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Franklin Web’s new future-proof Sydney plant

Friday, 12 May 2017
By Print 21 Online Article

Ive Group shifts construction of its major heatset-web printing plant from Seven Hills to a larger existing facility at Huntingwood in Sydney’s west.

Making room for extra finishing equipment as well as taking advantage of superior transport connectivity sees the planned printing plant switch sites. The major addition to the catalogue industry’s production capacity is still predicted to have the latest 80-page manroland Lithoman press installed in July.

According to Matt Aitken, Chief Operating Officer, IVE Group, the move will allow the Franklin Web division to expand in the future. “It’s a good location, it keeps us in the same corridor as Silverwater. It came from the same landlord and when he offered it to us, it suited what we want to do,” he said.

The new plant is an existing building, formerly occupied by Sharp. The green-field Seven Hills site was under construction. The switch to Huntingwood ensures the time sensitive installation will be up and running in the shortest possible time.

Reports from Melbourne suggest that the AIW Goss Sunday press is being transferred to Franklin Web’s plant at Sunshine, while the remaining webs will continue to produce at the Springvale plant. Ive Group is gearing up to print and deliver the Coles catalogue work that Franklin Web won from IPMG before the PMP merger. One of the largest printing jobs in the industry at  purported 1.5 million per month, the catalogue production switch comes into effect on July 1, some time before the new Sydney Lithoman will be in production.



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