain vinyl applied to the face. All letters were spaced off the wall using mounts to achieve a drop shadow. This now is a great statement piece for the office to work around. Account Manager: Sean Hawkins Design/Creative: Supplied Finishing: Benefitz Mimaki Vinyl Cutter, Benefitz CNC Router Installation: Benefitz Signage Team Application: Benefitz Signage Team
Kotahi Privacy Screen
Supply chain business Kotahi were after a privacy screen in their office to block off a seated area they use for meetings. Benefitz came up with the idea of a plywood wall â€“ with their striking logo router cut from the plywood â€“ all held in place with an aluminium frame. The solution creates a fun and much more usable space. Account Manager: Sean Hawkins Design/Creative: Chelsea Johnston Finishing: Benefitz CNC Router Installation: Benefitz Signage Team
MY LIFE STORY BOOK SYSTEM
Life stories made easy! Ease and affordability of system proving popular The Benefitz team has recently developed an innovative online system aimed at making it easy for older folk to publish their life stories. This new system is called 'My Life Story Book’ – www.mylifestorybook.co.nz The system essentially provides an online platform to build the book, and then provides the option of producing printed copies, while also publishing the book online. Benefitz Managing Director Aidan Bennett conceived the system and then worked with the Benefitz inhouse web development team to build the platform. He then helped his own mother Lillian to write her life story – as the pilot book – and built and published that book on the system. “I am passionate about providing an easy method for people to tell their life stories,” says Aidan Bennett. 'Everyone has a story, and many of our older folk have experienced very interesting lives with the changes that have happened in their lifetimes. Documenting their lives is great for them, for their families and for generations to come. A key aspect of the system we have developed is the story remains online forever." One person who is thrilled with the new system is David Greenwood, who worked with Aidan to use the system to publish his life story late last year. David had taken a year or more to write his life story – 126,000 words – and was looking for a solution to get it printed and published. “My daughter saw the article in Channel Magazine about Aidan’s new system so I made contact with him via email in early November,” says David Greenwood. “Aidan replied very quickly and popped out to see me within a few days to explain the process. He took away my draft word file and very quickly provided an affordable price for the book to be built on the system.” Aidan worked with David Greenwood to estimate the approximate paging of the book and how it should be structured with the chapters and photos etc. The estimate was the book would be around 450-470 pages. “I was thrilled that Aidan not only offered the efficient system to get my book published, but clearly also had very good knowledge of book publishing to provide me with guidance on How awesome aspects such as is this book cover photos, system! chapter titles, proof reading and overall
David Greenwood with copies of his book. He wrote 126,000 words which resulted in a book of 470 pages.
book structure.” Production of the book started on the Benefitz system in early December and David had printed copies of his book – 470 pages – ready for Christmas. The whole process took around three weeks. David Greenwood was thrilled. “When we started Aidan said it would be around one to two months but it was done much quicker. I guess I was lucky that Aidan worked very closely with me, as I know he used the opportunity to review and refine the system he has pioneered. But I was thrilled to have finished books, with some going under the tree for family members at Christmas.” A total of 20 books were produced for David Greenwood -15 soft cover and five hard cover. David made the decision that he didn’t want his book to be live online immediately, but it will be able to be turned on and made live at any time in the future. For more information visit: www.mylifestorybook.co.nz or contact Aidan, firstname.lastname@example.org
AT BENEFITZ WE ARE THE BEST IN PRINTING BIG IMAGES FOR IMPACT. OUR STATE-OF-THE-ART PRINTING TECHNOLOGY GIVES US THE EDGE IN PRODUCING VIBRANT IMAGES UP TO 5 METRES WIDE BY VIRTUALLY ANY LENGTH. An extension of this capability are the three MOBILE ADVERTISING TRAILER options for customers wishing to get their message well and truly seen. If you are looking for a short term portable billboard solution for a campaign, event, promotion or product launch, we certainly have the answer! Our 3 options include:- 4.8 metre x 2.4 metre Billboard Trailers; 2 metre x 2 metre Billboard Trailers; 4.8 metre x 2.4 metre Benefitz Pro-Motion Event Trailer. For packages, pricing and more contact your Benefitz Account Manager.
