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looks to shed staff
by Athina Mallis
Fuji Xerox New Zealand is facing multiple investi-
gations covering the years former Australia CEO
Neil Whittaker was in charge, as parent company
Fujifilm reveals it has discovered losses totalling a
whopping ¥22bn (A$260m).
Fujifilm is appointing an independent body to
investigate the period including a nd prior to 2015,
and in particular the sales leasing arrangements. It
has also taken the unusual step of postponing the
publication of its 2017 fina ncial report, which was
due April 27.
At the same time a New Zealand MP is calling
for a government audit, over deals done by the
company with government depa rtments.
After transferring from New Zealand two years
ago Whittaker was running Fuji Xerox Australia
until last May, when he departed abruptly, along
with his top salesman Dean Murray, who had also
come over from New Zealand. The pair left follow-
ing an unannounced audit by the regional head-
quarters in Singapore.
There is currently a large exodus of staff at Fuji
Xerox Australia, well known print identities who
have gone include former national sales manager
Mick Gillis, while Mark Brown, who was product
marketing manager, is now working for Konica
Minolta, as is long time staffer Sue Threlfo who
was working as a sales manager for Fuji Xerox, and
so is Victorian staffer Anthony Jackson. Aline
Schneider, industry marketing manager has also
left. Higher up the business two of Fuji Xerox
Australia’s officeholders, finance controller Rick
Schojer and company secretary Lincoln
Glendining, have recently ceased their roles. In
addition executive general manager of global ser-
vices, Anthony Cogswell has left after more than
two decades with the compa ny, while chief people
officer Beth Winchester has also resigned.
The Australian arm is currently being run by
Sunil Gupta, who took over from Whittacker last
year. Whittacker himself had replaced Nick
Kugenthiran, who presided over a relatively stable
growth period duringhis six years at the helm.
Winston Peters, leader of the New Zealand First
party has called for a government inquiry into Fuji
Xerox NZ. following the company announcing its
independent investigation committee.
Peters has highlighted irregularities with multi-
ple government contracts awarded to Fuji Xerox
NZ. Speaking to the New Zealand Herald he says,
“At stake is something serious because our inquir-
ies reveal serious concerns with Fuji Xerox.
“It now seems that the parent company in Japan
suspects the same thing because we all know what
‘accounting irregularities’ is code for.
“ Take the Northland Schools Cluster for example.
It has transpired that since signing up, there is a
monthly standing charge per machine, schools
were signed up to print volumes far in excess of
what they previously used, and the contract term is
an irregular 84-months.
“Experts say equipment like this should be
replaced at 36-months as opposed to what will be
old machines well past any depreciation point.”
Fujifilm acts as Fuji Xerox NZ losses hit $260m
PMP makes Offset Alpine new
national sheetfed printing centre
by Athina Mallis
The newly merged PMP is making
the Offset Alpine plant in
Lidcombe its national sheetfed
commercial printing centre, w ith
web print and associated bindery
activities moving out.
Some 120 staff will lose their
jobs as a result of the strategic
rationalisaiton. PMP is also closing
two print sites, Hannan Print in
Noble Park, Victoria, and the
Wacol site in Queensland, with the
loss of 100 and 76 jobs respectively.
PMP CEO Peter George says the
company has been working with
the AMWU throughout the pro-
cess and they have provided input
to PMP’s plans. He says the inte-
gration of the two businesses is
proceeding to plan, “PMP has
shown in the past its determina-
tion a nd capability to successfully
integrate businesses and major
contracts within our ongoing busi-
ness, and this has had positive out-
comes for our customers and our
“ We are pleased with the pro-
gress made since the merger
including the transformation of
Press giant Heidelberg is taking its staff-
ing levels down in the local Austra lia
New Zealand business, with industry
insiders and departing staff telling
ProPrint that between 15 and 40 people
may be on the way out.
ProPrint understands sales, ser vice,
admin a nd engineering depa rtments
are all seeing departures, as the coun-
try’s number one press sales business
deals with a shrinking market and
However Heidelberg managing direc-
tor Richard Timson told ProPrint he
could not confirm it, he says, “We are
having a look at our business but we
have not taken action. We are always
going to review the business and cut
Some staff have gone in the last two
weeks, with more to come.
Before the latest batch of departures
Heidelberg ANZ had some 105 employ-
ees located around the two countries.
Pre-2008 the company had three times
the number of current employees it cur-
rently has, and had showrooms in ever y
capital city, they are now gone.
Since the onset of the GFC a decade
ago the company has borne the brunt of
a decimated local market, as it had a
massive market share in Australia.
our NSW and QLD operations,
which are under discussion inter-
nallyand with theAMWUand our
employees. We will be able to con-
firm the outcomes in these areas
through April and May,” he says.
The decision to close down three
printing factories came from the
PMP IPMG merger earlier in
March. PMP says the merger laid
the platform to transform the
expanded PMP to better meet the
challenging conditions and oppor-
tunities within Austra lia’s print
The web presses and bindery
equipment at Offset Alpine will
either be redeployed around the
group or sold off. There are no
plans to invest in any additional
sheetfed printing capacity.
However the sheetfed offset
PMP Geebung site in Queensland
will continue to operate, this facil-
ity is focused on package print.
The newly merged PMP will
continue to work on its rationalisa-
tion programmme as it seeks to
generate efficiencies. It has said
more announcements will be made
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