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Bob Lockley is new printing chief for Fairfax

Thursday, 28 June 2007
By Print 21 Online Article

Following the merger between Fairfax and Rural Press there was always going to be stiff competition for the role of leader of the printing pack. The enlarged organisation boasts one of the most impressive arrays of printing facilities in the country. Rural has 16 web-press sites scattered throughout the country while Fairfax has three, including the massive Chullora and Tullamarine metropolitan press halls.

Lockley, formerly general manager printing at Rural Press is recognised as one of the most accomplished pressmen in the industry. Since his former boss, Brian McCarthy is now running the newspaper and magazine side of Fairfax, it was always likely he would get the job of extracting the efficiencies that must flow from the merger.

The difficulty of the task should not be underestimated as the pay rates and the industrial culture of the two groups are very different. The Fairfax printers have a much more militant history than the Rural workers, with the most recent stop work incident taking place at

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