Roger Kirwan opens new business

Geon's former national operations boss is staffing up his new labels printing business on Sydney's northern beaches.

Foxcil, the label printing company established by Roger Kirwan, has hired Andrew Thomson as its new general manager. The pair worked together at Geon-owned Kiwi Labels in Christchurch.

Thomson joins Foxcil as it readies for its official launch in September.

He was a previous winner of the New Zealand apprentice of the year award, and spent the past 15 years with Kiwi Labels, most recently as the company's digital manager.

Kiwi Labels was part of Geon until its fall into receivership earlier this year, with the labels business acquired by Blue Star New Zealand on 4 March.

Foxcil marks a return to old territory for Kirwan, who had extensive experience in the labels and packaging industry, including four years at labels and flexible packaging manufacturer FPS International, before he joined Geon in 2006.

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"My four years running Kiwi Labels was a really enjoyable time. Great people, a growing and changing market, in an industry sector going through rapid technology changes – this all led to an exciting and rewarding journey," he said.

Kirwan's career brought him across the Tasman in 2010, where he was ultimately appointed to one of Geon's most senior roles as general manager, national operations.

He parted ways with Geon in late 2012, not long before its dramatic collapse.

Kirwan told ProPrint: "Foxcil intends to be an internet-based supplier of direct-to-consumer labels, stickers, and specialised packaging offerings, and as a supplier of high-quality digital self adhesive labels, and stickers, to the print industry."

He added that Brookvale-based Foxcil was intended as a small start-up with fewer than five full-time staff.

"The appointment of Andrew is a defining moment for us, and we are pleased and excited to have secured someone of Andrew's calibre.

"The appointment of Andrew to this role will see the rapid ramp-up to the launch of Foxcil."

Kirwan continues to work with diversified publicly listed company, Opus Group.

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