Platypus invests in new site and equipment

Brisbane based Platypus Print Packaging, formerly Platypus Graphics, is expanding its business, consolidating its multiple sites into one space spread over 10,000 square metres along with investing in a new press and packaging equipment.

Aaron Lusch, general manager of Platypus says, “We had several departments and sites spread over Stafford, so we have moved it all under one roof.

“We also have a new press, the KBA 106 with twin coater, installed along with constructing a new pressroom.

“Having everything under one roof is a lot more convenient, more efficient, communication is easier and our workflow is simpler. Our staff also seem to be happier as well.

“The site is around 10,000 square metres or one hectare. The building was formerly owned by Spicers, so it was fitting for a printer. We have converted part of the space for manufacturing.

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“A key feature of moving was being HACCP certified. We have the new facilities for it and a cleaning room, which means we can go for more FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) packaging work. It gives our customers more confidence in our capabilities and in knowing that we are certified.

“We have seen more growth in the past financial year. We have continued to invest, we bought  a Bobst folder gluer, a window applicator machine for the clear windows in packaging and a box erector.

“We run for 24 hours a day, we are trying to get the most we can out of our capacities. We have plans for further investment in the next 12 months, we have extended our print room for more equipment.

“People familiar with us will know that we are rebranding. We are emphasising print and packaging with the new name, graphics means different things now to people than it did when the business was established in the 1980s. We have a new logo and website for the collateral brand.

“Platypus started out as a part time business in 1982. It is a family business, it was started by Tom Lusch, my father and current owner.”

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