P+D takes away an ‘incredible’ eight gongs

The continued recognition for its talented team pushes the company to innovate and go beyond the brief. With ongoing investment in both the team and the plant this year, the plan is to continue its growth trajectory.

Manpreet Bajwa, structural designer, Victor Coeurjoly, structural designer, and Ciaran Bowe, sales director, all of P+D, with Colm O’Reilly, chief operating officer of the Business Post Group. Picture Paul Sherwood

For P+D , 2023 was a trailblazing year, with its dynamic efforts recognised recently in the 2023 Irish Print Awards, where the company scored a record of eight awards spanning eight varied categories.

This achievement follows a significant period of growth and investment by P+D to bring design thinking, innovation and sustainability to the forefront of the company. P+D advanced its technology capabilities through a number of upgrades, including the cutting-edge EFI 3.2m digital printer and the installation of two Canon Colorado printers.

Company Details


Year it was founded: Started up in 1970 by Jim Conway, P+D celebrated its 50th birthday in 2020 and remains a 100% Irish owned business, led today by owner and managing director, Ronan Conway

Number of staff: 45

In the news: P+D bagged eight awards at the Irish Print Awards after a year of continued growth and investment

“As a pillar of the Irish print industry, we are committed to improving our environmental impact in every aspect of our business. These tech investments were carefully selected as they significantly reduce our energy consumption and carbon footprint, comparatively to the traditional print machines used widely across Ireland,” said John Lloyd, operations director.

“In 2024, we are continuing our programme of investment and are currently commissioning the newest water-based printer for the out-of-home advertising market. This will substantially improve the quality, speed and sustainability of our print. To complement this, we are investing in a range of additional finishing equipment in both roll-to-roll and point of sale conversion, to continue to improve our output, turnaround and efficiency.”

P+D will attend Drupa, the world’s largest printing technology exhibition in Dusseldorf, Germany, later this summer, with an eye on its next purchase. The company is currently on a round of visits to some of the world’s largest players in the wide format machinery market to settle on the next level of tech investment.

“Sustainability was our core focus in 2023 and this was recognised with a silver award in the sustainability printer of the year category. We achieved ISO14001 and an Eco Vadis silver medal, placing us in the top 15 per cent globally for our performance in both meeting environmental standards and CSR,” said Ciaran Bowe, sales director.

“We are committed to a sustainable manufacturing model and bringing a positive impact to our community in terms of our output and employment locally.

“As a trailblazer in the large format industry, it is important we continue to innovate and bring products such as this to our clients, offering new and unique solutions.

“Our partnership, as the exclusive agent with Faster Displays in Ireland, has been a major success and our patented Faster Displays units have been a revolution in the point of sale market.

“These unique quick assembly units contain fewer plastic components than the market standard, making them a much more sustainable display system. Faster Displays was recognised with a gold in the innovation category based on the unique properties of the patented system.

Bowe continued: “2023 brought incredible recognition for our team at P+D. Last April we achieved an unprecedented seven Irish Print Awards at the 2022 Irish Print Awards, including five gold awards. We followed this up in October with a POPAI silver and two POPAI bronze medals. The POPAI awards cover UK and Ireland designers and manufacturers of point of purchase materials.

“This wasn’t a once off, as it came on the back of a gold and silver in the 2022 POPAI awards. We have now been recognised with a combined 17 POPAI awards since their inception.

“Our continued success in POPAI is an example of how Irish manufacturers can compete in larger markets by maintaining a commitment to innovation and quality.

As a trailblazer in the large format industry, it is important we continue to innovate and bring products such as this to our clients, offering new and unique solutions

“The recent 2023 Irish Print Awards was a fantastic occasion for our industry. A particular highlight was our win for the Hendricks suitcase in the digital printer of the year award. This project showcased some of our best work. We were trusted by Emma Slevin and the team in Richmond Marketing to develop a unique influencer box. The Victorian Suitcase was a fantastic piece of design and execution, pushing the boundaries of what is possible with cardboard and print.”

Ronan Conway, managing director of the company, said: “The continued recognition for our talented team pushes us to continue to innovate and go beyond the brief. Our combined 23 awards across the past three Irish Print Awards show our diversity and continued commitment to innovate.”

P+D recognises its unique selling point as its 360-degree offering and the partnership approach it takes with each client. “We do everything for our clients from concepts, design, testing, digital design through to print production, procurement and installation. We have grown into one of Ireland’s leading marketing implementation companies,” Conway said.

“We have developed a deserved reputation for innovation and creating disruption at the point of purchase in store. With further investment in both our team and plant in 2024, we plan to continue our growth and consistently seek to improve our offering to our clients, keeping our total focus on client satisfaction, innovation and sustainability.”