Mike’s Printery passes the baton on to Cardzilla and Trinity Printers


Karlie Brady

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Cardzilla and Trinity Printers owners Steve Bates and Andrew Nakovics recently acquired Mike’s Printery. IMAGE: Supplied.

AFTER 42 years of printing, Mike Kalina of Mike’s Printery on the Tablelands has decided to call it a day.

Mike, who has just turned 68 said the business has been great to him but it is now time to pass the baton on. 

Mike wanted to ensure his customers remained well looked after and that the work would remain locally produced in North Queensland. So he has struck a deal with Andrew Nakovics and Steve Bates from Cardzilla and Trinity Printers, to take over the responsibility of all of his equipment and customers.

“It was only logical to call these guys, as they offer all types of printing, short and long runs, signage, embroidered and printed clothing; they have basically got everything covered,” Mike said.

“The customers will get great service, with the added advantage of the extra services and products, creating that “one stop shop” for their needs plus they have another office in Townsville catering for that region.”

The new owners, Cardzilla and Trinity Printers are another long established local Cairns business and are now the largest locally owned and operated printing company in North Queensland.

Co-owner Steve Bates said that keeping things local is very important to them and they are big believers in a circular economy with the business employing local staff and producing on-site.

“Some of our competitors claim they are printers, but they don’t actually print, outsourcing work from south of Cairns and interstate which doesn’t help the region,” Bates said.

“We proudly print here in Cairns, giving fast turnaround times and quality product. Customers get sensible advice and solutions to meet their needs.”
Mike hopes his customers will be able to keep the tradition going by transitioning their business to Cardzilla and Trinity Printers and keep the circular economy going.



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