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Movement at the station department –

Thursday, 16 November 2006
By Print21

High profile industry identity, Scot Telfer, is leaving the consolidated sheetfed-printing group to pursue a future that “will involve working in the industry.” He emphasises that he is leaving of his own volition and on amicable terms.

Although understandably discreet about his plans for the future, he will confirm his continuing involvement in the industry. Sources speculate that he may develop a niche graphic arts business in the Sydney area.

Telfer has had a notable career to date working on both sides of the supply chain, employed among others with Hannanprint, Heidelberg Australia and Websdale Printing before Penfold Buscombe. He is an active member of industry associations and currently holds the position of Chairman of the National Print Awards.

2. Derek Fretwell goes from Kodak New Zealand

General manager of the Graphic Communications Group in NZ will finish with the company on November 28.

His departure is part of a continuing downsizing taking place on both sides of the Tasman among the major printing plate and film suppliers. A long-time industry identity who joined Kodak with its acquisition of Creo, Fretwell would not comment on the reasons behind his departure, citing a confidentiality agreement with boss Steve Green.

However he was philosophical about the downsizing of the sector, pointing out that digital printing is having the same impact on offset sheetfed printing as DTP had on typesetting and PostScript had on layout. “There are 17 HP Indigos and four iGen3s in New Zealand. That is taking a lot of print away from the sheetfed side. The industry is getting much smaller and will continue to do so,” he said.

In similar mode over recent months Agfa has transferred its service and supply of consumables in Christchurch to AM International as part of the continuing rationalisation in the sector. It is continuing to service major accounts directly from Auckland.

Biting price competition is making the manufacturers search for new delivery models to extract costs from the process. Among possible scenarios being discussed within the industry is a future dominated by online ordering where customers will be responsible for ordering their own stock from the factory.
We have not seen the end of rationalisation in this service sector.

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