Horton closing down Aus print site

Newspaper printer Horton Media is closing down its only Australian plant, located in Narangba, north of Brisbane.

Jon Harry, general manager of Horton Media Australia confirmed to ProPrint that the company was closing down its Qld site, but declined to comment further.

Horton is privately held and managed by CEO Matthew Horton, while independent directors Geoff Cope and Dale Smith represent the firm’s board.

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The company claims to be Australasia’s largest independent contract newspaper printer, and says it has a large range of international clients. Among the titles it prints are the Sunshine Valley Gazette, Coolum Advertiser and Glasshouse Country News in Qld.

Five years ago it nabbed a $2.2m contract from Fairfax Regional Media for three Defence Force mastheads, following a $250,000 investment in its equipment, including a polywrapping and inserting line. In 2015 it continued the contract with a $490,000 one year extension. It has since held the contract with Department of Defence.

Horton Media was established in 1997 by the Hortons, one of the families that founded New Zealand’s largest daily newspaper, the New Zealand Herald.

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