Wickliffe Solutions' owner, Kalamazoo (NZ) Ltd, has denied
the Dunedin printer and its many sister companies around the
country are for sale.
Wickliffe Solutions, formerly 65-year-year old
Dunedin-founded Wickliffe, is the standard-bearer of the
wider group of print-related Kalamazoo companies bought in
recent years by Stephen D'Souza.
The others are K&M Print in Palmerston North, Taieri
Print near Dunedin, Astra Print in Wellington, Auckland's The
Print Shop and Print Counsel, logistics company Stocklink and
Wyatt & Wilson Print in Christchurch.
Auckland-based Kalamazoo chief executive Glen Climo was
contacted yesterday and rejected all speculation that any of
the Kalamazoo group businesses were for sale.
''Stephen D'Souza has taken a sideline in the day-to-day
running of the company,'' Mr Climo said.
When asked why, Mr Climo would only say ''he's taking a
Mr D'Souza remains listed by the Companies Office as
co-director and one of the 50:50 Kalamazoo shareholders, and
Mr Climo said that shareholding ''was not changing''.
Mr Climo conceded that while ''there were rumours out
there'', that was possibly from the ''stress of
restructuring'' countrywide, especially in the case of
While it was regretted jobs were lost, changes in Auckland,
Wellington and Christchurch took ''four days'', but Dunedin
had ''extra stress'' ''because with the unions it took four
The restructuring and change to full ''digital platform''
printing were necessary for the Dunedin operation and were
''future proofing'' the business in the city, Mr Climo said.
The print sector in general around the country was under
pressure, but it was ''business as usual'' for Kalamazoo's
He also rejected any suggestion the company was in
negotiation with any parties over a possible sale.