Ballina to be home of new APN press
By PATRIZIA REIMER
BARRY DUKES is champing at the bit to start using world-class press printing facilities at Ballina.
The print manager for APN NSW said it was time for the company, which publishes The Northern Star and a host of daily and free weekly papers, to upgrade.
A state-of-the-art print facility at Ballina is nearing completion and promises to improve both quality and production speeds.
“This will be bigger, faster, better and will give our readers world-class quality products,” he said.
“All the dailies and weeklies from Tweed, Lismore to Coffs Harbour, as well as other work, will be printed here.
“Depending on how much other work we put through the place there may be the possibility of increasing jobs here as well.”
Construction began in November last year and is expected to be finished in May. Some printing jobs could begin as early as June.
APN Southern Regional Manager Paul Spotswood said the existing printing press at Goonellabah was 30 years old and needed upgrading.
He said while all printing staff would be transferring to the new Ballina site in the Industrial Estate, the Goonellabah headquarters for The Northern Star would stay put.
Mr Spotswood said the move was aimed at enhancing quality and production times, while reinforcing the company’s investment and presence on the Northern Rivers.
“We’re bettering print quality, the registration and colour production will be clearer,” he said.
“And it will be easier to meet deadlines and get the papers on the lawn on time.”
The 6000-square-metre site was chosen for several reasons, including its ability to accommodate B-doubles and its convenience to transport routes across the entire region.
The press will employ about 30 full-time and 20 casual staff.