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Darwin printer goes out of action

Wednesday, 20 March 2019
By Jake Nelson

End of an era: Action Print has closed after  30 years

David Atkinson’s Darwin-based printer Action Print has shut its doors and entered voluntary liquidation over a “non-sizeable” debt.

The company had been winding down before its liquidation, according to liquidator Stuart Reid of Rodgers Reidy.

“They ceased to trade at the end of February and sold their remaining assets – plant and goodwill – to another printing firm in town,” he said. “They were unable to repay their debts, which were not sizeable, but that led to the appointment of a liquidator.”

Based in Winnellie near Darwin airport, and founded in 1987, Action Print’s phone number has been disconnected and its website is unavailable.

It was offering an integrated design, print, digital print, wide format print and copy service, with three Heidelberg offset presses, digital presses and a wide-format printer.

Reid could not comment on the size of the debt, the identity of the creditors, or to whom Action’s assets were sold.

The printer’s former clients included private, commercial, and government organisations including the City of Darwin, beverage producer Lion, the Australian Education Union, and Anglicare NT.

4 Responses to “Darwin printer goes out of action”

  1. March 20, 2019 at 1:37 pm,


    It is obvious that this was planned for quite a while.
    Reminds me of Network Printing reducing the number of employees to get under the magical 15
    Sell the books, pay suppliers and walk away from paying employee redundancy and long service.
    And live happily ever after

  2. March 21, 2019 at 3:49 pm,

    Comrade Dave

    Very Sad,
    They seem to have done everything you should do to stay in business and make money, embroidery, signage, digital and offset.
    Not to be able to sell it as a going concern is amazing.
    You would think somebody would want to buy it as it is. –

  3. March 22, 2019 at 12:28 am,

    Bill Bell

    Darwin is a small city of roughly 140K people. I’m sure at some point in the past Darwin would have supported several mid-size commercial printers but in this day and age, a printer in such a small market with 3 X legacy presses would have found trading conditions desperately hard. Offset printing is a hard game but in a small city like Darwin it must be nigh-on impossible. Add to that the current recessionary conditions in the NT region and this will surely not be the last printer in the region to roll over.

  4. April 03, 2019 at 1:43 pm,

    Comrade Dave

    Fair Point Phil, that said I think being able to sell your business and live happily ever after, is the way it should be. To work your socks off and that’s what business owners do in all businesses, small medium or large, should be able to sell the bus. as a going concern. On another point it amazes me that we have 3 respected trade magazines in aus. but very few in-depth articles on selling a business. or success stories of people selling and happy with what they received……they could even do a story on life after print.

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