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Market Watch February 2012 – Richard Rasmussen

Tuesday, 06 March 2012
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February presented the industry with some significant changes on the supplier front, specifically with the UK-based Langley Holdings purchase of manroland’s sheet-fed division in the German city of Offenbach. The local PaperlinX leadership contest continues between former Stream Solutions head, Andrew Price and chairman Harry Boon.

Fluid Technologies, a mid-tier consumable supplier in Sydney closed its doors, stating it was unable to compete with the larger groups in the present depressed market place.

The trend amongst the larger players to consolidate manufacturing sites continued with PMP reported to be relocating its Clayton bindery to NSW, and shedding 60 jobs.

Other market movements included the fall of Good Crowd Integrated Print Communications (NSW) liquidation and Impress Colour’s voluntary administration, whilst undergoing restructuring.

Machinery Sales and Installations

On the installation front the local industry saw Blue Star purchase a Gallus label press, the widest Gallus in New Zealand. In WA a couple of digital wide format machines to the The Bokay Group, with a HP Scitex FB 7600, and Discuss Digital Print with an Agfa Jeti 1224 UV machine.

Fuji Xerox also reported installations of its 800 / 1000 presses to Snap Mackay (QLD) and Print Storm (NSW).

In Print 21 KBA reported to have sold 20 A1 print units in FY12, and manroland, $40,000,000 of sales, presumably most of these were web presses.

Full details were reported in Market Watch, our free subscription based email, with the URL links to the stories. Alternatively you can download this version from our web site.

Businesses for sale

In Market Watch we also advise the businesses we have on the market around Australia. Sales have been very good, but our stock is running out. We’re always on the look out to represent vendors, and have numerous registered buyers in various categories on our books looking to purchase. Purchase enquiries range from client bases, big and small, to complete going concern operations.

For further details, ring Richard Rasmussen on 0402 021 101, or enquire via the web site,

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