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Thursday, 21 September 2006
By Print21

Lindsay Barnes joins Heidelberg Australia and New Zealand (HAN) as product manager of sheetfed press. In preparation for the role Barnes undertook twelve months of training with Heidelberg in Germany before returning to Australia in July. He is based at HAN’s Melbourne head office.

Barnes (pictured below) will be the driving force behind the company’s sheetfed offset printing presses and will provide the link between Heidelberg’s customers and the factory. He will work closely with the sales, customer support and business development divisions, as well as colleagues from Heidelberg’s German factory and sheetfed product management teams.

Barnes has with Heidelberg for the past eleven years, most recently in the role of account manager at the company’s Sydney office. He brings to his new role a wealth of knowledge of the local market, Heidelberg’s customers and its products. During his time in Germany he undertook extensive product training to further complement his existing experience.

Meanwhile, John Harrison has been appointed to the role of product manager of packaging. The position was created in response to Heidelberg’s global strategy of focussing on developing the packaging market and the carton segment in particular. Harrison took up the newly created role in July.

Harrison comes from the UK where he ran his own successful business, Key Capital Equipment, for the past ten years. He represented European and US manufacturers supplying finishing and converting equipment to the graphic arts and packaging industries within the UK and Ireland.

Harrison (pictured right) is based at Heidelberg’s Melbourne head office and has relocated to Australia with his wife and two teenage children. As well as settling into his new role, Harrison is looking forward to his first summer in Australia.

Glenn Plummer, general manager of product management and marketing for HAN, says the two appointments demonstrate the importance of Australia and New Zealand to Heidelberg on a global level.

“This is shown in the support we have received in training Lindsay during his secondment and also in establishing the new role of product manager – packaging. These two appointments complete HAN’s product management team, complimenting our incumbent prepress, postpress and consumables product managers,” says Plummer.

“We are excited about the business opportunities that will to arise from our focus in these areas, and the way in which these new roles further strengthen our relationship with, and support, our customers.”

Konica Minolta appoints new digital print specialist

Brett Palmer joins Konica as national product manager digital print solutions for the Australian market. He brings to the role 20 years of experience working within this industry, most recently as product support manager for Konica Minolta through providing support and training for the company’s production colour range of equipment.

Palmer (pictured right) will be responsible for managing, promoting and positioning Konica Minolta’s bizhub PRO products within the digital print solutions arena and will focus on the implementation of “CS Remote Care” to increase customer satisfaction across the bizhub and bizhub PRO range.

“I am very excited to be part of the digital print solutions team at a time when Konica Minolta is striving ahead in the production market,” says Palmer.

“The future for our bizhub PRO range is very bright and soon to be strengthened with the introduction of the bizhub PRO C6500. This model was pre-released at ‘IPEX’ in the UK and ‘On Demand’ in the United States reinforcing Konica Minolta’s commitment to Production Print.”

Starleaton grows in WA

Starleaton has expanded its WA branch with the appointment of John Brannan as sales representative specialising in wide format hardware, software and consumables.

David Wood, WA branch manager for Starleaton, sees further growth ahead as his company’s product portfolio and reputation grows.

“We are definitely in a growth phase here in the West and John’s skill set, experience and positive attitude will ensure that continues,” he says.

Brannan (pictured with Dave Wood to his right), 33, gained his knowledge of wide-format digital when he entered the exhibition and display industry in 1993. He joined Emergent Designs, a prominent finishing company in Sydney, spending 2 years in production followed by 6 years in sales. He later joined famed digital photographic lab and wide-format display specialist, Trannys, as account manager.

On moving to Perth with his wife, Brannan joined Celmac and was appointed its WA distributor. He says he is delighted to now be joining the Starleaton team.

Starleaton Digital Solutions is headquartered in Brookvale, NSW and has branches in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney, servicing Australia’s signage, display, photographic, fine art, graphic arts and point-of sale sectors.

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