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Streaming swamps Sony DADC Printing

Wednesday, 07 February 2018
By Graham Osborne

Sony DADC Print Services in Sydney.

Sony DADC (Digital Audio Disc Corporation) Australia is closing its Print Services business in Sydney and selling off its entire range of offset, digital and finishing equipment.

The move follows Sony DADC laying off 375 workers at its Indiana, US plant because of a steep fall in demand for packaging. It’s not yet known how many workers will be affected by the Sydney site closure.

“The home entertainment market is facing a decline over the last several years with factors such as increasing use of streaming such as Netflix and Hulu and a decreased emphasis on packaged media by retailers,” spokesperson Lisa Gepthardt told the Terre Haute Tribune-Star. “There has been a reduction of floor space with big box retailers, as packaged media is not emphasized as it once was.”

For several weeks, Sony DADC Australia has declined to comment on speculation it was closing its printing operation at Huntingwood in Sydney’s west, but the company’s machinery has now been listed by auctioneer Australian Valuations.

Site Closure – Major Forthcoming Printing & Bindery Online Auction Sale – Scheduled March 2018 @ SONY DADC Huntingwood NSW Australia

 Auctioneers note – Australian Valuations have been instructed by Sony DADC to dispose of the entire in-house Offset, Digital & Finishing department at Huntingwood NSW. This unique offering of late model equipment should not be missed and our vendor instructions are for everything to be sold!

Sony DADC is a manufacturer of CDs, DVDs, UMDs and Blu-ray discs. The Sony DADC Print Services Australia division offered eight-colour printing, graphic design, scanning and proofing, computer to plate, die cutting and gluing, folding and bookbinding.

In a preliminary auction sale notice, Australian Valuations posted some of the major items that will go to auction in March but said the complete auction catalogue was still being prepared and would be posted online once completed.

Heidelberg SM 102

Major items for online auction include:

2007 Heidelberg CD102-6-L
Six Colour Offset Printing Press with Inline Aqueous Coater Serial No-548196 with Extended Delivery, Auto Plate, Wash Up Devices, Preset Plus Feeder, Ink Lines, Powder Star Sprayer CP2000 Press Controls Impressions 140 Million

2006 Heidelberg SM102-8-P5+L
Eight Colour Offset Perfecting Printing Press 4/4 with Inline Aqueous Coating Unit Serial No-547568, Preset Plus Feeder, Ink Lines, Auto Plate, Wash-up Devices, Extended Delivery, Powder Star Plus Sprayer, CP2000 Console Impressions-151,000,000

2015 Heidelberg Image Control
Console Model-CP200268 Serial No-CP.158.7032

2015 iGen 150 Digital Colour Printing Press
Serial No-694468 (2015) & RIP Copies 12 Million

2015 Polar 137N Plus Guillotine
with Polar LW-1000-4 Stack Lift, RA-4 Jogger, EL-130-4 Unloader & Inclined Waster

1993 Bobst SP102E Flat Bed Auto Platen
with Flat Pile Non Stop Suction Feeder, Stripping, 11 Chase, 11 Cutting Plates, Make Ready Table, Over Head Chain Hoist & Waste Conveyor Hours 38,500

2006 Heidelberg ST-350 Gatherer Stitcher
Trimmer Serial No-FJ-DGAA-000111 with 5 x Horizontal Section Feeders, 1 x Vertical Section Feeder, 1 x Cover Feeder, 5 Knife Trimmer

 2006 Rollem A2 Slip Stream Cutting Line Model-DPF

2008 Kohmann Model Miniplace CD/DVD Tray Gluing Machine

2010 Agfa Avalon PT-R8800 III CTP
with Plate Loader, Model-125HX Processor, Stacker & RIP

Albo PT-1000AP Pile Turner Serial No-54641000 (1997)

4 x Schneider Profiline Stack Lift Units

MBO T800 6x4x4 All Buckle Folding with Round Pile Feeder (1998)

Heidelberg Stahl TD78
Digital 6x4x4 All Buckle Folding Machine (2004) with Round Pile Feeder

MBO T400 4×4 Folder
with Flat Pile Suction Feeder (1998)

Heidelberg SBP-86 Digital Compression Stacker (2008)

Various Epson Proofers & Apple Workstations, 14 x Crown, Jungheirick & Pacific Electric Lift Trucks

 The complete auction catalogue is currently being prepared and will be posted online once completed. The auction sale is being conducted on a GST exclusive basis and a buyers’ premium applies. Two viewing days will be available for all prospective buyers prior to the completion of the auction sale.

Further details: Peter Brand on 0417 908 907 or Blithe Robinson 0407 852 752

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