OPTION 1 - 4.8 X 2.4 TRAILER 4.8 metres wide x 2.4 metres high
Indicative Rental Rates: Daily $120, Weekly $500, Monthly $1500 Skin costs (2 = 1 each side) = $900
OPTION 2 - SMALL TRAILER OR STAND ALONE A-FRAME 2.2 metres wide x 2 metres high
Indicative Rental Rates: Daily $50, Weekly $200, Monthly $500 Skin costs (2 = 1 each side) = $370
OPTION 3 - 4.8 X 2.4 - BENEFITZ PRO-MOTION EVENT TRAILER 2.4 metres high x 4.8 metres wide
The innovative Benefitz team have developed a unique advertising promotional trailer that we call ProMotion. This trailer is 4.8 metres x 2.4 metres in size and has been designed to be multi-purpose. It can be used as a conventional advertising trailer or it opens up to be a promotional trailer for events – or can be a bit of both! This is perfect for use at outdoor promotional events where you want strong branding, but also a very simple to set-up promotional base from which you can host people. This is a very economical option. FEATURES OF BENEFITZ PROMOTION TRAILER INCLUDE:• Can be used as a conventional advertising trailer with a printed skin either side. • Can also be fully branded simply, with 8 printed rigid panels. • Both sides lift up to provide a hospitality area. • Trailer includes BBQ, Chilly Bin, Sink and Speakers for sound. • Trailer also includes chairs and tables for outdoor set-up.
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BENEFITZ IN THE COMMUNITY
Three decades of giving back Right from the inception of the business in 1988, Benefitz has had a philosophy of playing our part in our community. This has been led by founder and Managing Director Aidan Bennett, who says he had that installed into him during his upbringing. “My late father Noel was always strong in his messages of playing a part in the community, giving back and generally treating people well,” explains Aidan. “He used to tell both Dallas and I to treat people as we’d like to be treated ourselves, and that really sums things up. That’s what we have applied to our business. “So right from the outset we decided to be a business that gives back. We provide products and services that also add value for not-for-profit organisations and charitable causes. We do make monetary contributions to some organisations, but a great deal of what we do is supporting by way of our products and services – design, web development, printing, display, exhibition and signage.
“Our approach is to be consistent with our support which is good for us and good for the organisations we support. The longer we are involved the more we are appreciated and the better that is for our brand. Our community loves us more! "Benefitz has been a long-time supporter of North Harbour Rugby. This support has endured close to 30 years. We were a smaller sponsor in the early days and have been a major sponsor for the past 15 years. The Benefitz logo has been on the collar of the Harbour Rugby team for most (if not all) of those 15 years." The North Harbour Club and Charitable Trust has also been an organisation that Benefitz has supported for more than two decades. The North Harbour Club promotes the annual AIMES Awards, celebrating excellence achieved by young people from our home patch in the areas of the Arts; Innovation; Music; Education; Sport; Service to the Community.
Benefitz has been a long time supporter of North Harbour Rugby. The Benefitz logo has been on the collar/shoulder of the Harbour Rugby team for well over a decade.
Our approach is to be consistent with our support which is good for us and good for the organisations we support. The longer we are involved the more we are appreciated and the better that is for our brand. Our community loves us more!
Recent AIMES Awards Winners in November last year. From left: Sally Kim, Alexander Kuch, Georgia Williams, Sharndre Kushor, Michael Chieng, Natasha Wilson. Benefitz has been supporting the AIMES Awards for over 20 years.
