Franklin facility fully functional in NSW

IVE Group subsidiary Franklin Web has finished building its new specialised web offset supersite in NSW, and ahead of schedule.

The facility already houses a new 80pp manroland Lithoman, and a Muller Corona perfect binder.

The company has also ordered a second press, another 80pp manroland Lithoman, for the site, to further rebalance capacity between NSW and VIC.

Franklin Web became part of IVE last December, along with AIW, which moved into Franklin’s Victoria plant. Phil Taylor remains in charge.

IVE says the expansion into NSW provides greater flexibility and speed to market for national retail customers, using like for like equipment and suppliers, for consistent production across its broader footprint.

[Related: IVE adds 80pp Lithoman to supersite]

Warwick Hay, managing director of IVE Group says, “The collaboration between IVE, building contractors, and major equipment suppliers to deliver this project in a highly compressed timeframe has been exemplary.

“This has been a highly anticipated project that we have been pleased to share the journey with our customers.”

Franklin Web says it is focused on high levels of automation producing both innovative and efficient retail catalogue production for leading retailers across the country.

The new web offset facility is in Huntingwood, western Sydney.

The factory is by far the biggest print facility built in the past five years, since rival IMPG, now part of PMP, built its Warwick Farm site to move its print out of Alexandria.

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