Chapter Four: The Merging (2)
After Hong Kong’s return to China mainland, Hong Kong’s economic structure was confronted with challenges and changes as a result of the Asian Financial Crisis, which came all of a sudden. Like all other industries, the printing industry was also hard hit, but C&C was still capable of upgrading its equipment and technology continuously against all odds, while giving ample training to its staff. The Company keeps developing steadily, by upholding the guideline of “First-rate service and Super quality” all the time.
Firmly grasping the opportunities occasioned by China’s economic reform and opening up, C&C developed its business in China and established production bases actively. In the area of publication and printing, C&C (Shenzhen) Printing Ltd. was founded in Chegongmiao Industry Park, Shenzhen, in 1988 and C&C Joint Printing Co. (Guangdong) Ltd. was set up in 1996. In 2001, C&C was the first state-approved joint-venture printing corporation after China has joined the World Trade Organization (WTO). In order to meet the printing demand of different regions in China, C&C Beijing was set up in the same year. In 2004, the Company purchased 150,000 square meters of land in Shanghai’s Qingpu District and C&C Shanghai was officially established.
After years of nurturing, C&C has built up a comprehensive printing network in China. C&C Beijing is responsible to serve the customers form northern China, while Shanghai C&C takes orders from the customers in the Changjiang Delta, and the Hong Kong headquarters is responsible for overseas orders. C&C offers a total printing solution and help customers create more value and save resources.
C&C is also an award-winner of the importance of personnel training and knowledge sharing. A grand six-storey training centre was opened in 2004 next to the Shenzhen factory building for the staff’s on-the-job training, and serves as a venue for the interflow of events for the printing industry, exhibitions etc.
C&C became the first commercial printer to use digital workflow in Hong Kong in 1997. Its Prepress Centre continued to lead the industry by introducing the computer-to-plate (CTP) process into its production line in the following year. Such a process can better utilize human resources, shorten the time of prepress procedure, improve productivity and fasten the production speed. Even for last-minute modification, the operator can handle the situation with ease by means of the computer.
Over the past 30 years, C&C has won over 4,000 printing awards in international competitions, including numerous International Association of Printing House Craftsmen (IAPHC)’s International Gallery of Superb Printing’s Awards, American Gold Ink Awards, Asian Print Awards, Hong Kong Print Awards, and 44 “Benny Awards” given by the Printing Industries of America for 13 years consecutively. With its production Le Corps Humain, C&C was the first printer in Asia to win the Benny Award in the competition. In 2009, it was the third year C&C received the most Benny Awards in the PIA competition, which set an unrivalled record among Asian printers.
2010 marks our 30th anniversary of excellence. Aiming at sustainable development, C&C will continue to improve by remaining creative and innovative in the years to come.