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Business as usual for manroland in ANZ

Monday, 28 November 2011
By Print 21 Online Article

Customer support buoys Steve Dunwell as he grapples with the insolvency of parent company in Germany.

The fallout from the unexpected crash of manroland has sent shock waves around the printing world. The administrator at the company’s HQ in Augsberg, Bavaria is tasked with finding further investment and with maintaining the operation of the press manufacturer.

According to Steve Dunwell, managing director, manroland Australasia, the local company is solid and solvent. “It’s business as usual here, as far as I’m concerned. We’ve still got our service team in place and spare parts in stock. We can also purchase spares from Germany when we need to,” he said.
Although aware of the negotiations with the potential investor, the insolvency came as a shock to Dunwell. He spent the weekend contacting customers and assuring them of continuing service.

“We created a good business here during the past two years. If we can maintain positive cash flow we will carry on trading as usual,” he said. “So it’s important that our customers pay their bills on time. I’ve had very positive support from our customers, which makes you feel good.”

He is confident the administrator will fulfil existing orders, notably the big 98-page presses for both IPMG and PMP as announced this month.

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