we are kale.
not your average team of printers
With nearly 40 staff at Kale Print, there is a huge wealth of knowledge and expertise for our clients to tap into.
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We have some of the most knowledgeable and passionate people in the industry working at every touch point. Specialist consultants from various design and print backgrounds are on hand to guide you through the process for ordering complex projects. They pride themselves on delivering great service and helping you find innovative ways to break through the competition and get your customers attention. This is a truly valuable part of the Kale Print experience that sets us apart from the rest.
Grounded in generations of printing history, Kale Print lead the way on the national stage. Embracing advancements in technology is what keeps us at the top of our game. This allows us to offer our customers throughout NZ and internationally, with a wide range of visual communication solutions tailored to unique specifications.
Where we have been
Advocate Print Acquisition
Kale Print acquires Rotorua based printing company Advocate Print extending services to the wider Bay of Plenty region
FUJI Iridesse Installation
FUJI Xerox iGen digital printing press is decommissioned and FUJI Iridesse digital printing press is installed allowing for the use of thicker substrates and a wider range of digital embellishments such a clear varnish, white toner, metallic and neon inks
ESKOXN24 Kongsberg Cutting Table Arrives
With an impressive 3kw engine, the Kongsberg cutting table allows Kale Print to produce custom designs from a multitude of substrates up to 25mm thick for signage, cut lettering, packaging, point of sale displays, engraving, and vinyl graphics with a much faster turn-around time, and more cost effectively than ever before without the need for expensive dies and setup costs
LED UV Offset Printing Press
Kale Print installs New Zealand's first ever LED UV Printing Press
Graphtec FMark Router cutter
With the ability to cut custom shapes into SRA3 paper and label stock, the addition of the Graphtec offers more flexibility and cost savings for customers with small run labels or custom designed cards and brochures
Hybrid UV Offset Printing Press
Kale Print becomes home to one of the first Hybrid UV printing presses in New Zealand
Wide Format Department Opens
To compliment the growing need to large format print, the Wide format department commences operation and soon progresses to producing various forms of signage
Cypress Street Facility Opens
Our Cypress Street facility opens to accomodate the larger finishing equipment and increased production workload
The existing Varityper using film for plate production was unable to keep up with workflow capacity and a new Computer to Plate machine, using UV laser technology, the first of it's kind in New Zealand, was installed on the first floor in a climate controlled environment, able to produce plates for the presses in a fraction of the time it takes traditional film to plate production
Digital Printing department set up
Opened to the public in July to offer high quality print at reduced costs for smaller runs
To accomodate the growing plant equipment and staff, and additional 175m2 was added to the Cameron Road facility
Art Studio moved to first floor
Artists and Mac Operators move into a new area set up on the first floor for increased workflow and productivity
Komori Lithrone 20 - 5 Colour Press
Fully automated to increase output times significantly
Heidelberg Speedmaster 2 Colour
The 2 colour machine was added to the factory to help keep up with the increasing work load
McCain Stitcher & Trimmer
The addition of a collating and finishing machine was required for Magazine production
Komori Lithrone 50 - 5 Colour Press
The addition of the 5 colour press allowed Kale Print to increase capacity to 40" sheets and 16 pages to enter the magazine market
The 4 colour Komori Sprint was added to complement the existing presses and keep up with production demands
Company Name Change
Kale Print & Design Associates Limited is incorporated and solely owned by Stephen & Jill Kale
Kale Print Established
Kale Print was established in 1986 by husband and wife team Stephen & Jill Kale
First Printing Press Purchased
In 1985 the first printer was purchased, a Heidelberg Kora 1 colour and a printer was added to the staff
Stephen Kale and two other partners commenced operation as Design Com, operating as a print broker
Where we are going
As a family business that has been operating for more than 35 years, we firmly believe it’s the responsibility of each generation to leave things in better shape for the generation that follows. Operating in a responsible way has become part of our DNA. We do this by actively participating and supporting our community on a local and national level. By proactively pursuing sustainability credentials as proof of our commitment. By providing a safe and inclusive culture where diversity is valued. In 2019 we achieved FSC accreditation, a first for our industry in the Bay of Plenty. Consumers are increasingly concerned with choosing products that are responsibly sourced and made. FSC chain of custody certification allows Kale Print and our clients to use the FSC label, giving consumers assurance about the origin of the products they buy. We have systems in place to ensure we are continually improving how we do things, like our opportunities for improvement programme (OFI). This incorporates H&S, environmental and smart business practice. Each week we receive great ideas from the team which we incorporate into our business process. From technology purchase that reduce our power consumption to recycling streams for all our paper waste and metal plates. We are always on the lookout for better business practise opportunities that look after our people, reduce our impact on the environment and keep us at the forefront of our industry. Stephen Kale - Managing Director, Kale Print
The print industry continues to evolve. We owe our continued growth, in part to embracing new technology and having a clear vision on the future. By purchasing best in class print equipment, we can provide greater value for our clients. Every new technology acquisition is driven by our desire to create a better experience for our clients.
When you choose Kale Print as your preferred print partner, we will not only provide you with a quality product but also demonstrate opportunities to reduce your impact on the environment. Kale Print is an FSC certified printer, which means the paper we use comes from responsible forestry (tree farming), that has followed a strict chain of custody. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), is an internationally recognised organisation responsible for promoting and monitoring environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world's forests. If you produce a product using FSC certified paper, you also have the option to include the FSC trademark logo in your print collateral. This is a great way to show your customers you choose environmentally sound practises and your business has an environmental conscience. So if you are thinking eco-friendly, think Kale Print.