Bart ‘n’ Print got its name from its founder Steve Bright, known by his friends as Bartie. Steve was born in Bendigo and begun his working career in printing as an apprentice Hand Composer at the Railways Printing Office and Cambridge Press.
His love for the industry was fostered by a stint at the Boort Standard and Quambatook Times under the tutelage of Gary Meadows and Len Davis who instilled in Steve the professional standards he has today. Steve furthered his career at the Bendigo Advertiser and also started production for Bart ‘n’ Print from the back shed at his Mum and Dad’s home, equipped with just a cabinet of lead type and an old Heidelberg platen. He also employed his first two apprentices which are still employed at Bart ‘n’ Print some 38 years later.
Hard work and determination saw Steve and the Bart ‘n’ Print team move and expand to their first factory in View Street, Bendigo. It was a short-lived move. As production increased, the demand for more equipment heightened and, along with the digital era and the purchase of Apple Macintosh computers, another move was forthcoming. In 1989, Steve and the team moved to Bart ‘n’ Print’s current home in Deborah Street. Going from 1000 square feet to 4,500 allowed to Steve to expand the business and also to purchase the two adjoining factories as they became available in 2001.
Steve has always stayed ahead of the printing industry’s technological advancement with regular overseas trips to Germany and Japan to attend trade shows – namely Drupa, Ipex and Igas.
Steve continually updates equipment and software to remain competitive in today’s progressive printing environment.
Over the years, Bart ‘n’ Print has grown with the purchase of a number of local and regional printers, Golden Banner Printing Service in Castlemaine, Digitype large format printers in Bendigo, Creative Rural Printers from St. Arnaud, Richard Cambridge Printers from Bendigo and most recently Elliott Print was added with offices in Kerang and Swan Hill.
March 2016 saw the installation of a 100 kW Solar which has seen 201.95 tonnes of CO2 saved. This corresponds to 1,346,362km of car travel and equates to 5178 trees being planted. We have generated 381.44 MWh of power.
This helps us offset the use of Carbon complementing our use of Carbon Neutral products
Steve’s commitment to the printing industry with his staff has seen Bart ‘n’ Print become one of Country Victoria’s leading print companies. With a collective total of 600 years of trade experience our staff are passionate about the printing industry and achieving the best outcome for our clients. Steve’s staff are committed to their employment and are continually undergoing training to keep up with the pace of today’s technology, allowing Steve to broaden his marketing strategies.
The “digital” explosion in today’s print market has also seen the latest HP Indigo 5600 Digital Press along with a suite of three Production Xerox digital print machines installed to cope with the demanding market that digital printing is.
Our range is complemented by our large format and Signage solutions With Roland Printers and cutters and Agfa Anapurna Large Format printer and Multicam Router/Cutter for all types of signage and Point of Sale applications
Bart ‘n’ Print are one of the few printers who have retained their letterpress machines; including three Heidelberg platens (two with gold foil capabilities) as well as two Vandercook proof presses and a huge library of both Linotype, Ludlow and foundry type as well as a large collection of wooden type.
Today Bart ‘n’ Print has a work force of 24 staff across our Offices in Bendigo, Kerang and Swan Hill.
Contact our Customer Service with your enquiry whether you need a rubber stamp, business card or your company branding updated with a new website design or outdoor signage.
Steve and the team will help you with your design and print needs.