Liquidated offset printer Queensland Complete acquired by Sunshine Coast franchise

MBE Maroochydore owner Wendy Chadwick told ProPrint the whole-of-company purchase of the defunct Nambour printer had seen the franchise pick up a customer list containing 400-500 names and boost its headcount by three to 12.

"We've had a fantastic response rate already from the customers. We've taken the time to contact them personally and tell them if there's anything we can do to help, we're here."

She said the franchise had also acquired a Shinohara four-colour press, a Shinohara two-colour press and finishing equipment.

The offset machinery will sit alongside its digital line-up, which includes a Xerox Color 1000, a Xerox Color 800, two Xerox 4127s, a Xerox 6204 wide-format printer, a Mutoh ValueJet 1324 and an Epson Stylus Pro 10600 inserting machine.

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Chadwick wouldn't disclose the value of the September deal, but said it was for cash. The deal did not include the debt.

Chadwick initially approached the liquidator with a view to buying a saddlestitcher, but saw such value in Queensland Complete that a deal was signed three business days later.

MBE Maroochydore has no further acquisitions planned, but "would never say no if the price is right".

Chadwick started the Maroochydore franchise in 2006.

Queensland Complete went into liquidation on 31 July.

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