Mercury Plaza 1994 – 2019 by Tim D, utilised our most cost-effective print process

Mercury Plaza by Tim D

Mercury Plaza, Auckland’s iconic and celebrated food court, was recently knocked down to make way for the new Karangahape train station. Many will have fond memories of both the food and the people who made the place so great. Tim D photographed many of the stall holders, inhabitants, and visitors to the space in its last days, and put together a book of his photos that we had the pleasure of printing.

Mercury Plaza book was produced using two different presses, combining a specialist Colorplan cover and a digitally printed uncoated text book block.

The cover was printed at our mothership Soar Print using a 4 colour process on Colorplan 270 gsm Citrine Yellow a 100 % recycled stock on Heidelberg A3 Anicolor press. Here is Graeme the printer looking very happy with the magneta-rich printed result.  

The cover was then shipped to us in Hamilton where we printed the text on the Oce Vario i300 digital inkjet press using Advance Laser 120 gsm.

The binding was completed inside the i300 press using the inline saddle stitch unit which three-knife trim finishes the book and binds the cover to the digital text block. This process uniquely creates a printed square back spine similar to a PUR binding.

One of the benefits to this is the inline saddle stitch, which has the advantage of allowing content to be displayed flat with the wide-view format, particularly effective in photography books that use a number of double page spreads.

Fusion Print offers a wide range of extensible publication packages that utilize the range of digital and offset presses and print finishing services to achieve a cost effective publication service. Mercury Plaza met the market on both price and quality with a second edition printing due off press later in August.

Find out more about the OCE Vario i300 Print on demand press.


You can purchase the book via The Plaza Store

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