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2018 | The Year That Was

As the end of another fantastic year at OBH approaches, we find ourselves reflecting on achievements, milestones, challenges and changes.

To celebrate the year that was, the OBH team and their partners enjoyed a night amongst the animals at the Royal Adelaide Zoo, dining in the stunning Sir Thomas Elder Rotunda.

So much has happened over the last year and our Managing Director, Michael Richards wrapped up the year’s highs and lows, including the following highlights:

  • OBH were awarded an incredible SEVEN medals at the 2018 South Australia Printing Industry Craftsmanship Awards
  • Launch of the revamped OBH Bookshop which provides a sales avenue for authors who have self-published their books with OBH.
  • A new digital label press was installed which has streamlined the printing process immensely, meaning we deliver better quality digital labels to our clients, with quicker turnaround times
  • A new in-house laminating machine allows us to keep the production process completely in house for most of our printed products, in particular school dairies
  • Further investment in new equipment and technology to ensure we can meet the needs of staff and clients;
    • New shrinkwrap line for the Bindery department
    • New one-man driving raising platform for the warehouse
    • New digital printing machines
    • New Macs for the Design and Prepress teams
    • New colour correcting software
    • New ute, complete with eye-catching OBH branding
  • We even installed a new staff kitchen!


Acknowledging and thanking staff is always a priority and presenting our annual employee awards was again a highlight. Team members are nominated for the awards by their peers and with so many achievements and positive contributions towards our clients’ successes, it’s fantastic to see staff from every department represented in the voting.

Our Innovation Award this year was awarded to Colin Flashman, Prepress Operator, for continually creating new ways to improve work flow with scripts using his expert knowledge of all things Adobe.

The pinnacle of the awards, the OBH Cultural Award for consistently upholding our brand values was awarded to Colin Maddocks, Digital Printer. The runner for the Cultural Award was Leanne Rowley, Customer Service and Ramin Shafeei, Digital Printer round out the top three.

Each year we recognise the staff with significant years of service to the company by presenting them with watches and jewellery. It was a pleasure to thank the following people for their dedication to Openbook Howden in their respective roles:

Noeleen Oatway, Customer Service               10 years
Steve Frape, Estimating & Planning               10 years
Leanne Waldhuter, Bindery team                  15 years
Jim Nickolas, Production Manager                 15 years
Dan Burns, Graphic Design                             15 years
Matthew Weiss, Estimating & Planning         25 years

In a rapidly changing industry, we thank our committed and highly skilled team members for their contributions and insights, and we look forward to the direction and developments of 2019.

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