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Letters, feedback, get it off your chest: 6 March

Monday, 05 March 2012
By Print 21 Online Article

This week’s postbag kicks off with a Melbourne print player’s reaction to the crash of PaperlinX paper sales in Australia.

Re: PaperlinX Australian paper sales crash by 15% – NZ is steady

Amcor demerged Paperlinx for a reason and that hasn’t changed.

The writing was on the wall then and only total reinvention of the core will offer any hope for the future. With no confidence in Australian manufacturing and no shelter from the A$ value and a declining market there seems to be no room left for an industry giant that cannot offer the flexibility required to draw a profit from the now myriad specialty product range desired by and provided to the remaining highly competitive customer base.

Honest appraisal would seem the least that is required here, as even the bottom pickers have tired of waiting for a grand new era of pink bank and blue bond. Amcor had no moral problem taking its top customer base (cigs/bevrg/food) and heading to Europe.

So if the previous owners get it, and any remaining shareholders get it, who doesn’t?

Will Chapman,

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