The last time a printshop in Ireland was used to make paper was in the mid-1990s, but that is changing.
The city of Dublin has now started to experiment with printing on plastic and, in a bid to give the local industry a boost, is planning to print on paper at a new print shop at its old paper factory.
It has been designed to compete with traditional print shops in terms of size, and has been funded by the Department of Transport and Communications and the local authorities.
The print shop, located at the corner of Pembroke Street and Parnell Street, is expected to open next month, with the aim of producing up to 20,000 copies of each paper every day, which would be enough to fill 100 paper bays.
It will also allow the city to experiment in the way it prints, with some local print shops, such as the one on Parnells Street, experimenting with the use of paper cartridges.
The idea of using a print shop to make printed paper has been around for years.
In the 1990s, one such shop was located on Pembrook Street.
In 2008, a similar one was opened in the city centre, and in 2017, a smaller one was set up in the east of the city.
In a bid for the local paper industry, the city in 2017 launched a pilot programme to experiment and make the local printer cartridges for local paper, a move that was seen as an investment in the local printing industry.
The pilot programme was seen by many as an effort to develop a local paper that would be cheaper and faster than that produced by the National Paper Company, which is based in Cork.
“It’s a bit like the Irish equivalent of the American Apparel, but with a touch of the French,” said James McBride, a local print shop owner.
The printers are currently printed on paper from the National Apparel Company, but the paper is produced by a company called Dufour de Cazenave, which has a partnership with the City of Dublin.
“The local printer cartridge, like the National Cartridge, is made from the finest paper from around the world and is then sent to the city of Cork where the paper comes from and is made to the same standards as the national printer cartridges,” said Mr McBride.
The printing shop at Parnelly Street has been named after a local artist, Michael O’Donnell, who was a member of the original Cork print team in the early 1980s.
Mr O’Brien, now 85, told The Irish Mail on Sunday: “It was like the paper was the paper, and that was the idea.
I always thought it would be interesting to try to create something locally and that’s what we’re doing.”
The idea for the print shop came from an event that took place in April this year.
Mr McBrien said that the event, which took place at the Irish Times office, was attended by around 200 people.
“They had a big screen in front of them, and we had a printer, a photocopier and an inkjet machine,” he said.
The company was interested in creating a printer that would print a local edition of the newspaper and was interested to know if the local print team could be helped by using the local cartridges.
Mr McBride said that after many meetings with the local team, they agreed that the company could print a printed copy of the paper locally and the printer cartridges would be printed locally.
“We went to the printer, and they were looking for cartridges.
We went and said, ‘We’re here to print, can you print on plastic?’
They said, we’re not printing, we have to print in the company’s facility’,” he said.”
The company has so far produced one cartridge and is currently using another one to make about 20,00 copies a day, but there is a potential to make more.”
Our goal is to make a print run of 20,500 cartridges a day and have a print running every day for five days.
That would be a print on the city and for the paper,” he explained.
Mr McGregor, the manager of the local company, said that local print companies in Ireland are working to develop print technology that would allow them to compete more effectively with the national print company.”
In our case, we are working with the Department for Transport and the city’s print shops to develop technologies that are locally viable and allow them more access to the print industry,” he added.”
This is an area that the city is looking at and exploring.