Major move: Southern Colour buys Rooster IMC

Southern Colour has officially acquired Rooster IMC, with some staff moving over with the purchase, and parent company Southern Impact Group set to take over the Mount Waverley site, formerly owned by Geon prior to Rooster IMC.

As part of a major shake up for the group, subsidiaries Southern Colour, Impact Digital and Intelligent Media will be branded and operational as Southern Impact by the end of the 2020/21 financial year. 

Southern Impact has seen strong growth in recent years, launching its digital packaging business, Onpack, in 2017, which will continue under its own name.

Rooster IMC was the first B1 printer in Melbourne to achieve ISO colour certification, first founded by Narash Gulati as part of the OCA group, a re-branded combination of former Print Bound, BPO Link and OCA’s Rooster design agency, from where the name was chosen. Prior to its purchase, it was offering digital, offset, POS, packaging, mailing, and design services.

Rod Dawson, managing director, Southern Colour, says, “Our label and packaging business will also be onsite but will remain branded as Onpack as we continue the amazing progress this business has made since being launched in 2016. 

“Most of our businesses are currently needing additional space to accommodate growth. This opportunity will provide us with the space we need to continue to grow in our traditional and emerging markets as well as entering new sectors of our industry.

“As in the past with our Group, continued investment in technology and gaining operational efficiencies will deliver a powerful manufacturing site for years to come. We believe that this is a great outcome for staff, customers and our suppliers. 

“Along with Heath Nankervis and Michael Nankervis, I look forward to updating you as this transition progresses.”

Rooster IMC owned what it called the world’s first full LED grand format printer from EFI, along with Australia’s first carbon-neutral offset printer, the Heidelberg XL106, and two Bourg Booklet Makers with Bourg Sheet Feeders.

Sprinter has reached out to Southern Colour for a confirmation on the exact number of staff, and equipment making the move over, but did not get a response prior to deadline.

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