Harry’s Printers still a blueprint for success

HARRY’S Printers has been a landmark in East London since 1929. The business originally started as a shoe repair store at 101 St Georges Road, Southernwood.

MADE ITS MARK: From its humble Southernwood beginnings in St George’s Road, Harry’s Printers has grown into a national company and the largest printing operation in the province

Mohan Harry, who started printing as a hobby, called it L Harry & Sons to publish religious texts for his father, Lalloo Harry, an internationally renowned philosopher and author.

The business grew from strength to strength and was taken over by current CEO Vrij Harry.

The name was changed to Harry’s Printers in the ’90s and has grown to include branches in King William’s Town, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria, with a staff complement of almost 180. In keeping with its roots, East London remains the head office.

While the business might have started humbly, with only a hand-held press, it now boasts the latest in print and digital technology and is currently the largest printing operation in the Eastern Cape.

Harry’s Printers now owns the only 10 colour printing press in the region, which is complemented by a complete IT and digital facility.

Not satisfied by its achievements thus far, the company also keeps abreast of new trends in the international market and is the only South African member of the International Printer’s Network (IPN).

The dynamic company is currently moving into new premises in Park Avenue.


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