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Our story


From humble beginnings to pioneers of the new era of print, it’s safe to say ink really is in our blood.

Metro Print has been in the Patterson family since 1984, when founders Garry and Lynne started the company (then called Metro Printing) with just a single printing press and a young family in tow. Printmaking was something of a family passion, with both of Garry’s brothers and his father achieving successful careers in printing, letterpress, copywriting and print management – making the Pattersons true pioneers of the Victorian print scene.

Garry operated the machine day and night to ensure they never missed a deadline, while Lynne worked tirelessly as the sales representative, knocking on doors and cold-calling potential customers. Over the years, their team and loyal customer base grew, giving Metro Printing a reputation as one of Melbourne’s premier printers.

Their son Dave joined the team as an apprentice in 2000, spending his time making printing plates and cleaning up around the factory. Dave worked his way up to become a qualified printer, production manager and sales representative, eventually taking over the reins as Managing Director in 2013.

A new era of print​

Dave and Zoe Patterson took ownership of Metro Print in 2019, and are passionate about drawing on those decades of skills and experience to propel the company forward. Their complementary backgrounds – Dave in the printing business, and Zoe in graphic design, account management and advertising (plus her many years spent helping in the Metro office during university holidays) – mean they come equipped with the perfect mix of skills required to understand what their customers need and how best to provide it.

With a young family of their own, Dave and Zoe are the next generation of Pattersons bringing the new era of printing to Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Australia wide. They are proud to be at the forefront of technology while adhering to their long-term values of trust and authenticity, which have stood the test of time and enabled the business to grow and thrive. They look forward to welcoming you and your team to the Metro Print family.