OUR JOURNEY

OUR GENESIS DATES BACK TO THE EARLY 1920’S WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF LINK PRINTING IN SYDNEY BY THE SELIG FAMILY, AND THE CRAFTSMAN PRESS IN MELBOURNE BY THE INGHAM FAMILY.

IVE was established when both these businesses were acquired in the late 1990’s. In those days, almost 20 years ago, IVE’s product offering was pretty much limited to offset lithographic printing, graphic design, logistics and some quick copy work.

Since the inception of the Group in 1997, our journey of growth, innovation and investment has resulted in the broad depth of offering we present to the market today.

HERE’S A SNAPSHOT OF OUR JOURNEY:

With revenues in excess of $370 million and over 1,300 staff, IVE is one of the largest marketing services and print communications businesses in Australia. The breadth of our product and service offering is unparalleled and continues to expand. We hold market leading positions across all the key sectors that we operate in.
We continued to broaden our product and service offering with a move into the promotional products space via the acquisition of VaVaVoom in Sydney.

The acquisition of the POS Collective and Thompsons Displays in Sydney further broadened our offer in the retail display space to include semi-permanent and permanent display products

We complimented Kalido’s existing capabilities with the acquisition of Task2 in Sydney, a specialist digital, video and TVC production agency.

Further expanding our data driven marketing offer, we acquired Australia’s largest not-for-profit specialist fundraising consultancy and direct communications group, Pareto Fundraising and Pareto Phone.

To better reflect the evolution of our product and service offering over recent years, we decided to rebrand the business. IVE now presents to the market through 4 distinctive brands – Kalido, Blue Star Group, Pareto Group and IVEO.

We expanded our direct mail business in Sydney with the acquisition of iGroup.

Importantly, we also executed a key strategic initiative with the move into the Retail Display Sector via our “beach head” acquisition of STI Lilyfield, a business with a long history that specialised in temporary retail display products.

Our Creative and Digital services took a significant step forward with the expansion of the offering to include augmented reality. As early adopters of this exciting technology, IVE is ideally positioned to work with clients on seamlessly bringing print and digital content together

We are one of the leading Augmented Reality experts in Australia, recently adding location based messaging and beacon marketing to our digital marketing offering as we seek to stay ahead of the curve in this exciting new space.

We acquired the New South Wales and Victorian businesses of GEON.
Expanded our digital printing capability to include wide format
Merger of BlueStar Web with CaxtonWeb, a mid-size web offset business based in Sydney owned by the Selig family. The merger further expanded our presence in the niche web offset space.
Significant investment in large format, reel-to-reel high speed variable inkjet and associated finishing systems saw us lead the way in the use of high speed ink jet technology for mass personalisation. IVE is a Foundation Technology Partner of Hewlett Packard (HP)
Further acquisitions- National Capital Printing (NCP) in Canberra 2004, Merritt Madden Printing in Sydney 2004, Print in Vision in Melbourne in 2006, Laser 55 in Melbourne in 2007, JS McMillan Group in Sydney in 2007, Pirion Printing in Canberra in 2007
Launch BlueStar Web – a “greenfields” organic growth initiative in the niche web offset space. Today BlueStar Web is one of the leading players in this sector producing special interest magazines, custom publications and corporate material
Formal launch of our IVEO managed solutions business after we secured the St George Bank print management contract, our first major managed solution.
Expand our product offering to include personalised communications via the acquisition of Kings Mailing, a mid-size direct mail business in Sydney
Expand creative capability providing graphic design and typesetting services to key clients in both Sydney and Melbourne.
Provision of basic warehouse and distribution services for clients in the funds management, insurance and financial services sectors.
IVE acquires Link Printing and The Craftsman Press establishing itself as a leading print group on Australia’s eastern seaboard.

“The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said”

– Peter Drucker –
American Educator and Author