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Focus equipment up for auction
EQUIPMENT from the fallen
Focus Press is up for grabs via
online auction in August, with
an ever-changing number of
receivers keeping Mark Shergill
from calling first dibs on
machines to roll into his new-
look Focus empire.
The first auction, on
August 12, brought in some
$1.7m plus GST for every thing
from the ceiling fans to the BBQ
at the ACT and Illawarra sites.
A Komori Lithrone LS 529
went for $358,700, a Duplo
DBMi digital saddle system for
$70,400 and a Horizon folder
sold for $66,000.
While Focus buyer Shergill
had planned to pick up much
of the kit, he says the deal fell
through after becoming ‘too
messy’. Renegotiating ever y time
a new receiver was appointed
but never reaching an agreement
means he will join the bidding.
The assets, including a
long list of equipment and
the Matraville and Strathfield
South plants, will go under
the hammer to help pay more
than $27.3m in Focus debt. It is
believed David Fuller’s home has
already been sold.
The kit includes a 2007
Komori Lithrone LS-529 five-
colour press, however, not all of
the Focus gear is up for auction.
Among the missing machines
is the damaged KBA Rapida
105 12-colour press, subject of
a $12.9m insurance claim. Also
out, a Heidelberg XL75 10-colour
press from the Matraville plant,
two SG350 saddle stitchers and
a Polar 135 finishing set that will
be retained by Heidelberg Print
Finance for a separate sale.
GraysOnline is handling the
sale of smaller assets such as
office and minor printing gear,
and will provide local logistical
support with Thomas Industries.
CBRE will sell the Matraville
and Strathfield South plants.
Four sets of liquidators and
receiver managers are now
in recovery mode for various
banks and stakeholder parties,
with Worrells Solvency and
Forensic Accountants acting
as the original liquidators for
Sydney and Canberra, alongside
Holzman & Associates for
The Commonwealth Bank
has appointed Cor Cordis as
receiver manager to chase its
$2.1m, superseded by the NAB’s
appointment of McGrath Nichols
to recover a cool $4.5m. The
other more than 200 creditors
will have to wait for the scraps
once the banks claim their due.
The former Focus Strathfield
South plant is now deserted,
with production moved to other
parts of Shergill’s business while
liquidators sell the assets.
Up for auction: Shergill has moved out of the Focus South Strathfield site
step skills up
with Cert IV
A group of print salespeople
have taken their skills to the
next level with a Certificate IV
in business sales, sponsored by
Students from Four Colour
Graphics, BHB Printing,
Absolute Colour Printing, Snap
Nor west and Agfa attended a
day of training each month at
the PIAA’s Sydney office and had
onsite visits from mentors to
reinforce the concepts.
The programme looked
at four key areas: product
knowledge; client and business
networks; sales prospects; and
Stephen Holland, sales
manager with Four Colour
Graphics, says, “ The course was
set up as an open forum where
all inputs and experiences could
be applied to the topic of the day.
“Hearing and learning about
different aspects of the industry
and getting feedback and actual
examples that related to the
course materials was extremely
Bill Healey, CEO of the
PIAA, says that in today’s tough
environment printers need to
look at finding better ways to
communicate with their clients.
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