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KBA stakes its claim in Australia

Wednesday, 19 March 2008
By Print 21 Online Article

KBA confirms its position in Australia with the announcement of two new offices and appointments to its management team.

The company’s existing premises in Lane Cove, Sydney, is about to be replaced with two offices in Campbelltown, Sydney and Mt Waverley, Melbourne.

"Australia is a big country," said Klaus Schmidt, marketing director, KBA Wurzburg. "With two offices in the two biggest cities, KBA comes closer to potential new customers."

In April, NL Chin (pictured), will make the journey from KBA in Australia to set up home in Australia, working from the new Campbelltown branch as web sales director. "Mr Chin is a very reliable and experienced colleague and knows the Australian market very well from the many projects he has been involved with in the past," Schmidt said.

The move will also give Chin the chance to fulfil his dream of living in a country he has long admired, according to Schmidt. "He loves Australia and the Australian way of living," he said.

Interviews are currently taking place for an additional sales executive in Sydney while Dave Lewis remains in charge of sheetfed sales in Melbourne.

The announcement late last year that News Limited had purchased a single-wide KBA Comet press for The Mercury newspaper in Hobart is further proof of KBA’s continuing strength in the region, which Schmidt believes is set to continue.

"Since the foundation of our own subsidiary in 2002, we have made steady progress on the Australian market, gaining marketshare both in sheetfed and web presses," he said.

 Home sweet home … KBA’s new Melbourne office, below.

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