Arsonists set Perfectly Bound alight

Sydney finishing business Perfectly Bound has narrowly escaped disaster after unknown assailants yesterday broke in and started a fire.

Director Michael Smith says while the fire set at 3am Sunday morning caught light it was suppressed by an automated sprinkler system and the quick response of neighbouring 24/7 businesses before it could damage major equipment or office facilities.

“While we are dismayed at the obvious attempt to disrupt our business at this crucial time as we gain momentum in our new laminating and varnishing sector, we are pleased that our clean work practices and new site facilities worked well in protecting equipment and clients’ work,” he says.

“Most of our IT is cloud based or has off-site redundancy as part of our business continuity plan. We expect some minor disruption to work as we tidy up today, but expect to be operating near full production by Wednesday afternoon.”

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Smith says the sprinkler system operated only in a limited zone (as required), thereby minimising water damage.

“We do not wish to imply that any of our direct competitors were in any way involved. We have great mutual respect for many of the established providers in the market occasionally assisting each other in various ways with equipment and supplies,” he says.

The matter is being investigated by local police.

Perfectly Bound recently expanded into laminating and varnishing after Smith bought TLC Print Finishing out of administration last September and moved into its Silverwater business park suite.

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