Other organisations we support include: Takapuna Beach Business Association; Milford Business Association; North Harbour Business Hall of Fame; Business Excellence Network Breakfasts; Tim Bray Productions Children's Shows; Pumphouse Theatre: Tadpole Productions; Auckland Cricket; Takapuna Cricket; Forrest Hill Football Club; Netball North Harbour; Northern Mystics Netball; Auckland Tuatara Baseball; Heart Kids; Breast Cancer Foundation; North Shore Soccer; North Shore Rugby Club; Kenzies Gift; Sustainable Coastlines; AUT Millennium; Takapuna Beach Playground Charitable Trust; LakeHouse Arts Centre; Takapuna Boating Club; Murrays Bay Sailing Club; Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust; Tread Lightly Charitable Trust; Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron; Kristin School Ball; Waitemata Golf Club; Pupuke Golf Club; North Shore Golf Club; St Patrickâ€™s Day Golf Classic Charitable Trust; Wilson Home School; Sculpture On Shore.
BENEFITZ DESIGN SCHOLARSHIPS For the past 10 years Benefitz has also sponsored annual Graphic Design Scholarships at a number of North Shore Secondary Schools. These are $1000 scholarships awarded to the leading design students who intend to make a career in the industry. This is a way of giving back to our community and fostering talent in our industry.
Benefitz sponsors annual Graphic Design Scholarships at a number of local North Shore Secondary Schools. Alex Rankin received his Benefitz Graphic Design Scholarship while at Takapuna Grammar in 2015. He has recently been working at Benefitz after completing a double degree in design and marketing.
Benefitz Founder and Managing Director Aidan Bennett was recognised for this support of the community with a Queens Service Medal (QSM) in the New Year Honours in 2018.
Sean Hawkins Account Manager Account Manager Sean Hawkins is now one of the family at Benefitz. His dad had a long stint working for FujiXerox – a key supplier to Benefitz – and managed to get him an interview a few years back and the rest is history. Since that time he has become a seasoned Benefitz team member and has married one of the boss's daughters along the way. Boom! The Rangitoto College old boy loves the diversity of the Benefitz offering…
What are your interests outside of work? I love a reno, also enjoy golf, surfing and skateboarding.
How long have you been at Benefitz? Five years.
What’s the best place you’ve ever been in the world and why? Hawaii, you get to live in board shorts all year round and just walk to the beach for guaranteed surf.
How did you come to join Benefitz? My dad worked in the print industry selling print machines and knew Aidan and Dallas, so he got me the foot in the door for an interview. The rest is history! What do you like about the company? The diversity of what we produce and the wide range solutions we provide for our customers. It makes the sales process fun. It's not just the same thing over and over, there are so many different avenues that we can sell that makes all jobs different.
What piece of machinery/technology excites you most at Benefitz? Our big flatbed printer as the options are endless on this machine as to what we can produce, the range of media that this can print on allows us to almost do anything.
Any advice for budding account managers? Treat all clients with 100% effort, no matter how big or small they may be, as you just never know what the small clients may turn into. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
DISPLAY & EXHIBITION
Your guide to the wide range of Display & Exhibition Solutions available from the team at Benefitz. Note: If it is not here we can produce it â€“ visit www.benefitz.co.nz/showroom/ to view our latest range. For specific needs, pricing and more contact your Benefitz Account Manager.
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BOOTH SOLUTIONS We provide a range of booth solutions that can be made to suit your needs.
BLADE & TEARDROP FLAGS A big-selling part of the Benefitz Display & Exhibition product range are our easy-to-assemble portable Blade Flags. These high quality flags are available in 2 sizes and 2 types. They are digitally printed onto fabric by the Benefitz XL printing division and include a powder-coated extendable pole and carry bag. There are also a number of base options and accessories to choose from – ground spike; cross base; chrome circle base; tripod with water bag; plastic water tank; heavy metal base. Teardrop Sizes (flag height): 2.8m
Blade Sizes (flag height): 2.5m
FABRIC TENSIONED POP-UP DISPLAYS The Benefitz Fabric Tensioned Pop-Up Displays are a great option in compact areas where you want to make a statement. The high quality fabric print, combined with the ‘wrap around’ ends, means that this easy-to-transport unit is a great stand-alone display option.
