Blue Star NZ sheetfed firm fights back

Blue Star New Zealand's Christchurch printer is about to move into new premises after being homeless since the 2011 earthquake.

Spectrum Print will move into the 900sqm site on 2 September. It will be based alongside fellow Blue Star business Kiwi Labels, which will allow the two to work closely together and "provide added value for both customer groups".

The sheetfed firm will finally regain control over production, which has been outsourced within the group and to other printers since February 2011.

Spectrum said it would hire eight fulltime staff, and install a 10-colour Heidelberg Speedmaster CD74 and new digital kit as part of the move.

[Related: Earthquake-hit printers fight back]

It had 53 people at the time of the earthquake, but was down to 12 by the following year.

General manager Steve Francis said the new site would allow Spectrum to raise its already high standards.

"The last couple of years have been a real test of the resilience of this team and of the business’ ability to continue delivering the kind of quality and service that made us leaders in our field," he said.

"We’ve come through the thick of it and I’m extremely proud to say that, thanks to the hard work and dedication of our crew, it has finally paid off."

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