Wood takes over at Kissel + Wolf

Greig Wood has taken on the role of managing director at Kissel + Wolf, with the outgoing Martin Stacher set for a move back to Switzerland, remaining in the group.

Wood is no stranger to the business, with his father having founded it, and the former sales and technical specialist having spent 25 years in the company.

Australian Printer spoke to both Wood and Stacher at Kissel + Wolf’s office in Melbourne, around the changeover, the future of the business, and where it sees growth.

Wood contends, “A lot of the manufacturers in that middle-tier offset area, sitting between the largest printers, and the small shops, are managing to become more efficient, improving in different areas to become competitive on a worldwide basis. That is helping us as a supplier, and we see that segment is looking healthy.

“We have seen some growth in their offset volumes, as more work comes back to Australian shores, which is a story that is not being told enough.”

Stacher agrees, noting, “We can clearly see that in the next few years two to three years offset and digital have obviously the potential to be even bigger. 

As for how the transition will be done, Wood has been operating as managing director on a semi-official basis for the past several months, with the official change occurring today, with Stacher starting a holiday in Western Australia.

“As a company, we just want to thank Martin for his time here. He's been invaluable to the company. We have seen a lot of growth under his leadership,” Wood explains. 

“He is not disappearing, he is still going to be on the other end of the phone for us, and as a sounding board for me to call or email and get in contact with.”

Kissel + Wolf has been hiring new technical staff as part of its plans for growth, with Kent Xu now operating as the technical/service manager for the company as of May. Xu made the move from Fuji Xerox New Zealand, where he was employed as the national sales and service specialist.

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