Sizes: 2.3m x 2.3m (plus wrap around side approx 300mm) *All measurements are listed as width by height.
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FABRIC MEDIA & EVENT WALLS At Benefitz we have a wide range of solutions that can be used as Media or Sponsor backdrops for functions. Our 2.3 metre high Fabric Media & Event Walls come in a range of sizes and are very popular due to the fact they look fantastic, are easy to assemble and also pack down into very easy-totransport small carry bags.
Sizes: 850mm x 2m
1.2m x 2m
1.5m x 2m
2m x 2m
3m x 2.3m
6m x 2.3m
*All measurements are listed as width by height.
POP-UP CURVE WALLS These are big display units that burst out from a case on wheels. If you want to fill up a big slice of your display stand and make an impact then the Benefitz Pop-Up Curve Walls are the answer. As well as being set up as curved walls, they can also be produced as straight walls if required. These are modular units that can be made 2.35 metres in height and 3.3 metres wide (including curved ends).
Sizes: 3.3m x 2.35m *All measurements are listed as width by height.
CURVED TENSIONED DISPLAY WALLS
Sizes: 3m x 2.3m
6m x 2.3m
At Benefitz we have a wide range of solutions that can be used as high impact branding walls for exhibitions and events. Our 2.3 metre high Fabric Curved Tensioned Display Walls are very popular due to the fact that the high quality print looks fantastic, they are easy to assemble, and also pack down into very easy-to-transport small carry bags.
*All measurements are listed as width by height.
PR & MEDIA WALLS We have this 2.4 metre x 2.4 metre transportable backdrop structure available to rent for any events, press conferences, prize givings, product launches, photo shoots etc. We can deliver and pick up. All thatâ€™s required are two 2.4 x 1.2 metre sheets printed by Benefitz. The stand is only available for use when panels are produced by Benefitz.
Sizes: 2400x2400mm *All measurements are listed as width by height.
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MODULAR EXHIBITION FABRIC LIGHTBOXES Using our innovative lightbox system we use components to create interior exhibition lightboxes. Vibrant printed fabric is used to create the face/image that is then backlit by LEDs within the frame.
Sizes: 1m x 2.3m
3m x 2.3m
*All measurements are listed as width by height.
BACKLIT FABRIC MEDIA & EVENT WALLS This really is a media or event wall on steroids! Featuring interior LEDs these Fabric Media Walls are backlit and can be single or double sided. These are easy to assemble and also pack down into very easy-to-transport small carry bags.
Sizes: 3m x 2.3m *All measurements are listed as width by height.
PULL-UP & ROLL-UP BANNERS Customers love our very simple and cost-effective Benefitz Pull-Up and Roll-Up Banners. They are always great quality and roll away into a small cylinder with carry bag making them very easy to transport on planes, in motor vehicles etc.
Sizes: 600mm x 2150mm
850mm x 2150mm
1200mm x 2150mm
*All measurements are listed as width by height.
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PULL-UP & ROLL-UP DISPLAY SYSTEMS Innovative design that can become double-sided, or set up as a triangle or square, or in a line, or zig-zag. In addition to our standard Pull-Up and Roll-Up options we have the Versatile R-Series that enable customers to easily set up double-sided, angled or square displays with the use of simple clips. These clips also enable a line or even a zig-zag shape to be created with the stands. These stands are great quality and roll away into a small cylinder with carry bag making them very easy to transport on planes, in motor vehicles etc.
Sizes: 850mm x 2000mm *All measurements are listed as width by height.
