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Former executive board member takes on KBA Australasia

Thursday, 09 November 2006
By Print21
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The changeover will see Burton head back across the Tasman early in the New Year to develop the New Zealand market as a consultant for the German press manufacturer. Schumacher has already settled in Sydney following his resignation from KBA’s executive board in April where he was executive vice-president for web press sales, marketing and service. According to a company report he stepped down by mutual agreement to pursue his personal roadmap.

He comes to the position at a watershed time for the company following the re-invigoration of the marque in the region. Under Burton, who was mainly responsible for web press sales, KBA secured such headland installations as this year’s Western Australian Newspaper press two years after its landmark Gold Coast Bulletin installation.

David Lewis in Melbourne, responsible for KBA sheetfed has also scored some impressive runs with major installations at Offset Alpine and Craftsman Press this year.

Scumacher (pictured) will face a tougher market next year with widespread industry predictions of a slowdown in capital equipment purchases, especially large presses. Burton claims the current changes to media laws have not helped either.

“Prior to the media laws being changed we had a clear picture of potential investments in the industry. Its less clear now with many plans on hold,” he said. “That’s the nature of the business. It’s a time to stay close to your customers.”

According to Burton, he had strong support from Schumacher over the years with involvement in most of the major projects. “Walter loves Australia. He knows the industry here very well.”

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