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THE STORY BEHIND PRÉCIGRAPH
Every fascinating story starts with amazing encounters. When Antoine and France de Labauve d’Arifat, Patrice Rousset and Alain Hardy decided to embark on this adventure in 1973, the social climate in Mauritius was tense. Emigration was at its height, the country was in the throes of the oil crisis and the economy was at an all-time low. But their acute sense of responsibility and citizenship lead them to answer their country’s call. With a true islander’s spirit of entrepreneurship, the trio ventured into the then unexplored printing sector with the outspoken ambition of becoming leaders in the field.
45 years on, Précigraph has managed to uphold its values and remain true to its printing craftsmanship, in uncompromising fashion. Three generations of printers have brought their modern and dynamic drive to the family business. With 135 collaborators and covering an area of 6 000 m2, the company today stands as the role model in graphic arts industry in the region, offering a seamless end-to-end service: from the product design, through the printing process, the finishing, right down to its final packaging.
MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDER,
FRANCE DE LABAUVE D’ARIFAT
“We have never compromised on quality! When you love this craft, you are delighted by the whiff of ink coming from the workshop, by the textures of the different papers, by the client’s satisfaction, embracing it as if it were your own. I believe that the new generation has the ability and the values to bring this fascinating craft further into the future.
Printing should above all be a passion. We are craftsmen; we transform paper, as a raw material, into objects of knowledge, enjoyment and beauty...It is a thrill to see the latest cutting edge technologies standing side by side with an elderly Heidelberg! That’s the essence of Précigraph: the latest innovation alongside tried and trusted tradition.”
Setting up of the company by Antoine & France de Labauve d’Arifat, Patrice Rousset and Alain Hardy.
Launch of the business with 7 employees, 2 single colour presses, one trimmer and a well-equipped pre-press studio.
The first orders which were made up of a tourist guidebook and labels for the Major Rum trademark, overwhelm the new clients’ expectations.
Introduction of hot foiling & die cutting with the Original Heidelberg GTP.
Launch of the first 1981 diaries: Précidiary is born!
Purchase of the first folding and sewing machines for production of 5 volumes of the Laws of Mauritius. First export to Reunion Island.
Investment in a MO 2-colour printing press (first perfecting press). Setting up of Préci-Ex in the Export Processing Zone.
The First 5 colour press with in-line coater in Mauritius.
The very first equipment in Mauritius to combine texts and images on film (Crosfield drum scanner).
Silver anniversary and a new flatbed scanner.
Investment in a 4-colour Heidelberg Speedmaster press and a UV varnishing machine.
Vincent de Labauve d’Arifat takes the helm as General Manager.
Third extension of the workshop with the arrival of a five-colour offset perfecting press with in-line varnishing: the very first of this series in the world from the Heidelberg factories!
Arrival of the Computer-To-Plate (CTP) technology, eliminating the use of films.
New MGI Meteor digital press.
Vincent de Labauve d’Arifat wins the Tecoma Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Arrival of the revolutionary Heidelberg Anicolor Offset press.
135 enthusiastic team members,
6 000m² of ever bubbling energy
more than 500 satisfied clients across the region.
Précigraph undergoes a make-over
While remaining a leader in the printing industry in the Indian Ocean, Précigraph is moving steadily ahead and pursuing its development in 4 main sectors: printing, packaging, publishing and design.
Précigraph réaffirme également son engagement auprès de ses employés, ses clients, partenaires et autres parties prenantes de l’entreprise en réitérant sa promesse : « Précigraph, votre plus forte impression »
Précigraph is continuously working on an improved client and employee experience that aims to inspire you daily.