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Blue Star completes integration of McMillan into Silverwater

Tuesday, 30 June 2009
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Job losses go hand in hand with major investment in new Heidelberg offset and HP Indigo digital presses.

Upwards of 20 employees were made redundant last week as Blue Star completes what its CEO, Chris Mitchell, calls “one of the largest integration projects undertaken in the industry.” The final number of redundancies is unclear, as the company will not comment other than to say that many employees have been redeployed at the combined Sydney site.

The move signals the culmination of what was always going to be a painful process putting two of the largest printing companies in the Sydney region into one. The new technology investment at the Silverwater plant is a welcome sign of confidence in the ongoing vitality of the company.

A new Heidelberg XL 75 and a HP Indigo 5500 join a previous installation of a Fuji Xerox iGen4. According to Mitchell there have been other technology upgrades at Silverwater.

“As a result there has been some alignment of skills around the new technology footprint,” he said. “We have also redeployed some staff in to other areas of the business such as our growing Print Management division.”

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