PULL-UP & ROLL-UP DISPLAY SYSTEMS Benefitz TUMBLER is the double sided pull-up/roll-up banner that you can use inside or out. It comes with a water base that can be filled to provide the weight to keep it secured in suitable outside conditions. These stands are great quality and roll away into small cylinders making them easy to transport.
Sizes: 850mm x 1600mm
850mm x 1800mm
850mm x 2000mm
*All measurements are listed as width by height.
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FOOTPATH SIGNS & WOBBLERS The Benefitz team can supply a range of footpath signage options. The most popular size is the 800mm x 600mm Footpath Wobbler that comes with either rubber or water bases. With our printing and manufacturing ability we can produce these blades and printed images to other sizes if required. We have many other options â€“ A-Frames etc., that can be adapted for use on footpaths for retail, events etc. Sizes: up to 1.2 x 1.8m *All measurements are listed as width by height.
SWIVELLING FABRIC FOOTPATH STANDS WITH BASE For those who want something a little different with real impact, we have two options of Footpath Stands that swivel â€“ round or portrait. By printing a vibrant and durable Fabric Print these double-sided stands are very costeffective with great impact.
Sizes: 700mm Round *All measurements are listed as width by height.
600mm x 800mm Rectangle
CUBES & LIGHT BOX CUBES With our ability to print and then manufacture shapes from a range of soft or rigid substrates â€“ and to combine these with lighting solutions, if required â€“ we can make CUBES (and other shapes) for all requirements.
HANGING BANNER SHAPES The team at Benefitz can produce a hanging banner for any occasion. These are banners that can hang down to form an important feature of display and exhibition space. These are created by combining our range of hardware with high quality printed fabric images. Up to 15 options to choose from. Shape options include:Cubes; Squares; Circles; Rectangles; Triangles; Football; Pinwheel.
Cross Hanging Round
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DISPLAY COUNTERS The team at Benefitz can produce a Display Counter for any occasion. These are counters that can be fully branded with impact and can also be very useful in exhibition and event spaces. These are created by combining our range of hardware with high quality printed fabric or synthetic images. Up to 7 shape options.
Shapes: Folding Square
PRINTED FABRIC TABLE THROWS With our ability to print on a range of fabrics and substrates, we can provide Printed Fabric Table Throws and Covers in any size.
A-FRAMES & A-BOARDS Our range of Benefitz A-Frames and A-Boards are great for retail use and events. By printing two rigid panels – Palight or Coreflute – they are fully branded for use. The panels are simple to slide in and out and the stands fold for ease of transport.
Sizes: 900mm x 1200mm 1200mm x 1800mm 600mm x 1000mm
600mm x 900mm
800mm x 1200mm
*All measurements are listed as width by height.
ALUMINIUM EASELS They are not a new product by any means, but they are always so handy. Real good to show off artworks or absolutely anything you want to display at functions and events – including seating plans, auction items etc.
Sizes: 1 size takes A2 through to A0 Posters by simple adjustment.
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INFLATABLES FOR PROMOTION If you are looking for an inflatable item for your next promotion, then the team at Benefitz can help you. We work closely with manufacturing partners who manufacture a wide range of inflatables to order.
BRANDED TENTS At Benefitz we can supply branded tents of all shapes and sizes. We work closely with manufacturing partners who make a wide range of tents to order. These can be branded using our own printing and/or vinyl cutting technology.
FX PRINTED FLOORS With our ability to print big images we can print on just about anything. If you need a printed floor for an event or promotion we have a range of substrates that can be used. Our Benefitz FX Printed Floor substrate provides a great finish, is non-slip, resilient, wears well and also provides sound-insulation advantages. We can print any image onto this flooring in full vibrant colour! Sizes: 3.2m wide *All measurements are listed as width by height.
