One of Australia’s biggest privately owned print business, Canberra-based Paragon Printing, is in administration, with the doors of the business closing suddenly yesterday morning.
The future of the 65 staff is unclear, but they are facing a bleak Christmas, although a few have been offered casual work at local printers in the holiday season.
Paragon owner Mel Dalgleish is not available for comment, but local printers extended their sympathy to him.
Paragon was the second biggest printer in Canberra, after Opus-owned CanPrint, whose managers are today in back to back meetings to discuss the fall-out from Paragon’s demise.
The Canberra rumour mill already has the Paragon customer list sold. Paragon’s kit includes a ten-colour B1 Heidelberg perfector, and a six-colour Heidelberg.
Local printers are naturally concerned as some of them are owed money by Paragon which outsourced work. One ACT print owner says, “It was completely unexpected, we were doing work for them just last week. They had been suffering from the decline in government offset work, and weren’t really geared up for digital, but even so this is a top notch well run business.”
The company extended its services beyond printing to provide its clients with a complete knowledge solution including; coordinated project management, complete personalised fulfilment, management information system, promotional products and logistical support globally
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