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Lockley retires from Fairfax Media

Thursday, 23 November 2017
By Print21

Bob Lockley, Fairfax group director print and distribution

Veteran print executive Bob Lockley will retire as Fairfax Media’s group director, print and distribution, after a 51-year career in the industry.

 “Under Bob’s leadership, Fairfax embraced cutting-edge production methods and rationalised our printing footprint,” said Fairfax CEO Greg Hywood. “His successful closure of Tullamarine and Chullora was instrumental in setting our publishing business on the road to a sustainable future. Bob has also built us a successful commercial printing business.”

Lockley began at Cumberland Newspapers at Parramatta in western Sydney in 1966, where he spent 18 years moving from compositor to production manager. He joined Rural Press in Windsor as general manager of printing in 1984, remaining until the company merged with Fairfax in 2007.

 Following the merger, Lockley became Fairfax’s CEO of printing – successfully leading the restructure of company’s printing model. In 2015, he oversaw a range of measures designed to save the publisher 60 percent of total print costs. The changes included the transfer of print production from Tullamarine to Ballarat in Victoria, and Chullora to North Richmond in New South Wales.

 Lockley also was active in industry bodies, leading the Single Width User Group in 1990 and acting as a board member of the Australian Catalogue Association, the Pressgang Committee and Environmental Advisory Group.

 He was also instrumental in Fairfax’s decision announced just last week to move to ‘totally chemical free’ thermal plates. A three-year contract with Kodak will see Fairfax switch its high-volume sites to process-free Sonora News plates.  As a result, more than 60,000 litres of chemicals a year will be eliminated.

 “We had trialled the plates in a few sites, and were impressed,” Lockley said. “With the combination of Sonora News Plates and Kodak’s thermal imaging technology, we will be able to lower costs and save energy, while also opening up opportunities to provide new levels of service for our customers. It is financially viable and environmentally responsible.”

 Lockley, 67, retires at the end of this month.

 In an in-depth interview with Print21’s Patrick Howard in 2015, Lockley outlined the challenges facing the newspaper industry. 

 

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