BRANDED FENCE WRAPS It is well known that Benefitz have New Zealandâ€™s best large and grand format printing solutions. These solutions, combined with our purchasing power of substrates means we can offer affordable solutions across a wide range of big printed items. A prime example of this is our ability to print and supply Branded Fence Wraps for construction and events. While we can provide many sizes, our stock option is 1.8 metre high mesh that is printed full colour and comes finished with sewn/welded edging and eyelets on 50 metre long rolls. Ready to easily fix to fencing or scaffolding.
Sizes: 1.8m x 50m rolls *All measurements are listed as width by height.
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PRINTED CUSHIONS When you can print fabric like we can, the possibilities are endless! Like our fantastic printed cushions. Produced in full vibrant colour on durable fabric to bring a room or brand alive. We can print your photo or image to make your own personalised or branded cushion! Our most popular stock size is 450mm x 450mm. We can also produce other custom sizes as well.
Sizes: 450 x 450mm *All measurements are listed as width by height.
LED NEON Pure Silicone Gel LED Neon strip is an exciting new option from the team at Benefitz to create that â€˜neonâ€™ look. it looks retro with great impact and uniform light. We have designers and a clever production team who can customise your signage to give the best result using LED Neon strip.
ELECTRONIC DIGITAL SIGNS
DIGITAL ELECTRONIC DISPLAYS ARE THE FUTURE! BENEFITZ OFFER A HUGE VARIETY OF PREMIUM QUALITY HIGH RESOLUTION SCREENS AND LED DISPLAY PANELS FOR ANY PURPOSE. We can take the complexity out of putting in a digital display, with a wide range of options for indoor, outdoor, big, small, permanent or temporary. Thanks to Benefitzâ€™ unique offering, all installation, maintenance, content creation and software management are taken care of. The next few pages outline our main range of displays, but we can custom-design a solution to fit your specific requirements. For specific needs, pricing and more contact your Benefitz Account Manager.
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4k Premium Displays
4K Ultra HD screens suitable for a wide variety of solutions in a range of sizes can be mounted to the wall horizontally or vertically.
Freestanding Display Plinth
A freestanding ‘plinth’ display for showcasing vertical images and video in a semi-permanent location, with no installation required. Also available with touch.
Easy movable screens on wheels to place in temporary locations e.g. in a shop doorway or pop-up location.
4K Touch Screen Displays Premium quality interactive touch screens with an easy and reliable experience to engage and educate users.
Versatile Interactive Whiteboard
Ideal for meeting rooms or POS with smooth and natural writing and touch experience and can be tilted or flipped between landscape and portrait at any time – plus it’s on wheels so can go almost anywhere!
Freestanding Touchscreen Plinth A freestanding ‘plinth’ for presenting interactive touch content in a semi-permanent location, with no installation required. Also available as display only (no touch).
Kiosk Touch Console
Perfect for reception areas and events where users can get ‘hands on’ with this supersized touch screen kiosk.
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Single Sided In-Window 4K Screen
Ultra bright 4K Ultra HD screens for use in window displays, even in direct sunlight. Sizes:
Double-Sided In-Window Display
Double-sided screens have an additional display facing inwards to present content both inside and outside a building, any time of day. Sizes:
Single Sided Outdoor 4K Screen
Totally weather-proof super bright 4K Ultra HD displays for displaying video and images all year round, in rain, sun or even snowstorms. Sizes:
Huge Double Sided Outdoor 4K Screen! A super-sized, double sided screen for the ultimate outdoor exposure! Sizes:
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4K Ultra HD Video Wall
These 46” 4K Ultra HD screens fit together with a tiny 5mm bevel between each panel to create an impressive video wall at any size.
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LED PANEL ELECTRONIC BILLBOARDS In addition to our HD and UHD screens, Benefitz offer a range of LED display solutions for all manner of indoor and outdoor digital signage and billboard displays at any size. Talk to us and fill out our simple survey to find the perfect solution for your needs.
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B2 Inkjet Press
WHATâ€™S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A1 & B2? NOT MUCH. Just the price. As we can print B2 digitally on our JetSX Inkjet Press.
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