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More consolidation: McMillan Print and Blue Star Print NSW brought together

Thursday, 29 January 2009
By Print 21 Online Article

Major movement in Sydney as Blue Star consolidates its sheetfed operations, McMillan Print and Blue Star Print NSW.

The move comes as part of Blue Star’s strategic plan for the next three-to-five years, developed in response to changing buying behaviour and evolving new technology.

“It is an alignment with our strategy to strengthen our capability in this space,” said managing director, Chris Mitchell (pictured)

“In making this move, Blue Star will continue its investment strategy into its multi-faceted print technology platform at the Silverwater site, specifically web, sheet and digital production platforms.”


Mitchell would not discuss how many positions had been lost at McMillan Print as a result of the consolidation, which began yesterday. “There will be some redundancies as we bring the two companies together,” he said.

The closure of South Granville-based McMillan Print, which Blue Star purchased in a multi-million dollar deal back in 2007, puts an end to on-going speculation and talk about the fate of the company, which at the time of purchase employed 600 people.

Moving both McMillan Print and Blue Star Print NSW (formerly Link Printing) into a single location at Silverwater will see the company invest $10 million into new capabilities, including presses and equipment. Discussion with suppliers is still taking place and no definite decisions have been made.

Plans have also been made to move Blue Star’s direct mail business to a new facility only minutes away from its main Silverwater site. “This new location will enable Blue Star to continue its plans for measured growth whilst providing a platform for further investment in the latest technologies,” Mitchell added.

Blue Star’s strategic four-tiered plan will also focus on growing its print management service and Webstar.

Mitchell said that further consolidation was not a part of Blue Star’s future plans.

“It’s really about creating a platform for growth and making the right capability to face up against the market and making those important technology investments,” he said.

Both the consolidation of McMillan Print and Blue Star Print NSW and the new direct mail site are expected to be complete by mid-2009.

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