Commercial printer Wickliffe has confirmed the loss of 19
jobs from its Dunedin operations.
Staff were informed of the decision yesterday, and notice
would be given at the end of this week, Wickliffe Solutions
regional sales manager Paul Johnson said.
The Kaikorai Valley-based company acquired Fairfield-based
Taieri Print in February last year, and ''we were always
going to do a consolidation between the two plants''.
That had resulted in the closing of the Fairfield plant, as
the company already operated an offset plant in Christchurch.
The Kaikorai Valley site would become a new South Island
digital hub, with about 50 workers remaining at the expanded
A new digital printer would be the only one of its type in
the South Island.
''We are making a bold call for Dunedin by jumping in
first,'' Mr Johnson said.
He noted the impact caused by the decline in orders for
printing material for banks and government departments.
''We were getting cancellations over the last few years from
banks that would have been about $150,000 a month.''
That decline led to Wickliffe being sold to Kalamazoo in
While workers had been offered opportunities at operations
around the Kalamazoo group, there had also been job losses
sustained in Auckland and Wellington.