Long-time DS Chemport product manager Andreas Rau is leaving the company, having resigned effective as of August 31.
Rau has three decades of experience in the printing industry, nine of which were with DS Chemport.
The new product manager, Offset Blankets will be Paul Henderson, who has served in a technical role at DS Chemport over the past six years. The company says Henderson will take over the sales and customer support role initiated by Andreas.
Henderson says, “At the moment I’m trying to get my head around the role, the goal being to maintain and grow it in a very competitive market.
“It is a little bit daunting, Andreas has a lot of experience, and I have a lot to learn still, but I am looking forward to the challenge.”
Rau says, “I made friends over the nine and a half years at DS Chemport, and 17 years in Australia. I will miss them, but there are ways of staying in touch.
“I am happy with my replacement, Paul Henderson. He is more than qualified for the job, with vast experience, and has worked overseas in different roles. He is a printer by trade.
Rau and his wife Caroline have decided to relocate themselves and their children to Germany to spend more time with their respective families.
Henderson has significant experience in the industry.
“I started as an apprentice offset printer in the late 80s with an APN company in NZ, transferred to a PMP, a Pacific Magazines startup in ‘93, and transferred to an engineering apprenticeship from 95-2000. I left for the UK in 2000 to work at the Daily Mail as a press engineer, and then press manager.
“I returned to New Zealand to work for DS Chemport in 2004, and in 2006 I moved over to Toyo Ink, also in NZ, then returned to PMP as pressroom manager.
“I made my way over to Australia in 2011 to work at DS Chemport, where I have been for the past six years, in technical services.
Peter Drozdowicz, chief executive, DS Chemport, says that Andreas has made a substantial contribution to the sales growth of the Trelleborg Offset Blanket Agency in both the Australian and New Zealand market.
Chemport says, “We wish Andreas all the best with his new venture and welcome Paul to his new role.”
DS Chemport is a subsidiary of Fujifilm, and has been in operation since 1987.
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