The Northern Star

APN unveils new print centre

THE Ballina Print Centre was officially opened yesterday and as guests arrived at the new APN site in Cessna Crescent, it was the brand new print machinery that was the star of the celebration.

APN Print is a division of APN News and Media, which owns The Northern Star.

The centre, which prints APN's North Coast papers, along with community titles, features state-of-the-art technology that expands APN's ability to offer quality work.

“This looks after most of the printing needs of NSW at this new site,” print manager Barry Dukes said.

APN Print chief operations officer Brian Hood travelled from Auckland to be at the opening and said APN chose Ballina because the site was on flat land and close to the highway, making deliveries easier.

Ballina Mayor Phillip Silver said he was thrilled the combination of technology, labour and investment meant more work opportunities for Ballina Shire. The print site employs 20 full-time staff and 10 casuals.

Fairfax Media chief executive of printing Bob Lockley was also there to inspect the centre.

“What APN has done is provide excellent regional printing,” he said.

Northern Star general manager Paul Spotswood welcomed guests and introduced Eloise Dukes, who sang the national anthem.

Barry Dukes introduced one of the special guests, managing director of Man Ferrostaal Australia, Markus Haefeli, whose company supplies capital equipment and consumables to the graphic arts and related industries.

Guests were then treated to tours of the site.



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