Printing firm finds permanent home

LIZ MCDONALD
Last updated 14:10 28/08/2013
National School of Aesthetics

NEW HOME: The National School of Aesthetics has since taken over Spectrum Print's Antigua St premises.

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A Christchurch printing firm which has been displaced since the earthquakes has found new premises.

Spectrum Print, part of the Blue Star group, moved out of its Antigua St home in Sydenham when its building and equipment were damaged in the February 2011 quake.

Fearing that the site was too risky for precision printing gear during aftershocks, Spectrum shifted its core production out and had to make some staff redundant. Beauty school the National School of Aesthetics took over the Antigua St building.

Spectrum Print kept its operations going through its sister organisations and by outsourcing to other Christchurch print houses. Last year it moved in with fellow printers PWA Griffin, sharing its Cashel St premises to continue running some parts of the business. Now Spectrum is about to move to a permanent new home in Hillsborough. The company will restart its print production operation from offices and plant at 6 Mary Muller Dr, where Blue Star's Kiwi Labels operation has been based.

General manager Steve Francis said the past couple of years have been "a real test of resilience".

The new space will include offices, digital space, and a dedicated press room. The move will create eight fulltime jobs and allow the company to bring back work from the North Island.

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