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3.8.15 - Printing in Hong Kong 2015: The Ever-Evolving Hong Kong Printing Business

Publishers Weekly - Printing in Hong Kong 2015


The print manufacturing business, says global business director John Currie, is constantly evolving and bringing new opportunities to add value for clients. Oxford University Press, for instance, originally engaged CTPS solely for digital printing. However, its contract has since been expanded to include mailing solutions for journals to subscribers in more than 50 countries in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. “This opens up warehousing and inventory management opportunities,” Currie notes. “And so we are embarking on smart partnerships with various warehousing and logistics companies specializing in B2C e-commerce, allowing us to offer unique and customized storage sites with commercial tracking linked to our cloud-based DigiAsia portal.” Additional warehousing sites in China and Hong Kong are being planned.

Selling the business concept of reduced inventory coupled with rapid replenishment to regional publishers takes center stage, adds Currie. “We have been involved in a few RFPs that specifically focused on consolidation of print suppliers within a specific region. It is obvious that big publishers are scrutinizing their overall print and supply chain, and this is good news for CTPS; we are expanding our services to meet new needs. By using us, publishers would essentially eliminate three different parties in reaching their end consumer.”

CTPS’s Singapore-based company DigiAsia now offers scalable business modules to fit each publisher’s needs, size, and budget. “Often, it boils down to short runs or the print-on-demand proposition, or integrated print/stock management distribution in B2B or B2C,” Currie says. “For SMEs who want the same solutions but not the budget for a full-run SAP, we can scale it down accordingly. We can also interface our portal with the publisher’s inhouse system for real-time transparency and control. This portal is the same one used for our commercial print clients, and therefore it is very robust and always changing to reflect market needs and innovative ideas.”

With shifts in business have come changes in CTPS’s management. “Our senior management team has to drive the new initiatives that are reshaping CTPS from a pure book printer into a solutions-enhanced service company,” says CEO Peter Tse, whose company is now in its 51st year of operation. “As such, we now have professional managers in finance and production from nonprinting multinationals—from the automotive and electronics sectors, for instance—with deep knowledge of business processes and supply chain systems. They understand the inventory and supply chain management in the new economy far better than those with traditional printing background. It is definitely a transformation from a family business management style. Another issue that I am addressing is succession planning to better prepare the company for the future.”

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Less paper wastage

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