Focus buys Printing Department

Focus Print Group is expanding with its second acquisition in a month, with the purchase of The Printing Department, located in Artamon, Sydney.

Its owner Jim Becker began working at the Printing Department in 1989, which Focus says from then has grown from a small offset operation to general commercial printing.

Focus has said some staff will transition over, but for others the commute did not suit or would have resulted in duplication of roles. It has not revealed how many workers will be kept.

The bulk of The Printing Department’s machinery has been sold, except three platens for foiling along with digital equipment. Among The Printing Department’s equipment were nine printing presses including a Heidelberg Speedmaster CD74 six-colour press, Komori Lithrone five-colour press and Roland 600 five-colour press. Focus says the acquisition gives it the chance to add foiling and embossing to its in-house capabilities.

[Related: Focus buys Ragi Packaging]

The move comes weeks after Focus bought Ragi Packaging in Sydney. Focus has had a history of growing through acquisition, with its previous purchase before Ragi being Sydney based St George Graphics last year, the latest in a long line.

Along with other outfits including Sydney Allen and Liverpool Printing Service, Focus encompasses what it says are three of Australia’s leading print providers for its main manufacturing: Focus Press, BPA Print and Print Warehouse. It employs around 85 staff nationally, with facilities across NSW, Qld and Vic.

Focus offers services such as offset and digital print, specialised finishing, customised plastic products and post it notes, storage, fulfillment, distribution and book and magazine production.

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